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Coming up this Sunday, January 29, 2017 is one of the great trotting events in the world, the Prix D'Amerique. Check out the great promo video (in English) by clicking here.  Here is another one in French that is super click here.

Rocky’s Z Tam, driven by Ricky Macomber, Jr., took top honors in Pompano Park’s top pace on Sunday night.

Rocky's Z Tam steps up and wins Open

Pompano Beach, FL...January 22, 2017...Rocky's Z Tam, fresh off a 1:50.4 winning effort in conditioned company a week ago, stepped up to the top Pompano Park Open ranks and promptly won that, as well, stopping the timer in 1:51.1 for harness racing driver Ricky Macomber, Jr. The five year-old gelded son of World of Rocknroll took home the major share of the $12,000 purse in pinning a photo finish defeat measuring a neck over the pacesetting Respectable Dream, handled by Rick Plano. Bluehourpower, also from the Macomber Stable and driven by Corey Braden, finished third, 2½ lengths away while Fritzie Pic Up Man finished fourth. Mystic Desire picked up the nickel in the quintet. It was a "picture perfect" journey for Rocky's Z Tam, who left alertly from the rail, allowing Respectable Dream to take command around the initial turn and on to a quarter in a hot :26.2. At this juncture, Fritzie Pic Up Man was third followed by Bluehourpower and Mystic Desire. On the backside after a half in :55, both Bluehourpower and Mystic Desire tilted to the outside but a :27.3 third panel left those two unable to dent significantly into the leader's margin of 1½ length past that third station in 1:22.3. Turning for home, Macomber left the coziness of his pocket and Rocky's Z Tam began gnawing away at the leader, gaining an ever-so-slight advantage just a couple of strides from the wire. After the race, Macomber said, "well, we sure got a 'picture perfect' journey, didn't we? Those first and third quarters were pretty good and we were just drafting along. Once we straightened away, I tilted him (Rocky's Z Tam) out and he kept grinding until he got it done. "It was a very nice mile for him...and me, too!" Trained by Jamie Macomber for the Z Tam Stables, Rocky's Z Tam won for the second time in four starts this semester, pushing his earnings this young season to $11,570. Lifetime, Rocky's Z Tam has bounty of $116,521. Even money on the tote-board, Rocky's Z Tam paid $4.20 to win. The same Macomber, Macomber, Z Tam Stables tandem also teamed up to score in the $10,000 Open 2 Pace with Uncmprmising Z Tam, as this four year-old altered son of Shadyshark Hanover made a quarter move to the top and, off that :26.2 opener, carded panels of :55.1 and 1:23 in route to a 1:51.3 win. Trained by Jamie Macomber and with Ricky Macomber, Jr. in the bike for the Z Tam Stables, Uncmprmising Z Tam scored by three-parts-of-a-length over the late surging First of Itskind (Tom Jackson). Heart Felt (Bryce Fenn) finished third, just a nostril further back while He's A Lock finished a fast closing (:27.3) fourth. The Optimist picked up the final award in the field of eight. The winner now has nine lifetime wins and $242,563 on his career card. Off at even money, Uncmprmising ZTam paid $4.00 to his multitude of backers. Monday's Pompano program features the ever-popular "Over The Hill Gang" trot with the tough nine year-old gelding My Revenuer after his fifth straight win for owner-trainer Tom Petri. Brad Kramer is expected in the sulky back of My Revenuer, who has been installed as the 2 to 1 morning line favorite. Among the competitors this week is She's All In, the eight year-old mare who has been competitive in Open company over this season. Owner-trainer Rick Plano will be in the sulky back of the gutsy daughter of Revenue S. Monday's card also features a carryover in the track's Pick-6 of $4,412. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park  

