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SOUTHERN ROCKETOP BACK ON TRACK WITH ISOBA WIN
In the $17,360 3-year-old trotting division, leader Southern Rocketop regained his winning form as he cruised to a two-length victory in 1:57.2 over five rivals, while on the pacing side of the docket Things Left Unsaid rallied in the final strides to knock off seven other 2-year-old pacing fillies in 1:55.1 in the $28,000 ISOBA Sale Stake.
Shaking off the rust after a well-deserved month layoff, Powers Farms' Southern Rocketop looked sharp on Sunday night as he shot right to the top before yielding control of the proceedings to a hard-charging Dr McDreamy (Homer Hochstetler) after the quarter.
Content to sit in the pocket the rest of the way with Hall of Famer Dave Magee at the controls, Southern Rocketop patiently waited for room in the passing lane. After securing room the Robert Taylor-trained son of Psychic Spirit-Summer In The City then left his rivals in his dust, sprinting home in :28.1 to seal the deal. Definer (Tyler Buter) came on late to finish second while Dr McDreamy held on for third.
Enjoying a huge second season on the track, Southern Rocketop now boasts nine wins, three seconds and two thirds in 15 starts this year with earnings of $416,488.
After firing right to the front for driver Todd Warren, Things Left Unsaid was then wrestled back into the pocket as Mike Oosting sent Fox Valley Naomi to the top just after the quarter-mile mark.
Putting up splits of :28.1, :55.2 and 1:24.4, Fox Valley Naomi continued to show the way as the field turned for home but the rest of the pack was zeroing in on the leader, who was starting to get a little leg weary.
Through the lane a game Fox Valley Naomi was desperately trying to hold off her rivals, but a first over Makena Cat (Dale Hiteman) was right alongside of her in second while Things Left Unsaid was raging with pace while sitting right on her back in third. Rolldownthehiway (Marcus Miller) had also found racing room and was gaining quickly on the outside of horses.
With the four fillies spread across the track for the final sixteenth of a mile, Warren maneuvered Things Left Unsaid into the passing lane where she rallied in the final strides to nip an unlucky Rolldownthehiway by a head. Makena Cat wound up third, just a half-length behind the top pair.
Despite Sunday’s victory being only her second in 16 starts this season, the Nelson Willis-trained daughter of Cole Muffler-Would I Lie is still putting up some very nice numbers in her first season with $64,438 to her credit.
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