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When trainer Anette Lorentzon enters a new year, her hope is to better her harness racing stable's previous season's results. She's accomplished that goal each of the past five years, but acknowledges it gets more difficult as the successes pile up. "You never know," the 36-year-old Lorentzon said. "It's tough. You've got to be lucky in the big races and the horses have to stay sound and not get sick. But I won't be happy if it's not a year like last year. I won't be happy. That's what you work for. You get more horses, people believe in you, you should do better and better. It's tough the better you do every year, but that's what I'm hoping for." Lorentzon established career highs for starts (843), wins (160), and purses ($2.98 million) in 2019. She began her career in 2005 and entered Wednesday with 1,022 lifetime victories. Her stable begins this year with nearly 70 horses, including her largest-ever group of 2-year-olds, a total of 29. Of course, the most recognizable name is a 6-year-old. Homebred male trotter Guardian Angel As has won 23 of 56 career races and $1.31 million. In 2019, the stallion won the Maple Leaf Trot (equaling a Canadian record for the mile), Spirit of Massachusetts (a track record at Plainridge), Cleveland Trotting Classic (world record at Northfield), and Maxie Lee Memorial. He was second in the John Cashman Memorial and third in the TVG Series championship and Caesars Trotting Classic. "I think he raced great," Lorentzon said. "He was in all the big races and he raced tough. He showed he is one of the best ones out there. We always had high hopes for him, and we brought him along slowly. I was very happy with him. "I'm hoping he's going to be as good as he was last year. I trained him for the first time (Tuesday), and he trained as good as always, so that was great." In addition to Guardian Angel As, Lorentzon plans to send male trotter Shake N Bake, a half-brother to Dan Patch Award winner Maven, out on the Grand Circuit in stakes for 4-year-olds in 2020. He has hit the board in 15 of 20 career races, winning three times, and earned $175,707. The horse joined Lorentzon's stable last summer and won a conditioned race and division of the Kentucky Sire Stakes before being sidelined by an injury. "I hope he can have a good year," Lorentzon said. "He's training back right now. He looks good, but you never know between 3 and 4 years old how they're going to turn out." Lorentzon also is hopeful 4-year-old female trotter Strip It Down As can put her best foot forward this season. Last year, she went off stride in three starts but posted three wins and a second in her remaining five races. "She's very fast," Lorentzon said. "I'm hoping that she will do some good this year. She will be staked lightly. We're still trying to figure her out. We never really found where anything was wrong, but she had issues with the turns. That's what we're still working on. If we can get her through the turns and get her going, I think she can be a nice one. If we can't figure her out, then we have no chance. They have to be perfect if they're going to go the speeds they have to go." Also back for another campaign is 6-year-old male trotter Eye Ofa Tiger As, who makes his seasonal debut in Saturday's open handicap at Yonkers Raceway. The gelding was limited to two starts (the first a win in Sweden) in 2018 because of throat surgery but banked $260,710 in 2019 and $268,746 in 2017. "He's a good horse, but he's not a big-track horse," Lorentzon said. "He's so handy, so that works out great for him at Yonkers." The majority of Lorentzon's younger horses will compete primarily in sire stakes programs. "I never had so many 2-year-olds, so I'm hoping I can have some good ones," Lorentzon said. "I'm very happy for it and I really thank my owners that I have now. I really like (the 2-year-olds). They have a lot to learn yet, but so far so good." by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA  

