Day At The Track

On a track that was listed as good, from a morning deluge and unseasonably cold temperatures, the adverse conditions did not deter the newest member of the 7000 club Jason Bartlett, as he won four New York Sire Stakes races on the 13 race harness racing program. By virtue of his Sheppard Elimination win, the public betting made Persist Blue Chip (PP2) the favorite. After a brisk 28.4 opening stanza, Matt Kakely slowed the pace to a 59.1 half, the tempo at the ¾ was a leisurely 1:28.3 from then on it was all cruise control. He went on to score a wire to wire win in a lifetime best of 1:58.1 over Carolina Magic by a scant nose. The son of Roll With Joe - Real Reflection is owned by Burke, Martin, Switala and Weaver Bruscemi. In the second $27,750 contest Delightful Joe left first and fast from the gate, once the field settled in down the back side Matt Kakaley used the same tactic as in his first win and went down the road to play catch me if you can with Topville Olympian and had the lead first over at the ¼ in 29.0. The bay son of American Ideal - Our Sophia was at the half in 59 and had 2 lengths on the field, the margin was cut to 1 length at the ¾ pole in 1:28.0 Delightful Joe was in perfect position throughout but to no avail as Topville Olympian threw down a LQ of 28 to take a new lifetime mark of in 1:56. He is owned by Menary and Billy & Anthony Timmins of Great Britain. Jason Bartlett notched his second win on the card with Casual Cool, a winner in Sire Stakes company last start at Buffalo, he was content to let the dust settle on the front end while Rock Lights showed the field through fractions of 28.3, 58:1, 1:27.3, at this point Casual Cool was in the outer flow and gaining ground on the outside to win by 2 lengths in 1:56, tying his lifetime best. The $165,000 son of American Ideal - Sight To See, is owned by Ken Jacobs and trained by Linda Toscano. In one of the afternoons more impressive performances, Jimtastic, was making his pari-mutuel debt from the rail for trainer Andrew Harris. The son of Art Major - Jimmy The Terror was dominant in his qualifier at Mohawk, winning by 8 in 1:57.3, he was equally impressive today, scoring in 1:57.1 for Jason Bartlett over Real Rayenbow. Aces In Heaven, ($4.40) took no prisoners as he soundly defeated his Excelsior A rivals in 1:57.1, the son of Rock N Roll Heaven was trained and driven to victory by John MacDonald, he was bred by Crawford Farms LLC. It was an afternoon of doubles, trainers Linda Toscano, Ron Burke and Andrew Harris each had a pair of winners, Matt Kakaley also had a driving double and Winbak Farms has 2 winners on the breeding side. In the breeding shed Sires, American Ideal, Roll With Joe, Rock N Roll Heaven and Betterthancheddar each has two sons visit the winners circle. Shawn Wiles

Plainville, MA---An all-star cast of the best aged trotters in North America declared for the $250,000 Spirit of Massachusetts Trot on Monday morning (July 24) and when the draw was completed a stellar field of nine, which includes four harness racing millionaires, has been set for the biggest harness race in the history of Massachusetts; the $250,000 Spirit of Massachusetts Trot that will be held on Friday (July 28). Headlining the field are 2016 Dan Patch Trotting Mare of the Year Hannelore Hanover, 2016 Dan Patch Aged Trotting Horse of the Year Obrigado, 2015 Dan Patch Aged Trotting Horse of the Year JL Cruze, 2015 O'Brien Aged Trotting Horse of the Year Resolve and the recently red hot Crazy Wow. Ron Burke will start Hannelore Hanover, who comes into this race fresh off a dominating lifetime best performance of 1:50.3 at the Meadowlands, as an uncoupled entry with stablemate Crazy Wow who just equaled his lifetime best in a qualifying race at the Meadowlands on Saturday (July 22). Also in the race are multi-millionaire Resolve who raced in Europe this year in the Elitlopp finishing third to Timoko before returning to stateside stake action and Obrigado, who has performed well in the Charlie Hill and the Cleveland Trotting Classic but has been narrowly defeated in his four starts so far this year. The full field is listed below. The estimated post time for the ninth race is 6:40 p.m. 1 Hannelore Hanover (1:50.3, $1,585,823) 2 Crazy Wow (1:51.1, $1,865,064) 3 JL Cruze (1:49.4, $964,628) 4 Wind Of The North (1:51, $794,618) 5 Cufflink Hanover (1:51.1, $530,017) 6 Resolve (1:50.4, $2,373,504) 7 Maestro Blue Chip (1:51.3, $366,538) 8 Obrigado (1:50.3, $1,715,109) 9 Trolley (1:51.4, $245,924)   By Tim Bojarski, for Plainridge Park

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - It has been said in harness racing that a young trotter is better off building up stamina, strength and be sure of foot, and that the speed will soon follow. That analogy will again be put to the test at the Hippodrome 3R on Tuesday evening with the second round of the C$220,000 Future Stars Series for two-year-old trotting colts and fillies. In the opening round of the series last week, the old proverb came true for 76-year-old owner and driver Rosaire Renaud as his newest star of the stable, Y A Muscle Mass, beat eight rivals and will try it again on Tuesday. Last week Y A Muscle Mass and Renaud went right to the lead and never looked back, winning by three-quarters of a length in a slow time of 2:09.4 over a fast track. But there is no prize money for speed, only for those that stays on gait and cross the finish line first. That's what Y A Muscle Mass did last week. The son of Muscle Mass goes from the rail on Tuesday for trainer Manon Renaud and provided his minds his manners and stays on-stride, can win again. His rivals have good speed but were unable to stay on-stride last week and are back to try again. Nobodynosjustice (Stephane Brosseau) was the favorite last week and won already this season in 2:02.2. But he failed to stay trotting at the start last week and was up the track. Nobodynosjustice goes from post six. Yankee Photo starts from post five and last week he did stay on gait, but was sent first-over by driver Pascal Berube against Y A Muscle Mass and could not get to him and was third. SG Goliath King goes from post three and last week was a game second to Y A Muscle Mass. The fillies drew ten entries and according to the rules of the Quebec Racing Commission, must split into two fields of five that will be held as non-wagering races during the Tuesday program. The first division takes place after the third race and is headed by Luckys Dream (post four) and Stand For Justice (post one). The second division goes after the fifth race and features last week's return winner, Precieuse CC, who starts from post five. Last week this daughter of Angus Hall was able to lead from post eight for driver/trainer Claude Beausoleil, take a tuck in third place and then brush to the lead in the backstretch, going on to win by two open lengths in 2:06, the last quarter in a very impressive :29.4. Also in the race is Yves Filion's Magic Lady, who starts from post two. She was the betting favorite last week, followed Precieuse CC in the backstretch, but could not catch her, finishing second. There is another competitive field set for the Invitational Trot Tuesday in the ninth race. Four Starz Speed (post 4) returns off his wire-to-wire victory for trainer/driver Kevin Maguire. Also back is Unabating, who was the race favorite last week, but suffered broken equipment and was never in the hunt. Caroluzzo returns after a week's rest, but drew post eight for driver Stephane Gendron. Rideau Carlton invader, Ghirardelli Lindy, brings his two-race win streak to H3R, as does Dance Hall George (post one), who is moving up the ranks to the top trot. Post time Tuesday is 7:00 pm. For more information, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club      

