04/23/2016 12:39PM

Meadowlands: Hambletonian winner Pinkman second in first qualifier of the season

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Derick Giwner
Crazy Wow, who counted the Colonial and Matron among his stakes wins at three, won a star-studded qualifier this morning at the Meadowlands

Defending Hambletonian champion Pinkman was in action for the first time as a 4-year-old during qualifiers this morning at the Meadowlands, and he would finish a close second to multiple stakes winner and millionaire Crazy Wow in a 1:55 mile.

It wasn’t the nicest morning the Meadowlands has seen recently, but the track was bustling with training early and a full slate of qualifying races at 9:30. A light rain fell throughout with temps in the low 60’s and no wind to speak of.  The track was off a second or so at the start, got a bit worse in the middle, then began to dry as the rain subsided for the last four or five races.

In the marquee qualifying event, Honor And Serve (now in the Ake Svanstadt barn) cut the mile and led into the stretch where Crazy Wow trotted up to his outside, and Pinkman ducked to the inside as the three finished in a line across the track. Tim Tetrick drove the winner for the Ron Burke stable and owners Our Horse Cents, J&T Silva and Deo Volente Farms.

Sunset Glider opened the day a winner in a repeat of last week’s card. This time she took a pocket behind Silvia, overtook that one quickly at the three-quarters, then won off by herself in 1:56 2/5 and a 28 second last quarter. Silvia was an urged second. Dave Miller drove the winner again for Jimmy Takter and owners Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld.

Race two contained several of last season’s top trotting fillies. Celebrity Eventsy made a good appearance in her first outing, leaving sharply from post nine to the front, then yielding to Kathy Parker through middle splits.  Celebrity Eventsy would then go by Kathy Parker in the stretch under no urging from John Campbell to win in 1:57 1/5 with a 28 3/5 final quarter. Kathy Parker and a closing Caprice Hill hit the wire together behind the winner, and Haughty was a willing fourth. The unbeaten NYSS champ Non Stick also went along nicely in this one. Staffan Lind trains the winner for Celebrity Farms.

Trond Smedshammer put the lightly-raced Tyson on the front early and won easily over Desert Runner in 1:57 2/5 with a 28 4/5 kicker. Smedshammer trains and shares ownership with Purple Haze Stable, Anderson Farms and Marc Goldberg.

Jimmy William is the latest product out of the great broodmare Solveig, and although he didn’t do much at two, he is showing signs of talent this year. In his second appearance this season he left for position, sat third, then went by willingly in 1:58 1/5 and a 29 1/5 final quarter for Brett Miller. Southern Cross was a well-meant second and Nebraska Jack third. Solveig’s Racing Partners owns and Takter trains the winner.

Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Final winner Lagerfeld won the fifth race for Takter and Yannick Gingras. He sat in as first Gleaming Memory and Hollywood Highway took turns on the lead through slow numbers, then went by on his own when shown a clear lane in the stretch, closing the 1:57 3/5 mile with a 28 3/5 quarter. Hollywood Highway held second and Metatron third. The winner is owned by Christina Takter, Jim and John Fielding and Herb Liverman.

Older trotters took the track after a break and Donatomite got up in the last step on Canepa Hanover in 1:54 4/5 for Smedshammer. The two took turns on the lead with Canepa Hanover taking over past the half and leading through a 27 3/5 third quarter, then Donatomite wearing him down in the 29 second final panel. The winner is a Michael Andrew homebred trained by Smedshammer.

Pacing fillies came up in the eighth today, and Cut And Paste got up from far back in 1:53 2/5 (28 2/5 final quarter) for Jimmy Marohn, Jr. Heels On The Beach set the early numbers, then two or three waves of fillies overtook the early leaders as they neared the wire. Penpal was second and Shezarealdeal was an up-the-inside third. Linda Toscano trains the winner and owns part as Cameo Stable with Stake Your Claim and Fred Wallace.

Pure Country was powerful this morning, drawing away from some good fillies in 1:53 1/5 (27 second final quarter) for Brett Miller. Slowly taking the lead from post seven through a 28 3/5 opener, Miller yielded to No Clouds Blue Chip past that station.  Miller sat for a half, then tipped Pure Country passing the three-quarter mark, and she took off.  Yankee Moonshine and Pure Ivy followed the winner in. Diamond Creek Farms owns the winner, and she is trained in the Jimmy Takter stable.

Pretty Boy Hill prevailed after a stretch-long battle with Selvin in 1:56 1/5 and a 27 4/5 final kicker. Tetrick drove for trainer Tony Alagna and owner Tom Hill.

Older pacers wrapped the morning session and Artistic Major a winner from well-back in 1:53 4/5 (27 3/5 final quarter) with Brett Miller aboard for Steve Elliott.

--edited press release (Meadowlands)--