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It was the 2015 debut for multi-stakes winner McWicked in the featured event at the harness racing meeting at Harrah's Philadelphia on Sunday afternoon (July 26), an open pace going for a purse of $30,000. After back-to-back qualifiers at The Meadowlands, the now 4-year-old son of McArdle was coming off of a memorable 3-year-old campaign, including capturing the Breeder's Crown in late November. The favorite coming in however was The Jerry Taylor Invitational winner Great Vintage. The 30-time winner took 2 of his last 3 coming in, with the latest victory overcoming the 8 hole against open company at Yonkers. Great Vintage (Scott Zeron) wasted no time getting into gear, leaving aggressively from post 4 securing the front end. The 7-year-old son of American Ideal set fractions of :26.3, :55.2, and 1:22.1. McWicked (Dave Miller) took back at the start from post 7, taking up third over position. In the stretch, Great Vintage was able to get away, building an insurmountable lead, holding off the fast closing McWicked by two lengths in the end. The final time was 1:50.1. Great Vintage is now 5 for 8 in the win column this season, for the owning group of Takter, Fielding, Anderberg, and Falk. In other news, millionaire trotter Sevruga (Andy Miller) overcame a second tier starting spot to prevail in a winner's over $25,000 lifetime trot going for a purse of $24,000. The 7-year-old son of SJ's Caviar was able to grind first over to narrowly defeat the front stepping My Love Bi (George Napolitano Jr.), winning by a head in 1:54.3. Favorite DW's NY Yank (Matt Kakaley) overcame an early break to finish third. It was the 35th career win for Sevruga, who is owned by Joe P Racing and trained by Julie Miller. Michael Bozich

He’s Watching, one of harness racing’s most brilliant performers of recent times, has been retired. The son of American Ideal went an unbeaten eight for eight as a two-year-old, blazing a succession of track and world records on his way to being voted USTA Two-Year-Old Pacer of the Year. His career defining performance came as a three-year-old in the 2014 Meadowlands Pace where he cruised home in 25.3 in the hands of Tim Tetrick to win by 2½ lengths in a sensational 1:46.4. This sublime victory matched the all-age world record, made him the fastest ever three-year-old at the Meadowlands and the youngest ever winner of the Meadowlands Pace. Being a 13th June foal, he had remarkably only turned three twenty-nine days earlier. 2015 has seen the four-year-old He’s Watching get close to racing only to have his season frustrated and ultimately ended by injury. He’s Watching retires with $1,129,215 in earnings, five track records and two world records to his name. A great career no doubt – but one that promised so much more. Trained by David Menary, he was raced by Menary Racing Inc, Brad Gray and Michael Guerriero of Ontario along with the Muscara Racing Trust of Pennsylvania. A stud career now beckons for the horse who one of his owners described as “strutting into the parade ring with a look that said - who wants to fight me today?” Very few could. He's Watching He's Watching set a new world record for a 2-year-old pacer on a 5/8 mile track with a 1:50 win in the New York Sire Stakes at Tioga Downs on August 9. He's Watching was driven by Jim Morrill, Jr The Meadowlands Pace  

Meshugana Miss (Crazed) prevailed for the second consecutive Thursday afternoon at the harness racing meeting at Saratoga Casino and Raceway to complete a double on the card for her connections. Chuck Connor Jr. piloted the Janice Connor-trained three year old to a wire-to-wire score in Thursday's $8,250 feature for NY Sired young trotters. Meshugana Miss cruised to victory last week after a pocket ride but didn't waste any time in the Thursday feature coasting out to the early lead from her inside post. The sophomore trotter went the distance in 2:00.3 to match the lifetime mark she set in last week's start. It was the second straight win on the afternoon for Meshugana Miss's connections as Chuck Connor Jr and trainer Janice Connor scored a convincing victory with two year old pacer No Shame Blue Chip (American Ideal) who broke his maiden in 1:58 earlier in the day. Live racing continues on Friday night at Saratoga with a first post time set for 7:05pm. Melissa Simser  

Young Ladies on Parade" was the theme at the harness racing meeting on Monday night, with Yonkers Raceway hosting the $147,723 New York Sire Stakes Clyde Hirt Pace for 2-year-old fillies. Three divisions, at $48,941 per, comprised the event. Soft Ideal (Jim Morrill Jr.) couldn't even wait for the wagering to begin, winning both the draw and the non-betting event. The daughter of American Ideal sat patiently pocketed, then ducked inside. She whipped pace-setting American Ivy (Brian Sears) by a length-and-three-quarters in a life-best 1:56.2. Dime a Dance (George Brennan) was third. For Soft Ideal, trained by Linda Toscano for co-owners The Bay's Stable, Radio Racing Stable (a Harvey Nagler production), Little E LLC and South Mountain Stables, it was her second (NYSS) win in three tries. The second sire stakes event saw odds-on Vino and Formaggio (Jason Bartlett) stuff Killing 'Em Softly (Brennan, $6.40) in behind early, only to watch her ease past late. The second choice, from post position No.4 after an inside