Shellysblockbuster

Win streaks on the line in double-features

DOVER, Del...Ken Kam and Shellysblockbuster carry win streaks into one of the two Monday, Jan. 23 harness racing double-feature $9,000 paces at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Russ Foster drove Denise Dixon's Ken Kam, a winner of two of his last three starts, into an impressive 1:52.1 victory after being parked out for most of the race. On the other hand, Shellysblockbuster, driven by Allan Davis for owners Don Reed and trainer George Wagner, sixth at the three-quarters to a 1:51.4 score in his last outings. Heading the opposition is Art Stafford and trainer-driver Art Stafford Jr.'s Blazing Bobby Sox, starting from post 1. Barry Rubinstein Farms' Cheyenne Jeffrey with Ross Wolfenden has been in the money in all five local starts with two of them victories. Other contenders are George&Tina Dennis and Ask W Stables' Roddy's Hot Again, Heather Malone's DCs Better Life with two straight second-places, with Corey Callahan in the bike. RBH Venture's Ideal Magic handled by Vic Kirby; Robbins Nest Farm's Gallic Beach and Montrell Teague and from post 8, JFE Enterprise and Triple D Stable's Bettors Glass with Jonathan Roberts. In the second co-feature, Don't Ya Know (Callahan) is the one to beat. Casino Bags Carlo (Vince Copeland) has been racing well. Tom Kemp's Fire In The Belly (Bret Brittingham) leaves from the rail with Bob Coryea's I Wanna Go Fast (Foster) alongside. Idealbeach Hanover (Jim Morand) drew post 9 in the second tier for owners Ed Maas, Arlene Paisley and Nanticoke Racing. George&Tina Dennis' All Star Preview gets an inside post this week. Jim, Phil Mango and driver Bryan Truitt's Bobbies Power Play; Time Out I'm Tired (Ross Wolfenden) racing for Bill Mears and Janine McIlvain; and driver Mike Rossi-leased Skyway Gladiator, have upset credentials. On Tuesday, streaking Enhance Your Mind puts a four-race win streak on the line in the $20,000 Mares Open pace feature race. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing and NFL three-game wagering is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. There is no charge for parking and admission. Early reservations are suggested for the acclaimed Winner's Circle Buffet Restaurant and for those planning to stay at the 4-star Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad  

Rocknroll Jewel

"Claim To Fame" Finalists to race for $35,000

LEBANON, OH. - Rocknroll Jewel, Dalhousie Dave and King Harvest won divisions of "Claim To Fame" races for $30,000 claimers at Miami Valley Raceway on Sunday (Jan. 22) propelling all three into the $35,500 championship leg along with six other harness racing foes next Sunday. Rocknroll Jewel (Jason Brewer) proved best in the first $27,500 split, beating One Lucky Dragon (Greg Grismore) and Sparky Mark (Chris Page) in 1:51.4 over the five-eighths mile oval. Jeff Brewer trains the winner for Chris Choros. Dalhousie Dave (Trace Tetrick) paced an identical 1:51.4 mile to top Account Rollover (Mike Oosting) and Rock Out (Tyler Smith). Howard Taylor and Thomas Lazzaro own the Brewer Adams trainee. King Harvest (Simon Allard) dominated the final division in 1:52 over Jackson Wyatt (Jeremy Smith) and Caution Signs (John DeLong). Charlie Stewart conditions the 7-year-old son of Nuclear Breeze for Tessa Roland. In order of their earnings in the two preliminary legs, the finalists will be Dalhousie Dave, Rocknroll Jewel, King Harvest, first leg winners Cosmicpedia, Speed Trap and Sonofa Sizzle, Jackson Wyatt, One Lucky Dragon and Sir Mammo. First alternate is Account Rollover if any of the qualified finalists fails to enter. Gregg Keidel

With a recent legislative bill passed, The California sires stakes committee has approved pacing stallion owners from Michigan, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Maine and Alberta, Canada to register their stallions to the Calif. Stakes program, starting with the 2017 harness racing breeding season.   To be eligible for the 2017 breeding season, Pacing stallions must be nominated to the California Sires Stakes program by the extended date of 4/1/17.   To obtain a registration form, you can go to chhaonline.com , csssc@chhaonline.com or contact Donna Newman at 916-919-7469.   Again, this is for pacing stallions only from the states of Minnesota, Michigan, Maine, Iowa, Wisconsin and Alberta,Canada.   Robin Clements CHHA director and member of the Calif. sires stakes committee

