Golden Receiver stamped himself the one to beat in next week’s $110,500 Presidential final with another gate-to-wire score in the second leg of the series Saturday night at the Meadowlands Racetrack
After firing to the lead, round one winner Golden Receiver relaxed through softer middle fractions and gamely held off I Wanna Go Fast and River Shark with a :25.3 final frame for a three-quarter-length tally in 1:49.2, his fifth in a row.
Driven by Brian Sears, Golden Receiver paid $3 to win the $40,000 10th race Presidential split. The seven-year-old Village Jove gelding surpassed $700,000 in career earnings for trainer Mark Harder and owners Stable 45, Richard Taylor, Stephen Springer and Nina Simmonds.
Vintage Master [$6.60] and driver Dan Dube attacked first over and wore down Annieswesterncard late in the lane to win the second Presidential split, the fourth race, in 1:49.1.
The six-year-old son of Western Ideal, trained by Jimmy Takter, will retire after racing in the Presidential final. He enters his final start with a record of 17 wins in 73 career starts and $2,154,139 in earnings. Vintage Master was bred by Brittany Farms and is racing under the banner of Winbak Farm of Canada Inc.
A pair of The Complex second leg divisions were also contested on the card with the Dube-driven Avenue Hanover [$13.60] and Yannick Gingras-reined Itrustyou [$2.60] each taking an $18,000 division. Both four-year-olds put forth matching 1:51 winning efforts. Valedictory Stakes champion Itrustyou's victory was his ninth in a row for the Burke Racing Stable.
The Presidential shares the marquee with the $74,000 Complex and $73,000 Clyde Hirt finals next Saturday, January 28.
To view Saturday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Saturday Results - Meadowlands Racetrack.
(With files from Meadowlands Racetrack)