R I P Tony Chiaravalle. He owned the 1993 Pace winner Presidential Ball and was the original owner of the third place finisher that year Riyadh.
R I P Matts Scooter-1988 Meadowlands Pace winner-sire of Mach Three 2002 Pace winner. Grandsire of Somebeachsomewhere-THE most prohibitive Pace favorite of the 21st century/
R I P Joe Muscara. He owned the 2002 Pace winner Mach Three and his Muscara Trust co-owns elim divisional winner He's Watching, one of the favorites in this Saturday's race.
$776,000 Pace Purse. Not counting the two years with a supplemental entry, (2000 and 2008), this is the first time since 1990 that the purse is at least $100G higher than the previous year:
1989 $852,000 Dexter Nukes
1990 $1,153,500 Beach Towel
Sire Well Said looks to do-with two chances-what has been done SEVEN TIMES in Meadowlands Pace history. Win the Pace with his first crop. (Sometimes Said, Tellitlikeitis)
1984 Happy Motoring sired On The Road Again
1985 Niatross sired Nihilator
1997 Artsplace sired Dream Away
1998 Life Sign sired Day In A Life
2005 Western Ideal sired Rocknroll Hanover
2008 Art Major sired Art Official
2013 Somebeachsomewhere sired Captaintreacherous
If you're betting either He's Watching or Luck Be Withyou, you have recent history on your side. Tim Tetrick and Ron Pierce have won 6 of the last 7 editions of the Meadowlands Pace, THE most dominant TWO-driver run in the races 37 year history. (Of those 6 wins between them, 3 each, 4 of those 6 were NOT favored)
Ron Burke will try and do what has been done THREE TIMES before. Be the Leading trainer at the Meadowlands for the meet AND win the Meadowlands Pace. J K Endofanera
1993 and 1994 Bill Robinson did it with Presidential Ball and Cams Card Shark
1997 Brett Pelling did it with Dream Away
2004 Mark Harder did it with Holborn Hanover, who was 2-22 lifetime coming into the race and lit up the board at 58-1
Maybe. There are three driving "MIllers" in the race-Dave and Brett and Marcus. That doesn't even count trainer Erv. The first ever TRAINER named Miller to be in the Pace-as well as the first ever drive-BOTH finished 3rd.
Del Miller trainer 3rd 1980 Tyler B
Jim Miller driver 1979 3rd with Tijuana Taxi
Some Pace participants in 2014 were prominent at the Meadowlands in the 1980s.
Val D'Or Farms (Always B Miki) 3 times made a 1980s Pace final. 4th with Masquerade in 1986, 7th and 11th with Ringaleevio and Paladium Lobell in the 1988 edition
Steve Elliott was 10th with Souffle in the 1986 final of the Pace, and was 3rd and then 2nd in the 1988 and 1989 Trainer Standings here
Joe Holloway won FOUR races at the Meadowlands in the 1970s-including twice with a pacer named Pentagon as a DRIVER. In the 1980s, Joe became the first ever Meadowlands trainer to win as many as 106 races in a singe meet-1988
Jim Campbell was the 1989 Meadowlands Training Leader. He also started in the Pace with a pair in 1987-3rd with Run The Table and 12th with Dictionary
Peter Blood is one of the owners of Doo Wop Hanover. As a trainer here-he was second in the 1988 Wilson-the LAST one to go for $1 Million-with Nukes Image to Kassa Branca. The following year, he went 1-2 in the Wilson conso.
Pierce Pace Potpourri
Ron Pierce drove the shortest priced Pace winner of the new millennium-$2.80 Well Said 2009.
Ron Pierce UPENDED the shortest priced Pace STARTER of the new millennium-Somebeachsomewhere-
10 cents on the dollar-in 2008 with Art Official. (Art Official-incidentally-sold as a $4,000 WEANLING at a Meadowlands January sale)
17 of the 37 Pace winners were sired by a horse who himself raced in the Pace final.
