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Aussie import looks to be best in Gerrity

There is no question in Steve Oldford's mind where Australian-bred harness racing import None Bettor ranks among the best horses he's owned. "I've had none better, I'll tell you that," Oldford said with a laugh. "He's kind of the real deal." None Bettor, owned by Oldford Racing and Joe Pennacchio's Joe P Racing, has won nine of 11 races since arriving in the U.S. at the beginning of February, with his nine victories coming consecutively since third-place finishes in his first two stateside starts. On Saturday, None Bettor faces seven rivals - including 2018 Horse of the Year McWicked and O'Brien Award winner Jimmy Freight - in the 11th annual Joe Gerrity Jr. Memorial Pace at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The $260,000 invitational also includes Camluck winner The Wall, Levy Memorial champ Western Fame, Ben Franklin winner This Is The Plan, Confederation Cup winner Done Well, and Ideal Jimmy. None Bettor will start from post five with Joe Bongiorno in the sulky for his sister, trainer Jenn Bongiorno. The Bongiornos won last year's Gerrity with Evenin Of Pleasure. "We were hoping for a 2-3-4 post, we ended up with five; we'll take it," Oldford said. "It's certainly better than 6-7-8. "This is going to test him. The timing isn't great (with his schedule) but we want to go. I think Joe and Jenn will have him ready. He's a great horse to be around in the barn, does everything he's supposed to do. He is relaxed when he's out there jogging. We're hoping he stays good and relaxed right up until they say go." Oldford and Pennacchio, both known for their award-winning amateur driving exploits, partnered on None Bettor after Oldford heard about the horse through a network of connections Down Under. Oldford's success with Australian-bred pacer Stormont Czar, who has earned $84,125 since his purchase last year, played a role in getting None Bettor. "We watched his video and liked him and brought him over," Oldford said. "He showed a lot of speed on half-mile tracks and we thought we could make some money with him. I typically buy trotters, but the first one came out well. This one turned out to be a monster. It's just one of those things. We got him for the upper conditions at Yonkers with the hopes he would make the open. He got real good real fast." None Bettor, a son of Bettor's Delight out of Limerick Star, had 16 wins in 58 races Down Under. His victories in the U.S. include the Battle of Lake Erie and three legs of the Great Northeast Open Series. "The Bongiornos have done a great job," Oldford said. "They've gone slow with him and brought him along. We really took our time with him and made sure he was ready. "He's a nice horse. I'm really impressed with his gritty determination. He can sprint off the gate like there's no tomorrow. The way it's been in his recent races, he sets up shop on the front end and just digs in and won't let anybody by him. He doesn't want anybody to pass him." The Joe Gerrity Jr. Memorial was established to honor the former longtime chairman of the board at Saratoga Raceway. Gerrity was involved in nearly every facet of the sport at some point in his career and instrumental in the expansion of the facility at Saratoga and installation of video gaming machines, even funding part of the project himself. Gerrity passed away in 2005. Racing begins at 7:05 p.m. Saturday at Saratoga. Following is the field for the $260,000 Gerrity Memorial, which is race seven on the card. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Line 1-The Wall-Jim Pantaleano-Nick Surick-8/1 2-Western Fame-Dan Dube-Rene Allard-9/5 3-McWicked-Brian Sears-Casie Coleman-9/2 4-This Is The Plan-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-5/1 5-None Bettor A-Joe Bongiorno-Jenn Bongiorno-5/2 6-Jimmy Freight-Scott Zeron-Andrew Harris-10/1 7-Ideal Jimmy-Brent Holland-Erv Miller-15/1 8-Done Well-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke-25/1 Ken Weingartner

Racing Hill’s Adios victory.

Alagna handicaps his Adios quintet

WASHINGTON, PA, July 18, 2019 -- Entering five horses in the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids isn't a record, but it's a heckuva lot better than average. Harness racing trainer Tony Alagna, who has accomplished that feat for the 53rd edition of the Adios, feels blessed to have such a large contingent of Adios-worthy sophomore pacing colts. It's nice to bring that many," he says. "We've had a good go at The Meadows, so we're happy to come." The $475,000 Adios kicks off Saturday at The Meadows with three $25,000 eliminations (races 7, 8, 10); the top three finishers in each elim return for the final. The card, which begins at 1:05 PM, also features a pair of stakes for 2-year-old filly pacers. The $400,000 final anchors a July 27 program that includes a total of six Grand Circuit stakes as well as a $50,000 Invitational Pace. Foiled Again, who retired as the richest Standardbred all time with more than $7.5 million in earnings, will lead the post parades for the Adios and the Invitational, which has been named in his honor. First post Adios Day is 11:25 AM, with the Adios final scheduled as race 15. Trainer Ron Burke is believed to hold the record for most Adios entrants when he dropped six in the box in 2017, but Alagna knows his way to the orchids. He won the 2016 Adios with Racing Hill and finished second last year with American History. Here's how Alagna handicaps his quintet: Odds On Boca Raton (race 7, post 1, Dexter Dunn), who was second in the Hempt Consolation and won his last tune-up in 1:51.1 at Harrah's Philadelphia. "We've been picking and choosing our spots for him, but he's been racing phenomenal. He draws a good spot but in the toughest division. He'll have to go forward off the gate for sure." The son of Captaintreacherous-Captiva Island campaigns for Odds On Racing. Captain Trevor (race 7, post 9, David Miller), a son of Captaintreacherous-It Was Fascination owned by Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, Bradley Grant and Captain Trevor Racing. He won the Hempt Consolation in 1:50.1. "He just continues to get bad post positions. He had a ton of pace in the Meadowlands Pace final. He's very versatile, but he'll have to go forward off the gate to make anything happen." U S Captain (race 8, post 5, Dunn), third in a Meadowlands Pace elim. "He was parked out the whole way and behind dull cover in that race. With a smoother trip, he can do a lot more damage." Brittany Farms, Grant, Joseph Barbera and U S Captain Racing own the son of Captaintreacherous-American Jewel. Escapetothebeach (race 10, post 6, Tim Tetrick), whose dam, Shelliscape, banked more than $1.15 million. "He's definitely going in the right direction. He was good off the pace in the Meadowlands Pace final." The son of Somebeachsomewhere is owned by Alagna and Inthegym, Joe Sbrocco, Robert Leblanc and William Donovan. Captain Cash (race 10, post 7, Andrew McCarthy), who hasn't faced stakes company this year. "He was lightly raced last year, so we've been racing him in non-winners events. We think it's a good time to see if he fits with the better colts." The son of Captaintreacherous-Authorize races for Brittany Farms, Grant, Vincent Barbera and Riverview Racing. It's no surprise that four of the colts are sons of Captaintreacherous, as Alagna trained that two-time Pacer of the Year. By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

