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Shes Pukka N, harness racing

Shes Pukka N scores back to back

Shes Pukka N won back to back starts in the Mares Open harness racing pace at Dover Downs on Wednesday night. Shes Pukka N and driver Tony Morgan left alertly as did Anytime N and Soho Burning Love A.  They were both parked to the quarter.  Morgan then released Anytime N to the quarter in 26.3.  Soho Burning Love A, normally a closer, was parked to the quarter and finally cleared for the lead at the half in 54.  Anytime N respectfully took back to second. Soho Burning A was in full flight as Skateboard Chic and Alan Davis grinded 1st up. They reached the three quarters in 1:22 flat. In the stretch, Anytime N and Montrell Teague chose to ease out of the pocket. Tony Morgan and Shes Pukka N chose to remain on the rail from third.  Morgan’s intuition proved to be the winning strategy as Shes Pukka N won by 3/4 of a length in 1:50.2.  She paid $11.20 for the win.   Shes Pukka N (Betterthancheddar)  is owned by Peter Paul Venturini and trained by Brian Malone.    Anytime N raced well and finished 2nd.for trainer Josh Green. Soho Burning Love A,  the 3/5 betting favorite, was 3rd for trainer Jim King Jr. Tim Tetrick was in the bike.  Tony Morgan and Tim Tetrick each won three races on the betting card.   Racing resumes on Thursday at Dover Downs.  Post time is 4:30 pm. For full results, click here. by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs

Harness racing

Bettor's Wish has become a father

Brittany Farms is thrilled to announce the arrival of their first foal by Bettor's Wish from Brittany Farm's mare Shining Beauty. The colt from 2021 and 2020 Dan Patch award winning Bettor's Wish has a special connection to Brittany Farms. Bettor's Wish and the dam Shining Beauty were both bred and raised by Brittany Farms. Shining Beauty is a stakes winning Captain Treacherous daughter of World Champion, Dan Patch and O'Brien Award winning mare American Jewel who herself was Brittany Farms born and raised. The first time mother is standing close by as her foal poses for his first photo. From the Bettor's Wish Syndicate

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Scioto Downs seeks associate judge

Columbus, OH — Eldorado Scioto Downs is seeking a new harness racing associate judge for the upcoming 2021 race meet. Interested applicants can go to www.sciotodowns.com to apply online. Any questions may be directed to the race office at 614.295.4668. Scioto Downs will race 98 days beginning May 4 through Sept. 18, Tuesday through Saturday at 6:15 p.m. From Eldorado Scioto Downs

Keep Watching, harness racing

Keep Watching cruises in series opener

WASHINGTON, PA, March 3, 2021 -- Keep Watching zipped to the lead from post 5 and never had an anxious moment, rolling to a harness racing victory in Wednesday's Donna Dunn Memorial Pace at The Meadows. Best Derby Native captured the other $10,000 opening-leg division in the series for 3- and 4-year-old fillies and mares. The event honors the memory of Donna Dunn, longtime Standardbred owner and wife of the late owner/breeder/trainer/driver Walter "Boots" Dunn. Keep Watching began her career with 27 straight losses but now has won two straight for her new connections, trainer Kevin Johnson and owner Rockridge Racing. Once the 4-year-old daughter of He's Watching-Ravishnmasterpiece made the point for driver Dave Palone, she had little trouble holding off the mild challenge of the first-over Filly Speaks, defeating her by 2-1/2 lengths in a sharp 1:53.4. Lady Sophia earned show.   Aaron Merriman and Palone each collected three wins on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Thursday when the 13-race program features the opening leg of two series -- The Dale McConnell Memorial Trot and the Mary Wohlmuth Memorial Trot. On the wagering front, the card offers a pair of carryovers -- $1,608.09 in the Pick 5 (race 8), $1,249.57 in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 12:45 PM. For full race results, click here. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA

Harness racing fans, harnesslink community, we have some important and exciting news to share with you. The current iteration of our website is now over ten years old and while it has done it's job incredibly well, the time has come for an upgrade.  Due to a number of technological changes, our current website has started to experience several problems behind the scenes which need to be solved. This has also fortunately given us the chance to review our current design as website design has changed a lot over the last ten years.  Our new website will be coming sometime in the next few weeks and should bring with it a faster, cleaner, more modern design. We know that change is hard but we also hope that you will keep an open mind and enjoy our new look when it is launched. Here's to the next chapter! John and the Harnesslink team Here is a picture of our original Website dated 2002

