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DIVISIONAL CHAMPS MISSION BRIEF & ARTSPEAK WIN NJSS FINALS

MANALAPAN, NJ – May 30, 2015 -- Mission Brief and Artspeak, both divisional champions at two, captured $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Finals for three-year-olds on Saturday, May 30, 2015 at the Meadowlands.

Also winning New Jersey Sire Stakes Finals were longshot The Show Returns and Canepa Hanover in a stakes record 1:51.1.

Mission Brief made it interesting but in the end captured the three-year-old trotting fillies division in the fourth race.


Mission Brief


Driver Yannick Gingras eased Mission Brief [Muscle Hill – Southwind Serena] away from post 10 and claimed the front down the backstretch through moderate fractions but Tim Tetrick sent 28-1 Model Behavior [Muscles Yankee] after the 1-5 favorite and trotted with her through the stretch until the final 70 yards.

“Warming up, she actually felt pretty good, but she’s not 100 percent,” said Gingras. “But we have a month [until her next stakes] for Ronnie [trainer Ron Burke] to try a few things to see what works.

“She didn’t feel like she was liking it too much,” Gingras explained. “Timmy [Tim Tetrick with Model Behavior] got a head of me but I knew if she stayed trotting through the stretch, she would win the race. I was patient with her and let her settle a bit.”

Mission Brief finished ahead of Model Behavior by a half-length at the wire in the 1:54.3 mile. Riley’s Dream [Muscle Hill] was third by two lengths.

Now two-for-two in 2015, Mission Brief has 11 wins in 15 career starts and a bankroll of $653,570 for the partnership of Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stables, J&T Silva Stables and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. The Breeders Crown and Merrie Annabelle winner in 2014 was the Dan Patch winner as Two-Year-Old Trotting Filly of the Year.

She was bred by Steve Stewart, Black Creek Farm and Andrea Lea Racing Stables Inc. and was a $150,000 Lexington Selected Sale purchase.

The outcome of the $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes for three-year-old pacing colts, the sixth race, was less in doubt although 3-5 Artspeak [Western Ideal – The Art Museum] had to make up ground after sitting eight lengths back in fifth at the quarter pole.

“I felt like I was too far back [at the quarter],” said Artspeak’s driver, Scott Zeron. “I was in a bad spot, but it slowed up upfront, and Artspeak just wanted to get there.”


Artspeak


Down the backstretch, Zeron let Artspeak brush to the lead.

“That was pretty vicious,” Zeron noted. “He did it all on his own. When he crossed over, he stayed up o the bit. From there on, it was pretty easy. We were pretty wrapped up with the [ear] plugs in. So I’m pretty excited for the future.”

Artspeak’s 1:48.4 mile was only a fifth of a second off the 1:48.3 stakes record set by Rock N Roll Heaven [Rocknroll Hanover] in 2010.

Artspeak finished three lengths ahead of Gokudo Hanover [Cam’s Card Shark], and Revenge Shark [Cam’s Card Shark] was in third by three and a quarter lengths.

The Dan Patch Two-Year-Old Pacing Colt of the Year is trained by Tony Alagna who indicated that Artspeak will likely go right to the North America Cup eliminations.

A $100,000 Lexington Selected yearling sale purchase, Artspeak has wins in both of his 2015 starts and has a career record of 10 wins and two thirds in 12 starts, pushing his earnings to $802,185 for the Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, Joe Sbrocco and the In the Gym Partners.

He was bred by Brittany Farms and Melvin Hartman. At two, he won the Metro Pace and Governor’s Cup.

The Show Returns [Rocknroll Hanover – Stienam’s Place] was lightly considered at odds of 40-1 despite being a full sister to $2.4 million earner Put On A Show, but she exploded through the stretch, catching 6-5 favorite Stacia Hanover [Western Ideal] in the final strides for a neck victory in the $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies, the eighth race.

It was a length to Wicked Little Minx [Rocknroll Hanover] in third. The mile was timed in 1:51 flat.

The Show Returns, driven by John Campbell and trained by Chris Ryder, picked up her first win of the year in her fourth attempt.

“We were a little disappointed in her last couple of races,” said Campbell. “We thought she was underachieving a little bit. Chris made some changes on her, changed her bridle, changed her shoes. It certainly worked because that’s certainly the best she’s marched home all year.”


The Show Returns [#3]


Ryder and owners Richard and Joanne Young also were the connections of Put On A Show, the Three-Year-Old Pacing Filly of the Year in 2010.

The Show Returns, a $180,000 Lexington Selected Sale purchase, has five wins, one second and one third in 15 starts. She has neared $181,980.

She was bred by Green Mountain Farms and Kentuckiana Farms General Partnership.

Canepa Hanover [Muscle Hill – Cressida Hanover] cut all the fractions and drew off to a three and a half length victory over French Laundry [Muscles Yankee] in a stakes record time of 1:51.1 in the $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes for three-year-old trotting colts, the 11th race. Aldebaran Eagle [Muscle Hill] was third.

Guess Whos Back, who won the first and second legs of the New Jersey Sire Stakes, broke stride at the quarter and finished last in the seven-horse field.

Canepa Hanover, driven by Yannick Gingras and trained by Jimmy Takter, was sent off at odds of 5-2.


Canepa Hanover


The $300,000 Harrisburg Sale purchase picked up his first win of the year in his fourth start. He had two seconds and a third coming into the race. Lifetime, he has two wins, three seconds and one third from 10 starts for earnings of $97,150.

Canepa Hanover cut the fractions of 28, 56.2, 1:24, tossing in a 27.1 final quarter for the 1:51.1 clocking that erased he mark of 1:52.1 shared by Manofmanymissions [2011], Smilin Eli [2013] and Trixton [2014].

“This is a quality horse,” noted Gingras, who won both trotting divisions. “He trained back very good, but he had a couple of issues. He was just not mature enough. The owners and Jimmy decided to wait on him. This is the result.

“Down the stretch, his ears started to move and he half slowed down on his own,” Gingras added. “I kicked the ear plugs to get him going again, and he got into another gear. He was real strong at the wire – but playout out there.”

The owners are Brittany Farms, MKatz ALibfeld S Goldband, Brixton Medical Inc and Christina Takter. He was bred by Brittany Farms.

All seven of the starters are eligible to the Hambletonian in 10 weeks.



--Photos courtesy of Lisa Photo Inc.

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