Aubrion du Gers

Aubrion du Gers killed in training accident

July 17, 2019 - Champion Aubrion du Gers (9g Memphis du Rib-J’Arrive du Gers) was killed yesterday in a training accident at the harness racing training center of Jean Michel Bazire. Stablemate Cyrano du Pont succumbed to injuries in the same accident. Aubrion du Gers won 46 times in 73 career starts for earnings in excess of 2.5€ million. He won 16 straight at one point in 2018-19 before losing the final heat of the Elitloppet. The FR veteran trotteur will be greatly missed, and in many of the greatest International contests. He was to represent France in the 2019 Yonkers International Trot. Back to the racing scene, Sunday at Rojan was the 10th leg of the Trophee Vert series, this one raced on the turf over 3100 meters by 15 starters for the 45,000€ purse. 10/1 Aldo d’Argentre (9m Qualmio de Vandel-Isabelle de Yalda) scored timed in 1.15.7kr with owner/trainer E Lamy aboard. The winner scored his 28th victory in 104 career starts. Aldo d’Argentre 39/1 Aribo Mix (9g Reve des Vallees) took second for D. Cordeau and 38/1 Calsaka de Guez (7f Pomerol de Laumac) was third for Nicolas Bazire and trainer JMB. Viking Dream and Blues des Landiers completed the top five. Thomas H. Hicks  

Maryland Sire Stakes

Sophomore Maryland Sire Stakes come to a close

With storms threatening and a lightning delay, the three year old Maryland Sire Stakes closed out their harness racing season. The $70,000 Final for trotting colts and geldings went to post as race eight on the thirteen race card. I Deliver (Four Starz Robro-Loose Deuce) with Jonathan Roberts in the bike tucked in third leaving the gate with favorite Mind Yown Business (Lockkeeper-Take It Off Girl) cutting the mile and Remarkable De Vie (Charlie De Vie-Southwind Sydney) in the pocket. I Deliver came out victorious in the three horse stretch duel, stopping the timer in 1:59. Greg Haverstick trains the winner for owners Iron Mine Branch LLC, Kelley Rogers was the breeder. After a delay for severe lightning in the area, the $70,000 final for pacing fillies stepped on the track as race 10. After taking air to the quarter, reinsman John Wagner sent Kelseys On Cruze (Rustys All In-Odds On Riesling) to the front, opening up four lengths on the field the 1:57.2 mile. Longshot Cashmeoutsiderusty (Rustys For Real-Rustys Joy) with Jason Thompson in the bike was eight till the half, charging down the stretch to capture the place spot. Pam Wagner is the owner and breeder and Arlene Cameron trains Kelseys On Cruze. By Cheri Stambaugh, Berlin, MD

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Bourbon Express and Saylor were the $51,000 divisional harness racing winners in the New York Sire Stakes for the 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters on Wednesday night (July 17) as each of the freshman went in 1:59.2 over the fast track at Buffalo Raceway.   In the opening bracket, Bourbon Express ($4.70) beat Barn Holden by 1-1/2 lengths while in the second division, Saylor ($31.40) captured a four length score over Redneckerthenyou.   "He handled the track like an old trotter," winning driver Jason Bartlett said of Bourbon Express. "I stepped on the gas with him off the gate then again in the stretch. If someone tried to stay with Bourbon Express, they probably would have tipped over."   Scoring from the four post, Bourbon Express shot right off the gate and posted splits of :30.2, 1:01.1 and 1:31.1. Heading for home, Barn Holden (Kevin Cummings) was in position to challenge Bourbon Express but failed to get any closer than a 1-1/2 lengths at the wire. Hobbs (Jim Morrill Jr.) collected the third place check.   Co-owned by Salvatore Vullo, James DeArmond and trainer Jessica Okusko, it was the second win in three tries for Bourbon Express (RC Royalty-Kasha). The victory upped his seasonal earnings to $45,600.   A break behind the starting gate by the heavily favored Berkery J and Sing Me A Lalabye completely changed the complexion of the second bracket and Saylor took advantage of it.   Following the pace-setting Book Seven, Saylor popped the pocket at the top of the lane and strolled off to the easy victory. Redneckerthenyou (Dan Daley) took second while Book Seven (Andy Miller), who jumped it off in the stretch, regrouped in time to take third.   "It happens to two year olds," winning driver Doug Ackerman said of the two breaking horses at the starting gate. He added, "Saylor was keen to go tonight and wanted to race. He did everything that was asked of him and responded each time."   Trained and owned by Ackerman, Saylor (Chapter Seven-Creme De Cocoa) broke his maiden with the triumph and moved his seasonal bankroll to $31,548.   Saylor   In the $15,000 Excelsior A Series, Maximus Da Savage ($4.50) toured the Hamburg oval in 2:01.2 while Bropain (Mickey McGivern) pulled a mild $12.80 upset in 2:02.4.   Crazy For CJ took the $6,800 Excelsior B division for Claude Huckabone III as he raced to a popular $3.50 win in 2:03.1.   Bartlett completed the evening with a triple.   The final weekend of action on the 2019 season at Buffalo Raceway begins on Friday night at 5 p.m. with a 10-race program slated. The finale will be on Saturday evening at 6 p.m. with a 12-race card set.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, entries, upcoming promotions and simulcast schedule, go to www.buffaloraceway.com     by Brian J. Mazurek for Buffalo Raceway

