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Ken Warkentin's road to the Hambletonian

06:52 AM 19 Jun 2019 NZST
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Road to the Hambletonian,Harness racing

Greenshoe and Gimpanzee remain 1,2 in Week 4 of Ken Warkentin's harness racing Road to the Hambletonian.

After winning the Goodtimes Final in 1:52.4, Pilot Discretion moves into third spot

Rank

Horse

Driver, Trainer, Owner

Ken Warkentin’s Comments

1

Greenshoe

(Father Patrick)

Brian Sears, Marcus Melander, Courant Inc, Hans Backe, Lars Grandqvist, Morten Langli

After an ultra impressive 3YO debut in 1:51.2, made it back-to-back NJSS Finals in a sizzling 1:50.2, tuned up for the Earl Beal, Jr. Memorial eliminations with a 1:52 qualifier @ Pocono on June 12

2

Gimpanzee

(Chapter Seven)

Brian Sears, Marcus Melander, Courant Inc, S R F Stable

Dan Patch Award winner still undefeated 10-for-10, easy 1:54 romp in the EBC @ Vernon Downs in his 2019 debut, cruised to win an eye-catching 1:53.4 Big M qualifier on June 15

3

Pilot Discretion

(Muscle Hill)

 

Andrew McCarthy, Tony Alagna, Robert LeBlanc, David Anderson, John Fodera

Remained undefeated 6-for-6 & 4-for-4 this season when he rallied to win the Goodtimes Final in 1:52.4 after with a career best 1:52 elimination romp, Alagna said, “My owners and I talked about it and we always hoped our first stakes race would be the Goodtimes because it’d be a nice flow into stakes company without having to take on all the top colts like Greenshoe & Gimpanzee.”

4

Green Manalishi S

(Muscle Hill)

Tim Tetrick, Marcus Melander, Courant Inc

Wm. Wellwood & Bluegrass made breaks in two straight qualifiers, then rebounded with a strong second [1:53.4] to Marion Marauder in a Big M qualifier on June 8, did race or qualify last week

5

Forbidden Trade

(Kadabra)

Bob McClure, Luc Blais, Determination

O’Brien Award winner upset Swandre the Giant with a :26.3 final quarter to win his Goodtimes elimination in 1:53.1, then finished a close second [1:52.4] in the final

6

Don’t Let’em

(Muscle Hill)

 

Yannick Gingras, Nancy Johansson, Brittany Farms, Christina Takter, John Fielding, Herb Liverman

Peter Haughton Memorial winner in a track record 1:51.4, off a sick scratch rallied in :26.1 to finish second [1:52] by a nose in a sharp 3YO debut on June 7 @ Big M, did not race or qualify last week

7

Osterc

(Cantab Hall)

 

Yannick Gingras, Per Engblom, Al Libfeld, Perry Soderberg Yannick Gingras,

PASS champion & Dexter Cup winner won his second PASS event of the season in a career best 1:52.2 @ Harrah’s Philadelphia on June 14, Earl Beal, Jr. Memorial eliminations next

8

Super Schissel

(Uncle Peter)

Scott Zeron, Per Engblom, Al Libfeld, Perry Soderberg

Grand Circuit winning 2YO finished fourth [1:53.3] from post 10 in an elimination of Goodtimes, then stormed home to finish a close third [1:52.4] in the final

9

Swandre The Giant

(Swan For All)

Ron Burke, Diamond Creek Racing, J & T Silva Stables, Howard Taylor

Won his 3YO debut & first start for Team Burke in career best 1:54 in ISS @ Hoosier Park, second [1:53.1] in his Goodtimes elim, set the pace & finished fourth [1:53] in the final

10

Reign Of Honor

(Father Patrick)

Dave Miller, Nifty Norman, De Volente Farms, Jennifer Dalton Stable, Tom Pontone, Kentuckiana Racing Stable

Kindergarten Classic winner rallied to win a NJSS division in 1:54.2 & closed from far back to finish second [1:51.3] to Greenshoe in the NJSS Final, did not race or qualify last two weeks

 

Ken Warkentin

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