Overdraft Volo

Overdraft Volo vaults to Bluegrass upset

LEXINGTON, KY-- Overdraft Volo brushed past Fine Tuned Lady, sent off the 1-5 favorite, to pull off a 23-1 upset in the final of five divisions for the $298,000 Bluegrass stakes for harness racing two-year-old trotting fillies on Friday, September 30 at The Red Mile. Feed Your Head took the lead from Fine Tuned Lady through a :28.4 opening quarter before losing it to her heading to the half. Timed in :57.2, Fine Tuned Lady remained in control into the far turn, as Overdraft Volo moved first over from fifth and charged towards the lead. She moved into second after a 1:27.4 third quarter. Fine Tuned Lady clung to command at the top of the stretch, but Overdraft Volo soon edged passed and drew away to a two-length victory, with Fine Tuned Lady finishing second and Feed Your Head third in 1:55.2. Returning $49.20 to win, Overdraft Volo, by Yankee Glide from the Tagliabue mare Bank Of Newport, won her second start in seven this year, earning $47,097 for owners Pinske Stables and Kentuckiana Racing Stable. She's trained by Julie Miller and driven by Andy Miller. Sweeping to the top after the half, Princess Aurora held control as she trotted a 1:54.3 mile to win her Bluegrass division as the 3-5 favorite. Temple Ruins took the lead from Evelyn after a :29 opening quarter, prompting Evelyn to pull from the pocket and take the lead. Princess Aurora stalked the two from third, eventually edging first over and rushing to the lead off a :57.2 half. Chezatter, sitting fifth for most of the mile, moved first over around the far turn. She moved into third while Princess Aurora passed three-quarters in 1:27.2. Princess Aurora extended her lead through the stretch, finishing in front of Chezatter and Evelyn. Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld own the filly by Cantab Hall out of the Muscles Yankee mare Vulcanize. Winning her third start in eight this season, she has earned $75,276. Trained by Jimmy Takter and driven by Yannick Gingras, she paid $3.40 to win. "She's out of a really top mare," Marvin Katz said. "[Vulcanize] was a tough mare for us to get in foal, and she was the first filly we had from her, and we weren't going to lose the opportunity of that pedigree, so we were going to keep her." "She trained down with Jimmy's, and that's tough company training down with Jimmy's horses," Katz also said. "She wasn't at the front end of the class, but he liked her, and it seems that she's really getting better. Yannick seemed really pleased with her tonight, and Jimmy has been raving about her the last little while as well." "It was a bit of a rocky start," Gingras said. "Every time I drove her, some days she'd be running out a bit and some days she'd be running in. Her gait has always been good; her issues were maybe in her mind a little bit. It was all about getting her to be one-hundred percent, and she definitely is right now." Onda Su stalked dueling leaders before circling to the lead and coasting to a 1:55.4 victory over Myammie Drama and French Press. Future Secured led through a :28.4 first quarter. Grandma's Moni, the 6-5 favorite, was positioned fifth into the backstretch before pulling first over at three-eighths. Matching strides with Future Secured off a :57.2 half mile, Grandma's Moni was left parked into the far turn. She began to falter as Onda Su edged outside from fourth and rushed three wide passed three-quarters in 1:25.2. Onda Su powered by Future Secured in the stretch. French Press, sitting fourth for most of the mile, fanned towards the center of the track to take second, and was soon overtaken by Myammie Drama, flying from last and cutting into Onda Su's lead in the stretch. Onda Su, under a hand drive, was two-lengths clear of Myammie Drama at the line. Winning her third race in nine start this season, Onda Su, by Muscle Massive from the Andover Hall mare Upfront Ob's Janet, has now compiled $55,981 in earnings for owners Frederick and Shirley Schwartz and Onda Racing Stable LLC. Trained by Jim Campbell and driven by Corey Callahan, she paid $11.20. "She has run on me a couple of times and she ran on Dave [Miller] in some qualifiers," Corey Callahan said. "You kind of just have to hold onto her. Jim [Campbell] made sure to find me in the paddock and give me some good coaching pointers, and everything worked out." That's All Moni outsprinted Hillarmbro through the stretch to narrowly win her Bluegrass division in 1:54.4. Sianna Hanover moved to the lead off a :28.1 quarter, with Hillarmbro sitting second and That's All Moni third. After a :57 half, That's All Moni initiated a first-over bid, carrying Cool Cates on her back. That's All Moni soon met strides with Sianna Hanover at three-quarters in 1:26.3. Taking the lead midway through the stretch, That's All Moni was soon challenged by Hillarmbro, who slid up the pylons and attempted to take the lead. That's All Moni kept her nose in front, winning over Hillarmbro and Cool Cates. Paying $3.60 to win, That's All Moni, by Cantab Hall out of the Pine Chip mare Mom's Millionaire, won her fourth race in eight starts this season, compiling $203,123 in earnings for owners Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, and Al Libfeld. Trained by Jimmy Takter, Tim Tetrick was in the bike. "She's got to be a little careful or she gets away by herself sometimes," Tim Tetrick said. "She starts to wander, ears up, and she was really coming hard at the top of the lane; she almost wanted to over-trot herself and I had to gather her up." Treviso drafted behind pacesetter and 1-5 favorite Broadway Idole and swung out of the pocket to take the lead and draw off to a two-length victory in 1:54.1. Southwind Avanti led through a :28.1 quarter before losing the lead to Broadway Idole after a :57.2 half. Southwind Avanti soon pulled first over, but stalled in her attempt to overtake Broadway Idole at three-quarters in 1:26. Faltering, Southwind Avanti made room for Treviso to pull out of the pocket. She was on equal terms with Broadway Idole midway through the stretch and eventually surpassed her. Effie Trinket closed to finish third. Owned by Klis Brothers Stable and Carrie Norris, and trained and driven by Charlie Norris, Treviso, by Muscle Massive from the Taurus Dream mare Valbonela, won her fourth race in eight tries this year, earning $112,694. She paid $10.80. "A couple starts back Yannick [Gingras] and I got hooked up in the first turn and kind of jostled her a bit," Charlie Norris said. "And then last week, for the [Pennsylvania Sires Stakes] final, I had no idea [why she broke]. I just turned to the gate and she just started hopping up and down. Other than that, she has just been perfect all year." "I was happy to see Brett [Miller] come; I didn't want to be behind Marcus [Johansson]," Norris also said. "She'll come back next week for the International [Stallion Stakes] and if she races good again next week we'll go to the Breeders Crown," Norris also said. Live racing resumes Saturday, October 1 at The Red Mile with four divisions of the $294,000 Bluegrass Stakes for two-year-old pacing fillies and five divisions of the $330,000 Bluegrass Stakes for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings. First race post is 7:00pm. By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

