06/25/2016 1:56PM

Meadowlands: Sixteen baby races staged Saturday morning

Chris Tully
Chromeo won his second straight qualifier for trainer/driver Ray Schnittker

The Saturday, June 25 edition of Breakfast With The Babies at the Meadowlands got underway at 9:30 on a another perfect morning with the temperature in the high 70’s and a very slight easterly breeze. The colts and fillies competing in the 16 races for 2-year-olds represented over $10 million spent to acquire them at auction last fall.

The Chromeos were back this morning, and their champion did not disappoint, emerging from the pocket into a 28 second flat final quarter for trainer/driver Ray Schnittker to win again, this time in 1:57 4/5. Stealth Hanover (Andy McCarthy) cut the mile and held well for second, with Zack's Zoomer (Marcus Miller) showing good late trot to get up for third.

The victorious son of Donato Hanover, out of Lady Holiday, has become a real fan favorite and looks more and more like a bargain at the $10,000 he cost Schnittker, Ted Gewertz, Frank Baldassare and Mary Kinsey at Harrisburg last fall.

Ariana G opened the day a winner for the Jimmy Takter barn, prevailing over Merry Hanover (Dave Miller) after a stretch-long duel with a 27 4/5 close to a mile in 1:58 2/5. Merry Hanover set all the fractions on a comfortable lead throughout and was dead-game right to the wire.  It was the second win in as many tries for Ariana G, a homebred Muscle Hill filly, out of Cantab It All, owned by Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld. Yannick Gingras drove the winner. 

Bob Key is off to a good start this season with winners at every venue from his battalion of homebreds, and he won this morning’s second race with his Break The Bank K-Sweet Mademoiselle filly Amuse's. She sat a nice pocket as Bridal Suite (Takter) set sensible fractions, then went by willingly for Andy Miller in a 27 4/5 final quarter, the mile in 1:58.  Spending Spree (Tim Tetrick) closed nicely to be second and Grand Idea (Gingras) third. Andrew Harris is the trainer of the winner.

Feed Your Head became a repeat winner for the potent Takter/Gingras duo, trotting up to early leader Lookingforamiracle as they passed the 1:31 4/5 three-quarters.  She then trotted home comfortably in 28 3/5 to close out the mile in 2:00 2/5. Ice Attraction (Ake Svanstedt) was second and Lookingforamiracle (Eddie Lohmeyer) stayed on for third.  The winner is another Muscle Hill, this one out of the accomplished Flawless Bluestone, and was a $70,000 Harrisburg buy for Melby Gard.

That's All Moni impressed the BWTB faithful with a sweeping close from well back into a 28 1/5 end to the 2:01 1/5 mile to win going away. The Ake Svanstedt stable was second and third in this one with Evelyn and Voxy.  That's All Moni is a Cantab Hall out of Mom's Millionaire, dam of the remarkable Snow White, bought by Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld for $230,000 in Lexington last fall.  Gingras has handled That's All Moni carefully in both of her morning trials for trainer Takter, reserving her early and letting her trot through the stretch.

Optimist Blue Chip won the sixth for driver Jim Morrill Jr., trotting by the field as they approached the half, then holding Lars Perry at bay through a 28 3/5 end to the 1:58 mile. Dover Dan (Corey Callahan) and New Jersey Viking (Svanstedt) both flashed solid late trot to be third and fourth, respectively.  Trained by Tracy Brainard for herself, Blue Chip Bloodstock, and Senan Hayes, the colt caused a stir among the BWTB crowd as he is a Deweycheatumnhowe, out of Winning Jonlin.  With both the sire and dam being by Muscles Yankee, Optimist Blue Chip is a 2X2 cross to that great sire.

Takter sent out the winner of the seventh in the Kadabra-Creamy Mimi colt Labero. He sat just off the lead for Gingras, then inherited the front as Mushana went off-stride when engaged mid-stretch, and finished on his own in 2:00 3/5 / 28 2/5.  Winning Lyric (Morrill), Limerence (Svanstedt) and Perseverance (John Campbell) followed the winner in. Labero was a $130,000 Lexington Selected Sale purchase by the partnership of Christina Takter, John & Jim Fielding and Herb Liverman.

