On Wednesday (June 2), Camwood ($4.80) reclaimed the title as the best pacer on the grounds of Monticello Raceway by virtue of his win in the $6,700 Open Pace.
Starting from the rail and making his Monticello Raceway debut, Brocks Fortune (Brett MacDonald) was fastest off the gate and took the field to the quarter pole in :27.3. First to move approaching the half and starting the outer flow was Cool Blues Man (Cory Stratton), followed by last week’s Open winner, Lacarmeliana. Brocks Fortune led past the half in :57.2. Down the backside, Camwood started his move with Brocks Fortune still showing the way, taking the field to the three-quarters in 1:26.1. At the top of the stretch, pacesetter Brocks Fortune began to tire slightly as Bruce Aldrich and Camwood overtook him to score by a head in 1:55.4. Finishing second was Cool Blues Man, and Brocks Fortune hung on for third.
It was Camwood’s fourth win in the Open class and seventh win for the season, bringing his seasonal earnings to $27,953. Camwood, a seven-year-old gelded son of Woodstock, is owned by George Dremonas of Oak Lawn, Ill., and is trained by Chris Petrelli. Currently, Petrelli is in third place for leading dash winning trainers at Monticello Raceway.
In the $6,000 North American Amateur Driving Association race, Alan Schwartz scored aboard Raceace ($7.20) in 2:00.1. Also on the card, leading dash winning driver Mike Merton drove three winners and Kyle DiBenedetto and Shane Taggart each had a driving double.