03/06/2014 1:31PM

Meadowlands: National Debt, Perfect Alliance head Saturday stakes finals

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Perefect Alliance is the 4/5 morning line favorite in the Charles Singer Memorial final.

While politicians in Washington have struggled with raising the limits of the national debt, trainer Ron Coyne Jr. is in no hurry to find the limits of his National Debt, an undefeated three-year-old pacer and likely odds-on favorite in Saturday’s $60,500 final of the Buddy Gilmour Memorial, race 11 on the 13-race card at the Meadowlands.

The well-named son of Allamerican Native from the Falcon Seelster dam Our Interhitance, National Debt burst on the east coast scene with a devastating 1:50 3/5 career best mile. The February 22 start at the Meadowlands was just the fifth of his career and his first as a sophomore.

The colt had been flawless racing in Western Canada as a two-year-old, but the winter out west wasn’t kind to owners Kelly Hoerdt and Blair Corbell, who shipped the colt east to finish up.

“They had a brutal winter and they just sent him out here in December for me to finish him up,” said Coyne, who has had a relationship with the owners for the last few years. “We’ve been to the yearling sales together and they want to support the program in Alberta.”

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Needless to say, National Debt didn’t have much in the way of competition out west and may not have much of it on Saturday night. However, that’s not the way Coyne sees it. “This is a good group of colts,” Coyne said, referring to the once-beaten foes Capital Account (post three) and Dinner At The Met (post four).

As if he needed help in the draw, National Debt landed the rail for perennial leading driver Tim Tetrick. Coyne said the driver was quite happy after the colt’s first pari-mutuel contest, a Gilmour leg victory.

“Timmy really liked the way he accelerated quickly to take the lead and then just fell asleep on him once he got the lead.”

National Debt showed instant acceleration, sprinting his final quarter in :26 3/5 and leaving no doubt his supremacy at least in the first week of sophomore racing.

Coyne, who has had his share of top quality three-year-olds, including the Adios upset winner Washington V C, says the colt has been a pleasure to be around. After the Gilmour he expects National Debt to be entered in the Bobby Weiss Memorial when Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs opens at the end of this month. The owners (including new partners Jerry and Theresa Silva) have nominated the colt to both the North America Cup and Meadowlands Pace.

USTA Horse of the Month Perfect Alliance will also look to remain unbeaten, at least in 2014, when he goes to post in the $53,200 final of the Charles Singer Memorial. Singer, a former staffer of Harness Eye nee Sports Eye, was the longtime chartcaller and program director at the Meadowlands and its best morning line oddsmaker.

The Singer goes as race six, with Perfect Alliance a likely odds-on favorite from post two for trainer Julie Miller and driver Andy Miller. The four-year-old daughter of Credit Winner has captured both elimination races with ease and has won four times this year in 1:54 or better.

Perfect Alliance is co-owned by New Meadowlands Chairman Jeff Gural, general manager Jason Settlemoir, Dave Stolz and Arthur Geiger.

Perfect Alliance won but twice in her first 18 career starts making her eligible for the Singer, which allows entry to trotters that were non-winners of three pari-mutuel races.

Leading trainer Ron Burke will send out two in the Singer, with Time To Quit ready to put his unblemished record on the line for top pilot Yannick Gingras. Time To Quit, an altered son of Chocolatier, hasn’t had the same walk in the park that Perfect Alliance has, winning by just a head and a neck in his two series starts. Time To Quit already owns a late-closing title this winter having captured the $46,500 Super Bowl final on January 22.

Time To Quit will have a slight post edge over Perfect Alliance having drawn the pole position.

Two other four-year-olds have shown talent while failing to reach the winner’s circle in the series. Ray Hall (post four), a son of the improving stallion Justice Hall, has been a bridesmaid to Perfect Alliance in his last two outings. Prior to that he scored a 1:54 1/5 victory in the C-1 class.

Cajole Hanover (post three) nearly trotted by Time To Quit but fell a nose short in last week’s final prelim. The Donato Hanover-sired gelding appears to have the talent to keep up with these when he stays on stride.

The Meadowlands card gets underway at 7:15 pm and features a $25,000 Pick 5 guarantee (races 1-5), a $30,000 first Pick 4 guarantee (races 3-6) and a $50,000 Late Pick 4 guarantee (races 7-10). 

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