East Rutherford, NJ — As another Friday night card took place at The Meadowlands, the amateurs took center stage in three races and did not disappoint.
The first pacing event found a few horses leaving hard for the lead and after Mcnulty Z Tam (Matt Zuccarello) took the lead, he was quickly overtaken by Pantheon Hanover (Juan Cano) through a fast :27.1 first quarter. The field remained that way until the top of the stretch and that is when all the closers came knocking. When the dust settled, Marvalous One (James Foley) took command en route to a diminishing three-quarter length victory over the mid-pack closer Fox Valley Inferno (Joe Lee). Zuccarello, who had some traffic trouble in the stretch, rode the rail to round out the trifecta. The mile went in 1:53.1.
The winner is a 5-year-old gelding out of the mare Seaswift Princess by the sire Delmarvalous. He is owed by Kenneth Horvath and Bryan Rosenthal and is trained by Symon Spicer.
The amateur pacers took to the track in the seventh race as well and three horses tried to leave for the lead. Astor (John Calabrese) was having none of that and left hard from his rail position through a swift :27 first quarter. He was able to throttle down the speed through the second quarter but that is when Brandon Hanover (Matt Zuccarello) sprung into action and came first over after sitting third for the first half-mile.
He and Calabrese raced nose to nose through the third quarter of the race and after rubbing wheels, Zuccarello was able to take command at the top of the stretch. He fought off all challengers and hung on to a head victory over Watchmeneighneigh (Tony Beltrami). Unfortunately for Beltrami, he was disqualified for going inside a few pylons around the final turn so moving up into second place was longshot May I Cruise West (Mark Schullstrom) and rounding out the trifecta was now Master Conrad (Bruno Chiodo). The mile was timed in 1:53.2.
It was Zuccarello’s 10th victory of the year and 27th of his career.
Brandon Hanover is a 6-year-old gelding out of the mare Brissonte Hanover and sired by Big Jim, owned by Jennifer Orozco and trained by Izzy Estrada.
Another full field of 10 trotters took to the mile surface in the ninth race on the card. Just like last week Hotfoot Hannah (Tony Ciuffetelli) took the lead and never looked back. He was followed by Inaperfectworld (driven by his son Anthony) and they finished the contest that way, only a neck apart, to make for a rare father/son exacta.
There were several horses on the outside that made up the outer flow but could not overtake the top two. Sitting on the rail third and finishing third was Stealing (Matt Zuccarello), who not only rounded out the trifecta but finished his evening with a win and two thirds. The trot race was timed in 1:57.3.
The winner is a 5-year-old mare out of All For One and is sired by Chapter Seven. He is owed by Dennis Nye and Robert Trossbach and trained by Perry Simser.
The amateur pacers and trotters will be back at the Big M next Friday night with the first post scheduled for 6:20 p.m.