Day At The Track
Soto, a 5-year-old son of Rock N Roll Heaven trained by Eric Ell

Soto downs hotshot in $50,000 Open

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, February 25, 2017 - Saturday night offered any number of harness racing entrants for Yonkers Raceway's upcoming George Morton Levy Memorial Series (nominations close this Wednesday, March 1-hint, hint), including favored Soto (Matt Kakaley, $4.50), winner of the featured $50,000 Open Handicap Pace. In play from post position No. 4, Soto then gave up the baton to Somewhere in L A (Mark MacDonald) just before a moist :26.4 opening quarter-mile. After a 56-second intermission and moving down the backside, First Class Horse (Tyler Buter) took out of fourth, That one towed Guantanamo Bay (Jason Bartlett) while moving into a :27.4 third quarter (1:23.4). Somewhere in L A owned a length-and-a-half lead into the lane, was good, though not quite good enough. Soto dipped inside, edging past by a neck in 1:52.1. Third was a best-of-the-rest Guantanamo Bay, with Roland N Rock (Jordan Stratton) and Caviart Luca (George Brennan) rounding out the payees. For Delaware-based Soto, a 5-year-old son of Rock N Roll Heaven trained by Eric Ell for co-owners Kenneth Wood, William Dittmar Jr. and Stephen Iaquinta, it was his fourth win in seven seasonal starts. The exacta paid $27.40, with the triple returning $147. Frank Drucker

Franzo

Franzo and Noble team upset

LEBANON, OH. - Franzo, moving into open company after three straight solid efforts in $30,000 claimers, was the upset winner of the weekly $22,000 Saturday (Feb. 25) night harness racing feature at Miami Valley Raceway. Owner-trainer Adam Short entrusted the reins to Dan Noble, and the purple-and-white clad 34-year-old teamster responded with his fifth win on the program from a second tier start in the full ten-horse field. Franzo's frantic finish started in sixth place at the head of the stretch and resulted in a last-stride 1:51.4 victory. The 5-year-old Rockin Image gelding nipped My Buddy Ninkster (Tyler Smith) and Angelo J Fra (Chris Page) at odds of 9-1, returning $20.40 to his $2 supporters. The winning 10-2 exacta paid a healthy $207.20 dividend, while a successful 10-2-1 $2 trifecta was worth $670.20. Hickory Icon (John DeLong) was a close-up fourth at the wire, while favored Southwind Amazon (Simon Allard) tried gallantly to overcome his assigned outside post position, but faltered to fifth in the lane due to a parked-out :27 first quarter to get to the lead. The Open Pace was carded as the 12th race which features the daily 10-cent Super Hi Five wager. No one could solve the pentafecta bet, resulting in a $1,946.37 carryover and a $5000 guaranteed total pool on the Sunday (Feb. 26) matinee 12th race. Post time on Sunday afternoons at Miami Valley is 2:05 p.m. Noble began his hot night with the trotter River Thames, who lit up the toteboard with a $111.20 win mutuel, stopping the clock in 1:56. His other successes came behind pacers Whoyoucallingafool (1:54, $8.60), Our Dragon King (1:54, $4.40) and Perrito Caliente (1:53.4, $4.40). Gregg Keidel  

China Dream

China Dream captures Buffalo Open Pace

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- China Dream is known for his late closing speed but a change in harness racing tactics paid off for him in Buffalo Raceway's $10,000 Open Pace on Saturday night (Feb. 25) by beating Itsonlyrocknroll A by 1-3/4 lengths in 1:55.4 over the good track.   In an uncharacteristic move, China Dream (Shawn Gray) fired off the gate and had to go three-wide to grab the lead as Gallant Major and Thunderbolt Jaxon played hard ball to the opening quarter.   After setting splits of 28.3, 57.3 and 1:26.4, China Dream ($8.40) opened up a commanding four length advantage turning for home and cruised to the throttled down victory over the favored Itsonlyrocknroll A (Larry Stalbaum). Knocking Around (David McNeight III) took the show position.   Co-owned by trainer Maria Rice and Jack Rice, China Dream (If I Can Dream-China Art) is a 6-year-gelding that has earned $14,620 in 2017 and $187,293 lifetime.   Gray had four victories in the bike with Stalbaum and McNeight III scoring triples. Trainers Kimberly Asher and Gerry Sarama each notched a double.   Racing will return on Wednesday evening at 5 p.m. with a 12-race program scheduled. There will be a carryover of $2,347 Pick-5 which begins in the second race.   For more information including upcoming promotions, the latest news, results and race replays, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

