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final edition of Dave Little's "Road to the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace" finds Captain Crunch in the top spot for the ninth time

Saturday, July 6, 2019

 

  

 

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
 
Only a jumped shadow in his NA Cup elimination kept him from going wire-to-wire atop the RTTCFMP Top 10. The top dog of the 3-Year-Old colt pacing division is listed at 8-5 from the rail in the first of two Meadowlands Pace Eliminations Saturday night. Johansson: “He’s been doing very well and we have kept him in his routine.” Since a good post is guaranteed with an elimination win, will Crunch be handled more aggressively? “I don’t think we have to do that. He’s the one with the target on his back.”
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
 
 
Opted to qualify at the Meadowlands Saturday, completing the mile in 1:51.3 after deuce-popping at the head of the stretch. Drew post 6 in Elim 2 and will start out at 9-5. Ryder: “I figured a qualifier would suit him just fine. He’s a big eater and gets a little chubby.” Can Captain Crunch be beaten? “If Bettor’s Wish shows up, yes.”
Last Race: 6/29 – M1 – Qualifier – 1st (1:51.3)
 
3
 
Workin Ona Mystery
($258,567 – 1:49)
 
 
T. Tetrick, B. Brown
Diamond Creek Racing,
Stambaugh Leeman Stable,
Alan Keith,
Wingfield Brothers
 
 
The last time the “Big Three” met, he was the 7-5 NA Cup favorite. First things first. He and Captain Crunch and Bettor’s Wish now all need to qualify to make that happen again. He’s drawn post 4 in Elim 1 and is 5-2. Brown: “He trained well Tuesday and scoped very well after. I think he’ll be pretty good Saturday.”
Last Race: 6/15 – WMP – North America Cup Final – 3rd (1:47.3)
 
 4
 
Best In Show
($126,487 – 1:50.3)

  

B. McClure, L. Toscano
Richard P Young,
Joanne Young,
Craig W Henderson
 
 
Went well for second in Ontario Sire Stakes Gold action Saturday at Mohawk. With 10 lifetime starts under his belt, is he now ready to take on this kind of stock? He’s drawn post 3 in Elim 2 and is 12-1. Toscano: “I think he was good not great Saturday (at Mohawk). I just want to see him continue to progress. He’s starting to get a little bit smarter.”
Last Race: 6/29 – WMP – Ontario Sire Stakes Gold – 2nd (1:49.4)
 
5
 
Hurrikane Emperor
($356,650 – 1:49.3)
 
 
D. Dube, J. McDermott
Jonathan Klee Racing,
Kuhen Racing,
Pegasis Investment Group,
William Garofalo
 
 
Made a big bid in the Hempt at three-quarters but had to settle for fifth. Started his career 10-for-12 but has lost four in a row since. Is listed at 8-1 from post 5 in Elim 2. McDermott: “Danny wanted to make a big rush (in the Hempt) but he got rough on the turns. To pick up a fifth was great but I’m still tinkering with him. It means a lot to win the elim and guarantee a good post for the final.”
Last Race: 6/29 – PcD – Hempt Final – 5th (1:50.2)
 
6
 
Love Me Some Lou
($213,599 – 1:50.4)
 
 
D. Miller, T. Cancelliere
John Cancelliere
 
 
Reappears in the Top 10 off a win against older foes at Philadelphia in 1:51.4. Will that effort prove to be enough to get him back to a high enough level to compete with these after being away from the races for six weeks? In the softer second elim, he’s drawn post 1 and is 10-1.
Last Race: 6/30 – Phl – Winners of 5 but not 7 – 1st (1:51.4)
 
7
 
U S Captain
($55,957 – 1:50.1)
 
 
D. Dunn, T. Alagna
Brittany Farms LLC,
Bradley J Grant,
Joseph Barbera,
U S Captain Racing
 
 
Perfect in four starts in 2019, two of them overnights, with the other two at the Big M. Does that prepare one for the Meadowlands Pace? We’ll find out. He’ll begin from post 2 in Elim 1 at 5-1. Alagna: “I don’t know that he’s ready for (this caliber of horses) but he has shown progression. He’s pretty versatile and will have to do it from off of a helmet.”
Last Race: 6/29 – M1 – Qualifier – 5th (1:52.3)
 
8
 
Caviart Rockland
($93,265 – 1:50.3)
 
 
Y. Gingras, N. Johansson
Caviart Farms
 
 
Only 2-for-16 lifetime yet comes into the Pace in good shape, having finished second in the NA Cup Consolation. He has post 7 in Elim 2 and is listed at 8-1. Johansson: “He’s coming into the race in good form. He stays with Crunch when they train together. I don’t think he’s any better or worse than (the second-tier horses).”
Last Race: 6/15 – WMP – North America Cup Consolation – 2nd (1:49.1)
 
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
 
Burke thinks highly of this son of Captaintreacherous, but things did not go his way in the NA Cup Final. He’ll look to rebound in Elim 2 at 4-1 from post 8. Burke: “I just don’t know what happened in the NA Cup Final. Every time he races poorly, I’m shocked by it. I have high hopes for him and will get him right.”
Last Race: 6/15 – WMP – North America Cup Final – 7th (1:49.3)
 
10
 
Escapetothebeach
($163,392 – 1:50.1)
 
 
Y. Gingras, T. Alagna
Alagna and Inthegym,
Joe Sbrocco,
Robert J Leblanc,
W J Donovan
 
Off a pair of tough miles in the Hempt, will depart from post 2 at 10-1 in Elim 2. He is the horse who pushed Captain Victorious to the half in :53.2 while first-over in his Hempt Elim. Alagna: “He’s got a better resume at this point than U S Captain. After he went parked the entire mile (in his Hempt elim) I was very happy he hung in there as well as he did. He’s had a good week and should bounce right back.”
Last Race: 6/29 – PcD – Hempt Consolation – 3rd (1:50.2)
 

 

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 

Je. 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 

6/27 

NY Sire Stakes 

NY Sire Stakes 

YR 

YR 

American Mercury 

Rollwithpapajoe 

C. Oakes 

Je. Bongiorno 

T. Buter 

Jo. Bongiorno 

Major March 

Stone Hanover 

Hickfromfrenchlick 

Magic Joe Lindy 

1:50.3 

1:52.3 

6/29 

ON Sire Stakes Gold 

WMP 

Century Farroh 

I. Moore  

S. Filion 

BEST IN SHOW 

No Ordinary Man 

1:49.4 

6/29 

Max Hempt Final 

PcD 

Shake That House 

C. Oakes 

B. Sears 

Brassy Hanover 

CAPTAIN VICTORIOUS 

1:49.2 

7/6 

Mead. Pace Elim. 

M1 

  

  

  

  

  

  

7/13 

Mead. Pace Final 

M1 

  

  

  

  

  

  

 

  

 

  

 


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