Day At The Track

In A Single Bound (Roll With Joe) has begun to establish himself as a harness racing force in the Open Pace at Saratoga Casino Hotel this season and on Saturday night, the Monica Krist trainee scored his third win of the year against the track's top pacers. Leading driver Billy Dobson took In A Single Bound back early as the fractions in the $15,000 feature were sizzling. Following an early speed duel, the race's favorite Deetzy emerged with the lead but after pacing his first half in 54.4, In A Single Bound was right alongside to pressure the favorite heading towards three quarters. In A Single Bound cleared the lead and by the time the other closers shifted gears, they were too late. In A Single Bound recorded his third Open Pace victory this season, stopping the timer in 1:52.3. Lachie Maguire N (Bruce Aldrich Jr) who was involved in the early tussle for the top came flying in the stretch after shaking loose and wound up as the runner-up in the feature. Maxdaddy Blue Chip (Jordan Derue) closed to be third. In A Single Bound paid $7.10 to win and led an exacta and triple that came back $63.50 and $276, respectively. Dobson, who has an overwhelming lead in the driver standings as he seeks his seventh local driving title, piloted three winners on the Saturday card. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a first post time of 12 Noon.   Mike Sardella

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, June 15, 2019--Pole-sitting favorite Micky Gee N (Jordan Stratton, $4.30) turned in the fastest local mile of the season Saturday night (June 15th), winning Yonkers Raceway's co-featured $44,000 Open Pace. Away fourth, Micky Gee N Dr. J Hanover (Brent Holland) as that one laid down the law through intervals of :26.3; 55.4 and 1:23.1. Micky Gee N hooked the leader in and out of the final turn, then edged away. The final time of 1:50.3 was a Westchester seasonal mark, with the final margin a half-length over Rock Diamonds N (Ron Cushing). The latter showed good speed at the both ends of the mile, snapping Dr. J Hanover for second. Major Crocker A (Jim Marohn Jr.) and Caviart Luca (George Brennan) rounded out the payees. For Micky Gee N, a 6-year-old Down Under Bettor's Delight gelding owned by William Hartt and trained by Lance Hudson, the life-best effort was his fourth win in a 11 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $19.20, the triple returned $77 and the superfecta paid $561. The week's co-featured Open Handicap Trot saw another polester, the lass Trotting Grace (Holland, $12.80), go the distance (:28.1, 57.1, 1:25.3, life-best 1:54.1). She defeated Smalltownthrowdown (Marohn Jr.) by a length, with Chasin' Dreams (Jason Bartlett), Will Take Charge (Stratton) and Lean Hanover (Austin Siegelman) coming away with the remainder. Tepid 2-1 choice Winning Shadow (Brennan) jumped it off while trying to leave. For fifth choice Trotting Grace, a 4-year-old daughter of Cassis co-owned by Brian Carsey, Adam Friedland & John McGill and trained by Travis Alexander, it was her third win in 15 '19 tries. The exacta paid $48, the triple returned $324.50 and the superfecta paid $1,249. Special Saturday props to 100-1 shot Sportskeeper (Troy Beyer, $202.50), who became the longest local shot of the season by winning the $23,000, eighth-race pace. The exacta--$2,742--was also a season-high after 16-1 number YS Lotus (Marohn Jr.) closed for second.   Frank Drucker Manager of Publicity

