NJSS freshman trotters in action at Big M
July 12, 2012
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Two-year-old trotters of both sexes were in action Thursday night at the Meadowlands as the track hosted the first round of New Jersey Sire Stakes (NJSS). Thirteen male trotters were divided into a pair of $18,000 divisions, while 20 fillies were split into two $20,000 divisions.
The first race on the card was the first NJSS division for colts and geldings. Several breakers reduced the contenders and in the end it was Timo Deo who emerged victorious in 2:00.2 for trainer-driver Trond Smedshammer. Timo Deo had battled through the stretch with Muscle Mountain and trainer-driver Jimmy Takter to his inside, and although it appeared the former had his rival measured, the task was made easier when the latter went offstride in the shadow of the wire. The official margin was a neck. Marion Mayday was third for driver Tim Tetrick.
A son of Muscles Yankee, Timo Deo is out of the Dream Vacation stakes-winning mare Queen Serene, who had also been campaigned by Smedshammer. Wanda Polisseni's Purple Haze Stables is the owner of the $155,000 yearling purchase.
Corky was an easy 4 1/4-length winner in 1:59.1 in the second NJSS male division. Driver David Miller left fro post five and cleared the lead just past the opening quarter of :31, and then made easy work of the competition and he cruised home with daylight to spare. King Muscles and Ron Pierce finished second, with Team Zordin and Yannick Gingras third. Corky was half the 1-9 favored entry with Apollo Hanover and trainer-driver Takter, who finished fourth.
A son of Muscles Yankee out of the Balanced Image mare Clarice Marie, Corky is a $100,000 yearling purchase of Christina Takter and John and Jim Fielding. Thursday's win came after a pair of second-place finishes in the Simpson and Reynolds at the Big M in his first two career starts.
Find The Magic rallied from seventh at the half in the first division for filly trotters for driver Brian Sears to edge the Andy Miller-driven Miss Steele by a nose in 1:58.1. Sturdy Muscles and Tetrick finished 2 1/2 lengths behind in third.
Trained by Dane Snyder, Find The Magic is owned by Thomas King III, who purchased her as a yearling for $17,000. The daughter of Chocolatier is now two-for-two after earlier winning a Simpson division in an identical 1:58.1. She is out of the Garland Lobell stakes-winning mare Ally Hall, she a half sister to the 2003 Hambletonian champion Amigo Hall.
Lady Dynamite sprung a 9-1 upset in the second NJSS filly split for driver Gingras and trainer Mark Harder. The complexion of the race changed considerably when favorite Peaceful Ez Feelin made a break behind the gate and fell out of contention, eventually finishing a distant seventh.
Lady Dynamite crossed the wire in 1:59, two lengths better than runner-up Time To Kill and John Campbell. Southwind Cocoa and Pierce were third.
A daugter of Muscles Yankee out of the Enjoy Lavec mare Enjoy N My Lady, Lady Dynamite is an $11,000 yearling purchase by Chris Alexander Stables and Stephen Salerno.