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Meadowlands: Dontyouforgetit and Shebestingin post fastest Baby Race miles
By Jay Bergman
Two-year-olds are getting closer to racing for purse money. On Saturday morning the Meadowlands hosted 14 races for the next generation of pacers and trotters with some expensive and inexpensive horses impressing.
Trainers Jimmy Takter and Joe Holloway had a host of horses look ready for battle. Takter’s Dontyuforgetit scored the fastest trotting mile of the morning. The homebred from the gifted trotting filly Solveig measured off a gritty Aperfectyankee (Yankee Glide) in posting a 1:58 victory. Dontyouforgetit is a son of Cantab Hall.
Takter also guided Peaceful EzFeelin, the second foal from the phenomenal Peaceful Way. This homebred of Katz, Libfeld, Goldband and Stiller is by Muscles Yankee but clearly has the diminutive size and similar gait of her dam. Takter had her in front quickly and posted an easy 2:01 2/5 mile. Finishing third in this race was Lady Riviera, a half-sister to last year’s Breeders Crown champion Chapter Seven and owned and bred by Rich Banca. Brian Sears had the high-stepping filly trotting nicely to the wire. Speaking of Chapter Seven, the now 4-year-old will make his season’s debut for trainer Linda Toscano in the Titan Cup at the end of the month.
Trainer Jim Campbell had a nice looking and pure-gaited Credit Winner colt make his debut. Dexter Lake Club, a $60,000 yearling purchase, was handled by Jim’s Hall of Fame brother John, who looked like he wanted to sit in but had to move to the front past the quarter with no holes available. Dexter Lake Club couldn’t out-foot the Takter trained High Bridge but was a solid second in the 2:00 2/5 mile.
Campbell’s other first timer Fashion Blizzard, also by Credit Winner, cruised to a 1:58 3/5 mile for driver Dave Miller. The seventh foal from the $735,556 winner Fun And Strokes, Fashion Blizzard is a homebred of Fashion Farms LLC (Jules Siegel).
The $110,000 yearling purchase Dewycolorintheline took the long way home for trainer-driver and part-owner Ray Schnittker in another trotting contest. A colt from the first crop of Hambo winner Deweycheatumnhowe trotted most of the mile on the outside but had the will to pass a determined Bluto (Donato Hanover-Blur) in the 2:00 2/5 mile. It was the second race for the winner and first victory. Max Andover, who finished third in this race looked solid in the stretch for Jimmy Takter Jr.
Holloway’s pacers were sharp with Shebestingin, a Bettors Delight filly scoring in 1:54 3/5, a full four seconds faster than her triumph a week earlier. This half-sister to Hop Sing and Bono Bests took the final turn greenly but kicked home with a :27 final quarter. Somwherovrarainbow, the first filly from the great Rainbow Blue from first crop sire Somebeachsomewhere, finished a solid third with driver Brian Sears content to draft behind cover right through the wire. The George Teague Jr.-trained and owned filly could be the best foal so far from the mare.
Holloway was high on his homebred Kenzies Beach Boy and the son of Jenna’s Beach Boy didn’t disappoint, making two moves and holding safely in a 1:57 mile. Dave Miller came back to guide another Holloway student Don’t Ya Know to an impressive victory in 1:56. The Western Ideal colt, a $25,000 Lexington Sale purchase, made two moves and cut a rated half before sprinting his final half in :56 flat.
The $4,000 yearling Scalped from the Teague stable was ultra-game in defeat while the Brian Sears-driven homebred Bellator came up a little short this week after an inspiring debut a week earlier.
Ray Schnittker’s stable had an up and down morning with Royal Assets, a filly by Donato Hanover being the up and Caveat Emptor the down. Royal Assets sizzled a final quarter in :27 1/5 in her career debut posting a 2:00 1/5 effort. Caveat Emptor, a highly-thought of colt by Deweycheatumnhowe tried to leave, broke and then never seemed to settle down.
On a closing note, Bigrisk, the $450,000 yearling purchase and half-brother to Horse of the Year Rock N Roll Heaven, atoned for a miscue last week with a solid ground saving effort. Trainer Bruce Saunders thought his colt might have had trouble with the starting gate last week but this week he was well mannered and tracked well despite losing some ground on the final turn. He responded nicely in the stretch, showing pace in the :27 1/5 final quarter.
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