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ANDERSON, Ind.-April 10, 2015 - The reigning three-year-old pacing filly of the year, Color's A Virgin, returned to harness racing action on Friday, April 10 and made her 2015 debut a winning one as she captured the featured event of the evening, a $21,000 Invitational Pace for fillies and mares, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Overcoming a tough, first-over trip, Color's A Virgin scored her first victory against older mares in 1:53.3 and gave driver Trace Tetrick one of six wins on the 13-race card. Leaving from post four in a talented field of six, Color's A Virgin and Tetrick resumed their previous racing tactics and raced from off the pace early, to secure a spot along the rail in fourth. Tim Curtain sent Wings away from the gate firing and the duo reached the first quarter in :27.4. Stable Eyes and Tim Clevenger benefitted from a pocket trip while Miss Millie and Peter Wrenn were next in line, third. Pertty Music and Ed Hensley, back to back winners at this level, sat at the back of the pack for much of the mile. Wrenn gave Miss Millie the go-ahead down the backside and she secured the lead just past the half in :57. Unable to wait any longer, Color's A Virgin began her first-over bid approaching the final turn with American Girl and Sam Widger in tow. As the field reached the third station in 1:25.3, Color's A Virgin had worn down the tiring leader and began to put her talent on display as she paced away from the field. Using a :28 final panel, Color's A Virgin coasted on to the wire under a hand drive from Tetrick to finish a length in front of American Girl who was a game second. Miss Millie rounded out the trifecta while Pertty Music had too much ground to make up at the end of the mile and had to settle for fourth. As the heavy betting favorite, the Dan Patch award-winning mare returned $3.60 at the windows. "The race didn't work out exactly like I thought," Tetrick noted after the race. "I didn't want to be first-up for her first start back but that's the way it worked out and she overcame it. She did everything I asked and was well within herself at the wire." "Brian (Brown) told me she came back well," he continued. "Tonight, I could tell she's matured and handled the lay-off well. She's just a great, great mare." Color's A Virgin won 13 of 18 starts in 2014 and earned $532,622 for her connections at Emerald Highlands Farm. She captured seven of her last eight starts, including the $178,862 Jugette on September 17 at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. Trained by Brian Brown, the four-year-old daughter of Always A Virgin-Full Color now sports a lifetime bankroll of $754,822. The winner of 19 career outings has been nominated to races such as the TVG Mares Pace, The Lady Liberty and The Golden Girls for her four-year-old campaign. Tetrick noted Color's A Virgin would likely make her next start at Hoosier Park before heading to Miami Valley Raceway. The victory was one of six wins for Hoosier Park's current leading driver, Trace Tetrick and four training wins for Brian Brown. Brown and Tetrick also teamed up to score with Fits Well and Win The Gold early in the card. Tetrick also found the winner's circle with Landonfitz for trainer Charlie Stewart and Pleasing Paisley for trainer Tyler George. The Brown, Tetrick combination would strike once more with Do U Mind in the last race of the evening for the Emerald Highlands Farm. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Saturday, April 11 with a 13-race card. With a daily post time of 5:15 p.m., live racing will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 14, 2015. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin

LEBANON, OH. - Poison Oak, a recent private purchase addition to the Virgil Morgan Jr. Stable, captured the $15,000 championship leg of the George Williams Memorial Series, one of nine series being contested at Miami Valley honoring the memory of 'Lebanon Legends' of days gone by. The four-year-old son of Always A Virgin topped E R Oliver (Tyler Smith) by a length with Awinkandagrin (Jeremy Smith) another three-quarters of a length back in third. Miami Valley's leading driver Josh Sutton sent Poison Oak charging out of the gate from the eight hole and steadily forged to the front just past the :27.2 opening panel. The winner posted middle fractions of :55.2 and 1:24.2 before finishing the job by stopping the clock in 1:53.4. The George Williams series featured male pacers who were shy of either four pari-mutuel wins or $30,000 in earnings when the nominations closed on March 1. It was the eighth career win for Poison Oak, owned in partnership with Morgan Jr. by Carl Howard, and increased his lifetime bankroll to $38,876. As the second choice on the tote board, Poison Oak paid $5.80 while the exacta kicked back $24.20. Gregg Keidel  

LEBANON, OH. - "Virgil set a track record at Miami Valley Raceway on Saturday night!" That statement would come as no real surprise to any harness racing devotee in the Buckeye state, and their next question would be "With which of his horses?" The reference, of course, would be to prolific trainer Virgil Morgan Jr., not only Miami Valley's current runaway leader in the trainer's standings, but the winningest trainer in Ohio history and currently the second winningest trainer in North America behind Ron Burke. Virgil has set numerous track records all over Ohio in the last decade as master of the most powerful stable in the state. This time, though, Virgil is a horse-a five-year-old son of Always A Virgin-and his 1:51 mile in the $16,500 Open Pace was the fastest mile by a male pacer in the track's two-year existence. Tyler George trains this Virgil for owner L. J. Stone. It was the twelfth career score for Virgil and pushed his lifetime bankroll to over $175,000. Driver Jeff Nisonger gave the black gelding a masterful steer to just nip last week's feature race winner Lucky Lime (Kyle Ater) with favored A Sweet Ride (Josh Sutton) settling for third after carving honest fractions of :27.3, :55.1 and 1:23 on the front end. Lucky Lime was first-over in the outer flow from the halfway point to the wire, with Virgil in tow right behind him. Nisonger swung the winner three-deep at the head of the lane and prevailed in the final strides. Sent off at 7-1 odds, Virgil paid $16.20 to win and combined with Lucky Lime produced a generous $105.40 exacta. The only horse to have ever paced faster at Miami Valley is the recently retired mare Shebestingin, who won a Grand Circuit stake for driver David Miller and trainer Joe Holloway on closing day of the inaugural 2014 meet in 1:50.4. Other highlights on Saturday night were a 1:51.2 tally by Orion's Belt (Greg Grismore) in the $11,000 top conditioned pace at odds of 18-1; and a fifth straight victory by Manipulator (Shawn Barker II) in a $15,000 claiming event. Since being purchased by trainer Cole Fitzwater in Ontario, Manipulator has steadily progressed through the claiming ranks with wins at the $8000, $10,000 and $12,500 levels before Saturday's score in 1:52.2, despite moving up in class for the fifth straight start. Gregg Keidel