The Chapter Sevens are showing up, and Eastern Promise (from the same connections as Chapter Seven) became another credit for that first crop sire.  He scored in 1:57 3/5 for Tim Tetrick, trotting home in 28 3/5 to seal the deal. Linda Toscano trains the winner for Richard Gutnick and his partners Knutsson Trotting and TLP Stable. King On The Hill flew home for Takter to be second, and Eternal Patrol (Marcus Melander) was third.

Bill's Man was the winner of the ninth in 2:00 2/5 for Corey Callahan, trotting home in 28 4/5 to prevail going away.  El Senor Deo (Svanstedt), Dear Dad (Jim Marohn Jr.) and Tiki Taka (Marcus Miller) were next across the wire.  The victor is a Credit Winner, out 2004 Hambo Oaks winner Silver Springs, trained by John Butenschoen for William Wiswell and M&L of Delaware. He was purchased for $75,000 in Lexington.

Achille DuHaras was the easiest kind of winner for Takter and Gingras in race ten, opening a long lead under rating, and then drawing away as the driver pleased, well in hand through the 28 1/5 end to the 2:00 3/5 mile. The colt is an Andover Hall homebred owned by Haras De L'Estrie, out of their stakes winning broodmare Ariane Du Haras. He's Gone (Dave Miller) and Winneress (Trond Smedshammer) completed the top three.<p>

Pacing fillies came around with the start of the 11th race, and She's Watching turned heads with a 1:55 2/5 winning effort, leading all the way, home in 27 flat for Gingras. Gemmas Beach Girl (Callahan) was second and Yourlipstogodsears (Tetrick) third.  She's Watching is the Rocknroll Hanover sister to Meadowlands Pace winner and co-fastest race horse ever He's Watching that cost Brittany Farms and Marvin Katz $200,000 at the Harrisburg sale last year. Tony Alagna is the trainer.

The Roll With Joe filly Pleasant Roll was a winner today for Andy and Julie Miller, sitting a very loose pocket through fast fractions set by Okidoki Blue Chip (Morrill), then out-gaming that rival in 1:55. Owned by Andy Miller Stable and JT 45, she was a $55,000 Lexington yearling.

Another Roll With Joe filly, Pirinea's Princess, came right back to win the next race in 1:56 2/5 with Marcus Miller driving for trainer Dennis Laterza and owner Latz A Luck Stable. Miller left to the top, let Perplexed (Scott Zeron) go as they passed the half, then tipped and went by that one on her own. Perplexed held for second, and Somethinginawater (Campbell) closed to be third.<p>

Brazuca won for John and Tom Cancelliere today with Corey Callahan working out a pocket trip for the Bettor's Delight-Knock Three Times filly in 1:56 3/5. She got up over Jaye's A Lady (Dave Miller) and mile-cutter Osprey Blue Chip through the 27 4/5 final quarter. Brazuca was a $65,000 Harrisburg yearling.<p>

Blood Line came in with some track cred after a win at Gaitway win two weeks ago, and he lived up to the hype today with a 26 3/5 final quarter tacked on to the end of his 1:56 1/5 win with the greatest of ease. He’s a homebred Somebeachsomewhere colt, out of Blood Diamond, owned by Diamond Creek Racing, trained by Jimmy Takter, and driven today by Yannick Gingras. Iminurblindspot (Zeron) was second, and Music Is Art (Tetrick) closed from way back into the fast last quarter to get up for third.<p>

Hit The Road Joe (Morrill) continued the parade of winners for sire Roll With Joe, as he got up over Harry Terror (Callahan) in late stretch to win in 1:54 with a 28 final quarter. Taylor, Nichol, Gray, and Demeter gave $45,000 at Harrisburg for the colt, out of the good race mare Love You Forty, who is trained in the Tracy Brainard stable. Southwind Jenson was a sneaky-good third after a mid-stretch check.

Outkast Blue Chip closed out today’s card a 1:56 4/5 winner for the Morrill, Brainard, and Blue Chip interests. He’s a Rock N Roll Heaven, out of Armbro Savannah, that was $67,000 buy back at last year’s Goshen sale. He led all the way and was extended through a 27 4/5 final quarter to hold off the rally of Flight Insurance (Andy Miller), which fell just short.

--press release (Meadowlands--