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Racing Roundup: Higher And Higher wins Dover feature
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 - by harness publicists across North America

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Tuesday's (April 12) edition of Racing Roundup features results stories from Dover Downs, The Meadows and Monticello Raceway.

Higher And Higher wins Dover feature

Dover, DE -- Higher And Higher turned on the burners and closed to victory in 1:51.2 to win the last $26,000 Mares Open Pace on an intermittently rainy Tuesday (April 12) at Dover Downs.

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Higher And Higher was a 1:51.2 winner in the Mares Open April 12 at Dover Downs.

Daryl Bier, driving Higher And Higher, sat on the outside in the group, trailing No Bad Luck (Montrell Teague) beginning to pull away as the field of distaffers completed turning for home. Bier urged-on the Western Terror-Pro Bowl Best 4-year-old, making up much ground until finally reaching the leader nearing the finish line for the victory, her second of the year in four starts. Driver Daryl Bier, Charlie Dombeck and Glen DelRusso purchased the winner after she competed in the Breeders Crown last Fall at Pocono Downs. No Bad Luck was second. Itz Cherry Ripe N (George Dennis) was third. The win was the first of three for driver Bier.

Wednesday is the penultimate day of Dover Downs 42nd season and features two $100,000 DSBA filly finals. The meet ends on Thursday. Daily post time is 4:30 p.m.

--Marv Bachrad

The Meadows
No Satin Intended, who hadn’t raced since Oct. 6, converted a perfect pocket trip to a shocking 21-1 upset victory in a division of Tuesday’s Valentowner Pace at The Meadows. Also capturing $15,000 opening-leg splits in the series for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers were Fall Bliss, Border Fighting and Zipnthruthehall. The event honors Valentowner, a fast-class standout bred and campaigned by Bob Key. Although No Satin Intended had only a pair of qualifiers on his card this year, Tony Hall hustled him through the slop to a comfortable seat behind Sky Mesa. The gelded son of No Pan Intended-Polished Satin shot the Lightning Lane to down Sky Mesa by a head in 1:54.4, lowering his lifetime mark 1.2 seconds. Blueridge Camagot finished third. Ronald Neal trains No Satin Intended for Laura Baker. Hall and Miller each drove four winners on the 15-race card while Eric Ledford fashioned a driving triple.

Monticello Raceway
Jordan Stratton teamed up with Cactus Creek and they cruised to a 1:55.3 victory in the weekly winners over pace at Monticello.
Last week on a sloppy racetrack Cactus Creek and Stratton cut the early fractions and led the nearly same field all the way to the final 100 yards where he faded and finished fourth as Speakin Greek emerged victorious. This time Speakin Greek and Jimmy Marohn, Jr. cut the fractions after leaving from the seven hole and they led the field by the halfway point in a soft :59.1. From there Marohn put the pedal to the metal and sped off, only to be heartily challenged by Cactus Creek and Stratton. The two pacers covered the next stanza in :28.1 but Cactus Creek took command and at that point racing fans could have drawn a circle around the horse’s name in the official program as no one was going to catch him. At the wire Cactus Creek had three lengths on runner-up Speakin Greek who edged out Winback Delight and driver Jimmy Taggart, Jr. for the place money. The victory by Cactus Creek was his second in nine seasonal starts. Trained by Jamie Gerard, the pacer returned a $7.60 win mutuel. It was one of three winners on the card for Stratton who also connected with Rainin Fire ($7.50) in 1:59 and with Cockney Hanover ($2.30) who shared the limelight with Top Spot and Brandon Simpson ($3.10) in a 1:58.2 dead heat finish.

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