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Anders Bluestone wins Maxie Lee
Sunday, June 12, 2011 - by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

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Chester, PA--Anders Bluestone and driver George Napolitano Jr. surged through the stretch from mid-pack and held off favorite Buck I St Pat by a neck to win Sunday’s (June 12) $150,000 Maxie Lee Memorial in 1:53.1 at Harrah’s Chester.

Neighsay Hanover got the early lead after battling Looking Hanover through an opening quarter-mile of 27.4. Neighsay Hanover remained on top up the backstretch, trotting to the half-mile point in 57, before facing pressure on the outside from Corleone Kosmos.

 
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Anders Bluestone (1) holds off Buck I St Pat (4) to win Sunday's $150,000 Maxie Lee Memorial at Harrah's Chester.

Anders Bluestone followed Corleone Kosmos’ cover around the final turn before bursting down the middle of the lane to get the victory. Corleone Kosmos, who briefly took the lead from Neighsay Hanover on the last turn and into the stretch, finished third.

Buck I St Pat, the 3-5 betting choice, was denied her third Maxie Lee title in the four-year history of the event. Entering the stretch, she was sixth, following Anders Bluestone’s cover.

“It just worked out great,” Napolitano said. “He was a little steppy leaving out of there, but I figured there was going to be a speed duel. (Corleone Kosmos) can trot so fast and I flushed him out and got real lucky to be second over. They gunned it up the backside and I was just hoping (Anders Bluestone) could get the job done from there. And he did.”

Anders Bluestone has won seven of 17 races this year and earned $227,070 for trainer Eric Ell and owners Ken Wood of Denton, Md., and Bill Dittmar Jr. of Langhorne, Pa.

It was Anders Bluestone’s biggest win since capturing the 2009 Dexter Cup at Freehold Raceway.

“Once he got to the outside he just kept on trotting,” Dittmar said. “It just seemed like he didn’t want to let Buck I St Pat get past him. This is my home track and it’s just a lot of fun. We claimed (Anders Bluestone) back in December for $25,000, and we’ve had nothing but fun with him since then.

Anders Bluestone paid $11.60, $4.20 and $4.00.

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