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Armbro Chronicle In A Thriller


Published: March 8, 2010 9:24 pm ET

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Armbro Chronicle used last second heroics for driver Mike Saftic to take home top prize in Woodbine Racetrack’s $50,000 Open Trot on Monday evening. In fact, it took every inch of the seven-eighths mile oval for the Kent Baker-trained star to haul down an ultra-determined Define The World at the wire.

Define The World went toe-to-toe with Rose Run Hooligan into the opening turn before the latter claimed the lead at the quarter pole in a :27-second clip. As soon as that one crossed down to the pylons Define The World was hustled right back to the lead and he sprinted to the half-mile marker in :56.1.

Saftic, who was positioned in the middle of the pack with Armbro Chronicle, moved the career winner of $1.4 million off the pylons on the way to the half and prompted Define The World to the three-quarter pole in 1:25.3. Those two took went into sprint mode for the length of the stretch, and when the dust settled Armbro Chronicle poked his nose in front of Define The World when he hit the crossed the finish line in 1:54.1. Scorpion Moon enjoyed a ground-saving trip throughout the mile and finished third.

It was the second consecutive win in the Open Trot for Armbro Chronicle, who is owned by Baker and partners Jo Smith, Randy Fielder and Cal Patterson. The 40-time winner, who was an O’Brien Award finalist as Canada’s Older Trotting Horse of the Year in each of the last two seasons, has banked $1,456,952.

To view Monday’s results, click here.

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