East Rutherford, NJ — Rocknificent and Hen Party won their respective divisions of the sixth and final leg of the Kindergarten Classic for 2-year-olds Friday night (Oct. 26) at The Meadowlands, setting up what should be an interesting final for pacing fillies next week.
Rocknificent sat in the three-hole from the start, and when driver Scott Zeron asked for speed nearing the top of the stretch, the daughter of Captaintreacherous-Rocklamation responded in a big way, powering to a 6-3/4 length win over Courting Marie in a lifetime-best 1:51.1 for trainer Linda Toscano. The 2-5 favorite returned $2.80 to her backers in winning for the fifth time in 10 starts.
Hen Party was permitted to rate a middle half in :58 on the way to an easy score in a lifetime-best 1:52.2 for driver Pat Berry and trainer Ron Burke. The daughter of Roll With Joe-My Lady Day was 1-1/2 lengths clear of Love For Sail at the wire. She’s now won three of 14 starts, to go along with 11 on-the-board finishes. She paid $2.60 to win as the 1-5 public choice.
In other Kindergarten Classic action, El Ideal was dominant in the colt and gelding trot, hitting the wire 6-1/4 lengths in front of Barley for driver Andy Miller and trainer Ake Svanstedt. The son of Muscle Hill-Courtney Hall completed the mile in 1:54.1 and paid $2.20 to win at odds of 1-9.
Chief Mate pulled off an upset in the colt and gelding pace, scoring at odds of 7-1 and paying $16.20 with Mitch Cushing driving for trainer Tony Alagna. The product of Captaintreacherous-Heaven Forbid hit the wire three-quarters of a length in front of Force N Fury in 1:50.4, a lifetime best. Captain Barbossa, one of six Alagna trainees among the nine starters in the race, finished third as the 4-5 favorite.
Filly trotter Senorita Rita never had an anxious moment on the way to a five length score over Common Sense S in a lifetime-best 1:54. The daughter of Chapter Seven-Lindys Head Nurse, who was driven by Zeron and is trained by Toscano, returned $3.60 to win as the 4-5 favorite.
A Little More: The four Kindergarten Classic finals take place Saturday (Nov. 2), and have estimated purses totaling just over $850,000.
Both Andy Miller and Marcus Miller recorded driving triples on the program. Trainer Jenn Bongiorno sent three to the winner’s circle.
One lucky player wagering into the Twin Sires hub was the only bettor to last seven legs in the 20-cent Survivor Pick-10 and walked away with $6,302. All-source wagering on the 13-race program totaled $1,762,565.
Simulcasting from Woodbine Mohawk Park, a card that includes eight Breeders Crown finals, gets underway Saturday at 7 p.m. Live racing at the Big M resumes Saturday at 7:05 p.m.