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The career of harness racing champion My Field Marshal (Art Major) has come to an end, with a catalogue of achievements that are as much a testament to the raw speed and ability of the horse as they are to the skills and persistence of his trainer Tim Butt. Connections made the decision recently to call time on the eight-year-old stallion's illustrious career, which, in raw numbers reads: 76 starts for 29 wins and 25 placings for $1,493,180 in stakes. Among My Field Marshal's achievements was an astonishing 2018 Miracle Mile victory that would be etched in the memory of every harness racing fan who witnessed it - storming to victory from last in a 1.46.9 mile, placing him in the top mile runs in history and clearly an Australasian record. As a four-year-old Monty (his stable name after famed World War 1 and 2 British field marshal Bernard Montgomery) won almost every major race in New Zealand; at five he won the Len Smith Mile; at six a Miracle Mile; and a Fremantle Cup at seven. Kate Butt's video tribute to My Field Marshal's career But the back story to those remarkable achievements makes My Field Marshal's accomplishments even more notable. A relatively modest 76 starts over a six-year career were largely the result of ongoing soft-palate issues. "He had a wind operation as a three-year-old, and another as a five-year-old, and his wind problems really didn't help him to be consistent all the time," Butt, based at Menangle, said. "But when I got him right, he was probably the best pacer I've trained for speed. He is actually a double rig (his testicles are concealed in his abdomen) so he carries all of those stallion qualities of strength and character. But he's like a thoroughbred in that he's got that athletic look, but doesn't need a lot of work," he said. My Field Marshal winning The Miracle Mile (Scott Hamilton Photo) "He was more fast than tough, and when he was spot on, in his heyday, he was pretty much unbeatable. He's beaten top horses like Lenny the Shark, Hector Jay Jay and Lazarus, and to win a Miracle Mile after two wind operations is really a huge credit to him." But My Field Marshal was no cinch to "keep right", with the risk of lung infections that were an ongoing management issue from the wind operations. Despite that, Butt credits wins with "Monty" among some of his most memorable career moments, particularly in securing him a coveted Miracle Mile - a trophy that had previously eluded the Butt camp. My Field Marshal (Ashlea Brennan Photo) "I trained Monty's mother, Foreal (Washington VC - Krystle (El Patron), for the owners Sid and Shona Brown from Mossgill, in Dunedin (New Zealand)," he said. "Foreal was pretty handy too - she was a NSW Oaks champion and a triple crown winner in Auckland and won a ladyship mile and a heat of the interdominion. "So to train another generation of horses for the same people is pretty special. Sid's dad was a gallops trainer, but Sid has gone towards the standardbreds, and he and Shona breed and race their own horses. They're impeccably cared for - Sid is one of those who does everything right and both of them absolutely love their horses." Butt is also training My Field Marshal's younger full brother, four-year-old Surreal. "He's got the family ability, but he has a few leg problems, so it will just depend whether we can get him back and keep him there," he said. Connections had been considering the racing future of My Field Marshal for about six months. "But in the end, he told us," Butt said. "It's pretty tough with the constant mile racing at Menangle, and we respect the horse too much to have him slip back into claimers or weaker type racing, so we decided to call it a day. "He'll have a new career of some sort, possibly back in New Zealand, or he'll be rehomed with a view to standardbred showing - he'll have a bit of a break first, though and then we'll decide." Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 12, 2020 -- K Ryan Bluechip followed live cover into the final turn, then brushed wide through the lane to capture Thursday's $17,900 Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows. K Ryan Bluechip was sixth down the backside when Dave Palone tipped him off the cones to follow the first-over Carolina Beach. The 8-year-old Art Major-Fool That I Am gelding had enough late to down the ground-saving Wild Wild Western by 1/2 length in 1:50.3. Carolina Beach saved show.   Mike Palone trains K Ryan Bluechip, who extended his lifetime bankroll to $597,459, and owns with J.R. Ryan, Stephen Ronay and Collin Ryan. Dave Palone collected four wins and Jim Pantaleano three on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Friday when the program features a $741.64 carryover in the Pick 5 (race 8). First post is 12:45 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA

Dover, DE - Artrageous benefitted from a letter prefect harness racing drive by Art Stafford Jr. and upset the field, at odds of 58-1 at Dover Downs on Wednesday night. My Last Bet and driver Montrell Teague were able to carve out the race fractions of 27.4 56.4 1:24 uncontested. Valuable Art pulled 1st over but could not reach the leader.  Artful Dancer was second over,  but could not gain any ground. At the top of the stretch Art Stafford Jr. pulled the pocket and won by one and three quarter length for his brother trainer Andrew Stafford.   The winning time was 1:52.1.  The last half mile was paced in 55.2 and a last quarter in 28.1 Artrageous (Art Major) is owned by Benson, Johannsen, Stafford and Case and paid $118.60 to win and $39.40 to place The race favorite, Soho Burning Love A, was a victim of poor race positioning but was charging home when clearance was found. Tim Tetrick drove Soho Burning Love A for trainer Jim King Jr. Moments of Joy finished third and was driven by Victor Kirby for trainer Bryan Truitt. Tim Tetrick won 5 races on the card.    by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs  

DAYTON, OH - Harness racing driver Dan Noble got off to an incredible start on the Saturday (Oct. 24) night program at Hollywood Dayton Raceway. The former national dash champion captured the first six races on the 14-race card, the first time any driver has won six straight in over 20 years on the year around southern Ohio circuit (Miami Valley, Eldorado Scioto Downs and Hollywood Dayton).   Noble's incredible feat began in race one when Buckeye Starlet copped a conditioned trot in 1:54 as the even money favorite. Dan completed the initial daily double winning with $20,000 claimer Indiana Cam ($3) in 1:51.1.   Next came Hamsandwich ($6), who notched a 1:53.4 win for Noble in a non-winners of two races event. Rock To Glory ($6.40) followed with a 1:54.1 score in an $8000 claiming pace.   The red hot purple and white clad son of the late Ohio Hall Of Famer Sam 'Chip' Noble added his fifth straight triumph in the $14,000 Open Pace, guiding Our Majordan A ($4.60) to an impressive 1:50 tally in gate to wire fashion. It was the sixth 2020 win for the Australian import, an 8-year-old by Art Major. Our Majordan A is owned by Enviro Stables LTD, Ned Hodkinson and Milton Leeman who entrust the training to Virgil Morgan Jr. The feature race winner is approaching one-half million dollars in earnings.       It'sgoodtobedaking rounded out Noble's consecutive streak by capturing a $15,000 claiming pace in 1:51.4. In the seventh race, Noble's mount Scott Rocks was roughed up through the first quarter and faded to sixth in the stretch after a valiant effort to extend the win streak.   With a pair of additional victories, Noble established a Hollywood Dayton record as the first driver to win eight on a single card in the track's seven year history. He guided My Buddy Ninkster ($6.60) to a 1:52.4 win in the 11th; and Sammy The Bull (3.80) to a 1:52.1 triumph in the nightcap.   Noble, who only races on Friday and Saturday nights due to the large size of he and wife Christi's stable of horses at the Xenia fairgrounds, ranks fifth in the local dash standings behind Brett Miller, Josh Sutton, Jeremy Smith and Tyler Smith. His 25%-plus win percentage is easily the best among the talented drivers colony at Dayton Raceway   From Hollywood Dayton Raceway

DAYTON, OH - It doesn't seem to make a bit of difference how the stars align in southwest Ohio, Stars Align A seems unbeatable in the weekly Open Pace at Hollywood Dayton Raceway. The Aussie import raced for brand new owner Joshua Graber, who purchased the 7-year old son of Art Major via a recent online auction for a reported $100,000 bid, on Saturday night (Oct. 17) with the same result--a stunning and dominating performance.   Despite being assigned the nine hole in an impressive ten horse field, regular driver Dan Noble set sail immediately with the 4-5 favorite and easily gained command before an eighth of a mile transpired. With the stud, who continues to be trained by Noble's wife Christi, acting a little headstrong, he was guided unchallenged through fractions of :26.1, :53.2 and 1:21 before finishing without urging in 1:49.2.       "He's probably the best horse we've ever trained in our stable," Noble exclaimed shortly after the feature race triumph. "In fact, he's one of the best I've ever driven. I really believe he could go in 1:47 over this track!"   My Hero Ron (Josh Sutton), a top condition class winner a week ago, gave chase throughout and finished a creditable second ahead of Americanprimetime (Jason Brewer), who was last week's Open winner.   Hollywood Dayton Raceway presents matinee programs on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1:30; and Friday and Saturday night programs that begin at 6:15.   Stars Align A now has 32 career wins in 88 tries and has banked $418,198.   From Hollywood Dayton Raceway

