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WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 23, 2014 -- Pecking for late racing room outside and inside, Cover Model finally found a seam and poured through to score in Tuesday's $88,600 Keystone Classic at The Meadows. Alexa Said took the other harness racing division of the stake for 2-year-old filly pacers. Cover Model was sixth near the three-quarters when Dan Rawlings slipped her off the cones into the outside flow. When cover took him nowhere, Rawlings guided Cover Model back inside and hunted room, finding it between horses. The daughter of Dragon Again-Fashion Sureal rolled home to triumph in 1:53.4, 2-1/4 lengths better than Special Package. Momas Got A Gun, a full sister to Little Brown Jug winner Limelight Beach, was third. "I came out because I thought the outside flow was good, but it wasn't going anywhere," Rawlings said. "I basically took a shot (inside), and a seam opened up. I wasn't planning on being buried like I was, but everything worked out." Douglas Lewis trains Cover Model for Frederick W. Hertrich III and CTC stable. Alexa Said roared three wide through the lane to prevail for Eric Ledford in a career-best 1:55.3. Pennsylvania Stallion Series champion Half Past Seven was second by a length while early leader Mistup Magic earned show. It was the first stakes victory for Alexa Said although Tye Loy, who conditions the daughter of Well Said-Niki Blue Chip and owns with Michael Lowe, said she easily could have several more. "She's had bad luck and bad trips," said Loy of his $18,000 yearling acquisition. "When you warm her up, you wouldn't think she could go in 2:30 the way she's lollygagging around. When she hits the gate, it's all business; she puts her game face on." In the $18,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, Cowgirl Hall thwarted the challenge of Better Caviar and downed him by a length in 1:53.2. Major Athens saved show. Dave Palone drove for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Jack Piatt III and Michael Rosenthal. The 5-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Centerfold hall extended her career bankroll to $598,903. On Wednesday the Meadows Racetrack & Casino will offer a $5,000-guaranteed pool for its Pick 5 wager as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. The Meadows added the “instant” guarantee after Tuesday’s Pick 5 was uncovered, resulting in a carryover of $1,239.74. Minimum wager for the Pick 5 (Races 12-16) is 50 cents. Since Pennsylvania law requires a minimum per-race wager of $2, a player wagering at the 50-cent level must bet at least four tickets. First post for Wednesday’s program, which features a $117,200 Keystone Classic for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters, is 12:55 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

(NEW KENT, VA ---9/21/14) ---- On a day when Colonial Downs starter Mike Wojchick oversaw and directed races with pacers, trotters, ostriches, camels and children, Nuclear Attraction and Smile A Little stole the show and scored impressive harness racing victories in sub-1:50.0 times on a hot Sunday afternoon. The other unique animals created laughter and applause between the quick mile trips. In the camel race, trainer Morgan Hagerman smartly guided Desert Charmer to victory while hanging on for dear life against three other two humped animals, which were ridden respectively by trainer Amanda Jackson, track veterinarian Chad Hundley and driver Jeff Nisonger. Hagerman's camel won by a nose over Hundley's Joe Camel. The fun day also included an ostrich race with sulkies attached to the feathered animals, and kids races on the track in which they lined up behind the starter's car. In equine competition, Cory Braden directed Nuclear Attraction to a wire-to-wire romp in the Good OIe USA's Pacing Series' first leg. The 4 year old Nuclear Breeze gelding triggered fractions of :26 4/5, :54 3/5 and 1:21 4/5 before crossing 5 ¾ lengths ahead of Hotundethecollar in 1:49 4/5. The Brian Malone trainee's previous best was a 1:52 4/5 clocking at Philadelphia last year Two races later, Jason MacDougall guided Smile A Little to a blowout win in week's featured conditioned pace in a sizzling 1:49 3/5. The 6 year old I Am A Fool gelding nosed by Doc's Zippy coming out of the turn and powered ahead to win convincingly by ten lengths. The George Anthrop trainee's prior best was set at Colonial last fall in 1:51.0. The track's 17th harness race season continues Wednesday at 1 PM. Darrell Wood  

