As snow crossed the United States, even canceling the Saturday, Jan. 6 card at The Meadowlands, racing went on as planned at Northville Downs. Several old timers found their way to the winner’s circle through a snow storm, including Indiana sired Magic Shark, driven by David Lake.
Magic Shark attacked early, heading straight to the lead and secured the top spot before the quarter in :27.3. Coming out of the second turn, Linnycalledfrankie and Kody Massey were making a big move to the lead with intentions of overtaking Magic Shark. They even got a head in front at the half in :57.3 before Magic Shark took back over and kept Linnycalledfrankie to the outside. At the three-quarters in 1:26.0, it was evident that Linnycalledfrankie was not going to overtake Magic Shark as the field turned for home.
In the stretch, Linnycalledfrankie had slid back in behind Magic Shark and dipped to the inside for one final push at the leader, but Magic Shark was solid all the way to the wire in 1:55.0. Linnycalledfrankie finished two and one-quarter lengths back in second over Last Bet and Marc St. Louis Jr. for third.
Magic Shark paid $8.60 for the win. The nine-year-old son of Shadyshark Hanover is owned by Gary Wilmoth. Becky Zubkoff trains the veteran, who earned his 41st career win. He now has more than $300,000 on his card with his career best time of 1:52.1 taken as a five-year-old at Northfield. He has changed hands several times but has been with his current connections since his four-year-old season.
The Zubkoff Stable also connected later in the card with another Indiana sired gelding as Fred’s Nightmare and Marc St. Louis Jr. won in 1:54.0. The duo turned in a gate to wire effort for the half length win over Coalford Bythesea. Admiral Adam, an Indiana sired son of Always a Virgin, finished third for driver Austin Hanners.
It was win number 20 for Fred’s Nightmare, who was bred by Howard Taylor. The Fred and Ginger seven-year-old was making his first start of 2024. Unraced at two, Fred’s Nightmare now has more than $100,000 on his card. His career best time of 1:53.1 was taken last year at Northfield.
In the very next race, Commander Bob and David Lake overcame a slot start due to a second tier starting spot and win by one and three-quarters in 1:54.3. RB and Kim Pluta finished second over White Belly and Marc St. Louis Jr. for third.
Commander Bob paid $4.80 for the win. The five-year-old son of Real Desire is owned by Kyle Larner and trained by Sean Mapes. Charles Jones bred the horse, who has more than $86,000 accumulated with a career best time of 1:52.4 taken as a three-year-old.