LEXINGTON, KY -- New York star Test Of Faith rolled to her seventh-straight victory when winning the opening division of the $262,000 Arlene Siegel Memorial International Stallion Stake Two-Year-Old Filly Pace, sponsored by Jules Siegel and Fashion Farms at The Red Mile. Sent the 1-5 favorite, driver David Miller moved Test Of Faith for the front from post 7, clearing command from Marsala Hanover past a :27.2 opening quarter. The Art Major filly maintained her speed up the backstretch, clipping the half in :54.1 as Lady Midnight committed first over moving to the final turn. Caviart Audrey tracked cover to three-quarters in 1:22.2 and fanned three wide into the stretch, but Test Of Faith already got a jump on the field. Spinning for the finish, Miller kept Test Of Faith straight and sped to a 1:48.4 victory chased by Notorious Pink, who shook loose from a shuffled trip to take second. Marsala Hanover snagged third while Caviart Audrey settled for fourth. "She's always been perfect--if you had 20 horses like her you wouldn't have much of a job to do," Pelling said after the race. "She's surprised me. We've always really liked her, but that's going to another level, what she's done the last three weeks. Jimmy Marohn [Jr.] did a great job with her and he always came back and said 'Man, I can't wait to pop those plugs and ask her to step.'" Just a tick off the world record, Test Of Faith now has eight victories from nine starts and $500,000 earned for owners Melvin Segal, Kentuckiana Racing Stable and Eddie Gran. The Fred Hertrich III-bred filly paid $2.40 to win. The second division of the Arlene Siegel Memorial saw Fire Start Hanover move forward early and front the field to the finish for her fifth-straight victory. Leaving from post 2, driver Dexter Dunn cleared command with Fire Start Hanover to a :28.1 opening quarter and increased the speed slightly to a :55.4 half. Continualou angled first over from fourth moving to the far turn, locking 2-1 second choice Blue Diamond Eyes at the pylons. With a breather to three-quarters in 1:24, Fire Start Hanover straightened for a sprint to the finish. The Richard "Nifty" Norman-trained daughter of Somebeachsomewhere held firm to the finish of a 1:50.3 mile with Blue Diamond Eyes shaking loose and splitting horses late to take second. JK Alwaysbalady rallied for third with Thebeachiscalling finishing fourth. "I was very nervous [watching her race], but we really have fun coming down here," co-owner David Hoese said after the race. "This [filly is the best I've owned] by far." Winning six races from nine starts, Fire Start Hanover has earned $211,336 for owners Pinske Stables, David Hoese and Lawrence Means. She paid $3.60 to win. Grand Circuit action resumes at The Red Mile on Saturday (Oct. 10) with a total seven divisions of International Stallion Stakes--three for the $299,100 Betting Line Two-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Pace and four for the $304,000 International Moni Two-Year-Old Filly Trot. Racing gets underway at 1:00 p.m. (EDT).   By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

LEXINGTON, KY--Grand Circuit action on Friday (Oct. 9) at The Red Mile will start with a bang as New York Sires Stakes champ Test Of Faith puts a six-race harness racing win streak on the table in a matchup against two fillies returning stateside. Test Of Faith starts from post 7 as the 5-2 morning-line favorite in the first of two divisions of the Arlene Siegel Memorial International Stallion Stake Two-Year-Old Filly Pace--sponsored by Jules Siegel and Fashion Farms. The Brett Pelling-trained Art Major filly will contend against Cavairt Audrey--the Nancy Takter-trained Somebeachsomewhere filly exiting a 1:52.2 win in the $341,250 Shes A Great Lady Stakes--as well as Notorious Pink--the Shes A Great Lady runner-up conditioned by Tony Alagna. David Miller will have the reins on Test Of Faith while Yannick Gingras drives Caviart Audrey from post 5 and Tim Tetrick steers Notorious Pink from post 2. Kentucky Sires Stakes champ Blue Diamond Eyes will try to rebound off a second-place finish in the Bluegrass last week when she starts from post 5 in the second division of the Arlene Siegel Memorial. David Miller again has the assignment behind the Ron Burke-trained Captaintreacherous filly who suffered defeat last week to Fire Start Hanover, who starts from post 2 for trainer Richard "Nifty" Norman and driver Dexter Dunn. The Friday card also features three divisions for the $258,800 Six Pack International Stallion Stake Two-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Trot, sponsored by the Six Pack Syndicate and Deo Volente Farms. Venerate leads the opening division from post 3 as he returns to the site of his Kentucky Sires Stakes crush after sliding to victory in the inaugural edition of the Mohawk Million. Andy Miller will drive the Love You colt--listed as the 7-5 morning-line favorite--for trainer Julie Miller against Ake Svanstedt trainee Southwind Tyrion, the William Wellwood Memorial runner-up who rallied with a :26.3 final quarter last week to finish third in the Bluegrass. Pennsylvania Sires Stakes runner-up In Range will also try to bounce back off a sixth-place effort as the odds-on choice in the Bluegrass. Making just his fourth start, aptly-named Svanstedt trainee Delayed Hanover heads into the second division of the Six Pack off a 1:53.4 victory in the Bluegrass last week--trotting a final quarter in :26.3. Svanstedt will again have the reins from post 6 and neighbors hometown favorite Cuatro De Julio, the Trixton colt trained by Marie Ortolan Bar and driven by Al Eferstein. The final split of the Six Pack pins Peter Haughton winner Zenith Stride against Moonstone S, runner-up in the Haughton and entering this race off a third-place rally in the Bluegrass. Brian Sears opts to drive the Mark Harder-trained Muscle Hill colt off a sixth-place finish over the Lexington oval last week and will start from post 2. David Miller nabs the drive on the Marcus Melander-trained Muscle Hill colt who starts from post 1. A total of five Grand Circuit events will go on the 11-race card. First-race post time is slated for 1:00 p.m. (EDT). By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

