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Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, July 02, 2014 11:24 AM


2-Legends Luck – Paced compromised trying to close into a :54.3 back half, two acclimating miles now, moves inside, adds Tetrick & has a chance to snap the 0 for 14 season skid


5-Sir Richard Z Tam – Displayed sharp speed from post nine, then had too far to come behind Legends Luck, third start off the bench may be the trick to stopping his 0 for 12 in 2014


4-Southwind Terror – Beaten heavy favorite added Lasix, grinded gamely from post ten & lost it late in the mile, can atone with another shot at this bottom C-2 level



2-Single Me – Homebred out of Sweetheart winner Lonesome Day, who is a sister to millionaire Cam Swifty, just missed in her first one in :27.2, then did all the work in a 1:56.2 cruise at Gaitway


3-Bedroomconfessions – First foal out of a sister to millionaire and 1:48.4 performer Keystone Horatio, won both baby races with :27 sprints for Tony Alagna & could be anything


4-Dancin Caroll – $90,000 half sister to world champion Dancin Yankee, 1:47.2, has gotten off to a very encouraging run, romping in her last two at Pocono Downs



1A-Artspeak – From the maternal family of Pace champion Southwind Lynx, draw off in a sparkling :26.4 in his second qualifier, part of a strong Tony Alagna entry


5-Too Darn Hot – Out of a sister to the great Kikikatie, tracked an impressive Weapons Dealer as the beaten favorite in the first leg & continues to improve for Team Burke


7-Western Pioneer – $15,000 bargain for the Western Vintage connections, followed up standout qualifiers by chasing a sizzling 1:52.4 round one winner, moves forward off that experience



9-Top Gear – Has been a very consistent stalker & closer on the five eighths, can handle the outside draw with Brian Sears listed & faces a very suspect field, worth a swing7-Ideal


6-Golden Receiver – 9YO double millionaire just hasn’t measured up to his previous top level recently, barn change, class drop & three weeks off may spell turnaround


4-Hillbilly Hanover – Finally broke through for his first win this season on the class drop in NY, classy individual for Team Burke fits well at B-2 & likely fires out for position or control



7-Ideal Nuggets – Hails from a productive family, chased first leg winner Cashaway in that second qualifier, then just missed to that same rival in round one with a mighty :26.2 surge


3-Smart Zone – Her maternal line includes 1:48.4 performer Open Book, won all three baby races, including a :26.2 beating Wicked Little Minx here, moves inside off a narrow loss in the photo with Ideal Nuggets


9-Stacia Hanover – Breezed in both qualifiers at Gaitway & unleashed a wicked :25.4 to beat a quality opponent in The Show Returns last week, moves outside, yet remains a serious contender



6-JK Endofanera – Governor’s Cup winner here at two converted a superb drive by Brian Sears to pull a 12-1 upset in the NA Cup, tuned up with an ideal qualifier for Team Burke & looms a legitimate favorite


8-Lyonssomewhere – NA Cup elimination winner stung by a :25.1 first quarter, then had a bit of stretch traffic in that final, followed JK Endofanera in last week’s qualifier & lands outside, talent makes up for lack of experience


3-Doo Wop Hanover – Won the NJSS Final with a strong effort here, returns to the mile track after winning a Hempt consolation with a sterling rally & returns Captain Callahan



1-Let’s Drink On It – From the first crop of 2008 upsetter Art Official, had no chance in the NA Cup Final, bounced back with a huge 1:48.3 career best here last week & moves inside for sizzling Tyler Smith


7-Tellitlikeitis – NA Cup runner up & beaten favorite blew by He’s Watching in :26.1 at Mohawk, freshened for a very competitive elimination, three of his siblings made the Pace Final for Takter


5-Luck Be Withyou – Breeders Crown champion left hard from post eight into a :25.1 first quarter & got shuffled in the NA Cup, tuned up with an easy score at Pocono Downs for four-time Pace winner Pierce



6-Oneisalonelynumber – Maternal line boasts double millionaire Glowing Report & family of Grand Lady, won his second qualifier with pace at both ends for Casie Coleman


2-Freedomformysoul - $12,000 yearling tripped out & flew home to win both baby races, the latest in a snappy :26.3, lands inside again to facilitate another stalking trip


3-Lone Survivor – Looks like a $14,000 bargain, out of a half sister to millionaire Modern Art, drew clear in his second trial & draws an improved post



4-Open Water – Chased the raging Cobalt Man before making shambles of his opposition last week, can use his class edge, sharpening form & ideal stalking style to prevail in this tight call


5-On The Radar – Exited the Caramore Series & aired it out for a new mark last week, owns his share of back class, yet will likely feel more pressure on the lead in this match up


1-Big Jer – Dropped to the bottom C-2 level & uncorked a career best blowout second time Lasix, rewarded with the rail & one of five preliminary winners in a competitive final



7-Flanagan Memory – 2013 O’Brien Award winner won the Goodtimes & OSS Super Final, fresh on the comeback trail & off a career best 1:52.4 at the Mohawk Preferred level & strong in the win column


13-Bee A Magician – 2013 Horse of the Year faded & scoped sick after the Armbro Flight, bounced back with a strong qualifier here with a :26.3 off by herself, but the second tier in a bulky field present a serious challenge


6-Royalty For Life – 2013 Hambletonian champion makes his long awaited return after eight months on the sidelines, latest qualifier here indicates readiness, yet may need a race or two



4-Table Talk – Note the way she stormed home in :26 flat to a big Fan Hanover elimination upset, fresh off a NYSS score at Tioga Downs, draws well & adds Bionic Man


7-Galliebythebeach – Seemed to be gathering momentum on the comeback trail with a speedy second in her Lynch elimination, but got parked in that final, chance rebound in a wide-open elimination


5-Act Now – Dominated the sires stakes final in a career best 1:49.3, then somehow faltered as the beaten favorite in her Lynch elimination, looking for a bounce back mile with The White Knight



4-Ticket To Roll – Brother to millionaire mare Ticket To Rock finished well while a soundly beaten third behind Dealt A Winner, yet no telling how much the Tony Alagna trainee will improve, chance to turn the tables


5-Dealt A Winner – Gelding out of a half sister to millionaire Timesareachanging sizzled down the road in a sparkling 1:52.4 opener, expect more of that intimidating speed


8-Hurrikane Ali – Brother to near millionaire Driven To Win & from the family of She’s A Great Lady & The Big Dog, strong surge in :26.4 chasing Dealt A Winner, moves outside, but certainly has more upside



6-Ontario Success – Closed into a :54.2 back half in a tougher B-2, drops back into a competitive C-1, which may produce the speed target he needs


3-Hang Ten – Suffered a tough loss when he was parked through fast fractions two starts back, rallied to hit the board in a C-1 Dash for the “C” Notes Final, draws well again & goes back to Gingras


2-Mighty Young Joe – Was hammered early & often & got forced wide from an impossible spot in a sizzling :25.4, now drops to a straight C-1, lands an improved post & figures to be forwardly placed



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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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