Zeron takes two of three Summertime splits
July 12, 2013
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The opening round of the Summertime Pacing Series took place Thursday evening at Mohawk, featuring three $20,000 divisions for sophomore pacing colts and geldings.
Driver Scott Zeron found the winner circle in two divisions aboard Manchester and Lucan Hanover, while the other division went to Burning Shore and Mike Saftic.
Burning Shore and Saftic kicked off the Thursday programme with a gate-to-wire score in the first division.
The son of No Pan Intended laid down panels of :26.3, :55.2 and 1:23.3, before using a :28.2 final quarter to notch his fifth career win in 1:52. Post time favorite, Nickle Bag (Billy Davis Jr.), finished second with Red Magician (Scott Zeron) third.
Trained by Eric Adams for owner/breeder Millar Farms, Burning Shore celebrated a new career best and increased his lifetime earnings to $59,063. The bay gelding improved his record to 5-1-2 from 10 starts in 2013. He paid $7.40 to win.
In the second division, Manchester and Zeron benefited from quick fractions to get under the wire first in 1:51.4.
Closing Credits (Davis) paid the price to earn the front as he was parked three wide past the :26.2 opening quarter before being released to command by Scott Rocks (Chris Christoforou). Closing Credits would continue to set the pace past the midway point in :54.4, but Scott Rocks angled out of the pocket looking for command, giving cover to Manchester.
Scott Rocks was the new leader past three-quarters in 1:23.1, but couldn't hold off a late challenge from Manchester, who opened up on his rivals in deep stretch to score a comfortable win. Ahdoughnolum (Luc Ouellette) finished second with Scott Rocks third.
Trained and co-owned by Therese Vrablic along with Kevin Power and Charlene Lyon, Manchester celebrated his second career victory as his bankroll now sits at $45,480. The son of Western Terror now has a 2-4-3 record from 14 starts this season. He paid $14.30 to win.
In the final division, Zeron and Lucan Hanover powered their way to a 1:50.1 score.
Dull Roar (James MacDonald) was the quickest the opening quarter as he went by that station in :26.1. Mach Set Go (Yves Filion), who was still parked on the outside, cleared to the front, before releasing Lucan Hanover past the half in :54.2.
From there, Lucan Hanover cruised past three-quarters in 1:22.1 and powered his way to a wrapped-up score. Mach Set Go stayed for second, over Tauranga (Chris Christoforou).
Trained by Casie Coleman for West Wins Stable and Christine Calhoun, Lucan Hanover celebrated his fourth career victory as his bankroll reached $61,320. The son of Western Ideal now has a 3-1-1 record from seven starts this season. He paid $3.10.
The Summertime Pacing Series is for 3-year-old colts and geldings who are non-winners of $30,000 lifetime as of March 31, 2013. The second leg – with divisions worth $20,000 - will line up on July 19 with the $40,000E final slated for July 29. (WEG)