Racing Roundup: Kirby triples at Harrington
Harrington, DE --- On an abbreviated program at Harrington Raceway Wednesday, driver Victor Kirby captured a third of the races with three driving winners.
With only nine races carded, Kirby notched wins in the fourth race with Manchine ($10.00),the sixth with Make Magic ($2.10) and eighth with Josh’s Z Tam ($5.80).
Awesome Valley scored a popular win for Tony Morgan.
The 4-year-old Valley Victor gelding was heavily favored and assumed command approaching the quarter pole. Morgan and Awsome Valley never looked back in their one length score over Uwantapieceofme and Skyway Priss. Trained by Ryan McInnis, Awsome Valley registered his sixth win of the season as his 2013 earnings grew to more than $63,000.
The Pick-4 was a popular play on the program, as more than $16,000 was wagered into the pool, which produced a $1,500.00 payoff.
George Dennis and Allan Davis each had a driving double.
-- Matt Sparacino
V'La Faire ($9.60) continued to flex her muscles at Batavia Downs on Wednesday night as she stormed down the stretch to win the $8,500 Fillies and Mares Open pace in 1:56.3 over a fast track. It was her third straight victory and second consecutive win at this level at Batavia Downs. The heavily favored Keep It Fair, sent off at odds of 1-2, fired to the front and set fractions of :27.4, :57.4 and 1:27.1 before calling it a night. Jens Underdog (Ray Fisher Jr.) then took over the lead just past the three-quarter pole but it was short-lived. V'La Faire (Kevin Cummings), who was third-over, swept three-wide around the far turn and needed just a few strides to blow past Jens Underdog at the top of the stretch and score the one length win. A final quarter of :29 was more than enough to hold off the runner-up, Jens Underdog, and thr third place finisher, Two Step Turn (David McNeight III). It was the fourth win in 13 starts for V'La Faire, owned by the Oakhurst Farms and trained by Richard Tomaszewski. The victory pushed her season’s winnings to $37,250 and $166,476, lifetime.
Driver-trainer Craig Banks put Silence Son on the engine in Wednesday night's $9,000 Open Trot at Running Aces and the strategy worked great as owner Hinshaw Homestead Farms' stalwart wired the field in 1:55.3. In the process he became the fastest 4-year-old gelding at the track and etched his name in the local record books for the second time. About a year ago Silence Son set the 3-year-old gelding track record in 1:56.3 with Banks aboard. It was just the ninth seasonal start for the winner and second win, first in Open company. Sent off at 6-1 odds, Silence Son beat Franky Provolone (Steve Wiseman) and Shelby County (Rocky Stidham). Earlier in the program, Flick A Fly (Rick Magee) pulled a mild upset in an $8,000 2-year-old Minnesota-sired Class A event. It was the fourth straight victory for the filly owned by the Van Otterloo Stables and trained by David Flinn. She just nosed out Delco Voracious, who had won a $29,600 Hanover Stake in Chicago for the trainer-driver combination of father Jesse De Long and son John De Long, in 1:56.2. Cyber Cowboy (Tim Maier) rounded out the trifecta for owner Margaret Epp. The $5,500 Class B 2-year-old race was captured by Wounded Warrior (Ryan Lems), who romped by open lengths in 1:58.4 over Ksmewithurizclosed (Magee) and Im A Tinker Too (James Yoder). The colt is owned by Mark Mintun.
Saratoga Casino and Raceway
Shawn Gray secured a driving triple on Wednesday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway as the Maine native completed his hat trick with young trotter HS Certified (Credit Winner). The 4-year-old mare pulled off a mild upset for Gray and took advantage as several front runners made breaks throughout the first half. HS Certified emerged with a lead of nearly a half dozen and the Cory Stratton trained trotter tired a bit late before holding on to win in 2:00.2 in the evening’s $6,000 trot. Gray also scored victories with trotter Rogan Seelster and claiming pacer Duke Of Gannon on the 13-race card. Gray currently sits in fifth in the local driver standings.