Day At The Track
Rather Swell, harness racing

Dexter gets it dunn, betting tops $3m

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Driver Dexter Dunn was electric at the Meadowlands Saturday night, and so was the harness racing action, as Dunn scored four times on the program and wagering reached the magic $3-million mark for the fifth time in 2019. Dunn got his night off to a quick start, sweeping the Early Daily Double with a pair of Tim Lancaster trainees. Smileandsaycheese came from well off the pace to take the opener, a conditioned pace, in 1:52.1 at odds of 12-1 before 2-1 favorite Four Staces completed the DD - which paid $85.80 - in a $15,000 up to $20,000 claiming handicap pace in 1:52.4. The New Zealand native swept another Daily Double, this one beginning in race four, scoring with the Chris Ryder-trained American World in 1:53 in a non-winners of one pace as the 2-1 second choice before winning with Rather Swell, the 7-5 public choice, for trainer Mike Watson in a $10,000 up to $12,500 claiming handicap pace in 1:54.1. That DD returned $20.80. All-source wagering totaled $3,082,637, good for the fifth-best night of action at the Big M - as well as the industry - this year. A total of $313,088 was bet on the opener, $345,218 on the fourth race ($103,276 in the Exacta pool alone) and $317,809 on the fifth as those three races accounted for $976,115 of the evening's action. The 50-Cent Pick-4 pool reached six figures for the seventh time in 11 tries, as $101,640 was poured into the pot. A LITTLE MORE: Dover Downs invader Highalator destroyed a high-class conditioned field of pacers in the eighth race by 5¾ lengths. Driver Richard Still guided the Jenny Bier trainee to the easy speed win in 1:50.2 as the 6-5 favorite for his 23rd victory in 55 lifetime starts. ... Rebel Rouser made the lead while parked at the quarter and went down the road from there in an ultra-competitive non-winners of four on the pace in race 12. The Robert Cleary trainee sprinted his final quarter in :26.4 on the way to his fourth straight score. Andy McCarthy guided the winner to a lifetime-best mile time of 1:51.1. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m., featuring the second edition of the 20-Cent Can-Am Pick-4. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

Ideal Jimmy, harness racing

Rodeo Rock, Ideal Jimmy double up in Levy

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, March 23, 2019 - Saturday night's (March 23rd) night second round of Yonkers Raceway's George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series didn't do a whole lot to establish a clear harness racing favorite, though some of the contenders did indeed state their cases. Another happy half-dozen, $50,000, Free-For-All groups were contested, with a pair of repeaters leading the way. Here's the succinct story, not necessarily in chronological order... Second division - Odds-on Rodeo Rock (Andrew McCarthy, $3.50)-from post position No. 5--'ran down' loose leader Gokudo Hanover (George Brennan), prevailing first-up by a head in 1:52.1. The 13-1 latter had open lengths through intervals of -:26.4, :56.1 and 1:24. Rock the Nite (Mark MacDonald), More the Better N (Scott Zeron) and Major Crocker A (Dan Dube) picked off the remainder, while an amiss Bit of a Legend N (Jordan Stratton) lost touch from a pole-sitting pocket and finished sixth. For Rodeo Rock, a 6-year-old Rock N Roll Heaven gelding owned by Royal Wire Products and trained by Robert Cleary, it was his third win in as many seasonal starts (2-for-2 in series). The exacta paid $22.60, the triple returned $201 and the superfecta paid $459.50. "I was hoping Scotty (Zeron, with More the Better N would pull from third, but he was happy where he was and just had to go on with it," McCarthy said. "It was a long way (from fifth) in the wind, but he was actually more comfortable tonight than in last week's race." Fourth division - After wiring his opening-leg rivals at 9-1, favored Ideal Jimmy (Brent Holland, $4.10) had a more acquaintances at the windows. From post No. 3, it couldn't have been less simple (:28, :57.4, 1:26, 1:53.3), going the distance by 3¼ lengths. Polester Lochton Luck A (Matt Kakaley), as the 29-1 outsider, and three-hole sitting Bellow's Binge (Jason Bartlett) finished the tickets, while Always at My Place (Brennan) and Bettor Memories (Jim Marohn Jr.) settled for the remainder. For Ideal Jimmy, a 6-year-old homebred Western Ideal gelding owned by D R Van Witzenberg and trained by Erv Miller, it was his fifth win in eight'19 tries (2-for-2 in series). The exacta paid $49, the triple returned $136 and the superfecta paid $1,379. "I thought he should have been the favorite last week," Holland said "He's very handy and I'm not surprised he's stepped up in this series." JJ Flynn First division - A week after Western Fame (Dube) traversed the fastest local mile (1:51.1) of the season, he was 15-cents-on-the-dollar to do it again. JJ Flynn (Brennan, $43) was not impressed. After Western Fame led through early fractions of :27.1 and :56.2, JJ Flynn moved-with purpose-from post No. 4. He hooked Western Fame by the 1:24 three-quarters, fighting him off from there. The final margin was three-quarters of a length in a sharp 1:51.3. Duplicated N (Tim Tetrick) was a pocket third, with Ballerat Boomerang (Joe Bongiorno) and Lyons Steel (MacDonald) also making appearance fees. For fourth choice JJ Flynn, a 6-year-old Western Ideal gelding co-owned by (trainer) Josh Green, Richard Lombardo and Charles Cochran III, he's now 6-for-8 this season (1-for-2 in series). The exacta paid $119.50, the triple returned $191 and the superfecta paid $362.50. Third division - Anythingforlove A (Bongiorno) saw his quest for the series two-fer implode from pole-sitting Endeavor (Tetrick, $4.90) pulled from third and rolled right past. The former offered early foot (:27.3, :57.1), but was backpedaling buy the 1:25 three-quarters. Endeavor, meanwhile, opened a pair of lengths in and out of the final turn, eventually winning by 2¼ lengths in 1:52.4. Control Tower (Austin Siegelman) was a loose-second-up second, with a trapped Dr. J Hanover (McCarthy), Nocturnal Bluechip (Zeron) and the fading 11-10 fave Anythingforlove A settling for the minors. For second choice Endeavor, a 6-year-old American Ideal gelding co-owned by (trainer) Jeff Cullipher and Pollack Racing, it was his first win in a pair of seasonal/series starts. The exacta paid $24.40, the triple returned $149.50 and the superfecta paid $530. Fifth division - The Downtown Bus (Zeron, $17.20) took the always-popular fourth-over route to redemption, snapping 11-10 choice Beckham's Z Tam (Tetrick) by a head in 1:53.1. The closers, from post Nos. 5 and 3, respectively, had numbers to chase after Sam's a Champ A (MacDonald) set a contested pace (:26.1, :55.3, 1:23.4) after getting stung early and softened by a first-up The Wall (Bongiorno). Rodeo Romeo (Bartlett) was an outkicked third, with The Wall and Whittaker N (Holland) grabbing the smaller envelopes. For fifth choice The Downtown Bus, a 4-year-old Mach Three gelding co-owned by (trainer) Jeff Gillis and Ellen Ott, he's now 1-for-2 this season/series. The exacta paid $90.50, the triple returned $196.50 and the superfecta paid $540. Sixth division - A two-speed number, where second choice Somewhere in L A (Bartlett, $6.10) edged past just-over-even-money I'marocnrollegend N (Brennan) in 1:53.1. Pocketed from post No. 4, 'L A' earned a 40th career win, the margin three-quarters of a length. Don Domingo N (Stratton) was a ground-saving third, with I'm Some Graduate (Kakaley) and Mar Nien A (Greg Merton) earning the remainder of available coinage. For Somewhere in L A, an 8-year-old Somebeachsomewhere gelding co-owned by D'Elegance Stable IX, Carmen Iannacone, T L P & Gandolfo Stables and trained by Richard Banca, it was his second win in five seasonal efforts (1-for-2 in series). The exacta paid $14.60, the triple returned $126.50 and the superfecta paid $572. The series standings, as dutifully compiled by Bob (OUTP) Miecuna, accompany this release. Saturday night's $44,000 Open Handicap Trot was won by 31-1 rank outsider New Heaven (Stratton, $64) in a season's-best 1:55.3.     Yonkers Raceway     George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series     2019           March 24, 2019                     Order        Name 1st Leg 2nd Leg 3rd Leg 4th Leg 5th Leg 25 pts/start Total    1   Ideal Jimmy 50 50       50 150.0 2   Rodeo Rock 50 50       50 150.0 3   Somewhere In L A 25 50       50 125.0 4   Western Fame 50 25       50 125.0 5   Endeavor 8 50       50 108.0 6   JJ Flynn 8 50       50 108.0 7   More The Better N 50 8       50 108.0 8   The Wall 50 8       50 108.0 9   Anythingforlove A 50 5       50 105.0 10   Imarocnrollegend N 25 25       50 100.0 11   The Downtown Bus 0 50       50 100.0 12   Duplicated N 25 12       50 87.0 13   Gokudo Hanover 12 25       50 87.0 14   Beckhams Z Tam 8 25       50 83.0 15   Control Tower 0 25       50 75.0 16   Lockton Luck A 0 25       50 75.0 17   Mach Doro A 25 0       50 75.0 18   Mac's Jackpot 25 0       50 75.0 19   Somebaddude 25 0       50 75.0 20   Rodeo Romeo 12 12       50 74.0 21   Bellows Binge 8 12       50 70.0 22   Don Domingo N 5 12       50 67.0 23   Ballerat Boomerang 5 8       50 63.0 24   I'm Some Graduate 5 8       50 63.0 25   Lyons Steel 8 5       50 63.0 26   Bettors Fire N 12 0       50 62.0 27   Dr J Hanover 0 12       50 62.0 28   Luciano N 12 0       50 62.0 29   Mach It So 12 0       50 62.0 30   Micky Gee N 12 0       50 62.0 31   Rock The Nite 0 12       50 62.0 32   Always At My Place 0 8       50 58.0 33   Bettor Memories 0 5       50 55.0 34   Mar Nien A 0 5       50 55.0 35   Pacing Major N 5 0       50 55.0 36   Rockathon 5 0       50 55.0 37   Sams A Champ A 5 0       50 55.0 38   Whittaker N 0 5       50 55.0 39   Bit Of A Legend N 0 0       50 50.0 40   Nocturnal Bluechip   8       25 33.0 41   Rockin Ron 8         25 33.0 42   Major Crocker A   5       25 30.0 43   Christen Me N 0         25 25.0 44   Cruise Patrol 0         25 25.0 45   Military Master A 0         25 25.0 46   Weona Sizzler A 0         25 25.0 47   Windcong Leo 0         25 25.0 48   Funknwaffles           0 0.0     ADDED MONEY 1st Leg 2nd Leg 3rd Leg 4th Leg 5th Leg Nom. Fees Total          $45,000 $41,000 $0 $0 $0 $280,000 $366,000                   $200,000                 Total $566,000 Frank Drucker