Freehold, NJ --- The Preferred Handicap Trot at Freehold Raceway is scheduled to go postward on Friday (January 17) with a full gate of eight. It's been scheduled as the sixth race, with a post time of approximately 2:10 PM EST.   Yonkers Raceway shipper Andy Ray was assigned post position eight, for trainer Anette Lorentzon. He won two of three starts back in the fall at Harrah's Philadelphia, and was most recently fourth in a NW $30,000 race at Yonkers. Abbie's Celticlass, assigned directly to his inside, was also in good form in Philly in the fall. Most recently, she was second in the Preferred at Freehold two weeks ago. Roni Vandervort is the trainer.   A pair of horses with an affinity for Freehold appear in this race. Drazzmatazz won three times at the fall/winter meet, including a win in the Preferred back on December 20. Most recently, he finished third in a NW $10,000 race at the Meadowlands last week. He'll be in post position six for trainer Tom Angerame.   Dot Dot Dot Dash won six times at Freehold in 2019, with all of those victories coming at the Preferred level. She'll be making her first start since December 20, when she was fifth behind Drazzmatazz in the Preferred. Leah Vandervort is her trainer.   Caviar Star, Levitation, Magic MVP, and Zagster complete the field.   The first race at Freehold on Friday will be at approximately 12:30 PM EST.   From Freehold Raceway  

Elkton, MD - Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica and the United States Trotting Association, is excited to announce the harness racing line-up for Thursday (September 5th, 2019) at 10:30 a.m. They will be joined by Trainers Blake Macintosh and Anette Lorentzon, as well as the Racetrack Marketing Coordinator for Eldorado Scioto Downs Taylor Johnston. Mackintosh, Trainer of Canadian Pacing Derby upsetter Courtly Choice, will talk about his colts victory over the heavily favored Lather Up at Woodbine Mohawk last Saturday. We'll also find out whats ahead for the 4-year-old pacing superstar. Lorentzon, who also struck gold last Saturday at Woodbine Mohawk, conditions the Maple Leaf Trot winner Guardian Angel As. She'll chime in on harness racing's newest millionaire, and what's on the horizon for the 23-time winner. Johnston, who is also part of the Post Time with Mike and Mike team, will offer her thoughts on the big weekend of racing at Scioto Downs in Ohio. They feature Grand CIrcuit action with the Jim Ewart Memorial and Charlie Hill. Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica can be heard live every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. via their website www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN. From the Mike & Mike Show

MILTON, ON - August 31, 2019 - Guardian Angel As continued his dream harness racing season with a Canadian record equaling victory in Saturday's $600,000C Maple Leaf Trot at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Anette Lorentzon trained five-year-old was moved to the top in the second-quarter by driver Tim Tetrick and never looked back to win by half a length in 1:50.4. "I got away in a real good spot there early, and then I had to make a decision," said winning-driver Tetrick. "I thought my horse was the best tonight, I really did off last week's performance and he proved that he was." The betting public couldn't separate elimination winners Guardian Angel As and Crystal Fashion, sending the trotters off as co-favourites at 9/5. The opening-quarter action saw mares Manchego and Emoticon Hanover blast from the outside towards the lead. Manchego held top spot through an opening-panel of :26.4 before Guardian Angel As leaped from third to first and led by the half in :55. Crystal Fashion was angled out from fourth at the half and trotted first-up to the leader's wheel on the far turn. Despite never seeing the rail after starting from post-10, World champion Atlanta was situated second-over by driver Yannick Gingras and set to deliver another gritty performance. After a three-quarter clocking of 1:23, Guardian Angel As led the field into the lane and attempted to create separation on his rivals. Atlanta tipped off cover and did all she could to track down the leader. Fans roared as the trotters stormed home with Guardian Angel As