Irish bred and raised Robyn Camden (Art Professor) has won at a high percentage in her somewhat limited harness racing tries at Saratoga Casino Hotel over the course of the last few years. On Wednesday afternoon, the Rob Harmon trainee was the 3-5 betting favorite in the season's first local Open. Starting from post five for driver Jay Randall in the five-horse Fillies and Mares Open, Robyn Camden got away last and sat patiently throughout a first half that went in 58.3. Longshot Pammy Jo (Shawn Gray) surged first-over approaching the half and Robyn Camden followed that distaffer's cover into contention. When Pammy Jo cleared approaching the three-quarter pole, Robyn Camden shifted gears. The six year old mare confronted and then bypassed Pammy Jo in the stretch before edging away late to win in 1:55.2. Pammy Jo was a strong second while Racine Bell (Brian Cross) finished third in the first installment of the season of the $11,000 Fillies and Mares Open.   Robyn Camden, who is owned by Jason Osullivan of Dublin, IR, paid $3.50 to win and led an exacta that returned $24.40. Robyn Camden now has 31 wins in 67 lifetime starts. Harmon and Randall also teamed up for a victory on Wednesday with pacing mare Mamama Moonshine (Rockin Image) who made her local debut a winning one, going coast-to-coast in 1:57.2 in a $7,200 race. Live racing resumes on Monday afternoon at Saratoga (March 7th) with first post time set for Noon. For full race results, click here. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

A pair of new names have entered the most horses in the 2021 editions of the MGM Borgata and Blue Chip Matchmaker series to be contested at Yonkers Raceway throughout March and April. Both newcomers to the stakes scene, trainer Shane Tritton has seven horses between the two events and Neil Balcerak has five in the Borgata. A total of 46 horses nominated for the 2021 Borgata (nee Levy) and 20 were made eligible to the Matchmaker. Both events were canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With four in the Borgata and three in the Matchmaker, the Down Under native Tritton is feeling good about his chances and excited about his first stakes action since arriving in the U.S. less than a year ago. "I'm 100% looking forward to the series. It is very close to the Inter Dominion back home where you have to go four runs in a row. It is a war of attrition, but it is good to have something to work through. I'm looking forward to the challenge," said Tritton. Tritton's male quartet in the Borgata include 2019 Borgata champion Western Fame, Pat Stanley N, Bronx Seelster and Yayas Hot Spot N. His mare trio is formed by Lady Dela Renta A, Maczaffair N and My Ruebe Star N. "This has always been the goal for these horses," said Tritton. "Western Fame, Bronx Seelster and Pat Stanley are starting to hit their stride at the right time and the mares have been racing at a high level. Yayas Hot Spot just needs more racing." Neil Balcerak has been training horses on a limited basis since 2015 but is getting his first taste of stakes action in a big way. He paid the $5,000 nomination fee on five horses, all of which he owns in partnership with another newcomer to the game, Matthew Morrison. "Matt is new to the business. He did well on his first horse and wanted to take a shot," said Balcerak about entering so many horses. "He is a fresh owner to the game. He really enjoyed owning his first horse (Jahan Hanover) and now he goes to the track a couple of times a week. Having a new owner is great for the game. "We bought a couple of nice ones over the summer and we had a few others we just wanted to give a shot to because there wasn't much available for the horses to race for good money," continued Balcerak on entering five horses. Balcerak, who said he started out small as a trainer with just some county fair horses, is hoping for good things from all five of his Borgata entrants. He has the highest hopes for Caviart Rockland and The Wall, who was fifth in the 2019 Borgata. The 37-year-old Pennsylvania native also has Indictable Hanover, Jahan Hanover and Esai Hanover in the series. The Borgata, which begins on March 15 with the first of five legs raced in $40,000 divisions, is loaded with talent. The list includes 2019 Breeders Crown winner American History, who is standing at Walnridge Farm and is expecting to pull double-duty as a stallion and racehorse this year. Three-year-old Ohio standout Ocean Rock makes his first journey outside of the Buckeye state and is one of three newcomers to the Nancy Takter barn in the series. Undoubtedly one of the favorites going into the opening round will be overseas import Let It Ride N. The Richard 'Nifty' Norman-trained 8-year-old has won all six of his starts since coming to America including an impressive 1:52 1/5 win at Yonkers on January 11. "He'll be a handful for anybody," said Norman about Let It Ride N. "I'm sure others will be ready, but he proved he gets around the track very well." Alexa Skye, who joined the Jeff Cullipher barn before a recent second-place finish at Yonkers in the Open Handicap, is certainly one of the favorites going into the March 12 opening leg of the Blue Chip Matchmaker. She has won three of five starts in 2021 and has never finished worse than second. The Borgata and Matchmaker both feature five legs and culminate with finals and consolations on Monday, April 19. A complete list of the eligible horses can be found here and below: 2021 MGM Borgata Eligibles American History American Mercury Ana Afreet N Artie's Ideal Ashley Locaz N Backstreet Shadow Blood Line Bronx Seelster Caviart Rockland Chief Mate Esai Hanover Fine Diamond Hesa Kingslayer N Ideal Jimmy Indictable Hanover Jahan Hanover Jesse Duke N Leonidas A Let it Ride N Lyons Steel Mach n Cheese Mac's Jackpot Micky Gee N No Easy Day None Bettor A Ocean Rock Ostro Hanover Pat Stanley N Raukapuka Ruler N Rockapelo Rodeo Rock San Domino A Semi Tough Sheriff N Shnitzledosomethin Springsteen Stars Align A Tellitsabb The Wall This is the Plan Tookadiveoffdipper Tyga Hanover Western Fame Western Joe Windsun Ricky Yayas Hot Spot N 2021 Blue Chip Matchmaker Eligibles Alexa Skye Alii Nui Bettors Heart N Blue Ivy Caviart Cherie Dbldelitebrigade N Kaitlyn N Keep On Rocking A Lady Dela Renta A Machnhope Maczaffair N Monica Gallagher My Ruebe Star N Parisian Bluechip Seaswift Joy N Siesta Beach Snobbytown Soho Burning Love A The Bandit Queen N Trillions Hanover By Yonkers Raceway Media

