Posted by Ken Warkentin on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 9:45 PM


4-Cuatro De Julio – Rated fifth on the Road to the Hambo, 1:51.3 Grand Circuit winner at two, a life-saving story for trainer Marie Ortolan Bar, son of Trixton went nine for 14 as a freshman & draws well off a big qualifier @ Miami Valley


1-Mon Amour – Muscle Hill colt from the strong Team Svanstedt battalion, kicked home to win his lone qualifier in a career best 1:54.4 & lands the rail to stalk the ample speed


3-Jula Muscle Pack – Third to Mon Amour in his first qualifier, then went all the way on a windy morning, this Muscle Hill colt draws inside with a bright future & Hambo hopes



4-Piper Hanover – Solid runner up to a couple of good ones in her qualifiers, Father Patrick filly out of 2012 Hambo Oaks shocker Personal Style, draws well with license to improve for the red-hot Team Alagna


6-Ritson – $110,000 Cantab Hall colt out of a sister to 1:50.4 performer World Cup finished second to a pair of standouts in his first two starts here, so has lots to build on


7-Sweeping Rainbow – Chapter Seven filly fourth foal out of a $800,000 winning dam finished well in both qualifier for Joe Holloway & could surprise if the speed falters



1-Lindysmusclemania – 1:54.1 performer at two zipped around The Big M in an eye-catching 1:53.2 qualifier on a windy day, Team Svanstedt Hambo hopeful adds Dexter Dunn & lands the rail


3-Really Fast - $700,000 late-blooming son of Muscle Hill cruised in both starts with trotting hopples, draws an improved post, clearly has more in the tank & Hambo aspirations for Team Takter


6-Zenith Stride – Peter Haughton Memorial shocker rated ninth on the Road to the Hambo, charged home in both qualifiers, then grinded gamely & just missed in his opener, looms large in a serious test



5-Na Na Na Baatman – The Caped Crusader has had a long, productive season so far, has stepped it up in his last three & draws better after kicking home in :26.4


2-Bettor BB – After an emphatic jogola at 1-5 two starts back, he squandered a perfect second over trip as the heavy favorite, drops back down & moves inside to atone


6-Gypsy Leather – 0 for 14 this season & has struggled in his last three against $10,000 stock in PA, 12YO now dips in price, owns some back class & eligible for a wake-up stalk n pop



7-Eazy Pass – Muscle Hilly filly has come to hand at three for Nifty Norman, reeling off a three-ply sweep of the Weiss Series @ Pocono & returns to the Big M with a new mark of 1:54.3


6-Hello I Love You – Trixton filly from a great family, Bluegrass winner in 1:54.2 cruised in her first qualifier, then faded on a windy morning, has license to show up fresh off the bench for Team Alagna


5-Wet My Whistle – 1:53.2 Kindergarten division winner at two finished well in her lone qualifier for Team Svanstedt & looms as a possible stalking threat from midpack



1-Rockin Panda – Took a couple of starts off the recent claim to snap a skid in wire-to-wire fashion as the heavy favorite, hasn’t raced in three weeks & bumped up, but still a bright spot on the rail


7-Statesman N – Dropped to this level & kicked home off cover to just miss to Western Redhot, draws the same post & banks on a better speed target to put him across


2-Final Justice – Just one for 19 this season & two for his last 49, but flashed some improved late pace to hit the board just behind Western Redhot & Statesman N & draws inside those two



7-A Bettor Beach – Freshened & won both qualifiers, then took a much-need tour of Pocono, plummets from the N/W 4 level with license to show more in a field of several easy toss outs


1-Battle Strong – Equaled his mark of 1:52.2 here this season, not much since the early April claim, yet moves inside off a solid third & in line for another smooth stalking trip


3-Rollnthejoe – Left alertly, then came out of a shuffle to pick up minor spoils behind a 1:51.4 upsetter, decent acclimating tightener & draws inside for Team Bongiorno



1-Beltassima – Trixton filly flashed some bright moments @ The Red Mile last Fall, rebounded by winning her second qualifier with a nice late move into strong wind & looms large from the rail for Team Alagna


8-Imhatra AM S – Lightly-raced Muscle Hill filly first foal out of a 2012 post ten Breeders Crown winner won her Big M debut with a perfect trip, then just missed @ Pocono, tough post, but bright future for this Team Melander trainee


4-Queen Tile No – This Muscle Hill filly won her lone qualifier here for Team Svandstedt, then prevailed in her 3YO debut @ Pocono as the heavy favorite & draws inside to continue her upward climb



7-Larjon Leah – Grinded gamely & held third in :27 flat last week, that came after missing 42 days, now makes her second start her for Team Burke, so it’s logical to expect more


3-Lovely Donna – Fresh off a lovely romp in her Big M debut first time Lasix despite a 35-day layoff, while living up to tote hype, just a fifth off her career best, rewarded with a better post in a tougher match up


6-Ideation Hanover – 1:51.4 winner here this season looms as one of several drop-down candidates for Team Cullipher in this intriguing puzzle, retains Tetrick & looks for some mayhem up front



1-Take This Society – Muscle Hill colt out of a sister to Muscle Massive tripped out to upset Zenith Stride in an inspiring 3YO, so has plenty to build on from the rail as part of the Team Takter Hambo contingent


2-Sonofamistery – Three-time winner @ The Big M at two, stayed flat & rebounded to chase a runaway in his second qualifier, draws inside & rates highly in this soft division for Team Melander


6-Kildare King – Promising son of Trixton added trotting hopples & romped in both miles @ Scioto Downs, marches on here with Hambo aspirations



3-Sonic Flare – Improving, lightly-raced 4YO more than lived up to his tote hype with a dominant score from post ten last week & moves inside off that mile of his life


2-P L Leeroy – Got parked & torched to a :54.2 half from post eight, two straight romps before that & has a big chance to bounce back from an inside post


8-Kingofthejungle – Classy 10YO has hit the board in two of his last three, draws a tough post, but his gate speed puts him in play



2-Break The Deal – Took her mark of 1:52.4 here back in early January, a much better second to a big favorite last week, rates highly off that effort from an inside post


7-Manhattan Play – One for 15 this season & two for her last 40, yet she’s been competitive in her last few for Team Cullipher & looks for some speed to shoot at


8-Kaitlyn N – Hit the board in her last two here, her latest after a quick start from the same outside post, going in the right direction & long overdue



1-Somewhereinamerica – Hasn’t hit the board in nine career starts, but this lightly-raced 3YO drops from N/W 3 @ Pocono, lands the rail for the prolific Team Chiodo & worth a swing in this wide-open affair


8-Stirling Ensign – Must rebound off some miscues from the same outside post, twice hit the board with some lively efforts before that & tries to end a long drought


5-Art Scaping – Wiped out by broken equipment last time @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, 3YO makes only his sixth career start, can rebound & step up in a field that is a combined three for 100 in 2021



5-Memo – Used pretty hard to clear the lead from post ten & faded to fourth last week, now drops further & draws better for his third start here for Team Burke


1-Skyway Kon Man – Beaten heavy favorite lacked the needed knockout punch on a windy night, now drops further & lands the rail for Tetrick & Team Cullipher


4-Innisfallen – 1:53.4 winner @ The Big M this season has a chance to rebound off a miscue in the slop @ Yonkers, gets some needed class & post relief back here



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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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