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Will Take Charge, harness racing

Will Take Charge, McWicked head Dayton Derbies

Dayton, OH --- Will Take Charge and McWicked have been installed as the morning line favorites in a pair of $150,000 Dayton Derbies which will be contested this Friday (Sept. 28) at Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway. The favored 5-year-old son of Kadabra comes into the Derby off a win in the Open Handicap Trot at Yonkers Raceway two weeks ago. The Jeff Gillis-trainee also won the $186,000 Crawford Farms Trot at Tioga and was runner-up to Marion Marauder in the $286,650 Cashman Memorial at The Meadowlands last month.Will Take Charge, with Tim Tetrick listed to drive, got the slight nod over Homicide Hunter (Scott Zeron), Ariana G (Jimmy Takter) and JL Cruze (Brett Miller) in the talented Trotting Derby field. The nine trotters entered in the race have combined for 214 wins and $8,866,470 in lifetime earnings. World and Indiana champion Homicide Hunter has won seven of 11 seasonal starts, including the $100,000 final of the Northeast Open Series at Pocono Downs. Dual Dan Patch Award-winner Ariana G, the lone mare in the race, is the richest participant with a $2,292,709 bankroll. She captured the $405,850 Hambletonian Maturity earlier this year. JL Cruze is the oldest entrant at age 7 and owns the only sub-1:50 speed badge. He has made just four starts since returning to the races recently and was a fast-closing second in the $200,000 Caesars Trot at Hoosier Park last Friday. Others in the field are Guardian Angel AS (6-1), Moonshiner Hanover (8-1), I Know My Chip (10-1), Bridge To Jesse’s (12-1) and Warrawee Roo (15-1). Despite drawing the post position eight, McWicked will be the likely betting favorite (2-1 morning line) in the Pacing Derby. The 7-year-old son of McArdle will be seeking his 30th career victory while trying to increase his $3,267,876 bankroll. He won the prestigious $462,000 Canadian Pacing Derby earlier this month for trainer Casie Coleman. Other contenders—all stakes winners in their own right--are Donttellmeagain (Tim Tetrick, 3-1), Western Fame (Andrew McCarthy, 4-1), Split The House (Scott Zeron, 5-1), Rockin Ron (Chris Page, 6-1), Bit Of A Legend N (Jordan Stratton, 8-1), Beckhams Z Tam (Ricky Macomber Jr., 10-1), All Bets Off (Matt Kakaley, 12-1) and Missile J (Kayne Kauffman, 15-1). The Pacing Derby field has produced 215 triumphs and earned $13,997,574 in purses. The $150,000 Dayton Trotting Derby will go as the 10th race on a 14-race program, with an estimated post time of 9:26 p.m. The companion $150,000 Dayton Pacing Derby is slated two races later with a 10:13 p.m. scheduled start. From Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway

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Make it three straight for Intoview at Pocono

WILKES-BARRE, PA - The Mach Three mare Intoview recorded her third straight victory for owner/trainer Gilbert Garcia-Owen while winning the $14,000 distaff claiming handicap pacing feature in 1:52.4 on Tuesday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. On a night where nine of fourteen chalks prevailed, Intoview and driver George Napolitano Jr. were not the crowd's favorite - at 9-5, they were held slightly behind 7-5 LK's Nancy Lee, handled by George's brother Anthony. LK's Nancy Lee challenged early leader Rosy Outlook after the 27.2 quarter, reaching the half in 56.2 and then bracing for the first-over move from Intoview. Intoview got to within a head of the leader by the 1:24.1 clocking with a quarter to go, then continued the attack through the lane, with pocketsitting Rosy Outlook making it a three-horse contest to the wire. Intoview proved most photogenic, a head ahead of LK's Nancy Lee, who held that same margin over Rosy Outlook. The victorious sharp mare now has earnings of $150,301. In a $13,000 co-feature, the Well Said gelding Well Played Out followed advancing cover, then paced his own last quarter in 27.2 to catch that cover, Bag Pipe Major, by ¾ of a length while lowering his mark a full second to 1:53.1. Tyler Buter guided the winner, whose $15.40 mutuel was the longest of the night, for trainer Alex Kavoleff and owners Douglas Alexander and Bruce Areman. George Napolitano Jr. won five races on the Tuesday card, including four of the final five, giving him 70 victories to date in the month of May: 47 of them at Pocono and the other 23 at Philly. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

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Final summary 2018 PA Fair Harness Racing Season

HARRISBURG, PA - It is an annual harness racing tradition for the horse who accumulates the most "points" based on finishing position during the 20-stop Pennsylvania fair circuit to be awarded a blanket, done up in stable colors, during the Fair Banquet, held annually on a Saturday in January in conjunction with the USTA District 7 (Pennsylvania) meeting; this year's banquet will be held on Saturday, January 18 at the Omni Bedford Springs Resort in Bedford PA. The blanketwinners for each of the eight Fair Sire Stakes divisions, classified by age, sex, and gait, are the following: Two-Year-Old Trotting Colt/Gelding : KEYSTONE BENTLEY, c, Cantab Hall - Armbro Blusher, trained by Todd Schadel, and co-owned by Todd and Christine Schadel. Two-Year-Old Trotting Filly: BUMPER HANOVER, Muscle Massive - By A Nose Hanover, trained by Todd Schadel, and co-owned by Todd and Christine Schadel. Two-Year-Old Pacing Colt/Gelding: WAY TO CLOSE, g, Western Terror - Tootsie J, trained by Todd Schadel, and co-owned by Todd and Christine Schadel. Two-Year-Old Pacing Filly: CREW SOCK HANOVER, Well Said - Chantal Hall, trained by Dave Brickell, and co-owned by Dave Brickell and Mitchell York. Three-Year-Old Trotting Colt/Gelding: GRAPPLE HANOVER, g, Andover Hall - Girls' Getaway, trained by Wayne Long, and owned by Denton Barrett and William Kreutzer. Three-Year-Old Trotting Filly: BLOW BACK, Explosive Matter - Greatest Desire, trained by Roger Hammer, and co-owned by Vicki Fair and Roger Hammer. Three-Year-Old Pacing Colt/Gelding: CIRRUS DE VIE, g, Real Artist - Walk On The Beach, trained by Roger Hammer, and co-owned by Vicki Fair and Roger Hammer. Three-Year-Old Pacing Filly: GEISHA SEELSTER, Well Said- Goddess's Princess, trained by Roger Hammer, and co-owned by Vicki Fair and Roger Hammer. GRAPPLE HANOVER was the only two-year-old pointwinning champion to repeat that feat at three. CIRRUS DE VIE was the only two-year-old Fair Championship winner to be leading pointwinner at three. (The 2018 Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes Championships will be held at The Meadows on Saturday afternoon, October 6.) Leading Pointwinners: (tie) BLOW BACK and CIRRUS DE VIE (amazingly, both Roger Hammer 3YO trainees had 2018 fair record of 14-8-6-0). Leading 2YO Pointwinner: BUMPER HANOVER. SELECTED STATISTICAL HIGHLIGHTS Winningest Fair Horse: CREW SOCK HANOVER, 10 (undefeated on the circuit in 2018). 26 2:00 miles recorded. Leader: CIRRUS DE VIE, 5. 25 divisional track records set. Leaders: (tie) CIRRUS DE VIE and CREW SOCK HANOVER, 3 each. 3 all-age track records set. Leader: CIRRUS DE VIE, 2. All-time divisional PA Fairs record set: --2PF, 1:58, CREW SOCK HANOVER, @ Bloomsburg --2TC, 2:00.3, (tied) KEYSTONE BENTLEY, @ Bloomsburg Fastest Miles of Season by Gait: --Trot: 2:00.1, SHOW ME THE MAGIC (3YO), @ Bloomsburg -- Pace: 1:55.1, VENIER HANOVER (3YO), @ Bloomsburg TOP FIVE DRIVERS TOP FIVE TRAINERS Todd Schadel 71 Todd Schadel 78 Roger Hammer 41 Roger Hammer 37 Tony Schadel 38 Linda Schadel 24 Eric Neal 31 David Brickell 23 David Brickell 23 Robert Krenitsky Jr. 17 From the Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen's Association                

