Fear The Dragon

Fear The Dragon will be breathing fire in 2017

Columbus, OH --- It was 20 years ago when Bruce Trogdon sat alongside harness racing trainer Kelly O’Donnell as he bid on Dragon Again. At that time, he thought O’Donnell might not be making the best financial decision, but Trogdon now has a colt by that stallion in Fear The Dragon that is poised to set the sophomore pacing division aflame. “I was done shopping and sat down with Kelly,” Trogdon said. “He used to train for me and Dragon Again was a really nice-looking colt; his conformation was perfect, but he was by Dragon’s Lair, so the pedigree might not be there. I told him $40,000 was too much for that horse, but I guess what did I know?” Fear The Dragon is a 3-year-old son of the aforementioned stallion and the Western Ideal mare Armbro Cinnamon. While world champions Huntsville and stablemate Downbytheseaside have been grabbing all the headlines, this half-brother to Cinamony (Art Official, $532,404) has quietly amassed $228,391,has defeated Huntsville and equaled a track record at The Meadows of 1:50.3. “This is without a doubt the finest colt I have ever had,” Trogdon said. “I usually sell colts and just keep fillies, but he was just so good from the day he was born; not too big, not too small. He does what you ask him, too. I think Huntsville and Downbytheseaside are very talented horses, but this colt is nice, too.” Conditioned by Brian Brown and steered nearly exclusively by David Miller, Fear The Dragon commenced his career with a second place finish on June 26, 2016 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono in a $30,000 Pennsylvania All Stars division. He demonstrated speed, however, by throwing down a :26.4 last quarter-mile in his debut. The colt then reeled off four consecutive victories, three in Pennsylvania Sire Stakes company and a $19,291 division of the Arden Downs at The Meadows, before coming home third behind Huntsville, a rival he had defeated the previous week, on Aug. 27 in a Sire Stakes contest. “Early in the year he was the best 2-year-old in the country, which he showed by beating Huntsville and some other real good colts,” said Trogdon. “The first time David Miller drove him he said that he liked him better than Downbytheseadside. That is saying a lot because he and Hunstville are both tremendous horses I think. Both are future stallions that I would likely want to breed to.” Fear The Dragon was third again in his next contest, the $252,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship, to Huntsville and Downbytheseaside, prior to his runner-up finish to his barn mate in a world record mile of 1:50 at the Delaware County Fair on Sept. 18 in a $34,500 division of the Standardbred stake. “What people don't know is that Yannick (driver Gingras on Normandy Beach) accidentally stepped on our wheel going for home in the PASS championship and he raced the last quarter with a flat tire finishing third,” Trogdon said. “We then drew the outside at Delaware while our stablemate Downbytheseaside drew inside in his world record shattering performance. Dragon came off the pace and closed well for second. “He then won the Elevation at Hoosier, beating Ocean Colony, who is another good son of Somebeachsomewhere. I own his full sister (Romanceonthebeach); she is one of our broodmares.” Following Delaware, Fear The Dragon rebounded with a powerful performance to enter the Hoosier Park winner’s circle with a triumph in the $140,000 Elevation Stake on Sept. 24. He threw down a blistering last quarter-mile in :26.3 and his time of 1:50.4 just missed the track record. “Dragon injured his eye somehow before Lexington, that is why he raced in the fly mask,” Trogdon said. “He raced well, but it was really bothering him. “I rarely race my 2-year-olds late, so he was not staked to the Breeders Crown last year. We quit with him early and he had a great turnout at our farm.” The colt’s first race with the fly mask resulted in a seventh place finish in the Bluegrass Stakes at Red Mile, the only time he has been off the board. Fear The Dragon, however, bounced back with a second place finish to Huntsville in his world record equaling mile of 1:49 in a division of the International Stallion Stakes on Oct. 8. “He (Brown) shipped him to Florida the first of December and he is feeling good and training down great,” Trogdon said. “He is staked to a lot including the Adios, Little Brown Jug, Lexington and Breeders Crown, so we will have a chance to prove that he is no fluke. “I have turned down huge offers for him as everyone knows how good he was. He races very relaxed and can leave or come off the pace; he is very handy and has an effortless gait. That's why Dave (Miller) likes him so well. “We raised him and broke him at Emerald Highlands. We own his mother and she is back in foal to Dragon Again because we liked him so well. He is a good-looking, medium-sized horse with great conformation. His mother is a daughter of Mattaroni. I am hoping he becomes a great stallion himself and is the one to carry on the Dragon Again line. He would make a great outcross to practically my entire broodmare band.” by Kim French, USTA Internet News Editor 

The Meadowlands

Gingras back at The Meadowlands

East Rutherford, NJ - The Green Hornet returns to work at The Meadowlands on Friday night as harness racing driver Yannick Gingras will don his familiar green and white colors and drive in eight of the thirteen races.   Yannick's on several Ron Burke horses with a chance on Friday including the solid trotting mare Classical Annie in the featured second race and Abbijade Hanover in the top class for pacing mares (race 11).   Classical Annie starts from post six in the $18,000 feature trot, just inside the main competition of Crosby's Clam Bake and Muscle Diamond. The now five-year-old mare was a winner two back and always gives an honest effort for Burke Racing, LLC.   Abbijade Hanover won this same class from well back at long odds last week and remarkably faces exactly none of the mares she vanquished on that occasion. Many in this field are moving up a class making a strong case for the possible repeat, leading to the role as morning line favorite for Abbijade from post six for Burke Racing and Weaver Bruscemi.   Friday's is another solid card with ample opportunity to continue the current string of $3 million plus handle on that day which has been the case the past few weeks.   Free program pages for the Late Pick 4 (currently averaging over $8,000 in payoffs) are available for those who plan ahead.   More money will be given away as the "Pay Off Your Holiday Bills" promotion continues, though there's nothing in the rules prohibiting the lucky winners from adding those funds to their gambling bankroll.   Pink offers exceptional fare for your culinary pleasure should you wish to make an evening of it. On Saturday night, former NY Knick star Larry "Grandmama" Johnson will host a special Pink dinner and wine pairing and you're all invited to join in the fun. Reservations are suggested.   Post time is 7:15 p.m.   The Meadowlands        

TheHorsePortal.ca - Join the Herd!

TheHorsePortal.ca - Join the Herd!