Columbus, MN - Running Aces closed out it's 2020 harness racing season with a nine race program on Sunday (October 4). Driver Chris Scicluna picked up four wins on the day, including three out of the four top featured events of the day.   Scicluna drove Natalie Zabrzenski's pacing mare Free Radical ($2.40) to a romping 5 length victory in the $13,500 Minnesota-Sired Consolation in 1:56.1 to complete three in a row for the 6 year old daughter of Hot Pans.   Two races later, Scicluna steered his own star pacer Hoo Nien A ($5.00) to a 1-3/4 length score in the $9,500 horses and geldings Open Handicap pace in 1:53.3 to complete a fantastic Running Aces campaign for the 9 year old gelded son of Always A Virgin.   In the very next race, Scicluna's top pacing mare My Kiwi Lady N ($4.80) was driven to victory by Jacob Cutting in the $9,500 mares Open Handicap pace to complete a stellar summer campaign for the 7 year old daughter of Art Major.   The very next race, Scicluna was back in the sulky and steered Cruisin For You ($44.40) to an upset win as the longest shot on the board in a $6,000 claiming pace for owner/trainer Ariel Alvarez.   Final tally on the day for Scicluna was three driving wins and two wins as owner/trainer.   Drivers Nick Roland and Braxten Boyd each registered doubles on the program and trainer George Reider also had two winners on the closing day card.   Nick Roland picked up the hardware as the 2020 Leading Driver for his fourth local driving title, and Jessica Johnson was awarded as the 2020 Leading Trainer for her first such title.   The mandatory payout Pick-5 wager picked up over $39,000 in new action to add to the $20,435 in carryover money. Twelve lucky players were able to solve the closing day Pick-5 puzzle to split the money. Each 20 cent ticket returned $4,211.72.   by Darin Gagne, for Running Aces          

DAYTON, OH - The stars were perfectly aligned at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Saturday night (Sept. 26) for the winner of the harness racing featured $15,500 Open Pace, Stars Align A. Driver Dan Noble put the mild favorite on the point throughout the 1:50 mile, posting fractions of :26.1, :54.1 and 1:21.3 before holding off a cavalry charge of classy opponents in 1:50 flat.   Fan Of Terror (Brett Miller) slipped through along the pylons to grab the place position; and Bllack Hole (Brendan Johnson) flew in the stretch to finish third from an outside starting position.       Stars Align A is owned by D Racing Stable, Yves Sarrazin and Bruce Soulsby. Trained by Noble's wife Christi, the 7 year old son of Art Major increased his seasonal bounty to over $76,000 with his sixth win in 18 starts.   Excitement is building at Hollywood Dayton for next Saturday's marquee events night featuring three Dayton Derbies for purses of at least $175,000. Many of the sports best older Grand Circuit pacers and trotters are expected. The undercard will feature eight $60,000 Buckeye Stallion Series championships showcasing top Ohio-sired freshman and sophomore trotter and pacers.   There will also be three $25,000 (min.) Open-Invitational races for male pacers, female pacers and trotters. Interested parties should contact Race Secretary Gregg Keidel at 937-235-7859 in advance of the box closing at 10 am on Tuesday (Sept. 29).   From Hollywood Dayton Raceway

Even by his lofty standards harness racing stallion Art Major has had a huge week. It started with Balraj producing an unbelievable sprint to defeat reigning Miracle Mile champion King Of Swing on Saturday night. Coming off King Of Swing's back, Balraj unleashed a 25.3 final quarter to win by a half neck. Mere minutes later Ride High again showed why he is one of the most exciting horses in recent times with another stunning display of horsepower. After working to the front, Ride High simply dominated his rivals, sprinting home untouched in 53.4 to win by over six lengths. While in New York Art Major's offspring won both the $225,000 New York Sires Stakes Finals for two year olds. Test Of Faith took control of the fillies final early and was able to dictate terms to win by two lengths. It was her fifth success from six starts to date. Test Of Faith In the colts and gelding final King James Express used a mid race move to find the front and then ran out a comfortable winner. King James Express He also sired two very impressive two year old winners in Australia headed by Major Moth who lived up to the hype on debut. The Clayton Tonkin trainee sprinted home in 26.3 to win easily. While in Queensland Itz Major Rich won his third straight race with a victory at Albion Park. Art Major simply continues to produce the goods year in and year out.    

