Neither Jimmy Takter or Ake Svanstedt, the two “hot topic” trotting trainer/drivers in North America could hit the tote board in the first two $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes finals for trotters Saturday at the Meadowlands.
Those honors went to trainers Ron Burke and Calgary Canada’s Nicholas Drennan. Mission Brief romped in 1:53.3 in her final while Guess Who’s Back came from sixth place at the top of the stretch to mow down the race leaders and score a 1:56.1 triumph in the colt division.
It was all over after the start in the filly division as Mission Brief and driver Yannick Gingras pushed away the starting gate and sped right to the lead. By the opening quarter mile in :27.2 they already had a four length lead and kept widening the margin at each post.
Past the half in :55.4 and the three-quarters in 1:25, no one was even within ten lengths of the race leader. Mission Brief then pulled away some more to win 13 and one-quarter lengths. Dynamite Dame (Brian Sears) was second with Rules Of The Road (Brian Connor) third.
Her time of 1:53.3 set the New Jersey Sire Stakes record she had set last week. Mission Brief is a daughter of Muscle Hill and is owned by the Burke Racing Stable, J & T Silva and Weaver Bruscemi and paid $2.60 to win.
Stonebridge Force (Ake Svenstedt) had left from post ten, took the early lead away from 99-1 long shot Mountain Top (Francisco Del Cid) in the colt division and led to the first quarter in :29.3. Jimmy Takter came first-over with the race favorite French Laundry and worked their way to the lead at the half in :58.3 and the three-quarters in 1:28.4.
Mountain Top made a second-over first-over in the backstretch, giving Canepa Hanover (Yannick Gingras) perfect second-over cover and following on the outside third-over was Guess Who’s Back with Brian Sears.
n fanning out three-wide, Sears urged Guess Who’s Back four out and they closed with a burst of speed to win by one length. Canepa Hanover was second and Mountain Top held game for third place.
Sired by Muscle Hill and trained by Nicholas Drennan, it was the second straight win for Guess Who’s Back. He is owned by Joseph Davino of Clarksburg, NJ and Brad Shackman of Calgary, CA. and paid $6.40 to win.
Guess Who’s Back
By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslinkcom