Day At The Track
Millionairess and world champion, Hannelore Hanover, Harness Racing

$1.4 million in purses on the line at Hoosier

ANDERSON, Ind.-September 19, 2017 - Grand Circuit harness racing action will return to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino for the third time this season on Friday, September 22 and with it, bring some of the top rated horses in North America. With purses topping the $1.4 million mark, Hoosier Park will host a standout card that includes the $240,000 Centaur Trotting Classic, the $240,000 Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes, the $160,000 Jenna's Beach Boy Pace, the $160,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby, and the $125,000 Elevation Pace. First post is 6:30 p.m. Millionairess and World Champion, Hannelore Hanover will make the return to her home state to headline a field of ten in Hoosier Park's premier trotting event, the $240,000 Centaur Trotting Classic. The five-year-old Indiana-bred daughter of Swan for All will look to become the first horse in history to score consecutive victories in the Centaur Trotting Classic as she was victorious in the 2016 edition in 1:52.4. Hannelore Hanover has won six of 10 starts this season with lifetime purse earnings approaching the $2 million mark. Trained by Ron Burke, Hannelore Hanover is scheduled to tackle the boys once again; starting from post six with Yannick Gingras slated to drive. Two-year-old World Champion and Dan Patch Award winner, Huntsville is set to make his Hoosier Park debut from post four in a field of eight in the $160,000 Jenna's Beach Boy Pace for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Trained by Ray Schnittker, Huntsville has won seven of 12 outings this season while amassing $1.6 million in lifetime purse earnings. His 2017 resume includes wins in the $738,550 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace and the $334,325 Cane Pace. Regular pilot Tim Tetrick has been enlisted to drive. The $160,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby will feature another stellar match-up between the aged pacing stars of 2017. The 2017 Dan Patch Stakes winner Check Six will square off with nine other rivals and start from the coveted rail position with Yannick Gingras in the bike for trainer Ron Burke. Burke will also send out Rockin Ron and All Bets Off from post two and three, respectively. "As we look forward to the main event the last weekend of October, this card could easily be called the Breeders Crown preview," Hoosier Park's Vice President and General Manager of Racing, Rick Moore noted. "Having the spotlight shine on Hoosier Park this Friday evening gives the entire Hoosier Park team a deep sense of pride." Racing fans will have the opportunity to participate in two special wagers offered on the evening's 14-race card. A $20,000 Guaranteed Trifecta pool will be available in the $160,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby, slated as the eleventh race on the program, and a $20,000 Guaranteed Trifecta in the $240,000 Centaur Trotting Classic, the twelfth race on the program, both as part of the Strategic Wagering Program. Each wager has a minimum bet of 50 cents and is available through the cooperative efforts of the United States Trotting Association, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino and the Indiana Standardbred Association. Along with the live racing action, guests can enter at Trackside Club Centaur from 5-7:59 p.m. for their chance to win a $500 mega bet on the selected race of the evening. Additionally, guests can check in at any promotional kiosk to receive an entry to the $10,000 Winner Takes All giveaway on November 4. The popular harness racing podcast 'Post Time with Mike and Mike' will join in the racing festivities as they host a live remote at Hoosier Park on Friday. Those tuning into the Mike and Mike program will hear live interviews, racing coverage, Hoosier Park racing trivia, and more. Friday's stakes filled card is part of Hoosier Park's 2017 Championship Meet, which features a record-breaking $14 million stakes schedule. The twelve-week championship stretch, which kicked off on Friday, August 11 with the $325,000 Dan Patch Stakes, will offer an unparalleled series of high caliber stakes races, culminating with the Breeders Crown championship races which will come to Hoosier Park for the first time ever on October 27 and October 28. To view all of the entries for Friday's 14-race card, please click here. Emily Gaskin

