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East Rutherford, NJ - The $2.7 million Meadowlands Pace card leads a stakes-laden weekend of Grand Circuit racing at The Meadowlands with a special 6:35 pm on Saturday.   The $701,800 Pace has ten of the finest sophomore colts heading post-ward led by last week's elimination winners Courtly Choice and Stay Hungry.   The supporting stakes pretty much all filled up to the max with the WR Haughton Memorial, Golden Girls and Mistletoe Shalee all fielding a dozen horses at the route distance at a mile and one eighth. Virtually all of the division leaders are listed among the entrants.   The Hambletonian Maturity has drawn nine led by Ariana G in fresh of her amazing 1:50.2 World record romp in last week's Graduate final.   The leading preps for the upcoming August 4 Hambletonian and companion Oaks stakes filled with the logical contenders.   The Stanley Dancer Memorial for colts will split at 16 boasting both O'Brien award winner Alarm Detector and Dan Patch winner Fourth Dimension and Wolfgang fronting a half dozen from Jimmy Takter's loaded barn.   The Del Miller for fillies drew 14 featuring Manchego's return to racing against the girls. She'll face the potent duo of Phaetosive and Seviyorum coming off track record efforts at Harrahs. For the record, Atlanta was not eligible to the Miller.   Last but certainly not least comes the Miss Versatility composed of 13 (2 div) older trotting mares including the magnificent Hannelore Hanover compete for money and points toward the final on Jug Day in Delaware.   Friday's card features the New Jersey Sires Stakes finals with full fields of 10 in both trots and the first leg of the Kindergarten Series for trotters.   Complete information will be available later today on The Meadowlands website.   by Nick Salvi, for the Meadowlands        

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Stay Hungry and Courtly Choice were the harness racing winners of the $50,000 eliminations for next week's Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace Saturday night at the Meadowlands. "(The trip) worked out great and he got the job done," said Doug McNair, who guided Stay Hungry to victory in the first elim. "The trips have not worked out 100 percent for him." Until Saturday night, that is. McNair was content to race Stay Hungry from off the pace, sitting fifth at the quarter before picking up live cover from 37-1 shot Ideal Feeling after the half, where even-money favorite Nutcracker Sweet had the lead in :55.1. Ideal Feeling continued to make progress on the rim passing three-quarters. After the field straightened away in the stretch, McNair tipped the son of Somebeachsomewhere off his cover, and Stay Hungry did the rest. He cruised to the wire, a three-quarter length winner over the pocket-sitting Hayden Hanover. Thinkbig Dreambig closed well for third, while Nutcracker Sweet and This Is The Plan finished fourth and fifth, respectively, to qualify for next week's $701,830 final. "He's come back well," said trainer Tony Alagna of Stay Hungry. "The five-eighths mile racing is really not his forte (he finished fourth at Pocono in the Hempt). Everything came together tonight." As the 2-1 second choice, Stay Hungry paid $6.40 to win. He competed the mile in a lifetime-best 1:49. Two races later, Courtly Choice, supplemented to the event by his connections for $61,690, sat third as 4-5 favorite Jimmy Freight (the other supplemental entrant) cut out fractions of :27, :54.2 and 1:22.2. David Miller moved his horse off the rail at the five-eighths and inched closer to the leader around the far turn and still had work to do at the head of the stretch. But he was up to the task. Courtly Choice eased past Jimmy Freight in deep stretch and had more than enough to hold off the late rally of the pocket-sitting American History, who finished three-quarters of a length back in second. Jimmy Freight and Dorsoduro Hanover finished in a dead-heat for third while Babes Dig Me claimed the last spot in the final by finishing fifth. "I actually got away where I expected to," said David Miller. "He felt really strong. I asked him and he paced really hard. He's got big lungs and can carry his speed." "From last year to this year, he's really matured," said winning trainer Blake MacIntosh. "He loves to race now." As the 2-1 second choice in the wagering, Courtly Choice returned $6.00 to his backers. The son of Art Major hit the wire in a lifetime-best 1:48.2. A LITTLE MORE:  No one hit the 50-Cent Pick-5, meaning that for the first time since January, the wager will have a carryover. The last time there was a Pick-5 carryover, the pool total exceeded $250,000. … Speaking of carryovers, the Late 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five failed to result in a single-ticket winner, bloating the carryover to $276,939. This Friday, July 13, the JSH5 will have a mandatory payout, meaning that to cash, one does not have to hold the only ticket with the winning combination. … For the second consecutive race card after a nearly two-month drought, the 50-Cent Pick-4 pool went past the $100,000 mark, as a total of $108,123 was poured into the pot. … The 20-Cent Survivor Pick-10 was tough, with three early races going to a pair of 16-1 shots and a 26-1 chance. In the end, only one player survived six legs, and he or she cashed in for $12,491. … All-source wagering on the 12-race card totaled $2,513,366. … Racing resumes Friday at the Big M at 7:15 p.m. … Next Saturday has an early post time of 6:35 p.m. The featured event is the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace. That morning, at 11 a.m., a new era in Big M history will be ushered in as sports betting will be available. The field for the $701,830 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace, an open event for 3-year-olds, with post position, horse (driver, trainer) and morning-line odds. The Pace takes place on Saturday, July 14 and has an approximate post time of 9:45 p.m. PP HORSE (DRIVER, TRAINER), ODDS 1. Stay Hungry by Somebeachsomewhere - (Doug McNair, Tony Alagna), 3-1 2. This Is The Plan by Somebeachsomewhere - (Tim Tetrick, Chris Ryder), 15-1 3. American History by American Ideal (Yannick Gingras, Tony Alagna), 5-1 4. Jimmy Freight by Sportswriter - (Louis-Philippe Roy, Andrew Harris), 9-2 5. Courtly Choice by Art Major - (David Miller, Blake MacIntosh), 5-2 6. Nutcracker Sweet by Bettor's Delight - (No Driver, Jimmy Takter), 15-1 7. Hayden Hanover by Somebeachsomewhere - (Andy Miller, Julie Miller), 8-1 8. Thinkbig Dreambig by Bettor's Delight - (Jordan Stratton, Jimmy Takter), 12-1 9. Babes Dig Me by Somebeachsomewhere - (Brett Miller, Tony Alagna), 30-1 10. Dorsoduro Hanover by Somebeachsomewhere - (Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke), 15-1 by Dave Little, for the Meadowlands    

