CAPT MIDNIGHT LEADS BABY PARADE
-- Meadowlands Media Department
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ Ė Breakfast With The Babies (BWTB) took place on a muggy Saturday morning at The Meadowlands. The track was fast, flags limp and temperature in the 80ís when the trotting fillies stepped onto the track to contest the first race at 10:00am.
Pacing colt Capt Midnight (Andy McCarthy) was an impressive 1:53 winner in the last baby race of the morning, leading all the way then sprinting home in 27 flat to hold off the well intentioned bid of pocket sitter Bombshell Hanover (Andy Miller) and an up the rail threat from Captain Nemo (Tim Tetrick). The Captaintreacherous colt was following up his 1:52.3 win of June 15 and looked like there was plenty left in the tank today. Tony Alagna trains the Captaintreacherous colt, a $350,000 Hanover bred Harrisburg yearling for the partnership of Marvin Katz, Ken Jacobs, Brad Grant and Capt Midnight Racing.
Jula Champagne opened the card a winner for the potent combo of Yannick Gingras and Per Engbloom as driver and trainer respectively. The Trixton filly set even fractions then finished the 1:58.2 mile with a 28.4 final quarter in hand over Questichap (Trond Smedshammer) and Sashay Kemp (Marcus Melander). Jula Racing, Inc owns the $85,000 Harrisburg yearling purchase, bred by Windsong Stable.
Adriano Sorella, in town to see his Jimmy Freight finish a very game second in the Graduate last night was present, bagel in hand, this morning to watch his namesake (though he has no ownership interest) the Muscle Hill filly Sorella (Christian Lind) win from the pocket in 1:59. She tracked Eye On The Hill (Andy McCarthy) through reasonable numbers then tipped off that rival in the stretch and went by willingly. Gertrude Hanover (Steve Smith) was third. The winner is conditioned by Steffan Lind for breeders Elmer Fanin and his partner on the filly Crawford Farms. Give Adriano a call if youíre lookiní for a partner.
The Muscle Hill filly Ramona Hill (McCarthy) looked great this morning, trotting confidently by rivals the widest of all, her final quarter in 27.4 to end the 1:57.1 mile to pick up Jula Beauty AM (Gingras) at the wire. Never Content (Andy Miller) was third. Tony Alagna trains the winner for owners Brad Grant, Crawford Farms Racing, Robert LeBlanc and In The Gym Partners, she was a $70,000 Lexington yearling bred by Crawford Farms.
Around a million dollars worth of trotting fillies comprised race 4 with Synergy (Gingras) clearly the best of the lot scoring a front end 1:56.3 / 28.2 with something left. EL Ideal (Ake Svanstedt) followed along to be second while Beyond Kronos (Tim Tetrick) closed nicely in hand to get third. Synergy was a $275,000 Lexington sale buy, bred by Southwind Farms and trained by Per Engbloom for Brittany Farms, John Fielding, Herb Liverman and David Anderson.
Ready For Moni (Gingras) made an impression on the bagel and lox crowd with a come from behind 1:56.1, trotting home in 27.2 to track down Back Of The Neck (Brian Sears) and mile cutter Gangster Hanover (Svanstedt). Ready For Moni is by the International star Ready Cash from daughter of the great Moni Maker, bred by Moni Maker Stable and bought in Lexington by John Fielding, Lindy Farms, Herb Liverman and Bud Hatfield. Per Engbloom trains.
Ake Svanstedt unleashed his Muscle Hill colt King Alphonso with a front end tour de force 1:58.1 mile, trotting home in 28 flat by as many as he pleased. Stable mate Words Matter (A. Miller) stayed for second while Platoon System (Tetrick) rallied a bit late to get third. Ake owns King Alphonso with Bender Sweden, Little E, LLC and Doug Sipple. The $110,000 Harrisburg yearling was bred by Order By Stable.
Beads (Andy Miller) inherited the lead on the backstretch when Cantab Cadet went erratically for a bit, then bore wide himself off the final bend yet held sway over the fast finish of Chestnut Hill (D. Miller) to get the 1:59.2 win. Beads is an Archangel colt bred by Atlantic Trot and Steve Stewart then purchased by Renee Spahr. He comes from the Svanstedt barn.
The pacers started with race 8 where Brad Grantís Sweet Lou filly Lady Lou (McCarthy) won right back for trainer Tony Alagna in 1:54.1 after a 1:54 score two weeks ago. Andy put her on the lead past the quarter then moved away willingly through the 28.1 last quarter. Stable mate Watchful Eye (Dexter Dunn) was second. Lady Lou was a $55,000 Harrisburg yearling bred by Robert Hamather.
Reflect With Me made it two straight for McCarthy, Alagna and Grant (this time in partnership with breeder Brittany Farms) when she flew home to get up very late over Shebesailin (Dunn) in 1:55 / 27.3. It was the third morning trial for the daughter of Captaintreacherous who went through the Lexington ring for $120,000.
Seriously Hanover (Tetrick) was powerful in a 1:54.1 front end performance with a 26.4 kicker to hold off Choir Master (Dunn) and Rockin The Gates (D. Miller). Aggressive throughout, Seriously Hanover went under the wire in the grips for Tetrick and trainer Mark Harder. Cimaglio, Demeter and Giagni own the Western Ideal colt, a Hanover bred $92,000 Harrisburg yearling.
Manchego (Dexter Dunn) was out for her first go on Lasix this morning and she looked fantastic. Restrained right to the wire, she floated along through the three quarters in 1:24.2 the ripped off a 26.3 quarter to finish it off well within herself.
Bettors Wish and Dexter Dunn wrapped it up with an ultra-impressive 1:51.3 prep for the upcoming Meadowlands Pace storming home in 26.3 under a Dunn double arm lock. Macís Power cut it and held second in only his second seasonal appearance while Captain Ahab went an encouraging race, all three with an eye on the Pace.
Live racing resumes at 7:15 this evening with the WineFest leading the promotions.
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