Delaware, OH — Fiftyfour K won Thursday’s $45,330 Standardbred Stakes for 2-year-old male trotters in 2:02 over a track labeled “good” at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in central Ohio. Just For Trix finished second and Summit City Sonny was third.
Fiftyfour K was second behind Takato through an opening quarter of :29 and half in 1:00 before being sent to the front by driver Yannick Gingras. He led the field to three-quarters in 1:30.4 and won by open lengths.
Pretender, the 3-5 favorite, was among three horses to go off stride in the early stages of the race.
Gingras drove Fiftyfour K, a son of Sebastian K S out of Westfiftyfirst for trainer Ron Steck. The colt was bred by Gary Condit. Steck and Condit are part of the ownership group, Here’s To Us Stable, with Jeffrey Breece.
Earlier this year, Fiftyfour K won a division of the Arden Downs, but he entered the Standardbred having gone off stride in three consecutive starts. Steck put a shadow roll on the colt for Thursday’s start.
“We raced him in (Pennsylvania) and he just had some issues seeing things,” Steck said. “So, I took a shot and put the shadow roll on, and he trotted.”
Fiftyfour K has won two of six races this year and earned $74,025.
He paid $8.20 to win as the 3-1 second choice.