2013 Season First Half Highlights
The 2013 season at the
Meadowlands Racetrack started with a bang on the racing and wagering front with
the successful implementation of the A-B-C classification system, the addition
of a second Pick 4, big money guarantees, and full and competitive fields, wide-open
betting boards, and positive news with a state-of-the-art grandstand on the rise.
Plus, Yannick Gingras
leading the world’s best driving colony, teamed with Ron Burke, the sport’s top
trainer, along with the traditional array of fierce Winter Series action, a
steady line-up of nightly promotions, and small wonder $3 million handles have
become the norm.
Once again, the big story
headlines in January were produced by the amazing Golden Receiver. The 8-year-old son of Village Jove, and pride
of breeder/owner Nina Simmonds, made it back-to-back Presidential Series sweeps. Tim Tetrick drove for trainer Mark Harder,
who enjoyed a strong first half of the meet.
The Golden One looked better than ever in a 1:49.3 final, and gears up
for another run at the Summer’s free for all slugfests. Harder also won the Charles Singer Memorial
Final with Real Babe.
One of the other highlights
of January was a rags-to-riches pacer who swept the Clyde Hirt Series. Holdingallthecards, a son of Cam’s Card Shark
purchased for a bit more $1,000 by Wisconsin road contruction worker Bill
McIntyre, took a mark of 1:50.3 in the second leg, then dominated the final in
1:51.1 for Tim Tetrick and trainer Scott Di Domenico.
Andy Miller, a strong third
in the standings, won three Winter Series finals, and two from post 10. The first came when Windsun Galliano set a
stakes record of 1:53.4 in the Super Bowl for his wife, trainer Julie
Miller. Andy swept the Junior
Trendsetter with Meadowlands Pace hopeful Resistance Futile, a Real Desire colt
that Bob Siegelman looked after for Blair Burgess. Resistance Futile was impressive with a
1:51.3 romp and a final quarter of :26.2. Andy also captured the Exit 16W Final with Mr Dennis in 1:52.3 for trainer Nick Surick, who was tied for third going into the Championship Meet.
dominant duo of Yannick Gingras and Ron Burke came through with a trio of
finals. Oil Magnet swept the Winter
Survivor, one of several new acquisitions for Team Burke. The Western Hanover nine-year-old ran his
winning streak to seven in that final beating stablemate Boiler Bob The QB. Escape The News scored back-to-back battles
with Warrawee Needy in 1:48.4 and 1:49.3 to take the Aquarius. And on the trotting side, Quick Deal was
eye-catching in the frigid conditions of the Horse & Groom Series with
miles of 1:52.1 and 1:52.4 in that final.
On February 16, Yannick Gingras won seven races, one shy of the record
set by Mike Lachance in 1995.
As Spring finally sprang,
and with Yannick Gingras and Tim Tetrick spending their weekends in New York,
the sport’s leading driver really turned up the heat at the Big M, and Corey
Callahan grandslams were commonplace. The
top gun in Delaware for the fourth straight season captured the Rags to Riches
Final with Cane Ridge in a speedy 1:50, a mile that featured a dazzling :52.4
The Meadowlands stellar driving
colony also featured the rising star of 19-year-old Joe Bongiorno, the stalwart
Hall of Fame bound Dave Miller holding down second in the standings, the firmly
established presence of Simon Allard, who won both finals of the Gina Giant and
Night Styles, and the vintage Hall of Famers John Campbell and Ron Pierce.
The 2013 Championship Meet
once again features outdoor activities added to the menu of fan-friendly
promotions, like the popular Friday Night Winners at the Wedge, Bands Brews
& BBQ, Jersey Fest, Camel & Ostrich Racing and the Summer Beer
Festival. Plus, with major stakes events
like the Meadowlands Pace and the Hambletonian, the Meadowlands Racetrack
continues to be a leader in world class racing, great betting races and family
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