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Mambo Lindy Repeats; Six For Merton

Published: June 22, 2017 9:00 pm ET

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It’s the same old story, but one his connections won’t soon tire of. Mambo Lindy spotted the field seven lengths before roaring back to notch another victory at Plainridge Park as he won Thursday’s $17,000 Open Handicap.

Mambo Lindy (Greg Merton) got away last in the field of seven as Mistress Valentine (Mark Eaton) rolled down the road in :27 and :55.2 with her followers strung out behind. At that station, Tag Up And Go (Chris Long) pulled first-over and Mambo Lindy followed in step.

Halfway up the backstretch Mistress Valentine got foul-gaited and broke stride, leaving the pocket-sitting Guiltywithanexcuse (Jim Hardy) with the lead. Outside of him, the tiring Tag Up And Go had enough forcing Mambo Lindy to tip three-deep. When Merton made that move, Mambo Lindy was flying and took that momentum down the stretch. As Merton had already tucked the whip, Mambo Lindy cleared and drew off by three to the easiest kind of win in 1:53.3.

It was the fourth straight feature trot win for Mambo Lindy ($3.40) at Plainridge Park and it expanded his bank account for the year to $32,000. The six-year-old gelded son of Donato Hanover is owned by Greathorse of Hampden, Massachusetts and is trained by Frank Antonacci.

Mambo Lindy is eligible to the $250,000 Spirit of Massachusetts Trot at Plainridge Park on Friday (July 28) and would certainly have the home field advantage in that race as a starter.

Mambo Lindy was only one highlight of Merton and Antonacci’s day as both horsemen put up lofty numbers on the afternoon.

Greg Merton posted another six-win day, extending his dash driving lead over Kevin Switzer to 31. Merton finished first with Only Passing Thru ($2.40, 1:55.4), World Of Lindy ($4.60, 2:00), Mambo Lindy ($3.40, 1:53.3), Northern Nandi ($9.40, 1:58.1), City Pie ($3.40, 1:53.2) and Waiting On A Woman ($4.60, 1:56).

His 1:55.4 win with Only Passing Thru in the second race tied the track record for three-year-old trotting colts set by Backstage Pass (Eddie Davis, Jr.) on May 4 of this year.

Merton now boasts a gaudy 86 wins for this meet, 31 ahead of his 2016 total to this point when he won a track record 229 times. If he were to keep up this pace he would end up with 314 wins at this session.

Frank Antonacci started three of his Lindy Farm trainees (Only Passing Thru, World Of Lindy and Mambo Lindy) and watched as all of them bested their fields. Antonacci now has 18 training wins out of 26 starts this meet, giving him a 65% win percentage.

Other horsemen with notable performances were Chris Long with a driving double and Kyle Spagnola that had a training pair of wins.

Live racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Friday at 4 p.m. The Wicked Hi-5 Pentafecta carryover for Friday is $2,265.42 and that wager is available only
in the sixth race.

(Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts)


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