It was one of the biggest upsets in the past decade, when Arch Madness defeated Donato Hanover in the Breeders Crown Elimination for three year olds at The Meadowlands on November 17, 2007. That win by Arch Madness established a track record for three year old gelded trotters at The Meadowlands, a record that stood for six years and 26 days until Sweet Justice took to the track Friday night at the East Rutherford oval.
Sweet Justice's career began far from the spotlight of The Meadowlands, racing for Steve Carter on the Indiana Fair circuit. His first win came in his second lifetime start, but wasn't close to any records, winning in 2:13. In short time, Sweet Justice made it to the pari-mutuel races. The highlight of his two year old season was a second place finish in the $200,000 Indiana Sire Stakes Gold Final at Indiana Downs.
Sweet Justice made his three year old debut on May 8th of this year at Hoosier Park and battled his way through the Indiana Sire Stakes program, picking up minor awards, including a fifth place finish in the Sire Stakes Gold Final at Hoosier.
Prior to being entered in the Harrisburg Mixed Sale, Sweet Justice scored a pair of victories, including a 1:54.1 lifetime best effort in a three year old Open at Hoosier.
Despite entering the sale with over $180,000 in earnings, when the gavel fell the sales price read just $25,000. The buyer was Bruce Saunders for M&M Harness Racing. Since Sweet Justice walked into the sales ring at Harrisburg, everything has gone right.
He made his Meadowlands debut in qualifier, flashing strong late kick, coming home to a third place effort with a 27-second final quarter. He won his first pari-mutuel start at The Meadowlands by a neck in 1:54 before moving up the class ladder to win a B2/B1 Handicap by open lengths in 1:53.4. That brings us to Friday night , where Sweet Justice moved up to face older horses. Not only did he show grit and determination, refusing to relinquish his lead in the stretch, but he tripped the teletimer in 1:52 flat, lowering the previous record for a three year old gelding, held by Arch Madness by two-fifths of a second.
From here on, the challenges for Sweet Justice will only get tougher, but every time he races, his future looks brighter.
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