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Tammy McNiven, proprietor of Twinbrook Farm in Embro, Ontario with her husband, Rob, had small dreams for a pacing filly they raised and sold on Wednesday at the Standardbred Horse Sale in Harrisburg, PA. But when hip number #917, Twin B Babe, Wednesday's sales topper at $100,000, attracted a steady stream of lookers, they thought perhaps their estimates might be exceeded. "We bought the mare pregnant with this filly for $6 or $7,000, she was from the He's Watching family and he was good that year," she said. "We thought if we got $15,000 for the first foal, if it was a nice one, that would be great, but never dreamed of this. "She was very busy with people looking at her. Casie Coleman was the underbidder and she doesn't usually pay that kind of money, so you know how good she is. She is pretty. Her name suits her, she's real babe. "She has an impeccable pedigree," said Myron Bell, who signed the $100,000 ticket as Captain's Court. "She looks just like her sire, Artiscape, spitting image. [Trainer] Tony Alagna is going to take her to Florida and hopefully she'll make the races and do some good, get a record and maybe make a few dollars. In two years, she's in the Captain's court, she'll be bred to Captaintreacherous. She has her partnership already, it's Mike Gulotta, myself, Tony Alagna and Joe DiScala, a good friend of ours." A little earlier in the sale, Twinbrook also sold the $90,000 trotting colt Twin B Argo, a son of Chapter Seven and Anklets Aweigh to Mike Kimelman. The new connections of Lovin A Player, hip #687 at Wednesday's Standardbred Horse sale in Harrisburg, PA never had a doubt her was the horse for them. . "We loved him," said Toscano who signed the $92,000 sales ticket on the Roll With Joe - Lovin A Fool colt, whose video can be seen here. "Wanda (Polisseni, of Purple Haze Stable) and I looked at him the first day and we loved him from the minute we saw him. "We hoped that he'd go cheaper, but unfortunately that was not to be. He's a beautiful colt. Mike Kimelman told me he looked as much like Roll With Joe as any colt he's seen. He has a beautiful head and just enough "boy" in him, which I like and stood real correct. He's just a very, very nice looking horse, pretty colt. "He will be going to Pinehurst, I'm training down there this year. After three winters in the cold, we decided it was time." Opulent Blue Chip, hip # 763, was among the highest selling yearlings of the day. The Art Major filly out of the Bettor's Delight mare Haze's Zure Bet was sold for $67,000 to Mark Steacy of Lansdowne, Ontario. Her Shadow Play brother, Nvestment Blue Chip (1:51.1), is a winner of over $280,000, won a division of the Champlain Stakes, three Ontario-sired events and was third in the Breeders Crown. ""She was a beautiful filly and with the colt out there, she's got tons behind her," said Jean Brown of Blue Chip. "We're very excited about her. She was good sized (born February 1), beautiful filly, got a great home with Mark Steacy and wish them a lot of luck." "I went to the annual Blue Chip Open House and she was probably my pick of them all that day," says Steacy. "I liked her conformation. She just had that racey look to her. I also have been racing against Nvestment Blue Chip, I've seen the wrong end of him a few times and I knew the family could produce a good horse like that; she looked the part and hopefully she's a sound filly. She was eye catching I thought. She's very athletic, she moved nice on the video." Through three days of yearlings sold, a total of 1,010, the cumulative average is $30,835 and a gross of $31,143,500. In 2014, there were 1,089 sold for an average of $32,903 and a gross of $35,831,500. Russell Williams, chairman of the Standardbred Sales Company, said, at the close of the day, "Those who brought a commercially attractive product to market were well rewarded. Therefore, this sale was like every other sale. I will say that the Pennsylvania yearlings were exceptionally low on average, I was surprised by that." Asked if he thought that low average was due to the current difficulties in structuring an adequate operating budget for the Pennsylvania Racing Commission and the looming possibility of a racing shutdown, he said, "I think we're going to find out if that is the cause. The facts will develop." by Ellen Harvey, for Harness Racing Communications

