Fifteen-Year-Old Mariner Seelster Still Winning Races

Mariner Seelster winning at The Meadowlands
Published: March 16, 2024 02:11 am EDT

Is Mariner Seelster the inspiration for the phrase: “You’re not getting older, you’re getting better.”

Probably not. But it certainly fits.

The remarkable war horse won again on Friday night (March 15) at The Meadowlands in a Meadowlands Amateur Driving Club 2 event on the pace.

The 15-year-old millionaire gelded son of Camluck-M T Freedom, permitted to race only because horses beyond the age of 14 are eligible to perform in fair or amateur dashes in New Jersey, was roughed up four-wide into the first turn, finally made the top while parked at the half in a sizzling :54.3, then drew clear of his foes at the head of the stretch before going on to a sparkling 1:52.3 score.

“He’s as sound and happy as he’s ever been,” said winning trainer Travis Alexander of Mariner Seelster, who made the 440th start of his career. “You can see his ears up during the mile and we couldn’t be more amazed by him than we are. He loves his job, that’s for sure.”

Mariner Seelster earned his fourth straight win and now has 74 victories lifetime.

He is owned by Fiddler’s Creek Stables, Alexander Racing Stable, D’Elegance Stable and T L P Stable.

Mariner Seelster paid $4.20 to win as the even-money favourite despite leaving from post nine in the nine-horse field. Throwing Copper finished 3-1/2 lengths behind the winner in second with Yayas Hot Spot N third.

“What can I say?” said winning driver Tony Beltrami. “He’s an absolute beast. He is a true professional that loves to race and to win and is as strong and sound as most horses half his age. I’m truly grateful to the owners and to Travis Alexander and his team for the opportunity to drive him.”

The 20-cent Pick-8 went unhit for a fifth consecutive program, setting up a carryover of $9,507 for Saturday. Those with five correct on their tickets cashed in for $49.54.

One shrewd handicapper hit big in the 20-cent Pick-6. After 2-1 chance Oh Coffee Bean won the 13th race, one winning ticket was worth $29,854.72.

Leading driver Dave Miller gave his fans some serious returns after guiding the winners of the last three races on the card. Miss Chantilly N ($29.40), Oh Coffee Bean ($6.80) and the previously winless Ferragamo Hanover ($26.60) scored in the 12th, 13th and 14th dashes, respectively, which gave Miller’s followers the Late Double ($96.60) and Pick-3 ($1,045.60).

Troy Beyer and Todd McCarthy each had a driving double.

After last Saturday’s pari-mutuel betting platform problems stopped The Big M’s streak of 12 straight $3 million USD handles, betting got back on the beam on Friday as $3,265,089 USD was put in play on the 14-race card.

Racing resumes on Saturday at 6:20 p.m.

(With files from The Meadowlands)

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