Austin's Jon Jon spoils Sophiisticat's bid

04:48 PM 09 Dec 2010 NZDT
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Liz Stubits (left), Joe Langan and Austin's Jon Jon and driver Brad Kramer
Liz Stubits (left), Joe Langan and - Shannon Budnick join Cory Stratton after his victory
Liz Stubits (left), Joe Langan and Shannon Budnick of the Sullivan County Chapter of NYS Horse Council join Cory Stratton after his victory. Geri Schwarz photo
Austin's Jon Jon and driver Brad Kramer - romp to a seven length triumph in 2:01:3
Geri Schwarz photo

On Wednesday afternoon, December 8 at Monticello Raceway Sophisticat was gunning for her 18th seasonal victory but Austin's Jon Jon derailed her. Sophisticat , whose 17 seasonal harness racing triumphs leads all other trotters in North America, led the field to the halfway point in the weekly trotting feature with Bruce Aldrich, Jr. at the controls.

However, as the field straightened in the backside the second time around Sophisticat yielded to a charging Austin's Jon Jon and driver Brad Kramer who not only circled her but went on to open up daylight on the field . When they trotted around the final turn the Brad Kramer-driven trotter was five lengths in front and at the wire the 5-year- old Giant Hit gelding was a seven-length winner in a 2:01:3 clocking on a very cold day in the Catskill Mountains. Sophisticat held on for second place while My Buddy Chimo and driver Kevin Hough took home the show dough.

Austin's Jon Jon , owned by Daniel Henry, Sr. of Gardiner, NY, scored his fourth victory of the season and returned a whopping $39.00 for win.

Later in the program that day 18 year old Cory Stratton reined Lazy Running N to a 2:02:3 triumph in the daily pacing feature in a race named for the Sullivan County Chapter of the New York State Horse Council. For the younger brother of Jordan Stratton it marked his second victory in as many days.

Earlier this season Cory led the Billings Series in points before he became 18 years of age on August 12 when he turned professional.

Lazy Running N, a former Mighty M pacer of the year, notched her third victory of the year and paid $6.30 for win. The 9 year old New Zealand mare is owned by Pacer Enterprises of Sarasota, Fla.

John MANZI

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