WILKES-BARRE PA – Owner/trainer Antonia Storer swept the twin $17,500 features on Saturday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono – one at each gait, and one with each Napolitano brother, the 1-2 drivers at the track. On the trot, Anthony Napolitano was driving the Deweycheatumnhowe gelding Optimist Blue Chip, who moved to the lead after a :27.1 quarter and was in charge from there, posting clockings of :56, 1:24.1, and 1:53.1, with the final time a lifetime best. Optimist Blue Chip crossed the wire first by 2¾ lengths over Rock Of Cashel, with the favorite raising his career earnings to $213,928. On the pace, George Napolitano Jr. steered the Delmarvalous gelding Nine Ways to command before a :26.4 quarter, and then the second choice yielded to favored Always At My Place, who posted midrace fractions of :54.3 and 1:22.1. “George Nap” steered Nine Ways to the Pocono Pike and was already past the leader when that one broke midstretch, with the winner going on to a length victory over a determined Santiago Style. The 1:50.1 final time was just a tick off his own best, set here May 11, and swelled his bankroll to $213,406. The four-year-old Credit Winner gelding Lindsey’s Pride, making his first start in over eight months, benefited from a canny drive by Marcus Miller to take the $17,000 trotting co-feature. Buried fourth-in nearing the ¾, Miller moved the winner of almost $130,000 as a sophomore to the outside and advanced in a blindswitch on the far turn, then ducked all the way in to the deep Pocono Pike and came flying to catch favorite Don by ¾ of a length in 1:54.3, a lifetime mark. Trainer Erv Miller and his Ervin Miller Stable Inc. shares ownership of the sharp returnee with Harvey Eisman. Fastest winner of the night was the Mach Three gelding Rebellious, whose 1:49.2 clocking was not only a lifetime best, but only 2/5 of a second off the 2019 local standard. The Mach Three gelding, guided by Tyler Buter, stormed home in :54 in winning by eight lengths for trainer Mike Deters, co-owner of the $197,541 winner with Joel Warner. Five drivers accounted for the night’s thirteen races – George Napolitano Jr. won four times, Marcus Miller three, and Tyler Buter, Eric Carlson, and Anthony Napolitano two each.   PHHA / Pocono

Prairie Panther (Wally Hennessey) captures the harness racing Open Pace Handicap ($12,000) at Tioga Downs on Saturday (June 15). Music Is Art (Jim Taggart Jr.) led the group to a first quarter in :26.2. Prairie Panther ($3.40), who is owned by trainer Mike Deters and Laurie Poulin, took the lead as they went by the stands for the first time. He set the pace as they hit the half in :55.1 and three-quarters in 1:23.1. As they reached the stretch he put on the after-burners and cruised to a 5 length win and a seasonal best time of 1:50.4. Motown N (Jeff Long) was second with Americanprimetime (Mike Merton) finishing third. Prairie Panther is a 5-year-old gelding by Royal Millennium. It was his sixth win this season. He now owns 27 career victories Jack Rules (Andy Santeramo) wins the Open Trot Handicap ($12,000). Tag Up And Go (Mike Merton) led the group to a first quarter of :28.0 and the half in :58.0. BJ Lorado (Jim Taggart Jr.) would take over before hitting three-quarters in 1:25.3. Jack Rules ($28.20), who is owned DJS Stables and trained by Santeramo, was third after three-quarters. He went three-wide down the stretch and held off the late charge of second place finisher Prairie Fortune (Jim Meittinnis) to win in a seasonal best of 1:55.0. Tag Up And Go held on for third. Jack Rules Jack Rules is a 5-year-old gelding by Crazed. It was his seventh win this season. He now has 22 career wins. Wally Hennessey drove four winners on the night. He got his other wins with Campbellini ($5.70), Celebrity Lover ($3.00), and Groovey Kid ($9.90). Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Sunday (June 16) featuring three divisions of the New York Sire Stakes for sophomore pacing colts and geldings. The 13 race card also features the return of wiener dog races. Post time is 1:00 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com   John Horne for Tioga Downs.

Spoiler Alert (Truman Gale) takes the featured harness racing trot ($5,000) at Vernon Downs on Saturday (June 15). Cash N Chrome (Claude Huckabone III) went to the front and led to a first quarter in :28.2. Spoiler Alert ($6.00) took over as they went around the first turn. As Spoiler Alert headed for a half in :57.3, Bluffton (Homer Hochsetler) put on the pressure. Spoiler Alert , who is owned by Jeffrey Hayes and trained by Misty Carey, led to three-quarters in 1:26.1. Spoiler Alert opened up by two lengths in the stretch but Bluffton came charging late. Spoiler Alert would dig in deep and held on to win by a head in a seasonal best of 1:56.1. Bluffton had to settle for second. Schwarber (Claude Huckabone Jr.) finished third. Spoiler Alert is a 5-year-old gelding by Chapter Seven. It was his second win this season and career victory number nine. Gale had two winners on the night. His other win came with Under The Bus ($6.00). Leading driver John MacDonald drove three winners on the night. He finished first with Wild Damage Blues ($2.50), Jas Going Away ($6.40), and Bay Sky ($5.30). Vernon Downs returns to live racing for a special Father's Day matinee with a 10 race card on Sunday (June 16) with a post time of 1:05 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com.   John Horne for Vernon Downs

