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Fancy Footwork recorded his first Open Pace victory on Saturday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Brad Irvine-trained pacer was the runner up in last week’s Open but this week got the job done in the $18,000 feature. Reinsman Joe Bongiorno sat patiently in the third spot through fast fractions but after three quarters in 1:23.2 found open road for Fancy Footwork in the passing lane. The seventh win of the season for the five year old gelding came in 1:52. Earlier this year, Fancy Footwork (Western Hanover) matched the then track record when he scored in 1:51. Bet On Roulette (Wally Hennessey) surged out of the pocket to be the Open’s runner up on Saturday night while front running favorite May Day (Jim Devaux) had to settle for third. Fancy Footwork returned $14.80 to win and led an exacta that paid $115.50 and a trifecta that came back $207. Irvine and Bongiorno also teamed up for the winner of the $14,000 Open Two as A Place In History (I Scoot Hanover) pulled off the upset at odds of 20-1. Live racing resumes on Wednesday night at Saratoga with a 6:45pm first post. by Mike Sardella

VERNON, NY—The slick-striding pacer Western Trademark turned in a mile-leading 1:50.2 performance while winning Saturday night’s $8,000 featured pace at Vernon Downs. With Luke Plano as the pilot, Western Trademark was sent to the front from the word “go” and he never looked back en route to a breezy four-length victory in Saturday’s seventh session. The solid score was the second locally, the fifth this season and the 35th all-time for the 8-year-old son of Western Hanover-Tyber Song, a career-winner of more than $394,000 that is trained by Joe Cordisco and owned by Holly J. Cordisco. Saturday’s featured win was one of two during the evening’s 12-race pari-mutuel program for Plano, the 33-year-old son of Vernon’s leading driver and trainer Rick Plano. Also achieving two-win success during Saturday’s slate were Rick Plano, posting his meet-leading 17th driving double, John Macdonald and Truman Gale. In a non-betting division of the C. K. G. Billings Series for amateur drivers of trotters prior to the betting card, Robert Davis steered Jimmer to a fast-closing 1:58 victory for trainer David Corlew. The 4-year-old gelding is owned by Davis and Terry Vanvalkenburgh. Saturday’s final Billings clash was won by Mark Eaton, who guided Famous Image to a front-striding 1:57.3 triumph in race three. Eaton is the trainer and owner of the determined 8-year-old gelding. DOWNS DOINGS Another Billings contestant, Matt Zuccarello, teamed the pacer Some Or Lis to a 1:55.3 victory in Saturday’s fifth race for trainer Anthony Ellert and owner Richard Dow… Vernon will offer live racing Thursday through Sunday nights next weekend, with first post at 6:45… The program on Sunday, Aug. 25 will feature the first round of this season’s 7th-Annual Drivers” Championship, as well as the $700,000 (est.) Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial for 3-year-old trotters. Sunday’s special card will also include a Corey Callahan bobblehead doll giveaway, free drivers’ championship T-shirts (both items given away while supplies last), as well as iPad and laptop computer giveaways… A revised 2013 racing and stakes calendar, as well as additional information regarding Vernon Downs, its casino, hotel, racing and promotional events can be obtained at www.vernondowns.com. Jim Moran  

Fancy Footwork tied the all-age track record at Saratoga Casino and Raceway on Friday night. The claiming pacer wired the field in the $25,000 claiming pace with reinsman Wally Hennessey in the sulky. Fancy Footwork (Western Hanover) was coming off a 1:52.1 victory when he went coast to coast in a dazzling 1:51 on Friday night. The win time matches the mark set by Rare Jewel in 2006 and tied by Gimmebackmybullets in ’07 and Joey The Czar in ’10. The five year old Margaret Spagnola trainee Fancy Footwork won for the fourth time in his last six starts and became the first non-Open or Sire Stakes horse to pace 1:51 in track history. The final four races on Friday were cancelled due to inclement weather. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with a first post time of 7:05pm. by Mike Sardella  

Western Alumni, a five-year-old Western Hanover gelding, won the $11,000 Open Pace in a season's best 1:54.2 for harness racing owner Tammy Lonkey, of Angola, NY, here at Buffalo Raceway Saturday night (July 6).

We Will See 1:47.4 ($2,549,409), one of the fastest and richest sons of the great Western Hanover, will begin his stud career at the Warwick Stud, Shepparton, of Jack and Luke Primmer in the 2013/14 season.

Saturday's $1,000,000 30th annual North American Pepsi Cup harness race at Mohawk Raceway for three-year-old pacers features a strong field of competition.

Bell On Wheels (Western Hanover) won her first local Open last Sunday at Saratoga Casino and Raceway, pulling off the mild harness racing upset for trainer/driver Harry Landy.

Aruba Vacation and Fern Paquet Jr. were all business on Saturday night in the $16,000 open trot at Tioga Downs. For the past two starts Paquet had sat the two hole with Aruba Vacation and could do no better than fifth and seventh.

Victory Is Coming broke Northfield Park’s track record for five-year-old and up trotting mares on Monday (June 3) by winning the $6,000 Open Trot in 1:55.1. The previous record of 1:56 was shared by Tom's OK Lady (2009 & 2010) and Norma’s Rose (2013).

After a long stretch at the Yonkers half-mile, Annieswesterncard took to the 5/8-mile oval at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs beautifully and scored a harness racing victory in Saturday night's featured Preferred pace.

Last year’s Pacer of the Year, Captaintreacherous, made his three-year-old debut Sunday night at Mohegan Sun Pocono Downs a winning one, but the victory was slightly overshadowed by a super fast racing card and a track record set.

Keystone Velocity (Dan Dube) prevailed from second-over Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $46,000 Open Handicap Pace.

Pence Hanover relied on a pocket trip and powerful late kick to pick up a win in Saturday night's featured Preferred pace at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.

Since being purchased at the Meadowlands sale in January of 2007 for $15,000, Split Ticket has provided owners Richard Morita and David Yamada a lot of great memories, not to mention nearly $200,000 in earnings.

As the sire of the winners in excess of $12-million, Red River Hanover, who is slated to stand the coming season at the Karobeer Lodge, of Karleigh Raymount, Goulburn, is without question one of the most proved harness racing sires available to breeders in New South Wales.

Yonkers Raceway Saturday night played host to the fifth and final preliminary round of the harness racing George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series.

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