When a teenage John Fodera began owning racehorses 57 years ago, he had no idea where it would lead him. But over the ensuing years, his involvement has brought him to the winner's circle in many of harness racing's great events, including the Breeders Crown, North America Cup, Little Brown Jug and Metro Pace. He will try again this year to add the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace to the list. Fodera, a Staten Island resident who has attended races at the Meadowlands since opening night in 1976, is a partner on three horses in Saturday's eliminations for the Meadowlands Pace. All three -- American History, Babes Dig Me and Captain Deo -- are trained by Tony Alagna. Those three horses are among five Alagna hopefuls in the elims, with O'Brien Award-winner Stay Hungry and Odds On Lauderdale joining the group. The eliminations for the Meadowlands Pace, which is for 3-year-old pacers, are part of a Saturday card at the Big M that includes the $250,000 finals of the Graduate Series for 4-year-old pacers and trotters. Racing begins at 6:35 p.m. (EDT). The Meadowlands Pace eliminations are races six and eight. The Graduate Series finals are races five and 10. "I've been in the business since I was 16 years old," the 73-year-old Fodera said. "It goes back a long, long time. The majority of years I was in the claiming business, and I did well. I prided myself on watching all the races. I didn't even know what the yearling business was all about back then. "Little by little I got involved (with yearlings) and this is where we are now. It's been fun in the game. It's been really good; I can't complain at all." Fodera got started owning horses with a $2,500 claimer named Sir Carlith that he bought with his cousin, Jim McGovern. He developed friendships with a number of owners over the years at the Meadowlands, including Brittany Farms' George Segal and Myron Bell, who helped get Fodera started with yearlings and stakes races. Since then, Fodera has been a partner on numerous stakes-winners including Luckyisasluckydoes, Yankee Skyscaper, Boulder Creek, Mr Feelgood, Tell All, Shake It Cerry, and Artspeak. Tell All was Canada's Horse of the Year in 2007 as well as a Dan Patch Award winner. Shake It Cerry was Trotter of the Year in 2014 while Boulder Creek and Artspeak were divisional champions. As for Fodera's Meadowlands Pace horses, American History heads to his elimination off a 1:47 mile in a conditioned race last week at the Meadowlands. The time was one-fifth of a second off the world record for a 3-year-old pacer. For his career, the son of American Ideal-Perfect Touch has won five of 10 races and earned $100,243 for owners Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz and American History Racing, which includes Fodera. The colt finished last season with a third-place finish behind Lost In Time and Stay Hungry in the Governor's Cup. This year, he was third in his elimination of the North America Cup and 10th in the final. American History, the No. 1-ranked horse in Meadowlands analyst Dave Little's final Road to the Meadowlands Pace, is in the second of the two eliminations, with supplemental entries Courtly Choice and Jimmy Freight plus Fashiononthebeach, Babes Dig Me, Odds On Lauderdale, Grand Teton and Dorsoduro Hanover. American History and driver Yannick Gingras will start from post one. "We were very high on him last year," Fodera said about American History. "Tony took his time with him, that's why he only had five starts. We started real late at the end of the Lexington meet and he showed he had a lot of talent. And it's come to the fore. "I thought he went a giant mile in the North America Cup elim; parked three deep to the quarter in (:26.1), and leading before getting beat by three-quarters of a length. The week after, he was as flat as could be. He couldn't beat anybody. He just didn't go. No excuses. We gave him a week off and he came back and trained great before last Friday. We're confident he will put in a very respectful mile here. I think it's going to be some race." Babes Dig Me, a son of Somebeachsomewhere-Western Babe, has won two of 15 lifetime races and earned $122,974 for owners Brad Grant, Joe Sbrocco, Robert Leblanc and In The Gym Partners, which includes Fodera. The colt was third in the Art Rooney Pace and second to Courtly Choice in the consolation division of the North America Cup. Captain Deo is in the first Meadowlands Pace elimination, with Ideal Feeling, Hayden Hanover, This Is The Plan, Nutcracker Sweet, Stay Hungry, and Thinkbig Dreambig. Captain Deo, a son of Somebeachsomewhere-Worldly Beauty, has won two of 10 career races and $30,307 for owners Alagna Racing, Sbrocco, In The Gym Partners, and Captain Deo Partners. Elimination winners draw for posts one through six for the final. "I think the eliminations will be very exciting," said Fodera, who retired in 2017 as principal at St. Peter's Boys High School on Staten Island and now serves as the school's president. "It will be a great night." For Saturday's complete Meadowlands entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA 

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - This Friday and Saturday signals the start of a five-weekend stretch at the Meadowlands during which many of the stars of the sport will be competing at the mile oval as the Meadowlands Pace kicks things off before the stakes-frenzy concludes on Hambletonian Day. After a 14-race Friday card (post time, 7:15 p.m.) that features many 2-year-olds, the Saturday program (post time, 6:35 p.m.) has a pair of eliminations - for the first time since 2015 - for the $701,830 Meadowlands Pace for 3-year-olds in the spotlight. In the first elim (Race 6), the field includes Nutcracker Sweet, who missed by just a head when second in the Hempt; Stay Hungry, fourth in both the North America Cup and Hempt; and Thinkbig Dreambig, who was interfered with in his first career start earlier this season before reeling off four straight victories. The second elim (Race 8) looks a bit stronger than the first, and features American History, who paced the fastest mile of the year in the sport last week when he won in 1:47 at the Big M. In addition, two talented colts have supplemented to the Pace for $61,690, and each has a big shot at winning the whole thing. First up is Courtly Choice, who is off a blowout 12½-length win in the Hempt Consolation in 1:48.4. Next is Jimmy Freight, who lost his seasonal debut by a nose. His only other loss this year in seven starts came at the hands of older standouts Sintra and McWicked in a 1:48 mile. A pair of Graduate Finals for 4-year-olds are also on the Saturday card, and each carries a purse of $250,000. In the fifth race for trotters, Ariana G will look to get back on track after losing two in a row for the first time in her career. She'll face Dunbar Hall and Moonshiner Hanover, each of whom was victorious in their respective most recent Graduate preliminaries. Miso Fast won preliminary legs at Woodbine Mohawk Park and Tioga Downs last month and will be one of the favorites in the 10th race for pacers. Early-season sensation Filibuster Hanover won a Graduate prelim at Tioga three starts back before a second and a fifth, respectively, in the Ben Franklin, which were his first two losses of the season. SUPER HIGH CARRYOVER: On Friday night, bettors will have a good reason to wait around for the 14th and final race. The carryover for the Late 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five stands at $272,052. Speaking of the JSH5, in the event the jackpot is not hit this weekend, there will be a mandatory payout of the carryover and any new money wagered on Friday, July 13. WIENER TAKE ALL: Saturday is Fan Appreciation Night as the Big M hosts its 1st annual Wiener Dog Races. For those who own a dachshund and want to enter, go to http://playmeadowlands.com/uploadedFiles/wiener_racing_sign-up_sheet.pdf. At the conclusion of the races, stay for a fantastic fireworks display. They'll be beer and food specials all night long. Remember, there is a special early post time of 6:35 p.m. this Saturday. STILL TO COME..... JULY 14: History will be made both on and off the track, as the Meadowlands' signature event, the $701,830 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace for 3-year-olds, takes center stage, while a new era will be ushered in for Meadowlands' fans as Las Vegas-style sports betting will be offered for the first time. Patrons will not only be able to wager on live Meadowlands and simulcast horse and harness races but also on Major League Baseball games and future bets on National Football League games and prop bets, as well as many other professional sports events. The live racing program, which gets underway at 6:35 p.m., will offer other major stakes as well: The $400,000E Hambletonian Maturity for 4-year-old open trotters, $187,000E Mistletoe Shalee for 3-year-old fillies on the pace, $190,000E Golden Girls for filly and mare pacers 3-years-old-and-up, $250,000E Del Miller Memorial for 3-year-old fillies on the trot (divisions), $350,000E Stanley Dancer Memorial for 3-year-old open trotters (divisions) and $467,000E William Haughton Memorial for open pacers 3-years-old-and-up. (E-estimated purse. Exact purse becomes available when field size is determined at the entry box.) AUGUST 4: Harness racing's signature event, the $1 million Hambletonian, brings the best 3-year-old trotters to not only the Big M, but to a national television audience (on the CBS Sports Network). Post time is noon for harness racing's biggest day. by Dave Little, for the Meadowlands    

