Harness Racing

$200,000 Prix D'Ete nominations due March 15

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, March 5, 2015 - The Hippodrome 3R management team wants every horse owner and trainer in North America to not miss the March 15 nomination payment for the 2015 $200,000 Prix D'Ete. The race is only eligible to four-year-old pacers with the top eight money earners in 2015 at time of entry going into the rich final. The race will be held on Sunday, August 23. Last year's revival of the one-time richest stakes event in all of Canada saw trainer Jimmy Takter's Sunfire Blue Chip rewrite the all-age track record at 3R with an amazing 1:50.3 mark over the 3R half mile oval. Driven by Yannick Gingras, Sunfire Blue Chip's clocking erased the prior record by nearly two full seconds and he started the race from post eight. "Not only was it great to come back to my home track and win the Prix D'Ete with Sunfire Blue Chip," said Gingras, but it was so special to win in front of my family and friends. I can't want to come back and compete in the Prix D'Ete again this year." There is a big resurgence of major stakes for four-year-old pacers in 2015 with the new formats for the Confederation Cup at Flamboro Downs and the Graduate Series at the Meadowlands and Tioga Downs. They will take place in May and June. Last year the Prix D'Ete was the richest race in North America for four-year-old pacers. To get the nomination form and for the payment schedule, rules and regulations for the Prix D'Ete go to www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Roland N Rock

Connections 'waited a lifetime' for Roland N Rock

Louisville, KY --- His record stands at a perfect 14 for 14, he’s paced in 1:51.2 at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield and ended his freshman season with a triumph in the $86,000 American-National Stake over Earndawg, the Orange and Blue victor, so it’s pretty difficult to imagine getting Roland N Rock on stride was no simple task. “He always wants to trot and we just let him do it now,” said his co-owner/trainer Duane Roland. “He’ll even trot right up until the gate, but once he’s racing he’s all pace. We have never had one problem with him breaking so we allow him to do whatever he wants.” Born in Iowa, a son of Rocknroll Hanover and the Cambest mare Hank’s Chip, Roland N Rock competed primarily on the fair tracks in his native state and is the product of Duane and Connie Roland’s Harrisburg excursion in 2011. The couple, whose entire family has been heavily involved in the sport since 1969, were hoping to cash in on the Perretti Farms dispersal of their broodmare band. After spending $6,000 for Hank’s Chip, who was already in foal, it appears the Rolands did just that. “We have about 75 to 80 horses out here, with about 25 foals a year,” said the Grinnell resident, who owns, conditions and steers all his own stock. “We were looking for some mares in foal to Rocknroll Hanover, but we have a budget as we own a 1,500 acre farm that produces soybeans and corn. That is how we make our living and our horses are just for pleasure. We were able to purchase two mares, as we paid $9,000 for another, but her foal turned out nothing like Roland.” As Roland N Rock paced his way through the Iowa fair circuit, offer after offer came through to buy him, but there was not even the most remote possibility they would sell. “I am 47 years old and I’ve waited a lifetime for a horse like this,” Roland said. “My entire family is in this business and we have had some nice horses. My father Roger sold Panaramic Art for $60,000 and that was one of them, but I think this one is even more special. “Ones like these sometimes never come along. I knew we had something different on my hands in July when he paced the fastest half in Iowa history (:57.2) at Oskaloosa. When John Delong got off him at Springfield, he said he could have went much faster and was very impressed with him. All the way back to the paddock after that race, people were asking me how much they could buy him for, while I just kept shaking my head.” The Roland family certainly is a mainstay and/or cornerstone of the Iowa harness industry, as cousin Dan has grabbed headlines for his driving and brother Royal is no slouch in the sulky either. Royal is also a director for the United States Trotting Association and the treasurer for the Iowa Harness Horsemen’s Association. Duane is the secretary and Dan is on the board. “We all have our own places, half-mile tracks and training facilities,” Roland said. “We race against each other because when we tried keeping our horses together, no one could agree on anything. We all have our own ideas on how things should be done and no one is willing to change that.” There is, however, an alteration in the Roland family’s agenda for the summer of 2015. “We think he is the real deal and we are taking him out East to race against the best,” Roland said. “We are coming with him as I want to do all the work on him myself. I could ship him out there to someone else, but this horse means a lot. Connie and I are looking forward to the journey. “In fact, I just finished staking him and he’s in just about everything. There’s the Meadowlands Pace, the Progress Pace, the Matron and the Messenger. He will have to earn his way into the Jug or Lexington, but I think he will give a good account of himself. We just used the money he made to give him the opportunity. I don’t know about the Breeders Crown right now. That depends on how well he races. “We are just very excited to have this kind of opportunity with him and to be on the road all summer long. I can’t explain the kind of thrill this horse has provided us with. He was so much better than these other horses, some guys were wondering if it would take the heart out of them having to chase him all the time and never being able to catch him. “Also, you just can’t describe the feeling of holding a horse back for a half behind the entire field and just waiting for the chance to let them loose because you know he is going to go by them all. It’s absolutely unbelievable.” by Kimberly French, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent 

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Breeders Crown champion returns to action

