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.

Way With Words will enter the Violet off victories in the Eleven North Handicap restricted to J-breds on Aug. 23 and most recently the Politely Stakes against open company on Sept. 20, both races at Monmouth. Trained by Mary Eppler, the homebred daughter of Sefapiano from the Belong to Me mare Swiftly Tilting has earned $365,590 in her career and sports a win and a second in two starts over turf. She will be trying the grass for the first time since being placed first over the Big M lawn in an allowance test last October.

Talkin About Love will be making just her second start over turf, and she seemed to show quite an affinity for the green stuff last out, winning the Maryland Million Lady’s Stakes at Laurel after coming wide for the drive. Prior to that she scored in Monmouth’s Revidere Stakes, her first win in over a year.

Owned, trained and bred by Kevin Sleeter, Talkin About Love became the first New Jersey-bred to win the Monmouth Oaks, when she took that event in 2007. The 5-year-old mare sports nine wins lifetime for earnings of $713,103 in 28 starts.

Those considered likely to take on the New Jersey-breds are Belle Allure from the Christophe Clement barn; Dyna’s Lassie, a stakes winner trained by Doug Fout; Lookalike, conditioned by Michael Matz; Quiet Harbor, who’s won three in a row for trainer Shug McGaughey; and, an entrant from the Todd Pletcher barn. Pletcher has five horses nominated for the Violet: Captain’s Lover, Lucky Copy, Sea Chanter, Spritely and With Flying Colors.

The Violet Stakes, named for the state flower of New Jersey, will highlight the first nighttime card of the 2009 Meadowlands season.


Oktoberfest comes to the Big M on Saturday, Oct. 24, as the racetrack celebrates with unlimited sampling of a German buffet and beer garden, live music by Trigger, a group Pick 4 ticket and a handicapping seminar giving insight and analysis into that night’s racing program.

Tickets are just $48 and can be purchased by calling 201-THE BIG M.