Polak A

George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, March 28, 2015 - Yonkers Raceway offered up Round 2 of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series Saturday night. Four, eight-horse $50,000 divisions again featured the best Free-For-Allers, and a trio of combatants couldn't wait to double their pleasure. Defending series champ P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett, $7) used the same M-O-sitting a three-hole and closing deep in the passing lane-that worked so well in the 2014 finale. "Supercam," from post position No. 4, went by a pocket-sitting Frankie's Dragon (George Brennan) to win the first grouping by a length-and-a-half in 1:52.4. Clear Vision (Yannick Gingras), the just-over-even-money favorite, was a first-up third. The first three intervals (:27, :57, 1:24.1) were provided by Heez Orl Black N (Shaun Vallee), before that one tired and finished last. For second choice P H Supercam, an 8-year-old Million Dollar Cam gelding owned by Bamond Racing and trained by Jeff Bamond Jr., it was his fourth win in seven seasonal starts. The exacta paid $27.40, with the triple returning $86. The second event was Polak A (Brian Sears, $7.80) repeat what he did in the series opener, as in win the draw and make the rest of his rivals pay. After giving it up to Michael's Power (Dan Dube), Polak A took over before a :27.2 opening quarter-mile. After a cheapy, :29.2 next interval (:56.4 half), 4-5 fave Foiled Again (Gingras) moved from third. A :27.4 third quarter (1:24.3) ensued, with Polak A maintaining a short lead into the lane. He dug in, holding off both Michael's Power (neck) and Foiled Again (length-and-a-quarter) in 1:52.4. Mach's Beach Boy (Pat Lachance) was fourth. For second choice Polak A, a 7-year-old Down Under son of Pacific Fella trained by Tony O'Sullivan for co-owners Frank Bellino & Sons, Frank J Bellino and Joseph Bellino, he's now 2-for-2 stateside and 2-for-3 in '15. The exacta paid $33, the triple returned $64 and the superfecta paid $231.50. Saturday's third Levy grouping was won by 6-5 second choice Beach Memories (Gingras, $4.50). Leaving from post No. 4, he worked hard to get around Sapphire City (Bartlett). From there, and sub-sections of :27.3, :57, 1:24.2 and 1:53, Beach Memories held off that same Sapphire City by a neck, with 11-10 wagering choice Mach it So (Tim Tetrick) a non-threatening third. For Beach Memories, a 5-year-old Somebeachsomewhere gelding co-owned by Strollin Stable AWS Stables King McNamara and Country Club Acres and trained by Ron Burke, it was his second win in five seasonal starts. The exacta paid $14, with the triple returning $28.80. The evening's final series event saw driver Gingras author some Raceway robbery with Bettor's Edge ($12.20) in 1:53.3. Leaving alertly from post No. 4, Bettor's Edge met no resistance whatsoever from 3-10 choice Dancin' Yankee (Brett Miller). Left to his own accord (:28, 57.2, 1:25.4), Bettor's Edge opened a length-and-a-half in and out of the final turn. He then easily repelled his odds-on pursuer, winning by a half-length. Windsong Jack (Sears) was third, with McErlean (Tyler Buter) fourth. For second choice Bettor's Edge, a 6-year-old Bettor's Delight gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Burke, Weaver Bruscemi and M1 Stable, it was his first win in a couple of '15 tries. The exacta paid $31.40, the triple returned $66 and the superfecta paid $425. Saturday night's $42,000 Open Handicap Trot went to DW's NY Yank (Brennan, $4.70) in 1:56.1. The Raceway's live season continues Monday night (post time 7:10 PM, $54,800 final of Petticoat), Tuesday (1 PM, $62,200 final of Sagamore Hill), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM, with Matchmaker and Levy series continuing Fridays and Saturdays). Afternoon simulcasting available daily (Note there is no simulcasting the next two Sundays [Palm Sunday, Easter]). Frank Drucker Director of Publicity

JL Cruze is owned by W Kenneth Wood, W J Dittmar Jr and S J Iaquinta

Favorites romp - Scott Zeron wins five

"Cruze is the King." That was the call from announcer Ken Warkentin that echoed through The Meadowlands as JL Cruze powered to another compelling harness racing victory. Tonight's victory in the $59,800 Shiaway St. Pat Final complete a winter trotting series sweep at The Meadowlands for the four year old son of Crazed. The victory was the eighth of the season for JL Cruze, bringing his 2015 earnings to $126,410. Partnered with his stablemate Razor Ramone, JL Cruze was the 1/9 prohibitive favorite in the Shiaway St. Pat Final. Taken off the gate just a bit by John Campbell, JL Cruze settled mid-pack early in the mile, while Opulent Yankee went to the lead and reached the first quarter in 28.2. The instant the trotters straighted up with the strong wins at their backs on the backstretch, JL Cruze launched his bid for the lead and quickly cleared the front before the half-mile of 56.3. From there, the race was over as JL Cruze sailed through three-quarters in 1:24.1 under no pressure and he was never asked in the stretch to score an authoritative win in 1:52.3. According to trainer Eric Ell, JL Cruze will contest the final two legs of the Bobby Weiss trotting series at Pocono Downs before setting his sights on The Graduate series for four year old open trotters. JL Cruze is owned by W Kenneth Wood, W J Dittmar Jr and S J Iaquinta. In the $59,000 Clyde Hirt Final, Rockeyed Optimist was as advertised, winning decisively in 1:50. Driven to victory by Tim Tetrick, Rockeyed Optimist sat third through the first quarter which was reached in 27-seconds by his stable mate, Rock Out. As the field straightened away down the backstretch, Rockeyed Optimist made his move for the lead and cleared before the half-mile in 54.1. Around the far turn he received a challenge from Caviart Luca, who reached the leader's wheel through three-quarters of 1:22.2, but Rockeyed Optimist promptly dismissed that challenge and leveled off to win impressively again. Rockeyed Optimist is eligible to The Graduate series for trainer Steve Elliot and owners Perretti, Berkner, Battaglia and A&B Stable. The driving star of the night was Scott Zeron, who won five races, including the $25,000 Dash For The "G" Notes Final with Grab Your Keys. The Jackpot Super Hi-5 Carryover in the fifth race grew to $64,065 as multiple winning tickets connected on that wager this evening. The carryover in the last race Jackpot Super Hi-5 is now $29,735 with no winning tickets selecting the correct order of finish. Racing resumes on Friday, April 4th, with first post time at 7:15 P.M. Darin Zoccali

