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Squonk Now Busy Winning Races (03/10/13)
Posted Sunday March 10, 2013
By Mike Paradise
The veteran trotter Squonk has been a busy horse for the past two-plus seasons and since Sam Widger was reunited with him late last November the Harold Brightwell trainee has rediscovered the winner’s circle.
The now 8-year-old trotter had dropped 19 consecutive decisions last year before Sammy guided Squonk to a victory on Nov. 25 and a month later won again with the Michigan bred trotter in the horse’s last start of 2012.
Squonk comes into Sunday’s sixth race with back-to-back wins, four days apart, and is the 3-1 morning line favorite to win his third race in March in 11 nights when he leaves from the pole position in race three.
“He’s really racing well right now,” said Widger.
Last Wednesday night Squonk raced first up in his 1:57.2 latest triumph with Sam. It came in Squonk’s 95th start in the last 115 weeks. The trotter made 47 starts for owner Dennis Brightwell of Cedar Lake, Indiana in 2011 and 41 more last year.
Sunday’s race will be the trotter’s eighth of the young 2012 season.
Widger describes Squonk has “a handy horse who likes his job.”
“He’s better coming from behind,” continued the 49-year-old veteran driver. “He’s like you and me in that some days he feels better than others. All horses have them ups and downs. You can’t keep them racing good all the time but right now Squonk is good.”
2,000 In Sight: Josh Sutton is closing in fast on career victory No. 2,000.
The 30-year-old Kentucky native goes into Sunday’s Balmoral program just 8 away with 1,992. Josh has 54 winners already in 2013. His best season for winning drives came in 2009 when he had 232.
More Than Lucky: Merv Chupp’s Really Lucky has continued to win races after leaving Maywood Park for the Walter Russell Memorial Series at The Meadows.
The $1,700 sale purchase by Chupp won his $11,250 first leg of the Pennsylvania bred series last week in 1:55 flat with Greg Grismore at his lines.
The 4-year-old pacer has now nailed down victories in 6 of his first 7 season starts for Chupp and has made $19,275. Really Lucky drew the 5-slot for Tuesday’s first race second leg.
Did You Know That: In 1979 the 96-night harness racing meeting at Sportsman’s Park had 14 programs where the mutuel handle on-track surpassed the $2 million plateau?
That year the nightly handle on-track average was $1,627,639, the Standardbed record in the State of Illinois.
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