Saratoga Springs, NY--Bolt The Duer matched the world record for a pacer on a half-mile track on Saturday night (Aug. 17) at Saratoga Casino and Raceway when he won the $275,000 Joe Gerrity Jr. Memorial Pace in 1:49.
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|Bolt The Duer's 1:49 Gerrity win matched the world record shared by his sire, Ponder, and Jet Laag.|
The 4-year-old superstar dazzled the big crowd which was gathered to see one of the richest races in track history. The $275,000 Joe Gerrity Jr. Memorial Pace was a Free-For-All dash for the cash and Bolt The Duer (Ponder) surely dashed. The standout pacer, who was piloted by Mark MacDonald, posted incredible fractions of 26.1, 54.1 and 1:21 before stopping the timer in an eye-popping 1:49 flat in the Gerrity Pace.
The win time not only shattered the track record, but goes down as the fastest in history by a 4-year-old on a half-mile track. 1:49 matches the world record for a half-mile track, a mark set by Jet Laag in 1999 and matched by Bolt The Duer’s sire Ponder in 2006. Both previous 1:49s were clocked in Delaware, Ohio, home of the Little Brown Jug.
What a night at the track as the fans were out in full force for the Gerrity Pace and the New York Sire Stakes action on a beautiful summer night in Saratoga and were treated to a world record performance.
Live racing resumes on Tuesday night at the Spa with a first post time of 7:05 p.m.