Two months ago leading Victorian harness racing trainer Emma Stewart had three of the top six contenders for Sunday’s Inter Dominion. As a result of various unforeseen circumstances, Stewart is without a starter in the TAB.com.au sponsored event, but is still destined to play a major role at Tabcorp Park Menangle. Stewart, who prepares her team with partner Clayton Tonkin, will contest four Group Ones, with outstanding filly Delight Me heading the squad. Unbeaten from five starts this season, Delight Me has drawn to extend her winning sequence in the New South Wales Oaks. A stylish winner of her heat, the exceptionally-bred filly will begin from the pole for master reinsman Gavin Lang. “We are very pleased with her progress this season and she is going to be very hard to beat again from the pole,” Stewart said. “It is a pretty strong field, but there is no doubt she is up to this.” Stewart also has handy youngster Lovelist engaged in the classic, with the daughter of Always A Virgin drawn barrier four, but will slot into three with the removal of the emergency. “She was solid when third in her heat and will perform well again,” Stewart said. Stewart will then contest the Ladyship Mile with Lovelist’s ‘niece’, Beauty Secret, which has also drawn four, but will begin from three. Racing in her typical strong form, Beauty Secret faces a daunting task against star mares Frith and Adore Me. Local idol Frith will begin from the pole, with New Zealand darling, Adore Me, to come the outside of the front row. “This would have to be one of the strongest Ladyship Miles for some time,” Stewart said. “With a bit of luck the speed will be on from the outset and we will get a final crack at them.” Ideal For Real will then tackle the New South Wales Derby as Stewart aims for consecutive wins in the Blue Riband. Stewart captured last year’s edition with Major Secret – a half-brother to Beauty Secret. Triumphant in his heat, Ideal For Real will need more than his share of luck from gate nine. On the other side of the scale, Hug The Wind, which won his heat, will begin from the pole. “The draw makes it tough, but he is racing well enough to overcome it,” Stewart said. “He’ll need a bit of luck, but if breaks go his way he is going to be very hard to beat.” Exciting pacer Yankee Rockstar will then take his place in the Chariots Of Fire, a feature Stewart won last season with Guaranteed. Yankee Rockstar has won seven of his eight starts for the term, with his only defeat coming at Menangle when third behind Bling It On, which is the favourite once again. A member of the Belinda McCarthy stable, Bling It On has drawn to lead throughout from barrier three. “The draw has made it tough on Yankee Rockstar as well, but he is still in with a chance,” Stewart said. “He’s also going to need a few things go his way, but he is more than capable of taking it out.” PAUL COURTS

DOVER, Del.--- Touchdown Mindale won the Tuesday harness racing feature and was claimed in the $20,000-$25,000 Claiming/Handicap, one of seven winning drives for Corey Callahan over a 'good' track at Dover Downs on Feb. 17. The Always A Virgin - Happy To Be Best gelding held off a strong challenge from Just Bettor (Vic Kirby) in !:53.3 to score his fourth win of the meet. The week before, the Harvey Eisman-owned five-year-old had raced for a $25,000 tag, this week he entered for $20,000 and drew the rail with the meet's top driver Corey Callahan in the bike. Touchdown Mindale took the lead from Just Bettor, who left from post 8, as the field raced in front of the grandstand and never yielded. Button Fly (Jason Lynch) finished third. After the race, ownership changed hands as Touchdown Mindale was claimed. Callahan, the track's leading driver since the 2009-10 meet, has 191 wins through 70 racing days. His UDRS (similar to a batting average) is an outstanding .411. His drives this meet have earned nearly $1.7-million in purse for the horses he has driven. Four of his wins came reining trotters; Muscerne, was his first win in the 2nd race; another trotter, Nova Empress from post 8 was next in the 4th. Then Callahan was in high gear winning the next five races in-a-row. Pacer Touchdown Mindale was his third winner in the 10th; a third-trotter, Jailhouse Juice took the 11th. Right back in the 12th race driving Nine Twenty Two; Windsong Ingenius, another trotter in the 13th; Art Of Escape made it seven wins. Trace Tetrick had two early wins. Trainer Doug Lewis had one winner, his 41st of the meet, to take a two-win lead among leading trainers. Wayne Givens and Dylan Davis are tied for second with 39 each. Classic Belisma, whose four-race win streak ended with a third-place finish in her last start, leads a field of nine in the $14,500 4&5-Year-Old Winners-Over trot on the Wednesday card. CLASSIC BELISIMA, DERBY HEAD WEDNESDAY FEATURE TROT DOVER, Del. ---- Classical Belisima, a four-straight winner before finishing third last time, leads nine trotters to post in the Wednesday, Feb. 18 $14,500 feature at Dover Downs. First post is 4:30 p.m. Corey Callahan will drive Classic Belisima, one of two females in the competitive field. Bill Cantrell owns the four-year-old program pick. Arty Foster Jr. sends out Everyone’s Talkin, a winner of his last two starts, with Trace Tetrick in the bike since arriving from the Meadowlands. Tina and Joe Clark’s Derby has been sharp with three-straight second place finishers. Allan Davis will drive from post 9 in the second tier. The second distaff in the event is Eric Foster’s Stirling Charisma with Vic Kirby driving. He Belongs Here, and Daryl Bier, should benefit from starting from the rail.  Ed Hall’s Up Front N Crazy handled by Roger Plante must overcome leaving from post 8. Niss Allen’s Themida, piloted by Brandon Henley, HS Merlin with Eddie Davis Jr., and Accokeek Mercury with Sean Bier complete the line-up.   A strong supporting card featuring several wide-open trotting events are on the Wednesday card. Monday through Thursday post time is 4:30 p.m. There is no live racing Fridays and Saturdays. Sunday post time is 5:30 p.m. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. At Dover Downs, there is no charge for parking and admission. Reservations are suggested for the Winner’s Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at the 4-star Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad        

