Check Six Surprises In Sam McKee Memorial
Aug 5

It was a 38-1 upset in the $224,400 Sam McKee Memorial (formerly the U.S. Pacing Championship) for free-for-allers on Saturday at the Meadowlands as Check Six rallied from second-over to win in 2:02.1 for the mile and an eighth.

Mel Mara (Corey Callahan), the favourite in the race, set the pace of :26.2, :54.1, and 1:21.1 with William R. Haughton Memorial champion Mach It So (David Miller) providing cover to Check Six (Yannick Gingras) on the final turn.

At the 1:48.1 mile it looked like Mel Mara had put away Mach It So and was home free, but Gingras brought Check Six three-deep, and he had pace when tipped out, rallying by Mel Mara and going on to win by a couple lengths. Mach It So held third.

"I thought I had a chance to get a good piece," said Gingras. "I thought this horse has had a lot of bad luck. The last time he raced here at a mile and an eighth (in the Haughton) I had post 11 and never saw daylight. I was running over the top of horses in the stretch. He's had a lot of troubled trips, but I thought he was sitting on a big one, and he sure was."

Check Six - Lisa Photo

Ron Burke trains the victorious 4-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere for owners Burke Racing Stable LLC., Weaver Bruscemi LLC., William Switala, and James Martin. This was his second win from 12 starts this year and his 17th career victory. He has earned $212,535 in 2017 and $1,398,213 lifetime.


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