Father Patick, Bee A Magician score in qualifiers

02:58 AM 11 May 2014 NZST
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Father Patrick and Yanick Gingras in 1:53 mile
Photo by Chris Tully
Bee A Magician and Brian Sears cruise in Meadowlands qualifying race
Photo by Chris Tully

The Meadowlands qualifiers on Saturday, May 10 got underway on a fast track at 60 degrees under skies clearing from an overnight fog with minimal wind.

Trotting fillies started the day and the fastest freshman trotter ever, Cooler Schooner, made her seasonal debut for John Campbell. She appeared composed as she set easy fractions then tacked a 27.2 quarter on the end of a mile in 1:56. Lady Suffolk division winner Fastdownthehill impressed, follwing the winner around the track then making a mild gain in the fast final panel on her own for Jim Marshall III.

Race two same group, same time with My Inspiration from the Smedshammer barn with Yannick Gingras aboard winning from just off the fractions in 1:56 / 28- over Moonlight In Miami.

The Green Hornuts paired up to win the third event for trotting colts with Gingras steering his namesake to the first successful mile of his career in 1:55.4 and looked good doing it. The royally bred Muscerene, by Muscle Hill from Queen Serene, unraced at two, looked terrific for Trond Smedshammer closing to be second.

Father Patrick made his second qualifying start in the next race and he looked great. He sat comfortably behind Well Built through moderate numbers before stepping off under his own power through a 27.4 final quarter, mile in 1:53 flat for Yannick.

Race five and a pair of Muscle Hill colts, Royal Ice and Speak The Truth, flashed some talent in this one. Royal Ice was the winner for Smeds in 1:56.1 / 27.4 with Speak The Truth closing in nicely late for Tim Tetrick.

After a short break in the action, play resumed with the unbeaten Perfect Alliance taking a 1:52.3 tour of the oval, getting in a little leg stretching in anticipation of the first Miss Versatility on May 19 at Woodbine. Gingras was along for today's ride.

Bee A Magician raced next and won comfortably in 1:55.3 / 27.4 after drafting along behind the classy Celebrity Secret (who is returning to the races after a six year absence) through dawdling fractions. She's getting there.

by Nick Salvi, for the Meadowlands

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