Easter weekend brought out some heavy hitters at the Meadowlands this morning in 11 qualifying events which saw multiple award and Breeders Crown winners from last year. 2016 Dan Patch and Crown winners Hannelore Hanover and Broadway Donna squared off in the sixth test.
Broadway Donna winning her Breeders Crown final. (Lisa Photo)
Broadway Donna, a winner of $1.1 million to date and $664,000 last year at three, was making her 2017 debut. With David Miller at the lines for trainer Jim Campbell she controlled the tempo trotting off splits of :30.2, 1:00.1 and 1:29.2 but was hauled down in the lane by a mare she’ll likely see often this season, Hannelore Hanover, who won by four lengths in 1:55.3.
It was also the first start this year for Hannelore, a winner of $1.1 million last season at four and $1.4 lifetime. Ron Burke trains the Sawn For All daughter he co-owns with Weaver Bruscemi, Frank Baldachino and J&T Silva Stables.
In addition to being named top trotting mare in the US last season, she also captured that title in Canada. She ended her four-year-old campaign with victories in the Breeders Crown final and TVG free for all.
Hannelore Hanover winning the Breeders Crown. (Lisa Photo)
Yannick Gingras was up behind Hannelore as well as her stablemate from the Burke barn, Crazy Wow who went gate to wire to win in 1:53.1 over Dayson. This was the second winning qualifier for the five-year-old son of Crazed who won his test on April 1 at the Big M.
A winner of $270,000 last year at four to give him $1.5 million lifetime, the son of Crazed’s final start last year was a second, by a nose, to Obrigado in the TVG final. He is owned by Silva Stables along with Our Horse Cents Stables and Deo Volente Farms.
Another top trotter from the Burke barn making his first start this year was last year’s Peter Haughton winner, What The Hill. The $335,000 winner during his rookie season was fourth in his test won by Top Flight Angel in 1:56.2.
Call Me Queen Be winning the Breeders Crown. (Lisa Photo)
Call Me Queen Be, whose final start last year at three was a victory in the Breeders Crown, returned this morning in winning form taking her qualifier in 1:53 by a head over Darlinonthebeach who finished third in that Breeders Crown final.
Both four-year-old daughters of Somebeachsomewhere were tops in the sophomore pacing filly division last season. Darlinonthebeach took in $670,000 from 10 wins in 20 tries while Call Me Queen Be went over the million dollar mark thanks to a $757,000 season.
Ross Croghan trains Call Me Queen Be for the Let It Ride Stables and Dana Parham of Florida.
The Burke barn sent out Check Six in the 11th qualifier and he responded with an impressive 10 length win in 1:52.2.The four-year-old Somebeach son was making his second start of the season. He finished a close second in his qualifier last week.
A winner of just over one million dollars last year at three, he is owned by Burke Racing, Weaver Brusemi, William Switala and James Martin.
Full results and program pages below.
Meadowlands Qualifying Results
April 15 Big M Qualifying Proofs