It might be April Fools' Day today, but on a beautiful near 50 degree day at the Plainridge Park Casino in Plainville, MA, the trotters and pacers in the five qualifying races were not fooling around, they meant business.
In the first race, the winner was All Natural, a 7 yr. old pacing mare owned, trained and driven by Frederick Ward Jr.,ME. who went wire to wire over a perfect racing surface in a quick 1:57.1.
The second race was won by Rhudaur Hanover, 4 yr. old bay pacing mare for owners Glenn Harris MA and Ralph Andersen MA driven by Ralph Andersen in 2:01.2.
The third race was won by Easy Sport, 7 yr. old bay pacing gelding, for owner & trainer Irwin Rosenthal, driven by Steve Nason in 2:01.2.
The fourth race was won by Minx, 7 yr. old bay pacing mare, owned by Graham Lewis, MA & Stacey Jacobs, MA, trained and driven by Graham Lewis in a time of 1:59.4
The fifth race was won by Pembroke Lil, a 9 yr. old pacing mare, owned by John Coffey, MA & William Lewis, RI, driven by Cornelius Bonetti in 1:59.3
Qualifying continues on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 1:00 p.m.
Racing will start on Wednesday April 16, 2014, at 4:00 p.m., with Wednesdays and Saturdays at 4:00 p.m. and Sundays at 1:00 p.m. with the exception of April 20, 2014. ( Easter Sunday ) There will be no racing that day.
by Bob Lieberman, for Plainridge Racecourse