Day At The Track
Delco Dusty, Harness Racing

Track records set in Massachusetts Sire Stakes

Plainville, MA---Two tracks records were broken and a third was just missed on the first day of Massachusetts Sire Stake (MASS) harness racing action at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (Sept. 25). Delco Dusty (Jereme's Jet-Gypsys Good) made her first start at Plainridge a memorable one, winning the $29,766 2-year-old filly pace. Delco Dusty (Greg Merton) got away second behind Rock Me Threetimes (Shawn Gray) and stayed there for seven-eighths of a mile. Rock Me Threetimes cut speed fractions of :26.4, :55.3 and 1:24.2 as the top two horses broke away from the field. Coming off the final turn, Merton pulled Delco Dusty and out-dueled Rock Me Threetimes to the wire, winning by a length in 1:53. The time was a new lifetime mark for Delco Dusty in her first lifetime win and it smashed the standing Plainridge Park track record of 1:55 for 2-year-old filly pacers set by Jordan's Jewel in 2008. Delco Dusty ($7.20) is owned by John De Long of Clinton, Wisconsin and is trained by Heidi Rohr. Another first-time Plainridge participant was Bag O Chips (Sierra Kosmos-Heather Spur) who dominated the $25,800 2-year-old filly trot. The race was over almost as soon as it began as Bag O Chips (Chris Lems) opened up a seven-length advantage at the quarter in :30.2. Maintaining a gapped lead throughout, Bag O Chips got to the half in :58.4 and three-quarters in 1:27.4 before trotting home in hand to win by two in 1:57.4. It was the first lifetime win for Bag O Chips, a lifetime mark and a new track record for 2-year-old trotting fillies at Plainridge Park, besting the 1:58.2 set by Penny Dream in 2005. Bag O Chips is owned by Raymond Campbell of Belchertown, Massachusetts and is trained by George Ducharme. Another powerful performance was turned in by Muscles Jared (Muscles Massive-Tetiana) who walked away with the victory in the $26,500 3-year-old colt and gelding trot. Muscles Jared (Chris Lems) left like a rocket and opened up five-lengths on top at the quarter in :28.1. Lems then proceeded to tour the facility as his trotter set fractions of :57.4 and 1:26.2 with no resistance from behind. Muscles Jared then pulled away and opened up an eight-length lead under the wire, winning in 1:55.3, which was just one-fifth of a second off the track record for 3-year-old trotting geldings. Muscles Jared is owned by Alfred Ross of South Dartmouth, Massachusetts and is trained by George Ducharme. Lindy The Kid (Artistic Fella-Lindy's Bandita) stole the show in the $26,050 3-year-old colt and gelding pace and grabbed his second win of the year in the process. Rock The Heavens (Eddie Davis Jr.) seated the field and went to the quarter in :27.2. Quickly tiring of being second, Greg Merton pulled Lindy The Kid and took the lead before the half in :56 flat. From there things all went his way as he paced on a comfortable lead with no challenges from behind. After passing three-quarters in 1:25.1 Lindy The Kid cruised home to an easy two-length win in 1:54.4. Lindy The Kid is owned by Lindy Farm of Connecticut and is trained by Frank Antonacci. Other MASS results and their connections include $26,200 3-year-old filly trot Onangelwings (Archangel-Anotherpennyplease) 2:01.1 Owner-George Ducharme Stable LLC, Alfred Ross and Paul Fontaine of Massachusetts Driver-Chris Lems Trainer-George Ducharme $14,450 2-year-old colt and gelding pace Twelve (Shady Character-Sabine Hanover) 1:56.1, $3.80 Owner-Dean Malin, Gilbertville, Massachusetts Driver-Eddie Davis Jr. Trainer-Eddie Davis Jr. $14,450 2-year-old colt and gelding pace I'm A Clown (I'm Gorgeous-Lordy Miss Scarlet) 1:56.3, $7.00 Owner-Nelson R. Malin III, Gilbertville, Massachusetts Driver-Shawn Gray Trainer-Kevin Switzer $30,300 2-year-old colt and gelding trot Kinda Lucky Lindy (Lucky Chucky-Kinda Crazy Lindy) 1:58.1, $3.00 Owner-Lindy Farms of Connecticut Driver-Greg Merton Trainer-Frank Antonacci $28,250 3-year-old filly pace Meadows Rosebud (Western Maverick-Rose Of Aquamarine) 1:55.1, $10.40 Owner-Lorraine O'Connor of Bedford, Massachusetts Driver-Eddie Davis Jr. Trainer-Ralph Anderson The second leg of the Massachusetts Sire Stakes for all ages, gaits and genders will be held at Plainridge Park on Monday (Oct. 2).   By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Medusa, Harness Racing

Medusa lowers own track record

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 25, 2017 -- Medusa knocked a tick from her own track record for older harness racing mares when she zipped to the front for Tony Hall and blazed home in 1:49.4 in Monday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Once Medusa pocketed Sassa Hanover and secured the lead, she was racing only the clock. The 6-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight-Mythical posted fractions of 26.3/54.4/1:22.1/1:49.4 en route to her 1-1/4-length victory over Sassa Hanover. Hurricane Calleigh rallied for show. Randy Bendis trains Medusa, who now boasts career earnings of $612,656, and owns with Tom Pollack. Elsewhere on the card, Smart Balance provided the day's tote board fireworks when she took a Non-Winners of 1 conditioned race for trainer/driver Cory Kreiser at 177-1. Nicole Foster and Kreiser own the 3-year-old daughter of Yankee Cruiser-Ring Pop, who returned $451 for a $2 across-the-board wager. Mike Wilder piloted three winners on the 13-race program. Tuesday's card at The Meadows features a $71,700 Keystone Classic for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters. First post is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

The Red Mile, Harness Racing

Red Mile Grand Circuit begins on Thursday

Lexington, KY - The eagerly anticipated Red Mile Grand Circuit meet kicks off with a ten race harness racing card on the evening of Thursday, September 28, post time is 7:00 p.m.   Freshman trotting colts will kick off the action when 41 of them spread over five divisions of the Bluegrass Stakes sponsored by Hickory Lane Horse Farms heralding their trotting stallion Uncle Peter, whose first crop offering rewrote the record books at the recently concluded Ohio Select Yearling sale.   Among the Bluegrass entrants are Peter Haughton Memorial winner You Know You Do, PASS champ Fashionwoodchopper, NYSS stalwart Fourth Dimension and NJSS final winner U Need Stones.   The top names in the game, both human and equine, will converge on Lexington to compete for more than $5 million in purses during the two week Grand Circuit meet over the famed red clay.   Racing is live at The Red Mile Thursday through Saturday at 7:00 p.m., switches to a 1:00 p.m. post on Sunday then resumes with matinee racing October 5 through 8.   The Lexington Selected Yearling Sale gets underway on Tuesday, October 3 at 7:00 p.m. and will continue through Saturday evening with more than 600 royally bred yearlings consigned.   The Red Mile Clubhouse will be open for dining each day during the Grand Circuit meet and you may reserve a table by dialing (859) 255-0752.   A more detailed preview of Thursday's races will be released on Tuesday after the program has been made final.   Nick Salvi          