Chillaxin Away, harness racing

DSBF Colt and Gelding Pacers complete Leg Two

HARRINGTON, DE  - Freshman pacing colts and geldings completed their second Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) leg in a pair of $20,000 divisions Monday at Harrington Raceway. Jo Ann Looney-King's Chillaxin Away ($12.20, Victor Kirby) prevailed in the first division in 1:54.3. The Roddy's Bags Again gelding out-kicked pacesetter Dashiki, who finished second, after a big move to the lead approaching three quarters. Son Of A Lynx was third. George Teague Jr.'s Keepmywiglegametyt ($5.40, Jim Morand) was a 1:58.3 winner in the second split over Numbered Account and Mr. Big Wig. The Mr. Wiggles colt notched his second lifetime win and completed a sweep of his eliminations for trainer Clyde Francis. In the overnight feature, the $15,000 Open Pace, Options Are A Dream ($6, Ross Wolfenden) was a wire-to-wire winner in 1:51.3 over Slick Tony and Q's Cruise. Trained by Wolfenden for owner David Banks, it was the 8th win of the year for the 5-year-old son of If I Can Dream. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

Plainville, MA --- Nick Graffam had a big day at Plainridge Park on Monday (Sept. 24) capturing the top two trots on the card with both horses paying premium prices and both winning in handy fashion. In the $14,000 Winners-Over trot, Graffam left from post five with Shorething Fashion and took the lead before Osprey Impact (Mike Stevenson), who was motoring up the outside, grabbed the front passing the quarter in a quick :26.2. Positions remained the same until Zorgwijk Nova (Mitchell Cushing) came calling on the outside and eventually took command past three-quarters. Now locked in around the last turn, Shorething Fashion was able to get out and around the fading Osprey Impact and eventually made his way back to the pylons by the top of the stretch. Graffam ducked inside Zorgwijk Nova, blew up the one-path and held off a late charge by Jericho (Joe Di Stefano) to win under a hand drive in 1:56. It was the second win in a row and fourth in the last five starts for Shorething Fashion ($16.00) who is owned by Bob McHugh and Mike Eaton, who also trains the winner. Then in the $12,000 conditioned event for non-winners of the 6-year-old and under group, Graffam took no prisoners with Noble Yaz as he went down the road and led at every station en route to a wrapped-up, three-length victory in 1:56.4, which was a new seasonal mark. After going nine for 19 in the money, Noble Yaz ($17.80) got his first win of the year for owners Christopher Hamilton, Nick Graffam and Mike Graffam, who also does the training. Graffam currently sits in sixth place in the dash driving competition at Plainridge Park with 57 wins. For the year Graffam has 88 wins, 128 seconds and 118 thirds overall with $680,423 in purses earned. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Tuesday (Sept. 25) at 2 p.m. The Massachusetts Sire Stakes kick off the 2018 season on Monday (Oct. 1) with four divisions of 2-year-old trotters and pacers each going for an estimated $25,000. Post time for Monday is also 2 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 24, 2018 -- Im Your Captain converted a lengthy quarter-pole move to victory in 1:53.4, fastest in Monday's $78,698 Keystone Classic at The Meadows. The stake for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters was contested over three divisions, with Mississippi Storm and Make It A Double taking the other divisions. Andy Miller and trainer Julie Miller made it a double, indeed, with Im Your Captain and Make It A Double. Im Your Captain entered the Keystone Classic off a victory in the Old Oaken Bucket at Delaware, and Miller drove him as if he were the best, launching that quarter-pole move from fourth. "I thought he was as good as anything in there," Miller said, "and I just didn't want to rush him out of the gate and make a mistake. So I just moved him up the front side, and he did the rest. He finished with his earplugs in and kind of coasted. I just kept him to his task." The son of Muscle Hill-Frisky Strike drew off late to down Jackie's Jim by 3-3/4 lengths, with Meadowbranch Ricky third. Andy Miller Stable and Black Horse Racing campaign Im Your Captain, who boosted his career bankroll to $128,373. Mississippi Storm also entered the Keystone Classic off a strong performance -- a victory in a Liberty Bell split -- and he had little trouble muscling to the early lead and scoring in 1:54.2, a life mark. The pocket-sitting Mr Contestant was second, 2 lengths back, while Rich And Miserable rallied for show. "I'd never driven him before, so I didn't know what to expect," said winning driver Jim Pantaleano. "He was very handy. I kicked out the plugs at the head of the stretch, and he still had plenty left. I was happily surprised." Ton Fanning conditions the Cantab Hall-Mississippi Beauty gelding, who now has banked $153,908 for Joseph Smith. Make It A Double stretched out 3-5 favorite Scirocco Rob before yielding to the pocket. That might have been the decisive move, as the Donato Hanover-Dodger Blues gelding overtook Scirocco Rob near the wire and defeated him by a length in 1:54.3. Stonebridge Gamble completed the ticket. "I was stuck between horses, and I wanted a two-hole trip, so I kept going," Miller said. "I had to use my horse and make the favorite work a little to get where I wanted to be. The horse trotted good late." Make It A Double lifted his lifetime earnings to $94,011 for Andy Miller Stable, Jason Allen and Douglas Allen. Miller indicated Im Your Captain and Make It A Double would be pointed to the Simpson for their final starts this year. In the $20,000 Preferred Handicap Trot, Classicality zipped to the front from post 8 and collected a comfortable 2-1/2-length victory in 1:55.1 for Brian Zendt and owner/trainer Lisa Dunn. The 8-year-old Classic Photo-Penn Worthy Lane gelding won for the 50th time in his career and extended his career bankroll to $647,812. Stake racing at The Meadows continues Tuesday, when the card features a $75,700 Keystone Classic for 3-year-old filly trotters. First post is 1:05 PM. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

