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WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 6, 2019 -- K Ryan Bluechip changed tactics but not results as he captured his third straight harness racing triumph in Friday's $18,000 Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows. While he contested the lead in his earlier wins, K Ryan Bluechip dropped in third from the gate and unleashed his big brush down the backside. He cleared the leader, Bettor Than Spring, and went on to score for Dave Palone in 1:51.2 over a "good" surface. Bettor Than Spring saved place, beaten 2 lengths, with Rock Candy third. Mike Palone trains K Ryan Bluechip, a 7-year-old Art Major-Fool That I Am gelding who now boasts $524,905 in career earnings, for J.R. Ryan, Stephen Ronay, Lone Wolf Stable and Collin Ryan. Trainer Ron Burke enjoyed a four-bagger on the 12-race card while Mike Wilder and Palone each fashioned a triple. With his Friday haul, Wilder finished the four-day race week with a total of 17 wins. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday when the program features an $81,095.21 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post for the 13-race card is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 5, 2019 — Fueled by yet another carryover, The Super Hi-5 jackpot at The Meadows is approaching $80,000. The jackpot for Friday’s Super Hi-5 stands at $78,784.94. The Meadows offers the wager on the final race of each live card. On the racing front, K Ryan Bluechip seeks his third straight victory in the $18,000 Open Handicap Pace. The 7-year-old Art Major-Fool That I Am gelding leaves from post 5, race 1, with Dave Palone aboard for trainer Mike Palone and owners J.R. Ryan, Stephen Ronay, Lone Wolf Stable and Collin Ryan. First post Friday is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 29, 2019 -- K Ryan Bluechip overcame post 8 to capture his second straight harness racing victory in Friday's $20,000 Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows. K Ryan Bluechip was away third, but when Dave Palone sent him toward the front at the quarter, Do Work Son and Jim Pantaleano stretched him out, provoking an unexpectedly arduous journey to the point. Nevertheless, K Ryan Bluechip held off Do Work Son in the lane, downing him by 1/2 length in 1:50.4. Bettor Than Spring finished third. Mike Palone trains the winner, a 7-year-old Art Major -Fool That I Am gelding who now boasts $515,905 in career earnings, for J.R. Ryan, Stephen Ronay, Lone Wolf Stable and Collin Ryan. Jim Pantaleano, Mike Wilder and Dave Palone each piloted three winners on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, when the program features a $62,961.59 carryover in the final-race Super Hi 5. First post for the 13-race card is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

Chester, PA -- Billy Badger N ($7.20) and Sugar Factory ($4.80) proved best in their respective featured harness racing pacing events on a cold and windy Sunday afternoon (Nov. 17) at Harrah's Philadelphia. Billy Badger N and owner-driver Dexter Dunn slipstreamed second-over cover before rallying to a neck victory over He's Electric in his event, a $14,500 upper-level conditioned pace. After Ocean Colony (Andy McCarthy) controlled early splits of :27 and :55.4, Dunn angled the 6-year-old Art Major gelding into the outer tier behind a steadily advancing Seeing Eye Single (Yannick Gingras) up the backstretch. Turning for home, Billy Badger N angled three-wide and lifted to just prevail over He's Electric (David Miller) -- who emerged from traffic -- in 1:53.1. Letschasethedreamn (George Napolitano Jr.) saved third from the pocket. Richard 'Nifty' Norman trains Billy Badger N, whose third consecutive win was also the 15th of his career. In the co-featured $16,000 conditioned pace, John Cancelliere's Sugar Factory made every call a winning one, posting a 1:52.3 win as the 7-5 choice. George Napolitano Jr. sent the 3-year-old Sweet Lou colt to a clear lead from the outset, and the pair clicked through sectionals of :28.1, :56.3 and 1:24.3 before bracing for a head-stretch challenge from Glacis (Pat Lachance), who angled out from third off the home turn. Sugar Factory held sway by a length over Glacis, while Smackitwithahammer (Tim Tetrick) chased from the pocket to finish third. Tom Cancelliere trains five-time winner Sugar Factory. Live racing returns to Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday (Nov. 20), and will feature a $6,427.94 carryover in the Jackpot Hi-5 in race five. First post is 12:25 p.m. Eastern. by James Witherite, for Harrah's Philadelphia  

