Hyway Marcus Victorious in Renee Eck Memorial RUS Trot

East Rutherford, NJ – The curtain rose on the 2019 RUS MidAtlantic season at the Meadowlands Friday evening, May 3, and it was a familiar face who earned opening night accolades.  Hyway Marcus, ridden by Sasha Moczulski, held off No Recess (Sietske Dijhkof) in a thrilling stretch run, hitting the wire in a lifetime mark of 1:58.4, a neck ahead of the second-place finisher.

 When the wings of the gate folded, it was French-bred Akhenaton (Hillary Hartnett) taking advantage of the rail position by leaving quickly. RCs Ready (Vanessa Karlewicz) was parked in second while the race winner was three-wide in third.  Egosnattitudes (Sofia Zingale) was fourth with No Recess parked fifth.  Tightly bunched, the quintet hit the quarter in :28.4, only three lengths separating the first and fifth place horses.

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 By the time the field hit the half mile marker, Hyway Marcus brushed up to take the lead while No Recess moved into second, parked out a quarter of a length behind the eventual winner.  Akhenaton dropped back to third, four lengths off the top two.  The half was reached in :57.3.   

 Hyway Marcus and No Recess continued their spirited duel with No Recess only a head behind the leader as they passed the three-quarter maker in 1:27.3.  The duel continued down the stretch with the margin of victory stretched to a neck.

 The victory was the seventh lifetime RUS triumph out of twelve starts for the eight-year-old altered son of Gut Instinct – Highway Angel, taking top honors away from No Recess who won the last year’s RUS race at the Meadowlands.  Including his sulky starts, Hyway Marcus now has a three-race winning streak.  

 The 2019 RUS MidAtlantic series continues with stops at Ocean Downs, Rosecroft, and the Great Frederick Fair.

Renee Eck Memorial RUS Trot Kicks off 2019’s Trotting 4 Charity

East Rutherford, NJ - RUS Mid-Atlantic’s trotting series makes its 2019 debut at Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment on Friday, May 3, as a compact field of five will face the starter in the Renee Eck Memorial, a non-wagering event taking place after the first race on the evening’s program.  The $3,000 race kicks off this year’s Trotting 4 Charity event as three riders are participating in the charity event which will take place over a period of ten days.

The Renee Eck Memorial is named after “Renee from PA”, who was one of the world’s most beloved horse lovers who had several positions in the equine field.  Since Renee was an animal lover her family, since her passing in 2013, has supported animal and equine causes in her name.  Renee was a strong proponent of women in the equine industry so sponsoring the RUS Mid-Atlantic Trot at the Meadowlands was a perfect fit.  Through this race, RUS Mid-Atlantic honors the life of “Renee from PA”.

As part of the Trotting 4 Charity event, fans can win special jerseys worn by their favorite participating riders in the May 3 event.  Riders participating this week are Vanessa Karlewicz (American Cancer Society), Sofia Zingale (#PaisleeStrong), and Sietske Dijhkof (Saratoga Harness Hall of Fame).  Fans wishing the chance to own a rider’s specially designed T4C jersey worn in this race needs to make a $20 donation to the rider’s charity of choice and send a copy of the receipt to T4cRaffle@gmail.com, specifying which rider’s jersey they are trying to win.  Drawings will be held May 13 and 14.  Fans can enter multiple times and/or for multiple rider’s jerseys by making additional donations.  For further information about Trotting 4 Charity, visit www.trotting4charity.com.

Here are the horses and riders in the first leg of the RUS MidAtlantic Trotting Series:

1st Non-Wagering - $3,000 RUS Trot - Renee Eck Memorial (Post Time 7:25)

1  Akhenaton       Vanessa Karlewicz        Sofia Zingale

2  RCs Ready          Hillary Hartnett          Sofia Zingale

3  Hyway Marcus  Sasha Moczulski            Sasha Moczulski

4  Egosnattitudes  Sofia Zingale                  Sofia Zingale

5  No Recess           Sietske Dijhkof              Kyle Spagnola                                                                

RUS Mid-Atlantic Announces 2019 Racing Schedule

(Upper Marlboro, MD)  RUS Mid-Atlantic is pleased to announce the schedule for the 2019 Racing Under Saddle season.  At the present time, three races and one exhibition are being contested with the possibility of additional races being added.   The schedule is as follows:

               Friday, May 3 – Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment (A Trotting 4 Charity event)

               Sunday, May 12 – MJC at Rosecroft

               Sunday, July 14 – Ocean Downs

               Saturday, September 21 – The Great Frederick Fair (Exhibition)

Conditions for the races will be posted on the RUS Mid-Atlantic website, www.rus-midatlantic.org.

Sponsorship opportunities for the series are available.  Sponsorship information may be found on the website or by contacting Stephanie Jacobs via e-mail at stephaniej@rus-midatlantic.org

Do you have a horse you are interested in racing under saddle but aren’t sure how to go about it?  If you have a trotter which you are willing to race in our series (even if you need help with training and/or need a rider), contact Sofia Zingale by e-mail at sofiaz@rus-midatlantic.org.  

RUS MidAtlantic, Inc., is a 501(c)6 advocacy organization whose mission is to promote racing under saddle (RUS) for trotting standardbred in the states of Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, and Virginia by presenting RUS races and exhibitions to grow interest and demand for additional races under saddle.