(August 18, 2014 - Wyomissing, PA) Three racetracks operated by Penn National Gaming, Inc. (PNGI), the largest operator of harness racetracks in North America, will be active participants in the United States Trotting Association's (USTA) "Back to the Track" program over the next month. The "Back to the Track" program is an initiative to encourage on-track attendance at harness racetracks across the country through promotions and interactive events. More information on the program can be found at http://backtothetrack.ustrotting.com/. "Back to the Track is a great way to bring new guests to our tracks and also say 'thank you' to our loyal customers as well," said PNGI Vice President of Racing Christopher McErlean. "Plainridge, Freehold and Rosecroft each have come up with some unique events and activities for their guests to enjoy," he added. Plainridge Racecourse in Plainville, MA, the newest member of the PNGI racing family, will be hosting a full weekend of events and live racing on August 23 and 24. On both days the Hambletonian Trophy, Harness Racing's most prestigious prize, will be on display. The trophy was won by the locally owned and trained Royalty for Life in 2013. On Saturday, barn tours will be conducted from 12 noon to 2 p.m. with all participants to be entered in drawings to announce a post parade on either day, ride in the starting gate car and participate in an exhibition race on Sunday with top Plainridge drivers. Plainridge drivers will participate in a meet and greet on both days and serving customers in a special cook out area during both afternoons. Drivers will also give out commemorative "Back to the Track" t-shirts following each race. A free scratch off ticket will be given to all guests Sunday with a $50,000 grand prize. The "$50,000 Match and Win" promotion is sponsored by Mom's Motorcycles of Foxboro, MA. Post time Saturday, August 23 is 4 p.m. Post time on Sunday, August 24 is 1 p.m. Admission and parking is free at Plainridge every live racing day. For more information go to www.prcharness.com. Freehold Raceway in Freehold, NJ will be hosting "Back to the Track" events on Labor Day, September 1 during its afternoon live racing program. All guests will receive a free "Back to the Track" baseball cap with the purchase of a Freehold live racing program (while supplies last.) Drawings throughout the day will be conducted for "Back to the Track" t-shirts and Season Parking passes. Fifty-cent ($.50) hot dog and soda specials will be offered as well as a driver autograph session. Post time Labor Day is 12:30 p.m. and admission is free. For more information go to www.freeholdraceway.com. Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD will celebrate "Back to the Track" as part of its summer-fall meet opening night on Saturday, September 13. The first 400 guests after 6 p.m. will receive a free "Back to the Track" t-shirt and guests will have a chance to enter losing tickets all evening for "Second Chance" drawings after races 5, 7 and 9 for $50 betting vouchers. In addition, a popular Asian Festival will be held all day Saturday, September 13 in the Rosecroft parking lots. Post time on September 13 is 6:4 0 p.m. with free admission and parking. For more information go to www.rosecroft.com. Christopher McErlean

(Fort Washington, MD-August 11, 2014) Rosecroft Raceway will continue live harness racing with a Summer-Fall meet scheduled to begin on September 13.. Rosecroft will continue to emphasize its on-going commitment to rebuild the Standardbred industry in Maryland by continuing to offer a 100% preference to Maryland connected horses in all races. "We are committed to Maryland racing and helping to rebuild this industry," said Chris McErlean, Vice President of Racing for Penn National Gaming, parent company of Rosecroft Raceway. "We are working side by side in conjunction with the Cloverleaf Standardbred Owners Association and the Maryland Standardbred Breeders Association to revive Standardbred racing in Maryland," McErlean continued. One special focus at the beginning of the summer-fall meet will be newly added prep races for 2 and 3 year-old Maryland Sires Stakes eligible horses. The two-year-old divisions will be raced on September 13 and the 3-year-old division will be raced on September 16. Each prep race will go for a purse of $3,000. "Horsemen understand that Maryland must have a strong breeding industry to survive. The efforts of the Maryland Standardbred Breeders Association to promote growth the Maryland Sire Stakes program are admirable and Rosecroft is pleased to see the growth and attention it is now receiving. I am very happy for our racetrack to play a part in this renewal working with MSBA," concluded McErlean. Finals for the Maryland Sire Stakes will be conducted at Rosecroft on Saturday, September 27 (3-year-old races) and Tuesday, September 30 (2-year-old races.) Maryland Standardbred Breeders President Dan Myer said, "One again Rosecroft has come through for the Maryland Breeding industry. We are very pleased to be working with the Rosecroft team to promote the Maryland Sires Stakes." Horsemen who are interested in learning more about breeding in Maryland or participating in our program may contact Dan Myer at 410-603-1585 or visit the website at www.mdbreeders.org. Cloverleaf Standardbred Owners Association President Tom Cooke offered the following comment, "We are very pleased to be working together with our colleagues from MSBA and wish to acknowledge our appreciation for Penn National Gaming and Rosecroft. Penn National has continued to operate Rosecroft under difficult financial situations and their commitment to the Maryland Standardbred horsemen has been fantastic. We are anxious to do our part in helping this partnership continue so Maryland racing thrives." The 2014 Rosecroft live racing meet will continue through December 13. Horsemen may contact Sharon Roberts or Gina Maybee in the CSOA office with questions or for help at 301-567-9636. Racing applications are available at www.rosecroft.com or through the CSOA office and should be submitted by August 25th. Chris McErlean, Vice President of Racing for Penn National Gaming    

