On what was another difficult evening weather-wise with the wind blowing a gale throughout, the Meadowlands' Saturday night card provided excitement, opportunity and value.
The excitement was provided by Easy Again who won the $30,000 Free For All feature by leading all the way in 1:51.1. Sent out hard from the outside post six after a pair of scratches by Yannick Gingras, Easy Again got to the opening quarter in :27.4 and decided to duplicate those fractions for each quarter thereafter, including ripping home in :27.4 into the teeth of a fierce wind.
Trained by Ron Burke for Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi and Panhellenic Stable who bought the Dragon Again horse for $100,000 at Harrisburg, Easy Again has always been a high speed horse but plagued by issues throughout his career. He certainly looks poised to be a force on the East Coast this summer.
So far as opportunity and value, the nightly Pick 5 got the ball rolling with a payoff of $5,076, the early Pick 4 returned $1,341 and the late Pick 4 a whopping $23,854 (all $1 increments).
Panesthetic and Dave Miller made it back to back impressive wins, making a double jump in class, but going wire to wire again, winning the $16,000 B-1 Pace in 1:52.2 for trainer Andrew Harris. Panesthetic is owned by Arlene Shaw, Alice Bonenfant and P. Shaw.
In addition, Dinner At The Met will head into Saturday's Buddy Gilmour Pacing Series a perfect three for three following his 1:54.3 romp in the nightcap, a non-winners of two pacing event. The 3-year-old son of Metropolitan is trained by Erv Miller, who co-owns the gelding with Bert Hochsurung and has been guided to victory in all three of his starts by Marcus Miller.
Despite the snow and extreme winds, it was another $3 Million night in East Rutherford, New Jersey as total handle checked in at $3,064,833. (Meadowlands)