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 22, 2017 -- The Meadows Racetrack & Casino has increased -- to $12,500 -- the total-pool guarantee for its Monday, Jan. 23 Pick 4 harness racing wager as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. While $5,000 Pick 4 guarantees are regular features of each card, The Meadows sweetened the pot when Saturday's Pick 4 was uncovered, resulting in a carryover of $2,859.87. Minimum wager for the Pick 4 (Races 4-7) is 50 cents. Since Pennsylvania law requires a minimum per-race wager of $2, a player wagering at the 50-cent level must bet at least four tickets. First post for Monday's program is 1 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

LEBANON, OH. - Mykindachip (Chris Page) returned to his winning ways copping the $22,000 Open I Pace at Miami Valley Raceway on Saturday (Jan. 21) night, speeding to a 1:50.4 harness racing victory over Meadowbrookthunder (Trace Tetrick) and Fancy Creek Elusiv (Mike Oosting). My Buddy Ninkster (Tyler Smith) was fourth, while Vague Traces (Andy Shetler) and E R Rudy (Sam Widger) dead-heated to split the fifth place payout. Page pushed the lukewarm favorite off the gate with alacrity, deciding just before the :26.1 to do the give-and-go with Fancy Creek Elusiv, who was pressing on the outside. Once back on top, Mykindachip raced comfortably through middle fractions of :54.4 and 1:22.2 before posting a :28.2 final panel to glide through the wire a relatively easy winner. Mykindachip is owned by Burke Racing, Silva Stables, Weaver Bruscemi and L. Karr. The 8-year-old son of Art's Chip has 41 lifetime wins and $654,552 in career earnings. Mykindachip The Burke-Bruscemi partnership also captured the $16,500 Open II pace with Angelo J Fra, clocked a couple ticks quicker in 1:50.2. Page made a strong backstretch brush with the 5-year-old son of The Panderosa, clearing the early pacesetters with ease from a spot near the rear in the early going. Fellow closers Splended Party (Mike Oosting) and Lucky Lime (Kyle Ater) followed the winner's maneuver and finished second and third respectively. Kris Hinchcliff conditions Angelo J Fra while he races in Ohio. Angelo J Fra won for the 15th time and increased his overall bankroll to $168,944. Four divisions of $20,000 claiming pacers chased $22,500 purses while vying for one of nine spots in next Saturday's $34,500 championship final. A pair of first leg winners made return trips to the winner's circle, while another pair used their second leg victories to qualify for the lucrative final. Repeat winners were Perrito Caliente (1:52.1, Sam Widger) and Hokuri Handrail N (1:53.1, Trace Tetrick). Both will enter the final for new connections as they were claimed for $25,000 (25% higher claiming prices in second leg). The finalists, in order of earnings during the two preliminary legs, are Perrito Caliente and Hokuri Handrail N, Savage Seelster, Frankandjoanne and Supreme Z Tam, Stamkos, Cinderella Guy, Southwind Indy and Mosee Terror. Startin Something is the first also-eligible if any of the finalists fails to enter. Gregg Keidel

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, January 21, 2017 - Caviart Luca and harness racing dtiver George Brennan, $28.60 snapped odds-on Blood Brother (Jason Bartlett) at the wire Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $45,000 Open Handicap Pace. 'Twas a night better suited for Carl Sandburg (fog reference for all you academics out there), Caviart Luca found himself away from post position No. 3. He sat as 3-4 choice Blood Brother two-moved to the lead before a :27.4 opening quarter-mile. Things remained unchanged after a 57-second intermission and 1:25 three-quarters, with Blood Brother taking a 2½-length lead into the lane. Despite a mediocre tow from P H Supercam (Scott Zeron), Caviart Luca was relentless from second-up. He picked off the pace-setter by a nose in 1:52.2, with P H Supercam, Roland N Rock (Jordan Stratton) and City Hall (Tyler Buter) settling for the remainder. E Z Noah (Dan Dube) was outrun. As an aside, it was the first time Bartlett did not drive P H Supercam here since September, 2013. For fifth choice Caviart Luca, a now-6-year-old Somebeachsomewhere gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi and Phil Collura, he's won both of his seasonal starts. The exacta paid $65.50, with the triple returning $204. Frank Drucker

