Posted by Ken Warkentin on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 9:21 PM


4-Fox Valley Steffen – 8YO equaled his lifetime mark of 1:55 here this season, strong back half from a tough spot last out, gets some class relief & draws a bit better


7-Hyway Marcus – Team Harmon tuned gelding regained his form at the bottom condition level, crushed foes last week, threat to repeat despite more demanding draw


9-Panana Republic – Crushed these from post nine when she added trotting hopples & took a new mark of 1:55.4, fresh off a gutsy bounce-back score last week



2-Every Way Out – Completed the three-ply NJSS sweep last year, has easily gone two-for-two here this season, draws inside & appears overpowering


5-Deo Galileo – Runner up in all three NJSS legs last season & similar expected, has re-acclimated nicely & shown good energy, prime opportunist


3-Prairie Mcdreamy – Finished with a zippy :26.3 in his encouraging opener before faulting last week, chance to rebound alongside his entrymate



4-Victor Gio IT – Speedy, yet erratic Takter trainee, beat What The Hill in a Peter Haughton Memorial elimination & finished second to that rival in the 2016 final, finally stayed flat in his latest qualifier, draws well with Hambo aspirations


5-Northern Starlight – Sister to 2012 NJSS champion Little Brown Fox, 1:51.2 [$1,192,403] took only four starts to break her maiden in style last week & looms large from the same post


1A-Southwind Hydro – Ramped up his game with trotting hopples added, romped in an impressive debut, draws a bit better to rebound off a gate miscue last week, part of strong entry



1-Colorful Jasmine – Cancelliere brothers homebred has swept through her first three starts this season with plenty left, moves inside an abbreviated field & can only beat herself


6-Misqued – Improving filly managed to hit the board from the second tier in her season opener, then surged from post nine to grab second last week


5-Wonderful World – Solid runner up in the first leg, then toured the oval from post ten last week, trending in the right direction & may be more forwardly placed this time



5-Ariana G – Dan Patch Award winner & Breeders Crown champion looking for his second straight sires stakes final, unleashed an impressive mile in round one


2-Glitzy Gal – Went all the way in dominant style in the first leg, then grinded gamely chasing a well-rated Ice Attraction last week, draws much better for this final


4-Ice Attraction – Rebounded from a late miscue in round one with an easy, well-rated second leg score, steady sort will likely gun for the pocket behind Ariana G



6-Rubber Duck – Trip compromised from post eight here three starts back, a very good fourth in the Cutler, then posted a gutsy score @ Pocono, returns here in a top form


1A-Gural Hanover – Rebound from a rare break in the Cutler with a superbly rated post nine score in a career best 1:51.1 & completes a formidable entry


1-Opulent Yankee – Long, productive season so far, consistent gelding hasn’t had the knockout punch in his last two, but his tactical speed always gets him involved



2-What The Hill – 2016 NJSS champion heads the Team Burke quartet in here, stands out from post two again after easily sweeping his first three this season, another step on road to Hambo


1-Long Tom – More than lived up to the hype with a sparkling 3YO debut, then skipped last week & lands the pole position, stablemate to undefeated Enterprise, another Hambo prospect


3-King On The Hill – Reattached the trotting hopples & bounced back to finished a distant second to What The Hill last week, proven Takter trainee draws alongside the one to beat



8-Darlinonthebeach – Fastest in an ultra competitive sophomore class last season with a 1:48.1 in the Glen Garnsey at Lexington, appears to have regrouped with a standout qualifier here


7-Venus Delight – 2015 Dan Patch Award winner & TVG champion progressed in three qualifiers here, the latest behind Darlinonthebeach, classy millionaire ready to contend


2-Know It All – Picked up a couple of checks here with aggressive efforts back in late March, draws inside & in line to trip out as an opportunist facing two classier mares



5-My Tweed Heart – Developed into an Ohio Sires Stakes star last year, winning ten of 15, gearing up for new trainer Kyle Spagnola on NY half milers, slips under the money cap & finds an ideal spot to step up


1A-Acefourtyfour Alex – Just one for 15 this season, but draws well fresh off an excellent acclimating mile with pace at both ends just behind Cheyenne Robin


6-Cheyenne Robin – Kicked home off cover for the mild upset with a well-timed move by Scott Zeron, remains a threat to repeat fresh off that new mark despite the outside draw



4-Moonlight Cocktail – Forced wide & rallied to hit the board behind a surprisingly good Stitch In Time last week, tighter now & draws better


6-Sheer Flex – Only that single start last month & hasn’t raced in three weeks, but drops back down to the level of the win & career best 1:54 back on 4-14


7-Shady Mccoy – 11-time winner in 2016 went all the way to take a new mark of 1:54.3 in his last start here, overmatched in his last two against N/W of 8 @ Yonkers for new connections



4-Let Her Rock – Runner up to the raging Keystone I Wish two starts back, shuffled out last time, gets some class relief, draws well & overdue


5-Twice An Angel – Finished with some sizzle in her latest two starts here, has a chance to snap her 2017 skid in this wide-open finale


3-Galarina – Has cycled forward in her last three, responded to aggressive handling to go all the way at the bottom level last time & rewarded with a better post


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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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