Itrustyou wins 12th straight in Exit 16W action
February 10, 2012
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Itrustyou (pictured) won his 12th straight race when he captured a division of the second leg of the Exit 16W Series in 1:50.3 on Friday night at the Meadowlands, but it wasn't an easy victory. The other Exit 16W splits went to Special T Rocks and Real Flight, both clocked in 1:50.4.
He was pressured hard in the last yards by Fearless Diablo and became slightly rough gaited as he dug in for the wire, but reached it with an official one-half length advantage. The time of the mile was 1:50.4.
Itrustyou started from post four, but driver Yannick Gingras had his horse relaxed and settled in sixth at the pylons as Matt Kakaley sent Fearless Diablo to the front of the field from post seven. Avenue Hanover, driven by Ron Pierce, was caught in the outer tier and as soon as the quarter-mile marker flashed :26.4, Pierce sent his horse up to take control.
Just before the half (reached in :54.1) Kakaley re-took the lead with Fearless Diablo and then Brian Sears challenged with Stonebridge Rocket. Fearless Diablo and Stonebridge Rocket were stride for stride through the last turn as Itrustyou was stacked up third-over. At the top of the stretch Sears looked for room and angled to the inside and Itrustyou had a clear path.
Itrustyou's :28.1 final quarter was good enough to overtake Fearless Diablo and then hold off the charge of Mickey Hanover, who had followed him. Fearless Diablo held on for third.
Ron Burke trains Itrustyou, a 4-year-old gelding by Third Straight, for Burke Racing Stable LLC.
In the first Exit 16W split of the night, Risk Management was an early leader but yielded to Special T Rocks at the quarter and that's the way they finished. Special T Rocks, a 4-year-old gelding by Rocknroll Hanover, picked up his fifth win in six starts for Bier and his partners Forrest Bartlett and Joann Dombeck.
Real Flight, a 4-year-old gelding by Real Desire trained by P.J. Fraley and owned by Jeffrey Bamond, pulled off an upset victory in his division, paying $23. Tim Tetrick drove Real Flight, who had finished sixth in the opening leg won by Fearless Diablo.