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Party Hangover Two gave owner Kathie Plested and her partners quite a thrill winning the $8000 Fillies and Mares Open Handicap Pace at the harness racing meeting at Running Aces on Saturday night, her fourth consecutive score in the class. "My husband (trainer-driver Steve Wiseman) got me a nice piece of jewelry for my birthday," Plested related, "but having your horse win an Open on your birthday is like icing on the cake!" Despite sitting out a week after her first three Open triumphs and being assigned the outside post upon her return, Party Hangover Two cruised home a 1:54.2 winner by a scant nose over Keep The Dream (Travis Bowman) and Imfasterthanu (Nick Roland). It was just the tenth career victory for the four-year-old Party At Artsplace mare from only 37 lifetime starts. Native's Revenge (Lemoyne Svendsen) captured a $6500 Open II for males with a gate-to-wire score in 1:53.1 over Art Genta (Steve Wiseman) and Major Hottie (Kim Pluta). Bob Johnson trains the five-year-old son of Allamerican Native for Harold Actkinson. It was the seventh win of the year for Native's Revenge, four at Cal-Expo and three at Running Aces. Quickest mile of the night was turned in by Mattox's Spencer (Nick Roland) who stunned a field of conditioned pacers in 1:51.3 for lessee and trainer Patricia Minnella. A ten-year-old son of Cambest, the winner missed his entire nine-year-old season but has returned to the races in 2015 and posted six wins in 26 starts, half of those victories in Minnesota. In his distinguished career, Mattox's Spencer has won 29 times in 179 tries and earned $235,856. A pair of Minnesota-sired three-year-old races were also presented with Gooch's Hod Rod (Dean Magee) upsetting the $6600 'A' division; and Relentless Spirit (Lemoyne Svendsen) copping the $4400 'B' split. Both winning miles were clocked in 1:55.4. Gregg Keidel

Pompano Beach, FL...February 15, 2015...The big news at Pompano Park on Sunday night came in the very last race when Blended Whiskey, driven by George Napolitano, Jr., won that finale, keying a record 20 cent Super Hi-5 payoff of $146,288.30 to one very lucky but, as yet, unidentified bettor.   Blended Whiskey, 3 to 1 on the board, was followed by the 40 to 1 chance One Bad Shot (Dave Ingraham) with Orator, 35 to 1, (Travis Cullen) third. Fox Valley Arctic, 9 to 1 (Bruce Ranger) finished fourth with the lukewarm 3 to 1 favorite, Ring Leda (Jason Dillander) fifth--the winning combination being 2-1-10-4-5.   The payoff is a record covering the half century history at Pompano Park.   Now, on to the feature events...   Trot Fudge Sundae, driven by Dave Ingraham, scored a narrow victory in Pompano Park's $13,200 Open Trot for Mares on Sunday night.   The five year-old daughter of American Native, trained by Rick Sronce for owners James Bafia and Eugene White. held off the furious late surge of Jailhouse Jessica, handled by Bruce Ranger, to score by a quickly diminishing neck in 1:56.   Blushing Hanover, with Mickey McNichol handling her lines, finished third after cutting panels of :27.1; :57.1 and 1:25.3. McTiny's Hope finished fourth and M T Ur Pockets rallied from last half way through the mile to finish fifth.   Ingraham's charge was away third through the opening stages of the mile and pull first over just short of the half, grinding forward the rest of the journey before taking command shortly after straightening away for the wire and then hold off Jailhouse Jessica, five lengths back at the third station, in the photo.   In a post race interview, driver Dave Ingraham said, "you know, I had a choice to make at the half--go first up or sit in. I decided to give it a go because I didn't want to get bottled up with no place to go...after all, these are very good trotters in here and they can be out and driving in a heartbeat and leave you with no room to roam. She's a rugged mare who like to win and can swallow a lot of air! It worked out just right!   For Trot Fudge Sundae, it was her first success of the year in six starts--24th win lifetime--and sent her career earnings to $366,342 in 70 lifetime starts.   Fifth choice in the betting, Trot Fudge Sundae paid $15.80 on this "Sundae Night!"   Pompano Park also hosted the second leg of "The Battleground" Late Closer for claiming trotters and Northern Inferno snuck on through along the pylons in the final stages to score a photo finish win for Kevin Wallis in 1:57.3 at odds of 28 to 1--the longest proposition in the field of six.   This nine year-old son of Angus Hall pinned the upset--measured at a head--on Overwhat (18 to 1), with Joe Sanzeri in the bike with Sand Wyndham and Joe Pavia, Jr. teaming up for third, just a length away.   The 3 to 5 favorite, Thirtyeightspecial, finished fourth after cutting panels of :27.4, :58 and 1:26.3 JL Rockin Jake picked up the nickel in the sextet.   Northern Inferno, fifth for the opening three quarters of the mile, never left the inside and snuck through as they started to gang up on the leader turning for home.   Trained by Sandy Hollon for owner Heddy Nelson, Northern Inferno won for the third time in six tries this year. He's won 33 times during his career spanning 139 starts, good for $185,338.   Paying $59.80 to win, Northern Inferno keyed an exacta payoff of $567.00 in the six horse field.   Also driver Dennis Whittemore, who rarely makes an appearance in the sulky these days, won his first race since July 31, 2007 and first extended pari-mutuel race since May 14, 2006 when he guided his own P L Humanity to victory in a conditioned trotting event on Sunday night.   Whittemore sent this four year-old son of Striking Sahbra to the front from his outside eight post at the :28.2 opener and led the rest of the journey, clocking panels of :59.1 and 1:28.2 en route to a 1:59.1 win over the 1 to 5 favoritee Pointe Of Inquiry (Wayne Henry), who closed with ferocity after a miscue at the start. Witty's Winner was third in that mile.   As the 5 to 1 second choice in the betting, P l Humanity paid $12.40 to win.   In the $8,500 pace for $15,000 claimers, the 11 year-old warrior St. Pete Star won for the 53rd time in his illustrious career by coming off the pace for George Napolitano, Jr. to score a hard earned victory in 1:52 over Machinist (Joe Pavia, Jr.) with Red Hot Yankee (Kevin Wallis) third.   Trained by Paul Holzman for owner Melvin Fink, St Pete Star is now three-for-six this young season, good for $17.094. He's banked $610,184 lifetime and paid $7.40 to his faithful followers.   Racing resumes Monday night with pacing mares in the spotlight in an Open Handicap event. Post time is 7:30 p.m.   John Berry        

