Premium Stock takes Smith Memorial Stake

03:26 AM 08 Apr 2014 NZST
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Jim Marino, harness racing
Jim Marino co-owns, trains and drive Premium Stock

Keith Linton Memorial champion Premium Stock added another stakes win to his resume on Sunday at Fraser Downs as he was three lengths the best in the $15,000 Wendell Smith Memorial Stake.

Local horseman Jim Marino trains, drives and co-owns the lightly raced three-year-old gelding with Cameron Gardner of Cloverdale, B.C.

Leaving from post six in the seven-horse field, favourite Premium Stock established the early lead during a :28.3 opening quarter, but gave way to second choice Astronomical Storm (Scott Knight), who advanced from third during the second panel. Premium Stock then played "follow the leader" through middle splits of :58.2 and 1:27.2 before surging by down the stretch for the 1:57.2 triumph. Astronomical Storm stayed for second while Four Diamonds (Travis Bowman) came on for third.

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