Freehold, NJ — The old adage ‘when you’re hot you’re hot’ could easily apply to driver John Calabrese after he scored his second consecutive driving victory in the $9,000 American Harness Drivers Club series trot at Freehold Raceway on a sunny Saturday afternoon (Nov. 21).
Unlike last week when Calabrese used a pocket trip to score a 1:59.3 victory with Shoemaker Hanover today he put Ooh Rah on the engine and used the front-end route for a solid 1:58.1 triumph
Having great credentials and starting from the three-hole, Ooh Rah took “all the money” when the attending crowd sent the trotter away at odds-of 1-5 …and none of his backers were disappointed.
When the starter released the field Calabrese sent Ooh Rah immediately to the lead and they had command when the quarter mile timer flashed :28.4. From there it was little more than a buggy ride for Calabrese as Ooh Rah passed the half-way point in :58.2 and they had no challenges up the backside and past the three quarters in 1:28.1. In the lane Ooh Rah was on cruise control all the way to the wire and scored an easy 1-1/2 length triumph over 53-1 shot Can Do, who was driven by Joe Lee. Third place went to 13-year-old Wygant Prince, driven by Paul Minore
Ooh Rah is owned by Kathleen La Montagne and Donald La Montagne and trained by Kathleen La Montagne. He returned a paltry $2.40 for win.