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- "He raced huge at Tioga Downs last week so I expected he'd be good here tonight," said harness racing driver Drew Monti of Southern Palms. His prediction was spot on.   Southern Palms was indeed good after rolling to a 1-1/4 length victory over the heavily favored Majestic Kat in Buffalo Raceway's featured $13,000 Open Trot in 1:59.3 on a rainy Saturday night (June 15).   Finishing a solid fourth last Sunday in Tioga's Open Handicap trot, Southern Palms got the perfect pocket journey over the sloppy surface as Majestic Kat (Billy Davis Jr.) splashed out the fractions of :29.4, 1:00.3 and 1:30.3.   In the stretch, Southern Palms ($12.80) moved to the outside and cruised on past Majestic Kat to score the win. Lougazi (Ray Fisher Jr.) took the third place money.   "I wanted to be forwardly placed," Monti said of the getting the garden spot. "I knew Jack Rice's horse (Majestic Kat) was going to be tough but we'd make a serious run at her."   Owned by Mike Torcello and trained by Gerry Sarama, it was the second victory in 12 tries for the 6-year-old gelded Southern Palms (RC Royalty-Pacific Elegance). The win boasted his seasonal winnings to $27,840 and $294,571 lifetime.   BZ Glide showed he's back after wiring the field in the $9,200 Class A-B Handicap trot in 1:59.1. He posted a 1-1/2 length decision over Lunar Credit.   Scoring from the seven post, driver Mike Caprio easily reached the lead with BZ Glide and put up splits of :29.1, :59.0 and 1:29.1. There were no serious challenges down the stretch as BZ Glide trotted smartly to the finish line. Lunar Credit (Jim McNeight Jr.) skimmed the pylons and took second while Call My Broker (Monti) rallied for the show position.   Owned by the Caprio Stable LLC and trained by Alana Caprio, it was the first win in four outings for the 10-year-old gelded BZ Glide (Yankee Glide-Bloomer Zoomer). The win upped his 2019 earnings to $7,750 and $321,591 in his career.   Davis Jr. and Monti each completed the evening with a pair of driving doubles.   Racing will continue on Sunday afternoon at 12:30 p.m. with a 13-race program on tap. There's a carryover of $684 carryover in the Pick-5 which begins in the second race.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, entries, upcoming promotions and simulcast schedule, go to www.buffaloraceway.com     by Brian J. Mazurek for Buffalo Raceway

WATTSBURG PA -- Bad weather already in the area is forcing the Erie County Fair racing in Wattsburg PA to cancel the races for Sunday, June 16. Scheduled were Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes events for three-year-olds. Questions about "purse" checks, starting fees, W-9's and the like should be directed to Director Of Racing Rhiannon Crouch at 814 882 9754.

WASHINGTON, PA, June 15, 2019 -- Stranded in mid-move when his cover ducked back to the cones, Nitro Seelster did the heavy lifting himself and pulled off a 13-1 harness racing upset in Saturday's $20,000 Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Nitro Seelster was following the first-over cover of Real Peace when that rival dived back to the rail to exploit an opening. But Nitro Seelster and Tony Hall persevered, overtaking 4-5 favorite Windsong Leo in the shadow of the wire and downing him by a neck in 1:50. Real Peace earned show. Sarah Andrews trains Nitro Seelster, a 9-year-old Camluck-Strikes Again gelding who now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $324,763, for Sandbur Farms and Valarie Sutton. Aaron Merriman, Mike Wilder and Hall each piloted three winners on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, first post 1:05 PM.   By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, June 15, 2019 -- Alesha "The Hoosier Hotshot" Binkley pulled the pocket with Body Of Work midway down the backside and rolled to a 10-1/2-length harness racing rout in Saturday's $10,000 leg of the C.K.G. Billings Amateur Trot at The Meadows. Binkley was stalking Michelle "The Belle" Ruvola (Jackie Goldstein) when a pair of circumstances convinced her it was time to move. "The horse behind me was running me over a little bit," Binkley said. "The horse on the lead was slowing down. So I figured I'd rather go to the front and control the race. I didn't pop the earplugs, and he was a lot better." The rest of the field took chase, but the "Hotshot'" was not to be caught, scoring in 1:56.3. "Tiny Tim" Miller (Song In My Heart) rallied for second, while "Fast Greggy" Keidel (Stirling Boudica) and Ruvola completed the superfecta. Trent Stohler trains Body Of Work, a 6-year-old ABC Garland-Battle Axe gelding who lifted his career bankroll to $156,467, for Trent Stohler Stable.   By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