Rob Fellows, harness racing

Rob Fellows surpasses $20 million

MILTON, March 23, 2019 - Veteran harness racing trainer Rob Fellows reached a major career milestone during Saturday evening's 10-race card at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Fellows, 56, sent out eight-year-old pacer Velocity Driven to a third-place finish in Saturday's $15,000 fourth-race. The top-three finish was good enough to vault Fellows' over an impressive $20 million in career earnings. The Rockwood, Ontario resident has been a mainstay on the Woodbine Entertainment circuit for more than three decades and is a winner 1,319 races. Fellows has had seven $1 million seasons during his training career and holds a strong career UTRS of .300. The veteran trainer most recently won 40 races and sent out the winners of $791,710 last season. Woodbine Entertainment recognized Fellows' accomplishment with a presentation Saturday evening. Fellows' family and friends joined him in the winner's circle to receive a sign acknowledging his accomplishment from Scott McKelvie, Racing Secretary for Woodbine Standardbred. Saturday evening's card was the last chance for horseplayers to score the entire Jackpot Hi-5 ahead of next Saturday's mandatory payout. A total of $42,494 in new money was wagered Saturday on the Hi-5. There were multiple winning Jackpot Hi-5 tickets, which finalized a huge carryover of $525,140.23 for next Saturday's mandatory payout. Jackpot Hi-5 wagering is now suspended until next Saturday's mandatory payout. Live racing resumes Monday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m. Mark McKelvie

Epaulette A, harness racing

Epaulette A now two for two

WILKES-BARRE PA - For the second straight week, the Four Starzzz Shark gelding Epaulette A was victorious in the top-level conditioned pace at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, and just as he did last week he posted the fastest clocking of the harness racing young season, winning this $21,500 contest in 1:50.4 for a new mark. Perennial top local driver George Napolitano Jr. had the fast leaver on top by the 1/8 pole, but past the 27.1 quarter, Eddard Hanover made a quick move towards the lead. Epaulette A was having none of that, however, and went a 26.4 second quarter to keep the challenger out at the 54 half, and then shook that one off near the 1:21.4 3/4s. Through the stretch Napolitano kept the winner of $219,122 on the bit, and no one could get close to him in the lane. Black Chevron N, who had hugged the inside through, came up the Pocono Pike to be second, 1¾ lengths behind, with Soho Wallstreet A overcoming bad early luck to rally for third behind the victorious Aussie-bred, trained by Hunter Oakes for the Northfolk Racing Stable. Earlier in the card the veteran Rocknroll Hanover gelding Rockeyed Optimist showed sharp form that could increase his $680,508 lifetime bankroll dramatically, overcoming the outside post seven while equaling the previous best time of the year at the mountain oval, 1:51.1. Mitchell Cushing left and tucked third early, then sent his charge to the lead in front of the stands, and the classmaster took it from there, well clear of his opposition for trainer Jack Leamon, who shares ownership with Stephen Moss, Joseph Battaglia, and Virginia Berkner. Once again the Pocono claiming box was a beehive of activity. Five claiming events produced 14 horses who were led back to new barns at the end of their miles, with $231,250 changing hands as stables seek sharp horses in pursuit of the early season money. Pocono races its first Sunday card at 7 p.m. tomorrow (March 24), with the $1.4M-winning Melady's Monet handicapped to the outside in a field of six in the $21,500 trotting feature. Melady's Monet is trained by a horseman who has some previous experience with winners of much racetrack cash - Herman Heitmann, the first trainer of Foiled Again. PHHA / Pocono

LEBANON, OH - When favorites won the first four races on Miami Valley's Saturday (March 23) harness racing program in 1:51.2 or faster, it became apparent that a "big mile" was possible when the featured $22,500 Open I pacers went postward in the eighth. A packed grandstand of harness devotees was not disappointed as My Hero Ron (Tyler Smith) sped to a 1:49.4 triumph, the quickest mile of the 10-week old 2019 season. Smith fired My Hero Ron from behind the gate, reluctant to allow Mykindachip (Dan Noble) to set the tempo. It took a :25.4 opening panel-fastest of the year-to seat Mykindachip, but proved worth the effort as My Hero Ron tripped all the remaining timing beams in :54.1, 1:21.3 and 1:49.4. GD Western Joe (Chris Page) closed from last in the early going to a fast-closing second in the end, followed by Granite (Brett Miller) in third. Brian Witt owns My Hero Ron who now owns 28 victories from 132 starts. The 7-year-old Well Said gelding has now earned $892,218 in his career. Two divisions of the first leg of the Tom Tharps Memorial Series late closer, for non-winners of six races or $60,000 lifetime, also were contested. The quickest division looked like a replay of the final of the George Williams Memorial, for non-winners of four races or $40,000, a week earlier. Gerardo (Kayne Kauffman) used the same front-end tactic to best Reagan's Avenger (Chris Page) and Velocity Smoke (Dan Noble) in 1:51, two-fifths of a second faster than seven days earlier when the top three order of finish was exactly the same. Kauffman also trains the winner, a 4-year-old Rockin Image gelding owned by Mark Bogen. Rockin Speed (Travis Seekman) captured the other Tharps division by beating Bluebird Recon (Trace Tetrick) and Somebeachsomeday (Trevor Smith) in 1:52.1. L & L Devisser LLC owns Rockin Speed, who is also a 4-year-old Rockin Image gelding. A total of eight races were clocked in 1:51.2 or faster in the first 11 races. In addition to those mentioned above, others were Franzo (Brett Miller, 1:50.3), Class Six (Chris Page, 1:51.1), Harambe Deo (Dan Noble, 1:51.2), Cyclone Kiwi N (Sam Widger, 1:51.2), My Buddy Ninkster (Tyler Smith, 1:50.4) and Armabluechipboy N (Dan Noble, 1:51.1). Sunday's 2:05 p.m. matinee at Miami Valley will feature a $25,000 Open Handicap Trot as well as two $12,000 divisions of second round action in the George 'Red' Ownes Memorial Series for green pacing mares. Gregg Keidel

