Kindergarten Classic Series begins for 2-year-old pacers
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (July 14, 2017) – Champions of the Garden State were
crowned on Friday night at the Meadowlands as a four-pack of $100,000 New
Jersey Sire Stakes Finals were contested for 2-year-olds.
Princess Marxxx drifted to the middle of the track but was able to outsprint
her opponents to win the Filly Trot in 1:58 after winning last week's second
preliminary leg in 1:57.4. She was driven by Andy Miller and is trained by
Justin Lebo for owner and breeder Steve Stewart.
In non-wagering events before the main program, U Need Stones made it a clean
sweep through the Sire Stakes, winning the Colt Trot by four lengths in 1:55.2.
He is a homebred by Wishing Stone for Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, and Larry
Hurrikane Empress finished off her sweep of the pacing filly division with a
two-length victory in her $100,000 final in 1:53.4. Yannick Gingras won his
second Sire Stakes of the night for trainer John McDermott, Jr. She is a
homebred by Hurrikane Kingcole, bred and owned by Jonathan Klee Racing, Kuhen
Racing, and Pegasis Investment Group.
Melanie's Fran won his third straight match race over Hypnotico to win the
$100,000 final for pacing colts and geldings. He is a homebred gelding by
Hypnotic Blue Chip owned by Francis Azur. He is trained by Kevin McDermott.
Two first leg divisions each for colts and fillies were contested in the
Kindergarten Classic Series. Closing Statement (1:52.1) and Speed To Market
(1:53.4) were winners in the colts and geldings division while All On Top
Hanover (1:52.3) and Kissin In The Sand (1:53) were impressive winners in the
Gingras added three more wins on the main card to his two wins in the
non-wagering Sire Stakes Finals. Tim Tetrick and Corey Callahan each won a pair
Total handle on the 10-race card was $1,920,414.
The $738,550 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace highlights a stakes-filled
Saturday night card. The 13-race program has an early post time of 6:30 p.m.
For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com.