Pacer keeps on truckin' at Monticello
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Though the lead changed a few times in the deep stretch when the rushing horses approached the finish wire Southbound Trucker had the most pace and rallied and then held off another fast-closer, Twin B Lonestar, to score a head victory. A short head farther back in third place was Blueridge D’Bang driven by Zeke Parker.
“We got cover from the half and when I sent him three deep in the final turn I thought we could win it but as it turned out it wasn’t easy,” driver Greg Merton noted after Southbound Trucker won for the eighth time this year. “I knew I could get around the ones in front of me but Jordan’s horse (Twin B Lonestar) was coming like a freight train at the end. But the ole guy (Southbound Trucker) dug in and held him off. He’s really gritty at the end of a mile.”
With his victory Southbound Trucker is eight for 21 this season and raised his earnings to over $46,000 for owner George Stamatien. The pacer is trained by the owner’s brother, Art Stamatien. (Monticello)