Tweet Me

Tweet Me whips foes in $56,000 trot

Tweet Me (Pat Lachance, $24.80) whipped 'fellow lass' Dot Dot Dot Dash (Steve Smith) Sunday afternoon, winning Yonkers Raceway's harness racing mile-and-a-quarter, $56,000 Open Handicap Trot. The added-distance feature was an all-on-the-gate-eight soiree, with any number of early interest parties. One of those, Hemi Seelster (Jason Bartlett), jumped it off as the 11-10 favorite. Not Afraid (Dan Dube), Lady's Dude and Wind of the North (Mark MacDonald) were all in the game at the outset. Wind of the North was out two turns (:28.1, :57) before eventually making the lead. After a 1:26.3 three-quarters, Not Afraid made a second move, disposing of the leader and bringing the ladies into contention. Not Afraid led past the 1:56.2 milepost, taking a length-and-three-quarter lead into the lane. However, a third-over Tweet Me and fourth-up Dot Dot Dot Dash were beginning their assaults, the former getting to the wire three-quarters of a length before the latter in 2:26. Not Afraid, Red Hot Herbie (Jordan Stratton) and Bentley Spur (Joe Bongiorno) rounding out the payees. For Tweet Me, a 5-year-old daughter of Andover Hall owned by Bridget McNeese and trained by Nicholas Devita, it was her sixth win in 25 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $149.50, with the triple returning $601. This week's installment of the "New York, New York Double' offered a 2-Best Play (Aqueduct's 3rd race) and 4-Lo Rail Crossing (our 5th race) winning combination, which returned $13.10 for every correct dollar wager. Total pool was $4,408. Frank Drucker

Major Callum

Trainer's favourite comes of age

Major Callum came of age at Luxbet Park Hobart last night when the modestly-performed harness racing six-year-old delivered a career-best effort to win the Shadforths Financial Group Pace over 2579 metres. The Juanita McKenzie-trained gelding stepped well from the standing start but was forced to work hard to eventually find the lead while the odds-on favourite Resurgent Spirit also had to work three-wide for 500 metres before eventually finding a spot at the leader's wheel. Major Callum ($16) looked to be struggling 500 metres out when Resurgent Spirit applied the pressure but the gelded son of Art Major refused to wilt and fought back to edge out the favourite on the line with Macho Comacho ($35) working home well to grab third. It was Major Callum's 11th but clearly his best and McKenzie said the gelding had always had above average ability but too often had been the victim of bad luck in his races. "This horse tries so hard every time he goes around and had it not been for rotten luck in a lot of his races he would be a much higher rated horse," McKenzie said. "He is very good from a standing start so this type of racing suits him but at the end of the day he is my favourite horse and has been ever since he was a two-year-old. Duggan had not been a fan of Major Callum but he said after this win his opinion might change. "Let's say I'm starting to warm to the horse," Duggan said. "He is such hard work because you've got to be at him the whole time but tonight I wanted to make sure we had something outside of him because he tries so hard and goes best when he's tested. "He's done a good job to beat the favourite so I reckon he's going to be very competitive in these type of races looking forward." The connections of Resurgent Spirit ($1.60) weren't fazed by the loss. "My horse had to do a lot of work too so he's stuck to his guns well and I have no doubt he will be competitive in whatever he tackles next," said driver James Austin. Peter Staples

