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Obrigado outlasts barrage of pressure, upsets TVG trot
Saturday, November 12, 2016 - by James Witherite, Meadowlands racing media

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East Rutherford, NJ --- Obrigado ($19.80), one of two of the eight in the $400,000 TVG Free-For-All Trot (race 10) to have not contested a Breeders Crown event two weeks ago, sought control of the terms early and dug in to parry a barrage of pressure in a compelling race which saw the entire octet covered by two lengths at the winning post.

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Obrigado upends favored Resolve and Breeders Crown champion Bar Hopping to nose out Crazy Wow for victory in his TVG event.

The 6-year-old Boy Band gelding pushed clear of JL Cruze (John Campbell) following a :27.2 initial quarter-mile and worked to stave off the first-over threat of 3-year-old Crown champion Bar Hopping (Tetrick) through the far turn. Upon straightening for home, Mark MacDonald called upon Obrigado for every ounce of effort he had remaining, and the pair dug in to withstand a late three-wide charge from Crazy Wow (Gingras) by a nose in 1:52.4.

Lookslikeachpndale (Zeron) charged down the grandstand side to take third over odds-on favorite Resolve (Åke Svanstedt), who only could muster fourth place from a third-over trip while only missing by a neck.

Trainer Paul Kelley shares ownership of Obrigado with the SRF Stable, Linwood Higgins, and Stable 45.

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