Grand Circuit action on Saturday at Meadowlands
At 0h16, on June 18, 2021 • By MEADOWLANDS
The Grand Circuit heads to The Meadowlands on Saturday night (June 19) with seven stakes races on the card. There are two $50,000 divisions in the third leg of the Graduate Series for 4-year-old open trotters and a single $50,000 division in the fourth leg of the Graduate Series for 4-year-old open pacers.
Also on the card are four Tompkins-Geers races for 2-year-olds. The 2-year-old male trotters will race for $48,400, the 2-year-old filly trotters will chase a $44,600 purse and the 2-year-old male pacers will compete in two divisions, each for a purse of $30,650.
Prior to Saturday’s (June 12) $99,370 Currier & Ives at The Meadows, trainer Chris Beaver predicted that his horse Perron would win some big races this year by roughing it on the outside. It was a bold forecast since Perron, the reigning Ohio champion, was winless in five starts this year.
But Beaver’s crystal ball was in focus, as Perron moved first over to wear down Whiskey Blu and capture the prestigious test for 3-year-old trotters. Panzano, also trained by Beaver, finished third.
When Whiskey Blu quarter-poled to the top, he was able to discourage any challenges until the three-quarters where Perron took up the chase. Winning driver Ronnie Wrenn Jr. indicated that was about the best scenario he could draw up for the My MVP-Long Island Tea gelding.
“The four hole is a good leaving spot here, and that’s about as good as he can leave,” Wrenn said. “I knew I would have to grind it first over, but he can go all day long. He’s just not super-handy. He’ll eye a horse down, and he just doesn’t quit.”
Perron and Whiskey Blu dueled through the stretch until Perron inched away to down his rival by a half-length in a career best 1:54.
Beaver said Perron has about a five-week gap in his schedule before his next engagement, an Ohio Sires Stake leg, and that he might look for a race for Perron or give him time off and qualify him for his return.
Perron lifted his career bankroll to $272,389.