Career marks set in all Big M series splits
January 19, 2012
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Favorites won just two of the five $12,500 divisions of the second round of the Super Bowl Series for 4-year-old trotters Thursday night at the Meadowlands. It was a much different story in the pair of $12,500 divisions of the second round of the White Ruffles Series for 4-year-old pacing mares as odds-on choices swept the events.
The Super Bowl prelims got underway in the first race on the night with a wire-to-wire, 1 1/2-length win in 1:58.2 for Psyched, a gelded son of Conway Hall trained by Lisa Zabielski for owner Kevin Patrick Quinn. With Daniel Dube driving, the 7-2 Psyched led through fractions of :29.1, :59.1 and 1:29 as there were continuous breakers behind. Psyched closed out the career-best win with a final quarter of :29.2 to best Conway Cruiser and Enchanted. Favorite Crown Time McJess had to settle for fourth.
Buzz Bomb sprung a 12-1 bomb in the second Super Bowl split as Jim Meittinis rallied the son of Windsong's Legacy to the half-length score over Stir Me Up and Carson's Victory in 1:57. Favored In Nomine Patri had to settle for fourth.
Meittinis trains the winner, who scored his first win in his fifth career attempt, for owner British Betty Racing Stable.
Aladin As continued the Super Bowl upsets in the third division with a 1:57.3 victory at odds of 7-1. Ron Pierce drove the son of Chocolatier as he defeated runner-up Bee's Knees by three-quarters of a length, with Hardrockenjessica third. Mr. Jim Dandy finished sixth as the bettors' choice.
Trained by Peter Tritton, Aladin As dropped more than two seconds off his previous career mark that was set in his lone prior win in 20 starts last year at Saratoga. Aladin As is owned by Michael Lipman and David Postman.
Dontevenknowmyname finally came through for the chalk players in the fourth Super Bowl split as Eric Abbatiello directed the daughter of Master Lavec to a career-best 1:55.4 victory. Dontevenknowmyname won as the 9-5 favorite by four lengths over Big Sky Hurricane, with Lady Love Hanover third.
Owen Eiler Jr. trains and owns the winning Dontevenknowmyname.
The final Super Bowl split went to the 7-5 favorite My Man, who coasted to a wire-to-wire, five-length win in 1:56.1 for driver Yannick Gingras, who also shares ownership. All Munky Business was second, with Commandment third.
Trained by Edwin Gannon Jr., My Man is owned by Gingras in partnership with Dawn Marie Gannon and Domenic Costanzo. The win was his third in 14 career starts and also a career best.
Miss Behave, at odds of 4-5, and Cruzin Angel, sent off the 1-5 favorite, scored victories in the duo of White Ruffles divisions.
Leaving from post eight in the first White Ruffles split, Miss Behave scored by 1 1/4 lengths over Devine Filly, with Look Annie Hall third. Brian Sears drove the winner to the come-from-behind score for trainer Donald Maiorano and owner Cappy Stable. The 1:53.4 clocking was a career mark for the daughter of Dags, and was her 11th career trip to the winner's circle.
As for Cruzin Angel, the daughter of Yankee Cruiser cruised to the 1:53.2 victory for driver Andy Miller, besting runner-up Crazyboutdadrummer by two lengths. Gray Olives was third.
Daniel DeVitis trains Cruzin Angel for owners George Green and Rhonda Heady. The time lowered her career mark by two-fifths of a second in what was her sixth win in 19 attempts.