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Friday, July 1, 2016

John Campbell wins 3 at Monticello Raceway

Editor's Note:  This is a press release from Monticello Raceway.  Even though this is a press release I posted by mistake, I am leaving it up as one person already responded to it.

by Shawn Wiles, Monticello Raceway

On Thursday June 30, Monticello Raceway showcased a hefty card of 14 races, featuring New York Sire Stake action for 2 Year Old Trotting Colts. On tap are 5 splits of Sire Stakes, ($22,000) 4 heats of the Divisions A’s ($15,000) and 2 races for the Division B ($6,600) and 2 dashes of the NAADA event and 1 Catskill Amateurs event,

Practice is over, now it’s for real, that’s what over 80 freshman trotting colts discovered when they made their Pari mutuel and half mile oval debut.  John Campbell had 3 winner’s races on the afternoon’s card. Owners Ted Gewertz and Wanda Polisseni both enjoyed an owners double on the afternoon.

In the first $22,200 dash, Such An Angel, took advantage and protected the rail, as he led wire to wire to win in 2:01:1, sprinting home in 29.1. The Credit Winner colt is owned in partnership of Samuel Caruso and Wanda Polisseni, trained by Paul Kelly and driven by Sam Caruso.  The $110,000 yearling purchase has 3 wins in as many starts.

Race 4, the undefeated Barn Winner scored in impressive fashion for driver Jeff Gregory, as Lindy The Second showed the field thru even fractions of 30 seconds for each quarter, Gregory was patiently bidding his time, down the backstretch Gregory carefully tipped the Credit Winner colt to the outside at the ¾, at top of the lane the Credit Winner colt angled into contention, he responded well when asked for trot, coming home in a brisk 28:3 over Devious Man and fraction setting Lindy the Second.  Steven Pratt is trainer and co-owner along with Out in the Country Stable, scoring in 2:00.

The 3rd heat was in race 6, Odeon Bluechip (PP3) left fastest from the gate and showed the way out of the first turn Zack’s Zoomer (Deweycheatumnhowe), pulled the 2 hole and quickly took the lead from Odeon Bluechip (Credit Winner) before the quarter, reaching that marker in 30:0, they reached an even rated half in 1:00:2, at the 5/8 marker John Campbell, driving Volare made a bold move and challenged Zacks Zoomer but had to settled for 2nd money as Zacks Zoomer withstood the challenged  The Erv Miller trainee scored by 1 ¼ length over Volare in 1:59:3 for owners Miller & Eisman, and was driven by Andy Miller, it was the fastest mile of the day for the 2 year olds.
Aces and Eights was content to sit the pocket behind fraction setting Neon Lights the entire mile, Daley tipped the son of RC Royalty to the outside as they fanned for home. Neon Lights started to labor for driver Chris Lems and made an ill-timed break in deep stretch, Ace and Eights inherited the lead and won over Shaq To The Rack and Ray Schnittker in 2:00:3 for winning connections of Daley, Crawford, Lombardo and Brooks.

The last of 5 Sire Stakes came in race 12, Money Macintosh won by 2 lengths for Andy - Julie Miller team. The son of Credit Winner eased from the 8 hole and found himself parked 3 deep going into the first turn and down the backstrecth, after dodging a few breakers he eventually made his way to the lead past the ¼ in 30:3, he showed the field through fractions of 1:01:2, 1:31:3 and was never heeded to prevail in 2:00:3. Money Macintosh is owned by Story Inc. of Millstone Township.

The John Campbell classes started in an Excelsior A event as he scored with diminutive and uniquely colored New York Chrome for jubilant owner Philip Hale of New Hartford NY in 2:01.3.

Campbell would go on to win the final 2 races of the afternoon, in the 13, Sheldon (Chapter 7) minded his manners and won in 2:04.4. Winter Mint (Credit Winner) who was a handful scoring down but was on his best behavior once behind the gate, he floated out from post 2 and was sitting 3rd when the horses in front of him made breaks, once given the lead he was never headed to win in 2:02.2

The Sire stats for the day were Credit Winner had 5 winners, Deweychetumnhowe 3, RC Royalty, Chapter Seven & Mutineer all had 1 each.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

As a 20-something, I watched John Campbell drive at Windsor Raceway when he was a teenager. My thoughts at the time? He might be a pretty good driver. How's that for an understatement!