recreating last week's elimination victory over Atlanta by refusing to budge for a Track, Stakes and Canadian record equaling time of 1:50.4. Guardian Angel As, who earlier this season set a World Record on a half-mile track, held off Atlanta in last Saturday's elimination by three-quarters of a length. "When he's on the front he relaxes a lot and then when he sees one coming, he keeps going," said Tetrick. "I can let him relax up there and when he sees one, he fights off and wants to go, so I was very confident." Triple-millionaire Marion Marauder spent most of the mile on the outside and rallied from fourth-over to finish third. Crystal Fashion crossed the line fourth. Guardian Angel As has led the older trotting division this season and now sports stunning numbers of seven wins and $699,434 earned in 10 starts. The Maple Leaf Trot victory pushes the now 23-time winner over $1 million in career earnings for breeder/co-owner Acl Stuteri Ab and co-owner Kjell Johansson. Trainer Lorentzon becomes just the second female trainer to win the Maple Leaf Trot, joining Hall of Famer Linda Toscano (2013, Market Share). Guardian Angel As returned $5.80, $3.00, $2.60. A $2 Exacta with Atlanta paid $28, while the $2 Trifecta including Marion Marauder returned $128.40. The Superfecta, completed by Crystal Fashion, paid $146 for a $1 winning ticket. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, November 25, 2018- Yonkers Raceway's Sunday (Nov. 25th) matinee saw an anxiously-pocketed Andy Ray (Jason Bartlett, $7.60) winning the featured $44,000 Open Handicap. The Sunday feature went at the flat mile, one race after the seven added-distance 'French' trots. The field of seven was effectively downsized to four as three of the gang-The Last Chapter (Matt Kakaley), Crazy About Pat (Jim Marohn Jr.) and Gruden (Dan Dube)-did the dance of the damned. Meanwhile, Andy Ray-from post position No. 5-worked around 1-2 choice Lean Hanover (Jordan Stratton) for the lead before a :28.1 opening quarter-mile. He then gave it up to DW's NY Yank (George Brennan), with that one finding a :57.4 intermission. However, 'Andy' was getting' itchy and gettin' out before a 1:26.3 three-quarters. Andy Ray disposed of DW's NY Yank, but Lean Hanover was poised right behind. The people's preference proved no match, though, as Andy Ray finished it off by three-quarters of a length in 1:55.3. A tiring DW's NY Yank was third, dividing the smaller envelope with a trotting-in-place Lazarus (Brent Holland) and The Last Chapter. For second choice Andy Ray, a 6-year-old Crazed gelding owned by Yinson Quezada and trained by Anette Lorentzon, it was his sixth win in 27 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $16.40, the triple returned $58.50 and the superfecta paid $251.50. Sunday's incarnation of the 'New York, New York Double' featured a winning combination of 5-Tequila Sunday (Aqueduct's 1st race) and 1-Quick Summer (Yonkers' 5th race), returning $23.70 for every correct $1 ticket. Total pool was $3,416. The next Sunday matinee is Dec. 2nd (post time TBA). by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

DAYTON, OH. - Black Mamba As broke the track record for sophomore trotting fillies when she captured a $10,000 condition trot at Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway on Tuesday afternoon (Oct. 2). Driver Elliott Deaton was content to sit fifth through the first half mile of the race, then moved the daughter of Lionhunter up to third on the outside at the three-quarters and then sailed home a four length winner in 1:55. The clocking shaved one-fifth of a second off the previous standard shared by Herbies Wildflower and Consolidator. Anette Lorentzon conditions the striking black filly for Aci Stuteri Ab of Paris, Kentucky. Black Mamba also won the $85,000 final of an Indiana Sires Stakes at Hoosier Park in August and increased her lifetime bounty to $149,250 with this latest victory. Racing resumes at Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway on Thursday night with a 6:15 p.m. post time. From the Dayton Raceway Media Department  

