Agent Mac made it three straight Tuesday at The Meadows when he wore down the leader, What A Hunk, with a persistent uncovered move that carried him to victory in the opening leg of the Ben Wood Memorial Trot.
Conservator took the other $15,000 opening-leg division in the series for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters.
The event honors the late Ben Wood, longtime trainer, driver and owner at The Meadows.
Winless at 2, Agent Mac opened his sophomore campaign with a pair of victories highlighted by mid-pack moves. Tuesday’s win was a carbon copy, as he moved from fourth for Wilbur Yoder and finally subdued What A Hunk in deep stretch, downing him by a nose in 1:59.2 over a sloppy surface. Mr Contestant recovered from an early break and earned show.
Rich Gillock trains the Muscle Massive-Mac’s Caper K gelding for owner/breeder Bob Key.
In the $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace, Rosemary Rose and Mike Wilder worked out a cozy :30.3 second quarter, a breather that helped them hold off the late rally of Albany Girl and defeat her by a head in 1:54. The pocket-sitting Graceful Vision finished third.
Ron Burke trains the 4-year-old daughter of Foreclosure N-Pantathlon who extended her career bankroll to $270,792, for Burke Racing Stable, Jason Melillo and Weaver Bruscemi.
Trainer Dirk Simpson enjoyed a triple on the 13-race card. (The Meadows)