Day At The Track

Creatine in lifetime best 1:52.2

01:24 PM 18 Aug 2013 NZST
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After his big victory in his elimination division of the Hambletonian, Creatine showed racing fans he is for real and he showed them once again with an easy wire-to-wire triumph Saturday at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs with a lifetime best1:52.2 victory in the $200,000 Colonial Trot consolation for three-year-olds.

Driven by Mike Lachance, Creatine left from post four and the race was all but over. To Dream On (Yannick Gingras) elected to race against the colts and grabbed the two-hole trip at the quarter in :27.2. But as the field came to half mile, Pluto and trainer/driver Jimmy Takter came charging first-over as To Dream On went off-stride at the half mile in :55.3 so Pluto dropped right into the two-hole spot as they raced down the backstretch.

By the three-quarters in 1:24, Creatine was firmly in control as Possessed Fashion (Brian Sears) was first-over with Vibe Blue Chip (Matt Kakaley). But coming down the stretch it was all Creatine, who won by three and three-quarter lengths.

Sired by Andover Hall, Creatine posted his fourth win of the year and paid $3.00 to win. He is trained by Bob Stewart and was bred and is owned by Diamond Creek racing of Wellsville, PA.

Johny Rock and driver Andy Miller made perfect use of the passing lane to capture the $200,000 Battle of Brandywine consolation in a lifetime record of 1:48.3.

It was Rockin Amadeus (Yannick Gingras) who shot out of the starting gate to take early command with Johny Rock in the two-hold spot through the opening quarter mile in a speedy :25.4. Sweet Talkin Satin (Tim Tetrick) came first-over at the half in :54.2 and started to pressure the leaders down the backstretch with Olde Time Hockey (George Napolitano, Jr.) following second over.

At the three-quarters in 1:21.2, Rockin Amadeus was still in command with Sweet Talkin Satin collaring the race leader. As they straighten down and started down the stretch, Andy Miller shot right into the passing lane with Johny Rock and they passed everyone by to win by three lengths. Sweet Talkin Satin was second with Raockin Amadeus fading to third place.

Sired by Rocknroll Hanover, it was the fourth win this year for Johny Rock. He is trained by John Butenschoen and is owned by William Wellwood, Jean Geohlen and Eugene Schick.

In the $150,000 Valley Forge consolation for three-year-old pacing fillies, Nikki Beach and driver Ron Pierce made it look easy as the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere led from start to finish and won in a lifetime best 1:50. Pocket-sitting Live Entertainment (Yannick Gingras) was second with first-over Carols Desire (Matt Kakaley) finished third.

Nikki Beach held the field at bay the entire mile and won by two and one-quarter lengths for her third victory on the season. She is trained by Tony Alagna and is owned by Brittany Farms of Versailles, KY.

By Steve Wolf

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