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White Bliss is third in pari-mutuel debut

03:41 AM 13 Nov 2014 NZDT
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White Bliss and Pocono Downs publicity director Jennifer Starr in the race paddock
Bernie Noren Photo

It wasn’t a Hollywood ending for White Bliss in his pari-mutuel debut Tuesday evening at Pocono Downs, but the white colt’s connections would have to be pleased with his third-place finish.

Trained and driven by Ake Svanstedt, White Bliss got away fifth before being shuffled to sixth as the field reached the mid-way point of the $12,000 event for horses that were non-winners of a race. He was fifth at the three-quarter pole before advancing to fourth at the top of the stretch.

After chasing fractions of just :27.3, :57.1 and 1:24.4 the youngster, who was sent off at odds of 4-1, fired home in :28.1 to finish third – a mere length behind the eventual winner. The race was won in a tight photo finish by Royal Kee Wee N (Andrew McCarthy) over Allie's Dragon (Marcus Miller) in 1:53.3.

The son of Art Major-Coochie Mama, who paced his own mile in 1:53.4, for Knutsson Trotting Inc. (Michael Knutsson and Tristan Sjoberg) and Asa Sjoberg. White Bliss sold for $240,000 at the 2013 Standardbred Horse Sale.

The colt prepped for his debut with three qualifiers at Pocono Downs. He was timed in 1:56.3 in the most recent, on Oct. 23.

Click here to watch the video race replay.

From Harness Racing Communications

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