WILKES-BARRE, PA - In a six-horse featured trot where four of the contestants were with a head at the wire, the Donato Hall gelding Boffin proved most photogenic to take the $21,500 Sunday headliner at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono in 1:53.4. Anthony Napolitano sent Crazshana around Elysium Lindy and driver Matt Kakaley before the 26.4 quarter, then got a breather to the 56.3 as Anthony's brother George started up uncovered with Boffin. Boffin and Crazshana, both 7-5 choices under the guidance of the Napolitanos, were virtually inseparable from the 5/8 on, through and past the 1:24.2 ¾ into the stretch, where they were joined by Elysium Lindy and third-in ABC Muscles Boy, both hustling up the inside. At the finish Boffin got a head up on the next threesome, who were noses apart and gave the judges some work before declaring Elysium Lindy second, Crazshana third, and ABC Muscles Boy fourth. For Boffin, the win drove his victory rate to 50% for 12 starts this year and gave him his 46th lifetime victory, with career earnings of $532,237. Anette Lorentzon conditions the game trotter, and she co-owns him with ACL Stuteri AB and Kjell Johansson. (And the other two starters? Tyson was second-over, gapped his cover a bit, then closed to be a half-length off at the wire for fifth; Deep Impact, who got away sixth from the outside post and was last at every call, was beaten two lengths, timed in 1:54.1 - and despite that was no richer re-entering the paddock than when he left it.) From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, August 12, 2018--Odds-on favorite Guardian Angel AS (Jason Bartlett, $3.60) dusted 'em from first-over Sunday afternoon (Aug. 12th), winning Yonkers Raceway's featured $44,000 Open Handicap Trot in track record time.. The weekly harness racing trotting feature went at the flat mile, directly after the four mile-and-a-quarter 'French' races. Away fifth from post position No. 4, the people's preference watched as lass NF Happenstance (Jack Parker Jr.) made the first lead. He then gave way to Mosinterestingman (Jordan Stratton) at the :27:1 opening quarter-mile. The one found a :56.3 intermission as Guardian Angel AS was out and moving. He engaged the leader in earnest by the 1:25.2 three-quarters, putting him away early in the lane. Guardian Angel AS widened the margin to 2¾ lengths in 1:53.4...a track record for his weight class. It was Mosinterestingman holding second, with In Secret (George Brennan), Homicide Hunter (Brian Sears) and NF Happenstance rounding out the payees. For Guardian Angel AS, a 4-year-old son of Archangel co-owned by ACL Stuteri AB & Kjell Johansson and trained by Anette Lorentzon, it was his fifth win in six seasonal starts. The exacta paid $16.20, the triple returned $68.50 and the superfecta paid $164.50. Sunday's incarnation of the 'New York, New York Double' featured a winning combination of 4-Take Notice (Saratoga's 1st race) and 1-Kennel Buddy (Yonkers' 3rd race), returning $12.70 for every correct $1 ticket. Total pool was $6,867. The next Sunday matinee is Aug. 19th (post time TBA). by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

CHESTER, PA - After fading late from the pocket in the nine-furlong Hambletonian Maturity last week, ACL Stuteri AB and Kjell Johansson's Guardian Angel As ($5.60) broke his own track record for 4-year-old trotting stallions and soared to a 1:50.4 mile in a $30,000 Great Northeast Series event on Sunday afternoon (July 22) at Harrah's Philadelphia.   With regular driver Tim Tetrick at the lines for trainer Anette Lorentzon in the day's sixth race, the son of Archangel yielded to outsider Muscle Diamond (Andy McCarthy) before working to the fore just past a sharp :26.3 first quarter. After clearing, Guardian Angel As was forced to maintain a strenuous pace throughout, as Broadway Donna (David Miller) began a first-over bid from fourth with five-eighths to go and prompted middle splits of :55.4 and 1:23.1.   With three-sixteenths remaining, Guardian Angel As shrugged off her competition and powered clear by 2-1/4 lengths while well in hand. Muscle Diamond, who chased evenly from a loose pocket off the far turn, regained second, while Broadway Donna levelled off to finish third.   