East Rutherford, NJ --- It’s a Yannick Gingras world and we’re all just living in it. That has been the theme at the Meadowlands for the past two weeks.
That theme continued Friday night (Feb. 21) as the leading driver at the track racked up another six victories on the night. Three of the six wins came teamed up with leading trainer Ron Burke.
That makes it eight wins for Gingras this week and 15 wins over the last five nights. The recent surge has allowed Gingras to extend his lead in the Meadowlands drivers' standings to 30 wins over David Miller who is second in the standings.
One race Gingras did not win was the Friday featured $16,000 B-1 trot, which instead went to Mike Simons and Twin B Spike Man, who lowered his career best by a fifth of a second to 1:53.2 in the process.
Drafting along behind the favored Coraggioso through demanding fractions of :28 and :55.3, Simons tipped his charge as they straightened up and Twin B Spike Man powered to a two length victory. The Triple Lindy rallied from well back for the place and Coraggioso held third.
Twin B Spike Man is trained by Gail Wrubel and owned by his driver, Simons, in partnership with Donald W. Eccleston and Albert P. Abdala III.
Addy's Way moved up to the $14,000 B-2 class for pacing mares off a win last week and proved to be up to the task, which came as a huge surprise to the horse playing public, returning more than $60.
She came first over, the same course as last week's win for driver Jimmy Marohn, Jr. The win put Addy's Way over the $200,000 mark in lifetime earnings for owners Perkins Racing Stable LLC. Danny Gill is the trainer.
Addy’s Way was part of a string of upsets that sparked a Late Pick-4 payout of $9,788. The Late Pick-4 at the Meadowlands has had an average payout of more than $11,000 since the beginning of 2014.
Racing returns to the East Rutherford oval on Saturday, including the first round of the Buddy Gilmour Pacing Series and the return of Golden Receiver, with first post time at 7:15 p.m.