04/16/2016 12:03PM

Meadowlands: Bee A Magician and Always B Miki among stars to qualify

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Derick Giwner
Always B Miki's first qualifier of the year was a 1:52 effort Saturday morning at The Meadowlands

Two sure signs of spring are that tax day has passed and the good horses begin to show up for qualifiers at The Meadowlands in anticipation of stakes season. The sky was cloudless, the wind negligible, and the temperature hovered around fifty degrees when 3-year-old filly trotters stepped onto the track to open the card.

Predictably, a Jimmy Takter horse won the first race. It was Sunset Glider, a Cantab Hall filly that won the Kentuckiana Sales Stake at Hoosier last summer. She led all the way through slow numbers then sprinted home in 27 1/5 on the end of the 1:57 2/5 mile for Dave Miller. Wildflower, the winner of the Kindergarten final last year, was second for Ake Svanstedt and Kathy Parker came third. Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld are the owners of Sunset Glider.

Svanstedt took revenge in the second, cutting the mile to win in 1:57 4/5 with the Credit Winner filly New Sheriff In Town.  Finishing second was a fast-closing Miss Tezsla (Takter), who was driven by Brett Miller. Mellby Gard owns the winner.

Going back to the New York Sire Stakes well that produced a million dollar return on investment last season in Crazy Wow, Ronnie Burke unveiled new purchase Dayson in the third. He led all the way through well-rated fractions then edged away to a clear 1:55 2/5 (27 3/5 final quarter) score with driver Yannick Gingras motionless in the sulky. Honor Above All and Granite State followed him in. Burke Racing, Our Horse Cents, J&T Silva and Rossie Smith are now the owners of Dayson.

The fifth qualifier contained a few of the finest trotters in the land. Trainer Nifty Norman was recently quoted as saying Bee A Magician might be better than ever and off her pair of qualifiers the consensus is a resounding, “You might by right, Nifty!”

She drafted along behind Aged Breeders Crown winner Creatine, who clicked through fractions of 29, 58 and 1:26 4/5 before Brian Sears tipped Bee A Magician and sat up. She edged past Creatine, who held well in his first outing, in a 27 flat conclusion to the 1:53 4/5 mile. Resolve sat mid-pack early and gained some ground to be a controlled third. Mel Hartman, Herbie Liverman and David McDuffee own Bee A Magician.

Pacers started up after the break and sophomore fillies went a mile in 1:54 3/5 with JK Fannie and John Campbell holding off the late bid of last year’s Three Diamonds winner Yankee Moonshine. JK Fannie is owned by 3 Brothers Stables.

The seventh race pit last season’s winners of the New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York Sires Stakes 2-year-old filly finals, and they finished right across the track in that order. Blue Moon Stride and Andy McCarthy set fractions of 29 1/5, 57 4/5, and 1:26 4/5 with Dime A Dozen in the pocket and Pure Country, the Dan Patch Award winner, third. They fanned across the track in the stretch, and Blue Moon Stride held off the late rally of Pure Country by an inch with Dime A Dozen another head back third in 1:54 1/5. Emillio and Maria Rosati own the winning filly, Mark Harder trains.

JK Will Power looked sharp this morning, dragging Yannick Gingras around the oval in 1:53 1/5 (27 1/5 final quarter) in a winning effort over Carlos Danger and Sapient Hanover. The 3-year-old pacing colt is trained by the Burke stable for 3 Brothers.

Burke sent out Check Six next, and he looked sharp today in winning for Gingras in 1:52. Settling third through the first three-quarters, Check Six took off when shown racetrack and drew off over Love Tap Hanover and Western Dynasty with the 26 3/5 final stanza. He is owned by Burke, Weaver Bruscemi, Switala and Martin.

Always B Miki made a good appearance in his first qualifier, setting slow fractions and then sprinting home in 26 3/5 (and he didn’t really start pacing until inside the final eighth) to close the 1:52 mile well in hand. National Seelster and Big Top Hanover both logged good efforts on the chase. Dave Miller drove Always B Miki for Takter and owners Bluewood Stable, Roll The Dice Stable and Christina Takter.

Older mare pacers closed the card with Katie Said making an impressive appearance with a pillar-to-post 1:54 1/5 (27 3/5 final quarter) win for Brett Miller. She’s as fast as any when on her game and today was one of those days. Stacia Hanover and Bedroomconfessions followed her in with solid efforts. Black Horse Racing owns the winner.

--press release (Meadowlands)--