Bolt The Duer Equals World Record

Bolt The Duer equalled the fastest mile ever on a half-mile oval with his 1:49 triumph in the fifth edition of the $275,000 Joe Gerrity Jr. Memorial Free-For-All Pace on Saturday night at Saratoga Raceway

Driver Mark MacDonald sent Bolt The Duer to the lead from post four and carved out fractions of :26.1, :54.1 and 1:21 before holding off first over Clear Vision (Brett Miller) by half a length in 1:49 flat. Clear Vision's stablemate Foiled Again (Jim Morrill Jr.) came on for third, finishing six and three-quarter lengths behind.

Bolt The Duer destroyed the track record, shaving two full seconds off the Saratoga standard, and matched the world record originally set by Jet Laag in 1999 at the Delaware County Fair and equalled by Bolt The Duer's sire Ponder in 2006.

Four-year-old pacer Bolt The Duer is trained by Peter Foley for owner All Star Racing Inc. Towaco, New Jersey. The victory was his 18th lifetime and helped boost his bankroll over the $1.5 million mark.

Saturday's undercard featured two $100,000-plus New York Sire Stakes divisions for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings.

Undefeated in NYSS action, Fool Me Once was headed by Doctor Butch at the wire, but inherited the 1:53 win due to early interference. Stephane Bouchard drove the Art Major colt for the Mark Austin Stables Inc. of Fergus, Ont. and Daniel Smith of London, Ont.

Sir Carys Z Tam, by Bettors Delight, won the other division in 1:53.2 for trainer, driver and co-owner Pat Lachance.

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