East Rutherford, NJ - On Saturday, July 7th live harness racing will commence with a special 6:35 pm post time. Saturday is Fan Appreciation Night with $1 hot dogs, pretzels, popcorn and soda & $2 draft beer from 6:30 - 11pm. It is also the 1st annual Wiener Dog Derby. The qualifying wiener heats take please in between the live horse racing action with the Wiener Dog Derby Final taking place on the track at 10:15pm. Admission and parking are free! The Wiener Dog race timeline can be found at http://www.meadowlandsracetrack.com/event_detail.aspx?id=17168 Following live harness racing, an enthralling fireworks display will take place to honor Independence Day. The best place to be will be atop Victory Terrace Rooftop Bar. With great views of the racing action, city skyline and fireworks, guests are in for an amazing show that will begin 10 minutes after the last race at approximately 11:10pm. Victory Terrace has a full service bar and a rooftop grill. There are four other special post times scheduled for the Championship Meet. Next Saturday, July 14 is the night of the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace and features a 6:35pm post. The following weekend July 20 & 21, post time is 8pm. A post time of 12 noon is scheduled for Hambletonian Day on Saturday, August 4. The Meadowlands remains at its usual 7:15pm post on July 13, July 27, July 28 & August 3. y Rachel Ryan, for the Meadowlands  

MANALAPAN, NJ -- July 4, 2018 -- It was brought to our attention last night that Brian Sears was not permitted to be listed on the Jimmy Takter trained Meadowlands Pace Elimination entrant THINKBIG DREAMBIG, scheduled for the sixth race this Saturday night at the Meadowlands. After speaking with both parties, it is apparent that this is a personal issue. We strongly disagree with the Meadowlands decision and the SBOANJ will continue to work toward a resolution. From Mark Ford, president of the SBOANJ  

Elkton, MD - Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica, is excited to announce their line-up for Thursday morning (July 5) at 10:30 a.m. They will be joined by Adriano Sorella and Blake Macinstosh, both who supplemented their three-year-old colts to the 2018 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace; Mike Way, from Jackson Raceway; Hall of Fame Announcer Carl Becker; and Darin Gagne, from Running Aces. Sorella and Macintosh, both supplemented their top three-year-olds to the Meadowlands Pace. Sorella bring in champion Jimmy Freight from Canada who has been a dominate force north of the border. He took on top older horses on North America Cup night where he was third behind Sintra and McWicked. Macintosh will bring in Courtly Choice who has shown a lot of promise on the New York Sire Stakes circuit. Courtly Choice is coming off a dominating victory in the Max C. Hempt Memorial Consolation at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Way, from Jackson Raceway, will join the program to discuss their final afternoon of racing coming up at the storied facility on Sunday. Way will talk about some of the things they will have going on during the Sunday afternoon program. Post Time with Mike and Mike will be on site Sunday beginning at 2:00 and have a three-hour broadcast. Becker, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame this weekend, joins to talk about his illustrious career and his route to the Hall of Fame. Becker will talk about some of the things that helped him progress in his career and how he feels about being inducted into the hall of fame. The continuing Running Aces segment continues with track announcer Darin Gagne. Gagne discusses the happenings at the Minnesota track and the upcoming Dan Patch Stakes. Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica can be heard live every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. via their website www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on the archive atwww.betamerica.com/BARN. by Michael Carter, for Post Time with Mike and Mike

East Rutherford, NJ - The Meadowlands Grand Circuit Meet of Champions hits full stride this weekend with no fewer than 15 stakes among 27 races over Friday and Saturday.   Be advised that the Saturday post time is at 6:35 pm.   Friday's races are filled with freshmen as both the second leg New Jersey Sires Stakes (NJSS) and the first leg of the 2018 Kindergarten Classic series comprise 10 of the 15 races (14 on the pari-mutuel card and the NJSS 2YO colt pace an early non-bettor at 6:15).   The NJSS trots again hold promise of what the future may bring to those who invested in first crop sires Father Patrick and Trixton. Both are well represented in the NJSS and Father Patrick drew first blood by sweeping all four of last week's leg #1 divisions.   In the Kindergarten pacing races Captaintreacherous' first crop is well represented with 12 of the 28 entered being by that young sire.   Friday's races may be viewed here.   Saturday's card is the power packed Meadowlands Pace elimination program with the 15 horses split into a pair of $50,000 elims with the top ten from the official order moving on to next week's $700,000 final.   Supporting the Pace races are the $250,000 Graduate Series finals on the trot and pace, both filled to the brim with 10 competitive entrants battling for the top prize and the $66,000 Mary Reynolds stake where a dozed sophomore filly trotters vie for the title.   As if that were not enough, Saturday is both Fan Appreciation Day with discounted concessions, fireworks after the races and the 1st annual Wiener Dog races where those rascally lil pups will sprint (kinda) a "short leg" dash for fun and prizes.   Saturday's complete card is available here.   Also on tap are all of the guaranteed wagering opportunities and the Super Hi-5 Jackpot carryover is now at $272,052.   by Nick Salvi, for the Meadowlands      

World renown harness racing driver and inductee to the Hall of Fame, Brian Sears has been barred from racing in the elimination divisions of the $700,000 Meadowlands Pace on Saturday, July 7 at the Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, NJ. It had been four years since Meadowlands owner Jeff Gural first barred Sears from the track. That dispute began on Friday, June 20, 2014 when Sears told Gural that he was going to drive at Yonkers Raceway and not at the Meadowlands except for stakes events. Trainer Jimmy Takter had listed Sears to drive the three-year-old pacer, Thinkbig Dreambig, in the 6th race this Saturday, but when the draw for post positions took place, there was no driver listed for Thinkbig Dreambig, who drew post position seven. Because the Meadowlands Pace is owned by the Meadowlands Racetrack, Gural is allowed to say who can and who cannot compete in their stakes race. Sears had this to say about the barring. “Well, I heard that since it is a Meadowlands race,” Sears explained. “He (Jeff Gural) and keep me out. It’s very disheartening and I’m tired of the unnecessary drama that I have to deal with. I just hope it doesn’t pertain to other stakes races. I’m tired of the silliness.” When contacted for a comment on the Brian Sears situation, Jeff Gural’s response was very simple. “Go ask him.” By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

East Rutherford, NJ - The 2018 edition of the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace has drawn 15 declarations including a pair of supplements in Courtly Choice and Jimmy Freight when the box closed this morning.   The cost for each of the two horses suppliments is $61,690.   As a result there will be two $50,000 elimination races on Saturday, July 7 with the top five from the official order of finish moving on to the $700,000e final on July 14.   Trainer Tony Alagna has entered five horses led by his O'Brien award winning freshman Stay Hungry and American History who tuned up with a vicious 1:47 win last Saturday.   Supporting the Pace elims are the $250,000 Graduate Series finals with full fields of the top 4-year-old trotters and pacers currently racing.   Saturday's card is one of the highlights of the Meadowlands Championship Meet and it is important to note that the races will start at an earlier than usual post time of 6:35.   The 15 horses entered are:   AMERICAN HISTORY  BABES DIG ME  CAPTAIN DEO  COURTLY CHOICE  DORSODURO HANOVER  FASHIONONTHEBEACH  GRAND TETON  HAYDEN HANOVER  IDEAL FEELING  JIMMY FREIGHT  NUTCRACKER SWEET  ODDS ON LAUDERDALE  STAY HUNGRY  THINKBIG DREAMBIG  THIS IS THE PLAN   by Nick Salvi, for the Meadowlands

