The standardbred made its anticipated return to the one mile oval in East Rutherford, New Jersey Thursday morning for the first round of qualifiers leading into the 2013 racing season.
The eleven qualifiers were choc-full of horses gearing up for the lucrative winter late closing program at the Meadowlands. Video replays of the qualifiers are available by clicking here.
Leading the charge were a pair of Tom Canelliere trainees, Special T Rocks (won in 1:54.4) and Western Shore (won in 1:52.2), who figure to both be pointing toward The Presidential. Should Western Shore partake in The Presidential, it will mark his sixth try in that event.
The first group of trotters pointing toward the Super Bowl Series also made appearances at the first qualifying session. The 1-2-3 finishers of the second race, Swiss Lightning, Helios and T G Rev are all eligible for the popular Super Bowl Trotting Series.
Live racing is set to kickoff on Friday, December 28th with a brand new post time of 7:15 p.m. The opening night draw will be Saturday, December 22nd. The second night of racing features the 2013 Calendar giveaway on Saturday, December 29th. That draw will take place Sunday, December 23rd.
The opening weekend condition sheet plus all other racing information can be found on here.
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