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Tigerama sweeps the Spring Championship Series
Saturday, April 5, 2008 - by Greg Blanchard, for the Woodbine Entertainment Group
Rexdale, ON --- Tigerama absolutely
crushed the competition on Saturday night, in completing a sweep of the
Spring Pacing Championship Series at Woodbine Racetrack.
MacDonald wasted no time in sending Tigerama back to the front in the second quarter, and took the field past the half in a sharp :54.4. At that point, Zooka moved up to challenge the pacesetter and prompted Tigerama through three-quarters, in 1:22.4, with Booze Cruzin stalking in a second-over position.
As the field turned for home, MacDonald stomped on the accelerator, and Tigerama hit another gear, pacing away from his rivals powerfully with a :26.4 final frame to stop the clock in 1:49.3. Rustler Steve was more than five lengths back, in second, with the 91-1 shot Fox Valley Tribal finishing third.
Tigerama returned a popular $3.80 for the win.
The victory was the fifth in a row for Tigerama, who is trained by Bill Elliott for owner-breeder Robert Hamather of Exeter, Ont.
No Nonsense Yankee prevails again at Pompano
Sunday, March 30, 2008 - by Michael Costanzo, Public Relations Coordinator, Isle Pompano Park
POMPANO BEACH, Fla --- No
Nonsense Yankee once again asserted himself as the leader of the older
pacing division at Pompano Park on Saturday when visiting the winner’s
circle for the second straight time following a victory in the evening’s
featured $10,000 winners over pace in 1:51.2.
As the field made its initial journey by the grandstand, No Nonsense Yankee was engaged by an aggressively handled Miracle Believer (George Napolitano Jr.), who attacked first over but could not clear, leaving the duo to pace in tandem through middle fractions of :53.4 and 1:22.2.
No Nonsense Yankee sprinted clear of a weakening Miracle Believer on the final turn and entered the stretch with a two-length advantage, and was determined down the lane when holding on gamely to prevail by three-quarters of a length over the late-charging Hesadoozy (Dan Clements).
No Nonsense Yankee returned $4.40, $2.60, and $2.10 for the victory. Hesadoozy paid $4.20 and $2.80 for second, while I Can Only Imagine (Bruce Ranger) brought in $2.20 for third.
Owned by Despina Powell and trainer Mike Deters, No Nonsense Yankee has gotten his picture taken in each of his last two outings, and owns a seasonal record of five wins from nine starts, including a victory in 1:50 to take a second-leg division of the Isle of Capri Pacing Series. The son of Jenna’s Beach Boy has hit the board in 20 of his last 21 appearances.
Bono Bests the competition at the Meadowlands
Sunday, March 30, 2008 - from Meadowlands Media Relations
East Rutherford, NJ ---
Bono Bests narrowly eclipsed the competition to win the $42,000
conditioned pace on Saturday night at the Meadowlands.
The 5-year-old gelded son of Pro Bono
Best posted his fourth victory of the year in his eighth start and
increased his lifetime earnings to $353,645 for Herbert Burns III of
Wallkill, NY and Stephen Demeter of Tarrytown, NY.
Tigerama, Secrets Nephew set for Spring Pacing
Championship show down
Sunday, March 30, 2008 - by Greg Blanchard (WEG Media)
Tigerama and Secrets Nephew both continued
their winning ways in Saturday night's second leg of the Spring Pacing
Championship, setting up an exciting showdown for next week's final.
In the opening split, Tigerama and driver Mark MacDonald jetted out from post seven and put up an opening quarter in a sizzling :25.3. From there, the 8-year-old veteran was able to steal a :29.3 second-quarter breather and then cruised to a 1-1/4 length victory in 1:50.3.
Booze Cruzin was a following second with Rustler Steve finishing third.
The victory was the fourth straight for the Bill Elliott.Secrets Nephew turned in an almost carbon copy performance in his split, blasting to the lead from post six through a :25.4 front panel and then cruising to a three-length tally in1:50.3.
Western Shore, who had just shipped in from South Florida, rallied to pick up the place spot with Camifications closing at the inside to finishthird.
It was the second straight and fourth win in 11 tries this season for the 6-year-old son of Camluck-Table For Seven.
The C$91,000 Spring Pacing Championship Final will go next Saturday night at Woodbine with both Tigerama and Secrets Nephew aiming for the series sweep.
