Yonkers, NY (Sports Network) - Odds-on favorite Roll With Joe put away the competition at the top of the lane to easily win Saturday's $401,000 Messenger Stakes at Yonkers Raceway. The Messenger is the final leg of pacing's Triple Crown.
Trained by Ed Hart, Roll With Joe settled into second behind Mojo Terror through the first half-mile of the mile pace for three-year-olds. Driver Ron Pierce got the 1-20 favorite into the lead on the backstretch and the two proceeded to leave the five rivals behind.
Roll With Joe left no doubt about who was the best horse in the race as he cruised to an eight-length victory over Sea Venture followed by Sir Ziggy's Tam, Keystone Velocity, Mojo Terror and Rollwithitharry.
The time for the mile pace was 1:52 4/5.
Roll With Joe, co-owned by breeder Winbak Farm, Blue Chip Bloodstock, Stephen Demeter and Not To Worry Stable, recorded his sixth win in 14 starts this year and adds $200,500 to his bankroll. The winner of the Meadowlands Pace has career earnings of $1,649,725 with eight wins in 23 starts.
"He's been the leading money-winning standardbred all year long," the winning trainer said. "He's been right there every week. He raced early on; I think the only (race) we missed was the New Jersey Classic because he cut himself. He's been there all year long and he's been very good. I don't see anyone ahead of him myself. He's the three-year-old leader to me."
Along with the Meadowlands Pace the colt won the Battle of the Brandywine and was second in last month's Breeders Crown race for three-year-old male pacers and the Little Brown Jug. Roll With Joe was sixth in the Cane Pace as the 3-5 favorite.
Roll With Joe paid $2.10 for the win. There was no place or show wagering.
Betterthancheddar won the first jewel of the Triple Crown, the Cane Pace, and Big Bad John won the middle race, the Little Brown Jug. No Pan Intended was the last Triple Crown champ in 2003.
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