Day At The Track

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - For one lucky player, the 14th and final race Friday night at the Meadowlands was well worth the wait. That sharp handicapper, betting into the Oregon Express hub, held the only 20-cent Jackpot Super High-Five ticket with the winning combination of 1-7-3-6-4 and cashed in for $118,148.72. The race was won by 2-1 favorite Lily Hammer and driver Corey Callahan. Finishing second through fifth, respectively, were Northern Swift (25-1), Moonshinecharleigh (8-1), Manhattan Play (3-1) and Justabitofcharm (30-1). The carryover heading into Friday night's JSH5 was $105,787. Last Friday, Major Occasion A flew home in :25.3, but because she was eighth at three-quarters while three-wide, had to settle for second at the hands of rival Sandy Win, who would win a third straight start. Driver Dexter Dunn made sure that wasn’t going to happen again. Major Occasion A, instead of racing from well off the pace as she had in her first two North American outings, was hustled to the top at the half this time around and had little trouble from there, recording an easy score in the Friday night feature at the Meadowlands, a $25,000 high-end conditioned pace for fillies and mares. Dunn, who would go on to win four times on the program after his incredible seven-winner night last Saturday, had Major Occasion A in the four-hole early before brushing up to take command at the half while parked before settling in on the point. Ideal Lifestyle A was left first-over at this point while applying token pressure as Major Occasion A used a :27.1 third quarter to maintain a safe 1½-length lead on the pocket-sitting Odds On St Lucie. Through the stretch, no one threatened the 1-2 favorite, who reported home an easy 1¾-length winner in 1:51 after pacing her final half in 54.2. Odds On St Lucie held second with Wisdom Tree rallying for third. Sandy Win failed in her bid for a fourth straight score, settling for fourth after racing three-wide at three-quarters from mid-pack.   Major Occasion A, a 6-year-old daughter of Art Major-Fake Occasion who is trained by Nifty Norman, returned $3.00 to her backers and has now won 16 times from 51 lifetime starts for owners Enzed Racing Stable. Her earnings stand at $193,280. For Dunn, it was merely another day at the salt mine, with one – make that two – exceptions. The 30-year-old New Zealand native did score with the heavy favorite in the feature and with 4-1 Hammer Time in a mid-range conditioned trot, but he also won with a pair of longshots. The 2019 United States Harness Writers Association’s Driver of the Year guided 20-1 Bold Goddess to victory lane in a low-end conditioned trot and also scored with the night’s biggest price of the night with 26-1 chance Auteur Hanover, who hit the wire first in another low-end conditioned trot. Dunn now has 18 winners at the winter meeting and is well in front of Corey Callahan, whose driving double gave him 10 victories, good for second in the driver standings. A PAIR OF FOURS: Yannick Gingras is apparently not interested in Dunn running away with the driver’s title, as the Big M overall driver champ from 2019 also guided four to the winner’s circle. A LITTLE MORE: One sharp player betting into the Oregon Express hub held the only ticket to last five legs in the 20-cent Survivor Pick-10 and walked away with $8,596.70. The wager has now paid at least $3,526.86 during each of the last five race cards. … Chalk players took it on the chin most of the night as only two favorites won over the first 12 races, which helped bolster the payouts of the 50-cent Pick-5 ($6,292.35) and 50-cent Pick-4 ($3,155.05). … All-source wagering on the card totaled $2,416,176. … Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, for the Meadowlands

YONKERS, NY, Friday, January 17, 2020--Itty Bitty (Dan Dube., $8.10) was the best after two moves Friday night (Jan 17th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $35,000 Filly and Mare Preferred Handicap Pace. Away third from assigned post position No. 5, Itty Bitty watched as 3-5 favorite Feelin' Red Hot (George Brennan) leapfrogged her quintet of inside rivals. After early intervals of :27 and :57, Itty Bitty was out and moving toward a 1:25.2 three-quarters. She then engaged the leader in and out of the final turn, with the people's preference empty through the lane. Itty Bitty was able to close the sale, the final margin over two-hole Cay's Blessing (Jason Bartlett) a neck in 1:54.2. Made of Jewels AS (Eric Goodell), Renaissance Lady K (Jordan Stratton) and Feelin' Red Hot settling for the minors. Tipp City (Brent Holland) was outrun.   