On a perfect Memorial Day Weekend Saturday night (May 28) that featured great weather and great racing, wagering went past the $3-million mark at The Meadowlands for the 12th time in 2022 from 39 total racing programs.
The total action on the 13-race card was $3,245,014 (good for a per race average of $249,616), as the sixth race registered the most play at $305,235, with $96,554 of that poured into the Early 50-cent Pick-4 pool.
The next three top single-race wagering numbers were registered in the fifth ($295,436), eighth ($274,468) and 10th ($299,771) races, with the 10th-race Late 50-cent Pick 4 taking in $110,172.
ITS ACADEMIC TAKES FEATURE: A fifth-place finish in the wake of Ecurie D DK’s world-record 1:49.1 effort in the Cutler last week proved to be more than enough of a tightener for Its Academic, who easily bested six foes in the feature, the $31,500 Winners Over/Open Trot.
Driver Yannick Gingras, who teamed with trainer Ron Burke to win four times last Saturday night, clicked with the five-year-old son of Uncle Peter-Annapolis in 1:51, just two-fifths of a second off his lifetime best.
Kenziesky Hanover was away well from the start and led around the first turn as Its Academic was fired up alongside. Kenziesky had a slight advantage at the :27.4 quarter before Its Academic took control shortly thereafter.
Its Academic breezed through the half in :56 and three-quarters in 1:23.3 before recording a final quarter of :27.2 to record his 20th win from 50 starts. His bankroll now stands at $849,623. Next Level Stuff, last in the early going, rallied uncovered to get second in a superb effort, finishing 1-3/4 lengths behind the winner. Kenziesky Hanover was third.
Its Academic paid $2.60 to win as the 1-5 favourite.
A LITTLE MORE: Two shrewd 20-cent Survivor Pick-7 bettors walked away with a big payday after the ninth race. The challenging sequence, which included three horses that won at odds of 6-1 or more, returned $5,975.66.
Tim Tetrick, Andy McCarthy and Dexter Dunn led the driver’s colony with two winners apiece.
Racing resumes Friday (June 3) at 6:20 p.m. (EDT).