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Meadowlands card lives up to the hype

May 19, 2013

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Saturday night at the Meadowlands Championship Meet featured the Arthur J Cutler Memorial, which may well have been the most exciting edition in the stake's sixteen year history with four top trotters hitting the wire together. In addition, the $100,000 Meadowlands Maturity for older pacers was contested with Sweet Lou a winner, plus New Jersey Sires Stakes for 3-year-old pacers, with Breeders Crown champion Rockin Amadeus romping to an easy score.
While Jeff Gural voiced his affection for his departed friend Artie Cutler in the post race Hollywood Heyden interview, he also touched on the impressive returning crop of four year old horses. The bounty of quality race horses this season is due in no small part to the conditions on Meadowlands and WEG stakes put in place to discourage their early retirement.
A few races later, the relevance of that decision was on display in the brand new $100,000 Meadowlands Maturity for four year old pacers. The field of ten included nearly every top three year old of last season with combined earnings of nearly $9 million.

Fast away from post ten was Warrawee Needy, who took the field to the half in 54.4 just before releasing Hurrikane King Cole. Yannink Gingras had Sweet Lou in perfect second-over position for the drive as Warrawee Needy slipped out of the pocket and they hit the wire together in 1:49.

After a lengthy photo, Sweet Lou's number was posted for his first win of the campaign. Ron Burke trains the winner for Burke, Inc, Mark Weaver & Mike Bruscemi, Louis Karr and P. Collura.

Three divisions of the New Jersey Sires Stakes for sophomore pacers were on the Saturday card as well.

 Amadeus opened the series with 1:49.4 win in the first  of two $25,000 divisions. Yannick Gingras drove the 2012 Breeders Crown winner for trainer Takter and owner Susan Grange's Lothlorien stable.

Emeritus Maximus took the other colt spilt in 1:50.1 over Wake Up Peter. Tim Tetrick drove for Tony Alagna (who conditions the top pair) and owners Cheap Speed Stable, JL Benson Stable and Alan Alber.

On the filly side, I Luv The Nitelife held on for a gritty decision over ONarutac Rockette in 1:51- in the single division eleven filly $45,000 leg.Tetrick has the assignment on this top filly for trainer Chris Ryder and owner Richard Young.

Once again, the total handle eclipsed the $3 million mark.  In fact, the $3,096,914 was an increase of $921,671 from the same Saturday in 2012, with the same number of races. That correlates to an increase of 42-percent.  On-track handle was up both nights, with a final tally of a 10-percent increase for the weekend. (Meadowlands)
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