For second choice Itty Bitty, a now-6-year-old daughter of Always a Virgin co-owned (as Allard Racing) by (trainer) Rene Allard, B&I Stables, Stephen Klunowski and John Schmucker, it was a successful seasonal debut for a 24th career victory. The exacta paid $51, with the triple returning $181 by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 17, 2020 -- Carolina Beach worked hard for the early lead, then held off the Lightning Lane charge of K Ryan Bluechip to capture his second straight harness racing victory in Friday's $20,000 Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows. K Ryan Bluechip stretched out Carolina Beach to a 27 opening panel before settling into the pocket. In the stretch, however, Carolina Beach had just enough of his diminishing lead to down K Ryan Bluechip by a neck in 1:51.2 for driver Aaron Merriman. Do Work Son, who was out without cover before the half, was a well-meant third.   Bill Bercury trains Carolina Beach, a 6-year-old Somebeachsomewhere-Laughandbehappy gelding who lifted his career bankroll to $331,093, for Renee Bercury. Dave Palone piloted six winners on the 13-race card while trainer Ron Burke fashioned a triple. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday when the program features a $3,626.95 carryover in the final-race Super Hi 5. First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association    

Freehold, NJ --- Magic MVP got a superstar-quality trip in the Preferred Handicap trot at Freehold Raceway on Friday (January 17), and used it to full advantage, rallying late for the harness racing victory.   Sent off as the 9/5 second choice, the 5-year-old gelding was dropped into the pocket early by driver Pat Berry. He rated off favored Zagster, as the leader set fractions of 28.3 for the quarter and 58.4 for the half. Zagster tried to get away from the field as they rounded the final turn, but Magic MVP stayed close and never left the pylons.   In the stretch, Zagster still held a 1 1/2-length lead, but Berry switched his drive to the passing lane and took his shot. Magic MVP rallied strongly toward the pylons, and got up for the victory by a neck. He trotted the mile in a sharp 1:58.0, in cold and windy conditions.     That was Magic MVP's 2020 debut, coming off a 2019 where he was 3-for-21, with earnings of more than $69,000. Most recently, he was fifth in a NW $15,000 last 5 trot at the Meadowlands. He's owned by Midnight Stables LLC and trained by Miriam Kraemer.   Zagster held on to second, while 39/1 Caviar Star won a photo for third over Dot Dot Dot Dash. Drazzmatazz, Abbie's Celticlass, Andy Ray, and Levitation completed the order of finish.   Live racing continues at Freehold on Saturday, starting at 12:30 PM EST.   From Freehold Raceway    

When the Open Trotters last got together a couple of weeks ago for a mile and one-half tour, it was Mandeville and veteran Gerry Longo who got the cheese at 9-1 that evening at Cal Expo Harness.. It was the first local score for the 8-year-old Mandeville after making some menacing noises at the head of the class, including a tough trip in the Joe Lighthill Trot in his previous outing. "I bought him in Kentucky late last year after he won back-to-back Opens at that new track," Longo related. "When I first got him, his feet were in pretty bad shape and he was racing with glue-on shoes. Between myself, the blacksmith Louie and my groom Oscar, we did lots of work on him and his foot finally grew out." In that last Open here on January 3, Mandeville made a brush to the lead midway and was then covered up by favored Its A Horse. Longo tracked that rival to the drive and then got the response he wanted when Mandeville motored by for the length decision. "As far as the mile and a half goes, everybody is in the same boat so that wasn't really a factor," Gerry said. "This horse is coming around now and it looks like we might have some fun with him." Saturday night's third race is named for longtime horseman and former racing official Jack Williams. Happy 90th birthday, Jack! Contentious distaff Pace has the spotlight A wide-open $6,200 Filly and Mare Open II Pace heads the Saturday night program with a full field of 10 set to face the starter. Watch and Wager LLC will present 12 races with the action getting underway at 6:10 p.m. There are several ways to go in the main event, with trainer Kathie Plested appearing to hold a strong hand with Dancingonthesand and Capitol Hill representing the shedrow. The former is a long-fused daughter of A Rocknroll Dance who is owned by Alan Cooper