GUELPH, ON -- TheStable.ca, harness racing's fastest-growing fractional ownership stable, has added NHL Hall Of Famer Eddie Olczyk to its all-star client roster. Olczyk is a part-owner of Olympic Hopeful, a two-year-old Illinois-bred filly which will make her racing debut this summer. Olczyk recently hosted an event at Hawthorne Race Course in Cicero, Illinois where the track awarded fractions of the filly to five contest winners. Before becoming head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins from 2003 to 2005, Olczyk played with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Winnipeg Jets, New York Rangers, Los Angeles Kings, Chicago Blackhawks, and Pittsburgh Penguins for 16 seasons between 1984 and 2000. He currently serves as a television colour commentator for NHL on NBC and Chicago Blackhawks games on NBC Sports Chicago and WGN-TV. Olympic Hopeful The Chicago native joins fellow NHL alumni Doug Gilmour and Rick Vaive who became clients of TheStable.ca in 2018. Olczyk is also involved in Thoroughbred racing, and has served as a guest commentator and handicapper for the NBC Sports broadcasts of the Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Oaks and the Belmont Stakes. An avid punter, he also won the Pegasus World Cup Betting Championship last year, collecting the first-place prize of $137,500. Eddie Olczyk (far right) at Hawthorne Race Course’s Pool Party on March 22 where five contest winners joined Olczyk in ownership of TheStable.ca 2-year-old trotting filly Olympic Hopeful  There are currently 137 Standardbred horses (including 75 two-year-olds) in TheStable.ca which was created three years ago by Anthony and Amy MacDonald of Guelph, ON. The innovative and engaging model of TheStable.ca invites people to own a little and love it a lot. Clients can purchase as little as one percent of a horse, making the thrill of harness racing and racehorse ownership easy, accessible and affordable. The MacDonalds built this fractional ownership stable as a bridge -- a way to welcome newcomers to racehorse ownership with a very modest investment (as low as $80), low-risk, and completely accessible and transparent operations. Most expenses are captured in a monthly fee of $25.75 (plus tax) per share, per month, per horse. Olympic Hopeful TheStable.ca promises a unique, ongoing entertainment experience which includes: bi-weekly professionally produced broadcasts of the horses in training, delivered via livestream; weekly commentary videos about all horses; weekly email communications; special events, including Open Houses and track outings; and the open invitation to visit the horses at TheStable.ca base at Tomiko Training Centre.   Kelly Spencer Director Of Business Development

March 23, 2019 - Today Vincennes, the Prix Jean Cabrol (purse 64,000€, 2700 meters, 12 European starters), although not a groupe level race, brought out some top-level harness racing stars. Victory went to the 2.7/1 second choice Chica de Joudes (7f Jag de Bellouet-Queschua Love) with owner/trainer Alain Laurent at the lines.  The winner recorded his 11th career victory in 38 starts now for 423,920€ earned. Race time was 1.12.7kr off slow fractions (the leader was at the 1000 meters to go post in 1.14.2kr). 75/1 Cicero Noa (7g Mandarino Blue-Ma Belle Reine) rallied to get second for Christophe Martens and breeder/owner/trainer Jan Vanhoucke. He nipped the 3/5 favorite Looking Superb (6m Orlando Vici-Classical Pine) by a nose for second, this one driven by Alexandre Abrivard for trainer J-M Bazire and in the death around the final bend and into the lane. He could not close on the winner. Looking Superb was second in the Prix d’Amerique after winning the Prix Tenor de Baune to earn an Amerique starting spot. Fourth today was 15/1 Titty Jepson (7f Varenne-Lama di Costa) with Matthieu Abrivard aboard. The J-M Bazire teamed Dreambreaker was 10th and off at 20/1 odds. Chica de Joudes The Prix Robert Auvray (Gr. II, purse 100,000€, 2850 meters, 12 starters) brought out top flight five year olds and 6.1/1 Excellent (5m Real de Lou-Udine d’Odyssee) scored timed in 1.12.5kr for Alexandre Abrivard. L.Cl. Abrivard bred, trains and owns the winner that now has six career wins in 28 appearances for 232,860€ earned. The 3/2 favorite Enino du Pommereux (5m Coktail Jet-Noune du Pommereux) was second, handled by Matthieu Abrivard for trainer Sylvain Roger and owner Noel Lolic. 41/1 outsider Extra Light (5f Village Mystic) was third for J.Ph. Monclin and trainer Stephane Meunier. 4.7/1 Eridan (5m Ready Cash) was fourth for David Thomain and trainer Sebastien Guarato and fifth was 12/1 Eclipse Danica (5f Hasting) driven by Bryan Coppens for trainer Pierre Vercruysse. Excellent The Prix de Gueugnon (purse 56,000€, 2700 meters, 11 European starters) showcased the return to France of today’s 2/1 favorite City Guide (4m Love You-Crys Dream) handled by Robin Bakker. Erwin Bot trains the winner for Gerrits Recycling BVBA. City Guide has won now five straight in 2019 and today was his third win in France in seven starts. His career earnings reached 92,430€. Race time was 1.14.9kr off slow fractions (1.17.8kr at the 1500 to go mark; 1.17.3kr at the 1000 and 1.16.1kr with 500 meters remaining) as City Guide that ground his way to the front past the grandstand, was well rated on the front by Bakker and powered away in the lane. City Guide was impressive and has improved significantly in recent months. Zakk Wise (4m Equinox Bi-Sorority Wise) took second for Gabriele Gelormini and trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro. 6.8/1 Falco d’Heripre (4m Goetmals Wood) was third ahead of 37/1 Great Gatsby As (4m Abano As) that Bot also trains, this one owned by L.G. Gerrits. City Guide   Daida de Vandel Wins Gr. II Prix Louis Forcinal at Vincennes; Cleangame Wins Again Groupe level action returned to Vincennes this day beginning with the Prix Louis Forcinal (Gr. II monte, 100,000€ purse, 2700 meters, nine starters). Victory went to 9/1 Daida de Vandel (6f Real de Lou-Gallia de Vandel) impressively, with Alexandre Abrivard in the irons for trainer L.Cl. Abrivard and owner Charles Germain. She won for the eighth time in 35 career starts now for 307,880€ earned. Race time was 1.13.3kr as speed increased throughout the race (1.15.9at 1500 meters remaining; 1.15kr at the 1000; 1.14kr with 500 meters to go). The 2/5 favorite Dexter Fromentro (6m Qwerty-Princesse d’Ombree) held second in a photo with Camille Levesque up for trainer Thomas and owner Pierre Levesque. Third was 4.3/1 Evangelina Blue (5f Speedy Blue-Happy Blue) with Mathieu Mottier the jockey for trainer/owner J.Ph. Mary. Daida de Vandel The Quinte+ Prix du Bos de Vincennes (Gr. III, 90,000€, 2850 meters, 13 starters) saw the J-M Bazire entry (two of the three) at the line together timed in 1.12.1kr. The 2/5 favorite Cleangame (7g Ouragon de Celland-Red Bell) was up in the final stride, after making a three wide move from sixth in the final turn, for trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire and owner Ecurie J-M Rancoule for his 23rd victory in 37 career starts, now for 757,970€ in life earnings. 8.8/1 Ble du Gers (8g Quinoa du Gers-Moore) was a game second after making the pace with Alexandre Abrivard up for trainer Bazire and owner Rancoule. 22/1 Anzi des Liards (9g Look de Star-Nausccaa du Sud) took third for Romain Derieux and trainer David Bekaert. 11/1 Tessy d’Ete and 21/1 Bel Avis completed the top five finishers, the latter also a Bazire trainee that Nicolas Bazire teamed for New Blue 1 LLC of the USA. There were 3087 winning Q+ exact order tickets that paid 423.60€ for the 2€ wager. The Q+ pool was 4,621,691€nd the total of the race pools (all wagers including Q+) was 9,158,000€. Cleangame (outside)   Costa Haufor Wins Q+ Prix Maia at Vincennes Costa Haufor (7f Saphir d’Haufor-Santa Haufor) took Friday evening’s Paris-Vincennes featured Quinte+ Prix Maia (purse 48,000€, 2850 meters distance handicap) at 9/2 odds, with Charles J. Bigeon driving. This Christian Bigeon bred and owned trainee scored his eighth victory in 35 career starts now for 226,990€ earned. Race time was 1.12.9kr as the winner overcame a 25 meter handicap. 9/1 Bambrina Fortuna (8f Buvetier d’Aunou-Jina Fortuna) was second for J-M Bazire and owner/trainer Pierre Alain Rynwalt-Boulard. Third went to 25 meter penalized and 4.6/1 Comtesse du Clos with Yoann Lebourgeois aboard. Croisette and Carina du Porhoet completed the WQ+ exact order top five that paid 32,017€ to the 18 winning ticketholders. The Q+ pool this day was 3,710,412€ and the total of all Q+ race pools was 7,287,000€. Costa Haufor Today the ATG V75 action was in Norway at Momarken where the V75 Gold (200,000SEK to the winner, 1640 meters autostart, 10 starters) went to 20.6/1 Cokstile (6m Quite Easy-Joystile-Coktail Jet) reined by Lars Anvar Kolle for trainer Jan Kristian Waaler, timed in 1.11kr. The 6.4/1 Donatomite (7g Donato Hanover-Malvictorian-Malabar Man) was second for Frode Hamre and third was 44.7/1 The Last Ticket (8m Thai Tanic). Pastor Bob and Lionel finished fourth and fifth. Thomas H. Hicks

