YOUNGSTERS Amigo Volo and Big Oil have sharpened their games by taking on their division’s best all season.
That preparation showed Monday at The Meadows when each captured a division of a $188,732 Pennsylvania Sires Stake for three-year-old colt and gelding trotters.
A respectable fourth from post 10 in the Hambletonian final, Amigo Volo had the easier time of it in the event known as the Super Bowl, zipping to the front for Dexter Dunn and winning pretty much as he pleased in 1:53.3. Hillexotic was a non-threatening second, three lengths back, with Patriarch Hanover third.
“He might have been a little flat last week, the week after the Hambo, but he was very sharp today,” Dunn said.
Nifty Norman trains the Father Patrick-Margarita Momma gelding, who now boasts a career bankroll of $820,719, for Pinske Stables and David J. Miller.
Big Oil also reached the Hambo final but lost all chance with early breaks. Although he’s been similarly frustrated in most of his biggest engagements this year, Andy Miller, who pilots him for trainer Julie Miller, maintains his confidence in the son of Father Patrick Cee Bee Yes.
“He’s got the ability if we can get him right; he showed that last year, and he showed a couple flashes this year,” he said. “Hopefully, he’s on the upswing. He has a lot of big races left.”
In the Super Bowl, Big Oil opened a sizable late lead, then held on to edge Chestnut Hill by a nose in 1:53, with Hell Patrol third. Big Oil races for trainer Nifty Norman and owners Jason Allen, Douglas Allen and Ronald Allen
Both winners apparently advanced to the $260,000 PASS Championship on September 6 at Harrah’s Philadelphia, although that won’t be confirmed until point totals are formally tallied.
- EVAN PATTAK