scratch, whipped the favorite by a length in 1:57.3. Rockin' Date (Matt Kakaley) was third. For Killing 'Em Softly, an American Ideal miss trained by Casie Coleman for co-owners Andrew Harris and West Wins Stable, it was her second (NYSS) win in as many starts. The exacta paid $11.60, with triple wagering cancelled due a short (five-horse) field. The evening's final statebred event saw No Clouds Bluechip (Sears, $12.60) try to leave, take back, then go first-up to first home in maiden-breaking/night's-fastest 1:56. From post No. 3, she went over a tiring Wishy Washy Girl (Bartlett), then widen to win by 2¼ lengths. Mother of Art (Kakaley) was second, with Penpal (Pat Lachance) third. Wishy Washy Girl tired to fourth, while 9-10 favorite Freeze Out (Marcus Miller) was a non-factor sixth. For fourth choice "No Clouds," a daughter of Roll With Joe trained by John Berger for co-owners Barbara Berger and Richard & Farrell Carney, she's now 1-for-4 to begin her career. The exacta paid $71, with the triple returning $361. The Raceway's live season continues Tuesday afternoon (first post 1 PM), then Thursday through Saturday (post time 7:10 PM) Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker

After a punishing early pace led to defeat in his previous outing, Fireyourguns ($9.30) bounced back with a 1:50.3 triumph in Sunday (July 19) afternoon's $12,000 Open Pace at the harness racing meeting at  Tioga Downs.   Jim Meittinis sent the 6-year-old American Ideal gelding right to the front, working clear of Bettorsluckystreak (Jim Taggart, Jr.) and Believe This Bob (Corey Braden) on the first turn.   Fireyourguns set solid fractions of :26.2, :54.1, and 1:22.0 before facing a first-over challenge from Thunder Steeler (Dan Clements) on the far turn.   Fireyourguns had no issues dismissing that challenger, edging away at the top of the stretch and prevailing by 2-1/4 lengths.   Eastend Eddie (Jim Marohn, Jr.) swung three-wide off stalling cover to just take second, while Bettorsluckystreak was an all-out third off his pocket trip.   Trainer Terence McClory co-owns Fireyourguns with Jennifer and Robert Lowe.   The sub-featured $10,000 Open II Pace went to Elite Awards ($4.60, Taggart), who took charge with a circuit to go after yielding to Dreamlands Art (Brandon Simpson) in the early stages, only to hold off a late rally from that same rival for a 1:52.3 triumph.   Joe Skowyra trains the 4-year-old Powerful Toy gelding for owner Karen Walls.   Jim Marohn, Jr. led all drivers with four wins on the 13-race card.   Live racing returns to Tioga Downs on Friday (July 24) evening, with post time scheduled for 6:15 p.m. Eastern time.   James Witherite

National Seelster (Andy Miller, $13.20) ripped out of the pocket and ripped past a prohibitive favorite Thursday night, throwing down the gauntlet with the fastest of three efforts during the harness racing meeting at Yonkers Raceway's $168,375 New York Sire Stakes Hugh Grant Pace night. Leaving alertly from post position No 6 in the first $56.125 event for 3-year-old pacing colts/geldings, National Seelster made the first lead. He then gave up the baton to 1-4 choice Arque Hanover (Jason Bartlett) right at a :27.1 opening quarter-mile. Southwind Massimo (Pat Lachance) was away third. Arque Hanover found a 56-second intermission and 1:23.4 three-quarters, with no outer pressure whatsoever. He took a length lead into the lane, but National Seelster was more than ready for his second move. He went up and over "Arque," winning by a length-and-quarter in a certifiably-snappy 1:51.1. Arque Hanover held second over Southwind Massimo. For second choice National Seelster, an (unraced at 2) son of Bettor's Delight trained by Chris Ryder for co-owners Robert Mondillo and Oompa's Farm, it was his seventh win in 13 seasonal starts (4-for-4 in NYSS competition). The exacta paid $22.60, with the triple returning $86.50. "He's just a perfect colt," Ryder said. "Does whatever you ask, gets around any surface. We may try the Adios next, depending upon how many of those 'killers' are there." Thursday's other Grant events were won by Betting Exchange (Jim Morrill Jr., $2.10) getting off the seasonal schneid in 1:53.3, and Americanprimetime (Bartlett, $19.80), holding off 59-1 Rock in Heaven (Dave Miller) in a season's-best 1:52.4. The former, Bettor's Delight colt trained by Tom Fanning for co-owners himself, Howard Taylor and Susan Kajsfasz, zipped well past $300,000 in career cash. The exacta (Penji Hanover [Mark MacDonald] second) paid $4.50 (two wagering choices, with the triple (K-Rock [Yannick Gingras] third) returning $27.80. The winning margin was two lengths. For fourth choice Americanprimetime, a son of American Ideal trained by Rick Dane Jr. for owner Rock and Roll Stable, he's now 2-for-9 this season. The exacta paid $148.50, the triple (Artistic Major [Scott Zeron] third) returned $1,548 and the superfecta (17-10 choice A Bettor Hat [Brian Sears] fourth) paid $12,135 (base $2 payout). The winning margin was a half-length. The Raceway's live season continues Friday and Saturday (both at 7:10 PM), with Saturday night featuring the $107,500 final of the Lawrence B. Sheppard Pace for 2-year-old colts and geldings. Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker

Massive colt Ideal Tyson will tower above his rivals in the $125,000 group 1 Premier Suzuki Golden Slipper Stakes at  the harness racing meeting at Gloucester Park on Friday night and Blythwood trainer Gary Elson is bubbling with confidence that the Victorian-bred two-year-old will prove too classy for the opposition. Elson's confidence was boosted significantly when Ideal Tyson drew the prized No. 1 barrier in the random draw, with star filly Dodolicious favourably drawn at No. 2. Ideal Tyson is a powerful frontrunner and Chris Voak is sure to attempt an all-the-way win, which would give Elson his second success in the rich classic after scoring with 13/4 chance Class of Tara in 2013. For good measure Elson's runner Mister Ardee finished second to Beaudiene Boaz in the 2014 Golden Slipper. Ideal Tyson will start a warm favourite in an event in which favourites have flopped in recent years. Only one favourite, Western Cullen (evens) has been successful in the past 14 years. He gave a power-packed display to sustain a spirited three wide burst to win easily from Major Catastrophe in 2011. Elson also has smart youngsters in last-start winners Sprinter and Good Times Ahead in the field for Friday night's 2130m feature. But he declares that Ideal Tyson is superior to those New Zealand-bred pacers. Elson has survived some anxious moments to have Ideal Tyson and Sprinter fit for the big race. Both were affected by a virus in mid-May after Ideal Tyson had set the pace and beaten Sprinter into second place in a 2100m event at Bunbury. This disrupted their preparation, but Elson is extremely relieved that each two-year-old was able to resume racing last week. Ideal Tyson was a 10/1 on favourite when he started out wide at barrier seven before surging to the front in the first lap and winning easily by three lengths from Anime at a 1.59.6 rate over 2130m at Gloucester Park last Monday week. Then Sprinter took full advantage of the No. 1 barrier when he set the pace and won convincingly by 4m from Mister Versace at a 2.0.7 rate over 2130m at Gloucester Park last Friday night. Nathan Turvey will again handle Sprinter, who has drawn somewhat awkwardly at barrier six. Sprinter has raced eight times for five wins, two seconds and a third placing. Ideal Tyson has had nine starts for eight wins. His only defeat came when he was involved in an early speed battle before getting to the front and wilting late to finish fourth behind Sprinter in the $50,000 Champagne Classic at Gloucester Park on May 1. Good Times Ahead, to be driven by Kim Young, will start from barrier two on the back line. Young drove a well-judged race when he brought the heavily-supported Good Times Ahead home with a spirited burst to snatch victory from the pacemaker Saleahs Comand over 1823m at Narrogin on Sunday afternoon. Good Times Ahead had enjoyed an ideal passage behind Saleahs Comand and he rated 1.58.6. This was his first win at his fifth start. Elson's only minor concern is that he had hoped Ideal Tyson would have had a tougher first-up run last week. "He came in with a heart rate of 88 and I was very happy with his run, although I would have preferred that he'd had a harder run," Elson said. "He's a good horse in front and can also perform strongly with a sit." "He's a very good horse and I think he should win." "However, I don't rate him as good as Class of Tara, who was an exceptional horse." Dodolicious, owned and trained by Greg and Skye Bond, is tough, durable, pacy and versatile and she will have many admirers after scoring runaway victories on the past two Fridays nights at Gloucester Park, defeating Jasmin Amal by 16m in the group 1 Westbred Classic for fillies, rating 1.58 over the 2130m, and then excelling as a frontrunner in beating Safari Storm by 15m at a 1.58.7 rate in the 2130m Gold Bracelet. She has had seven starts for five wins and two seconds and Ryan Warwick would dearly love to win the classic for the second time, after driving 9/1 chance Spirit of Navajo to victory over Devastating in 2005. Greg Bond trained the 2010 winner Ohokas Bondy. Fillies do not have a particularly good record in the Golden Slipper, with only eight being successful in the 47-year history of the event. Winning fillies have been Sordice (1968), Omista (1971), Via Vista (1980), Mazzini Magic (1988), Whitbys Miss Penny (1990), Whitbys Merit (1998), Spirit of Navajo (2005) and Arma Xpress (2012). Chris Lewis, who has won the Slipper a record seven times, will be in the sulky behind the speedy Ross Ashby-trained Johnny Disco, who gave a bold frontrunning display to win the group 1 Westbred Classic for colts and geldings last Friday week. Johnny Disco's prospects slumped when he drew the outside (No. 9) on the front line. Lewis has won the classic with Pardon Me Boys (1987), Harry Gunn (1995), Saab (1997), Talladega (1999), The Jobs On (2004), Aikido Whitby (2006) and Western Cullen (2011). Byford trainer Ross Olivieri has been successful with Harry Gunn, Saab, Talladega and Western Cullen and this year he will be relying on handy filly Sheer Rocknroll, a winner at six of her 11 starts. She is perfectly drawn on the inside of the back line and Stuart McDonald should obtain a wonderful trail behind Ideal Tyson. Byford trainer John Oldroyd is full of hope that the promising Lightning Jolt will cause an upset. Lightning Jolt has won at two of his six starts and will begin from barrier four on the front line for Clint Hall, who drove 44/1 outsider Mynameskenny into