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Mel Mara Favoured In Preferred

Published: June 16, 2017 10:28 am ET

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Saturday night's feature at The Meadowlands is the sixth race, a $20,000 Preferred pace with Mel Mara tabbed as the morning line choice in the field of seven.

Mel Mara has a win and a second in his pair of 2017 starts, losing a close photo in 1:48.2 his most recent race over the mile oval. He's being pointed toward the summer's major stakes after a successful 2016 season where he earned nearly a quarter million dollars and equaled the older pacing horse world record of 1:47 for owners Robert Cooper, Jr and J & T Silva. Dylan Davis trains and Corey Callahan drives Mel Mara.

The competition is led by Rockeyed Optimist (Andy Miller) and Odds On Equuleus (Vinny Ginsberg), both of whom have won their last couple of starts and bring strong credentials to the party.

Also featured will be the simulcast of the North America Cup card from Mohawk Racetrack that includes many of the eligible horses for the Meadowlands Pace coming up on July 15 and other marquee stakes. It's an eleven-race program that gets underway at 7:15 p.m.

30 & Under Handicapping Contest Next Saturday

The Meadowlands will offer a handicapping contest for the young horseplayer on June 24 with a prize pool of $5,000. There is no entry fee and sign ups will be accepted until 7:00 p.m. at Victory Terrace. Contact Rachel Ryan at [email protected] to register or further details.

(with files from The Meadowlands)

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