GOSHEN — Harness racing driver Jay Cross had one finger raised in the air when he crossed the finish line in first place of the ninth harness race Saturday at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair in Indiana. He was not showing off or being disrespectful to the other drivers. He had a higher purpose in mind. It was the veteran driver’s humble way of celebrating his 3,000th career victory. “I was pointing to my dad up in heaven,” Cross said. Cross’ father died in 2004. “I really didn’t know what my emotions were going to be,” Cross said about the milestone win. “My dad was a very big influence on my career. He was racing when I was 4 or 5 years old, but then gave it up because of family obligations. Later he started up again and we would go together to races at Nappanee or LaGrange.” According to Cross, his first win was at the LaPorte County Fair in 1982. “It means you have been around for a long time,” Cross said about winning 3,000 career races. Peter Wrenn, who has raced before at the fair, has more than 8,000 wins in his career. “In today’s world 3,000 is not as big a number as it was in the past,” Cross said. “When I started racing it was a big number and for a little guy like me it still is a big number. It’s a number I never expected to reach.” Don Eash, another veteran fair driver, has between 1,600 and 1,700 career wins. Eash is a former Goshen resident who owns Eash Racing Stables near Greenfield. “It’s an accomplishment and I congratulate Jay on it,” Eash said. “Jay has been a good driver for a number of years. To me, 3,000 wins means you are among the top 10 to 15 percent among harness racing drives.” Cross guided SWEETASCANTAB to the monumental win in a time of 2:04 4/5 in the one-mile, 3-year-old colt trot. “I have been driving him on the fair circuit and he has been doing well,” the Middlebury resident said. “He seems to do well on the half-mile tracks. Every time he has won he has gotten off the gate really well.” Cross was out front by one and a half lengths at the half point, but still was not ready to count the victory. “I felt good coming around the last turn, but you never really know until you cross the finish line,” he said. “One horse that had been giving us trouble broke stride early in the race and another one I was worried about did so before the race even started. That gave me some confidence, but there was still a long way to go.” Jay’s brother, Steve Cross, calls the races at the fair but had to leave Saturday in order to call the card at Hoosier Park in Anderson. Saturday’s fair program was slated to begin at 11 a.m. but was postponed until 12:45 p.m. due to overnight rains. He missed his brother’s milestone by two races. “That was very disappointing that Steve had to leave before I won No. 3,000,” Cross said. “If we would not have had the delay, Steve probably would have been here, but that is part of life. “Steve has called a lot of my races and that has been pretty neat. He was there the time I first set a world record in Columbus, Ohio. Steve’s youngest son was there and so were other family members. It was nice to do it at home.” Harness racing programs are scheduled for today and Tuesday at the fair. Post time both days is 11 a.m. Greg Keim can be reached at or 574-533-2151, ext. 326. Follow Greg on Twitter @gkeim_TGN Link to The Fair Saturday’s Harness Racing Summary Race One (2-year-old Filly Trot, 1st Division) — 1, KINDA COOL LADY (Jay Cross); 2, PLAYFUL MARIANNA (Daryl Bontrager); 3, VICTORIA SWAN (Jordan Ross); 4, SKYWAY CLARRISA (Matt Rheinheimer); 5, PRINCESS DE MONACO (Carl Putnam Jr.); 6, TATYM FOR ALL (Mike Peterson). Winning Time: 2:09. Purse: $3,000,   Race Two (2-year-old Filly Trot, 2nd Division) — 1, PINECRAFT NELLE (Matt Rheinheimer); 2, MARTZ NANCY (Jay Cross); 3, J S MISS LADY (Alex Udell); 4, JL PRETTY BOOTIES (Carrie Hollman); 5, MARTZ CREEK NELLIE (Mike Peterson); 6, EMOJI (Odell Cross). Winning Time: 2:08 2/5. Purse: $3,000. Race Three (2-year-old Filly Trot, 3rd Division) — 1, INJAILFORSPEEDIN (Jay Cross); 2, MAMIE’S POWER (Michael Myers); 3, CARNIVAL DESTINY (Doug Rideout); 4, BACKSTREET SALLY (Larry Lee Smith); 5, WOODSIDE BAMBI (Don Eash; 6, FRONTIER BETH (Maynard Miller). Winning Time: 2:10 2//5. Purse: $3,000. Race 4 (2-year-old Filly Trot, 4th Division) — 1, STICK WITH PATSY (Zachary Miller); 2, OAKWOOD TEA PARTY (Matt Rheinheimer); 3, SKYWAY KIANNA (Jay Cross); 4, BLUELLA (Mike Peterson); 5, JAILHOUSE BUCKAROO (Rocky Loney); 6, NORTHERN PINES (Carrie Hollman). Winning time: 2:11 2/5. Purse: $3,000. Race Five (2-year-old Filly Trot, 1st Division) — 1, SL ROYAL GEORGE (Carl Putnam Jr.); 2, MEGAGLIDE (Don Eash); 3, V-KEY’S CHARGER (Mike Peterson); 4, SILVER STAR TYSON (Jay Cross); 5, KIDSWILLBEFIESTY (Joseph Putnam); 6, EXCITING HOT ROD (Rocky Loney). Winning Time: 2:08. Purse: $3,000. Race Six (2-year-old Filly Trot, 2nd Division) — 1, CANWETABEMNOW (Matt Rheinheimer); 2, ER SKYWALKER (Don Eash); 3, DANCE HALL Bouncer (Joseph Putnam); 4, AGAMEMNON (Larry Lee Smith); 5, ROSE RUN TYLER (Jay Cross). Purse: $3,000. Race Seven (3-year-old Filly Trot, 1st Division) — 1, J-S PRINCESS GLORY (Alex Udell); 2, RETURN TO SENDER (Michael Myers); 3, NAN’S QUEEN (Don Eash); 4, MISS SAND SWAN (Jay Cross); 5, E R KENNA (Gerald Miller), Winning Time: 2:03 1/5. Purse: $3,000. Race Eight (3-year-old Filly Trot, 2nd Division) — 1, GUIDA’S GEISHA (Doug Rideout); 2, J-S WINKY’S SHINE (Alex Udell); 3, KIDSWILLBESASSY (Joseph Putnam); 4, COUNTRYATHEART (Don Eash); 5, ROSE’S ON TAB (Gerald Miller). Winning Time: 2:07 3/5. Purse: $3,000. Race Nine (3-year-old Colt Trot, 1st Division) — 1, SWEETASCANTAB (Jay Cross); 2, JAILHOUSE MICKEY (Matt Rheinheimer); 3, E R PAUL (Don Eash); 4, NOTHINBUTAWINNER (Odell Cross); 5, SOCIAL HOUSE (Richard Reisert); 6, WINKY’S FIRE (Michael Myers); 7, ALL THIS COMMOTION (Doug Rideout). Winning Time: 2:04 4/5. Purse: $3,000. Race Ten (3-year-old Colt Trot, 2nd Division) — 1, MR POWERS (Doug Rideout); 2, RED MAN CHEW (Richard Reisert); 3, PROUD FOREVER (Jay Cross); 4, MR CANTAB LIMIT (Don Eash); 5, NEVER SAY THAT (Michael Myers); 6, POWERS STROKE (Larry Lee Smith). Winning Time: 2:03. Purse: $3,000. Race Eleven (3-year-old Filly Pace, Classic XXVII) — 1, AMARETTIGONE (Brandon Bates); 2, CANADIAN ROCKER (Mike Peterson); 3, TURNITODWNFORWATT (Matthew Riggle); 4, MEADOWBROOK SHARLA (Don Eash; 5, ADORABLE LIL GIRL (Jay Cross); 6, J-S JAZZY DANCER (Alex Udell); 7, HOOSIER GORGEOUS (Gerald Miller); 8, BALLERINA B B (Aaron Miller). Winning Time: 1:58 2/5. Purse: $12,600. Race Twelve (3-yeaold colt pace, Classic XXVII) — 1, AWESUM ACE (Aaron Miller); 2, E R SIMON (Don Eash); 3, B R GORGEOUS BOY (Jordan Ross); 4, E R VINCENT (Jay Cross); 5, DANTE IVY (Rocky Loney); 6, FOREVERALWAYS (Zachary Miller). Winning Time: 1:58 4/5. Purse: $12,100. By Greg Keim who can be reached at Reprinted with permission of The Goshen News