fourth place behind Beaudiene Boaz in last year's Golden Slipper for Oldroyd. Banjup trainer Colin Brown, who has driven Western Apache (2003) and Ohokas Bondy (2010) in previous Slippers, will be represented by the smart New Zealand-bred colt Franco Rayner, who made an impressive Australian debut when he set the pace and romped to a five-length win over El Hombre in a 2185m event at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon. Franco Rayner, who dashed over the final quarters in 28.1sec. and 27.8sec. at Pinjarra and rated 1.58.5, faces a stern test from the outside of the back line. Ken Casellas  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Jokerman was the longest shot on the board in the $10,500 Open Pace at Buffalo Raceway on Saturday night (July 11) and showed he was 'no joke' at the harness racing finish line.   Registering a seasonal best time of 1:54.4 over the fast track, the determined Jokerman (David McNeight III) managed to nip the heavily-favored Youwillwishyouhad (Kevin Cummings) by a nose and return a healthy $49.60 for the victory.   Watching from fourth as Mr. Perserverance put up splits of 27.1, 56.0 and 1:25.2, Jokerman swung three wide as the field of six turned from home. Youwillwishyouhad got the lead in the early drive to the wire but couldn't hold off the pesky Jokerman at the line. Rockstar Temper (Drew Monti), the winner of the past two Saturday night features, finished in third.   Co-owned by trainer Richard Roth along with Robert and Randy Roth, Jokerman (American Ideal-Shark Tail) has now won seven times in 22 starts in 2015, earning $49,644. The 6-year-old gelding increased his career bankroll to $98,787.   The tote board showed that the sub-featured $9,500 Open II Pace was going to be a wide-open affair and the field of eight didn't disappoint. Cobble Beach (Cummings) had a wicked trip but somehow held on for a head victory over Burton Blue Chip.   Cobble Beach, starting from the eight post, had to race three-wide past the quarter pole before finally settling on top. With fractions of 27.4, 55.2 and 1:25.1, there was no rest for the weary.   There were pacers coming from everywhere in the lane but Cobble Beach turned in a gutsy performance to hold back the attacks put forth by Burton Blue Chip (Lee Dahn), Art Two D Two (Monti) and I C D Moolah (Ron Beback Jr.) who completed the top four placements in the blanket finish.   The 5-year-old gelded Cobble Beach has now scored three victories in 23 starts for owner-trainer James Clouser Jr. The win increased his seasonal earnings to $35,440 and $130,347 lifetime.   It's a big afternoon of racing coming up Sunday at 1:05 p.m. at Buffalo Raceway. The New York Sire Stakes highlights the program with the 3-year-old filly trotters battling it out. Hall of Fame driver John Campbell will be in town, making his first appearance at the track since 1992. He is scheduled to compete in four events.   It's also 'Sunday Funday' with free sno cones, cotton candy, bounce house and crafts for the kids while the track side grill will also be open during the 13-race card.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

Time On My Hands (American Ideal) broke the track record for two year old filly pacers on Friday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. There were three divisions of the $49,000+ New York Sire Stakes for freshman fillies and the Chris Ryder-trained Time On My Hands was the star of the show. Jim Morrill Jr. guided the youngster to the early lead before being met with the late challenge of Dime A Dance (Roll With Joe) and driver Billy Dobson. Time On My Hands powered away in the stretch to stop the timer in 1:54.2, two fifths of a second better than the previous track record that belonged to four different fillies, most recently Band Of Angels when the two year olds came to town to compete in NYSS action last year. Morrill also piloted freshman American Ivy (American Ideal) to victory in her $49,841 division of the stakes for trainer Joe Holloway. American Ivy stopped the clock in 1:56.1 in her first Sire Stakes try. The third division was won by Gotmyreddressontnit (Roll With Joe) who moved her record to two-for-two following a front running win with Wally Hennessey in the sulky. The Janice Connor owned and trained filly won her debut last week at Buffalo and on Friday stayed undefeated behind an impressive score in 1:54.4. Morrill piloted five winners on the night. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella  

Harness racing two year old filly Dodolicious appears to be going from strength to strength with each win looking easier than the last. It is a trait of the Bettor Delights that they continue to improve with racing and Dodolicious fits the mould perfectly. Last night at Gloucester Park in the $35,000 Golden Bracelet for two year old fillies, Dodolicious gave the small but talented field a good old fashioned spanking. Sent straight to the front by driver Ryan Warwick from barrier one, Dodolicious kept up a steady tempo before upping the pace down the back straight the last time with a 29 quarter and then cruising to the line with a 28.4 last quarter for an emphatic 15 metre victory and still in second gear. Dodolicious paced the 2130 metres in 2:37.2, a mile rate of 1:58.7 with closing sectionals of 57.4 and 28.4 Bred, owned and trained by leading Perth trainer Greg Bond, Dodolicious took her record to five wins and two seconds from seven starts and with last nights win her stakes topped the $100,000 mark.   