Daylon Magician

Daylon Magician wins $170,000 Trotting Classic

Harness racing driver Jack Moiseyev won the Cleveland Classic in 1991 with three year-old pacing star Precious Bunny and had not been to Northfield Park since. He returned to the Flying Turns on Friday (July 3) to drive Daylon Magician in the $170,000 Cleveland Trotting Classic and found himself in the winner's circle again. Daylon Magician ($19.80) started from post seven and let his competition carve blistering early fractions of :26.3, :54.3 and 1:23.4. Moiseyev pulled second over and followed cover up the backstretch before making his move in the final quarter and besting his competition by a head, stopping the timer at 1:53.2. The clocking broke the track record for five-and-up trotting horses and tied Northfield's all-age trotting record. "Everything kind of worked out for us. They were going pretty fast and I was able to rest him (Daylon Magician) early, and that is what he really likes," said Jack Moiseyev. "He was in a good spot turning for home because if he is close he tries to beat whoever is in front of him." Friday's win is Daylon Magician's sixth this year and 31st lifetime score, increasing his bankroll to $1,934,527 for Komoka, Ontario, Canada owner Daylon Farms LTD. Completing the 2015 Trotting Classic were Obrigado, DW's NY Yank, Rompaway Galaxy, Awesome Valley, Il Sogno Dream, Datsyuk and Count Me In. Daylon Magician The track record set in the Classic was just one of four records set on the 15-race program, which also featured 11 $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes races for freshman filly pacers and trotters. In the evening's fifth race Shut Up And Dance ($4.20) broke the track record for two year-old-trotting fillies when she posted a four length victory in 1:58. Aaron Merriman drove for trainer Dirk Simpson and owner James Bafia. The previous record was 1:58.1 held by both Rose Run Keepsake (Steve Carter) in 2008 and You're Majestic (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) in 2014. Lease Ness Monster won the evening's $13,000 Fillies and Mares Open and broke her own record for four year-old-pacing mares. She won by 4¾-lengths in 1:52 for driver Ronnie Wrenn Jr. and trainer Matt Waltz, who co-owns the mare with David Waltz. Her previous 1:52.1 record was set earlier this year. Victory Is Coming was parked every step of the way in the $20,000 Open Trot and still managed to edge out her competition by a nose in 1:53.2. Ronnie Wrenn Jr drove the mare for trainer Ammon Hershberger and owners Betty and John Red Shaw. That time beat her previous 1:53.3 record she trotted last year. She solely held the title as Northfield's fasted trotter ever for about 15 minutes before Daylon Magician equaled that time in the very next race. Ayers Ratliff  

Cinamony

Daughter of Art Official three-peats in "Open"

YONKERS, NY, Friday, July 3, 2015  - Cinamony with harness racing driver George Brennan in the bike is just better than her foes right now. She proved it again Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's featured $42,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace for a third consecutive local victory. Starting outside her six foes, she was content to be an early laggard as invading Inittowinafortune (Dan Dube) worked around It's a Miracle (Eric Carlson), laying down early intervals of :27.4 and :56.2. It was Tipitina (Eric Goodell) offering weak, first-up company while Hot List (Brian Sears) gapped from second-over. That forced 4-5 choice Venus Delight (Jason Bartlett) and Cinamony around that one going toward a 1:24.1 three-quarters. Inittowinafortune owned a length-and-a-half lead into the lane, but the wheels were wobbling. Cinamony uncoiled to rally widest and fastest, whipping a cone-skimming Alhambra (Tyler Buter)-the 28-1 rank outsider-by a neck in 1:53. Venus Delight, It's a Miracle and Hot List rounded out the payees, with the pace-setter tiring to sixth. For third choice Cinamony, a 4-year-old daughter of Art Official co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke and Weaver Bruscemi, it was her fourth win in eight seasonal starts. The exacta paid $144, with the triple returning $437.50. The Raceway's live season continues Saturday night (post time 7:10 PM). After that, it's Monday (7:10 PM), Tuesday (1 PM), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker

Aaron Merriman & Evanora

Fillies sparkle in Ohio Sires Stakes contests

Ohio harness racing fans got their first glimpse of Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) youngsters on Friday night, July 3 at Northfield Park, as 11, $40,000 divisions for freshman trotting and pacing fillies went postward at the half-mile oval.   The first three divisions featured 2-year-old diagonally-gaited distaffs, which could have been renamed the Aaron Merriman-Chris Beaver show, as this pair dominated all three races.   In the first group of seven fillies Merriman steered favorite Kerfuffle Cookie to victory in 2:00.1 in her first career start, for the Synerco Ventures, Inc., of Toronto, ON, winning by just over 21 lengths. The daughter of Chip Chip Hooray took the lead at the start and never looked back, while Haley Chip (Chris Page) notched second and Transit Authority (Jeremy Smith) got up for third.   "This filly was super tonight," Merriman stressed. "She has a very soft mouth and Chris (trainer Beaver) had her ready to go."   The second race, second OSS division saw Merriman use similar tactics to guide Evanora to victory in a career best 2:01 by 6¼ lengths. The chestnut daughter of Pilgrims Taj is owned by Sandra Burnett of Wilmington, OH, and this was her second straight triumph, pushing her career earnings to $21,550. Oneeyedmomma (Marty Wollam) finished second with Count On Anna (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) third.   Merriman and Beaver were in the winner's circle once more for Race 3, the third division of trotting fillies. This time Kestrel reeled through the double-turns, notching a 1:59 performance for Merriman in a top mark of 1:59, drawing off by five lengths. It was the filly's first career win for owners Beaver and Wilbur Lang of Jamestown, OH. Hoorah Hoorah (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) was second while A TC Queenie (Ken Holiday) grabbed third-place honors.   Merriman then scored in the fourth OSS trotting division (Race 5), guiding the Dirk Simpson trained Shut Up And Dance to win in a new track record clocking of 1:58. The daughter of Triumphant Caviar is owned by James Bafia of Minooka, IL and earned her first paycheck in the one mile test, which she won by four lengths.   "We bought her at the Ohio Select Sale for $28,000," Bafia said. "I thought she had a great pedigree and she showed a lot of potential early but had an OCD that we removed. She was able to train down well in spite of that surgery, and has gotten up to speed very quickly."   Count On Kami (Kurt Sugg) was second to Shut Up And Dance, while favorited Soft Power (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) notched third.   The final OSS division for filly trotters (Race 14) saw Still Sizzling heat up the racetrack by going gate to wire for trainer-driver Dale Decker, winning by 2¼ lengths in 1:59.4. The Trainforthefuture lass pushed her career earnings to $21,516 for owners Decker and Douglas Vandergrift of Michigan. She Drives Me Wild (Aaron Merriman) finished second with Rose Run Rachel (Kurt Sugg) nabbing show honors.   Filly pacers took to the track beginning with the fourth race on the evening's 15-race program. Big Bad Ashley and driver Dan Noble left nothing to chance as they paced to a winning 1:56 effort in the first $40,000 OSS division. The daughter of Big Bad John is conditioned by Jim Arledge, Jr. for the Winchester Baye Acres, Inc. of Powell, OH and was three-quarters of a length in front of Hooray For Hazel (Chris Page) at the wire, while NPR Nine (Aaron Merriman) finished third.   Kayne Kauffman piloted Awakening to victory in the second OSS division (Race 6), clocked in 1:57 for the one mile test. Mike Polhamus harnessed the daughter of Feelin Friskie for owner Marjorie Polhamus of Fletcher, Oh. It was the filly's third career start and pushed her earnings to $23,076. Kacy's Coop (Aaron Merriman) was second, nearly two lengths behind the winner, while Feelin Lilly (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) was third.   John's Sunny Girl, a daughter of Big Bad John, captured the third OSS division (Race 7) for driver Greg Grismore in new lifetime clocking of 1:55.4. Doug Hinklin conditions the bay filly, who upped her career earnings to $24,400 for the Parent Racing Stable LLC of Holland, OH.   "She's done everything we've asked of her to date and for the rest of the season it's just a matter of her staying healthy," Grismore acknowledged. Doug (trainer Hinklin) has done a great job of giving this filly the right education. I was just a passenger tonight."   Bred by Midland Acres, John's Sunny Girl bested rival Beauteous Girl (Kurt Sugg) by eight lengths, while Miss Me Yet (Montrell Teague) who had made a break early, recovered well to be third.   Owner-trainer-driver Tye Loy, of Columbia Station, OH, stole the show in the fourth OSS division (Race 9) as he guided his My Tweed Heart to a 1:59.1 triumph. This daughter of Manhardt finished 1¼ lengths in front of It's Your Fantasy (Dan Noble) and Big Bad Body (Josh Sutton) in her career debut.   Queen Ann M and driver Chris Page took the fifth OSS division in 1:56.4 by 2½ lengths for owner Alan Keith of Pataskala, OH. The Big Bad John lass used come-from-behind tactics to score her career debut over Northfield's flying turns, with Ufpfortydevensgirl (Aaron Merriman) finishing in the bridesmaid role and Friskie Zena (Tye Loy) nabbing third place money.   The sixth and final division (Race 15) of freshman pacing fillies saw Big Bad Bretta, another daughter of Big Bad John, finish under the wire first in 1:57 for driver Chris Page by nearly three lengths. Steve Carter conditions the filly for CE Grubbs, RB Reid, SR Hummel and JM Beard of Ohio. Big Bad Chickie (Dan Noble) grabbed place honors while Save My Tootsie (Aaron Merriman) was third.   Daylon Magician captured the $170,000 Cleveland Trotting Classic (Race 11) for trainer-driver Jack Moiseyev in a track-record-tying time of 1:53.2. The rugged, 7-year-old son of Kadabra pushed his career earnings up over the $2 million mark with this victory, the 31st of his career in 71 starts for the Daylon Farms LTD of Komoka, ON.   "He felt like a 3-year-old in here tonight," Moiseyev said. "He just felt great, and this is the first time I've been back to Northfield since 1991." Moiseyev had driven Precious Bunny to victory at Northfield that season in the Cleveland Classic.   Obrigado (Mark McDonald) was second by a whisker, while DW's NY Yank (Chris Page) got up for third and Rompaway Galaxy (Mike Micallef) was fourth.   Also, the gutsy mare Victory Is Coming, chugged out a rough, first-over journey to prevail at the wire in 1:53.2 for a new, all-age, track record in Northfield's $20,000 Open Trot (Race 10). The daughter of Victory Sam, who is conditioned by Ammon Hershberger for Betty and John Red Shaw of Mount Vernon, OH, pushed her career earnings to $609,935 with the win, the 55th of her career in 130 starts. Picture This (Don Irvine, Jr.) was second with Julians Caesar (Chris Page) third.   Kimberly A. Rinker

