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Modern Gesture (Jimmy Whittemore) would take the Pace Feature ($7,500) at the miracle mile on Saturday (June 24). The 7-year-old harness racing  gelding by Artiscape would charge late in the stretch to overtake Oh My Joepa (John MacDonald). Oh My Joepa would go right to the front and set fractions of 27.0, :55.3, 1:24.1. Modern Gesture ($4.30) who is owned by Mark Jakubik and trained by Richard Dow would be second at the top of the stretch and wear down Oh My Joepa (second) in the stretch to win by a head in 1:51.3. Big Game (Josh Kinney) finished third. Justin Huckabone wins four races at Vernon Downs tonight. Huackabone would capture race two with Jojo Joves ($4.60), going gate-to-wire by six lengths in 1:54.2. He would win his second during race four with McDan ($5.90) in 1:54.2. Huckabone's third win came in race 10 with Makeoutlikeapandit ($5.40) would hold off a late charge by Sea Harrier (Claude Huckabone III) by a nose in 1:53.1. Race 12 would be win number four for Huckabone with L Dees Broadway ($3.50). L Dees Broadway would battle Double Your Money (Truman Gale) all the way down the stretch and win by a head in 2:01.2. Vernon Downs returns for live racing on Thursday (June 29) with an eight race card starting at 6:45. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com John Horne For Vernon Downs.  

Pompano Beach, FL...May 28, 2017...Arsenal, who fired bullets start to finish in winning last week's $10,000 Open Handicap Pace at Pompano Park, reloaded and fired a second round of ammunition in scoring a repeat wire-to-wire win for Dave Ingraham in South Florida's harness racing feature on Sunday night (May 28). The nine year-old gelded son of Artiscape fused together fractions of :26.3, :56.4 and 1:24.1 before a :28 sprint home sealed the deal by a solid length over Stirling Cadillac, driven by Bryce Fenn. Goldstar Raider, handled by Wally Hennessey, finished third, two lengths away while Cartoonist finished fourth. Major Deagan picked up the minor award in the quintet. After the race, driver Dave Ingraham related, "this was similar to last week's win but the opener was a bit faster. We did get a nice breather during the next quarter and that helped our cause. "I chirped at him once on the backside and he revved it up on his own and was strong right to the finish. "He's been pretty sharp for a long time now...not too shabby for a "6" claimer back in January!" Actually, Arsenal has changed hands via the claiming route on several occasions since then with his most recent claim being by his current owner-trainer, Kelly Case, for $17,500. Arsenal now sports a 7-7-1 scorecard in 19 starts, good for $43,439 in bounty this semester and $463,180 lifetime. Off at 2 to 5, Arsenal paid $2.80 to win. Pompano Park's leading driver, Wally Hennessey, won the final five races on the Sunday program, scoring with Bill Jones ($2.60), Cabo Real ($2.20), Y S Joe ($5.20), Dungeon Dragon ($5.00) and Abresthofreshart ($3.20). Hennessey now has 262 wins for the meet, a winning percentage of 28.57% to go along with a UDRS approaching .450 in 917 starts. Racing continues on Wednesday night as Pompano Park closes out its 126 night season with a mandatory payout on the track's Super Hi-5-the carryover being $36,007. Post time is 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...Sunday, May 21, 2017... Arsenal, given perfect rating by Dave Ingraham, fired bullets start to finish at Pompano Park on Sunday night (May 21), easily handling a quartet of harness racing rivals in a 1:53.4 victory. The nine year-old gelded son of Artiscape, leaving from the coveted post five, won a brief early tussle with Stirling Cadillac (Bryce Fenn), post four, and went on to card panels of :27.1, :57.1 and 1:25.4 before a :28 finale was more than sufficient to hold off the late surging Stirling Cadillac to score by three-parts-of-a-length. Surge Seelster (Kyle Bolon driving), finished third, 2½ lengths away while Cartoonist finished fourth. Goldstar Raider picked up the nickel after a brief bid on the backside. In a post-race interview, driver Dave Ingraham said, "This is one tough bugger. Everyone knows it because he's gone back and forth between owners over the past several starts and he loves to race on the front end. "Once we got to the lead, he was well relaxed and I was quite confident in his chances once we got to the half in :57.1, which is soft for a horse of his caliber." Owned and trained by Kelly Case, Arsenal now has a scorecard reading 6-7-1 in 18 starts, good for $38,439. Lifetime, Arsenal has 35 wins in a career measuring 207 starts with earnings of $458,180 to go along with his Pocono Downs mark of 1:50.3. Off at 1 to 2, Arsenal paid $3.00 to win. Also, the brilliant Florida bred champion, Gold Star Briana, undefeated at ages two and three with 16 straight victories, made her four year-old debut and promptly put a new lifetime mark on her card--1:56--in scoring a handy win for Wally Hennessey. The daughter of Basil, trained by Dan Hennessey for owner Kevin Kelly, was away "gingerly" before taking command after the opening quarter and then easily held off Thundercrest (Dave Ingraham) for win