07/16/2016 11:18AM

Meadowlands: Overdraft Volo, Victor Gio It strong in baby races

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Overdraft Volo took a nice 1:56 1/5 mark for Andy and Julie Miller in the opener of Saturday morning's "Breakfast with the Babies" at the Meadowlands, leading all the way and trotting easily right to the wire several lengths in advance of Amber Ella (Tim Tetrick). The winner is a result of "old school" Kentuckiana breeding being by Yankee Glide and out of Bank Of Newport.  Kentuckiana retains an interest in her with the Pinske Stable. She sold for $50,000 at Lexington last fall.

Eddie Lohmeyer won the second with Casa Palmera, an Andover Hall filly he owns with his wife Dr. Patty Hogan. Eddie sent her right to the top, set legitimate fractions, and won in-hand in 1:58 3/5 (29 3/5 final panel). Crann Tara (Tetrick) was second and Glitzy Gal (Dave Miller) was a closing third.

Italian-bred Victor Gio It (Yannick Gingras) impressed the veteran crowd of BWTB faithful with his remarkable turn of foot, moving around the leaders on the turn, then zipping home in 27 1/5 on the end of a mile in 1:56 4/5. He’s by Ready Cash and out of the Pine Chip mare Ilaria Jet, owned by Christina Takter with Italians Somma and Ruscigno and Swede Nicolas de Mitri.

Wutan won for Jimmy Takter this morning, taking over just past the quarter and going along nicely in 1:57 3/5 to win by a few over Explosive Ridge (Marcus Johansson). The fashionably-bred Muscle Hill colt out of Broadway Schooner cost Christina Takter and Brixton Medical $130,000 at Harrisburg last fall.

Ohio sire Big Bad John had a winner this morning when the filly Crooked Halo took a 1:57 2/5 record for Scott Zeron. Ross Croghan conditions the winner for Let It Ride and Dana Parham, who gave $95,000 for her at Harrisburg.

Rock The Boat gave Croghan another winner this morning, ending the 1:54 1/5 mile with a 26 4/5 final quarter for Andy Miller. The Rock N' Roll Heaven colt, out of the great race mare Tug River Princess, left, yielded to Long Beach near the 59 half, tipped out of the last turn, then stormed home under light urging. Benji’s Best (Jason Bartlett) finished second and Long Beach (Tetrick) faded to third. Let It Ride and Dana Parham also own this colt and are the breeders as well.

Richard Hill got Pace day off to a winning beginning for owner Tom Hill and trainer Tony Alagna, who will send favored Racing Hill out in tonight’s Meadowlands Pace by winning the single pacing colt division for Tim Tetrick in 1:55 3/5 and a 27 1/5 final kicker. Mr. Hill gave $190,000 for the Mach Three colt at Harrisburg. Another Alagna pupil, Art Scene (Zeron), was a closing second.

--press release (Meadowlands)--