Lifetime best for Dazzling Lindy in Plainridge trot

Plainville, MA — The Massachusetts-bred 3-year-old Dazzling Lindy (Crazed-Lindy On The Rocks) escaped an impossible spot and rallied to win the $12,000 conditioned race for at Plainridge Park on Friday afternoon (Aug. 21).

Dazzling Lindy escaped traffic and posted a new lifetime mark in the Plainridge Park trotting feature on Friday. Tom Melanson photo.

Jake G’s Champion (Kevin Switzer Jr.) was the early master of fractions, marching the field to the half in :58.2. Passing that station, Dixie Slippers (Wally Watson) pulled first-over and advanced towards the leader by three-quarters while Just Dreamin (Mike Stevenson) and Southwind Surge (Mitchell Cushing) followed behind outside. At this point, Dazzling Lindy (Drew Monti) was locked up fifth at the pylons.

As they headed around the last turn, Dixie Slippers opened up a length lead and Dazzling Lindy was able to get off the pylons and swing three-deep at the head of the stretch. Heading towards the wire, Dixie Slippers was trotting inside, Just Dreamin was in the middle and Dazzling Lindy was on the grandstand side, and all three were charging hard. Just before the wire, the leader tired and Dazzling Lindy out-trotted Just Dreamin to win by a half length in 1:55.4, which was a new lifetime mark.

It was the second win in three 2020 starts for Dazzling Lindy ($5.40), who is owned by Lindy Farms of Connecticut and trained by Domenico Cecere. Dazzling Lindy is eligible to compete in the Massachusetts Sire Stakes which start in late September.

In the $10,500 secondary trotting feature, Dial A Chic (Joe DiStefano) was overlooked at the windows but took full advantage of a class drop and scored again at Plainridge by going gate to wire in 1:55.4 in a convincing performance. Dial A Chic ($18.80) scored his third win in the last four starts for owner DiStefano and Son Stable and trainer John DiStefano.

Plainridge’s defending driving champion Mitchell Cushing scored a natural hat trick in races two through four on Friday to lead all drivers for the day. Drew Monti and Kevin Switzer Jr. also scored two driving wins each. Two winners also emanated from the stable of trainer John DiStefano.

With seven weeks of the meet now completed, the current race for top driving honors has one of the best competitions in progress that Plainridge Park has seen in many years. After Friday’s races, Drew Monti is the current leader with 31 wins, followed by Mitchell Cushing with 27, Shawn Gray with 23, Bruce Ranger with 22 and Kevin Switzer Jr. with 20.

The same can be said about the trainer standings that currently shows Mike Girouard and Joe Nelson in a tie for first with 11 wins apiece, followed by Domenico Cecere with 10, Randy Bickmore with nine and Mike Graffam with eight.

Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (Aug. 24) with post time at 4 p.m.

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