11/30/2013 11:13PM

Meadowlands: Shake It Cerry dominates in $456K Goldsmith Maid final

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Derick Giwner
Shake It Cerry (with Ron Pierce) struts back to the Meadowlands winners circle.

Shake It Cerry made good on a 1-9 promise with an effortless and imposing 1:53 4/5 effort to capture the $456,150 Goldsmith Maid Final for two-year-old trotting fillies at the Meadowlands on Saturday night. The juvenile cut sensible fractions of :27 4/5,  :57 1/5 and 1:26 before sprinting off by three lengths in a :27 4/5 final quarter.

Bred and owned by Solveig’s Racing Partners and trained by Jimmy Takter, Shake It Cerry was driven by Ron Pierce to her eighth victory in 11 career starts. The victory assured the filly divisional honors.

Noon Tea Party, a 60-1 proposition, stalked the winner from the outset and held the place spot with Scream And Should finishing third.

Co-owner GoranAnderberg spoke proudly after the race when asked how his filly might do if she raced male stablemate Father Patrick. “She’s better. I think she would beat Father Patrick,” said Anderberg.

Driver David Miller orchestrated a 7-1 surprise guiding Muscle Network overland and overpowering 1-2 favorite Nuncio in the $494,750 Valley Victory for juvenile colt trotters. A recent addition to the powerful Jonas Czernyson stable, Muscle Network sat comfortably off fractions of :27 2/5 and :56 2/5 with the favorite Nuncio forced to make two moves to gain control.

Muscle Network engaged the favorite on the final turn and was able to edge by that horse but not pull away. In the stretch the entire group seemed to slow down but Miller kept his horse’s mind on business and the Frank Bellino and Sons LLC-owned colt scored by half a length over Nuncio with Southwind Spirit finishing third.

“It looked like John (Campbell-Nuncio) had a lot of horse on the turn,” said Miller. “It wasn’t a huge last quarter but he got the job done.”

Trainer Czernyson spoke of his recent involvement with the colt. “I’ve only had him for two weeks,” Czernyson said. “I made a couple of little changes.

“I think he’s going to be a pretty nice three-year-old.”

J K Endofanera made a wicked move down the backstretch and then held off the closers in game fashion to capture the $534,500 Governor’s Cup final for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings.

The homebred, driven by Brian Sears, went postward as the 4-5 betting choice for trainer Ron Burke, who was forced to scratch the probable favorite Somestarsomewhere from the final.

Sears supplanted Stevensville for the lead through a :53 4/5 first half and then had to deal with the first-over assault of Arthur Blue Chip and driver David Miller. Sears and J K Endofanera drew away by a quick three lengths following the 1:23 three quarter clocking but began to get leg weary in the late stages and needed a full drive to hold off both Arthur Blue Chip and Bushwacker in the late stages. The winning margin was a half length.

The 1:51 4/5 clocking equaled the son of Art Major’s personal best. Owned and bred by 3 Brothers Stables (Alan, Steven and Ron Katz) J K Endofanera won for the fourth time in seven lifetime starts and pushed his career earnings to $371,850.

Leading trainer Ron Burke acquired J K Endofanera following the Red Mile meet. “When we first got him I didn’t know what kind of colt he was. After the second time I raced him I thought he was a real horse,” said Burke.

Trainer Noel Daley finished second in the 2006 Three Diamonds with Little Miss Dragon. Seven years later Little Miss Dragon’s daughter Delightful Dragon surprised the field in the $394,950 Three Diamonds final giving driver Dave Miller another major score in the card. Miller sent the lightly-raced filly to the front early and was able to carve out a perfect trip behind favorite Ali Blue. When that filly began to tire and bear out in the stretch Miller wasted little time to move along the pylons and got up in 1:52 4/5, a career best.

Act Now, content to sit third on the rail, found clearance late in the stretch and closed strongly to finish second  with Ali Blue having to settle for third. The victory gave Adam Victor and Son stable an owner-breeder credit for the Bettors Delight-sired filly.

Delightful Dragon returned $21 to win.

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