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STRATTON AND PAIR OF 10 YEAR OLDS SWEEP SATURDAY NIGHT 44G CO-FEATURES



The weekly marquee trot handicapped was not a fair fight, with Melady's Monet moving first-up early and striding out late. Away fifth from post position No. 5, 'Melady' was out and moving in the second turn to go after Fearless Man.

The one led through quickie early intervals of 27.1 and 56.4, but was heading the wrong way by the 1:26.1 three-quarters. Melady's Monet took over soon thereafter, opening 21/2 lengths entering the lane. He finished it off by 21/4 lengths in a season's best 1:55.3.

Smalltownthrowdown couldn't match strides with the winner but did get into second, with Mostinterestingman DW's NY Yank and Lily' Swan Pond settling for the minors.

For Melady's Monet, a 10 year old Revenue S gelding owned by Melady Enterprises and trained by Hermann Heitmann, it was his second win (54th career) in five seasonal starts. The exacta paid $28.40, with triple returned $115.50 and the superfecta paid $369.50.

There weren't many styles points for Bit of a Legend N in the week's blind-draw adult pace. From post position No. 2, he went the distance 28, 57.2, 1:25.1, 1:53.1 holding sway over a stubborn Don Domingo N. The latter tried it first up from third.

The margin was a short head in 1:53.1. Imarocnrollegend N was a pocket third, with Bettor Memories and Shneonucrzydiamnd A rounding out the payees.

For Bit of a Legend N, a 10-year-old Down Under son of Bettor’s Delight owned by Von Knoblauch Stables and trained by Peter Tritton, it was his first win (47th career) in a pair of ’19 tries. The exacta paid $13.80, the triple returned $44.80 and the superfecta paid $182.50.

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