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 9, 2014 -- Hammered down to 1-5 off his surprising fourth in the Hambletonian, Il Sogno Dream lived up to expectations Friday at The Meadows when he dominated his Currier & Ives division and scored in a stake-record 1:53.2. Wheelsandthelegman took the other split in the $120,000 stake for harness racing 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters. Il Sogno Dream caught the public's attention with his Hambletonian rally at 90-1, and they deemed him much the best. So did winning driver David Miller, who moved the son of Cantab Hall-Le Reve to the front at the quarter. He jogged from there, lowering the previous Currier & Ives record of 1:54.1 established by Vivid Photo in 2005. "I was very impressed with him," Miller said. "He was very easy to get along with and just raced super. He felt strong in the stretch. He felt like he had enough to finish it off." Chris Beaver trains Il Sogno Dream, who vaulted over $300,000 in career earnings, for Bill Manes, Dan Manes. Leonard Christopher and Randy Christopher. Wheelsandthelegman had to work much harder for his victory, first repelling Amped Up Hanover and forcing him back to the pylons past the quarter, then thwarting him again when he challenged anew near the three-quarters. The Donato Hanover-Carmita gelding triumphed for Dick Stillings in 1:55.1, a neck better than the game Amped Up Hanover, with Frost Free Hanover third. It was the seventh win for Wheelsandthelegman in nine career outings. "He's a real tough guy, but there's something not quite right about him," said Walt Carroll, who trains Wheelsandthelegman for Beth Carroll. "He got bit by a spider or something after he raced here Adios Day. There's just something missing. But he's a real competitor. I thought he was beat a couple times today, and he hung in there and did what he had to do." He attributed much of the youngster's success to trainer/driver Jim Raymer, who helped develop him. Carroll said Wheelsandthelegman likely will remain in Pennsylvania stakes for the balance of the season. $231,260 PA Sires Stake, 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pacers Yankee Bounty stretched his career unbeaten streak to five with his most impressive performance yet, a 1:50.4 mile that erased the stake record of Johns Polyview and is the fastest mile this year by a freshman pacing gelding on a five-eighths-mile track. Lyons Again was second, 3-1/4 lengths back, while Lost For Words earned show. Blood Brother and Tomy Terror captured the other splits in the event known as the Tyler B. Yannick Gingras enjoyed a PASS double behind Yankee Bounty and Blood Brother. Making his initial start in the Ron Burke stable, Yankee Bounty was under wraps late, making Gingras wonder how fast the son of Yankee Cruiser-Bootleg Yankee ultimately can go. "He can go faster than 1:50.4, that's for sure. He had plenty left," Gingras said. "He certainly is impressive. He's the best 2-year-old I've driven so far this year, probably the best 2-year-old in the country." Yankee Bounty Partnership and Frank Chick campaign Yankee Bounty, who soared over $100,000 in lifetime earnings. A three-race maiden entering the race, Blood Brother was dismissed at 18-1 but found the Lightning Lane in time to score in 1:51.3. Wakizashi Hanover, the 3-5 favorite, was second by a nose, while Dragon Eddy completed the ticket. "He always could go, but he shakes his head the whole race," Gingras said. "He has the ability, but he just doesn't pay attention. Today he was a little bit better as far as that goes, and he got a good trip and got it done. We're working with different bits, and hopefully someday we'll find one he likes." Jimmy Takter trains the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Blood Diamond for Diamond Creek Racing and J&T Silva Stables. Tomy Terror snapped his bridesmaid streak of three consecutive seconds by shooting the Lightning Lane to down Cooperstown by 1/2 length in 1:52.2, with Badiou Hanover third. Mike Simons drove the Western Terror-Mib Hanover gelding for trainer John Butenschoen and owners William Wiswell, Jean Goehlen, Eugene Schick and VIP Internet Stable. "He's been on the front the last two times and just got caught, but we always thought he would be better off a helmet," said assistant trainer Tyler Butenschoen. "He got the cover he needed and exploded through there real good." The Meadows Racetrack & Casino  

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 9, 2014 -- "Marvelous" Marvin Raber and Catching Katie waltzed to a convincing victory in Friday's $10,000 final of the C.K.G. Billings Midwest Series amateur trot at The Meadows. Raber was sitting In The Pocket down the backside when he pulled Catching Katie, a 6-year-old daughter of Revenue S-She's Queenie owned by John Schlabach, and easily gobbled up the leader, Richard Roach and Margarita Man. Raber, who trains Catching Katie, went on to score in 1:57.2, 5-3/4 lengths better than "Law Book Larry" Farley and Good Friend. Jerry "The Jet" Mihelich and Texas Ridge -- also conditioned by Raber -- earned show. "I have a lot of faith in her." Raber said. "She got a good trip and closed well. I was waiting foe right time to mover her. I thought the leader was slowing up a little bit, so I decided to go on the straightaway instead of around the turn." Raber, who at 37 is at least 17 years younger than every other competitor in the finals, indicated he doesn't necessarily view his victory as a triumph for youth. "The other drivers have a lot more experience and probably know a lot more about racing than I do," he said, "but it doesn't really matter who I'm driving against. It's a horse race, and it's all about fun." Evan Pattak

