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LEWISBURG WV - The third day of the four-day State Fair of West Virginia harness racing meet at the fairgrounds in this city in the southeast part of the state saw a familiar name - Ammon Hershberger - and a new name for 2017 - Ryan Malone - both record driving doubles on the Wednesday card, including a feature win for each on the two gaits. The Victory Sam mare Bettys Sam was victorious in the day's $1600 featured trot after finishing third behind her stablemate under the Ammon Hershberger shedrow, War Chief, on Monday. She posted a 2:05 victory for her owner, trainer, and driver - the training win his fourth at the meet for the lead in that category, and the sulky success his sixth, also leading the local colony. Earlier, Hershberger had made it two victories in two days with the Camluck gelding Red Carpet Dude, Wednesday in 2:02.2 for owner/trainer Jamie Coffy. Ryan Malone has done well in previous campaigns at the Lewisburg oval, and Team Malone, consisting of Ryan and trainer Wendell, got on the scoreboard in their first start at this year's meet, winning in the fastest time of the day, 2:01.2, with the Real Desire gelding Lightning Desire, who has won in less than 2:00 in each of the 11 years he has raced. Ryan and Wendell share ownership of the veteran. Later, trainer Herman Hagerman tapped Ryan to catch-drive Springhouse Mojo in the $1600 featured pace, and the Panspacificflight gelding was victorious in 2:03.2 for owner Greg Malta. Driver Jeff Lieberman and trainer Jimmy Viars put themselves into second place with one day to go in the meet, combining with the freshman Badlands Hanover gelding Lemonaideshine, who made his career debut a winning one in 2:05.1 for owner Susan Viars. Lieberman and Viars now each have three wins at the meet. On the Thursday getaway card, the Mountaineer Free For All Pace for $3000, and $2000 events for three-year-old pacers and free for all trotters, should ensure fast miles, especially if the sun is shining when the first race takes to the track at 1 p.m. Jerry Connors

LEWISBURG WV - Ohio horseman Ammon Hershberger won three of the four heats on the Tuesday harness racing card held over the fairgrounds oval of this city in the southeastern part of the State, within the four-day meet conducted during the annual State Fair of West Virginia. Hershberger swept the two $1800 features of the day, one on each gait, including winning for the second straight day with the Royal Palm gelding War Chief, whom he also trains and owns. On Tuesday War Chief made the lead at the quarter and set an even pace en route to his 2:03.3 triumph. Hershberger's victory in the featured pace came with the Stand Forever gelding Stand Your Ground, who lived up to his name by setting the pace under pressure and still going on to a 2:02.3 victory for trainer Darrell Moore and owner Katina Mauldin. Hershberger also trains his third sulky success of the day, the Camluck gelding Red Carpet Dude, home first in 2:03.2 for owner Jamie Coffy of Pathian fame. Trainer Darrell Moore and owner Katina Mauldin also combined for the other winner of the day, the Artiscape gelding Carnoustie. Coming off a 1:55 qualifying victory at Lexington, Carnoustie opened a big lead and coasted home in 2:04. Communicators Hall of Fame announcer Roger Huston takes over the microphone for the final two days of the SFOWV meet, with five hears scheduled for Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. and then a getaway card Thursday, with free-for-alls on both gait, first going to post at 1 p.m. Jerry Connors

