Plainville, MA — After two second-place finishes in the top class on the grounds, Rock Diamonds N drew inside and won the $25,000 Open Handicap pacing feature at Plainridge Park on Tuesday afternoon (May 17).
Rollinlikethunder (Jay Randall) tried a front-end move and out-hustled Bill Haley N (Matty Athearn) to the quarter in :26.3. Positions remained unchanged to the half, when Rock Diamonds N (Ron Cushing) pulled first-over and aggressively went after the leader.
Rollinlikethunder and Rock Diamonds N paced stride for stride up the backside and to three-quarters, where Rock Diamonds N put a head in front after a spirited :27.4 quarter. Incrementally increasing his lead as they moved around the final turn, Rock Diamonds N cleared at the top of the lane and pulled away to a 1-3/4-length victory over a fast-closing Always A Miki (Drew Monti) in 1:52.1.
It was the fourth win of the year for Rock Diamonds N ($12.20), who is owned by his driver, Ron Cushing, along with Kevin Sywyk. Heidi Gibbs trains the winner.
The fastest mile of the day came in the $20,000 Winners-Over pace, in which Patrickthepiranha A scored his second straight win in a seasonal best time.
Bruce Ranger grabbed the lead with Patrickthepiranha A at the quarter and, after backing the half down to :56, turned on the jets. As the field tried to keep up, Patrickthepiranha A stepped off back-to-back :27.1 panels and closed out the race by 2-1/2 lengths in 1:50.2.
It was the third win of the year for Patrickthepiranha A ($3.00) and Thestable Patrickthepiranha. Melissa Beckwith trains the winner.
The featured race for pacing fillies and mares on Tuesday was the $20,000 Winners-Over class, and second-time Plainridge starter Bettorb Chevron N got her first win in Massachusetts.
Matty Athearn left from post six with Bettorb Chevron N and dropped in third to stalk Probert (Bruce Ranger) through a casual :57.1 half. Bettorb Chevron N then came first-up and pushed a quick :27 third quarter before taking the lead in the stretch and holding off a late charge by Turnthefrownaround (Luke Hanners) to win by three-quarters of a length in a seasonal best 1:52.4.
It was the fifth win of the year for Bettorb Chevron N ($5.20) and owner William Hartt. Lance Hudson trains the mare.
Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Thursday (May 19) at 4 p.m. Free full past performance race programs for all live race days can be downloaded by visiting the track’s website and clicking the “Racing” tab.