WAYNESBURG PA - The annual two-day harness racing meet at the Greene County Fair in this southwestern PA town (hometown of Dave Palone) saw two three-year-old trotters run their 2014 fair records to 7 for 8, and a two-year-old trotter make a very promising debut. Fly Past Hanover opened the sophomore action with a 2:07 win, last quarter 30.2, for driver Steve Schoeffel, who had three wins each day to lead the meet, trainer Bill Daugherty Jr., and owner Susan Daugherty. The altered son of Cantab Hall is a nose shy of an undefeated fair campaign, as it took Faust edging him by the smallest margin in a Bedford all-age trot record of 2:00.4 to spoil his sheet this summer. Another Cantab Hall offspring, the filly Cantabs Lightning, is also 7 for 8 at the Pennsy twicearounds after a tally in 2:05.3, last quarter 30, winning by 19¾ lengths - imagine what she might have done if she hadn't made a break before the quarter. Wayne Long owns, trains, and drove the impressive miss. Roger Hammer trainees produced the fastest miles of the day on both 3YO day (Friday) and 2YO day (Thursday). The sophomore Yankee Cruiser gelding Fangled Hanover went the fastest mile of the meet, 2:01.4, in winning a Fair Sire Stakes division, with owner Hammer also driving the winner. Hammer didn't have the sulky seat behind Thursday's fastest baby as he was racing at Honesdale, but Steve Schoeffel more than capably deputized, as he and Rustlercafe distanced a Quaker State field in 2:02-29.2. Hammer, as usual, got the big end of the money, as he owns and trains Rustlercafe, now 5 for 6 in Quaker competition. In the 2YO Fair Sire Stakes, three horses posted a 2:06.3 time for speed co-honors, two being the pacing filly Joltstheice and the pacing gelding Jed Kidd Squawking. But the third 2:06.3 baby winner, the one that made the fans sit up and take notice, was a trotter - the Muscle Massive filly Piano Rose, who won effortlessly, and in her career debut to boot. Steve Schoeffel got the call to drive the undefeated neophyte for trainer Fred Grant and owner Ralph Del Priore Jr. The racing at Waynesburg signaled the shift of the PA fair circuit back west for the rest of August, after several weeks of being based in the central and eastern parts of the state. Next stop is at the historic Arden Downs oval at the Washington County Fair, where they'll go to the gate on Monday and Tuesday at 10 a.m. TOP FIVE PA FAIR CIRCUIT DRIVERS AND TRAINERS AFTER THE RACING of AUGUST 8 DRIVERS TRAINERS Chris Shaw 60 Jason Shaw 44 Steve Schoeffel 54 Steve Schoeffel 32 Roger Hammer 25 Roger Hammer 27 (tie) Todd Cummings 15 Bill Daugherty Jr. 15 (tie) Wayne Long Bob Krenitsky Jr. 13 Publicity Office of the Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen's Association    

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 2, 2014 -- Trailing by 5 lengths at the half, Southern Allie followed cover and charged through the lane to capture his second straight victory in Friday's $15,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life Pace at The Meadows. When Odin Blue Chip moved first over after the leader, Pop Cop, Southern Allie followed and was stronger in the stretch, downing his game rival by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:51. Brooklyn Flight finished third. Eric Ledford piloted Southern Allie, a 7-year-old Allie's Western-Pershing Angela gelding, for trainer Randy Bendis. Tom Pollack, Jack Piatt II and R. Lewis Hauber campaign Southern Allie, who extended his career bankroll to $723,154. Dave Palone drove three winners on the 15-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, July 8, 2014 -- Dragon Eddy quarter-poled to the lead, then dug in late to capture the fastest division of Tuesday's $236,060 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows. The event, known as the Albatross, was contested over five divisions, with Lost For Words, McJagersonthemove, McArdles Lightning and Yankee Bounty taking the other splits. Dragon Eddy, who won a PA All Stars division in his career debut, moved to the front after getting away third for Mike Simons and was able to withstand the late charge of first-time starter Elwell, downing him by a head in 1:52.4, fastest this year by a 2-year-old gelding on a five-eighths-mile track. Blood Brother was third. "He does everything right, and as a Dragon Again, he's got that early speed. I like that," Simons said. "He's a quick learner, real sensible. I wanted to be first or second; in third, too many negative things can happen. It was a quick first half, but he held tough." John Butenschoen trains Dragon Eddy, a son of Dragon Again-Jaska Hanover, for William Wiswell, Jean Groehlen, Eugene Schick and Edward Bardowski. Lost For Words made up 8-1/2 lengths in the final quarter and prevailed despite doing just about everything he could in the stretch to break stride. He scored in 1:53.4, 1-3/4 lengths better than Wakizashi Hanover, while Badiou Hanover earned show. Winning driver David Miller indicated Lost For Words ran in and might have been interfering -- new tricks by the youngster, according to trainer Brian Brown. "He's never done that to us before, so I really don't know what the problem was," Brown said of his $50,000 yearling acquisition. "First time at high speed? He's been some pretty quick quarters before. I'll talk to David before making any decisions." Country Club Acres, William Robinson, Richard Lombardo and Strollin Stable own Lost For Words, a son of Well Said-Thou Shalt Not. McJagersonthemove got no satisfaction in the PA All Stars, where he dropped back early. But following a downpour that rendered the track sloppy, Brett Miller changed tactics on him, sending him to the front. He scored easily in 1:55, a slop-distorted time that doesn't reflect the winner's dominance. Rich Wisdom rallied for second, 5 lengths back, with Cardiac Fashion completing the ticket. "I don't try to tell drivers a whole lot, but I asked Brett to put him in the race at some point," said Willard Reynolds, who conditions the son of McArdle-Grand Fancy for Mark Howard. "He's got a lot of personality. He likes to play, but he always likes his job." In the $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, Tamarind ground out yet another first-over victory, scoring in 1:56.1 for Aaron Merriman and owner/trainer Bill Bercury. Holy Halibut followed Tamarind's cover for second, beaten a neck, with Big And Little third. It was the ninth win this year for the 6-year-old son of Angus Hall-Spicegirl Kosmos, who now has banked $583,439 in his career. Dave Palone drove four winners -- three for trainer Ron Burke -- on the 16-race card. Wednesday's program at The Meadows features a $100,000 PA Stallions Series stake for freshman filly trotters. First post is 12:55 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

