Tui shatters world record in win at Pocono

02:44 AM 26 May 2012 NZST
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The four-year-old mare Tui beat the boys in a $18,000 condition trot on Friday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs and set a harness racing world record for her age group in the process.

Racing in a condition for non-winner of $18,000 in the last five starts, Tui, the pride of the Don Wiest barn, left from post position #1 in a field of eight as the 3-2 favorite and burned right to the front end for driver Anthony Napolitano in 26:4. Even with outside pressure, the mare held the led easily to the half in 56 seconds even and to three-quarters in 1:23:3. In the stretch, the daughter of Windsong's Legacy kicked away from her foes to win by 2 ΒΌ lengths. Ice Machine finished second and Man About Town picked up the show.

The winning time of 1:52:3 broke the track record of 1:53:1 set by Stage Show in 2009, which also stood as the world record for 4-year-old trotting mares on a 5/8-mile oval.

Tui, owned by Wiest and Edward Kimmel, won for the 3rd time in 8 tries this year and picked up her 10 lifetime win, pushing her career earnings to $193,593.

James Beviglia

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