Dorsoduro Hanover took the top spot back in Dave Little's Road to the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace off a win in one of three eliminations for the Hempt at Pocono Downs (the final is Saturday night). The next challenge for Dorsoduro and seven others: Defeating North America Cup champion Lather Up, whose connections are still kicking around the idea of supplementing to The Pace. Rank Horse Driver, Trainer, Owner(s) Dave Little’s Comments   1 Dorsoduro Hanover ($172,668 – 1:49.4) M. Kakaley, R. Burke Burke Racing, Silva, Purnel & Libby, Weaver Bruscemi, Wingfield Five Takes the top spot back off a lifetime-best win in his Hempt Elimination. The only blemish on his five-start 2018 resume is a tough-trip seventh in his NA Cup Elim. Burke: “He was good in his elimination but will need to step it up more in the final.” He’s drawn post 4 for the $500,000 Hempt Saturday night. Is there a way to beat 2-1 morning-line choice Lather Up (post 7)? Burke: “I haven’t figured that out yet.” Last Race: 6/23 – PcD – Hempt Elim – 1st (1:49.4) 2 Stay Hungry ($619,384 – 1:50)   D. McNair, T. Alagna B. Grant, I. Samelman   Finished a tough-trip third (missing a half-length) in his Hempt Elim and has drawn post 5 for the final. Alagna: “He raced terrific. A horse went off stride in front of him and he came to a halt. I thought it was one of his best races ever. He’s drawn a good post but beating Lather Up, that’s a tough assignment right now.” Last Race: 6/23 – PcD – Hempt Elim – 3rd (1:49.3) 3 Lost In Time ($718,723 – 1:50.1) S. Zeron, J. Takter Diamond Creek Racing, J&T Silva, W. Rufenacht, Ric Flair Stable Took the Hempt off to prepare for the Pace. Takter noted the grueling schedule for the 3-year-old pacing colts, where the NA Cup, Hempt and Meadowlands Pace require a horse to race for six straight weeks if they want to go in all three. “When you look at the schedule, it’s kind of insane. I don’t think this horse is suited for that. Horses are not machines. I think Lost In Time will be much better in the Pace than he was in the Cup.” Last Race: 6/16 – Wbsb – NA Cup Final – 3rd (1:48.4) 4 This Is The Plan ($243,372 – 1:50.2) T. Tetrick, C. Ryder C. Ryder, R. Mondillo Finished third in his Hempt elim after a four-week layoff but a luckless pill drop has left him with post 9 for the final. Ryder: “I’d have been happier had he finished second, but this week, we are adding Lasix after some minor bleeding. Some horses improve a lot on Lasix, some don’t at all.” Last Race: 6/23 – PcD – Hempt Elim – 3rd (1:49.4) 5 Thinkbig Dreambig ($38,500 – 1:49.2) Y. Gingras, J. Takter Brixton Medical Inc., J. Fielding, G. Anderberg, G. Falk   Since taking the Escort at the Meadowlands, this son of Bettor’s Delight has won two in a row in Pennsylvania with ease. Takter: “I’m going to race him at Tioga Friday (race 8, post 7). I want him to go a really strong mile. He’s so professional. We are still strongly considering going to the Pace.” Last Race: 6/20 – Phl – NW3 – 1st (1:52.2) 6 Nutcracker Sweet ($196,832 – 1:50.2) D. Miller, J. Takter H. Taylor, Order By Stable, R. Lombardo   Continues to prove he belongs with this division’s best while having yet to win this year. Finished second in his elim to Lather Up and has drawn post 1 for the final. Takter: “I thought he raced tremendous, Lather Up was just so freaking Good! Right now, he might be unbeatable.” Is Nutcracker sweet on The Pace? “Not sure if he’s going,” said Takter. “We still have a ton of races coming up.” Last Race: 6/23 – PcD – Hempt Elim – 2nd (1:49.2) 7 Babes Dig Me ($122,947 – 1:52.3Q) B. Miller, T. Alagna B.J. Grant, J. Sbrocco, J. Leblanc, In The Gym Partners   Went a rail trip to grab a fifth-place check in his Hempt Elim. Alagna: “He was in the toughest division, but once he got loose, he had pace in the lane. I am going to give him this week off.” Last Race: 6/23 – PcD – Hempt Elim – 5th (1:50.1) 8 American History ($94,243 – 1:49.1) Y. Gingras, T. Alagna Brittany Farms, M. Katz, American History Racing   Took the Hempt off after a 10th-place finish in the Cup. Will take on older foes Friday at the Meadowlands in a NW3. Alagna: “Coming off a bad start I thought I was better off giving him the week off to get ready for The Pace. He’s in Friday and trained great.” Last Race: 6/16 – Wbsb – NA Cup Final – 10th (1:50.3) 9 Captain Deo ($28,867 – 1:50.2) D. McNair, T. Alagna Alagna Racing, J. Sbrocco, In The Gym Partners, Captain Deo Partners   Kicked home in :26.2 to grab a fifth-place check in the Cup Consolation before taking the Hempt off. Alagna: “He’s been very good but hasn’t had a lot of luck. He’s been too far back coming into fast fractions.” He’s in the same Meadowlands race as stablemate American History Friday night. Last Race: 6/16 – Wbsb – NA Cup Consolation – 5th (1:50.3) 10 Odds On Lauderdale ($51,059 – 1:49.1) V. Ginsburg, T Alagna Odds On Racing   Breaks into the Top 10 after winning his second straight a week ago. The victory came from an impossible spot after being trapped until the final eighth of a mile. Is this a possible Pace upsetter? Alagna: “He’s a little bit of a sleeper. He showed a lot of ability last year. He wasn’t himself earlier in the year so we made some adjustments. As far as the Pace goes, we are on the bubble.” Last Race: 6/23 – M1 – NW2/3 – 1st (1:49.1)   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                   5/5 PA Sire Stakes   Mea   THIS IS THE PLAN C. Ryder D. Palone BABES DIG ME Record Machine 1:53   PA Sire Stakes   Mea   DORSODURO HANOVER R. Burke J. Pantaleano Wes Delight CAPTAIN DEO 1:50.3                   5/19 PA Sire Stakes PcD I’M A BIG DEAL C. Ryder G. Napolitano Jr. GRAND TETON Whos Better 1:50.2   PA Sire Stakes PcD DORSODURO HANOVER R. Burke M. Kakaley THIS IS THE PLAN PRO BEACH 1:50.1   PA Sire Stakes PcD   Wes Delight M. Harder C. Callahan LOST IN TIME STAY HUNGRY 1:50.4 5/20 OnSS Gold Flm Backstreet Shadow R. McNair D. McNair St Lads Neptune Wind Blast 1:52.3   OnSS Gold Flm Western Passage C. Coleman D. McNair Levis Day SHADOW MOON 1:53.4 5/26 Art Rooney Final YR Trump Nation C. Oakes J. Bartlett Minnie Vinnie BABES DIG ME 1:51.3 5/28 NYSS VD 1 Courtly Choice B. MacIntosh D. Miller Hitman Hill Real Surreal 1:48.4   NYSS VD AMERICAN HISTORY T. Alagna Y. Gingras Rock Lights Heavenly Sound 1:49.1   NYSS VD My Delight H. Hochstetler M. Miller Lyons Steel Ostro Hanover 1:49.4 6/1 NJSS Final M1 Melanie’s Fran K. Mc Dermott D. Miller Hypnotico - 1:56.3 6/2 Somebeachsmwhere Moh Burning Midnight C. Giles T. Henry Simple Kinda Man GRAND TETON 1:50.4   Somebeachsmwhere Moh Lather Up C. Francis M. Teague St Lads Neptune Scouts Report 1:50.3   Somebeachsmwhere Moh Jimmy Freight R. Moreau L. Roy LOST IN TIME When You Dance 1:50.2 6/9 NA Cup Elim Moh STAY HUNGRY T. Alagna D. McNair Done Well HAYDEN HANOVER 1:50   NA Cup Elim Moh Wes Delight M. Harder C. Callahan NUTCRACKER SWEET AMERICAN HISTORY 1:50.2   NA Cup Elim Moh Lather Up C. Francis M. Teague St Lads Neptune Hitman Hill 1:49.2 6/10 NYSS Tioga Springsteen R. Allard D. Miller Real Surreal I Soar Him First 1:51   NYSS Tioga Heavenly Sound B. Saunders A. McCarthy Ideal Feeling Trump Nation 1:50.4   NYSS Tioga Keystone Tenacious P. Kelley M. MacDonald My Delight TWIN B TUFFENUFF 1:52.1 6/16 NA Cup Final Moh Lather Up C. Francis M. Teague Done Well LOST IN TIME 1:48.1 6/18 NYSS MR TOPVILLE OLYMPIAN D. Menary J. Stratton Mr Profeta TWIN B TUFFENUFF 1:55   NYSS MR Ghost Dance E. Adams S. Zeron Rockapelo Ostro Hanover 1:54.4   NYSS MR Rootin Tootin B. MacIntosh M. MacDonald Handsoffmychips My Delight 1:53.4 6/23 OnSS Gold Moh Sharp Action Money M. Brethour S. Filion Sports Legend Taste Of History 1:50.4   OnSS Gold Moh Jimmy Freight R. Moreau L. Roy St Lads Neptune Levis Day 1:49.2 6/23 Hempt Elim PcD DORSODURO HANOVER R. Burke M. Kakaley Springsteen THIS IS THE PLAN 1:49.4   Hempt Elim PcD Hitman Hill C. Oakes B. Miller Shnitzledosomethin STAY HUNGRY 1:49.3   Hempt Elim PcD Lather Up C. Francis M. Teague NUTCRACKER SWEET Wes Delight 1:49  