number 17. PC's Alleyway (Tony Kerwood) was third while Deli-Craze and All Star Fame picked up the two final awards in the sextet of four year-old trotters. Hennessey was thrilled with Gold Star Briana saying, "She qualified nicely last week and, with the outside post tonight, I wanted to take good care of her leaving. She can grind a long way and, once she made the top, she seemed strong and willing the rest of the way. "I was very happy with her performance." Off at 1 to 5, Gold Star Briana paid $2.40 to win and sent her lifetime earnings to $125,913 in the process. In other Sunday night action, the 11 year-old warrior A Crown For Lindy, driven by Tom Eichas, stormed from eighth turning for home and used a :29.2 closing kick to score his second straight win in the Florida Amateur Driving Club trot. With the situation looking hopeless for the 3 to 2 favorite during the first three-quarters of the mile, A Crown For Lindy unleashed a late burst, coming from 7¼ lengths off the leader at the stretch call to win by a neck in 1:59. Revrac Harbour (Troy Basista), was second after taking command just past the opening :28.4 quarter and then proceeded to carve out panels of :58.3 and 1:28.2. The early leader, New Scent (Dennis Whittemore) finished third, 1¼ away, while Saint Patty's Doll held off Thekeptman for the fourth spot on the board. Trained by Allen Saul for owner Dein Spriggs, A Crown For Lindy won for the eighth time this season and 58th time career-wise, sending his career bounty to $426,798--$23,939 this year. The victory meant another $1,125 going into the coffers of Equine-Assisted Therapies, the hand-picked charity by owner Spriggs to benefit from half of the gelding's earnings through the end of the Pompano Park meet. Executive Director Molly Murphy was on hand for the win and "got chills" as the 11 year-old thundered down the lane for the narrow win. "This is unbelievable," she said, "and I absolutely got chills watching 'Lindy' tonight. It means so much for our organization to be able to continue our work helping those in needs with therapeutic programs. "Dein (Spriggs) is a saint for helping us and we appreciate him so much!" The Florida Amateur Driving Club has donated over $185,000 to charitable causes since its inception. Racing continues on Wednesday night with Layer Cake looking for a repeat win in the Open Handicap Pace for Mares and My Revenuer and Commentary hooking up in the Open Trot. Post time is 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park          

LEBANON, OH. - Safe From Terror (Dan Noble) returned to her customary winning ways on Friday night (April 28) in the $20,000 Mares Open I Handicap at Miami Valley Raceway. It was the 18th win in 2016-17 and 30th of her harness racing career, boosting her lifetime bankroll to $715,207. The 5-year-old Western Terror lass worked hard to get the front end during a :27.3 initial quarter, then cruised through middle fractiions of :55.2 and 1:23.3 before closing in :28.2 and holding favored Jerseylicious (Chris Page) at bay in 1:52 flat. A Little Starstruk (Aaron Merriman), who was last week's winner, rallied for a show finish. Winchester Baye Acres LLC owns Safe From Terror, who was sidelined for a month recently. She is trained by Mike Conklin. Town Temptress (Jason Brewer) captured a $16,500 Open II for mares on the same program. The 5-year-old Artiscape mare enjoyed a second-over trip through a driving rainstorm until tipping three-wide for the stretch drive and passing Shesasmokinlady (Ray Paver Jr.) and holding off Kiss Me Onthebeach (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) in 1:53.3. Steve Bauder conditions Town Temptress for Gail and Robert Sanders. The talented lass won two of her last three starts at Dayton Raceway in 2016 and has now won two of her first three 2017 starts at Miami Valley. Due to severe weather, including major lightning in the area for a prolonged period, the final five races on the Friday night program were cancelled. Gregg Keidel    

DAYTON, OH. - Town Temptress won her fourth Hollywood Dayton Raceway Fillies and Mares Open pace on Friday (Nov. 18), topping Endeavors Fantasy by a neck with Mystical Nectar third by that same narrow margin. Eight of the nine harness racing mares in the talented field finished within 3-1/4 lengths of each other at the finish line. Endeavors Fantasy (Kayne Kauffman) flashed the quickest early speed, stopping the clock in :27.1 after the first quarter mile. Mystical Nectar (Chris Page) had yielded by was out to reassume command before the :57.2 halfway point. Just past the half, Town Temptress (Peter Wrenn) launched her successful first-over bid inching within a head of the pacesetter at the 1:25.2 three-quarters and then using every inch of the stretch to finally wear down her opponents in 1:53.4. Steve Bauder trains the 4-year-old daughter of Artiscape for Gail and Robert Sanders. With the four wins in the local weekly $15,000 Friday night feature from 17 seasonal starts, Town Temptress has banked just a shade under $50,000 on the year. Racing resumes Saturday night (Nov. 19) with a strong card including the $15,000 Open for male pacers. Post time is 6:15 p.m. Gregg Keidel