Kingofthejungle

Kingofthejungle upsets

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 25, 2017 -- Kingofthejungle waited patiently in the pocket behind the dueling leaders, then blazed through the harness racing 'Lightning Lane' to score the 9-1 upset in Saturday's $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. While Mykindachip was fending off the first over challenge of Latest Desire, Kingofthejungle and Tony Hall kept up, waiting for the opportunity to strike. They found it inside, where Kingofthejungle overtook Mykindachip and downed him by a head in 1:53.1. Unlocked also shot the Lightning Lane to earn show. Jack Smith trains Kingofthejungle, a 6-year-old Well Said-Allamerican Calico gelding who now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $395,291, for Fox Racing Inc. and Darius Oshidar. Hall collected four wins and Aaron Merriman three on the 12-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (February 24, 2017) - Andy Miller entered the weekend in ninth place in the Meadowlands driver standings, but Friday night reminded harness racing fans why the "Orange Crush" can still get it done with four wins including a score in the featured trot with Opulent Yankee. Miller began the evening by capitalizing on a perfect pocket trip with Opulent Yankee to upset 4/5 favorite Lady's Dude in the $17,000 conditioned trot. He swept finished off the sweep of the early double with a perfect front-running drive on favored Keystone Blade. Miller won races 7 and 8 by a nose and a neck, respectively, with Truth And Liberty and Nowucit Nowudont. Corey Callahan won three races and Jim Marohn, Jr. celebrated his 35th birthday by winning two races. Vinny Ginsburg steered The Pokester, a 42/1 longshot to victory in the last race, leading a parade of outsiders past the wire. With 7/5 favorite Sailin Metro and 8/5 second choice Cherokee Ranger off the board, the $2 trifecta returned $10,131.80 and the 10-cent superfecta was good for $6,335. There were no winning tickets in the last race Super High Five as the jackpot now stands at $32,071 heading into Saturday. Total handle was $2,486,926 on the 11-race card. Live racing continues Saturday with a 12-race card. Post time is 7:15 p.m. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com. Justin Horowitz

YONKERS, NY, Friday, February 24, 2017 - Mach it a Par (Jason Bartlett, $6) was the third and last leader Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's harness racing $50,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Into the game early from assigned post position No. 7, Mach it a Par waited her turn as Empress Deo (Matt Kakaley) and Lispatty (Mark MacDonald) took turns with the lead. Mach it a Par grabbed her chance just after a :27.2 opening quarter-mile. After a 29-secone next substation (:56.2 half), it was 48-1 rank outsider For the Ladies N (Dan Dube) taking out of fourth. Regil Elektra (Brent Holland) was second-up, while 19-10 choice Mackenzie A (Jordan Stratton), in her U-S parimutuel debut, was behind that one Mach it a Par continued her work night in and out of a 1:25 three-quarters, taking a length-and-a-quarter lead into the lane. Despite drifting a bit, she held sway, negating the sharp close of Mackenzie A to win by a head in 1:52.4. Third went to Lispatty, with Empress Deo and Regil Elektra rounding out the payees. The five cashers were separated by just 1¾ lengths at the line. For second choice Mach it a Par, a 7-year-old daughter of Mach Three co-owned by D'Elegance Stable IX, Carmen Iannacone, Gandolfo & T L P Stables and trained by Richard Banca, it was her first win in two seasonal starts. The exacta paid $28, with the triple returning $75.50. Frank Drucker

