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Everybody loves a home town hero and they don’t come much more popular than Great Western harness racing gun Kerryn Manning, who could again have Stawell trots fans in raptures this Sunday. Manning’s name could be etched on the Gateway Security Stawell Pacing Cup for a fourth time this weekend with her talented six-year-old, Ideal Success, beautifully drawn for a rollicking romp. “He is a nice horse and the Cup should suit him down to the ground,” the trainer-driver said. In 2004 Manning drove The Good Guy to victory in the Cup for trainer and father, Peter Manning, and then was both trainer and driver when Henchman won in 2006. The father-daughter team then broke through again in 2015 when they won by a neck with $17-1 shot Narra Operative. For Manning, winner of more than 3500 races as a driver and almost 800 as a trainer, any chance to step out at her local track is an occasion to be savoured. “I just like to have a runner at Stawell and to have one in the cup is just that little bit extra special.” And in Ideal Success she has a contender. The Kiwi joined her stable in February after 19 runs back home that yielded eight victories, all coming in his first nine races. In Manning’s hands the American Ideal gelding has again found that winning form, producing five victories from his eight starts on Australian soil, including the Ararat and Ouyen pacing cups. He returned from a spell at Tabcorp Park Melton on November 18 and, from a difficult second row draw, finished off well to run fourth amid a quality field. “He probably needed the run a bit and never really got into the race, but his times were about as good as anybody,” Manning said. “He didn’t get beaten all that far and he has tightened up since then.” The winner of that race was Young Modern from Emma Stewart’s all-conquering Smythes Creek stable and Ideal Success will not only have to turn the tables on him but also overcome Stewart’s other fancied runners Gumdrops and Metro Mike. Also looming are swooper Five Star Anvil and Im Corzin Terror, but Manning gives her hope every chance. “He has drawn quite well and should be able to hold a forward post,” she said. “Jiven Cullen is probably the early leader and is generally looking for a sit. I should be the first one there and should be a chance to lead depending on what they decide to do. From there (Ideal Success) should be right in it and a good chance. “I’ve won it a couple of times and it would be nice to repeat that performance, and he’s the type that could win it.” Michael Howard (HRV Media/Communications Co-Ordinator) Fields for Stawell, Sunday 04 December 2016 Form guide for Stawell, Sunday 04 December 2016

A million-dollar winning six-year-old from north of the border has again proven Lennytheshark’s kryptonite after Luke McCarthy guided Bling It On to a second consecutive win over the reigningharness racing  Inter Dominion champion. Having clipped Lennytheshark at Tabcorp Park Melton in the Smoken Up Sprint, the John McCarthy-trained six-year-old was able to sit cold from a good draw and when David Aiken’s hope loomed at the final bend it was Bling It On who slotted through a gap and used his famed sprint. “He needs the right run and he got that run tonight and that’s how we drive him, if he can get a bit of luck we know that he will be right there in the finish,” Luke McCarthy said post-race. “The American Ideal stallion didn’t do a lot in the two weeks leading into the (first) heat, so that run would have done him good and he was still finding condition tonight so that run should have topped him off again.” Bling It On won the sixth Perth Inter Dominion heat by 2.7m from John Of Arc, who impressed again after sitting parked, while Waylade finished sharply from leader’s back to fill the placings, with Lennytheshark next best at Bunbury. The champion Four Starzzz Shark entire was set a lofty task, with driver Chris Alford keeping him at the rear of the field from the second row draw and waiting until the final 700m before inserting Lennytheshark into the race. After a 30.4 first quarter the pace quickened, with the final 1200m run in 1:23.2 culminating in a 27.3 final quarter that would put a Lennytheshark come-from-behind win out of the picture. With those times and the difficult draw front of mind, there was no panic in team Aiken post-race. “(Chris) was happy with his run, he just got a little too far