July 24, 2017 - Today’s featured Prix Vrai Lutin (purse €30,000, 2900 meters, 12 starters) at Amiens went to 8/1 Vival Thieric (8g Vivaldi de Chenu-Justice Provee) teamed by harness racing owner/trainer Franck Ouvrie. 7/2 Blueberry Zen (6m Jag de Bellouet-Just Love) was second driven by Glenny Delaune and trainer Sebastien Guarato. Third was 9/1 Aura Deff (7f Opium-Janina Deff) handled by David Thomain and trainer J.P. Thomain.  Yesterday at Axevalla SWE was a fine card led by the Gr. I National Stochampionatet (Mares Championship), with 1,200,000SEK (US$145,909) to the winner, raced over 2640 meters autostart. The 1.13kr timed winner was 5.1/1 Ultra Bright (4f Zola Boko-Patina-Viking Kronos) for trainer/driver Fredric Persson. 5.4/1 Darling Mearas (4f Cantab Hall-Khao Manee-Muscles Yankee) was second for Stefan Persson, ahead of 60/1 Schatzi Payline (4f Maharajah-Dream Fayline-Spotlite Lobell) driven by Kim Eriksson for trainer Veijo Heiskanen. The 1.9/1 favorite Cash Crowe was a misque dq. The mares consolation raced over 2140 meters autostart for 100,000SEK first prize, went to 17/1 Maremma Sock (4f Andover Hall-Victoria Sock-Victory Party) driven by Mika Forss for trainer Heiskanen. That race time was 1.14.4kr. Earlier that day was the Monte Championship (100,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) and 2/1 Raspberrysky (6f Exploit Caf-Fraise-Lindys Crown) was victorious for Jennifer Oscarsson and trainer Heiskanen timed in 1.13kr. Thomas H. Hicks

The Sunday evening program of harness racing at Running Aces featured the $35,000 Dan Patch Free For All Pace, and the event drew a talented field of 7 contenders who had collectively earned more than $2.1 million and won 187 races in their respective careeers.   The contest would wind up being dominated by the horse who came into the race with perhaps the least credentials in purses and wins, but perhaps one of the biggest hearts of all in the field.   Firedrake ($13.20) posted a sparkling gate-to-wire performance and absolutely dominated the affair. Trainer/Driver Nick Roland sent the 4 year old Dragon Again gelding right to the lead from post 5, and controlled everything through moderate front panels of 28.0 and 56.2 before facing a strong challenge and heavy pressure from race-favorite and Midwest pacing dynamo Roland N Rock past the 3/4 marker in 1:25. Firedrake had plenty of answers for Roland N Rock (Steve Wiseman) and the rest of the field as he turned back all challenges, and turned on the afterburners to sprint home in 27.1 for the biggest win of his career, a 2 1/4 length victory in 1:52.1 to take the Dan Patch FFA Trophy. Megatron (James Yoder) was up for second, with Roland N Rock home in third.   Firedrake is no stranger to the winner's circle, in fact he has crossed the wire first in 9 of 10 starts this year, suffering his only defeat to Roland N Rock in last week's $15,000 Dan Patch preview. Firedrake was un-raced at age two, and had a great season at 3 with 6 wins and 5 seconds in 15 starts, with most of them right here at Running Aces. The razor sharp pacer is owned by Jessica Johnson and now shows 14 wins in 25 lifetime starts and $59,624.   Also on the Sunday card, Al Mar Money Glide ($65.00) pulled a big upset in the $13,000 Minnesota-Sired 3 year old Trot event, posting his first lifetime win in his seventh trip to the gate, stopping the timer in 2:01.1 with Steve Wiseman aboard for Trainer Brady Jenson and Owner Larry Jo Jenson, the gelding is by Money Talks.   Driver Steve Wiseman posted another Grand Slam for his second consecutive night with 4 wins on the card. Nick Roland and Luke Plano both picked up driving doubles as well.   The 20 cent Jackpot pick 5 pool continues to grow, with a carryover of $15,648.83 going in to the Tuesday night (July 25) program. There is also a carryover of $2,575.41 for the Race 11 Hi-5 wager on Tuesday.   By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

When harness racing trainer Anthony MacDonald got to the boarder Sunday morning and was asked how long his stay in the US was? He paused; the answer was 6 days but it felt like many more. In a span of five days he raced at six different tracks in two countries.   His pace only to be out done by the performance of class of 2017. Winning races in four states and amassing just over $170,000 US dollars in earnings thus far.   When asked in an interview how he plans to keep this pace up? MacDonald answered quickly, "truthfully we have a lot of great clients, and I mean alot", said MacDonald with a smile. Its a great feeling having 278 people rooting for you, and it really puts a charge in your engine.  But without my wife Amy none of this possible, running our Ontario operation and taking care of two kids while I'm gone? Now that's a real work horse."   "There is no shares of her for sale for sure" he laughs.    When asked about in the US MacDonald was clear,  "there is no way to explain it, other than luck. Sure we work incredibly hard, but lots of other trainers do as well though. We bought these horses because we believed they were being undersold and they fit our program of affordible ownership.    People are seeing now there is quite a difference between undersold and cheap and value can be found in many yearlings for many different reasons. With a good eye and some good old fashion racing luck you will always have a shot to win."    One of those winners is lawmaker ($49,788.00). A $20,000 Lexington purchase last year who is undefeated in the sire stakes in Pennsylvania. A perfect 2 for 2 taking a lifetime mark of 1:56 at the Meadows on July 15th.    "We have had some offers, and we are looking at a couple right now,  but these are very fluid situations and very dynamic groups. You almost have to be a politician sometimes." smirks MacDonald.    "We certainly didn't think we would ship into one of the toughest jurisdictions on earth and stay mowing down $350,000 yearlings, but that's part of the allure of horse racing,  you really just never know.    Having Andrew Harris with us is also a real feather in our cap,  he plays a huge role and has done an incredible job for us. We are certainly lucky to have him affiliated with"   "We row a pretty big boat right now, with 278 clients along for the ride of their lives. By the looks of the horizon we are going to need a bigger boat." said MacDonald.    (

