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Posted by Ken Warkentin on Monday, July 27, 2015 11:17 PM


4-Massive Lightning – This lightly-raced 3YO has just started to find his best stride for trainer Steve Elliott, fresh off the mile of his life, wire-to-wire at Harrah’s Philly & draws well


8-Fashion Creditor – Gelding was starting to come around with a distant third in the Empire Breeders Classic, a solid third in the Zweig consolation off a sick scratch, tough post but big chance despite post eight


1-Gifted Way – Has shown some talented in qualifiers, chasing the likes of Muscle Diamond, stayed flat & race deceptively well from post nine & builds on that from the rail for Tony Alagna



4-Hollywood Hill – Another talented Takter trainee out of the millionaire Lantern Kronos made it two of three with a game effort from a demanding post with hopples added for assurance


1-Broadway Donna – Fashion Farms homebred daughter of 2009 Oaks champion Broadway Schooner a perfect four-for-four in PA & stands out from the rail


2-I’m Outstanding – Second foal out of the $460,988 stakes winner No Pain No Gain ran into Broadway Donna in her last two, draws well to stalk that big favorite for Takter



3-Soulmate Hanover – Sister to Sassa Hanover, 1:49.4 [$594,430] has experiences two races in salty PASS company for Steve Elliott, keeps on improving from a nice post here


6-Show Time Hill – Tony Alagna trainee out of Sweetheart winner Fox Valley Shaker just missed with another nice late surge in the NJSS Final, this is clearly an easier N/W of 2


4-Albany Girl – Prepped well & accordingly by Takter & excellent third to big favorite Graceful Vision in a useful opener, continues to climb higher with a better draw



3-Woman’s Will – Well-bred Donato Hanover miss for noted Katz-Libfeld team has gotten off to a great start, ran into the undefeated Broadway Donna at Pocono & draws inside here


7-Twice Is Right – Brittany Farms filly out of a sister to Triple Crown champion Glidemaster has been superb & found her best stride dominating a Kindergarten division here with Gingras


9-Silent Blessings – Improving Muscles Yankee filly was a solid runner-up in her last two NJSS miles, shifts outside, yet remains a contender in a competitive elimination



1-Southwind Frank – Effortlessly bounced back off a miscue & dominated the NJSS Final from post nine, Team Burke trainee rewarded with the pole in a soft elimination


6-Alexander Hanover – Converted a perfect-trip into a mild upset in PASS at Harrah’s Philly, steady Cantab Hall colt going in the right direction for Campbell


4-Sliding Home – Second foal out of Oaks champ Bar Slide won his first two, then somehow stopped at Harrah’s Philly, excuse that one, chance to rebound from a better post



5-Wind Of The North – Cutler runner-up ventured overseas to no avail, second qualifier indicates readiness, strong in the win column & faces a field ripe for the taking


7-Shake It Cerry – 2014 Trotter of the Year won a Graduate leg winner here in 1:51.4 on 6-6, just missed in that 1:49.4 final on 7-11, lacked serious punch in the Hambo Maturity, still rates a long look despite post nine based her sheer class


2A-Handover Belle – Burke trainee took her mark of 1:51.4 here last season & has quickly come to hand with a thunderous rally & narrow loss to Market Share last week



7-Inittowinafortune – Thoroughly overmatched at the Open level recently, the latest a 1:48.3 sizzler, drops into a drought-filled field with tactical speed as her best weapon & has a nose for the charmed circle


1-Witch Dali – Pace compromised & forced wide, yet still hit the board chasing a runaway Sayitall BB, has been hinting of regaining her early season success & draws the rail in an intriguing first leg of the Late Pick 4


9-Caviart Shelly – Nosed out by That Woman Hanover two starts back, then chased the revived Sayitall BB last week, stuck outside again in a challenging puzzle



6-Sylvia – Sister to millionaire & 2007 Hambo runner up Adrian Chip made a costly break in the NJSS Final after winning a round two division, has a chance bounce back for Team Burke


4-Kathy Parker – Dam is a sister to millionaire Liberty Balance, broke through in fine style in PASS at Pocono Downs & draws well in a competitive split


7-Sunset Glider - $180,000 filly from the family of Godiva Hall [$808,008] romped in a PASS division at The Meadows, then gunned down by trip-sitting longshot Encore Gold, another talented Takter trainee with a chance to advance



9-Winter Harbor – Muscle Hill from the family of millionaire filly Casual Breeze sold for a whopping $240,000, cruised in his Kindergarten opener with authority for top connections


6-Bar Hopping – Brother to NJSS Final runner up Martiniwithmuscle, 1:53.4 [$83,467] stormed home in an eye-catching :26.3 to grab second in the NJSS Final for Takter after winning a round two division


7-Waitlifter K – Stole away with a Kindergarten division in 1:56.2, outsprinting the favorite Jack Vernon in :27.3 & was very competitive in NJSS



5-Spicebomb – Gelding rocketed home from an impossible spot in a sharp :26.2 to just miss, may be worth a swing off that encouraging rally in a very competitive field


3-Michael’s Victory – Draws well here fresh off a big wake up speed effort & narrow loss in 1:52.3  at speedy Pocono Downs & might be the one to knock off


2-Inforce – Suddenly ramped up his game with a mighty surge & close second in the Stallion Series at The Meadows & draws inside for trainer Steve Elliott



1A-The Bank – Takter’s sleeper woke up with a season’s best 1:50.4 in a Dancer division to add ammunition to his Hambletonian battalion, Goodtimes runner up headed skyward


1-French Laundry – Rebounded from a break in the Goodtimes Final with a strong third to The Bank, draws the rail & gives Takter a big chance of finishing 1-2 here


2A-Crescent Fashion – Ake Svanstedt-tuned colt brimming with confidence, while fresh off two straight blowouts at Pocono & Yonkers, draws a demanding post, yet has a chance to step it up for minor spoils



1-Lightning Storm – Added trotting hopples, almost went all the way & just missed to the raging Detroit Rapper in 1:52.4 as the beaten favorite, has a chance to build on that from the rail


4-Elin – 0 for 16 this season, but a new horse in the Steve Elliott barn, lost by a neck on 7-10 & kicked home to hit the board last week, a prime time player here from an inside post


7-Captain Primeau – Comes off his amazing 100th start at the Big M, drops the bottom condition in fine form & looks for the right speed set up






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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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