Plainville, MA — Last week, Unlikeanyother scored a career best 1:51.4 win in a runaway effort at Plainridge Park. On Friday (Sept. 11), he one-upped himself while taking the featured $12,000 pacing event for 5-year-olds and under at Plainridge.
Bruce Ranger directed Unlikeanyother to the front as usual and the 4-year-old gelded son of Pet Rock and Scootin Mercedes opened up a quick two-length margin in :26.3. With no opposition at all, Ranger backed down the second panel to :29.1 and then proceeded to three-quarters in 1:24. Unlikeanyother immediately opened up a three-length gap and paced around the last turn all by himself. With the stick tucked, Ranger line-drove Unlikeanyother to the line in a swift but easy 1:51.3 win and took a second consecutive lifetime mark.
Now two-for-two, Unlikeanyother ($4.20) is undefeated since coming to the Commonwealth, much to the delight of his owner, Jim Winske. Melissa Beckwith trains the winner.
Ranger and Beckwith also teamed up to win with Rural Art (1:53.3, $16.00), giving them each a double for the day.
Matty Athearn also scored two driving wins Friday.
Racing resumes at Plainridge Park this week on Sunday (Sept. 13) with post time at 2 p.m. Plainridge will now race four days a week — Sunday, Monday, Thursday and Friday — for the next seven weeks, through Oct. 31. Post time for all racing days is 2 p.m.
Preliminary legs of the Massachusetts Sire Stakes will take place on Sept. 27, Oct. 4 and Oct. 18, and the finals will be held on Oct. 26. For more information on these stakes, please log on to the the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts website.