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2015 MI Sire Stakes races at Northville Downs (gallery)

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Kramer wins finale

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On Wednesday, the Michigan Sire Stakes series harness races were held at Northville Downs. The eight stakes races were for Michigan Colt Stakes and Great Lakes Closing Series, for two- and three-year old fillies and colts (or geldings) including both trotters and pacers.

 

Driver Brad Kramer won six races on the day, winning every one of his drives. Drivers Tim Roach and Pete Otten won the other two races.

 

Trainers Al Tomlinson and Kelly Goodwin each had two winners. The other trainers that won stakes races were Brian Boring, Tim Roach (driver/trainer of Phat Stacks), Oscar Sievert, and Greg West.

 

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Race 1 MICHIGAN FAIR STAKES TWO YEAR OLD FILLY TROTTERS
#3 Cover My Assets (Brad Kramer) 2:07.4 Trainer–Brian Boring

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Race 2 MICHIGAN FAIR STAKES TWO YEAR OLD COLT/GELDING TROTTERS
#1 Phat Stacks (Tim Roach) 2:06.3 Trainer–Tim Roach

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Race 3 MICHIGAN FAIR STAKES TWO YEAR OLD FILLY PACERS
#1 Kick It In Kate (Pete Otten) 2:03.2 Trainer–Oscar Sievert

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Race 4 MICHIGAN FAIR STAKES TWO YEAR OLD COLT/GELDING PACERS
#1 Anoche (Brad Kramer) 2:00.1 Trainer–Al Tomlinson

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Race 5 MICHIGAN FAIR STAKES THREE YEAR OLD FILLY TROTTERS
#5 OK’s Lorann (Brad Kramer) 1:59.3 Trainer–Al Tomlinson

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Race 6 MICHIGAN FAIR STAKES THREE YEAR OLD COLT/GELDING TROTTERS
#5 Kameron P (Brad Kramer) 2:03.4 Trainer– Greg West

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Race 7 MICHIGAN FAIR STAKES THREE YEAR OLD FILLY PACERS
#2 Girllookatthatbody (Brad Kramer) 1:58.3 Trainer–Kelly Goodwin

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Race 8 MICHIGAN FAIR STAKES THREE YEAR OLD COLT/GELDING PACERS
#2 Iwillmakeyousaywow (Brad Kramer) 1:57.2 Trainer–Kelly Goodwin

For more pictures of all MI Sire Stakes races, click here.

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