Northern Companion

Howard Klohr trainee upsets in open

Pompano Beach, FL...March 28, 2015...Northern Companion, off at 26 to 1, scored the upset victory in Pompano Park's $15,400 Open Handicap Pace on Saturday night, covering the mile in 1:51.2. The seven year-old son of Cambest, trained by Howard Klohr and driven by Dave Ingraham for owner Dorothy Zarza, stormed home from sixth at the top of the stretch to score a win measuring three-quarters of a length over P L Hellcat with Dan Clements handling the lines. Panocchio, making his initial start of the 2015 campaign, finished third for Bruce Ranger, but was disqualified for a pylon violation and set back to eighth, allowing Duc Dorleans, to move up one notch to third after cutting fractions of :26.2, :55.2 and 1:23. Cruizin K C was also moved up a spot to fourth after putting heavy pressure on the leader around the final turn. Do Wop Hanover, also making his 2015 debut was also moved up a spot to catch the nickel. The field was cut to nine with the scratch of Remissionofsins. In a post race interview, Driver Dave Ingraham lamented, "My horse (Northern Companion) can really turn it on late, especially off of some hot fractions. Actually, when Remissionofsins was scratched, I thought that might hurt us a little bit because that one can really sizzle early and possibly set things up for closers. But it all worked out for us and I am thrilled for Howie (trainer Klohr) and, especially, Dotty (owner Zarza). For Northern Companion, it was his third success of the year in seven starts, sending his 2015 bounty to $18,088. He's banked $257,185 lifetime. His win payoff of $54.80 was, by far, the largest in his 40 lifetime victories. In Pompano's $10,000 Open "2" Pace, Steelhead Hanover, again confidently handled by trainer Joe Pavia, Jr., scored another handy victory in "carbon copy" fashion from last week's open lengths win. The six year-old son of Bettor's Delight, scoring last week in 1:49.2 by 4 3/4 lengths, hit the wire 5 1/4 lengths to the good in 1:50 on this night, after carving out front end panels of :27.2, :55.3 and 1:22.1 along the way. Cadillac Phil and Mike Micallef teamed up for place honors while Cartoonist, in the garden spot all the way with Wally Hennessey, finished third, 5 1/2 lengths away. Twin B Speedo finished fourth while Prairie Jaguar picked up the nickel. In a post race interview, driver Joe Pavia, Jr. said, "It was, pretty much, a carbon copy of last week's win. He's very sharp now and, again, when we hit the backside, he just went into another gear, I really didn't realize that he was going that much during that third quarter--:26.3--but he did the same thing last week, too. He's just doing it so comfortably. He's amazing!" Owned by the consortium of Steven Held, AGC Stables, Dijo Racing and Joseph Barbera, Steelhead Hanover is now 2 for 3 this year and 18 for 70 lifetime with $494,270 in career bounty to go along with a mark of 1:48.3 last year at Pocono Downs. As the overwhelming 1 to 5 choice on the tote-board, Steelhead Hanover paid $2.40 to win. Multiple Carryovers Fuel Big Sunday Night at Pompano Gold Star Spike (Aaron Byron) rallied from last to get his nose up on the wire in Saturday night’s 5th race, returning $129.60 for the win and keying a $2,631 exacta.  The longshot was part of the Pick 4 and Pick 5, ensuring carryovers in both wagers into the Sunday night card.  The 50-Cent Pick 5 features a carryover of $1,842 into Sunday night, with track officials placing a $7,500 guarantee on the total pool.  The 50-Cent Pick 5 is a nightly wager featured on Races 2 – 6.  The 50-Cent Pick 4 will begin with a $2,662 carryover on Sunday, with track officials placing a $15,000 guarantee on the total pool.  The Pick 4 is a nightly wager featured on Races 5 – 8.  Longshot Northern Companion (David Ingraham), returned a healthy $54.80 to take Saturday night’s finale, but there were two winning tickets out on the Jackpot Hi-Five with the 20-cent consolation returning $1,626.66.  The Jackpot Hi-Five carryover into Sunday night is up to $73,551.  Live racing continues at the Isle Casino Pompano Park on a four night per week schedule, with a first post of 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday evenings.  by John Berry for Pompano Park

Astreo's Love

Astreo's Love upsets in feature

LEBANON, OH. - Astreo's Love raced creditably in his first eight starts at Miami Valley Raceway this winter, earning almost $16,000, but could only garner a pair of fifth place finishes when elevated to open company. That changed Saturday night as driver Brad Hanners tactfully guided the five-year-old gelding to an 18-1 upset in the $18,150 feature race. Sensing hot fractions on the front end, Hanners settled the winner into sixth along the pylons as the leaders reached the quarter in :25.4 and the halfway marker in :53.3. Ice Scraper (Ken Holliday) tripped the first beam while favorite A Sweet Ride (Josh Sutton) tripped the second one. Twilight Bonfire (Chris Page) was first to move to the outside just past the half with Orion's Belt (Greg Grismore) assuming the second-over position and Astreo's Love following him. Twilight Bonfire, who recently surpassed the $1 million earnings plateau with three open class victories at Miami Valley in recent weeks, failed to fire on this night leaving Orion's Belt and Astreo's Love no choice but to swing three-wide around the final turn. Both advanced steadily as the field passed the 1:22.2 third stanza, but it was Hanners who had his charge pacing fastest down the middle of the stretch to gain the victory. Owned by Eash Racing Stable, winning punters got $38.20 back on their two dollar tickets on Astreo's Love. With Ice Scraper holding on for second the exacta returned $170.60. Another longshot, Kyron (Kayne Kauffman) rallied for the show dough. There were seven successful claims on the Saturday night program bringing the total to almost 200 after just 61 nights of racing-tangible evidence that owners, both old and new, and trainers continue to be excited about the recent resurgence in the Ohio racing program. Gregg Keidel  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Mach Stockn Barrel continued to flex his muscles at Buffalo Raceway as the 4-year-old gelding registered his sixth harness racing victory of the season in 10 starts with an impressive 1-1/4 length win over Jokerman in the featured $9,500 pace Saturday night (March 28).   Driver John Cummings Jr. was determined to get Mach Stockn Barrel to the top. It took some effort as Mr. Preserverance (Shawn Gray) handed out a parking ticket to the quarter pole in a solid 28.4.   But once gaining the top, Mach Stockn Barrel ($5.40) bottomed out the field, enjoying a widening two-length edge at the top of the stretch. There weren't any threats to the finish line as Mach Stockn Barrel was throttled down. Jokerman (Jim McNeight) showed some late kick to take second while Union Man Hanover (Shawn McDonough) finished in third.   Mach Stockn Barrel (Mach Three-Timeless Classic) is owned by Leonard Segall and is trained by James Clouser Jr. The win pushed his winnings to $26,666 in 2015 and $51,247 lifetime.   In the sub-featured $8,800 pace, the old veteran Peenie ($13.20) found the winner's circle for the second time in a week and the 51st time in his career with a head victory over I C D Moolah in 1:59.2.   Peenie (Gray) was sitting fifth at the three-quarter marker but was sailing on the outside down the stretch. He used a terrific final panel of 28.1 to notch the head win. I C D Moolah (Drew Monti) had to settle for the disappointing place spot while Lucky Nadotremblay (McDonough) arrived in the show position.   Co-owned by Decker's Corner Stable and trainer John Mungillo, the 10-year-old gelded Peenie (Real Artist-Tre Cress) has now earned $16,860 this season and $649,249 lifetime.   Cummings Jr. and Gray each scored four victories on the 13-race card while Buffalo Raceway's leading driver Kevin Cummings had a double.   Racing will resume on Wednesday night at Buffalo Raceway with a 12-race program slated to begin at 5 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, results, race replays, schedule and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

