World champion and 2015 Cane Pace victor Dealt A Winner swept to the front and held off a late bid from McWicked to take the $119,000 Mister Big Allerage Farms Open Pace, sponsored by Muscara Standardbreds, in 1:47.3, equaling his lifetime best, on Saturday at The Red Mile.
Check Six was sent straight to the lead and set a swift pace, going a quarter in :27 and a half in :53.1 before being challenged by Dealt A Winner from first-over into the far turn.
McWicked, riding his cover second-over, stalked as Dealt A Winner powered to the top through a 1:20 third quarter and lunged towards the rail attempting to surpass the new leader, ultimately coming up a neck shy. Mel Mara, off a pocket trip, finished third.
Owned by Jeffrey Snyder, Dealt A Winner, a 5-year-old gelding by Cam’s Card Shark out of the Matt’s Scooter mare Lazan Hanover, won his 14th race in 57 starts, earning $952,870.
Trained by Mark Silva and driven by David Miller, he paid $6.80 to win. (Ray Cotolo for Red Mile)