Harness racing is a worldwide industry but the results of stallions can vary widely between countries let alone hemispheres. A lot of stallions perform to the same level in both hemispheres but some really struggle to reproduce in one hemisphere what they have already achieved in another. One stallion in this category in our opinion is the son of Western Ideal, Always A Virgin. Standing at stud for the first time in North America in 2009, the first foals by Always A Virgin hit the ground in Indiana in 2010. Now Indiana is not New York or Pennsylvania but it is still a strong harness racing state and right from the start Always A Virgin has produced the goods. His first crop hit the tracks in 2012 and he immediately made an impact finishing eighth on the two year old sires list in North America. And he did it from a state that does not have a Sires Stakes program of anywhere near the same value as New York or Pennsylvania. That crop has just turned five and the numbers are very impressive. It includes the outstanding mare Always About Katy 1:51.1 ($794,992) as well as such smart types as Right Touch 1:50.1 ($489,660)  Sweet Talkin Satin 1:49.1 ($349,600) and Crazy On You 1:50.2 ($238,734) Foals - 117     Winners - 83     $100,000 Winners - 14     Sub 1:50 - 2     Total Stakes - $5,737,563 His second crop hit the track in 2013 and if his first crop was good, his second was even better. Even though he again finished a highly creditable eighth on the two year old North American Sires List in 2013, Always A Virgin produced two horses in this crop who performed with distinction at the highest level of the sport. Always B Miki 1:47.4 ($930,891) won 12 races during the 2014 season  but his best run was his great effort for second in the $776,000 Meadowlands Pace where he ran second to He's Watching (who equaled the world record for a three-year-old of 1:46.4) in 1:47.1 after starting from barrier nine. Colors A Virgin 1:51 ($744,322) went one better winning 13 races during the 2014 season with her best run being her winning performance in the $178,000 Final of the Jugette at Delaware Other of note from this crop include Candy's A Virgin 1:51 ($268,871) and Not A Virgin 1:50 ($259,453) This crop has just turned four and the numbers are once again very good Foals - 111     Winners - 59     $100,000 Winners - 7     Sub 1:50 - 2     Total Stakes - $4,240,879   His third crop was significantly smaller as breeders sat back to see if the initial crops would perform and he had the new boy Rockin Image standing his first season in Indiana as well. Always a Virgin had 51 two year olds in North America in 2014 and while his overall numbers were down he still produced some lovely two year olds. His two best performers last season were Harfo Hanover 1:51.3 ($135,492) and Tonis Affection 1:51.4 ($112,400) Overall his percentages were on a par with his first two crops. Foals - 51     Winners - 20     $100,000 Winners - 2     Sub 1:53 - 3     Total Stakes - $485,232 His next crop which are two year olds in 2015 only numbered 42 foals but on the back of his first crop performing well he has 85 yearlings and has served 128 mares last year. Comment Has made his name the hard way by producing quality stock from good mares but not out and out "blue bloods " like some stallions serve. The fact he has done all of this while standing in Indiana just adds further kudos to what he has achieved. Always A Virgin has shown he can leave that elite level colt or filly that all breeders are looking for. Southern Hemisphere Always A Virgin stood his first season down under in the 2010/2011 breeding season. His first crop numbered 105 foals and they raced as two year olds in the 2013/2014 season. As of today they are nearing the halfway mark of their three year old season and the results so far look to have being disappointing. They finished tenth on the Australian two year old sires list in 2013/2014 and presently sit thirteenth on the 2014/2015 Australian three year old list. His best performers to date have been Lovelist 1:58 ($50,922) and Blackntan 1:58 ($40,115) but what is even more concerning is the overall percentages which are way off the pace of most of his competitors. As you can see from the chart below, it does not make good reading. Foals - 105   Winners - 17 $50,000 Winners - 1   % Winners / live foals - 16.19% Total Stakes $294,649    His second crop down under are two year olds in the current season and they number 54 foals. The two-year-old racing season is just getting under way now so it is way to early for any definitive comments. Always A Virgin has 88 yearlings on the ground and served another 145 mares in the 2014/2015 breeding season. Comment At this point of his first crop's three year old season, you would have to say they have been very disappointing to date. There were 27 starters in the heats of the Victorian Derby on Saturday night and Always A Virgin did not have a runner in any of the three heats. Always A Virgin needs to raise his numbers of winners and quickly and needs to find some Derby and Oaks runners as well if he is to achieve any real credibility as a sire in the Southern Hemisphere.. Overview At this stage the stock of Always A Virgin in the two hemispheres are like chalk and cheese. In North America they have over achieved for a stallion standing in Indiana and earned a reputation as talented and durable performers. In Australia they have under achieved to date and they will quickly lose their appeal to breeders and owners if this trend continues. If by the end of the current season in Australia Always A Virgin hasn't significantly improved his overall numbers and produced a couple of standout individuals, then there will be a big question mark about his future in the Southern Hemisphere. Harnesslink Media