WILKES-BARRE PA - The Quik Pulse Mindale gelding Victory At Last became the first two-time winner in his section of the Bobby Weiss Series for late-developing pacing males, winning one of the three $15,000 second round Weiss events Saturday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Last week Victory At Last led at every call and lasted over the late charge of a Rene Allard-trained horse, YS Lotus, by a head; this week the winner sat the pocket behind another Allard trainee, Vance Bayama, and rallied in the Pocono Pike to win in 1:54.2, last quarter 27.3, with the victory margin a head this week as well. Matt Kakaley again handled Victory At Last for trainer Ron Burke and the powerful combine of Burke Racing and Weaver Bruscemi. Rene Allard, the leading trainer at Pocono last year, sent out the fastest winner in the two rounds of competition when YS Lotus, mentioned above, made a sweeping move around tired foes to the 3/4s and won by five lengths in a personal best 1:52 (on a 26 degree night). Rene's brother Simon was in the sulky behind the altered son of If I Can Dream, an "iron horse" racing for the fourth time in 11 days, for owner Yves Sarrazin. Both Victory At Last and YS Lotus were the crowd choices; such was not the case in the third Weiss event, as 13-1 shot Weapons Dealer angled wide in the stretch and caught Shadow Margeaux, a $77 win bomber last week, by a neck, taking a new speed badge of 1:54.1. Anthony Napolitano handled sulky duties behind the Western Ideal gelding for trainer Daniel Renaud and owner Robert Di Mozzi. Jerry Connors for PHHA / Pocono  

Scarborough, Maine (Friday, March 27, 2015) - After suffering through a historically tough winter, southern Maine's harness racing fans came out in droves to witness the birth of the 2015 meet at Scarborough Downs on Saturday (3/28). The faithful crowded the stands and cheered from the fences as ten ultra competitive races were showcased on a track groomed to perfection by a track crew who have worked tirelessly to combat whatever Mother Nature has had to throw at them. "People responded to the lure of the horses and the great promotions we offered for Opening Day" said Downs' General Manager Martina Mitchell, "It was one of the largest and most enthusiastic Opening Day crowds in recent memory and all of us here at the track are committed to build upon today's momentum." Drew Campbell wasted precious little time in establishing the fact that he was hungry to defend his 2014 Scarborough drivers' championship as he steered the winners of the day's first two races down victory lane, nabbing the natural daily double with Kevin Gee's LUVNUISFUN in the first and Douglas Smith's RD MISTY in the second. Campbell then gave way to others in the deep and talented driver's colony as Eddie Davis, Jr. trumped all teamsters by scoring three wins from the ten races programmed. Included in that tally were AMERICAN PLAN and LEAP OF FAITH, two horses owned by William Fischer of Newfield, Maine. Dan Deslandes was the other driver to win multiple events on the day as he closed out the program by securing top honors in the both ends of the late daily double with Pam Gauthier and Katlyn Waterhouse's LUCKY MAC, followed quickly by Anthony D'Amico's newly acquired, CARRIE ANN. Live harness racing resumes at the seaside oval on Sunday (3/29) with a ten race matinee program which gets underway at 1:30 p.m. (EDT). Moving forward, Scarborough Downs will race next weekend on Saturday and Sunday with post times adjusted to 1:00 p.m. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs

I wonder if Balmoral Park is working on a sign to put outside its harness racing office that reads: “Horses Needed.” If that’s the case maybe they should get another that says: “Driver’s Wanted.” (Availability on Saturday’s Preferred). With the opening last night of Hoosier Park it didn’t come as a surprise to see the all-ready shrunken local horse population take another substantial  dip. The lure of bigger purses could make the longer drive to Indiana worthwhile for some trainers. There are at least 20 local horses on Hoosier’s Saturday card and a number of others who competed Friday evening. The reduction of our driver’s colony was a little more than most of us anticipated  The Balmoral Park Driver’s Board listed not available to drive Saturday night: Sam Widger, Dale Hiteman, Kyle Wilfong and Tim Curtin. All are competing at Hoosier Park.   Along with the recent retirement of Dave Magee to become a steward at the Indiana track, the number of drivers available on the Chicago circuit is undersized and will likely remain that way without legislative help from Springfield to bring purses up to somewhat a competitive level with nearby other Midwest states. Saturday’s Taurus Bomber, the first scheduled ICF stake race of the season, is a no-go because of an insufficient the number of entries. Only two 3-year-olds, Dakota Roadster and Dixie’s Boy entered. No word yet if the $8,000 event for ICF pacing colts and geldings will be contested at a later date or is cancelled. Saturday’s “Winner’s Over” for pacing colts and geldings did fill but just barely with five horses going postward in the fourth race co-feature. Trying to stop the 8-5 morning line favorite Fort Silky (Casey Leonard) from a third consecutive triumph in the $9,400 race are Iam Bonasera (9-5, Travis Seekman), runner-up the last two Saturday’s, Firstclassallthway (5-2, Mike Oosting), Best Man Hanover (6-1, Todd Warren) and Ricky Bobbie (12-1, John De Long). The fifth race “Winner’s Over” trot landed seven starters headed up by the outside trio of Justice Jet (programmed 8-5, Ryan Welch), Fox Valley Veto (7-2, John De Long) and Celebrity Hercules (5-2, Mike Oosting), with the 5, 6 and 7 slots, respectively.. Justice Jet’s five-race winning streak was snapped a week ago by the front-stepping Celebrity Hercules with a 1:55 clocking. It was the second straight for the 9-year-old Jim Ellison trained trotter who was put on Lasix three races ago. Justice Jet had missed a month of racing before last week’s outing. The 4-year-old Indiana bred also got off to a sluggish start and was 13 lengths behind at the :28.1 first quarter and 30 seconds later at the half still trailed the winner by almost 10 lengths. The Roger Welch trainee trotted a 55 last half when he came up third, beaten by three-quarters if a length. Curt Grummel’s Fox Valley Veto is riding a streak of four consecutive second place finishers. The now 4-year-old ICF trotter pulled own almost $150,000 as a 3-year-old that included stake victories in the Kadabra, the Mike’s Mystery and at Springfield. Looking to pull off an upset in the first leg of the track’s $1 Pick 3 wager are Fall Creek Bandit (12-1, Casey Leonard), Ants Iner Pants (8-1, Ryan Anderson), Trottin On Over (8-1, Todd Warren) and Master Of Excuses (6-1, Brian Carpenter). By Mike Paradise

