The final week of May featured sires stakes events on both side of the North American border, with the $191,217 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes (PASS) at The Meadows on Friday, May 29 for colt trotters, $100,000 finals of the New Jersey Sires Stakes (NJSS) for both colt and filly trotters at the Meadowlands on Saturday, May 30, and the $179,661 final of the Ontario SBOA stakes for fillies.
Uncle Lasse (H-Donato Hanover) won the first division of the PASS in wire-to-wire fashion over Cruzado Dela Noche (H-Muscle Massive) in a track-record performance of 1:51.4f. Owned by Solveig’s Racing Partners, trained by Jimmy Takter, and driven by Brett Miller, the 1/5 favorite paid $2.40 to win.
The favored Takter duo of The Bank (H-Donato Hanover) and Walter White (H-Cantab Hall) broke around the final turn of the second division, allowing Wicker Hanover to take control off a pocket trip and progress to a 1:53f score over Chef Lee. The $11.80 winner is owned by Christer Haggstrom Racing Stable Inc., trained by Noel Daley, and was driven by David Miller.
Defending Breeders Crown champ Pinkman (H-Explosive Matter) lived up to his 1-9 merit by winning the final PASS division in 1:53.3f by 2 lengths over Honor And Serve (H-Donato Hanover) and Cue Hall (H-Andover Hall). Owned by Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, Joyce Mc Clelland, and Herb Liverman, trained by Jimmy Takter, and driven by Yannick Gingras, Pinkman paid $2.10 to win.
Mission Brief (H-Muscle Hill) cruised around the Meadowlands oval and was game through the late challenge from Model Behavior to claim victory in the $100,000 NJSS final for filly trotters in 1:54.3. Starting from post 10, she won as the 1/5 favorite for owners Burke Racing Stable LLC, Our Horse Cents Stable, Jerry & Theresa Silva Stables, and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, trainer Ron Burke, and driver Yannick Gingras. She paid $2.40 to win.
Benefitting from the early break by favorite Guess Whos Back (H-Muscles Yankee), Canepa Hanover (H-Muscle Hill) took control of the field and kicked to a 3-length victory in the $100,000 NJSS final for colt trotters, winning in 1:51.1 over French Laundry (H-Muscles Yankee) and Aldebaran Eagle (H-Muscle Hill). Owned by Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld, Sam Goldband, Brixton Medical AB, and Christina Takter, trained by Jimmy Takter, and driven by Yannick Gingras, he paid $7.40 to win.
Sent off the 4-5 favorite, Stubborn Belle (H-Taurus Dream) won the $179,661 in a wire-to-wire effort of 1:55 over Meadow Seelster and Tymal Illbthere. Owned by Al Libfeld and Parkhill Stud Farm, trained by John Bax, and driven by Paul MacDonell, she paid $3.70 to win.