Sunday, June 15, 2014

Allstar Legend Dominates at The Meadowlands

East Rutherford, June 13, 2014--Allstar Legend was on a mission Saturday night at The Meadowlands in the featured 11th race, a Free-For-All Handicap Pace.

Scratched down to a field of five, Mike Lachance powered Allstar Legend right around Golden Receiver early, hitting the opening quarter in 25.3.

Lachance rated Allstar Legend through a 58-second middle half, leaving Golden Receiver behind turning for home and powering away to win easily as the 8/5 favorite.

Stablemate Ultimate Beachboy rallied from last to be second with Sam Hill checking in third. The mile was timed in 1:50. Allstar Legend is trained by Ron Burke for Brittany Farms and John Cherveny.

The second round of the Caramore series was contested Saturday night at The Meadowlands with three divisions.

Tell Us More made it a perfect two for two in the series, winning impressively in 1:50.1. Sent off as the even-money favorite, Tell Us More went right to the lead again and never looked back, ripping off fractions of 26.4, 54 and 1:22 before drawing clear again to win by three lengths for Jim Marshall III.

The final time of 1:50.1 once again lowered the four year olds lifetime mark, which was set last week when he won the first division of the Caramore in 1:50.2. On The Radar and Pembroke Dewey were second and third throughout the mile. Jim Marshall III drove the winner for trainer James Siegelman and owner Michael Casalino Jr.

The second division went to Andwin Hanover who pulled off the 10-1 upset for Vincent Ginsburg. Andwin Hanover took the fight to his competition early, clearing the lead at the opening quarter in 26.1 before flying through the half in 53.3 and three-quarters in 1:22.1.

Ginsburg called on his horse for everything nearing the wire and was able to fend off the oncoming King Point, a 38-1 shot himself, to win in 1:52. Reflection of Blue rallied to be third. The winner is trained by Mel Owens for Rosanne Owens.

The third Caramore split wrapped up the Saturday night card and went to Grab Your Keys who chased down the speedster Duel In The Sun, who wheeled off fractions of 27.1, 54.2 and 1:21.3, putting up consistent 27.1 quarters until he was collared in the stretch. Grab Your Keys rallied for Marcus Miller, giving him a hat trick on the program. The winner is trained by Michael Fiumenero for Sam Demchak and Brian Bennett.

The victory was the third in a row for Grab Your Keys and established a new lifetime mark of 1:50.1.

Written by Darin Zoccali of Harness Racing Update

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Saturday, June 14, 2014

The Captain Is Back - Wins Meadowlands Maturity

East Rutherford -- The $100,000 Meadowlands Maturity Pace was the feature of Friday night’s card at The Meadowlands and served as the stage for the successful return to the races of two time defending Pacer of the Year Captaintreacherous.

Saddled with post ten for his seasonal debut, The Captain was sent away from the gate by Tim Tetrick improving to a mid-field tuck in fifth as first Word Power and then Apprentice Hanover led past the opening quarter in 26 flat. Tetrick tipped Captaintreacherous at about the three eighths mark and within a few strides had the lead at the half in 54 flat.

A 28.2 breather in the third panel was all he needed to get home as The Captain responded to Tetrick urging when Sunfire Blue Chip approached headstretch and then held stablemate Odds On Equuleus safe by a length in 1:49.2 on a track rated good. Dovuto Hanover was third.

The finish mirrored the 2013 edition of The Meadowlands Pace with Odds On Equuleus chasing Captaintreacherous to the wire, but having to settle for the runner-up spot.

Driver Tim Tetrick was dutifully impressed with the performance and stated post-race when asked about facing older “I think he’s as good as any of them. When he feels a horse at him, he goes on. He wouldn’t let anyone by tonight until we got back to the paddock.”

Captaintreacherous Racing owns the winner, who was beautifully prepped for the occasion by his trainer Tony Alagna. The Tetrick-Alagna combination went to the winner’s circle three times tonight, also winning with Handover Belle in a C-1 trot and Mattie Terror Girl in a C-1/B-2 Filly and Mare Pace. Tetrick won four on the night, while leading driver Yannick Gingras scored a hat-trick.

Next reported stop for the Treacherous Team is Mohegan Sun at Pocono for the Ben Franklin eliminations followed by a return to The Meadowlands for the William Haughton Memorial and U.S. Pacing Championshi

Written by Darin Zoccali of Harness Racing Update

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Despite Loss JK Endofanera Remains Atop Road to the Pace

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ, June 11, 2014-- The North America Cup eliminations certainly shook-up the three year old pacing ranks quite a bit.

While McWicked is not Pace eligible, Tellitlikeitis and Lyonssomewhere, who both won North America Cup Eliminations are Pace eligible and they vaulted to No. 2 and No. 4 respectively in this week’s Top 10.
However, despite a third place finish, JK Endofanera remains No. 1 this week.

“Within reason, everyone gets one mulligan,” said Meadowlands oddsmaker Darin Zoccali. “I learned my lesson from He’s Watching, who bounced back from a disastrous Rooney Elimination with a stellar effort at Mohawk.

JK Endofanera appeared a bit washed out and locked on a line and I am confident that will be corrected in the Final. I still think he is the best horse. However, unless a huge longshot wins the North America Cup, I have to believe whoever wins the race will be No. 1 next week.

Tellitlikeitis had been making waves recently and proved the hype was justifiable with his 1:48.4 win at Mohawk Saturday. The same can be said for undefeated Lyonssomewhere who vaulted to No. 4 with his Cup elimination win.

Dropping out of the Top 10 this week were Limelight Beach and Somestar Somewhere who fell to No. 11 and No. 12.

This Week’s Top 10 can be found at:

Written by Darin Zoccali of Harness Racing Update

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