LEBANON, OH. - For the fifth consecutive week there was a new winner in the Friday (Feb. 24) night harness racing feature at Miami Valley Raceway, the $22,000 Mares Open Pace. Jackie's Rocket, the smallest in stature in the talented field but with one of the biggest hearts, worked hard to grab the lead at the :27.2 quarter and then cruised on top in middle fractions of :56.2 and 1:24, then hit the wire first in 1:52.2. 21-year-old Brady Galliers, who is enjoying a very solid meet, both trains and drives Jackie's Rocket and co-owns her with this parents as part of Galliers Racing LLC. It was the third win in her last four starts for the diminutive mare, the other two coming in distaff condition events. She has paced five straight miles in 1:52.2 or faster, all on the front end, with a pair of third place finishes to go with her trio of victories. In her first open class triumph, the 5-year-old American Ideal daughter beat the veteran standout American Girl (Trace Tetrick) and Aniston Seelster (Randy Tharps). She now sports 11 lifetime wins and has banked $77,855. A pair of final preliminary elimination heats in the "Survivor Series" for $10,000 male claiming pacers were also contested for $15,000 purses, with driver Trace Tetrick steering both winners. The top five finishers from each will face off next Friday night in a $25,000 championship tilt. Blueridge Doc (Trace Tetrick) was victorious in the first elimination, topping Ahdoughnolum (Tyler Smith) and Herlin (Kayne Kauffman) in 1:53.4. The other qualifiers were Sand Summerfield (Aaron Merriman) and Royal Cam Hall (Jason Beattie). John Jay (Trace Tetrick) captured the second split in the identical 1:53.4 clocking. Following him through the wire were Thisdeuceiswild (Jason Beattie), Status Quo (Tyler Smith), Finnish First (Dan Noble) and Pence Hanover (Aaron Merriman). Two of the ten finalists will race for new connections in the final as Carl Howard and Virgil Morgan Jr. claimed Blueridge Doc, while William Johnson collared Thisdeuceiswild. Racing at Miami Valley resumes Saturday (February 25) night when a $22,000 Open features Southwind Amazon making his local debut in search of his third straight Ohio win and fifth in his last six starts. All the previous 2017 starts came at Northfield Park. Post time is 6:05 p.m. Gregg Keidel

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- When Monster Cantab ($20.40) crossed the finish line in Buffalo Raceway's sixth race on Friday night (Feb. 23), it gave harness racing  trainer Philip 'Bo' Sowers his 1,000th career victory.   "It now puts me in a category that I never thought I'd ever reach when I started training," Sowers said of hitting that magical plateau.   Back in 2002, Sowers was training four horses as a hobby in Maine but this wife suggested he start doing it full time.   "I was driving a truck from 8 to 5 every day and wasn't enjoying it," he said. Now with 1,000 wins in the books and almost $3 million in purse earnings, Sowers is sure glad he made the switch.   While getting most of his victories in Maine at Scarborough and Bangor race tracks, Sowers was a little apprehensive about making the move to Buffalo Raceway this winter.   "I was asked by the Mo Coo Stables the past few years if I wanted to go to Buffalo Raceway and train," Sowers said. "I kept turning it down until this year and I am very happy I came here. I wondered how I'd be treated here because I was a newcomer but everyone has been absolutely great. They've welcomed me and have made me feel right at home. It's a closeness here like I felt back in Maine."   Sowers added that he'll be starting his quest for 2,000 victories in Western New York. "We have over 20 horses here and my wife and I decided a few days ago that we will be staying at Buffalo Raceway throughout the season. We love it here."   Osprey Vision ($9.10) wasn't going to be denied in Buffalo Raceway's first co-featured $8,200 trot as he gamely held off Kadabrasnewrecruit by a neck in 2:00.0 over the fast track.   In the second $8,200 trot, Winkys Pride (Drew Monti) was able to power by the pace-setting Northern Matador in the stretch and post the mild $11.60 upset in 1:58.3.   David McNeight III and Ray Fisher Jr. each tripled while John Cummings Jr. had two wins.   David McNeight Jr. and Gerry Sarama had two training victories each.   Racing will resume on Saturday night with a 12-race program set for 6 p.m. There is a $1,034 carryover in the Pick-5 which begins in the second race.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