back,” trainer David Aiken said. “He just thought if he would have made (an earlier move) he would have got parked out there three-wide.” Most importantly, the champ returned to his stable in good order and will be ready to have another crack at them in Friday’s final heat leading into the December 9 final. “He came back and pulled up very good. His heart rate was good, so he should be fine for Friday,” Aiken said. “He seems to love Gloucester Park. He gets up on the bit and travels good, so it’s all good, I said ‘he’s still good’ and Chris said, ‘yeah, he’s good’.” Bling It On - Princi Butchers Inter Dominion Qualifying Heat 6 Hectorjayjay - TABtouch Inter Dominion Qualifying Heat 5 Run Oneover NZ - Retravision Inter Dominion Qualifying Heat 4 Michael Howard (HRV Media/Communications Co-Ordinator)

A star-studded harness racing field of 12 will contest the group 1 $125,000 McInerney Ford Classic over 2536m at Gloucester Park on Friday night and trainer-reinsman Kim Prentice sounded an ominous warning to his rivals when he predicted big things from Soho Tribeca. Soho Tribeca, a brilliant winner over 2130m in weaker company last Friday night, is awkwardly drawn at barrier five. But Prentice is going into battle full of confidence. Soho Tribeca, a former Victorian performer, is unbeaten at his first two runs for Prentice, leading all the way and winning from Franco Rayner and Chicago Bull over 2185m at a 1.56 rate at Pinjarra on November 7 and then giving a powerful display to win from Cut For An Ace and Ohoka Kentucky at a 1.55.3 rate last Friday night. Prentice restrained Soho Tribeca from the No. 4 barrier before sending the American Ideal stallion forward, three wide and following Ohoka Kentucky after a lap had been completed. Soho Tribeca eventually forged to the front at the bell and won by one and a half lengths. ”After a 28.4sec. second quarter and racing three wide in the middle stages, he’s going to run any time in the good races,” Prentice said. “He will improve on the run; I’ve been a bit easy on him since his Pinjarra win. I think he had something up his sleeve at the finish. Rob (owner Rob Watson) said that the horse always switched off in his races, but he didn’t switch off in this race. Hopefully, we’ve got him at a different fitness level. He could have kept going and it took me 400m to pull him up. “I rang Chris Alford and he said that he’s really good with a sit. If they’re running time and he’s sitting back, he can peel off a really quick quarter. I’ve honestly only had two better pacers –— and one (Baltic Eagle) won an interdominion championship and the other (Big Town Walton) finished fourth.” Adding considerable interest to the race will be the first appearance in Western Australia of the highly-rated New Zealand gelding Mr Mojito and the former Victorian performer Motu Gatecrasher. Mr Mojito, to be driven by his trainer Mark Purdon, will start from the inside of the back line and Motu Gatecrasher, a newcomer to Ross Olivieri’s stable, has drawn the coveted No. 1 barrier on the front line and will be driven by star reinsman Chris Lewis. Mr Mojito has had only nine starts for seven wins and a second placing after a first-up failure. He rated 1.55.2 when he won easily from Captain Dolmio over 2600m at Addington on November 8. “It’s an awkward draw, but he’s a lovely horse who has climbed the ladder pretty quickly and at his latest start he was very good and the time they went was extra good,” Purdon said. Motu Gatecrasher has won at 11 of his 20 starts and is a noted frontrunner. He was a 10/1 on favourite at his latest start when he worked hard in the breeze all the way and finished second to Bad Boy Brad over 2150m at Bendigo on October 25. His past ten starts have produced eight wins and two seconds. Chicago Bull, last season’s WA Derby winner and a winner at 15 of his 25 starts, will lead the challenge of ace trainer Gary Hall sen., whose other runners Harry Hoo and King Lebron are in good form. Chicago Bull will start from the No. 6 barrier and should fight out the finish. He had a tough run without cover at his latest appearance when third behind Soho Tribeca at Pinjarra. Boyanup trainer Justin Prentice holds a strong hand in the $50,000 Clipsal By Schneider Electric Norms Daughter Classic over 2130m with Major Reality, Quite A Delight and The Parade. Prentice will drive Major Reality, winner of the WA Oaks in May 2015, who is favourably drawn at the No. 1 barrier. Prentice has engaged Gavin Lang to handle Quite A Delight (barrier eight) and Chris Alford for The Parade (inside of the back line). The all-conquering Dodolicious for the Bond stable, will be driven by Ryan Warwick and is favourably drawn at barrier two on the front line. She will be hard to beat. Ken Casellas

