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Racing Roundup: Wilder wins six, including feature at The Meadows
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - from harness publicists across North America

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Wednesday's (June 10) edition of Racing Roundup features results stories from The Meadows, Buffalo Raceway, Harrington Raceway and Harrah's Philadelphia.

Wilder wins six, including feature at The Meadows

Washington, PA --- Mike Wilder piloted six winners Wednesday (June 10) at The Meadows, including the feature — a $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace — with Seventh Secret.

Wilder collected two wins for trainer Tim Twaddle and one each for conditioners Dan Altmeyer, Rick Clapper, Lou Goans and Dane Snyder.

Seventh Secret was a newcomer to The Meadows’ top pace, but he didn’t let the veterans of the class bully him. He sped to the lead from post two for Wilder and rolled home comfortably in 1:50.3. At Press Time rallied for second, 3/4 lengths back, while Easy Again shot the Lightning Lane for show.

Altmeyer trains Seventh Secret, a 4-year-old son of Allamerican Native-Secret Song who extended his career bankroll to $218,134, for Ruth Altmeyer, Eric Hucthison and Heather Wilder.

Elsewhere on the program, Hillbilly Hanover notched a front-end victory in 1:49.4, first sub-1:50 mile this year at The Meadows. Aaron Merriman drove the 6-year-old Dragon Again-Hattie gelding for owner/trainer Bill Bercury.

-- Evan Pattak

Buffalo Raceway
The old saying goes, 'Records were made to be broken'. At Buffalo Raceway, that cliché is sure holding true. For the eighth time this season, a track record was broken on the lightning fast half-mile oval at the Erie County Fairgrounds in Hamburg. There already have been seven different divisional standards re-established in 2015. Wednesday night (June 10) in the $9,500 conditioned trot, Winkys Pride had the honors of getting her name in the record book with a 1:57.2 time over the fast track. The time broke the trotting mark for all-aged mares of 1:58.1 set on April 22, 2015 by Serendipitious and the aged mare standard of 1:58.2 set by Escrow Blue Chip in 2012. Driver Drew Monti set reasonable marks with Winkys Pride ($5.90), putting up times of 29.2, 59.1 and 1:29. But the clincher was the last panel as Monti had Winkys Pride in high gear, posting a 28.2 last quarter. It put away second place finisher Diamonds For Life (Cummings) and Justgottogetthere (Jim McNeight) who took third. Owned and trained by Robert Hummel, the 7-year-old Winkys Pride (Amigo Hall-Winky's Smile) has now won four times in nine tries this season, putting $14,527 in the bank. It also moved her career earnings to $186,062. For 18-year-old Wade Tomaszewski, it was a memorable night for him as he scored his first pari-mutual victory of his career by taking V'La Faire gate-to-wire in 1:56.4, returning $4.60 as the favorite. Tomaszewski has been knocking on the door for his first win. He was in the money in 4-of-8 career starts before registering his first win in his ninth appearance. The 10-race card was marred by an accident at the start of the sixth race, which was declared 'no contest' by the judges. There were no serious injuries to either horses or drivers.

Harrington Raceway
Legacy Racing of Delaware and Reginald Hazzard's Rolls Blue Chip ($5.20, Allan Davis) won his Delaware debut Wednesday (June 10) with a 1:55.3 triumph in the $16,000 Open Trot at Harrington Raceway. The Wayne Givens-trainee protected his rail post position and led most of the mile in his 1-1/2 length win over Enrico As and Powerful Charger. Favorite Classic Belisima, who had won six straight races, got away sixth at the start and finished fourth. Rolls Blue Chip, a 5-year-old Credit Winner stallion, was a recent $85,000 purchase for his new connections and had spent most of his career previously racing in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. George Dennis had three driving wins and a training double. Drivers Ross Wolfenden, Victor Kirby, Tony Morgan and Allan Davis each had two wins.

Harrah's Philadelphia
The featured event on Wednesday afternoon from Harrah's Philadelphia was an upper-conditioned level filly and mare pace going for a purse of $22,000. The post time favorite was Gilbert Garcia-Herrera's Marathon Day (George Napolitano Jr.). The daughter of Well Said was a beaten favorite in her last out against tougher at Yonkers. She secured pocket position as the race began, following the speed of Jeremes Sweetheart (Yannick Gingras) to the quarter pole in :26.3. Bruce Saunders trainee Coffee Addict (Corey Callahan) left from post eight and was able to take the lead after traveling the entire first quarter wide. After a rated second quarter of :28.4, longshot Greatdayforamerica (Montrell Teague) attempted a first-over push, but failed to get any closer than four lengths from the lead. After three-quarters in 1:23.1, Coffee Addict was still clear on the lead. As they turned for home however, longshot Mach A Wish (Brett Miller) began to rally, after a ground saving journey for most of the mile. They hit the wire together, with Coffee Addict holding on by a head, stopping the clock in 1:52.1. The winner paid $11.40, keying a $189.00 exacta. There was a dead heat for third between Marathon Day and Jeremes Sweetheart. It was the 16th career win for Coffee Addict and her second win of the season. She is owned by James Clarke and Andrew Altobelli. In other notes, driver Tim Tetrick had four wins, while George Napolitano Jr. had three on the day.

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