In yet another dominating harness racing performance on Super Night, John Carver & Bert Hochsprung's Iam Bonasera overpowered nine rivals, scoring by four and a half lengths in 1:50 while taking the $127,000 Tony Maurello Stake. The win made the son of Cole Muffler-Shessluvabull a two-time Super Night winner (2010 Langley Memorial).
Reserved early by driver Todd Warren, the Roger Welch trained five-year-old sat near the back of the pack as Well To Do Guru, Intheblinkofaneye & Boi waged a fierce battle up front.
"I figured there would be plenty of speed when I looked over behind the gate and Boi and Guru were just raging to get out there," said Warren. "At that point I just wanted to stay about two wide and make sure we stayed out of any kind of trouble."
Continuing to draw closer to the leaders on the far turn Iam Bonasera began to swing to the far outside as the field reached the three-quarter-mile mark in 1:22.1.
"I actually kept him a little farther out in the track than I needed to but I didn't want to take any chances," Warren said. "I knew that once you get him lined out he's got a gear and half in him to get home and if he's within five or six lengths he's going to get there."
Zipping right by the leaders Iam Bonasera was on cruise control for the final sixteenth of a mile as he reported home with his seventh win in 13 starts this season for trainer Roger Welch. Inthblinkofaneye (Simon Allard) was a game second while longshot Sporty Gypsy (Dale Hiteman) finished third.