Oldbury horseman Kim Prentice is lavish in his praise of Soho Tribeca and declares that the talented young American Ideal stallion is spot on for harness racing four-year-old feature events at Gloucester Park in the coming weeks. Soho Tribeca will make his debut at Gloucester Park on Friday night when he will start from the No. 4 barrier in the field of eight in the $21,500 Check In With TABtouch Pace over 2130m. He should prove to be a star bet on the ten-event program after his splendid all-the-way victory over Franco Rayner and Chicago Bull in the $25,000 Four-Year-Old Classic at Pinjarra on Monday of last week. Prentice cleverly dictated the terms of that race in front and Soho Tribeca gave a sample of his class by sprinting over the final quarters in 28.1sec. and 26.5sec. “I was very rapt with the horse, first-up, in the way he went about it,” Prentice said. “Over there (in Victoria) he used to pull and be a bit frantic. However, he drove absolutely beautifully and he has trained on great. “I knew he would run a really good race and he did just what I expected and now, knowing, hopefully, that he can relax like that, he doesn’t have to lead. He’s a real good stayer as well. I’ve changed quite a bit of gear. I’ve removed the head check, taken the Dollies off and put a different bit on him. “He’s the best horse I’ve ever had to handle, by far. For a stallion, he goes out into a paddock with a little pony and they play all day. Everything I get him to do, he does, and when he goes to the track he knows what he’s there for … and he can run.” Soho Tribeca was bred and is owned by West Australian Robert Watson, who sent him from Victoria to be trained by Prentice about seven weeks ago. The American Ideal horse has had 30 starts for ten wins, ten seconds and three thirds for earnings of $132,960. “After this week’s run we’ll be looking at the major events for four-year-olds,” Prentice said. “His main aim is the Golden Nugget (on December 9), but first he will contest the McInerney Ford Classic on Friday of next week. I haven’t spoken to Robert yet about whether he should run in the $50,000 Four-Year-Old Championship on December 2. “Robert has always said that Soho Tribeca was a very immature horse. But since he’s been here he has muscled up and got a lot more solid.” Soho Tribeca is out of Tasmania mare Pixel Perfect, whose dam Amarillen’s first foal was Villagem, an outstanding pacer who was retired with a record of 109 starts for 25 wins and 27 placings for stakes of $626,585. His major wins included three group 1 events --- the Vicbred Super Series for three-year-old colts and geldings in June 2009, the Chariots of Fire at Menangle and the Australasian Breeders Crown for four-year-old horses at Melton in 2010. Soho Tribeca, named after Tribeca, a neighbourhood in Lower Manhattan, New York, looks superior to his seven rivals in Friday night’s race in which last-start winners Mighty Major and Commander Chapel will be strongly fancied to fill the minor placings. Prentice also has excellent prospects of winning the opening event on Friday night, the Westbred pace over 2130m, with four-year-old Mister Versace, who will start from the inside of the back line. Mister Versace, trained by Annie Belton, has resumed after a spell in excellent form and the Bettors Delight gelding impressed in winning at a 1.56.5 rate over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Monday afternoon. Mister Versace sustained a strong burst from sixth (three wide) at the bell to take a narrow lead 300m from home and go on and win by a head from the gallant pacemaker Chelsea Royale. Mister Versace finished strongly when a head second to Our Magical Miracle over 1684m at Pinjarra the previous Monday. Ken Casellas

