Vincent wins three and Itz Cherry Ripe N wins
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Vincent wins three and Itz cherry Ripe N wins Filly and Mares Open
Justin Vincent continued his sharp driving efforts on Saturday night and scored with three winners. Vincent won the fourth race with Nothing Wrong who sat patiently off sizzling fractions paced by Sunset City (27.1; 56. & 1:25.3) and made up over fourteen lengths in the final quarter to post maiden breaking win in 1:58.4 for owner-trainer Richard Malone Sr.
Vincent then returned to the winner’s circle with Jeannies Fortune, who also closed well from last at the three-quarters and blew up the toteboard paying $42 to win. Jerry Nock trains the winner for owner Andrew Scheller. The winner’s time of 1:57.2 was a lifetime mark.
Vincent wasn’t through for the evening as he closed out the card with the win abroad owner Kerry Welty’s Third Mortgage in yet another lifetime mark of 1:59.3. The winner is a recent addition to trainer Judy Welty’s barn and scored in her second start for the new connections. This time Vincent got away mid-pack and came charging late to post the win.
This week’s top Filly and Mares’ race was upgraded to an Open with the addition Jeffery B. Clark’s Itz Cherry Ripe N, who has been competing with some of the east coast’s finest mares and brought earnings of over $75,000 in the race. Local hero Shaker Rei was in again along with Raquel, who showed a good effort in her return to the races last week. Itz Cherry Ripe, in rein to local leading driver Frank Milby left quickly to be the second to the top, he then let a charging JK Cameo go to make the lead before quickly retaking. Shaker Rei was unable to find a hole and grinded away gamely on the outside. As the field hit the half Itz Cherry Ripe was on the point but Gazzerro and Shaker Rei were continuing to grind it out uncovered and as the field hit the three quarter’s pole Shaker Rei had closed the margin to less than a length and GE’S Alex had been unleashed from second over. Its Cherry Ripe held clear a dead game Shaker Rei, who never saw the rail and lost none of her luster in defeat. Raquel managed to find room in the stretch and mounted a solid rally to claim the place while the above-mentioned Shaker Rei gamely held on for the show. The final time as 1:55.2 and Itz Cherry Ripe N was one of two front-runners who got home in front on a night were speed was not holding well at all.
Itz Cherry Ripe N scored her fifth win of the season and went over the $80,000 mark in seasonal earnings.