05/04/2008 11:00PM

Bettin On M J extends winning streak

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Bettin On M J ($5.40) broke on top and repelled a mild challenge from even-money favorite Bernie Blue to post a three-length victory in the $75,000 Panhandle Handicap at Mountaineer Racetrack.

Ridden by Gerald Almodovar for trainer Julio Cartagena, the 6-year-old Bettin On M J covered five furlongs on a sloppy track in 57.80 seconds while winning his third straight race and 16th in 36 lifetime starts. Since he was reclaimed by Cartagena for $15,000 a year ago, Bettin On M J has 5 wins and a second in six starts.