My Hard Copy, the richest New Zealand bred son of champion sire American Ideal, will stand his first season at the Highlight Lodge stud, Bullsbrook, of one of Western Australia’s leading studmasters Bill Hayes. He is a striking individual in every respect. My Hard Copy was a top racehorse, winning 27 races and being 22 times placed from 89 starts for $1,270,660 in stakes. He won the WA Pacing Cup in 2015 and 2016 and the 2018 Fremantle Pacing Cup, in which he defeated Lazarus, Chicago Bull and Soho Tribeca. As a two-year-old he won in 2:00 as a two-year-old, while at 3 he won in 1:55.2 over 1730 metres at Gloucester Park. He took his record of 1:51.6 over 1609 metres at Bunbury, winning a heat of the 2015 Inter Dominion Championship, a record which still stands. Among his other successes were the Pinjarra Cup, Ray Duffy Memorial and numerous free- for-alls and he was placed in the 2016 A. G. Hunter Cup, Fremantle Cup, Cordina Chickens Sprint and Village Kid Sprint and qualified for the 2015 Inter Dominion and the 2016 Miracle Mile. A son of Western Ideal (sire of Rocknroll Hanover), from Lifetime Success, a sister to the Little Brown Jug winner Life Sign, My Hard Copy’s sire American Ideal was one of the best bred horses ever imported ‘down under’. He has been among the top bracket of sires in Australia and New Zealand for the past few years. It is fortunate that a son of American Ideal in a performed horse of My Hard Copy’s credentials is to be available to establish this male line. My Hard Copy is out of Readallaboutit, a lightly raced NZ bred mare who, besides My Hard Copy, left others in Our Front Page (1:58.1) and Press Release (1:59.5), both metropolitan winners. By Presidential Ball, a leading sire and broodmare sire, Readallaboutit was out of Natalia’s Joy, the dam of the Harold Park winner Money In The Pocket and the grand-dam of Secret Rendezvous (1:51), and the Gloucester Park winners Solomon Maguire (1:56.6) and Kenny Maguire (1:59.6). The family to which My Hard Copy belongs was established in North America, but has been extensively represented in Australia over three decades. It includes top pacers such as the dual Inter Dominion heat winner Run Oneover (1:50.8) and the WA Derby and Golden Nugget winner Manifold Bay. My Hard Copy is a quality young stallion with the bloodlines, racing performance and conformation to commend him to the most discriminating breeder. His brilliance, speed and courage have marked him as a real topliner. His introductory fee is $2,000 including GST and his progeny will be eligible for the double Westbred bonus. For further information phone studmaster Bill Hayes on 0413 257 675.   Peter Wharton

While highly regarded harness racing trainer Dean Braun is closing in on a sensational milestone of 850 winners (and career earnings topping $7.6M), it was two recent wins that he will always hold close to his heart. Braun, based at the small town of Lara, 18 kms north east of Geelong, scooped the two feature events at Kilmore - the $14,000 Vin Knight Memorial Pace and then the $24,000 Popular Alm Sprint. "I was only a kid, but Vin Knight was a freak horseman during his time. There probably hasn't been any better than him since," Braun said. "Everyone in the sport just had to watch him in action; he was flamboyant, a huge drawcard. But most of us maybe didn't really appreciate just how good he was. Vin was a man before his time." (The inimitable Vin Knight drove his first winner at Kilmore on July 6, 1970, two months after his 16th birthday. During the following two decades he landed an amazing 721 metro winners as well as hundreds of country victories and drove in 10 consecutive Interdominion grand finals. But tragically, at the height of his career, Knight took his own life in April 1991, aged just 36.) Braun said it was a great honor to win the Vin Knight Memorial Pace with bay mare The Charging Moa (Changeover-Special Ops (Armbro Operative) driven by Kate Gath. To watch the replay of this race click on this link. "The mare caught my eye when I was up in Queensland about eight months ago and my partner Pauline McColgan bought her. The horse got travel sickness coming down here, so we were forced to give her break," he said. "It might have been a blessing though, because she returned to racing in brilliant form. She won first-up at Melton in mid-April then had no luck whatsoever in some of her recent races, so I was quite surprised that she was $29 when she won the Vin Knight feature." Braun said while he was a huge admirer of Knight, he was also in awe of former pacing great Popular Alm (1976-2000), and equally proud to capture the feature named in his honor with Ana Malak (Bettors Delight-Anna Livia). "I have been lucky to have won the Popular Alm Sprint previously, but it means a lot because we all marvelled over his racetrack performances," he said. Popular Alm, or "Poppy" as he was affectionately known, won 49 races from 62 starts. He was part owned by a group of Mildura friends including Don Carrazza, John Green, Ken Grivec, Maurice Kasses and Greg Pardo. While punters let The Charging Moa slip under their guard, there were no such oversights regarding Ana Malak. The brown horse, sent out a $1.50 favorite, was driven by Greg Sugars. "Greg and Skye Bond initially sent Ana Malak over because the WA handicapping system wasn't all that suitable," Braun said. "The horse was getting better and better through racing consistently against the stronger ones here, but I always knew he would go back home at some stage," he said. "That was his last run for me this campaign. I would have loved to have held onto him because he was a like a motorcar when he was at the front end." To watch the video replay of this race click on this link. Braun has raced boutique teams since he started training over 20 years ago and has found a handy niche in continually turning over his stable representatives. "We buy horses, race them and when the time is right, move them onto the States," Braun said. "I'm always on the lookout for horses in Australia and New Zealand. The sport in North America is flourishing at the moment, and I'm only too happy to be part of that," he said. "We had Shartin (TinTin In America-Bagdarin) for 13 starts (7 wins) and she has won $1.8M in USA, and recently became the first pacing mare to earn $1M in a season." Braun is also kept busy helping Pauline at their Melton Saddlery business. "She works hard, so I do whatever I can there. Besides we are in a perfect position of having a fantastic stable foreman in Amanda Grieve," he said. "I was actually in Sydney for the Breeders series around the time of our that Kilmore double, so much of the credit must go to Amanda. She really does a top job." Braun only has a small team at present, but continues to stamp his authority with 29 wins and 23 placings from 88 starters this season. Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

Darling Downs trainer-reinsman Aldo Cortopassi advises punters to stick with Roman Aviator in the tenth and final event at Gloucester Park on Friday night after the smart four-year-old was favourite at $1.85 and was beaten into second place by Black Jack Zac last Saturday night. Roman Aviator was forced to work hard from barrier four before taking the lead after 500m in last week’s 2130m event. After a fast lead time of 35.7sec., Roman Aviator set a solid pace, but was swamped by Black Jack Zac, who had enjoyed a soft run in the one-out, one-back position and rated a slick 1.56.4. “I was rapt with Roman Aviator’s run,” Cortopassi said. “The longer distance this week will suit Roman Aviator better because he’s more of a big one-paced roller, so the 2500m will suit him a lot better. “I think he will develop into a nice city horse. He’s done all his country racing and he’s done really well. Now, it’s time for him to come to town and take that next step. I think he can. He’s worked with my good horses and he can run with them.” The clash between Roman Aviator and the talented three-year-old colt Shockwave promises to be a highlight of the ten-event program. Shockwave, whose 24 starts have produced nine wins, eight placings and $137,298 in stakes, is trained by Ryan Bell, who is making use of Deni Roberts’ concession to gain a start. Roberts, who is driving in wonderful form, will be in the sulky for the first time behind Shockwave, who will start out wide at barrier seven in a field of eight. Roberts is likely to use similar tactics to those employed three weeks ago by Dylan Egerton-Green when he restrained Shockwave from barrier six and brought him home with a sustained a spirited three-wide burst from the rear to win from Beltane over 2536m. In a 2130m event last Saturday night, Shockwave raced three wide for the first 700m and then in the breeze before fading over the final 400m to finish a well-beaten sixth, nine lengths behind the winner Gee Jay Kay.  Gee Jay Kay, a talented three-year-old, takes on older and more experienced rivals on Friday night when he starts from the No. 7 barrier in the opening event, the 2130m Garrards Horse And Hound Open Now Pace. His clash with promising, in-form four-year-old Robb Stark looks set to provide plenty of fireworks. Ken Casellas

