02/22/2013 1:50PM

Harness Racing: Warrawee Needy and Anndrovette back in action

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View of the Meadowlands Grandstand construction from the new parking lot.

Qualifiers on Thursday morning at the Meadowlands featured chilly 27-degree temperatures and a consistent 15-20 mph tailwind through the stretch. Despite the winter weather, viewers were treated with a taste of spring as two top older performers made appearances on the track.

UPFRONT BILLY – Waited patiently along the cones until three-quarters and finished up with plenty of trot when asked for a bit of speed by driver Mark MacDonald. He is classified as an A-2 trotter and could be an interesting play if the field comes up soft.

TOP BILLING – Showed he could be past the breaking problems which plagued him at the conclusion of his 3-year-old season. He was angled off the cones at the five-eighths and blew past the leader with ease. This Team Miller trainee could not have won any easier.

WARRAWEE NEEDY – Prepped for the Aquarius series in style by going wire to wire. He felt a few light taps of the whip on the final turn to pick up the pace after a soft half and accelerated to a very comfortable score.

ANNDROVETTE – Found a seat in fourth and was patiently kept along the cones until the three-quarter call. She continued to be handled patiently while gaining between foes and really kicked in late after Tim Tetrick simply showed her the whip one time.

Horses to Watch

Friday, February 15

MYSTICAL VICTRESS (A-2/B-1) – Was too far back behind rated fractions and charged home for second.

RHAPSODY ROSE (B-1) – Was a sharp gate-to-wire winner.

CAMERON CHIP (C-1) – Was carried out wide into the lane by a breaker and trotted home willingly.

RESISTANCE FUTILE (JR TRENDSETTER) – Was super in his Big M debut and looks like the one to beat in the final.

SANGAAL (B-2) – Was in very tight through the stretch.

Saturday, February 16

BUCKEYE IN CHARGE (10000/15000CLM) – Came up big first-over and kept going.

LITTLE GOLD RING (B-2) – Had some traffic issues and came home with some pace when clear.