Golden Receiver put on another show at The Meadowlands on Saturday night. It might not have been the fastest mile of his life, but it might be considered his best victory. Golden Receiver was pushed full-tilt through a wild 25.3 opening quarter and was denied the early lead by Mr Hasani N. Down the backstretch, Tim Tetrick moved Golden Receiver to the lead just in time as a few moments later, Mr Hasani N went off-stride. He then had to fend off Dial Or No Dial and all the rest and he did so with contempt for his opponents. The win in 1:49.3 on a cold and windy night marks his nineteenth sub-1:50 winning performance as he adds to that record.
In the $67,400 Clyde Hirt Final, it was Tim Tetrick again, guiding a very game Holdingallthecards to a 1:51.1 victory. The four year old gelded son of Cam’s Card Shark made a first over move down the backstretch and quickly took command to a half mile in 55.2. He simply could not be caught and scored his fourth consecutive victory since arriving at The Meadowlands. Owner William McIntyre was at a loss for words. “I liked him,” said McIntyre, “I thought we got a nice horse, but I could never have dreamed of this. He is going to stay here for a while, next he’ll be in the Exit 16W in February.” There he will likely face many of the same faces he saw in the Clyde Hirt.
The Super Bowl was billed as one of the deepest and most talented fields in some time and in the end, it lived up to advanced billing. Windsun Galliano, despite post 10, worked out a perfect trip following Wisenheimer in the cover flow. Turning for home het took aim on his stablemate Helios and trotted by him under minimal urging with Andy Miller in the sulky. Helios was a clear cut second completing a one-two finish for trainer Julie Miller. Andy Miller laughed while speaking about the decision he had to make between the two gelding’s. “It was a tough choice, but Galliano is a bit more difficult to handle off the gate and I thought Yannick would fit Helios well, so I took Galliano. Both of them will be heading to The Charles Singer next month here.”
At the betting windows, it was another monster night at The Meadowlands. The total all sources handle of $3,711,378 was an increase of twenty percent from the $3,089,435 bet on this same Saturday in 2012. In addition, the all-sources handle was the largest of any non-Meadowlands Pace or Hanbletonian Day since January 23, 2010.
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