Lady Ashlee Ann, this great 25 year-old harness racing mare produces the winner of the 2018 Little Brown Jug, Courtly Choice and he is her 15th life foal and 13th winner. Nothing makes me laugh more than when I hear from those so call "harness racing experts on breeding" (Stallion owners, professionals, stud masters and the so called pedigree buffs) sitting behind their computers making outlandish remarks about how to breed a champion, when in fact the majority do not know what they are talking about! None of us do when it comes to breeding! I believe that there is only one rule with breeding horses and that is "THERE IS NO RULE" One of the arguments you hear from a number of these people is that old mares are no good to breed from, that you must breed to young mares!  If only we knew it would be easy and the rich man would own the business. I have said many times that harness racing is the only business in the world that can make billionaires into millionaires! It is because the people with a lot of money think that money can buy success in breeding but that is not the case when it comes to breeding. No, breeding is not that easy! With the $436,560 Little Brown Jug just completed yesterday I checked to see how the winners were bred and what number foal each of the starters were. Here is that result and the oldest foals produced were the best performers; 1st - Courtly Choice 15th foal (by Art Major from Lady Ashlee Ann by Camtastic)  2nd - Dorsoduro Hanover 13th foal (by Somebeachsomewhere from Deer Valley Miss by Artsplace) 3rd - Lather Up 10th foal (by I'm Gorgeous from Pocket Comb by In The Pocket) 4th - Hayden Hanover 4th foal (by Somebeachsomewhere from Hana Hanover by Western Hanover) 5th - This Is The Plan 4th foal (by Somebeachsomewhere from Thats The Plan by Western Ideal) 6th - Done Well 2nd foal (by Well Said from Dagnabit Hanover by All American Native) 7th - Babes Dig Me 3rd foal (by Bettor's Delight from Western Babe by Western Hanover) 8th - Stay Hungary 5th foal (by Somebeachsomewhere from My Little Dragon by Dragon Again) That was the final field but here are the other starters in The Little Brown Jug for interest; Nutcracker Sweet 10th foal (by Bettor's Delight from Sweet Future by Falcons Future) Hitman Hill 7th foal (by American Ideal from Fox Valley Shaker by Incredible Finale) Wes Delight 6th foal (by Bettor's Delight from Maid West by Western Hanover) Key Advisor 3rd foal (by Somebeachsomewhere from Credit Rating by Western Honover) Decoy 1st foal (by Somebeachsomewhere from Live Entertainment by Real Artist) Below is a great statistical article about  "Do young mares produce better race horses than old mares". This article was produced by Dr Mike Wilson of Canada a few years ago with help of Standardbred Canada. John Curtin Harnesslink Media   Dr Mike Wilson's article Over the years, a number of articles have been written on the relationship between birth order and racing success. All of the ones I have read have claimed that the first and second foals are more likely to be winners than are foals of older mares. None of the authors of these articles have taken into account the different numbers of horses in each of the different parities. (Parity is birth order; for example a first foal is first parity, a ninth foal is ninth parity etc). Finally after a lengthy article on this subject in an edition of Canada’s Standardbred Trot Magazine, I was prompted into doing that analysis myself. With the able assistance of Janet Cookson, of Standardbred Canada, I obtained the number of foals registered with Standardbred Canada and The United States Trotting Association for the years 1991 to 2001, and of these the number of winners, in each year, that had won more than $1,000,000, $500,000, or $100,000. These winners were related to birth order. The analysis was cut off at 2001 so that all horses had at least two years of racing. The raw data was then adjusted for each parity to 10,000 births so, if there were 20,000 first foals racing and among them, for example 2,000 winners, it would relate to 1,000 winners per 10,000. Similarly, if there were 2,000 tenth foals, in the same period, and only 200 winners, it would also be 1,000 per 10,000. In total, there were 158,357 foals registered in North America in the period of 1991 to 2001, consisting of 46,756 trotters and 111,601 pacers. Tables 1 and 2 show the numbers in each parity and the number of winners at three purse-earning levels. Indeed, as others have described, there is a fairly steep drop-off in the numbers of winners as parity increases. It might appear that a first or second foal has five or six times the likelihood of winning $500,000, than for example, a ninth or tenth foal. However, if you look at tables 3 and 4, which show the same date adjusted to 10,000 horses in each category, you will see that no such trend exists. In fact, a ninth or tenth parity foal, from either a trotting or pacing mare, is as likely to become a millionaire, as is a first or second foal. Similarly, no loss of performance potential exists in either gait for $500,000 or for $100,000 trotting winners. Older pacing mare progeny appear to produce approximately 2.5% fewer $100,000 earners per 10,000 foals than do those of young mares, however, a statistical analysis of this data (performed by Dr. Kate Dewey of the Department of population Medicine at the University of Guelph), indicates that the foals of older mares are as likely to be winners in each purse earning levels as the foals of early parities (p<0.05). I was astonished to see the very high early culling rate practiced by North American Standardbred breeders. Twenty percent of first parity mares do not produce a second foal, 15% do not produce a third foal and another 10% fail to produce a fourth foal. These culling decisions were all taken before the first foal had raced as a two-year-old! What would these data show if the 45% of culled mares had been kept in the breeding herd until they were in their ninth or tenth year parities? Why were they culled? Are older mares retained longer because those mares are superior by pedigree or by some other parameter? I intend to answer some of these questions in a later analysis. The belief that early foals are more successful than those of later parities has led to price difference for them at major yearling sales. Murray Brown, of Standardbred Horse Sales Co. in Harrisburg, PA., once told me that after the third parity, pacing yearlings (and to a lesser extent, trotters), drop off in price rapidly. From my analysis of the data, it would appear that buyers would be well advised to not automatically exclude yearlings from older broodmares! If older mares are at least as likely to produce big winners, as are younger mares, it begs the question as to whether there has been any genetic improvement in the ten years looked at in this study. The practice of breeding proven broodmares to new stallions and new broodmares to proven stallions is a breeding policy many currently follow. What would happen to the numbers if the policy were reversed? Could it be that older mares would look even better? In the meantime, this study clearly suggests that at yearling sale time, “Go for the old girls!” Table 1: Number of Pacing winners (1992-2001 North America)  by Birth Order and Earnings               Birth  Winners over Winners over Winners over  # of foals Order $1,000,000 $500,000 $100,000  registered 1st 24 116 2,448 23,779 2nd 25 17 1,830 19,067 3rd 15 84 1,437 15,733 4th 17 81 1,196 13,043 5th 14 45 898 10,760 6th 11 41 718 8,757 7th 5 24 574 7,076 8th 2 19 436 5,667 9th 6 21 317 4,391 10th 5 16 238 3,328 Total 124 564 10,092 111,601   Table 2: Number of Trotting winners (1992-2001 North America)  by Birth Order and Earnings               Birth  Winners over Winners over Winners over  # of foals Order $1,000,000 $500,000 $100,000  registered 1st 13 62 784 10,312 2nd 4 46 668 8,238 3rd 13 34 499 6,709 4th 10 29 369 5,509 5th 4 21 312 4,446 6th 3 10 235 3,495 7th 3 14 188 2,831 8th 3 13 173 2,216 9th 4 9 119 1,730 10th 1 5 81 1,270 Total 58 243 3,428 46,756   Table 3: Number of Pacing Winners (Adjusted per 10,000 foals)  By earnings and birth order                                     Earnings  1st  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th  7th  8th  9th  10th  >$1,000,000 10 13 10 13 13 13 7 4 14 15 >$500,000 49 61 53 62 42 47 34 34 48 48 >$100,000 1029 960 913 917 835 820 811 769 721 715                         Table 4: Number of Trotting Winners (Adjusted per 10,000 foals)  By earnings and birth order                                     Earnings  1st  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th  7th  8th  9th  10th  >$1,000,000 13 5 19 18 9 9 11 14 23 8 >$500,000 60 56 51 53 47 29 49 69 52 39 >$100,000 760 811 743 670 701 672 664 780 687 637                       By Mike Wilson Warrawee Farm