New York Sire Stake

Vernon Horseman dominate Sire Stakes

The mountains were alive this weekend, as Monticello Raceway held its annual Fireworks display, much to the delight of the large crowd.  The 10 race harness racing card featured 5 New York Sire Stake events for 2 Year Old Trotting Fillies, each split raced for $21,800, 2 - Division A Excelsior’s ($15,000) and 1 - Excelsior’s B ($6,800). The heavy holiday traffic pushed back the original post time of 5:30 to 6:00.  Also on hand for the evening was the Monticello Raceway Memorabilia Face Book group who were present for a winners circle presentation in the 6th race, brought out of storage for the event, was the original and grand NYC OTB Classic trophy. For the majority of the fillies this was their first Pari Mutuel start, and their first start under the lights.  The fillies that mind their manners fared very well during the card. The first race of the evening an Excelsior’s B event, saw Dan Daley guide the RC Royalty lass I’ve Got Spirit to a wire to wire win in 2:05:3 for owners Daley, Crawford and White. The heavy favorite, Stick of Butter made an early break and was out of contention.  In race 3, first heat of the Excelsior A, trainer George Ducharme, picked up his 1st of 2 wins on the card.  She was the best on paper and lived up to her form as driver Chris Lems steered Lindylicious to victory in 2:02:3 (LQ 29:2) The daughter of Credit Winner was content to sit the pocket after Barn Doll made a strong move to take the lead past the ¼ pole, after benefiting from the perfect trip, she won by a neck.  Race 4 showcased the impressive Pink Power, owned by Albert & Michelle Crawford, unfortunately the fractious filly made a start before the gate left and was never in contention.  The easy going, regal looking filly, Royal Encore and Trond Smedshammer made the best of Pink Powers miscue and grabbed the lead and stayed there until the top of the lane, until Charlie Norris’s filly, who was on her best behavior and minded her manners scooted home a winner in 2:01.  Race 6 almost saw a track record as Winning Princess crushed her foes.  Driver Jim Morrill made a big move with the filly past the quarter mile marker and didn’t look back, she has 12 lengths on the filed as she passed the ¾ maker in a swift 1:29:1, she tripped the tele timer in a National Season record of 2:00:3. The George Ducharme and Chris Lems combo teamed up again in race 9 with Swinging Royalty.  The confidant RC Royalty filly scored in 2:02. Vernon horseman were on their game this evening, Dan Daley won the 1st race, and he would have had a double on the card, but was set down due to a Eurorail violation in the 7th race with Mai Tai Monkey.  Gates Brunet won the 5th race, a non-winners event with Panamanian Hanover, and then capped off the evenings last event with Love Crazy Love, the Crazed filly is owned by Crawford Farms and Ted Gewertz. George Ducharme has the best night of all, so far this season he has been very successful at the Mighty M and tonight was not any different has we won 2 events and got checks for 4 out of his 6 starters. After the conclusion of the evening card, race goers were treated to Monticello Raceways annual Fireworks, fans both young and old enjoyed the 25 minute show. By Shawn Wiles

