Nine straight for Itrustyou in Complex
January 21, 2012
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A three-horse entry from trainer Ron Burke's barn may have come up empty in the first of two $18,000 divisions of the second leg of the Complex Pacing Series Saturday night at the Meadowlands, but Itrustyou came through for the stable in the second split as he cruised to his ninth straight victory.
Driver Yannick Gingras left fast from post seven with Itrustyou and dropped in at the pylons but a faster-moving Stonebridge Rocket and driver Ron Pierce cleared before the opening quarter of :27.3 was reached. Brian Sears then had Keep Going charging to the front down the backside but as soon as he cleared Gingras tipped Itrustyou to the outside at the :56 half.
Itrustyou had control at the 1:24.2 three quarters with a first-over Intrigued Royally--the second half of the 1-5 favored Burke entry in this division with David Miller driving--mounting a mild challenge. Itrustyou hit high gear down the stretch as the 4-year-old gelded son of Third Straight closed out his mile with a final quarter of :26.3 to cross the wire in 1:51.
Keep Going angled out in deep stretch to finish second, with Freddy Day Hanover and Daniel Dube closing for third ahead of fourth-place Intrigued Royally.
Owned by Burke Racing Stable, Itrustyou has been on a roll as he now heads into the Complex final as the odds-on favorite. Overall, Itrustyou has 12 wins in 31 career starts and $158,775 in earnings.
The Burke entry of Arsenal, Risk Management and Major Belle was sent off the 6-5 favorite in the opening Complex division but the best they could fare was a fourth-place check earned by Major Belle. The winner was Avenue Hanover, who rallied from seventh at the top of the stretch in the eight-horse field to edge Joltin Colt and Voice Of Truth at the wire in 1:51.
Dube was in the sulky behind Avenue Hanover for trainer-owner Mark Silva. The 4-year-old son of Cam's Card Shark finished a close third in last week's opening leg of the Complex behind Itrustyou. The win was his sixth in 19 career starts, increasing his earnings to $113,922.