The event, known as the Meadow Bright, was contested over six divisions, with Whispering Wind, Musical Mystery, Pleasing Lady, SJ�s Minolta and Timelesswinner Two taking the other splits. Dave Palone fashioned a Meadow Bright driving double (Broadway Schooner, Timelesswinner Two) while Mike Lachance, Ron Gurfein and Brittany Farms enjoyed driving, training and owner doubles, respectively, in the stake.

Broadway Schooner had won only once in nine career starts, but Palone sent the Arlene and Jules Siegel homebred daughter of Broadway Hall-Pine Schooner to the lead, which she retained without serious challenge. Caviar Forthe Lady was 3-1/4 lengths back in second, with Give N Take third. The time erased the previous stake record of 1:55 established by Michelle�s Angel and Palone in 2007.

�I never even popped the earplugs,� Palone said. �You don�t want to know how fast they can go until you have to, but let me assure you, she has wicked speed.�

Trainer Jim Campbell attributed the filly�s improvement to maturity and the dedication of her caretaker, Walter Teat.

�She had a problem last year putting everything together,� Campbell said. �She came back better this year, but we had a little setback when she was nearly ready and got sick. I�m especially happy because Walter worked so hard on her. To see the look on his face tonight, that was priceless.�

Whispering Wind rebounded from disappointing performances in the Currier & Ives, where she finished fourth in both her elimination and the final. In the Meadow Bright, she sustained a first-over bid for Mike Simons that carried her to victory in 1:55.4, 4-1/2 lengths better than Caviar Russe. Jane O�Donnell was third.

�We went with pop-out earplugs and took the hood off tonight. She was a little sharper,� said Roland Mallar, who trains the Michael Andrew homebred daughter of Broadway Hall-Wild Pine. �With the trip she had in the Currier & Ives, I felt she should have won. But that�s racing. She did bounce back. Let�s hope she�s on the right track again.�

Gurfein gave Musical Mystery, winner of a Breeders Crown elimination last year, three qualifiers to prepare for her season debut Wednesday � but not because she wasn�t race ready.

�She�s been training well, but I couldn�t find a race for her.� Gurfein said. �She has too much money on her card and too many wins. The only race she could get into would be against aged horses, which I didn�t want to do, or go in a 3-year-old open; that one never filled.

�She was really good last year. She had a tough trip in the Breeders Crown final � she should have been one, two or three. She�s eligible for all the big stakes; whether she goes or not, she�ll tell me.�

In the Meadow Bright, the daughter of Cantab Hall-Musical Victory made an easy lead and drew off to triumph by 4 lengths over Daddy�s Lhasa, with Misty Mollymorning third. The winning time was 1:56.1