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Gingras & Burke Shine At Big M

Published: February 14, 2014 11:38 pm ET

Last Comment: February 16, 2014 10:30 am ET | 1 Comment(s) | Jump to Comments

The snow stopped for a few hours on Friday evening in East Rutherford, New Jersey and live harness racing resumed at The Meadowlands thanks in a large part to a Herculean effort by the track and facilities staff.

Friday historically features trotters and pacing mares and tonight was no exception, with the $30,000 trotting feature carded as the second race of the night. DWs NY Yank crossed the river and ran his unbeaten streak to four on the year with a geared down 1:55.2 neck score over Modern Family.

Sent away as the 3-5 public choice after the defection of expected race favourite Daylon Magician (a sick scratch), DWs NY Yank and driver Yannick Gingras "stole" a :59.1 middle half after being stretched to a :27 flat opening quarter, then coasted home in :29.1 against the wind. Modern Family was a well meant second and Not Afraid took the show spot. The win was one of six on the card for leading driver Gingras.

The winner is trained by Ron Burke, who won three races on the evening, for Burke Racing, Howard Taylor and Weaver Bruscemi. "Yank" has matured nicely, winning 20 of his past 31 starts for right around $300,000 after making $60,000 in his first 30 career starts.

The week's best pacing mares assembled for the 11th and the Burke-Gingras combination took that one as well with a wire-to-wire score by Continual Velocity. Gingras steered her through comfortable fractions then she sprinted home in :27.4 on the end of a 1:52 mile.

The recent addition to the barn scored for the first time since being purchased by Burke Racing and Weaver Bruscemi, moving past $350,000 in career cash with the win.

The other Burke victory came in a non-winners of three trot in the fourth race, as Whata Donato sat a perfect pocket trip and stormed past Dough Dough to score a wrapped up two and a quarter length victory in 1:56.1.

On the wagering front, it was a $3 million Friday as rotal handle for the Valentine’s card was $3,000,504.

Live racing resumes on Saturday with a 13-race program kicking off at 7:15 p.m.

(Meadowlands Racetrack)

February 16, 2014 - 10:30 amLets see top quality Track

Lets see top quality Track Crew, top quality Management, top quality Racing, Appearance of Integrity in Racing, a handle more than all the other Harness Tracks added together that night. Oh and no subsidies er ah slot revenue. It can't possibly be true can it??

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