Coin Perdu

Gr. I National Svensk for two-year-olds

Coin Perdu (2m SJ’s Caviar-Provo Kronos-Viking Kronos) remained undefeated in five career starts by winning the Gr. I National Svensk 2016 (harness racing two year olds) at Jagersro. Timed in 1.12.7kr over 1640 meters autostart the Erik Adielsson teamed winner is trained by Svante Bath. He earned 700,000SEK first prize. The winner’s second dam is Pine Dust (Pine Chip-Web Chance) and is from the family of Sushi (by Speedy Crown) and Ah So, dam of Workaholic. Executive Caviar (2m SJ’s Caviar-La Belle Lady-Conway Hall) was second for trainer/driver Joakim Lovgren and third went to Dats Cabello (2m Jacose-No Entry-Windsong’s Legacy) driven by Christoffer Eriksson for Tomas Malmqvist, trainer. The program also included the V75 Gold Meadow Prophets for 150,000SEK to the winner of this 2140 meter autostart test. The 1.12.5kr timed 4.6/1 Takethem (6m From Above-D’Cherie-New Quick) from Denmark was victorious for Steen Juul. Je’t’Aime Express (5g Symphonic Hanover-Je’t’Aime Marron-Sugarcane Hanover) was second for Peter Untersteiner and third was Dreams Take Time (7m Andover Andover) for Johan Untersteiner. 4.2/1 Nahar was a miscue dq. The V75 Silver for 125,000SEK first money was raced over 2140 meters autostart. The 1.7/1 choice Isor Haleryd (4g Ready Cash-Velvet As-Mr. Vic) won for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner timed in 1.13.4kr. Ni Talar Bra Latin (6g Kiss Francais-Fattiga Lisa-Supergill) was second with Erik Adielsson up and third went to Bartenders In (6g Muscles Yankee-Garfish Face-Viking Kronos) reined by trainer Johan Untersteiner. Thomas H. Hicks

Brillantissime

€110,000 70th Premio Duomo UET Masters

Phillipe Allaire’s Brillantissime (5m Ready Cash-Ivre de Victoire-Buvetier d’Aunou) took today’s Gr. I Premio Duomo UET Masters (purse €110,000, 1600 meters autostart) at Firenze, Italy (1000 meter track) in gate to wire fashion timed in 1.12.4kr. Pierre Vercruysse reined the winner that easily held off Sharon Gar (5f Varenne-Geneve Gar-Lemon Dra) driven by Gaetano Di Nardo and third to Stella di Azzura (5f Supergill-Genny de Azzurra-Pine Chip) for Alessandro Gocciadoro. Note, the second dam of Sharon Gar is Happy Diamonds (Diamond Exchange-Sharon’s Streak-Sirloin).  Interesting to me was the naming of the undercard races after well-known trotters Toss Out, Keystone Patriot, Friendly Face, Intact Hornline, Italiano, Crowns Invitation and Brads Photo. Two undercard winners were Trillo Park (4m Varenne-Mystery Flight-Balanced Image) for Enrico Bellei timed in 1.12.2kr over 1600 meters, and Velvet Dancer (2m Mondiale OK-Natalie Starlight-Self Possessed) in another 1600 meter autostart contest with a purse of €13,200. This winner was clocked in 1.13.1kr. Thomas H. Hicks  

Nuncio returns to action next Wednesday at Solvalla, where the Stefan Melander trained and owned harness racing champion will be teamed with regular pilot Orjan Kihlstrom in the Gosta Nordins. A field of seven will race over 2140 meters autostart (field below). Divisionist will also take part in the Gunnar Nordins on the card. Nuncio may be pointed toward the Prix d’Amerique the last week in January. December 7, 2016 – Solvalla - R7 Gosta Nordins 2140 meters autostart Nuncio - Kihlstrom Knows Nothing - Ohlsson Attack Diablo - Eriksson Nato Dream - Haugstad Partout Simoni - Kern Charrva Forlan - Goop Claes Boko - Adielsson   R4 Gunnar Nordins 2140 meters autostart Floyd Fortuna - Adielsson Camelot Sisu - Goop Barthechocoate - Haapio Divisionist - Kontio Global Satisfaction - Ohlsson Cupido Sisdu - Kihlstrom   Thomas H. Hicks  

