Instagram Model wins again at Big M

East Rutherford, NJ — It was three weeks ago on Hambletonian Day that Instagram Model came from off the pace to take the $355,000 Jim Doherty Memorial in a lifetime-best 1:53, so it came as no surprise when the daughter of Chapter Seven-Check Out Trixie won a $20,000 division of the Kindergarten Series for 2-year-old trotting fillies at The Meadowlands Thursday night (Sept. 1) as the mile oval kicked off an eight-card September “mini meet.”

Instagram Model and driver Andy McCarthy took a division of the Kindergarten Series for 2-year-old trotting fillies at The Meadowlands Thursday night. Lisa photo.

The Annie Stoebe trainee, whose last start resulted in a dominant four-length score in New York Sire Stakes action on Aug. 19 at Vernon Downs, scored for the fourth time from just five lifetime starts after sitting a pocket trip behind Grand Fashion.

After grabbing the lead at the head of the stretch, Instagram Model went on to a 1-3/4 length win in 1:56 to up her win streak to three. She returned $2.40 to her backers with Andy McCarthy driving as the 1-5 public choice, and in the process, upped her lifetime bankroll to $206,575. Grand Fashion held second with Defacement third.

After the Doherty, Stoebe told DRF/Harness: “When it comes to staking any horse, I like to pick two major races that I want to win. I went with the Doherty and the (Oct. 28) Breeders Crown (at Woodbine Mohawk Park). Her entire schedule revolves around those two races. I amazingly accomplished my first goal and the next goal is to have her ready for the Breeders Crown.”

It Takes Two: Trainer Chris Ryder had a pair of winners on the night, scoring with Lisa Lane (Lazarus N-Special Kay Deo) in a Kindergarten division for 2-year-old filly pacers, and with Goldin Greatness (Huntsville-Bet On Hill) in a split for 2-year-old male pacers. Chris’ son Patrick drove Lisa Lane, giving him his first-ever win at The Meadowlands. Three-time defending Dan Patch Driver of the Year Dexter Dunn was in the bike behind Goldin Greatness.

Tim Terrific: Reflecting on winning his 13,000th career race at Harrah’s Philadelphia with Sir Isaac Newton on Wednesday, Tim Tetrick told the Big M’s Jessica Otten: “It’s pretty special for a kid who thought he’d be a groom.” Tetrick, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame two years ago, won his first race with Travelin Legacy for a purse of $1,168. Since then, he’s won five Meadowlands Paces, four Driver of the Year Awards and has amassed lifetime earnings of almost $250 million.

A Little More: Driver Todd McCarthy, last seen taking the Hambletonian with 52-1 longshot Cool Papa Bell, kept on rolling, guiding three winners on the card.

All-source wagering on the nine-race program totaled $1,206,420.

Racing resumes Friday at 6:20 p.m.

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