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New Leader in Dave Little’s Road to the Meadowlands Pace Week 5

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Southwind Gendry and Abuckabett Hanover are the new 1-2 atop Week 5 of Dave Little's "Road to The Meadowlands Pace" Top 10 off good-looking Pennsylvania Sire Stakes victories. Former No. 1 Perfect Sting had to scratch but will qualify this Saturday morning at The Meadowlands.

 

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 takes over the top spot off a convincing score at Harrah’s Philadelphia over One Eight Hundred and Exploit. This horse could still have some improving to do. Burke: “He’s not totally there yet. Even his blood didn’t come back perfect. Right now, there is a lot of sickness going around with these colts. I’ll probably qualify him [next week or the week after] before his next start in the [Pennsylvania] 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
 

Sailed past Literl Lad Hanover at three-quarters on the way to a 3-length romp in the slop at Philly (Perfect Sting scratched) and now, the son of Betting Line finds himself at No. 2 in the poll. Alagna: “He was great, I couldn’t be happier with his performance. He came out of the race great and now will get a little break. I have to talk to the owners and map out when his next race will be.” 

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

3
 
Perfect Sting
($547,061 – 1:49.2)
 
 
D. Miller, J. Holloway
Brittany Farms,
Val D’Or Farms
 
 

Ran a slight temperature and scratched Sunday. Drops to No.3 in the poll since all he has on his card this year is one start, a second-place finish to Abuckabett. Holloway: “We didn’t want to take any chances. [Scratching was] the right thing to do. He does need to go a fast mile so we’ll qualify Saturday [at 9 a.m.] at The Meadowlands.” 

Last Race: 5/16 – PcD – Pennsylvania Sire Stakes – 2nd (1:50)
 
4
 
Exploit
($417,152 – 1:50.3)
 
 
J. Bongiorno, T. Alagna
LeBlanc and Kribbs,
Joe Sbrocco, In The Gym Partners,
Joseph Barbera
 

Was never close from post seven in the Southwind Gendry win, but the son of Somebeachsomewhere did take his prior outing to hold on to the fourth spot in the poll. Will leave from post 3 Saturday at The Meadowlands in the second race conditioned pace. Alagna: “He was too far back [on Sunday] and should have been more forwardly placed.”   

Last Race: 5/30 – Phl – Pennsylvania Sire Stakes – 6th (1:52.1)
 
5
 
One Eight Hundred
($82,958 – 1:50.1)
 
 
T. Tetrick, N. Takter
Brixton Medical, Nancy Takter
 

The Somebeachsomewhere product, who was the 3-5 favorite, came calling at three-quarters but faltered through the stretch in Southwind Gendry’s win and stays put at No. 5. Takter: “He had actually tied up a little bit. They went a fast back half and he was too far back after a slow first half. He seems fine. He’ll race next week at The Meadowlands.” 

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

6
 
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, who stays at No. 6, skipped Philly because his trainer does not want him racing on 5/8th-mile tracks. Burke: “We are going to qualify him this week at The Meadowlands [against Perfect Sting at 9 a.m. Saturday morning]. He trained better this week than he ever has and I have put him on Lasix. I think he might have been bleeding down deep.” 

Last Race: 5/16 – PcD – Pennsylvania Sire Stakes – 6th (1:51.4)
 
7
 
Lawless Shadow
($246,439 – 1:50)
 
 
R. Wrenn Jr., I. Moore
Ian Moore, R G McGroup,
Serge Savard, Frank Cannon
 

Unbeaten in two outings against moderate conditioned stock at Scioto. Son of Shadow Play, who remains No. 7 in the poll, has been back in Ontario with his trainer after a mild tie-up. Moore: “He’s doing very well. I’m going to train him over the weekend. I’m hoping to get a race on June 19th.” 

Last Race: 5/15 – ScD – Non-winners of $8,000L4 – 1st (1:50)
 
8
 
Literl Lad Hanover
($149,783 – 1:51.1)
 
 
D. Miller, R. Burke
Burke Racing, J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby, Weaver Bruscemi,
Wingfield Five
 

Led at three-quarters, but the Somebeachsomewhere product weakened late to fifth after a mile that saw him pressed throughout. Climbs two spots to No. 8 with newcomers at 9 and 10. Burke: “That was a disaster. I’m going to assume he was sick. That was bothersome. So, it’s back to the drawing board. I’ve got plenty of time to fix him.” 

Last Race: 5/30 – Phl – Pennsylvania Sire Stakes – 5th (1:53.4)
 
9
 
Always A Miki
($342,261 – 1:50.2)
 
 
D. Dunn, N. Takter
Christina Takter, Goran Anderberg,
Herb Liverman, Rojan Stables
 
Challenged 1-9 favorite Dean B Hanover and went right by on the way to his first win of the year at Philly on Sunday. The son of Always B Miki is back in the Top 10. Takter: “He came out of the race good. Hopefully, he’ll continue to progress. I’ll find a spot for him at The Meadowlands next week.”

Last Race: 5/30 – Phl – Pennsylvania Stallion Series – 1st (1:53.3) 

10
 
Hellabalou
($68,886 – 1:51.1)
 
 
A. McCarthy, E. Dennis
Eric Good
 
 
 

Sweet Lou product finished second and fourth in his last two Sire Stakes starts after a win in the Pa. All-Stars to earn a spot in the Top 10. Dennis: “I thought he put in a nice race the other day [when second to Southwind Gendry]. We haven’t decided if we are going [to The Pace] yet. I would like to see him show a faster mile. He’s in next on the 26th 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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