Big stakes weekend on tap at Meadowlands
May 17, 2016
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The Meadowlands' championship meet takes flight this weekend with the first leg of both the New Jersey Sires Stakes (NJSS) for sophomores and the Graduate Series for 4 year olds.
The NJSS (all purses $25,000) trotters race on Friday with Hambletonian winter book favorite Southwind Frankmaking his debut amid a bulky field of 12 colts (Race 6) and freshman Breeders Crown winner All The Time coming out in the first of two filly divisions (Race 2).
Saturday night's card is heavy with talent.
Boston Red Rocks makes his seasonal bow in the NJSS colt pace (Race 11) and Blue Moon Stride is back to defend her NJSS tiara in the filly competition (Race 5).
The Graduate trot split into a pair of $50,000 divisions with Wings Of Royalty coming in off last week's 1:51.4 upset win in an overnight race leading Race 2 from the rail. The 2015 Trotter of the Year Pinkman catches a tough field (Race 6) that includes Musical Rhythm and Maestro Blue Chip, a duo that had modest sophomore campaigns but have morphed into unbeaten early season sensations. Something's gotta give in what promises to be a slugfest.
Nine pacers were declared for the $75,000 Graduate pace (Race 8) with another emerging star in Confederation Cup winner Rockin Ron looking to extend his 10-race seasonal unbeaten streak heading up that field. (Meadowlands)