Day At The Track

Yankee Paco 8yo loves the half-mile track

01:19 AM 23 Mar 2010 NZDT
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Connected Yankee and Paul Mackenzie
Connected Yankee and Paul Mackenzie - win today (March 22) at Western Fair by 4 lengths in 2:00.1.
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Since moving to Western Fair Raceway early last month Connected Yankee has shown a definite affinity towards the half-mile harness racing oval as he demonstrated once again today (Monday) in the featured Preferred Trot.

Paul MacKenzie sent the eight-year-old gelding directly to the top and never looked back to win by more than four lengths in 2:00.1 over the track rated Good. Bertorico was second followed by Dash Car.

A regular at Rideau Carleton Raceway before being claimed last month by William Hood of Windsor, Ontario, Connected Yankee was scoring his second win in Western Fair's top trotting class in his last three tries. Joe Pereira trains the 8yo Yankee Paco gelding, who has wons $282,231 in career stakes.

The co-featured $13,500 Preferred Pace also saw the favourite go gate to wire as Button Up was home with a two length advantage in 1:57 for Mike Horner over Donegal Gerald and Oakley Seelster. It was the second straight win in this class for the seven-year-old son of Northern Luck owned by Sure Gain Stable of Mitchell, Ontario and trained by Mark Horner. Button Up upped his career bankroll to $550,000 with tonight's share of the purse.

Sammy Syd used a completely different style to prevail in the $11,500 Mares Preferred. The six-year-old Astreos daughter sat last for the majority of the mile before powering home to win in 1:58.1 for Mike Whelan over Desir and Tennessee Starlit. Trained by Jean Young, who co-owns with Gord Young of London, Sammy Syd now has two wins and a second in three starts so far this year.

Racing resumes at Western Fair Raceway tomorrow at 3:35 with another 12 race card. Program pages and live video of the races are available at


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