Ken Casellas | Photo: Gloucester Park Harness Racing
Diminutive but well muscled mare Fifty Five Reborn took full advantage of the coveted No. 1 barrier to bounce back to top form with an all-the-way victory in the 2130m Etch Coatings Mobile Sandblasting Pace — after finishing 11TH, eighth and ninth at odds of $81, $101 and $51 at her three previous outings after resuming from a spell.
“The barrier definitely helped,” said Dylan Egerton-Green after driving the Colin Brown-trained Fifty Five Reborn, the $3.20 second fancy, to her easy win by more than two lengths over Sahara Storm ($12), with Fifty Five Reborn’s stablemate American Arma ($10) a half-length farther back in third place.
“She got away with what she had to (a slow lead time of 38.2sec. and opening quarters of 31.4sec. and 30sec.) before running away from her rivals (with smart final 400m sections of 27.7sec. and 28.2sec.).”
The win ended a losing sequence of eleven and improved Fifty Five Reborn’s record to 53 starts for 15 wins, six placings and stakes of $208,525.