The Meadowlands returns with another live racing weekend beginning Friday night. Thirteen races with plenty of entries populate both the Friday and Saturday cards and the Friday feature is the eighth race, a 10 horse conditioned trot for a purse of $13,000.
The feature field is an interesting mix of young and old led by grizzled veteran 9-year-old Up Front Billy who has amassed more than $800,000 over his racing career for owner/trainer Mark Ford and partner Up Front Racing. A winner three back against lesser, "Billy" will be driven on Friday by Jim Pantaleano.
Explosive Ridge (PP#2 Marcus Johansson) and Di Oggi (PP#10 Marcus Miller) are a talented pair of 4-year olds in the field.
Explosive Matter has been away from the races since last summer and comes in off an impressive qualifying win last week. Trainer Nancy Johansson owns him with Kenneth Ross.
Do Oggi on the other hand is in razor sharp form, having set a brand new 1:54 career record in his most recent start. Archie Kohr trains this one for Whiskey Trails Stable. He's got speed enough to shop for an early forward placement to counter his unfortunate draw.
Friday is Asian Fusion night in Pink and on the wagering front, the last race Super Hi-5 Jackpot pool is now in excess of $100,000.
Post time is 6:35 p.m. (Meadowlands)