Four victories for Kirby at Big M

East Rutherford, NJ — With many Meadowlands regulars in Lexington racing at Red Mile, opportunities for other drivers were there for the taking at the mile oval Friday night (Oct. 2). Making the most of his chances was Delaware regular Victor Kirby, no stranger to the Big M winner’s circle, who won four times on the card, all in the Fall Harvest Series, a late closer for horses of moderate class.

Walks Of Life takes a division of the Fall Harvest Series at The Meadowlands Friday night, one of four winners on the evening for driver Victor Kirby. Lisa photo.

Kirby recorded a “natural hat trick” by taking the fourth, fifth and sixth races in succession, scoring first with Adorabella in a division for pacing fillies and mares. The Don Biccum trainee, who was the 3-1 third choice, hit the wire in 1:53.3, lowering her previous lifetime best by two-and-four-fifth seconds.

Next up was 7-1 sixth choice in the wagering Pirates Alley, a John Wyatt-trained gelding who scored in a division for male pacers in 1:56, before Walks Of Life (5-1 third choice) took another male pacing event in 1:53.2, completing an all-Kirby Pick-3 that returned $514.60 for $1.

But Kirby’s fans had one more score in store.

The 48-year-old pilot, currently fourth in the standings at Harrington Raceway, kept 20-1 long shot Thunder Some Where close to the action in the 11th race, another male pacing division, and got up nearing the wire in 1:53.1 for trainer Paul Blumenfeld.

WILD 11’s IN PICK-5: Horses that went off at odds of 11-1 scored in both races two and three on the card, setting the stage for an Early 20-cent Pick-5 that yielded but one winner – who was betting into the Elite Turf Club hub – that walked away with $35,515.06. The lone winning favorite during the sequence was a lukewarm 5-2 choice in the first race.
The 20-cent Pick-6 failed to yield a winning ticket, which means a carryover of $4,577 will be available Saturday night.

A LITTLE MORE: Simon Allard, currently fifth in the Pocono Downs standings, and Marcus Miller, who’s in sixth, each drove two winners on the card. … Nice job by the Big M TV fill-in team of Brett Risi and Andrew Demsky, who both gave out winning Early 50-cent Pick-4 tickets on the in-house simulcast presentation. … All-source wagering on the 13-race program totaled $2,304,358. … Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m.

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