McClure among Meadowlands qualifiers | Standardbred Canada

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Posted April 17, 2021, 1:35 p.m. ET

A Standardbreds all-star group qualifying at The Meadowlands on Saturday April 17th were joined by reigning Canadian Driver of the Year, Bob McClure.

McClure told Dan Ralph of the Canadian Press that he was invited to drive in the United States by Team Determination and trainer Luc Blais, and that he would be vaccinated against COVID-19 within five hours of his entry. in the USA.

“It wasn’t an option to just close because they have big circuit horses that are going to compete with the American breeds all summer… and you can’t let the American horses get a month ahead,” McClure said. “They have to be ready for the race and that takes racing.”

McClure completed three workouts in the morning session, including finishing second with Mycrownmykingdom of Determination and fourth with Muscle Dynasty, coached by Paula Wellwood, before a Saturday night workout with Stueben Hanover. His comments ahead of his practice on Saturday underscored the need for the harness racing industry to safely resume operations while noting the concerns of Canadian teams unable to move operations to the United States.

“These aren’t production cars, you don’t park them in the garage and they stop burning gas and oil. These have to be nurtured, trained and worked and a person cannot do it. You need people, you need everything.

“(Determination Stable) is Canadian… with a lot of purebred Canadians, but they have to run the business. I’ve been lucky the last few years, but I don’t know how the majority, and I would say the majority, of the industry will fare.

Among the stake winners to impress on Saturday was sophomore trotter Love Muffin, a seven-time Pennsylvania rookie winner. Bought during the winter by the Andy Miller team, Love Muffin (Andover Hall – Pine Yankee) won the end-to-end in 1: 55.4 for Team Orange Crush – driver Andy and trainer Julie – ahead of Presto (Sarah Svanstedt) .

Multiple stakes winner Beads was also impressive on the trotting side, doing all the work in a 1: 54.2 performance while pulling away from the talented stakes winners in the stretch. Brian Sears guided intern Per Engblom to victory for owner Renee Spahr, over four lengths to good on Play Trix On Me (Scott Zeron) with first stars Crystal Fashion (Jordan Stratton) and winner of the O’Brien Award Sorella (Yannick Gingras) two more lengths to finish third and fourth respectively.

Breeders Crown winner Peaky Sneaky, the only filly to knock out the Party Girl Hill division champion in 2020, first forged herself to overtake Podium Girl (Patrick Ryder) and fend off Thebeachiscalling (Andy McCarthy) to win. older debut in 1: 54.2. Nancy Takter trains Peaky Sneaky (Bettors Delight – World Of Rock) for Howard Taylor, Judith Taylor and Order By Stable.

Royal-bred Grace Hill (Always B Miki – Western Silk) made her sophomore debut in style, earning an engine performance in 1: 54.1 for Dexter Dunn driver, trainer Richard ‘Nifty’ Norman and owner Tom Hill. JK First Lady (A. McCarthy) was a neck back second.

Stablemates Literl Lad Hanover (David Miller) and Southwind Gendry (Yannick Gingras) faced off in the morning’s eighth qualifying, with a number of second-year stimulators eligible for the 2021 Pepsi North America Cup. Literl Lad Hanover a cut panels of: 28.1 ,: 57.1 and 1: 25.2, with Southwind Gendry first from third approaching third panel. The duo faced the straight, with Southwind Gendry sprinting at home by a: 27.1 quarterfinal to beat pal Burke Brigade in 1: 52.4.

Owned by Burke Racing Stable, Phil Collura, Knox Services Inc., and Jandt Silva Purnel & Libby, Southwind Gendry (Always B Miki – Gamblers Passion) went 10 for 13 in last year’s freshman campaign, finishing a brilliant two-year period. -old season with a best lifetime score of 1:50 in the $ 193,000 Matron Stake at Dover Downs.

Two Burke stablemates also played a big part in the ninth qualifying, with Lous Pearlman (Gingras) beating Summa Cum Laude (Dunn) in 1: 53.3 miles. Sweet Lou’s son – Lucys Pearl has won five times at two, cashing nearly $ 200,000 and taking a score of 1: 49.1 for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Elizabeth Novak and Howard Taylor.

The third winner of the morning session for the Burke team was Filibuster Hanover, the fastest of the morning (with Ruthless Hanover) with a 1: 51.4 mile for Gingras. Now seven years old, Filibuster Hanover is approaching dual millionaire status for Burke Racing Stable, Joseph Di Scala Jr, LLC J And T Silva Stables and Weaver Bruscemi.

To view the results of the Saturday qualifying session, click on the following link: Saturday Results – The Meadowlands (qualifying).

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