and will have Mooney Svendsen doing the honors, while Capitol Hill is owned by the trainer and George McChrystal and has Steve Wiseman giving directions. Dancingonthesand comes into this assignment with 14 wins from her 57 appearances and established her 1:53 mark over this track last season. She should be coming strong at the end and will appreciate getting away from Brighten Your Life, who has won three straight at the head of the distaff pacing class. Capitol Hill has over $136,000 in her bank account and a 1:53 2/5 standard as she eyes the 25th snapshot of her career. She should be able to drop into a good stalking position this weekend and is always dangerous with her best mile. Taking on the Plested duo are Shock N Awe, Virgin Eyes, Royal Mistress, Exsqueezeme, Brian's Magic Girl, Marilyn, Hi Fidelity and Alwaysalittlemore. By Mark Ratzky, for Cal Expo Harness

Stephen Larkin owns only one racehorse, but when the horse is Atta Boy Dan, one is not such a lonely number. In fact, the number is quite common when looking at Atta Boy Dan's past performances, as in first-place finishes. Atta Boy Dan led all harness racing horses in the U.S. in wins last year with 19. He was named both the Claimer of the Year and Pacer of the Year at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, becoming the first horse in recent memory to receive double honors in the same season. For his career, the now 11-year-old gelding, who was slowed by a coffin joint injury in 2017, has won 71 of 200 starts and is approaching $1 million in purses. "What he did last year was amazing," Larkin said. "The thing I love about him the most, he just gives his best every week. He's never had a bad week. He gets a lot of tough trips, but he's always trying down the stretch. He has great heart. He is a great horse." Larkin claimed Atta Boy Dan this past September for $40,000. It was the 14th consecutive start the horse was claimed. During that span, Atta Boy Dan won 11 times, was second twice and third once. "I've never seen a horse change barns that many times, at that age and that caliber, and win every week anyway," said Pete Pellegrino, who trains Atta Boy Dan for Larkin. "He's just an honest horse that loves to do it. He's just as tough as they come. He's an iron horse." Since acquiring Atta Boy Dan, his new connections have put him in conditioned races (some with an optional claiming tag) with the hopes of keeping him for as long as possible. He has raced 14 times for Pellegrino and Larkin, winning three times and earning a check 12 times on his way to $40,455. Atta Boy Dan, who has earned $959,452 lifetime, is entered Saturday in a conditioned race at The Meadowlands. He is 9-2 on the morning line with Corey Callahan in the sulky. "He's been hard luck the last bunch of weeks; first over, first over, first over," Pellegrino said. "Last week, he was first over at the half and they went (1):48.3 and he finished third. But he works right to the wire. You think he's done and in mid-stretch, here he comes again." Larkin, a Massachusetts resident who works as a corrections counselor for the Federal Bureau of Prisons, got his first horse in the mid-1990s. "My father owned horses a long time ago," Larkin said. "In 1995, I moved to New York (for work). I didn't know anyone, I didn't have any hobbies, and I ended up going to Monticello Raceway to pass some time. I ended up claiming some horses; that's how I met Pete." Larkin was attracted to Atta Boy Dan because of his back class. The gelding's top win came in 2015 in the Robert J. Kane Memorial at Batavia Downs and he finished second in that year's Gold Cup and Saucer on Prince Edward Island. Overall in 2015, he won 18 races and was named both the Pacer of the Year and Horse of the Year at The Meadows while racing in the stable of trainer Ron Burke. "He speaks for himself," Pellegrino said. "What you see is what you get. He's just an unbelievable horse." Racing begins at 7:15 p.m. Saturday at The Meadowlands. For complete entries, click here.  by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA     

