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Pick Me Up wins Green Acres

September 20, 2007
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Pick Up extended her winning streak to three with a length-and-a-half victory in the $35,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Green Acres final for 3-year-old pacing fillies on Thursday at Freehold Raceway.
 
The bay daughter of Dream Away, driven by Michael Cole and trained by Jason Skinner, used rail position to control the lead from start to finish, easily posting a lifetime-best mile of 1:56.2 in the featured fifth race.
 
Pick Up [$5.40, $3.60, $2.40] improved her record to five wins and two thirds in 16 starts this year and 13 of 25 in-the-money finishes lifetime. Picking up the winner’s share of the purse lifted Pick Up’s career total to $72,610.
 
Mr Deli’s Filly [$4.40, $3.20], who is by Artiscape, was second and it was two and a quarter lengths back to Vegemite [$3.00], a daughter of Cam’s Card Shark, in third.
 
Pick Up was bred by her owners, Darnell and Keith Murray of Frankford, Del.
 
In the second race, Happy Dreamer captured the first of two fourth round divisions of the New Jersey Sire Stakes Green Acres for 2-year-old pacing fillies in a stakes record time of 1:55.4.
 
Happy Dreamer, a daughter of McArdle trained and driven by Julie Miller, won by nine and three-quarter lengths over Ideal Priority [by Western Ideal].  It was 11 ¾ lengths back to McBusiness [McArdle] in third.
 
It was Happy Dreamer’s first win in three career starts for her owner-breeder Lomangino Standardbreds of Tinton Falls, NJ.  The 1:55.4 clocking eclipse the previous Green Acres record of 1:56.3 set by Make Me Money [Dream Away] on Sept. 9, 2004.
 
The second of the two $10,000 divisions, carded as the third races, went to Angie Stiller’s Stonebridge Hugs [Artsplace] in 1:59 flat.  Jeff Gregory was in the bike for the Richard “Nifty” Norman trainee.  (NJSS)
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