A field of six classy mares lined up behind the starter for the opening day harness racing feature from Harrah's Philadelphia, a winner's over $25,000 lifetime on the pace. The wagering public sent Bamond Racing's Venus Delight off as the 7/5 favorite. The daughter of Bettor's Delight was coming off of a solid victory in a division of the Blue Chip Matchmaker series at Yonkers.   At the start, it was the public's second choice Radar Contact (Andrew McCarthy) firing quickly off the wings, securing the lead before the quarter (28.1). The 7-year-old held the lead until the 5/8ths. That's when Ron Burke trainee Charisma Hanover (Brett Miller) powered past first-over, with Venus Delight (Tim Tetrick) loosely tracking that live cover. After a 55.1 middle half, Charisma Hanover turned for home well clear as the others battled for minor awards.   It was the 20th career win for Burke Racing & Weaver Bruscemi's 5-year-old daughter of Dragon Again, who went on to complete the mile in 1:51.3. Radar Contact battled back for place, while Venus Delight settled for third. The winner returned $10.00.   In other opening day highlights, driver Tony Morgan picked up career win number 15,000 aboard Lightning Moon in the first race of the new meet. Morgan is now one of three North American drivers with over 15,000 lifetime wins. The first race was also named in honor of Tom Izzo, a former Harrah's Philadelphia employee who passed away last year. Last season's leading driver George Napolitano Jr. had four wins on the program.   Live racing continues at Harrah's Philadelphia on Sunday, with a first post of 12:40 P.M.   Mike Bozich  

WASHINGTON, PA, March 28, 2015 -- The brief career of Heavenly Knox has been marked by unusual financial situations and tragedy among his harness racing connections. But the 4-year-old The Panderosa - Mystic Tiger N gelding showed Friday what perseverance and faith can achieve, as he captured the $30,500 championship of the Walter Russell Memorial Pace for 3- and 4-year-old colts, stallions and geldings at The Meadows. The track hosted three other series finals Friday, with Wu Long, Keystone Chester and One Over Par also earning titles. Aaron Merriman won two championships behind Keystone Chester and One Over Par. Heavenly Knox was sound enough at 2 and 3 but, according to his trainer, John 'Johnny Z' Zawistowski, he was prevented from racing by an odd glitch. "The original owner was having financial trouble, and he didn't make the stud fee," Zawistowski said. "We kept training him, but he couldn't get papers. This horse didn't have a name until just a day before we qualified him." He got that name in the most heartbreaking way. When Zawistowski's grandson Knox died at birth, the trainer decided to name the horse in honor of the child. "I gotta believe he's watching over us tonight," Zawistowski said. Now campaigned by an ensuing owner, Wolf Creek Farm, Heavenly Knox rewarded Zawistowski's confidence by winning six of his first seven starts. In the Walter Russell final, he retook the lead for Eric Ledford near the half and handily defeated Terror Of The Nite, who won his first three series splits, by 2-1/4 lengths. Big World Of Rock earned show. The Illinois-based Zawistowski said he likely will ship Heavenly Knox east. "He'll probably go to Yonkers, Pocono and a couple other places," he said. "We'll give him a shot out there." In the other finals: $32,600 Mary Wohlmuth Memorial Trot Wu Long completed her series sweep, but she had to overcome a determined Main Gate Tam and a snow shower that compromised her footing. Wu Long set sail after Main Gate Tam with a first-over move down the backside and finally nailed her in the shadow of the wire, prevailing by 1/2 length in 2:00 for Dave Palone. Seduce A Stranger earned show despite bleeding during the race. "I thought I'd get by, but she really struggled with the track tonight," Palone said. "She was slipping pretty good. I didn't think I could put her in gear and feel 100 percent safe. So I just kind of rode my way up there and, thankfully, we didn't make a mistake." Rob Harmon trains the 4-year-old daughter of Explosive Matter-Strong Tea for Harmon Racing Stable and Knightstalker Stable. $33,200 Ken Weaver Memorial Trot Keystone Chester made it look easy again, drawing off after an uncovered move to score in 1:58 for trainer Andy Rickert and owner Murdock Racing Stable. Flying Muscles rallied for second, 4-3/4 lengths back, with Great Magic third. Rickert called the 4-year-old Chocolatier-Keystone Chickadee gelding "a nice surprise." "We bought him in the sale last May for $6,500," Rickert said. "When I got him, I said, 'What did they bring home?' There wasn't much to him, so we turned him out for four months. When we brought him in, he looked like a horse. He's matured, filled out, and the green grass did him good. He doesn't have many stakes, so we'll try to pick our spots in overnights for him." $28,100 Donna Dunn Memorial Pace One Over Par provided the tote board excitement for the evening, scoring at 13-1 despite finishing no better than third in the three preliminary legs. She followed the first-up cover of Somewhere Fameous to triumph in 1:57, a neck better than Dream Ball. I Plead The Fifth completed the ticket. "I was very confident with her last week, but she made a break," Merriman said. "Her gait was really bad, so we put our heads together and made some changes. She definitely has the talent. The trip helped, and maybe the conditions." Kelly O'Donnell conditions the 3-year-old daughter of Dragon Again-Susie Girl for Mark Maynard, KO Racing Stables and Tangie Massey. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

