ROAD TO THE PACE

WEEK 8
Week of 6/24

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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

"My horse was good in his qualifier [Saturday morning at the Meadowlands]," said Burke. "But [PERFECT STING] was unbelievable [Saturday night at the Big M]." those two giants of the 3-year-old colt pacing division will hook up Saturday at the Meadows in sire stakes action for a purse of $148,332. "You've got to beat [PERFECT STING] sooner or later but i'm still not thrilled with where GENDRY is," said Burke of the tough task that awaits in the 10th-race showdown where �GENDRY' has drawn post 2.
Breeding: ALWAYS B MIKI-GAMBLER'S PASSION
Last race: 6/19 | M1 | Qualifier | 1st (1:49.3)

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($555,811 | 1:48.1)

Driver

Trainer

Owner(s)

D. Miller

J. Holloway

Brittany Farms, Val D?Or Farms

Comments

Battled back after getting passed to win in 1:48.1 in scintillating fashion saturday night at the Big M against older foes. "Overall, I'm pleased," said holloway. "You can now see why I did not want to face older horses. He had to come back. Not a lot of horses can do that. He's where I want him to be. I would have stayed home had the Meadowlands 3-year-old open filled." Instead, on to the Meadows and a date with �GENDRY' (race 10, post 7).
Breeding: ALWAYS B MIKI-SHEBESTINGIN
Last race: 6/19 | M1 | nw$12,500l5 | 1st (1:48.1)

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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

Looks ready for the Messenger (race 9, post 6) off a 7-hole speed score at Yonkers a week ago Tuesday. "He went a very big trip in that race and has been very consistent," said Alagna. Five wins from 18 lifetime starts and nine on-the-board finishes back that up. A big four-week stretch awaits.
Breeding: SOMEBEACHSOMEWHERE-TIME ON MY HANDS
Last race: 6/15 | yr | non-winners of 6 | 1st (1:53.2)

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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

"He's going to race in the Messenger [race 8, post 1] first and then we will see about the Pace," said Takter. "He raced super in his last start. He's an overachiever with a great attitude." Winner of two straight will show how he stacks up is in this division Friday night.
Breeding: ALWAYS B MIKI-BEACH GAL
Last race: 6/13 | PHL | Winners Of 5 Non-winners of 7 | 1st (1:50.4)

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($260,669 | 1:50)

Driver

Trainer

Owner(s)

B. McClure

I. Moore

Ian Moore, R G Mcgroup Ltd, Serge Savard, Frank Cannon

Comments

Back in the top 10 off a blowout 5-length score at his home track, Mohawk. "We were very pleased," said Moore. "It had been a month since his previous race. He'll go next a week from Saturday in the Ontario Sire Stakes Gold and then we will be on our way to the Pace. That's a given."
Breeding: SHADOW PLAY-LADYCINO
Last race: 6/19 | WBSB | non-winners of $16,500l5 | 1st (1:50.2)

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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

Like five others in the top 10, his Road To The Pace will go through Yonkers Raceway and the Messenger Eliminations Friday night (race 9, post 4). "ABUCKABETT trained very well over the track at Yonkers," said Alagna. "When they upped the purse to $500,000, it made you take a second look. My horse is doing great."
Breeding: BETTING LINE-ALL TUCKED UP
Last race: 5/30 | PHL | Pennsylvania Sire Stakes | 1st (1:51.1)

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($82,958 | 1:50.1)

Driver

Trainer

Owner(s)

T. Tetrick

N. Takter

Brixton Medical, Nancy Takter

Comments

"He's good and the trip worked out perfect," said Takter of her horse's conquest of SOUTH BEACH STAR in a 3-year-old conditioned pace at the Big M Saturday. "He needs one more start. I'm going to make some changes." Off a win!!?? "A pair of aluminum shoes and a ufo bike. It could be the difference between first and second [in the big races]." He'll take on older horses Saturday night at the Big M in race 8 from post 7.
Breeding: SOMEBEACHSOMEWHERE-ECONOMY TERROR
Last race: 6/19 | M1 | winners of 2 non-winners of 6 | 1st (1:48.4)

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($288,848 | 1:48.4)

Driver

Trainer

Owner(s)

D. Noble

R. Burke

Dennis Owens, Norman Rae Racing

Comments

Finished second last week after his remarkable 1:48.4 score, but his trainer seems unconcerned. "We got a screwy trip. He kind of missed the gate. I was thrilled with his effort. Now the question is: do we storm out of there [from post 6 in race 8 in the Messenger] and try to take our shot? Danny's [Noble] aggressive, as anyone who watches him race knows."
Breeding: BRING ON THE BEACH-JT'S CHEWBACCA
Last race: 6/19 | SCD | Ohio Sire Stakes | 2nd (1:49.3)

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($198,633 | 1:49.4)

Driver

Trainer

Owner(s)

M. Kakaley

T. Alexander

Fiddler's Creek Stables

Comments

Another in the top 10 who is Yonkers bound Friday (race 8, post 2). "Track size does not matter," said Alexander. "He gets around all sizes. He's won in 1:52 already on a � -mile track. I think he can go 1:47 or 1:48 on a mile track."
Breeding: AMERICAN IDEAL-NOTA FOOL BLUECHIP
Last race: 6/12 | PCD | non-winners of $12,500l5 | 1st (1:49.4)

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($368,627 | 1:49.3)

Driver

Trainer

Owner(s)

B. Miller

S. Carter

Don Tiger

Comments

Winner of nine-of-14 lifetime returns to the top 10 off a 1:49.3 score over HEART OF CHEWBACCA. "I wasn't surprised," said Carter. "My horse was locked in the week before." Next stop: the Messenger (race 8, post 7).
Breeding: MCARDLE-STIPPLE HANOVER
Last race: 6/19 | SCD | Ohio Sire Stakes | 1st (1:49.3)