Sudden Speed wins Monti Trotting feature in 1:59.1
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Sudden Speed, a useful trotter owned by Nick Logothetis and April Aldrich, scored his eighth seasonal victory when Bruce Aldrich, Jr. guided the 7-year-old Guided Speed gelding to a 1:59:1 triumph in the trotting feature at Monticello Raceway on July 30.
Aldrich sent Sudden Speed to the front from post four and circled even-money favorite Heaven And Hall (Jordan Stratton) on the first turn. Sudden Speed cleared as the field headed up the backstretch toward the quarter pole and when he did Stratton moved his trotter to the front and they raced by the quarter in :29:3.
Stratton and Heaven And Hall--a 1:59:3 winner in this class last week--trotted along on the front end with Sudden Speed shadowing their every move. The two horses continued one-two past the half and they remained in that position as they passed the three quarters but as they headed into the final turn Aldrich moved Sudden Speed out to challenge and the two raced neck and neck around the turn and through the stretch until Sudden Speed drew off and finished a length ahead of Heaven And Hall.
With his victory Sudden Speed raised his seasonal bankroll here to almost $34,000. The horse paid $8.20 for win.
It was the second win on the card for Aldrich. He also won the first race with his own Kountry Kid in a time of 1:58:2.
Aldrich now has 159 winners at the meet which places him second on the local leaderboard. Jordan Stratton, who reined Ken Clairmont, Lucia Anne Les and Charles Harrison’s, Illin N to a 2:00:1 victory on the card, continues to lead all reinsmen here with 197 driving victories. (Monticello)