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rc="" alt="" width="250" height="174" />Golden Receiver was a 1:49.1 winner in the Presidential.


It's "hail to the chief" for Golden Receiver in the Presidential Final

Never headed in the three Presidential rounds, Golden Receiver held off late charges by Annieswesterncard and Blatantly Good to complete the series sweep in 1:49.1. The 7-year-old son ofVillage Jove, driven by Brian Sears, paid $3.00 to win the 10th race headliner.

“No question, that’s a really good mile out there tonight,” Sears said. “He was in hand in the prelims. I knew we were going to have to be really aggressive (tonight); that’s just the style that he races. The wind was a little tough out there tonight and he raced game. It was a great effort and I’m just glad to have gotten it done.”

Golden Receiver, trained by Mark Harder, posted his 40th win in his 100th career start and increased his bankroll to $763,983. Nina Simmonds of Binghamton, N.Y. bred and co-owns the gelding with Stephen Springer, Richard Taylor and Stable 45 (Marcia Gingold and Eugene Kurzok).

Favorites also prevailed in the Complex and Clyde Hirt Series Finals.

Itrustyou, one of six winners on Saturday evening for driver Yannick Gingras, extended his streak to 10 races in the $74,000 Complex. One of four entrants trained by Ron Burke, Itrustyou equaled his 1:50 lifetime mark.

Keep Going and Stonebridge Rocket finished second and third, respectively -- the same positions they held behind the winner through most of the mile.

Special T Rocks came first-up and drew off to by two lengths to win the $73,000 Clyde Hirt Series Final in 1:51 for driver, trainer and co-owner Daryl Bier and partners Forrest Bartlett and Joann Dombeck.

The winner was chased home by the mile’s early leader, Thebestofjoel, and Bolero Andrew, who raced mid-pack much of the way, rallied to get third money.