Levy spice Saturday card at Yonkers
Wednesday, March 26, 2008 - by Frank Drucker, publicity director, Empire City at Yonkers Raceway
Yonkers, NY -The George
Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series, a premier Free-For-All event, begins
Saturday with a trio of $50,000 divisions (races five, seven and nine).
A field of 24 of the 38 eligibles are set for the first of five
Defending champ Maltese Artist landed behind the eight-ball in the opening event for Grismore and Burke. The 7-year-old Artiscape gelding, fast approaching double-millionaire status, needs better friends in various race offices. He was stuck with a 10-hole across the river last week, when he left for a seat and never found room.
Took Hanover (Merton, post one) toyed with an Open Handicap crowd here from the same starting venue two weeks ago, while Palone Ranger (Catello Manzi, post two) returns to the scene of his '06 Messenger upset.
The second Levy grouping is led by Special Report (Larry Stalbaum, post seven), who was second to Maltese Artist in the '07 Levy and second-best in his last four '08 tries. The 6-year-old Keystone Raider gelding, owned by Hugo Iodice and trained by Kim Asher, has hit the board in eight of his nine seasonal efforts (three wins, those four seconds and one third).
Saturday night's final Levy divide finds the local debut of North America's richest harness horse, Mr Feelgood (Andy Miller, post three). The 5-year-old son of Grinfromeartoear has won his last couple and four-of-five, including the $267,700 final of Pompano's Isles of Capri four weeks ago (life-best 1:49.4). He enters with '08 cash of $247,750 after edging Special Report from the pocket (just like in the Isle) last week at the Meadowlands. Jimmy Takter trains for Lindy Farms, Brittany Farms and John Fodera.
Panaramic Art (Greg Grismore, post five), he of the gaudy 20 consecutive victories (six-for-six this season), returns to Westchester for his first crack at the upper echelon. The 4-year-old Hot Pans gelding, last seen parimutuelly winning the final of the Exit 16W across the river late last month, abused overmatched foes here in three successive starts last October/November.
The Levy, named after the founder of Roosevelt Raceway, returned in '07 after an 11-year hiatus.
March 24, 2008
MORE OF A BATTLE- Booze Cruzin was third in his Spring Pacing Championship heat at Woodbine Saturday, as he made just his second start of the season… Defending champ Maltese Artist could not overcome post ten at the Meadowlands in a $42,000 race that saw possible Battle contender Bono Bests finish fourth… Mypanmar, owned by Bob Glazer’s Pepper Pike-based Peter Pan Stables, and trained by Virgil Morgan, Jr., who won a training title here in 1999, posted his second straight impressive qualifier as he preps for the Battle off a six-week freshening, but he was not as impressive as Panaramic Art. After a month break, the winner of 20 straight races picked up a qualifying win at The Meadowlands, as well… Word comes from the Sunshine State (that’s Florida) that No Nonsense Yankee, another Battle hopeful, was scratched sick from his scheduled Pompano Park start on Saturday, March 22.
Favourites Deliver In SPC Opener (Courtesy of
March 22, 2008
Secrets Nephew and Tigerama both prevailed as favourites in their respective $50,000 opening round division of the Spring Pacing Championship for four-year-olds and older at Woodbine Racetrack on Saturday.
Secrets Nephew delivered on his 3-5 promise for trainer/driver Lyle MacArthur in the first division. Starting from Post 4, Secrets Nephew was away in third as Booze Cruzin (Jody Jamieson) cruised out to the lead in :27.1. Down the backside, Secrets Nephew brushed to the front and took charge prior to the :56.3 half.
From there, the six-year-old son of Camluck breezed through three quarters in 1:24.3 and held off a first-over challenge from Camifications (Rick Zeron) by a length and a quarter in 1:52. Booze Cruzin completed the top three.
MacArthur co-owns Secrets Nephew ($3.40) with partner Frank Grandinetti. In 10 starts this year, he is 3-5-2 with earnings of $132,900. Lifetime, the pacer has won 26 races and has banked $817,617.
Tigerama, sent off at 1-5, was in a world of his own in the second split. Driver Mark MacDonald sent the eight-year-old son of Village Jiffy to the point of command in :25.4 and the race was all over before it even started.
