2015 Meadowlands Meet Highlights
familiar names like Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke and Jimmy Takter continued to
dominate the headlines at the Meadowlands Racetrack in 2015, two horses, emerged
with the opening of the season. Both
geldings, a four-year-old trotter and a three-year-old pacer, pretty much carried
the mail right through the first seven months of the season.
the rags-to-riches $37,000 purchase, developed into a giant force, gathering
steam in series action with wins in the Super Bowl, Charles Singer Memorial,
Shiaway St. Pat and Graduate. The son of
Crazed, trained by Eric Ell and driven by John Campbell, capped off the first
half of the 2015 season with a 1:49.4 world record in the Graduate Final, the
fastest trotting mile in Meadowlands history.
He followed up with a 2:04.2 world record for a mile and one eighth in
the Hambletonian Maturity. JL Cruze had
piled up 16 wins in18 starts in 2015, and earnings of $612,788.
big gun that caused perhaps the biggest buzz at the Big M and beyond was Wiggle
It Jiggleit, a lightly-raced son of Mr. Wiggles, who put George Teague, Jr.
back in the spotlight. After just one
late start as a freshman, Wiggle It Jiggleit stormed into East Rutherford, NJ
with rousing victories in the Buddy Gilmour Memorial and Simpson, before
returning to dominate the Meadowlands Pace in a world record equaling
1:47.4. Montrell Teague became the
youngest driver at age 24 to hoist the pace trophy. Wiggle It Jiggleit would get roughed up and
finish fourth in the Cane Pace on Hambletonian Day, only his second loss in 17
trainer Steve Elliott enjoyed a renaissance season, thanks mostly to a
contingent prolific four-year-old pacers.
Rockeyed Optimist won finals of the Sonsam and Clyde Hirt, plus a
division of the Graduate. His stablemate
Doo Wop Hanover swept that series, and Art History reeled off a six-race
winning streak. Elliott also unveiled a
promising two-year-old pacer in NJSS named Boston Red Rocks.
Miller breakout party continued in 2015 with a top four finish in the driver
standings. In addition to being a
nightly-presence, Super Brett notched major wins in the Delvin Miller Memorial Miller
with the ill-fated Spirit To Win and in the Miss New Jersey with Wicked Little
Meadowlands Pace Night rolled around on July 18, Yannick Gingras and Ron Burke
had settled into their familiar spots on top of the standings, and both
eventually wrapped up their fourth-straight titles at the Big M.
Burke’s Mission Brief, ranked number one in the Hambletonian Winterbook Book
Top Ten, started her season on a winning note, yet had to work her way through
back issues. The daughter of Muscle Hill
was narrowly denied by 48-1 longshot Spirit To Win in the Delvin Miller
Memorial on Pace Night.
Jimmy Takter’s Hambletonian battalion was just warming up, finishing first and
third in both Stanley Dancer Memorial divisions. Yannick Gingras won with Pinkman in 1:52.2
and Takter drove The Bank to a season’s fastest 1:50.4.
skies, Hambletonian Day kicked off with the inaugural Jim Doherty Memorial, and
Broadway Donna, a Fashion Farms homebred daughter of Donato Haover, out of
their Oaks champion Broadway Schooner, held on to remain an undefeated six-for-six
with Dave Miller driving for trainer Jim Campbell.
Liberty showcased the revived four-time Dan Patch Award winner,
Anndrovette. It was the second straight
mile and one eighth stakes win for the eight-year-old by Riverboat King, who
had also pulled a 36-1 upset in the Golden Girls for Tim Tetrick and Jeff
wide-open year of free for all pacers, State Treasurer has been one of the more
consistent performers for Dr. Ian Moore.
In the US Pacing Championship, the six-year-old Real Desire stallion
rallied to a world record of 1:47 with Dave Miller in the sulky.
Cashman, Jr. Memorial offered a field of 12, and stretched out to a mile and
one eighth, and when the dust settled a Quebec bred son of Kadabra, Flanagan
Memory, had posted his second straight win at the Big M. Fresh off a 1:51.4 career best in the TVG
Series, the TVG points leader and O’Brien Award winner thundered home with a
9-1 upset in 2:05.4 with Brian Sears driving for trainer/co-owner Rene Dion.
Team Burke once
again have permission to dream Hambletonian after Southwind Frank cruised in
the Peter Haughton Memorial with Yannick Gingras.
first Hambletonian elimination heat, Team Takter finished one-two as Pinkman
and Yannick Gingras overcame post ten and nailed stablemate The Bank in a world
record equaling 1:51.2.
swept both eliminations and Mission Brief would serve notice with an easy win
in 1:51.3, while Takter added two more finalists, French Laundry and Uncle
stage was finally set, and the Gingras decision on who to drive in the
Hambletonian Final was revealed. The
Green Hornet opted for the filly, yet even more drama ensued when Brian Sears
bailed on his two finalists for Pinkman.
The Explosive Matter gelding gained the tactical advantage and
outmuscled a gallant Mission Brief with another world record of 1:51.
It was the
third Hambletonian for The White Knight and former Big M driving champion.
Takter finished first, third and fourth and has now trained four Hambletonian
and Gingras also took the Oaks, giving Takter the Oaks and the Hambletonian in
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