Homeracing

Meadowlands and Rosecroft offer Saturday night cards

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Ted Black

November 4th, 2018

On the same night that Churchill Downs offered nine Breeders Cup races on turf and dirt that may have settled every divisional honor other than champion three-year-old colt and horse of the year, the Meadowlands offered an intriguing card in which juveniles were featured while Rosecroft Raceway presented an overnight card.

Just after the early daily double at the Meadowlands, Seven Hills (Corey Callahan) saw his perfect record come to an end when he made an early break and another one late and Reign Of Honor (David Miller) benefited the most from the miscue when he rallied second over to capture the $220,000 Kindergarten final for two-year-old colt trotters. A juvenile son of Father Patrick trained by R. Nifty Norman, Reign Of Honor picked the ideal time to garner his first win in 10 career tries.

Two races later in the $236,000 Kindergarten Classic for two-year-old filly trotters, Stella Jane (Corey Callahan) benefited from a pocket trip behind Sister's Promise (Tim Tetrick) through the first three calls, angled out at the head of the lane and drew clear late to score by two lengths at 17-1. A juvenile daughter of Crazed trained by John Butenschoen, Stella Jane now sports a 3-4-3 slate and $180,000 banked from 13 starts after stopping the timer in 1:54.4.

Then two races later in the $150,000 Kindergarten Classic for two-year-old filly pacers, Michelon's Filly (Marcus Miller) and Odds On St Lucie (Brett Miller) battled through the lane and proved inseparable at the wire in 1:52. Michelon's Filly, a freshman daughter of Captaintrecherous trained by Erv Miller notched her third straight score and now owns six wins and over $100,000 banked from 13 career outings, while Odds On St Lucie posted her third straight tally and now sports five wins and over $100,000 banked from 10 lifetime tries.

Two races later in the $175,000 Kindergarten Classic for two-year-old colt pacers, Escapetothebeach (Andrew McCarthy) benefited from a pocket trip behind Waterway (Brett Miller) through the first three calls, angled to the inside at the head of the lane and edged clear late to score by a head in 1:51.3. A juvenile son of Captaintrecherous trained by Tony Alagna, Escapetothebeach notched his third win from 12 starts and pushed his seasonal earnings past $120,000 in the process.

Just before the midway point of the Saturday night card at Rosecroft, Part-Time Hanover (Russell Foster) easily overcame post nine to gain command before the half in 56.4, rolled by three-quarters in 1:25.3 then edged clear in the lane to a three-length score in 1:55.1. A sophomore daughter of Western Ideal trained by Brian Callahan, Part-Time Hanover easily lived to her role as the 1-5 choice when she notched her second straight score and fifth win in 13 career outings.

Two races later in a non-winners of $2,500 last five starts class for older pacers, FF Bigshow (Jared Moyer) benefited from a ground saving journey through the first three calls, angled out midway on the far turn and split horses in the lane to score by a nose over 6-5 choice That's My Harley (Roger Plante, Jr) to prevail by a head in 1:54.4. A seven-year-old Relentless Yankee gelding trained by Arlene Cameron for owner John Wagner, FF Bigshow notched his third win in 31 seasonal starts.

One race later in a non-winners of $3,000 last five starts class for pacing fillies and mares, Fearless Chance (John Mackinnon) overcame post nine to gain command in a 27.1 opener, got a breather by the half in 57.3, raced unpressed by three-quarters in 1:26 then held sway through the lane for a two-length score in 1:54.4. A six-year-old Riggins mare trained and driven by Mackinnon, Fearless Chance notched her fifth win from 28 starts this year and now owns a 16-15-16 slate and $110,000 banked from 120 career outings.

Then one race later in a non-winners of three races lifetime class for younger pacers, Jack Quick (Jonathan Roberts) lived up to his role as the even-money favorite when he brushed to command before the half in 57.2, raced unpressed down the backside and by three-quarters in 1:26 then edged clear from B A Rocket (Foster) to score by three lengths in 1:54.3. A sophomore son of Nuclear Breeze owned, bred and trained by Basil Sapienza, Jack Quick notched his third win from 13 starts and pushed his earnings past $14,000.

One race later in a non-winners of $4,000 last five starts class for older pacers, JW Renegade (Mackinnon) benefited from a second over trip and rallied three-wide down the backside and swept to command before three-quarters in 1:24.2 and romped home five lengths clear in 1:52. A five-year-old Pacific Renegade stallion trained and driven by Mackinnon, JW Renegade now sports a 4-7-4 slate and $35,500 from 34 seasonal outings and now owns an 18-15-10 slate and $147,000 banked 101 career tries.

Then one race later in the Saturday night finale, a non-winners of $2,500 last five starts class for older pacers, Pop's Romeo (Jason Thompson) gained command in a modest 28 opener, maintained an honest tempo by the half in 56 flat and by three-quarters in 1:24.1 then edged clear late to a four-length score in 1:53.1. A four-year-old Beach Romeo gelding owned and trained by Brian Wright, Pop's Romeo ended a prolonged drought to record his first win in 31 starts this year and his fifth win from 61 lifetime outings.
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