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High-Priced Rookies Impressive

Published: July 14, 2018 1:57 pm ET

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The Meadowlands Pace Day edition of Breakfast With The Babies was conducted at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday (July 14) under perfect conditions, with no wind and temperatures of 80 °F, and a number of highly sought after 2017 yearlings turning heads with strong qualifying miles.

Pacers opened the card today and another precocious Captaintreacherous colt, this one the cleverly-named Captain Crunch, was tremendous. In his second morning effort for Scott Zeron the pair converted a two-hole trip into a 1:52.3 win with the final quarter in :26.1. Rockin Jimmy Brown (Marcus Miller) set easy fractions going the half in :56.3, and led into the stretch but could not resist the close of Captain Crunch. Bred by Walnridge Farms and Sherri Meirs, the winner was an $85,000 Harrisburg purchase by 3 Brothers Stable, Christina Takter, Rojan Stables and Caviart Farms.

Donna Victoria won her trotting filly test in 1:59.4 after a Trond Smedshammer pocket trip behind Unbelindyble (Domenico Cecere) took her into the stretch where she fanned off that rival's back and went by willingly. Unbelindyble held on for second and Brianna Blue Chip (Zeron) was gobbling up ground late for third. The winner is a Michael Andrew homebred by Donato Hanover.

Jimmy Takter trains and drove Asiago to a 1:56.4 win from the pocket in Race 3. The pair settled behind Miss You Kelly (Brett Miller) through a :59.1 half then wore that rival down through the stretch, drawing clear late on her own. Miss You Kelly stayed for second and Princess Deo (Andy McCarthy) flashed good late trot to be third. The winner is by Muscle Hill and was bred by James Wilhite, Jr., who cashed her in at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale for $200,000 with Katz, Goldband, Libfeld and Black Horse Racing signing the slip.

Summit In Sight, a $300,000 Harrisburg purchase by Stroy Inc. and driver Andy Miller, made a very good impression in her debut trotting home strong in :28.1 on the end of a 1:57 mile. Away second early, Summit In Sight inherited a lead when Hatikvah (Tim Tetrick) rolled off stride at the :59.3 half and went along easily winning as the driver pleased. Chiplosive (Smedshammer) was second. Willow Pond, LLC bred the winner who is from the world champion Bluff and is trained by Julie Miller.

Union Forces (Zeron) won his third morning trial in as many tries, rallying from well back to collar Something Fine (A. Miller) in the stretch and went by under minimal urging in 1:59.1. Something Fine wound up on a long lead after a few broke behind him but could not resist the relentless close of the winner. Union Forces is trained by Domenico Cecere for Lindy Farms, Bob Rudolph, David Anderson and John Fielding, who paid breeder Blue Chip Bloodstock $100,000 at the Lexington sale last fall.

Åke Svanstedt had a winner in the sixth when he sailed by the early leaders through a fast final quarter to win in 1:57.1 with Lindy Express. Svanstedt was uncharacteristically patient early as Practical Cat (Takter) set a :59 half and 1:28.1 three panels before unleashing his colt’s powerful burst in the stretch to get by that one. The winner is by Trixton, sold as a yearling in Lexington by KR Breeding, LLC to Malby Gard for $140,000.

Pacing filly Odds On St Lucie (Zeron) won today in 1:54.4. She took over from Lovely Laura before the :59.2 half then sprinted home in :55.1 for the win. Demi Hill closed up some to be second for Brett Miller. The winner is a royally-bred daughter of Sweet Lou from a sister to Captaintreacherous, sold in Lexington by White Birch Farm to Odds On Racing for $110,000. Tony Alagna trains both Odds On St Lucie and Demi Hill.

Goose Bay Fiftytwo won the last of the baby races this morning for Erv (trainer) and Marcus (driver) Miller in 1:54.3 with a 27-flat final quarter. Marcus made a few moves with the Art Major colt, who had more to give each time he was asked. Onemilebrige was second. The winner was bred by Fred Hertrich and sold to Golmes, Anderson and Willinger for $43,000 at Harrisburg.

The gritty veteran and Meadowlands all-time trotting track record holder JL Cruze made his second qualifying appearance of the season and was again a winner, this time in 1:52.3 for Brett Miller. He’s overcome a lot for trainer Eric Ell and looks as good as he has for a while in these morning efforts trying to find form enough to go in the Cashman Memorial on August 4.

Tonight is the “Greatest Party in Harness Racing”, the Meadowlands Pace complete with a BBQ contest and activities for the whole family. A live stream of tonight's full card is available free on The Meadowlands' website. First race post time is 6:35 p.m.

To view the charted results from Saturday's baby races, click the following link: Saturday Baby Races - Meadowlands Racetrack.

(with files from The Meadowlands)


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