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Thursday, May 29, 2014

While there are no new faces to this week’s Road to the Meadowlands Pace, the top 10 took on a different look with a new horse standing atop the division.  Following the loss suffered by He’s Watching, the Ron Burke trained JK Endofanera has moved into the top spot leading into the Somebeachsomewhere, where he will get a stiff challenge from the No. 3 ranked pacing colt, Luckbewithyou.  He’s Watching, who had been No. 1 for the first seven weeks of the Road to the Pace fell six spots to #7 after finishing last in a field of six in his Art Rooney Elimination.  Of the 10 horses on this week’s list, six (JK Endofanera, Luck Be Withyou, Always B Miki, Somestarsomewhere, That’s My Opinion and He’s Watching) are all in to go in the Somebeachsomewhere on Saturday at Mohawk. The No 2. Ranked Western Vintage is an overwhelming favorite in his New Jersey Sire Stakes Final Saturday at The Meadowlands, while Limelight Beach (No. 8) is entered in an overnight Thursday at The Meadows.

Some of the biggest movers outside the top-10 were Lyonssomewhere who moved from No. 35 to No. 25 following an impressive overnight score at The Meadowlands.  Additionally, Somewhere Fancy moved from No. 43 to No. 29 after also winning at The Meadowlands.  Journeyman jumped seven spots to No. 26 following an impressive qualifier and Stevensville cracked the top-20 after winning his Art Rooney Elimination.

Darin Zoccali