Owner-trainer Steve Crevani said Monday morning that his Crevani Farms has paid the $100,000 supplemental fee for the Meadowlands Pace for his 3-year-old colt Bullville Powerful, who on Saturday posted an impressive 1:49 victory in a 3-year-old open at the Meadowlands over a “good” racetrack.
“He is just peaking now; he’s getting better and better,” Crevani told harnessracing.com of the son of 2001 Meadowlands Pace runner-up Bettor’s Delight. “I doubt very much if I can beat (Somebeachsomewhere), but it’s not the money. It’s just the prestige of being in a race like that. He’s made $265,000 this year already so he deserves a shot. I said earlier that if he went in 1:49 or better on Saturday I’d put him in, and he went in 1:49. And the track was only ‘good.’”
Bullville Powerful has won six times in 11 starts this year, including the $242,275 Empire Breeders Classic at Tioga Downs in May. He also finished a close second in the $215,000
With supplemental entries due Monday for the rich race which has eliminations Saturday, July 12, Crevani said his banker took the certified check to the Meadowlands but he was thrown a mild scare upon arriving.
“The thing that scared me was that I had to have the check there by 12:00 today, so my banker did a big favor and he went with a certified check for me, but there was nobody in the race office,” Crevani said with a laugh. “So he found security, who sent him to the general manager, so he got it done. The $100,000 is there, now just another $6,000 for the starting fee. I just hope we get a halfway decent post position.”
Bullville Powerful is only the second horse ever supplemented to the Meadowlands Pace with the first—ironically—being the Crevani-bred PB Bullville, who had been claimed from the farm the month before the 2000 edition for $127,500 by Perfect World Enterprises.
PB Bullville-—who was supplemented at a cost of $150,000-—broke stride in his elimination and didn’t make the final, a fate not lost on Crevani. “They claimed him from me right before and then supplemented him,” he said. “I hope the same thing doesn’t happen because he broke.”