The $263,735 stake, known as the Florida Pro,
was contested over five divisions, with Freedom
Ridge, Hard Livin, Coco Lindy and Mr McRail
taking the other splits. Aaron Merriman enjoyed
a Florida Pro driving double with Freedom Ridge
and Mr McRail.
The Meadows has staged the
Florida Pro since 1970, but the speed
represented in Thursday's field was
unprecedented. All five divisional winners
equaled or bettered the previous stake record of
1:58 set by Bloodstocks Sam in 2002.
None was more impressive than Correctamundo,
a son of SJ's Photo-Flo N Easy,
who established his first world record at
Harrah's Chester Downs in a PA Stallion Series
stake July 19. Thursday's assignment figured to
be tougher, as he drew in against
Federalreservenote - undefeated in four previous
starts - and found himself trailing the 1-9
favorite by 2-1/2 lengths at the half.
Under the urging of Dick Stillings, he set
sail after the leader and hooked him around the
final turn, when the frustrated
Federalreservenote made a break. After that,
Correctamundo battled only the clock. He cruised
home 5-1/2 lengths ahead of He's Spooky, with
"After the first world record, I thought he
could go even more," said Robbie Roberts, who
trains Correctamundo for owner/breeder Tom
Svrcek. "He did the first one in hand, and he's
getting bigger and stronger. He's maturing right
in front of me.
"I thought we were pretty unlucky to draw in
with Federalreservenote. He's a pretty nice
horse - the season's leader. But when Dickie
asked him down the backside after a half in
56.1, he came right after the leader, and Dickie
was just sitting. I was pretty confident then."
Roberts said Correctamundo has only PA events
remaining on his freshman schedule and is not
heavily staked next year.
"I have to see what we can supplement to,"
Roberts said. "I'd rather have the horse, then
worry about where I can race him."
Freedom Ridge scored wire to wire in 1:57.2,
a track record for 2-year-old geldings that
lasted about 15 minutes until Correctamundo's
magic mile. But Freedom Ridge was sharp, as the
son of Tom Ridge-Figlietta Hanover downed
Warrawee Lucky by 3 lengths, with Nates Choice
"He's definitely holding his own, that's for
sure," said Harold Brocklehurst, who trains
Freedom Ridge and owns with Ginger Tree Stable
and John Hurtgen. "His manners are getting
better. He was a little calmer today in the
paddock. I can't complain about him. He's been
all I hoped for in a 2-year-old."
Hard Livin worked out a perfect second-over
trip to score in 1:56.4, a career best for the
SJ's Caviar-Affinity colt and his third win in
four lifetime starts. Baximum was 3-1/2 lengths
back in second while Upandover Hanover was
"He's a very nice colt with a great attitude,"
said winning driver Dave Palone. "He did it very
easily. I never asked him; he did it all on his
Jimmy Takter trains Hard Livin for Christina
Takter, John Fielding and Falkbolagen AB.
FLORIDA PRO NOTES. In the $27,500 Filly &
Mare Preferred Pace, Don't Blame Her pulled off
an 11-1 surprise by scoring in 1:53.2 over
Natalie and Spring Break. Ray Paver drove the
6-year-old daughter of Village
Connection-Never My Fault for trainer
Virgil Morgan, Jr. and owner Matthew Toler.