Shamballa upsets U.S. Pacing Championship
August 06, 2016
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Shamballa burst from the pack to upset the $225,550 U.S. Pacing Championship Saturday, August 6 at the Meadowlands in a time of 1:47.1. Driven by Meadowlands leading driver Scott Zeron, the son of Somebeachcomewhere, sent off at 8-1, scored his third seasonal win. Wiggle It Jiggleit finished second while Dealt A Winner was third.
Attracting a field of seven, the fireworks started early as Wiggle It Jiggleit stormed to the front from post six to click off a :27.2 first quarter before stinging favored Always B Miki as David Miller made a bid for the lead. Miller would make it to the top, but not before a :26.1 second quarter (:53.3 half). Freaky Feet Pete, sitting fourth for Trace Tetrick, was the first to move, racing first-over and taking the fight to Always B Miki in the turn (1:20.3).
Zeron used the cover to his advantage, racing second over with Shamballa. As the first turned for home, the driver cut the six-year-old gelding loose and he responded while Freaky Feet Pete faded to seventh and Always B Miki tired for fourth, snapping his streak of four straight wins. Wiggle It Jiggleit, pinned along the inside, was able to shake free in the stretch and surge late, coming up short.
Trained by Rick Zeron, who co-owns the gelding with TAO Racing LLC, Howard Taylor and Cool Cat Racing, Inc. Shamballa was bred by GestionsPaulDesLauriers Inc. The pacer has earned $274,300 this season and $683,133 in his career.