05/16/2015 12:54PM

Harness: Father Patrick, JK Shesalady post sharp wins

Chris Tully
JK She'salady is expected to make her 2015 debut at Tioga Downs on May 25.

Champions Father Patrick and JK She’salady both turned in stunning performances while winning their qualifiers on Saturday morning at the Meadowlands.

Father Patrick was clearly keyed up behind the gate and took charge with a 27 4/5 opening quarter. He continued to lead through fractions of 56 3/5 and 1:24 3/5 before sprinting the final quarter without any encouragement from driver Yannick Gingras in 27 2/5.

Trainer Jimmy Takter said he has yet to make a final decision on where Father Patrick will make his 4-year-old debut, but mentioned the $150,000 Maxie Lee at Harrah’s Philly on May 24 as the most likely starting point.

Father Patrick, the 3-year-old colt trotting champion from 2014, has won 22 of 28 career races and earned $2,437,138 during his career.

If possible, 2014 Horse of the Year JK She’salady looked even better than Father Patrick.

Derick Giwner      Father Patrick and Jimmy Takter.

The Nancy Johansson-trained 3-year-old pacing filly waited patiently in fourth with driver Tim Tetrick before moving out beghind cover at three quarters. Tetrick remained patient into the stretch and only needed to show the young lady some daylight for her to charge home in 25 4/5 and win effortlessly in 1:51 3/5.

Sandbetweenurtoes, a 4-year-old with a 1:49 1/5 career mark, finished one length behind in second.

“She still had her earplugs in at the end of the mile,” said Johansson. “When the driver comes back after finishing in 25 4/5 and says there is more left, that’s impressive. She does it so effortlessly.

“She was so good last year and I thought maybe she was just mature for her age, but she is even more mature now. She has grown up and filled out even more than I could have hoped.”

JK She’salady, who owns a perfect 12-for-12 record and earned $883,330 in her rookie year of racing, will make her first start of 2015 at Tioga Downs in a New York Sire Stakes race on May 25.

The fastest mile of the morning came from Rockeyed Optimist. The 4-year-old pacing gelding won by 15 lengths in 1:49 4/5.