Day At The Track

Lindys Tru Grit rallies late for Preferred win

06:27 PM 15 Mar 2016 NZDT
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Lindys Tru Grit powered by his rivals
Lindys Tru Grit powered by his rivals
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Lindys Tru Grit

Lindys Tru Grit and harness racing driver Paul MacDonell took advantage of a tiring front-end to win the $34,000 Preferred Trot Monday night at Woodbine Racetrack.

A field of seven trotters competed in the weekly feature event. Fearless Man and trainer/driver Rick Zeron were looking to rebound following a disappointing sixth-place finish in last week's event.

Zeron pushed the gas pedal early and Fearless Man out sprinted Etruscan Hanover, the 3/2 favourite, to lead the field into the first turn. In order to grab the front, Fearless Man trotted a massive :25.4 opening-quarter.

The Zeron trainee, who was 5/2, went unchallenged in the second-quarter and reached the midway point in :55.3. The final three in the field began to move up on the outside entering the final turn.

Lindys Tru Grit and MacDonell got away seventh and last, but entered the outer-flow to sit third-over and sixth around the final turn. After a three-quarter time of 1:24.4, Fearless Man looked to finish the job with several challengers ready to strike.

Lindys Tru Grit, who was 8/1, had plenty of trot and powered by his rivals to score a three-quarter length victory in 1:53.4. Hldontghttourdrms split horses to finish second, while Fearless Man had to settle for third.

A six-year-old son of Cantab Hall, Lindys Tru Grit entered Monday's contest off a fourth-place finish in the February 29th Preferred. The Ben Wallace trainee has now won two of four starts since being purchased by Brad Grant in January.

Lindys Tru Grit surpassed $500,000 in earnings with Monday's 12th career victory. He paid $18.90 to win.

Live racing resumes Thursday at Woodbine Racetrack. Post time is 7:30 p.m.

Mark McKelvie

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