Day At The Track

Inckchuk Chuck wins Preferred Pace

07:23 AM 28 Dec 2019 NZDT
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Joe Bongiorno, harness racing
Joe Bongiorno
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Freehoild, NJ --- Inukchuk Chuck stole the Preferred Handicap harness racing trot at Freehold Raceway on Friday (December 27), winning it with a gate-to-wire trip.
 
Leaving from post position three, driver Joe Bongiorno put his drive on the front end, setting a moderate early tempo. Heading up the backstretch the final time, he was met with pressure from Hashtagmadeyalook, along with favored Money Maven. Although the latter drew close on the final turn, "Chuck" was unfazed, and drew off to a 3 1/2 length win. He went the mile in 1:57.
 
That was the eleventh win of 2019 for Inukchuk Chuck, most of which have come in amateur driver races. His earnings for the year total $63,248. He was third in the Preferred last week, but with a front-running trip, he was able to find his way to the winner's circle. He's owned by Cliff Grundy and trained by Nick Surick.
 
The Preferred was one of four wins for Bongiorno on the Friday program. He won race 2 with R Sam, race 3 driving Northern Credit, and race 5 with Major Frost. That gives him 82 wins at Freehold on the calendar year, and 37 at the current fall/winter stand.
 
Live racing continues at Freehold on Saturday (December 28), starting at 12:30 PM EST.
 
From Freehold Raceway
 
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