Friday qualifiers showcased several returning stars on a chilly morning in East Rutherford, NJ.
Sevruga made his second appearance for the Andy /barn and continued his return to form with a 1:54.2 / 28.1 win out of the pocket. He followed Detour Hanover's even fractions around the track before edging out head stretch and widening as he pleased.
Heston Blue Chip made his seasonal bow, plodding along through slow fractions for Tetrick before a 27.1 sprint through the final quarter in a 1:55 mile, pretty much all in to hang on over a hard charging Escape The News.
Foiled Again was sent to the front by Gingras in his second go-'round and tacked a 26.3 close on a 1:51.1 mile. He was several lengths clear of the competition in a visually impressive workout. Doctor Butch was second in a solid effort.
Top pacing mares came next and the tantalizing Burke triumvirate of Camille (Kakaley), Rocklamation (Gingras) and Charisma Hanover () came together on the wire in 1:51.4 with Rocklamation and Charisma Hanover closing from a ways back into the 26.3 last quarter. They looked great.
Sweet Lou looked the best of the lot today. He sat an early pocket through the 57.2 half for Yannick, then ripped out of the pocket through consecutive 27.2 / 26.2 quarters on the end of the 1:51.1 mile on his own.
Results and replays are available here http://www.meadowlandsracetrack.com/results.aspx?racetype=2
by Nick Salvi, for the Meadowlands