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- When the Buffalo Raceway 66-day live harness racing season begins on Wednesday, January 29, there will be changes both on and off the track.   One of the most important changes will be the stricter guidelines for the whipping rule at Buffalo Raceway that was instituted last season.   Along with previous regulations, the track has modified the rule which states "drivers shall keep a line in each hand (except as may be necessary to adjust equipment, pulling plugs, dropping blinkers) from the start of the race until the top of the stretch and both hands shall stay in front of the body and cannot be raised above the shoulder from the start of the race until the finish. Continuous whipping is prohibited."   Drivers will be subject to penalties set down by Buffalo Raceway and are not contingent on any rulings made by the New York State Gaming Commission's judges.   Other changes at the half-mile oval located at the Erie County Fairgrounds in Hamburg include the addition of 600 tons of material placed on the racing surface in the fall, new HD televisions in the clubhouse and paddock along with new self-serve wagering terminals.   The Winner's Circle Cafe will continue to serve freshly prepared food that will be delivered to your table. New menu items for 2020 include personal pan pizzas along with philly cheese steak and meatball hoagies.   The popular 'All-You-Can-Eat' buffet returns the last Saturday each month. The cost is $19.99 and includes the dinner, race program along with a $5 betting voucher and $5 in free play at Hamburg Gaming.   Racing Secretary Tom Agosti is bringing back the A, B and C classifications. He said, "We think this system works best for Western New York horsemen."   Also on the racing end, with the purse structure be the same as in 2019.   Buffalo Raceway's Director of Operations Manager Jon Cramer said, "We are excited about the improvements we've made on and off the track for the fans and horsemen and look forward to a great 2020 meet."   Horses will begin arriving on the grounds this Sunday in preparations for the campaign. Racing will be held on Wednesday evenings beginning at 5 p.m. while Saturday nights will have a 6 p.m. post. Action on Fridays will return on April 3 with a 5 p.m. start time.   For more information on Buffalo Raceway's 79th racing season including entries, race replays, results, upcoming promotions and the latest news, go to www.buffaloraceway.com.   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - "Racehorse/Sport Horse Care and Rehabilitation" is the over-arching theme of the upcoming Horse Management Seminar hosted by the Equine Science Center and Rutgers Cooperative Extension. The seminar, scheduled from 8:00 am - 3:30 pm on Sunday, February 9, 2020, will feature presentations by several equine experts. "This year we selected a topic that we have not covered during any of the previous Horse Management Seminars. Whether you have racehorses, sport horses or just like riding horses there will be something for everyone! We have so many veterinary experts in the New Jersey area, I am very excited to be able to have them share their expertise with you" says Dr. Carey Williams, Extension Equine Specialist and Associate Director of Extension for the Equine Science Center. "Our goal for this workshop is to bring in the leading veterinary and academic experts in each of these topic areas. This includes caring for the racehorse, managing the sport horse, rehabilitating horses, transitioning careers between race and sport, and feeding for different types of exercise. We will also highlight some of the current, and future, research from Rutgers graduate students conducting equine research." Williams has assembled presenters who are recognized as the leading experts in their field to offer perspectives and personal insight. The morning will start with "Caring for the Racehorse vs. Sport Horse" by Dr. Nancy Lee, owner of Sound Equine. "Dr. Lee is a perfect speaker for this topic because she deals with both types of horses closely in her practice along with competing some sport horses of her own!" says Williams. The morning will also include Dr. Jesse Tyma, from Mid-Atlantic Equine Medical Center, a local veterinarian specializing in injuries common to both sport and racehorses. Dr. Tyma will present "Transitioning careers - Racing to Sport/Pleasure which injuries can you live with?" The afternoon will start off with "Rehabilitating a Race/Sport Horse from Injury" by Dr. Sarah Bye of Foundation Equine, Chesterfield, NJ which will be followed by "Feeding for Different Competitive Sports" by Dr. Shannon Pratt-Phillips, from North Carolina State University. "Dr. Pratt-Phillips has a long history of performing nutritional research in all kinds of equine athletes and is one of the top nutritionists in her field," mentions Dr. Williams. Closing out the day will be two short presentations on some of the current research taking place on campus, as well as what future research being planned. "Sugar Metabolism of Horses Grazing Warm-Season Forages" by Doctoral Candidate, Jennifer