07/30/2016 8:21PM

Meadowlands: Don'tcallmefrancis upsets Boston Red Rocks, Blue Moon Stride wins again

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Don'tcallmefrancis slipped up the inside to defeat Boston Red Rocks in the Abbatiello

Don'tcallmefrancis got the better of heavy favorite Boston Red Rocks in the $150,000 Anthony Abbatiello Classic for 3-year-old pacing colts, and Blue Moon Stride took the $85,000 Thomas D'Altrui for 3-year-old filly pacers on Saturday night at the Meadowlands.

With Yannick Gingras handling the assignment, Don'tcallmefrancis was in the lead at the 27 3/5 opening quarter in the Abbatiello, but Boston Red Rocks (Tim Tetrick) was already on the move out of the pocket at that point, and he would take over the lead.  A 56 second half and a 1:24 three-quarters followed, but in the end Boston Red Rocks couldn't fend off Don'tcallmefrancis, as he dove to the inside late and was up to win by a nose in a 1:51 mile.  Ideal Rocky (Corey Callahan), Winning Linc (Scott Zeron), and All The Cookies (Brett Miller) rounded out the order.

Ron Burke trains Don'tcallmefrancis, a gelding by Rocknroll Hanover, for owners Burke Racing Stable LLC., Weaver Bruscemi LLC., and Phil Collura.  Don'tcallmefrancis is now a seven-time winner in his career, and he has earned $172,998.  Sent off at 5-1, he paid $12.60 to win.

The Thomas D'Altrui was run as a non-wagering event prior to the main card, and Blue Moon Stride (Andrew McCarthy), the winner of the Mistletoe Shalee in her most recent try, led through fractions of 26 3/5, 56 2/5, and 1:24 1/5 on her way to a 1:51 2/5 tally.  She beat runner-up Jk Fannie (Callahan) by 6 1/2 lengths, with Rocknroll Vision (Marcus Johansson) and Place To Rocknroll (John Campbell), checking in third and fourth, respectively.

Mark Harder trains Blue Moon Stride, a daughter of Rocknroll Hanover, for owners Emilio and Maria Rosati.  Blue Moon Stride has now won nine times from 21 career starts, and she has earned $611,525.