Elkton, MD -- Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica is excited to announce they will provide an American race call to the French Triple Crown attempt on Sunday morning.   Bold Eagle will attempt to become the first horse in 41 years to win the three big international races at the Winter meeting (Prix d'Amerique, Prix de France, and Prix de Paris) in the same year. Last year, Bold Eagle narrowly missed racing immortality when Lionel surged past in deep stretch to win by about 2 lengths at the end.   The program will begin at approximately 8:30 AM with the 2017 Prix de Paris going off around 9:15 AM. The duo will also provide a little coverage of the Price Paris Turf that is a Monte race going off at 8:35 AM. Mike Bozich will provide the call of the Triple Crown attempt.   Listeners can listen in live at www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com and can also be heard on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2dzOCBWIlqY&t=234s   Video: Post Time with Mike and Mike providing coverage of the 2016 Prix de Paris   By Michael Carter, for Post Time with Mike and Mike

YONKERS, N.Y. - Pacers Somewhere In L A and Caviart Luca have a great deal in common. They're both 6-year-old geldings by Somebeachsomewhere out of Western Hanover mares, they each have four wins this season, and they share a seasonal mark of 1:52.2. In addition, they're separated by just $850 at the top of the North American earnings list in the early stages of the 2017 harness racing season as they vie for dominance in the top condition at Yonkers Raceway. On Saturday (Feb. 25), the duo will renew their budding rivalry in the $50,000 Open Handicap Pace. Ron Burke trainee Caviart Luca began his season with a surprise victory at the non-winners of $20,000 last five-level January 14. There, he charged to the lead from post position seven and never looked back, springing an upset at odds of 16-1. A week later, he captured the Open Handicap by a nose at odds of 13-1. Somewhere In L A's rise to the top class at Yonkers began after trainer Rich Banca purchased the multiple stakes-winning gelding out of the 2016 Harrisburg sale for $110,000. Somewhere In L A made short work of the upper-level conditions and scored back-to-back wins in the $35,000 Preferred Handicap before reaching the Open level, where Caviart Luca was waiting. In their first matchup in Yonkers' pacing feature January 28, Caviart Luca enjoyed the luxury of starting from post position three and darted to the lead while Somewhere In L A toiled from his outside assignment and trailed the field. Driver George Brennan guided Caviart Luca through manageable fractions and wired the field while Somewhere In L A could only muster a fifth place finish after making up 9 1/4 lengths in the final half-mile. The following week, Caviart Luca dealt with the assigned post seven while Somewhere In L A still grappled with post eight. This time, Matt Kakaley sent Somewhere in L A to the front while Caviart Luca tried to close. The finish was flipped as Somewhere In L A posted a 17-1 upset and Caviart Luca closed for third. Their exploits on the track have earned Somewhere In L A and Caviart Luca $87,250 and $86,400 this year, respectively. Just two months into the 2017 season, Caviart Luca has already surpassed his 2016 bankroll of $82,299 while Somewhere In L A approaches his 2016 tally of $109,340. When Somewhere In L A and Caviart Luca clash for the third time this season Saturday night, they'll line up side by side behind the gate. For the first time, Somewhere In L A will start inside of Caviart Luca; he and Kakaley will commence from post seven at odds of 4-1 while Caviart Luca and Brennan start from post eight as the 3-1 morning line choice. Guantanamo Bay, winner of the Open Handicap February 11, starts from post five. E Z Noah, Sports Bettor, and Roland N Rock have all finished second in an Open Handicap this season and seek their first Open victories of the year. First Class Horse and Soto complete the field. First post is 7:10 p.m.  

East Rutherford, NJ - Racing at The Meadowlands on Saturday, February 25 is an interesting mix of a dozen pacing races. Included among them are four divisions of the second leg of the popular "Race for the G-Notes" series made ultra-competitive by the ensuing scramble for the coveted ten positions in next week's $15,000 harness racing final.   The overnight feature is race eleven where the red-hot Patty Harmon sends her streaking Jacksrluckytoo in pursuit of his fourth win of the new season for owner John Marvin, Jr. Known for a powerful closing kick, Jacksrluckytoo shows final quarters in 27 flat or faster, including a mind-numbing 25.3 in a February 4 win. Jimmy Marohn, Jr has driven Jacksrluckytoo in many of his Meadowlands starts and has developed a keen sense for just how to position his mount and when to hit the "turbo-charge" button to get the job done.   It is a move up in class for Jacksrluckytoo and he'll face stiff competition led by Ron Burke's rugged vet Ontario Success and a pair of Heidi Rohr trainees in Calvin B and Bettor Rock On N.   The big news in the grandstand is another leg of the World Harness Handicapping Challenge (WHHC) with four seats in the April 29 final up for grabs. It's also "Scratch & Win" night with prizes ranging from $2 to $500 plus live hot dogs and free popcorn! Plus enter the 2nd chance drawing to win $100!   Post time is 7:15 p.m.

