East Rutherford, NJ --- With the majority of the Meadowlands mainstays traveling to Canada for the weekend, Tim Tetrick took full advantage of his Friday night in East Rutherford, scoring four victories on the card. Two of those four wins came in Late Closer action.
Three series got underway tonight at the Meadowlands. The Summer Survivor Series for trotters saw Raven Victory score a decisive victory in 1:55 over the sloppy going. Trained by Linda Toscano, Raven Victory moved to the lead down the backstretch and never looked back, flashing a 27.4 final quarter. The win was his fourth in seven lifetime starts for owners, M Biasuzzi Stable of Pompano Beach Florida.
The first leg of the Cathedra Dot Com for Mares with six or more starts at Freehold, or classified as a C-2 mare at the Meadowlands got underway. The first division went to Crown Lady, who was one of four horses sent off at 7/2 in a wide open betting affair. Crown Lady tracked cover and needed every inch of the Big M Stretch to wear down Persuasive Hanover, reaching the wire first in 1:55.2. The winner is owned by Triple A Stable of Colts Neck, N.J. The second division saw Carolsideal go virtually wire to wire in 1:52.3 for driver/trainer Jeff Dauplaise and owner, Saddle Rock Stables of Monroe, N.J.
The Flower Child for trotters kicked off as well, with the same conditions as the Cathedra Dot Com. The first division was another wire to wire romp for Schalom G and Tim Tetrick for owner Calvin Furino of Lyndhurst, N.J. The second division saw T P Lucy storm home to post an 11-1 upset for owner Louis Portella of Jackson, N.J.
Despite horrendous conditions, the Meadowlands still posted a 23-percent increase in handle for the Friday night program. Racing resumes on Saturday, with a much better forecast for Saturday night with first post time at 7:15 P.M.