The Big M kicks off an
eight-day all-turf Thoroughbred meet this Friday and while the program will
list 14 runners, 10 will get a chance to take home the top prize in the fifth
race feature, a $30,000 allowance/optional claiming contest.
Among those entered in the
body of the field is Dear John, who looks to be in top form for trainer Gregg
“He came back with a
quarter-crack after his race two back (July 7 at Monmouth Park),” said
Sacco. “We gave it time to heal and his
return race was exactly what we expected from him.”
That return race was a nearly
three-length score over the Monmouth turf on Aug. 12, when sent off the 7-5
“He’s all turf,” Sacco
added. “He’s a big, beautiful horse with
a great turf pedigree. I expect he’ll
run another big one on Friday.”
In the Friday feature, Dear
John will break from post eight with jockey Jose Ferrer aboard for the first
As for returning to the
Meadowlands, “I think it’s great,” Sacco said.
“I have a lot of fond memories of going to the Meadowlands with my
father and my brother. We were there
opening night (Sept. 6, 1977) and it’s always fun to go back.”
THOROUGHBRED MEET AT THE BIG M, EIGHT
The first of eight all-turf
Thoroughbred cards at the Meadowlands gets underway this Friday, Oct. 12.
For the meet, which runs
through Nov. 3, live cards will be offered on Fridays and Saturdays, featuring
free general parking and free grandstand admission. All patrons will enter the racetrack through
the West Grandstand Gate. Post time will
be 2:15 p.m. with live programs on sale for just $1.
On Fridays, fields will be
limited to 10 runners, with the portable rail set out 17 feet, while on
Saturdays the rail will go to zero, allowing for 12 runners per race.