Versatile harness racing mare Ideal Alice should appreciate a considerable drop in class and looks hard to beat in the Book Now for the TABtouch Interdominion Pace for mares over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The six-year-old American Ideal mare, prepared by master trainer Gary Hall sen., will start from the outside (No. 9) on the front line, but she has the ability to overcome this distinct disadvantage. Ideal Alice, who won at nine of her 21 starts last season, will be having her fourth start in her current campaign and she has impressed with solid displays at her past two outings --- when second to John of Arc and fourth behind Waylade. On October 28 she dashed to an early lead from barrier five and bowled along in front before sprinting the third quarter of the final mile in a sizzling 26.8sec. She wilted to finish second to John of Arc, but did well to beat home the third placegetter, Our Jimmy Johnstone. Then last Friday night she started from barrier five in the Brennan Memorial and she raced in sixth position, four back on the pegs, before finishing gamely to be a sound fourth behind TABtouch Interdominion hopes Waylade, Beaudiene Boaz and Delightful Offer. Her opposition this week in mares’ company is considerably weaker. Her chief rivals appear likely to be the Nathan Turvey-trained Hidden Bad, a winner at three of her past four starts, the Justin Prentice-trained Quite A Delight and the Hall-trained Delightful Jade. The Hall stable will also be fancied strongly in the second event (Harry Hoo), the seventh race (Cyamach) and the ninth event (Twoandahalf Tigers). Harry Hoo made a successful return to racing after a spell when he started from the outside barrier and charged home from ninth (three wide) at the bell to take the lead 140m from home before scoring an easy victory at a 1.54.4 rate over 1730m. That was his ninth victory from 29 starts and he looks hard to beat from barrier four on Friday night, with his chief rivals, VC Manoeuvre (No. 9) and Ohoka Darcy (eight) drawn out wide. Twoandahalf Tigers looks set to notch his eleventh win from 40 starts when he begins from the outside barrier (No. 8) in the Sports Daily Pace. He followed a good first-up second to Rycroft with a fighting third behind Commander Chapel and Lagoon Stride last Friday night after working hard without cover. Ken Casellas

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 14, 2016 -- Spreester retook the lead at the quarter and coasted home from there in Monday's $20,000 harness racing filly & mare not listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Hammered down to 2-5, Spreester zipped to the front for Aaron Merriman but briefly released Aniston Seelster. Back on top, the 5-year-old daughter of American Ideal-Rodeo Spree scorched the back half in 55.4 en route to victory in 1:52.1. Aniston Seelster was second, 2-1/4 lengths back, with Best Of Jenna third. Bill Bercury trains Spreester, who now boasts $539,576 in career earnings, for Renee Bercury. It was one of three wins for Merriman on the 14-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

A dashing frontrunning harness racing performance by Soho Tribeca at Pinjarra on Monday was a convincing indication that the American Ideal stallion will be a leading contender for the $200,000 Golden Nugget Championship at Gloucester Park on December 9. Soho Tribeca, having his first start in Western Australia and his first for trainer-reinsman Kim Prentice, was a 2/1 second favourite for the $25,000 Four-Year-Old Classic at Pinjarra and he gave a sample of his class when he set the pace and sprinted over the final 400m in a dazzling 26.5sec. to win by a metre from Franco Rayner (who had trailed him throughout). The brilliant Chicago Bull, early warm favourite for the Golden Nugget, worked hard in the breeze and battled on grandly to finish 2m away in third place. Soho Tribeca’s 30 starts for WA owner-breeder Rob Watson have produced ten wins, ten seconds and three thirds. Another Golden Nugget hope Mr Mojito notched his seventh win from eight starts when he settled in ninth position, surged forward to the breeze at the bell and cruised to the front 70m from the finish to win, untouched, from Captain Doimio at a 1.55.2 rate over 2600m at Addington on Tuesday. The Real Desire four-year-old was driven by Natalie Rasmussen, who trains the gelding in partnership with Mark Purdon. The Purdon-Rasmussen combination won six of the 12 events on Tuesday, including the $765,000 New Zealand Cup, a stand over 3200m with champion four-year-old Lazarus, the even-money favourite. Lazarus, driven by Purdon, coasted to victory by ten lengths over Tiger Tara, with Titan Banner third and Smolda fourth. Smolda, a leading candidate for the TABtouch interdominion championship in Perth next month, led briefly in the first circuit and then trailed the pacemaker Lazarus. He had every chance and battled on doggedly into fourth place. Highly-ranked stablemate Have Faith In Me (driven by Rasmussen) disappointed in finishing thirteenth and the Robert Dunn-trained Franco Nelson, ranked No. 5 for the Inters, finished sixth. Have Faith In Me raced at the rear before starting a three-wide run approaching the bell. He moved into fourth place 700m from home, but then galloped hopelessly and dropped back in the field of 15.     Ken Casellas

