Beantown Madness picks up fifth win in six starts
September 13, 2020
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On Sunday (Sept. 13) Plainridge Park hosted the second leg of the $15,000 Nauset Light for 2-year-old pacers and $15,000 Wood End Light for 2-year-old trotters and both races featured horses who may be competing in the Massachusetts Sire Stakes starting later this month.
The Nauset pace was won by Bumpah Stickah (Jim Hardy) who took a first-over path from third, cleared and opened up 4-3/4 lengths at the top of the stretch and then held off a fast closing Winning Line (Mitchell Cushing) at the wire to win in 1:55.2. The time was a new lifetime mark for the winner.
Bumpah Stickah ($28.40) is owned by David Thibault, Paul Vacca, Ed Nowak Jr. and Jim Hardy. Jolene Andrews trains the winner.
The Wood End trot was won by Beantown Madness (Shawn Gray). who followed Moni For Lindy (Drew Monti) for three-quarters of the mile before tipping out and taking the lead off the last turn and then trotted away to win by five lengths in 1:56.1, which was also a new lifetime mark.
The Michael Goldberg Racing Stable owns Beantown Madness ($15.20), who scored his fifth win out of six lifetime starts this year for trainer George Ducharme.
Both Bumpah Stickah and Beantown Madness are Massachusetts-bred and are eligible to compete in the Massachusetts Sire Stakes that begin at Plainridge Park on Sunday (Sept. 27).
Driver Shawn Gray remained red hot at The Ridge scoring four more wins on Sunday. Drew Monti won three on the card while Jim Hardy took two. Trainers Domenico Cecere and George Ducharme both sent two horses to the winner’s enclosure.
Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Monday (Sept. 14) with post time at 2 p.m.--By Tim Bojarski/Standardbred Owners Association of Massachusetts