Check Me Out to debut in PASS at Meadows
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Check Me Out, the unanimous choice as the 2011 Two-Year-Filly Trotter of the Year, will make her sophomore debut Tuesday afternoon, May 15, at The Meadows. Check Me Out, who won 14 of 16 starts last year, will start from post four in the ninth race, the last of four $62,528 divisions of Pennsylvania Sire Stakes (PASS).
Trained and driven by Ray Schnittker, who also co-owns the daughter of Donato Hanover with Charles Iannazzo, Check Me Out's biggest scores last year came in the $600,000 Breeders Crown final and the $333,200 Merrie Annabelle final. She posted her career best of 1:53.2f while capturing her Matron elimination at Dover Downs.
Check Me Out prepped for her PASS debut with a pair of qualifying victories. On April 20, she won at the Meadowlands in 1:54.4, which was followed up by a 1:55 victory April 26 at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.
Included among the field in Check Me Out's PASS split is Cocktail Attire, who brings a four-race win streak into the contest for owners Tony and Linda Schadel, the former the driver and the latter the trainer of the daughter of Broadway Hall.
Cocktail Attire's latest win on May 4 came in a Lady Suffolk division at Freehold. Prior to that, she swept the Action-Broadway Series, including a career-best 1:56.3 effort in the April 25 final. She will start fro post three in the PASS division
The race doesn't get any easier as Maven, whose seven wins last year include a Bluegrass division at The Red Mile, will start from post two for driver Yannick Gingras and trainer Jonas Czernyson.
Sand Violent Blu, who captured last year's PASS championship with a world-record 1:54.3 effort, drew post one in the first PASS split, carded as the fourth race. The daughter of Tom Ridge is trained by Tye Loy and will be driven by Brett Miller. Sand Violet Blu also makes her 2012 debut in PASS action, coming into the race off three winning qualifiers at The Meadows.
Miss Chip K, who won the $37,000 Syrinx Hanover final in March at the Meadowlands, will start from post three in the third PASS division (sixth race). Charlie Norris trains and drives the daughter of American Winner.
Also in that split is the Ron Gurfein-trained Delicious, who drew the outside post seven with driver Matt Kakaley.
"She has a tremendous amount of ability but I don't know where it is going to take her,” Gurfein recently told harnessracing.com of Delicious, a daughter of Cantab Hall who ended her freshman season with a trio of victories, including a career-best 1:55f win in the $40,000 Equinox final at Pocono.