Trainer Tony Alagna sent out a trio of winners in the New Jersey Sire Stakes for 2-year-old pacers on Friday night at the Meadowlands.
His hat trick began with Somebodythatiusedtono, who gamely held off Sweetheart winner Jerseylicious to win the $23,000 opener in wire-to-wire fashion.
Driven by Andy Miller, Somebodythatiusedtono carved out a :58.2 opening half before the favorite ranged up to apply pressure. The two fillies were noses apart at the top of the lane, but Somebodythatiusedtono found another gear and pulled away to a half-length victory in 1:53.2. Miss Lauren finished third.
Somebodythatiusedtono paid $6.80 to win. She is now perfect in three career starts. The daughter of Tell All-Treasure Keeper was a bargain $3,000 yearling purchase at the Lexington-Selected Sale by Alagna and co-owner Jodi Siamis.
Alagna also visited the winner's circle with Authorize in the second NJSS division for freshman pacing fillies, race four. Authorize, with Brian Sears at the lines, collared the field in 1:52.4. The homebred daughter of Western Ideal-CPA is owned by Brittany Farms and Brian Monieson Revtrust.
Alagna completed the hat trick with pacing colt Wake Up Peter in the eighth. The son of son of Rocknroll Hanover-Lovely Lady cruised to a 1:52.2 score with Ron Pierce in tow. Wake Up Peter was a $20,000 yearling buy at the Lexington-Selected Sale by Alagna and partners Louis Willinger, Eagles Soar Partners and Wake Up Peter Partners.
Trainer Jimmy Takter sent out a pair of NJSS winners, including Rockin Amadeus (Rocknroll Hanover) in the $17,500 colt and gelding's pace and Corky (Muscles Yankee) in the $34,500 colt and gelding's trot.
Lothlorien's Rockin Amadeus, driven by Yannick Gingras, paced his mile in 1:52 flat, finishing 2 1/2 lengths up on Rocknmyjeans. It was 2 3/4 lengths to Emeritus Maximus in third. Rockin Amadeus scored his first win in his second start.
Corky, second by a neck in the Peter Haughton Memorial, was a two-length winner in his New Jersey Sire Stakes division, finishing two lengths ahead of Deadliest Catch and 3 3/4 lengths in front of King Muscles. He was clocked in a career best of 1:57. David Miller was in the sulky for the ownership of Christina Takter and Toronto brothers John and Jim Fielding. Corky now has two wins and four seconds in six starts.
Shared Past (Chocolatier) trotted her mile in 1:55.4, only a tick off the stakes record, in the $19,500 second race for fillies, finishing 3 1/2 lengths ahead of Time To Kill. It was 6 1/2 lengths to Find The Magic in third.
Shared Past, driven by Gingras and trained by Jonas Czernyson, now has one win, one second and one third in four starts. She is owned by W.J. Donovan of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Lady Dynamite (Muscles Yankee) carried Gingras another New Jersey Sire Stakes victory in a $19,500 trot for fillies, prevailing by a half-length over Vintage Oaks. Silver Credit was third by five lengths.
The Mark Harder-trained Lady Dynamite covered the mile in 1:57.3, posting her second win in two tries for the Chris Alexander Stables and Stephen Palermo.
Johny Rock (Rocknroll Hanover) stopped the clock in 1:52 in a $17,500 split for pacing colts for driver Andy Miller and trainer John Butenschoen. It was 7 1/4 lengths back to Cyclone in second and 13 ˝ to Edington in third.
Johny Rock improved his record to three wins and two seconds in five starts. He is owned by William Wiswell, Jean Goehlen and Eugene Schick. (edited Meadowlands & SBOANJ releases)