Weinert, and "The Human-Horse Interaction: What Does the Horse Tell Us?" by Doctoral Student, Ellen Rankins. In addition to these presentations, the seminar will feature informational displays, networking opportunities with industry companies and area organizations, ample time for one-on-one discussions with the day's presenters and lots of door prizes! Early bird registration ends soon (Jan. 26th) so register now for the great event! The complete program, registration information, and seminar brochure are posted on the Equine Science Center website at esc.rutgers.edu, as well as the registration site at: http://bit.ly/2020HorseManagement. For questions, please contact Dr. Carey Williams at 848-932-5529, carey.williams@rutgers.edu. The Equine Science Center is a unit of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Its mission is Better Horse Care through Research and Education in order to advance the well-being and performance of horses and the equine industry. Its vision is to be recognized throughout New Jersey as well as nationally and internationally for its achievements in identifying issues in the horse industry, finding solutions through science-based inquiry, providing answers to the horse industry and to horse owners, and influencing public policy to ensure the viability of the horse industry. For more information about the Equine Science Center, call 848-932-9419 or visit esc.rutgers.edu. From the Rutgers Equine Science Center  

LEBANON, OH. - Golden Paradise (Trace Tetrick) became the third harness racing mare in three weeks to win the Open Mares Pace at Miami Valley Raceway, topping Up Front Flor Ida (Kayne Kauffman) and Allbeastnobeauty (Aaron Merriman) in the $24,000 event on Friday night (Jan. 17). The winner, a 6-year-old daughter of Allthatgltrsisgold who won ten races and $133,175 in 2019, was forced to come first-up into pedestrian fractions that resulted in a 1:54 score. Making her first start since October, Golden Paradise was eased away in third from a two-hole start, but was flushed into the outer flow after a :27.1 opening panel. With the field double tiered from to back due to a :30 second quarter, Tetrick and his charge ground on the outside for the final 5/8ths of the mile before pulling away in the last sixteenth. Dispatched at 9-2 odds, Golden Paradise returned $11.80. Owned by Sam Schillaci, Wrenn Jr. Racing LLC and trainer Tyler George, she now has 29 wins in 85 starts on her lifetime resume good for $256,802 in earnings. Finalists were determined in a pair of Claim To Fame series on Friday night. Johns Baby Girl (Tyler Smith, 1:52.3, $3.60) and Danikova (Chris Page, 1:53.3, $7.00) both repeated in the $20,000 claiming mares division. They will be joined by Part-Time Hanover, Youlookhot, Shes Gorgeous Lady, Model, Velocity Lana, Sumthenforthegirlz and Atlantic Star if all nine leading money winners enter the $30,000 final leg. In the division for $12,500 pacing horses and geldings, the winners were Panoramic View (Sam Widger, 1:52.3, $8.00), Hal N Sammy (Brett Miller, 1:53, $8.40) and Hopetobefirst (Trace Tetrick, 1:53.3, $29.60). Rounding out the $25,000 final field, if all enter, will be Hell On Wheels, Boogie Nights, Moonwards Hanover, Rolling Thunder, Ahdoughnolum and Sedona Seelster-with a strict limit of no more than two horses for any owner or trainer. Racing resumes Saturday night at Miami Valley with a 6:05 p.m. post time. The card features a $25,000 Open I Pace, a $20,000 Open II Pace, and three $22,500 divisions of second round Claim To Fame action for $20,000 male pacers. From Miami Valley Raceway    

It was a case of deja vu for Bettor Memories.   Bettor Memories established a lifetime mark of 1:49.3 in November at Dover Downs and nearly duplicated that effort with a victory on Thursday night at Dover Downs in the $30,000  Preferred-Handicap Pacing feature.   Strong winds hindered the chances of Wiggle It Jiggleit and Slick Tony. They were forced to take back to the 7th and 8th positions respectively at the quarter pole. Q’s Cruise reversed race strategy and left quickly. They then allowed,Trump Nation, the 8/5 race favorite to cut the race fractions. The fractions were 26.4 55.2 1:23.3.   Quality Bud and Anthony Morgan rushed 1st over and challenged Trump Nation thru 27.1 third quarter. Bettor Memories and driver Dexter Dunn were able to catch a 2nd over trip and took the lead in mid stretch to win by a half length in 1:50.2.     Bettor Memories is owned by Gus Dovi and trainer R. Nifty Norman. They were sent off at odds of 5-1.   