ROAD TO THE PACE

WEEK 9
Week of 7/1

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($255,021 | 1:49.1)

Driver

Trainer

Owner(s)

A. McCarthy

T. Alagna

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

Comments

Vaults to the top spot in the Top 10 off a dominant win in his Messenger Elimination. He does face a tough task, having drawn Post 8 in the half-million-dollar final on Friday night at Yonkers. Alagna: "He's doing great. He had a little issue in the first turn at Yonkers but only because of the gating pole. He didn't like it. It would be nice if he didn't draw the eight hole but he'll float out of there and should be OK."

Breeding: Betting Line-All Tucked Up

Last Race: 6/25 | YR | Messenger Elimination | 1st (1:51.3)

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($629,977 | 1:48.1)

Driver

Trainer

Owner(s)

D. Miller

J. Holloway

Brittany Farms, Val D'Or Farms

Comments

Placed 1st at The Meadows after the judges disqualified Rockyroad Hanover after that one outsprinted ‘Sting' to the wire from the pocket along the inside. Holloway: "Perfect Sting is doing well. I think he bounced a little bit [on Saturday off his Big M win]. No excuses, he just got beat. I'm going to train him this weekend and get ready for next week. He'll be fine."

Breeding: Always B Miki-Shebestingin
Last Race: 6/26 | Mea | Pennsylvania Sire Stakes | 2nd pl 1st (1:49.4)

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($218,633 | 1:49.4)

Driver

Trainer

Owner(s)

M. Kakaley

T. Alexander

Fiddler's Creek Stables

Comments

Scored impressively in the other Messenger Elimination in 1:50.4. Will leave from Post 6 in the Final. Continues his climb in the poll, as he now sits at No. 5. Alexander: "He's done everything we've asked him to do so far. I think he's just finally getting into shape. Wait until this horse is race fit."

Breeding: American Ideal-Nota Fool Bluechip

Last Race: 6/25 | YR | Messenger Elimination | 1st (1:50.4)

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($378,627 | 1:49.3)

Driver

Trainer

Owner(s)

B. Miller

S. Carter

Don Tiger

Comments

Rallied to grab second to American Courage at Yonkers. Will depart from Post 3 in The Messenger Final. Carter: "He's very sharp right at this moment. He's overcome sickness and has no quarter-cracks. His feet are good and he's not sick. And he's good on a half-mile track."

Breeding: McArdle-Stipple Hanover

Last Race: 6/25 | YR | Messenger Elimination | 2nd (1:51)

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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

The ‘Bad-Post Blues' continued for the 2020 Metro winner, as he was never close from Post 7 in his Messenger Elim. He's drawn Post 6 or 7 in three of his last four outings. Alagna: "He got run into by a breaker the other day, so he gets a week off. He's on target for The Pace."

Breeding: Somebeachsomewhere-Time On My Hands

Last Race: 6/25 | YR | Messenger Elimination | 6th (1:52.3)

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($106,708 | 1:48)

Driver

Trainer

Owner(s)

T. Tetrick

N. Takter

Brixton Medical, Nancy Takter

Comments

Jumps up to No. 2 in the poll off an eye-popping 1:48 win that featured a back half in :52.2 in a field where every other horse was at least 4 years of age. He's taking this week off. Takter: "I wasn't surprised that he was able to do that. It didn't look like he was going very fast. He was never asked. Never popped the plugs. I'm really happy with the situation we are in right now."

Breeding: Somebeachsomewhere-Economy Terror

Last Race: 6/26 | M1 | Non-Winners of $12,500L5 | 1st (1:48)

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($709,841 | Q1:49.3)

Driver

Trainer

Owner(s)

Y. Gingras

R. Burke

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

Comments

Challenged PERFECT STING from the half to three-quarters but weakened when they turned for home. Finished third but was later put up to second. Drops from No. 1 to No. 4 in the Top 10. He will take the week off. Burke: "He didn't get the best trip. I just don't think he's real sharp right now."

Breeding: Always B Miki-Gambler's Passion

Last Race: 6/26 | Mea | Pennsylvania Sire Stakes | 3rd pl 2nd (1:50.2)

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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

Took last week off after a monster score the week before at Mohawk. Moore: "He's had a superb week. We are getting ready to come to New Jersey. I trained him [Tuesday] a mile-and-a-half and he seemed good. He'll be at Mohawk Saturday in the Ontario Sire Stakes Gold."

Breeding: Shadow Play-Ladycino

Last Race: 6/19 | Wbsb | Non-Winners of $16,500L5 | 1st (1:50.2)

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($288,848 | 1:48.4)

Driver

Trainer

Owner(s)

D. Noble

R. Burke

Dennis Owens, Norman Rae Racing

Comments

Made a big charge at the leader | and eventual winner | American Courage before fizzling out and failing to qualify for the Messenger final. Burke: "It was a disaster of a trip. You're not going to come first-up against those kind [and do well]. We'll take the week off and go to The Pace."

Breeding: Bring On The Beach-JT's Chewbacca

Last Race: 6/25 | YR | Messenger Elimination | 7th (1:51.3)

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($123,391 | 1:51)

Driver

Trainer

Owner(s)

D. Dunn

C. Ryder

Craig Henderson, Lawrence Minowitz, Robert Mondillo, Oompa's Farm

Comments

Makes his debut in the Top 10 after having kept the entire field | with the exception of Abuckabett Hanover | at bay in his Messenger Elimination. He has wins on his card this year at The Meadowlands, Harrah's Philadelphia and Buffalo Raceway. Leaves from Post 2 Friday night at YR. Ryder: "He's a nice handy horse who has some gate speed. He's done everything right. We'll see how he handles the big boys."

Breeding: American Ideal-Margarita Monday

Last Race: 6/25 | YR | Messenger Elimination | 2nd (1:51.4)