Updated on 01/29/2012 1:09AM

Daryl Bier showcased a “Special” horse in Clyde Hirt victory

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Driver/trainer Daryl Bier guides Special T Rocks to a two length victory in the Clyde Hirt Final on January 28 at the Meadowlands.

On an evening when New Meadowlands capped off their first stakes action of the year and eclipsed the $3 million handle mark for the first time in 2012, no horse was quite as special as Special T Rocks. The 4-year-old gelding overshadowed all performers and overcame a tough trip to capture the $73,000 Clyde Hirt Final by two lengths.

Special T Rocks found a seat in fourth for co-owner/trainer/driver Daryl Bier before being forced to pull first-over to avoid getting locked in along the cones.

“It was exactly where I wanted to be. I really didn’t want to be behind a lot of traffic and I know he likes to be first-over,” said Bier.

Special T Rocks applied mild pressure to leader Thebestofjoel as he grinded up into contention. After taking air uncovered through fractions of :27, :54.4, and 1:23.1, Special T Rocks appeared to be in danger of seeing his five-race win streak come to a halt.

“There was never a doubt in my mind that he was going to finish right there, if not win,” said Bier.

Bier’s confidence turned out to be warranted. Special T Rocks kept chugging along and he opened up a two-length lead over Bestofjoel at the wire in 1:51.

“I was going as slow as I could,” remarked Bier about the trip. He continued, “We definitely could have gone more. I didn’t speak to him (ask the horse) until the head of the lane.

“There’s no telling how fast this horse can go. He did that pretty easy tonight; that’s a monster mile,” said Bier, who purchased the horse back in April of 2010 from Tom Artandi for $75,000.

It took a lot of patience to get Special T Rocks, who has 15 lifetime wins and $138,214 in career earnings, to the point where he could win a stakes final.

“When we got him he never put a whole lot of effort in. We basically had to wait on him,” said Bier. “We raced him down in Harrington and we waited for him to get bigger, stronger and faster. He really didn’t want to go at all. He would go, and then pull up. He would go, and then pull up,” he repeated for emphasis. “It’s not until lately, maybe a couple of months ago at Dover, that I came first-over with him and he went the night’s fastest mile in 1:51. That’s when he woke up.”

Bier, who currently trains 10 horses, won the Open at the Meadowlands on Friday with another stable star Higher And Higher.

“We’ve purchased some very good horses,” explained Bier in between congratulatory handshakes from fellow horsemen. “It’s all about patience. I have 10 to 15 horses come across my desk each month. We don’t buy them all. We wait and wait and wait. I don’t buy horses to have horses, I buy them to make money,” said Bier, who is one of the rare trainers racing at the top level who elect to sit in the bike instead of calling on a catch-driver.

“For my situation I think I’m the best driver for my horses,” said Bier. “I can do the best thing for my horses and I won’t get fired. I always have a long term plan.”

In the Clyde Hirt Final, Bier was the best driver, or at the very least, he had the most special horse.

Itrustyou makes it 10-in-a-row in the $74,000 Complex final

Itrustyou was rushed to the front just past the quarter in 27.2 seconds. He then cruised past the half rather easily in :54.2 before taking on first-over pressure from second choice Keep Going passing the five-eighths pole. The pair battled around the final turn and posted a solid 1:22.2 three quarter time on the board.

Although Keep Going battled valiantly, Itrustyou kept finding more and put away his rival under a mild drive in 1:50.

“I was a little worried; that’s one of the reasons I went to the front and kept marching along,” said Gingras, who agreed that this horse could go on to bigger and better things.

“He’s put up some big miles; I don’t know where his bottom is. I know he has another series next week, so we’ll take it one week at a time,” said Gingras.

 Itrustyou bumped his lifetime earnings over the $195,000 mark with the win and helped trainer Ron Burke score a five-bagger of wins on the night, as well as a six-pack for Gingras. Burke racing LLC also owns the son of Third Straight out of Dynamic Lady.

Golden Receiver digs in to capture $110,500 Presidential Final

Golden Receiver made every call a winning one despite strong fractions of :26, :53.4, and 1:22.1. The 7-year-old Mark Harder trainee took on late challenges from pocket sitter Annieswesterncard and the second-over Blatantly Good but held each of those off valiantly in 1:49.1 under an all out drive from Brian Sears.

“That was a really good mile tonight. The weather is a little tough and he was game,” said Sears, who won four races on the card.

It was the fourth win in January and the 40th of Golden Receiver’s career. The veteran pacer now has north of $763,000 of earnings on his card.