Buckeye Thea

Dave Panlone mare wins in howling wind

It seems to be all or nothing for Buckeye Thea of late. The talented harness racing six-year-old Dave Panlone mare won her third Fillies & Mares Open Pace in her last seven tries on Friday night (February 12), beating favored Native Dream (John DeLong) and American Girl (Trace Tetrick) in 1:54.1 despite frigid weather and howling winter winds at Miami Valley Raceway.  On the other four occasions, however, the Steve Carter trainee has failed to pick up a check.  Still Buckeye Thea has picked up $20,000 already this season and is closing in rapidly on $200,000 in career earnings for owner Richard Paltani.  Leading driver Josh Sutton was in the sulky for the first time since the winner’s last victory three weeks ago. Buckeye Thea was content to sit mid-pack in the early going as the eventual place and show finishers mixed it up on the front end.  Shortly after the field reached the first quarter station in :28.1, though, Sutton confidently pulled first-up and raced in that position through middle fractions of :56.2 and 1:24.4.  When the weather conditions began to take their toll on the frontrunners, Buckeye Thea stayed strong and pulled away to a length victory at the end of the stretch. The $20,000 feature race was the middle leg of the 50-cent Lucky Pick 5 which was solved by two patrons—each receiving over $1200 for their half-a-dollar investment.  The winners of the five legs, in order, were Game Of Dreamers ($6.00), Sand Swan ($32.80), Buckeye Thea ($15.60), Canttakeitwithyou ($6.80) and CI’s Buckeye ($5.00).  The Lucky Numbers were 6-4-3-5-2.  The wager features an industry-low 12% takeout. Gregg Keidel

Doug Lewis' sharp Sunshine Superman

Star Messenger draws rail in feature

Star Messenger moves from the outside to the rail in the Sunday, Feb. 14 feature race at Dover Downs. A $20,000 Claiming pace is the harness racing co-feature. Post time is 5:30 p.m. on Sundays. After leaving the starting gate from the outside in five of his last six starts, Star Messenger owned by Janet Hudson and Jo Ann King, with Vic Kirby driving, finally gets a good spot from post 1. The competitive nine horse field includes Bobby Myers' Pinearosa and Tony Morgan, who finished second last time out, and two horses that were third, Steve Blood's T's Electric with Allan Davis and trainer-driver George and Tina Dennis' Allstar Preview. Not to be overlooked are Doug Lewis' sharp Sunshine Superman piloted by Jonathan Roberts from post 8, and two, who qualified with a win, KDK Standardbreds and Kathleen Mofield and John Dickens' Race Me Villa piloted by Montrell Teague and Virgil Addison's New Kind and Tony Morgan. Owner-driver Sean Bier's Brody and Smart Rokker, handled by Ty Davis complete the lineup. Bob Murray's Three Day Pass (Dennis) and Too Darn Hot (Jason Lynch) are fresh from wins last start in the Sub-feature, $20,000 4&5-Year-Old Claiming pace. Both Mike Casalino and Dylan Davis' If You Want Fire (A. Davis) and Kathleen Brewer's Quick Shot (Ross Wolfenden) finished second last start. The rest of the field feature R.J.Thomas' Stanhope (Bier) from the rail, DuPage's Z Tam (Morgan), owned by Polansky, the McCaffreys and Z Tam Stables along with Allan Welch's Sentosa Island (Dennis). Sunday post time is 5:30 p.m. On Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, racing begins at 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday are dark days. . To enjoy racing and the popular Winner's Circle Harness Buffet, it is suggest to call for a reservation, phone 302-674-4600. Throughout the year, Harness and Thoroughbred Simulcasting opens daily at 12 Noon until 12 Midnight at Dover Downs Race and Sports Book in the Colonnade. There is no charge for parking or admission at Dover Downs. Marv Bachrad

Morrisville welcomes first foal of 2016

Morrisville College announces their first foal

Morrisville State College announces their first foal of 2016.   Students give a warm welcome to the Conway Hall colt as the dam Identity Theft - Malabar Man - Crown Filling watches on.    

