Monticello, NY---The undisputed King of the Passover Pace is Alan Schwartz, who picked up his fourth win in the coveted "Race for the Matzos" Monday (April 13) at Monticello Raceway.
After a recall, the race started off with both Terry's Girl Pearl and May Night both making breaks before the gate left, leaving them both out of contention. As the gate left, Peter Kleinhans went right to the lead aboard All Perfect, taking the field past the quarter in a brisk 28.2.
Past the paddock turn, Austin Siegelman pulled the favorite, Pen Drop, to the outside. Following him with live cover was Schwartz and Rattle N Shake. Pen Drop was parked at the half in 58.1 and began to fade on the backstretch.
Schwartz put Rattle N Shake into motion as All Perfect took the field past the three-quarter marker in 1:28.4. At the top of the stretch, Rattle N Shake overtook All Perfect, prevailing by two lengths over Dave Yarock and Sitinthemorninsun.
A jubilant Schwartz in the winners said, "I was hoping that I could hold off Dave Yarock.” When told that he is the undisputed king of wins in the Passover Pace, he replied, “Mazel Tov.”
Rattle N Shake, a 4-year-old mare by Dream Away, is owned and trained by Ruth Calcagni.
Prior to post time, Aruba Sunset was scratched, denying Derick Giwner his opportunity to compete in the race.