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Racing Roundup: Coffee Addict comes first-over to take Meadows feature
Thursday, October 08, 2015 - from harness publicists across North America

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Wednesday's (Oct. 7) edition of Racing Roundup features results stories from The Meadows, Batavia Downs and Vernon Downs.

Racing Roundup: Coffee Addict comes first-over to take Meadows feature

Washington, PA --- Coffee Addict moved first-over to wear down a stubborn Stuck Like Glue and capture Wednesday’s $22,500 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. 

Stuck Like Glue endured a parked-out 26.4 first quarter before reaching the front from post nine. Under Wilbur Yoder’s urging, Coffee Addict inched away in mid-stretch and downed her game rival by 1/2 length in 1:51.4. Certified Ideal was a non-threatening third. 

Norm Parker trains Coffee Addict, a 5-year-old daughter of Dragon Again-Kahlua Queen who now boasts $391,678 in career earnings, for James Clarke, Sr. and Andrew Altobelli. 

Brian Zendt piloted three winners on the 15-race card.

--  Even Pattak

Batavia Downs
Two divisions of $7,700 Open II pacing mares headlined the card at Batavia Downs on Wednesday night (Oct. 7) with eleven ladies going postward.The better of the two contests turned out to be the second when Country Delight ($5.00) took a pocket trip en route to winning the seventh race by a long length.Memumsnotnice (Kevin Cummings) got away sharply as Country Delight (Jack Flanigen) tucked in behind her as the only leaver in the race. From there, Cummings led the field through fractions of :28, :58.2 and 1:27 before they circled the far turn.At the top of the stretch it appeared as if Memumsnotnice had the race won, but Flanigen shooed Country Delight into the passing lane where she accelerated past the leader to win in 1:55.4. It was the ninth win of the year for the 5-year-old American Ideal mare who has now earned $57,473 in purses this year for owner James Frandsen. Country Delight is trained by James Clouser Jr.In the first division, Infrontigo Hanover (Jim McNeight) went to front immediately at the start and maintained that position the entire mile, hanging on to beat the pocket-sitting 1-9 favorite, Climate Hanover (Drew Monti) by a mere nose in 1:57. It was the fifth win of 2015 for Infrontigo Hanover who now has $50,444 in the bank for the year. The 7-year-old Western Hanover mare is trained by Bob Gruber III, who co-owns with Summer Wind Stable of NY. Driver John Cummings Jr. was on fire Wednesday, winning five races on the card. He took his picture with LG’s Pride ($65.50), Seascape Hanover ($5.10), Voltina ($10.80), Hawaiian Joe ($4.60) and Regal Beau ($4.60). Sean McDonough and Jack Flanigen each had driving doubles. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday night with the first post set to go at 6:35 p.m.

Vernon Downs
Ellen McNeil's Looney Dune ($3.80) made all the pace in Wednesday (October 7) evening's featured $7,000 top-level conditioned pace for mares at Vernon Downs, turning aside a mid-race challenge from Table Games before holding off the late-charging Asset Management. Ben McNeil used his inside post to protect the early lead with the 7-year-old Bettor's Delight mare, pocketing Express Jet (John MacDonald) through a :26.3 initial quarter mile before responding to a stout first-over challenge from Table Games (Frank Davis) through the middle half.  As Looney Dune dug in through a :27.4 third quarter, the third-over Asset Management (Fern Paquet, Jr.) launched her bid from off cover, charging stoutly through the stretch.  Despite 18-1 shot Asset Management's rally, Looney Dune had plenty left to hold by half a length, prevailing in 1:52.1.  Kardashian (Truman Gale) emerged from traffic to just take third, while 9-5 second choice Pancakes (Chris Lems) only managed a fourth-place effort from her second-over trip after she was caught in a blind switch a quarter mile from home. John McNeil, III trains Looney Dune. Claude Huckabone, III led all drivers on the card with three wins, teaming up with Turn Em On ($21.00, 1:55.3), Act of Valor ($6.80, 1:58.2), and Day to Ponder ($15.80, 1:53.4). Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Friday (October 9) evening, with the first of 10 races due off at 6:45 p.m. Eastern time.


 






 






 






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