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Delightfully Wild put her class on display last weekend, as a drop from the Open ranks resulted in a harness racing victory with Luke Plano at the controls. She'll return to the top level on Saturday night at Cal Expo Harness. The 7-year-old pacing daughter of Bettor's Delight was winning for the 32nd time in her career from 122 starts, with $182,000 in the bank and a 1:51 1/5 mark that was set two years ago at Pocono. Richard Morita and David Yamada own and Lino Pacheco is the conditioner. "After a long, successful campaign across the country, we brought Wild back for a break.," co-owner Morita related. "Lino gave her a few starts to see how she was doing, then she got her vacation. "We brought her back slowly, and it appears she appreciated the rest. Shari Burns does a great job with our turnouts, and Wild came back sharp. After an easy qualifier, she had to make her first start in the Open. "Her second start gave her a little class relief, and Luke gave her an easy race from behind. As you probably can tell with her lines, she really likes to be forwardly placed. "She hasn't won from the back in a couple of years, so her performance was a nice surprise. Luke gave her a great, tactical steer, and the result was a win against some nice mares. "She has really been a star in our barn, and we're looking forward to the remainder of this meet, and then plan for a summer at Running Aces." Streaking Heza Real Diamond in spotlight Heza Real Diamond, who has posed for pictures following five of his last seven trips to the post, looks to up that impressive batting average in Friday night's featured $6,700 Open Pace. There will be 10 races presented under the Watch and Wager LLC banner with first post set for 6:40 p.m. There will also three California Sire Stakes decided as non-betting races prior to the regular program. Friday's Open Pace will find Heza Real Diamond leaving from the No. 10 post, with arch-rival Allmyx'liventexas departing from just to his inside while the other four starters have the inside slots. A 4-year-old son of Allamerican Native, Heza Real Diamond is owned by Orlando Nevarez, is conditioned by Edwin Quevedo and Nick Roland will once again do the honors. Heza Real Diamond will try to win from the demanding 10 post for the second straight time, have handily scored from that slot two weeks ago with Roland as he established a new lifetime mark with the 1:51 1/5 clocking. Allmyx'sliventexas is a classy Wayne and Rod Knittel homebred with $214,00 in earnings and a 1:50 mile on his card. The Bob Johnson trainee has Mooney Svendsen in the bike as usual and has gone many giant miles over this layout. Bestinthebusiness, Queenace Blue Chip, Part Time and China King complete the cast. There is a $14,893 carryover in the 20-cent Single 6 Friday night and there are also two wagers offered with a reduced 16% takeout rate - the 20-cent Pick 5 and 20-cent Pick 4. The Pick 4 features a $40,000 guaranteed gross pool on Saturdays and a $30,000 guarantee on Fridays. By Mark Ratzky, for Cal Expo Harness

Edwin Quevedo experienced something earlier this year that had never happened before - he found himself at the top of the trainer standings here at Cal Expo Harness. "It felt good, it felt really good," said the conditioner. Quevedo has been sending out a steady stream of winners since the meet begin in November, none more impressive than the 4-year-old pacer Heza Real Diamond, who has been trading blows with the classy Allmyx'sliventexas at the head of the class. The son of Allamerican Native carries the banner of Orlando Nevarez and been steadily climbing the ranks here, culminating with a win in the January 17 Open over Allymx'sliventexas before just missing to that rival in their most recent clash at the top rung. "It's been very satisfying to what the way he's developed," related his mentor. "He's gone some big races lately." Edwin also has also been making his share of winner's circle appearances with performers like Western Devil and Giggle Monster, who have been turning in some strong miles of their own. And what about when this meet ends in April? "I plan to go back to Minnesota and Running Aces again," Quevedo said. "After that, I just might try my luck back East, something I've never done before." Bettor In The Bank eyes a curtain call Bettor In The Bank, fresh from a solid victory as the odds-on choice last week, looks to keep the momentum going in Saturday night's $5,000 pacing headliner. The main event is scheduled as the 10th contest on the Watch and Wager LLC program with things getting under way