ONLY ONE-Real Desire is the ONLY horse to win $3 Million-be Horse Of The Year and win the Meadowlands Pace and NOT be in the Hall Of Fame
ONLY ONE Pace winner won from the second tier-On The Road Again 1984 Post 12
THREE Homebreds in the Pace final field. The 2013 Hambletonian had three homebreds win all three eliminations and then the final. Creatine, Smilin Eli and Royalty For Life
20-1 or better-Tellitlikeitis will surely be one of the longshots in the 2014 Pace final field. Rarer than rare for the North America Cup
FAVORITE-ALSO the Meadowlands Pace elimination FAVORITE, to be an also-ran in the wagering in the Pace final.
FIVE catch-drivers have gone into the Hall Of Fame the past TWO decades. Only five.
23 years to the day of Precious Bunny winning the 1991 Meadowlands Pace. July 12, 1991. That marked the first time in history a horse won TWO million $ races in the same year (Nihilator did it in 1984 and 1985) John Campbell drove him in the North America Cup to victory, but opted off for Artsplace in the Pace final and Jack Moiseyev won with the Cam Fella colt. HOY. It was also the first of four STRAIGHT Pace winners for Cam Fella as a stallion-ironic when you consider that Cam Fella finished his career 57 straight times on the board-the last time he MISSED the board? 1982 Meadowlands Pace elimination!! 7th
Ron Pierce is on top in North America in $$$. 58 Years of age. This stat is especially interesting when you consider that-in 2006-he was and is the ONLY 50 Years Old to EVER lead the way, and now at 58 is threatening to do the same
Golden Receiver's barn change-AFTER winning $2 Million-brings back memories of possibly the two greatest horses to ever undergo a barn change. Seatttle Slew and Artsplace.
WIDE OPEN PACE?-2013 TOLD US EXACTLY THAT
Many live candidates to win the 2014 Meadowlands Pace. And why not. In 2013-the LEADING 2 YO colt pacing earner made $390G-Arthur Blue Chip. This marked the first time since 1977 that the leading $$-winning freshman pacing colt did NOT have at least $400G on his card. No No Yankee had $211G in 1977 (Ironically-the FIRST year of the Pace)
Dave Miller-John Campbell
Dave Miller-6 days after entering the Hall Of Fame, hopes to do what only John Campbell has done prior. Go into the Hall Of Fame and win either the Hambletonian or the Meadowlands Pace the SAME year. 1990-John Hambo Harmonious. Dave handles Always B Miki
IF Marcus Miller wins the Meadowlands Pace-he WILL become the YOUNGEST driver ever to do so. Tetrick also did it at 25 in 2007 with Southwind Lynx, Marcus a few months younger.
5 of the 6 inside posts in the 2014 Meadowlands Pace have Canadian ownership. 6 of the first 12 Meadowlands Pace winners (1977-1986) had Canadian ownership.
"Hall" Pass-OOPS Pace
Five of the first 10 winners of the Meadowlands Pace had trainers who were Hall Of Famers. BUT-only ONE of the last 27 training winners of the Meadowlands Pace did it. Ray Remmen 1990 Beach Towel. Jimmy Takter has two shots at ending that 24 year 0-fer.
Ron Coyne (National Debt) has been in the Pace before. 1999 with Washington VC. 8th. That colt then sired a $3 Million career earner by the name of Themightyquinn
If either John Campbell or Ron Pierce win the Meadowlands Pace, they will be the oldest to do so. 59 and 58. Cat Manzi at 56 in 2006 with Artistic Fella currently holds than distinction.
Steve Elliott is the ONLY trainer in the 2014 Meadowlands Pace field who has won this race before. And he did it twice. 2006 and 2009. There are only two trainers in Meadowlands Pace history who have won the Pace multiple times and were FAVORED in all of their wins:
Elliott, Billy Haughton Billy Did it with Falcon Almhurst in 1978-9/5 choice over eventual HOY Abercrombie-and with Nihilator at 1-9 in 1985 heading a prohibitive 5 horse entry.
NO 2014 Pace finalist has more than 8 starts in 2014. Yet 16 of the first 24 Meadowlands Pace winners had at LEAST NINE starts on the season entering the Pace final.
Jimmy Takter (Tellitlikeitis and Lyonssomewhere) will try and do what Brett Pelling did last. Go 1-2 in the Pace. Pelling did it with Rocknroll Hanover in 2005 and Village Jolt second.
