East Rutherford, NJ — Six Pack went out a winner, capping his career by capturing Saturday’s (Nov. 23) $350,000 TVG Open Trot championship by three-quarters of a length with a track-record 1:50 performance over a surface labeled “good” because of rain at The Meadowlands.
Manchego, the lone mare in the race, finished second and Guardian Angel AS was third. Gimpanzee, the 3-year-old taking on older trotters, finished fourth.
Guardian Angel AS took the lead on the first turn while Six Pack, on the inside, and Manchego, on the outside, battled for second through an opening quarter in :26.3. Guardian Angel AS gave up the front to Manchego in a half of :53.4, with Six Pack third and Gimpanzee fourth.
The top four remained in that order as Manchego reached three-quarters in 1:22.4, but Six Pack was on the move and came home with a :26.3 final quarter to hit the wire first. The winning time established a track record for 4-year-old stallion trotters.
“It was a perfect trip for him,” trainer-driver Ake Svanstedt said about Six Pack. “It was a fast first quarter and fast first half, so then I thought I had a good chance to win.”
For the year, Six Pack has won four of 12 races and earned $581,314. Lifetime, the 4-year-old stallion won 19 of 35 races and $1.93 million. He will stand at Deo Volente Farms in New Jersey.
Six Pack was a Dan Patch Award winner at age 3, when he became the fastest 3-year-old trotter in history with a 1:49.1 mile. This season, he became the fastest 4-year-old male trotter, with a 1:49.2 score.
A meet-best $110,502 was wagered in the 50-cent Pick-4. … All-source handle on the 13-race program was $2,699,358, missing the meet high of $2,730,886 (established on Nov. 2) by just over $30,000. … Racing resumes Friday (Nov. 29) at 7:15 p.m.
Watch Race Replay here.