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Posted by Ken Warkentin on Tuesday, July 07, 2015 2:25 PM


1-American Passport – Mine was proudly obtained in 2010, Brittany Farms bred colt whose dam is a sister to Ideal Matters, 1:49, [$498,307], dropped almost five seconds in his second qualifier & just missed with another sharp surge


2-Talk Show – 11th foal from a productive dam & sister to the great Camtastic, half brother to Word Power, 1:49.3 [$506,224], controlled an impressive second baby race with a :26.4 sprint for the red-hot Steve Elliott


5-Cruise Patrol – Takter-tuned Bettor’s Delight colt out of 1:51.2 Jugette elimination winner Western Cruise won his second baby race with a perfect trip in :27.2, plenty of upside available here



2-Lady Clarabella – Bounced back off an early miscue to chase the outstanding Wild Honey PASS last out, in line for a smooth trip here from post two & has a shot to upset with the Buckeye


5-Model Behavior – Came to hand in the NJSS series, finishing a bang-up second in that final to the world champion Mission Brief, returns against her own kind here with no standouts


7-Scented Roses – Has caught fire for Ake Svanstedt, winning her last two in PA, her latest in a handy 1:56.4, expect her to fire out & may dictate the terms here



5-Weeper – Open class winner here back on 5-22 when she controlled the front end & outsprinted them in :26.4, no chance from post eight last out at Pocono


6-Radar Contact – Was on a form spree recently & bottomed them out with a career best 1:49.2 on 6-5, finished just in front of Weeper last Saturday, game mare responds to aggressive handling


7-Hot List – Suddenly exploded & won her first three for Arnold Marks, including a scintillating 1:48.2 career best & came right back to an Open in 1:49.4, dangerous tactical speed back on the mile track



6-Magic Marker – Flashed her ability as an effective closer into a :56.1 back half & just missed in a tough PASS event chasing the heavy favorite Sarcy at Harrah’s Philly last out, chance an upset


5-Lock Down Lindy – Steady Tony Alagna-tuned filly freshened with a few weeks off after chasing the red-hot Barn Doll in the Empire Breeders Classic at Vernon, beaten favorite here on 6-5 was pace compromised


4-Rules Of The Road – Muscle Hill filly was a Simpson winner in 1:54 & also took a NJSS division wire-to-wire back on 5-22, brimming with confidence off a similar score at Goshen



7-Rocknroll Reality – Rounding into form for Mark Silva after a late-May sick scratch, suddenly launched a menacing move to be right there in the photo with UF Fast Feelin


8-Some Major Beach – Beaten favorite tried to close from a tough spot in his first start for Mark Capone, remains at the bottom condition rung with some decent company lines


4-UF Fast Feelin – Got the fast fractions & smooth cover trip he needed to almost spring the upset last week, draws well looking to snap his 0 for 22 this season



2-In The Arsenal – Rooney winner has continued to be a very steady presence for Kelvin Harrison, just missed to Artspeak in his Hempt elimination, then squandered a perfect second over trip in that final, draws inside here to trip out


4-Artspeak – 2014 Dan Patch Award winner & 2015 NJSS champion on the verge of millionaire status, clearly second best in the Hempt Final, yet stands out in this softer elimination, figures to assert himself & flaunt his controlling speed


7-Pierce Hanover – Brother to 2009 NJ Classic winner Passmaster Hanover finished a gutsy & close third behind Artspeak & In The Arsenal in a Hempt elimination, then got absolutely torched in that final last Saturday, sleeper colt coming to hand



1-Muscle Diamond – Breeders Crown runner-up at two fell off the 2015 Hambletonian radar after a lone second in NJSS back on 5-15, talented colt back in the picture off a handy qualifier & draws the rail for Campbell


2-Real DJ Hanover – One of three Hambletonian hopefuls in this one for Ake Svandstedt, just crushed them with a career best 1:54.3 in the slop at Pocono, was tackling tough PASS foes before that & draws inside


9-Cruzado Dela Noche – Finished a close second to Uncle Lasse in a 1:51.4 track record at The Meadows, romped in his Beal elimination, but miscued in that final, has the talent to rebound despite a demanding post



7-Capozzo – 1:49.3 winner here back on 4-29 has raced better in his last two, now gets vital class relief & switches to Super Brett, may be enough to get him back over the line


