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STICKNEY, IL - Juvenile pacers were the focus on Friday evening at Hawthorne as two divisions of the Cardinal took place. The $30,350 events are for Illinois Conceived and Foaled, two-year-old colt and gelding pacers. The night's opener was the first of the two divisions as Holden Steady was sent off as the choice with Kyle Wilfong in the bike. Getting away quickly was the favorite as he was able to back down the opening quarter in :30. After a half in 1:00.4, Holden Steady held the lead over longshot Sonny Sage and Fox Valley Minime. After three quarters in 1:31.2, Holden Steady was still pushed along but maintained his advantage. Roused in the lane, Holden Steady responded well, drawing clear in 1:59.4. Sonny Sage held second while Riley The Mooss closed to finish third. Holden Steady is owned by Thestable Holden Steady and trained by Angela Coleman. Race seven was the second division of the Cardinal as a field of nine lined up behind the starting car. Favored in the second division was The Bucket with Casey Leonard driving. Making the lead was 15-1 shot Frontier Muffler through the quarter in :30.3. After a half in 1:00.0, Frontier Muffler still held a two-length advantage over The Bucket. In the turn, The Bucket was asked but Frontier Muffler still led through three quarters in 1:29.1. In the lane, The Bucket tipped out and was able to wear down Frontier Muffler, winning going away in 1:57.1. Frontier Muffler held second while Meyer on Fire closed to finish third. The stewards conducted an inquiry looking into the actions of Meyer on Fire but no change was made. The Bucket is owned by George Dremonas and Ken Rucker and trained by Ken Rucker. Hawthorne Race Course, Chicago's Hometown Track, continues the summer harness season through September 24. Fall thoroughbreds close out the year, running from October 5 through December 29. For more information, visit www.Hawthorneracecourse.com or contact Hawthorne at 708-780-3700. by Jim Miller, for Hawthorne Race Course  

Race five on Saturday evening was the harness racing feature at Hawthorne Racecourse as filly and mare open pacers battled. A field of nine lined up with OK Heavenly favored from the outside with driver Casey Leonard in the bike. Getting away for the lead was Kyles Secret, through a contested opening quarter in :28.0 On the backstretch, OK Heavenly moved to take over. After a half in :56.2, OK Heavenly maintained her advantage, covering three quarters in 1:25.0. Early in the lane, OK Heavenly was challenged by Ryleigh's Lilly and contended with that one to the eighth pole. After a stretch battle, OK Heavenly prevailed, holding off the late moves of Fresh Squeezed and Hipnumberone. OK Heavenly stopped the clock in 1:53.0. OK Heavenly is owned by Dandy Farms Inc. and Mark Winship and trained by Angela Coleman. Multi-Win Evenings Drivers - Casey Leonard (3 Wins), Kyle Wilfong (2 Wins), Mike Oosting (2 Wins) Race Winners Race 1 - Hot Cakes (1:55.3) Race 2 - Skyway Fireball (1:55.3) Race 3 - I Could Care Less (1:56.4) Race 4 - Northern B B (1:54.4) Race 5 - OK Heavenly (1:53.0) Race 6 - Misspanderosajones (1:56.1) Race 7 - Phenomenal (1:55.4) Race 8 - Schwarber (2:00.1) Race 9 - Wings (1:55.4) Race 10 - Wired Hanover (1:59.3) Race 11 - Sagebrush Sue (1:56.4) Race 12 - Galyns Gift (1:54.3) Jim Miller