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (January 21, 2017) - Bettor's Edge, the 2015 TVG Free For All champion, returned to the Meadowlands and rewarded his new harness racing connections with a decisive 1:49.4 score in the $16,000 Saturday night feature. Bettor's Edge was recently purchased by trainer Jennifer Lappe and Robert Santagata after racing for Ron Burke and earning nearly $1.9 million. Brett Miller put the 8-year-old Bettor's Delight gelding on the front end through a 55.3 half mile and kicked home in 26.3 to record his 33rd lifetime win. 2013 Little Brown Jug champion Vegas Vacation finished second with Somesizesomestyle finishing third. "He is an old class horse," said Miller, who was driving the horse for the first time. "I have raced against him quite a bit over the years and he was as nice driving tonight as he always looked when he would beat me." Bettor's Edge made amends for a break he made in his first start for the new connections last week at Yonkers, but Miller gave a big excuse. "Apparently they had the hopples set way too long when he raced at Yonkers," explained Miller. "They tightened them and he felt pretty good. He seems like he would be a nice horse for the Levy Series at Yonkers." Lappe added two other wins on the card to post a training triple. Heidi Rohr and Ron Burke scored two training wins. Corey Callahan led all drivers with three wins while Miller, Yannick Gingras, Marcus Miller, and Jim Marohn, Jr. all posted two wins. Total handle for the 13-race card was $2,747,729. The Meadowlands moves to a three-nights-a-week schedule beginning next week with Thursdays added to the regular Friday and Saturday nights. Post time is 7:15 p.m. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com. Justin Horowitz

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Rebel Jet ($12.40) has been a well-traveled harness racing pacer the past few months but he found a perfect landing spot at Buffalo Raceway on Saturday night (Jan. 21) by winning the $10,000 Open in 1:57.1 over the good track.   After visiting Vernon Downs, Batavia Downs, Pocono and The Meadowlands in the past three months, Rebel Jet (Bruce Aldrich Jr.) was ready to give Buffalo Raceway a try.   It was a success as he got a perfect pocket trip then used the passing lane late to hold off Knocking Around (David McNeight III). Southwind Torque (Shawn Gray) took third.   After taking the lead briefly, Rebel Jet had to settle into second place as Southwind Torque set the pace with splits of 29.2, 58.0 and 1:27.1.   Turning for home, Southwind Torque hung tough but retreated to third place. Rebel Jet, however, revved his engines in the passing lane and squeezed out the half length decision while Knocking Around came on the outside to take second.   Owned by Rocco Stebbins and trained by Joe Skowyra, the 8-year-old gelded Rebel Jet (Jerome's Jet-Heart ofthe Matter) has now earned $218,224 in his career thanks to 26 lifetime victories.   Gray led the drivers with a triple with Aldrich Jr. and Ray Fisher Jr. each notching a double. Trainer JD Perrin conditioned three winners and Skowyra posted two.   Action will resume at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night with a 12-race program slated to begin at 5 p.m.   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    

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 21, 2017 -- Refreshed by a 31 second-quarter breather, Trustworthy Kid easily repelled his outside harness racing challengers and captured Saturday's $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Trustworthy Kid had to work hard for the lead, but when Dave Palone threw on the brakes in the second panel, the 8-year-old SJ's Caviar-Penn Worthy Lane gelding got the break he needed. He shrugged off the first-over challenge of Sixteen Mikes and scored in 1:56 over a "good" surface, 3/4 lengths better than Valley Of Sin. TSM Photo Bugger was a ground-saving third. Lisa Dunn owns and trains Trustworthy Kid, who now boasts $442,697 in career earnings. Palone collected five wins on the 12-race card while trainer Paul Corey enjoyed a three-bagger. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