The weather was ideal, the horses were at their best and thus four track records were rewritten at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday in the second round of the Quebec-Bred Series for two-year-old pacers and trotters. And for driver Denis St Pierre it was a banner afternoon as he drove the winners in three of the track records set. The track record setting day began in the second race $7,500 Quebec-Bred Series for two-year-old pacing fillies. Kinnder Elegance, the race favorite, did not disappoint betting fans as Denis St Pierre sent the daughter of Allamerican Native to the front, grabbing the lead by the opening quarter mile in :28.4. They then led to the half mile in :58.3 as rival Anna Santanna (Marie Auger) started up first over to challenge. Going to the three-quarters in 1:27.4, Kinnder Elegance held her ground as Anna Santanna kept gaining ground. Then in a dramatic stretch drive, Kinnder Elegance barely held on at the wire to win by a neck over Anna Santanna with First Girl (Maxim Gaudreault) third. The time of the race was 1:57.4 and that erased the 24-year-old track record of 1:58.2 that was set by Caressa. It was a lifetime mark for Kinnder Elegance and her second win in three lifetime starts. She was bred and is owned and trained by Denitza Petrova of Les Cedres, QC. The very next race was the first of two divisions of the series for trotting fillies and feeling her oats was National Trace for driver Denis St Pierre. The daughter of Taurus Dream went right out to the lead and gave live cover to C L Magic Road (Marie Auger) through fractions of :29.3, 1:01.1 and 1:32.1 to the three-quarters. Then in the stretch, Auger sent C L Magic Road after National Trace, but it was not good enough as St. Pierre kept his filly going for a one-quarter length triumph in 2:03.2. Champagne Panic (Denis Filion) was third. That clocking rewrote the 21-year-old track record for two-year-old trotting fillies that had been originally set by SOS Preference back in 1993 and had been equaled by Uliane Bayama in 2012. For National Trace it was her maiden victory in her fifth lifetime start for trainer Danny Fontaine. The filly was bred and is owned by Ecurie Gaetan Bono, Inc. of Montreal, QC. She paid $7.80 to win. Then came the fourth race, which was the second Quebec-Bred Series division for two-year-old trotting fillies and it went identical to the previous race. Race favorite Meganou and driver Jocelyn Gendron went out to the early lead with Promesses Imperial (Jerome Lombart) grabbing the two-hole trip from post seven and they went to the opening quarter mile in :30.2. Then by the half mile marker in a slow 1:03.1, Sunrise Linda and driver/trainer Yves Filion decided to have a go at Meganou and came first-over and by the three-quarters in 1:33.1 it looked like the race would be interesting. But Gendron and Maganou would have none of that as he asked his filly for more and she pulled away from the rest of the field and won in a romp by six and one-half lengths over Sunrise Linda and Promesses Imperial. The time of the race you ask? Well it tied the track record that was just set in the prior race, as they also went in 2:03.2 and thus equaled the track record! Sired by Kadabra, it was the second win in seven starts this year for Maganou, who is trained by Daniel Martin and is owned by Jean Picard of Orford, QC. She paid $3.60 to win. The fourth track record on the day came in the fifth race Quebec-Bred series division for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings. The race started off with an incident as Classic Breeze in post five went off-stride at the very start and interfered with the outside horses. Grand Galop Semalu and trainer/driver Yves Filion went after the early lead with HP Bushido Dragjet (Stephane Brosseau) grabbing the early pocket seat to the opening quarter mile in a speedy :27.1. Sugarsam and driver Denis St Pierre was interfered with at the start and was more than ten lengths off the leaders in fifth place when he decided to take Sugarsam first-over. By the half mile marker in a mild :59.3, St Pierre had Sugarsam in fourth place and inching their way towards the front. Then by the three-quarters in 1:27.1, Sugarsam was in third place and closing the gap as they raced around the final turn. Then in a dramatic stretch drive, St Pierre was not only able to keep Sugarsam in contention after his long outside journey, but came on late to win by one and one-half lengths in 1:56.4. Grand Galop Semalu was second with Y S Joe (Jocelyn Gendron) third. That clocking proved to be another track record as Sugarsam is a gelded son of Sportswriter and his time surpassed the prior track record of 1:57.1 that was set by Atomic Million Am in 2013. It was the second win in six starts this year for Sugarsam and a lifetime record for trainer Helene Fillion and breeder/owner Sotirios Anastasopoulou of Saint-Theresa, QC. He went off at odds of 16-1 and paid $35.50 to win. The $300,000 Quebec-Bred Series now had just one more weekend of preliminary competition next Sunday, August 30 and then the top eight point earners in the series will return Sunday, September 7 for the $55,000 finals. On that same day 3R will also host the four $65,000 final of the series for three-year-olds. Live racing resumes at 3R on Tuesday evening with first race post time at 7:00 pm. For more information contact www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Once again two fields of two-year-old trotting fillies will take their best shot at one of the oldest track records still left at the Hippodrome 3R as the second round of the $300,000 Quebec-Bred Series takes place Sunday afternoon. With sunny skies and temperatures in the low 80’s (27 Celsius) for Sunday, the 1993 record of 2:04.3 set by SOS Preference could fall by the wayside. The first $7,500 preliminary round takes place in the third race and another SOS bred horse, SOS Harddrive, could rewrite the record books. She is a return winner from last week’s opening round in the series. The daughter of Taurus Dream won her maiden start after four qualifying efforts, wiring the field in 2:06.4. But she showed a smart :30.1 last