at 6:10 p.m. A 10-year-old son of Bettor Tuwin, Bettor In The Bank carries the banner of Debra McCarthy and hails from the Gordie Graham barn. He comes into this assignment with 48 wins from his 192 starts with $244,000 in his account and sports a 1:51 3/5 mark that was set her two years ago. Sent off the 3-5 choice in last week's outing with James Kennedy handling the lines, the McCarthy representative sat a tracking trip to the lane, ignited when the question was asked and won going away by two lengths without being asked for his best. Sire Mammo is looking to make amends after being well beaten as the 4-5 favorite in a mile and a half get-together last week. La Bella Vita Stables owns the 8-year-old gelding and John Roberts does the driving and training. Completing the field are Swagasaurusrex, Buzz Light, Mister Hat, Coz And Effect, Dontdoubtthelakers, Bobby Dazzler and Blue Star Maverick. By Mark Ratzky, for Cal Expo Harness  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Last week Seeyou Men was unable to collar race winner Capteur De Reve, but this Sunday Seeyou Men was able to grind it out again, this time for an impressive harness racing victory over Capteur De Reve in the Preferred Trot at the Hippodrome 3R. Volare (Jocelyn Gendron) went off-stride right at the start of the race and that enabled race favorite Capteur De Reve (Stephane Gendron) to take control of the third race feature right from the start. Talbotcreek Suzie (Pascal Berube) grabbed the pocket-trip as they went to the opening quarter mile in :29.1. Then Stephane Gendron backed Capteur De Reve to an easy half mile clocking in 1:00.4. That was when driver Francis Picard came first-over with Seeyou Men with Missionoftheheart (Tyler Jones) following their outside cover. Picard rated Seeyou Men perfectly on the outside, collaring Capteur De Reve by the three-quarters in 1:30 and then by the top of the stretch, grabbed the lead and held off Capteur De Reve to win by one length in 2:00. Missionoftheheart was third. It was the fourth win this year for Seeyou Men. The seven-year-old gelding by Muscle Mass is a former Quebec-bred champion and former track record holder at H3R. He is trained by Daniel Martin, bred by Chantal Gravel of St-Cyrille-De-Wendover who co-owns Seeyou Men with Catheline Pelletier of Mirabel. He paid $8.00 to win. National Debt scored the fastest mile on the day as he overpowered a field of five rivals in the seventh race Preferred Pace. Driven by Pascal Berube, National Debt had to grind it out early in the mile as a stubborn Histoire Enchantee (Stephane Gendron) parked them out to the opening quarter mile in :27.1, then to the half in :56. It was then that National Debut finally cleared to the lead. They started to pull away by the three-quarters in 1:25 as National Debt kept his motoring running, stopping the teletimer in 1:54.2. He won by eight lengths over Maracasso (Carol Voyer) with Hooter Shooter (Francis Picard) third. It was the 14th win this season for National Debt. The eight-year-old stallion by Allamerican Native is trained by Yves Tessier for owner Francois Morin of Beauceville. He paid $2.60 to win. Steven Gagnon, 26, of Sorel Tracy, won his first professional pari-mutuel race Sunday, scoring a three and one-quarter length romp in the second race pace with Kiss Me Bad ($25.00). Gagnon owns and trains Kiss Me Bad, who scored a lifetime mark of 2:02.2. Gagnon had been competing in the Quebec Regional Fair Circuit the past four years. The tote board nearly exploded in the 11th race when Free Proof and owner, trainer, driver Sylvain Fontaine swept five-wide on the final turn and came on to win at odds of 50-1, paying $102.60 to win. Track Notes: Pascal Berube led all drivers on the afternoon with three wins. Trainer Yves Tessier had the hottest stable at H3R sending out three winners on the day. Next Sunday, November 10, will be closing day for the 2019 live harness racing season at the Hippodrome 3R. Presentations will be made to the race meets leading driver and trainer and a special blanket presentation will be made to the 14-year-old trotter, Chinnys Wings, who must retire from racing at the end of the year. For full race results, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The most impressive victory on the Tuesday evening card at the Hippodrome 3R took place in the second race pace where the three favorites, Mrs Dragonfire, Big Mac and Kinnder Jackson, all were coming off victories and meeting for the first time. A real battle took place as Mrs Dragonfire (Guy Gagnon) was on the front end with Encore Panic (Pierre Luc Roy) in the pocket