Veteran Samawinner digs in for Bruce

03:42 PM 01 Sep 2011 NZST
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Former $4000 claimer Giant T Samawinner
Former $4000 claimer Giant T - Wins for the 11th time for his new owners
Geri Schwarz photos
Samawinner - his fifth win of the season
Geri Schwarz photos

Trotters were in the spotlight at Monticello Raceway on Wednesday afternoon , August 31st with Samsawinner copping the top trot of the week and Giant T kept his ball rolling when the former $4000 claimer notched his 11th harness racing triumph of the season.

Jimmy Taggart, Jr. handled the driving chores behind Samawinner and the 5 year-old Victory Sam gelding for trainer Bruce Aldrich (Sr.)

Sent off as the betting favorite from the two-hole, Taggart was content to let Zeke Parker cut the mile with second choice Buck ID. Parker grabbed command on the first turn with Buck ID and the duo led though fractions of :29:3; :59:3 and 1:28:4 with Taggart biding his time in the two-hole. As the two trotters turned for home Taggart moved Samawinner to the outside and the veteran trotter dug and trotted by the leader to score a 1:59 victory; his fifth of the season.

Buck ID held second place and My Cool Breeze and driver Mike Merton got up for the show dough.

Samsawinner paid $5.10 for win “When you have a trotter that can beat two-minutes you’ve got a pretty nice horse and Samsawijnner has shaded two-minute in each of his six victories,” Aldrich said.

“He has been racing well for Woody (Hoblitzell—the owner) ever since he purchased him last fall and we’re all happy for him because Woody’s a wonderful owner.”

In the trotting co-feature Giant T just keeps on keeping on. The 5-year old Giant Hit gelding who was plucked out of a $4,000 claiming event last spring scored his 11th seasonal triumph for Tommy Carpenito’s, King of The Hill Stable of North White Plains, NY.

Trainer Bob Beauregard moved Giant T to the $10,000 claiming ranks for the first time and still Giant T was victorious.

Bruce Aldrich, Jr. was at the controls and they used the front-end route to defeat Strongbow and Jimmy Taggart, Jr. by 1-1/2 lengths in a time of 2:01:1. Despite starting from the six-hole and being moved up in class, still the betting public got on Giant T’s bandwagon and sent the trotter off as the 6-5 betting favorite in the race and Giant T rewarded his supporters with a $4.20 win payoff.

John Manzi

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