Master reinsman Gavin Lang proved to be a ladies’ man by scoring with four females at last night’s Ballarat harness racing meeting. Driving in vintage form, Lang provided prominent trainer Emma Stewart with a winning quartet – all members of the ‘fairer sex’! Lang’s evening kicked off with promising youngster Lovelist, which outclassed her rivals in 1:58.5 over 2200 metres. After leading with ease from barrier two, Lovelist scored by there-and-a-half metres from Union Alley, with Smooth Showgirl a head away third. By Always A Virgin, the filly is from broodmare gem Lifeline, making her an ‘Aunt’ to another of Lang’s winners, Beauty Secret. A daughter of Armbro Operative, Beauty Secret is from Secret Life, which is from Lifeline. Also leading throughout, Beauty Secret accounted for her stablemate, The Good Times and National Service. Rating 1:57.8 for the 2200 metres, the six-year-old has won five of her last six starts, taking her record to 24 wins and 12 placings from 52 outings. No stranger to Group One glory, Beauty Secret has been aimed at the Ladyship Mile, which is scheduled to be run at Menangle on March 1 – TAB.com.au Inter Dominion day. Also bred to be a star, Delight Me did just that with favourite punters when she was untouched to score from Awesome Mattjesty and Thunder Fee. Unbeaten from four starts this campaign, Delight Me is by Bettors Delight from Group One winner, Cornsilk. Stewart has set the three-year-old towards various majors, including the New South Wales Oaks, which is also due to be run on Inter Dominion day. Lang and Stewart rounded out their quartet with Bettors Package, which cruised to an eye-catching victory from Modern Hitch and Bazzas Art. Successful at four of her five starts for the term, Bettors Package will continue to make her way through the grades ahead of the Vicbred Super Series later in the season. PAUL COURTS

DOVER, Del.---.Touchdown Mindale made it two straight harness racing victories romping to a 1:52.1 triumph in the $20,000-$25,000 4&5-Year-Old Claiming Handicap on Tuesday, Jan. 20, at Dover Downs. Meet leading driver Corey Callahan raked up five wins, Ross Wolfenden had four. Callahan guided Touchdown Mindale to his 13th career win and $112,820 earnings. Nick Surick conditions the Always A Virgin-Happy To Be Best gelding for owner Harvey Eisman. Just Bettor (Vic Kirby) closed strongly to finish second with Swift As A Shadow (Allan Davis) third. On the undercard, Christmas spirit remains for pacer Jingle Bell Rocker who won for the sixth straight time. Trace Tetrick piloted the Rocknroll Hanover-Blissard Of Oz gelding trained by Les Givens for owner Tina Clark, all at the $7,500 claiming level. Eddie Davis Jr. drove the longshot winner on the card, Diana Stevenson and Janice Watkinson's Red Skull, at 64-1 odds paying $130.40 for a $2-dollar win bet. Corey Callahan with five wins, Ross Wolfenden with four, dominated the driving stats. Fitness Craze, Tirade Hanover, Tough Mac and Deadliest Catch, all winners last start, tangle in the $18,000 Open trot, the Wednesday feature race. STREAKING FITNESS CRAZE HEADS $18,000 OPEN TROT WEDNESDAY DOVER, Del. ---- Fitness Craze, Tirade Hanover, Deadliest Catch and Tough Mac are all winners last time out and meet in the $18,000 Open/Handicap trot, Wednesday, Jan. 21 at Dover Downs. First post is 4:30 p.m. Rich Lombardo and Howard Taylor's Fitness Craze piloted by Daryl Bier, has won his last three races in-a-row and puts his win streak on the line in the week's top trot. After a week off, Steve Ross, the Solomons and trainer Leigh Raymer's Tirade Hanover, with Vic Kirby driving, returns to action. Other winners seeking to keep win streaks on the line include Mike Casalino'sTough Mac, an impressive winner for Corey Callahan last Wednesday and John Duer drove L&L DeVisser and Peninsula Farm's Deadliest Catch to paydirt. The rest of the strong field includes Tina Clark and Joe Clark's fast finishing Baximum, driven by Allan Davis, Powerful Charger, owned by Tim Tetrick and trainer Jim King moves from the outside to post 2 with Trace Tetrick.I Like My Boss leaves from the rail with Jonathan Roberts for the Parsons and trainer Bob Shahan and hard-hitting I'm So Striking with Eddie Dennis makes his first start since mid-November. Monday through Thursday post time is 4:30 p.m. There is no live racing Fridays and Saturdays. Sunday post time is 5:30 p.m. Marv Bachrad

How competitive has tonight’s weekly “Winner’s Over’ for filly and mare pacers event been at Balmoral Park? Extremely would be the right answer. Over the past two months all six distaff “Winner’s Over” have been won by a different horse. And all of those winners plus two other recent high-level conditioned victors—Dallas Jones (8-1, John De Long) and Wings (8-1, Tim Curtin)—will knock-heads in the Saturday’s seventh race co-feature. The morning line favorite, not surprisingly, is the Roger Welch Stable’s multi-Indiana stakes champion Always About Katey (5-2, Todd Warren), the Dec. 6 “Winner’s Over” victor, the lone time in her six starts the 4-year-old mare wasn’t sent off as the public’s choice. She's closing in on career earnings of $800,000. Last week’s conqueror Ryleigh’s Lilly (pp 2, Casey Leonard) is the 7-2 second choice. She’s a seven-time season winner for trainer Bill Crone and owner John Bernard and four of those victories came with Casey at her lines. Alex Adams’ DP Angel p.p. 1, Mike Oosting), who took the Nov. 9 distaff headliner, is the 4-1 third program choice. Then comes Ken Rucker’s Party Hangover (pp 8, Ridge Warren), the Nov. 29 winner and 2014 Lorna Propes Super Night champion. Joining Dallas Jones and Wings at opening odds of 8-1 are the Mike Brink Stable’s Just By Design (pp 3, Dave Magee), the “Winner’s Over” titleholder two weeks ago and Bernie and Deb Paul’s very consistent mare Seeyouatthefinish (pp 6, Bobby Smolin). The latter picked up season win No. 8 at tonight’s level on Nov. 22. The third race co-feature “Winner’s Over” trot has gone in opposition direction than the filly and mare events. Its last five $11,000 Opens have been won by either Fox Valley Veto or Justice Jet, with the score 3-2 in the former’s favorite. However after dropping three straight decision to Fox Valley Veto, Justice Jet picked-up a head decision last week with a 1:55.2 clocking over his rival. The 3-year-old who was Indiana champion as a freshman for the Welch Stable, captured the Nov. 22 “Winner’s Over,” earlier. Curt Grummel’s Fox Valley Veto, (John De Long) opens at 5-2 from the outside eight-slot, while Justice Jet is at first flash odds of 3-1 to his left with the seven-post. Looking to put an end to the to the recent Fox Valley Veto-Justice Jet dominance are Surclasser (6-1, Bobby Smolin), Master of Excuses (9-2, Mike Oosting), Repeat Your ABC’s (12-1, Kyle Wilfong), Clever Upstart (8-1, Dave Magee), Time Outa Jail (6-1, Casey Leonard) and Big Boy Lloyd (8-1, Todd Warren). by Mike Paradise, for IHHA

