07/09/2016 11:31AM

Meadowlands: Ten races for rookies conducted Saturday morning

Derick Giwner
Lindythefourteenth was one of two winners for trainer Frank Antonacci on Saturday morning

The presence of the great Moni Maker was felt in the first baby race on Saturday morning at the Meadowlands when Grandma’s Moni swept by her competition in the stretch, finishing the 2:00 2/5 mile with a 27 1/5 final quarter. Grandma’s Moni is by Donato Hanover and out of All Our Moni, a daughter of Moni Maker. 

Tim Tetrick held the filly in third before fanning her off cover in the stretch and she sailed by the early leader Can’t I (John Campbell), who was a game second after cutting the mile. Grandma’s Moni was retained by her breeders, the Moni Maker Stable, and is trained by Frank Antonacci.

The pacing colt Lindythefourteenth made it a very good day for Antonacci, winning in 1:55 (27 4/5 final quarter) from just off-the-pace for Scott Zeron. The Lindy Farms Somebeachsomewhere homebred, out of Antoinette Hanover, was racing at his third venue in three career starts, all wins. Rock The Boat (Andy Miller) was second, and Long Beach (first foal out of millionaire American Jewel) was a closing third for Tetrick.

True Friends was a 2:01 2/5 winner in her first outing for Dave Miller and trainer Nifty Norman. Miller sat behind leader Ethanol as the field trotted by three-quarters in 1:32 2/5, inherited the lead when Ethanol went off stride, then held sway through the stretch. Blacksirenpedia (Campbell) rallied late to be a good second, and Casaubon (Tetrick) survived a first-over bid to be third. The winner was a $70,000 buy at the Harrisburg sale for Mel Hartman, Nifty’s Enzed Racing Stable and RAW Equine.

Trainer Kevin McDermott’s Donato Hanover-Emmamazing filly Envy Hanover was the race three winner. Yannick Gingras  sent Envy Hanover out to the early lead, yielded to Campbell and Allbassnotreble through easy middle fractions, then went by under mild urging through the 28 3/5 end to the 2:01 3/5 mile. Allbassnotreble held grimly for second and Amber Ella (Tetrick) flashed good late foot to get third. Jeff Gural’s Little E LLC is the owner of the $50,000 Harrisburg purchase.

Trotting colts came around with race four, and Beach Credit impressed with a 1:59 win for Dave Miller. Being the last to the lead after several early changes, Beach Credit tacked a 29 1/5 final panel onto the mile with something in reserve. Wutan (Gingras) was second-best from the pocket, and Break Free made a late gain to be third. Arden Homestead Stable and trainer Janice Connor paid $45,000 for the Credit Winner colt in Lexington.

Odd Ball and Kabang (Scott Zeron) traded blows through the stretch of race five with Oddball (Andover Hall-Little Rigs) prevailing in 2:00.1 (28 3/5 final panel) for trainer-driver Jimmy Takter. John Fielding owns the winner, a $25,000 Lexington buy.

Takter colts were one-two in the sixth with Sir John F (Brett Miller) getting up over the Italian bred Ready Cash colt Victor Gio IT (Gingras) in the shadow of the wire to win in 1:59 1/5 (28 3/5 final quarter). Put in play early from the outside, Sir John F sat a pocket as Golden Kronos led until the stretch, then split rivals for the win. Victor Gio IT was a very good second, while Golden Kronos held third. John & Jim Fielding, Herb Holland and Kevin Mc Kinlay own the winner, a $45,000 buy in Lexington last fall.

Tony Alagna fillies were one-two in the first pacing filly race with Ann Hill (Campbell) emerging from the pocket to track down stable-mate Everyone’s Watching (Zeron) in the last strides of a 27 3/5 end to the 1:55 3/5 mile. The winner is a Tom Hill homebred Roll With Joe out of Taxi Fare Hanover.

Jimmy Marohn Jr. picked up the drive on Caviart Malin for Nifty Norman and got her home, closing into the 27 3/5 final quarter of a mile in 1:55 4/5. Let’s Have A Party (Tetrick) and Beautiful Hill (Campbell) were across the track for second and third. The winner is a Well Said filly out of Pretty Major owned by Caviart Farms, who paid $20,000 for her at Harrisburg.

The Stohler Stable homebred Captain Velocity won today for driver Tim Tetrick, cutting the mile and drawing away powerfully in the 27 flat final quarter of his 1:55 mile. Incidentally, he becomes the 12th 1:55 credit already this season for his sire Somebeachsomewhere, information courtesy of Murray Brown. Tony Alagna trains Captain Velocity  Deo De Janiero (Joe Bongiorno) was second and American Dreamer (Campbell) a drifting third.

During the regular qualifying session, last year's North America Cup winner Wakizashi Hanover (Tetrick) won in 1:51 4/5.

--press release (Meadowlands)--