Pedro Hanover, Harness Racing

Stage set for Metro Pace & Shes A Great Lady

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 19 - Rookie pacers will be in the harness racing spotlight for the $816,000 Metro Pace and $500,000 Shes A Great Lady this Saturday (September 23) at Mohawk Racetrack. The Metro Pace, harness racing's richest race for two-year-olds, features a field of 10 colts and geldings led by elimination winners Stay Hungry (1:50.2), Twin B Tuffenuff (1:51.1) and Pedro Hanover (1:51.2). The Shes A Great Lady for pacing fillies did not require eliminations last week and will see a field of eight competing for half a million dollars. A 12-race card has been put together for Saturday and total purses for the evening exceed $1.5 million. The Metro Pace has been carded as Race 9, while the Shes A Great Lady goes as Race 6. The Metro Pace, which was first raced in 1988, is annually the biggest race for two-year-old pacers and has an impressive list of past champions, including Artsplace, Presidential Ball, Rocknroll Hanover and Somebeachsomewhere. Trainer Tony Alagna, who won the Metro in 2013 with Captaintreacherous, sends out a pair of starters, including the undefeated Stay Hungry. A son of 2007 winner Somebeachsomewhere, Stay Hungry won arguably the toughest of last Saturday's three eliminations by edging out Lost In Time and Hayden Hanover by a neck in 1:50.2, which established a new season's mark for a two-year-old pacer. Stay Hungry is three for three to start his career for owners Brad Grant, who is Mohawk's leading owner, and Irwin Samelman. His two other victories came in a $14,000 conditioned race and a $97,880 division of the Champlain. The bay colt was a $150,000 purchase at last year's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. Doug McNair will be seeking his first Metro title and will guide Stay Hungry from post position two. "This is kind of where you aim for to start a season," McNair said following Stay Hungry's elimination victory. "He's coming into the Metro final in good shape - dropped two more seconds off his previous mark and he did it pretty handily. He felt pretty good [while] they were battling up front. He's green once he clears - he hesitates a bit, but he's real smart; he knows what he's doing." Alagna will also send out Odds On Lauderdale (PP8, Sylvain Filion) in Saturday's rich final. Pennsylvania Sires Stakes champion Pedro Hanover is arguably the hottest horse coming into the Metro Pace. The Andrew Harris trainee is on a four-race win streak with all four victories coming in stakes events. Also a son of Somebeachsomewhere, Pedro Hanover paced a final-quarter of :26.2 to secure a 1:51.2 victory in his elimination. Driver Andrew McCarthy first sat behind the bay colt in winning a $112,525 division of the Nassagaweya on August 26 and has since guided the rookie to two more victories. "I got very lucky [when] Tim Tetrick couldn't make it up here for the Nassagaweya, and he mentioned my name, so I got to come up and race him up here," McCarthy said after Pedro Hanover's elimination score. "They went [fast] enough in the first quarter, so I knew that'd take a bit of the sting out of them. As long as I was handy enough at the head of the stretch, I know he's going to kick home in 26-and-change; he can really fly." Pedro Hanover was an $80,000 yearling purchase last November at Harrisburg and is owned by locals Brad Gray of Dundas, Ontario and Denise Guerriero of Toronto, Ontario. Pedro Hanover is five for seven with $260,656 earned. He'll start from post-four. Twin B Tuffenuff was the surprise winner of last Saturday's three eliminations. The Steve Elliott trainee and driver Brett Miller came through with a 7-1 upset to break his maiden in 1:51.1. A son of Rock N Roll Heaven, Twin B Tuffenuff hadn't been finding the wire first prior to Saturday, but was showing tremendous speed on the end of his miles. "This is a very nice colt," Miller said after the elimination score. "As you can see on his lines, at the quarter, at the half, he's been 15 lengths off - 15 lengths off at the half and pacing unreal back halves. He has troubles steering, so I knew, if I could ever get him close from the half on, he'd be tough to beat." Owned by Marvin Rounick, Twin B Tuffenuff was a $75,000 yearling purchase at Harrisburg and is one for eight with $35,830 earned. The Elliott trainee will leave from post-three with Miller. The Metro Pace final is completed by St Lads Neptune (PP1, Jody Jamieson), Lost In Time (PP5, Scott Zeron), Nutcracker Sweet (PP6, Tim Tetrick), Taste Of History (PP7, Louis Philippe Roy), Springsteen (PP9, Chris Ryder), Hayden Hanover (PP10, Andy Miller). The $500,000 Shes A Great Lady promises to be an exciting showdown, as eight pacing fillies will square off. Come See The Show will be looking to make her momma proud starting from post-four with driver Tim Tetrick. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere is the second foal out of 2009 Shes A Great Lady winner Put On A Show. Trained by Linda Toscano, Come See The Show has two wins and two runner-up finishes in five starts for earnings of $72,498. The bay filly was purchased for $550,000 at last October's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale by co-breeders Joanne Young and Richard Young. The talent runs deep in the Shes A Great Lady, as local standouts Kendall Seelster and Percy Bluechip are set to lock horns once again. Trained by Paul Reid, Kendall Seelster is riding a two-race win streak into Saturday, which includes a 1:51.1 score in the $169,381 Champlain Stakes on September 2. The daughter of Shadow Play has posted three wins and four runner-up finishes in eight starts. Randy Waples, who won the Shes A Great Lady in 2015 with L A Delight, will guide Kendall Seelster from the rail. Dr. Ian Moore trainee Percy Bluechip generated a ton of buzz with her debut performance and is coming into Saturday's race with four wins in five starts. Her only loss was a runner-up finish to Kendall Seelster in the Champlain. Also a daughter of Shadow Play, Percy Bluechip has banked $283,111 for owners Shadow Two Stable, James & Wilma MacKenzie and Hudson Standrdbrd Stb Inc. She was a $110,000 Forest City Yearling Sale purchase. The field of pacing fillies also includes New York Sires Stakes standout Youaremycandygirl for trainer Ron Burke. The daughter of American Ideal is three for five with $81,545 banked. She will start from post-eight with Yannick Gingras listed to drive. The Shes A Great Lady field is completed by Kissin In The Sand (PP2, Yannick Gingras), Twin B Peaches (PP3, Andrew McCarthy), Pueblo Blue Chip (PP5, Jody Jamieson), Sidewalk Dancer (PP6, Brett Miller). Early program pages for the Metro Pace and Shes A Great Lady card can be viewed by clicking here. Fans are reminded that Mohawk will be hosting a "New Owner Seminar" prior to Saturday's races. The seminar will offer fans the opportunity to learn about affordable and easy options for becoming involved in racehorse ownership. The seminar will begin at 6 p.m. in the Director's Lounge. Signage will be posted at the Grandstand entrance to guide those wishing to attend. Post time for Saturday's 12-race card is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

Pinecraft Nellie, Harness Racing

Tuesday action at Delaware, Ohio

Indiana invader Pinecraft Nellie won the $37,600 Standardbred trot for two-year-old fillies in Tuesday harness racing action at the Delaware County Fair. Driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. sent Pinecraft Nellie out of the outside post #4 and grabbed the early lead. The daughter of Guccio led the field through the first half mile fractions of :30 1/5 and 1:00 3/5. Msnaughtyashill (David Miller) challenged the leader at the three-quarter mile pole in 1:29 1/5, but Pinecraft Nellie was solid through the lane to score a 4 1/2 length victory in 1:58 4/5. Pinecraft Nellie won for the eighth time in 15 seasonal starts and is owned by Summit Pacing Acres and conditioned by Byron Hooley. In the $126,000 (div.) Ohio Breeders Championship for two-year-old colt trotters, Ohio Sires Stake champion Mission Accepted (Ryan Stahl) took the first division in a national season's record 1:56 2/5. As the starting gates wings opened, In My Dreams and Hugh Beatty took the early lead. Mission Accepted, who left from post 5, to take command just past the opening quarter in :29 2/5. Mission Accepted took on the mid race challenges of Joggintothebank (Dan Noble) and Sand Cash (Tyler Smith) and won by 1¾ lengths. In My Dreams held on for second and Dontforgetmaster (Josh Sutton) rallied for third. The son of Manofmanymissions is owned by trainer Jeff Conger, breeder Knox Services and David Wills. He now has won over $190,000 in just 7 starts this season. In the second $42,000 division, Cash Lane and driver Kayne Kauffman cruised to a 1½ length win over upset minded Dancewithsomebody (Robin Miller) in 1:59 2/5. Cash Lane is trained by Mike Polhamus and is owned by Richard L. Finfrock. In the final division, Sultan Of Cash, the 3-5 betting choice, showed why he was the best when he went gate-to-wire in 1:58. Woof (Mike Wilder) and Count On Cody (David Miller) rounded out the top three. Sultan Of Cash has now won $126,515 and 7 of 8 starts this season. Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. drove the winner for owner/trainer Roger Hughes, Jr. The 19 race Wednesday card starts at 11:00 AM and features the Jugette for three-year-old pacing fillies. Jay Wolf