Freehold, NJ --- A co-owner of Always B Miki, scratched “lame” just minutes before post time from the Breeders Crown on Saturday, has confirmed that the horse had orthopedic surgery Monday morning and a full recovery is expected.  Mitchel Skolnick of Bluewood Stable confirmed on Monday evening that the 3-year-old pacing colt had surgery on Monday morning performed by Dr. Patty Hogan at Hogan Equine in Cream Ridge, N.J. “She has no concerns (about a return to the races), very optimistic. She said it was a clean break of the P1 (long pastern bone), a sagittal fracture. She pulled it together and put in four screws, she said three screws might have been enough, but he is a very active horse, so she put in an extra one.” Skolnick said that Hogan had no doubt about a successful return to the races after a period of healing and recuperation. “He will come to the farm tomorrow (Bluestone Farm in Hopewell, N.J.) for 30 days of stall rest and then 30 days of walking on the Equicizer. Then maybe he can start jogging.” Skolnick said, “We just don’t know,” how Always B Miki sustained the injury. “I hate to speculate, because we just don’t know,” he said. “It’s repairable and we’re just thankful he didn’t go race (on the affected limb).”  Always B Miki is trained by Joe Holloway for breeders and co-owners Roll The Dice Stable, Val D’Or Farm and Bluewood Stable. He has won $926,866 in his career, including his most recent five races in a row, and has a mark of 1:47.4.  by Ellen Harvey, for Harness Racing Communications

Winner: Jimmy Takter won three Breeders Crown races and is already an amazing $5.4 million ahead of last year’s $7.8 million earning’s figure. Shake It Cerry was already assured of a division win, while Father Patrick and Pinkman probably won their divisions last night. Loser: Always A Virgin came into the BC poised to have two winners and, if that happened, two division titles. This would have given the ten-year-old stallion, and the Indiana program he spearheads, a huge boost. Unfortunately, Always B Miki scratched out of the sophomore colt pace and his filly counterpart, Color’s A Virgin, was too far back in her race and finished fourth. Winner: McWicked stepped up and seized control of a floundering division with his BC victory. Neither the Adios nor the Hempt would rate grade one status in today’s environment, so McWicked needed a top shelf win to bolster his resume. That combined with his earning’s lead should give him a solid shot at division supremacy. Casie Coleman said he may have one more start in him. That would no doubt be the Progress Pace, which he can supplement to for $25,000. A win in the Progress should secure division honors. Loser: Joe Holloway had a clear path to a division title and a start in the lucrative TVG with Always B Miki, but that one was a late scratch when he injured a leg in his stall just prior to post time. Beyond that, Holloway came into the season positioned to dominate the aged pacing mares with four-year-old hotshots Shebestingin and Somwherovrarainbow. However, Rainbow finished tenth in the BC while the world record holder, Shebestingin, has only started three times since the end of July—all losing efforts. Winner: Yannick Gingras added $1.5 million to his earning’s pile over the past week. He has now handily eclipsed Tim Tetrick’s $16.1 million winning total from last year and Gingras is already $2.2 million up on what he earned in all of 2013. He won four BC races, and no doubt would have had five if he maintained his relationship with JK She’salady. Loser: Tony Alagna, the third leading trainer last year and currently ranked seventh, didn’t have any starters in the dozen BC finals. Captaintreacherous has been retired and Artspeak was shut down for the season. It’s unusual for a trainer like Alagna, who specialized in high-end stock, to be a bystander come BC weekend. Last year he won with Captain T and was second to Nitelife with Authorize. Erv Miller, who is the third ranked trainer on the earning’s list, also had no starters, but that’s not really his field of play. Winner: John Campbell’s off the pace wins with 4-1 Thinking Out Loud and 10-1 Shelliscape give him a record 47 Breeders Crown wins. Winner: Father Patrick has won 22 of his 28 lifetime starts and earned $1.6 million this year—$235,000 more than any other NA trotter or pacer. Yet, as was the case with Captaintreacherous during his sophomore season, Patrick seems to take a lot of heat. Going into last night’s race it was understood that a win by Nuncio would give him the division as well as serious Horse of the Year consideration. But now Patrick owns the division for good and will be given an opportunity to further his redemption for losses in the Hambletonion, Matron and Erskine when and if he takes on his elders in the TVG. Winner: JK She’salady probably secured Horse of the Year honors with her BC win in track and stakes record time. She completed a perfect 12 win season. The daughter of Art Major would be the first freshman filly ever to win that award. Loser: Jeff Gural had to be pleased that the weather cooperated and business was good over Breeders Crown weekend. However, BC wins by Traceur Hanover, trained by the indefinitely suspended Corey Johnson, and the PJ Fraley trainee Shelliscape, had to leave him with a sour stomach. Fraley, along with Rene Allard, whose Yagonnakissmeornot finished fifth as the favorite in the aged mare pace, were both deemed persona non grata by Gural last year. Legal precedent and BC staking rules left him with no choice but to allow the trio to compete. After Traceur won the freshman pace Johnson, who towered over everyone else in the winner’s circle, drew all eyes. The fact that good guy Andy Miller drove Traceur and handled the post-race interview offered some relief for Meadowlands and Breeders Crown execs. Winner: Hanover Shoe Farms had a very good weekend. Nineteen-year-old Western Ideal, who had grown out of favor with the buyers as his New Jersey eligibility lingered on, has turned that around of late. His son Always A Virgin has generated plenty of publicity this year and now Hanover has Traceur Hanover to join Artspeak at the vanguard of the freshman pacing ranks. The latter was a winner because In The Arsenal, who finished second behind Traceur Hanover, did not wrestle the division away from him. Also, Pinkman, winner of the two-year-old colt trot, gives the young stallion Explosive Matter the potential star performer he’s been searching for. Hanover also got wins from Father Patrick, a son of their premier trotting stallion Cantab Hall, and Donato’s daughter Shake It Cerry. Winner: With Thinking Out Loud, who is not a viable candidate for division honors, winning the BC open pace, Sweet Lou, who was second, set himself up nicely for division honors. Winner: Marginal pacing stallions stepped to the fore over the weekend. McArdle is trying to establish himself in slots rich Ohio and having McWicked, his number two son after One More Laugh, win the BC and in so doing pave the way for a division title, helps immeasurably in that regard. And ten-year-old Tell All has failed to light it up thus far in the stallion ranks, but that win by supplemental entry, Sayitall BB, certainly helps. Bob McIntosh would probably scoff at the notion that Ponder is a marginal stallion, but the volume has been so thin that it sometimes seems like they all belong to him. Diamond Creek is currently addressing that issue in Pennsylvania. Adding a BC trophy to Thinking Out Loud’s hardware collection will give the effort a boost. And while Artiscape’s great daughter Rainbow Blue has a BC trophy on the mantle; paternal sister Shelliscape now has two of them. by Joe FitzGerald for   http://viewfromthegrandstand.blogspot.com  