Breeders Crown champion Sayitall BB returns to harness racing action at The Meadowlands Friday, looking this year to be the talk of the division for older female pacers. The 4-year-old Sayitall BB will prep for the upcoming Blue Chip Matchmaker Series at Yonkers Raceway by competing in the Open Handicap for fillies and mares Friday at the Hilltop. She starts from post seven with driver George Brennan and is the 7-2 second choice on the morning line. Sayitall BB won 10 of 16 starts in 2014 and earned $519,910 for owners Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. She captured five of her last six races, including the Breeders Crown for 3-year-old female pacers on Nov. 21 at the Meadowlands. She was supplemented to the Breeders Crown for $62,500. Trainer Ron Burke purchased Sayitall BB in October 2013 after the filly won her career debut by 4-1/2 lengths in 2:00.4 at Lebanon Raceway. She went 4-for-4 the remainder of the 2013 season in conditioned races at The Meadows. A daughter of stallion Tell All and mare Challo B B, Sayitall BB is a half-sister to million-dollar-earner Go On BB, who also raced for the Burke Stable. "We bought her off a maiden race at Lebanon and to think that we would supplement her to the Breeders Crown, I would have said never in a million years," co-owner Mark Weaver said. "But we did it and the fact that she won was pretty cool." Her connections hope there are many more wins in her future. Sayitall BB followed her Breeders Crown victory with a triumph in the Open Handicap for fillies and mares on Dec. 5 at Yonkers. She was the only 3-year-old in the field, winning from post six in 1:54.3 as the even-money favorite. The performance helped lead to Sayitall BB getting a chance to compete in the Matchmaker. "Yonkers is a funny track," Weaver said. "Some horses that we think can get around there do, and then some don't. We wanted to give her a shot. If she wouldn't have gotten around there, we probably would have brought her back in May when the bigger races came. But the fact she showed she could handle it, we figured we'd give her a mini-break and come back for the Matchmaker." Sayitall BB enjoyed two mini-breaks last year. She raced in January in the Blizzard Series at Woodbine before receiving a three-month layoff. When she returned, she raced eight times, winning four starts and finishing second in the Lynch Memorial and New Jersey Sire Stakes finals. With no other stakes events on her schedule, she got another three-month layoff before her season-ending string of races. "We could have raced her in the Opens, but it didn't really make sense," Weaver said. "It made more sense to give her some time and let her develop. She surely seemed to appreciate it. "In theory, I would think it would help her (coming back this year). But at the same time, Ronnie races and trains his horses as hard as anyone and they keep coming back, and he's had great success with the older horses. I don't think it could hurt that she had a break there, but it wouldn't have discouraged me if she did have a full year." Four-year-old mares have won three of the six Matchmaker Series finals, with two - Ginger And Fred and Rocklamation - coming from the Burke Stable. Rocklamation and Anndrovette tied for the 2014 Dan Patch Award for best older female pacer. Weaver thinks this year's race for the honor could be wide open, with 4-year-olds like Sayitall BB and 2014 Dan Patch Award-winning 3-year-old champ Color's A Virgin ready to enter the fray. "I think there's a chance where this year's 4-year-old class could be a factor in the division," Weaver said. "It's hard to pinpoint one thing (that stands out about Sayitall BB); I guess just the fact she knows how to win. She seems to do it any way. She's just tough. She brings it every week. She's a solid filly." by Ken Weingartner / Harness Racing Communications / USTA  

Meadowlands Pace

Meadowlands Pace payment due

East Rutherford NJ - Maintaining eligibility for the 2016 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace requires a two-year-old sustaining payment made by the March 15 deadline.   On those foals of 2013 that were nominated by the $50 yearling payment last May, the sustaining cost is $400. Supplemental nominations to the race are accepted at the cost of $1,000.   Visit The Meadowlands stakes application page for the necessary form. Questions may be directed to the Stakes Administrator at (201) 460-4214.   From Meadowlands Media Relations

Undefeated three year old pacers Wiggle It JiggleIt and National Seelster set for confrontation EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - (March 5, 2015) Emerging from the winter and the snow each year at The Meadowlands there is a three year old pacer that captures the imagination and brings a wonder of what could be on the horizon. This year, there are two, Wiggle It JiggleIt and National Seelster. While it may not be the Final of the Buddy Gilmour just yet, all eyes will be on the early season clash between this pair of unbeaten sophomore pacers. While the two enter the contest with unblemished records (Wiggle It JiggleIt a perfect four for four and National Seelster three for three), their style of winning has been rather different. Wiggle It Jiggleit started his career with a six-length romp in 1:51.2 at Pocono in his only start as a two year old. His connections gave their horse time to develop and brought him back in January where he dominated a non-winners of two field at Dover by over a dozen lengths. Six days later, National Seelster made his lifetime debut, rallying from well off the pace, showing professionalism in his first lifetime start, winning by a length. The colt followed that win up with a pocket-sitting, last-second surge to narrowly win by a neck. Both wins coming in non-winners of two company at The Meadowlands. Both undefeated, but National Seelster had been tested. Wiggle It JiggleIt had not. His connections thought enough of him to enter him in the Sonsam series against older horses where he won, powering up first over in an eye-opening 1:49.4 performance. The winners circle reaction appeared more like a mid-summer stakes race, as the connections new they had something special. His regular driver, Montrell Teague is excited about his potential and noted in a Meadowlands interview that all eyes are on the future. "We'll race him in the Gilmour series and then shut him down until May," said Teague. "He's staked well so we'll look to some races in New Jersey and focus on The Meadowlands Pace and a couple of other big ones." National Seelster has also been paid into The Meadowlands Pace. Both three year olds headed into their respective starts in the first round of the Buddy Gilmour as prohibitive favorites and neither disappointed. With Wiggle It JiggleIt dominating from start to finish to win in 1:51.2, and National Seelster making a move around the far turn and wearing down his opposition to win in 1:52 flat. Due to the brilliance and dominance that Wiggle It Jiggleit has displayed, he has been installed as the 3/5 morning line favorite for the matchup, with National Seelster an 8/5 second choice. The two will meet in the second race on Saturday night, the first of two Buddy Gilmour divisions. The second division goes postward as race 11 on the 13-race program. On the wagering front, it features three guaranteed pools. The $.50 cent pick five in race one, a pool that has averaged over $50,000 each night, the $.50 cent early pick four in race three, also averaging over $50,000 per night and the $.50 cent late pick four in race seven, which has featured an average pool of over $75,000. As usual, there will be a pair of $.20 cent Jackpot Super Hi-5 wagers, with a low eight-percent (8%) takeout in races 5 and 13. Going into the Friday program, the fifth race carryover was $41,316 and the 13th race carryover stood at $148,526. Post time for The Meadowlands Saturday program is 7:15 P.M. Meadowlands Draw Schedule Change For Next Week Effective with the draw for next week until further notice at The Meadowlands:   Draw schedule change:   Program for Friday – Declare by 9:00 a.m. Monday   Program for Saturday – Declare by 9:00 a.m. Tuesday.   Condition sheet here. Race Office contact 877-782-2537   Darin Zoccali