We didn't know it at the time but when the five-year-old U May Cullect put a couple of potentially career-ending setbacks behind him to win on debut at the Northern Southland meeting a fortnight ago, it was a case of 'you haven't seen anything yet'. Plenty on course that day were in awe of the performance of the Tom Kilkelly-owned gelding who suffered tendon damage at three and four but came back to record a 1:57.9 mile rate when winning over 2200 metres by four lengths. They were in all sorts of raptures on 'Wairio Mile Day' at Central Southland Raceway on Saturday. Drawn 13 in a 13 horse field, U May Cullect settled in the last pair and made only minor progress when the one out line moved. But just outside the 400, when driver Kirstin Barclay - who in partnership with Paul Ellis also trains the gelding at Oreti Beach - asked him to sprint, the acceleration was incredible. U May Cullect stretched out to an eight and a quarter length win and stopped the clock at 1:52.1, just 0.2 seconds outside the track and Southland record held by Delightful Memphis. It was clearly the day's fastest. The time did however better the previous Southland 1609 metre record for entires and gelding of 1-52.5 recorded by Mach’s Back at Wyndham at the end of January and the Winton track record for aged geldings and entires of 1-53.9 which was held by Fly Like An Eagle. “He was a bit keen out of the gate but relaxed beautifully,” Barclay said. “Then when I asked him to go, I've never felt any horse turn on the speed like he did.” After his first win, Kilkelly described U May Cullect as a day to day proposition and while that hasn't changed, he is clearly enjoying the ride. “There's no backing off now,” Kilkelly said.     Mac Henry for Southland Harness racing

Prominent Australian owner Merv Butterworth was on the phone to trainer Brett Gray shortly after Born To Boogie had triumphed in the fourth and final heat of the Vet South Equine Southern Belle Speed Series on 'Wairio Mile Day' at Central Southland Raceway on Saturday. “He always rings, before and after a race, he sounded pretty happy and told me just to keep doing what I'm doing,” said Gray. Butterworth Bloodstock had paid $17,000 for Born to Boogie when offered by Brent McIntyre's Macca Lodge at the 2016 premier sale. When the filly by Rock N Roll Heaven and Niftey Franco had some issues during her early preparations, her new owner chose to offer her back to the vendor as a breeding prospect. McIntyre said he “just threw her in the paddock” but when she started looking alright, decided to start jogging her. After about three months, McIntyre said the three-year-old was running satisfactory times and showing no ill affects so he recommended to Butterworth she was worth trying again. Born To Boogie then joined up with Butterworth's southern trainer Brett Gray and has continued to impress. As a three-year-old, during Queens Birthday last year, the then filly made a great start to her career, winning on debut at Ascot Park and following up five days later with success in the last Nugget final of the season. After two more starts, she was given a long break and since resuming in January has never finished further back that fifth. Pressed forward from the six gate on Saturday, Born to Boogie made the lead at the 1100 and pressed on to win comfortably by two and a half lengths in 1:55.2. “She is high maintenance and went a bit sore last year but has the ability,” said Gray. Born To Boogie is a half sister to Glenferrie Hood, a son of Christian Cullen. A multiple group-race winner of 29 races in Australia, Glenferrie Hood ran third in the 2013 West Australia Derby. Nevermore, third dam of the pair, counted the 1993 Two-Year Old Fillies Sires Stakes final among her seven wins. Born To Boggie is now eligible for the $20,000 final which will be held at the Winton TC meeting on 13th April. Other winners of the heats in the Southern Belle Speed Series have been Just Dance (Wyndham), Sweet Mary (Winton) and Chitura (Northern Southland).   Mac Henry for Southland Harness Racing

Slate justified the decision of his Winton breeder owner and trainer Des Baynes to be patient, when the four-year-old won in 1:56.7 at just his second start. “He was big, all legs and a bit weak, I didn't do much with him at two or three,” Baynes explained. In November last year, Slate went to his first workout. Later in the month he had his one and only trial, qualified impressively and continues to improve. “He's shown high speed but is green and inclined to over- race so has led. He's had two front row draws, needs a few trips in behind, they go harder in the next grade so he should get them now.” By Changeover, Slate is the third foal of Dress to Impress. “She had a drop of speed but bad feet,” Baynes said. “Her first foal Granite was a nice horse but got injured. Her latest is an American Ideal filly and she shows a bit.” Sheree Tomlinson didn't know she was driving Fire Bug on Saturday until she saw the fields but didn't waste the opportunity, winning in 1:55.3. Drawn just one spot in from the outside of the second line, they went back at the start but then found a passage up the poles to soon be three back on the inner. Off the poles near the turn, the three-year-old on debut took time to work clear before finishing hard late. “I didn't want to push her forward in her first start so went back, I was lucky to get up the inside,” Tomlinson said of the Mach Three filly, “everything was stopping on the turn so I got her out, she did it really easily.” Fire Bug, from the stable of Mark Jones, was the first of three Canterbury visitors on the day. Second of the Cantabrians was Classy Kid whose 2:00.3 was the fastest of the winning stand-start times. The striking grey six-year-old, driven by Amber Lethaby - who in partnership with husband Jason also trains the son of Klondike Kid – led out but soon trailed Kiwi Bloke who held the advantage until late in the race. “He's never been far away and I would have led but the right horse to follow came round,”Amber Lethaby said. “I could have taken the lane but he hasn't sprinted so well in there in previous races so I chose to come off.” Lethaby named the good stake and shortage of stand-start races in Canterbury as reasons for making the trip south. Arden Lustre made it three wins for the visitors when winning the final event in 2:01.9. In the hands of Blair Orange, the winner of seven flew out when the stand-start tapes were released and was never headed from then.   Mac Henry for Southland Harness Racing