Equine Guelph announces the official launch of TheHorsePortal.ca - a new portal for industry training in an easily-accessible online format for the equine industry. From the Rockies to the eastern islands, the portal will bring together horse people like never before to stay current on best health and welfare practices. The new program, resulting from an innovative industry partnership, provides horse people with short, practical online training to stay up-to-date with the latest information on equine care. The inaugural short courses are: 'Equine Welfare - Canada's Code' March 6-24 'Equine Biosecurity - Canada's standard' April 10-28 For any person responsible for a horse, it is essential to learn the national standards. These first two short courses on The Horse Portal are important offerings for caregivers and horses alike. Each day, new scientific knowledge emerges on how to better care for horses and deal with emerging issues. It is everyone's responsibility to stay current on best health and welfare practices and industry standards. "Through The Horse Portal, horse caregivers can access common sense, practical training that can be used on a daily basis," says Gayle Ecker, director of Equine Guelph. "Equine Guelph looks forward to partnering with the equine industry across the nation to bring Canadians together to learn about equine welfare and care as a community." Equine Guelph has partnered with ten English-speaking provincial equestrian federations across Canada to offer their members equine training and education through The Horse Portal. The portal is also available to non-federation members. From racing to performance to the backyard pony, this portal was developed to cater to and benefit all segments of the equine industry. This project is funded in part through Growing Forward 2 (GF2), a federal-provincial-territorial initiative. The Agricultural Adaptation Council assists in the delivery of GF2 in Ontario. Other partners include: Campbell Centre for the Study of Animal Welfare, Equestrian Canada, Farm & Food Care Ontario, Greenhawk, Omega Alpha Equine, Ontario Equestrian Federation, Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and Standardbred Canada. Participating Federations include: Alberta Equestrian Federation, Equine Association of Yukon, Horse Council British Columbia, Island Horse Council, Manitoba Horse Council, New Brunswick Equestrian Association, Newfoundland and Labrador Equestrian Association, Nova Scotia Equestrian Federation, Ontario Equestrian Federation and Saskatchewan Horse Federation. National training partner is Equestrian Canada. For more information, go to TheHorsePortal.ca      

David P. Buckson

Dover Downs Founder succumbs at 96

DOVER, Del.---David P. Buckson, a founder of Dover Downs and former Republican governor, 96, died at the Delaware Veterans Home in Milford, Del. Tuesday. Mr. Buckson was a harness racing owner, trainer and driver during the mid 20th century and competed as an amateur driver in the 1990s. During his career, he served an attorney, one-term lieutenant governor, a Delaware governor for 18 days and a two-term state attorney general. The popular and well know Buckson had a passion for horse racing that in the 1060s sparked the idea for Dover Downs. In 1967, Mr. Buckson pitched the idea of a racing complex north of Dover that would host horse and auto races. "I saw this one farm that had a hill," said Mr. Buckson in a 2010 interview in the Delaware State News. "All the other land in Kent was kind of flat." He said, The dirt from the hill would be ideal for the track construction, Mr. Buckson. Not long after, he lured elected officials and newsmen out to the farm for an announcement in the summer of 1967. With the finances of John Rollins and the construction know-how of Melvin Joseph, Dover Downs came to life on 204 acres of farmland. It featured a high-banked mile asphalt oval with a 5/8-mile horse track inside it. His idea, first revealed to readers in a June 18, 1967, article in the Delaware State News, centered mainly on bringing horse racing to central Kent County. "I had been to practically all the horse tracks in the country with my race horses," said Mr. Buckson. "Every place I went, the place opened for 60 days and then closed for the rest of the year. "I wanted something that was year-round. That meant standardbreds, thoroughbreds, cars, trucks, dogs. I tried to get all of those." The first big event at Dover Downs was thoroughbred horse racing in March 1969, a year later than the original hope. More than 8,000 people were there for the opening card. The speedway held its first race in July 1969 just a few months before harness racing. "It was his original vision that led to the birth of Dover Downs and many Delawareans have benefited over the years as a result," said Denis McGlynn, president and CEO of Dover Downs Gaming and Entertainment, Inc. and Dover Motorsports, Inc. Early in life, Mr. Buckson had a love of horses. He exercised thoroughbreds at Delaware Park as a young man and drove harness horses in the region for decades. A one-time National Amateur Driving Championship winner, he drove standardbreds into the late 1990s. Mr. Buckson was a University of Delaware graduate and later received a law degree from Dickinson College in Pennsylvania after serving in the U.S. Army in the Pacific during World War II. Miss Becky Pick, a trotting mare he bought at Pompano Park was a favorite at Brandywine Raceway. She had tremendous early speed and could trot a half mile in :55 seconds (which was unheard of at the time) but the fun for the fans started when she would slow down and the rest of the field began to catch up. On many occasions, she would hold on for a victory. Another of his favorites was Lookout Dapper Dan, a horse he bought for $1,000 that went on to win more than $100,000 in purses. In his active political career, Mr. B uckson served as lieutenant governor from 1957 to 1960. He became governor, serving for 18 days, after Gov. Caleb Boggs won election to U.S. Senate in 1960. He later became a Family Court judge in 1975. On three occasions, he tried to win election to governor. During his time as a Family Court judge, Mr. Buckson was renown as being tough on those who did not take responsibility, especially those not paying child support, " I'd tell them they either had 30 minutes or 30 days - there was the phone," he said in a 2005 interview. "They had 30 minutes to come up with the money or they'd have 30 days in jail to think about it." If you were at all interested in Delaware government, Delaware politics, you didn't have to live here long before you started hearing about David Buckson, but he wasn't just colorful. He's a dedicated, loyal public servant. Mr. Buckson is survived by his devoted wife, Patricia; his sons, Brian "Bud"(Debbie), David ( Kathy), Eric (Jennifer), and Kent; a daughter, Marlee; 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Funeral arrangements have not yet been determined. Marv Bachrad

Former Victorian pacer Flaming Flutter has won only once from his past 29 starts, but he looks set to end a 12-month losing drought by proving the master of his eleven harness racing rivals in the $23,000 Ray Duffy Memorial Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The New Zealand-bred seven-year-old has chalked up a losing sequence of 18 since his most recent success, when he scored a narrow victory over Hotashel in the South Australian Cup at Globe Derby Park on January 9, 2016. Prepared at Oakford by eight-time WA premiership trainer Ross Olivieri, the Bettor's Delight gelding will be driven by Chris Lewis from barrier five on the front line in Friday night’s 2536m feature event. He will have an army of admirers after spirited performances at Gloucester Park on the past two Friday nights, starting with a fighting second to Cyamach over 2130m after he started out wide at barrier eight and settled down in ninth position before moving into fourth place at the bell and sustaining his powerful three-wide burst. The final quarters of that event were run in 27.8sec. and 28.1sec. and he failed by a half-length to overhaul the pacemaking Cyamach. Flaming Flutter followed that performance with another fighting display last Friday night when he worked hard in the breeze before finishing with great determination to be a half-length second to the pacemaker Ideal Alice over 2130m, with good final sections of 27.5sec. and 28.2sec. There is no doubting Flaming Flutter’s ability. He won the South Australian Derby, beating superstar Lennytheshark, in January 2013 and he has been placed twice in the final of the Interdominion championship, finishing second to Beautide at Menangle in March 2015 and third behind Lennythshark at Gloucester Park in December 2015. Ten-year-old David Hercules looms large as a serious rival to Flaming Flutter. The West Australian-bred equine millionaire has drawn ideally on the inside of the back line and he should be prominent throughout. He gave an encouraging display at his third start in his comeback when a close-up third behind Ideal Alice and Flaming Flutter last Friday night. He trailed the pacemaker Ideal Alice and ran home doggedly. David Hercules again will be driven by Morgan Woodley for Byford trainer David Thompson. Bronze Seeker maintained his excellent form with a stylish victory over 2536m last Friday night. He raced three back on the pegs in fifth position before Michael Grantham got him into the clear 650m from home and the eight-year-old sprinted fast to burst to the front at the 250m mark. He is awkwardly drawn at barrier seven on the front line on Friday night, but if he gets an ideal trail in the first lap he is capable of a strong finishing effort. He is prepared at Byford by Peter Anderson, who will also be represented by nine-year-old Lisharry, who enjoyed the one-out, one-back trail before unwinding a powerful late burst to win convincingly from the pacemaker Three Bears over 2185m at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon. Lisharry will start from the No. 2 barrier on the back line on Friday night, with Grantham in the sulky. Nathan Turvey will drive Bronze Seeker. Gary Hall jun. will handle evergreen This Time Dylan for Pinjarra trainer Michael Brennan. The 11-year-old, who will start from the outside barrier (No. 3) on the back line, notched his 20th win two starts ago when he started off 30m and finished boldly to beat Ultimate Major and Waltzing With Cullen over 2503m last Friday week.    Ken Casellas

