Bettor's Wish to debut Sunday in Roll With Joe Open Pace
June 18, 2020
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Bypassing the same-day opening leg of the Graduate Series for 4-year-old pacers, Bettor’s Wish will instead take on nine older horses in the $164,000 Roll With Joe Open Pace Sunday afternoon at Tioga Downs.
With 13 wins and six seconds in nine starts last year, Bettor’s Wish was easily voted honors as the 3-Year-Old Colt Pacer of the Year. Trained by Chris Ryder, who shares ownership in the son of Bettor’s Delight with Bella Racing, Fair Island Farm and Bettors Wish Partners, Bettor’s Wish comes into his 2020 campaign with career earnings of $1,915,801.
Dexter Dunn will again get the drive behind Bettor’s Wish, who starts from post 3 in the Roll With Joe (Race 8) after a trio of qualifiers at the Meadowlands. The field also includes four other millionaires: The Tony Alagna-trained American History, winner of last year's Breeders Crown Older Horse final, and This Is The Plan, Filibuster Hanover, Dorsoduro Hanover, all from the barn of Ron Burke.
Twenty-five 4-year-old pacers were divided into a trio of $50,000 Graduate divisions. The first division (Race 4) includes the lone mare entered: Warrawee Ubeaut. The world champion mare, who won 12 of 19 starts in 2019 on her way to honors as the 3-Year-Old Filly Pacer of the Year, starts from post 3 with driver Yannick Gingras. The daughter of Sweet Lou will wear head number 1 as she is coupled in the wagering as an ownership entry with De Los Cielos Deo (1A, post 9, Matt Kakaley).
That division also includes Century Farroh, the 2019 O’Brien Award winner as Canada’s 3-Year-Old Colt Pacer of the Year.
The field for the second Graduate division (Race 6) includes Little Brown Jug and Adios champion Southwind Ozzi. Brian Sears will drive the son of Somebeachsomewhere from post 7 for trainer Bill MacKenzie. "Ozzi" has a lone third-place finish in a May 30 qualifier at the Meadowlands as a prep for Sunday's 2020 debut.
The third Graduate split (Race 9) includes 2019 Meadowlands Pace champ Best In Show, who starts from post 8 with driver Tim Tetrick. The Linda Toscano trainee is making his season debut after a pair of qualifying wins at Magical Acres training center in New Jersey.
The card also features a pair of $55,000 New York Sires Stakes divisions for 3-year-old filly trotters. Divided into a pair of five-horse fields, the second division (Race 10) includes the reigning NYSS champ Hypnotic AM, who is making her sophomore debut after a pair of wins in qualifiers at the Meadowlands. Brian Sears drives the daughter of Chapter Seven from post 3 for trainer Marcus Melander.