He's Watching's June 13 foaling date would be THE latest ever for any Meadowlands Pace winner.
(TWO of the more famous JUNE foals of all time used to be stablemates-Art Major and McArdle)
SLOW STARTS? NO PROBLEM IN THE PACE
Your year isn't going the greatest going INTO the Meadowlands Pace? This doesn't mean a whole lot-or at least it didn't to these brand names:
2001 Real Desire 1 for 5 going into the Pace
2000 Gallo Blue Chip 5 for 10 entering the Pace
2010 One More Laugh 2 for 6 going into the Pace
1988 Matts Scooter Just 2 for 9 entering the Pace
(NOTE-the 2 YO Champion (He's Watching 2-5)-and the 2YO Breeders Crown winner (Luck Be With You 1-5)-are a combined 3/10 entering the 2014 Pace)
The three outside horses in the Pace were all sired by a Pace favorite:
Post 8 Sometimes Said (Well Said 2009)
Post 9 Always B Miki (Always A Virgin 2007)
Post 10 Doo Wop Hanover (Rocknroll Hanover 2005)
Takter's Pace Breakthrough?
NO Trainer in the 21st century who's campaigned a Horse Of The Year has made it to the Hall Of Fame. Jimmy Takter is the last trainer to do both-having won the HOY titles in 1997-1998-1999.
Bob McIntosh went into the Hall Of Fame in 2002-and a full decade later-won his first MILLION $ race going 1-3 in the 2012 NA Cup.
Jimmy Takter is looking for his very first Pace score. Ron Burke just scored his first Million $ win taking the NA Cup with J K Endofanera.
The Two oldest drivers to hit the board in the Meadowlands Pace?
1978 Joe O'Brien 59-thid with Flight Director
1982 Billy Haughton 58 3rd with McKinzie Almahurst
John Campbell is 59 and Ron Pierce 58
Campbell-Meadowlands Pace-Post 10
The man is amazing. Post 10 in the Meadowlands Pace in 2014 with Doo Wop Hanover. His history from post 10 in the Pace is almost beyond belief. ALL of the following are from Post 10-IN The Meadowlands Pace:
1982 Hilarion winner-first ever catch-driver to win a Million $$ race.
1997 At Point Blank second at 14-1 the colt was WINLESS (0-15) on the year!!
1999 The Panderosa got post 10 initially-AND on the redraw-and still dominated with a 26 flat final quarter in 1:49.3-then a record mile in the Pace and thus becoming the first horse ever to win TWO million $$ races BOTH in sub)
2004 3rd with Metropolitan from post 10
2007 third with Artriverderci from post 10.
5 different trainers from post 10-five times on the board. Consider that in the other 30 times any driver raced in the Pace from post 10-combined-those drivers were 3-30 ON THE BOARD!
OTHER Post 10 notes......
Dave Miller's Pace debut-1995-Cinder Lane Sam came from post 10-5th-flying home in 26.1.....Pat Crowe drove exactly once in the Pace-from post 10-in 1984 12th with a colt by the name of Greener Pastures.....Brett Pelling made his Pace debut in 1993 from post 10 (No check)....Pinocchio raced in the Pace-from post 10 for Neal Shapiro...
15 times in history the Meadowlands Pace winner has been THAT YEAR'S Leading $$ winner among ALL Pacers.(MOST common of any race of the leaders)
Just HOW tough is it to WIN The Meadowlands Pace? This stat might tell it best.
The last THREE Triple Crown winners in the sport-NONE of those three finished first OR second in the Meadowlands Pace!!
2003 No Pan Intended 4th
1999 Blissful Hall 7th
1997 Western Dreamer 3rd
Who are the three richest ever horses to have participated in the Meadowlands Pace final and NOT gotten a check?
Boulder Creek $3,425,853 8th 2003
Red Bow Tie $2,673,920 9th 1997
Western Hanover $2,541,647 7th 1992
Super Tough Quiz:
Can you name the three colts who led all pacers in year end earnings but did NOT compete in the Meadowlands Pace final?
1977 Governor Skipper $522,148
1998 Shady Character $1,070,569
2002 Art Major $1,562,779
Compiled by Bob "Hollywood" Heyden