Saturday nights Cal Expo harness racing program features a $53,142 carryover in the 10-cent Jackpot 6, meaning one ticket could come away with an awfully sweet payoff. The Jackpot 6 is one of four wagers on the program that come with a reduced 16% takeout rate. The others are the Hi-5, which like the Jackpot 6 is a 10-cent minimum bet; the 50-cent Pick 5; and the 20-cent Pick 4, which has a $25,000-guaranteed pool. To give an example of what the reduced takeout really means, last Saturday nights Hi-5 saw the 34-1 Cosmos winning and the 19-1 Im Confident checking in second, followed home by the 7-5 Art Genta, 14-1 Chewy Baca and 6-1 Toucam Sam, triggering a $5,600 payoff for each winning 10-cent ticket. Using the normal takeout rate, it would have paid an even $5,000, a difference of $600 to each winning ticket holder. Thats not just numbers, but real dollars. Taking a closer look at the Jackpot 6, the wager finds 70% of the net pool paying out to tickets with the most winners, with 30% of the net pool designated for the carryover. If there is one unique ticket selecting six winners, the entire pool and the carryover is paid to the holder of the ticket. If that should happen Saturday night, they would receive the entire net pool and a $53142 bonus. With the 10-cent minimum, putting together healthy-sized tickets without spending a lot of money makes the Jackpot 6 even more attractive. Jump right in, the pool is going to be fine. Sire Stakes, Distaff Open have the spotlight A $10,000 California Sire Stakes for 4-year-old pacing males and a $6,000 Open Pace for fillies and mares are the main events on Saturday nights Watch and Wager LLC program at Cal Expo. A 14-race card is on tap and things get underway at 6:10 p.m. The Sire Stakes is scheduled as the fifth event on the evening, immediately followed by the Distaff Open in the sixth-race slot. King Of The Crop, Rikybrnthegaragdwn and Laissez Moi Passer are all multiple trophy earners who figure to have their share of backers in the Sire Stakes. King Of The Crop was third in the most recent stakes clash for this group back on January 17 and is coming into this assignment off back-to-back conditioned scores. The Little Steven homebred carries the banner of Frank Nevarez with Gordie Graham training and Bruce Clarke guiding from the cozy rail slot. He established his lifetime mark of 1:53 2/5 on February 20 and came right back with another sharp tally last weekend. Rikybrnthegaragdwn is a son of Living It Up out of the top racemare and producer Sports Bra who races for Maryann Plano and Nikki Hudson with Luke Plano reining and training. His most recent victory came in the February 7 Shelly Goudreau, where he romped home and established a new mark with his 1:52 4/5 tour of the oval. Laissez Moi Passer was posing for pictures after upsetting his peers in the most recent Sire Stakes for this group in January. Sal and Georgette Wenceslao own the son of Disco Devil with Sal the conditioner and Williams Hernandez in his usual spot in the sulky. Completing the field are Lil Steve Oneder with Chip Lackey at the controls; Tony Cheesecake, who will have the services of James Kennedy; and Full Moon Rising, who leaves from the outside post with Dave Siegel handling the lines. By Mark Ratzky, Publicity Cal Expo Harness

Harness Horsemen International wrapped up their annual meetings on March 4 at the Embassy Suites Deerfield Beach Resort & Spa, in Florida with elections and an Awards Luncheon. General Sessions began in the morning with re-election of the following HHI At-Large Directors: Dr. Tim Powers (Maine HHA); Ron Battoni (Pennsylvania HHA); Jerry Knappenberger (Ohio HHA); and Gabe Pruitt (Kentucky HHA).   "We accomplished a great deal during the past three days," noted Tom Luchento, HHI President. "But most importantly, we were happy to welcome back the Indiana Standardbred Association to HHI." During the Annual Awards Luncheon, a trio of harness racing personalities were honored with HHI's most prestigious crowns.   Gene Oldford, HHI past president was named the 2014 HHI Dominic Frinzi Person of the Year for his continued dedication to the organization. Jerry Knappenberger, former General Manager of the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association, was awarded the HHI Appreciation Award for 2014 for his many years of service to the Ohio Standardbred industry, while Derick Giwner, the Daily Racing Form's harness racing editor and writer, accepted the 2014 HHI Clyde HIrt Media Award for his coverage of the sport.   Harness Horseman International will return to this same location from Feb. 28-March 3 in 2016 at this same location. HHI is comprised of horsemen's associations from the United States and Canada who collectively represent the agriculture-based industry of harness racing in North America. HHI's governing body consists of representatives from its member associations.   Kimberly A. Rinker

