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Strong Yankee scores

June 16, 2006

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The renewed rivalry between last year’s Breeders Crown winner Strong Yankee and Hambletonian champ Vivid Photo didn’t exactly materialize Friday night at the Meadowlands as Strong Yankee won in 1:53, but Vivid Photo was fourth, a few lengths behind the winner.

Strong Yankee, making his first start of the season, was raced in mid-pack for most of the mile, but took the lead in the homestretch and won by a head over Elegant Man, the race pacesestter.

Vivid Photo was raced off the pace as well, but never got into the race. He had spotted Strong Yankee 3 ¾ lengths at the top of the homestretch, and his :27.2 closing kick only brought him a fourth-place finish.

Strong Yankee is owned by the Strong Yankee Stable and trained by Trond Smedshammer. Last year the son of Muscles Yankee won eight of 20 starts and earned $1.1 million.
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