Just four weeks prior to Sunday's score, Guardian Angel As etched his name in the Harrah's Philadelphia record books with a 1:52 mile. The 13-time winner has now won four of five races to date this season.   In the $30,000 Great Northeast event for pacing mares (race 11), Yonkers invader Tequila Monday ($6.40) worked clear up the backstretch and bottomed out her six rivals through the final three-eighths of a 1:49.4 win, a new lifetime mark for the 16-time winner.   After stalking Blue Moon Stride (David Miller) and Caviart Ally (McCarthy) through a :26.1 first quarter, Eric Goodell angled the 4-year-old daughter of American Ideal out on the bridge turn to force a :55.1 half. Up the far side, Tequila Monday sped away, and she held her ground late to win by a diminishing 1-1/4 lengths.   L A Delight (Yannick Gingras) rallied off cover to take second, while Nike Franco N (Tim Tetrick) hooked out of traffic from last at the top of the stretch and stormed home for third.   Sixteen-time winner Tequila Monday earned her fourth win of the year for trainer Hunter Oakes and owners Northfork Racing Stable and Chuck Pompey.   No players successfully chose the winning Jackpot Hi-5 combination in the day's fifth race, resulting in a carryover of $3,225.46 for the Wednesday (July 25) card. Post time is 12:25 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Harrah's Philadelphia

LEBANON, OH. - Boffin (Chris Page) returned to the Miami Valley winner's circle following the $22,000 Open Trot on Tuesday afternoon (March 26), his first visit there in six weeks. The veteran campaigner narrowly held off Walter White (John DeLong) in 1:55, after cutting fractions of :28.3, :57.3 and 1:26.3 on the front end. Penn (Jason Brewer) grabbed the show dough in the full field of nine for the weekly trot feature. A 7-year-old son of Donato Hanover, Boffin won for the 34th time in his career and surpassed the $400,000 earnings plateau with the triumph. Trainer Anette Lorentzon co-owns the winner with ACI Stuteri AB and Kjell Johansson. A pair of second leg divisions of the Omar Hiteman Memorial Series were also contested on Tuesday with Sir Bradford (Trace Tetrick) and Hot Rod Dylan (Mike Oosting) capturing their respective splits. Sir Bradford topped Heracer (Chris Page) and Sunny's Bro (Greg Grismore) in 1:54.4 with all three of the top finishers advancing to next week's $17,500 final. The sophomore son of Ohio sire Big Bad John now has four wins and $15,644 in earnings for the Parent Racing Stable LLC. He is trained by Doug Hinklin. Hot Rod Dylan ran his win streak to six in a dominating 1:53.2 mile. Bamski (Greg Grismore) and Velocity Sub Z (Mark Evers) were next best. Nelson Willis trains the late-blooming 4-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere for Shirley LeVin. After making just four starts with one show finish and $1740 in earnings as a 2-year-old, Hot Rod Dylan missed his entire 3-year-old season before impressively bursting on the scene in Ohio in late January and remaining razor sharp ever since. Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. - The harness racing warhorse Boffin, a 7-year-old Donato Hanover gelding making his 100th lifetime start, won for the 33rd time in Tuesday afternoon's $22,000 Open Trot at Miami Valley Raceway. Driver Chris Page was content to drop in fourth along the pylons after leaving from the outermost post position in the classy 10-horse field. After watching pacesetter Martz Time (Kayne Kauffman) cruise by the quarter in :28.1, Page opted to follow favored Final Breath (Dan Noble) into the outer flow as they passed the :56.3 half. When Final Breath couldn't clear and appeared stalled at the 1:25 three-quarter mile mark, Boffin was angled around him and the stretch-long duel with Martz Time was on. It wasn't until the final stride or two that Boffin gained his first advantage, winning by a head in 1:54. Co-owner Anette Lorentzon trains Boffin. Kjell Johansson and Acl Stuteri Ab share ownership of the $394,452 winner. He paid $19.80 to win and coupled with Martz