Day At The Track
Free Thinker, harness racing

$40,000 Hackett final to Free Thinker

LEBANON, OH - It was another Burke Brigade Day at Miami Valley on Friday (April 16) as stable mates Free Thinker and Drama Act were victorious in the two harness racing feature races on the card. Free Thinker (Chris Page) was a relatively easy winner in the $40,000 James K. Hackett Memorial for Ohio-sired pacing fillies, establishing a new personal best with a 1:53.3 triumph over Rockin N Kissin (Tyler Smith) and Pal O Mine Hanover (Kayne Kauffman) With a fourth place finish, Pinknperfect (Dan Noble) also received an automatic invitation to next Friday's $50,000 Scarlet & Gray Invitational. Page allowed Rockin N Kissin to lead through the :28.2 initial quarter mile, but assumed command with the favorite another eighth of a mile later. From there it was clear sailing for the daughter of Western Vintage, who tacked on subsequent clockings of :56.4 and 1:25.2 before cruising home in :28.1 about four lengths to the good. FREE THINKER REPLAY   It was just the third win in nine career starts for the , but raised her bankroll to $84,025 for owners Burke Racing, Jason Melillo, J&T silva-Purnell & Libby and Weaver Bruscemi. A little over an hour later, Drama Act (Page) beat Big Bad Jane (Noble) and American Cheer (Kauffman) in the $25,000 Mares Open Pace. It was the third straight seasonal score for the four-year-old daughter of Well Said, but her first in Open company. Drama Act, who raced in the $500,000 Breeders Crown at three, now sports 11 career victories and her earnings grew to $263,082 for owners The OK Corral of Illinois. DRAMA ACT REPLAY   Trainers Ron Burke and Tyler George each harnessed two winners on Friday, thus they remain in a tie for the Miami Valley trainer's title with 41 triumphs each. Racing resumes Saturday (April 17) when the final $40,000 Hackett Memorial championship of the season, for the three-year-old pacing colts, will be decided. Post time is 4:05 p.m. For full race results, click here. From Miami Valley Raceway        

Pappy Go Go, harness racing

Pappy Go Go splashes to victory

Plainville, MA --- April showers, a sloppy track and a frigid 36-degrees set the stage for the trot-heavy harness racing card at Plainridge Park on Friday afternoon (April 16) but the adverse conditions could not dissuade the top effort put in by Pappy Go Go (Tad The Stud) who won the $15,000 Winners-over trotting feature. Pappy Go Go and driver Shawn Gray got away fourth in the scratch-shortened field of five, but pulled early at the eighth pole and took the lead just past the quarter and from there, cruised for the rest of the mile. After hitting the half in pedestrian :59.3 and three-quarters in 1:28.4, Gray tapped on the gas and Pappy Go Go pulled away from the pursuit of Smooth Acceleration (Matty Athearn) and Waiting On A Woman (Billy Dobson) as they spiraled off the turn and headed into the stretch. While trotting away from his rivals, Pappy Go Go sped home in :28.4 and stopped the timer in 1:57.3 with a 3-3/4 length margin of victory. PAPPY GO GO REPLAY   Making his first start at Plainridge after a successful winter meet at the Meadowlands, Pappy Go Go ($3.00) registered his 38th lifetime win and third victory of the year for owner Michael Goldberg Racing and trainer Jeff Lieberman. Shawn Gray finished the day with three driving wins, as did Nick Graffam. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Monday (April 19) with post time at 4 p.m. For full race results, click here. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Melady's Monet, harness racing

Melady's Monet too much for competition

The 12-year-old trotting veteran Melady's Monet is no stranger to winning. He won for the 73rd time in his long harness racing career on Friday (April 16), winning the Preferred Handicap trot at Freehold Raceway by 1 length.   Off two consecutive wins in upper-level conditioned company at Yonkers Raceway, along with two wins in the Preferred Handicap at Freehold earlier this year, Melady's Monet went off as the 1/5 favorite from post position eight. Driver Eric Abbatiello was patient early on, dropping the favorite into fifth position nearing the opening quarter.   As they headed to the half-mile point, Abbatiello moved Melady's Monet to the outside, and began the first-over grind after the leader, Winneress. Winneress held the lead as they rounded the final turn, but in the last sixteenth, Melady's Monet wore him down. He crossed the wire a length in front, stopping the clock in 1:58.   MELADY'S MONET REPLAY       Melady's Monet's (Revenue S) career earnings now total more than $1.76 million. He's maintained his strong form in his 12-year-old season; this was his sixth win of the year from eleven starts. He's owned by Melady Enterprises LLC and trained by Hermann Heitmann.   Winneress, second in the Preferred Handicap last week,held on to finish second again. Allindotime, Major Impact, Casino Cutie It, Levitation, Mugshot Jess, and Doc's Swan Song completed the order of finish.   Live racing continues at Freehold on Saturday (April 17), with a 12-race program beginning at about 12:30 PM.   For full race results, click here.   From Freehold Raceway  

