Native Wave provided the curtain call for the old
Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, N.J., winning Saturday’s $30,000
allowance/optional claiming event as the last horse to visit the winner’s
circle at the historic Garden
Sept. 1, 1976, the Meadowlands has provided some of racing’s most memorable
moments for both Thoroughbred and standardbred horses. The new Meadowlands Racetrack, located on the
opposite side of the oval is set to open next month as the old facility is
slated to be torn down following the Super Bowl this winter.
trained by David Nunn, Native Wave took command in mid-stretch and held off the
late charge of Briteliteinthecity to win the featured finale in 1:37 1/5 for
the mile over “good” turf by a diminishing head. With Edwin Rivera in the irons, Native Wave
paid $11.20, $6.20 and $4.20.
Briteliteinthecity completed the $110.40 exacta and paid $9.60 and
$5.60. It was another length back to
pacesetter Cytherean, who paid $3.40 to show.
4-year-old gelding by Rahy from the Point Given mare Danzig Point, Native Wave
has won four of his 15 lifetime starts.