Khaosan Road Sets Record In Bunker Hill Trot

Published: May 15, 2023 08:09 pm EDT

Fresh off his victory in the $137,775 Dexter Cup just nine days ago, Khaosan Road came right back and captured Monday afternoon’s $100,000 Bunker Hill Trot in track record time at Plainridge Park.

Herodotus (David Miller) flew off the gate and opened up a quick two-length lead before Scott Zeron and Khaosan Road came calling on the outside as they trotted by the quarter in :27. Khaosan Road cleared in front of the stands, but Miller was right back out with Herodotus and crossed over to retake the front before they hit the half. With the field in a loose line-up heading up the backside, Bright Expectation (Aaron Merriman) was the first to make a move and got to second in the breeze, locking Khaosan Road at the pegs. 

As they headed into the last turn, Herodotus opened up another two-length gap and as Bright Expectation faded, Khaosan Road had his opening and Inter Mischief (Kevin Switzer Jr.) followed right on his back. As they headed down the stretch, Herodotus still looked strong, but Khaosan Road was full of trot. Zeron gave him his head and then line-drove him to the wire to win by one length over the fast-closing Inter Mischief and Spitfire Oversees (Anthony Macdonald) in 1:53.3. The time was a new lifetime mark for the winner and also a new Plainridge Park track record for three-year-old trotting geldings. 

Khaosan Road (International Moni-Jewels In The Sand) remains unbeaten this year and his second consecutive stakes victory boosted his seasonal earnings to $118,887 for owners Knutsson Trotting and Little E LLC. Ake Svanstedt trains the winner.  He paid $12.40 to win.

Svanstedt also remains unbeaten in the Bunker Hill Trot. He trained last year’s winner Jonas KS, who with his effort, set a new track record of 1:53 for three-year-old trotting colts and also established the existing time standard for this stakes.

The former track record for three-year-old trotting geldings was 1:54 and it was both set and tied in 2021 by New Legacy and Blue Knight. 

The local feature was the $25,000 Winners-Over Trot and the heavily favoured Warrior One ($3) made every step a winning one for driver David Miller as he led at every station and held off a game Golden Kronos (Shawn Gray) in deep stretch in 1:55.2 to win his fourth race of the year. Warrior One is owned by Yannick Gingras and trained by Ron Burke. 

Live harness racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Tuesday at 4 p.m.

(Plainridge Park)

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