Day At The Track

Wings still flying high

03:19 PM 03 Feb 2015 NZDT
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Wings powered her way to a third consecutive victory Justice Jet is owned by Bo De Long, Pat De Long, Glenn Wright and trainer Roger Welch
Wings powered her way to a third consecutive victory
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Justice Jet is owned by Bo De Long, Pat De Long, Glenn Wright and trainer Roger Welch
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The winter break layoff didn’t dull Merle Finn Jr’s high-flying Wings. The now 7-year-old harness racing mare powered her way to a third consecutive victory Saturday night with her regular driver Tim Curtin.

The 2-1 like-warm favorite was given an advantageous second-over journey by Curtin and came flying through the snow flakes to finish a half-length ahead of Just By Design in the co-featured $9,400 “Winner’s Over” for filly and mare pacers.

Just By Design was the quickest from the gate and grabbed the early lead but her driver Dave Magee was contend to take the pocket trip behind Rev Me Up soon after a snappy :27.2 first quarter paced on a “good” racing surface.

Rev Me Up was able to get away with a soft :29.1 second quarter despite some pressure from the first-over Seeyouatthefinish. Meanwhile Curtin was right behind Seeyouatthefinish, just biding his time with his 1:53.2 winning mare. Tim swung Wings ($6.20) out at the top of the lane and the daughter of His Mattjesty shifted into a higher gear and chalked-up up another win.

Wings last race five weeks ago on Saturday, December 27, when she also captured a “Winner’s Over” pace for trainer and owner Merle Finn Jr. of Browns, Illinois.

Justice Served:

A second over journey was also the right recipe for a victory in the “Winner’s Over” trot as Justice Jet ($4.00) came on strong in the late going for Ryan Welch and posted his second in a row after four-weeks off.

Celebrity Hercules was sent to the front by Casey Leonard while the 23-year-old Welch ducked his trotter at the start and was contend to be seventh in the eight-horse field through the early going

After a modest :29.2 first panel and a :29.1 second quarter, Mike Oosting took Master Of Excuses from the back of the pack and went after the 5-2 second choice Celebrity Hercules with Ryan and Justice Jet right on their heels.

When the field hit the blowing snow at the top of the lane Justice Jet remained behind Master of Excuses until the final eight of the mile when Welch took his trotter down the middle of the lane and the 4-year-old Indiana bred blew past with authority with a 1:57 clocking trotted on a racing strip changed to “sloppy.”

Celebrity Hercules was second best, beaten two lengths, while Master Of Excuses was third.

Justice Jet is owned by Bo De Long, Pat De Long, Glenn Wright and trainer Roger Welch. The gelding has earned $345,659 in his 40 career starts. 

Mike Paradise

The Illinois Harness Horsemen's Association

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