5-That’s My Opinion – 4YO gelding with pedigree, price tag & talent finally put it all together in his last two qualifers, his latest after switching to Team Orange Crush, looks ready to roll in this wide open field


8-Idealbeach Hanover – Just one for 24 in 2015, yet brightened his form in a series at Tioga & lowered his mark to 1:51.1, adds Gingras & look for speed



3-Windsong Gorgeous – 8YO warhorse returned to form with a solid third from post eight last week, flashing sharp speed at both ends when You Bet Your Glass stole away, draws an improved post & switches to Corey Callahan


4-Rockaholic – Gathering positive momentum in his last two since the recent claim by Robert Lounsbury, tried to close from a difficult position last Saturday, draws well & reunited with Scott Zeron


6-Dancin Hill – Gelding has been knocking on the door with two close seconds in a row, grinded gamely in a narrow loss to You Bet Your Glass last week



7-Father Patrick – Breeding & racing this season, the two-time Dan Patch Award winner returned in smashing style in the Maxie Lee, was outsprinted by JL Cruze in :26.4 on 6-6, then got used hard from post ten on 6-19, freshened with three weeks off & figures to brush & take control


6-JL Cruze – $35,000 rags-to-riches story has dominated 2015 winning the Super Bowl, Singer, Shiaway St Pat & Weiss Series, twice upset Father Patrick here last month, then bravely nosed out the mighty Sebastian K last week, gelding is simply handy & relentless


4-Shake It Cerry – Takter’s other double millionaire in here & 2014 Trotter of the Year reeled off three in a row before finishing fourth in the Armbro Flight, looks to regroup from another inside post against two killer males



7-Wiggle It Jiggleit – A jubilant Montrell Teague said they opened up his bridle for the Hempt so he could see the opposition & he just took off in a career best 1:48.2, gelding has come a long way in a relatively short time & justified the faith Team Teague has had in him all along, the main target again


6-Wakizashi Hanover - $23,000 bargain took full advantage of a perfect two-hole trip to play upsetter in the NA Cup, lacked the knock out punch in the Hempt, yet his big late kick suits the longer stretch here, last year Tetrick won his fourth Pace in eight tries with 1:46.4 record setter He’s Watching


3-Roland N Rock – Mystery gelding from Iowa sports an impressive & undefeated record of 18-for-18, garnered Campbell’s glowing compliments after a spin around Goshen last week, now faces the supreme test for class with a Hall of Fame driver who’s won the Pace a record seven times



7-Moonlit Dance – Hit the board despite a brutal trip from post ten in the Town Pro at Mohawk last out, Fan Hanover elimination upsetter couldn’t close from last in that final, worth a swing in a wide-open elimination


10-Stacia Hanover – Badly beaten even money favorite tried to go down the road & was pressured into submission in the Lynch Final, Steve Elliott trainee revived on Lasix & has more than just pure speed in her arsenal to overcome post ten


2-Divine Caroline – Rated the pace & just missed in the tiring slop in her Lynch elimination, then had no chance in that final last week won by her stablemate Bettor Be Steppin, this talented Joe Holloway filly can stalk the speed from an inside post here



6-Art History – Reeled off six in a row here this season, while rising to the Open level for the raging Steve Elliott, added Lasix & was torched first over last week, has a big chance to bounce back


3-Melmerby Beach – Has certainly proven himself with speed & versatility & taken to the Big M mile surface in both starts here, was flying home last week in :25.3, draws well & picks up Campbell


1-Somesizsomestyle – Has struggled to make any headway against Graduate level foes, but note the sharp win in the slop at Pocono on 6-27, reunited with Brett Miller with a shot at stalking n popping



10-Scalped – Team Teague 5YO ships back here into a much softer class, hasn’t won in a long time & lands outside, but makes his third start off a sick scratch & has the speed to blast off for position


8-Beginner’s Luck – I have no idea where that surprisingly effortless 1:50.4 career best blowout came from on 6-20, got seared first over in the slop last time, trying rebound from a tougher post with the addition of The Buckeye


9-Jin Dandy – Rejuvenated gelding raced well from a long way back in a short series final last Saturday, makes his second start off the Nick Surick claim in a camera-shy finale field







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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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