Baby races at the Meadowlands Racetrack got underway Saturday morning and in race 1 Lifetime Pursuit, a homebred Cantab Hall filly from Queen Of Grace, finished off a 1:57.2 mile with a :56.2 final half. Yannick Gingras drove this impressive lass for Jimmy Takter.
Takter himself drove the winner of race 2 to a 2:01.3 debut (:29 last quarter). That one is the Donato Hanover-Solveig filly Shake It Cerry, bred and owned by the Solveig Racing Partners.
It was Takter and Gingras again with Father Patrick in the third. The Cantab brother to Pastor Stephen just roared by foes in 2:01- with his last quarter in the :27 range under no encouragement. The Patrick Stable owns.
Race 4 went right to the wire with the Chocolatier gelding Sweet Saviour (Brad Kramer), owned by the driver with Seidel and Mac Arthur and Nuncio, an Andover Hall colt (Kevin Oscarsson) owned by Russell Williams, finishing together in 2:00.4 (:28.1 last panel).
Brian Sears was in to drive John Grasso's Expressive Action to a 2:03.1 (:28.4) win in race 5.
Pacers took over in race 6. Instant Respect gained just that with an easy 1:58.1 (:27) score for the Brittany, Takter, Gingras combo. She is a big, pretty Art Major from Monkeys Can Sing.
Always B Miki looked great for trainer Joe Holloway and owner /breeder Roll The Dice Stables in race 7. Dave Miller drive the winner to a 1:56.1 win with the final half in :55.
The last race saw the Somebeachsomewhere half brother to Well Said, So Surreal, win impressively in 1:55.4 with a :26.1 final panel. Jordan Stratton drove for trainer Ray Schnittker, who owns the colt with Ted Gewertz, JD Kumit and Steve Arnold. (Meadowlands)