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The Pres, Make It Happen Highlight Zweig

August 10, 2008

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Make It Happen did just that in the $153,550 first division of the Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial Trot on Saturday night (Aug. 9) at Tioga Downs, winning in 1:58.
In his first start since finishing third to stablemate Deweycheatumnhowe in the $1.5 million Hambletonian, trainer-driver Ray Schnittker and Make It Happen found themselves in a bit of a tough position as they past the three-eighths pole, sitting sixth on the rail as Proud Moment and Robert Krivelin were hung on the outside fifth.


Krivelin moved forward and Schnittker found just enough room to tip to the outer flow. Down the backside, sitting sixth through a half in 59.4, Schnittker wasted no time tipping three wide and surging to battle the leader Stand Guard and Mike Lachance, as they reached the three-quarter mark of the mile in 1:28.1.


The tight bunch of 3-year-old trotters were everywhere, but nipping the line first was Make It Happen, the 3-year-old son by Conway Hall out of the Valley Victory mare Cherished Victory. It was the fourth win in 10 starts for Make It Happen, who has seemingly gone unnoticed in racing fans’ eyes, even though he has racked up over $562,000 in 2008. Holiday Credit and Jim Morrill Jr. came from off the pace to finish second, while John Campbell and Smoking Gun was third.


In the second division for colt and gelding trotters in the Zweig Memorial, The Pres went straight to the front and never looked back, benefiting from a miscue by the heavy favorite, Big Apple Deli, before the quarter. The lightly raced 3-year old son of Andover Hall, out of the Valley Victory mare Southwind Allaire, tripped the tele-timer in 1:57 with Andy Miller in the sulky. The Pres won for the fourth time in his eighth career start, in which was his biggest victory thus far in his lifetime.


The Pres is trained by Trond Smedshammer for owners Bob Anderson, David Willmot, Douglas Dunbar, and John Fielding. Jim Morrill Jr. and Di Manggio had some trot left late and got up for second, while Star Ledger and Steve Smith got up for third.


In the ladies’ divisions, Celebrity Tribute and Mike Lachance scored in the first division of the Zweig trot for owner Celebrity Farms of New York, N.Y. The victory of 1:57.3 was the second seasonal win for the 3-year-old daughter of Yankee Glide out of the American Winner mare Winning Tribute, who is trained by Staffan Lind. Winbak Dream and Steve Smith nailed down the place spot, while favorite Epangeline and Schnittker managed third.


Hall-of-Famer John Campbell steered Credit Victory to the winner’s circle in the second division for 3-year old filly trotters. The daughter of Credit Winner, out of the Valley Victory mare Victory Finder, is trained by Harald Lunde for owner Anders Olaf Jonsson.


Credit Victory took home the blanket and the winner’s share of the $56,260 purse with a mile timed in 1:58. Supplemental entry Morguns Sweetheart finished second with Steve Smith, while Lindy’s Heiress and Lachance finished third.


Tioga Downs continues live racing action on Sunday, August 10, with a post time of 1:15 p.m., as the New York State Fair Stakes continue to roll on. Tioga would like to remind all drivers, trainers, grooms, owners, and families of the free horsemen’s BBQ in the Tioga Tent immediately following the races on Sunday.(Tioga)

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