Desperate Comment, Harness Racing

Victoria Cup rewind: Desperate Comment

Prior to 1997, only four horses had won multiple harness racing Victoria Cups. They were Koala King (1978, 79 and 80), Popular Alm (1982 and 83), Bag Limit (1987 and 88) and Sinbad Bay (1989 and 91). Despite his horse being an 11-1 shot, Kiwi trainer Cran Dalgety would have had every confidence in '97 that his 1996 Victoria Cup winner Desperate Comment could go back-to-back, because ‘Spike’, as he was affectionately known, was a warrior. “He had an amazing will to win,” Dalgety said of Desperate Comment looking back at the million-dollar stakes earner’s career ($1,033,065 in prize money to be exact). Eight years old and lining up from the pole draw on February 1 1997, at Moonee Valley Desperate Comment was a distant third-favourite with punters in the Vic Cup behind Iraklis (1-4fav) and Our Sir Vancelot (5-1). A year prior, Peter Jones had steered Desperate Comment to success in the Victoria Cup over Burlington Bertie and Norms Daughter. Now Graeme Lang was in the gig behind the Kiwi superstar. Early doors in the 2380m feature everything went to script for favourite backers with Iraklis cruising to the front for Ricky May from gate two. Trainer Robert Cameron had two representatives in the race, Iraklis and 20-1 shot Anvils Star. After a couple of hundred metres they were one-two on the rails, with Anthony Butt pushing Anvils Star on to the leader’s back position ahead of Desperate Comment, who drifted back in the early section to land the often-awkward three-fence position. When The Suleiman pushed to the chair – eventually and under driving – with a lap and a half to go there was some extra heat up front, but nothing too major and the favourite always appeared to travel well. Into the back straight the final time and Desperate Comment remained three back on the rails, but 100m later he began to emerge as Lang started plotting a path between runners. They went 28.1 for the third split, so Iraklis by this stage was fair humming, and both Our Sir Vancelot and Desperate Comment were in the clear around the famous Moonee Valley home turn the final time. Iraklis had a strong kick and halfway up the straight looked as though he may have put the result to bed. But, alas for May and Iraklis, the winning post just never seemed to come, and Desperate Comment swooped down the outside to score a neck win over another fast-finisher in Anvils Star, who finally saw daylight, with Iraklis battling into third place beaten one metre. The winning rate was 1:58.2 and the last split 28.3. For Dalgety, looking back to earlier in Desperate Comment's career, success didn’t take long to arrive. At just this third start with the Kentuckiana Lodge stable, ‘Spike’ beat Grand Circuit superstars Master Musician and Blossom Lady to land the Group 1 Easter Cup at Addington for reinsman Jimmy Curtin. “Admired, respected and loved for his courage, determination and attitude,” reads the headstone above where the champion pacer’s ashes now rest in the garden adjacent to the stable complex at Kentuckiana Lodge. “Champion racehorse, world record holder, millionaire pacer, winner of 28 races. Born Auckland 22-11-1988, died Melbourne 26-9-1997.  His memory will live on in the hearts of Allan Campbell, Joe Mullins and Graham Pilkington (owners), Cran Dalgety (trainer), Peter Jones (driver) and all who were privileged to know him.” Desperate Comment fractured a near pastern when racing at the peak of his powers in August 1997. “The fractured leg just disintegrated at a later date and he had to be put down,” Dalgety said. “When you look back, it was a good effort for him to just crack the million in stakes when he did all his racing as an older horse.” Desperate Comment won 28 races from 76 starts.  Book your place at this year's Allied Express Victoria Cup Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager)

Sunday’s harness racing featured monte Gr. I Prix des Elites (purse €240,000, 2200 meters, 12 starters) at Paris-Vincennes went to 3.1/1 Cyprien des Bordes (5g Ouragon de Celland-Perle des Bordes) timed in 1.12.1kr and ridden by J.L.Cl. Dersoir. Legendary trainer Joel Hallais conditions this one for Ecurie Rib. The five-length winner defeated 12/1 Chancelliere (5f Goetmals Wood) with jockey Alexandre Abrivard in the irons for trainer L.Cl. Abrivard and well-known owner/breeder Jean Pierre Barjon. Third was 3.8/1 three year-old Eye Of The Storm (3m Village Mystic) and jockey Yoann Lebourgeois for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. The program at Vincennes included two Gr. III contests. The monte Prix Georges Dreux (purse €105,000, 2850 meters, eight international starters) was won by 16/1 Alienor de Godrel (7f Orlando Vici-Julietta) with jockey Damien Bonne up. Franck Anne trains the property of Ecurie AB Trot that was clocked in 1.13.6kr. 6/1 Ulka des Champs (9f Offshore Dream-Melissa des Champs) took second for Mathieu Abrivard, ahead of 6.2/1 Tornado Bello (10m Jag de Bellouet-Enfilade) with Camille Levesque up for trainer Thomas Levesque and owner Pierre Levesque. Enfilade is dam of Offshore Dream, the well-regarded Prix d’Amerique winner. The other Gr. III event was the Grand Prix du Portugal (purse €85,000, 2850 meters, 10 European starters) and 7/1 Coeur Baroque (5g Offshore Dream-Joie Baroque) scored in this contest timed in 1.14kr for reinsman Eric Raffin, trainer Thierry Raffegeau and owner J.Y. Roze. 30/1 Cere Josselyn (5f Kaisy Dream) was second for Yoann Lebourgeois and 13/1 Bad Boy du Dollar (6m Magnificent Rodney) was home in the third spot for Mathieu Abrivard. This day’s Quinte+ was the Prix d’Ancenis (purse €54,000, 2850 meters, 18 European starters) and 27/1 Arius du Douet (7g Oyonnax-Nakita du Douet) scored timed in 1.13.9kr for trainer/driver Franck Nivard. 72/1 Uranium (9g Jag de Bellouet) was second for trainer/driver Junior Guelpa ahead of 7/1 third finishing Viking Fromentro (8g Capriccio) and driver Thomas Levesque. Earlier in the week (Friday) at Paris-Vincennes was the Grand Prix de L’UET (purse €60,000, 2100 meters autostart, European four year olds seeking a spot in the September 30 UET Finale). Drole de Jet (4m Coktail Jet-Likely Jet) was a game winner timed in 1.13.2kr for trainer/driver Pierre Vercruysse. Ecurie Opale owns the winner that was bred by Jean Etienne Dubois and shows the size, speed and manners to be a good future performer. Dawana (4f Ready Cash-Sanawa) was second for Anthony Barrier and trainer Philippe Allaire. Third was Dream Darling (4m Sam Bourbon-Lets Go Darling) teamed by Gabriele Gelormini for owner Jean Pierre Dubois and trainer Vincent Lacroix. The top four in this race will join eight others, shown below, for the UET Finale September 30th. 1st Elimination: 1. Born in the U.S.A. (Nora Udjus Hanssen – Eirik Höitomt) - 1’12’’8 2. Makethemark (Petri Salmela – Ulf Ohlsson) - 1’12’’9 3. Bruno Bagheera (Stefan Melander – Per Lennartsson) - 1’13’’0 4 Monark Newmen (Fredrik Persson) - 1’13’’1 2nd Elimination: 1. Gareth Boko (Conrad Lugauer – Christoffer Eriksson) - 1’12’’1 2. Global Trustworthy (Timo Nurmos – Jorman Kontio) - 1’12’’2 3. Cokstile (Jan Kristian Waaler – Lars Anvar Kolle) - 1’12’’3 4. Doctor Doxey Zenz (Mathias Andersson) - 1’12’’3 On Thursday at Vincennes was the Quinte+ Prix Bernard le Quellec (purse €70,000, 2850 meters, European starters) with victory earned by El Catwalk (6f Classic Photo-El Mistress Leena) reined by J.Ph. Monclin for the 1.17.4kr timed score. Alamo du Goutier (7g Quido du Goutier-Opa de Tourelle) took second for Vincent Hebert, ahead of Speed Delicious (5m Fast Photo-Ala Delicious) reined by Franck Nivard. Bakchich and Diadora BR completed the top five. Thomas H. Hicks  