Two of the most impressive winners at Gloucester Park last Friday night were Bettor's Delight mares Bettor Be Supreme and Chevrons Champion --- and their clash in the $20,000 Princi Butchers Pace on Friday night  at Gloucester Park promises to be a highlight of the ten-event harness racing program. Both mares will be attempting to notch four wins in a row and they should fight out the finish, despite drawing awkwardly, with Bettor Be Supreme at No. 7 and Chevrons Champion at No. 6. Bettor Be Supreme is best known as a frontrunner, while Chevrons Champion has produced powerful finishing bursts to win at her past two outings.       Last Friday night Bettor Be Supreme (trained at Busselton by Barry Howlett) set the pace from barrier three and was untroubled to win from Jungleface Jake, rating 1.56.5 over 2130m. Later in the night Chevrons Champion (trained at Baldivis by Nathan Turvey) started from the outside of the back line and raced in seventh place in the one-wide line before sustaining a strong three-wide burst to win easily from Auctioneers Elsu and Mary Catherine at a 1.57.8 rate over 2130m. Chris Lewis was full of praise for Bettor Be Supreme after her win last week, saying: “There’s more improvement in her. And after a break she’s going to be stronger, mentally, I think.” Jocelyn Young has formed a wonderful association with Chevrons Champion, having driven her six times for four wins. Chevrons Champion is extremely well bred, with her dam Dreamsaregold being a full-sister to former champion pacer and outstanding sire Christian Cullen, who amassed $1,249,150 from his 22 wins. Foxy Dame (Shannon Suvaljko) and Jungle Jewel (Ryan Warwick) will have admirers in Friday night’s race. Foxy Dame, trained by Mike Reed, led when a winner over Sheez Edgy and Stunin Eyes Only four starts ago. She is the solitary runner off the back line and should be in a prominent position throughout. Jungle Jewel, trained by Greg and Skye Bond, will start from barrier five and is capable of unwinding a strong finishing burst. She caught the eye last Friday night when she ran home strongly from eighth at the bell to finish third behind Bronze Seeker and Kiwi Legend. That followed two solid performances after resuming from a spell. She was a first-up fast-finishing second to Bettor be Supreme at Pinjarra and then fought on well when fourth behind Bettor Be Supreme at Gloucester Park. Bettors Gem bounced back to her best form when she set the pace and won the 1780m Village Kid Sprint over 1780m at Northam last Saturday night. But she faces a hard task from out wide at barrier eight on Friday night. The Colin Brown-trained Gota Good Lookadda is getting back to her best form and has claims from barrier No. 2 on the front line. She rattled home, out six wide on the track, from eighth at the bell to finish an excellent third to Chevrons Champion two starts ago. Ken Casellas

Prominent Byford businessman Ross Waddell had four runners, as owner or part-owner, at the Pinjarra harness racing meeting on Monday afternoon --- and all four, Firebrace, Reminder Call, Sarah Goody and Lisharry, were successful. Now he has high hopes that his golden run will continue at Gloucester Park on Friday night when he will be pinning his faith in Sarah Goody, who will be one of the main fancies in the opening event, the TABtouch Pace for three-year-old fillies. Sarah Goody, trained at Herne Hill by Kevin Keys, maintained her sparkling form when she started from barrier five on the front line, burst to the front after 150m and set the pace before sprinting the final 400m in 27sec. to win a 2185m mobile event at Pinjarra by more than four lengths from Parisian Partygirl. The Rich And Spoilt filly has had six starts as a three-year-old for five wins and a second and is developing into a WA Oaks prospect. She will again be handled by Gary Hall jun. in Friday night’s $18,000 2130m event in which she will start from barrier five in a field of eight. One of her chief assets is her brilliant gate speed. Two starts ago, at Gloucester Park on Tuesday of last week, she began speedily from the No. 8 barrier and took up the running after 220m before going on to win by two lengths from Davinci Diamond over 2130m. All seven fillies in Friday night’s race have excellent credentials and Sarah Goody will clash with talented fillies Betshes Precious (barrier two), Lady Luca (three) who are trained at Boyanup by Justin Prentice. Betshes Precious, a winner of three races, is part-owned by Waddell. Henley Brook trainer Mike Reed will be represented by Maczaffair (a winner at six of her 12 starts) and Beach Goddess (four wins from eight starts) and Bunbury trainer Frank Bonnett will be giving last-start winner Salacious Gossip her first run after a spell. Adding considerable interest to the event will be the first appearance in Western Australia of Real Desire filly Susies Desire, who had three starts in October in New Zealand for a distant last, a solid second and a last-start victory, all at Forbury. Susies Desire is trained at Millendon by Sonia Zucchiatti and will be driven from the coveted No. 1 barrier by Chris Lewis. She has not raced since October 23 when she was a 5/2 on favourite and did not show any great gate speed from the No. 3 barrier. She settled down in third spot and raced three back on the pegs until Dexter Dunn dashed her forward and into the lead after 1100m. The first quarters of the final mile were run in 29.4sec. and 31sec. before Susies Desire sped over the thirds section in 27.9sec. and then cruised over the final 400m in 31.2sec. to win by more than three lengths from Le Star. She rated 2.1.2 over 2700m. Three nights earlier Rory McIlwrick drove Susies Gem in a 2200m mobile in which she was the solitary runner off the back line. She settled in fifth place and raced without cover for much of the way before running home determinedly to be a one-length second to the 5/1 on favourite Pembrook Ideal, who dashed over the final 800m in 57.7sec. and the last 400m in 28.1sec. and rated 2.0.5. Ken Casellas

