Brian Sears was the best bet of the night on Friday at The Meadowlands. The White Knight bagged five wins on the Friday card, including both $40,000 Cape & Cutter Series divisions, for an average win payoff of $13.20
Sears and Red Star Hottie [$16] bump drafted Cuz She Can and flew past her in the lane to win the first of the Cape & Cutter divisions for open pacing mares in 1:51.1. Shacked Up charged up late to finish just a neck behind in second, while Shanghai Lil rallied quickest of all to grab the show spot. Red Star Hottie, trained by Ron Burke and co-owned by Burke Racing and Weaver Bruscemi, posted her first win in four starts this season. The six-year-old daughter of As Promised-Whitehorse Fever surpassed $400,000 in career earnings.
Sears and Symphony In Motion [$11.80] scooted up the pylons to take the second Cape & Cutter division in a close call over Go On BB and Laughandbehappy. Clocked in 1:51.4, Symphony In Motion surpassed $750,000 in earnings with the victory. Mark Harder trains the seven-year-old daughter of Bettors Delight-Malocchio for Joseph Jannuzzelli of Manalapan, New Jersey and Carol Demarch of Springfield, New Jersey.
Sears also scored upsets with One Man Show S [$8.40, Race 4], Southwind Swallow [$19.20, Race 7] and Ridge Jumper [$10.60, Race 8].
Summer Camp turned the tables on rival Meirs Hanover in the first of two $20,000 Exit 16W Series splits for four-year-old pacers. Summer Camp set a :26.4 opening quarter before taking a backseat to Meirs Hanover through middle fractions of :54.4 and 1:22.2. Driver Andy Miller popped Summer Camp out of the pocket in the stretch and he roared past the leader for a length victory in 1:49.3.
Trained by Josh Green, Summer Camp had a six-race winning streak snapped by Meirs Hanover in his start prior, the $62,600 Clyde Hirt Final. The son of Rocknroll Hanover-Roman Art is now four-for-five on the season. Originally a $28,000 yearling purchase, Summer Camp has earned $123,255 for Larry Baron of Horsham, Pennsylvania and VIP Internet Stable of Piscataway, New Jersey.
Thunders Fury captured the first Exit 16W division in a career best 1:50.4 for trainer Paul Stratton and owner Roy Williams Jr. of Hopewell, New Jersey. John Campbell steered the son of No Pan Intended-Warm Ways to his first win in five starts this year. Freddy Day Hanover held second after leading the way, while Ponda River was third.
In a new video feature, Meadowlands Racetrack pays tribute to driver Andy Miller, who celebrated his 7,000th career win on January 28, 2011.
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