Sheridan, Beltrami Win In AHDC Trots

Published: May 13, 2023 09:12 pm EDT

Yogi Sheridan and Tony Beltrami survived on the lead to take their respective $9,000 divisions of the American Harness Drivers Club (AHDC) Trot at Freehold Raceway on Saturday afternoon (May 13).

Sheridan placed himself on the point with King Cast past a :29.3 first quarter to pocket even-money favourite Finnick Odair (driven by Tony Beltrami). My Big Kadillac (Mike Polansky) pulled first over as King Cast cruised by a 1:00.2 half and he stayed at the pacesetter’s wheel to three-quarters in 1:30.2 before levelling off. King Cast began shortening stride in the lane while Finnick Odair dived inside and Cal Miles N Shell (John Calabrese) lunged down the center of the course. Fortunately for Sheridan, the line came in time to seal the victory by a neck in 2:01. Cal Miles N Shell took second with Finnick Odair settling for third and My Big Kadillac taking fourth.

Michael Posner owns and trains King Cast, a nine-year-old gelding by Current Cast. He paid $6.20 to win.

After failing from a pocket ride, Beltrami asserted his charge All Rise in the other division and cleared control after a :28.4 first quarter. All Rise led Brownie (James Slendorn) while Campbellini (Dante Scattolini) tried a first-over push to a :59 half. Campbellini began retreating up the backside, creating room for Lionhead (Yogi Sheridan) to pull off the pegs and challenge for the lead to three-quarters in 1:29.

All Rise held a two-length cushion rounding the final turn, though Lionhead loomed nearer as Sheridan sought a sweep of the afternoon’s divisions. Lionhead continued digging into All Rise through the stretch but “The Judge” held the head decision at the beam in a 1:59 mile. Vendor Bill (Maria De Bruijn) vaulted past horses to take third and Shoemaker Hanover (John Calabrese) took fourth.

Paul Fusco trains All Rise while Beltrami owns the six-year-old gelding by Conway Hall. The winner paid $14.40.

AHDC action is slated to return to Freehold Raceway on Friday, May 19 with a division of the AHDC Pace. First-race post time at Freehold is 12:30 p.m. (EDT).


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