Saturday morning qualifiers were held under sunny skies with a stiff wind from the west (into their faces in the homestretch) and featured the return to the races of several stakes types.
, winner of the 2012 Yonkers Trot in world record time, returned to the track after spending last season in the stud barn at Blue Chip Farms. He now resides in the barn and looked like he hadn't missed a day with a handy 1:56.3 win from off the pace for in the blustery conditions. Four year old Ma Chere Hall was second in her return for 's stable, who also sent out Mistery Woman in her seasonal debut.
Jonas sent out his powerful pair of aged mares, Maven and D'Orsay, in the next race and both went well in their debut. They finished second and third respectively behind's million dollar winning world record holder Uncle Peter who tripped the timer in 1:56.1 from off cover, the last quarter was 29.1 into a wind that had a field of green pacers coming home in 32- the very next race.
Shebestingin came back for a second trial and was a 1:54.3 winner after her 1:52.2 breeze last week. She took over from Brownsville Bomber past the quarter and set the rest of the fractions for Dave Miller and trainer.
Holloway came right back with another winner in the Indiana sired sophomore Always B Miki, sired by Joe's classics winner. picked up the drive when went with Rockin Amadeus for Takter (who broke before the start) and steered him to the 1:54.1/28.1 win.
by Nick Salvi, for the Meadowlands