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FAB FOUR FOR GINGRAS AND BURKE AT BIG M

Saturday, November 10, 2018

The prolific pair of driver Yannick Gingras and trainer Ron Burke were up to their old tricks Saturday night at the Meadowlands, combining to win four times on the 12-race program.
Windsong Jack got the dynamic duo off to a good start in the second race pace, the $17,500 Dash For The “G” Notes final, as the 8-year-old gelded son of Santanna Blue Chip-Milliondollarsmile, who won his preliminary a week ago by 8¾ lengths in 1:51.1, was up for what was almost a repeat performance.
The result was never in doubt as the 1-9 public choice cut out all of the fractions before hitting the wire 6½ lengths in front of Joe’s Bid in a season’s-best equaling 1:51.1. He paid $2.20 to win.
But Gingras and Burke were just getting started.
Rockn Motion, a regular earlier this season on the Kentucky Sire Stakes circuit, beat a solid field of conditioned pacers in race five. The son of Pet Rock-Graceful Motion, who was unraced at 2, was the only 3-year-old in the field, but held sway through the stretch despite getting steppy with an eighth of a mile to go to hold off even-money choice Ocean Colony by a head.
As the 8-5 second choice, Rockn Motion paid $5.20 after completing the mile in 1:52.1.
The Burke-Gingras pairing struck again in the seventh, scoring with another 3-year-old – Dragon Time – who was good enough to beat older foes in a high-range conditioned pace in 1:51.3.
The gelded son of Bettor’s Delight-Little Miss Dragon slipped out of the three hole at three-quarters before angling through the stretch with steady pace to gun down the pacesetting – and eventual third-place finisher – Geez Joe. Dragon Time hit the wire three-quarters of a length in front of Burkentine Hanover and paid $14.00 as the third choice in the wagering. Veteran Bettor’s Edge was sent to the gate as the 3-5 choice, but after working out a perfect pocket trip came up empty at crunch time.
Burke and Gingras completed their four-bagger with Magnum Mike, a 10-year-old son of Magical Mike-Dare To Dream, in the 10th race claiming handicap pace.
Racing out of the Burke barn for the first time, Magnum Mike was sent to the gate as the 2-1 favorite and delivered on that promise after following perfect cover while second over. He paid $6.40 after pacing his mile in 1:52.2, a lifetime best. It 3½ lengths back to second-place finisher Glass Prince.
A LITTLE MORE: Andy McCarthy won the third race to up his meet-leading driver win total to 14. … Kyle Husted got his first training and driving winner of the meet, steering 3-2 favorite Terror Of The Nite to victory lane in the sixth. … All-source wagering totaled $2,077,898. … Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m.

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