Day At The Track

39th win for Wygant Prince

02:38 PM 26 Jul 2019 NZST
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Wygant Prince, harness racing
Wygant Prince seen here winning in 2018
Geri Schwarz Photo

Yonkers, NY -- As the participating members in the NAADA Series ready for an international competition next week with the visiting Italian amateurs the eighth leg of the current local harness racing series went to post for an $8000 purse tonight at Yonkers Raceway on the betting card and when the race was official, Paul Minore's old warhorse, Wygant Prince, the longest shot on the board (24-1), went wire to wire to score his first seasonal triumph, albeit the 39th of his illustrious career.

After grabbing the racetrack from the four-hole Minore played hardball when the odds-on favorite , Tough Get Going (Joe Faraldo) came calling. Despite a :28.2 first quarter Minore refused to allow Faraldo' s trotter to gain command and the two whizzed by the half in :57.4.. And as the two leaders headed for the three quarters they were still heads apart. However, at that point Tough Get Going understandably began to fade while incredibly the 12-year old Wygant Prince kept going forward.

He passed the third stanza in 1:28. and opened a 2-length lead on his competitors.

When they headed for paydirt David Glasser's, Eyore Hanover, rallied from far back but ran out of racetrack and had to settle for second money as Wygant Prince got off the schnide to notch his first victory this season. Third place went to Fiji, with Dave Offenberg aboard.

Those who wagered on Wygant Prince who treated to a $51.00 payoff. He is owned by his driver and trained by Taylor Gower.

by John Manzi, for the NAADA Series

 

 

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