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Noble Falcon wins by nose at Meadowlands

December 18, 2010

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The Meadowlands closed out its 2010 meet on Saturday night with a solid card of 13 races and full fields, and the handle hit $2,345,923, the best of this year's fall winter meet. Across town at Yonkers Raceway, handle on a 12-race card--and the fewer entries that come with a half-mile track--was $653,031. A 12-race card at Woodbine on Saturday night generated a handle of $1,444,467.
At the Meadowlands, Tim Tetrick and Mark Ford were crowned the 2010 fall meet leaders on Saturday night.
Tetrick ran away with the driving title, racking up 43 wins from October 23-December 18. It marked the first Meadowlands title for the 29-year-old reinsman. The highlight of the meet for Tetrick came on November 20 when he swept three of the five fall series final on the card. Tetrick scored victories with Syenite in the $47,400 Paul Doherty Memorial, Island Terror in the $50,400 Stienam’s Place and Capri Hanover in the $46,200 Savilla Lobell.
"It's been a dream of mine to win a title," Tetrick said. "Ever since I was a little kid I wanted to make it here. To get to compete here and then win a title is pretty special. We havent got the best horses now but it's still the Meadowlands and I'm happy to compete. I work hard all the time so I'll be ready (in 2011).
Ford captured his second fall meet training title, sending out 19 winners, including Syenite in the Paul Doherty Memorial. Ford previously won the title in 2002. In August, the West Virginia native became the first trainer to reach $40 million in career purse earnings before the age of 40, and only the sixth trainer in history to accomplish the feat.
Ford also captured his first meet Owner title after posting his sixth win of the meet on closing night. Ford nosed out his clients, John and John Como Jr. of All Star Racing, who had five winners this fall. Ironically, Ford is All Star Racing's trainer as well.
In other action on the track, the veteran Noble Falcon picked up his 34th career victory in his 149th career start when he won a conditioned pace at the Meadowlands on Saturday night. With Tim Tetrick in the sulky, the Kevin McDermott-trained gelding won by a nose over Blue Claw in 1:51.3. It was also the sixth win of the year for Noble Falcon, who is owned by Fran Azur.
In other action, the 2-year-old gelding Shark Waves lowered his career best to 1:53.2. With a second-over trip and a three-wide move in the last turn, Shark Waves paced to a one-length victory thanks to a :28 final quarter. Mark Ford trains the son of Cam's Card Shark-Catching Waves and also owns the youngster with Jeffrey Eckburg of Rockford, Ill.
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