On what was another difficult evening weather-wise with the wind blowing a gale throughout, The Meadowlands Saturday night card provided excitement, opportunity and value.
The excitement was provided by Easy Again who won the $30,000 Free For All feature by leading all the way in 1:51.1. Sent out hard from the outside post six after a pair of scratches by, Easy Again got to the opening quarter in 27.4 and decided to duplicate those fractions for each quarter thereafter, including ripping home in 27.4 into the teeth of a fierce wind.
Trained byfor Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi and Panhellenic Stable who bought the horse for $100,000 at Harrisburg. Easy Again has always been a high speed horse but plagued by issues throughout his career. He certainly looks poised to be a force on the east coast this summer.
So far as opportunity and value, the nightly Pick 5 got the ball rolling with a payoff of $5,076, the early Pick 4 returned $1,341 and the late Pick 4 a whopping $23,854 (all $1 increments).
Panesthetic and Dave Miller made it back to back impressive wins, making a double jump in class, but going wire to wire again, winning the $16,000 B-1 Pace in 1:52.2 for trainer. Panesthetic is owned by Arlene Shaw, Alice Bonenfant and P. Shaw.
In addition, Dinner At The Met will head into Saturday's Buddy Gilmour Pacing Series a perfect three for three following his 1:54.3 romp in the nightcap, a non-winners of two pacing event. The three year old son ofis trained by , who co-owns the gelding with Bert Hochsurung and has been guided to victory in all three of his starts by .
Despite the snow and extreme winds, it was another $3 Million night in East Rutherford, New Jersey as total handle checked in at $3,064,833.
Racing returns Thursday, for the first round of the Charles Singer Memorial Trotting Series with post time at 7:15 P.M. That program is the identical program from February 13th that was forced to cancel due to a winter storm. That entire 10-race program has been carried over to this coming Thursday.