Warhorse Southwind Amazon eclipsed two milestones on Sunday (Jan. 22) at MGM Northfield Park.
The 13-year-old surpassed Breeze On J for fourth in all-time wins with his victory on Sunday night registering his 124th victory in his 328th lifetime start.
Winless in three starts this season, Southwind Amazon looked like a version of his old self on Sunday, winning an upper-level pacing event by a length.
Driver Billy Davis Jr. made the lead through the first eighth of a mile with Southwind Amazon but set a torrid pace early getting to the quarter in :26.3.
Coming to the half, Southwind Amazon didn’t face any challengers, allowing Davis to get a :28.4 breather. Heading into the clubhouse turn the final time, 2020 Carl Milstein Memorial winner Odds On Osiris tried to make a bid at the leader. Feeling the pressure, Davis stepped on the gas, opening to a two-length lead. But heading to the three-quarter pole in 1:23, Captainofrocknroll with Odds On Osiris in tow.
Turning for home, Southwind Amazon had more left in the tank to win in 1:52.3 over Almanac, who closed to be second, while Odds On Osiris settled for third.
“He’s been an absolute blast to train for seven years now; he is like my son,” said winning trainer Paul Holzman.
Southwind Amazon is owned by Ameer Najor.
In the $18,000 Open Pace on Sunday night, Bettor Than Spring returned to the winner’s circle for the first time since mid-December.
Leaving from post three, driver Billy Davis Jr. put Bettor Than Spring on the lead and was able to get to the quarter in a leisurely :27. Bettor Than Spring continued to set a leisurely pace getting to the half in :55.1 with Dancin Dragon, who had been parked from the word go pressuring the pace.
Moving up the backstretch, Davis kicked out the plugs and cruised to three-quarters in 1:23.2. Benefitting from outer-tier horses getting stacked up by a tiring Dancin Dragon, he turned for home with a 1-1/2-length lead. Through the stretch, One Last Laugh, Bronx Seelster and Bernie all took shots at Bettor Than Spring, who had more in the tank, winning by a half-length in 1:52.1.
Bettor Than Spring has now earned $586,414 for owner Thunder Racing Stables Inc and trainer Cory Kreiser.
Live racing resumes on Tuesday night (Jan. 24) at MGM Northfield Park with a first post of 6 p.m. (EST).