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Proof and Captain Victorious are two new names in the Week 9 edition of Dave Little's Road to the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Off victories in Hempt eliminations, Proof and Captain Victorious are two new names in the Week 9 edition of Dave Little's "Road to the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace", but the top three of Captain Crunch, Bettor's Wish and Workin Ona Mystery remain intact, as all three take the week off as they continue to prep for the $700,000 event.  #Paceyourself19

 

Rank

Horse

(Earnings – Mark)

Driver, Trainer

Owner(s)

Dave Little’s Comments

1
Captain Crunch
($1,050,806 – 1:47.2)
 
S. Zeron, N. Johansson
3 Brothers Stables, Christina Takter, Rojan Stables, Caviart Farms
Clearly the leader of the 3-year-old colt pacing pack with the North America Cup trophy sitting on his mantle. Will go after the Cup-Pace double when elims are contested at the Big M a week from Saturday. Johansson: “He trained (Wednesday) morning along with Caviart (Rockland) and both were very good. They will train fast Saturday morning and then they should be ready to go.”
Last Race: 6/15 – WMP – North America Cup Final – 1st (1:47.2)
2
Bettor’s Wish
($639,556 – 1:49.3)
 
D. Dunn, C. Ryder
Chris Ryder, Bella Racing, Fair Island Farm, Kenneth Solomon
 
Came up just short in The Cup. Can he score some revenge on his arch-rival Captain Crunch in the Pace? Ryder: “He’s good. We are going to qualify Saturday morning at the Meadowlands.”
Last Race: 6/15 – WMP – North America Cup Final – 2nd (1:47.3)
3
Workin Ona Mystery
($258,567 – 1:49)
 
T. Tetrick, B. Brown
Diamond Creek Racing, Stambaugh Leeman Stable, Alan Keith, Wingfield Brothers
 
The 7-5 NA Cup favorite reached three-quarters on the point in 1:20 before settling for third. The Pace will feature a rematch of the division’s Big Three. Brown: “He went a big mile in the North America Cup but I don’t think there will be any repercussions for The Pace. He’ll train on Friday or Saturday.”
Last Race: 6/15 – WMP – North America Cup Final – 3rd (1:47.3)
4
Best In Show
($96,163 – 1:50.3)

 

B. McClure, L. Toscano
Richard P Young, Joanne Young,
Craig W Henderson
 
Still inexperienced sort is headed for some Ontario Sire Stakes Gold action Saturday before returning to New Jersey to give The Pace a go. Toscano: “He’s good. I don’t love my draw (post 8) for Saturday (in the Ontario Sire Stakes Gold) but we decided to race instead of stay at the Meadowlands and qualify. If he can’t go with the sire stake horses, then he doesn’t belong with the others (in The Pace).”
Last Race: 6/15 – WMP – North America Cup Final – 6th (1:48.2)
5
Air Force Hanover
($215,888 – 1:50.1)
 
D. Dunn, B. Brown
Country Club Acres Inc.,
Joe Sbrocco, Richard M Lombardo,
W J Donovan
 
Showed early speed before yielding and staying at the rail the rest of the way to get second in his Hempt Elim. Brown: “I’m very happy with him but he’s not quite as good as some of the other horses. I don’t think he’s coming to The Pace. We are looking more towards the Adios.”
Last Race: 6/22 – PcD – Hempt Elimination – 2nd (1:49.1)
6
Proof
($476,299 – 1:48.1)
 
D. Miller, B. Brown
Diamond Creek Racing
 
Reappears in the Top 10 after several weeks away off an impressive 1:48.1 score in his Hempt Elimination as the 4-5 favorite. Brown: “The week of training he had before that race was the best of his life. He was unbelievable last week. We’ll decide after the Hempt what we will do next, but I’m leaning towards the Meadowlands Pace.”
Last Race: 6/22 – PcD – Hempt Elimination – 1st (1:48.1)
7
Hurrikane Emperor
($331,650 – 1:49.3)
 
