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Posted by Ken Warkentin on Monday, June 29, 2015 10:00 PM


2-Rock My Girl – Modestly-priced daughter of Rocknroll Hanover prepared by Casie Coleman, first foal out of a dam who was a NYSS star with 2YO mark of 1:52.2, finished a solid second in both trials, the latest with speed & draws inside


4-Show Time Hill – Jersey bred filly for Tony Alagna from the strong family of 2004 Sweetheart winner Fox Valley Shaker, including Pretty Katherine, 1:50.3 [$525,653], competitive in both baby races


5-Sonoma Valley – Brittany Farms/Jimmy Takter pupil a sister to Vintage Master, 1:48.1 [$2,160,953], Ideal Vintage & Great Vintage, three inspiring qualifiers, the latest behind Rock My Girl & LL Jackpot



1-Southwind Frank – The Muscle Hills are just a step ahead for the rest, $100,000 first foal out of the dam, Team Burke trainee a nose shy of winning both baby races & lands the pole


6-Bar Hopping – $190,000 Muscle Hill brother to 2014 NJSS Final runner up Martiniwithmuscle, bounced back to win another baby race with a sharp :27.3


4-Brooklyn Hill – Pricey $390,000 Muscle Hill colt out of a sister to Oaks champion Creamy Mimi showed improvement in his second qualifier



3-Jacks To Open – Just missed to Bloomfieldcantifly as the beaten favorite & draws inside to turn the tables with another stalking trip


1-Bloomfieldcantifly – Responded to more aggressive handling from post nine & held off the favorite Jacks To Open to win the battle of the ladies, rewarded with the rail & figures to go right back to the top


2-Crazed N Lindy – Capped off May winning two in a row here with speed, draws better off a break for a potent barn



3-Southwind Flash – Burke-tuned Muscle Hill first foal out of Friendly Amigo, 1:52.2 [$557,907], romped in both qualifiers & stands out in this division


1-Jack Vernon – Muscle Hill colt hails from a strong family that includes Blue Mac Lad, 1:53.2 [$578,805], won his second baby race with controlling speed & lands the pole


5-Stayin Strong – Team Orange Crush send out a modestly-priced Muscles Yankee who looks pretty sure-footed & confident winning his second trial with a late burst



8-Boston Red Rocks – Rocknroll Hanover colt really stepped it up in his Steve Elliott debut here, dominating from post nine with a :27.2, huge threat despite another outside draw


5-Ideal Rocky – Brother to Emeritus Maximus, 1:48.4 [$391,505] lived up to the hype as an easy winner with a :26.4 in his pari mutuel debut last week & builds on that


2-Road Block – Second foal out of a sister to My Little Dragon, 1:48.1 [$2,318,623] set the pace & faded to fifth behind Ideal Rocky, draws inside again & may look for a stalking effort this time



3-All The Time – Muscle Hill first foal out of stakes winner Cantab It All, 1:53 [$286,412] for Katz & Libfeld, cruised in her second qualifier with a sharp :27.3 for Takter


2-Hollywood Hill – Muscle Hill sister to The Bank, 1:53.4 [$192,139] & second foal out the millionaire Lantern Kronos, flashed speed & settled for second in much improved second qualifier & draws inside for Team Takter


8-Silvia - $100,000 Muscle Hill sister to Adrian Chip, 1:54.2 [$1,241,584] was nosed out from winning her second straight qualifier for Team Burke



2-Lyons Snyder – Well Said brother to Aracache Hanover, 1:48.1 [$1,726,617] jogged in both baby races at Gaitway & draws the rail for Team Burke


6-Rodeo Rock – Second foal out of a sister to Western Shore, 1:48.3 [$1,247,985], improved in all three starts, chased the favorite Ideal Rocky in :26.3 last week


3-Tommy’s Delight – From first crop of Pace champ Roll With Joe won both qualifiers for Casie Coleman & aired it out with solid speed in the second effort at the Big M



7-The Bank – Member of the Takter “B” Team Hambletonian battalion stepped up to finish second in both his elimination & final of the Goodtimes, obviously heading in the right direction & worth a swing


1-Iron – Lightly-raced Hambletonian prospect easily won his seasonal debut here, then second to Canepa Hanover in a Goodtimes elimination, broke from post ten in that final, chance to rebound


6-Propulsion – Equaled his mark of 1:52.3 with a decisive score fresh off the bench, then reverted back to a miscue as the heavy favorite, tough to gauge in a wide-open field



2-Gifted Lady – Muscle Hill sister to Flex The Muscle, 1:52.4, [$928,280] draws inside off two strong baby races for Team Takter, gamely won the latest with a late lunge over Skara Brae


3-Skara Brae – Muscle Hill sister to Southwind Cocoa, 1:55.2 [$277,097] set the pace & just missed to Gifted Lady in a solid second baby race & draws alongside that rival


5-American Spa – Robert Key homebred Muscles Yankee filly qualified in handy style & came up just a half length shy of winning both at The Meadows



1-Rockeyed Optimist – Sensational season so far winning the Sonsam, Clyd hirt & two Graduate legs, gunned down in the added eighth by stablemate Doo Wop & moves inside to possibly turn the tables


2-Doo Wop Hanover – Unleashed an explosive 1:47.4 track record at Tioga & stormed home to take the next two legs here, like his Steve Elliott stablemate also draws an improved post & his relentless rallies make him the one to beat


4-All Bets Off – Confederation Cup winner & Molson Pace runner up enjoying a terrific campaign so far for Team Burke, a close second to Doo Wop with aggressive handling on 6-6



7-Witch Dali – Worldly Beauty & Petticoat champ has two good tighteners under her now, :25.2 last week from an impossible spot indicates readiness


2-Rocklamation – Co-winner of the 2014 Dan Patch Award clearly hasn’t been herself this season, beaten favorite paced home in :25.4 when badly paced compromised, remains at the same reduced level


5-Beach Granny – No surprise Steve Elliott has this mare on her toes, gutsy career best 1:49 on 6-12, home in :26 flat last week, likely blasts off for position



2-Storm Point – Burke trainee tackled top shelf fillies in the Fan Hanover & had no chance from post eight in that final, tighter now & draws well to assert herself


4-Strut My Stuff – Croghan trainee has flashed some talent, regrouped with a nice qualifier, then had too far to come when B Stern stole away on the lead, obviously tighter now & fits in this competitive field


8-B Stern – Hats to Corey Callahan for a well-rated masterpiece upset last week, filly with a strong winning habit must blast & prove it was no fluke








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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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