Posted by Ken Warkentin on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 12:48 PM

RACE 1

7-Carnegie – Grinded gamely & just missed to a well-rated Keystone Thomas last week, veteran gelding in peak form & Calabrese driving with confidence

 

9-Dream Rocker – Rallied to be right there in the photo with Carnegie last week, consistent sort would benefit from a faster pace from a tougher post

 

1-Rocket Master – Was in to go @ Yonkers at the time of this writing, recent win there came with a nice rally as the favorite, fits well here from the rail

 

RACE 2

6-Fly On – Was severely pace compromised after a slow start from post eight in the NJSS Final, won full of trot before that & appears to be the superior one here

 

2-Lars Perry – Dam banked $646,239 & had a record of 1:52.4, beaten favorite in his opener @ Pocono, Takter tuned colt baby raced well here & lands inside

 

3-Armanio – Takter trainee by Cantab Hall & first foal from the dam, got significantly more aggressive in his third baby race & draws well

 

RACE 3

5-Grand Idea – Dam a sister to Ultimate Cameron, 1:53.3 [$793,217], fringe player in NJSS, Takter pupil can step it up in a softer spot here

 

4-Southwind Prius – 3YO sister Southwind Hope won the NJSS Final, no chance from post nine in her championship, continues to improve for Team Orange Crush

 

6-Grandma’s Moni – Second dam is the great Moni Maker, both qualifiers were superb, breezed home in :27.1 in the latest

 

RACE 4

3-Rubio – Yet another future star for Team Takter, Cantab Hall colt has done nothing wrong in three outings with Gingras & note the wicked :26.4 on 6-24

 

7-Dover Dan – Fifth foal out of the ’95 Horse of the Year CR Kay Suzie took just two starts to break his maiden in PASS @ The Meadows

 

8-International Moni – Tenth foal out of the $5 million two-time Horse of the Year Moni Maker, beaten favorite pace compromised in his opener, stuck outside again, but logical chance to improve

 

RACE 5

7-Detroit Rapper – Trainer Rob Harmon fine tuned him in the qualifier after breaking in two consecutive starts, class of the field can swoop these if right

 

1-Win the Day – Note the sharp effort against NW of 5 @ Pocono on 7-3, acclimated with a trip over this track & lands the pole

 

2-Ice O Late – The Boss’ hoss goes second time Lasix off a no chance trip from post ten in a 1:52.3 mile, only one for 14 in 2016, but lands in a real soft spot

 

RACE 6

7-Overdraft Volo – Dam is a sister to Oaks winner 2012 Personal Style, talented Yankee Glide filly uncorked a scintillating third qualifier, the sky’s the limit for this precious Team Orange Crush trainee

 

1-Amber Ella – From the first crop of Toscano’s 2012 Horse of the Year, two excellent qualifiers, the latest chasing Overdraft Volo & lands the pole

 

8-Sunshine Delight – Second dam is the $2 million winner Personal Style, noteworthy third qualifier here with trotting hopples added & positive experience @ Monticello

 

RACE 7

6-Uva Hanover – Gelding has come around in his last few @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, 1:52.2 winner here fresh off a narrow loss there will fire out for stalking position

 

5-Danish Durango – Among the most improved trotters this meet, slips under the money cap again on a four-race winning streak, but tough to gauge off the sick scratch & 28-day layoff

 

3-World Cup – Former Open winner here was able to regain his winning form at weaker levels, draws a much-improved post against a vulnerable group

 

RACE 8

8-Not Before Eight – Back in the groove recently, chased a raging Frost Damage Blues with strong pace at both ends in the slop, look for another blast off

 

3-Royal Engagement – Made it three wins in her last four starts with a well driven score @ Yonkers last week, took a mark of 1:52 here on 6-25 & draws well

 

9-Scandalicious – Has revived her form with two straight energetic wins @ Pocono, reunited with Tetrick & has the speed to overcome her outside assignment

 

RACE 9

5-Sumatra – Gelding’s class has started to resurface for trainer Tom Fanning, decisive winner delivered as the favorite over Clementine Dream in a career best

 

2-Clementine Dream – Mark Harder tuned mare has been on her toes recently, solid runner up to Sumatra last week from a tougher post

 

1A-Blue Muse – Nailed this one last time @ $7.00 & she scored with a confident late burst, remains a serious player despite a more challenging post

 

RACE 10

6-Delightful Dragon – Drops two notches off a much-needed start after missing four weeks scratched injured, 1:50 winner here this season can now assert herself

 

9-Stacia Hanover – Flashed some improved late pace last week in :26.1, takes a class plunge that makes her impossible to ignore

 

5-Intoview – Dropped to the bottom rung, took tons of tote action & was a well meant winner from post ten, just a fifth off her lifetime mark

 

RACE 11

5-Victor Gio IT – Italian-bred son of the great European performer Ready Cash was sensational in his second baby race here, yet another exciting Team Takter project

 

6-Wutan – Muscle Hill brother to Dan Patch Award winner Broadway Donna out of Oaks champion Broadway Schooner has responded to the addition of trotting hopples, zipped around here in his second qualifier for Takter, how good is he?

 

3-Limerence – Ake Svanstedt tuned gelding has twice laid it down in PA, gamely holding on, then airing it out @ The Meadows & draws better

 

RACE 12

2-Lazurus – Gelding has started to race better since the sick scratch, a decent third two starts back, post eight last out, drops into a blank field & moves inside

 

3-Paris Princess N – 1:54.2 winner here this season just two for 23 this season, finished ahead of Lazurus last week, also gets class & post relief

 

5-Bell A Chick – Gelding seems to have tailed off recently & regressed into a rare break last out, has missed three weeks, yet does fancy this mile oval

 

RACE 13

4-R Marie Hanover – Beaten chalk faded under pressure @ Tioga last out, a decent third from post eight when last seen here on 7-2 & picks up Gingras

 

5-M A Jackie – 12YO mare has raced well recently for trainer Nick Surick, just missed in :27 flat on 7-2, a solid third to the well meant Intoview [1:51.2] last time

 

9-Janie Becky – Capitalized on a perfect trip to score a nose decision two starts back, capable of blasting off & tripping out for Team Harmon

 

 

 



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