Billed as a matchup between the razor sharp Sweet Justice and the classy, Friday's Open Trot at The Meadowlands seemed to be a 2-horse race on paper, but in the end, it was anything but. Sweet Justice broke stride right at the start, seemingly leaving the race to who asserted an early lead.
Setting fractions of 26.4, 55.2 and 1:23.4,driven by Dave Miller turned for home seemingly on cruise control. But World Cup was guided off the pylons by and made his move with three-sixteenths of a mile to go and what a move it was as he wore down sprinting home in 27.4 to get up by a nose at 17-1. World Cup is owned by Carly Roman and trained by . It was that upset that sparked a lone winning ticket in the Pick-5 which returned $30,052.60 for the $.50 cent minimum play.
The Pick 5 wasn't the only pool with one winning ticket asrepeat upset victory with Twin B Spike Man at 31-1 in the tenth race B-1/B-2 Handicap Trot ensured one winning ticket in the Late Pick 4, which returned $64,811.80.
Perfect Alliance was noteworthy impressive winner in her return to the races, romping to a 7-length score in a lifetime best 1:53.3 as she gears up for the Charles Singer Memorial Series.
Driverstole the driving show tonight, winning five races extending his lead in the drivers standing to 14 wins in front of Dave Miller.
It was another big night for the on-track handle, as it yielded a 14-percent increase over the same race day in 2013, while the total handle of $3,120,181 was a five percent increase as well.
Racing resumes on Saturday with first post time of 7:15 P.M. The program features a Free For All Handicap Trot, featuring, Bettor's Edge and the razor sharp Dovuto Hanover.