Trump Nation and driver Yanick Gingras for trainer Ron Burke finished 2nd. Quality Bud finished 3rd. Beach Art, who was claimed by Arty Foster Jr. for $17,500 in November, won the $18,000 Blue Hen Pace at Dover Downs on Thursday night (Jan. 16). Wind conditions in excess of 30 miles an hour played a major factor in race strategy. Late Mail N blasted off the gate from post eight and was parked out by Proper One before clearing in a :26.3 first quarter. Grantmeawish was also parked, but advanced to seize the lead well before a :54 half. Beach Art and driver Russell Foster pulled first-up nearing the half and battled Grantmeawish through a :27.4 third quarter. Beach Art powered past 8-5 favorite Grantmeawish at the seven-eighths pole and won by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:50.3.   Grantmeawish secured the place spot, while Silver Fox J raced second-over and finished third. by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs  

Hanover Shoe Farms welcomed its first foal of 2020 on Thursday January 16th at 2:30 am. The sturdy bay colt is a son of Muscle Hill and the first foal of the Conway Hall mare Abbie Hall 3,1:56.3 ($41,358). Abbie Hall is out of Armbro Archer thus making her a half sister to iron horse Arch Madness 1:50.2 $4,288,981. Hanover is expecting approximately 340 foals this season. New arrivals are listed daily on the farm website www.hanoverpa.com. by Gunjan Patel, for Hanover Shoe Farms  

The weather may have been cold and windy, but Greg Merton was not deterred and had the hot hand and drove 4 harness racing winners on Thursday January 16 at Monticello Raceway. Fly'N With Royalty was Merton's first winner of the card in the 3rd race, the Thomas Milici trained son of Panspacificflight scored a wire to wire 3 length win 1:59.2 - $3.70 for his second win of the young season. Merton would catch fire and won the cards final 3 races, Brookstone from post 3 won by a neck over Victory At Last in 2:01.2 - $9.90 for trainer David Dziengiel, next up came the out of town invader Mansome who won in a wire to wire 5 length romp in 2:00.4 - $3.00 for Elisha Lafreniere. In the last race Tinos Pulse starting from the rail, lead every step of the way to win by 2 for trainer Dawn DeVaux in from the rail in 2:02.3 The early season leading dash driver is James Devaux with 13 wins, Greg's 4 wins on the afternoon has him in second place with 12 wins. Monticello Raceway will be dark in Monday January 20th for Martin Luther King Day and will resume live racing on Tuesday January 21 with a 12:25 post time by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway  

Tom Pollack calls Endeavor one of his favorite horses and it is not difficult to understand why. The 7-year-old male harness racing pacer possesses a tough-guy attitude and never-give-in style. "I call him The Big Boy," said Pollack, who owns Endeavor with trainer Jeff Cullipher. "He's kind of a hard-hitting blue-collar lunch-pail-type horse. He's the big, strong, grinding type. He's had very few clunkers, he just gives his all every time." Endeavor has won 19 of 49 races and $419,905 in purses for Pollack and Cullipher since they purchased the son of American Ideal-Jett Diamond privately in May 2018. He rose through the conditioned ranks to compete on the Grand Circuit, winning last year's Potomac Pace to go with a second in the Harrah's Hoosier Park Pacing Derby and third in the Dan Patch Stakes. On Saturday, Endeavor races in the preferred at The Meadowlands. He won his seasonal debut on Jan. 4 at the Big M after finishing an outside-trip second in his 2019 finale. "He's been sharp, and you hate to shut him down," Pollack said. "We're giving him until he tells us (to stop) and then he'll have a month or two off before we get into the stakes season." Last year, Endeavor raced in the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series, now called the MGM Borgata Pacing Series, but is unlikely to head to Yonkers Raceway for this season's event. "We probably did him a disservice putting him in the Levy," Pollack said. "He's a bigger horse and runs in some in the turns. It's not that he can't get around Yonkers, he won a leg of the Levy, but that's not really the best place for him." Endeavor caught Pollack's eye two years ago when he won a preferred handicap at The Meadowlands. Four months later when the horse became available, he made the purchase. Endeavor was sent to Harrah's Hoosier Park and worked himself up the class ladder. After a seventh-place finish in his debut for his new connections, he won six of his next seven. That included a five-race win streak in which he won each start in 1:49.2 or