quarter mile and any improvement off that effort could rewrite the record. She starts from post two for driver Pascal Berube. The fourth race second filly trot division features the most likely candidate to break the track record. Meganou starts from post three for driver Jocelyn Gendron and last week she won her qualifying race at the Hippodrome 3R in 2:04.4, just one fifth of a second from the tying the track mark. Sired by Kadabra, Meganou already had a record of 2:01 at Mohawk Raceway and two starts back was race timed in 1:58.3 at Georgian Downs in the Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots with a fifth place finish. The oldest track record on the books at the Hippodrome 3R is for two-year-old pacing fillies and is 1:58.2 set by Caressa way back in 1990. That mark could also be in jeopardy on Sunday. There is one division of the Quebec-bred series for filly pacers and is race two on the program. It features a good match-up between last week’s return winners, Kinnder Elegance and Anna Santanna. Kinnder Elegance starts from post seven for driver Denis St Pierre. Last week the daughter of Allamerican Native scored her maiden victory by wiring the field in 2:00.3 by two and one-quarter lengths from post five. Earlier this season she won a qualifying race at Rideau Carlton in 1:58.4. Anna Santanna is the 5/2 morning line favorite despite having to start from the far outside in post eight for owner/trainer/driver Maire Auger. This filly by Santanna Blue Chip has yet to finish worse than third in her four career starts and last week won for the first time in 200.4 and showed a sharp :28.4 last quarter mile in her victory. The final preliminary round takes place in the fifth race and is for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Headlining the field is the entry from the Yves Filion Stable of Western Bayama and Grand Galop Semalu. Western Bayama showed he is in prime form last week in the opening round of the series by coming from off the pace to win in 1:59 by two open lengths with Filion in the bike. The homebred son of Lis Mara starts from post four and will be driven for the first time by Gilles Gendron. Yves Filion has elected to drive Grand Galop Semalu and they start from post six. This son of Rock N Roll Heaven has been battling the best on the Ontario Sire Stakes circuit and two starts back was race-timed at Mohawk Raceway in 1:55 with a final quarter mile in :27.3. Due to a lack of entries, there is no preliminary round this week for two-year-old trotting colts. There will be one more week of preliminary rounds in the Quebec-Bred Series for freshman trotters and pacers and then the top eight point earners will return on Sunday, September 7 for the $55,000 finales.  From the Quebec Jockey Club

COLUMBUS, MN. - Trot Fudge Sundae continued the rotation of winners of the weekly $8000 Open Trot on Wednesday night at Running Aces.   In the process the four-year-old American Native mare broke the track record for her age, sex and gait by four-fifths of a second. Her 1:55.2 clocking eclipsed the previous best of Heartsaregonnaroll established in 2013.   Driver-trainer Rick Magee was content to sit in the pocket through fractions of :28.2, :58.3 and 1:26.2 before collaring frontstepping Wilamar Valley (Tim Maier) and holding off third place finisher Franky Provolone (Steve Wiseman).   Again the entire field was less than three lengths apart at the wire. Trot Fudge Sundae is owned by the partnership of James Bafia, Eugene White and the Dirk Simpson Stable.   Toatsmygoats continued his domination of the Minnesota-sired two-year-old pacing ranks with his sixth win in seven tries in an $11,500 race for the state's best freshmen. As a prohibitive favorite, leading driver Jason Ryan (who was celebrating his 26th birthday), was able to control the throttle through a pedestrian first half then accelerate through a fast final half to triumph in 1:56.2 over Queen Of Denial (Nick Roland) and Moonshinenmonkeys (Rick Magee).   Toatsmygoats has now earned $37,000 in seven starts for the Van Otterloo Stables and will be one of the headliners when the Minnesota State Championship races for $20,000 purses go postward on closing day, August 30.

Long shots seemed to be the rule of the day at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday afternoon for the opening round of the Quebec-Bred Series for two-year-old trotters and pacers. The series features three weeks of preliminary rounds of competition with each division racing for a purse of $7,500. The top eight point earners after the preliminary rounds will return for the $55,000 finals in each class on Sunday, September 7. Also on that day will be the $65,000 finals for the three-year-olds. Mother Nature did not cooperate Sunday as intermittent rain storms gave way to sunshine sporadically throughout the racing card. The two-year-old trotting fillies provided long shot winners in both their divisions. The first race saw SOS Harddrive and driver Pascal Berube take no prisoners as they led from start to finish by one length in 2:06.4. The daughter of Tarus Dream is undefeated in three starts and her clocking was a lifetime mark for trainer Jean Teller and owner/breeder Les Ecuries SOS Bedford, Inc. of Stanbridge Station, QC. Notrouble Dechafra (Stephane Brosseau) was second with C L Magic Road (Marie Auger) third. Overlooked by the betting public, SOS Harddrive went off at odds of 11-1 and paid $24.10 to win. The fifth race second division was captured by 13-1 Chamane and driver Marie Auger with an impressive three-wide move on the final turn and then out trotted the field home to win by one and one-half lengths in 2:08.3. D Espoir (Stephane Brosseau) was the race favorite and raced that way, going right to the early lead with Sunrise Linda (Yves Filion) sitting the pocket trip. Double Chance (Serge Nadeau) came first-over at the half mile marker and that gave Chamane perfect second-over cover to tip three-wide from after the three-quarters en route to her maiden victory. Sired by Majestic Son, Chamane is trained by Eric Valiquete for owner/breeder Ecurie Provoquante of Mirabel, QC. She paid $29.60 to win. The third long shot winner in the series came in the third race, the first division for two-year-old pacing colts. Western Bayama and trainer/driver Yves Filion sat in fourth place throughout the mile as HO Bushido Dragjet (Stephane Brosseau) cut the mile and