Gingras, Burke take Big M feature again

East Rutherford, NJ — When it came to the Saturday (Feb. 5) night feature at The Meadowlands, it was the same story as the last time around.

Put To Right scores in the Saturday night feature at The Meadowlands, one of five winners on the night for driver Yannick Gingras. Lisa Photo.

When last contested on Jan. 22 (last week’s races were snowed out), the feature went to driver Yannick Gingras and trainer Ron Burke with Covered Bridge in a minor upset at odds of 3-1. To spice things up a bit on the night of the track’s “Chili Cook-Off” contest, the dynamic duo – who currently but not surprisingly sit atop the driver and trainer standings – scored at 14-1 with Put To Right in the $27,500 high-end conditioned pace.

“His last few races have been good,” said Gingras. “I honestly thought he was in a little tough.”

Gingras blasted off at the start from post six in the nine-horse field (there was one scratch) and put Put To Right on the point at the quarter in a brisk :27.2 on a chilly night that saw a real feel temperature of 10 degrees.

“I was thinking I would race from behind, but I fired him up a little bit at the gate,” said Gingras. “Tonight, he raced really well.”

No Lou Zing (Scott Zeron) was up and after the leader, shortly after that and grabbed the top, making it to the half in :55.4. A weak challenge from 4-5 favorite Vettel N (Joe Bongiorno) would not affect the outcome as No Lou Zing reached three-quarters in 1:23.2 while Put To Right waited for his chance from the pocket.

“I had a lot of pace around the last turn,” said Gingras. “I popped the deuce and thought I’d go by him pretty easily.”

The 42-year-old Hall of Fame bound pilot had it right as Put To Right vacated the two-hole with just under an eighth-of-a-mile to go before going on to a safe neck win over a fast-closing Patrikthepiranha A (George Brennan). No Lou Zing was third. Vettel N wilted and finished eighth.

A 5-year-old gelded son of Captaintreacherous-On The Catwalk, Put To Right, sent off at odds of 14-1 after a fourth-place finish with lesser foes in his last start, paid $31.40 as the fifth choice bumping up to the non-winners of $20,000 level. He’s now won 10-of-64 lifetime outings for owners Thomas R and Scott A Dillon and has earnings of $254,741.

Gingras would go on to tally five times on the program, giving him at least three winners on seven of the eight cards contested in 2022. Burke had three – all driven by Gingras – visit victory lane.

Over the last two Saturday programs, Gingras has 11 victories, with only three going off as the favorite.

A LITTLE MORE: With Put To Right’s upset serving as the catalyst, no winning tickets were sold in the 20-cent Pick-6, creating a carryover of $8,572 when racing resumes. Those with four correct collected $63.50. … Scott Zeron also had a nice night, piloting three winners. … All-source handle totaled $2,742,049, bringing total betting for the weekend to just over $5.1 million. … Racing resumes Friday at 6:20 p.m.

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