Day At The Track

Macho Lindy wins Open Handicap Trot

01:37 AM 23 Sep 2009 NZST
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Macho Lindy, assigned the two post based on 2009 harness racing earnings and coming back to the races following a four month layoff, captured the $30,000 open handicap trot Tuesday (Sept. 22) night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.

Coming off two qualifying races at Chester Downs, Macho Lindy didn't show any "rust" in winning the featured trot of the week with Eric Goodell in the sulky.

Leaving quickly from inside, Goodell grabbed the lead and parked Vivid Photo (Roger Hammer) as the two trotters battled for the early lead with the quarter registered in 27.2. The two horses raced side by side to the half, timed in 56.1, with Vivid Photo unable to clear.

Down the backside, Vivid Photo began to fade but Macho Lindy, the five-year-old gelding trained by Ron Coyne, stayed strong on the front end. The three-quarter mark was timed in 1:25 before Macho Lindy won by one length and a half in 1:54.2. Second in this race was the mare Nicole's Promise (Tom Jackson) with third-place going to Lets Go Baby Go (Greg Grismore).

Macho Lindy smashed the track's all-time mark for a trotter in June of 2008 when Larry Stalbaum piloted the gelding to a win in 1:52.

John ZIMICH

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