ANDERSON, Ind.--June 15, 2019-- Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino has announced a $10,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 sequence when live harness racing resumes on Tuesday, June 18. The pick-4 sequence went unsolved on Saturday as a number of longshots prevailed over the sloppy racing surface including Rockin N Runnin with driver, trainer Ross Leonard, who turned in a gutsy performance to capture the $20,000 Bill Thompson final at odds of 40-1. A $1,584.42 carry-over will kick-start the $10,000 Guaranteed Pool set for Tuesday. In partnership with the Unites States Trotting Association Strategic Wagering program and the Indiana Standardbred Association, Harrah's Hoosier Park will offer this signature wager for Tuesday's 12-race card. A field of eight three-year-old filly trotters in a $12,500 Indiana Sires Stakes eligible event will highlight the evening's racing action. Indiana Sires Stakes action will return to Harrah's Hoosier Park next week with the second round of stakes for the three-year-old competitors. The Pick-4 begins in the third race and will continue through the sixth race. Approximate post time for the first leg of the wager, the third race, is 7:06 p.m. (est.). Free past performances for the Pick-4 will be available on the United States Trotting Association website. Expert selections and handicapping tools are also available on Hoosier Park's website and The United States Trotting Association's website. Live racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through Nov. 9. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com.   Emily Ratcliff