Batavia, NY---The last harness racing matinee card of the year at Batavia Downs was held on Saturday (Oct. 31) and featured the top-two pacing classes on the grounds and the performances turned in by the winner of each were equally impressive. Cobble Beach (Jack Flanigen) shook off a couple fringe finishes and took no prisoners going wire to wire in the $10,000 Open pace in 1:54.4. It was the ninth win of 2015 for Cobble Beach ($7.70), which has become a career year for wins and earnings (now $74,180) for the 5-year-old Artiscape gelding. James Clouser Jr. trains Cobble Beach for owner Leonard Segall. In the co-feature $8,400 Open II, Historian (Jim McNeight) took advantage of a two-hole trip behind FB Seelster (Dave McNeight III) and stalked the leader the entire mile before shooting up the passing lane in deep-stretch to garner victory by a mere head. Historian ($12.20) toured the course in 1:53.3, which was a new lifetime mark for the 5-year-old Stonebridge Regal gelding. Jack and Maria Rice own the winner with Maria Rice also doing the training. Several horsemen made multiple trips to the winner's circle on Saturday. Kevin Cummings, Jim McNeight and Jack Flanigen all had driving triples while trainers Maria Rice, James Clouser Jr. and JD Perrin all sent two winners postward. Arainna Brone, who was visiting Batavia Downs while home for the weekend from college, won the $4,000 pair of diamond earrings in the "Diamond of a Day" promotion sponsored by TAG Jewelers. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Wednesday (Nov. 4) with post time at 6:15 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, Batavia Downs Media Relations  

Winning the $9,000 Open pace at Batavia Downs seemed like a walk in the park for Cobble Beach on Saturday night (Sept. 19) as he made putting away the harness racing competition look pretty much, stress-free. Assigned post seven, Cobble Beach (Jack Flanigen) left sharply to take a lead he would not relinquish this night. With the field in post-position order behind him, Cobble Beach set fractions of :27.3 and :56.3 before a weak outer flow developed past five-eighths. As the group hit the six-furlong marker in 1:26.1, the outside threat failed just as Spender Hanover (Don Rothfuss) and Closing Credits (Dave McNeight III) came out to take their best shot after following quietly on the pylons. But their best wasn't good enough as Cobble Beach coasted to an easy two-length victory in 1:55.2. It was the sixth win in 32 starts for Cobble Beach ($8.40) this year and the purse increased his earnings to $63,065 for 2015. The 5-year-old gelded son of Artiscape is owned and trained by James Clouser Jr. The Downs top-two drivers, Kevin Cummings and Dave McNeight III, both scored driving triples Saturday while Jack Flanigen and Sean Mcdonough both doubled their pleasure. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Tuesday afternoon with the second (and final) twilight post time of 4:30 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, Batavia Downs Media Relations  

Vernon, N.Y. -- Including his last-to-first victory in Friday (September 11) evening's featured $8,000 Open II Pace, Jimmy Whittemore captured five driving wins on the Patriot Day harness racing program at Vernon Downs.   After parlaying a pocket trip to victory in the opener with Try This ($5.90, 1:57), the Maine Native passed all four of his rivals in the feature with Big City Jewel ($3.80). Whittemore settled the 4-year-old Artiscape gelding at the back of the compact field, having no part of the pace while Card Knock Life (Frank Davis) controlled the terms through a rapid first six furlongs in 1:22. As Sassy Hanover (Claude Huckabone, Jr.) failed to fire from the pocket, Big City Jewel was carried three-wide off the far turn, chasing valiantly after Card Knock Life and ultimately prevailing in the final sixteenth of a 1:50.2 mile. Damon Blue Chip stayed on from a tracking trip to take third.   Homer Hochstetler trains Big City Jewel for Kristofer Heim.   Following his sweep of the early double, Whittemore teamed up with Veal Marsala ($4.70, 1:54.4), Ziegler Hanover ($4.50, 1:55.2), and The Grey Bullet ($4.10, 1:54.4) to round out his five-win evening.   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Saturday (September 12) evening, with post time at 6:45 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

Art and Andrew Stafford's Framed Art ($9.20, Art Stafford Jr.) was a wire-to-wire winner in Monday's featured $12,500 Open II in 1:50.4 at the harness racing meeting at Harrington Raceway. It was a new lifetime best for the 5-year-old Artiscape stallion, who recorded his 14th lifetime win. The win time was just one fifth of a second off the track record for aged pacing stallions (Dancin Yankee). Framed Art held off a charge from Special T Rocks, who was second and third place finisher Mojo Terror. Framed Art, trained by his driver, is a former New York Sire Stakes champion who has banked more than $420,000 lifetime. Jim Morand, Victor Kirby and Jon Roberts each had a driving double. Matt Sparacino  

