Early Action Speeds To Governor's Cup Glory

Published: November 20, 2021 10:07 pm EST

Off a runner-up finish to Hammering Hank in the $238,700 Kindergarten Classic, Early Action came out on top with a speed-show performance to click a 1:50 victory in winning the $386,600 Governor’s Cup on Saturday (Nov. 20) at The Meadowlands.

PJ Lou and Fourever Boy sprinted for the front as driver Brian Sears sent Early Action from post 9 for a spot up top, though he waited for the :26.1 first-quarter dust to settle before sliding to the lead. On the point, Early Action rolled unchallenged by a :54 half while Market Based tipped first over with Hammering Hank, the 1-5 favorite, perched in behind.

Market Based began to falter to three-quarters in 1:22, forcing Hammering Hank to lunge three wide to challenge Early Action in the straightaway. The Joe Holloway trainee held his ground through the homestretch, keeping Hammering Hank at bay and hitting the line just in time to hold off 50-1 shot Mad Max Hanover, who ripped from the backfield to take second. Hammering Hank settled for third and Fourever Boy finished fourth.

“They were pushing, trying to hold their spots there early on and I was just kind of waiting for them to get settled so I could make a move,” Brian Sears said. “In his first start back here, he might’ve been a little ouchy, but they took care of that this week and he raced super. He’s put on some really game efforts. I can’t say enough about that. He held in there for a couple of tight wins in Lexington and the effort he put in tonight was really special.”

Early Action earned his eighth win from 13 starts this season with the victory, pushing his career bankroll to $442,817 for owners Val D’Or Farms and Ted Gewertz. The Huntsville gelding paid $14.80 to win.

(The Meadowlands)

The Governor's Cup was part of a loaded stakes night at The Meadowlands. Read more on the evening’s action in the TVG, Fall Final Four News Centre.