EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke and big action highlighted a huge weekend of racing at the Meadowlands Feb. 1 and 2 and they don’t look to be cooling off.
Formal records aren’t available, but when it comes to what Burke and Gingras combined to do that weekend, they likely aren’t necessary. Since the inception of the Big M racing primarily twice a week in 2013, it’s hard to imagine any trainer-driver team winning 11 times (in only 13 starts) over the course of a weekend, as Burke and Gingras, combining to win five times on Feb. 1 before taking a half-dozen winner’s circle trips the next day.
“Yannick thought we had won six in a night once before,” said Burke, “but to go back-to-back like we did is really hard to do.”
Burke won’t be able to equal his win output during action at the Big M Feb. 8 an9, however – he only has 10 horses entered.He had two winners to start the weekend.
“The more you win with conditioned horses there’s more of a chance the next losing streak is coming,” said Burke, “because they are up in class after winning. I don’t need to win that many in any weekend anyway, I just need to be consistent.”
Gingras won twice driving horses for someone other than Burke on Feb. 1 to total seven victories, one short of the single-card record shared by Brett Miller and Mike Lachance. Again, with formal records unavailable, it’s not known if after winning six more, that his 13 wins (25 starts) over the weekend are a Big M best, but it’s extremely likely.
On Feb. 8, Gingras continued his winning ways, scoring five times on the program. ‘The Green Hornet’ has now won 18 of his last 38 Meadowlands' drives.
Also on a hot streak, Trolley continued his reign as the trotting “King of the Meadowlands” by winning a third straight Preferred Handicap on Feb. 8.
The 6-year-old son of Donato Hanover-Lakeside Bride, who benefited from great driver Marcus Miller handling, won his fourth feature in his last five tries and sixth race in his last seven overall.
Sent off as the 2-5 public choice, Miller had Trolley on the go from the start but was pushed wide into the first turn. Miller opted to settle his horse into the five-hole instead of going on with it, and that may have made the difference. Misslarose, up in the Preferred ranks off consecutive wins with high-class conditioned foes, moved past early leader Derf Hanover after the quarter and hit the half in :57.
Cash Me Out was racing first over at the half, providing a perfect second-over trip for Trolley, who stayed with that cover into the stretch before tipping with a little more than an eighth of a mile to go. The Erv Miller trainee needed every inch of the stretch to get past a stubborn Misslarose, but he collared the leader nearing the wire, before going on to a half-length win in 1:55.1 on an extremely windy East Rutherford night. Cash Me Out finished third.
Trolley returned $2.80 to his backers while staying perfect in three starts this year. Overall, he’s won half of his 28 lifetime outings and earned $323,951 for owners Michael Anderson, Leland Mathias, Greg Gillis and Louis Willinger.
The World Harness Handicapping Championship rolls on at the Meadowlands on Saturday (Feb. 16) with a $200 entry fee and two spots to the April 6 WHHC Final on the line. Based on 100 entries, there will be $10,000 in prize money. For complete information, go to http://www.meadowlandsracetrack.com/uploadedFiles/2019_February_WHHC_qualifier.pdf .
See more Equestrian news at www.TAPintoHorses.net
Contact TAPinto Horses at firstname.lastname@example.org
Find us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TAPintoHorses/
Sign Up for E-News to get top stories delivered daily to your inbox.