No Change to Top Four in Dave Little’s Road to the Pace Week 3

Thursday, May 19, 2022

There weren’t any changes to the top four in Week 3 of Dave Little’s “Road to The Meadowlands Pace”, but there is a new name in the Top 10, as the Brian Brown-trained Night Hawk debuts in the poll at No. 7 off a powerhouse score at Pocono.


Week 3 (of 10) – Thursday, May 19

The Meadowlands Pace is on Saturday, July 16, 2022


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


Maintains the top spot off a second in his first charted line of the year. Pelling: “He had the 7 hole and took back to last in his qualifier. The horse sitting fourth started gapping out further and further and further. They all came together at three-quarters. I would rather have had a smoother journey, but he was very, very good. The plan is to qualify again a week from Saturday.”

Breeding: Captaintreacherous-History Repeats

Last Race: 5/17/2022 – Phl – Qualifier – 2nd (1:56)

Early Action
($442,817 – 1:49.4)
B. Sears, J. Holloway
Val D’Or Farms, Ted Gewertz
Early Action is still recovering from an entrapped epiglottis, which shuts off the airway. But things are looking up. Holloway: “There isn’t much difference in his situation. He started jogging [Wednesday]. I think we’ll make the North America Cup.”

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
facing older foes in the Friday night opener at The Big M. Why such a difficult start to the season? Alagna: “We are focusing on shooting for the North America Cup. It’s a tough spot Friday night, so we are hoping for a good trip. There is a horse shortage all the way around and there are just not that many colts who want to race at The Meadowlands.”

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
After a week off, Greatest Ending trained Tuesday. Moore: “He trained well. I think he has a bruise or an abscess in his foot. I’m not overly concerned yet. He’s in Saturday at Mohawk facing older foes. There’s nowhere else to race.”

Breeding: Somebeachsomewhere-Lady Be Great

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

Market Based
($237,990 – 1:50.2)
A. McCarthy, N. Takter
Chuck Pompey, Edwin J. Gold,
H And M Taylor Stable
Righted the ship after going off stride in his seasonal debut with a win at The Meadows. Takter: “He was super good. Andrew never pulled the ear plugs. He’ll race next Monday in sire stakes at Pocono. Fortunately, he’s Pennsylvania sired, so there are races for him.”

Breeding: Sweet Lou-Economy Terror

Last Race: 5/15/2022 – PcD – Pa All-Stars – 1st (1:50.2)

Mad Max Hanover
($154,155 – 1:50.3)
T. Tetrick, J. Leamon
Marvin J. Rounick
After recording only 1 win at 2, has already doubled that at 3. Solidified his spot in the Top 10 after a win at Pocono, one of three Pa All-Stars victors who are in this week’s poll. Leamon: “He did very well. He did it the hard way, going first up at least half a mile. He likes grinding. His next race will be on May 30 in sire stakes.”

Breeding: Always B Miki-Mayhem Seelster

Last Race: 5/15/2022 – PcD – Pa All Stars – 1st (1:50.3)

Night Hawk
($92,113 – 1:50)
D. Miller, B. Brown
Acadia Farms Inc., Joe Sbrocco,
In The Gym Partners,
Leeman Lombardo Stable
Went wire to wire from post 7 at Pocono in a dominant performance, one that earned him a spot in the Top 10. Brown: “I expected him to race well, but I don’t know that I expected him to go in [1:]50 so easy. David raced him fairly easy the first week and a little harder this start. We’ll go back May 30 to sire stakes at Pocono, and if all is well, on to Ontario and the North America Cup.”

Breeding: Betting Line-Night Music

Last Race: 5/15/2022 – PcD – Pa All-Stars – 1st (1:50)

Captain Cowboy
($122,205 – 1:51.2)
Y. Gingras, A. Svanstedt
Ake Svanstedt, Little E LLC,
PCW Racing LLC
Did well in his seasonal debut, finishing second to Night Hawk, sitting the pocket from start to finish. Svanstedt: “He raced well at Pocono, and his next race will be the sire stakes on May 30. If he’s good enough, we’ll go in both the NA Cup and The Pace.”

Breeding: Captaintreacherous-Odds On Lassomyhrt

Last Race: 5/15/2022 – PcD – Pa All-Stars – 2nd (1:50.1)

Six Feet Apart
($111,725 – 1:50.2)
D. Miller, B. Brown
Michael Dean Robinson,
Robert A. Mondillo, David A. Meola,
Rich Lombardo Racing LLC
Finished second once again, so his season is heading in the right direction. Brown: “He was very good. He was in the tougher of the two divisions and he dug in and fought all the way to the wire. For only his second start, it was good enough. He’ll be back May 30.”

Breeding: Sweet Lou-Ideal Love

Last Race: 5/15/2022 – PcD – Pa All Stars – 2nd (1:50.3)

Caviart Camden
($84,635 – 1:48.3)


Y. Gingras, T. Alagna
Caviart Farms
With a second qualifier now under his belt, it’s time to go to the races. Alagna: “He’s actually the polar opposite of I Did It Myway. There are races for him but I’d prefer to race him at The Meadowlands. But there was no spot. So, I had to go to Plan B and race him at Chester on Sunday.”

Breeding: Huntsville-Caviart Christa

Last Race: 5/14/2022 – M1 – Qualifier – 2nd (1:51.2)

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. I. Moore

S. Zeron

D. Palone

Arlo Hanover


True Blue Lindy







Pa. All-Stars

Pa. All-Stars

Pa. All-Stars







J. Leamon

B. Brown

N. Takter

T. Tetrick

D. Miller

A. McCarthy




Layton Hanover

True Blue Lindy

Energetic Hanover




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