Wiggle It Jiggleit

Wiggle It Jiggleit now with $3,833,157 banked

The clubhouse was sold out seven days ago, the denizens of the apron stood shoulder-to-shoulder despite the deluge the area had withstood  14 of the last 24 hours and before the first race went off on the harness racing card at Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway on Friday (Sept. 30) all people could discuss was how fortunate they were to witness live the most elite equine athletes on the continent. In fact, one young lady explained to her young son just how significant the upcoming $150,000 Dayton Pacing Derby truly was. “You need to remember this night,” she said. “This is the time you will see the greatest horses in the world race with your own eyes. Don’t you want to see Wiggle It Jiggleit in person?” So did thousands of others at the Ohio oval and Wiggle It Jiggleit repaid their reverence and homage with a dazzling photo finish triumph in a track record 1:49.1 by the slimmest of nostrils over Always B Miki. The public’s sentimental selection, Freaky Fete Pete, checked in a quarter-length behind in third. Owner George Teague, summed the electrifying performance in which Wiggle It Jiggle reversed a similar loss at Scioto Downs to the same rival, succinctly. “He delivers,” he said. As the crowd chanted his name his stridently it deafened the public  address system, Wiggle It Jiggleit and pilot Montrell Teague prepared to leave from post position five. The second choice at odds of 6-5, the defending Horse of the Year was unhurried at the start and settled into fourth behind race leader Luck Be Withyou (Eric Goodell), third selection Freaky Feet Pete (Trace Tetrick) and even money favorite Always B Miki (David Miller). After establishing fractions of :26.2 and :54.4 in their first tour around the track, Miller decided he had waited long enough and sent Always B Miki first-over. Teague immediately grasped the golden opportunity for live cover and pulled Wiggle It Jiggleit from his position to follow Always B Miki’s assault on the top two. After ranging alongside Luck Be Withyou momentarily, Always B Miki took control after three-quarters in 1:22.1 with Wiggle It Jiggleit right on his flank. This locked Freaky Feet Pete in along the rail and shuffled him to fourth with Luck Be Withyou in second and Wiggle It Jiggleit in third as the drive for the wire ensued at the top of the homestretch. As Always B Miki appeared poised to pull ahead never relinquish the lead, Wiggle It Jiggleit loomed menacingly on the outside. Those two one again waged war through the length of the homestretch and at the finish line, left the exhilarated crowd puzzling over which horse captured the battle. Within minutes, that seemed much more lik hours, Wiggle It Jiggleit was declared the victor and the fans demonstrated their appreciation for his monstrous effort with a round of cheers that drowned out any other sound. “I always felt like I was in a good position,” Teague said in the winner’s circle. “I liked where Miki was and felt very comfortable all the way around the track. I just feel very fortunate to have been associated with this horse at such a young age and to have this kind of opportunity. He has already accomplished so much and done so many things. All I can hope for that is he continues to go on and do these things. “He’s not really a people horse. But I do think he really likes hearing the crowd cheer for him.” Conditioned by Clyde Francis, Wiggle It Jiggleit paid $4.40 to win, while Always B Miki provided $2.20 to his supporters.  The 4-year-old gelding has now amassed a staggering $3.612 million lifetime and his 36th win from 48 career trips to the post. The exacta $6.60 and the trifecta, rounded out by Freaky Feet Pete, who once again closed on the inside, paid $3.00. One race prior to yet another fantastic show-down between Always B Miki and Wiggle It Jiggleit, Obrigado made his own strong statement by emphatically capturing the $160,000 Dayton Trotting Derby for conditioner and co-owner Paul Kelley. With regular reinsman Mark MacDonald holding the lines, the public’s second wagering selection (8-5) behind only Shake It Cerry, commenced trotting from post position five and swiftly settled into second place behind Homicide Hunter (Eric Goodell). As Homicide Hunter set all the fractions heading in the stretch clicking off panels of :26.3, :56.2 and 1:24.2, Obigado was content to remain in the pocket for the entire journey. As Wind Of The North (Matt Kakaley) made his first-over bid heading into the lane, Obrigado was briefly overtaken, but that is when MacDonald pushed the button. At that juncture, the rest of the field was all competing for second place as the gelding glided to the wire to stop the clock in 1:53.2 Centurion ATM (Aaron Merriman) closed from the clouds to finish second, while Wind Of The North was relegated to third after his early move. Also owned by Srf Stable, Linwood Higgins and Stable 45, Obrigado increased his bankroll to $1.362 million with his 77th lifetime win. His connections were obviously overjoyed with the victory, but were also relieved as the horse did not have the easiest of transport experiences on his way from Lexington, Ky. due to the heavy rains. “It was some kind of trip,” Kelley said. “But this horse is so intelligent and easy on himself. In fact, he is almost lazy and is kind of lazy training. He knows when it is time to race though. I think it’s a shame he did not get invited to the International Trot at Yonkers, because I think he would have won. We will take him back to Lexington, put him in the Allerage and then race on the undercard at Yonkers on International Trot night. From there we will just see what happens.” With one of the largest crowds in its three-year history, if not the largest ever, the Dayton Raceway tallied an all-time high in handle with $416,458 wagered on the evening’s card. Gregg Keidel

Mach it a Par

Mach Three miss takes $45,000 Distaff Open

YONKERS, NY, Friday, September 30, 2016 - Harness racing favored Mach it a Par (Jason Bartlett, $4.60) was hard-used early and hardly-used late Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's soggy $45,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. In play from her assigned post position No. 6, Mach it a Par was out into the second turn before finally making the lead. She did so from Secret's Out N (Tyler Buter) after that one threw down a 27-second opening quarter-mile. From there, it turned into a two-speed number (:55.4, 1:24.3, 1:52.3), with Mach it a Par easily prevailing by 3¾ lengths. Sell a Bit N (Jordan Stratton) was a first-up third, with Devil Child (Dan Dube) and Al Raza N (Eric Abbatiello) grabbing the minors. For Mach it a Pair, a 6-year-old daughter of Mach Three co-owned by D'Elegance Stable IX, Carmen Iannacone, T L P & Gandolfo Stables and trained by Rich Banca, it was her ninth win in 30 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $17.40, with the triple returning $63. Frank Drucker

Justgottogetthere

Justgottogetthere got there in top trot

Batavia, NY --- Justgottogetthere was one of the best resident trotters in western New York last year, however 2016 has been a bit of a different story. But it was like old times for the harness racing gelding on Friday night (Sept.30) as he won the $10,500 Open trotting feature at Batavia Downs. Justgottogetthere (Jim Morrill Jr.) went right to the front at the start of the race and remained there until the end. While setting early panels of :28.2 and :58.4, the only challenge the leader got came from Snapshot Springs (Drew Monti) who pulled near the half and tried to engage the front. But the closest he could get was a half-length from second seated Noble Legend (Shawn Gray) who was tracking there the whole mile. After they hit three-quarters in 1:27.2, Justgottogetthere got busy and extended his lead around the far turn and just trotted away in the lane to win by three in 1:57.1. Noble Legend was second and Snapshot Springs finished third. It was the fourth win of the year and a seasonal mark for Justgottogetthere ($11.20), and the first trip to the winner's circle with him for new owner Mike Torcello, who privately purchased the son of Valley Victor on September 3rd. Gerry Sarama trains Justgottogetthere. In the co-featured $8,500 Open II trot, Serious George ($5.50) came early to press the front running Socialdelight (Ray Fisher Jr.) before running her down to win in 1:57.4. Serious George is owned by James Palladino and is trained by Richard Mays. John Cummings Jr. won four races Friday night. He had pictures taken with Gun Show ($4.00, 1:56.2), Hez a Buckeye ($5.60, 1:59), V I P ($9.20, 2:02) and Northern Matador ($13.20, 1:59). Shawn Gray and Jim Morrill Jr. both chimed in with two wins apiece. The Batavia Downs early Pick-5 which on Friday was part of the USTA Strategic Wager with a guaranteed $4,000 pool, recorded the track's largest handle ever by 50%. The 3-2-1-2-6 combination returned $202.00. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Oct. 1) with a guaranteed early Pick-5 pool of $1,500. Post time is 6:15 p.m.   Tim Bojarski