seat to the opening quarter in :27.2. Then by the half mile mark in :57.2, Stephane Brosseau came first-over with race favorite Big Mach and following their outside over was undefeated Kinnder Jackson with Justin Filion driving. As they started up the backstretch, Filion moved three-wide with Kinnder Jackson and the three-year-old gelding by Allamerican Native blew by the two leaders and was in the lead by the three-quarters in 1:26.1. From there Kinnder Jackson pulled away from the field to win by six and one-quarter lengths in 1:56. Mrs Dragonfire was second with Encore Panic third. It was a lifetime mark for Kinnder Jackson and his fourth straight win, unbeaten this year and all his races at H3R. He was bred and is owned and trained by Denitza Petrova of Melbourne and paid $9.90 to win. He is now tied with Requested as the winningest horses at H3R this season. Petrova and Filion nearly made it a double on the night as Kinnder Prediction fought head and head with Lindas Jewell (Mario Lachance) for most of the one mile trot and actually won the race. But because Kinnder Prediction went inside some of the plyons, the horse was placed last in the fifth race. Track Notes: The Quebec-Bred Series for four and five-year-old pacers gets back underway at the Hippodrome 3R this Sunday with the third leg in the series. After Sunday, the top eight point earners return on a special Thursday night card, August 9 for the $30,000 finals. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Harness racing driver Stephane Brosseau may have scored four winners at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday, but the fastest mile on the day belonged to driver Jocelyn Gendron and National Debt in the Invitational-Handicap Pace. For the second straight week defending driving champion Stephane Brosseau was the best among the driving colony with four victories on the program. His wins came three straight, the 5th, 6th , 7th and then won the co-feature trot in race 9. Brosseau nearly made it four straight wins in the 8th race co-feature pace. The race began with the only mare in the field of eight, Rainbow Palace and driver Francis Picard shooting to the early lead, but they then gave way to D J Power (Pierre Luc Roy) at the opening quarter mile in :27.4. And already on the move on the outside was Brosseau with the race favorite American Wiggle. They worked their way to the front and cut the mile to the half in :57. It was then that driver Jocelyn Gendron came first-over with National Debt and started grinding their way towards the race leader. In the backstretch, National Debt collared American Wiggle but could not pass them by at the three-quarters in 1:26. American Wiggle then gained ground on the final turn and took the lead away from National Debt. But that was only briefly as after they started down the stretch, National Debt was the strong horse, winning by one and one-half lengths in 1:55. American Wiggled barely held off Rainbow Palace for second place. It was the fifth win this year for National Debt ($5.50), a seven-year-old stallion by Allamerican Native. He is trained by Yves Tessier and owned by Francois Morin of Beauceville. Trainer Yves Tessier also trained the winner of the 9th race co-feature trot. It was none other than R Rkadabra and driver Pierre Luc Roy scooting to the early with Stephane Brosseau and race favorite Torches Angel leaving from post eight and getting the two-hole trip by the opening quarter mile in :28.1. R Rkadabra then cut the mile to the half in :58.3 and was solid on the lead going into the backstretch. Before the three-quarters in 1:28.1, Brosseau moved Torches Angel to the outside and then the lead by the final turn. They then pulled away for an easy win by two and one-half lengths in 1:57.4. Holiday Party (Pascal Berube) closed well to be second with Rocky Boy (Marc Belanger) third. It was win number four on the day for driver Stephanie Brosseau and the second training score of the afternoon for Yves Tessier as he sent out the winners in both co-feature races. An eight-year-old mare by Angus Hall, it was the second straight win and fourth victory on the year for Torches Angel, who paid $4.00 to win. It was also an owner double for Morin Beauceville. Track Notes: With no rain and sunny skies, fans saw the H3R track in s good shape. In the very first race, Soccer Hanover ($7.80) and driver Pascale Berube came first-over from the half mile and wore down pacesetter and race favorite Rain Gage (Daniel Laflamme) at the wire to win by a half-length and tied his lifetime record in 1:57.1. The Hippodrome 3R website, www.quebecjockeyclub, now features a live feed of the harness races. Live racing resumes next Sunday, post time at 12:50 pm. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - National Debt, a top stakes contender at age 3 and 4, has resumed his winning ways once against and goes for his fourth straight win Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R in the Invitational Pace. It won't be a walk in the park for the C$348,000 career winner as he has drawn the far outside and starts from post eight in the eighth race on H3R's half mile oval. Now age six, the gelded son of Allamerican Native, bred by Winbak Farm and owned by Francois Morin of Beauceville, is trained by Yves Tessier and will be driven by Stephane Gendron. In his past two victories, National Debt has raced over sloppy tracks, but that has not hindered his performance, winning last week at Rideau Carleton in 1:55.1. Two starts back he won at H3R in 1:57.1. "He is a very good horse with a big heart," said driver Stephane Gendron. "This Sunday's race features many good horses. He will face a lot of traffic starting from the outside in post eight. In all three of his prior wins, National Debt has won from off the pace and usually never leaves early, even from inside post positions. "I think he can beat them on Sunday," Gendron added. "It will all depend on how the race is run. In his first win of this streak, he paced the final quarter at Rideau in :27.4. As long as I can put him in the right spot, he will be very good in here." The race favorite is Quebec Champion Wildriverbumblebee, who was scratched sick at H3R back on October 8. He has drawn post seven for driver Stephane Brosseau and is on a five-race winning streak for trainer Francis Richard and owner/breeder Dr. John Bradbury of Cookshire-Eaton. The lone three-year-old is going against older horses, but has had an amazing short season in 2017. He has only nine starts with seven wins. In his last start he won the C$50,000 Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots Final at Mohawk Raceway in 1:52.1 and back on September 11, took his lifetime mark with 1:51.2 triumph, also at Mohawk. The third return winner in the field is Atomic Million AM, who starts from post nine in the second tier for driver Mario Charron. This three-time Quebec-Series Champion at age 2, 3 and 4, is on a two-race winning streak for owner/trainer/breeder Alain Martin of Gatineau, and is moving up in class to take on the best pacers at H3R. Other contenders include Bali (post five) who has won two of his last three starts, Glass Shadow (post one), who two starts back won the Invitational at H3R and the lone mare in the field of nine, Rainbow Palace (post three), who has won this season at H3R in 1:54.3. First race post time Sunday is 12:30 pm. For a free race program, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Driver Justin Filion made a bold, three-wide move after the three-quarter mile mark with 12-1 Kinnder Dangerous, collaring the race leaders and winning the Invitational Trot at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday. The ninth race co-feature first saw the race favorite, Torches Angel and driver Stephane Brosseau brush by KFB Amigo Cool (Stephane Gendron) to take the early lead over the sloppy, rain-soaked track in :28.3 to the opening quarter mile. After the half mile in :59.2, trainer/driver Kevin Maguire took Four Starz Speed first-over and they were followed on the outside flow by Jamigo (Daniel Laflamme) with Kinnder Dangerous and Filion third over. It was at the three-quarter mile marker in 1:30.2 when Justin Filion sent Kinnder Dangerous three-wide and the trotter not only responded, but brushed by the field to take command at the top of the stretch by a length and then continue on to win by two lengths. Jamigo was second with Artemis Duharas (Raymond Gingras) third. For Kinnder Dangerous, a three-year-old gelded son of Northern Escort, it was his fourth win this year. He was bred and is owned by Denitza Petrova of Melbourne. Kinnder Dangerous paid $27.90 to win. In the eighth race Invitational Pace, National Debut show true grit as the race favorite, getting parked out first-over and grinding his way to the winner's circle with a gusty neck triumph. With Wildriverbumblebee scratched from the race due to a fever, the field was reduced to just six starters. It was Crombie A and driver Mario Charron shooting to the early lead with Highpoint Chip (Pascal Berube) sitting on their backs to the opening quarter mile in :28.3. It was at the half mile in :58.4 that Gendron came first-over with National Debt and they started coming after race leader Crombie A. By the three-quarters in 1:27.2, they were just a half-length off the leader, then only a neck as the two started down the stretch. Neck and neck they fought to the finish with National Debt getting up over Crombie A by only a head in 1:57.1, the fastest mile on the sloppy track Sunday. Highpoint Chip was third. Trained by Yves Tessier, it was the eighth win this year for National Debt, a six-year-old stallion by Allamerican Native, owned by Francois Morin of Beauceville. He paid $3.60 to win. Live racing resumes next Sunday with first race post time at 12:30 pm. For more information, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club    

