Greg And Flex Garner Victory

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Published on September 10 2012 3:10 pm
Last Updated on September 10 2012 3:10 pm
Written by Millie Lange

The countdown to Illinois biggest night of harness racing, Super Night 2012, began in earnest Saturday, September 8 as 12 eliminations for five of the eight championship tilts were contested.

A total of 15 two-year-old pacing fillies were sent postward in a pair of $15,000 eliminations for next week's $188,000 (est.) Filly Orange & Blue final to get the night started.

In the second split driver Mike Oosting scored for the third time on the night, this time guiding Sawgrass Farms & Perry Smith's Greg And Flex to a three-length victory in 1:54.2.

Confidently handled by the newest inductee to the 5,000 win club, the gelded son of Duneside Perch-Smashing Alberta moved first over on the far turn. Swallowing up the pace setting  Bazooka (Ryan Anderson) at the top of the stretch, the Smith trained youngster then turned on the jets as he cruised to his first lifetime score.

"He's a nice gutsy horse who has just had some soundness issues and some bad luck," said Oosting. "I didn't want to be first over with him again tonight but that's the way it worked it out. Once I realized that's the way we were going to have to do it, I just let him float up to the leader and then he just took off when we hit the top of the stretch."

Entrymate Shotgun Shack (Kyle Wilfong) turned in a solid effort to finish second while Ready (Josh Sutton) was third.

(Kurt Becker information and story)