Track logo - Harrah's Philadelphia.jpg

Favorites score in Harrah's features

CHESTER, PA - Itzalldowntoluck N and Extrilla Hanover were victorious in their $11,200 harness racing divisions of the featured pace on Friday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia. Itzalldowntoluck N ($2.40) made every pole a winning one in the division of the headliner for males, having little trouble in mastering his foes in the 1:53.2 mile. The five-year-old son of Auckland Reactor N, driven by Simon Allard for Philly's top trainer Kelvin "Red" Harrison and Curtin ANZ Stables, was making only his eighth lifetime start, but half of them have wound up in victory. ITZALLDOWNTOLUCK N REPLAY   In the distaff feature division, the sophomore Betting Line filly Extrilla Hanover ($4.20) made a successful seasonal debut while lowering her mark to 1:53.3. David Miller tipped the filly off of cover and won going away for trainer Ron Burke and the partnership of Howard Taylor, Brad Grant, and Steve Heimbecker. EXTRILLA HANOVER REPLAY   In the $10,000 top pace for fast-class older horses, Trojan Banner N would not let anybody get by him in a 1:53 mile. Tim Tetrick, who led all drivers on today's card with three, was behind the son of Bettor's Delight as he won his third straight start for trainer Jim King Jr. and owner/wife Jo Ann Looney-King. Disturbia proved aptly-named when he circled his field from last in the last quarter to pay $132.20 to win, the first big-figure payoff at the top of the ticket during the meet. Andrew McCarthy, the meet's winningest driver, guided the son of Rock N Roll Heaven for trainer Trevor Stafford and owner Jody Cahall. Sunday's card, which begins at 12:40 p.m., is topped by a $14,400 pace for the older fast-class horses; the field of six has an average lifetime mark of 1:50, and that time could be threatened under dry and slightly warmer conditions. Program pages for the card will be available at https://www.phha.org/harrahspps.html. For full race results, click here. by the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia  

Grove City, Ohio - Nominations hit record levels for Ohio sired stakes harness racing events scheduled in 2021. Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association Executive Director Renee Mancino thanked all racing horsemen for their show of support, "The outstanding opportunities provided by all the Ohio stakes series, and strong support for the program in the midst of the pandemic, are a testament to the spirit and optimism of our harness racing horsemen," said Mancino. Nominations for the top tiered Ohio Sires Stakes program increased by 15%. Nominations for the 2021 Buckeye Stallion Series hit a record number for 2021. One thousand six hundred horses have been nominated for the Ohio bred series in only its fifth year of existence. The increase represents an 18% jump over 2020. The largest increase was in the two-year-old class as the number of nominations topped 1,000 for the first time ever. The first leg of the Buckeye Stallion Series is scheduled for April 30 and May 1 at Miami Valley Raceway. Nominations for the Ohio Fair Championships also set an all-time high with over 1,100 horses nominated, representing a 16% increase from 2020. The largest percentage jump was in the Ohio Fair Racing Conference. The number of nominations increased by almost 25%. The number of three-year-old colt pacers nominated almost doubled from 2020 to 2021. Ohio's three other racing circuits, the Home Talent Colt Stakes, Ohio Colt Racing Association, and the Southern Valley Colt Circuit also saw increases. The Home Talent Colt Stakes had over 800 horses nominated an increase of 13% from last year, while the OCRA is up almost 6% with over 900 horses nominated. The Southern Valley Colt Circuit's nominations for 2021 are up about 2%. by Frank Fraas, for the OHHA

