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On The Podium

On The Podium coast to coast

On The Podium (Donato Hanover) went coast to coast in the Sunday harness racing feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Al Annunziata-trained trotter moved out to the early lead in the $15,000 Winners Over and never looked back. After getting a first half in 57.2, On The Podium didn't face any real pressure until the final turn when pocket sitter Cincinnati Miss (Frank Coppola Jr) came out of the two-hole to challenge. Those two trotters stepped away from their rivals before On The Podium reached the wire first in 1:55.4 for his third victory of the season. The race's lone lady Cincinnati Miss came up second best while Lucid Thoughts (John Macdonald) kept his "on the board" streak alive by closing for third. On The Podium returned $13.40 to win while pulling off the mild upset. Aldrich has rebounded well after a scary spill on Friday night. The 2015 leading driver at Saratoga piloted three winners on Saturday evening (two for Annunziata) and followed it up with a victory in the Sunday matinee's feature. Live racing continues on Monday afternoon with a Memorial Day matinee card set to kick off at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

Alan Schwartz

Competition still up for grabs

Mickael Gilles Lemarchand, driving Be Cash Money a son of Ready Cash, took the first of two legs of the French-American Friendship Trot over the 1200 meter inner track at Hippodromo Argentan in Normany today. Alan Schwartz led team America to a second place finish driving the Ready Cash filly Bety Du Goutier. Schwartz generously survived a judge's inquiry as the first try at a start resulted in a wild and crazy array of horses that caused a recall. Bob Davis' horse was scratched for not having his paperwork in order which negated all of two days of studying the program and viewing videos. Jean Phillipe Bazire, cousin of the French very accomplished driver of the same name, did not disappoint the family name garnering a third place finissh. Peter Kleinhans recovered from an early break to finish Fourth and Tony Ciuffetelli took the nickel. I, also badly affected by the recall, was placed seventh with four horses of the twelve being disqualified. All in all not a bad showing and on Tuesday evening at Vincennes will either make us champs or goats. In reality The North American Amateur Drivers have the distinct honor of being the very first amateurs ever invited to France to compete against their counterparts. "The French Le Trot placed us in the hands of three great hosts, Damien, Marie-Anh and Emmanuelle, who chauffeured us around. We were shown every hospitality from a brasserie in Trouville to restaurants in Arromanches and Caen. Tomorrow is a free day in the City of Lights with a scheduled dinner cruise on the Siene under the watchful eye of the Tower Eiffel. Tuesday's menu includes a visit to the famed training center at Grosbois followed by an evening race, the Prix Iphigenia. The French had much more to celebrate than their amateur victory as the 10 year old French bred Timoko, who was barely bested in the return of the International Trot at Yonkers Raceway two years ago, won the Ellietlop today in Sweden. This is the last year that Timoko can race in France and hopefully the $1,000,000 International at Yonkers on October14th will temp his connections to return for revenge. by Joe Faraldo, NAADA team leader

Hemi Seelster

Hemi Seelster fled the scene!

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, May 28, 2017-"Hemi Seelster has fled the scene." So said track announcer John Hernan, who did not lie, as 'Hemi' (Brent Holland, $9.90) made quick work of 11 harness racing rivals Sunday afternoon (May 28th), winning Yonkers Raceway's mile-and-a-quarter $68,000 Open Trot. Away alertly from post position No. 3, Hemi Seelster stuffed Red Hot Herbie (Dan Dube) in behind coming toward a :27.4 opening quarter-mile. The remaining eight furlongs (:58, 1:27.2, 1:56.1, 2:24.3) were angst-free, with a final margin of 5¾ lengths. 'Herbie' clearly was second, with Money Maven (Eric Goodell) a three-hole third. Second-tier starters Wing Flash (Tyler Buter) and Homicide Hunter (Anthony Napolitano) rounded out the payees, while 5-2 favorite Tag Up and Go (Joe Bongiorno) was a never-in-it ninth and second choice Wings of Royalty (Brian Sears) couldn't get out his own way. For third choice Hemi Seelster, a 5-year-old Holiday Road gelding co-owned by Howard Taylor & Abe Basen and trained by Rich Banca, it was his fourth win in 13 seasonal starts (now over a half-million dollars for his career). The exacta paid $69, with the triple returning $616. For Holland, it was career driving win No. 4,993. The weekly featured trot was the first of four 'French' races during the dozen-race, all-trot card. Sunday's revival of the 'New York, New York Double' saw a winning combination of 9-(Bustin' It, Belmont's 3rd race) and 4-(Andy Ray, Yonkers' 7th race) paid $13.90 for every correct dollar ticket (total pool $7,361). Live racing (and evening simulcasting) returns Friday, June 16th (post time 7:10 PM). Afternoon simulcasting remains available, including the June 10th Belmont Stakes. Frank Drucker

