Day At The Track

Ken Warkentin's Road to the Hambletonian

07:22 AM 30 Jul 2020 NZST
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East Rutherford, NJ - Ready For Moni takes the top harness racing spot in Ken Warkentin’s Road to the Hambletonian Week 9 going into Saturday’s eliminations.  The two filly contenders, Ramona Hill and Sister Sledge also make the list at #3 and #5 respectively.

 

Rank

Horse

Driver, Trainer, Owner

Ken Warkentin’s Comments

1

Ready For Moni

(Ready Cash)

Yannick Gingras, Nancy Takter, John Fielding, Lindy Farms of Conn, Herb Liverman, Bud Hatfield

KYSS champion now with Team Takter rallied to win his 3YO debut in a Dancer division in career best of 1:51.4, post eight in the second elimination, “On paper, it looks like we are in the easier of the two eliminations,” said Takter.  “I think the eight is a good spot.  I would have preferred one or two more starts, but all of our horses have a good foundation.”

2

Back Of The Neck

(Ready Cash)

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

Won a Reynolds division @ Big M on July 11 in 1:52 with a thunderous :26.4 rally, romped in a Dancer division in a career best equaling 1:52, post one in the first elimination, “His best effort was on the front end in his first start,” said Zeron.  To have come home in :26.1 and get picked off at the last second, that was a great effort.  I avoided the front end going forward because I wanted to teach him to do other things.  Post one gives me options.”

3

Ramona Hill

(Muscle Hill )

Andrew McCarthy, Tony Alagna, Brad Grant, Crawford Farms Racing, Robert Leblanc, In The Gym Partners

Filly Dan Patch Award & Breeders Crown winner finished third [1:51] from post nine in her 3YO debut, unleashed a 1:50.3 career best from post ten in the Del Miller, post seven in the first elimination

4

Third Shift

(Chapter Seven)

Ake Svanstedt, Mellby Gard, Inc., Ake Svanstedt

Won a NYSS division @ Vernon Downs in 1:54.2, took an EBC division @ Vernon Downs in 1:52.4, aggressive runner up [1:52.2] from post seven in a Dancer division, post two in the first elimination

5

Sister Sledge

(Father Patrick)

Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke, Burke Racing Stable, Jason Melillo, J & T Silva-Purnel & Libby, Weaver Bruscemi

Won her 3YO in 1:51.1, cruised in a NYSS @ Tioga Downs in 1:54.2, romped in the EBC @ Vernon Downs in 1:53.4, third [1:51.1] with a tough trip in the Del Miller, won a Tompkins Geers division in a career best of 1:51.2, post two in the second elimination

6

Amigo Volo

(Father Patrick)

 

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

Breeders Crown champion romped in a PA Allstars division @ Pocono Downs in 1:54, faded to fourth [1:52.3] in a Dancer division, rebounded winning a PASS division @ Pocono Downs in a career best of 1:52 on July 26, post three in the first elimination

7

Rome Pays Off

(Muscle Hill)

Mattias Melander, Marcus Melander,

S R F Stable

 

2019 Breeders Crown runner up made it two-for-two this season with a solid score in the Tompkins Geers with a career best of 1:52.3 on July 25, post four in the second elimination

8

Beads

(Archangel)

Jimmy Takter, Per Engblom, Renee Spahr

Broke in his first two 3YO starts, then Jimmy Takter took the lines for a 1:52.2 qualifier win, just missed in his 3YO debut in 1:51.2, third [1:52] in a Dancer division, post eight in the first elimination

9

Big Oil

(Father Patrick)

Andy & Julie Miller, Jason, Doug & Ron Allen

Wire-to-wire in 1:55 in his 3YO debut @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, won a PA Allstars division @ Pocono Downs in 1:53.2, third [1:52.3] in a Dancer division, post four in the first elimination

10

Jula Trix Treasure

(Trixton)

Ake Svanstedt, Jula Racing Inc.

Won a NJSS division in 1:54, a close second [1:53.4] in that final, rallied for a new mark of 1:51.2 in the Reynolds, post three in the second elimination

 

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

Play Trix On Me

Scott Zeron

Linda Toscano

JULA TRIX TREASURE

AP Hall Of Trix

1:53.3

July 4

E. Breeders Classic

V

HYPNOTIC AM

Brian Sears

Marcus Melander

LOVE A GOOD STORY

NO MAS DRAMA

1:53.4

July 4

E. Breeders Classic

V

THIRD SHIFT

Ake Svanstedt

Ake Svanstedt

Ballcapsnbluejeans

Sir Cromwell

1:52.4

July 4

E. Breeders Classic

V

HOBBS

Jason Bartlett

Jim Campbell

Take The Credit

Barn Holden

1:53.3

July 11

Reynolds

M

JULA TRIX TREASURE

Yannick Gingras

Ake Svanstedt

BEADS

EL Ideal

1:51.2

July 11

Reynolds

M

SORELLA

Yannick Gingras

Nancy Takter

PANEM

RAMONA HILL

1:50.2

July 11

Reynolds

M

BACK OF THE NECK

Scott Zeron

Ake Svanstedt

Play Trix On Me

MAESTERAEMON

1:52

July 11

PA Allstars

PD

AMIGO VOLO

George Napolitano, Jr.

Nifty Norman

SWISS HOUSE ON FIRE

Hell Patrol

1:54

July 11

PA Allstars

PD

BIG OIL

Andrew McCarthy

Julie Miller

CHESTNUT HILL

STEEL SCHOONER

1:53.2

July 18

Stanley Dancer

M

BACK OF THE NECK

Scott Zeron

Ake Svanstedt

THIRD SHIFT

BIG OIL

1:52

July 18

Stanley Dancer

M

READY FOR MONI

Yannick Gingras

Nancy Takter

HOLLYWOOD STORY

BEADS

1:51.4

July 18

Del Miller

M

RAMONA HILL

Andrew McCarthy

Tony Alagna

PANEM

HYPNOTIC AM

1:50.3

July 25

Tompkins Geers

M

ROME PAYS OFF

Mattias Melander

Marcus Melander

Play Trix On Me

JULA TRIX TREASURE

1:52.3

July 25

Tompkins Geers

M

SISTER SLEDGE

Yannick Gingras

Ron Burke

MS SAVANNAH BELLE

Dubai Princess

1:51.2

Aug. 1

Hambo Elim

M

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aug. 1

Hambo Elim

M

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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