Blatantly Good was just that as he held off the tenacious Jeremy's Successor to win the $50,000 opening round of the harness racing Presidential Series Saturday night at Meadowlands Racetrack.
Driver Richie Silverman and Blatantly Good circled wide to take the lead in a brisk :55.1 half and tackled immediate pressure from Jeremy's Successor to their outside. The two horses were just noses apart at the top of the stretch until Blatantly Good found a second gear and edged away to a neck victory in 1:50.1. Western Shore drafted behind Jeremy's Successor to grab the show spot. Blatantly Good paid $5.40 to win the featured seventh race for free for all pacers.
The 6-year-old son ofextended his winning streak to four races for trainer Mark Kesmodel and owner Jeffrey Bamond of Brick, NJ. Lifetime, he has now won 29 of 89 starts and $435,069.
The Presidential Series continues with a $50,000 second leg on Jan. 16 and concludes with an estimated $125,000 final on Jan. 23.
SUNDAY RACING RETURNS
Meadowlands Racetrack's first Sunday matinee of the season is Jan. 10. Post time is 1:10 p.m. The track will continue on a Wednesday - Sunday racing schedule through April 18.