Winning Mister hadn’t raced since December 13, but he was adding Lasix. The public wasn’t certain what that combination might mean, sending him off a middling 9-2. But Dick Stillings was sure.
He hustled Winning Mister to the front in a conditioned trot Wednesday at The Meadows, and the six-year-old son of Angus Hall-Winning Missbrenda didn’t stop until he established a track record of 1:52.4. That shattered the old mark of 1:54.1 for older stallion trotters held jointly by Superfast Stuart, Voila American and Speed Bomb. It also is the fastest mile this year by an older trotting stallion on a five-eighths-mile track.
Fractions for the record-setting mile were :27.1, :55.1 and 1:23.1. Rich Gillock trains Winning Mister, who now boasts $797,944 in career earnings, for owner/breeder Bob Key.
Greg Grismore drove four winners while Randy Tharps and Stillings each fashioned a three-bagger on the 15-race card.