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Posted by Ken Warkentin on Monday, July 21, 2014 11:32 PM


3-Southwind Poseidon – Hambletonian prospect came to form with a pair of emphatic wins before a no-chance trip chasing Nuncio in the Reynolds, nice draw in a field he can dominate


9-Exquisite Glide – Lightly-raced gelding added Lasix recently, saved ground & exploded home in :27.1 to win his Tony Alagna debut here with Scottie Z, big threat despite the move outside


4-Royal Ice – Take note of his big rally to finish third in the slop on June 13 after missing three weeks, Smedshammer hands the lines to our leading driver & the draw is favorable



1A-The Bank – Second foal out of the millionaire Lantern Kronos made two moves to win his debut in the PA All Stars at Pocono, draws an ideal midpack post to rebound from his miscue at The Meadows


2-Centurion ATM – Brother to Triumphant Caviar, 1:51.4 $796,794 and half brother to Prayer Session, 1:53.2 $545,120, just missed to The Bank at Pocono on 7-4, then finished a solid second in PASS at The Meadows


5-True Blue Stride - $100,000 yearling son of Muscle Hill finished a distant second to French Laundry in a solid opener, then fourth in the sires stakes final, post ten obviously hurts, but going in the right direction



2-Wine N McRoses – Finished fourth behind Kate Can’t Wait after missing three weeks, draws inside that rival again, makes her third start for Andrew Harris & eligible to improve


5-Katie Said – Maybe she’s finally got her act in gear for Team Orange Crush, freshened up & qualified in 1:51.3 chasing a top flight colt in Western Vintage


7-Kate Can’t Wait – Has won half of her eight starts this season, closed into a decent :55.2 back half to hit the board & maintains contender status in a wide-open field



4-Lock Down Lindy – After qualifying in eye-catching :27.2 style this Lucky Chucky first cropper stormed home with authority again & ready for a serious challenge from the speedy Gatka Hanover


5-Gatka Hanover – First crop of Hambletonian champion Muscle Massive & sister to NJSS champion Heaven’s Door has been a flawless three-for-three in PA for Team Burke & may be too much for these


7-Sweet Thing – Homebred Chocolatier filly has learned her lessons well going two for three & romping in a PASS division last out, owns the gate speed to overcome the outside draw in a talented field



4-Synergy Seelster – Absolutely no shot trying to close into a :54.4 back half last week, drops back to the winning C-2 level & figures to be tough


5-Lorrie Please – Was used too hard to a :54.4 half from post ten, takes another shot the bottom C-2 level & has too much class to ignore


1-Upfrontwhosurlady – 0 for 18 this season, but finally move inside & reunited with The Bionic Man, she could threaten with a stalking trip imminent



3-Maven – 2013 Dan Patch Award winner needed her last two on Lasix after returning from Europe, expect her to be forwardly placed in a stalking position with an improved post


6-Money On My Mind – Scored a hard-fought 1:52.3 win here in the slop back on 6-13, consistent stalker caught a bit of seconditis recently in PA, remains one to fear


2-D’orsay – World champion 1:51.4 Duenna winner last year just missed to Bee A Magician in a grinding effort two weeks ago & lands post two again alongside her stellar stablemate



6-Gettingreadytoroll – Looks like Jimmy Takter tinkered with & freshened this talented Rocknroll Hanover filly & she settled down to qualify in a sharp 1:51.3, returns in a softer spot


8-Scandalous Hanover – Was left in the wake of a sharp 1:49.3 winner in JK Letigo, gets further class relief in an effort salvage a disappointing season so far


5-Clear View Hanover – Cycled forward on the comeback trail & peaked with an aggressive career best 1:50.2 & merits a more challenging scenario here



9-Outburst – Hambletonian eligible trotted a world record 1:53.1 at two, has sharpened his sword with two straight wins in PA, while showing speed & versatility & was chasing top colts like Father Patrick & Nuncio


2-Firstclassprincess – Draws an improved post fresh off a narrow loss with sharp :27.3 trot at both ends, owns some back class & in line to trip out


8-Looking Hanover – Gingras co-owned veteran has had two starts on the fringes off a sick scratch, just one for 17 this season, but the class relief might give him a slight edge



5-Doncango – Fashion Farms homebred half brother to Broadway Hall switches to Ake Svanstedt & makes his 3YO debut off a solid qualifier in a very light N/W of three event


1-Lightning Force – Trotted a strong back half to finish third to standout Trixton in the Reynolds Stakes, gelding moves inside looking to make further progress


3-Marathon Man – Periodic miscues aside, gelding has made some recent progress at Pocono, winning his last in a career best & draws well to continue that positive trend



1-Jersey Boy – Has hit the board with solid late trot in his last two, just missed from post ten last week, moves inside, reunited with Gingras & part of a strong entry


4-Cathy’s Princess – Exploded home to win again with a :56.2 back half and :27.4 kicker, high in the win column, draws well to establish a stalking position for The Buckeye


2-B L Class Act – Wheeled right back & steamrolled to a convincing repeat from post 11 for Campbell, lands the pole in a competitive final in peak form



5-Mission Brief - $150,000 is the most Team Burke has paid for a yearling & they believe she’s a bargain, the Muscle Hill filly out of a Breeders Crown winner has settled down & dominated the sires stakes final


1B-Livininthefastlane – You’ve got to like the way she bounced back to romp in her PASS division at The Meadows, Donato Hanover filly can kick home strong & surprise as part of three-ply entry


2-Onda Di Mare – PA Allstars upsetter over heavily favored Sarcy right off the bat makes her third start from with an inside draw & goes back to the Bionic Man



2-Bee A Magician – Defending Horse of the Year finally got back in the win column with a perfect trip in the first leg, draws the rail & demands top billing


6-Classic Martine – The Armbro Flight upsetter came right back to score first time Lasix, then got shuffled after a fast start last week, trainer Chris Oakes has her on her toes


4-Handover Belle – Tony Alagna has rejuvenated this mare & with perfect Scott Zeron handling she outsprinted Ma Chere Hall in a career best of 1:51.4



7-Time To Quit – Beaten favorite dropped to this bottom C-2 level & got parked, Super Bowl Series sweeper will look for a lively flow & decent speed target


2-Vida De Vie – Mare has been knocking on the door at the C-2 level, latest miles have been just a tad too quick for her, in line for a stalking trip from the rail


5-J R Jazz – Offered some sharp late trot from far back, keeping good form recently & with a decent start & pace he rates contender status in an evenly matched consolation




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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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