Jetpedia soars in "Define The World" opener

12:49 PM 08 Aug 2014 NZST
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Jetpedia drew first blood in the opening leg
Jetpedia drew first blood in the opening leg
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CAMPBELLVILLE, August 7 - Jetpedia drew first blood in the opening leg of the Define The World Series for two-year-old trotters on Thursday night at Mohawk.

Formerly known as the Bridger, the series was renamed this year in honour of the John Bax trainee, Define The World, who earned more than $1.7 million dollars during his seven-year racing career.

The opening leg saw a group of eight battle for a purse of $12,000.

Jetpedia, the 6/5 favourite, turned in a dominating gate-to-wire victory to break his maiden in 1:59.

Driven by co-owner Mike Saftic, Jetpedia left hard off the gate for a comfortable lead at the opening quarter in :28.2.

Saftic slowed things down in the middle half leading through a half of 1:00. and a three-quarter time of 1:30.1.

In the stretch, Jetpedia cruised away from rivals with a last quarter of :28.4, under a Saftic hand drive, to win by 3 ½ lengths.

Homen Dry, who was second over on the final turn, took second, while Monopoly Blue Chip was third.

Jetpedia is a son of Muscle Hill - Baker Black Jet and is trained by Gregg McNair, who shares ownership with Saftic.

The maiden breaking score came in the two-year-old gelding's second start of his career.

Jetpedia's clocking of 1:59. was a second slower than his career mark of 1:57.4, which was taken in a qualifier on July 22.

The second leg of the Define The World Series takes place next Thursday (August 14) at Mohawk.

Mark McKelvie
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