Big Days for Pelling, Siegelman at Freehold Saturday
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Drivers Jack Pelling and Austin Siegelman both had days to remember at Freehold Raceway this Saturday (October 31).
Pelling, the son of trainer Brett Pelling, won his first race as a driver in race 3, on Cote Keim-trained Jackamino. Sent off as the favorite from the inside post, Pelling kept Jackamino in the pocket early on, watching the action unfold in front of him. As they turned for home, Pelling steered his horse into clear sailing, and he won by 1 3/4 lengths.
Pelling, 25, got his provisional license earlier in the year, and began driving in qualifiers in June. He drove in his first pari-mutuel race last Friday at Harrah’s Philadelphia.
Siegelman, meanwhile, continued a scary good Halloween weekend. After winning four races at Freehold on Friday, he won four more on Saturday. He got his first win in dominant fashion, scoring on favored Haymitch in race 4 for trainer Vincent Stallworth. He then won race 7 on Bettor BB, surging late to win a four-horse photo. Scott DiDomenico was the winning trainer.
After that, Siegelman went back-to-back guiding Vasari to a strong win for owner/trainer Mike Posner. In the 12th race, Siegelman wrapped up the grand slam on Bill Height-trained Momma’s Artist.
Live racing resumes at Freehold on Friday (November 6), with a scheduled first post time of 12:30 PM.