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 1, 2016 -- Victory Is Coming extended her winning streak to seven with a hard-earned, front-end harness racing victory in Tuesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Victory Is Coming raced outside for most of the opening quarter and was under siege by a handful of challengers late. But the 9-year-old daughter of Victory Sam-Norse Comer dug in for Aaron Merriman and held off Princess Pablano by a head in 1:55. The pocket-sitting She Wore Red finished third. Ammon Hershberger trains Victory Is Coming, who triumphed for the 68th time in her career and vaulted over $700,000 in lifetime earnings, for Betty Shaw and John Red Shaw. Jim Pantaleano and Merriman each collected three wins on the 13-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Betty Shaw says she still cries every time her mare Victory Is Coming wins a race. It's likely Betty will need some tissues this Saturday night (Oct. 15), when the 9-year-old Victory Sam mare goes postward in the $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Championship for harness racing aged mares at Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway. Betty, along with her husband John "Red" Shaw of Mount Vernon, OH, have been in the harness racing game for longer than they can both remember, and both say they've never had a horse like Victory Is Coming. "You don't get one of these very often," Red noted. "She's a tough campaigner who never stops trying." The Shaws have a 40-acre farm where they have broodmares and babies, and where Victory Is Coming goes for a break from the racetrack on occasion. "She might be a little tough if she doesn't know you, but otherwise she's good in the barn," Betty added. "The racetrack is her life and she enjoys it. When we bring her home to the farm, she's happy for a day or two, but then she wants to go back to the track. That's what she knows and where she's the happiest." Betty purchased Victory Is Coming at the 2008 Ohio Selected Jug Sale for $13,500. "I just liked everything about her and I kept bidding and bidding on her and when the gavel fell, Red asked me who got her, and I said happily 'I did!'" Betty related. Victory Is Coming is the second of eight foals out of the Overcomer mare Norse Comer 3, 2:00h ($69,675) and has rewarded the Shaws by earning $673,659 to date. Over the years she's scored 66 wins, 27 seconds and 14 thirds from 154 starts-that a lot of Kleenex by anyone's standards. One of the keys to the mare's longevity at the races has been her trainer, Ammon Hershberger, Betty said. "He's a big reason she's been so good, so consistent, for so long," Betty said. "Ammon is a quiet, honest guy who never gets into a hurry with a horse. As a freshman, Victory Is Coming had ten starts, with five wins and a trio of thirds, earning $72,931. She took a 2-year-old mark of 2:01.3f at Raceway Park in an OSS test with Hershberger at the controls. The following year, at 3, she scored 16 wins, four seconds and a third in 23 starts, upping her bankroll by another $134,417 in earnings, and lowering her record to 1:56f with a score in an OSS at Scioto Downs on Sept. 6, 2010. Besides victories that season in multiple OSS contests, Victory Is Coming also won Ohio Breeders and Ohio Fair Stakes, as well as a Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Lightly raced in 2011 at age 4, Victory Is Coming scored one win, three seconds and a third in ten tries, earning $35,575 and lowering her mark to 1:55.1 via an Oct. 31 triumph at The Meadows in a $14,000 overnighter. "She can trot those miles week in and week out," Betty confirmed. "She has a serious attitude about racing and isn't the most overly friendly horse. She's a professional and all business once she gets on the racetrack." At age 5 Victory Is Coming packed on another $113,260 to her growing bankroll, winning six times in 21 starts and rarely missed hitting the tote board. On Oct. 5, 2012, she took a mark of 1:53.2 en route to winning the $22,500 Preferred Trot at The Meadows after winning multiple open trotters earlier in the season at Scioto Downs. In 2013, as a 6-year-old, Victory Is coming added another 13 wins to her resume from 22 starts and another $78,052 in earnings for her connections. She won nine races alone at Northfield Park and four at The Meadows, including a seasonal best of 1:53.4 on Nov. 13 in a $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap. That season she was named Ohio Aged Trotter of the Year. "It's tough for me to pick one of her races that I like best," Betty admitted. "But her mile at Scioto Downs was really a supreme effort." On Aug. 22, 2014, Victory Is Coming trotted to a 1:51 clocking with Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., at the lines in a $30,000 Scioto Downs Open Trot. She wrapped up that season with another $130,540 from nine wins, five seconds and four thirds in 29 trips behind the starting gate. Last year, as an 8-year-old, Victory Is Coming racked up another ten triumphs and four thirds from 26 starts, consistently plying her wares in the opens at Northfield and Scioto Downs. Her bets effort came on July 3, in a $20,000 Northfield Open Trot when she was timed in 1:53.2h. This year, she's only missed two checks in the 13 starts but otherwise has been as steady as ever, visiting the winner's circle on six occasions and recording a 9-year-old mark of 1:55.4h at Northfield on April 25. She's currently riding a five-race win streak after competing over a quintet of Ohio county fair ovals heading into Saturday's OSS contest, where she'll square off against seven rivals. "She's one of a kind, that's for sure," Betty acknowledged. "We wouldn't trade her for anything in the world." Kimberly Rinker

