Monticello, NY --- There’s something strange concerning a final winning time of 1:57.1 here at Monticello Raceway, especially when it comes to 3-year-old trotting geldings.
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|Ex King once again equaled the Monticello track record for 3-year-old trotting geldings.|
Three 3-year old geldings co-hold that track record standard and one, Ex King, again equaled that time Wednesday (Oct. 16) when Dan Daley hustled him to his second Mighty M victory in the exact time of 1:57.1.
That record first occurred on June 25, 2007, when Cat Manzi won with Green Day in that time. Then last year, on August 17, Jimmy Morrill, Jr. guided Gaelic And Garlic home first in 1:57.1 to share the record. Then Ex King and driver Dan Daley matched the standard this year on Sept. 17 when they won a leg of the Excelsior Stakes in the identical time. Now Ex King and Daley did it again on Wednesday.
Obviously a coincidence but it seems strange that the winning time of 1:57.1 is so popular with 3-year-old trotting geldings at the Mighty M.
On Wednesday afternoon, Ex King was the odds-on favorite in the trotting feature and Daley sent the altered son of Excalibur to the lead. They trotted by the first quarter in :29 and they had command at the halfway point in :59.1.
Up the backside Ex King began to open daylight on Famous Dude (Zeke Parker) who settled in the two hole early on. At the three- quarters the lead was two lengths, which was opened to three coming off the final turn and Ex King coasted home a four length winner over Famous Dude.
When Daley was contacted in the paddock after the race he said that Ex King was heading to the Harrisburg sale.
“The owners entered him (Ex King) in the Harrisburg Sale and this is his final start before he is to be sold at auction,” Daley said. “ I wanted to send him to the sale looking as good as possible and now his two 1:57 (.1) wins on a half-mile track should help elevate his price.”
Trained by Daley for the Bay Pond Racing Stable of Paoli, Pa., Ex King paid $3.30 for win.