Tuesday's (June 24) edition of Racing Roundup features results stories from The Meadows and Hippodrome 3R.
Tamarind scores at 16-1 at Meadows
Washington, PA --- Dismissed at 16-1 because of his poor post position, Tamarind circled the field early and held on late to score the upset in Tuesday’s $22,500 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.
Although Tamarind has been perhaps the most consistent of The Meadows’ elite trotters in 2014 -- he already had won seven times this year -- his chances looked dim from post nine and appeared to get even bleaker when he was parked well past the quarter. But under Aaron Merriman’s urging, he thwarted the first-over challenge of Big And Little and outlasted the Lightning Lane charge of Drift Away to down him by a neck in 1:53.2, matching his career best. Trustworthy Kid rallied from last for show.
Bill Bercury owns and trains Tamarind, a 6-year-old son of Angus Hall-Spicegirl Kosmos who now boasts $569,939 in lifetime earnings.
Mike Wilder piloted four winners on the 15-race card.
-- Evan Pattak
Thrill Chaser most certainly lived up to her name Tuesday evening at the Hippodrome 3R as the ably named filly gave harness racing fans a real thrill with her dramatic finish in the ninth race $3,348 pace. Racing over a sloppy, rain-soaked track, the action started off with R L Play Boy (Mario Charron) going to the early lead with World News (Pascal Berube) leaving from post seven and getting the two-hole trip to the opening quarter in :30.1. Then it was time for the 8-5 race favorite, Iron Phil and driver Louis Philippe Roy, coming first-over and taking command by the half-mile maker in 1:02. It was then that owner/trainer/driver Marie Claude Auger started up first-over with Thrill Chaser, who was one of only three females racing against six male rivals. As they raced down the backstretch, Auger rated Thrill Chaser and she worked her way up to the race leaders by the three-quarters in 1:34.3. On the final turn, Thrill Chaser kept grinding it out on the outside against Iron Phil and collared him as they started down the stretch. Then the two horses, despite the inclement weather, locked horns, going neck and neck to the finish with Thrill Chaser winning by a head in 2:04 over Iron Phil with R L Play Boy, who had snuck up the passing lane, a close third. It was the first win in four starts this year for Thrill Chaser. The daughter of Rambaran is co-owned by Auger with Gaston Bibeau and paid $7.40 to win.