Sunday, November 09 2008
SPRITELY STEPS TO FIRST STAKES WIN IN HONEY BEE
East Rutherford, NJ [Nov. 8, 2008] - Spritely led from gate to wire as she earned her first stakes victory in the $60,000 Honey Bee on Saturday night at the Meadowlands.
Ridden by Mike Luzzi, Spritely [$7.80, $3.80, $2.60] repelled a challenge by Hamsa [$3.20, $2.80] on the final turn and drew off to a three-length victory. She covered the 1 1/16 miles in 1:37 1/5 over a sloppy track. It was nine lengths back to Sky Copper in third [$5.20].
Spritely's three starts prior to the Honey Bee were all at six or seven furlongs.
Friday, November 07 2008
COUNT BY FIVE WINS BY TWO IN MEADOWLANDS FEATURE
East Rutherford, NJ [Nov. 6, 2008] - Count By Five prevailed as the 4-5 favorite in the $50,000 seventh race allowance Thursday night at the Meadowlands.
With leading rider Jose Lezcano in the irons, Count By Five [$3.60, $2.20, $2.10] moved three-wide on the turn and drew off to a two-length victory over Exciting Times [$3.00, $2.40]. Count By Five stepped the five furlongs in 1:11.14 over a muddy track. Blazing Fuse [$3.20] finished third off a ground-saving journey.
Thursday, November 06 2008
NEW JERSEY-BRED FILLIES CAP CARD IN FRIDAY NIGHT STAKES
Two fillies with two different running styles will be looking for some black type on Friday night at the Meadowlands when they meet in the fillies division of the New Jersey Juvenile, slated as the ninth and final race on the card.
Hailing from the Ben Perkins Jr. barn is the likely favorite in the six furlong contest, Love That Dance, who has very good early foot. Coming from the Tony Wilson camp is No Mo Magic, a filly that is likely to be following Love That Dance early before coming after that foe in the lane for the winner's share of the $60,000 purse.
Tuesday, November 04 2008
BROWNING TAKES MONDAY FEATURE AT THE MEADOWLANDS
East Rutherford, NJ [Nov. 3, 2008] - Browning took command at the quarter and held on to win the featured $41,000 seventh race for filly sprinters Monday afternoon at the Meadowlands.
With Daniel Centeno aboard, Browning [$22.60, $8.00, $4.80] stepped the five furlongs in 57.63 over a turf course rated good. Lady Rizzi [$3.00, $2.20] rallied between horses to finish three-quarters of a length behind in second. Big Cat Walks Late [$3.00] made a three-wide move into the lane and flew home to finish a neck behind in third.
Saturday, November 01 2008
HOTSTUFANTHENSOME FIRES TO VICTORY IN JOHN HENRY STAKES
East Rutherford, NJ [Nov. 1, 2008] - Hotstufanthensome cleared the lead with three-eighths to go and drew off to win the $60,000 John Henry Stakes on Saturday night at the Meadowlands.
Ridden by Joe Bravo, Hotstufanthensome stalked the pacesetter Fagedaboutit Sal before inching ahead at the mile-marker. He shrugged off the slight favorite Picou at the top of the lane and powered away to a six-length victory. Hotstufanthensome covered the 11-furlong distance in 2:16.42 over a turf course rated good and paid $5.60, $3.00 and $2.40. Picou returned $2.40 and $2.10 to show, while Fagedaboutit Sal held on for third and paid $2.60.
Friday, October 31 2008
HIGHLAND CAT HOLDS ON IN GREY GHOST; HECKUVA GOOD TIME CASTS SPELL IN WITCHES BREW
East Rutherford, NJ [Oct. 31, 2008] - Even horse racing has its Halloween traditions.
In a dappled dash to the wire, Highland Cat held on to win the $35,000 Grey Ghost Handicap by three-quarters of a length on Friday night at the Meadowlands. Ridden by Jose Lezcano, Highland Cat covered the 1 1-16 miles in 1:38.48. Lightning Power rallied four-wide in the stretch to finish second, while it was three lengths back to Raynicks Fan in third. Highland Cat paid $8.20, $3.20 and $2.20. Lightning Power returned $3.00 and $2.20, while Raynicks Fan was worth $2.60 to show.