Pompano Beach, FL...March 22, 2016...OK Heavenly, driven by Kevin Wallis won a long stretch battle with Goldstar Rockette, handled by Mickey McNichol, to earn a photo finish decision in Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Pace for harness racing mares on Wednesday night (March 22). The official margin was a "head" at the end of the 1:51.3 journey with Gweneeee J, with Jim Meittinis handling her lines next, 5¾ lengths away. Machin Marley, last in the sextet turning for home, rallied for fourth while Miss Dollar Mam fifth after being prominent in the early stages. The favored Jets Are On failed to turn on her afterburners this night and finished sixth. As the Hummer's wings folded, Goldstar Rockette, leaving from post five, blasted off those wings along with Miss Dollar Mam, beginning from post six with "Rockette" intent on the lead through an opening panel in a sizzling :26.4 with Miss Dollar Mam her usual 1¼ lengths away, a spot and distance where she's occupied in 12 of her past 13 starts. With the half in :55.4, things began to heat up on the backside as OK Heavenly marched up first over to engage Goldstar Rockette in war with these two nostrils apart past the third station in 1:23.4. In the lane, Goldstar Rockette took the turn for home snugly and opened up a bit on her main foe but OK Heavenly kept gnawing away, gaining the slight advantage crossing the wire. After the race, driver Kevin Wallis related, "Well, that was quite something. My mare must have paced her last half around :55 or so to get it done. "It certainly wasn't a question of Mickey's mare (Goldstar Rockette) relenting as she kept going right to the line, too. It was just a classic fight to the finish that could have gone either way." For OK Heavenly, a five year-old daughter of Sportswriter, it was her fourth win of the season in 11 starts good for $29,775. Lifetime, she classy mare has 17 wins in 76 starts with career bounty of $179,102. Trained by Angela Coleman for owners Mark Winship and Dandy Farms, OK Heavenly was second choice on the tote-board at 8 to 5 and returned $5.40 to win. Racing continues on Sunday night with a sharp million dollar quintet going post-ward in the $12,000 Open Pace. Drachan Hanover will match strides with Rockntouch, Pointsman, King Of The Crop and Sing For Me George in that event, carded as the second race on the 11 race program. In the "better for the bettor" department, Sunday's Pick-4 pool has been guaranteed at $20,000. The Pick-4 will be conducted on races 6 through 9. Post time is 7:20 p.m. Reported by John Berry for Pompano Park      

Pompano Beach, FL...January 18, 2017...OK Heavenly, handled by Kevin Wallis, snuck through along the pylons late in her mile to take top harness racing honors in the $11,000 Open Pace for Mares on Wednesday night at Pompano Park. The five year-old daughter of Sportswriter completed her journey in 1:52.1, pinning a photo finish defeat measuring a neck on the pacesetting Miss Mady, driven by Ricky Macomber, Jr. Metro Glide, with Tom Jackson in the bike, rallied from last early on to finish third, 1¾ lengths away while Jets Are On finished fourth after a mild bid on the backside and around the final turn. Southwind Trini picked up the minor award in the sextet. At the outset, Miss Mady, leaving from post 4, went searching for the lead and opened up enough daylight around the opening turn to allow OK Heavenly, starting from post 3, to wend her way into the garden spot ahead of Southwind Trini. Positions remained constant through panels of :27.2 and :56.2 with only Jets Are On accelerating her jets on the backside to reach third, still two lengths away as Miss Mady reached the third station in a picked up 1:24.1. Turning for home, the leader drifted out ever so slightly allowing OK Heavenly to take the shortest route home and on to victory. After the race, driver Kevin Wallis said, well, what can I say, she lived up to her name tonight. She had a 'heavenly' journey and it all worked out well when there was room enough to get through. She's been very good every time I have driven her and she was sharp again tonight. Trained by Angela Coleman of the Rob Rittof Stable, OK Heavenly is now 2-for-3 this season--her only defeat being at the hooves of the very tough Wild Wanda--good for earnings of $13,750 after the first 2½ weeks of the new year. Lifetime, OK Heavenly now boasts earnings of $163,077. Owned by Mark Winship along with the Dandy Farms, OK Heavenly was the 4 to 5 tote-board favorite and returned $3.80 to her many faithful. Racing continues on Saturday night with a very competitive eight race program featuring three divisions of the Florida Amateur Driving Club, in competition to determine the participants in a "triple crown" for amateurs at The Meadowlands, Goshen, New York and Delaware, Ohio during Little Brown Jug week. Post time for Saturday's extravaganza is 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

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