Day At The Track

Gruden adds trotting-hobbles to victory lane

12:59 PM 25 Jul 2018 NZST
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Gurden holds off Silent Pine at the finish
Mikayla Gray photo

Gruden (Muscles Yankee) added trotting hopples a few weeks ago after enduring breaking trouble in previous months.

The Rene Allard trainee won the qualifier at Pocono with hopples on and was dynamic at Saratoga Casino Hotel last week while winning his local debut in 1:55.

Gruden moved up in company on Tuesday night as he took part in the $12,000 Winners Over. The five year old trotter who scored nine wins in seventeen tries in 2017 was bet down as the 1-9 favorite on Tuesday

Leading driver Billy Dobson moved Gruden out to the early lead, paying a bit of a stiff price to get to the top. Parked at the start, Gruden crossed over to cut the mile after guiding the way through a first quarter of 27 seconds.

The big favorite had little difficultly opening up a big lead but was beginning to tire as a pair of dangers, Silent Pine (Bruce Cooper) and Entranced (Dan Cappello Jr) were making steady progress towards the leader. Gruden had enough to hang on and win in 1:56 while Silent Pine came up second best. Entranced earned the show spot.

Live racing continues on Wednesday evening at Saratoga with a 7:05pm first post.

by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

 

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