Hardy seven-year-old Livura is Nathan Turvey’s favourite horse and the Ravenswood trainer-reinsman has high hopes that the New Zealand-bred gelding will take his stake-earnings over the $250,000 mark by winning the Garrards Horse And Hound Free Delivery Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Livura, who will be making his 105th appearance in a race, has drawn favourably at barrier two in a field of nine in the 2536m event. He maintained his good form last Saturday night when he started from the back line, raced in fifth place three backs on the pegs and finished solidly to be third behind Saying Grace and Better Scoot. That followed thirds to Mighty Flying Deal and Mister Ardee, an all-the-way win over Good Times Ahead and Dredlock Rockstar and a strong-finishing head second to Chiaroscuro. “He’s consistent, though his best form was probably a couple of years ago,” Turvey said. “But I reckon it is the best I’ve had him in a couple of years and I expect him to go good on Friday night. “His latest run was good and in good time. And a couple of nice ones beat him. Three Kings (a fast beginner) has drawn barrier one, so it will be interesting to see where we end up. I have a couple of options.” Turvey selected Livura early in 2016 and he races the gelding in partnership with Peter Ensel and Michael Rowe. Livura raced 26 times in New Zealand for four wins and eight placings and Turvey and his friends have no regrets about outlaying $45,000 to purchase him. Livura has had 78 starts for the trio for 18 wins, 31 placings and stakes of $203,940. “He is a lovely horse to have around and he’s my favourite,” Turvey said. “He sees me in the morning, coming out of the house, and greets me. We’ve got a good relationship. He’s been a ripper for us.” Turvey also is hoping for a strong performance from Beltane in race two after the four-year-old disappointed last Saturday night when he raced in the breeze before wilting to finish ninth behind Burning Rubber. “When I got pushed three wide (about 300m from home) that was sort of the end of him,” Turvey said. “I’ve got Chris Voak on him (for the first time) this week because I reckon he will suit him. He’s a horse you’ve got to niggle at the whole way, and I just thought that Voak might be a suitable driver for him. The draw (barrier five) probably doesn’t play in our favour. But I reckon there’s a gear or two more there … you’ve just got to get it out of him.”   Ken Casellas

WASHINGTON, PA, July 17, 2019 -- Rosemary Rose let Touchamatic do the heavy lifting in the slop, then roared by her in the lane to score a decisive harness racing victory -- her fifth in her last seven starts -- in Wednesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Open Handicap Pace. Rosemary Rose yielded the early lead to Touchamatic, who had to go a 26.2 opening panel to make the front. When Dave Palone moved Rosemary Rose outside in the stretch, she was by far the stronger mare, defeating Touchamatic by 1-3/4 lengths in a career-best 1:50.3. Keystone Riptide finished third. Ron Burke trains the 5-year-old daughter of Foreclosure N-Pantathlon, who now boasts $496,867 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, Jason Melillo and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Aaron Merriman and Mike Wilder each piloted three winners on the 14-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday, when the card features three eliminations of the $475,000 Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids as well as a pair of stakes for freshman filly pacers and a $4,051.60 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 1:05 PM. EDITORS: Attached is a finish-line jpg of Rosemary Rose winning Wednesday's feature at The Meadows.   By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

Real estate mogul Jeff Gural is in the midst of a busy summer. His Meadowlands Racetrack just hosted the prestigious Meadowlands Pace on Saturday, and The Hambletonian — harness racing’s biggest day — is on tap for Aug. 3. On Friday, Gural will be on hand for a ribbon-cutting for the new FanDuel sportsbook at his Tioga Downs racino in New York State’s Finger Lakes region. But comments made by former New York Governor David Paterson on Monday at first would seem to put Gural in an awkward position. That’s because Paterson — just named as a vice president for Las Vegas billionaire Sheldon Adelson’s Sands Corp. casino business — pitched the idea of having New York State move up its timeline to allow for quicker approval for adding a casino in New York City. But the sooner a New York City casino opens, the sooner it also will have sports betting on the menu, thereby siphoning off some gamblers who currently visit the Meadowlands to place their bets and watch the ballgames. It also would mean that Gural couldn’t get a second windfall from the Meadowlands Sports Complex — touted as a likely site in a failed 2016 referendum — opening a casino before New York put one in the region. On the other hand, Gural would make money on his Tioga Downs property, because such a change to the 2013 casino law can only happen once the four upstate New York commercial casinos are compensated. Gural told NJ Online Gambling that not only does he expect the state to accelerate the bidding process, “I’ll be disappointed if it doesn’t happen.” New York’s two-phase casino plan The six-year-old law allowed for construction of four casinos in the upper part of the state — excluding New York City and its suburbs of Long Island as well as Westchester, Rockland, and Putnam counties. Only after the new casinos get up to six years to grow their product could the state issue three other licenses “downstate.” Gural said that as it stands, the state can’t even put out a Request For Proposals (RFP) until December 2023. He added that with bid submissions, reviews, and finally a vote of the New York State Gaming Commission — and then construction — no Big Apple casino would be open before 2025 at the earliest. “It would be foolish of the state to wait so long,” Gural said. “My guess is it makes the mose sense to start the process next year.” Just one problem: Gov. Andrew Cuomo, whose resistance to mobile sports betting foiled a bill in the legislature in Albany last month, sounded skeptical of an “early start” for downstate casinos in a interview with The Associated Press, saying, “I’m not a big fan of the gaming industry.” Gural, however, believes the sheer volume of revenue for the state will prove irresistible. A number of reports have suggested that MGM — which acquired Yonkers Raceway earlier this year — would be comfortable with a $500 million licensing fee to turn its Empire City property adjacent to the horse track from a slots parlor into a full-fledged casino. Paterson implied that same ballpark price for each of the three new licenses in his comments. “Imagine what the state could do with a billion and a half dollars,” Gural said. The heavy frontrunners for the licenses are Yonkers in Westchester County and Aqueduct, another racino that is located in Queens. Paterson suggested a casino close to LaGuardia or JFK airports in that same borough, but that presumably would raise the hackles of Aqueduct owner Genting. “You almost have to give licenses to Aqueduct and Yonkers, or you’d put them out of business,” Gural said. “The third one is complicated. You’d have to have a neighborhood that wants [a casino]— look at what happened with Amazon [in Long Island City in Queens].” A Bronx facility likely would just cannibalize much of Yonkers Raceway’s potential casino revenues, and Staten Island is relatively small and remote compare to the other boroughs. Brooklyn has numerous neighborhoods on the rise, presumably reducing the number of options there. Made in Manhattan? Of course, the biggest bang of all economically would come from a Manhattan casino. But as he has said previously, Gural is beyond just skeptical. “No politician I’ve ever spoken to thinks that would ever happen,” said the politically connected Gural, a progressive philosophically. “The hotels, the restaurants, the theaters — none of them want to compete with a casino. “And the politicians say they don’t want to make it too easy for people working in Manhattan to just go downstairs and gamble on a Friday night and then come home with no paycheck. They feel like that would be making it too easy to gamble.” Those concerns mirror Cuomo’s opposition to legalization of mobile sports betting, even though anyone with a smartphone can easily find unregulated offshore sportsbooks in a matter of seconds. Should Cuomo ever change his mind, Gural is well-covered on that front. He already has a deal in place with FanDuel to offer mobile sports betting whenever the state gets around to allowing it. Gural gets B&M sports betting in NY, too Speaking of FanDuel, the daily fantasy sports giant turned sports betting operator will run the sportsbook at Tioga Downs that is having its soft launch this week. Gural told NJ Online Gambling that this FanDuel sportsbook will be “much smaller” than the Meadowlands operation, where the Victory Sports Bar contains the main sportsbook. A smaller sportsbook can be found on the opposite side of the Meadowlands Racetrack, and the latter sounds like it will be a better comp to the Tioga Downs sportsbook. New York state law will keep anyone under 21 from even entering the sportsbook, even though — as in New Jersey — you can bet on the horse races at age 18. As for the New York standardbred horsemen, Gural said their purse supplements are not connected to the fortunes of the sportsbooks coming to the state. By John Brennan Reprinted with permission of njonlinegambling  