Harness racing driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., piloted the winners of two $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) for pacing and trotting mares, 4-year-olds & up, Friday night at Hollywood Dayton Raceway. The black and maroon-clad reinsman steered favorites Igotafeelinfran and Victory Is Coming to resounding wins in both divisions for aged distaffs.   Wrenn first guided Igotafeelinfran to victory over six rivals in the pacing division, clocked in 1:54.1.   Trained by Jim Daily, the 5-year-old daughter of Feelin Friskie used an easy, gate-to-wire steer to nail down her 25th career victory and eighth of the season, pushing her career totals to $461.520 for Ohio owners Jerry Zosel, Kathy Ratcliff and Kimberly Dailey.   "She's a Cadillac to drive," Wrenn, Jr., stressed. "Just a very classy mare. I felt confident that she was the best in there and could win as long as I avoided any road trouble."   Wrenn, Jr., did just that, sending Igotafeelinfran right to the top and snapping off fractions of :26.4, :56.3 and 1:24.3, before pacing home her final panel in a modest :29.3 and drawing off by 2½ lengths. Igotafeelinfran was a multiple OSS winner at ages two and three, and captured this same event last year as a 4-year-old in 1:55. Co-owner Jerry Zosel said he wasn't sure what was up next on the agenda for Igotafellinfran, but said he felt sure that trainer Jim Dailey would be giving the mare a well-deserved rest in the near future.   "He might wind her down in a few weeks and give her a little break during the winter," Zosel said. "It's not about the money at this point with her. She's been awfully good to us."   Igotafeelinfran's stablemate Lady Julie (Randy Tharps) finished second, while 40-1 longshot Shakin Friskie (Dan Noble) did well to be third.   Wrenn, Jr., next guided the diminutive but mighty Victory Is Coming, who scored her 60th career win en route to establishing a new track record for aged trotting mares over Dayton's five-eighths mile oval, clocked in 1:54.3 for the one mile test. Owned by Betty and Red Shaw and trained by Ammon Hershberger, the 8-year-old mare upped her career earnings to $656,952. "She has such a good, fluid way of trotting," said Wrenn, Jr., in the winner's circle. "She can race anyway you want her to--from on or off the pace, and she always give you her best effort. She just loves her job and I never chased her at all tonight. It was all her."   Wrenn, Jr. got away in the three-hole but moved Victory Is Coming quickly from the rail at the :27 first quarter, took the lead, and never looked back--leading the field of nine trotters through fractions of :56.3 and 1:25.3. She used a final brush of :29 to win by nearly nine lengths over rival, 24-1 longshot, Miss Lulu Belle (Don Irvine, Jr.), while Rose Run Nellie (Josh Sutton) got up for third. Kimberly Rinker

Ronnie Wrenn Jr., winner of more races than any other harness racing driver in North America in both 2013 and 2014 was at it again on Monday (April 20) at Northfield Park. He won four races on the 15-race program including both the $13,000 Open Pace and $13,000 Open Trot. Rockin Finish was impressive in winning the evening's Open Pace. Virgil Morgan Jr. trains the six year-old gelding for Canadian owner Gerrie Tucker. Rockin Finish (Rocknroll Hanover - Please Me Please - Camluck) started from the far outside and was parked every step while his competition carved stiff fractions of :26.2, :55.1 and 1:23.4. Rockin Finish struck the lead in the stretch and bested his competition by a half-length, in 1:53.4. Completing the race were Fancy Creek Elusive, Hotunderthecollar, Action Metro Max, Solar Surprise and Artist Night. Espen De Vie did not finish. Monday's triumph was the fourth win in 13 starts this year for Rockin Finish. It increased his lifetime win tally to 25 and his earnings to $376,947. He returned $17.60 to win. Victory Is Coming was the winner of the weekly Open Trot. Betty and John Shaw own the eight year-old. Ammon Hershberger conditions the buckeye-bred trotting mare. Victory Is Coming (Victory Sam - Norse Comer - Overcomer) left alertly from post four and led her competition at every call. She set well-rated fractions of :28.1, :58, 1:27.1 and 1:55.4 and was 2 1/2-lengths in front at the finish. Completing the race were Edit, Julians Caesar, Easy Strength, Zorgwijk Mercedes, Viewlander, Kirty Dream and Mama Made Me Blue. Victory Is Coming now has three wins in seven starts this year, 53 career successes and a bankroll of $584,595. She was the heavy favorite and paid $2.80 to win. Ayers Ratliff  

