Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, June 07, 2017 12:00 PM


7-Lord Gaga – Barn is noted for Open pacers like Bit Of A Legend N, this lightly-raced 5YO has caught fire winning three of his last four @ Monticello, the latest a gutsy effort


2-Joey Goodfellow – Working on an 0 for 15, made a smooth transition to the mile track here with a perfect two-hole trip & held third last week, draws further inside a wide-open field


9-One Tough Nut – Gelding was well-driven by Jim Marshall III & rallied to the upset two weeks ago, builds on that from a tougher starting point



6-Sam’s Triple Crown – Was impressive in his first few starts here with back-to-back first over wins, shuffled & angled & gaining in the sprint in a 1:49.3 mile last week


7-Last Gunfighter – Made a huge recovery from an early miscue in the slop here back on 5-13, has gone on to extend his winning streak to three in a row


5-Talent Soup – Overcame a slow starts from post seven by raging up the rail for the show in a commendable Big M debut, his big kick could be more effective within closer striking range



7-Rock The Official – One for 18 this season, has hit the board in both starts here with solid finishes, chased the revved up Stormin Rustler last out, a fast pace helps his cause


3-Lightning Raider N – 12YO was hinting of an overdue win off the recent sick scratch, shook loose a bit too late & nosed out last week, dips in price & draws same inside post


2-Stormin Rustler – 13YO warhorse tripped out & drew clear for the upset two starts back, drops back down & moves inside



5-City Hall – Gelding known for his form sprees here was a badly beaten favorite @ Pocono, chased a 1:48.3 winner here before that, returns in a softer spot to break out of his slump


7-Quality Closer – Often lives up to his name, just missed in his last start here back on 4-29, struggled to make much headway @ Tioga Downs with trainer Rick Dane, Jr. driving


4-Ang’s Delight – Steve Elliott trainee used some class relief to spark his form & returns here fresh off a hard-fought win @ Harrah’s Philadelphia & took a new mark of 1:51.3



5-Sir Jack – Dropped in class & got nosed out for a similar condition @ Pocono two starts back as the heavy favorite, dangerous shipper for the high percentage Amber Buter barn


4-Our Regal Ideal N – Overcame a tough first over grind in a fast pace & finished well for the show last week, nice acclimating mile, remains at the same reduced level & post four again


9-Wakinyan – Finished with sneaky good late pace in his first start here last week, stuck outside, but drops into a softer spot & could surprise with a late swoop



5-Mr D’s Dragon – 4YO gelding has been on a form spree against tough opposition @ Pocono, twice lowered his mark to 1:50.1 recently, look for him to keep it going with his speed here


7-Odds On Equuleus – Freshened with that sharp :25.4 to win the qualifier, then steamrolled to a decisive comebacker last week, continues to show his class on the way back up


2-Marty Monkhouser A – Australian-bred on the rise, ships in fresh off the mile of his life, a gutsy effort @ Pocono & with a sharp final quarter & could surprise in this intriguing match up



6-Bushwacker – Classy gelding noted for his exploits here, including a 1:48.4 mark taken last year when he won 11 times, freshened by Chris Ryder with a couple of strong qualifiers


7-Doncallmefrancis – 2016 Anthony Abbatiello Classic winner was a solid third here on 5-13, has continued to race well in the Saratoga Open, post eight winner here back on 4-8


2-Preparty – Draws post two again on a roll for Team Harmon, came within a fifth of his lifetime mark two starts back, then parked last week & still paced home in :26.4 again



3-Reasonable Force – Has been tackling much tougher at Yonkers, ships in off a no-chance mile @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, gets further class relief & draws well for a strong percentage barn


1-Ever Again – Nothing like an easy wire-to-wire romp to regain form & confidence, 1:50.4 winner here last season looks to parlay that at a slightly tougher level


2-Wild Again – Fired out for a pocket ride behind the favorite Donau, got blocked briefly & was all out in the sprint home, 0 for 16 this season, but draws better & reunited with Jordan Stratton



1-Some Kinda Beach – Needed his last start after missing three weeks off a sick scratch, drops to the bottom condition & moves inside for Team harmon


5-Rusty Tank – Has definitely picked up his game at this rock bottom level, strong :27.2 rally for second chasing the runaway Ever Again last week


4-Workandplayhard – 0 for 17 in 2017, yet flashed some sneaky late pace in his second start off a sick scratch, drops out of claimers & sets up a stalking trip from an inside post



3-Yankee Heaven – 0 for 18 this season, but was closing as fast as anybody to just miss in a blanket six-horse photo last week, draws inside again off that excellent acclimating mile


1-Bobjacks Angle N – Overcame a very slow start from post eight & was raging on the rail in :27.3 to land in a wild photo finish, moves inside to trip out & end his drought


8-Moonlight Ransom – Another one 0 for 18 in 2017, beaten favorite attacked first over & battled bitterly to a dirty nose loss last week, tougher post requires more patience



6-Walks Of Life – Forced wide around stalled excess cover & picked up minor spoils chasing Sea Venture in :27.3, draws a bit better for his second start off the claim


1-Sea Venture – Fired out, sat a trip & saved ground & held on by a nose given a great drive by Joe Bongiorno, remains at the reduced level & rewarded with the rail


4-Daylyn Horizon – Just one for 18 this season, but very persistent with tough trips recently, came charging first over to a short lead & just missed as the beaten favorite behind Sea Venture




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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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