Escort Series underway; Doctor Butch repeats
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Major Uptrend is owned by Howard Taylor.
The second division of the Escort was a more competitive event on paper as it looked like a three-pronged battle between JK Patriot, Brick Bazooka and Company Man, and it played out that way throughout the mile on the racetrack.
For the first time this meet, there was a back to back winner in the Free-For-All Handicap Pace and his name is Doctor Butch.
Doctor Butch showed good speed early in the mile for Tim Tetrick, who elected to sit the pocket behind the hard-leaving Beach Memories. The pacesetter established an opening quarter of :26.3 and while not feeling any pressure on the lead, settled down and reached the half-mile in :54.4. From there Beach Memories picked up the pace, with Casimir Jitterbug stalling first-over. But Doctor Butch was able to stick with the leader through a third quarter of :27 flat. Wake Up Peter kicked off dull cover and came with his rally in the stretch as Doctor Butch took dead aim from the pocket. The field closed in on Beach Memories nearing the wire, with Doctor Butch grabbing the lead and holding off the rally of Wake Up Peter to score in a sensational 1:48.4.
The third division of The Escort featured a 3/5 favorite in What I Believe, who worked on to earn the victory in 1:51.2. What I Believe moved to the lead early, before relinquishing the lead briefly on the backstretch and then re-taking the advantage through fractions of 27.4 and 55.4. He would lead the field through three-quarters of 1:24 before holding off the late charge of Blacktree to score in 1:51.2. What I Believe gave Yannick Gingras his fifth victory of the night, his fourth teamed up with trainer Ron Burke.
What I Believe is owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC.
Honorable mention tonight goes to Hurrikane Kingcole, widely known as one of the fastest horses this sport has ever seen. He got back to his winning ways in a $10,000 C-1 event with a powerful first over performance, completing the mile in 1:49.4. (Meadowlands)