Tonight, it wasn’t a single equine performance that headlined the evening,
although Resistance Futile and Quick Deal came close. Nor was it a driver
that necessarily stole the show, although Yannick Gingras can’t be stopped
right now. On this night, it was one of the largest single day increases
in handle that could ever possibly be imagined.
The final tally of $3,201,100 in total handle showed an increase from this same
Friday in 2012 of $1,201,477, or an unbelievable 60 percent (there was one
additional race in 2013). Equally as impressive was the spike shown in
live handle, which was a remarkable 40 percent. The Meadowlands has shown
increases every night of racing so far this year and has now done more $3
Million Friday nights than the total number of $3 Million nights in 2012.
By the way, it’s only February.
On the racetrack, the aforementioned Resistance Futile was an ultra-impressive
round two winner of the Junior Trendsetter series in 1:51.3. He will
tackle another round two winner, Wilcox, in his quest for a series sweep next
On the trotting side, Quick Deal made short work of the featured trot, dominating
his opponents in an eye-opening 1:52.4 on a cold February night. That
makes back to back impressive winners for the Ron Burke trainee.
Racing resumes Saturday, for an action packed 13 race card, filled with stakes
finals and the reappearance of the sensational Golden Receiver with post time
at 7:15 P.M.
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