BETTORS FIRE DOUBLE NEARS SEVEN FIGURES
Evergreen ex-Kentuckiana Lodge pacer Bettors Fire is on the verge of becoming a millionaire pacer with consecutive wins in Maine, North America, in the last seven days.
He’s taken his earnings to $976,417 from 51 wins in 129 lifetime starts, and despite being 11 to Northern Hemisphere Time, lowered his mile best to 1:50.2 in May.
Bettors Fire continued his winning trail in a $20,000 pace at Bangor Raceway, Maine, on Saturday (NZ time), seven days after also winning a $25,000 open pace at Scarborough Downs.
He was a hot favourite from the three gate in the $US20,000 Paul Bunyan Open Pace at Bangor, leading throughout to win by three lengths in 1:54.
The Heidi Gibbs-trained and Ron Cushing-driven pacer also led from the half-way point in the $US25,000 Mid Summer Classic at Scarborough Downs, Maine, on July 13, also winning in an identical 1:54.
Bettors Fire (Bettor’s Delight-Sparks A Flyin) has banked $US130,980 from six wins and six placings in 18 starts in his 2019 racing.
Meanwhile, another hardy former Cran Dalgety winner in Orl Black, notched another win at Yonkers Raceway, New York, on Saturday (NZ time).
Racing in the USA, as he did formerly in West Australia as Heez Orl Black, the In The Pocket-Cracker Kate gelding led from gate four in a $US24,000 pace for $30,000 claimers.
Orl Black, racing as an 11-year-old to Northern Hemisphere time, cleared out to win by four and a half lengths in a quick 1:51.3 (fifths), two laps of the half-mile track, for driver Brent Holland.
Orl Black was only 3/5ths of a second outside his career best of 1:51.
This was his second Yonkers win in his latest racing for New York owner-trainer, Brittany Robertson, taking his yearly earnings just over $US56,000.
Orl Black was winning for the 35th time in 215 lifetime starts, taking his earnings to the equivalent of $570,161.
The 2011 NZ Welcome Stakes winner started a warm favourite in a field which included the former Tony Herlihy-trained Statesman, who was third throughout for the Jennifer Bongiorno stable.
Another ex-Herlihy performer in Gold Orchid led from the seven gate at Yonkers in a $30,000 fillies and mares pace, winning in 1:53.
The daughter of Bettor’s Delight and Honey Rose Falcon has taken a faster 1:50.4 (fifths) mark on a five-furlongs (1000m) track in North America.
Also on the Yonkers programme, the former Gerard O’Reilly-trained Miss You elevated her yearly USA earnings to just over $US93,000 when taking out a $24,000 fillies and mares pace.
Miss You, racing for the Ross Croghan stable, was always never further back than fourth from the two gate and finished best to win by two and a half lengths in 1:52.2 (fifths).
A consistent performer for the O’Reilly stable last year, winning three and being placed eight times in 17 starts, for $32,213, Miss You has revelled in her United States racing.
This was her ninth win in 14 starts for the Betterthancheddar mare for the Croghan stable.
Croghan has also had a good year with the ex-Cran Dalgety-trained Shineonucrazydiamond, winning five of 16 starts for $US96,934.
Shineonucrazydiamond starts from the two gate in a $30,000 pace at Yonkers on Sunday (NZ time).
He’s racing against the former Dalgety-trained Breeders Crown champ, Bit Of A Legend, who resumes after a troubled season which has resulted in only six starts for one win in 1:53.2 at Yonkers.
Shineonucrazydiamond comes into the race in top form, having won his previous two starts.
He won on the mile track at the Meadowlands in a career best 1:50.2 (fifths) two starts back.
Shineonucrazydiamond won his last start in a $24,000 pace at Yonkers on July 9 over the equivalent of 1700m, beating ex-NZ pacer Runrunjimmydunn into second, with former top NZ pacer Have Faith In Me, finishing seventh.