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Racing Roundup: I'm So Striking scores a long shot win
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 - from harness publicists around North America

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Wednesday’s (March 13) edition of Racing Roundup features results stories from Dover Downs, Harrah's Philadelphia and Saratoga Casino and Raceway.

I’m So Striking scores a long shot win

Dover, DE --- I’m So Striking, a 23-1 long shot, closed through the passing lane to nip Anders Bluestone at the wire and won the $23,000 Open Handicap trot on Wednesday, March 13 at Dover Downs.

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I'm So Striking (#1) lit up the board on Wednesday at the Speedway by beating Anders Bluestone (#6) and Major Herbie (#2).
With trainer-driver Eddie Dennis at the controls, I’m So Striking, a Lois and Earl Walters and E&K Stable homebred, started from post one but began his ascent to the finish line from last in a field of six. Dennis steered the 4-year-old, altered son of So Striking--Ringside Katie to the inside and won the race to the wire with the race favorite, Anders Bluestone (Ross Wolfenden) by a nose in 1:55.3, a lifetime-best clocking. Major Herbie and Ron Pierce were only a neck back, in third.

I’m So Striking won for the second time in 2013 to go with four seconds and a third in eight races. He has won $34,245 this year and $132,438 in his career.

Corey Callahan drove three winners, Ron Pierce had a double at Dover on Wednesday.

-- Marv Bachrad

Harrah's Philadelphia
After controlling a nondescript early pace, Johnny and Kimberley Waite's Alexachase ($18.80) was an upset winner in Wednesday's $40,000 Mares Open Handicap Pace at Harrah's Philadelphia.
With Kiwi standout Royal Cee Cee N assigned the outside post five and racing from off the pace in her seasonal debut, Alexachase was able to settle just off the pacesetters early, brushing to clear Jeremes Sweetheart (George Napolitano) after a :28 first quarter before strolling through a :57 half-mile. On the backstretch and into the far turn, Ron Pierce challenged first-over with Royal Cee Cee N, forcing Alexachase to accelerate into the far turn, posting a :27.4 third sectional. Meanwhile, the pocket-sitting Jeremes Sweetheart was poised to challenge up the open stretch, but was just unable to wear down a game Alexachase in the late stages while Royal Cee Cee N flattened out off the corner, staying on a very close third in 1:53.1. Bret Brittingham drove the 5-year-old Bettor's Delight mare for trainer Don Brittingham. David Miller led all drivers on the afternoon with four winners.

Saratoga Casino and Raceway
Trotters Ski Daddy and Really Realy Sweet were both repeat winners on Wednesday at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. Ski Daddy (Psychic Spirit) started on the rail for the second consecutive week and once again scored a wire-to-wire win, hanging on to prevail in 2:00. Billy Dobson drove the 4-year-old trotter for trainer Eric Adsit. Really Realy Sweet (Thunder Road) was coming off a fast closing victory when she marched right out to the early lead on Wednesday. She was well in command in the stretch before stopping the timer in 2:02.3. Bruce Aldrich piloted Really Realy Sweet to both victories for owner/trainer Frank Multari.

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