Western Stepp steps to Plainridge score
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Western Stepp had easily opened up a six-length lead on her own coming off the far turn and Campbell gave her a line-tap to let her know she was still in a race. She perked her ears, switched her gears and paced strongly into the lane. Campbell glanced over his left shoulder, saw no threat in sight and wrapped up the winner while sitting chilly, crossing the wire in 1:51.3.
The time was a new lifetime mark for Western Stepp, eclipsing the 1:52.1 clocking she set just last week.
Western Stepp ($6) now has five wins and $39,285 made in 2018 for owner/trainer James Dunn.
The first division of the "2008 Celts" $10,000 claiming series for fillies and mares was contested on Monday and Empty Gesture (Shawn Gray) took an early lead that she would never relinquish en route to winning in 1:53.1. It was the second straight win and a new seasonal mark for Empty Gesture ($3.20) who is owned by William Emmons and trained by Jeff Lieberman.
Drew Campbell had a driving triple on the card while Shawn Gray directed two home himself. (Standardbred Owners of Mass.)