DOVER, Del.--- Tough Mac who stopped nearing the wire to finish third last week, did not stop this time when Corey Callahan drove the veteran to a 1:52.4 harness racing victory in the $20,000 Open Handicap trot on Wednesday, Jan.18 at Dover Downs. Unlike last week when he had trouble getting to the front, Tough Mac took over early and sped to a powerful finish winning the feature. Il Mago (Pat Berry) set second most of the way for the place position while longshot Winbak Charles M (Yannick Gingras) took third. Mike Casalino owns the Lockkeeper-Traditional Lady black gelding who won for the 25th time in his career. He now is a winner of $328,399. In the $15,500 sub-feature trot, overlooked at 20-1 after several outside posts, Tymal Signature with Jonathan Roberts driving came on in the lane to score his first win of 2017 in 1:54.2, equaling his lifetime fastest clocking for owner-trainer Bobby Glassmeyer. A black Deweycheatumnhowe-Blossom Seelster mare, she was followed by Steel Reserve (Kirby) and Earl's Speeder (Callahan). Moonlight Cocktail chalked up her second win in-a-row with Tony Morgan at the controls to win the $13,500 4&5-Year-Old trot, One of two mares in the race, Moonlight Coctain, trained by Linda Toscano for Richard Gutnick and TLP Stable, won easily defeating Uncle Mack (Gingras) and Myclaimtovictory (Kim Vincent), second and third respectively. Corey Callahan won four races, Montrell Teague and Tony Morgan had doubles. SEVENTH SECRET,LITTLE BEN, BUSHWACKER  MEET IN $30,000 PACE Secret Seven, Little Ben and Bushwacker meet in a strong field in this week’s $30,000 Preferred pace the $20,000 Open on another outstanding Thursday program Jan. 19 at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. George&Tina Dennis’ sharp Seventh Secret goes from post 8 to 2 in this week’s feature race with George Dennis in the bike.  Little Ben, owned by Janel Hudson and JoAnn Looney-King has been a factor all meet-long with Vic Kirby driving while Henderson Farms’ Bushwacker won for Corey Callahan) in last Thursday’s $20,000 Open. Bamon Racing and J&T Stables’ Ideal Cowboy, with Tony Morgan .and Clear Vision, owned by Weaver Bruscemi, Panhellenic and Burke Racing head a list of competent rivals that include Soto and Art Stafford Jr. for owners Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquita. Sweet Rock and Allan Davis, starts from the rail for  G.P.Calloway and Legacy Racing and Arsenic, driven by Montrell Teague, is in from Canada. The sub-feature is the $21,000 Irish Society of Delmarva Open pace featuring Al Carter and trainer Doug Lewis’ Captive Audience (Jonathan Roberts), J.L. Sadowsky’s Te Kawau N (Daryl Bier), Reg Hazzard and Legacy Racing’s Sicily (Allan Davis) and Cliff Grundy’s Screaman Seaman A (Kirby) and the sports all-timer richest horse $7.5-million winner Foiled Again (Gingras) who starts from post 9 in the  second tier for must start from outside post 8. The now 13-year-old is owners Weaver Bruscemi, JJK and Burke Racing stables. When at the track enjoy racing and tasty food in the Winners Circle Restaurant acclaimed buffet. Call for reservations at 302-674-4600. Harness and Thoroughbred Simulcasting daily 12 Noon until 12 Midnight at Dover Downs Race and Sports Book in the Colonnade. There is no charge for parking or admission at Dover Downs. Friday, Saturday and Sunday are dark days for live racing at Dover Downs. Weekdays - Monday through Thursday – racing begins at 4:30 p.m. Marv Bachrad

January 18, 2017 - Sunday’s Prix de Cornulier for some is the world’s greatest trotting race. The harness racing monte classic is raced over the 2700 meter grande piste for a €700,000 purse. The field is shown below. C4 – Vincennes 1/22/17 Prix de Cornulier (Gr. I monte, purse €700,000, 2700 meters, 19 starters) Horse, Trainer, Career Earnings €000 Brainstorn, F. Boismartel, €204,000 Begum Fromentro, T. Levesque, 296,000 Vaillant Cash, Y. Letellier, 402,000 Boeing du Bocage, F. Leblanc, 405,000 Ursa Major, S. Provoost, 406,000 Ulka des Champs, G. Curens, 451,000 Ulster Perrine, J.M. Baudouin, 466,000 Alienor de Godrel, F. Anne, 482,000 Bilibili, L.Cl. Abrivard, 590,000 Bellisima France, M. Abrivard, 643,000 Best Of Jets, J.M. Baudouin, 644,000 Athena de Vandel, C. Megissier, 682,000 Udayama, L. Groussard, 703,000 Tornade du Digeon, J-M Bazire, 797,000 Tornado Bello, Th. Levesque, 874,000 Astor du Quenne, S. Guarato, 1,108,000 Bird Parker, Ph. Allaire, 1,167,000 Tiego d’Etang, Ch. Bigeon, 1,819,000 The Cornulier began in 1903 and was ended in the 1920’s only to be restored in 1931 as a monte affair for aged “trotteurs”, named for the memory of  Gontran de Cornulier and his son Jean, who like his father was a former President of the SECF too (now known as 'LeTrot'). The race winners constitute the best of the classic performers. There have been five three-time winners (Bellino II, Kaiser Trot, Jag de Bellouet and in earlier times Soumus and Gardon. Jean Mary won the race eight times as jockey and Joel Hallais eight times as trainer. The fastest winner is 1.12kr by Quif de Villeneive in 2012, followed by the grande mare Roxane Griff timed in 1.12.3kr and Singalo in 1.12.4kr. Last years’ winner was the now retired mare Scarlet Turgot timed in 1.12.9kr (replay link). Watch for Bilibili, Bellisima France and Bird Parker to be among the 2017 chief rivals. Thomas H. Hicks  

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (January 18, 2017) - Business at the Meadowlands is off to a strong start through the first four harness racing cards of 2017 with per race handle averaging a robust $221,793 or less than 1 percent ahead of last year's pace at this time. The first two Friday night cards of 2017 have produced total handle in excess of $3 million while average nightly handle is $2.88 million. As usual, horseplayers have found the winter cards at the Meadowlands to be a challenge with betting favorites winning at just 28 percent. New faces in the driver's room have helped create a new kind of exciting racing. Youngsters such as Drew Monti and Joe Bongiorno have earned the wagering public's attention while veterans Brett Miller, Corey Callahan, and Jim Marohn, Jr. continue to be a factor on a nightly basis. "While some of the usual Meadowlands faces are not here this winter, this new, fresh set of drivers has helped create a new kind of excitement every night," said Meadowlands COO/GM Jason Settlemoir. "The younger guys are so hungry to prove themselves and I think it has been a lot of fun to see them get better each weekend." The multi-race wagers have offered some of the largest payoffs in all of harness racing. The Late Pick Four, covering Races 7 - 10, has averaged a pool size of $82,749 with an average return of $8,162 including a massive $30,318 on January 6. The average pool in the Early Pick Four (Races 3 - 6) is $62,945 with an average 50-cent payoff of just under $2,000 led by a season-high $7,781 on January 7. Meanwhile, the Pick Five (Races 1 - 5) is averaging a pool size of $60,778 with an average payoff of $1,361 with a high of $3,300 on January 7. Both Pick Fours and the Pick Five are 50-cent base wagers with a low 15 percent takeout rate. Live racing returns to the Meadowlands Friday and Saturday with 13-race programs. Post time is 7:15 p.m. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com. The Meadowlands begins its three night a week racing card on Thursday January 26, 2016. The new condition sheet for Thursday, Friday and Saturday is now available. Horsemen are urged to review and support the Meadowlands. New classes have been added for the three night racing card. Multiple DASH FOR THE G NOTES series have been written. The race office will draw Monday, January 23rd for Thursday, January 26th be sure to get your entries in by 9:00am. Click here to view the condition sheet   Justin Horowitz

