Philadelphia police officer Owen Eiler Jr. will send out a pair of starters in the Spring Survivor Series on Friday night at the Meadowlands Racetrack.
The 49-year-old trainer had an early season success with Super Bowl Series champion Dontevenknowmymame. He will try to keep that momentum going with Markz Moose and Ahlbback Yankee in the first bracket of the Spring Survivor series for three-year-old trotters.
Markz Moose, a gelding by Classic Photo, drew post three with Dave Miller driving in the second of two $12,500 divisions, carded as races two and four.
“Howard and Josh Kaufman bought him at the January Mixed Sale for $15,000,” Eiler recalled. “I just happened to be there with my Super Bowl Series success. They also bought Paris Kentucky at that sale and I actually liked that one better.”
Markz Moose finished third in his first start for Eiler at Harrah’s Chester before unleashing a 1:55.1 lifetime best at the Pennsylvania oval on March 22.
“Ron Pierce was impressed with him after that mile,” Eiler noted. “He was just sitting there and had time to spare. We really haven’t done anything with the horse, just some tender loving care. He’s a maturing three-year-old. I believe he’s eligible to the Dexter Cup and few other events in New Jersey. Hopefully, we have a few profitable months ahead of us. We’re in a tough division.”
Eiler also has his own Ahlbback Yankee in race 12. Leaving from the rail, the four-year-old mare by Electric Yankee ships into a class-drop situation.
“I bought her from the same guy I purchased Dontevenknowmymame from, Scott Cox,” he said. “He was trying to sell her privately and I kept putting off buying her. Then, he put her in the Delaware, Ohio Mixed Sale, and I paid $6,700 or $6,800.”
Allbback Yankee sports a $14,000 claiming tag on Friday.
“She raced well two starts back at Chester when she rallied for third,” he said. “They just sprinted away from her last week. She’s a little lazy but, if you make her work, she’ll go. I’m hoping the bigger track is going to help her, and she’s not facing a very tough field. I figured I’d give her shot.”
Eiler obtained his trainer’s license only a little over a year ago upon the urging of his children, yet has actually been racing at the Meadowlands for a number of years.
“I’ve been around there for awhile,” he said. “I’ve had horses with Eddie Sager and Frank Petrelli. I really like racing at the Meadowlands. I just wish it was a little bit closer. Traffic on the Turnpike can come to a standstill.”
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