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Racing Roundup: So Long My Love repeats in Thursday feature at Northfield Park
Friday, May 09, 2014 - from harness publicists across North America

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Thursday's (May 8) edition of Racing Roundup features results stories from Northfield Park, Vernon Downs and Saratoga Casino and Raceway.

So Long My Love repeats in Thursday feature at Northfield Park

Northfield, OH --- So Long My Love paced to her third consecutive victory, capturing the $12,000 Fillies and Mares Open Pace on Thursday in Northfield Park’s 11th race. She is owned and trained by Scott Cox. Ryan Stahl was the winning driver.

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So Long My Love and Ryan Stahl won the F&M Open in 1:54.4.

So Long My Love (American Ideal-Letmedowneasy) started from post six. She flashed moderate speed off the gate but found that no hole was available and was parked the entire mile, through fractions of :27.3, :56.3 and 1:25.3. She cleared to the lead in the final quarter and bested her competition by 1-1/4 lengths, posting a final time of 1:54.4.

Completing the race were Power Everywhere, Wygant Belle, Blows Me Away, Cams Van Go, Tame The Dame, It Must Be Magic and Deliciouslynaughty.

Thursday’s win was the sixth victory this year and tenth career score for So Long My Love. It bolstered her lifetime earnings to $60,253. She returned $13.40 to win.

-- Ayers Ratliff

Vernon Downs
Artic Byrd produced a very impressive victory in a speedy time of 1:50.2 in the $8,000 featured race at Vernon Downs on Thursday night. The win was the second straight for Artic Byrd, owned by Donn Lewandrowski and Gail Farrell. Artic Byrd had picked up a win on May 1 over a sloppy track, but the fast going on Thursday night also appealed to the roan mare. Trainer-driver Truman Gale was very patient through the first three-quarters of the mile, sitting in behind the pacesetter, Elleofnxample. Elleofnxample set strong fractions in front, covering a quarter in :26.1, a half in :54.3, and three-quarters in 1:22.3. It appeared that Elleofnxample was going to go all the way to victory, but those fast fractions might have cost her in the stretch as she drifted away from the inside of the track into the two-path. This allowed Gale to send Artic Byrd right through on the inside and up in time for a victory by a length. The remainder of the finishers in the Thursday feature were Market Dynamics, Day To Ponder and Steuben Ruthless.
Three drivers shared top honors on the Thursday night program with two winners. Aaron Byron, John MacDonald and Jimmy Whittemore all had two victories on the evening.

Saratoga Casino and Raceway
Smokin Band (Mattnamaras Band) scored a convincing victory in the $6,000 feature on Thursday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. Leading driver Billy Dobson has been on a tear lately and the Smokin Band score gave him his fourth winner of the night. The Amber Buter-trained 4-year-old marched out to the early lead before yielding at the quarter. Smokin Band was out and rolling heading to three-quarters and wound up securing a 1:55.4 victory. Real Yankee Fan (Mark Beckwith) came on for second while Cumulus Hanover (Stephane Bouchard) closed for third. Dobson wound up piloting five winners on the Thursday card.

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