Gibson Blue Chip (Artiscape) stayed hot on Saturday night in the harness racing feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The seven year old pacer was claimed two weeks ago by trainer Norm Dessureault and scored his second win in as many weeks. Gibson Blue Chip, who went from last to first to prevail last week in a career best 1:53.1, moved out to the early lead in Saturday's $10,175 feature in pursuit of back to back jacks. Stephane Bouchard piloted the rejuvenated pacer and got him to the top in an opening quarter of 27.4. Tested throughout the majority of the mile, Gibson Blue Chip surged away late from pocket-sitting favorite Nesh Cruiser (Frank Coppola Jr) before stopping the timer in 1:53.1 to match the lifetime mark he set last week. Nesh Cruiser, who was also looking to repeat on Saturday night, finished second while Espen De Vie (Jim Devaux) earned the show spot. Gibson Blue Chip was the 2-1 second choice and returned $6.90 to win while the exacta and triple paid $8.90 and $24.80, respectively. Gibson Blue Chip is owned by Anthony McGrath of Troy, NY. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- She's A Billionair's front-running style paid big dividends in the New York Sire Stakes for the 2-year-old filly pacers on Wednesday night (June 6) at Buffalo Raceway as she set a new track record for that classification with an easy three-length win over Artrageous in 1:56.2.   The time erased the old mark of 1:56.3 established in 2011 by Silky Purse and tied by Summertime Lea in 2012.   It was also great night for driver Tim Tetrick, owner Ken Jacobs and trainer Linda Toscano as the trio teamed up to win two Sire Stake divisions. Robin J was the fastest winner for the connections with a gate-to-wire victory in 1:57.2 while stablemate Planet Rock covered the fast Hamburg half-mile oval in 1:58.0.   Okidoki Blue Chip (Jim Morrill Jr.) took the final $27,750 leg by rolling to a 1:59.0 triumph over Rollingndiamonds (Brett Miller).   She's A Billionair ($10.20) was in command the entire mile as she stepped off panels of 29.0, 58.4 and 1:28.1. There was little doubt was the winner was going to be in the stretch as Brett Miller was in a prone position under the wire with She's A Billionair in 1:56.2. Artrageous (Jim Morrill Jr.) was second best while Yourlipstogodsears (Tetrick) took third.   "She's a small filly who is built for this kind of track," Miller said She's A Billionair. "She felt really good, is good gaited, and can scoot around these tight turns on a half-mile track."   The Winbak Farm-bred She's A Billionair (Artiscape-She's Game) is owned by Frank Chick and trained by Dylan Davis.   Robin J had little problem in disposing of her field as she went wire-to-wire to defeat That's How We Roll by 2-1/4 lengths while Lady Of Heaven (Brett Miller) took the show spot.   Setting fractions of 29.2, 59.2 and 1:29.3, Robin J (Roll With Joe-Mommy Robin Q) was never threatened along the way in posting her first pari mutuel win.   Planet Rock (Rock N Roll Heaven-Villa Hanover) let Roaring To Go (Brett Miller) do all the dirty work on the front end and then rolled on by late to capture the opening division in 1:58.0.   Roaring To Go zoomed out to the lead off the gate and set splits of 29.2, 59.3 and 1:29.4 but had no answer in deep stretch as the pocket-sitting Planet Rock ($7.10) uncorked a 27.4 final panel to key the half length victory. Rockinsangria (Morrill Jr.) took the show position.   Okidoki Blue Chip took the last division that was scratched down to a field of five as Roll With Faith, Twin B Onaroll and Under The Bus were all under the weather.   The front end was the place to be as Okidoki Hanover had no problem in getting the advantage and never looked back in posting the solid 3-1/2 length score over Rollingndiamonds while Donato's Artist (Chris Lems) finished in third.   Okidoki Hanover (Roll With Joe-Mattaroni) is trained by Tracy Brainard and co-owned by Brainard, Blue Chip Bloodstock, Howard Taylor and Charles Iannazzo.   In the $15,000 Excelsior Series A races, Funkymonkeysunshine (Yannick Gingras) covered the mile in 2:02.0 and paid $4.90 in the opening leg.   Gingras made it two straight in the A division as he guided Bullvillestephanie to a $19.20 upset in 2:00.1.   Haviture Way Honey ($3.70) went coast-to-coast and just held on by a nose to tip Megyn K in 2:00.2 with Andy Miller in the sulky in the third bracket.   Hayleigh's Hat (Kevin Cummings) pulled a $23.00 surprise in the final division with a 2:01.4 time.   In the $6,700 Excelsior B Series event, Island Adventure had a trouble-free 2:02.1 journey for Morrill Jr. and posted the popular $4.10 victory.   Mach This Way (Brett Miller) rallied in the passing lane and took the $9,000 feature for the filly and mares pace in 1:56.4 and returned $8.90.   Morrill Jr. finished the night with a triple while Gingras, Brett Miller and Tetrick all doubled. JD Perrin, Brainard and Toscano all had a pair of training victories.   Racing will return on Friday night at 5 p.m. with a 10-race program scheduled.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

