07/07/2017 11:59PM

Meadowlands: Freshmen featured in New Jersey Sire Stakes, Kindergarten Classic

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Princess Marxxx improved from second last week to first this week in the New Jersey Sire Stakes

The New Jersey Stakes prelims for 2-year-olds continued on Friday night at the Meadowlands with $20,000 splits for both sexes and gaits.

The 2-year-old filly trot was held on the pari-mutuel card, and Princess Marxxx (Andy Miller), who was second last week, led through panels of 29 3/5, 59 3/5, and 1:29 1/5 on her way to a one and a quarter length decision in 1:57 4/5.  Diamondstone Us (David Miller) was second, followed by last week's winner Be Bop Sally (Andrew McCarthy), who broke in the stretch while positioned third.  Samis Rolin Stone (Dewayne Minor) and Far From A Wish (Yannick Gingras) rounded out the order.

Justin Lebo trains the victorious daughter of Wishing Stone for owner/breeder Steve Stewart.  This was her first win from two starts, and she has earned $15,000.  The 7-2 second choice, Princess Marxxx paid $9.80 to win.  Princess Marxxx is the second foal out of the Muscles Yankee mare Grace Marie, who was fourth in the 2010 New Jersey Sire Stakes final for 2-year-old trotting fillies and a qualifier for the Merrie Annabelle final the same year.

The colt trot, colt pace, and filly pace were all staged as non-betting events before the main card, and all three round one winners would repeat.

First up was U Need Stones (Gingras), who would hold off pocket-sitting Shoshie Deo (Minor) to claim the colt trot by half a length in 1:55 2/5.  They were followed by Brutal Storm (David Miller) and Paging Doctor Teo (Sergio Corona).

U Need Stones is trained by Ron Burke for owners/breeders Burke Racing Stable LLC., Weaver Bruscemi LLC., and Larry Karr.  U Need Stones, who dropped his lifetime mark from 1:59, is the first foal out of the SJ's Caviar mare Sequin Hanover, a half-sister to four six-figure earners.

The filly pace was a four-horse affair, and Hurrikane Empress (Gingras) made a first-over move into the lead before the 1:25 2/5 three-quarters and went on to prevail by a length in 1:53 1/5.  Hypnotic Tale (David Miller) was second-best, with Cruzinforavictory (Andy Miller) and Dream Police Woman (Scott Zeron) taking third and fourth, respectively.

John McDermott trains Hurrikane Empress, a filly by Hurrikane Kingcole, for owners/breeders Jonathan Klee Racing and Kuhen Racing LLC. and their partner Pegasis Investment Group.  Hurrikane Empress, who is the first foal out of the Somebeachsomewhere mare Hurrikane Schmumma, won for the second time in her third parimutuel start.

Melanie's Fran (David Miller) and Hypnotico (Zeron) match-raced each other in the colt pace again, and Melanie's Fran would jog to a 20 3/4 length victory in 1:55 1/5.  Melanie's Fran is trained by Kevin McDermott for owner/breeder Francis Azur.  Melanie's Fran is the third foal out of the Jenna's Beach Boy mare Natalie ($504,461).Lisa Photo$410,000 yearling buy Story Time Hanover began his career with a win

The Kindergarten Classic Series for 2-year-old trotters also began on Friday night's card, and Story Time Hanover (Andrew McCarthy), who was the highest-priced seller at last year's Standardbred Horse Sale ($410,000) was among the winners.

Racing in a heavy downpour, Story Time Hanover tracked fellow Jimmy Takter trainee Bautista (Gingras) from the pocket through fractions of 29 3/5, 59 1/5, and 1:28 4/5, then out-kicked him in the stretch to prevail by a head in 1:57 1/5.  Roysons Tuffguy (David Miller) finished third.

A Muscle Hill colt, Story Time Hanover is owned by Mellby Gard Inc.  Coming off a winning baby race at the Meadowlands, Story Time Hanover, who was bred by W.J. Donovan, broke his maiden at first asking.  Story Time Hanover is the first foal out of the Chocolatier mare Shared Past ($414,165), and she is a half-sister to Dejarmbro ($1,137,285).

On the filly side, Hey Blondie (McCarthy) worked out a second-over trip and kicked home in 28 seconds to score in 1:56 3/5.  The well-regarded Mooshka Stride (Zeron) was second after cutting most of the mile, and Lucky Rainbow was up from sixth to third in the final quarter.

Trained by Chuck Sylvester, Hey Blondie is a $125,000 Harrisburg buy owned by Steve Jones, Mary Kinsey, Paul Bordogna, and David McDuffee.  First and second in her two qualifiers at the Meadowlands, Hey Blondie is by Cantab Hall and is the first foal out of Winbak Blondie, a full sister to Muscle Hill.

The other two Kindergarten splits went to colt Hill Street (Gingras/Takter) in 1:56 2/5 and filly Supergirl Riley (Zeron/Erv Miller) in 1:57 3/5.

Hill Street is a son of Muscle Hill-Think Twice (Cantab Hall) owned by Brixton Medical Inc., John Fielding, Herb Liverman, and Hatfield Stables.  A $180,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase, Hill Street is out of a half-sister to Glidemaster.

Supergirl Riley, a daughter of Muscle Mass-Crown Laurel (Cantab Hall), is owned by Paymaq Racing, George Golemes, and Harvey Eisman.  Taken out of the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale for $32,000, Supergirl Riley is a full sister to multiple Ontario Sires Stakes winner Muscle Hustle ($198,568).