Hightstown, NJ — Dalton Walls can go fast, but he’s in no hurry. Walls, who was a four-year letterman in track (sprinter/hurdler) and soccer in high school, is pursuing a career in harness racing as a trainer. The 20-year-old Walls, the son of trainer Bruce Walls, is based at the Darke County Fairgrounds in western Ohio, where his small stable includes unbeaten Ohio Sire Stakes trotter Big Box Hanover. Since starting his own stable in 2017, Walls has won 14 of 67 races and earned $126,388 in purses. Walls and Bruce Soulsby are ownership partners on five horses, all trotters. “For as long as I can remember, I’ve been at the barn doing stuff,” Walls said about his involvement in racing, which began by helping his dad around the stables. “When I went out on my own, Bruce Soulsby has been the force behind me. I owe him almost everything. He really gave me a shot for a young guy. We just keep growing a little bit every year. He and his wife have been really big supporters of me, and I owe them a lot.” Walls did not intend to focus on training horses so early in his adulthood. He went to Wittenberg University to study business management, but the success of the horses he kept as a side project persuaded him to direct his full attention toward racing. “I always wanted to keep my hand in it, but I saw how tough it could be with the ups and downs of the business,” Walls said. “My first year of college, I had a couple horses and was trying to do both, but I was getting stretched too thin trying to do everything. The horses were racing well enough that I decided to take a year and see if I could give it a shot and see if I could get something going. So far, it’s been going really well.” Walls plans to continue working on his college degree, now with a focus on agri-business. “I want to have something to fall back on,” Walls said. “I think that’s really important.” Walls enjoys working with young horses, particularly trotters. “The biggest thing for me is taking young colts that know nothing and watch them develop,” Walls said. “That’s my favorite thing, developing young trotting colts and watching them grow mentally and physically. I get a lot of joy out of that. It’s the most fulfilling thing for me.” So much so, that Walls has no burning desire to drive in races. He has driven 12 times, but only once since last August. “We focus on younger horses and I don’t want my owners having to worry about me learning to drive on these young trotters,” Walls said. “There are a lot of good guys out there. I think it’s best to let those guys drive and let me just worry about the horses, I think that’s more what I want to do for sure.” Big Box Hanover, a son of Uncle Peter-Box Of Dreams, has been a pleasant addition to the Walls-Soulsby stable. The gelding is 2-for-2 this year, with both victories coming on the Ohio Sire Stakes circuit. The horse, driven regularly by Trevor Smith, was purchased for $13,000 at the 2018 Ohio Selected Jug Sale. “He was a big, good-looking thing,” Walls said. “We thought the price was right and took a shot on him. He’s been good to us so far. We’re really excited.” Walls was uncertain what to think of Big Box Hanover when he was preparing him for this season’s races. “He never did anything wrong, but he only did exactly what you asked of him and not an ounce more,” Walls said. “He was never very impressive. You could kind of tell there was always more in the tank, but he never gave me much until we started racing. He’s done a 180. He just continues to get better. “I think what has impressed me the most, and I think Trevor Smith would say the same thing, he’s really willing to chase horses down. When he’s got a target in front of him, he never seems to run out of gas; he just keeps coming. For as big as he is, I really didn’t think he would be that fast of a horse. He continues to surprise me and rip off nice quarters and stuff like that. He really gives me everything he’s got on the racetrack and that’s all I can ask of him.” Big Box Hanover could help the young trainer make a name for himself, but Walls is taking everything in stride. “I want to get as big as the game will let me, but where I’m at right now, I think it’s important that I have enough time to do almost everything myself,” Walls said. “The owners are paying me to do a job and pay attention to stuff. If I keep my numbers small, I can put in more quality time with every horse I’ve got instead of getting stretched too thin and running around too much.” Most importantly, Walls learns more the more he does with each horse. “The owners letting me make mistakes has been really good for me,” Walls said. “They don’t lose patience with me and let me take my time and learn the right thing to do. I think making those mistakes has been good for me. Every horse I’ve had has been a learning experience, whether it’s good or bad. That’s been huge for me.” by Ken Weingartner, USTA Media Relations Manager