There was no change in the top four of Dave Little's Road To The Meadowlands Pace after last week's North America Cup saw Lather Up (a Pace non-eligible who can supplement if he chooses to) take the hardware. Rank Horse Driver, Trainer, Owner(s) Dave Little’s Comments   1 Stay Hungry ($616,384 – 1:50)   D. McNair, T. Alagna B. Grant, I. Samelman   The trip worked out well in The Cup, but there was no explosiveness like there was the week before in his elim. Alagna: “I thought the trip was good but I was not thrilled with the way he raced. After the race, he did not have a clean scope, so I think he’ll bounce right back”. He’ll need to. He’s in the second of two Hempt Eliminations Saturday night at Pocono. Last Race: 6/16 – Wbsb – NA Cup Final – 4th (1:49) 2 Dorsoduro Hanover ($160,168 – 1:50.1) M. Kakaley, R. Burke Burke Racing, Silva, Purnel & Libby, Weaver Bruscemi, Wingfield Five Took the week off after finishing seventh in his Cup Elim. Burke: “His elim was a total disaster but everything seems fine with him and, hopefully, we can turn it around this week.” He’s drawn post 5 in Hempt Elim 1. Last Race: 6/9 – Wbsb – NA Cup Elim – 7th (1:51.1) 3 Lost In Time ($718,723 – 1:50.1) S. Zeron, J. Takter Diamond Creek Racing, J&T Silva, W. Rufenacht, Ric Flair Stable Was racing 10th at the half in The Cup before storming home to grab the show dough in a superb mile. Takter: “I thought he raced tremendous. It was impossible for him to win from that spot, especially when they are sprinting home like they did. We are taking the Hempt off to get ready for The Pace.” Last Race: 6/16 – Wbsb – NA Cup Final – 3rd (1:48.4) 4 This Is The Plan ($240,372 – 1:50.2) T. Tetrick, C. Ryder C. Ryder, R. Mondillo The plan was to skip The Cup and get ready for the Hempt (Elim 1, Post 1). Ryder: “I’m very happy with him. I think he’s on the Improve. The (four-week) layoff is to his advantage.” It is? How come? His trainer kidded: “Because I told you so!” Last Race: 5/28 – PcD – Pa All-Stars – 3rd (1:50.3) 5 Thinkbig Dreambig ($38,500 – 1:49.2) Y. Gingras, J. Takter Brixton Medical Inc., J. Fielding, G. Anderberg, G. Falk   Takter talks about this colt like a dad would his favorite son: “I love him. That’s why I keep driving him. He raced so well at Pocono (on June 11, when he won in 1:51). He’s so professional. As far as The Pace, we just don’t know yet if he will be there.” The son of Bettor’s Delight followed up that June 11 score with another nine days later. Why wouldn’t Takter love him? Last Race: 6/20 – Phl – NW3 – 1st (1:52.2) 6 Nutcracker Sweet ($190,582 – 1:50.2) D. Miller, J. Takter H. Taylor, Order By Stable, R. Lombardo   Had to rough it first-over in 1:21.3 to three-quarters in The Cup, ended up sixth after being done in by a bad trip. Takter: “I thought he went a helluva race. He had to go four-wide into the first turn. Turning for home, he was side-by-side with the winner (Lather Up). Given the trip he went, he lost seven or eight lengths.” He’s In Hempt Elim 3 from post 4. Last Race: 6/16 – Wbsb – NA Cup Final – 6th (1:49.2) 7 Babes Dig Me ($121,697 – 1:52.3Q) B. Miller, T. Alagna B.J. Grant, J. Sbrocco, J. Leblanc, In The Gym Partners   Nice rebound after a sixth-place finish in his elim, rallying to get second in The Cup Consolation. Alagna: “He showed up and was really good. He’s in a tough division (Post 2 in Elim 3) in the Hempt and will have to bring his “A” game.” Off a nice try, maybe that’s exactly what he’ll have on tap. Last Race: 6/16 – Wbsb – NA Cup Consolation – 2nd (1:50) 8 American History ($94,243 – 1:49.1) Y. Gingras, T. Alagna Brittany Farms, M. Katz, American History Racing   Never saw the rail, ended up in a third-over flow and was never in contention in the Cup. Alagna: “That was a total clunker. There was really no reason why. He scoped a little bit of mucus but I figured there would have been more given how he did. We’ll race him in an overnight at the Meadowlands next week, and if all goes as it should, he will be in The Pace.” Last Race: 6/16 – Wbsb – NA Cup Final – 10th (1:50.3) 9 Captain Deo ($28,867 – 1:50.2) D. McNair, T. Alagna Alagna Racing, J. Sbrocco, In The Gym Partners, Captain Deo Partners   Kicked home in :26.2 to grab a fifth-place check in the Cup Consolation. Alagna: “He raced really good, he was just a little too far back. He’ll go in an overnight next week and then it’s off to the Meadowlands Pace.” Last Race: 6/16 – Wbsb – NA Cup Consolation – 5th (1:50.3) 10 I’m A Big Deal ($110,344 – 1:50.2) G. Napolitano Jr., C. Ryder C. Henderson, R. Mondillo, C. Ryder   The other RTTMP member from the Ryder barn who also did not participate in the Cup. Opted to get a race by facing older foes at the Big M, which resulted in a sixth-place finish. Ryder: “The positive was that he got a tightener. He’s not a good closer, so I’m hoping he gets to the top at Pocono.” He’s in Elim 2, post 5. Last Race: 6/16 – M1 – NW$11,500 – 6th (1:51)   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                   5/5 PA Sire Stakes   Mea   THIS IS THE PLAN C. Ryder D. Palone BABES DIG ME Record Machine 1:53   PA Sire Stakes   Mea   DORSODURO HANOVER R. Burke J. Pantaleano Wes Delight CAPTAIN DEO 1:50.3                   5/19 PA Sire Stakes PcD I’M A BIG DEAL C. Ryder G. Napolitano Jr. GRAND TETON Whos Better 1:50.2   PA Sire Stakes PcD DORSODURO HANOVER R. Burke M. Kakaley THIS IS THE PLAN PRO BEACH 1:50.1   PA Sire Stakes PcD   Wes Delight M. Harder C. Callahan LOST IN TIME STAY HUNGRY 1:50.4 5/20 OnSS Gold Flm Backstreet Shadow R. McNair D. McNair St Lads Neptune Wind Blast 1:52.3   OnSS Gold Flm Western Passage C. Coleman D. McNair Levis Day SHADOW MOON 1:53.4 5/26 Art Rooney Final YR Trump Nation C. Oakes J. Bartlett Minnie Vinnie BABES DIG ME 1:51.3 5/28 NYSS VD 1 Courtly Choice B. MacIntosh D. Miller Hitman Hill Real Surreal 1:48.4   NYSS VD AMERICAN HISTORY T. Alagna Y. Gingras Rock Lights Heavenly Sound 1:49.1   NYSS VD My Delight H. Hochstetler M. Miller Lyons Steel Ostro Hanover 1:49.4 6/1 NJSS Final M1 Melanie’s Fran K. Mc Dermott D. Miller Hypnotico - 1:56.3 6/2 Somebeachsmwhere Moh Burning Midnight C. Giles T. Henry Simple Kinda Man GRAND TETON 1:50.4   Somebeachsmwhere Moh Lather Up C. Francis M. Teague St Lads Neptune Scouts Report 1:50.3   Somebeachsmwhere Moh Jimmy Freight R. Moreau L. Roy LOST IN TIME When You Dance 1:50.2 6/9 NA Cup Elim Moh STAY HUNGRY T. Alagna D. McNair Done Well HAYDEN HANOVER 1:50   NA Cup Elim Moh Wes Delight M. Harder C. Callahan NUTCRACKER SWEET AMERICAN HISTORY 1:50.2   NA Cup Elim Moh Lather Up C. Francis M. Teague St Lads Neptune Hitman Hill 1:49.2 6/10 NYSS Tioga Springsteen R. Allard D. Miller Real Surreal I Soar Him First 1:51   NYSS Tioga Heavenly Sound B. Saunders A. McCarthy Ideal Feeling Trump Nation 1:50.4   NYSS Tioga Keystone Tenacious P. Kelley M. MacDonald My Delight TWIN B TUFFENUFF 1:52.1 6/16 NA Cup Final Moh Lather Up C. Francis M. Teague Done Well LOST IN TIME 1:48.1 6/18 NYSS MR TOPVILLE OLYMPIAN D. Menary J. Stratton Mr Profeta TWIN B TUFFENUFF 1:55   NYSS MR Ghost Dance E. Adams S. Zeron Rockapelo     ...

