Longshot sparks big returns

09:37 PM 23 May 2014 NZST
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Attackatooforu wins at odds of 57-1 Sweetheart Dance & Josh Sutton
Attackatooforu wins at odds of 57-1
Sweetheart Dance & Josh Sutton

Harness racing longshot players could not have been happier than they were in the 12th race at Northfield Park on Thursday (May 22), when (1) Attackatooforu received a perfect trip and closed up the passing lane to win at odds of 57-1.

David Lake drove the pacer for owner/trainer, Jim Kiesel, of Litchfield, Ohio. It was the first win this year in four starts and represents Attackatooforu's ninth lifetime score.

(1) Attackatooforu (57-1) was followed across the wire by (4) Southern Susie (7-1) and (6) Minor Wisdom (1-1).

Attackatooforu returned $116.80 to win; the 1-4 Exacta paid $1,029.60; and the 1-4-6 Trifecta returned $4,715.20.

Earlier on the night, Sweetheart Dance paced to her third consecutive victory, capturing the $11,000 Fillies and Mares Open Pace in the fifth race. She is trained by Kent Sherman for Pittsburgh, PA owner Keith Pippi. Northfield Park leading driver, Josh Sutton, was aboard for the winning drive.

Sweetheart Dance (Yankee Cruiser-Somekindasweetiepie-Life Sign) started from post seven. She left hard at the start and was hung three wide through the opening :27.2 quarter. She made the lead in the second turn and never looked back. She continued to post impressive fractions of :56.1, 1:24.3 and 1:53.4. The mile clocking bested her competition by 1 ¼-lengths. Completing the race were Power Everywhere, Eradikate, Ashtoreth Hanover, Deliciouslynaughty, Bubbler and Tame The Dame.

Thursday's win was the fourth victory this year and 16th career score for Sweetheart Dance. It bolstered her lifetime earnings to $184,741. She was heavily favored and returned $2.80 to win.

Ayers Ratliff

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