05/11/2013 11:20PM

Meadowlands: Golden Receiver wins TVG Free-For-All division; Modern Family trots in 1:51

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Golden Receiver scored his 57th career win on Saturday at the Meadowlands.

Golden Receiver toyed with six rivals and indicated that he’s going to be the horse to beat in the TVG Free For All Championship series. He posted a wire-to-wire performance in one of two $50,000 divisions at the Meadowlands on Saturday night. The eight-year-old made easy work of a field that included Levy series champion Razzle Dazzle and two of last year’s better three-year-olds, Sweet Lou and Warrawee Needy.

While Golden Receiver was smooth as silk controlling the pace and sprinting off in 1:49 1/5 for driver Tim Tetrick, pocket-sitting Warrawee Needy gave Ontario-based driver Jody Jamieson fits while trying to maintain pocket position. As Tetrick and Golden Receiver used a parked out Meirs Hanover as a pick, Jamieson spent the better part of the middle half in a constant wrestling match with his charged up pacer. By headstretch, it was difficult to tell whether the horse or the driver was more frustrated with the circumstances as Warrawee Needy broke stride. Dancin Yankee rallied for second in the mile with Sweet Lou third.

“He loves to race and knows how to finish his miles off,” said Tetrick about Golden Receiver.

Jamieson also gave a post-race account, explaining that Warrawee Needy was nearly sideways in the stretch and grabbed a shoe, which caused the break.

The second TVG event proved that the wickedly fast Hurrikane Kingcole hasn’t lost a step from last year. At the same time, HurrikaneKingcole once again helped give another horse a personal record as Fred And Ginger, a 10-1 outsider, managed to stalk the favorite into the stretch and then outpace him to a 1:48 1/5 mile.

Fred And Ginger, driven perfectly by Ron Pierce, had an incident on the first turn with rival Casimir Jitterbug as the two vied for the lead in close quarters. Once free and on the lead through a :27 2/5 opening quarter, Pierce willingly ceded the top when Hurrikane Kingcole and driver Dan Dube brushed to the front. With a :55 half and 1:21 2/5 three quarters, there wasn’t much outer tier movement. Foiled Again, the richest pacer of all time, failed to reach contention as the top two sped away from the field.

Fred And Ginger won for the first time this year in seven tries with Hurrikane Kingcole again a bridesmaid and Dial Or Nodial finishing third.

Driver Yannick Gingras timed his move just right in the first $40,000 elimination of the Arthur Cutler Memorial for veteran trotters. Gingras had to back out of the pocket and angle wide late but the move worked perfectly for the six-year-old as he rallied past pacesetter Sevruga and a determined Opening Night on the wire. Wishing Stone scored in 1:52. Guccio and Knows Nothing also advance to the May 18 final.

Modern Family, fresh off his victory in the inaugural Meadowlands Maturity a week ago, had to work to pass a stubborn Googoo Gaagaa in mid-stretch and then held off the late bids of Mister Herbie and Undercover Strike to score in the second Cutler division. Modern Family trotted the fastest mile of 2013, stopping the clock in 1:51 flat. My MVP and Googoo Gaagaa also return for the $180,000 final.

The $58,000 Hudson River Series finale saw Visible Gold’s nine race winning streak come to an end as Domethatagain and driver Corey Callahan attacked the favorite in the final half and wore him down on the wire. Domethatagain, a four-year-old son of Bettors Delight, pulled the mild upset at 4-1 while pacing a 1:49 2/5 mile.