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Tuesday, May 22, 2012 - by Tim Bojarski

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The 2012 stake season is just barely underway and records are already falling left and right. The 3-year-olds are out in force and sending notice to everyone in the sport that they mean business.


With many of the sophomores making their first starts of the year, it appears there was no time to waste finding their top form for the big money to come. What ever happened to giving your horse a tightener?


Take a quick look at just some of the performances that race goers were treated to over the weekend.


Sweet Lou won his first start of the year in 1:49.3; first quarter in 26.3 and the last in 26.4 at Pocono. Dapper Dude’s second start was a win in 1:49.4 for a lifetime mark, also at Pocono. Mel Mara went sub-1:50, winning at Georgian Downs in a lifetime-best 1:49.3 in his second start. The filly Major Look scored a win in her first start in 1:50 at Vernon; first and last quarters in 26.3 and a lifetime mark. 


At Meadowlands Racetrack, filly Pirouette Hanover took a lifetime mark of 1:50.3 in her second start, and colts A Rocknroll Dance scored in 1:50.1, I Fought Dalaw won in 1:50.2 and Time To Roll was victorious in 1:50.4, a lifetime mark.  All the colts’ wins came in their initial outings of the year.


And last week, Warrawee Needy--who hasn’t even raced yet--qualified in a lifetime best of 1:49:3 at Mohawk, by 31 lengths!


Right now there are 23 three-year-old pacers with 2012 marks between 1:49.2 and 1:50.4. Of those 23, 17 of them have three starts or less.


On the trotting side, Solvato went his best ever mile at Harrah’s Philly in 1:53.2. At Tioga Downs, Archangel posted a lifetime mark of 1:54.2 and Delano did the same in 1:54.4. Win Missy B just qualified in 1:53.4 at Pocono and last week GooGoo GaaGaa and Maven scored wins in 1:53.3 and 1:53.4, respectively.


Currently there are 14 three-year-old trotters with 2012 marks between 1:53.2 and 1:54.4. And of those 14, the most starts any of them has are three. It’s also worth noting that two of the top four are fillies.


If these horses are already racing in mid-season form, how fast will they be going in July? And will the ones chalking up these gaudy miles early be able to maintain their edge all year? Time will tell, but one thing is for sure: it looks like the Grand Circuit will be roaring strong this year.

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