Plainville, MA — As the skies opened up and a downpour ensued, Rollinlikethunder fittingly won the $20,000 Winners Over pacing feature at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (Aug. 22).
Hespoisedtopounce A (Drew Monti) left and led to the quarter in :26.2 before Rollinlikethunder (Jay Randall) advanced outside to claim the point. However, as soon as he crossed over, Hespoisedtopounce A came right back and retook command.
After hitting the half in :55 and three-quarters in 1:23.2, Rollinlikethunder tipped out from the pocket and came right at the leader in the last turn. Hespoisedtopounce A still had the lead but Rollinlikethunder kept chipping away. Just before the wire Rollinlikethunder took the lead by a length over a fast-closing Mansome (Kevin Switzer Jr.), Hespoisedtopounce A and Points North (Brett Beckwith) and won in a seasonal best time of 1:52.1.
It was the third win of the year for Rollinlikethunder ($6.20) who is owned by Rick Cortese and Donald Hawk. Jimmy Nickerson, who had two wins on the card, trains the gelding.
Randall also drove the winner of the $15,000 upper condition secondary feature, Higherthananeagle A.
Leaving from post four, Higherthananeagle A went right to the front and led the entire race by a gapped advantage. He went a quick :26.3, :54.1 and 1:21.1 and headed into the last turn on top by three lengths. Heading down the lane, Higherthananeagle A was all by himself and cruised home on top by 2-1/4 lengths in a new lifetime mark of 1:50.1.
It was the fourth straight win and sixth overall of the season for Higherthananeagle A ($4.20) and owners Harmon Racing Stable, Lightning 5 Racing Stable, Joel Kahan and Diamond Racing Stable. Rob Harmon was the winning trainer.
Other drovers with multiple winners on Monday were Kevin Switzer Jr. with three and Bruce Ranger with two.
Live racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Tuesday afternoon (Aug. 23) at 4 p.m. Free full past performance race programs for all live race days can be downloaded by visiting the track’s website at plainridgeparkcasino.com and clicking the “Racing” tab.