3YO NJSS FINALS
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ — June 4, 2019 — The Meadowlands hosted the New Jersey Sire Stakes Finals for 3-year-olds on Friday (May 31) night. The pacing fillies raced for $160,000, the pacing colts for $120,000 and the trotters competed for a $200,000 purse.
Hurrikanesky with driver Scott Zeron
The pacing fillies kicked off the NJSS Finals action in the first non-betting race of two before the regularly scheduled card. Hurrikanesky was able to nose out the competition in 1:54.4 with a last quarter in 28.4 for owner, trainer, and breeder Patrick Hlubik of New Jersey. Driver Scott Zeron was able to hold off a fast charging Mollydooker who finished a tight second while Love Love Me Too came in third. This is the first win of the season and a new lifetime mark for the Hurrikane Kingcole filly.
Dan Dube and Hurrikane Emperor
The second non-betting race was the final for the 3-year-old pacing colts. Once again the John McDermott and Dan Dube duo dominated the field with Hurrikane Emperor. In typical fashion driver, Dan Dube sent the Hurrikane Kingcole colt to the lead when the gate folded and never looked back. Winning in 1:53.0 with a last quarter of 27.1, Clintock finished second with a time of 1:56.2 while Black Dan came in third. Hurrikane Emperor is now 3 for 3 in his 3-year-old career with lifetime earnings of $314,900 for his owners Jonathan Klee Racing, Kuhen Racing LLC, Pegasus Investment Group and William Garofalo.
Greenshoe and Brian Sears
The second race on the regularly scheduled racing card was 3-year-old the trotting colts. One week after an incredible start to his 3-year-old campaign, Greenshoe was even more remarkable Friday night, trotting the fastest mile of the year in the sport of 1:50.2 in taking the $200,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Final for colts and geldings at the Meadowlands. The son of Father Patrick inched his way toward the front before using a quick burst of speed to secure the top at three-quarters by an ever-increasing 2½ lengths. He trotted his third quarter in 26.4 before a final explosive split of 27.1 to hit the wire six lengths in front of a rallying Reign Of Honor. Galixton finished third. Greenshoe has stamped himself as one of the primary contenders for the Aug. 3 Hambletonian, for trainer Marcus Melander.
David Miller and Evident Beauty
In the last New Jersey Sire Stakes Finals, Evident Beauty stayed perfect in three 2019 starts by taking the 3-year-old filly trot in 1:52.3 for trainer Nifty Norman and driver Dave Miller. Miller got the daughter of Trixton-Struck By Lindy into a third-over flow down the backstretch – with plenty left to do – but powered past her rivals nonetheless to best Sister’s Promise by a length. Starita was third. This was a new lifetime mark for Evident Beauty.
The Meadowlands will host the New Jersey Sires Stakes first leg for 2-year-olds on Friday, June 28, 2019.
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