East Rutherford, NJ - The North America Cup day edition of Breakfast With The Babies (BWTB), sponsored by Jules Siegel's Fashion Farms, came an hour early at 9:00am on a beeeyooteefull, windless Saturday morning with the temperature at 70 degrees and the harness racing track fast. Trainer Marcus Melander flaunted his imposing freshman trotting power this morning, winning five of the six colt races while finishing 1-2 in races eight through eleven. Trotting colts got underway in the seventh race where the camera could not separate a closing Hellbent For AM (Sears) and mile cutter Legion Of Honor (Andy McCarthy) as they crossed the wire, resulting in a dead heat in 1:56 / 27.3. Hellbent For AM is a Anders Strom via Courant Inc homebred trained in the Melander barn while Legion Of Honor was a $150,000 LSYS purchase by Mario Mazza from breeders Steve Stewart and John Carver with Lucas Wallin doing the training. Just as impressive as the top two was the 27 flat closing kick displayed by third place finisher Real Cool Sam (D. Miller), a Fashion Farm homebred. Hellbent For AM (Sears) and mile cutter Legion Of Honor (Andy McCarthy) The Melander stable began the 1-2 binge in race 8 when Maesteraemon (Sears) out kicked Speed Ball Swagger (Mattias Melander) for a 2:01.1 / 28 win. Mahomes (Tetrick) scrambled up for third. The winner is another SRF Stable colt, this one an Andover Hall that cost $170,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale (SHS) and is a Hanover bred. Melander came right back with Capricornus (Tetrick) to win in 1:58.2, taking over from stable-mate Hollywood Story (Sears) on the way to the 1:00.3 half then moved away from his chief rival under his own power with a 27.3 final quarter. The $110,000 Cantab Hall scion was a Harrisburg yearling purchase is a Windsong Stable bred now owned by JJ Stable. Sears drove Expectations to a 1:57.2 / 27.3 score next, taking over early and finishing in hand over Hell Patrol (Tetrick) and Chaptiama (Trond Smedshammer). Expectations is another son of Muscle Hill, bred by Dunroven Stud and sold in Lexington for $110,000 to Vicky Trotting. The domination continued with Back Of The Neck (Mattias Melander) leading all the way to an easy 1:58 / 28.2 win over Hopeyousteponalego (Marcus Schoen) and Swiss House On Fire (Svanstedt). Back Of The Neck is a son of Ready Cash, bred by Order By Stable and still shows Order By as owner despite having sold for $150,000 last fall at Harrisburg. Ake Svanstedt finally put the Melander reign of terror to rest by winning the last of the trotting colt races with the very sharp looking Chapter Seven colt Third Shift. They tracked Melander trainee Gerard (M. Schoen) throughout slow fractions before blasting by in a 27.4 end to the 2:01 mile. Jula Trix Treasure (Gingras) closed it up to be second. The winner was a $235,000 Harrisburg yearling purchase by Melby Gard Inc from breeder Winbak Farms. The day's opener featured several top bred filly trotters and a pair of expensive, impressive Muscle Hills finished one-two. Bellareina Dolce (Brian Sears) took over past the quarter, rated the middle half then dug in when challenged by Impressive Fashion (Dave Miller) as they sprinted home in lock-step through a 27.4 end to the 2:00 mile. Oblivion (Tim Tetrick) was a handy third. Lennart Agren owns the winner via his SRF Stable, a $400,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale (LSYS) buy from breeder David McDuffee and she is trained by Marcus Melander. Yannick Gingras saved ground all the way then found room at the rail late for Queen Of The Hill to eke out a narrow 1:58.4 / 27.1 win over a wide and charging Dramatra (Scoot Zeron). Dip Me Hanover (Tetrick) was a good third. Queen Of The Hill is an Explosive Matter filly that Al Libfeld paid $110,000 (LSYS) for to secure from breeders Paymaq Racing, Lou Willinger and JC Bafia. She is trained in the Per Engbloom stable. Yannick took the exact same path to victory in the next race, guiding Becky Lindy to a ground saving 1:59.3 / 28.2 score, making it two straight for the driver/trainer duo of Gingras and Engbloom. They sat tight in the pocket behind the fractions set by Context (Jan Johnson) before wearing that game rival down very late to get up. Beautiful Mrs A (Marcus Miller) was third in a purposeful trip. Lindy Farms bred the winner, a $35,000 LSYS purchase by Christina Takter and John Fielding. Jula Beauty AM made it a hat trick for Per and Yannick, coming wide from well back to track down the leaders late in the stretch and get a narrow win over Common Sense S (Svanstedt) in 2:00.2 with her final quarter in 27.3. Musclesandmascara (Dexter Dunn) rallied late for third. Jula Racing owns the Muscle Hill filly, an $85,000 LSYS yearling bred by AM Bloodstock. Senorita Rita (Zeron) gave the crowd a thrill with an impressive gate to wire 1:57.4 win, trotting home in 27.1 under no urging. Shishito (Tetrick) actually gained in the stretch to get up for the place over Seventimesalady (Ake Svanstedt). Ken Jacobs paid $285,000 (LSYS) for Senorita Rita, a Chapter Seven lass bred by Our Horse Cents Stable and Hall of Famer Linda Toscano is the trainer. Caviart Ava was a winner for Andy McCarthy in a front end effort this morning, finishing her 1:58.4 mile with a 28.1 last quarter with something left. Electrapedia (Svanstedt) got up to be second over Mission US (Mattias Melander). The Trixton filly is a Caviart Farms homebred, trained by Nancy Johansson. The pacers came around after a training break and Tony Alagna fillies finished 1-2 in 1:57.2 / 27.3 with Never Ever Forget (Dex Dunn) closing to get up over the inside horses and holding off Reflect With Me (McCarthy) who lost ground early, breaking while leading before the 59.2 before making a nice recovery. Both fillies are by Captaintreacherous, the winner an $85,000 Lexington purchase by Alagna & In The Gym, VJ Stable, Donovan and Sbrocco from AM Bloodstock. Alagna sent out Lady Lou (McCarthy) to win the fourteenth after leading all the way in 1:54 with a 27 end to hold Baby You're the Best (D. Miller) and Rocknificient (Tetrick) at bay while becoming the fastest freshman filly pacer of 2019. The daughter of Sweet Lou was bred by Robert Hamather and went through the Harrisburg sale for $55,000 to Brad Grant. Capt Midnight (McCarthy) became the fastest freshman pacing colt of the season for Tony Alagna when he won the 15th race in 1:52.3 / 26.3 from the pocket over a stubborn Freedom Warrior (Tetrick) with Captain Nemo (Dunn) third. The Captaintreacherous colt is a Hanover bred and was a $350,000 Harrisburg yearling purchase by Marvin Katz, Ken Jacobs, Brad Grant and Captain Midnight Racing.  Capt Midnight Genius Man (Marcus Miller) took the last baby race of the day with an impressive gate to wire 1:54.4 / 26.4 win, holding sway over Force N Fury (Dunn) and He Refuses To Lose (Matt Kreuger). The winner is an Art Major colt was an $87,000 Lexington purchase by Ron Michelon and Daniel Plouffe from breeder Winbak Farms. Today's results are available on The Meadowlands website. Live racing tonight at 7:15. Nick Salvi          