On this night, the house horse got the money. Opulent Yankee, co-owned by Meadowlands chairman Jeff Gural, upset a field of razor sharp upper-level conditioned trotters to headline a 13-race harness racing program at the Big M. Andy Miller and Opulent Yankee were part of an early three-pronged duel for the front. Crosbys Clam Bake, returning a week after a sick scratch and gunning for his fourth straight win, won the battle and set the early fractions of 27.1, 56.2, and 1:25.4. Opulent Yankee followed all the way from the pocket while favorite Muscle Diamond was beginning to rally from the back of the pack with John Campbell. Turning into the stretch, Jim Marohn, Jr. asked Crosbys Clam Bake while Opulent Yankee used the slingshot move from the pocket. Opulent Yankee proved strongest down the lane, kicking home in 27.3 to win in 1:53.3. "Opulent Yankee took advantage of a great two-hole trip on the muddy track," said trainer Julie Miller. "It was really satisfying to see him at his best tonight. I'm hoping we can keep him together and have another good season here at the Meadowlands with him." B Yoyo closed up the pylons to grab second with Crosbys Clam Bake backing up to third and Muscle Diamond rallying belatedly to be fourth. Opulent Yankee returned $32.40 to win and topped a $289.60 exacta and $1,209 trifecta. Yannick Gingras made his 2017 debut at the Meadowlands after an extended winter break and immediately posted a driving double, winning with Can Do in the fifth race and Sheer Flex in the seventh. Brett Miller led all drivers with three wins. 10 different drivers visited the winner's circle. Total handle was $2,744,956, up more than 4 percent over last year's corresponding night with one fewer race. Live racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com. Justin Horowitz  

LEBANON, OH. - Safe From Terror, a 13 time harness racing winner in 2016 who banked $166,205, returned to her winning ways at Miami Valley Raceway on Friday (Jan. 20) night when she captured the $22,000j Mares Open pace in 1:52. Confidently handled by Chris Page, the 5-year-old daughter of Western Terror was sent directly to the front in a :26.3 opening panel. After seating Aniston Seelster (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) behind her, Safe From Terror never had another anxious moment through comfortable fractions of :55.3 and 1:23.4 before posting a final panel of :28.1 to win by open lengths. Aniston Seelster held for second with American Girl (Trace Tetrick) garnering the show dough. The winner, trained by Mike Conklin for Winchester Baye Acres LLC, paid $5.20 to win as the co-favorite. Her lifetime earnings now exceed $660,000. Four divisions of second and final preliminary round action went postward for $12,500 claiming horses and geldings to determine the nine finalists for next week's $27,100 championship final. John Jay (Simon Allard) became the only repeat winner when he topped Strother (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) and Maserati Seelster (Aaron Merriman) in 1:53. Other winners were Thisdeuceiswild (Tyler Smith) over Smithers (Simon Allard) and Summons (Kayne Kauffman) in 1:54.4; Kiss Of Terror (Chris Page) over If It Rains (Jason Brewer) and B R Flying Dali (Simon Allard) in 1:52.3; and Poison Oak (Kayne Kauffman) over Superficial (Andy Shetler) and Positively Perfect (Brady Galliers) in 1:54.3. The top nine earners that enter the final of each of seven "Claim To Fame" series currently underway, qualify for the lucrative finals. In the male $12,500 claiming pace division that list is comprised of John Jay, Kiss Of Terror, Thisdeuceiswild, BR Flying Dali, Poison Oak, Bridge Jumper, Splended Party, Summons and Smithers. If It Rains is the first also-eligible if any other qualified horse fails to enter. Four divisions of $20,000 male pacers will compete on Saturday (Jan. 21) night for spots in the $34,500 championship of their series seven days later. Post time is 6:05 p.m. Gregg Keidel  

