11/22/2015 12:02AM

Meadowlands: Bettor's Edge wins TVG Free For All pacing final

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Derick Giwner
Bettor's Edge swept off cover and posted the upset in the TVG Final.

Bettor's Edge and driver Matt Kakaley took advantage of a contentious pace and rolled by in the deep stretch to capture the $400,000 TVG Open Pace at odds of 19-1.

The race set up as an early sprint with Somewhere In LA and Mach It So battling through a :26 flat opening quarter. No sooner had the dust settled and JK Endofanera, second choice in the field of six, brushed to the front.

The pace figured to settle but that wasn't what Corey Callahan had in mind as he moved the 60-1 Somewhere In LA again before the half and pushed the pace through the middle half with fractions of :54 and 1:22 2/5.

In the stretch JK Endofanera was all out. Mach It So, the betting favorite, found room on the inside but Bettor's Edge was the most reserved of the lot and flew on the far outside to score in 1:50 flat. Mach It So barely nipped Foiled Again for the second spot.

"It was absolutely perfect," said Kakaley after the journey. "They were mixing it up real good. He's been an unlucky horse for me. I've gotten him trapped in a few times and he's been full of pace."

Winning trainer Ron Burke had another huge night capturing three of the major stakes. He chimed in, "It hasn't been that good a year for me in the aged ranks. That's where I usually make my money," Burke said. "This helps."

It's been a year of attrition in the aged trotting ranks but it closed out in a very good way for Resolve and trainer-driver Ake Svanstedt. The pair were dominant cruising to a 1:51 4/5 victory in the $400,000 TVG Free For All Open final.

The action was hot in the opening quarter as longshot DW's NY Yank and Yannick Gingras battled with even-money favorite Resolve through a :27 flat opening quarter. Svanstedt yielded the lead just briefly but was quick to regain on the backstretch.

Resolve, a 4-year-old by Muscle Hill, had control through the :56 3/5 half and then second choice E L Titan and driver Tim Tetrick made a sweeping move negating his cover and looking to challenge the leader.

E L Titan took on Resolve through the third quarter but the pace was not taxing to the winner as Svanstedt kept him under control through the 1:25 three quarters and confidently disposed of his rival into the stretch.

A powerful :26 4/5 final quarter made the victory quite easy as Obrigado rallied late for the place with Flanagan Memory finishing third.

"We were able to go very slowly in the last turn," said Svanstedt after the race affirming the control of the issue.

Resolve is owned by Hans Enggren and completes his season with four wins in 13 starts pushing his career bankroll to $921,125.

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