07/19/2014 10:33PM

Northfield: Clear Vision proves game in Battle of Lake Erie

JJ Zamaiko
Clear Vision has now earned $1.98 million lifetime.

In a show of extreme desire and guts, Clear Vision overcame an uncovered trip and powered clear in the stretch to capture the $150,000 Battle of Lake Erie for older pacers at Northfield Park on Saturday night.

Early speed was the name of the game as Night Pro, Beach Memories, Bolt The Duer and Foiled Again all fired off the gate. With the favored Bolt The Duer making a break on the first turn, Night Pro assumed command and led Beach Memories past the opening quarter in 26 2/5.

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As is the norm at Northfield, the outer flow developed quickly, with Clear Vision on the move before exiting the second turn. The half was clocked in a more reasonable 54 2/5 as the 8-year-old Clear Vision was sent after Night Pro by driver Brett Miller. The pair would hook up in a fierce battle passing three quarters in 1:22 with Foiled Again failing to keep up with cover in third.

Night Pro gave all he had, but in the stretch class showed. Clear Vision drew clear in the late stages and stopped the clock in 1:49 3/5.

Night Pro finished second and Foiled Again was third.

“I drove this horse a lot last year and believe it or not, his best race is first-over,” said Miller. “He is so game and can live on the outside all night.”

The victory by Clear Vision for owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Panhellenic Stable and Jim Coran increased the gelding’s career earnings to $1,987,868.

Clear Vision is trained by Ron Burke and returned $10.80 to win.