July 22, 2017 - Saturday’s Kincsem Park co-featured Gral-Lovag DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart, 13 starters) went to Insa (5f Alesi OM-Ines-Scurry Lobell) for harness racing trainer/driver Imre Fazekas. This one recorded her second victory in 17 starts. Saron (6g Huxtable Hornline-Malesana Jet-Bourbon) driven by Andr Angual for trainer Tibor Hajnal. Third was Henrik Ibsen AT (5m Worship-Her Own Child-Imposant Sund) reined by trainer Hajnal. Race time was 1.20.1kr.  The Nemecsek DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) was the co-headliner and Unreal Boss (4f Maximus Lindy-Light Lady-Baltic Bet) took the headlined timed in 1.17.2kr for trainer/driver Veljko Mazsity. Urania RG (4f Racino-Sweet Pine-Pine Chip) was home second for Balazs Juhasz. Third was Une Dame (4f Vioxx SR-Ilonyos-Supergill). On the undercard were two 400,000Huf purse events, each raced over 1800 meters autostart. Uzsok (4f Maximus Lindy-Eperjes-Witsends Speedy) won the first timed in 1.18.6kr for trainer/driver Balazs Juhasz. The other race went to 1.19.5kr timed Unique (4f Ata Star L-Bessie-Timberland) for trainer/driver Branislav Mukity. The dam Bessie was a top open class performer in her racing career. Thomas H. Hicks

July 23, 2017 - Harness racing owner and trainer Mathieu Abrivard piloted 1.7/1 Azur des Caillons (7m Quaker Jet-Douse Nuit) to victory in Sunday’s Prix de la Societe General (purse €36,000, 2800 meters, 18 starters) at Bernay on the turf timed in 1.20.9kr. 5.1/1 Belline d’Urzy (6f Otello Pierji-Onerida d’Urzy) was second ahead of 197.4/1 Very Pan (8g Giant Cat-Papouille). At Clairefontaine-Deauville was the Prix Federation Department des Gordes (purse €36,000, 2800 meters, 19 starters) and the victory went to 5/1 Erabella Madrik (3f Ready Cash-Talina Madrik) timed in 1.24.1kr and driven by owner Jean-Pierre Dubois. Yves Boireau trains this filly that was bred by Christian Simplice. 1.8/1 favorite Explosif (3m The Best Madrik-Topaze du Goutier) was second ahead of 22/1 Elora Terrie (3f Ludo de Castelle-Rikita Terrie). On the same program the Prix Association Departmentale des Piegeurs (purse €25,000, 2900 meters, 14 starters) went to 7/2 Discussiun Intense (4f Rocklyn-Intense Action) teamed by Jean-Philippe Dubois for his Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin. Race time was 1.23.3kr. €179,200 Hugo Aberg Memorial On Tuesday will be the 2017 renewal of the Hugo Aberg Memorial at Jagersro, the TGV Challenge (Troy Grande Vitesse), raced over 1609 meters autostart for a purse of €179,200. Many of the best sprinters currently racing will be at the start including Propulsion, Twister Bi, and Ringostarr Treb, the last two trained by Jerry Riordan. Hugo Åberg Memorial – 1.609m – autostart N° Horse Driver Trainer Record 1 Propulsion Örjan Kihlström Daniel Redén 1'08''9 2 Djali Boko Lutfi Kolgjini Lutfi Kolgjini 1'10''7 3 Carabinieri Björn Goop Peter Untersteiner 1'10''4 4 Twister Bi Christoffer Eriksson Jerry Riordan 1'09''5 5 Workout Wonder Tommy Kylliäinen Jarno Kauhanen 1'09''6 6 Ringostarr Treb Wim Paal Jerry Riordan 1'09''5 7 Dante Boko Adian Kolgini Lutfi Kolgjini 1'09''2 8 Shadow Gar Pietro Gubellini Eric Hansen Bondo 1'10''3 9 Day Or Night In Johan Untersteiner Johan Untersteiner 1'10''6 10 Oasis Bi Erik Adielsson Stefan Pettersson 1'09''4   Thomas H. Hicks

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, July 23, 2017 - Yonkers Raceway's perennial leading harness racing driver, Jason Bartlett, reached the next plateau Sunday afternoon (July 23rd) with the 7,000th victory of his career. The milestone number came behind favored I C Caviar ($4.40) in the $11,000, seventh-race trot. The 6-year-old Malabar Millennium gelding, making his first start for trainer Richard Banca, went up and over Me the Boss (Dan Dube) down the backside, then defeated 65-1 rank outsider Mr. Protab by a couple of lengths in 1:58.2. The winner is co-owned by Joseph & Vincent Barbera, Allan Alkes and Richard Facciola. But back to the man of hour, who suffered through an un-Bartlett-esque dry spell (3-for-35) before earning his requisite congratulatory sign. "Longest three days of my life," Bartlett said, "I'm so happy it's over, and the kids are, too. "They were asking me, 'Daddy, do we have to go to the track again?' " "I was talking with my wife (Kristen) the other day," Bartlett said. "We're been down here (Yonkers) close to 10 years now, and when I first came, I was around 2,000 wins. "It's been a helluva ride." The 36-year-old Bartlett, native of Augusta, ME, has $87.7 million in career purses. He began Sunday leading the locals in wins (297) and purses ($6.1 million). Frank Drucker

