02/23/2013 11:47PM

Meadowlands: Upsets early and Oil Magnet late in stakes finals

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Real Babe wired the field to win the Charles Singer Memorial Final.

The Meadowlands hosted a trio of stakes finals on a sloppy Saturday night and chalk players started slowly before coming out ahead in the end.

The sparks began with the Charles Singer Memorial Final and 6-5 favorite Sequin Hanover going off-stride past the quarter. That left second choice Real Babe the opportunity to rate kind fractions of 28 1/5, 57 3/5 and 1:27 2/5 on the front.

Real Babe took on a fair amount of pressure from a parked out Our Mojo, but was never taxed and simply kicked away from the field with ease for driver David Miller. The final margin under the wire in 1:57 2/5 was 1 ¼ lengths over Volare De Vie.

“I made the front much easier than I thought I’d be able to,” said Miller. “When I asked her off the turn she just coasted home.”

The victory was the fourth in six starts on the year for Real Babe ($7.00). The well-bred daughter of Donato Hanover-Housethatruthbuilt is owned by Emilio and Maria Rosati and trained by Mark Harder.

Holdingallthecards, he of the 6-for-6 record in 2013, was the next to fall in the $60,200 Exit 16W final. The 3-2 favorite made a move to the front at the quarter in a brisk-for-the-conditions 27 2/5 and simply backed through the field in the stretch.

After the opening quarter Holdingallthecards gave way to a brush from Yo Cheyenne Rocky. The half went up in 55 4/5 and that’s when driver Andy Miller and Mr Dennis came to call with a furious turn of speed to make the top well before the 1:24 1/5 three-quarter clocking.

Once in control, Miller opened up a couple of lengths on the field and never looked back for a driving score over a closing Lindwood Player in 1:52 3/5.

“I was riding up on the outside and he just grabbed into me,” said Miller on the quick move to the front. “When he made the move he just kept going.”

The victory was the second on the year for Mr Dennis, who is owned by the J L Benson Stable and trained by Nick Surick.

He paid $14.20 to win.

In the $86,700 Winter Survivor Final, favorite bettors finally got some relief with the 2/5 favored Oil Magnet coming up big for trainer Ron Burke.

Killer Quakes was hustled to the front and immediately felt pressure from Veal Marsala after an opening quarter of 26 4/5. Quakes, who was coupled in the wagering with Oil Magnet, made Veal Marsala work hard to make the front around the half in 55 1/5.

Meanwhile Oil Magnet edged off the cones and bided his time before uncorking a powerful move around the final turn. He rushed to the front by three quarters in 1:24 3/5 and never looked back to score in 1:53 1/5.

Uncoupled stablemate Boiler Bob The QB was a wide closing second to cap off an all-Burke exacta. The win put a cherry on top of an eight-win night for Burke between the Meadowlands (3) and Yonkers Raceway (5).

“He’s probably a $50,000 claimer racing against 15’s and 20’s,” said Burke, who also confirmed that all time leading money-winner Foiled Again will qualify for his 9-year-old season in two weeks..

Oil Magnet ($2.80) is now perfect in five starts this year for Burke and Weaver Bruscemi LLC.

Earlier on the card, Meadowlands lover Golden Receiver put in a nice workout mile while defeating six others in a A-1/Free-For-All pace. The 8-year-old millionaire cruised around the track on the engine and crossed the wire 3 ½ lengths the best in 1:51 2/5.

The Harder trainee, who was “just having fun” according to driver Tim Tetrick, is expected to race again next week if he can find a race that fills.

Total handle for the night exceeded $3.62 million for the 13-race card.