Till We Meet Again, the 1989 2-year-old pacer of the year, has lost twice this year, but when the colt comes to Rosecroft Raceway for tonight's $316,135 Terrapin Stakes, trainer Larry Rathbone hopes he will be back in form.
As a 2-year-old, Till We Meet Again won 12 of 15 starts, the best in 1 minute 53 seconds. The colt, owned by Ernest Hartman of Delaware, also turned in victories in 1:53 1/5 and 1:53 2/5, giving him three of the year's four fastest performances by a 2-year-old. Till We Meet Again's speed marks and his victory in the $567,213 Breeders Crown at Pompano Park earned him the 2-year-old title.
But the going has been tougher this year. After winning his first start of the year in a minor stakes race at Vernon (N.Y.) Downs, Till We Meet Again was handed two straight defeats in New Jersey Sire Stake races at the Meadowlands.
Two weeks ago Till We Meet Again faded to finish third after passing the three-quarter-mile pole in a quick 1:25. Last week in the New Jersey Classic, Till We Meet Again hung on for second behind long shot Too Good after setting a remarkable third-quarter fraction of 1:22 4/5.