The New Jersey Sire Stakes program kicked off its 2009 Premier Division Friday with a trio of $41,500 events for three-year-old pacing fillies Friday night at the Meadowlands Racetrack
In the most impressive effort of the night, Precious Stone [$4.00] dug in gamely after losing her cover entering the final turn to take the third division over Fancy Pants Sandy (Tim Tetrick) in 1:52.3. Outahere Hanover (George Brennan) rallied for third.
Driven by John Campbell, Precious Stone improved her record to five wins in 13 career starts. Brittany Farms and Daisy Acres bred and own the daughter of Western Ideal-Bewitching Jewell. She is trained by Richie Norman.
Bulletproof Enterprises' Showherthemoney [$49.40], also driven by Campbell, inherited the win when Jkmusicofthenite (Yannick Gingras) was disqualified in the second sire stakes division. Showherthemoney closed from sixth at the top of the stretch to finish just a nose behind Jkmusicofthenite, who was placed third for interfering with Special Sweetheart (Eric Goodell) in the stretch. Special Sweetheart finished third and was placed second. The race was clocked in 1:51.4.
The regally bred Showherthemoney is by Cams Card Shark out of the millionairess Stienams Place. Trained by Bernie Noren, she was a $50,000 yearling purchase at the Lexington Selected Sale.
In the first division, McGibson [$3.00] popped out of the pocket in the stretch and drew off to a four-length win over Arbeedo (David Miller) in 1:53 with Tim Tetrick at the lines. Scarlet Mczara (Brennan) was third.
McGibson, trained by Linda Toscano, is a daughter of McArdle out of the Artsplace mare Armbro Althea. She was an $18,000 yearling purchase in Harrisburg for the Camelot Stable, The Bays Stable and William Jacobwitz.
The NJSS for three-year-old fillies continues with a second leg on May 22 and culminates in a $200,000 championship on Saturday, May 30.
In the $31,500 Fillies & Mares Invitational Pace, World Record holder Southwind Tempo [$4.60] and Tetrick turned a perfect pocket trip into a one and a half-length score in 1:50.4. The five-year-old millionaire Bettors Delight mare used a :26.4 final frame to prevail over Martha Maxine (Andy Miller) and Fleur De Lil A (Gingras).
The win was her second in five tries this year lifting her earnings to $182,200 for conditioner Ross Croghan and owners Jerry Silva and the Let It Ride Stables.
In other action, North America Cup eligible Lisagain [$7.60] matched his life's mark of 1:52.1 in his $15,000 ninth race conditioning assignment for trainer Erv Miller and owners John Carver and the Mystical Marker Farms LLC.
Driven to victory by Andy Miller, the son of Dragon Again, who is rated at odds of 55-1 in Trot Magazine’s 2009 Pepsi North America Cup Spring Book, improved his seasonal record to 3-3-1 in 11 starts and lifted his earnings to $35,920.
Fellow Cup eligible Pangiorno was scratched sick.
Meet leading trainer Ken Rucker scored three wins during the 12-race program with Fabulous Grin (1:54.1), Roman Shark (1:51.3) and Don't Deny Me (1:51.1).
To view Friday’s results, click here.
(With files from NJSEA)