WESTERN ACE WINS FIRST ELIMINATION

02:16 AM 30 Jul 2005 NZST
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LISA PHOTO, INC. - 2005 Woodrow Wilson elimination winner
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LISA PHOTO, INC. - 2005 Woodrow Wilson elimination winner

Western Ace and Pujols, odds on favorites, won their respective $20,000 elimination races on Friday night (July 29) and will headline the field of 10 2-Year-Old pacing colts in the $375,000 Woodrow Wilson Pace on August 5 at the Meadowlands.

In the second race, the first division, Western Ace withstood pressure in the stretch and hung on for a neck victory over Bartolomeo N in a 1.53 mile. It was a ½ length to the rail skimming Mr Thirty Two in third.

"He raced good again," said Ron Pierce, the driver of Western Ace.

"He did what I asked him to, no more just enough to win the race. He'll show up and be much sharper next week."

The Western Ideal gelding now has wins in five of six starts for owners Teague Inc. of Houston, Delaware and Kovach Stables of Milford, Delaware.

"He fought off the others deep in the race and handled that pretty well considering as green of a horse he is," said trainer George Teague.

"I feel pretty good heading into the final because of the chance of picking our post. That gives us a little edge. He's been sharp all year long. Overall he's been a good colt. If he shows up again next week, I really like our chances."

Livestrong and Actionuke were fourth and fifth, respectively, and earned spots in the final.

In the second division, carded as the third race, Illinois standout Pujols cruised to a 3 ½ length victory over Renoir. Gimmebackmybullets was third by four lengths.

Master The Art and Xlr Ray Shun King reached the final as well.

"He's a very talented horse, I knew that going into it," said Brian Sears, who drove Pujols.

"He was real green out there, looking at the infield and the color board. But I think he'll be fine. My horse heard John [Campbell with Park And Madison] chasing his horse and he went on on his own."

The son of Cole Muffler, trained by Tom Harmer, now has four wins in five starts for Michael Polansky of Loudonville, New York.

In the selection of post by the elim winners, Pujols selected post two and Western Ace opted for post three.

Courtesy Of The Meadowlands Media Relations Department

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