East Rutherford, NJ - Rockin Ron is back in town and the $20,000 Preferred Pace just got a lot tougher on Saturday at The Meadowlands.
The millionaire son of Real Desire was as good as any and better than most FFA pacers last summer, amassing over $500,000 in earnings while winning several top class Grand Circuit events and taking a 1:47.2 mark at Mohawk along the way.
Now embarking on his 2018 campaign, Rockin Ron qualified in a sharp 1:52.3 with a 26.1 final quarter last week, He begins from a handicapped outside post 7 for Yannick Gingras on Saturday. Ron Burke trains for Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi and RTC Stable.
Tim Tetrick is in for the night and has the drive on race favorite Christen Me N, who was a winner in his last Meadowlands appearance two months ago. He's had a brief freshening and one under his belt coming in to Saturday's race for trainer Jim King, Jr and owner Richard Poillucci. That combination has an interesting prospect in the opener where they'll send recent import Shartin N out against the evening's top pacing mare class.
In the building there is another World Harness Handicapping Championship qualifier and the usual array of guaranteed pools along with a six figure carry-over in the Jackpot Super Hi-5. Free program pages may be downloaded for the Late Pick 4 and Hi-5.