STICKNEY, IL - On Saturday evening at Hawthorne over $1.4 million in purses was awarded to the top Illinois-bred trotters and pacers at Hawthorne's harness racing "Night of Champions". While 11 stakes champs were crowned on the 12-race Hawthorne card, a pair of juveniles stole the show. A recap of the entire Night of Champions card: First race - Open Pace Favored Granite took the lead going into the first turn and led most of the way through fractions of :27, :56.1. 1:24. He was tackled at the three-quarter pole by A Bettor's Risk but was able to put that rival away. He was able to draw away from the field at that point but started to tire a bit and they got to him late. Driver Casey Leonard had Terry Lee Leonard and Christopher J Schick's Trashytonguetalker (Art's Chip), trained by Terry Leonard, with dead aim on that early leader. They flew by late to earn a length and a quarter victory over OK Heavenly. It was another length and a half back to Takeadiveoffdipper. THE KADABRA CHAMPIONSHIP Kevin E. Miller's Illinimight (Cassis), under a masterful drive by Tony Morgan, scored the victory in the Kadabra Championship. When leader True Detective broke stride, Morgan sent his gelding through a hole and got to the rail. They took the lead and were able to withstand the strong stretch move of Cruzen Cassi, holding on to win by a half length. Mike Brink, the leading trainer of the meet, had this to say, "This colt has gotten better every time we raced him in the last five or six starts. I kept saying that is they made any mistakes, he would beat them. That's what happened on the last two starts. He's a nice colt. I called Tony Morgan and talked to him. Racing for this kind of money, I want Tony Morgan." They covered the mile in 2:00.1 after fractions of 30.1, 1:00.2, and 1:30.3. Illlinimight paid $6.60, $3.40 $3.00 Cruzen Cassi got up for second and returned $2.80 and $2.20 Fox Valley Strpwr, who originally finished fifth, was moved up to third after a double disqualification, and returned $4.40 to show.  Illinimight earned $51,750, boosting his earnings to $78,830. THE FOX VALLEY FLAN CHAMPIONSHIP In the fastest mile ever by a two-year-old filly trotter at Hawthorne, Mr. Lynn G Wilfong's Good Design (Designer Lindy), trained by Brett Wilfong driven by Kyle Wilfong, overcame a wide trip to win by a half-length over Trotting Grace. It was another four lengths back to favorite Maui Mama. Lynn Wilfong, "It is wonderful. We had a stroke of luck a week ago. I saw a friend of mine that was racing up here and I asked him to go over and check her out. He did and he told me that he thought he found something. And I think he did. "And Kyle took his advice and worked on her all week, 10 times a day. Things were much better tonight." "Brett told me before she even left the yearling pen that she was something special." "When you win from the nine hole at Hawthorne, you know you did something. " Brett Wilfong, "We said from day one that this filly showed so much natural talent but she's got a tendency to explode if things don't materialize right. I thought Kyle drove her tonight and the filly focused tonight." Good Design paid $14.00, $8.60, $3.60 Trotting Grace returned $5.00, $2.80 Maui Mama returned $2.10 They covered the mile in 1:58 after fractions of :28.4, :58.4 and 1:29.1 She earned $60,750 for tonight's victory. Her career earnings stand at $94,187 THE INCREDIBLE TILLIE CHAMPIONSHIP Cathy-Finn-Kanitz's Fox Valley Jazzy (Yankee Skyscaper), with Ridge Warren in the bike, extended her win streak to four and earned her eighth victory in 13 starts in Saturday's Incredible Tillie. Trainer Dale Kanitz was proud of the accomplishment. "She's a really nice filly. I have to give a lot of credit to a friend, Gary Brown. He originally saw this horse, got her trained up and brought her up here. I looked at her, I liked her, and I offered some money for her. We came to an agreement. I only made a few changes. She's a wonderful horse to work with. Ridge (Warren) has been fantastic. He drove her in her last six or seven races and did a fantastic job. My vet, Cabe McMurry, helps us out a lot. He kept her healthy and sound." Racing in second early, she moved up to wrestle the lead from The New Americana in the stretch and held Rollin Coal safe in the final sixteenth. Fox Valley Jazzy won by a length and a quarter over Rollin Coal. It was another length and a half back to Allbeastnobeauty. Odds-on favorite, The New Americana, faded to fourth after leading for the first half. Fox Valley Jazzy paid $6.40, $4.00 and $3.20 Rollin Coal returned $6.60 and $6.00 Allbeastnobeauty paid $4.20 to show They got the mile in 1:54.3 after fractions of :28.2, :56.4, and 1:26.1, Fox Valley Jazzy finished only a one tick off the track record for two-year-old filly pacers. Fox Valley Jazzy's share of the purse, $78,750, boosted her career earnings to $130,265. THE BEULAH DYGERT MEMORIAL TROT CHAMPIONSHIP Annas Lucky Star (Cassis), owned by Danny S Graham and trained by Terry Winemiller, scored her eighth straight victory and her ninth from 11 races this year. She also went six for six as a two-year-old and was named two-year-old champion filly Illinois trotter. Annas Lucky Star took the lead at the start and set brisk fractions of :28.3, :58.4, 1:27.3 and got the mile in 1:56. She was never seriously challenged and finished two and three-quarter lengths over runner-up Beatrice. It was another two lengths and three-quarters back to Lous Credit Report. Driver Kyle Wilfong, "She's fast. I guess she has a couple of races coming up at Hoosier Park. We're looking forward to going down there and seeing what she really is. I looked back and saw Beatrice coming but we just grinded it out. It was all good." Annas Lucky Star paid $2.40, $2.20 and $2.10 Beatrice returned $5.60 and $3.60 Lous Credit Report paid $2.10 ERWIN F. DYGERT MEMORIAL TROT Shelley M Steele's Picky Picky Valor (Yankee Valor) had the misfortune of starting from the 10 but some of the horses weren't on the gate at the start and a savvy Mike Oosting sent the gelding and got good position quickly, stalking the pace in third place. When he did tip out, he went right to the lead and never looked back, drawing off to win by three and a quarter length over Muscle Image. Early leader Bands Houdini held on for third. Favored Louscipher was never a factor. Trainer Gerald Hansen was happy. "It was fantastic drive. I was sick when we drew the 10. He's turning into one heck of a trotter. He's our best right now." Picky Picky Valor earned $51,750 and has now earned $102,162 in his career. Picky Picky Valor paid $10.20, $4.20, $3.60 Muscle Image paid $5.60 and $2.10 Bands Houdini $2.10 THE PLEASAC CHAMPIONSHIP Favored Tricky Nick (Band's Gold Chip) left early and was used pretty hard getting to the lead but, once there, never relinquished it, ultimately winning by three and a quarter lengths. Owned by Thomas G Mattingly and trained by Richard Perfido. Tricky Nick set fractions of :28.3, :57.3, 1:17,1 with a final time of 1:55.3. The $27,000 winner's share of the purse increased Tricky Nick's career earnings to $247,014. Driver Jim Pantaleano, "He's a strong horse. My hat goes off to Richie Perfido and Teresa Martino because they put in painstakingly long hours to keep that horse sharp and it obviously paid off tonight. I got stretched out pretty good and I tried to rest Nick through the last turn. He felt good at the head of the stretch and responded when I called on him." Tricky Nick beat Fox Valley Shout by three and a quarter lengths. It was another three and a quarter back to Reit's Kid. Tricky Nick paid $2.60, $2.60 and $2.40 Fox Valley Shout returned $21.60 and $10.20 Reit's Kid paid $5.60 FOX VALLEY GEMINI REMAINS PERFECT IN THE INCREDIBLE FINALE CHAMPIONSHIP Jim Ballinger's Fox Valley Gemini (Yankee Skyscaper), trained by Terry Leonard, stretched his unbeaten streak to nine races. Driver Casey Leonard drove him with extreme confidence. Although they raced wide early, there was more than enough left in the tank to just fly by his rivals late. Fox Valley Gemini ultimately won by three and a half lengths over Backstreet Lawyer with early pacesetter Fox Valley Hijinx another four and three-quarter lengths back. Jim Ballinger, "I brought up a busload of 47 people. I rented the whole bus to bring the hometown up here. He's a terrific horse I've been in the horse business for a long time but I'm never had a horse that is this good, that has dominated things like he has. Casey and Terry (Leonard) had done a terrific job. My son broke him and got him ready to go. What a terrific horse. I think he's the best in Illinois." They got the mile in 1:53.3 after fractions of :28.4, :58.1 and 1:26.3. The winner's share of the purse, $87,750 boosted the career earnings of Fox Valley Gemini to $157,750. Fox Valley Gemini paid $2.20, $2.20, $2.10 Backstreet Lawyer $7.60 and $3:40 Fox Valley Hijinx $2.40 THE ROBERT S MOLARO CHAMPIONSHIP Rick Howles' Gibbs (Sportsmaster), trained by James Eaton, got the perfect stalking trip. Close up throughout, though a little wide, he was able to kind of box in favored Evergreen Elite and got the drop on him. By the time the favorite got out, Gibbs had a clear lead and drew off to a length and three quarters victory. It was three and three quarters back to Evergreen Elite. Kyle Husted, "He was sharp tonight. He had the race last week and I had to move him pretty good around the turn and he ran out of racetrack. Tonight, we were a lot closer. He did everything right. I just fell into place and got an absolute dream trip." Gibbs paid $8.80, $5.40 and $3.00 Crankin' It Up paid $5.00 an $3.20 Evergreen Elite returned $2.20 They went :28.3, :57.2, 1:25.3 with a final time of 1:52.2. With the winner's share of $27,000, Gibbs has now earned $281,661 in his career. THE ROBERT F. CAREY MEMORIAL Longshot Captain Rhett (Duneside Perch), owned by Harvey J. Grieff and Robert K. Verdun, surprised nine opponents in the Robert F. Carey Memorial Championship after doing the same thing to many of the same rivals in the ISFCS back in August. Trainer James Horvath Jr, "He did it really good at Springfield and got roughed up a couple of times after coming back here but Marcus (Miller) drove him really phenomenal tonight. We loved the fast pace. That's what he likes. He just sits there all day long. Once he gets comfortable sitting in a hole, he's fine. A few drivers taught him to relax, especially Tim Curtin and Kyle Husted. He was kind of nervous as a two-year-old and always wanted to leave. You couldn't hold him in a hole. But we re-rigged him and he's fine. He's been taught all season. He's had so many seconds because he's just learning. He figured out at the right time." Captain Rhett beat Fox Valley Inferno by two and three-quarters. It was another three and a quarter back to Slzburgerslzburger. They got the mile in 1:50.3 after fractions of :26.4, :54 and 1:13.1. The winner's share of the purse, $81,000 boosted Captain Rhett's earnings to $127,263. Captain Rhett paid $24.20, $9.20 and $4.60 Fox Valley Inferno paid $4.40 and $3.00 Slzburgerslzburger returned $4.20 to show THE PLUM PEACHY CHAMPIONSHIP San Antonio Rose (Ft Apache Hanover), owned by George W Pollock and D Kay Bartlow and trained by Nick Prather, grabbed the lead on the backstretch and led the rest of the way, opening up a four-length lead in the stretch and able to withstand the dramatic late surge by favored Fox Valley Jolene. She was still a length and a half to the good when they crossed the wire. Third-place finisher, Filly Forty, was another nine and a quarter lengths back. Kyle Husted, "Last year I drove her a couple of times. I drove her in Springfield and she put up a big mile, the same way, right in the front. I just happened to be driving another filly, for Nick actually. This year it worked out that I got to drive her. She's such a big filly that we can't just get her started. She can't start up that quick but she can go big halves like you saw tonight. She had a lot tougher trip this week. But she really dug in." San Antonio Rose paid $6.40, $3.00 and $3.00 Fancy Creek Jolene paid $3.00 and $2.60 Filly Forty paid $16.40 With the winner's share of $74,250, San Antonio Rose has now earned $112,042. Time for the mile was 1:52.1 following fractions of :27, :54.3, and 1:22.4 THE TONY MAURELLO CHAMPIONSHIP Such a great night of racing deserved a great finish and got one in the Tony Maurello Championship. H Walker, R J & C G Walker and R M Klingler's Bucklegirl Bobette (Duneside Perch), trained by Robert Walker, rushed up to take the lead on the backstretch with Fox Valley Charm in close pursuit. Fox Valley Charm made one last valiant effort to overtake her rival but Bucklegirl Bobette dug in and was able to hold off Fox Valley Charm to win by a nose. LK's Nancy Lee finished another length and a quarter back. Kyle Wilfong was in the bike for this mare's third straight win. Bucklegirl Bobette earned $27,600, giving her $116,210 in her career. They got the mile in 1:53.3 after fractions of :28.2, :57.3, 1:26.2. Bucklegirl Bobette paid $7.20, $5.00 and $3.80 Fox Valley Charm returned $5.40 and $3.40 LK's Nancy Lee brought back $4.60 ABOUT HAWTHORNE RACE COURSE Founded in 1891, Hawthorne Race Course is the 4th oldest racetrack in the nation and the oldest sporting venue in Illinois. Located in Stickney, Illinois on the edge of Chicago's city limits, the 126 year old facility hosts thoroughbred racing in March and April and again in October through Dec. Standardbred harness racing is conducted in May through September. The family-owned and operated business has been an innovator in horseracing for more than 100 years and features the nation's most rewarding players program. For additional information: www.HawthorneRaceCourse.com | Facebook.com/ClubHawthorne | @ClubHawthorne. Jim Miller

