Preferred pacers & trotters shine at Mohawk

09:28 PM 03 Aug 2014 NZST
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Ellis Park unleashed his wicked late kick to win the Preferred pace Charmed Life is owned by Menary Racing Inc, Brad Gray and Michael Guerriero
Ellis Park unleashed his wicked late kick to win the Preferred pace
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Charmed Life is owned by Menary Racing Inc, Brad Gray and Michael Guerriero
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CAMPBELLVILLE, August 2 - The top pacers and trotters on the WEG circuit were on display Saturday night in the $34,000 Preferred pace and trot at Mohawk.

A strong group of ten pacers got the Preferred action underway in the evening's seventh race.

Just like two starts back, Ellis Park unleashed his wicked late kick to win the Preferred pace in a wild finish that saw all 10 horses within 4 ½ lengths at the wire.

For the second week in a row, Fool Me Once was sent to the lead and hung up solid fractions of :26.3, :54.1 and 1:21.4.

As the field came off the final turn, Fool Me Once continued to hold onto the lead with his challengers fanning out six wide for a furious charge to the finish.

Bestofbest Hanover, who was third over on the final turn, paced by Fool Me Once deep in the stretch, but Ellis Park, who was fourth over coming off the turn, immediately bumped 'Bestofbest' into the place spot as he paced by him in the final strides to win by three-quarters of a length in 1:49.

Ellis Park paced his final quarter in :26. and his back half in :52.3 to pick up the victory.

Modern Legend, who was ninth at the three-quarter pole, came flying into the wild finish with a :25.3 final quarter to nail Fool Me Once for third.

Steve Condren guided Ellis Park to his second Preferred win in his last three starts and third win in ten starts this season.

A five-year-old son of Rocknroll Hanover - Roller Cam, Ellis Park is trained by Brad Maxwell for owner David Goodrow Stable.

The Preferred victory was the 13th of Ellis Park's career and boosts his career earnings to over $210,000.

He paid $17.00 to win.

On the trotting side, a field of eight, including Maple Leaf Trot starters Flanagan Memory and Wheeling N Dealin, lined up for the Preferred trot, but a mare stole the show.

Charmed Life, a four-year-old daughter of Majestic Son - Christina, and driver Jody Jamieson scored their second victory in a row off a long second over trip

Flanagan Memory got away in the two-hole and was moved to the lead in the second quarter by driver Chris Christoforou.

As the field made their way around the final turn, Windsong Geant, who was fifth in the early stages, grinded his way up to Flanagan Memory on the outside towing Charmed Life around the turn second over.

In the stretch, Windsong Geant overtook the lead, but drifted out enough for Jamieson and Charmed Life to trot by on the inside and score a 1 ¾ length victory in 1:53.0.

Windsong Geant held on for second, while Catch The Dream and Whiskey Tax came on late to grab third and fourth respectively.

The Preferred victory was the fourth win in ten starts this season for the Dave Menary trainee and her eleventh victory of her career.

Charmed Life is owned by Menary Racing Inc, Brad Gray and Michael Guerriero. She now has career earnings of over $545,000.

Charmed Life paid $4.70 to win.

Live racing continues Monday night at Mohawk with a 12-race card featuring the $43,200 final of the Dream Maker Pacing Series and the opening leg of the Pure Ivory Series.

Post time is 7:25 p.m.

Mark McKelvie
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