ANDERSON, Ind.-July 3, 2015 - Hoosier Park Racing & Casino played host to a stakes-filled card on Friday, July 3, and the night was ruled by favorites and Hoosier Park's leading driver, Trace Tetrick, who had four winners on the card. The 14-race harness racing card featured the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for the two and three-year-old divisions. Eight Indiana Sires Stakes champions were crowned and just as Tetrick drove four of the eight winners, favorites prevailed in all but one division. Tetrick scored his first victory of the night in the opening round of the stakes action with Ginger Shark in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for two-year-old pacing fillies. Scoring her second consecutive victory from two lifetime starts, Ginger Shark made her winning move down the backside and was never contested to score in a lifetime best of 1:53. "That was a good experience for her last week," Tetrick said. "I wasn't sure how she would be on the front tonight but Brian (Brown) was really high on the filly and she's been really great so far." "She's had great manners and she's got a great way of going," he continued. "She's very versatile and just an all-around nice filly." Trained by Brian Brown, Ginger Shark has now earned $47,500 from two career outings. The daughter of Shadyshark Hanover-Miss AJ Ponda is owned by Emerald Highlands Farm. Just two races later, Tetrick found the winner's circle once more this time with Justice As in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Justice As was unhurried in the early stages of the race but found late racing room in the stretch to score in 1:57.3, a new lifetime best. "He did everything right training down," Trainer Anette Lorentzon noted after the race. "He didn't really show me that he was something special but he did everything right." "It's early," she continued. "Trace does such a great job with my horses, I just told him (Trace) to teach him how to race and we'll go from there." The gelded son of Justice Hall-Pandora remains undefeated in two lifetime starts. Owned by Acl Stuteri, Justice As has now bankrolled $47,500 for his connections. Fresh of a decisive win in the Indiana Sires Stakes elimination last week by six and a half lengths, Nora Rockwell and Jason Dillander turned in another dominant performance to take home top honors in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old pacing fillies. Scoring in a lifetime best of 1:51.1, Nora Rockwell outlasted all challenges from the rest of the field to score her sixth victory of the season as the heavy betting favorite. "She's such a game filly," Dillander said after the win. "She does get a little aggressive behind the gate but aside from that, she's very handy. She wants to win and that's her best quality." "I knew I wanted to get a good position leaving but I was just hoping I wouldn't have to use her too hard to do so," he continued. "She really can race anyway and she's a great filly to drive." Trained and owned by Marlin Fry, Nora Rockwell scored her 10th lifetime victory and now sports a lifetime bankroll of $141,072. The daughter of Palone Ranger-Norma Rockwell notched her third consecutive victory at Hoosier Park with the win. Tetrick would get back to the winner's circle, this time for the third time, after Churita used a gate to wire effort to score in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes for three-year-old trotting fillies in 1:55.2. Tetrick placed the overwhelming favorite on the front and she was able to hold off a late charge from Hannelore Hanover and Ricky Macomber Jr. to score her fifth consecutive victory. Trained by Matt Rheinheimer, Churita has now won 13 of 15 lifetime outings and remains undefeated in 2015. Owned by Jackie Porter, Churita has amassed $364,550 lifetime. The lone upset of the evening came in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old trotting fillies as Doug Rideout and Just Jess scored at odds of 25-1. Using the long Hoosier Park stretch to his advantage, Rideout found late racing room and Just Jess surged late to score in 1:59.4. "She's always done everything right, everything we asked," Rideout noted after the race. "She qualified well but then had some issues. We've been working hard on her and tonight she put it all together." "I was trying to be cautious with her tonight," he continued. "She's always had speed and I just wanted her to stay at it. She's going to turn into a really nice filly when she puts it all together." Trained by Doug Rideout, the homebred daughter of Jailhouse Jesse-Glide Sally Glide scored her second lifetime victory from three starts. Owned by Julie Rideout and Alan White, Just Jess has now earned $40,000 lifetime. In the very next division of the stakes action, Mystical Rock and LeWayne Miller delivered as the 6-5 favorite in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Benefitting from a pocket trip, Mystical Rock used a :28 final panel to best his rivals in 1:54.1 and establish a new lifetime mark in the process. "He's a little bit lazy," Miller noted in the winner's circle. "He has always been a very nice colt and I've always liked him but he will only do what you ask him." "The trip worked out well for us," Miller continued. "I knew we would have to leave a little bit to hold our position but we got a little breather down the backside. He raced really good tonight." As the stakes action switched gears, Homicide Hunter and John Delong kept the favorite trend alive for the evening as they prevailed in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Overcoming a tough, first-over trip, Homicide Hunter reached the lead around the final turn and held off all charges to win by two lengths in 1:55.3. "I just didn't want to get him started up early," Delong said in the winner's circle after the victory. "I wanted to get a seat and it didn't work out exactly like I thought but he did what he had to do, he's awesome." "He'll do anything you ask him," Delong continued. "He's a true professional." With the victory, Homicide Hunter remains undefeated in 2015 from six seasonal outings. Owned by Dr. Patrick Graham and trained by Curt Grummel, the son of Mr. Cantab-Evening Prayer has now won nine of 16 lifetime starts. Freaky Feet Pete and Trace Tetrick rounded out the stakes action in a big way as they were able to overcome traffic issues to score in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stake Final for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings in 1:49.2. Away a worrisome fourth, Tetrick was able to find late racing room around the final turn and Freaky Feet Pete did the rest. Using a :25.3 final quarter, Freaky Feet Pete was shown daylight and exploded past his rivals late in the lane to win by five lengths, under wraps. It was a lifetime best mark for Freaky Feet Pete and his third win of the season. Trained by Larry Rheinheimer, Freaky Feet Pete scored his twelfth career victory from fourteen lifetime outings. The son of Rockin Image-Skyway Lori has now earned $339,600 for his owners Mary Jo Rheinheimer and Marty Rheinheimer. The 2015 stakes season will culminate with the top ten horses from each of the previous $75,000 finals returning to compete in a $200,000 Super Final on October 10 at Hoosier Park. With purses leaning toward the $2 million mark, the 14-race card slated for October 10 will be one of the richest nights offered in the Indiana Sires Stakes program. Live racing will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, July 4 with a 14-race card. With an adjusted live racing post time of 4:00 p.m. for Saturday's card, Hoosier Park will also offer racing fans an Independence Day celebration that will include a carnival, a professionally produced fireworks shows, a beer garden and live entertainment. Emily Gaskin  

