FAT MAN'S ALLEY WINS 70G FINAL OF JACKPOT NEXT DOOR CLAIMING SERIES
The series featured base $20,000 claiming males in three preliminary legs leading to this final.
A gapping third early from post position No. 3, the 'Fat Man' saw Bubbie Boy (George Brennan) stroll through sedate early fractions of 28-seconds flat and :57.2.
Bubbie Boy then threw down a :27.1 third quarter (1:24.1) right as Fat Man's Alley was getting his work order. The leader had a length-and-a-half advantage entering the lane, but the Fat Man Cometh.
He wore down Bubbie Boy mid-stretch, eventually beating him by that length-and-a-half in 1:52.3. Innocent Victim (Dan Dube, winner's entrymate) nosed out pocket-sitting Colonial Road (Scott Zeron) for third, with Can't it Be Me (Jason Bartlett) getting the final pay envelope.
For Fat Man's Alley, an 8-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding co-owned (as Allard Racing) by (trainer) Rene Allard and Jack & Ferne Frydman, it was his sixth win in 17 seasonal starts (career earnings over $734,000). The exacta paid $7.10, with the triple returning $20.
A $30,000 series consolation won by So Good I'm Bad (Eric Abbatiello, $10.40) in 1:53.2.
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