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Mighty M streak safe

August 11, 2005

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Karm Master N's quest to equal Don Torpid's Monticello Raceway track record of nine consecutive victories fell one effort short as the 11-year-old New Zealand-bred gelding finished sixth on Wednesday afternoon.

It was the first time Karm Master N lost since March 31. He started his streak April 13 when he scored at odds of 23-1, but in his following seven wins he was the odds-on choice in six of them (5-2 second choice in the other) - all in $2,500 claiming events.

"We just had a tough trip today from the eight hole," driver Ryan Macedonio said after Karm Master N's race. ""We got roughed up in the first quarter and we didn't get a breather anywhere in the mile."

After starting on the far outside Karm Master N didn't get down along the pylons until he passed the quarter in 29:1 and then was challenged all the way until he was headed just before the three-quarter pole. Once passed, Karm Master N continued to fade and finished a well-beaten sixth. No Jiggity rallied to win the race in 2:00.1 for driver Bruce Aldrich Jr.

"Though I feel bad about not equaling the record the old guy has nothing to be ashamed of," Macedonio added. "He still has 11 wins in 15 races this year and has more than returned the $1,800 purchase price Tony (owner and trainer Tony Cuccio) paid the Amish for him a couple of years ago."
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