The featured Gr. II Masters Grand National du Trot Finale (purse €150,000, 2850 meters, 16 starters) went to 1.13.4kr timed and 0.5/1 favored Aubrion du Gers (6g Memphis du Rib-J’Arrive du Gers). Owner/trainer/driver Jean-Michel Bazire was the pilot. 41/1 Bahia Quesnot (5f Scipion du Goutier-Queen Ines) took second for Mathieu Abrivard and 12/1 Bolide Jenilou (5g Kesaco Phedo-Melodie Jenilou) was third for Anthony Barrier. Alienor de Godrel and Al Capone Jet were fourth and fifth with Swedishman and Val Royal next to the line. The Prix de l’Eure (purse €54,000, 2850 meters, 15 European starters) went to 1.15.6kr timed and 2.2/1 Shiraz Brodde (7g Love You-Stephanie Brodda). Christophe Martens reined the winner for owner Olof Brodin AB (Sweden) and trainer Vincent Martens. 4.7/1 King Of The World (7m Magnificent Rodney-Queen Of Hearts) was second for Bjorn Goop, teamster for William Nimczyk and owner Johann Lenz. 72/1 Okay dei Ronchi (8g From Above-Faboui’of Brown) was third. The last of the LeTrot Open du Regions was for four year-olds vying over 2850 meters for a purse of €85,000. The field of 12 ended with victory for 8.7/1 Callijo Delbi (4g Rieussec-Joliette de Marvez) timed in 1.14.6kr. Franck Nivard was the pilot for owner/trainer H.N. Bihel. 12/1 Capitaine France (4g Modern Jazz-Quanta Rosa Sun) took second for owner/trainer/driver William Bigeon, and third was the 3/2 favorite and Gabriel Gelormini reined Cantin de L’éclair (4g Jet Fortuna-Nice Joyeuse). The first of the LeTrot Open des Regions was a Gr. III event for three year-olds for a purse €85,000. 16 entrants battled over 2850 meters with the 1.14.8kr timed winner being 5.6/1 Dream de Nilrem (3g Jet Fortuna-Naomi de Chamant). Eric Raffin teamed the Frederic Prat trainee. 1.6/1 Doberman (3m Prodigious-Quietude Mesloise) was second for trainer/driver Franck Nivard. Third went to 8.8/1 Dream Life (3f Royal Dream-Union Of My Life) with breeder Jean-Philippe Dubois driving. Philippe Moulin trains for Ecurie Victoria Dream. Five year-olds competed in the Gr. III LeTrot Open des Regions, also over 2850 meters for an €85,000 purse. 16 starters lined up and 30/1 Banjo de la Noemie (5g Planbeau des Pins-Prima de la Noemie) emerged victorious for Mathieu Mottier timed in 1.14kr. 3/2 favorite Bakchich (5g Quopeck-Paix de Villeneuve) was placed second, driven by Tony LeBeller, after Black Jack From was disqualified. 36/1 Best du Hauty was third ahead of 31/1 Berry Felin. Clara du Pontseuil Wins Monte Gr. II Prix Philippe du Rozier at Vincennes Today’s opener, the Gr. II Prix Philippe du Rozeir (monte, purse €120,000, 2175 meters, 11 starters), went to 16/1 Clara du Pontseuil (4f Mich Phili-Osaka d’Occagnes) with Anthony Barrier in the irons. This pair were up in the final strides timed in 1.13.5kr (off even fractions 1.13.9kr at 1500 to go; 1.12.7kr at the 1000; 1.13.5kr at 500 remaining) ahead of 5.7/1 Cyprien cdes Bordes (4m Ouragon de Cellard-Perle des Bordes) with J.L.Cl, Dersoir up for legendary trainer Joel Halais and Ecurie Rib. The 0.5/1 favorite Canadien d’Em (4m Ready Cash-Kanada) was third for Mathieu Mottier and trainer Franck Leblanc. The Masters Grand National des Amateurs (purse €17,000, 2850 meters, 14 starters) went to 1.16.9kr timed and 2.1/1 favorite Tenor du Passage (9g Gazouilis-Glynis Vandrin) with Mickael GillesLemarchand up for trainer St. Provoost and Ecurie Danover. The winning amateur pilot now has 23 wins in 2016 from 136 starts and 33 career victories Thomas H. Hicks  