Classic Breeze (Pascal Berube) sat the pocket trip. Then as the field came around the final turn, Filion made his move with Western Bayama and the son of Lis Mara came on with a burst of speed to win by one length over late closing T S Joe (Jocelyn Gendron) with HP Bushido Dragjet third. The time of the race was a lifetime mark of 1:59 in just the second career start for Western Bayama, who was bred and is owned by Filion’s Bayama Farms. Sent off at odds of 10-1, he paid $22.90 to win. The sixth race second colt division saw race favorite Clinton Panic and driver/trainer Yves Filion make it a driver/trainer double on the day as they were able to led from start to finish with a one length triumph in 2:03.1 in a driving rain storm. Mr. Sunshine Boy (Pascal Berube) inherited the pocket-trip when Rocky Beach (Marie Auger) tried a first-over move in vain at the half mile marker as Mr. Sunshine Boy finished second with Rocky Beach third. It was the maiden win in two starts for Clinton Panic, a son of Major In Art, who paid $9.90 to win. He was bred and is owned by Brian Paquet of Quebec, QC. The two-year-old pacing fillies competed in the second and fourth races. The first division saw Kinnder Elegance and driver Jocelyn Gendron hold the field at bay as the daughter of Allamerican Native led by three to four lengths the entire mile, winning by two and one-quarter lengths in 2:00.3. The pocket-sitting Voodoo Charm (Yves Filion) was second with Godiva Bella Oya (Mario Charron) third. It was the first pari-mutuel victory for Kinnder Elegance, who paid $2.30 to win for owner/breeder Dentiza Petrova of Les Cedres, QC. After trading the early lead control with Miss Bro, Anna Santanna and driver Marie Auger stayed in command after the opening quarter mile and won with ease by two and three-quarter lengths in 2:00.4. Miss Bro (Stephane Brosseau) was second with HP Rubis Joyce (Mario Charron) third. Sired by Santanna Blue Chip, it was the maiden victory after four starts for Anna Santanna, who paid $3.90 to win. She is trained and owned by Marie Auger of Trois-Rivieres, QC. Live racing resumes Tuesday evening with first race post time at 7:00 pm. For more information visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com.  From the Quebec Jockey Club

After a week’s hiatus for the grand prix auto races in the town of Trois Rivieres, the Hippodrome 3R returns to harness racing action Sunday afternoon with the opening round of the $300,000 Quebec-Bred Series for two-year-old trotters and pacers. There are six $7,500 preliminary divisions on Sunday. The elimination rounds will take place for two more weeks and then on Sunday, September 7 the top eight point earners in each division will return for their respective $55,000 finals. On that same day will be the $65,000 final for the three-year-olds, making for eight championship final on the program. The very first race on the card Sunday in the series is for two-year-old trotting fillies. There are seven starters and featured is Intouchable, who starts from the far outside in post eight. The young daughter of Angus Hall is the only winner in the field, capturing a qualifying race at Rideau Carlton in her last start with a 2:03.2 victory by six and one-half lengths. She will be driven by Mario Charron. Other contenders in the race are C L Magic Road (post 5) and the entry of Surprise P V (post 5) and Destin P V (post 7). The second trotting filly division is the fifth race and it is headed by D Espoir from post four for driver Stephane Brosseau. This filly by Windsong Espoir could well break the 21-year-old track record of only 2:04.3 as she won on July 22 at Georgian Downs five-eighths mile oval in 2:00.3 in the Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots. She may face some competition from Sunrise Linda (post 5) and Promesses Imperial (post seven). Freshman pacing fillies are next with two divisions starting with the second race. Featured is Kinnder Elegance from post five for driver Jocelyn Gendron. This daughter of Allamerican Native won two starts back in a qualifier at Rideau Carlton in 1:58.4 by 26 and one-quarter lengths. She faces competition from Godiva Bella Oya (post four) and First Girl (post three), who already has one win, two seconds and three third place finishes in six starts. The second pacing filly division is race four and it is headlined by the Santana Blue Chip filly, Anna Santanna. She starts from the rail for driver Marie Auger and despite not having won a race yet in three starts she has shown some game second and third place finishes at the Hippodrome 3R, race timed in 2:01.1. Her main competition will come from Miss Bro (post 2) and Allover Sport (post 6). The pacing colts are in the limelight in races three and six. The third race first preliminary round has HP Bushido Dragjet as the 5/2 morning line favorite. He will be driven by Stephane Brosseau and two starts back won at Mohawk Raceway in 1:56.2. He takes on Western Bayama (post 2) and Y S Joe (post six) The sixth race colt division features Sugarsam from post two for driver Mario Charron. This son of Sportswriter has a win already at the Hippodrome 3R in 2:00.4 and was second at Rideau Carlton in his last start in 1:59.4. Other contenders include Rocky Beach (post six) and Clinton Panic (post 3). There were not enough entries in the two-year-old trotting colt division to hold a preliminary round on Sunday. First race post time on Sunday is 1:00 pm. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Three divisions of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers were on tap on a beautiful Thursday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, each going for a purse of just over $70,000. The first division featured Adios runner-up Somewhere In L A (Somebeachsomewhere) and Hempt runner-up At Press Time (Western Terror). As the wings closed, At Press Time made his way to the top, while Somewhere In L A tucked in third, off a 27.2 first quarter. At the half, Somewhere In L A floated to the outside, and was on even terms with the leader just past the three-quarter pole. The stage was set for a stretch duel between the race favorites, but Somewhere In L A powerfully pulled away to win by 3 lengths, in a time of 1:50. At Press Time held second, while Adios Consolation winner Mattamerican (Allamerican Native) finished third. Somewhere in L A is owned by J&T Silva Stables, Deo Volente Farms, and