by Frank Carulli
August 22, 2017
Records might be made to be broken, just not as quickly as it happened last Wednesday at Saratoga Raceway.
In a span of 2 hours, the track record for 2-year-old trotters was shattered three times in divisions of the $54,000 New York Sire Stakes.
First, Perlucky ($24.20) broke his maiden in 1:57.1 for trainer-driver Trond Smedshammer. The $15,000 yearling purchase covered the final half-mile in :56.2 to win by 2 lengths.
Then, Fourth Dimenstion (Brian Sears) kept his unbeaten record intact with a front-end victory in 1:57 as the 1-to-9 favorite. Fourth Dimension improved to 4-for-4 and already had track record performances at Monticello and Yonkers on his resume.
Finally, My Lindy Winner ($8,20, Jim Morrill Jr.) worked out a cover trip and got up late to win in 1:56.4, shaving another fifth of a second off the record.
SVANSTEDT SWEEP IN ZWEIG FINALS
Fresh off Perfect Spirit's victory in the Hambletonian, trainer Ake Svanstedt continued hot when Yes Mickey sprung a 34-1 upset in the $320,000 Dr. Harry Zweig Memorial at Vernon Downs last Friday, shortly after he sent out Evelyn ($16) to win in the $135,000 Zweig final for fillies.
Svanstedt drove Yes Mickey, who slipped through on the pylons to edge pace-setting favorite Ariana G by a neck in 1:51.2 ."He's a very nice trotter, but it has been hard for him to win races -- he always finishes second," said Svanstedt. "He was very good the whole race and when I (got) free on the inside, he did it easy."
Andy Miller was in the bike when Evelyn rode the pocket before splitting first-over, runner-up Sunshine Delight and leader Feed Your Head in mid-stretch to win by a length in 1:54.
"I felt really good except I was a little claustrophobic looking for a little room," Miller said. "She felt really good, I was just kind of waiting, biding my time to get a little room there, and when she got room, she took off."
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