Columbus, MN - My Kiwi Lady N scored her fourth win of the season, with a solid three length tally in 1:53.1 to take the Tuesday afternoon (September 15) harness racing feature at Running Aces.   Sent off as the 4-5 favorite from her assigned outside seven post, Driver Jacob Cutting floated My Kiwi Lady N off the gate in fourth position and picked up immediate cover as Another Beach Day (Braxten Boyd) was locked in battle early with race leader Amasa Arion (Rick Magee).   The early battle up front produced quick opening fractions of :27.2 and :56 seconds and My Kiwi Lady N benefitted from the live cover all the way into the final turn before tipping three-wide and taking the lead as they swing for home.   My Kiwi Lady N ($3.80) had plenty of pace and drew away from the field in the lane, stopping the timer in 1:53.1 while Motu Moonbeam N (Mooney Svendsen) closed from the back of the pack to be a clear second, and Windmeupnwatchmego (Dean Magee) came from last to nab third.       The winner is a 7 year old daughter of Art Major, owned and trained by Chris Scicluna. She now has fourteen career wins and just eclipsed the century mark in career earnings ($104,392) with today's victory.   Spectacular Sunset (Rick Magee, $4.40) captured the $5,500 two year old Open Pace for his second career win in just three starts. After following in the pocket through the first half mile, Magee came after the leader Alilthundadownunda (Nick Roland) down the backside and these two traded blows all the way to the finish.   After appearing defeated in deep stretch, Spectacular Sunset dug down deep and surged to the wire to secure a one length score in 1:56.3 over Alilthundadownunda with SD Eliminator (Brian Detgen) well back in third.   The winner is a stud colt by Artspeak, owned by Janna Lee Rucker and trained by Magee.   Lakota Law (Dean Magee, $3.00) picked up her fourth straight win when she hit the wire in a 1:55.1 dead heat (with Velocity Layla, Tim Maier, $3.80) in the Tuesday finale. It was a seasonal mark for Lakota Law, owned by Troshu Racing and trained by Ariel Alvarez.   Nat A Cam (Dean Magee, $3.40) notched another win for 99 year old owner Keith "Dudley" Carey, pacing to a new career mark of 1:55.3 for her fourteenth career win. The impressive 4 year old daughter of Millionaire Cam is trained by Justin Anfinson.   Drivers Dean Magee and Jacob Cutting dominated the program on Tuesday, with Magee nabbing four wins for a Grand Slam and Cutting picking up three wins for a Hat-Trick. Cutting also registered two training wins on the day.   Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Wednesday (September 16) with first post at 1:00 pm CDT and features a carryover of $9,823.68 in the 20 cent Pick-5 Jackpot wager.   By Darin Gagne, for Running Aces

YONKERS, N.Y. - “She’s pretty. She’s worth taking a photo of,” trainer Brett Pelling said, describing standout 2-year-old harness racing pacing filly Test Of Faith ahead of her bid in the New York Sire Stakes Final Saturday at Yonkers Raceway. “She’s not a chestnut, but she’s close. She’s very graceful, beautiful balance. She’s a very attractive horse.” Not just a pretty face, Test Of Faith has shown talent to back up her physical. She’s 4-for-5 in the New York bred series and finished second in her only loss. Her earnings stand at $145,250 for owners Melvin Segal, Kentuckiana Racing Stable, and Eddie Gran. And Test Of Faith is the 9-5 favorite on the morning line in $225,000 championship Saturday night (Sept. 12). Bred by Frederick Hertrich, III, Test Of Faith is by Art Major out of the Cam’s Card Shark mare Cannae Cammie, who placed in multiple stakes and earned $538,140 on the racetrack. Test Of Faith is a half to Alexis Faith, 2017 NYSS Champion 2-year-old filly and multiple Grand Circuit stakes winner, and to Cant Beach That, who Pelling trained to a runner up finish in the Kentucky Sire Stakes Final for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings last year.  The pedigree put Test Of Faith on Pelling’s short list at last year’s Harrisburg Yearling Sale and Pelling went to $92,000 to bring the filly home.  “It’s a very good family. She has really good strength, she’s a very strong filly. She’s not really like her brother; her brother goes to a knee a little bit, but she paces very clean,” Pelling said. “One’s a girl, one’s a boy. He’s a big, strong, rugged horse. She’s quite tall, but she’s very graceful.” Test Of Faith trained down without a hitch. As the time to qualify grew closer, Test Of Faith stood out from her peers for her reliability and professionalism.  “She’s been bullet proof. Right from the very beginning, she showed good ability. She’s always trained well. The biggest thing with her is, there’s never been any problem of any kind, which for a 2-year-old is a rarity. She’s been push button right from day one,” Pelling said. “The first time we asked her to go quick, she was perfect. She trains great in front, she trains great behind. Probably her number one quality is she’s very relaxed, she’s very sensible. A lot of these fillies, you race them on the front end and they might get a little aggressive. She could not be more opposite to that. She’s as loose-lined as a horse can be and that’s a good horse.” Test Of Faith qualified at Magical Acres Training Center June 16. She drew in with Farady Hanover, a $275,000 Harrisburg purchase and full sister to Filibuster Hanover trained by Noel Daley, prompting Pelling to be conservative. With Brett’s son Jack in the bike, Test Of Faith stayed inside as Farady Hanover wired the field. Test Of Faith finished last of four, pacing her mile in 2:00 with a :27.3 final quarter. Pelling liked what he saw. “We knew she was good in her qualifier. We locked her in and I knew some of the other fillies that she baby raced with were high-priced fillies with good trainers and I knew they had to be pretty decent,” Pelling said. “I could see she was just sitting there watching them and I felt she could move by them at any time. I think right from the beginning, I knew she was pretty good” Test Of Faith qualified again at Magical Acres June 23. This time, she rode the pocket and with a :27.4 final quarter, sprinted past rival Heart Of Mine to score a 1 3/4-length win in 1:58.1.  Test Of Faith made her pari-mutuel debut in NYSS at Vernon Downs on Independence Day. Floating out from post five, driver Jim Marohn, Jr. had had few options but to forge to the front as two rivals left to his inside. Test Of Faith worked to the top in a :26 opening panel, clearing midway around the first turn. Despite the swift fractions, Test Of Faith turned away the first-over challenge of Major Houlihan before pacing clear of the field in the stretch. She won by 1 1/4 lengths in 1:52.2. “The first time we raced her up at Vernon, that was never the intention to go down the road in 52. But the horse inside of her really pushed forward, (Marohn) didn’t have a spot to put her, and he just ended up going on to the front. I think the first race was the only race that stung her a little bit. She got through that OK and ever since then, she’s been fine.” Test Of Faith’s second start didn’t go as planned either. Racing around the first turn at Tioga in the next NYSS leg July 19, Marohn tried to place her in the pocket, but as the pace slowed, Test Of Faith collided with the leader’s wheel and made a break. She caught back pacing and raced in fourth before recovering for a second-place finish. “We were trying not to bust her out of there. She left in 26 seconds in the first start of her life. The obvious thing is not to do that again,” Pelling said. “It was a shame she got ran into because she would have won. That’s racing. You try to be cute and sometimes being cute doesn’t work.” Since then, Test Of Faith has taken no chances. She’s led at every call in the last three preliminary legs of the NYSS Aug. 4 at Yonkers, and Aug. 12 and 24 at Saratoga, winning by 3 1/2, 4, and 4 lengths, respectively. Pelling pointed out the Aug. 12 start, in which Test Of Faith made a three-wide move to the lead in a :27.3 opening quarter. “She’s been on high-idle, just absolutely cruising. One of the races was very impressive, the one before last,” Pelling said. “They took a shot to leave her out there a little bit. The horse in front had one parked, but Jimmy just pulled her three-wide and he just went to the front. She did that in three or four steps. She’s got a very, very quick step, she’s very reliable.” Test Of Faith drew post six in the NYSS Final, the first of nine races on the $1.8 million program Saturday night at Yonkers. She will face seven rivals, six of which she has beaten at least once in the preliminaries: DC Batgirl, Party Queen, Heart Of Mine, Think Of Galaxies (who beat Test Of Faith at Tioga July 19), Spicy Covina, Rightfully Mine, and Albergita Hanover. “She’s absolutely perfect. She’s looks fabulous. She hasn’t had any issues, that’s the bottom line,” Pelling said. “I imagine she’ll just roll out of there and how much they want to