It was a cold heart that wasn't touched on Friday night at Corbiewood when family favourite Ayr Escape cruised to victory after five years in the wilderness. The ten-year-old Artiscape gelding, a previous Corbiewood 4YO Champion, had raced 63 times across five seasons without success; however the faith shown by the O'Neil family paid dividends as Ayr Escape led from the starting gate to the finishing line in the hands of William Greenhorn. The first of the six races saw Greenhorn notch up his first win on home soil for the season when piloting the exciting three year old filly, Imogen Camden, in a combined maiden and novice event. Imogen Camden led from the start, holding off challenges from three separate contenders: the first came from Blue Au Revoir (Anna Wallace) before she faltered badly; the second from Mayrita (William Drysdale) approaching the bell; and the third from Ayr Trooper (Grant Cullen) as they rounded the final bend, however the winner had paced the race to perfection and broke her maiden tag comfortably. Race 1 1st Imogen Camden (Pro Bono Best-Roaring Good Time) - W Greenhorn 2nd Ayr Trooper (Daylon Alert-Ayr Queen) - G Cullen 3rd Mayrita (The Firepan-Minerva) - W Drysdale 6 Ran Time: 2.09.74 Dist: 1 1/2L & 6L It was a similar story in the second, as the horse which led out from the gate again went on to be victorious. Miami Seelster, in the hands of novice driver Ross Leary, had a clear run at the start after several runners were hampered behind. Betting favourite Jacks Red (Grant Cullen), last year's SHRC 2YO Futurity winner, came with a late challenge to keep Leary under pressure however the youngster had done enough in the early stages of the race to bag his second career win. Race 2 1st Miami Seelster (Pierce Seelster-Miamicrombie) - R Leary 2nd Jacks Red (Check On Jack-Red Wilma) - G Cullen 3rd ATM (Genghis Pan-Yoko Hall) - H Menzies 7 Ran Time: 2.08.70 Dist: 1/2L & 1L The Paterson stable were in form and after training the winner of the second race, took the third with Dreamaway Carrie and catch driver William Greenhorn in the bike. Coalford Mystery (George Drysdale) blasted from the gate and led until the seven furlong marker at which point Dreamaway Carrie, who had enjoyed a perfect trip throughout behind the leader, tipped out and stormed home a clear winner. GDs Baby (Grant Cullen) gave a noteworthy performance in second, having sat off the pace at the rear of the field until very late on, with long-time leader Coalford Mystery finishing third. Race 3 1st Dreamaway Carrie (Net Pool Pricing-Dreamfair Carrie) - W Greenhorn 2nd GDs Baby (Daylon Alert-GDs Twin) - G Cullen 3rd Coalford Mystery (Wolfdancer Mindale-Coalford Surprise) - G Drysdale 7 Ran Time: 2.08.62 Dist: 4 1/2L & 1L The fourth race saw Ayr Pandemic, a winner last time out for owner/driver Gary Logan, go to post the betting favourite. However, it was another Ayr horse who stole the show. Ayr Escape, with William Greenhorn seeking a three-timer, bolted out of the gate and set strong fractions throughout to win in impressive style. It was an emotional win for the O'Neil family, as their homebred gelding had been absent from the winner's circle for five years despite numerous credible efforts and had suffered under a handicap system which punished consistently-placed horses without winning. Another veteran performer, Kas Best (Michael Grealis), ran close to his personal best to secure second. K and M Redpandana (Lee Cattigan) stayed on for third. Race 4 1st Ayr Escape (Artiscape-Unforgotten) - W Greenhorn 2nd Kas Best (JWs Best-Beentheredunthat) - M Grealis 3rd K and M Redpandana (The Firepan-Rosie Red) - L Cattigan 7 Ran Time: 2.04.5 Dist: 4L & 4L The penultimate race saw Grant Cullen return to the winner's circle with new charge Loriznitestar. Having shown good speed but faltered early, the eventual winner settled in third whilst Wellfield Liam (John Allan) set the pace. Funtime Frankie (Gordon Gilvear) mounted a prolonged challenge until the three quarters when Loriznitestar tipped out and challenged the leader. As they straightened up off the last bend, coming home three lengths clear of the two Welsh-bred geldings Wellfield Liam and Wellfield Alfie (George Drysdale) with the latter coming out on top by a head. Race 5 1st Loriznitestar (Dreamfair Vogel-Starry Nite) - G Cullen 2nd Wellfield Alfie (Village Connection-Garys Advice) - G Drysdale 3rd Wellfield Liam (Village Connection-Going Grey) - J Allan 7 Ran Time: 2.07.00 Dist: 3L & Head The high grade pace featuring eight of Scotland's finest provided the crowd with a thrilling finish as seasoned campaigners Camden Massino and William Drysdale painted the outside rail down the home straight to get up by two lengths from Sureamsomething, denying William Greenhorn his fourth on the night. Pantihistamine (Tony Allan - nicknamed 'more panic than Yannick') set blistering fractions in the early part of the race, but finally relented at the three quarters when Sureamsomething coasted to the lead. She looked to have the race in safekeeping until the diminutive Camden Massino burst from the pack to power down the stretch and win decisively. Race 6 1st Camden Massino (Art Major-Sheeza Sakra) - W Drysdale 2nd Sureamsomething (Wolfdancer Mindale-Suream Smart) - W Greenhorn 3rd Caraghs Star (House Of Cards-Flyers Comet) - G Gilvear 8 Ran Time: 2.04.4 Dist: 2L & 3/4L The next meeting at Corbiewood will be Friday 10th June, first race 7.30pm, featuring the STAGBI Future Broodmares Race. Also, please take a moment to watch the following video, created by Kareen New (girlfriend of Hugh O'Neil Jnr Jnr) illustrating perfectly the spirit of harness racing - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=us_I6XWggkU by Sarah Thomas, for Harnesslink

