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Freshmen Set Marks At Meadows

Published: July 5, 2011 5:07 pm ET

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A pair of freshmen vaulted to the head of their respective classes Tuesday at The Meadows by establishing national season’s marks in their career debuts.

Robin Cruiser became the sport’s fastest freshman filly pacer on a five-eighths-mile track by roaring through the lane for Brian Zendt to erase a five-length deficit and score in 1:55. Bella Sophia was second, with Cruzin Tothe Dance third.

Tim Pinske trains Robin Cruiser, a daughter of Yankee Cruiser-Sportstalk, for Pinske Stables.

Moments later, Mr Ridgetaker launched his career with a sharp first-over victory in 1:58.4, making him this year’s fastest two-year-old colt on a five-eighths-mile track. Early leader Boytown was second, while Sweet Gypsy Lindy completed the ticket.

Trainer/driver Rick Beinhauer owns Mr Ridgetaker, a son of Tom Ridge-Miss Risktaker, with Regina Beinhauer.

In the $22,500 Preferred Trot, Rembrandt Spur had to be used several times in the mile, but the track’s all-age record-holder had plenty in reserve to blow past Superfast Stuart in the lane and defeat that rival in 1:55 for trainer/driver Dick Stillings and owner Roy Davis. Earls Glider raced well uncovered for show.

A five-year-old Pegasus Spur-Marty E gelding, Rembrandt Spur now boasts $384,028 in lifetime earnings.

(The Meadows)

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