Yannick Gingras says it will be a challenge for Time To Quit to win the Charles Singer Memorial Series at Meadowlands Racetrack, but for now the Big Mâ€™s leading driver is focused on Thursdayâ€™s second round.
Time To Quit, who is unbeaten in four starts this season, races in the second of two $15,000 second-leg divisions of the restricted series for 3- and 4-year-old trotters. Trained by Ron Burke, the 4-year-old gelding is joined by entry mate Winbak Sullivan at 4-5 on the morning line.
Perfect Alliance, a 4-year-old female trotter racing out of the stable of trainer Julie Miller and undefeated in three starts this season, is the 3-5 morning line choice in the first division.
Last week, Time To Quit won his Singer division by a head over Clementine Dream in 1:56.2. Perfect Alliance, driven by Andy Miller, won her division by 7-3/4 lengths over Ray Hall in 1:53.3. This week, both trotters start from post eight in eight-horse fields.
The $52,500 Charles Singer Memorial Series final is March 8.
â€œIâ€™m not sure he can go with Perfect Alliance,â€ said Gingras, who leads all Meadowlands drivers with 55 victories this year and a 27 percent win rate. â€œThankfully, sheâ€™s in the other division again. Sheâ€™s done it three (starts) in a row. I think sheâ€™s the only horse that can win from the outside, the rest need an inside post and a trip.
â€œBut there are some nice horses in there. Ray Hall is definitely a nice horse and Cajole Hanover and Clementine Dream have a chance too. Itâ€™ll be interesting.â€
Of course, Time To Quit first needs to get through this week. Mark Harderâ€™s Clementine Dream is the 5-2 second choice in the second Singer division, starting from post two with driver Scott Zeron, and Ross Croghanâ€™s Cajole Hanover is 5-1 from post five with driver David Miller.
Time To Quit, a son of stallion Chocolatier out of the mare Lovable Truth, won the $46,500 Super Bowl Series final by 1-3/4 lengths over Clementine Dream on Jan. 22, one week after besting Cajole Hanover by a nose in the second round.
â€œHeâ€™s been really good and heâ€™ll be first-time Lasix this week, so that should help too,â€ Gingras said. â€œHe can carry his speed pretty well. Heâ€™s been on the front a lot so far this year, but he doesnâ€™t need to be there. He can do it any way; heâ€™s a big, strong horse.â€
In the first division of the Singer, Gingras drives Burke-trained You Rock My World. The horse starts from post one and is joined by entry mate Cocotier, driven by Zeron, at 10-1 on the morning line.
You Rock My World, a 4-year-old gelding, won one of 19 starts last season, but finished the year by hitting the board in three consecutive conditioned races. He won a conditioned race in 1:57 at the Meadowlands on Feb. 6, but finished seventh in his first round of the Singer after leading the field to the opening quarter in :27.1.
â€œIt was too much early, a little more than he could handle,â€ Gingras said. â€œBut heâ€™s good to drive and good gaited.â€