hurt their horses to be the one following her, I don’t know, but she’ll be in front.” Pelling hopes Test Of Faith can make amends after his Allywag Hanover finished fourth as the 3-5 favorite in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Final for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings at Harrah’s Philadelphia Sept. 6. This is also the biggest race of Test Of Faith’s season as she is not eligible to the major fall stakes. “I had one on Sunday over at Chester who was the favorite in his Sire Stakes final and he came up sick, so that was really, really disappointing. There’s only so many races for them,” Pelling said. “This filly is not staked through the end of the year. The owner is quite conservative. “This is the big one for her. She has four starts left and this is the biggest purse she’s going to go for all year,” Pelling continued. “I wish her the best. She deserves to win it, I think she’s been the best filly right through. That’s what it’s all about, when they get there if the best horse can come through and get it, that’s the way it should be.” First post time for the $1.8 million Night of Champions card is 7:12 p.m. Free full card past performances are available here. Yonkers Raceway features live harness racing Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights through Dec. 22. First post time is 7:12 p.m. For entries to the races, click here. by Brandon Valvo, for the SOA of NY

Columbus, MN - The Tuesday afternoon (September 1) harness racing program at Running Aces offered co-featured events, each going for a purse of $8,500.   The Mares Open Handicap Pace event was dominated by My Kiwi Lady N (Chris Scicluna) who surged to the front early from post five and made the lead just at the quarter in :27 seconds. Pull The Shade (Nick Roland) and Another Beach Day (Braxten Boyd) both left alertly and then yielded the front to My Kiwi Lady N.   Once on top, the seven year old daughter of Art Major was well in command, benefitting from a :30.1 breather in the second panel and then pacing a strong final half mile in :56 flat to keep her rivals in chase mode. Another Beach Day applied pressure down the backstretch and into the far turn but was unable to sustain her bid beyond the 3/4 mark.   My Kiwi Lady N ($7.80) stopped the timer at 1:53.1 for a 2-1/4 length score over Pull The Shade and Motu Moonbeam N (Dean Magee). The victory was the third score of the season, and 13th lifetime for the winner, who is also owned and trained by Chris Scicluna.       Justlikehim (Jacob Cutting) captured the Open Handicap Trot event that featured a thrilling stretch battle and subsequent three horse photo finish.   Bordogna (Rick Magee) was the heavy favorite and surged to the lead early from post five, while Muscle Ave (Dean Magee) left fast to secure the pocket. Justlikehim launched a first over bid just past the 3/8 mark and took the overland route from there.   Bordogna remained in complete control until they straightened for the wire, when Justlikehim surged alongside the leader and they battled all the way to the line, with Muscle Ave joining them with a late burst of speed.   The photo finish revealed that Justlikehim ($11.00) had a nose in front of Bordogna at the wire, with Muscle Ave beaten just a neck in third.       The mile time of 1:55.1 was a new career mark for the winner, a five year old gelding by My MVP owned by Orlando Nevarez and trained by Edwin Quevedo.   Chris Scicluna led the Tuesday program with two driving wins and two training wins.   Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Saturday (September 5) with first post at 1:00 pm (CDT) and will feature a carryover in the 20 cent Pick-5 Jackpot wager of $4,481.33.   By Darin Gagne, for Running Aces  

Yonkers, NY - Sire Art Major had two harness racing pacers in Tuesday night's New York Sire Stakes divisions for three-year-old colt and gelding pacers and both came away victorious. In the $75,900 first division, Major Betts led all the way to a two and a half length score in 1:51.1. Dexter Dunn was the winning driver for trainer Mark Harder and owners Jannuzzelli, Harder and Frost.   Major Betts started in the Meadowlands Pace Final in his last race but the return to NYSS action got him back to the winner's circle. In the $77,300 second division, Genius Man got up by a nose in an eventful stretch battle in 1:52.3. Save Me A Dance was second with Splash Brother a neck back in third.   