GINGRAS STARTS YEAR OFF RIGHT, WINS FIVE AT BIG M
Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ January 7, 2022 Yannick Gingras had yet another successful year in 2021, as his horses earned $11.2 million to rank the 42-year-old driver third in the national standings, and Friday night at The Meadowlands, he got his 2022 off to a superb start by winning five times on the initial card of the year at the mile oval.
The Quebec native got his night going in the sixth race, scoring with 4-5 favorite Shes Nun Bettor N from post 10 despite extremely chilly and windy conditions (the real feel temperature was 15 degrees). His second victory came two races later when he guided 2-1 public choice Muscle Jack to victory lane, winning again from the 10 hole.
[Muscle Jack] raced well. I was a little worried about him because at Yonkers he was a complete lunatic, said Gingras. He was actually pretty good to drive, he was trotting through the stretch pretty well.
Win No. 3 came with the Jeff Cullipher-trained Birdman as the 3-5 favorite, giving Cullipher the leading dash-winning trainer at the 2021 Winter-Spring-Championship Meeting at The Big M his 1,000th career victory.
Flirty Forty took the 12th race as the 2-1 public choice to give The Green Hornet" his fourth score of the evening before he capped his big night with his biggest price, guiding 7-1 chance Manhattanup No Ice to victory lane in the 15th and final.
I had some power tonight and they were ready to race, said Gingras. Im looking forward to staying healthy and having a good 2022.
Gingras, who finished second to Dexter Dunn during 2021 in The Big M standings in dash wins with 116, upped his lifetime win total to 7,991 after his big night, leaving him just nine short of the 8,000-win plateau.
ANOTHER BIG PICK-5: After closing out 2021 with a big payout, shrewd 20-cent Pick-5 players hit big again Friday night.
On New Years Eve, bettors were thinking big as a carryover led to a total pool of over $270,000 and a payout of $27,565. Friday night, the pool may have been nowhere as large ($42,530), but after driver Joe Bongiorno scored with 20-1 chance Itty Bitty after going a brutal first-over trip in the fifth race, those with winning tickets walked away with $14,121.
A LITTLE MORE: Mark Ford recorded a training triple after completing a sweep of the Late Double ($122.20).
There were no winning tickets sold in the 20-cent Pick-6, creating a carryover of $4,540. Those with five correct cashed in for $252.28.
Free past performances for every race of every Meadowlands card are available by going to playmeadowlands.com.
All-source handle totaled $2,797,927.
Racing resumes Saturday at 6:20 p.m.
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