Shadow Play clocks personal best, wins at the Meadowlands

Doug Harkness
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CHARLOTTETOWN - Shadow Play shocked a crowd of 25,000 attending the Hambletonian race card at The Meadowlands on Saturday, beating Mister Big and a group of the world's top aged pacers in the US$328,750 pacing championship.
The mile was in 1:47.4, a new personal best for the four-year-old stallion trained by Dr. Ian Moore of Winsloe, P.E.I., who co-owns the horse with RG?McGroup Ltd. of Bathurst, Serge Savard of St. Bruno, Que. and Blue Chip Bloodstock of Wallkill, N. Y.
Shadow Play, who has been troubled with foot problems, came up with a powerful performance, streaking to the front for driver David Miller in the opening quarter of 27 seconds before yielding to Bettor Sweet before the 54 second opening half.
Miller angled Shadow Play off the pylons to follow the favoured Mister Big at the 1:21.2 third station and paced away from his rivals in the lane, winning by two lengths.
Mister Big finished second ahead of Won The West.
The victory pushed Shadow Play's earnings past the $1.5-million mark in his career and was his first major victory of his four-year-old season.
Shadow Play paid $30.00.
The win thrilled the cheering crowd at the simulcast theatre at the Charlottetown Driving Park Entertainment Centre where Lee Drake, director of public relations, said the track did a $50,000 day of business.
Meanwhile, Canadian-trained Muscle Hill delivered as expected in the US$1.5 million Hambletonian.
The dominant three-year-old trotting colt cruised to a six-length victory in record time.
An overwhelming 1-5 favourite - trained by Greg Peck of Sydney Mines and driven by American Brian Sears - Muscle Hill led all the way from the rail in the mile trotted in 1:50.20, erasing the Hambletonian mark of 1:51.20 set by Glidemaster in 2006.
Muscle Hill extended his winning streak to 13 - five this season - in the richest race of the year in harness racing. He lost his first race and is undefeated since.
After moving the colt to the early lead, Sears didn't have much to do as the Muscle Hill trotted the competition into submission.
- With Canadian Press files

Organizations: The Meadowlands, McGroup Ltd. of Bathurst, Charlottetown Driving Park Entertainment Centre

Geographic location: CHARLOTTETOWN, Wallkill, N. Y., Sydney Mines

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