On Thursday, July 3 Northfield Park hosted the first leg of Ohio Sires Stake racing action for two year-old fillies as part of a 15-race program. Trotters and pacers each competed in three divisions. The pacers started the stakes action in the evening's opening race. Friskie Lil Devil (Feelin Friskie-Devils Desire-Cole Muffler) bested her competition by three lengths in her $40,000 stakes event. The race was Friskie Lil Devil's career debut. Chris Page piloted the filly for trainer Brian Brown and owner Lil Devil Stable of Findlay, Ohio. Friskie Lil Devil started from post two. Page sent her to the lead and never looked back. She posted fractions of :29, 59.1, 1:29 and 1:58. Finishing behind Friskie Lil Devil were Hailstorm Grace, Finefeelinfriskie, Happy Jude, Zebra Stripes and Feelin Outragous. Friskie Lil Devil returned $14.80 to win. Trotters took to the stage next for the second race of the evening. Honey B (Victory Sam-Honey Mesquite-Angus Hall) took the lion's share of her $40,000 division. Kyle Ater piloted the filly for trainer Dan Ater and the owning partnership of Jim Burnett of Wilmington, Ohio and Tim Homan of Maineville, Ohio. Honey B started from post two and led at virtually every call. She trotted fractions of :30.4, 1:03.2, 1:34.1 and 2:04.2. She held off late closing challengers by a head in this career debut. She was followed across the wire by Student Of Life, Song Of The Valley, Sammy Star, I'd Rather Walk, Star Of Thine and Iron Lucy. Hello Chipper was scratched. Honey B paid $7.80 to win Suite Feelin won the $40,000 second division for filly pacers in the third race of the night. Ronnie Wrenn Jr. was the winning driver for the owning partnership of Dr. RV Hutchinson of North Ridgeville, Ohio, Dr. R Van Hutchinson of Avon Lake, Ohio and TF Hoovler of Pataskala, Ohio. Mike Medors is the filly's trainer. Suite Feelin (Feelin Friskie-Easter Lace-Dare You To) started from post one and was content with letting her competition post the :29 opening fraction before taking the lead in the second quarter. Once on the lead, Suite Feelin did not experience an anxious moment for the remainder of the mile. She continued on the lead through fractions of :58.4, 1:28.2 and 1:58.4 and was a dominating 5-1/4 lengths in front as she crossed the wire. The time represents a new lifetime mark for Suite Feelin. Thursday's victory was the second start and second win for Suite Feelin, who now has earnings of $21,475. Suite Feelin was followed by Playa Del Sol, Karlee Sue, Corner Girl, Zoey's Lemon Tart, Feelin Flirty and Blinded. She returned $6.40 to win. Trotters again competed in the evening's fifth race. Sunrise Nibbles (Iron Duke-Sweethomeourbama-Kadabra) won the $40,000 second division. This win was Chris Page's second stakes victory of the night, this one was for trainer Christopher Beaver and the owning partnership of C Beaver of Delaware, Ohio, Synerco Vent of Ontario, Canada, S Zeehandler of Worthington, Ohio and D Lang of Hilliard, Ohio. Sunrise Nibbles started from the rail and led at virtually every call. She posted fractions of :31.1, 1:02.4, 1:34.3 and 2:04.3. She held off her challengers by a neck. This victory is her first win in as many starts. She was followed across the wire by Dolly Dunn, Soaring Flight, Influential Girl, Sammie's Delite, Bettys Sam, Talissa and Defiant Victory. Sunrise Nibbles was the punter's choice and paid $3.00 to win. Pacers returned to the scene to compete in the $40,000 third division. Friskie Til Dawn (Feelin Friskie-Lullaby Til Dawn-Dawn Ofa New Day) bested her competition by two lengths. The race was Friskie Til Dawn's career debut. Tony Hall piloted the filly for trainer Jim Arledge Jr. and owner Spring Mill Venture of New Albany, Ohio. Friskie Till Dawn started from post four. Hall sent her to the lead and there was never a question. She posted fractions of :29.1, 59, 1:29.3 and 1:59. Finishing behind Friskie Til Dawn were Medoland Kendolin, Bevnlindas Blossom, Tolatetoapologize, Colossal Chaos, Forever Golden, Indian Rockette and The Light. Friskie Til Dawn returned $4.60 to win. Totters completed the evening's stakes action in the twelfth race. I'm Chiptastic captured the $40,000 third division. John Ryan Melsheimer trains and drove the filly for owners Mel Rose Stable of Hopewell, Ohio and David Pierce of Houston, Texas. The win came in I'm Chiptastic's career debut. I'm Chiptastic (Chip Chip Hooray-Kamtastic Score-Final Score) started from post five. Melsheimer sent the filly to the front and she continued on the lead throughout. I'm Chiptastic posted fractions of :31.1, 1:03.3, 1:33.4 and 2:03.2. I'm Chiptastic won by 1 ¾-lengths. Finishing in succession after the winner were Lisa Jane, Dark Roast, If I Could Count, Little Casino, Miss Fanci Cash, Hot Chip and Chip Chip Skater. I'm Chiptastic paid $7.00 to win.  