Rosecroft Raceway

Rosecroft closes spring meet this week

FORT WASHINGTON, MD - Rosecroft will wrap up its harness racing spring meet this week with live programs on Tuesday and Wednesday. Tuesday's 12-race program will start at 6:40 p.m. Qualifying races will begin at 4 p.m. There will be a special 5:40 p.m. first race post Wednesday. Russell Foster, who shared Rosecroft's Spring and Fall Meet driving titles last year, is all alone at the top with 64 wins. His closest competitor is Frank Milby with 43. Brian Burton has driven 39 winners and Roger Plante Jr. 35. The training title will be up for the grabs the final week with Kenneth Schlotzhauer and Judith Welty tied with 16 wins each. Burton is one off the leaders with 15 and Jerry Nock has 14. David Joseph  

Race four on Saturday evening kicked off the first of three finals as the Bob Larry final for harness racing pacers that had not won $30,000 lifetime through the end of March took place. Hot Rod Dylan was the heavy 2-5 favorite with driver Mike Oosting in the bike. Sporty Redhot got away quickly, through the opening quarter in :28.2. On the backstretch, the favorite took over, covering the half in :57.0 and three quarters in 1:25.3. In the lane, Oosting roused the favorite and he responded, holding sway for a length and a half score. Hot Rod Dylan stopped the clock in 1:52.2. Longshot Bowedfortyova closed to finish second while Sporty Redhot held third. Hot Rod Dylan is owned by Shirley Le Vin and trained by Nelson Willis. Race five was the final in the Mike Paradise series for Illinois-bred three-year-old pacers that were non-winners of $10,000 lifetime through the end of March. In Your Eye was sent away as the 8-5 choice for driver Ridge Warren. At the start, Commondiscourtesy got away fastest of all, covering the quarter in :28.2 and the half in :58.1. In the turn, second-choice Sullivan made a quick move, leading the field into the lane through three quarters in 1:25.4. In the stretch, Warren tipped In Your Eye wide as he closed with a rush, winning by a length-and-a-quarter. In Your Eye covered the mile in 1:54.2. Ima Skydancer finished second while Sullivan held third. In Your Eye is owned by James Behrendt and trained by Mike Brown. Race ten was the $20,000 featured Cicero Claiming Series final as Maserati Seelster looked for a series sweep and was sent away at 3-5. Driver Tyler Shehan sent the favorite away at the start, through fractions of :28.3, :56.4 and 1:25.1. Mobil Big John chased the entire way, ranging up to challenge the favorite in the lane. After a stretch duel, Mobil Big John and driver Ryan Anderson emerged on top, catching Maserati Seelster, who was also outfinished by late-closing Bestnotlie Hanover. Mobil Big John finished in 1:52.3. The 7-2 second-choice is owned by Eulalia Rivera and trained by Loralee Johnson. Multi-Win Evenings Drivers - Casey Leonard (3 Wins), James Lackey (2 Wins) Trainers - Nelson Willis (2 Wins) Race Winners Race 1 - Fresh Squeezed (1:52.4) Race 2 - Nevada Bluechip (1:56.0) Race 3 - Kyles Secret (1:53.4) Race 4 - Hot Rod Dylan (1:52.2) Race 5 - In Your Eye (1:54.2) Race 6 - Major Bliss (1:53.4) Race 7 - Jetting Around (1:54.3) Race 8 - Fox Valley Bailey (1:53.4) Race 9 - Rockinaroundheaven (1:54.4) Race 10 - Mobil Big John (1:52.3) Race 11 - Red Hot Art (1:54.0) Race 12 - If You Say So (1:55.3) Jim Miller