In this exclusive edition of The Horseman's Voice we have Freddie Hudson a 3rd generation harness racing driver/trainer extraordinaire and primary host of the Harness Racing Alumni Show talks about his own history of the sport as a little kid and taking over the responsibilites of his father's training stable then starting out on his own from the 1970's.   He then opens up immediately about lobbying efforts he's undertaken with a myriad of people since 2015, how the process works and how important collaboration is with the entire Standardbred Industry.   Freddie then brainstorms several ideas, mostly marketing centric, and gives his viewpoints on the 'State of the Industry' from the past, currently and for the future.   Wishing him the best of luck on his continued lobbying efforts in our nations' capital, Washington, D.C.     The next edition of The Horseman's Voice is set for Monday, March 15, 2021, with three (3) horsewomen, so hold onto your lines - we're going to tap into some really interesting women in the sport from all aspects - new, old, multi-generational; yet they all have their own stories!   The International Source for Harness Racing    The Horseman's Voice

CUMBERLAND, MAINE — Harness racing horse owners can look forward to greener pastures, thanks to a new, local initiative and plans to expand racing permanently into Southern Maine. Michael Cinchett, who grew up in Cumberland, said he has been thinking about starting a harness racing company for years. Inspired by his late great-uncle’s love of the sport, he plans to begin racing at Cumberland Fairgrounds in May, with a racing schedule running through June, July, November and December. Cinchett has leased the grounds and worked out a 56-day racing schedule this year with the state racing commission and only needs to get approval from the town council. Town Manager Bill Shane said the issue is likely to come before the council this month, or early April at the latest. According to the Cumberland County Fair website, the harness racing program at the fairgrounds has been ongoing since 1868. Cinchett said he accelerated his plans once Scarborough Downs ended its last season in November 2020. Henry Jennings, the state commission’s executive director, said Scarborough’s closure was not a surprise — the industry knew it would be happening for “quite some time,” but that didn’t make it any easier for racers to swallow. Without that track, Jennings said, opportunities for racers to compete were lost. That matters, he said, because it’s expensive to own, train and stable a racehorse. “We need another track in southern Maine to keep the industry alive,” Jennings said. Randy Bickmore, who lives in Scarborough and stables 14 horses in Newfield, welcomed Cinchett’s new initiative. “It sounds great,” he said. “It’s pretty exciting.” Bickmore said racing at Scarborough Downs was once an ideal situation for him. Ever since the track closed its horse barns in 2016, however, he said he and other racers began questioning the stability of the business. Eventually, he said, he and others began driving to Plainridge Park Casino in Plainville, Massachusetts, lured by a steady venue and higher purses. Now, Bickmore said, Cinchett’s company is giving him confidence in Maine-based racing again. “I definitely will race in Maine more than I have in the past few years,” he said. Cinchett said he is also planning to lease or buy a more permanent home for his racing company somewhere in Southern Maine. He declined to say where he is looking, but said he hopes to fill the void left by Scarborough Downs. The Cumberland Farmers Club owns the fairgrounds, and its interim president, Lyle Merrifield, said early conversations with Cinchett began about two years ago. In light of the pandemic, which forced the club to cancel last year’s Cumberland Fair, Merrifield said starting regular racing on the grounds made sense. “It appeared to be a good financial move for our farmers club.” he said. Merrifield said Cinchett has leased the fairgrounds’ grandstands, horse barn