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Eight horses in Dave Little's Road to the Meadowlands Pace Week 2 in Action with Weekend



KEY:

Rank

Horse

(Earnings – Mark)


Driver, Trainer

Owner(s)


Dave Little’s Comments



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1 PERFECT STING

($534,300 – 1:49.2)



D. Miller, J. Holloway

Brittany Farms,

Val D’Or Farms




The wait is over. PERFECT STING’s 2021 debut is set for Sunday at Pocono, where he will depart from post 5 in race 9 in a division of the Pennsylvania sire stakes. Holloway: “e have to start someplace. We’re ready to go. He’ll get next week off and then we’ll see where we are.”

LAST RACE: 4/30 – M1 – Qualifier – 1st (1:52.3)





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2 SOUTHWIND GENDRY

($621,633 – 1:49.4)



Y. Gingras, R. Burke

Burke Racing, Phillip Collura,

Knox Services, J&T Silva-

Purnel & Libby



After an impressive 2021 debut, the son of ALWAYS B MIKI makes start no. 2 in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Sunday at Pocono, leaving from post 6 in the 10th race. Burke: “Everything seems good with him. There are good horses in there [on Sunday], he just has to stay away from getting into a speed duel with a horse trying to prove a point.”

Last Race: 5/1 – Mea – Pennsylvania Sire Stakes – 1st (1:49.4)




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3 SUMMA CUM LAUDE

($488,445 – 1:50.2)



D. Dunn, R. Burke

Burke Racing, Phillip Collura,

J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby,

Weaver Bruscemi



Will go up against PERFECT STING Sunday at Pocono, having drawn post 7. How has he been since his fourth-place finish? Burke: “He was much sharper training [Tuesday]. I think he’ll start coming back to form this Sunday.”

Last Race: 5/1 – Mea – Pennsylvania Sire Stakes – 4th (1:50.3)



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4 EXPLOIT

($391,630 – 1:50.4)



T. McCarthy, T. Alagna

LeBlanc and Kribbs,

Joe Sbrocco, In The Gym Partners,

Joseph Barbera


Was a good-looking, fast-closing third in 3YO debut last Saturday and is right back in Sunday at Pocono in the pass. He’s drawn post 5 in race 8. Alagna: “You can say what you want about his 2020 season [where a majority of his earnings came in the metro in an upset]. I thought he was very good in his first start last week. With the postponement of the north america cup, it makes it easier to race these horses in back-to-back weeks.”

LAST RACE: 5/8 – M1 – WINNERS OF 2 NON-WINNERS OF 5 – 3RD (1:49.4)



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5 CHARLIE MAY

($340,127 – 1:50.2)



B. Miller, S. Carter

Don Tiger


Ohio Sire Stakes champion won 7 of 9 starts a year ago and took his last two outings at odds of 1-20. Already has two qualifiers and three parimutuel races under his belt this year. Carter: “We turned him out for 10 days because we wanted to give him a rest. He’ll be back training monday and we’ll start preparing for the next sire stakes races in the first part of June.”

Last Race: 5/3 – MVR – Ohio Sire Stakes – 4th (1:52.3)




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6 BAYFIELD BEACH

($272,376 – 1:52.1)



D. Miller, B. Brown

Crossover Racing,

Country Club Acres,

Rich Lombardo Racing, Joe Sbrocco


Went parked to the quarter in :26.3 before blasting down the road in 1:52.1 at the Meadows. Like 6 others in the top 10, will be at Pocono Sunday, where he’s drawn post 6 in race 12 in a division of the stallion stakes. Brown: “He raced ok [Friday]. I still wouldn’t say I was happy with him. I made a little bridle change and he trained much better [Wednesday]. He doesn’t have to win sunday. I just want him to race well.”

LAST RACE: 5/7 – MEA – NON-WINNERS OF 3 – 1ST (1:52.1)





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7 LAWLESS SHADOW

($239,439 – Q1:51)



B. Mcclure, I. Moore

Ian Moore, R G McGroup,

Serge Savard, Frank Cannon



Sparkled in his seasonal debut, scoring from the pocket in 1:51.1 at Scioto. Will race Saturday at Scioto in a conditioned event in race 6 from post 7. Moore: “It might have been only a non-winners of 6 [on Saturday] but that’s ok. He’s an Ontario Sire Stakes horse so there’s nowhere else to race him. It looks like we’ll head to the Meadowlands in June.”

LAST RACE: 5/8 – SCD – NON-WINNERS OF 6 – 1ST (1:51.1)




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8 HEART OF CHEWBACCA

($269,348 – 1:51)



D. Noble, R. Burke

Dennis Owens, Norman Rae Racing



Ohio standout has won three in a row at miami valley, the most recent by 7¼ lengths at odds of 1-20. When will we see him locally? Burke: “He’s turned out because i didn’t think i had any races for him. Now, I might bring him to the Meadowlands in two or three weeks since they are offering those extra opportunities for 3-year-olds.”

LAST RACE: 5/3 – MVR – OHIO SIRE STAKES – 1ST (1:51.2)




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9 ABUCKABETT HANOVER

($171,335 – 1:49.1)



A. Mccarthy, T. Alagna

Crawford Farms Racing,

Alagna Racing, Jablonsky Held

Stable, Barbera N Wienick Stable



Cracked the top 10 after working out a perfect cover trip on the way to an easy victory in his seasonal debut in a lifetime-best 1:49.1 and will take on PERFECT STING on Sunday at Pocono from post 2. Alagna: “Alot of things did not work his way last year, but you don’t go off at 1-9 in the metro without back class and an impressive resume. [last week] he really impressed me, but, at the same time, did not surprise me.”

LAST RACE: 5/8 – M1 – WINNERS OF 2 NON-WINNERS OF 5 – 1ST (1:49.1)




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10 ALWAYS A MIKI

($331,261 – 1:50.2)



D. Dunn, N. Takter

Christina Takter, Goran Anderberg,

Herb Liverman, Rojan Stables



Finished 8th in his first outing of the year after leaving from post 9 in a division of the Pennsylvania all-stars. He’s back in Sunday at Pocono in a division of the Stallion Stakes (race 11, post 7). Takter: “I knew that he would be a little pace compromised from that post and I didn’t think he would be at his best because he had been a little sick. I dropped him into the stallion series this week for a little confidence.”

LAST RACE: 5/8 – PCD – PENNSYLVANIA ALL-STARS – 8TH (1:51.4)