Harrisburg, PA --- Harness racing owner Ken Jacobs was a bit weary at the end of Tuesday's nearly nine-hour session of the Standardbred Horse Sale, but he was satisfied with the outcome. Jacobs purchased six horses during day two of the sale, including the session's highest-priced yearling, American Ideal-sired pacing colt Casual Cool for $165,000. Jacobs also bought American Ideal-sired filly Prospect Blue Chip ($55,000) and Chapter Seven-sired trotters Purple Iron ($100,000), Petrovic Blue Chip ($95,000), Seven Karats ($75,000) and Comesevencomeleven ($50,000). "They were all very expensive; I have good taste," Jacobs joked after his $540,000 spending spree. "I'm tired, it was a long day, but I'm very happy with it. I planned my work and I worked my plan and my plan worked perfectly. I got all the horses I wanted to get." After a strong opening session, the Standardbred Horse Sale continued to show gains compared to last year. A total of 479 horses sold for an average of $53,322 through two days this year compared to 650 horses selling for an average of $39,396 in 2015. Monday's opening session was 41 percent better than last year while the two-day average is 35 percent better. The two-day average also is 14 percent better than 2014 ($46,748) and up nearly 6 percent from 2013 ($50,426). "We're very happy," Standardbred Horse Sales Company President and CEO Pete Spears said. "We think the sale continued very strong after a fantastic sale yesterday. There was still a great deal of enthusiasm. We had a number of $100,000 horses. I still had many people coming up to me saying they hadn't been able to buy yet, they'd been shut out. We're very optimistic that tomorrow will be strong as well." Although the sale failed to see a horse sell in excess of $200,000 on the second day --- a level that was topped on the second day in recent years --- there were a total of 19 yearlings to sell for at least $100,000. "To be honest, if we sold any for $200,000 today they were misplaced because we wanted those kinds of horses the first day," Spears said. "The bottom line is right now we're very, very happy. We have momentum going into tomorrow and a lot of people still need to buy." Casual Cool is a son of American Ideal out of the mare Sight To See. Second dam Grand Lady is the dam of O'Brien Award winner Glowing Report as well as stakes-winners Perfect Union and Must See. "I liked everything about him," Jacobs said. "His video was unbelievable, his conformation, his family. I knew he was going to be high priced because the video was fantastic, so everyone else liked him. I tried to destroy the video but I couldn't. They wouldn't let me." Jacobs, who has enjoyed success with pacers in the past and recently began purchasing trotters, returned to sire Chapter Seven when looking at trotters in Harrisburg. Last year, Jacobs bought Chapter Seven-sired Walner, who this season has won seven of eight races including the Breeders Crown and trotted a world-record 1:51.3. "I don't know if I can get another (Walner) but I'll try," Jacobs said. "It's hard to duplicate that, but I'll try to do whatever I can to try to find another one." Uvie Hanover, a trotting filly by Kadabra out of the mare Upfront OB's Janet, was the day's top-selling trotter, going for $150,000 to Serge Godin's Determination stable. Uvie Hanover's 2-year-old half-sister Onda Su won a Bluegrass Stakes division this season. "She is a high caliber filly," said Luc Blais, who will train the filly. "Her conformation was very good. I liked everything about her. She looks like a very strong filly. She is beautiful, beautiful. That's why we like her." Pacing yearlings from the family of Dan Patch Award-winner Sweet Lou sold for $150,000 on back-to-back trips to the auction ring. Nutcracker Sweet, a son of Bettor's Delight out of the mare Sweet Future, was the first one through and was purchased