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Voltina found the inside post to her liking on Wednesday night (April 12) as she took advantage of the great draw to register a 3/4-length victory over Deliciouslynaughty in the $10,000 Open pace for the harness racing mares at Buffalo Raceway in 1:55.2.   The victory by Voltina in the opener was just a start of a outstanding night for Kevin Cummings as he scored five wins, including several long shots. Cummings won with Voltina ($11.20), Chickenwithabanjo ($2.80), Springhouse Star ($7.20), Amoreuble Hanover ($27.40) and Our Last Photo ($47.20).   In the feature, Wanna Rock N Roll (Drew Monti) was in command of the fractions with panels of 28.0, 56.4 and 1:26.2 over the fast track. But those splits proved to be too much in the end for Wanna Rock N Roll as the closers began making their big moves in the stretch.   Voltina, tracking along in the garden spot, found the passing lane to be the best place to be. She dipped to the inside and paced to the lead while Deliciouslynaughty (Larry Stalbaum) and Who Says That (John Cummings Jr.) charged late but settled to take second and third respectively.   Owned by Chs Racing LLC and trained by Anthony Cummings, Voltina (Allamerican Native-Best Not Tell) has won three times in 12 starts in 2017. It pushed her earnings to $18,690 this season and $159,231 lifetime.   Ray Fisher Jr. had a double in the sulky.   Racing will resume on Friday night at 5 p.m. with an 11-race card slated.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results and upcoming promotions, go to   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- There were strong, gusty winds at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night (March 8) but Voltina found things to be just a 'breeze' in the featured $8,200 pace for the harness racing mares.   Scoring from the rail, Voltina (Kevin Cummings) made every step a winning one and defeated Dontch Remember (Jim Morrill Jr.) by 1-3/4 lengths in 1:58.3 over the fast track.   Voltina had no problem in getting to the lead as the favored Deliciouslynaughty broke stride just as the starting gate opened.   After putting up fractions of 29.3, 58.4 and 1:28.3, Voltina enjoyed a two length advantage heading into stiff wind down the stretch.   The margin proved to be more than enough as Voltina ($11.80) was able to hold off Dontch Remember and Honor Roll (Shawn McDonough) who took second and third place respectively.   Owned by Chs Racing and trained by Anthony Cummings, it was the second win in eight tries in 2017 for Voltina (Allamerican Native-Best Not Tell). The win upped the 7-year-old mare's bankroll to $12,378 this season and $152,919 lifetime.   Racing will continue on Friday night at Buffalo Raceway with a 12-race card set for 5 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results and upcoming promotions, go to   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

Seventh Secret worked out a cozy pocket trip, then blew by the leader in deep stretch to capture the harness racing Saturday's $15,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life Pace at The Meadows. Aimo Hanover was determined to seat the field, so Mike Wilder guided Seventh Secret to the pocket from post 5. Aimo Hanover turned back the first-over challenge of his stablemate, Easy Again, but Seventh Secret was stronger in the lane, defeating Aimo Hanover by a head in 1:51. David's Dream finished third. Dan Altmeyer trains Seventh Secret, a 5-year-old son of Allamerican Native-Secret Song who now boasts $274,211 in career earnings, for Ruth Altmeyer, Eric Hutchison and Heather Wilder. Aaron Merriman piloted four winners on the 13-race card. After a brief hiatus, live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday, May 7, when the track presents a special Kentucky Derby Day program. Featured are a pair of stakes for 3-year-old filly trotters: a $185,000 (est) Pennsylvania Sires Stake and a $60,000 (est) Pennsylvania Stallion Series event. First post is 11:25 AM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WILKES-BARRE PA -- George Napolitano Jr., the winningest driver in North America in 2015, put an exclamation point on his superlative season at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono by winning seven races on the closing night's 13-race harness racing card.   