Hello Carlo and Kahoku dead heated in the $10,000 Open Trot in Northfield Park’s sixth race on Monday (March 3). Hello Carlo is owned by Mario Caponi of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio and trained by Larry Clabaugh. Josh Sutton was aboard for the winning drive. Margaret Mancini of Colts Neck, New Jersey owns Kahoku. Crist Hershberger trains and drove.
Both trotters came from the back as the fractions were perfect for closers. The first half was :58 and the back half was trotted in 1:00. Finishing behind the pair of winners were Sure Thing, Julians Caesar, Saintfrancis, Pembroke Snapshot, Mythical Hall and Talladega Hanover.
Monday’s triumph increased Hello Carlo’s (Carry The Message-Last Turn-Supergill) lifetime win tally to 54 and Kahoku’s (SJ’s Caviar-Tags Goal-Tagliabue) to 11. Hello Carlo has now earned $264,868 and Kahoku has bankrolled $75,513. Neither totter was the race favorite, Hello Carlo paid $5.80 to win and Kahoku returned $21.00.
In the evening’s ninth race, Rose Run Logan trotted home for his fourth straight win over Northfield’s Flying Turns. The seven year-old gelding is owned and trained by Jeff Hochstetler of Urichsville, Ohio. Aaron Merriman was the winning driver.
Rose Run Logan started from post six and led at every call through fractions of :29.1, :58.1, 1:27.1 and 1:56.2. He was well in hand the entire mile and bested his closest competitor (Al Brown, Don McKirgan) by four lengths.
Monday’s triumph was the 10 career success for Rose Run Logan (Armbro Laser-How Miraculous-Baltic Speed) and increased his lifetime earnings to $24,598. He was heavily favored and returned $2.40 to win.
Western Churchill was an upset winner in the evenings $10,000 Open Pace for owner New York Thunder Stable of Washington, Pennsylvania. Northfield Park’s leading trainer, Calvin Hollar is his conditioner and listed Greg Grismore to drive.
Western Churchill (Western Ideal-The Mattican-Matt’s Scooter) started from the rail and sat the pocket through fractions of :28, :57.2 and 1:25.3. Grismore pulled Western Churchill at the head of the stretch and was ¾-length in front at the finish in 1:54.2. Completing the race were Shark Dressed Man, Man He Can Skoot, Forever Good, Nathan Feelsgood, Curator, Lucky Jet and Stevie Diamonds.
Western Churchill now has 15 career successes. Monday’s victory pushed his bankroll to $208,478. He paid $28.40 to win.
by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park