The Meadowlands Winter Survivor Series began on Thursday, March 6 with a pair of $12,500 divisions. The opening round drew twenty one horses that had started in a $15,000 or less claiming race in at least once in their last four starts, which resulted in a couple of pretty competitive fields.
In the first division, Tamayo shipped in from The Meadows forwith a fairly imposing record and his form converted to the big track successfully with a 1:51.2 win. sent Tamayo away from the gate smartly and made the top, turned barn mate Malosi N loose as they moved toward the half and shook free late for the score. Malosi N held second and Mc Rusty split horses late for the show. The winner is owned by Burke Racing and Weaver Bruscemi.
Division two was won by Mattador D andin 1:51-. Bongiorno found position in fourth early as Boiler Bob The QB and Cane Ridge hooked up through taxing early fractions of 26.3 - 55.2. As they fanned out for home, Mattador D was fed racetrack by his young driver and rolled on by the tiring speed for the win. Highland Boreas was second and Flash snuck though for third. Mattador D races out of the barn for owner Carly Roman. The win was one of three on the card for Meadowlands rising star .
The series continues with leg two next Friday and concludes on Saturday, March 22 with the $47,650 final.
Live handle showed a 37-percent increase on the card compared to 2013. Racing resumes with a 13-race Friday card with post time at 7:15 P.M.
by Darin Zoccali, for the Meadowlands