It had been some time between drinks for the trotter K D Nicol when he suited up for owner/trainer Keith Willey and harness racing pilot Tim Maier last weekend, but the 9-year-old came through with his first victory of the year at Cal Expo and lowered his mark to 1:58 2/5 in the process. K D Nicol was named in honor of our good friend Nicol Trembaly, who passed away the same year this horse was born, related Willey. Earlier in his career, he came with throat problems, so we had surgery done. The first time did not do the job, so we did it again and that time it was successful. Next came the problem of getting him to finish down the stretch, as he had gotten into the habit of giving up due to his breathing problems. While he hadnt reached the winners circle in nine starts on the year, K D Nicol had been dropping some hints and a class drop and cozy rail draw put him over the top last Saturday night. This year, Patrick Galbraith did a good job of getting him to finish and he started picking up some checks, Keith continued. When Patrick left to take care of some family matters, we turned to Tim, who has been giving him some very aggressive drives. In that last assignment, K D Nicol made a strong brush at the quarter to take command past the half, showed the way to the lane with a clear advantage and didnt give an inch while returning $16 to his backers. We felt that he had been racing well and with the right post and trip, he would be able to pull it off. Tim gave him the perfect drive and he was able to hang on down the stretch. I always felt he was better than what he was showing and heres hoping he can continue. Program features Sire Stakes, Distaff Open Pace A pair of $10,000 California Sire Stakes, including a very contentious event for the sophomore pacing fillies; and a Distaff Open Pace will be the highlights on Sunday evenings program at Cal Expo under the Watch and Wager LLC banner. There are 11 races scheduled with a first post of 4:55 p.m. The Distaff Open is the 3rd event on the card, while the Sire Stakes for pacing fillies is the 5th event on the evening and the Sire Stakes for the trotters will be a non-betting affair prior to the regular program. The five Sire Stakes events for the sophomore pacing fillies have resulted in four different winners, with Smash being the one with two trophies on her mantle. The Little Steven homebred races for Junior Wilkinson and Billie Schwartz with Wilkinson the conditioner and Luke Plano in his usual spot in the bike. After finishing second in the first stakes clash back on January 18 and missing the next one due to a sick scratch, Smash accounted for the February 15 and March 1 big-money clashes in sharp style, setting her 1:56 1/5 mark in the latter event. She had to settle for third as the 3-5 choice in the most recent stakes gathering two weeks ago. It was Speak English who got the job done that evening at 15-1 while making her debut for owner/breeder Frank Nevarez, trainer Gordie Graham and driver Tim Maier. She rallied from last to win going away by two and three-quarter lengths in an impressive unveiling. Rounding out the line-up are Little Cher Amio, Pips Valentina, Avila Beach and Hold For Gold. Sandys Song has made a clean sweep of the Sire Stakes for the 3-year-old trotters, dominating her rivals on each occasion. Henry Wieseneck owns, Bob Johnson trains and Steve Wiseman has guided the bay miss to all her victories. Taking her on are Zoeys Delight, Jk Journey and Cadet. ******** Next week will find the trotters and pacers in action on Friday and Saturday night, April 3 and 4, with no racing Easter Sunday. The following week racing returns to the Saturday and Sunday schedule. By Mark Ratzky, Publicity Cal Expo Harness

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - (Friday, March 27, 2015) No Melady's Monet, no problem, that has been the theme for Odds On Amethyst over the past month and that them continued Friday night at The Meadowlands. In his last five starts, Odds On Amethyst has faced Melady's Monet twice, losing both races. In his other three starts, he has found the harness racing winner's circle, including tonight at The Big M. Assigned the outside post in the field of eight, Odds On Amethyst was a 4/5 favorite in the $30,000 Open Trot with Brett Miller in the bike. He showed his customary speed from the onset and took the early initiative through a quarter in 27.1 and a half-mile in 56.1. At that point, the favorite faced a challenge from the Ron Burke trained mare, Handover Belle, making her second start off the layoff. She pressed the tempo with Appomattox drafting in the pocket throughout. Tag Up And Go sat second over on the far turn, followed by Modest Price, who fanned wide through three-quarters of 1:24.2 while commencing a rally. But as the field of open trotters straightened away in the stretch, it was clear this race belonged to Odds On Amethyst as he opened up on the field at will, winning by open lengths in 1:52.3. Appomattox was able to save the runner-up spot, while Modest Prince rallied to be third. Odds On Amethyst is owned by Diamond Creek Racing and trained by Jimmy Takter. He is nominated to the Arthur J. Cutler Memorial, which kicks off the Championship Meet at the Meadowlands, with the eliminations on Saturday, May 9th and the Final on Saturday, May 16th. The supporting feature was the $25,000 Dash For The "G" Notes Final for filly and mare pacers. The race featured plenty of early action, with HS Open Waters reaching the quarter in 27.3, but Smokin N Grinin quickly grabbed the lead between calls, but yielded to Top Brand at the half-mile in 55 seconds. Brownsville Bomber came up to challenge the leader and took over past three quarters in a strong 1:22.4. That mare was quickly engaged by Crazy On You, who grabbed the lead in mid-stretch, but stumbled and went off-stride as both Beach Granny and Ballineen went by. Those two mares sprinted to the wire together with Ballineen nosing out Beach Granny on the wire in 1:52.1. Crazy On You was off-stride through the finish and was disqualified and placed ninth. Brownsville Bomber finished fourth and was placed third. Ballineen was driven by Scott Zeron for trainer Steve Elliot and owner Ernest Hartman. The win by Ballineen sent two lucky fans on a trip to Jamaica. The Meadowlands ran a promotion in which 10 customers were selected and each given a horse in the eighth race. The customer with the winning horse would win a trip for two to Jamaica. That winner was Brenton Rousey of Lawrence Harbor, N.J., who was just as excited to be cashing the winning exacta ticket and wrapped up his interview by exclaiming "The Big M is number one!" The GSY Amateur Series continued on Friday night and this week it was the Robert Krivelin show as he scored a driving double winning both $8,000 events with Current Crisis and Permanent Joy. Krivelin finished second in both amateur trotting events the previous week and has taken a commanding lead in the early part of the series. Hannah Miller had a good showing, finishing second with Jacks To Open and fourth with Rev It Now. The driving stars on the program were Jim Marohn Jr. and Scott Zeron, both scoring driving triples on the card. The fifth race Jackpot Super Hi-Five went unclaimed with multiple winning tickets connecting. That carryover will be $61,472 into the Saturday program. The last race Super Hi-Five also had multiple winning tickets, resulting in a carryover of $11,841 into 12th race on the Saturday program, which begins at 7:15 P.M. Meadowlands Signal Restored to Mid-Atlantic Customers Simulcast Impasse blacking out The Meadowlands signal has come to an end The simulcast dispute that had prohibited certain bettors from wagering on The Meadowlands has been resolved.  Effective tonight, Friday, March 27, 2015, those customers who wager at Mid-Atlantic sites will be able to bet into the largest pools in harness racing once again. “First and foremost I want to apologize to our customers who have been unable to partake in The Meadowlands product these past four months,” said General Manager/C.E.O. Jason Settlemoir.  “We are very thankful that this impasse has come to an end and we appreciate our customers sticking with us through this difficult time.  We thank them for being fans of The Meadowlands and are elated that they will be able to wager into our pools again.” “We have worked hard over these past few months to do our best at The Meadowlands to help resolve this dispute,” said Meadowlands Chairman Jeff Gural.  “It was very unfortunate, and we are very sorry that so many people were affected and essentially blacked out from wagering on our product.  We are hopeful that with this impasse being lifted they are eager to return to wagering on the world’s greatest harness racing.  We thank them for their continuous support.” Darin Zoccali

