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Dorsoduro Hanover takes over Road to the Pace

04:28 AM 29 Jun 2018 NZST
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Dorsoduro Hanover took the top spot back in Dave Little's Road to the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace off a win in one of three eliminations for the Hempt at Pocono Downs (the final is Saturday night).

The next challenge for Dorsoduro and seven others: Defeating North America Cup champion Lather Up, whose connections are still kicking around the idea of supplementing to The Pace.

Rank

Horse

Driver, Trainer,

Owner(s)

Dave Little’s Comments

 

1

Dorsoduro Hanover

($172,668 – 1:49.4)

M. Kakaley, R. Burke

Burke Racing, Silva, Purnel & Libby, Weaver Bruscemi, Wingfield Five

Takes the top spot back off a lifetime-best win in his Hempt Elimination. The only blemish on his five-start 2018 resume is a tough-trip seventh in his NA Cup Elim. Burke: “He was good in his elimination but will need to step it up more in the final.” He’s drawn post 4 for the $500,000 Hempt Saturday night. Is there a way to beat 2-1 morning-line choice Lather Up (post 7)? Burke: “I haven’t figured that out yet.”

Last Race: 6/23 – PcD – Hempt Elim – 1st (1:49.4)

2

Stay Hungry
($619,384 – 1:50)

 

D. McNair, T. Alagna
B. Grant, I. Samelman

 

Finished a tough-trip third (missing a half-length) in his Hempt Elim and has drawn post 5 for the final. Alagna: “He raced terrific. A horse went off stride in front of him and he came to a halt. I thought it was one of his best races ever. He’s drawn a good post but beating Lather Up, that’s a tough assignment right now.”

Last Race: 6/23 – PcD – Hempt Elim – 3rd (1:49.3)

3
Lost In Time
($718,723 – 1:50.1)
S. Zeron, J. Takter

Diamond Creek Racing, J&T Silva,

W. Rufenacht, Ric Flair Stable
Took the Hempt off to prepare for the Pace. Takter noted the grueling schedule for the 3-year-old pacing colts, where the NA Cup, Hempt and Meadowlands Pace require a horse to race for six straight weeks if they want to go in all three. “When you look at the schedule, it’s kind of insane. I don’t think this horse is suited for that. Horses are not machines. I think Lost In Time will be much better in the Pace than he was in the Cup.”
Last Race: 6/16 – Wbsb – NA Cup Final – 3rd (1:48.4)
4
This Is The Plan
($243,372 – 1:50.2)
T. Tetrick, C. Ryder

C. Ryder, R. Mondillo

Finished third in his Hempt elim after a four-week layoff but a luckless pill drop has left him with post 9 for the final. Ryder: “I’d have been happier had he finished second, but this week, we are adding Lasix after some minor bleeding. Some horses improve a lot on Lasix, some don’t at all.”
Last Race: 6/23 – PcD – Hempt Elim – 3rd (1:49.4)
5
Thinkbig Dreambig
($38,500 – 1:49.2)
Y. Gingras, J. Takter
Brixton Medical Inc., J. Fielding,
G. Anderberg, G. Falk
 
Since taking the Escort at the Meadowlands, this son of Bettor’s Delight has won two in a row in Pennsylvania with ease. Takter: “I’m going to race him at Tioga Friday (race 8, post 7). I want him to go a really strong mile. He’s so professional. We are still strongly considering going to the Pace.”
Last Race: 6/20 – Phl – NW3 – 1st (1:52.2)
6
Nutcracker Sweet
($196,832 – 1:50.2)
D. Miller, J. Takter
H. Taylor, Order By Stable, R. Lombardo
 
Continues to prove he belongs with this division’s best while having yet to win this year. Finished second in his elim to Lather Up and has drawn post 1 for the final. Takter: “I thought he raced tremendous, Lather Up was just so freaking Good! Right now, he might be unbeatable.” Is Nutcracker sweet on The Pace? “Not sure if he’s going,” said Takter. “We still have a ton of races coming up.”
Last Race: 6/23 – PcD – Hempt Elim – 2nd (1:49.2)
7
Babes Dig Me
($122,947 – 1:52.3Q)
B. Miller, T. Alagna
B.J. Grant, J. Sbrocco,
J. Leblanc, In The Gym Partners
 
Went a rail trip to grab a fifth-place check in his Hempt Elim. Alagna: “He was in the toughest division, but once he got loose, he had pace in the lane. I am going to give him this week off.”
Last Race: 6/23 – PcD – Hempt Elim – 5th (1:50.1)
8
American History
($94,243 – 1:49.1)
Y. Gingras, T. Alagna
Brittany Farms, M. Katz,
American History Racing
 

Took the Hempt off after a 10th-place finish in the Cup. Will take on older foes Friday at the Meadowlands in a NW3. Alagna: “Coming off a bad start I thought I was better off giving him the week off to get ready for The Pace. He’s in Friday and trained great.”

