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Plainville, Mass. – Millionaire Alrajah One IT followed up his impressive win from Crawford Farms at The Meadowlands with an equally impressive win in the $250,000 Spirit of Massachusetts Trot, winning in 1:50.3 to set a new track record for horses older trotting as well as a brand new Lifetime on Monday (July 25) at Plainridge Park.
Alrajah One IT (Dexter Dunn) escaped sixth while It’s Academic (Yannick Gingras) took the field for the quarter in: 26.1. But this lead will be short-lived as Forbidden Trade (Mark Macdonald) rolled on the outside to take the lead by half-time in: 54.2. At turn two, Lovedbythemasses (Tim Tetrick) came out of fourth and was flying on the outside with Alrajah One IT on his back.
Lovedbythemasses cleared three quarters and Alrajah One IT stayed on the outside putting pressure on the leader all the way through the final corner. When they straightened up to head home, Alrahah One IT swelled and raced away to a 1-3/4 length victory in 1:50.3.
“Post nine is never easy, but he makes it easy. He followed his cover around the turn and when he got clear he kind of went home,” Dunn said. hard work and makes my job easy.”
It was the third straight Spirit of Massachusetts Trot victory for Dunn who won the last two with Manchego. Alrajah One IT’s winning time replaced the track record of 1:51.3 which AS Guardian Angel located in the Spirit of Massachusetts 2019.
Alrahah One IT remains undefeated in North America after their second straight win and that pushed their lifetime earnings to $1,376,807 for owner Scuderia My Horse. Ake Svanstedt trains the 6-year-old record holder.
$100,000 co-star Clara Barton saw three streaks continue. Lyons Sentinel defended their title in this stake and trainer Jim King Jr. and driver Tim Tetrick won their fourth consecutive Clara Barton Pace, having won it twice with Shartin N before their two wins with Lyons Sentinel . King and Tetrick are the only trainers and drivers to win this entry since its inception.
Racine Bell (Mark Macdonald) flew from the wings and arrived at the quarter in time in: 26 chrono. Blue Diamond Eyes (Gingras) and Lyons Sentinel (Tetrick) followed until halftime in :55.1 where the next move came. Tetrick fired Lyons Sentinel and closed in on Racine Bell as they rolled their backs and the two fought from there.
After reaching three quarters in 1:22, Racine Bell and Lyons Sentinel evened the strides around the final corner and were even leading the stretch. But as they moved down the lane, Lyons Sentinel started to pull away and eventually opened up a 2-1/4 length advantage on the wire and won in 1:50.2.
“My mare ran well today. I knew when I shot if I could look Racine Bell in the eye I could beat her,” Tetrick said. “I love coming here and hope Jimmy (King) can find another one to race here next year.”
Two-millionaire Lyons Sentinel ($3.40) added to her wealth with her third win of the year and her 25th life for Threelyonsracing owners.
The $50,000 Bert Beckwith Memorial Pace was also a great run that produced an emotional result. Patrickthepiranha A, trainee of Melissa Beckwith, took a big step to win the race named after her late father-in-law.
After escaping sixth from post eight past leader Vel Mr. Nice Guy (Brett Beckwith), Patrickthepiranha A (Brice Ranger) swept three wide at three quarters and beat Always A Miki (Dexter Dunn) and Pocket Of Terror A (Leon Bailey) to win by a header in 1:51.2.
It was a happy scene from the winner’s circle for Patrickthepiranha A ($10.00) as family members, including Bert Beckwith’s son Mark, gathered for the photo. It was the sixth win of the year for Patrickthepiranha A and it pushed his bankroll to $108,244 in 2022.