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Captain Crunch back to the top spot

03:38 AM 21 Jun 2019 NZST
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Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace
Road to the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace

Captain Crunch has vaulted back to the top harness racing spot in Week 8 of Dave Little's "Road to the Crawford Farns Meadowlands Pace" after his stunning 1:47.2 score in the North America Cup.

The "Big Three" of Crunch, Bettor's Wish and Workin Ona Mystery will all skip the Max Hempt to prepare for The Pace.

 

Rank

Horse

(Earnings – Mark)

Driver, Trainer

Owner(s)

Dave Little’s Comments

1
Captain Crunch
($1,050,806 – 1:47.2)
 
S. Zeron, N. Johansson
3 Brothers Stables, Christina Takter, Rojan Stables, Caviart Farms
Rebounded in a big way in the North America Cup Final after jumping a shadow the week before in his elimination, scoring impressively after leaving the gate, coming after favorite Workin Ona Mystery, then holding off Bettor’s Wish in a dazzling performance. Johansson: “I don’t think he’s ever come alongside a horse and not won. The mile did not take a lot out of him. After the race, he was in the paddock and he felt like he was the King of the World. We are skipping the Hempt to go to the Meadowlands Pace.”
Last Race: 6/15 – WMP – North America Cup Final – 1st (1:47.2)
2
Bettor’s Wish
($639,556 – 1:49.3)
 
D. Dunn, C. Ryder
Chris Ryder, Bella Racing, Fair Island Farm, Kenneth Solomon
 
Raced big but came up three-quarters-of-a-length short in his quest to stay unbeaten in five starts this year in a superb NA Cup effort. Ryder: “This horse is usually very relaxed but after the recall he got a little grabby in the race. I’m going to give him an easy week and get ready for the Meadowlands Pace.”
Last Race: 6/15 – WMP – North America Cup Final – 2nd (1:47.3)
3
Workin Ona Mystery
($258,567 – 1:49)
 
T. Tetrick, B. Brown
Diamond Creek Racing, Stambaugh Leeman Stable, Alan Keith, Wingfield Brothers
 
The 7-5 NA Cup favorite reached three-quarters on the point in 1:20 before settling for third, only his second career defeat in 10 starts. Brown: “He was really good. Tough trip. When you go for a million it ain’t going to be easy. We’ll try it again Meadowlands Pace night.” A rematch of the division’s Big Three is something worth looking forward to.
Last Race: 6/15 – WMP – North America Cup Final – 3rd (1:47.3)
4
Best In Show
($96,163 – 1:50.3)

 

B. McClure, L. Toscano
Richard P Young, Joanne Young,
Craig W Henderson
 
Came close to getting the final check in The Cup, finishing sixth in 1:48.2 in just his ninth career start. Toscano: “He checked a little bit at the half. He was just getting a full head of steam and then got startled. Every week for this colt has been an education. We’ll go in the (Ontario Sire Stakes) Gold next Saturday then come back for the Meadowlands Pace.”
Last Race: 6/15 – WMP – North America Cup Final – 6th (1:48.2)
5
Air Force Hanover
($209,638 – 1:50.1)
 
Y. Gingras, B. Brown
Country Club Acres Inc.,
Joe Sbrocco, Richard M Lombardo,
W J Donovan
 
Failed to qualify for the final, finished a respectable third in the consolation as the third choice to Century Farroh. Brown: “He couldn’t get all the way to the wire up there (at Mohawk). He showed some blood. He’s in the Hempt, and hopefully, we can control his bleeding with a higher dose of Lasix.”
Last Race: 6/15 – WMP – North America Cup Consolation – 3rd (1:50)
6
Hurrikane Emperor
($325,400 – 1:49.3)
 
D. Dube, J. McDermott
Jonathan Klee Racing, Kuhen Racing, Pegasis Investment Group, William Garofalo
 
It was not his night at The ‘Hawk, was never close in The Cup but did kick home in :27.1 – which was the second fastest final quarter in the race – to finish eighth. McDermott: “He just wasn’t comfortable in the NA Cup. He was rough-gaited but had tons of pace late. I’m changing his shoes and he drew well for the Hempt.” 
Last Race: 6/15 – WMP – North America Cup Final – 8th (1:49.3)
7
De Los Cielos Deo
($217,758 – 1:48.4Q)
 
D. Miller, R. Burke
Burke Racing Stable LLC,
Lawrence R Karr, J&T Silva-
Purnel & Libby, Weaver Bruscemi LLC

 