Velocity Vespa (I Scoot Hanover) continued her sensational 2016 harness racing campaign on Friday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Richard Banca-trained mare recorded win number 17 on the season as she went coast to coast in the $16,000 Fillies and Mares Open. Velocity Vespa is a dominant force when she makes the lead but has been a non-factor when having to come from off the pace. That trend continued on Friday night when the six year old mare marched out to the early lead in a first quarter of 27.1 and never looked back. Facing a bid from the first over favorite Mosquito Blue Chip (Bruce Aldrich Jr), Velocity Vespa dug in and put that one away turning for home. So Nice (Austin Siegelman), maybe the most consistent force in the Friday feature this year, closed sharply up the inside and finished second. She has now been the runner up in four consecutive tries in the local Open. Velocity Vespa's 17th seasonal score came in 1:53.1. The race's second choice in the wagering at odds of 8-5, Velocity Vespa led an exacta that paid $26.40 and a triple that returned $69.50 in the six horse feature. The standout distaffer was piloted to the win by Jimmy Devaux. Live racing continues on Saturday night with a first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

Columbus, OH --- As the season wrapped up on Saturday (Sept. 10) at Eldorado Scioto Downs, the harness racing action was never hotter. Scioto Downs saw track records, a world record, a leading driver’s battle and a wagering increase that will make the 2016 season go down as one of the most memorable. Drivers Chris Page and Josh Sutton gave horsemen, gamblers, and fans a driving showcase during the 2016 meet. Chris Page was on top of the leading drivers standing most of the year; however Josh Sutton had other plans leading into the last week of racing. While being seven victories behind, Sutton got to work reeling Page in night after night. Going into the final race of the year, Page and Sutton were tied at 171 victories apiece. When it was all said and done, Sutton guided Perma Grin while Strange Hanover and Chris Page settled for second. Sutton finished the 2016 meet with 172 victories in 933 starts and purse earnings of $1,778,884. For the 23rd consecutive year, Virgil Morgan Jr. led all trainers with 86 victories in 378 starts and purses of $825,054. The racing action was fast all year as nine track records fell, led by Always B Miki tying his own world record of 1:47 in the Jim Ewart Memorial. It was a race that the on-track fans will not soon forget as fan favorite Wiggle It Jiggleit and Always B Miki battled head to head for most of the mile. When track announcer Barry Vicroy said three-quarters in 1:19, the crowd erupted. The two champions battled all the way to the wire with Always B Miki getting the victory. Out of the 1,159 races at Scioto Downs this summer, 68 percent of them were full 10 horse fields and the betting public responded with a 6.9 percent increase in all source handle -- even with five less racing days compared to 2015. Scioto Downs finished the 2016 season with the percentage of favorites winning 37.74 percent of the time. Purses also grew in 2016 to a total of $15,900,588 over the course of 90 days. The average daily purse at Scioto Downs was $176,673 per day. Scioto Downs would like to thank the gamblers, fans, horsemen, owners and caretakers for their continued support in 2016 and we hope to see you back in 2017. Even though there is no live racing this winter, the penthouse will remain open all year for simulcasting needs. Eldorado Scioto Downs is also planning a grand opening for the new 118 room Hampton Inn Hotel slated for December. Eldorado Scioto Downs 

Vernon, N.Y. - Heavy pressure into a blistering :25.4 first quarter could not deter Sweet Thing ($7.00), as she fought to hold her ground on the first turn and subsequently edged away to a 3-3/4 length win in Friday (September 30) evening's harness racing featured $7,900 top-level distaff trot at Vernon Downs. Sweet Thing and driver Fern Paquet, Jr. meant business from race's outset, refusing to yield to even-money favorite My Lucky Word (Chris Lems) through a cut-throat duel into the first turn. The 4-year-old Chocolatier mare worked to protect inside position despite being headed out the straight, in fact forcing My Lucky Word into the pocket upon reaching the back of the course and controlling middle sectionals of :55 and 1:24.4. A new challenger emerged coming off the far turn, as Mc Tiny's Hope (Ben McNeil) gained without cover to take second from the fading My Lucky Word. Despite the presence of a fresh rival, Sweet Thing steadily drew away, posting a 1:53.3 victory over Mc Tiny's Hope, while the late-rallying Painite (Truman Gale) took third as the 19-1 longest shot in the race. Trainer Homer Hochstetler owns 9-time winner Sweet Thing in partnership with Robert Buddig. In the sub-featured $6,700 trotting event, Walk the Floor ($6.80) circled from third-over to prevail, fanning to the grandstand side off the far turn and collaring the first-over Pegasus Point in the final yards of a 1:55.3 mile. Trainer Angus MacDonald drove the 5-year-old Crazed gelding to his second consecutive win. Live racing returns to Vernon Downs with an 11-race card on Saturday (October 1) evening; post time is 6:45 p.m. Eastern. by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

YONKERS, NY, Friday, September 30, 2016 - Apparently, Yonkers Raceway has a new incentive plan...win a race at a triple-figure harness racing mutuel, meet a former major league baseball All-Star. That was the carrot at the end of the Friday night (Sept. 30) stick for trainer/driver Pat Lachance after his last-to-first, 53-1, eight-hole upset with Ace of Clubs. The bombardier paid an even $108 to win the fifth race going away by 3¼ lengths. The soggy, hotly-contested fourth race saw 3-10 choice Cartoon Daddy (Jason Bartlett) dueled into submission and finished seventh as Ace of Clubs circled his rivals to earn his first seasonal win in his 16th seasonal start (1:58.2). Just outside the winner's circle was an impromptu meet-and-great with New York Mets' Hall of Famer John Franco. Franco, a native New Yorker and one of baseball's all-time standout relief pitchers, was visiting Empire City Casino @ Yonkers Raceway. Franco and Amazin' fans were at Dan Rooney's Sports Bar as the Mets took on the Philadelphia Phillies in a game with wild-card playoff implications. Spirited conversation and autographed photos (of Franco, not Lachance. Sorry, Pat) was also included in the evening.   Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, September 30, 2016 - In this election season, the votes have been counted...for the harness racing Yonkers Raceway's International Trot. The complete field of 10 world-class invitees/acceptances for the million-dollar event, set for Saturday afternoon, Oct. 15th, is now final. The seats at the table (alphabetically), with country of representation... BBS Sugarlight - Norway Explosive de Vie - Sweden Flanagan Memory - Canada Hannelore Hanover - USA (mare) Jonesy -- Finland Oasis Bi -- Italy On Track Piraten -- Sweden Resolve - USA Ringostarr Treb -- Italy Tano Bork - Denmark Three of the entrants - BBS Sugarlight (4th), On Track Piraten (7th) and Oasis Bi (5th) competed in this race a season ago. Last season's winner, Norway's Papagayo E, is injured and unable to defend his title. The international horses are scheduled to arrive in New York next Wednesday (Oct. 5th), and after a couple of days of quarantine, get Raceway-situated Friday (Oct. 7th). Please note post time for the rare afternoon program is 1:10 PM, with International Trot No. 38 set to go at 3:20 PM (numbers of races on card and race number of International Trot both TBA). Also note and make use of the race-dedicated website, www.InternationalTrot.com as an excellent resource. The race is to be drawn Tuesday, Oct. 11th, along with a pair of $250,000 Invitationals (1¼-mile trot [10 horses] and flat-mile pace, [eight horses]). More information regarding all these races in the coming days. Frank Drucker

