Handicapper Blog

Posted by Ken Warkentin on Monday, June 16, 2014 10:53 PM


2-Red Hot Spicy – Went 0 for 9 as a 2YO, yet gained some stakes experience, now switches to Ake Svanstedt, the qualifier was adequate & the inside draw favorable


1-Scream And Shout – Rested a few weeks after tailing off in NJSS, wired foes in her qualifier with good energy for Takter & lands the pole


3-Muscles And Spice – A decent third in both starts here, now fully acclimated, draws better & has a big chance to show more of his upside



2-Montalbano Bi – Proved that first win was no fluke with a grinding repeat in 1:54.3 for Smedshammer, lightly-raced Donato Hanover colt has talent & upside, worth a swing


4-Heaven’s Door – Muscle Hill filly simply blasted down the road in a stunning 1:52 to take the NJSS final three weeks ago, after breaking her maiden in style she’s still eligible to N/W of 2


1-Moonlight In Miami – Broke as the beaten favorite in the sires stakes final, bounced back with a solid qualifier & looms large for Team Takter



7-Clementine Dream – Mare with speed & versatility followed up an aggressive C-1 upset with a solid rally for second at 50-1, she’s going in the right direction


2-Hillustrious – Rode the live cover of the winner & couldn’t quite get there in a crisp :27.1, Burke-tuned colt with Hambletonian aspirations made a nice recovery from post eight to win before that


6-My Inspiration – Kicked off her season breaking her maiden in a NJSS division with a sharp :26.3, a distant third in the final, Smedshammer filly has upside



6-Mr Jim Dandy – Got on a bit of a roll recently & won here with a perfectly timed rally by David Offenberg on 5-30, looks to rebound off a dull mile at Tioga


10-B L Class Act – Rallied for second here from post nine at 21-1 on 5-30, his form spree & the right trip could carry him past the stragglers


3-Wygant Prince – Faded to fifth here on 5-30, but comes off a well rated score in PA, draws inside here & will either be on or near the lead



8-Miss Machqueen – Was bothered while fading in the slop last week, has a chance to rebound with significant class relief, but must find a way into it


6-Don’t Blame Her – Classy 11YO mare fresh off a strong second in PA, drops to the bottom C-2 rung here, figures to flaunt her speed & class


4-Always On A Roll – Beaten favorite dropped back to C-2, had a perfect trip & was no match for a blowout winner Wanna Win, sharp right now



6-Handover Belle – Grand Circuit winner at three starting to cycle forward, rallied to score with a perfect cover trip from post ten last week & merits the step up


8-Whata Donato – Versatile Burke trainee tries to rebound off a break at Pocono & likely launches with speed on the class drop


10-Here Comes Numbers – After another three-week layoff he deals with post ten, yet seems to have settled down & owns a wicked kick



1-Western Empress – Like the way she turned things around with a menacing move & mild upset two starts back in PA, no chance here in the slop last week, Burke may have found the key to her


2-Marinade Hanover – Toss out her last two, a game runner up as the beaten favorite on 5-30, inside draw to put together a similar effort


6-Wanna Win – Must admit after her first start here I wasn’t impressed, but she rebounded with flair last week in a career best 1:51.4 over an off track, now must step up to C-1



9-Ma Chere Hall – Half million dollar major stakes winner at three has made breaks in three of four starts this year, gets significant class relief, yet is tough to gauge from post nine


5-Deweycolorintheline – Breeders Crown finalist last year has won five of his last six at Saratoga & lowered his mark to 1:55.1, carries his confidence back to the mile track


3-Rock Of Cashell – Has taken a couple of starts to acclimate here, flashed even more late trot from far back in :27 last week, gets another shot at this reduced C-1 level from an improved post



4-Chinese Cuisine – Flashed sharp speed & tired in his comeback behind Vida De Vie, but another stalking trip is imminent & more sustain is likely, Open class winner at The Red Mile last Fall


3-Vida De Vie – Steamrolled to the top & was collared by a revved up Caveat Emptor, a positive outing & more energy is expected with another inside draw


6-Dream Lake – Stayed flat, showed speed & gained a board spot in his second start off a sick scratch, chance to stretch out on the mile track with a positive driver change to Scottie Z



4-Ragazzo Dolce – Lone 3YO in the field dropped out of sires stakes for this series & broke in round one, but rallied to just miss last week & draws better


2-Upfrontstrikesgold – Displayed sudden speed over an off track last week, second by a nose in :27.3 on 5-30, inside draw gives him a big chance with a smooth trip


6-Marcus Bi – Rallied to be a solid third in the first leg, then had too far to come off a slow pace, an obvious closing threat, but could be stronger in the win column



5-Sebastian K S – Stunning is one way to describe his world record debut here, came right back to set a Cutler Stakes record, the 34-day layoff is only a minor concern


3-Market Share – Bounced back from his inexplicable break in the Cutler with a gutsy world record in the Maxie Lee, had another off night in Ohio & returns for a rematch with the monster


7-Sevruga – Consistent gelding vaulted over the $1 million mark with a speedy second in the Maxie Lee, still seems a step below the top two even on his best day



8-Lola De Vie – Note the way she left alertly & surged by for the 10-1 upset & new lifetime mark two starts back, $330,000 NYSS standout last year tries the bottom C-2 level again


6-Broadway Rocks – Drops into a soft C-2 after several no-chance trips, chance to flaunt his controlling speed & exploit this suspect field


5-Bluebird Kidsqueen – Dropped back to the C-2 level & showed her usual late kick, any semblance of her 1:53.3 win on 5-9 makes her threat here



7-Lotsa Matzah – Talented filly broke her maiden at Pocono Downs on 5-20, just missed in a NYSS division, then broke, worth a swing dropping into a wide-open C-2 here


5-Embassy Seelster – Just 1 for 16 this season, but a steady closer with a dangerous late kick, drops out of claimers & figures to thrive in the long stretch here


2-Deliciouslynaughty – Raced well gaining minor spoils in the Cathedra Dot Com Series, needed to acclimate, draws better & adds Dave Miller







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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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