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Tuesday, November 25, 2008


WAGERING, ATTENDANCE UP AT MEADOWLANDS THOROUGHBRED MEET


The Meadowlands concluded the 2008 Thoroughbred meet with positive gains in both total handle and attendance.

Total common pool handle for the 40-date meet, which spanned six cards a week from September 30 – November 15, was $62,940,501 vs. $60,127,478 for a 41-date meet in 2007. The average daily total handle was $1,573,513, a 7.3 percent increase over the $1,466,524 in 2007. One card during the 2008 meet was canceled after the second race due to inclement weather. Daily attendance averaged 3,556, marking a 13 percent increase over the 3,137 average in 2007 [Sept 3 – Nov. 10].


Leading jockey honors went to Jose Lezcano, who booted home 51 winners, while trainer Jason Servis claimed his third training title. Servis, who finished the meet with 20 wins, previously led the standings in 2005 and 2006. One of the highlights of Servis’ season was former $30,000 claimer American Border’s upset in the Grade 3 Violet Stakes.

“I think the racing office did a great job,” Servis said. “The races filled unbelievably well for six days a week. With the short meet people were just getting in and racing. There were horses that I ran back myself that were Jersey-breds, that I knew it was their last shot for the year before getting the winter off. I think a lot of guys did the exact same thing. The meet exceeded everyone’s expectations.”

Ed Broome tied with Repole Stable for leading owner and finished second in the trainer standings with 15 wins. Broome has four owner and trainer titles to his credit.

“Everything worked out great at the Meadowlands this year,” Broome said. “The races were real competitive. Everyone thought with the six days that we’d fall flat on our faces, but that didn’t happen at all. The races closed early every day and we had full fields. You had horses shipping over from New York, others from Delaware and Pennsylvania. It was a real tough, competitive meet, which made for good interesting races.”

Four graded stakes were showcased during the 2008 Meadowlands meet. Arson Squad gave trainer Rick Dutrow his second straight win in the track’s signature event, the $350,000 Meadowlands Cup (G2), with Edgar Prado aboard. Atoned finally put his winless streak to rest for trainer Todd Pletcher in the $200,000 Pegasus (G2). Meet leaders Servis and Lezcano teamed to win the $150,000 Violet (G3) with astute claim American Border, while trainer Amy Tarrant saddled her first graded stakes winner, Kiss The Kid, in the $150,000 Cliff Hanger (G3).

MEADOWLANDS 2008 STANDINGS

JOCKEYS
Name Starts 1st 2nd 3rd Earnings
Jose Lezcano 176 51 32 30 $1,312,826
Charles C. Lopez 168 42 28 20 $1,056,874
Eddie Castro 163 33 33 21 $917,045
Daniel Centeno 182 22 21 31 $622,912
Joe Bravo 87 21 16 12 $772,800
Carlos H. Marquez, Jr. 161 20 35 20 $842,538
Pablo Fragoso 80 15 10 13 $359,144
Stewart Elliott 97 15 10 9 $502,415
Navin Mangalee 115 14 21 16 $418,056
Pedro L. Cotto, Jr. 141 11 15 31 $424,038

TRAINERS
Name Starts 1st 2nd 3rd Earnings
Jason Servis 62 20 11 13 $601,239
Edwin T. Broome 51 15 9 6 $421,437
Benjamin W. Perkins, Jr. 35 15 3 5 $410,542
Bruce N. Levine 54 13 9 8 $330,000
Richard E. Dutrow, Jr. 28 10 4 7 $439,110
Scott J. Volk 30 9 10 5 $276,042
Timothy A. Hills 44 9 9 4 $247,555
Patricia Farro 45 9 6 5 $147,265
Frank Costa 66 8 9 6 $221,182
Gary C. Contessa 32 8 5 5 $161,860


OWNERS
Name Starts 1st 2nd 3rd Earnings
Ed Broome 32 9 7 5 $271,464
Repole Stable 24 9 4 5 $185,110
Gerard Artz 11 6 3 1 $138,240
Ocean View 38 6 7 7 $188,188
La Marca 17 6 4 2 $124,864



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