In a dappled dash to the wire, Highland Cat held on to win the $35,000 Grey Ghost Handicap by three-quarters of a length on Friday night at the Meadowlands. Ridden by Jose Lezcano, Highland Cat covered the 1 1-16 miles in 1:38.48. Lightning Power rallied four-wide in the stretch to finish second, while it was three lengths back to Raynicks Fan in third. Highland Cat paid $8.20, $3.20 and $2.20. Lightning Power returned $3.00 and $2.20, while Raynicks Fan was worth $2.60 to show.
The annual Grey Ghost is a starter handicap reserved strictly for horses registered as grey or roan in color.
The $60,000 Witches Brew was co-featured on the Halloween card. Heckuva Good Time, also with Lezcano up, pulled off the upset in the five-furlong event and notched her second straight win at the Meadowlands this fall. Trained by Mark Shuman, Golden Dome Stable's Heckuva Good Time paid $27.20, $10.20 and $6.80. Runner-up All Giving returned $4.40 and $4.00, while Hi Beautiful was worth $9.20 to show.