Day At The Track

American Venture ends Big N Bad's win streak

03:02 PM 21 Apr 2014 NZST
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Keith Clark trains American Venture

Keith Clark's American Venture put a stop to Big N Bad's Open win streak on Sunday afternoon at Fraser Downs with a 1:51.4 career-best effort in the $10,500 feature.

Riding a four-race win streak, Big N Bag was assigned outside his four rivals in the first race on Sunday, but easily swept from last to first after the :27.1 quarter for trainer/driver Bill Davis. The heavy favourite proceeded to lead the field past the half in :56 and three-quarters in 1:23.4. However, driver Don Monkman Jr. made his move with American Venture around the final turn from third and the American Ideal gelding sprinted home in :27.2 to prevail by two lengths.

The time of the mile matched Big N Bad's Canadian season's record for a five-eighth-mile track and came within two-fifths of a second of the gelding track record.

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