MANALAPAN, NJ - May 17, 2014 - Western Vintage opened his 2014 harness racing campaign on a winning note, capturing the $50,500 first leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings on Saturday night, May 17, 2014 at the Meadowlands.
The son ofwas sent off as the 6-5 favorite in the 12th race and provided driver with his sixth win of the night.
Western Vintage moved up with cover on the outside tier down the backstretch and then three-wide on the turn for home where he engaged Doo Wop Hanover  until pulling away in the final sixteenth, stopping the clock at 1:49.4 for the mile.
The Nancy Johansson trainee was a one-length winner over Doo Wop Hanover, and it was three lengths back to Frankandjoanne  in third.
Western Vintage [$4.40] picked up his sixth win in nine career starts and pushed his earnings over the $342,000 mark. He races for Perry L. Soderberg of Hightstown, NJ and Marvin Katz of Toronto, Ontario.
Carol Hodes for SBOANJ