This Meadowlands stakes recap features results stories from the W.R. Haughton Memorial, Delvin Miller Memorial, Mistletoe Shalee, Golden Girls and Miss Versatility.
East Rutherford, NJ---Sweet Lou sailed down the homestretch for his sixth straight win to take the $463,300 William Haughton Memorial for open pacers in 1:47.1.
|Sweet Lou won the W.R. Haughton Memorial in 1:47.1.|
Sweet Lou and Ron Pierce got away in fifth, content to let others slug it out on the front end, as first Bettor’s Edge got the lead at the 25.3 quarter. Tim Tetrick rushed in to the lead with Captaintreacherous by the three-eighths marker with Bolt The Duer in behind him along the rail.
Captaintreacherous held the lead at the 53 half, but Thinking Out Loud was up and moving immediately, pinning Bolt The Duer inside, and applying pressure on the outside, all the way down the backstretch and through the turn.
When the field turned for home, Captaintreacherous held the lead at the 1:21 three quarters, but was soon set upon on the inside by Bettor’s Edge (Matt Kakaley) and on the outside by Ron Pierce and Sweet Lou. At the wire, it was Sweet Lou with stablemate Bettor’s Edge second and Captaintreacherous held for third.
Sweet Lou is trained by Ron Burke and co-owned by Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, Larry Karr and Phil Collura.
“I was very happy,” said Burke. “Ronnie’s been using the same move every week where he brushes up the backside and bottoms them out and I wondered what would happen if we couldn’t do that, if we were put in another position. What I liked best is at the wire, he was just starting to stretch out full speed to get going. I was very happy with him and Bettor’s Edge.
“He’s a good little horse; he’s getting stronger; he’s getting better,” he said of second-place finisher Bettor’s Edge. “He’s doing more than we could ask of any horse. We raced him hard right through the winter, so he’s doing more than we could ask of any horse.”
Shake It Cerry now a millionaire after Miller Memorial win
Shake It Cerry and driver Ron Pierce won the $213,500 Del Miller Memorial for 3-year-old filly trotters by 1-1/4 lengths over Heaven’s Door in 1:53. Designed To Be was third.
|Shake It Cerry won the Delvin Miller Memorial in 1:53 in rein to Ron Pierce.|
Trained by Jimmy Takter, Shake It Cerry won for the fifth time in six starts this year and pushed her career earnings to more than $1 million. She has banked $217,338 this season for owner Solveig’s Racing Partners.
Shake It Cerry led from start to finish, hitting the halfway point in 57.4.
“When I saw we were getting our way going to the half, I figured I better try to get away from [Designed To Be] so we stepped on the gas the last half and came home in 55 [seconds] and a piece,” Pierce said.
“I think she’s coming into [the Hambletonian Oaks] just perfect. We haven’t stretched her out all year except for one start a couple weeks ago. Last week I wasn’t sure if I went enough to tighten her up for today, but apparently I did. Today she got a good workout, so I would say she’s coming into the Oaks in real good shape.”
Sandbetweenurtoes "awesome" in Mistletoe Shalee
Sandbetweenurtoes just would not yield, pressured on the right and left by speeding fillies, but still getting the win in 1:49.3 in the $212,150 Mistletoe Shalee for 3-year-old pacing fillies.
Sandbetweenurtoes (Brett Miller) got away in third off the early pace set by Gallie Bythe Beach (John Campbell) who hit the quarter in 26.2, but quickly gave way to the winner overtaking the field at the three-eighths mile. Brett Miller led Sandbetweenurtoes to the :54.3 half. Table Talk and Tim Tetrick ranged up on the field at the five eighths to take over second on the outside, but she could not make up ground and Sandbetweenurtoes was still on the lead at the 1:22.1 three quarters.
As the field marched down the home stretch, Corey Callahan took a shot up the inside, weaving through horses to get to the rail with Weeper to pressure Sandbetweenurtoes, as was Act Now (Brian Sears) on the far outside and Table Talk, still at Sandbetweenurtoes’ wheel, paced hard all the way to the wire. None could catch Sandbetweenurtoes, though and she got the win by a length and a half for trainer Larry Remmen and owner Bradley Grant of Milton, Ont.
“This filly’s been so awesome,” said Brett Miller. “She was doing it very easy, if I would have had to go to the whip or something, I would have turned her loose, but she was doing it so easy in the handholds. My strategy: I did want to go right down the road. She’s something else. For a filly that never raced as a 2-year-old, just one start, they’ve done some kind of job with her. And Tony Alagna (trainer until mid-May) did a great job with her. She feels like an old professional.”
“She’s very special” said Ray Remmen, who trains with his brother, Larry. “Lots of heart. She came ready-made. We got a very game owner that stepped up. Paid good money for her, Brad’s father (John) had a reputation for spending money, but this guy I think has outdone him a lot. She has Pennsylvania Sires next week and then hopefully the Jugette and Lexington.”
Rocklamation upsets in Golden Girls
Yannick Gingras drove Rocklamation to an upset at odds of 12-1 in the $183,450 Golden Girls for pacing mares.
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|Rocklamation won the Golden Girls at odds of 12-1 in 1:48.3.|
Anndrovette took the early lead in a 25.4 opening quarter-mile before yielding to Somwherovrarainbow in a 53.4 half. Somwherovrarainbow faced a first-over challenge from Shebestingin with Rocklamation following.
Rocklamation was fourth entering the stretch, but was able to win by three-quarters of a length over Drop The Ball, who was 18-1, in 1:48.3. Jerseylicious, at 70-1, was third. The trifecta paid $8,879.60.
“I left hard and they were leaving harder than I was on the inside,” Gingras said. “I was lucky enough to land in fifth and got good cover from there. [Somwherovrarainbow] is a great mare, but my mare is a hard knocker. She’s getting up there in age, but she’s such a sweetheart.
“I got a good second-over trip and I thought I had a good chance turning for home because sometimes the third quarter is the only quarter that’s hard to make her go. But at 1:21.1 I was right on David’s helmet and he got me where I needed to go.”
Rocklamation, trained by Ron Burke, has won two of 10 races this year. She is owned by Our Horse Cents Stables, Stable 45, and J&T Silva Stables. She has earned just shy of $2 million lifetime.
Bee A Magician strikes back in Miss Versatility
Bee A Magician, the 2013 Horse of the Year, got her first win of the year by capturing the third leg of the Miss Versatility Series by a neck over Charmed Life in 1:51.1, a world record for a 4-year-old trotting mare on a mile track. D’Orsay was third.
Bee A Magician and driver Brian Sears found a second-over trip behind D’Orsay, taking the front in mid-stretch and holding off a fast-closing Charmed Life.
Bee A Magician, who was 17-for-17 last season, had three second-place finishes among four starts prior to the Miss Versatility. She has won 28 of 35 career races for owners Mel Hartmann, Herb Liverman, and David McDuffee, and trainer Nifty Norman.
She paid $4 to win.