faster. "Jeff did a great job with him," Pollack said. "(Endeavor) took a liking to Hoosier Park and our program. He went on a heck of a run. That's when we knew we were really on to something. Since then, he's been a top-class horse. Capping the year off winning the Potomac Pace was really cool. "We thought we were buying a nice conditioned racehorse. He just got super sharp and confident and was able to maintain that. It's been great. You love to have horses like him. He gives it his all every time out. There's no cheating in him, that's for sure." For his career, Endeavor has won 32 of 110 races and $673,937. Pollack said he expects Endeavor to have a limited Grand Circuit schedule similar to 2019, minus the series at Yonkers. "He's in the class," Pollack said. "He's probably still a little 1A-ish, but we're looking forward to this year. A lot of the free-for-allers retired so we're going to give him shots, especially on the five-eighths and the mile-track races. "We'll see how he does this year. We know that as age creeps in it gets tougher. But based on how he's racing now and how he raced at the end of last year he's still got tread on the tires for sure." Another of the Pollack-Cullipher duo's stakes-winners will be in action Friday at The Meadowlands. Wisdom Tree, a 5-year-old female pacer who was a 2018 New York Sire Stakes champion, is in a conditioned race for fillies and mares. She has won 18 of 49 races and $618,181 in her career. "We're probably getting ready to shut her down for a little bit," Cullipher said. "We won't be at every (stakes) dance, but we're going to try to hit our share." by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

Harness racing pacer Allmyx'sliventexas, who returned to his winning ways last week, heads the cast in Friday night's featured $7,200 Open Pace at Cal Expo Harness. A 12-race card is on tap under the Wager and Wager LLC banner with first post set for 6:10 p.m. The main event goes as the ninth race of the evening. Allmyx'sliventexas is a 7-year-old homebred son of Hi Ho Silverheel's who is owned by Wayne and Rod Knittel with Bob Johnson conditioning and Mooney Svendsen in his usual position in the sulky. They depart from the outside slot in the field of eight. The hard-hitting California-bred comes into this assignment with 35 wins from his 114 appearances, $206,000 in his bank account and a 1:50 mark that was established two years ago at Hoosier Park. Allmyx'sliventexas started the meet with a string of impressive victories, but was then upset as the heavy favorite in the December 14 Dave Goldschmidt and suffered two more setbacks before returning to his winning ways in last week's clash at the top level. Sent off the 9-5 second choice in that affair, the Knittel colorbearer left from his outside post into a stalking position, attacked on the final bend and went on to a two-length score in a 1:52 1/5 tour. Taking him on Friday are Part Time with Gerry Longo; King Of The Crop, Steve Wiseman; Almost Cut My Hair, Chip Lackey; Senga Nitro for Braxten Boyd; Merced Magic, Dave Magee; Mr. Varsity with Luke Plano; and Heza Real Diamond, who leave from the rail with Nick Roland at the helm. Low Takeout wagers Offer true value There are two wagers offered here each night that come with a reduced 16 percent takeout rate - the 20-cent Pick 5 on the first five events and the 20-cent Pick 4. The Pick 4 now comes with a $40,000 guaranteed gross pool on Saturdays and a $30,000 guarantee on Fridays. To see the true value these bets offer, you need go to only to last Friday night's Pick 5 that kicked off proceedings and that $1,504 return for every correct 20-cent investment. The middle three winners were 6-5 Cenalta Gory, 9-5 Brighten Your Life and 8-5 Hagginatthebeach, with the sequence being completed by Fire Dance, who returned $12 to her backers. The catalyst, of course, was the first race victory by Lodi Eat My Dust, who posted a $66 surprise while giving owner/trainer/driver Pierre Girard his initial victory of the meeting. The 4-year-old homebred, co-owned by Mary Harris, had been failing to menace over off tracks, but got fast footing for this assignment and rode a second-over trip to the length decision. Be sure to take a long look at both the Pick 4 and Pick 5 each night, with that added bonus of the reduced 16 percent takeout and the chance to make a nice score by stringing together the winning sequence. By Mark Ratzky, for Cal Expo Harness

