Day At The Track

Modern Art mare wins in 1:51.3

12:50 PM 20 May 2015 NZST
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Embassy Seelster (George Dennis) breaking the track record for aged mares at Harrington
Embassy Seelster (George Dennis) breaking the track record for aged mares at Harrington

J&M Racing Stable's Embassy Seelster ($10.80, George Dennis) set a new track record for aged pacing mares with a 1:51.3 triumph in the $12,500 Mares Open II at the harness racing meeting at Harrington Raceway.

The Doug Lewis-trainee led most of the way in her half-length victory over San Fran Lady N and Star Keeper.

The 5-year-old Modern Art mare reset the track record, formerly held by Ladyfield (1:51.4) set in 2008.

It was also a new national season's mark for pacing mares in North America on a half mile racetrack.

That mark was formerly held by runner up San Fran Lady N (1:52.1).

Harrington currently holds five of the nine national season's marks on half-mile racetracks.

Also Encouraging ($2.10, Jim Morand), a top sophomore filly from last year who made $316,761, returned for her first win in her second start of this season for owners Richard Lombardo and David Kryway with a 1:53.3 score for trainer Josh Green in a $10,000 conditioned event.

Another talented mare on the comeback trail notched her first 4-year-old win as CC Racing's Tyra ($4.80, Victor Kirby) capitalized on a class drop for a 1:54 win in a $10,000 conditioned pace.

Trained by Jim King Jr., the 4-year-old Mcardle mare was a beaten favorite in Open company last week but helped to atone for that defeat with her first win in three starts this year.

George Dennis had three driving wins on the program.

Matt Sparacino


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