YONKERS, NY, Monday, September 24, 2018-It's nine-tenths done. Yonkers Raceway has announced the foreign participants for the 40th International Trot. The million-dollar, mile-and-a-quarter event, the fourth International since the race was brought back after two decades of dormancy, goes Saturday afternoon, Oct. 13th. The world-class trotters, in alphabetical order, are... Arazi Boko (Italy) Cruzado Dela Noche (Sweden) Dreammoko (Netherlands) Lionel (Norway) Marion Marauder (Canada) Pastore Bob (Sweden) Ringostarr Treb (Italy) Slide So Easy (Denmark) Up and Quick (France) Each horse's country of representation was determined by ownership and/or sire. "These are some of the best trotters in training and we're very happy they've accepted our invitations," racing secretary Steve Starr said. "I'm expecting a great race." As far as the United States entrant, Starr said that should be finalized in the next week or so. Further informational regarding International Trot Day (including post time, promotions and apron activities) shall be sent when available. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

Elkton, MD - Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica is excited to announce another addition to their live remote schedule for 2018. World-champion Foiled Again will take to the track at Shenandoah Downs on September 29 and Mike and Mike will be doing a live remote to cover the event. The broadcast from Shenandoah will begin at 2:00 PM and run for three-hours with Michael Carter and Mike Bozich calling the action from the historic track. The duo will present interviews throughout the day with the connections of Foiled Again, and some of the people facing the great champion. Foiled Again will conduct a meet and greet with fans following his race where patrons can get a photo taken with him. The weekend of September 29 and 30 features a Seafood Fest Weekend, featuring Pro Shuckers Seafood Catering from Annapolis, Maryland. They will be on site serving up Chesapeake Bay caught oysters, steamed shrimp, clams and more. Enjoy Seafood Fest during the races with live entertainment in the party tent, or take some home on the way out. First race Post Time at Shenandoah Downs on Saturday and Sunday is 2:00 PM. Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica can be heard live at www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN. by Michael Carter, for Post Time with Mike and Mike

Empire Casino at Yonkers Raceway's publicity department has been pretty busy as of late, scoring harness racing stories nearly every week in the newspapers and on television news. Headed by pr director Frank Drucker along with assistance from the Standardbred Owners Association of New York, they have been doing an excellent job and today's article is wonderful for our sport and tracks throughout the industry should be making the same efforts to get great positive stories about our industry. Click below for the latest story on the track. https://www.lohud.com/story/sports/2018/09/24/reins-hand-enthusiasm-high-driving-horse-yonkers-raceway/1205135002/

