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Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 12:44 PM

3YO Filly Trot  

Check Me Out continues to lead the polls for Horse of the Year fresh off another world record of 1:51.3 in the PASS Final at Pocono Downs with trainer Ray Schnittker in the bike.  The win made her the richest trotting filly in history at ages two and three combined, vaulting her past Passionate Glide with $1,735,452.  It was the third straight win for the Donato Hanover filly, who has won nine of 11 this season and 23 for 27 lifetime.  She had reeled off six in a row before taking a rare bad step in the Hambletonian Oaks, then bounced right back in PASS at The Meadows, and equaled her own world record of 1:51.3 in the Zweig at Vernon Downs.  She drew post nine in an Open at Tioga Downs on September 14.  Maven had won four of five before finishing second in the PASS Final.  The Glidemaster filly took a mark of 1:52.3 in the Moni Maker at the Meadowlands.  Personal Style pulled a huge upset in the Oaks nailing Win Missy B in 1:53.1, then finished sixth in the Moni Maker and seventh in the Zweig.  Win Missy B made a miscue in the Moni Maker, rebounded to finish second to Check Me Out in the Zweig, then won two straight NYSS events.  Jimmy Takter has a couple of solid fillies in Valdonna and Superstar HanoverValdonna won a division of the Duenna in 1:52.2, finished second to Maven in the Moni Maker, and romped the Simcoe in 1:52.4.  Superstar Hanover won four PASS events this season and was third in the final.  Miss Paris, a stablemate of Personal Style for trainer Nifty Norman, has developed into an OSS star, and finished second to Valdonna in the Simcoe.    

 

3YO Colt Trot  

Market Share set a Vernon Downs track record of 1:52.1 in the Zweig with a :26.4 last quarter, followed by a game second to Little Brown Fox in his Canadian Trotting Classic elimination for Tim Tetrick and Linda Toscano.  There’s a rematch in Saturday’s final at Mohawk.  The speedy Little Brown Fox won his elimination in 1:53 after setting a Canadian record of 1:51.4 in the Simcoe Stakes for Yannick Gingras and Jimmy Takter.  The Muscles Yankee colt was third in the Colonial after winning the Townsend Ackerman in 1:52 and a Hambletonian elimination in 1:51.2.  Yonkers Trot world record setter Archangel followed up a fourth in the Hambletonian with a NYSS win at Saratoga, faded to sixth in the Zweig, then won another NYSS event at Yonkers.  The Credit Winner colt has banked $681,499 this season.  Another colt who is nine for 13 this season is Knows Nothing, a Hambletonian elimination winner, who captured his CTC elimination in career best of 1:52.4 over Gym Tan Laundry and Guccio, the Hambletonian runner-up.  My MVP, runner-up to Magic Tonight in the PASS Final, and a close third in the Hambletonian, drew post seven in the CTC Final.  World champion GooGoo GaaGaa is not on the list of eligibles, yet may be supplemented for $62,500.  The son of pacing stallion Cam’s Rocket suffered a splint injury and broke in the Stanley Dancer Memorial.  Then, he rebounded to win the Colonial in a track record of 1:52.1 at Harrah’s Philadelphia, beating Hambletonian winner Market Share by a neck.  2011 Breeders Crown champion Uncle Peter, a 1:53.3 Hambletonian elimination winner, faltered in that final as the favorite, then finished sixth in the Colonial and seventh in the Zweig.   

 

3YO Filly Pace  

American Jewel won the Fan Hanover in a world record of 1:48.2 and the James Lynch Memorial in 1:49.2, then lost her next three.  The American Ideal filly was a close second to Major Look in the Mistletoe Shalee, then her stablemate Romantic Moment upset her in the Valley Forge at Harrah’s Philadelphia.  American Jewel’s latest score was a stakes record of 1:49.4 in the Simcoe Stakes at Mohawk for Tim Tetrick and Jimmy Takter.  Romantic Moment won her last two NYSS events in 1:52.3 at Monticello and 1:52.1 at Saratoga.  Sarandon Blue Chip captured the NJSS Final and Miss New Jersey at the Meadowlands, but faded to fifth in the Simcoe.  Bettor B Lucky nosed out Romantic Moment in 1:50 in the Empire Breeders Classic, the finished second in four straight stakes in New York.  Big McDeal, a three-time PASS winner this season with a mark of 1:49.1 taken at The Meadows, finished second to Economy Terror in the PASS Final at Pocono.  Economy Terror, last year’s two-year-old Breeders Crown winner, defended her PASS championship with a world record of 1:49.  Handsoffmycookie has been a dominant filly in NYSS.   

 

3YO Colt Pace  

The late-blooming Panther Hanover pounced on the favorites A Rocknroll Dance and Michael’s Power to win the Simcoe Stakes in 1:49.1 at Mohawk.  The son of Rocknroll Hanover had previously beaten Hurrikane Kingcole in the New Jersey Classic in 1:47.2 for Sylvain Filion and trainer James Dean.  A Rocknroll Dance was a game runner-up in the Simcoe after a tough trip from post 12.  Since his 1:48.3 win in the Hempt at Pocono, that son of Rocknroll Hanover emerged as one of the top sophomore pacers for Yannick Gingras and trainer Jim Mullinix.  He wired them in the Meadowlands Pace, finished second in the Adios, and also won the Battle of Brandywine in a Harrah's Philadelphia track record of 1:48.1.  A Rocknroll Dance set a wicked pace and faded to fourth in the Cane Pace at Tioga Downs.  Michael’s Power has won 11 of 14 this season and went past the $1 million mark winning an OSS Gold Final at Rideau Carlton in 1:50.2.  The son of Camluck took the Confederation Cup over Dynamic Youth and Pet Rock for Casie Coleman and is headed for the Little Brown Jug.  Pet Rock, the Pace runner-up, followed up a close third in the two-heat Confederation Cup with a second in the Battle of Brandywine just a week later.  Pet Rock supplemented to the Cane Pace and finished second by a nose to Dynamic YouthBolt The Duer tripped out to win the Adios in a world record of 1:47.4, then won two straight KYSS divisions before romping in the final in 1:48.2 at The Red Mile, beating North America Cup winner Thinking Out Loud.   Hurrikane Kingcole, Pace Consolation winner in 1:47.3 was nailed by Panther Hanover in the 1:47.2 New Jersey Classic after a 1:18.2 three quarters.  He set fractions of :25.3, :52.3 and 1:20.1 before fading to sixth in the Battle of Brandywine.  Sweet Lou, who won last year’s two-year-old Breeders Crown in a world record of 1:49 at Woodbine, finished second to Dapper Dude in the PASS Final at Pocono.  NYSS star Heston Blue Chip won the Empire Breeders Classic in a Tioga Downs track record of 1:48.4.  He was fifth in the Cane Final after winning his elimination in 1:49.2. 

      

 



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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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