WILKES-BARRE, PA - Despite a mercury reading dancing on the edge of 50o, the three winners of the $15,000 features on the Tuesday twilight card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono all posted lifetime harness racing marks. The Art Major gelding Benson Boys N perforce took a new best of 1:52 in a pace for males, as the race was his U.S. debut. Unraced at two and three but now 6-for-13 in his last two seasons, Benson Boys N swept wide off cover on the far turn, was kept out wide by the pocketsitting Boys Turn moving outside at headstretch, but still won the stretch battle of the "Boys" by ¾ of a length. Tyler Buter drove the promising import for trainer Chris Oakes and owners Northfork Racing Stable and Alan Johnston. The Pet Rock sophomore filly Throwing Shade put in a big mile in her second start for Team Allard, winning in 1:52.4 by over four lengths. Simon Allard, driving for brother/trainer Rene, got a spot leaving, then moved the filly at the 3/8 to gain the lead by the half. None of her rivals in this feature split for pacing distaffs could go with her in the second half, and she looks like a good acquisition for Allard Racing Inc., Jordan Derue, and Bruce Soulsby. In the feature division for trotters, Choco Charlie steadily came on in the last quarter, wearing down leader Play It Again As by a length in 1:54.4. Tyler Buter also had sulky duty behind the sophomore altered son of Andover Hall for trainer Jill Roland and owner Bernard O'Brien. Buter and Eric Carlson led the driving colony with three winners each on the Tuesday card. Pocono has only three cards remaining in its 2019 season: this Saturday and the following Tuesday, and then closing night on Saturday, November 16. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

HARRINGTON, Del. - Artrageous ($4.20) recorded her 20th career win Tuesday in the $20,000 Mares Open at Harrington Raceway with a 1:52.4 triumph. It was one of six harness racing driving wins on the card for the meet's leading driver, Art Stafford Jr. In the feature, Delishka N led the field from post position six to the opening quarter mile in 27.2 seconds, while Artrageous sat second. Heart Of The Ocean started the outer flow traffic towards the half-mile in 56.2 seconds, while Delishka N maintained an advantage to three-quarters in 1:24.4. In the stretch, pocket-sitting Artrageous utilized the passing lane to narrowly beat Delishka, while Cruzinforavictory closed late for third. Trained by Andrew Stafford, the 5-year-old Art Major mare notched her seventh win of the year for owners Bonnie Benson, John Johannsen, Stafford and Holly Case. While Stafford Jr.'s wins were scattered throughout the card, his sixth victory came in the 13th aboard his own Calvin K ($6.40) who was a 1:56 winner in his local debut. Stafford Jr. trains and co-owns Calvin K with his father, Arthur Stafford. Stafford Jr. had long clinched his first driving title at Harrington but will formerly be recognized on closing night October 23. The training race remains undecided as Joe Columbo maintains a slim lead over Mike Hall. Allan Davis, previous Harrington driving champ, also had three wins on the card. Jon Roberts had a driving double for the second straight evening. by Matthew Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway  