TLP Stables, trained by Jimmy Takter, and was driven by Brett Miller. In the second division, the wagering public put their hopes behind North American Cup runner-up Tellitlikeitis. The son of Well Said was coming off of a third in the Meadowlands Pace. However, the Jim Campbell trainee Sometimes Said had other ideas. The son of Well Said came away fourth off the wings, and maintained that position until the half. Driver Tim Tetrick then gave him his cue, as he grinded first-over to be within a length of the lead at three quarters. He went on to kick clear, putting away the pace-setter and eventual second place finisher Limelight Beach, to win in a time of 1:50.1. Tellitlikeitis, who elected to save ground, rallied up the cones for third. Sometimes Said is owned by Fashion Farms LLC. The third and final division was stacked full of equine talent, led by Adios winner McWicked (McCardle). As the wings closed, driver Dave Miller sent the race favorite immediately to the top, with Lyonssomewhere (Somebeachsomewhere) securing the pocket spot. After a quarter in 26, McWicked rated the second split in 28.3, before stepping on the gas petal. He faced mild first-over pressure from Toms Titan (Nuclear Breeze) at three-quarters. At the top of the stretch, pocket sitting Lyonssomewhere lost all chance by making a break. McWicked went on to win by open lengths, stopping the clock in 1:48.4. He is owned by SSG Stables, and is trained by Casie Coleman. Mike Bozich

COLUMBUS, MN. - Running Aces Harness Park, now in its seventh season, established a new handle record on Sunday night when $270,252 was bet on the 11-race program which featured fuller-than-normal fields and highly competitive races.   Over one-half of the races were decided by a half-length or less and only one winner had more than a two length advantage at the wire.   Only two favorites prevailed on the night with win prices ranging from a low of $5.80 to a high of $21.80.   The weekly Sunday feature, a $10,000 Open Pace, was captured by Headsup Yankee in 1:52.3.   The five-year-old Minnesota-sired gelding has made steady progress since joining the open ranks three weeks ago, finishing third and then second before Sunday's victory.   The son of Relentless Yankee is owned by Ken Stauffer's Trot-Away Stable and was trained and driven by Nick Roland.   He beat Silver Spir (Jason Ryan) and Del Rio Seelster (Lemoyne Svendsen).   The win was one of four on the night for Roland, who also scored with Justthewayitis, Split Ticket and Gift Of Honor.   A Running Aces newcomer, Native's Revenge, shocked a group of conditioned horses and optional $5000 claimers with a nine-length dominating performance clocked in 1:51.4 for new trainer-driver Steve Wiseman.   A recent arrival from Hoosier Park, where the four-year-old Allamerican Native gelding was no better than fourth in his last six outings, Native's Revenge went directly to the lead in his initial Minnesota appearance and never looked back throwing an impressive :54 final half.   The winner, who beat Peanuts (Rick Magee) and Peyton's Troubador (Kim Pluta) is owned by Harold Actkinson.   Leading driver Jason Ryan visited the winner's circle three times on Sunday, guiding She's A Foxie Lady, Terror Time and R Gauwitz Hanover to narrow victories.   Only four weeks remain in the Running Aces season with live racing presented each Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday through August 30.   Gregg Keidel - Running Aces

MATTAMERICAN RACES IN SATURDAY'S ADIOS PACE

At this point many two-year-olds have a couple of starts in them, so it’s time to marry personal observations with wild speculation and project which ones will be stepping up to win the Cup, Jug and Hambletonion next year. This is by no means a definitive list of the best of the best; as a matter of fact I’m going out of my way to include some by off-brand stallions. That being said, here are a few early standouts. Artspeak is a Western ideal colt out of the Artsplace mare, The Art Museum. The Western Ideals have fallen on hard times at the sales of late, relatively speaking, but Brittany threw $100,000 at this guy, which matched the top price for any of his paternal brothers in North America. He has won both of his NJSS starts for Scott Zeron and trainer Tony Alagna, in dominant fashion. On Pace Day he came first over to win in 1:52.3 at odds of 3/5 at the Meadowlands. Western Ideal has given us the outstanding performers and game changing sires Rocknroll Hanover and American Ideal, as well as Always A Virgin and Big Jim. His 2013 crop moves on to the slugfest that is the PASS next year. Stacia Hanover, the winner of the $100,000 NJSS final for freshman pacing fillies, is also by Western Ideal. The $35,000 Harness Breeders purchase is trained by veteran Steve Elliott and, like Artspeak, driven by Scott Zeron. She has two other wins in the restricted class, aside from the high-dollar final which she won in 1:53.4 at odds of 3/5. Yankee Bounty is a two-year-old gelding by the enigmatic Artiscape stallion, Yankee Cruiser. His dam is the Allamerican Native mare Yankee Bootleg. This isn’t a combination that screams early speed. Yes, Yankee Cruiser did give is the current king of the pacing ranks, Sweet Lou, who held world records at two and three, as well as the rejuvenated speed demon Dancin Yankee, but for the most part this stallion was up against it in Pennsylvania. Yankee Bounty, a $21,000 Harness Breeders purchase, has won both of his starts in impressive fashion. He won splits of the Pennsylvania All Stars and the Albatross for Corey Callahan and trainer Kevin Lane. Yankee Cruiser stands his first year in Ohio in 2014. Bob Ben And John is one of the wave of impressive colts from the first crop of 2009 two-year-old division champ Sportswriter. Casie Coleman, who trained the son of Artsplace, and has been the leading cheerleader for his initial offering, plucked him from the Lexington sale for a modest $17,000. His dam is the Cambest mare, My Best Girl. This colt made his first pari-mutuel start last week in a $70,000 OSS-Gold leg at Mohawk. He was an easy winner by three in 1:53 at odds of 2/1 for Chris Christoforou. Sportswriter is absolutely killing it in the freshman pacing division of the Ontario Sire Stakes; he’s taking all the air; none of the others are on the same planet. SBSW shook the Pennsylvania program to its foundation with his first crop, but what’s happening with Sportswriter in his restricted program may be more dramatic. Shadow Play impressed us last year with his first crop, but he hasn’t gone on to be a factor in the open realm with his sophomores. We’ll wait and see if Sporty, a key player from the stressed Adios line, makes his presence felt outside of Ontario. Sassa Hanover is a filly from the first crop of Rock N Roll Heaven. Ron Burke bought her at Lexington for $50,000. Sassa’s dam, Sayo Hanover, is half to the very fast Shadyshark Hanover. Jim Morrill drover her to an easy two length win in a NYSS race at Monticello on the July 4. She won in 1:56.3 with plenty to spare. And two of her paternal sisters—She’s Heavenly and Band Of Angels—also won top dollar splits of the sire stakes that day. Heaven was held in high esteem at the sales, and thus far he is fulfilling his promise.   