East Rutherford, NJ — Fire Start Hanover, Commanding Officer and Summa Cum Laude all remained perfect through two legs of the Kindergarten Classic for 2-year-olds at The Meadowlands Friday night (Sept. 25).
Fire Start Hanover had an easy time of it in the first race filly pace, sailing down the road in a lifetime-best 1:52.1 to win by 1-3/4 lengths with driver Victor Kirby calling the shots. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Fit To Frame, who is trained by Nifty Norman, paid $3.20 to win as the 3-5 favorite and ran her overall winning streak to three.
Commanding Officer completed an all-chalk Early Daily Double for trainer Tony Alagna and driver Scott Zeron. The 2-5 favorite cleared to the lead before the three-eighths on the way to a 1-1/2 length romp in 1:52.1 in a division for colt and gelding pacers. The son of Captaintreacherous-Turnoffthelights returned $2.80 to win.
Summa Cum Laude stayed unbeaten in the series, taking another division for male pacers in race nine. Driven by Simon Allard for trainer Ron Burke, Summa Cum Laude took over the lead after Bettor Not Talk went off stride while racing on the point on the way to the half. The winner, a son of Somebeachsomewhere-Western Graduate, scored by a length in 1:52.2 and returned $4.00 as the even-money post-time choice.
A Little More: Allard was the top driver of the night. Currently fifth in the standings at Pocono, Allard won three races on the night, two of them for Burke. Kirby guided a pair of winner’s circle visitors for Norman. Mark MacDonald and Zeron also steered two to victory lane.
Big M TV personality Jessica Otten correctly selected the $267.40 Early 50-cent Pick-4. She also gave out best bet Mazzarati, who returned $9.80 to win.
Despite the 4-5 favorite scoring easily, the 13th race Pentafecta failed to yield a winning ticket. The next Late 10-cent Pentafecta will start out with a carryover of $14,331.
All-source wagering totaled $1,878,489.
Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m.