The all-important barrier draw for the $1.1M TABtouch Inter Dominion Grand Final has been held at a luncheon event at Gloucester Park today, with harness racing series favourite Hectorjayjay drawing barrier 9. Defending Champion Lennytheshark will need to overcome a veterinarian inspection after experiencing pain in both his front legs following his second placing in the final round of heats; he will start from the 4 hole if included in the final field. 1 - Bling It On - by American Ideal 2 - Run Oneover NZ- by Changeover 3 - Our Jericho NZ - by Tomahawk 4 - Lennytheshark - by Four Starzzz Shark 5 - Joan Of Arc NZ - by Courage Under Fire 6 - Franco Nelson NZ - by Christian Cullen 7 - Smolda NZ - by Courage Under Fire 8 - Bettors Fire NZ - by Bettor's Delight 9 - Hectorjayjay - by Dream Away 10 - Beadiene Boaz NZ - by Badlands Hanover Race programme for Gloucester Park, Friday 09 December 2016

Limelight Beach (Somebeachsomewhere) made his Saratoga harness racing debut a winning one on Saturday night in the $18,000 Open Pace. The Ron Burke trainee is enjoying another terrific year and brought his talents to the Spa for the first time to take part in the Saturday feature. Assigned the outside post, Limelight Beach blasted out to the early lead in a 26.3 opening quarter but driver Stephane Bouchard gave the five year old pacer a bit of a second quarter breather before he faced his first legitimate challenge in the stretch. Limelight Beach cruised away in the final strides to prevail in 1:51.3 on a chilly December night in the Spa City. Artful Way (Frank Coppola Jr) came on to finish second while JK Panache (Mark Beckwith) had to settle for third. Limelight Beach was the race's 6-5 favorite in the betting and led an exacta and triple that paid $32.20 and $84.50, respectively. Burke had a training triple on the Saturday card. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella  

Ast Rutherford, N.J. - Fox Hollow Farm's Bullet Bob ($21.40) dug deep to withstand a barrage of late pressure and prevail over a powerful odds-on entry of Dream Out Loud N and In the Arsenal in Saturday (December 3) night's harness racing featured $17,500 top-level pacing event at The Meadowlands. Corey Callahan wasted no time with the red-hot 7-year-old Tell All gelding, sprinting to the fore just upon entering the first turn. The pair controlled solid early sectionals of :27.4 and :54.4 before facing a first-over challenge from Dream Out Loud N (David Miller) in the final five-sixteenths of the mile. Bullet Bob dug in at once, not only working to stave off Dream Out Loud N for the length of the home straight, but also a late bid from the second-over In the Arsenal (Brett Miller), who fanned off cover upon cornering for home. Ultimately, Bullet Bob prevailed by half a length in 1:51 for his second win of the meeting and the 33rd of his career. Dream Out Loud N and In the Arsenal took second and third respectively, while the late-emerging Ashley's Husband (Vinny Ginsburg) made a belated stand-side push to claim fourth. Mark Harder trains Bullet Bob, whose 1:51 mile earned him a new seasonal mark. Full fields and healthy dividends spurred a strong total handle for Saturday night's 13-race card, as players combined to wager $2,924,959. Noteworthy dividends included the $20,020.22 takedown of the 20¢ Jackpot Super High Five in the night's fifth race, and a $9,539.35 Pick 5 payoff over a sequence which saw four of five favorites vanquished to begin the program. Live racing returns to the Big M on Friday (December 9) evening; post time is slated for 7:15 p.m. Eastern. by James Witherite, Meadowlands

