ROAD TO THE PACE

WEEK 5
Week of 6/3

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($634,394 | 1:49.4)

Driver

Trainer

Owner(s)

Y. Gingras

R. Burke

Burke Racing, Phillip Collura, Knox Services, J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby

Comments

Son of ALWAYS B MIKI takes over the top spot off a convincing score at Harrah's Philadelphia over ONE EIGHT HUNDRED and EXPLOIT. This horse could still have some improving to do. Burke: "He's not totally there yet. Even his blood didn't come back perfect. Right now, there is a lot of sickness going around with these colts. I'll probably qualify him [next week or the week after] before his next start in the [Pennsylvania] Sire Stakes on the 26th."
LAST RACE: 5/30 | PHL | Pennsylvania Sire Stakes | 1st (1:51)

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($547,061 | 1:49.2)

Driver

Trainer

Owner(s)

D. Miller

J. Holloway

Brittany Farms, Val D?Or Farms

Comments

Ran a slight temperature and scratched Sunday. Drops to no.3 in the poll since all he has on his card this year is one start, a second-place finish to ABUCKABETT. Holloway: "We didn't want to take any chances. [scratching was] the right thing to do. He does need to go a fast mile so we'll qualify Saturday [at 9 a.m.] At the Meadowlands."
LAST RACE: 5/16 | PCD | Pennsylvania Sire Stakes | 2nd (1:50)

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($82,958 | 1:50.1)

Driver

Trainer

Owner(s)

T. Tetrick

N. Takter

Brixton Medical, Nancy Takter

Comments

The SOMEBEACHSOMEWHERE product, who was the 3-5 favorite, came calling at three-quarters but faltered through the stretch in SOUTHWIND GENDRY's win and stays put at no. 5. Takter: "He had actually tied up a little bit. They went a fast back half and he was too far back after a slow first half. He seems fine. He'll race next week at the Meadowlands."
LAST RACE: 5/30 | PHL | Pennsylvania Sire Stakes | 4th (1:52)

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($246,439 | 1:50)

Driver

Trainer

Owner(s)

R. Wrenn Jr.

I. Moore

Ian Moore, R G McGroup,

Serge Savard, Frank Cannon

Comments

Unbeaten in two outings against moderate conditioned stock at Scioto. Son of SHADOW PLAY, who remains no. 7 in the poll, has been back in Ontario with his trainer after a mild tie-up. Moore: "He's doing very well. I'm going to train him over the weekend. I'm hoping to get a race on June 19th."
LAST RACE: 5/15 | SCD | non-winners of $8,000l4 | 1st (1:50)

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($342,261 | 1:50.2)

Driver

Trainer

Owner(s)

D. Dunn

N. Takter

Christina Takter, Goran Anderberg, Herb Liverman, Rojan Stables

Comments

Challenged 1-9 favorite DEAN B HANOVER and went right by on the way to his first win of the year at Philly on Sunday. The son of ALWAYS B MIKI is back in the top 10. Takter: "He came out of the race good. Hopefully, he'll continue to progress. I'll find a spot for him at the Meadowlands next week."
LAST RACE: 5/30 | PHL | Pennsylvania Stallion Series | 1st (1:53.3)

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($235,021 | 1:49.1)

Driver

Trainer

Owner(s)

A. McCarthy

T. Alagna

Crawford Farms Racing, Alagna Racing, Jablonsky Held Stable, Barbera N Wienick Stabl

Comments

Sailed past LITERL LAD HANOVER at three-quarters on the way to a 3-length romp in the slop at Philly (PERFECT STING scratched) and now, the son of BETTING LINE finds himself at no. 2 in the poll. Alagna: "He was great, I couldn't be happier with his performance. He came out of the race great and now will get a little break. I have to talk to the owners and map out when his next race will be."
LAST RACE: 5/30 | PHL | Pennsylvania Sire Stakes | 1st (1:51.1)

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($417,152 | 1:50.3)

Driver

Trainer

Owner(s)

J. Bongiorno

T. Alagna

LeBlanc and Kribbs,

Joe Sbrocco, In The Gym Partners,

Joseph Barbera

Comments

Was never close from post seven in the SOUTHWIND GENDRY win, but the son of SOMEBEACHSOMEWHERE did take his prior outing to hold on to the fourth spot in the poll. Will leave from post 3 Saturday at the Meadowlands in the second race conditioned pace. Alagna: "He was too far back [on Sunday] and should have been more forwardly placed."
LAST RACE: 5/30 | PHL | Pennsylvania Sire Stakes | 6th (1:52.1)

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($488,445 | 1:50.2)

Driver

Trainer

Owner(s)

D. Dunn

R. Burke

Burke Racing, Phillip Collura, J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby, Weaver Bruscemi

Comments

The son of SOMEBEACHSOMEWHERE, who stays at no. 6, skipped Philly because his trainer does not want him racing on 5/8th-mile tracks. Burke: "We are going to qualify him this week at the Meadowlands [against PERFECT STING at 9 a.m. Saturday morning]. He trained better this week than he ever has and I have put him on lasix. I think he might have been bleeding down deep."
LAST RACE: 5/16 | PCD | Pennsylvania Sire Stakes | 6th (1:51.4)

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($149,783 | 1:51.1)

Driver

Trainer

Owner(s)

D. Miller

R. Burke

Burke Racing, J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby, Weaver Bruscemi,
Wingfield Five

Comments

Led at three-quarters, but the SOMEBEACHSOMEWHERE product weakened late to fifth after a mile that saw him pressed throughout. Climbs two spots to no. 8 with newcomers at 9 and 10. Burke: "That was a disaster. I'm going to assume he was sick. That was bothersome. So, it's back to the drawing board. I've got plenty of time to fix him."
LAST RACE: 5/30 | PHL | Pennsylvania Sire Stakes | 5th (1:53.4)

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($68,886 | 1:51.1)

Driver

Trainer

Owner(s)

A. McCarthy

E. Dennis

Eric Good

Comments

SWEET LOU product finished second and fourth in his last two sire stakes starts after a win in the PA. All-stars to earn a spot in the top 10. Dennis: "I thought he put in a nice race the other day [when second to SOUTHWIND GENDRY]. We haven't decided if we are going [to the Pace] yet. I would like to see him show a faster mile. He's in next on the 26th at the Meadows."
LAST RACE: 5/30 | PHL | Pennsylvania Sire Stakes | 2nd (1:51.3)