Doo Wop Hanover made it a harness racing series sweep, winning the $250,000 Graduate Final in 1:48, but he had to work very hard to get to the winner's circle on Friday night at The Meadowlands. The pace was frantic and frenzied early in the mile as Lyonssomewhere and Andy Miller were intent on the lead, parking out Bushwacker around the first turn. That speed duel resulted in a wild 25.2 first quarter. There was a chasm of nearly six lengths back to Rockeyed Optimist in fourth, who then had to make up that ground and commit first over, which enabled Doo Wop Hanover to track his cover from the half-mile pole onward. Lyonssomewhere led the field past three quarters in 1:21, with Rockeyed Optimist stalled first over and Doo Wop Hanover forced to fan three-wide at the three quarter pole. In the meantime, Limelight Beach was lurking in the pocket as the field turned for home. Lyonssomewhere refused to yield ground as he continued to lead through the stretch, John Campbell got to work on Doo Wop Hanover and he was gathering momentum down the center of the track, but Lyonssomewhere just wasn't giving up. Finally, in the shadow of the wire, Doo Wop Hanover was able to reel in the pace-setter and score the series sweep getting up by a head over Lyonssomewhere who was very game in defeat to finish second, with All Bets Off a rallying third. Doo Wop Hanover is trained by Steve Elliot and owned by Peter Blood and Rick Berks. Blood confirmed that son of Rocknroll Hanover will make his next start in the William Haughton Memorial, with eliminations (if necessary) to be held on Saturday, July 11th and the Final on Meadowlands Pace Night, Saturday, July 18th. The victory was the twelfth in the career of Doo Wop Hanover, who now has earnings beyond $566,000. Doo Wop Hanover New Jersey Sire Stakes action kicked off the Friday program with a $25,000 division for the two year old filly pacers and the first division featured plenty of action. In fact, there were no less than five lead changes throughout the mile. The first to the lead was Show Time Hill, as she flashed the most speed off the gate, but Sonoma Valley paced on through the first quarter and she cleared the lead past the opening quarter in 28.2. That lead was short-lived, as Show Time Hill pulled the pocket as soon as the fillies straightened up on the backstretch and would lead again between calls because the 9/5 favorite Blue Moon Stride launched a backside brush to the lead and would clear that lead before the half-mile in 57.4. The race favorite then faced immediate pressure from Rock My Girl, who surged past the favorite as the field moved into the far turn and she glided past three-quarters in 1:26.2. before turning for home in full command. Blue Moon Stride briefly pulled from the pocket with hopes of catching Rock My Girl, but all she could do is chase that filly home as Rock My Girl powered home in 27.1 to win in style in 1:53.3. Rock My Girl, a $20,000 Lexington-Select yearling, is a daughter of Rocknroll Hanover and is the first foal out of the dam My Girl's A Star (Art Major). She is owned by West Wins Stable, Adriano Sorella and Ron Broadstone and trained by Casie Coleman. John Campbell guided the filly to victory. Rock My Girl In the first $20,000 Two Year Old Colt Trot, Southwind Frank was bet down like an international good thing and the punters were right, although they had to survive a real scare. Released as the 1/2 prohibitive choice, Southwind Frank went right to the lead and was able to roll through tepid fractions of 30, 1:00.3 and 1:30 with Brooklyn Hill, a $390,000 Harrisburg yearling on his back throughout the mile. While Southwind Frank seemed to be rolling right a long, Dave Miller pulled the pocket midway on the far turn with Brooklyn Hill and from there the race was on as the pair of freshman trotters kicked away from the field and stormed through a 26.3 final quarter with only a neck separating the two on the wire, with Southwind Frank holding on. Both trotters showed an amazing turn of foot and the future for both looks bright. Southwind Frank was a $100,000 yearling purchase at the Lexington-Select Sale. He is a son of Muscle Hill out of Flawless Lindy (Cantab Hall). This is that mares first foal. He is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Our Hrs Cents Stables and J & T Silva Stables and trained by Ron Burke. The winner driver was Yannick Gingras. Southwind Frank The second division for the two year old trotting colts featured another short-priced favorite for Ron Burke in Southwind Flash. But he would have his hands full with Jack Vernon, a well-bred colt for Randy Beeckman. It would be Jack Vernon who dictated the terms. In fact, he led at every point of call into the stretch, wheeling off fractions of 28.4, 1:00 and 1:30.1, before facing the challenge of Southwind Flash who pulled the pocket as the field approached the top of the stretch. But, Jack Vernon had plenty left in the tank and trotted home in 27.1. while fending off the favorite to win in 1:57.2. Not to be out-done, Dominion Beach, the son of Hambletonian Oaks winner Windylane Hanover, who watched all the action early, trotted home quite well, showing rapid acceleration and rallied past Southwind Flash late to steal second money. Jack Vernon is by Muscle Hill out of Vernon Blue Chip (Sir Taurus). The win was the second in Sire Stakes action for John Campbell. Jack Vernon is a kin to New Jersey Sire Stakes Champion, Blue Mac Lad, trained by Randy Beeckman for Miller's Stable who purchased the talented colt at the Lexington-Select sale for $50,000. Jack Vernon The two year old colt pace drew 10 freshman pacers in one division for $25,000. Ideal Rocky was sent off as the 4/5 favorite, but she was green behind the gate, which cost her ground early on. There was not much early speed off the gate, which enabled longshot Rock N Roll Style to take the field to the opening quarter from the pole in 28.3. Rock Power was moved early to secure position and led between calls as Boston Red Rocks powered up and took the lead before the half-mile in 57.3 and would never look back, leading the field past three-quarters in 1:26.2 before pulling away in the stretch to win impressively in 1:53.2. The win was the third on the card for John Campbell, all in Sire Stakes action. Boston Red Rocks is by Rocknroll Hanover out of McGibson (McArdle). He is trained by none other than Steve Elliot, who is having a sensational season and ownerd by Richard Berks, who purchased the colt at Harrisburg last year for $50,000. Boston Red Rocks The two year old filly trotters were split into two $20,000 divisions. All The Time was released as the 3/5 favorite in the first split, but she was never in contention for the win, but the opposite was the case for her stablemate, Hollywood Hill. That filly was allowed to coast along first over while Silvia reach the opening quarter in 29.1, but Hollywood Hill quickly took over as the field reached the backstretch. From there, trainer and driver Jimmy Takter put the whip on his filly's tale and she responded past the half-mile in 59 seconds. The leading margin only expanded from there as Hollywood Hill found herself four lengths clear as she trotted past three-quarters in 1:27.4. Her lead proved to be insurmountable as she coasted through the stretch to win emphatically in 1:56.2. Southwind Adele rallied to finish second as Silvia faded to third. Hollywood Hill is by Muscle Hill, out of the marvelous mare, Lantern Kronos (Viking Kronos), making her a half-sister the Hambletonian contender The Bank. She is owned by Goran Falk and was trained and driven by Jimmy Takter. Hollywood Hill The second division saw speed from the far outside as Dream Child made the lead from post 10 and was able to do so through moderate fractions. The Muscle Hill filly spun through fractions of 28.3, 59.1 and 1:29.2, while going unchallenged. Race favorite Gifted Lady was allowed to settle just off the pace in third and Takter bided his time with his filly, before pulling her as the field circled the far turn. He steadily gained on the leader and was able to edge away late for a popular victory as the 6/5 choice in 1:57.4. Gifted Lady is by Muscle Hill out of Alix Hall (Conway Hall). She is a half-sister to Flex The Muscle and was driven by her trainer Jimmy Takter for owner and breeders Silver Linden Farms. Gifted Lady Both Jackpots in the Super Hi-5 went unclaimed, with the fifth race carryover now standing at $173,354 and the last race carryover growing to $157,586. Total handle for the Friday program yielded a 16-percent increase over 2014, with on-track handle up a staggering 46-percent. The large crowd remained after the races for a Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular. Post time for the 13-race Saturday program is 7:15 P.M. Darin Zoccali

BUTLER PA - The fairgrounds half-miler in this northwestern Pennsylvania town was as fast for harness racing Thursday and Friday as most people could remember - but the spirits of Dauphin Hanover and Audie K could breathe easy at the end of the meet. Dauphin's 21YO track record for trotters, 2:03, and Audie's 23YO mark for pacers, 2:00.2, still stood - but barely, after some swift three-year-olds gave the marks their best shot on Friday, after the freshmen raced Thursday.   Fastest trotter of the meet was the sophomore Andover Hall gelding Simeon, who flirted with local recordmaking but wound up winning in 2:03.2 for trainer/driver Dave Wade, also co-owner with Jerry Brittingham, William Peel III, and Delores Wade. 3YO filly trotter Missive altered the Butler standard for her group to 2:03.4, a full second over the old mark of The Yankees Win, in triumphing for trainer/driver Steve Schoeffel and owning partners Lander Stables LLC and Kathy Schoeffel.   "Beaner" Schoeffel also drove Audie K to his pacing track record, and he came close to that gait's all-age mark when he scored with the Western Terror gelding Royaltyhasarrived in 2:00.4. Steve also trains the swift sophomore for owners Virginia and Kathy Schoeffel and Michael Munn.   The 2:00.4 clocking was a Butler track record for the 3YO pacing male set (Audie K was an older pacer at the time of his record), with that 2:00.4 erasing a mark established 23 ... not years, but minutes earlier, by R N Nate, a Nuclear Breeze gelding owned, trained, and driven by Roger Hammer, whose 2:01 lowered by a tick the old divisional record of DVC Giftedindeed.   Hammer was the trainer/driver (and owner) for nine victorious horses over the two days, including, remarkably, all four winners of 2YO trotting Fair Sire Stakes events. The fastest was the 2:09 time of the Great George Two filly A Little Laid Back, which beat the 2:09.1 track record for baby trotting colts - but not the 2:08.2 mark for freshman trotting fillies.   In addition to Hammer's "triple-niner," for the meet Chris Shaw drove six winners, Steve Schoeffel trained five winners - and 20-year-old Lester Smeal II had one winning drive, the first in his career and only in his third start, parading back Amber Eyes to the winners circle after taking a Quaker State event.   And perhaps best of all, horsemen got to race both days of the meet - the first time that's happened in the first four starts of the local fair circuit in 2015.   Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen's Association, Publicity Office

