Purchased at last fall's Harrisburg mixed sale for $200,000, Real Babe returned a nice dividend to her new connections with a 1:57.2 victory over a "sloppy" track Saturday night at the Meadowlands in the $47,800 final of the Charles Singer Memorial Series for 4-year-old trotters.
Winless last year in 14 starts, Real Babe has found her winning stride in new conditioner Mark Harder's stable as her win on Saturday was her fourth in six starts this year. She found the winner's circle Saturday despite leaving from the outside post 10 as the 5-2 second choice.
Driven by David Miller, Real Babe was fired fast off the gate and took control in the first turn as Volare De Vie and Jim Meittinis settled in second. Real Babe reached the quarter in :28.1 and half in :57.3 when the 70-1 longshot Our Mojo and Brandon Simpson ranged up first-over. The bid was easily rebuffed by the 1:27.2 three-quarters and while it appeared there could be closers trying to crash Real Babe's party, she remained game to cross the wire 1 1/4 lengths ahead of runner-up Volare De Vie. No Less Than Magic and Pat Lachance rallied for third. The Ron Burke-trained entry of Sequin Hanover and Good Sound Advice was sent off the betting favorite but neither was a factor.
Owned by Emilia and Maria Rosati, Real Babe is a daughter of Donato Hanover out of the multiple stakes-winning mare Housethatruthbuilt. With the win, Real Babe went past the $270,000 mark in career earnings.
Also on the card, Golden Receiver led gate to wire to win the $30,000 FFA/A-1 Handicap Pace in 1:51.2 for driver Tim Tetrick, trainer Harder and owners Our Horse Cents Stable and breeder Nina Simmonds. Winning as easy as a 1-5 favorite should, Golden Receiver crossed the wire three lengths ahead of runner-up River Shark and driver David Miller.
The 8-year-old gelded son of Village Jove swept his way through the recent Presidential Series and Saturday's effort came in his first outing since his score in the $103,500 series final on Jan. 26. Golden Receiver remains perfect in five starts in 2013, bringing his career earnings to $1,716,508.