The annual Grey Ghost is a starter handicap reserved strictly for horses registered as grey or roan in color.
BRAZILIAN RIDER OFF TO SWIFT START AT MEADOWLANDS
At age 19, Maylan Studart has already dabbled in more professions than most people twice her age.
She has worked as an actress, model and stuntwoman and nearly went pro as a wakeboarder. But it is atop a horse, racing 35 mph into the wind that Studart has found her niche.
The Brazilian apprentice jockey lit up the tote board at the Meadowlands this week when she finished second by a neck with Voodooyouthinkur, a 90-1 shot, in the sixth race on Monday. That momentum continued as she finished third with Chicago's Girl in the Tuesday opener and upset Wednesday's seventh race at Belmont with Decorated Court, who paid $104 to win.
Thursday, October 30 2008
DON’T STOP DREAMIN LOOKS FOR DREAM RUN IN WITCHES BREW
Nearly two years ago trainer Eddie Broome was at Calder Racecourse, claim slip in hand, looking at a filly in the eighth race. After eyeing the field in the paddock, he switched his attention to a different horse and dropped that $25,000 claim slip for Don't Stop Dreamin, a 2-year-old filly by West Acre.
Since then, Don't Stop Dreamin has made seven trips to the winner's circle. On Friday night, she'll take aim at some bigger dividends in the $60,000 Witches Brew Stakes at the Meadowlands.
Friday, October 24 2008
MADDY’S HEART HOLDS ON TIGHT TO TAKE MEADOWLANDS FEATURE
East Rutherford, NJ [October 23, 2008] Maddy’s Heart prevailed by a head over Always For Love in a fierce stretch duel to win the $45,000 sixth race allowance on Thursday night at the Meadowlands.
She covered the mile and 70 yards in 1:39.82, giving jockey Stewart Elliot and trainer Timothy Hills their second win of the night. Dattts Our Girl made a late rally to finish a half-length behind in third. Maddy’s Heart paid $5.20, $3.40 and $2.60.
Wednesday, October 22 2008
ZITO TRIO HEADS FIELD FOR PEGASUS STAKES
The Nick Zito-trained trio of Da'Tara, Truth Rules and Coal Play tops the field for the $200,000 Grade 3 Pegasus Stakes on Friday night at the Meadowlands.
Set at 1 1-8 miles on the dirt, the Pegasus is carded as race eight with an estimated 10:08 p.m. post time.
Da'Tara has yet to find the winner's circle since pulling off the monumental upset in the 2008 Belmont, in which Big Brown was eased in the stretch. After a solid fifth-place finish in the Travers (G1), he failed to fire in his last start, the Jerome Handicap (G2) on Oct. 5 at Belmont. Da'Tara will break from post six in the Pegasus with Joe Bravo listed to ride.
Saturday, October 18 2008
JOHNSON DIVISIONS TO CANADIAN BALLET, COCKTAIL ATTIRE
East Rutherford, NJ [Oct. 18, 2008] - Canadian Ballet glided to an easy victory in the first of two $60,000 P.G. Johnson splits for 3-year-old fillies on Saturday night at the Meadowlands.
With Cornelio Velasquez aboard, Canadian Ballet [$6.20, $3.20, $2.60] drew off to a four-length victory over Kosmo's Buddy [$3.04, $2.40] and Big Easy [$4.20]. She stepped the five furlongs in 55.89 over a firm turf course.
Trained by Linda Rice, Canadian Ballet has won four of 11 career starts and $235,889. The Obviously NY Stable owns the daughter of City Zip-Canadian Flagship [Northern Flagship].
Thursday, October 16 2008
PARADISE TONIGHT STEPS UP IN VIOLET STAKES
The lone 3-year-old in the field, Paradise Tonight will make her turf debut in the $150,000 Violet Stakes on Friday night at the Meadowlands.
The daughter of Slew Gin Fizz will face a tough field of 14 fillies and mares in the mile and a sixteenth event, but trainer Joe Pierce Jr. feels she is up to the task.
"She's a 3-year-old taking on older," said Pierce, who was the Big M's leading trainer back in 1982. "But it's October now and she'll have to take on the older girls sooner or later, so why not now?