Freehold, NJ – Last week Tony Beltrami got a late start with Broadway Bruiser, and although the veteran trotter finished with a rush, he was a nose short at the wire. But Saturday (Jan. 9), Beltrami kept his trotter in contention early and the 6-year-old altered son of Muscle Mass was not to be denied.
Along side the pacesetter, Wygant Prince (Paul Minore), Broadway Bruiser rallied late to win by three-quarters of a length in 2:02.1 in the $9,000 American Harness Drivers Club Trot at Freehold Raceway on a chilly Saturday afternoon (Jan. 9).
When the wings of the mobile gate folded, Minore sent his charge to the lead from the five-hole and had command at the first stanza as the timer flashed, :30. But no sooner did Minore grab leather, Beltrami was out and going forward with Broadway Bruiser.
As the leaders passed the halfway point in 1:01:1, they were one-two. At the three quarters, it was still Wygant Prince on the inside and Broadway Bruiser on the outside. When they turned for home, Broadway Bruiser was the stronger horse and took command to win in 2:02.1.
The 2-1 betting favorite, Masster Blue (Tony Verruso), had road trouble and didn’t shake loose until late so had to settle for the show dough.
Broadway Bruiser, owned by Joseph Scanio, James Cosenza, Bart Fooden and the HDS Stable, is trained Williams Hernandez. He paid $8.40 for win.