05/25/2013 10:27PM

Hoosier Park: Bolt The Duer powers to 1:49 3/5 Dan Patch victory

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Jamie Linscott
Bolt The Duer has earned $1,224,668 in his career.

Life is all about timing. For driver Mark MacDonald, who was meant to drive Bolt The Duer in the $200,000 Dan Patch at Hoosier Park, the timing was poor. But for fellow pilot Sam Widger, things could not have worked out any smoother.

With weather causing havoc on the east coast, MacDonald could not get a flight out of Newark airport in New Jersey in time to make the race in Indiana. His bad luck was Widger’s gain, as the veteran driver took advantage and guided Bolt The Duer to a 1:49 3/5 victory.

Bolt The Duer was quick off the gate but had to settle for the pocket behind Up The Credit. The pair crossed the opening quarter in 26 seconds and reached the half in 53 4/5. At that point, Fred And Ginger came to the outside and began to apply heavy pressure to Up The Credit as race favorite Hurrikane Kingcole gapped his cover.

Passing three quarters in 1:22, Fred And Ginger had edged to the front and Bolt The Duer was angling off the cones. Widger easily found room with his charge and pulled clear in the stretch to win by 1 1/2 lengths over Fred And Ginger and a fast closing Rockincam.

“My apologies to Mark (MacDonald), but I’m sure glad to be here,” said Widger about the circumstances that got him the lucky catch-drive. “Just at noon today (trainer) Peter (Foley) gave me a call and asked if I would drive him. I said ‘sure, that would be the greatest.’”

Trainer Peter Foley summed up the effort by Bolt The Duer with some truth and humor.

“[Bolt The Duer] has got great gate speed and Sam followed instructions,” said Foley.

The Dan Patch victory was the first of the season in two starts for Bolt The Duer, who is owned by All Star Racing Inc.

Foley said he plans to take the colt home to Kentucky for a couple of days before deciding on his next race.

“It is a long season and we’ll just pick out spots and carry on,” said Foley.

Bolt The Duer paid $7.60 to win as the second choice. The favored Hurrikane Kingcole finished ninth.