Miller’s three wins included the “prep” for the Exit 16W with Mr Dennis. That winner was a recent $110,000 January Mixed Sale purchase for Nick Surick and the J.L. Benson Stables. Mr Dennis, who hit the mile on the snowy night in a sharp 1:49.4, completed the 1-1/16-mile distance in 1:57, just four-fifths of a second off Artistic Fella’s North American race record.
Gingras scored with a pair of Ron Burke trainees earlier in the card, along with the finale. The remainder of the driving colony shared the wealth at the Meadowlands on Saturday night with Dave Miller, Ron Pierce and John Campbell all winning two races.
The snowy and cold conditions couldn’t slow down the wagering, which was hot and heavy. The all-sources handle was $3,438,921. That marked a 16 percent increase from the $2,953,675 wagered on this same Saturday in 2012. Not only has the handle at the Meadowlands been up each of the 15 nights of racing thus far, but the back-to-back $3 million nights on Friday and Saturday were the first since the weekend of April 2 and 3, 2010.
Racing will returns on Thursday with the first round of the Winter Survivor Series for $15,000 claiming pacers, featuring five divisions, and the first leg of the Charles Singer Series for 4-year-old trotters, with three divisions.
The series action will continue on Friday with the first leg of the Junior Trendsetter Series for 3-year-old pacers, and Saturday with the first round of the Exit 16W for 4-year-old pacers. Post time for all three cards will be at 7:15 p.m., eastern.