There are not that many mystery novels on the bookshelves (or internet) that center around harness racing, but recently author Tina Sugarman penned Horse Flesh, a novel that for many will be an enticing read. This fiction novel enters the highly competitive world of Standardbred horse racing, and is an exhilarating debut from an insider.  While many in the industry may take offense to the outright knocks on the industry, one must remember this is fiction and the author’s right to “jazz it up” to make it a riveting read to outsiders, should be taken into consideration. Then again, with all the recent controversy surrounding the Little Brown Jug last week, the events in this novel may seem to be spot on. The story features a brilliant harness racing driver whose drug habit risks costing him everything, his cousin, a trainer who refuses to compromise her integrity, a mysterious individual known only as the Scorpion, lurking in the shadows, pulling the strings, the Director of Racing trying desperately to clean up the industry, his mentor and best friend who has his own agenda, a low life groom who knows too much for his own good, the Canadian Mountie who inadvertently gets involved, with unforeseen consequences, and a veterinarian caught between two worlds. These are just some of the players in Horse Flesh, where passions run high and where the distinction between right and wrong, good and evil, is always blurred.  I found the book to be fascinating, very fast paced and with shocking twists and turns. At first I was turned off as the book did not “grab me” right off the bat and I was not happy with some of the demeaning references to the industry as an insider. As I read on and understood the characters that made up the novel, I had trouble at times to put the book down. It drew me into the read to see where the story was going, what was going to happen to some of the stars and how was author Tina Sugarman going to tie this all together in the end. She did a superb job with some great insights that people in the industry should consider. She got the job done and her HORSE FLESH is a breakthrough debut novel set to entertain not only horse and racing enthusiasts, but fiction fans looking for a fresh read.  Tina’s blending of the life events of four yearlings into becoming racehorses was very well done and woven nicely into the novel. The paperback version is very thick, over 700 pages of small type, so some might want to get the Kindle or Nook version. And don’t expect to read this one overnight! Tina Sugarman writes from her personal experiences and gives a compelling insight into the world of harness racing. She has been involved with Standardbred horse racing in Ontario for nearly two decades, spending summers on a horse farm nearby Mohawk Raceway, the premier harness racing track in Canada. This novel is available through all major booksellers. by Steven Wolf, for Harnesslink

With the east coast getting hit with heavy rain, The Maryland Sire Stakes harness racing prelims at Rosecroft got lucky with just drizzle and wind.   The 3 year old trotting colts and gelding were up first and it was no surprise when pilot Brian Burton sent Speed It (Cam's Rocket) to the front opening up 21 lengths on the field in the 1:59 mile giving him his 8th straight stakes win and 9th for the year.. Righteous Renegade crossed the wire second. Richard Hans owns, trains and bred the winner.   Filly trotters were up next and reinsman Frank Milby had to back Rock The Game (Cam's Rocket) out of the pocket to come three wide down the stretch to catch the leader Star Rose at the wire in 2:01.3. Shaun Callahan trains for owner Breakaway Racing. Nick Callahan was the breeder.   Driver Frank Milby took Fastestgirlaround (Dontloseyourdayjob) to the front and never looked back as they stopped the clock in 1:57.4 with Evergreen Silky coming in for place. Tony Sapienza trains for owner/breeder Gloria Kinnamon.   The upset of the night came in the colt and gelding pace when Toms Tae Kwon Do (Cam's Rocket) stopped Steal N Go's seven race win streak catching him at the wire in 1:59. Russell Foster was in the bike for trainer Roger Hans and owner/breeder Thomas Cooke.   The stallion Cam's Rocket once again showed he produces both trotters and pacers taking 3 of the 4 stakes.   The Maryland Sire Stakes finish their season next week with the 2 year old finals on Tuesday Oct. 4th and the 3 year old finals on Thursday Oct. 6th at Rosecroft.   By Cheri Stambaugh

Harness racing owner Bob Tambur enjoys watching his horses compete, but even more than that he delights in simply watching them grow up. "I just have a love for raising these horses; I get a big kick out of it," said Tambur, a northeast Pennsylvania resident whose homebred Boogie Shuffle races out of the training stable of Mark Harder in Saturday's first of five Bluegrass Stakes divisions for 2-year-old male pacers at Lexington's Red Mile. "I tell Mark all the time, I get as big a kick out of breeding these horses as I do watching them race. I get a kick out of seeing how they turn out. It's more special when they do well, but I'm just so happy to be competitive." Boogie Shuffle has been competitive for Tambur's Fox Hollow Farm, with a total of six on-the-board finishes in eight starts and earnings of $72,633. He has one win and four second-place finishes, with three of the runner-up efforts coming on the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes circuit to Huntsville, Downbytheseaside, and Fear The Dragon. Huntsville went on to win the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship, with Downbytheseaside second and Fear The Dragon third. Those three horses also are among the four fastest 2-year-old male pacers of the season; the other is Ocean Colony. Boogie Shuffle and driver Scott Zeron will see Huntsville, Fear The Dragon, and Ocean Colony in their seven-horse Bluegrass division Saturday. Huntsville, from the Ray Schnittker Stable, is the 2-1 morning line favorite while Boogie Shuffle is 6-1. The division features five horses with at least $69,000 in purses; no other division has more than two. "If you want to be a top horse you've got to race with the top horses," Tambur said about Boogie Shuffle's difficult draw. "There are no breathers, not in today's world. I'd like to win them all, but that's not how it goes." Tambur, whose business ventures include a financial company and real estate development, got started in harness racing a little more than 20 years ago and enjoyed success in the mid-1990s with stakes-winning female pacer Sweetgeorgiabrown. Other notable horses have included stakes-winner Sutter Hanover (in partnership) and hard-knocking homebred Bullet Bob, who has earned $359,095. Boogie Shuffle is a son of stallion Well Said out of Tambur's mare Ciela Hanover. Boogie Shuffle's 3-year-old full brother Senator Charlie has earned $77,690 for Fox Hollow Farm and a Well Said-Ciela Hanover yearling named Kaboom Pow will soon start preparing for his racing career. Ciela Hanover this year produced a Sweet Lou-sired filly named Sweet Anna Banana. "I have high hopes for the two on the ground, the filly and the colt," Tambur said. "The brother to Boogie is bigger at this stage. He's a good-looking colt. We hope he does well. We hope he's got the speed and the desire Boogie has. It's all about the heart." Tambur thought highly of Boogie Shuffle from the time he was born. "I saw that horse an hour after he was born and he was standing up and he was so correct," Tambur said. "From day one, he looked fabulous; from hour one. I always felt because of how correct he was that he was going to be a well-gaited horse." Boogie Shuffle heads to the Bluegrass off a fourth-place finish in a division of the Liberty Bell Series in which he encountered traffic trouble in the stretch. The colt's remaining stakes schedule includes the International Stallion, Breeders Crown, and Matron. "We're hopeful, but we know the competition is keen," Tambur said. "He is getting stronger and he's grown a little bit. We just hope he continues to get faster and get better. He's got a good motor, and he's got a good heart, so we'll see what happens. Hopefully he continues to do well." The favorites in the remaining four Bluegrass divisions for 2-year-old male pacers are, in race order, Erv Miller's R J P, Jimmy Takter's Blood Line, Brian Brown's Downbytheseaside, and Ron Burke's Miso Fast. There also are four divisions of the Bluegrass Stakes for 2-year-old female pacers, headlined by Takter's She's A Great Lady champion Idyllic Beach. For Saturday's complete card, click here. Ken Weingartner  

