Mandatory payout of Super High 5 returns $2,832.40
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (July 28, 2017) – Eliminations for the pair of signature
freshman races at the Meadowlands, the Peter Haughton and Jim Doherty
Memorials, were contested on Friday night at the Big M and Jimmy Takter was the
The Hall of Famer sent out both elimination winners in the Haughton with You
Know You Do (1:56.1) and Samo Different Day (1:54.2). He drove the latter, who
scored as a 21/1 longshot. Takter's four other colts all qualified for next
Saturday's final, giving him a six-pack in the Hambletonian Day fixture.
In the Doherty, Trond Smedshammer's Phaetosive followed behind as S M S
Princess rolled through suicidal fractions of :27.3 and :54.4. As that one
folded through three-quarters of a mile in 1:24.3, Phaetosive got rolling and
drew away to win with ease in 1:53.1.
In the second elimination, Takter's Manchego remained undefeated in four career
starts with a facile win off a picture-perfect second-over trip in 1:55.2.
Takter will send three fillies into next Saturday's final.
Nike Franco backed up her powerful win in the Golden Girls two weeks ago with a
lifetime-best mile of 1:48 to win the Fillies & Mares Preferred Handicap.
She enters next Saturday's Lady Liberty in top form for trainer Jo Ann
Looney-King and owner Richard Poillucci.
The biggest upset of the night was authored by Canadian invader
Lookslikeachpndale who powered up first-over to win the $20,000 Preferred Trot
in a lifetime-best 1:51.1. The Luc Blais trainee was winless in seven seasonal
starts entering Friday night, but has shown a liking for the Big M surface in
the past, finishing third at 24/1 in last year's TVG Free For All Final. He is
being pointed to next Saturday's John Cashman Memorial on the Hambletonian
Earlier in the night, the fifth race jackpot super high 5 pool featured a
mandatory payout. The jackpot stood at $35,864 and attracted $57,774 in new
money, chasing the negative takeout scenario. Second choice King's Cavalier and
favorite Nono Lindy finished 1-2 with 80/1 longshot Jazebel De Vie finishing
third. That helped trigger a 20-cent return of $2,832.40 to 30 winning tickets.
Total handle on the 11-race card was $2,121,251. Live racing continues Saturday
with a 12-race program headlined by a pair of eliminations in the Hambletonian
Oaks. Post time is 7:15 p.m.
For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com.