14-1 Upset In Meadows Top Trot

TSM Photo Bugger, a perennial fan favourite who had struggled recently when facing elite company at the Meadows, ended his frustration Saturday (January 28) when he pulled off a 14-1 upset in the $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot.

TSM Photo Bugger had performed well in conditioned races, but last won a Preferred event more than 11 months ago. That all changed Saturday when the 10-year-old SJs Photo-Rewarding Wink gelding followed live cover, swung wide through the ‘sloppy’ stretch and triumphed for Mike Wilder in 1:56. Trustworthy Kid shot the ‘Lightning Lane’ for second, two and three-quarter lengths back, while Barn Girl, the only mare in the field, lacked racing room and settled for show.

Karen Fread trains TSM Photo Bugger, who now boasts $629,667 in career earnings, for owner/breeder Ted Tomson.

Aaron Merriman piloted three winners on the 12-race card, while Dan Rawlings and trainer Dirk Simpson teamed for a pair of victories.