Exciting Duke Of Wellington won tonight’s 30th renewal of the City of Melton Plate at Tabcorp Park and secured Great Western trainer-driver Kerryn Manning her second Plate success. Fifteen years had passed since Manning’s first Plate win, aboard Run Albert Run in 2004, and she declared tonight’s triumph “a big thrill” before adding she felt her four-year-old son of American Ideal was destined for big things. See bottom of article for Manning's list of $50k+ feature race wins “It’s a very nice honour roll (for the Melton Plate) and to join it is a big thrill. I think this horse can be the same as them (top-line past winners), he’s certainly got the talent but he’s still got a bit of learning to do,” she said. Perusing the honour roll of Plate champions reveals names such as Hectorjayjay, Make Mine Cullen, Melpark Major, Shakamaker, Sokyola and Tailamade Lombo just to name a few. Punters put their faith in the Duke and Manning, sending the pair out as a commanding $1.4 favourite. They rolled forward out of the gate, but War Dan ($10.70) and James Rattray found the pegs first and wouldn’t relent to the favourite. “I always thought War Dan may try to hold the front,” Manning said. “I was prepared for that.” The ensuing fight was enthralling, with first and second splits of 29.9 and 29.5 followed by a 28 third sectional and a 28.9 run home. War Dan wouldn’t lie down, but Duke Of Wellington was too classy – despite covering more ground – and held a 1.5m buffer at the wire to record a 1:54.6 mile rate. “He got a bit wobbly at the start … he over-raced quite a bit during the first lap, too. Eventually he settled at the 1200m and I was just hoping too much damage wasn’t done by then,” Manning said. Rishi ran third, with Jilliby Chevy and Somebeachshadow rounding out the top five Plate finishers. Duke Of Wellington is raced by Merv and Meg Butterworth. He has had five runs for three wins with Manning since moving to Australia after a successful New Zealand three-year-old campaign. “He’s had a little time between runs this time in, so he’s still on the way up I think,” Manning said. “His fitness is pretty good. That’ll top him off nicely.” Meanwhile, trainer Stephen Telfer combined with local reinsman John Caldow to win the Allied Express Jodi’s Babe with five-year-old Art Major mare Our Step Up, who led throughout from gate two in 1:54.0 over 1720m. Our Step Up finished 1.5m clear of Reciprocity, who was charging home for Manning in second place, with Share The Road third and Juice Brogdon fourth.  Race favourite Berisari failed to beat a runner home. Highly rated Andy Gath-trained trotter McLovin won the 2Contstruct Scotch Notch Memorial over 2240m in 2:01.0 with Kate Gath in the gig. The last-start Charlton Cup winner made it back-to-back successes by finishing 4.7m clear of stablemate Kingdom Come, with polemarker Jerichos Trumpet third and consistent Savannah Jay Jay fourth. Michael Stanley trained and drove Watch List to win the Group 3 VHRSC Victoria Sires Classic in 1:55.7 over 2240m, the $5.9 second-favourite out-sprinting the $2.1 punters’ elect Crime Writer by 2.1m. Stanley sent Watch List to the front from barrier three early before handing up and using the sprint lane late. Titan Bromac finished third, 3m from the winner, with Perfect Major fourth. Driver Kima Frenning combined with trainer David Aiken to win the night’s sprint feature, the 1200m Quest for Success Stampede, with four-year-old Mach Three gelding Higherthananeagle. Predicted fireworks didn’t eventuate as Frenning found the lead easily from gate two before thoroughly dictating terms in a gross time of 1:22.2 to jog home by 8.7m over Benicio and Vinny Chase, who both followed the peg line, with Vee Rock fourth. If the sparks had flown horses in this race might have broken 80seconds. Check out the full results from tonight’s Tabcorp Park Melton meeting   Kerryn Manning’s $50,000+ Feature Race Wins  1997 Australasian Trotting Championship Final $125k – Knight Pistol  1999 El Dorado Final (3YO C&G) $150k – Sky Strike  2000 Vicbred Super Series (4YO Mares) Final $100k – Jilliby Magic 2000 Chariots of Fire $200k – Lombo Rapida 2000 Vicbred Super Series (3YO Fillies) Final $100k – Jilliby Melody 2001 Vicbred Super Series (4YO Trotters) Final $50k – La Coocaracha  2001 Bill Collins Trotters Mile $50k – La Coocaracha  2001 Australian Trotting Grand Prix $100k – La Coocaracha 2002 SA Trotters Cup $50k – La Coocaracha 2002 Australasian Trotters Championship $100k – La Coocaracha  2002 Rowe Memorial Cup, NZ $100k – La Coocaracha 2002 Legends Mile $50k – Hearts Legend 2003 Australian Pacing Gold Final (2YO C&G) $288k – Kathryn Dancer 2003 Vicbred Super Series (2YO C&G) Final $100k – Blatant Lie  2003 Australian Pacing Gold 3YO C&G $100k – Blatant Lie 2003 Australian Pacing Gold 3YO Fillies $100k – Yada Yada Yada 2004 Australian Pacing Gold 2YO C&G Final $300k – Emmas Only 2004 Vicbred Super Series 3YO Trotters Final $50k – Broke As Usual  2004 Vicbred Super Series (2YO Fillies) Final $100k – Kinda Arty Lombo 2004 Breeders Crown (2YO C&G) Final $190k – Emmas Only 2004 Kilmore Cup $100k – True Cam 2004 Bill Collins Trotters Mile $50k – Sammy Do Good  2005 Victoria Derby $150k – Emmas Only 2005 Vicbred Super Series (4YO E&G) Final $100k – Blatant Lie 2005 Vicbred Super Series 3YO Trotters Final $50k – Tennotrump  2005 Vicbred Super Series 2YO Trotters Final $50k – Split Image 2007 Vicbred Super Series 3YO Trotters Final $50k – Donttellmehetrots 2007 George Johnson $50k – No More Trouble  2008 Tatlow Stakes 2YO Fillies Final $50k – Ananz 2008 Victoria Trotters Oaks $50k – Mystic Hush 2008 NSW Sires Stakes 2YO Fillies Final $100k – Ananz 2010 Australian Pacing Gold 2YO Fillies Final $300k – Leilani Lombo 2010 Vicbred Super Series (3YO Trotters) Final $50k – Mister Castleton 2015 A.G. Hunter Cup $400k – Arden Rooney  2015 Mildura Pacing Cup $50k – Arden Rooney 2015 New Zealand Trotting Cup $765k – Arden Rooney  2017 Vicbred Platinum Home Grown Classic Final $50k – Imprincessgemma 2017 Breeders Crown Graduate Free for All $60k – Ameretto 2017 Norm’s Daughter $50k – Ameretto 2018 Ladyship Cup $100k – Our Golden Goddess 2018 Queen of the Pacific $100k – Ameretto 2019 City of Melton Plate $50k – Duke Of Wellington     Cody Winnell for Trots Media

A masterly piece of big race judgement from Mark Purdon ensured Cheerful gave Braeden and Caroline Whitelock their second win of the night in the NZ Trotting Oaks. The Whitelocks, best known for their pacing breeding skills bought Cheerful as a yearling. She is from Superbowlcheerleader that Mark trained later in her career and won features from the stable. But everything went wrong for Cheerful in the running and only the skills of Mark got her home by a tight margin in a huge finish. Cheerful worked across from a wide draw but taking the front from a hard pulling rival took some of her resources and there was no immediate letup. Then Swiss Miss swept past her and went some lengths clear with 500m to go which suggested the little filly might struggle to fill a place. “I watched it go because I had already done quite a lot with my filly during the race and it wasn’t practical to fight off another one” Mark said, Instead he cuddled her resources and worked back into contention as Swiss Miss faded and then outfinished a game Overzealous who had enjoyed a saloon passage courtesy of Jim Curtin. It was a top performance but not enough to persuade Mark to take on the males in the Trotting Derby. “No I don’t think she is quite ready for that. We will stick to the filly races in the meantime   Courtesy of All Stars Racing Stables http://www.allstarsracingstables.com/