Kenny Arsenault registered his 3,000th career driving victory in standardbred racing during a 12-dash harness racing card at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. “I never thought I was going to get there,” joked Arsenault, who has recorded every single one of his wins in the Maritimes. “The last four weeks I have had about 20 seconds and one win. . . “It was a monkey off my back. The guys in the paddock were torturing me pretty good, but they all congratulated afterwards. It was a nice feeling.” Arsenault registered No. 3,000 with Private Di, a two-year-old filly he trains for owner Wade Peconi of Stanchel. Time of the mile was 2:01.3. “I was so happy it was one of my own horses,” said Arsenault in an interview with the Journal Pioneer during Sunday afternoon’s harness racing program at Red Shores at Summerside Raceway. “If it would have been a horse of Robbie or Wendell Shaw, Jackie Arsenault or people I have been driving for the past 30 years, I would have been tickled to death too,” said the 57-year-old Arsenault, who has been driving for 33 years. I never thought I was going to get there. The last four weeks I have had about 20 seconds and one win. . . It was a monkey off my back. The guys in the paddock were torturing me pretty good, but they all congratulated afterwards. It was a nice feeling. Kenny Arsenault First race Arsenault, who drives regularly at both P.E.I. tracks, recalled his very first career win was for his uncle Joey Arsenault. “I had four drives the first day I drove, I won on my last drive,” he recalled. “It wasn’t pretty.” Arsenault, who admitted he has seen lots of changes in his career, especially in safety equipment, said that while the competition is intense on the track, there is a great camaraderie amongst drivers. “They are great guys to drive against,” said Arsenault. “Walter Cheverie and Gary Chappell have been driving as long as I have been. Gordie Hennessey and Earl Smith are other longtime drivers, and now you have these young drivers who are good, safe drivers. It’s a lot of fun to be out there.” When asked what it means to reach the milestone, Arsenault commented: “When I started driving I wanted to get to a 1,000 (wins). When I got to 1,000, I wanted to go to 2,000. When I got to 2,000, I wanted to get to 3,000. “I was kind of thinking about it the last year, especially when I got to 2,900. The last six weeks I never thought I was going to get there!” Going forward, Arsenault said his next goal is to remain healthy and continue driving and training horses. “I really like what I do,” emphasized Arsenault. “To me it’s not work. I have a passion for it, it’s a seven-day a week job and it’s something I look forward to doing when I get up every morning.” By Jason Simmonds Reprinted with permission of The Journal Pioneer    

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, July 23, 2017 - Homicide Hunter (Brian Sears, $6.10) who missed a hard-charging head a week ago, had no such angst this time around, winning Sunday afternoon's (July 23rd), Yonkers Raceway's $68,000 Open Handicap Trot. The last of three early leaders, Homicide Hunter-from assigned post position No. 7 among the dozen--took over after Bueno Camino (Scott Zeron) and Springbank Sam N (Jordan Stratton) each had a spin in the big chair. Homicide Hunter, as the 2-1 wagering choice, made the lead in the second turn, between a :28.3 opening quarter-mile and :57.2 half. His ascension to the throne left Hemi Seelster (Jason Bartlett) first-up, sitting outside. Homicide Hunter (1:28.3 three-quarters, mile in 1:55.4) hade few issues thereafter, widening to 2½ lengths in the lane before 'running' away by four lengths. The mile-and-a-quarter went in a spiffy 2:24.3. Buen Camino edged Springbank Sam N for second, with Fashion Creditor (Eric Goodell) and Awsome Valley (Greg Merton) settling for the minors. Hemi Seelster, who has had success in races where he's been out every step, couldn't replicate it here, winding up last among the dozen. For Homicide Hunter, a 5-year-old Mr. Cantab gelding owned by Crawford Farms Racing and trained by Chris Oakes, it was his fourth win in seven seasonal starts. The exacta paid $25.20, with the triple returning $94. Sunday's installment of the 'New York, New York Double' offered a winning combination of 5-Uncle Mojo (Saratoga's 3rd race) and 2-I C Caviar (Yonkers' 7th race) paid $10.70 for every correct $1 wager. Total pool was $4,231. Note the Raceway's post time next Sunday (July 30th) is 11:30 AM. (Author's aside...I C Caviar was Bartlett's 7,000th career win. Separate story/pix shortly). Frank Drucker

