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Harness Racing: On the track - Saturday 1/19/13
By DRF Staff
Meadowlands - Golden Receiver romps again
Golden Receiver continues to leave the fans at the Meadowlands in awe. Saturday night marked his 18th sub-1:50 mile in his tremendous career. He took a seemingly effortless tour of the East Rutherford oval in 1:48 4/5 and he made it look easy. Next Saturday he will headline The Presidential Final in his quest for a second consecutive triumph in that event. The Presidential joins the Super Bowl and Clyde Hirt Finals as part of a power-packed stakes final card Saturday night.
The stars of the driving colony were Dave Miller and Simon Allard. Miller continues his torrid streak to start the meet, while Allard put forth a great effort on the night, both winning three races. Allard told Bob “Hollywood” Heyden in a back-paddock interview that he “plans on sticking around at The Meadowlands more this year,” as it is a “great place to drive.” Two of Allard’s wins came while teaming up with brother/trainer Rene Allard.
At the betting windows, the results were staggering. The total all sources handle of $3,326,373 carried an additional $1,044,086 when compared to the same Saturday last year. That marked a remarkable 46 percent increase over that same day one year ago. In addition, the on-track handle of $409,531 was an increase of 48 percent over the on track handle from one year ago.
Racing resumes on Thursday with first post time at 7:15 P.M, followed by the Friday program and the stakes final packed card on Saturday.
Yonkers - Electrofire hot again in Open
Favored Electrofire (Brian Sears) repeated as the champion of the chalk players Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $35,000 Open Handicap Pace.
Unhurried early from post position No. 6, Electrofire watched as River Shark (Mark MacDonald) and Something for Doc (Matt Kakaley) played leapfrog on the lead around a :27 2/5 opening quarter-mile.
"Doc" found a :55 3/5 intermission as Electrofire, sitting sixth, was the first to move. He wound up third-over behind Here We Go Again (George Brennan) and Saint William A (Larry Stalbaum) as Something for Doc found a 1:23 4/5 three-quarters.
The leader had a length-and-a-quarter advantage into the lane, but the walls were closing in. Electrofire was wide and strong, closing from sixth and winning by a length-and-a-half in 1:52 4/5. Second went to Saint William A, with a rallying Great Vintage (Eric Goodell) third. Something for Doc and Here We Go Again rounded out the payees.
For reformed claimer Electrofire, a 6-year-old son of Electric Stena co-owned by West Wins Stable & Dave Miller and trained by Casie Coleman, he returned $5.50 for his second win in three seasonal starts. The exacta paid $28, with the triple returning $255.
Sears, by the way, sublet the winner's circle the past three nights to the tune of 14 winners (four Thursday, five each Friday and Saturday).
Dover - Longshots win their share
14-1 Rusty’s Treasure and 17-1 Bullet Of Fire won the twin features on a longshot-filled Saturday afternoon at Dover Downs.
Eddie Davis Jr. won the first of his two high-priced payoffs steering Rusty’s Treasure to a 1:56 2/5 victory in the Delaware-distaff, half of two $12,000 4&5-Year-Old paces. It was the second straight win for the four-year-old daughter of Western Terror-Kabbalah owned by David King and E&K Stables. Non Pareil (Art Stafford Jr.) was the second finisher. Act Of Magic (Tony Morgan) took show honors.
Ursula Berndt’s Bullet Of Fire pulled an upset in the $12,000 Male 4&5-Year-Old pace. With Allan Davis in the bike, the Western Terror-Shot Of Love gelding roared past favorite Its Rock N Roll (Brad Hanners) for a 1:55 score. Mississippi Hippy (Ross Wolfenden) finished third ending a two-race win streak.
Tune A Fish, also owned by the J&E Stable, was Eddie Davis Jr.’s other longshot win. This one came in 1:55 taking in a Delaware $7,500 Male Claiming race.
The longest price of the day came when Jon Roberts streaked home first with Pat Mitchell’s B A Lady in 1:53 3/5 winning a Delaware $10,000 Claiming pace at 26-1 on the board.
One of George Dennis’ two wins came piloting owner-trainer Real Ideal to a 1:55 2/5 victory at 7-1 odds in a $7,500 Delaware Claiming pace. Another 7-1 winner was Howard and Linda Dege’s Osceola Gold in 1:54 with Tony Morgan in a Delaware $10,000 Claiming pace.
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