White Bliss Third In Debut

Published: November 11, 2014 11:08 pm EST

It wasn’t a Hollywood ending for White Bliss in his pari-mutuel debut Tuesday evening at Pocono Downs, but the white colt’s connections would have to be pleased with his third-place finish.

Trained and driven by Ake Svanstedt, White Bliss got away fifth before being shuffled to sixth as the field reached the mid-way point of the $12,000 event for horses that were non-winners of a race. He was fifth at the three-quarter pole before advancing to fourth at the top of the stretch. After chasing fractions of just :27.3, :57.1 and 1:24.4 the youngster, who was sent off at odds of 4-1, fired home in :28.1 to finish third – a mere length behind the eventual winner.

The son of Art Major-Coochie Mama, who paced his own mile in 1:53.4, for Knutsson Trotting Inc. (Michael Knutsson and Tristan Sjoberg) and Asa Sjoberg. White Bliss sold for $240,000 at the 2013 Standardbred Horse Sale.

The colt prepped for his debut with three qualifiers at Pocono Downs. He was timed in 1:56.3 in the most recent, on Oct. 23.

(With files from HRC)

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