The Bill Elliott trainee paced through panels of :55.1 and 1:23 en route to a three-length victory in 1:50.4. Ramegade Bruiser (Chris Christoforou) was parked the entire mile but still finished second while Zooka (Mario Baillargeon) was third.
Robert Hamather bred and owns Tigerama ($2.60), who has won three straight and four-of-nine in 2008 with $113,650 in the bank. A 55-time winner in his career, Tigerama pushed his earnings total to $1,403,278.
With Keith Gisser
March 17, 2008
A PANARAMIC BATTLE? Iowa-bred phenom Panaramic Art has been invited to the April 19 Battle of Lake Erie and his owners are seriously considering a trip to the Route Eight Oval. The son of Hot Pans has posted an incredible 20 consecutive wins and has been first or second in 37 of 38 lifetime starts. As it may with several Battle possibles, an Ohio trip hinges on his performance in the Levy series at Yonkers. Panaramic Art is owned by the Squawk Box Stable and Keep The Dream Going, Incorporated, and is trained by Albert Meyer. Chicago-based Booze Cruzin made his seasonal debut Saturday with an easy 1:54.2 Maywood Park Open Handicap win, and is being pointed to the Battle by trainer Joe Seekman. He is owned by Michigan-based Broekhuis Stables. The Battle of Lake Erie website profiles a number of possible contenders. Log on to www.northfieldpark.com and click on the Battle of Lake Erie graphic to check it out
Mr Feelgood rides pocket to Isle of Capri win
Sunday, March 02, 2008 - by Michael Costanzo, public relations coordinator, Pompano Park
Pompano Beach, FL - Mr Feelgood used the biggest stage in Florida harness racing to establish himself as the top older pacer in North America on Saturday (March 1), prevailing in the $267,000 Isle of Capri Pacing Series final at Pompano Park in a track record-equaling time of 1:49.4
Driven from post 4 by Andy Miller, Mr Feelgood was away from the gate alertly, settling comfortably in the pocket as Special Report and Wally Hennessey went directly to the front, cutting the opening quarter mile in a modest 27 seconds.
“The race set up perfectly for us,” Miller said from the winner’s circle following his victorious drive. “We got out of the gate well, and so did Special Report, and we just followed him around the racetrack.”
Special Report took the field through middle fractions of :55.1 and 1:22.2, facing a first-over challenge from Western Ace and Howard Parker, while still being tracked intently from second by Mr Feelgood.
Special Report exited the final turn with a 1 ¼-length advantage over Western Ace, who drifted out in mid-stretch while weakening, which provided Mr Feelgood with the opening needed to angle off the pylons and make a late charge at the leader, wearing that rival down in the final yards to post a half-length victory.
“Special Report brought us right to the top of the lane, and my horse was just loaded with pace when we turned for home,” Miller said. “Once we were clear, he finished the race extremely strong. The trip worked out just great.”
Mr Feelgood returned $12.00, $4.00, and $5.60 for the victory. Special Report paid $4.00 and $2.20 for second, while Western Ace brought in $3.60 for third. Fake Denario N, Maltese Artist, Green River Gorge, No Nonsense Yankee, Predator DVM, and Disco Dragon completed the order of finish.
“He’s had a great return to the races,” Myron Bell, a representative of Brittany Farms, said. “We’ll most likely head to Yonkers from here for the George Morton Levy Series, and then pick our future spots from there.”
The 5-year-old son of Grinfromeartoear, out of the Jate Lobell mare Best of Memories, captured the first-leg of the Isle of Capri Pacing Series in 1:51 on Feb. 16, but finished a disappointing seventh in last week’s second leg, stopping uncharacteristically after the half-mile marker.
“He suffered from heart fibrillation in last week’s race,” Bernie Norman of the Jimmy Takter Stable said after the race. “But he was fine the day after, and all week long he was doing really well.
“He warmed up great this evening,” Norman added. “And I knew the moment I saw the draw that we got the perfect spot, as most of the top contenders were on the outside.
“He’s quick behind the gate and can leave and get the right trip. Like he showed in the first leg, he can pace very fast when he gets a good trip.”
Mr Feelgood’s winning time of 1:49.4 equaled the Pompano Park track for an older horse, matching the mark set by Parson’s Den in 1999 and He Wants it All in 2006. The clocking was also one-fifth of a second off the all-age track record of 1:49.3, set by Load the Dice in last year’s Isle of Capri final.