Dragon Eddy is a two-year-old gelding—aren’t they all—by Dragon Again, a stallion known more for throwing rugged long lasting types like Foiled Again, Atochia and Aracache Hanover than he is as a sire of early speed. My Little Dragon won her division at two, but she was an exception. Well, Eddy is something of an outlier himself. He brought $42,000 at Lexington, which is on the pricey side for Dragon Again, who now stands in Ohio. John Buttenschoen trains and Mike Simons drives. At the end of June Eddy won a split of the Pennsylvania All Starts in 1:54.3 at Pocono, and he went on to win a division of the Albatross in an eye opening 1:52.4 at odds of 2/5 at the Meadows on July 8. Mission Brief is a brown Muscle Hill filly who opened a lot of eyes when she took her $100,000 final of the NJSS by 13 lengths in 1:53.3 for Yanick Gingras and Ron Burke. This was an improvement on her previous start, where she only won by ten. Her dam Southwind Serena is by the great trotter Varenne. Mission Brief was a $150,000 Lexington purchase. Look out! The Bank is a Donato Hanover colt out of 2008 three-year-old division winner, Lantern Kronos. He won a split of the Pennsylvania All Stars for Jimmy Takter on July 4th and broke stride while leading on the last turn as the 1/9 favorite in a division of the Hickory Pride at The Meadows this week. Again, Takter drove. Uncle Lasse, a full brother to Shake It Cerry and Solvato, is another very promising Donato colt in the Takter Barn. He also won on July 4. Yesterday he was beaten in a quick 1:56.3 split of the Hickory Pride by the Cantab Hall colt Billy Flynn, driven to perfection by Brett Miller. Possess The Will and Your So Vain notwithstanding, Donato has pretty much been all filly no colt to this point. If this pair is turned over to Gingras or Pierce they could change that in a hurry. Honor And Serve, a Donato colt out of 2008 freshman division winner and world record holder Honorable Daughter, is another who might turn the tide. He just took a split of the Hickory Pride for Dave Palone and Jim Campbell. Royal Deceptor is one of numerous offspring of the New York stallion RC Royalty that sold at the Morrisville sale. The success of last year’s Hambletonion winner, Royalty For Life, inspired many to look favorably upon the eleven-year-old siring son of Credit Winner. Cheryl and Michael McGivern took this brown colt home for $11,000. Royal Deceptor won all three of his qualifiers, then went out and won a split of the NYSS in a track record 1:59.3 at Buffalo Raceway for Michael McGivern. Gatka is a big, rugged filly from the first crop of seven-year-old Hambletonion winner Muscle Massive, whose big brother Muscle Mass met with success in Ontario and has since been relocated to New York. Gatka is a sister to Ake Svanstedt’s Muscle Hill filly Heaven’s Door, who won the $100,000 NJSS sophomore final and finished second behind Shake It Cerry in the Del Miller. She won a division of the PA All Stars at The Meadows in 1:56 at 2/5 and last week she took a split of the Meadow Gladys with ease in 1:57.1 at 1/5.  Billy Flynn, a $120,000 Lexington purchase by Steffan Lind, is by Cantab Hall, arguably the best trotting stallion in North America. Another brown colt—there seems to be a run on them—he is out of the Enjoy Lavec mare Zeta Jones and was bred by Brittany farms. Billy took a split of the PA All Stars by six lengths in 1:57.2 at Pocono earlier this month and he beat the highly regarded Centurion ATM and Uncle Lasse in a division of the Hickory Pride. Brett Miller drives. Wild Honey is proving to be a $35,000 bargain for Jimmy Takter. The daughter of Cantab Hall was a close second to Gatka Hanover in that one’s first start and, like Gatka, won a split of the Meadow Gladys at The Meadows, for Yanick Gingras. by Joe FitzGerald, for http://viewfromthegrandstand.blogspot.com/

WILKES-BARRE PA -- $330,800 worth of Pennsylvania All-Stars action for locally-sired harness racing three-year-olds highlighted the holiday weekend action at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs Saturday, with pacers of both sexes contesting four divisions and the trotting colts matched up for three splits four weeks before the Hambletonian. TROTTING COLTS Il Sogno’s Dream had a chartline with more bubbles than a kid’s bathtub, but he nevertheless overcame the brutal trip to win by 7¾ lengths in the fastest division for the diamondgaiters, 1:54.1.The son of Cantab Hall was handled by North America’s leading driver, Aaron Merriman, and the performance of the Chris Beaver-trained 3YO showed why he ventured east from his Meadows-Northfield base by winning impressively for a pair of Manes (Bill and Dan) and a pair of Christophers  (Leonard and Randy; well, three if you count trainer Beaver). Madewell Hanover seems to be peaking at an opportune time for owner/trainer/driver Chris Ryder, as the Yankee Glide gelding moved to the lead in front of the stands and never looked back, holding early leader Amped Up Hanover safe by half a length in 1:55.1, with successive back splits of 28.2. The Explosive Matter gelding Outburst burst to the lead past the quarter and never looked back again in winning his division in 1:54.4, sporting identical 57.2 halves. The Noel Daley-trained sophomore was 5½ lengths ahead at the finish for driver Andrew McCarthy, coming off his 1000th career win earlier in the week, and owners Daley, Adam Victor & Son Stable LLC, Kemppi Stables Ov Inc., and Mirva Bogucki. PACING COLTS Local sulky speed specialist George Napolitano Jr. got the Allamerican Native colt Mattamerican