JK Panache (Chris Lems) won the Open Pace ($9,500) Saturday night (May 27) at Vernon Downs. The 8 year-old Art Major gelding took over at the quarter mark and never looked back. Owned by Phillip Hale and trainer David Dewhurst, JK Panache ($2.90) held off a late charge by Sassy Hanover (Claude Huckabone Jr.) to win in 1:51.2. Modern Gesture (Jimmy Wittemore) would finish third. Vernon Downs returns to live action on Monday (May 29) when they host the New York Sire Stakes for 3 year -old trotting colts at 1:05pm. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com. John Horne for Vernon Downs.

Beyonces Rockn crossed the finish line faster than any other harness racing mare in the history of Northfield Park when she won the $14,000 F&M Open Handicap in 1:51 on Saturday (May 27). The clocking formally broke the 1:52 record for five and up pacing mares, which was held by three different horses: Hidden Land (Don Irvine Jr.) from 2015, and Devil Child (David Miller) and Love Forbidden (Aaron Merriman) in 2016. The partnership of Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, M1 Stable LLC and RTC Stables Inc. own Beyonces Rockn. Ron Burke is her conditioner and Ryan Stahl was in the sulky for the winning drive. Beyonces Rockn (Rock N Roll Heaven-Im Betting On You-Bettor's Delight) started from post seven. She left from the gate and sat fourth through the initial :27.1 quarter. Stahl moved her coming to the half. She brushed to the front and never looked back through times of :56.1, 1:23 and 1:51, besting her competition by 12 ¾-lengths. Beyonces Rockn now has seven wins in 19 starts this year. Saturday's victory represents her 16th career score and bolstered her bankroll to $178,492. She was heavily favored and returned $2.60 to win. Beyonces Rockn Ayers Ratliff

