Sevruga wires field to win Cutler final in 1:51
May 18, 2013
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Sevruga virtually wired the field to capture the $180,000 Arthur J. Cutler Memorial Trot final in 1:51 Saturday night at the Meadowlands. Driver Andy Miller sent Sevruga to the lead from post six and they beat Opening Night and John Campbell to the pylons and then controlled the race.
Sevruga broke the beam at the opening quarter in :27 with Modern family on his back. Going to the half the second tier quickly developed when David Miller tipped longshot Undercover Strike first-over. Sevruga hit the halfway mark in :55.2 and the second tier had filled out with Wishing Stone second-over and the betting choice Mister Herbie, who dropped back to sixth at the start, positioned third-over by Jody Jamieson.
In the last turn Sevruga was still not seriously threatened as the bid by Undercover Strike stalled, which in turn kept other challengers from advancing. Sevruga hit the three-quarter mile mark in 1:22.1 and hit the head of the homestretch with a 2 1/4-length lead.
Late in the homestretch Wishing Stone finally got into the race, followed by Guccio. Modern Family was also still in the hunt after his trip behind Sevruga. At the wire Sevruga held on by a nose, with Wishing Stone and Guccio finishing in a dead heat for second, with Modern Family fourth. Betting favorite Mister Herbie finished ninth.
"He's a horse that can go a long way, so I wanted to give him a chance," was the way driver Andy Miller described the trip. "I took off when Undercover Strike came to him (that 26.4 third panel resulted) and I didn't know if he hung on or not."
KDM Stables Corp. owns Sevruga, a 5-year-old gelding by SJ's Caviar, while Julie Miller trains the horse.