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Breakfast With Big M's Babies

Published: May 31, 2014 1:56 pm ET

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The first baby races of the 2014 season were conducted on Saturday morning at Meadowlands Racetrack under sunny skies with temperatures in the 60s and a considerable breeze in their faces finishing.

Trotting fillies opened the card and, fittingly, Bluestone Farms’ Muscle Hill filly from Malabar Memories named Saturday Mornings led from start to finish to win in 2:01 flat with a :28.3 close. Joe Holloway trains and Dave Miller drove the handsome bright bay lass. She was a $32,000 buy from the Lexington Select Yearling Sale.

The Muscles Yankee colt French Laundry won race two for Yannick Gingras in 2:00.4. He rode along behind stablemate The Bank through easy fractions then brushed past that one with a final quarter of :28.3. Jimmy Takter conditions the son of Hambo Oaks winner Creamy Mimi for owners Christina Takter, John & Jim Fielding and breeders Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld. He was purchased at the Lexington Select Yearling Sale for $115,000.

Walter White won the third schooler for Takter in 2:01.3, closing in :29.3 from the pocket after following Apostles Creed around the oval. This one’s a Cantab Hall from Muscaloosa -- a full-sister to millionaire trotting filly Costa Rica -- purchased by Christina Takter, RAW Equine and John & Jim Fielding for $57,000 at Harrisburg.

The Well Said filly Aria Hanover won the first pacing race in 2:01.1 home in :28 flat for Yannick Gingras. She is trained by Jimmy Takter for George Segal’s Brittany Farms. A daughter of Allamerican Cognac -- she a sister to Breeders Crown winner All Speed Hanover -- Aria Hanover was an $80,000 Harrisburg yearling.

Two more Takter pacers finished one two in the next race with the Somebeachsomewhere colt Blood Brother edging Azorean Art in 2:00.4 for Gingras. He is a Diamond Creek homebred from the mare Blood Diamond, hailing from the immediate family of standouts If I Can Dream and Western Terror, owned in partnership with J&T Silva Stables.

The very first of the Rock N Roll Heaven two-year-olds on display was a winner this morning for Takter (who won five of the six contested) as Zip Code Envy led all the way in 1:59.4 with Jimmy driving. This filly, who just turned two full years old on Friday, is from Neverhaveneverwill making her a half-sister to millionaire pacer-turned-stallion Always A Virgin and brought a modest bid of $27,000 from Christina Takter, John & Jim Fielding and Brixton Medical AB at Lexington.

To view the full charts from Saturday morning's Baby Races from The Meadowlands, click the following link: Two-Year-Old Qualifiers - The Meadowlands.

(with files from The Meadowlands; Ken Weingartner photo)

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