The racing season is fast approaching and stables based at Sunshine Meadows have and are readying excellent older (three year-olds and up) players for stakes and northern track overnights. Several that have caught our attention are profiled below. Spider Blue Chip (4gt, Andover Hall-Southwind Catlin-Muscles Yankee) - Charles Sylvester 3, 1:51.3, $1,178,099, 12 time winner in 28 starts. Owned by David Mc Duffee and Melvin Hartmanand bred by McLain L. Ward, Brewster, NY. Hambletonian elimination winner in 2013 along with Breeders Crown and world record win in the Colonial. Acapulco Hall (3ft Deweycheatmnhowe-Ali's Cat-Meadow Road) - Fred Grant Unraced in 2013. Classy filly owned and by Walnut Hall Limited, Lexington, KY. Dam has produced Amigo Hall (3, 1:54, $928,183), Ally Hall (2, 1:57.1s, $384,595) and Great Challenger (3,q1:55.3, $182,471) and four other sub-2:00 record performers. Sorrento Hall (3gt, Groton Hall-SB's Fuscia Image-Balanced Image) - Fred Grant 2, 1:58, $134,090. Bred and owned by Walnut Hall Limited, Lexington, KY. Kentucky Sires Stakes Final winner in 2013. Starfall Winner (3ft Credit Winner-Myth-Lindy Lane) - Robert Bencal Stable. Sixth foal of Myth, dam of Mythical Lindy (3, 1:53.2, $629,104), Mythical Hall (5, 1:55f, $345,283) and Valbruna (3, 1:56.1s, $116,142). Sunshine Meadows trainees are rapidly gearing up for the 2013 racing campaign. On Saturday, Jonas Czernyson's band of female trotters qualified at the new Meadowlands in fine fashion- Maven, 1.56.1; D'orsay, 1:56.3; Ma Chere Hall, 1:56.4; Coffeecake Hanover, 1:57.3 and Mistery Woman, 1:57.4. At Pompano Park, Bob Bencal's Sina (4mt Cantab Hall-Third Reef-Conway Hall) was a qualifying winner in 1:57.3f for reinsman Michael Marx, Jr. Fred Grant piloted his trainee Somenicebeach (3mp Somebeachsomewhere-Up Front Gal-Dragon Again) to a 1:56.1f win and followed that with a 1:56.2f victory behind Shamballa (4hp Somebachsomewhere-Bolero Takara-Life Sign). Two other Sunshine trainees won "for money" events at Pompano. Dewayne Minor scored with Mitey Savage in 2:00.2f and Francisco de Cid reined Broadway's Fortune to a 1:58.1f victory. Others yet to start for money, but worth watching, include Master of Law and Lindy's Tru Grit from the Lindy Farms barn trained by Domenico Cecere, Ken Oscarsson's Scacco Matto (a Kentucky eligible three year-old colt), and Jarold Hawks' Jack Litten (a Muscle Mass colt that qualified at Pompano). by Thomas H. Hicks
East Rutherford, NJ – Lady Broadway and Cupcake, both driven to victory by Ron Pierce, showed they are faster than the colts in winning their respective $30,000 divisions of the Duenna Trot at the Meadowlands Friday, both fillies winning in lifetime best identical times of 1:53.4 The sixth race first Duenna division saw True Valentine (Yannick Gingras) led the field through the opening panels of :28 and :56.1 and then True Day Dream and driver Mike Lachance came first over and took command at the three-quarters in 1:25 but also had given good live cover to Lady Broadway and Pierce. As they came down the stretch, True Day Dream seemed to be the strong horse but not for long as Pierce was able to get Lady Broadway into high gear and she mowed down True Day Dream and won going away by three-quarters of a length in a lifetime best 1:53.4. It was the sixth win this year for Lady Broadway, who is trained by Chris Oakes and is owned by Susan Oakes, Hauser Bros Racing and Conrad Zurich. She paid $10.80 to win. True Day Dream was second with Curtsy Hanover (Corey Callahan) third. Then in the 10th race second Duenna division, John Campbell sent the gray filly, Silver Credit, right to the lead with Cupcake and Piece gapping in second as Silver Credit cut fractions of :27.4, :55.2 and 1:24.2. But Cupcake slowly had gained on the pacesetter and by the top of the stretch pulled to the outside and collared Silver Credit. Those two then raced neck and neck down the stretch but Silver Credit began to wire before the wire as Cupcake went on to win by two lengths. Déjà vu Too (Corey Callahan) was third. It was the second win this year for Cupcake, who is sired by Glidemaster and is trained by Don Swick and is owned by the Royal Wire Products of Ohio. She paid $9.80 to win. The fastest of the two $50,000 divisions of the Townsend Ackerman Trot went to Exemplar and driver John Campbell in the 8th race second division. The race was marred by numerous breaking horses early in the race as Bloodstockshalltab (Yannick Gingras) took the early lead in :28.2 with Exemplar on their back. But Campbell moved right out after the first quarter and took command for good, cutting the mile to the half in :57 and three-quarters in 1:25.4 before going on to win by one and one-half lengths in 1:54.3. Deadliest Catch (John Duer) has come first-over on the final turn and was second with Bloodstockshalltab third. Sired by Andover Hall, Exemplar posted his third win this year and tied his lifetime mark for trainer Per Henriksen and the Andrea Lea Racing Stable and Asa Farm of Canada. In the sixth race first division of the Townsend Ackerman, Valley Of Sin, who was eighth on the outside at the three-quarter mile marker, was able to swing three-wide on the final into second place at the top of the stretch and then surge on to the wire to win by one and three-quarter lengths in 1:55.1. Driven by Corey Callahan, Valley Of Sin had followed the outside flow of Amalfi Coast (Dewayne Minor) who ended up third. Second place went to Smoother Ride (John Campbell), who has cut the mile early and was shuffled back to sixth at the three-quarters but rallied again to be second. For Valley Of Sin, who is sired by Yankee Glide, it was his fifth victory on the year. He is trained by John Butenschoen and is owned by the VIP Internet Stable and the Harmony Oaks Racing Stable. By Steve Wolf
Cowboyland Aalborg, TLP Stable, J&T Silva Stables and Deo Volente Farms’ Wishing Stone has been touring Europe for much of the past two years, and as a result the winner of the 2010 Kentucky Futurity has been “off the radar” and seeming off form for quite some time.
Feeling You and Rocklamation won divisions of the $183,400 Golden Girls for harness racing pacing mares at the Meadowlands Racetrack on Saturday night.
Wishing Stone avenged his nose loss to Sevruga last week in the $180,000 Cutler Memorial at the Meadowlands by leading from start to finish for harness racing driver Yannick Gingras Sunday in the $250,000 Maxie Lee Memorial Trot at Harrah’s Philadelphia.
Maybe it was the food on the plane, or a little jet lag, but something didn't agree with Wishing Stone after his trip back from Europe to the United States.
If harness racing trainer Dewayne Minor seems more cheerful than usual during the early morning hours around his stable, there is a reason. Wishing Stone is back in town.
Last October, harness racing trainer Dewayne Minor headed to the Breeders Crown for 3-year-old male trotters with stakes-winner Wishing Stone and nearly came away with the trophy as his colt finished second from post nine to Break The Bank K in a world-record mile at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.