A 'stacked deck' highlights Big M qualifiers
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Eight qualifiers went postward at the Meadowlands Tuesday morning, with the newly-turned 6-year-old mare Stacked Deck taking speed-badge honors with a 1:53.4 victory. Trained by Joe Anderson and driven by his son, Ryan, Stacked Deck was a nine-time winner in 42 starts last year as the son of Bettor’s Delight increased his career earnings to nearly a quarter-million dollars.
The trotter Sooner Than Later, a winner on the Ontario Sire Stakes circuit in 2009 as a 2 year old but winless in 16 starts last year, started 2011 on the right note as he won her qualifier in 1:58.2. Now four, the daughter of Striking Sahbra had been owned her first two years of racing by William Weaver III and trainer Doug McIntosh, but was sold for $27,000 at last November’s Harrisburg mixed sale to Robert Lindstrom. Sooner Than Later, now in the barn of trainer Bjorn Noren, was driven by David Miller.
Summertime Yankee, a 7-year-old daughter of SJ’s Photo, romped to a 12 ½-length win in 1:54. Owned, trained and driven by Tyler Raymer, Summertime Yankee was a six-time winner in 31 starts last year, including a career-best 1:52.3 effort at Harrah’s Chester, which missed the world mark for older trotting mares on a five-eighths track by just two-fifths of a second.
Also winning qualifiers Tuesday were Ellen’s Isle, a 4-year-old daughter of Windsong’s Legacy who scored in 1:55.1 for trainer Julie Miller and driver Andy Miller; Keystone Rideau, an 8-year-old son of Western Hanover with earnings approaching $500,000, who won in 1:56 for trainer Mark Ford and driver David Miller; Lahaye, a 5-year-old son of Real Desire who also won for the Ford/Miller combination in 1:55; Bunkmeister, a 5-year-old son of The Panderosa who won in 1:55.2 for trainer Ron Burke and driver Yannick Gingras, the number-one duo in earnings last year; and Camshaft Hanover, a 6-year-old son of Artiscape who notched a 1:55.2 victory for trainer David Pinkney Jr. and driver Jack Baggitt.