Ft. Washington, MD --- When an Open Pace goes a middle half of :58, chances of winning from last are greatly reduced. Someone forgot to tell Al's Hammered and Allan Davis. The duo parlayed a second over trip to victory in 1:53.1 on a track rated sloppy on Sunday night (Sept. 23) at Rosecroft Raceway. Tyler Davis and All The Cookies looped Hickory Aloha out of the gate and cut fractions of :27.1, :56.3, and 1:25.1. Machamillion N (Jonathan Roberts) took the first over plunge and went after the leader, but started to stall at the three-quarter pole and Davis had to check up an overloaded Al's Hammered before heading three-wide and launching the winning rally. His last quarter was :27.3 and he held off pocket sitting Hickory Aloha (Timmy Offutt) by inches and paid $7.80 to win. It was career win 43 for the son of Droppinthehammer who is owned by Eddie and Kathleen Davis and trained by Martin Davis. It was one of three wins on the card for Allan Davis who won a conditioned trot with Harry and Carolyn Smith's Don Dorado for trainer Andrew Fulton and a Maryland Sires Stakes preliminary with Remarkable De Vie in 1:59.2. The freshman son of Charlie De Vie is owned by Steven Mullen and trained by Syl King Jr. Russell Foster had a driving triple. Foster scored in the winners over $6,000 last five pace with OK Fantastic for Bill Sartin. The son of Mach Three won in 1:52.4 for trainer Joe Hundertpfund Jr. Foster also notched wins with Arty Foster III's Beach Art ($7.80) for trainer Arty Foster Jr. and Anotherbugga ($7.40) for owner-trainer John Bell. Sean Bier took the $10,000 Open II category with I'm Supersonic A. The Mach Three gelding owned by Christine Crissman-Bier and Joan Hamstead held off pocket sitting Wichita Lineman to win in 1:52.4. Frank Milby had a solid night in the rain notching a pair of victories for trainer John Hollingsworth as Boot Leg won the opener for the Twin Ponds Stable and Abelard Hanover earned his 55th career win. The classy son of Rocknroll Hanover is owned by Suzanne Waskey and Four Maples Stable. John Wagner scored with his own Electric Albert ($3.60) who moved to the lead past longshot Majestos after the opening quarter for trainer Arlene Cameron. Wagner also guided Anna B to a win in a Maryland Sires Stake preliminary in 1:58.2 for owner-trainer Roger Hans. Jonathan Roberts scored in the last non-betting early race with Iron Mine Branch LLC's I Deliver for trainer Greg Haverstick in 1:59.3. Smart Rokker and Declan Donoway had the fastest mile of the night, uncorking a pacesetting 1:52.1 score for owner Carolyn Boyce and trainer Brian Malone. by Pete Medhurst, for Rosecroft Raceway 

Chester, PA --- Cutting back to a flat mile after a failed three-wide push in the ten-furlong Great Northeast Series final on Sept. 2, Shartin N ($3.80) reasserted herself as one of the top harness racing pacing mares in the continent with an easy 1:51.2 score over sloppy going in Sunday's (Sept. 23) featured $25,000 winners-over distaff at Harrah's Philadelphia.   Despite being assigned the outside post 7, the 5-year-old daughter of Tintin In America had no trouble getting involved from the start, floating into third on the first turn under Tim Tetrick handling before brushing clear of Bettorhaveanother (Tony Morgan) just beyond a :27.4 first quarter. Shartin N continued on to control middle splits of :56.1 and 1:23.3 before accelerating away from first-over challenger Delishka N (Art Stafford Jr.) off the home turn.   In the end, Shartin N worked 3-3/4 lengths clear of her six foes in earning her 22nd career tally. Bettorhaveanother dug in from the pocket to hold second over Delishka N.   Shartin N, whose wins in the Betsy Ross, Roses Are Red, Lady Liberty and Artiscape are among the highlights of her illustrious 2018 campaign, is trained by Jim King Jr. for owners Richard Poillucci and JoAnn Looney-King.   Multiple players correctly selected the top five finishers in the fifth-race Jackpot Hi-5, resulting in a $2,027.19 carryover to Wednesday's (Sept. 26) program. The 20-cent wager occurs in the fifth race on each card at Harrah's Philadelphia.   Post time Wednesday is 12:25 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Harrah's Philadelphia

There were eight Finals of the New York Sire Stakes Excelsior Series contested on the Sunday harness racing matinee card at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Two trainers each won two of the Finals that went for purses of $55,000. Chris Oakes emerged victorious in two of the afternoon's co-features as his trainees prevailed in the Excelsior Final for three year old pacing fillies and two year old pacing colts. Oakes' Special Kay Deo (American Ideal) drew the rail and the sophomore filly was piloted by Tyler Buter. Special Kay Deo pulled off the mild upset when she parlayed her pocket ride to victory in 1:53.2, the fastest clocking for any of Sunday's Excelsior winners. Oakes' Cal (American Ideal) also sat the pocket before prevailing on Sunday as the two year old gelding scored in 1:54.3 with Jason Bartlett in the sulky. Erv Miller trained two of the Excelsior Final winners as his Michando (Muscle Mass) pulled off the matinee's biggest upset. Marcus Miller piloted the three year old trotting filly who was dismissed at odds of 39-1. Michando was yet another to spring the pocket en route to a Sunday Excelsior score, stopping the timer in 1:57.1. Miller's Heavens Challenge (Rock N Roll Heaven) scored the win in the two year old filly pace Final as Jim Morrill Jr. sat behind the freshman as she prevailed in 1:54.4 while upsetting at odds of 9-1. Maureen Salino's Lifetime Credit (Credit Winner) won the two year old filly trot Final, prevailing in 1:59.2 with John Stark Jr. in the sulky while Anette Lorentzon trainee Labadee As (Conway Hall) scored in the two year old colt and gelding Final in 1:57.3. Labadee As was driven to victory by Brian Sears. The Ed Hart-trained Thor De Vie (So Surreal) lengthened his win streak to four when he scored on the front end to give reinsman Jason Bartlett two wins on the day. Thor De Vie held off the late bid from Imstaynalive (Bruce Aldrich Jr) to prevail in 1:53.4. The three year old colt and gelding trot went the way of Nows The Moment (Credit Winner) who overcame a slow start before scoring in 1:57 with Shane Taggart in the sulky. The Allison Mac Donald trainee's win was his seventh on the season. Live racing resumes on Thursday at Saratoga with a first post time set for 12:15pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

