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Sportswriter tops list of 23 colts in pursuit of Meadowlands Pace
Wednesday, July 7, 2010 - by Amy Silver, publicity director, Meadowlands Racetrack

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East Rutherford, NJ --- Sportswriter, the North America Cup and defending divisional champion, tops the list of 23 colts and geldings bidding for a spot in the $1 million Meadowlands Pace on Saturday night. 
 
Three $50,000 eliminations will decide the field of 10 starters for the track's signature event for 3-year-old pacers.  The top three finishers in each elimination, plus the fastest fourth overall, will advance to the Meadowlands Pace Final on July 17. 
 
Sportswriter will start from post five in the last of the three eliminations, race six, for trainer Casie Coleman and driver Mark Macdonald.  The colt overcame quarter cracks in his feet to capture the $1,455,000 Pepsi North America Cup in a stakes-record time of 1:48.3 on June 26 at Mohawk Racetrack.  The victory boosted Sportwriter's 2010 earnings to $746,780 for owners Steve Calhoun, West Wins Stable and Southwind Farm.   
 
"His feet are finally in great shape," Coleman said.  "They're cold, no pulse.  The quarter cracks have grown out a lot.  For the North America Cup, he was sound in that final, but he did race with his quarter cracks and heels still wired up.  Normally, 'Sports' is quite low maintenance.  He is now a lot sounder, so I can step up his training a little.  I could hardly train the colt at all the last few weeks while waiting to sound up his feet."
 
The son of Artsplace was named 2-Year-Old Colt Pacer of the Year in both the United States and Canada last year after winning seven of eight races, including the $920,000 Metro Final.  Sportswriter bids to become the ninth North America Cup winner to also capture the $1 million Meadowlands Pace, while Coleman aims to be the first woman to harness a Pace winner.  Coleman will be the featured guest In The Sulky on Meadowlands Racetrack's Thursday pre-card broadcast.  Fans can e-mail questions for her to answer on-air to
racing@thebigm.com.
 
Rock N Roll Heaven, the Berry's Creek champion and hometown favorite, looks to rebound in the Pace elims after a disappointing stakes campaign in Canada.  Trained by Bruce Saunders, Rock N Roll Heaven will start from post six in the first of the eliminations with John Campbell at the lines.  The son of Rocknroll Hanover delivered one of the meet's most impressive performances in the $220,000 Berry's Creek on May 8.  He raced headlong into 40 mph winds to take the lead before the half and was never challenged en route to a 1-1/4 -length victory in 1:52.  Daniel Dube, currently sidelined by injuries suffered in a June 18 racing accident, was in the sulky for the win.
 
Also bidding for a spot in the Meadowlands Pace are We Will See, the North America Cup runner-up; All Speed Hanover, the 2-Year-Old Breeders Crown champion; and Rockin Image, who rolled to an impressive 1:48.2 score in the Jersey Cup on July 3.  The fields for the Meadowlands Pace eliminations: 
 
Fourth Race
PP Horse                   Driver               Trainer
1  Delmarvalous          Brian Sears        Brenda Teague
2  Superbad Hanover   George Brennan  Kostas Tsanakos
3  One More Laugh      Tim Tetrick        Ray Schnittker
4  Kyle Major              Jody Jamieson    Shawn Robinson
5  Jo Pa's Fod             John Campbell    Jim Campbell
6  Rock N Roll Heaven   John Campbell    Bruce Saunders
7  All Speed Hanover    Ron Pierce         Noel Daley
8  World Of Rocknroll    Ron Pierce         Richard Norman
 
Fifth Race
PP Horse                    Driver                Trainer
1  Razzle Dazzle          John Campbell     Jerry Silverman
2  Rockin Image          Yannick Gingras   Jimmy Takter
3  Ideal Matters          Brian Sears         Noel Daley
4  Nova Artist             Brian Sears         Lou Pena
5  Tobago Cays          John Campbell      Jeff Webster
6  I'm Gorgeous          Brian Sears         George Teague Jr.
7  Shoobee's Place      David Miller         Richard Norman
 
Sixth Race
PP Horse                   Driver                 Trainer
1  OK Commander       Brian Sears          Gregg  Mcnair
2  Foreign Officer       Yannick Gingras     Tony Alagna
3  Valentino              George Brennan      Lou Pena
4  We Will See           Brett Miller           Sam De Pinto
5  Sportswriter           Mark Macdonald    Casie Coleman
6  Iam Bonasera         Jody Jamieson       Erv Miller
7  Fred And Ginger      Dave Palone         Ron Burke
8  Windfall Blue Chip    Andy Miller           George Teague Jr.

 


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