Dean Beachy's Quantum King Leo ($62.00) shocked the harness racing field in Saturday's $6,000 Open Trot at Northfield, grinding out a 1:58.4 win that saw driver Dan Charlino follow cover from Celebrity Wonder and then go three-wide at three-quarters to challenge leader Carolina Raider before getting up by half a length at the wire.
The game effort was just 2/5 of a second off thegeldings lifetime mark, taken at The Meadowlands earlier this year. Celebrity Wonder got the place money, while Carolina Raider tired to third. The win was the 8th in 39 starts for Quantum King Leo, who pushed his career bankroll to $68,842, with $26,235 of that coming this year.
Ryan Stahl moved favored Painted Speed ($3.80) at the quarter, battle Bucky Can't Caddy to three-quarters and eventually put away all the competition with a 1:54.2 win in the $6,000 Open Pace. Rapid City was second and French Attack finished third. Ryan Angus trains the winner, a five-year-old Real artist gelding, for Todd Liebman of Franklin Square, New York. The win was his ninth in 37 seasonal trips postward and bumped his career earnings to $54,902, with $25,979 coming this year.
The win was one of four on the card for Stahl, as he moves within shouting distance of 2,000 career wins. Robin Miller tripled and Aaron Merriman, Dan Charlino and Elliot Deaton each had two winners on the card.