YONKERS, NY, Friday, January 20, 2017 - Slight harness racing favorite Bettor N Better (Jason Bartlett, $7.20) lasted-barely-Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $45,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. In play from post position No. 4 (a one-notch improvement after an inside scratch), Bettor N Better was able to get around pole-assigned Set Me Up (George Brennan) before a moist :28.2 opening quarter-mile. After a rated :57.3 intermission, Hidden Land (Brent Holland) tried it from fourth. That did not go well down the backside and in and out of a 1:25.2 three-quarters. Bettor N Better owned a length-and-a-three-quarter lead off the final turn then held sway, whipping Set Me Up by a nostril in 1:54.2. Delightful Dragon (Dan Dube) was a three-hole third, with a rallying Empress Deo (Scott Zeron) and Hidden Land settling for the minor moolah. For Bettor N Better, a now-5-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight owned by Bamond Racing and trained by Jeffrey Bamond Jr., it was her first win in a pair of a seasonal starts. The exacta paid $97, with the triple returning $161.50. Frank Drucker

Two significant longtime horsemen passed away last week. Dover Downs founder David Buckson, 96, a harness racing owner, trainer, driver during his distinguished career which included serving as Delaware Governor, Lieutenant Governor, State Attorney General and Family Judge among his many credits, and Ty Case III, who fought a courageous lifelong battle to live. Case was also a trainer and driver who due to diabetes lost his vision and required dialysis. After a transplant his sight returned only to be lost vision again. He suffered a quadruple heart bypass, and later six strokes and an operation on his brain. After blindness, he became a switchboard operator at Dover Air Base. He, his wife Holly and his companion dog were seen often at Dover Downs and Harrington enjoying the races. --------------------------------------------------------- The first sub 1:50 miles of the season were recorded Thursday, Jan.19 at Dover Downs when Bushwacker won the $30,000 feature in 1:49.3 and in the next race Delaware-sired Remember Me VK scored in 1:49.4, on a super -fast 15 race card. ------------------------------------------ The Horizon Award is a high spot at the Delaware Standardbred Owners Association (DSOA) annual awards-banquet. This year's standout event, Jan. 13 accorded the honor to youthful horseman Russell Foster, an up-and-coming driver who came into his own in 2016. Following DSOA's Annual Meeting the horsemen's Awards Dinner, with governor-elect John Carney in attendance, was held at Modern Maturity Center. Following dinner, Heather Vitale did her usual outstanding jobj as host of the awards ceremonies celebrating the horsemen and horses highlights of 2016 at Dover Downs and Harrington Raceway. Then, "Mike Hines and the Look" entertain with music and dancing to complete the affair. ---------------------------------------------------- Saturday, Jan. 29, It's The Best of Canada at the Black Tie event, the 2016 O'Brien Awards in Mississauga, Ont. The classy banquet theme this year is the 250th anniversary of horse racing in Canada." -------------------------------------------------- Late next month, the annual highlight of the Winter banquet season comes on Sunday, Feb. 26 at Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas, Nevada with the U.S. Harness Writers Association (USHWA) Night of Champions honoring the 2016 Dan Patch Awards winners. For more information, check www.ushwa.org . ----------------------------------- George Teague receives several honors in Las Vegas next month, one from Harness Horsemen International (HHI) will be honored.,Teague is winner of HHI's major award, "The Dominic Frinzi Person of the Year." Teague will be honored for graciously allowing the public to meet and greet his great pacer, 2015 Horse of the Year, Wiggle It Jiggleit, several times during 2016, all to help promote harness racing. Then on Sunday, Feb. 26, the U.S.Harness Writers Association (USHWA) will honor Teague, the first person honored for a second time as its "Good Guy" award winner. Team Teague gets the sport's second highest honor, The Stan Bergstein Proximity Award or service to the sport. For ticket and hotel arrangements consult www.ushwa.org . ---------------------------------------- The hot horses in early 2017 at Dover Downs are Ed Gannon and Yannick Gingras' Vintage Babe, a winner of six starts in a row. Two of trainer Bryan Tuitt Stable's young horses continue to streak. Enhance Your Mind has won five in-a-row and 7 of her last 8 races. ---------------------------------------------------------- Vic Kirby is back on top of the leading driver standings after emerging from a tie las week with Tim Tetrick.. Red-hot defending champion Corey Callahan has vaulted into second place with Yannick Gingras, third. vacationing Tim Tetrick is now fourth with Tony Morgan completing the top 5. -------------------------------------------------- Jim King continues atop the leading trainer statistics. Josh Green and Joe Hundertpund are tied for second place, Leigh Raymer and defending champ Dylan Davis are tied for fourth. -------------------------------------------- Marv Bachrad

