Day At The Track

Statesman N hits $700,000 in earnings

10:42 AM 16 Apr 2018 NZST
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Statesman N (file photo)
Statesman N (file photo)

The headline going into Sunday's harness racing featured 'Winners Over' event at Harrah's Philadelphia centered around 2015 Pepsi North America Cup winner Wakizashi Hanover. The now 6-year-old gelding by Dragon Again came into the race with career earnings well over $1.4 million and a mark of 1:47.3 set last year at The Meadowlands.

The day however would belong to Matias Ruiz trainee Statesman N (George Napolitano Jr). Starting from post 5, the 11-year-old New Zealand bred gelding was able to work out a perfect second-over trip, sweeping by for the win in 1:52.4 for owner Joe P Racing of Delray Beach, Florida. Race favorite Awesomeness (Jim Marohn Jr) was second, while Super Imposed N (Corey Callahan) finished third. Wakizashi Hanover got away last and had little impact.

Statesman N ($19.40) picked up his 40th career win in start 199, while surpassing $700,000 in career earnings. The upset produced a $72.40 exacta, while the trifecta returned $195.40. The upset also played a role in the pick 4 payoff, which returned $6,069.00.

The trainer/driver combination of Ron Burke and Yannick Gingras had 5 wins on the program.

Live racing returns Wednesday with a post time of 12:25 PM Eastern.

Michael Bozich

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