Day At The Track

Racing stars in Meadowlands qualifiers Friday

04:22 AM 15 Mar 2014 NZDT
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Sevruga, harness racing
Sevruga (shown in prior win) was sharp in Meadowlands qualifying win
Photo by Michael Lisa
Friday qualifiers showcased several returning stars on a chilly morning in East Rutherford, NJ.
Sevruga made his second appearance for the Andy / Julie Miller 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.
Ron Burke sent own a bunch of good older horses this morning and they pretty much took over for the second half of the qualifying card.
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 (Andy Miller) 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
by Nick Salvi, for the Meadowlands








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