Win streaks extended at Monticello Raceway

06:55 PM 26 Jul 2011 NZST
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Mike Merton and Parlez Best Giant T and Jimmy Taggart
Mike Merton and Parlez Best - An easy three-length triumph in a time of 1:58
Geri Schwarz photos
Giant T and Jimmy Taggart - Made every pole a winning one
Geri Schwarz photos

There is an old Jerry Reed song that spews 'when you're hot-you're hot' and that phrase can easily be related to a pair of standardbreds here at Monticello Raceway. On Monday afternoon, July 25 trotter Giant T won his third consecutive race and ninth in his last 12 starts while on the same harness racing card, pacer, Parlez Best notched her fourth win in a row which was her fifth victory in his last six starts.

Giant T was a bargain basement purchase by the King of The Hill Stable when they plunked down $5000 to claim the 5-year-old altered son of Giant Hit on April 21st and since the trotter has been in the Bob Beauregard Stable he just seems to keep on winning.

On Monday Jimmy Ttaggart Jr. was once again at the controls behind Giant T and ,as they did the previous week, they sailed to the front-end and made every pole a winning one finishing a head in front of Dreamanda and driver Terry Morgan in a time of 2:04:3 over the muddy race course.

Racing for the first time with a $7500 claiming tag Giant T returned a $6.70 win mutuel to his backers Later on the card Mike Merton got the driving assignment from trainer Pete Stratton and jumped up behind Parlez Best and did the same thing that Jordan Stratton and Bruce Aldrich, Jr. had done in previous weeks by adding yet another victory to the 5 year old Cambest mare's seasonal totals.

But unlike Giant T's travels, Merton took Parlez Best off the gate as the wings folded and was contend t to trek along in fifth position until they neared the half-way point.

Then following the cover set by Annie Russ and driver Jimmy Taggart, Jr., Merton moved Parlez Best second-up at the half and once they straightened up the backside he moved the mare three-deep and they went on to an easy three-length triumph in a time of 1:58 over a stubborn pace-setter, Blue Creek Angie (Bruce Aldrich, Jr.), who was seeking her ninth win this season.

Owned by the Stratton racing Stable Parlez Best was sent off as the favorite in the arce and paid $3.90 for win.

John MANZI

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