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Posted by Ken Warkentin on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 8:47 PM


3-Moonlight Ransom – Paced home in :26 chasing much tougher last week, weak in the column, but now drops to the bottom rung & draws well again


7-Prince Pinang – Stopped a long losing skid with a perfect trip & took a new mark of 1:50.4 in his season opener for a new barn & followed up with sharp speed at Pocono


4-Jin Dandy – Goes back to Stanley Weitoish off the reclaim after a take no prisoners, never a doubt, wire-to-wire career best 1:51.3 from post ten last week, has suddenly regained his winning edge



6-Trading Up – Tony Alagna trainee was third in a Somebeachsomewhere division & took a shot in a NA Cup elimination, fits well in this easier N/W of 2


7-Rockntouch – Lightly-raced colt returns to the mile track here off a couple of no-chance NYSS miles & raced well against older foes on 5-30


3-Wishing You Well – Catapulted off a wicked :53.2 half & went from last to third by half a length, draws better off that excellent acclimating mile



3-NF Drum Roll – Moves inside off a no-chance trip from post ten in the Caramore Final, can return to his preferred stalking strategy


6-Andy Baran – Badly beaten favorite was claimed by Virgil Morgan, Jr., just one for 16 this season, but razor sharp before his latest debacle


5-Crocadile Canyon – Toss out his last from post ten in that short series final, has been knocking on the door against $10,000 claimers & responds to aggressive handling



5-Untouchable One – Steamrolled first over to an easy score at a fair $9.80 off the Michael Russo claim, goes back to Michael Eaton off the reclaim, tricky call


6-Sopravvissuto – Obviously had an off night finishing far behind Untouchable One last week, a solid second in three previous starts


4-Gone Nuclear – Had come around & won for this price at Harrah’s Philly on 4-9 prior to the sick scratch, forgive the miscue last time



3-Dull Roar – Offered a little more late life at 30-1 last week, 0 for 16 this season, but hits rock bottom & draws a better post in a camera-shy field


6-Rockaholic – Claimed back by Robert Lounsbury, saved ground & outsprinted in a 1:50.3 mile, lands in a softer spot


9-Up Up And Out – Rated another mile & was barely outsprinted again last week, remains a contender despite a tougher post



1-Odds On Equuleus – Class of the field was forced to grind it out & just missed as the beaten heavy favorite in :26.1, relentless closer moves inside


5-Mister Virgin – Was pacing consecutive sub 1:50 miles & just missed in two of them before that rare early miscue last week


2-Rock Out – Runner up in the 1:47.4 Tioga track record Graduate division, chance regain that high level form from an inside post in a wide-open field



3-Gratias Deo – Has experienced two no chance trips since the claim on 6-6, flashed some noteworthy late pace last week & draws well


5-Mambo Italiano – Was left with too much work to do while pace compromised off the claim & gets away from tougher claimers


2-Colossal – Beaten favorite has hit the board in his last two here & was just a head shy two starts back, looms large as a stalk n pop threat



2-Madiba Magic N – Was wide early, wrangled back, grinded gamely & just missed in an outstanding American debut & draws better


3-Canbec Kingkazimir – Tried to steal it with a slow first half & almost went all the way again, figures to be the one to knock off


6-Dealt A Winner – 3YO shows a third to the highly touted Artspeak in a NJSS division back on 5-16, sharpened with a couple of strong qualifiers



4-UF Fast Feelin – 0 for 20 in 2015, yet take note of that late surge of :26.3 to just miss by a nose on 6-13, no chance last week, improved post may put him within closer striking range


6-Bettor Not Miss – Just one for 19 this season, but unleashed a brave first over grind to the lead & still paced home in :26.4 in his debut here


2-Prince Palani – Tackled tougher here earlier this season, returns fresh off a career best 1:52.4 at Vernon Downs with an inside draw in a field that is a combined 6 for 108 this season



6-Northern Prize – Beat these with a solid rally from post ten back on 5-29 & drops out of the tougher Caramore Series


5-Hez A Buckeye – Fresh off a strong & improved second to a headstrong Jin Dandy last week, big chance to build that effort in an ideal spot here


1-Break Dancer – Swooped the field from last to first at 75-1 in last Saturday’s finale fresh off the bench & rewarded with the rail in a blank field



3-Cambassador – 8YO veteran ships in fresh off an improved third at Pocono Downs & lands in a much softer spot for him to trip out


4-Southwestern Dream – Millionaire continues to plummet down the class ladder & catches a spot where he can regain his winning form


1-Beginner’s Luck – Hard to fathom that turnaround & career best blowout in a sparkling Big M debut last week, must prove it was no fluke



7-Whittaker – Won two in a row before a strong third from post eight last week, claimed again in career form & Vinnie Ginsberg working on back-to-back triples on Saturdays at the Big M


6-Astreos Flash – Had everything go his way on the front end & was nailed by a 75-1 bomb, beaten chalk has a serious chance to atone


5-Grenloch – Came up with a much improved on-the-board finish at 100-1 last week, that was more than the rest of this bunch did recently



6-Solid Queen – Red flags flying everywhere here with the barn change to white-hot Michael Russo, this mare was tackling much better at Mohawk, no brainer


8-The Summer Wind – Drops to the bottom rung fresh off a narrow loss in 1:50.2 & loves this track


3-A And G’s Design – Exits the Cathedra Dot Com Series, a good second on 6-5, strong in the win column & favorable post



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Ken Warkentin has been a member of the award-winning broadcast team at Meadowlands Racetrack as the Track Announcer and television commentator for 25 years. Ken has appeared on national television networks such as ESPN, called 15 editions of the $1 million Hambletonian, and worked as a member of the broadcast team for NBC Sports and CBS Sports.

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