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Posted by Ken Warkentin on Monday, July 07, 2014 10:56 PM


2-Muscerene – Lightly-raced Muscle Hill colt, second foal out of Trond’s 1:51.4 performer Queen Serene , flashed sharp speed from post eight in only his second start, draws inside with Brian Sears listed on the proof


5-Scacco Matto – Only 1 for 16, but bounced back with a strong surge for second in a similarly weak N/W of 2 last week, moves inside to a cozy midpack post for Pierce


9-Vanity Matters – Explosive Matter filly just 1 for 15, yet perked up in her last start with a perfect two-hole ride at Pocono Downs, post nine here complicates matters


6-American Crossroad – Another exquisitely bred Brittany Farms bred colt out of a sister to 1:47.4 performer & near $600,000 winner Art Professor, made excellent moves in both baby races for Tony Alagna


4-Rockin Jimmy – Son of 2010 Pace elimination & $900,000 winner Rockin Image caught fire & aired it out in his latest qualifier at Pocono Downs for The Terminator


8-Vegas Rocks – Out of a sister to millionaire Stonebridge Kisses showed stark improvement in his second betting race, closing into a :55.2 back half



3-Chinese Cuisine – Converted perfect Pierce piloting into a career best of 1:54.3 on 6-20, then raced well against slightly better without a top driver, The Miracle Man is back in the bike & the draw is kind


5-Jersey Boy – Shows a narrow loss two starts back in PA, then clearly overmatched, Gingras-owned gelding returns here at the bottom C-2 level


1-Cashahallic – Just missed a mild upset fresh off the bench on 5-23, bounced back off a miscue with a confidence-boosting wire job at Scioto Downs, serious threat lands the pole


10-It Was Fascination – Tony Alagna-trained filly stepped up her game with a solid second in a Lynch consolation, draws outside, yet seems to outclass most of this field


4-Atsallrite Hanover – Stormed home from far back to win a division of NJSS in a sparkling 1:51.4 in only her second career start, half sister to Apprentice Hanover obviously has talent & Team Burke can fine tune her


3-Highland Rockstar – Picked up checks in all three NJSS races, freshened up & qualified okay in N Y, just 1 for 14, but returns in soft N/W of 2



6-Mojarra Hanover – Toss out her last few as she was simply overmatched, drops back to a winning C-2 level where she can assert herself again


4-Cheyenne Miriam – Holds an overwhelming class edge, yet went offstride on her own after a quick start from post ten, beaten favorite has a big chance to atone from an improved post, but still looms a severe underlay


7-Upfrontwhosurlady – 0 for 16 this season, but improved a tad at Tioga Downs & since the addition of Lasix, reunited with The Bionic Man & returns here in a wide-open field



4-Scandalous Hanover – Looks to rebound off a disappointing seventh in her second start off the bench, drops dangerously for Casie Coleman & has too much back class to ignore & goes back to The Buckeye


5-JK Letitgo – Still recall how she won her first seven starts this season & won the Artistic Vision Final for her new connections, this is enough of a class drop for her to make an aggressive attempt


6-Swinging Beauty – Classy mare closing in on $900,000 recaptured her winning form in PA, too far back in most recent here, look for this Burke trainee to blast off



9-Social Scene – NYSS champion last year has regained form in her last two for Casie Coleman, just missed with a tailor made trip last week & actually gets a bit of class relief


6-Carolsideal – Amazing how she seems to struggle home in :28 and change, then suddenly conjures up a :26.2 to upset the Cathedra Dot Com at 14-1, no chance from post ten last week in :26


3-UF Dragon’s Queen – Took no prisoners in a wire-to-wire blowout from post seven when dropped to the bottom C-2 level, look for more speed with a better draw despite the bump up to C-1



2-Nitro Nittany – Has only missed the board once in seven tries this season, has won a PASS event & thrived in the Stallion Series, draws well off a strong second in the PA All Stars at Pocono & faces a camera shy bunch


3-Zuppa Inglese – Has been knocking on the door for team burke, just missed despite a tough trip as the heavy favorite in PA & draws inside a field ripe for taking


6-Mac Bad Boy – Steady veteran ships back from PA & his form has cycled in the right direction, solid speed last out & looking to improve his 1 for 12 record this season & lands in vulnerable field



3-Elleofnxample – Stepped up a bit too high after reignited her form in PA & lowered her mark to 1:51.4 in the process, plummets into a gift C2, draws inside & reunited with Pierce


5-Full Explosion – Saved ground, angled sharply & swooped them into strong headwinds, looks to follow up on that career best with another stalking try


6-Aria J – Left alertly from post nine, tracked a confident winner & was merely outpaced, takes another shot at the bottom C-2 level with some back class on view



6-I’m Banksy – Blitzed by a sizzling 1:50 last out from post nine, steadily closing with sharp final quarters, big chance to rally past these with the right set up


5-Gallant Seelster – Gets the call here pretty much by default, no chance from post ten last out in :26.4, sharp moves before that at the C-1 level & drops into a blank C-2


3-Senor Grande – Too far back from post eight last time, pace compromised before that, stormed home a solid second on 6-14, improved post may snap the 2014 losing skid



6-Appomattox – Trotted home in a sharp :26.4 in his first start off the bench, second start for his new barn will likely be a more aggressive effort


8-Not Afraid – Classy Takter trainee followed up a mild upset here on 6-6 with a down-the-road career best 1:51.4 at Pocono Downs on 6-14, forgive the rare miscue last out


7-Bambino Glide – Got hung out to dry in the Hambletonian Maturity, nosed out before that, gave way to Not Afraid on 6-6, speedy & talented gelding has a chance to rebound



7-Dash For The Cash – Rallied from a tough spot to hit the board two starts back in the Flower Child Final, switches to Tetrick with a chance to snap his 0 for 18 this season


6-Lola De Vie – NYSS standout last year banked well over $300,000 in 2014, beat these with a career best 1:54.2 on 5-30, vigorous effort in the slop last time in NY, finds a suspect field back here


2-Helios – Bounced back off consecutive breaks with a hard-working fourth, Flower Child division winner draws inside again & always capable on his best day



4-The X Horse – Had no chance chasing the dominant C-2 Dash For The “C” Notes winner Big Jer last time, twice hit the board in this class last month, finds an ideal spot to break through


1-Shane Hall – Almost made a perfect second over trip pay off two starts back, toss out his latest from post ten, moves inside a field begging to be beaten


6-Bell’s Panacea – Has tackled tougher in PA & dealt with off tracks in his last two, capable of tactical speed & rates contender by default




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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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