Day At The Track

Marietta Hall and Dingle Bay triumph

02:33 AM 15 Oct 2009 NZDT
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Andrew McCarthy
Andrew McCarthy
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Marietta Hall and Dingle Bay captured the Open I Handicap and Open II paces, respectively, Wednesday (October 14) at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. Driven by Andrew McCarthy and trained by Tracy Brainard, Marietta Hall scored a wire to wire harness racing victory in the $30,000 Open I Handicap Pace.

The five-year-old Cambest mare took the field the seven-horse field to the opening quarter in 26.3, half in 56.4 and three-quarters in 1:24.2 with Don't Deny Me (Mike Simons) sitting second for the first three splits.

Finishing second was Twin Oaks Tess (Larry Stalbaum) with third-place going to Jason Bartlett and Mach You And Me.

This was the third straight win for Marietta and eighth on the season with earnings of more than $165,000.

Bulletproof Enterprises of Boca Raton, Fl. Own Marietta Hall.

In the $22,000 Open II Pace it also was a front end victory for Dingle Bay, who was taken to the front right from the start with Greg Grismore in the sulky. Ron Burke trains this three-year-old Mcardle filly, a winner of seven of 25 starts in 2009.

Billie Bluechip (Joe Pavia, Jr.), the race favorite at 6-5 with Dingle Bay second choice at 9-5, sat second throughout the mile with the splits reading 26.3, 56.3 and 1:25.3 before Dingle Bay won by three-quarters of a length.

Third in this race was Diva Delight (Andrew McCarthy).

Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and L. Starr, Jr., all of Pennsylvania, and JJ Stables of Florida, own Dingle Bay.

John ZIMICH

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