WILKES-BARRE, PA - In a six-horse featured trot where four of the contestants were with a head at the wire, the Donato Hall gelding Boffin proved most photogenic to take the $21,500 Sunday headliner at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono in 1:53.4. Anthony Napolitano sent Crazshana around Elysium Lindy and driver Matt Kakaley before the 26.4 quarter, then got a breather to the 56.3 as Anthony's brother George started up uncovered with Boffin. Boffin and Crazshana, both 7-5 choices under the guidance of the Napolitanos, were virtually inseparable from the 5/8 on, through and past the 1:24.2 ¾ into the stretch, where they were joined by Elysium Lindy and third-in ABC Muscles Boy, both hustling up the inside. At the finish Boffin got a head up on the next threesome, who were noses apart and gave the judges some work before declaring Elysium Lindy second, Crazshana third, and ABC Muscles Boy fourth. For Boffin, the win drove his victory rate to 50% for 12 starts this year and gave him his 46th lifetime victory, with career earnings of $532,237. Anette Lorentzon conditions the game trotter, and she co-owns him with ACL Stuteri AB and Kjell Johansson. (And the other two starters? Tyson was second-over, gapped his cover a bit, then closed to be a half-length off at the wire for fifth; Deep Impact, who got away sixth from the outside post and was last at every call, was beaten two lengths, timed in 1:54.1 - and despite that was no richer re-entering the paddock than when he left it.) From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, September 22, 2018-What did we learn Saturday (Sept. 22nd) during Yonkers Raceway's hosting of the Empire State's richest night of racing, the 29th New York Night of Champions? The $1.8 million event-eight, $225,000 sire stakes finals for freshmen and sophomores of both sexes and gaits-produced the expected, the unexpected and the 'it's a good thing no one was hurt." ACT I-The Expected Odds-on numbers Winndevie (Trond Smedshammer, $2.30), Gimpanzee (Brian Sears, $2.30), Plunge Blue Chip (Ake Svanstedt, $2.20), Wisdom Tree (Tim Tetrick, $2.50) and Helpisontheway (Jim Morrill Jr., $3.50) delivered their short parimutuel promises. Winndevie grinded by leader Quincy Blue Chip (Morrill Jr.), winning the Crawford Farms 2-Year-Old Filly Trot in 1:59. The latter led through intervals of :28.2, :59 and 1:27.4, but couldn't stall the first-over (from post position No. 2) foe, who prevailed by three-quarters of a length. Sensibility (Jordan Stratton) was third, with Amal Hall (Andy Miller) fourth. The daughter of Credit Winner, trained by her driver for owner Purple Haze Stables, is now 6-for-7 this season (3-for-3 here), with earnings of $227,858. The exacta paid $8.50, the triple returned $42.40 and the superfecta paid $108.50. Despite the win, Winndevie's 'date' did not seem impressed. "She wasn't at her best," Smedshammer said. "She's much better in the turns than she was tonight. Very bumpy. She won because no one else was there with her." Smedshammer said Winndevie was eligible to the Breeders Crown, but '"the way she was tonight, she's better off out in the field." Gimpanzee made it 7-for-7, winning the Agriculture and NYS Horse Breeding Development Fund 2-Year-Old Colt/Gelding Trot in 1:56.3...a track record for his weight class. From post No. 5, he was third at the :28.2 quarter-mile, then made the lead before a :58.2 intermission. He then finished it off, getting a 1:27.1 three-quarters before that new track standard. Gimpanzee defeated Thunder (Jason Bartlett) by a half-length, his narrowest margin of victory this season. Our White Knight (Miller) was third-some dozen lengths behind-with Horns for Three (Jim Maroon Jr.) fourth. Gimpanzee, a son of Chapter Seven, saw the bankroll improve to $278,858 for co-owners Courant Inc. and S R F Stable. The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $3.40, the triple returned $11.40 and the superfecta paid $94. "Very professional, very mature," Sears said, "He knows what he has to do and goes out there and does it." "I knew all along he'd be a good one, from when he was training down," trainer Marcus Melander said. "Just a good horse to be around." All-age track record-holder Plunge Blue Chip had nary more than a qualifier for money in the Allerage Farm 3-Year-Old Filly Trot. From post No. 2-and one Svanstedt's five entrants in the race-she strolled early and lost 'em late (:29.2, :58.1, 1:26.3, 1:55.3). Plunge Blue Chip avenged last season's poor sire stakes finale effort, rolling home by seven lengths. Lima Novelty (Morrill Jr.) was the best of the rest, with Ciao Dolce (Miller) and Fury Road (Dan Dube) rounding out the gimmick finishers. Plunge Blue Chip, a Muscle Mass lass, has six wins, three seconds and thirds in 11 '18 tries ($485,101). She is co-owned by her driver/trainer Blue Chip Bloodstock, Little E LLC, Tomas Andersson and Rick Zeron Stables. Wisdom Tree was the best in her division coming in and coming out, easily winning the Cameo Hills Farm 3-Year-Old Filly Pace. From post No. 4, she worked around Newsday (Stratton), then had few issues (:27.4, :57.1, 1:25.2, 1:53.2). Wisdom Tree defeated Newsday by a length-and-a-half, with a first-up Alexis Faith (Morrill Jr.) third and Checkered Past (Bartlett) fourth. It was the 11th win in 14 seasonal starts ($387,351) for Wisdom Tree, a daughter of