Pierce wins 6 at Dover, Morrill 4 at Saratoga
March 10, 2014
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Ron Pierce and Jim Morrill Jr. had big days on Sunday, Pierce at Dover and Morrill at Saratoga.
Pierce, coming off a four-win slam on Thursday at Dover, made it six winning drives on Sunday. Pierce's six winners were Sucha Bad Girl in the second, Devil's Ivy in the fourth, Reindance Ray in the fifth, Go Big Spinder in race 10, Nuts And Jolts in the 12th and Three Ten in the 14th race.
In other Dover action, Mike Rossi, who has specialized with longshot wins all meet, guided 49-1 shot Twincreeks Indy to victory on the March 9 card. Twincreeks Indy charged down the lane to overtake 8-5 favorite Arpeggio Hanover in deep stretch for owner-trainer Boib Mundell.
Maximum Terror won the first of the co-features on the card, a $9,500 purse event for 3-, 4 and 5-year-old pacers, when Ben Stafford Jr. wore down Pierce driving Bestofthebunch. The time was 1:54.1. The 4-year-old gelding by Western Terror-HTF Cocoa ensured his victory in the final strides for his first win of the year. TK Kilowatt Sam (George Dennis) finished third.
In the second division, Ross Wolfenden drove JJ Nitro, an altered son of NXample-Farline Hanover, into daylight in the passing lane to secure a win. On The Horizon (Vic Kirby) and Leyden (Allan Davis) were second and third, respectively.
The Morrill-Kevin Efimetz combination continued their unheard of streak of winning on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. Coming into the matinee card after a six-race win night, Morrill and Efitmetz again dominated the day. They teamed up five times on the afternoon and recorded four wins and a second.
When Stage It Right was defeated in the $17,000 Fillies and Mare Open, the potent driver-trainer combo had won 10 consecutive starts together. Stage It Right was good enough to win but came up second best as rival Little Santamonica (Little Steven) made the early lead and never looked back. Jimmy Devaux piloted the winner of the feature for the second consecutive day as he also scored the victory behind Whogoesfirst in the Saturday night Open.
Since the start of the 2014 racing season last week, Morrill and Efimetz have teamed up 19 times and recorded an incredible 14 wins and five seconds. (Dover & Saratoga reports)