Columbus, OH --- World champion Downbytheseaside's sophomore record remains intact after a decisive harness racing score in 1:52 in the $340,000 Art Rooney Pace at Yonkers Raceway on Saturday (May 27) evening. Commencing his journey in rein to David Miller from post position three the 1-9 favorite sat in third in the early stages behind Summer Side (Tim Tetrick) and Miso Fast (Matt Kakaley). As Summer Side set the opening panel of :27.3, Kakaley moved Miso Fast early and with purpose from the pocket to advance upon the leader. Miller was not about to allow Miso Fast to pace to far from his horse and took out upon that rival's heels, but Kakaley was not willing to settle for Downbytheseaside the option to clear. His route pushed Downbytheseaside and Miller three-wide and they had their work cut out for them in gaining the lead shortly after the half-mile marker in a time of :55. As Downbytheseaside continued his journey to the wire he paced to the three-quarter pole in 1:24.1 and came down the lane with authority to stop the clock in 1:52.1. Miso Fast faded after his early attempts to take the starch out of Downbytheseaside, enabling Summer Side, who raced impressively to snatch the show spot, while Funknwaffles (Brian Sears) closed from far back to finish third. Owned by Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco, Richard Lombardo and Diamond Creek Racing, Downbytheside is conditioned by Brian Brown and is a son of Somebeachsomewhere-Sprig Hanover. The colt demonstrated his prowess on a half-mile oval with his world record mile of 1:50 at the Delaware County Fairgrounds at age two and illustrated he was just as adept over a larger circumference with a world record equaling foray at Red Mile in a division of the International Stallion Stake several weeks later. "He's been pretty much the same all along," Miller said in reference to a question of his progression from ages two to three. "He was running in on the turns last week, but this week he handled them much better and he did stay on after that second quarter." In regards to Miller's comment about his performance in the eliminations, it appears Downbytheseaside had a legitimate excuse as to why he may not have handled the track as well last week. "His foot was bothering him," Brown said. "Toni (Dale Hollar, his groom) has been working on it all week and David has been training and jogging him. David kept texting me every day telling me the foot was getting better and when did have a better trip than last week (post position nine, second tier). David did say in the winner's circle we might have to work on him to make him a little easier to drive, so that is something we will do." Downbytheseaside now sports a sterling resume of 16-11-3-2 and has banked more than $700,00 in his young career. Downbytheseaside Tequila Monday put on quite a show in the $180,770 Lismore Pace at Yonkers Raceway on Saturday (May 27) evening. Guided by Brian Sears, the daughter of American Ideal-Margarita Monday, exploded off the cover of 1-5 favorite Agent Q (David Miller) to collect an impressive 4-1/2 length triumph in a new lifetime best of 1:52.2, which was also just a tick off the stakes record. Sent off by the wagering public as the second selection behind elimination victress Agent Q, Tequila Monday left from post position and was content to sit behind that rival as Big City Betty (Jim Marohn Jr.), the other elimination winner rocketed out from the gate to snatch a commanding lead right from the outset. That filly established fractions of :27, :56.2 and 1:25.2 while Caviart Alley(Andrew McCarthy) sat the pocket, with Agent Q and Tequila Monday right behind her. As Big City Betty prepared to enter the final turn, Miller pulled Agent Q and it appeared she would breeze right on by the leader, however, Tequila Monday, pounced swiftly and succinctly, powering by in several strides to place daylight between herself and her rivals. From there on it was simply a matter of how many lengths she would hit the wire before the rest. "I knew she had a lot of ability," Sears said after the race. "Last week (a second place finish behind Agent Q from post eight) was good for her. She can get steppy, but she just needed some things to be ironed out, which they were." Owned by Susan Oakes and Chuck Pompey, Tequila Monday is conditioned by Chris Oakes and is the defending New York Sire Stakes champion.. With the victory in this contest, which is her first of the season, she now has a record of 8-5-2-0, surpassed the $250,000 mark in purse money earned. She is clearly following the hoofprints of the family tradition, as her dam is a full sister to world champion Bolt The Duer. Tequila Monday Mach It So winning the Open The USTA Communications Department 

The $8,000 Minnesota-Sired 3 year old pacing fillies event went to post as the co-feature on the Harness Racing card at Running Aces with 8 fillies going to battle, and it proved to be a sparkling performance by Whatitdobabyboo ($2.80) who reminded local fans of her tremendous late speed by sweeping the field from last to first once again, taking a new life mark (1:57.4) in the process. Driver Rick Magee guided her away from the gate to the trailing position early and sat through the early fractions of 29.0 and 59.4 before tipping to the outside fourth-over just past the half mile pole. From there, he tipped his filly 3-wide around the final turn past the 1:27.4 check-in and was easily able to gun down the breakaway leader Free Radical (Nick Roland) and score the win by 2 ¾ lengths in her first start of the season. David Flinn trains the daughter of Voracious Hanover for the Van Oterloo stables. Tonight’s tally was her 8th lifetime score in 10 career tries and padded her bankroll to $43,560. In the $8,000 Minnesota-Sired 3 year old geldings pace it was Wonder Bull who pulled off a mild upset ($11.40) in the 7 horse contest with a sharp closing effort to get up at the wire by a neck in an eye opening 1:54.3, shattering his previous mark by nearly 9 seconds. Steves Hot Rod was sharp in defeat as the runner up with Joe Casagranda in the bike. Wonder Bull is owned by Rick and Lesa Peters and trained and driven by Nick Roland. The son of Artisitc Wonder now sports 4 lifetime wins and $25,203 in earnings. Also on the Saturday card was a very nice $6,000 conditioned pace for horses and geldings, and Lil Orphan Elmer ($5.80) was the star of the show in that affair. Sent off as the 9-5 wagering choice, Elmer was floated off the gate in fifth position early in a fast early pace of 27.3, driver Steve Wiseman got him moving in a nice second-over spot just past the half, and had him in a perfect striking position around the final turn before letting him loose in the stretch, where he gamely battled between horses to take the top prize in 1:54.2 Lil Orphan Elmer is owned by Scott Ehrlich and George Mc Chrystal and trained by Kathie Plested-Wiseman. It was the 3rd win of the season and 17th lifetime tally for the career winner of $61,978.  Drivers Luke Plano and Nick Roland both picked up driving doubles on the 9 race card. Running Aces is back in action on Sunday, May 28th with a first race post of 6:00 pm CDT. By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

