Rags to Riches gets underway at Meadowlands
February 16, 2012
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Kentucky Rebel (pictured), a 10-year-old gelding by Armbro Operative, was one of the winners in Rags to Riches Series action at the Meadowlands Thursday night. The condition for the race--3 year olds and up who have started for a base claiming price of $10,000 or less once in the last four starts, up to and including Jan. 30, 2012--attracted enough horses to fill eight fields.
Kentucky Rebel won his Rags to Riches division virtually wire-to-wire in 1:54 with David Miller driving for trainer-owner Johnny Waite of Camden, Del. Kentucky Rebel had been racing in the Delaware owned/$15,000 claimer class and had won four straight races--and was undefeated this year--before his appearance in the Rags to Riches. He now has 40 wins in 198 career starts and topped $700,000 in earnings with his score in the $10,000 opening round of the Rags to Riches.
The fastest Rags to Riches winner over the somewhat sloppy Meadowlands oval was In Kenny's Honor, a 6-year-old gelding by Four Starzzz Shark. With Ron Pierce in the sulky, he won in 1:53 after starting from post nine. Michael Posner trains the winner for owner Colleen Posner.
The Charles Singer Memorial Series, named after the late charter/statistican/racing writer for Sports Eye, was opened with two divisions on Thursday night.
Andy and Julie Miller put the first career win on Trouble, a 3-year-old Conway Hall colt they own in partnership with George Brennan. Trouble, who was wearing trotting hobbles for the second start, scored in 1:58.1 in his fifth lifetime start.
Connie Lauxmont, also a son of Conway Hall, took the second Singer split, picking up his third straight victory. James Atkinson trains and co-owns Connie Lauxmont, who equaled his career best mark of 1:59 with the score.