Rider Vanessa Karlewicz did this superstitious act before racing in her first fair final and the outcome was great for the 36-year-old and her mount, Admirable Hanover, because the duo ended the night in the harness racing winner's circle at Batavia Downs. Karlewicz, of Florida New York, called the experience "surreal." "When I crossed the line there was a massive roar, but I had no idea if I had won by half a second, by 1,000th of a second or even lost," she said. "As we slowed our horses up on the backside, I was still unsure as to who would be continuing on to the winner's circle," she continued. Then the placings were announced... I had won! It finally sunk in and that's when I became emotional... My first meaningful win on a bigger track. I was overtaken with joy and gratefulness." As the race moved off the last turn, Karlewicz pulled Admirable Hanover and drew alongside last year's fair final winners Andrea Pratt and My Friend Charlie. Admirable Hanover edged his way past the wire and won by a neck in 2:03.4. My Friend Charlie was second and Jeanie Marie closed sharply for third after an early race miscue in the non-betting event. Karlewicz said it is natural to envision yourself winning, but said she also tried to keep her expectations grounded. "We have had a few wins this year, but those were all on fair tracks," she said. "I also knew that there was a competitive field of horses in the final, not to mention last year's winner. Certainly I knew I had my work cut out for me, but was going to give it my best shot." This marked the third year RUS New York has organized a fair series. It included 12 races at nine fairs across the state, a race at Saratoga Harness Track (a part of their fair day) and the championship race. It was a historic event because it was the first time Batavia Downs had ever held a racing under saddle event. The win was the third in six starts under saddle for Admirable Hanover this year. The horse is owned by Peter Gerry and is trained by his rider, Karlewicz. This is the fourth year the 9-year-old gelded son of Cantab Hall has competed in RUS and the 2:03.4 time was a new lifetime RUS mark for him. The win was a little extra special for Karlewicz because it came the night before her birthday. "Admirable certainly gave me the best birthday gift ever," she said. "I was so overwhelmed with both people congratulating me on the win, along with birthday wishes. To say I was on cloud nine is probably still an understatement. Everybody's kind words and support was very meaningful." Karlewicz has not always been in the racing business and still considers herself to be somewhat of a "newbie." In fact, Karlewicz's full-time job is managing her family's horse farm "The Stables at MiraBella." It is primarily a hunter/jumper facility. The farm houses about 40 horses: A mixture of boarders, lesson horses and young stock as breeding is also a big part of the business. Karlewicz said she initially got introduced to Standardbreds three years ago through Connor Racing Stables. "I started out jogging a few horses once in a while for fun. The more I was around it, the more fascinated I became. I was intrigued to learn about a different side of the sport and I was certainly drawn into the speed and thrill of racing," she explained. According to the horse enthusiast, she received a lot of support while learning the sport and was ultimately able to get her trainers/driving license. Karlewicz said she was graciously supplied with horses to drive and race from both the Connor Stables as well as owner/driver Peter Gerry. "RUS specifically was something I never knew existed until I saw a race one day during the Goshen matinees," Karlewicz said. "I knew instantly that I had to try it." Gerry's horse was stabled with the Connors where Karlewicz said he never quite developed into a horse for the "big races" so they gave her the chance to drive him in an amateur series. "He has proven to be a bit of a quirky horse in that he has struggled with the starting gate and he tends to get nervous and makes breaks especially when starting from the rail (the post position the duo had in the fair final)," Karlewicz said. This was a challenge being new to the sport, according to Karlewicz. However, she said, figuring the horse out has made her a better horsewoman. The rider/trainer said everyone at the Connor Stables and Gerry are supportive of RUS and were willing to try different horses in their program to see how they would fair doing it. Both Jennifer and Brian Connor have ridden horses under saddle themselves. "It always seemed like something Admirable was good at and seemed to like," Karlewicz said. "This year I decided to put most of my efforts towards RUS versus driving and made arrangements to take over Admirable's care and training schedule myself." "Being Admirable's full-time trainer brings a great sense of pride in that I feel his wins this year solidify my horsemanship skills in a field that's relatively new to me," Karlewicz added. Admirable and Karlewicz have had time to bond. She says she has had a lot more experience driving him, but feels he is much calmer while working under saddle. "One of the greater challenges driving him is that he is a very hot horse: Both jogging and in the race bike." Karlewicz said. "The under saddle work, I feel, keeps him calmer and therefore he's easier to handle. He is a horse that we towed a lot instead of jogging in an attempt to avoid him overworking himself in a jog cart every day. This is where I'm happy to offer him the under saddle work off the track. I think he really enjoys that." Coming down the stretch to the wire. Racing Strategy: Every horse has a preferred racing style or at least one that lets the horse perform at its best. For example, some like to leave, while others do better if tucked in a hole with cover and conserving energy until the end. So what is the secret to Admirable Hanover? Karlewicz said she always has to ease Admirable into the race and is not one that she likes to leave the starting gate with too fast. Her strategy for the final was to try and be patient off the starting gate and make it around the first turn. She said, "Once we make it that far, I can usually ease up and start participating in the race. There are usually always horses that like to leave so It works out for me to tuck behind someone. Addie generally races better mid pack so getting away third suited us. I knew going down the back stretch for the second time that I needed to start to make my move if I stood a chance. I pulled his ear plugs and he nicely filled the gap. Coming around the final turn I was really happy with where we were. I felt my horse had more in him, so I pulled to the outside and urged him on. Crossing that line first in that close of a race is a thrill I will never forget." How Karlewicz Began Riding: Karlewicz started riding when she was 8 years old. She said jumping has always been her main focus. However, she said she has dabbled a little with dressage, eventing, western, thoroughbreds, Arabians... "Jumping has always been my passion. Years later it's intriguing to be learning yet another side of the sport," she said. Karlewicz said she would love to see RUS continue to grow and one day evolve into a betting sport here in the U.S. "I would love nothing more than to be able to continue to participate in this sport, hopefully get more rides, and expand to racing at new tracks," she said. The rider/trainer said she has always been and adrenaline seeker so that is why racing under saddle "spoke to her." She said, "Once I got a taste of racing, both driving and RUS, I was instantly hooked." Now that the fair series has come to an end, Karlewicz said she is looking forward to starting back up in the NAADA Amateur Driving Series that takes place at Monticello, Yonkers and Freehold this fall. BY MICHELLE MILLER, RUS NEW YORK  

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 30, 2016 -- Following a three-week break, live racing at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino resumes Monday, Oct. 3, with a harness racing card that features a pair of Keystone Classic stakes worth an estimated $181,000. The Meadows will race three days per week -- Monday, Tuesday, Saturday -- in October and will add Wednesday programs for November and December. In addition, the track will offer a special Christmas-week card Thursday, Dec. 22. Each card will include a $5,000 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 4 wager, races 4-7. First post for each remaining 2016 program is 1 PM. The October line-up features a rich menu of stake races, with total purses estimated at more than $900,000. In addition to the re-opening day events, the stakes include: Tuesday, Oct. 4 -- $140,000 (est) Keystone Classics; Saturday, Oct. 8 -- $160,000 Pennsylvania Fairs Championships; Saturday, Oct. 15 -- $425,000 (est) Keystone Classics. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

