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Racing Roundup: Amigo Ranger wins Yonkers' Friday feature
Friday, June 20, 2014 - by harness publicists across North America

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Friday's (June 20) edition of Racing Roundup features results stories from Yonkers Raceway, Hoosier Park, Buffalo Raceway, Vernon Downs and The Meadows.

Amigo Ranger wins Yonkers' Friday feature

Yonkers, NY---Yonkers Raceway’s Friday night $44,000 Open Handicap Trot was won by a resurgent dozen-to-one Amigo Ranger (Dan Dube, $26.20). 

 
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Amigo Ranger, driven by Dan Dube, won the Yonkers featured trot in 1:55.1.

Away in good order from post position No. 3, Amigo Ranger settled third as pole-sitting Rossini (Jordan Stratton) was all set to pass the torch to Daylon Magician (Eric Goodell) when that one jumped it off. That misdeed left Amigo Ranger in the pocket.

After a 28.1 opening quarter-mile and before a 57.4 intermission, Daylon Magician broke again. Meanwhile, Coraggioso (Brian Sears)—the 7-10 choice from his ordered eight-hole—had found a seat fourth.

Coraggioso engaged the leader in and out of a 1:26.1 three-quarters, even taking a rest stop when Amigo Ranger lost ground in the two-hole. Rossini owned a length-and-a-half lead into the lane, but Coraggioso collared him, only to get snapped himself.

A suddenly-refreshed Amigo Ranger ducked in and whipped the people’s preference by a half-length in 1:55.1, matching a season’s-best. Zooming (Eric Carlson), Rossini and Tober (Jason Bartlett) came away with the remainder. 

For fourth choice Amigo Ranger, a 5-year-old son of Amigo Hall co-owned (as Allard Racing) by (trainer) Rene Allard, Racing Team of America and Kapildeo Singh, it was his fifth win (third consecutive) in 18 seasonal starts.  The exacta paid $74.50, with the triple returning $939.

---Frank Drucker

Hoosier Park
Igottafeelinfran returned to her winning ways and captured the featured event, a $22,000 Fillies and Mares Invitational pace, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, June 20. After a fifth place finish at this level last week, Igottafeelinfran staged a big rally in the late stages of the mile to take nearly two seconds off her lifetime best and score in 1:51.3. Guided by Brad Hanners, Igottafeelinfran left just enough to secure an early position along the rail in second while American Girl and Tyler Smith fired to the front through an opening panel in 26.2. American Girl’s lead was short-lived as she yielded the front to a determined Bombilla Hanover and Peter Wrenn at the half mile mark in 54. Hanners made his winning move as he sent Igottafeelinfran to the front around the three-quarter clocking in 1:22.4. Bombilla Hanover began to tire on the front and as the field approached the final turn Igottafeelinfran had reached the leader’s wheel. As the rest of the field was closing in, Igottafeelinfran was pulling away. Using a 28.4 final, Igottafeelinfran was able to hold off a hard-charging Love This Place and Trace Tetrick to win by a head. Ritascape used her customary late surge to round out the trifecta. As the publics’ second choice, Igottafeelinfran returned $8.00 to her backers at the window. The win was the second of the season from 11 previous starts for the multiple-stakes winning mare. Owned by Jerry Zosel, Kathy Ratcliff, and Kimberly Dailey, Igottafeelinfran has now won 12 of 36 starts while amassing $296,121 lifetime. Trained by Jim Dailey, the daughter of Feelin Friskie-Fran Anna was an Ohio Sire Stakes champion for the three-year-old pacing fillies division last year.
It was a driving double on the night for driver Brad Hanners as he also scored later in the evening with Endeavors Dot Com for trainer Walter Haynes Jr.
Live harness racing will return to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, June 21 with a 14-race card that is set to begin at 5:15 p.m. Highlighting the evening will be a $22,000 Invitational pace and a $22,000 Invitational trot. For more information on the live racing season and the upcoming events at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, please visit
www.hoosierpark.com.

Buffalo Raceway
Absolutely Certain left 'little doubt' in winning Friday night's $10,500 Open Trot at Buffalo Raceway as he roared down the passing lane to post a stunning one length victory over Fiorentina in a seasonal best of 1:59.1. The victory was worth $38.00 to his faithful backers. The betting board showed that the race was basically a wide-open event and the field of seven didn't disappoint. Fiorentina (Ray Fisher Jr.) took off and set the fractions with times of 29.4, 59.2 and 1:29.1.  The real race then came in the final quarter mile as four trotters began to swoop in on the front-stepping Fiorentina. Studio City, Im The Cashman and Escrow Blue Chip all had chances and made drives on the outside but came up short. Absolutely Certain (Jim McNeight), in the meantime, found the lightning lane just that. He was the quickest down the stretch and was able to trot past Fiorentina, who finished second. Im The Cashman (Drew Monti) took the show position. Absolutely Certain (Malabar Man-River Runs Wild) is owned by Garry Martin and is trained by Sue Stockwell. It was the third victory of the season for the 6-year-old gelding, now a winner of $27,634 in 2014 and $105,725 lifetime. Racing will continue on Saturday night at Buffalo Raceway with a 12-race card scheduled for 6:40 p.m.

Vernon Downs
Mr Web Page (Muscles Yankee-India Hall) scored his win in three starts in the month of June at Vernon Downs in the $10,000 Friday feature race. Both of Mr Web Page's wins have come at the Open I trotting level and both have come with trainer-driver Roman Lopez in the bike. Lopez sent Mr Web Page right to the front at the start but had to sit the pocket trip after War Hero (Howard Okusko Jr.) rolled up to take the lead before the field made it to the backstretch. War Hero then proceeded to dictate matters until the field made it to the stretch. At this point, he drifted away from the inside, which allowed Mr Web Page plenty of space to rally up for a victory by a head in 1:54.4. A Penny Earned (Chris Lems), who was sent off as the favorite in the race, followed Mr Web Page up the inside to claim third place from Evil Urges (Jimmy Whittemore). Evil Urges actually attacked to the outside of War Hero after the half-mile mark, but his effort stalled and he had to settle for fourth. The complete order of finish for the Friday feature was: Mr Web Page, War Hero, A Penny Earned, Evil Urges, Pollux Blue Chip, My Revenuer, Naughty Not Nice. The fractions were 28.2 for the quarter, 58 seconds for the half and 1:26.1 for three-quarters. Mr Web Page is owned by Helping Hands Stables of Woodburn, Ind. Live racing resumes at Vernon Downs with a 10-race program on Saturday night at 6:45 p.m. The second race is the feature event with a purse of $7,200. The 5-2 morning line favorite in the field of six is I Do Hanover.

The Meadows
Dew N Doughnuts followed live cover down the backside, then blew by in the lane to capture Friday’s $15,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life Pace at The Meadows. The 6-5 favorite, Dew N Doughnuts was away fifth for Mike Wilder before riding the bumper of Uncle Goodfellow, a Meadows newcomer. Uncle Goodfellow cleared to the lead in the final turn, but Dew N Doughnuts was stronger in the stretch, downing Uncle Goodfellow by 2-1/4 lengths, with Odin Blue Chip third. Dew N Doughnuts clicked off the final quarter in 27.3 en route to his victory in 1:51.2, matching his lifetime mark. Norm Parker trains Dew N Doughnuts, a 4-year-old son of Real Desire-Artbitration who extended his career bankroll to $117,525, for Thomas Klosky Jr. Tony Hall drove four winners on the 14-race card while Brian Zendt and Wilder each enjoyed a triple.


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