D. Dube, J. McDermott
Jonathan Klee Racing, Kuhen Racing, Pegasis Investment Group, William Garofalo
 
Sat the pocket throughout behind Captain Victorious’ improbably incredible mile in a Hempt Elim as the 3-2 public choice. McDermott: “His earplugs never got pulled. We accomplished what we needed to (by making it to the final). He scoped a little sick, so he’s been on anti-biotics and I expect him to be better on Saturday.”
Last Race: 6/22 – PcD – Hempt Elimination – 2nd (1:49)
8
Captain Victorious
($180,271 – 1:48.3)
 
Y. Gingras, R. Burke
The Captain V Stable
If you did not see his mile in the Hempt, do yourself a favor and check it out. He was hounded every step of the way on the lead and won in decisive fashion to earn a spot in the Top 10 for the first time. Unbelievable!  Burke: “I wasn’t that surprised at how good he was. I was more surprised at how bad he was the start before (in the NA Cup). As for last week, when the track at Pocono is like it was, you can go far on the lead.”
Last Race: 6/22 – PcD – Hempt Elimination – 1st (1:48.3)
9
De Los Cielos Deo
($217,758 – 1:48.4Q)
 
D. Miller, R. Burke
Burke Racing Stable LLC,
Lawrence R Karr, J&T Silva-
Purnel & Libby, Weaver Bruscemi LLC

 

 
Was sent to the gate as the 3-1 second choice in the wagering, but did not live up to that billing, finishing seventh in The Cup. Burke: “I still think he’s the best colt I have. I think being off for two weeks is good for him. After the (1:48.4) qualifier followed by the big mile in his NA Cup Elim followed by the disaster in the final, he needs some time to recoup.”
Last Race: 6/15 – WMP – North America Cup Final – 7th (1:49.3)
10
Caviart Rockland
($93,265 – 1:50.3)
 
Y. Gingras, N. Johansson
Caviart Farms
 
Finished second in a nice try in the NA Cup Consolation after pacing home in :27. Johansson: “If it sets up well and he gets a trip, he always closes very well, I think he has a legitimate shot to get a check in The Pace. It’s better for me to have them (Caviart Rockland and Captain Crunch) on two separate avenues as we get further into the season. Hopeflly, Caviart can get into the Millstein and races like that.”
Last Race: 6/15 – WMP – North America Cup Consolation – 2nd (1:49.1)

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

5/4

Pa. Sire Stakes

Pa. Sire Stakes

Pa. Sire Stakes

Mea

Mea

Mea

Southwind Ozzi

WORKIN ONA MYSTERY

LOVE ME SOME LOU

B. Mac Kenzie

B. Brown

T. Cancelliere

T. Tetrick

T. Tetrick

D. Miller

PROOF

Wild Wild Western

Brassy Hanover

Prince Of Tides

Captain Malicious

CAPTAIN VICTORIOUS

1:50.4

1:50.1

1:50.4

5/11

Pa. All-Stars

Pa. All-Stars

Pa. All-Stars

PcD

PcD

PcD

BLOOD MONEY

Branquinho

AIR FORCE HANOVER

N. Johansson

R. Schnittker

B. Brown

S. Zeron

T. Buter

G. Napolitano, Jr.

ESCAPETOTHEBEACH

LYONS NIGHT HAWK

Highlandbeachlover

Brassy Hanover

Warrawee Unique

SUGAR FACTORY

1:50

1:50.1

1:50.1

5/13

NY Sire Stakes

NY Sire Stakes

NY Sire Stakes

MR

MR

MR

Hickfromfrenchlick

Major March

Rollwithpapajoe

R. Schnittker

L. Toscano

J. Bongiorno

M. MacDonald

J. Bartlett

T. Buter

American Mercury

Major Blake

REIGNING DEO

Stone Hanover

Astaire

Covered Bridge

1:55

1:55

1:56

5/17

NJ Sire Stakes

M1

HURRIKANE EMPEROR

J. McDermott

D. Dube

Clintock

Black Dan

1:53.2

5/18

Art Rooney Elim.

Art Rooney Elim.

