Five divisions of the Super Bowl Series and a pair of splits of the White Ruffles Series dominated the program at the Meadowlands Racetrack on Thursday evening
In Nomine Patri took the opening division of the Super Bowl Series in a time of 1:58.2 for driver Andy Miller. The four-year-old son of Credit Winner-Blue Skies Hanover enjoyed a pocket trip behind Cathys Princess before roaring past the foe in the lane en route to the four-length score. Super Manning was second best and Psyched finished third in the $12,500 affair.
Joe Hanney trains the four-time winner for owner Liisa Vatanen of Cream Ridge, NJ. The gelding pushed his lifetime earnings to $31,136 with the win.
David Miller mapped out the winning trip in the next tilt with Glide To Victory, who stormed home to win by 3-1/2 lengths in a career-best clocking of 1:58. The four-year-old son of Yankee Glide-Miss Fairfax sat just off the pace in early stages of the mile before making a bold brush to the lead at the three-quarter pole before drawing clear for the win. Bruise Cruise, who was sent off at 91-1, was second with Mr Jim Dandy taking home third prize.
Gary Cameron trains the four-time winner for the Windswept Stable of Oakton, VA. The homebred has stashed away $31,470 to date.
DWs Easter came up with an 11-1 upset in the third division for the tandem of driver Jim Marohn and trainer Debra Miller. The four-year-old son of Dilbert Hanover-Coco Lou survived a first-over journey en route to posting the two-length triumph over Buzz Bomb in a personal best of 1:59. Absolutely Certain was third best in the ten-horse tilt.
The gelding, who went 5-for-11 last season, is now a six-time winner for owner Donald Lapage of North Bangor, NY. The high percentage performer bumped his earnings to $22,513 with the victory.
The Longshot parade continued in the next affair thanks to the 22-1 shocker turned in by All Munky Business and driver Yannick Gingras. The four-year-old daughter of Dream Vacation-Eagle Lane, who was 0-for-17 going into the tilt, rallied into a slowing tempo and came away with the half-length score over 58-1 runner-up Carsons Victory in 2:00.3. Pass The Popcorn was a lapped-on third in what turned out to be a blanket finish.
Jean Drolet trains camera-shy lass for the Funky Munky Stable LLC of New York, NY. The graduate of the NYSS program lifted her lifetime earnings to $39,793 with the triumph.
Hardrock Kid hauled home a new lifetime mark of 1:58.2 in addition to the lion’s share of the purse thanks to his narrow score for driver Tim Tetrick. The four-year-old son of Cincinnati Kid-Allie Jane rallied from just off the pace to win by a head over race favourite Dontevenknowmyname. My Man was a solid third.
It was the 2012 debut for the gelding, who went 7-for-22 last season for owner Beverly Lentz of Independence, MO. The payday pushed his overall earnings past the $100,000 mark.
In the first division of the White Ruffles for four-year-old mares, Miss Behave closed from next-to-last and won by a neck in her $12,500 assignment for the team of driver Brian Sears and trainer Donald Maiorano. The mare, who tracked cover before making a three-wide move at the three-quarter pole, used a :28.2 final frame to post the neck decision over Fellas Ella in 1:57.3. The show dough was earned by Angelos Dream.
The daughter of Dags-Miss Megan E, who went 7-for-23 in 2011, is now 1-for-2 to start her 2012 campaign. The Cappy Stable of Bronxville, NY holds the ownership papers on the 10-time winner who has potted close to $40,000 in her career.
Devine Filly erupted for a 15-1 upset last week, but she was sent off as the 6-5 favourite – and delivered on that pari-mutuel promise – in the second division of the White Ruffles Series. The daughter of Metropolitan-Fabulous Filly shadowed cover from second over before springing into action in the late stages of the contest. Her :30-second closing panel was enough to earn her the length decision over Rei Of Sunshine in 1:56.3. Lizas Pride rounded out the top three finishers.
Yannick Gingras guided the John McDermott trainee to the winning effort. The four-time winner, who races for owner/breeder Robert Devine of Freehold, NJ, upped her lifetime earnings to $17,696 with the win.
To view results for Thursday's card of harness racing, click the following link: Thursday Results – Meadowlands Racetrack.