The first leg of the New Jersey harness racing Sire Stakes for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings was contested Saturday night at Meadowlands Racetrack. The second division was won by Simply Business a son of the great race mare Catedra Dot Com.
Simply Business came first over at the half-mile marker and held on to win the second division for a purse of $26,500. Under the guidance of Ron Pierce, the colt posted a 1:54.3 win over runner-up Pet Rock and third-place finisher, W H Skooter. The son of-Cathedra Dot Com was purchased for $350,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale, making him the top yearling of 2010.
Jimmy Takter trains Simply Business for owners Brixton Medical Ab, Order By Stable, Louie Camara and Marvin Katz.
E Street Plan captured the first $27,000 NJSS division with Yannick Gingras at the lines. After avoiding troubles from late stretch breakers, the colt kicked home to post a mark of 1:54. The son of-Plan On It was a $57,000 yearling purchase from the Lexington Selected Sale in Lexington, KY for owners W Springtime Racing Stable, Shannon Brott, Cataway Racing Stable and Pat Caturano. The Mark Harder trainee paid $18.60 to win.
Runner-up Rockndream finished a length back, while Brent Montana was third.