Golden Receiver stamped himself the one to beat in next week’s $110,500 Presidential final with another gate-to-wire score in the second leg of the series Saturday night at the Meadowlands Racetrack.
After firing to the lead, Golden Receiver relaxed through softer middle fractions and gamely held off I Wanna Go Fast and River Shark for a three-quarter-length tally in 1:49.2. Driven by Brian Sears, Golden Receiver paid $3 to win the $40,000 tenth race Presidential split. The 7-year-old Village Jove gelding surpassed $700,0000 in career earnings for trainer Mark Harder and owners Stable 45, Richard Taylor, Stephen Springer and Nina Simmonds.
Vintage Master [$6.60] and driver Dan Dube attacked first over and wore down Annieswesterncard late in the lane to win the second Presidential split, race four, in 1:49.1. The 6-year-old son of Western Ideal, trained by Jimmy Takter, will retire after racing in the Presidential final. He enters his final start with a record of 17 wins in 73 career starts and $2,152,113 in earnings. Vintage Master was bred by Brittany Farms and is racing under the banner of Winbak Farm of Canada Inc.
The Presidential shares the marquee with the $74,000 Complex and $73,000 Clyde Hirt finals next Saturday, January 28.
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