Astronomical paces to world record in Masters Pacing Series event

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Asronomical was just that on Tuesday night at Georgia Downs near Barrie, Ont., when the Maritime-owned stallion became the fastest free-legged pacer in the history of the sport while setting a track record at the five-eight mile oval with a mile in 1:50 flat.

BARRIE, Ont. - Asronomical was just that on Tuesday night at Georgia Downs near Barrie, Ont., when the Maritime-owned stallion became the fastest free-legged pacer in the history of the sport while setting a track record at the five-eight mile oval with a mile in 1:50 flat.

The clocking in a $15,000 division of the Masters Pacing Series was a new personal best for the six-year-old Astreos-Hey Girl six-year-old, trained by Charlottetown veterinarian Dr. Ian Moore for partners Ron McLellan of RG McGroup Ltd. of Bathurst, N. B. and Sandy Shearer of Bedford, N.S.

In rein to Randy Waples, Astronomical steamrolled his way through fierce fractions of :26.3, :55.1 and 1:22.1 before digging down for a :27.4 closer en route to the three-quarter length decision over Our Lucky Killean (Mark MacDonald) in a $15,000 division of the Masters Pacing Series.

The $10,000 yearling purchase at the Atlantic Classic Yearling Sale, has increased his lifetime earnings to $670.493.

Dr. Moore has been racing Astronomical with hopples this year and says the big striding pacer seems to enjoy racing free-legged.

"I am really surprised how fast he can leave the switch." said Dr. Moore, who said Astronomical was hampered on Tuesday night when the starting gate rolled away at a pedstrian rate.

The 1:50 mile erased the overall track record at Georgian Downs which had belonged to Stonebridge Galaxy of 1:50.3 before Tuesday night's program. Mark MacDonald tied that standard when he won the first leg of the Masters Pacing Series with Object Of Art, nipping Impeccable in the final strides.

The former world record was 1:50.1 set by Luvm N Leavem at Hawthorne Racecourse on June 29, 2002.

Both Astronomical and Impeccable will return next week for the second leg of the Masters Series and hope to advance to the $130,000 championship final on July 10.

Dr. Moore says Astronomical is being pointed toward the $400,000 Monticello Classic later in July.

Organizations: Masters Pacing Series

Geographic location: BARRIE, Charlottetown, Bathurst Bedford

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