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Field Set For Meadowlands Pace


Published: July 9, 2011 8:23 pm ET

Last Comment: July 13, 2011 1:45 pm ET | 14 Comment(s) | Jump to Comments

Custard The Dragon and Big Jim prevailed in a pair of $50,000 eliminations for the $1 million Meadowlands Pace at the Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, New Jersey on Saturday night.

As elimination winners, their connections will have their pick of post positions when they are drawn on Tuesday. The top five from each elimination race contested on Saturday night at the Meadowlands advanced to the Meadowlands Pace Final, the track’s signature event for three-year-old pacers on Saturday, July 16.

In the first elimination, the fifth race, Hempt and Hoosier Cup champion Custard The Dragon re-took the lead from his stablemate Wink N Atcha on the backstretch and repelled a late challenge from Foreclosure N to pick up his fourth win in nine starts this year in 1:50.2.

Montrell Teague, the 20-year-old who handles Custard The Dragon, will become the youngest driver in a Meadowlands Pace final. The colt is trained by his father, George Teague Jr., who won the 2007 Meadowlands Pace with Southwind Lynx.

“He has been a good colt all year long,” said George Teague, who will be represented by three starters in his sixth consecutive Meadowlands Pace.

“He’s two-finger, perfect to drive,” noted Montrell Teague. “He just wants to win.”

Custard The Dragon [$24.20, $9.20, $11.80] was a one-length winner over Foreclosure N [$4.80, $3.80], driven by Tim Tetrick, who edged out Wink N Atcha, with Yannick Gingras in the sulky, in third. Also advancing to the final will be Roll With Joe, who was fourth, and Bestofthebest Hanover in fifth. North America Cup champion Up The Credit finished eighth and did not advance to the final.

Custard The Dragon, a three-year-old son of Dragon Again-Eternal Justice, has seven wins, one second and two thirds from 13 career starts, earning $551,427 for the ownership of Ted Gewertz of New York, New York, Robert Feldman of Palm Beach, Florida, Fannin Racing LLC of Lincoln, Delaware and George Teague Jr. Inc. of Harrington, Delaware.

New Jersey Classic champion Big Jim, with Phil Hudon driving, moved to the lead after an opening quarter in 27.1 and never relinquished the front, taking the second elimination, the sixth race, in 1:50 flat.

The Two-Year-Old Pacing Colt of the Year in 2010 is trained by James “Friday” Dean and owned James Carr of Hamilton, Ont.

“He was awesome,” said Hudon, who will be making his Meadowlands Pace debut. “He paced right to the wire. It’s going to be an interesting final.”

Big Jim [$5.20, $3.00, $2.60] finished three-quarters of a length ahead of Powerful Mist [$3.40, $2.10] with Andy Miller driving, and it was two lengths to Betterthancheddar [$4.00] in third with driver David Miller. Also advancing Feel Like A Fool, the third member of the Teague Stable to qualify for the final, and Westwardho Hanover, who was fifth.

Big Jim, a son of Western Ideal-Bold Pink, recorded his third win of the year and has finished on the board in all six 2011 starts. He has been in the top three in 15 of 16 career starts for a bankroll of $1,282,580.

Earlier in the card, three divisions of New Jersey Sire Stakes for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings were contested in races one through three.

Pet Rock cruised to a four-length victory over D Terminata, who edged Yep five lengths back in third, in the first event, an $18,200 division. All three are sons of Rocknroll Hanover. Tim Tetrick guided Pet Rock to his first win in his second start. Trained by Virgil Morgan and owned by Frank Bellino of Bronxville, New York, Pet Rock paced the mile in 1:52.3.

I Fought Dalaw, sent off at 1-9, withstood the late challenge of 20-1 to win by a nose in a 1:52.1 mile in the $18,200 second race. It was five and a quarter lengths back to Handsome Henry K in third. All three are sons of Western Ideal. I Fought Dalaw cut the mile and paced a 26-second final quarter to pick up his second win in two starts. David Miller drove the colt, who is trained by Sam DePinto and races in the names of Shannon DePinto of Cream Ridge, New Jersey and Michael Parisi of Allentown, New Jersey.

