Wearable Art wins duel
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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.
\"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)