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Posted by Ken Warkentin on Thursday, July 10, 2014 12:22 PM


5-Guess Who’s Back – First foal out of a sister to millionaire Poof She’s Gone bounced back to score in that second leg quite handily from post eight, he’s worth a swing for Sears


1-French Laundry – Exquisitely bred colt out of an Oaks champion Creamy Mimi simply cruised in his opener for Gingras, stands out from the rail again, could be Takter’s 2YO version of the Father Patrick-Trixton combo


3-Canepa Hanover – The half brother to Triple Crown champ Glidemaster unleashed a big qualifier, then got parked from post 11 & lost it, has the talent to rebound for Takter from an improved post



6-Mission Brief – $150,000 Muscle Hill filly out of Breeders Crown champion Southwind Serena settled down to carve out some solid fractions enroute to an easy round two tally into strong headwinds


7-Saturday Mornings – Out of a sister to $320,396 winner Malabar Mist, jogged at first asking, then ran into a revved up Mission Brief & trotted home in :31 in those headwinds, chance to improve & possibly turn the tables


3-Demons N Diamonds – Out of a sister to NYSS standout Whitewater Rapids ($241,066), has been steady in every attempt so far, although far behind Mission Brief last week & will need to improve substantially



6-Bushwacker – Brother to half million dollar winner Flipper J seems to have been on the verge of being a top player, second to Hempt winner Mcwicked in his elimination, then broke, chance to rebound


10-Let’s Drink On – NA Cup finalist appeared on the verge of the big spotlight after a career best 1:48.3 blowout, but got too fired up in his Pace elimination, has the talent & speed to overcome post ten


3-Brioni – Unraced at two, this Erv Miller trainee got on a roll winning four straight, including a 1:51.1 lifetime mark here on 6-14, a solid second in the PA All Stars at Pocono last out, draws well in a field of question marks



9-Father Patrick – Dan Patch Award winner & current Hambletonian favorite rides in on a 14-race winning streak, five-for-five this season & fresh off a world record 1:50.2 in the Beal to vault past $1 million, simply hasn’t been asked to trot & Takter calls him the best colt he’s ever developed


12-Trixton – Wow! What do you do with this monster? Five in row, NJSS champion, fresh off Mohawk track record 1:51.3 in the Goodtimes, miles here in 1:51.2 and 1:51.3, prepped with an easy qualifier, squares off with his profilic stablemate for the first time, and given a fair shot from the second tier we may find out who’s better


7-Nuncio – What has he done wrong this season? Nothing.  Has completely settled down, matured & improved since the switch to Takter, won his first four with controlled & willing rallies in rein to the master Campbell, left in the wake of stablemate Father Patrick in the Beal, continues to ramp it up in an opportunist role



2-Cooler Schooner – Sister to Fashion Farms’ Oaks champion Broadway Schooner & fastest two-year-old trotter in history just missed to Shake It Cerry in the PA All Stars, draws inside & poised to crank it up a notch or two


7-Shake It Cerry – Dan Patch Award winner & one of three in here for Takter has come back this season going four for five, bounced back with a controlling score at Pocono & figures to be the one to gun down


6-Heaven’s Door – Sebastian K aside, Ake Svanstedt has made quite an impact this season, this Muscle Hill filly was monstrous in the sires stakes final, then crushed a soft N/W of 2, very confident, but lacks experience



1-Table Talk – This Bettor’s Delight filly caught our eye with some sharp moves winning a Fan Hanover elimination with a huge upset, she was flying & right there in the elimination, now lands the pole with The Bionic Man


8-Precocious Beauty – 2013 Dan Patch Award winner got off to a fast start in NYSS at Vernon Downs, then wasn’t herself at Mohawk & was much better here last week, tough draw, yet could be sitting on a break-through mile


3-Sandbetweenurtoes – Kind of a wild card filly who made it five-for-five this season with her ultra gutsy elimination win in 1:49.1 as the heavy favorite, making only her seventh start against more experienced foes



1-Somewherovrarainbow – Great season so far in the Holloway barn, Blue Chip Matchmaker champion, set a world record of 1:48 at Pocono on 5-25, game runner-up from post nine in the Roses Are Red