Time returned a healthy $106.20 exacta. Final Breath did hold on for the show dough. Leading driver Kayne Kauffman visited the winner's circle in five consecutive races, including three of the eight elimination heats of a "Survivor Series" for $5000 horse and gelding pacers. Kauffman's series winners were Northern River (1:55.4, $8.80 to win), Catherine'sdiamond (finished second, placed first, $12.20), and Jagger Blue Chip (1:55, $14.00). Other triumphs in his handful of consecutive winners were Shakeitformegear (1:55.1, $6.20) and the trotter He's Got Pizazz (1:55.4, $9.00). Kauffman has opened up a double digit lead in the dash standings and eclipsed the $400,000 purse earnings plateau in the first 23 cards of the current 87-day meet. Other Survivor Series winners were Shakrattlenrock (Brady Galliers, 1:53.3, $6.60), Eagle A Scootin (Jeremy Smith, 1:55.3, $17.80), Malosi N (Simon Allard, 1:57.2, $9.60), Dukes Up (Dan Noble, 1:56.3, $9.60) and Hobbys Hobbit (Chris Page, 1:55.3, $17.80). The top five in each of the eight divisions 'survived' to the second round next Tuesday, when four fields will chase $6000 purses. There will be two semi-final races for $7500 purses, followed by a $20,000 championship on February 28. Gregg Keidel

WILKES-BARRE PA - Boffin made it two straight against high-level conditioned trotting stock at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Sunday, taking the $20,000 harness racing feature again using come-from-behind tactics and winning here in 1:53.4 to equal his seasonal best that he first notched last week. The meet's leading driver, George Napolitano Jr., sent Boffin on a three-wide sweep from fifth nearing the ¾, and the altered son of Donato Hanover took all forward steps from there, gaining the lead turning for home in winning by 2½ lengths, over Watkins, with pacesetter Commentary holding on for third. Boffin has now won almost 1/3 of his career starts (31 of 94), and has earned $375,102; Anette Lorentzon trains him and is co-owner with ACL Stuteri AB and Kjell Johansson. In the $18,000 pacing feature, Lone Survivor, looking buried fourth on the wood past the 5/8, got some racing luck, then used it to maximum advantage while taking a lifetime mark of 1:52.3. Pacesetter Hurrikane Ali broke when a challenge from pocketsitter Dontcallmefrancis started midturn, with Nimble And Quick two-wide behind that one; driver Anthony Napolitano got Lone Survivor around the breaker then ducked back inside, and the winning son of Art Major was able to charge up the Pocono Pike to win by 1¼ lengths. Nimble And Quick, the only 2YO Stallion Series champion able to defend his title at three last month, was along for second, a neck behind Dontcallmefrancis. Lone Survivor, who has bankrolled by $167,685, is trained by Richard Johnson for Joseph Bongiorno LLC and Michelle Yanek. PHHA / Pocono      

WILKES-BARRE PA - Somebody AS, a daughter of Striking Sahbra who shares a name with a nutrition/health company in Scandinavia, showed her fitness Sunday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono by winning the harness racing $20,000 featured trot in 1:54.1.   George Napolitano Jr. left from post two with the Anette Lorentzon-trained mare, gave up the lead to Classicality just past the 27.1 quarter, retook immediately from that one and coasted to the half in 57, then put up a 1:25 time at the ¾ before holding off the potential pocket rocket by a half-length on a cool (51o) night in the mountains. Tweet Me, who had to come first-over, finished third, a length behind Classicality.   Somebody AS, winning for the seventh time in 22 starts this year, has now assembled a very healthy lifetime bankroll of $558,163 for international owners ACL Stuteri AB of Paris (Kentucky, y'all) and Kjell Johansson of Sosdala, Sweden.   Earlier, Chuck Connor Jr. guided a horse back to Pocono's Victory Lane for the first time in eleven years and nine days when he scored a maiden victory behind Claire, a filly with a pedigree (by millionaire Breeders Crown winner Chapter Seven out of millionaire Breeders Crown winner Housethatruthbuilt) that suggests many more good things to come.   Connor, who usually races at Pocono only a couple times a year, posted career victory 1894 behind Claire, and marked his first visit to the local winners circle since he arrived there behind Bet On The Grey on September 16, 2005.   PHHA / Pocono