LEXINGTON, KY-- Shake It Off Lindy surged first over around the final turn to pass pacesetter Southwind Cobra, upsetting in one of the six $334,500 Bluegrass splits for harness racing two-year-old trotting colts on Thursday, September 29 in a lifetime best of 1:55 at The Red Mile. With Eburry Street and Sortie breaking before the first turn, Moonshiner Hanover inherited the lead, keeping Southwind Cobra parked while Shake It Off Lindy sat in the pocket. Rough-gaited clearing the lead, Southwind Cobra maintained his stride passing the quarter in :29.1, and was unchallenged through a :58.1 half. Sitting in third, Shake It Off Lindy pulled to the outside approaching the three-quarter pole and was up to Southwind Cobra's wheel within a matter of strides. Past the third-quarter in 1:27.3, Shake It Off Lindy had taken the lead, and was holding off Moonshiner Hanover splitting horses and Signal Hill coming down the center of the track. In front by a length, Shake It Off Lindy finished in front of Moonshiner Hanover and Southwind Cobra. The Frank Antonacci trainee won his second start in six tries this season, earning $45,250 this season. By Crazed out of the Love You mare Nashville Lindy, he is owned by K R Breeding LLC and was driven by Tim Tetrick. He paid $29.60 to win. "He's been training down good and we didn't stake him too heavy," Antonacci said. "He was a $17,000 yearling that was part of my dad's experiment with the French mares. We gave him every chance he could possibly have to be a good horse, and he's showing a good turn of foot and he has a good head on him." "Anytime you're involved with these horses multiple generations; train the mare and train the father, it's definitely a little special," Antonacci also said. "He'll probably be back here next week," Antonacci also said. Brushing to the lead after the half, Long Tom maintained control as he advanced to a 1:55.2 win over Bill's Man and Equestrianconxtion. Bill's Man parked around the first turn and was forced to move to the lead, clearing in :28.3. Approaching the half, driver Tim Tetrick edged Long Tom, sitting in third, off the pylons and rushed towards Bill's Man through a :58 half. Shuffled to third, Equestrianconxtion moved first over midway through the final turn. Long Tom passed three-quarters in 1:26.3 as Bill's Man tried to weave out of the pocket and Equestrianconxtion hanged to his outside. The two struggled to approach Long Tom and couldn't get by, as Long Tom hit the line a half-length in front of Bill's Man and Equestrianconxtion in 1:55.2, a lifetime best. Owned by Amg Stable Oy, trained by Marcus Melander, and driven by Tim Tetrick, the colt by Muscle Hill from the Windsong's Legacy mare Ilia scored his third win out of four tries this season, earning $46,875. Sent off the 2-5 favorite, he paid $2.80 to win. "When I was home in February, he told me 'I have a good horse I want to send over,'" Marcus Melander said. "A trainer in Sweden bought him at Harrisburg and he brought him overseas to Sweden. I was there for my visa, and I happened to go there for just a week and we talked. We sent him over as soon as possible, and he came to my barn at the end of March." "I thought he had potential after the first time he raced," Melander also said. "He had a little time off; trouble getting to the races and then he raced great at Freehold [in the $29,000 Harold Dancer Memorial] after a month off, and then he raced great again at the Meadowlands. After that, I decided to bring him down here and try him in the Grand Circuit." "We'll have to look at him after this race to see if he's good, but he'll probably be back here next week," Melander said. Snowstorm Hanover took the lead into the first turn and managed to hold command, trotting a 1:55.3 mile, a lifetime best, over Buckeye Boss and International Moni. Trotting the first quarter in :29 and the half in :59.2, Snowstorm Hanover was unchallenged on the lead. Buckeye Boss, sent off the even-money favorite, drafted from the pocket, Meme Hanover trotted third and International Moni sat fourth. Into the final turn, Buckeye Boss tipped outside attempting to sling to command, but Snowstorm Hanover began to accelerate at three-quarters in 1:28.3. Buckeye Boss challenged Snowstorm Hanover through the stretch. As Buckeye Boss advanced, Snowstorm Hanover steadfastly remained on the lead, staying about a half-length in front of Buckeye Boss at the wire. Returning $13.40 to win, Snowstorm Hanover, by Muscle Massive from the Andover Hall mare Snow Angel Hanover, won her third race in eight starts this year, earning $86,869. He is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Frank Baldachino, Peter Collura & Weaver Bruscemi, trained by Ron Burke, and driven by Matt Kakaley. Waiting to pursue the lead until the top of the stretch, Fly On easily gained command midway through the stretch, besting Dunbar Hall and Southwind Woody in a 1:55 lifetime-best performance. Taking the lead through a :29.1 quarter, Fly On soon yielded to Southwind Woody brushing to the lead into the backstretch. He was unchallenged off a :57.1 half and was unchallenged up until the three-quarter pole, when Fly On inched towards the lead with Always A Good Time on his back. Fly On met strides with Southwind Woody at three-quarters in 1:27. Fly On drifted through the stretch, eventually sprinting clear of Southwind Woody clinging to second while Always A Good Time hanged in fourth and Dunbar Hall flew up the pylons from fourth, edging by Southwind Woody to claim second. Winning his sixth race in ten starts this year, Fly On, a Muscle Hill colt out of the Credit Winner mare Calchips Finisher, has now earned $88,747 this year. Owned by Andy Miller Stable Inc., Arden Homestead Stable and Gaitway Stable, trained by Julie Miller and driven by Andy Miller, Fly On paid $2.60 to win. "He has been a model of consistency," Julie Miller said. "He didn't really like the track at Freehold that day on the half [in the Harold Dancer Memorial]... he didn't maneuver the track well; that's the only mishap he has had. We've been real pleased with him. He has willingness to go and we're pretty excited about him." "Julie Miller called me about a year ago, after she and Andy bought him, and said that they were looking for a partner," Peter Gerry of Arden Homestead Stable said. "We have had such wonderful luck with the Miller's Stable." "There was one horse we didn't have any luck with," Gerry also said, "and that was because we kind of pressured them into buying him, and that was the brother of a good horse they bought from our consignment. We felt so guilty, but they have always been so kind to us. What fun it is to have an investment with the Miller family." Going wire to wire, New Jersey Viking finished in front of Muscles Jared and Explosive Ridge, trotting his Bluegrass division in 1:56.1. Holding an uncontested lead through a :28.3 quarter and :59 half, New Jersey Viking led Muscles Jared, who raced from the pocket, and What The Hill, who was sent off the 4-5 favorite. Fraser Ridge, caught on the outside since the start, gradually advanced towards the leader from first over, carrying Explosive Ridge on his tail. Fraser Ridge reached New Jersey Viking's wheel into the final turn. What The Hill tried to sprint off the pylons, but lost stride. Fraser Ridge began to falter, forcing Explosive Ridge three wide, chasing after New Jersey Viking in 1:27.4. In the stretch, New Jersey Viking held control while Muscles Jared dipped towards the cones and edged to the outside, attempting to slide to the lead, but New Jersey Viking held him off by about half a length. New Jersey Viking, by Muscle Hill out of the Broadway Hall mare Hall Of Wishes, won his fourth race in seven starts this year, earning $111,893 for owners Knutsson Trotting Inc. and Little E LLC. Trained and driven by Ake Svanstedt, he paid $8.40 to win. Clearing control at the quarter, Dover Dan stayed in front as he trotted a lifetime-best 1:55 mile in the final Bluegrass division. Setting a :28.2 quarter, Dover Dan brushed by Soho Hanover to take the lead into the backstretch. Eternal Patrol trotted third in front of the 1-2 favorite King On The Hill in fourth. After a :57.1 half, King On The Hill led a two-wide charge into the far turn. King On The Hill reached Dover Dan's neck midway around the final turn, but Dover Dan accelerated toward a 1:27.1 third-quarter and drew separation at the top of the stretch. Soho Hanover attempted to sneak by at the pylons while King On The Hill faltered and Patton, riding his cover, tried to close down the center of the track. Dover Dan held off Soho Hanover, while Patton finished third. John Butenschoen trains the colt by Andover Hall out of the Royal Troubador mare Cr Kay Suzie. Winning four of eight starts this season, he has earned $108,579 for owners William Wiswell, Jean Goehlen, and Eugene Schick. Driven by Corey Callahan, he paid $8.40. "I think Corey [Callahan] and I were a little bit aggravated after our first two races," Butenschoen said. "They both raced well, but neither one really got a big shot to race. Bill's Man was second and tried to sneak up the wood there, and then Simply Volo had no shot; he had a horse on the long side of him the whole mile, so I think it was in Corey's mind that if we get beaten [to the lead], they're going to beat us." Live racing resumes on Friday, September 30 at The Red Mile with five divisions of the $298,000 Bluegrass Stakes for two-year-old trotting fillies slated on the nine-race card. First race post is at 7:00pm. By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