As part of its continuing efforts to create opportunities for young people in the equine world, the Harness Horse Youth Foundation (HHYF) is updating its internship listings at www.hhyf.org. Any harness racing related business - farm, training center, horseman's organization, retail business, racetrack, you name it - can have its listing posted for free. Simply e-mail specifics to HHYF Project Manager Keith Gisser (keith@hhyf.org) and your listing will be added. Now in its fifth decade of service to harness racing, the Harness Horse Youth Foundation is a charitable 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing young people and their families educational opportunities with harness horses, in order to foster the next generation of participants and fans. The Foundation has been making a difference in young people's lives since 1976, and its programs include interactive learning experiences with these versatile animals, scholarship programs, and creation and distribution of educational materials. For more information on opportunities through HHYF, or to support its mission, go to www.hhyf.org. Keith Gisser

DOVER, Del.---On unusually mild Spring-like late February 23 day, Yannick Gingras rang up five winners on a harness racing card boasting a 1:49, 1:49.1, 1:50, 150.2 and two 150.4 miles Thursday at Dover Downs. In the $30,000 Preferred, Gingras guided Take It Back Terry home in 1:50.4 after a 1:50 performance winning the $27,500 Delaware Special with the resurgent Emeritus Maximus. In the feature, Gingras bided his time as Bushwacker cut out the early fractions until late in the stretch when Take It Back Terry whizzed past for a 1:50.4 victory, his first of the new season. Ron Burke conditioned the Western Terror-Second Symphony gelding for Weaver Bruscemi, Karr, Collura and Burke Racing Stable. It was the eight-year-old's 45th lifetime success with earnings of $1,243,047. Bushwacker (Corey Callahan) was second in front of Cajon Lightning (Art Stafford Jr.) whose streak of four straight seconds was broken with a third-place showing. Sweet Rock was scratched. When 2017 arrived, Emeritus Maximus was racing in the $10,000 claimers. After a win he was claimed for $15,000 by Don Marine and Brent Hall. After consecutive wins the once highly regarded colt, stepped up to the Del Special last week where he finished second, beaten a neck .This time the seven-year-old son of Rocknroll Hanover-Eternity's Delight reined by Yannick Gingras held off the fast charging Blazing Bobby Sox (Stafford Jr.) at the wire for a 1:50 decision. Seventh Secret (George Dennis) was the show horse. John McGill and Brian Carsey's recent acquisition Missile J, after three straight Meadowlands romps stepped up to the $20,000 Open to make it four-in-a-row stopping the timer in 1:49.1 with Jonathan Roberts in the bike. An altered son of American Ideal-Cantor's Daughter, In addition to setting a lifetime mark, Missile J now has won 12 of his 23 career races with two seconds and two thirds and has earned $343,502. Ima Rebel (Tony Morgan) closed to finish second in front of Vapour N (Pat Berry). Jet Airway did not start. Gingras' fifth winner came when Rangers Sureshot disposed of six rivals in a $15,000 Male pace in 1:50.4. Weaver Bruscemi and Burke Racing own the Palone Ranger-Cadie's Sure Shot gelding who posted his second win of the year and 18th lifetime. He has banked $161, 596. Forty Five Red (Dennis) was runner-up. Kindofabigdeal (Stafford Jr.) was next. Bret Brittinngham's first of two wins came when Tip It On Back made good use of the passing lane for a 1:50.2 win in a $15,500 4&5-Year-OPld Pace. Poisonous (Callahan) was a close second in front of White Rolls (Roberts). All The Cookies, a Rocknroll Hanover-Queen Ota, gelding and Gingras won another $15,000 pace for young males for trainer Kenny Mitchell and owner Richard Stansbury in 1:52. The first fast race on the card came when Mildred Ventriglio' Major Uptrend, by Somebeachsomewhere-Tricky Tooshi, gave Tony Morgan the first of three wins notching a lifetime best 1:49 conquest in an $8,500 Male pace. Yannick Gingras and Tony Morgan accounted for more than half of the driver wins: Gingras with five, Morgan