Boogie Shuffle, Harness Racing

Jug trip a 'dream' for Boogie Shuffle's owner

Boogie Shuffle will have to beat the best harness racing 3-year-old pacers in North America to win Thursday's $590,400 Little Brown Jug and owner Bob Tambur wouldn't want it any other way. "That's what sports are all about," said Tambur, the owner of Fox Hollow Farm, which bred and owns Boogie Shuffle. "You want to be there. The fact you're there, that you're one of the better horses in the country, that's big. "I never dreamed I'd get to the Jug. But here we are. I'm a lucky guy." Boogie Shuffle brings a three-race win streak, and four wins in his past five starts, to the Little Brown Jug, presented by the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association, at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in central Ohio. The eight-horse field also includes Fear The Dragon, the No. 1-ranked horse in harness racing's Top 10 poll, and No. 3 Downbytheseaside. "If you want to be a top horse you've got to race against the best," said Tambur, who lives in northeast Pennsylvania. "Now we are racing against the best." The Little Brown Jug is the third jewel in the Pacing Triple Crown. Huntsville, who was not entered in the Little Brown Jug, won the first, the Cane Pace, while Downbytheseaside won the second, the Messenger Stakes. This year's race ushers in a new era for the Little Brown Jug, which previously required a horse to win two heats to be declared the event's champion. Beginning this year, the race's conditions were altered so that eliminations only establish an eight-horse field for the final later in the day. The Little Brown Jug champion is the winner of the final regardless of finish position in his elimination. With eight horses in this year's field, all will advance to the $401,472 final. The post positions for the final will be determined by the official order of finish in the $188,928 first heat, with the winning horse assigned post position one and all others taking their positions in the order they were placed in the first heat. Boogie Shuffle, a son of 2009 Little Brown Jug winner Well Said out of the mare Ciela Hanover, will start the first round from post six and is 6-1 on the morning line. Downbytheseaside, in post five, is the 2-1 favorite while Fear The Dragon is the second choice, at 7-2. Downbytheseaside and Fear The Dragon are both trained by Brian Brown, who is based at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. Brian Sears will drive Downbytheseaside while David Miller, who with a win Thursday can equal the record of five Little Brown Jug victories, will be behind Fear The Dragon. Scott Zeron will drive Boogie Shuffle for trainer Mark Harder. "One thing about (Boogie Shuffle), he's got gate speed," Tambur said. "We'll see what happens. It's up to Scotty." Boogie Shuffle began this season with a win and four third-place finishes in his first five races. In his next four races, though, he finished no better than sixth. It was discovered the horse was suffering from stomach ulcers and his recent return to top form followed treatment for the issue. His three-race win streak includes the $252,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship Sept. 3 at Harrah's Philadelphia. Boogie Shuffle won the event in a career-best 1:48.2. "Even when he was sick, he was trying," Tambur said. "Mark kept saying the horse is a good horse. He knew there was something wrong; it was just a matter of figuring it out and getting the horse right. It was very frustrating. But Mark never gave up on that horse, nor did Scotty. "Those two guys stuck with me. I have admiration for both of them. I give both those guys a lot of credit; a lot of character there." For his career, Boogie Shuffle has won six of 27 races and earned $362,543. Last year, he won only one of 13 races but finished among the top three a total of 10 times. "Last year, he would slow down when a horse came alongside of him," Tambur said. "This year, he goes for it. He's a little older, a little smarter. And he's strong. We think he will be great to go two races (in the Jug). I'm not saying we're going to win, but he doesn't get tired easily." Tambur, whose business ventures include a financial company and real estate development, got started in harness racing a little more than two decades ago. He is looking forward to his first trip to the Little Brown Jug. "I'm in it for the dream," Tambur said. "When you breed a horse on your farm and you raise him and he goes out and does well, I get a big kick out of it. "We've got a lot of good races ahead of us. I'm optimistic, but we're racing with the best of them." Right where he wants to be. Following is the draw for the opening heat for the 72nd Little Brown Jug. It is race No. 16 with an approximate 4 p.m. post time. All eight horses will return for the final, which is race No. 20. PP Horse Sire (Driver/Trainer) Morning Line Odds 1. Funknwaffles by American Ideal (Corey Callahan/John Butenschoen) 10-1 2. Filibuster Hanover by Somebeachsomewhere (Yannick Gingras/Ron Burke) 5-1 3. Fear The Dragon by Dragon Again (David Miller/Brian Brown) 7-2 4. Miso Fast by Roll With Joe (Matt Kakaley/Ron Burke) 12-1 5. Downbytheseaside by Somebeachsomewhere (Brian Sears/Brian Brown) 2-1 6. Boogie Shuffle by Well Said (Scott Zeron/Mark Harder) 6-1 7. R J P by Somebeachsomewhere (Tim Tetrick/Ron Buke) 15-1 8. Chip Walther  by Art Major (Marcus Miller/Erv Miller) 20-1 Ken Weingartner

Freehold, NJ --- Three of the top seven horses in this week’s Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll will be in harness racing action the next two days at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in central Ohio, led by a meeting between No. 1 Fear The Dragon and No. 3 Downbytheseaside in Thursday’s Little Brown Jug. Also in action will be No. 7 Blazin Britches in Wednesday’s Jugette. All three horses are trained by Brian Brown, who is stabled at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. Fear The Dragon and Downbytheseaside were idle last week. Blazin Britches, who was ranked 10th in last week’s poll, won the Nadia Lobell Stakes. Other winners in the Top 10 were No. 2 Ariana G in the Elegantimage Stakes, No. 4 Hannelore Hanover in the Maple Leaf Trot, and No. 5 Manchego in the Peaceful Way Stakes. The Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll does not determine Horse of the Year. The U.S. Harness Writers Association votes in December on all Dan Patch Award division winners plus Trotter of the Year, Pacer of the Year and Horse of the Year. Rankings based on the votes of harness racing media representatives on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis. Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 17 – 9/19/2017 Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Fear The Dragon (22) 3pc 12-10-2-0 $1,034,810 327 1 2 Ariana G (8) 3tf 11-9-1-1 $783,040 316 2 3 Downbytheseaside (4) 3pc 13-9-1-2 $1,018,716 270 3 4 Hannelore Hanover 5tm 10-6-3-0 $531,754 233 4 5 Manchego (1) 2tf 8-8-0-0 $501,948 136 7 6 Resolve 6th 10-4-2-1 $485,149 134 5 7 Blazin Britches 3pf 10-9-1-0 $203,392 116 10 8 Huntsville 3pc 12-7-3-1 $916,078 106 6 9 Agent Q 3pf 12-7-2-1 $481,066 61 8 10 Marion Marauder 4th 7-3-1-1 $456,097 44 9 Also: What The Hill (34); Walner (27); Alarm Detector, Devious Man (15); Sintra (14); Bit Of A Legend N (12); Pure Country (11); Blue Moon Stride (8); Celebrity Ruth, Keystone Velocity, Rainbow Room (7); Crazy Wow, Lady Shadow (5); Boogie Shuffle (3); Emoticon Hanover, Nike Franco N, Stay Hungry (2); Carmensdaleyapple, International Moni, Mach It So, McWicked, Pedro Hanover, Two AM (1) by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications   