Elkton, MD - Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by the USTA/Bet America would like to congratulate their 2019 harness racing award winners. The winners were announced on the Thursday (Jan. 16) program, which can be heard on the archive by visiting www.betamerica.com/BARN. Ted Barcus Race Fan of the Year Winner: Albert Nash (41.57%) Runner-Up: Colton Hay (24.05%) Nash won the inaugural Post Time with Mike and Mike Race Fan of the Year in 2015 and again in 2018. He is the first three-time winner of the award, spending his time congratulating participants victories via Facebook. Nash also carries a positive attitude and helps promote the sport of Harness Racing. Sam McKee Race Call of the Year Winner: Roger Huston - 2019 Little Brown Jug (32.15%) Runner-Up: Ken Warkentin - 2019 Sam McKee Memorial (17.68%) Huston, who retired from The Meadows Racetrack and Casino in 2019, found a special bond with Little Brown Jug champion, Southwind Ozzi. Southwind Ozzi went undefeated with Huston calling his races, this was the second victory for Huston in the category. Horsewoman of the Year, presented by Southern Oaks Training Center Winner: Nancy Takter (31.42%) Runner-Up: Ashley Holliday (16.19%) Takter took over some of the training duties of her father, Hall of Fame trainer Jimmy Takter in 2019. She sent out the most winners she has ever had in 2019, getting to the winners circle 72 times in 338 starts. She campaigned world-champion Captain Crunch to a powerful victory in the Pepsi North America Cup at Woodbine Mohawk Park in June, led Manchego to a world-record setting performance at Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway, then capped off her season with a powerful Breeders Crown performance by Manchego. Larry Rheinheimer Small Stable of the Year, presented by Harrah's Hoosier Park Winner: Galliers Racing (31.76%) Runner-Up: Altmeyer Wilder Racing Stable (19.65%) Galliers Racing Stable was started by young up and coming star Brady Galliers. Galliers was not born into racing like many horsemen, he has worked hard to become of the top stables in Ohio. He recent finished sixth in the training standings at Scioto Downs and has a strong social media presence promoting the sport of Harness Racing. Innovator of the Year, presented by the United States Trotting Association Winner: Wendy Ross (27.59%) Runner-Up: Rod Allums Jr. (25.89%) Ross began working for the USTA in May 2018, helping to spearhead some of harness racing's mainstream media. She helped to produce and put together the first harness racing Lip Sync battle and also helped put on a Harness Racing Carpool Karaoke. In 2018, she worked with Mark Weaver and Ron Burke to coordinate the Harness Racing FanZone Foiled Again Farewell tour. Upset of the Year, presented by Winners Circle Racing Stable Winner: Forbidden Trade winning the Hambletonian over Greenshoe (30.69%) Runner-Up: Caviart Ally defeating Shartin N in Lexington and the Breeders Crown (27.82%) Who could forget the dominant trio that trainer Marcus Melander had with Greenshoe, Gimpanzee, and Green Manalishi S produced in 2019, but it was Forbidden Trade who came out on top with a powerful victory in the Hambletonian Final. The win gave trainer Luc Blais and United States Harness Writers Association Rising Star Bob McClure their first victory in the $1 million event. Foiled Again Iron Horse of the Year Winner: T Red (31.57%) Runner-Up: Electric Lad (26.18%) T Red started his career at age two, with six victories in 19 starts making just over $7,000 in 2008. He is currently owned by trainer Henry Gulley and has hit the board in 18 of 42 starts in 2019 while winning seven races and making $25,427. T Red has raced all through Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana with just under $480,000 in career earnings. He set a lifetime mark of 1:51.1 at age five at Indiana Downs. His highest career earnings came in 2011 where he earned $63,300. Post Time with Mike and Mike thanks their listeners for taking time to nominate the contenders and for voting throughout the last few weeks. Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica can be heard live every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. via their website www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN. by Michael Carter, for Post Time  

HAMBURG, NY - Buffalo Raceway will open its 79th season of live harness racing on Wednesday, January 29th at 5pm (Post-time). The day will mark the beginning of a 66-day meet that will see racing on Wednesday and Saturday evenings through March with post times set for 5pm and 6pm respectively. Friday night action will begin in April with starting times slated for 5pm. The season will close on Saturday, July 18th. From Buffalo Raceway