Givenupdreaming (If I Can Dream) paced the fastest mile of the year to date on Saturday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Heidi Rohr trainee was one of five participants in the $13,000 Open Pace and with first half fractions of 27 and 55.3 to set the table, Givenupdreaming moved first over and powered up to take over the lead after three quarters in 1:23. The six year old standout cruised away in the stretch before stopping the timer in 1:50.3, the fastest clocking for any race in the 2017 campaign at the Spa. Somewhere Fancy (Billy Dobson) followed the winner's cover and wound up as the runner-up in the feature while Panocchio (Gerry Mattison) came on for third. It was the sixth victory of the season for Givenupdreaming and the first win in the local Open for the Rohr trainee who was piloted to the Saturday score by Stephane Bouchard. Live racing this holiday weekend with matinees scheduled for both Sunday and Monday afternoons both beginning at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

WILKES-BARRE PA - If you ever look up the term "horses for courses" in the dictionary, it's 1-20 odds that you find a picture of Luck Be Withyou harness racing at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono as the illustration.   The six-year-old son of Western Ideal was 1-20* in Saturday's $20,000 pacing feature, and he yet again justified the fans' faith by going wire-to-wire in 1:49.3, equaling his season's mark taken last week - in fact, Luck Be Withyou has recorded his seasonal best here in each of his five years of racing. He has won 15 of 22 times racing at the mountain oval, and his lifetime bankroll over the brick-red surface went over $700,000 with Saturday's victory, boosted substantially by wins in the Breeders Crown at two and the Franklin Final at four.   Luck Be Withyou was sent straight to the top as usual by George Napolitano Jr., and after making the lead before the withering 25.4 opener, "Luck" had better luck with the fractions, posting middle splits of 54.2 and 1:21.4. A last quarter in 27.4 and patented Napolitano rocking were enough to keep the winner clear of an onrushing Anwar Hanover by a length as he triumphed once more for trainer Chris Oakes and owner John Craig.   Luck Be Withyou     In an $18,000 claiming handicap pacing co-feature, the Tell All gelding Tell Us More went wire-to-wire to win in 1:50.3, equaling his lifetime best, and giving him 11 victories in the 2017 season, that total tying him at the top of all North American racehorses for the season with two others. Both of his co-leaders have a chance to reclaim some part of the lead tomorrow: Private Interview will look to extend his own winning streak to ten at Rideau Carleton, while Cousin Mary will attempt to make it nine straight, but in a very difficult circumstance - starting from post eight against Lady Shadow and the fastest females in the $150,000 Betsy Ross Pace at Harrah's Philadelphia.   Top trot on the Saturday card was a $16,500 contest taken by the four-year-old mare Celebrity Eventsy, a starter in the Breeders Crown Final against Broadway Donna last year, rallying to catch pacesetting Skates N Plates in 1:54.2. The daughter of Manofmanymissions is now 2-for-4 on the season for driver Christian Lind, trainer/father Staffan Lind, and owners Celebrity Farms.   Celebrity Eventsy     Simon Allard had three sulky wins on the Saturday card, allowing him to regain second in the local drivers derby ahead of Matt Kakaley, and moving his lifetime total to 2996 victories. Simon had a fourth driving win at Pocono Saturday, so he is now at 2997 -- three away from the milestone 3000th win.   PHHA / Pocono