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 23 - In less than a month, Lost In Time went from winning at an Ohio harness racing fair to capturing the $816,000 Metro Pace at Mohawk Racetrack. The Jim Mulinix trained son of A Rocknroll Dance came through with a huge performance to defeat nine other two-year-old pacers in harness racing's richest race for rookies on Saturday evening. Driven by Scott Zeron, Lost In Time shot out from post-five and got away second to a fired up Hayden Hanover, who posted a :27.1 opening-quarter. Just as the field paced by the first-quarter marker, Zeron circled around to the lead. Lost In Time's lead was brief, as Doug McNair sent Stay Hungry from fourth to first well before the half. Stay Hungry posted a :55 opening-half and carried the lead around the far turn. St Lads Neptune started a first-over bid at the half, which supplied cover for Twin B Tuffenuff and race-favourite Pedro Hanover. Lost In Time sat patient in the two-hole, while Stay Hungry paced by three-quarters in 1:22.4. In the stretch, Lost In Time was angled out of the pocket and immediately surged by Stay Hungry and onto a 1:50.1 victory. Hayden Hanover found racing room late and came charging through for second, three-quarters of a length short to Lost In Time. Pedro Hanover fired from third-over to finish third, while Twin B Tuffenuff finished fourth. "I knew last week heading into this week how great he was and if I got anywhere near the same effort we were going to be in good shape," said Zeron about Lost In Time. "I wanted to control the pace, at worst sit in the two-hole and it kind of ended up that way and the two-hole trip worked out good." Owned by Mulinix, Denny Miller and William Rufenacht, Lost In Time was a $47,000 purchase at last year's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. The bay pacing colt, who finished second in his elimination, was making just his fourth career start on Saturday. "Well I'm old fashion, I like to have them ready before I race," said Mulinix. "When you just have one you can't afford to take a chance and hurt them, so I just took my time and let them beat each other for a while and then we stepped in." Lost In Time's only victory prior to the Metro was a 2:03.4 score in a $750 race at the Hicksville, Ohio fair on August 25. The fair start was also the first charted-line for the rookie, who then qualified at Hoosier Park before finishing second in a Kentucky Sires Stakes event prior to the Metro. Saturday's victory is extra special for Mulinix, as he finished second in the 2011 Metro Pace with Lost In Time's sire, A Rocknroll Dance. "That makes up for 'Rock'," said Mulinix. "With 'Rock' I didn't have the experience then and he (gave) me the experience to do it with this horse. I had never raced at this level much in my life, but this was really exciting. "I bought this horse just to show them that 'Rock' could do it and it worked out and I'm really thankful and actually quite humbled by the whole thing." Winning-driver Zeron is now a two-time Metro champion, as he piloted Artspeak to victory in the 2014 edition. Lost In Time is now two for four with $425,875 earned for his connections. A $2 win ticket on Lost In Time returned $8.20. The $2 Exacta with Hayden Hanover paid $184.20, while the $1 Trifecta including Pedro Hanover returned $368.30. The $1 Superfecta with Twin B Tuffenuff on the bottom paid $2,772.55. Lost In Time Mark McKelvie

