Dave Little Shakes Up his Top 10 in Week 2 Road to the Meadowlands Pace

Thursday, May 12, 2022

The early stages of Dave Little’s “Road to The Meadowlands Pace” continue to be topsy-turvy, as Opening Week No.1 Early Action is now No. 2 after a sub-par qualifier. Opening Week No. 2 Hammering Hank is now No. 1 without yet having been on the track this season, while a pair of new names check in at No. 4 and No. 5 after winning Pennsylvania Sire Stakes races impressively.


Rank Horse

(Earnings – Mark)  

Driver, Trainer


Dave Little’s (and trainer’s) Comments
Hammering Hank
($283,218 – 1:51.1)


D. Dunn, B. Pelling
3 Brothers Stables,
Pelling Racing LLC, Rojan Stables


Takes over the top spot despite not having hit the track yet in 2022. Pelling: “He’s qualifying Tuesday [May 17] at Philly. He and Allywag [Hanover] trained quickly [Tuesday] and finished together. Hank is doing well now. He seems to be blooming.”

Breeding: Captaintreacherous-History Repeats

Last Race: 11/20/2021 – M1 – Governor’s Cup – 3rd (1:50.1)

Early Action
($442,817 – 1:49.4)
B. Sears, J. Holloway
Val D’Or Farms, Ted Gewertz
After a second qualifier that Holloway deemed “disappointing”, Early Action will miss some time. Holloway: “He had an entrapped epiglottis, which shuts off the airway. He’s had surgery to correct it. A minor procedure. But he’ll be out for a few weeks. He’ll tell us when he’s ready to come back, but he should be fine for The Pace.”

Breeding: Huntsville-Fashion Katie

Last Race: 5/6/2022 – M1 – Qualifier – 4th (1:52)

I Did It Myway
($138,658 – 1:50.3)
T. Tetrick, T. Alagna
Country Club Acres Inc.,
Joe Sbrocco, Don Latore,
Alagna And Fodera Racing
Shoots up to No. 3 after a good-looking win in a qualifier at The Meadowlands. Alagna: “He’s doing great. Timmy [Tetrick] was very happy with him the other day. He’ll take this week off, then we’ll search for a race before heading into Pa Sire Stakes.”

Breeding: Captaintreacherous-Flyme To The Moon

Last Race: 5/6/2022 – M1 – Qualifier – 1st (1:51.1)

Greatest Ending
($53,035 – 1:51.2)
D. Palone, Dr. I. Moore
Reginald G. Petitpas
Debuts in the Top 10 after scoring at The Meadows in wire-to-wire fashion. Dr. Moore looks for a second straight Meadowlands Pace win after taking last year’s edition with Lawless Shadow. Moore: “He’s had only six lifetime starts but was very impressive Saturday. He’s overcome a lot of adversity. He’s had bone chip surgery in both hocks and one ankle. And in the last few weeks, he’s had trouble tying up. But he’s OK now. I jogged him [Wednesday] and he was taking hold of me. He’ll take this week off.”

Breeding: Somebeachsomewhere-Lady Be Great

Last Race: 5/7/2022 – Mea – Pa Sire Stakes – 1st (1:51.2)

All Or Nothing
($73,289 – 1:51)
S. Zeron, N. DeVita
John R. Cummins
Unraced at 2, All Or Nothing has burst onto the scene with 4 wins in his first 5 lifetime starts, including a sparkler at The Meadows last week on the engine. The horse is not in this week. Zeron: “he’s been great all year and he was impressive again last week. He got injured at 2, but he’s come back well.”

Breeding: Always B Miki-Booya Beach

Last Race: 5/7/2022 – Mea – Pa Sire Stakes – 1st (1:51)
Market Based
($222,990 – 1:50.4)
A. McCarthy, N. Takter
Chuck Pompey, Edwin J. Gold,
H And M Taylor Stable
Broke early in his seasonal debut from a bad post at The Meadows but is entered to go right back in this Sunday at Pocono in Pa. All-Stars action. Takter: “he had post nine and he went a little fast on the turn. I’m not really concerned about it. He broke in the same exacta spot last year as a 2-year-old. We made some adjustments. Andy McCarthy will drive the horse this week with Dexter [Dunn] at the Confederation Cup.”

Breeding: Sweet Lou-Economy Terror

Last Race: 5/7/2022 – Mea – Pa Sire Stakes – 9th (1:55.3)

Mad Max Hanover
($139,155 – 1:52.1)
T. Tetrick, J. Leamon
Marvin J. Rounick
Has put three good lines on his card already this year, including a win at Philly and a second at The Meadowlands. Leamon: “He raced very well [Saturday at The Meadows]. The track was a little off and he threw in a little step in the last turn but had plenty of pace from there. He’ll be in the Pa All-Stars on Sunday.”

Breeding: Always B Miki-Mayhem Seelster

Last Race: 5/7/2022 – Mea – Pa Sire Stakes – 3rd (1:51.4)

Captain Cowboy
($114,705 – 1:51.2)
George Napolitano, Jr., A. Svanstedt
Ake Svanstedt, Little E LLC,
PCW Racing LLC
Second qualifier was good. Now, it’s go time on Sunday in the Pa All-Stars.  Svanstedt: “It’s his first race of the year, so we want to be a little careful. He’s drawn post three for Sunday but it’s hard to say how George will drive the horse.”

Breeding: Captaintreacherous-Odds On Lassomyhrt

Last Race: 5/6/2022 – M1 – Qualifier – 3rd (1:51.4)

Caviart Camden
($84,635 – 1:48.3)
Y. Gingras, T. Alagna
Caviart Farms
1:48.3 pacer from a year ago was fourth in his qualifier. Alagna: “His first qualifier was really good. He was on the right line a little bit and we made an adjustment. He’ll qualify back Saturday. We have our eye on the New York Sire Stakes.”

Breeding: Huntsville-Caviart Christa

Last Race: 5/6/2022 – M1 – Qualifier – 4th (1:52.4)

Six Feet Apart
($104,225 – 1:50.2)


D. Miller, B. Brown
Michael Dean Robinson,
Robert A. Mondillo, David A. Meola,
Rich Lombardo Racing LLC
Finished a good-looking second in Pa Stallion Series action and will go right back in the box and race in the Pa All-Stars on Sunday. Brown: “For his first start, it was good enough. He came first up down the backstretch. David [Miller] raced him as easy as he could, but he got beat by a better horse.”

Breeding: Sweet Lou-Ideal Love

Last Race: 5/7/2022 – Mea – Pa Stallion Series – 2nd (1:52.2)

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
5/6 Reynolds YR Jd R. Schnittker T. Buter Pleaseletmeknow LETMECALLYOUBACK 1:53.2


Pa. Sire Stakes

Pa. Sire Stakes





N. DeVita

Dr. Ian Moore

S. Zeron

D. Palone

Arlo Hanover


True Blue Lindy




5/15 Pa. All-Stars PcD
5/21 WEG/SBOA Stakes Wbsb
5/30 Pa. Sire Stakes PcD
6/4 Somebeachsomewhere Wbsb
6/8 Pa. Sire Stakes Phl
6/11 N. America Cup Elim. Wbsb
6/18 N. America Cup Final Wbsb
6/24 Messenger Elim. YR
7/1 Messenger Final YR
7/2 Ontario SS Gold Wbsb
7/9 Meadowlands Pace Elim. M1
7/16 Meadowlands Pace Final M1