YONKERS, N.Y. – When Swansea joined the ranks of Scott Di Domenico’s stable last September, the harness racing trainer had high hopes for the Swan For All son. The gelding began his career last July as a sophomore racing in the non-winners classes in the barn of Lester Haber at Hoosier Park. Despite the late start to the gelding’s career, Swansea made an immediate impression. He finished second on debut before rattling off consecutive wins and took a mark of 1:55.4 in only his third start.  “My number one agent found him,” Di Domenico recalled. “He watched the horse go and he had a relationship with the guy that trained him and we bought him. He liked the way he trotted. He was a big horse, had a clean gait, he kept coming. At that time, we were trying to find a non-winners horse to race in New York and we just thought he would be a horse that fit that ticket.” Despite the praise from Di Domenico’s top recruiter, the trainer received a shock when Swansea arrived in the barn. The horse was physically impressive as indicated, but the clean gait which was the basis of purchasing the gelding was missing.   “My first impression looking at him was he was gorgeous. My first impression training him was that we were in trouble,” Di Domenico said. “He was hitting and hitching and hopping and did about everything he could do wrong the first time I trained him.  “It was disappointing. I went out and trained him and he was just all over the place. I was thinking, ‘oh my gosh, what did I get into,’ ” Di Domenico continued. “It almost didn’t look like the same horse from the horse we watched on TV.” After his troubling training debut, Di Domenico went to the drawing board and formulated a plan to get Swansea back on track. A change in shoeing was deemed necessary and after being reshod that same day, an immediate change was noted. “Between me and my blacksmith, we came up with a plan of making a few changes to him and it really clicked,” Di Domenico said. “We put our heads together and we made a couple changes in his shoeing and it’s been smooth sailing since.” Swansea earned four straight checks for Di Domenico before breaking through with a victory in a $14,000 overnight at Harrah’s Philadelphia November 9. By year-end, he won three more times and lowered his mark to 1:55.0. Then, after a 1:54.3 score at Dover Downs January 22, Do Domenico decided to bring Swansea to New York. “At that time, just trying to get speed into him and stretching out and making him go fast was helpful,” Di Domenico said. “We raced him at Chester toward the end of last year and then took him to Dover. By about the time he was out at Dover, he was ready to go the half and do something.” Swansea connected in his first local try, capturing the winner’s share of a $20,000 overnight January 31. He doubled up in the same class the following week and after a runner-up finish while up in class on Valentine’s Day, returned to the winner’s circle for $26,000 February 28.  Swansea continued to improve as his 4-year-old season progressed. His talent showed in the SOA of NY Bonus Trotting Series. Swansea won all three $25,000 preliminary legs of the series in convincing fashion, leading at every call and scoring in 1:55.1, 1:55.4, and 1:55.0. However, after being engaged by in a speed duel Joey Bats in the $73,000 series final, Swansea lost a photo finish with Rich And Miserable. “He was wonderful. The night of the final of the trotting series was a hard pill to swallow. That wasn’t exactly what I dreamt up, trip wise, but it is what it is,” Di Domenico said. “It was tough that he got beat an inch; he certainly deserved to win, but that’s racing and prior to that and after that, it’s been ‘A-1’ efforts every time.” After the trotting series, Swansea made the jump into the open trotting ranks. Despite being handicapped by post seven and post six in his first two bouts, the 4-year-old managed to earn a check in each of his first two attempts in the weekly $44,000 feature. Then May 18, Swansea earned his first victory at the open level with Joe Bongiorno in the sulky. Since then, Swansea has hit the board in each of his last two starts. The gelding is 14-for-34 with $207,320 earned. “It was a little bit discouraging coming out of that series because they handicapped me the outside in the Open for a couple weeks,” Di Domenico said. “He trotted home, he stormed home and got money both times. He did a little bit better the night Joe drove him and he won and the next week he got nailed right at the wire by a really good horse in Weslyn Dancer. She’s a Grand Circuit mare, so not much you can say. “The biggest thing about him was he was really, really green when we got him and he’s figured it out now. You can leave the gate, you can take him off, you can race him just about any way you want. His versatility and his handiness is great. He’s really, really good that way.” Di Domenico said. “He’s a trotter that’s really matured and he’s figured it out and he’s got it. The one thing that you can be sure you’re going to get from him is a hard-trying effort.” Swansea will start from post six in the $44,000 Open Handicap Trot Saturday night (June 15). Mark MacDonald will take the lines behind the 12-1 morning line chance. The field includes Will Take Charge, who came from well off the pace to win last week’s trotting feature, and Winning Shadow, last week’s runner-up who drew advantageously in post three.  Smalltownthrowdown, who tired after setting the pace last out, will start from post two while Lean Hanover, who could not overcome post eight last out, drew better in midfield in post five. Trotting Grace and Chasin’ Dreams complete the lineup. “It’s a tough spot,” Di Domenico said. “There’s a lot of speed inside of him. It looks like he’ll have to race off the pace. It will probably take somebody else to do something silly for him to win, but that being said, I think he’ll be going forward late and I think he can get money.” Saturday night’s card also features the weekly $44,000 Open Handicap Pace. First post time is 6:50 p.m. Yonkers Raceway features live harness racing Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. For entries to the races, click here By Brandon Valvo for the SOA of NY.

