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YONKERS, NY, Friday, February 22, 2019-Tepid choice Itty Bitty (Jim Marohn Jr., $7.10) picked off a tiring harness racing leader Friday night (Feb. 22nd), winning Yonkers Raceway's $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Unhurried from post position No. 3, Itty Bitty saw a wide-early Monica Gallagher (Matt Kakaley) have to work to get around Ideal Lifestyle A (a returning Mark MacDonald). 'Monica' paid a :26.4 opening-quarter-mile price for the privilege, only to have Ideal Lifestyle A pull pocket by the :55.3 intermission. That lass began to open up down the backside, widening through a 1:23.4 three-quarters and taking a 3½-length lead into the lane. However, the hooves were getting heavy and Itty Bitty-who had gone three-deep around a dullard-found herself within range. Itty Bitty rolled past Ideal Lifestyle A late, winning by a half-length in a season's-best 1:53.4. A last-at-the-outset Betterb Chevron N (Jordan Stratton) did get the bottom of the ticket, with 79-1 outsider Shezza GNP N (Austin Siegelman) and Monica Gallagher settling for the minors. For Itty Bitty, a 5-year-old daughter of Always a Virgin co-owned (as Allard Racing) by (trainer) Rene Allard, B & I Stables and Stephen Klunowski, it was her second win in seven seasonal starts. The exacta paid $29, the triple returned $224 and the superfecta paid $4,332. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

Harness racing stallion breedings to Kadabra, Always A Virgin, Andover Hall, Racing Hill, Muscles Yankee and Conway Hall are among the 75+ offered in New Vocations Stallion Auction that also includes the recent additions of All Bets Off and Boston Red Rocks along with four Michigan stallions. The auction is currently in progress at and will end at 2:00 pm Thursday Feb 7. The auction is held in an open-ended-format that allows for bidding up to two minutes after the last bid on breedings with high activity at the 2:00 pm cut off. All proceeds go to rehab, retrain, and rehome Standardbreds retiring from the track. For more information call (937) 947-4020 or email by Dot Morgan, for New Vocations          

YONKERS, N.Y. – When harness racing trainer Erv Miller went to the Tattersalls July Sale with owner John Koliopoulos, they didn’t intend to come home with Air Strike. The 4-year-old Always A Virgin son impressed at 2, winning a $75,000 Indiana bred stakes at Hoosier Park and dead-heating in the $147,200 Kindergarten Classic at the Meadowlands. But with unimpressive resumes at 3 and 4, Air Strike didn’t even make Miller’s short list. However, as Miller stood around the sales ring watching horse after horse sell for more than he could stomach, he noticed Air Strike in the ring. Bidding maxed out at $26,000, a price the trainer couldn’t refuse.  “All the ones I looked at were bringing too much money,” Miller said. “I knew the horse a little bit from racing in Indiana, so I knew he was a high-ability kind of horse. I knew he must have some kind of problem because he hadn’t shown much at that time, but for $26,000, I thought I could put him in a claimer at Yonkers, so I just took a shot. “Most of the horses I was trying to buy that day I was trying to look at ahead of time and get a feel for what I was buying, but I didn’t look at that horse,” he continued. “We were very fortunate to find him the way we did, to come across him like that because he wasn’t the horse I went there to buy, but if the price is right, you do that sometimes.” Despite their unlikely pairing, Miller was immediately impressed with Air Strike. He won his debut for his new connections in an $11,000 overnight at Pocono July 24 and followed it up with a victory at Yonkers for $17,500 the next week. Air Strike went wire-to-wire in the $35,000 4-year-old open handicap pace August 18, but was unable to duplicate his success at that level in his next four tries. Miller regrouped and sent Air Strike to Hoosier Park. “When we bought him, at first he seemed like he was OK because he was down in class and then he got to where he didn’t race as good because he was up in class,” Miller said. “I sent him out to Indiana and the last start in Indiana he just started coming back around. We brought him back and he fit the low class again, and that’s how started back there.” Air Strike finished off-the-board in his three Indiana starts, but won two straight races at Pocono in October while down in class. Then the light-bulb went off. “He’s a really nice, big, strong horse. A good sound horse, too. He had a splint bothering him, so we worked on that some and got him a little sounder. Ever since we did that, he just keeps getting better every time we race him.” Air Strike returned to the 4-year-old open November 3 and after setting a :26.3 opening panel, went on to record a 7 ¾-length romp in 1:52.1.  “That’s about when he turned around,” Miller commented. “We’d worked on that splint a little before that and he just got a little sounder and everything went good for him. He’s always good on the front.”  Air Strike finished second to Mac’s Jackpot in his next start when handicapped by post seven, but recorded a 7-length score when he started from post five November 24. He was fifth from the outside December 1, but last time out racked up another win in the class from post five. He’s won 12 races this year and earned $139,825, pushing his career tally to $285,815. His success on the small track surprised his trainer. “I think he likes the smaller track now, now that he’s grown up,” Miller said. “It did (surprise) me a little bit because I watched his replays after I bought him that day and thought, ‘man, he doesn’t get around Yonkers very good. He struggles a little.’ I was a little surprised. I think it was just a maturity thing.” With the impending changing of the calendar, Yonkers’ 2018 racing season is coming to a close. This Saturday (December 15), Air Strike will get his final chance to compete in the $35,000 4-year-old open. He will start from post seven as the 5-2 morning line favorite, but unlike his prior outside efforts, rival Mac’s Jackpot isn’t drawn inside of him. Instead, Air Strike will contend with Rock N Blue, Treasure Mach, Aston Hill Dave, Machiavelli, Odds On Delray, and McSpidey. “It’s a good class to be in. It’s too bad it’s about to go away from him because he really does fit that class well,” Miller said. “It’s a little tougher when he’s got the outside like he does this week, but hopefully he’ll be OK. He’s better than he was and I think he’ll just keep getting better. A lot of people say it takes a certain kind of horse to compete at Yonkers and right now it looks like he might be that certain kind of horse. “Hopefully next year he can go to the Levy and just get better and better,” he continued. “We’re going to give him a little break here and point him toward that race. I think it just depends on how he comes out of it, but he’s made a lot of progress so far, so if he keeps making a lot of progress, I know there’s some good horses in there, but the way he’s gone so far, he really likes Yonkers and hopefully that’s what he’ll step up to.” Saturday night’s card also features a $44,000 Open Handicap Pace. First post time is 6:50 p.m. For entries to the races, click here.  By Brandon Valvo for the SOA of NY

If Carol's Z Tam's performance at Dayton three weeks ago was something of an audition, her appearance in Saturday's (Oct. 20) Breeders Crown eliminations for older female pacers at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono could be considered her callback. Now she will look to land a spot in the big show. Carol's Z Tam, trained by Jamie Macomber for owner Bill Matz's Z Tam Stables, competes in the first of two $25,000 Breeders Crown eliminations for the pacing mares at Pocono. Brian Sears, who leads all active drivers in Breeders Crown wins with 27, will be in the sulky. Sears also was in the bike on Sept. 28 when Carol's Z Tam won the open handicap for fillies and mares at Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway. Dayton, like Pocono, is a five-eighths-mile track. It was only the second time Carol's Z Tam raced on a track smaller than seven-eighths in her 58-race career. "I took her to Dayton and she seemed to like it; she had some confidence over there and Brian got along with her over there," Macomber said. "She's been training sharp the last month. I think this is her favorite time of year because this is when she got sharp last year too. That also helped make the decision (to enter the Breeders Crown)." Four-year-old Carol's Z Tam, by Always A Virgin out of Electric Sparkle, has won 15 races in her career and earned $362,994. She was an Indiana Sire Stakes champion last year and also competed in the Breeders Crown, which was held at Macomber's home track, Hoosier Park. Carol's Z Tam, whose family includes Breeders Crown champ Lis Mara, finished fourth in her elimination and fifth in the final. Five-year-old Pure Country is the defending Breeders Crown Mare Pace champion and will try to become the first repeat winner since Shelliscape in 2013 and 2014. She also would join Jenna's Beach Boy, Eternal Camnation, and My Little Dragon as the only pacers to ever win three Crowns. Pure Country's other previous trophy came at age 2. Pure Country is also in the first elimination, as is the event's other previous Breeders Crown champion, 5-year-old Call Me Queen Be. She won her title in 2016 at the age of 3. Carol's Z Tam's best win time this year, 1:49 at Hoosier Park, is among the fastest of the season among pacing mares. Only Shartin N and Caviart Ally, who are both in the second Breeders Crown elimination, have been faster. "Hopefully we're going to get a good trip and have some pace on the end of it, which is what my mare likes to do," Macomber said. "She likes to come home that last sixteenth of a mile, eighth of a mile." Shartin N, a 5-year-old who is the richest female pacer this season, has won 16 of 21 races this year and earned $820,861. She was a $31,250 supplemental entry. The top-four finishers from each elimination plus the fifth-place finisher with highest seasonal earnings return Saturday (Oct. 27) for the $250,000 final. Elimination winners, in an order determined by lot, draw for posts one through five. Macomber, who shared the training title at Hoosier Park last year with Jeff Cullipher and trails Cullipher by three victories this season, won a Breeders Crown last year with pacer Beckhams Z Tam. The now 4-year-old stallion won this year's Prix d'Ete, which is restricted to 4-year-olds, but will sit out this year's Breeders Crown. "That's such a huge jump from (age) 3 to 4," Macomber said. "It's difficult going up against McWicked (the year's richest Standardbred with $1.17 million) and all those top older horses. We're looking for him to come back bigger and better as a 5-year-old." Racing begins at 7 p.m. (EDT) Saturday at Pocono and features a card made up entirely of Breeders Crown eliminations for 3-year-olds and older horses. For the night's complete entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA 

Seventimesavirgin (Always A Virgin) made her local harness racing debut on Friday night while competing in the Fillies and Mares Open at Saratoga Casino Hotel. A superstar in her "younger" years, Seventimesavirgin earned just shy of a half million dollars in her two and three year old campaigns. The five year old mare came to the Spa for the first time on Friday to compete in the evening's $16,000 feature for trainer Jimmy Nickerson. Billy Dobson got the driving assignment and the meet's leading driver sat patiently in last with the mare who was backed by the bettors to the tune of odds of 1-5 in the five-horse feature. After the first half was paced in 56.2, Seventimesavirgin began to move from last, flushing out the cover of Spreester (Frank Coppola Jr). Spreester moved first over and powered past the leader, grinding that one into submission at the head at the stretch. Seventimesavirgin tipped off her cover in the stretch and got up in time to edge Spreester for the win, a victory that came in 1:53.3. Spreester was the runner-up in the Open for the second consecutive Friday night while last week's winner Happy Heart (Mark Beckwith) came on to earn the show spot. For Seventimesavirgin, it was victory number five on the season and an incredible 28thin 59 lifetime starts. Live racing continues at Saratoga on Saturday night with a first post time of 6:45pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

ANDERSON, IN --September 14, 2018--Indiana's top three-year-old pacing colts were the featured attraction at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino as they squared off the final round of preliminary stakes action on Friday, September 14. After sitting out of the eliminations last week, divisional leader Always A Prince returned to the track in a big kind of way in an $18,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Eligible event. With regular pilot Trace Tetrick in the bike, Always A Prince powered home a winner in 1:48.3 to score his third consecutive victory and lower his own track record in the process. Always A Prince established the previous mark of 1:48.4 in Indiana Sires Stakes action earlier this season. The track record performance served as a prep race for his next start as Always A Prince is expected to be supplemented to take on Grand Circuit company in the $175,000 Jenna's Beach Boy Pace. The Jenna's Beach Boy Pace will be part of the star-studded card slated for Friday, September 21 at Hoosier Park that will also feature the $200,000 Caesars Trotting Classic, the $175,000 est. Hoosier Park Pacing Derby, and the $125,000 Elevation Pace. Tetrick took no chances and sent the overwhelming favorite to the front just after the first quarter in :26.1. Always A Prince strolled through fractions of :53.3 and 1:21.1 before he began to put his talent on display. With a six length lead at the top of the stretch, Always A Prince was in a race against the clock and used a:27.2 final panel to coast on to the wire under a hand drive from Tetrick. "We entered him in a race last week and it didn't fill so we missed the sires stakes eliminations," trainer Tyler George said after the victory. "The Jenna's Beach Boy fits well with his schedule and it ended up working out for us to get a race this week so we are looking at supplementing. He deserves a shot." With the victory, Always A Prince has now won 14 of 17 lifetime outings and has only finished out of the money twice in his career. Unraced as a two-year-old, the gelded son of Always A Virgin-Glorious Princess pushed his lifetime bankroll to $196,500 for owners Carl & Melanie Atley. The victory was also one of six victories on the program for Hoosier Park's leading driver Trace Tetrick. Tetrick found the winner's circle just a few races later in the featured event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings, behind the 8-1 upset winner, On Duty. Uninvolved in the early stages of the race, On Duty utilized a :26.4 final panel to surge past his rivals late in the lane to secure the win in a new lifetime best of 1:49. Trained by William Crone, the gelded son of Rockin Image-Lady Luck Killean recorded his second win of the season from 12 outings. With the win, On Duty pushed his lifetime purse earnings over the $100,000 mark for owner John Barnard. Indiana Sires Stakes action continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, September 15 with the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings. With a daily post time of 6:30 pm, live racing will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 10. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, IN -September 12, 2018-Indiana Sires Stakes action continued at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday, September 12 as two $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals highlighted the evening's 14-race card. They used two different routes to get it done but the post time favorites each found their way to the winner's circle to continue their divisional dominance in the co-featured events. Divisional leader Custom Cantab and driver Peter Wrenn set the early tone and delivered as the even money favorite in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old trotting fillies. After a record win in her elimination last week, Custom Cantab converted a pocket trip into a 1:54 score this week. Leaving from post three, Wrenn sent Custom Cantab away from the gate firing to grab the early lead through the opening panel in :27.1 before yielding to O So Easy and James Yoder just before the