Marcus Miller drove the Art Major gelding to victory for trainer Erv Miller and owners Michelon and Plouffe. Racing at Yonkers Raceway continues Thursday and Friday night this week, first race is 7:12pm by Alex Dadoyan, for Yonkers Raceway  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Mr Euroman N ($10.60) made his 2020 harness racing seasonal debut a successful one with a gate-to-wire win over Andy's Ideal in Buffalo Raceway's featured $11,000 Class AA-Open Handicap Pace on Saturday night (March 14).   The score by Mr Euroman N capped a stellar night for driver Billy Davis Jr. as Buffalo Raceway's leading driver put together a five-win evening while trainer Maria Rice and co-owners Vogel & Wags Nags, Team Rice Racing and Adelphia Bloodstock enjoyed three victories on the 13-race program.   Starting from the rail, Mr Euroman N stomped out to the early advantage and posted fractions of :29.4, :58.2 and 1:27.2 over the fast track. In the stretch, Mr Euroman N found no takers and was in cruise control hitting the wire in 1:56.0. Andy's Ideal (Kyle Cummings) was second with Iluvtomakemoney (Ray Fisher Jr.) grabbing the show spot.   Mr Euroman N (Art Major-Little Big Sister), an 8-year-old gelding, saw his career winnings move to $164,055.   In the first of two $10,000 Class A paces, Drunkonaplane (Davis Jr.) made a big three-wide brush heading to the three-quarter marker and flew home a winner in 1:57.0. He beat Jim's Great (Kevin Cummings) by a diminishing neck while Myell's Rockstar (Shawn McDonough) was third.   Drunkonaplane ($3.60) is co-owned by Vogel & Wags Nags, Team Rice Racing and Adelphia Bloodstock. Trained by Rice, it was the third win in 10 tries for the 6-year-old gelded Drunkonaplane (Rock N Roll Heaven-Ali Badali). He has now earned $16,218 this season and $151,821 lifetime.   It was a cavalry charge down the stretch in the second division with a photo needed to decide the winner. In the end, Percy's Z Tam ($9.20) and driver Kevin Cummings held on by a nose in 1:56.4 with Blue On Black (McDonough) and Santana Beach (Aaron Byron) settling for the disappointing second and third place positions respectively.   Owned by Mike Torcello and trained by Gerry Sarama, the 6-year-old gelded Percy's Z Tam (American Ideal-Mintjulep Bluechip) has now scored three victories in eighth starts this year. The win upped his seasonal bankroll to $15,890 and $201,286 in his career.   Aaron Byron and Kevin Cummings had driving doubles on the evening.   Racing will continue on Wednesday evening at 5 p.m. with a 13-race program scheduled. There will be a $5,000 guarantee in the Pick 5 which begins in the second race.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, entries and upcoming promotions, go to   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

Dover, DE - Major Occasion A was impressive in winning the $27,500 Mares Open Pace at Dover Downs on Wednesday night. Moments of Joy and Bettor Joy N left together for the early lead. Bettor Joy N aggressively pulled on Moments Of Joy at the quarter pole and cut the mile. Major Occasion A, the even odds favorite left and settled into fourth. Bettor Joy N cut the early fractions of 27.1 and :56.1. At the half, Dexter Dunn called upon Major Occasion A, who grinded up on the outside and pressured Bettor Joy N at the three quarter pole. They sprinted to the three quarters in 1:23.1, a 27 flat quarter. In the stretch, Major Occasion, who finished a disappointing 4th as the heavy favorite last week, kicked into another gear.  She wore down Bettor Joy N in the late stages of the race and won by a head in 1:50.2.    It wasn’t the time of the race that was impressive but the way she won.  Major Occasion A paced an individual last half in 53.2 and a last quarter 26.4. Temperatures were a balmy 49 degrees. Bettor Joy N finished 2nd, which proved to be her best performance of the year. Jim King Jr. was her trainer and Tim Tetrick the driver. Moment’s of Joy N. sat the pocket trip but could not gain on the leaders in the stretch. She finished third for trainer Bryan Truitt and driver Montrell Teague.  Major Occasion A, (Art Major -Fake Occasion-Fake Left), is a New Zealand bred. The 6 year old mare is owned by Enzed Racing Stable. Nifty Norman trains Major Occasion A. Tomorrow (Thursday) Dover Downs is seeking entries to compete in a $50,000 Fillies and Mares Open Pace, to be raced next Wednesday March 4th.  The entry box closes at noon. Post Time is 4:30 pm. by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs  

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