Day At The Track

Reclamation rolls to third straight

07:50 PM 27 Apr 2019 NZST
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Reclamation and driver Yannick Gingras are all alone at the wire in the 10th race at the Meadowlands Friday night.
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Reclamation has been nothing short of dominant of late at the Meadowlands and the Ron Burke trainee ran her win streak to three with another easy harness racing victory Friday night at the Big M in a conditioned event for pacing fillies and mares.

Around the first turn, it appeared that Reclamation and longshot Truth And Liberty were in close quarters and possibly locked wheels as Reclamation made her way toward the front and Truth And Liberty was alongside three wide, but driver Yannick Gingras urged Reclamation to the top while parked past the half in :55.3 and said there were no issues.

"I was just protecting position in the first turn," said Gingras. "Nothing happened to her."

Reclamation hit three-quarters in 1:23.4 while in high gear and sprinted clear to a 4½-length edge at the head of the stretch before hitting the wire 3½ lengths in front of 25-1 chance Rockin Praline. Brazuca was third.

"She fits this (non-winners of $12,500 or $125,000 lifetime) class for a little longer so hopefully we can wait to find out if she can compete with the preferred mares," said Gingras. "She doesn't have much experience and is learning every week."

Reclamation covered the mile in 1:51.1 over a track labeled 'good' to win for the 10th time in 18 lifetime outings. The 4-year-old daughter of A Rocknroll Dance-Art Sale now has career earnings of $63,655 for owners W J Donovan and Donal Murphy.

CAP4 BET BIG AGAIN: The Can-Am Pick-4 was a hot commodity once again as the wager that requires one to select two winners at the Meadowlands and two more at Woodbine Mohawk Park took in wagers totaling $64,937, coming just short of reaching the $65,000 mark for a third time in six tries.

Odds-on favorites scored in the first two legs but after a 34-1 and a 23-1 won the back half, the payoff for the 20-Cent base wager was $361.70.

A LITTLE MORE: Trainer Linda Toscano has a Hambletonian hopeful on her hands. Guaranteed, a Muscle Hill-Beauty Of Gray colt, won his career debut in a non-winners of one in impressive fashion as the 2-5 favorite in 1:53.4 with Tim Tetrick in the bike. ...

Guaranteed

Gingras drove three winners on the card. ... The team of trainer Allen Sisco and driver Tyler Buter scored twice at a big price, with Say You Do ($33.80) in the second race and Starsaboveallerage ($48.00) in the 11th. ... All-source handle on the 13-race card totaled $2,597,293. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m.

By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

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