Taking advantage of a second-over trip, Big City Jewel ($3.80) kicked cover at head-stretch and held off a stout late charge from 18-1 longshot Some Or Lis to capture Sunday (August 16) afternoon's featured $8,000 Open II Pace at the harness racing meeting at Vernon Downs.   John MacDonald settled at the back of the pack early on with the 4-year-old Artiscape gelding, having no part of the pace while A Fool For Mark (Dustin Ingraham) controlled a :55.4 first half mile.   On the far turn, A Fool For Mark faced pressure from the first-over Its a Good Thing (Chris Lems), and Big City Jewel slid second-over to slipstream dueling leaders off the far turn.   After a :27.4 third sectional, MacDonald fanned Big City Jewel off cover, and the two vaulted to the lead in upper stretch--but they weren't out of the woods yet.   A threat remained from Some Or Lis (Andy Gardner), who hooked to the grandstand side after a mild shuffle on the far turn.   Big City Jewel ultimately prevailed in 1:51.3, a length better than his late-closing rival, while Its a Good Thing held third after he was overtaken from off cover.   Homer Hochstetler trains Big City Jewel for owner Kristofer Heim.   Truman Gale, William Hernandez, and Chris Lems all recorded driving doubles on the 11-race program.   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Friday (August 21) evening, with the Artiscape distaff pace, Muscle Hill distaff trot, and Crawford Farms open trot serving as co-headlines to the blockbuster program.   Post time is 6:45 p.m. Eastern time.   James Witherite

John Cummings Jr. bought a ticket to ride and he didn't care while winning the $9,500 Open pace feature with Cobble Beach at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Aug. 15). Cobble Beach ($6.80) flew off the wings and took the top past the three-eights pole while post time favorite Fireyourguns (Mike Caprio) took to the wood last. After the leader passed the quarter in 27.1, Caprio wasted no time getting Fireyourguns in gear as he moved him to the outside in pursuit. Although it seemed like a good move in theory, the exercise was futile because there was no catching Cobble Beach tonight. Cummings Jr. had the best view of the proceedings as his charge flew by the half in 55.3 and three-quarters in 1:23.2. Then he raised the lines, laid back in the bike and with a swish of the whip opened up four and was looking for more. The pair then proceeded to pace away to an impressive 1:52.1 win. James Clouser Jr. owns and trains the 5-year-old altered son of Artiscape and his evenings efforts increased the horse's annual earnings to $51,440. Drivers scoring multiple victories on the card included Kevin Cummings and Dave McNeight III with three and Jim McNeight with two. Trainer Dave McNeight also registered a double. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Sunday (Aug. 16) with a matinee card starting at 1:15 p.m. Tim Bojarski, Batavia Downs Media Relations  

The $10,000 Open pace feature at the harness racing meeting at Batavia Downs was up for grabs for most of the race. But a patient drive by leading reinsman Kevin Cummings proved valuable as Youwillwishyouhad ($7.70) won his first race for his new connections on Saturday night (Aug. 8). It was a cavalry charge off the gate as Ponyta Boy (Shawn McDonough), Beachfront (Dave McNeight III), Youwillwishyouhad (Kevin Cummings) and Fireyourguns (Mike Caprio) all had sights on the lead. The field momentarily settled behind the still battling Ponyta Boy and Beachfront, who eventually got the front As they passed the quarter in 27.1, Fireyourguns pulled from fourth and took the front by the top of the stretch. He then led the group to the half in 56 as an outer flow began. Now in two rows heading up the backside, Elite Awards (Drew Monti) tipped three-high with fresh legs as they breezed by three-quarters in 1:25. At that point, Youwillwishyouhad snuck off the rail from his perfect trip and into contention outside of the charging Elite Awards. At the top of the stretch, Fireyourguns ran out of ammunition and it became a two-horse race. Elite Awards tried hard to hang on but Youwillwishyouhad wore him down and powered on to win by two lengths in 1:54. It was the third win in a row and eleventh win in 20 starts for the 4-year-old Artiscape gelding and the win brought his 2015 bankroll up to $60,178. Youwillwishyouhad is trained by J.D. Perrin for Mark Jakubik and Tessa Roland, who just claimed him last week for $31,250. Kevin Cummings, Drew Monti and Jack Flanigen all scored driving doubles on the card. Racing resumes on Sunday (Aug. 9) at Batavia Downs with two divisions of 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings competing for $108,000. Post time for the first race is 1:15 p.m. Tim Bojarski