Even being just an elimination division, both Always B Miki and Limelight Beach were not holding back at all as they both steamrolled their way to victory over stellar fields to win their respective $25,000 Breeders Crown elimination divisions at the Meadowlands Saturday. JK Endofanera (Ron Pierce) was first on the lead with Luck Be With You (Brian Sears) sitting the pocket trip to the first quarter in :27. Then David Miller came charging up first-over and scooted right to the lead before the half mile in :55. With the lead firmly in their control, Always B Miki raced along as He’s Watching (Tim Tetrick) came first-over with a brush at the three-quarters in 1:23.1 with Let’s Drink On It (Tyler Smith) grabbing the second-over cover. Then as Always B Miki make the turn for him, Miller urged him on and ate up some more track and held off KJ Endofanera to win by a half length in 1:50. Let’s Drink On It was third. Also making the final was Somesizesomestyle fourth and Luck Be Withyou fifth. “He’s been real sharp,” David Miller said. “He raced great again tonight. This was one of his biggest efforts and he keeps on coming. When I asked him he paced right off to the wire. He seems to be in good shape.” Paying $3.00 to win, it was the fifth straight win and eighth victory of the season for Always B Miki. The son of Always A Virgin is trained by Joe Holloway and co-owned by Bluewood Stable, Val D’Or Farms and the Roll The Dice Stable who also bred Always B Miki. Always B Miki  Limelight Beach and driver Yannick Gingras were just as impressive in wiring the field in their elimination division, winning by one length in 1:49.3. Capital Account (Brett Miller) sat the pocket seat through fractions of :26.2 and :54.3 as McWicked (Brian Sears) was slowly moving up first-over. By the three-quarters in 1:23, McWicked nearly caught up with the leaders, giving Lyonssomewhere (John Campbell) live cover. But coming down the stretch Limelight Beach remained the strong horse, winning in hand with a :26.3 final quarter over a game McWicked with Doo Wop Hanover (Ron Pierce) third. Also making the final next week were Somestarsomewhere fourth and Capital Account fifth. “Just before he won the Little Brown Jug he has some good seconds and thirds,” Yannick Gingras said of Limelight Beach being 0 for 12 to start off the year. “He has just gotten better and better since then. Only hiccup was the race in Chicago. He (McWicked) gave me a good run in the stretch. I was confident that my horse had a good quarter left in him.” It was the fifth win on the year for Limelight Beach. The son of Somebeachsomewhere is trained by Ron Burke and is owned by the Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, the M1 Stable and Wingfield Brothers. He paid $3.60 to win. Limelight Beach By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com