The final winter series' conclude this Saturday at The Meadowlands and it should come as no surprise that the two names that have headlined the winter harness racing meet take center stage once again. JL Cruze (coupled with Razor Ramone) will begin as the 2/5 morning line favorite in the $59,800 Shiaway St. Pat Final, while Rockeyed Optimist has been installed as the 1/5 morning line choice in the $59,000 Clyde Hirt Final. Both are poised to sweep their respective series. For JL Cruze, to say he has exceeded his trainer, Eric Ell's expectations, would be an understatement. Originally a $30,000 Harrisburg yearling, JL Cruze went back through the Harrisburg sales ring this past fall at the mixed sale. In hindsight, the final price this time, $32,000, can be considered a bargain. "I can say now that he has surprised us," said Ell. "When we nominated him to this winter series' (at The Meadowlands) we didn't know if he could go with those, looking back, I guess I wish we would have staked him more for the rest of the season. But when he came to us, there was no way to know he would be this good." As far as this Saturday goes, Ell is expecting another big effort from JL Cruze. "He has had a great week. He has shown a hitch in his giddy-up at times, so we backed off him a bit and he responded. He has been jogging well and is ready to go." After Saturday, the plan is to send his gelding to Pocono for the last two legs of the Bobby Weiss series. "We missed the first two weeks of the Weiss, but hopefully he can do the job in the last two legs and make the Final." The immediate future is more clear than the long term plans for JL Cruze. "After the Weiss, we'll definitely point him to The Graduate series and when The Meadowlands re-opens in the fall maybe we will find something there. He isn't staked too much, but next year will be different." Ironically, the connections of Rockeyed Optimist find themselves in a very similar position as Eric Ell, but are happy with the game plan they have mapped out as well. "(Rockeyed Optimist) just keeps getting better," said trainer Steve Elliot. "With each start he just seems to be more within himself. He's been a pleasure, just a really nice horse." Elliot is not sure why he wasn't more popular went he went through the sales ring as a yearling. "I'm not sure why he didn't sell. At the time everyone was down on Jersey-breds, so maybe that was it. When we first got him he would just sulk in the corner of his stall. We thought he bled, so we put him on Lasix and he went backwards. So we took him off it and turned him out. When we brought him back he was a totally different horse. He's healthier and happier." The long-term future plans for Rockeyed Optimist are still a bit up in the air, but Elliot has no problem with that. "The owners told me to map out a schedule as if I owned the horse, which is just great. They didn't pressure me to stake him into races where he would be going up against gorillas. We've been able to manage him well. He'll go to the Graduate series and then from there we'll see. I wasn't sure if he could go with the Free-For-All types until last week when he paced in 1:48.3. That means he is almost right at that level speed-wise already. He isn't staked much this year, but we'll have a fresh horse as a five year old and as long as he keeps progressing, we'll give him the opportunity to be a Free For All pacer next year." The Clyde Hirt and Shiaway St. Pat headline the Saturday card at The Meadowlands, with post time at 7:15 P.M. Darin Zoccali

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Association of Racing Commissioners International (RCI) officials today praised the announcement by Peter Smith, attorney for the United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, concerning the criminal indictment of four racetrack veterinarians with administering drugs to Thoroughbred racehorses within 24 hours of when the horse was entered to race. "Today's indictments are indicative of how racing commissions are teaming up with law enforcement and other government agencies to enforce laws designed to protect horses and the integrity of racing," said RCI President Ed Martin. Racing commissions are quietly working to involve other regulatory and law enforcement entities to pool resources and take advantage of the collective jurisdictional reach of various entities to ensure that all regulations and laws are followed and enforced. Martin said that similar efforts are underway in other jurisdictions and he praised the cooperative work of Pennsylvania racing regulators, the Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigations, and the Pennsylvania State Police for their work in building the case for the indictments announced today. RCI will meet in Tampa, Florida on April 21-23, 2015, and of special interest to be discussed are State Veterinary Board requirements that prescription medications be dispensed only upon a valid diagnosis for a specific patient. The American Association of State Veterinary Boards will be participating in the RCI discussions. Today's indictments claim that the defendants allegedly submitted false veterinarian treatment reports to the Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission. The indictments also claim that drugs were not administered pursuant to a valid prescription and constituted misbranding of the prescription animal drugs in violation of federal law. In 2012, five state racing commissions formally requested the assistance of the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in multi-jurisdictional racing commission investigations. Martin said the FDA has been an invaluable resource and partner since then, as have other agencies that are now working with various state racing commissions. Steve May

ANDERSON, Ind.-March 27, 2015 - Pertty Music and Ed Hensley returned to their winning ways at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino as they captured the featured event, a $21,000 Invitational pace for fillies and mares, on Friday, March 27. Using a powerful rally late in the lane, the five-year-old mare bested her rivals with a final time of 1:54.2 to reach the winner's circle in front of a packed house that turned out for the opening night of the harness racing season. Leaving from post five in the field of eight, Pertty Music was unhurried from the gate and settled along the rail in sixth as the rest of the field battled for early position. Tyler Smith had The Bomb Dottie forwardly place and they were the first to get a call through the opening panel in :27.2. The pace slowed just a touch as Hensley gave Pertty Music the green light and the duo reached the top spot at the half mile mark in :57.4. Their lead would be short-lived as Peter Wrenn and Miss Millie were out and firing approaching the final turn with the rest of the field closing in. With a three-quarter clocking in 1:26.3., the field was tightly packed and the race appeared to be wide open turning for home. Using a :27.2 final panel, Pertty Music exploded from the pocket and was able to hold off a late charge from Blissful Romance and Ricky Macomber Jr. to score the win. American Girl and Sam Widger overcame a tough, first over trip to round out the trifecta as the heavy betting favorite. Pertty Music returned $7.00 to her backers at the window. "I was a little unsure how the trip would work out for us," owner, trainer, driver Ed Hensley noted after the victory. "She's a great mare to drive and the trip ended up working out in our favor. I wasn't sure if we were going to hold them off down the lane but she fought all the way to the wire." The 5-year-old daughter of Jereme's Jet-My Metallica notched her fourth win from just eight seasonal outings. With the victory, Pertty Music pushed her seasonal earnings to $35,235. Live harness racing will return to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, March 28 with a 14-race card that is set to begin at 5:15 p.m. This Saturday night at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will feature drink specials, give-aways and live music at the conclusion of the live racing card. For more information on the live racing season and the upcoming events at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Photo: Pertty Music and Ed Hensley capture the featured event at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Photo Courtesy of Linscott Photography. Emily Gaskin