Tim Tetrick makes it 9,000 wins in his career

Dover Downs Extra

Last Tuesday's harness racing at Dover Downs was an eventful program .Tim Tetrick won four races including his #9,000 and 9,001. Ironically on the program, three drivers accounted for four wins each -12 winners of the 15 race card. Tetrick's four bagger, joined Tony Morgan and George Dennis, with four wins aoiece. Tetrick then won four races again, on the Wednesday card. ------------------------------------------------------------------- Frank Chick was active at last week's Blooded Horse Sale in Delaware, Ohio. Chick, who has enjoyed his best success as a horse owner the last two seasons, bought several horses with his highest bid $31,000 for high-class trotter, Marzipan. Other local buyers include Chad Foulk, Dan Munson, Tui Stone. Jim Ladwig selected several for Winbak Farms' broodmare band. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Streaking pacer Bushwacker, the richest horse in the sport in early 2016 has won $71,100 already this year. Bushwacker is program favorite Monday to win his third consecutive $30,000 Preferred pace. Mustang Art, second last week, is back as is Dapper Dude, winner of this event two starts back. ------------------------------------------------ Rocknroll Jewell, presently has the longest win streak at the track. The pacer won his sixth straight last Monday winning a $12,000 pace. Also on a winning tear is Northern Rocknroll, a four-year-old mare pacer who recorded her fourth consecutive victory and sixth in seven races last week winning a Mares pace. Brioni, had his six-race win streak snapped last week. Brioni is back on Monday as program favorite in a 20,000 Claiming pace. ----------------------------------------------- Doctor McSwing, the richest maiden pacer racing at the track, again seeks his first lifetime win this Monday. The well-bred five-year-old gelding drew post 5 in the 14th race. Doctor McSwing's record is 0 wins in 66 races, but he has 15 seconds and 10 third-place finishes and has earned $5,716 in lifetime purses. ------------------------------------------------ Saturday, Feb. 13 was the big social event for Canada harness racing. Its 2015 season stars are showcased in the annual O'Brien Awards Black Tie Banquet in Mississauga, Ont. Wakazashi Hanover, trained by Jo Ann King of Harrington, last summer's $1-milllion North America Cup winner was a major contender for Canada's 2015 Horse of the Year, and 3-year-old Pacer of the Year. --------------------------------------------- Driver Corey Callahan continues to build his lead for the track's Dash Win crown which would be his seventh-straight title; Callahan has a big lead winning 119 races currently. Allan Davis is next with 88 wins. Tony Morgan ranks third with 78 winners, Ross Wolfenden, is fourth with 74 winners. George Dennis completes the Top 5 with 71 wins. ----------------------------------------- Dylan Davis with 47 winners heads the Leading Trainer ranks. Jim King is second with 33 wins. Wayne Givens is in third place with 27, Kevin Lare has moved into fourth place with 24 wins and Doug Lewis is fifth with 22 wins ----------------------------- For the rest of Sundays in February, live racing begins on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. In March and April, the track will race a four-day week, Monday through Thursday with post time, 4:30 p.m. ------------------------------------------------- For those who enjoy dining while watching the races, the popular Winners Circle Harness Buffet is back and a real treat. Reservations are suggested; call 302-674-4000. Marv Bachrad

Two of the leading harness racing trainers in North America were charged with allowing horses to compete with the Class 2 drug Glaucine in their system. In a development that will send shockwaves through an already reeling industry in North America, Ron Burke and Julie Miller have both had horses under their care return positives for Glaucine from races they competed in at a New York racetrack.   Ron Burke has been the dominant trainer on the North American scene for several years now on a money won basis, and these charges have the potential to derail the biggest training operation in harness racing.    Harnessracing.com has received correspondence from attorney Howard Taylor, also a Standardbred owner, regarding a report published Thursday on Harnesslink.com regarding alleged positive tests incurred by trainers Ron Burke and Julie Miller in New York. While Taylor did not identify any trainer by name, he said he has been retained by several trainers whose horses recently had positive tests in New York.   Authorities in New York have been trying for some time to establish a test for Glaucine and it was only recently that the laboratories successfully established such a test.   The Bulgarian pharmaceutical company Sopharma sells glaucine in a tablet form, where a single dose contains 40 mg and the half-life is indicated to be 6–8 hours.   When ingested orally Glaucine has been shown to increase airway conductance in humans, and has been investigated as a treatment for asthma.   Another one of Glaucine’s chief functions is to regulate the formation of fat tissue in the body.   The positives returned today have the potential to be very embarrassing to The New Meadowlands Racetrack where Burke and Miller regularly compete.    While Jeff Gural has single-handedly taken on what he refers to as the drug cheats in the industry, Mr Gural has horses in training with Julie Miller.    His response to the alleged drug infractions will be watched with interest by industry observers.    Here is a link to Wikipedia details on Glaucine   Update - Gural issues statement on Claucine Positives   Harnesslink Media

Early Thursday Harnesslink broke the news on Ron Burke and Julie Miller drug violations. This is the statement that Jeff Gural wrote as a result. Although I am currently on vacation, I have been made aware that apparently several trainers at Yonkers Raceway including Julie Miller and Ron Burke have had horses test positive for glaucine. As you know, Ms. Miller trains several horses for me and Mr. Burke trains Gural Hanover, a horse of which I am a part-owner. Both trainers have already called me and vigorously denied the accusations. At this point, I am unaware if any official action has been taken by the New York Gaming Commission (NYGC) or Yonkers Raceway. I have reached out to officials at the NYGC in an effort to receive more information about the nature of the tests so that we can do our own analysis and draw our own conclusions. I want to be clear; we plan to see what actions, if any, are taken by the NYGC and Yonkers Raceway before we do anything. In addition, representatives of the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey (SBOANJ) contacted me and have strongly suggested that all of the trainers involved be given their due process rights before any action is taken by my racetracks. The SBOANJ re-affirmed their support for our strong stance on integrity. As such, until an official announcement has been made by the NYGC, Ms. Miller, Mr. Burke, and other trainers whose horses received positive tests that are otherwise in good standing at our three facilities, will be able to race their horses at the Meadowlands. I have directed our own investigator to immediately reach out to Dr. Wan in Hong Kong to see if we can have the many samples we have previously taken from horses trained by Mr. Burke and horses I own that were trained by Ms. Miller to see if glaucine was present in any of those samples. I believe that New York will make the methods used to test for glaucine available to Hong Kong. We are also waiting to see if any other horses in New York test positive for glaucine to see if there is any common element involved, such as the same veterinarians, same feed, same shavings, or the same legitimate feed supplements. Jeff Gural