At the height of his power Artoc was a C7-M2 assessed harness racing gelding taking on some of the cream of the Victorian trots crop. Now at age 10 the son of Artiscape out of Eileen Monica is a C2-M1 pacer, but has recaptured winning form with two victories on the trot over the past fortnight. Driven by Alex Ashwood (23 wins this season), Artoc won the TAB.com.au Pace Final last night at Tabcorp Park Melton for local trainer Danny Mullan, who also produced runner-up Jaccka Wilco for a stable quinella (which paid $45.70 on the Victorian tote). “When they get to this age they usually don’t find the line, but his horses when they get older, it doesn’t faze them,” Ashwood said of Mullan’s training performance. “(This horse) has a great will to win, which goes a long way with these older horses.” Artoc made it 22 career wins and took his stake earnings to more than $164,000 with last night’s victory. “He’s been a great old horse for connections,” Ashwood said. “He’s raced against the best of the best, probably the last six months he’s really dropped down in grade and it has paid dividends tonight.” In his bright yellow gear, matching his racing silks and saddlecloth No.5, Artoc marched to the lead after about a quarter-mile before kicking on to hold out a challenge from Big Bang Leonard, the lead time posted at 45.4secs (nearly a second quicker than average). Stablemate Jaccka Wilco appeared to head off Artoc as they swung around the final bend. And in the straight Black Cougar looked home and hosed when he chimed in at the 100m. But Jaccka Wilco and Black Cougar ran out of steam as Artoc dug in, Ashwood getting everything out of the veteran at start No.231 to score a neck win in 2:00.1. According to the computer Mullan has trained 108 winners in his career, but it is important to note he was training when Australian trotting data moved to computers (season 1979-80), so he may have had more successes. Artoc started second-favourite tonight after winning his series heat. Race favourite Shishi finished last and underwent a vet’s examination post-race. Cody Winnell

Escape The News took advantage of a sizzling three-quarters and pounced late to score in 1:49.1, matching the harness racing track record, in Saturday’s $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Unlocked was on a mission on the lead, clicking off three-quarters in 1:21.1 and frustrating most would-be challengers. Not Escape The News, who moved first over from third for Aaron Merriman and nailed Unlocked by a nose. Hall Bro was third. The time equaled Atta Boy Dan’s track record for older geldings. Brewer Adams trains the 7-year-old son of Artiscape-Ideal News, who now boasts $711,976 in career earnings, for Kevin Sywyk. Saturday’s card also featured two second-leg divisions of the Walter Russell Memorial Pace for 3- and 4-year-old colts, horses and geldings, with Connecting Flight and Dr Drake Ramoray each taking a $12,000 split. It was the second straight series win for Connecting Flight, and if anything, it was easier than his opening-leg romp. The 4-year-old Panspacificflight-Shares Rebound gelding zipped to the front for Dave Palone and steadily widened, scoring in a career-best 1:51.1. Stone Fire Hanover rallied for second, 6-3/4 lengths back, while Keystone Dylan held show. Kevin Johnson conditions Connecting Flight for Erv Miller. Merriman piloted four winners on the 15-race program while Tony Hall and Palone each fashioned a triple. Evan Pattak

It wasn't a matter if Youwillwishyouhad was going to win at Buffalo Raceway, it was just a matter of when. Well, that elusive harness racing victory came about on Saturday night (March 5) as Youwillwishyouhad got the perfect trip and posted a 1-3/4 length decision over If It Rains in the $10,000 Open Pace. The winning time was 1:56.4 over the good track.   And while Youwillwishyouhad finally found the winner's circle, driver Jim Morrill Jr. has been making himself right at home there. He scored seven victories on the night and was in the money in all 11 races with two second place finishes and two thirds. Morrill Jr. now has an amazing 17 wins in 33 starts over a seven-day span at Buffalo Raceway.   Morrill Jr. has had seven wins on a program at Buffalo Raceway twice before. He did it on March 1, 2013 and February 15, 2006. Kevin Cummings holds the all-time mark at the track with eight wins on a card on June 11, 2005.   In the feature, after four second place finishes and a third in his last five tries in the Open Pace at the Hamburg half-mile oval, Youwillwishyouhad ($4.10) was more than primed for a winning effort and didn't disappoint as the even money choice.   