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, March 5, 2015 - Yonkers Raceway has cancelled its live racing program (and evening simulcasting) for tonight (Thursday, March 5), due to the snowstorm that's descended upon the greater New York area. It is the eighth weather-related cancellation this season. Though Aqueduct has also cancelled for the day, Yonkers' afternoon/early evening simulcasting is continuing until approximately 6 PM. Live racing is scheduled to resume Friday (March 6), with first post at 7:10 PM. Note that Friday's card includes a Pick 5 carryover of $3,743.02 (50-cent base wager, races 7 through 11). Horsemen are advised that there is no draw today, with a two-fer (for Tuesday/Thursday, March 10/12) taking place tomorrow (Friday, March 6, box closes at 4 PM). Note Tuesday's box remains opens until then. Any questions, contact the race office at (914) 457-2627. Frank Drucker

The handicappers are already getting ready for the 2015 Edition of HANA Harness' Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge, prepared to spend stakes season doing battle for the benefit of the standardbred rescue of their choice. A new format for scoring this year will be used, making the handicapper's selections more meaningful for harness racing fans following the contest. Already, the Hambletonian Society, DRF Harness, Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs have renewed their sponsorship for this year's event so the prize fund starts at $2,500. Other sponsors are expected to re-enlist and hopefully new sponsors will join up this year. Who would be a good candidate to become a sponsor? Racetracks, horsemen associations, businesses connected to the standardbred industry, breeders, and individuals are encouraged to consider becoming sponsors. It doesn't matter if you are American or Canadian, your sponsorship dollars remain in your country. With three levels of sponsorship, there is a sponsorship level affordable for all. For information regarding sponsorship, please e-mail allan@hanaweb.org. Allan Schott HANA Harness Coordinator  

One of the popular import pacers on the Chicago circuit during the late 1970s was the stallion Tricky Dick N who chalked up 16 harness racing victories, mostly in the rugged Free For All and Invite ranks during the 1978 and 1979 seasons. Tricky Dick N was also one of the all-time preferences of Illinois Hall of Famer Walter Paisley. In a 1990 Chicago Tribune interview Paisley told the newspaper’s horse racing writer Neil Milbert his all-time favorites were Braidwood, Tricky Dick N. and Malice. “`Braidwood is on my list because my father owned him,” said Paisley who a few weeks earlier reached the 5,000 milestone in dash winners. “Tricky Dick N. and Malice are there because they raced the same way every time I got in the bike. I`ve raced horses more talented and horses with more speed, but none more consistent than those two.” Tricky Dick racked up $108,756 in 1979 as a 6-year-old season followed with an even better 7-year-old campaign with over $150,000 on his card for Illinois owners John Szilage (Batavia) and Ben Grass (Aurora). Among Tricky Dick’s wins in those two years came at the expense of such star pacers as Kay Michael, Malice, Young Tennessee, Try Scotch, Late Show, Tarport Express, Rusty’s Iron Jet, and Rambling Willie. Tricky Dick N is pictured in this Pete Luongo Photo with Paisley winning the $25,000 Best Of All Invitational on June 23 of 1979 with his second consecutive 1:58.2 clocking. This one came on a Saturday night with 16,584 in attendance at Sportsman’s Park. They bet $1,939,447 on-track on that 10-race card. Paisley would go on to notch his third consecutive driver title at the old Cicero, Illinois racetrack and his fourth overall (he also won the 1975 crown) while Jim Dennis took the 1979 trainer title. The meeting concluded on September 23 when the $2 million handle was surpassed for a record 14th time. Tricky Dick N campaigned into his 11-year-old season in 1983 but heath issues limited the talented pacer to only 28 starts from 1980 through 1983. He ended his career with 35 trips to a winner’s circle in 122 tries with 18 seconds and 18 thirds and had lifetime earnings of over $460,000. By Mike Paradise Tricky Dick N bred a few mares in the US leaving 24 winners of $1,168,384 and then stood stud in New Zealand leaving a further 64 winners. As a broodmare sire in New Zealand he left Baltic Eagle ($746,980)who won the 2003 Inter Dominion Final at Addington.