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, October 19, 2019-- Harness racing pacer Allusneedisfaith N (Jim Marohn Jr., $10.40) took it the distance Saturday night (Oct. 19th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $42,000 Open Handicap. From post position No. 4--in one notch after a defection--Alluneedisfaith N slipped past Dancin' Dragon (Jason Bartlett) before a :28.4 opening quarter mile. The teletimer didn't get much more of a workout by a :57.4 intermission, which was fine by the leader. Nearing the half, Theartofconfusion A (Austin Siegelman), The Real One (Pat Lachance) and Prairie Panther (Brent Holland) found themselves in an outer-tier logjam, with Prairie Panther pushed wide as the other two seemed to extricate the cones late. Meanwhile, Alluneedisfaith N continued past a 1:25.2 three-quarters, opening a length-and-a-half lead in and out of the final turn. He finished it off, whipping Dancin' Dragon by a length in 1:53.2. The above troika of The Real One, Theartofconfusion A and Prairie Panther wound up third, fourth and fifth, respectively. Micky Gee N (Jordan Stratton) never fired as the slight 2-1 choice, winding up last in the seven-horse soiree. For fourth choice Alluneedisfaith N, a 5-year-old Down Under Art Major gelding owned by Robert Cooper Stables and trained by Ross Croghan, it was his sixth win in 22 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $41, the triple returned $141 and the superfecta paid $376. A friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that Monday evening’s (Oct. 21st) Pick 5 wager starts with a carryover of $3,543.11 and a $15,000 guaranteed pool. The guarantee has been approved by the New York State Gaming Commission and is in conjunction with the U.S. Trotting Association’s Strategic Wagering Program. The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising races 7 through 11 Monday night. It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners (as was the case Saturday evening), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next racing program. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 12, 2019 -- Harness racing pacer K Ryan Bluechip zipped to the lead from post 5 and never had an anxious moment as he rolled to victory in Saturday's $18,000 Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Although the track was listed "good," K Ryan Bluechip reeled off a sharp 1:50.3 mile for driver Dave Palone, trainer Mike Palone and owners Steven Ronay, Collin Ryan, Lone Wolf Stable and J.R. Ryan. Carolina Beach stalked the winner from the pocket but had to settle for place, beaten 1-1/4 lengths, for the fifth consecutive start. Summer Travel completed the ticket. K Ryan Bluechip, a 7-year-old Art Major-Fool That I Am gelding, extended his career bankroll to $487,845. Aaron Merriman, Dave Palone, Jim Pantaleano, Mike Wilder and trainer Ron Burke each fashioned a double on the 12-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday when the program features a $990.65 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association                              

HARRINGTON, Del. - Harness racing's Artrageous ($14.20, Art Stafford Jr.) was a 1:53.1 winner Tuesday in the featured $20,000 Mares Open at Harrington Raceway. The 5-year-old Art Major mare had little trouble making the lead from post position seven where she would stay for the mile's duration in achieving her sixth win of the season over Cruzinforavictory and Shesarocker. Trained by Andrew Stafford, it was her sixth win of the season for owners Bonnie Benson, John Johannsen, Andrew Stafford and Holly Case. Artrageous surpassed $400,000 in career earnings with her 19th career win. The night started in familiar fashion as current meet leading driver Art Stafford Jr. won both halves of the daily double with Dash To Freedom ($8.80) and Humble N Kind ($2.80). He won four races on the card. Mike Cole and Jonathan Roberts each had a driving double. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway  

