Hannelore Hanover, Broadway Donna and JL Cruze will meet while Pure Country and Huntsville, the Dan Patch winners in the two-year-old pacing categories last year, will make their 2017 debut in qualifiers Saturday morning at the Meadowlands.
JL Cruze (Lisa photo)
The sixth qualifier finds JL Cruze, Hannelore and Broadway Donna squaring off. Itís the first 2017 start for JL Cruze, a winner of $220,000 last year and $881,000 lifetime. The six-year-old Crazed gelding will leave from post two for trainer Eric Ell.
Broadway Donna, who won $664,000 last year at three and has $1.19 million earned lifetime for breeder Fashion Farms, has post five. Itís her second qualifier of the season, she finished second last week to Hannelore Hanover who she meets again this week.
Hannelore lines up in post six. Last year at four she took in $1.1 million to give her $1.4 lifetime. The Sawn For All mare trained by Ron Burke won 17 of 20 starts last year.
Someomensomewhere (6, middle) winning the Breeders Crown final last year. (Lisa photo)
On the pacing side, Diamond Creek Racing has a pair of impressive daughters of Somebeachsomewhere debuting. In the seventh race itís three-year-old Someomensomewhere making her first start at three. The filly, co-owned with Bob Boni, was 4-6-1 in 14 starts for $486,000 last year.
Her stablemate from the Jimmy Takter barn, Pure Country, leaves from post five in the final race of the day. The winner of just over one million dollars last year and $1.7 lifetime was the Dan Patch winner in her class last season.
Among her competition is a familiar rival in Darlinonthebeach who raced against her on the regular last year. A daughter of Somebeach from the great Darlins Delight, the now four-year-old earned $671,000 last year for Nancy Johansson and owner/breeder White Birch Farm.
Huntsville winning his Breeders Crown final last year. (Lisa photo)
Another Somebeach sired star from last season, the pacing colt Huntsville, makes his first 2017 appearance in race 10. Tim Tetrick is scheduled as usual for trainer Ray Schnittker who co-owns with Ted Gewertz, Charles Iannazzo and Steve Arnold.
Last year at two the talented colt never finished worse than second with standings of 7-4-0 in 11 tries for $689,000 in earnings which earned him the Dan Patch trophy.
Also into go in the second race is Princess Aurora who earned $287,000 from 11 starts last year at two for Jimmy Takter and breeders/owners Al Libfeld and Marvin Katz.
The next race has another pair of sophomore fillies with $200,000+ earned last year at two. Temple Ruins ($224,000) has the rail while the Kadabra miss Magic Presto ($294,000) has the two hole.
Last yearís Peter Haughton winner What The Hill has post six in the fourth test. The winner of $315,000 last year was fourth in his first start of 2017, a qualifier at the Meadowlands last week.
Program Proof - Meadowlands' Qualifiers