Classic Martine showed once again that she is one of the top trotting mares currently in harness racing as she easily won the $40,000 second leg of the Miss Versatility Trotting Series at Mohawk Raceway Monday.
The race favorite, world champion Maven, was making her first start since returning from racing in Europe, was hopelessly boxed in throughout the mile and finished fifth.
It was Classic Martine and driver Tim Tetrick going out to the early lead from post six with Rockin With Dewey (Mario Baillargeon) and Cowgirl Hall (Doug McNair) also leaving from their outside positions.
Past the opening quarter mile in :27, Classic Martine has just settled in on the lead when Rockin With Dewey came alongside her and took command of the race. That left Cowgirl Hall parked out first-over and when Handover Belle (Jack Moiseyev) followed the outside flow second-over, there was Maven (Yannick Gingras) boxed in along the rail in fifth place with nowhere to go.
Going past the half mile in :56 and then the three-quarters in 1:25 there was no change in position with the exception that Cowgirl Hall was no long gaining any ground so when they started down the stretch it was easy for Tetrick to slip out with Classic Martine.
Once the mare had clearance, Classic Martine had little trouble collaring Rockin With Dewey and she went on to win by two open lengths in 1:52.3. Rockin With Dewey held for second with D’Orsay (Sylvain Filion) third after sitting behind Classic Martine the entire mile.
It was the second straight win and fifth victory in six starts this year for Classic Martine. The four-year-old mare by Classic Photo is trained by Chris Oakes and is owned by the Hauser Brothers Racing, Susan Oakes, Conrad Zurich and Ed Gold.
Sent off as the even money second choice in the race, Classic Martine paid $4.30 to win.
By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com