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Red hot Cullipher sweeps Fall Harvest Series

05:30 PM 24 Oct 2020 NZDT
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Skyway Kon Man and driver Simon Allard score in one two Fall Harvest Series Finals,Harness racing
Skyway Kon Man and driver Simon Allard score in one two Fall Harvest Series Finals
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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – The Jeff Cullipher barn has been on fire of late at The Meadowlands, and the track’s leading harness racing trainer kept on rolling Friday night, taking both Fall Harvest Series Finals on the card.

Skyway Kon Man may not have gone the best of trips, but he was up to the task, taking the final for trotters who were non-winners of $4,500 in their last five starts. Last week, the 4-year-old gelded son of Conway Hall-Keystone Sadie exploded off cover to win going away in 1:55.3 as the even-money choice, which led players to send him off as the 3-5 favorite.

After leaving the gate from post six in the 10-horse field, driver Simon Allard settled Skyway Kon Man into the four-hole. Allard vacated the rail just after the half, but was unable to flush cover, leaving him first-over for the final seven-sixteenths.

‘Kon Man’ kept chipping away at pesky leader Levitation’s edge, and with about a sixteenth-of-a-mile to go, grabbed the lead before holding off the fast-closing Godspell Hall by a head in 1:54.1. Levitation finished third.

Skyway Kon Man returned $3.40 to win, and now has seven victories from 36 lifetime starts and earnings of just over $130,000.

But Cullipher, who won three races on Oct. 10 before winning two more on both Oct. 16 and 17, would record his fourth consecutive training double before the night was out.

Chiplosive, a 4-year-old gelded son of Explosive Matter-Brooke Blue Chip, destroyed eight overmatched foes in the Fall Harvest Final for trotters who were non-winners of $2,500 by 3 lengths in 1:52.4, a time that lowered his previous lifetime best by a full second.

Driver George Napolitano Jr. guided Chiplosive to his second straight Big M score with some aggressive handling, making the lead from post nine by traveling parked past the quarter before securing the top at the half in :56.2.

From there it was easy gravy as Chiplosive opened up on the field by 5 lengths at the head of the stretch before cruising to a 3-length score over Piercewave Hanover. Broadway Bruiser was third.

As the 2-5 favorite, Chiplosive paid $2.80 to win, and now has eight career wins from 35 attempts, good for a bankroll of just over $118,000.

A LITTLE MORE: After a second straight 20-cent Pick-6 went unhit, a carryover of over $13,000 led Big M management to guarantee a $25,000 pot for Saturday night. Free past performances are available at playmeadowlands.com. … When the Mark Silva-trained and driven Dramatic Point scored in the fifth race (helping to insure the big Pick-6 pool for Saturday) at odds of 46-1, huge 10-cent Pentafecta ($12,626) and $2 Trifecta ($19,303) payoffs were the result. The top five numbers in the official order of finish were 7-9-8-10-6. … Napolitano and Corey Callahan topped the driver colony with three wins apiece. … Seven favorites scored on the 13-race program, making it 23 chalks out of the last 39 Big M races (59 percent). … All-source handle totaled $1,896,248. … Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m.

 

By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

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