There have been hundreds of New Zealand bred mares exported to North America over the years but only a small percentage are ever bred from in the Northern Hemisphere. A few make their way back to New Zealand but a lot are given away as hacks One well performed New Zealand bred mare that is being bred from in North America is the Caprock mare Smooth Latin. Trained in New Zealand in the first instance by John Hay and then Ray Norton, Smooth Latin won four races here and just $25,000 before being exported to North America in early 2000. Smooth Latin did a big job on the track in North America, taking a mark of 1:52.1 and in the process took her overall stake earnings to $217,884. However it is in the broodmare barn that she has really excelled. Smooth Latin's first foal was by McArdle and named McApulco and he took a mark of 1:51.2 on his way to earning $365,942. Next up was Morguns Romeo 1:53 ($44,875) by Artiscape and the third foal was another McArdle colt in McAracas 1:51.4 ($170,579) The fourth foal from Smooth Latin was by Red River Hanover and is her only filly to date in Redy La Mar 1:56.1 ($44,192) while her fifth by Royal Mattjesty in Mattista was her only non winner to date. The sixth foal from Smooth Latin was the very smart Shadow Play colt in Shadios 1:49.4 ($82,860) who has issues from half way through his three year old campaign and never really fulfilled his potential. The seventh foal from Smooth Latin is the Jeremes Jet three year old Robert Hill 1:51. ($158,190) who last week took out a $105,000 division of the Ontario Sires Stakes and looks potentially the best of Smooth Latin's progeny to date. Smooth Latin was lucky enough to be bred from in North America but a lot of well bred, well performed New Zealand mares are being left on the shelf after they finish racing. The cost of the transport back to New Zealand is very expensive but maybe New Zealand breeders should be looking to bring home some of our better performed mares that are being wasted in North America. Harnesslink Media

Ever since arriving from Scioto Downs in Ohio on June 28, Milliron Pete has sure made himself right at home at the harness racing meetings at Buffalo Raceway.   And while adjusting to his surroundings in Western New York, he's finding the winner's circle is a pretty good place to hang out as well.   For the fourth time in five starts at the Hamburg half-mile oval, Milliron Pete (Jim McNeight) showed he's not camera shy either by taking a half length victory in the $10,500 Open Pace in 1:55.0 over the fast track Saturday night (July 25).   While Milliron Pete ($9.60) has new stomping grounds, he has passed just about every test put in front of him.   Starting out in a $4,800 conditioned race on June 28 at Buffalo Raceway, Milliron Pete has stepped his way up the ladder and it landed him on the top rung, the Open pace.   Posting a 1-1/2 victory in 1:55.2 on July 18 in a $7,800 conditioned pace, the jump in class was well deserved.   Big Bossman did much of the dirty work in the race by setting fractions of 27.4, 57.1 and 1:26.1.   Milliron Pete, who was assigned the inside post, drafted along perfectly in second and scooted through in the passing lane to stun Big Bossman (Jack Flanigen).   Western Alumni (Ron Beback Jr.) took the show position.   Trained by McNeight and owned by the Eim Racing, Milliron Pete (American Ingot-Komoda Dragon) has now posted six victories in 26 tries in 2015.   It sent the 5-year-old gelding's earnings to $34,816 this year and $57,481 lifetime.   In the $9,500 Open II pace, Cobble Beach (Kevin Cummings) reverted back to his front-running style and it resulted in an impressive four length win in a sizzling 1:53.1.   Scoring the from six post, Cobble Beach had to tussle with Mister Icon for the lead to the opening quarter but once getting there, it was all over.   Cobble Beach motored to the half in 56.2 and blistered a 28.1 last panel to put the remaining five horses in surrender mode.   Mister Icon (McNeight) finished a distant second while I C D Moolah (Beback Jr.) was third.   Owned and trained by James Clouser Jr., Cobble Beach (Artiscape-Mirmattculous) has now posted four wins in 24 starts this season, moving his earnings to $40,490.   The 5-year-old gelding upped his career bankroll to $134,597.   The 2015 season comes to a close Sunday afternoon when an 11-race card goes to the post at 1:05 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results and simulcast schedule, go to   Brian Mazurek

