Day At The Track

Unlocked completely destroys nine rivals

04:52 PM 14 Sep 2014 NZST
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Unlocked in the $145,000 Pete Langley Memorial
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Turning in one of the most memorable Super Night performances of all time Megan Rogers Racing Stable's Unlocked completely destroyed nine rivals as he cruised to a resounding 11 ½ length victory in the $145,000 Pete Langley Memorial for 3yo pacing colts. The final time was 1:50.2.
 
After floating away from post six with the son of Duneside Perch--Miss Major Power while the opening quarter went up in 27.0 driver Dave Magee sent the speedy colt on his way from fifth.
 
Charging to the top as the field reached the half-mile mark in 54.0, the Erv Miller trainee was in full flight as he began to open up lengths on the field while reaching the three-quarter-mile mark in a brisk 1:21.4.
 
"He's just a monster right now," remarked Magee. "He's unbelievably fast and once you get him in gear he just keeps going and going."
 
Through the lane, Unlocked continued to increase his lead while getting only mild urging from Super Night's leading driver. Shut down in the shadow of the wire Unlocked made it look effortless as he scored for the sixth time in 14 starts this season. Last year's Orange & Blue champion, Cotton Eyed Joe rallied late to get the place check while Fox Valley Deuce (Casey Leonard) was a distant third.
 
After the laugher Magee was quick to credit Miller for ironing out some of the problems Unlocked has battled throughout his career.
 
"Erv has really got this colt at the top of his game right now," said Magee. "He's got him where you can drive him any way you want and he's just as comfortable sitting in a hole as he is out and rolling. He's really something."
 
Bet as though defeat was out of the question Unlocked paid just $2.10, $2.10 & $2.10 while upping his bankroll to $251,697.
 
Tom Kelley
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