Harness Racing This Week: Joe Gerrity Memorial, Saratoga Casino Hotel, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.; Nadia Lobell, Harrah's Hoosier Park, Anderson, Ind.; Delvin Miller Adios eliminations, The Meadows, Washington, Pa.; and Tompkins-Geers and Kindergarten Series, Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, N.J. Schedule of events: Grand Circuit action will be held this weekend at four different racetracks. Action begins on Friday (July 19) at Harrah's Hoosier Park with the $150,000 Nadia Lobell for 3-year-old filly pacers. Meadowlands Racetrack on Friday hosts the second leg of the Kindergarten Series for 2-year-olds of both sexes and gaits. There will be three $10,000 divisions for 2-year-old trotting colts, two $10,000 divisions for 2-year-old pacing colts and single $10,000 divisions for 2-year-old pacing fillies and trotting fillies. On Saturday (July 20), the Meadowlands card will offer two divisions in the $100,900 Tompkins-Geers for 3-year-old trotting colts and two divisions in the $93,600 Tompkins-Geers for 3-year-old trotting fillies. Also on Saturday, Saratoga will host their marquee event, the $260,000 Joe Gerrity Memorial for older pacers. Finally, The Meadows on Saturday will offer a trio of $25,000 eliminations for the Devlin Miller Adios for 3-year-old colt pacers. The $400,000 Adios final the following Saturday afternoon anchors a blockbuster card that features six Grand Circuit stakes. Complete entries for the races are available at this link. Last time: What a week for trainer Linda Toscano. On Sunday evening (July 7), the trainer gave a gracious acceptance speech at her induction into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in Goshen, N.Y., and on Saturday night (July 13), she stood in the winner's circle after Best In Show pulled a 27-1 upset in the $682,650 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace. It was the perfect bookend to a seven-day span she'll never forget. "This is another one I never dreamed of," Toscano said after becoming the first female trainer to win the Pace. "This is home for me. This is awesome." Best In Show rallied up the inside to edge Bettor's Wish in the 2019 Meadowlands Pace. Lisa photo. In a thrilling finish, Best In Show slipped through an opening on the rail to defeat his more heralded rivals. He got up by a head over Bettor's Wish, the brave first-over challenger who couldn't have raced much better. Right in the mix was Workin Ona Mystery in third, with the pacesetting Captain Crunch, the North America Cup winner and the 1-2 favorite in the Pace, a close-up fourth in the blanket finish. The time was 1:48 on the warm evening for the track's signature race. Brian Sears, also a Hall of Famer, gave Best In Show a perfect ground-saving drive. Best In Show left alertly before readily yielding to let the favorites duke it out while settling into fourth. "I knew they were racing pretty good," Sears said. "It was all the horses to beat and they were going at it. I was pretty content. I wanted to sneak him around there a little bit. I got a little opening, and he fired for me." And he fired up the toteboard. Best In Show paid $56.20, $14.40 and $6.80. Bettor's Wish returned $4.00 and $2.80. Workin Ona Mystery paid $3.80 to show. The time was 1:48 after clipping through aggressive fractions of :26.2, :52.4 and a blazing 1:19.3 to the three-quarter pole. It was fourth win in 12 lifetime starts for Best In Show, who competed in a non-winners of two races condition as recently as May. "We knew he was a nice colt last year and he got a little colt sore on us," Toscano said. "We shut him down, brought him back and he's done everything right." Best In Show has been rapidly making up for that lost time. The son of Bettor's Delight out of Put On A Show races as a homebred for owners Richard Young and Joanne Young. He turned in a pair of second-place finishes in his previous two starts, an Ontario Sires Stakes Gold and his Pace elimination behind Bettor's Wish. Complete recaps of all the weekend races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2019, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2019 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following this past weekend: Drivers: 1. Tim Tetrick - 481; 2. Yannick Gingras - 344; 3. Dexter Dunn - 230; 4. Jason Bartlett - 226; 5. David Miller - 210. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 393; 2. Jim King Jr. - 209; 3. Tony Alagna - 192; 4. Chris Ryder - 138; 5. Marcus Melander - 125. Owners: 1. Fashion Farms - 107; 2. Brad Grant - 86.9; 3. Jo Ann Looney-King - 75.3; 4. Tim Tetrick LLC - 71.8; 5. Howard Taylor - 67.1. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will be taking place next weekend at The Meadows, Plainridge Racecourse and Meadowlands Racetrack. The Meadows will host eight Grand Circuit events, led by the final of the Delvin Miller Adios for 3-year-old pacing colts. Plainridge will card the Spirit of Massachusetts for older trotters and the Clara Barton for older pacing mares. Meadowlands Racetrack will host eliminations for three lucrative stakes, led by the Hambletonian Oaks for 3-year-old filly trotters, as well as the Reynolds Memorial for 3-year-old colt trotters. Paul Ramlow Internet News Manager

The Tuesday evening (July 16) Harness Racing program at Running Aces featured the weekly Mares Open Handicap Pace, with this week's edition drawing a field of eight vying for a purse of $16,000. Pull The Shade (Dean Magee) was sent off as the heavy favorite at 4-5 in the wagering from post five while Delightfully Wild (Nick Roland) was a clear second choice at 7-2. Delightfully Wild was fastest from the gate and established a quick early lead through a sharp opening quarter of :27.2, and lead the field through the middle stages with a second quarter breather of :29.1 (:56.3) and a quick third panel in :27.3 (1:24.1) with Cenalta Diamond (Tim Maier) on the first-over attack, and Place N First (Steve Wiseman) locked in the pocket. Delightfully Wild made a break just past the three-quarters juncture, which bothered Place N First and Alwaysalittlemore. Emerging from the pack was PV Miracle Mary (Rick Magee) who was able to steer clear of trouble and had plenty of pace for the stretch drive, getting past Cenalta Diamond for the win by 1 -3/4 lengths with Pull The Shade getting up for second and Cenalta Diamond home in third in the 1:53.1 mile. The Tuesday feature victory was the second score in eight season's starts for PV Miracle Mary, who now has 21 career wins and $93,048 in the bank for owner Joe Casagranda. Rick Magee is the winning trainer. It was a big night at Running Aces for the Kathie Plested-Wiseman stable, picking up four wins and one second in six trips to the starting gate. Kathie is the defending champion trainer for the past two seasons at Running Aces, and has also won the training title at Cal Expo in both of the last two meets in northern California. Kathie currently sits atop the list of trainers at Running Aces along with Tim Maier, each with 23 wins. Owner Benvenga Racing LLC had a huge night out of the Plested-Wiseman barn, going a perfect three-for-three on the Tuesday card as Platinum Time ($7.20, Steve Wiseman), The Gobye Girl ($7.00, Steve Wiseman) and Time To Play The Game ($12.80, Steve Wiseman) all scored victories for the longtime owner and patron of the Plested-Wiseman stable. Drivers Dean Magee and Steve Wiseman led the program with 3 winners each. The Tuesday card was a pari-mutuel bonanza for some lucky patrons, with huge payouts in many of the evening's key wagers. The 20 cent Pick-5 Jackpot was hit for $7,783.82 and the 50 cent Hi-5 in the final race returned a hefty $9,425.50. Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Saturday night (July 20) to kick off the meet's signature weekend of the summer, Dan Patch weekend, with two big races on Saturday - The $25,000 Ron Banks Pace and the $25,000 Vernon Devine Trot, and then on Sunday (July 21) we host the main event of the season - The $50,000 Dan Patch FFA Pace. Post time for both nights is 6:00 pm (CDT). By Darin Gagne, for Running Aces Casino, Hotel & Racetrack

