April doesn't only bring out April Showers, it also brings harness racing's stars out in the morning getting ready for their 2014 campaigns. Where do many of these horses make their morning debuts? Meadowlands Racing & Gaming of course and today is no exception.
In the morning's first race, a qualifying event for three year old trotting fillies, Annie's List, a filly which seemed to have finally gotten it together at the end of her juvenile year makes her first qualifying effort of the season for the Julie Miller stable. Others to be looking for in this race are Suegrabbitnrun and Martini Master.
In the second tilt, a contest for three year old trotting colts and geldings, I look forward to the debut of Austrian-owned Chocolate Xplosion who has yet to make an official start. He showed some promise in the morning last year but was stopped with. If he comes back as good as I think he can, Chocolate Xplosion will win his share of races. Massive Talent and Consumer Rate also look to impress.
In the third event, the three year old and up trotters make their seasonal debut and it is a good event. Archangel, Andie Sophia, Mistery Woman, Ma Chere Hall, and Coffeecake Hanover are looking to start the season off on the right foot. Sumatra, a step below the top ones last year, attempts to make a statement that he is ready to challenge the division's leaders.
The fourth contest for older trotters has stars such as Maven, Uncle Peter, and D'orsay make their season debuts in the morning while Possessed Fashion and Deweycolorontheline make their second starts in the morning and look to show advancement from their seasonal debuts.
The sixth event features pacing fillies and mares and has Shebestingin making her second start of the season after impressing all with an initial 1:52.2 qualifier. The Matron winner and winner of 12 out of 16 starts figures to be a contender for seasonal honors.
Granted a start in the morning doesn't guarantee success but like spring training, hope springs eternal.