A $15,000 California Sire Stakes for 3-year-old trotters featuring Lodi Bank Robber and the $7,600 Jim Grundy Trot headed by Sandy’s Song are the main events on the Sunday harness racing program at Cal Expo. There will be 11 races with a first post time of 5 p.m., with the Jim Grundy set as the third event and the Sire Stakes occupying the sixth-race slot on the card. Lodi Bank Robber is a homebred son of New Age Hanover out of the Armbro Rotary mare Bankers Babe who races for Mary Harris and Pierre Girard, is trained by Girard and will have Luke Plano giving directions from the cozy rail slot. Runner-up in both legs of the Alan Kirschenbaum Series last month, Lodi Bank Robber picked up the first victory of his career last weekend when he accounted for a conditioned contest. Sent off the even-money choice, he set the early fractions, tracked midway and then rallied nicely in the stretch to reward the chalkplayers. Taking him on two other members of the Girard barn in Sixstringsandapick, who will have his trainer in the sulky, and Delta Breezeoflodi with William Hernandez; My Little Susie, Chip Lackey; and CW Raisinette, who will have the services of Steve Wiseman. Looking at the Jim Grundy, Sandy’s Song is a multiple stakes winning daughter of Claudius Augustus out of the Sacramento mare Ahhh Saundra who is owned by Bob Johnson and Hank Wieseneck and takes her lessons from Johnson. She was second as the heavy favorite in last week’s first Sire Stakes event of the year for the 4-year-old trotters. Completing the cast are Zoeys Delight, who will give trainer Johnson two strong looks at the outcome; a pair from the Richard Bertrand shedrow in Majestic Lady Jo and Dougs Hobby Horse; and the Marco Rios-trained Bellini Martini. Jim Grundy remembered with trotting event Sunday’s Jim Grundy Trot is named for the driver/trainer who was a California mainstay for four decades. He died in 2009 at the age of 74. Jim Grundy made 2,617 trips to the charmed enclosure as a driver, with more than $10.3 million in earnings and was inducted into the California Hall of Fame in 2007. Originally a hockey player in his native Canada, a knee injury forced Grundy to hang up his skates and stick in 1958. Going into the family business of harness racing, he found his second niche in life as a driver/trainer. Grundy apprenticed under famed horsemen Eddie Cobb, Clint Hodgins and Frank Popfinger before going out on his own in the early 1960s. He was the leading driver at Monticello for three straight years beginning in 1971 before heading west with his wife Deborah, a former school teacher and bookkeeper for the stable. It was here that Grundy blossomed into one of the state’s top harness horsemen. Teaming with owners like Chris Bardis, Lloyd Arnold and Ron Zumbrun, he won countless stakes races with the likes of Googie, Hug A Bear, Steam and Easel. He was especially noted as an outstanding trainer of young trotters. Steve Desomer, Gene Vallandingham and Rick Kuebler competed against Grundy for many years and have high praise for his skills. “Jim was not only our friend, but partners with us on many memorable horses,” Desomer said. “He was an exceptional horseman and that resulted in a long and successful career.” Vallandingham related, “I knew Jim from the time he came to California. He was a nice guy and a great horseman and I always enjoyed his company.” Kuebler also did battle with Jim on many occasions at Cal Expo, Hollywood Park and Los Alamitos. “I’d have to say he was the most accomplished trainer of young trotters we’ve ever had in the state. “Even after his retirement, horsemen would seek him out to get advice in shoeing and balancing a trotter. It was all about his expertise and passion and he is missed.” By Mark Ratzky

Buffalo Raceway has cancelled harness racing for Friday night (Feb. 12) that was scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.   With several inches of snow falling at the track this morning and lake effect expected to intensify as the day progresses, management decided to cancel racing. The Hamburg half-mile oval is expected to receive heavy lake effect snow beginning late this afternoon with an additional 6 to 9 inches possible.   Racing is scheduled to resume on Saturday night with a 6 p.m. post. The highlight of the card is the $10,000 Open Pace along with the quarter-finals of the popular Niatross Knockout Claiming Series.   For more information on Buffalo Raceway including the latest news, results, race replays and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

