Dave Miller appreciated the return to Thursday night racing as he scored six wins on the card. Two of those wins came in theTrotting Series which got underway tonight.
The first of the Buckeye "" triumphs was Donatella Hanover, sent off an even money favorite, she ranged up on the outside into the final turn, swooped to the lead and trotted strongly trough the stretch to score in 1:55.3 for trainer . Donatella Hanover is owned by Christinatakterandthekids. Miller's "other" score in the trotting series came with Ray Hall, who broke in his previous start but had no such trouble tonight leading from start to finish in 1:54.4 and winning by just over one length. Ray Hall is owned by Bruce & Patricia Soulsby and The Wall Bros. Stable.
Earlier on the card, Home Turf took his division of theby one length, holding off Cocotier in 1:56 for . Trained by Co-Owner Noel Daey for Mirva Bogucki.
The most impressive winner in the first round of thetrotting series was Time To Quit. Patiently handled by , Time To Quit moved smoothly to the lead on the far turn, opened up willingly in the stretch and was wrapped up coming to the wire, holding off Dough Dough in the process. Time To Quit appears as the horse to beat in the series for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Philip Collura, trained by . Round Two of the will be contested Thursday, January 16th with the final set for Wednesday, January 22nd.
Live Handle showed a 23-percent increase compared to this same night last year, while the export yielded a 21-percent increase, resulting in a total handle increase of 21-percent over 2013.
Racing returns on Friday, with first post time of 7:15 P.M.
by Rachel Ryan for the Meadowlands