East Rutherford, NJ--- Billed as a matchup between the razor-sharp Sweet Justice and the classy Daylon Magician, Friday’s (Jan. 18) $30,000 Open Trot at The Meadowlands seemed to be a two-horse race on paper, but in the end, it was anything but. World Cup won by a nose in 1:52.2.
Sweet Justice broke stride at the start, seemingly leaving the race to Daylon Magician, who asserted an early lead. Setting fractions of 26.4, 55.2 and 1:23.4, Daylon Magician, driven by Dave Miller, turned for home seemingly on cruise control. But World Cup was guided off the pylons by Joe Bongiorno and made his move with three-sixteenths of a mile to go and wore down Daylon Magician, sprinting home in 27.4 to get up by a nose at 17-1.
World Cup is owned by Carly Roman and trained by Brad Irvine. It was that upset that sparked a lone winning ticket in the Pick-5, which returned $30,052.60 for the $.50 cent minimum play.
The Pick-5 wasn’t the only pool with one winning ticket as Mike Simons repeat upset victory with Twin B Spike Man at 31-1 in the 10th race B-1/B-2 Handicap Trot ensured one winning ticket in the Late Pick-4, which returned $64,811.80.
Perfect Alliance was noteworthy impressive winner in her return to the races, romping to a seven-length score in a lifetime-best 1:53.3 as she gears up for the Charles Singer Memorial Series. She was driven by Andy Miller and trained by Julie Miller for co-owners Little E LLC, Jason Settlemoir, Dave Stolz and Arthur Geiger.
Driver Yannick Gingras stole the driving show tonight, winning five races, extending his lead in the drivers' standings to 14 wins in front of Dave Miller.
It was another big night for the on-track handle, as it yielded a 14-percent increase over the same race day in 2013, while the total handle of $3,120,181 was a 5-percent increase as well.
Racing resumes on Saturday with first post time of 7:15 p.m. The program features a Free For All Handicap Trot, featuring Hypnotic Blue Chip, Bettor’s Edge and the razor-sharp Dovuto Hanover.