TSM Photo Bugger followed his cover beautifully, then brushed through the lane to capture Friday's $22,500 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows at juicy harness racing ods of 10-1.
Nosed out at the wire last week by Sir Caviar, TSM Photo Bugger saw an opportunity for revenge when Sir Caviar broke stride early. The 5-year-old SJ’s Photo-Rewarding Wink gelding used the first-over cover of Jessesjo, kicked past the leader, Fox Valley Smarty, in the stretch and scored for Mike Wilder in 1:54.1, matching his career best. Rembrandt Spur shot the Lightning Lane for second, 1-1/4 lengths back, while Fox Valley Smarty saved show.
Jan Fread trains TSM Photo Bugger, who now boasts $187,348 in lifetime earnings, for owner/breeder Ted Tomson.
Dan Charlino drove four winners on the 15-race card while Wilder, Fread and Eric Ledford each enjoyed a three-bagger.
by Evan PATTAK