Friday, October 23 2009
DECARLO AND TAGG TEAM FOR PAIR OF TURF UPSETS
East Rutherford, NJ [Oct. 22, 2009] - Chris DeCarlo and Barclay Tagg lit up the tote board twice Thursday night with upset winners on the grass at Meadowlands Racetrack.
Plenty Coups led the field at every call en route to a 1 1/4-length victory in the featured $48,000 seventh race allowance for the jockey and trainer. Plenty Coups returned $13 after stepping the mile and 70 yards in 1:34.2 over a course rated good. The 4-year-old son of Gone West improved his career record to four wins in 13 starts.
Tuesday, October 20 2009
EASY GALLOP RIDES WIN STREAK INTO FRIDAY NIGHT’S EILLO STAKES
A field of six will assemble in the starting gate on Friday night for the $65,000 Eillo Stakes at the Meadowlands. Among the six entered for the six furlong test is Easy Gallop, who rides a two race win streak into the event as he makes his stakes debut. The 3-year-old colt by Forest Wildcat is undefeated at the distance and his connections are hoping that his versatility will prove to his advantage as he looks for yet another return to the winner’s circle.
After a runner-up performance in his debut on June 25 at Monmouth, Easy Gallop dead-heated for a victory next out on July 12. He finished fifth in his next start, a race the trainer was disappointed in, but not without hope.
CARTWRIGHT SCORES FIRST CAREER WIN AT MEADOWLANDS
East Rutherford, NJ [Oct. 19, 2009] -- Apprentice rider Alice Cartwright posted her first career win aboard Lanave, a 4-year-old gelding also breaking his maiden, in the fourth race Monday afternoon at Meadowlands Racetrack.
It marked the first win in 60 career tries for Cartwright, who made her debut in the saddle on June 19 at Monmouth Park. Cartwright and Lanave prevailed by a head over No Fret in the $10,000 six-furlong event and paid $14.60 to win. Lanave, trained by Pat McBurney and owned by Jacques Moore, was 0-for-16 entering the race.
Sunday, October 18 2009
THOROUGHLY HOLY EDGES TO VICTORY IN PG JOHNSON STAKES
East Rutherford, NJ [Oct. 17, 2009] - Thoroughly Holy drew clear in the final eighth to win the $60,000 P.G. Johnson Stakes, a five-furlong event moved off the turf and on to a good/off main track, Saturday night at Meadowlands Racetrack.
With Jose Lezcano in the irons, Thoroughly Holy wore down the pacesetter Glitter City late in the final furlong for a 1 1/2-length victory in 55.1. Don'tgetsuspicious finished a distanced third. Thoroughly Holy paid $9.60 to win the eighth race feature.
Saturday, October 17 2009
ETCHED CARVES OUT MEADOWLANDS CUP WIN
East Rutherford, NJ [Oct. 16, 2009] - Darley Stable's Etched held off a late rush by Kiss The Kid to win the Grade 2, $300,000 Meadowlands Cup on Friday night.
Etched waited in the wings as Great Debater led the field to the quarter in :23.1 and half in :46.4 before launching his bid on the far turn. Flanked by Kiss The Kid to his outside and Great Debater on the rail, Etched shook free at the top of the stretch and briefly extended his lead before being asked to hold off the game Kiss The Kid by a neck. Ridden by Alan Garcia, Etched ran the 1 1/8 miles in 1:45.4 over a sloppy track.
Thursday, October 15 2009
DUTROW AIMS FOR HAT TRICK IN MEADOWLANDS CUP
Trainer Rick Dutrow bids for his third straight Meadowlands Cup trophy on Friday night as he sends out the entry of Anak Nakal and Great Debater in the Grade 2 event.
The $300,000 Meadowlands Cup has drawn a solid field of nine contenders, including recent upstart Etched, whose only loss in five career starts came in Dubai last February. The field also includes It’s A Bird, winner of the Oaklawn and Lone Star handicaps, and local favorite Kiss The Kid, who will make his last career start in the 1 1/8-mile race. The Nick Zito-trained Cool Coal Man, runner-up in two Grade 3 events this season, received the slight nod as 5-2 morning line favorite.