On the eve of today’s barrier draw for the 2017 TABtouch Inter Dominion Grand Final, harness racing owner Merv Butterworth reflected on his first experience of a Perth Inter Dominion. Four days before the final round of heats for the 1962 Perth Inter Dominion the New Zealand champion Cardigan Bay was badly injured in a training accident and there were initially fears that the gelding would have to be put down. Both Cardigan Bay and New South Wales champion James Scott were unbeaten after the first two rounds of heats and they were scheduled to clash on the third night. Cardigan Bay’s lost his trackwork driver when the jog-cart hit a bump and, with the cart on its side he panicked, took off and then slipped and fell, severely damaging his hip in the process. It was Perth trainer Ted Greig, who leased stables from the Cushing family in Riverton Road (now Leach Highway) in Cannington, who thought Cardigan Bay could be saved and set up a series of slings to take the weight off the injured hip. Greig’s stablehand at the time was a young Merv Butterworth and, moments after last Friday’s win of Mr Mojito in the Group Two 4yo Championship, he reflected on the events of February 1962. “I remember feeding and watering Cardigan Bay and it was a month before the slings were removed to allow him to walk”, he said. Merv Butterworth, the oldest of 12 children, was well and truly bitten by the trotting bug when Cardigan Bay made a full recovery, albeit with a limp from his hip injury, and went on to win the 1963 Inter Dominion in Adelaide and then become harness racing’s first millionaire when racing in America. Merv has raced a host of top flight horses including Arden Rooney, which took out the Hunter Cup/New Zealand Cup double a little over a year ago, and next Friday he will watch his horse Our Jericho score-up behind the barrier in the $1.1 million Inter Dominion final. Like his starter Our Blackbird in last year’s final, Our Jericho will start at long prices but that won’t stop Merv dreaming of a win in a Perth Inter Dominion – after all he has seen an Inter Dominion champion overcome bigger obstacles to win harness racing's ultimate prize. by Alan Parker

Harness racing favored Take it Back Terry (George Brennan, $4.30) prevailed from the pocket Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $45,000 Open Handicap Pace. In play from post position No. 4, 'Terry' left around P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett), making the lead right at the :27.4 opening quarter-mile. He then gave it up to a three-deep First Class Horse (Eric Goodell), who found a :56.2 intermission. Melmerby Beach (Dan Dube) then moved from fifth, offered a minimal challenge in and out of a 1:24 three-quarters. First Class Horse then owned a length-and-three-lead into the lane, where Take it Back Terry was all dressed up. He ducked inside, winning by a neck in 1:52.4. First Class Horse just held second over a hard-charging Blood Brother (Jordan Stratton), with P H Supercam and newly-minted, all-age track-record holder The Real One (Pat Lachance) settling for the remainder. For Take it Back Terry, a 7-year-old Western Terror gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi, Larry Karr and Phil Collura, it was his seventh win in 31 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $33.80, the triple returned $171 and the superfecta paid $980. Note Sunday's (Dec. 4th) first post is High Noon. Frank Drucker