half. O So Easy led the field through fractions of :55.3 and 1:25.2 while Custom Cantab waited patiently in the pocket. Wrenn tipped Custom Cantab and she used a :28.2 final panel to surge past O So Easy while holding off a hard-charging Red Rose Swan and LeWayne Miller. Meadowbrook Grace and Trace Tetrick staged a big rally late in the lane but were forced to settle for third place honors. Custom Cantab returned $4.20 to her backers at the betting windows. The Chris Beaver trainee made a clean sweep of the fifth and final round of the stakes action to record her second consecutive Hoosier Park victory and ninth seasonal win from 11 outings. The daughter of Mr Cantab-Custom Model has now bankrolled $412,036 in lifetime purse earnings for owners Christopher Beaver, Donald E. Robinson, and RBH Ventures Inc. Custom Cantab will be pointed next to the $150,000 Moni Maker Stakes for three-year-old filly trotters at Hoosier Park slated for September 21. In the two-year-old pacing filly ranks, Glorious Virgin and Trace Tetrick continued their winning ways to capture the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for two-year-old pacing fillies. With a final time of 1:51.4, Glorious Virgin came charging late to get the win by a neck and with it, record her sixth consecutive Hoosier Park victory. John DeLong had Lady Capulet pointed to the front from post four and she would grab command through the opening panel in :26.3. Sam Widger had Tellitsassymae on a mission to the front and she would call the shots through the middle fractions of :55.2 and 1:24. Tetrick gave Glorious Virgin the green light approaching the final turn and the filly ranged up and was quickly matching strides with the leader turning for home. Glorious Virgin reached the lead and was able to hold-off a late surge from her pocket-sitting, stablemate Lady Capulet who rallied well for second. Pure Maid and Ricky Macomber Jr. also rallied well late and utilized a second-over trip to round out the trifecta. As the heavy betting favorite, Glorious Virgin returned $3.20 to her backers at the betting windows. Trained by Shane Bowermaster, the homebred daughter of Always A Virgin-Bound For Glory has now won seven of eight lifetime starts while pushing her lifetime bankroll to $161,500 for Bruce Trogdon's Emerald Highlands Farm. Emerald Highland's contingent of fillies took home the lion's share of the $75,000 purse as they finished first, second, third and fifth in the field of ten. Indiana Sires Stakes action will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, September 13 with the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings. The evening's 14-race card will also feature a $10,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 in races 3-6. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park  

ANDERSON, ID  - August 24, 2018- After being sent off as the 1/5 post-time favorite, Always A Prince, with Trace Tetrick in the bike, continued his divisional dominance in the three-year-old pacing colt ranks, winning with authority in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings on Friday, August 24 at Hoosier Park Racing and Casino. With the win, Always A Prince scored his second consecutive victory and made a clean sweep of the fourth round of stakes action. Tetrick wasted no time and sent Always A Prince right to the front from post three and easily grabbed the lead. With the first quarter in 26:2 and the half and 53:2, Michael Oosting and Too Hot To Stop took the pocket seat while the rest of the field waited to take aim at the leader. Once the pacers hit the third quarter with Always A Prince still leading in 1:20:4, the Ron Burke trainee GD Western Joe and driver John DeLong were the first to commit to the outer flow and were on the attack first-over. As the field turned for home, the top pair was battling it out but Always A Prince ultimately prevailed, gliding across the wire in 1:49:1. GD Western Joe held on gamely for second while Rockin Speed with LeWayne Miller closed hard for third. Always A Prince paid $2.40 to win for his backers at the betting windows. "He's better off of the front but I just let Trace do his thing," trainer Tyler George noted after the victory. "The horse has great mannerisms and he's all business. We plan to keep him here for the rest of the stakes season and maybe look at a few of the Grand Circuit races at the end of the year." With the victory, Always A Prince brought his lifetime purse earnings to $187,500 for owners Carl L. and Melanie D. Atley. Unraced as a two-year-old, the son of Always A Virgin-Glorious Princess has now won 13 of his 16 lifetime starts. The victory was also one of five winners on the evening's 13-race card for Hoosier Park's leading driver Trace Tetrick and one of two winners for trainer Tyler George. Indiana Sires Stakes action will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, August 25 with the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for the two-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Freshman trotting colt superstar Swandre The Giant will look to score his seventh consecutive victory and remain undefeated this season from post five for trainer, driver Brandon Bates. The evening's 12-race card will also feature two Indiana Sires Stakes eliminations for the three-year-old pacing fillies and a $21,000 Fillies and Mares Invitational Pace. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule at Hoosier Park, please visit by Rose Flood, for Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, IN --August 22, 2018-- Glorious Virgin, with Trace Tetrick at the lines, became Hoosier Park Racing & Casino's newest track record holder when she powered home a winner in the third round of $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals for two-year-old pacing fillies on Wednesday, August 22. With a final time of 1:50.4, Glorious Virgin re-established the track record for two-year-old pacing fillies and also added a national season's record to her already impressive resume. The previous track record of 1:51 was established by Youaremycandygirl in an elimination of the Breeders Crown last fall. The 1:50.4 victory also equaled the fastest mile recorded by a two-year-old this season, regardless of track size or sex. Leaving from post five in a talented field of ten, Glorious Virgin was unhurried from the gate while stablemates Pansy's Image and Pure Maid were hustled out early for position. Pure Maid and Ricky Macomber Jr. reached the first quarter in :26.2 but would quickly yield the lead to the heavy post time favorite, Glorious Virgin, just before the half. Glorious Virgin clicked off fractions of :55.2 and 1:23.4 and looked strong on the front with a two-length lead. As the field rounded the final turn John DeLong had Lady Capulet applying pressure first-over but Glorious Virgin wasn't finished. Utilizing a:27 final panel, the Shane Bowermaster trainee kicked home and coasted on to the wire under a hand drive, finishing two lengths to the good. Fillies from the Bowermaster Stable completed the superfecta in the field as Pure Maid finished second, Lady Capulet was third and Fully A Virgin and Peter Wrenn rallied well for fourth place honors. As the 1-5 favorite, Glorious Virgin returned $2.40 at the betting windows. "I really think she could be one of the top three fillies I've ever sat behind," Tetrick noted after the victory. "At this stage in the game, she's better than any filly I've driven. She's a true professional, getting handier with every start and just has unbelievable talent." With the win, Glorious Virgin made a clean sweep of the third round of the stakes action for freshmen fillies and extended her win streak to four in the process. The homebred daughter of Always A Virgin-Bound For Glory has now won five of six lifetime starts while pushing her lifetime bankroll to $114,000 for Bruce Trogdon's Emerald Highlands Farm. Three-year-old trotting fillies were also featured in stakes action on the evening's 13-race card and it was Black Mamba As and Todd Warren who pulled the 16-1 upset in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final. Taking advantage of hot, early fractions, Black Mamba As used a well-timed rally late in the lane to score in a new lifetime best of 1:53. Black Mamba As recorded the third win of the season from ten seasonal starts for trainer Anette Lorentzon and snapped a five-race win streak for the heavily favored Custom Cantab who had to settle for second place honors. The homebred daughter of Lionhunter-Happy Year is owned by Acl Stuteri and has now amassed $138,900 in lifetime purse earnings. Indiana Sires Stakes action continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, August 23 with the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings. The evening's 14-race card will also feature a $10,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 in races 3-6. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

Trois-Rivieres, QC - It was the first time the horse ever raced on a half mile track, it was the first-time driver Ricky Macomber ever came to Quebec, the same goes for the trainer, his wife Jamie Macomber. None of these new situations hampered 9-1 Beckhams Z Tam, who scored an upset victory in the $200,000 Prix D'Ete Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R. The tenth race harness racing feature saw Filibuster Hanover (Louis Philip Roy) go to the early lead with stablemate Eddard Hanover (Stephane Brosseau) sitting in second place. But on the move on the outside from the start was driver Trevor Henry with Blood Line and as they could not find a place to duck in, they went after Filibuster Hanover to the opening quarter mile in :26.3. Ricky Macomber was then able to slip out and came up second-over behind Blood Line with Beckhams Z Tam and Western Joe (Doug McNair) was third-over on the outside as the field sped to the half mile marker in :54.1. Then things got a little crazy in the backstretch as Macomber moved Beckhams Z Tam three-wide and was not only able to clear by Blood Line, but also pass by Filibuster Hanover to take the lead past three-quarters in 1:23.2. As they started down the stretch, 15-1 American Wiggle and driver Guy Gagnon were able to close in on Beckhams Z Tam, but it was too little too late as the winner scored by one and one-half lengths in 1:52.1. Filibuster Hanover was third. "When we found room and got into second-over position going to the half mile," Said driver Ricky Macomber. "I felt pretty confident, I knew we could make that big move in the backstretch." Beckhams Z Tam is a four-year-old stallion by Always A Virgin. This was his second win of the season for trainer Jamie Macomber and the Z Tam Stables of New York, NY. He paid $21.10 to win. "After we got second over position," Macomber explained. "I waited until the backside and then flipped three-deep and continued on going. "My wife had more confidence in racing him on a half mile track than I did." Macomber admitted. "Now after the race I feel pretty good about it." "He (Beckhams Z Tam) made the ship so well