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Posted by Ken Warkentin on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 10:00 PM


8-Ideal Magic – Left alertly, sat buried on the cones & had trouble fully extending in heavy stretch traffic in a wicked :25.4, seems Tony Alagna has this lightly-raced colt focused & fierce & well spotted in this class


6-David’s Dream – Had a great trip & chance to end a three-month drought & just missed in sharp :27.1, this is a slight class drop & the switch back to Gingras may give him the needed edge


10-Sparky Mark – Preferred level pacer on the WEG circuit last year has cycled forward with some class relief recently, retains Bionic Man & looms large despite post ten



4-She’s A Hot Mess – Homebred for top connections & first foal out of the mare, progressed nicely in her qualifiers, draws well off a cruise control morning stroll for Zeron & Alagna


5-Hollyrocker – Dam is a sister to Bettor’s Delight, No Pan Intended & Roll With Joe, two solid sires stakes miles for the Remmen barn, ideal midpack draw & retains Gingras


2-Injeanous Style – Half sister to Hurrikane Jon Paul, 1:51.4, out of a sister to Artiscape, left in the wake of She’s A Hot Mess in her latest Q, but this Takter trainee is heading in the right direction



1-Dreams Beachboy - $150,000 Somebeachsomewhere colt a flawless two-for-two in the morning, draws inside & heads a strong Tony Alagna entry


9-Western Pioneer – Dam is a sister to $1.7 million winner Noble Ability, chased a standout Artspeak in the last two sires stakes miles, another outside draw, yet continues to progress


3-Vegas Rocks – Dam is a half sister to millionaire Stonebridge Kisses, showed improvement in her last two, the latest with sharp sudden speed from post eight, draws well & goes back to Brett Miller



7-Drop The Ball – Last year’s post eight upsetter in 1:49 & 1:48.2 world record setter at Pocono, just missed to her stablemate in the Golden Girls with a :53.4 back half


2A-Somwherovrarainbow – 1:48 world record setter at Pocono on 5-25, Roses Are Red runner-up, 2012 Dan Patch Award winner & millionaire, set a fast pace & tired in the Golden Girls first time Lasix, remains the one to knock off if she can ration out her speed


5-Jerseylicious – Saved ground & fought her way through stretch traffic to hit the board in a raging :26.4 at 70-1, another slick Brett Miller drive could light up the toteboard



2-Designed To Be – Got locked in early from the rail & hooked wheels with Lifetime Pursuit in the stretch, world record setter at two & three back on the pole to turn the tables


3-Shake It Cerry – 2013 Dan Patch Award winner & track record holder was able to control of :57.4 middle half & steal away with the Del Miller & push past the $1 million mark, logical prime focus again


4-Cooler Schooner – Fastest 2YO trotter of 2013 with a world record 1:51.3 miscued in the Del Miller, sister to 2009 Hambletonian Oaks champion Broadway Schooner has a big chance to rebound



6-Captaintreacherous – Pressured on a hot lead in the Haughton by Thinking Out Loud, who was inexplicably first over, two-time Pacer of the Year & triple millionaire only making his fifth start of the year, obviously we haven’t seen the best from The Captain yet


7-Sweet Lou – One of the hottest high profile horses in the sport, made it six in a row with Pierce in the bike, now the only horse with four sub 1:48 wins, Pierce leads the way with 11, world record 1:47 Ben Franklin followed by a :25.4 explosion in the 1:47.1 Haughton, prepping for the US Pacing Championship


3-Wake Up Peter - $210,000 January Mixed sale continues to thrive for Team Remmen, 1:48.3 career best two starts back, then caught first over last week, back to Brett Miller with a goliath to slay



1-Market Share – Two-time Dan Patch Award winner, 2012 Hambletonian hero & 2013 TVG FFA champion shook loose too late in the Maple Leaf Trot after rocketing home in :26.4 in his elimination, back on top of his game


2-Your So Vain – Stunning first start for Ake Svanstedt after eight months off, swooped foes when the pace slowed & romped in the Hambletonian Maturity, but that was a race marred by several who had with no chance, still a quality 4YO who must prove it no fluke against top level foes


4-Intimidate – 2012 Breeders Crown upsetter over Market Share nosed out Sebastian K to blow up the Maple Leaf toteboard with the dream trip of a lifetime, has overcome his issues to win 10 of his last 16, obviously sharp right now & remains the classic opportunist



7-Only The Lonely – Fourth in last year’s NJ Classic, gearing up on the comeback trail, blasted out & found room up the rail to nail Johnny Z last week in :27 flat, close call in a tight C-2 final


6-Jins Dragon – The fastest preliminary winner in 1:50.4 with a vicious :26.3 third quarter and :54.3 back half, may be the best Dragon Again in this finale with that kind of speed


5-Ethan Hanover – Dropped to this bottom C-2 level & capitalized on a perfect second over trip from post ten with an 8-1 upset, moves inside to an ideal midpack slot & a similar rally collars these



3-Perspective – First crop of 2008 Pace champion Art Official out of a sister to Well Said flashed a bit of talent at two, decent qualifiers for Tony Alagna, inside draw in a suspect field


1-Rockeyed Optimist – Grinded gamely after a standout That’s My Opinion & held third, draws the rail again to facilitate his preferred stalk n pop style


9-Earthshaker – Unraced at two & caught his best stride winning three of his last four on half milers in NY, second start for new barn, tough draw, yet picks up The Buckeye



7-Caviart Key – Stopped his season skid with sharp pace at both ends from the same post on 6-28, off another similar effort & definitely on his game right now


1-Alex Bullville – Showing positive hints of form, good speed from post eight last week, moves inside & in line to trip out in a wide-open consolation


3-Smart Rokker – Was caught in an impossible spot & paced home in :26.4, needed to acclimate, draws better & eligible to improve



5-Sebastian K – First of all, the track at Mohawk Maple Leaf Trot Night was tiring to say the least, he was stung to the opening quarter & barely outsprinted in :27.3 while slipping on the surface, a monstrous five-for-five before that, while trotting a world record 1:49, expect a quick return to dominance


1-Mister Herbie – Runner-up to Chapter Seven in 2012 & Sevruga last year was too far back to make a dent in the Maple Leaf Trot, deliberately brought back slowly, while making only his fifth start of the season after seven months off & looking to rebound off a disappointing 1 for 12 campaign in 2013


7-Arch Madness – We should all salute this great $4 million warrior, looks to make his fifth Cashman appearance, twice a runner up, equaled his own world record of 1:50.2 last year at age nine, latest wire-to-wire romp in PA is great medicine & Trond says he’s amazingly pretty much the same as he’s been in previous years



7-Dovuto Hanover – Sat off a well rated winner & had no shot in a :25.4 sprint, gets enough class relief to get him an overdue win in this intriguing match up


2-Cobalt Man – The Man has been on toes, blasted from post ten & just missed in a :54,4 back half last week as the beaten favorite & you know he’ll be forwardly placed


5-Iam Bonasera – Looked like he was shot out of cannon when he catapulted from last to just miss in :25.4 last week, second start since last October at a slightly tougher level



5-Let Her Rock – Flashed a hint of sharp speed on 7-1, then got hammered & answered the call with a dominant score & career best from post 11, she’s the one to knock off that effort


6-Elleofnxample – Exploded home off a hot pace to a new lifetime mark of 1:51.2 with Captain Callahan, C-2 is class relief for this mare & she’s obviously razor sharp


1-Don’t Blame Her – 11YO mare with plenty of back class finally moves inside after closing from an impossible spot, possible upsetter with the right set up



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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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