WASHINGTON, PA, June 17, 2014 -- Major Athens moved smartly first over to capture Tuesday's $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Major Athens was coming off a disappointing seventh-place finish in the Charlie Hill, where he was sent off at 123-1. Back on more familiar territory at a more appropriate 4-1, he crisply attacked the leader, Trustworthy Kid, when Tony Hall asked him for trot and downed him by a head in 1:53.3, matching his career best. Count Me In Finished third. Rich Gillock trains Major Athens, a 4-year-old homebred son of Andover Hall-Miss Athens who now boasts lifetime earnings of $370,782, for Thomas Brice and Charles Receski. Evan Pattak

Washington, DC (May 22, 2014) - The Animal Welfare Institute commends the Senate Appropriations Committee for approving the Fiscal Year 2015 Agriculture Appropriations bill, which included an amendment defunding federally required inspections of horse slaughter facilities in the United States. The amendment, sponsored by Sens. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and identical to an amendment they offered before the Senate Appropriations Committee last year, was approved by a bipartisan roll call vote of 18-12. "The tone on Capitol Hill regarding horse slaughter has changed over the last year," said Chris Heyde, AWI's deputy director of government and legal affairs. "While support for ending horse slaughter has always been strong, many more legislators now realize horse slaughter has run its course. Currently, no horse slaughter plants are attempting to open; AWI and other animal protection organizations have entered into a partnership with the Navajo Nation to ensure their horses do not go to slaughter; and humane end-of-life alternatives are being explored across the country. Now is the time to end horse slaughter for good and focus on positive equine welfare initiatives." While continuation of this annual defund amendment is critical to ensure no horse slaughter plants can open in the United States, AWI's ultimate goal when it first brought this issue to the attention of Congress, has been passage of a federal bill to permanently ban the slaughter of horses in the country while ensuring they are not exported to other countries for slaughter. Please be sure to contact your legislators urging support and swift passage for the SAFE Act to halt the slaughter of American horses. The Animal Welfare Institute (www.awionline.org) is a non-profit charitable organization founded in 1951 and dedicated to reducing animal suffering caused by people. AWI engages policymakers, scientists, industry, and the public to achieve better treatment of animals everywhere-in the laboratory, on the farm, in commerce, at home, and in the wild. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates and other important animal protection news. For More Information: Chris Heyde, (202) 446-2142, chris@awionline.org

WASHINGTON, PA, May 13, 2014 -- Big And Little powered to the lead past the quarter but had to dig in late to preserve his harness racing victory in Tuesday's $15,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Once he assumed the lead for Wilbur Yoder, Big And Little was strong enough to repel the challengers outside. However, he needed plenty of determination to hold off the late charge of Call To Post, who erased all but a nose of a 4-1/2-length deficit in the Lightning Lane. Therapeutic earned show in Tuesday's feature, which went in 1:54.1. Bill Zendt trains Big And Little, a 6-year-old SJ's Caviar-Penn Peachi Lane gelding who extended his career bankroll to $275,126, for owner/breeder Gary Saul. Mike Wilder drove five winners on the 14-race card. Evan Pattak