The pacing and trotting two-year old colts and geldings took their turns for a chance at the $40,000 purse, in their respective divisions in the Ohio Sires Stakes on Fourth of July at Scioto Downs. I Know My Chip and Jason Brewer prevailed in 2:02 for trainer Jim Dailey and owner Kim Dailey. The two-year old son by Deep Chip, started from post seven, but that didn't deter Brewer from leaving for a good, early spot. The pair landed right in the two hole behind Cooter Dunn and Louis Bauslaugh.   They trotted the first quarter in a moderate 30.2. The pace quickened slightly as Cooter Dunn opened up on the rest of field and clocked the halfway point in 59.2. Going down the backside the pace setter made a mistake and I Know My Chip inherited the lead and trotted past three quarters in 1:31.1. The pair quickly sprinted away from the rest of the field and won the first division by four and a quarter lengths. Neely Dunn Super was second and Marvelous Chip was a closing third for trainer and driver, Marty Wollam.   The first division of pacing colts took to the stage in race three. A field of eight colts and geldings was spearheaded by a 6-5 morning line favorite, Gray Camo.   Gray Camo didn't disappoint his supporters, he was victorious in 1.56.1. The two-year old son of Pine Valley is trained by Ron Burke for the connections of Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, Richard Suda and Jason Meilillo.   Scioto Downs leading driver, Chris Page had the assignment from post two. The pair was unhurried in the early going. The tripped the first quarter in 29.2 and kept the pace moving on to the half in 58.2. That's when Page pulled on the right line. The cleared to the front before the three quarter pole, paced in 1:26.4. Nobles Finesse was sitting right on his back and gave him a run for his money down the stretch, but couldn't quite catch Gray Camo. Born Villain and Jeremy Smith were a closing third. Kick A Lot dominated his division for two-year old trotters by five and a quarter lengths in 2:01.2.   Kick A Lot is a gelded son of Deep Chip. He's trained by Jeff Cox for owner and breeder, Pius Soehnlen. There was never an anxious moment in this race. Kurt Sugg drove the colt like he was the one to beat. They set the fractions of 31, 1:02and 1:33 and cruised to an easy victory. Chips A Million and Chris Page for trainer, Virgil Morgan Jr.were second best and Chips Starr for Jim Arledge Jr were third.   Cornerback was impressive in his division for two-year old pacers, setting his mark of 1:56.4.   Brian Brown conditions the two-year old son by Feelin Friskie for Stephen Sexton of Xenia, Ohio.   Chris Page used the two post to his advantage and left for command in the field of seven. The pair were sitting comfortable to a quarter time of 29 and then an even rated half mile time of 58.1. With no pressure from the rest of the field, they paced onto three quarters in 1:27.1 and cruised to a three and three quarters length victory.   The trotters were back in action in race eleven and Crowned For Glory was minor upset in 2:03. Crowned For Glory is trained and driven by Ed Greeno Jr for Eg Trot Llc. The two-year old gelded son of His Higness kept his on mind on the prize and never looked back. Greeno guided the colt to an easy quarter of 30 seconds and then let him trot an easier second quarter in 31.4. With the young, green colts making their miscues, the pair just trotted along leisurely and clocked the three quarter mark in 1.33.1. Greeno and Crowned For Glory went to work in the final quarter, trotted in 29.4, when the pacing bred trotter, Frisk The Town came out of the pocket spot and started to close in on the leader.   The battle down the stretch came to a hault when Frisk The Town made a break and secured the win for Crowned For Glory. Frisk The Town for trainer and driver, Ammon Hershberger was second and Lanterns Chip completed the trifecta. Ollie Pop capped of the Ohio Sires Stakes action in race 12 with a 1:57 performance.   Ollie Pop is a bay colt by Feelin Friskie and is owned by Clyde Perfect of Lawrenceburg, Indiana. Ollie Pop was driven by National Leading Driver, Aaron Merriman for trainer Ron Potter and started from post two in the field of seven.   Merriman steered the colt to an early third spot position. The quick opening fraction of 28.4, left Merriman content to sit tight. The paced on to the half mile mark in 57.4, set by Indian Spirit and Kyle Ater. Ollie Pop wheeled out to be first up just passed the half and would have to work for his first win. The paced down to three quarters in 1.27, but the colt dug in down the stretch and was rewarded for his hard work and valiant effort. Nashville Bound for driver, Ronnie Wrenn Jr.was pacing up a storm to grab the place spot and Western Coby was third.   Live racing continues on Tuesday (July 8) with a first race post time of 6:30 p.m. From Scioto Downs Racino              