Last Race: 6/16 – Wbsb – NA Cup Final – 10th (1:50.3)
9
Captain Deo
($28,867 – 1:50.2)
D. McNair, T. Alagna
Alagna Racing, J. Sbrocco, In The Gym Partners, Captain Deo Partners
 
Kicked home in :26.2 to grab a fifth-place check in the Cup Consolation before taking the Hempt off. Alagna: “He’s been very good but hasn’t had a lot of luck. He’s been too far back coming into fast fractions.” He’s in the same Meadowlands race as stablemate American History Friday night.
Last Race: 6/16 – Wbsb – NA Cup Consolation – 5th (1:50.3)
10
Odds On Lauderdale
($51,059 – 1:49.1)
V. Ginsburg, T Alagna
Odds On Racing
 
Breaks into the Top 10 after winning his second straight a week ago. The victory came from an impossible spot after being trapped until the final eighth of a mile. Is this a possible Pace upsetter? Alagna: “He’s a little bit of a sleeper. He showed a lot of ability last year. He wasn’t himself earlier in the year so we made some adjustments. As far as the Pace goes, we are on the bubble.”
Last Race: 6/23 – M1 – NW2/3 – 1st (1:49.1)
 

KEY PREP RACES

MEADOWLANDS PACE ELIGIBLES IN CAPS – Supplements are permitted per the conditions of the race

Date

Stakes

Site

Winner

Trainer

Driver

2nd Horse

3rd Horse

Time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5/5

PA Sire Stakes

 

Mea

 

THIS IS THE PLAN

C. Ryder

D. Palone

BABES DIG ME

Record Machine

1:53

 

PA Sire Stakes

 

Mea

 

DORSODURO HANOVER

R. Burke

J. Pantaleano

Wes Delight

CAPTAIN DEO

1:50.3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5/19

PA Sire Stakes

PcD

I’M A BIG DEAL

C. Ryder

G. Napolitano Jr.

GRAND TETON

Whos Better

1:50.2

 

PA Sire Stakes

PcD

DORSODURO HANOVER

R. Burke

M. Kakaley

THIS IS THE PLAN

PRO BEACH

1:50.1

 

PA Sire Stakes

PcD

 

Wes Delight

M. Harder

C. Callahan

LOST IN TIME

STAY HUNGRY

1:50.4

5/20

OnSS Gold

Flm

Backstreet Shadow

R. McNair

D. McNair

St Lads Neptune

Wind Blast

1:52.3

 

OnSS Gold

Flm

Western Passage

C. Coleman

D. McNair

Levis Day

SHADOW MOON

1:53.4

5/26

Art Rooney Final

YR

Trump Nation

C. Oakes

J. Bartlett

Minnie Vinnie

BABES DIG ME

1:51.3

5/28

NYSS

VD

1

Courtly Choice

B. MacIntosh

D. Miller

Hitman Hill

Real Surreal

1:48.4

 

NYSS

VD

AMERICAN HISTORY

T. Alagna

Y. Gingras

Rock Lights

Heavenly Sound

1:49.1

 

NYSS

VD

My Delight

H. Hochstetler

M. Miller

Lyons Steel

Ostro Hanover

1:49.4

6/1

NJSS Final

M1

Melanie’s Fran

K. Mc Dermott

D. Miller

Hypnotico

-

1:56.3

6/2

Somebeachsmwhere

Moh

Burning Midnight

C. Giles

T. Henry

Simple Kinda Man

GRAND TETON

1:50.4

 

Somebeachsmwhere

Moh

Lather Up

C. Francis

M. Teague

St Lads Neptune

Scouts Report

1:50.3

 

Somebeachsmwhere

Moh

Jimmy Freight

R. Moreau

L. Roy

LOST IN TIME

When You Dance

1:50.2

6/9

NA Cup Elim

Moh

STAY HUNGRY

T. Alagna

D. McNair

Done Well

HAYDEN HANOVER

1:50

 

NA Cup Elim

Moh

Wes Delight

M. Harder

C. Callahan

NUTCRACKER SWEET

AMERICAN HISTORY

1:50.2

 

NA Cup Elim

Moh

Lather Up

C. Francis

M. Teague

St Lads Neptune

Hitman Hill

1:49.2

6/10

NYSS

Tioga

Springsteen

R. Allard

D. Miller

Real Surreal

I Soar Him First

1:51

 

NYSS

Tioga

Heavenly Sound

B. Saunders

A. McCarthy

Ideal Feeling

Trump Nation

1:50.4

 

NYSS

Tioga

Keystone Tenacious

P. Kelley

M. MacDonald

My Delight

TWIN B TUFFENUFF

1:52.1

6/16

NA Cup Final

Moh

Lather Up

C. Francis

M. Teague

Done Well

LOST IN TIME

1:48.1

6/18

NYSS

MR

TOPVILLE OLYMPIAN

D. Menary

J. Stratton

Mr Profeta

TWIN B TUFFENUFF

1:55

 

NYSS

MR

Ghost Dance

E. Adams

S. Zeron

Rockapelo

Ostro Hanover

1:54.4

 

NYSS

MR

Rootin Tootin

B. MacIntosh

M. MacDonald

Handsoffmychips

My Delight

1:53.4

6/23

OnSS Gold

Moh

Sharp Action Money

M. Brethour

S. Filion

Sports Legend

Taste Of History

1:50.4

 

OnSS Gold

Moh

Jimmy Freight

R. Moreau

L. Roy

St Lads Neptune

Levis Day

1:49.2

6/23

Hempt Elim

PcD

DORSODURO HANOVER

R. Burke

M. Kakaley

Springsteen

THIS IS THE PLAN

1:49.4

 

Hempt Elim

PcD

Hitman Hill

C. Oakes

B. Miller

Shnitzledosomethin

STAY HUNGRY

1:49.3

 

Hempt Elim

PcD

Lather Up

C. Francis

M. Teague

NUTCRACKER SWEET

Wes Delight

1:49


 
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