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By Ken Weingartner, USTA — Beach Glass was made the 7-5 morning-line favorite for the $600,000 Meadowlands Pace on July 16 after winning his elimination by 5-1/4 lengths in 1:48.1 on Saturday and drawing post six for next week’s final at the Meadowlands Racetrack.

Market Based, who won Saturday’s second $50,000 elimination at The Big M by a neck over Night Hawk in 1:48.4 at odds of 11-1, drew post four for the final. He was made 5-1 on the morning line for the final, which will feature a field of 10 3-year-old male pacers.

In the first elimination, Beach Glass was part of an early three-horse battle for the front with I Did It Myway and Greatest Ending, with Greatest Ending eventually claiming the lead in a :25.2 opening quarter. I Did It Myway moved to the top on the backstretch but held that spot only briefly before Beach Glass got the lead on his way to a :53.2 half.

Beach Glass, the 3-5 favorite, and driver Yannick Gingras controlled the action from there, hitting three quarters in 1:22 before sprinting home in :26.1 to win by 5-1/4 lengths over Captain Cowboy. I Did It Myway finished third, followed by Early Action and Mad Max Hanover to all advance to the final.

“I didn’t know, but I thought he might be (ready for that type of performance), and I was hoping he was,” trainer Brent MacGrath said. “If you would have told me he would be parked in :25.2 and home in :26.1, I probably wouldn’t have went that stretch, but he’s good. We’re high on him. He’s just a really nice colt that’s green and he got woke up here tonight.

“Once (Gingras) moved him back to the front, I was very comfortable. We wanted to put him in play and give him an opportunity, and he did, and he got the job done. Hopefully it will set up good for next week.”

Beach Glass is a homebred son of Somebeachsomewhere-Im With Her owned by Schooner II Stable. MacGrath and the Schooner partners also campaigned Somebeachsomewhere, who won 20 of 21 career races, with his lone setback being a second-place finish by a neck to Art Official in the 2008 Meadowlands Pace. Somebeachsomewhere passed away in 2018.

“I said to Yannick when he pulled up in the winner’s circle that I’ve been this far before,” MacGrath said with a smile. “We need to finish this off.

“It’s almost surreal. It’s unbelievable that we would get another horse of this caliber, that we would get another horse in the Meadowlands Pace. To have a son of Beach’s last crop, one we bred, Hanover (Shoe Farms) raised him, it’s just unbelievable.”

Beach Glass has won two of four races this year and five of nine in his career, finishing worse than second only once while earning $264,645.

In the second elimination, Market Based led to the opening quarter in :26.4 before Caviart Camden took the top spot in a :54.4 half. Caviart Camden remained there, hitting three quarters in 1:21.4, but Market Based rallied in the stretch and held off favorite Night Hawk by a neck at the line.

Fourever Boy finished third, followed by Caviart Camden and Captainryanmichael.

Dexter Dunn drove the homebred Market Based, a son of Sweet Lou-Economy Terror, for trainer Nancy Takter and owners Chuck Pompey, Edwin Gold, and H And M Taylor Stable.

“I was quite surprised that he left the gate as hard as he did and cleared over as well as he did because that’s been a little bit of an issue with him running into the first turn,” Takter said. “Obviously, on a bigger track he has a little bit more room before he hits the turn, so that definitely benefited him.”

Market Based has won three of seven races this year and seven of 20 lifetime, earning $288,183. In his prior two starts, he went off stride in his Messenger Stakes elimination on June 24 at Yonkers Raceway and returned with a fourth-place finish in a conditioned race at the Meadowlands last week.

“He’s definitely heading in the right direction,” Takter said. “He definitely stepped forward with that (previous) race and hopefully he’ll step forward off this race as well.”

Following is the field for the $600,000 Meadowlands Pace in post order with elimination drivers, trainers, and morning-line odds:

1 – Captain Cowboy – Dexter Dunn – Ake Svanstedt – 8-1

2 – Caviart Camden – Todd McCarthy – Tony Alagna – 12-1

3 – Night Hawk – David Miller – Brian Brown – 4-1

4 – Market Based – Dexter Dunn – Nancy Takter – 5-1

5 – Early Action – Brian Sears – Joe Holloway – 8-1

6 – Beach Glass – Yannick Gingras – Brent MacGrath – 7-5

7 – Fourever Boy – Mike Wilder – Tim Twaddle – 10-1

8 – I Did It Myway – Andrew McCarthy – Tony Alagna – 10-1

9 – Mad Max Hanover – Tim Tetrick – Jake Leamon – 15-1

10 – Captainryanmichael – Brian Sears – Joe Pavia Jr. – 20-1

Eliminations winners drew for posts 1 through 6. Second-place finishers drew for remaining posts 1 through 7. Third-place finishers drew for remaining posts 1 through 8. Fourth-place finishers drew for remaining posts 1 through 9. Fifth-place finishers drew for the remaining two posts.

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  1. Meadowlands deserves more respect than it has gotten for the past years. It was The Place for harness racing for many yrs,distancing the interest,colony and race interests that Yonkers and other minor tracks showed or had,from it’s competitive riders and trainers to purse money and attendance numbers. I seem to have noticed that it’s average purse has been below Yonkers and its MGM Empire Casino money but it won’t mean that it must have been a glorious investment,not yet ! My first time there i used it as a rest stop while coming back to New York with my new wife,,there were ,maybe , a couple of thousand people in the whole giant place,,at 6 pm,then,after we had a simple dinner and near post time,it grew to some 20 thousand! It was Meadowlands anniversary,maybe it’s tenth,anyway it was more exciting that that early speed,tight turns Yonkers track. Then Yonkers tried to spice things up by making it’s races 1,1/16 longer and other futile changes that only confused drivers,trainers and those diminishing fans. I remember reading in Newsday it’s previous attendance and money bet but once less than a thousand people and a puny bankroll kept on being the reality,Yonkers stopped making those numbers public.Meadowlands has a stretch that makes you hope that your horse might still have a chance,unlike Yonkers,or whatever they call it now,Another communications problem,worse than it’s website.Beach horses have been winning at a regular pace at the big M,but not at this speed,time and so easily.Television exposed harness program at TVG Should expand Meadowlands coverage and throw away those mini,meaningless,cheap races from ,” parts unknown’ of the West,North West area.Assiniboia ? Come on ,scratch it !

  2. JG, I’m a big Big M fan, from gourmet meals at Pegasus in the day, did a little TV on their replay show. Steve Nagler was the producer and now he has been with ABC, I believe it was ABC, for about 30 years.
    By the way, watched the Beach Glass elimination race, he was awesome.

  3. BTW, HRI is lucky to have Dave Brower, Meadowlands handicapper and St John’s grad, doing the early double for us when they race. So we are doing our part…

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