East Rutherford, NJ — The amateur pacers took center stage in the fifth race on Friday night (Oct. 23) and the race had tons of excitement.
Only one horse left hard for the lead, which is unusual in the amateur pace event and after a swift 26.4 first quarter, Pembroke Joey (Andrew Adamczyk) found himself on the lead.
He was able to sustain that lead into the stretch, but that is when the closers and the mayhem ensued. Captain Cut Throat (Matt Zuccarello), made a first over bid from mid-pack to take the lead in the stretch. He was quickly collared by horses coming from all angles and Prophet Blue Chip (Roy Marohn) locked wheels with Zuccarello and caused some confusion in mid-stretch.
That set up Mark Silva, the race winner, sitting behind Dramatic Point to get up in time by a length at 46-1 odds. Mcnulty Z Tam (Sam King) finished second, but was disqualified for going inside the pylons in the stretch and gaining an unfair advantage, and was placed last.
This moved up from third to second another long shot, Watchmeneighneigh (Tony Beltrami), Walks of Life (Marianna Monaco) was placed third.
In the end, there were nine horses that finished within 3 lengths of the winner, which made for an exciting stretch run. The exacta came back a walloping $1,550.80 for a $2 bet, the $2 trifecta paid $19,303.20 and the pentafecta for a 20-cent wager paid $12,626.60.
These were some of the largest payouts in recent memory if not the history of amateur racing and the public continues to wager strongly on these events. The 5- year old gelding is out of Somebeachsomewhere and is owned and trained by Mark Silva out of NJ himself.
The GSY Series will be set for next Friday night and the first post is scheduled for 7:15 p.m.