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 18, 2017 -- Trailing by 7-1/2 lengths at the half, Barn Girl unleashed a sustained bid for Aaron Merriman that carried her to an impressive harness racing victory -- her third straight and sixth in her last seven starts -- in Wednesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. A determined Whata Donato, who was parked to the three-eighths before getting the lead, appeared to have the field put away heading into the stretch. But Barn Girl rocketed by her, drawing off to defeat her by 2-1/2 lengths in 1:56.4 over a "good" surface. Early leader Unefoisdansmavie earned show. Bill Bercury trains Barn Girl, a 5-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Turquoise Sweetie who triumphed for the 29th time in 58 career outings (50 percent) and extended her lifetime bankroll to $377,796, for Renee Bercury. Wilbur Yoder and trainer Norm Parker teamed for a pair of wins on the 13-race card while Dave Palone, Dan Rawlings and Merriman also enjoyed two-baggers. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Trenton, NJ --- To say that Marta Piotrow took the standard route to becoming a harness racing trainer would be your standard false statement. It’s a little more complicated than your basic “My family was in the business, I just always loved it and wanted to do it,” story. To start with, it took the 33-year-old Poland native seven years to go from her initial horseback ride to riding regularly. Her goal growing up was to be a veterinarian or mounted police officer and that altered when she developed an interest in teaching and breeding. Before fulfilling final graduate requirements for a Master’s in Animal Science at Michigan State University, she landed a position managing broodmares and foals while teaching equine science classes. It was at that point she developed an interest in Standardbreds, but before going full speed ahead into training she worked to achieve higher pregnancy rates at Allerage Farms in Pennsylvania. That lasted until 2016, when Marta got her trainer’s license and took on training as a fulltime profession. In 19 starts last season her horses took four seconds and three thirds. On Jan. 5, Marta hit the win column for the first time when her horse, Doc, won at Monticello Raceway. Five days later, Winbak Prince won at Monticello, giving her two wins in a row to start off the 2017 season. “I was really happy to start the New Year with my first start being a win,” Piotrow said. It was the culmination of a long haul. Marta’s parents both rode English and hunter jumpers in Poland, and her first ride on a horse came when her mother was pregnant with her. Once born, she climbed atop one on her own at age 7 and quickly fell in love with it. At 13, her father, a successful automotive mechanical engineer, was recruited by General Motors and the family relocated to Detroit in 1997. “The adjustment was easy for me,” Marta said. “I jumped two grades and was lucky enough to have a private English tutor when growing up to learn the language. All I had to do was pick up the accent, which came natural with age.” With her interest in horses already piqued, Marta decided to forego criminal justice and attended Michigan State to major in animal science and equine science and management. “I developed an interest in breeding horses and potentially teaching,” she said. “So instead of working toward a veterinary future I was offered to stay on for a Master’s in Animal Science with a focus on equine reproduction.” Before obtaining her degree, Piotrow took a job at Delaware Valley College in Doylestown, Pa., as an assistant Standardbred Manager. It involved some classroom instruction and broodmare management of the Standardbred facility on campus. She managed broodmares and foals and helped Manager Fred Hofsaess with stallions and yearlings. Marta was promoted to manager when Fred retired. She taught courses in stable management, mare and foal management, stallion management and yearling management, “some of which I had developed and expanded and added to the new teaching curriculum.” While working at Delaware Valley, Marta took a personal interest in the breed she needed to understand for teaching purposes and breeding, which were Standardbreds. Hofsaess recommended some training centers for her to look into, which she pursued and began working with folks in their barns and on the track. She also began to paddock horses at nearby Harrah’s Philadelphia. “Shortly, I adopted a Laag Standardbred broodmare and went on to buy my first yearling in partnership and everything started to come together from there,” Piotrow said. “More involvement was more knowledge and more love for the sport. I was not lucky enough to grow up in this business, I had to work extra hard for anything I needed to learn, whether it was work for no pay or low pay in the beginning, I didn't care. I sucked it up to get better and stay involved and learn.” Marta was mentored by some top trainers, as she started out with Nancy and Marcus Johansson and moved on to Trond Smedshammer, who taught her about training young horses and developing more skill on the track. In 2015, Meadowlands boss Jeff Gural was looking for help at his Allerage Farms in Pennsylvania. Gural wanted someone with experience to achieve higher pregnancy rates with foals and yearling prep. It was not the easiest of choices. “I was a good fit and it was also a good fit for me at the time personally but I had to give up training for Trond, and that was a tough call,” Marta said. “I just started to be comfortable there, Trond was great to work for and I was learning a lot.” She eventually took the job and remained there from January 2015 to June 2016. She now owns and trains two horses -- Winbak Prince and Doc -- in a partnership with her boyfriend, driver Anthony Napolitano. They are stabled at Anthony’s farm in Nescopeck, Pa. “I’m starting small but looking to grow in the business,” Piotrow said. “I no longer work at Allerage, but Jeff had been very supportive of me while I was there and encouraged my continued involvement.” Marta qualified Winbak Prince twice in 2016 as a driver and said, “You can certainly look forward to me driving a little more in 2017. I love to drive.” Napolitano usually drives their horses but is taking the winter off. Thus, Michael Merton was in the sulky when Doc gave the trainer her first win at Monticello. “He was just coming off a decent second the week prior,” Piotrow said. “He drew the three hole, a much better post for him on a half (-mile track). Michael gave him the perfect trip and Doc was good until the end, finishing strong. This little horse has been really good to us so far. He is hard working and tough and has been showing a lot of class.” In looking toward the future, Marta said she hopes to drive her own horses one day, but added with a laugh, “I will leave the owners’ horses to the professionals.” At the rate she is going after the circuitous route she took, Piotrow has become a pretty classy professional in her own right. And this journey is just beginning. by Rich Fisher, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent

This is the defining weekend of the harness racing season. Most of the biggest names from Australia and New Zealand step-out at Ballarat on Saturday night, headed by the sport’s young rockstar Lazarus. The $120,000 Group 1 Ballarat Cup and a ho-hum sprint race on the same night could reshape TAB’s markets for coming features like the Victoria and Hunter Cups as well as the Miracle Mile. Lazarus has eased from $1.30 to $1.35 at Ballarat after drawing the outside (gate seven) and is still a commanding $2.20 prepost favourite for the Victoria Cup. His main Victoria Cup rival Hectorjayjay ($3.30) will rest at home this weekend after toying with a handy field in last Saturday’s Group 2 Shepparton Cup. Lazarus turned heads around the world winning last November’s NZ Cup — New Zealand’s biggest race — by a record 10 lengths, but has only raced twice since. And he’s only run once since November 11, for a soft Cambridge win on January 5. “I’m pretty happy with him. In fact, I think he’s back very close to what he was NZ Cup week,” trainer/driver Mark Purdon said. You still get the feel whatever Lazarus does at Ballarat, it’s an important race to bring him to peak fitness for the Victoria Cup and beyond. Purdon’s stable of riches means he also trains Lazarus’ main danger at Ballarat. That just happens to be newly-crowned Perth Inter Dominion champion Smolda. “He’s come on well since South Australia (where he won the Cup last Saturday week),” Purdon said. As good as Smolda has been racing, Purdon said the best of Lazarus would simply be too good for him. Smolda edged out Hectorjayjay to win the Perth Inter Dominion last month. “If Lazarus is back to his NZ Cup form he would be too good,” he said. “It’s just whether he is quite there for this weekend. “Smolda is really wound-up and Anthony (Butt, new driver) will get him off the gate well. I think Lennytheshark will be hard-pressed getting across him at the start. “I think Smolda might be the leader and Lazarus will come around and sit parked.” It’s also great to see Lennytheshark back in the Ballarat Cup this weekend for his first start since a hoof injury cut his Perth Inter Dominion title defence short after the third round of heats on December 2. “His foot is good. He’s ready to go this week and we’re pleased with the draw (gate four),” stable spokesman Josh Aiken said. Lurking at Ballarat is last season’s Miracle Mile winner Have Faith In Me — also trained by Purdon — who hasn’t raced since having liver issues following the NZ Cup on November 2. Mark Purdon has his eyes on several big prizes in coming weeks. Picture: Stuart McCormick. He needs to win and impress Purdon to prompt the trainer to make a late entry payment for the Group 1 Hunter Cup on February 4. “With no Hectorjayjay in the race I would expect him to win,” Purdon said. “I’m happy with him, but also keen to put him to test to decide whether he’s ready to go into the Hunter Cup.” It’s another massive weekend for Purdon and his co-trainer Natalie Rasmussen. Here is Purdon’s snapshot of his other runners across Victoria and NSW: GEELONG — THURSDAY NIGHT MOTU METEOR (Race 6, No. 4): “He seems well. He’s been a bit of a challenge to train, but I’m happy with him now. This race looks to suit him.” VINCENT (Race 7, No. 2): “I’d put him up with More The Better as out second-best 3YO. I was a bit disappointed with him at his only defeat on (NZ) Cup Day, but we’ve made a few gear changes since and he's kept improving. This will top him off nicely for the Derby.” BALLARAT — SATURDAY NIGHT PRINCE FEARLESS (Race 6, No. 2): “He was off the scene for a while and I think he’ll need another couple of runs to show us whether he can get back to his best form.” A PICCADILLY PRINCESS (Race 7, No. 2): “She’s a really nice mare and could easily have won all her runs in Perth with more luck. She won well last time (at Melton) and this looks another good race for her.” MENANGLE — SATURDAY NIGHT OUR WAIKIKI BEACH (Race 6, No. 1): “John McCarthy will drive him for us. I was happy with his run even though he didn’t win last week. He kept coming, but he was a bit awkward on the last bend, hung a bit and didn’t help himself. He’ll be better on the markers (from gate one) and hopefully John can get him away quickly at the start to lead.” TAB FEATURE RACE MARKETS VICTORIA CUP (Melton, Saturday week) $2.20 Lazarus $3.30 Hectorjayjay $5 Lennytheshark $15 Bling It On, Smolda $21 Young Modern $26 Restrepo HUNTER CUP (Melton, February 4) $3.10 Lennytheshark, Smolda $4.50 Hectorjayjay $6 Have Faith In Me $11 Bling It On $21 Restrepo, Young Modern Reprinted with permission of The Advertiser

The Western Michigan Fair Association lineup is in place for this year’s fair — and harness racing is back. The 79th annual fair, which will take place Aug. 8-12 at the Mason County Fairgrounds, made plans last week during the Michigan Association of Fairs and Exhibitions (MAFE) in Grand Rapids. All 15 members of the fair board attended and contracts were signed for the events and activities at this year’s fair. Plans are to offer harness racing two days prior to the opening of the fair, Aug. 6 and 7. “It has been a number of years since we have held harness racing at the fairgrounds,” said Mike Stakenas, president of the Western Michigan Fair Association. “I think it is a great opportunity to exhibit some of our agricultural heritage to the community.” About 80 2- to 3-year-old colts will be racing, said Marcia Hansen, fair association communications director. Again, the fair will have T.J. Schmidt and Company as carnival entertainment, bringing about 20 rides, including the three new rides from last year — the Mega Shock, Gee Whizz and the Wipe Out. The Wipe Out came from Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch in California. The fair is about more than entertainment, including animal showings, sales and agriculture displays. Grandstand Events •Tuesday — Mid-Michigan Truck and Tractor Pull and the Great Lakes Fireworks •Wednesday — ATR Monster and Mega Trucks, where there will be a photo opportunity preceding the event •Thursday — Western Michigan Old Engine Club Garden Tractor Pull (tentatively); West Michigan Livestock Council Auction •Friday — SJO Super Cross •Saturday — Destruction Demolition Derby by Mitch Galloway Reprinted with permission of The Ludington Daily News

