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Author Topic: Western Shore parlays pocket position into Chester Open victory  (Read 652 times)
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« on: May 02, 2010, 10:04:33 PM »

Western Shore parlays pocket position into Chester Open victory
from Harrah's Chester publicity department

Forcing a vicious first quarter and subsequently stalking a fervent
battle up the backstretch, John Cancelliere's Western Shore ($7.20)
took complete advantage of a pocket trip to score a 1:49.4 victory in
Sunday (May 2) afternoon's $32,000 Open Pace at Harrah's Chester
Casino and Racetrack.

Despite racing against him many times in the past, a late driver
change to Brian Sears only marked his first occasion behind the
seven-year-old son of Western Hanover.  "Today was my first time
driving him; and although he can be a little bit of a bad actor, he’s
got a lot of talent," commented Sears.  Western Shore and Booze Cruzin
(David Miller) left together from the center of the track, and Western
Shore pestered Booze Cruzin well into the first turn before ducking
into the pocket after a punishing :25.4 first quarter.

While Booze Cruzin was able to back the half down to :55.2, it ended
up being counterproductive as Mystery Chase (George Napolitano) set
sail first-over moving onto the backstretch.  With these two
relentlessly exchanging blows up the backstretch and even-money
favorite Blatantly Good (Richard Silverman) waiting in the wings from
second-over, Sears had some concern about his chances.  "With Mystery
Chase coming after Booze Cruzin on the backstretch, I was a little
worried I wouldn’t be able to get out at the top of the stretch."

Past three-quarters in an astounding 1:21.4, Western Shore was in
tight quarters on the far turn.  Aided by a tiring Mystery Chase,
Brian Sears was able to move his charge to the open stretch and
quickly take over from a collapsing pace, sprinting home in :27.2 to
pull away by 3-1/4 lengths.  Blatantly Good kicked tiring cover to
take second, while Booze Cruzin faded to third.
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