By John Manzi
MONTICELLO November 28, 2006 A rising star seems to be emerging at Monticello Raceway in the presence of 19-year- old Jordan “The Kid” Stratton.
On Tuesday, November 21, “The Kid” scored one of his biggest wins to date when he guided 12-1 shot Noble Cam to an easy three-length victory over favored Percee Angus and driver Mark Beckwith in the Mighty M’s $12,500 co-featured pace.
Dismissed by the betting public, Stratton guided Noble Cam, a 7-year-old son of Nobleland Sam, to a seasonal best time of 1 minute, 56 seconds en route to victory.
After a first-up move at the halfway point, Noble Cam was eyeball to eyeball with the pace-setter, Skeeter Todd (in rein to Ray Schnitt-ker) at the three-quarter pole. From there Stratton hustled the pacer away to a six-length lead and they coasted home to an easy victory.
Noble Cam, who is trained by Dave Stratton, who is Jordan Stratton’s father, and owned by Charles Meyer of Ottawa, Ohio, paid $26.80 for the win.
It was the 26th driving victory of the year for the youngster, who is still carrying a Provisional license.
In fact, “The Kid” was also a force in the track’s $15,000 pacing feature. In that race, he rallied King Cat Anvil N from far back and finished second to Jayees Albert N and driver Jimmy Devaux in a 1:56.2 clocking.
Again Stratton’s pacer was overlooked and sent off at odds of 9-1 and though not a winner, he made a race of it when he hustled his pacer past favored Armbro Animate (guided by Stephane Bouchard) in the deep stretch only to lose out to Devaux, who scooted Jayees Albert N up the passing lane to victory.
Jayee’s Albert N, owned by Paul Kasofsky, Lee Schrager and Jerry Chiappetta and trained by Tammy Devaux, returned a $10.20 win mutuel.