DOVER, Del.--- Streaking Enhance Your Mind stepped up in class to score a 1:51.3victory in the $20,000 Mares Open Handicap pace while Vintage Babe lengthened her harness racing win streak to six-in-a-row over a sloppy track on Tuesday, Jan.17 at Dover Downs. Yannick Gingras had five wins. Vic Kirby drove the Delaware-sired Riggins-Enhance The Night six-year-old who loves the front end to an impressive 1:51.3 triumph in the week's top distaff event. Owned and trained by Bryan Truitt, Enhance Your Mind came into her own last season winning nearly $100,000 in purses. She won her third of 2017, fourth straight and seventh win in her last eight starts this meet, turning back seven rivals with a :27.1 final panel. Nat A Virgin (Corey Callahan) was a game second challenging the winner from the backstretch to late in the stretch. The sharp Sweet Bobbie (Art Stafford Jr.) was third. One race earlier, Yannick Gingras guided Vintage Babe home first for the sixth consecutive time to post a 1:52.2 decision in a $13,500 4&5-Year-Old Mares contest. Ed Gannon Jr. trains Vintage Babe and co-owns with Frank Canzone and Bob Sabatini the four-year-old daughter of Vintage Master-Bunkhouse Babe. Barbara's Shadow (Kirby), who has won her previous two races, finished second. Valuable Art (Callahan) was the show horse. Yannick Gingras made the winner's circle five times, Corey Callahan had a triple. George Dennis, owner-trainer Trish Foulk and Foulk Stables had two winners. FROST FREE HANOVER SEEKS 3RD STRAIGHT IN $20,000 OPEN TROT Frost Free Hanover has used consecutive come-from-behind performances to win the last two Tuesday feature races and again is the one-to-beat in the $20,000 Open/Handicap trot at Dover Downs. So far this meet, Rich Pollucci’s Frost Free Hanover’s strong closing brushes for driver Vic Kirby, including three wins, two seconds and a third in eight starts. Previously, CC Racing’s Il Mago with Pat Berry in the bike, had consecutive feature race wins.  Uva Hanover is also razor sharp with two wins, a second and a third in his last four outing with Tony Morgan driving for owners Martin Sternberg and Stake Your Claim Stable. Corey Callahan pilots Mike Casalino’s veteran Tough Mac, who also has two feature trot wins this meet. The other starters are Ed Gannon’s hard-hitting Winbak Charles M with Yannick Gingras. Owner-trainer Antonino Buttitta’s Muscerene, with Allen Davis and Geore&Tina Dennis’ Uwantapieceofme (Dennis), from the rail, complete the starting lineup.  A $15,500 Winners-Over trot for 4&5-Year-olds leads the undercard. Bluebird Reverend (Montrell Teague) owned by Davis,  Johannsen, Holly Case and trainer Bobby Reeser, was a wire-to-wire 1:53.4 winner last Wednesday. Celebrity Pegasus (Art Stafford Jr.) has been a close-up second in his last two for owners Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar, Steve Iaquinta and Minisink Farms. The nine-horse field includes Delbert Cain and Nanticoke Racing’s fast Go Byem (Jim Morand) was a game second last start. Owner-trainer Bobby Glassmeyer’s Tymal Signature (Jonathan Roberts), Chris Giaccio and driver Vic Kirby’s Steel Reserve. Jim Moore’s steady Royal Becca J (Jack Parker Jr.), Jovanni Vilanova’s Gillie The Kid (Morgan), Mike Casalino’s newcomer Earl’s Speeder (Callahan) drew the rail with Gregg and Tom Morris’ Doggone Slots (Roger Plante )leaves from outside post 9  in second tier.  Weekday post time for Monday through Thursday racing is 4:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are dark days. Parking and admission are free. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant’s acclaimed Buffet and for the 4-star Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Top harness and thoroughbred races are featured in the Racing and Sports Book daily for 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. Marv Bachrad          