Top Brand sets a new track record in the $20,000 Filly And Mare Open Pace at Scioto Downs Friday.   Top Brand rewrote the track record for four-year old pacing mares of 1.50.3. The previous record of 1.51.1 was set in 2013 by Doc's Hope.   Top Brand is a four-year old mare by Brandon's Cowboy out of This Marks A Lady. She's conditioned by Scioto Downs leading trainer, Virgil Morgan Jr.for Green Acquisition Corp of Canfield, Ohio.   Ronnie Wrenn Jr.was the pilot and they started from post seven after a scratch in the field of nine. Wrenn left for early position and was able to get away in the three hole. The opening quarter was paced in a hot 26 seconds. Top Brand was asked for more when Wrenn pulled going to the half that was paced in 54.2 and quickly cleared to the lead.   Top Brand didn't let up. She paced the third quarter in 27.2 and drew off from her foes. Wrenn and Top Brand cruised to a five and quarter length victory over So Jazzy and A Sham Of Amber completing the trifecta.   Victory Is Coming and Its Complicated triumphed in their respective $20,000 Open Trots. The third race on the Friday Night Card was the field of seven Filly And Mare trotters. Victory Is Coming swooped the field in a seasons best, 1.53.4.   Victory Is Coming is a seven-year-old mare Ohio bred by Victory Sam out of Norse Comer. She's trained by Ammon Hershberger for Betty and John "Red" Shaw of Mt.Vernon, Ohio.   This was her 100th career start and 44thcareer victory. Victory Is Coming is currently $20,000 shy of a half a million in career earnings.   Victory Is Coming is usually driven by her trainer, but he turned the lines over to Scioto Downs leading driver, Chris Page. They started from post five in the field of seven. Page was unhurried in the early going, getting away fourth. The fractions of 27.1, 56.3 and 1.24.2 were set by the lone millionaire, Action-Broadway.   Page waited until the top of the stretch to ask Victory Is Coming to go to work and she responded. She trotted her final quarter in 28.3 and won by one and a quarter lengths over Action-Broadway and Ajuama was third.   Its Complicated continued his win streak after taking the $20,000 Open Trot for Horses And Geldings in a seasons best, 1.53.2. Its Complicated is a four-year-old gelded son of Sj's Caviar and he's trained by Brent Davis for the connections, Hatfield Stables of Columbus, Ohio.   The on fire, Josh Sutton had the assignment from post two in the field of seven and he definitely used the inside post to his advantage. Sutton and Its Complicated pushed the gate away and powered to the lead. They stopped the quarter timer in 27.4 and caught a second quarter breather, off a half in 57 seconds. It was a sprint down the back side and they hit three quarters in 1.24.2.   Sutton and Its Complicated were confident on the lead and trotted to a one and three quarter victory over Ci's Buckeye and Boy Meets Girl K rounded out the trifecta.   From Scioto Downs Racino

Victory Is Coming, the lone mare facing eight distinguished male competitors, swept to an all-age track record 1:54.1 clocking in winning the $10,000 Open Trot at Miami Valley Raceway on Friday night.   Driver-trainer Ammon Hershberger got away third from the seven-hole in the full field of nine then tipped to the outside just past the half. The seven-year-old daughter of Victory Sam was second at the three-quarter mile marker, cleared to the lead at the head of the stretch and cruised to the wire 1-3/4 lengths ahead of Quick N Silver (Dan Noble) and Final Breath (Hugh Beatty Jr.) in the record-setting performance.   Owned by Betty and John 'Red' Shaw, Victory Is Coming now has 43 career victories in just 94 tries and $460,090 in total earnings.   From Miami Valley Raceway

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 12, 2014 -- Fueled by a four-day carryover, The Meadows Pick 5 pool topped out at $96,768.71 before players hammered Wednesday's wager. Each of Wednesday's Pick 5 legs produced a heavily supported winner -- longest price was 2.90-1 -- resulting in 113 winning tickets (assuming all tickets were played for 50 cents). Still, with a payoff of $855.75 for a winning 50-cent ticket, the event was exciting and rewarding for those who participated. In Wednesday's feature, an $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot, Victory Is Coming sat patiently in the pocket, then shot the Lightning Lane for Mike Wilder to defeat the tiring leader, Magic Wheel, by 1/2 length in 1:55. Princess Pablano was third. Ammon Hershberger trains Victory Is Coming, a 7-year-old daughter of Victory Sam-Norse Comer who has won 42 races and $446,110 in her career, for Betty Shaw and John Red Shaw. Dave Palone and Wilder each drove four winners on the 15-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 13, 2013 — Victory Is Coming saved ground until the final turn, then popped off the pylons and brushed by Unefoisdansmavie to capture Wednesday’s $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Victory Is Coming sat snugly behind Unefoisdansmavie and Win Missy B as they dueled for the early lead. When Mike Wilder asked her for trot, the 6-year-old daughter of Victory Sam-Norse Comer had plenty to defeat Unefoisdansmavie by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:53.4. Win Missy B saved show. Ammon Hershberger trains Victory Is Coming, who now boasts $428,235 in career earnings, for Betty Shaw and John Red Shaw. It was one of four wins for Wilder on the 15-race card. Horses trained by Ron Burke, North America’s perennial leading conditioner, earned $13,148 on Wednesday’s program, lifting Burke’s 2013 purse total to $19,999,479. Although that’s already a record, Burke was positioned to surpass $20 million Wednesday with a pair of horses scheduled to race at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. Burke has 980 training wins thus far in 2013 — also a record. Evan Pattak  

