ROAD TO THE PACE

WEEK 7
Week of 6/17

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($672,758 | 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 will qualify at The Meadowlands Saturday morning. Burke: "I wanted to race but did not want to go up against older horses. I just want him to be happy, race from the back and finish well. We'll be at The Meadows for the Sire Stakes on the 26th." Last Race: 5/30 | Phl | Pennsylvania Sire Stakes | 1st (1:51)

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($547,061 | Q1:48.4)

Driver

Trainer

Owner(s)

D. Miller

J. Holloway

Brittany Farms, Val D?Or Farms

Comments

The winter-book Pace favorite will make his second start of the season Saturday at The Big M, facing older foes in the 11th race from post 5. "If I had my druthers," said Holloway, "I'd go up against 3-year-olds. Against older horses, you have to give a bit more. But he's in it to win it." A week from Saturday, the son of ALWAYS B MIKI will be at The Meadows for the Sire Stakes. Last Race: 6/5 | M1 | Qualifier | 1st (1:48.4)

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($276,348 | 1:48.4)

Driver

Trainer

Owner(s)

D. Noble

R. Burke

Dennis Owens, Norman Rae Racing

Comments

Rocked the clock at Scioto to the tune of 1:48.4 to vault back into the Top 10 at No. 5. His trainer has always believed in this son of BRING ON THE BEACH. Burke: "I knew he was good. It's not the time. It's how he did it. Ear plugs in, wrapped up. That's a 1:47 mile at The Meadowlands. It's possible he could be better than my other two." Next up is The Messenger. Last Race: 6/12 | ScD | Non-winners of $8,000 | 1st (1:48.4)

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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 qualified a week ago Saturday and will be seen next this Saturday at The Big M in the 7th race from post 7. Doesn't have all that much on his card this year to brag about, but that's the situation with a handful in this division, given the pandemic pitfalls. Burke: "We're looking for a good race. We want to get a feel for where's he at. I think he's getting better but I'm glad I have a couple more weeks [to prepare for The Pace]." Last Race: 6/5 | M1 | Qualifier | 3rd (1:49.2)

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($198,633 | 1:49.4)

Driver

Trainer

Owner(s)

M. Kakaley

T. Alexander

Fiddler's Creek Stables

Comments

Makes his debut in The Road on the strength of a sub-1:50 win in the Poconos and a lifetime record of nine wins from just 10 starts. Has 2 wins in 2 starts this year, including a speed score in The Reynolds at Yonkers. His trainer is understandably upbeat when speaking of his son of AMERICAN IDEAL. Alexander: "He's come back this year very well. But this year has been tough, the pandemic totally screwed up everybody's schedule. But my horse is good on any size track, so The Messenger will be next for us." Last Race: 6/12 | PcD | Non-winners of $12,500L5 | 1st (1:49.4)

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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

Son of BETTING LINE will train at Yonkers today, then his trainer will determine what's next. Alagna: "If we are happy with the way he gets around the track, he'll go in The Messenger [Eliminations] on the 25th." Does racing in The Messenger put his Meadowlands Pace bid at risk? "Everything's a risk," said Alagna. "You just have to make the best, informed decisions you can." Last Race: 5/30 | Phl | Pennsylvania Sire Stakes | 1st (1:51.1)

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($432,402 | 1:50.3)

Driver

Trainer

Owner(s)

J. Bongiorno

T. Alagna

LeBlanc and Kribbs,

Joe Sbrocco, In The Gym Partners,

Joseph Barbera

Comments

Looked good beating older foes in wire-to-wire fashion at Yonkers. "He raced well. That was a big mile from post 7," said Alagna of the son of SOMEBEACHSOMEWHERE. "The plan is to go to The Messenger [on the 25th]. Everything is good with him." Last Race: 6/15 | YR | Non-Winners of 6 | 1st (1:53.2)

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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 is in at The Meadowlands in the 7th race from post 5 Saturday night. Takter: "I trained him a fast half at the farm and everything is good with him. He hasn't been around The Meadowlands in quite a while. I want to see how he races this weekend before considering what we will do after that. I don't race my horses just to race them. I want them to peak at the right time." Last Race: 5/30 | Phl | Pennsylvania Sire Stakes | 4th (1:52)

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($349,911 | 1:50.2)

Driver

Trainer

Owner(s)

D. Dunn

N. Takter

Christina Takter, Goran Anderberg, Herb Liverman, Rojan Stables

Comments

The son of ALWAYS B MIKI is gaining momentum after upping his win streak to two with a two-move conquest of older Philly foes after making the lead at the half, yielding, then coming back for more at the wire. Takter: "He really raced well last week. Yannick cleared him on the backside. He's got that dog fight in him. He's heading for The Messenger." Last Race: 6/13 | Phl | Winners of 5 but not 7 | 1st (1:50.4)

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($68,886 | 1:51.1)

Driver

Trainer

Owner(s)

A. McCarthy

E. Dennis

Eric Good

Comments

SWEET LOU product got the worst of the draw Saturday at The Meadowlands, leaving from post 10 in the 7th race. So what is his trainer hoping for? Dennis: "It's a shame we got the 10 hole. Positioning will make a big difference. I'm hoping that he paces in better than 1:50 and is flying through the lane. Next week, we'll head for the Sire Stakes at The Meadows." Last Race: 5/30 | Phl | Pennsylvania Sire Stakes | 2nd (1:51.3)