Atlanta returns a winner

Atlanta made her return to the races a successful one by winning the $40,000 co-featured Open for trotters in her seasonal debut at The Meadowlands Saturday night.

The 6-year-old daughter of Chapter Seven-Hemi Blue Chip, who banked just under $750,000 a year ago, looks like she hasn’t lost a step, and appears more than ready to resume her rivalry with Manchego, who has already taken the Cutler and Maxie Lee this season, in the coming weeks.

Atlanta’s best game is playing pursuer rather than the pursued, but driver Yannick Gingras had the Ron Burke trainee closer to the action than usual this time. “The plan was to not leave the gate and then make a move,” said Gingras, “but I really did not want to go first-up from fourth.”

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