Harness racing pacers Leonidas A and Alexa Skye finished the preliminary rounds of the MGM Borgata Pacing Series and the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series at Yonkers Raceway with equal four-for-four records, but for their respective finals on Monday night (April 19) both of them face outside draws, with Leonidas A starting from post seven and Alexa Skye beginning from post position six. Driver Austin Siegelman raced Leonidas A from second-over in the first leg of the MGM Borgata Pacing Series, and that trip resulted in a victory, and then in his subsequent three starts in the event, which also saw Leonidas A emerge triumphant, Siegelman was more aggressive with his charge, planting him on the point before or just after the opening quarter. While Siegelman acknowledged that stalking horses is the 6-year-old Mach Three gelding's preferred journey, he had no issue with more aggressive handling either. "He got stuck on the front three out of four of those races. I don't think that's particularly his strong suit, but he didn't have a problem winning those races," Siegelman said. "We just kind of drew inside, and there was no reason not to put him on the front in any of those races. He was just better than those horses that he was racing against. There's no reason to take a risk and go to race him off-the-pace when he can easily just go on the front." While it might look like on the program that Leonidas A and Siegelman will be switching it back up to race off the speed in Monday's $514,000 final now that they're stuck outside on the gate, Siegelman explained that that's not necessarily going to be the case, due to the presence of known early speedster This Is The Plan to his right at post eight. "I think he's a better horse off-the-pace, but I wouldn't 100 percent say he's going to race from behind because I'm sitting eighth then, and that's not really ideal," offered Siegelman. "Even from off-the-pace, as long as he doesn't hit too many roadblocks, I think he can still be close at the wire." Racing over five weeks like horses do in the MGM Borgata Pacing Series certainly separates the true contenders from those that are a notch or two below, so everybody in the field merits respect, but Siegelman noted that he does have his eye on a few particular horses when the big purse is on the line. "There are a few horses in that race that worry me a little bit. We raced Backstreet Shadow the first leg, and he didn't really have a problem beating that horse, although he's very sharp right now," remarked Siegelman. "Obviously, This Is The Plan - he's probably the class of that field. I think Lyons Steel is a bit of a sleeper in there. He was good both starts I drove him there. He was easily good enough to win the second time I drove him. He just got unlucky and didn't get any room. Hesa Kingslayer N (post two) drew a very fortunate spot in that race. Those would be my two or three that I'm worried about in there." Siegelman and Leonidas A, who is trained by Sheena Mcelhiney for owner Jesmeral Stable, had a taste of success late last year when they teamed up to win the Potomac Pace at Rosecroft Raceway, and while the MGM Borgata Series will be race with the biggest purse Siegelman has competed in to date, the 29-year-old driver is heading in with a positive mindset. "I'm confident going in. It is what it is, whether we race for $20,000 or $500,000. It's a horse race, and (the purse) doesn't change anything," he said. Alexa Skye, co-owned by trainer Jeff Cullipher in partnership with Pollack Racing LLC., came into the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series with high expectations, and she certainly delivered, winning her four appearances by 4 1/2, 1 1/2, 1 3/4, and 2 3/4 lengths. Todd McCarthy has driven her in all but two starts since October 16, 2020, and he said she handled the grind of the series like a pro. "She felt pretty good through all the prelims. I was really happy with her each time. I think that Jeff and the team have done a terrific job managing her through the prelims," said McCarthy. "It can be tricky when they race week-in and week-out going to the final over so many weeks close together. She had that week off there prior to the last leg, and she felt terrific the last time around, so I'm sure she'll be spot on for the final on Monday." While her performances through the series would have been impressive no matter the circumstances, it certainly catches the eye that Alexa Skye is the only 4-year-old in Monday's $232,800 championship, bucking the popular notion that aged mares have the upper hand in this event. "It was always going to be a little bit of an ask for her, but each time she's faced a challenge, she's sort of taken the step," remarked McCarthy. "Early on, even when I was driving her, I kind of didn't know where she was at, but each time she had to take a step, she took the step. She's doing what the good horses do, and I'm certainly pleased to have her in the final." Starting from post six with all the other fancied contenders starting to her inside certainly isn't the most ideal situation for Alexa Skye, but she has experience racing from outside posts at Yonkers before, so McCarthy is expecting her current sharp form to remain status quo. "Obviously any time it's half-mile racing, the closer you draw the better it is. I would have liked to have been a little closer in, but in a lot of the prelims she drew out there too," McCarthy stated. "She can leave pretty good when I ask her, and she's always been the sort of horse that likes being a part of the action and racing up on the speed. Hopefully it doesn't faze her too much, but I think she'll be okay from there." The $232,800 Blue Chip Matchmaker Series final goes as race seven on the 10-race program on Monday at Yonkers Raceway, and the $514,000 MGM Borgata Pacing Series final follows it in race eight. There are also consolations for both events, with the MGM Borgata Pacing Series consolation carrying a purse of $100,000 and the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series consolation going for $60,000. Post time is at 7:15 p.m. The full fields for both finals, with drivers, trainers, and morning line odds, are listed below. $514,000 MGM Borgata Pacing Series final 1-Rockapelo (George Brennan/Ron Burke, 9-2) 2-Hesa Kingslayer N (Jim Marohn Jr./Mike Deters, 6-1) 3-Mach N Cheese (Joe Bongiorno/Edwin Quevedo, 8-1) 4-Lyons Steel (Corey Callahan/Dennis Watson, 20-1) 5-Western Joe (Dexter Dunn/Chris Choate, 3-1) 6-Backstreet Shadow (Tim Tetrick/Ron Burke, 4-1) 7-Leonidas A (Austin Siegelman/Sheena Mcelhiney, 6-1) 8-This Is The Plan (Yannick Gingras/Ron Burke, 5-1) $232,800 Blue Chip Matchmaker Series final 1-Machnhope (Andrew McCarthy/Noel Daley, 4-1) 2-Siesta Beach (Matt Kakaley/Nick Devita, 5-1) 3-Blue Ivy (Tyler Buter/Todd Buter, 2-1) 4-Monica Gallagher (Jason Bartlett/Chris Height, 20-1) 5-Snobbytown (George Brennan/Ron Burke, 7-1) 6-Alexa Skye (Todd McCarthy/Jeff Cullipher, 5-2) 7-Caviart Cherie (Austin Siegelman/Nick Devita, 20-1) 8-My Reube Star N (Jordan Stratton/Shane Tritton, 20-1)   From Yonkers Raceway

