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Two Newcomers enter Dave Little's Road to the Meadowlands Pace Week 7

Thursday, June 17, 2021

The top four spots in Week 7 of Dave Little's "Road to The Meadowlands Pace" are unchanged, but vaulting back into the poll at No. 5 was Heart Of Chewbacca, while, at No. 9, is a newcomer in American Courage. Winterbook Pace favorite Perfect Sting will be in action Saturday night at The Big M, as will three others in the Top 10.  For everything Pace visit MeadowlandsPace.com. #Pace21.

 

Rank 

Horse 

(Earnings – Mark)    

Driver, Trainer 

Owner(s) 

Dave Little’s Comments 

1
 
Southwind Gendry
($672,758 – 1:49.4)
 
 
Y. Gingras, R. Burke
Burke Racing, Phillip Collura,
Knox Services, J&T Silva-
Purnel & Libby
 
 

Son of Always B Miki will qualify at The Meadowlands Saturday morning. Burke: “I wanted to race but did not want to go up against older horses. I just want him to be happy, race from the back and finish well. We’ll be at The Meadows for the Sire Stakes on the 26th.” 

Last Race: 5/30 – Phl – Pennsylvania Sire Stakes – 1st (1:51) 

2
 
Abuckabett Hanover
($235,021 – 1:49.1)
 
 
A. McCarthy, T. Alagna
Crawford Farms Racing,
Alagna Racing, Jablonsky Held
Stable, Barbera N Wienick Stable
 

son of Betting Line will train at Yonkers today, then his trainer will determine what’s next. Alagna: “If we are happy with the way he gets around the track, he’ll go in The Messenger [Eliminations] on the 25th.” Does racing in The Messenger put his Meadowlands Pace bid at risk? “Everything’s a risk,” said Alagna. “You just have to make the best, informed decisions you can.” 

Last Race: 5/30 – Phl – Pennsylvania Sire Stakes – 1st (1:51.1) 

3
 
Perfect Sting
($547,061 – Q1:48.4)
 
 
D. Miller, J. Holloway
Brittany Farms,
Val D’Or Farms
 
 

The winter-book Pace favorite will make his second start of the season Saturday at The Big M, facing older foes in the 11th race from post 5. “If I had my druthers,” said Holloway, “I’d go up against 3-year-olds. Against older horses, you have to give a bit more. But he’s in it to win it.” A week from Saturday, the son of Always B Miki will be at The Meadows for the Sire Stakes. 

Last Race: 6/5 – M1 – Qualifier – 1st (1:48.4)
 
4
 
Exploit
($432,402 – 1:50.3)
 
 
T. McCarthy, T. Alagna
LeBlanc and Kribbs,
Joe Sbrocco, In The Gym Partners,
Joseph Barbera
 

Looked good beating older foes in wire-to-wire fashion at Yonkers. “He raced well. That was a big mile from post 7,” said Alagna of the son of Somebeachsomewhere. “The plan is to go to The Messenger [on the 25th]. Everything is good with him.”   

Last Race: 6/15 – YR – Non-Winners of 6 – 1st (1:53.2)
 
5
 
Heart Of Chewbacca
($276,348 – 1:48.4)
 
 
D. Noble, R. Burke
Dennis Owens,
Norman Rae Racing
 

Rocked the clock at Scioto to the tune of 1:48.4 to vault back into the Top 10 at No. 5. His trainer has always believed in this son of Bring On The Beach. Burke: “I knew he was good. It’s not the time. It’s how he did it. Ear plugs in, wrapped up. That’s a 1:47 mile at The Meadowlands. It’s possible he could be better than my other two.” Next up is The Messenger.  

Last Race: 6/12 – ScD – Non-winners of $8,000 – 1st (1:48.4) 

6
 
One Eight Hundred
($82,958 – 1:50.1)
 
 
T. Tetrick, N. Takter
Brixton Medical, Nancy Takter
 

The Somebeachsomewhere product is in at The Meadowlands in the 7th race from post 5 Saturday night. Takter: “I trained him a fast half at the farm and everything is good with him. He hasn’t been around The Meadowlands in quite a while. I want to see how he races this weekend before considering what we will do after that. I don’t race my horses just to race them. I want them to peak at the right time.” 

