Weekend harness racing at Lebanon

10:03 PM 04 Feb 2008 NZDT
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Courtesy Of Lebanon Raceway

On Friday, February 1, the races at Lebanon Raceway were cancelled due to ice on the track in front of the grandstand.

Saturday, February 2, although the first few races were forced to endure a sloppy track, as the temperatures dropped the track firmed up and the fans were treated to some fast miles.

The feature race of the night was the Open for Horses and Geldings.

Driver Dan Noble made and appearance on Saturday and found himself in the winners circle behind 14-1 shot Gunners Ace.

Leaving from post position two Noble and Gunners Ace were never challenged from start to finish as they romped to a six and a half length win in 1:57. Two Bills finished second followed by Lookslike Jet in third. Gunners Ace is trained by Brandon Piguet.

In the feature trot of the night Natural Gulf and Jeremy Smith tried a new strategy this week.

After cutting out the mile the past two weeks and being caught at the end and having to settle for place money, Smith and Natural Gulf ducked to the wood from the seven post and then took a second over trip behind betting favorite Dr KC Curry.

This strategy was a winning won as the duo crossed the wire two and half lengths in front of Victory Lane and Faith McKinney. The time of the mile was 2:02.2.

The night saw two pacers remain perfect in 2008.

The Mike Riley trained He's Got It All , with Jeremy Smith in the bike won in 2:02 giving him two in a row and Supervision, who is owned and trained by Tom Smith, paced his mile in 2:00.3 to keep his record perfect for the new year.

Supervision was guided to his win by leading Lebanon Raceway reinsman Jeff Nisonger.

In the drivers standings, Jeff Nisonger still has a commanding lead of 22 wins. Kayne Kauffman remains in second with 7 wins while after a strong showing and four wins on Saturday's card Jeremy Smith has taken over the show position with 6 wins.

Chris McGuire is still leading all trainers with 9 wins. Tom Smith stepped it up this week and is now sitting second with 5 wins.

Mike Riley and Kayne Kauffman round out the top three spots with 4 wins each.

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Lebanon Raceway will be racing every Friday and Saturday night through May 3 with a new, earlier post time of 6:30 p.m. Every Friday night we will have a drawing for prizes that include I-pods, Portable DVD Players, TVs and much more.

On Saturday nights there will be two $100 giveaways. As always, Lebanon Raceway provides simulcasting seven days a week from noon until midnight.

Susan Wilson, Lebanon Raceway

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