Breakfast with the babies at The Meadowlands took place on a perfect Saturday morning under cloudless skies with temperatures in the low 70's and little to no wind. A nice gathering that grew with Belmont Stakes early customers anticipating the Triple Crown attempt by California Chrome enjoyed the races.
Along with the youngsters poised to embark on their racing careers, two time defending Pacer of the Year Captaintreacherous prepped for his seasonal debut in next Friday's Meadowlands Maturity pace. In the day's final race, the champ set all the fractions then drew well clear late in a 1:50.1 tightner for regular driverunder his own power. The Captain looks like he's ready to return to the racing wars for Team Treacherous.
Trotting fillies opened the card and the prodigiousfreshman force picked right up where they left off last week, winning. The daughter of Hambletonian Oaks winner Southwind Allaire named Sarcy impressed with a powerful six length 1:58.3 win. She sat just off the lead and ended the mile with a 28.2 close for with plenty in reserve. She is a $37,000 graduate of the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale owned by Christina Takter, John & Jim Fielding.
Wild Honey cut the mile and won race two effortlessly for the Gingras / Takter combination in 1:59.4 / 28.2. She's afrom U Wanna Lindy bought from the Lexington sale for $35,000 by the partnership by Mrs. Takter, Herb Liverman and John & Jim Fielding.
Canepa Hanover is thehalf brother to who brought a bid of $300,000 at Harrisburg last fall from Brittany, Brixton Medical Ab, Katz & Libfeld and today he looked like a bargain. Gingras brushed him to the front from third as the half went by in a dawdling 1:04 then opened a long lead before finishing in 2:01, a final half of 57 flat. He's big, fast and pretty as well as being trained in the Takter barn, a recipe for success.
The fourth race was won by thex Orange Pekoe colt The Bakers Choice in a forwardly placed effort for in 2:01.2 / 29. He is trained by John Berger for Barbara Berger and John Siena who bought him from the Harrisburg sale for $30,000.
Takter and Gingras returned to victory in the fifth with thex Lady Luck Hanover filly Lilu Hanover. She sat in and split horses late like a veteran for Yannick to score in 2:02.3 into a 29 flat final panel. She cost Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld $130,000 at Harrisburg last fall.
Pacers opened in the sixth and Perry Soderberg's sharp looking Western Pioneer popped from the pocket and streaked home in 27.2 on the end of a 2:00.3 trip for Yannick. He was a $15,000 bargainfrom Up Front Fire at Harrisburg and is trained by Nancy Johansson.
Divine Caroline impressed the considerable crowd with her recovery from a final turn break and won easily in 1:56.4 for. Still a touch unsure of her gait, she flashed unusual speed a few times in the mile. From the first crop of from Loving Caroline, Divine Caroline brought $75,000 at Harrisburg and is trained by (who is clearly quite handy with the ladies) for Val D'Or, Ted Gewertz, Rojan Stable and MA Ouriel.
Holloway spun right back with a nicefilly from Two Steppin Sally who won in 1:57.2 / 28.1 with Dave Miller Aboard. She set most of the pace and was a handy winner. A $70,000 Harrisburg grad, she counts Val D'Or, Rojan and Gewertz among her owners.
Takter pacers were one / two in the ninth and final baby race with Bet You edging Franzo (Rockin Image) in 1:56.2 / 28. This one is a son offrom the stakes winning Armbro Amoretto who cost Takter, Mc Clelland, Fielding & Fielding $75,000 at Lexington. Jimmy trains and Yannick drove Bet You in his successful career debut.
The later qualifiers featured some stakes stars with two freshman world champion trotting fillies hooking up in the eleventh race as sophomores and Designed To Be outkicked Cooler Schooner to the wire in 1:53.1.drove her for trainer and owners Al Libfeld and Marvin Katz.
Older trotter Waiting On A Woman scorched the track in 1:53 for new connections, now residing in thebarn.
Big night tonight at The Meadowlands with the simulcast of the Belmont Stakes, Seafood Fest and comedian Gilbert Gottfried scheduled to appear. Post time is 7:15pm.
The Meadowlands reminds those horsemen racing tonight to expect traffic and add travel time to their plans.
by Nick Salvi, for the Meadowlands