Fred And Ginger 1:47.3 winner in TVG FFA
June 01, 2013
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The $50,000 TVG Free-For-All Pace at the Meadowlands Saturday night likely was the most electric battle thus far this year as Golden Receiver did his thing cutting the pace, but was under constant pressure, which set the state for an upset by the Ron Burke-trained Fred And Ginger in a world record 1:47.3. Earlier in the evening, older mare pacers squared off in two divisions of the Golden Girls and Burke took the second with Rocklamation.
Golden Receiver, an eight-time winner in nine previous starts this year and unbeaten at the Meadowlands in 2013, blasted off the gate for driver Tim Tetrick and cleared to the pylons before entering the turn. Simon Allard also left quickly with Pet Rock from post three, and while they pulled alongside Golden Receiver, they weren't going by.
Golden Receiver hit the opening quarter in :25.3 and Allard finally started to drop back with Pet Rock. Yannick Gingras then made a bold move with Sweet Lou to keep the pressure on Golden Receiver. Golden Receiver broke the beam at the half in :52.3, but by the time the three-quarter clocking flashed, Sweet Lou was looking Golden Receiver in the eye.
In the homestretch Golden Receiver dug in, but Sweet Lou took the advantage, then was passed when his stablemate, Fred And Ginger, shot through the gap between the weary warriors. Fred And Ginger won by a mere head over Sweet Lou, while Modern Legend, who never got next to the pylons, got up for third, just a neck back. Golden Receiver faded to seventh.
Fred And Ginger picked up his second win of the season in nine starts for trainer Ron Burke and the ownership group of J&T Silva, Howard Taylor, Ed Gold and Robert Feldman.
In the first Golden Girls division, Feeling You, the 2-1 second choice, edged Anndrovette, the 1-2 favorite, by a nose in 1:48.4. Andy Miller drove for trainer Amber Buter as the 6-year-old won for the eighth time in 13 starts this season. The time for the mile was a lifetime best.
Rocklamation rallied to beat Krispy Apple by 1¼ lengths in the second division. Gingras was at the lines for trainer Ron Burke as the 5-year-old paced the mile in 1:49.3. She paid $6.20 to win as the 2-1 favorite.