This Weekend at The Meadowlands
January 17, 2009
Winbak Speed Wins Second Presidential Leg
Winbak Speed extended his streak to three wins in the $50,000 second round of the Presidential Series for free for all pacers Saturday night at the Meadowlands.
Driven by Ron Pierce, Winbak Speed seized command on the opening turn and held off the late rally of Boulder Creek to win the fifth race Presidential division by a length in 1:51.2. Beau Rivage finished two lengths behind in third.
"I looked to my left, no one was leaving," Pierce said. "I looked to my right and no one was leaving, so I decided to go. He just floated down the backstretch. He was very relaxed. Around the last turn, I just let everyone catch up to me. I didn't have to chase him at all. I was trying to save some for the final next week."
The 6-year-old pacer was a $30,000 claim by Delaware-based trainer Wayne Givens and Niel Gargiulo nearly one year ago at Dover Downs. The son of Village Jove was originally a $15,000 SUNY Morrisville yearling purchase. Winbak Speed hit the board in 17 of 30 starts in 2008, winning seven races and $173,080. He is a perfect three-for-three in 2009.
Its That Time, with Dan Dube in the sulky, got up in the final strides to win the second Presidential division in 1:51. Soul Chaser and Western Shore were a close second and third, respectively. Its That Time posted his first win in three starts this season. Mark Kesmodel trains the 4-year-old son of Real Artist for Bulletproof Enterprises of Boca Raton, FL. The three-week Presidential Series culminates in a $125,000 final on Saturday, January 24.
Hirt & Complex Divisions Held
Friday Night at The Meadowlands
In the first division of the second leg of the $18,000 Clyde Hirt Stakes, it was Rocknroll Band winning Friday night at the Meadowlands.
With David Miller in tow, Rocknroll Band gained his second win of 2009 in 1:52.3. Major General was a half-length back in second and Allamerican Major was another half-length behind for third. Trained by Ken Rucker, the four-year-old son of Mattnamaras Band- Sleep Talk has advanced his career earnings to more than $100,000 for The Engel Stable.
Wildridge Sam was victorious in the first division of the second leg of the $20,000 Complex in 1:54.1. Grab Your Keys was second and Thunder Cruise finished third. In the second division of the $18,000 Clyde Hirt Stakes, Camshaft Hanover seized the win in 1:51.1. Not Quite Forty was 2 1-2 lengths back in second and it was another 2 1-2 lengths back to Major Hottie.
In the second division of the $20,000 Complex Series it was Allamerican Idol prevailing in 1:51.3. Lookout Hanover was second, while Prize Art was third.
White Ruffles Series, Round Two Held
With Andy Miller in the sulky, Thong Song scored her second win of 2009 in 1:54.1 in a White Ruffles division. Erv Miller trains the 4-year-old mare by Art Major-Armbro Thavage. Thong Song has now boosted her earnings to more than $40,000 for owners Riverview Farms, Michael Sofer, John Fodera, and R A W Equine.
Orphan Annie took the first division of the
White Ruffles with Yannick Gingras in the sulky in 1:55.4. Orphan Annie is trained by Ronnie Burke & owned byFrank Baldachino.
A Patchy Frost finished in a dead heat in the last White Ruffles division in 1:54.1 along with Lightning Treasure. A Patchy Frost is trained by Homer Hochestetler and is owned by James Henry Springer. Lightning Treasure is trained by Anthony Mannino and owned by the Lightning Stable.
The $50,000 White Ruffles Final is Jan 22.
Sears & Wilfong Sweep Series Wed
Driver Brian Sears and trainer Brett Wilfong teamed for a Super Bowl Series double Wednesday at the Meadowlands. The duo swept the first two $12,500 Super Bowl divisions for trotters on the card with Supreme Victor and Lookin' Ahead. Supreme Victor won by a half-length in 1:58.3 The 4-year-old Valley Victor gelding has now won six of 22 career starts.
In the second division, Lookin' Ahead held off My Back Pages for a nose victory in 1:57. The son of Armbro Tunnel now has five wins and one second in seven career starts.
Officials with Hasbrouck Heights-based DMR Architects announced that construction started this week on the Meadowlands Rail Station, an integral part of an overall transportation project that will cost approximately $150 million and is set to open by June 2009.
“We were charged with designing a new rail transportation facility, which terminates the new two-mile-long track system that spurs off the Pascack Valley Line,” stated Kurt Vieheilig, project manager-designer for DMR Architects. “It’s surprisingly simple and efficient.”
The 950-foot-long rail station will consist of a pedestrian overpass that connects several platforms and a pedestrian plaza, Vieheilig added.
The station is set to launch by summer’s time, which is when the massive Meadowlands Xanadu project is scheduled to open. Additionally, the station will service the IZOD Center, Meadowlands Racetrack and the future home of the New York Jets and Giants, which is expected to open in 2010.
The station will connect traffic between the Meadowlands with parts of northern New Jersey, Midtown Manhattan and Long Island.