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Big M Qualifier Recap

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Published: May 28, 2009 2:16 pm ET

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Eleven qualifying races went postward today at the Meadowlands Racetrack, and, as usual for this time of year, the stars were out in full force.

Driven by Andy Miller for trainer Erv Miller, three-year-old Cantab Hall colt Mr Cantab converted a pocket trip in Race 1, as the $350,000 yearling sale purchase scored by one length in 1:56.2.

A three-year-old Cantab Hall filly followed suit in Race 2, as Celebrity Juliet put in her first charted line of the season, coming from off the tempo to score a head victory in 1:56.4 for driver Brian Sears and trainer Staffan Lind.

With trainer Trond Smedshammer at the helm, 2008 O'Brien Award winner Brigham Dream made her second qualifier of the season a victorious one in Race 3, as the five-year-old Kaisy Dream mare stopped the clock in a sharp 1:54.

Best Schooner showed the field her tail in Race 4, as the three-year-old Broadway Hall filly made every pole a winning one and tallied a two and a quarter-length victory in 1:56.2.

With trainer Trond Smedshammer calling the shots in Race 5, Credit Winner four-year-old Napoleon converted a first-over trip and recorded a four and a half-length victory in 1:56.1.

Race 6 saw three-year-old Cantab Hall colt Explosive Matter take over before the half for driver Ron Pierce and trainer Noel Daley. Coming home with a :28.3 final quarter, Explosive Matter stopped the clock in 1:55.2 more than 10 lengths the best.

The duo of driver Brian Sears and trainer Virgil Morgan, Jr. hooked up in Race 7 via aged pacing superstar Mister Big. The six-year-old son of Ontario sire Grinfromeartoear powered up to the lead before the half and drew off for a 12 and three-quarter-length victory in 1:51.2. Four-year-old Badlands Hanover mare Tug River Princess was making her seasonal charted debut in the race, and, with John Campbell in the bike for trainer Ross Croghan, the mare finished second, pacing in 1:54.

The Pepsi North America Cup-eligible Glad To Be Back put in a wire-to-wire effort in Race 8, as the Power Of Art gelding paced to a seven and three-quarter-length victory in 1:52 for driver George Brennan and trainer Bruce Saunders. Passmaster Hanover finished second for driver Brian Sears and trainer Blair Burgess, pacing in 1:53.3.

Trot Magazine's 2009 Pepsi North America Cup Spring Book has gauged Glad To Be Back and Passmaster Hanover at odds of 50-1 and 70-1, respectively.

Four-year-old Bettors Delight gelding Bettor Sweet captured Race 9 in 1:52.4 for driver John Campbell and trainer Joe Poliseno, coming first-up and recording a three-length margin of victory.

Race 10 saw four-year-old Real Desire mare Btwnyurheartnmine 1wire her foes in 1:53.3 for driver Eric Goodell and trainer Ross Croghan.

Race 11 went to Courser Hanover, as the three-year-old Astreos son stopped the clock in 1:54.1.


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