The final edition of Breakfast With The Babies for the 2014 season began with Hambletonian favorite Father Patrick getting in some prep work in advance of next Saturday's big dance.
His performance did nothing to encourage any Hambo fence-riders that may have been considering buying a $15,000 ticket to that dance.gave him a tour of the oval in 1:52 flat, back half in :54.4, last quarter :26.2 about as easy as it could be done. It looks like "All systems go" for team Father Patrick.
Last year's champion three year old filly pacer I Luv The Nitelife made her return to the races this morning in winning fashion for owners Richard and Joanne Young. She has been nursed back to the races by trainerafter her season ending injury last fall and she looked sound and happy in her 2014 debut. Driver settled the mare in third through a slow 57.2 half, moved her on the last turn to a stretch lead then flashed her grit by refusing to yield to the late challenge of Bakersfield with a 27.1 close to the 1:53.2 mile.
A pair of Meadowlands Pace finalists teed it up in the last race of the day and Lyonssomewhere got the best of JK Endofanera here by sprinting home in 26.2 on the end of a 1:51.1 mile. Trainerput the speedy colt on the lead through friendly fractions and had enough to rebuff JK Endofanera's close.
So far as the freshmen, Habitat, a speedycolt that had made a pair of breaks in NYSS action recently, impressed with an effortless 1:55.3 / 27.1 win with aboard. trains colt for himself and partners Weaver Bruscemi and Our Horse Cents Stable. The group paid $50,000 for Habitat at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale last fall.
won a couple this morning, the first with a nice out of Calchips Finisher named Finish Line. He sat a pocket to first timer Sugarmakesmecrazy and , nailing that one in the final strides of the 1:58.1 / 28.1 mile.He was a $50,000 Lexington buy for Trond's American Viking Stable, Diane Giuliano and Purple Haze.
Trond came right back with thex Chez Belle filly Chezando, closing ground into a 28.4 final quarter for the 2:00.4 score. She cost Purple Haze and Michael Parisi $70,000 at Lexington last fall.
The last of the baby trots fittingly sawwin in 2:00.1 with French Laundry, a good colt who won a NJSS event in 1:56 a few weeks ago. He just held off the impressive closing rush of the $175,000 colt Colbert who was making his very first start for Svanstedt.
Pacers came around in the tenth race and ASAP Hanover won for the third time in morning trials, this one in 1:52.4 withdriving. trains the $150,000 Lexington sale colt by from Allamerican Coed for John Mehlenbacher. He has impressed and improved in each of his three outings. This time Tetrick put him on the lead and sprinted home in 26.4 in hand. Penji Hanover paced home hard to be second.
Trainerhad a good day beginning with the eleventh where a pair of his pacing fillies went to the wire together with Cashaway tracking down Martinique in the final strides to get the 1:54.1 win. Cashaway was second in the recently contested NJSS final for , who drove the x CPA $105,000 Lexington sale grad today for owners Brittany Farms and Marvin Katz.
New Jersey Sires Stakes champion Artspeak got some work in this morning, leading all the way and drawing off late in 1:53.2 over the pocket sitting Stover. The winner also hails from the Alagna barn withdoing the driving for owners Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, Joe Sbrocco and In The Gym Partners (John Fodera and Steve Wienick). Racing manager Myron Bell bought the colt from The Art Museum for $100,000 in Lexington on their behalf and it certainly looks as though they've got a good one here.
A Plus completed the Alagna natural hat trick by winning in 1:54.1 / 27.3 with Zeron aboard. She's anfilly out of the Brittany broodmare Has An Attitude that Tony bought for himself with partners In The Gym, Massey and Sbrocco for $60,000 in . Better Said was a good second here with a late move for Toscano and Tetrick.
's nice Cam's card Shark colt Dealt A Winner prevented an Alagna-slam when he held safe over Tony's closing The Hill in 1:54.2 for . Jeff Snyder owns the winner, a $35,000 Harrisburg bargain buy last fall.
Live racing resumes at 7:15 this evening with the John Cashman Memorial eliminations headlining the thirteen race card.
by Nick Salvi, for the Meadowlands