The $10,000 Kirk Breed Pace featuring a very contentious cast of harness racing pacing fillies and mares and a pair of California Sire Stakes for the distaff set highlight Saturday evening's Cal Expo action. Watch and Wager LLC will present 12 races and things will get started at 5:54 p.m. The Kirk Breed will go as the eighth race, the $15,000 California Sire Stakes for the sophomore fillies is set as the third event and the $7,000 Sire Stakes for the 4-year-old mares goes as the sixth contest. Delightfully Wild, a 9-1 upsetter in last week's Bill Vallandingham Memorial, looks to add to her strong resume at what figures to be shorter odds in the Kirk Breed as she leaves from the rail slot in a field of seven. Delightfully Wild is an 8-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight who goes about her business for Richard Morita and David Yamda with Jessie Pacheco the conditioner and Mooney Svendsen back at the controls. She comes into this assignment with 40 wins from her 154 trips to the post, sporting a $217,000 bank account and a 1:51 1/5 mark that was established three years ago at Pocono Downs. The bay miss has captured two of her last appearances at the Open level, clicking at 7-1 back on March 21 and then riding the rail with Svendsen for $21 score in last week's clash at the head of the distaff pacing ranks. Taking her on this weekend are Deja Vroom, Rockin With Lou, Roaring Home, Alwaysalittlemore, Marys Pretty Girl and Velocity McSweets. Looking at the Sire Stakes, Doubleontherocks and Rockin The Dragon loom large in the 3-year-old event, while Prom Queen and Winihavetime figure to get most of the attention in the race for the 4-year-olds. Jesse Pacheco barn finishing with a rush After getting off to a bit of a slow start, the Jessie Pacheco barn has been making a steady stream of visits to the winner's circle here at Cal Expo, moving up to a solid third in the trainer standings with 38 victories as four programs are left at the session. Jessie will try to add to his total in Saturday night's Kirk Breed Pace with Richard Morita and David Yamada's hard-knocking mare Delightfully Wild. She is fresh from a 9-1 upset over the top distaffers on the grounds thanks to a rail-skimming drive from Mooney Svendsen. "We gave our horses some time prior to the start of the meet, so they weren't really getting up to their best races until a couple of months into it," the conditioner explained. Gordie Graham and Rick Bertrand are atop the training leaderboard with 44 and 42 wins, respectively, while Nick Roland has a four-length head over Jake Cutting in the driver's race with Luke Plano a clear third among the pilots. More about Kirk Breed Getting back to the Kirk Breed Pace, the race is named for the man who served as executive director of the California Horse Racing Board from 2008 until his death at the age of 73 in 2013. Mr. Breed was appointed as general manager at Cal Expo during the first term of Gov. Jerry Brown in 1979 and was credited with turning around the event's financial fortune during lean times. He later became a lobbyist on behalf of the racing industry and also served for eight years on the Cal Expo board of directors. The Oklahoma native loved horses and worked tirelessly to reduce equine fatalities and improve track safety for horses, jockeys and drivers. by Mark Ratzky, for Cal Expo Harness

The wins didn't add up for Lindy The Great last year, but the money sure did. Despite only one harness racing victory, Lindy The Great's $390,074 in purses were surpassed by just three older trotters: Dan Patch Award winners Gimpanzee and Manchego, plus Atlanta. Lindy The Great's earnings also established a career high for the trotter and pushed the 7-year-old Crazed stallion's lifetime total to $1.03 million. "You always like the W, that's why we do what we do, but he was so consistent," trainer Julie Miller said about Lindy The Great, who earned a check in 15 of his 16 races last year. "To stay in that kind of form from May to the end of November, that's a tribute to what a nice horse he is. He tries. You can't ask for more. "At that top level, it's not easy to ship all around and race that strong every start. I'll take a barn full of horses like him." Lindy The Great joined Miller's stable last year. He is owned by Andy Miller Stable Inc. and Team Lindy The Great. "He is one of our favorites; Andy just loves him to death," Miller said, referring to her husband, who also is the horse's driver. "You always take pride in your trotters and having a nice aged trotter makes it easier to get up in the morning. We're hoping to have a nice season with him. He came back really well." Lindy The Great makes his seasonal debut Saturday at The Meadowlands, where he faces six foes in the $30,000 Preferred Handicap for trotters. He is 7-2 on the morning line, third choice behind Scirocco Rob (5-2) and JL Cruze (3-1). The stallion's first Grand Circuit stakes event is the Arthur J. Cutler Memorial on May 15 at The Meadowlands. "We staked him heavily," Miller said. "Instead of getting thirds and fourths, this year I'd like to get wins and seconds. But it's a deep group (of older trotters), very serious competition. It's great for the owners and the fans, and us too. That's why we do what we do, to be in those kinds of races." Lindy The Great's top career win came in 2019 in the Caesars Trotting Classic at Harrah's Hoosier Park. Last year, he won a conditioned race and was second in the Maple Leaf Trot, John Cashman Memorial, and Dayton Trotting Derby. He finished third in the TVG Series Open Trot championship and Caesars Trotting Classic. Lifetime, Lindy The Great has won 15 of 63 races. What makes him special in the eyes of Miller? "He's a big, strong, muscular stud horse, but he's a gentle giant," Miller said. "When he's on the track, most people know who he is because he has that look, that presence about him. He's full of himself. He knows that he's special, that's for sure. He's just a crowd-pleaser." Lindy The Great enters Saturday's start off a second-place finish behind Back Of The Neck in his first qualifier of the year, April 10 at The Meadowlands. Lindy The Great, who was beaten by a neck, stopped the timer in 1:51.4, with a :26.2 last quarter. "It was a good qualifier and a nice group of horses," Miller said. "We were happy with our horse. We bounced around whether we should qualify once or twice, but for as fast as they go in the qualifiers, you might as well race and try to get some purse money as well." Which is something Lindy The Great knows how to do, greatly. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA 