Harness racing trainer Joe Paver thought Carmensdaleyapple would be a good horse, but he never expected the homebred 2-year-old male pacer to produce win after win after win. Fifteen, to be exact, without a single setback as he heads Wednesday to an Ohio Fair Racing Conference division at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. "It's a big surprise," said Paver, who bred, owns and trains Carmensdaleyapple. He added with a laugh, "I don't usually win that many races in a year, let alone with one horse." True. Carmensdaleyapple has nearly equaled Paver's previous career high for training wins in a season, 17 in 2005. This year, the 58-year-old Paver has posted 30 victories and career-best purse earnings of $152,833. Carmensdaleyapple has won more races this year than any 2-year-old in North America. The gelding's 15 victories are tied for fourth among horses of any age and he is the only undefeated horse among the 69 with at least 11 wins. "He trained down good," said Paver, who trains his stable of five horses at the Union County Fairgrounds in Marysville, Ohio. "I'd been in 2:01 with him at home before I ever raced him. That was by himself, though. He's been a little bit better than I thought. He's a good-natured horse. He's long barreled and I like his gait." Carmensdaleyapple is a son of stallion Mr Apples out of the mare Mydaleybread, who Paver bought in 2014 and raced briefly as a 14-year-old before breeding her. Carmen is Paver's wife, who named Carmensdaleyapple. Paver drove Carmensdaleyapple in his first start, at the Paulding County Fair, and won by nearly 24 lengths in 2:13 over a sloppy track. Since then, 20-year-old Pierce Henry has been Carmensdaleyapple's regular driver. Last year, Henry drove another Paver homebred, Mannys Too Special, several times on the fair circuit. "I didn't have any help, I was having to paddock and drive, so I tagged Pierce and put him up," Paver said. "He's getting better every day. Experience is how drivers get better. I've got faith in him. He'll be all right." Carmensdaleyapple has won nine of his 15 races by at least five lengths and his narrowest margin of victory has been 2-1/2 lengths. His best win time of 1:57.1 came Aug. 14 at the Mercer County Fair in Celina. "A couple times he's had miles cut for him, but most of the time he does it on his own," Paver said. "But he can do it either way (from the front or following)." On Wednesday, Carmensdaleyapple and Henry will start from post No. 1 at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. Carmensdaleyapple is the race's even-money favorite on the morning line. Dan Noble's Jus Chillin It, who has won five of eight races this year and not yet faced Carmensdaleyapple, is the 4-1 second choice. Wednesday's card also includes the $273,250 Jugette for 3-year-old female pacers and $80,575 Buckette for 3-year-old female trotters. "It hasn't mattered so far to him, but it's nice to draw the rail there," Paver said about Delaware's half-mile track. "We've got to hope for the best. Anything can happen. But I think he'll be all right." Paver, who is from Marysville, followed his uncle, Tom, and father, Pearl, into harness racing. He started jogging horses around the age of 12 and bought his first horse in his mid-20s. He owns some horses with his father and brother, Dennis. Among their recent successes is Ohsowigglesspecial, a homebred 4-year-old female pacer who has won 19 of 54 career races and earned $166,478. Carmensdaleyapple will race once more following Wednesday's start, in the Ohio Fairs Championship next month. Then the horse will receive time off before preparing for his 3-year-old campaign. "I'll look and see what I want to do next year," Paver said. "I know he will be in the sire stakes. I didn't do it this year; I just staked him to the fairs to teach him to race. But there will definitely be some staking next year." Click here for Wednesday's complete card at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. Ken Weingartner

September 19, 2017 - Horsepeople from all segments of Ontario harness racing will converge on the Campbellville, Ontario area on October 12th, 2017 for a reunion to renew acquaintances and celebrate the 250th year of horse racing In Canada. Drivers, trainers, veterinarians, owners, blacksmiths, track officials, race announcers, grooms, breeders and harness writers , who were the backbone of the sport during the golden age of Ontario harness racing ,and beyond, will gather at Campbellville's Mohawk Inn on the evening of Thursday, October 12th. The festivities commence at 7 pm. The Ontario Harness Horse Association (OHHA) sponsored event is receiving highly positive comments from horsepeople. "I'm really looking forward to it. I have made my reservations and look forward to seeing old friends", said 83-year old retired blacksmith and now full time wood carver , Ron Hill. Hill, who spent 40 years shoeing horses on the Ontario and Florida circuits, is a transplanted Brit now living in Somerville, New Brunswick. "I have a lot of fond memories from those times. They were the happiest days of my life, and we saw the best of the sport. But now?" he added. Retired Barrie, Ontario horseman, Kent Baker, who trained a successful stable on the Ontario circuit for a half century, and a current OHHA director says "It is a great idea. It will bring us all together" possibly referring to the closing of the Mohawk stable area. "Count me in, I'll be there," said Hall of Famer Ron Waples, a man who has a clever way with words. Mississauga horseman, John Burns, echoed Waples' remarks. Ottawa Valley owner-trainer-driver breeder and veterinarian, Dr. John Findley, is looking forward to the event. Dr. John, who has 80 some years of industry knowledge in his noggin, makes his home in Carlisle, Ontario. "I think that it is a great opportunity, especially given that this is the 250th anniversary of horse racing in Canada to get together and reminisce about the history of our sport" said OHHA , general manager, Brian Tropea.   " We have already heard from a number of individuals who plan on attending and all are invited to attend". Updates will be posted periodically during the weeks leading up to the event. For additional information horsepeople should contact Sheri Minler Grabatin at the OHHA offices at 905-854-6442, or 1-866-774-6442.   Bill Galvin                                          

Equine Guelph has changed the lives of thousands of horse owners and horses, providing evidence-based, online educational pathways to learning. Equine Guelph thanks the organizations and families providing support to educate future industry professionals to be champions for the health and welfare of horses.   Award: Roger L’Heureux Memorial Equine Award The Roger L’Heureux Memorial Equine Award has been established in loving memory of Roger L’Heureux by David L’Heureux and Crystal Fountains Inc. Roger was a Standardbred driver, trainer and groom, racing primarily at Flamboro Downs. Roger was the son of Ephraim L'Heureux, a Standardbred driver, who won the first Maple Leaf Trot at Woodbine in 1950. The successful recipient of the Roger L’Heureux Memorial Equine Award will receive two online courses through Equine Guelph valued at $549 each (Certificates are available in Equine Science, Equine Welfare and Equine Business – six courses complete the certificate). Applicants for this award can be individuals employed in the Standardbred sector as either a Groom or Trainer in Ontario or Canada or University of Guelph student. Preference will be given to industry professionals. Selection will be based on a demonstrated love of horses, commitment to horse welfare and the Standardbred racing sector, and a desire to learn more about horses and shows. Apply by email to eginfo@uoguelph.ca in the form of a 250-word letter explaining why you are deserving of the award, and provide reference to your work and/or passion for the Standardbred racing sector. Deadline for entries is November 27. The Equine Guelph Selection Committee will announce a winner December 6. Award: The Stuart Stocks Memorial Equine Award Racing Industry Scholarship for Two Equine Guelph Courses The Stuart Stocks Memorial Equine Award has been created by the Stocks family in memory of their beloved brother, son and uncle, Mr. Stuart Stocks. Stuart Stocks was born in Sheffield England in 1957. He struggled throughout his life with a multitude of medical issues, but had a dry sense of humour and zest for life. His love of horses started at an early age. Although Stuart never rode a horse, or laid a bet, he followed the world's top horses and loved to watch the races on television. Stuart could tell you anything about racehorses. It wasn't until after his death that detailed hand written notes he had made throughout his life were found – a testament to his love of horses and horse racing. The successful candidate of the Stuart Stocks Memorial Equine Award will receive two online courses through Equine Guelph valued at $549 each (Certificates are available in Equine Science, Equine Welfare and Equine Business – six courses complete the certificate). To be eligible to apply, you currently must be a Groom in the racing industry with a valid Groom licence for horse racing in Ontario. The Groom who best demonstrates his/her love of horses, commitment to the horse racing industry, sincere desire to learn more about horses and shows commitment to horse welfare will be selected. Apply by email to eginfo@uoguelph.ca with a 250 - 500 word explanation by November 15, 2017 of why you are deserving of the award along with a reference letter from one of the following: Current Racing Employer, Past Racing Employer or Racing Industry Professional. Award: Virginia L. Gray Memorial Bursary   Virginia L. Gray dedicated 38 years of her life to the University community until her retirement in 2007 as Director, Office of Open Learning. Virginia's innovative approach to education positioned the University of Guelph to become an international leader in continuing and distance education. Virginia was committed to eliminating barriers to education and to supporting students who had a desire to advance their academic and career goals through education. Family, friends and colleagues of Virginia Gray have established and contributed to the Virginia L. Gray Memorial Bursary as a tribute to her exemplary work. Established by faculty, staff and friends of Open Learning. These funds are intended to provide support for non-degree students that are enrolled in an Open Learning Program (courses, certificates, and diplomas) in need of financial assistance. Students interested in enrolling in an Open Learning and Educational Support continuing education or Open Learning program course are eligible to apply. Applicants must be Canadian citizens or Permanent residents. Applications will be reviewed on January 30th and July 30th for upcoming course offerings. Applications must include a letter outlining financial need and academic goals, and must include supporting documentation. Students may receive the bursary only once. More information can be found at: opened.uoguelph.ca/en/students/financial-assistance.asp Qualification(s): Canadian citizens or permanent residents with the greatest financial need. Submission Address Please send bursary applications to: Bursary Award Committee Open Learning and Educational Support University of Guelph Johnston Hall, Room 160 Guelph, ON N1G 2W1  