by agent Bjorn "Bernie" Noren. Sweet Future is the dam of Sweet Lou as well as two-time Breeders Crown champion Bettor Sweet, who like Nutcracker Sweet was sired by Bettor's Delight. Next up was Youaremycandygirl, whose second dam is Sweet Future. Youaremycandygirl is a daughter of American Ideal out of the mare Sweet Lady Jane. She was purchased by Bill Donovan. Muscle Hill-sired yearlings continue to top the trotting averages, with 20 horses selling for an average of $156,150. Chapter Seven is next with 14 horses averaging $70,000 followed by Cantab Hall with 33 horses averaging $69,697. Somebeachsomewhere-sired yearlings lead the pacing averages, with 58 horses selling for an average of $76,241. American Ideal was second, with 26 horses going for an average of $59,615. The Standardbred Horse Sale resumes at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Pennsylvania State Farm Show Complex. It is the final session of yearling offerings, with the two-day mixed sale starting Thursday. Day Two Top 10 Hip-Sex-Gait-Name-Sire-Dam-Buyer-Consignor-Price 221-C-P-Casual Cool-American Ideal-Sight To See-Ken Jacobs-Fair Winds Farm-$165,000 252-C-P-Nutcracker Sweet-Bettor's Delight-Sweet Future-Bjorn Noren, agent-Concord Stud Farm, agent-$150,000 253-F-P-Youaremycandygirl-American Ideal-Sweet Lady Jane-Bill Donovan-Concord Stud Farm, agent-$150,000 491-F-T-Uvie Hanover-Kadabra-Upfront Ob's Janet-Determination-Hanover Shoe Farms-$150,000 412-C-P-P Livi Blue Chip-American Ideal-Fox Valley Shaker-Richard Hill-Blue Chip Farms, agent-$145,000 304-C-T-Spee Club-Cantab Hall-Almond Joy-Eugene Kurzrok-Concord Stud Farm, agent-$135,000 232-C-P-Somestory Hanover-Well Said-Someheartsomewhere-Jimmy Takter, agent-Hanover Shoe Farms-$120,000 383-F-T-Sweet On You-Kadabra-Dynamite Honey-Reijo Liljendahl-Peninsula Farm, agent-$120,000 310-C-P-Shadow Of Lindy-Shadow Play-Antoinette Hanover-Jack Darling-Preferred Equine Mkt., agent-$110,000 285-F-P-Rich Tradition-Somebeachsomewhere-Classical Yankee-Chris Oakes-All American Harnessbreds-$105,000 394-F-T-Eunice-Chapter Seven-Filly At Bigs-Chris Oakes-Preferred Equine Mkt., agent-$105,000 For full results click here. Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 24, 2016 -- Spreester retook the lead past the quarter and rolled to her second straight harness racing victory -- and 11th this year -- in Monday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Spreester grabbed the early lead for Aaron Merriman but briefly released Aniston Seelster. Spreester powered back to the front, put away the first-over Show Runner and prevailed in 1:53.1. Aniston Seelster held second, 1-1/2 lengths back, while Show Runner saved show. Bill Bercury trains Spreester, a 5-year-old daughter of American Ideal-Rodeo Spree who lifted her career bankroll to $524,576, for Renee Bercury. Tony Hall piloted three winners on the 14-race card while Trainer Kris Hite and owner Wendy Ross teamed for three victories. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Star Tasmania harness racing pacer Resurgent Spirit delivered a sensational performance to win an open discretionary handicap over 2090 metres at Luxbet Park Hobart on Sunday. The Roger Whitmore-trained gelding started off the sole back mark of 30 metres and while he settled last and was still in that spot when the field entered the home straight the last time he somehow found a way to win. When driver James Austin called on Resurgent Spirit for the supreme effort in the home straight the six-year-old gelding laid his ears back and charged home to win narrowly from dead-heaters Major Callum and Chief Destroyer. "The way he had been working at home on the training track I knew he'd be able to deliver that sort of performance," Whitmore said. Resurgent Spirit (American Ideal-Resurgent Star) will be aimed at the $40,000 Tasmania Cup to be run in Hobart in late December. Peter Staples