Vernon Downs will play host to the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) consolations for freshmen and sophomore harness racing pacers and trotters on Sunday (September 15). Purse for all eight NYSS races is $40,000. The 6-5 morning line favorite for the NYSS consolation for 3-year-old trotting fillies is Gobi Princess (Jason Bartlett). The filly by Muscle Mass is owned by Knutsson Trotting Inc. and trained by Anette Lorentzon. She has two wins this season including a win in the Continental Victory Stakes at the Meadowlands (August 2). In the NYSS consolation for 3-year-old pacing fillies the 6-5 morning line favorite is Money Shot Hanover (Tyler Buter). The filly by Art Major is owned by trainer Mark Harder, Rick Phillips and Deena Frost. She is winless so far in 2019 but has three career wins including a lifetime best mark of 1:53.0 at Vernon as a freshman. The top choice in the NYSS consolation for freshmen pacing colts & geldings is the Erv Miller trained Genius Man (Jason Bartlett) at 2-1. The colt by Art Major-Unred Hanover is owned by Ronald Michelon and Daniel Plouffe. He has a win, two seconds, and a third in seven career starts. The Chris Ryder trained entry of Dragon Roll (Howard Parker) and Turnthefrownaround (Joe Bongiorno) is the 9-5 morning line favorite in the NYSS consolation for 2-year-old pacing fillies. Dragon Roll (Roll With Joe-Little Miss Dragon) is owned by Craig Henderson, Robert Mondillo, and Lawrence Minowitz. She has a victory in five career starts. Turnthefrownaround (Roll With Joe-Knockout Pout) is owned by Craig Henderson. She won a leg of the NYSS at Tioga Downs for his lone career win. The 5-2 morning line favorite in the NYSS consolation for 3-year-old trotting colts & geldings is the Erv Miller Trained Brady Bunch (Jason Bartlett). The gelding by Muscle Mass is owned by Mary Jane Anderson, Joseph Faraldo, and Eddie Gran. He has three wins and two second in five starts this season. The NYSS consolation for sophomore pacing colts & geldings features the 5-2 morning line favorite Covered Bridge (Jim Morrill Jr.). The gelding by American Ideal is trained by Jessica Okusko for owners David Smith and James Gianuzzi. He has three wins this season plus an impressive third place finish in the Empire Breeders Classic (EBC) at Tioga. The 9-5 morning line favorite in the NYSS consolation for 2-year-old colts & geldings is Discus Hanover (Jason Bartlett). The colt by Credit Winner-Dancing Flames is owned by trainer David Dewhurst and Philip Hale. He has won his last seven races including a victory in the New York County Fair final his last time out. He is now 10 for 13 in his career. Flotus (John Stark Jr.) is the 5-2 morning line choice in the NYSS consolation for freshmen trotting fillies. The filly by RC Royalty-Miss Fidget has two wins, two seconds, and two thirds in eight career starts. She is owned by trainer Starks Jr., David Smith, James and Daniel Gianuzzi. The 11 race card starts at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs  

HARRINGTON, Del. - Some of harness racing's top aged pacers will battle in the 13th Annual $150,000 Bobby Quillen Memorial this Monday September 16 at Harrington Raceway. The race is named in honor of long time Delaware legislator Bobby Quillen, who passed away in 2006. Quillen was a regular at the racetrack who enjoyed coming to the races and was a board member of Harrington Raceway. The Quillen is carded as the 8th race on a 14-race program. The field is an accomplished bunch that includes Canadian Pacing Derby champ Courtly Choice (7/1, James Macdonald). Owned by Hutt Racing Stable, Mac and Heim Stables and Touchstone Farms, the 4-year-old Art Major stallion is still revered for his impressive Little Brown Jug win and Meadowlands Pace wins as a sophomore and has elevated his game nicely as a 4-year-old. Joe P Racing and Oldford Racing's None Bettor A (3/1, Jason Bartlett) has plenty of half-mile experience and his $317,470 in seasonal earnings is second only to Courtly Choice in the field. He recently won the $100,000 Great Northeast Open Series final at Pocono Downs on September 9. Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi and J&T Silva's Backstreet Shadow (6/1, Tim Tetrick) hails from a barn that has won the most Quillen finals for trainer Ron Burke. Burke has had unparalleled success in the track's signature event, winning the Quillen on six previous occasions. Last year's Quillen runner up, Northfork Racing and Chuck Pompey's Scott Rocks (12/1, Eric Goodell), is back as the elder statesman in the field at age 9 and one of two million-dollar earners in the field. Local standout Slick Tony (12/1, Russell Foster) is fresh off two straight wins over the track and has racked up 28 wins in 62 lifetime starts. He is the only horse in the field who has a win over the track for owner/trainer George Leager.   Completing the field are Laurie Poulin and Mike Deters' Prairie Panther (6/1, Tyler Buter), Harold Bauder's Sectionline Bigry (5/2, Tyler Smith), and Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz and American History Racing's American History (9/2, Joe Bongiorno). The aforementioned American History has recently regained top form after a stellar sophomore season in which he banked $539,682 for trainer Tony Alagna. Sectionline Bigry may be dubbed the field's "mystery horse." The 4-year-old Pet Rock gelding has been the scourge of Open level events in Ohio and won an Ohio Sire Stakes event in a lifetime best of 1:49.2, but is relatively untested versus Monday's competition.   Racing fans will also have access to the richest Standardbred in harness racing history, Foiled Again, who will have a special "meet and greet" located in the parking lot west of the grandstand area at approximately 4:30 p.m. It is only fitting that the only 3-time winner of the Quillen Memorial be present the night of the race.   Also on the wagering card will be three $20,000 first leg divisions for 2-year-old pacers of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund. Two divisions with 15 combined male pacers will be contested in the 7th and 9th races, while one five horse filly division is on the card as the 13th, with one non-wagering event at 4:10 p.m. As is often the case with 2-year-olds, the fields feature many first time starters as only three horses have notched wins already in their career. Two Les Givens-trainees, American Nitro (Victor Kirby) and Bag Of Jewels (Kirby) and Virginia Louthan-trained Spin Sumthin (Foster) are the only freshmen with wins thus far among the lightly raced group.   Post time is 4:30 p.m.  

Vernon Downs welcomes three harness racing divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 2-year-old pacing fillies on Friday (August 30).Total purses are just over $103,000. In the $34,866 first division, the 9-5 morning line favorite is JK Finendandy (Matt Kakaley). The 2-year-old by American Ideal-JK Fine Art is still searching for her first career victory. Owned by 3 Brothers Stables and trained by Nancy Johanson, she was second in the $64,900 Geers Stakes at Tioga Downs in her last start. The second morning line choice at 2-1 is Ladyboss (John MacDonald). The filly by American Ideal-Shes A Pansation is owned by M&L Of Delaware LLC. and trained by Jessica Okusko. She has won four times in her six career starts. Galleria Gal (Tyler Buter) is the 9-5 morning line favorite in the $34,866 second division. John Berger trains the filly by Art Major-Just A Glimpse for ownners Theresa Donnelly and Fernando Amesti Jr. She is two for seven in her career by winning NYSS races at Yonkers and Saratoga. The second choice at 2-1 is the Ron Burke trained Hen Party (Matt Kakaley). The filly by Roll With Joe-My Lady Day is owned by W J Donovan. She has a win, a second, and four third place finishes in her seven career starts. The top morning choice in the $35,566 third division is Merga Hanover (Matt Kakaley) at 2-1. The filly by American Ideal-Magic Starlight is trained by Ron Burke for owners Joe Sbrocco, W J Donovan, Scott and Thomas Dillon. She has won four NYSS legs as part of her five career victories in six starts. Merga Honover has captured NYSS wins at Batavia, Saratoga, and twice at Yonkers. Her toughest rival is So Rude (Jim Morrill Jr.) at 3-1. The filly by So Surreal-I Am A Snob is trained by Scott DiDomenico for owners Geoffrey Lyons, Glen Goller, and Abraham Basen. She has won two legs of the NYSS in six career starts. So Rude clained her victories at Monticello and Tioga Downs. The 11 race card starts at 6:10. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