DAYTON, OH. - My Buddy Ninkster scored his eleventh 2016 victory on Saturday night (Dec. 3), copping the $15,000 Open I Pace at Hollywood Dayton Raceway in 1:51.1. With the sharp triumph the winner eclipsed the $100,000 earnings plateau for the season and the 4-year-old son of Dali is rapidly closing in on $200,000 for his harness racing career. Driver Tyler Smith hustled My Buddy Ninkster from the gate forcing JD's Macca Lodge (Kayne Kauffman) to pace a taxing :26.2 opening quarter to clear to the pylons in front of him. Although Tyd Theglyde (Dan Noble) tried to attack first-up on the outside, the pacesetting pair stayed in one-two order along the pylons until the head of the stretch. At that point, Smith pulled My Buddy Ninkster from the pocket and wore down JD's Macca Lodge, eventually pulling away to an open lengths victory. Off at 7-2 odds, My Buddy Ninkster topped JD's Macca Lodge, who held for second at 9-2 odds, while Vague Traces (Andy Shetler) closed sharply at 5-1 to pick up the show dough. John and Mary Krasnican own My Buddy Ninkster and have entrusted the conditioning to Bob Phillips. For the second consecutive week, the $12,500 Open II Pace produced an even quicker mile over the lightning-fast Dayton five-eighths mile oval. This time it was E R Rudy (Peter Wrenn) overcoming the outside number nine post position to triumph in 1:50.1, a new lifetime mark for the 5-year-old altered son of Art's Chip. E R Rudy was also winning for the eleventh time this year and joined My Buddy Ninkster in surpassing the $100,000 seasonal earnings mark with the victory. The pair of six-figure stalwarts will likely square off against each other in next Saturday's feature. Wrenn was content to ease E R Rudy from the gate, trailing the entire field when they reached the first stanza teletimer in :27. Shortly thereafter, though, the pair began an aggressive attack which put them in second-over position at the halfway point. With favored Hawk's Red Chief beginning to labor on the front end, E R Rudy was pulled three-wide down the backside and exploded with a sub-:27 third quarter which propelled him to an open lengths lead going into the final bend. Tacking on an impressive :27 flat final quarter, E R Rudy dominated Granite (Jason Brewer) who was gaining quickly in the final strides, and Castle Flight (Dan Noble) who found racing room late to complete the trifecta. Off at 11-1, E R Rudy returned $24.40 to his faithful. Combined with Granite (7-1) the exacta returned $204.20. Don Eash trains the winner for Eash Racing Stable Inc. Gregg Keidel

Drivingthedragon N made quick work of her harness racing feature race rivals on Saturday afternoon at Red Shores Charlottetown. Leaving from post 7, the Jason Hughes trainee blasted off the wings, engaging in an early dual with Motorino to the opening quarter before taking complete control and drawing off to win by six. Owned by Donald MacRae of Vernon Bridge, she laid down fractions of :28.1, :58.4, 1:28.2 before closing in out in 1:58.1 over a rain soaked capital city oval. The seven-year-old daughter of Sutter Hanover is making a late case for the Aged Pacing Mare of the Year award in the region. Since arriving on red soil the mare has seven wins from 13 starts, including the Atlantic Aged Mares final and knocking off invitational superstar D Gs Camme. The victory capped off another stellar day for 'The Blue Knight', in race eight he steered Dial The Bossman to his fourth consecutive victory, using first up tactics to win by three and a quarter lengths. The two-year-old son of Artistic Fella has been impressive in his young racing career for trainer Tom Weatherbie and owner Doug MacPhee. It was part of a driving hat-trick who also scored with trainee First Art Down. Fresh off winning the Paul MacDonald Drivers Championship last week, Corey MacPherson picked up right where he left off scoring three victories on the card. Macpherson, who is enjoying a career best season scored with Just A Professor from off the pace and followed up with front-end victories about Jetster and Jetta Flys. Marc Campbell will have to wait another day to break his record for most wins in a season at Red Shores Charlottetown. He headed into the card just two back from breaking the record but only managed to score with his own trainee Woodmere Articblue, who picked up her third straight victory. Veteran reinsman Kenny Arsenault was in fine form on Saturday afternoon with a pair of victories aboard Frill Seeker and Dbs Rosco from his own outfit. The afternoon wager for the 16-dash card was $43,086. By Bo Ford

Harness racing trainer/jockey Mathieu Abrivard teamed 2.4/1 Bellissima France (5f Blue Dream-Quanta Rosa Sun) to an impressive 1.14.2kr score in the Gr. II monte Prix Joseph LaFosse (Gr. II, purse €120,000, 2700 meters) at Paris-Vincennes. Ecurie L.D.M. Abrivard owns the fine mare. 8/1 Bilibili (5f Niky-Quetty du Donjon) was second with Alexandre Abrivard up for trainer L.Cl. Abrivard and owner/breeder Jean Pierre Barjon, Third was 4/1 Booster Winner (5m Love You-Quille Viretaute) with Eric Raffin in the irons for trainer Sebastian Guarato and owner Ecurie Winner The Quinte+ Gr. II Prix Doynel de Saint-Quentin (purse €120,000, 2850 meters, 14 starters) resulted in an easy win for 7/10favorite and barefoot Cash Gamble (5m Ready Cash-No Way Back). Jean-Michel Bazire piloted the Fabrice Souloy trainee for Norwegian owner Stall TJ Gamble. Second was 29/1 Beau Gamin (5m Quinoa du Gers-Cadette), also barefoot, with Eric Raffin up for trainer Sebastian Guarato and owner J.M. Rancoule. 30/1 Sugar Rey (5m Look de Star-Qurona Boreale) from Italy landed third for Roberto Andreghetti, trainer H.E. Bondo and Ecurie Tre Cer of Italy. Boeing du Bocage and King Sir Kir ended fourth and fifth. The winner’s time was 1.13.2kr off even fractions Thomas H. Hicks  