Betterthancheddar co-owned by Thomas Pollack & Jeff Cullipher and trained by Ed Hart. The exacta paid $9.10, the triple returned $22.40 and the superfecta paid $63.50. "I'm glad it's over," Hart said. "She's been racing on the front every start, probably because she's the best in there. We haven't put her in a lot of the open stakes since we wanted to stay in the sires, but she's eligible to one at Indiana (Hoosier), Northfield and the Matron (Dover), so she's not done yet." As for Helpisontheway, he was certainly helped by Yonkers Trot winner Six Pack being ineligible to the final (not enough prelim starts). So, after finished second to that in the Trot and a statebred event here, Helpisontheway had his way in the Morrisville College Equine Institute 3-Year-Old Colt/Gelding Trot). Away fourth from post No. 4, he watched Winning Shadow (Mike Simons) lead (:28, 57, 1:25.3) before that one was put away by 50-1 Purpose Blue Chip (Dan Daley). Helpisontheway was towed behind that live longshot, widening to win by 2¼ lengths. An out-the-mile The Veteran (Stratton) was second, with Purpose Blue Chip, who outraced hid odds, and Winning Shadow were respectively third and fourth. Helpisontheway, a Chapter Seven colt trained by Linda Toscano for co-owners Camelot & Bay's Stable and Little E LLC, has seven wins and four seconds in his 13 '18 tries ($467,775). The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $15.40, the triple returned $188 and the superfecta paid $568. "Versatility," Toscano said. "He can leave and sit back the way he raced tonight. "Last season (1-for-8), he was immature. Some 2-year-olds just don't get it. The ability was there. He just needed to figure it out." ACT II-The Unexpected Reigning Deo (Morrill Jr., $42.20) closed from third-over, winning the Agriculture and NYS Horse Breeding Development Fund 2-Year-Old Colt/Gelding Pace in 1:54.4. From post No. 4, he watched as Hickfromfrenchlick (Tetrick) led through intervals of :28, :57.1 and 1:25.1. The Sheppard winner slugged it out with Melodie's Magic (Tyler Buter), who surprisingly did not leave from the pole. Deepest of all arrived Reigning Deo, who whipped 'Melodie' by a length-and-a-half. Artie's Ideal (Marcus Miller) was a pocket third, with Hickfromfenchlick fading to fourth. For fifth choice Reigning Deo, a son of Rock N Roll Heaven co-owned by (breeder) Deo Volente Farms, (trainer) Brett Pelling and Brian Gordon, it was his third win in seven first-season starts ($193,712). The exacta paid $89, the triple returned $661 and the superfecta paid $2,355. "We wanted to go through the (sire stakes) program with him," Pelling said. "I mean, he's always carried himself well. We weren't planning to race him at Batavia (10 nights ago), but he was seventh in points, so we figured we needed to." They were correct, and rewarded. Moneyshot Hanover (Buter, $10) 'won the bob' over So Awesome (Tetrick) in the Winbak Farm 2-Year-Old Filly Pace. So Awesome was the first leader before giving up to St. Somewhere (George Brennan), That one laid down the law (:27.4, :56) before making an ugly break down the backside the second time. So Awesome then inherited the front of the fray, getting three-quarters in 1:24.4. She owned a length lead into the lane, but Moneyshot Hanover was able to tag her at the line. Third went to JK American Beauty (Sears), with Hurrikane Norakane (Dube) fourth. For third choice Moneyshot Hanover, a daughter of Art Major co-owned by (trainer) Mark Harder, Rick Phillips and Deena Frost, she now 3-for-8 ($203,408) this season. The exacta paid $25.20, the triple returned $151.50 and the superfecta paid $750. "She's two fingers to drive," Buter said. "She was bumpy around the last turn, but she dug in ACT III-The 'It's a Good Thing No One Was Hurt' The outset of the night's final statebred event, the Blue Chip Farms 3-Year-Old Colt/Gelding Pace, was the sort of stuff one can't unsee. Pole-sitting 6-5 favorite Springsteen (Sears) was off the gate at the start, then hung a dead right, perhaps the victim of some equipment issue. Equipment or not, he impeded those who did not leave, including Heavenly Sound (Marohn Jr.), Rootin' Tootin' (Mark MacDonald) and Twin B Tuffenuff (Brennan). Getting the worst of it was Ghost Dance (Morrill Jr.), who ended up locking wheels with Springsteen as both found their way to the back fence. That left three horses in contention, with Rockapelo (Bartlett, $11.40) moving from third down the backside the second time and taking over the lead. From post No. 4, he won by 4½ lengths in 1:53.1. My Delight (Brent Holland) was second, with Ostro Hanover (Dube) third and Heavenly Sound fourth. Neither two- nor four-legged creature involved in the incident seemed any worse for wear. For third choice Rockapelo, a Rock N Roll Heaven gelding trained by Toscano for owner Enviro Stables, it was his third win in 13 seasonal starts ($203,5452) and pushed Bartlett over the $100 million career earnings plateau. The exacta paid $82.50, the triple returned $482 and the superfecta paid $1,943. "I didn't see what happened, but I heard yelling and I know when you the inside and you go right, it's not a good thing," Bartlett said. Saturday night's $44,000 Open Handicap Pace and Trot were won by Great Vintage (MacDonald, $45.80) in 1:52.2, and Yes Mickey (Bartlett, $5.60) in 1:54.2. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

