Rock Of Cashel returned from a four-month layoff a week ago and raised a few eyebrows with his impressive win off a live-cover trip in 1:53.4. Saturday night at the Meadowlands, he proved that was no fluke.
The 7-year-old son of Majestic Son went a tougher journey this time around, but the result was the same as the Mark Harder trainee went parked for the final five-eighths of a mile and won for fun nonetheless in the featured $20,000 Preferred Handicap for trotters.
Rock Of Cashel was in no hurry early, sitting a five-hole trip as the classy Opulent Yankee was sailing along on the point at the half in :56.2 after rating his second fraction in :29.3.
Gradually making up ground while first-over, Rock Of Cashel reached the leader’s wheel as they turned for home, and wore that foe down in determined fashion to record a three-quarter length win over a fast-closing Cash Me Out in 1:54. Elysium Lindy was third.
As the odds-on public choice, Rock Of Cashel returned $3.40 to win for owners Joseph Jannuzzelli and Jeffery Ruch, and now has 26 wins in 146 lifetime starts.
Corey Callahan drove three winners on the card after guiding six to victory lane last Saturday. Jim Marohn Jr. won twice, giving him 12 straight programs with at least a driving double. The Pick-5 was not hit, resulting in a rare carryover. There will be $28,786 in the hat for the next race card. The Pick-4 pool totaled $87,371, and resulted in a payoff of $1,549.70 for a 50-cent wager. The Late 20-cent Jackpot Super High-Five did not result in a single-ticket winner, upping the carryover to $64,317. All-source wagering for the 14-race card was $2,710,217. (Meadowlands)