Service Secret (10g Look de Star-Kalamita) took today’s Prix des Recontres Internationale (purse €22,000, 2100 meters autostart, 15 starters) with harness racing driver Franck Nivard up representing France. The 5/2 favorite scored in 1.15.9kr to survive in a close finish with 4.1/1 Sire de la Creuse (10g Ildo de Fleurac-Hanna de la Creuse) handled by Hungary’s Balazs Juhasz for trainer J.F. Senet. Third was 18/1 Tonio du Vivier (9g General du Pommeau-Melba du Vivier) with Rick Wester up. This international drivers contest is an annual fixture during the winter meet at Vincennes. Saturday’s Prix de Saint Georges de Didonne (purse €90,000, 2850 meters, 18 starters) went to 9/10 betting favorite Avenir de Blay (6g Hooper-Mirabelle de Blay) with breeder/owner/trainer Tony LeBeller aboard. Timed in 1.14.6kr this winner defeated 16/1 Aulis du Courtilfe (6g Buvetier d’Aunou-Miss du Courtille) with J-M Bazire driving and third finishing 34/1 Au Clair de Lune (6g Capriccio-Queen de Beaulieu) The Gr. II Prix Vourasie (purse €80,000, 2200 meters, 13 two year-old fillies) went to a very impressive 34/1 Elea Madrik (2f Goetmals Wood-Duelea Madrik). Trainer William Bigeon teamed the winner for owner Cl. Guedj. 7/10 favorite Epice Turgot (2f Orlando Vici-Kippa Turgot) was next to the line for driver J-M Bazire. Fabrice Souloy trains this second place finisher for owner Mme. Th. Hoste. Third was 31/1 Elite du Ruel (2f Timoko-Romance du Ruel) handled by David Thomain for trainer Franck Anne and owner/breeder Annick Bazin. The winner was clocked in 1.15.3kr with a quick finishing kick. Thomas H. Hicks