Crawford Farms is proud to announce that Lock Down Lindy foaled a full sister to 2020 Hambletonian winner Ramona Hill on March 28. The filly is the third foal for her dam, who also has a 2-year-old filly by Chapter Seven named La Vie En Blanc. A top racehorse of her generation, Ramona Hill has earned Dan Patch Awards from the U.S. Harness Writers Association in both her seasons on the track and was the third Hambletonian winner for sire Muscle Hill. Following in Muscle Hill's famous footsteps, Ramona Hill stopped the clock in 1:50.1 to equal her sire's record. "We are so thrilled to announce this special arrival out of Lock Down Lindy," said Michelle Crawford. "This is a Muscle Hill full sister to Ramona Hill and we are so excited to continue to be adding blue-blooded pedigrees to our roster!"   A four-time winner, Lock Down Lindy is also a half-sister to 11-time winner Double L Lindy. Their dam Love Lockdown is a half-sister to the great Breeders Crown winner Majestic Son, who is now a leading sire in New Zealand and Australia. There is class throughout this filly's famous family with her third dam Ramerizi a champion racemare who also produced World Champion Misterizi and 28-time winner Rams Billy Brisco.   Crawford Farms' second Hambletonian winner in three years alongside 2018 winner Atlanta, Ramona Hill was the first bred by the farm. LockDown Lindy will be bred back to Muscle Hill.   Questions? Contact Jason Maxon at 315-671-4811   From Crawford Farms  

The Next Generation, a race held at Eldorado Scioto Downs for 2-year-old Ohio breds requiring a $10,000 nomination, has filled all four harness racing divisions. First raced in 2020 for pacers, trotting divisions were added for 2021. All events will be raced over the 4th of July weekend and each will go for $150,000. "Even with how the pandemic affected us all in 2020, we were happy with how the inaugural Next Generation was received," said Eldorado Scioto Downs Director of Racing Jason Roth. "It was natural to add trotting divisions for this year." The concept, similar to the Mohawk Million, required nominators to pay $10,000 to claim a spot in any of the events. Owners and trainers could purchase one spot in each division, with payment due by March 15, but do not need to declare a horse to race until the draw for the race(s). Nominations totaled nine in each division and were led with Greg Luther (Black Magic Racing) and Weaver Bruscemi each purchasing a spot in all four divisions. TheStable.ca purchased spots in three divisions while Fiddlers Creek Stable, Foulk Stables, Hutchison Harness, Jason Shumway and Rosy Weaver each took a spot in two divisions. "When Jason approached me about the idea last year, I thought it was a great concept," said Chad Foulk, who was instrumental in spreading the word about the event in 2020. "When it gets closer to the race, if you don't have a horse for the spot you bought, you can sell it to someone else, which gives great flexibility." Trotters will face off on Friday, July 2, while the pacers will race on Saturday, July 3. The box closes for both Friday and Saturday cards on Tuesdays with a double draw at 2pm. The Scioto Downs race meet commences on Tuesday, May 4. Qualifiers will first be held on April 28 at 12 noon and opening day at 4:15 p.m., and will continue on Tuesdays at 4:15 p.m. until mid-June when they move to Monday afternoons with all the 2-year-olds starting to qualify. Racing continues through Saturday, September 18. Information about the upcoming meet, including a list of buyers for The Next Generation and eligibiles for the Charlie Hill Memorial Trot & Ohio State Fair races, can be found on the Scioto Downs website. From Eldorado Scioto Downs

Plainville, MA --- After hitting the board five consecutive times heading into today's action, Pammy Jo scored her first victory of the 2021 harness racing season in the $15,000 Open Handicap pace for fillies and mares at Plainridge Park on Thursday (April 15) afternoon. Driver Bruce Ranger had a huge day in the bike, winning five races on the card. Ranger scored with Frills N Lace (1:56.2, $3.20), Mach Me Onemore (1:56.1, $2.60), Hired Luck (1:55.1, $6.80), Royalty Again (1:54.3, $14.20) and Major Ted (1:57.3, $9.00). After two days of action, Ranger is the dash leading driver of young Plainridge meet. Pammy Jo (Shawn Gray) left from post four and tucked in behind a hard-charging The Fun Marshall (Bruce Ranger) then remained there for the first half of the race. After a swift :26.1 first quarter and :55.3 half, Gray pulled Pammy Jo at the five-eighths only to be quickly rebuffed back to the pylons by The Fun Marshall, who stepped up the pace again in a :27.3 third panel. After the mares rounded the final turn, Gray pulled Pammy Jo once again and this time went right by the leader. Pammy Jo marched home in :28.3 to post a 2-1/2 length win in 1:52, which was a seasonal mark. PAMMY JO REPLAY   Pammy Jo ($2.40) is owned by Jeffrey Epstein, who privately purchased the mare this past January. The Roll With Joe mare is trained by Alicia Gray. In the co-featured $15,000 distaff non-winners pace for 6-year-olds and under, the 2020 Massachusetts Sire Stake 3-year-old pacing filly champion Ry's Red Rocket (Matty Athearn) took and early lead before yielding to Maverick Fibre (John Nason) to take the pocket trip. The mare stayed patient until the top of the stretch where she pulled, went by Maverick Fibre and then held off the late closing Rockin' Ellie (Bruce Ranger) and Sweet Sue (Jim Hardy) to win by a neck in 1:56.3. RY'S RED ROCKET REPLAY   Owned by Linwood Higgins and trained by Gretchen Athearn, Ry's Red Rocket ($6.40) scored her first win of 2021 in her first attempt of the year. The second fastest mile of the day was registered by Roll With Dom (Ron Cushing) after he cleared past the quarter and then led the rest of the way en route to a 2-3/4 length win in 1:52.3, which was a new lifetime mark. Roll With Dom ($2.60) is owned by the Ed Hart Stable, Tamms Horse Farm LLC and Sweeney Downs LLC and is trained by Heidi Gibbs. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Friday afternoon (April 16) at 4 p.m. For full race results, click here. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts      Virus-free. www.avast.com

