Swedish Starlet N takes mark in Plainridge Open

Plainville, MA — Swedish Starlet N brought her A-game to Plainridge Park on Tuesday afternoon (May 28) and went gate to wire in the $20,000 Fillies and Mares Open Handicap Pace and took a new lifetime mark in the process.

Matty Athearn left like a shot with Swedish Starlet N and led to the quarter in :26.3. The field remained in single file until Booraa N (Ron Cushing) pulled first-over and advanced on the backstretch. After passing three-quarters in 1:24, Swedish Starlet N turned back Booraa N’s challenge but still had the tripping Alittlesidehustle N (Drew Campbell) to deal with. As they straightened for home, Alittlesidehustle N moved out to challenge, but Swedish Starlet N was up to the task and paced home on top by three lengths in 1:52.1, which was a new career best.

Swedish Starlet N sped clear of her rivals to win Tuesday’s featured distaff pace at Plainridge Park. Tom Melanson photo.

It was the sixth win of the year for Swedish Starlet N ($9.60), who is owned by Tim Bojarski and Tony Gruppo and trained by Jimmy Nickerson.

It was the third driving win of the day for Athearn and second training win of the card for Nickerson.

In the $17,000 conditioned pace for 5-year-olds and under, Premier Rocker (Matty Athearn) got away sixth as 52-1 shot Heart Of Rock (Bruce Ranger) tripped the clocks at :27.3, :56.1 and 1:23.3. But positions soon changed as Athearn tipped Premier Rocker from third-over in the turn to the middle of the track in the stretch. From there, Premier Rocker bolted to the front by two lengths to take the win in 1:51.4, which was a new lifetime mark.

Premier Rocker ($9.40) is owned by Milton Vickerson and trained by Zachary Vickerson.

Kevin Switzer Jr. joined Athearn with three driving wins on Tuesday while Zach Gray matched Nickerson with two training victories.

Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Thursday (May 30) with post time at 4 p.m.

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