Posted by Ken Warkentin on Monday, July 25, 2016 9:43 PM

RACE 1

1-Signal Hill – $250,000 Muscle Hill colt whose dam is a sister to Triple Crown champion Glidemaster, added trotting hopples & won his latest trial with a confident burst & lands inside

 

2-Catch The Game – Dam is a sister to millionaire Adrian Chip, who was second in the 2011 Hambletonian, Muscle Hill colt on top in all three preps & draws well here

 

7-You Cant Habit – Dam is a sister to Peter Haughton Memorial millionaire Civil Action, threat off his narrow loss in PASS at The Meadows

 

RACE 2

2-Ariana G – Sister to Oaks favorite All The Time has been flawless so far for Team Takter, crushed them first over in the NJSS Final, draws inside & doesn’t have a whole lot to deal with here

 

4-Evelyn – Muscle Hill filly has raced commendably in all of her outings, a distant runner up to Ariana G in the sires stakes final, getting stronger, draws well, yet has to hope that standout somehow falters

 

7-Waffle Cone – Burke trainee brush to command & faded to fourth in the sires stakes final, note the big nose loss to the favorite Checkmate Time from post ten before that

 

RACE 3

4-Hillarmbro – Muscle Hill filly reached a bit too high when she miscued in NJSS, bounced back with a decent fourth in the Kindergarten Series, continues to improve for the American Viking with an inside draw

 

2-Mystic Stella – Dam is a sister to ’95 Horse of the Year CR Kay Suzie, bounced back off a gate miscue in her debut by romping in another Pocono qualifier, can ease away from a soft field with an inside post here

 

10-Star’s Edge – Cantab Hall filly for first class connections broke as the heavy favorite in PASS @ Pocono, her previous efforts were encouraging, yet post 10 is a tall order

 

RACE 4

7-Snowstorm Hanover – Muscle Massive colt has learned his lessons well for Team Burke, whacked out an impressive wire-to-wire 1:56 in PASS @ The Meadows over a track rated sloppy

 

6-Rubio – Another Takter gem has delivered in all three pari mutuel starts, trumped Kindergarten foes in a sharp 1:56.1 & obviously has major upside

 

2-King On The Hill – Takter tuned son of 2008 Peter Haughton record setter Muscle Hill & brother to The Bank added trotting hopples & rallied to just miss an upset in the NJSS Final with a sharp :27.1

 

RACE 5

6-Delightful Dragon – Dropped into a softer spot & took full advantage with a 1:50.1 blowout in her second start off the injury scratch, very competitive Big M lover rates the step back up in class

 

1-Sassa Hanover – Rallied in a sharp :26.1 to beat these with a perfect trip two starts back as the favorite in 1:50.1 & lands the pole for Gingras & Burke off a no-chance trip at Saratoga

 

3-Bettor Chill Out – Quickly regained her winning form with a hard fought 1:52 tally @ Pocono despite missing three weeks off a sick scratch, took her mark of 1:51.2 here this season

 

RACE 6

3-Jewels In Hock – Classy mare stormed home from post eight to take her second Miss Versatility leg in new mark of 1:51.4 as the favorite & rewarded with an inside draw here

 

5-Danish Durango – Winning machine here this season was a hard-charging & close third last week despite missing four weeks & coming off a sick scratch, squeezes under the money cap by a measly $184

 

6-Sumatra – Continues his climb up the class ladder off another gutsy score, lowered his mark to 1:52.3 before that & looks up to this challenge

 

RACE 7

4-Not Before Eight – Looked like she was sitting on a big one last week, was caught out of position from post eight & just missed to Request For Parole in :26.3, chance to make amends from an improved post here

 

1-Request For Parole – Took a liking to the mile track again, added Gingras & tripped out in 1:49.3, Team Burke trainee moves inside as a formidable presence

 

2-Gweneeee J – Did some damage in the Open ranks, dropped out, tried the front end & faded to fifth no apparent excuse, draws better here & may revert to a stalking strategy

 

RACE 8

3-Chezatter – Promising Smedshammer filly is a head shy of going three-for-three in PA, won her latest with a :27.1 kicker & looks to have the versatility to stalk or call the shots

 

2-That’s All Moni – Sister to 2007 Dan Patch Award & Breeders Crown champion Snow White has passed both PASS tests with sharp late bursts for Team Takter & draws inside

 

7-Sianna Hanover – Steadily improving filly whose dam is a sister to Southwind Wasabi, 1:52.4 [$646,239], won her first two for Team Burke, then just missed to the trip sitting Chezatter

 

RACE 9

2-Classical Annie – Team Burke mare has been knocking heads with tougher Miss Versaility Series mares, drops into a much softer spot here

 

1-Outburst – Dropping positive hints recently, rallied off cover to just miss the upset last week after missing 25 days, rates a long look from the rail

 

6-Blue Muse – Tried it on the lead to no avail last week, beat a similar field with a patient drive two starts back

 

RACE 10

2-What The Hill – Muscle Hill colt whose dam is a sister to Majestic Son, 1:52.2 [$1,756,883] skimmed the rail to score an upset in the NJSS Final & hence looms large from inside post in a soft elimination

 

1-Southwind Cobra – Completes the Team Burke 1-2 punch, runner up in both legs of NJSS appears to have some talent, big chance to bounce back from a miscue in that final with the rail

 

5-Victor Gio IT – Italian bred son of European star Ready Cash unleashed an eye-opening qualifier here on 7-16, then broke in his debut as the heavy favorite, tough to gauge this Takter trainee until we see another one

 

RACE 11

5-Hannelore Hanover – Monstrous Team Burke mare unleashed an impressive & wrapped up world record in the mile & one eighth Hambletonian Maturity, faces The King & the boys in a marquee match up

 

1A-Obrigado – Superb season so far with three stakes wins in his last five starts, got parked in the Cutler & still trotted home in :26.4, his races have been strategically spaced out & the Cashman looms on Hambletonian Day

 

4-JL Cruze – The King is back, but how far is the question, last year’s Dan Patch Award winner & fastest trotter in Meadowlands history was on “Cruze Control” @ Pocono after missing three weeks

 

RACE 12

9-Reigning Goal – Looked like a Hambletonian prospect for Takter a few months ago, finished fifth chasing Southwind Frank in the Beal, no factor from post 11 in the Dancer, despite post nine this is a soft spot he can take advantage of

 

4-Prince De Vie – $400,000 yearling purchase for noteworthy connections, dam is a sister to Dream Vacation, 1:52, [$616,257], a decent third in his debut, draws well again, adds Tetrick & faces a wide open field

 

7-Free Willy Hanover – Qualified for breaks in consecutive starts & regrouped with a solid second, any semblance of that effort makes him a factor here for Trond

 

RACE 13

9-Vraka Hanover – Fresh purchase by Team Burke is always a potent angle, ships south after missing 27 days & stuck with post nine, but owns speed

 

4-M A Jackie – Cycled forward & rallied a mild upset last week in 1:52.2, 12YO mare has a big chance to repeat in current sharp form

 

5-Janie Bay – Beat these with a perfect trip in 1:52 three starts back, pressured into submission last week, needs more patient handling to be effective

 

 



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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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