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Sumatra surprises in Old Oaken Bucket

September 18, 2014

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Sumatra won last year's Standardbred for 2-year-old colt trotters at the Delaware, Ohio, fairgrounds, and on Thursday afternoon he returned to the Buckeye State and captured the $118,300 Old Oaken Bucket for sophomore colts in 1:56.1.
Showing no signs of fatigue after being scratched "sick" out of his last scheduled race and not having started since Aug. 29, Sumatra overcame a parked-a-long-way journey to win the Old Oaken Bucket for driver Brian Sears, trainer Tom Fanning, and owner Joseph Smith, lighting up the toteboard at odds of 19-1.
Leaving from post 5, Sumatra was sent forward off the gate by Sears but was parked through the first turn by the pole-leaving Uva Hanover and Tim Tetrick. Yannick Gingras, who was three wide briefly with Skates N Plates from post 6, was able to move past Sumatra, who was taken back by Sears. Skates N Plates cleared to the lead just past the :28 quarter, and held on to the front through a :56.4 half.
Sears kept Sumatra game on the outside and he was able to work his charge back up to the front at the 1:26 three-quarters. Clearing to the lead in the final turn, Sumatra was able to hold off a late charge by several foes in the stretch, including favorite Datsyuk, whose rally fell a half length short. Il Sogno Dream was also right there in third for Aaron Merriman.
The win was just the second in 12 starts this year for Sumatra, a son of Muscles Yankee out of the Credit Winner mare Lola Seelster. Sumatra sent his earnings past the $265,000 mark with the victory.
As for this year's Standardbred 2-Year-Old Colt Trot, Pinkman scored a stakes-record 1:57 victory in Thursday's $59,445 contest. Yannick Gingras was in the sulky as Pinkman rallied from third at the top of the stretch to move past the favoite Crazy Wow and Dan Rawlings at the wire to win by a neck. Ralph R and Tim Tetrick finished 4 1/2 lengths behind in third. 
A son of Explosive Matter, Pinkman is owned by Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, Joyce McClelland, and Herb Liverman, Pinkman finished second in his debut in an overnight Sept.11 at The Red Mile, with Thursday's race being his second time out.
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