The septet ran "George Nap"'s final total to 407 wins for the meet, well ahead of his previous one-year mark of 347 set in 2004. This title, Napolitano's ninth in the victory category, gives him the all-time outright lead for dash crowns at The Downs, breaking the deadlock he had before this year with Bill Lambertus. Simon Allard had the second-most winners with 236.   George Napolitano also won the UDR title for the meet, his seventh UDR title -- Bill Mullin and Jim Morrill Jr. are next in that category with three, His seasonal log of 1501 starts, 407 wins, 263 seconds, and 172 third figures out to a driver rating of -- hard to believe, but true -- .407.   Simon Allard's brother Rene won his third consecutive training win title in 2015, with a closing night double bringing his tally to 158. Chris Oakes had 85 wins, including three on closing night, to win the meet UTR honors with a log of 286-85-58-33-.448.   The Allard brothers teamed to take the Downs' closing night feature, a $24,000 pace, with the Allamerican Native stallion National Debt in 1:51, moving to the lead past the quarter and then coming home in 55 - 27 to tally in 1:51. National Debt has about as geographically-varied a set of connections as one could imagine in North America -- bred in Maryland, a champion on the Alberta circuit at 2, and now owned by Allard Racing of Quebec, Howard Taylor of Philadelphia, Kapildeo Singh of Westchester County NY, and the Our Three Sons Stable of the harness hotbed of Atlanta GA.   A final word on George Napolitano Jr., who has some thinking to do -- his seven winners tonight gives him a 24-victory lead in the North American chase over Aaron Merriman, 793-769. But with Pocono now closed for the year, and his other main track of completion, Harrah's Philadelphia, down to its last 12 cards, with Merriman driving as many as nine cards a week between The Meadows and Northfield, George is going to have to decide to just enjoy the great year he has had -- or look for new places (he has driven a limited schedule in the winter at Florida's Pompano Park) to conquer in the last six weeks of the year if he is to add to his 2010 North American sulky win crown collection.   PHHA / Pocono

DAYTON, OH. - It is less than a week into the second harness racing season at Hollywood Dayton Raceway and already five track records have fallen with more sure to come.   Track Superintendent Bill Mt. Pleasant and his crew have the five-eighths mile oval in tip-top condition and fast miles have resulted throughout the first four nights of Year Two at harness racing's newest venue.   Native Dream clocked the fastest-ever mile by any female when she captured the $11,000 Fillies and Mares Open Pace in 1:50.3 on Friday (September 18) night.   Driver Chris Page was content to sit fourth through aggressive opening splits of :26.2 and :54.1 before angling out into third-over position going to the three-quarters in 1:22. An early speed duel between favored Stucklikeglue (Greg Grismore) and Yankee's Lady (Josh Sutton) began to take its toll entering the stretch at which point the trailers fanned out and sped past the tiring pacesetters. Southside Cammie (Jason Brewer), who had been racing second-over, assumed the lead early in the stretch, but couldn't hold off Native Dream or uncoupled stablemate Igottafeelinfran (Jack Dailey) in the :28.3 closing panel.   Jim Dailey trains both the win and place finishers while Sandy Beatty conditions Southside Cammie, who got the show dough.   Native Dream is a five-year-old daughter of Allamerican Native whose 2015 earnings passed $61,000 with the win, bringing her lifetime bounty to $263,891 for owners Pacey Mindlin and Kenneth Cohen.   The old track record for aged pacing mares was 1:53.2, established by Holiday Shopper.   A race later, Sectionline Aqua (Grismore) set a new standard for four-year-old pacing mares, beating Latenite Rendevous (Page) and Betit To Getit (Brewer) in 1:51.2.   Gregg Keidel        

