Izzy Demsky, Spruce Creek Win Lady Suffolk Divisions
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Each of the two divisions of the Lady Suffolk trot at Freehold Raceway on Saturday (May 1) featured an odds-on favorite. In both cases, the odds-on favorite went down in defeat, as Izzy Demsky and Spruce Creek prevailed in their respective divisions.
In the first division, Illuminata, for trainer/driver Ake Svanstedt, was the 3/5 favorite in the seven-horse field. Izzy Demsky, a three-time winner in the Excelsior A series last summer, was 7/2. Svanstedt put Illuminata on the lead early as she cruised through fast fractions. Although she looked clear turning for home, she grew leg-weary in the last eighth, and Izzy Demsky surged by her tired rival to win by two lengths in 1:58.4.
Izzy Demsky is owned by Courant Inc, trained by Marcus Melander, and driven by Mattias Melander. In her career, she’s now won four times from nine starts, with earnings of over $50,000.
Jula Shines On, also trained by Svanstedt, got up for second, while Illuminata was third. The Queen B, Victoriana, Just Joshing, and Lilybet completed the order of finish in the first division.
In the second division, Ron Burke trainee Hot As Hill was the overwhelming 2/5 favorite in the field of seven. However, while on the lead at the three-eighth point, she made a costly break. While Joe Bongiorno quickly got her back trotting, she was parked on the outside and lost precious ground.
Julie Miller-trained Alpine, with driver Andy Miller, inherited the lead as a result, and turned for home with the lead. However, 15/1 longshot Spruce Creek, who was rated on the pylons the whole way by Dan Dube, stormed up the outside late to win by 2 1/2 lengths, in 1:58.
Spruce Creek is owned by Robert Don and Yolanda Fellows, and Erna Corbeil, and trained by Ron Coyne Jr. She’s now won four times from eleven career starts, with earnings of more than $60,000. Three of those wins have come at Freehold.
Alpine, Insured Am S, Move Over Some, Hot As Hill, Presto, and Big Sky Suprise rounded out the order of finish.
Live racing at Freehold resumes on Friday (May 7), starting at about 12:30 PM.