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Coming up this Sunday, January 29, 2017 is one of the great trotting events in the world, the Prix D'Amerique. Check out the great promo video (in English) by clicking here.  Here is another one in French that is super click here.
Pompano Beach, FL...January 22, 2017...Rocky's Z Tam, fresh off a 1:50.4 winning effort in conditioned company a week ago, stepped up to the top Pompano Park Open ranks and promptly won that, as well, stopping the timer in 1:51.1 for harness racing driver Ricky Macomber, Jr. The five year-old gelded son of World of Rocknroll took home the major share of the $12,000 purse in pinning a photo finish defeat measuring a neck over the pacesetting Respectable Dream, handled by Rick Plano. Bluehourpower, also from the Macomber Stable and driven by Corey Braden, finished third, 2½ lengths away while Fritzie Pic Up Man finished fourth. Mystic Desire picked up the nickel in the quintet. It was a "picture perfect" journey for Rocky's Z Tam, who left alertly from the rail, allowing Respectable Dream to take command around the initial turn and on to a quarter in a hot :26.2. At this juncture, Fritzie Pic Up Man was third followed by Bluehourpower and Mystic Desire. On the backside after a half in :55, both Bluehourpower and Mystic Desire tilted to the outside but a :27.3 third panel left those two unable to dent significantly into the leader's margin of 1½ length past that third station in 1:22.3. Turning for home, Macomber left the coziness of his pocket and Rocky's Z Tam began gnawing away at the leader, gaining an ever-so-slight advantage just a couple of strides from the wire. After the race, Macomber said, "well, we sure got a 'picture perfect' journey, didn't we? Those first and third quarters were pretty good and we were just drafting along. Once we straightened away, I tilted him (Rocky's Z Tam) out and he kept grinding until he got it done. "It was a very nice mile for him...and me, too!" Trained by Jamie Macomber for the Z Tam Stables, Rocky's Z Tam won for the second time in four starts this semester, pushing his earnings this young season to $11,570. Lifetime, Rocky's Z Tam has bounty of $116,521. Even money on the tote-board, Rocky's Z Tam paid $4.20 to win. The same Macomber, Macomber, Z Tam Stables tandem also teamed up to score in the $10,000 Open 2 Pace with Uncmprmising Z Tam, as this four year-old altered son of Shadyshark Hanover made a quarter move to the top and, off that :26.2 opener, carded panels of :55.1 and 1:23 in route to a 1:51.3 win. Trained by Jamie Macomber and with Ricky Macomber, Jr. in the bike for the Z Tam Stables, Uncmprmising Z Tam scored by three-parts-of-a-length over the late surging First of Itskind (Tom Jackson). Heart Felt (Bryce Fenn) finished third, just a nostril further back while He's A Lock finished a fast closing (:27.3) fourth. The Optimist picked up the final award in the field of eight. The winner now has nine lifetime wins and $242,563 on his career card. Off at even money, Uncmprmising ZTam paid $4.00 to his multitude of backers. Monday's Pompano program features the ever-popular "Over The Hill Gang" trot with the tough nine year-old gelding My Revenuer after his fifth straight win for owner-trainer Tom Petri. Brad Kramer is expected in the sulky back of My Revenuer, who has been installed as the 2 to 1 morning line favorite. Among the competitors this week is She's All In, the eight year-old mare who has been competitive in Open company over this season. Owner-trainer Rick Plano will be in the sulky back of the gutsy daughter of Revenue S. Monday's card also features a carryover in the track's Pick-6 of $4,412. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park  
