East Rutherford, NJ---On what was another difficult evening weather-wise with the wind blowing a gale throughout, The Meadowlands Saturday night (Feb. 16) card provided excitement, opportunity and value.
The excitement was provided by Easy Again who won the $30,000 Free For All feature by leading all the way in 1:51.1. Sent out hard by Yannick Gingras from the outside post six after a pair of scratches by Life Up Front and Hypnotic Blue Chip, Easy Again got to the opening quarter in 27.4 and decided to duplicate those fractions for each quarter thereafter, including ripping home in 27.4 into the teeth of a fierce wind.
|Easy Again won the Meadowlands Free For All Pace in 1:51.1.|
Trained by Ron Burke for Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi and Panhellenic Stable who bought the Dragon Again ridgling for $100,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale. Easy Again has always been a high-speed horse, but plagued by issues throughout his career. He certainly looks poised to be a force on the East Coast this summer.
So far as opportunity and value, the nightly Pick-5 got the ball rolling with a payoff of $5,076. The early Pick-4 returned $1,341 and the late Pick-4 a whopping $23,854 (all $1 increments).
Panesthetic and Dave Miller made it back-to-back impressive wins, making a double jump in class, but going wire to wire again, winning the $16,000 B-1 Pace in 1:52.2 for trainer Andrew Harris. Panesthetic is owned by Arlene Shaw, Alice Bonenfant and P. Shaw.
In addition, Dinner At The Met will head into Saturday’s Buddy Gilmour Pacing Series a perfect three for three following his 1:54.3 romp in the nightcap, a non-winners of two pacing event. The three year old son of Metropolitan is trained by Erv Miller, who co-owns the gelding with Bert Hochsurung and has been guided to victory in all three of his starts by Marcus Miller.
Despite the snow and extreme winds, it was another $3 Million night as total handle checked in at $3,064,833.
Racing returns Thursday, for the first round of the Charles Singer Memorial Trotting Series with post time at 7:15 p.m. That program is the identical program from Feb. 13 that was forced to cancel due to a winter storm. That entire 10-race program has been carried over to this coming Thursday (Feb. 20).