February 24, 2022
This week at Monticello Raceway Brandon Parker achieved a rare hat trick and swept all 3 of the weekly Open events, on Monday Parker lit up the tote board with the out of town Yonkers invader Shecandance N in the Fillies and Mares Open Pace in a hard fought battle winning by a neck over Keene Olivia with in 1:55.4, dismissed by the betting public, the daughter of A Rocknroll Dance paid $43.00 to win, for trainer Jose Godinez.
The Open Pace on Tuesday saw Parker win with the best pacer on the grounds at the moment, Nui Ba Den N notched his third consecutive win in the Open class for trainer Chris Petrelli in 1:55.3 – $6.70. At the top of the stretch Nui Ba Den N was 7 lengths from the leader, he uncorked a 27.2 last quarter to seal the deal for the urging Parker. The New Zealand import is by Gotta Go Cullect and is owned by George P Dremonas.
In the $6,600 Open Trot James Devaux and Bank Guard cut the mile to the ¾, Parker was the first to move past the half with Crazycat who slowly glided to the front end and handily put away the rest of the field in an easy 3 length win in 2:00.1, Makin Trouble K (Bruce Aldrich Jr.) was second followed by Cinnamon Stick (Greg Merton) Crazycat is trained by co-owner Jose Godinez and earned his 3rd win of the season and upped his seasonal earnings to over $15,000.
Two ageless campaigners joined forces and visited the winners circle in the second division of the Open Trot, Kyle Dibenedetto and Warrawee Preferred scored in a wire to wire win in 2:01. Since joining the barn of Marianna Monaco, Warrawee Preferred has had 3 wins in 4 starts, this was her first start in this class. Towards the tail end of the 2021 Kyle Dibebedetto began to enjoy a resurgence and began to rack up more and more wins, the trend still continues in 2022, as Dibenetto is neck and neck with Jim Taggart Jr for top dash honors.
Jim Taggart Jr. and Mcgwire Sowers each had driving doubles and leading trainer Bo Sowers had 2 winners hail from his stable.