three. Bret Brittingham won two as did trainer Ron Burke and Weaver Bruscemi and Burke Racing. DOVER DOWNS EXTRA    2/24/17 On unusually mild Spring-like late February 23, Yannick Gingras rang up five winners on  a card boasting a 1:49,  1:49.1, 1:50,  150.2 and   two150.4 miles at Dover Downs.Gingras won the $30,000 Preferred,with Take It Back Terry in 1:50.4 after Gingras’ 1:50 performance winning the $27,500 Delaware Special with the resurgent Emeritus Maximus. ------------------------------------------------------- Wednesday (2/22) was a five-win card for Corey Callahan topped by a 1:52.2 victory by Tough Mac equaling his lifetime record in the $20,000 Mares Open Handicap.. Trainer Dylan Davis also had four wins while owner Mike Casalino tripled. ------------------------------------------------ The longshot on Monday (2/20) was by 50-1 Ascaryone Hanover owned in part by trainer-driver Eddie Davis.The 1:54.2 victory was the career first in his initial start of the year. --------------------------------- Dismissal is one of the hot horses at the track tasted defeat after four straight wins. ------------------------------------ This week only, the DSOA conducted its 2nd Annual Stallion Service auction from Tuesday through Friday. There were 15 Delaware stallions from which to choose, 12 pacers and three trotters. -------------------------------------------------------- This Sunday, Feb. 26, the annual highlight event of the Winter Awards- Banquet season is set for Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas, Nevada where the U.S. Harness Writers Association (USHWA) Night of Champions honoring the 2016 Dan Patch Awards winners.  . ----------------------------------- Houston, Del. horseman, George Teague receives several major honors in Las Vegas the week. Harness Horsemen International (HHI) honors Teague with its top award, “The Dominic  Frinzi Person of the Year.” for his support of the sport by graciously allowing the public to meet and greet his great pacer, 2015 Horse of the Year, Wiggle It Jiggleit. On many occasions during 2016, Teague went all out to help promote harness racing at major events. The U.S.Harness Writers Association (USHWA) also honors Teague Sunday with two awards. He becomes the first person honored for a second time as its “Good Guy” award winner. More importantly, Team Teague gets the sport’s second highest honor, The Stan Bergstein Proximity Award, for service to the sport. ----------------------------------------------------------    The Leading Drivers statistics show defending champion Corey Callahan,has caught and now leads Vic Kirby, in the leading driver standings. Kirby had previously led from opening day, Callahan now has a 120-113 win lead over Kirby. Yannick Gingras is third with 101 wins Tony Morgan is fourth place with 84 wins. Ross Wolfenden has moved into fifth place with 65 winners.   --------------------------------------------------   The leading trainer stats have tightened. Jim King continues to lead with 56 wins. but defending champ Dylan Davis has moved up to second with 53 wins, Leigh Raymeris in third place, with 34 wins. Joe Hundertpfund, fourth, at 33 with Eric Ell and Josh Green now in a tie for fifth with 25. Marv Bachrad

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (February 23, 2017) - Leading harness racing drivers Brett Miller and Jim Marohn, Jr. stayed hot on Thursday at the Meadowlands on a day where temperatures were unseasonably into the 60s. Marohn won three of the night's nine races including a five-length blowout in 1:51.3 with the Darran Cassar trained-mare Snow Cone. Brett Miller was the star of the latest broadcast of "Meadowlands Harness Live" airing on SNY. Miller won two of the three races including a victory with the 8-year-old Fox Valley Steffen, who equaled his lifetime mark of 1:55. Miller also won with I Found My Beach, the classy veteran who won his third straight. He has three wins and a runner-up finish since being claimed by trainer John Mc Intyre. Total handle was $1,317,458 on the 9-race card. Live racing continues Friday with an 11-race card. Post time is 7:15 p.m. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com. Justin Horowitz