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LEXINGTON, KY-- Overdraft Volo brushed past Fine Tuned Lady, sent off the 1-5 favorite, to pull off a 23-1 upset in the final of five divisions for the $298,000 Bluegrass stakes for harness racing two-year-old trotting fillies on Friday, September 30 at The Red Mile. Feed Your Head took the lead from Fine Tuned Lady through a :28.4 opening quarter before losing it to her heading to the half. Timed in :57.2, Fine Tuned Lady remained in control into the far turn, as Overdraft Volo moved first over from fifth and charged towards the lead. She moved into second after a 1:27.4 third quarter. Fine Tuned Lady clung to command at the top of the stretch, but Overdraft Volo soon edged passed and drew away to a two-length victory, with Fine Tuned Lady finishing second and Feed Your Head third in 1:55.2. Returning $49.20 to win, Overdraft Volo, by Yankee Glide from the Tagliabue mare Bank Of Newport, won her second start in seven this year, earning $47,097 for owners Pinske Stables and Kentuckiana Racing Stable. She's trained by Julie Miller and driven by Andy Miller. Sweeping to the top after the half, Princess Aurora held control as she trotted a 1:54.3 mile to win her Bluegrass division as the 3-5 favorite. Temple Ruins took the lead from Evelyn after a :29 opening quarter, prompting Evelyn to pull from the pocket and take the lead. Princess Aurora stalked the two from third, eventually edging first over and rushing to the lead off a :57.2 half. Chezatter, sitting fifth for most of the mile, moved first over around the far turn. She moved into third while Princess Aurora passed three-quarters in 1:27.2. Princess Aurora extended her lead through the stretch, finishing in front of Chezatter and Evelyn. Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld own the filly by Cantab Hall out of the Muscles Yankee mare Vulcanize. Winning her third start in eight this season, she has earned $75,276. Trained by Jimmy Takter and driven by Yannick Gingras, she paid $3.40 to win. "She's out of a really top mare," Marvin Katz said. "[Vulcanize] was a tough mare for us to get in foal, and she was the first filly we had from her, and we weren't going to lose the opportunity of that pedigree, so we were going to keep her." "She trained down with Jimmy's, and that's tough company training down with Jimmy's horses," Katz also said. "She wasn't at the front end of the class, but he liked her, and it seems that she's really getting better. Yannick seemed really pleased with her tonight, and Jimmy has been raving about her the last little while as well." "It was a bit of a rocky start," Gingras said. "Every time I drove her, some days she'd be running out a bit and some days she'd be running in. Her gait has always been good; her issues were maybe in her mind a little bit. It was all about getting her to be one-hundred percent, and she definitely is right now." Onda Su stalked dueling leaders before circling to the lead and coasting to a 1:55.4 victory over Myammie Drama and French Press. Future Secured led through a :28.4 first quarter. Grandma's Moni, the 6-5 favorite, was positioned fifth into the backstretch before pulling first over at three-eighths. Matching strides with Future Secured off a :57.2 half mile, Grandma's Moni was left parked into the far turn. She began to falter as Onda Su edged outside from fourth and rushed three wide passed three-quarters in 1:25.2. Onda Su powered by Future Secured in the stretch. French Press, sitting fourth for most of the mile, fanned towards the center of the track to take second, and was soon overtaken by Myammie Drama, flying from last and cutting into Onda Su's lead in the stretch. Onda Su, under a hand drive, was two-lengths clear of Myammie Drama at the line. Winning her third race in nine start this season, Onda Su, by Muscle Massive from the Andover Hall mare Upfront Ob's Janet, has now compiled $55,981 in earnings for owners Frederick and Shirley Schwartz and Onda Racing Stable LLC. Trained by Jim Campbell and driven by Corey Callahan, she paid $11.20. "She has run on me a couple of times and she ran on Dave [Miller] in some qualifiers," Corey Callahan said. "You kind of just have to hold onto her. Jim [Campbell] made sure to find me in the paddock and give me some good coaching pointers, and everything worked out." That's All Moni outsprinted Hillarmbro through the stretch to narrowly win her Bluegrass division in 1:54.4. Sianna Hanover moved to the lead off a :28.1 quarter, with Hillarmbro sitting second and That's All Moni third. After a :57 half, That's All Moni initiated a first-over bid, carrying Cool Cates on her back. That's All Moni soon met strides with Sianna Hanover at three-quarters in 1:26.3. Taking the lead midway through the stretch, That's All Moni was soon challenged by Hillarmbro, who slid up the pylons and attempted to take the lead. That's All Moni kept her nose in front, winning over Hillarmbro and Cool Cates. Paying $3.60 to win, That's All Moni, by Cantab Hall out of the Pine Chip mare Mom's Millionaire, won her fourth race in eight starts this season, compiling $203,123 in earnings for owners Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, and Al Libfeld. Trained by Jimmy Takter, Tim Tetrick was in the bike. "She's got to be a little careful or she gets away by herself sometimes," Tim Tetrick said. "She starts to wander, ears up, and she was really coming hard at the top of the lane; she almost wanted to over-trot herself and I had to gather her up." Treviso drafted behind pacesetter and 1-5 favorite Broadway Idole and swung out of the pocket to take the lead and draw off to a two-length victory in 1:54.1. Southwind Avanti led through a :28.1 quarter before losing the lead to Broadway Idole after a :57.2 half. Southwind Avanti soon pulled first over, but stalled in her attempt to overtake Broadway Idole at three-quarters in 1:26. Faltering, Southwind Avanti made room for Treviso to pull out of the pocket. She was on equal terms with Broadway Idole midway through the stretch and eventually surpassed her. Effie Trinket closed to finish third. Owned by Klis Brothers Stable and Carrie Norris, and trained and driven by Charlie Norris, Treviso, by Muscle Massive from the Taurus Dream mare Valbonela, won her fourth race in eight tries this year, earning $112,694. She paid $10.80. "A couple starts back Yannick [Gingras] and I got hooked up in the first turn and kind of jostled her a bit," Charlie Norris said. "And then last week, for the [Pennsylvania Sires Stakes] final, I had no idea [why she broke]. I just turned to the gate and she just started hopping up and down. Other than that, she has just been perfect all year." "I was happy to see Brett [Miller] come; I didn't want to be behind Marcus [Johansson]," Norris also said. "She'll come back next week for the International [Stallion Stakes] and if she races good again next week we'll go to the Breeders Crown," Norris also said. Live racing resumes Saturday, October 1 at The Red Mile with four divisions of the $294,000 Bluegrass Stakes for two-year-old pacing fillies and five divisions of the $330,000 Bluegrass Stakes for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings. First race post is 7:00pm. By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile
The clubhouse was sold out seven days ago, the denizens of the apron stood shoulder-to-shoulder despite the deluge the area had withstood  14 of the last 24 hours and before the first race went off on the harness racing card at Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway on Friday (Sept. 30) all people could discuss was how fortunate they were to witness live the most elite equine athletes on the continent. In fact, one young lady explained to her young son just how significant the upcoming $150,000 Dayton Pacing Derby truly was. “You need to remember this night,” she said. “This is the time you will see the greatest horses in the world race with your own eyes. Don’t you want to see Wiggle It Jiggleit in person?” So did thousands of others at the Ohio oval and Wiggle It Jiggleit repaid their reverence and homage with a dazzling photo finish triumph in a track record 1:49.1 by the slimmest of nostrils over Always B Miki. The public’s sentimental selection, Freaky Fete Pete, checked in a quarter-length behind in third. Owner George Teague, summed the electrifying performance in which Wiggle It Jiggle reversed a similar loss at Scioto Downs to the same rival, succinctly. “He delivers,” he said. As the crowd chanted his name his stridently it deafened the public  address system, Wiggle It Jiggleit and pilot Montrell Teague prepared to leave from post position five. The second choice at odds of 6-5, the defending Horse of the Year was unhurried at the start and settled into fourth behind race leader Luck Be Withyou (Eric Goodell), third selection Freaky Feet Pete (Trace Tetrick) and even money favorite Always B Miki (David Miller). After establishing fractions of :26.2 and :54.4 in their first tour around the track, Miller decided he had waited long enough and sent Always B Miki first-over. Teague immediately grasped the golden opportunity for live cover and pulled Wiggle It Jiggleit from his position to follow Always B Miki’s assault on the top two. After ranging alongside Luck Be Withyou momentarily, Always B Miki took control after three-quarters in 1:22.1 with Wiggle It Jiggleit right on his flank. This locked Freaky Feet Pete in along the rail and shuffled him to fourth with Luck Be Withyou in second and Wiggle It Jiggleit in third as the drive for the wire ensued at the top of the homestretch. As Always B Miki appeared poised to pull ahead never relinquish the lead, Wiggle It Jiggleit loomed menacingly on the outside. Those two one again waged war through the length of the homestretch and at the finish line, left the exhilarated crowd puzzling over which horse captured the battle. Within minutes, that seemed much more lik hours, Wiggle It Jiggleit was declared the victor and the fans demonstrated their appreciation for his monstrous effort with a round of cheers that drowned out any other sound. “I always felt like I was in a good position,” Teague said in the winner’s circle. “I liked where Miki was and felt very comfortable all the way around the track. I just feel very fortunate to have been associated with this horse at such a young age and to have this kind of opportunity. He has already accomplished so much and done so many things. All I can hope for that is he continues to go on and do these things. “He’s not really a people horse. But I do think he really likes hearing the crowd cheer for him.” Conditioned by Clyde Francis, Wiggle It Jiggleit paid $4.40 to win, while Always B Miki provided $2.20 to his supporters.  The 4-year-old gelding has now amassed a staggering $3.612 million lifetime and his 36th win from 48 career trips to the post. The exacta $6.60 and the trifecta, rounded out by Freaky Feet Pete, who once again closed on the inside, paid $3.00. One race prior to yet another fantastic show-down between Always B Miki and Wiggle It Jiggleit, Obrigado made his own strong statement by emphatically capturing the $160,000 Dayton Trotting Derby for conditioner and co-owner Paul Kelley. With regular reinsman Mark MacDonald holding the lines, the public’s second wagering selection (8-5) behind only Shake It Cerry, commenced trotting from post position five and swiftly settled into second place behind Homicide Hunter (Eric Goodell). As Homicide Hunter set all the fractions heading in the stretch clicking off panels of :26.3, :56.2 and 1:24.2, Obigado was content to remain in the pocket for the entire journey. As Wind Of The North (Matt Kakaley) made his first-over bid heading into the lane, Obrigado was briefly overtaken, but that is when MacDonald pushed the button. At that juncture, the rest of the field was all competing for second place as the gelding glided to the wire to stop the clock in 1:53.2 Centurion ATM (Aaron Merriman) closed from the clouds to finish second, while Wind Of The North was relegated to third after his early move. Also owned by Srf Stable, Linwood Higgins and Stable 45, Obrigado increased his bankroll to $1.362 million with his 77th lifetime win. His connections were obviously overjoyed with the victory, but were also relieved as the horse did not have the easiest of transport experiences on his way from Lexington, Ky. due to the heavy rains. “It was some kind of trip,” Kelley said. “But this horse is so intelligent and easy on himself. In fact, he is almost lazy and is kind of lazy training. He knows when it is time to race though. I think it’s a shame he did not get invited to the International Trot at Yonkers, because I think he would have won. We will take him back to Lexington, put him in the Allerage and then race on the undercard at Yonkers on International Trot night. From there we will just see what happens.” With one of the largest crowds in its three-year history, if not the largest ever, the Dayton Raceway tallied an all-time high in handle with $416,458 wagered on the evening’s card. Gregg Keidel
YONKERS, NY, Friday, September 30, 2016 - Harness racing favored Mach it a Par (Jason Bartlett, $4.60) was hard-used early and hardly-used late Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's soggy $45,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. In play from her assigned post position No. 6, Mach it a Par was out into the second turn before finally making the lead. She did so from Secret's Out N (Tyler Buter) after that one threw down a 27-second opening quarter-mile. From there, it turned into a two-speed number (:55.4, 1:24.3, 1:52.3), with Mach it a Par easily prevailing by 3¾ lengths. Sell a Bit N (Jordan Stratton) was a first-up third, with Devil Child (Dan Dube) and Al Raza N (Eric Abbatiello) grabbing the minors. For Mach it a Pair, a 6-year-old daughter of Mach Three co-owned by D'Elegance Stable IX, Carmen Iannacone, T L P & Gandolfo Stables and trained by Rich Banca, it was her ninth win in 30 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $17.40, with the triple returning $63. Frank Drucker
Batavia, NY --- Justgottogetthere was one of the best resident trotters in western New York last year, however 2016 has been a bit of a different story. But it was like old times for the harness racing gelding on Friday night (Sept.30) as he won the $10,500 Open trotting feature at Batavia Downs. Justgottogetthere (Jim Morrill Jr.) went right to the front at the start of the race and remained there until the end. While setting early panels of :28.2 and :58.4, the only challenge the leader got came from Snapshot Springs (Drew Monti) who pulled near the half and tried to engage the front. But the closest he could get was a half-length from second seated Noble Legend (Shawn Gray) who was tracking there the whole mile. After they hit three-quarters in 1:27.2, Justgottogetthere got busy and extended his lead around the far turn and just trotted away in the lane to win by three in 1:57.1. Noble Legend was second and Snapshot Springs finished third. It was the fourth win of the year and a seasonal mark for Justgottogetthere ($11.20), and the first trip to the winner's circle with him for new owner Mike Torcello, who privately purchased the son of Valley Victor on September 3rd. Gerry Sarama trains Justgottogetthere. In the co-featured $8,500 Open II trot, Serious George ($5.50) came early to press the front running Socialdelight (Ray Fisher Jr.) before running her down to win in 1:57.4. Serious George is owned by James Palladino and is trained by Richard Mays. John Cummings Jr. won four races Friday night. He had pictures taken with Gun Show ($4.00, 1:56.2), Hez a Buckeye ($5.60, 1:59), V I P ($9.20, 2:02) and Northern Matador ($13.20, 1:59). Shawn Gray and Jim Morrill Jr. both chimed in with two wins apiece. The Batavia Downs early Pick-5 which on Friday was part of the USTA Strategic Wager with a guaranteed $4,000 pool, recorded the track's largest handle ever by 50%. The 3-2-1-2-6 combination returned $202.00. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Oct. 1) with a guaranteed early Pick-5 pool of $1,500. Post time is 6:15 p.m.   Tim Bojarski
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