The Kilmore track is always going to hold a special place in the heart of long-time harness racing owner-trainer-breeder Ken Ward. Ward, who is based at Chintin, near Romsey, an hour north of Melbourne, landed a winning double at the Kilmore meeting – his first in over 50 years in the sport. “It’s certainly been a long time coming, but I don’t prepare big numbers, so I’ve probably been a little restricted,” Ward said. “I really regard harness racing as a bit like riding a ferris wheel though, and you’ve got enjoy the high-points!” Ward took out the Jet Roofing Pace with six-year-old gelding Village Skipper (Village Jasper USA-Skipper Patricia (Cam’s Trickster USA) then scored later in the program in the Kilmore Art Expo Pace Final with four-year-old gelding Jamieson Steele (Million Dollar Cam USA-Lady Jade Skipper (Safe and Sound). Both winners were handled in expert fashion by David Miles, who is in brilliant form at the moment. “It’s probably a little different than most people, but we’ve never raced a horse which we haven’t bred ourselves,” Ward explained. “I guess it’s a bit special when you go the whole journey with them, starting off with the breeding part, then watching them grow in the paddock, sorting out names, education and then getting to the track,” he said. Jamieson Steele “All of our horses originate from one mare, Bye Bye Jade (Adios Green-Pleasing (Dancer Hanover) that I got many years ago from my grandfather the late Jack McKay.” “Minyip Jack”, as he was known, was an owner and trainer, who partnered with the famous Melbourne Showgrounds trainer, Jack McKay, who ironically shared the same name, but was no relation. Despite his family involvement, Ward said his interest in the sport probably went back to when he was a young schoolboy and spent many hours watching Gisborne trainer Bernie Robinson prepare his team, headed by the smart pacer, Heroic Action. “I pretty much had the bug back then and have always loved horses,” he said. “We’re lucky because for us it’s a real family affair.  My wife Pat and I breed them, and we race them in partnership with one of our daughters Carissa, who is our eldest, and who works in payroll administration in Melbourne. Our other daughter Hailey also loves getting involved.” Village Skipper is now a four times winner, posting three of his victories this season. The gelding was responsible for a huge run at Kilmore. After settling at least 10 lengths off the lead after being caught wide early, he later went three and four wide down the back for the last time. In a war of attrition, Village Skipper got the upper hand to score. “He can hit a knee a little and there’s some maintenance needed with him, but he does put in,” Ward said. “I actually told young Jayden Barker, who works for our driver David Miles, that he could take the horse home win, lose or draw. At my age, my word is my bond so despite winning the race, Jayden now has him for 12 months. “Jayden gets a junior claim so he should have some fun with him.” Ken Ward The second leg of the memorable Ward double was recorded by Jamieson Steele, in a strong performance from a back-row draw. “It took him 18 starts to break his maiden status because he was a big, slow learner,” Ward said. “To be honest I really didn’t like the horse much at all in the early days. Then one day I took the block winkers off and put a shadow roll on and he settled down greatly,” he said. “Now he’s putting it together and learning how to follow helmets and I think he has a bright future.  This season has been quite good with two wins and three placings from seven outings.” Ward is pinning his hopes on a trio of two-year-olds, sired by Roll With Joe, Grinfromeartoear and Julius Caesar. “I also have an Auckland Reactor weanling filly out of a lovely mare in Skip On Broadway.  She looks the goods and is without doubt the best-looking horse I’ve had in 11 or 12 years,” he said. The Ward stable has produced a few handy performers over the years including Skipper Carissa, a winner of 15 races (eight of these at Moonee Valley) and 20 placings; and Haileys Skipper, who recorded 13 wins (one metropolitan) and 24 placings. “We have a 70-acre property and all of us are involved. I recently retired after working as a Lands Inspector and in the Quarantine service, so I’m full-time with the horses now,” he said. “I may have a team of four in training soon, although with winter approaching, perhaps three is the ideal number.” Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Even Marcus Miller must have been surprised at how easy things went for him and Trolley in the Friday night harness racing feature at the Meadowlands. In a field where one scratch (Zlatan) left but six starters in the $25,000 Preferred Handicap for trotters, Miller urged Trolley from the start, setting sail for the top and leading at the quarter in :28.3. The 6-year-old Donato Hanover-Lakeside Bride product continued his sleepwalk to the half in :56.3 as pocket-sitter Rubber Duck and Sutton - who was racing in the three hole - did not move a muscle. Trolley trotted his third fraction in :27.3 to remain clear on the engine and after coming home in :29.2, he hit the wire 2 lengths in front of a fast-closing - but non-threatening - Sutton. Rubber Duck held third. "It's nice when a plan comes to fruition," said Miller. "I never really had any doubts tonight off of those fractions. He was very, very strong." The Erv Miller-trained Trolley returned $3.80 to his backers after completing the mile in 1:53.3. He's now won five-of-six this year while facing the best stock on the grounds at the Big M. He has 16 wins from 31 career starts and earnings of $353,209 for owners Michael Anderson, Leland Mathias, Greg Gillis and Louis Willinger. In the co-featured Preferred Handicap for fillies and mares on the pace, Divas Image, who looked rough-gaited at the start, settled for a fourth-over trip, tipped wide in the stretch, then exploded home in :26.3 to record a 1-length win in 1:53.2 as the 3-5 favorite for driver Andy Miller. Believe In Me was second with Newsday third. "When she was rough behind the gate, I didn't know what to expect," said winning trainer Jenn Bongiorno. "But I do know closing is definitely her best game. She absolutely loves the stretch at the Big M." Divas Image, a 6-year-old by Bettor's Delight-Rocknroll Diva, won for the second time this year in four starts (two-for-two at the Big M) and now has won 23-of-70 lifetime outings and banked just over $575,000. A VERY GOOD START: Friday marked the first-ever Can-Am Pick-4 - a wager where one must pick the winners of two races at both the Meadowlands and Woodbine Mohawk Park - and the response was vigorous. A total of $57,489 was poured in the pool and after a sequence that saw winner's odds of 5-2, 6-5, 11-1 and 7-2, the return was a handsome $596.51 for a 20-Cent bet. The Can-Am Pick-4 will be offered on Friday nights. A LITTLE MORE: One player wagering into the Oregon hub was the holder of the only ticket to last five legs in the 20-Cent Survivor Pick-10 and walked away with $10,549.56. ... During the course of the 13-race program there were six winning favorites, but longshot players hit big in the third race when La Dolfina ($99.80) scored at 48-1. Five races later, Piercewave Hanover skimmed the cones at 60-1 and returned $128.20. ... All-source handle totaled $2,634,286. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m.   By Dave Little Meadowlands Media Relations

YONKERS, NY, Friday, March 22, 2019 - Yonkers Raceway's Blue Chip Matchmaker saw the second of five harness racing preliminary rounds go Friday night (March 22nd). Four, $40,000 groupings of leading lasses were contested, one fewer than a week ago. Here's the basics... First division - A wide-early Don't Think Twice A (Jason Bartlett, $6)-from post position No. 7-worked around 3-2 favorite Newborn Sassy (Tim Tetrick), then held that one off through the lane in equal halves (:27.2, :57, 1:25.2, 1:54). Third went to second-over Kaitlyn N (Matt Kakaley), with Rockstar Angel A (Eric Goodell) and Bettorb Chevron N (Jordan Stratton) picking off the remainder. For second choice Don't Think Twice A, a 6-year-old Down Under daughter of Armbro Operative co-owned by (trainer) Andrew Harris, Arrhythmic, Pollack Racing and Jeff Cullipher, it was her first win in three seasonal starts. The exacta paid $16.40, the triple returned $76 and the superfecta paid $235.50. (Don't Think Twice A) is just so handy and smart, a perfect horse for Yonkers," Bartlett said. "Drive her any way you want to." Second division - Apple Bottom Jeans (Corey Callahan, $4.10) became the first lass to 'double date' in the Matchmaker. Leapfrogging her seven inside rivals, the just-over-even-money favorite had no issues (:27.3, :56.3, 1:25.1, 1:53.3) en route to a three-length win. First leader Twinkle (Scott Zeron) could not match strides from the pocket, but saved second. Medusa (Jim Marohn Jr.), Bettor's Up (Tetrick) and Write Me a Song (Stratton) rounded out the payees. "She's a mare with a lot of class," Callahan said, "I mean, you can leave with her six weeks in a row, then duck her. When the new owners were thinking about buying her, they asked me what I'd thought, since I'd driven her. "I told them she might not be the best mare in the country, but she enjoys her work and she's honest." For Apple Bottom Jeans, a 6-year-old daughter of Mr. Apples co-owned by Ed Gold, Howard Taylor, Thomas Lazzaro & Robert Cooper Stables and trained by Dylan Davis, it was her fourth win in six seasonal starts (2-for-2 in series). The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $8.70, the triple returned $98.50 and the superfecta paid $400.50. Third division - Bettor Joy N (Tetrick, $6.50), who was snapped at the wire as an odd-on choice a week ago, turned the tables here. Second-over from post No. 5, she nailed 3-4 fave Ideal Lifestyle A (George Brennan) by a going-away length in 1:53.4. The latter, looking to repeat, walked early (:28, :58), then threw down a :27.3 third quarter (1:25.3) trying to lose her rivals. It did not work. Gold Orchid N (Bartlett), Caviart Cherie (Joe Bongiorno) and Camera Lady (Kakaley) came away with the remainder. For second choice Bettor Joy N, a 5-year-old Down Under daughter of Bettor's Delight co-owned by her escort, Richard Poillucci & Jo Ann Looney-King and trained by Jim King Jr., it was her second win in four '19 tries. The exacta paid $13.80, the triple returned $35 and the superfecta paid $85.50. Fourth division - Feelin' Red Hot (Brennan, $13.20), from post No. 4, went the distance (:27.4, :57.4, 1:24.2, 1:53.1) to whip a stacked field. Pole-sitting Obvious Blue Chip (Zeron), at 46-1, photoed a three-move Seaswift Joy N (Marohn Jt.) for secomd, while 1-2 choice Shartin N (Tetrick) was a brutal-trip fourth, with Delightfulmemphisn (Bartlett) fifth. Seaswift Joy N also had also sorta of fun. Leaving first into a five-hole, then moving into a three-hole ahead of Delightfulmemphisn. Approaching the half, those two were both off the cones, with Shartin N, already in the throes of a rotten, eight-hole sojourn, forced wide. While all that was happening, Feelin' Red Hot was employing the 'shortest distance between two points' theory. She had three lengths in and out the final turns before winning by 2¼ lengths. For fourth choice Feelin' Red Hot, a 6-year-old Feelin' Friskie ma'am co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi, she's now 4-for-9 this season. The exacta paid $263, the triple returned $1,288 and the superfecta paid $5,036. Saturday evening's (March 23rd) second round of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series features six, $50,000 Free-For-All divisions. Frank Drucker