"Gotta get to the paddock. What did the paddock schedule say? Let me read it again...okay, I have to be in the paddock with the horse at 6:20 p.m., that's in ten minutes. The horse is ready, he's in the stall for one last time before we head up to the paddock. "Alright, paddock time...fourth race, number...I forgot the number. Alright, I am the four horse...number is on...buckets are filled with water, wait...where's the sponge? Oh, there it is. Warming up in 15 minutes...jog cart is here...does this horse wear a tongue tie to warm-up? Race time. We race in..."attention horsemen, 5 minutes, 5 minutes to post"...oh no, where's the bike?! on, tongue tie on, driver on, post parade out. Going to the gate at two-to-one, got a trip following the favorite...what is going on? He finished up the track, last quarter 32 seconds. I need to call the vet to see what's going on with him." A horse race functions like a car. There's many parts that make it work. Even though the buyer only sees the car and the crowds only see the horse and driver, there's a complex web of parts that work behind the scenes to move the car and keep it running as there are many people and factors that contribute to getting a horse to the races. These factors work like cogs, where each piece moves the next and if one piece stops working, nothing will function properly. There's many articles showcasing owners and trainers, drivers and horses; however, there's a key factor amidst the rest, one that maintains the health of the animal and is vital in its journey to the track, but is invisible to the spotlight. This piece doesn't work for the spotlight or for the winning title, this piece works for the sole purpose of the horse: the veterinarian. A veterinarian is the first person called when an animal is acting out of the ordinary. When a horse finishes up the track, takes a bad step, stops eating, or anything abnormal to its typical behavior, trainers call the vet first. The veterinarian is here now at my barn. It's almost eight o'clock. The horse just raced and the vet is already here. Her husband has a horse in the sixth race but she's here at my barn looking after my horse. She's scoping the horse and it's coming up with a flipped palette...explains the unfortunate events of the race. My daughter is beside me, it's her horse. The vet is explaining what a flipped palette is to my daughter, she wants to be a veterinarian, too. "A flipped palette is when the tissues in the airway constrict so much as to block the airway, preventing the horse from getting proper airflow throughout the race," Doctor Michelle MacDougall explains to her while allowing her to observe through the scope. Doctor MacDougall reassures my daughter that the condition is treatable and the horse will be fine. Besides treating the animal, veterinarians need to treat the trainers, too. While focusing on what the horse has going on and what the horse needs, the vet has to account for the hovering and concerned "parents". Doctor Michelle MacDougall has been a veterinarian for large animals for nine years, since she graduated veterinary college in 2008. She has centered her focus on large animals, only working with small animals as a volunteer and for very small amounts of time. She refers to her four-legged patients as "little babies". "They are all my little babies and they are all my favorite. I don't have a single best case and all my patients are special, it wouldn't be fair to pick just one," states Doc MacDougall. I, myself, have been that same little girl, as have many horsemen across many racetracks. I have found myself concerned about my favorite horse but comforted by Michelle's words and teaching. She has shown me the inside of a scope on multiple occasions for my own horses and had even taken me on as a student for the summer of 2015. Throughout that summer, I had my heart set on becoming a veterinarian, I was intrigued by the knowledge Michelle had given me. She had shown me behind the scenes of her life, the ropes of becoming and actually being a vet. I spent the summer as her assistant and learned a wealth of information. However, and unfortunately, I have come to find that I do not have what it takes to follow in Michelle's footsteps. Michelle deals with the toughest parts of this business and of being a veterinarian. "The hardest part is not being able to help the horse. Despite examinations, blood work, diagnostics, and all the hopes and prayers, there are going to be some times that I simply cannot help the horse. Those are the hard times," says Michelle. Personally, I found that Michelle is strong, she is able to compose herself in these times, not for herself but for the sake of the trainer. On the other hand, amidst the tough times are seemingly small joys that have an enormous impact. "The best part of being a vet is being able to wake up every day and go to work doing something that I truly love to do, "Michelle says. "The best times come with watching a horse make its way to the racetrack after a long treatment or watching a foal come into the world." Michelle has experienced it all and has played a vital role in each event. In a nutshell, Michelle was born and raised in Maine. She became hooked on the outdoors as her daycare was a dairy farm that became a produce farm (Frugal Farmers) where she learned an honest day's work. She had an extensive career training and competing horses locally and regionally through high school and undergraduate school. She went to undergraduate school at the University of New Hampshire. Michelle MacDougall graduated veterinary school nine years ago from the Atlantic Veterinary College on Prince Edward Island, Canada. "I can't remember the exact moment when I decided to become a veterinarian and I can't remember wanting to do anything else," Michelle says. "Growing up I wanted to become a professional equestrian for the Olympics or World Games, but at the same time, I didn't have the 'horsepower' for that and so my mind was always set on becoming a veterinarian." Around the age of five or six years old, Michelle said she was introduced to a retired Standardbred named Kimberly Blaze. During Michelle's first ever horse show, her pony to be ridden came up lame and so Kimberly Blaze had to step in and save the day. Although Michelle had never ridden the mare before, she says Kimberly hauled her around the ring like a champ, earning her a ribbon in every class and reining Michelle in for a long-term passion for horses. Ever since that first show with Kimberly, Michelle has ridden many Standardbreds and "each one is unique in its own way." Michelle claims. She had already fallen in love with horses from the show ring but had a newfound excitement when she later came across harness racing while working in Maine for a Standardbred veterinarian. "I was introduced to this business in Maine," Michelle explained, "and there was no looking back. It was a new level of competition and excitement for me. They are just marvelous animals and simply love being a part of the sport. "I have a huge competitive spirit and I just love helping a horse become stronger and better for their owners and trainers. I watch almost every race that my clients participate in. I love to see my patients excel on the racetrack," Doc MacDougall stated. While working in Maine, Michelle had also met Jason MacDougall. He was one of the clients at the clinic she worked at when she graduated from vet school. He is a profession harness racing driver and trainer of 27 years. He has trained horses with Michelle for nearly ten years. "Michelle is a good vet and she loves animals, it's simple as that. For me, Michelle holds me together. She started our breeding farm and she started this new way of running our stable. Our horses are now our pets. All of our horses have a home for life with us," Jason says, "Michelle keeps me balanced and level-headed." Michelle has certainly had a reputable career working with horses. She has been a riding/driving instructor at Photo Finish Farm in Buxton, Maine. She has also been self-employed as a riding/driving instructor, as well as pleasure horse trainer for the past 25 years. Competitively, Michelle has competed in Eventing, Dressage, Gymkhana, Pleasure Driving, Competitive Driving, Distance Riding, Drill Team, Racing Under Saddle (RUS) and public demonstrations. She has represented Maine and SPHO Maine in competitive events as well including the USCTA Trials in Gladstone, NJ, the Equine Affaire in Springfield, MA and again, in Columbus, OH. She still continues to ride and compete. Every year, she takes a weekend to compete with a currently racing Standardbred in the SPHO National Show to showcase how versatile a Standardbred can be. "Michelle is one of my closest friends, said Tioga Downs caretaker, Tabitha Teresczuk. "We travel together to the National Show each year and she's always there for me. Whether we are out riding, driving to our next show, or in the barn at the racetrack, I always have her to talk to." Michelle began competing in the RUS program in Maine where the horsemen held a small circuit. The circuit followed the horsemen's own rules, with no governing body and no purse money, but with "the greatest fun in the world." These RUS races had 'gentlemen's starts' where each member of the race starts off equally without the use of a starting car, breaking horses, men and women riders, trotters and pacers. The race was for the fun of the horsemen and spectators, as an exhibition race. Later, the RUS race made its way to Tioga Downs as a USTA sanctioned race. Michelle earned a RUS license and qualified her mount, One More Lap. She was ecstatic as her previous RUS races had been on fair tracks with retired older horses and now, it was on the lightning fast Tioga Downs surface abroad fit and healthy racehorses. Qualifying One More Lap became more than her first USTA RUS race, but her most memorable moment in the division. After crossing the finish line, Michelle began to pull the horse up. However, the rhythm of the movement wasn't there, the horse and Michelle pulling opposite ways and so, Michelle landed on her head. "There was a bit of fuzziness for a while but not to worry," Michelle told everyone. "I came through the experience undaunted and rode the mare the next week to a spectacular second place finish." The next RUS race Michelle competed in was on Current Image at Colonial Downs. "What a difference racing Tioga Downs and Colonial Downs," Michelle explained. "From the top of the stretch at Colonial Downs, the finish line looked like it was simply never going to come. But it was just as exciting. Except I missed the start, oops." As a rider, Michelle has many achievements and awards. "As many people know, showing horses awards the rider with a ribbon. It is neither money nor fame, it is a silly little colored ribbon," Michelle says. "But, to us riders, that ribbon is so very important. I am incredibly fortunate to be able to fill rooms with my ribbons, trophies, plaques, blankets, pictures, and more. "However, the best awards are the memories," Michelle added. "The time shared with the horse; the long hours schooling the moves; the cleaning, packing, grooming; the re-cleaning, repacking, regrooming; the anxiety and nerves; and finally, the achievement. "The physical awards are wonderful, but the memories are the best," Michelle said. "Good friends, good horses, great times. There's not much better than." Michelle has been featured in books, magazines, and multiple published articles in the United States, Canada, and abroad. She helped edit and compose a Veterinary section in a book, "Retraining the Harness Racehorse" by Robyn Cuffey and Maryanne Donovan-Wright. She serves on the board of "Futures for Standardbreds" which helps place Standardbreds in good homes when their racing careers are finished. She also participates as a member in numerous other Standardbred related groups. As a horsewoman, Michelle assists her husband with the MacDougall Racing Stable whenever she gets a free moment. She has also helped her husband start a small Standardbred breeding operation based out of Florida. The breeding operation began out of availability, as Michelle puts it. "My husband has been involved in the business for over 30 years. But he did it like a man...not a woman...he never got attached." Once Michelle entered the picture, horses became pets rather than a business commodity. Selling horses became heartbreaking and nearly impossible to follow through. Thus, the breeding farm began. Most of their breeding stock is from horses that Jason had previously raced. They were all well bred horses, but were finished in their racing careers. The first mating pair produced Conman's Dream. "He's not a world beater," Michelle said. "but he was successful in his two and three-year-old Florida Stakes career and should make a decent overnight horse. He has a home for life!" Michelle's favorite horse throughout her life was a horse named Monte Carlo. He was her first horse, a Standardbred. "Together we ruled the world!" Michelle said. Her current favorite riding horse is College Major, her mount for the National SPHO Horse Show. Her favorite racing horse is Conman's Dream, her "homebred" and first foal. "There will be none more special than the first born!" As a veterinarian, Michelle began as an assistant at Blackstrap Hill Veterinary Clinic in Cumberland Center, Maine. After she graduated from vet school, she became an associate of the practice. Later, she branched out on her own creating her own business, Michelle MacDougall, DVM. Currently, Michelle works for herself as an equine veterinarian at Tioga Downs during the spring and summer months and at Pompano Park during the fall and winter months. In the spring of 2011, Michelle and Jason moved their stable from Maine to New York upon Jason's judgement of a better fit racetrack, at Tioga Downs. At the end of that meet, their stable was then moved to Colonial Downs in Virginia for the fall. The move to Florida was on a recommendation by fellow horsemen. They suggested trying a training center in Florida for the winter. In that winter of 2011, they moved to Reveille Farms in Astor, Florida. In 2012, they purchased their first Florida home and began the breeding program. "Now we have oranges on our license plates!" Michelle said, "We get to have Florida winter weather and New York summer weather, it's beautiful all year long. It's perfect!" Michelle's days and nights are filled with work. "I do not take days off, I do not take vacations." She works seven days a week, for most hours of the day. "I do vet work until vet work is done, I assist my husband with the stable, and then once I am home, I continue with records, billing and paperwork. I easily put 16-18-hour days, seven days a week. It's not a job for the light-hearted but I love what I do. "My clients are very understanding that when the races are going on, I will be assisting my husband's stable," Michelle added. "I also make a point of watching every race that I can, so when I am not helping in the paddock, I am sitting somewhere watching the monitors. I like to be able to see the horses at speed as well as examine them up close, and being in the paddock and watching races lets me do this. "My clients seem to appreciate this and they are very willing to schedule examinations or treatments before or after the races." Michelle starts her day early in the morning with a list of clients already written up. However, that same list becomes longer and longer throughout the day. She deals with everything from emergencies in the barnyard to last minute Coggins, which actually seem like emergencies to frantic trainers. "Michelle is dependable. She's always available when we need her. She maintains professionalism and is reasonable in every aspect. Michelle is considerate of both the trainer and the horse," said trainers Mario and Desi Dessureault. Michelle is able to compartmentalize between her personal and professional lives. "I try to treat all my horses with the utmost respect." Michelle explained. "I try to treat all patients as if they are the next world champion. I definitely try not to take anything for granted," One of Michelle's long term professional goals is to open up her own surgical facility. "I very much enjoy surgery and figured as I get older," Michelle said. "The hours I currently keep might start to catch up to me. It is not out of the question, but I currently do not have anything in place. "As far as I am concerned, I am quite happy to continue practicing within the barn areas of the racetrack. I think I have the ability to help the horses, I enjoy what I do and I can manage the hours. For now, I am content to stay as I am, but that is not ruling out a future in surgery." Although Michelle hasn't built upon her surgical dream, she has greatly impacted her current practice with the creation of a new treatment. It's called the DABS and it is a soft tissue internal blister. The procedure has helped many race horses overcome potentially career ending injuries such as bowed tendons, suspensory's, and other lower limb soft tissues by using their own blood properties in the treatment. Trainers from across the country have traveled to Tioga Downs and Florida to have the procedure done. Driver and trainer Nick Surick said "Following the advice of an owner, I sent over one of my horses to Michelle for the procedure. Although I was hesitant, I was also sure that without it, the horse would need to be turned out with a chance of not racing again. After Michelle's procedure, I have had great success and she has done other horses in my barn as well." From Coggins testing to career saving treatments and everything in between, veterinarian Michelle MacDougall has done at all, all the while tending to the trainers and horses simultaneously. She has become very well-known and has had a remarkable background working with horses in such a short period of time. There is certainly more to come. Alright, it's one week later, Michelle treated the horse for the flipped palette and I followed her advice to-a-T. We have the four hole in the fifth race and our odds seemed to skyrocket after last week's start. The horse is on the track, everything seems to be going well. Last quarter 28 seconds and change, good. Thanks to Doc MacDougall this horse is back to its normal self. I have to remember to thank her later. Thank you to Doctor Michelle MacDougall and all veterinarians for everything you do, from all horsemen, owners and trainers, and horses. by Jessica Hallett, for Harnesslink Jessica Hallett is a new correspondent for Harnesslink. Jessica, 18, lives in Margate, Florida and will be attending Nova Southeastern University this fall. She is the daughter of Pompano Park/Tioga Downs owner/trainers John and Michelle Hallett.  

