Hudson Phil takes best win of the season at Plainridge Open – US Trotting News
Plainville, Mass. – He hasn’t been there in over a month, but his return to Plainridge Park felt like a homecoming for Hudson Phil who went from start to finish earning a narrow win in the Open Handicap pace feature at $20,000 Monday afternoon (July 11).
Jay Randall put Hudson Phil in the lead as the rest of the field settled in for the trip. With Sports Obsession (Drew Monti) in the pocket and Bettor Memories (Heath Campbell) in third, no one fired until halftime when Rock Candy (Jim Hardy) attempted the land route from fourth. square.
The positions remained unchanged at three quarters and Hudson Phil and Sports Obsession separated themselves from the field a bit and were positioned for an extended fight to the finish. Monti swung Sports Obsession at the top of the lane and took aim at Hudson Phil. The pair then paced side by side all the way down the lane to the wire where Hudson Phil took a header lead in the personal best time of the season of 1:50.1.
It was the fourth win of the year for Hudson Phil ($9.00) who is owned by Kellogg Racing Stables. Jackie Greene coaches the winner.
The $17,500 packaged beat was a real tussle where recent Australian import Pocket Of Terror A took home the prize.
Rock Diamonds N (Ron Cushing) took the lead and led the field at halftime in: 55.1. But that’s where Pocket Of Terror A (Greg Merton) was first into the breeze, pushing the leader down the straight. Rock Diamonds N and Pocket Of Terror went three-quarter 1:22 stepping, around the far corner and into the stretch. As they closed in on the line, Pocket Of Terror A finally cleared and won by 1-1/4 in length in 1:51.
Pocket Of Terror A ($6.60) picked up its second victory in the Northern Hemisphere for owner Scheigert & Allies Racing and trainer Amanda Kelley.
Monti led three winners on the card – two of whom were coached by Randy Bickmore – making each the leader in their respective categories on Monday.
Live racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Tuesday afternoon (July 12) with post time at 4 p.m.
The Grand Circuit returns to Plainridge Park on Sunday, July 24 when the track hosts the $250,000 Spirit of Massachusetts Trot and the $100,000 Clara Barton Distaff Pace. The release time for the morning special card will be at 2 p.m.