Posted by Ken Warkentin on Tuesday, May 18, 2021 10:11 PM


5-Tolly-Ho – Arrived here with modest credentials, yet promptly dropped n popped with a sharp late surge, lands a midpack post in a soft opener to stage a probable repeat


6-Na Na Na Baatman – The Cape Crusader launched a fierce late bid from a tough spot & settled for minor spoils behind Tolly-Ho & this fresh claim is going well right now


3-Rockin Panda – Followed his wire-to-wire romp with a dismal ninth when bumped up last week, drops back down the bottom claiming level & draws inside again to rebound



1-Bee Forever – When your sire is Muscle Hill & dam 2013 HOY you’ve got license to dream, the Valley Victory upsetter rallied for the show in :26.2 in a sizzling 1:51.4 division last week & lands the rail off that perfect prep


2-Locatelli – Fired hard from post eight & chased a solid winner in :27, rewarded with a much-improved post off that excellent 3YO debut for Team Takter


3-Cricket Fashion – Muscle Hill colt was much better in his second qualifier & awarded the show in a decent sophomore debut, draws a bit better to make the logical step up


3-Eazy Pass – Waltzed her way through a sweep of the Weiss Series @ Pocono, then nosed out in a sharp :27.1 sprint here last week, hot filly draws a better post for dexter Dunn & Nifty Norman


2-Hot As Hill – Rebounded as the beaten chalk in the Lady Suffolk by brushing off a soft half & trotting the mile of her life, draws inside again for Team Burke


8-Hello I Love You – Tony Alagna-tuined filly took the show with trot at both ends of her solid 3YO debut last week, lands outside, but has the credentials to overcome



5-Major Battle – Chasing better @ Pocono, while gathering momentum since the early April sick scratch, sets up her late move from midpack here & retains Todd McCarthy


6-Alwaysabeachday – 3YO filly trending right, fresh off a much-improved rally to hit the board last week, any semblance of that mile puts her in play here


2-Always A Z Tam – Finished with plenty off a hot pace in an encouraging Big M acclimating mile, draws farther inside, which paves the way for more speed



5-Ahundreddollarbill – Lightly-raced NYSS winner at two won his first qualifier with a strong late kick, then chased Hambo hopeful Captain Corey, launches midpack & looks ready to roll for Team Alagna


1-Soukup Blue Chip – Team Orange Crush has been on fire, this Chapter Seven filly sister to $675,430 winner Quincy Blue Chip looked impressive in her lone qualifier last week & lands back on the rail


8-Dee’s Red Delicious – Upset the Kindergarten Series Final last Fall, bounced back to win his second qualifier @ Harrah’s Philadelphia & rates a long look despite post eight



7-Cuatro De Julio – Was able to steal a cheap :58 half & held off Mon Amour in a sparkling :26.4, 1:51.3 Grand Circuit winner at two looks like the real Hambo deal 


5-Mon Amour – Aka Svanstedt scored NJSS triple last week & this Muscle Hill colt shook loose late raging with trot off a winning qualifier, so has plenty to build on


1-Kildare King – Obviously this Trixton gelding has been more confident with trotting hopples, set an honest pace & nosed out by longshot Narzario in round one, now draws inside the top two



7-College Tuition – These connections have a win & second in two starts here, hit the board in his first five starts as a 3YO before trying PASS, catches a wide-open field here & this homebred could surprise 


3-Balenciaga - $270,000 Chapter Seven filly forced wide from an impossible spot, yet finished well in her deceptively good career debut & draws better


2-Ethics – Team Orange Crush-tuned Father Patrick colt with a hefty $190,000 price tag, flashed speed & faded late in his latest qualifier, a solid third in his 3YO debut, makes his third career start from an inside post



7-Double Account – Just one for 17 this season, draws a challenging post, but gets some much-needed class relief for Team Cullipher


6-Memo – Most got the memo when he dropped & popped & tripped out to a new lifetime mark last week for Team Burke & now rejuvenated for the class hike


2-Skyway Kon Man – Twice beaten favorite roughed it first over & finished a strong second to Memo last week, draws inside again to fire up the Team Cullipher 1-2 punch



3-J Rockin B – Took a 1:51.1 mark at three, but where on earth did that 1:51.2 deadheat win come from & fresh off the bench to boot, let’s see another aggressive effort from an improved post


5-Majestic Virgin – Those back-to-back wins were legit from outside posts & lowered her mark to 1:52, out of range & likely overmatched last week, this is more in her wheelhouse


6-Rose Run Vantage – Left alertly, but wasn’t effective in a serious 1:50 mile last Saturday, now gets further class relief & long overdue for Team Cullipher



1-Imhatra AM S – Fired out from post eight, got shuffled a bit, finished well & just missed third to Beltassima last week, trending right & now moves inside for Team Melander


3-Beltassima – Fresh off a winning qualifier she was left uncovered & finished third in a strong comeback for Team Alagna, Trixton filly with credentials draws inside again


9-Awesome Trix – Both Chris Beaver trainees raced great last week, including this Trixton filly who overcame post 11 to finish second, post nine now, but her momentum is building in a wide-open division



2-Innisfallen – Suddenly vaulting to the front, setting a decent pace & finishing third is a positive, add another inside post & that spells contender in a field begging to be beaten


5-Resita – Dropped to the bottom condition & rallied stoutly to hit the board two weeks ago, now has a chance to build on that improved effort in another weak field


6-Oberto – Took his mark of 1:54.1 here last season, left Pompano off a tough trip & rare break, easy win before that & lands in a real soft spot here



3-Nylander – Lightly-raced Muscle Hill 4YO was much more of a factor in his second start here chasing Beyond Ordinary, gets another inside draw with a chance to crank it up further & turn the tables


6-Beyond Ordinary – Horse-for-the-course has ramped it up recently & comes into this wide-open affair fresh off the mile of his life, big chance to capitalize on that sharp form


7-P L Notsonice – Took a mark of 1:52.3 in the Tioga Downs Open before getting overwhelmed in the Miss Versatility Series, this figures to be more to her liking



3-Just Wave Goodbye – Finished well from a tough spot fresh off the most recent claim, needed the race, draws better & has a chance to snap his 2021 skid


5-Alway’syourway – Bumped into a salty 1:51 winner last week, has now had two acclimating miles, draws midpack & finds a prime spot to deliver


10-P L Leeroy – Reeled off back-to-back blowouts last month, the first came from post nine, set a solid pace & faded to fourth last week, rates a look despite post ten









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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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