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Racing Roundup: Fox Valley Sage surges in Yonkers co-feature
Saturday, October 22, 2011 - by harness publicists across North America

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Friday's (Oct. 21) edition of Racing Roundup features results stories from Yonkers Raceway, The Meadows Batavia Downs Casino and Saratoga Gaming and Raceway.

Fox Valley Sage surges in Yonkers co-feature

Yonkers, NY--Fox Valley Sage (Jordan Stratton) went from uninvolved to unstoppable Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's co-featured $42,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.

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Fox Valley Sage won the $42,000 distaff pacing feature in 2:01 at Yonkers.

Leaving from post 4, Fox Valley Sage watched the early doings, of which there were many. Pole-sitter McFlirty (Dan Dube) was in play, as were Western Graduate (Jason Bartlett), Breakheart Pass (Jim Pantaleano) and Billmar Scooter (Eric Goodell). A three-deep Breakheart Pass made the lead right at the 26.4 opening quarter, looping, than parking, Western Graduate.

Breakheart Pass found a 55.2 half, with Western Graduate hung and Billmar Scooter--out every step--about to catch up to that one.

By the 1:24.3 three-quarters, Western Graduate was done and Billmar Scooter was now engaging Breakheart Pass, with 2-1 choice Pancleefandarpels (Cat Manzi) wide around that one. All the while, Fox Valley Sage was sequestered in seventh on the cones.

Billmar Scooter forged a short lead turning for home, but the trip was about to take its toll. The crowd was converging around the 1:53.4 mile, with an extricated Fox Valley Sage joining the fray. That one was the strong one, closing on the outside to win going away. The margin was a length-and-a-quarter, with the mile-and-one-sixteenth going in 2:01.

Pancleefandarpels was second, with Shacked Up (Pat Lachance)--last at the three-quarters--Quicksilvercandy A (Larry Stalbaum) and Billmar Scooter completing the cashers.

For Fox Valley Sage, a 7-year-old daughter of Richess Hanover owned by Stephen Farrell Jr. and trained by Ralph Andersen, she returned $13.80 (fifth choice) for her seventh win in 32 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $72, with the triple returning $471.

Friday night's $42,000 Open Handicap Trot saw Hurrikanebiggeorge (Dube) rough it first-up.

Leaving from the pylons, Hurrikanebiggeorge moved from fourth after eight-hole assignee Looking Hanover (Bartlett) put up early intervals of 28.1 and 58.2.

Looking Hanover maintained the advantage in and out of a 1:27.3 three-quarters, taking a length lead into the lane. However, he was about to be collared around the 1:56.4 mile marker, with Hurrikanebiggeorge edging past by a half-length in an added-distance 2:04.2. Looking Hanover held second, with Political Desire (Stratton), KLM Express (Jim Marshall III) and Grain of Truth (Manzi) grabbed the minor awards. Slight 5-2 choice Second Hand News (Brent Holland) was a wide-to-nowhere seventh.

For Hurrikanebiggeorge, a 5-year-old Tagliabue gelding trained by John McDermott for owner Hurrikane Racing LLC, he returned $8.90 (third choice) for his fifth win in 31 '11 tries. The exacta paid $39, the triple returned $523 and the superfecta paid $1,636. 

Friday night accolades to Marshall, whose fifth-race victory with Special Command move him within three wins of 3,000 for his career.

Yonkers Raceway's third annual Fall Harvest Festival is set for Saturday night, featuring a track apron-ful of fun, family activities and a track full of politicians who sense victory.

The third installment of the Legislators' Challenge offers 16 New York State elected officials competing in four exhibition races, beginning at 6 p.m.

Each race has four members of either the state senate or assembly driving, with some occasional assistance from Yonkers Raceway's trained professionals who do this for a living.

The Fall Harvest Festival, which runs from 5:30-9:30 p.m., showcases the thriving relationship between horse racing and agriculture in New York State. Activities include pony rides, a pie-eating contest, a petting zoo, pumpkin and face painting and musical entertainment, along with New York-made product sampling. There is also a free pinecone-scented candle giveaway for Empire Club members, and drawings for 10, $50 betting vouchers, courtesy of Blue Chip Farms.

--Frank Drucker

A $20,000 claimer only two races back, Mud Pie Hanover launched a relentless first-over move that carried her to victory in Friday’s $22,500 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Mud Pie Hanover was sitting fifth down the backside when Eric Ledford sent her on her uncovered bid. She overtook the leader, Red Star Hottie, before the three-quarters and scored in a sharp 1:52.1 on a “good” track. Red Star Hottie persevered and saved place, 4-1/2 lengths back, with the pocket-sitting Tremor Hanover third. Jason Robinson trains Mud Pie Hanover, a 5-year-old daughter of Allamerican Native-Mud Hen who now boasts $193,309 in career earnings, for Robert Main.

Friday night in the $9,000 feature trot, Jack Flanigen steered Tuesdays With Mom to success with flying colors.Tuesdays With Mom took off from the 5 hole for the early lead but not until Technicallybroadway (Keith Kash Jr.) argued the fact in a brisk 27.4 quarter. Once Tuesdays with Mom made the front the field literally chased her the rest of the way. She made it to the half in 58.1, and was a good four lengths ahead by the three-quarter pole in 1:27.4. Tuesdays With Mom trotted the rest of the way without urging and she won by two lengths in 1:58.4. The lone mare in the field of eight paid $3.80 to win. Manfromnantucket (Jim McNeight) rushed up for second and Technicallybroadway hung on for third. This was Tuesdays With Mom’s fourth win in 10 starts this season for owner and trainer Peter Arrigenna of Piffard, N.Y. Flanigen hit a triple on the card also winning the first race with Ferris Wheel ($4.00) and the eleventh race with Hello Carlo ($5.10). 

The dream season continued on Friday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway for Lorenzo Dream who continued his dominance of the local open trot. The Jackie Rousse trained 4-year-old is having an all-time type of season at the Spa and won for the 14th time this year in Friday’s $18,000 feature. Leading driver Billy Dobson has been at the controls for all of the Lorenzo Dream (Taurus Dream) victories and sat patiently with the 4-5 favorite throughout the first half before sweeping four wide down the back stretch and drawing clear in the home stretch. Russ N Us (Mark Beckwith) shook loose late to finish second completing a Lorenzo Dream-Russ N Us exacta box for the fourth consecutive week while Flex The Muscle (Phil Fluet) earned the show spot in the mile clocked in 1:56.2. The winner’s share of the purse put Lorenzo Dream over the $200,000 mark in career earnings, a number largely aided by the career year he is in the midst of in 2011, a season in which he has made over $140,000. 

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