They're nearing the quarter pole of the 2018 racing season and here's a look at some of the stars that have come out to shine:
- Sometimesawinner won both of his preliminary heats and Mach N Cheese had two wins and a second as they head into the $63,400 Sagamore Hill Pacing Series finale at Yonkers Raceway Tuesday night. The George Morton Levy Memorial series is also underway, with Dr. J Hanover and Rockin' Ron posting back-to-back wins already as they pace toward the April 21 final.
- Anthony Ruggeri's Western Joe paced in 1:50 and change to win four preferred handicaps at the Meadowlands in a two-month stretch. He finished second by a half-length to Bettor's Edge last Saturday in 1:50.3.
- My Hero Ron missed six weeks of racing this year when a quarantine shut down the training center where he is stabled, but the 6-year-old gelding hasn't missed a beat on the racetrack. He won an open pace in 1:51.1 March 24 at Miami Valley Raceway to surpass $50,000 in earnings this year with a 6/3-3-0 record. Dan Dubeansky trains My Hero Ron for co-owners Brian Witt and Cory Atley
- A pair of 12-year-old pacers -- Woodbine-based Regil Tiger and Monticello-based Ideal Candidate -- are the North America leaders with eight wins apiece. Two 8-year-olds that compete at Yonkers -- NF Happenstance and Sell A Bit N -- already have $100,000 in earnings this year
- Bruce Davy's Nirvana Seelster lived up to favoritism in Woodbine Racetrack's featured $34,000 preferred pace Saturday and, in doing so, eclipsed $900,000 in earnings with his 36th lifetime victory. On the undercard, Isitfridayyet won a $20,000 conditioned pace for his seventh consecutive victory.