A plethora of Indiana sired horses were on the board Friday, Jan. 5 at The Meadowlands, including five winners. One of the most impressive performances of the group was in the first race, an $11,500 pace for Amateur drivers with Lovethewayyoulie making his way to the winner’s circle in his first start for the Chiodo Racing team.
Lovethewayyoulie and Bruno Chiodo got away seventh in the field of 10 as the lead changed hands several times before the first quarter in :27.4. From there, the pressure kept coming with Sweet Moves and Yogi Sheridan pressing the pace on the outside of MV Ok Palacio BR and Rob Harmon at the half in :56.4. The field was bunched up around the final turn and Lovethewayyoulie had been shuffled to the back on the inside.
When the stretch arrived, the field began to fan out. At first, Lovethewayyoulie tried to move up the inside but the space closed up, so he opted to move to the outside and split horses in mid stretch. Then, he dipped to the inside and drove past Takemetothelmit GB and Dein Spriggs, posting a four length advantage at the wire in 1:55.4, a new lifetime mark. Aryiana Star, a daughter of Riggins from the final crop of his New York foals, finished second for David Yarock while Takemetothelmit finished third.
Lovethewayyoulie paid $28.60 for the win. The five-year-old son of Rockin Image, owned by Chiodo Racing, is trained by Stacy Chiodo, making it a family affair. William Jones of Kentucky bred the gelding, who now has nine career wins on his card and more than $62,000 in earnings. It was his first start at The Meadowlands after racing mainly in Maine. He started his career off in the Midwest under Brian Georges, racing one time at Harrah’s Hoosier Park. He mainly raced in Ohio before heading East.
Another impressive Indiana winner on the card was Sgt Papa Daddy, who has been at the top of his game in recent starts. After getting away third for Jordan Stratton, the 10-year-old Rockin Image gelding moved to the lead and drew away from the field in the stretch, winning by three lengths in 1:52.3. Better Than Some and Tyler Miller finished second over Mister Godro and Vincent Ginsburg for third.
Sgt Papa Daddy is owned by VIP Internet Stable and was bred by Merlin Van Otterloo of Iowa. Cory Stratton trained the gelding to his win before being claimed from the event by Dein Spriggs. Overall, the veteran pacer has 54 career wins and more than $350,000 on his card with a career best time of 1:50.3 taken as a five-year-old at Vernon Downs.
ER Vegas, representing the Don and Rosie Eash farm with their “ER” moniker, was also a winner on the card for driver Jim Pantaleono. Now in the hands of trainer David Hrabovsky, the seven-year-old son of Time to Roll moved to the lead after the half in :55.3 and fended off challengers late in the lane for the win in 1:53.4. Century Fury and Marcus Miller finished second over Ferdinand A and James Slendorn for third.
ER Vegas, owned by David and Peter Hrabovsky, paid $8.40 for the win. He now has more than $147,000 on his card and the win was a new lifetime mark for the gelding.