Cup Hopefuls Star In NJSS Splits

Published: May 26, 2012 11:50 pm EDT

Three-year-old pacing colts Hurrikane Kingcole and I Fought Dalaw were decisive winners of their New Jersey Sire Stakes divisions on Saturday night at Meadowlands


Hurrikane Kingcole ($4.20) stormed from the back of the pack to take the first $23,500 split in 1:49.4. Driven by Tim Tetrick, Hurrikane Kingcole sat eighth at the top of the lane and kicked home in a vicious :26.4 final quarter for the win. Simply Business was two lengths behind in second, while Im The Pied Piper rallied for third.

Hurrikane Kingcole, trained by John McDermott, posted his first win of the season and sixth in 15 starts overall. The son of Cams Card Shark-Blazing Yankee was a bargain $10,000 yearling buy at Harrisburg. He now has earnings of $272,913 for owners John Kuhen, Hamilton, Ontario's John Levy Racing Stable, Klee Cohen Brewer and Gordo, and Hurrikane Racing.

I Fought Dalaw ($3.60) cleared the lead from Mortal Zin at the half and drew off to a 1:50.4 victory in the second division, worth $24,000. Mortal Zin held second, while Ideal Champ stoutly closed between horses to finish third.

I Fought Dalaw is perfect in two starts this season for driver David Miller and trainer Sam De Pinto. De Pinto’s wife, Shannon, shares ownership of the Western Ideal colt with Teresa and Jerry Silva and Michael Parisi. A $22,000 yearling buy at the Lexington Selected Sale, I Fought Dalaw has earnings of $232,491.

Both Hurrikane Kingcole and I Fought Dalaw are eligible to the $1.5 million Pepsi North America Cup on Saturday, June 16 and the $800,000 Meadowlands Pace on Saturday, July 14. Hurrikane Kingcole ranks sixth in Trot Magazine's 2012 Pepsi North America Cup Spring Book at odds of 18-1 while I Fought Dalaw ranks 11th at 32-1.

First-time starter Sarandon Blue Chip won the first of two NJSS splits for fillies. David Miller steered the Western Ideal lass to a 1:51.2 clocking for trainer Casie Coleman and co-owner Tom Hill.

Ideal In Vegas, also by Western Ideal, nosed out Rockaround Sue in the second division with Corey Callahan in the sulky. Trained by Tony Mannino, she paced the mile in 1:52.3.

Special T Rocks and driver-trainer Daryl Bier split horses in deep stretch to win the $35,000 Invitational in 1:49.2 later in the evening. Special T Rocks paid $15.60.

To view Saturday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Saturday Results - Meadowlands Racetrack.

(With files from Meadowlands Racetrack)

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