Day At The Track


06:32 PM 17 Sep 2007 NZST
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Although owner-trainer-driver Stacy Chiodo of Jackson, NJ was driving Riki Road N, a $15,000 claimer from the Carl Cito stable, it didn't make the day any less fulfilling, as they partnered for a world-record performance, winning the first race at Harrah's Chester Casino and Racetrack on Sunday by six lengths in a time of 1:52.3.

The mark of 1:52.3 was three-fifths of a second better than the previous world record for a lady driver on a five-eighths mile track.

The first race on the card was a leg of the Mildred Williams Ladies' Driving Series, with eight lady drivers from North America and Europe participating.

Early on in the $15,000 claiming pace, Dr. Karyn Malinowski of Rutgers University sent Porterhouse Marty to the early lead, clearing by three at a quarter of :26.2.

Her lead started to diminish, as Kris Hie (Canada) advanced in the outer flow with Foolish Pleasure, and Linda MacDonald (USA) began closing the gap on the cones with Great Balldini.

At a half of :55, Chiodo went three-wide around her tiring rivals with Riki Road N, clear by four at three-quarters of 1:23.4, and going uncontested through a final quarter of :28.4, stopping the timer in 1:52.3.

Valerie Warnick (USA) and Ditchem's Brother earned second, while Ann Karin Larsen (Norway) and Night's Echo took third.

Other participating drivers were Kelly Case (USA) and Monica Thors (Sweden).

In the Open Handicap pace, All Over The Place (Tony Morgan) came flying through the stretch from second-over, taking a final quarter of :27 to stop the timer in 1:51.2.

For the second straight week, the Josh Green trainee has closed hard through the stretch to take the Open pace, which is all the more impressive on a track that has been speed-favoring as of late.

Racing returns to Harrah's Chester on Monday afternoon, with the first of 13 races to go postward at 12:45 p.m. eastern time.

By James Witherite-Rieg, track announcer at Harrah's Chester Casino and Racetrack

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