LA Camcharger did the dirty work by cutting the fractions of 28.1, 57.1, and 1:27.0 while Youwillwishyouhad sat back and enjoyed the pocket sitting trip. In the stretch drive, driver David McNeight III dropped Youwillwishyouhad into the passing lane and cruised past the leg-weary LA Camcharger (Ron Beback Jr.) who finished in third.   If It Rains (Morrill Jr.) showed some late kick to take second place but was never a serious threat to the wire.   With his first victory of the 2016 campaign, Youwillwishyouhad (Artiscape-Dawn's Ideal) has now been in the money in seven of eight starts this year, earning $18,200. It jacked the 5-year-old gelding's lifetime bankroll to $160,260. He is co-owned by Mark Jakubik and Tessa Roland and trained by JD Perrin, who had conditioned two winners.   Racing will continue at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night with an 11-race card set for 5 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, upcoming promotions and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

Mustang Art doesn't do sick days. OK, that is a slight exaggeration. Mustang Art has missed a race here or there because of sickness. But what Mustang Art has never missed since beginning his harness racing career in January 2010 is a month without racing. That's right. The 9-year-old male pacer has started at least one race in 74 consecutive months. "It's like I always say," trainer Jim McGuire said with a laugh, "he kind of likes his job I guess." Mustang Art has won 42 of 238 career races, hit the board a total of 123 times, and earned $697,522. The gelding was claimed by his current connections --- owners Max Walton and Gregory Papaleo, both from Delaware, and Pennsylvania-based trainer McGuire --- for $15,000 in August 2011. So far this year, Mustang Art has won three of five Delaware Special Handicap starts at Dover Downs and earned $43,950. On Monday, he faces seven rivals in the $30,000 Open Preferred Handicap. Sean Bier will drive Mustang Art, leaving from post five. "I've been in the business for quite some time and I've never had a horse that's so tough," the 72-year-old Walton said. "He's unbelievable. He's a rare horse. I never dreamed I'd have a horse like him. "He's given me a lot of great memories. He's meant a lot to me." Mustang Art is a son of stallion Artiscape out of the mare Paula Seelster, who earned nearly 90 percent of her lifetime $583,613 in purses after the age of 4. She retired following her 8-year-old season in 2002. Mustang Art's half-brother Wazzup Wazzup, an 8-year-old gelding, has earned $403,437 in his career and is 1-for-1 this season in Canada. Unraced at age 2, Mustang Art won his career debut on Jan. 24, 2010 at Woodbine Racetrack. He continued racing in Canada until July 2011. A month after his arrival in the U.S., he was claimed by McGuire at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. "There were two claims on him the night I got him," McGuire said. "I got lucky there. "I was looking for something and he caught my eye. I looked him over and decided to take a shot. When he turned 5, he started getting better and better. But he showed high speed before then. His mother was a pretty good mare and (Mustang Art) had a couple brothers that were decent racehorses also. I like to look at the dams and what they produce." Mustang Art has made at least 41 starts in each of the past four years, competing primarily at Dover Downs and Pocono, and set his career mark of 1:48.3 in 2013 at Pocono. According to the U.S. Trotting Association's Information and Research Department, tens of thousands of horses have raced in the past 25 years but only 222 have made 40-plus starts in at least four consecutive years. "He's quite an athlete; he's very light on his feet," McGuire said. "He takes pretty good care of himself. He doesn't require a lot of work. Of course with 40-some starts every year he keeps himself pretty tight. He likes to go out in the paddock for a couple hours every day and he jogs a little bit. He seems to be happy doing that. "He's real nice to be around. He doesn't do anything wrong. A kid could take care of him." Mustang Art's three wins this season have come at odds of 33-1, 13-1 and 16-1. "That's been amazing," McGuire said, laughing. "Everybody is talking about that now. And he had three different drivers (Brett Miller, Marcus Miller, and Bier) in those three wins. It seems like he knows what he's doing on his own." The plan for this year is for Mustang Art to continue his workmanlike routine through the meets at Dover and Pocono, with perhaps occasional trips to Harrah's Philadelphia. "He may get a short break in between (Dover and Pocono) but he usually stays pretty good," McGuire said. "I've had some decent horses over the years, but he's been the best one I've ever had. He's been a pleasure." Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications

