Two-year-olds were out in full force again on Saturday morning at Mohawk Racetrack and The Meadowlands, with rookies qualifying in the sub-1:55 range.
Some Power showed some speed by winning his qualifier gate-to-wire in 1:54.4 for driver Chris Christoforou and trainer Casie Coleman. The $270,000 yearling purchase of Jeffrey Snyder of New York and Four Friends Racing Stable of Moorestown, N.J. sold at Harrisburg last year under the name of Way Bay Hanover, a brother to speedsters Westwardho Hanover and Woodstock Hanover.
Also of note in that qualifier was Bring On The Beach, a full brother to Some Power's sire, Somebeachsomewhere. The $155,000 yearling was making his on-track debut for Mardon Stables of Loretto, Ont., Daniel Macisaac of Charlottetown, PEI and Paradox Farm of Caledon East, Ont. Bring On The Beach made an early break and was distanced.
To view the results from the Saturday Baby Races at Mohawk, click the following link: Saturday Qualifiers - Mohawk Racetrack.
The popular Saturday Breakfast With The Babies event at The Meadowlands again enjoyed a perfect morning weather-wise for the races. They got underway at 9:30 with the Cantab Hall-Musical Victory colt Musical Rhythm reversing his previous form, heading right to the front for a gate to wire 1:59.1 win for Scott Zeron. P Mac Attack was second and Wicker Hanover third. He’s trained in the Tony Alagna stable for John Fodera and Steve Wienick racing as In The Gym Partners who paid $35,000 at the Lexington Selected sale.
Buzzy Sholty scored a double on the day with a nice pair of Donato Hanover fillies that he trains for the Place Your Betts Stable. The first was Donato’s babe from Marion Monet, a 2:00.1 winner in the second. She led all the way and coasted in over Sobti Hanover and Chezando. The Betts boys, Andrew, Scott and Tim gave $16,000 for her at Harrisburg last fall. HS Carry On (With Faith) came for $1,000 less at the same venue and she was sharp on the lead today through even numbers for the 2:00.3 score over Iluvmyjimmychoos.
Shafina Hanover was a winner for Ron Pierce and Noel Daley, who have teamed up on more than a few top trotters over the years. She rallied from well back to catch Praying Gear deep in the stretch in 2:01.1. A $50,000 Harrisburg purchase by Adam Victor & Son and Barbara Matthews, she’s an Explosive Matter from Shes A Blizzard.
Ake Svanstedt won the next couple. He brought a nice Yankee Glide filly named Thats So Ironic in and won the fourth, just holding on over a closing Janet in 1:59.3. She cost Maryann Racing $47,000 at Lexington. Lima Pride impressed for Svanstedt in the very next race leading to the half, getting buzzed by The Bakers Choice and John Campbell around the last turn then rallying back to win in 2:01.2. He’s from the first crop of Muscle Massive out of Pacific Legacy and was a $25,000 buy at the Lexington Selected Sale for the account of Top Ten Racing. Maestro Blue Chip was a good third, closing stoutly for Trond Smedshammer.
Trond had a winner in Buen Camino in 1:59 after a pocket ride. He’s a good-sized homebred Cash Hall from Baby Rella owned by Ernie Martinez and WCB Stable. He got up to nail Bavaro with Longcat Hanover up for the show.
Magenta Man was game to hold off Soboro Hanover after leading all the way in 1:59.4 for Campbell. He’s a handsome Muscles Yankee from Magenta Hall that brought $70,000 at Harrisburg and races for Let It Ride, Jeff Gural, Howard Taylor and RBH Venture who have entrusted the “Crocodile Man” Ross Croghan to tend to the training details.
Shes Heavenly opened the pacing races with a handy 1:55.4 score with Mike Lachance aboard for owner, trainer and breeder Bob Horowitz. She’s another winner from the first crop of Rock N Roll Heaven from Hedgie Blue Chip and looks promising.
Casie Coleman sent out Oneisalonelynumber to win the tenth in 1:57. He followed Feeling Cam Lucky around the track and surged by with one crack of Dave Miller’s whip for the score. This Bettors Delight colt from No One Is Alone cost West Winds Stable and Adriano Sorella $62,000 last fall at Lexington.
Bedroomconfessions got the perfect trip from Scott Zeron and burst through an opening between fillies to win convincingly in 1:55.2 with her individual last split a tick or two faster. She’s an American Ideal x Turnoffthelights homebred owned in partnership by Stephanie & Myron Bell’s Riverview Farms and her trainer Tony Alagna.
The day’s final race was the fastest with the Well Said colt Paparazzi Hanover winning for Yannick Gingras. He moved to the front at the half in 58.3, then threw a 56-second final half at ‘em on the end to win in hand over a very wide Sicily and American Crossroads. A son of the top mare Paula’s Best, Paparazzi Hanover is trained by Jim Campbell for the potent partnership of Jeff Snyder and Jules Siegel’s Fashion Farm. He was a $190,000 Harrisburg buy.
To view the full set of charted lines from The Big M, click the following link: Saturday Baby Races - The Meadowlands.
(with files from The Meadowlands)