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Favorites take 3 splits

February 18, 2007

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Favorites reigned in the $12,500 second leg of the Senior Trendsetter Series on Sunday afternoon at the Meadowlands with Crawdad, Natural Talent and Hard To Beat winning their respective divisions.

Crawdad ($2.60) kicked off fourth-over cover at the top of the stretch and flew home to win the first Senior Trendsetter division in 1:53.3. Driven by Andy Miller, Crawdad flashed a final panel of :26.1 to best Foxy Move by a head. Philos Hanover grabbed the show spot.

Crawdad improved his 2007 record to four wins in six starts for trainer Erv Miller and the Red Barn Stable of Morrison, Ill. Lifetime, he has banked $70,691.

Favorite Natural Talent ($3.40) captured his Senior Trendsetter spilt in similar fashion, rallying off a fourth-over trip to nail Hurricane Jeff by head at the wire. He won in 1:54.3, with David Miller in tow. Tiger Tinch closed for third.

Trained by Bo Boudon, Natural Talent was claimed Dec. 13, 2006 by owners John Fodera, Martha Frank, Anthony Ferrara and Steven Wienick. Since then he has won five of seven starts and earned $51,770. The gelding improved his career stats to 13 wins and $87,806 in earnings.

In the third Senior Trendsetter division, 8-5 second choice Hard To Beat ($5.20) lived up to his name with a wire-to-wire victory in 1:52.4 for driver Ron Pierce and trainer Ross Croghan. The pocketsitter Life In My Day was second, while Category Six finished third after a first-over journey. The favorite Looselipssinkships had too much ground to make up in the stretch and finished fifth.

The $76,000 Senior Trendsetter Series final is next Sunday, Feb. 25. (Meadowlands)
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