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Posted by Darin Zoccali on Tuesday, April 08, 2014 12:58 PM

 

ROAD TO THE MEADOWLANDS PACE 

 Week 1 - April 8, 2014 

The Meadowlands Pace – Saturday, July 12 

    

 

  

Rank  

Horse 

Driver, Trainer, Owner 

Darin Zoccali’s Comments 

1 

He’s Watching 

Odds: 4-1 

($291,722 – 1:50) 

J. Morril Jr. / D. Menary 

D. Menary, B. Gray, M. Guerriero 

Two year old champion was untested in New York as he dominated the NY Sire Stakes. Incredibly talented and incredibly fast. A World Champion at 2. Smaller horse will have to prove it against open stakes company. 

2 

JK Endofanera 

Odds: 9-2 

($371,850 – 1:51.4) 

B. Sears / R. Burke 

3 Brothers Stable 

Did not miss the exacta in 7 starts last year. Wrapped up his season impressively with a win in The Governor’s Cup. He paced in 1:51.4 on a cold night that evening. Talented with upside going forward. 

3 

Luck Be Withyou 

Odds: 5-1 

($359,417 – 1:50) 

R. Pierce / C. Oakes 

J. Craig 

The Breeders Crown winner really blossomed at Pocono and raced back to the talent he showed early in the season. He was 2nd in his Metro Elimination and won a Champlain Division. 

4 

Western Vintage 

Odds: 6-1 

($316,838 – 1:49.4) 

Y. Gingras / N. Johansson 

P. Soderberg / M. Katz 

Clearly the cream of the crop in New Jersey as he dominated the NJ Sire Stakes. He also won his Metro Elimination and was 2nd in The Final. He paced in 1:49.4 at Lexington, showcasing his raw speed and ability. 

5 

Boomboom Ballykeel 

Odds: 6-1 

($370,828 – 1:50.4) 

S. Filion ./ R. Moreau 

Ballykeel Racing 

The Metro Winner from one year ago. That race had some serious bumping in the stretch as well. Raced entirely in Canada and that will likely be his path to The Meadowlands as well. 

6 

Somestar Somewhere 

Odds: 8-1 

($137,137 - :1:49.2) 

Y. Gingras / R. Burke 

Burke Racing Stb / Weaver Bruscemi LLC / M. Yanek / L. Karr 

Showed his talent early in the year and carried it with him to Lexington where he put up a monster mile. He won his Breeders Crown Elimination and was 3rd in The Final. Scratched from The Governor’s Cup. 

7 

Allstar Partner 

Odds: 10-1 

($282,454 – 1:51.4) 

C. Callahan / J. Butenschoen 

VIP Internet Stb / M. Foti 

   

Went 7 for 10 as a 2 year old. He is the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Champion. Owns victories over Somestar Somewhere and So Surreal. The first on this list to qualify in 2014 pacing at Southern Oaks in1:55.3. 

8 

Sometimes Said 

Odds: 12-1 

($291,611 – 1:52.4) 

J. Campbell/ J. Campbell 

Fashion Farms LLC 

   

Only 1 win last year, but only missed the board once. Was a runner-up in both his Breeders Crown Elim and The Final. Has been facing and racing well with many of these. Has some upside going forward. 

9 

Bugger Bruiser 

Odds: 12-1 

($219,494 – 1:50.3) 

A. MacDonald / C. Auciello 

Denarben Stables / R. Auciello 

Won nearly half of his starts including the Ontario Sire Stakes Super Final. Seemed to blossom when he moved to the Auciello barn. Report is he hasn’t grown much but has been in 2:10 and is close to qualifying. 

10 

Let’s Drink On It 

Odds: 15-1 

($174,601 – 1:51.1) 

TBA / J. Seekman 

T. Seekman / L. Bond / H. Hewitt / V. Boido Jr. 

Raced well on the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes circuit. He won 5 of 12 starts last year. He won an Elimination of the Metro and was interfered with in the Final. Also won The American National. 

 



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