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Racing Roundup: Converted claimer Fox Valley Armor wins Meadows Preferred Pace
Monday, August 30, 2010 - from harness publicists across North America

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Monday's (August 30) edition of Racing Roundup features results stories from The Meadows and Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.

Converted claimer Fox Valley Armor wins Meadows Preferred Pace

Washington, PA --- A high-priced claimer for most of the year, Fox Valley Armor may have left those ranks behind forever when he captured Monday’s $22,500 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows for his fifth consecutive victory.

Fox Valley Armor won a single race in 2009 but has been much sharper this year, working his way up to the $30,000 claiming level and finally to Monday’s Preferred Handicap. He got away smartly for Tony Hall, sat patiently in the pocket behind Pedro Island and blew by in the lane to down that rival by 2-1/4 lengths in 1:51.1. War Boots was a rallying third.

Andy Rickert trains Fox Valley Armor, an 8-year-old Sportsmaster-Sew With Silk gelding who pushed his career bankroll to $442,469, for Bethie Murdock.

In Monday’s companion feature, the $22,500 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot, Tom’s OK Lady made short work of the field when she got comfortable fractions for Dave Palone and scored handily in 1:56.1. Caviar Forthe Lady was a clear second, 1-3/4 lengths back, with 57-1 AJ’s Baby third.

Ron Burke trains the 7-year-old daughter of Inquirer-This Gal’s OK, who now boasts $612,587 in lifetime earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, M1 Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Bethann Palone.

Dave Palone drove six winners and Mike Wilder four on the 15-race card.

-- Evan Pattak

Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs
It was a very special win for veteran trainer Jim McGettigan on Monday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. His 3-year-old Malabar Millennium homebred trotter not only won but equaled the track mark for 3-year-old trotting fillies. Pictures Of Millie, driven by George Napolitano, Jr. and trained by McGettigan, stopped the timer in 1:53.4 to equal the track mark that was established a month earlier by Christiana Hanover with Rena Rekila in the sulky. Napolitano quickly took Pictures Of Millie to the front from the two post, getting to the opening panel in :27.3, the half in :56.4, and the three-quarters in 1:25.2 before trotting home in :28.2 to tie the track record. This was the fourth win in six starts this season, with two second-place finishes, for the trotter owned by McGettigan’s brother, Edward T. McGettigan. Jim, who trains at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds, is a longtime trainer at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs and this is his first track record here.

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