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Metropolitan wins qualifier

April 24, 2004

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Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion Metropolitan made his first appearance of 2004 Saturday morning (April 24) in a qualifier at the Meadowlands. John Campbell maneuvered the sophomore son of The Panderosa off the pylons in midstretch and in the four path got up in the final strides to win in 1:56.4, pacing a final quarter in :27 flat.

Times in the opening three-quarters were stymied a bit by a stiff wind but with the breeze at their backs horses came a flyin' down the stretch.

Regarded as one of the leading members of this year's 3-year-old pacing colt division after banking more than $130,000 in 203, Metropolitan is trained by Chris Ryder. "And the first time we ever saw the horse was when he was in the sales ring and we paid $115,000 for him," Ryder remembered with a slight chuckle.

Thunder Road, a 3-year-old full brother to Kadabra trained by Jimmy Takter, won his qualifier in 2:00.3, last quarter in :27.3. David Miler was in the sulky behind Thunder Road, who made just one start last year at two.

Included among other qualifier winners Saturday were New Jersey-bred standout Artesian, who won in 1:54.3. The 4-year-old son of Artiscape was directed by Ron Pierce. Veteran trotter Sundown Score, who finished second last Sunday in a Father Foley division at the Meadowlands, won in 1:56.2.
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