Nirvana Seelster went down the road once again and picked up
a 1:49.1 victory over six rivals in the Preferred Pace.
Trevor Henry guided the Bill Budd trainee to his seventh win
of the season and third win in his last five starts. Nirvana Seelster cut out
fractions of :26.2, :54.2 and 1:22, before digging in and pacing home in :27.1
to win by 2 ½ lengths over Fool Me Once. American Virgin finished third, while Ellis
Park was fourth.
A six-year-old gelded son of Camluck, Nirvana Seelster was
coming into Saturday’s start off a strong second-place finish in the $100,000
Mohawk Gold Cup last week. The Budd trainee’s 30th career victory
gives him $141,000 earned this season to bring his career earnings to $663,006
for owner Bruce Davy.
Nirvana Seelster paid $3.10 to win.
The Preferred Trot was the sight of a third consecutive
victory for Windsun Revenge and a milestone for Il Sogno Dream.
Jeff Durham trainee Windsun Revenge grabbed the lead in the
second-quarter and posted solid fractions of :55.4 and 1:23.2 to lead the field
of eight into the lane. Musical Rhythm, who was the early leader, turned in a
solid bid to make things close, but Windsun Revenge held him off to win by a neck
Lookslikeachpndale finished third, while Il Sogno Dream was
A six-year-old gelded son of Kadabra, Windsun Revenge now
has three victories in six starts this season to bring his 2017 earnings to
Following Saturday’s victory, Windsun Revenge’s career
numbers now sit at 18 wins and $424,363 earned for owners Robert Van Camp and Durham. The public’s
choice paid $4.50 to win.
The fourth-place cheque earned by Il Sogno Dream was enough
to push the six-year-old stallion over $1 million in career earnings. The
Victor Puddy trainee came into Saturday’s Preferred just $1,328 shy of the
A son of Cantab
Hall, Il Sogno Dream reaches
the $1 million mark with 20 career victories for owners Bill & Dan Manes
and Leonard & Randy Christopher. His career highlights include finishing fourth
in the 2014 Hambletonian, winning the 2015 Allerage Trot and finishing second in
the 2016 Maxie Lee.
Reaching milestones and competing on the racetrack is not the
only thing keeping Il Sogno Dream busy this season, as he has also been
standing stud at Mac Lilley Farms in Dutton,
The Puddy trainee is eligible to this year’s Maple Leaf
Live racing resumes Monday night at Mohawk. Post time is