Freeze Line rallied from worst to first to spring a 15-1 upset in Tuesday’s (April 10) second leg of the Ben Wood Memorial Trot for 3-year-old colts and geldings at The Meadows. Mr Contestant took the other $15,000 division to give Tony Hall, trainer Rich Gillock and owner/breeder Bob Key a second-leg sweep.
On Saturday afternoon, April 21, The Meadows will host the $25,000 (est) finals of four current late-closer series, including the Ben Wood.
Freeze Line trailed by five-lengths when he launched his sustained move. The son of Donato Hanover-American Frost overtook his stablemate, Agent Mac, in deep stretch and downed him by a head in a career-best 1:58.2. Crown Court finished third.
In the $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace, Dover Downs invader Divas Image scored a front-end victory in 1:52.2 for Aaron Merriman, trainer Jennifer Bongiorno and owners Our Horse Cents Stables, Stable 45 and J&T Silva Stables. The 5-year-old daughter of Bettor’s Delight-Rocknroll Diva extended her career bankroll to $353,682. It was one of three wins on the 13-race card for Merriman.