Youaremycandygirl went to the front and never looked back en route to a 40-1 harness racing stunner in the $500,000 Shes A Great Lady Stakes. The Ron Burke trained filly bested seven other two-year-old pacing fillies in a sizzling 1:50.4. Driver Louis Philippe Roy opted to blast the daughter of American Ideal out from post-eight and secured the front through a :26.4 opening-quarter. Kendall Seelster, the 4/5 favourite, left from the rail and got the two-hole trip. Youaremycandygirl rolled along through fractions of :55 and 1:23 to lead by a length and a half turning for home. The outer-flow developed at the half, but didn't advance right away, which stalled star filly Percy Blue Chip at the back. In the stretch, Youaremycandygirl showed plenty of determination and stormed home in :27.4 to score by a length and a quarter over Kendall Seelster. Come See The Show finished third, while Percy Blue Chip came from last to finish fourth. "Going into the last turn she did the same as the first turn and put in some bad steps and I couldn't let her go that much," said Roy following the race. "I had a lot of horse in the last turn and I said if I can just get her to go around the last turn she'll be hard to beat. "Behind the gate I was planning to race her from behind, but I changed my mind pretty quick because no one was leaving inside of me." Owned by W. Donovan, Youaremycandygirl did not enter Saturday's contest with the record of a 40-1 shot. The Burke trainee was three for five competing in New York Sires Stakes events. A $150,000 Harrisburg yearling purchase, Youaremycandygirl earnings soar to $331,545 following her victory Saturday. The combination of Roy and Burke has found success this season at Mohawk and the reinsman is grateful for the opportunity he's received from the sport's leading trainer. "I'm really thankful to him. I don't even know if I've ever talked to him, but he puts a lot of confidence in me and I really appreciate it. The whole team, his brother too, I really appreciate it." A $2 win ticket on Youaremycandygirl returned $82.70, $17.10 and $6.30. The $2 Exacta with Kendall Seelster ($2.90, $2.40) paid $178.00, while the $1 Trifecta including Come See The Show ($3.80) paid $510.80. The $1 Superfecta with Percy Blue Chip returned $1,582.05. Youaremycandygirl Mark McKelvie

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, September 23, 2017-- Yonkers Raceway Saturday night (Sept. 23rd) hosted the $172,000 New York Sire Stakes Michael Sorentino Trot for harness racing 3-year-old colts and geldings. It was the last of 16 sire stakes local legs, leading up to the Oct. 14th New York 'Day' of Champions. That afternoon, eight, $225,000 NYSS finals take place during Yonkers' $3.3 million International Trot matinee program. A pair of groupings, at $85,250 and $86,750, respectively, comprised this event. The opening division saw Seven and Seven (George Brennan, $4.90) give nothing else a chance in 1:55. Making just his second sire stakes appearance of the season, Seven and Seven--from post position No. 4--took over from Eye ofa Tiger AS (Jason Bartlett) after a :28.1 opening quarter-mile. He continued leading through intervals of :57.2 and 1:26 before Yonkers Trot winner Top Flight Angel (Andy Miller). The pole-sitting, 3-4 favorite was in no particular hurry early and thus had way too much to do late. Seven and Seven opened 2¼ lengths into the lane, then finished it off by 2½ lengths. Top Flight Angel was a non-threatening second, with Eye ofa Tiger AS third. For second choice Seven and Seven, a Chapter Seven homebred (Mrs. Durand) Ontario co-owned by (trainer) Tom Durand, the missus, June, and Allan Smith, it was his second win in nine seasonal starts. Durand had not started a horse locally in nearly four years, but made up for lost time Saturday (more about that in a bit). The exacta paid $9.30, with the triple returning $18.20. "I didn't know anything about him and drove him accordingly," Brennan said. "I did know that Tom would send them here with purpose." "We made a decision before the season to race him in Grand Circuit events," Durand said. "We didn't have much luck with that, so we tried him in the final sire stakes of the season. Maybe he can make the final." Saturday's second Sorentino division had even-money Guardian Angel AS (Bartlett, $4)--whose early Yonkers Trot break did him--get the better trip and the bigger check here. Working it out second-over from post No. 3, he stalked Swell Chap (Brian Sears) after that one swallowed up early leader Zach's Zoomer (Miller). 'Zach' was done after fractions of :28, :57.2 and 1:26.3. Swell Chap opened a length lead in and out of the final turn but couldn't stave off Guardian Angel AS. The latter prevailed by a hard-earned head in 1:56, with Icanflylikeanangel (Jordan Stratton) rallying for third after finding himself pocketed to a tiring leader. For Guardian Angel AS, a son of 2012 YR Trot winner Archangel trained by Anette Lorenzton for co-owners ACL Stuteri AB and Kjell Johansson, it was his eighth win in 15 '17 tries. The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $9.40, with the triple returning $43.60. Saturday's pair of $50,000 Open Handicaps were won by... --Pace--The Real One (Pat Lachance, $6.90) in 1:50.3, fastest local mile of the season; --Trot--Dia Monde (Brennan, $3.70) in 1:54.2. Durand's other starter also went down the road, matching the track record for 4-year-olds geldings. Between races, driver Mark MacDonald was feted with a congratulatory sign for his 6,000th win, the milestone reached the previous night at Vernon Downs. A friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that Monday evening’s (Sept. 25th) Pick 5 wager starts with a double carryover of $7,779.95. The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising races 7 through 11 during every racing card. It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners (as was the case Friday and Saturday nights), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next racing program. Frank Drucker

BLOOMSBURG PA - The Somebeachsomewhere sophomore gelding Midway Island posted the fastest mile in the long and proud history of Pennsylvania fair harness racing on Saturday when he won in 1:53.4 at the Bloomsburg (PA) fairgrounds in this northeast Pennsylvania town. Chris Shaw stated his intentions early when he sent Midway Island to the quarter in 28, opening a five-length lead, then had doubled his lead by the half with a 27.2 second quarter, putting him at the midmarker in 55.2. The pair went on in 28.2 to get to the 1:23.4 ¾-pole 15 lengths ahead, then continued on to post a 13¼-length victory in the record clocking, taking down the previous all-time Keystone State fair standard, a 1:54 mile posted by four-year-old Alastor Hanover right at this track, ten years minus three days ago. Ironically, the name replaced as the 3PC local track record holder is also "Alastor Hanover" (1:56.4); the overall 3PC record for PA fairs obviously also fell (Lahaye, 1:55.1, Gratz, 2009). Midway Island also posted an all-age track record (1:58, Meadville) and tied another (2:00.1, Wattsburg) while posting four 2:00 victories on the cotton candy circuit. Ironically, the sophomore needed this start to guarantee his spot in the Pennsylvania Fair Championships at The Meadows on Saturday, October 7: though being undefeated through his first four fair starts gave him enough points to qualify, the state rules state that a horse must start five times at the fairs, or he can be "bumped" by any entrant with fewer points but the requisite number of starts. It's a great story - but it's an even better one when you realize that 17 minutes earlier, driver Shaw, trainer Ron Burke (who was 11-for-11 at the fairs this year), and owners Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Knox Services Inc., and David Wills had a horse of theirs post the fastest trotting mile in Bloomsburg history, as the Yankee Glide gelding New Island toured the twicearound in 1:58.3. Despite having to come first-over, New Heaven smoked his last half in 57.4 to win by 5¼ lengths. The only record New Heaven didn't break was the 1:58.2 all-time Pennsylvania fair mark set by five-year-old Shark Kosmos at Gratz in 2003 (another irony: former pacing recordholder was a Roger Hammer production, as is still-current trotmaster Shark Kosmos). All the other relevant records fell: the local all-age record (3TF T V Star Kosmos, 1:59, 2003); the divisional track record (1:59.4, shared by Giant Checkerboard [1997] and Reputation [2008]); and the Pennsylvania all-fair divisional mark (3TC S J Better Days, 1:58.4, Gratz, 2011). Ron Burke might have won 11 in a row, but a three-year-old trotting filly went him one better - the Donato Hanover miss All Set Lets Go, who, after starting her fair season with a third, then ran off 12 consecutive victories, including a 2:01.4 triumph on Saturday for driver Roger Hammer, trainer John McMullen Jr. and his family's McMullen Stable LLC. The filly accumulated 453 points in the fair scoring system - and wrested the all-over #1 spot on this last day of the 2017 circuit. All Set Lets Go and her pacing counterpart Bella Ragaza has started the day even with 418 points, but Bella Ragaza couldn't quite get to Victory Lane, finishing second and coming up 10 points shy (while leading his division). Her conqueror here was no fluky winner - it was the Dragon Again filly Camera Lady, last year's winningest two-year-old in North America with 15, and in tremendous form going to her Championship battle with Bella Ragaza, with nine fair wins, including her last four trips to the gate. Trainer Dave Brickell, co-owner with Mitchell York, had two fillies in the one-heat event and tapped Chris Shaw to do the driving behind Camera Lady on Saturday (Brickell finished third with Cajun Moonlite). Moving on to the two-year-old action held Friday, and needing to keep things short after the historic display by the three-year-olds, we'll summarize: "Venier Hanover, fastest Pennsylvania fair freshman ever." The altered son of Well Said-Valmctorian, trained and driven by David Brickell, who is co-owner with Mitchell York ("Team Camera Lady"), had lowered Pennsylvania freshman annals with his 1:56.4 mile at Gratz last week, and then came back five days later to lower that mark to 1:56.1, also busting past the 1:57 local record co-held by Dixie Pride and Shu Hanover (both in 2003). Venier Hanover ended his 2017 fairs season with a 12-11-1-0 record, an all-age 2:00.1 track record at Wattsburg (tied by Midway Island the next day), eight divisional track records, seven miles in 2:00 or less, and the most points acquired by freshmen at 410. Chris Shaw saw his seasonlong driving victory total dwindle to 60-59 after Friday's action and a Roger Hammer quadruple to his single victory, but four wins on Saturday to Hammer's double gave the 2017 driving title to Shaw by a 64-61 title. Hammer, who was top driver for the meet with six, also was leading trainer at Bloomsburg with four wins and finished his runaway season's training title with 55 harnessed victorious chargers, far ahead of Todd Schadel and Jason Shaw, who dead-heated for second with 32. The PFHHA and PHHA want to thank Bloomsburg Superintendent of Horse Racing John Brokenshire for his excellent stewardship in this, his first year of charge of the racing at "Blom." A longtime equine enthusiast, Brokenshire's major contribution may have been persuading the Bloomsburg fair board to conduct its harness racing at the start of the fair, rather than in mid-fair, after tractor pulls and whatnot made the racing surface subpar and open to rainouts. No track mark had been set at Bloomsburg since 2008 - it's not hard to see what a "perfect" Bloomsburg surface can mean to quality harness racing, and the track today was in great shape largely through Brokenshire's leadership. Publicity Office, Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen's Association

