East Rutherford, NJ --- Despite being up against one of its most successful Saturday nights in 2013, the Meadowlands was able to do one better. The total handle for the Saturday program of $3,658,400 marked an increase of $154,699 over the $3,503,701 wagered on this same Saturday last year, or just over 4-percent. The 2013 performance was a 29-percent increase over the prior year. The Meadowlands has started the new calendar year showing gains on top of gains. On-track handle also showed a mild increase.
On the racetrack, three drivers shared in the majority of the wealth as Yannick Gingras, Ron Pierce and Corey Callahan all scored driving triples. Gingras’ three wins brought his tally to nine for the weekend.
There were five sub 1:50 miles on the card, including Bettor’s Edge who captured the $30,000 A-1/FFA Handicap over 2012 Cane Pace Winner Dynamic Youth in 1:49.1. Bettor’s Edge led the field from start to finish, giving Gingras one of his three wins for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable L.L.C., Weaver Bruscemi L.L.C. and M1 Stable. The fastest mile of the night was also the first mile of the night, as Eddie Sweat went right down the road for Ron Pierce in 1:48.4 for trainer Aaron Lambert and owners Lasalle Racing Group L.L.C. The other sub 1:50 winning performers were Cobalt Man, Magic Tricks and Rage N Ryan.
Racing returns on Thursday night, which will be the opening round of the Super Bowl series. The cancelled program from January 2 has been carried over to this upcoming Thursday night in its entirety. The Super Bowl Final is now scheduled for Wednesday January 22.