Despite being firmly entrenched in the Hoosier State, Bobby Brower never forsakes his Kentucky roots. He competes regularly at the fairs and is a fixture in the Sire Stakes. In fact, he has captured the lucrative final on several occasions over the last five years, but when he witnessed Penn’s performances as a juvenile he literally turned green with envy that the harness racing gelding was not a resident of his shedrow. “I watched him tear it up at the fairs,” he said. “He won like eight races in a row as a 3-year-old and then I saw him at The Red Mile. I told my wife how much I wanted to buy him, but I knew he would probably be at $100,000 and that’s too much for my budget. I had known Mr. (Barkley) Counts (Penn's owner) for a number of years and shortly after I said that, I received a call from him asking if I would train this horse. That’s when I told my wife how funny it is things work out this way. We would have him, but we just wouldn’t own him.” A son of Master Glide and the S J’s Photo mare Photo Queen, Penn,was purchased by Flintville, Tenn. resident Barkley Counts for $4,000 at the 2011 Lexington Selected Sale. Counts, who is 77 years young, has been involved in harness racing for more than four decades and still gets up every morning, rain or shine, to jog all his own horses. He enjoys competing at the fairs in Kentucky, as Tennessee is not a hot bed for harness racing, and this horse might be the very best he’s ever had. “Poppa has always been around horses his whole life,” his grandson, Dusty Syler, said. “My mom was an only child and he made sure she had a riding horse. He got involved with racehorses through a friend of his, but when his friend got out of the business, he stayed in. We train the horses over the only track I think they have in Tennessee. It’s a half-mile and a little rough, but he never misses a day taking them out there. “I drive him to all the races, because his eyesight is not very good anymore, but he still works the horses every day. He sits next to me and my granny sits in the back seat. She will never miss a race. It doesn’t matter to them what is going on. They will be there to watch their horses and they just love the heck out of it.” Now age six, Penn has compiled a record of 65-30-11-8, banked $231,294 and equaled the track record at Hoosier Park of 1:53 for older male trotters in 2014. He also established the all-age track standard at Dayton Raceway on Dec. 12, 2015, when he lowered world champion Market Share’s time of 1:52.4 to 1:52.3. That clocking is his lifetime mark. The horse is currently on a four race win streak and has been excelling on the Ohio circuit since last fall. While his connections are thrilled with his recent appearances, they are looking forward to the rest of this season. “We have always had good luck with Master Glide horses,” Syler said. “We had another horse by him, Master Host ($88,546), that was also really fast, but he had some problems keeping it together without jumping it off. He also did not have the same kind of heart as Penn. This horse wants to do it and gives it his all every time. Master Host did not seem to have the same attitude. “Poppa has turned down a lot of nice offers for Penn, but he will never sell this one although he did Master Host and a lot of his other horses when they did not quite pan out. I just finished paying the stakes payments to make this horse eligible to all the big races in Indiana and Ohio. I will drive us to every one of them, especially since we have not seen him in awhile. It’s five hours for us to get to Lexington and seven to get to Hoosier Park. We have just allowed Bobby to take care of him.” And that’s exactly what Brower has done. Penn is in the best form of his career and the Browers are also anxiously awaiting the gelding’s future miles. “I liked Master Host and bought him before I had Penn,” Brower said. “He was also a nice horse, but this one is different. He is so perfect and does nothing wrong. If you go to his stall and sit down he will put his head right on your shoulder. “People might think he needs to be on the lead, but he will do anything you ask him to. He’s just a very, very nice horse in every way. “He did have a hock problem though and even when I saw him race at Lexington after all those wins at the fairs you could see him hiking in the back. We went over him with a fine tooth comb, scanned him and everything, but we could never find anything wrong. I think we finally have him perfectly sound now and although I don’t normally race in the winter, he’s so good at the moment that it doesn’t make sense not to for the purse money we are going for at Miami Valley. “He will be in all the big races at Hoosier, Scioto and the other Ohio tracks. I usually race young horses and have never really had an Open horse of this caliber. He is my chance to be in these races and we are very excited about what he will accomplish this season.” Brower has been told Penn could race out East and be quite the breadwinner, but he has no inclination to travel outside the confines of the Midwest with this horse. “People have told me he could get around the half great at Yonkers,” Brower said. “I think they would all be watching his rear all the way around the track, because he would like it that much, but that is not what we will do with him. We are keeping him home. We are not going to beat up on him. I’m just thankful we did get him in the barn and we think he is really going to make some noise this year, plus provide opportunities for us we have not experienced before. “This is one great horse and we think he’s going to show a lot of people that over the course of this season.” by Kimberly French, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent 

The Morrisville Sale is pleased to announce their annual Yearling Sale will be held on Saturday, September 17, 2016 beginning at 12:00 noon. This will coincide with the NY Excelsior finals and the harness racing three-year-old New York Sire Stakes consolations to be held later that evening at Vernon Downs, located just 15 minutes from the Morrisville Sales facility.  As a convenience to the purchasers and consignors, a brunch will be served starting at 10:00 a.m. Anyone who purchases a yearling(s) will be allowed to leave their yearling(s) at the sale facility until Monday if needed. In the 2015 Morrisville Sale, a total of 62 yearlings comprised of 48 trotters and 14 pacers sold for an average price of $15,540. That represents the highest average of any sale in the state and was a 43% percent increase from the 2014 sale. The sale attendance was very impressive and all the seats were full until the last yearling went through the ring. This comes on the heels of several sales graduates racing at the highest level in the state in 2015 including leading two-year-olds DAYSON 2, 1:55.2-’15 ($182,612) and SMALLTOWNTHROWDOWN 2, 1:57-’15 ($121,965) as well as three-year-old performer’s ROYAL DECEPTOR 3,1:57.2h-‘15 ($207,965), SUMMER SCENT 3,1:59h-’15 ($123,434) and FROU FROU 3,1:56f-’15 ($115,133).  Other recent graduates include MARKET RALLY 3,1:54.4 ($704,445), BIG BOY DREAMS p,4,1:49.4f-’15 ($544,742), CASH ME OUT 4,1:53.3-’15 ($447,149), BARN BABE 3,1:54.2f ($350,463) and ROYAL SHYSTER 1:55 ($326,669). The Morrisville College students greatly appreciate hosting the sale and making industry contacts with the consignors. These industry connections often lead to internships and further employment for our students. See what some of our graduates have to say: "Before coming to MSC I had never heard of a Standardbred. Not only have I come to be a fan of the sport, I have fallen in love with the Standardbred horse. Morrisville's internship program has helped me land a career at New York's fastest growing breeding farm, Crawford Farms" - Bobbi Jean Carney '14 “While at Morrisville I learned how to properly care for stallions, mares, and foals.  My horse handling skills improved thanks to the yearling prep class I took. I gained experience learning to handle the workload and long hours that comes with working on a breeding farm. Through my experience while at Morrisville and my internship I was able to secure a position at a top Thoroughbred breeding farm in Kentucky.”- Alisha Hite ‘15 "This hands-on program taught me the fundamentals of breeding and has allowed me to enter the Standardbred breeding world with confidence. Morrisville not only taught me the textbook version of breeding, it allowed me to ask questions and broaden my knowledge. This program gave me the stepping stones and real world experiences I needed to be where I am today working at Allerage Farm.” Amber Pruchnik (current intern) ‘16 "To complete my degree I had to find a 15-week internship. My experiences at Morrisville allowed me to confidently take an internship at a Standardbred breeding farm located in Paris, Kentucky. Being in the equine program I was required to participate in the fall yearling sale. Over the four years I was able to work for different aspects in the sale and make connections in the industry. I worked as a groom for a consignor one year, Morrisville consignment for two years, and a first leader my senior year. After, working all four sales I was comfortable prepping and handling yearlings. Shortly before my 15 weeks were up I was offered a permanent job on the farm. I accepted. My first year on the farm I was a farm hand. I then became the assistant farm manager and by my fifth year I became the Kentucky farm manager. Morrisville gave me a solid foundation to start with. Without that foundation I may not have had the opportunity to be where I am today."  Gina Dailey ’10 - Diamond Creek Farm The New York breeding and racing program has been a strong economic supporter of the Morrisville Equine Program for many years. In addition to the annual Morrisville College consignment, this year’s sale will include support from Crawford Farm, Lakeview Equine, Allerage Farm, Brittany Farms, Preferred Equine Marketing, Brook Meadows Farm, Howard Stables, etc. Entries are now being accepting to the Sept. 17 Sale. Please visit http://morrisvillesale.com Jim Gillies