WASHINGTON, PA, July 4, 2015 -- Stucklikeglue zipped to the front for harness racing driver Jim Pantaleano and, taking advantage of the misfortunes of two top contenders, rolled to victory in Friday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Stucklikeglue was battling Certified Ideal for the early lead when Certified Ideal broke stride, taking herself and Do Me Honor out of the race. Stucklikeglue might not have needed the help, but the 4-year-old daughter of Dragon Again-Ruth Plumsted fully exploited the situation, defeating the first over Jaded Dream by 1-3/4 lengths in 1:52. The pocket-sitting Phone Terror finished third. Doug Hinklin trains Stucklikeglue, who extended her career bankroll to $197,745, for Parent Racing Stable. It was one of three wins on the 12-race card for Pantaleano. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

MANALAPAN, NJ - July 3, 2015 - Veteran harness racing driver John Campbell expertly guided a trio of first-time starters to victory in first round New Jersey Sire Stakes for two-year-olds on Friday night, July 3, 2015 at the Meadowlands. Hall of Famer Campbell won with filly pacer Rock My Girl in the $25,000 first race, colt trotter Jack Vernon in the $20,000 fourth race and colt pacer Boston Red Rocks in the $25,000 fifth race. Rock My Girl [$9.20] was a length and a half winner over Blue Moon Stride. It was three and a half lengths to Show Time Hill in third. All three fillies are daughters of Rocknroll Hanover. Trained by Casie Coleman, Rock My Girl paced the mile in 1:53.3, tossing in a last quarter in 27.1. Owned by West Wins Stable, Adriano Sorella and Ron Broadstone, she was a $20,000 Lexington Selected Sale purchase. Jack Vernon [$6.60], a Muscle Hill son of Vernon Blue Chip, trotted his mile in 1:57.2, finishing a half-length ahead of Dominion Beach [Muscle Hill]. Southwind Flash [Muscle Hill], who won both of his baby races and was the betting favorite, was third by three quarters of a length. Racing in the name of Miller's Stable Inc. of Leburn, KY, Jack Vernon is trained by Randy Beeckman and was purchased out of the Lexington Selected Sale for $50,000. Boston Red Rocks [$5.80] was a two and a quarter length winner over Katies Rocker. It was two and three-quarter lengths to Ideal Rocky in third. All three are sons of Rocknroll Hanover. The Steve Elliott-trainee paced the mile in 1:53.2. Purchased for $50,000 out of the Harrisburg Sale, Boston Red Rocks races in the name of Rick Berks of Boca Raton, FL. In other New Jersey Sire Stakes divisions for trotters, Southwind Frank [$3.00] won the $20,000 second race for colts and Hollywood Hill [$14.40] captured the $20,000 sixth race for fillies. Southwind Frank, driven by Yannick Gingras and trained by Ron Burke, prevailed by a head over Brooklyn Hill in a stretch duel that featured a 26.3 final panel in a 1:56.3 mile. It was two and a half lengths to Bar Hopping in third. All three are sons of Muscle Hill. Southwind Frank, a $100,000 Lexington Selected Sale purchase, belongs to the partnership of Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Our Horse Cents Stables and J&T Silva Stables. Hollywood Hill, driven and trained by Jimmy Takter, coasted to a two and a half-length tally over Southwind Adele. It was three and three-quarter lengths to Silvia in third. The three fillies are all daughters of Muscle Hill. The mile was timed in 1:56.2. The winner is owned by breeder Goran Falk of Allentown, NJ. In the last division, the $20,000 ninth race for trotting fillies, Gifted Lady [$4.40] was a length winner over Dream Child in 1:57.4. Skara Brae was third by five and a half lengths. All three fillies are daughters of Muscle Hill. Jimmy Takter drives and traines Gifted Lady, for owner-breeder Silver Linden Farms of Woodburn, IN. The two-year-olds have another week of prelims before meeting in $100,000 finals on July 17, 2015 at the Meadowlands. By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ

WILKES-BARRE PA - The father/son team of harness racing driver Marcus Miller and trainer Erv Miller accounted for half of the six divisions of a $180,000 Pennsylvania All-Stars event for state-sired two-year-old pacing colts on the first Friday card of the season at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, while driver Dave Palone and trainer Ron Burke bookended the action for babies.   The fastest of the three wins for Team Miller was the 1:53.3 triumph of He's Marvalous, a son of Delmarvalous (hence the spelling: remember the Del(aware)-Mar(yland)-V(irgini)a peninsula). He's Marvalous made every pole a winning one while closing in 56 - 27.1 for the combine of Badlands Racing LLC and L. A. Express Stable LLC.   Also flying the Miller colors in Victory Lane were the McArdle colt McDave, longest price of the six at 7-1, as he rallied from the pocket into back splits of 55.1 - 27.2 to score in 1:53.4 for owners Ronald Michelon and David & John Prushnok, along with Ideal Jimmy, an altered son of Western Ideal who was a "pocket rocket," gaining into a 27.4 kicker to stop the clock in 1:54 for owner D R Van Witzenburg.   Palone/Burke got the evening's stakes action underway with a victory with the Well Said colt Genovese, who made a backstretch brush of 26.4 in going from fifth to the lead and then on to victory in 1:53.2. Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Jack Piatt III, and The Panhellenic Stable Corporation own Genovese; the first two share ownership with the JJK Stables LLC and Lawrence Karr of the other Palone/Burke winner, the Yankee Cruiser colt Allie's Cruiser, who made a quarter-move and then sped home in 27.1 to complete a 1:53 victory,.   The 1:53 time of Allie's Cruiser equaled the fastest clocking of the stakes sextet, which was earlier put up by a colt sired by The Panderosa, Bank Shot Hanover, in familiar style for driver George Napolitano Jr. - on the engine - trainer Daniel Renaud and owner Robert DiNozzi.   Saturday night is of course the $2.2M Sun Stakes Saturday supercard, with the $500,000 Championship of the Ben Franklin FFAP, the Max C. Hempt 3CP, and the Earl Beal Jr. 3CT, along with the $300,000 Championship of the James Lunch 3FP. Also sure to attract a lot of interest is the $75,000 Sun Invitational Trot, marking the Pocono and 2015 return of Sebastian K S, who recorded the fastest trotting mile in history, 1:49, here last year. The first post for Sun Stakes Saturday is set for 6:30 p.m.   PHHA / Pocono

Keene Olivia scored a convincing victory in Friday night's $13,000 harness racing feature at Saratoga Casino and Raceway.   The Heidi Rohr-trained mare had been a beaten favorite in three consecutive tries though she hit the board in all three starts leading up to her try in the Spa Fillies and Mares I Handicap on Friday.   Billy Dobson sat patiently off the pace with Keene Olivia (Always A Virgin) as the tempo was fast before the four year old mare came charging hard late.   She circled the field to prevail by close to five lengths in 1:53 for her sixth win of the season.   Keene Olivia returned $7.00 to win as the race's second choice in the wagering while besting Godiva Seelster (Wally Hennessey) who was the runner up and Check My Pulse (Jim Devaux) who earned the show spot. Live racing continues at Saratoga on Saturday night with a first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella  

