Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, August 05, 2020 12:09 PM


1-Ideal Feeling – Banged out back-to-back sub 1:50 wins here to cap off June, slow start & too far back chasing Angers Bayama last time & now moves inside as part of a Jim King, Jr. one-two punch


5-Angers Bayama – Right there in a Graduate division with a :25.3, then dominated in 1:48 & came right back in a decisive 1:49, this is a serious Tony Alagna 4YO


7-Springsteen – Has switched to trainer Brett Pelling & recaptured his glory days by going two-for-two for his new connections & looks to step up off a new mark of 1:48.1 



3-Reflect With Me – Breeders Crown upsetter & O’Brien Award winner last year has come back three-for-three, won her 2020 debut with a :25.1, erupted with a :25.2 to upset the Mistletoe Shalee, then set a Hoosier Park track record of 1:48.2 in the Nadia Lobell


4-Peaky Sneaky – Nancy Takter trainee has been very solid this season, graduating to the stakes level with wicked bursts of speed, shuffled in the Mistletoe Shalee & just missed in the Tompkins Geers


5-Lady Lou – Stablemate to Reflect With Me just two for 18, yet may be regaining form after a couple of tough trips, she comes off a hard-charging second by a head in the Tompkins Geers



5-Manchego – The fastest trotting mare in history returns fresh off a world record in the Spirit Of Massachusetts @ Plainridge, the two-time Dan Patch Award & Breeders Crown winner set the stakes record 1:50 last year & sports just one tough loss this season in the Cutler


3-When Dovescry – Last year’s Oaks winner now with Brett Pelling was used pretty hard in the Hambo Maturity & just missed in a track record last week, so now with two tighteners under her she draws well to face a serious test against a fellow Oaks champion


2-Plunge Blue Chip – Track record setter of 1:49.3 as a 3YO has done well in the Miss Versatility, rallied from a tough spot to nail a leg of that series last week & draws inside again



3-Lindy’s Stardust – After struggling through the NJSS series she added Dexter Dunn & offered a positive hint of form, charging home just a half length back of Caviart Eva & finds a prime spot to break through


8-Sans Defaut – Ron Burke trainee has been very consistent in PA stakes action, winning her last two in dominant fashion & rates highly despite post eight


9-Caviart Eva – Eva emerged from the NJSS series with a huge rally to nail a 30-1 upset in the Tompkins Geers, took a new mark of 1:52.1 in the process, yet now lands farther outside



9-Jula Trix Treasure – Runner up in the NJSS Final took a mark of 1:51.2 in the Reynolds, yet failed to advance to the Hambo, now he’s stuck outside looking for the right set up


6-Beads – Lightly-raced son of world champion Archangel suddenly became a Hambo contender until he somehow struggled in his elimination, now he tries to rebound, while switching to Yannick Gingras in a wide-open affair


7-Patriarch Hanover – This Burke-tuned colt seems to have found his best stride in PA with two recent wins & just finished second to Hambo entrant Amigo Volo in PASS



5-Darlene Hanover – First foal out of a sister to Donato Hanover trotted a strong back half to pull a decisive upset in the faster elimination, launches from midpack & expecting a similar effort to step up further


6-Mazzarati – Cantab Hall filly out of the millionaire Falls For You came right back off her first win in PA Allstars with an easy elimination win filled with breakers & despite first turn interference, that showed her sure-footedness 


4-Material Girl – Consistent Muscle Hill filly has done very little wrong so far, won a sires stakes division, solid runner up in that final, rallied to grab second behind Darlene Hanover in her elimination & draws well



3-Hurrikane Emperor – Lightly-raced 4YO has been on quite a roll this season for Team McDermott, owns blinding speed like his world champion sire, took a mark of 1:47 with a perfect patient drive by Mark MacDonald in the Graduate Final & draws well to be forwardly placed


2-Dancin Lou – This Sweet Lou 4YO got cooked by wicked fractions in the Graduate Final, bounced right back with a rousing Haughton win in a career best of 1:47.2, tuned up with an easy qualifier here & draws inside


8-Bettor’s Wish – Beaten favorite in his last two, bled in the Graduate Final, added Lasix & launched a late move after missing three weeks, last year’s leading money winner & Dan Patch Award winning 3YO owns a lethal late kick & will need it to overcome post eight



4-Type A – Another Team Takter trainee who took the bye, parlayed an easy first win here in the slop with a wire-to-wire in PASS @ The Meadows, Yannick Gingras has won this four times in the past seven years


5-Locatelli – Beaten favorite & runner up in the NJSS Final from post ten accepted a bye & draws better for Team Takter & switches to Dexter Dunn


1-Plumville Prince – Son of 2013 Peter Haughton champ Father Patrick surprised a few with a step up & rally in a sparkling Big M debut, now lands the rail off that confident elimination win for Team Zeron



12-Hypnotic AM – A Chapter Seven filly with a mark of 1:51.1 was in the Hambletonian picture, fresh off a dominant score from post eight for trainer Marcus Melander, who said it was good she got tired after road trouble in the Del Miller, bounced back with an easy win from post eight last week, two-time Oaks winner Brian Sears is the only driver in Big M history to win from posts 13 & 14


7-Sorella – Muscle Hill has sired the last four Oaks winners, and this filly was in the Hambletonian conversation after her dazzling 1:50.2 win in the Reynolds, parked through some fast fractions in the Del Miller, Nancy Takter’s father Jimmy teamed up with Yannick Gingras to win five straight Oaks & Jimmy’s won it eight times