 
He was a hot item at the windows, being sent to the gate as the 3-1 second choice in the wagering, but did not live up to that billing, finishing seventh in The Cup. Burke: “Hate to make excuses, but this horse did not do well after the recall. Maybe something scared him. Normally, he would be fine. We’ll skip the Hempt and go to the Meadowlands Pace.”
Last Race: 6/15 – WMP – North America Cup Final – 7th (1:49.3)
8
Buddy Hill
($112,431 – 1:52)
 
J. Bartlett, M. Melander
Tom Hill

 

 
Makes his first appearance in the Top 10 by registering a sharp win over Reigning Deo in 1:52 at Tioga for just his second lifetime victory. Melander: “We were very happy with him at Tioga. Tough half on a sloppy track. He’ll be at Yonkers next Thursday in the New York Sire Stakes. He’s staked to everything.”
Last Race: 6/16 – TgD – New York Sire Stakes – 1st (1:52)
9
Caviart Rockland
($93,265 – 1:50.3)
 
Y. Gingras, N. Johansson
Caviart Farms
 
Breaks into the Top 10 after finishing second in a nice try in the NA Cup Consolation after pacing home in :27. Johansson: “He raced super. Had the roles been reversed (racing from off the pace instead of on the lead) I think he would have gotten there. We have some options to get him a race before The Pace.”
Last Race: 6/15 – WMP – North America Cup Consolation – 2nd (1:49.1)
10
Reigning Deo
($288,725 – 1:54.1Q)
 
A. McCarthy, B. Pelling
Deo Volente Farms, Pelling Racing, Brian Gordon
 
Went a First-over trip on the way to a fourth-place finish in the New York Sire Stakes at Tioga in his last start. Pelling: “He just needs to be better. I need to back off and let him do his thing. He’s a sound, lovely horse but things have to go his way. He’ll race next Thursday at Yonkers.”
Last Race: 6/16 – TgD – New York Sire Stakes – 4th (1:52.4)
 

KEY PREP RACES

MEADOWLANDS PACE ELIGIBLES IN CAPS – Supplements are permitted per the conditions of the race

Date

Stakes

Site

Winner

Trainer

Driver

2nd Horse

3rd Horse

Time

5/4

Pa. Sire Stakes

Pa. Sire Stakes

Pa. Sire Stakes

Mea

Mea

Mea

Southwind Ozzi

WORKIN ONA MYSTERY

LOVE ME SOME LOU

B. Mac Kenzie

B. Brown

T. Cancelliere

T. Tetrick

T. Tetrick

D. Miller

PROOF

Wild Wild Western

Brassy Hanover

Prince Of Tides

Captain Malicious

CAPTAIN VICTORIOUS

1:50.4

1:50.1

1:50.4

5/11

Pa. All-Stars

Pa. All-Stars

Pa. All-Stars

PcD

PcD

PcD

BLOOD MONEY

Branquinho

AIR FORCE HANOVER

N. Johansson

R. Schnittker

B. Brown

S. Zeron

T. Buter

G. Napolitano, Jr.

ESCAPETOTHEBEACH

LYONS NIGHT HAWK

Highlandbeachlover

Brassy Hanover

Warrawee Unique

SUGAR FACTORY

1:50

1:50.1

1:50.1

5/13

NY Sire Stakes

NY Sire Stakes

NY Sire Stakes

MR

MR

MR

Hickfromfrenchlick

Major March

Rollwithpapajoe

R. Schnittker

L. Toscano

J. Bongiorno

M. MacDonald

J. Bartlett

T. Buter

American Mercury

Major Blake

REIGNING DEO

Stone Hanover

Astaire

Covered Bridge

1:55

1:55

1:56

5/17

NJ Sire Stakes

M1

HURRIKANE EMPEROR

J. McDermott

D. Dube

Clintock

Black Dan

1:53.2

5/18

Art Rooney Elim.

Art Rooney Elim.

YR

YR

AIR FORCE HANOVER

BETTOR’S WISH

B. Brown

C. Ryder

D. Miller

D. Dunn

BUDDY HILL

BLOOD MONEY

PRICE HANOVER

Rollwithpapajoe

1:52.4

1:53.2

5/19

Pa. Sire Stakes

Pa. Sire Stakes

Pa. Sire Stakes

PcD

PcD

PcD

Wild Wild Western

CAPTAIN CRUNCH

WORKIN ONA MYSTERY

N. Parker

N. Johansson

B. Brown

M. Wilder

S. Zeron

T. Tetrick

CAVIART STETSON

Southwind Ozzi

LOVE ME SOME LOU

SEMI TOUGH

PROOF

Highlandbeachlover

1:52

1:49.1

1:49.3

5/24

NJ Sire Stakes

M1

HURRIKANE EMPEROR

J. McDermott

D. Dube

Black Dan

Clintock

1:52

5/25

Art Rooney Final

YR

BETTOR’S WISH

C. Ryder

D. Dunn

 
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