to the front past the quarter despite the outside post seven in his cut, and then threw a 26.2 third quarter to open up a lead he would never surrender in a 1:49.4 victory. Norm Parker conditions Mattamerican for owner/breeder Robert Key. The McArdle colt Sean Liam Q saw eight months pass between his first and second racetrack victory, but he accomplished his third just four days later in winning a four-horse blanket finish in 1:50.1. The 16-1 shot had the right local driver for the upset, as “King” George Anthony has dubbed Andrew McCarthy “The King Of The Longshots,” and McCarthy had just the right timing to get Sean Liam Q home first for trainer Ross Croghan and his owners and breeders, Steve Stewart, Alan Quinn, and Frank Cannon. At Press Time was knocked down to the minimum $2.10 win payout and did not disappoint, the Western Terror colt winning by 4 ½ lengths in 1:50.1 for driver Matt Kakaley and some folks you may not have heard from for a while – trainer Ron Burke and the partnership of Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. The royally-bred (Somebeachsomewhere-Bunny Lake) colt Bondi Hanover led at every pole, coming home in 27.1 to withstand Lord Of Misrule by a head in 1:50.4. Aaron Merriman added to his win total by guiding the winner for trainer Tony Alagna and the W Springtime Racing Stable, who campaigned Bunny Lake. PACING FILLIES Lynch Pace Final winner Fancy Desire returned to the site of her big stakes victory seven days previous, and the Real Desire filly triumphed again, but Lynch elim winner Cinamony narrowed in on the pacesetting winner late to miss by just a neck in the 1:50.2 mile. Kevin Carr handles the training of the fast-emerging star for owner Robert DiNozzi, with George Napolitano Jr. again in Fancy Desire’s sulky. The Well Said filly Take That Hanover needed very bit of a 27.1 last quarter to ward off first-over Marathon Day by a neck in 1:49.4. Tyler Buter returned to Victory Lane with Take That Hanover for trainer Casie Coleman and the Jack Darling Stables LTD. Driver Jim Morrill Jr. has a special knack for getting horses home first from seemingly-impossible spots, and he rallied Lucy’s Pearl, dead last at the half, to a ¾-length triumph over favored Also Encouraging in 1:50.1. Another daughter of Well Said, Lucy’s Pearl is a rare pacing foray for the “Trotting Guru,” trainer Ron Gurfein, who also shares ownership with Elizabeth Novak.  Stung past a 25.4 opener by main foe Seashell Hanover, the Somebeachsomewhere filly Bahama Blue made the lead and still had enough in the lane to hold off that rival by a length in 1:51. The familiar local team of driver Napolitano Jr. and trainer Chris Oakes added another victory to their impressive stats column for owners Susan Oakes, J&T Silva Stables LLC, and Hauser Brothers Racing Enterprises LLC. ,Jennifer Starr

COLUMBUS, MN. - A newcomer trotted into Minnesota on Wednesday night and quickly gained everyone's attention with a 1:56.4 triumph in Running Aces' $9000 Open Trot.   Trot Fudge Sundae, a four-year-old daughter of American Native who had been toiling at both Balmoral Park and Hoosier Park, was the only mare in the distinguished field of classy squaregaiters, and she quickly showed her heels to the field of geldings who watched her sweep from fourth in the early going to a three-quarter length victory over Sharpshootennorris (Steve Wiseman) and Franky Provolone (Jason Ryan).   New trainer Rick Magee was also the sulky-sitter for the winner's 19th career win in just 42 starts, increasing her earnings to $313,517 for partners James Bafia, Eugene White and the Dirk Simpson Stable, who got an immediate reward for sensing a change of scenery to Minnesota would do the mare some good.   It was one of two victories on the program for Magee, who also guided KDK Bellagio to a narrow neck victory over Sgt Charlie (Ryan) and Emery Vern (Tim Maier). It was the fourth consecutive win for the 12-year-old gelding owned by K C Carvalho and trained by Tim Brown, the last three in $4500 claiming company.   The most thrilling race of the night came in the nightcap, however, when a full field of nine $3500 claimers finished within four lengths at the wire, eight of them within 2-1/4 lengths. The photo finish camera determined that Haroun Hanover (Ryan) had edged Johnny Walker (Rob Dinning) and Hiho Legacy (Wiseman) to complete a $196.20 trifecta.   From the Running Aces Press Box

Hall of Famer Dave Magee, the 60-year-old reinsman joined some very elite company on Saturday night, eclipsing the $100,000,000 million mark in career earnings. The Big Rock, Illinois native who has more than 11,700 victories, achieved the milestone with a third place finish behind Real Or Magic in Saturday's $15,000 Invitational-Handicap, making him only the 17th driver in the history of the sport to reach the $100,000,000 mark. The 2014 Hanover Stakes season kicked off on Saturday, June 7th at BalmoralPark as a pair of events for diagonally gaited sophomores shared top billing on the 13-race program.   A full field of 10 three-year-old trotting colts started the action in race four as they battled for a purse of $25,900. Fresh off back to back stakes scores over state-bred competition here at Balmoral, Mike Brink and Loren Tournear's Tour Hall made it three in a row as he powered to a four-length victory in a career best of 1:56.0 for driver Dave Magee.   Pointed right for the front from post position four, the altered son of American Native--Broadway And Fifth grabbed command of the proceedings midway around the first turn leading the field through an opening quarter in 29.4.   Pressure came on the backside as Mac Kemp (Dean Magee) rolled up first over battling the pace-setter through middle splits of 59.3 & 1:28.2.   After putting away that bid the Mike Brink trainee kept the remainder of the field at bay with a sharp 27.3 final panel to notch his eighth lifetime victory. Another Illinois bred, Fox Valley Veto (John De Long) rallied from far back to get the runner-up check while Red Solo Cup (Robert Smolin) finished third.   With the win, Tour Hall who returned $8.40, $4.00 & $2.80, now boasts a record of eight wins, four seconds and one third in 18 career starts with earnings of $122,801.   Another full field was sent postward in race six as 10 fillies slugged it out for a purse of $24,400. This time it was an Indiana invader who toted home top honors as Dan & Jo Anne Shetler's homebred DiamondPeak posted a 2 ¾ length victory in wire to wire fashion for her co-owner, trainer and driver Dan Shetler.   Working hard to get to the front in 28.3 from post position five, the daughter of Yankee Glide--Minibar was then able to catch a breather as Shetler guided her through leisurely middle splits of 58.2 & 1:27.3.   The lightly raced bay was never seriously threatened the rest of the way as she trotted home in 28.1 to secure her second win in just five lifetime starts. Pray With Me (Dale Hiteman) overcame a tough first over journey from post 10 to be the bridesmaid while Bailey's Wish (Dave Magee) wound up third after a pocket sitting journey.   Despite the lack of experience DiamondPeak drew plenty of attention for the betting public returning just $4.00, $2.80 & $3.00 while upping her bankroll to $15,559.   by Tom Kelley, for Balmoral Park        

