07/26/2014 10:21PM

Meadowlands: World record for Archangel in Cashman elims

Archangel is now the fastest ever trotter to compete at the Meadowlands.

Fans may have thought they were coming to see a special mile by Sebastian K or Market Share in the $50,000 John Cashman, Jr. eliminations on Saturday night at the Meadowlands. Instead they were treated to a world and track record performance on the trot by Archangel.

Archangel was fast off the gate and clicked off an opening quarter in a snappy 26 1/5. He would coast through the middle half uncontested in 54 4/5 and 1:22 3/5 as Your So Vain chased on the rim around the final turn.

It was Archangel against the clock in the stretch as driver Yannick Gingras took peeks at the timer while keeping his horse to task in the 1:50 winning mile, the fastest ever race trotted at the Meadowlands.

“I told Sarah, the girl that takes care of him, that tonight was the night I was going to roll with him,” said Gingras, who added that he felt Archangel was sitting on a big mile.

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Archangel is trained by Ron Burke for Legendary Standardbred Farm and Clare Semer.

Intimidate rallied off cover for second and Market Share was driven conservatively for third. Your So Vain and Sevruga also made the rich $300,650 final on August 2.

In the second elimination, Sebastian K did what he does best and overcame an inquiry to take home top honors in 1:51 for trainer/driver Ake Svanstedt.

Sebastian K left fast and eventually yielded for the pocket behind Creatine after a quarter in 26 seconds. Svanstedt was antsy in that spot and pulled in front of Mister Herbie before the half to surge to the front, causing driver Tim Tetrick to grab up on his horse. The 8-year-old coasted from there, past the second call in 54 3/5, three quarters in 1:23 2/5, and won easily.

“I think he is getting better after each start,” said second trainer Bernie Noren in the winner’s circle.

Mister Herbie split foes for second ahead of Uncle Peter, Appomattox and Arch Madness. The top five made the final.

Both Archangel and Sebastian K will get to pick their posts in next week’s final.

Callahan with heads-up steer on Drop The Ball

Ten horses lined up behind the gate in the Lady Liberty for older pacing mares to eliminate one prior to the $177,750 final on Hambletonian Day. Despite the certainty that most of the contestants would move on to next week, the action was hot and heavy through much of the mile, with a slick drive by Corey Callahan behind Drop The Ball proving to be the difference.

Drop The Ball sprung off the gate for Callahan. Rather than give up the lead easily to fellow leaver Shelliscape and wind up third because Shebestingin was preparing her brush, Callahan accelerated, stretching out Shelliscape before she cleared the lead and forcing Shebestingin to stay third.

Drop The Ball was sent back to the lead and she hooked up with Shebestingin at the half. Those two battled around the final turn with Somwherovrarainbow sitting a perfect second-over trip and followed on the rim by Jerseylicious.

In the stretch, Drop The Ball had plenty left in the tank and powered home to a 1:49 2/5 victory over Jerseylicious and Charisma Hanover, who was fourth-over.

Anndrovette finished last in the field and will not make the final unless her barn-mate Krispy Apple, who has identical ownership, fails to drop in the entry box.

Rocklamation accepted a bye into the final and did not race.

Sweet Lou wins again

In a prep for the $257,700 U.S. Pacing Championship next Saturday, Sweet Lou made a brush to the front and coasted home in 1:47 3/5. Captaintreacherous gapped cover but paced home nicely for second. Thinking Out Loud made a bold first-over move and weakened.

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