Bob Boni, president of Northwood Bloodstock Agency and well known in harness racing from his many years as a yearling sale consultant and bloodstock agent and owner, has joined the Goshen Yearling Sale as its president. In addition, Hanover Shoe Farms will offer a large consignment of yearlings at the 2016 edition of the Goshen Yearling Sale, which will be held Sunday, Sept. 18, at the Mark Ford Training Center in Middletown, N.Y., near historic Goshen. “We had a great inaugural sale and we really wanted to take the sale to the next level, and bringing Bob on board, and the addition of a consignment from Hanover Shoe Farms, will certainly help us achieve that goal,” said Ford, a principal in the sale company as well as the host. “You can’t do any better than to get a guy with Bob’s experience, expertise and integrity and Hanover’s position as the sport’s leading breeder speaks for itself.” The Goshen Yearling Sale was created in 2015 because of the lack of an early-fall yearling sale with the proximity to many of the richest racing programs. Last year 113 yearlings were sold at the inaugural edition, generating gross sales of $1.4 million. “I attended the inaugural sale last year and was very impressed with the facility and what it had to offer. I am very excited about the potential of this sale going forward and the addition of a consignment from Hanover Shoe Farms immediately adds to the impact and appeal of the sale,” said Boni of joining the organization. “I believe we have a sale that will offer many opportunities to a variety of buyers and consignors and I look forward to working with Mark Ford, Tom Grossman and Joe Thomson along with Chris Tully.” Hanover Shoe Farms will join Thomson’s Winbak Farms and Grossman’s Blue Chip Farms in offering consignments at the Goshen Yearling Sale. “I think this is a good venue and good timing,” said Hanover president and CEO Jim Simpson of sending a consignment to Goshen. “I think our consignment will fit in very well. We plan to sell in the neighborhood of 40 yearlings at this sale, and there will be a mix of Pennsylvania and New York-sired yearlings.” Simpson added that Hanover will sell approximately 270 yearlings at 2016 yearling sales, and is limited to around 220 at the annual Standardbred Horse Sale Company in Harrisburg. For more information about the Goshen Yearling Sale, contact Bob Boni at bob.boni@goshenyearlingsale.com or phone 201.863.2082.

Four Staces made it two wins-in-a-row recording a1:52.2 victory on a bitter cold, windy Thursday, Feb. 11 at Dover Downs, harness racing driver Corey Callahan added three more wins to his leading dash win total at the track. Callahan got Four Staces going in the stretch rolling to victory from off the pace. Jeremes General (Allan Davis) and Feel Like A Fool (Montrell Teague) were battling it out as the field turned for home. Last year at this time, Four Staces was coming into his own at the meet. Mike Casalino and meet-leading trainer Dylan Davis own the Rocknroll Hanover-Miss Stacee gelding giving Callahan his third win. Jeremes General won the battle for second-place. One race earlier, Ron Short's 11-year-old veteran Charger also won his second straight, in 1:52.2. Ross Wolfenden steered the Stampede Hanover-Star Light gelding to his 50th career victory and $439,602 earnings. The grey gelding Alligator Falls (A.Davis) cut out the early pace and finished second. Black Aquila A (Callahan) was the show horse. Rock N' Roll Jet won the other sub-feature pace. Jonathan Roberts roared down the outside to score a 1:52.3 decision. Buddy Bright and Dawn Webb own the seven-year-old altered son of Rocknroll Hanover-Ohyouprettything who won for the first time in five starts this year. Rockin Rambaran (A.Davis) was second. Portrait (Art Stafford Jr.) was third. Corey Callahan with his triple now has won 116 races this meet. Vic Kirby also won three races while Ross Wolfenden collected a double. Dover Downs is dark on Friday and Saturday. Sunday post time is 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday racing begins at 4:30 p.m. When at the track, watch live races and enjoy dining in the Winners Circle Restaurant's acclaimed Harness Racing Buffet. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight at Dover Downs where there is no charge for parking and admission. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at the 4-star Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600.  Marv Bachrad                  