11-Panem – This Diamond Creek Farm homebred filly by Father Patrick with a mark of 1:53.4 no worse than second in four starts this season for Team Takter, runner up in her last two to her stablemate Sorella & Ramona Hill, 2019 Driver of the Year Dexter Dunn can find a way out of the second tier



7-Gimpanzee – Fresh off a million dollar sophomore season last year’s third-place finisher in the Hambletonian has come out flying four-for-four, flaunted his versatility sweeping the Graduate Series & overcame post 13 in the Hambo Maturity


2-Atlanta – The 2018 Hambletonian winner & Trotter of the Year beat Manchego with a perfect trip in the Cutler, yet was no match for that rival @ Plainridge, the fastest trotter in Big M history draws inside to employ her preferred stalk n pop style


3-Marion Marauder – The 2016 Hambletonian winner, Trotting Triple Crown champion & Trotter of the Year ended a long drought with a gallant grind & new lifetime mark of 1:50.2, and now this triple millionaire is rewarded with an improved post



5-Ramona Hill – Patience has paid off here for trainer Tony Alagna, an immature 2YO blossomed into a Dan Patch Award winner & Breeders Crown champion from post ten, unleashed a :25.4 rally for the ages to win her elimination, and with his elite status firmly established Andrew McCarthy has the options of speed and talent with a filly that gives him goose bumps


1-Ready For Moni – Kicks off the Ready Cash 1-2 punch & the Team Takter acquisition this season has been fine-tuned to a tee, fresh off a confident elimination win from post eight and figures to be even sharper this week, now moves to the rail as Yannick Gingras & Nancy Takter look for the unprecedented Meadowlands Pace-Hambletonian double


2-Back Of The Neck – The other son of Ready Cash collared at the wire by Ramona Hill last week, two confident wins before that, Scott Zeron looking for his third Hambletonian in five years, Ake Svanstedt won the 2017 edition with Perfect Spirit through the only disqualification in Hambo history, a dangerous stalker from an inside post



3-JL Cruze – The King continues to astound, rags-to-riches 9YO has come back in vintage form, first sub 1:50 trotter in Big M history was knocking on the door & kicked it in with a track record last week & draws post three again, sentimental choice


7-Vainqueur R P NO – Norwegian bred lived up to the hype & unleashed an impressive US debut on Lasix, taking charge & cruising in 1:51.4 for Team Takter, faces a stiffer test, yet may be dangerous if able to take control


2-Mission Accepted – Took his mark of 1:50.2 winning last year’s Vincennes in convincing fashion, may have turned things around with that solid second @ Yonkers & draws inside to trip out for Team Burke



5-Captain Kirk – Soared like the USS Enterprise with a sizzling post eight score in the Tompkins Geers last week, went back to that solid second to Tall Dark Stranger in the Pace elimination, this lightly-raced Tony Alagna trainee really starting find himself & responds to aggressive Joe Bongiorno handling


6-Tall Dark Stranger – Last year’s Dan Patch winning freshman pacer has come out guns blazing with two sub 1:48 wins already, including his ultra gutsy, back up off the mat Meadowlands Pace tally, punched home in :26 when Captain Kirk got the jump on him last week & draws a bit better to avenge that post ten loss, Nancy Takter won the 2019 edition with Captain Crunch


8-Chief Mate – Almost blew up the toteboard when he came flying from nowhere to just miss in the Adios Final last week, one of four sons of Captaintreacherous in this match up for trainer Tony Alagna, and this consistent colt could surprise with a quick adjustment to the mile track, Scott Zeron won this last year with Captain Crunch



5-Donttellmeagain – Thought he was home free when he took dead aim & just missed in the Haughton when Our Majordan A was gigantic, trending right & reunited with Tim Tetrick 


3-Geez Joe – Looks to rebound off three straight no-chance trips, reunited with Marcus Miller, and finally draws inside to carve out a smooth stalking trip & display his monstrous late kick


6-Our Majordan A – Tough to describe just how huge he was to upset the Haughton in 1:47.3, simply got too revved up in last week’s Open, might be the one to reel in if he can somehow rate



4-Soho Burning Love A – Stablemate to Shartin N has been a model of consistency, right there third in the Dorothy Haughton, game runner up in the Clara Barton, go back to her :25.4 sprint on July 4, loves the long stretch here


5-Shartin N – The 2019 Horse of the Year returns to the scene of her 1:46.4 world record in last year’s edition, came back from a minor foot injury to just miss in the Dorothy Haughton, then broke the Plainridge track record in the Clara Barton, one of the all-time greats


1-Major Occasion A – Capitalized on a perfect drive by Dexter Dunn & squeezed up the rail for the 50-1 upset in the Dorothy Haughton, she’s back inside at the Big M looking for another hot pace target to shoot at



7-Numbered Account – Unfurled a strong, speedy first start back here at the end of June, returns to the Big M off two more tighteners against tougher @ Yonkers & faces a field full of question marks


6-Effronte A – 1:48.3 performer here this season regained his form with an aggressive score last week, expecting him to blast off again to get involved & continue his turnaround


1-Vanquished N – Beaten favorite dropped back to the level of a gutsy win on July 4 & faded to third from post nine, bumped back up in top form & moves inside


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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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