Lindys Tru Grit,with Tim Tetrick at the controls, edged past favored High Bridge in late stretch, then held EL Rocket safe to win the first C$121,737 division of the Simcoe Stakes for 3-year-old trotters on Saturday (Aug. 31) at Mohawk Racetrack. His time was 1:53.4.
Placed in fourth early, Lindys Tru Grit went after the leader High Bridge, who had taken th efield to the half in :56.3, coming off the far turn. High Bridge still led after three-quarters in 1:25.4, but as the duo battled down the lane, LindysTru Grit, the 7-2 third choice, edged clear, getting to the wire a neck to the good in a career best 1:53.4. EL Rocket closed late for second, while High Bridge faded to third.
It was the fourth win in nine starts this year for the improving son of Cantab Hall-True Diva ,after getting to the races only once as a juvenile. He entered the Simcoe off a win in the Zweig Consolation at Vernon Downs last week.
Trained by Frank Antonacci, Lindys Tru Grit paid $9.20, $4.20 and $2.90, combining with EL Rocket ($3.90, $2.40) for a $34.10 (1-8) exactor. A 1-8-2 (High Bridge, $2.20) triactor returned $99.
The second Simcoe split for 3-year-old colt trotters went to Your So Vain in 1:53.4. Driven by Scott Zeron, Your So Vain, a son of Donato Hanover, swooped the leaders in the stretch drive and won by open lengths.
Brad Maxwell trains Your So Vain for P.G. Van Camp Stables, who also campaign San Pail. The Simcoe victory was the second of the season in six starts for Your So Vain. (Mohawk)