Nichols, N.Y. -- Trailing her four rivals through a dawdling pace, Mach It a Par ($3.00) made her move at the top of the stretch to pass all four of her harness racing rivals in the final sixteenth of Friday (July 3) evening's $12,000 Mares Open Pace at Tioga Downs.   Owner/driver Dan Clements settled the 5-year-old Mach Three mare into her customary early spot at the rear of the field, seven lengths off pacesetter Dune in Red (Brandon Simpson) through tepid early fractions of :29 and :58.2. Mach It a Par remained at the back of the quintet even as Sherkin Hanover (Corey Braden) commenced a first-over bid on the backstretch and the pocket-sitting Southwind Trini (Jim Meittinis) chased the accelerating Dune in Red through a :27.3 third quarter. In fact, Clements wouldn't move Mach It a Par off the pegs until the top of the stretch, storming home down the grandstand side as Dune in Red had reached her capacity in the final 70 yards. Mach It a Par passed all four of her rivals in deep stretch, just prevailing by a head in 1:54.1. Southwind Trini made a late bid up the pegs to tie Dune in Red for second, and K J's Caroline (Jim Taggart, Jr.) was an out-kicked fourth, beaten by just a long neck.   Renaldo Morales, III trains Mach It a Par, who scored her 12th career win.   Private Interview sweeps Tioga State Bank series   The Friday program at Tioga also saw owner/trainer Robert Gale's Private Interview ($3.10) complete a sweep of the Tioga State Bank starter allowance series, holding clear of his eight rivals for a 1:52.4 triumph in the $10,000 final. Corey Braden wasted no time securing the lead with the 8-year-old Real Artist gelding, setting torrid early sectionals of :26.1, :54.2, and 1:22.2 before drawing clear of his eight rivals on the far turn. While he decelerated a bit late, he maintained a 3-1/4 length winning margin over pocket rival Who Dat Love (Dan Clements). CF Sting Rei (Aaron Byron) emerged from traffic in the final yards, rallying to just miss second, while Remus Blue Chip (Mike Simons) was an even fourth off a tracking trip.   Jim Taggart, Jr. led all drivers with three wins on the evening's nine-race card, teaming up with Robert Lounsbury trainees Powerful Love ($3.40, 1:55.1) and Purple N Gold ($4.90, 1:53.4) as well as Gary Messenger trainee She's So Into Me ($6.50, 1:59.4).   Live racing returns to Tioga Downs on Saturday (July 4) evening, with the nine-race Independence Day card kicking off at 6:15 p.m. Eastern time. The Kirby Band will perform patriotic favorites trackside throughout the evening, and a fireworks and laser spectacular will light up the Southern Tier sky following the evening's races.   by James Witherite, Tioga Downs

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- It didn't take long for Buffalo Raceway to start off the Fourth of July weekend with a bang as the early harness racing daily double on Friday night (July 3) returned a whopping $1,603 for a $2 wager.   Robin Would (Jim McNeight) kicked off the first leg with a $15.40 victory while Ron Beback Jr. steered KC Colt to a stunning $41.40 win from the eight post to produce the big return on the 1-8 daily double combination.   Beback Jr. finished the night with a triple as he was also aboard Caviart Cara ($9.10) and Diditagain Hanover ($3.70)   The countdown has begun for driver Kevin Cummings as he attempts to break Buffalo Raceway's all-time record for wins in a season. Cummings had a three-bagger to push his seasonal total to 185, just 29 wins shy of Jim Morrill Jr.'s mark of 214 set in 2006. He scored with Terracina AS ($5.10), Sleep Talker ($4.00) and Governor Victory ($5.10).   Besides winning the opener on the card, McNeight followed that up later in the program posting a victory with Cashmandu ($5.50) and Yankovitch Hanover ($9.10) to complete the hat trick.   The racing continues over the weekend with a 12-race card set for Saturday evening while a 13-race program will be presented at 1:05 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.   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

Lexington, KY --- There will be many changes for patrons and horsemen when The Red Mile begins its 2015 harness meet July 26 in Lexington, Ky. As part of a partnership with Keeneland, all Thoroughbred simulcasts will move to The Red Mile effective July 15. So the harness track will become a multi-breed operation with full-card simulcasts seven days a week from noon to midnight. The second floor of the facility -- the level that leads out to the track apron -- has been renovated and expanded to accommodate the additional business. It’s now about 35,000-square-feet with roughly 200 flat-screen televisions and two bar/concession areas. The 75,000-square-foot first floor that will house 906 historical racing machines is set to go online in early October. It’s a combination of additional space and the first floor that once housed the lobby, racing office, and general offices at The Red Mile. The old grandstand seats and owners’ boxes remain, with some roof repairs and new paint. Red Mile president Joe Costa and Keeneland president Bill Thomason said July 2 they hope the new facility provides energy for Lexington racing fans and bettors. The joint project, which will cost tens of millions of dollars, will be part of Lexington’s growing downtown sector. “This is an opportunity to create a place to offer patrons the full gamut of national racing product,” Costa said. “We feel that together we are stronger than functioning separately.” The Red Mile in the late 1990s sold its Thoroughbred simulcast rights to Keeneland, and since then has offered only Standardbred and Quarter Horse simulcasts. Much of its pari-mutuel business now comes from its advance deposit wagering operation, which can take only harness and Quarter Horse bets. Originally the two tracks planned to partner and build a facility for historical race wagering at The Red Mile. Then each track decided to build their own. Last year, however, they changed their minds and struck a deal. “Once we started talking together we realized how complimentary our objectives are,” Thomason said. “We want to make sure we keep people coming to the racetrack, and we now have the ability to do it in a way so it’s complementary to our two industries.” Keeneland will continue to offer full-card simulcasts during live race meets, sales, and major racing days such as the Triple Crown and Breeders’ Cup. It will have a satellite facility in The Red Mile, which also will be open on those days. The facility will be designed to allow those only interested in live racing and simulcasts access without having to enter the historical race wagering facility. The “horsemen’s entrance,” as it’s called, will provide direct access to the track apron, simulcast area, and clubhouse, which will be renovated for 2016 as part of a second phase of the project. Construction and the need for parking facilitated removal of some barns, the paddock under the grandstand, and the racing office. Thus, the racing office will move to a modular facility in the barn area, and the long-abandoned paddock on the far turn has been refurbished. Costa said about 70 stalls ended up being removed. “But we scoured the facility to basically add back 40 stalls that were substandard and not used in the past. We renovated them, so the net loss of stalls is only about 30.” Costa said there is room for temporary structures to house more stalls, and he indicated demand for stalls at The Red Mile would be a good thing for the racing product in the future. “I think we’ll have enough room,” he said. “Actually, we hope to have a problem with not having enough stalls back there.” Under a new contract with the Kentucky Harness Horsemen’s Association, purses this year for the “Kentucky meet” that leads into the Grand Circuit meet will be 40-50 percent higher than last year. The Open Pace went for a $5,000 purse last year, so it could be about $10,000 this year. The horsemen’s group, in an effort to help get the new facility started, agreed to a guaranteed amount for purses from 2015-17. The number of racing days will go to three nights a week -- Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday -- from two in 2014, and it’s expected if historical race wagering proves successful, more racing dates will be added in future years. Costa said the additional purse money the next few years will assist horsemen in gradually improving their stock. “We have to transition people through this process,” he said. Thus far at two tracks in Kentucky, historical race wagering machines have generated about $1 billion in play from September 2011 through May 2015. Almost $10 million in purse money has been generated. Officials wouldn’t discuss historical racing revenue projections for the Lexington facility, though it’s believed it will be at least as successful as the one at Kentucky Downs on the Tennessee border. Last year the Kentucky Supreme Court ruled the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission had the right to promulgate rules for historical race wagering, which involves use of old races to trigger different games on screens that resemble video lottery terminals. A circuit court is still dealing with a suit from the Family Foundation of Kentucky, which maintains the machines aren’t pari-mutuel in nature. The racetracks in Kentucky have said the machines are pari-mutuel because they are linked and the bets are common-pooled under various formulas. by Tom LaMarra, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent 