My Hard Copy This five year old son of American Ideal just keeps winning at the moment due in no small part to some lovely drives from the rejuvenated Clinton Hall. Part of a six pronged attack by the Gary Hall barn in the ten horse field, Clint settled My Hard Copy four back in the running line as Soho Highroller put the foot to the floor in front. Kim Prentice on Soho Highroller applied the pressure from the 1200 metres mark with a series of sub 29 quarters that had most of the field under pressure coming off the back straight. Passing the 400 metres, Clinton launched My Hard Copy and although he was pushed six wide on the last corner, My Hard Copy flashed down the outside late for another memorable victory. Our Blackbird got home well from deep on the inner for second in front of a very disappointing Machtu who after getting the one by one the whole way just battled into third. My Hard Copy paced the 2130 metres in a quick 2:33.1, a mile rate of 1:55.7 with closing sectionals of 56.8 and 28.6 It was My Hard Copy's sixth win this season from just eleven starts and his lifetime earnings are closing in on the $500,000 mark. The way he has come on this season, My Hard Copy looms as a major local chance in the Inter-Dominions later in the year. Harnesslink Media  

Champion harness racing horseman Luke McCarthy is heading home. A notable absentee from the opening night of the 2015 Queensland winter carnival at Albion Park last weekend owing to Vicbred commitments at Melton, McCarthy is now firmly focused on his team that is based in the warm sunshine. McCarthy is booked for 8 drives on the 10 race program. “I can’t wait to get amongst the action this weekend, I love coming home to Brisbane and the winter carnival is something that I look forward to each and every year. Fortunately, the stable has quite a few up and going and it’s a pleasure to compete in these races in the next couple of weeks.” McCarthy said. The feature event on Saturday night is the Gr.1 Greg & Sharon Mitchell Queensland Oaks for the three-year-old fillies and McCarthy is looking at back to back victories following his success last year aboard Nike Franco. McCarthy will take the lines behind emerging talent Whitershadeofpale who is prepared by his wife Belinda; a filly co-owned by Victorian based Harvey Kaplan. Coincidentally, Kaplan shared in the ownership spoils of Nike Franco last year also. “This filly continues to improve and we think a bit of her although she’s lightly raced, the decision to send her to Brisbane for this campaign has proven to be a wise one and hopefully she’ll continue with her good form. “It’s a nasty draw and this Oaks boasts great depth so her job won’t be easy but I’m thrilled with her current form; she should’ve finished closer in the Gold Coast Oaks two starts ago before she got a confidence building victory last week, she’s still on the way up. “The two New Zealand fillies are the toughest to beat, Linda Lovegrace and Fight For Glory are both in excellent shape and loom as the obvious threats. We had Fight For Glory stay at our place earlier this year when she contested the NSW Oaks and she’s a real competitor, a great will to win.” While the fillies officially take centre stage this weekend, all eyes are expected to be fixed on brilliant pacer Bling It On who will start as a pronounced favourite in the Gr.2 $50,000 Gurney Group of Companies 4 & 5yo Championship. The American Ideal entire is unbeaten in two starts this campaign and he oozed class with his emphatic victory last weekend. “We’re thrilled with the way Yank (Bling It On) has returned following a freshen-up after his Chariots campaign earlier this year. He’s never really had a decent break since he started as a two-year-old but he’s thrived and it’s been really beneficial to him. “He felt unbelievable winning first-up when I took the drive and Toddy (McCarthy – driver) gave a glowing report after his effort last week. His work this week has been really sharp so we’re confident of another great showing. “The draw is perfect; we don’t have to burn early yet we can still hold a forward spot while the pressure is being applied. It’s a good field and they will run it hard but that will suit us, we will back-up next week in the 4yo Championship.” Bling It On has won 9 of his 10 starts at Albion Park while his only defeat came via a two horse Australasian Breeders Crown heat last season. McCarthy has won the 4 & 5yo Championship on two previous occasions, the most recent in 2011 aboard Lightning Raider while Slipnslide scored back in 2005. Other key drives for McCarthy this weekend include For A Reason, Epaulette and the Blake Hewitt trained duo of Sweet Molly OShea and Spare Me Days. by Chris Barsby Related Links Fields for Albion Park, Saturday 11 July 2015 Form guide for Albion Park, Saturday 11 July 2015

