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Posted by Ken Warkentin on Monday, July 14, 2014 9:29 PM


6-Russell The Muscle – 4YO with some upside shows winning at Hoosier Park with a :26.4 from post eight, toss out the miscue from post ten in his debut here


2-Current Crisis – Consistent gelding who knows his way around this track, has hit the board in his last three with increased vigor & draws post two again


4-Nowerland Nathan – Has romped in two of his last four, while flaunting versatility, 8YO veteran figures to get involved early with an inside draw



4-Wheels Ah Smokin – $155,000 Muscles Yankee half brother to Wheeling N Dealin stormed home as the weaker half of an even money entry into strong headwinds, chance to go two-for-two


1B-Canepa Hanover – The Muscle Hill half brother to Triple Crown champion Glidemaster bounced back from a miscue with a strong second in the sires stakes final, heads a strong Takter trio


6-Mountain Top – First foal out of major stakes winner Diana Hall really cranked up his game with a gutsy effort in the sires stakes final at long odds, further improvement makes him a threat



7-Kate Can’t Wait – Twice beat N/W of 4 at Pocono in her last four, owns dangerous tactical & controlling speed & can outkick these with a stalking trip


2-Blixtra – Svanstedt boosted her confidence by dropping her out of stakes action & she responded with a sharp 1:51.4 maiden breaking romp around Pocono Downs, faces more N/W of 2 stock here


8-Temptation Hanover – Appears to have settled down since the Team Orange Crush acquisition, unleashed a thunderous rally to hit the board, another outside draw, yet a chance to step up



7-Lock Down Lindy – First crop of Lucky Chucky out of a half sister to Majestic Son (1:52.2, $1,756,883) was visually impressive her latest qualifier last Saturday, flaunting :27.2 speed


6-Sarcy – Fifth foal out of Oaks champion Southwind Allaire just missed in her debut with solid speed at Pocono, then had broken equipment at The Meadows, Takter filly may be the one to gun down


1-Hot Start – Another from the first crop of Lucky Chucky out of a half sister to millionaire Liberty Balance won her debut at Vernon Downs with a confident effort, then tired late in the mile at Tioga Downs, draws better as part of a strong Jonas Czernyson 1-2 punch



1-E L Rock – Needed his last start in NY after missing almost three weeks, now drops into a soft C-2, lands the pole again & figures to leave within striking range


4-J R Jazz – Shows a solid second in the Flower Child Series, fresh from some lively efforts at Tioga Downs, gets an ideal draw in an evenly matched field back here


3-Broadway Rocks – Picked up his game when dropped to the C-2 level on 6-20, then got roughed up as the beaten favorite again in PA, chance for an overdue win in current sharp form



2-Sweet Justice – One of many that had no chance in the Hambletonian Maturity bounced back with a first over crush in 1:51.2, just a fifth off his career best & lands post two again & a pocket trip is imminent


3-Quick Deal – Speedy Burke trainee went all the way in a career best 1:51.4 from post nine with Svanstedt back on 5-30, fresh off another wire-to-wire blowout in PA, one to knock off again


7-Royalty For Life – Was sitting a two-hole behind Spider Blue Chip & was basically wiped out when he broke in the Maturity, 2013 Hambletonian hero has license to rebound making his second start in eight months



2-Clearview Hanover – Fresh on the comeback trail she uncorked a big uncovered mile into a wicked :53.3 back half to just miss & draws well again


1-Delightful Dragon – Three Diamonds winner has taken a few starts to rev up, fourth to Precocious Beauty in NYSS on 5-30, filly has a big chance to assert herself from the rail


3-Carolsideal – Seemed to squander a perfect second over trip behind Clear View Hanover, yet likely went the mile of her life & she moves inside in career form



2-Upfront Billy – Has faced top performers like Sebastian K, chased a 1:51.1 Sweet Justice last week, second start off the bench from a cozy inside post in an intriguing C-1


4-Hillustrious – Rated in the Top Ten on the Road to the Hambletonian, winning three of his last four for Team Burke, fresh off a career best of 1:53.4, while cruising into strong headwinds on July 4, serious test here


7-World Cup – A 1:52.2 Open class winner back in January has consistently struggled against much better recently, switches to Corey Callhan & takes a significant class drop



4-Dejatiero – Half brother to millionaire & Breeders Crown champion Dejarmbro opened some eyes with that easy opener, then scratched sick & needed his last start, Smedshammer has a diamond in the rough here

1-Scream And Shout – Finally broke her maiden with a strong wire-to-wire effort from post seven, then got parked & overmatched in the Del Miller, back in a N/W of 2 with the rail for Takter


5-Herroyalhighness – Muscle Hill filly bounced back off a miscue with a much improved mile, hitting the board with decent late trot, chance to ramp it up further



4-Time To Quit – Kicked off his season sweeping the Super Bowl Series, struggling lately, but now drops to the bottom rung for a sharp barn, chance for an overdue score


6-Cathy’s Princess – Has come around in her last two with speed, then she was a big seven-length win at Pocono Downs, finds a soft C-2 here & ranks high in the win column


5-Beau Joe – Has come back by cranking up his speed, tried to air it out last time & stopped into the strong headwinds, twice beaten favorite trying to atone with more sensible fractions



2-Handover Belle – Stepped up & raced well to finish third in the Miss Versatility at Mohawk, then had too far to come chasing Bee A Magician in :26 flat, finally draws inside to stalk n pop the speed


5-Perfect Alliance – Beat Bee A Magician in a world record 1;51.2 at Woodbine, then set a 1:51.2 track record at Mohawk, bottomed out of the pocket in her comeback, yet seems to outclass this field


3-Rockin With Dewey – Very consistent Ontario invader has caught a case of seconditis, yet has been very competitive with the best in her division



8-Crazy Beautiful – $140,000 daughter of Credit Winner & first foal out of a Dream Vacation mare stepped up to win her second baby race with plenty of speed for Tony Alagna, looks capable of overcoming the outside draw


1-Nunkeri – First crop of Lucky Chucky out of a half sister to Broadway Hall & Tom Cango did all the work winning her NYSS debut at Tioga Downs & heads a strong entry


4-Lady Clarabella – Florida bred by Lindy Lane stallion Lear Jetta, who was a 2YO PASS champion, bounced back with a nice effort in her second qualifier



5-Keystone Wyatt – Makes his second start off a sick scratch, owns controlling speed, drops to the bottom C-2 class here & adds Gingras, expect a down the road effort


4-The Northern Dude – 0 for 11 this season, yet came back with a decent third after missing a few weeks, deserves stronger support off that needed mile


10-Mckenzie’s Star – Beaten favorite was forced into a premature move last out & now lands outside, she did romp in a division of the Flower Child from post nine on 6-6




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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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