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Posted by Ken Warkentin on Monday, August 03, 2015 10:26 PM


8-Stayin Strong – Exited tougher NJSS & finished an improved third to the talented Winter Harbor, look for him to use that as a springboard & get involved despite the demanding post


3-Lagerfeld - $200,000 Yankee Glide brother to millionaire Guccio, overmatched in a 1:54.1 Haughton elimination, was progressing nicely for Takter & lands in a very soft opener


7-Threeupthreedown – Muscle Hill colt didn’t offer much in his Kindergarten debut, yet bounced back with an energetic qualifier & has a chance to step up



3-Dancing Dynamite – Revived her form at reduced levels at Pocono & she draws inside fresh off a new lifetime mark of 1:55.2 for Hannah Miller


5-Permanent Joy – Won an amateur event here back on May 22, returns off a couple of improved efforts elsewhere & his midpack post facilitates his preferred stalking style


11-No Recess – Exploited a soft Billings division to the fullest with a career best 1:55.4 at Vernon Downs, a live item for Bob Hechkoff must find a way out of second tier city



4-Spicebomb – Once again rallied from a tough spot while pace compromised & still managed third in :26.3, this gelding continues to go in the right direction for Kelvin Harrison


8-Ideal Rocky – Shot home in :26.2 to upset the big favorite Boston Red Rocks in the NJSS Final, forgive the early miscue at The Meadows, meets easier opposition from a challenging post


2-Rodeo Rock – I like the way he rebounded off a break to finish second in the Sheppard Final, just missed with a nice two-move effort on 7-3, draws the pole for Tetrick



1-A Real Miracle – Twice beaten favorite at Harrah’s Philly, fresh off a game grind, went as high as the Invite level in Indiana, arrives in a prime spot to stalking & show his big late kick


3-City Hall – Couldn’t fight City Hall as this gelding dropped n popped with an eye-popping & effortless career best 1:49.4, his seventh of the season in 24 starts, rewarded with an inside draw


4-That’s My Opinion – Has hit the board with stronger finishes in both starts on Lasix, draws better to continue tapping his true potential for Team Orange Crush



3-Whom Shall I Fear – Has been chasing members of the Takter A Team, owns a mark of 1:53.3 here this season & finally moves inside a highly beatable field & reunited with Gingras


4-Crescent Fashion – Finished fourth in the NJSS Final & soon posted back-to-back blowouts on smaller tracks, have to forgive the miscue from post seven last out, one of three in here for Ake Svanstedt


11-Don’t Mind Me – Regrouped with a strong qualifier here on 7-25, outsprinted by a Hambo pair of French Laundry & The Bank last Friday, must find a way out of the second tier



5-Muscle Baby Doll – By strong Ontario sire Muscle Mass, has blossomed into a princess in OSS Gold action, arrives off a new mark of 1:53.1 with trot to spare, gets the Buckeye, worth a swing


1-Magic Marker – Stormed home to win here Reynolds here in a career best 1:52.2, early miscue cost her a spot in the Oaks, chance to rebound from an inside post with Sears


3-Model Behavior – Just missed to Mission Brief in the NJSS Final, draws the rail fresh off the mile of her life in the Reynolds, but the 27-day gap is a concern



6-Meadowbranch Wendy – Beaten favorite despite a perfect trip in the Arden Downs at The Meadows, caught a case of seconds, yet still rates serious contender status off her latest efforts


5-I’m So Fancy – Team Burke trainee added hopples recently &  cruised to an easy new mark of 1:54.4 in the Stallion Series at The Meadows, then lost her stride early in the Zweig, reunited with Gingras, chance to regroup in camera-shy field


3-All That Sparkles – Ships south from Mohawk fresh off a 12-1 upset in OSS Gold action with a career best 1:54.1, just missed to Blue Muse here back on 6-12, draws well in a wide-open field, yet the 22-day layoff is concern



7-Cloris Hanover – Was actually competitive in some early-season Opens here, returns fresh off a much better effort at Saratoga, owns tactical speed & hasn’t got much to beat


6-That Woman Hanover – Has stepped back in class admirably since the 1:50 career best upset, chased the standout Inittowinafortune last week, sharp mare in a lackluster field


4-Caviart Shelly – Got nosed out by That Woman Hanover on 7-17 & chased the runaway Sayitall BB after that, wide trip in a 1:49.3 mile last week, better draw



5-DD’s Hitman – 4YO turned his game right around with an aggressive, wrapped up career best 1:52.1 first time Team Burke, logically looms as a repeater


7-World Cup – Grinded gamely to a short-live lead & gunned down by a surprisingly good DD’s Hitman last week, steady Bongiorno trainee remains at the reduced level


8-Tag Up And Go – Excellent speed try from the same post & barely outsprinted by the favorite Propulsion on 7-24, decent recovery from an early miscue last week



1-Falcor Bluestone – Regained his best stride with two recent wins, the latest at an added distance around Yonkers, no chance last week & moves inside


5-Keystone Thomas – 9YO rose to the occasion with two straight upsets here last month before running into a pair of 1:52.1 miles, drops back to a more likely spot for Hechkoff


3-And Heez Perfect – Gearing up on the comeback trail, put together a well-controlled wire-to-wire effort at Harrah’s Philly & draws well brimming with confidence



5-Well Bred – Chased the revved up City Hall in a sizzling 1:49.4 mile, retains Tetrick & his second try off the bench figures to be better


2-High Octane N – Runner-up to the favorite David’s Dream in a 1:50.1 mile on 7-25, simply too far back last week, chance to take advantage of another inside draw & apparent form


3-Shaving Mug – Followed up his amazing 20-1 upset in a career best 1:50.4 with a flat sixth in a short series final, fresh claim draws well again to rebound



2-Enee Weenie And Me – Seemed to be hinting of breaking through in his last few by making some positive moves & finishing well enough, lands post two again in a wide-open field, look for Brett Miller to get him within striking range


7-Stormin Rustler – Came up short in his attempt to repeat last week from post 10, 11YO warhorse is always a threat if the pace set up is right


9-Eight Ten EOM – Fresh claim by Team Bongiorno is 0 for 21 in 2015, beaten favorite shows an ultra sharp narrow loss from post 10 on 7-17 however



5-Gimme The Loot – 10YO has been done consistently well in the Billings Series recently, versatile veteran figures to be on or near the lead in a toss-up finale


2-Flex The Muscle – Has cycled around lately, finished a solid second two starts back at Saratoga, then got parked in the Billings at Vernon Downs, chance to get away smoothly from post two here


8-Whatnblazes – Just one for his last 49 and 0 for 23 in 2015, but note the narrow loss despite an early break on 6-25, likes to close ground & appreciates the long stretch 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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