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 18, 2015 -- Dismissed at 12-1, Mattamerican followed the live cover of the favorite, Cammikey, then brushed through the lane to score the upset victory in Friday's $15,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life Pace at The Meadows. The race was set up for closers when Sam Hill was forced to a wicked 25.4 opening panel while battling for the lead. Cammikey led the outside flow, providing escort service for Mattamerican, who triumphed in 1:50.3 for Eric Ledford. I'm The Pied Piper rallied for second, 2-1/2 lengths back, while Cammikey saved show. Norm Parker trains Mattamerican, a 4-year-old son of Allamerican Native-Mattadorable who extended his career bankroll to $229,753, for owner/breeder Bob Key. Tony Hall and Ledford each piloted three winners on the 13-race card. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows    

The draw took place on Wednesday for the $90,000 Brad Gunn (colts & geldings) and $70,000 Ralph Klein (fillies) Final at Century Downs. Headlining the glamour boys Brad Gunn Final, of course, would be First Class Horse - from post 6 - installed as the 3/5 morning line favourite for Hall of Fame co-owner/trainer/driver Keith Clark. After not racing, for two months, the colt son of Western Terror came back to finish a solid third against a pair of very good older horses in Sotally Tober and Ghost Pine. That showing saw him pace his own back half in one of the fastest - if not THE fastest - final halves in the history of Century Downs - an eye-popping 54.1 bullet! The rail post goes to my second choice in Have Not Read It for Kelly Hoerdt. This son of Dragon Again is expected to use the inside post to his advantage so count on Hoerdt to have this colt rocking and rolling early - to be a big factor late. He's a must play in the Exactor here. Urcutoff, for conditioner Darryl Cutting, bounced back in his latest race to get the job done, after coming up flat in stakes action two back. Brandon Campbell, from the center of the gate post 4, will be looking for a trip up close again so expect this son of Brandons Cowboy to 'cowboy-up' early. He gets top 3 consideration. Outlaw Deacon Jim from post 3 is the second-choice on the morning line, at 4/1, but I see him as a minor player only here. There's a few more that could round out the top four as well - if the right trip is there. Horses like #2 Chillinlieavillian, #5 Pablos First, #7 Johnny Gun, #8 My Sharona Bluechip and #9 Withflyingcolours are all worthy of being included in the Superfecta. Shannon "Sugar" Doyle's Selections - Brad Gunn Final 6 First Class Horse is the one to beat 1 Have Not Read It  - the Exactor factor 4 Urcutoff -  expect his best effort here 3 Ootlaw Deacon Jim - in need of a trip "Sugar" Bets - Brad Gunn Final $20 EX BOX 1-6 A close look at the Ralph Klein Final for fillies and I can't look anywhere else - it's Wrapped To Go for me. She'll make her third start for trainer/driver Jim Marino and she - like many coming into this race - has never been better. A picture perfect steer from 'The Moneyman', in her Elim, would have her picking up the pieces late after the front end collapsed from an early speed battle. Second-time Marino - this filly was impressive... Third-time Marino - this filly will be great. She offers great value on the morning line, but the only thing that makes me nervous here is post 5. She may have to navigate through some traffic - she may even have to rough it on the outside... I love her form coming in though and that's why I'm putting her on top. Fire Watch - the morning line fave - gets the inside post 2 this time for young gun Travis Cullen. This Camystic miss went the trip of her life last time - parking first-up all the way and staying on to finish a gutsy second-best. One is left wondering though... How does any young horse come back off a tough trip like that? If she responds well and hits the ticket here - then 'she is one heck of a filly'... If she comes up empty in the Final - then she has the excuse of 'last week's trip took it's toll on her'. I'll use with caution and try her for second-best again. Kelly Hoerdt has another serious player Saturday in Thats Extra from post 3. This filly has explosive speed - as seen in her Elim win, last week, when others just could not keep up with her through her third quarter march. If the trip is there and if she gets a helmet to follow, until the late stages, this Allamerican Native daughter could get up to get it all. Again - this is one of those fillies that is peaking at just the right time. She's a serious top 3 threat for me. Blue Star Texas is in a hole early, here, after drawing the outside post. She tried to go all the way last time and with her 'high-tailing it', turning for home, she just couldn't fight off a determined Fire Watch - nor the eventual winner Wrapped To Go. Keith Clark has been in all the big races - there's no pressure for him here - he'll know what to do when the wings fold at the start - but can his prized filly bounce back in this one? It's going to be very tough from the outside looking in. Minor players include #1 Remember Terror, #4 Beauty Of Nature, #6 Cam Finish and #7 My Villas On Fire. Shannon "Sugar" Doyle's Selections - Ralph Klein Final 5 Wrapped To Go - she has never been better 2 Fire Watch - using with caution for second 3 Thats Extra - peaking at just the right time 8 Blue Star Texas an outside chance here "Sugar's Bet"- Ralph Klein Final $20 WIN & PLACE on 5   Shannon Doyle  

