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Gingras wins 4 at Big M, including Dayson in feature

February 01, 2020
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 Yannick Gingras drove four winners Friday night at the Meadowlands, and among them was Dayson, who took the featured $20,000 conditioned trot.
 
“He’s such a nice horse that tries his best every time,” said Gingras. Sure, Dayson did his job, no doubt, but so did Gingras, who gave his horse a perfect steer.

The first turn looked like a rugby scrum as Lagerfeld had rail position, Dayson was to that one’s outside and Obrigado was three wide and winging. Gingras opted to back Dayson off into the three hole as Lagerfeld yielded to Obrigado, who hit the quarter while parked in :27.4.
 
“There was definitely more action than I thought there would be in the first turn,” said Gingras. “But I figured Dayson was the best and he proved it.”
 
Showing little patience, Gingras moved swiftly with Dayson to the top after vacating the rail at the three-eighths and cleared before the half as Obrigado was put in the pocket. Max was now on the move, gaining on the leader from first-over, but Dayson – who was able to rate the middle half in :58 – still had a length on that foe both at three-quarters and the head of the stretch.
Through the final three-sixteenths, Dayson showed his class, fending off a pesky Max to his outside and Obrigado to his inside, holding on determinedly to defeat Max by a neck in 1:54.1. Obrigado was third.
 
Dayson, a 7-year-old gelded son of Conway Hall-Nervey’s Taurus who is trained by Ron Burke, returned $3.20 to his backers as the odds-on favorite. He has now won 37-of-87 lifetime starts, good for earnings of $1,167,377 for owners Burke Racing Stable & Weaver Bruscemi, J&T Silva-Purnel&Libby and Larry Karr.
 
If Gingras wins four, it’s a good bet Burke has had a good night, and the Big M’s leading trainer did just that, winning three on the card, all driven by Gingras. The 50-cent Pick-4 saw big play with a total pool of $92,561, its biggest since Jan. 4, when $94,701 was pushed through the windows. All-source handle was vigorous at $2,591,628, surpassing the $2.5-million mark for a second straight card. (Meadowlands)
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