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2008 North America Cup Day Results

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Clerk Magistrate wins the 2008 Goodtimes Stakes
Clerk Magistrate wins the 2008 Goodtimes Stakes

Clerk Magistrate wins the 2008 Goodtimes Stakes at Mohawk Racetrack

© Cindy Pierson Dulay
There were four other stakes events on the Cup undercard. The first of these was the $279,786 Goodtimes Stakes for 3-year-old trotters. 5-2 second choice Clerk Magistrate battled on the front end to the outside of 10-1 B Strike Three through a half in 57 2/5 and 3/4 in 1:25, then pulled away through the stretch to win by 4 1/2 lengths over 68-1 Guida Muscle. 9-10 favorite Windsong Espoir failed to rally and finished fifth. However, Guida Muscle was disqualified and placed fifth for failing to continuously lose ground after breaking stride in mid stretch.

Winning driver Trevor Ritchie said, "It was a way different trip from last week, which wasn't what I wanted. I was planning to get away mid-pack but it didn't turn out that way. I honestly didn't know what (Clerk Magistrate) had left, but I knew I hadn't kicked the (ear)plugs on him so I hoped he'd respond this week like he did last week. He proved he's the best of the group up here, coming first up like that you have to put him near the top of the class."

Owner-trainer Per Henriksen added, “He’s got three weeks now before the Stanley Dancer, and then the Hambletonian after that. Last week I could tell he was on the right way, he kicked home in 26 3/5 last week (in the elimination). Today he had to go the hard way and he proved to be the best. I don’t think we’ve seen the best of him yet. I told Trevor to trust the horse and see what he can do."

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