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Thursday, October 17, 2013


There’s something eerie concerning a final winning time of 1:57.1  here at Monticello Raceway especially when it comes to 3 year old trotting geldings. 

Three 3-year old geldings co-hold that track record standard and one, Ex King, again equaled that time yesterday (Oct. 16) when Dan Daley hustled him to his second Mighty M victory in the exact time of 1:57.1.

That  record first occurred on June 25, 2007 when Cat Manzi won with Green Day in that identical time. Then last year, on August 17, 2012, Jimmy Morrill, Jr. guided Gaelic And Garlic home first in  1:57.1 to share the record. Then, Ex King and driver Dan Daley, matched the standard this year on September 17 when they  won a leg of the Excelsior Stakes  again in the identical time. Now yesterday (October 16)  Ex King and Daley did it again.

Obviously a coincidence but  it seems strange that the winning time of 1:57.1 is so popular with 3 year old trotting geldings at the Mighty M.

On Wednesday afternoon  Ex King was the odds-on favorite in the trotting feature here  and Daley sent the altered son of Excalibur to the lead. They    trotted by the first quarter in :29 and they  had command at the halfway point in :59.1.

Up the backside Ex King began to open daylight on Famous Dude (Zeke Parker) who settled in the two hole early on. At the three quarters the lead was two lengths which was opened to three coming off the final turn and Ex King coasted home a four-length winner over Famous Dude.

When Daley was  contacted in the paddock after the race he  said that Ex King was heading to the Harrisburg  sale.

“The owners entered him  (Ex King) in the Harrisburg Sale and this is his final start before he  is to be sold at auction,” Daley said.  “ I wanted to send him to the sale  looking as good as possible and now his two 1:57 (.1) wins on a half mile track  should help elevate his price.”

Trained by Daley for the Bay Pond Racing Stable of Paoli, Pa.,  Ex King paid $3.30 for win.