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Driver Dexter Dunn was electric at the Meadowlands Saturday night, and so was the harness racing action, as Dunn scored four times on the program and wagering reached the magic $3-million mark for the fifth time in 2019. Dunn got his night off to a quick start, sweeping the Early Daily Double with a pair of Tim Lancaster trainees. Smileandsaycheese came from well off the pace to take the opener, a conditioned pace, in 1:52.1 at odds of 12-1 before 2-1 favorite Four Staces completed the DD - which paid $85.80 - in a $15,000 up to $20,000 claiming handicap pace in 1:52.4. The New Zealand native swept another Daily Double, this one beginning in race four, scoring with the Chris Ryder-trained American World in 1:53 in a non-winners of one pace as the 2-1 second choice before winning with Rather Swell, the 7-5 public choice, for trainer Mike Watson in a $10,000 up to $12,500 claiming handicap pace in 1:54.1. That DD returned $20.80. All-source wagering totaled $3,082,637, good for the fifth-best night of action at the Big M - as well as the industry - this year. A total of $313,088 was bet on the opener, $345,218 on the fourth race ($103,276 in the Exacta pool alone) and $317,809 on the fifth as those three races accounted for $976,115 of the evening's action. The 50-Cent Pick-4 pool reached six figures for the seventh time in 11 tries, as $101,640 was poured into the pot. A LITTLE MORE: Dover Downs invader Highalator destroyed a high-class conditioned field of pacers in the eighth race by 5¾ lengths. Driver Richard Still guided the Jenny Bier trainee to the easy speed win in 1:50.2 as the 6-5 favorite for his 23rd victory in 55 lifetime starts. ... Rebel Rouser made the lead while parked at the quarter and went down the road from there in an ultra-competitive non-winners of four on the pace in race 12. The Robert Cleary trainee sprinted his final quarter in :26.4 on the way to his fourth straight score. Andy McCarthy guided the winner to a lifetime-best mile time of 1:51.1. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m., featuring the second edition of the 20-Cent Can-Am Pick-4. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations
YONKERS, NY, Saturday, March 23, 2019 - Saturday night's (March 23rd) night second round of Yonkers Raceway's George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series didn't do a whole lot to establish a clear harness racing favorite, though some of the contenders did indeed state their cases. Another happy half-dozen, $50,000, Free-For-All groups were contested, with a pair of repeaters leading the way. Here's the succinct story, not necessarily in chronological order... Second division - Odds-on Rodeo Rock (Andrew McCarthy, $3.50)-from post position No. 5--'ran down' loose leader Gokudo Hanover (George Brennan), prevailing first-up by a head in 1:52.1. The 13-1 latter had open lengths through intervals of -:26.4, :56.1 and 1:24. Rock the Nite (Mark MacDonald), More the Better N (Scott Zeron) and Major Crocker A (Dan Dube) picked off the remainder, while an amiss Bit of a Legend N (Jordan Stratton) lost touch from a pole-sitting pocket and finished sixth. For Rodeo Rock, a 6-year-old Rock N Roll Heaven gelding owned by Royal Wire Products and trained by Robert Cleary, it was his third win in as many seasonal starts (2-for-2 in series). The exacta paid $22.60, the triple returned $201 and the superfecta paid $459.50. "I was hoping Scotty (Zeron, with More the Better N would pull from third, but he was happy where he was and just had to go on with it," McCarthy said. "It was a long way (from fifth) in the wind, but he was actually more comfortable tonight than in last week's race." Fourth division - After wiring his opening-leg rivals at 9-1, favored Ideal Jimmy (Brent Holland, $4.10) had a more acquaintances at the windows. From post No. 3, it couldn't have been less simple (:28, :57.4, 1:26, 1:53.3), going the distance by 3¼ lengths. Polester Lochton Luck A (Matt Kakaley), as the 29-1 outsider, and three-hole sitting Bellow's Binge (Jason Bartlett) finished the tickets, while Always at My Place (Brennan) and Bettor Memories (Jim Marohn Jr.) settled for the remainder. For Ideal Jimmy, a 6-year-old homebred Western Ideal gelding owned by D R Van Witzenberg and trained by Erv Miller, it was his fifth win in eight'19 tries (2-for-2 in series). The exacta paid $49, the triple returned $136 and the superfecta paid $1,379. "I thought he should have been the favorite last week," Holland said "He's very handy and I'm not surprised he's stepped up in this series." JJ Flynn First division - A week after Western Fame (Dube) traversed the fastest local mile (1:51.1) of the season, he was 15-cents-on-the-dollar to do it again. JJ Flynn (Brennan, $43) was not impressed. After Western Fame led through early fractions of :27.1 and :56.2, JJ Flynn moved-with purpose-from post No. 4. He hooked Western Fame by the 1:24 three-quarters, fighting him off from there. The final margin was three-quarters of a length in a sharp 1:51.3. Duplicated N (Tim Tetrick) was a pocket third, with Ballerat Boomerang (Joe Bongiorno) and Lyons Steel (MacDonald) also making appearance fees. For fourth choice JJ Flynn, a 6-year-old Western Ideal gelding co-owned by (trainer) Josh Green, Richard Lombardo and Charles Cochran III, he's now 6-for-8 this season (1-for-2 in series). The exacta paid $119.50, the triple returned $191 and the superfecta paid $362.50. Third division - Anythingforlove A (Bongiorno) saw his quest for the series two-fer implode from pole-sitting Endeavor (Tetrick, $4.90) pulled from third and rolled right past. The former offered early foot (:27.3, :57.1), but was backpedaling buy the 1:25 three-quarters. Endeavor, meanwhile, opened a pair of lengths in and out of the final turn, eventually winning by 2¼ lengths in 1:52.4. Control Tower (Austin Siegelman) was a loose-second-up second, with a trapped Dr. J Hanover (McCarthy), Nocturnal Bluechip (Zeron) and the fading 11-10 fave Anythingforlove A settling for the minors. For second choice Endeavor, a 6-year-old American Ideal gelding co-owned by (trainer) Jeff Cullipher and Pollack Racing, it was his first win in a pair of seasonal/series starts. The exacta paid $24.40, the triple returned $149.50 and the superfecta paid $530. Fifth division - The Downtown Bus (Zeron, $17.20) took the always-popular fourth-over route to redemption, snapping 11-10 choice Beckham's Z Tam (Tetrick) by a head in 1:53.1. The closers, from post Nos. 5 and 3, respectively, had numbers to chase after Sam's a Champ A (MacDonald) set a contested pace (:26.1, :55.3, 1:23.4) after getting stung early and softened by a first-up The Wall (Bongiorno). Rodeo Romeo (Bartlett) was an outkicked third, with The Wall and Whittaker N (Holland) grabbing the smaller envelopes. For fifth choice The Downtown Bus, a 4-year-old Mach Three gelding co-owned by (trainer) Jeff Gillis and Ellen Ott, he's now 1-for-2 this season/series. The exacta paid $90.50, the triple returned $196.50 and the superfecta paid $540. Sixth division - A two-speed number, where second choice Somewhere in L A (Bartlett, $6.10) edged past just-over-even-money I'marocnrollegend N (Brennan) in 1:53.1. Pocketed from post No. 4, 'L A' earned a 40th career win, the margin three-quarters of a length. Don Domingo N (Stratton) was a ground-saving third, with I'm Some Graduate (Kakaley) and Mar Nien A (Greg Merton) earning the remainder of available coinage. For Somewhere in L A, an 8-year-old Somebeachsomewhere gelding co-owned by D'Elegance Stable IX, Carmen Iannacone, T L P & Gandolfo Stables and trained by Richard Banca, it was his second win in five seasonal efforts (1-for-2 in series). The exacta paid $14.60, the triple returned $126.50 and the superfecta paid $572. The series standings, as dutifully compiled by Bob (OUTP) Miecuna, accompany this release. Saturday night's $44,000 Open Handicap Trot was won by 31-1 rank outsider New Heaven (Stratton, $64) in a season's-best 1:55.3.     