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 17, 2016 -- Showing no ill effects from a layoff of more than six weeks, Spreester used a three-wide backside burst to capture Monday's harness racing's $20,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Aniston Seelster vaulted to the front from post 8 but had to blaze a front half in 26.1/54.4 to stay there. That was the signal for Aaron Merriman to move Spreester from mid-pack. The 5-year-old daughter of American Ideal-Rodeo Spree responded by gobbling up Aniston Seelster and holding off the rallying Show Runner by 1-3/4 lengths in 1:51.3. Best Of Jenna finished third. Bill Bercury trains Spreester, who was won 31 of 86 career starts and $514,576, for Renee Bercury. Jim Pantaleano piloted three winners on the 14-race card while Doug Snyder enjoyed a training/driving double. On Tuesday, Oct. 18, The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will offer a $10,000 total-pool guarantee for its Pick 5 wager as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. The Meadows added the “instant” guarantee after Monday’s Pick 5 was uncovered, resulting in a two-day carryover of $3,163.43. In addition, Tuesday’s card includes a $5,000 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 4, a regular feature of each program at The Meadows. Minimum wager for the Pick 4 (races 4-7) and Pick 5 (races 10-14) is 50 cents. Since Pennsylvania law requires a minimum per-race wager of $2, a player wagering at the 50-cent level must bet at least four tickets. First post for Tuesday’s program is 1 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Resurgent Spirit returned to harness racing after a five-month lay-off with a brilliant win in an open discretionary handicap over 2579 metres at Hobart on Sunday night. The Roger Whitmore-trained gelding was spelled after winning the Brighton Cup in May that followed a game victory in the Plunkett Family Ascot Gold Cup. The gelded son of American Ideal was a star juvenile who was unbeaten in nine starts as a two-year-old and he won his first four starts as a three-year-old before suffering his first defeat in the Tasmanian Derby. On Sunday night he stepped well from his 10-metre handicap and after travelling 600 metres his driver James Austin sent the gelding charging around the field to take up the running. He looked vulnerable on the home turn but when he was seriously challenged 200 metres out he dug deep and was drawing clear of his rivals on the line to score by over three metres. Resurgent Spirit has notched 26 wins and 10 minor placings from 45 starts for $182,732 in stakes. Peter Staples

YONKERS, NY, Friday, October 7, 2016 - Harness racing favored Devil Child (Eric Goodell, $6.30) was gifted an early pocket and then held off the cavalry Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $45,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. In play from post position No. 5, she and her inside foe, Sell a Bit N (Jordan Stratton) both had designs on the lead. The latter made it before a :27.1 opening quarter-mile as Devil Child found a wide berth in front of Rock N Roll Xample (Dan Dube). A cheapy :56.2 half should have played the leader, but why give away the ending here? Secret's Out N (Tyler Buter) offered just token, first-up abuse in and out of a 1:24.4 three-quarters, with Sell a Bit N owning a length lead into the lane. However, the leading lass wasn't up to it here, tiring noticeably...but not until she carried Devil Child where she needed to go. Devil Child ducked inside and was able to get the jump on her belated foes. She whipped a flying-from-last Mach it a Par (Jason Bartlett) by a length-and-a-quarter in 1:52.4, with Regil Elektra (Joe Bongiorno) a late-arriving third. Tessa Seelster (George Brennan) and Rock N Roll Xample rounded out the payees, the five cashers separated by just a length-and-three-quarters at the wire. For Devil Child, a 4-year-old statebred daughter of American Ideal co-owned by Susan Oakes & Crawford Farms Racing and trained by Chris Oakes, it was her sixth win in 18 seasonal starts. The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $40.40, with the triple returning $324. Frank Drucker

In The Huddle (American Ideal) pulled off a mild harness racing  upset in the Open Pace on Saturday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Joe DeCarlo-trained pacer rode a three race win streak into his debut in the local Open. Reinsman Jimmy Devaux took the 9-1 shot In The Huddle back early as the fractions were fierce in lap one of the $16,000 feature. After sitting patiently while first half splits of 26.3 and 54.4 were carved out, In The Huddle made his move up the backstretch before fanning to the far outside turning for home. The four year old pacer emerged victorious from a scramble in the stretch, coming on to win in 1:52.4, besting BJ's Guy (Bruce Aldrich Jr) and Southwind Amazon who finished second and third, respectively. Less than three lengths covered the entire field at the wire in what was one of the most competitive local features in the 2016 season at the Spa. In The Huddle, a $10,000 claim back in June, has rattled off six wins in his eight starts out of the DeCarlo stable. Paying $20.40 to win, In The Huddle led an exacta that paid $75 and a triple that came back $460. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon featuring a pick 5 carryover of $2,586. The matinee kicks off at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