Seven harness racing world-class trotters from six countries have accepted invitations to the 2017 $1 million Yonkers International Trot on Saturday afternoon, October 14, at Empire City Casino.   Last year’s champion Resolve of the United States, defending his title in the 1 ¼-mile classic, heads the field. Trainer-driver Ake Svanstedt, who steered the American flag-carrier to last year’s world record victory in 2:23:4 over Yonkers Raceway‘s historic strip, declared in on behalf of owner Hans Enggren, according to Yonkers’ racing secretary Steve Starr.    The star-studded Yonkers International card features a total of $3.3 million in purses buoyed by the $1.8 million New York “Day” of Champions, and a pair of $250,000 Invitationals, which will be announced in the coming days.   Post time for the Yonkers International Trot is at 4:00 p.m.    First post for the matinee card is at 1:00 p.m.                             Italy’s Oasis Bi, handsome Euro, tries to turn tables  The elite Yonkers International field includes a pair of two-time participants – Italy’s Oasis Bi and On Track Piraten of Sweden –  with their connections hoping that “three’s the charm” this year. “Oasis” finished second last year, while “Piraten” was a fast-closing fourth. The duo was fourth and seventh, respectively, in 2015 when the International returned after a 20-year hiatus.   On Track Piraten hopes “Three’s the Charm,” and better racing luck France’s Dreammoko, the fastest from the first crop of standout Timoko, and a second Italian standout Twister Bi have also accepted invitations to participate in the 39th edition of the worldwide trotting affair. Midnight Hour of Finland, and Denmark’s Tripolini VP complete the first seven trotters whose connections have agreed to participate. The European trotters are tentatively expected to fly to New York on Tuesday, October 3. Dreammoko, pictured training with dad Timoko, tries to follow in father’s fast hoofbeats Back to Resolve, the millionaire six-year-old son of Muscle Hill, will attempt to become the first U.S.A. representative to win back to back Internationals since Delmonica Hanover in 1973-74.  Roquepine (1967-68), Ideal du Gazeau, the only three-time champion (1982-83-84) and Lutin d’Isigny – all of France – are the only other three to win consecutive Internationals. Resolve tries to be first USA flag-carrier since Delmonica Hanover to win back to back  Starr also reported that the connections of Euros Eagle, Lionel, Nuncio, Propulsion, Timoko, and Aubrion du Gersand, and Yonkers Trot champion Top Flight Angel have declined invitations for various reasons. Top Flight Angel’s team elected to race in the $225,000 final of the New York Sire Stakes on the same day. Starr added that major trotting stakes in September and October that will help to determine the Yonkers International Trot field also include: The Maple Leaf Trot (Mohawk Raceway, last Saturday, September 16, won by Hannelore Hanover(Yannick Gingras in 1:51:1), the Centaur Trotting Classic (Hoosier, September 22), the Dayton Trotting Derby (Dayton, OH, September 29), and the Allerage Farms Open Trot (Lexington, October 8).   The author with Yonkers International guiding force Tim Rooney (right) at last year’s press conference Resolve Oasis Bi On Track Piraten By John Cirillo

The Judicial Control Authority(JCA) have been forced to backtrack on their decision to ban amateur harness racing driver Ray Reekie for two and a half years.  Stewards issued him a charge under Rule 869(3)(g) in that he drove in a manner capable of diminishing Zakspatrol's chance of winning a race at Addington last Saturday and the JCA subsequently suspended Reekie's Amateur Horseman's licence from the conclusion of racing that day up to and including 15th March 2020, a period of 2 1/2 years. Chief harness stipendiary steward Nick Ydgren spoke to Harnesslink today and said, "Ray is no longer suspended and that his previous penalty has been cancelled." Ydgren said "there has been a new penalty hearing set down for the 29th September 2017, just before the first race at Addington that night" “His 30-month suspension was not valid in my opinion which is why I applied to the JCA to get a new penalty hearing to be held" Reekie has won twelve races as an amateur driver from one hundred and nine amateur drives over a ten year period. He is known for going for a forward position in the races he drives in. Harnesslink has had a lot of feedback in support of Ray and most people were both saddened and outraged at the severity of the first penalty handed out.    Harnesslink Media  

Harness Racing Australia has today announced its 2017 Horse of the Year Awards, headlined by Smolda as the 2017 Harness Horse of the Year. The Horse of the Year Award caps off an amazing career for the recently retired Smolda, with his 2017 season highlighted by his wins in the Inter Dominion and the South Australian and Ballarat Pacing Cups. Trained in New Zealand by Mark Purdon and predominantly driven by Mark, Smolda retired as the 6th richest Australasian bred pacer of all time for owners G & P Kennard, N Pilcher and M Kirkwood. Smolda also won the Pacer of the Year title and the Aged Horse/Gelding Pacer of the Year. Two year old trotting gelding Wobelee became the first two year old trotter to win Australian Trotter of the Year. His record-breaking year included four group ones, 10 wins from 12 starts and $180,330 in seasonal earnings. It was a phenomenal year for Wobelee and his owner Colin Murphy, drawing comparisons with champion trotter, Noopy Kiosky, who was also driven by Chris Alford. Of course, Chris’ wife Alison trains Wobelee. The performance criteria for the HRA Awards is for performances by Australian trained horses, as well as for the Australian performances of New Zealand trained horses. The HRA Australian Horse of the Year Awards are voted upon by over 60 judges including media and administrators spread across the country.  The full list of Australian Horse of the Year winners and their performances across all categories is attached:             Lawn Derby Awards – Pacers             Vancleve Awards – Trotters For details of previous winners see: Harness Horse of the Year Lawn Derby Awards Vancleve Awards For more information, contact Andrew Kelly on 03 9227 3000.