Jeffrey Bamond had one aim when he got into the harness racing industry and that was to race horses. The breeding side of the industry was not something he really wanted to get into but he has accumulated some outstanding racemares over the years and when it gets to the point where their racing career are coming to an end, Jeffrey prefers to sell those mares rather than breed from them. One of those special mares Jeffrey has raced over the last few years is the daughter of Artiscape in Shelliscape. Sold as a yearling through Lexington for $25,000, Shelliscape became a bit of a Breeders Crown specialist during her career. As a two year old Shelliscape ran fourth in the Breeders Crown Final and as a three year year she finished a top second to the outstanding filly American Jewel 1:48.2 ($1,834,823) in the Breeders Crown final of that year. At four she was too good for the great racemare Rocklamation 1:48.3 ($2,266,129) in the Breeders Crown Final that season and repeated the dose as a five year old with Rocklamation again running second to her in the Breeders Crown final. By the time Shelliscape called time on her racing career she had racked up 16 wins for stakes totaling $1,153,540 with a best time of 1:49.1. Shelliscape is still the fastest mare over a half mile track in the history of the sport. The sire of Shelliscape in Artiscape needs no introduction as he has been an elite sire for well over a decade. His stats are outstanding with stakes earnings to date of $96,788,768 with nine millionaires and 33 in 1:50 The dam of Shelliscape is the smart Direct Scooter mare Shell I Scoot 1:54.1 ($233,862) who apart from Shelliscape has also produced VC Scooter 1:51.4 ($391,355) Shell I Attack 1:54.1 ($191,422) and Scoot To Connect 1:53.1 ($171,184) Shell I Scoot is a half sister to the Artsplace mare Framed Print 1:54.3 ($66,220) who has produced the high class son of The Panderosa in Print It 1:50 ($838,755). Jeffrey has put Shelliscape in foal to the leading sire Somebeachsomewhere and plans to offer her for sale later this year. " The plan is to sell her at Harrisburg in November but I am open to offers before that. " The breeding side of the industry is not my thing and this is the first mare I have been left with at the end of her career," Jeffrey told Harnesslink earlier this week. Bamond Racing has also recently started importing racehorses from the Southern Hemisphere and Jeffrey is happy with how things have gone to date. " It has gone really well to date with no problems at all. " To be honest it has all gone better than I thought it would," Jeffrey said. With Bamond Racing committed to racing horses, the sale of a great racemare such as Shelliscape is a wonderful opportunity for a breeding farm or breeding partnership to acquire such a high profile commercial mare. Harnesslink Media

