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Snap Dancer again a snappy winner at Plainridge
Friday, May 6, 2005 - by Paul Verrette, for Plainridge Racecourse

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Plainville, MA --- For the second time in four weeks, Snap Dancer a established a new lifetime mark, and in the process won the final of the Bunker Hill Trotting Series on Thursday afternoon at Plainridge Racecourse.

Snap Dancer (Plainridge/Alan Mattison)

Plainridge Racecourse/Alan Mattison

Snap Dancer and driver Greg Bowden made a mid-mile move that helped them win the Bunker Hill Trotting Series Final
Driver Greg Bowden sat well off a feverish early pace, which resulted from a speed duel between the favored Slated For Success and Spas Title Wave. On the backstretch, Bowden picked up live cover from Express Me and driver David Marshall, and then tipped three-deep on the final turn.

The three horses thundered to the wire together, and Snap Dancer finished one length better than Slated For Success. Express Me finished third, one and one-quarter lengths behind the winner in a 1:594 mile.

Snap Dancer, a lightly raced 5-year-old, is owned by Bruce Bridgham of New Gloucester, Maine and trained by Fred Ward.

In other action, driver Mike Eaton scored a natural hat trick when he won the final three races on Thursday’s card. Eaton lit up the tote board with the 27-1 shot Illini Jude in the 10th race, and followed that with by scoring with the lightly regarded Keystone Manuel in the 11th race and with Secret Agent Pan in the nightcap.

Racing action shared the spotlight on Thursday afternoon with the drawings for the sixth annual Kentucky Derby Giveaway, in which Plainridge and local charities raffles three wagers on the Kentucky Derby.

The 2005 winners were Rosie Hamilton, who will be able to make a $500 wager; Red Hefern, who will make a $1,500 wager; and Yvonne Higgins, who was the grand prize winner, and who will make a $4,000 bet.

Live racing will resume at Plainridge Racecourse on Monday afternoon, at 4 p.m. (EDT).

Mistake results in a windfall

Ed Holmes of Framingham, Mass. must have been wearing a horseshoe around his neck when he went to the races on Thursday at Plainridge Racecourse.

The former owner of several Standardbreds, and regular patron of the track's simulcast facility, turned a wagering mistake into a small fortune in Thursday's 11th race at Thistledown, a Thoroughbred track located in Cleveland.

Holmes thought he bet the favorite, number 12, with two horse in second in an Exacta, he instead had bet the 11 horse, a 60-1 shot, on top with the other two.

The result was an Exacta payoff of $1,423,60.

-- John Ginnetti, Jr. contributed to this report


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