The Saturday night card at the Meadowlands opened with the fastest class of the evening, a $30,000 A-1/FFA pace.
The pace was swift, as John Campbell sent Abelard Hanover out intent on the lead and had everyone seated well before the 26.2 quarter. Allowed a 28.4 breather in the second stanza, Abelard weathered a withering 27.2 third quarter bull rush from Fred And Ginger and had enough left to hold that rival at bay, prevailing by a half-length in 1:49.2. Fred And Ginger was game in defeat and Dinner Guest rallied up the cones after saving ground all the way for the show. Abelard Hanover is owned by the trainer Alvin Callahan, in partnership with Suzanne Waskey & Pamela Price.
In other action, The Gina Giant Final went to Bushwood Z Tam who redeemed a disappointing defeat as the 4/5 favorite last week, this time scoring at 9/1 for Simon and Rene Allard. Bushwood Z Tam sat a pocked early in the mile, wheeled out late and held off a belated rally from Benns Superman to score in 1:53. Bushwood Z Tam is owned by Rene Allard, Jean Guy Bruneau and Gest Millenium 2000 Inc.
The Saturday night program wrapped up an extremely successful winter meeting at the Meadowlands. The total handle for this Saturday program showed an increase of 27 percent from the same Saturday in 2012. All 43 racing programs in 2013 showed significant handle increases when compared to their comparable dates in 2012.
The Meadowlands will take its traditional break next weekend, and will not offer live racing on Friday, April 26th or Saturday, April 27th. Racing returns on Friday, May 3rd. That night will kick off The Championship Meet as the Meadowlands will race every Friday and Saturday from May 3rd through Hambletonian Day, Saturday August 3rd. Post Time for the Championship meet will be 7:15 P.M.
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