Wednesday’s (Sept. 18) edition of Racing Roundup features results stories from Harrington Raceway, The Meadows, Northfield Park and Saratoga Casino and Raceway.
Gurf gets win number five
Harrington, DE ---David Neilson’s Gurf ($22.60, Allan Davis) notched his fifth win of the year on Wednesday in the $19,000 Open Trot at Harrington Raceway.
|Gurf trotted to his fifth win of 2013 on Wednesday.|
After Spunky Jack made early leaders Can Do and Awesome Valley work through fractions of :27.3, :56.3 and 1:27, Gurf mounted his attack at the top of the stretch and was an easy winner for trainer Rosemary Smutz. Gurf’s season’s earnings ballooned to more than $100,000 for the second straight season.
Drivers George Dennis, Sean Bier and Ross Wolfenden all had a driving doubles.
-- Matt Sparacino
Overcoming a demanding first quarter, Trotslikethewind stayed strong on the front in capturing Wednesday’s $20,000 Fillies and Mares Preferred Handicap trot at The Meadows. Trotslikethewind charged toward the point from post eight but was stuck outside before she could wrest the lead from Chilitodayhotamale in a swift :27.4 panel. Chilitodayhotamale had every opportunity in the stretch, but the 8-year-old daughter of Pegasus Spur--Familiar Goal was resolute, scoring by three-quarter lengths in a sharp 1:54.4. Don’t Blink rallied for show. Andy Rickert owns and trains Trotslikethewind, who now boasts $371,700 in career earnings. Dave Palone and Mike Wilder each drove three winners on the 15-race card.
Mosh Pit paced home for his third straight win Wednesday in Northfield Park’s eighth race. The 3-year-old is owned by TC Stables and trained by John Kina. Jason Thompson drove this latest victory in the trio of wins. Scott Christner had driven the first two successes. Mosh Pit began from post eight. Thompson left enough off the gate to secure position mid-pack. When Thompson called upon Mosh Pit in the third quarter he responded with a bold move to the lead and maintained a two length margin victory over his closest competitor, Stormy Ghost (Robin Miller). The mile clocking was 1:55.2, which represents a new lifetime mark for Mosh Pit. Wednesday’s triumph increased Mosh Pit’s (Rocknroll Hanover-Panevolence) seasonal win tally to 11 and his career earnings to $15,764. He paid $13.40 to win.
Saratoga Casino and Raceway
For the third consecutive Wednesday night, nobody hit the Pick-5 at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. Longshot Roadshow Star (Kim Crawford) pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the year at the Spa by swooping the group in the evening’s seventh race and no doubt eliminated many from Pick-5 contenion. The 5-year-old mare made it look easy in the stretch as she drew away to win in a career best 2:00.1 in the $4,600 conditioned-claimer for trotters. There was a carryover of more than $2,500 heading into Wednesday’s Pick-5 so that number will move up to just shy of $4,500 for next week’s wager.