Buck I St Pat beats boys in Chester feature
from Harrah's Chester publicity department
A star-studded cast took to the track in the Opening Day (April 23)
feature at Harrah’s Chester Casino and Racetrack, with seven of the
finest trotters on the eastern seaboard contesting a purse of $32,000.
Despite Corleone Kosmos—John Campbell’s only drive on the day—setting
a comfortable tempo, 2008 Maxie Lee Memorial winner Buck I St Pat
($11.40) was able to capitalize beautifully on a perfect trip, and a
little racing luck, too.
The seven-year-old Jailhouse Jesse mare found herself fifth in the
early going, and elected to stay in past a slow :57.3 half as Lets Get
Serious N (David Miller) started outer flow on the bridge turn. “I was
trying to race her just one quarter, because she seems to race best
that way,” commented driver Tim Tetrick. “She’s certainly a closer.”
Angling third-over up the backstretch behind Lolique (John Wagner),
Buck I St Pat started to get more involved after Corleone Kosmos was
pushed to three-quarters in 1:26 by Lets Get Serious N. In an attempt
to respond to pressure at the top of the stretch, Corleone Kosmos made
an uncharacteristic break in stride. Meanwhile, Buck I St Pat fanned
four-wide and showed an explosive stretch kick, up to win in 1:54.4 by
three-quarters of a length from the pocket-sitting Looking Hanover
(Yannick Gingras). Lolique was out-finished, but was a strong third.
Tetrick continued: “With Corleone Kosmos on the front with the easy
fractions, I was a little concerned we might not catch him. But with
good cover from Lolique and even from Lets Get Serious, along with
Corleone Kosmos’s mistake, we got a little lucky.”
But it wasn’t all luck, as was proven by a :27.4 last quarter from
Buck I St Pat. “The key with her is to pass horses late, and that’s
what she did today,” concluded Tetrick. “She’s got a high turn of
speed, and she did everything I asked her to do, and more.”
Ron Burke trains Buck I St Pat for the ownership group of Taylor,
Gold, Basen, and Fuller.
Live racing resumes at Harrah’s Chester on Sunday, April 25, with
first post at 12:45 p.m. eastern time.