Canadian Hall of Famer Bob McIntosh celebrated his 4,000th training win on an Saturday night at the Meadowlands Racetrack as his millionaire homebred pacer Thinking Out Loud slipped up the pylons to take the $30,000 Free-For-All Handicap Pace in the final strides.
Driven by another Hall of Famer, John Campbell, even-money favorite Thinking Out Loud left from the outside post six and settled into a pocket spot behind All Star Legend (Yannick Gingras) through a :26.1 opening panel.
All Star Legend led the way to the half in a rated :55.3 with Wake Up Peter (Mike Lachance) moving first over and up to pressure at the 1:23.1 third quarter mark. That left Thinking Out Loud boxed in and searching for room at the pylons down the lane. He eventually squeezed through in deep stretch and prevailed in a three-way photo finish over the quick-closing Ultimate Beachboy (Brett Miller).
Thinking Out Loud also gave McIntosh and Campbell a unique milestone victory when last August he won the last race in front of the original Meadowlands grandstand.