and racetrack, but Merrifield declined to disclose for how much. Merrifield said other groups lease parts of the fairgrounds throughout the year, but this move, encompassing nearly one-third of the property, is the largest single lease he can recall. He said it took a lot to negotiate, including getting permission from the racing commission, making sure the agreement wouldn’t clash with other leases, and ensuring there were enough race days on the calendar. “There were a lot of variables that had to come together to make it work,” Merrifield said. The track at Cumberland Fairgrounds lit up at night in this undated photo. Courtesy / Stephen D. Thompson Cinchett said his racing company, First Tracks Investments, is a subsidiary of his family business, ELC Inc. The parent company, founded in 1981, owns a number of recognizable properties, ranging from the Portland Regency Hotel in Portland to Casco Bay Ford in Yarmouth to Pine Ridge Acres farm in Cumberland. Cinchett said he plans to offer racing on a similar size and scope to what visitors see every year at the Cumberland Fair and other agricultural fairs statewide. He said he deliberately set up his racing calendar so as not to conflict with other fair racing days, or with the schedule set by Hollywood Casino Raceway in Bangor, the only other commercial raceway in the state. “None of the horsemen have to choose which track they go to on any given day,” he said. Race days are defined as how many days in a single year competitions are held in the state. Jennings said about five years ago, there were as many as 200 in a calendar year. In 2019, there were only about 170, and this year, he said, the commission is hoping to see about 150. Even that, he said, is optimistic, given that 53 of those days are scheduled during the state’s eight agricultural fairs, which could be canceled again by the pandemic this year. “We really don’t know what’s going to happen with whether those fairs are going to run,” he said. So Jennings said the state welcomed Cinchett’s new initiative, which accounts for 56 of those 150 days. “It’s huge to have the presence in southern Maine, and it’s huge to have that critical mass,” he said. Cinchett said he’s not just thinking locally. He has partnered with Black Bear Racing LLC, a company that does similar harness racing business in California under the name Golden Bear Racing, to help set up TV simulcasting. “The harness industry, we think it can be strong and viable and do great things for the state of Maine,” he said. Reprinted with permission from THE FORECASTER

Scirocco Rob dominated in the $20,000 Open Trot at Dover Downs on Tuesday night. Scirocco Rob proved his harness racing dominance and versatility by winning at 2 separate race tracks back to back.  Scirocco Rob won at the Meadowlands last week and traveled down the New Jersey turnpike and won tonight at Dover Downs. At the start, there was a 3 horse attack heading to the quarter pole.  Scirocco Rob settled in fourth, then attacked after being parked to the quarter in 27 seconds flat. Morairtime and Jack Parker Jr. accepted the pocket ride.  Northern Express settled in third.  Scirocco Rob and driver Tim Tetrick then led the field to the half in 55.2 Midway down backstretch, Northern Express  and driver Russell Foster pulled first over and pressured Scirocco Rob to the three quarters in 1:24. They raced as a team into the stretch.  From there, Scirocco Rob, the 4/5 race favorite powered to the top and won by a half length in 1:53.2 on a chilly 35 degree evening.   Scirocco Rob  (Explosive Matter)  is owned by Lewis Whitaker Jr. and Kathleen Whitaker.  Mark Silva trains. Northern Express, raced a game 1st over bid but finished 2nd for trainer Arty Foster Jr.  Bluebird Jesse was third.  Jim King Jr. trained and Alan Davis drove. Tim Tetrick had a big night winning six of twelve races on the betting card. Racing resumes on Wednesday.  Post time is 4:30 pm at Dover Downs. For full race results, click here.   by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs

The M Life Rewards Ladies Pacing Series kicked off on Tuesday night (March 2) at Yonkers Raceway with a trio of $15,000 harness racing divisions that were won by Flirty Forty, Dragon Roll, and Turnthefrownaround. Flirty Forty (Matt Kakaley), sent off at 21-1 in the first split, sat third while 1-9 favorite Pettycoat Business (George Brennan) led through fractions of 28.1, 57.1, and 1:25.3. Sound Idea (Scott Zeron) stalked Pettycoat Business from the pocket and then tipped out two-wide before they turned into the lane, with Flirty Forty tracking Sound Idea's bid before going three-wide in the stretch. It was a thrilling battle to the wire, but in the end Flirty Forty had the best kick, getting up to win by a head in 1:55 1. Sound Idea was second, and Pettycoat Business had to settle for third. Mark Ford trains Flirty Forty, a 4-year-old daughter of American Ideal, for owner Bay Pond Racing Stable. This was her fourth career win, and she has now earned $42,452. Flirty Forty paid $45.40 to win, the 2-1 exacta returned $171.00, and the trifecta kicked back $406.00.   The 4-5 favorite Dragon Roll (Jason Bartlett) dashed to the lead from post five and put up stations of 28.2, 58.3, and 1:27.1 in the next section. Despite the well-rated tempo, Dragon Roll had to dig in determinedly in the last quarter, initially to fend off a first-over try from Pray The Rosary (Brent Holland), and then to deal with a big close from Break The Deal (Zeron) through the stretch. Although she made the chalk players and her connections sweat it out, the wire came up in time for Dragon Roll to tally over Break The Deal by a nose in a 1:57.1 mile. Pray The Rosary held third. Dragon Roll is a 4-year-old Roll With Joe mare owned and trained by Ricky Bucci. Dragon Roll now sports a record of 4-4-8 from 21 career tries, and she has pocketed $149,073. Dragon Roll returned $3.70 to win. The 5-6 exacta paid $29.00 and the trifecta of 5-6-8 was worth $357.50. The last flight saw Somebeachsomefra (Zeron) pop out of the pocket to take over command from Special Achiever (Bartlett) on the way to the 28.3 opening quarter. Somebeachsomefra would continue to front the field to the half in 58 seconds and the three-quarters in 1:26.3, with even-money choice Turnthefrownaround (Brennan) vacating the cones out of third early on the last turn. Somebeachsomefra still had a clear advantage turning for home and responded when Zeron called on her in the lane, but Turnthefrownaround wore her down in deep stretch to prevail by a neck in 1:56. There was a dead-heat for third between Special Achiever and Off The Press (Jordan Stratton). The winner is another 4-year-old by Roll With Joe and is trained by Ron Burke for owners Burke Racing Stable LLC., Weaver Bruscemi LLC., and Phil Collura. Turnthefrownaround scored her fifth victory in her 30th trip behind the gate, and she has now banked $129,660. Turnthefrownaround returned $4.30 to win. The exacta paid $11.40, and the two trifectas kicked back $21.60 (Special Achiever third) and $39.40 (Off The Press third). The M Life Rewards Ladies Pacing Series has additional preliminary legs on Tuesday, March 9 and Tuesday, March 16, and the final is slated for March 23. The boys take their turn in the M Life Rewards Gents Pacing Series on Wednesday night's (March 3) 10-race card at Yonkers, competing in four divisions of their first round. For full results, click here. From Yonkers Raceway

