Shamballa Stuns Big Names In US Pacing Championship Aug 6
Shamballa beat the top names in the free-for-all pacing group on Saturday afternoon at the Meadowlands, taking down the $225,250 United States Pacing Championship in a career-best 1:47.1.
Always B Miki (Dave Miller) and Wiggle It Jiggleit (Montrell Teague) slugged it out early, battling side-by-side to the :27.2 opening quarter before Always B Miki cleared. A :53.3 half followed, and then Freaky Feet Pete (Trace Tetrick) pulled first-over out of fourth, giving a second-over trip to Shamballa.
Freaky Feet Pete and Always B Miki dueled eye-to-eye at the 1:20.3 three-quarters and over to the top of the stretch, but it was there that Zeron cut his charge loose. Once he was fed clear racetrack, Shamballa surged into the lead, and although Wiggle It Jiggleit came back on late after finding room, it was too late as Shamballa went on to win by about two lengths. Dealt A Winner (Andy Miller) was up for third over Always B Miki.
"A second-over trip made all that difference, and he gave me everything he had down the lane," a beaming Zeron said. "My dad (trainer Rick Zeron) always told me if we can keep him covered up he'll move his little legs as fast as he can the whole way down the stretch, and he did just that.
"I was thinking I couldn't be in a better spot right now; I just hope this horse isn't sick today."
Scott Zeron & Shamballa - Lisa Photo
The elder Zeron also co-owns the victorious 6-year-old Somebeachsomewhere gelding with Tao Racing LLC., Howard Taylor, and Cool Cat Racing Inc. He is three-for-nine in the win column this season, and he has 23 career victories. He has earned $287,498 in 2016 and $775,613 lifetime.