Fresh off a fourth place effort on Canada Day at Fredericton Raceway, American Terror gets a big break in competition Thursday night at the Capital City harness racing oval.   Leaving from post-three in the $ 1000 main event, Ed Harvey owns and drives the five-year-old son of American Ideal. He is enjoying a tremendous season and has accumulated over $ 27,000 in seasonal earnings.   He will square off with five rivals in the sixth race of the night that commences at 7:00 P.M. Contact Jones has drawn the coveted rail position with Mark Haig at the controls.   Other starters include Woodmere Sandman ( Stephen Trites ), Ace On The River ( Todd Trites ), ROF Samurai ( Sam Hodgin ) and Cecils Express ( Scott Hubbard ).   Thursday nights card also is the home of the yearly national promotion " Bring a Friend " to the track event in partnership with Standardbred Canada. There will be lots of activities for all ages and a chance to win some great prizes just for bringing a friend and signing them up.   Once again, post-time is slated for 7:00 P.M.   Scott Waddell    

Doug Paul and Victoria Dickinson hope "Dude" is the man in the Meadowlands Pace. Paul and Dickinson are among the harness racing owners of Dude's The Man, who was one of the 14 horses entered in Saturday's Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace eliminations at Meadowlands Racetrack. The 3-year-old male pacer is Dickinson's first race horse and is named after her Jack Russell terrier, Dude. "And Dude is the man," Dickinson said with a laugh, adding about the horse and dog, "They have similar strong personalities." Dude's The Man, with Corey Callahan listed to drive, will race in the first of two $50,000 Meadowlands Pace eliminations Saturday. The top five finishers from each seven-horse field will advance to the final on July 18 at the Big M. Elimination winners will have the opportunity to draw from posts one through six for the final. "He's a fast horse," said Paul, who owns Dude's The Man with his mother, Rosalind, as M And L of Delaware LLC. "One of these days he's going to step up and win a big race for us. Hopefully it will be next weekend. He's got the speed, he's just got to get the right type of trip. "We're real happy with him. We couldn't be happier." The Meadowlands Pace eliminations are part of a Saturday card that also includes a single elimination for the Mistletoe Shalee for 3-year-old female pacers, Reynolds Stakes divisions for 3-year-old male and female trotters, and the $250,000 Graduate Series final for 4-year-old trotters. First race post time is 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Dude's The Man prepped for his Meadowlands Pace elim with a second-place finish against older horses Monday night at Vernon Downs, the home base of trainers Howard Okusko Jr. and Jessica Okusko. For the year, the colt has won two of six races - including a division of the Somebeachsomewhere Stakes - and earned $43,501. He has been off the board just once, when he was beaten by only one length in his North America Cup elimination and finished fifth. "The North America Cup, it was just the luck of the draw," Paul said. "The way the race set up, he just had a little too far to come, but he was flying at the wire. "He never knows the end of the mile. He's always full of pace finishing. He normally runs out of racetrack before he's tired." Dude's The Man's connections decided to skip last weekend's Max C. Hempt Memorial in the hopes of having a fresh horse for the Meadowlands Pace. The Pace elims include four horses - Wiggle It Jiggleit, Wakizashi Hanover, Artspeak and In The Arsenal - who were among the top five finishers in both the North America Cup and Hempt. Wiggle It Jiggleit won the Hempt in 1:48.2 last Saturday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Wakizashi Hanover won the North America Cup in 1:48 on June 20 at Mohawk Racetrack. Those two horses will compete in the second Meadowlands Pace elimination, along with undefeated Iowa invader Roland N Rock. "We figured we'd skip the Hempt because they fly there anyhow and be fresh coming into the Meadowlands Pace," Paul said. "Hopefully some of them tired themselves out, although those good ones never seem to tire themselves out, do they?" Dude's The Man is a son of American Ideal out of the mare Art's Risk. His second dam is Dan Patch Award winner Delinquent Account, who is the mother of Dan Patch Award honoree Artiscape. Dude's The Man was purchased under the name American Risk for $40,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale. "He was the only yearling in the sale that didn't have a video," said Paul, who has seen Dude's The Man win four of 16 career races and earn $87,788. "I don't know if that hurt his price or not. But we liked what he looked like and we try to buy families that can produce a good horse." Dickinson, who is a real estate agent in Greenville, Del., is a longtime friend of the Paul family. She had previous experience riding horses and over time developed an interest in trotters and pacers. "It's been an evolution," Dickinson said. "It's been fun to learn. At least we're starting out on a good note with Dude." And now she is looking forward to the chance to advance to the Meadowlands Pace final. "It's exciting to have something to watch every week with hope and anticipation," Dickinson said. "It's beyond exciting. It can't come quickly enough." Here are the fields for the Meadowlands Pace eliminations: HN-PP-Horse-Sire-Driver-Trainer 1-1-Dealt A Winner by Cams Card Shark -David Miller-Mark Silva 2-2-In The Arsenal by American Ideal -Brian Sears-Kelvin Harrison 3-3-Dude's The Man by American Ideal -Corey Callahan-Jessica Okusko 4-4-Artspeak by Western Ideal -Scott Zeron-Tony Alagna 5-5-Hurrikane Ali by Rocknroll Hanover -Yannick Gingras-John McDermott 6-6-Revenge Shark by Cams Card Shark -Corey Callahan-Tony Alagna 7-7-Pierce Hanover by Cams Card Shark -Brett Miller-Ken Sucee HN-PP-Horse-Sire-Driver-Trainer 1-1-Trading Up by Somebeachsomewhere -Scott Zeron-Tony Alagna 2-2-Rock N' Roll World by Rocknroll Hanover -David Miller-Mark Silva 3-3-Roland N Rock by Rocknroll Hanover -John Campbell-Duane Roland 4-4-Lyons Levi Lewis by Well Said -Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke 5-5-Badiou Hanover by Well Said -Andy Miller-Julie Miller 6-6-Wakizashi Hanover by Dragon Again -Tim Tetrick-Joann Looney-King 7-7-Wiggle It Jiggleit by Mr Wiggles -Montrell Teague-Clyde Francis by Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA

Gotmyredressontnit put up the fastest mile while Soft Idea and Encore Deo also found the winner's circle in their first career starts to highlight the action in the three $36,566 divisions of the New York Sire Stakes for 2-year-old filly pacers at the harness racing meeting at Buffalo Raceway Wednesday night (July 1).   The track record at Buffalo Raceway of 1:56.3 set by Silk Purse in 2011 and tied by Summertime Lea in 2012 will remain safe for another season.   The first division was the quickest as Gotmyredressontnit just missed the track record with a 1:56.4 clocking while Soft Idea and Encore Deo each went the mile in 1:57.3 over the fast track.   The favored Gotmyredressontnit ($4.10) toyed with the field in the first division.   Sitting third at the quarter pole, driver Jason Bartlett said it was time to go with Gotmyredressontnit and took command.   She was on cruise control from there, going 58.1 in the second half mile, including a 28.2 last panel to pull away from runner up Wishy Washy Girl (Jordan Stratton) by 2-3/4 lengths while Another Look (Tom Jackson) finished in third..   Bartlett said after the race, "This filly is really fast. She's high speed and has a great gait."   He added that he was confident when they passed the half-mile pole.   "The way she's been qualifiying, I knew we had it won at the half mile.   I still haven't pulled the plugs on her." Gotmyredressontnit won her two non-betting prep races by 3-1/2 and 4-1/2 lengths.   Owned and trained by Janice Connor, Gotmyredressontnit (Roll With Joe-Western Top Cat) is now a perfect 1-for-1 in her young career.   In the second division, a gutsy drive by Scott Zeron in the passing lane allowed Soft Idea (American Ideal-Walk Softly) to score a narrow victory over Vino And Formaggio and Angels Rockn Pink in an exciting blanket finish that was decided by a mere head.   Angels Rockn Pink (John MacDonald) set the fractions of 29.1, 59.0 and 1:28.1. They looked home free at the top of the stretch but things started to fall apart. The leg-weary Angels Rockn Pink was begging for the finish line but Soft Idea and Vino And Formaggio (Kevin Cummings) were pacing strong to the finish.   Soft Idea ($13.60) went as far down the passing lane as possible and managed to nose past the game Vino And Formaggio at the wire while Angels Rockn Pink was a head back.   Zeron admitted it was a tight squeeze down the stretch. He then added, "She was loaded the entire mile. I backed her off around the turns but down the stretch, I had a ton of horse."   Soft Idea is trained by Linda Toscano and is co-owned by the South Mountain Stable, the Bay's Stable, Radio Racing Stable and Little E LLC.   After losing a narrow decision in the second leg of the Sire Stakes, Cummings got his revenge in the third and final division aboard Encore Deo ($10.80).   Blasting to the top from the five post, Encore Deo, a $100,000 Lexington Sales purchase, played a game of catch me if you can and ended up wiring the field of seven. Putting up fractions of 30.1, 59.4 and 1:28.4, a 28.4 last quarter panel was enough to hold off any late threat. No Clouds Bluechip (Bartlett) finished 3/4 lengths back while Dime A Dance (Stratton) took the show spot.   "She handled the track really well," Cummings said of Encore Deo (Rock N Roll Heaven -Docdor Cameo). "I was a hair worried around the last turn, but once she straightened out in the stretch, she had a a lot left."   Encore Deo is trained by Ron Burke and co-owned by the Burke Stable, Weaver Buscemi, Jason Melillo and Lawrence Karr.   In the $15,000 Excelsior 'A' Series, it was a clean sweep for Jim Morrill Jr. as he guided Amazon Ideal ($3.40) to a 2:00.3 win and was in the sulky with Roll Of Dreams ($4.00) who turned in a 2:00.1 time.   The $6,800 Excelsior 'B' Series went to Milky Way Rae ($4.20) who toured the Buffalo Raceway half-mile oval in 2:00.4 with Bartlett in the bike.   BZ Glide (Morrill Jr.) was victorious in the $10,500 Open Trot in 1:57.2 and returned $2.70 for the win. Morrill Jr. finished the night with four victories.   Country Delight ($4.00) went coast-to-coast in notching a 1:57.3 win in the $9,500 Open pace for the filly and mares. John Cummings Jr. handled the driving duties.   Racing will continue on Friday night at Buffalo Raceway with 11 races scheduled to go to the post at 6:35 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   Brian J. Mazurek