Manalapan, NJ --- After several years of dabbling with Thoroughbreds, trainer Don Swick’s focus has returned to harness racing. And although he is only operating a six-horse stable, the most important number is one. Rodeo Rock is the one. A 2-year-old male pacer, Rodeo Rock was among the winners at qualifiers Monday at Gaitway Farms. Rodeo Rock, making his second qualifying effort of the season, won by 2-1/4 lengths in 1:56.4 over a track labeled “good” because of early-morning rain. “He’s the horse that brought me back,” said Swick, who trains Rodeo Rock for longtime owner Bill Peshina’s Royal Wire Products Inc. “This horse is it. I know there are good ones all over, but I really do think he’s special.” Swick got involved with Thoroughbreds in 2010 and last year had three with Peshina, but returned his focus to harness racing at Peshina’s request. The two bought Rodeo Rock, originally named Electronica, for $107,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale. The colt is a son of Rock N Roll Heaven out of the mare Electric Fool. His mom is a half-sister to millionaire Western Shore and his third dam is Dan Patch Award winner Delinquent Account, the mother of Dan Patch Award winner Artiscape. “He was just a big, gorgeous looking horse,” Swick said. “We were looking for something a little different. Bill said let’s try a Rock N Roll Heaven this year; try a different state, a different sire. He walked in, and he looked just like this then. He was in good shape and a big, strong colt. He’s been that way ever since. He’s always been a good mannered horse. We’ve had a good time with him so far.” Although eligible to race in the New York Sire Stakes series, Swick does not plan to race Rodeo Rock on half-mile tracks. The colt is eligible to the Metro Pace, Nassagaweya, and Champlain in Canada, the stakes at Lexington’s Red Mile, and the Breeders Crown. “This is what Bill wanted to do and this is what we’re going to do,” said Swick, who has trained for Peshina for more than 30 years. “I’m happy. I’m happy as a clam. Royal Wire, they’ve been so good to me. (Bill is) the best guy in the world.” Tony Alagna and Ron Burke both sent out three winners among the 2-year-olds on Monday. Burke won with male pacers Lyons Snyder (Well Said-Armbro Cachet), in a day’s best 1:56.2, and JK Will Power (Somebeachsomewhere-Whats New Pussycat) in 1:57.1 as well as male trotter Edinburgh (Andover Hall-Muscles Carbonara) in 2:00.3. Lyons Snyder was purchased for $130,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale and is owned by Geoffrey Lyons Mound and Jeff Snyder. The colt is half-brother to millionaire Aracache Hanover. “He was very good,” Burke said about Lyons Snyder. “He has three lungs. It’s just a matter of keeping his mind together. If he does that, he’s a very good horse.” Alagna’s winners were female trotter Caprice Hill (Kadabra-Bramasole) in 1:58; male pacer American Passport (American Ideal-Star Of The Show) in 1:58.2; and female pacer Call Me Queen Be (Somebeachsomewhere-Preppy Party Girl) in 1:58.2. Remaining 2-year-old winners were Casie Coleman’s male pacer Tommy’s Delight (Roll With Joe-L Dees Rainbow) in 1:56.3; Steve Elliott’s female pacer Soulmate Hanover (Well Said-Sayo Hanover) in 1:57.2; Linda Toscano’s female pacer Soft Idea (American Ideal-Walk Softly) in 1:58.4; Andrew Harris’ filly trotter Radiant Beam (Holiday Road-Sleek Agent) in 1:59.4; and Julie Miller’s male trotter Sutton (Donato Hanover-I Wanted Wings) in 2:01. For complete charts of Monday's qualifiers, click here. by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

Memory Game (Artiscape) won his first local harness racing "Open Pace" on Saturday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Jackie Rousse trainee drew the rail in the $18,000 feature after finishing second and third in his two previous Open tries at the Spa. Frank Coppola Jr. piloted the six year old pacer and moved him out to the early lead, rolling the 7-2 shot along on the front end. Memory Game held strong in the stretch and turned back the late bid from rival Upfront Countryboy (Bruce Aldrich Jr) who had to settle for second. Talking Blues (Jim Devaux) earned the show spot. Memory Game stopped the timer in 1:52.3 in front of the biggest crowd of the season at Saratoga, a win time that not only served as a new career best for him but also marked the fastest time of the season at the Spa to that point. That mark was bettered by Rousse’s Panpero Firpo who scored in the Winners Over pace by stopping the timer in 1:52.1. Coppola piloted six winners on the night, four of which were Rousse-trained pacers.  Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a matinee set to begin at 12:45pm.   Mike Sardella