Pompano Beach, FL...March 4, 2015..."Holy Mackerel!" Holy Halibut, a seven year-old son of Holy Guacamolie, easily took top honors in Pompano Park's $12,000 Open Handicap Trot on Wednesday (March 4) at Pompano Park.   Driven by Matt Romano for owner-trainer Luca Derrico, Holy Halibut never had an anxious moment during his journey once he reached the top around the opening turn and went on to clock panels of :28, :57.2 and 1:26.1 en route to a handy win in 1:55.3. The winning margin was three-parts-of-a-length over Winemaster Hanover (Dave Ingraham) with Increditable (Kevin Wallis) third. The family team of father Stephen Byron and son Aaron Byron was next with Buddy Hally and Adenium, respectively, in the quintet.   In a post race interview, driver Matt Romano said, "Luca (trainer Derrico) had given this one some time off and he was keeping him fit by swimming him. He was pretty decent in his first start last week and didn't give an inch in a quick final quarter, so I was confident he'd be good tonight."   The bettors were confident, too, sending Holy Halibut off at 2 to 5 on the tote-board for a $2.80 win payoff.   Holy Halibut now has 28 lifetime wins in 93 starts, good for $333,749 to go along with his 1:51.3 mark set last season.   The co-featured $10,000 conditioned trot went to Dukester, benefitting from a bit of class relief from the top company to score a win measuring 2 1/4 lengths for Rick Plano in a seasonal best 1:54.2, just one tick off of his lifetime best.   This eight year-old son of Duke Of York was third--tho badly gapped--during the stages as Lugar (Bruce Ranger) took the field to the opening marker in :27.3 before Baby Boy Grin (Kevin Wallis) made his quarter move to the top reaching the half in :56.   Three-eighths out, Plano sent Dukester rolling and, in a matter of a few long strides, moved on even terms with the leader and then strode off in the moonset for the handy score.   Lugar re-rallied late to finish second while Baby Boy Grin finished third. Tug River Dylan and High Blue picked up the minor awards in the field of seven.   Owned by MaryAnn Plano along with Allyn Jones, Dukester won for the second time this season to send his 2015 bankroll to $20,573. Lifetime, Dukester has 22 wins and $255,098 in bounty to go along with his 1:54.1 mark.   As the overwhelming 1 to 5 favorite, Dukester paid $2.60 to win.   With the top four betting choices in the top five in Pompano Park's Super Hi-5--an 80 to 1 chance was second--the Super Hi-5 had multiple winners on Wednesday night with the carryover going into Saturday's card vaulting over the $20,000 mark. The 2-10-4-5-1 consolation on Wednesday night paid a handsome $1,097.30 for the 20 cent ticket.   Post time for the Saturday night special is 7:30 p.m.   by John Berry for Pompano Park

DOVER, Del.--- Newcomer Tag Up And Go enjoyed a perfect trip sitting second with Ron Pierce then used the passing lane en route to a 1:53.2 victory in the $18,000 Open trot on a misty Wednesday, March 4 at Dover Downs. Pierce went on to win five races. Tough Mac left smartly from the outside to get the early lead with a :26.3 opening panel with Tag Up And Go sitting right behind. Corey Callahan cut out the fractions with Tough Mac, a six-time feature trot winning this meet. Wind Of The North (Daryl Bier) made a big move on the backstretch from fifth to offer a challenge but shortened strides after turning for home and had to settle for fourth place. In the stretch Pierce hustled Tag Up And Go along the passing lane to get up in 1:53.2 for the Angus Hall - Tagapine gelding's third win this year. Bob Bresnahan trains the winner for J.L. Sadowsky. Tough Mac held on for second with fast finishing Baximum and Allan Davis, the show horse. The win was the 12th line time for Tag Up And Go, a winner of $202,465. Pierce and Ragazzo Dolce also teamed to win one of two $14,500 4&5-Year-Old Winners-Over secondary co-features. Pierce again took advantage of racing behind leader Classic Belisima (Corey Callahan) until mid -stretch before pulling out and breezing to a 1:54.4 triumph. The win was the fourth in-a-row for the Muscles Yankee-Bella Dolce gelding since arriving from Woodbine for new owners Mike Casalino and trainer Dylan Davis. Derby (Daryl Bier) finished third. Ragazzo Dolce won for the sixth time in his career. The four-year-old has banded $69,115 lifetime. Earlier Pierce, drove another Bresnahan-conditioned trotter Fitness Craze, a Crazed-Aerobics gelding owned by Howard Taylor and Rich Lombardo to a 1:54.4 victory in a $13,000 co-feature. Enrico AS (Davis) was second with Apparition (Carlo Poliseno) taking third. Tony Morgan rang up two win and now stands at 14,965 victories. Corey Callahan, Vic Kirby and trainer Tim Crissman also had doubles. The $25,000 Delaware Special is the Thursday feature race. MUSTANG ART AMONG FOUR PREVIOUS WINNERS IN DEL. SPECIAL Mustang Art, Jebswesternshake, Papa Ray and Believe This Bob, all previous winners of $25,000 Delaware Special/Handicap paces are among the eight starters this week on Thursday, March 5 at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. After two straight 'surprise' wins, Jebswesternshake, who had stepped up from the claiming ranks, raced well but had to settle for a third-place finish for driver George Dennis and owner Frank Chick. Mustang Art, owned by Max Walton and Greg Papaleo, is fresh from a win last time with Hall of Famer Ron Pierce in the bike. Mary Ann Larrimore's Believe This Bob has won this event twice. Trace Tetrick will drive. Reg Hazzard and Legacy Racing's Papa Ray with Eddie Davis Jr. driving was the class of the race in late December and early January but did not fare well in late February. Among other starters, Janet Hudson's Just A Jolt, piloted by Vic Kirby, has been a major factor in all Del. Special's this meet, but ironically, though a favorite in most, has not won. He has been second four-times, and finished fourth twice. In the same category is Eddie and Kathy Davis' Nova Artist. Voted Horse of the Meet the last two seasons, the strong finishing eight-year-old has been inconsistent this meet. The other starters, Doug Lewis' Mojo Terror handled by Ron Pierce made his first local start last week and leaves from post 1. Brit Evans and Foulk Stable's Full Of Sand and driver Jonathan Roberts has been racing well and finished fourth last Thursday. An $18,000 and three $15,500 Opens and three $14,500 male paces for 4&5-year-old are featured on the strong undercard. Monday through Thursday racing starts at 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday are "dark" days. Sunday post time is 5:30 p.m. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. There is no charge for parking and admission. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad    

