Thursday evening’s eleven-race card at The Meadowlands was highlighted by two-year-old trotters as they battled in divisions of the W.N. Reynolds Memorial.
In the lone $68,878 split for the colts and geldings known as The Judge Moore, Sinatra Hall was a front-stepping winner at odds of 6-1 for driver Andy Miller. The son of Deweycheatumnhowe-Sugar N Chips sliced out fractions of :29.2, :59 and 1:27.4 before kicking home in :28.3 to win in 1:56.2. Corky, one half of a 2-5 entry, was next best with Banco Solo taking home the show dough.
Trainer Ray Schnittker co-owns the youngster with Sinatra Stable of Middletown, NY. The second-time starter, who made a break and finished seventh in his debut, was a $50,000 purchase from last year’s Harrisburg Yearling Sale.
The fillies went toe-toe-toe in a trio of assignments known as The Meda, and the $27,626 opening division was captured by Sturdy Muscles and driver Tim Tetrick in 1:57.2. The Muscles Yankee-Sturdy Lori lass, who was sent off at odds of 7-2, watched Bull Spreader supply panels of :28.2, :57.4 and 1:28.1 before tipping off cover and firing home in :28.3 to win by a pair of lengths. Caneel Hall was second, with third prize earned by Parlia Hanover.
Trainer Mark Ford of Campbell Hall, NY co-owns the rookie with her breeder, Frank Dettore Horse Racing LLC of North Ridgeville, OH. The filly is a half-sister OSS graduate Eagle Canada (1:57.3 - $333,904).
Find The Magic chewed up a lot of racetrack in the late stages of the mile for driver Brian Sears, and she didn’t let down an army of backers that sent her off as the 4-5 choice. The daughter of Chocolatier-Ally Hall was patiently handled behind Lady Riviera who threw down fractions of :29, :5.2 and 1:29.4. When Sears said “go” to his filly she complied with a :27.4 final quarter which was good enough to earn her the half-length triumph over Lady Riviera in 1:58.1. Finishing third was Kijafa.
Dane Snyder trains the freshman for Thomas King III of Valencia, PA. She was a $17,000 purchase out of the 2011 Harrisburg Yearling Sale.
To Dream On was sent off as the 1-9 favourite in the final division for the fillies, and she and trainer/driver Jimmy Takter didn’t disappoint an army of backers. The daughter of Credit Winner-Satin Pillows brushed to the lead in the backstretch and fended off a late-rushing Miss Steele to win in 1:55.3. True Day Dream grabbed the show dough in the $27,626 affair.
The $200,000 purchase from last year’s Harrisburg Yearling Sale is owned by Marvin Katz of Toronto and Al Libfeld of Pickering, ON. She’s the first foal out of Satin Pillows – the sister to the likes of Pampered Princess (1:53 - $1,740.605) and Was It A Dream (1:57 - $824,457).
To view results for Thursday's card of harness racing, click the following link: Thursday Results – Meadowlands Racetrack.
(Photos by Lisa Photo)