Judge Joe, Copy Catch capture Zweig colt splits
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Judge Joe got away in the pocket spot as Ray Schnittker and Citation Lindy cut through a torrid opening quarter in :26.4. The field passed the half-mile mark of the race in :56.2 as Russell Hill (Campbell) began a first-over grind through the third-quarter station in 1:25. Campbell got Russell Hill to the front at the top of the stretch, but Judge Joe found room late and dug in to close and win by a neck in 1:55.1. The mile established a new lifetime mark for Judge Joe. Russell Hill hung on for second, while Neighsay Hanover (Howard Parker) trotted home late for third.
It was the fifth win in five seasonal starts for the 3-year-old Credit Winner-Judge Judy colt, who increased his career earnings to more than $450,000. When interviewed in the winner’s circle following the victory, Ackerman stated that the homebred son who is owned by Doug Ackerman Stables was being pointed toward the $1.5 millon Hambletonian at the Meadowlands.
John Campbell and Copy Catch used a third-over journey to trot home a winner through the lane. It was the third win in seven seasonal starts for the 3-year-old Cantab Hall-Catch A Train colt, who increased his seasonal earnings to more than $112,000.
Copy Catch was purchased from the 2007 Lexington Select sale for $145,000 by Lindy Racing Stable, Adam Victor & Son Stable, and Blue Chip Bloodstock Inc.
Brandnewgirlfiend and Wally Hennessey captured the $45,447 second division for 3-year-old filly trotters.
Leaving from post position nine Hennessey had the 3-year-old Conway Hall-Tiffany Gold filly crossed over and settled on the front past the quarter pole in :28.2. The $80,000 yearling got a big breather through the second panel and reached the half-mile mark of the race in :59.1. Hennessey then let Brandnewgirlfriend do her thing, trotting a back half in :56.4 to capture the Zweig in a new lifetime best of 1:56. So You De Vie (Howard Parker) got up for second, while Michelle’s Way (Lachance) was third.
In the third and final division for 3-year-old filly trotters, Celebrity Juliet and Lachance gave Lind and Celebrity Farms both doubles in the Zweig Filly divisions with a 1:56.1 victory.
It was the second win on the year for Celebrity Juliet, who won an elimination of the Elegantimage at Mohawk, but finished fourth in the final after a first-over grind. The win increased her career bankroll to more than $201,000. Southwind Wasabi (Campbell) finished second, while Lindy’s RN (Tim Tetrick) finished third.
Tetrick edged even closer to the 5,000 win plateau by posting a driving triple on the night’s 11-race card, while Hennessey enjoyed a driving double. (Tioga Downs)