Dewey, Snow White set to race at Big M Friday
June 25, 2008
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Deweycheatumnhowe and Snow White, last year’s 2-year-old trotting champions, make their much-anticipated 2008 debuts on Friday night at the Meadowlands in Historic action.
Deweycheatumnhowe headlines the $79,110 Dickerson Cup [race three] while Snow White tops the field in the $68,110 Coaching Club Trotting Oaks [race five]. The stakes are part of the action-packed week at the Meadowlands and share the spotlight with the $68,110 Ladyship Stake for sophomore filly pacers.
Driven and trained by Ray Schnittker, Deweycheatumnhowe is the early favorite for the $1.5 million Hambletonian, harness racing’s greatest prize, on Saturday, Aug. 2. The son of Muscles Yankee was undefeated in 10 starts as a freshman and counted the Breeders Crown and Valley Victory finals among his victories. He has earned $936,191 for Schnittker and co-owners Ted Gewertz, Charles Iannazzo and the Deweycheatumnhowe Stable.
\"Dewey\" will start from post two in the Dickerson Cup. Five of the other six contenders in the race are also eligible to the Hambletonian: Order By Lincoln, NF Rivertown, Order By Lincoln, Kajan Kooker, Waterstone and Blue York Yankee.
Snow White begins her Hambletonian quest from post six in the Coaching Club Oaks. She became the fastest [1:52.4] and richest [$1,252,646] freshman filly trotter in history in 2007, punctuating her 11-for-13 season with a Breeders Crown trophy. The daughter of Self Possessed underwent tie-back surgery, which can correct breathing difficulties, at the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center in March. She sports two winning qualifiers, 1:56.3 and 1:55.3, going into her 2008 debut.
Historic Week shines the spotlight on 2-year-old colts Thursday night with three divisions of the $107,698 Harriman Cup for trotters and two divisions of the $84,100 Goshen Cup for pacers. The $200,000 Titan Cup and $61,700 Jersey Cup cap the week of stakes Saturday night. After an impressive 4-year-old debut last week, Arch Madness looms the one to beat in the Titan Cup [race nine] for older trotters. Space Ghost takes his next step on the road to the $1 million Meadowlands Pace [July 19] in the $61,700 Jersey Cup [race three]. The Mark Silva trainee won the $175,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Championship in his last start. (Meadowlands)