\'Sign\' says four straight
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The gelded son of Life Sign has won five of his last six starts and eight of 20 this year.
Dark Sign ($2.60, $2.10, $2.10) was driven to victory by Cat Manzi. The Richard Johnson protégé has now finished in-the-money in 21 of 28 lifetime starts and banked more than $85,000 for the ownership of Michael Deutsch of Hackensack, N.J., Vito Cucci of Glen Ridge, N.J. and Anthony Paul Ambrosio of Verona, N.J.
Dark Sign coasted to a clocking of 1:54 for the mile.
In the battle for second, Poker Hat ($2.40, $2.10), a son of Cam’s Card Shark, prevailed by a quarter length over Heaven Touch ($2.10), a son of Artsplace.
Two fillies competing in $26,600 second round divisions of the New Jersey Sires Stakes for 3-year-old pacing fillies turned in matching 1:53.1 miles, equaling the stakes record of JK Songdance, a Life Sign filly, who established the mark on September 5, 2005.
Lightning D Dube (Western Ideal) in the second race and Artcotic (Artiscape) in the third race both were easy winners in 1:53.1.
Lightning D Dube, driven by her namesake, Daniel Dube, and trained by Anthony Mannino, was a 4-1/4 length winner with a last quarter in :27.3. She is owned by the Lightning Stable of Manalapan, N.J.
Artcotic, handled by Steve Smith for trainer George Teague, Jr., had the lead at every station and won by 2-1/2 lengths with a final frame in :28.2. She is owned by Rodney Mitchell and Montrell Teague of Delaware. (NJSS)