Vernon, N.Y. -- Empire Breeders Classic winner Fresh Cut lends a fair bit of star power to a stakes-laden 15-race harness racing program on Saturday (September 17) evening at Vernon Downs, as he has been installed as the 2-1 morning line favorite in his $45,000 Excelsior Series final for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings, carded as the night's tenth event.   Leading up to his 17-1 upset in the $240,475 Classic at Tioga on August 28, the son of American Ideal enjoyed success on the Excelsior circuit, winning four of eight such events across the Empire State this summer. He looks for a third straight win and the eleventh of his career in Saturday night's event just twelve days after a 1:51.2 victory in a $59,100 New York Sire Stakes event at the Miracle Mile, and Marcus Miller will once again handle the driving duties for the Bay Pond Racing Stable and trainer Erv Miller.   In the $45,000 Excelsior final for 3-year-old pacing fillies, carded as race eight, 12-time winner Rolling Going Gone has been installed the 5-2 early choice after eight wins and a runner-up finish in nine Excelsior events on the year. Jim Morrill, Jr. will drive the capably versatile Roll With Joe filly for owner Ross Bonafield and trainer Erv Miller. Morrill will also take the lines of the other two Excelsior morning line favorites, teaming up with Tracy Brainard trainee Wendy's Girl in the 3-year-old distaff trot (race four) and Trond Smedshammer trainee Credevie in the 3-year-old colt and gelding trot (race nine).   In addition to the Excelsior Series finals, a quartet of $50,000 New York Sire Stakes consolation events are scheduled on the Saturday Vernon card. Post time is slated for 6:45 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

Vernon, N.Y. -- Marcus Miller swept the Labor Day (September 5) features at Vernon Downs, capturing both $59,100 New York Sire Stakes events for harness racing 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings with Bottom Deals ($9.80) and Fresh Cut ($5.70), both by American Ideal.   The eighth event of the day saw Bottom Deals take advantage of the pocket a fair bit longer than Fresh Cut before edging clear in mid-stretch to a 1:49.2 triumph, shaving two-fifths of a second off the track record for 3-year-old pacing colts previously held by Jeneral Patton and Tim Tetrick. Bottom Deals drafted behind 6-5 favorite Talk Show (Morrill) through splits of :26, :53.4, and 1:22, but had to wait until turning for home to make his move, where he split Talk Show and the first-over Tap Into Power (Dobson), who bore out off the corner. Bottom Deals sprinted off at first asking to defeat the late-rallying Fine Diamond (Kakaley) by 2-1/2 lengths; Talk Show was a reeled-in third. Linda Toscano trains Bottom Deals for CC Racing, LLC, the Camelot Stable, Inc., and John Cancelliere.   Just three races earlier, Fresh Cut did well to follow through after his Empire Breeders Classic triumph at Tioga, vacating the pocket on the clubhouse turn to take charge from Stolen Glimpse (Matt Kakaley) after a :27 first quarter. Fresh Cut enjoyed nearly complete control of the terms from that point on, shrugging off a mild first-over bid from Nox Vegas Bluechip (Billy Dobson) before successfully defending one final push from Stolen Glimpse. Fresh Cut prevailed by a length in 1:51.2 for the Bay Pond Racing Stable and trainer Erv Miller, Stolen Glimpse held second, and Roll Away Joe (Jim Morrill, Jr.) mounted mild gains off stalling cover to take third as part of an odds-on entry.   In addition to both Sire Stakes events on the 13-race card, Miller accounted for wins with Jet Airway ($3.40, 1:49.3), Endeavor ($2.80, 1:50.2), and Manswell ($21.20, 1:59.3).   Live racing returns to the Miracle Mile on Thursday (September 8) evening; first post is at 6:45 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

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