Trace Tetrick is ready to make his Breeders Crown debut Friday night at the Meadowlands, but the 28-year-old driver is looking to treat the occasion like any other race. Tetrick drives Color's A Virgin in the second of two $25,000 Breeders Crown eliminations for 3-year-old female pacers on Friday. Color's A Virgin, whose connections paid $62,500 to supplement to the event, starts from post two and is the 8-5 morning line favorite in the seven-horse field. The top five finishers from each elimination advance to the $593,750 Breeders Crown final, which will be contested Nov. 21 at the Big M. "It will be exciting," said Tetrick, who was Hoosier Park's leading driver in 2012 and sits atop the standings again this season. "I know she'll do her job and as long as I do mine I think we'll have a good showing. "It's a big race, but all in all it's just another race. That's how I have to look at it. You can't really drive any differently. You're not going to do anything unusual. You can't change things up." There is no reason to change. Since getting behind Color's A Virgin in June, Tetrick and the filly have teamed for 12 wins and a second-place finish in 13 starts. Along the way, Color's A Virgin won the Jugette at the Delaware County Fair in Ohio, where trainer Brian Brown is based, as well as the Nadia Lobell Stakes and Indiana Sire Stakes Super Final, both at Hoosier Park. "At first she was a little shaky, but she's matured a lot and only gotten better every week," Tetrick said. "She's stayed very consistent all summer. She hasn't had to do a whole lot of shipping. She's raced mainly in Indiana and when she raced in the Jugette she didn't need to get on a trailer because Brian trains right there in Delaware. "I think a small thing like that probably helps in the end." Color's A Virgin is a daughter of Always A Virgin-Full Color, bred and owned by Bruce Trogdon's Emerald Highlands Farm. She has won 17 of 25 career races and earned $684,322. Her Breeders Crown elimination also includes Weeper, Uffizi Hanover, Sandbetweenurtoes, and Precocious Beauty. Weeper, who has earned $424,561 this year for trainer Kelly O'Donnell and owners Joe and Joann Thomson's Bay Pond Racing Stable, enters the Breeders Crown off a win in the Matron Stakes. The daughter of Allamerican Native-Pleasant Yet Bad has won eight of 15 starts this season. Multiple-stakes-winner Uffizi Hanover, a Jimmy Takter-trained daughter of Well Said-Up Front Dragonfly owned by Al Libfeld, Marvin Katz and Sam Goldband, won last year's Breeders Crown for 2-year-old female pacers. The last filly pacer to capture Breeders Crown trophies at ages 2 and 3 was My Little Dragon in 2005 and 2006. Sandbetweenurtoes (Somebeachsomewhere-Al's Girl) has won eight of 10 races this year, including the Mistletoe Shalee at the Meadowlands in July, for trainer Larry Remmen and owner Brad Grant. Precocious Beauty, a daughter of Art Major-Precious Beauty trained by Gregg McNair for owner Jim Avritt Sr., received the 2013 Dan Patch Award for best 2-year-old female pacer. "I know it's a tough group, but that filly of mine has been holding her own all summer," Tetrick said. "Everything we've asked of her, she's done." Tetrick hopes she can do it again the next two weekends in the Breeders Crown. Of course, the Tetrick name is no stranger to Breeders Crown success. Tetrick's older brother Tim has won 13 trophies in the championship series. "I feel very fortunate for being in the Midwest to get a ride like this," said Tetrick, who has won 354 races and established a career high with $4.56 million in purses this season. "She's come from here and I've been able to stay with her and go to a show like this. "You've got to be in them to win them." Sayitall BB, a third supplemental entry to the Breeders Crown for 3-year-old female pacers, is the 2-1 morning line favorite in the first of the two eliminations. A daughter of Tell All-Challo B B, she is trained by Ron Burke and owned by Burke Racing and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. She has won three consecutive starts since returning from a summer respite. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

ANDERSON, Ind.—October 11, 2014—The three-year-old divisions of Indiana Sires Stakes action took center stage at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, October 11 as they played host to the fifth and final round of $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals. The Hoosier state’s top sophomore competitors were out in full force and did not disappoint in each of the four divisions.   The stakes action kicked off with the sophomore trotting fillies and it was Hall Pass Helen and driver Trace Tetrick who emerged victorious in the $75,000 final. Uninvolved in the early stages of the race, Hall Pass Helen was able to find late racing room deep in the stretch to score in a lifetime best effort of 1:55.3. It was the second consecutive Indiana Sires Stakes Final victory for the daughter of Justice Hall -Rompaway Olympia and fourth win of the season from 15 outings. Trained by Kelly Goodwin, Hall Pass Helen sent her career bankroll over the $100,000 mark with the win for her connections of T. Halstead, K. Goodwin, T. Hathaway, and Chestnut Acres. Hall Pass Helen has now won four of 23 lifetime outings. Tetrick found the winner’s circle once more in the very next division of the stakes action with Color’s A Virgin taking home top honors in the $75,000 three-year-old pacing filly final. The daughter of Always A Virgin-Full Color capped off a near perfect stakes season as she scored in 1:52. After being out nearly every step of the mile, Color’s A Virgin used a :26.1 final panel to find the wire six lengths in front of her stablemate Candy’s A Virgin and Tyler Smith. Trained by Brian Brown, Color’s A Virgin scored her third victory in Indiana Sires Stakes action this season and 15th lifetime victory from 23 outings. The 2014 Jugette winner has now amassed $284,372 in 2014 for her connections at Emerald Highlands Farm. Rose Run Parker and Ricky Macomber Jr. kept their winning streak in-tact as they scored their fifth consecutive victory in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old trotting colts. In near gate-to-wire fashion, Rose Run Parker stopped the timer in 1:54.1, just a fifth of a second off his lifetime best. Trained by Ron Burke, Rose Run Parker notched his 11th victory of his sophomore campaign from 13 outings. The victory pushed his career earnings to $437,250 for owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, and W. Haas Jr. In the final division of the stakes action on the night, Bluehourpower was able to overcome a taxing trip to return to his winning ways and score in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old pacing colts. With driver Sam Widger at the lines, Bluehourpower held off a late charge from If I Lose and Trace Tetrick to stop the timer in 1:51. Trained and owned by Wilbur Eash, Bluehourpower has now won seven of 15 seasonal outings while amassing $172,925 in 2014. The son of Sand Shooter-Blue Hour notched his 11th lifetime victory from 26 starts. The 2014 Indiana Sires Stakes season will culminate with the top ten horses from each of the previous $75,000 finals returning to compete in a $200,000 Super Final on October 18 at Hoosier Park. With purses leaning toward the $2 million mark, the 14-race card slated for October 18 will be one of the richest nights offered in the Indiana Sires Stakes program. Live racing will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, October 14 with a 14-race card. With a daily post time of 5:15 p.m., the 2014 live racing season at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will be conducted through November 15. Emily Gaskin

