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Bettors Fire N torches foes in career best

06:49 PM 28 Nov 2018 NZDT
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Bettors Fire N torches foes in career best at Plainridge
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Plainville, MA --- He hasn't been in North America long, but he's already turning heads. Undefeated in Maine and now in Massachusetts, Bettors Fire N has now strung four straight and remained peerless by taking the $16,000 Winners-Over pacing harness racing feature at Plainridge Park on Tuesday afternoon (Nov. 27).

Leaving from post one, Bettors Fire N (Ron Cushing) grabbed an immediate lead and dictated the pace from there. After going unchallenged the first half in a leisurely :56, Bet You (Drew Campbell) made the first move past the half and got to within a length of the leader. After Cushing looked over his shoulder at on-comer, he let Bettors Fire N out a notch and his horse simply switched gears.

Going by the three-quarters a gap began to show as Bettors Fire N was pacing with attitude. The lead increased around the far turn and into the stretch and with the whip tucked and the lines taught, Cushing sat silly while Bettors Fire N opened up a five length lead under a powerful stride to win in 1:52.3, which was a new lifetime mark.

It was the 11th win of the year and 44th of his career for Bettors Fire N ($4.00) who now has $690,784 earned both domestic and International. The 10-year-old gelded son of Bettors Delight is owned by Kevin Sywyk, his driver Cushing and Frank Ranaldi and is trained by Heidi Gibbs.

Bettors Fire N was purchased privately in New Zealand on September 18 of this year and made his first North American start on October 21 at Scarborough Downs. He had a stellar career in the Southern Hemisphere where he won two Banbury Cups, a heat of the Interdominion in 2016 and the Village Kid Sprint in 2017. This past January he raced against Lazarus N in the $300,000 Freemantle Pacing Cup.

In the $12,000 undercard for upper-level conditioned pacers, Major Leaguer (Jimmy Whittemore) went gate to wire holding off the fast-closing pocket-sitter Kenrick N (Ron Cushing) to win his ninth of the year. Major Leaguer ($3.00) has now earned $75,640 in 2018 for his driving owner. Dennis Whittemore trains the winner.

Shawn Gray, Drew Campbell and Nick Graffam all had driving doubles on the card.

Plainridge Park will play Auld Lang Syne on Thursday afternoon as that is the last day of live racing for the 2018 season at the hub of harness racing in New England. Post time for that card is set for 1 p.m.

 
By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

 

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