LEBANON, OH - I Know My Chip (Brandon Bates), a nine-year-old Ohio-sired son of Deep Chip, notched his 44th lifetime harness racing victory on Tuesday (March 2) afternoon at Miami Valley in the weekly featured $22,500 Open Trot. Despite having just one start under his girth the winner was favored and didn't disappoint with a 1:54.2 front-stepping performance. Black Mamba AS (Tyler Smith), the recently crowned champion of the Howard Beissinger Memorial Medley, was a game place finisher with MVP Luke (Josh Sutton) picking up the show dough. Walter Haynes Jr. trains I Know My Chip for owners Brian Carsey, Black & White Stable and Casey Myers. Bred by Kim Dailey, the bay gelding has earned the vast majority of his $1,059,688 bankroll racing in the Midwest, particularly Ohio and Indiana.   A pair of final preliminary leg divisions of the Ray Paver Jr. Memorial Series for non-winners of four or $40,000 trotters were also contested. Coconut Kate (Randy Crisler) became the only repeat winner in the series when she downed SM Count On Me (Chris Presley) and Bluebird Deacon (Kayne Kauffman) in 1:55.4. Susie D (Dan Noble) also advanced from the first split to the $25,000 championship leg next week. Peter Redder conditions Coconut Kate for owner Therl Hensley. Howyadoinbub (Noble) was victorious in the other division, topping Deswanslittlelorie (John DeLong) and Miss Smead (Don Eash) in 1:55. The trio of top finishers will also be joined by fourth and fifth place finishers, Swan Fashion (Tyler Smith) and Just For Us (Kauffman) in the final. Bobbie Jo Brewer trains Howyadoinbub, who won the recently completed Robert J. Brown Memorial Series, for owners Kevin Manley and Brian Georges. For full race results, click here. From Miami Valley Raceway

Whether it's her performance on the racetrack, or her demeanor around the barn, Bill Bercury can find an abundance of reasons to be happy with female harness racing pacer Blue Ivy, who on Thursday will take on five male rivals in the $14,600 Open Handicap at The Meadows. "She's ready, willing, and able," said Bercury, who trains the 5-year-old mare for his wife Renee. "She's put together perfectly, and she's got a great attitude. I throw my arms around her and give her a big hug and she doesn't pin her ears or anything. She's very pleasant, very accommodating. She's never at the back of her stall, she's always at the door, ready for you to get her. "She's a wonderful mare. I just love her." Bercury bought Blue Ivy, a daughter of Captaintreacherous out of Grand Circuit stakes-winner Ali Blue, near the end of her 3-year-old season. She has won 16 of 24 races for Bercury, earning $134,825 in purses. For her career, she has captured 22 of 50 starts and banked $301,560. "I loved watching her race," Bercury said about his initial attraction to Blue Ivy. "When (drivers) pulled her, she went. I was very impressed with the way she raced. Obviously, she's royally bred. I just liked her a lot." Blue Ivy has won three of four races this year. Following Thursday's start in the Open at The Meadows, where she is the 2-1 morning-line favorite, Blue Ivy will head to New York for the six-week Blue Chip Matchmaker Series at Yonkers Raceway. "I have to race her against the boys because I just can't find a race for her," Bercury said. "That will be challenging. I hate to do it, but I hate to send her into the Matchmaker without her being reasonably tight. "In my opinion, I have her just right. I've not pushed her this year, knowing that's where I was going. I think she is going to be very comfortable with that six weeks in (the Matchmaker)." Bercury will send Blue Ivy to trainer Todd Buter and driver Tyler Buter for the Matchmaker. Tyler Buter has won four times with Blue Ivy during her career. "He's a very good driver," Bercury said. "He drove her some before I bought her and did very well with her. I think I made a good choice. "When I bring her up there, it will be (Todd's) horse. I'll stay out of it. Two guys can't train a horse." The Matchmaker will be Blue Ivy's first appearance on the Grand Circuit since joining Bercury's stable. Bercury hoped to race the mare in the Breeders Crown last year but decided against it because he thought Blue Ivy was getting tired at that point in the year. He has the Breeders Crown on his radar again this season. "I think she's that kind of horse," Bercury said. "I'm looking to find another one just like her." Racing begins at 12:45 p.m. (EST) Thursday at The Meadows. For complete entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA 

