Talented 2-Year-Old Pujols, owned by Michael Polansky, made two starts at Hawthorne and broke the track record each time.
On Wednesday night (July 20), Pujols not only broke his own record for 2-Year-Old male pacers that he set just last week, he decimated the record set by world-class Loyal Opposition a little over two years ago.
Starting from post seven, he and driver-trainer Tom Harmer were content to let the race develop a bit before making their move but, once asked, Pujols took off and grabbed the lead soon after the half.
At the three-quarter pole, they were ahead by a 1 ¼ lengths, by the three-quarter pole, they were 2 ½ lengths clear.
The winning margin was ¾ of a length but it was almost four lengths back to the third-place finisher.
Fino Sport, owned by John Butenschoen and Edward Bardowski, another highly-regarded 2-Year-Old, finished in the runner-up spot with Tony Morgan in the bike.
Fino Sport, trained by John Butenschoen, had also dominated in his career debut, at Balmoral, pacing the mile in 1.52.4.
He made up some ground on Pujols in the stretch of this race and his final time would also have eclipsed the record set by Loyal Opposition.
Pujols paced the mile in 1.52.2, with fractions of 27.3 seconds, 55.4s, and 1.25, beating Loyal Opposition’s record by a second and a fifth.
That time equalled the national season mark for a 2-Year-Old on a one-mile track.
ccording to Racing Secretary Billy Perkins, Pujols could be on his way to the Woodrow Wilson at the Meadowlands.
The Elimination for that race will be held on July 29 with the Final on August 5, the same night as Hawthorne’s Night of Champions.
ourtesy Of Jim Miller, Publicity Director, Hawthorne Racecourse