Saturday, November 14 2009
Love Who, Karmageddon Capture Jersey Juvenile Divisions
Love Who was the standout performer as two-year-old state breds took center stage in the $60,000 Jersey Juvenile Friday night at Meadowlands Racetrack.
Love Who crushed the field in the colts division by 10 3/4 lengths to pick up his first stakes trophy in five career efforts. Ridden by Stewart Elliott, Love Who matched strides with Pinelands Pete through preliminary fractions of :22, 44.3 and 55.2 before pulling away at the top of the lane. He stopped the teletimer in 1:09 for the six-furlong test over a fast main track.
Wednesday, November 11 2009
NJ ESQ TO STATE HER CASE IN FRIDAY’S NEW JERSEY JUVENILE
With no record to speak of, N J Esq will enter Friday night’s New Jersey Juvenile Stakes as a wildcard entrant for owner Dennis Drazin, Esq. But what she lacks in experience she hopes to make up for in fight as she faces a full field of rivals in the six furlong contest for New Jersey breds.
“I’ve been trying to get her to a race and the timing just didn’t work to run in a maiden race and then the stakes,” said Drazin, who owns and bred N J Esq. “I could have run her in a maiden race and then missed the stakes, but she’s been training really well that I thought she deserved a shot in here.”
Saturday, November 07 2009
BAD ACTION PROVES TO BE SMART BET IN PEGASUS
East Rutherford, NJ [Nov. 6, 2009] - Bad Action and jockey Dave Cohen drew clear in the final strides to win the $150,000 Grade 3 Pegasus Stakes at 11-1 odds on Friday night at Meadowlands Racetrack.
Bad Action settled at the back of the pack while the quick-footed Lord Justice dictated the early pace and slid into fourth as they reached the half-mile marker in :46. He swung to the outside on the final turn and edged past the drifting Big Top for a half-length victory. Iqbaal, the 4-5 favorite, moved wide on the turn but could not catch the leaders and finished third. Bad Action stopped the teletimer in 1:49 for the 1 1/8 miles on a fast main track and paid $24 to win.
Friday, November 06 2009
BUNKER HILL AND BUDDING RIDER COULD MAKE PERFECT PAIR IN PEGASUS
Already a standout in South Florida, Eclipse Award winner Paco Lopez has quickly risen to the top of the jockey standings at Meadowlands Racetrack this fall.
Through November 4, Lopez leads all riders with 22 wins, 19 seconds and 22 thirds from 117 starters and $618,195 in earnings. He looks to add to those totals Friday night when he rides Bunker Hill in the $150,000 (G3) Pegasus Stakes for 3-year-olds. Bunker Hill is rated at 7-2 in the mile and an eighth Pegasus, carded as race eight on a nine-race program.
Wednesday, November 04 2009
Meadowlands Barn Notes - November 3, 2009
PRESIOUS PASSION CARRIES HOPES OF HARTMANN AND N.J. INTO SATURDAY'S BREEDERS' CUP TURF; 19 B.C. HORSES STARTED IN GARDEN STATE
Entering horses to race in the Garden State is familiar territory for trainer Mary Hartmann.
On a perennial basis her barn is among the leaders in sending more horses to the post at Monmouth Park and the Meadowlands than any other outfit. But this afternoon she found herself on new ground, entering a horse in the Breeders' Cup, a lifetime goal for many conditioners and a dream come true for Hartmann, a fixture on the New Jersey racing scene for several decades.
Sunday, November 01 2009
IL POSTINO DELIVERS IN GREY GHOST HANDICAP; GLITTER CITY SHINES IN WITCHES’ BREW
East Rutherford, NJ [Oct. 31, 2009] - Il Postino led the field at every call and drew off to win the $35,000 Grey Ghost Handicap by four lengths on Saturday night at Meadowlands Racetrack.
A Halloween tradition, the Grey Ghost is a starter handicap reserved strictly for horses grey or roan in color. Originally slated for the turf, the race was moved on to a muddy main track. Il Postino, ridden by Pedro Cotto Jr., covered the mile and a sixteenth distance in 1:43.4 and returned a $4.80 win mutuel.
