Farma Way gets shot at ACRS lead

August 31, 1991|By The Boston Globe HHC B

Farma Way can take the lead in the American Championship Racing Series by winning the $500,000 Iselin Handicap at Monmouth, the ninth leg of the 10-race, $8.25 million tour, set for tomorrow.

Festin, whose 40 points head the list for the $750,000 top prize among $1.5 million in bonus money, won't compete in the Iselin. Trainer Ron McAnally is waiting for the final race, the $500,000 Woodward Stakes at Belmont on Sept. 15, to try to clinch the series.

In the Iselin, it is expected that Farma Way, who has 33 points and the only realistic chance to catch Festin, will compete against Marquetry, who took the New England Classic at Rockingham Park, and Black Tie Affair, a new face in the ACRS.

Both Festin and Farma Way have competed in six ACRS races. No other horse has run more than four times. Points are awarded on a 10-7-5-3-1 basis.

Festin, a closer, runs his off-the-pace race at his own speed every time, while Farma Way, pushed along by trainer D. Wayne Lukas, is a front-runner whose last three races -- a third in the Nassau County Handicap at Belmont June 8, a second to Marquetry in the Hollywood Gold Cup on June 29 and a fifth in the Pacific Classic at Del Mar on Aug. 10 -- have been lung-bursting affairs.

"I hope to go in the last two races," said Lukas. "We'll keep trying to win important events like the Iselin and the Woodward. The series could go down to the last race for all the marbles. Farma Way is capable of coming back after the Iselin, but we'll probably catch some fresh ones in the Woodward."

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