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"Luck o' the Irish" for Hanney at Freehold
Saturday, March 15, 2014 - from Freehold Raceway

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Freehold, NJ---Driver “Irish” Joe Hanney captured the St. Paddy's Day Pace Saturday (March 15) with 60-1 long shot Real Mystical from post 8 at Freehold Raceway. 

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"Irish" Joe Hanney drove Real Mystical to a 1:59.2 victory at odds of 60-1 in the St. Patty's Day Pace at Freehold.

The race featured eight drivers of Irish descent and was sponsored by Peter and Mary Grandich of Freehold, N.J.  Real Mystical, owned and trained by John Urbanski, overcame a 12-½-length deficit at the quarter-mile mark to score a half-length victory at the wire over Tulfra, driven by John Sheehan.  Hanney was reunited with two of his former countrymen, Anthony Haughan and Jonathan Dunne, along with Corey Callahan, George Brennan, John McDermott, John Sheehan, and Jack Baggitt.

Live racing resumes at Freehold on Thursday with first race post time at 12:30 p.m.

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