East Rutherford, NJ --- While we are many months away from the warm spring and summer months and the Championship Meet at the Meadowlands, the unseasonably mild conditions provided a hint of summer on the track.
In what was the fastest mile witnessed so far at the new Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment, Validus Deo opened eyes by going a huge first over trip and stopped the teletimer in an extremely sharp 1:48.4 in the 3-year-old B-1/A-2 handicap pace on Saturday (Dec. 21).
|Validus Deo was a 1:48.4 winner for driver Corey Callahan.|
Corey Callahan drove the winner for owners Bamond Racing LLC and trainer P.J. Fraley.
Sweet Talkin Satin did a lot of the work on the front end, getting to the half in :53.4 while ensuring a rapid clip. He held his ground well, finishing a game second. Perhaps even more impressive was the effort of Dovuto Hanover who overcame a break at the start and made up 15 lengths to finish a fast closing third, pacing his mile in 1:49.1 with a final quarter in :26.
Hypnotic Blue Chip also paced a sub-1:50 mile on Saturday, winning the seventh race B-1 Pace in 1:49.3. It was one of three wins on the night for John Campbell.
Corey Callahan, Yannick Gingras, Jeff Dauplaise and Joe Bongiorno all scored driving doubles on the card.
Once again, all three guaranteed pools returned massive dividends. Of the Early Pick-4, Late Pick-4 and Pick-5, none returned less than $1,807.60 and the Late Pick-4, a sequence that saw winners that paid $8.80, $22.40, $6.20 and $12.60, returned a monstrous $10,407. A four-race parlay of those same prices would have returned just over $1,660, reinforcing the value of the Late Pick-4 wager at the Meadowlands as the best bet in harness racing.
As the month of December rolls along, total handle at the Meadowlands continues to climb. The $2,885,432 wagered on the 13-race program was the most of the month and was a 23 percent increase from the last time the Meadowlands raced on this Saturday in 2010.
Racing returns on Friday (Dec. 27) with first post time at 7:15 p.m. The Meadowlands management and staff would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas.