"Babies" shine in first go at Meadowlands

03:04 AM 01 Jun 2014 NZST
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Walter White (#2) and driver/trainer Jimmy Takter Saturday Mornings, Harness racing
Walter White (#2) and driver/trainer Jimmy Takter
Ken Weingartner Photo
Saturday Mornings, 2YO filly, wins for driver David Miller
Photo by Ken Weingartner

The first baby races of the 2014 season were conducted on Saturday morning under sunny skies with temperatures in the 60's and a considerable breeze in their faces finishing.

Trotting fillies opened the card and Bluestone Farms' Muscle Hill filly from Malabar Memories led from start to finish to win in 2:01 flat with a 28.3 close. Joe Holloway trains and Dave Miller drove the handsome bright bay lass. She was a $32,000 buy from the Lexington Select Yearling Sale.

The Muscles Yankee colt French Laundry won race two for Yannick Gingras in 2:00.4. He rode along behind stablemate The Bank through easy fractions then brushed past that one with a final quarter of 28.3. Jimmy Takter conditions the son of Hambo Oaks winner Creamy Mimi for owners Christina Takter, John & Jim Fielding and breeders Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld. He was purchased at the Lexington Select Yearling Sale for $115,000.

Walter White won the third schooler for Takter in 2:01.3 / 29.3 from the pocket after following Apostle's Creed around the oval. This one's a Cantab Hall from Muscaloosa purchased by Christina Takter, RAW Equine and John & Jim Fielding for $57,000 at Harrisburg.

The Well Said filly Aria Hanover won the first pacing race in 2:01.1 home in 28 flat for Yannick Gingras. She is trained by Jimmy Takter for George Segal's Brittany Farms. A daughter of Allamerican Cognac, Aria Hanover was an $80,000 Harrisburg yearling.

Two more Takter pacers finished one two in the next race with the Somebeachsomewhere colt Blood Brother edging Azorean Art in 2:00.4 / 28.4 for Gingras. He is a Diamond Creek homebred from the mare Blood Diamond owned in partnership with J&T Silva Stables.

The very first of the Rocknroll Hanover's on display was a winner this morning for Takter (who won five of the six contested) as Zip Code Envy led all the way in 1:59.4 / 28.1 with Jimmy driving. This filly is from Neverhaveneverwill and brought a bid of $27,000 from Christina Takter, John & Jim Fielding and Brixton Medical AB at Lexington.

For full results click here.

by Nick Salvi, for the Meadowlands

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