Day At The Track

Sevruga dominates in the Magician series

02:58 AM 18 Jun 2011 NZST
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Take Heart Jim Meittinis and Sevruga, harness racing
Take Heart - Trained by John Butenschoen
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Sevruga in prior victory
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Sevruga rolled to his fourth straight victory in the $15,000 second division of The Magician Friday night at the mecca of harness racing the Meadowlands Racetrack. After starting from post 10, Sevruga went straight to the lead and pulled away to win by 3 1/2 lengths in 1:54.3. It was his second win in The Magician series for 3-year-old trotters and fourth in five starts this season.

“It was tough from the get-go,” said driver Jim Meittinis. “We drew the 10 hole with 11 in it so we just wanted to float out of there and hopefully get a spot somewhere early. There were no holes to be found so I just rolled him to the front. he responded and just kept going.”

Meittinis co-owns Sevruga with trainer Tyler Raymer. They purchased the son of SJ’s Caviar several months ago and after a few shoeing adjustments and changes made by Raymer, the gelding began to show improvement.

“He’s a nice animal,” said Meittinis. “He’s still very green but he’s learning more every week and getting better. Our chances are good in the final, so hopefully we draw good and have a smooth journey.”

The Evictor finished second, in front of third place finisher Wind And A Prayer. Sevruga paid $11.00 to win.

Take Heart held on gamely to pull an upset in the earlier Magician division. He posted a 1:55.3 victory with Andy Miller at the lines. Runner-up Lost Symbol finished a half-length behind the winner and Sizzling Volo was third. Take Heart, trained by John Butenschoen returned $29.40.

Lindsey MCKEE

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