12/25/2014 10:23PM

Meadowlands: Trainer Lewis with five chances on Saturday

Derick Giwner
Corey Callahan will drive four of the five horses being sent out by trainer Doug Lewis on Saturday at the Meadowlands.

It’s been a breakout year for Delaware-based trainer Doug Lewis. The conditioner of five horses entered on Saturday night’s Meadowlands program has sent out 110 winners this year and heads a stable that has amassed $1.4 million in earnings. It’s a stable that has grown over the years and continues to look for new talent to mine.

Last week Lewis unveiled two recent purchases at the Meadowlands. The pair of three-year-olds made their first starts under Lewis and surprisingly Bad To The Bone, a horse Lewis took charge of just five days prior to the race, scored a dramatic victory.

“That was a surprise. We bought the horse and I only had a chance to blow him out,” said Lewis. “I told Corey (driver, Callahan) to just try to close with him and boy did he.”

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Bad To The Bone looked to be going nowhere when Callahan pulled him for a second time after the quarter. The sophomore son of Badlands Hanover had been lightly raced in Canada before his arrival in East Rutherford and his prospects looked bleak heading down the backstretch. But Callahan was able to get him moving again to track live cover and Bad To The Bone sprinted home in 27 seconds to score at 13-1.

On Saturday, Bad To The Bone drew post eight in the 12th race on the program, a non-winners of two race that appears a little bit more difficult than his first go-round. Coming off a 1:53 2/5 maiden-breaking performance, Bad To The Bone has a solid chance.

Major Uptrend is another three-year-old making his second start for Lewis. The Somebeachsomewhere-sired gelding was an original $177,000 yearling purchase that now looks to improve his standing as an overnight performer. “He’s a tough horse to be around,” said Lewis. “He’s got a high turn of speed.”

Major Uptrend displayed plenty of speed in his first Meadowlands start last week, closing from ninth to be a solid second in a non-winners of three event. He’ll need to be even better from post ten in Saturday’s third race.

Lewis has a solid collection of older raceway stock and appears to have the most admiration for Handsome Henry K, a five-year-old gelding that landed the rail in the $30,000 sixth race feature. “Yea, I think he may be in a little over his head,” said Lewis. “But this horse is a fighter. He’ll give you everything he’s got.”

With 20 wins in 70 starts over the last two years, Handsome Henry K has indeed given his all, racing often and with distinction. In last week’s feature the son of Western Hanover finished third, pacing home willingly in a 1:48 4/5 mile event won by Wake Up Peter. While Handsome Henry K benefits from the draw, the handicap may give an edge to Golden Receiver. A winter warrior for many years, Golden Receiver landed post two and could be ready for another speed mission.

Mojo Terror could go over the $100,000 mark in seasonal earnings for the second straight year with a victory in the seventh race, a $16,000 B-2 event. The Lewis trainee is coming back into form. “We raced him at Harrington and then at Dover,” said Lewis. “The track’s a little hard at Dover and that wasn’t good for his feet. He’s getting better each week.”

A six-year-old, Mojo Terror has a 5-7-7 scorecard in 32 starts this year with his fastest victory, a 1:51 2/5 effort, coming at The Meadowlands.

With 10 wins this year, Delaware Hanover has been a solid force in the Lewis stable. The four-year-old son of Dragon Again may be up against it on Saturday in the fifth race, a C-1 event that will go with a dozen horses at a distance of one and one-eighth miles.

“He was a crazy horse last week after that recall,” said Lewis of Delaware Hanover. “There was just no way to control him. Actually I thought he raced pretty well considering.”

Delaware Hanover cut wicked fractions of :26, :54 and 1:21 4/5 before tiring with good reason in the stretch.

Despite drawing post 10 in the large field, Delaware Hanover, when in his right mind, is capable of leaving the gate and winding up in good stalking position.

The 13-race program on Saturday at the Meadowlands offers a $30,000 guaranteed Pick 5 pool (races 1-5) as well as a guaranteed $50,000 Late Pick 4 pool (races 7-10). First post is 7:15 p.m.