06/02/2012 3:12PM

Meadowlands: The Babies are Here!


There were no screaming temper tantrums at the Meadowlands on Saturday morning (June 2) even though the babies were on the East Rutherford track for their first official action of the year. Let’s take a look at the more notable performers with some added commentary from our man at the track P.J. Iovino.

Rather than save the best for last, perhaps the most striking performance came right out of the box in race one. To Dream On, the first foal out of $92,933 earner Satin Pillows, and a $200,000 yearling purchase, cruised along on the engine through fractions of :30, 1:01 2/5, 1:30 4/5 and 1:57 3/5. You read that right, a :26 4/5 final quarter for a 2-year-old trotting filly!

The final clocking by the Jimmy Takter trainee stood up favorably against the fastest pacers of the morning and certainly stood out for Iovino – “She exploded off soft fractions to close in :26 4/5 under wraps. She was so fast off the turn that my jaw dropped open.”

Caneel Hall took top honors in the second morning trial. She crossed the wire 2 ¾ lengths the best in 2:01 2/5; last quarter in :28 4/5.

Iovino – “The effort was okay. It was just nice to see the first Deweycheatumnhowe-sired winner at the Meadowlands.”

Kegler Hanover, a $120,000 yearling buy, captured race three for trainer/driver Jimmy Takter. He trotted the mile in 2:02.

Race four went to Apollo Hanover, the fifth foal out of Audra Hall, and another Takter trainee. The trotter’s final clocking was a solid 2:01 1/5.

Sinatra Hall did it his way for driver/trainer Ray Schnittker in race five. The colt trotted the mile in 2:00 3/5.

Lonewold Currier really stood out in the sixth event of the morning. The full brother to $405,774 earner (1:48 3/5 career mark) Lookout Hanover posted a 1:58 final time on the board; final quarter in :27 1/5.

Iovino – “He rated nicely but did hold very well down the lane; he dug in.”

Source Of Pride, the full brother to this year’s star 3-year-old filly pacer American Jewel ($685,638), took care of business in his first trip to the track for trainer Takter.

Iovino – “He took pressure from both sides. Driver Ron Pierce was confident, but the colt may have been held together a bit at the end. He was a little tired or rough right at the wire.”

According to Iovino, out of the same race came a standout effort from Bellator, the 8th foal from Art In Motion and a half brother to $599,148 earner Florida Boy.

Iovino – “He left for a tuck, brushed to the front, yielded for a pocket and was still strong late while on his own; was impressed by the two moves.”

Artist Night, the fifth foal from mare Midnight Art and a half brother to Manchine ($174,471), was a solid winner in 1:58 3/5; another Takter-trained winner.

Iovino – “He came with cover on the final turn, took over under pressure and held on his own.”

Americasgottalent captured race nine in a strong 1:57 1/5 for trainer Ron Burke, but third place finisher Major Blue Coat could prove the most interesting from the race. The half-brother to Forensic Z Tam ($1,326,964) was quite impressive while finishing third.

Iovino – “He was fumbly off the gate and came wide off the final turn, but when he straightened out, Schnittker never touched him and he finished willingly; plenty of potential.”

Odds On Equuleus and Odds On Alpha, both trained by Robin Schadt, posted the fastest morning efforts in 1:57. The former “absolutely exploded home under his own power; like a freight train,” according to Iovino, while the latter kicked home in :26 2/5; pretty fast for a pacing filly.

Also out of those races was the half-brother to Clear Vision ($1,059,475) and Rock N Roll Heaven ($2,748,818), Big Risk, who broke early and finished up just okay.

Wrapping up the action was Shebestingin. The daughter of Armbro Tussle is a half-sister to Hop Sing ($972,801) and Bono Bests ($531,745), both sub-1:50 pacers. She won in 1:58 3/5, while “own her own” according to Iovino.