Hogies Cam ties 25-year Monticello win mark
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The victory by Hogies Cam tied the mark established in 1983 by pacer Don Torpid and driver Walter Case Jr. And coincidently, Case at that time, was an up-and-coming driver and it may be only fitting that Jordan Stratton, who drove Hogies Cam to victory, is currently seeing his star on the rise.
Stratton, a mild mannered young man with immense talent, had a grin from ear to ear after reining Hogies Cam to the track equaling performance. Though Stratton’s joy was definitely apparent still he was quick to pay homage to others.
“It’s easy when you have a good horse and good trainer (Bob Beauregard),” Stratton said. “Bob made a great claim and if we get a little luck next week we’ll have a real good chance at a new track record.”
So dominant has Hogies Cam been in recent weeks that once again in his race there was no show betting.
Interest piqued as the field lined-up in position before the start and as the wings of the mobile starting gate folded Stratton sent Hogies Cam to the front and they led the field by the quarter pole in 28.1. After getting a :31.2 breather over the next stanza Billy Parker, Jr. kept Briar’s Return tight on Stratton’s back and they passed the half mile marker in :58.2.
Up the backstretch Hogies Cam and Brian’s Return were still one-two, but as they approached the three-quarter pole Hogies Cam began to pace away from his competition. In the lane the only thing in doubt was the margin of victory which turned out to be 3 1/4 lengths at the finish.
Claimed by Charles Strukel for $5,000 on March 13 and recently competing in the $10,000 claiming ranks, the race Tuesday was the first time that Hogies Cam was in for a $12,500 tag.
When Beauregard was asked why he chose to claim Hogies Cam he explained: “I’ve been watching him race for a while and found out that he could get around a half-mile track without any trouble. A few years ago Hogies Cam won in 1:53.2 at
When asked what class he was going to enter Hogies Cam in next week with the record on the line he snapped, “If the owner lets me I’ll put him in for $10,000 again. I really want the record!”
For Stratton the win marked his 109th driving victory of the season at Monticello and he leads runner-up Bruce Aldrich Jr. on the local leaderboard by 10 victories. (Monticello)