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Forever Starlet 8th in qua.

May 21, 2004

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Dan Patch champion 2-year-old filly trotter Forever Starlet finished eighth in a qualifier at the Meadowlands Friday morning (May 21) in her sophomore debut. The race was won in 1:57.1 by Rant N Rave, a 3-year-old daughter of Muscles Yankee who was victorious three times last year, including divisions of the Arden Downs, Green Acres and New Jersey Sire Stakes. George Brennan drove the winner for trainer Morgan McInnis.

In defense of Forever Starlet, a daughter of Self Possessed who won eight of 12 starts last year and $690,717 for owners Al Libfeld, Marvin Katz and Sam Goldband, she got away last in the 10-filly field after leaving from post seven and could not overcome a double-tiered scenario. She finished 4 ¼ lengths behind the winner, race-timed in 1:58, trotting her final quarter in :28 flat.

Finishing second in that qualifier was Habit’s Lady, who finished second and third behind Blackberry Hanover in divisions of last year’s International Stallion Stakes and Bluegrass at The Red Mile. New Jersey Sire Stakes champion filly Funny Malentine was third, with Housethatruthbuilt fourth.

Woodrow Wilson elim winner Rapid Dialing won his qualifier in 1:53.3 for driver Yannick Gingras and trainer Brett Pelling. Rapid Dialing paced a final quarter in :26.3 to defeat The Real Dion and Harry Hornet.

Exelon LB, a lightly-raced 3-year-old son of Pine Chip trained and driven by Trond Smedshammer, won his qualifier in 1:56.3, edging the Ron Gurfein-trained, Mike Lachance-driven Powerful Emotion by three-quarters of a length. Lantern’s Law, The Mighty Mr. K and Cincinnati Kid followed in third, fourth and fifth, respectively.

Early season older pacing sensation Eaton Road Kill won the morning’s first test in a sparkling 1:50.4 for driver Daniel Dube and trainer Mark Harder. Older pacing mare Carolina Sunshine, who won earlier this year at the Big M in 1:50, finished second by 3 ¾ length for driver Brian Sears.

The reigning 3-Year-Old Male Trotter of the Year Mr. Muscleman was slated to go postward this morning in his 2004 debut, but was a judges’ scratch.
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