Vernon, N.Y. -- A special Sunday (June 19) night harness racing card at Vernon Downs features over $450,000 in purses for top New York-sired 3-year-old trotters as a pair of Empire Breeders Classic events share top billing on the 10-race program.   Elimination winners Fad Finance and Earn Your Wings both look to upend last year's Sire Stakes superstar Non Stick in the $234,375 Filly Classic, carded as race seven. Fad Finance (post 5, 3-1 part of entry) stayed in close attendance to a strong early pace, pouncing on the then-undefeated Non Stick at the eighth pole and holding off a late charge from Straight A Student in 1:54.1. Trainer Trond Smedshammer also drives the daughter of Credit Winner. Earn Your Wings (post 6, 2-1 part of entry) likewise pounced late off a tracking trip in her elimination, sprinting off to a 1:54.4 victory over Swinging Royalty and Open Access. Jason Bartlett once again drives the Credit Winner filly for trainer Anette Lorentzon.   In the $222,975 Classic for colts and geldings, Sir Royson (post 7) has been installed as the 5-2 morning line favorite. The son of Crazed prevailed in both of his New York Sire Stakes races so far this season, winning from both on the lead and from off the pace. Jim Marohn, Jr. drives the five-time winner for trainer Linda Toscano. Among his eight rivals are Dexter Cup winner Dante (Ãke Svanstedt, post 9) and last year's Sire Stakes runner-up Smalltownthrowdown (Dan Daley, post 3).   Camels and ostriches make their annual stop at the Miracle Mile on Sunday evening as well for a pair of non-wagering exhibition events after the second and fifth races. The camels and ostriches, from Hedrick's Animal Farm in Kansas, will compete in the early part of the card, as they do at many events nationwide. Post time for the Father's Day card is slated for 6:45 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

Newcomer Somebody AS, the race favorite, was never challenged en route to a 1:54.2 victory in the $20,000 Open/ Handicap trot on a longshot filled Wednesday, Febrary 24th harness racing card at Dover Downs. George Dennis drives three winners. Corey Callahan left quickly from the middle of an eight horse field to get the lead and never was tested on the way to his second win in four starts this year cruising to his 23rd lifetime success banking $465,583in purses. The seven-year-old Striking Sahbra-Noblesse AS gelding trained by Anette Lorentzon was all alone at the wire for owners Kjell Johansson and breeder ACI Stuteri AB. 18-1 Five Towns (Jonathan Roberts) came into the race with two wins in a row but had to settle for second. Si Gun Hall (George Dennis) in his first start of the year finished third. Ware Cry Hall (Vic Kirby), a winner of the last two Opens, was troubled by starting on the outside, but closed to finish fourth. In the $15,500 4&5-Year-Old sub-feature trot, in mid-stretch, Inner Peace (Pat Berry) appeared on the way to victory when the gelding broke stride. Eskimo Joe , a 9-1 shot, then came on to record his first win of 2016 closing fast to nip Royal Becca J (Jack Parker Jr.) at the wire in 1:56.2. Joe Skowyra conditions Eskimo Joe, an altered son of Credit Winner-New Hampshire Girl, for Barbara Boese Trust. Marzipan (Dennis) came storming on the outside to take third. In other trots, Lou Man (Kirby), owned by John McGill and Brian Carsey was a winner in 1:55.2, in one $12,000 contest while Angela Coombs' 12-1 Phantom Rusty (Roberts) won a second in 1:57; Robbins Nest Farm's Keystone Orion (Roberts) won at 12-1 to win a $9,500 event. Rosemary Smutz' Man Of Muscle (Berry) closed strongly at 18-1 to win a $9,000 trot. Jay Baxter's Bella's Punkett (Wolfenden) was a 1:57 winner at 6-1. Eddie Davis' 30-1 Eurocan (Allan Davis) got up in 1:57 to win a $7,500 trot and Abrcadabra Hanover (Davis), off at 9-1, nipped favorite Winbak Red (Callahan) at the wire in 1:57.4 to