ANDERSON, Ind.-May 27, 2017 - For the first time this season, a track record was re-established at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino during the evening's action packed 12-race harness racing card on Saturday, May 27. I Know My Chip, with Sam Widger in the bike, kicked off the evening's program off with a bang as he lowered the track record for older trotting geldings to 1:52.1 in the first race of the program, a $21,000 Invitational Trot. The 1:52.1 mark was a new lifetime best for I Know My Chip and re-established a record that stood for three years, a mark that was previously held by Natural Herbie with a 1:52.3 clocking. In an abbreviated field of six, I Know My Chip left alertly from post five to get the first call through the opening panel in :26.2. As the heavy betting favorite, Churita and Trace Tetrick also left aggressively from post six and would eventually grab the lead just before the half in :55.4. I Know My Chip was content to sit in the pocket as the quick pace continued and Churita called the shots through the third split in 1:24.3. As the field turned for home, Churita braced for the stretch drive as I Know My Chip loomed large in the pocket. Utilizing a :27.3 final quarter, I Know My Chip tipped from the pocket and cruised home to a four length victory over a fast-closing Call For Justice and Ricky Macomber Jr. After a ground saving trip, Captain John Henry and Dale Hiteman held on for third place honors. Slightly dismissed at the betting windows, I Know My Chip returned $14.20 to his backers. "He's a very nice horse," Widger noted after the victory. "He's great to drive and very easy to get along with. The trip worked out in our favor tonight and he did the rest. He was very game tonight." Trained by Walter Haynes Jr., the five-year-old son of Deep Chip-Madeline's Crown recorded his third seasonal victory from 12 outings and 24th lifetime victory from 69 starts. The previous Ohio Sires Stakes Champion has now amassed $539,993 in lifetime purse earnings. I Know My Chip is owned by the partnership of Brian Carsey, John McGill, and the Black & White Stable. I Know My Chip The win with I Know My Chip was one of two winners for driver Sam Widger on the evening's 12-race card. Widger also teamed up with trainer Jeff Cullipher to find the winner's circle with Au D Lox Bluegrass in the $25,000 Fillies and Mares Invitational Pace. Scoring in a new lifetime best of 1:50.1, Au D Lox Bluegrass recorded her fourth win of the season from eight outings. Au D Lox Bluegrass New Talent Live racing continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino with a 14-race card on Tuesday, May 30 featuring the first of five $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old trotting fillies. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 17. The 24th season of live harness racing is highlighted by the 34th edition of the Breeders Crown, harness racing's championship event valued at $6 million, on Friday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com . Emily Gaskin

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Harness racing driver Yannick Gingras rushed Ontario Success to the lead at the quarter in a pulse-pounding :26.4 and then was permitted to tap the brakes for the middle half-mile, which proved to be the difference as the pair took the Saturday night feature at the Meadowlands, a $17,500 conditioned pace. Ontario Success, a 7-year-old gelded son of Lis Mara, was permitted to sleepwalk to the half in :56 and three-quarters in 1:25. Off a middle half that was timed in :58.1, the lifetime earner of $386,613 then sprinted home in a quarter identical to his opening split to win by a diminishing neck over the fast-closing 6-5 favorite Bettor's Edge in 1:51.4 for trainer Ron Burke, upping his lifetime stats to 30 wins from 103 starts. As the second choice in the wagering, Ontario Success returned $5.00 to win. J J Flynn was third. BOMBS AWAY: Longshots ruled in the first three legs of the Pick 5 (Races 1-5), setting up a big payday for one lucky bettor. One Tough Nut ($34.60), Jaye's A Lady ($63.00) and Stitch In Time ($27.60) took the first three races on the card, so even after favorites Sams Triple Crown ($3.80) and Cherokee Ranger ($4.00) completed the quintet, the payout for the winning combination of 5-4-2-8-3 was a whopping $28,411.20. CHALKY COREY: Driver Corey Callahan led the driver colony with four winners on the card, each was the pubic choice. ... All-source wagering on the program totaled $2,310,037. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m. Ontario Success By Dave Little, for the Meadowlands

