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Van Genderen victorious at Boone

first_imgBOONE, Iowa (April 23) – It was night number two of IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly points racing at Boone Speedway on Saturday. Close racing, and exciting finishes gave the fans their money’s worth.In the Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified division, Mike Van Genderen took the win from his eighth place starting position.  He ran down Josh Truman after several laps of tormenting him high and then low, and finally taking command at lap 10. Truman kept Van Genderen within striking distance but to no avail and had to settle for the runner-up spot.Russ Dickerson charged through the field from starting 10th to take third place. Veteran Denny Pittman was fourth and Jimmy Gustin finished fifth from starting 12th.The IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature win went to Wayne Gifford. Gifford had the lead at lap two, and never relinquished it the rest of the way.  Jay Schmidt had him in his sights for most of the 18-lap event but was never able to make the pass, and had to be content with second.Donavon Smith, who last week got his 100th career win, started 12th and finished in third place.  Fourth went to Tyler Pickett, who barely beat out Trent Murphy, in fifth, at the finish line.Brandon Williams took home the win in the 18-lap Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod main event. He had to run down pole sitter Thor Anderson in doing so. Anderson led the field until the persistent challenges of Williams paid off at lap 15.Tenth place starter Randy Roberts attempted a challenge but fell short for a runner-up finish. Third went to early leader Anderson, 11th place starter Jake McBirnie was fourth and Johnathon Logue finished fifth from his 12th place starting position.Solomon Bennett led the 12-lap IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature from start to finish.  He was chased the entire distance by John Watson, who finished second.  Third place went to Dustin Lynch, Eric Stanton started 10th and finished fourth, and Dustin Graham took fifth.last_img read more


Kazeem shocks Camelot for Gold

first_imgAl Kazeem produced a tremendous performance to lower the colours of hot favourite Camelot in the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh. Roger Charlton’s British raider was settled in last place of the four runners, just behind Camelot, as the market leader’s stablemate Windsor Palace took them along in single file. All looked to be going well enough for triple Classic winner Camelot but James Doyle ranged upsides at the quarter-mile pole on the lightly-raced Al Kazeem (9-4) and it soon became apparent he had his rival’s measure. Press Associationcenter_img Quickening in great style, Charlton’s five-year-old claimed the Group One prize with something in hand. A length and a half was the winning margin for Al Kazeem, who was having just his second start since victory in the Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket last May. Charlton said: “He’s been a slow maturing horse. Last year he came home with a stress fracture of his pelvis in the Jockey Club Stakes. His work has been really impressive and James said the ground was a bit lively for him there. He’s a good horse and he rode him confidently. The plan was to drop in behind Camelot and he rode a good race. “We can look at all the top races over a mile and a quarter and we also know he stays a mile and a half very well. I’d like to think maybe the Arc at the end of the season. Ascot is an obvious possibility, we’ve also got the Eclipse – there’s lots of lovely races there for him.” Doyle was riding his first winner in Ireland and was recording his second Group One winner after the Charlton-trained Cityscape in Dubai last year. He added: “All credit to Mr Charlton – he’s done a fantastic job with the horse and he’s done a fantastic job with me as well. He took me on – I’d never even ridden in a Group One race before and he gave me a massive opportunity in Dubai and it paid off. “Without people like him I’d probably be doing OK but I wouldn’t be here today in these type of races. He’s a great boss and a great person to work for. He gives me great confidence. My grand-father is from Monasterevin. He’s 75 now and he’ll be at home watching. My mother used to train and right from an early age I had ponies and stuff. I started riding out when I was about 12 years of age. I’m 5ft 10, it’s not easy but as I’ve got older I’ve become more disciplined. I can comfortably do 8st 10 so it’s grand.” Aidan O’Brien admitted he has had to tread carefully with Camelot after the horse had surgery for colic late last year, saying: “They say it usually takes six months to get over an anaesthetic as big as he had, so we are taking him along gently. He ran a very good race. Obviously we are disappointed he got beat, but that’s the way it is and it’s a stepping stone on the way.The plan was to go here and then go to Ascot and I think that is still the plan at the moment.” last_img read more