08/10/2012 9:56PM

Meadowlands: Alagna scores a NJSS triple; Gingras drives six winners

Yannick Gingras is the leading driver at the Meadowlands with 120 wins.

Trainer Tony Alagna sent out a trio of winners in the New Jersey Sire Stakes for 2-year-old pacers on Friday night at the Meadowlands. 

His hat trick began with Somebodythatiusedtono, who gamely held off Sweetheart winner Jerseylicious to win the $23,000 opener in wire-to-wire fashion. 

Driven by Andy Miller, Somebodythatiusedtono carved out a :58 2/5 opening half before the favorite ranged up to apply pressure.  The two fillies were noses apart at the top of the lane, but Somebodythatiusedtono found another gear and pulled away to a half-length victory in 1:53 2/5.  Miss Lauren finished third.

Somebodythatiusedtono paid $6.80 to win.  She is now perfect in three career starts.  The daughter of Tell All-Treasure Keeper was a bargain $3,000 yearling purchase at the Lexington-Selected Sale by Alagna and co-owner Jodi Siamis.

Alagna also visited the winner’s circle with Authorize in the second NJSS division for freshman pacing fillies, race four.  Authorize, with Brian Sears at the lines, collared the field in 1:52 4/5.  The homebred daughter of Western Ideal-CPA is owned by Brittany Farms and Brian Monieson Revtrust. 

Alagna completed the hat trick with pacing colt Wake Up Peter in the eighth.  The son of son of Rocknroll Hanover-Lovely Lady cruised to a 1:52 2/5 score with Ron Pierce in tow.  Wake Up Peter was a $20,000 yearling buy at the Lexington-Selected Sale by Alagna and partners Louis Willinger, Eagles Soar Partners and Wake Up Peter Partners. 

Yannick gets a six pack

Yannick Gingras reclaimed the top spot in driving wins at the Meadowlands on Friday Night by winning 6 of the 12 races on the program.

Gingras came into the night trailing Tim Tetrick by five wins and exited up by one, as Tetrick was out of town driving top filly trotter Check Me Out.

With 120 wins during the meet and only two racing days remaining, Gingras will look to nail down his first ever Meadowlands driving title.

-edited release