David Miller takes Legends Day title
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In his second Legends Day appearance, David Miller found a path to the Clinton Raceway winner's enclosure via pocket trip with Dominum Deo ($9.00) in the biannual Legends Day Invitational Trot, contested Sunday afternoon (June 23).
The Ohio native, who finished second to Steve Condren in the 2017 Legends Day Trot, secured a pocket ride for Dominum Deo behind 6-5 Nebraska Jack (Wally Hennessey) in this year's installment. After enjoying clear sailing through most of a :29 first quarter, Dominum Deo became boxed through the middle stages as Azucar (Doug Brown) sustained a first-over strike on Nebraska Jack through splits of :59.2 and 1:29.4.
Azucar headed Nebraska Jack nearing the final turn, but the public choice battled back to lead by a length at head-stretch, with Lets Leavem (Trevor Ritchie) swinging three-wide off the home turn. Shortly upon cornering for home, the pegs opened up for Dominum Deo, and he rallied to just collar a game Azucar by a neck in 1:59.2. Lets Leavem, a half length back, finished third.
The win was Dominum Deo's sixth this season for owner Allan Kuepfer and trainer Mary Paulic, and the 21st of his career.
A quintet of Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots events for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings were also contested at the lakeside oval on Sunday afternoon, and Zorgwijk Tim ($10.80) delivered a track-record performance to lead the undercard events.
The son of Angus Hall was perched second-over in rein to Robert Shepherd on approach to the far turn before pacesetter Archway (Scott Young) broke in upper stretch and caused interference to the front flight. Zorgwijk Tim($10.80) was able to scoot clear by 6-1/4 lengths off the cover of Royale Elite (Jonathan Drury) to win in 1:58.1, over a full second better than Northern Escort's previous track record. Lyle MacArthur trains the four-time winner for Linda Wellwood, Tammy Aspden and Anna Ruijs. (Standardbred Canada)