CHESTER PA – The first two-year-olds of 2021 surfaced during Tuesday morning qualifiers at Harrah’s Philadelphia, with trainer Clifton Green and driver Ray Baynes combining for victories behind a pair of freshman trotters.
The Explosive Matter – Brooke Blue Chip filly Blue Tesla sat in the pocket, moved to challenge, and then drew off in the stretch by six lengths in 2:04.1. She trotted her own last half in 1:00.2 and showed great promise for the LCT Stable. The other Green/Baynes winner was the Sebastian K S – Dancing Flames gelding Donzel Hanover, who set the pace, then came home in 30.2 to hold safe stablemate Kosher Mahoney by a neck in 2:07 for owner Steven Mullen.
The team of trainer Luc Blais and owner Determination produced a pair of qualifiying triumphs. The Bar Hopping three-year-old trotting filly My Abigail, who won her career debut in a PA Stallion Series event recently, tallied here in 1:56.3 with Andrew McCarthy at the helm. Her stablemate Donna Soprano, the Canadian 2YO champion who was interfered with badly and then broke trying to get back into the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes event that was her 2021 bow, was third in the same qualifier, finished strongly and timed in 1:57 - :28.3.
The Muscle Mass sophomore colt Macho Martini, a winner of over $340G at two when he captured eight of eleven races and was second in his Ontario championship, took the lead after the quarter in his qualifier, then blitzed home with a pair of :28.2 quarters to complete his mile in 1:58.4 under the guidance of Bob McClure.