Chicago Bull, the pint-sized pacer with blistering speed and a big heart, was today crowned the 2017 Western Australian Harness Racing Horse of the Year, held at Pan Pacific Perth. Chicago Bull, trained by Gary Hall Snr, earned WA harness racing’s top honour after completing the 2016/17 racing season with 10 wins including a Group One treble. Headlining a stellar 12-months for Chicago Bull was the WA Pacing Cup and Fremantle Pacing Cup, becoming the first pacer since Im Themightyquinn (2012) to complete the prestigious double in the same season. Chicago Bull, who will be one of the leading local chances at the upcoming TABtouch Inter Dominion Championship series at Gloucester Park and Bunbury, also joined The Falcon Strike as winners of the cup double as four-year-olds. Chicago Bull, a son of Bettors Delight, also stamped his authority against WA‘s best four-year-olds in the McInerney Classic, outstaying his rivals in the $125,000 feature in a 1.54.9 mile rate last November. Jack Mac, who was bought in New Zealand by Busselton trainer, Barry Howlett, claimed honours as the Warwick Agistment 2YO Colt or Gelding of the Year. After failing to run a place in his first five Kiwi starts, the brilliant juvenile by Mach Three maintained an unbeaten record in his maiden Western Australian campaign. Jack Mac’s six race winning haul commenced in Bunbury and culminated with dual Group One wins in the Pearl Classic and Golden Slipper. Maczaffair (Mach Three) was crowned Mediatec 3YO Filly of the Year after winning the WA Oaks, the Daintys Daughter Classic and WA Oaks Prelude. Trained by Mike Reed, Maczaffair underlined her class with a record-breaking victory in the WA Oaks, going to the front and scoring easily. Chris Lewis, who in January became the third Australia reinsman to pass 5000 winners, was named the Scott Hamilton Media Leading State Driver. The WA Racing Hall Of Fame inductee amassed 214 winners and 294 placings from 1175 drives with just a shade over $2.4 million in stake earnings. Full list of award winners: Garrard’s Junior Driver Series winner - Micheal Ferguson Scott Hamilton Media Leading State Driver – Chris Lewis RWWA Best Harness Racing Feature Story - Bob Harnett (Inter Dominion Déjà Vu) RWWA Best Harness Racing Media Personality - Scott Hamilton Gannon’s Young Achiever of the Year - Justin Prentice Inaugural RWWA Service to Industry Award - Robbie Dewar WASBA 2YO Filly of the Year – Cott Beach Warwick Agistment 2YO Colt or Gelding of the Year – Jack Mac NZ Mediatec 3YO Filly of the Year – Maczaffair NZ TABtouch 3YO Colt or Gelding of the Year – Handsandwheels Henty Brook Standardbreds Aged Mare of the Year – The Parade NZ Racing and Wagering WA Harness Horse of the Year – Chicago Bull NZ Racing and Wagering Western Australia

Leading New Zealand harness racing trainer Tim Butt believes he can win his second TABtouch Inter Dominion with a pacer that has announced himself on the big stage over the last six months in My Field Marshall.  Tim Butt is no stranger to big race success in Australasia, he's won a record five Hunter Cups, two New Zealand Cups and Butt said My Field Marshall can deliver him his second Inter Dominion come December, after with the 2009 Gold Coast Inters with mighty pacer Mr Feelgood.   "I think so, I think he's right up with the good horses and I think it’s just about the getting the right luck in the running in these top races and getting them right on the day," Butt told TAB Radio's Sports Daily program.  "He's a sort of horse that would handle the Inter Dominion set up pretty well and sometimes it makes them stronger, so we are looking forward to it." My Field Marshall shot into TABtouch Inter Dominion calculations with a dominant victory in the Len Smith Mile at Menangle in June, his first open class Group One. He proved that was no fluke with a gutsy second behind Hecotryjayjay in the final Grand Circuit event of the season 'The Blacks A Fake' a month later at Albion Park.  The son of Art Major has had two runs back this preparation and Butt said he's complete package.  "Probably his speed, he can follow speed and come off their backs when he's right," he said. "I think the other day at Menangle is against his pattern doing it tough, but he has got more versatile and stronger with the Grand Circuit Racing." My Field Marshall is rated a $12 chance with TABtouch for the Inter Dominion, and Butt said the market is right, declaring the $4.35 favourite Lazarus, trained by Mark Purdon the horse to beat.  "He's the yard stick he's so versatile, he has a champion trainer and he's tough, a bit of hard racing and travelling, its not easy but he's the best horse in Australasia," he said.  Tim Butt will arrive in Australia next week to prepare My Field Marshall for October's Victoria Cup before he returns to Western Australia to try and win the race that he loves so much.  "Its the best race in Australasia," he said. "I'll put it ahead of the New Zealand Cup, when you are part of it the drama unfolds, and its a test for horse and trainer and driver with those three heats in a week and then the final a week later, not very often a good horse doesn't win it."   "I enjoyed my time in Perth when I brought Mister DG over and that was one of the great series I have ever been involved with, when four top horses went across the line together." The TABtouch Inter Dominion starts on November 24.   Audio from this mornings interview can be heard here  Gareth Hall

The Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board today considered charges issued against licensed trainer-driver Brian Sylvia under Australian Harness Racing Rules (AHRR) 193(1), 187(2) and 187(3) relating to HRV Stewards surveillance of his property on 6 April 2017.  Charge 1, under AHRR 193(1) which states:  A person shall not attempt to stomach tube or stomach tube a horse nominated for a race or event within 48 hours of the commencement of the race or event.  The particulars of this charge were that on 6 April 2017 Mr Sylvia stomach tubed the horse ‘Elslatsy’ which was engaged to race at the Mildura harness racing meeting that evening. Charges 2, 3 and 4, under AHRR 187(2) which states: A person shall not refuse to answer questions or to produce a horse, document, substance or piece of equipment, or give false or misleading evidence or information at an inquiry or investigation. The particulars of Charge 2 were that Mr Sylvia gave evidence that he did not stomach tube the horse ‘Elslatsy’, which was evidence he knew to be false.  The particulars of Charge 3 were that Mr Sylvia provided evidence that he was not in possession of a blue bucket, which he later retrieved. The particulars of Charge 4 were that Mr Sylvia refused to produce stomach tubing equipment from his residence when requested to do so by HRV Stewards. Charges 5 and 6, under AHRR 187(3) which states:  A person shall comply with an order or direction given by the Stewards.  The particulars of these charges related to Mr Sylvia’s failure to comply with two separate directions of the HRV Stewards to present the horse ‘Elslatsy’ to the Mildura harness racing meeting by prescribed times. At the outset of the hearing, HRV Stewards made a submission to combine charges 5 and 6 into a composite charge under AHRR 187(3).  Mr Sylvia pleaded guilty to all charges.  The HRV RAD Board considered submissions as to the circumstances surrounding the charges and on penalty from the HRV Stewards and Mr Sylvia, which included viewing surveillance footage shot from an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (drone).  In determining penalty the HRV RAD Board considered Mr Sylvia’s guilty plea at today’s hearing, however noted his lack of cooperation with the Stewards at the outset of the investigation. The HRV RAD Board also considered Mr Sylvia’s good record over approximately 40 years in the industry, the need for both general and specific deterrence; penalties in matters of similar offending; and the seriousness of the rules in relation to prohibited substances that support both animal welfare and the need for a level playing field. After taking these factors into account, the HRV RAD Board issued the following penalties:  Charge 1 – 15 month Disqualification Charge 2 - $500 fine Charge 3 - $500 fine Charge 4 – 3 month Disqualification (to be served concurrently with Charge 1) Charge 5 - $1000 fine Harness Racing Appeals & Disciplinary Board     

