Day At The Track

ROAD TO THE MEADOWLANDS PACE

05:52 PM 12 Jun 2007 NZST
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Kenneth J was second in his North America Cup elimination on June 9 at Mohawk. "He was fine,” said driver Ron Pierce. “I took a breather the third quarter, and George [Brennan and Yankee Skyscaper] got the jump on us in the lane. I didn't want to use him too much then, so I saved what I could for the final."

Tell All rolled to an ultra-impressive win in his North America Cup elimination. He is from the first crop of 2002 Horse of the Year Real Desire - maybe he can serve as redemption for his sire, whose only career stumbling block was when he finished off the board in the 2001 Meadowlands Pace.

Sutter Hanover won his North America Cup elimination and is now three-for-three this year. "He is better chasing horses,” said driver David Miller. “Being the big favorite the last few starts, he raced on top, but I don't think that's where he's at his best." Yankee Skyscaper went from last to first in his North America Cup elimination. "He's getting better each week,” said trainer Chris Ryder. “He seems to be a better horse from off the pace. I would suspect that's where he'd be in the final. I'm very happy with my driver [George Brennan]-I can tell you that."

Always A Virgin was right there in the win photo in the New Jersey Classic, despite the toughest of trips. After finishing third in the Rooney at Yonkers, Home Bed Advantage shipped to Chicago and finished second in the Maywood Pace. Southwind Lynx was fourth in a Rooney elimination, then won the final. However, his fourth in a North America Cup elim was not enough to advance him to the final.

The Quiet Mon Second in his elimination for the North America Cup-not bad at all considering his first try over the oval and the longest layoff of the 23 entrants. Artriverderci was second best in his North America Cup elimination, a week after being a badly blocked fourth in the NJ Classic. Mr Apples qualified in 1:52.4 at the Meadowlands last Thursday. "I've had some problems with his blood work, but he qualified pretty well,” said trainer George Teague Jr. “He'll be telling me if he's ready for the Meadowlands Pace, but that is my target right now."

LAST WEEK, EARLY LINE, HORSE, TRAINER, OWNER

, 5-2, KENNETH J, Linda Toscano, Ken Jacobs

OT RANKED, 3-1, TELL ALL, Blair Burgess, My Desire Stable

, 4-1, SUTTER HANOVER, Mark Harder, Sampson Street, Deena Frost, Fox Hollow Farm

, 9-2, YANKEE SKYSCAPER, Chris Ryder, Yankee Skyscaper Partners

, 6-1, ALWAYS A VIRGIN, Joe Holloway, Bluewood Stable, Roll The Dice Stable

, 8-1, HOME BED ADVANTAGE, Patrick Lachance, MJGB Racing and David McCaffrey

, 10-1, SOUTHWIND LYNX, George Teague, K & R Racing LLC, Teague, Inc

, 12-1, THE QUIET MON, John Butenschoen, Baron, Bardowski, Butenschoen, Zilli

0, 15-1, ARTRIVERDERCI, Bruce Saunders, Glenview Livestock, Ltd.

, 20-1, MR APPLES, George Teague, George Teague, Jr., Rodney Mitchell

by Bob Heyden [updated June 12, 2007]

he $1 million Meadowlands Pace, presented by TVG, will take place on July 14, 2007

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