Chester, PA -- Our Max Phactor N ($6.40) and George Napolitano Jr. sustained a first-over push into stout fractions on his way to victory in Sunday afternoon's (Aug. 11) $30,000 Great Northeast Open Series pacing event at Harrah's Philadelphia, while Tim Tetrick picked up five driving wins on the 14-race card. Our Max Phactor N was unhurried from post two in the early stages, content to let Mach N Cheese (Simon Allard) and Tiger Thompson N (Andy McCarthy) duel through a :26 first quarter before commencing his first-over ascent into a :54 half. Up the backstretch, the 7-year-old Art Major gelding made his strongest advances, pushing a head past Mach N Cheese nearing three-quarters in 1:20.4 and putting away that rival on the far turn. Off the home corner, Our Max Phactor N was driven out to evade a late rally from Slick Tony (Tony Morgan) -- who swung off third-over cover -- by a diminishing neck in 1:49.4. Donttellmeagain (Tim Tetrick) improved belatedly to finish third. Trainer Andrew Harris's A Harris Racing LLC co-owns Our Max Phactor N with Michael Goldberg Racing LLC, Bruce Areman and the Prem Dan Stable. Tetrick once again had the hot hand on Sunday afternoon, teaming up with Paprike Blue Chip ($4.60, 1:52.2), Mister Ohanzee A ($5.60, 1:51), Blake North ($6.80, 1:49.4), Sky Is Mine ($9.40, 1:56.3) and Maroma Beach ($3.40, 1:51.4). Racing returns to Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon (Aug. 14), with a 14-race card slated for a 12:25 p.m. start. by James Witherite, for Harrah's Philadelphia

Trois-Rivieres, QC - For the sixth straight year a record number of four-year-old pacers have been nominated to the $200,000C renewal of the Prix D'Ete at the Hippodrome 3R in Quebec on Sunday, August 18. A total of 29 nominees for the final surpassed the 2018 record of 27 nominees. The top eight money winners in 2019 at entry time will compete in the $200,000C final. Headlining the list of nominees is Courtly Choice, a million-dollar career winning son of Art Major, who won $910,000 last year with a record of 1:47.1 for trainer Blake MacIntosh. His top victories last year were in the Little Brown Jug and the Meadowlands Pace. Courtly Choice is already off to a great start in 2019, having won two of his three starts. Last week he won the $100,000 Commodore Barry Pace in 1:49.1 at Harrah's Philadelphia. The Prix D'Ete was the most prestigious race in all of Canada from 1966 through 1992. World champions Bret Hanover, Albatross, Niatross, Hot Hitter, Cam Fella, On The Road Again, Ralph Hanover, Matt's Scooter and a host of other top pacers have won the Prix D'Ete. In the past five editions of the Prix D'Ete at H3R, the all-age track record was set and then tied as both Sunfire Blue Chip (2014) and All Bets Off (2015) both won in 1:50.3. Then in 2016, Harness Horse of the Year, Wiggle It Jiggleit, came to 3R for the Prix D'Ete and after a dramatic neck and neck battle the final half mile of the race, was second in an upset by Rockin Ron (1:52) over a sloppy track. Rockin Ron made it two straight Prix D'Ete victories for the Ron Burke Stable. In 2017, the Jimmy Takter Stable posted their second Prix D'Ete victory (Sunfire Blue Chip was the first), with Western Fame and driver Trevor Henry wiring the field in 1:53.2. Last year it was an upset in the Prix D'Ete as driver Ricky Macomber scored with Beckhams Z Tam at odds of 9-1 ($21.10) in 1:52.1. "We are very pleased with the quality of the horses that have entered in this year's Prix D'Ete," said Claude Levesque, president of the Quebec Jockey Club. "The revival of this Grand Circuit event has developed to the great race it was before. This year especially because we have a record number of horses eligible and they are the best in North America." The Ron Burke Stables Done