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>Winbak Speed extended his streak to three wins in the $50,000 second round of the Presidential Series for free-for-all pacers Saturday night at the Meadowlands, hitting the wire first in 1:51.2.


Driven by Ron Pierce, Winbak Speed seized command on the opening turn and held off the late rally of Boulder Creek to win the fifth race Presidential division by a length in 1:51.2.  Beau Rivage finished two lengths behind in third.  Winbak Speed paid $3.20 to win the featured fifth race.


“I looked to my left, no one was leaving,” Pierce said.  “I looked to my right and no one was leaving, so I decided to go.  He just floated down the backstretch.  He was very relaxed.  Around the last turn, I just let everyone catch up to me.  I didn’t have to chase him at all.  I was trying to save some for the final next week.”


The 6-year-old pacer was a $30,000 claim by Delaware-based trainer Wayne Givens and Niel Gargiulo nearly one year ago at Dover Downs.  The son of Village Jove was originally a $15,000 SUNY Morrisville yearling purchase.  Winbak Speed hit the board in 17 of 30 starts in 2008, winning seven races and $173,080.  He is a perfect three-for-three in 2009.


Its That Time, with Dan Dube in the sulky, got up in the final strides to win the second Presidential division in 1:51. Soul Chaser and Western Shore were a close second and third, respectively.  Its That Time posted his first win in three starts this season.  Mark Kesmodel trains the 4-year-old son of Real Artist for Bulletproof Enterprises of Boca Raton, FL.


The three-week Presidential Series culminates in a $125,000 final on Saturday, January 24. (Meadowlands)