Day At The Track

Trixton romps in the rain at the Meadowlands

02:40 PM 17 May 2014 NZST
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Trixton overcomes sloppy track for trainer/driver Jimmy Takter
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Moonlight In Miami and driver John Campbell
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Conditions were far from ideal on Friday night at The Meadowlands with sporadic rain and the wind blowing a gale from the east, in their face the second quarter and at their back in the homestretch. The track condition was listed as sloppy.
The New Jersey Sires Stakes for three year olds open this weekend and the trotters went postward on Friday night. Trixton drew into the first of two $21,500 colt division where he was the heavy favorite off his electrifying 1:51.2 tour de force in last week's Simpson Memorial.
Trainer - driver Jimmy Takter floated Trixton away from the gate and settled in second behind Dexter Cup winner Sumatra as they passed the quarter in 28.1. Takter suddenly found himself in an awkward spot when John Campbell brushed Lightning Force hard for the front with horses following him and cleared Sumatra at the 59.2 half.
It took a few strides for Takter to extricate Trixton from a pinned position and into the outer flow as Lightning Force skipped off by a couple but the Meadowlands stretch is a long one and Trixton collared the leader and drew away to a four and three quarter length win. The mile was trotted in 1:54.2 with the final half in :55 and last quarter in :27 flat. Lightning Force held the place and King City was third.
The Muscle Hill by Emile Cas El colt is owned by Brixton Medical Ab and Christina Takter.

Well Built, with John Campbell driving for trainer Chris Ryder, drew off to a three-length victory over Martinwithmuscle [Muscle Hill] in 1:56.2 in the $21,500 sixth race. Muscle Network [Muscle Hill] was third by three and a quarter lengths.

Well Built [$9.80], co-owned by Ryder and Robert Mondillo of Delaware, OH, picked up his second win in five starts this year. Lifetime, he has been first or second in nine of 17 tries and earned more than $115,000.

Campbell was also at the lines of the Takter-trained Moonlight In Miami, who won the $21,000 fourth race in 1:55.2, finishing two lengths ahead of Yoga [Muscles Yankee] and a two and a half ahead of Demoiselle Hanover [Muscle Hill].

Moonlight In Miami [$8.60], who had one win in four starts at two, was making her 2014 debut. She races in the name of Ontario natives Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld and Sam Goldband.

My Inspiration trotted her winning mile in 1:57 in a non-wagering event before the betting card.

Yannick Gingras guided the Trond Smedshammer trainee to a length and a quarter tally over Scream And Shout [Muscles Yankee] and two and three-quarter lengths ahead Fastdownthehill [Muscle Hill].

Libfeld and Katz also own My Inspiration, who had a second and a third in three starts at two and was making her first start at three.

Top Class Filly and Mare pacers went to the post in the 11th race, a $30,000 Free For All Handicap.  Shebestingin went to the post as the 2-5 overwhelming favorite and appeared poised for another victory after setting fractions of 28-, 55.1 and 1:22.2 at which point she turned for home in front, but she was collared late by the classy Jerseylicious, who rode the pocket every step of the way and tripped the timer in 1:50.1.  Corey Callahan guided Jerseylicious to victory for trainer Wayne Given and owners Legacy Racing of Delaware Inc., Pamela Curran and Niel Gargiulo.  Rocklamation rallied from an impossible spot to be third.

In addition, Drop The Ball got back to her winning ways in the Filly and Mare B-1/B-2 Handicap pace, moving to the lead approaching the half-mile pole and drawing clear the rest of the way to an impressive 1:49.1 victory over the sloppy going.  Corey Callahan had a daily double of quality mares tonight.

Racing resumes on Saturday for Roosevelt Raceway Legacy Night with festivities including appearances and an autograph session from Roosevelt drivers, television appearances by Dave Johnson and Spencer Ross, discounted food and beverage items including $1 draft Budweisers and much more.  In addition, the 14-race blockbuster Saturday program includes the $175,000 Arthur J. Cutler Memorial Final featuring the matchup of Swedish World Champion Sebastian K fresh off his world record in the elimination and the American Champion, Market Share.  Post time for the Saturday program is 7:15 P.M.  Full card simulcasting centers around The Preakness Stakes with gates opening at a special time of 9:30 A.M.  For more information, go to PlayMeadowlands.Com.

From the Meadowlands Publicity Department
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