DOVER, Del. --- Bushwacker recorded his third win at the meet this season scoring a 1:50.2 harness racing victory in the week’s top pace the $30,000 Preferred on Monday, Feb. 1. It was de ja’ vu all over again for 13-1 Mustang Art winning the $27,500 Delaware Special at Dover Downs. Tim Tetrick tripled.   For the second straight week, Tim Tetrick who piloted Henderson Farms’ Bushwacker into the early lead but this time did not stop in the stretch on the way to a 1:50.2 success in the $30,000 Preferred Handicap pace. The five-year-old altered son of Rocknroll Hanover-Dolphins Can Talk posted his sixth victory in his last eight starts with a second and a third for trainer Chris Ryder. The win pushed his career bankroll to $411,212. Doctor Butch (Tony Morgan was a fast finishing second with Dapper Dude (Vic Kirby), last week’s winner third. For Mustang Art, the only change was a driver, Sean Bier. Just as last Monday, he went off at 13-1, and the Artiscape-Paula Seelster gelding left fast to get the lead, then sat second behind runner-up Bad Boy Matt (Allan Davis) until late in the stretch before coming on for a !:50.2 triumph for his second consecutive $27,500 Delaware Special win. Captive Audience (Corey Callahan) was the show horse. Max Walton and Greg Papaleo own Mustang Art who won for the 42nd time. Casey At Bat made it two straight victories in $15,000 4&5-Year-Old Male company to lead off the program as Allan Davis drove the four-year-old Sportsmaster-Odds On Casey gelding to victory number-5 this meet for trainer Wayne Givens and Sharon White, Denise Davis and legacy Racing. Totally Dreamy (George Dennis) finished second with Twin B Stingray (Kirby) third. Blazing Bobby Sox came from off-the-pace to take the lead three-wide turning for home and rolled to a 1:54.1 decision in a $15,000 4&5-Year-Old pace. Driver Art Stafford Jr. who owns The Panderosa-Liamatters gelding with his dad, Art Stafford, won for the fifth time this meet. Skyway Gladiator (Mike Rossi) led until the closing steps and finished second in front of Denslow Hanover (Tetrick) third. Vic Kirby put Soto into the lead and there was no catching the four-year-old Rock N Roll Hanover-Incredible Beauty horse in a 1:51.1 $14,000 Male Winners-Over pace. Contraband Hanover (Callahan) was next best wile race-favorite Just A Jolt (Tetrick) came storming down the lane from way back to finish third. The win was the second in-a-row and Third in the last four for owners ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta.         Brioni, a five-year-old Four Starzzz Shark Ambro Bahama horse, claimed last week, won for new owner-trainer Ron Davis for his sixth consecutive victory, romping to a 1:52 conquest in a $15,000-$20,000 Male Claiming Handicap to give Tony Morgan, the second leading winning driver in North America, his third win on the program. Beavercreek Artist (A.Davis) and Sir Jonathan Z Tam (Tyler Davis) were second and third respectively. Impressive winners from last week meet Hearts And Flowers and No Respect, a pair of impressive winners last week, head the 'Ground Hog' day, $20,000 Mares Open Handicap on Tuesday, Feb. 2 at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. After taking the lead in front of the grandstand, Bay Pond Stable's Hearts And Flowers had clear sailing for Allan Davis on the way to a 1:52.1 victory having enough to hold off the consistent and fast finishing Springforth, owned and trained by Jeff Clark with George Dennis driving. Race favorite JFE Enterprise's Scandalicious and Tim Tetrick, finished third. John McGill's No Respect turned in a convincing 1:52 triumph in her last start and will be driven by Vic Kirby from the rail. Cheyenne Robin, the only four-year-old in the contest, was absent last week after a near wire-to-wire victory, finishing second by a nose, in her last start. Corey Callahan will be at the controls this week. Chris White's Fashion Showdown won this event two weeks in-a-row with Ross Wolfenden, but was parked-out last Tuesday and again is burdened with post 8. Other starters are Bob Winkelman's Paradise Lost piloted by Montrell Teague, and Elliesjet N, owned by Barry Spedden, Kevin Evans, Nanticoke Racing and trainer Josh Parker, who should enjoy leaving from post 2 this week. Among as talent rich assortment of top female paces is a $15,000 Mares Winners-Over pace led by last week's 1-2 finishers, Playncardswitroddy (Dennis), owned by George &Tina Dennis and Ask W stables, and Lorie and Paul Davis' Lady Beth (Wolfenden) and a $12,500 distaff pace featuring Howard Taylor's steady Shine N Shimmer (Callahan) and Foulk Stables' Valerya (Jonathan Roberts). . Monday through Thursday racing starts at 4:30 p.m. No live racing on Friday and Saturday. Sunday post time is 5:30 p.m. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. There is no charge for parking and admission. