Diamond Tiara & Rusty's Flying big winners

03:12 AM 02 Apr 2014 NZDT
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Rusty's Flying, harness racing
Rusty's Flying posts his seventh win this year
Photo by Geri Schwarz
At the beginning of last season Monticello Raceway had two pacers that were on a tear winning indiscriminately. Both Tracy's Song and Haroun Hanover were consistent winners and were at, or near, the top of the North American leaderboard in races won then and all season long. And both finished the season with over 20 wins.

Although the same may not materialize this year for two pacers, Rusty's Flying and Diamond Tiara, but each are making themselves known by consistent trips to the winners circle. Both pacers have won seven times this year and both are tied for second in victories this year, just one win off the leaders.

Yesterday, (March 31) Rusty's Flying notched her third consecutive victory, and seventh of the season when Jimmy Marohn, Jr. guided the 6-year-old daughter of Artiscape to a wire to wire triumph in a 2:00.2 clocking for trainer Danny Gill and owner Ed Hall.

Last year Gill was the conditioner of Haroun Hanover, known locally as the horse that didn't stop after a race and one who needed the wings of the starting gate opened on the backstretch after the mile so driver Jimmy Marohn, Jr. (Gill's driver of choice) could aim him behind the wings and get the pacer stopped and into the race paddock.

Thankfully for the driver and trainer, Gill's charge this year, Rusty's Flying,does not resemble the characteristics of Haroun Hanover other than she wins the majority of her races. This year she has seven wins and two seconds in 10 starts and last year she had 12 wins and 10 seconds and five thirds in 42 starts.

Joining Rusty's Flying in second place races won this year in North America is Diamond Tiara who'll be looking for her eighth seasonal triumph here today (April 1).

Owned by Philip Schultz and trained by Mike Watson, the 7 year old daughter of McArdle has strung together three consecutive wins and is understandably rated as the early line favorite in today's contest.

Jimmy Taggart, Jr. will again be at the controls behind Diamond Tiara today when they leave from the four hole in the first race.

A mare of considerable class, Diamond Tiara has a lifetime mark of 1:50.3 taken two years ago and last season she won in 1:53.3. Both of her win records were notched at Harrah's Philadelphia.

This season from 12 trips to post all at the Mighty M, Diamond Tiara has seven wins, two seconds and three thirds.

by John Manzi, for Monticello Raceway
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