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Columbus, OH --- It was 20 years ago when Bruce Trogdon sat alongside harness racing trainer Kelly O’Donnell as he bid on Dragon Again. At that time, he thought O’Donnell might not be making the best financial decision, but Trogdon now has a colt by that stallion in Fear The Dragon that is poised to set the sophomore pacing division aflame. “I was done shopping and sat down with Kelly,” Trogdon said. “He used to train for me and Dragon Again was a really nice-looking colt; his conformation was perfect, but he was by Dragon’s Lair, so the pedigree might not be there. I told him $40,000 was too much for that horse, but I guess what did I know?” Fear The Dragon is a 3-year-old son of the aforementioned stallion and the Western Ideal mare Armbro Cinnamon. While world champions Huntsville and stablemate Downbytheseaside have been grabbing all the headlines, this half-brother to Cinamony (Art Official, $532,404) has quietly amassed $228,391,has defeated Huntsville and equaled a track record at The Meadows of 1:50.3. “This is without a doubt the finest colt I have ever had,” Trogdon said. “I usually sell colts and just keep fillies, but he was just so good from the day he was born; not too big, not too small. He does what you ask him, too. I think Huntsville and Downbytheseaside are very talented horses, but this colt is nice, too.” Conditioned by Brian Brown and steered nearly exclusively by David Miller, Fear The Dragon commenced his career with a second place finish on June 26, 2016 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono in a $30,000 Pennsylvania All Stars division. He demonstrated speed, however, by throwing down a :26.4 last quarter-mile in his debut. The colt then reeled off four consecutive victories, three in Pennsylvania Sire Stakes company and a $19,291 division of the Arden Downs at The Meadows, before coming home third behind Huntsville, a rival he had defeated the previous week, on Aug. 27 in a Sire Stakes contest. “Early in the year he was the best 2-year-old in the country, which he showed by beating Huntsville and some other real good colts,” said Trogdon. “The first time David Miller drove him he said that he liked him better than Downbytheseadside. That is saying a lot because he and Hunstville are both tremendous horses I think. Both are future stallions that I would likely want to breed to.” Fear The Dragon was third again in his next contest, the $252,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship, to Huntsville and Downbytheseaside, prior to his runner-up finish to his barn mate in a world record mile of 1:50 at the Delaware County Fair on Sept. 18 in a $34,500 division of the Standardbred stake. “What people don't know is that Yannick (driver Gingras on Normandy Beach) accidentally stepped on our wheel going for home in the PASS championship and he raced the last quarter with a flat tire finishing third,” Trogdon said. “We then drew the outside at Delaware while our stablemate Downbytheseaside drew inside in his world record shattering performance. Dragon came off the pace and closed well for second. “He then won the Elevation at Hoosier, beating Ocean Colony, who is another good son of Somebeachsomewhere. I own his full sister (Romanceonthebeach); she is one of our broodmares.” Following Delaware, Fear The Dragon rebounded with a powerful performance to enter the Hoosier Park winner’s circle with a triumph in the $140,000 Elevation Stake on Sept. 24. He threw down a blistering last quarter-mile in :26.3 and his time of 1:50.4 just missed the track record. “Dragon injured his eye somehow before Lexington, that is why he raced in the fly mask,” Trogdon said. “He raced well, but it was really bothering him. “I rarely race my 2-year-olds late, so he was not staked to the Breeders Crown last year. We quit with him early and he had a great turnout at our farm.” The colt’s first race with the fly mask resulted in a seventh place finish in the Bluegrass Stakes at Red Mile, the only time he has been off the board. Fear The Dragon, however, bounced back with a second place finish to Huntsville in his world record equaling mile of 1:49 in a division of the International Stallion Stakes on Oct. 8. “He (Brown) shipped him to Florida the first of December and he is feeling good and training down great,” Trogdon said. “He is staked to a lot including the Adios, Little Brown Jug, Lexington and Breeders Crown, so we will have a chance to prove that he is no fluke. “I have turned down huge offers for him as everyone knows how good he was. He races very relaxed and can leave or come off the pace; he is very handy and has an effortless gait. That's why Dave (Miller) likes him so well. “We raised him and broke him at Emerald Highlands. We own his mother and she is back in foal to Dragon Again because we liked him so well. He is a good-looking, medium-sized horse with great conformation. His mother is a daughter of Mattaroni. I am hoping he becomes a great stallion himself and is the one to carry on the Dragon Again line. He would make a great outcross to practically my entire broodmare band.” by Kim French, USTA Internet News Editor 
East Rutherford, NJ - The Green Hornet returns to work at The Meadowlands on Friday night as harness racing driver Yannick Gingras will don his familiar green and white colors and drive in eight of the thirteen races.   Yannick's on several Ron Burke horses with a chance on Friday including the solid trotting mare Classical Annie in the featured second race and Abbijade Hanover in the top class for pacing mares (race 11).   Classical Annie starts from post six in the $18,000 feature trot, just inside the main competition of Crosby's Clam Bake and Muscle Diamond. The now five-year-old mare was a winner two back and always gives an honest effort for Burke Racing, LLC.   Abbijade Hanover won this same class from well back at long odds last week and remarkably faces exactly none of the mares she vanquished on that occasion. Many in this field are moving up a class making a strong case for the possible repeat, leading to the role as morning line favorite for Abbijade from post six for Burke Racing and Weaver Bruscemi.   Friday's is another solid card with ample opportunity to continue the current string of $3 million plus handle on that day which has been the case the past few weeks.   Free program pages for the Late Pick 4 (currently averaging over $8,000 in payoffs) are available for those who plan ahead.   More money will be given away as the "Pay Off Your Holiday Bills" promotion continues, though there's nothing in the rules prohibiting the lucky winners from adding those funds to their gambling bankroll.   Pink offers exceptional fare for your culinary pleasure should you wish to make an evening of it. On Saturday night, former NY Knick star Larry "Grandmama" Johnson will host a special Pink dinner and wine pairing and you're all invited to join in the fun. Reservations are suggested.   Post time is 7:15 p.m.   The Meadowlands        
Pompano Beach, FL…January 18, 2017…Over the years, the harness racing Florida Amateur Driving Club membership has donated over $175,000 to worthy charitable and goodwill organizations benefiting horses, horsemen, horsewomen and “children of all ages.” Yes, there have been many big nights for the FADC, but none have been bigger than what is coming up this Saturday night, January 21. This week’s recipient will be the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame, located right in the cradle of where harness racing was “foaled,” Goshen, New York. Not only will the FADC make their usual bountiful contribution to the Museum and Hall of Fame, each driver that donates an additional $100 will become eligible to race in the next three legs—the triple crown—of the Hall of Fame amateur series. Those three events will be held in Goshen, New York during Grand Circuit week, The Meadowlands during Hambletonian week and in Delaware, Ohio during Little Brown Jug week. Noted amateur driver Steve Oldford, a Museum trustee and Vice President related, “We are absolutely thrilled to have the Museum and Hall of Fame as the recipient of this week’s generous donation by the Florida Amateur Driving Club and our other members, who are making this event even better with their individual contributions. “It is amazing that our club has played such a positive role in the arena of how horses help people of all ages—children of all ages from two to 92—if you know what I mean. “It’s a small part of what we do and what harness racing can do for our communities.” The Florida Amateur Driving Club conducts all of its races at Pompano Park and is in the midst of a hotly contested driver challenge to determine the leading amateur driver of the season. After the first 15 weeks of competition covering 32 races, amateur driver Dein Spriggs, the author of 424 career wins, leads the point parade (169) while Jamie Marra is currently second (149). Mitchell “Sky” Walker, Leon Cable and Tony Dinges round out the top five while Joe Pennacchio, Fred Cohen, Dennis Whittemore, Shane Arsenault and Steve Oldford rank six through 10 among the 29 amateur drivers that have competed thus far. The Pompano Park program on Saturday night will feature a trio of races for the amateur drivers and Oldford, himself, has a pair of trotters competing that have compiled combined lifetime earnings of over $1,000,000—The Budster, with $644,298 in career bounty, and Celtic Merchant, who has banked $367,762. Celtic Merchant, now 14 years-of-age, has visited the winner’s circle on 47 occasions during his lengthy career while The Budster, a “youthful” 12 year-old has won 43 times. “They may be advanced in years,” says Oldford, “but they are still very much young at heart.” Competing in the same event as The Budster, the 11 year-old gelding A Crown For Lindy, who recently won for the 50th time during his illustrious career. Owned by Dein Spriggs, A Crown For Lindy is relatively lightly raced with “only” 196 career starts. His lifetime bankroll just edged over the $400,000 at the end of the 2016 season. Post time for the Saturday night program at Pompano Park is 7:20 p.m. with the amateurs competing in races one, four and six. by John Berry for Pompano Park and the Florida Amateur Driving Club
Pompano Beach, FL...January 18, 2017...OK Heavenly, handled by Kevin Wallis, snuck through along the pylons late in her mile to take top harness racing honors in the $11,000 Open Pace for Mares on Wednesday night at Pompano Park. The five year-old daughter of Sportswriter completed her journey in 1:52.1, pinning a photo finish defeat measuring a neck on the pacesetting Miss Mady, driven by Ricky Macomber, Jr. Metro Glide, with Tom Jackson in the bike, rallied from last early on to finish third, 1¾ lengths away while Jets Are On finished fourth after a mild bid on the backside and around the final turn. Southwind Trini picked up the minor award in the sextet. At the outset, Miss Mady, leaving from post 4, went searching for the lead and opened up enough daylight around the opening turn to allow OK Heavenly, starting from post 3, to wend her way into the garden spot ahead of Southwind Trini. Positions remained constant through panels of :27.2 and :56.2 with only Jets Are On accelerating her jets on the backside to reach third, still two lengths away as Miss Mady reached the third station in a picked up 1:24.1. Turning for home, the leader drifted out ever so slightly allowing OK Heavenly to take the shortest route home and on to victory. After the race, driver Kevin Wallis said, well, what can I say, she lived up to her name tonight. She had a 'heavenly' journey and it all worked out well when there was room enough to get through. She's been very good every time I have driven her and she was sharp again tonight. Trained by Angela Coleman of the Rob Rittof Stable, OK Heavenly is now 2-for-3 this season--her only defeat being at the hooves of the very tough Wild Wanda--good for earnings of $13,750 after the first 2½ weeks of the new year. Lifetime, OK Heavenly now boasts earnings of $163,077. Owned by Mark Winship along with the Dandy Farms, OK Heavenly was the 4 to 5 tote-board favorite and returned $3.80 to her many faithful. Racing continues on Saturday night with a very competitive eight race program featuring three divisions of the Florida Amateur Driving Club, in competition to determine the participants in a "triple crown" for amateurs at The Meadowlands, Goshen, New York and Delaware, Ohio during Little Brown Jug week. Post time for Saturday's extravaganza is 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park
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