July 26, 2023
This afternoon Play To The Crowd padded his lead as the winningest horse on the grounds as he stands atop of the leader board with 12 wins on the year, he is ranked nationally and is tied with 11 other horses that are tied with 12 wins for the most wins thus far in the year in the nation. He has stringed together 6 consecutive wins, 7 wins in his last 8 starts. Last week the Always A Virgin mare was claimed from Andrew Adamczyk by new trainer Jim Doherty Jr. This afternoon was no different and Play To The Crowd displayed her usual front end tactic and led the race from start to finish and scored a 2-length victory in 1:56.4 – 2.60.
In the Open Pace, Thinkbig Dreambig came roaring away from the gate and was on the muscle as Jim Devaux wrangled him off the bit a tad after a brisk opening stanza of 27.2. He was still on top in 57 with Air Guitar in the garden spot, as Trevor One (M. Merton) were the first to come first over past the half. The pack were 4 wide going in the paddock turn with Foo Fighter on the extreme outside, Thinkbig Dreambig was still showing the way, but late in the lane Air Guitar used to rail to get past the leader in 1:54 – $7.20. For Air Guitar it was his fourth win on the year for trainer Mark Ford.
Leading driver Jim Taggart Jr. won 3 on the card to push his seasonal tally to 124 wins.