Beltrami Bags ADHC Trot

Dark Pool
Published: February 17, 2024 08:51 pm EST

Tony Beltrami secured a cozy pocket ride with Dark Pool and pounced to paydirt in the $12,162 American Harness Drivers Club (AHDC) Trot at Freehold Raceway on Saturday afternoon (Feb. 17).

Starting from the pylon post, Beltrami pushed from the inside to snag a seat behind 6-5 favourite Lionhead (Yogi Sheridan) heading to the opening quarter in :30.1. Hammer Creek (John Calabrese), the second choice, loomed uncovered through the turn and applied pressure to Lionhead moving to the half in 1:00.3. Lionhead rebuffed the leg-weary challenger up the backside and coasted by three-quarters in 1:30.3 with just Dark Pool swelling on his back. Upon straightening, Dark Pool accelerated up the inside as Lionhead levelled off to grab a half-length win in 2:01.1 at odds of 10-1. Train (Paul Minore) sat a pylon trip to finish third and Allindotime (Bruce Baker) took fourth.
Paul Fusco trains and co-owns Dark Pool, an 11-year-old gelding by Cantab Hall, with Beltrami. He paid $22.20 to win.

AHDC action resumes at Freehold Raceway next Saturday, Feb. 24. First-race post time at Freehold is 12:30 p.m. (EST).

(American Harness Drivers Club)

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