Scott Zeron is starting to catch on, quickly. Each week he is driving with more confidence and winning more races. The 2012 Rising Star Award Winner scored a natural hat trick on the Friday night card at the Meadowlands. The Friday guest on “In The Sulky,” Zeron attributed his early season success to the “opportunities trainers are giving him and the confidence they are showing in him.” Zeron pointed to Janie Bay’s win on a rainy Friday night as the race that has moved him in the right direction. While Zeron was unable to win with that mare again, it didn’t stop him from winning three other races on the card. He scored from well off the pace with Eighthunrdollarbill in the featured $25,000 A-1 Pace for Fillies and Mares for owners J. Darrow and Ron Broadstone and trainer Andrew Harris. Zeron came back the very next race, going wire to wire in a sharp 1:52.4 score with the B-1 trotter Il Mago for Mark Harder and the Chris Alexander Stables Incorporated. Zeron then avenged a tough loss last week for Big McDeal, winning the B-1 Pace for fillies and mares in a three horse blanket photo finish in 1:52.3 for Larry Remmen and owner Bradley Grant. Tonight’s effort put Zeron in the top-5 in the driver standings.
Not to be out-done, Yannick Gingras also won three consecutive races on the card, ironically all from post position 10 with Wednesdays Whim, Four Starz Speed and Sarandon Blue Chip. Corey Callahan and Dave Miller had driving doubles as well.
For the first time the Meadowlands was able to gauge performance of total handle, by comparing it to a night that the track raced the previous year. The total handle of $2,812,167 was an increase of $121,060 from the $2,691,107 wagered on this same Friday in 2012, which happened to be opening night of the 2012-2013 Winter Meet. Racing resumes tomorrow night with first post time at 7:15 P.M.
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