Northfield Park reminds harness racing horseman that the Battle of Lake Erie card (raced Saturday June 3) will be drawn on Tuesday (May 30). The box closes at 9AM (Eastern). In addition to the $200,000 Battle of Lake Erie, the night card will offer four $20,000 Spring Late Closer Finals, and three $20,000 Opens (Pace, Trot and F&M Pace). Northfield Park accepts entries on line through the USTA, in the entry box or by calling the race office at 330-467-4101.    $1,581.21 Carryover Sparks $7,500 Guaranteed Pick-5 Total Pool Sunday at Northfield Park                         Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $7,500 Pick-5 total pool guarantee on Sunday (May 28th).  Beginning in Race 3, the $7,500 Pick-4 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $1,581.21.  This wager is being offered as part of the Strategic Wagering Program through the United States Trotting Association. Northfield’s Pick 5, Pick 4 and the Pick 3’s offer a reduced takeout rate of just 14 percent.    Sunday’s post time is 6:00 p.m. Battle of Lake Erie, the night card will offer four $20,000 Spring Late Closer Finals, and three $20,000 Opens (Pace, Trot and F&M Pace). Northfield Park accepts entries on line through the USTA, in the entry box or by calling the race office at 330-467-4101. Northfield Park

Leading harness racing driver Mike Simons pilots Amateur Hour to gutsy win in Gail's Diner Pace final ($23,400) at Tioga Downs Saturday night (May 27). The 3 year-old filly by Rock N Roll Heaven took over the lead from entry mate Under The Bus (Fern Paquet Jr.) at the three-quarter mark. At the top of the stretch Amateur Hour would be attacked by Playing Favorites (Mike Merton) and Dr J's Kiss (Tom Jackson). Just when it looked like Playing Favorites was going to go by Amateur Hour battled back to hang on for the victory. Trained by Linda Toscano for owners Fred Wallace, Camelot stables and Kenneth Jacobs, Amateur Hour ($3.70) scored the mile in 1:51.4. Paying Favorites took second and Dr J's Kiss finished third. Tioga Downs hosts the New York Sire Stakes for 3 year-old filly trotters at a special post time of 6:50 Sunday night (May 28). For more information please go to www.tiogadowns.com John Horne for Tioga Downs.  

