A field of 10 colts and geldings competed for a purse of
$162,838, while nine fillies battled for $163,872.
Knocking on the door coming into the Simcoe, Art Scene
kicked the door down with an impressive five length victory in a career-best
1:49.4 for driver Scott Zeron and trainer Tony Alagna.
The son of American Ideal got away fourth in the early
stages. Penzance Hanover
posted an opening-quarter of :26.2, before allowing Classic Pro to clear and
hang up a half of :55.
Zeron got Art Scene in motion approaching the half and
rushed up to take the lead entering the final turn. The Alagna trainee reached
three-quarters in 1:22.1 and then said goodnight to his rivals by pulling well
ahead and pacing home in :27.3 for the impressive victory.
“I know he’s raced really well his last two races over at Yonkers, but that was
impressive right there.” said Zeron post-race.
Ocean Colony finished second, while Hurricane Beach
Art Scene only made one start as a rookie, but his connections
knew he had potential.
“We had to really be patient with him,” said Zeron. “Tony
(Alagna) did a great job with him all throughout the beginning of the year.
“We really thought he was going to be a top colt right at
the beginning and it took us a while to get to the point where we’re at right
now, but it’s exciting to have a horse finishing off the year and peaking right
Art Scene is owned by Brittany Farms LLC, Alagna Racing LLC,
In The GYM Partners and Americam Art Stable. He is now three for 13 this season
with $255,936 in earnings.
The Alagna trainee paid $4.40 to win.
champ Bettors Up picked up another stakes victory at Mohawk with a huge
performance in the Simcoe Filly Stakes.
Driven by Doug McNair, Bettors Up got away fifth in the
early stages, while Obvious Blue Chip had to work for more than a quarter of a
mile to get the lead and post a :54.2 opening-half.
Beach came first up from
fourth on the far turn and that allowed McNair to situate Bettors Up in a
perfect second-over spot. Obvious Blue Chip led by three-quarters in 1:22.3.
In the stretch, Bettors Up rocketed off cover and stormed
home for an impressive 6 ½ lengths victory in 1:50. Dudesalady finished second,
while Stonebridge Sundae was third and Idyllic Beach
Trained by Scott McEneny, Bettors Up came into the Simcoe
Stakes off a solid victory in last Sunday’s Pennsylvania Sires Stakes
“I didn’t want to be first up,” said McNair post-race. “I
floated and found a good spot and live cover. On the last turn I thought I was
in a good spot and she still felt good, but that’s the best she’s felt since the
Bettors Up is now four for 12 this season with earnings of $415,735.
Her career totals now sit an impressive 10 wins and $631,964 earned. She is
owned by Brad Grant, Teresa Davidson and Michelle McEneny.
Bettors Up paid $12.60 to win.
Live racing continues Monday night at Mohawk Racetrack. The
eliminations for the William Wellwood Memorial and Peaceful Way Stakes will
highlight the 10-race card.
Post time is 7:30 p.m.