Posted by Ken Warkentin on Tuesday, June 23, 2020 8:48 PM

RACE 1

2-Max Volo – Shot to the front, shuffled out & picked up third as the top two took off in a 1:52.3 mile, horse-for-the-course gets another shot at a softer level & post improves

 

8-Friend Of Nature S – Swedish import finished just behind Max Volo in a much-needed US debut on Lasix, moves outside, yet has something to build on

 

4-Billie Blue – Shipped north off some decent efforts @ Pompano, owns a bit of back class, second try off the bench & better post this time

 

RACE 2

6-Ready Set Rock – Winner here as a 2YO was third best when the winner rated the fractions last week, but offered solid tactical speed & draws a bit better for her second try off the bench

 

5-Odds On Sarasota – Stole the first leg carving soft fractions on the front end, gets a chance to duplicate that with a similar effort

 

1-Thundra – Couldn’t quite get to Odds On Sarasota despite a perfect two-hole trip, but she’s back on the rail making only her fourth career start & has a big chance to turn the tables

 

RACE 3

5-Rock N Teen – Used hard from post eight & did the bulk of the work before finishing third last week, now goes second time Lasix from a better post

 

6-Rock Me Hard – Steamrolled to a decisive first leg score in a career best 1:51.4 with a :25.4, public’s choice stands out off that impressive mile

 

9-Rockin The Aces – Left alertly, shuffle out & came back surging inside for second with a crisp :26 last week, moves outside, yet remains a strong consideration

 

RACE 4

5-Village Jackson – Took two Gaitway qualifiers to regain his form, took a 1:51.1 mark here last season at age 11 & upset here in early December & lands in a prime spot for Irish Joe

 

6-Victorydaze Wilwin – Was clearly outhustled in his qualifier, yet rallied to hit the board in spots here before the shutdown, banks on making a late move

 

8-Dashboard – Claimed just before the shutdown, qualifier okay with the trainer driving @ Gaitway, now picks up Dexter Dunn & could surprise a wide open bunch

 

RACE 5

8-Panem – Won her qualifier with a sharp late burst, then rallied for second behind a runaway with a :54.4 back half, virtually everything Team Takter sends out is live

 

4-Never Content – Surprised a few with that aggressive & gutsy maiden break fresh off the bench, now her post improves & this lightly-raced Team Orange Crush filly has a future

 

5-Hall Of AM S – Fired out from post nine & held well for third behind Panem in an encouraging 3YO debut, stablemate to Hypnotic AM, draws an improved post to consider

 

RACE 6

6-Alexis’s Beach – Came right back to go two-for-two in upset fashion fresh off the bench, the latest in a scintillating 1:50, this Brett Pelling trainee is for real 

 

2-JK First Lady – Three Diamonds winner in a track record of 1:49.2 couldn’t have looked any better in both qualifiers here, draws inside for her first Team Takter tune up, first foal out of the 2014 undefeated HOY 

 

8-Peaky Sneaky – The other Team Takter trainee in here went down the road in an impressive 3YO debut beating a good one in Marloe Hanover & rates a long look despite post eight

 

RACE 7

7-Caviart Eva – Kicked home with a :55.4 back half + :27 flat to just miss after winning her 3YO debut for Team Takter, this Trixton filly continues to ramp it up in an intriguing match up

 

6-Spoiled Princess – Hammered down to even money & went all the way in a well-rated second start off the bench with Dexter Dunn & we can’t rule out a repeat

 

2-Fortune Starlet – Heavily-back beaten favorite was pace compromised after qualifying with plenty, last year’s 2YO sires stakes champion lands post two again to rebound

 

RACE 8

5-Bronskimackenzie A – Has landed on the fringe fourth in both starts since the layoff, the latest chasing the standout My Ruebe Star N, now gets further class relief

 

9-JB’s Shooting Star – Forced wide from a tough spot & closed into a :54 back half to hit the board last week, solid runner up to My Ruebe Star N before that deserves a long look

 

1-Exotic Dance – Fired out & tripped out to pull a mild upset in a career best of 1:51.1 fresh off the bench & poised to step up from the rail for Team Bongiorno

 

RACE 9

4-Kenziesky Hanover – Tripped out to upset in her first start off the bench, then forced to chase two incomparable mares Manchego & Atlanta, draws well to continue her positive trend

 

8-Southwind Chrome – Runner up to Manchego in the comebacker, then outmuscled Mission Accepted in 1:51, 10-time winner last year looms large again

 

1-Phaetosive – This mare prepped well after an abbreviated six-race campaign in 2019, trotted a :54.3 back half to gain the show spot in her comebacker last week & back on the rail

 

RACE 10

4-Buen Camino – Runner up to the standout Grandma Heidi last out continues to improve & draws even better this time, while sporting a mark of 1:52 here last season

 

2-Very Very Fast – 11YO faded in his first start off the bench after winning two of his last three before the shutdown, this veteran draws inside at a reduced price

 

3-Fashion Creditor – 8YO with plenty of back class has quickly regained his form, overcoming post 12 as the heavy favorite, looks capable of the big step up from a better post

 

RACE 11

8-Philly Hanover – Finished a strong second from post nine fresh off the bench, then chased a 1:48.4 sizzler with a :53.1 back half last week, now makes her key third start off the bench

 

3-Miss You N – Beaten favorite just missed with an ideal trip in her second start back, 12-time winner last season now draws better & looms large

 

7-Royaltywestho – Scored an aggressive upset from post eight fresh off the bench, returns after missing three weeks for Team Burke & was just one for 38 last year

 

RACE 12

7-Play Trix On Me – Closed from a tough spot to just miss in :26.4 last week, went five for six as a freshman with a mark of 1:53.2, serious contender

 

2-Jula Trix Treasure – Exceeded expectations in winning his 3YO debut after changing barns to Ake Svanstedt, now rewarded with an improved post off that initial upset

 

6-Barley – Trixton gelding showed huge improvement setting some fractions from post eight in a lively second start as a 3YO, look for him to continue his positive trend

 

RACE 13

7-Ontopofthehill – Team Burke colt by Muscle Hill trotted a :26.4 final quarter in his first start as a 3YO & lands in a soft spot to improve

 

9-Mister Walker – Finished a distant second to a Hambletonian prospect in Back Of The Neck, lightly-raced Muscle Hill rates a long look despite post nine

 

6-Beads – Brushed to an easy lead & broke as the heavy favorite in his 3YO debut, now makes his second start for his new barn & has license to rebound

 

 

 



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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 25 years. Ken has appeared on national television networks such as ESPN, called 15 editions of the $1 million Hambletonian, and worked as a member of the broadcast team for NBC Sports and CBS Sports.

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