East Rutherford, NJ --- The Whata Baron Series for pacing horses and geldings opened with a pair of $22,500 divisions on Saturday night (April 5) at Meadowlands Racetrack.
The track was fast and temperature seasonal when the first split went away as race six with Wake Up Peter redeeming himself and his backers after a pair of losses as the 3-5 favorite.
Starting from the rail for driver Scott Zeron, Wake Up Peter protected his position through the first turn then responded to Zeron’s guidance to take the lead past the half in :55.3. Facing no challenges around the final bend, Wake Up Peter sprinted clear in early stretch and held safe for the 1:51 win. Sky Is The Limit was second and Ima Giggity Fool finished third.
The winner is trained by the Remmen stable for owner Bradley Grant of Ontario.
In the second division favored Captive Audience was an impressive 1:49 winner, leading all the way for Andy Miller.
Sent through a quick :26.3 opening split, Miller did not welcome the early move from highly-regarded Pompano invader Prairie Jaguar passing the three-eighths, a move that was quickly aborted by his pilot Jim Morrill, Jr.
Captive Audience continued through honest fractions of :55 and 1:22.2 before a credible :27.3 into the wind closed it out. Scott Rocks sat the pocket throughout and held second with Summer Smackdown third.
Corey Johnson trains the winner for Debbie Element and Mac Nichol of Ontario.
In the $30,000 final of the Dash For The "C" Note for C-1 pacers, Valentino and driver Andy Miller were able to lead the field from start to finish to win in 1:51.2. A game I'm Banksy (John Campbell) was second with Verdad (Mike Wilder) third.
Trained by Nick Surick for the KDM Stables and JL Benson Stables, it was the second win this year for Valentino, a seven-year-old stallion by Rocknroll Hanover. He paid $4.40 to win.
by Nick Saliv, for the Meadowlands