Kindergartners back in class Friday at Meadowlands
October 22, 2020
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The Kindergarten Classic for 2 year olds and a veteran standout looking to get back on track are the top storylines this weekend at the Meadowlands.
On Friday, eight divisions of the Kindergarten’s third leg for 2 year olds will hit the track. There will be two divisions each for horses of both sexes and gaits.
Next week, the Kindergarten will have its fourth and final leg on Friday, Oct. 30, before the series concludes on Nov. 7 with four finals that have purses totaling $800,000.
After a rare poor performance last week, Highalator, who saw his three-race Big M win streak come to an end at the hands of Harambe Deo, seeks to find his way back to the winner’s circle in the Saturday night feature, a high-end conditioned pace.
Dexter Dunn, who finished one winner behind Yannick Gingras during the championship meeting that concluded in August, had the hot hands last Friday night, winning five times on the evening to be the leading driver for the weekend (Oct. 16-17). Gingras had four winners, all on Saturday night.
Jeff Cullipher, after winning three times on Oct. 10, followed that up with training doubles on both last Friday and Saturday. His four winners led all trainers.
Despite 16 winning favorites from 26 races, many Big M players still made some big scores last weekend. Among the wagers with notable payouts were the 10-cent Pentafecta ($1,113 on Friday, $2,072 on Saturday), 20-cent Pick-5 ($5,431 and $7,747), 50-cent Pick-4 ($5,910 and $1,129) and Trifecta ($2,510, $1,649 and $4,595 on Friday; $2,664 and $2,290 on Saturday). (Meadowlands)