TRUMP NATION WINS 28TH ART ROONEY PACE
The colt by that very same name proved quite the best Saturday night (May 26th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $300,000 Art Rooney Pace.
The 28th Rooney saw six 3 year old colts and two geldings start, but seven ended up chasing in vain.
From post position No. 4, Trump Nation (Jason Bartlett, $6.80) was forwardly placed, as was Babes Dig Me (Brett Miller). The latter made the first lead, before the former played leapfrog. Trump Nation seized the day just after a 27.3 opening quarter mile.
Trump Nation, who won the second of last week's two elimination races, then rated a 29 second next subsection (56.3 half), which would serve him well. Along came 3-5 favorite Springsteen (Brian Sears), first-up from fifth, and the race was underway in earnest. Kwik Talkin' (George Brennan) slipped out to race second-over, but gapped badly.
Meanwhile, the leader and his prompter rolled through a 26.4 third quarter (1:26.2), with the people's preference packing it in readily.
Trump Nation owned a length and three-quarter lead in and out of the final turn. Babes Dig Me edged from the pocket, while Minnie Vinnie-the scourge of Iowa had room after sitting third.
However, the Trumpster was up to the challenge, defeating Minnie Vinnie by a length-and-three-quarters in 1:51.3...a life-best by a good number.
Babes Dig Me was clearly third, with 124-1 rank outsider Major Authority (Mark MacDonald) and Decoy (Dave Miller) rounding out the payees. Kwik Talkin', Springsteen and Jimtastic (Eric Goodell) completed the order.
Decoy, the other elim winner, had a no-chance trip after the open draw buried him behind the eight-ball.
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