Posted by Ken Warkentin on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 4:06 PM

RACE 1

4-Tyson – Second foal out of Simcoe Stakes winner Southwind Amiga learned his lessons well at two, Trond took the trotting hopples off & he won his lone qualifier with zeal in the slop

 

3-Jimmy William – Cantab Hall brother to 2014 Trotter of the Year Shake It Cerry & Uncle Lassie among others, won his second qualifier for Takter, who calls him one of his Hambletonian sleepers

 

8-Stick Of Butter – Filly has flashed hints of promise in her qualifiers, trotted home in :27.3 in her comeback, look for her to get involved despite the outside draw

 

RACE 2

8-Penpal – Sister to 1:50 performer Capitol Account started to find herself here last Fall, just missed with a nice late burst in her second qualifier

 

2-TonightImlovingyou – Sister to the undefeated 13-for-13 Dan Patch Award winner in 2010 Seeyouatpeelers for Team Takter, tough to gauge off a pair of nondescript qualifiers, yet does debuts in a soft spot

 

3-Skeeball – $7,500 bargain yearling made her presence in the Weiss Series at Pocono, in line for a better trip than her last outing there

 

RACE 3

7-Whataworkout – First foal out of an unraced half sister to Breeders Crown champion Southwind Serena, freshened off a blowout win here back in November & prepped sharply in Florida

 

5-Honor Above All – Gelding is out of Breeders Crown champion Honorable Daughter, slugged it out with Grand Circuit foes at two, just missed with a mighty surge in his sophomore debut for Team Takter

 

8-Massive Clout – Homebred was hammered down to 2-1 and really stepped up with controlled speed in his second start off the bench, look for another move to the top from the same post despite some fierce opposition

 

RACE 4

7-Fashion Creditor – 1:52.3 performer here in 2015 has been picking it up in two starts on the comeback trail, better result last out & now drops two more classes

 

6-Winning Wizard – Saw some OSS action last season, has had some breaking issues, yet may be ready to settle down & gain some confidence at this reduced level for Team Burke

 

2-Warrawee Preferred – Got a second shot at the bottom level & exploded to a career best 1:55 for Scott Zeron & draws well for his repeat attempt

RACE 5

5-M A Jackie – 12YO mare finished a good third back-to-back with serious late moves & comes off a no-chance mile last week

 

9-Royal Engagement – Was well rated & gave way to the big favorite Ballineen, continues on a form spree & her speed overcomes post nine

 

7-Mojarra Hanover – Veteran has a strong history at The Big M with her huge rallies down the long stretch here & returns at the bottom condition

 

RACE 6

3-Sandbetweenurtoes – 2014 Mistletoe Shalee winner was second by a nose in last year’s Breeders Crown, found herself in an impossible spot in last week’s Open

 

6-Sheeza Shark N – Proved that dazzling US debut was no fluke with another sterling rally in :26.2 two weeks ago, could easily go three-for-three

 

7-Stacia Hanover – Took her mark of 1:49.2 in last year’s Shady Daisy, living in the shadow of her stellar stablemate Divine Caroline, qualified good energy

 

RACE 7

1-Waiting On A Woman – Overmatched chasing the sport’s top trotters in the Open, 1:52.2 winner here back in December lands the pole again & can take advantage of some class relief

 

9-B Yoyo – Gelding has been on his toes, overcoming some demanding draws & simply mowing them down with amazing rallies, the latest in :26 in a career best 1:52 mile, tough to go against despite the outside assignment

 

6-Rock Of Cashel – Beaten favorite was gunned down by a super sharp B Yoyo last week, just missed by a neck to that same rival before that, continues to come around for Mark Harder

 

RACE 8

6-Divine Caroline – 2015 Dan Patch Award winner was forced to rough it first over & provided Katie Said with live cover, tighter now & has a chance to turn the tables with a better trip

 

7-Katie Said – Takter certainly had her ready out of the gate, Super Brett gave her a perfect drive & she kicked home decisively in :26.2, big shot to build on that

 

2-Empress Deo – Steady, stalking presence in the Dover Downs Open was a 10-time winner in 2015, note another barn switch & driver change, trips out to put her in the picture

 

RACE 9

3-Sheer Flex – Both wins this season came with huge romps here, lowered his mark to 1:54.3 back on 3-11, now drops a notch fresh off a narrow loss

 

1-Mesmerized – Legitimate excuses in his last two, drops back to a more effective level, moves inside & connections can do no wrong

 

8-Rules Of The Road – Runner up in the 2015 Hambletonian Oaks sports s mark of 1:52.3 here, two tighteners & now a double class drop

 

RACE 10

3-Feisty Love – This mare has come around in the amateur events, moves inside fresh off the mile of her life for Roy Marohn

 

1-Keenan – Steady gelding was able to steal one on the front end last week & rewarded with the rail, major danger here

 

7-I’m Fabulous – Beaten even money favorite just missed by a neck to Keenan despite a tough trip & has been sharp recently

 

RACE 11

5-Jerseylicious – Classy mare was used hard to get the lead from post nine & folded, has had too weeks to freshen, drops a couple of levels & adds Scott Zeron

 

3-Kelli Rachelle – Squandered a perfect second over trip, but was chasing a 1:49.4 winner last week & now gets some needed class relief

 

6-Bettor Chill Out – Flashed some of her class with that aggressive win a notch below this on 4-15, this is an easier spot for her to employ similar tactics

 

RACE 12

2-Meadowbranch Wendy – 1:53.3 winner here in 2015 was right there in the photo third two starts back, then launched a premature move to the top, this mare is poised from a better post

 

4-Commentary – Crushed these with a career best 1:56.4 fresh off the claim, then made a miscue from post eight, big chance to bounce back for a red-hot barn

 

3-Naughty Not Nice – Only one for 23 in 2015, hinted of late trot in his seasonal debut off a sick scratch & drops to the bottom class

 

 

 

 



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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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