Day At The Track

Team Orange crushes at the Meadowlands

01:22 PM 09 Jun 2018 NZST
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Double L Lindy and driver Jim Marohn Jr. winning at the Meadowlands
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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - You could say Team Orange crushed it at the Meadowlands.

The husband and wife team of Andy and Julie Miller - and 20-year-old son T.J. - all had a good time of it Friday night as the Julie-trained Double L Lindy won the feature, son T.J. won his first-ever Big M drive, and then for good measure, Andy scored in the eighth race with an 8-1 shot.

Double L Lindy was superb in taking the $15,000, fifth-race conditioned trot. Driver Jim Marohn Jr. hustled the 5-year-old gelded son of Muscles Yankee-Love Lockdown to the top in :27.4.

There was little stress for the eventual winner, only a far turn challenge from second-choice Misslarose, but it did not amount to much, as Double L Lindy reported home a safe three-quarter length winner as the 1-5 favorite over a fast-closing Pinkman. Misslarose finished third.

The winner, who was coupled with Fly On in the wagering (Fly On broke on the far turn while racing in the pocket), returned $2.60 and completed the mile in a lifetime-best 1:52 for owners Little E LLC, Living The Dream Racing LLC and RBH Ventures Inc.

Two races earlier, it was wall-to-wall winner's circle smiles as T.J. guided Lily's Swan Pond to victory in the GSY Amateur Driving Club's Hot To Trot Series in 1:55.2. "It was a great experience," said T.J. "And I'll be driving this summer in some more amateur races."

To top off the night, Andy guided Clifton Beach ($19.40, 1:56.1) to victory lane in the eighth race conditioned trot.

A LITTLE MORE: Lack of interest in the entry box led to lackluster wagering on the program. On the comparable card from a year ago, a total of 84 horses competed in 10 races - an average of 8.4 starters per race - with a total wager of $2,137,916. Friday night, only 66 betting interests competed over nine races (7.3 per race) with all-source handle totaling $1,681,527, a decrease of 21.3 percent from the year before. ... The team of trainer Linda Toscano and driver Tim Tetrick won twice on the card. ... The Late 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five failed to result in a single-ticket winner, upping the carryover to $250,090. ... Gates open at the Big M Saturday at 10:30 a.m. with a big Belmont Stakes simulcast crowd expected. ... Live racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m.

by Dave Little, for the Meadowlands

 

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