Higher And Higher sprinted from far back to win the $40,000 second round of the Overbid Series for pacing mares on Friday night at the Meadowlands Racetrack.
Seventh in the early going, Higher And Higher worked out a third-over trip and stormed home to take the fourth race feature by 1 1-2 lengths in 1:52.1. Tea Party Princess bull rushed to the lead before the half and held on for second, while Put On A Show was a locked-in third. Higher And Higher returned a $25 win mutuel with driver-trainer Daryl Bier in the sulky.
The 5-year-old daughter of Western Terror improved her record to five wins in seven starts this season for Bier and co-owners Glenn Del Russo and Charles Dombeck. Bier and his partners purchased the mare for $150,000 through an online auction in October 2010. She earned $326,365 and took a mark of 1:49.4 in 2011. Lifetime, Higher And Higher has now won 23 of 53 starts and $854,275.
The $101,750 Overbid Final is one of four stakes finals to be contested next week at the Meadowlands. The Overbid shares the bill with the $78,400 Four Leaf Clover on Saturday, March 17. The $82,000 Horse & Groom and $37,000 Syrinx Hanover for trotters are featured Friday, March 16.
Yannick Gingras and Bob DiNozzi escaped with only minor injuries after being unseated during the eighth race Friday night. The incident started when Gingras’ horse BJs Jupiter broke stride around the final turn and proceeded to hook wheels with DiNozzi and Equinox Seelster behind them. Gingras continued to drive the remainder of the card. Meadowlands outrider Debra Andrews fell from her own mount while trying to corral the loose horses. She was taken to Hackensack University Medical Center for further treatment of a cut on her head and possible concussion.
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