Breakfast With The Babies, sponsored by Fashion Farms, was conducted at 9 a.m. Saturday at Meadowlands Racetrack under ideal conditions, no wind and temperatures of 72 degrees.
Pacing colts opened the card today and Goldberg rode the Team Teague bus up from Harrington this morning then went a sensational mile in 1:51.3 for catch driver Dewayne Minor. He went right to the front, set fast fractions and closed it out in :27.3 in hand. Artie’s Ideal (Andy Miller) rallied between horses for second and Alittlewiggleroom, driven by George Teague Jr., gained wide late for third. Goldberg is a Montrell Teague homebred by family sire Mr Wiggles out of Chausettes Blanche and is trained by Brenda Teague.
Captain McKee was a 1:53.4 winner for trainer Tony Alagna and driver Scott Zeron. Zeron afforded the Captaintreacherous-Social Scene colt a perfect trip behind eventual second place finisher Cub Fan (Andy Miller), tipping off that one in the stretch through the :27.2 final panel for the win. Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, Brad Grant and Captain Trevor Racing gave $75,000 for the Hanover bred at Harrisburg last fall.
Pacing filly Pace Baby Pace (Andy Miller) put one in the win column for her sire Sweet Lou and dam Breakheart Pass with a 1:56.1 score for the Ron Burke barn. She sat a pocket to Passion Struck (Andy McCarthy) through reasonable fractions then sailed by under minimal encouragement from the driver. JK Mardi Says (Zeron) rallied wide nicely for the place. The winner is a homebred for Burke Racing and Weaver Bruscemi.
Trotting fillies came next and Sister’s Promise can now be counted among the winners from Father Patrick’s first crop after her effortless 2:00.4 score for Tim Tetrick. Celebrity Serena cut the mile through slow numbers and led until mid-stretch where the winner and Mother Teresa (Zeron) went by in the :28.4 final stanza. Linda Toscano trains Sister’s Promise for Brittany Farms. The daughter of Amourato was a $120,000 Harrisburg yearling, bred by Fred Hertrich III.
Andy and Julie Miller won the next race with the Donato Hanover-Glide About filly American Kronos in 1:58. Getting away in third, American Kronos accelerated when asked around the last bend and sailed by early leader Lindy Pearl (Zeron) through the :27.4 end to the mile. Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld and David Goodrow own the winner, bred in Italy by Allevamento Kronos.
Full Rights (Jeremy Morrison) won in 1:59.1, surging by a stubborn Celebrity Stallone (Minor) in the shadow of the wire. Jim Campbell trains the homebred son of RC Royalty-Cruella De Ville for Runthetable Stables.
Finally Dewayne Minor doubled up for the day by driving Fearless Dreamer, an Explosive Matter colt from Bold Dreamer, to a front-stepping 1:59.1 win over Practical Cat (Jimmy Takter). The winner is owned by Rivers Stable, who gave $35,000 to buy from the Valley High Stable consignment at the Lexington Selected Sale.
Also of note, last season’s Dan Patch award winning freshman trotter Fourth Dimension went a flat qualifier in 1:52.4 for Brian Sears as trainer Marcus Melander continues to seek answers to the colt’s erratic performances thus far this year.
Trainer Jimmy Takter brought the Down Undersensation Lazarus N out for gate schooling after today's qualifiers and the pair went a dazzling mile in 1:51, the only company being two trotters that were unable to keep up and the only encouragement a few "C'mon boy" calls from the driver.
Fractions were :29.2, :57, 1:25.3.
The 6-year-old New Zealand bred son of Bettor's Delight was imported by Taylor Made Stallions and is expected to contest the top older horse pacing events for the balance of the season.
He looked up to those lofty goals this morning.
Live racing Saturday night at 8 pm. (Meadowlands)