05/04/2013 4:27PM

Harness Racing: Doctor Butch, To Dream On headline Meadowlands qualifying acton

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Derick Giwner
To Dream On is shown warming up before qualifying action.

Driver Tim Tetrick was quiet early in Saturday qualifying action at the Meadowlands, but finished up with four winners, including Captaintreacherous, I Luv The Nitelife and Doctor Butch.

Making his second qualifier of his 3-year-old season, Captaintreacherous sat behind slow fractions of 28 4/5 and 59 3/5 before brushing to the front on the final turn and posting a 1:27 1/5 three-quarter clocking. Though most would have a sub 27-second final quarter, Captain only hung a 27 2/5 number on the tele-timer.

“Speed doesn’t matter. I was happy with him,” said Tetrick. “He has been going with an open bridle this year and he is still a little green on the front.”

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The fastest qualifier on the morning was Doctor Butch. The Linda Toscano trainee sat the pocket behind fractions of 28 3/5, 56 4/5, 1:23 4/5 before exploding to the front with a big charge and hanging a 1:51 2/5 time on the board.

Doctor Butch was the NY Sire Stakes champion for 2-year-old colt pacers and finished a good second behind Odds On Equuleus at The Red Mile last year.

Switching to the fillies, pacer I Luv The Nitelife qualified for the third time in preparation for her 3-year-old debut. The Breeders Crown runner-up from 2012 led at every call in a 1:52 3/5 mile.

“They put the blinkers back on her and she raced really well,” said Tetrick.

On the trot, Breeders Crown champion To Dream On made her first trip to the track a winning one with off-the-pace tactics. Driver Yannick Gingras waited in fourth before edging off the cones and posting a 1:56 mile.

A winner of $727,320, To Dream On won 8 of 9 races as a 2-year-old and is expected to qualify again next week before making her stakes debut on May 31 in the eliminations for the Empire Breeders Classic at Vernon Downs.

Drop The Ball, one of the fastest pacing mares in the sport, cruised around the Meadowlands oval in a two-horse race that was more like a public workout. She stopped the clock in 1:52 4/5 while unasked by driver Corey Callahan. The owner of a 1:48 4/5 lifetime mark was making the second qualifier of her 5-year-old year.

A non-winner in the qualifiers was Maven. The 3-year-old Filly Trot Breeders Crown winner from last year saved ground in third and finished in 27 2/5 to be third best.