2-YEAR-OLDS MAKE THEIR MARK

05:09 AM 14 Jul 2005 NZST
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Leg two of the Perdition Series, for Illinois Conceived and Foaled 2-Year-Old pacers, took place on Wednesday night (July 13) at Hawthorne, but it was another Illinois-bred 2-Year-Old who might have stolen the show.

Pujols, owned by Michael Polansky and trained and driven by Tom Harmer, set a new track record for 2-Year-Old pacers in Wednesday’s seventh race, beating older rivals in the process.

Going off at $1.10-1, he lived up to advance expectations, getting the mile in 1.53.3, after fractions of 28 seconds, 57.1s, and 1.26, setting the track record for the fastest mile ever at Hawthorne for a 2-Year-Old male pacer and equalling the incredible Loyal Opposition for the fastest mile ever here by a 2-Year-Old.

He won the race by 3 ½ furlongs and paid $4.20 for the victory.

nterestingly, he was beaten in his debut, as the even money favorite, by Hot N Sporty who extended his winning streak to four in Wednesday’s second race, the first division of the Perdition Series.

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ot N Sporty, owned by James and Donna Crebs and trained by James Crebs, didn’t disappoint as the 2-5 favourite in the first division of the Perdition Series, despite looking a bit disinterested in the early going.

With driver Tony Morgan in the bike, this talented colt, who had never been far back in his previous three races, raced near the back of the pack early, was parked for much of the race, but flew home in 26.3s and simply crushed the field, ultimately winning by six lengths.

Chasing fractions of 28s, 58.1s, and 1.26.4, he got the mile in 1.54.4, paying $2.80 to win.

n the second division of the evening, even-money favorite Joe Somebody, owned by Open Outcry Harness LLC and No Cry Harness LLC, made it two for two in the Perdition Series, scoring a one-length victory.

He grabbed control soon after the half and held a comfortable lead for the rest of the race.

With Dean Magee in the bike, this Homer Hochstetler-trained gelding got mile in 1.55 with fractions of 28.2s, 58.1s, and 1.26, and paid $4.00.

The Perdition Series continues with a third leg on July 27 with the Series Final, worth an estimated $100,000, on August 5.

Courtesy Of Jim Miller, Publicity Director, Hawthorne Racecourse

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