Day At The Track

M'land Pace, Haughton, SS head strong card

10:20 PM 04 Jul 2013 NZST
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East Rutherford, NJ - It's Saturday night in early July and what better place to watch harness racing fireworks than at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Of the 13 races on the program, seven are stakes events highlighted by the Meadowlands Pace and Haughton FFA Pace eliminations plus the second round of the NJ Sire Stakes for two-year-old pacing colts and fillies.

With Captaintreacherous, Twilight Bonfire and Wake Up Peter getting "byes'" for next week's $625,750 Meadowlands Pace Final, that leaves ten three-year-old colt pacers to do battle this Saturday in an elimination division for $50,000 and seven of the ten entered returning next week.

Sunshine Beach has been made the 5/2 favorite in the 10th race M'lands Pace elimination and rightly so. The son of Somebeachsomewhere is shipping in from Mohawk Raceway off a great closing effort scoring a lifetime mark of 1:48.2. He has won three of his last five starts, was fifth to "The Captain" in the North American Cup should adjust well in his first Meadowlands start along with getting the driving services of George Brennan for the first time.

Rockin Amadeus (Rocknroll Hanover) is the 3-1 second choice with Yannick Gingras driving and comes off not hitting the board last week in the Hempt Final. Beach Memories (Somebeachsomewhere), is the 4-1 third choice and starts from post nine for Dave Miller. In his last start he won the $50,000 Hempt consolation race in a lifetime best 1:48.3 mile and has now won five of his eight starts this year.

The William R. Haughton Memorial Free-For-All Pace has two elimination divisions, the 6th and 8th races.

The first five from each division return next week for the final. Both divisions are chuck fill of top pacers vying for a shot at the final. The first division features none other than the ‘Iron Horse" Foiled Again (Dragon Again), who has won his last two starts in impressive fashion, setting a world record two starts back with a 1:48 victory. He will start from post nine but races coupled as an entry with Hugadragon (Dragon Again), who starts from post 5) and is on a five-race winning streak at the Meadows. He loves racing on the front end and carving up fast fractions.

Warrawee Needy (E Dee's Cam) comes back from a quick but well worth-while trip to Mohawk Raceway where he won a $100,000 Invitational Pace in a lifetime best 1:48.3. Also entered are Golden Receiver, A Rocknroll Dance, Sapphire City, Heston Blue Chip, Razzle Dazzle and Our Lucky Chip.

The second division features Bolt The Duer (Ponder), fresh off his world record performance in the Ben Franklin consolation race where he equaled his lifetime mark from age 3 with a 1:47.4 triumph. But here he again faces a tough group that includes Sweet Lou, Pet Rock, the entry of Fred And Ginger with Dynamic Youth, Aracache Hanover, Bettor's Edge, Up The Credit and Hurrikane Kingcole.

The fireworks show will start in the very first race. It's one of four $23,000 divisions and featured early in the first division is Perry Soderberg's Western Vintage (Western Ideal) who in his first pari-mutuel start at the Meadowlands last week bolted to a 1:52.4 triumph in the NJSS.

Other NJSS impressive performers on the card include This Chick Rocks (Rocknroll Hanover) in race 4, who has two wins and last week posted a 1:56.4 romp and in the 11th race, Ideal Helen (Western Ideal), is coming off a NJSS opening round victory in 1:53.3, last quarter mile in :27.

By Steve Wolf

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