Wednesday’s (October 3) edition of Racing Roundup features results stories from Harrington Raceway, Batavia Downs, Saratoga Casino and Raceway and Pompano Park.
Man About Town prevails at Harrington
Harrington, DE --- Daniel Poliseno’s Man About Town ($11.80, Tony Morgan) scored a mild upset in the $20,000 Open Trot at Harrington Raceway in 1:55.2.
|Man About Town was a narrow winner in a time of 1:55.2.|
Trained by Tony Poliseno, the 9-year-old Self Possessed gelding was the recipient of a pocket trip behind favorite Allmar Surprise throughout fractions of :28, :57.1 and 1:26.2. In the stretch, Man About Town edged clear of the favorite to win by a half-length. Cash On Delivery was third. Allmar Surprise had won her last two races.
Man About Town notched his 22nd career win and boosted his lifetime bankroll to more than $821,000.
Driver Tony Morgan continued to have the hot hand with four more wins, giving him 16 over the last three days. Harrington’s leading driver, Ross Wolfenden had three wins.
George Dennis and Victor Kirby each won two races.
-- Matt Sparacino
You're Too Funny, after three consecutive second places in the $9,000 Fillies and Mares Open Pace at Batavia Downs, took a brief respite from the harness racing battles. But after a week of freshening, You're Too Funny ($15.00) returned to the war Wednesday night and conquered the field of six by scoring a half-length victory over the heavy 1-9 favorite It's De Lovely in 1:55.1. It's De Lovely (Dave McNeight III) cut the fractions of :27.4, :57.3 and 1:26.4 and seemed in control around the final turn. But the three length lead evaporated quickly as the fast pace turned out to be too much to handle. You're Too Funny and driver Jack Flanigen used a steady and methodical stretch run beginning just past the three-quarter pole, grinding into the lead with every stride down the stretch and eventually collaring the pace setter. Evil Eva (Shawn Gray) was up for third. Owned by Greg Capell and trained by Chris Naedele, You're Too Funny has now bankrolled $46,030 on the season. It was the ninth win of the season as well for the 4-year-old American Ideal mare. The Dan Noble watch continues as he inches closer to 3,000 lifetime wins. The 29-year-old Ohio native drive home a pair of winners on Wednesday night and sits at 2,995 career tallies.
My Civil Dollar stretched his win streak to four on Wednesday night as he handled his step up in class with little difficulty. The Rob Harmon trained pacer made his local debut four weeks ago and on Wednesday moved his local record to four-for-four, wiring the field in a career best 1:54.1. My Civil Dollar (Dontgetinmyway) prevailed in the $7,490 pace for $15,000 conditioned/claimers. Leading driver Billy Dobson has piloted the 4-year-old to all four of his local scores.
While many of the best juvenile Florida-breds took a well-deserved respite this week following five preliminary Sunshine Stakes legs that concluded last week and with the finals that are scheduled next week, a number of older graduates of the state-bred program fared well in overnight races at Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park on Wednesday night. Five of the nine programmed races were won by Florida-breds ranging in age from four to seven. The opening daily double was swept by a pair of horses who have toiled in Florida since being born in the Sunshine State. Lugar (Bruce Ranger), a 4-year-old trotter owned by trainer Mark Friedman's Polo Stables, captured the first half of the wager at odds of 7-5. The back half went to 39-1 longshot Pacific Cyclone (Mickey McNichol), a 5-year-old trotter owned by Robert Walsh and trained by Roy Bridges. Backers of the pair of Florida-bred trotters were rewarded with a $230.60 mutuel. The third race also was won by a Florida-bred as Scoot Diablo (Andy Santeramo), a seasoned 6-year-old gelding, sped to a 1:53 score in a $6,000 claiming event. Now owned by Owen Eiler, Jr. and trained by Frank Petrelli, the winner was bred by Anthony Amante and Christine Garrity. When Bull Durham (McNichol) proved best in the eighth race conditioned trot for the ABC Farms and trainer Jim Langley, it marked the 22nd visit to the winner's circle for the 8-year-old Florida-bred gelding. The nightcap went to Howie's Heart, a 7-year-old Florida-bred $4,000 claimer, enabling horses from Florida to win a majority of the races carded -- an oddity when there is an absence of state-restricted races. It was the first win of the 2012 season for Don and Jeanette Glowacki's steady performer who has finished second or third on a dozen other occasions this year. The weekly $8,500 Open Trot was also contested on Wednesday night with Duchess Seelster winning for the second consecutive week in identical 1:57 clockings. Owner-driver John Campagnuolo chose to put the 6-year-old Duke Of York mare on the engine this time out, holding My Revenuer (Ranger) at bay by three lengths at the finish. Wildfire (Dave Ingraham) managed to grab the show dough.