The $1Million Pace at Tabcorp Park Menangle next May is the culmination of the innovative Harness Racing New South Wales race series which is inclusive of all regions in the State and very much NSW orientated as announced today. The HRNSW Board finalised the conditions of the lucrative event that consists of preliminary heats at Broken Hill plus heats at various tracks in each region, leading into quarter finals, again in the regions, before the ultimate $1Million Pace final. Carrying prizemoney nearer to $1.5 million with the inclusion of heat and quarter final stakes, the series will be for Australian-bred, NSW-trained pacers that are four or older with National Rating points of up to 70. This series is designed to allow all NSW trainers and their owners with the right horse a chance to share in what will be all 'new money' according to HRNSW Chief Executive John Dumesny. "As the funding is created in NSW the Board decision was to give our trainers the exclusive opportunity to compete for the massive prizemoney to be offered," Dumesny said. "All 25 races of the series are additional to the established calendar as is the funding. "The series will be completed at 14 tracks which is basically half of NSW but these tracks are in each of the regions as well as Broken Hill. "Furthermore, as NSW already has the $1million Miracle Mile for the upper echelon horses this new series is directed at the mainstay group of the racing population. "NSW now has two $1million events but never before has this level of prizemoney been offered for these type of horses." Sponsored from negotiated arrangements between the racing industry and Tabcorp with the introduction of a new bet type Odds and Evens, the $1Million Pace will begin with preliminary $5,000 heats at Broken Hill on May 3, for horses trained in that region. Further $10,000 heats will be held at various tracks across the state that then lead to $15,000 quarter finals and $10,000 heat consolations at the major tracks in each region. The $1Million Pace final will be held at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Sunday May 31, along with two consolations worth $50,000 and $20,000 respectively. All races within the series will be held over the middle distance of each respective venue. See the list of meetings and dates below: $5,000 Preliminary Heats Broken Hill - May 3   $10,000 Heats Hunter and North West - Maitland May 4, Tamworth May 14, Newcastle May 15 Western Districts - Parkes May 6, Dubbo May 10, Bathurst May 13 Riverina and South West - Leeton May 8, Young May 12, Wagga May 15 Metropolitan - Bankstown May 8, Goulburn May 11, Penrith May 14   $15,000 Quarter Finals and $10,000 hEAT CONSOLATIONS Bathurst - May 20 Newcastle - May 23 Menangle - May 23 Wagga - May 24   $1million Pace final plus $50,000 Consolation A and $25,000 Consolation B Menangle - May 31   *All dates are to be confirmed as minor changes may be necessary to the established calendar. For full race conditions of the NSW $1Million Pace please click here.   AMANDA RANDO MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER HARNESS RACING NEW SOUTH WALES