James Kennedy, who is quickly approaching driving victory No. 1,000, will attempt to get closer to that plateau on Saturday when he guides the up-and-coming Midnight Adventure in Saturday night's California Sire Stakes for harness racing pacing colts. Kennedy comes into the program with 991 trips to the charmed enclosure, and three of those scores have come with Midnight Adventure, who carries the banner of his breeders Mark Anderson and Debra McCarthy and calls the Gordie Graham barn his home. "He's got a lot of talent, for sure," Kennedy related when asked about the pacer. "He was still a little green in that second start, making a break when I tried to get him into a hole and he got upset, but now he's pretty much push-button." Midnight Adventure has won his last two starts impressively, including the Lonnie Beck Series final, on both occasions engaging in heated stretch exchanges with Allmyx'sliveintexas. "They've had a couple of real good battles," the pilot noted. As for being on the verge of 1,000 victories, James admits he never could have dreamed of such a thing when he first started driving. "I don't know if you remember, but I went something like 0-for-165 before I got my first win. It was a horse named Watch Me Dream for my dad." Despite that less-than-stellar start, Kennedy has established himself as one of the top drivers and trainers on the grounds, currently housing nine performers in his shedrow. Among that group is I'm An Athlete for Ronald Rettig-Zucchi, who has rattled off three straight Open victories. "I enjoy getting behind my horses, and went I don't have one in a race, I like driving for other people. If I could, I'd love to be in every race every night." Pair of Sire Stakes matching sophomore pacers Two $10,000 California Sire Stakes for 3-year-old pacers highlight the Saturday night card at Cal Expo, with Midnight Adventure and Allmyx'sliventexas heading the colt division, while Little Emma looms large in the filly contest. A 12-race card is on tap with first post set for 6:25 p.m. Midnight Adventure is homebred son of Kent's On Nuke out of Kb's Midnight who races for Mark Anderson and Debra McCarthy, hails from the Gordie Graham barn and will once again have James Kennedy in the sulky. The dark-hued performer earned his graduation papers in his January 9 debut, then lost all chance in his next start in the opening leg of the Lonnie Beck Series after making a break. Midnight Adventure has been all business in his last two appearances, however, with a game victory in the Beck finale followed by a lifetime-best 1:55 1/5 score in a conditioned event last weekend. Allmyx'sliventexas is a Wayne and Rod Knittel homebred son of Hi Ho Silverheel's who takes his lessons from Bob John and will have Mooney Svendsen handling the lines. He romped in the Lonnie Beck opening leg and has been Midnight Adventure's most immediate victim in the Beck final and that conditioned contest last week. Rounding out the cast are Rock Of Ages with Luke Plano; Mathachusetts, to be guided by Steve Wiseman; and One More Chance, who has the services of Chip Lackey. Looking at the filly division, Little Emma is coming off a solid come-from-behind score in her third trip to the post. The Little Steven homebred races for Thomas, Haness and Reider with George Reider training and David Siegel at the helm. Sassy Catitude, Plain Awsome and Moonstone Beach complete the field. By Mark Ratzky

The Breeders Crown, harness racing's annual year-end series of 12 championship events, valued at $5.8 million, returns to longtime partner track The Meadowlands, East Rutherford, NJ, for 2016. For the second time in its 42-year history, the Meadowlands will race Standardbred cards in September and October, setting the stage for optimum dates for the Breeders Crown events. The state-of-the-art grandstand built by Jeff Gural opened in November, 2013 and hosted all 12 Breeders Crown events in November of 2014. The one-mile oval in East Rutherford, New Jersey will have hosted 91 Breeders Crown races - more than any other single racetrack. "The Meadowlands has been an extraordinary host to some of the best racing in the world for more than four decades," said Tom Charters, president and CEO of the Hambletonian Society, which owns and administers the Breeders Crown. "Our partnership with Jeff Gural and his management team and the Standardbred Breeders and Owners of New Jersey continues to carry that legacy forward." The Breeders Crown, usually the deciding event in year-end honors, will feature the four open events on Friday, Oct. 28. The eight freshmen and sophomore races will be held on Saturday, Oct. 29. Breeders Crown two-year-old races are the richest offered in the division, with $600,000 finals in each gait and gender. Eliminations for all events, if needed, would be held the prior week. Payments for the 2016 Breeders Crown program commence February 15, and all information can be found here.         . "It is always an honor for the Meadowlands to host the Breeders Crown, harness racing's year-end championship event," said Jason M. Settlemoir, Meadowlands CEO and General Manager. "We have a very long and positive relationship with the Hambletonian Society and it is only fitting for the Breeders Crown to be raced on the sport's greatest stage. We are looking forward to hosting two of the most exciting nights of racing and expect to see more performances that will go down in the history books." The 2015 Breeders Crown night hosted by Woodbine Entertainment Group in Toronto at Woodbine Racetrack generated a Canadian Standardbred record handle of CDN $5,748,950 for the 13-race card. Hoosier Park, home of Standardbred racing in Indiana, will host their first ever Breeders Crown events in the fall of 2017. The seven-eighths mile track, which opened in Anderson in 1994, and is now owned by Centaur Gaming, was awarded all 12 championship races, becoming the 31st racetrack to host the "Crown". "The Breeders Crown series, the horsemen, owners, fans and racetracks benefit in every way by rotating among the best tracks in North America," Charters stated. The 32-year-old series has typically crowned champions in every division for trotters and pacers and has been the deciding factor in Horse of the Year honors since 1984. More than $178 million in purse money has been disbursed over 358 events. Originally conceived and executed as a traveling series, the Crown has traveled to racetracks across North America and been raced as single night or multiple events. $5.8 Million Breeders Crown Championships Meadowlands Racetrack Friday, October 28 $250,000 Mare Trot $250,000 Mare Pace $400,000 Open Pace $500,000 Open Trot Saturday, October 29 $600,000 2-Year-Old Colt Trot $600,000 2-Year-Old Filly Trot $600,000 2-Year-Old Colt Pace $600,000 2-Year-Old Filly Pace $500,000 3-Year-Old Colt Trot $500,000 3-Year-Old Filly Trot $500,000 3-Year-Old Colt Pace $500,000 3-Year-Old Filly Pace In harness racing, it all comes down to the Breeders Crown Thanks to our sponsor            

