On what is likely to be Yannick Gingras' final night at the Meadowlands until after the Levy and Matchmaker Series at Yonkers, the Big M's leading driver went out with a driving double on Thursday night.
First, he scored on Dragon Lore in the 5th race $9,000 C-2 Pace at 5-2. It was Dragon Lore's first start since Feb. 22, but he was ready off a qualifier where he finished up in a strong in :26.4. Gingras scored down the son of Dragon Again aggressively and it paid off as Dragon Lore led at every call, winning in 1:53.2. Gingras guided the 4 year old home for trainer Mark Capone and owners Maggliozzo, Schachner and Duffy.
Gingras also pulled off the mild 6-1 upset in the 9th race $9,000 C-2 Trot with Stonebridge Idol, who he guided to the lead down the backstretch, stealing a :29.1 third quarter and scoring in 1:55.1 for trainer David Duspiva and owner Fiddler's Creek Stables LLC.
Gingras' 96 wins has him 29 wins ahead of Dave Miller. But with Gingras driving in the Levy and Matchmaker and Miller staying at the Meadowlands, that margin will become much tighter come the Championship Meet.
Additionally, both Jim Meittinis and Andy Miller also scored two wins on the card. (Meadowlands)