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- There's a lot of hope and promise on Wednesday night (July 1) at Buffalo Raceway as many of the 2-year-old filly pacers kick off their careers in three divisions of the New York Sire Stakes worth $36,566 each.   Of the 21 filly pacers entered, only four have had a pari-mutuel start. The remaining 17 have had a couple of 'baby' races or qualifiers but that's it. With the hours of preparation in getting them to the races now completed, it's time for the ladies to strut their stuff. And for those who are successful, they will find a large paycheck awaiting them at the finish line along with some happy owners, trainers and drivers.   The Sire Stakes will go off as the second, third and fifth races on the solid 12-race program that is scheduled for 5 p.m.   With nine records either broken or tied at Buffalo Raceway this season, the freshmen fillies will be taking dead aim on 1:56.3 standard set in 2011 by Silk Purse and tied in 2012 by Summertime Lea.   The sire Roll With Joe has nine off-spring entered in the stakes event while Art Major follows with five, Rock N Roll Heaven four and American Ideal three.   The first event features a field of six who not have a pari-mutuel start between them. Gotmyredressontnit gets the early nod at 5-2 after putting in a 1:55.3 time in a baby race at Pocono Downs over a sloppy track on June 19. Jason Bartlett gets the call aboard the Janice Connor-trained Gotmyredressontnit (Roll With Joe-Western Top Cat) and will start from the six post.   Rockin Date, a $47,000 purchase from the Lexington Sales last year, is the second choice at 3-1 with Sire Stakes leading driver Jim Morrill Jr. in the bike. Starting from the five hole, Rockin Date (Art Major-Rockin Beauty) is trained by Ron Burke and finished in fourth place behind Gotmyredressontnit in her last prep. Morrill Jr. has 13 victories this season on the Sire Stakes circuit and nearly $450,000 in purse earnings.   The second leg is a wide open affair with a field of seven heading to the post. Angels Rockn Pink is 3-1 morning line choice with John MacDonald to be in the sulky. Arriving from Vernon Downs for trainer Homer Hostetler, Angels Rockn Pink was impressive in winning her two qualifiers at Vernon. She last won by 3-3/4 lengths in 1:55.4 back on June 19.   Soft Idea, a $70,000 purchase at the Lexington Sales, draws the six post for trainer Linda Toscano and driver Scott Zeron. Soft Idea (American Ideal-Walk Softly) went 1:58.4 in her last tuneup, winning by 2-1/2 lengths.   Buffalo Raceway's leading driver Kevin Cummings gets the call on Vino And Formaggio off the rail. Sitting at 4-1 on the line, Vino And Formaggio (Art Major-Pasta LaVista) has gone wire-to-wire in her two qualifying victories at the Meadows.   The final division features Encore Deo, a $100,000 buy at Lexington. The Burke-trained Encore Deo, coupled with Dime A Dance (Roll With Joe-Hat Dance), starts from the five post and gets the services of Cummings. Encore Deo (Rock N Roll Heaven-Docdor Cameo) hopes to start earning her keep begin what could be an solid career.   The main danger to the Burke entry could be Ghost Runner (Art Major-Spirit Of The West). She gets the pylons for trainer/driver Tom Jackson and is the 5-1 second pick. She finished sixth at Pocono Downs in 1:55.1 in her last appearance.   The card also will feature a pair of Excelsior 'A' Series races and a race in the Excelsior 'B' Series.   Also on tap on the stellar card includes the $10,500 Open Trot, the $9,500 Fillies and Mares Open Pace, and the $8,500 Fillies and Mares Open II Pace.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, June 27, 2015--If your favorite harness racing driver is Dan Dube and your favorite number is four, congratulations and go collect. Dube went "four-th" Saturday night, winning both halves of Yonkers Raceway's soggy $42,000 co-featured Open Handicaps. Great Vintage ($6.20) had nary an anxious moment in the weekly pacing feature, working around a returning P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett) and strolling through fractions of :27.4, :57.1, 1:25.2 and 1:53.2. Great Vintage whipped 19-10 choice P H Supercam--out four weeks prior to this start--by a couple of lengths. Texican N (Eric Carlson) was a three-hole third, with Rock on Moe (Jordan Stratton) and a tough-trip All Bets Off (George Brennan) settling for the remainder. For second choice Great Vintage, a 7-year-old son of American Ideal trained by Jimmy Takter for co-owners his wife, Christina, John Fielding and a pair of Gorans (Anderberg and Falk) it was his third win in five seasonal starts. The exacta paid $19, with the triple returning $62.50. The week's marquee trot saw 11-10 choice Daylon Miracle--in one notch after an inside scratch--duplicate the down-the-road (:28.3, :58.2, 1:27, 1:56.4) MO of Great Vintage. Daylon Miracle held off a second move of outside assignee Luminosity (Brennan) by a length-and-a-half, with Backstreet Hanover (Tyler Buter), Rock of Cashel (Eric Goodell) and Lorenzo Dream (Carlson) rounding out the payees. For Daylon Miracle, a 6-year-old daughter of Pegasus Spur owned (as Allard Racing) and trained by Rene Allard, it was her eighth win in 14 '15 tries. The exacta (two wagering favorites) paid $11.20, the triple returned $47.80 and the superfecta paid $165.50. The Raceway's live season continues Monday night (7:10 PM), Tuesday matinee (1 PM), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Note Sunday matinees are done until November. Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker

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