All The Time was last seen in the Breeders Crown winner’s circle at Woodbine Racetrack three weeks ago. The Muscle Hill filly picked up right where she left off winning in authoritative fashion in the $20,000 elimination for the $409,950 Goldsmith Maid Final, which will be contested next Friday, November 20.
All The Time left for position, while Ultimate Shopper appeared intent on the lead in the early stages. Yannick Gingras guided the 4-5 favourite, All The Time, to the pylons briefly through a 29-second opening quarter before showing her racetrack as the field turned down the backstretch. The Breeders Crown champion easily cleared the lead before the :58.1 half-mile mark and the lead would only grow from there. All The Time powered away to a three-length lead on the far turn, while Double Exposure assumed the daunting task of trotting first over against the favourite. All The Time reached three-quarters in 1:26.4 and poured it on to win by a geared down two and three-quarters lengths, tripping the timer in 1:56.2. Double Exposure trotted home well despite the first over trip to finish second with Haughty third.
The top nine finishers qualified for the final, therefore all but Lindys On Fire will move on to that final next Friday night.
All The Time is a homebred of Ontario owners Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld and is trained by Jimmy Takter. She has now won seven of 11 starts this season with earnings of $547,230.
The mares got their final tune-ups for the $200,000 TVG Free All Championships for both the pacing and trotting divisions tonight.
In the $25,000 Mares Trot, Shake It Cerry, adding Lasix for the first time, made a powerful first over move on the far turn and quickly trotted past pacesetter Classic Martine and drew clear to win convincingly in 1:53.3. Longshot Handover Bell was second while Classic Martine faded to third. Favoured Bee A Magician was fourth.
The 2014 U.S. Trotter of the Year won for the fourth time this season and she inched closer to $2.5 million in her career. Shake It Cerry was driven by Dave Miller for Jimmy Takter and the champion is owned by Solveig’s Racing Partners.
The pacing mares also went in the final TVG preliminary leg for $25,000. Sandbetweenurtoes was compromised by traffic in the stretch of the Breeders Crown, but she faced no such issue on this night winning in wire-to-wire fashion in 1:52 with Brett Miller in the sulky.
Skippin By, a 24-1 longshot, sat the pocket and stalked the winner throughout then mounted a strong challenge up the pylons through the stretch, but Sandbetweenurtoes was dead-game and held off the challenge for the fourth win of the season as she closes in on $600,000 lifetime.
In his 40th season racing a horse at The Meadowlands, fittingly trainer Larry Remmen earned a victory on opening night for owner Bradley Grant of Milton, Ont.
In other action, Penpal put forth a fine effort in her tune-up for the $385,250 Three Diamonds Final with a three and a half length victory over Albany Girl in a condition event for younger filly pacers. She scored for trainer, driver and co-owner Pat Lachance in 1:54.2.
Radar Contact returned to her favourite location, winning for the seventh time in 15 starts at The Meadowlands in a condition event for pacing mares in 1:52.3. It was not an easy victory as Radar Contact was headed in mid-stretch by Sir Jillian Z Tam, but the battle-tested mare fought back tenaciously to earn the victory for John Campbell and trainer Noel Daley.
The driving star of the night was Dave Miller, winning three races, including the late Daily Double.
Total handle for the opening night program was $2,127,362, a slight increase from this same night in 2014. That is despite two less races and being up against a 13-race card that featured six Breeders Crown elimination races. The Late Pick 4 was well-received in its new eighth race slot, handling over $76,000.
Racing resumes on Saturday with a 13-race program that includes eliminations for the Governor’s Cup and Valley Victory as well as the final preliminary legs for the TVG Pacing and Trotting Championships. Post time for the Saturday program is 7:00 p.m.
(With files from Meadowlands Racetrack)