Day At The Track

Upset win by My Mind is Made Up

11:18 AM 28 Oct 2019 NZDT
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My Mind Is Made Up and driver Kevin Switzer, Jr.
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Plainville, MA --- Taking advantage of a front-end bias on a very rainy day, My Mind Is Made Up scored his fifth harness racing victory of the year in upset fashion by winning the $12,000 featured pace at Plainridge Park on Sunday afternoon (Oct. 27).

Leaving from post five, driver Kevin Switzer Jr. got My Mind Is Made Up to the front and the quarter in very fast :26.2. After that station Tisadream N (Drew Monti) pulled first-over and sat in the breeze, pushing the issue for the rest of the mile.

They hit the half in :55 and the three-quarters in 1:22.4 with positions remaining the same. Around the last turn My Mind Is Made Up maintained his lead but Tisadream N continued to dig and drew to within a length at the head of the lane. But the trip favored the leader and he hung on to a 1-½ length victory in 1:52.2.

My Mind Is Made Up ($37.60) is owned by the Jesmeral Stable and is trained by Sheena Mcelhiney.

The $10,000 final of the Dan Tuccillo Memorial Amateur Driving Series was also held on Sunday with Steal My Thunder (Eugene Pratt) scoring a 3-½ length come from behind win in 1:57 after making a big three-wide move in the last turn.

Steal My Thunder ($23.00) is owned by Helen Tuccillo and Dan Tuccillo Jr., who also trains the winner.

The amateur race series was named after long time New England horseman and amateur driver Dan Tuccillo Sr. who passed away this summer.

Live racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Monday (Oct. 28) with the finals of the $1.8 million Massachusetts Sire Stakes (MASS). Post time for the first MASS race (which is a non-betting event) is at 1:30 p.m. The regular betting card starts at 2 p.m.

 

By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

 

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