Day At The Track

Caramore Final at Big M to Mike's Powerhouse

01:15 PM 24 Jun 2018 NZST
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Mike's Powerhouse and driver Vinny Ginsburg win the Caramore Final
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - After finishing a solid second and third, respectively, in his two preliminaries, Mike's Powerhouse upped his game Saturday night, saving his best effort for the Caramore Series Final, winning the $20,850 harness racing feature at the Meadowlands for non-winners of $20,000 in 2018 on the pace.

Driver Vinny Ginsburg, who won three races on the evening, put the 6-year-old gelded son of Camluck on the lead around the first turn from the rail and hit the quarter in :26.2. The eventual winner got a :57.3 breather through the middle half as Rockinwiththebest, the slight 3-2 favorite, popped out the four hole at the three-eighths and inched his way toward the leader on the rim.

But Mike's Powerhouse brought just enough through a final quarter of :26.4 to hold off the late-charging Astor, who finished a neck back. Rockinwiththebest held on for third. Byby Landon, the slight 3-2 second choice, was blocked in the pocket and had to settle for fifth.

Mike's Powerhouse returned $11.80 to win as the third choice in the wagering and completed the mile in a lifetime-best 1:50.4 for trainer Vincent Fusco Jr.

RED MAN, BLACK INK: Driver Eric Abbatiello continued to endear himself to value players Saturday, guiding one 6-1 shot and a 9-2 chance to victory lane. This after his 22-1 score on the Friday card.

FAVES NOT FAB: After post-time choices went only 2-for-9 on the Friday program, the chalk players probably felt they were due for a big night Saturday, but it wasn't to be.

The first 10 chalks failed before Music Is Art clicked at 4-5 in the finale.

For the race week, favorites went 3-for-20 (15 percent).

A LITTLE MORE: Wagering was down when compared to the comparable card from a year ago, with short fields the main culprit. During the course of the night, four fields had but six betting interests at post time. On last year's card, the average numbers of starters per race was 8.2. This year, it was 7.2. Last year, the total wagered was $2,229,350. This year, it was $1,878,057, a decrease of 15.8 percent. ... One lucky player betting into the Elite Turf Club hub raked the pot in the Early 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five. He or she who held the only ticket with the winning combination of 1-8-6-2-5 in the ninth race cashed in for $16,154. ... The Late 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five failed to result in a single-ticket winner, bloating the carryover to $265,472. ... Racing resumes at the Big M Friday at 7:15 p.m.

by Dave Little, for the Meadowlands


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