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Posted by Ken Warkentin on Monday, July 06, 2015 10:17 PM


5-Sylvia – $100,000 Muscle Hill sister to millionaire & 2007 Hambletonian runner up Adrian Chip finished a solid third in an inspiring opener for Team Burke, look for her to take a logical step forward


7-Skara Brae – $100,000 Muscle Hill sister to 2012 2YO NJSS champion Southwind Cocoa finished third in front of Overpowering Lindy in her debut & certainly has license to break through


4-Overpowering Lindy – Out of the quarter million dollar winning full sister to millionaire & Hambletonian runner up Crazed for Snow White man Kevin Lare, her first start was okay, look for improvement in a soft division



1-Brooklyn Hill – $390,000 Muscle Hill first foal out of 2YO Bluegrass winner Brooklyn just missed by a head to a heavy favorite with a premature move in his opener in a wicked :26.3 sprint, trotted home in :27.2 before that & lands the pole


3-Southwind Flash – Muscle Hill first foal out of half-million-dollar winner Friendly Amigo, pace compromised & just missed as the beaten favorite in his debut for Team Burke in a sharp :27.1, jogged in both baby races at Gaitway


6-Stayin Strong – Third foal out of 3YO PASS champion Loch Katrine looked promising in both baby races, then made a gate miscue, appears to have some talent & has a chance to bounce back for Team Orange Crush



2-All The Time – Katz-Libfeld homebred by Muscle Hill & first foal out of Duena winner Cantab It All failed to punch home off cover as the beaten favorite, won her previous baby race with :27.3 punctuation


5-Dream Child – Muscle Hill second foal out of NYSS winner Viva Las Lindy put forth an excellent speed try from post ten & outmuscled my a Jimmy Takter favorite in Gifted Lady


1-Silent Blessings – Muscles Yankee filly showed stark improvement in her second baby race, then simply had too far to come from post ten & moves inside a soft division



6-Boston Red Rocks – Second foal out of Hopeful winner Mcgibson looked sensational in dominating his division in 1:53.2 from post eight, complete with a :27 final quarter for Trainer of the Year so far Steve Elliott


5-Katies Rocker – Fashion Farms homebred gelding out of the full sister to millionaire Kikikatie chased standout Boston Red Rocks in :26.4 last week after he just missed in his second baby race in :27 flat


4-Winning Linc – Brother to Art Rooney runner up Some Playa had a long way to come in his debut trying to catch Boston Red Rocks in :26.4, Tony Alagna trainee has an obvious chance to improve



1-Equisite Glide – Tony Alagna trainee seemed to be sitting on a winning effort in his last two with excuse trips, lands the rail again & finds a prime spot to end a long losing skid


2-Home Turf – Beaten favorite just one for 16 in 2015, so may be worth taking a shot against, yet this Team Burke trainee draws well again in very good form & looms large in an ideal stalking spot


7-Guiltywithanexcuse – Perked up with speed & trot at both ends with some class relief last week, chance to be a threat with more of the same at this bottom rung despite another challenge draw



2-Bar Hopping – Second foal out of NYSS winner Cocktail Hour & brother to 2014 NJSS Final runner up Martiniwithmuscle flashed plenty of late trot in :26.3 & had no chance behind a well-rated Southwind Frank, chance to turn the tables for Takter


1-Southwind Frank - $100,000 Muscle Hill first foal out of Flawless Lindy and the family of Cayster, Program Speed & Giant Hit, set an easy tempo & battled back to win his opener for Team Burke as the heavy favorite after he won his second baby race in 1:55.3


4-Promised Delivered – Previous two foals out of the dam were both six figure winners, including 2YO Grand Circuit winner Livininthefastlane, progressed in his three baby races & won his latest here



2-Witch Dali – Worldly Beauty & Petticoat winner got jammed in by a tiring leader in Sudoku, then bothered by breakers at the top of the stretch, kicked home in :25.4 before that, gets post relief


4-Request For Parole – Just missed in the Open at Harrah’s Philly two starts back, now gets the class relief she needs for Team Burke & draws well to employ her best stalking strategy


3-Beach Granny – Forced wide by a breakers & confusion turning for home last week & still grabbed second behind runaway Rocklamation, draws well for the hot Steve Elliott barn



3-Finish Line – Trond Smedshammer Hambletonian eligible who stepped it up with two straight on-the-board finishes, including a third to top gun Pinkman in PASS, draws well in a race ripe for the taking


7-Gifted Way - $190,000 Cantab Hall colt out of a half sister to the great Continentalvictory has been gearing up in his last two qualifiers for Tony Alagna, the latest a second to Hambletonian prospect Muscle Diamond


8-Libertarian – Added trotting hopples & rallied to win his comeback in a sharp 1:53.2 with a noteworthy :27.2 kicker, then broke as the heavy favorite, Hambletonian eligible trying to rebound from a more challenging post



1-Singit Like Aretha – Dam is a sister to the great Cathedra Dot Com & world champion Cabrini Hanover, much more involved in her third qualifier from post seven & draws the rail in a wide open field for Tony Alagna


2-Watch N Be Watched – Her dam is a full sister to double millionaire Well Said, all three baby races were excellent & stole her latest on the front end for top filly man Joe Holloway, who just won the Lynch with Bettor Be Steppin


8-Selfie – Dam is a half sister to the great Cam’s Card Shark, that was some improvement in her third baby race here, any semblance of that mile & further progress puts her in contention



7-Acelo Hanover – Beaten chalk tried to overpower them first over off the sick scratch & month off to no avail, Michael Russo claim finds an ideal spot to atone


4-Triple Major – Ended a long losing skid with that rousing win in the slop two starts back, then got absolutely torched last week, draws better to rebound


6-Gone Nuclear – Words can’t describe the complete turnaround at 45-1 last Saturday that ignited a $173,094.02 Jackpot Super High Five finale, looks to keep it going after a recent sick scratch & claim



5-Rock My Girl – Tough to go against this Casie Coleman trainee who brushed & crushed them in her NJSS debut here, first foal out of 2010 2YO NYSS standout My Girl’s A Star


8-Blue Moon Stride – Dam is a sister to Bettor’s Delight, No Pan Intended & Roll With Joe, enough said, beaten favorite chased Rock My Girl in her opener, draws post eight again


6-JK Fannie – First foal out of the Bettor’s Delight dam surged home in :27.3 to win her second qualifier in decisive fashion here, major upside awaits



5-Crazed N Lindy – Tripped out & confidently guided by the very capable Peter Kleinhans last week, the McDermott barn has been on fire this meet


1-Permanent Joy – Gelding simply hasn’t been at his best in his last two elsewhere, has thrived at the Big M with his big late kick & draws the rail to facilitate an ideal trip


9-Jacks To Open – Has been pretty consistent with Hannah Miller, the beaten favorite again got parked last week by Monica Banca & Bloomfieldcantifly, chance to rebound despite a much tougher post



9-Crocadile Canyon – Pretty solid winner with speed at both ends in the slop two starts back, then stormed home off a hot pace to grab second last Saturday, gelding can out kick these with a smooth trip


4-Whittaker – Was claimed for the third straight time by the high percentage Michael Russo off a very dull mile, proven winner at this level draws better, but will need to rebound big time


7-Shaving Mug – Gelding has been tackling tougher at Harrah’s Philly, but not exactly razor sharp, chance to perk up at a price with the right speed target






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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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