Western Ace improved his record to six wins in seven starts, coasting to victory in the $375,000 Woodrow Wilson for 2-Year-Old pacers, the seventh race on Friday night at the Meadowlands.
Western Ace, trained and co-owned by George Teague of Houston, Delaware, extended his winning streak to three, finishing 1 ½ lengths ahead of Mr Thirty Two. Pujols, the 4-5 favourite, was 3 ½ lengths back in third.
Western Ace paced the mile in 1.51.2, a track record for 2-Year-Old geldings and one-fifth of a second off the stakes record set byin 2002.
"At the gate I looked over and a few were smoking," said winning driver Ron Pierce.
"That changed our plans. I went from Plan A to Plan B. I saw Brian [Sears with Pujols] pull and decided to stay with him. He got stuck out there so I just had to follow him as long as I could. My colt wasn't used to racing from the back. When I tipped him he had plenty of pace and just took off."
Western Ace, a son of- Alice Alice, was a $20,000 yearling purchase for Teague Inc. [George and Brenda Teague] and Kovach Stables Inc. [Jan and Jerry Kovach] of Milford, Delaware.
He has now banked $349,902.
In the fifth race, Let It Ride Stables' Lonesome Day won by 2 ½ lengths over Knock Yourself Out to capture the $330,000 Sweetheart Final for 2-Year-Old pacing fillies.
My Angel Lou was third by 4 ½ lengths.
Lonesome Day, coupled in the wagering with Mythical and All Night Long, paced a lifetime best of 1.53.1 for the mile.
Thefilly, a sister to $1 million earner Cam Swifty, now has two wins and a second in three lifetime outings. She briefly broke stride in her Sweetheart elimination race, but regained her composure and went on to win.
"Last week she was just getting too aggressive behind the gate," said driver David Miller.
"Ross [trainer Ross Croghan] made an equipment change and put earplugs in her and said she shouldn't get beat. She does everything easy."
"She raced very well," said Croghan. "I kind of expected to win tonight after the elims. She looked like the strongest filly going into the final. She didn't get pressured early, which helped a lot.
A $40,000 Tattersalls yearling purchase, Lonesome Day improved her bankroll to $186,676.
In the $30,000 Duenna for 3-Year-Old trotting fillies, the third race, Motivational drew off to a 2 ½length victory over Fellin Fiesty. Le Reve was 3 ½ lengths back in third.
"She's been terrible for a while and to be honest I was a bit shocked," said winning driver George Brennan. "She threw in a good one. They were comfortable and easy fractions."
Motivational trotted the mile in a lifetime best of 1.53.2.
"We're very happy with her," said Don LaMontagne, husband of owner and trainer Kathleen LaMontagne.
"It is very important for a mare before she goes in the breeding shed to have a good record. She has six more races. This is her last season [before she is bred]. She's starting to heal from her throat surgery; she had a collapsed larynx."
The daughter ofimproved her record to three wins in nine starts this year and 11 of 21 lifetime with earnings of $246,496.
Longshot Clearaway upset 1-5 favouritein the $50,000 Townsend Ackerman for 3-Year-Old trotting colts and geldings, the sixth race.
Clearaway, driven, trained and co-owned by Ray Schnittker, trotted the mile in a career best of 1.54.2, winning by ½ a length.
Smooth Muscles finished third by a 1 ¾ lengths.
Clearaway, sent off at odds of 40-1, improved his record to four wins, six seconds and two thirds in 16 starts this year.
The gelded son ofraces for Schnittker, Frank Baldassare of New York, New York and Stephen Demeter of Tarrytown, New York.
"He's a real good horse," said Schnittker. "Tonight we had a great trip. It kind of helped us thatgot shoved all over the racetrack. It made my job a lot easier. I just got a really lucky trip and the horse responded.
Courtesy Of The Meadowlands Media Relations Department