Stay Hungry moved to the top of the Crawford Farms Road to the Meadowlands Pace off a sensational score in his North America Cup elimination, as the countdown to the Big M's signature event is now at four weeks   Rank Horse Driver, Trainer, Owner(s) Dave Little’s Comments   1 Stay Hungry ($561,664 – 1:50)   D. McNair, T. Alagna B. Grant, I. Samelman   Ferocious stretch drive led to victory in the first of three North America Cup eliminations, earning him the top spot in the Top 10. Trainer’s decision to qualify the week before worked to perfection. Alagna: “The qualifier was encouraging and he responded just as we’d hoped. He’s lightly raced, but that’s the way we handled Captaintreacherous.” A good way to go. Captaintreacherous won both the NA Cup and Meadowlands Pace in 2013. Last Race: 6/9 – Wbsb – NA Cup Elim – 1st (1:50) 2 Dorsoduro Hanover ($160,168 – 1:50.1) M. Kakaley, R. Burke Burke Racing, Silva, Purnel & Libby, Weaver Bruscemi, Wingfield Five Had a rough go of it in Elim 2, going a tough trip before finishing seventh. Burke: “He was forced wide around a breaking horse and the track was not playing to horses who were making early moves. I’m not panicked about it. He’ll take the week off. The Hempt will be next.” Last Race: 6/9 – Wbsb – NA Cup Elim – 7th (1:51.1) 3 Lost In Time ($636,643 – 1:50.1) S. Zeron, J. Takter Diamond Creek Racing, J&T Silva, W. Rufenacht, Ric Flair Stable Copped the last spot in the NA Cup Final by finishing fourth in his elim, then having his name drawn when the three fourth-place finishers’ names were put in a hat. Saturday will mark his second start since a major head pole adjustment. Maybe part-owner Ric Flair can teach him the Figure Four, a move the wrestling great used to finish off his opponents. Last Race: 6/9 – Wbsb – NA Cup Elim – 4th (1:50.2) 4 This Is The Plan ($240,372 – 1:50.2) T. Tetrick, C. Ryder C. Ryder, R. Mondillo Opted to not go to toronto with either of his colts in the Top 10. How’s This Is The Plan doing? Ryder: “Very well. I’m very happy with him. We are going to train him and go right to the Hempt.” Hey Chris, since you are not in the race, who do you like in the NA Cup? “Teague’s horse (Lather Up, who won the third elim impressively in 1:49.2.).” Last Race: 5/28 – PcD – Pa All-Stars – 3rd (1:50.3) 5 American History ($86,643 – 1:49.1) Y. Gingras, T. Alagna Brittany Farms, M. Katz, American History Racing   Displayed high speed, settled for third in Elim 2 as the 9-5 favorite. Alagna: “He was used pretty good to get to the lead. He was very good. He trained back super Wednesday morning. He’s ready for a solid effort.” Last Race: 6/9 – Wbsb – NA Cup Elim – 3rd (1:50.3) 6 Thinkbig Dreambig ($31,500 – 1:49.2) Y. Gingras, J. Takter Brixton Medical Inc., J. Fielding, G. Anderberg, G. Falk   Continued his Cinderella march toward a possible Meadowlands Pace start by bullying an overmatched field at 1-9 at Pocono in what was only his third-ever start. Given how wide-open this crop looks, why not him on the second Saturday in July? Takter: “It’s possible he could be there.” Last Race: 6/11 – PcD – NW2 – 1st (1:51) 7 Nutcracker Sweet ($182,982 – 1:50.2) D. Miller, J. Takter H. Taylor, Order By Stable, R. Lombardo   Peaking at just the right time? Takter trainee flew home at 28-1 to miss a neck to Elim 2 winner Wes Delight in what was by far his best start of the year. Fresh horse makes just his fourth start of the season and could be one for those seeking a big price. Last Race: 6/9 – Wbsb – NA Cup Elim – 2nd (1:50.2) 8 Babes Dig Me ($107,447 – 1:52.3Q) B. Miller, T. Alagna B.J. Grant, J. Sbrocco, J. Leblanc, In The Gym Partners   Never left the rail in a sixth-place finish in his elim but his trainer still believes he’s a player. Alagna: “He was the victim of a bad trip. He trained super Wednesday morning.” He’s in the NA Cup Consolation. Last Race: 6/9 – Wbsb – NA Cup Elim – 6th (1:50.3) 9 Captain Deo ($26,017 – 1:50.2) D. McNair, T. Alagna Alagna Racing, J. Sbrocco, In The Gym Partners, Captain Deo Partners   Never got close in his elim after departing from post 10. Will face stablemate Babes Dig Me as well as fellow Meadowlands Pace eligibles Major Authority and Dragon Time in the consolation. Alagna: “The plan is for all four of my horses to be there at the Meadowlands Pace.” Last Race:6/9 – Wbsb – NA Cup Elim – 7th (1:51) 10 I’m A Big Deal ($110,344 – 1:50.2) G. Napolitano Jr., C. Ryder C. Henderson, R. Mondillo, C. Ryder   The other RTTMP member from the Ryder barn who also did not participate in the Cup. Ryder: “He’s racing Saturday at the Meadowlands (facing older horses). I just wanted to get a race in him.” Then, it’s on to the Hempt. Last Race: 5/28 – PcD – Pa All-Stars – 2nd (1:51.3)      

