This morning's qualifying race feature at the Meadowlands was another hanress racing monster match up pitting 2013 Horse of the Year Bee A Magician against last year's aged trotting horse of the year Market Share.
This week the gloves came off with Market Share. Driver Tim Tetrick sent him right to the front and won off by himself in 1:52.4 with the last half in 54.4 and final quarter in 27.1 on his own. Bee A Magician was making her first start back since winning the Moni Maker last fall andheld her in fourth most of the mile then let her trot through the stretch, finishing third in a useful effort.
The first race was a 3YO filly trot and Lifetime Pursuit led all the way after leaving from post ten to win in 1:54.2 finishing the mile with a pair of 28 second quarters. She was in hand forthroughout, looking sharp. She is trained by (as is second place finisher Scream And Shout) and owned by Brittany Farms.
Race two saw 2013winner Muscle Network (racing without trotting hopples) lead all the way for Dave Miller only to go off stride in the last 100 yards of the 1:54.4 mile. Skates N Plates followed him willingly and was ultimately was beaten a length or so. Nuncio was reserved well off the fractions and closed boldly into the 28 second final quarter in a visually impressive display.
Propulsion, a son ofand the dam Danae that raced only in qualifiers at two, was the third race winner for in 1:56.1. He was the beneficiary of another late breaker, Green Hornut, who had set the fractions before he went off-stride in the final eighth.
Pacers took the track for race four and Bakersfield was the winner, besting a group of sophomore colts in 1:53, last quarter 27.1 in hand tofrom the Takter barn. El Bloombito cut the mile and held for second.
Doo Wop Hanover won the fifth in convincing fashion forin 1:51.2 / 26.3. He sat a pocket until the three quarters, ripped out and sailed by. Capital Account was a good second and Dancin Yankee a flying third.
Three year old filly pacers were up next and's Sandbetweenurtoes looked strong winning in 1:54.2 / 27- for . Lotsa Matzah was second, It Was Fascination and She's Dangerous finished in tandem a closing third and fourth.
Derby simulcast goes on all day here at The Meadowlands with a large crowd expected. Live racing resumes at 7:15pm.
by Nick Salvi, for the Meadowlands