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Racing Returns Saturday, October 24



Saturday feature

Bergstein, Arnold live up to advance billing

Last week’s Stan Bergstein Trot and Lloyd Arnold Pace showcased some top performers, with Zoraze scoring a decisive win in the former while I’m An Athlete hung a nose decision on favored Barbarian in the Arnold.

Despite not having seen evening action since January 13, Zoraze was certainly ready to rock and roll in the Bergstein off a pair of qualifiers for the team of owner Jamie Marra, trainer Sparky Clarke and pilot Luke Plano.

Zoraze left into a perfect pocket trip from his No. 2 slot, took command on the final bend and then left the field in his dust once straightened for home in a 1:56 peformance.

At the wire, it was some three and three-quarter lengths back to the hard-hitting mare My Little Susie, with favored Flameon checking in third.

The Clarke/Plano team looked poised to pull off the Bergstein/Arnold double with Barbarian the following night, or at least that’s what the public thought as they sent Robert Orr colorbearer off at 40 cents on the dollar.

I’m An Athlete had other ideas, however, as the Lino Pacheco trainee proved ultra game on the front-end for James Kennedy and prevailed by a nose over Barbarian in a 1:53 2/5 tour.

It was the fourth victory in the last five starts for the 7-year-old son of Art Major, who carries the banner of Ronald Rettig-Zucchi and pushed his career bankroll close to the $140,000 mark with that decision.