The Road to the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace veers into Toronto this week, where seven in Dave Little's unchanged Top 10 take a shot at drinking from the North America Cup.   Rank Horse Driver, Trainer, Owner(s) Dave Little’s Comments   1 Dorsoduro Hanover ($160,168 – 1:50.1) M. Kakaley, R. Burke Burke Racing, Silva, Purnel & Libby, Weaver Bruscemi, Wingfield Five Drew post 8 in the second of three North America Cup Eliminations, which take place Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Burke: “He’s drawn outside and will have to be put in play. You can’t sit ninth or 10th. Those horses are all too close in terms of ability to do that.” Last Race: 5/28 – PcD – Pa All-Stars – 1st (1:50.3) 2 Lost In Time ($633,563 – 1:50.1) S. Zeron, J. Takter Diamond Creek Racing, J&T Silva, W. Rufenacht, Ric Flair Stable Finished second as the 4-5 favorite in his division of the Somebeachsomewhere last week. What happened? Zeron: “He’s fighting the head pole and I couldn’t get him through the turns. It was pushing up against his neck really hard. We’ll take the head poles off and I think he’ll be perfect.” (NA Cup Elim 3, Post 1) Last Race: 6/2 – Wbsb – Somebeachsomewhere – 2nd (1:51.1) 3 Stay Hungry ($542,414 – 1:50.2)   D. McNair, T. Alagna B. Grant, I. Samelman   Trainer opted to qualify at the Meadowlands with Lasix added so he can stay on the diuretic for the NA Cup (Elim 1, Post 3). Alagna: “He qualified well.” The numbers back that up: He closed in :26.2 and completed the mile in 1:49.1. Last Race: 6/2 – M1 – Qualifier – 2nd (1:49.1) 4 This Is The Plan ($240,372 – 1:50.2) T. Tetrick, C. Ryder C. Ryder, R. Mondillo One of only three horses in the Top 10 not heading to Toronto. Ryder: “The plan is for no North America Cup. Thought we might make more money concentrating on Pocono and the Hempt.” Last Race: 5/28 – PcD – Pa All-Stars – 3rd (1:50.3) 5 American History ($82,023 – 1:49.1) Y. Gingras, T. Alagna Brittany Farms, M. Katz, American History Racing   Drew post 7 in Elim 2. Last line was a spiffy 1:49.1 mile at Vernon. Alagna: “He is plenty fit for The Cup.” Will be making but his eighth lifetime start Saturday night. Last Race: 5/28 – VD – NYSS – 1st (1:49.1) 6 Babes Dig Me ($107,447 – 1:52.3Q) B. Miller, T. Alagna B.J. Grant, J. Sbrocco, J. Leblanc, In The Gym Partners   Drew post 4 in Elim 3. After racing in the Rooney, his trainer gave him the week off. Alagna: “I trained him Tuesday with American History. He’s good on a big track and drew a good post for his elimination.” Last Race: 5/26 – YR – Art Rooney Final – 3rd (1:52) 7 Thinkbig Dreambig ($25,000 – 1:49.2) Y. Gingras, J. Takter Brixton Medical Inc., J. Fielding, G. Anderberg, G. Falk   Will compete in a NW2 event at Pocono Friday. Made big news last week by winning in 1:49.2 in only his second career start. How he looks Friday certain to go a long way toward his Meadowlands Pace aspirations. Takter: “It’s possible he could be there.” Last Race: 5/26 – M1 – Escort Final – 1st (1:49.2) 8 Captain Deo ($26,017 – 1:50.2) B. Miller, T. Alagna Alagna Racing, J. Sbrocco, In The Gym Partners, Captain Deo Partners   Body-slammed a weak group at the Big M Saturday, but so impressed his connections, they decided to head to Toronto (Elim 1, Post 10) with the rest of the Alagna entourage. Alagna: “I thought the race at the Meadowlands was a good confidence booster. The win made the decision to go to Toronto a lot easier.” Last Race:6/2 – M1 – NW2 – 1st (1:50.2) 9 Nutcracker Sweet ($173,357 – 1:50.2) T. Tetrick, J. Takter H. Taylor, Order By Stable, R. Lombardo   Did not have a great night in the Somebeachsomewhere, leading to the stretch as the 6-5 favorite before wilting and finishing 8th. Comes right back in NA Cup Elim 2, Post 9. Last Race: 6/2 – Wbsb – Somebeachsomewhere – 8th (1:51.2) 10 I’m A Big Deal ($110,344 – 1:50.2) G. Napolitano Jr., C. Ryder C. Henderson, R. Mondillo, C. Ryder   The other RTTMP member from the Ryder barn is also not heading for Mohawk. Ryder: “Both of my horses are heading for the Meadowlands Pace and then after that, there are plenty of road trips.” Given the plethora of 3YO Colt Pacing Stakes opportunities, maybe he’s got something there. Last Race: 5/28 – PcD – Pa All-Stars – 2nd (1:51.3)   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                   5/5 PA Sire Stakes   Mea   THIS IS THE PLAN C. Ryder D. Palone BABES DIG ME Record Machine 1:53   PA Sire Stakes   Mea   DORSODURO HANOVER R. Burke J. Pantaleano Wes Delight CAPTAIN DEO 1:50.3                   5/19 PA Sire Stakes PcD I’M A BIG DEAL C. Ryder G. Napolitano Jr. GRAND TETON Whos Better 1:50.2   PA Sire Stakes PcD DORSODURO HANOVER R. Burke M. Kakaley THIS IS THE PLAN PRO BEACH 1:50.1   PA Sire Stakes PcD   Wes Delight M. Harder C. Callahan LOST IN TIME STAY HUNGRY 1:50.4 5/20 OnSS Gold Flm Backstreet Shadow R. McNair D. McNair St Lads Neptune Wind Blast 1:52.3   OnSS Gold Flm Western Passage C. Coleman D. McNair Levis Day SHADOW MOON 1:53.4 5/26 Art Rooney Final YR Trump Nation C. Oakes J. Bartlett Minnie Vinnie BABES DIG ME 1:51.3 5/28 NYSS VD 1 Courtly Choice B. MacIntosh D. Miller Hitman Hill Real Surreal 1:48.4   NYSS VD AMERICAN HISTORY T. Alagna Y. Gingras Rock Lights Heavenly Sound 1:49.1   NYSS VD My Delight H. Hochstetler M. Miller Lyons Steel Ostro Hanover 1:49.4 6/1 NJSS Final M1 Melanie’s Fran K. Mc Dermott D. Miller Hypnotico - 1:56.3 6/2 Somebeachsmwhere Moh Burning Midnight C. Giles T. Henry Simple Kinda Man GRAND TETON 1:50.4   Somebeachsmwhere Moh Lather Up C. Francis M. Teague St Lads Neptune Scouts Report 1:50.3   Somebeachsmwhere Moh Jimmy Freight R. Moreau L. Roy LOST IN TIME When You Dance 1:50.2    

