by Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations
East Rutherford, NJ — The Meadowlands returned from summer vacation with fall-like temperatures and eight divisions of the Kindergarten Classic for 2-year-olds Friday night (Oct. 12).
Two teams stood out on a clear evening that saw temperatures in the mid-50s as Team Orange Crush (driver Andy and trainer Julie Miller) and the pairing of driver Tim Tetrick and trainer Linda Toscano each won two Kindergarten events on the program.
The Millers scored with a pair of trotters. In race four colt No Drama Please (Trixton-Female Drama) won in 1:54.3. He now has four wins in 11 starts after returning $12.20 to his backers. Filly American Kronos (Donato Hanover-Glide About) won the sixth race in 1:57.1, upping her lifetime record to five wins in six starts. She paid $3.40 as the odds-on choice.
Tetrick and new Hall of Famer Toscano scored in the opener with filly pacer Alkippe (Sweet Lou-Capelo Rose), who stopped the clock in 1:53.4, paid $4.40 as the post-time choice and upped her record to three wins in nine starts, with seven on-the-board finishes. Trotting filly Sister’s Promise (Father Patrick-Amourato) won for the third time in seven tries in race five, scoring in 1:55.4 and returning $5.40 as the second choice in the betting.
A Little More: Andy Miller finished the night with four winners on the 10-race card after scoring five times earlier in the day at Freehold Raceway, giving him nine trips to the winner’s circle over the course of his doubleheader.
All-source wagering on the Big M card totaled $1,569,887.
Racing resumes Saturday night at 7:15 p.m. Donttellmeagain tops the Preferred Handicap for pacers for Tim Tetrick and Joann Looney-King.