Delta Breezeoflodi owned the Jim Grundy Trot, narrowly capturing the Grundy Prep over a sloppy harness racing track and then scoring a definitive victory in last weekend's Final while once again catching an off track that she obviously enjoys. A 4-year-old daughter of Little Steven out of the multiple stakes-winning Spicy Charlie mare Magna Kay, Delta Breezeoflodi is actually bred to be a pacer. She is owned by Mary Harris and Pierre Girard with Girard the conditioner and Luke Plano has been handling the driving duties. Last year was a frustrating one for mare, as she had to settle for just one victory from her 26 starts with 13 place and show finishes, but this season she's already made four trips to the winner's circle from her eight appearances, including the two Grundy scores and a tally in the Gary Budahn Prep. "She was a 2-year-old when we switched her over to trotting," Girard explained. "We couldn't get her to pace at all, but when we took off the hopples it was a different story. "As far as last year goes, I wasn't disappointing because trotters often need more time, and even though she wasn't winning very much, she was developing with every race and putting in a real good finish almost every time. "Luke Plano has been very important to her success this year, because he does a great job with her. I knew she would like the off tracks, because we get a lot of them at the farm and she always trains well in the mud. "The plan now is to give her a week off and then come back for the next Sire Stakes. Hopefully she can continue to race well with those horses." Contentious cast set for Filly-Mare Open A well-matched field of distaffers in the $6,600 Filly and Mare Open Pace and a pair of California Sire Stakes for the 3-year-old pacers and trotters are the highlights on Saturday night's Cal Expo program. Watch and Wager LLC will present 13 races and the action is set to get underway at 6:15 p.m. The Distaff Open goes as the ninth race on the evening, while the two Sire Stakes will be decided as non-betting events prior to the regular card. Trainer Kathleen Plested is strongly represented in the Filly and Mare Open with Party Hangover Two and Shark Festival giving the barn two solid looks at the outcome in the field of seven. Party Hangover Two is owned by the trainer, Arnstine and Chambers and will have Steve Wiseman once again doing the honors. The Party At Artsplace mare captured the most recent clash at this level two weeks ago, surging when it counted to prevail by a length at the 3-2 favorite. Shark Festival is a 6-year-old Shadow Play mare who carries the banner of Medinah Racing and Scott Ehrlich and will have Mooney Svendsen in his usual spot in the sulky. The long-fused performer has a pair of Open victories to her credit this season, the most recent coming on January 28 in a very game mile. McFoolery is going in sharp form for owner John Obert and trainer Jennifer Sabot and looms a major player with Chip Lackey handling the lines. She parlayed a conditioned victory to an Open win on February 3 and finished strongly when runner-up to Party Hangover Two at most recent asking. Completing the field are Window Wiper with David Siegel; Magnifique, who will have the services of Luke Plano; Directing Traffic with James Kennedy; and Blue Gem, who leaves from the cozy inside slot with William Hernandez. By Mark Ratzky, publicity - Cal Expo Harness          

