With sun and wind making the track faster as the morning wore on, next up were the pacing portion of today's races. Hunger Games held off Uffizi Hanover in 1:54 for, home in 27.3 in the first of these. She's a lass who accomplished little at two but trainer has her looking like a winner this year.
Gettingreadytoroll won another qualifier for Takter/Gingras in 1:53.4 / 27- and was once again visually impressive. She had but a single start last year but surely has the look of a stakes filly. Sanbetweenurtoes and Ken Doll J followed her under the wire, both offering solid efforts.
Capital Account is back. Thecolt was given a respite after his second in the Buddy Gilmour final and looked good and safe this morning, winning in 1:54 / 27.3 for Gingras / Takter / Brittany. Somewhere Fancy (Toscano) was a good second in this one.
Western Vintage made his come out this morning and won from well off the pace in 1:52.4 / 27- with his individual last quarter in around 26 flat under no urging at all. Gingras drove for trainer Nancy Johansson and owners Perry Soderberg and Marvin Katz. Maxi Bon closed to be second and Sweet Talkin Clyde was a restrained third after a couple of moves in a good effort.
In the twelfth race,directed That's My Opinion to the front from his outside post with Tellitlikeitis (Gingras) on his back through the 56.1 half and 1:24.2 three quarters. In the stretch, Gingras drew from the pocket and away they went mano a mano through a 26.4 last quarter with Tellitlikeitis getting the nod over That's My Opinion in 1:51.1. Takter trains the winner.
Warrawee Needy is a very fast horse. Actually, he is one of three (and Holborn Hanover the others) to hold the World Race Record of 1:46.4, taken last season right here. After two preps at Pocono, he went 1:50- this morning for , looking powerful under just a few gentle reminders through the stretch. He appears ready for the wars off that effort.
Sweet Lou wrapped up the day's events with an uneventful 1:52.1 / 27.1 tour on the front on his own. Odds On Equuleus looked good and passed the top mare Drop The Ball late in the stretch to be second.
Live racing tonight at 7:15 with the Reynolds Memorial Grand Circuit stake and the $30,000 final of the Legends vs Phenoms drivers' competition.
Results and charts of today's qualifiers are available at The Meadowlands website.
by Nick Salvi, for the Meadowlands