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Dayton, OH --- Will Take Charge and McWicked have been installed as the morning line favorites in a pair of $150,000 Dayton Derbies which will be contested this Friday (Sept. 28) at Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway. The favored 5-year-old son of Kadabra comes into the Derby off a win in the Open Handicap Trot at Yonkers Raceway two weeks ago. The Jeff Gillis-trainee also won the $186,000 Crawford Farms Trot at Tioga and was runner-up to Marion Marauder in the $286,650 Cashman Memorial at The Meadowlands last month.Will Take Charge, with Tim Tetrick listed to drive, got the slight nod over Homicide Hunter (Scott Zeron), Ariana G (Jimmy Takter) and JL Cruze (Brett Miller) in the talented Trotting Derby field. The nine trotters entered in the race have combined for 214 wins and $8,866,470 in lifetime earnings. World and Indiana champion Homicide Hunter has won seven of 11 seasonal starts, including the $100,000 final of the Northeast Open Series at Pocono Downs. Dual Dan Patch Award-winner Ariana G, the lone mare in the race, is the richest participant with a $2,292,709 bankroll. She captured the $405,850 Hambletonian Maturity earlier this year. JL Cruze is the oldest entrant at age 7 and owns the only sub-1:50 speed badge. He has made just four starts since returning to the races recently and was a fast-closing second in the $200,000 Caesars Trot at Hoosier Park last Friday. Others in the field are Guardian Angel AS (6-1), Moonshiner Hanover (8-1), I Know My Chip (10-1), Bridge To Jesse’s (12-1) and Warrawee Roo (15-1). Despite drawing the post position eight, McWicked will be the likely betting favorite (2-1 morning line) in the Pacing Derby. The 7-year-old son of McArdle will be seeking his 30th career victory while trying to increase his $3,267,876 bankroll. He won the prestigious $462,000 Canadian Pacing Derby earlier this month for trainer Casie Coleman. Other contenders—all stakes winners in their own right--are Donttellmeagain (Tim Tetrick, 3-1), Western Fame (Andrew McCarthy, 4-1), Split The House (Scott Zeron, 5-1), Rockin Ron (Chris Page, 6-1), Bit Of A Legend N (Jordan Stratton, 8-1), Beckhams Z Tam (Ricky Macomber Jr., 10-1), All Bets Off (Matt Kakaley, 12-1) and Missile J (Kayne Kauffman, 15-1). The Pacing Derby field has produced 215 triumphs and earned $13,997,574 in purses. The $150,000 Dayton Trotting Derby will go as the 10th race on a 14-race program, with an estimated post time of 9:26 p.m. The companion $150,000 Dayton Pacing Derby is slated two races later with a 10:13 p.m. scheduled start. From Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway
WILKES-BARRE, PA - The Mach Three mare Intoview recorded her third straight victory for owner/trainer Gilbert Garcia-Owen while winning the $14,000 distaff claiming handicap pacing feature in 1:52.4 on Tuesday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. On a night where nine of fourteen chalks prevailed, Intoview and driver George Napolitano Jr. were not the crowd's favorite - at 9-5, they were held slightly behind 7-5 LK's Nancy Lee, handled by George's brother Anthony. LK's Nancy Lee challenged early leader Rosy Outlook after the 27.2 quarter, reaching the half in 56.2 and then bracing for the first-over move from Intoview. Intoview got to within a head of the leader by the 1:24.1 clocking with a quarter to go, then continued the attack through the lane, with pocketsitting Rosy Outlook making it a three-horse contest to the wire. Intoview proved most photogenic, a head ahead of LK's Nancy Lee, who held that same margin over Rosy Outlook. The victorious sharp mare now has earnings of $150,301. In a $13,000 co-feature, the Well Said gelding Well Played Out followed advancing cover, then paced his own last quarter in 27.2 to catch that cover, Bag Pipe Major, by ¾ of a length while lowering his mark a full second to 1:53.1. Tyler Buter guided the winner, whose $15.40 mutuel was the longest of the night, for trainer Alex Kavoleff and owners Douglas Alexander and Bruce Areman. George Napolitano Jr. won five races on the Tuesday card, including four of the final five, giving him 70 victories to date in the month of May: 47 of them at Pocono and the other 23 at Philly. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs
HARRISBURG, PA - It is an annual harness racing tradition for the horse who accumulates the most "points" based on finishing position during the 20-stop Pennsylvania fair circuit to be awarded a blanket, done up in stable colors, during the Fair Banquet, held annually on a Saturday in January in conjunction with the USTA District 7 (Pennsylvania) meeting; this year's banquet will be held on Saturday, January 18 at the Omni Bedford Springs Resort in Bedford PA. The blanketwinners for each of the eight Fair Sire Stakes divisions, classified by age, sex, and gait, are the following: Two-Year-Old Trotting Colt/Gelding : KEYSTONE BENTLEY, c, Cantab Hall - Armbro Blusher, trained by Todd Schadel, and co-owned by Todd and Christine Schadel. Two-Year-Old Trotting Filly: BUMPER HANOVER, Muscle Massive - By A Nose Hanover, trained by Todd Schadel, and co-owned by Todd and Christine Schadel. Two-Year-Old Pacing Colt/Gelding: WAY TO CLOSE, g, Western Terror - Tootsie J, trained by Todd Schadel, and co-owned by Todd and Christine Schadel. Two-Year-Old Pacing Filly: CREW SOCK HANOVER, Well Said - Chantal Hall, trained by Dave Brickell, and co-owned by Dave Brickell and Mitchell York. Three-Year-Old Trotting Colt/Gelding: GRAPPLE HANOVER, g, Andover Hall - Girls' Getaway, trained by Wayne Long, and owned by Denton Barrett and William Kreutzer. Three-Year-Old Trotting Filly: BLOW BACK, Explosive Matter - Greatest Desire, trained by Roger Hammer, and co-owned by Vicki Fair and Roger Hammer. Three-Year-Old Pacing Colt/Gelding: CIRRUS DE VIE, g, Real Artist - Walk On The Beach, trained by Roger Hammer, and co-owned by Vicki Fair and Roger Hammer. Three-Year-Old Pacing Filly: GEISHA SEELSTER, Well Said- Goddess's Princess, trained by Roger Hammer, and co-owned by Vicki Fair and Roger Hammer. GRAPPLE HANOVER was the only two-year-old pointwinning champion to repeat that feat at three. CIRRUS DE VIE was the only two-year-old Fair Championship winner to be leading pointwinner at three. (The 2018 Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes Championships will be held at The Meadows on Saturday afternoon, October 6.) Leading Pointwinners: (tie) BLOW BACK and CIRRUS DE VIE (amazingly, both Roger Hammer 3YO trainees had 2018 fair record of 14-8-6-0). Leading 2YO Pointwinner: BUMPER HANOVER. SELECTED STATISTICAL HIGHLIGHTS Winningest Fair Horse: CREW SOCK HANOVER, 10 (undefeated on the circuit in 2018). 26 2:00 miles recorded. Leader: CIRRUS DE VIE, 5. 25 divisional track records set. Leaders: (tie) CIRRUS DE VIE and CREW SOCK HANOVER, 3 each. 3 all-age track records set. Leader: CIRRUS DE VIE, 2. All-time divisional PA Fairs record set: --2PF, 1:58, CREW SOCK HANOVER, @ Bloomsburg --2TC, 2:00.3, (tied) KEYSTONE BENTLEY, @ Bloomsburg Fastest Miles of Season by Gait: --Trot: 2:00.1, SHOW ME THE MAGIC (3YO), @ Bloomsburg -- Pace: 1:55.1, VENIER HANOVER (3YO), @ Bloomsburg TOP FIVE DRIVERS TOP FIVE TRAINERS Todd Schadel 71 Todd Schadel 78 Roger Hammer 41 Roger Hammer 37 Tony Schadel 38 Linda Schadel 24 Eric Neal 31 David Brickell 23 David Brickell 23 Robert Krenitsky Jr. 17 From the Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen's Association                
HARRINGTON, DE  - Freshman pacing colts and geldings completed their second Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) leg in a pair of $20,000 divisions Monday at Harrington Raceway. Jo Ann Looney-King's Chillaxin Away ($12.20, Victor Kirby) prevailed in the first division in 1:54.3. The Roddy's Bags Again gelding out-kicked pacesetter Dashiki, who finished second, after a big move to the lead approaching three quarters. Son Of A Lynx was third. George Teague Jr.'s Keepmywiglegametyt ($5.40, Jim Morand) was a 1:58.3 winner in the second split over Numbered Account and Mr. Big Wig. The Mr. Wiggles colt notched his second lifetime win and completed a sweep of his eliminations for trainer Clyde Francis. In the overnight feature, the $15,000 Open Pace, Options Are A Dream ($6, Ross Wolfenden) was a wire-to-wire winner in 1:51.3 over Slick Tony and Q's Cruise. Trained by Wolfenden for owner David Banks, it was the 8th win of the year for the 5-year-old son of If I Can Dream. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway
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