Wednesday, October 14 2009
FIELD OF NINE SET TO CONTEST FRIDAY’S MEADOWLANDS CUP
A field of nine have been entered for this Friday night’s Grade 2 Meadowlands Cup, and to suggest that the Cup is overflowing with talent would be an understatement. Cumulatively, the nine of them have banked nearly $5 million and have eight graded victories amongst them.
One of those contesting the $300,000 Meadowlands Cup is last year’s Cup runner-up, Anak Nakal. The Victory Gallop colt has earned nearly $1 million in his career and will be making his first start since the $6 million Dubai World Cup in March. He’s been working bullets at Aqueduct in preparation for the Cup as he looks to score his third Grade 2 win.
Tuesday, October 13 2009
SOUTHERN RAINBOW SHINES IN COLUMBUS DAY FEATURE AT MEADOWLANDS
East Rutherford, NJ [Oct. 12, 2009] -- Southern Rainbow dueled the leader Hermosillo into submission in the final strides to win the $48,000 eighth race allowance on Monday afternoon at Meadowlands Racetrack.
Ridden by Harry Vega, Southern Rainbow pressed Hermosillo through fractions of :23.3, :47 and 1:10.1 and prevailed after a hard-fought stretch drive by a nose in 1:34.2. Southern Rainbow paid $22.40 to win the mile event over a fast track. Samhoon capitalized on a ground-saving journey to finish third.
Sunday, October 11 2009
QUIET HARBOR STORMS HOME TO WIN GRADE 3 VIOLET
East Rutherford, NJ [Oct. 10, 2009] - Quiet Harbor extended her streak to four wins with a late rally in the Grade 3 $125,000 Violet Stakes on Saturday night at Meadowlands Racetrack.
Quiet Harbor, with Eddie Castro up, raced in mid-pack as Always For Love set up early fractions of 23.1 for the quarter and 47.1 for the half. She angled widest in the stretch and edged past the game pacesetter for a three-quarter-length victory. Quiet Harbor stepped the 1 1/16 miles in 1:41.3 over a firm turf course.
Friday, October 09 2009
Meadowlands Barn Notes - Oct. 8, 2009
REALGOODLOOKIN TAKES MEADOWLANDS THURSDAY FEATURE
East Rutherford, NJ [Oct. 8, 2009] - Judy Sessa's Realgoodlookin held off Bourbon Maid at the wire to win the featured $41,000 eighth race allowance by a nose Thursday afternoon at Meadowlands Racetrack.
Ridden by Jose Velez Jr., Realgoodlookin stalked the pacesetter Chocolate Blush, swung to the far outside in the lane and gamely held on to return a $13 win mutuel. She covered the 1 1/16 miles on a fast main track in 1:43.68. Loquacious Lil rallied inside to finish third.
Wednesday, October 07 2009
FIELD TAKING SHAPE FOR SATURDAY NIGHT’S GRADE 3 VIOLET
With a purse of $125,000 on the line and some solid black-type to go with it, the field for Saturday night’s Grade 3 Violet Stakes at the Meadowlands is taking shape.
At a mile and a sixteenth on turf, the Violet has drawn the attention of some solid lasses, including a pair of streaking New Jersey-breds in Way With Words and Talkin About Love, each having one their last two outings.
Wednesday, September 30 2009
Meadowlands Barn Notes for Wednesday, September 30, 2009
GET SERIOUS GOES FOR 4TH IN A ROW IN SATURDAY’S CLIFF HANGER SET TO FACE FAMILIAR FOE IN KISS THE KID
While live racing gets underway at the Meadowlands on Thursday, Oct. 1, the graded stakes action at the Big M starts this Saturday when the Grade 3 Cliff Hanger is once again renewed at a mile and a sixteenth on turf. Two familiar rivals are set to face off for the $125,000 purse with Kiss the Kid defending his title in the Cliff Hanger and Get Serious defending his record against Kiss the Kid, having bested that rival in their last two outings. But with rains forecasted for Friday and Saturday, turf or sloppy may be the real question and decision maker for those eyeing the Cliff Hanger.