WASHINGTON, PA, June 7, 2014 -- Overcoming a misstep at the gate that cost him key early position, Cammikey made up 5-1/2 lengths with a Lightning Lane charge that carried him to victory in Saturday's $199,000 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows in a career-best 1:49.4. Seventh Secret rallied wide to take the other division of the event for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers known as the Bye Bye Byrd. Cammikey, ordinarily a well-mannered colt, took exception to the starting gate and got fumbly gaited. By the time Brian Zendt could steady him, Cammikey was away fifth. "He's always been a great leaver," Brian Zendt said. "Today, he wanted to go over top of the gate and just got a little rumbly leaving. The only good thing -- that probably saved me from getting in the middle of a speed battle." Rather than swing the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Always Cam wide, Zendt hugged the cones with him and poured through a beckoning Lightning Lane. Cammikey defeated Some Playa by a length, with At Press Time third. Cammikey now has won seven of 11 career starts and $117,538. "You couldn't drive him any worse than that," Brian Zendt said, "but I had all kinds of luck, and when I needed him late, he was there. He just blew by them. It didn't work out like I planned at all, but I guess that's why it's horse racing." Bill Zendt, who conditions Cammikey for owner/breeder Can Land LLC and has been spacing the colt's starts generously, indicated he'll continue to do so, pointing him to the June 21 Max Hempt Memorial eliminations at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. "He hadn't raced in three weeks before today, and I trained him once in 2:04," Bill Zendt said. "He doesn't take a lot of work. We don't want to over-race him. He goes like heck and tries like heck, but he's not very big." Seventh Secret also found himself in a precarious position -- sixth with excess cover in front of him. But when Mike Wilder sent him six wide in the stretch, the son of Allamerican Native-Secret Song found another gear and roared home to defeat Kingofthejungle by a nose in 1:50.2. Early leader Bondi Hanover saved show. "I loved the fractions, and my horse loves a target. He gets to the house so well," Wilder said. "But I was definitely worried about how far I was back with the cover flow. To come that wide and pick them all up like that -- it was all him. I just pointed him, and he took off." Dan Altmeyer trains the homebred Seventh Secret, who extended his career bankroll to $166,261, for Ruth Altmeyer. Aaron Merriman drove three winners on the 13-race Belmont Day card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

Trainer Kelly O'Donnell knows 3-year-old filly pacer Weeper is fast. Sometimes, though, she might be too quick for her own good. Weeper, who races in Tuesday's second $34,712 division of the Historic-Ladyship Stakes at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, has won eight of 10 career starts. Her two losses came last season in races in which she went off stride at the top of the stretch. In the Ladyship, Weeper and regular driver Dave Palone will start from post three and are the 8-5 morning line favorite in a field that includes 2013 Breeders Crown champion Uffizi Hanover. Weeper is 3-for-3 this year, with her victories coming by a total of nearly 14 lengths. "She's a real nice filly," O'Donnell said. "We don't know why she makes the breaks once in a while, but Dave says he thinks that she's so game that at the top of the stretch she's trying to shift into another gear. It's always coming off that last turn, darting for home. We've tried everything to correct it. I think she just wants to go more than her legs can go." Weeper was bred by Winbak Farm and is owned by Winbak's Joe and Joann Thomson (under the name Bay Pond Racing Stable). She is a daughter of stallion Allamerican Native out of the mare Pleasant Yet Bad. The dam is a full sister to multiple-stakes-winner Badlands Nitro. She was prepped for her 2-year-old campaign by Winbak's head trainer, Jeff Fout, who turned over the filly to O'Donnell after her first qualifier. Weeper won twice in 1:51.4 last year, once at The Meadows and once at Pocono Downs. Only two 2-year-old filly pacers won with faster times on a five-eighth-mile track: Allstar Rating and Gallie Bythe Beach. Weeper enters the Ladyship coming off a 2-1/4 length victory over Allstar Rating in a division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes at The Meadows on May 3. "I was just lucky enough to get her," O'Donnell said. "She's a big, strong, rugged-looking filly. Knock on wood, if she stays healthy, I think she can go with the best of them." In addition to the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes, Weeper is eligible to the Mistletoe Shalee Stakes, Lynch Memorial, Adioo Volo, Keystone Classic and Pennsylvania All Stars. Weeper, who entering Tuesday had not started a race this year from inside of post seven, has gone gate-to-wire in all three of her 2014 races. "I would love to see her get a trip," O'Donnell said. "I don't know how fast she could go with someone cutting the fractions for her." Following is the field in post order for the first division of the Ladyship: Table Talk, If You Say So, That Woman Hanover, Katie Said, and McVita Bella. The second division is: Hunger Games, Cinamony, Weeper, Fancy Desire, and Uffizi Hanover. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

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