BANGOR, MAINE (WABI) - A huge night for harness racing driver Bruce Ranger. He got his 9000th career win tonight at Bangor Raceway.... Watch the video below.   By Eric Gullickson    Reprinted with permission of www.wabi.tv  

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Highalator and Guardian Angel As extended their respective winning streaks in style Friday night in the harness racing co-features at the Meadowlands. Highalator won for fifth time in six Meadowlands starts this year, displaying some versatility in coming from off the pace to win Leg 3 of the Golden Receiver series for pacers for driver Ricky Still and trainer Jenny Bier. The 5-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere-Higher And Higher was away fourth in the early going as 2-1 second choice - and 2018 Sam McKee Memorial winner - Western Joe hit the quarter in :26.2. After a rated second fraction in :28.2, Still moved Highalator to the outside at the half and went after Western Joe while parked, before poking a head in front at three-quarters in 1:22.3. Highalator then did what Highalator does, sprinting his final quarter in :26 flat to win his third straight at the Big M and fourth in a row overall. It was a neck back to a fast-closing - but non-threatening - Classy Dragon. Trump Nation finished third. Western Joe weakened and finished eighth. The winner returned $4.20 as the public choice and the final time of 1:48.3 equaled Highalator's season's-best effort and gave him eight wins in 16 seasonal starts. Lifetime, he's won 29-of-62 and banked $429,028. "I think he's the best older pacer in training," said Bier. "He can do it any way you want. He's very easy on himself and he doesn't get tired. He's a happy horse and he loves to race." A week from Saturday at Pocono Dows, a meeting with McWicked awaits in the Ben Franklin. Guardian Angel As, off a 1:51 score in the Maxie Lee at Harrah's Philadelphia, faced a deep field in the third leg of the Mr Muscleman for trotters, and in workmanlike fashion, scored in 1:52.1 to win his third straight after starting his season with a fourth-place finish in the Big M's Cutler. It was his first-ever Meadowlands win in six tries. Tim Tetrick, who guided four winners on the program, handled the 5-year-old son of Archangel-Provide As patiently, sitting at the rail fifth past the quarter before going on a steady, constructive stroll after leader Pinkman. Guardian Angel As, who returned $3.00 as the 1-2 favorite, cleared the top shortly after the half but had to contend with Cruzado Dela Noche, who had followed the live cover of the eventual winner down the backside before inching closer while racing first-over. Through the stretch, it became apparent that whatever Cruzado Dela Noche brought, Guardian Angel As brought a little bit more, and at wire he was a half-length to the good. Pinkman finished third. "He was very good," said Tetrick of the Anette Lorentzon trainee. "Especially for being off three weeks. It was a very good effort." The win was Guardian Angel As' 19th from 44 career starts, good for earnings of $614,780. A LITTLE MORE: Chalk players lived large on the 13-race card, as nine favorites hit the winner's circle. ... Betting was spirited in both the 50-Cent Pick-5 ($70,427 in the pool) and 50-Cent Pick-4 ($116,369) and one sharp player in Chicago raked the pot in the 20-Cent Survivor Pick-10 and walked away with $7,892.38 after lasting six legs. ... All-source wagering totaled $2,499,099. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