Scarborough, Maine (July 3, 2015) - The Maine Sire Stakes program made it's second consecutive appearance at Scarborough Downs on Friday (7/3) as the harness racing three-year-old filly pacing divisions took center stage in twin splits contested for purses of $11,668 per. Everything old was new once again on Friday as Eat Your Enemy served bold notice that she was more than up to the task of defending her freshman Sire Stakes Championship while winning at first asking to launch her three-year-old season, taking a brand new lifetime speed record (1:59.4) for driver/trainer John Nason. The daughter of Western Maverick/Smooth As Ice sat the patient pocket trip before igniting the afterburners around the 5/8th's bend, sprinting clear to a handy 6-1/2 length lead at the wire, much to the delight of co-owners Carolyn Corso and Lynn-Marie Plouffe. Stella's Big Girl (Heath Campbell) rallied for the runner-up share while Toast Of The Meadow (Kevin Switzer, Jr) parlayed an early front-running strategy for the show. Cat Has A Kitten toyed with the competition in the other stakes split building upon a promising lifetime best prep effort (1:55.3) at Harrington Raceway to easily hold the competition at bay in a more leisurely 1:58 clocking on Friday. Owned in tandem by Anthony Sivik, Jr and the KDK Standardbreds, the daughter of Western Cyclone/Lady Katie was making her first start from the Valerie Grondin stable after prepping for former trainer Kevin Switzer at Harrington. She was driven to victory for noted stakes teamster Heath Campbell. Analyze (Michael Graffam) was second while Daydreamer Jo (Gary Mosher) finished third. Live racing is proudly featured at Scarborough Downs on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 4:30 p.m. (EDT). The Sunday matinee gets underway at 1:30. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs

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Harness racing driver Jack Moiseyev won the Cleveland Classic in 1991 with three year-old pacing star Precious Bunny and had not been to Northfield Park since. He returned to the Flying Turns on Friday (July 3) to drive Daylon Magician in the $170,000 Cleveland Trotting Classic and found himself in the winner's circle again. Daylon Magician ($19.80) started from post seven and let his competition carve blistering early fractions of :26.3, :54.3 and 1:23.4. Moiseyev pulled second over and followed cover up the backstretch before making his move in the final quarter and besting his competition by a head, stopping the timer at 1:53.2. The clocking broke the track record for five-and-up trotting horses and tied Northfield's all-age trotting record. "Everything kind of worked out for us. They were going pretty fast and I was able to rest him (Daylon Magician) early, and that is what he really likes," said Jack Moiseyev. "He was in a good spot turning for home because if he is close he tries to beat whoever is in front of him." Friday's win is Daylon Magician's sixth this year and 31st lifetime score, increasing his bankroll to $1,934,527 for Komoka, Ontario, Canada owner Daylon Farms LTD. Completing the 2015 Trotting Classic were Obrigado, DW's NY Yank, Rompaway Galaxy, Awesome Valley, Il Sogno Dream, Datsyuk and Count Me In. Daylon Magician The track record set in the Classic was just one of four records set on the 15-race program, which also featured 11 $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes races for freshman filly pacers and trotters. In the evening's fifth race Shut Up And Dance ($4.20) broke the track record for two year-old-trotting fillies when she posted a four length victory in 1:58. Aaron Merriman drove for trainer Dirk Simpson and owner James Bafia. The previous record was 1:58.1 held by both Rose Run Keepsake (Steve Carter) in 2008 and You're Majestic (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) in 2014. Lease Ness Monster won the evening's $13,000 Fillies and Mares Open and broke her own record for four year-old-pacing mares. She won by 4¾-lengths in 1:52 for driver Ronnie Wrenn Jr. and trainer Matt Waltz, who co-owns the mare with David Waltz. Her previous 1:52.1 record was set earlier this year. Victory Is Coming was parked every step of the way in the $20,000 Open Trot and still managed to edge out her competition by a nose in 1:53.2. Ronnie Wrenn Jr drove the mare for trainer Ammon Hershberger and owners Betty and John Red Shaw. That time beat her previous 1:53.3 record she trotted last year. She solely held the title as Northfield's fasted trotter ever for about 15 minutes before Daylon Magician equaled that time in the very next race. Ayers Ratliff  
YONKERS, NY, Friday, July 3, 2015  - Cinamony with harness racing driver George Brennan in the bike is just better than her foes right now. She proved it again Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's featured $42,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace for a third consecutive local victory. Starting outside her six foes, she was content to be an early laggard as invading Inittowinafortune (Dan Dube) worked around It's a Miracle (Eric Carlson), laying down early intervals of :27.4 and :56.2. It was Tipitina (Eric Goodell) offering weak, first-up company while Hot List (Brian Sears) gapped from second-over. That forced 4-5 choice Venus Delight (Jason Bartlett) and Cinamony around that one going toward a 1:24.1 three-quarters. Inittowinafortune owned a length-and-a-half lead into the lane, but the wheels were wobbling. Cinamony uncoiled to rally widest and fastest, whipping a cone-skimming Alhambra (Tyler Buter)-the 28-1 rank outsider-by a neck in 1:53. Venus Delight, It's a Miracle and Hot List rounded out the payees, with the pace-setter tiring to sixth. For third choice Cinamony, a 4-year-old daughter of Art Official co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke and Weaver Bruscemi, it was her fourth win in eight seasonal starts. The exacta paid $144, with the triple returning $437.50. The Raceway's live season continues Saturday night (post time 7:10 PM). After that, it's Monday (7:10 PM), Tuesday (1 PM), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker
Ohio harness racing fans got their first glimpse of Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) youngsters on Friday night, July 3 at Northfield Park, as 11, $40,000 divisions for freshman trotting and pacing fillies went postward at the half-mile oval.   The first three divisions featured 2-year-old diagonally-gaited distaffs, which could have been renamed the Aaron Merriman-Chris Beaver show, as this pair dominated all three races.   In the first group of seven fillies Merriman steered favorite Kerfuffle Cookie to victory in 2:00.1 in her first career start, for the Synerco Ventures, Inc., of Toronto, ON, winning by just over 21 lengths. The daughter of Chip Chip Hooray took the lead at the start and never looked back, while Haley Chip (Chris Page) notched second and Transit Authority (Jeremy Smith) got up for third.   "This filly was super tonight," Merriman stressed. "She has a very soft mouth and Chris (trainer Beaver) had her ready to go."   The second race, second OSS division saw Merriman use similar tactics to guide Evanora to victory in a career best 2:01 by 6¼ lengths. The chestnut daughter of Pilgrims Taj is owned by Sandra Burnett of Wilmington, OH, and this was her second straight triumph, pushing her career earnings to $21,550. Oneeyedmomma (Marty Wollam) finished second with Count On Anna (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) third.   Merriman and Beaver were in the winner's circle once more for Race 3, the third division of trotting fillies. This time Kestrel reeled through the double-turns, notching a 1:59 performance for Merriman in a top mark of 1:59, drawing off by five lengths. It was the filly's first career win for owners Beaver and Wilbur Lang of Jamestown, OH. Hoorah Hoorah (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) was second while A TC Queenie (Ken Holiday) grabbed third-place honors.   Merriman then scored in the fourth OSS trotting division (Race 5), guiding the Dirk Simpson trained Shut Up And Dance to win in a new track record clocking of 1:58. The daughter of Triumphant Caviar is owned by James Bafia of Minooka, IL and earned her first paycheck in the one mile test, which she won by four lengths.   "We bought her at the Ohio Select Sale for $28,000," Bafia said. "I thought she had a great pedigree and she showed a lot of potential early but had an OCD that we removed. She was able to train down well in spite of that surgery, and has gotten up to speed very quickly."   Count On Kami (Kurt Sugg) was second to Shut Up And Dance, while favorited Soft Power (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) notched third.   The final OSS division for filly trotters (Race 14) saw Still Sizzling heat up the racetrack by going gate to wire for trainer-driver Dale Decker, winning by 2¼ lengths in 1:59.4. The Trainforthefuture lass pushed her career earnings to $21,516 for owners Decker and Douglas Vandergrift of Michigan. She Drives Me Wild (Aaron Merriman) finished second with Rose Run Rachel (Kurt Sugg) nabbing show honors.   Filly pacers took to the track beginning with the fourth race on the evening's 15-race program. Big Bad Ashley and driver Dan Noble left nothing to chance as they paced to a winning 1:56 effort in the first $40,000 OSS division. The daughter of Big Bad John is conditioned by Jim Arledge, Jr. for the Winchester Baye Acres, Inc. of Powell, OH and was three-quarters of a length in front of Hooray For Hazel (Chris Page) at the wire, while NPR Nine (Aaron Merriman) finished third.   Kayne Kauffman piloted Awakening to victory in the second OSS division (Race 6), clocked in 1:57 for the one mile test. Mike Polhamus harnessed the daughter of Feelin Friskie for owner Marjorie Polhamus of Fletcher, Oh. It was the filly's third career start and pushed her earnings to $23,076. Kacy's Coop (Aaron Merriman) was second, nearly two lengths behind the winner, while Feelin Lilly (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) was third.   John's Sunny Girl, a daughter of Big Bad John, captured the third OSS division (Race 7) for driver Greg Grismore in new lifetime clocking of 1:55.4. Doug Hinklin conditions the bay filly, who upped her career earnings to $24,400 for the Parent Racing Stable LLC of Holland, OH.   "She's done everything we've asked of her to date and for the rest of the season it's just a matter of her staying healthy," Grismore acknowledged. Doug (trainer Hinklin) has done a great job of giving this filly the right education. I was just a passenger tonight."   Bred by Midland Acres, John's Sunny Girl bested rival Beauteous Girl (Kurt Sugg) by eight lengths, while Miss Me Yet (Montrell Teague) who had made a break early, recovered well to be third.   Owner-trainer-driver Tye Loy, of Columbia Station, OH, stole the show in the fourth OSS division (Race 9) as he guided his My Tweed Heart to a 1:59.1 triumph. This daughter of Manhardt finished 1¼ lengths in front of It's Your Fantasy (Dan Noble) and Big Bad Body (Josh Sutton) in her career debut.   Queen Ann M and driver Chris Page took the fifth OSS division in 1:56.4 by 2½ lengths for owner Alan Keith of Pataskala, OH. The Big Bad John lass used come-from-behind tactics to score her career debut over Northfield's flying turns, with Ufpfortydevensgirl (Aaron Merriman) finishing in the bridesmaid role and Friskie Zena (Tye Loy) nabbing third place money.   The sixth and final division (Race 15) of freshman pacing fillies saw Big Bad Bretta, another daughter of Big Bad John, finish under the wire first in 1:57 for driver Chris Page by nearly three lengths. Steve Carter conditions the filly for CE Grubbs, RB Reid, SR Hummel and JM Beard of Ohio. Big Bad Chickie (Dan Noble) grabbed place honors while Save My Tootsie (Aaron Merriman) was third.   Daylon Magician captured the $170,000 Cleveland Trotting Classic (Race 11) for trainer-driver Jack Moiseyev in a track-record-tying time of 1:53.2. The rugged, 7-year-old son of Kadabra pushed his career earnings up over the $2 million mark with this victory, the 31st of his career in 71 starts for the Daylon Farms LTD of Komoka, ON.   "He felt like a 3-year-old in here tonight," Moiseyev said. "He just felt great, and this is the first time I've been back to Northfield since 1991." Moiseyev had driven Precious Bunny to victory at Northfield that season in the Cleveland Classic.   Obrigado (Mark McDonald) was second by a whisker, while DW's NY Yank (Chris Page) got up for third and Rompaway Galaxy (Mike Micallef) was fourth.   Also, the gutsy mare Victory Is Coming, chugged out a rough, first-over journey to prevail at the wire in 1:53.2 for a new, all-age, track record in Northfield's $20,000 Open Trot (Race 10). The daughter of Victory Sam, who is conditioned by Ammon Hershberger for Betty and John Red Shaw of Mount Vernon, OH, pushed her career earnings to $609,935 with the win, the 55th of her career in 130 starts. Picture This (Don Irvine, Jr.) was second with Julians Caesar (Chris Page) third.   Kimberly A. Rinker
The mountains were alive this weekend, as Monticello Raceway held its annual Fireworks display, much to the delight of the large crowd.  The 10 race harness racing card featured 5 New York Sire Stake events for 2 Year Old Trotting Fillies, each split raced for $21,800, 2 - Division A Excelsior’s ($15,000) and 1 - Excelsior’s B ($6,800). The heavy holiday traffic pushed back the original post time of 5:30 to 6:00.  Also on hand for the evening was the Monticello Raceway Memorabilia Face Book group who were present for a winners circle presentation in the 6th race, brought out of storage for the event, was the original and grand NYC OTB Classic trophy. For the majority of the fillies this was their first Pari Mutuel start, and their first start under the lights.  The fillies that mind their manners fared very well during the card. The first race of the evening an Excelsior’s B event, saw Dan Daley guide the RC Royalty lass I’ve Got Spirit to a wire to wire win in 2:05:3 for owners Daley, Crawford and White. The heavy favorite, Stick of Butter made an early break and was out of contention.  In race 3, first heat of the Excelsior A, trainer George Ducharme, picked up his 1st of 2 wins on the card.  She was the best on paper and lived up to her form as driver Chris Lems steered Lindylicious to victory in 2:02:3 (LQ 29:2) The daughter of Credit Winner was content to sit the pocket after Barn Doll made a strong move to take the lead past the ¼ pole, after benefiting from the perfect trip, she won by a neck.  Race 4 showcased the impressive Pink Power, owned by Albert & Michelle Crawford, unfortunately the fractious filly made a start before the gate left and was never in contention.  The easy going, regal looking filly, Royal Encore and Trond Smedshammer made the best of Pink Powers miscue and grabbed the lead and stayed there until the top of the lane, until Charlie Norris’s filly, who was on her best behavior and minded her manners scooted home a winner in 2:01.  Race 6 almost saw a track record as Winning Princess crushed her foes.  Driver Jim Morrill made a big move with the filly past the quarter mile marker and didn’t look back, she has 12 lengths on the filed as she passed the ¾ maker in a swift 1:29:1, she tripped the tele timer in a National Season record of 2:00:3. The George Ducharme and Chris Lems combo teamed up again in race 9 with Swinging Royalty.  The confidant RC Royalty filly scored in 2:02. Vernon horseman were on their game this evening, Dan Daley won the 1st race, and he would have had a double on the card, but was set down due to a Eurorail violation in the 7th race with Mai Tai Monkey.  Gates Brunet won the 5th race, a non-winners event with Panamanian Hanover, and then capped off the evenings last event with Love Crazy Love, the Crazed filly is owned by Crawford Farms and Ted Gewertz. George Ducharme has the best night of all, so far this season he has been very successful at the Mighty M and tonight was not any different has we won 2 events and got checks for 4 out of his 6 starters. After the conclusion of the evening card, race goers were treated to Monticello Raceways annual Fireworks, fans both young and old enjoyed the 25 minute show. By Shawn Wiles
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