Day At The Track

Ken Warkentin's Road to the Hambletonian

07:54 AM 02 Jul 2020 NZST
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East Rutherford, NJ – Top three remain the same (Amigo Volo, Real Cool Sam & Hypnotic AM) in Ken Warkentin’s Road to the Hambletonian Week 5. 

Rank

Horse

Driver, Trainer, Owner

Ken Warkentin’s Comments

1

Amigo Volo 

(Father Patrick)

Dexter Dunn, Nifty Norman, Pinske Stables, David J. Miller

Breeders Crown winner at two finished sixth [1:52.3] when forced wide off a slow pace & trotted home in :26.2 as the beaten favorite in a $25,000 overnight @ Big M on June 27

2

Real Cool Sam

(Muscle Hill) 

Dave Miller, Jim Campbell, Fashion Farms LLC

Dan Patch Award & Peter Haughton Memorial winner broke in his first Big M qualifier on June 20, rebounded with a second [1:53.1] in a Big M qualifier on June 27 with a final quarter in :26.3, back in to qualify @ Big M on July 3

3

Hypnotic AM

(Chapter Seven) 

Brian Sears, Marcus Melander, Courant Inc.

NYSS champion & Jim Doherty Memorial winner unleashed an ultra impressive 1:51.1 [:27.3] in her 3YO debut on June 12, cruised in a NYSS @ Tioga Downs on June 21 in 1:54.2, drew post 9 in EBC @ Vernon Downs on July 4

4

Back Of The Neck

(Ready Cash)

Scott Zeron, Ake Svanstedt, Howard Taylor, Order By Stable, Judith Taylor

Son of two-time Prix D’Amerique winner Ready Cash now with Team Svanstedt, won a Big M qualifier on June 20 in 1:53.4, set the pace & second by a nose in 1:51.2 [:26] in a $25,000 overnight @ Big M on June 27 

5

Synergy

(Father Patrick)

Andrew McCarthy, Per Engblom, Brittany Farms, John Fielding, Herb Liverman & David Anderson 

Qualified three times, the latest a second by a head in 1:54 [:26.2] @ Big M on June 20, third [1:52.1] in a $25,000 overnight @ Big M on June 27 in his 3YO debut

6

Big Oil

(Father Patrick)

Andy & Julie Miller, Jason, Doug & Ron Allen 

First in a deadheat with Real Cool Sam in 1:52.1 @ The Red Mile at two, 1:53.3 winner in a Big M qualifier on June 12, wire-to-wire in 1:55 in his 3YO debut in an overnight @ Harrah’s Philadelphia on June 28

7

Capricornus

(Cantab Hall) 

Tim Tetrick, Marcus Melander, JJ Racing Stable, Inc

Second in the William Wellwood Memorial at two, second [1:52.4] in his 2020 debut on June 5, finished second [1:53.4] in an overnight @ Harrah’s Philadelphia on June 25

8

Third Shift

(Chapter Seven)

Ake Svanstedt, Mellby Gard, Inc., Ake Svanstedt 

Set a stakes & Batavia Downs track record of 1:56 in the NYSS Final at two, won a Big M qualifier in 1:55 on May 30, won a NYSS division @ Vernon Downs on June 24 in 1:54.2, has the rail in EBC division @ Vernon Downs on July 4

9

Chestnut Hill

(Muscle Hill)

Dave Miller, Nifty Norman, Melvin Hartman, David McDuffee, Little E LLC

Stablemate to Amigo Volo finished third in the PASS Final, Breeders Crown & Valley Victory at two, won his 2020 debut @ The Big M on June 19 in 1:53.1 [:26.1]

10

Maesteraemon

(Andover Hall)

Brian Sears, Marcus Melander, S R F Stable 

Gives Melander three in the Top Ten, took a mark of 1:52.4 @ The Red Mile, won two Big M qualifiers in 1:53.3 [:26.4]  and in 1:54 [:26.3], fifth [1:52.2] in a $25,000 overnight @ Big M on June 27


KEY PREP RACES

Hambletonian Eligibles in Caps

Date

Stakes

Site

Winner

Driver

Trainer

2nd Horse

3rd Horse

Time

June 19

NJSS

M

JULA TRIX TREASURE

Ake Svanstedt

Ake Svanstedt

Play Trix On Me

Barley

1:54

June 21

NYSS

TD

HYPNOTIC AM

Brian Sears

Marcus Melander

REBA BLUE CHIP

Munster

1:54.2

June 24

NYSS

V

THIRD SHIFT

Ake Svanstedt

Ake Svanstedt

Take The Credit

Ballcapsnbluejeans

1:54.2

June 24

NYSS

V

BERKERY J

Scott Zeron

George Ducharme

Chaptiana

Barn Holden

1:54.2

June 26

NJSS

M

Play Trix On Me

Scott Zeron

Linda Toscano

Barley

JULA TRIX TREASURE

1:53.2

June 27

$25,000

M

SORELLA

Yannick Gingras

Nancy Takter

BACK OF THE NECK

SYNERGY

1:51.2

July 3

NJSS Final

M

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 4

E. Breeders Classic

V

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 4

Currier & Ives

Mea

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 4

$25,000

M

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 11

Reynolds

M

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 11

Reynolds

M

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 17

NYSS

TD

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 17

NYSS

TD

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 18

Stanley Dancer

M

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 18

Stanley Dancer

M

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 25

Tompkins-Geers

M

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aug. 1

Hambo Elim

M

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aug. 1

Hambo Elim

M

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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