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Meadowlands holds first baby races of the year

June 04, 2008

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If Wednesday’s initial baby races at the Meadowlands are any indication of the upcoming year then trainers Ray Schnittker and Ron Gurfein appear to have strong groups in their stables as they won six and four races, respectively, including the Schnittker-trained-and-driven Keep It Fair, who earned speed-badge honors for the day with a 1:58.4 victory.


Also on the card was the much-anticipated debut of the 2-year-old filly trotter D Liteful Hanover, a Revenue half-sister to 2007 Horse of the Year Donato Hanover. In what D Liteful Hanover’s connections are hoping is an omen, just like her older sibling she finished fourth in her first attempt.


A $325,000 yearling purchase by David Scharf, Steve Jones and Jerry Silva from breeder Hanover Shoe Farms, D Liteful Hanover made a break in the stretch in the morning’s second race while on the move from fourth at the three-quarters, taking her out of contention as the Gurfein-trained Dover Miss won in 2:04.1.


Driven by Mike Lachance, Dover Miss is a daughter of Andover Hall out of the Self Possessed mare Miss Athens, she a half-sister to 2005 Merrie Annabelle winner Miss Wisconsin. She was bred and is owned by Thomas Brice and Charles Receski.


Lachance then guided filly trotter No Ifs Here to a 2:05.1 victory. A daughter of Conway Hall, she is out of the Armbro Goal mare Noifsaboutit, she a winner of $311,387 and also the dam of $200,000-plus earners Pardon Me and Boom. Lee and Linda DeVisser bred No Ifs Here, who was purchased as a yearling for $72,000 by Tapas LLC.


Musical Mystery, a daughter of Cantab Hall out of Breeders Crown champion Musical Victory, then scored a 2:06 victory for the Lachance-Gurfein team. She is a homebred of Brittany Farms.


The Hall of Fame duo then completed their freshman superfecta with a 2:03.3 win with Give N Take, a daughter of Cantab Hall out of the Pine Chip mare Charitable. Bred by Steve Stewart and Martti S. Ala-Seppala, Give N Take was an $80,000 yearling purchase by Brittany Farms and Silva.


As for Schnittker, Keep It Fair, rallied from fifth at the three-quarters with a final quarter of :28 to draw clear by 2 ¾ lengths in his debut effort. Bred by Schnittker, he shares ownership of the daughter of Art Major out of the Direct Scooter mare Direct Service with Charles Iannazzo.


Schnittker also directed My Last Laugh to a 1:59.1 victory, using a final quarter of :27 to coast to the 4 ¼-length decision. A son of Sealed N Delivered out of the Sportsmaster mare Fancy Creek Funny, My Last Laugh is a homebred of Mathias Meinzinger.


Schnittker opened up the 16-race program with a 2:03 win behind New Hampshire Girl, a $110,000 yearling purchase from Yankeeland Farms by Schnittker, Blue Chip Bloodstock, Steve Demeter and Herbert Burns III.


The New York-based horseman also won with Tad The Stud, a son of Windsong’s Legacy out of the Valley Victory mare Chocolate Layered, she a full sister to Peace A Pie, the dam of Pizza Dolce. A $100,000 yearling purchase by Tad The Stud Stable from breeder Hanover Shoe Farms, Tad The Stud scored in 2:02.
In that race, Priceless Prince, a Tom Ridge half-brother to world champion filly Snow White, finished fourth in his career debut.


Schnittker also won in 2:01.3 with the Peter Pan Stables homebred Panplona, a son of The Panderosa out of the Artsplace mare Campanita, and his sextet of winners was completed with Allmyrowdyfriends, a son of Bettor’s Delight out of the Run The Table mare Heatherjeankillean, in 2:01.2.


The session also saw the debut of And Away We Go, a half-brother to the 2007 American National winner Creamy Mimi and a $325,000 yearling purchase by Scharf, Valley High Stable, Silva and John Fielding. A son of Conway Hall out of the Pine Chip mare Cream Puff, she a half-sister to the $668,000-winning Pizza Dolce and the $390,000-winning Mars, And Away We Go finished fourth in a 2:04.4 mile won by George Dennis’ Uwantapieceofme, a son of SJ’s Photo out of the Crowning Point mare Better Together.


Although trainer Steve Elliott did not fare so well with D Liteful Hanover, one of his two scores came with Victor Blue Chip, a $225,000 yearling purchase by Scharf and Robert Rosenheim. A son of Credit Winner out of Precious Lindy, Victor Blue Chip won in 2:06.3.


Elliott also won with Well Said, a son of Western Hanover out of 2002 Sweetheart Pace winner Must See, she a full sister to the $1.9 million-winning Glowing Report. A $240,000 yearling purchase from breeders Steve Jones and Fair Winds Farm by Jeffrey Snyder and Lothlorien Cheltenham, Well Said won in 2:01.

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