In a reversal of fortune from last weekend's opening round of the Aquarius Series for 4-year-old pacers at the Meadowlands, Escape The News edged past Warrawee Needy in the final strides to score a 1:48.4 victory in Saturday's night's five-horse, $35,000 division of the second round of the Aquarius.
Making the lead coming out of the first turn for driver Mark MacDonald was Warrawee Needy, with the Yannick Gingras-driven Escape The News settling into the two hole. The 1-2 betting favorite, Warrawee Needy tripped the first-quarter timer in :26.2 before reaching the half in :53.4 as the field remained unchanged in order.
Warrawee Needy reached the three-quarters in 1:21.1 as the 9-5 second-choice Escape The News remained in hot pursuit and John Campbell began to urge Bakin On The Beach first-over after sitting fifth for the distance.
Unlike last week when Warrawee Needy was able to hold off Escape The News by 1 1/2 lengths with a final quarter of :27, this time around a final panel of :27.3 wasn't enough as Escape The News was able to put his neck in front at the wire to score a career-best clocking. Bakin On The Beach was third.
A son of Artiscape, Escape The News is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, JJK Stables and Howard Taylor. The win was his fourth in six starts this year for the Ron Burke trainee and brought his career earnings to more than $496,000.
The Aquarius final is scheduled for Saturday night, March 16, on a card that will also feature the final of the Horse & Groom Series for trotters.