Brittany Farms owner George Segal announced today that a significant portion of the acreage that comprises Brittany Farms has been sold to Maurice Regan of New York.   Regan’s purchase of 565 acres still leaves Brittany with 271 acres, and, according to farm manager Art Zubrod, that’s exactly what the farm needs at the present time to accommodate both its horses and its business plan.   “Our broodmare band will be somewhere in the range of 45-55 mares by the end of the year. We have gotten to the point that we simply don’t need that many acres to support our herd,” Zubrod said.   The current 271 acres of Brittany Farms includes 121 acres that the farm purchased just recently a few miles south of the main farm, which is located on Pisgah Pike in Versailles, Ky.   “The new farm we purchased will be used primarily for raising yearlings and for turnouts,” Zubrod said. “It has some nice improvements on it, but will also need some additional structures. We shed-raise all of our horses, so we’ll need to build four yearling sheds immediately. We’ll also need to build a good number of support structures such as a hay storage building, maintenance shop, and shed.   “We still have the 150 acres of great pasture on Pisgah Pike, and that will be primarily for broodmares,” he added.   The original 411 acres of what was to become Brittany Farms was purchased by Segal from noted breeder William R. Shehan in December of 1985. Subsequent acquisitions had seen the farm grow to 715 acres before the recent transactions.    The Brittany broodmare band, which has produced numerous World Champions and Horses of the Year, had grown to about 150 mares just a few years ago.   Segal said that he wants to make everyone aware that Brittany Farms is still in business, and will continue to breed, raise and sell champion Standardbreds.   “I have been in this business as an owner since 1974 but as an enthusiast for a lot longer. I am still an enthusiast. However, I am also 77 years old and some prudent planning is in order,” Segal said.   “Art, Leah (Zubrod’s wife and Brittany office manager) and I discussed the future of the farm and came up with a plan. One of the major aspects of the plan was the care our racehorses receive after their two year old campaign. So many young horses are never as good after their first year of racing, but I always felt that ours most often came back even better,” he continued.   According to Segal, Brittany Farms is very pleased to be able to keep their long-time crew together. In addition to the Zubrods, Patty and Dale Logan and foaling man Bill Walker all have been with the farm since the mid to late ’80s.   Also staying on are the office staff of Donna Schulte and Mary Sewell, both employees of over 20 years, and Stephanie Ball, who has been with Brittany Farms for seven years.