In the $18,700 final division, the third race, a trio of Rocknroll Hanover colts took the first three positions. Time To Roll fired through the stretch with Brian Sears at the lines to win the fastest split in 1:51.2. It was three lengths back to Mybrothergeorge in second and three and a half lengths to Camp Counselor in third. Owned and bred by Lothlorien of Cheltenham, Ont., Time To Roll posted his first win in two tries. He is trained by Jimmy Takter.

The leading point earners will advance to the $200,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Final, one of a quartet of championship stakes for two-year-olds sharing the Meadowlands Pace card on July 16.

For results and replays of Saturday's harness racing card, click on the following link: Saturday Results - Meadowlands Racetrack.

(With files from NJSEA)

July 13, 2011 - 1:45 pmHey Phil! I remember a long

Bob Boyd SAID...

Hey Phil!
I remember a long time ago an interview with Bill Gale.
He was driving in a big stake, had the inside post and was asked how he felt about it.
He said something to the effect he felt it was an advantage and he was going to use it.
He sent that horse right on the chooch and won.

Drive Big Jim like he is the best!

Good luck on Saturday!

July 11, 2011 - 9:35 pmDid anyone else notice the

Norman Hall SAID...

Did anyone else notice the kids in the winners circle after Big Jim won. After the New Jersey Classic win Jim Carr asked Heyden why there were no kids in the winners circle at the Meadowlands. Heyden had no answer so Jim said he would bring some next time. True to his word Jim Carr had several kids there after this win but Heyden chose to ignore them and instead interviewed the trainer and driver with his usual question routine. A golden opportunity missed to highlight one of our biggest problems - kids are not interested in this sport.

July 11, 2011 - 2:32 pmCongratulations to the Big

Congratulations to the Big Jim team for last Saturday's Meadowlands Pace eliminations win. My wife and I were lucky enough to meet Big Jim in person at the Grand River track recently and when I wished Jim good luck in the eliminations, he said he was ready to win!

July 11, 2011 - 1:50 pmTrevor Cahill Let's go Phil

Trevor Cahill
Let's go Phil and Big Jim! Bring it home for Canada!

July 10, 2011 - 9:58 pmBESTOFTHEBEST HANOVER a

carl duguay SAID...

BESTOFTHEBEST HANOVER a autant de chance que n importe qui de ce groupe, si il a une belle position, il a autant de SPEED que qui quonque...ATTENDEZ LE PAS,VOUS ALLEZ AVOIR UNE SURPRISE...GO QUEBEC GO....

July 10, 2011 - 8:01 pmCongrats to Phil & all the

Congrats to Phil & all the connections for the big win on the eliminations.

Will be cheering for you next week,Phil! Good luck & have a safe trip.

July 10, 2011 - 11:11 amcongrats to mark steacy and

congrats to mark steacy and gang don't count out foreclosure n he looked awesome. I know Mark will have him ready and represent rideau& the ottawa area well.

July 10, 2011 - 6:16 pmHow come Standardbred CANADA

Lynne Magee SAID...

How come Standardbred CANADA didn't post a photo of Big Jim as its lead in on this article? At very least, it should have been side by side with the one used---don't ya think? He's our best right now so play it up!
Way to go Big Jim, Big Jim Carr, James "Friday" and Phil along with everyone who is lucky enough to be around this horse. Best of luck in the final. Go Team Big Jim!

July 10, 2011 - 9:35 amCongratulations to all those

Ivan Lussier SAID...

Congratulations to all those involved with the elimination winners: Custard The Dragon and Big Jim. Good luck to all in the Meadowlands Pace. Let the games begin!

July 10, 2011 - 7:41 amWe are so happy for Big Jim

Edward Watt SAID...

We are so happy for Big Jim his owner, trainer, and driver as we had a chance to meet them a week ago at Grand River. He is one beautiful horse.

July 10, 2011 - 6:52 amCongrats to FLYING PHIL and

Tom Kelly SAID...


July 9, 2011 - 11:49 pmCongratulations on winning

Dale Leiska SAID...

Congratulations on winning the elimination,
and Best of luck in the final Phil. Hopefully Big Jim has a great week and is ready for a Big Run next week.

July 9, 2011 - 11:45 pmPerhaps,"Big Jim", is

Leonard Doan SAID...

Perhaps,"Big Jim", is a,"horse -for-the-course"?

July 9, 2011 - 9:16 pmCongrats Phil. Glad to see

alan guthrie SAID...

Congrats Phil. Glad to see the connections never gave up on you. You can go with the best of them. Good luck next week.

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