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Silva wants to win the Haughton Memorial

07:03 AM 09 May 2013 NZST
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With the $450,000 George Morton Levy Memorial done and dusted, now New Jersey harness racing trainer Mark Silva wants to win the Haughton Memorial Pace at the Meadowlands.

“If I could win one race this year it would be the Haughton. It has always been a race that has meant a great deal to me,” said Silva who trained Boulder Creek to win a Breeders Crown.

“I know there are lots of bigger races to win but that is the race I’d really want to add to my collection,” he added.

The 47-year-old, who trains out of Gaitway Farms in New Jersey, is currently working a team of six.

He was delighted with Razzle Dazzle’s impressive victory in one of the biggest early season races at Yonkers Raceway.

He rated Razzle Dazzle the second best horse he has trained behind Marnie Hall.

“He’s racing very well at the moment and I just hope he can carry that form into all the big races later in the season. He’s eligible for every feature including the Breeders Crown,” Silva said.

It was the 26th edition of the George Morton Levy Memorial series, which honors the memory of the Harness Hall of Fame founder of Roosevelt Raceway.

Razzle Dazzle, the public choice was at just above even-money.

Razzle Dazzle found a 27-second opening quarter-mile, then rated a 29-second next interval (:56 half) before US harness racing's all-time richest pacer Foiled Again prompting the pace-making Razzle Dazzle to knock out a :27.3 third quarter (1:23.3).

Razzle Dazzle countered, taking a length-and-a-quarter lead into the lane but he had enough in reserve to hold out Foiled Again by a neck to win 1:51.3.

Razzle Dazzle, a 6-year-old Real Desire gelding is owned by Ira Kristel and driven by Brian Sears.

Sears said that if they were going to beat the pole-setting Razzle Dazzle they were going to have to pass him – which they couldn’t.

“He’s a credit to Mark. He’s got him going along so well at the moment. Winning the draw definitely dictated my strategy," Sears said.

"He's been tremendous throughout the series, and all the credit goes to Mark (Silva) for having him on his toes.

“I have all the respect for Foiled Again, but things worked out well for us tonight and we were able to beat him."

To beat Foiled Again is no mean feat.

Silva moved to New Jersey from California 20 years ago. He said another horse to watch this season was Avenue Hanover.

He’s only had Razzle Dazzle since last November. It was his fourth win in six seasonal starts.

To beat Foiled Again was no mean feat.

By Duane RANGER (editor)

Last Saturday's George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series final at Yonkers Raceway:

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