DOVER, Del...Ken Kam and Shellysblockbuster carry win streaks into one of the two Monday, Jan. 23 harness racing double-feature $9,000 paces at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Russ Foster drove Denise Dixon's Ken Kam, a winner of two of his last three starts, into an impressive 1:52.1 victory after being parked out for most of the race. On the other hand, Shellysblockbuster, driven by Allan Davis for owners Don Reed and trainer George Wagner, sixth at the three-quarters to a 1:51.4 score in his last outings. Heading the opposition is Art Stafford and trainer-driver Art Stafford Jr.'s Blazing Bobby Sox, starting from post 1. Barry Rubinstein Farms' Cheyenne Jeffrey with Ross Wolfenden has been in the money in all five local starts with two of them victories. Other contenders are George&Tina Dennis and Ask W Stables' Roddy's Hot Again, Heather Malone's DCs Better Life with two straight second-places, with Corey Callahan in the bike. RBH Venture's Ideal Magic handled by Vic Kirby; Robbins Nest Farm's Gallic Beach and Montrell Teague and from post 8, JFE Enterprise and Triple D Stable's Bettors Glass with Jonathan Roberts. In the second co-feature, Don't Ya Know (Callahan) is the one to beat. Casino Bags Carlo (Vince Copeland) has been racing well. Tom Kemp's Fire In The Belly (Bret Brittingham) leaves from the rail with Bob Coryea's I Wanna Go Fast (Foster) alongside. Idealbeach Hanover (Jim Morand) drew post 9 in the second tier for owners Ed Maas, Arlene Paisley and Nanticoke Racing. George&Tina Dennis' All Star Preview gets an inside post this week. Jim, Phil Mango and driver Bryan Truitt's Bobbies Power Play; Time Out I'm Tired (Ross Wolfenden) racing for Bill Mears and Janine McIlvain; and driver Mike Rossi-leased Skyway Gladiator, have upset credentials. On Tuesday, streaking Enhance Your Mind puts a four-race win streak on the line in the $20,000 Mares Open pace feature race. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing and NFL three-game wagering is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. There is no charge for parking and admission. Early reservations are suggested for the acclaimed Winner's Circle Buffet Restaurant and for those planning to stay at the 4-star Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad  
LEBANON, OH. - Rocknroll Jewel, Dalhousie Dave and King Harvest won divisions of "Claim To Fame" races for $30,000 claimers at Miami Valley Raceway on Sunday (Jan. 22) propelling all three into the $35,500 championship leg along with six other harness racing foes next Sunday. Rocknroll Jewel (Jason Brewer) proved best in the first $27,500 split, beating One Lucky Dragon (Greg Grismore) and Sparky Mark (Chris Page) in 1:51.4 over the five-eighths mile oval. Jeff Brewer trains the winner for Chris Choros. Dalhousie Dave (Trace Tetrick) paced an identical 1:51.4 mile to top Account Rollover (Mike Oosting) and Rock Out (Tyler Smith). Howard Taylor and Thomas Lazzaro own the Brewer Adams trainee. King Harvest (Simon Allard) dominated the final division in 1:52 over Jackson Wyatt (Jeremy Smith) and Caution Signs (John DeLong). Charlie Stewart conditions the 7-year-old son of Nuclear Breeze for Tessa Roland. In order of their earnings in the two preliminary legs, the finalists will be Dalhousie Dave, Rocknroll Jewel, King Harvest, first leg winners Cosmicpedia, Speed Trap and Sonofa Sizzle, Jackson Wyatt, One Lucky Dragon and Sir Mammo. First alternate is Account Rollover if any of the qualified finalists fails to enter. Gregg Keidel
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