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Racing Roundup: Last Shot Leeton a longshot repeat winner at Harrington
Monday, September 01, 2014 - from harness publicists across North America

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Monday's (Sept. 1) edition of Racing Roundup features results stories from Harrington Raceway, Vernon Downs and Dresden Raceway.

Last Shot Leeton a longshot repeat winner at Harrington

Harrington, DE --- Overlooked at odds of 14-1, Jeffrey Bartels’ Last Shot Leeton ($31, Roger Plante Jr.) was an upset winner in the $11,000 feature on Monday at Harrington Raceway in 1:52.3.

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Last Shot Leeton was a 1:52.3 winner.

Trained by Eli Scott Jr., Last Shot Leeton settled behind a contested pace which saw Major Bucks on the front in :26.2 to the opening quarter-mile, :55 to the half-mile and 1:23.3 to the three-quarters.

Last Shot Leeton mounted his attack second-over behind favorite People Are Crazy before fanning wide at the top of the stretch and blowing by the leaders for a one length win over Ourea Nourrir and People Are Crazy. It was the second straight win for Last Shot Leeton.

Plante, George Dennis and Ross Wolfenden each had two wins on the ten-race program.

-- Matt Sparacino

Vernon Downs
Drivers Truman Gale and Jimmy Whittemore each scored three victories on the Labor Day matinee program at Vernon Downs. Gale picked up victories in the first race with Mass Appeal (Muscle Mass-Pana Colada), the seventh race with Psyched (Conway Hall-Psychotherapist) and the tenth and final race with Funny Photo (Classic Photo-American Jean). Funny Photo was sent off as the even-money favorite and certainly trotted that way, winning by a comfortable margin of five lengths in a final time of 1:57.
Whittemore won the third race with the betting favorite How Bout Cash (Cash Hall-Hot Chili Girl), the sixth race with Ehi Guaglione (Camotion-Her Eyes Only) and the eighth race with Jokerman (American Ideal-Shark Tail). The drive with Jokerman might have been the most impressive of the day for Whittemore. The horse was sent off at 26-1 and sat last in the field of seven through the three-quarter mark before weaving through traffic in the stretch to strike the front before the wire and win, returning $54 for those who backed him. The $3,500 feature race on the Monday program was the ninth race, which was a work of art by the winner Daley Lovin (Conway Hall-Dreamsrmadeofthis). Trainer-driver Dan Daley sent Daley Lovin immediately to the lead and was never threatened after that. The colt built up an eight length lead through three-quarters and continued to pull away through the stretch, eventually building a winning margin of 16 lengths. The fractions were :27.2 for the quarter, :56.3 for the half, 1:24.3 for three-quarters and a final time of 1:53.4. Daley Lovin is owned by Ann-Mari Daley and Jirl LLC.

Dresden Raceway
Lorne House made an early move with Kendal Gustav and never looked back in the Shelly Goudreau Memorial Pace at Dresden Raceway. House rolled the 5-year-old Life Sign gelding just past the quarter pole and led every step of the way after that move, pushing past the half in :57.1 and three-quarters in 1:27 with a last quarter of :29.4 to win in 1:56.4. Kendal Gustav is owned by Thomas Broadhurst, Shirley Griffin and trainer Scott McNiven. J M Jet Set and Donnie Rankin Jr. closed hard to finish second by a head while Leafs And Wings and Chris Johnston finished third. The Shelly Goudreau Memorial Pace wrapped up a very successful season at Dresden Raceway. Robert Sparling Jr. took Schrader Hanover to the front and never looked back in the OLG Slots Trot.
The 7-year-old Ken Warkentin gelding set fractions of :29.4, 1:00.2 and 1:30.3 for a mile time of 1:59.2. Schrader Hanover is owned and trained by Karl McNaughton.

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