A pair of $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes tests for harness racing 3-year-old pacing fillies brought forth impressive performances despite unseasonably cool weather under clear skies at Scioto Down son Friday, June 14. In the first OSS division 3-1 Rose Run Uptowngal and driver Chris Page took advantage of a costly break made by 1-2 favorite Queen Of The Pride (Tony Hall) in the early going. The daughter of Dragon Again was second to her aforementioned foe in Leg One of this series on May 3 at Miami Valley and redeemed herself with a steady triumph in this second leg, easily holding off 10-1 Norman's Madeline (Brett Miller) by a length at the wire in 1:52.2. Final Offer (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) was moved from fourth to third after Queen Of The Pride--who had gone under the wire third--was disqualified by the Scioto judges and placed eighth for interfering with 11-1 Carmen Ohio (Ryan Stahl). Trained by Ronnie Burke for Burke Racing, P. Collura, J&T Silva-Purnell & Libby, Rose Run Uptowngal now has $122,960 in career earnings from five wins, three second and two thirds in 16 starts, with $52,510 of those monies amassed this season. "She can be a little temperamental before the race," Page explained in the Scioto winner's circle. "But once the race gets toing she's perfect to drive and really raced well tonight." Rose Run Uptowngal is the second and most prolific of four foals out of the Western Terror mare Victoria Gallery p, ($2,440). Steven Price's Rylee Roo went a huge mile in the second OSS division for driver Aaron Merriman, clocked in 1:52. After leaving from post seven, Merriman steered the Pet Rock lass three wide in the first turn to nab the lead and take the field to a :26.2 first panel. From there she snapped off fractions of :54.4 and 1:22.2 before posting a :29.3 final brush as the even-money favorite. Giggles In Dreams, a 22-1 longshot, was a tough second after going three-wide around the last turn and was beaten only a length for driver Shawn Barker II. In Love Again (Danny Noble) notched third-place honors at 12-1 odds. Rylee Roo Trained by Steve Carter, the homebred Rylee Roo upped her lifetime bankroll to $149,125 and has five wins, four second and one third in 12 starts. This bay lass is the second foal out of the Western Hanover mare Moonlite Delite p, 6, 1:51.3f ($278,548) and is a full sister to Tenwillgetutwenty p, 3, 1:55.1f ($35,334). Ohio Sires Stakes action continues Saturday night (June 15) at Northfield Park in Cleveland, as two $50,000 divisions of 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings go postward. by Kimberly Rinker, Ohio Standardbred Development Administrator    

YONKERS, NY, Friday, June 14, 2019 - Yonkers Raceway's Friday evening (June 14th) harness racing Pick 5, buoyed by a carryover of $9,416.12 and a $25,000 guaranteed pool, found some eyeballs. Some $34,367 of fresh money poured in, easily leapfrogging the minimum and leading to a total pool of $35,191...after takeout and give or take a few pennies. The combination of 5/2,9/4/8/1 returned $1,050.25 for each correct half-a-buck ticket (in second leg, No. 2 was winning favorite while No. 9 was scratched, with ticket defaulting to favorite). The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising eithers races 6 through 10 or 7 through 11, depending upon number of race drawn. It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners (as was the case Thursday night), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next racing program. There's a built-in $10,000 Pick 5 guarantee every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evening. Friday night's $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace, which was not part of the Pick 5 sequence, turned into a Tour de Twinkle. Fourth choice Twinkle (Brent Holland, $14) gave nothing else a shot. Winning the 3-thru-8 post-position draw after about a month of R&R, she blitzed 'em (:27.1, :56.3, 1:25, 1:53.1) for a first win in nine seasonal starts. Even-money favorite Alexa's Power (Jason Bartlett) chased from a loose pocket and saved second-beaten a length-and-three-quarters-with a first-up Rockstar Angel A (Eric Goodell) third. Gold Orchid N (Austin Siegelman) and Lispatty (Mark MacDonald) picked off the minors. Twinkle, a 6-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight trained by Ross Croghan for co-owners Let it Ride Stables and Dana Parham, led exotics of $33 (exacta), $169.50 (triple) and $543 (superfecta), respectively. Frank Drucker