Day At The Track

Late Closers top Holiday card at Plainridge

11:08 AM 04 Sep 2018 NZST
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Elektra King, harness racing Simple Kaos, harness racing Moonlight Artist, harness racing
Elektra King and driver Steve Smith beat Bangor to the wire
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Simple Kaos and driver Jimmy Whittemore
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Moonlight Artist and driver Shawn Gray
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Plainville, MA --- The third leg of Plainridge Park's 2-year-old late closer series for both gaits highlighted the action on Labor Day Monday afternoon (Sept. 3) with big performances put in by both winners.

The $15,000 Wood End Light Open for 2-year-old trotters was won by the Massachusetts-bred Simple Kaos (RC Royalty-Ksenia) who got away third initially before taking a commanding three-length lead by the half. Driver Jimmy Whittemore let out the lines and allowed his charge to ramble on to a six-length advantage by the 1:26.3 three-quarters before cruising home to a 10-length margin of victory in 1:56.

It was the first lifetime win for Simple Kaos ($4.20) who is owned by Michelle Larson and George Ducharme, who also trains the winner.

The $15,000 Nauset Light Open for 2-year-old pacers went to Elektra King (Rockin Image-Easy Miss) who led from gate to wire, fending off a challenge from Dancin Yin (Wally Watson) from the half past the three-quarters and then outpacing Bangor (Jimmy Whittemore) to the wire under heavy urging from driver Steve Smith to hang on and win by a neck in 1:56.3.

Elektra King ($16.00) got her second lifetime win and a new lifetime mark for owner Mark Schullstrom and trainer Dawn Anderson.

The final for both of these series will be held on Monday (Sept. 17) with a purse of $20,000 each.

In the overnight featured $12,000 conditioned event, Moonlight Artist (Shawn Gray) blazed a trail down the road, leading every step of the way in a four-length victory in 1:51.4. Scoring his seventh win of the year, Moonlight Artist ($4.20) now has earned $55,456 for owner Andrew Adamczyk this year. Jaymes Mcassey trains the winner.

Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Tuesday (Sept. 4) at the new earlier post time of 2 p.m.

By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts


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