Zuccarello powers in AHDC Pace

Freehold, NJ — Matt Zuccarello ground first-over with Snap Call and overpowered the pacesetter to land the spoils in the $9,000 American Harness Drivers Club (AHDC) Pace at Freehold Raceway on Friday afternoon (May 26).

Gaius Crastinus (driven by Anthony Verruso) took the top with pylon-starter Salvadors Sun (Paul Minore) pushing for the pocket to a :29.1 first quarter. Zuccarello raced fourth with Snap Call before sending his charge along the rim to march after Gaius Crastinus through a 1:00 half.

Snap Call closed up the backstretch to within a length of Gaius Crastinus as the field plodded toward three-quarters in 1:29.4. Gaius Crastinus continued battling to the inside until the pressure mounted too steep, and he gave way to Snap Call through the lane. Windsong Jack (Yogi Sheridan), the 9-5 favorite, rolled from second-over to secure second. Pocket sitter Salvadors Sun settled for third and Whata Twist (Jacob Stillwell) finished fourth.

Snap Call and driver Matt Zuccarello won Friday’s AHDC Pace at Freehold. Vicki Wright/World Wide Racing Photos.

Kubi Erzene trains Snap Call, a 5-year-old gelding by Shadow Play, for owner Winners Circle Racing LLC. He paid $6.00 to win.

AHDC action concludes for the spring on Saturday (May 27) with the consolation and final for the AHDC Trot. The consolation, going for $9,000, is carded as race 10 and the $15,000 final is carded as race 11 on the 11-race card.

First race post time at Freehold is 12:30 p.m. (EDT).

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