Monticello Raceway's Name Your Price Claiming Series got underway om Monday afternoon with three divisions for fillies and mares and strangely the final times for all three winners, Pot Limit , Romi Mystic, and Tracey's Song, was 2:00.3.
The event, which has three legs and a final, allows in the second and third legs for owners to choose claiming prices from $4,000-$6,000, obviously with the horse(s) with the higher price tags drawing for positions outside the lesser priced entrants.
On Monday afternoon all entrants went for a $4,000 claiming price and when they were completed only one horse changed barns, that being Franny The Great who went from Irving Bork to Melissa Guido Stable.
Pot Limit won the first division for driver Anthony Napolitano by a neck over Bet On Lindy (Jimmy Taggart Jr.) and returned to her backers a $21.00 win payoff. Pot Limit, a 5-year-old daughter of Rocknroll Hanover, is owned by Joanne Giglio, John Giglio, Maria Lofrano and Nick Lynch and trained by Tony Cuccio. It was the mare's first seasonal triumph.
A second split went to Romi Mystic and driver Jimmy Marohn Jr. with a 1 1/2-length victory over Winsmith Molly, driven by Taggart. Romi Mystic, a 13-time winner last year, notched her second seasonal triumph for owner Ed Hall. The 7-year-old Modern Art mare is trained by Danny Gill. She paid $7.30 for win.
The final Name Your Price event saw Nancy Fugere's Tracy's Song and driver Bruce Aldrich Jr. overtake Firiel Hanover in the deep stretch to score a 1 1/2-length victory. An 8-year-old daughter of Astreos, Tracy's Song scored her third consecutive victory of this fledgling season and remains undefeated in 2013. Trained by Bob Lounsbury, she returned a $6.20 win mutuel.
The series continues next Monday where horses can be entered for a $5,000 claiming price if owners so desire but they'll draw outside the $4,000 claimers. (Monticello)