Trainer Kyle Spagnola continued his strong start to the meet on Tuesday at Saratoga Casino Hotel as the top-flight conditioner scored a win in the featured harness racing pacing feature on the card. Rollinwithambition (Roll With Joe) had a solid 2020 campaign in which he hit the board in 19 of his 24 starts and on Tuesday, the five year old gelding drew the rail in the $8,000 featured race. Jimmy Devaux sat behind Rollinwithambition who powered out from his inside post to secure the early lead and never looked back making his '20 debut a winning one in 1:57.1 on a cold, windy day in the Spa City. Spagnola, who won a pair of races on Monday's card, continued his strong start to the Saratoga racing season with the victory. Rollinwithambition paid $11.20 to win in the mild upset.   Last year's top connections, driver Billy Dobson and trainer Gary Levine, teamed up for a pair of wins on the Tuesday card with Dobson guiding Levine-trained pacers Furious Beach and Hestherightstuff to victories. Dobson piloted four winners in total on Tuesday's matinee. Last season's leading driver and trainer will team up on Wednesday afternoon in the year's first Open as Bontz N takes center stage to compete among the group of top distaffers in the $11,000 Fillies and Mares Open. First post time is set for 12 Noon. For full race results, click here. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Monticello, NY - Due to the effects of an extremely harsh winter, Monticello Raceway has cancelled harness racing for Wednesday March 3. by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway  

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Shes Pukka N won back to back starts in the Mares Open harness racing pace at Dover Downs on Wednesday night. Shes Pukka N and driver Tony Morgan left alertly as did Anytime N and Soho Burning Love A.  They were both parked to the quarter.  Morgan then released Anytime N to the quarter in 26.3.  Soho Burning Love A, normally a closer, was parked to the quarter and finally cleared for the lead at the half in 54.  Anytime N respectfully took back to second. Soho Burning A was in full flight as Skateboard Chic and Alan Davis grinded 1st up. They reached the three quarters in 1:22 flat. In the stretch, Anytime N and Montrell Teague chose to ease out of the pocket. Tony Morgan and Shes Pukka N chose to remain on the rail from third.  Morgan’s intuition proved to be the winning strategy as Shes Pukka N won by 3/4 of a length in 1:50.2.  She paid $11.20 for the win.   Shes Pukka N (Betterthancheddar)  is owned by Peter Paul Venturini and trained by Brian Malone.    Anytime N raced well and finished 2nd.for trainer Josh Green. Soho Burning Love A,  the 3/5 betting favorite, was 3rd for trainer Jim King Jr. Tim Tetrick was in the bike.  Tony Morgan and Tim Tetrick each won three races on the betting card.   Racing resumes on Thursday at Dover Downs.  Post time is 4:30 pm. For full results, click here. by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs
Brittany Farms is thrilled to announce the arrival of their first foal by Bettor's Wish from Brittany Farm's mare Shining Beauty. The colt from 2021 and 2020 Dan Patch award winning Bettor's Wish has a special connection to Brittany Farms. Bettor's Wish and the dam Shining Beauty were both bred and raised by Brittany Farms. Shining Beauty is a stakes winning Captain Treacherous daughter of World Champion, Dan Patch and O'Brien Award winning mare American Jewel who herself was Brittany Farms born and raised. The first time mother is standing close by as her foal poses for his first photo. From the Bettor's Wish Syndicate
Columbus, OH — Eldorado Scioto Downs is seeking a new harness racing associate judge for the upcoming 2021 race meet. Interested applicants can go to www.sciotodowns.com to apply online. Any questions may be directed to the race office at 614.295.4668. Scioto Downs will race 98 days beginning May 4 through Sept. 18, Tuesday through Saturday at 6:15 p.m. From Eldorado Scioto Downs
WASHINGTON, PA, March 3, 2021 -- Keep Watching zipped to the lead from post 5 and never had an anxious moment, rolling to a harness racing victory in Wednesday's Donna Dunn Memorial Pace at The Meadows. Best Derby Native captured the other $10,000 opening-leg division in the series for 3- and 4-year-old fillies and mares. The event honors the memory of Donna Dunn, longtime Standardbred owner and wife of the late owner/breeder/trainer/driver Walter "Boots" Dunn. Keep Watching began her career with 27 straight losses but now has won two straight for her new connections, trainer Kevin Johnson and owner Rockridge Racing. Once the 4-year-old daughter of He's Watching-Ravishnmasterpiece made the point for driver Dave Palone, she had little trouble holding off the mild challenge of the first-over Filly Speaks, defeating her by 2-1/2 lengths in a sharp 1:53.4. Lady Sophia earned show.   Aaron Merriman and Palone each collected three wins on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Thursday when the 13-race program features the opening leg of two series -- The Dale McConnell Memorial Trot and the Mary Wohlmuth Memorial Trot. On the wagering front, the card offers a pair of carryovers -- $1,608.09 in the Pick 5 (race 8), $1,249.57 in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 12:45 PM. For full race results, click here. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA
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