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Corky upsets 'Eli' in the $500,000 Beal Trot

03:14 AM 30 Jun 2013 NZST
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Corky - Showed true grit and went on to win by a length

Wilkes Barre, PA - The connections of early trotting sensation, Smilin Eli, are not smiling anymore as their top prospect for the harness racing Hambletonian this year saw his four-race winning streak come to an abrupt end in the $500,000 Earl Beal Memorial Trot Final at Pocono Downs Saturday.

And that loss came at the hands of Corky, who posted his third straight victory for the Jimmy Takter Stable the hard way, grinding it out first-over against a very tough rival in Smilin Eli.

"Eli" ground his way out from the starting gate in the 12th race co-feature and went to the lead for driver Tim Tetrick over Dontyouforgetit (Yannick Gingras) to the opening quarter mile in :28.1. Then before the half mile marker in :57.1, driver Dave Miller came first-over with Corky and starting working their way up to challenge Smilin Eli. Possessed Fashion (John Campbell) was following Corky's outside flow with Dontyouforgetit (Gringas) sitting the pocket trip.

At the three-quarters in 1:25.2 it looked like Corky had collared Smilin Eli and Campbell sent Possessed Fashion three-wide hoping that Corky would be tired and that they had a shot at Smilin Eli down the stretch. But that scenario never materialized.

Corky refused to spit out the bit, Smilin Eli was all through and began to fade, Corky showed true grit and went on to win by a length over a late charging 71-1 long shot, Picture This (Charlie Norris) for second place with Dontyouforgetit third. Corky, at 7-1, paid $16.60 to win.

Sired by Muscles Yankee from the Balanced Image mare, Clarice Marie, Corky was bred by Lynn Baker of Ohio and now has career earnings of $675,968 and has become one of the early favorites for the Hambletonian Trot August 3.

Steven Wolf

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