‘ABJ’ SIZZLES IN BIG M’S BURNING POINT
-- Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ -- April 14, 2018 -- Apple Bottom Jeans stamped herself as the favorite for next week’s $54,500 Burning Point Series final with a monstrous win in the first division of the second and final leg of the event for pacing mares Saturday night at the Meadowlands.
Sent to the gate as the 2-5 favorite, ‘ABJ’ sat a four hole past the quarter as 2-1 second choice Bettorhaveanother was on the point. Apple Bottom Jeans moved to the outside at three-eighths, got up to the leader’s throat on the far turn, and then drew clear to a 2¾-length victory in a lifetime-best 1:50.1 for driver Victor Kirby and trainer Kevin Switzer. Bettorhaveanother was second with Tica Hanover third.
The 5-year-old daughter of Mr Apples returned $2.80 to win.
Valuable Art ($4.60 to win as the 6-5 public choice) made the lead at the quarter in the other Burning Point division and after being passed by a pesky Windsun Glory in mid-stretch, came back to record a thrilling nose win over that foe in 1:51.2. Stormtracker was third.
The winner, a 5-year-old daughter of Art Official, was driven by Corey Callahan and trained by Shaun Callahan.
Barimah A ($5.60 as the 9-5 second choice) made the lead at the three-eighths and kept 3-5 favorite Windsong Leo at bay throughout the final quarter to record a three-quarter-length win in the lone division of the second leg of the Whata Baron Series for horses and geldings on the pace. Hug The Wind N third.
Barimah A is an 8-year-old gelded son of Bettor’s Delight who completed the mile in 1:50.4. He was driven by Andy Miller and trained by Scott Di Domenico and is the likely favorite for next week’s $53,500 Whata Baron final.
A LITTLE MORE: The Pick-4 continues to be as popular as any multi-leg bet in all of harness racing as the total pool topped the $100,000 mark ($105,082) for the third time this year. … All-source wagering totaled $2,328,218 on the 10-race card. … The Late 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five failed once again to result in a single-ticket winner, inching the carryover ever closer to the $200,000 mark, at $192,943. … The 20-Cent Survivor Pick-10 had a record-setting night, as the biggest pool in the history of the wager, $25,061, was the total play. For those who survived all 10 races, the reward was a payoff of $7,633. … Favorites ruled as post-time choices won 14-of-20 races over the course of the Big M’s Friday-Saturday race week. … Live action resumes at the Meadowlands Friday at 7:15 p.m.
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