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Sunday, March 9, 2014

Perfect Alliance and National Debt Deliver

Perfect Alliance completed her sweep of the Charles Singer Memorial with dominant 1:52.2 stakes record performance in the $53,200 final for Andy Miller.

Sent away as the overwhelming 1/5 betting choice, Perfect Alliance followed Time To Quit around the first turn before brushing to the top before the 55- half. Ray Hall ranged up first over for Tetrick and pressed the leader toward the 1:24- three quarters before Perfect Alliance kicked it into another gear and drew out to an open length win under minimal urging in the record mile.

Longshot Little Bitty Lies rallied late for Marcus Miller to take the place and Time To Quit stuck around for third.

The winner is trained by Julie Miller for owners Meadowlands Racing Entertainment Chairman Jeff Gural (racing under Little E, LLC), General Manager & CEO Jason Settlemoir, Dave Stolz and Art Geiger.  Julie Miller was beaming with pride in the winners circle.  “She was unbelievable tonight,” said Miller.  “I couldn’t be more excited.  She had a great week, was training great all week and she raced great tonight.”  Miller confirmed the Bobby Weiss will be next on her mare’s agenda.  

National Debt continued the parade of unbeaten prospects when he captured the $60,500 Buddy Gilmour pacing series final in Saturday’s eleventh race.

Driver Tim Tetrick protected the eventual winner’s position from the rail, allowing second choice Capital Account a short lead before retaking before the 55.2 half. The winner faced token pressure through the 27.4 third panel with Gingras waiting in the pocket with Capital Account for the homestretch to unleash his colt from the pocket.

National Debt had the answer when asked by Tetrick, sprinting home in 27.2 for the 1:50.3 win. Capital Account was a well meant second and Dinner At The Met third.  Tetrick was pleased with his colt once again.  “A 1:50 mile in March is pretty big,” said Tetrick.  “He got a little lazy on the lead and he has some things to learn, but the talent is there.  Now we just have to see if he can pace in 1:47.”
National Debt is now six for six in his career and doubled his lifetime earnings with the Gilmour win for owners Kelly Hoerdt, Ema & Blair Corbell and their new partner J & T Silva Stables. Ron Coyne, Jr has been deputized by Hoerdt to tend to his prize pupil while stateside and his work thus far has been impeccable.

Total handle for the Saturday program was $3,426,720, which included slight on-track gains.

Racing returns Thursday, with a 10-race program and post time at 7:15 P.M.