Well is another major early contender. The gelded son of Well Said has two wins in three starts this year. Last week he scorched the half mile oval at Flamboro Downs, winning the $139,000C Confederation Cup in 1:50.2. The week prior he won his elimination division in 1:51.4 over a sloppy track. O'Brien award winner Jimmy Freight is nominated and he is a career winner of $941,000. The gusty son of Sportswriter was a game second last week to Done Well in the Confederation Cup. Prix D'Ete eligibles who won last week include Thinkbig Dreambig, who scored at the Meadowlands in 1:50.2, Hitman Hill at Pocono Downs in 1:50.1 and Trump Nation at the Meadowlands in 1:49.3. Quebec-owned nominees include Courtly Choice and Stock. "I want to invite everyone to come to Trois-Rivieres the weekend of August 18," Levesque added, "as we want everyone to come out and enjoy our great racing and Quebecoise hospitality." For more information visit http://www.quebecjockeyclub.com/. 2019 Prix D'Ete Nominees (after May 15, 2019 payment) American History Bounding Dragon Casimir Richie P  Courtly Choice Done Well Dragonology Ghost Dance Hayden Hanover Hitman Hill Jimmy Freight Kwik Talkin Minnie Vinnie Nutcracker Sweet Pedro Hanover Pretty Handsome Rush To Judgement Shnitzledosomethin Simple Kinda Man Skyway Quinton Springsteen Stock Talbotcreekwhiskey The Downtown Bus Thinkbig Dreambig This Is The Plan Thor De Vie Topville Olympian Trump Nation Turbo Hill From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - A record number of 40 four-year-old harness racing pacers have been nominated to the $200,000 sixth renewal of the Prix D'Ete at the Hippodrome 3R in Quebec on Sunday, August 18. In the sixth year of the revival of the Prix D'Ete, it has been a record number of nominees entered every year. Last year it was 38 horses nominated. Headlining the list of nominees by money won last year is Little Brown Jug winner, Courtly Choice. The son of Art Major won $910,000 with a record mile of 1:47.1. He races for trainer Blake MacIntosh and co-owners Winbak Farm, Mac and Helm Stables, Daniel Plouffe, Inc. and Touch Stone Farms. The Prix D'Ete was the most prestigious race in all of Canada from 1966 through 1992. World champions Bret Hanover, Albatross, Niatross, Hot Hitter, Cam Fella, On The Road Again, Ralph Hanover, Matt's Scooter and a host of other top pacers have won the Prix D'Ete. In the past five editions of the Prix D'Ete at H3R, the all-age track record was set and then tied as both Sunfire Blue Chip (2014) and All Bets Off (2015) both won in 1:50.3. Then in 2016, Harness Horse of the Year, Wiggle It Jiggleit, came to 3R for the Prix D'Ete and after a dramatic neck and neck battle the final half mile of the race, was second in an upset by Rockin Ron (1:52) over a sloppy track. Rockin Ron made it two straight Prix D'Ete victories for the Ron Burke Stable. Trainer Jimmy Takter notched his second Prix D'Ete triumph in 2017 (Sunfire Blue Chip was the first), with Western Fame and driver Trevor Henry wiring the field in 1:53.2. Last year it was the biggest upset in the Prix D'Ete as Beckhams Z Tam and driver Ricky Macomber paid $21.00 to win in 1:52.1. "We are very pleased with the quality of the horses that have entered in this year's Prix D'Ete," said Claude Levesque, president of the Quebec Jockey Club. "Of the forty pacers entered, just seven have lifetime earnings of under $100,000. The revival of this Grand Circuit event has developed to become the great race it was before." The second highest money winner in the field from last year who is nominated is O'Brien Award winner, Jimmy Freight. The son of Sportswriter is trained (in Canada) by Richard Moreau. Jimmy Freight won $834,000 for owner Adriano Sorella. Other contenders include last year's Tattersalls winner, American History ($600,000); Hayden Hanover, Thinkbig Dreambig, This Is The Plan, Springsteen, Nutcracker Sweet, Done Well, Grand Teton and Shnitzeldosomethin. Quebec co-owned nominees include Quebec-bred Sire Stakes champion Stock, plus Courtly Choice, Phantom Seelster, Talbotcreekwhiskey, Torrin Hanover and Renee Allard's Springsteen. "I want to invite everyone to come to Trois-Rivieres the weekend of August 18," Levesque added, "as we want everyone to come out and enjoy our great racing and Quebecoise hospitality." The next nomination payment to remain eligible to the Prix D'Ete is April 15, 2019. The Hippodrome 3R is also gearing up for their 2019 opening day on Sunday, April 28. For more information visit http://www.quebecjockeyclub.com/. 