East Rutherford, NJ --- American History and Thinkbig Dreambig moved up in the week 5 harness racing edition of Dave Little's Road to the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace but could not crack into the top four, where the for-now elite horses reside. Click here for the complete list.  

It may surprise some that Dorsoduro Hanover has made his way to the top of the Week 4 edition of the Road To The Meadowlands Pace, but after you read Dave Little's comments, it may make some sense.   Rank Horse Driver, Trainer, Owner(s) Dave Little’s Comments   1 Dorsoduro Hanover ($145,168 – 1:50.1) M. Kakaley, R. Burke Burke Racing, Silva, Purnel & Libby, Weaver Bruscemi, Wingfield Five Leaps to the top of the heap off a second straight win in Pennsylvania Sire Stakes action on Saturday, gunning down 3-5 favorite This Is The Plan in a lifetime-best 1:50.1. The week before? All he did was beat Wes Delight. Who is Wes Delight? The non-Pace eligible that took down Lost In Time and Stay Hungry last week. Last Race: 5/19 – PcD – PaSS – 1st (1:50.1) 2 Lost In Time ($622,013 – 1:50.1) S. Zeron, J. Takter Diamond Creek Racing, J&T Silva, W. Rufenacht, Team S Racing Finished second in a three-way photo at Pocono in the featured race of the night. Came up a nose short but given the winner (Wes Delight) sat the pocket and third-place finisher (Stay Hungry) cut out the fractions, one could argue Lost In Time was best of the three. Pretty good when you consider it was his first start of the year. Last Race: 5/19 – PcD – PaSS – 2nd (1:50.4) 3 Stay Hungry ($542,414 – 1:50.2)   D. McNair, T. Alagna B. Grant, I. Samelman   The third player in the three-horse soap opera that was Race 10 at Pocono Downs last Saturday. As the slight 3-2 favorite, he set the fractions before finishing a close-up third behind Wes Delight and Lost In Time in a superb effort, which was his first outing of the year. Last Race: 5/19 – PcD – PaSS – 3rd (1:50.4) 4 This Is The Plan ($236,772 – 1:50.2) T. Tetrick, C. Ryder C. Ryder, R. Mondillo Got nailed as the 3-5 public choice at Pocono by Dorsoduro Hanover or it would have been him sitting atop this poll. Could this Ryder trainee be Meadowlands Pace win No. 6 for Tetrick? Last Race: 5/19 – PcD – PaSS – 2nd (1:50.1) 5 Babes Dig Me ($71,447 – 1:52.3Q) B. Miller, T. Alagna B.J. Grant, J. Sbrocco, J. Leblanc, In The Gym Partners   Stayed inside from start to finish to get third in an elimination for the $380,000 Art Rooney at Yonkers. Alagna: “rather than take everything to Pennsylvania, we figured we’d take a shot going to Yonkers.” In this week’s Rooney Final, we find out if he’s a premium player in this division. Last Race: 5/19 – YR – Art Rooney Elimination – 3rd (1:53.3) 6 Captain Deo ($21,017 – 1:51.2Q) D. McNair, T. Alagna Alagna Racing, J. Sbrocco, In The Gym Partners, Captain Deo Partners   Went parked out, finished fifth in the Dorsoduro Hanover win. Definitely will need a top effort in his next start to stay in this top 10. Last Race: 5/19 – PcD – PaSS – 5th (1:51.1) 7 Nutcracker Sweet ($173,357 – 1:50.2) T. Tetrick, J. Takter H. Taylor, Order By Stable, R. Lombardo   Finished an efficient fourth behind Wes Delight-Lost In Time-Stay Hungry after departing from post 8 in his first start of the year. Takter said “This horse is real.” He might be right. Last Race: 5/19 – PcD – PaSS – 4th (1:51.1) 8 American History ($61,723 – 1:52.2) Y. Gingras, T. Alagna Brittany Farms, M. Katz, American History Racing   Went the trip his connections were likely hoping was the only one he would not go. Had to race first up facing older stock in his first start as a 3-year-old. He finished a respectable fourth despite the tough trip. Alagna: “He is a Meadowlands Pace-type of horse.” Last Race: 5/19 – M1 – NW$11,500L5 – 4th (1:51) 9 Thinkbig Dreambig ($1,500 – 1:55.3Q) Y. Gingras, J. Takter Brixton Medical Inc., J. Fielding, G. Anderberg, G. Falk   Was nothing short of explosive in the stretch in his first start ever (Yes, he was unraced at 2) but had the misfortune to have the leader put a wheel under him, causing him to break and costing him the win as the 3-5 favorite. Could be any kind of stock. Last Race: 5/19 – M1 – Escort – 4pl3 (2:06 – 1 1/8 miles) 10 I’m A Big Deal ($102,844 – 1:50.2) G. Napolitano Jr., C. Ryder C. Henderson, R. Mondillo, C. Ryder   Flying under the radar yet won the first of the three Pennsylvania Sire Stakes divisions in a most impressive fashion, hitting the wire 6½ lengths to the good After cutting out fractions of :26.2, :54.4, 1:21.3 and 1:50.2. Last Race: 5/19 – PcD – PaSS – 1st (1:50.2)     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                   5/5 PA Sire Stakes   Mea   THIS IS THE PLAN C. Ryder D. Palone BABES DIG ME Record Machine 1:53   PA Sire Stakes   Mea   DORSODURO HANOVER R. Burke J. Pantaleano Wes Delight CAPTAIN DEO 1:50.3                   5/19 PA Sire Stakes PcD I’M A BIG DEAL C. Ryder G. Napolitano Jr. GRAND TETON Whos Better 1:50.2   PA Sire Stakes PcD DORSODURO HANOVER R. Burke M. Kakaley THIS IS THE PLAN PRO BEACH 1:50.1   PA Sire Stakes PcD   Wes Delight M. Harder C. Callahan LOST IN TIME STAY HUNGRY 1:50.4 5/20 OnSS Gold Flm Backstreet Shadow R. McNair D. McNair St Lads Neptune Wind Blast 1:52.3   5/26 6/1 OnSS Gold Art Rooney Final NJSS Flm YR M1   by Dave Little, for the Meadowlands

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