MADC Recap from Friday Night at the Meadowlands!!

Saturday, April 15, 2023

In the first race on the card, it was Jonah(Anthony Verruso) who left the card hard and took the lead through a blistering 26.4 first quarter mile. This could have been pivotal to him not winning but he was able to slow the pace down and carve out some easier fractions the rest of the way. He ended up holding off all challengers to win by just over a length. The mile was timed in 1:53.1. Takkeittotheface(Peter Kleinhans) grinded up first over to finish second as the post time favorite and Father Fred(Newton “Yogi” Sheridan) rounded out the trifecta. The 7-year old gelding is owned by Paradis Racing Stable LLC out of NJ and is trained by Mike Terpolilli.

The fifth race on the card found a few leavers and after a 27.3 first quarter, Always A Panther(Tony Beltrami) found himself on the lead but not for long. That was because Tisadream N(Anthony Verruso) grinded his way to the top and never looked back. He was able to hold off the late closers to win by a half of length. He was dismissed at 5-1 odds after finishing a good second the week before against similar company. Texas Terror N(John Calabrese) got up for second over the post time favorite, Always A Panther(Tony Beltrami), to complete the all Italian triple!! The mile went in 1:55. It was the second win for Verruso and the same connections on the night. The 10-year old gelding is owned by Paradis Racing Stable LLC out of NJ and is trained by Mike Terpolilli.

In the eighth race and final MADC race of the night, a full field of ten had several that left for the lead but everyone found a spot on the rail as the field approached the quarter pole. That is where James Slendorn put Claytons Bettor N on the lead but was challenged for the lead by the big favorite, Grateful Kiss(John Calabrese) who cleared to the lead but it took some effort to get there. As the field approached the final turn, it was Slendorn who popped the pocket and had some horses come along for the tow that included Little Honeybadger(Newton “Yogi” Sheridan) and Trente Deo(Dakota Jackson). These three approached the wire together in an exciting finish in which Sheridan was able to hang on to a neck victory over a late charge by Meet The Creeper(Bruno Chiodo) who got up for second in the photo over Slendorn, who was a neck ahead better than Jackson, aboard Trente Deo. The mile went in 1:53.4. This horse, after just missing last week with Joe Lee was dismissed at 11-1 odds!! The 8-year old mare is owned Estrada Racing LLC out of NJ and is trained by Izzy Estrada.

The MADC is scheduled to be back in action next Friday at the Meadowlands. Post time is scheduled for 6:20pm.