YR

YR

AIR FORCE HANOVER

BETTOR’S WISH

B. Brown

C. Ryder

D. Miller

D. Dunn

BUDDY HILL

BLOOD MONEY

PRICE HANOVER

Rollwithpapajoe

1:52.4

1:53.2

5/19

Pa. Sire Stakes

Pa. Sire Stakes

Pa. Sire Stakes

PcD

PcD

PcD

Wild Wild Western

CAPTAIN CRUNCH

WORKIN ONA MYSTERY

N. Parker

N. Johansson

B. Brown

M. Wilder

S. Zeron

T. Tetrick

CAVIART STETSON

Southwind Ozzi

LOVE ME SOME LOU

SEMI TOUGH

PROOF

Highlandbeachlover

1:52

1:49.1

1:49.3

5/24

NJ Sire Stakes

M1

HURRIKANE EMPEROR

J. McDermott

D. Dube

Black Dan

Clintock

1:52

5/25

Art Rooney Final

YR

BETTOR’S WISH

C. Ryder

D. Dunn

Branquinho

AIR FORCE HANOVER

1:51.4

5/26

5/26

5/26

NY Sire Stakes

NY Sire Stakes

NY Sire Stakes

Stga

Stga

Stga

Fromthestartagain

American Mercury

Shake That House

J. Grasso

C. Oakes

C. Oakes

J. Bartlett

T. Buter

T. Buter

REIGNING DEO

Hickfromfrenchlick

Stone Hanover

MELODIES MAJOR

Major March

Major Blake

1:53

1:52

1:51.3

5/26

5/26

5/26

Pa. Sire Stakes

Pa. Sire Stakes

Pa. Sire Stakes

Phl

Phl

Phl

Southwind Ozzi

LYONS NIGHT HAWK

CAPTAIN CRUNCH

B. Mac Kenzie

G. Dowse

N. Johansson

B. Sears

T. Tetrick

S. Zeron

Wild Wild Western

Chaser Hanover

Aflame Hanover

SEMI TOUGH

ESCAPETOTHEBEACH

Warrawee Unique

1:48.4

1:50

1:49.2

6/1

6/1

Somebeachsomewhr

Somebeachsomewhr

WMP

WMP

Century Farroh

Tyga Hanover

I. Moore

B. Baillergeon

S. Filion

S. Filion

CAVIART ROCKLAND

BEST IN SHOW

Better Up

Stag Party

1:52.4

1:52.1

6/5

NY Sire Stakes

BR

American Mercury

C. Oakes

T. Buter

Major March

REIGNING DEO

1:52.4

6/8

6/8

NA Cup Elimination

NA Cup Elimination

WMP

WMP

BETTOR’S WISH

WORKIN ONA MYSTERY

C. Ryder

B. Brown

D. Dunn

T. Tetrick

DE LOS CIELOS DEO

CAPTAIN VICTORIOUS

BEST IN SHOW

Stag Party

1:49.3

1:49

6/15

NA Cup Final

WMP

CAPTAIN CRUNCH

N. Johansson

S. Zeron

BETTOR’S WISH

WORKIN ONA MYSTERY

1:47.2

6/16

6/16

6/16

NY Sire Stakes

NY Sire Stakes

NY Sire Stakes

TgD

TgD

TgD

Hickfromfrenchlick

BUDDY HILL

Major March

R. Schnittker

M. Melander

L. Toscano

M. MacDonald

J. Bartlett

J. Bartlett

Respect Our Flag

Artie’s Ideal

Rollwithpapajoe

Major Blake

LIVE LUCKY

American Mercury

1:51.3

1:52

1:52.3

6/22

6/22

6/22

Max Hempt Elim.

Max Hempt Elim.

Max Hempt Elim.

PcD

PcD

PcD

Shake That House

PROOF

CAPTAIN VICTORIOUS

C. Oakes

B. Brown

R. Burke

B. Sears

D. Miller

Y. Gingras

AIR FORCE HANOVER

Brassy Hanover

HURRIKANE EMPEROR

Aflame Hanover

LYONS NIGHT HAWK

Highlandbeachlover

1:49

1:48.1

1:48.3

6/27

NY Sire Stakes

YR

 

 

 

 

 

 

6/29

ON Sire Stakes Gold

WMP

 

 

 

 

 

 

6/29

Max Hempt Final

PcD

 

 

 

 

 

 

7/6

Mead. Pace Elim.

M1

 

 

 

 

 

 

7/13

Mead. Pace Final

M1

 

 

 

 

 

 


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