SANTA FE-The Foundation to Protect New Mexico Wildlife today announced it has formalized an agreement with the Navajo Nation to develop a comprehensive and humane program to manage the thousands of free-roaming horses on the reservation. The ultimate goal of the agreement is to develop alternatives to transporting the horses to slaughter facilities. Former New Mexico Governor and Foundation co-founder Bill Richardson negotiated the agreement with Navajo President Ben Shelly. "This historic agreement is a great first step in our efforts to not only protect these horses, but to find humane and long-term solutions that are in the best interest of the Navajo people and their land," Governor Richardson said. "I commend President Shelly for his commitment to this issue, and we look forward to getting right to work." "Working together to resolve challenges is our approach as we work with Governor Richardson and his Foundation. They will give us funding and find more resources to reverse the population of feral horses," President Shelly said. "We will continue to treat these animals humanely and implement the best solutions to our rangeland issues. "We thank Governor Richardson and the Foundation for working with the Navajo Nation in this most important effort." The two men have initialed the agreement, allowing work to begin, and hope to hold a formal signing ceremony with all involved parties in the near future. "I also want to thank the country's top animal protection groups that have agreed to partner with us on this important project," Governor Richardson added. "Their dedication and expertise will be critical to the success of our efforts." Those partners include: Return to Freedom Wild Horse Preservation, ASPCA, Humane Society of United States, Animal Welfare Institute, and Animal Protection of New Mexico. The Foundation and its partners are currently working with representatives of the Navajo Nation on developing the first phase of the equine management program, which may eventually include adoptions, triages, veterinarian services and sanctuaries. They are also working to identify possible funding sources for these activities. Meanwhile, the Navajo Nation has agreed to immediately make every effort to only deal with those horse buyers that offer humane alternatives to the transportation of horses to slaughter facilities. "Return to Freedom salutes Governor Richardson for his leadership and applauds Navajo President Shelley for his commitment to collaborate on alternatives to horse slaughter while we work together on long-term solutions for horses on Navajo lands," said Neda DeMayo President of Return to Freedom, a wild horse preservation and education organization. "Since 1999, Return to Freedom has pioneered educational programs and minimally invasive wild horse management solutions that have been applied both on sanctuaries and on western rangelands. We stand ready to help." "The ASPCA applauds former Governor Richardson and Navajo President Shelly for their joint efforts to protect the free-roaming horses on Navajo land from being sent to slaughter," said Jacque Schultz, senior director of the ASPCA Equine Fund. "Horses have been central to the ASPCA's mission since our founding in 1866. Through our experience providing funding and training sources to equine rescues and sanctuaries around the country, we look forward to lending our support at this critical juncture to those ready and willing to offer a humane alternative to slaughter." "The HSUS welcomes the opportunity to work with The Foundation to Protect New Mexico Wildlife and the Navajo Nation to implement long-term, humane and sustainable solutions for managing the Navajo Nation's horse population," said Stephanie Boyles Griffin, The HSUS' senior director of Innovative Wildlife Management. "The HSUS is a leader in the research and development of non-lethal wildlife management technologies and is currently conducting wild horse fertility control research projects, including one in the Jarita Mesa Wild Horse Territory in New Mexico. The Navajo Nation's efforts to create humane horse management programs will serve as a model for other tribes and will be a source of pride for the entire tribe for years to come." "We are grateful for the opportunity to join with Governor Richardson in working with the Navajo Nation and the Navajo people on what will be an unprecedented endeavor to save wild horses from being removed from their habitat and slaughtered," said Chris Heyde, deputy director of Government and Legal Affairs for the Animal Welfare Institute. "The horse is central to the culture of the Dine' and we know the people have great reverence for their wellbeing and conservation. With time and cooperation, this project will succeed and be an example for the proper management of all wild and free-roaming horses throughout the West." "Horses help to remind us of the things all New Mexicans care about: our land, our people, and all the animals that enrich our lives and make our state unique and wonderful. We're grateful for the opportunity to work with the Navajo people to help preserve this honorable heritage," said Lisa Jennings, Executive Director of Animal Protection of New Mexico. About the Foundation to Protect NM Wildlife: Governor Richardson and actor, director and conservationist Robert Redford founded the Foundation to Protect New Mexico Wildlife in 2013. Since its inception, the Foundation has worked to stop the slaughter of horses and seek out alternative and humane solutions to deal with the country's wild horse population. Alarie Ray-Garcia

WASHINGTON, PA, April 30, 2014 -- Classic Martine, Pennsylvania's divisional co-champion in 2013, successfully launched her harness racing 4-year-old campaign Wednesday at The Meadows by overcoming post 9 and cruising to victory in the $22,500 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot. Classic Martine earned a share of the PA championship when she and Frau Blucher finished in the fastest trotting dead heat ever in the sires stakes final at The Meadows. There was no such drama Wednesday, as Dan Rawlings pushed her to the lead in 27.3 and gave her a 30.2 second-quarter breather. The daughter of Classic Photo-Drinking Days scored in 1:55 on a sloppy surface, 2-1/4 lengths better than the pocket-sitting Unefoisdansmavie. Mistress Valentine was third. Chris Oakes trains Classic Martine, who extended her career bankroll to $553,724, for Hauser Bros. Racing, Susan Oakes, Conrad Zurich and Edwin Gold. Rawlings and Dave Palone each drove three winners on the 14-race program. Friday's card at The Meadows features four divisions of an $80,000 PA Stallions Series stake for 3-year-old filly pacers. First post is 12:55 PM. Evan Pattak

