Hyway Marcus Takes RUS MidAtlantic Series Final

By Allan Schott for RUS MidAtlantic

(Fort Washington, MD) – The race unfolded differently but at the end the result was the same as Hyway Marcus was victorious Sunday evening (October 8) in the RUS MidAtlantic Monte Trotting Series Final at Rosecroft Raceway.  With the victory, Hyway Marcus completed the hat trick, sweeping the series.    

Determined not to let Hyway Marcus have his own way, One True Friend (Hillary Hartnett) powered to the front, parking Hyway Marcus to the first quarter with Keenan (Maria Buchanan) third, racing along the rail following the leader. Hartnett had her horse, the lone mare in the race, in front by one and a quarter length in a brisk :28.1 at the first station.

After being stung throughout the first quarter, Sascha Moczulski took Hyway Marcus to the front with One True Friend sitting second through middle fractions of :58.1 and 1:28.1 with the leader being two lengths in front at the three-quarter mark.  By this time Keenan was beginning to tire, six lengths behind the leader in third place. 

Once past the three-quarter marker, the all-to-familiar story played out as Hyway Marcus opened up on the field with a seven length lead at the top of the stretch to coast home in a final quarter of :31.4 to stop the teletimer in 2:00, seven and a half lengths over One True Friend who put the victor to task in the early portion of the race.  Closing from sixth at the three quarter mark was Catalyst (Stephanie Jacobs) finishing third another length behind.  Fourth, but placed fifth for violation of the breaking rule was Mr Protab while Pine Tab was elevated to fourth.  Keenan, paying the price for his early pace finished sixth.

With the victory, Hyway Marcus finished the season with a perfect three for three record and now has a lifetime RUS record of 8-6-1-0.  The six year old son of Gut Instinct is owned by Joseph Faraldo, Gilbert Teitel, and Charels Wittstruck.  Moczulski was the winning trainer.

RUS MidAtlantic would like to thank all its sponsors of the series, Back on Track, Knutsson Trotting, Miller Lite, Poulin Grain, in addition to numerous others.  Plans are already underway for the 2018 series.  Anyone interested in becoming a member of RUS MidAtlantic or a sponsor of the 2018 series may contact RUS MidAtlantic through their website.



Hyway Marcus Looks to Sweep in RUS MidAtlantic Series Finale

(Fort Washington, MD) – A field of six trotters will compete Sunday (October 8) evening in the RUS MidAtlantic Monte Series Final, being contested at Rosecroft Raceway.  The $5,000 race is headlined by Hyway Marcus, who won the first two legs of the series and is looking to complete the series sweep.  The tilt will go as a non-wagering event after the third race on the regular card with an estimated post time of 7:30pm. 

Hyway Marcus (post 2), is trained and ridden by Sasha Moczulski for new owners Joseph Faraldo, Gilbert Teitel, and Charles Wittstruck.  The six-year-old son of Gut Instinct has developed a reputation for being a star RUS trotter with a lifetime record of 7-5-1-0.  The horse has made only two starts this year under saddle, winning series legs at Ocean Downs and the Meadowlands with a seasonal mark of 1:59.4 set at the Meadowlands. 

Looking to be his main contender is Pine Tab (post 5), ridden by Helene Gregory.  The Nick Surick trainee in his first lifetime start was dueling Hyway Marcus in the stretch at the Meadowlands, getting to within a ¼ length when he went off-stride.  With a race under his belt, his connections are looking for an improved effort here.

Another contender is One True Friend (post 3) who finished second in the second leg of the series at the Meadowlands.  Since that effort, the lone mare in the race came in first at Saratoga, followed by second place finishes at Batavia and in the Elizabeth Miller Memorial at Monticello this past Monday. Hillary Hartnett is once again in the irons for trainer Wesley Miller.

Other horses in the race are Mr Protab (post 1, Emma Wahlberg) who won his lone start last year at Ocean Downs and looks to improve off a third-place finish at the Meadowlands in his seasonal debut.  Catalyst (post 2, Stephanie Jacobs) looks to improve with the return to the 5/8 mile oval after putting in a dull race at the Meadowlands.  Keenan (post 6, Maria Buchanan) finished second in his lifetime debut at Ocean Downs but jumped off before the start at the Meadowlands.  With a cleaner start, he may be in the thick of things late.

First race on the wagering card is slated for a 6:40pm post.



