Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Big Closing Day Handle at Fort Erie

Fort Erie wrapped up their 2014 season today with a ten race card and a lot of money bet.

       Handle for today's races totaled $1,140,193, the biggest handle of the meet after Prince of Wales day. Average field size was 8.7. The featured race of the day was the two mile and 70 yard marathon "Tour de Fort," a $10,000 starter allowance event which has become a closing day tradition. 55-1 shot Brite Sabbeth blew up the tote board after romping by 32 1/2 lengths, paying $113.50 to win.

     Kirk Johnson took the leading rider title easily, with 42 wins in 213 starts. Finishing second in the jockey standings was Melanie Pinto with 29 wins, with Juan Crawford finishing third with 28. Leading trainer was John Simms, who notched 24 victories in 62 starts. Ken Albu came second with 21, and George Newland finished third with 18.

    Congratulations to Fort Erie on a great 2014 season! Total handle numbers will be posted on this blog once I have them.

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