Vigove, under a tactical steer from Pierre Vercruysse, nailed his adversaries at the line to win the Gr. II Prix de Croix. Off at 9/1 the winner, trained by Franck Leblanc, scored for the sixth time in his career for earnings of 378,580 euro. Vercruysse placed Vigove in perfect position (second on the inner) before escaping the pocket to score in a close finish over Viking de Val and Voyage de Reve in a very fast final 500 meters. Invaders from Sweden and Italy took spots four and five. Paris-Vincennes - Prix de Croix, Gr. II, UET Masters Series, 120,000 euro purse, 2850 meters 1.16.6kr Fractions: 1.20kr at 1500; 1.19kr at 1000; 1.18,.1kr at 500, 1.16.6kr at finish 1st Vigove (5m Gazouillis-Gouive-Hetre Vert), Pierre Vercruysse up for trainer Franck Leblanc and owner Pierre Deblock at 9/1 odds 2nd Viking de Val (5m Baccarat du Pont-La Forge de Val-Quadrophenio), Eric Lambertz owner/trainer/driver, 2/1 odds 3rd Voyage de Reve (5m Password-Kiocalba-Coktail Jet), Julien Dubois up for Philippe Moulin training for Ecurie Victoria Dreams, 14/1 odds 4th Dreams Take Time - Sweden (5m Andover Andover-B My Honey-Viking Kronos), Jos. Verbeeck up for trainer Lars Nilsson, 8.3/1 5th Princess Grif - Italy (5f Varenne-Fauve Grif-Viking Kronos), Mathieu Abrivard up for Fabrice Souloy training for owner Az. Agr. Biasuzzi Srl., 15/1 As time winds down toward the January 26 Prix d'Amerique the field and favorites appear somewhat unknown. Tomorrow at Vincennes will provide some insights, as Texas Charm is out with a canon bone injury and Maharajah was a disappointment today. Timoko raced poorly in his last start as did Royal Dream (starts tomorrow) and Ready Cash was third in his last but performed reasonably well. Triode de Felliere has raced consistently well in the preliminaries for conditioner Jean-Paul Marmion. It's a horse race and anything can happen. It's been our sense for several months that 2014 might represent a changing of the guard among the best international trotters. Tomorrow will provide additional information from performances in the Prix de Belgique and Prix Tenor de Baune, and in a week from the classic 700,000 euro purse Prix de Cornulier (monte). Previous winners of the 2014 Prix d'Amerique qualifiers were: Prix de Bretagne - Uhlan duVal from Up And Quick Prix de Bourbonnais - Triode de Felliere from Uhlan du Val Prix de Bourgogne - Texas Charm from Triode de Felliere Criterium Continental - Victoire from Village Mystic The 2014 Prix d'Amerique is difficult to predict, but as always it will produce fan excitement, action on the racetrack and performance. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4er5ZRTUVA The final field for tomorrow's Prix de Belgique, a Gr. II International 2850 meter test plus a 25 meter distance handicap for three top earners, is shown below. Purse is 120,000 euro with 15 entrants to face the starter. There have a few that won this race and the Prix d'Amerique (Lurabo in 1984, Ourasi three times in 1986-1988, Tenor de Baune in 1991 and Queen L in 1993). Paris-Vincennes - Prix de Belgique - January 12, 2014 Talicia Bella, A. Barrier Victoire, M. Mottier Soleil du Fosse, T. Duvaldestin Marielles, M. Abrivard Renommee d'Obret, F. Ouvrie Univers du Pan, P. Daugeard Roxana de Barbray, E. Raffin Severino, Ch. Bigeon Vanika de Ruel, F. Anne Quinoa de Gers, F. Souloy Yarrah Boko, P. Vercruysse Reve de Beylev, D. Locqueneux The Best Madrik, Jean-Etienne Dubois, 2875 meters Save The Quick, J-M Bazire, 2875 meters Royal Dream, Jean-Philippe Dubois, 2875 meters The Prix Tenor de Baune (UET Masters Series, 2700 meters, purse 120,000 euro) might also reveal Prix d'Amerique entrants. Ten solid performers will be at the start: Paris-Vincennes - Prix Tenor de Baune - January 12, 2014 Ultimo Vingt, P. Ternisien Orient Horse, M. Abrivard Disco AE, E. Raffin Rocky Winner. D. Locqueneux Unabella Perrine, F. Ouvrie Oropuro Bar, M. Smorgon Vincennes, Mlle J. Lindqvist Une Fille d'Amour, D. Thomain Uhlan du Val, C. Megissier Up And Quick, J-M Bazire The great Sunday card also includes the Gr. II Prix Gelinotte for three year-old females. January 12, 2014 - Paris-Vincennes - Prix Gelinotte, Gr. II, 120,000 euro purse, 11 starters Bonnie Cadence, E. Allard Bliss Nevele, J. Ruaults Baileyse, M. Velua Barbalala, Jean-Etienne Dubois Biguglia, F. Ouvrie Balade de Blary, F. Anne Bassana de Marlau, Jean-Pierre Dubois Beauty Turgot, M. Abrivard Bergame Madrik, J-M Bazire Billie de Montfort, E. Raffin Be My Girl, Jos. Verbeeck by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com               

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