Hyway Marcus Repeats in Bill Weaver Memorial Trot

(East Rutherford, NJ) – Continuing where he left off at Ocean Downs, Hyway Marcus went wire to wire to win Saturday (September 9) night’s $5,000 Bill Weaver Memorial Trot, the second leg of the RUS MidAtlantic Monte Trotting Series at the Meadowlands Racetrack.  Trained and piloted by Sasha Moczulski, Hyway Marcus tripped the teletimer in 1:59.4, an 8 ½ length victory for owner Keith Pippa of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The race was closer than the result indicated as Pine Tab (Helene Gregory) was tracking the leader the entire mile to close within a quarter length of the winner in the stretch before he went off-stride, losing all chance.  One True Friend (Hillary Hartnett) finished second while Pine Tab  finished third but disqualified and placed sixth for the untimely miscue.  Mr Protab (Emma Wahlberg)  finished fourth but was elevated to the show spot.

Until the miscue, it was a two-horse race as Hyway Marcus and Pine Tab raced as a team to the quarter pole, hitting the first station in :28.2.  As they continued down the backstretch, Pine Tab decided to track the eventual victor, sitting a little more than three lengths behind the leader with The Franchise (Michelle Crawford) two lengths further back in third.  The half was reached in a brisk :58.

Continuing around the final turn, The Franchise broke stride as Pine Tab made up some ground to be within two lengths of the eventual winner who reached the third station in 1:28.2.  One True Friend took over the third position vacated by The Franchise.  Hyway Marcus continued to race strong despite the late onslaught by Pine Tab, determined not to be denied.   

With his victory, the six year old altered son of Gut Instinct is 2 for 2 this season with earnings of $4,600.  Lifetime, Hyway Marcus has compiled a 7-5-1-0 record with lifetime RUS earnings of $10,825.   Despite earning over $182,000 and a 1:53.3 race mark ‘in sulky’, it is clear racing under saddle is his specialty.

With only nine horses competing in the series, all of Saturday night’s starters are eligible to compete in the RUS MidAtlantic series finale on October 8 at Rosecroft Raceway.  Most of Saturday night’s starters are expected to return.

Hyway Marcus Looks to Repeat in Meadowlands RUS Series Leg

(East Rutherford, NJ) – A field of nine trotters will be facing the starter at the Meadowlands  Saturday evening, September 9 as Hyway Marcus looks to repeat in the $5,000 Bill Weaver Memorial Trot, the second leg of the RUS MidAtlantic Monte Series which will be contested as a non-wagering event after the third race on the evening program. 

In the first leg of the series, Hyway Marcus won comfortably in 2:02.1 at Ocean Downs, however four new horses will be joining the fray in addition to those returning from the August 20 race.  This week, the six year old son of Gut Instinct draws post position four and retains the services of Sash Moczulski as rider.

Looking to upend the first leg winner is The Franchise which is making his first purse start of the year after winning his qualifier at Saratoga back on August 11. The Franchise starts from post position two with Michelle Crawford looking to score a minor upset. 

Also looking to be a threat is Keenan (Maria Buchanan) who starts from post position seven.  Keenan finished second to Hyway Marcus in his last start and with an earlier move may be in the thick of things at the wire.  Catalyst (post six, Stephanie Jacobs) finished third in the first leg of the series but must be respected as it was his first RUS start in two years and had qualified ten days earlier in 2:01 at Ocean Downs. 

Pine Tab (post nine, Helene Gregory) was scratched sick out of the first leg but qualified in 2:00.1 back on June 12 at Gaitway Farms.  Being this is his first RUS purse start of his career, it will be interesting to see if he can return to his morning form. 

Making his first start of the season is fan favorite Funny Photo (post five) being ridden by owner Sophie Engerran.  With a lifetime record of 13-4-2-3 under saddle, he is a consistent horse.  Last time at the Meadowlands, Funny Photo was a far back second to Modest Prince in last year’s RUS America series at the Meadowlands where the North American race record of 1:56.3 was established.    

Also competing Saturday evening are returnees One True Friend (post one, Hillary Hartnett) and Admirable Hanover (post three, Vanessa Karlewicz) who are being joined by Mr Protab (post eight, Emma Wahlberg) who makes his 2017 debut.

The Bill Weaver Memorial Trot is in memory of breeder-owner William Weaver III who passed away earlier this year.  His forte was breeding trotters and he was a supporter of racing under saddle.

Post time Saturday evening is 7:15 PM.