COLUMBUS, MN. - Keep The Dream (Travis Bowman) won a thrilling three-horse photo finish to capture the $8000 Fillies and Mares Open Pace at Running Aces on Saturday (July 18). The five-year-old Mach Three mare got away near the back of the pack, then moved into third-over position at the half, swung three-wide around the final bend and flashed a :29.1 finishing panel to edge Imfasterthanu (Nick Roland) by a head and Kiss On The Lips (Gerry Longo) by a head in 1:55.3. Owned by Dr. James Findlay, Keep The Dream now has 15 career triumphs and has earned $128,526. It was her second win in four tries versus open mares at Running Aces. The co-feature was a $6500 Open II Pace for males and the three-year-old Linkjack Hanover (Rick Magee) continued to impress with his 11th victory in 17 tries in addition to five place finishes. Owner-trainer Jeff Ryan was out of conditions and forced to enter the Open II, but his Allamerican Native colt was up to the task topping Bunkerhill Bill (Tony Succarotte) by three-quarters of a length with Chewy Baca (Gerry Longo) garnering the show dough. Dead last at the three-quarter pole, Magee and Linkjack Hanover picked off seven foes in succession during a :28.4 final quarter for the upset win at 7-1 odds. A pair of $5500 Minnesota-sired three-year-old paces were also carded. Relentless Spirit (Lemoyne Svendsen) upset Moonshinenmonkeys (Tim Maier) in the filly split, winning in 1:55.3 at 6-1 odds. It was the second straight win in just three lifetime starts for Relentless Spirit who is owned by Edward Gutin and trained by Bob Lems. The colts division also was clocked in 1:55.3 with favored Toatsmygoats (Rick Magee) holding off Imgoodatwhatido (Travis Bowman) and Willystayrwillgo (Gerry Longo). It was the initial 2015 win for Toatsmygoats, who won seven of eight races at two and was the state champion. David Flinn trains the winner for the Van Otterloo Stables. Gregg Keidel Director of Racing

Trois-Rivieres, Quebec – The $250,000 Quebec-Bred Series for harness racing three-year-old pacers gets underway at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday with three opening round divisions. This series takes place throughout the month of July and then the top eight point earners return for the $65,000 finals on Sunday, September 6. Headlining the first of two filly divisions in the third race is the seasonable debut of Kinnder Elegane from post six for driver Justin Filion. This lightly raced daughter of Allamerican Native made only three starts last year as a two-year-old, but she won two of those starts that were both in this same series, the fastest a lifetime best 1:57.4. Trained, owned and bred by Denitza Petrova of Les Cedres, QC, Kinnder Elegance prepped for her debut today with a qualifying win at 3R in 2:00.2. Other contenders include HP Rubis Joyce (post 5) and No Panic (post 2). The colts do battle in the fifth race with Sugarsam in post seven the early favorite for driver Denis St Pierre. This gelded son of Sportswriter is the fastest horse in the field, shipping in after competing in stakes action at Mohawk Raceway, winning two starts back in a blazing 1:52 for trainer Helene Filion. Also starting from the outside is Killer Thriller in post eight for driver Sylvain LaCaille, who has been in the money the last four weeks. And there is a three-horse entry of HP Rayan Art Jules (post one), SOS Justified (post two) and HP Black Shadow (post nine). The second filly division is the sixth race and the overwhelming favorite is Voodoo Charm from post seven for driver Mario Charron. This daughter of Ponder just posted her lifetime mark last start at Mohawk Raceway with a three and one-length triumph in 1:53.4 for trainer Maxime Velaye. Voodoo Charm will be put to the test against contenders Miss Bro (post 6) and Big Bertha (post 4). First race post time Sunday is 1:30 pm. For more information visit From the Quebec Jockey Club    

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