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Anderson Duo Look Best in Dygert Preview
Stickney, IL – Both top-notch trotters Two Weeks Notice and Muscles Marinara were sent to the Joe Anderson Stable for the upcoming $100,000 Erwin F. Dygert Memorial stake and after last weekend’s one-two finish in the Dygert Prep their current trainer believes both horses are on course for a big shot in the Saturday, July 21 showdown.
“Both are very nice horses,” said Joe Anderson, one of the very few horsemen in the country with both 3,000 wins as a driver (3,726) and as a trainer (3,019). “Muscles Marinara, of course, is an old class horse. He had a little bit of a layoff when he was sent to us. He hasn’t been as good as he was in the past with a couple of setbacks here and there but he seems to be rounding into form nicely for this stake. I’m happy with him.”
The seven-year-old Muscles Marinara spent most of the first half of this year campaigning at The Meadowlands. His last four starts were under care of trainer Richard Banca for his New Jersey owners The Gandolfo Stables and Lenny Zelin.
“The horse won the Dygert a couple of years ago (2005),” continued Joe. “He’s a little more beat up now than he was then but that’s what happens when you make 800 grand. However, he’s acclimated well here. I’m happy with both of his starts with us. Ryan (Anderson) had to use him a couple of times last week and he just kept battling.
“Muscles Marinara had been off for a few weeks and he appears to be racing himself into top shape. I think the way the time frame has set up, with him having two races with us before the Saturday’s Preview, it has worked out well,” added the native of Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Muscles Marinara had a tough trip leaving from the eight-slot last week and ended up a neck behind his new stable mate Two Weeks Notice, who won in 1:54.4 with Dave Magee. The two trotters raced uncoupled because of different ownership. Two Weeks Notice belongs to Jason and Matt Sullinger of Lexington, Kentucky.
“When Two Weeks Notice came to us he was an easy one. Just put a harness on him and go,” said Joe. “Steve (trainer Waller) already had him ready. The horse won his last start at Hoosier in 54 and a piece and he was shipped up to us the next day.
“Two Weeks Notice is still a green horse that’s actually just learning how to go fast. Steve told me that in the early part of the horse’s career he made a lot of breaks. The horse just could not get it together. He’s a big horse and I’m sure maturity and time has helped him. He is a beautiful horse to drive and just be around.
“Dave (Magee) liked him a lot the other night. He thought the horse was very good and Dave even thought the horse raced kind of greenly. Dave said the horse just kind of went along but when he did ask him, the horse took off.”
Completing the Dygert Preview field is Mary Kay’s Delight (4-1), Dunkster (8-1), Justice Hall (8-1), Armbro Balance (9-2) and Just A Con Man (8-1).
Hawthorne Race Course presents live harness beginning on June 22 and concluding on August 4. During this time only Mondays will be a dark day for our live program. As always, Hawthorne will be open for simulcasting 7 days a week. We are located at 3501 S. Laramie Avenue, Cicero, IL, 60804. Call (708) 780-3700 or visit the Web site at www.hawthorneracecourse.com.
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