M’lands Pace Switches to Market-Based Beach Glass

East Rutherford, New Jersey — Beach glass (Somewhere-Im With Her) was named the 7-5 morning harness racing favorite for the $600,000 Meadowlands Pace on July 16 after winning his elimination by 5 1/4 lengths in 1:48.1 on Saturday and shooting post six for next week’s final. at Meadowlands Racecourse.

Beach Glass and driver Yannick Gingras (Lisa Photo)

Market based (Sweet Lou-Economy Terror), who earned Saturday’s second $50,000 elimination at Big M by a neckline over Night Hawk in 1:48.4 at odds of 11-1, drew post four for the final. It was done 5-1 on the morning line for the final, which will feature a field of ten 3-year-old male pacers.

In the first elimination, Beach Glass was part of an early three-horse battle for the front with I Did It Myway and Greatest Ending, with Greatest Ending eventually taking the lead in a 25.2 opening quarter. I Did It Myway moved to the top of the straight but only held that spot briefly before Beach Glass took the lead en route to a 53.2 half.

Beach Glass, the 3-5 favorite, and driver Yannick Gingras controlled the action from there, hitting three quarters in 1:22 before sprinting home in 26.1 to win by 5-1/4 lengths on Captain Cowboy. I Did It Myway finished third, followed by Early Action and Mad Max Hanover to all advance to the finals.

“I didn’t know, but I thought maybe he was (ready for this type of performance) and I was hoping he was,” coach Brent MacGrath said. “If you told me he’d be parked at :25.2 and home at :26.1, I probably wouldn’t have done that stretch, but he’s good.” We are on it. He’s just a really nice colt that’s green and he woke up here tonight.

“Once (Gingras) brought him up front, I was very comfortable. We wanted to put him on the line and give him an opportunity, and he did, and he got the job done. I hope everything will be fine for next week.


Beach Glass is a home-bred colt owned by Schooner II Stable. MacGrath and Schooner’s partners also campaigned Somebeachsomewhere, which won 20 of 21 career races, its only setback being a second-place finish by a neck to Art Official at the 2008 Meadowlands Pace. Somebeachsomewhere died in 2018.

“I told Yannick when he stopped in the winner’s circle that I had already come this far,” MacGrath said with a smile. “We have to finish this.

“It’s almost surreal. It’s amazing that we’re getting another horse of this caliber, that we’re getting another horse in the Meadowlands Pace. To have a last crop son from Beach, the one we bred, Hanover (Shoe Farms) bred him, is just amazing.

Beach Glass has won two of four races this year and five of nine in his career, finishing worse than second only once while earning $264,645.

In the second elimination, based on the market (Sweet Lou-Economy Terror) led the first quarter in :26.4 before Caviart Camden took first place in a half in :54.4. Caviart Camden stayed there, hitting three-quarters in 1:21.4, but Market Based rallied in the stretch and held off favorite Night Hawk with a neck to the line.

Market Based (#7) retains Night Hawk (Lisa Photo)

Fourever Boy finished third, followed by Caviart Camden and Captainryanmichael.

Dexter Dunn led the home-based market for trainer Nancy Takter and owners Chuck Pompey, Edwin Gold and H And M Taylor Stable.

“I was quite surprised that he left the gate as hard as he did and cleared as well as he did because that was a bit of a problem with him. in the first corner,” Takter said. “Obviously on a bigger track he has a bit more space before you go into the corner, so that definitely benefited him.”


Market Based has won three of seven races this year and seven of 20 for life, earning $288,183. In his previous two starts, he lost momentum in his Messenger Stakes elimination on June 24 at Yonkers Raceway and came back with a fourth-place finish in a conditioned race at the Meadowlands last week.

“He’s definitely heading in the right direction,” Takter said. “He definitely moved forward with this (previous) run and hopefully he comes out of this run as well.”

Here’s the field for the $600,000 Meadowlands Pace in order of positions with elimination drivers, coaches and morning odds:

1 – Captain Cowboy (Traitor Captain) – Dexter Dunn – Ake Svanstedt – 8-1

2 – Caviart Camden (Huntsville) – Todd McCarthy – Tony Alagna – 12-1

3 – Night Hawk (bet line) – David Miller – Brian Brown – 4-1

4 – Market based (Sweet Lou) – Dexter Dunn – Nancy Takter – 5-1

5 – Early action (Huntsville) – Brian Sears – Joe Holloway – 8-1

6 – Beach glass (Somewhere) – Yannick Gingras – Brent MacGrath – 7-5

seven – Fourever Boy (Sweet Lou) – Mike Wilder – Tim Twaddle – 10-1

8 – I did it my way (Traitor Captain) – Andrew McCarthy – Tony Alagna – 10-1

9 – Mad Max Hannover (Always B Miki) – Tim Tetrick – Jake Leamon – 15-1

ten – Captain Michael (Traitor Captain) – Brian Sears – Joe Pavia Jr. – 20-1

The winners of the eliminations shot for posts 1 to 6. The second shot for the remaining posts 1 to 7. The third shot for the remaining posts 1 to 8. The fourth shot for the remaining posts 1 to 9. fifths fired for the remaining two positions.

BET TOPS $3 MILLION: With four races having seen over $300,000 in action, the all-source handle on the 13-race card totaled $3,282,634, a per-race average of $252,510.

Race six saw $355,052 pushed out the window, including $113,497 on the Early 50-cent Pick-4. A total of $343,476 was wagered on the eighth race, with $53,446 in “new money” put into the 20-cent Pick-6 pool, which, with the Friday night carry added, totaled $61,861.

In the 10e race, the Late Pick-4 won $104,829 while bets totaled $359,295 before the 11e race (Bulldog Hanover’s 1:46.1 win) saw $374,626 in total play.

There have been 53 race cards contested at The Meadowlands in 2022, and on 15 occasions betting has broken the $3 million barrier.

A BIT MORE: Dexter Dunn and Yannick Gingras were at the top of their respective matches, leading the drivers colony with three wins apiece while Tim Tetrick scored a double. … Ake Svanstedt coached a pair to winning ways. … Racing returns to the normal Friday-Saturday schedule for the coming week (July 15-16). Posting time is 6:20 p.m.

For full race results, Click here.

by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

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