Dancin Yankee makes it two wins in a week

02:13 AM 25 Sep 2012 NZST
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Dancin Yankee and Ross Wolfenden have
Dancin Yankee and Ross Wolfenden have - too much momentum for Wind Me Up winning in 1:52 even.

Robert Briley and Baron Racing Stable's Dancin Yankee ($2.60, Ross Wolfenden) overcame post eight to prevail in the featured $20,000 Open harness racing event on Monday (September 23) at Harrington Raceway in 1:52.

It was the second straight win for the 4-year-old Yankee Cruiser stallion, who is trained by Josh Green and made his Harrington debut last week with a 1:51 win that resulted in a track record.

The record was short lived however as Bobby Quillen Memorial winner Betterthancheddar eclipsed the mark four races later with a 1:49.2 world-record equaling performance. In his repeat bid, ‘Yankee' left from post eight and took an early tuck in the fourth position before puling first over past the half mile where he would begin to duel pacesetter Wind Me Up.

The two sped to three quarters in 1:24.2 before Dancin Yankee edged clear of a stubborn Wind Me Up in deep stretch. Cracker Pullet was third. Dancin Yankee has made more than $217,000 in 2012.

It was one of three winners on the program for Wolfenden.

Twelve-year-old pacer Village Blitz ($23.20, Tony Morgan) earned his 63rd career win earlier on the program with a 1:53 triumph.

The son of Village Jiffy has raced 323 times and banked nearly $900,000 for owner/trainer Arty Foster Jr.

by Matt SPARACINO

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