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Rookies Impress In New Jersey Stakes

Published: June 29, 2019 8:18 pm ET

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The Meadowlands hosted the first leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes for two-year-olds on Friday night. All five of the divisions raced for a purse of $25,000.

The two-year-old filly pacers started the night off in a non-betting race before the regularly scheduled card. David Miller teamed up with the Ross Croghan trainee Odds On Sarasota to claim the first NJSS division of the night. Miller sat with Odds on Sarasota in a two-hole trip until the stretch where he pulled her and marched past the leader Duck N Roll. The Rock N Roll Heaven filly stopped the clock in 1:56.1, with Bigforherbritches coming in second and Duck N Roll finishing third.

Next up were the two-year-old colt pacers in the first race of the regular card. Scott Zeron steered the odds-on favourite Rockin The Aces to the winner’s circle for trainer Carmen Auciello. The Rock N Roll Heaven colt earned himself a lifetime mark of 1:54.2 with his first career win. Rock N Teen finished a close second with Cedar Hall Heaven coming in third.

The two-year-old colt and gelding trotters took the stage for the third division of the NJSS. Once again the odds-on favourite took home the purse money in this race. Tim Tetrick wired the field with Play Trix On Me for trainer Gareth Dowse in 1:55.4. The Trixton colt opened up by eight lengths in the stretch to trot home in 27.4. Barley finished second with AP Hall Of Trix finishing third.

The very next race was the first division of two for the two-year-old filly trotters. Driver Anthony Macdonald pulled Spirit Of Deo first up at the half and was able to nose out the leader Caviart Eva at the wire. Spirit Of Deo, sired by Trixton, trotted her last quarter in a blistering :26.4 to upset the odds-on favourite. Caviart Eva finished a close second with Common Sense S coming in third. This is the Andrew Harris trainee’s first start of her career and what a way to start her two-year-old campaign. Spirit of Deo was bred by Deo Volente Farms of Flemington, NJ.

The last NJSS of the night was the second division for two-year-old filly trotters. Scott Zeron teamed up with trainer George Ducharme this time, to win his second sire stakes race of the night with Dramatra. The odds-on favourite daughter of Trixton wired the field, from post position number five to stop the clock in 1:57.3. Dramatra finished a good two lengths ahead of second place finisher Stella Kemp. Tricky Sister finished in third place.

The second leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes for two-year-olds will take place on Friday July 5, 2019 at the Meadowlands.

(SBOANJ)


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