WASHINGTON, PA, March 4, 2015 -- After Wednesday's harness racing program at The Meadows, it's hard to say which of the trotters Lou Goans owns and trains, Laurie Lin and Linborghini, he prefers. In a rarity, the full sisters -- daughters of Linbo - Bacon Hill Bonnie -- each won a $12,000 opening-round division of the Mary Wohlmuth Memorial Trot for 3- and 4-year-old fillies and mares. Perhaps most gratifying for Goans -- the siblings were a combined 0-33 entering the series. The 3-year-old Laurie Lin got the family off to a good start when she crossed the wire second but was placed the winner when Watch Her Dangle was disqualified for a lapped-on break. Talking Scandal finished third. Laurie Lin scored in 2:03.2 over a sloppy surface for Tony Hall. Later in the card, the 4-year-old Linborghini followed cover nicely, then brushed wide through the lane to triumph in 2:04.3 for Brian Zendt. Miss E Claire was second, 3/4 lengths back, while Icy Sprite earned show. Andrew Markano bred both Laurie Lin and Linborghini. Wu Long took the other series split for Dave Palone, one of his four wins on the 14-race card. The series honors the late Mary Wohlmuth, longtime manager of The Meadows' 2:00 Club. In the $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace, Dew N Doughnuts avoided the breaking leader, snaked between horses late and prevailed for Mike Wilder in 1:54.1, a neck better than Royal Heart. I'm Banksy rallied for show. Norm Parker conditions Dew N Doughnuts, a 5-year-old son of Real Desire - Artbitration who soared over $200,000 in career earnings, for Tom Klosky, Jr. Evan Pattak

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Valorscross continued his impressive climb up the trotting ranks at Buffalo Raceway Wednesday night (March 4) as the 4-year-old gelding made it a perfect 5-for-5 on the season with a neck victory over Justgottogetthere in the featured $9,500 trot in 2:00.2 over the sloppy track.   It was a great night for Buffalo Raceway's leading driver Kevin Cummings as well as he registered seven victories on the night.   Arriving from Woodbine to start his 2015 campaign, Valorscross ($4.50) began the year at the $3,200 level at Buffalo Raceway and has passed every stiffer test along the way. Wednesday night was his biggest challenge yet but scored another A+.   After watching Northern Spark and Aruba Vacation battle it out to the quarter pole in 29.2, Valorscross (Cummings) could wait no more and took command and put up a time of 1:02 to the half and 1:30.4 to the three-quarter marker.   Justgottogetthere (Jim McNeight), in the meantime, started a first over trip to the three-quarter marker, bringing Armed Dangerously in tow to get within striking distance.   In the stretch, Justgottogetthere managed to poke a head in front but the never-say-die Valorscross battled back to regain the lead and score the neck win. Justgottogetthere finished second while Armed Dangerously (Jim Morrill Jr.) took third..   Valorscross (Comaro Dasolo-Poppea) is owned by Guy Polillo and is trained by John Mungillo. The victory pushed his bankroll to $13,050 this season and $114,074 lifetime.   In the co-featured $8,700 Fillies and Mares Open II Pace, Justatequilatalkin (David McNeight III) rallied to put a head in front in the shadow of the wire and nip SA Lowe (Morrill Jr.) in 1:59.2.   The race was basically a three-horse break away with a quarter-mile to pace as Cameron Luck set the fractions. Justatequilatalkin and SA Lowe both stalked the pace throughout and made their moves in the stretch.    Cameron Luck (Kevin Cummings) checked out midway down the lane to finish third while SA Lowe went to the passing lane and Justatequilatalkin went to the outside to duke it out.   It was a ding-dong battle to the line and when the dust settled, it was Justatequilatalkin ($10.80) getting a head in front while the favored SA Lowe had to settle for second.   Owned by the Limerick Racing Stable and trained by Daivd McNeight Jr., it was the third straight victory for 6-year-old mare Justatequilatalkin (Real Desire-Sausalito Cocktail) and moved her yearly winnings to $8,860.   Racing will return at Buffalo Raceway on Friday night with a 13-race program set for a 6:35 p.m. post.   For more information including race replays, results, news and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

