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Allamerican Celeb joined a pair of other productive pacers as the winningest equine performers of the season at Vernon Downs following a 1:52.3 victory in Thursday night's $9,000 featured sixth race. Competing in the week's Open test for females on the lateral gait, the favorite Allamerican Celeb ($3.50) continued her proven recipe for success, rallying from fifth at the half to gain the lead in the stretch, and then drawing off for a one length triumph over the second-betting choice, Chantal Hall.

Trainer George Teague, Jr., driver Jim Morrill, Jr. and Windfall Blue Chip were notable participants in Friday night's (Aug. 7) $180,420 New York Sires Stakes feature for 2-year-old male pacers at Vernon Downs.

Bluff Point, a two-year-old pacing colt by Pro Bono Best-Hannah Road, loved the sloppy track, and won a $26,714 division of the NYSS in 1:59.3 for owner Megan Wilson here at harness racing's Buffalo Raceway Saturday night. (July 25)

New York-bred sophomore pacing colts and geldings in the New York Sires Stakes late closing program will be in the spotlight at Monticello Raceway on Wednesday afternoon, July 22. Five $12,700 divisions will go as races one, two, four, five and eight on the13-race card.

Waltrip Hanover continued his winning ways for Wanda Polisseni's Purple Haze Harness Racing Stables with a 1:52.1 pacing performance in the $9,000 featured eighth event at Vernon Downs on Saturday night (July 11).

Local gelding, Gone Baby Gone, turned in the fastest time of the seven New York Sire Stakes divisions for freshmen pacing colts and geldings presented at Monticello Raceway on July 9 when the meets leading driver Billy "Zeke" Parker, Jr. guided the altered son of Pro Bono Best-Soft Sell to a 1:58:4 victory in their $21,701 split.

Ever since the growth of the rich New York Sire Stakes program breeding has seen a boon in the state as top-flight stallions have made their way to various breeding farms in the State. And from their well-bred off-spring more colts than ever are not only making the races but excelling.

Allamerican Celeb began an overland journey from sixth in the early going that carried her to a 1:52.2 triumph in Friday's night's $9,000 Open feature for female pacers at Vernon Downs. Leaving from post five in Friday's sixth race, Allamerican Celeb found herself in last place at the half way mark, timed in :56 seconds.

Allamerican Celeb closed from fourth in a :27.2 final quarter to capture Friday night's $9,000 featured eighth event at Vernon Downs. Third pick in the wagering, Allamerican Celeb bided her time in fourth place as Chantal Hall took the week's distaff Open pace field to the half in :56.3.

Baileysirishdream wore down the early leader in the third quarter before trotting on to a 1:57.3 victory in Thursday night's fourth race at Vernon Downs. Jimmy Whittemore, the meet's second-leading dash-winner, did the teaming for trainer Ray Van Dreason as Baileysirishdream advanced from sixth at the quarter to fourth at the half, timed in :58 seconds over a "sloppy" track.

Buffalo Raceway kicked off its 2009 New York Sire Stakes action on Wednesday (June 3), with five divisions worth $31,695 each for three-year-old New York bred pacing fillies. In the last division of the night, Perfect Launch, a Riverboat King offspring, won in 1:56.4 for owner Ken Jacobs of Baldwinsville, NY. Trained by Linda Toscano and driven by Jim Morrill, Jr., Perfect Launch ($4.00) shot to the front from post three, and set all the fractions in the race, :29.3, :58.3, and 1:28.1.

Newcomer Sharpshootennorris turned in the fastest trotting mile of the meet, while Chantal Hall captured the week's featured distaff pace during Friday night's (May 1) 11-race program at Vernon Downs.

Allamerican Idol won the $42,000 Open/Preferred Handicap, Frog Juice, the $37,500 Delaware Special along with four $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund Colt Pace 2nd leg events highlight the racing Monday, March 30 at Dover Downs.

Allamerican Idol, a bargain purchase who has blossomed under patient handling, bids for his second Meadowlands stakes title this season in the $132,000 Four Leaf Clover Final Saturday night. The Complex Series champion, trained by Tom Fanning, is rated at 10-1 on the morning line from post three in the Four Leaf Clover for older pacers.

LT's best won the $32,000 Open trot and Jobo Da'Shabra took the $21,000 trot at Dover Downs on Wednesday, March 18. Tony Morgan had four winning drives. Razor sharp LT's Best, driven by Vince Copeland, held off a strong stretch drive by Joey The Jet JT and Ross Wolfenden by half a length to win the week's top trot.

The big names continue to crash out of the up-coming million dollar Watpac Inter Dominion series starting at the Gold Coast on March 14. Former North American pacer Bono Bests becomes the latest high profile casualty to be withdrawn from the series after connections noticed filling in his nearside front tendon yesterday.

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