Santafes Appetite Sweeps Big M TrackMaster Series

Santafes Appetite
Published: June 22, 2024 02:36 am EDT

Santafes Appetite completed a three-race sweep of the TrackMaster Series for female pacers with a rating of 76.5 or less on Friday night, June 21 at The Meadowlands by using her usual late-closing kick.

The four-year-old daughter of Stay Hungry-Thesantafe Express took the $23,973 series finale to win for the fifth time in her last eight starts. She was piloted by Johnathan Ahle for trainer Pat Lachance.

Arriving at The Meadowlands after winning two straight at Pocono Downs, Santafes Appetite hit a rough patch, coming up short in three straight dashes at the mile oval, but she got her act back together by winning on June 7 and 14 in off-the-pace fashion, circling up three-wide from sixth off cover at three-quarters in both outings, which set her up well to extend her winning streak on Friday.

Departing from the rail in the seven-horse field, Ahle had ‘Santafe’ sitting fourth after Rags To Riches reached the quarter in :26.4 before she yielded the point to P L Portia at the half in a snappy :54.3.

“I was licking my chops when I saw how fast they went to the half,” said Ahle. “She always closes well.”

Just after Santafes Appetite vacated the rail after the half, Roma Amor popped out of the three-hole to provide live cover for the eventual winner as P L Portia took them past three-quarters in 1:22.2.

It was easy gravy from there, as Ahle tipped Santafes Appetite off her cover at the head of the stretch and rolled by her defenseless foes to win for fun by 1-1/4 lengths. Our Shell Belle was second with P L Portia holding third. The winning time of 1:50.3 was a lifetime best for Santafes Appetite, who lowered her previous mark by one and two-fifth seconds.

“She raced real big,” said Ahle. “The half in :54[.3] helped us out. She’s fun to drive.”

Owned by Edward De Rosa, Santafes Appetite upped her lifetime numbers to nine wins from 35 starts, good for earnings of $91,332.

Ahle was the heavyweight champ of the driver colony with three wins on the program. Lachance led the trainers with two walks down victory lane.

The 20-cent Pick-6 failed to yield a winning ticket, setting up a carryover of $3,440 for Saturday. Those with five correct selections collected $143.34.

The 11th race 10-cent Hi-5 (or Pentafecta, if you prefer) was not hit after 24-1 shot Caribbean Sports pulled off an upset, creating a carryover of $15,253 for Saturday’s 11th race.

All-source handle totalled $2,480,227 USD on the 14-race card.

Racing resumes on Saturday at 6:20 p.m.

(Meadowlands Racetrack)

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