Speed was all the rage in five $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) divisions for harness racing 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings on Saturday night, July 22 at Northfield Park, beginning with the first division, when Drew The Dragon stormed to a blistering 1:51.4 triumph. With Danny Noble at the lines, the Dragon Again gelding shattered the previous Northfield Park track record of 1:53.1, set by Barnabas (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) in 2016. That time also established a new world record for a 2-year-old gelding on a half-mile track that was previously held by Littlebitoflife (Ryan Anderson), set at now-defunct Maywood Park in 2007.   Trained by Jim Dailey for the Ohio trio of Kim Dailey, K.D. Snyder and S.G. Haines, Drew The Dragon paced through splits of :26.4, :55 and 1:23.1 before posting a :28.3 final brush to prevail over his rivals by 3¼ lengths. It was his second career win in three starts and upped his earnings to $24,750.   Drew The Dragon     Born To Be Bad, the 2-5 favorite was second for Josh Sutton, while 7-1 Rock On Creek finished third for Chris Page. Mary Yoder bred Drew The Dragon, who was sent off at odds of 5-1 in this second leg of OSS action. The youngster had made an uncharacteristic break in OSS Leg 1 on July 4 at Scioto Downs and finished ninth, but kept it all together for his Leg 2 triumph.   Drew The Dragon is the seventh of eight foals out of Plan On It p,3,1:52.3 ($32,746) and is a half-brother to: E Street Plan (by Rocknroll Hanover) p,5, 1:49.4f ($301,903); Rockavellian (by Rocknroll Hanover) p,7, 1:50.4f ($222,746); and Ideal Plan (by Western Ideal) p,3, 1:52.4f ($82,277).   Trainer Brenda Teague harnessed Lather Up to a 1:52.2 clocking--a new track record for 2-year-old colt pacers in OSS division five. The son of I'm Gorgeous had won OSS Leg 1 in 1:52.2 at Scioto Downs on July 4 and this victory was his second straight in three career starts. Driven by Montrell Teague, the 9-5 favorite upped his career earnings to $41,500 for owners/breeders Gary and Barbara Iles of Harrington, DE.   Spectacular Rock (Dan Noble) finished second at 2-1 odds, while 30-1 longshot Gonnarockyourworld was a solid third for Travis Seekman.   Trainer Brian Brown then sent out stablemates Slick Mick and Dragonology to win the next two OSS divisions.   Slick Mick scored in 1:54.2 for driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. It was his first career win in two tries for striking black son of The Panderosa. Owned by breeder Milton Leeman of Columbus, OH, Slick Mick now has $24,800 in career earnings, and had finished third in OSS Leg 1, timed in 1:55.4. The 5-2 colt used a :27.3 final panel to best 9-5 favorite Rockathon (Josh Sutton) and 7-1 shot Lots To Live For (Chris Page) in this second round of OSS action.   Slick Mick is the fifth foal out of the unraced Dragon Again mare Hufflepuff and is a half-brother to Hannah Abbott (by Dave Panlone) p,3, 1:53.s ($86,502) and to Buckeye Battle Cry (by Woodstock) p,3, 1:56f ($23,297), etc.   Dragonology (Chris Page), at 11-1 odds, prevailed with a 1:53.2 clocking in the third OSS division. Owned by Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco and the Aws Stables, the son of Dragon Again boosted his earnings to $22,000 in just his second lifetime start. The youngster made a bold move going to the half and never looked back, besting 5-1 rival Hura Star (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) and 9-1 Panimal Kingdom (Josh Sutton). Bred by Kerry Feuker-Weed and Kenneth Weed, Dragonology is the third foal out of the Riverboat King mare La Diavla p,5,1:51.4f ($416,730).   Trainer Ronnie Burke and driver Dave Palone teamed up to score a victory in the fourth OSS division with 1-5 Seeing Eye Single, who had also captured OSS Leg 1 earlier this month. The son of Dragon Again used nearly identical tactics in both starts, grabbing the lead going to the half and pacing to an easy victory, both times in 1:53.1. Owned by Burke Racing; Silva, Pumel & Libby; L Karr and Weaver Bruscemi, Seeing Eye Single bested 13-1 Jo Jo's Pet Rock (Danny Noble) and 9-2 Cinnamack (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) easily. Seeing Eye Single is the first foal out of the Western Ideal mare Shabalabadingdong p,3, 1:52.2s ($181,197). Kimberly Rinker