ANDERSON, IN ---After recording the largest Thursday night handle in the history of the track on Thursday, April 8, Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino eclipsed that newly minted record and set a new Thursday night handle record just one week later on Thursday, April 15. Bolstered by guaranteed wagers and competitive racing, the evening's 14-race card produced a total of $1,380,396 wagered to establish a new all-time record handle for Thursday night racing. Several longshot winners in the early pick-5 sequence sparked an instant carry over of $7,691.14 and was added to the late pick-5 sequence on the card with a $25,000 guarantee. This was in addition to the regularly scheduled $10,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 which returned $4,087. The early pick-5 sequence is one of many new additions to the wagering menu for the 2021 live racing season which has been well received by the wagering public. In addition, Harrah's Hoosier Park will continue to offer a free live racing program available for download on the Harrah's Hoosier Park website every live racing night. Expert selections and handicapping tools are also available for free on Harrah's Hoosier Park's website Live racing will return to Harrah's Hoosier Park on Friday, April 16 with an action packed 14-race card. Friday's card will feature a $16,000 Open II Pace and three divisions of the Jerry Landess Memorial Pacing Series. Friday's card will also feature a $10,000 Guaranteed Hoosier High-5 pool in the last race of the program. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., Harrah's Hoosier Park's 2021 season will feature 160 live racing days. Racing will be held on a Wednesday through Saturday schedule through mid-May before adding Sunday evenings. The full schedule continues through September before dropping back down to a Wednesday through Saturday schedule through December 4. For the first time ever, Harrah's Hoosier Park will also offer live racing on both the night before Thanksgiving and Thanksgiving night. For more information on the upcoming live racing schedule, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com. by Emily Ratcliff, for Harrah's Hoosier Park    

Sb Mikes Hot Beach scored his fifth straight victory in dominant fashion at Monticello Raceway in the conditioned harness racing co-feature on Apr. 15.   The 13-year-old went straight to the lead in his usual style for Greg Merton from post six. He set fractions of :28.3, :58.1, and 1:27.2 before kicking away to win by five-and-a-half lengths in 1:56.1. I'm A Gift (Cory Stratton) rode the pocket and took place, and Cee Pee Panic (Michael Merton) was promoted to third through disqualification.   SB MIKES HOT BEACH REPLAY     Sb Mikes Hot Beach is now 46-for-277 and has earned just shy of $360,000. Candace Brandstatter trains the Magical Mike stallion for Nicole Mason of Freedom.   In the first co-feature, Masterson went three-wide to upset at 10-1.   Driver Brandon Parker dropped him back to fifth through a first quarter of :28.2. The duo rolled second-over going by the half in :58.1. They then went around stalled cover heading to three-quarters in 1:27.3 and bore down on leader Art Nukem (Bruce Aldrich Jr.).   Masterson went by Art Nukem and sailed to a length-and-three-quarter win in 1:56.2. Ideal Magic (Kyle DiBenedetto) closed from last to take the place spot, and Art Nukem held onto third.   MASTERSON REPLAY     Masterson is a nine-year-old Bettors Delight gelding owned and trained by Thomas Milici of Montgomery. The horse has raked in more than $345,000 and won 34 of his 165 lifetime attempts.   Brandon Parker ended the day with an impressive five wins, the first time he has ever achieved that mark.   In the other co-feature, the North American Amateur Drivers Association Trot fifth leg, Exarch capitalized on his inside post position to go wire-to-wire.   Anthony Verruso rushed him out to an early lead and turned away Keystone Blade (Joseph Pennacchio), who was attempting to drive on. Exarch led through the quarter in :28.3, but Keystone Blade was unable to find a hole and re-rallied through the half in :58.1, and three-quarters in 1:28.2.   The tired challenger kept going through the final quarter and Madhatter Bluechip (Joseph Lee) attempted to go up the rail, but Exarch had too much left. Exarch made it to the finish line to win by a neck in 1:59.1. Madhatter Bluechip got up for second, and Keystone Blade was a game third.   EXARCH REPLAY     Exarch is now 13-for-67 in his career with just less than $200,000 in earnings. Sean Campbell trains the six-year-old Cantab Hall gelding for Fortune Valley Stable of Ballston Spa. Verruso previously drove the horse to victory in a December 2020 NAADA event.   Verruso is enjoying his best season in the sulky already with 4 wins, 2 seconds and 5 thirds in just 16 starts for a .424 UDR. He now has 86 career driving victories.   Monticello Raceway will return on Monday, Apr. 19 with nine races starting at 12:10 p.m. EDT.   For full race results, click here.   by Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink

MANALAPAN, NJ -- April 15, 2021 -- Attention all Owners and Breeders of New Jersey Sired horses you must be a current SBOANJ member and have a W9 on file with the SBOANJ to be eligible for NJ Sired and Breeder Awards. Owners of New Jersey Sired horses 6-years-old and under racing in overnight races are eligible for an award from the SBOANJ if their horse finishes in the top five at a New Jersey racetrack. Owners must have a current SBOANJ membership and a W9 on file with the SBOANJ to receive these awards. Breeders of New Jersey Sired horses that earn purse money in NJSS and SBOANJ Sponsored races are eligible to receive breeder awards. Breeders must also have a current SBOANJ membership and a W9 on file. If you have any questions please contact the SBOANJ office at 732-462-2357. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ  

CHESTER, PA - Two of the three harness racing winners in the featured trots at Harrah's Philadelphia on Thursday overcame the outside post seven - a starting spot that had been 1-for-60 in the first six days of 2021 racing here - to record impressive victories. Top purse event was a $12,800 contest for developing horses, and the Lionhunter gelding Banzai As reduced his record to 1:56 in defeating pacesetting favorite Rose Run Vincent by a length. Driver Tim Tetrick had to go the tough tuck-then-first-over trip with the Annette Lorentzon trainee, but Banzai As showed himself capable of going on despite the hard journey for the ownership of ACL Stuteri AB. BANZAI AS REPLAY   In one of two $11,600 co-features for fast-class trotters, the Explosive Matter gelding Rich And Miserable went over a half million dollars in career earnings when he posted a 1:54.2 victory for trainer Todd Buter and the partnership of Buter Farm Inc., Lynette Buter, and William and Carol Fuhs. With regular driver Tyler Buter not present, the horse's braintrust turned to driver David Miller - who won with him the last time Tyler wasn't present, on December 4 at The Meadowlands - and the Hall of Famer guided the winner of $500,436 to the lead after an early wide battle and kept him rolling to defeat late-closing Chaptiama by 1¾ lengths. In the other $11,600 fast-class trot, the E L Titan gelding Hayek, who started from post four in his six-horse field, rode a pocket trip behind Sylvesteramericait, then easily overhauled that one by 2½ lengths while taking a new mark of 1:53.2, a tick lower than his former best of last year when he set the all-age track mark at Ontario's Grand River Raceway. Joe Bongiorno, here for his only work of the duty with Hayek, made the old handicapping "single-drive" theory stand up as the favorite in guiding him for trainer/sister Jennifer Bongiorno and the partnership of Evan Katz, David Rovine Stable LLC, and Frank Canzone. Prompted by a carryover of $3,017.50, the Friday (April 16) Pick-5 pool at Harrah's Philadelphia will be guaranteed at $10,000. The guaranteed pool is offered in conjunction with the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Program. As such, past performance pages for the Pick-5 sequence will be available on the USTA website. The Pick-5 at Harrah's Philadelphia is a 50-cent base wager spanning races five through nine daily, and it offers a low 18% takeout. For full race results, click here. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