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Tweet Me (Pat Lachance, $24.80) whipped 'fellow lass' Dot Dot Dot Dash (Steve Smith) Sunday afternoon, winning Yonkers Raceway's harness racing mile-and-a-quarter, $56,000 Open Handicap Trot. The added-distance feature was an all-on-the-gate-eight soiree, with any number of early interest parties. One of those, Hemi Seelster (Jason Bartlett), jumped it off as the 11-10 favorite. Not Afraid (Dan Dube), Lady's Dude and Wind of the North (Mark MacDonald) were all in the game at the outset. Wind of the North was out two turns (:28.1, :57) before eventually making the lead. After a 1:26.3 three-quarters, Not Afraid made a second move, disposing of the leader and bringing the ladies into contention. Not Afraid led past the 1:56.2 milepost, taking a length-and-three-quarter lead into the lane. However, a third-over Tweet Me and fourth-up Dot Dot Dot Dash were beginning their assaults, the former getting to the wire three-quarters of a length before the latter in 2:26. Not Afraid, Red Hot Herbie (Jordan Stratton) and Bentley Spur (Joe Bongiorno) rounding out the payees. For Tweet Me, a 5-year-old daughter of Andover Hall owned by Bridget McNeese and trained by Nicholas Devita, it was her sixth win in 25 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $149.50, with the triple returning $601. This week's installment of the "New York, New York Double' offered a 2-Best Play (Aqueduct's 3rd race) and 4-Lo Rail Crossing (our 5th race) winning combination, which returned $13.10 for every correct dollar wager. Total pool was $4,408. Frank Drucker
Limelight Beach (Somebeachsomewhere) made his Saratoga harness racing debut a winning one on Saturday night in the $18,000 Open Pace. The Ron Burke trainee is enjoying another terrific year and brought his talents to the Spa for the first time to take part in the Saturday feature. Assigned the outside post, Limelight Beach blasted out to the early lead in a 26.3 opening quarter but driver Stephane Bouchard gave the five year old pacer a bit of a second quarter breather before he faced his first legitimate challenge in the stretch. Limelight Beach cruised away in the final strides to prevail in 1:51.3 on a chilly December night in the Spa City. Artful Way (Frank Coppola Jr) came on to finish second while JK Panache (Mark Beckwith) had to settle for third. Limelight Beach was the race's 6-5 favorite in the betting and led an exacta and triple that paid $32.20 and $84.50, respectively. Burke had a training triple on the Saturday card. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella  
ast Rutherford, N.J. - Fox Hollow Farm's Bullet Bob ($21.40) dug deep to withstand a barrage of late pressure and prevail over a powerful odds-on entry of Dream Out Loud N and In the Arsenal in Saturday (December 3) night's harness racing featured $17,500 top-level pacing event at The Meadowlands. Corey Callahan wasted no time with the red-hot 7-year-old Tell All gelding, sprinting to the fore just upon entering the first turn. The pair controlled solid early sectionals of :27.4 and :54.4 before facing a first-over challenge from Dream Out Loud N (David Miller) in the final five-sixteenths of the mile. Bullet Bob dug in at once, not only working to stave off Dream Out Loud N for the length of the home straight, but also a late bid from the second-over In the Arsenal (Brett Miller), who fanned off cover upon cornering for home. Ultimately, Bullet Bob prevailed by half a length in 1:51 for his second win of the meeting and the 33rd of his career. Dream Out Loud N and In the Arsenal took second and third respectively, while the late-emerging Ashley's Husband (Vinny Ginsburg) made a belated stand-side push to claim fourth. Mark Harder trains Bullet Bob, whose 1:51 mile earned him a new seasonal mark. Full fields and healthy dividends spurred a strong total handle for Saturday night's 13-race card, as players combined to wager $2,924,959. Noteworthy dividends included the $20,020.22 takedown of the 20¢ Jackpot Super High Five in the night's fifth race, and a $9,539.35 Pick 5 payoff over a sequence which saw four of five favorites vanquished to begin the program. Live racing returns to the Big M on Friday (December 9) evening; post time is slated for 7:15 p.m. Eastern. by James Witherite, Meadowlands
Harness racing favored Take it Back Terry (George Brennan, $4.30) prevailed from the pocket Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $45,000 Open Handicap Pace. In play from post position No. 4, 'Terry' left around P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett), making the lead right at the :27.4 opening quarter-mile. He then gave it up to a three-deep First Class Horse (Eric Goodell), who found a :56.2 intermission. Melmerby Beach (Dan Dube) then moved from fifth, offered a minimal challenge in and out of a 1:24 three-quarters. First Class Horse then owned a length-and-three-lead into the lane, where Take it Back Terry was all dressed up. He ducked inside, winning by a neck in 1:52.4. First Class Horse just held second over a hard-charging Blood Brother (Jordan Stratton), with P H Supercam and newly-minted, all-age track-record holder The Real One (Pat Lachance) settling for the remainder. For Take it Back Terry, a 7-year-old Western Terror gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi, Larry Karr and Phil Collura, it was his seventh win in 31 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $33.80, the triple returned $171 and the superfecta paid $980. Note Sunday's (Dec. 4th) first post is High Noon. Frank Drucker
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