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 23, 2017 -- Dismissed at 14-1, Photobombr Hanover caught the game but weary leader, Q's Cruise, in deep stretch and pulled off the harness racing upset in Saturday's $86,900 Keystone Classic at The Meadows. Normandy Beach took the other division of the event for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers. Q's Cruise fronted the field through three-quarters in a demanding 1:22.3 after a 54.4 half, fractions that left him vulnerable to the second-over charge of Photobombr Hanover. The son of Somebeachsomewhere-Pilgrims Witchie brushed wide through the lane for Jim Pantaleano to down Q's Cruise by a neck in 1:50.2, with the first-over Mac Attack third. "He looks on paper like a very strong horse, and he showed up today," Pantaleano said. "Having live cover was good. A half in 54.4 is a pretty good stinger, even for those good horses." Tom Fanning trains Photobombr Hanover, who extended his lifetime bankroll to $150,597, for Howard Taylor, Susan Kajfasz and Fanning Racing LLC. Normandy Beach enjoyed brief cover down the backside, but when his cover slipped back to the cones, he was left to pursue the leader, Summer Side, on his own. The son of Somebeachsomewhere-Symphony In Motion was up to the task as he gobbled up Summer Side and held off the rallying Mac's Jackpot by a head in 1:51.1 for Matt Kakaley. Summer Side saved show. "I've always liked this colt," Kakaley said of Normandy Beach, who earned $160,369 at 2 but just more than half that amount this year. "I guess the 3-year-old season didn't really go as planned, but he still has a chance to make some money with the late races." Ron Burke conditions Normandy Beach for William Donovan. In the $15,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life Pace, Knocking Around ground out a tough first-over victory in 1:51.1 for Pantaleano, trainer David McNeight, Jr. and owner Courtney McNeight. The 7-year-old Western Terror-So Completely gelding now boasts $364.783 in career earnings. Aaron Merriman piloted four winners and Tony Hall three on the 12-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

ANDERSON, Ind.-September 22, 2017 - Harness racing's superstars were out in full force at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, September 22 as the evening's 14-race card featured over $1.4 million in purses for Grand Circuit racing action. A packed crowd gathered to watch and they were not disappointed as they received not merely one but four powerful performances in the $240,000 Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes for the two year old pacing fillies, the $125,000 Elevation Stakes for two-year-old pacing colts, the $160,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby and the $160,000 Jenna's Beach Boy Pace for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Kicking off the stakes action, Closing Statement and David Miller made a big statement taking the $125,000 Elevation Stakes for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings. With a final time of 1:50.4, Closing Statement recorded his third consecutive victory and established a new lifetime best in the process. Miller made his game winning move down the backside and Closing Statement dug in gamely late in the lane to hold off all challengers. The rookie son of Somebeachsomewhere-Ideal Newton is trained by Joe Holloway and owned by Val D'Or Farms, Rojan Stables, and Theodore Gewertz. With the win, Closing Statement pushed his lifetime earnings to $138,264. The Joe Holloway-David Miller combination would find the winner's circle just a few races later as Rainbow Room turned in a gritty performance to take the $200,000 Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes for two-year-old pacing fillies. Stopping the timer in 1:52.2, Rainbow Room was rated off the pace through the early stages of the mile through splits of :26.2 and :55.4. Double Mint and Yannick Gingras continued to call the shots through the three-quarter clocking of 1:24.2 but Rainbow Room was on the attack, first-over. Utilizing a :27.2 final panel, Rainbow Room showed her grit to get the win and finish three-parts of a length in front of hard-charging Majorsspeciallady and Tim Tetrick. "She's really something special," Holloway noted in the winner's circle. "She's the nicest filly I've had the opportunity to train. I don't have her shod for here so I think she was getting a little tired but she had her game face on tonight, she showed how much she wants to win." With the win, Rainbow Room pushed her seasonal earnings to $311,199 for owners Crawford Farms Racing, Val D'Or Farms, and Theodore Gewertz. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Rainbow Blue has now won six of seven seasonal outings. In the very next race on the program, Huntsville and Tim Tetrick turned in a decisive, front-running performance to take the $160,000 Jenna's Beach Boy pace in 1:49.1 Leaving from post four, Tetrick sent Huntsville away from the gate firing. The Ray Schnittker trainee cruised the fractions of :26.4, :54.3 and 1:22.1 before ever feeling a threat from the rest of the field. As the field turned for home, Art Scene and Scott Zeron were matching strides with the leader but Huntsville wasn't finished. Tetrick asked his mount for more and he responded to get the win by a head over a hard-charging Sports Column and Brett Miller. "When he's on his game, he is tough to beat," Tetrick noted in the winner's circle. "Tonight, he was on his game. He had a few weeks off before his last start so he was a little short but he was back to himself tonight. He really raced tough tonight." Owned by R. Schnittker, T. Gewertz, S. Arnold, and Crawford Farms Racing, the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Wild West Show recorded his eighth win from 13 seasonal starts. With the win, Huntsville sports a 24-14-7-1 lifetime record and pushed his lifetime bankroll to $1,685,892. Not to be outdone by their younger counterparts, a field of ten lined up behind the gate for the $160,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby and it was All Bets Off and Matt Kakaley who provided the slight 7-1 upset. Staging a big rally late in the lane, All Bets Off powered home in :26.2 to find the wire first in 1:49. As one of three Ron Burke trainees in the field, All Bets Off got away third while stablemates Rockin Ron and Check Six took turns on the front. Turning for home, the leaders were beginning to tire and All Bets Off was poised to strike. All Bets Off found another gear late in the lane to get the win by a head over a hard-charging Missile J and Tim Tetrick. "He's a tough horse," Kakaley noted in the winner's circle. "I think he's shown that his whole life. I am glad to see him get one of the big wins, he deserves it. He's right there every week racing with the best of them week in and week out." Owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Frank Baldachino, and Panhellenic Stable Corporation, All Bets Off recorded the fourth win from 20 seasonal trip's behind the gate. The six year old son of Bettor's Delight-Armbro Penelope has now won 26 of 97 lifetime starts. Live racing continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, September 24 with a 12-race card. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 17. The 24th season of live harness racing is highlighted by the 34th edition of the Breeders Crown, harness racing's championship event valued at $6 million, on Friday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com . Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-September 22, 2017 - On Friday evening (Sept. 22) the majority of the harness racing fans at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino sought the cooler confines of the great indoors, but braved the humid conditions to witness an overall track record performance by world and Indiana champion Homicide Hunter. The 5-year-old gelding sailed by fellow champion Hannelore Hanover in deep stretch and held off the late bid of another familiar colleague in track record holder Natural Herbie to score in the $240,000 Centaur Trotting Classic in 1:51.2 to complete an Indiana-bred trifecta in the event, which was one of seven on the Grand Circuit contests on the card. "I am very excited about the driving him here in the Breeders Crown," said pilot Brett Miller. "I've only driven him three times, but since he's been here it's like he knows where he is and that he is home; he also loves the track. He is such a well-mannered horse and that is what makes him what he is. Nine out of 10 of the great horses you drive are intelligent and if they don't have that they generally never become very good; this horse has that and much more." Another track record holder over this Anderson oval in I Know My Chip (Sam Widger), led the extremely talented field of 10 through the first quarter mile in a swift :26.1 with world champion JL Cruze (David Miller) right behind him as Hannelore Hanover was content to track this duo in third until shortly after the tote board flashed the time of :54.3 for the half-mile. As the final turn to the homestretch loomed, Yannick Gingras pulled the 5-year-old mare and she responded with vigor to take the lead. As Hannelore Hanover made her move, Homicide Hunter and Miller simply employed her cover to enter second place at the top of the lane. The mare dug deep in reply to Homicide Hunter's advance, yet the gelding's strides appeared to lengthen as he drew on even terms then trotted past his rival. Meanwhile Natural Herbie (Verlin Yoder) was making his own bid for the victory with an extremely strong move on the outside, but it was too little too late. Owned by Crawford Farms, Homicide Hunter is trained by Chris Oakes. The triumph in the Centaur Trotting Classic improves his record to a sterling 57-30-6-7 and makes him the sport's newest millionaire. The Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes Not to be outdone by her more seasoned and mature elderstatesman, Basquiat (Gingras) demolished the track record for 2-year-old trotting fillies just recently set by Oh So Easy when she tripped the teletimer earlier in the evening in 1:53.4 in the $240,000 race. The time was nearly a full second faster than the previous standard. Trained by Jimmy Takter and competing as a homebred for Order By Stable, the daughter of Cantab Hall-Thatsnotmyname was not hindered by drawing post nine in the field of 10 as she trotted comfortably in third for the first quarter mile, which was timed in :27, before advancing to second behind leader Meadow Brook Grace (Trace Tetrick) just before the :56.2 half-mile. The positions of the top two remained unchanged through three-quarters in 1:25 but when Gingras gave his filly her cue to go after the final turn, Basquiat responded in kind. The filly strode past the pacesetter with ease and defeated a hard-closing Custom Cantab (Peter Wrenn) by a measured length. Hey Blondie (Andrew McCarthy) was third. Basquiat's record now stands at 7-5-2. The Moni Maker Although she did not establish a new track record like her counterparts, Sunshine Delight (Brett Miller) did equal a facility mark with a 1:53.1 victory by two lengths in the $160,000 event. In a race where the lead was inherited by three of the seven contestants in the race, Sunshine Delight (post five) was placed in sixth position for until after the toteboard recorded a time of :57.1 for the half-mile. That is when Miller urged his filly to advance and by the top of the stretch she had a head advantage over Treviso (Charlie Norris, post two). From there on in, it was all Sunshine Delight and daughter of Credit Winner-On The Bright Side set a new lifetime mark of 1:53.1. Trained by Staffan Lind, the filly is owned by James Wilhite Jr. and it is her second win of the year from 11 trips to the post. "She has had some very tough posts, like in the Hambletonian Oaks, but she has always tried her best and raced well," Miller said. "She is a very good filly, but she's had some bad luck. It's great to see her finally win one of these tonight." Sunshine Delight was followed home by Future Secured (Gingras), who is a full-sister to Basquiat, and Treviso. Live racing continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, September 24 with a 12-race card. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 17. The 24th season of live harness racing is highlighted by the 34th edition of the Breeders Crown, harness racing's championship event valued at $6 million, on Friday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com . Story By: Kim French, for Hoosier Park Racing & Casino

