Day At The Track

This week Winsmith Jen turns the tables

05:45 PM 06 Jul 2011 NZST
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Winsmith Jen and Taggart hold off Carrie
Winsmith Jen and Taggart hold off Carrie - Ann (#4) and Hally (#2) to win the afternoon feature in 1:57
Geri Schwarz photo

Last week harness racing trainer Frank Yanoti's horse, Notimefordreaming, overtook Winsmith Jen in the deep stretch to win the Tuesday pacing feature in a 1:55:4 clocking. However, yesterday, July 5 Winsmith Jen got revenge and this time she wasn't caught from behind and was the victor in a 1:57:1 mile while Notimefordreaming languished in the rears finishing two lengths off the winner in fourth place after an overland trip from the halfway point.

Jimmy Taggart, Jr was again at the controls for trainer Gary Messenger and he once again tried the front-end route with Winsmith Jen but this time they were victorious over Carrie Ann and Mike Forte who photo-ed out Hally and Greg Merton for second money.

The Blissfull Hall 5-year-old mare notched her fourth seasonal triumph for owners by Dr. Scott Woogen, Phil Shapiro and Brenda Messenger. She paid $4.20 for win.

It was one of two victories on the card for the Taggart-Messenger combination after earlier on the card Taggart reined the Messenger-trained Winsmith Molly to a 1:58:4 triumph. And it marked the second victory that afternoon for owners Woogen, Shapiro and Messenger.

But Taggart also added another driving victory to his resume on July 5 when he guided the Bob Beauregard-trained trotter Giant T to a 2:00:4 triumph which was the veteran Giant Hit gelding’s seventh of the season.

King of the Castle Stable is the proud owner of Giant T who returned a $4.20 win mutuel.

Not to be outdone Bruce Aldrich Jr. added another grand slam to his win total when he drove four winners on that afternoon card which featured races for fillies and mares.


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