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant's acclaimed Buffet and for those planning to stay at Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del. --- Mustang Art, overlooked at 33-1, enjoyed a perfect rip to come on to post a 1:51 success in the $28,500 Delaware Special Handicap pace at Dover Downs on Monday Jan. 4. Harness racing drivers Yannick Gingras, Corey Callahan and George Dennis drove three winners on a windy and cold day. Starting from the second tier in the Monday feature, Mustang Art, reined by Brett Miller, found room deep in the lane to score a 1:51 victory for trainer Jim McGuire and owners Max Walton and Greg Papaleo. The Artiscape-Paula Seelster nine-year-old gelding beat fast-finishing Captive Audience (Corey Callahan) and Bad Boy Matt (Allan Davis) to the finish line and paid $68.40 for a $2-win ticket setting up a $301.60 exacta and 1,173,.60 trifecta. The victory was the 40th lifetime for Mustang Art who now has won $665,822 in his career. Frank Chick's 20-1 shot, Totally Dreamy, overtook race favorite Ata Boy Bones (Art Stafford Jr.) in deep stretch for a 1:54 triumph in a $15,500 pace for 4-and 5-year-old pacers. Rip N Rock (Vic Kirby) finished third. George Dennis was winning driver for his third win on the card. Kevin Lare trains the If I Can dream-Almost Vital gelding who won for the second consecutive start. Gingras returned to the winner's circle piloting Class Six to a wire-to-wire 1:53.1 score in a $15,000 4&5-Year-Old Male pace for Weaver Bruscemi and Burke Racing Stable. It was the Western Ideal-Can Du River gelding's sixth win in his last seven efforts. Provenance (Callahan) was second best with Apollo Seelster (Jonathan Roberts) third. The race ended a three-race win streak for Blazing Bobby Sox (Art Stafford Jr.) who was parked out most of the race. Papa Ray, handled by Allan Davis, out dueled Laughing Matters (Callahan) to notch a 1:51.2 victory in a $14,500 Male Winners-Over pace. Davis was content to wait as others battled early before moving up to challenge. Wayne Givens trains the Village Jolt-Liamatters seven-year-old for Reg Hazzard and Legacy Racing. Papa Ray has now won 28 times in his career banking $457,208 lifetime. George Dennis joined drivers Corey Callahan and Yannick Gingras along with trainer Dylan Davis with three winners each. Vic Kirby and trainer Jim King had doubles. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del. --- The feature race wasn't 'No Laughing Matters,' because Matters did win the top race on the Thursday, Dec. 10 harness racing program at Dover Downs. Framed Art wins fastest on card in 1:50. Claimed two starts back by PT Stable, Laughing Matters rushed away from post 7 and was not approachable the rest of a 1:51.2 mile to win the $20,000-$25,000 4&5-Year-Old Claiming/Handicap pace. Corey Callahan drove for trainer Doug Lewis as the 5-Year-Old altered son of American Ideal-Liamatters won for the fifth time this campaign. PL Hoofhearted (Marcus Miller), the race favorite, chased the winner home to finish second. Jackson Brady (Ross Wolfenden) rallied late for show honors. Framed Art, a 5-year-old son of Artiscape-Lo Gophobia reduced his lifetime record to 1:50 as Art Stafford Jr. wheeled him around the track for his fifth win of the year. Owned by Art and trainer Andrew Stafford, Framed Art won for the second straight start lifting his career earnings to $432,316. The oldest racehorse at the track, 14-year-old Albert Chief nears the end of his racing days but still has it. The Albert Albert-Rea Bromac owned by Art Brewer was at his best wiring a good field of Delaware $5,000 claimers in 1:53.3 holding off Coastal Storm (Callahan), second, and Itsgottabemyway (RogerPlante), a close third, with a :29.1 final panel for his 20th win of the year and 68th lifetime. The Kathleen Brewer trained veteran won for the third time in four starts and fourth in his last six. He has earned $615,141 in his career. The winningest horse at the met, Tina Clark's Jingle Bell Rocker, is in the holiday spirit chalking up his fourth win in-a-row with Ross Wolfenden at the controls in a 1:53.2 decision to win a 3,4&5-Year-Old $10,000 Claiming Allowance. It was his 16th triumph of 2015. Allan Davis, who had three winners, led off the card driving both ends of the daily double. Ross Wolfenden also had two wins as did trainer Les Givens. Dover Downs races Monday through Thursday with post time, 4:30 p.m. There is no live racing Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. On Monday, when racing resumes at 4:30 p.m., Just A Jolt rejoins the $27,500 Delaware Special to battle last week's winner Captive Audience. Marv Bachrad

The answer to the trivia question of "What horse did Bruce Aldrich Jr. drive for his 6000th win is Unimpeachable". The performance came on a rain soaked day where 3 drivers had individual hat tricks. Bruce finished the day with 3 wins, as did James Devaux and Kyle DiBenedetto, who himself is a dozen wins away from his 6000th win. Bruce started the day by winning both half's of the Daily Double, but then DiBenedetto and Devaux went on their own hot streak to keep Aldrich at bay. After the race, Bruce was welcomed by many well-wishers in the winners circle, when interviewed in the winners circle after the win a jubilant Aldrich said "I am so happy that I got the win at Monticello Raceway, I have so many fond memories here, I would have been here sooner if I had driven my fathers horse in the in the 4th race, but I drove another mount and Kyle won with him!" Bruce Aldrich Jr. has been a longtime regular and favorite of Monticello Raceway, for years driving alongside his idol and mentor Billy "Zeke" Parker. Bruce has lifetime earnings in excess of $21.6 million. Unimpeachable came into the race winning his prior 2 starts, the 2 year old son of Artiscape, is owned and trained by Heidi Garofalo of Cincinnatus, NY. By Shawn Wiles

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