Just when it looked like Paul Battis' prised trotter, Cranmeadow Express, would extend his winning streak to eight going back to last July, he was caught at the wire by Lazer Zone in Tuesday's (May 29) racing action at Plainridge Racecourse.
After qualifing a year ago at Scarborough, the four-year-old by Will Do Hanover was unbeaten in seven Maine Sires Breeders Stakes and has upped his earnings to over $65,000 in 12 starts.
Battis, a member of the Plainridge Wall of Fame and the N.E. Harness writers hall of fame, seemingly had the race won but Mike Eaton stayed on the rail with a nice move and nipped Cranmeadow Express' 2012 debut.
Both horses stopped the teletimer at 2:00. The winner paid $47 for a two-dollar wager.
Eaton, Jim Hardy and Steve Nason, who are the current dash leaders at Plainridge, each had two winners on the afternoon.
They go to post again today (Thursday) at 4 p.m. (Est.).
by Jack GINNETTI