01/04/2012 11:16AM

Meadowlands Qualifying Insider, 12/29


A new era began at the big track in East Rutherford on Thursday, December 29. Qualifiers were contested under partly cloudy skies and 30 degrees temperatures, with a 1 second time allowance by the judges. Slight tailwinds were not a major factor. Let’s take a look at the 20-race card.

RACE 1- CRUZIN ANGEL buried a suspect field, but the mile was completely effortless and she is very good right now.

RACE 2 – FOREIGN OFFICER was a very well-meant winner today and looks ready for action.

RACE 4- YUMMY SUSHI blasted a very weak fiend en route to a 13 ½ length score. She raced well but may not be worth the short price.

RACE 5- REI OF SUNSHINE made a quick brush to the front; opened up at will in the lane and looks like she’s ready to get it rolling.

RACE 9 – INTEGRITY was locked along the cones climbing over foes before giving up late in the lane; one to watch at a price.

RACE 10- DOUBLETROUBLE was badly shuffled on the final turn; angled in the lane and came with good late fire.

RACE 12- MICKEY HANOVER was able to easily fend off ROLLWITHITHARRY in the lane and looked very sharp.

WHOGOESFIRST – raced from a bad position and showed a nice stretch kick into solid rivals.

RACE 14 – FALL BLISS was never asked at any point of the mile and should have more to offer come race-night.

RACE 19- WESTERN SHORE made the front easily; took a few light reminders late final turn and blew home in-hand for Campbell.


Partly cloudy skies, 40 degrees, track was listed as good with a -1 variant. The wind was calm for the 14-race card. RACE 4- ROSE RUN HOOLIGAN worked out a nice pocket trip before blowing by up the cones; looked sharp today.

RACE 6- AGUSTO made an early break and was about 5-wide in the first turn. He made the front and held for a decent while. Gelding must qualify again but could be good down the road.

RACE 7- FOLK TAIL ripped out of the pocket on the final turn and blew right by with strong strides.

RACE 12- SILENT SWING was easily rated by Andy Miller; drew clear in the lane under light taps and is ready to rock.

RACE 13 - UPFRONT ELLIJAY ED went by under a slight urge from the pocket; should fare well in late closer action.

RACE 14 – ANOTHER HOMER was confronted late final turn and just exploded away down the lane in very impressive fashion.


Hosts Sam McKee and Darin Zoccali of the New Meadowlands Racetrack, give their scouting report from the first round of qualifiers held Thursday and Friday morning: