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DAYTON PA - One track record was broken on sophomore Fair Sire Stakes day Sunday at the Dayton (PA) 2-day Sires event, but the harness racing record book just missed quite an onslaught - three marks, including the all-age track record for both the trot and the pace, survived by a single fifth of a second, and two were missed by two ticks.   It didn't take long past the 1 p.m. first post time before an alteration was needed in the Dayton records, as in the day's first race Waterview Hanover put up fractions of 30.2, 59.4, and 1:30.2 en route to a 2:01 final time, lowering the 2:02.4 standard for three-year-old trotting fillies set by Bessie in 2014, and also just missing Redder Than Red's all-age track trotting mark of 2:00.4 set in 2012. The daughter of Explosive Matter, a winner in her Fair Championship event at The Meadows last year, was driven by Steve Schoeffel for trainer Bill Daugherty Jr. and owner Susan Daugherty.   The track trot mark, and the record for sophomore colts (since that was Redder The Red's status in his 2012 record mile), came under joint assault later in the card, with another of Explosive Matter's offspring, the gelding Major Matter, trotting in 2:01.1, missing both the division and all-age marks by two-fifths of a second. Trainer/driver Rick Beinhauer shares with his wife Regina the ownership of Major Matter, who had already equaled the 2:04 all-age trot standard at Wattsburg.   The all-age pacing mark and the Dayton record for three-year-old colts also "stood the test of time," but just barely, as the Art Official colt Dragon Strikes blasted home in 27.4 to freeze the stopwatch at 1:58, just a shade shy J T Arturo's 1:57.4 mark, set in the distant past of 2002. Brady Brown handled the Mike Gillock trainee as Dragon Strikes is now unbeaten in two fair starts for owner Robert Key, handling Star Of Terror by four lengths - and all Star Of Terror has done recently is equal the Butler all-age mark of 2:00.2, then last week pace the fastest mile of the PA fair season at Gratz, 1:57.1.   Shawn Johnston added another winner Sunday to his career-highlight quintuple on Saturday to be the meet's leading driver, while Rick Beinhauer harnessed a pair of Victory Lane visitors each day to take the training title for the two-day stint.   Next stop of the PA Fair Circuit is at the Lycoming County oval in Hughesville, not far from Williamsport of Little League World Series fame, with action slated for Wednesday and Thursday of this week.   Publicity Office, Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen's Association    

In harness racing, a pretty horse doesn't always mean a fast horse. However, in the case of Type A Grey, pretty does mean fast. The 2-year-old daughter of Art Official stormed to a wire-to-wire 1:57.2 victory in her $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes on Sunday night, July 3 at Northfield Park for driver Chris Page in her pari-mutuel debut. Trained by Brian Brown for Emerald Highlands Farm of Mount Vernon, Ohio, Type A Grey lead through fractions of :29.1, :59.1 and 1:28.3 to sweep under the wire unchallenged. Owner Bruce Trogden purchased the lanky filly as a yearling at the 2015 Standardbred Horse Sale at Harrisburg for $20,000. "I liked her pedigree," Bruce said. "She comes from a strong, old maternal family. The fact that she was grey was a plus because I really like grey horses and have purchased many of them over the years. When I saw her in the flesh I was surprised she was as good looking as her pedigree suggested." "Bruce bought her after I had already gone home," Brian admitted. "She's a very sound, sensible filly and one of those that you can jog all day long. In fact, if you don't take a whip out there with you to jog, you will be out there all day long. "She's kind of lazy in that regard, and really didn't show a lot of spunk until her last two training sessions and then she just kind of put it all together. Having Chris (driver Page) handle her is an added bonus because he really takes care of these young horses and babies them along. Sometimes I have to ask him not to baby them so much and to get after them a little bit, but Chris is one of those who is always thinking of the horse and their early education." A total of 14 Ohio Sires Stakes events were contested at Northfield on July 3, and a complete recap will be forthcoming. by Kimberly Rinker, for the OSDF

Harness Racing trainer/driver Bob Butt may have won the feature at Phar Lap on Sunday but his second win of the day was the most satisfying. Butt topped off a big weekend by winning the Timaru Winter Cup when driving Easy Rider to victory for his parents David and Catherine Butt who train the winner of four races at their Woodend Beach base. However, Hall Of Fame's win in the last race, a c1 pace, gave Butt a race-to-race driving double but more importantly a training win of his own. An eight length winner on debut at Addington in October, Half Of Fame went to Alexandra Park for the Christmas carnival but was never able to show his best.  "I took him up north and he got really crook so I had to give him a long spell," Butt said. The Rocknroll Hanover three-year-old was a one and three quarter length winner in a c1 pace on Sunday - his first start since December 18. Sunday's win was a major relief for Butt as the talented pacer returned to form. Butt said Hall Of Fame is likely to have one or two more starts before being sent for a spell in preparation for a cup week campaign. Easy Rider was quick away from the front tape in the Timaru Winter Cup and Butt drove him hard to beat Well Armed to the lead but with just over a lap to run he give it away when Blair Orange sent Highview Freddy, who started off 20m, forward. "Highview Freddy's always better in front so I knew if I could hold the lead he would be coming around at some point." Easy Rider was then able to sit in the trail until he was let loose up the passing lane. "He's just that sort of horse, if he gets that perfect run he's always dangerous," Butt said.  Easy Rider, raced by Tony McGrath, beat home Highview Freddy by a head with a further length back to Well Armed. The Art Official four-year-old made it back-to-back victories after winning a c1-c2 junior drivers race at Rangiora in the hands of Matt Anderson on June 19. Hall Of Fame's win was Butt's second training win over the weekend with Matatoki winning a c1-c2 trot at Addington on Thursday night to give him a 100 per cent success rate with just the two runners being lined up. Matatoki was Butt's third driving win at Addington with earlier wins coming in Breeders Crown heats behind the Paul Nairn-trained pair of Conon Bridge and Wilma's Mate. Matatoki is likely to have another start before also being spelled for cup week. Matt Kermeen

Plans were thrown into utter chaos on Tuesday afternoon. Hardly ideal when approaching a harness racing Gr.1 $100,000 feature which is scheduled for later in the week, but somethings can’t be avoided. This is the situation that the Dux family is now facing on Saturday night when talented type Covert Beauty starts in the QBRED Triad 3yo Fillies Final at Albion Park. Because late on Tuesday afternoon, Mark Dux was involved in a nasty fall which left him unconscious after copping the backwash of an incident which he simply couldn’t avoid. Wrong place, wrong time. After being kept in the Royal Brisbane hospital overnight, the news got worse when he learned that his filly has drawn the second-line in Saturday’s feature and a new driver is obviously required. “It wasn’t the best of days on Tuesday; I have no recollection of the fall itself which is probably a good thing because it wasn’t a pleasant experience. We’ve engaged Mathew Neilson to handle the filly, we thought about giving my daughter (Madi) the opportunity because she does a lot of work with this filly but thought it was a bit much given what’s unfolded this week.” Dux said. Despite a tricky second-line draw, the Art Official filly still rates among the leading chances because of her trademark finishing burst which she has displayed on numerous occasions this term. Covert Beauty scored a stylish victory last week at Albion Park when charging down the outside, her preparation has been timed to perfection and Dux is confident her biggest payday is very close. “As we know, the draws are everything in racing nowadays and while it’s disappointing we have to overcome a second-line draw, I know she is clearly one of the best fillies in this field. Her record is very good but with a little more luck in some of these other features she has contested; it could easily be a lot better. “I’m very happy with where she is at going into this final, her win last week was very good and she’s trained on well since. I think we’ll know our fate early, if we get a quick lead time we know we’re in with a shot but if we don’t get it, it’s mathematically impossible. “The Dixon fillies (Get In The Groove & Cherish The Moment) loom as the toughest to beat with their front-line draws plus their form is very solid. It should be a good race and hopefully we get a genuine tempo which will give everyone a chance.” Dux will be sitting on the sidelines for the next fortnight owing to his concussion but he’ll be trackside on Saturday night cheering loudly for his filly. Covert Beauty is raced by her breeder, Stephen Dux, older brother of Mark. Chris Barsby Fields for Albion Park, Saturday 28 May 2016 Form guide for Albion Park, Saturday 28 May 2016

Luck goes a long way in harness racing. And Mark Dux is hoping he has a little on his side when he lines up in the Gr.2 $50,000 QBRED Breeders Classic 3yo Fillies Final at Albion Park on Friday night with his talented prospect Covert Beauty. So far, luck has deserted them both. Following the barrier draw earlier this week, Dux has been in a dilemma about which path to navigate with his classy filly. “It’s probably the only draw I didn’t want with her, its nasty and gives you very little room to move but we can’t change it now so we have to deal with it. Getting a good draw is so crucial in today’s racing, you only have to look at results to realise that.” Dux said. While the draw has taken some of the gloss of the feature event for Dux, he can’t hide his enthusiasm about his pupil. The homebred Art Official – Our Lillyfield filly has returned in sparkling form this season and has finished no further back than fourth in her 8 starts to date this campaign which includes a career best performance at Albion Park three starts ago in 1:54.3. Covert Beauty enters Friday’s feature as an easy last start winner at Redcliffe where she came off the pace before scoring decisively. The leading stables of Grant Dixon loom as the biggest threat to Covert Beauty with Reds Jet Star, Cherish The Moment, Charms On A Roll and Get In The Groove all sporting the familiar black and white checks. “Obviously Grant’s stable will be the toughest to beat, both Cherish The Moment and Get In The Groove are high quality fillies but I think my filly can feature with some normal luck. Tactically, it will be an interesting race because there are some fast beginners drawn off the front-line which could open things up. “My filly is versatile and she’s sensible, we probably need a genuine speed being set because of our draw but if we get it, I think we can play a hand in the finish. I like the way she has come up this campaign and she’s trained on well since her latest victory. “Another bonus with my filly is the distance, she likes the longer races and with her turn of foot, it can be a dangerous combination. It all comes down to luck and if we get it, we’ll be in the mix for sure.” Covert Beauty is raced by Mark’s older brother, Stephen. The QBRED Breeders Classic 3yo Fillies Final is scheduled as race 4 at 6.54pm. by Chris Barsby Fields for Gold Coast at Albion Park, Friday 01 April 2016 Form guide for Gold Coast at Albion Park, Friday 01 April 2016

Anyone who has been around the New Zealand yearling sale scene over the last 30 years will know who Brian West is. Since the mid 1980s, Brian has been preparing and selling yearlings for the Christcurch based sale and during that time he has lead the way in introducing things such as specialized feeding and exercise programmes which have revolutionized how yearlings are prepared in 2016 compared to just a few years ago. The yearlings presented at New Zealand sales in 2016 are up there with anything in the world and Brian has been a big part of that development over the years. There wouldn't be a major yearling vendor in North America who hasn't had a visit from Brian trying to pick their brains for any knowledge that would help his boutique breeding operation Studholme Park produce a better yearling. The results would say that Brian is as good as it gets when it comes to producing elite level age group performers and this years draft once again looks full of quality individuals. I recently sat down with Brian to discuss this years draft and to ask for his opinion on which lots had really impressed him but he wanted his staff involved in the discussion as well . " I have outstanding staff lead by Jan Payne and I respect their opinion enormously so I will nominate the yearlings that have impressed me but I would like their views to be known as well as they have been with the yearlings since day one," Brian told Harnesslink this week Brians Selections Top Colt  -  Lot 334 - A chestnut colt by Love You from Paramount Star Just an outstanding colt in every way. He has a lovely attitude, he is with you the whole time. Very quick learner and just a pleasure to work with. I have bred some elite level trotters in the past but this colt is the next generation up in my opinion. He just ticks every box for me Top Filly - Lot 260  -  A brown filly by Bettor's Delight from Lancome This filly reminds me so much of her mother and she has all those little habits that her dam had. There is a bit of class about her when you work with her and she has a superb temperament which is so critical today. I have had a lot of high class fillies through Studholme Park over the years and you pick up all the little traits that the elite performers have and this filly has them all in spades. Sleeper in the draft  -  Lot 398  -  A bay colt by Art Official from Simply Devine This was an easy selection. Being by Art Official means he is behind the eight ball from the start but the buyers should put their catalogue down and just have a look at the colt. He is one very well put together colt and a very attractive type in the flesh. A very quick learner who is just a pleasure to do anything with. Everyone at Studholme Park likes him which is a rare achievement for a yearling here I can tell you. He is there to be sold so someone is going to get a cheap horse whatever he sells for.   Staffs Selection (Jan Payne) Top Colt - Lot 312 - A brown colt by Bettor's Delight from My Style A lovely colt who has all the attributes you look for in those elite colts.. He is a correct attractive colt, who is always cooperative when you are working with him. He is a very alert colt who is a very quick learner but not one to get stressed. Just ticks every box and does it easily. Top Filly  -  Lot 493  - A bay filly by Bettor's Delight from A Legend Just a lovely filly to do anything with right from day one. She picks things up quickly and is a very mature filly for her age. Nothing worries her which is a big plus and she has all the attributes of a filly that will run early. Sleeper in the draft  -  Lot 398 - A bay colt by Art Official from Simply Devine I have to agree with Brian here in that the Art Official colt has impressed everyone at Studholme during the yearling preparation. He is such a lovely individual to do anything with and is a great looking horse as well. He has shown all the attributes you look for in an elite colt but being by Art Official will see him make a fraction of what we think he is worth. Brian and Studholme Park are offering twenty yearlings over the two days of the New Zealand Premier Yearling Sale at Christchurch and one thing you can be sure of is those yearlings have lacked for nothing in the lead up to next week. Harnesslink Media

Louisville, KY --- She arrived in Jim Dailey’s shedrow from a combination of luck, faith and hope. Although one never knows exactly what to expect in this sport and can easily be disappointed by a twist of fate, My Tweed Heart has not only satisfied her harness racing connections, she has thrilled them. “I cannot take any of the credit for making her into the horse she is,” said Dailey. “That all goes to Tye Loy. We are the same age and I’ve known him for years. He bought her as a baby and brought her along. She was ready when I got her because he is an excellent horseman and I completely trusted him.” The now 3-year-old daughter of Manhardt and the Towner’s Big Guy mare Tweedle D was a $2,500 yearling purchase on behalf of Loy. Her ownership was then transferred to Carl Atley when he signed a check for a much larger sum after the filly’s impressive debut victory in Ohio Sire Stakes company on July 3 at Northfield Park. In her first season of competition, My Tweed Heart banked $132,252, amassed a record of 6-3-2-1 and set her speed standard of 1:54 at Scioto Downs on Aug. 5. My Tweed Heart is the fifth foal out of her dam and to date is the only one of Tweedle’s D’s offspring to earn a check. That mare collected just under $300,000 during her racing career and was managed as a youngster by Jim Arledge. “I always liked the filly’s mother,” Dailey said. “Jim trained her and I helped him out with her. I actually had her for a little bit and enjoyed driving her. She is a big, strong mare and very nicely gaited. Whenever you are around a horse you like in that way, you always look forward to seeing what kind of babies they have. Before this filly she did not have anything that worked out, but when we heard there was a filly out of her for sale I was excited because I thought maybe she had produced something like herself. When I looked at this filly I was immediately pleased.” Unfortunately, Dailey had to scratch My Tweed Heart from her first engagement under his tutelage. The filly was sick and could not appear in her $40,000 Ohio Sire Stakes event on July 25. All the people associated with her were dismayed, but their emotions were soon bolstered after Kayne Kauffman steered her to victory in an Ohio State Fair race at Scioto Downs the following week. “I was definitely upset when we had to scratch her out of that race,” Dailey said. “But what can you do? Carl (Atley) and I went to high school together and have run around with each other ever since. We were very excited about racing her and when something like that happens you hope you don’t end up encountering other problems. Also, because of my relationship with Carl, I didn’t want him to be dissatisfied after he just got her. Thankfully, that is the only real bump in the road we have had with her. She is a very sound filly and we really thought we had an excellent chance to win the Sire Stakes final with her.” After capturing her first two trips for Dailey and Atley, My Tweed Heart was third in an OSS race at Scioto Downs on Sept. 4 in a blanket finish. Her next appearance was the following week in the $225,000 Sire Stakes final and the filly came up just shy of catching winner Miss Me Yet in the stretch. Her final performance of 2015 was in a $35,811 division of the Ohio Breeders Championship for her age, gait and gender. Once again she could not overhaul the same rival prior to the wire and finished second. “She flattened out in those two starts,” Dailey said. “She was a little sick for both of them and that race in (Columbus -- the third place finish on Sept. 4) took her edge off. That trip was hard on her and she did not bounce back for the final quite like we had hoped. We really liked our chances to win that race and the one at Delaware, but we were very proud of her to race as well as she did on both occasions. She certainly did not disgrace herself and in fact, put forth a very nice effort just to be second in that Delaware race. Nothing went right for her from the start and she made up so much ground just to finish where she did. Of course you always want to win, but when horses race like that you are always pleased with it.” With her winter vacation now officially over, My Tweed Heart is currently being prepared for her sophomore season. “She has not grown any taller, but she has filled out and physically matured,” Dailey said. “She always has an excellent attitude and she enjoys racing. Because she has been so good to us, we also took a chance on her younger sister Tweedledtweedledum. That filly is by Art Official. “I have not really developed an opinion on these Art Official horses yet, but like My Tweed Heart this filly has done everything right training down. She has the same mindset and she is very nicely gaited. We are really excited about both of them racing this year and are looking very much forward to participating with them in the Ohio program. It’s always a great feeling when you have horses like these that are competitive and have some quality. Especially when they are connected to people like Carl and Tye, who I have had relationships with for quite some time.” by Kimberly French, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent

Harness racing followers in New Zealand will tell you that when it comes to Premier night racing you back the All Stars barn come what may. Thats how it was tonight in the first race on Premier night at Addington Raceway with the All Stars runner Benicio the warmest of favourites with the punters. Benicio found the death seat a fair way out and when he grabbed the front 200 metres out he looked to have the race in safe keeping until Easy Rider and Bob Butt swooped late and nailed the hot favourite right on the line. Bob Butt was a bit shocked that he had picked up the All Star runner. " On Premier night it is not often that you run down one of the All Stars runners" " When I came out I thought I might get second but it did surprise me that we got up." " However he did impress me last week and he seems to be getting better every start," Bob said. It has been far from plain sailing with the son of Art Official who has shown plenty right from his trials as a two year old. " He ran second to the smart Field Marshal when he qualified but was put aside to strengthen up." " However he was never settled at three and we put him aside again." " This time in he is finally starting to fulfill the promise he showed at two." " He has always had high speed, right from his two year old days," Bob said. The future for Easy Rider is pretty well set in stone with the horse owned in Australia by the long time client of the David and Catherine Butt stable in Tony McGrath. " He has got a few more wins in him here in New Zealand but when he reaches his mark here he will go to Australia so Tony can see him race. " The immediate aim for the four year old is the Futurity final on Show Day," Bob said. The All Star barn are rarely beaten on Premier night but as Easy Rider showed it is not impossible. Harnesslink Media

YONKERS, NY, Friday, September 11, 2015 - Harness racing favorite Cinamony (George Brennan) returned to form Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $48,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Leaving from post position No. 6 (in one notch after an inside defection), Cinamony quickly worked around invading Sudoku (Jordan Stratton). After a :27.3 opening quarter-mile and a pokey :56.4 intermission, Carobbean Pacetry (Brent Holland) moved from third. Cinamony had few issues in and out a 1:25 three-quarters, taking a 2¼-length lead into the lane. The final margin was 2½ lengths in 1:52.4. Second went to Jonsie Jones (Tyler Buter), with Sudoku, Carobbean Pacetry and Caribbean Rose N (Brian Sears) settled for the small change. Nothing from outside assignee Krispy Apple (Jason Bartlett), who didn't leave and beat just one lass. For Cinamony, a 4-year-old daughter of Art Official co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke and Weaver Bruscemi, it was her ninth win in 15 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $22.60, with the triple returning $123.50. Saturday's card is the first of two New York Night of Champions, featuring eight, $225,000 sire stakes finals for 3-year-olds (races 5 through 8 in the dozen-race program). The 2-year-olds have their evening Saturday, Sept. 26th. Frank Drucker

Despite an off track, Tipton Teeez and Valuable Art each scored in1:53.4 to match Palm Beach's stake record in Tuesday's $100,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series event at The Meadows. The stake for freshman filly pacers was contested over five divisions, with Hailey Hanover, Albany Girl and Healthy Gain taking the other splits. Dave Palone enjoyed a stake double, behind Tipton Teeez and Albany Girl, among his three wins overall. Although intermittent rain rendered the track sloppy for the early part of the program, the surface was upgraded to "good" for the splits of Tipton Teeez and Valuable Art, setting the stage for their record-matchers. Palone let the dust settle before moving Tipton Teeez to the front at the quarter pole. The daughter of Western Terror-Finest Arts drew off thereafter and defeated Gingertreescarlett by 7 lengths, with Q T Pie Hanover third. Brian Brown trains Tipton Teeez for Jennifer Brown and Richard Lombardo. "She's a typical Brian Brown horse -- well rigged, well mannered," Palone said. "She was the easiest kind of winner." "She won on cruise control." "She made my job easy." Valuable Art appeared buried along the cones when a seam unexpectedly opened. Eric Goodell urged her through, and the daughter of Art-Official-Race Me Valerie ended up winning comfortably. Terror At Night was second, 3-1/4 lengths back, while early leader East Side Hanover earned show. "We got lucky," said Nick Callahan, the father of winning trainer Shaun Callahan as well as the co-breeder of Valuable Art. "The horse in front of us moved over, and we got through." "Without that, we're not getting much." She's had some minor issues, and we changed her rigging to help her." "I think she'll learn how to be a nice horse." Breakaway Racing campaigns Valuable Art. A five-race maiden entering the stake, Hailey Hanover slingshot to the lead down the backside -- despite being three wide -- and rolled home in 1:56.4 in the slop, 4 lengths better than Terror Grin, with Saucy Wench third. Mike Wilder drove for trainer Nifty Norman and owner David McDuffee. "Her last start, she closed well but ran into a wall of horses and couldn't get through." "She might have been the best that day," Wilder said of the daughter Well Said-Hattie. "When I moved her today, she was serious." "She was the real deal today." It was one of four wins for Wilder on the 15-race card. Wednesday's program at The Meadows features the Meadow Cheer, a $212,776 PA Sires Stake for 2-year-old filly pacers. First post is 12:55 PM. Evan Pattak

YONKERS, NY, Friday, July 31, 2015--The names have not been changed to protect the innocent, because the song remains the same. Cinamony and harness racing driver George Brennan continued there  roll Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $48,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Remanded outside her seven rivals and caught what appeared about 46-wide leaving, the 7-5 choice nonetheless had few issues. They weren't going all that much early (:28.2, :56.4), as Cinamony--parked just about two turns--eventually pocketed second choice Venus Delight. After a 1:25 three-quarters, Cinamony owned a length-and-a-half lead into the lane. The final margin was a confidently-driven, half-length in 1:53. Venus Delight chased around the oval, with Skippin' By (Brian Sears), Justthaventmetuyet (Jordan Stratton) and Handsoffmycupcake (Dan Dube) getting the minor moolah. For Cinamony, a 4-year-old daughter of Art Official co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke and Weaver Bruscemi, it was her seventh win in 11 seasonal starts (6-for-6 since hitting town). The exacta paid $13.40, with the triple returning $33.60. Earlier during the 12-race card, they came thisclose to a four-way win dead-heat in the $15,500 fourth-race pace. It was No. 1, Art for Art's Sake (Sears), "getting the bob" over No. 7, Duke's Up (Brennan). No. 4, Lucky Terror (Bartlett), was third and No. 3, Lennon Blue Chip (Dube), finished fourth. The Raceway's live season continues Saturday night (first post 7:10 PM), then next Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday (all at 7:10 PM), with a Tuesday matinee (first post 1 PM). Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, July 24, 2015 - The next time they beat Cinamony (George Brennan, $8.10) here would be the first time they beat Cinamony here. The form spree continued Friday night, as the lass won Yonkers Raceway's $48,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Assigned outside what became her six rivals (Road Bet came up ill), Cinamony had to wait her turn before making the lead. She did so around arch enemy-and 11-10 favorite--Krispy Apple (Jason Bartlett) just after a :27.2 opening quarter-mile. It was a :55.3 intermission before Caribbean Rose N (Brian Sears) moved from fourth, not getting all that close at a 1:23.3 three-quarters. Cinamony owned a length-and-a-half lead into the lane before holding Krispy Apple at bay in 1:51.3, matching her own (along with two others) track record for 4-year-old mares. The final margin was three-quarters of a length. Third went to a non-threatening Caribbean Rose N, with Handsoffmycupcake (Dan Dube) and Alhambra (Larry Stalbaum) completing the cashers. For third choice Cinamony, a daughter of Art Official co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke and Weaver Bruscemi, it was her sixth win in 10 seasonal starts (5-for-5 since hitting town). The exacta paid $15.20, with the triple returning $45.20. The Raceway's live season continues Saturday night (first post 7:10 PM), then next Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday (all at 7:10 PM), with a "French-centric" Tuesday matinee (first post 1 PM). Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, July 17, 2015 - It was assigned as a two-horse race, wagered as a two-horse race and contested as a two-horse race. Favored Cinamony (George Brennan $4.20) was able to the get the jump on rival Krispy Apple (Jason Bartlett) Friday night and that proved enough. The formful miss went the distance, winning Yonkers Raceway's featured $48,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Cinamony, starting from post position No. 7 directly inside of her foe, was not about to waste that advantage. She led at every station (:27.4, :56.4, 1:25, 1:52.2), while Krispy Apple, as the second choice, tucked in fourth before making her second bid. The former whipped the latter by a length-and-a-quarter, with Alhambra (Larry Stalbaum), Caribbean Rose N (Tyler Buter) and Handsoffmycupcake (Dan Dube) settling for the small change. For Cinamony, a 4-year-old daughter of Art Official co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke and Weaver Bruscemi, it was her fifth win in nine seasonal starts (4-for-4 since hitting town). The exacta (those two wagering choices) paid $9.70, with the triple returning $53.50 The Raceway's live season continues Saturday night (first post at 7:10 PM), featuring the $107,500 final of the Lawrence B. Sheppard Pace for 2-year-old colts and geldings. Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker

Seeing that next month will be the 10th anniversary of Vivid Photo's winning of The Hambletonian, it seems correct that his owners, Roger Hammer and hometown hero Todd Schadel, would tie atop the horsemen's standings for the harness racing meetings on Saturday/Sunday in Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes action here at the central Pennsylvania oval, perhaps the local circuit's fastest, with four wins each as trainer and driver.   Schadel posted the fastest mile of the young Keystone fair season, 1:58.1, with the Art Official filly Keystone I Wish, last year's 2PF Fair Championship winner, whom he owns with his wife Christine.   Another highlight for Todd came when he swept the two-year-old trotting filly divisions in the first two races of the meet, with the Explosive Matter miss, home in 2:03.3 for Todd and Christine, and Connie Jean, a Cantab Hall miss who clocked in 2:03 for Charles Keller III (Hall of Fame nominees race at the Pennsylvania fairs!), Charles Keller IV, E. Dan Bittle, and Brett Bittle. Keystone I Wish and Connie Jean, like their fellow six horses who were the fastest divisional winner in their respective Gratz events, also became PA Fairs season's leaders in notching their winning clockings.   Hammer's highlight was the 1:59.4 victory with the two-year-old ( on a fair half-mile track in mid-July!) pacing gelding Billy's Falcon, who in his only other fair start went 2:00.1 at Bloomsburg.   The Nuclear Breeze gelding is owned by Hammer, as were his other three weekend winners, giving him 16 victories in just six fairs as both trainer and driver, leading both sets of statistics.   The other sub-2:00 mile of the weekend was notched by Royaltyhasarrived, a sophomore Western Breeze gelding who had set a divisional track record at Butler in his last start.   On Sunday he covered the Gratz twicearound in 1:59.1 for driver Brady Brown, trainer Steve Schoeffel, and owners Virginia and Kathy Schoeffel and Michael Munn.   Special mention must be made of two drivers named Brandon, especially Brandon Givens, who had been away from the races over five years putting his life back together.   Now working for fellow "comeback kid" Kevin Lare, Brandon, a career winner of over 1000 races who had not driven for 1917 days, fashioned a sulky triple on Saturday, two of them for trainer Lare.   The other Brandon, Brandon Henley, made his first Pennsylvania fair appearance Sunday - in fact, it was the first time he had raced at a fair since the very first start of his career, in the summer of 2010 at The Great Pocomoke City (MD) Fair.   He was also quick to find the winners circle, rounding out the weekend's action by guiding the Tom Ridge 3TG Oregon Ridge to a 2:04 victory for lessee/trainer Syl King Jr.   Jerry Connors

YONKERS, NY, Friday, July 3, 2015  - Cinamony with harness racing driver George Brennan in the bike is just better than her foes right now. She proved it again Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's featured $42,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace for a third consecutive local victory. Starting outside her six foes, she was content to be an early laggard as invading Inittowinafortune (Dan Dube) worked around It's a Miracle (Eric Carlson), laying down early intervals of :27.4 and :56.2. It was Tipitina (Eric Goodell) offering weak, first-up company while Hot List (Brian Sears) gapped from second-over. That forced 4-5 choice Venus Delight (Jason Bartlett) and Cinamony around that one going toward a 1:24.1 three-quarters. Inittowinafortune owned a length-and-a-half lead into the lane, but the wheels were wobbling. Cinamony uncoiled to rally widest and fastest, whipping a cone-skimming Alhambra (Tyler Buter)-the 28-1 rank outsider-by a neck in 1:53. Venus Delight, It's a Miracle and Hot List rounded out the payees, with the pace-setter tiring to sixth. For third choice Cinamony, a 4-year-old daughter of Art Official co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke and Weaver Bruscemi, it was her fourth win in eight seasonal starts. The exacta paid $144, with the triple returning $437.50. The Raceway's live season continues Saturday night (post time 7:10 PM). After that, it's Monday (7:10 PM), Tuesday (1 PM), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker

The Meadows Racetrack hosted its first qualifiers for two-year-olds over the weekend, with eight groups of harness racing freshmen prepping for the upcoming stake season.   Many of the horses that took to the track are headed to the Pennsylvania Fairs, which get underway on June 12 at Wattsburg, PA.   The opening qualifier of the day proved to be the fastest of the session, with Bob Key's Dragon Strikes winning in 1:58.2. The colt, by Art Official out of the Dragon Again mare Dragon Flier K, won for trainer Rich Gillock and driver Tony Hall.   For video of Dragon Strikes' victory and all of the other qualifiers in the session       The fastest trotting mile was turned in by gelding Major Matter, a son of Explosive Matter-Tahiti Springs (Dream Vacation). Owner/trainer Rick Beinhauer was in the bike for the 2:01.3 win, with a final half of 1:00.   Underdog Hanover, owned by Virginia and Kathy Schoeffel and Jim Reuther, was a 2:02.1 winner for trainer/driver Steve Schoeffel. The Muscle Massive filly is out of the mare Up Front Pepe, by Andover Hall.   The top pacing filly of the morning was Unbeamlievable, a Moon Beam filly out of the mare DVC Iblievenangles (Life Sign). Driver Chris Shaw guided her to a come-from-behind win in 2:02.3 for owner Mason Shaw and trainer Jason Shaw.   Other winners were Grumpy Tom (Lear Jetta), 2:07.2 in a colt trot for Jason and Chris Shaw, pacing colt License To Steal (Western Terror) in 2:02.2 for trainer/driver Lester Smeal, trotting filly Kelsey Hanover (Muscle Massive), 2:05.4 for trainer Terry Altmeyer and driver Mike Wilder, and pacing filly Fernbrook Hanover (2:03) for trainer/driver Steve Schoeffel.   Dozens more freshmen are expected to qualify this coming week. Jeff Zidek

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