Harness racing trainer Shaun Vallee hopes Midnight Lightning is ready to strike in Saturday's second leg of the Buddy Gilmour Series for 3-year-old male pacers at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Midnight Lightning, trained and co-owned by Vallee, finished third in his opening-round division last weekend, beaten 3-3/4 lengths by undefeated Wiggle It Jiggleit in 1:51.2. This week, Midnight Lightning and driver Corey Callahan start from post one in the second of two $20,000 divisions. George Teague Jr.'s Wiggle It Jiggleit and Chris Ryder's National Seelster, who are both 3-for-3 this season, are in the first division. The estimated $75,000 Gilmour final is March 14. A son of Camluck out of the mare Twin B Intimate, Midnight Lightning has won one of six races this year and earned $10,920. He picked up his victory in a conditioned race at the Big M in his start prior to the Gilmour, coming home with a :26.1 final quarter in a 1:52 mile. "Other than the weather, he's been good," said Vallee, who owns Midnight Lightning with DPV Racing Stable. "If I could have him a little fitter I'd be happier about it. He's about 85 percent. He's got a good brush and he can sustain it a long way, but I think he'll be able to sustain it even further once he gets a little fitter." Midnight Lightning often has shown a burst of speed at some point in his races, but Vallee was unhappy with several of his starts earlier this season. After scoping the colt, he put Midnight Lightning on Lasix following his fourth race of the year. "After he raced his first start, he was very good, but the next couple starts he was flat and I was a little disappointed," Vallee said. "I put him on Lasix and he's been a completely different horse." Vallee purchased Midnight Lightning for $20,000 under the name Twin B Incentive at the 2013 Standardbred Horse Sale. He is a half-brother to Twin B Tenacious, who won on the New York Sire Stakes circuit last year. "He stood good, had a good demeanor, had a good head and neck to him," Vallee said. "And I didn't mind Camluck as a sire; they're very tough." Midnight Lightning raced only once at age 2, which was by design. "That's what I do with all my young horses," Vallee said. "I bring them to the races, let them see what they're supposed to do, and then turn them out. I give them time to mature. I never really race them as a 2-year-old." Dan Vlahakis, who races as DPV Racing Stable, has been an owner with Vallee and his wife Anita for nearly 25 years. "They're such great people," Vlahakis said. "You couldn't ask for a better team." Following the Gilmour Series, Vallee will look for other series opportunities for Midnight Lightning. "All the way training down I believed he had it," Vallee said. "He showed signs of being a nice horse. How nice, I wasn't sure at the time. But I think he'll be competitive in most of the series that he races in. He's a very nice horse." by Ken Weingartner / Harness Racing Communications / USTA  