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There is no question in Steve Oldford's mind where Australian-bred harness racing import None Bettor ranks among the best horses he's owned. "I've had none better, I'll tell you that," Oldford said with a laugh. "He's kind of the real deal." None Bettor, owned by Oldford Racing and Joe Pennacchio's Joe P Racing, has won nine of 11 races since arriving in the U.S. at the beginning of February, with his nine victories coming consecutively since third-place finishes in his first two stateside starts. On Saturday, None Bettor faces seven rivals - including 2018 Horse of the Year McWicked and O'Brien Award winner Jimmy Freight - in the 11th annual Joe Gerrity Jr. Memorial Pace at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The $260,000 invitational also includes Camluck winner The Wall, Levy Memorial champ Western Fame, Ben Franklin winner This Is The Plan, Confederation Cup winner Done Well, and Ideal Jimmy. None Bettor will start from post five with Joe Bongiorno in the sulky for his sister, trainer Jenn Bongiorno. The Bongiornos won last year's Gerrity with Evenin Of Pleasure. "We were hoping for a 2-3-4 post, we ended up with five; we'll take it," Oldford said. "It's certainly better than 6-7-8. "This is going to test him. The timing isn't great (with his schedule) but we want to go. I think Joe and Jenn will have him ready. He's a great horse to be around in the barn, does everything he's supposed to do. He is relaxed when he's out there jogging. We're hoping he stays good and relaxed right up until they say go." Oldford and Pennacchio, both known for their award-winning amateur driving exploits, partnered on None Bettor after Oldford heard about the horse through a network of connections Down Under. Oldford's success with Australian-bred pacer Stormont Czar, who has earned $84,125 since his purchase last year, played a role in getting None Bettor. "We watched his video and liked him and brought him over," Oldford said. "He showed a lot of speed on half-mile tracks and we thought we could make some money with him. I typically buy trotters, but the first one came out well. This one turned out to be a monster. It's just one of those things. We got him for the upper conditions at Yonkers with the hopes he would make the open. He got real good real fast." None Bettor, a son of Bettor's Delight out of Limerick Star, had 16 wins in 58 races Down Under. His victories in the U.S. include the Battle of Lake Erie and three legs of the Great Northeast Open Series. "The Bongiornos have done a great job," Oldford said. "They've gone slow with him and brought him along. We really took our time with him and made sure he was ready. "He's a nice horse. I'm really impressed with his gritty determination. He can sprint off the gate like there's no tomorrow. The way it's been in his recent races, he sets up shop on the front end and just digs in and won't let anybody by him. He doesn't want anybody to pass him." The Joe Gerrity Jr. Memorial was established to honor the former longtime chairman of the board at Saratoga Raceway. Gerrity was involved in nearly every facet of the sport at some point in his career and instrumental in the expansion of the facility at Saratoga and installation of video gaming machines, even funding part of the project himself. Gerrity passed away in 2005. Racing begins at 7:05 p.m. Saturday at Saratoga. Following is the field for the $260,000 Gerrity Memorial, which is race seven on the card. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Line 1-The Wall-Jim Pantaleano-Nick Surick-8/1 2-Western Fame-Dan Dube-Rene Allard-9/5 3-McWicked-Brian Sears-Casie Coleman-9/2 4-This Is The Plan-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-5/1 5-None Bettor A-Joe Bongiorno-Jenn Bongiorno-5/2 6-Jimmy Freight-Scott Zeron-Andrew Harris-10/1 7-Ideal Jimmy-Brent Holland-Erv Miller-15/1 8-Done Well-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke-25/1 Ken Weingartner
Batavia, NY --- Registration for one of the most popular promotions of the season at Batavia Downs Gaming --- the annual "Dachshund Dash" wiener dog races --- begins on Thursday (July 18) and will remain open until entry capacity is met. These races are scheduled to take place on Sunday (Aug. 25). If you have a dog that has competed in this event in the past or have one you would like to enter for the first time, please call Sara Tenney at 585-343-3750, ext. 439 to register or for more information. If you leave a message you will receive a call back for confirmation. Please be aware that entries are limited to the first 80 dogs and the fields have filled fast the last several years. This is the 15th year Batavia Downs has hosted the annual races that are sponsored by Genesee Feeds of Batavia. A total of 10 heats will be contested with eight dogs competing in each heat. The first race will begin after the last live harness race of the day, which will be approximately 4:30 p.m. All those who enter will receive doggie bags full of treats courtesy of Genesee Feeds of Batavia, the official sponsor of the race. The owners of all heat winners will receive $25 in gaming Free Play and the top three finishers in the championship race will receive two clubhouse buffet certificates and $100, $75 and $50 (first through third) in Free Play for the gaming floor. The top winner's total prize package including the gaming Free Play is valued at $200. The wiener dog races are the final part of Family Fun Day at Batavia Downs Gaming that runs from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. This fun-filled event includes many activities for kids including free pony rides courtesy of Castilone Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram. Also on that day there will be $1 hot dogs and sodas from noon until last race. Last year a crowd of nearly 3,000 people showed up to watch "Louie" nose out "Jasper" in a photo finish with "Dexter Tyberius" finishing a close third in the championship heat. The very friendly Louie, who is owned by Bruce Hummel of Pittsford, NY, quickly became a fan favorite in the Purple Haze winner's circle after the race. Track officials expect to host a similar sized crowd again this year. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs
WASHINGTON, PA, July 18, 2019 -- Entering five horses in the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids isn't a record, but it's a heckuva lot better than average. Harness racing trainer Tony Alagna, who has accomplished that feat for the 53rd edition of the Adios, feels blessed to have such a large contingent of Adios-worthy sophomore pacing colts. It's nice to bring that many," he says. "We've had a good go at The Meadows, so we're happy to come." The $475,000 Adios kicks off Saturday at The Meadows with three $25,000 eliminations (races 7, 8, 10); the top three finishers in each elim return for the final. The card, which begins at 1:05 PM, also features a pair of stakes for 2-year-old filly pacers. The $400,000 final anchors a July 27 program that includes a total of six Grand Circuit stakes as well as a $50,000 Invitational Pace. Foiled Again, who retired as the richest Standardbred all time with more than $7.5 million in earnings, will lead the post parades for the Adios and the Invitational, which has been named in his honor. First post Adios Day is 11:25 AM, with the Adios final scheduled as race 15. Trainer Ron Burke is believed to hold the record for most Adios entrants when he dropped six in the box in 2017, but Alagna knows his way to the orchids. He won the 2016 Adios with Racing Hill and finished second last year with American History. Here's how Alagna handicaps his quintet: Odds On Boca Raton (race 7, post 1, Dexter Dunn), who was second in the Hempt Consolation and won his last tune-up in 1:51.1 at Harrah's Philadelphia. "We've been picking and choosing our spots for him, but he's been racing phenomenal. He draws a good spot but in the toughest division. He'll have to go forward off the gate for sure." The son of Captaintreacherous-Captiva Island campaigns for Odds On Racing. Captain Trevor (race 7, post 9, David Miller), a son of Captaintreacherous-It Was Fascination owned by Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, Bradley Grant and Captain Trevor Racing. He won the Hempt Consolation in 1:50.1. "He just continues to get bad post positions. He had a ton of pace in the Meadowlands Pace final. He's very versatile, but he'll have to go forward off the gate to make anything happen." U S Captain (race 8, post 5, Dunn), third in a Meadowlands Pace elim. "He was parked out the whole way and behind dull cover in that race. With a smoother trip, he can do a lot more damage." Brittany Farms, Grant, Joseph Barbera and U S Captain Racing own the son of Captaintreacherous-American Jewel. Escapetothebeach (race 10, post 6, Tim Tetrick), whose dam, Shelliscape, banked more than $1.15 million. "He's definitely going in the right direction. He was good off the pace in the Meadowlands Pace final." The son of Somebeachsomewhere is owned by Alagna and Inthegym, Joe Sbrocco, Robert Leblanc and William Donovan. Captain Cash (race 10, post 7, Andrew McCarthy), who hasn't faced stakes company this year. "He was lightly raced last year, so we've been racing him in non-winners events. We think it's a good time to see if he fits with the better colts." The son of Captaintreacherous-Authorize races for Brittany Farms, Grant, Vincent Barbera and Riverview Racing. It's no surprise that four of the colts are sons of Captaintreacherous, as Alagna trained that two-time Pacer of the Year. By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association
The Standardbred Transition Alliance (STA) has launched its website and with it, the accreditation process for programs serving Standardbreds outside traditional use. The non-profit 501(c)(3) Standardbred Transition Alliance accredits, inspects and awards grants to approved organizations that acquire, rehabilitate, train and re-home Standardbreds, using industry-wide funding. The site, at www.standardbredtransition.org, contains information about the goals of the STA, the board of directors and a link to the application for accreditation. The accreditation process examines program operation in the areas of management, finances and horse care. Programs that pass the initial phase will be inspected prior to a determination of accreditation. Accredited programs will be given a grant toward program operating expenses. Application for accreditation will close in October, inspections will follow; programs receiving accreditation will be announced early in 2020, with grants awarded at that time. Preliminary requirements for applicant programs include holding current IRS 501(c)(3) status, caring for at least five Standardbreds a year and at least two years of operation. Details on additional minimum requirements for programs seeking accreditation can be found through the accreditation tab on the website. "The board of the STA is excited to take this important step toward a system of accrediting Standardbred transition programs," said Dave Reid, STA president. "Accreditation will help ensure donor confidence in programs serving our horses and, over time, will create a steady source of partial operating funds for programs meeting STA standards. Through the process, programs exercising strong and transparent management and horse care practices will grow in their sustainability." The work of the STA mirrors that of the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, which last year accredited 73 programs and awarded $3 million in grants. From the Standardbred Transition Alliance
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