win a Delaware $5,000-$7,500 Claiming Handicap trot. George Dennis had a driving triple two with horses trained by Kevin Lare for Frank Chick; Vic Kirby had a double. RACE ME VILLA ONE AND ALL GOLD THURSDAY FEATURE FAVORITES Race Me Villa and All Gold, both winners in their previous starts are the favorites in the Thursday, Feb. 25 twin-features at Dover Downs. First post is 4:30 p.m. Montrell Teague drove Race Me Villa to a wire-to-wire 1:52.1 victory last week for trainer Kevin Switzer and owners Kathleen Mofield, John Dickens and KDK Standardbreds. Arty Foster’s Rockin Rambaran is in top form after consecutive seconds. Feel Like A Fool heads the opposition. Owned by Kovach Stables, Vic Kirby will drive the $1.1-million winner from the rail after a big trip last time from post 8 finishing fourth beaten only three-quarters of a length. Driver Art Stafford and brother Andrew Stafford’s Framed Art is another classy veteran dropping down.    The rest of the competitive field includes PT Stables Summer Camp with Jonathan Roberts, Allstar Preview trained by driver George Dennis racing for George and Tina Dennis, Rockin The House, newly acquired by Howard and Judy Taylor and Dandy Farms with Corey Callahan and GRJ Partners’ Disarrei with Tony Morgan from post 8. In the other co-feature, All Gold (Ross Wolfenden), fresh from two wins-in-a-row takes on the sharp Cambassador (Morgan), owned by Bill Lutz, LeBlanc Racing and Coun0t De Money Stable and Ask W Stables and the Dennis’ homebred Roddy’s Hot Again (Dennis), also winners last time out. There is no live racing on Friday and Saturday. This is next-to-last Sunday of racing this season. Post time is resumes at 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; post time is 4:30 p.m. By popular demand the Winner’s Circle Buffet is now back in the Winner’s Circle Restaurant. Call for reservations 302-674-4600. There is no charge for parking and admission at Dover Downs. Harness and thoroughbred simulcasts is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. There is no charge for parking and admission. Reservations are suggested for those planning to stay at Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, January 30, 2016 - A pocketed Somebody AS (Jordan Stratton, $13.40) and a down-the-road Phil Your Boots (Tyler Buter, $5.40) earned the glory Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's harness racing co-featured $32,000 Open Handicaps. The weekly featured trot saw Somebody AS from assigned post position No.3 watched invading Major Athens (George Brennan) led the way. The slight 2-1 choice threw down the anvil (:28.1, :57.2, 1:26), taking a length-and-a-half lead into the lane. Red Hot Herbie (Brian Sears), who found an early three-hole, loomed at the leader in and out of the final turn, but flattened. Somebody AS though, was waiting for his shot. He ducked inside and bested a rallying Crazshana (Jason Bartlett) by a neck in 1:54.4, fastest local mile of the season. Red Hot Herbie settled for third, with Major Athens Zooming (Buter) completed the cashers. For third choice Somebody AS, a 7-year-old Striking Sahbra gelding trained by Anette Lorentzon for co-owners ACL Stuteri Ab and Kjell Johansson, it was his first win in two seasonal starts. The exacta paid $102.50, with the triple returning $703. The week's pacing feature had 17-10 choice "Phil" leave from post No. 5, steal away with a cheap (:28.0, 57.4) half. From there, the pursuers had no shot, with a :55.4 back portion (1:25.4; 1:53.3). The final margin was a length-and-three-quarters over a good effort from Melmerby Beach (Bartlett), with Texas Terror N (Matt Kakaley), Atta Boy Dan (Brennan) and Hugh Hefner N (Stratton) settling for the remainder. For Phil Your Boots, a 6-year-old Shanghai Phil gelding trained by Andrew Harris for owner Louis Frascella, he's now 2-for-3 this season. The exacta (two wagering favorites) paid $12.60, the triple returning $129.50 and the superfecta paid $949. The Raceway's live season continues Monday night, with a dozen races and a first post of 7:10 PM. Frank Drucker

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