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 25, 2013 — Tabulator was so wound up while scoring down that it took both trainer/driver Marvin Raber and Parade Marshal Missy Rothfuss to control him. But once Raber was able to redirect that energy to the matter at hand, the result was amazing — a 17-length victory for “Marvelous Marvin” and Tabulator in Friday’s $10,000 C.K.G. Billings West Final at The Meadows. Tabulator ripped off a string of front-end victories at The Meadows early this year but wasn’t on top at any point in his last two starts. “He’s been jogging good, and I’ve been swimming him a lot because of some soundness issues,” said Raber, who conditions the 4-year-old Cantab Hall-Mystical Taya gelding for Bert Dale Hershberger. “Now, he’s really good. Sometimes he quits at the end, but today he went right on. He gets fired up behind the gate.” Tabulator scored in a career-best 1:56.2 while “Trader” Bud Hatfield and GJ Photo Victory won the war of the weary for place. “Lawbook Larry” Farley and Rewrite The Rules saved show. The Meadows and the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association sponsored a “Pink Out” Friday to raise breast cancer awareness as well as funds for the Magee Women’s Hospital Foundation in Pittsburgh. The event included a $5,000 trot, featuring nine female drivers, that honored the late Mary McCune, who recently was named to the inaugural class of the Pennsylvania Harness Racing Hall of Fame. Rachel Kaneoka captured the event, piloting R Big Ben to victory in 2:00.2 and helping him snap his 48-race losing streak over two seasons. Devan Miller (Earl’s Glider) was second, 1-1/4 lengths back, with Cherie Keith (Red Falkor) third. Scott U’ren conditions R Big Ben, an 8-year-old British Sterling-Gracious Pleasure gelding, for Debbie U’ren. Also participating were drivers Joelene Christman, Leslie Zendt, Sharon Donella, Kathryn Hawk, Danita Harvey and Nikki Harvey. The action-packed card also included two $18,000 Preferred Handicap events. In the race for filly and mare pacers, Sissy Bar scored a 16-1 shocker by pouring through the Lightning Lane and downing Pink Camo by 1-3/4 lengths in 1:52.4, matching her lifetime best. Early leader Darena Hanover was third. Eric Ledford drove the 7-year-old daughter of Aces N’ Sevens-Ocean Beach for owner/trainer Tyler Nostadt. In the companion feature for filly and mare trotters, Victory Is Coming made it two straight for Mike Wilder by exploiting a pocket trip and prevailing in 1:56. The rallying Trotslikethewind was second, missing by 1/2 length, while the first-over Jesse’s Messenger earned show. Ammon Hershberger trains Victory Is Coming, a 6-year-old daughter of Victory Sam-Norse Comer who now boasts $416,795 in career earnings, for Betty Shaw and John Red Shaw. by Evan Pattak for The Meadows  

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 17, 2013 — Undeterred by the sloppy surface, Victory Is Coming took advantage of soft fractions and coasted to victory in Thursday’s $22,500 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Although they were parked from post 7 before assuming the lead, Victory Is Coming and Mike Wilder worked out a comfortable first half in 59.1. There was no catching the 7-5 favorite after that, as she cruised home in 1:56.3, 2-1/4 lengths better than the pocket-sitting Greathallofchina. Jesse’s Messenger raced third and finished third. Ammon Hershberger trains the 6-year-old daughter of Victory Sam-Norse Comer, who soared over $400,000 in career earnings, for Betty Shaw and John Red Shaw. Dave Palone drove four winners and Wilder three on the 15-race card. by Evan Patak for The Meadows  

The Friday (September 13) races at Northfield Park were marred by an accident that took place in the evening’s eleventh race. In the race’s initial turn, I Love My Yankee (David Lake) broke stride and started a chain reaction of drivers being unseated. Drivers Ammon Hershberger and Beau Blevens were injured and transported to a local hospital. All the other drivers walked away without incident.  

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