The overcast weather made the afternoon gloomy and the drizzling kept rain soaking the race track but nothing prevented Semalu Express and harness racing driver Jordan Stratton from their mission and together they copped the weekly winners- over pacing feature in a time of 1:56.3.
Stratton had Semalu Express in the cat-bird seat until the final turn before unleashing the big bold gaited son ofwho then circled the pace-setter Four Trumps A and driver Larry Stalbaum to take command, and in the lane they poured it on to score an easy seven-length triumph over the muddy race course.
Southbound Trucker and Bruce Aldrich, Jr. came from far back to be second and they finished a length ahead Winbak Delight, and driver by Jimmy Taggart, Jr., who was third.
“I knew Larry (Stallbaum with Four Trumps A) would be coming out of there so I wanted to get to the front before he did and it worked out just right because I grabbed the top and then let Larry go and got a perfect two-hole trip,” Stratton related.” And when I pulled him (Semalu Express) he hit another gear and we cruised to an easy victory.”
It was the second consecutive triumph for Semalu Express who’s co-owned locally in Orange County by Eddie Quick, Andrea Kaplan, Brittany Sciulla and by William Crowley of North Carolina.
Trained by Dave MacNamara, Semalu Express paid $3.40 for win.
The co-feature that day saw Real Mystical get back in the win column when Bruce Aldrich, Jr. guided the veteran pacer to a 1:56.2 victory.
For the previous two weeks Real Mystical had competed against the winners-over company and after cutting both mile she got reeled-in the final strides and finished second both times.
But it appears a drop down in class to the $20,000 claiming ranks was all the 9 year oldgelding needed to once again out-footed his competition.
Despite starting from the eight-hole, Real Mystical zipped to the lead in a 28 second first quarter and then rambled through fractions of :57.2, 1:27 and finished in a time of 1:56.2.Wantasmile and Jordan Stratton finished second two lengths behind the winner and Betting Molin, with Stratton’s younger brother Cory at the lines, took home the show dough.
Trained by Billy Devine for owner James Schreibeis of Florida, NY Real Mystical paid $7.20 for win.