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Posted by Ken Warkentin on Monday, June 23, 2014 10:08 PM


10-Muscle Midas - $300,000 yearling broke through with a perfect trip in his 3YO debut, an encouraging comeback, but must deal with the post ten challenge with just a month until the Hambo elims


3-Mister B’s Way – Brother to millionaires Winning Mister & Win Missy B flashed obvious talent in that sloppy track win back on 5-23, added trotting hopples & qualified with trot at both ends & draws well


7-Lightning Force – Hambletonian prospect finished a bang-up third from post ten in the sires stakes final, then third again behind Muscle Midas, time to erase the concern of his 1 for 14 record



4-Guess Who’s Back – First foal out of an unraced sister to millionaire Poof She’s Gone went for $90,000 & sprinted home in an inspiring :27 in his lone qualifier


2-French Laundry – Third foal out of Oaks champion Creamy Mimi sold for $115,000 & has popped out of the two-hole & looked the part in both qualifiers for Takter


7-True Blue Stride – Brother to 1:53.1 Stanley Dancer Memorial winner He’s A Demon showed improved late vigor in his second baby race, challenging draw makes him a closing threat



4-The Show Returns – Sister to double millionaire & world champion Put On A Show started to strut her stuff with solid speed in her second qualifier


1-Stacia Hanover – Second foal out of NYSS standout 2YO Stolly Up Bluechip won both qualifiers with controlling speed & the latest with an eye-catching :26.4


3-Sweet Deal – Her dam was a stakes winning & KYSS champion at two, both baby races were solid & we may see her build on the speed she showed last out



2-Clear View Hanover – Beat B-2 stock here last season, qualified with plenty of energy, second start off the bench with an inside draw in a suspect field


5-Western Empress – Had a perfect second over trip & squandered it with no serious punch, while chasing a surprisingly strong winner in Major Look, Burke trainee gets more class relief


6-Miss Machqueen – Dropped to the bottom rung & catapulted off a hot pace to a new mark of 1:51.1 first time Lasix, chance to keep it going



2-Saturday Mornings – Second dam is Oaks champion Gleam, cruised in the first trial, then barely outsprinted in a crisp :27.3, rates highly off those two inspiring efforts


3-Mission Brief – Third foal out of Breeders Crown champion Southwind Serena bounced back to romp in her second baby race with a :27.3, $150,000 yearling buy looks like the real deal for Team Burke


1-Demons N Diamonds – May be next best of this Muscle Hill dominated event with progressive qualifiers, plus has Pierce on the rail



5-Il Mago – 1:52.4 performer here last season can’t be sold short fresh off two straight speed scores at Pocono & has a chance to capitalize on his sharp form


7-Mistery Woman – Oaks elimination winner last year looks ready to regroup with the addition of trotting hopples & Lasix based on her defeat of Spider Blue Chip in the qualifier


2-Deweycolorintheline – Major stakes performer at three was generously classified & exploited a C-1 field by equaling his lifetime mark, draws well on the step up



5-Icommandmyspirit – Reeled off back-to-back wins here & came to within a fifth of her career best with sharp pace at both ends two starts back, no chance in PA last out


8-Spend It All – Won her last start here in this class from post ten & beat Icommandmyspirit & Monochromatic in PA last time, owns very effective tactical speed


6-Mattie Terror Girl – Was reunited with The Bionic Man & driven aggressive & accordingly to a narrow victory, just a fifth off her lifetime mark, sharp enough to make this tougher class sweat



2-Lauderdale – 2013 Hambletonian finalist finished an acceptable fourth as the beaten favorite in his 4YO debut in PA & draws inside a beatable C-1 here


1-Picture This – Flirted with top 3YOs last season, has had two starts under him, moves inside & may be ready to deliver a top effort


4-Lightning Storm – Like the way he rallied stoutly for second two starts back, toss out the miscue in the slop, reunited with Bionic Man & lands a wide open C-1



9-Western Pioneer – Perry Soderberg is a master at picking them out like Western Vintage, this colt is out of a sister to millionaire Noble Ability & jogged in both baby races


8-Original Zin – Rocknroll Hanover colt from a productive family showed vast improvement in his second qualifier & lands in a soft division


6-Touch Of Luck – Team Remmen-tuned colt was eager to please in his initial outing at The Meadows, then a close second here, worth a long look



1-Prove Up – Capped off 2013 on a winning note & qualified with good energy for Linda Toscano, lands the pole in a wide-open C-2


3-Bluto – Major stakes player last year lacked the knockout punch off cover first time Lasix, but has the potential to improve from post three again


4-Vida De Vie – Beaten even money favorite was well rated & gunned down, continues her form revival at this bottom C-2 level



1-Cashaway – Sister stakes winners Authorize & Act Now, out of a sister to Artiscape & second dam is millionaire Delinquent Account, strong winner in her latest qualifier’


6-Smart Zone – Rocknroll Hanover filly won all three baby races with sharp late pace for Team Miller & hails from a productive maternal line


3-Ideal Nuggets – Nice speed try in her initial outing, then sat behind Cashaway & finished willingly, relegated to minor player behind the top two



5-Bruce’s Magic – Second dam is the half million dollar winner Art In The Park, miscued initially, then rebounded with a well-controlled score for top connections


8-Weapons Dealer – Out of a sister to Sanabelle Island, drew off in his first start at Mohawk, then ran into a relatively quick 1:54.2 winner, finds a soft division here


4-Too Darn Hot – First foal out of a sister to the prolific dam Kikikatie sold for $85,000 & blasted home in :27.2 to take his second baby race at Gaitway, a Team Burke pupil to monitor closely



5-Keystone Wyatt – Showing speed on the comeback trail at three different tracks, owns a bit of back class & may be the one to catch in this laid back field


4-PT’s Boomerang – Put forth a solid effort to finish second from post seven in a Flower Child consolation, just 2 for her last 46 a concern


3-Gaslight – Has shown gradual improvement, picked up minor spoils last week, draws well & looks to continue in the right direction in a wide-open field



2-Synergy Seelster – Shook loose with solid late pace to grab the place spot at almost 64-1, needed to acclimate, draws inside again & owns some back class


6-Right On Molly – Flashed sudden wake up speed last out in NY, a budding star at two, missed all of last year & now drops into a soft C-2


1-Embassy Seelster – Dropped out of claimers & gamely chased the favorite Janie Bay, just 1 for 17 this season, yet look for her to stalk with a rail trip





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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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