05/21/2016 9:50PM

Meadowlands: Miller sweeps Graduate Trots; Artistic Major scores in Graduate Pace

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Maestro Blue Chip has now won all ten of his starts in 2016 after winning his Graduate Trot division

Driver David Miller made the best of his opportunity, sweeping two $50,000 divisions of the Graduate Series for 4-year-old trotters at the Meadowlands on Saturday night. Miller piloted 7-1 shot Crazshana to an upset in the first division and came back with 30-1 shot Maestro Blue Chip to upset odds-on favorite Pinkman in the process.

Crazshana and Miller left alertly in the first Graduate division and had command through a 27 4/5 opening quarter. Miller allowed even-money favorite Wings Of Royalty to take the front, and that one set fractions of 55 4/5 and 1:24 2/5 for the middle half. In the stretch Crazshana found room to the inside and sprinted by, scoring in a career-best 1:51 3/5 clocking. Jeff Bamond Jr. trains the son of Crazed for owner Bamond Racing LLC.

The second stanza of the Graduate was hotly-contested and featured last year's Hambletonian champion Pinkman as well as two undefeated 4-year-olds in Musical Rhythm and Maestro Blue Chip. Driver John Campbell had Musical Rhythm, undefeated in nine starts this year, on the lead past a 27 2/5 opening quarter. Campbell grabbed up to give the favorite Pinkman control before the 56 half.

Crescent Fashion and driver Ake Svandstedt picked up the chase and drove hard at Pinkman. Maestro Blue Chip with Miller were poised second-over, tipped wide after the 1:24 three quarters, and catapulted by the leaders in a 1:51 3/5 mile. Crescent Fashion gamely nailed Pinkman for the place with Musical Rhythm third.

"He's a wonderfully intelligent horse," said Joann Looney-King, the winning trainer. "You never know how they will race until you get here."

A winner in his first nine starts this year Maestro Blue Chip was taking a major step up in class in the Graduate.  Looney-King confirmed that the second of Credit Winner will go in the second leg of the Graduate at Mohawk in a couple of weeks.

Richard Pollucci owns Maestro Blue Chip, now 10-for-10 in 2016.

Artistic Major put an end to the 11-race winning streak of Rockin Ron in the $75,000 Graduate for the 4-year-old pacing set. The Steve Elliott-trained stallion found himself in a perfect cover flow while odds-on choice Rockin Ron found room at a premium in the stretch and cleared well too late to get to the wire in front.

The action was hot and heavy early with Rockin Ron and Gingras jetting to the front in 27 1/5, but stablemate Rock N Roll World was parked and pressed on to clear to the top. With Split The House on the move at the quarter, driver Brett Miller squeezed out with In The Arsenal and moved with authority to take control at the 54 2/5 half.  Split The House pressed the leader with Artistic Major following that cover. Rockin Ron, in the meantime, found himself third on the rail and without room.

Artistic Major sprinted wide after the 1:21 3/5 three quarter clocking and rolled right to the front. Rockin Ron searched in vain in early stretch for clearance, but had to wait until the winner was well clear to find room and was a solid second. Split The House settled for third behind the Tim Tetrick-driven 9-1 upset winner.

"I had good cover and got ahead of him," said Tetrick about the trip that put him clear of the favorite.

Van Dusen, Cimaglio,Elliott and Patel own Artistic Major, a 1:48 1/5 career-best winner.

In New Jersey Sire Stakes action for 3-year-old pacers, Boston Red Rocks (Tetrick) and Blue Moon Stride (Andrew McCarthy) were victorious.

Boston Red Rocks led through panels of 28, 56 2/5, and 1:24 1/5 before he sprinted home in 26 2/5 to win the $25,000 event for colts by a head in 1:50 3/5.  It was the fifth win from ten starts for Boston Red Rocks, last year's Breeders Crown and Governor's Cup winner.  The Rocknroll Hanover colt is trained by Steve Elliott for Peter Blood and Rick Berks.

Blue Moon Stride went into the lead from first-over at the 1:24 1/5 three-quarters and paced away from there to win the $25,000 test for fillies by 3 1/4 lengths in 1:51 3/5.  Mark Harder trains the winner, a daughter of Rocknroll Hanover, for owners Emilio and Maria Rosati.  It was the fifth lifetime win for Blue Moon Stride, last year's New Jersey Sire Stakes champion and the runner-up in the Three Diamonds.