K J Todd last to first in Ocean trot

Berlin, MD — Pamela Wagner’s homebred K J Todd braved the elements and circled his six foes with a sweeping last-to-first move in Wednesday’s (May 29) $12,000 Open Handicap Trot at Ocean Downs, and in the act scoring a fifth win in his last six races.

K J Todd overtook all six of his rivals en route to victory in Wednesday’s Open Handicap Trot. K. Moyer Photography.

Victor Kirby, who shuttled south to Ocean solely to drive K J Todd after a pair of drives earlier in the day at Harrington Raceway, got away last with K J Todd as Creekside Pete (Corey Braden) controlled early fractions of :28.1 and :58.

The 4-year-old Trixton gelding angled off the pegs with nine-sixteenths of the mile remaining and caught mild cover from Black Hope (Cole Olsen) through the clubhouse turn. Then, in his customary style, K J Todd vaulted around cover midway up the backstretch and headed Creekside Pete midway on the final turn before edging clear to win by a widening length in 1:56.3. Coventry Hall (Trae Porter) saved second from the pocket; Creekside Pete faded to third.

John Wagner trains K J Todd, who has now won seven of 16 races this season and has amassed 12 lifetime wins. He paid $6.40 to win.

William Carter led all drivers with four wins on the card; Johnathan Ahle notched a hat trick. On the training side of the ledger, Stacey McLenaghan recorded a double.

Racing at Ocean Downs resumes Sunday (June 2) with a 13-race card; first post is 7:05 p.m.

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