London, ON – The Wall and driver Joe Bongiorno posted an upset win in the C$157,000 second edition of the Camluck Classic Invitational on Friday night (May 31) at The Raceway.
Things got tense in the first turn as favourite Done Well and post-one starter Ideal Jimmy tussled for command with the latter getting roughed gaited and rolling off stride. The pacer caused confusion to Southwind Amazon who was in behind him and left Done Well to establish an easy lead.
In the meantime, stablemate Rockin Ron got away in the pocket position with The Wall settling away third in the :27 first quarter.
Done Well got an easy first half of :56 and it was at that point that The Wall began his move to the outside to challenge, pressing Done Well through three-quarters in 1:23.4.
The top pair were matching strides on the final turn with longshot Rockin Speed in close pursuit in third and poised in the second-over spot.
In the stretch, The Wall overtook the pacesetter and was able to fend off the late rush of Rockin Speed. Defending champion Rockin Ron came through for third with Done Well, who tired late to finish fourth, in the 1:52 mile.
The victory was the fourth of the season for the five-year-old gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere who went over the $178,000 in seasonal earnings and $400,000 lifetime for the J.L. Benson Stables Inc. of Florida and trainer Nick Surick.
The program wrapped up the 2019 Spring Meet at The Raceway with live racing scheduled to return to the London oval in October.