The weather could not have been nicer for Breakfast With The Babies this morning with sunny skies and gusty winds, the consensus temperature was 77 degrees.
The star of the show wasn't a two year old at the start of their career but a Hambletonain candidate at the very peak of his powers, the remarkable Trixton. Out for a little leg stretching in a qualifier, Trixton went right to the front for trainer/driverand waltzed around the oval in 1:53.3, last quarter in 28 flat into a significant wind. He's looks ready to battle Father Patrick for the crown in the Memorial next Saturday.
Perfect Alliance also got some work in this morning, touring the oval in 1:53.3 in preparation for the Miss Versatility leg here next week. She looked sharp withaboard for trainer and owners Little E LLC, Jason Settlemoir, Dave Stolz and Art Geiger.
Baby trotters led off the card and a couple of fillies impressed with identical 1:58.1 miles.
The pretty $140,000Lexington filly Crazy Beautiful took by the 59.4 half then closed with a 28.4 final stanza to hold sway against the closing bid of Nunkeri. drove, trains for the Willow Oak Ranch of Tennessee.
Lilu Hanover made a bold move around the final bend and drew clear in a 29 flat final quarter to win for Takter and Gingras in her third qualifier. Owned by Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld, she was a $130,000 Harrisburg purchase.
Takter later drove the Cantab Hanover x Muscaloosa colt Walter White to a 1:59.4. He was a $57,000 Harrisburg purchase for the interest of Christina Takter, RAW Equine and John & Jim Fielding. Takter pacing pupil Bet You won hisnon-betting race, this one in 1:57 for Yannick. He's by out of Armbro Amoretto purchased inn Lexington $75,000 for Christina, the Fieldings and Mc Clelland.
won a couple, taking the second race with Finish Line a gelding from Calchips Finisher in 2:00. He was a $50,000 Lexington purchase by Trond's American Viking Stable, Diane Giuliano and Purple Haze Stable. Trond won with Crazshana in 2:01.4 a few races later. This one is a gelding that Purple Haze gave $47,000 at Harrisburg last fall.
sent out a pair of winners, taking the fourth with Alderbaran Eagle in 2:00.3 with aboard. He's a $70,000 from Letsjustalkaboutme that the Alderbaran Stable bought at Harrisburg. Dave Miller drove the filly Jolene Jolene to a 2:01 victory for Jonas and owner Bill Donovan. She's out of Celebrity Speedie and was an $87,000 Harrisburg baby.
The pacers started off with the speedyfilly Yellow Mustang dragging Dave Miller through fast middle splits then holding on in 1:57. trains the daughter of Best Tussle, a $23,000 Harrisburg yearling buy, for Ted Gewertz and Val D'Or Farms.
The cleverly named She's A Hot Mess redeemed herself after last week's miscue by beating a field of colts in 1:58 with a good 29.1 close into a gusting wind for. She's an homebred from Sure Fun Tryin trained by who owns her in partnership with Stephanie & Myron Bell's Riverview Farms and John Fodera.
Tony sent out a nice pair of colts in the fourteenth and Dream's Beachboy impressed, winning at first asking for Zeron in 1:56.2 / 29- off a nice pocket trip. He's a $150,000 Harrisburgcolt from Dream-A-While owned by Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz and Stillwater Partners, a Myron Bell production. The Cancelliere brothers unveiled a sharp colt named Raylan Givens in this heat, closing to be second and Official Prince ( ) from the Alagna barn was a good third.
The next group also contained some pretty impressive looking colts. The winner was Major War, Shannon DePinto and Kovach Stables $60,000 Harrisburg purchase byfrom Cantor's Daughter. He made a big move on the final turn to get clear and closed out a 1:55.4 mile in 27.4. Dave Miller drove for trainer Sam De Pinto. Somekindaparty, Shane Adam and Mohegan Blue Chip all flashed good pace down the stretch into the wind.
Tonight is one of the big ones, Meadowlands Pace elim night. The inaugural Hambletonian Maturity fields fourteen of trotting's finest four year olds racing for $484,500 and a spectacular fireworks show after the races. Post time is 6:30.
by Nick Salvi, for the Meadowlands