Harness racing driver Mark MacDonald would pilot Atlanta to a track record for freshman trotting fillies by capturing the first division of New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) and getting his 6,000th career driving victory at Vernon Downs on Friday night (September 22). Plunge Blue Chip (Ake Svanstedt) remained undefeated winning the second division. Fury Road (Chris Lems) would lead the first division ($55,500) trotters into the first quarter in 28.3. It was short-lived when Atlanta (Chapter Seven - Hemi Blue Chip) claimed the top spot just before the top of the back stretch. Owned by Rick Zeron Stables, Holland Racing Stable, Howard Taylor, and Brad Grant while trained by Zeron, she would be joined by the first-over by Supergirl Riley (Marcus Miller) just before the three-quarter marker. The two fillies would then have an epic battle all the way down the stretch. Atlanta ($7.50) would dig down deep to hold off the heavy pressure from Supergirl Riley (Muscle Mass - Crown Royal), to set the track record in 1:54.0, while getting her fifth career win. All this making win number 6000 even sweeter for MacDonald. MacDonald would later on add win 6001 with Padua Hanover ($3.60). Supergirl Riley had to settle for second with Perfect Summer K (jimmy Whittemore) getting third. Plunge Blue Chip (Muscle Mass - Dunk The Donato) would get her sixth win in six starts taking the second division ($56,500). Big Checkmate (Donald Dupont) would grab the early lead but Plunge Blue Chip ($2.10), who is owned by Blue Chip Bloodstock Inc. and trainer, driver Svanstedt, would take over before the first quarter and put up all the fractions :28.3, :58.0, 1:27.2, 1:55.0. The 2 year-old filly was in complete control and would get a career best time beating her top rival Lima Novelty (Jason Bartlett), who came on late to finish second three lengths back. Big Checkmate hung on for third. Chris Lems would win four on the night. He got victories with Give Angel Credit ($7.50), Sweet Thing ($2.10), Dreams Beach Boy ($3.30), and In The Clear ($5.10). Vernon Downs returns to live action on Saturday (September 23) with a 13 race card starting at 6:45 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com John Horne for Vernon Downs.    

Our Els Dream N (Elsu) became the third Al Annunziata trainee to record a win in the harness racing fillies and mares Open at Saratoga Casino Hotel this year. The eight year old mare wound up getting a first over journey in Friday's $18,000 Open for distaffers. The race's favorite faltered on the engine and Our Els Dream N took advantage, cruising by in the stretch before stopping the timer in 1:53.2. Stylish Beachwhere (Frank Coppola Jr) followed the winner's cover and ended up as the runner-up while West Liberty (Jim Devaux) earned the show spot. Our Els Dream N is the third Annunziata-trained mare to win the Open at the Spa this season as the New Zealand bred mare joined fellow New Zealander Betacool N and Australian invader Quick Draft A as top flight lady pacers to prevail in the Fillies and Mares Open at the Spa this year. Our Els Dream N paid $11.80 to win on Friday and led an exacta and triple that came back $56.50 and $150.50, respectively. Our Els Dream N took her North American earnings to $304,610 as a result of 22 wins and numerous placings. She was driven to victory by Bruce Aldrich Jr. who piloted his 7,000th career winner on Wednesday at Monticello and was recognized for the feat on Thursday at Saratoga with a presentation in the winner's circle. Aldrich currently sits fourth in the local driver standings but well behind Billy Dobson who had a six-win night on Friday. Live racing continues on Saturday at Saratoga with first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

