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

Thursday, May 13, 2021

The season starts to roll this weekend, as eight of the horses in the Week 2 edition of Dave Little's "Road to The Meadowlands Pace" will be in action. Seven of those eight -- including top-ranked Perfect Sting -- will be at Pocono Downs on Sunday

 

Rank 

Horse 

(Earnings – Mark)    

Driver, Trainer 

Owner(s) 

Dave Little’s Comments 

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: “We 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)
 
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)
 
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)
 
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) 

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) 

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) 

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) 

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) 

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: “A lot 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) 

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) 

KEY PREP RACES 

MEADOWLANDS PACE ELIGIBLES IN CAPS – Supplements are permitted per the conditions of the race 

Date 

Stakes 

Site 

Winner 

Trainer 

Driver 

2nd Horse 

3rd Horse 

Time 

5/1 

Pa. Sire Stakes 

Pa. Sire Stakes 

Mea 

Mea 

LITERL LAD HANOVER 

SOUTHWIND GENDRY 

R. Burke 

R. Burke 

D. Miller 

Y. Gingras 

STONEBRIDGE REEF 

CHASE H HANOVER 

Water Sports Teen 

Sweet Angel Boy 

1:51.1 

1:49.4 

5/8 

  

  

  

Pa. All-Stars 

Pa. All-Stars 

Pa. All-Stars 

Pa. All-Stars 

PcD 

PcD 

PcD 

PcD 

HELLABALOU 

Emblaze Hanover 

Gamblin Mo 

ONE EIGHT HUNDRED 

E. Dennis 

R. Burke 

J. Butenschoen 

N. Takter 

A. McCarthy 

J. Bongiorno 

T. Buter 

T. Tetrick 

Komodo Beach 

Crunch Hanover 

STONEBRIDGE REEF 

Water Sports Teen 

Six Degrees 

RED RIGHT HAND 

CAPTAINS PLACE 

Warrawee Whynot 

1:52.1 

1:50.2 

1:50.1 

1:50.1 

5/16 

Pa. Sire Stakes 

PcD 

  

  

  

  

  

  

5/28 

N.J. Sire Stakes 

  M1  

  

  

  

  

  

  

5/30 

Pa. Sire Stakes 

  Phil 

  

  

  

  

  

  

6/26 

Pa. Sire Stakes 

Mea 

  

  

  

  

  

  

7/2 

Messenger 

YR 

  

  

  

  

  

  

7/17 

Meadowlands Pace 

M1 

  

  

  

  

  

  

  


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