Nichols, NY -- Fresh off a pair of second-place finishes at Pocono, Road Untraveled ($3.20) made a strong early push to the fore and never looked back en route to a 1:50.1 victory in one of two co-featured $8,800 upper-level conditioned harness racing pacing events on Sunday (May 3) afternoon at Tioga Downs.   Driver Mike Simons pushed to the lead with seven-year-old Grinfromeartoear of in the initial stages, but couldn't back down the pace after clearing Hurricane Howard (Jim Marohn, Jr.) in a :26.4 initial quarter due to strong pressure from the first-over American Island (John Cummings, Jr.) through a :54.2 first half. On the backstretch, Road Untraveled turned aside American Island's threat, subsequently sprinting clear of his pocket rival Hurricane Howard to prevail by 3-3/4 lengths in a decisive 1:50.1. Hurricane Howard held second, while Artistic Major (Aaron Byron) was urged to stay even late, holding third off a tracking trip.   Mike Simons's son Shawn handles the training duties of the 16-time winner, while the elder Simons shares ownership of Road Untraveled with Christopher Giaccio.   While Road Untraveled kicked clear after setting the pace, Cobble Beach ($6.00) rallied off cover before a slingshot move to a 5-3/4 length win in the other co-featured event. The five-year-old Artiscape gelding drafted behind the cover of Oh My Joepa (Corey Braden) on the backstretch, pushing to the fore when John Cummings, Jr. moved him three-wide on the far turn. Cobble Beach drew clear at will through the stretch, soundly defeating Oh My Joepa and Dreamlands Art (Simons) in 1:52.3.   James Clouser, Jr. owns and trains the 11-time winner.   Marohn wins five in Tioga return   After Mike Simons won five races on Opening Night, perennial leading driver Jim Marohn, Jr. returned to Tioga for the Sunday afternoon card, registering five wins of his own on the 11-race program. In addition to a 1:51.4 win with Prairie Jaguar ($7.00) in a third-level conditioned event, he was victorious aboard Stonebridge Tonic ($5.10, 1:52.1), Affluenza ($4.10, 1:51.4), Terrys Star Dragon ($7.70, 1:53.1), and Brandons Escape ($13.20, 1:53.3). Simons scored a Sunday driving double, as did John Cummings, Jr. and Brandon Simpson.   Live racing returns to Tioga on Friday (May 8) evening, with first post scheduled for 6:15 p.m. eastern time.   by James Witherite, Tioga Downs    

Stay Up Late (Artiscape) became the third Jose Godinez-trained pacer to win the Saturday night Open at Saratoga Casino and Raceway as the harness racing four year old went coast to coast in the $18,000 feature. Stay Up Late was coming off back to back victories but hadn’t competed in the local Open before when driver Bruce Aldrich Jr. moved him to the early lead on Saturday. They withstood a late surge from rival Memory Game (Frank Coppola Jr) who ended up second and late closing JD’s Caleb Man (Billy Dobson) who earned the show spot. Stay Up Late was bet down as the race’s favorite and returned $5.20 to win while the exacta came back $37 and the triple paid $233. Stay Up Late joined stablemates RU Ready To Rock and BJ’s Guy as Open Pace winners this season. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon with a matinee beginning at 12:45pm.   Mike Sardella

LEBANON, OH. - Artie's Last Party became the tenth Fillies and Mares Open pace winner in the first fourteen weeks of the 2015 harness racing meet on Friday night (April 3) at Miami Valley. Driver Jeff Nisonger was content to skim the pylons near the rear of the field in the early going as favorites Shine N Shimmer and Betterluvnexttime duked it out through a sizzling :26.3 opening panel over a sloppy surface. Following a :55.4 half Nisonger eased the winning six-year-old Artiscape mare into the outer flow following Rev Me Up, last week's winner. When the three-quarter clock flashed 1:25.2 the field fanned out for the stretch duel with closers getting the best of it. Artie's Last Party prevailed in the $17,050 feature race over Betit To Getit (Jason Brewer) and Ivory Collection (Jeremy Smith) in 1:55.2.  Trainer Eddie Poling owns Artie's Last Party who has banked $30,000 in a dozen seasonal starts at Miami Valley. The $10,000 championship leg of the Robert J. Brown Memorial Series was also contested on Friday with Mojita As (Jason Brewer) upset the field of green trotters in 1:59.1. Anette Lorentzon trains and co-owns the four-year-old Muscle Mass mare with ACI Stuteri Ab. Following a pair of runnerup finishes in the preliminary legs, Mojito As tracked mid-pack as Fly Away Bumblebee and E R Justiceforall played hardball on the engine. After a casual :29.2 opening quarter, the frontstepping pair went at it wheel-to-wheel through a :27.4 second panel to reach the half in :57.1. It wasn't until past the 1:28.3 third station clocking that the others began to close in on the speedsters with Mojito As strongest in the stretch to beat Held In Balance (Jeff Nisonger) with Fly Away Bumblebee (Kayne Kauffman) holding on for third. The 'Skeeter' Brown series featured trotters who hadn't won two races or $15,000 lifetime as of the March 1 nomination date. Racing resumes Saturday night at Miami Valley with a strong $18,150 Open Pace and two $10,000 divisions of the second leg of the Tom Tharps Memorial Series on tap. Post time is 6:30 p.m. On Easter Sunday, the Budweiser Clydesdales will be presented at Miami Valley from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., just prior to a special matinee program. Gregg Keidel

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