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Racing Roundup: Road Bet set Saratoga track mark
Sunday, July 13, 2014 - by harness publicists across North America

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Sunday's (July 13) edition of Racing Roundup features results stories from Saratoga Casino and Raceway, Tioga Downs and Dresden Raceway.

Road Bet sets track record at Saratoga

Saratoga Springs, NY---Road Bet moved her local record to two-for-two on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga Casino and Raceway as the distaff pacer prevailed once again in the Fillies and Mares Open.

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Road Bet won the Saratoga Fillies and Mares Open in 1:52.2.

Frank Coppola Jr. sat behind Road Bet (Bettor’s Delight) and moved her out to the lead for the second consecutive week. Despite sizzling early fractions which saw the 4-year-old click off an opening quarter of 26.3 and a half of 55.3, Road Bet had something left in the tank in the stretch to repeat.

The win time of 1:52.2 served as a track record for 4-year-old pacing mares as the Kyle Spagnola trainee has asserted herself as one of the mares to beat among the top local pacers.

The race’s 8-5 favorite, Road Bet provided driver Frank Coppola Jr. with one of his three victories on the card. Campanile (Austin Siegelman) was the runner-up in the $17,000 Open for the third consecutive week while Godiva Seelster (Wally Hennessey) earned the show spot.

Live racing resumes on Thursday night with a 6:45 p.m. first post.

-- Mike Sardella

Tioga Downs
After facing stout pressure in a 27-second third quarter,  Fireyourguns ($4.70) held sway in the stretch to take the featured $14,000 Open Pace on Sunday (July 13) afternoon at Tioga Downs. The 5-year-old American Ideal gelding wasted no time finding the top spot, clearing Bet On the Law (Tyler Buter) and Prairie Jaguar (Jim Marohn, Jr.) on the first turn.  After rating a 57-second half-mile, Fireyourguns was pushed along up the backstretch by Bet On the Law, who vacated the pocket with three-eighths to go.  He sustained his push through the far turn, forcing a three-quarter split of 1:24, but Fireyourguns was up for the task, digging in the whole way to protect his lead.  He prevailed by a half-length in 1:53, holding off a stand-side charge from Prairie Jaguar, who angled three-wide off the late duel to take second. Bet On the Law stayed on for third. Trainer Terence McClory co-owns Fireyourguns with Jennifer and Robert Lowe. The win aboard Fireyourguns was one of three on the day for driver Aaron Byron, who also teamed up with Cool Like Fire (1:55.4) and 46-1 longshot winner P H Thunder (1:56.2). Jim Marohn Jr. led all drivers on the day with a grand slam, turning in victorious efforts with Hurricane Howard (1:54.4), Oh My Joepa (1:55), Jolly Lester (1:55.2), and Western Trademark (1:55).

Dresden Raceway
On a day of giveaways and draws at Dresden Raceway, Nick Steward wasn’t giving up anything. Steward was on fire at Dresden Raceway as he hit the winner’s circle four times. The 23-year-old Lucan native scored his first win of the day in the fifth race when he guided M G Idole home in 2:01. The 6-year-old Million Dollar Cam gelding is owned by Joe Muscedere and trained by Todd Kennedy. Steward made it two in a row in the sixth race while between the shafts behind Ramraider, a 9-year-old Rambaran gelding. Ramraider paced the mile in 2:00 for owner/trainer William Leon. Victory's Peanut was Steward’s next winning drive in the ninth race, winning again for Leon as an owner and conditioner. The 10-year-old Brilliant Victory gelding trotted the mile in 2:04.1. Steward wrapped up the driving quad with Callmeinthemorning in the 10th race. The 9-year-old Western Maverick mare is owned and trained by Brittany Kennedy and paced the mile in 1:58.4. Dresden Raceway had a great crowd of about 600 people and wagered a total of $18,095.

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