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Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 11:45 AM


1-Dejatiero – Half brother to world champion & millionaire was used twice & simply powered away in an impressive debut, loads of upside, grabs the rail for Trond & may be ready for this challenging field


6-Lightning Force – Has rested a few weeks since the strong third from post ten in the NJSS Final, no Trixtons in here & drops into a prime spot to make a Hambletonian statement


8-Gural Hanover – Lightly-raced Team Burke trainee stole one here & sprinted home in :27.1 in the slop on 5-16, standout qualifier on Lasix makes him a threat in a pretty solid field



4-Lad Pine – Pretty consistent gelding hit the board again from a tougher post in the first leg, if things set up right he could trot past this camera-shy bunch


5-J Cs Jake – Stormed home to just miss by a nose off the sick scratch, then rallied from a tough spot to hit the ticket again, just needs a bit more late punch to pick them all off this time


1-Mister King – Passed tired foes at 43-1 to snag second behind a runaway winner Mckenzie’s Star, a decent debut here, has a chance to save ground & improve



7-Royal Ice – Was going in the right direction for Trond when he dug in to win a qualifier on 5-10, added Lasix & dealt with two sloppy tracks in NJSS, three weeks to regroup & surprise this suspect field


5-King City – Jonas Czernyson trainee is 0 for 15, but was twice third in tougher sires stakes action, broke the final, but has license to rebound in a soft N/W of 2


2-Green Hornut – Has shown some positive signs since the handy qualifier back on 5-10, aggressive effort last out resulted in a late break, Team Orange Crush can straighten out this green trotter



9-Odds On Aventure – Twice beaten favorite was just a neck shy in :27 two starts back, can see her getting there with the right speed set up


2-Mistresstothestars – Stepped out for a pocket ride & followed a well-rated winner in KZ Beach Girl, draws well sporting the most solid form of a light division


5-Jarnac – Did her best dealing with outside posts in her last two, noted for her speed she has a shot at snapping her 0 for 14 this season



5-Montenegro – Hasn’t had much chance in both starts here under her new trainer David M. Smith, 12-time winner last year, while banking over $200,000 drops & look for more aggressive handling


8-Gettingreadytoroll – Was simply stunning winning back-to-back stakes last month for Team Takter, talented filly is well spotted to rebound off a costly miscue in the NJSS Final


7-Macharoundtheclock – Cycled forward, took charge & polished it off in a front-end masterpiece by Lachance, tries to capitalize on her peak form at a slightly tougher level



1-Lightning Storm – Strong runner-up to Smoother Ride at almost 46-1 gathering steam on the comeback trail for Tony Alagna, solid record last season, inside advantage in a wide-open field


9-Smoother Ride – Tossed aside his recent seconditis & romped to a new lifetime mark, looms large again despite this slightly tougher class & post assignment


4-Money On My Mind – Was freshened up & came back with speed in PA for Team Burke, figures to be forwardly place off that keen prep & has a chance to steal this



6-The Summer Wind – Angled & exploded home to late & just missed to Mojarra Hanover, third start off the bench at a reduced level for the Burke Brigade


2-Carolsdieal – Was forced to chase a well-rated Ideal A Little last week, tough nose loss before that, post two again & she owns some back class


3-Mojarra Hanover – Has sharply turned her game around with back-to-back 1:51.1 lifetime marks, while flashing new found speed, draws better & looks to be the one to reel in again



6-Team Six – Employed his big late kick to hit the board again, shows a :26.2 winning a qualifier on 5-16, lightly-raced 4YO still peaking for Team Miller


5-Hillustrious – Overcame an early miscue & wide trip from post eight to nail the mild upset in a career best, Hambletonian eligible continues to move forward


3-Time To Quit – Draws inside again for another shot at this reduced C-1 level, swept the Super Bowl Series & capable of controlling speed



8-Star Photo – Fresh Team Burke acquisition has quickly raised his profile with a narrow loss, then an easy win in PA, finds a wide-open Flower Child split to exploit


1-Dash For The Cash – Finished a solid second to a well meant Helios last week, lands the pole again & trying to end an 0 for 15 drought this season


10-Helios – Bounced back from some tentative efforts with a two-move wake up mile from post ten, stuck aside again in a similar series field



10-Captaintreacherous – Two-time Pacer of the Year has qualified with plenty of zeal for his 4YO debut, lands outside pretty strong field, yet his connections are very excited about his prospects this season


3-Apprentice Hanover – Unleashed a noteworthy late lunge to just miss in the Levy Final, a close second in the Molson Pace, draws well on a form spree


6-Word Power – Always liked his brilliant speed & versatility, had no chance from post ten in the Roll With Joe, second by a head in 1:48.4 here three starts back



8-Mckenzie’s Star – Recovered from an early break to win on 6-4, then dominated a soft division last week, may be tough to stop with his relentless rally


6-Sina – Made her second start off a sick scratch really count & converted a perfect drive by Campbell into a career best 1:54.3, can easily make it two-for-two in this series


1-Newsboy Moriarity – Couldn’t duplicate the effort of his shocking win on 5-30 when caught too far back from post seven, chance to stalk these from closer range from the rail this time



1-Caveat Emptor – Stakes performer at two & three has struggled to get underway this season, but this is a perfect spot for him to glide away close, stalk n pop for Schnittker


6-Kodak Lindy – Has missed three weeks since an improved rally for third at 25-1, any semblance of that mile makes him a threat in this soft C-2 match up


5-Chinese Cuisine – Freshened & finished fourth to far superior foes in the qualifier, draws the same midpack post with options & hasn’t got much to beat



10-Janie Bay – Both wins this season came when she dropped to the C-1 level, this is a relatively competitive C-2 & she does have to find a way into it from post ten


5-Always On A Roll – Has simply been overmatched in her last two & scored those recent back-to-back wins from outside posts with speed & versatility


9-She’s Dangerous – Lightly-raced, yet talented filly for Tony Alagna hasn’t raced in three weeks since fading to seventh first time Lasix & moves farther outside, but this is a much easier spot










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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 almost 20 years. Ken has appeared on national television networks such as ESPN, called 11 editions of the $1.5 million Hambletonian, and worked as a member of the broadcast team for NBC Sports and CBS Sports.

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