from Indiana to Quebec," trainer Jamie Macomber said. "He has eaten all his food, drank more water than I have ever seen him do and that made me feel confident and that he was in good shape. "I did warm him up pretty hard," Macomber added. "I was really mad with myself for doing it, but he responded well. I also need to thank Ron Burke, as he was the one last winter who convinced me to enter Beckhams Z Tam in the Prix D'Ete." In the third race, the colt division of the Breeders Cup Series, Play Jet Ray was the overwhelming 1/9 favorite for driver Guy Gagnon and the son of Shadow Play raced like it. Kinnder Jackson (Justin Filion) shot to the lead from post five, but just as he cleared to the lead, out came Gagnon with Play Jet Ray, taking command at the quarter mile in :28. He then held the field at bay, cutting fractions of :57 and 1:25.4 before cruising home to win by two and three-quarter lengths in 1:54.3. Kinnder Jackson was second with D Gs Onceuponatime (Jonathan Lachance) third. It was the sixth win this year for Play Jet Ray, who is trained by Dany Fontaine and is owned by Gaetan Bono, Inc. of Montreal and paid just $2.10 to win. In the ninth race filly division of the Breeders Cup Series it was Lit De Rose and catch-driver Trevor Henry going wire-to-wire against their nine rivals. Starting from post two, Henry beat out All You Can Dream (Stephane Brosseau) to the early lead, a costing speed duel in :26.4 to the opening quarter mile. Once settled in, Lit De Rose cut the mile to the half in :57 and the three-quarters in 1:26.3 as Brosseau came back out after the leaders again at the top of the stretch. But Henry was able to find a little speed from Lit De Rose, who held off All You Can Dream to win by a half length in 1:57. Sharks Summrshandy (Louis Philippe Roy) was third. It was a lifetime mark for the daughter of Leader Bayama and her second win this year for trainer Maxime Velaye. She was bred and is owned by Guy Corbeil of Mirabel and paid $5.00 to win. Track Notes: Driver Louis Philippe Roy was in his usual prime form and led all drivers with four winners on the afternoon program. Live racing resumes at H3R Tuesday night with five trotting stakes events. There will be three divisions of the third round of the Future Stars Series for three-year-old's and two divisions of the second round of the Future Stars Series for two-year-old's. Post time Tuesday evening is 6:30 pm. For a free race program, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club  

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 4, 2018 -- Vague Traces dueled with Dapper Dude the entire final quarter before edging him at the wire to capture Saturday's feature at The Meadows, a $13,000 Conditioned Pace. Dapper Dude needed a 26.4 opening panel to make the point and gamely retook the lead when passed shortly thereafter. Vague Traces also was hard used, finding a seat fourth from post 9 before moving first over for Jim Pantaleano. Vague Traces was a neck better than Dapper Dude, scoring in 1:50.4, with the rallying Lincolnjames third. Sarah Andrews trains Vague Traces, a 6-year-old Always A Virgin-Village Junior gelding who now boasts $295,406 in career earnings, for Michael Jurczykowski. It was one of five wins for Pantaleano -- including four consecutively spanning races 5-8 -- on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, when the program features a $100,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series stake for freshman filly trotters. First post is 1:05 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the The Meadows

ANDERSON, IN -Egomania turned in a dominant performance to deliver as the heavy favorite and take home top honors in the featured event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings, on Thursday, July 12 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Scoring in 1:51.4 with John DeLong in the bike, Egomania recorded his second consecutive win at Hoosier Park and made a clean sweep of the first round of Indiana Sires Stakes action this season. The 1:51.4 clocking established a national season's mark for two-year-old pacing colts on a seven-eighths mile oval and was a new lifetime best for the rookie pacer. Leaving from post five in a talented field of ten, DeLong sent Egomania away from the gate firing but Elliot Deaton and elimination winner Tellmeaboutit were a step quicker to get the first call through the opening panel in :26.4. Egomania settled in second but not for long, DeLong gave him the green light and he was back out and firing approaching the half in :56. Egomania led the field through the third split in 1:24.3 with Alway's Close and Trace Tetrick beginning the first-over attack approaching the final turn. Tellmeaboutit tipped from the pocket late in the lane but Egomania was able to put him away and hold off an impressive late rally from Outloud and Peter Wrenn to get the win by a head. Meadowbrook Crown and Sam Widger utilized a ground saving trip to rally for third place honors. As the heavy 1-2 favorite, Egomania returned $3.00 at the betting windows. "He's been nice all winter," said Shane Bowermaster, who handles the training duties for the Indiana contingent of the Brian Brown stable. "But after his qualifier, we knew we had a nice colt. He's really laid back, versatile, and easy on himself." Owned in partnership by Country Club Acres, J. Sbrocco, R. Lombardo, and J. Fodera, Egomania has now amassed $47,500 in lifetime purse earnings. The son of Always A Virgin-Has An Attitude is now two for two in 2018. Live racing continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, July 13 with a 13-race card. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 10. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park  