2019 Prix D'Ete Nominees (after March 15, 2019 payment) AMERICAN HISTORY BOUNDING DRAGON CASIMIR RICHIE P COURTLY CHOICE DECOY DONE WELL DRAGONOLOGY GHOST DANCE GRAND TETON HAYDEN HANOVER HIDDEN DELIGHT HITMAN HILL JIMMY FREIGHT KWIK TALKIN MINNIE VINNIE NUTCRACKER SWEET ODDS ON LAUDERDALE PEDRO HANOVER PHANTON SEELSTER PRETTY HANDSOME ROCKAPELO ROCKATHON RUSH TO JUDGEMENT SHADOW CAT SHNITZLEDOSOMETHIN SIMPLE KINDA MAN SKYWAY QUINTON SOMEBADDUDE SPRINGSTEEN STOCK TALBOTCREEKWHISKEY THE DOWNTOWN BUS THINGBIG DREAMBIG THIS IS THE PLAN THOR DE VIE TOPVILLE OLYMPIAN TORRIN HANOVER TRUMP NATION TURBO HILL WES DELIGHT From the Quebec Jockey Club    

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Perfect conditions and ultra-competitive harness racing led to the biggest betting night of the year at the Meadowlands, as a total of $3,166,920 was pushed through the windows during the 13-race Saturday night program. It was the second time during 2019 that wagering exceeded $3 million. The night got off to a fast start at the industry's handle leader as $303,044 was wagered in the first race, with $79,108 of that poured into the 50-Cent Pick-5 pot. Not surprisingly, the second most money was wagered in the eighth race - $299,848 - with $115,218 wagered into the 50-Cent Pick-4 pool. The total bet in both the Pick-5 and Pick-4 were yearly bests. The month of February has seen six racing programs at the Big M. On those programs, a total of $17,529,832 has been wagered, for an average per card of $2,921,638. In the featured $21,000 Preferred Handicap for pacers, K Ryan Bluechip got back in the win column for the first time in six weeks, pulling off a surprise at odds of 7-1 in 1:50.4. The red-hot Tuxedo Bay, sent to the gate as the 4-5 favorite in search of a third straight score in the weekly feature, had a rough go of it. Pushed four-wide into the first turn, driver Eric Carlson had to use his horse hard to reach the quarter on the front end in :26. A rated second panel of :28 would follow, but K Ryan Bluechip, who was away early in fifth, was now making good progress while racing first over. KRB got to within a half-length of the public choice at three-quarters before powering past to lead by 1¼ lengths with three-sixteenths of a mile to go. Through the stretch, the Virgil Morgan-trained, Andy Miller-driven K Ryan Bluechip maintained his edge as Tuxedo Bay weakened, and after a leisurely final quarter of :28.4, K Ryan Bluechip had his second victory in the Preferred ranks in seven tries. It was 1¾ lengths back to Castle Flight in second. New Talent finished third while Tuxedo Bay was last in the field of six. K Ryan Bluechip, who is owned by Carl T Howard and Brian Witt, returned $17.60 as the fifth choice in the wagering. The 7-year-old gelded son of Art Major-Fool That I Am now has 32 wins in 104 lifetime starts, good for earnings of $410,484. A LITTLE MORE: Andy Miller drove three winners on the card while Corey Callahan and Dexter Dunn had two each. ... Two bettors cashed in for $6,103 after lasting seven legs in the 20-Cent Survivor Pick-10. ... Mindtrip destroyed his foes as the 3-5 choice in the eighth race non-winners of $16,000 pace in a lifetime-best 1:50.1 for trainer Patti Harmon and driver Mitch Cushing. ... When racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m., a carryover of $50,930 awaits those playing the Early 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five (Race 5). By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations  

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