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Beer Summit wins the 2012 Goodtimes Stakes
Beer Summit wins the 2012 Goodtimes Trot at Mohawk Racetrack
© Terence Dulay
The $351,000 Goodtimes Stakes featured a full field of ten 3-year-old trotters. 161-1 longest shot Gym Tan Laundry set the early pace of 27 1/5, 56 1/5, and 1:24 while 1 3/4 lengths in front of 36-1 Prayer Session in second. Gym Tan Laundry still led at the 1/8 pole, but was passed late, as 8-1 Beer Summit, 4th early, outfinished Prayer Session by 1/2 a length for the win in a track record equalling time of 1:52 2/5. It was just a neck back to pacesetter Gym Tan Laundry third.
Winning driver Ron Pierce said, "I had the horsepower. It helps to have the horse that's good enough to win the race. The trip worked out really well. I floated him out of there off the seven-hole, fell into the four-hole, picked up some very good cover and tipped him off the cover's back just before we straightened up. Mike did his job, he had him up on his toes, and (Beer Summit) had plenty of trot to the wire." Trainer Mike Vanderkemp added, "I thought we had one of the best horses and we just needed a trip."
Results chart Race 5