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Posted by Ken Warkentin on Thursday, September 13, 2012 2:07 PM

Mohawk Simulcast Selections – Saturday, September 15, 2012 

   

Race 1 

7-That’s The Life – classic case of a fresh claim by Moreau, 4yo with some upside shows positive signs & drops into a softer spot 

 

6-Lookinforadventure – came back with two solid seconds, ran into a revved up Major Hottie in a 1:49 mile last out, owns a bit of back class 

 

4-Flem N Em N – drops back to an effective level & draws better for his second start off a sick scratch 

 

1-Watermelonwine – finally moves inside off a pretty solid rally with a  :54.1 and :27 flat 

 

Race 2 

6-Drop The Ball – bounced back off a couple of tough losses in the Roses Are Red & Golden Girls with a world record 1:48.4 at Harrah’s Philadelphia, might get the jump on The Show 

 

7-Put On A Show – fastest female of all time with her 1:47.3 Lady Liberty has reeled off two straight at Mohawk, fresh from her decisive 1:48.3 romp in the Spring of Hope, obviously on her game now 

 

2-Radar Contact – regaining her form since the August 10 sick scratch, :54 back half and home in :26.2 last week, now moves inside 

 

4-Swinging Beauty – caught fire twice winning the Open this summer, strong pace at both ends chasing Rebeka Bayama, improved post 

 

Race 3 

2-Bee A Magician – Ontario star has won 6 of 8 with impressive acceleration, stalks a talented favorite in a marquee match-up & might be good enough to upset 

   

4-To Dream On – undefeated five-for-five, including a Big M track record 1:54 Merrie Annabelle with a vicious rally, huge threat to take control or simply brush & crush 

 

3-Shared Past – beaten favorite in the NJSS Final with an excellent effort from post 8, continues to improve from a better post 

 

9-Handover Belle – scores points for winning 2 of 4, and note the :27.3 kicker at the Big M on August 2, but this is a tall order   

   

Race 4 

1-Sparky Mark – was scorched through a :52.4 half in the Preferred, Ontario Masters winner lands in a softer spot where he can dominate  

 

5-Ideal Race – offered a strong indication with his last line, owns a few more seconds than we’d like to see, but this is his level + adds Tetrick 

 

9-Warrawee Needy – stakes colt blitzed this kind with a :26.3 third quarter & 1:49.1 career best, tries to follow up from a tough post 

 

8-State Treasurer – Summertime Series champ gets a reprieve from top stakes 3yos, chance to assert himself with a blast off the gate 

 

Race 5 

3-P L Earl – raced deceptively well behind Battleship Kelly after the long layoff & lame scratch, draws better & has faced tougher 

  

4-Smokeys Luck – steps up off the claim chasing Battleship Kelly with a :26.4, post 4 again & retains Jody Jamieson 

 

5-Lifeoftheoldboy – first in 3 of his last 4 for high percentage combo, can rebound off the disqualification & draws inside Monte Cristo again   

 

1-Battleship Kelly – like Monte Cristo he suddenly lit up the board with a lifetime best, his 12 for 26 record this season is worth noting 

 

Race 6 

8-Major Hottie – unleashed a rousing comeback by equaling his career best 1:49 for Rick The Whip, could be the one to catch again 

 

7-Hard To Mach – was tackling top level colts like Michael’s Power in OSS, caught too far back behind Bullet Speed last week 

 

9-Bullet Speed – dropped to this level & came to life with a sudden speed display, note the wire-to-wire win back on July 21 

 

3-Speed Again – appeared to be overmatched in the Simcoe, yet his two previous efforts against these were strong 

 

Race 7 

4-Knows Nothing – Hambletonian elimination winner left to be in position to nose out Gym Tan Laundry, seeks another stalking trip 

 

1-Market Share – Hambletonian winner has not let up, he closed relentlessly in his elimination last week & rewarded with an inside start 

 

3-Little Brown Fox – Takter’s main threat got the jump on a roughed up Market Share to squeak out another, logical with his speed  

 

8-Guccio – Hambletonian runner-up added trotting hopples & put together a solid rally to hit the board for Takter 

 

Race 8 

6-Rebeka Bayama – Golden Girls winner & close runner-up in the 1:47.3 Lady Liberty fresh from a wire-to-wire paid workout 

 

2-Anndrovette – went all the way in a world record 1:48.1 upset in the Roses Are Red, prepped for this with a big finish in the Spring of Hope 

 

1-Monkey On My Wheel – 2011 Breeders Crown champ has come to form, chasing Put On A Show in her last two  

  

3-Rocklamation – shows a good third in the Roses Are Red, used hard in her recent miles, needed her last start & draws better 

 

Race 9 

3-Wheeling N Dealin – $100,000 Harrisburg yearling is now an undefeated six-for-six, stablemate to Prestidigitator has easily dispatched his opposition & stands out again 

 

4-Murmur Hanover – late-blooming OSS Gold champ can’t be faulted for his efforts chasing Wheeling N Dealin & has gone won 4 of 8 

 

2-My Man Can – broke his maiden when the heavy favorite faltered, improving colt for Team Orange Crush earned his inside advantage 

 

11-Aperfectyankee – Peter Haughton Memorial upsetter has burned the chalk with tough trips in his last two, now faces second tier 

 

Race 10 

1-Continual Velocity – regained her form with some recent class relief, switches to Tetrick & figures to be forwardly placed to stalk n pop 

 

6-Big McDeal – finished second in a world record PASS Final at Pocono, returns home in a more suitable class & reunited with Jody Jamieson 

 

2-Warrawee Koine – makes her second start off the bench in an easier condition & scored her last win with Randy Waples 

 

7-Sarandon Blue Chip – NJSS champ & Miss New Jersey winner was left in the wake of American Jewel in the Simcoe, can rebound 

 

Race 11 

7-Aracache Hanover – given a reprieve from Free For All foes, torched through a record :52.2 half in the Derby 

 

4-Bettor Again – has won two of his last three at this level with thunderous upset rallies, 1:48.2 career best last week off the hot pace 

 

8-Classic Rock N Roll – shot home in a wicked :25.2 to win this two starts back, switches to Gingras who can find a way to get involved 

 

5-Foreclosure N – aired it out through an amazing 1:19.3 setting up Bettor Again’s rally, look for Tetrick ration out his speed 

 

Race 12 

2-Scottiestrikesfame – took a mark of 1:51.4 before the recent layoff, caught in a 1:49 blowout in a much needed start 

 

4-Anderlecht – equaled his lifetime best of 1:50 with a huge effort two starts back, toss out last week’s mile chasing Major Hottie in 1:49 

 

3-Im Feelin Good – took a substantial drop in class & burned the cash when Anderlecht got the jump on him, big chance to atone 

 

1-Just Crowned – ships in with some sharp miles on view from Hiawatha & Grand River, picks up Scott Zeron & lands the pole 

 

RACE 13 

2-Rock Solid – was dropping down the condition ladder before the lame scratch, decent qualifier behind the classy Up The Credit 

 

7-All Tiger N – excellent speed try two starts back, drops & looks dangerous despite the 1 for 18 this season 

 

8-Aled Hanover – returns from the Maritimes in solid form, switches to Tony O’Sullivan & adds Lasix 

 

4-Whippet Good – 10yo woke up with a nice move last week, yet his 1 for 27 record is a concern  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

  

 



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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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