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Fear The Dragon, Mike's Z Tam win Tattersalls divisions
Sunday, October 08, 2017 - by Ray Cotolo, for Red Mile

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Lexington, KY --- Fear The Dragon stormed down the center of the track to take the second of two divisions of the $406,000 American Ideal Tattersalls Pace, sponsored by Brittany Stallion Management, in 1:51.2 on Sunday, October 8 at The Red Mile. Mike’s Z Tam rallied down the center of the track to take the first division of the Tattersalls in 1:52.4.

 
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Mike's Z Tam plays the role of spoiler in the first division of the Tattersalls Pace.

Positioned fifth, Fear The Dragon sat off a :28.1 quarter set by Art Scene before flushing out cover with Blood Line prior to a :56.1. Filibuster Hanover, sitting the pocket, tipped out of the pocket moving around the final turn, taking over the front from Art Scene at three-quarters in 1:23.3.

Filibuster Hanover held command through the stretch. Mac’s Jackpot, off a rail trip, circumvented Art Scene as he faltered to rush into contention towards the rail, while Fear The Dragon gained ground widest of all, sprinting by late leader Mac’s Jackpot to win. Filibuster Hanover, the 4-5 favorite, held third.

Winning his 17th race in 26 starts, Fear The Dragon, by Dragon Again from the Western Ideal mare Armbro Cinnamon, has earned $1,492,782 for owner Emerald Highlands Farm. The Brian Brown trainee, driven by David Miller, returned $4.40 to win.

Mike’s Z Tam rallied down the center of the track to take the first division of the Tattersalls in 1:52.4.

Downbytheseaside, the 3-5 favorite, circled by Ocean Colony to take the lead after a :29.2 opening quarter, progressing to a :57 half before being pressured by stablemate McThriller from first-over into the turn. Off three-quarters in 1:25.1, Downbytheseaside began to drift off the rail, while Mike’s Z Tam and Miso Fast fanned towards the center of the track to reel in the pacesetter. Mike’s Z Tam surged to the front within the final sixteenth, holding off Miso Fast in the final strides while Downbytheseaside chased in third.

A 3-year-old gelding by Bettor’s Delight, from the Western Ideal mare Ideal Observation, Mike’s Z Tam, owned by trainer/driver Patrick Lachance along with Z Tam Stables, M&M Harness Racing, and Royal Flush Stables, won his ninth race in 29 starts, collecting $243,656 in earnings. He returned $12.60 to win.



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