ANDERSON, IN.-June 1, 2018-Sophomore pacing colts were the featured attraction at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in the opening round of $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals on Friday, June 1. After tasting defeat for the first time eight starts in his elimination last week, Always A Prince and Trace Tetrick rebounded gamely to find the winner's circle in 1:49.2. The 1:49.2 clocking was a new lifetime best and equaled the fastest mile of the season over the Hoosier Park oval through 44 nights of racing. Leaving from the trailing post position ten, Always A Prince changed up his front-running tactics to settle along the rail in fifth. Jeopardy and Brandon Bates were the first to get a call through the opening panel in :26.4 while the rest of the field sorted out early positions. Shnitzledosomethin and Peter Wrenn, the slight post time favorite, were pointed to the front down the backside and grabbed command just before the second station in :54.3. Shnitzledosomethin was still calling the shots at the three-quarter clocking in 1:22.1 but Always A Prince was on the attack, first-over with Gerardo and Luke Plano in tow. Shnitzledosomethin looked strong on the front but Tetrick asked his mount for more and Always A Prince found another gear. Utilizing a :27.1 final quarter, Always A Prince edged past a game Shnitzledosomethin to get the win by a length. Gerardo rallied well to round out the trifecta at 57-1. Always A Prince returned $4.80 at the betting windows for the victory. "He was as sharp as I've ever seen him tonight," Tetrick said in the winner's circle. "I obviously wanted a helmet to follow but that's not the way the race worked out. He's a true professional. He acts like an aged horse; you can do anything you want with him. He loves his job and is an extremely talented colt." It was the type of performance that surely would have put a smile on recently departed trainer Bill Dailey's face. With the win, Always A Prince recorded his eighth seasonal victory from just nine starts. Unraced as a two-year-old, the gelded son of Always A Virgin-Glorious Princess is owned by Kimberly Dailey and Carl & Melanie Atley and has now amassed $78,500 in lifetime purse earnings. Earlier on the evening's 13-race card, Ricky Macomber Jr. steered Rocky's Z Tam to a 1:49.2 victory to record the fastest mile of the 2018 season at Hoosier Park. It was one of three winners on the program for trainer Jamie Macomber and driver Ricky Macomber Jr. who also found the winner's circle with Just N Ace in the $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes consolation for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings and Sir Mammo in a conditioned pace. Indiana Sires Stakes action continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, June 2 with the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old pacing fillies. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 10. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park  

After spending the better part of the past four years at home in Indiana, returning Breeders Crown champion Beckhams Z Tam is ready to step out for what trainer Jamie Macomber hopes is the first of numerous road trips this season. Beckhams Z Tam will leave Indiana for only the second time in his life when he visits Harrah's Philadelphia on Sunday for the $150,000 Commodore Barry Invitational for older male pacers. Beckhams Z Tam's only previous road trip came last year for his elimination of the North America Cup in Ontario, where he finished ninth. Following that race, Beckhams Z Tam hit the board in 14 consecutive starts, winning seven, including the Breeders Crown for 3-year-old male pacers on his home turf at Hoosier Park. Overall in 2017, Beckhams Z Tam won 11 of 20 races, was top three a total of 18 times, and earned $512,545. This year, the 4-year-old stallion is ready to give the Grand Circuit a try on a regular basis. "We're going to give it a shot," said Macomber, who trains Beckhams Z Tam for owner Bill Matz's Z Tam Stables. "As long as he seems to be OK with the traveling and racing at the high-competition level, then we'll continue on the stakes season. You always wonder how they're going to handle the travel and the hard races every week, but for some reason, it doesn't concern me with Beckham. I think he will handle it fine. "He's a relaxed horse, so as long as I don't change his schedule too much -- he likes to eat breakfast and then go back to sleep, take a nap, and then get up to do his work -- I think he will be OK. I don't plan on changing much, except where he sleeps at night." The Commodore Barry Invitational, named in honor of American Revolution hero Commodore John Barry, a native of Ireland who lived in Philadelphia and was the first commissioned officer of the U.S. Navy, is part of an invitational tripleheader at Philly with the Betsy Ross for older female pacers and Maxie Lee for older trotters. In addition, the card includes a Great Northeast Open Series event for trotters -- featuring 2017 Horse of the Year Hannelore Hanover -- and Great Northeast Open Series races for male and female pacers. There also will be two divisions of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for 3-year-old female pacers. Action begins at 12:40 p.m. (EDT). Beckhams Z Tam heads to the