East Rutherford, NJ — Southwind Tyrion continued his impressive winning ways Friday night (Aug. 7) at The Meadowlands, upping his lifetime record to three wins in as many starts after taking the $60,000 Garden State (sponsored by the Standardbred Owners and Breeders of New Jersey) for 2-year-old colts and geldings on the trot in 1:54.3 over a track labeled ‘good.’
The popular 1-9 favorite swung wide off the far turn and sprinted past his foes through the stretch to record a safe one length win for trainer-driver Ake Svanstedt. Cricket Fashion was second with Red Redemption third.
Two weeks ago, Southwind Tyrion, a son of Muscle Hill-Taylor Jean, took the New Jersey Sire Stakes final in a lifetime-best 1:54. He now has earnings of $122,500 for owners S R F Stable, Ake Svanstedt Inc., Knutsson Trotting and Brittany Farms.
In the first of two $40,000 Garden State divisions for 2-year-old fillies on the trot, Lindys Dollywood, the 4-1 third choice in the wagering, came from off the pace to nail Beautiful Game at the wire. The George Ducharme-trained, Scott Zeron-driven daughter of Muscle Hill-Lindys Crazy Dolly won for the first time in four career starts after stopping the clock in 1:54.
The Svanstedt-trained Presto made it two wins in three lifetime outings in the second $40,000 division, hitting the wire in a lifetime-best 1:56.2. Yannick Gingras guided the product of Trixton-Susie’s Magic to an easy score as the 1-5 favorite.
Dune Hill ran her winning streak to four in the Continentalvictory for 3-year-old filly trotters, holding off Ms Savannah Belle by a nose in 1:53.4 in winning for the sixth time in 17 career starts for trainer Ron Burke with Gingras in the bike. The daughter of Muscle Hill-Quite Possible paid $9.20 as the third choice in the betting.
Hillexotic, a Muscle Hill-Exotic Destination colt trained and driven by Trond Smedshammer held off the late-charging 3-5 favorite Play Trix On Me in the $50,000 Muscle Hill for 3-year-old colts and geldings on the trot. The winner, who was sent to the gate as the fourth choice in the betting at odds of 6-1, won for the first time in four career starts, hitting the wire in 1:53.
A Little More: Gingras recorded three wins on the program while Dexter Dunn had one. Heading into the last day of the meeting, Dunn leads Gingras 83-82 in the driver standings.
All-source wagering totaled $2,377,908.
Racing resumes Saturday, Hambletonian Day, at a special early post time of noon. There will be a 60-minute Hambletonian show telecast on tape delay on the CBS Sports Network at 6 p.m.