Saturday morning's Breakfast with the Babies at The Meadowlands was offered up on a perfect morning with mild temperatures and little wind. Quick impressions were that Takter has another powerful group of freshman trotters, his fellow Swede Ake Svanstedt is a quick study with pacers, and Tony Alagna chose well last fall.
Takter opened with a trotting filly triple, winning the first with Tangerine Bi in 2:01.3. She is a Yankee Glide from Muscovite that he drove for the partnership of Christina Takter, Marvin Katz and John & Jim Fielding, who gave $70,000 for her at Lexington. Takter Stable then took the second with Wild Honey in 2:00.1, leading all the way with Yannick Gingras driving for Christina, John & Jim Fielding and Herb Liverman over Sales Office Lillie and She's On Fire. She is also a Lexington Select graduate at $35,000.
Third race, same story with the sharp looking Donato Hanover-Southwind Allaire filly Sarcy exploding from the pocket for an effortless 1:58.4 win with Gingras driving for Takter over Rules Of The Road and Wordie Hanover. It was the second impressive morning appearance for the $37,000 Lexington buy, owned again by Christina Takter and the Fielding brothers. After his entry was scratched in the fourth race, Takter resumed winning in the fifth with the $80,000 Harrisburg buy Speak To Me impressing with a closing move into a :28.3 final quarter for the 2:00.3 win. Brittany Farms paid $80,000 for the first crop Muscle Massive filly out of Ms Naughty at Harrisburg. Encora and Iluvmyjimmychoos followed the winner under the wire.
Takter later sent out the Bettors Delight-Armbro Amoretto pacing colt Bet You to win the morning's fastest race as he closed to a 1:55.3 win with Gingras driving. In a race with plenty of pace and action, Bet You sprinted home in :27.1 for a clear win over pacesetter Elwell. He cost Christina Takter, John & Jim Fielding and J McClelland $75,000 at Lexington last fall.
Svanstedt unveiled a sample ofhis first crop of yearlings trained in the US with a good showing. He won the sixth with Blue Muse, a Muscles Yankee filly from Upside Blue Chip he owns in partnership with her breeder, Jeff Gural's Little E LLC. She sat just behind the lead and trotted by in the stretch in 2:01.3 with a :29.2 final quarter. Svanstedt then unveiled a really talented SJ's Caviar-ENS Tag Session colt named Centurion ATM in race eight coming first over into a 1:33 three panels then drawing off to win in 2:00.3 under his own power. He cost Courant AB and Knutsson Trotting Inc. (the Sebastian K owners) $100,000 at Harrisburg and he looks like the goods. Elusive Action and Mercury Fashion followed the winner in.
Svandstedt came back to win a pacing race with the Western Ideal-Bold Pink colt Badix Hanover, a brother to Big Jim, in 1:57.1. He was a $30,000 Harrisburg yearling and is owned by Svanstedt.
Trotting colt Gifted Way closed up considerable ground willingly into a :28.3 final quarter to nip Amicus in 1:58.3 for Scott Zeron and Tony Alagna. This sharp looking Cantab Hall colt from Rare Gift brought $170,000 at Lexington and is owned by Brittany Farms, Little E LLC, Joe Sbrocco and Deo Volente Farms in a Myron Bell partnership. Longcat Hanover looked good too. He won from behind for Nifty Norman and Dave Miller in 2:00.3 with a good last quarter. Pinske Stables and Enzed Racing gave $40,000 for this Muscle Massive colt from Likeavirgin Lindy.
The pacers started with a pair of nice Rocknroll Hanover fillies battling through a :26.3 final quarter with Smart Zone (Open Book Test) prevailing narrowly for Marcus and Erv Miller over Wicked Little Minx from the Svanstedt barn, the mile in 1:57.1. Paymaq Racing and D&M Trading gave $48,000 for her at Harrisburg.
She's Some Treasure is the full sister to Captaintreacherous and she flashed speed and grit in her 1:57.1 trial this morning. She was out past the quarter, then cut the mile, sprinting home in :27.4 for Tetrick. She is trained in the Tony Alagna barn for breeder and owner White Birch Farms. Tony had a nice pair in the last race with Trading Up winning on the lead despite going greenly for Scott Zeron, holding off stable mate Robert Hill in 1:56.1 with :26.4 on the end. He's a Somebeach from Rita J owned by Alagna, Alber and Waxman, an $80,000 but at Harrisburg. (Meadowlands)