Commodore Barry off a second-place finish in his seasonal debut in the May 11 Invitational at Hoosier Park. He will start the Commodore Barry from post No. 1 in a field that includes Confederation Cup winner Filibuster Hanover (unbeaten in three races this year) and two horses with more than $2 million in career earnings, Mach It So and McWicked. "I would have liked a couple more starts, but we're happy with the one start that we did have," said Macomber, who turns over the driving lines to her husband, Ricky. "He didn't get a lot bigger (over the winter). He filled out some, but not a lot. His personality is still awesome. If anything, he is just a little bit more mature." Macomber hopes that maturity helps Beckhams Z Tam make the transition to racing against older foes in stakes competition. Beckhams Z Tam, a son of Always A Virgin out of Sara's Lucky Charm, has won 11 of 27 lifetime starts and earned $565,494. "When he's racing he's all business," Macomber said. "He's not been raced a lot, so hopefully he's got plenty of good miles left in him." Following is the Commodore Barry Invitational field with listed drivers and trainers. 1. Beckhams Z Tam, Ricky Macomber Jr., Jamie Macomber; 2. Western Joe, Scott Zeron, Christopher Choate; 3. Heaven Rocks A, David Miller, Ross Croghan; 4. Filibuster Hanover, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke; 5. Rockeyed Optimist, Brett Miller, Jake Leamon; 6. Rodeo Romeo, Andy McCarthy, Chris Ryder; 7. McWicked, Brian Sears, Casie Coleman; 8. Mach It So, George Napolitano Jr., Jeff Bamond Jr. For Sunday's complete entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, USTA Media Relations Manager

Serpentine harness racing trainer Matt Scott made a wise decision to lease New South Wales-bred pacer Always Arjay two years ago and he is delighted at the excellent form shown by the six-year-old since recovering from a tendon injury which kept him out of action for 14 months. Always Arjay damaged his nearside tendon in April 2016 and since he resumed racing in June this year he has had ten starts for five wins. He will start from barrier three on the front line in a 2503m stand, the $18,000 Win Boost Now On TABtouch Handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night, and should take a power of beating. “Always Arjay’s work last Saturday was first-class and I expect him to go well on Friday,” Scott said. “His last-start fourth (behind stablemate Bartowski) was very good. He came off 30 metres and made his run down the back straight when he was pushed four and five wide around the final two bends. He had won at five of his previous six starts.” Always Arjay (Always A Virgin) will again be driven by Shannon Suvaljko, who said: “If he finds the front, he’ll be hard to beat.” Looming as the major danger to Always Arjay is the Skye Bond trained Bettor Not Bitter, whose past six starts have produced four wins and two seconds. Bettor Not Bitter was an odds-on fancy when he worked hard in the breeze all the way when a fighting second to the pacemaker Arising Easton in a 2503m stand at Gloucester Park on Tuesday night. He won in good style at Gloucester Park and Pinjarra at his two previous outings. Bettor Not Bitter will start from the inside barrier on the front line with Ryan Warwick in the sulky. If he leads he will prove very hard to beat. Scott said that he was hopeful that Bartowski, to be driven by Gary Hall Jnr from barrier four on the front line, would reveal his normal brilliance from a stand and burst past Bettor Not Bitter and into the lead.  “I expect Bartowski to cross to the early lead and then take a sit on Always Arjay,” Scott said. “Bartowski led early and then took the sit in a race last week --- and he ran home strongly to win.” Scott races Always Arjay on lease from John Gullace and Cathy Cousins and the gelding’s 24 starts for him have produced eight wins and seven placings. “When I leased Brookies Jet from John and Cathy a couple of years ago they told me that they had a few horses in Melbourne with Andy Gath, including Always Arjay, who was being set for the Victoria Derby, but got sick. “So I leased Always Arjay along with Qtown Rip Roaring and C C Chevron.” Qtown Rip Roaring has had 62 starts for Scott for seven wins and 11 placings and C C Chevron’s 67 starts for Scott have produced six wins and 18 placings. Co-backmarkers off 20m are Billies A Star and Ohoka Kentucky and they appear the chief rivals for Always Arjay and Bettor Not Bitter. Ken Casellas

It's A Miracle (Chris Lems) wins the harness racing Fillies and Mares Open ($9500) at Tioga Downs on Thursday (August 24). All Charged Up (John MacDonald) would jump out to the lead and hit the first quarter in :26.3. It's A Miracle (Always A Virgin) who is owned by Victor Finochiarro and trained by Jordon Hope, would go first over and blow right by to take over and control all the rest of the fractions :56.1, 1:24.4, 1:52.1. All Charged Up (Ponder) would finish second. Regal Roxy (Shawn McDonough) gets third. It's A Miracle ($6.90) would win for the ninth time this season. The 7 year-old mare would win for the 31st time in her career. "Lemsy" would win two others on the night. His first win was with the second time starter Lady Dudette (Bettor's Delight-Luxury Goods). The freshman filly would win in 1:56.2 and pay 3.20. His other win was with Teezer Bree ($21.00). Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Friday (August 25) at 6:45 p.m. For more information go to John Horne for Vernon Downs.

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