East Rutherford, NJ --- David Miller appreciated the return to Thursday night racing as he scored six wins on the Meadowlands card. Two of those wins came in the Super Bowl Trotting Series which got underway.
|Donatella Hanover was a 1:55.3 winner for driver David Miller.|
The first of the Buckeye Super Bowl triumphs was Donatella Hanover. Sent off an even money favorite, she ranged up on the outside into the final turn, swooped to the lead and trotted strongly trough the stretch to score in 1:55.3 for trainer Jimmy Takter. Donatella Hanover is owned by ChristinaTakterandthekids.
Miller’s other score in the trotting series came with Ray Hall, who broke in his previous start but had no such trouble Thursday night, leading from start to finish in 1:54.4 and winning by just over one length. Ray Hall is owned by Bruce and Patricia Soulsby and The Wall Bros. Stable.
Earlier on the card, Home Turf took his division of the Super Bowl by one length, holding off Cocotier in 1:56 for John Campbell. The winner is trained by co-owner Noel Daey for Mirva Bogucki.
The most impressive winner in the first round of the Super Bowl series was Time To Quit. Patiently handled by Yannick Gingras, Time To Quit moved smoothly to the lead on the far turn, opened up willingly in the stretch and was wrapped up coming to the wire, holding off Dough Dough in 1:55.1.
Time To Quit appears the horse to beat in the series for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Philip Collura. The horse is trained by Ron Burke.
Round two of the Super Bowl will be contested Thursday (Jan. 16) with the final set for Wednesday (Jan. 22).
Live handle showed a 23 percent increase compared to this same night last year, while the export yielded a 21 percent increase, resulting in a total handle increase of 21 percent over 2013.
Racing returns on Friday, with first post time of 7:15 p.m.