02/20/2013 10:20PM

Meadowlands: Tetrick could be "Holdingallthecards" in the Exit 16W Final

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Tim Tetrick will drive at Harrah's Philly and possibly at Yonkers Raceway in the coming months.

Two of the Meadowlands leading drivers like their chances heading into Saturday’s $60,200 Exit 16W final. Tim Tetrick will guide the likely odds-on favorite Holdingallthecards from post three while the red-hot Yannick Gingras has his eyes set on another big weekend with Papa Ray.

“He’s been very impressive,” said Tetrick about Holdingallthecards, unbeaten in 2013 with six consecutive wins. The last two victories came by just a short nose but that hasn’t damaged Tetrick’s confidence in him.

“We’ve tried to race him from off the pace. He had some tough miles early and you just can’t race every week on the front end and have a horse hold up,” said Tetrick. The four-year-old followed live cover in last week’s second preliminary leg and just got up on the wire over a very stubborn Yo Cheyenne Rocky.

“I would say he’s one of the horses we have to beat,” said Tetrick in reference to Yo Cheyenne Rocky. “And I’d say whatever the Burke barn is sending out has a shot.”

Gingras will guide Papa Ray for the aforementioned Burke stable and he enters the final with consecutive second place finishes. Papa Ray landed post seven in the field of 10 labeled as race six on the 13-race Meadowlands program.

“He’s really a one-run horse. He’s a little guy. I thought he raced really well the first week, he was coming off a three day rest and when Yo Cheyenne Rocky left us at the head of the stretch that made it difficult for him to catch up. Last week I thought he raced great. I had to leave with him three wide in the first turn to get position and then he was wide again on the final turn,” said Gingras.

Tetrick didn’t believe that the Exit 16W field is that much better or worse than the field that Holdingallthecards defeated in sweeping the Clyde Hirt Series at the Meadowlands in January. The son of Cams Card Shark has showed toughness when it counts and may be a bit more assertive with the big money riding. Thus far Holdingallthecards has earned $74,700 this season for owner William McIntyre and trainer Scott DiDomenico.

First round winner Yo Cheyenne Rocky drew the rail position for the final. That could be a blessing or a curse considering the depth in the field. The homebred has shown vast improvement this winter for trainer Robby Siegelman, with two victories and two seconds in six starts.

Tetrick also sounded concerned about Little Michael B. The four-year-old cut the pace last week and finished fourth in a blanket photo. “Josh’s (trainer Green) horse is scary fast,” said Tetrick. Eric Carlson is listed to drive Little Michael B.

Preliminary upset winners Hang Ten (post five) and Lindwood Player (post 8) find themselves once again on the outside looking in, but that may not be a bad thing considering the amount of speed in this race. John Campbell will handle Hang Ten with Corey Callahan listed behind Lindwood Player.

Though Mr Dennis did not win a leg of the series, he made the final while being a neck short in both preliminary legs. The four-year-old gelding does own a 1:57 mark at the one and one-sixteenth mile distance this year.

Gingras selected Oil Magnet before the posts were drawn for the $86,700 final of the Winter Survivor Series, race 11 on the card.

“If you looked at the program he looked like just a speed horse but I’ve found that he’s more versatile. Pat Lachance had this horse and he told me that he if you didn’t use him he would really finish well,” said Gingras.

Oil Magnet is undefeated this year for the Burke barn and looks for his fifth straight tally in 2013. The nine-year-old has won 14 times over the last two years in just 38 starts while winning only eight times in more than 100 career starts prior to that. He drew post two in the 10-horse field.

Tetrick, who will reacquaint himself with Presidential winner Golden Receiver in a $30,000 FFA/A-1 Handicap event carded as race two, confirmed that he will be driving regularly at Harrah’s Philadelphia when the track re-opens in March. Currently he’s racing two-times a week at Dover Downs and three-nights a week at the Meadowlands.

“I’m not winning as many races this year at the Meadowlands but I think that’s because a lot of the trainers I’m committed to aren’t racing yet,” said Tetrick. “I’d like to go over to Yonkers also and race in the Levy and Blue Chip Series.”