All Alone wins again at Big M

East Rutherford, NJ — He doesn’t have much experience, but you wouldn’t know it after seeing All Alone perform in Friday night’s (March 10) featured pace at The Meadowlands.

All Alone won the Friday night feature at The Meadowlands. Lisa photo.

The 3-year-old colt by Heston Blue Chip-Lonesome Day won a second straight start — his second lifetime win from six outings — keeping main foe Idiosyncratic at bay to the wire by a head in 1:53.2 in a $14,500 non-winners of two pace over a sloppy track on a second straight Friday card that saw miserable rainy weather in northern New Jersey.

Driver Scott Zeron put All Alone on the point while parked as he got past 3-1 second choice Idiosyncratic in :29. After reaching the half in :57.3, Zeron was able to rate the third fraction to :28.3, leaving a :27.1 final quarter in the tank, which proved to be just enough to prevail over a fast-closing Idiosyncratic. Third Pillar was third.

“I like him more off a helmet,” said winning trainer Linda Toscano of All Alone. “But he had to be there (on the lead) tonight. He’s still learning. He’s got a lot of talent.”

As the 1-5 favorite, All Alone returned $2.60 to his backers.

It was a good night for Hall of Famer Toscano, whose only other starter on the night was also a winner, as C Is For Cookie ($5.20 as the 8-5 public choice), a 3-year-old filly by Betting Line-Sweet Future, scored in her career debut in a snappy 1:51.3 with Zeron at the lines.

“I loved her when I trained her down, but she injured herself (last year),” said Toscano. “But that’s what 2-year-olds do sometimes. She got loose on the lead and Scott let her race.”

18 In A Row: All-source betting totaled $3,337,915 on the 14-race card, keeping The Big M’s streak of surpassing the magic $3 million mark intact.

There have been 18 Friday and Saturday night programs conducted during 2023 and every one has seen wagering exceed $3 million.

During 2022, betting went past the $3 million mark 23 times during the 85-program season.

A Little More: Tim Tetrick made his return to The Big M a winning one, guiding Nylander to victory lane as the 2-5 public choice in race six. It was Tetrick’s first appearance at the mile oval in 2023.

Dexter Dunn led the driver colony with three victories.

Three popular multi-leg wagers had those with winning tickets grinning from ear-to-ear as the 20-cent Pick-5 ($7,895.44), 20-cent Survivor Pick-7 ($8,323.04) and 20-cent Pick-6 ($9,991.66) all resulted in big payoffs.

Racing resumes Saturday at 6:20 p.m.

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