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TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, March 5, 2015 - The Hippodrome 3R management team wants every horse owner and trainer in North America to not miss the March 15 nomination payment for the 2015 $200,000 Prix D'Ete. The race is only eligible to four-year-old pacers with the top eight money earners in 2015 at time of entry going into the rich final. The race will be held on Sunday, August 23. Last year's revival of the one-time richest stakes event in all of Canada saw trainer Jimmy Takter's Sunfire Blue Chip rewrite the all-age track record at 3R with an amazing 1:50.3 mark over the 3R half mile oval. Driven by Yannick Gingras, Sunfire Blue Chip's clocking erased the prior record by nearly two full seconds and he started the race from post eight. "Not only was it great to come back to my home track and win the Prix D'Ete with Sunfire Blue Chip," said Gingras, but it was so special to win in front of my family and friends. I can't want to come back and compete in the Prix D'Ete again this year." There is a big resurgence of major stakes for four-year-old pacers in 2015 with the new formats for the Confederation Cup at Flamboro Downs and the Graduate Series at the Meadowlands and Tioga Downs. They will take place in May and June. Last year the Prix D'Ete was the richest race in North America for four-year-old pacers. To get the nomination form and for the payment schedule, rules and regulations for the Prix D'Ete go to www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club
Louisville, KY --- His record stands at a perfect 14 for 14, he’s paced in 1:51.2 at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield and ended his freshman season with a triumph in the $86,000 American-National Stake over Earndawg, the Orange and Blue victor, so it’s pretty difficult to imagine getting Roland N Rock on stride was no simple task. “He always wants to trot and we just let him do it now,” said his co-owner/trainer Duane Roland. “He’ll even trot right up until the gate, but once he’s racing he’s all pace. We have never had one problem with him breaking so we allow him to do whatever he wants.” Born in Iowa, a son of Rocknroll Hanover and the Cambest mare Hank’s Chip, Roland N Rock competed primarily on the fair tracks in his native state and is the product of Duane and Connie Roland’s Harrisburg excursion in 2011. The couple, whose entire family has been heavily involved in the sport since 1969, were hoping to cash in on the Perretti Farms dispersal of their broodmare band. After spending $6,000 for Hank’s Chip, who was already in foal, it appears the Rolands did just that. “We have about 75 to 80 horses out here, with about 25 foals a year,” said the Grinnell resident, who owns, conditions and steers all his own stock. “We were looking for some mares in foal to Rocknroll Hanover, but we have a budget as we own a 1,500 acre farm that produces soybeans and corn. That is how we make our living and our horses are just for pleasure. We were able to purchase two mares, as we paid $9,000 for another, but her foal turned out nothing like Roland.” As Roland N Rock paced his way through the Iowa fair circuit, offer after offer came through to buy him, but there was not even the most remote possibility they would sell. “I am 47 years old and I’ve waited a lifetime for a horse like this,” Roland said. “My entire family is in this business and we have had some nice horses. My father Roger sold Panaramic Art for $60,000 and that was one of them, but I think this one is even more special. “Ones like these sometimes never come along. I knew we had something different on my hands in July when he paced the fastest half in Iowa history (:57.2) at Oskaloosa. When John Delong got off him at Springfield, he said he could have went much faster and was very impressed with him. All the way back to the paddock after that race, people were asking me how much they could buy him for, while I just kept shaking my head.” The Roland family certainly is a mainstay and/or cornerstone of the Iowa harness industry, as cousin Dan has grabbed headlines for his driving and brother Royal is no slouch in the sulky either. Royal is also a director for the United States Trotting Association and the treasurer for the Iowa Harness Horsemen’s Association. Duane is the secretary and Dan is on the board. “We all have our own places, half-mile tracks and training facilities,” Roland said. “We race against each other because when we tried keeping our horses together, no one could agree on anything. We all have our own ideas on how things should be done and no one is willing to change that.” There is, however, an alteration in the Roland family’s agenda for the summer of 2015. “We think he is the real deal and we are taking him out East to race against the best,” Roland said. “We are coming with him as I want to do all the work on him myself. I could ship him out there to someone else, but this horse means a lot. Connie and I are looking forward to the journey. “In fact, I just finished staking him and he’s in just about everything. There’s the Meadowlands Pace, the Progress Pace, the Matron and the Messenger. He will have to earn his way into the Jug or Lexington, but I think he will give a good account of himself. We just used the money he made to give him the opportunity. I don’t know about the Breeders Crown right now. That depends on how well he races. “We are just very excited to have this kind of opportunity with him and to be on the road all summer long. I can’t explain the kind of thrill this horse has provided us with. He was so much better than these other horses, some guys were wondering if it would take the heart out of them having to chase him all the time and never being able to catch him. “Also, you just can’t describe the feeling of holding a horse back for a half behind the entire field and just waiting for the chance to let them loose because you know he is going to go by them all. It’s absolutely unbelievable.” by Kimberly French, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent 
Breeders Crown champion Sayitall BB returns to harness racing action at The Meadowlands Friday, looking this year to be the talk of the division for older female pacers. The 4-year-old Sayitall BB will prep for the upcoming Blue Chip Matchmaker Series at Yonkers Raceway by competing in the Open Handicap for fillies and mares Friday at the Hilltop. She starts from post seven with driver George Brennan and is the 7-2 second choice on the morning line. Sayitall BB won 10 of 16 starts in 2014 and earned $519,910 for owners Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. She captured five of her last six races, including the Breeders Crown for 3-year-old female pacers on Nov. 21 at the Meadowlands. She was supplemented to the Breeders Crown for $62,500. Trainer Ron Burke purchased Sayitall BB in October 2013 after the filly won her career debut by 4-1/2 lengths in 2:00.4 at Lebanon Raceway. She went 4-for-4 the remainder of the 2013 season in conditioned races at The Meadows. A daughter of stallion Tell All and mare Challo B B, Sayitall BB is a half-sister to million-dollar-earner Go On BB, who also raced for the Burke Stable. "We bought her off a maiden race at Lebanon and to think that we would supplement her to the Breeders Crown, I would have said never in a million years," co-owner Mark Weaver said. "But we did it and the fact that she won was pretty cool." Her connections hope there are many more wins in her future. Sayitall BB followed her Breeders Crown victory with a triumph in the Open Handicap for fillies and mares on Dec. 5 at Yonkers. She was the only 3-year-old in the field, winning from post six in 1:54.3 as the even-money favorite. The performance helped lead to Sayitall BB getting a chance to compete in the Matchmaker. "Yonkers is a funny track," Weaver said. "Some horses that we think can get around there do, and then some don't. We wanted to give her a shot. If she wouldn't have gotten around there, we probably would have brought her back in May when the bigger races came. But the fact she showed she could handle it, we figured we'd give her a mini-break and come back for the Matchmaker." Sayitall BB enjoyed two mini-breaks last year. She raced in January in the Blizzard Series at Woodbine before receiving a three-month layoff. When she returned, she raced eight times, winning four starts and finishing second in the Lynch Memorial and New Jersey Sire Stakes finals. With no other stakes events on her schedule, she got another three-month layoff before her season-ending string of races. "We could have raced her in the Opens, but it didn't really make sense," Weaver said. "It made more sense to give her some time and let her develop. She surely seemed to appreciate it. "In theory, I would think it would help her (coming back this year). But at the same time, Ronnie races and trains his horses as hard as anyone and they keep coming back, and he's had great success with the older horses. I don't think it could hurt that she had a break there, but it wouldn't have discouraged me if she did have a full year." Four-year-old mares have won three of the six Matchmaker Series finals, with two - Ginger And Fred and Rocklamation - coming from the Burke Stable. Rocklamation and Anndrovette tied for the 2014 Dan Patch Award for best older female pacer. Weaver thinks this year's race for the honor could be wide open, with 4-year-olds like Sayitall BB and 2014 Dan Patch Award-winning 3-year-old champ Color's A Virgin ready to enter the fray. "I think there's a chance where this year's 4-year-old class could be a factor in the division," Weaver said. "It's hard to pinpoint one thing (that stands out about Sayitall BB); I guess just the fact she knows how to win. She seems to do it any way. She's just tough. She brings it every week. She's a solid filly." by Ken Weingartner / Harness Racing Communications / USTA  
East Rutherford NJ - Maintaining eligibility for the 2016 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace requires a two-year-old sustaining payment made by the March 15 deadline.   On those foals of 2013 that were nominated by the $50 yearling payment last May, the sustaining cost is $400. Supplemental nominations to the race are accepted at the cost of $1,000.   Visit The Meadowlands stakes application page for the necessary form. Questions may be directed to the Stakes Administrator at (201) 460-4214.   From Meadowlands Media Relations
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