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 18 - Alarm Detector set a Canadian record, while Manchego set a harness racing stakes record in Monday's rich trotting finals at Mohawk Racetrack. A field of nine two-year-old trotting colts and geldings competed in the $400,000 William Wellwood Memorial, while a field of 10 two-year-old trotting fillies squared off in the $375,000 Peaceful Way. Ben Baillargeon trainee Alarm Detector put on quite the display to capture the Wellwood Memorial by 5¼ lengths. The son of Chapter Seven was hustled off the wings of the gate by driver Trevor Henry and would find the front at the opening-quarter in :27.3. Leading by a pair of lengths over pocket-sitter Lawmaker, Alarm Detector trotted by the half in a snappy :55.4. There was no slowing down on the far turn, as the 3/5 favourite stormed the third-quarter in :28 to reach that station in 1:23.4. With a lead of more than three-lengths turning for home, Alarm Detector waved goodbye to his rivals and drew off to win with authority in a Stakes, Track and Canadian record time of 1:52.4. You Know You Do finished second, while Maxus was third and Lawmaker was fourth. Alarm Detector, who won his elimination in 1:54.4, is now six for seven with $276,870 earned for owners Tom & Elizabeth Rankin, Claude Hamel and Santo Vena. The son of Chapter Seven was a $110,000 yearling purchase last November at Harrisburg and his performance Monday left his connections thrilled. "It's unbelievable and to think it's in the William Wellwood," said co-owner Tom Rankin. "I know Bill Wellwood was one of the giants of the industry and it's such an honour to win in his memory and it wouldn't have happened without Ben (Baillargeon), one of the greatest trotting trainers in the world." Despite winning in a record time and by more than five-lengths, Baillargeon believes Alarm Detector wasn't even perfect in Monday's race. "I was a little nervous with half in :55 and three-quarters in 1:23, he hasn't been that speed and he was a little game in front," said Baillargeon. "We're going to have to work a few things around him right now but his next start is in one month, the Breeders Crown, so he needs to relax a little more." Monday's Wellwood victory is the first for both Henry and Baillargeon. A $2 win ticket on Alarm Detector returned $3.40, while the $2 Exacta with You Know You Do ($2.30, $2.10) paid $6.70. The $1 Trifecta including Maxus paid $8.70 and the $1 Superfecta with Lawmaker on the bottom returned $25.10. Alarm Detector Jimmy Takter trained trotting filly Manchego kept her perfect record alive with a 1:52.4 stakes record performance in the Peaceful Way. Sent off as the 1/5 favourite, Manchego got away comfortably in third, but didn't sit for long. Driver Yannick Gingras quickly sent the Takter trainee to the lead after an opening-quarter of :27.1, clearing at three-eighths. Manchego trotted by the half in :57, while the other elimination winner from last week, Phaetosive, got underway from fourth for driver/trainer Trond Smedshammer. The two favourites were one-two at three-quarters in 1:25, with Manchego holding a two-length advantage. In the stretch, Smedshammer stayed in behind the heavy-favourite and waited until late in the lane to take his shot. However, Manchego was not going to give in, as she trotted a final-quarter of :27.4 to secure the victory by three-quarters of a length. "She was really really good," said Gingras post-race, who pointed out Manchego was better this week than last when she won in 1:54.1. "I could've taken her off the gate, I could've (done) whatever I want and that's the way she's been all year except last week she got a little excited, but they got it fixed for this week." Locally trained fillies Jordan Blue Chip and Courtney Hanover finished third and fourth, respectively. A daughter of Muscle Hill, Manchego is now eight for eight with $538,398 earned for owners Black Horse Racing, John Fielding and Herb Liverman. She was a $120,000 purchase at the 2016 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. Manchego's victory Monday gives Gingras and Takter back-to-back Peaceful Way championships. The duo teamed up to win last year's event with Ariana G. A $2 win ticket on Manchego returned $2.60. The $2 Exacta with Phaetosive ($2.30, $2.10) paid $3, while the $1 Trifecta including Jordan Blue Chip returned $8.75. The $1 Superfecta with Courtney Hanover on the bottom paid $61.20 Manchego Live racing continues Tuesday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

