The first Meadowlands baby races of the 2014 season were conducted on Saturday morning under sunny skies with temperatures in the 60s and a considerable breeze in their faces finishing. Trotting fillies opened the card and Bluestone Farms' Muscle Hill filly from Malabar Memories led from start to finish to win in 2:01 flat with a :28.3 close. Joe Holloway trains and Dave Miller drove the handsome bright bay lass. She was a $32,000 buy from the Lexington Select Yearling Sale.
The Muscles Yankee colt French Laundry won race two for Yannick Gingras in 2:00.4. He rode along behind stablemate The Bank through easy fractions, then brushed past that one with a final quarter of :28.3. Jimmy Takter conditions the son of Hambo Oaks winner Creamy Mimi for owners Christina Takter, John & Jim Fielding and breeders Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld. He was purchased at the Lexington Select Yearling Sale for $115,000.
Walter White won the third schooler for Takter in 2:01.3 /:29.3 from the pocket after following Apostle's Creed around the oval. This one's a Cantab Hall from Muscaloosa purchased by Christina Takter, RAW Equine and John & Jim Fielding for $57,000 at Harrisburg.
The Well Said filly Aria Hanover won the first pacing race in 2:01.1, home in :28 flat, for Yannick Gingras. She is trained by Jimmy Takter for George Segal's Brittany Farms. A daughter of Allamerican Cognac, Aria Hanover was an $80,000 Harrisburg yearling.
Two more Takter pacers finished one two in the next race with the Somebeachsomewhere colt Blood Brother edging Azorean Art in 2:00.4 / 28.4 for Gingras. He is a Diamond Creek homebred from the mare Blood Diamond owned in partnership with J&T Silva Stables.
The very first of the Rocknroll Hanover's on display was a winner this morning for Takter (who won five of the six contested) as Zip Code Envy led all the way in 1:59.4 / 28.1 with Jimmy driving. This filly is from Neverhaveneverwill and brought a bid of $27,000 from Christina Takter, John & Jim Fielding and Brixton Medical AB at Lexington. (Meadowlands)