Posted by Ken Warkentin on Tuesday, July 07, 2020 10:00 PM


7-Scirocco Mistysaid – Romped in this series, a sharp 1:52.3 lifetime best as the heavy favorite just before the shutdown, getting some class relief for his second try off the bench


1-Take It Back Terry – Melissa Arbia was forced wide from a tough spot, yet had this classy millionaire in high gear late, now back on the rail in a field ripe for the taking


8-Honor Me – Just missed an upset with strong pace at both ends in his much-needed comebacker, tough draw, but Tony Beltrami deserves a lot of respect with this one



3-Southwind Tyrion – $145,000 Southwind Farm bred son of Muscle Hill, fourth foal out of the Cantab Hall dam, only took a single winning qualifier with a :27.3 burst to say ready & draws inside for Team Svanstedt


5-Topofthehill S – First foal out of a sister to Sylvesteramerica IT, 1:53, Muscle Hill colt won both baby races here flaunting versatility & talent for Team Melander, one of the leading barns on the trotting scene today


8-Zenith Stride – First foal out of a sister to Dejarmbro, 1:52.2 [$1,137,285], showed vast improvement in his second qualifier chasing a good one in Captain Corey, one to watch with the right set up



3-Iznogoud AM S – Muscle Hill brother to Guaranteed, 1:52.2, rebound off a miscue in his opener with a rousing score in the second try & draws inside for Team Melander, connections think highly of this one


4-Mon Amour - $180,000 Muscle Hill out of a sister to a couple of half million dollar winners, Mythical Lindy & Mythical Hall, flashed trot at both ends in a much better second qualifier & draws well for top connections


2-Swan By Land – Third foal out of a sister to Swan Image, 1:51.4, Muscle Hill gelding was much more eager to please & competitive in his second trial & lands inside for Team Svanstedt



4-Shining Brightly – Muscle Hill sister to Sunshine Delight, 1:53.1, cruised as she pleased in her modest opener, then cranked it up & just missed to a sharp one in Aunt Irene, Brittany Farms bred & owned filly with a bright future


9-M Diddy – First foal out of the great double millionaire Maven, $190,000 daughter of Muscle Hill won her Big M baby race with a nice late burst & looms large despite post nine to give Team Burke a one-two punch


8-Hot As Hill - $100,000 third foal out of her dam, the first was Smart As Hill, 1:53.4, solid third here to a good one in Aunt Irene off a wire-to-wire win @ Gaitway, tough draw, but learning here lessons well for Team Burke



3-Atlanta – Was able to gain revenge & win round two against Manchego with a Cutler stakes record, fastest trotter in Big M history gets away from her arch-rival here & draws inside 


2-Plunge Blue Chip – Big M track record holder wasn’t heard from with post nine in a tough Cutler comeback, now moves inside to stalk the speed as part of a Team Svanstedt triple threat


5-Kenziesky Hanover – Consistent mare finished a solid third at long odds in round one of this series & now draws better as a prime stalking opportunist for the hot Cullipher barn



2-Lion Safari AS – Got pinned in, caught behind a gapping Carrick & was never clear to the wire, perfect trip winner from post nine before that, draws post two again & owns a big kick


5-Inifinit AS – Was going well before the shutdown, bounced back off a rare miscue with a decisive score as the heavy favorite last week, sharp enough to handle another step up


4-All American N – Parked all the way & still held third @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, grinded gamely & just missed before that, returns at a reduced level & draws inside for Team Toscano



9-Muscle Dolly – First foal out of a sister to Modern Family, 1:51, and like her stablemate in here was prominent in both baby races, her latest was exceptional


3-Beautiful Game – Muscle Hill sister to Special Honor, 1:53.4 for top connections, nosed out by a very good Aunt Irene after battling back to win her Magical Acres qualifier & draws inside


8-Altar – Muscle Hill sister to Repentance, 1:53.3, just missed in her first baby race, then gave it a good speed try from the same outside post, Diamond Creek have a bright prospect here



8-What Chapter – Came charging hard off cover & just missed in a much-improved second start off the bench, took his mark here last season, lands post eight again, but drops a notch


4-Newcastle – Beaten favorite took some late pressure & settled for third @ Pocono, makes his third start off the bench, remains at a reduced level & draws inside for Team Bongiorno


7-Southwind Frost – Has chased a couple of standouts in his last two, which were better efforts, draws a tougher post here, but can exploit this soft field with a patient trip



1-Dream Chapter – From the maternal line of Victory Dream, 1:53.2 [$1,016,537], Chapter Seven filly looked superb cruising in both baby races & draws the rail with Jimmy Takter


9-Ineffable – $600,000 Cantab Hall second foal out of Jolene Jolene, her first was Crucial, 1:53.4, won both of her qualifiers here, the latest in game fashion from post eight


3-Sister Christina – $150,000 Father Patrick filly out of a sister to Giveitgasandgo,1:52.1, bounced back with a solid third to standout Aunt Irene & draws inside to show her speed



1-Muscle M Up – Just missed in the Preferred before a long layoff, his two comeback miles have been encouraging, faces easier & draws better to be forwardly placed


8-Forbidden Trade – The 2019 Hambletonian upsetter & Canada’s Horse of the Year returns to the Big M for his third start of the season, flashed some late trot in both Mohawk races, tough draw, but this the kind of field where he can spark something


2-JL Cruze – King Cruze has come back in vintage form at age nine, just missed with a gallant try & trot at both ends as the beaten favorite, gets class & post relief & looms large



10-Lyon’s Image – Pace compromised in his much-needed comebacker, stuck outside, but now faces easier, owns a bit of back class & deserves a chance with some trip luck


5-Victorydaze Wilwin – Forced wide from a tough spot & gained the place spot behind the runaway Dashboard, can use that momentum to vault past this bunch


3-Atomic Rei – Closed from last to grab minor spoils in his first start off the bench, now moves inside to afford a better start in a best of the rest scenario



2-Spy Booth – $460,000 Muscle Hill second foal out of a Cantab Hall dam, her first was King Alphonso, 1:52, finished a close second to Sonofamistery with a :27.1 & draws that rival


6-Sonofamistery – Team Melander Muscle Hill colt won both baby races with a half length to spare, the latest with :27.3 speed & seems keen to go on


1-Magical Muscle Man – Muscle Hill colt & first foal out of the Kadabra mare, strong rebound effort to finish second to Iznogoud AM S in much better second qualifier & lands the rail



1-Whittaker N – Off to a slow start chasing a 1:49 Lucan Hanover in his comeback, now gets major class & post relief for his second start off the bench


7-Our Positano N – Freshened up during the shutdown & finished a solid third in his return to action, this is an even softer spot to set up his big late rally


8-Settlemoir – Just two for his last 43 & winless this season, but transitions to the mile track, goes second time Lasix & gets some class relief









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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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