Last Race: 5/30 – Phl – Pennsylvania Sire Stakes – 4th (1:52) 

7
 
Summa Cum Laude
($488,445 – 1:50.2)
 
 
D. Dunn, R. Burke
Burke Racing, Phillip Collura,
J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby,
Weaver Bruscemi
 

The son of Somebeachsomewhere qualified a week ago Saturday and will be seen next this Saturday at The Big M in the 7th race from post 7. Doesn’t have all that much on his card this year to brag about, but that’s the situation with a handful in this division, given the pandemic pitfalls. Burke: “We’re looking for a good race. We want to get a feel for where’s he at. I think he’s getting better but I’m glad I have a couple more weeks [to prepare for The Pace].” 

Last Race: 6/5 – M1 – Qualifier – 3rd (1:49.2)
 
8
 
Always A Miki
($349,911 – 1:50.2)
 
 
D. Dunn, N. Takter
Christina Takter, Goran Anderberg,
Herb Liverman, Rojan Stables
 
the son of Always B Miki is gaining momentum after upping his win streak to two with a two-move conquest of older Philly foes after making the lead at the half, yielding, then coming back for more at the wire. Takter: “He really raced well last week. Yannick cleared him on the backside. He’s got that dog fight in him. He’s heading for The Messenger.”

Last Race: 6/13 – Phl – Winners of 5 but not 7 – 1st (1:50.4) 

9
 
American Courage
($198,633 – 1:49.4)
 
 
M. Kakaley, T. Alexander
Fiddler’s Creek Stables
 

Makes his debut in The Road on the strength of a sub-1:50 win in the Poconos and a lifetime record of nine wins from just 10 starts. Has 2 wins in 2 starts this year, including a speed score in The Reynolds at Yonkers. His trainer is understandably upbeat when speaking of his son of American Ideal. Alexander: “He’s come back this year very well. But this year has been tough, the pandemic totally screwed up everybody’s schedule. But my horse is good on any size track, so The Messenger will be next for us.” 

Last Race: 6/12 – PcD – Non-winners of $12,500L5 – 1st (1:49.4)
 
10
 
Hellabalou
($68,886 – 1:51.1)
 
 
A. McCarthy, E. Dennis
Eric Good
 
 
 

Sweet Lou product got the worst of the draw Saturday at The Meadowlands, leaving from post 10 in the 7th race. So what is his trainer hoping for? Dennis: “It’s a shame we got the 10 hole. Positioning will make a big difference. I’m hoping that he paces in better than 1:50 and is flying through the lane. Next week, we’ll head for the Sire Stakes at The Meadows.” 

Last Race: 5/30 – Phl – Pennsylvania Sire Stakes – 2nd (1:51.3) 

 

 

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 

Pa. Sire Stakes 

Pa. Sire Stakes 

PcD PcD PcD 

EXPLOIT 

ABUCKABETT HANOVER 

ONE EIGHT HUNDRED 

T. Alagna 

T. Alagna 

N. Takter 

J. Bongiorno 

A. McCarthy 

T. Tetrick 

Gamblin Mo 

PERFECT STING 

SOUTHWIND GENDRY 

LITERL LAD HANOVER 

RED RIGHT HAND 

ROCKYROAD HANOVER 

1:50.3 

1:50.0 

1:50.3 

5/30 

  

Pa. Sire Stakes 

Pa. Sire Stakes 

  Phil 

  Phil  

ABUCKABETT HANOVER 

SOUTHWIND GENDRY 

T. Alagna 

R. Burke 

A. McCarthy 

Y. Gingras 

Gamblin Mo 

HELLABALOU 

RED RIGHT HAND 

BILLY CLYDE 

1:51.1 

1:51.0 

6/26 

Pa. Sire Stakes 

Mea 

  

  

  

  

  

  

7/2 

Messenger 

YR 

  

  

  

  

  

  

7/17 

Meadowlands Pace 

M1 

  

  

  

  

  

  

  


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