The third leg of Plainridge Park’s late closing series for 2-year-olds of both gaits highlighted the action on Labor Day Monday afternoon, with big performances put in by both winners.
The $15,000 Wood End Light Open for 2-year-old trotters was won by the Massachusetts-bred Simple Kaos (RC Royalty-Ksenia), who got away third initially before taking a commanding three-length lead by the half. Driver Jimmy Whittemore let out the lines and allowed his charge to ramble on to a six-length advantage by the 1:26.3 three-quarters before cruising home to a 10-length victory in 1:56.
It was the first lifetime win for Simple Kaos ($4.20), who is owned by Michelle Larson and trainer George Ducharme.
The $15,000 Nauset Light Open for 2-year-old pacers went to Elektra King (Rockin Image-Easy Miss) who led from gate to wire, fending off a challenge from Dancin Yin (Wally Watson) from the half past the three-quarters, and then outpacing Bangor (Jimmy Whittemore) to the wire under heavy urging from driver Steve Smith to hang on and win by a neck in 1:56.3.
Elektra King ($16) got her second lifetime win and a new lifetime mark for owner Mark Schullstrom and trainer Dawn Anderson.
The final for both of these series will be held on Sept. 17, with purses of $20,000 each.
In the overnight featured $12,000 conditioned event, Moonlight Artist (Shawn Gray) blazed a trail down the road, leading every step of the way in a four-length victory in 1:51.4. Scoring his seventh win of the year, Moonlight Artist ($4.20) now has earned $55,456 for owner Andrew Adamczyk this year. Jaymes Mcassey trains the winner. (Standardbred Owners Of Mass.)