Trainer ready for second Big M visit, more than a decade after first

At 12h53, on December 1, 2023 By Ken Weingartner, USTA Media Relations Manager

It’s been 13 years since Stacey McLenaghan made her first — and to this day only — training start at The Meadowlands, but she remembers it well. Not so much for the outcome, but the horse involved.

McLenaghan was in her second year as a trainer when she sent 4-year-old female pacer Beyond Perfection into a start at the Big M in December 2010. Beyond Perfection left from post nine in a field of 10 and was at the rear of the field for three-quarters of a mile but rallied with a three-wide move to finish fifth. Nearly 10-lengths back at the half, she was beaten by 3-1/4 thanks to a :28.3 last quarter, second fastest in the race.

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