Posted by Ken Warkentin on Tuesday, July 28, 2020 10:05 PM


4-Dalton Did It – Returns to the Big M off two tighteners @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, gets away from those saltier $10,000 claimers there & draws inside here


6-Atomic Rei – Was able to come to life in his third start off the bench, surging home in a much-improved :27.2 to just miss by a nose


1-Odds On Daytona – Lightly-raced 3YO shows trending in a positive direction, lands the rail in a soft spot to shine here & picks up Yannick Gingras



6-The Ice Countess - $400,000 Muscle Hill sister to Ice Attraction, 1:50.1 & The Ice Dutchess, 1:51.1 finished well in all three baby races for Team Alagna, give her a big chance here


2-Hello I Love You – Added trotting hopples & not only stayed flat, but romped in a 1:57 qualifier from the same post last week, looks like Tony Alagna has her figured out


1-M Diddy – Muscle Hill filly first foal out of the great Maven struggled in both NJSS races, now faces softer competition from the rail



1-Ideal Chill – Hit the board chasing a couple of standouts in his last two, gets a bit of class relief & draws inside again with a smooth trip likely


6-Preppy Art – Hot item at the claim box & winner’s circle here late last Fall into Winter, finished a solid third from post eight fresh off the bench, tough to knock off


3-Superior Raven – Continues his descent down the class ladder & also draws better for his key third start off the bench, may present some value in this wide-open field



7-Insta Glam – Second foal out of a Muscle Hill sister to The Bank, 1:50.4, qualified impressively here in 1:55.4, romped in both PA stakes & has a bright future for Team Takter


6-Ineffable – Won both baby races, then faded from post eight as the beaten favorite in the slop, bounced back with a new mark of 1:56 in the PA Allstars @ Pocono


3-Material Girl – Mild upset rally in a division of NJSS, then severely pace compromised in that final & draws well here for Tetrick



5-Grace Hill – Always B Miki fourth foal out of $1.7 million winner Western Silk, 1:50.1, arrives with an impressive two-for-two record in PASS & she could be anything


9-Caviart Audrey - $280,000 full sister to Darlinonthebeach, 1:48.1, scooted home in an eye-catching :25.4 to just miss in her lone baby race & Team Takter might have something special


4-JK Disarray – Somebeachsomewhere sister to JK American Beauty, 1:50.1, jogged in her debut as the heavy favorite @ Harrah’s Philadelphia & draws well for Team Takter



2-Aunt Irene – Sister to Shake It Cerry & Uncle Lassie hustled home to win both baby races, then broke in her debut as the heavy favorite, now lands post two & switches to Dexter Dunn


6-Altar – Muscle Hill sister to Repentance, 1:53.3 [$257,459] followed her leg 2 upset by stealing a soft :58 half to romp in the NJSS Final, no doubt brimming with confidence now


4-Dream Chapter – Homebred out of a sister to Hambo winner Victory Dream cruised in both baby races, strong second as the beaten favorite in her debut, big chance to step up



7-Sumatra – 9YO classmaster gathering momentum on the comeback trail, off an improved third @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, now drops again into a field with no standouts


2-Fashionwoodchopper – Finally moves inside after chasing a runaway, trending the right way & gets another shot at this reduced level & chance at a better start


1-Hammer Time – Dropped n popped with an explosive move off cover & took a new mark of 1:53.1 last week, bumped back up & rewarded with the rail



3-Venerate – First foal out of a sister to Trixton, 1:50.3 [$947,057], won his lone baby race & debut with confident :27.1 rallies & draws better for Team Orange Crush


2-Heartbreak Hill – Set a rated pace & faded to fourth in the NJSS Final, his huge upset before that indicates talent & now his post improves


6-Caruso – Settled down after consecutive miscues, cruised in his latest qualifier, then trounced an easy N/W 2 field in a sharp 1:54.1 & now has something to build on 



1-Dixie Star N – Put it all together as a lukewarm 3-1 favorite when aggressively handled by Dexter Dunn last week & back on the rail off that new lifetime mark


4-Shellie De Vie – Dropped to N/W $4,000 & pulled a post nine upset here on July 3, came right back to win at this level @ Harrah’s Philadelphia & returns to the Big M with an inside draw


7-Narcian Jewel – Denied a huge upset when DQed for stretch interference two starts back, shuffled after another alert start last week & remains on her game from post seven again



1-Muscle Diamond – Thought he may have been sitting on a big one & was outkicked by the formidable Marion Marauder last week, gets further class relief & back on the rail


6-Lord Cromwell – Ventured to Pocono & turned his game around with back-to-back close second, the latest against the classy Crystal Fashion, drops dangerously on the verge


4-Katkin American – Not sure where this Hoosier Park invader fits here, lightly-raced 5Yo missed all of last year, yet his comeback miles are worth noting & draws nicely



4-Fortune Starlet – Steady check earner in the NJSS series, right there in a Tompkins Geers division blanket photo, these are easier & her post improves


2-Shadrack Hanover – Muscle Hill colt out of a Chocolatier sister to Dejarmbro, 1:52.2, held off Paulie Walnuts in his second qualifier for Team Burke & draws inside for his debut


7-Paulie Walnuts – Team Takter-tuned gelding regrouped with a sharp finish & second to Shadrack Hanover in a qualifier here last Friday, tougher post, but a threat with a similar effort 



6-Gamblin Mo – Captaintreacherous brother to Major Betts, 1:49.1, has been pretty productive while struggling with outside posts, give him a shot if the pace sets up right


7-Summa Cum Laude – Brother to I’m Some Graduate, 1:50.2, just missed in his first two PA stakes, the faded in most recent for Team Burke, tactical speed can put him in play


8-Monterey Jack – First foal out of the Well Said sister to Kikikatie, 1:50.3, faded as the favorite @ The Meadows after winning her first three assignments for Team Takter, rates highly despite post eight



6-Arnie’s Angel – Not sure what to expect with this struggling shipper from The Meadows, this is a fair size class drop, new barn & driver, change of scenery & not much to beat


8-Rose Run Samantha – Stopped a long losing skid with a perfect trip from the rail last week & came away with a new lifetime mark, moves outside, yet sharp & capable of firing out


5-Pirenea’s Princess – Hard to endorse a mare who is three for her last 51 & winless this season, but she did win here last season & eligible to improve in a wide-open finale




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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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