Day At The Track

Breakfast with the babies at The Meadowlands

07:05 AM 14 Jun 2015 NZST
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High Heels
East Rutherford, NJ - Breakfast with the Babies on Saturday morning at The Meadowlands drew a large harness racing crowd of interested observers on a lovely morning with fluffy clouds, a pleasant breeze and temperatures in the mid-70's as the races began at 9:30am.
 
Jimmy Takter and Yannick Gingras were back from an exceptionally successful trip to Mohawk last night and they picked up right where they left off, sharing a win in the first race for filly trotters via a dead-heat.
 
Takter cut the mile with Kathy Parker (Andover Hall) with Gingras in High Heels (Kadabra) tracking her from the pocket. In the stretch High Heels advanced on the leader, but Kathy Parker dug in, stubbornly holding her ground in 2:00.1 / 29-.
 
High Heels is owned by Christina Takter, John & Jim Fielding and Herb Liverman who paid $115,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sales (SHS) last fall, while Kathy Parker cost Mrs. Takter, Brixton Medical, RAW Equine and Joyce McClelland $87,000 at The Lexington Selected Yearling Sale (LSYS).
 
Race two went to the Muscle Hill filly Dream Child in 2:00.4. Dave Miller moved her to the top as they passed the half in 1:02.3 holding sway over Candy Lane and Powerful Glare. Dream Child was a $75,000 LSYS purchase by Bill Donovan and is trained in the Jonas Czernyson stable.
 
Ray Schnittker won the third with Will Self, a son of Donato Hanover from the champion mare Fall For You, a $65,000 buy at Harrisburg by Ray with Ted Gewertz, Arden Homestead and the Bordogna Arnold Stable. Ray took the lead early with Will Self, released Dark Pool after the quarter and followed that one until unleashing a powerful 28.3 close on the 2:00.3 mile.
 
Jan Johnson drove I'm Volo, a Yankee Glide homebred filly he trains for long-time owner Jorgen Jahre, Jr to a 2:02.3 win after storming to the top around the final bend.
 
Race five shaped up to be a throwback to the "Million Dollar Baby" days with over $1.25 million worth of hopes and dreams spread over the eight trotting colts that lined up behind the gate.
 
Mosconi Hanover gave both Jimmy Takter and Donato Hanover another winner with a 1:59.4 front end effort. The $190,000 SHS graduate held off a pair of Svanstedt colts in a 29.4 final quarter with Jimmy driving. Christina Takter, Brixton Medical, Lou Camara and Order By Stable comprise the partnership that owns the promising colt.
 
Ake Svanstedt struck with Dice Man (a $33,000 SHS SJ's Caviar colt) out the pocket with a 28.4 last quarter tacked onto the 2:01.1 mile. Courant AB owns the winner.
 
Schnittker unveiled a very talented Donato Hanover filly dazzled the crowd with a quick move around the final turn into the 28.1 third quarter then coasted in for the 1:58.3 win. She was a $27,000 bargain bought from the SHS by Ray and Charles Iannazzo.
 
Takter came back to win the eighth with the $130,000 SHS Cantab Hall colt Cantabra after a prolonged battle with Remix Hanover and Svanstedt. Jimmy drove him to the win for owners Christina Takter and Brixton Medical.
 
Pacing colts took over in the ninth race with the Somebeachsomewhere Check Six winning for Gingras in 1:56.2 with a 27.3 last split. He comes from the Burke stable where Ron and partners Weaver Bruscemi, Bill Switala and James Martin invested $30,000 to put him in the barn.
 
The Sportswriter colt Voracity was a winner today in 1:56.1 / 27.3 converting a pocket ride with Scott Zeron driving for Tony Alagna. He cost Brad Grant, John Fodera and his trainer $47,000 at the Lexington sale last fall.
 
Corey Callahan sent Brooklynite right to the front from his open outside post and set solid fractions, lasting for the 1:54.2 win. Joe Holloway trains the winner for Val D'Or Farms, Ted Gewertz, Rojan Stable and L&L DeVisser who paid $80,000 for the son of Somebeachsomewhere at Harrisburg last fall.
 
Eloquent Grace opened the filly pacing races with a 1:55.2 / 28.1 score for Burke & Gingras. She popped out of the pocket and barely wore down a very game American Ivy for the "W". The Well Said filly brought an $80,000 bid from Burke Racing, Ed Gold, Howard Taylor and J&T Silva.
 
Burke and Gingras came right back with the $42,000 SHS buy Yankee Moonshine, a Yankee Cruiser filly who looked sharp winning for the second time, this one in 1:56.2. Burke Racing, JT 45, Larry Karr and Weaver Bruscemi own her.
 
Western Dynasty was dead game to win in the fourteenth and last two-year-old race, holding off three closers after setting the pace in 1:57.2 / 27.3. Dave Miller drove the $100,000 SHS Western Ideal colt for trainer Chris Ryder who shares ownership with Craig Henderson and Bob Mondillo. Beach Ogre, Capital Builder and Mindtrip were across the track in pursuit.
 
 
Videos will be added as they become avaliable
 
Race 1 - High Heels
 
 
Race 2 - Dream Child
 
 
 
Race 3 - Will Self
 
 
Race 4 - I'm Volo
 
 
 
Race 5 - Mosconi Hanover
 
 
Race 6 - Dice Man
 
 
 
Race 7 - Windowshopper
 
 
 
Race 8 - Cantabra
 
 
Race 9 - Check Six
 
 
 
Race 10 - Voracity
 
 
 
Race 11 - Brooklynite
 
 
 
Race 12 - Eloquent Grace
 
 
 
Race 13 - Yankee Moonshine
 
 
 
Race 14 - Western Dynasty
 
 
 
Live racing tonight at The Meadowlands begins at 7:15pm.
 
Meadowlands Media Relations Department
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