Day At The Track

NJSS quotes from owners trainers and drivers

03:04 AM 14 Aug 2011 NZST
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Courtesy Of New Jersey Sire Stakes

New Jersey sire stakes at the Meadowlands tonight Saturday the 13th of August produced some grand harness racing performances and here are some quotes from the various Owners, trainers and drivers.


She’s impressed me in both starts. We had a terrible trip on Hambletonian day but I knew she was good enough to win. I waited and the trip set up the way I needed it to and it’s just great to do good for Joe [King]. He’s one of the good guys in the sport and I’m really happy to win a race like this for him. I sat third at the rail at the top of the stretch. I was following two of the better horses but I was able to slide out and opened up. I knew she’d have plenty of kick coming home because she’s had it in the last couple starts.


She’s a really nice filly. She’s a homebred and has been good as a two-year-old and now a three-year-old. She’s had some tough luck with post positions. Other than that, she’s always given it all she’s got. It’s very special when Dreamland breeds there own. She’s staked in everything. She goes out to the Meadows in a couple of weeks. She’s staked heavily.


For some reason in the turn she gets to locking in sometimes, especially when she’s going into the turn with speed. She works through it though so that’s all that matters. I used a big move to get by on the front. I get by some of the better horses and it worked out for me. My horse raced tough all the way to the wire.


She really surprised me. We bought her at Harrisburg as a weanling and we bought her to race another. I only had one at home. She turned out to be something special, as you can see on the program. I thought she’d be alright to put in the NJSS and I wasn’t wrong.


He’s just a week late. When I left the gate he felt good. I thought he was the best in here so I decided to go. He was right up on his game tonight and when I asked him to go he took off. He just felt like he was ready to race. He’s definitely as quick as any of them, he’s just got to get his act together.


I didn’t see Big Jim break. I was wondering where he was and I thought for sure he’d be coming but he never showed up. I was just trying to get away from him [Shadysharkhanover]. My horse seems to be getting better and better every week.


We didn’t get away from the gate very good. We ended up picking up some bad cover. As we passed the half, we were just following along and minding our own business then somebody up front came out and just stopped. It was like an accordion effect and we all just kind of crunched together. I think it ticked my horse off a little bit. He got mad because I had to grab him so hard and he picked up the bit. I still felt good though and I knew I was going to get pushed wide if I started to come with him. I figured he could overcome it so I let him go and he just paced hard to the wire. He came: 27 on the end of it and he was about five wide. He’s on his game as much as any horse I’ve ever driven. Sam Depinto has this horse razor sharp right now. He’s been like this for the last several months. There’s no question this was the better of the two eliminations. This race tonight was the final.


I was scared at the beginning of the race, especially when all of that confusion happened going to the 5/8 pole. I told Ron [Pierce} before the race tonight that this horse was better than he was last week. He was just super. Warming up he was the best I’ve ever felt him. He’s definitely going to be a threat in the final and if we have the inside it always helps. I think he’s the one to beat but they’re all good horses. Tonight’s race looked like the final to me. Honestly, I’ve had no issues with his training. I kind of backed off on his training. I’m not training him big miles in between races. I’m just taking it easy with him and trying to keep him as fresh as I can. With miles like these he doesn’t need much training.

Lindsey MCKEE

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