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It seems to be all or nothing for Buckeye Thea of late. The talented harness racing six-year-old Dave Panlone mare won her third Fillies & Mares Open Pace in her last seven tries on Friday night (February 12), beating favored Native Dream (John DeLong) and American Girl (Trace Tetrick) in 1:54.1 despite frigid weather and howling winter winds at Miami Valley Raceway.  On the other four occasions, however, the Steve Carter trainee has failed to pick up a check.  Still Buckeye Thea has picked up $20,000 already this season and is closing in rapidly on $200,000 in career earnings for owner Richard Paltani.  Leading driver Josh Sutton was in the sulky for the first time since the winner’s last victory three weeks ago. Buckeye Thea was content to sit mid-pack in the early going as the eventual place and show finishers mixed it up on the front end.  Shortly after the field reached the first quarter station in :28.1, though, Sutton confidently pulled first-up and raced in that position through middle fractions of :56.2 and 1:24.4.  When the weather conditions began to take their toll on the frontrunners, Buckeye Thea stayed strong and pulled away to a length victory at the end of the stretch. The $20,000 feature race was the middle leg of the 50-cent Lucky Pick 5 which was solved by two patrons—each receiving over $1200 for their half-a-dollar investment.  The winners of the five legs, in order, were Game Of Dreamers ($6.00), Sand Swan ($32.80), Buckeye Thea ($15.60), Canttakeitwithyou ($6.80) and CI’s Buckeye ($5.00).  The Lucky Numbers were 6-4-3-5-2.  The wager features an industry-low 12% takeout. Gregg Keidel
Star Messenger moves from the outside to the rail in the Sunday, Feb. 14 feature race at Dover Downs. A $20,000 Claiming pace is the harness racing co-feature. Post time is 5:30 p.m. on Sundays. After leaving the starting gate from the outside in five of his last six starts, Star Messenger owned by Janet Hudson and Jo Ann King, with Vic Kirby driving, finally gets a good spot from post 1. The competitive nine horse field includes Bobby Myers' Pinearosa and Tony Morgan, who finished second last time out, and two horses that were third, Steve Blood's T's Electric with Allan Davis and trainer-driver George and Tina Dennis' Allstar Preview. Not to be overlooked are Doug Lewis' sharp Sunshine Superman piloted by Jonathan Roberts from post 8, and two, who qualified with a win, KDK Standardbreds and Kathleen Mofield and John Dickens' Race Me Villa piloted by Montrell Teague and Virgil Addison's New Kind and Tony Morgan. Owner-driver Sean Bier's Brody and Smart Rokker, handled by Ty Davis complete the lineup. Bob Murray's Three Day Pass (Dennis) and Too Darn Hot (Jason Lynch) are fresh from wins last start in the Sub-feature, $20,000 4&5-Year-Old Claiming pace. Both Mike Casalino and Dylan Davis' If You Want Fire (A. Davis) and Kathleen Brewer's Quick Shot (Ross Wolfenden) finished second last start. The rest of the field feature R.J.Thomas' Stanhope (Bier) from the rail, DuPage's Z Tam (Morgan), owned by Polansky, the McCaffreys and Z Tam Stables along with Allan Welch's Sentosa Island (Dennis). Sunday post time is 5:30 p.m. On Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, racing begins at 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday are dark days. . To enjoy racing and the popular Winner's Circle Harness Buffet, it is suggest to call for a reservation, phone 302-674-4600. Throughout the year, Harness and Thoroughbred Simulcasting opens daily at 12 Noon until 12 Midnight at Dover Downs Race and Sports Book in the Colonnade. There is no charge for parking or admission at Dover Downs. Marv Bachrad
Morrisville State College announces their first foal of 2016.   Students give a warm welcome to the Conway Hall colt as the dam Identity Theft - Malabar Man - Crown Filling watches on.    
Last Tuesday's harness racing at Dover Downs was an eventful program .Tim Tetrick won four races including his #9,000 and 9,001. Ironically on the program, three drivers accounted for four wins each -12 winners of the 15 race card. Tetrick's four bagger, joined Tony Morgan and George Dennis, with four wins aoiece. Tetrick then won four races again, on the Wednesday card. ------------------------------------------------------------------- Frank Chick was active at last week's Blooded Horse Sale in Delaware, Ohio. Chick, who has enjoyed his best success as a horse owner the last two seasons, bought several horses with his highest bid $31,000 for high-class trotter, Marzipan. Other local buyers include Chad Foulk, Dan Munson, Tui Stone. Jim Ladwig selected several for Winbak Farms' broodmare band. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Streaking pacer Bushwacker, the richest horse in the sport in early 2016 has won $71,100 already this year. Bushwacker is program favorite Monday to win his third consecutive $30,000 Preferred pace. Mustang Art, second last week, is back as is Dapper Dude, winner of this event two starts back. ------------------------------------------------ Rocknroll Jewell, presently has the longest win streak at the track. The pacer won his sixth straight last Monday winning a $12,000 pace. Also on a winning tear is Northern Rocknroll, a four-year-old mare pacer who recorded her fourth consecutive victory and sixth in seven races last week winning a Mares pace. Brioni, had his six-race win streak snapped last week. Brioni is back on Monday as program favorite in a 20,000 Claiming pace. ----------------------------------------------- Doctor McSwing, the richest maiden pacer racing at the track, again seeks his first lifetime win this Monday. The well-bred five-year-old gelding drew post 5 in the 14th race. Doctor McSwing's record is 0 wins in 66 races, but he has 15 seconds and 10 third-place finishes and has earned $5,716 in lifetime purses. ------------------------------------------------ Saturday, Feb. 13 was the big social event for Canada harness racing. Its 2015 season stars are showcased in the annual O'Brien Awards Black Tie Banquet in Mississauga, Ont. Wakazashi Hanover, trained by Jo Ann King of Harrington, last summer's $1-milllion North America Cup winner was a major contender for Canada's 2015 Horse of the Year, and 3-year-old Pacer of the Year. --------------------------------------------- Driver Corey Callahan continues to build his lead for the track's Dash Win crown which would be his seventh-straight title; Callahan has a big lead winning 119 races currently. Allan Davis is next with 88 wins. Tony Morgan ranks third with 78 winners, Ross Wolfenden, is fourth with 74 winners. George Dennis completes the Top 5 with 71 wins. ----------------------------------------- Dylan Davis with 47 winners heads the Leading Trainer ranks. Jim King is second with 33 wins. Wayne Givens is in third place with 27, Kevin Lare has moved into fourth place with 24 wins and Doug Lewis is fifth with 22 wins ----------------------------- For the rest of Sundays in February, live racing begins on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. In March and April, the track will race a four-day week, Monday through Thursday with post time, 4:30 p.m. ------------------------------------------------- For those who enjoy dining while watching the races, the popular Winners Circle Harness Buffet is back and a real treat. Reservations are suggested; call 302-674-4000. Marv Bachrad
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