7-Anndrovette – Three time Dan Patch Award winner & one of the greatest pacing mares ever, fully controlled both the Betsy Ross and her third straight Roses Are Red, on the verge of $3 million, always the one to beat


4-Shebestingin – Fastest female in history completes a hefty Holloway one-two punch, added Lasix & trip out to win the comebacker into strong headwinds last Friday & draws better



2-Captaintreacherous – Nobody said the 4YO transition season was going to be a picnic, the two-time Pacer of the Year raced admirably at Pocono with no chance in the Ben Franklin Final, inside draw gives him a serious shot


3-Sweet Lou – Nothing could be sweeter right now, five-for-five with Pierce & since Burke backed off on his training, fought off stablemate Bettor’s Edge in a 1:47 world record Ben Franklin, the top gun of the Burke quartet


6-Bettor’s Edge – The aforementioned son of Bettor’s Delight vaulted past the $1 mark by threatening stablemate Sweet Lou in the Ben Franklin despite a :25.2 opening quarter, rugged individual deserves a long look



3-He’s Watching – Dan Patch Award winner has put his first career loss far behind him, launched prematurely in the NA Cup Final, bounced back with an explosive career best 1:48.1 elimination & moves inside, Tim Tetrick looking for his fourth Pace in seven tries & has a big chance to stalk n pop


2-JK Endofanera – That was some bounce-back effort to upset the NA Cup from post nine, held on last week in a good tightening mile in a career best 1:48.2, Burke looks for his first Pace with a big, strong horse, the inside draw ensures a trip & the wizardry of Sears makes him the one the beat


5-Luck Be Withyou – Breeders Crown champion got shuffled out of the NA Cup, fine tuned by Chris Oakes, Pierce said he’ll make some adjustments to make him smoother, more aggressive & faster, beware of The Miracle Man!



4-Bee A Magician – The 2013 Horse of the Year may have had her ego dented slightly going 0 for 4 this season, but scoped sick in Armbro Flight & had no chance from post 13 in the Hambletonian Maturity, chance to get back in the win column against some stellar competition


5-Perfect Alliance – The talk of the sport early this season reeling off her first 11 in a row, including a 1:51.2 world record at Woodbine and 1:51.4 Mohawk track record, freshened up with a nice qualifier to resume her battles with the division heavyweights


8-Maven – 2013 Dan Patch Award winner rounding back to form & on Lasix since returning from the Elitlopp, last year’s Miss Versatility champion with a stunning 1:51.4 world record at Delaware may be ready to contend despite the outside draw



8-Artspeak – Brittany Farms-Hartman bred colt unleashed an eye-catching :26.3 rally to win his debut off an equally impressive qualifier, moves farther outside, yet may still be best of three Alagna trainees in this one


4-Dealt A Winner – Cam’s Card Shark gelding out of a sister to Timesaresachanging making Jeff Snyder proud going two-for-two, both with strong finishes, versatile, handy, inside draw, tough to deal with here


7-Weapons Dealer – Out of a sister to $1.6 million winner Sanabelle Island was a well-meant winner from post eight in round one, then skipped last week, he could be anything



1-Dovuto Hanover – Rose to the top over this past Winter & has cycled back around in his last three, flashed good speed in PA for Scottie Z last time, will be put in play from the rail stalking The Golden One


3-Golden Receiver – Regained some past glory with a barn change & class relief in a confidence-boosting 1:48.4, draws better & looks to continue the positive trend against a much tougher field


8-Odds On Equuleus – Last year’s Pace runner up uncorked a vicious :53.3 back half enroute to a 1:48.2 career best last week, only needs to be within striking range off the right fractions again



3-The Show Returns – The $180,000 sister to the great Put On A Show seemed to get a little lonely on the lead in her first start two weeks ago & lost a brilliant sprint to Stacia Hanover, chance for revenge from inside post


6-Stacia Hanover – Clearly the one to fear with her flawless record so far, gunned down The Show Returns in a breath-taking :25.4, then cruised last week, legitimate favorite


2-Cashaway – Sister to Alagna’s NJSS champion Authorize fought off Ideal Nuggets in the first leg, then rested for this big money final & draws inside again




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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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