GOSHEN – It was just the first start of Thirty Two Red’s career, but trainer/driver Ray Schnittker was impressed.
Thirty Two Red won a $7,235 division of the Landmark Stakes for 2-year-old male pacers at Historic Track by 5-1/2 lengths over Story Book in a track-record 1:56.3. The time shaved a full second off the previous record.
“He was real good,” Schnittker said about Thirty Two Red, who used a 27.4-second final quarter-mile to put the finishing touch on his record performance. “They go so fast, the pacers, but (1):56 at this place is pretty good and we were kind of walking until halfway around the last turn.”
Schnittker’s stable, which is based at Historic Track, won six of the day’s 12 Landmark Stakes races as the opening of the Grand Circuit meet got under way in Goshen.
Thirty Two Red is a son of Bettor’s Delight out of the mare Sakura Hanover. He was purchased as a yearling for $70,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale and his family includes past stakes-winning stars such as Glowing Report, Must See and Perfect Union.
“He’s got the breeding to go all the way,” said Schnittker, who owns the colt with Ted Gewertz, Steven Arnold and Mal and Janet Burroughs. “I think he’s a real horse. Time will tell.”
Schnittker’s other winners included 3-year-old filly pacer Hayworth Blue Chip, who won a $14,090 division of the Landmark Stakes after finishing fourth in a division of the New York Sire Stakes at Yonkers Raceway.
Other winners from the Schnittker Stable were 3-year-old colt pacer Station Threeohsix, 3-year-old filly trotter Lima Playmate, 2-year-old filly trotter Daytona Blue Chip and 2-year-old gelding trotter Simaz.
“I had a bunch of very good horses today,” Schnittker said.