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On The Podium (Donato Hanover) went coast to coast in the Sunday harness racing feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Al Annunziata-trained trotter moved out to the early lead in the $15,000 Winners Over and never looked back. After getting a first half in 57.2, On The Podium didn't face any real pressure until the final turn when pocket sitter Cincinnati Miss (Frank Coppola Jr) came out of the two-hole to challenge. Those two trotters stepped away from their rivals before On The Podium reached the wire first in 1:55.4 for his third victory of the season. The race's lone lady Cincinnati Miss came up second best while Lucid Thoughts (John Macdonald) kept his "on the board" streak alive by closing for third. On The Podium returned $13.40 to win while pulling off the mild upset. Aldrich has rebounded well after a scary spill on Friday night. The 2015 leading driver at Saratoga piloted three winners on Saturday evening (two for Annunziata) and followed it up with a victory in the Sunday matinee's feature. Live racing continues on Monday afternoon with a Memorial Day matinee card set to kick off at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella
Mickael Gilles Lemarchand, driving Be Cash Money a son of Ready Cash, took the first of two legs of the French-American Friendship Trot over the 1200 meter inner track at Hippodromo Argentan in Normany today. Alan Schwartz led team America to a second place finish driving the Ready Cash filly Bety Du Goutier. Schwartz generously survived a judge's inquiry as the first try at a start resulted in a wild and crazy array of horses that caused a recall. Bob Davis' horse was scratched for not having his paperwork in order which negated all of two days of studying the program and viewing videos. Jean Phillipe Bazire, cousin of the French very accomplished driver of the same name, did not disappoint the family name garnering a third place finissh. Peter Kleinhans recovered from an early break to finish Fourth and Tony Ciuffetelli took the nickel. I, also badly affected by the recall, was placed seventh with four horses of the twelve being disqualified. All in all not a bad showing and on Tuesday evening at Vincennes will either make us champs or goats. In reality The North American Amateur Drivers have the distinct honor of being the very first amateurs ever invited to France to compete against their counterparts. "The French Le Trot placed us in the hands of three great hosts, Damien, Marie-Anh and Emmanuelle, who chauffeured us around. We were shown every hospitality from a brasserie in Trouville to restaurants in Arromanches and Caen. Tomorrow is a free day in the City of Lights with a scheduled dinner cruise on the Siene under the watchful eye of the Tower Eiffel. Tuesday's menu includes a visit to the famed training center at Grosbois followed by an evening race, the Prix Iphigenia. The French had much more to celebrate than their amateur victory as the 10 year old French bred Timoko, who was barely bested in the return of the International Trot at Yonkers Raceway two years ago, won the Ellietlop today in Sweden. This is the last year that Timoko can race in France and hopefully the $1,000,000 International at Yonkers on October14th will temp his connections to return for revenge. by Joe Faraldo, NAADA team leader
YONKERS, NY, Sunday, May 28, 2017-"Hemi Seelster has fled the scene." So said track announcer John Hernan, who did not lie, as 'Hemi' (Brent Holland, $9.90) made quick work of 11 harness racing rivals Sunday afternoon (May 28th), winning Yonkers Raceway's mile-and-a-quarter $68,000 Open Trot. Away alertly from post position No. 3, Hemi Seelster stuffed Red Hot Herbie (Dan Dube) in behind coming toward a :27.4 opening quarter-mile. The remaining eight furlongs (:58, 1:27.2, 1:56.1, 2:24.3) were angst-free, with a final margin of 5¾ lengths. 'Herbie' clearly was second, with Money Maven (Eric Goodell) a three-hole third. Second-tier starters Wing Flash (Tyler Buter) and Homicide Hunter (Anthony Napolitano) rounded out the payees, while 5-2 favorite Tag Up and Go (Joe Bongiorno) was a never-in-it ninth and second choice Wings of Royalty (Brian Sears) couldn't get out his own way. For third choice Hemi Seelster, a 5-year-old Holiday Road gelding co-owned by Howard Taylor & Abe Basen and trained by Rich Banca, it was his fourth win in 13 seasonal starts (now over a half-million dollars for his career). The exacta paid $69, with the triple returning $616. For Holland, it was career driving win No. 4,993. The weekly featured trot was the first of four 'French' races during the dozen-race, all-trot card. Sunday's revival of the 'New York, New York Double' saw a winning combination of 9-(Bustin' It, Belmont's 3rd race) and 4-(Andy Ray, Yonkers' 7th race) paid $13.90 for every correct dollar ticket (total pool $7,361). Live racing (and evening simulcasting) returns Friday, June 16th (post time 7:10 PM). Afternoon simulcasting remains available, including the June 10th Belmont Stakes. Frank Drucker
FORT WASHINGTON, MD - Rosecroft will wrap up its harness racing spring meet this week with live programs on Tuesday and Wednesday. Tuesday's 12-race program will start at 6:40 p.m. Qualifying races will begin at 4 p.m. There will be a special 5:40 p.m. first race post Wednesday. Russell Foster, who shared Rosecroft's Spring and Fall Meet driving titles last year, is all alone at the top with 64 wins. His closest competitor is Frank Milby with 43. Brian Burton has driven 39 winners and Roger Plante Jr. 35. The training title will be up for the grabs the final week with Kenneth Schlotzhauer and Judith Welty tied with 16 wins each. Burton is one off the leaders with 15 and Jerry Nock has 14. David Joseph  
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