Yonkers Raceway     George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series     2019           March 24, 2019                     Order        Name 1st Leg 2nd Leg 3rd Leg 4th Leg 5th Leg 25 pts/start Total    1   Ideal Jimmy 50 50       50 150.0 2   Rodeo Rock 50 50       50 150.0 3   Somewhere In L A 25 50       50 125.0 4   Western Fame 50 25       50 125.0 5   Endeavor 8 50       50 108.0 6   JJ Flynn 8 50       50 108.0 7   More The Better N 50 8       50 108.0 8   The Wall 50 8       50 108.0 9   Anythingforlove A 50 5       50 105.0 10   Imarocnrollegend N 25 25       50 100.0 11   The Downtown Bus 0 50       50 100.0 12   Duplicated N 25 12       50 87.0 13   Gokudo Hanover 12 25       50 87.0 14   Beckhams Z Tam 8 25       50 83.0 15   Control Tower 0 25       50 75.0 16   Lockton Luck A 0 25       50 75.0 17   Mach Doro A 25 0       50 75.0 18   Mac's Jackpot 25 0       50 75.0 19   Somebaddude 25 0       50 75.0 20   Rodeo Romeo 12 12       50 74.0 21   Bellows Binge 8 12       50 70.0 22   Don Domingo N 5 12       50 67.0 23   Ballerat Boomerang 5 8       50 63.0 24   I'm Some Graduate 5 8       50 63.0 25   Lyons Steel 8 5       50 63.0 26   Bettors Fire N 12 0       50 62.0 27   Dr J Hanover 0 12       50 62.0 28   Luciano N 12 0       50 62.0 29   Mach It So 12 0       50 62.0 30   Micky Gee N 12 0       50 62.0 31   Rock The Nite 0 12       50 62.0 32   Always At My Place 0 8       50 58.0 33   Bettor Memories 0 5       50 55.0 34   Mar Nien A 0 5       50 55.0 35   Pacing Major N 5 0       50 55.0 36   Rockathon 5 0       50 55.0 37   Sams A Champ A 5 0       50 55.0 38   Whittaker N 0 5       50 55.0 39   Bit Of A Legend N 0 0       50 50.0 40   Nocturnal Bluechip   8       25 33.0 41   Rockin Ron 8         25 33.0 42   Major Crocker A   5       25 30.0 43   Christen Me N 0         25 25.0 44   Cruise Patrol 0         25 25.0 45   Military Master A 0         25 25.0 46   Weona Sizzler A 0         25 25.0 47   Windcong Leo 0         25 25.0 48   Funknwaffles           0 0.0     ADDED MONEY 1st Leg 2nd Leg 3rd Leg 4th Leg 5th Leg Nom. Fees Total          $45,000 $41,000 $0 $0 $0 $280,000 $366,000                   $200,000                 Total $566,000 Frank Drucker
WILKES-BARRE PA - For the second straight week, the Four Starzzz Shark gelding Epaulette A was victorious in the top-level conditioned pace at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, and just as he did last week he posted the fastest clocking of the harness racing young season, winning this $21,500 contest in 1:50.4 for a new mark. Perennial top local driver George Napolitano Jr. had the fast leaver on top by the 1/8 pole, but past the 27.1 quarter, Eddard Hanover made a quick move towards the lead. Epaulette A was having none of that, however, and went a 26.4 second quarter to keep the challenger out at the 54 half, and then shook that one off near the 1:21.4 3/4s. Through the stretch Napolitano kept the winner of $219,122 on the bit, and no one could get close to him in the lane. Black Chevron N, who had hugged the inside through, came up the Pocono Pike to be second, 1¾ lengths behind, with Soho Wallstreet A overcoming bad early luck to rally for third behind the victorious Aussie-bred, trained by Hunter Oakes for the Northfolk Racing Stable. Earlier in the card the veteran Rocknroll Hanover gelding Rockeyed Optimist showed sharp form that could increase his $680,508 lifetime bankroll dramatically, overcoming the outside post seven while equaling the previous best time of the year at the mountain oval, 1:51.1. Mitchell Cushing left and tucked third early, then sent his charge to the lead in front of the stands, and the classmaster took it from there, well clear of his opposition for trainer Jack Leamon, who shares ownership with Stephen Moss, Joseph Battaglia, and Virginia Berkner. Once again the Pocono claiming box was a beehive of activity. Five claiming events produced 14 horses who were led back to new barns at the end of their miles, with $231,250 changing hands as stables seek sharp horses in pursuit of the early season money. Pocono races its first Sunday card at 7 p.m. tomorrow (March 24), with the $1.4M-winning Melady's Monet handicapped to the outside in a field of six in the $21,500 trotting feature. Melady's Monet is trained by a horseman who has some previous experience with winners of much racetrack cash - Herman Heitmann, the first trainer of Foiled Again. PHHA / Pocono
LEBANON, OH - When favorites won the first four races on Miami Valley's Saturday (March 23) harness racing program in 1:51.2 or faster, it became apparent that a "big mile" was possible when the featured $22,500 Open I pacers went postward in the eighth. A packed grandstand of harness devotees was not disappointed as My Hero Ron (Tyler Smith) sped to a 1:49.4 triumph, the quickest mile of the 10-week old 2019 season. Smith fired My Hero Ron from behind the gate, reluctant to allow Mykindachip (Dan Noble) to set the tempo. It took a :25.4 opening panel-fastest of the year-to seat Mykindachip, but proved worth the effort as My Hero Ron tripped all the remaining timing beams in :54.1, 1:21.3 and 1:49.4. GD Western Joe (Chris Page) closed from last in the early going to a fast-closing second in the end, followed by Granite (Brett Miller) in third. Brian Witt owns My Hero Ron who now owns 28 victories from 132 starts. The 7-year-old Well Said gelding has now earned $892,218 in his career. Two divisions of the first leg of the Tom Tharps Memorial Series late closer, for non-winners of six races or $60,000 lifetime, also were contested. The quickest division looked like a replay of the final of the George Williams Memorial, for non-winners of four races or $40,000, a week earlier. Gerardo (Kayne Kauffman) used the same front-end tactic to best Reagan's Avenger (Chris Page) and Velocity Smoke (Dan Noble) in 1:51, two-fifths of a second faster than seven days earlier when the top three order of finish was exactly the same. Kauffman also trains the winner, a 4-year-old Rockin Image gelding owned by Mark Bogen. Rockin Speed (Travis Seekman) captured the other Tharps division by beating Bluebird Recon (Trace Tetrick) and Somebeachsomeday (Trevor Smith) in 1:52.1. L & L Devisser LLC owns Rockin Speed, who is also a 4-year-old Rockin Image gelding. A total of eight races were clocked in 1:51.2 or faster in the first 11 races. In addition to those mentioned above, others were Franzo (Brett Miller, 1:50.3), Class Six (Chris Page, 1:51.1), Harambe Deo (Dan Noble, 1:51.2), Cyclone Kiwi N (Sam Widger, 1:51.2), My Buddy Ninkster (Tyler Smith, 1:50.4) and Armabluechipboy N (Dan Noble, 1:51.1). Sunday's 2:05 p.m. matinee at Miami Valley will feature a $25,000 Open Handicap Trot as well as two $12,000 divisions of second round action in the George 'Red' Ownes Memorial Series for green pacing mares. Gregg Keidel
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