WASHINGTON, PA, July 22, 2017 - Huntsville and Fear The Dragon had to work much harder in the slop than overwhelming harness racing favorites would like, yet each was game enough Saturday to capture an elimination of the 51st edition of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids at The Meadows. They'll be joined in next Saturday's $400,000 Adios final by Blood Line, Miso Fast, RJP, Western Hill, Eddard Hanover, Hurricane Beach and Highalator, who advanced as the fifth-place finisher with higher career earnings. The Adios final anchors a blockbuster card that begins at noon and features six Grand Circuit stakes. Coming off a narrow victory in the Meadowlands Pace, Huntsville was parked for Tim Tetrick from post 7, finally reaching the top at the three-eighths. He still couldn't relax, as he faced stern challenges from Highalator outside and the menacing Blood Line in the Lightning Lane. But the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Wild West Show was up to the task, holding off Blood Line by a neck in 1:49.3, with the rallying Miso Fast third.   "When you go a half in 53 on an off track, you're always concerned," Tetrick said. "It's not really what I wanted to do. I thought I would get a spot in the first turn, but it closed up. But he got it done, and he's going to the final. Hopefully it didn't take too much out of him. I was trying to save as much as I could--that's why I didn't open it up. He was awesome. He got brutalized to the half, and he got the job done. The horse raced super."   With the win, the Ray Schnittker trainee now has banked $1,316,665 for owners Ted Gewertz, Steven Arnold and Schnittker. Huntsville has finished first or second in all 19 of his career starts.   Huntsville     Fear The Dragon, who last raced July 1 when he won the final of the Max Hempt, waited patiently in third before David Miller sent him after the leader, Hurricane Beach. Under unexpected urging from Miller, the son of Dragon Again-Armbro Cinnamon finally overtook Hurricane Beach in the lane and prevailed in 1:50.3, 1/2 length better than the closing Western Hill. Eddard Hanover was third.   While it was a successful, determined performance from a colt who has won eight of nine starts this year, winning trainer Brian Brown characterized it as "a little dull."   "Normally, when David pulls him and pulls the plug, he's really pacing forward," Brown said. "But David was chasing, he was working to make him go. I hope he was just a little short and needed the race. I'll check everything out--scope and pull blood and do all the normal stuff. I hope everything checks out; if not, we'll fix whatever it is."   Brown later reported that a post-race examination found an insignificant amount of mucous in the horse's lungs. Emerald Highlands Farm campaigns Fear The Dragon, who extended his lifetime bankroll to $952,844. Fear The Dragon The connections of Huntsville and Fear The Dragon won the right to select their post positions for the final--Brown indicated he would prefer post 3 or 4 but would leave the choice to Miller--with the other slots chosen by random draw. That draw is set for Tuesday, July 25, 12:30 PM, and will be available on Meadows Live! and at Trainer Ron Burke, who started six in the eliminations, saw three of his charges make it through: Miso Fast, RJP and Eddard Hanover. THE MEADOWS ADDS $20,000 GUARANTEE FOR MONDAY PICK 5 On Monday, July 24, The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will offer a $20,000 total-pool guarantee for its Pick 5 wager as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. The Meadows added the “instant” guarantee after Saturday’s Pick 5 was uncovered, resulting in a two-day carryover of $8,247.34. In addition, Monday’s card includes a $5,000 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 4, a regular feature of each program at The Meadows. Minimum wager for the Pick 4 (races 4-7) and Pick 5 (races 11-15) is 50 cents. Since Pennsylvania law requires a minimum per-race wager of $2, a player wagering at the 50-cent level must bet at least four tickets. First post for Monday’s program is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Bit Of A Legend N (Bettor's Delight) was the runner-up in the 2016 Joe Gerrity Jr. Memorial Pace contested at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Peter Tritton-trained standout wound up second best to former harness racing Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit. On Saturday night, Bit Of A Legend N was dismissed at odds of 15-1 as he took part in his second consecutive $260,000 Gerrity Pace. Driver Jordan Stratton sat patiently with the talented eight year old as a grueling pace was being set. There wasn't a dull moment throughout as top rivals were slugging it out from the word "go." The opening quarter went in 26.4 before the first half was clocked in 54.3. The field bunched up after three quarters in 1:21.2 and longshot Bit Of A Legend N powered up three wide around the final turn. From fifth at the head of the stretch to first at the wire, Bit Of A Legend stopped the timer in 1:50.3 exacting his revenge from last year's defeat in the Gerrity with an impressive win in the ninth annual installment of the race in honor of the former Chairman of the Board at Saratoga who passed away in 2005. 36-1 shot Mach It So (Dave Miller) came on for second while Boston Red Rocks (Brett Miller) earned the show spot. Bit Of A Legend N returned $32.10 to win and led an exacta and triple that came back $1,037 and $5,295, respectively. Bit Of A Legend N The fourteen race program featured a track record performance by Funknwaffles (American Ideal) in the NY Sire Stakes as he became the fastest three year old pacer in track history by prevailing in 1:50.4. Funknwaffles Also, the fastest trotting time and pacing time of the year were set on Saturday as Gural Hanover (Matt Kakaley) trotted to victory in 1:54 and Luck Be Withyou (Brett Miller) scored in 1:49.2, the third fastest time in track history on what was a sensational night of racing at Saratoga. Luck Be Withyou Heaven's Gait - New York Sire Stakes Live racing continues on Tuesday evening featuring NY Sire Stakes action with first post time set for 7:05pm. Mike Sardella