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YONKERS, NY, Saturday, February 25, 2017 - Saturday night offered any number of harness racing entrants for Yonkers Raceway's upcoming George Morton Levy Memorial Series (nominations close this Wednesday, March 1-hint, hint), including favored Soto (Matt Kakaley, $4.50), winner of the featured $50,000 Open Handicap Pace. In play from post position No. 4, Soto then gave up the baton to Somewhere in L A (Mark MacDonald) just before a moist :26.4 opening quarter-mile. After a 56-second intermission and moving down the backside, First Class Horse (Tyler Buter) took out of fourth, That one towed Guantanamo Bay (Jason Bartlett) while moving into a :27.4 third quarter (1:23.4). Somewhere in L A owned a length-and-a-half lead into the lane, was good, though not quite good enough. Soto dipped inside, edging past by a neck in 1:52.1. Third was a best-of-the-rest Guantanamo Bay, with Roland N Rock (Jordan Stratton) and Caviart Luca (George Brennan) rounding out the payees. For Delaware-based Soto, a 5-year-old son of Rock N Roll Heaven trained by Eric Ell for co-owners Kenneth Wood, William Dittmar Jr. and Stephen Iaquinta, it was his fourth win in seven seasonal starts. The exacta paid $27.40, with the triple returning $147. Frank Drucker
LEBANON, OH. - Franzo, moving into open company after three straight solid efforts in $30,000 claimers, was the upset winner of the weekly $22,000 Saturday (Feb. 25) night harness racing feature at Miami Valley Raceway. Owner-trainer Adam Short entrusted the reins to Dan Noble, and the purple-and-white clad 34-year-old teamster responded with his fifth win on the program from a second tier start in the full ten-horse field. Franzo's frantic finish started in sixth place at the head of the stretch and resulted in a last-stride 1:51.4 victory. The 5-year-old Rockin Image gelding nipped My Buddy Ninkster (Tyler Smith) and Angelo J Fra (Chris Page) at odds of 9-1, returning $20.40 to his $2 supporters. The winning 10-2 exacta paid a healthy $207.20 dividend, while a successful 10-2-1 $2 trifecta was worth $670.20. Hickory Icon (John DeLong) was a close-up fourth at the wire, while favored Southwind Amazon (Simon Allard) tried gallantly to overcome his assigned outside post position, but faltered to fifth in the lane due to a parked-out :27 first quarter to get to the lead. The Open Pace was carded as the 12th race which features the daily 10-cent Super Hi Five wager. No one could solve the pentafecta bet, resulting in a $1,946.37 carryover and a $5000 guaranteed total pool on the Sunday (Feb. 26) matinee 12th race. Post time on Sunday afternoons at Miami Valley is 2:05 p.m. Noble began his hot night with the trotter River Thames, who lit up the toteboard with a $111.20 win mutuel, stopping the clock in 1:56. His other successes came behind pacers Whoyoucallingafool (1:54, $8.60), Our Dragon King (1:54, $4.40) and Perrito Caliente (1:53.4, $4.40). Gregg Keidel  
HAMBURG, N.Y. --- China Dream is known for his late closing speed but a change in harness racing tactics paid off for him in Buffalo Raceway's $10,000 Open Pace on Saturday night (Feb. 25) by beating Itsonlyrocknroll A by 1-3/4 lengths in 1:55.4 over the good track.   In an uncharacteristic move, China Dream (Shawn Gray) fired off the gate and had to go three-wide to grab the lead as Gallant Major and Thunderbolt Jaxon played hard ball to the opening quarter.   After setting splits of 28.3, 57.3 and 1:26.4, China Dream ($8.40) opened up a commanding four length advantage turning for home and cruised to the throttled down victory over the favored Itsonlyrocknroll A (Larry Stalbaum). Knocking Around (David McNeight III) took the show position.   Co-owned by trainer Maria Rice and Jack Rice, China Dream (If I Can Dream-China Art) is a 6-year-gelding that has earned $14,620 in 2017 and $187,293 lifetime.   Gray had four victories in the bike with Stalbaum and McNeight III scoring triples. Trainers Kimberly Asher and Gerry Sarama each notched a double.   Racing will return on Wednesday evening at 5 p.m. with a 12-race program scheduled. There will be a carryover of $2,347 Pick-5 which begins in the second race.   For more information including upcoming promotions, the latest news, results and race replays, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway
WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 25, 2017 -- Kingofthejungle waited patiently in the pocket behind the dueling leaders, then blazed through the harness racing 'Lightning Lane' to score the 9-1 upset in Saturday's $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. While Mykindachip was fending off the first over challenge of Latest Desire, Kingofthejungle and Tony Hall kept up, waiting for the opportunity to strike. They found it inside, where Kingofthejungle overtook Mykindachip and downed him by a head in 1:53.1. Unlocked also shot the Lightning Lane to earn show. Jack Smith trains Kingofthejungle, a 6-year-old Well Said-Allamerican Calico gelding who now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $395,291, for Fox Racing Inc. and Darius Oshidar. Hall collected four wins and Aaron Merriman three on the 12-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino
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