Day At The Track

State Treasurer returns to the win column

02:40 PM 24 Jul 2016 NZST
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State Treasurer was asked to dig in and the seven-year-old responded
State Treasurer was asked to dig in and the seven-year-old responded
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CAMPBELLVILLE, July 23 - It may have taken a little longer than expected, but State Treasurer scored his first win of 2016 in style Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. The Dr. Ian Moore trainee captured the $34,000 Preferred Pace in 1:48.4 over six harness racing rivals Saturday.

Driven by Chris Christoforou, State Treasurer got away fourth and was sent towards the front in the second-quarter. The Moore trainee was used hard, as he cleared Nickle Bag, who posted an opening-quarter of :26, for the lead at the half in :53.3.

Despite the tough second-quarter, State Treasurer continued to power along around the final turn and paced a :27.3 third-quarter to reach the third station in 1:21.1.

In the stretch, State Treasurer was asked to dig in and the seven-year-old responded by holding off a late push from the gritty Nickle Bag to win by half a length in 1:48.4.

American Virgin finished third, while the other Moore trainee, Rockin In Heaven, was fourth.

State Treasurer entered Saturday's contest winless in nine starts this season after winning nine of 19 and almost a $1 million last season en route to being named the Canadian Horse of the Year.

The son of Real Desire now has 31 career wins and $2,022,430 earned over the course of his career for owners Sally MacDonald and Paul MacDonald.

State Treasurer paid $5.80 to win Saturday.

Live racing resumes Monday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Post time is 7:30 p.m.

Mark McKelvie

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