Day At The Track

Trotting colts highlighted afternoon action

09:16 AM 12 May 2019 NZST
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Goes Down Smooth and Yannick Gingras winning the fastest of three divisions of The Hickory Smoke trot for 3 YO PASS Trotting Colts
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Washington, PA. Three harness racing divisions of the Hickory Smoke for three-year-old trotting colts highlighted the Saturday afternoon action at The Meadows.
The action started in the 7th Race when longshot Ginger Tree Skyr and driver Dan Rawlings subbing for the injured Andy Miller pulled off the upset in 1:55.
Owned by Ginger Tree Ventures and Don Marean the 3-year-old Explosive Matter colt collared front runner Demon Onthe Hill in mid-stretch to cruise to the victory.
The winner sat 7 th through the quick 56.2 first half before picking up horses on the backstretch. 2-5 favorite Capt Chaps Hanover was second with Explosive Magic grabbing third.
The winner trained by Sam Beegle was making his 2019 debut and increased his lifetime earnings to $121,553.
The second division went to the 2-5 favorite Osterc. The defending 2-year-old PASS champion fresh off a victory last week in the Dexter Cup at Freehold Raceway was an easy winner in 1:55,2 The Per Engblom trained Yannick Gingras driven Cantab Hall colt is now 2 for 2 in 2019 and pushed his lifetime earnings over the $314,000 mark.
Klutzy with Corey Callahan subbing for Andy Miller grabbed second with Fashion Possessed and Jim Pantaleano rounding out the trifecta.
The fastest of the three divisions occurred in the 9 th race the final division of The Hickory Smoke. Yannick Gingras returned to the winners’ circle with a wire to wire win behind Goes Down Smooth. The Muscle Hill gelding never had an anxious moment using the rail to his advantage setting pedestrian fractions
29.0 – 58.3 to the half before trotting the back half in 56 flat. Trained by Ron Burke is now 4 for 5 in 2019 and has a three-race win streak with lifetime earnings over $90,000. Chiplosive and Trond Smedshammer followed the winner home with Papi Hanover finishing third. On the undercard were three divisions of The PA Stallion Series for three-year-old trotting colts. Brian Sears captured the first two divisions with heavy favorites Raceace and Lapped By Lindy. Kates Massive was the dominant winner in the third division winning by six lengths in the quickest of the three divisions, scoring in 1:55.3


Mark J. Loewe

VP of Racing Operations

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