Friday, October 30 2009
Meadowlands Barn Notes - October 30, 2009
Lightning Power Looks To Strike In Grey Ghost
If divine luck is on his side, Lightning Power might have more than a ghost of a chance when he runs on Halloween at Meadowlands Racetrack.
The 7-year-old gelding is one of nine horses entered in the The Grey Ghost, a $35,000 starter handicap reserved strictly for horses grey or roan in color, on Saturday night. The mile and a sixteenth turf race is an annual Halloween treat for fans that look forward to the flashy field’s charge to the wire. The Grey Ghost is race six on the nine-race program, while the $60,000 Witches Brew for filly and mare sprinters is slated as race eight.
AMERICAN ROMANCE BLOSSOMS AT MEADOWLANDS
East Rutherford, NJ [Oct. 29, 2009] - American Romance rallied three-wide and easily drew past Cosmic Dance in the stretch to take the featured $52,000 sixth race allowance/optional claiming event for fillies and mares Thursday night at Meadowlands Racetrack.
Tuesday, October 27 2009
Meadowlands Barn Notes for Tuesday, October 27, 2009
CZAR ALEX LOOKS TO PULL OFF BIG UPSET IN FRIDAY’S JOHN HENRY STAKES
With a purse of $60,000 on the line, some accomplished runners are set to assemble for the mile and three-eighths John Henry Stakes on the Meadowlands turf course this Friday night. One runner in there can’t boast of his past visits to the winner’s circle or his tries against graded stakes runners and that’s Czar Alex, a maiden who’s stepping way up in competition. And although his resume isn’t as prolific as many of his rivals, Czar Alex may have an ace up his sleeve * being conditioned by Glenn Thompson.
Perfect Wedding Wins Meadowlands Feature
East Rutherford, NJ [October 26, 2009] -- Perfect Wedding led the field at every call en route to a 2 1/2-length victory in the $41,000 sixth race allowance on Monday afternoon at Meadowlands Racetrack.
The 3-year-old filly edged away under urging by Daniel Centano to post her second win in three career starts. Trained by Kiaran McLaughlin, Perfect Wedding covered the mile and 70 yards in 1:40.4 and paid $7.80. Respective second and third-place finishers Blushing Dixie and Morning Chatter were no matches for the winner.
Sunday, October 25 2009
TAR HEEL MOM TAKES SETON HALL STAKES AT MEADOWLANDS
East Rutherford, NJ [Oct. 24, 2009] - Tar Heel Mom dueled with Bold Union to the eighth pole and drew off to win the $65,000 Seton Hall University Stakes Saturday night at Meadowlands Racetrack.
Ridden by Jose Lezcano, Tar Heel Mom vied outside of Bold Union through preliminary fractions of :27, :44.2 and :56.1 before kicking away to a 4 1/2-length victory in a final 1:08.4 clocking. The Stan Hough trainee paid $7.20 to win the six-furlong feature. Fearless Leader bested a weakening Bold Union for the runner-up spot.
Saturday, October 24 2009
LUCKY JAMES FIRES LATE TO WIN EILLO STAKES AT MEADOWLANDS
East Rutherford, NJ [Oct. 23, 2009] - Lucky James chased the leaders down in the final strides to win the six-furlong, $65,000 Eillo Stakes on Friday night at Meadowlands Racetrack
Ridden by Carlos Marquez Jr., Lucky James sat third behind Mister Triester and Easy Gallop as they eased the field through opening splits of :22.3 and :45. Lucky James left the rail as they arrived at the quarter pole, swung three-wide in the stretch and edged past Easy Gallop for a half-length victory in 1:08.3. He paid $6.80 to win and $3.80 to place. Easy Gallop returned $3.20 to place and completed a $17.60 exacta. A game Mister Triester finished a neck behind them in third. There was no show wagering on the race, which was scratched down to four starters.