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DAVE LITTLE'S ROAD TO THE CRAWFORD FARMS MEADOWLANDS PACE WEEK 2

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Captain Crunch continues to occupy the top spot in Week 2 of Dave Little's "Road to the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace" but keep an eye on Love Me Some Lou, who makes his debut in the poll at No. 5.

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Rank

Horse

(Earnings – Mark)

Driver, Trainer

Owner(s)

Dave Little’s Comments

1
Captain Crunch
($616,113 – 1:49.1)

 

S. Zeron, N. Johansson
3 Brothers Stables, Christina Takter, Rojan Stables, Caviart Farms
Paced his final quarter in :26.3 on the way to an easy qualifying win at the Meadowlands Saturday morning. Plan is to begin his season on May 19 in Pennsylvania Sire Stakes action. Johansson: “He trained Wednesday morning and could not have been any more perfect.”
Last Race: 5/4 – M1 – Qualifier – 1st (1:51.2)
2
Proof
($451,039 – 1:51)

 

D. Miller, B. Brown
Diamond Creek Racing
 
Moved to the lead at the half but had to settle for second in his first outing of the year Saturday in a solid try. Brown: “He was good. Southwind Ozzi came from a long way back to beat him. The winner paced his back half in :53. I believe Proof will improve as the season goes on. I think these horses will go 1:48 consistently this year.” 
Last Race: 5/4 – Mea – PaSS – 2nd (1:50.4)
3
Blood Money
($357,244 – 1:50)

 

S. Zeron, N. Johansson
Diamond Creek Racing
 
After a stirring seasonal debut that saw him circle up from eighth at three-quarters to fly home and record a 2-length score in a lifetime best 1:50 at the Meadowlands, he took last week off. he is set to go Saturday at Pocono in a division of the Pennsylvania All-Stars. Johansson: “He’s doing very well. I expect him to do well on Saturday.”
Last Race: 4/27 – M1 – Non-Winners of 6 – 1st (1:50)
4
Bronx Seelster
($294,505 – 1:51.2)

 

T. Henry, W. McGean
Capers 3 Stable
 
Qualified for a second straight Monday at Woodbine Mohawk Park, stopping the clock in 1:54 after brushing to the lead at three-quarters. McGean: “It’s a long season, so I’m in no rush to get him a race. If I can’t find one, we’ll start the year in the Ontario Sire Stakes on the 25th.” 
Last Race: 5/6 – WMP – Qualifier – 1st (1:54)
5
Love Me Some Lou
($190,495 – 1:50.4)
 
D. Miller, T. Cancelliere
J. Cancelliere
 
Makes his first appearance in the poll staying perfect in two starts this year after taking his division of the PaSS in 1:50.4. Cancelliere: “He was a little clumsy at 2 but still a nice horse. He’s much more sure-footed this year. I kind of expected that effort (of his win on Saturday). If he sees a target, he wants to after it. His next race is in the Sire Stakes on the 19th.”
Last Race: 5/4 – Mea – PaSS – 1st (1:50.4)
6
Semi Tough
($298,556 – 1:51.1)

 

M. Kakaley, R. Burke
Burke Racing Stable, Frank Baldachino, J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby, Weaver Bruscemi
 
After leaving from post eight, was never involved Saturday in a Pennsylvania Sire Stakes division at the Meadows but did close in :27.2 to grab the final check by finishing fifth. Burke: “That race was a step in the right direction. He seemed like himself. His next start will be in Sire Stakes a week from Saturday.”
Last Race: 5/4 – Mea – PaSS – 5th (1:51.4)
7
Bettor’s Wish
($282,056 – 1:51.1)

 

D. Dunn, C. Ryder
Chris Ryder, Bella Racing, Fair Island Farm, Kenneth Solomon
 
Came from just off the pace to win at Yonkers in 1:52 as the 3-5 public choice in his 2019 debut. Ryder: “I trained him Wednesday and he’s doing well. We are going to qualify at the Meadowlands Saturday and then it’s the Rooney at Yonkers.”
Last Race: 4/29 – YR – Non-Winners of 6 – 1st (1:52)
8
Workin Ona Mystery
($129,608 – 1:49.3)
 
T. Tetrick, B. Brown
Diamond Creek Racing, Stambaugh Leeman Stable, Alan Keith, Wingfield Brothers
 
Impressed in his first outing of the year, winning from post 8 in 1:50.1 as the 4-5 public choice at the Meadows. Brown: “They went good enough fractions. he came second over and went three-wide early on the last turn. I really like this horse. Like Proof, he’ll race on the 19th in Sire Stakes.”
Last Race: 5/4 – Mea – PaSS – 1st (1:50.1)
9
Reigning Deo
($247,163 – 1:54.1Q)

 

A. McCarthy, B. Pelling
Deo Volente Farms, Pelling Racing, Brian Gordon
 
Rallied well to get second to a 1-5 shot in his first outing of the year in a non-winners of 5 at Philly after going a second-over trip. Pelling: “He was tremendous. He had the eight hole on a horrendous track. Fastest last quarter of the day. I’m super happy with the race. He’s beautiful. We’ll go in Sire Stakes on  Monday at Monticello.”
Last Race: 5/5 – Phl – Non-Winners of 5 – 2nd (1:53.2)
10
Hurrikane Emperor
($226,900 – 1:49.3)

 

D. Dube, J. McDermott
Jonathan Klee Racing, Kuhen Racing, Pegasis Investment Group, William Garofalo

 

First charted line of the year came in a qualifier at the Meadowlands, when he finished 5th. McDermott: “It was more than I ever wanted to go that day (of the qualifier). He went a nice final quarter. A week from Friday he’ll be in the New Jersey Sire Stakes.”
Last Race: 5/4 – M1 – Qualifier – 5th (1:51.4)


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