|Fuel Cell (5) came from off the pace to win the Open Handicap trot|
After the intermission, Fuel Cell took up the chase, which continued in and out of a 1:28.3 three-quarters. It was Calchips Brute maintaining a slim lead entering the lane, but he was about to give way grudgingly. Mymomsablizzard ducked in while Fuel Cell continued his inexorable advance.
That advance led him to the winner's circle by one-half length, in 1:58. Mymomsablizzard just did best Calchips Brute for second and Master Pine (Jim Pantaleano) and Perfect Picture (Jordan Stratton) rounded out the payees.
For fifth choice, Fuel Cell, a 6-year-old Mutineer gelding owned by Lee Cotroneo and trained by Brandon Todd, it was his second consecutive win in three season’s starts. The exacta paid $102.00, with the triple returning $274.50.
|Mike Lizzi photos|
|Queen Of Royalty (1) used the rail position to best advantage|
That one pulled from fourth and engaged the leader down the backside toward a 1:25.4 three-quarters.
Warrawee Koine was up a stubborn schnoz turning for home. She was tough before eventually abdicating to a passing lane "Queen" by a neck, in 1:54.3. Argument Hanover (Matt Kakaley), the slight, 5-2 choice Chief Karen (Larry Stalbaum), and Moonlit Dragon grabbed the remainder.
For the seventh choice, Queen Of Royalty, a 9-year-old daughter of Albert Albert owned and trained by Allen Sisco, it was her second consecutive win in four '13 tries. The exacta paid $209.00, the triple returned $1,306.00 and the superfecta paid $3,094.00. The lass went over the half-million career earnings plateau with the win.