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YONKERS, NY, Saturday, March 28, 2015 - Yonkers Raceway offered up Round 2 of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series Saturday night. Four, eight-horse $50,000 divisions again featured the best Free-For-Allers, and a trio of combatants couldn't wait to double their pleasure. Defending series champ P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett, $7) used the same M-O-sitting a three-hole and closing deep in the passing lane-that worked so well in the 2014 finale. "Supercam," from post position No. 4, went by a pocket-sitting Frankie's Dragon (George Brennan) to win the first grouping by a length-and-a-half in 1:52.4. Clear Vision (Yannick Gingras), the just-over-even-money favorite, was a first-up third. The first three intervals (:27, :57, 1:24.1) were provided by Heez Orl Black N (Shaun Vallee), before that one tired and finished last. For second choice P H Supercam, an 8-year-old Million Dollar Cam gelding owned by Bamond Racing and trained by Jeff Bamond Jr., it was his fourth win in seven seasonal starts. The exacta paid $27.40, with the triple returning $86. The second event was Polak A (Brian Sears, $7.80) repeat what he did in the series opener, as in win the draw and make the rest of his rivals pay. After giving it up to Michael's Power (Dan Dube), Polak A took over before a :27.2 opening quarter-mile. After a cheapy, :29.2 next interval (:56.4 half), 4-5 fave Foiled Again (Gingras) moved from third. A :27.4 third quarter (1:24.3) ensued, with Polak A maintaining a short lead into the lane. He dug in, holding off both Michael's Power (neck) and Foiled Again (length-and-a-quarter) in 1:52.4. Mach's Beach Boy (Pat Lachance) was fourth. For second choice Polak A, a 7-year-old Down Under son of Pacific Fella trained by Tony O'Sullivan for co-owners Frank Bellino & Sons, Frank J Bellino and Joseph Bellino, he's now 2-for-2 stateside and 2-for-3 in '15. The exacta paid $33, the triple returned $64 and the superfecta paid $231.50. Saturday's third Levy grouping was won by 6-5 second choice Beach Memories (Gingras, $4.50). Leaving from post No. 4, he worked hard to get around Sapphire City (Bartlett). From there, and sub-sections of :27.3, :57, 1:24.2 and 1:53, Beach Memories held off that same Sapphire City by a neck, with 11-10 wagering choice Mach it So (Tim Tetrick) a non-threatening third. For Beach Memories, a 5-year-old Somebeachsomewhere gelding co-owned by Strollin Stable AWS Stables King McNamara and Country Club Acres and trained by Ron Burke, it was his second win in five seasonal starts. The exacta paid $14, with the triple returning $28.80. The evening's final series event saw driver Gingras author some Raceway robbery with Bettor's Edge ($12.20) in 1:53.3. Leaving alertly from post No. 4, Bettor's Edge met no resistance whatsoever from 3-10 choice Dancin' Yankee (Brett Miller). Left to his own accord (:28, 57.2, 1:25.4), Bettor's Edge opened a length-and-a-half in and out of the final turn. He then easily repelled his odds-on pursuer, winning by a half-length. Windsong Jack (Sears) was third, with McErlean (Tyler Buter) fourth. For second choice Bettor's Edge, a 6-year-old Bettor's Delight gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Burke, Weaver Bruscemi and M1 Stable, it was his first win in a couple of '15 tries. The exacta paid $31.40, the triple returned $66 and the superfecta paid $425. Saturday night's $42,000 Open Handicap Trot went to DW's NY Yank (Brennan, $4.70) in 1:56.1. The Raceway's live season continues Monday night (post time 7:10 PM, $54,800 final of Petticoat), Tuesday (1 PM, $62,200 final of Sagamore Hill), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM, with Matchmaker and Levy series continuing Fridays and Saturdays). Afternoon simulcasting available daily (Note there is no simulcasting the next two Sundays [Palm Sunday, Easter]). Frank Drucker Director of Publicity
"Cruze is the King." That was the call from announcer Ken Warkentin that echoed through The Meadowlands as JL Cruze powered to another compelling harness racing victory. Tonight's victory in the $59,800 Shiaway St. Pat Final complete a winter trotting series sweep at The Meadowlands for the four year old son of Crazed. The victory was the eighth of the season for JL Cruze, bringing his 2015 earnings to $126,410. Partnered with his stablemate Razor Ramone, JL Cruze was the 1/9 prohibitive favorite in the Shiaway St. Pat Final. Taken off the gate just a bit by John Campbell, JL Cruze settled mid-pack early in the mile, while Opulent Yankee went to the lead and reached the first quarter in 28.2. The instant the trotters straighted up with the strong wins at their backs on the backstretch, JL Cruze launched his bid for the lead and quickly cleared the front before the half-mile of 56.3. From there, the race was over as JL Cruze sailed through three-quarters in 1:24.1 under no pressure and he was never asked in the stretch to score an authoritative win in 1:52.3. According to trainer Eric Ell, JL Cruze will contest the final two legs of the Bobby Weiss trotting series at Pocono Downs before setting his sights on The Graduate series for four year old open trotters. JL Cruze is owned by W Kenneth Wood, W J Dittmar Jr and S J Iaquinta. In the $59,000 Clyde Hirt Final, Rockeyed Optimist was as advertised, winning decisively in 1:50. Driven to victory by Tim Tetrick, Rockeyed Optimist sat third through the first quarter which was reached in 27-seconds by his stable mate, Rock Out. As the field straightened away down the backstretch, Rockeyed Optimist made his move for the lead and cleared before the half-mile in 54.1. Around the far turn he received a challenge from Caviart Luca, who reached the leader's wheel through three-quarters of 1:22.2, but Rockeyed Optimist promptly dismissed that challenge and leveled off to win impressively again. Rockeyed Optimist is eligible to The Graduate series for trainer Steve Elliot and owners Perretti, Berkner, Battaglia and A&B Stable. The driving star of the night was Scott Zeron, who won five races, including the $25,000 Dash For The "G" Notes Final with Grab Your Keys. The Jackpot Super Hi-5 Carryover in the fifth race grew to $64,065 as multiple winning tickets connected on that wager this evening. The carryover in the last race Jackpot Super Hi-5 is now $29,735 with no winning tickets selecting the correct order of finish. Racing resumes on Friday, April 4th, with first post time at 7:15 P.M. Darin Zoccali
