08/26/2016 9:55PM

Vernon: Major Moe, Funknwaffles stay unblemished


Funknwaffles ran his record to six-for-six, and Major Moe remained undefeated in three starts in the pair of New York Sire Stakes divisions for 2-year-old colt pacers on Friday night at Vernon Downs.

In the first $54,500 section, Andy's Ideal (Jim Morrill Jr.) chopped out fractions of 27 2/5, 57, and 1:25 1/5, but in the lane he was overtaken by Major Moe (Scott Zeron), who had come first-over out of third past the half.  After he struck the front, Major Moe had one final challenge to deal with from favored Very Special Agent (David Miller), who angled out from the pocket, but Major Moe held sway by half a length in 1:52 4/5.  Willie Joe Hill (Pat Lachance) rallied for third.

"I drove his mother, so I knew what she was like, and he might be just a hair better," said Zeron.  "It was a big effort from him tonight, but they prepared me and told me that he would be good.  They have high expectations for him."

Chris Ryder trains Major Moe, an Art Major colt, for owner/breeder Emerald Highlands Farm.  Tonight's win was in his first in stakes company after a pair of overnight wins at Hoosier Park and Scioto Downs, and he has now earned $34,500 from his three victories.  Major Moe is the second foal out of Maureen Rocks (Rocknroll Hanover, $294,012), a full sister to Rock On Moe ($557,56) and a half-sister to the likes of French Panicure (Life Sign, $997,902) and Grin Some More (Grinfromeartoear, $538,336).  The 8-5 second choice, Major Moe paid $5.40 to win.

Something had to give in the other $55,500 flight as both Funknwaffles (Morrill Jr.) and Serious Major (Zeron) came in with five-for-five marks.  Serious Major was the early leader, getting to the opening quarter in 26 3/5, but Funknwaffles moved from fourth to the top spot en route to the 56 second half.  He would go on to click off three-quarters in 1:24 2/5, and then slammed the door with a 27 4/5 final kicker to win in 1:52 1/5.  Serious Major held second, two lengths back, and Thrdthrsdaynsptmbr (Miller) was third at 104-1.

"It's so exciting.  I've never had anything that's been undefeated before," offered winning owner Michelle Crawford.  "Our racing stable is coming along now slowly, and our breeding is a little bit more advanced than the racing, so we're excited.  I think maybe three or four more starts, and then that's it, we're going to shut him down."

John Butenschoen trains Funknwaffles, a colt by American Ideal, who has now banked $106,439 to go with his perfect record.  A $25,000 Standardbred Horse Sale purchase, Funknwaffles is the 11th foal out of the Magical Mike mare Hatsoff Hanover ($361,412), making him a half-brother to the likes of Poker Hat (Cam's Card Shark, $916,790).  The dam is also a half-sister to world champion Holborn Hanover and millionaire Hyperion Hanover, among others.  Sent off at 1-9, he returned $2.20.

"It's a disco, restaurant, breakfast place (in Syracuse, New York), like late night, two in the morning - disco, funk, and waffles," Crawford added about where Funknwaffles's name came from.  "They don't even know about this horse yet.  We didn't want to jinx ourselves.  Maybe we'll let them in on the secret now."