Lördag 18 Maj
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|Sevruga snags the Cutler Memorial
Saturday night at the Meadowlands Championship Meet featured the $180,000 Arthur J. Cutler Memorial, which may well have been the most exciting edition in the stakes’ 16-year history, with four top trotters hitting the wire together...read on
| A J Cutler
Memorial - Final
Free For All Trotters 1.609 m auto Purse :$180 000 (90,000 - 45,000 - 21,600 - 14,400 - 9,000)
1. Sevruga 1:51.0 (83)
2. Wishing Stone 1:51.0 (44)
2. Guccio 1:51.0 (181)
4. Modern Family 1:51.0 (38)
5. Opening Night 1:51.3 (489)
Opl: Ice Machine 1:51.4 (1059), My MVP 1:51.4 (260), Knows Nothing 1:52.1 (1219),
Mister Herbie 1:52.1 (23), Undercover Strike 1:55.1g (214)
1st Sevruga (5, G SJ`s Caviar - Stunning Lindsey - Malabar Man) Registered Owner(s)/Lessee(s): Kdm Stables Corp. - NY Breeder(s): White Birch Farm - NJ 2nd Wishing Stone (6, H Conway Hall - Meadowbranch Magic - Valley Victory) Registered Owner(s): Cowboyland Aalborg - MI, T L P Stable - NJ, J&T Silva Stables, LLC - NY, Deo Volente Farms LLC - NJ Breeder(s): Brittany Farms - KY, Daisy Acres - NY 2nd Guccio (4, H Yankee Glide - Southern Senorita - Yankee Paco) Registered Owner(s): Christina Takter - NJ, Brixton Medical Ab - SD, John And Jim Fielding - ON, Goran Falk - NJ Breeder(s): Tony Holmes - KY, Walter Zent - KY
Saturday night at the Meadowlands Championship Meet featured the $180,000 Arthur J. Cutler Memorial, which may well have been the most exciting edition in the stakes’ 16-year history, with four top trotters hitting the wire together.
The classy Sevruga left hard, made the front early and took on all comers zipping through a :26.4 third quarter when pressed. The closers had his scent as the wire approached but couldn't reach in time. At the wire it was Sevruga hanging on by an scant inch over a pair of dead heaters for the place, Guccio and Wishing Stone, with Modern Family another inch back fourth in a stakes record-equaling 1:51.
The Cutler final is a leg of the TVG/Meadowlands Free For All Series, awarding 35 points to the winner.
"He's a horse that can go a long way, so I wanted to give him a chance," was the way driver Andy Miller described the trip. "I took off when Undercover Strike came to him (that :26.4 third panel resulted) and I didn't know if he hung on or not."
Sevruga did hang on, to win for the sixth time in 10 season’s outings and set a personal speed record in the process. Julie Miller trains the winner for owner KDM Stables Corp of New York.
While Jeff Gural voiced his affection for his departed friend, Artie Cutler, in the post-race “Hollywood” Heyden interview, he also touched on the impressive returning crop of 4-year-old horses. The bounty of quality race horses this season is due in no small part to the condition on Meadowlands and WEG stakes put in place to discourage their early retirement.