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Cinnamon Stick Vaults To Victory

Published: January 27, 2021 4:47 pm ET

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Cinnamon Stick circled three-wide into the final turn and vaulted to victory in the $6,100 Open Trot on Wednesday afternoon (Jan. 27) at Monticello Raceway.

The six-year-old Jailhouse Jesse gelding rode the cover of Shoot The Thrill up the backstretch before driver Greg Merton pointed him three-wide into the final turn. From there, Cinnamon Stick slingshotted to a mid-stretch lead, edging clear of pocket rival Exarch (Ronnie Morales III) by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:59.4 for his first seasonal win. Pacesetter Sweet Royalty (Jimmy Devaux) finished third.

Greg Decker trains Cinnamon Stick, who paid $4.10 as the even money favourite, for Michael Mulligan.

The feature win capped a grand slam for Merton, who also drove Proudamericangirl (2:01.1, $5.10), Cee Pee Panic (1:58, $6.80) and OK Icon (1:59.2, $10.80) to victory.

Driver Mike Merton and trainer Candace Brandstatter registered two wins apiece on the nine-race card.

(with files from Monticello Raceway)

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