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Posted by Ken Warkentin on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 10:22 PM


2-Upfrontstrikesgold – Finally moves inside off a solid rally to be a close second in 1:54.1, that kind of effort puts this steady customer right there


3-Current Crisis – Bob Krivelin drove him superbly & gunned down a pretty game longshot in Tagmaster with a career best 1:56.1, draws another cozy inside post to stalk the speed


7-Andie Sophia – Hudson Filly Trot winner last season banked $200,000, starting to kick in on Lasix & fresh off an easy win at Tioga Downs



4-Crazy Beautiful – Beaten favorite in her opener rallied to hit the board, no chance from post nine in the Merrie Annabelle elimination, Zeron & Alagna are a hot combo


2-Speak To Me – From the first crop of Takter’s 2010 Hambo champ Muscle Massive, from the family of Lookout Victory, $1,921,611, a perfect unchallenged three-for-three in PA


1-Annaliina – Had the misfortune of running into the standout Gatka Hanover last time, raced well to hit the ticket in all three PA miles & lands the pole here to stalk a heavy favorite



8-Bright Baby Blues – First foal out of 2010 Oaks champion Bar Slide with a $150,000 price tag, hit the board in both PASS starts so far, tough draw, but hails from top trotting filly trainer Nifty Norman


5-Kelsey’s Keepsake – Half sister to The Budster, $601,798, chased the standout Speak To Me in the PA Allstars, then went all the way in PASS in 1:57.1 on 7-1, Team Orange Crush have a bright prospect


4-Josie’s Joy – Half sister to last year’s Hambo runner up Smilin Eli romped in her latest baby race with plenty for a Hall of Fame team & draws well



1-Dynamite Dame – Muscles Yankee filly out of a half sister to Bold Dreamer ($531,258) finished with improved energy to grab a distant second in the NJSS Final & lands in a soft spot for top trotting filly man Nifty Norman


5-Saturday Mornings – Won her NJSS debut with an easy wire-to-wire 1:57.2, then ran into eventual champ Mission Brief, chance to assert herself with that valuable experience


3-Allerage Star – Jeff Gural bred filly from a barn that had a win & close second at 80-1 last Saturday, inspiring runner up in OSS at Mohawk on 7-14, favorable draw



2-Artspeak – NJSS champion with a sharp & effortless :26.1 for top connections, freshened up with an impressive qualifier  & stands out from post two


7-Mcardles Lightning – Followed a narrow loss in his opener with two straight PASS divisions, 1:51 at Pocono last time jumps off the page, yet was set up by hot fractions


1-Well Well Well – Well Said colt from a productive family bounced back off a lame scratch with an energetic qualifier at Pocono & draws the pole



1B-Donatella Hanover – Beat older foes in the Super Bowl Series back in January, regaining her confidence with trotting hopples, off a game score in the Arden Downs at The Meadows & heads the Takter entry


3-Struck By Lindy – Had no chance from the second tier in the Del Miller, pretty competitive against top PA fillies, draws well to work out her preferred stalking trip for Nifty Norman


5-My Inspiration – Just missed to Hambo entrant Doncango last week with a mighty late surge, tangled with sires stakes fillies & can step up her game in a field full of question marks



2-Up Up And Out – Drops back to a straight C-1, draws inside & capable of a vicious late kick, may rate a slight edge in a wide-open field with a smooth stalking trip imminent


5-Hang Ten – Got parked while reaching a tad too high at Harrah’s Philly, perfect trip win before that & repeatedly a threat at this C-1 level here for Team Burke


3-Johnny Z – Casie Coleman claim with three wins, a second and a third since April 28, held on by a diminishing nose in the C-2 Dash for the “C” Notes Final in a career best 1:50 & steps up a notch



3-Fly Angel Fly - $160,000 Cantab Hall filly out of a half sister to Dream Vacation, cruised in her lone baby race for Team Takter & could be anything


1-By And Buy Hanover – First crop of Muscle Massive out of a sister to Super High Test ($472,150) & Power To Charm ($664,880) prepped well for Svanstedt & The Boss, easy debut win in the slop at Pocono


2-Cocoacabana – Chocolatier filly has learned her lessons well for Team Ingrassia, fresh off a close second in the Stallion Series from the same post at Harrah’s Philly & trending in the right direction



3-Mercury Fashion – Brother to Fashion Athena ($308,290) showing positive signs & going in the right direction for Smedshammer, look for him to be stalking the pace


1-French Laundry – Third foal out of 2008 Oaks champion Creamy Mimi was the beaten favorite in the NJSS Final after an impressive 1:56 opener, freshened up with an qualifier & lands the pole for Takter


6-Curfew – Just about anything Ake Svanstedt sends out merits strong attention, this Muscle Hill colt from the family of Self Possessed cruised in his lone qualifier & may be worth a swing



3-Lady Clarabella – Homebred by Lindy Lane stallion Lear Jetta has been gaining confidence with trotting hopples, draws well in a wide-open division & deserves a long look


5-A List Lindy – From the first crop of Lucky Chucky, stepped out with some vigor & held on to win her second qualifier for Hall of Famers Campbell & Sylvester


8-Iluvmyjimmychoos – Cantab Hall filly rallied to win her debut in PASS at The Meadows in 1:57.3, then made an early miscue, bounce back effort would certainly be no surprise despite post eight



2-Wheels Ah Smokin - $155,000 full brother to Wheeling N Dealin ($879,070) started to hit his best stride with a sparkling rally to win his debut, the just missed & draws inside reunited with Brian Sears


7-Habitat – Out of a half sister to millionaire Civil Action, Burke trainee zipped through his latest qualifier with a sharp :27.1, but needs to make through the first turn without a miscue


1-The Bank – Second foal out of millionaire Lantern Kronos looked like the real deal winning his opener in PA Allstars, have the forgive his last two, demanding draw for Takter



1-Muscle Diamond – Muscle Hill colt fifth foal out of 2002 Oaks champion Windylane Hanover added trotting hopples & turned in a sharp qualifier with a :27.2 sprint & draws the rail


5-Southwind Mozart – Half brother to Southwind Cocoa ($277,097) went a little faster in the NJSS Final from post eight, draws a bit better for Svanstedt & has license to step it up in this soft spot


2-Falk On Hill – Swedish bred son of Muscle Hill was going in a positive direction for Takter before the break in the sires stakes final, moves inside a very light field



4-Crosby’s Clam Bake – Kadabra gelding has been on a roll, attacked menacingly first over & just missed by a neck, draws well again, expect another aggressive effort


10-B L Class Act – Has steamrolled to three straight wins, won the C-2 Dash for the “C” Notes in a Career best 1:53.1, serious threat despite moving all the way outside


7-War Hero – Shipper has been pretty steady in the Open at Vernon Downs & arrives fresh off a career best 1:53.4 for a barn that had a win and a second by a nose at 80-1 last week



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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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