Pompano Beach, FL...March 28, 2015...Northern Companion, off at 26 to 1, scored the upset victory in Pompano Park's $15,400 Open Handicap Pace on Saturday night, covering the mile in 1:51.2. The seven year-old son of Cambest, trained by Howard Klohr and driven by Dave Ingraham for owner Dorothy Zarza, stormed home from sixth at the top of the stretch to score a win measuring three-quarters of a length over P L Hellcat with Dan Clements handling the lines. Panocchio, making his initial start of the 2015 campaign, finished third for Bruce Ranger, but was disqualified for a pylon violation and set back to eighth, allowing Duc Dorleans, to move up one notch to third after cutting fractions of :26.2, :55.2 and 1:23. Cruizin K C was also moved up a spot to fourth after putting heavy pressure on the leader around the final turn. Do Wop Hanover, also making his 2015 debut was also moved up a spot to catch the nickel. The field was cut to nine with the scratch of Remissionofsins. In a post race interview, Driver Dave Ingraham lamented, "My horse (Northern Companion) can really turn it on late, especially off of some hot fractions. Actually, when Remissionofsins was scratched, I thought that might hurt us a little bit because that one can really sizzle early and possibly set things up for closers. But it all worked out for us and I am thrilled for Howie (trainer Klohr) and, especially, Dotty (owner Zarza). For Northern Companion, it was his third success of the year in seven starts, sending his 2015 bounty to $18,088. He's banked $257,185 lifetime. His win payoff of $54.80 was, by far, the largest in his 40 lifetime victories. In Pompano's $10,000 Open "2" Pace, Steelhead Hanover, again confidently handled by trainer Joe Pavia, Jr., scored another handy victory in "carbon copy" fashion from last week's open lengths win. The six year-old son of Bettor's Delight, scoring last week in 1:49.2 by 4 3/4 lengths, hit the wire 5 1/4 lengths to the good in 1:50 on this night, after carving out front end panels of :27.2, :55.3 and 1:22.1 along the way. Cadillac Phil and Mike Micallef teamed up for place honors while Cartoonist, in the garden spot all the way with Wally Hennessey, finished third, 5 1/2 lengths away. Twin B Speedo finished fourth while Prairie Jaguar picked up the nickel. In a post race interview, driver Joe Pavia, Jr. said, "It was, pretty much, a carbon copy of last week's win. He's very sharp now and, again, when we hit the backside, he just went into another gear, I really didn't realize that he was going that much during that third quarter--:26.3--but he did the same thing last week, too. He's just doing it so comfortably. He's amazing!" Owned by the consortium of Steven Held, AGC Stables, Dijo Racing and Joseph Barbera, Steelhead Hanover is now 2 for 3 this year and 18 for 70 lifetime with $494,270 in career bounty to go along with a mark of 1:48.3 last year at Pocono Downs. As the overwhelming 1 to 5 choice on the tote-board, Steelhead Hanover paid $2.40 to win. Multiple Carryovers Fuel Big Sunday Night at Pompano Gold Star Spike (Aaron Byron) rallied from last to get his nose up on the wire in Saturday night’s 5th race, returning $129.60 for the win and keying a $2,631 exacta.  The longshot was part of the Pick 4 and Pick 5, ensuring carryovers in both wagers into the Sunday night card.  The 50-Cent Pick 5 features a carryover of $1,842 into Sunday night, with track officials placing a $7,500 guarantee on the total pool.  The 50-Cent Pick 5 is a nightly wager featured on Races 2 – 6.  The 50-Cent Pick 4 will begin with a $2,662 carryover on Sunday, with track officials placing a $15,000 guarantee on the total pool.  The Pick 4 is a nightly wager featured on Races 5 – 8.  Longshot Northern Companion (David Ingraham), returned a healthy $54.80 to take Saturday night’s finale, but there were two winning tickets out on the Jackpot Hi-Five with the 20-cent consolation returning $1,626.66.  The Jackpot Hi-Five carryover into Sunday night is up to $73,551.  Live racing continues at the Isle Casino Pompano Park on a four night per week schedule, with a first post of 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday evenings.  by John Berry for Pompano Park
LEBANON, OH. - Astreo's Love raced creditably in his first eight starts at Miami Valley Raceway this winter, earning almost $16,000, but could only garner a pair of fifth place finishes when elevated to open company. That changed Saturday night as driver Brad Hanners tactfully guided the five-year-old gelding to an 18-1 upset in the $18,150 feature race. Sensing hot fractions on the front end, Hanners settled the winner into sixth along the pylons as the leaders reached the quarter in :25.4 and the halfway marker in :53.3. Ice Scraper (Ken Holliday) tripped the first beam while favorite A Sweet Ride (Josh Sutton) tripped the second one. Twilight Bonfire (Chris Page) was first to move to the outside just past the half with Orion's Belt (Greg Grismore) assuming the second-over position and Astreo's Love following him. Twilight Bonfire, who recently surpassed the $1 million earnings plateau with three open class victories at Miami Valley in recent weeks, failed to fire on this night leaving Orion's Belt and Astreo's Love no choice but to swing three-wide around the final turn. Both advanced steadily as the field passed the 1:22.2 third stanza, but it was Hanners who had his charge pacing fastest down the middle of the stretch to gain the victory. Owned by Eash Racing Stable, winning punters got $38.20 back on their two dollar tickets on Astreo's Love. With Ice Scraper holding on for second the exacta returned $170.60. Another longshot, Kyron (Kayne Kauffman) rallied for the show dough. There were seven successful claims on the Saturday night program bringing the total to almost 200 after just 61 nights of racing-tangible evidence that owners, both old and new, and trainers continue to be excited about the recent resurgence in the Ohio racing program. Gregg Keidel  
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