Printed: April 27, 2021 9:05 pm ET
Quickly after the lights dim from the Run for the Roses, the harness racing stakes season will start to show full tilt beginning with the opening spherical of the Graduate Collection at The Meadowlands on Saturday (Could 1).
A pair of divisions scheduled on the 13-race card drew 16 pacing four-year-olds to spar, the primary cut up carded as Race 8 and the second as Race 10.
Division one options the return of O’Brien Award winner Tattoo Artist, the 2019 freshman Ontario Sires Stakes champ now making his first begin for coach Chris Ryder. The stallion by Hes Watching ships north from Southern Oaks Coaching Middle off two qualifiers in opposition to Doc Moore trainees Girl Arthur and Century Farroh. From his three-year-old 12 months, Tattoo Artist received eight races from 17 begins so as to add to his complete bankroll of $694,663 for house owners Let It Journey Stables & Frank Cannon, Diamond Creek Racing and J&T Silva Stables. Todd McCarthy is listed to drive the Ontario phenom from submit 8.
Little Brown Jug winner Captain Barbossa attracts inside Tattoo Artist, scoring from submit 5. The Captaintreacherous gelding enters off a 1:49.1 victory with a :25.3 remaining quarter in an in a single day race at The Meadowlands and could have Dexter Dunn dealing with the driving project for coach Tony Alagna. Poseidon Seelster, a Canadian import from coach Don Lindsey, additionally enters off sharp efforts at The Meadowlands, successful his final two races in sub-1:50 miles. That Sunshine Seaside gelding could have George Brennan within the bike for coach Nik Drennan.
Warrawee Vital makes his 2021 debut within the second Graduate division. Now racing within the Ron Coyne Jr. barn with common conditioner Rob Fellows stationed at Harrah’s Hoosier Park, Warrawee Very important is available in off a 1:51.1 qualifier to complete second to Ruthless Hanover, who begins from submit 6. N. Yolanda Fellows and M&S Racing Secure Inc. lease the Captaintreacherous stallion whereas Tim Tetrick is listed to drive from submit 1.
Sandbetweenmytoes, who handed Tall Darkish Stranger certainly one of his solely losses as a three-year-old when successful the Breeders Crown at 203-1, additionally competes within the second division. Scott Zeron drives the Somebeachsomewhere gelding for coach Jim Campbell from submit 8 off an eighth-place end to Sintra in The Meadowlands top-level tempo final week.
Ontario Sires Stakes star Beaumond Hanover makes his second begin for brand spanking new connections Pollack Racing LLC and Jeff Cullipher from submit 7. The Sportswriter stallion debuted with a fifth-place end because the 6-5 favorite within the $20,000 Open Tempo at Harrah’s Hoosier Park final week. Tim Tetrick can be listed to drive.
Additionally returning to the observe within the second division are freshman world champion Elver Hanover, who begins from submit 2 for coach Ron Burke and driver Yannick Gingras; and Allywag Hanover, the persistent Brett Pelling-trained Captaintreacherous stallion with David Miller listed to drive.
Beginning Friday (April 30), the Canadian pool of expertise at The Meadowlands will function new rivals. Coach Benoit Baillargeon will ship 5 horses to the observe over the course of the weekend—two on Friday and three on Saturday—whereas driver James MacDonald is at present listed to drive 4 horses—two every night time—at The Meadowlands. MacDonald can even lower his time at The Downs at Mohegan Solar Pocono, the place he has six drives between Saturday and Sunday (Could 2).