It was a common theme early in 2012. It seemed that every night trainer Ron Burke and driver Yannick Gingras were winning multiple races together. On Saturday at the Meadowlands, that trend resurfaced. Together, the duo combined for four wins while Gingras earned five total wins on the card, giving him a total of seven in the first two nights of racing at the Meadowlands.
One of the Burke/Gingras winners came in the sixth race, the featured A-1 pace, providing a preview of some of the horses that will be competing in The Presidential series. But in the end, it was a three year old beating the older horses as Hillbilly Hanover went all the way on the lead to a 1:52.1 triumph.
Trainer Nick Surick had a good night as well, earning two victories on the card with Mystic Desire and Esprit De Kayjay A. Both horses were guided to victory by Andy Miller.
The Meadowlands continued its momentum at the betting windows. Despite a nasty winter storm in the northeast, the bettors still wagered $ 2,898,623 on the Saturday program.
Racing returns to the East Rutherford oval on Thursday night with first post time at 7:15 pm. The Friday program will be drawn at 9 am on Monday and the Saturday program will be drawn on Wednesday at 9 am.
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