The sun peaked out just in time for the first race at the Meadowlands Saturday afternoon and with the track maintenance crew working overtime paid off as Classic Martine held off a determined Bee A Magician and tied the world record for four-year-old mares with a 1:51.1 triumph in the $52,000 final of the Ima Lula Trot.
Classic Martine and driver Tim Tetrick was able to take the early lead away from NF Happenstance (Jack Parker, Jr.) by the opening quarter mile in :27. They started to back it down to the half mile in :55.2 as Bee A Magician and driver Brian Sears come first-over over and started to grind their way towards the leaders and nearly collared Classic Martine at the three-quarters in 1:23.
As they started down the stretch it looked as if Sears had Bee A Magician in full stride but each time they nearly caught the leader, Tetrick asked Classic Martine and she responded twice before holding off for a neck victory. NF Happenstance was third.
“My mares best game is usually not on the front,” said Tetrick, “but today we had to do it. We fought it out. Brian’s mare was still good but mine was better.”
It was the a lifetime mark for Classic Martine as the daughter of Classic Photo tied Bee A Magician’s world mark she set back on July 12. It was her seventh win this year in just nine starts for trainer Chris Oakes. Classic Martine is owned by Hauser Brothers Racing, Susan Oakes, Zurick and Ed Gold. She paid $2.60 to win as the 1/5 betting favorite.
“She is a good mare and she came back gamely,” said Chris Oakes, “She is a very talented filly. She couldn’t get the job done against Bee A Magician last year but she has come back super this year.”
By Steve Wolf for Harnessslink.com