Weekend harness racing at Lebanon

01:26 AM 12 Feb 2008 NZDT
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On Friday, February 8 at Lebanon Raceway, Jeff Nisonger was the winning driver in both divisions of the feature pace for fillies and mares.

The first division of the NW of $550 per start went to the Chris McGuire trained Silky Sailor.

Coming first up before the half, Silky Sailor and Nisonger battled Miss Grady White, with Trent Stohler in the bike, head to head before getting a length advantage at the wire.

The time of the mile was 2:00.3. Evening Snow took advantage of a tiring Miss Grady White to capture the place position while Miss Grady White settled for show.

Gran Cameo was the winner of the second division of the feature.

Nisonger had her second over at the half and three deep headed to the front at the three quarters, winning easily in 1:59.2 for the Jerry Grant Stable.

For Nisonger this was the second of four wins for the night. The third win was a wire to wire romp with Proud Millie in 2:01.1 number four was with Tony Price's Red Teddy in 2:01.

Driver Jack Dailey would not be out done on Friday. Dailey racked up four winning drives of his own.

Arizona Finale (2:02.3),Brat Attack (2:01.3), The Blue Baboon (2:04.3) and Winsmith Rachel (1:59.4) were the quartet that Dailey took to the winners circle.

Saturday night looked like Jack Dailey was starting where he left off Friday.

In race one, benefiting from the rail position, Dailey took CJs Criket wire to wire in 2:04.2.

The second race found Dailey with the rail again, opting for a two hole trip this time Jack again went to the winners circle with Fred B Plumsted, 2:01.4. This true "Dailey Double" returned $32.20.

The night was capped off for Jack Dailey as he won the feature pace of the night for horses and geldings. Soul Patrol wasted no time getting himself to the front after scoring from post position nine in the second tier.

As they headed down the stretch,the pre-race favorite Fox Valley Jammin made a run at Soul Patrol but came up a head short at the wire. The mile was paced in 1:58.

The feature trot of the night, race three, was all Big Boy Josh and owner, trainer, driver Charlie Conrad.

With the lead from the half on, Big Boy Josh held off a challenge by Kayne Kauffman and Mac Port to win by an impressive two and a half lengths in 2:02. Natural Gulf was second followed by That's George in third.

Kayne Kauffman was denied in the third, but he was definitely not defeated.

In races four through seven Kauffman would be unstoppable.

The fourth was won by Malprktz Bluegrass (2:01), the fifth was Warrior Lee (2:01.2), the sixth was Brazen Flash (2:00.4) and race seven was won by CSI Love Hurts (2:03.2). Kauffman brought another to the winners circle in race twelve, Mom's Magic (2:01.3) and in the thirteenth, Jockey's Tornado (2:00.3).

As if ending the night with six winning drives would not be enough, all of Kauffman's winners with the exception of Brazen Flash and Jockee's Tornado came from his own stable.

With this week ends performances recorded, Kayne Kauffman remains in second on the drivers standings behind Jeff Nisonger. Jack Dailey moves up from fourth to third after his efforts this week end.

Although Nisonger has a commanding lead of 15 wins at this point the race for second and third is only 3.

Trainer Chris McGuire remains king of the trainer standings for another week but the pack is whittling into his lead.

Kayne Kauffman takes over the second position just three wins away from McGuire's leading eleven. Tom Smith's Stable slips to third this week with seven wins.

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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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