« Article Archive
USA
Canada
Australia
New Zealand
Europe
LEBANON, OH - It was another Burke Brigade Day at Miami Valley on Friday (April 16) as stable mates Free Thinker and Drama Act were victorious in the two harness racing feature races on the card. Free Thinker (Chris Page) was a relatively easy winner in the $40,000 James K. Hackett Memorial for Ohio-sired pacing fillies, establishing a new personal best with a 1:53.3 triumph over Rockin N Kissin (Tyler Smith) and Pal O Mine Hanover (Kayne Kauffman) With a fourth place finish, Pinknperfect (Dan Noble) also received an automatic invitation to next Friday's $50,000 Scarlet & Gray Invitational. Page allowed Rockin N Kissin to lead through the :28.2 initial quarter mile, but assumed command with the favorite another eighth of a mile later. From there it was clear sailing for the daughter of Western Vintage, who tacked on subsequent clockings of :56.4 and 1:25.2 before cruising home in :28.1 about four lengths to the good. FREE THINKER REPLAY   It was just the third win in nine career starts for the , but raised her bankroll to $84,025 for owners Burke Racing, Jason Melillo, J&T silva-Purnell & Libby and Weaver Bruscemi. A little over an hour later, Drama Act (Page) beat Big Bad Jane (Noble) and American Cheer (Kauffman) in the $25,000 Mares Open Pace. It was the third straight seasonal score for the four-year-old daughter of Well Said, but her first in Open company. Drama Act, who raced in the $500,000 Breeders Crown at three, now sports 11 career victories and her earnings grew to $263,082 for owners The OK Corral of Illinois. DRAMA ACT REPLAY   Trainers Ron Burke and Tyler George each harnessed two winners on Friday, thus they remain in a tie for the Miami Valley trainer's title with 41 triumphs each. Racing resumes Saturday (April 17) when the final $40,000 Hackett Memorial championship of the season, for the three-year-old pacing colts, will be decided. Post time is 4:05 p.m. For full race results, click here. From Miami Valley Raceway        
Plainville, MA --- April showers, a sloppy track and a frigid 36-degrees set the stage for the trot-heavy harness racing card at Plainridge Park on Friday afternoon (April 16) but the adverse conditions could not dissuade the top effort put in by Pappy Go Go (Tad The Stud) who won the $15,000 Winners-over trotting feature. Pappy Go Go and driver Shawn Gray got away fourth in the scratch-shortened field of five, but pulled early at the eighth pole and took the lead just past the quarter and from there, cruised for the rest of the mile. After hitting the half in pedestrian :59.3 and three-quarters in 1:28.4, Gray tapped on the gas and Pappy Go Go pulled away from the pursuit of Smooth Acceleration (Matty Athearn) and Waiting On A Woman (Billy Dobson) as they spiraled off the turn and headed into the stretch. While trotting away from his rivals, Pappy Go Go sped home in :28.4 and stopped the timer in 1:57.3 with a 3-3/4 length margin of victory. PAPPY GO GO REPLAY   Making his first start at Plainridge after a successful winter meet at the Meadowlands, Pappy Go Go ($3.00) registered his 38th lifetime win and third victory of the year for owner Michael Goldberg Racing and trainer Jeff Lieberman. Shawn Gray finished the day with three driving wins, as did Nick Graffam. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Monday (April 19) with post time at 4 p.m. For full race results, click here. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  
The 12-year-old trotting veteran Melady's Monet is no stranger to winning. He won for the 73rd time in his long harness racing career on Friday (April 16), winning the Preferred Handicap trot at Freehold Raceway by 1 length.   Off two consecutive wins in upper-level conditioned company at Yonkers Raceway, along with two wins in the Preferred Handicap at Freehold earlier this year, Melady's Monet went off as the 1/5 favorite from post position eight. Driver Eric Abbatiello was patient early on, dropping the favorite into fifth position nearing the opening quarter.   As they headed to the half-mile point, Abbatiello moved Melady's Monet to the outside, and began the first-over grind after the leader, Winneress. Winneress held the lead as they rounded the final turn, but in the last sixteenth, Melady's Monet wore him down. He crossed the wire a length in front, stopping the clock in 1:58.   MELADY'S MONET REPLAY       Melady's Monet's (Revenue S) career earnings now total more than $1.76 million. He's maintained his strong form in his 12-year-old season; this was his sixth win of the year from eleven starts. He's owned by Melady Enterprises LLC and trained by Hermann Heitmann.   Winneress, second in the Preferred Handicap last week,held on to finish second again. Allindotime, Major Impact, Casino Cutie It, Levitation, Mugshot Jess, and Doc's Swan Song completed the order of finish.   Live racing continues at Freehold on Saturday (April 17), with a 12-race program beginning at about 12:30 PM.   For full race results, click here.   From Freehold Raceway  
CHESTER, PA - Itzalldowntoluck N and Extrilla Hanover were victorious in their $11,200 harness racing divisions of the featured pace on Friday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia. Itzalldowntoluck N ($2.40) made every pole a winning one in the division of the headliner for males, having little trouble in mastering his foes in the 1:53.2 mile. The five-year-old son of Auckland Reactor N, driven by Simon Allard for Philly's top trainer Kelvin "Red" Harrison and Curtin ANZ Stables, was making only his eighth lifetime start, but half of them have wound up in victory. ITZALLDOWNTOLUCK N REPLAY   In the distaff feature division, the sophomore Betting Line filly Extrilla Hanover ($4.20) made a successful seasonal debut while lowering her mark to 1:53.3. David Miller tipped the filly off of cover and won going away for trainer Ron Burke and the partnership of Howard Taylor, Brad Grant, and Steve Heimbecker. EXTRILLA HANOVER REPLAY   In the $10,000 top pace for fast-class older horses, Trojan Banner N would not let anybody get by him in a 1:53 mile. Tim Tetrick, who led all drivers on today's card with three, was behind the son of Bettor's Delight as he won his third straight start for trainer Jim King Jr. and owner/wife Jo Ann Looney-King. Disturbia proved aptly-named when he circled his field from last in the last quarter to pay $132.20 to win, the first big-figure payoff at the top of the ticket during the meet. Andrew McCarthy, the meet's winningest driver, guided the son of Rock N Roll Heaven for trainer Trevor Stafford and owner Jody Cahall. Sunday's card, which begins at 12:40 p.m., is topped by a $14,400 pace for the older fast-class horses; the field of six has an average lifetime mark of 1:50, and that time could be threatened under dry and slightly warmer conditions. Program pages for the card will be available at https://www.phha.org/harrahspps.html. For full race results, click here. by the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia  
Loader
Loader
Loader
Loader

Additional Articles