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Wearable Art wins duel

May 05, 2007

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Wearable Art out-dueled The Quiet Mon down the stretch and captured the $225,000 Berry’s Creek final in a stakes and season\'s record 1:50 at the Meadowlands Saturday night. Fresh Deck was third.


In the first big test for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers this year, driver Ron Pierce and Wearable Art swooped to the lead from the three hole after an opening quarter in :27 by Fresh Deck. Andy Miller and The Quiet Mon started their first-over move at the :55.2 half and at the 1:23.2 three quarters the two elimination winners were stride for stride.


The two continued the nose-to-nose battle into the stretch, but in the last furlong Wearable Art edged away for a one-length victory over The Quiet Mon with Fresh Deck finishing third.
\"I kind of had The Quiet Mon right where I needed him to be,\" Pierce said.  \"I figured if I was going to beat him, that would be the way to do it.  There was a little concern (about The Quiet Mon in the stretch), but the harder I (urged) Art, the harder he went.  He has the license to get a lot better.\" 

\"I wasn\'t upset with that (:55.2 half),\" added winning trainer-owner Peter Kleinhans.  \"Originally, I was kind of hoping The Quiet Mon would brush over us and we\'d be second behind him.  It just seemed like it would be a safer trip.  It seemed like we\'d be guaranteed to be at worst, second.  This way, it was more of a slugfest, but he won it, so it was great.  It was a really exciting race.\" 


Wearable Art is a son of Artiscape out of the Presidential Ball mare Lo Gophobia. A private purchase by Kleinhans, he won $70,420 last year with two wins in four starts and his second win in four starts to date this year gives him earnings this year of $134,150. (With files from the Meadowlands)

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