Unbeaten steak continues in Nassagaweya

04:07 PM 18 Aug 2013 NZST
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Play It Again Sam, driven by Randy Waples Arthur Blue Chip and Paul MacDonell Somewhere In L A now has a 3-1-1 record
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CAMPBELLVILLE, August 17 – A trio of the sports top freshmen pacers were showcased on Saturday evening with $81,811 divisions of the Nassagaweya Stakes taking place.

Play It Again Sam, Arthur Blue Chip and Somewhere In L A all found the wire first for their respective connections.

Play It Again Sam, driven by Randy Waples, notched his seventh straight win as he stopped the timer in 1:52.

The talented son of Shadow Play was hard-used to earn the front as he was parked to the opening station in :27.1.

From there, favourite Play It Again Sam lead his eight rivals past the mid-way point in :55 and 1:24, before Waples called on him for more speed en route to victory. Victory Bayama (Sylvain Filion) finished second, ahead of Winds Of Change (Scott Zeron).

Owned by Wayne Whebby and R G McGroup Ltd, Play It Again Sam increased his career earnings to $50,827. He paid $3.50 to win,

Moore would return to the winners circle once again as Arthur Blue Chip and Paul MacDonell got under the wire first in 1:52 in the first division.

The son of Shadow Play marched to the front past the opening station in :27.1 and never looked back as he laid down fractions of :55.3 and 1:24.2, before edging away from his eight rivals to win by one and a half lengths. Boomboom Ballykeel (Sylvain Filion) finished second, over Three Of Clubs (Doug McNair).

Owned by Shadow One Stable, Arthur Blue Chip now has a 4-0-1 record from six starts this season along with $174,494 in earnings. He paid $3.50 to win.

In the final division, Somewhere In L A converted off a perfect, pocket trip to win in 1:52.1.

Driven by Randy Waples, the son of Somebeachsomewhere cleared to the front past the opening station in :27.2, before getting covered up by Idealbeach Hanover (Paul MacDonell).

Idealbeach Hanover continued to lead his eight rivals past the mid-way point in:55.3 and 1:23.3.

Down the stretch, Idealbeach Hanover began to tire as Somewhere In L A angled out of the pocket to score the victory. Twin B Speedo (Jack Moiseyev) finished second with Idealbeach Hanover third.

Trained by co-owned by Bob McIntosh along with CSX Stables and Al McIntosh Holdings Inc., Somewhere In L A now has a 3-1-1 record from six starts this season along with $68,105. He paid $17.10 to win.

All three winners remain eligible to the $700,000E Metro Pace on Saturday, August 31 at Mohawk with eliminations taking place on August 24.

Videos of the three races attached.

Greg Gangle

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