Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, July 28, 2021 9:42 AM


8-Always A Force – Was a major force scoring back-to-back in late June & took a new mark of 1:51.3 in the process, draws a tough post back here, but gets some class relief & retains Dexter Dunn


2-Stormont Czar A – 11YO warhorse/project horse for his new barn pulled a complete turnaround, going all the way under heavy pressure last week, now rewarded with an improved post & takes on a tag


5-Ideal Tyson A – Dropped to this level & finally snapped his 2021 losing skid @ Pocono, fresh off that new lifetime mark he lands midpack here & picks up Yannick Gingras



5-Focus Pocus – Has been a steady threat against upper condition stock elsewhere, looks to rebound off a rare early miscue, picks up Andrew McCarthy & has a big chance to take charge


6-Sermon – Stablemate to Beads has been toiling in the Graduate Series, well positioned & broke in the Hambo Maturity, now drops into a spot where he can rebound


7-Seven Nation Army – Owns a win here this season, recently landing on the fringes chasing the red-hot Ahundreddollarbill, has a closer’s profile, yet can get aggressive in this wide-open match up 



6-Pretty Interesting – Walner filly was a solid runner up in his debut @ Harrah’s Philadelphia & flashed some late life in his debut here


2-Lookin Chic – This Walner filly landed on the fringe fifth with a much-improved effort in her career opener & draws post two again for Nifty Norman


8-Midnight Express G – Based on that easy win in her latest qualifier you’ve got to consider this Team Takter homebred, could rebound with some tinkering & experience



1-Looks Like Moni – Muscle Hill colt out of a sister to world champion Snow White was forced into a first over grind from the rail in the NJSS Final, shaved three full seconds & continues to improved for Team Takter


2-King Of the North – Walner colt out of world champion Check Me Out draws inside again a picture perfect three-for-three, swept the NJSS series & has proven he can do it either way


7-Temporal Hanover – This Walner colt won his first two starts in NJSS & came up second best in the Final, draws his third straight post seven, but consistent early speed puts him in play



1-Risky Million – 0 for 22 in 2021, but that drought could end here, exits tougher claimers @ Yonkers & in line for a smooth trip from the rail


5-Sunshine Hall – Finished a solid third in the slop two starts back, now draws better off a no-chance mile & re-united with Mark MacDonald, expect an aggressive effort


9-Dependlebury A – Aussie veteran left alertly & held well for second in a commendable effort last Saturday, stuck outside, but remains a contender 



1-Classic Hill – Muscle Hill makes only his fourth career start, trip compromised in the NJSS Final & nosed out before that, he’s a big threat from the rail for Team Melander


2-Letsdoit S – Son of Nuncio won his latest two baby races, then went all the way in a noteworthy stakes debut here, stands out with another inside draw for Team Melander


4-Laws Of Motion – Walner colt really found his best stride, while dominating a NJSS consolation, so lots to build on for Team Orange Crush



2-Truffle Dog – Shipped from Mohawk off a new mark of 1:50.4 & chased the top two in :25.4, fresh Team Cullipher acquisition had missed 25 days & now moves inside off an excellent acclimating mile


5-Always B Sweet – Gelding parlayed a 1:50.1 career best off a sick scratch by squeezing through to nose out Pirate Hanover last week, remains a prominent player from an improved post


4-Pirate Hanover – The Pirate brushed into a reasonable pace, tried to outsprint them & got nipped by Always B Sweet, beaten favorite lands post three again & figures to be part of the speed equation



5-Rose Run Vantage – Forced to grind first over in her last two & has had really no shot in her last three here, 1:51.1 performer @ The Big M this season gets some class relief & re-united with Tetrick


8-JK Alwaysbalady – Stakes caliber filly for Team Takter has been freshened & won her qualifier with vigor, draws a tough post, but can show them who’s boss in a field full of question marks


6-Best Honey Hanover – Struggled in her last few facing some tougher foes from outside posts, she’s capable of blasting off & owns a big late kick as well



3-Jiggy Jog S – Daughter of Walner bumped into Venerable, who took the bye, NJSS Final runner up will take a lot more tote action from post three again for Team Svanstedt


1-Valentina Blu – Chapter Seven sister to 1:52.4 performer Fourth Dimension prepped well for Team Alagna, just missed in her Kindergarten debut here & lands the rail 


6-Joviality S – First foal out of 1:50.4 performer Pasithea Face S dominated a NYSS right off the bat, beating Valentina Blu, followed up with a gallant second as the heavy favorite, Team Melander have a solid 1-2 punch



5-Play Trix On Me – Fringe player in the Graduate Series had an impossible trip on the Hambo Maturity, but reeled off a career best of 1:50.4 from post seven in his latest here


8-Scirocco Rob – Has been a model of consistency for Mark Silva, draws outside, yet returns here fresh off a confidence-boosting wire-to-wire @ Pocono as the big favorite


7-Chin Chin Hall – Was doing well here at this level before unleashing a down the road mission @ Pocono last out, back here with a challenging post to give Nifty Norman a solid 1-2 punch



5-Double Account – Thought he might have been sitting on a big one & got parked last Saturday, now presented with an ideal class drop n pop scenario for Team Cullipher


8-HL Revadon – Horse-for-the-course clearly needed his first start in over three months, draws post eight again, but drops & was assuming this was Dexter Dunn’s choice of three


9-Hatikvah – Kicked home with some serious late trot to land in a blanket photo last Saturday, on the board in three of his previous four & rates a long look despite post nine



8-Rojan’s Way – Have to throw out his last two elsewhere, draws a tough post back here, but tackles easier than he’s been facing & re-united with Yannick Gingras


7-Whittaker N – Whittaker loves it here, been a fringe player in his last two against better @ Yonkers, rates contender status if you’re willing to overlook his one for 19 in  2021


1-Dismissal Slip – Harrington invader by way of Harrah’s Philadelphia exits a solid third @ that venue, lands the rail here with a big chance to trip out in a wide-open field



9-Constntlysidewys A – Note a recent barn change, runner up to a runaway winner in the comebacker @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, owns some back class & gets Andrew McCarthy


3-Marvalous One – Shows three straight thirds recently, drops into a real soft spot & in line for trip here with an inside & long overdue


8-Prince Aston – Hampered by two recent sick scratches, gets some class relief off a needed acclimating mile, draws a tougher post, yet could be going in the right direction







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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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