Walner Dominates ‘Dancer;’ Ariana G Glides in ‘Miller’

Walner Dominates ‘Dancer;’ Ariana G Glides in ‘Miller’

By Frank and Ray Cotolo

(H) denotes Hambletonian eligible

The $350,500 Stanley Dancer Memorial and $250,500 Del Miller Memorial highlighted the stakes-laden undercard of the Meadowlands Pace program on Saturday, July 15, with two divisions of each being contested.

Ariana G (H-Muscle Hill) cruised to the lead before the half before strolling to a 1:51.4 win over Magic Presto (H-Kadabra) and Dream Baby Dream (H-Muscle Hill) in the first division of the Del Miller. Owned by Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld, trained by Jimmy Takter, and driven by Yannick Gingras, she paid $2.20 to win.

Overdraft Volo (H-Yankee Glide) pounced on pacesetter Feed Your Head (H-Muscle Hill) off a pocket trip to win the second Del Miller division in 1:52.2, with Checkmate Time finishing third. Owned by Pinske Stables and Kentuckiana Racing, trained by Julie Miller, and driven by Andy Miller, she paid $16.20.

Walner (H-Chapter Seven) grabbed the lead entering the backstretch and maintained control, sprinting to a 1:50.2 stakes-record victory in the opening division of the Stanley Dancer, with Devious Man (H-Credit Winner) finishing second and Bill’s Man (H-Credit Winner) third. Owned by Kenneth Jacobs, trained by Linda Toscano, and driven by Tim Tetrick, he paid $2.20.

Long Tom (H-Muscle Hill) rode the pocket and slid past tempo-setter What The Hill (H-Muscle Hill) to win the second division of the Stanley Dancer in 1:52.4, with Meteoric finishing third. Owned by Amg Stable Oy, trained by Marcus Melander, and driven by Tim Tetrick, he paid $3.20.

 Final preps for fillies, penultimate for colts, as Hambletonian and Oaks loom boldly

Final preps for fillies, penultimate for colts, as Hambletonian and Oaks loom boldly

 Walner Dominant In First Dancer Division

Walner Dominant In First Dancer Division