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ANDERSON, Ind.-September 19, 2017 - Grand Circuit harness racing action will return to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino for the third time this season on Friday, September 22 and with it, bring some of the top rated horses in North America. With purses topping the $1.4 million mark, Hoosier Park will host a standout card that includes the $240,000 Centaur Trotting Classic, the $240,000 Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes, the $160,000 Jenna's Beach Boy Pace, the $160,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby, and the $125,000 Elevation Pace. First post is 6:30 p.m. Millionairess and World Champion, Hannelore Hanover will make the return to her home state to headline a field of ten in Hoosier Park's premier trotting event, the $240,000 Centaur Trotting Classic. The five-year-old Indiana-bred daughter of Swan for All will look to become the first horse in history to score consecutive victories in the Centaur Trotting Classic as she was victorious in the 2016 edition in 1:52.4. Hannelore Hanover has won six of 10 starts this season with lifetime purse earnings approaching the $2 million mark. Trained by Ron Burke, Hannelore Hanover is scheduled to tackle the boys once again; starting from post six with Yannick Gingras slated to drive. Two-year-old World Champion and Dan Patch Award winner, Huntsville is set to make his Hoosier Park debut from post four in a field of eight in the $160,000 Jenna's Beach Boy Pace for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Trained by Ray Schnittker, Huntsville has won seven of 12 outings this season while amassing $1.6 million in lifetime purse earnings. His 2017 resume includes wins in the $738,550 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace and the $334,325 Cane Pace. Regular pilot Tim Tetrick has been enlisted to drive. The $160,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby will feature another stellar match-up between the aged pacing stars of 2017. The 2017 Dan Patch Stakes winner Check Six will square off with nine other rivals and start from the coveted rail position with Yannick Gingras in the bike for trainer Ron Burke. Burke will also send out Rockin Ron and All Bets Off from post two and three, respectively. "As we look forward to the main event the last weekend of October, this card could easily be called the Breeders Crown preview," Hoosier Park's Vice President and General Manager of Racing, Rick Moore noted. "Having the spotlight shine on Hoosier Park this Friday evening gives the entire Hoosier Park team a deep sense of pride." Racing fans will have the opportunity to participate in two special wagers offered on the evening's 14-race card. A $20,000 Guaranteed Trifecta pool will be available in the $160,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby, slated as the eleventh race on the program, and a $20,000 Guaranteed Trifecta in the $240,000 Centaur Trotting Classic, the twelfth race on the program, both as part of the Strategic Wagering Program. Each wager has a minimum bet of 50 cents and is available through the cooperative efforts of the United States Trotting Association, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino and the Indiana Standardbred Association. Along with the live racing action, guests can enter at Trackside Club Centaur from 5-7:59 p.m. for their chance to win a $500 mega bet on the selected race of the evening. Additionally, guests can check in at any promotional kiosk to receive an entry to the $10,000 Winner Takes All giveaway on November 4. The popular harness racing podcast 'Post Time with Mike and Mike' will join in the racing festivities as they host a live remote at Hoosier Park on Friday. Those tuning into the Mike and Mike program will hear live interviews, racing coverage, Hoosier Park racing trivia, and more. Friday's stakes filled card is part of Hoosier Park's 2017 Championship Meet, which features a record-breaking $14 million stakes schedule. The twelve-week championship stretch, which kicked off on Friday, August 11 with the $325,000 Dan Patch Stakes, will offer an unparalleled series of high caliber stakes races, culminating with the Breeders Crown championship races which will come to Hoosier Park for the first time ever on October 27 and October 28. To view all of the entries for Friday's 14-race card, please click here. Emily Gaskin
HARRINGTON, Del. - Driver Art Stafford Jr. swept the three $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund divisions for harness racing 2-year-old pacing fillies at Harrington Raceway Tuesday. Stafford won six races on the program, following a four win night Monday. Jeff and David Clark's Gracefullyforgiven ($2.80, Stafford Jr.) prevailed in the first DSBF division in 2:00.1. The daughter of Roddy's Bags Again set all the fractions in her decisive win over Cheyenne Zone and Bunker Away. Clark had three wins on the card. William Moffett Inc.'s Lydia ($4, Stafford Jr.) was a 2:01.2 winner narrowly over Lotsa Luck and Time and Motion in the second division. The Dream Away-sired filly notched her first lifetime win for her owner/trainer. Pedal Power ($3.20, Stafford Jr.) won the final division in 2:00.1 for owners Darrell and Leah Lewis. The Roddy's Bags Again filly was a front end victor over Ibetyoucanwiggle and Studio Session. In the $17,500 Mares Open, Louis Catana and Vince Bradley's Matinee Dragon ($12.60, Tyler Davis) was a 1:55 winner. Trained by co-owner Bradley, it was her third win of the season. Matthew Sparacino
WILKES-BARRE PA - The Western Ideal mare Healthy Gain, a winner at a $49.60 mutuel in "nw 5" company at The Meadows in her previous start, shipped northeast to The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono and won again in the same class Tuesday, victorious in the $16,000 featured pace for harness racing fillies and mares while taking a new lifetime mark of 1:51.4 - and returning only $6.60 as the favorite of the crowd. Leading driver George Napolitano Jr. made every pole a winning one with the invader and the pair had an easy time of it, winning by four lengths. Trainer Gary Johnston shares ownership of the in-form four-year-old with Tracy Chropek. The win with Healthy Gain was "George Nap"'s third win of the night - he later added a fourth by scoring in the $14,000 co-featured pace for distaffs, with Marlee B also passing every pole in front en route to a 1:51.1 victory. The winning Mach Three mare had a harder time in getting to Victory Lane, however, as she was used to get command from the outside post eight, held off the first-up bid of favored Graceful Vision, then needed to dig in to fend off potential pocket rocket UF's Dragon Queen by a nose, with Graceful Vision only another half-length off at the wire. Hunter Oakes trains the winner of $431,870 lifetime for Synerco Ventures Inc. Update; George Nap wins five on the night. PHHA / Pocono
On Tuesday September 19, Monticello Raceway hosted it's 8th and final leg of the 2017 New York Sire Stakes Season featuring harness racing 2 year old pacing fillies. The first Sire Stakes event of the afternoon was a six horse field that competed for a purse of $53,500. Betting favorite KJ's Bekah (Jason Bartlett) made a nasty break in the middle of the first turn and went to his knees. Jim Morrill Jr. took advantage of the miscue with the improving Wisdom Tree (PP2) and reeled off fractions of 28.2, 58.2, 1:27.4 tripping the beam in 1:55.2 to score a no nonsense win by 2 lengths, over longshot Sand Artist (Jim Marohn Jr.) and Mink Pink (Matt Kakaley). Wisdom Tree (Betterthancheddar - Wisdom) filly is trained by Ed Hart, and is owned by Thomas Pollack and Jeff Cullipher, in the process she scored her first pari mutual win and returned $6.50 to the faithful. In typical Jim Morrill Jr. fashion, he sent the 4/5 favorite Alexis Faith from the rail, down the road and played catch me if you can in the final Sire Stakes ($54,500) of the afternoon and led the field to the first stanza in a brisk 27 and continued to show the way to the half in 56.1, down the backside former regular top Monticello driver Jim Marohn Jr. had Azreal As It Gets in perfect striking position and came first over. Alexis Faith was still on top as the field sped to the ¾ in 1:25.2, at this point it looked like the track record of 1:55 was in serious jeopardy as Marohn Jr and Azreal As It Gets continued to grind down pace setter Alexis Faith who tired late in the lane to prevail in 1:55.2 by a slim margin, the win was 2/5's off the track record of 1:55 set by Planet Rock last year. Hurrikane Shorty (Jason Bartlett) redeemed herself after being off her grain in a dull performace last week, finished a game 2nd, pacesetter Alexis Faith was third. The win was Azreal As It Gets second consecutive win after her win last week at Batavia Downs for trainer Jake Huff. The So Surreal - Vanite Semalu filly is owned by Our Horse Cents Stable and Stable 45. Jim Morrill had 3 wins on the afternoon, Bruce Aldrich Jr. took both divisions of Excelsior B's, leaving him just 5 wins shy of career win 7,000. Leading Monticello Raceway driver Jim DeVaux had 1 win on the card, he needs 27 more wins to become a member of the 5,000 club. Breeding shed banter saw both Rock N Roll Heaven and Art Major each has a pair of winners. Excelsior A - $15,000 Majorette Angie - 1:57.2 - $8.60 - Jim Morrill Jr./ Checkered Past - 1:58 - $6.60 - Jim Morrill Jr. Jericho Diva - 1:57.3 - Jim DeVaux - $9.30 Excelsior B - $6,500 Heavens Diva -2:00.4 - $2.10 - Bruce Aldrich / With Wings - 1:59.1 - $3.50 - Bruce Aldrich By: Shawn Wiles
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