Delaware, OH --- Emerald Highlands Farm's Color’s A Virgin won the 44th edition of the Jugette Wednesday afternoon at the Delaware County Fair. Color’s A Virgin and Trace Tetrick used a perfect second over trip and edged past Beautiful Lady (Matt Kakaley) in the lane to score a 1 ¼ length victory in 1:52.4. Beach Story (Brett Miller) rallied for the show spot. The Jugette victory was the first for driver Trace Tetrick and trainer Brian Brown. “The (Jugette) is my best win,” noted the 27 year-old driver. “I’m thankful to have the opportunity…She is a great mare.” Brown didn’t celebrate until his filly crossed the finish line. “Sometimes when she is on the front or she clears too early, she can lose her concentration and she runs on us.” Bruce Trogdon has long admired the horses competing in the big events at the Delaware County Fair from his seat in the grandstand. On Wednesday, he got to admire one of his own from the winner’s circle. Color’s A Virgin, bred and owned by Trogdon’s Emerald Highlands Farm in Mount Vernon, Ohio, won the $298,100 Jugette for 3-year-old female pacers by 1-1/4 lengths over Beautiful Lady in 1:52.4 at Delaware. “I’ve been coming here for 39 years and I love to watch the Jug and the Jugette,” Trogdon said. “I just love to watch the beautiful horses. I never dreamed that someday I would raise and keep and have the winner of the Jugette. It is so special to me. Nothing could compare to this. It’s super special to me.” 2014 Jugette Final Color's A Virgin, Gallie Bythe Beach, Beautiful Lady win Jugette elims Color’s A Virgin raced on the outside for more than half the mile and wore down favorite Lady Shadow in the stretch to win the first elimination of the Jugette in 1:51.3. Southwind Silence got up for second place and Also Encouraging was third to also advance to the final. Trace Tetrick drove Color’s A Virgin for trainer Brian Brown and owner Emerald Highlands Farm. It was her seventh win in 11 starts this season. She paid $8.60 to win. Beach Body was scratched, leaving a field of six horses. Lady Shadow got the lead with an opening quarter of :26.3 and stayed on top through fractions of :55.2 and 1:23.2 until the field reached the final turn. Color’s A Virgin, a daughter of Always A Virgin-Full Color, was in second place at that point and continued her first-over grind until she was in front. Gallie Bythe Beach stormed through the stretch to rally from fifth place at the top of the lane and nipped Allstar Rating at the wire to win the second of three eliminations for the Jugette. Gallie Bythe Beach was timed in 1:52.2. Allstar Rating and third-place finisher Beach Gal also advanced to the Jugette final. Allstar Rating grabbed the lead at the start and guided the field through fractions of :26.3, :54.3 and 1:22.4. She rebuffed a first-over challenge from Beach Gal and appeared to be heading for victory, but Gallie Bythe Beach and driver John Campbell never relented in their charge. Gallie Bythe Beach, a daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Galleria, owned by Fashion Farms and trained by Jim Campbell, picked up her first win of the season in 12 tries. She won six of 10 races last season and never finished worse than third. "She was a very nice filly last year that didn't progress as nicely as we would have liked but we were really encouraged by her last race at Chester," said driver John Campbell. "Like Jim and I were talking about, there is a lot of money still on the table and she might be getting sharp at the right time of year when some of the others might not be on the improve." Gallie Bythe Beach Beautiful Lady and driver Matt Kakaley cruised to a win by open lengths in 1:52.2 in the third of three eliminations for the Jugette. Beach Story finished second and Candy’s A Virgin was third to also advance to the Jugette final. Sandbetweenurtoes worked through a :26.2 opening quarter-mile to take the top spot from Beautiful Lady and remained in front until three-quarters, when Gettingreadytoroll came first over and stuck her head in front. No sooner there, though, Gettingreadytoroll went off stride and Sandbetweenurtoes reclaimed the lead. It was short lived, however, as Beautiful Lady and driver Matt Kakaley burst from the pocket and pulled away from the field around the final turn and through the stretch. Beautiful Lady, a daughter of Rocknroll Hanover-Love The Game, is trained by Ron Burke and owned by Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, and RTC Stables. Sent off at 14-1, she picked up her fourth win in 13 starts this season and paid $31.40 to win. Beautiful Lady Rock N Randall (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) went gate-to-wire to capture the final division of the $64,634 (div) OBC for freshman colt pacers.   Rock N Randall defeated a late charging Danger Storm (Ron Pierce) and Dyno Mite Man (David Miller) in 1:58.1. Ollie Pop (Aaron Merriman) scored an upset win in the first $32,317 division in 1:56.4. It was a Miller family reunion in the winner’s circle after the second division of the $60,134 (div.) three-year-old filly trot. David Miller guided Rose Run Princess to victory in 1:58.1. The Trainforthefuture lass is trained by David’s daughter, Devan. Turbochargedroxie (Dan Noble) and Anniesbluejeanbaby (Greg Grismore) completed the trifecta. The first division went to upsetter Autumn Estelle (Hugh Beatty) who edged the heavy favorite Sandys Victory (Josh Sutton) in 2:00. Rompaway Galaxy (Mike Micallef) and Count Full Mac (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) took divisions of the $61,334 (div) Ohio Breeders Championships for three-year-old colt trotters. by Ken Weingartner with Kimberly French

Sweet Talkin Satin prevails in the Saturday night $25,000 Open Pace harness racing feature at Scioto Downs in 1:49.4. The 4-year old gelded son of Always A Virgin out of Silky Satin is trained by Ron Burke for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, J&T Silva Stables and Phil Collura. Sweet Talkin Satin was driven by Chris Page and started from post seven in the assigned field of seven. Page used the geldings great gate speed to his advantage to launch for early position when the starter said go. Landing in the third spot behind the inside leavers of Carol's Comet and J's Six Pak Attack. They clocked the opening quarter in a hot :26. Page wasn't content sitting third and pulled shortly after the quarter to take command before they hit the half mile that was paced in :53.4. Jeremy Smith and J's Six Pak Attack were the first to make their move, pulling first up. Josh Sutton and Kanaris followed suit to pick up the cover. Meanwhile, Ardyne Ace and Randy Tharps made a huge three wide move down the backside to drop in front of J's Six Pak Attack. Sweet Talkin Satin felt the pressure and paced down to the three quarters in 1:22.2. The field swarmed in on the leader in the stretch, but Sweet Talkin Satin dug in to win by a length over a closing Kanaris and Carol's Comet settled for third. This win was the 13th career victory for Sweet Talkin Satin in his 45th try and is closing in on $350,000 in career earnings. Scioto Downs Racino

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