Posted by Ken Warkentin on Tuesday, September 07, 2021 9:19 PM


1-Stride The Hill – Muscle Hill colt rebounded nicely off a miscue with a very strong rally to just miss in the Reynolds last week after missing a month, moves inside a pretty strong field of freshman


4-Robertsin – This gelding made a solid initial impression in the NJSS Series, wired a Peter Haughton elimination when hammered down to 6-5, has now missed 34 days, so his readiness is a question


5-Testing Testing – By the leading first crop trotting sire Walner, this colt tripped out to score decisively as the heavy favorite in a sharp comeback & has loads of potential with only two starts under him



1-Layton Hanover – Captaintreacherous colt hasn’t missed the board in five starts, back on the rail fresh off a solid third in the TSS Final @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, hot hands of Todd McCarthy will have him forwardly placed


6-Captainryanmichael – This son of The Captain did have the speed table set, yet unleashed a mighty rally from a tough spot to upset a Reynolds division in a sharp 1:51.3 & retains The Bionic Man


7-Groovy Man – From the first crop of Huntsville, third-leading sire of 2YO pacers, perfect so far for Team Takter, including a perfect trip, maiden breaking debut @ The Red Mile with a :26.3



2-Cash Machine Girl - $300,000 Muscle Hill filly added trotting hopples & caught fire with two straight air out missions @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, draws inside with a world of upside for Team Orange Crush


5-Pretty Interesting – Walner filly took two starts off a recent sick scratch to rally from post eight for an upset & first win @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, stalks midpack with something positive to build on


7-Danzqueen Hanover – Another Noel Daley trainee fresh off a rousing score in a PASS consolation @ The Meadows, tougher post here, but she’s going in the right direction



8-Niki Hall – Always B Miki sister to world champion Cattlewash is two-for-two, impressive 1:50.3 PASS winner @ Pocono, tuned up with an eye-catching qualifier here last week & has the talent to overcome post eight


6-Find Happiness – Captaintreacherous filly a runner up in five of six starts, the latest in the TSS Final @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, eager to fire off the wings play the opportunist role for Team Toscano


1-Hood Party – Betting Line third foal of the near half million dollar dam Robin Cruiser stepped up to take a PASS consolation with a new mark of 1:53.1 as the even money favorite & looms large from the rail for the red-hot Nifty Norman 



4-Mcnulty Z Tam – Liked him last week, was well-rated & dug in late for a new mark of 1:52, draws inside for Matt Zuccarello, who can employ a similar strategy


3-Takeittotheface – Changed barns & venues & promptly brushed n crushed them in 1:53.1 to snap his 2021 losing skid, lands post three again with Tony The Judge expected to put the hammer down again


5-Marvalous One – Got off to a slow start from post eight & closed from the clouds to hit the board last week, draws better to show some speed & long overdue



7-Simon – Walner colt won a Garden State division in 1:55.1 back in early August, came back with a pace-compromised third from the same post in last week’s Reynolds Stake, a solid tightener


5-B A Superhero – Has emerged from relative obscurity to Reynolds Stake winner, holding on in a career best of 1:55.1 last week, Key homebred retains Dexter Dunn


3-Saverio Hanover – Walner colt keeps climbing the ladder, draws well here & expect more in his third career start fresh off much-improved second @ Harrah’s Philadelphia



4-Brandon Hanover – Wow, did this gelding wake up or what with a take-no-prisoners blowout @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, it was only his second win of the year, yet he draws inside to give Matt Zuccarello a chance to wire these

10-Watchmeneighneigh – Horse-for-the-course took charge & prevailed as the heavy favorite last week, moves outside, but remains a major threat in current form


2-Master Conrad – Finished an even & disappointing fifth behind the runaway Takeittotheface last week, lands post two again & we know this 1:52 performer here this season is better than that



2-D GS Shallwedance – 5YO has picked up his game recently, was able to steal one on the lead @ Freehold last Saturday, draws inside a field full of question marks 


8-Fox Valley Nemitz – Three-time beaten favorite rode a perfect pocket & was barely outsprinted last week, his gate speed overcomes another demanding draw


6-Sharknado – The Shark has an 0 for 28 season skid on the run, but he’s been racing well recently for this price @ Pocono & could surprise this bunch with the right set up



2-Scirocco Patrick – Shipped to The Big M fresh off a game score @ Harrah’s Philadelphia & was caught in never-never land, moves inside where Mark Silva can get off to a better start


3-Cimeronken – Steady 12YO made it two straight solid thirds, last week’s betting favorite stormed home from an impossible spot to land in a close photo & draws an improved post off that acclimating mile


5-Hotfoot Hannah – Tony Ciuffetelli coaxed some speed out this Chapter Seven mare & she responded with a gallant second from post ten, now she draws better to follow up in a wide-open division



3-Jo Pa’s Warrior – Took advantage of a soft spot & broke his maiden as the favorite @ Pocono, just missed before that in TSS, now draws better here to carve out a similar stalking trip in a tricky field


2-JK Standingovation – JK Endofanera brother to 1:49.1 performer Rockin Speed, found the ISS a bit too tough, benefited from the experience, missed almost a month prior to his last start & draws inside for Team Takter


5-Shake It – From the latest offering of 2021 Dan Patch Award winning 3YO Heston Blue Chip, has gained confidence with a couple of wins & close second in his last three @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, worth a long look



8-Tippet – $400,000 Muscle Hill sister to some good ones like Tight Lines, Long Tom & In Range, came to life with a Red Mile maiden breaker, then just missed under pressure, looms large for Team Takter despite post eight


5-Primadonna Deo – Steady Trixton filly hasn’t missed the board in five career starts, second to favorite Testing Testing last week, draws inside the main concerns & speed puts her in play


9-Bare My Soul – Very few could have predicted her sudden upset & first win in NYSS @ Vernon Downs, Chapter Seven sister to millionaire Will Take Charge stuck outside, but rates contender status


RACE 12 

5-Pinewood Hanover – In the money all five starts, broke his maiden in aggressive fashion two starts back @ Harrah’s Philadelphia & lands in a soft spot here


3-Chablis – Dropped out of top stakes company & finished a solid third here last week, probably needed the race, draws inside again, while staring down an 0 for 20


2-You’re Dead To Me – Homebred filly broke her maiden in style two starts back @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, draws inside here with a chance to step it up further



6-Gottalovemyshadow – Sports a 1:50.2 mark taken here this season, gaining traction on the comeback trail, drops dangerously & strong in the win column


1-Escape Again – Just notched her ninth win of the season as the favorite @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, has a chance to duplicate that trip back on the rail here in top form 


2-Betabcool N – 11YO NZ bred mare bouncing around half mile tracks with mixed results recently, gets some class & post relief & picks up Todd McCarthy
















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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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