NJSS finals part of Meadowlands Pace card
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A $150,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase, Mission Brief lifted her earnings to $69,750 for the Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stables, J&T Silva Stables and Weaver Bruscemi.
Guess Whos Back came from off the pace and tipped five-wide in the stretch and pulled away to a one-length victory in the event for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings, the first race.
Brian Sears positioned the son of Muscles Yankee-Shes Gone Again third over on the backstretch and tipped him five-wide in mid-homestretch to catch 8-5 favorite French Laundry.
Guess Whos Back, who paid $6.40, $4.00, $3.00, was a one-length winner over 3-1 Canepa Hanover with 99-1 Mountain Top a length and three-quarters in third. Both are by Muscle Hill.
Artspeak, driven by Scott Zeron and trained by Tony Alagna, was sent off as the 3-5 favorite and did not disappoint, picking up his second win in two career starts. A $100,000 Lexington Selected Sale purchase, he races for Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, Joe Sbrocco and the In The Gym Partners.
In the 13th and final race of the night, Stacia Hanover took command early and held the lead at every call, extending her unbeaten streak to three with a career best 1:53.4 mile.
Scott Zeron guided the Western Ideal filly, who is trained by Steve Elliott and races for Ohioans David Van Dusen and Michael Ciamaglio, who purchased her for $35,000 at the Harrisburg sale.
Stacia Hanover returned $3.40, $2.40, $2.10, finishing a length and a quarter ahead of Cashaway, who was a half length ahead of Ideal Nuggets. All three are by Western Ideal. (By Carol Hodes-SBOANJ)