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Plainville, MA---Two tracks records were broken and a third was just missed on the first day of Massachusetts Sire Stake (MASS) harness racing action at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (Sept. 25). Delco Dusty (Jereme's Jet-Gypsys Good) made her first start at Plainridge a memorable one, winning the $29,766 2-year-old filly pace. Delco Dusty (Greg Merton) got away second behind Rock Me Threetimes (Shawn Gray) and stayed there for seven-eighths of a mile. Rock Me Threetimes cut speed fractions of :26.4, :55.3 and 1:24.2 as the top two horses broke away from the field. Coming off the final turn, Merton pulled Delco Dusty and out-dueled Rock Me Threetimes to the wire, winning by a length in 1:53. The time was a new lifetime mark for Delco Dusty in her first lifetime win and it smashed the standing Plainridge Park track record of 1:55 for 2-year-old filly pacers set by Jordan's Jewel in 2008. Delco Dusty ($7.20) is owned by John De Long of Clinton, Wisconsin and is trained by Heidi Rohr. Another first-time Plainridge participant was Bag O Chips (Sierra Kosmos-Heather Spur) who dominated the $25,800 2-year-old filly trot. The race was over almost as soon as it began as Bag O Chips (Chris Lems) opened up a seven-length advantage at the quarter in :30.2. Maintaining a gapped lead throughout, Bag O Chips got to the half in :58.4 and three-quarters in 1:27.4 before trotting home in hand to win by two in 1:57.4. It was the first lifetime win for Bag O Chips, a lifetime mark and a new track record for 2-year-old trotting fillies at Plainridge Park, besting the 1:58.2 set by Penny Dream in 2005. Bag O Chips is owned by Raymond Campbell of Belchertown, Massachusetts and is trained by George Ducharme. Another powerful performance was turned in by Muscles Jared (Muscles Massive-Tetiana) who walked away with the victory in the $26,500 3-year-old colt and gelding trot. Muscles Jared (Chris Lems) left like a rocket and opened up five-lengths on top at the quarter in :28.1. Lems then proceeded to tour the facility as his trotter set fractions of :57.4 and 1:26.2 with no resistance from behind. Muscles Jared then pulled away and opened up an eight-length lead under the wire, winning in 1:55.3, which was just one-fifth of a second off the track record for 3-year-old trotting geldings. Muscles Jared is owned by Alfred Ross of South Dartmouth, Massachusetts and is trained by George Ducharme. Lindy The Kid (Artistic Fella-Lindy's Bandita) stole the show in the $26,050 3-year-old colt and gelding pace and grabbed his second win of the year in the process. Rock The Heavens (Eddie Davis Jr.) seated the field and went to the quarter in :27.2. Quickly tiring of being second, Greg Merton pulled Lindy The Kid and took the lead before the half in :56 flat. From there things all went his way as he paced on a comfortable lead with no challenges from behind. After passing three-quarters in 1:25.1 Lindy The Kid cruised home to an easy two-length win in 1:54.4. Lindy The Kid is owned by Lindy Farm of Connecticut and is trained by Frank Antonacci. Other MASS results and their connections include $26,200 3-year-old filly trot Onangelwings (Archangel-Anotherpennyplease) 2:01.1 Owner-George Ducharme Stable LLC, Alfred Ross and Paul Fontaine of Massachusetts Driver-Chris Lems Trainer-George Ducharme $14,450 2-year-old colt and gelding pace Twelve (Shady Character-Sabine Hanover) 1:56.1, $3.80 Owner-Dean Malin, Gilbertville, Massachusetts Driver-Eddie Davis Jr. Trainer-Eddie Davis Jr. $14,450 2-year-old colt and gelding pace I'm A Clown (I'm Gorgeous-Lordy Miss Scarlet) 1:56.3, $7.00 Owner-Nelson R. Malin III, Gilbertville, Massachusetts Driver-Shawn Gray Trainer-Kevin Switzer $30,300 2-year-old colt and gelding trot Kinda Lucky Lindy (Lucky Chucky-Kinda Crazy Lindy) 1:58.1, $3.00 Owner-Lindy Farms of Connecticut Driver-Greg Merton Trainer-Frank Antonacci $28,250 3-year-old filly pace Meadows Rosebud (Western Maverick-Rose Of Aquamarine) 1:55.1, $10.40 Owner-Lorraine O'Connor of Bedford, Massachusetts Driver-Eddie Davis Jr. Trainer-Ralph Anderson The second leg of the Massachusetts Sire Stakes for all ages, gaits and genders will be held at Plainridge Park on Monday (Oct. 2).   By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  
HARRINGTON, Del. - Slick Tony and Transitioning Joy were prevailing favorites in the second round of $20,000 divisions in Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund stakes action for harness racing 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings Monday at Harrington Raceway. George Leager's Slick Tony($2.10, Russell Foster) was a 1:54.3 winner in the first division over America First and Burn Brighter. The No Spin Zone colt recorded a new lifetime best in his fifth career win for owner/trainer Leager. Joy and George Teague's Transitioning Joy ($2.40, Montrell Teague) completed a sweep of his eliminations with a 1:54.3 blowout win over Evolution Tour and Fulla Nitro. It was the third straight win in as many starts for the unbeaten Barber Pole colt and trainer Clyde Francis. The $100,000 final DSBF events for 2-year-old pacers and trotters will be contested on October 4. In the $17,500 Open Pace, the overnight feature on the 12-race program, Bruce Kennedy and Tri County Stable's Wakizashi Hanover ($3.40, Tim Tetrick) was a 1:51.1 winner over Soto and Major Uptrend for trainer Jim King Jr. Matthew Sparacino
WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 25, 2017 -- Medusa knocked a tick from her own track record for older harness racing mares when she zipped to the front for Tony Hall and blazed home in 1:49.4 in Monday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Once Medusa pocketed Sassa Hanover and secured the lead, she was racing only the clock. The 6-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight-Mythical posted fractions of 26.3/54.4/1:22.1/1:49.4 en route to her 1-1/4-length victory over Sassa Hanover. Hurricane Calleigh rallied for show. Randy Bendis trains Medusa, who now boasts career earnings of $612,656, and owns with Tom Pollack. Elsewhere on the card, Smart Balance provided the day's tote board fireworks when she took a Non-Winners of 1 conditioned race for trainer/driver Cory Kreiser at 177-1. Nicole Foster and Kreiser own the 3-year-old daughter of Yankee Cruiser-Ring Pop, who returned $451 for a $2 across-the-board wager. Mike Wilder piloted three winners on the 13-race program. Tuesday's card at The Meadows features a $71,700 Keystone Classic for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters. First post is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino
DAYTON, OH. - Hollywood Dayton Raceway will proudly present the fourth annual harness racing Dayton Trotting and Pacing Derbies on Friday night (Sept. 29). The 17 horses entered in the track's signature events have combined earnings of $19,615,182 with 347 wins, including most of the major stakes throughout North America. Hannelore Hanover has been tabbed as the 2-1 morning line favorite in the $167,000 Dayton Trotting Derby, despite drawing the 7-hole for driver Matt Kakaley and trainer Ron Burke. The 5-year-old mare (one of two in the field) has earned over $2 million and recently beat her male counterparts in the Maple Leaf Trot in Toronto. Homocide Hunter (Brett Miller) is the 3-1 second choice, despite being saddled with the outside No. 8 post position, on the merits of a track record 1:51.2 score in the Centaur Trot at Hoosier Park in Indiana last Friday. JL Cruze (David Miller) will open as the third choice in the wagering (9-2 odds) from the coveted No. 1 post position. Completing the talented trotting field will be Musical Rhythm (Jason Brewer), Warrawee Roo (Daniel Dube), Pasithea Face S (Tim Tetrick), Centurion ATM (Aaron Merriman) and Crazy Wow (Chris Page). McWicked (David Miller) has been named the lukewarm favorite in the $140,000 Dayton Pacing Derby. The $2 million winner, conditioned by Casie Coleman, scored an impressive victory in Scioto Downs' Jim Ewart Memorial earlier this month. Rockin Ron (Matt Kakaley) will open at 3-1 as the fastest record horse in the field-a 1:47.2 triumph in an elimination of the Canadian Pacing Derby in late August. Check Six (Chris Page) and Missile J (Tim Tetrick) will also get support at the betting windows, opening at 4-1 and 9-2 respectively. Other competitors in the pacing feature will be Luck Be Withyou (Brett Miller), Easy Lover Hanover (Doug McNair), Dealt A Winner (Aaron Merriman), Boston Red Rocks (Brett Miller also listed) and Mach It So (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) Final driver changes are due by noon on Tuesday (Sept. 26). Post time for the 14 race program on Friday is 6:15 p.m. The Dayton Trotting Derby will be Race 10 with an estimated 9:30 p.m. off time; while the Dayton Pacing Derby will be two races later at approximately 10:15 p.m. Gregg Keidel
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