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HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Veteran pacer Dedalos, the oldest in the the field, teamed up with a 20-year-old rising driving star, Drew Monti, to win the $26,250 final of the Niatross Knockout Claiming Series at Buffalo Raceway on Saturday night (March 7).   "Dedalos was on full tilt tonight," Monti said after the race. "It was a big purse and I was driving to make sure he won."   Dedalos, an 11-year-old gelding, let Goddess's Justin take the lead briefly just before the quarter, but Monti wasn't happy with the pocket and aggressively regained the top. The pair then settled in and set times of 29.1, 58.4 and 1:28.2 and were ready for any assault that might be coming their way down the stretch. Nothing developed.   Monti kept Dedalos ($8.20) on task in the lane and confidently drove him to the win in 1:57.4 over the good track. He beat Goddess's Justin (Jack Flanigen) by a length while It Was An Honor (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) finished third.   "At the three-quarter pole, I knew I had it won," Monti said. "I was worried about (post-time favorite) One Chaser because a couple of weeks ago when I was driving Nora Lee, he went right on by me." That threat never materialized as One Chaser finished fifth.   Owned by Louis Frascella and trained by Michelle Gramza, Dedalos (Artiscape-My Tina) has now earned $17,649 this year and improved his lifetime earnings to $360,262 lifetime.   Dedalos, Goddess's Justin, It Was An Honor and fourth place finisher Delightful Caitlin (Ron Beback Jr.) will return this spring and will battle the top four finishers in the Niatross Knockout Claiming Series "B" in a $25,000 Invitational.   The $10,000 Niatross Knockout Claiming Series consolation race went to Ms. Luck (Kevin Cummings) in 1:59.0. The front-running Ms. Luck ($6.00) made every step a winning one as she defeated Whitesand Noble (John Cummings Jr.) by a neck with Dragon Ridge (Shawn Gray) finishing in third.   Ms. Luck, 9-year-old mare, is co-owned by trainer Bob Gruber III and Eric Ruppert.   There were a pair of $8,800 paces as sub-features on the 13-race program.   It was no laughing matter in the opener as Jokerman (Jim McNeight) made it two straight wins by going gate-to-wire in beating Lucky Nodotremblay (Wrenn) by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:57.2. Kennairn Buckwheat (Monti) finished in third.   Jokerman, who has been been in the money in all eight starts in 2015, now has three victories on the year. The 6-year-old gelding was in the barn of Richard, Randy and Robert Roth for just two weeks but was claimed out of the race for the $20,000 tag by Tessa Roland. Jokerman's earnings are now $19,689 on the season.   In the other $8,800 pace, Peter Pumpkineater (Cummings Jr.) used a ground-saving trip around the Buffalo Raceway half-mile oval and nailed Ugly Betty in deep stretch to register the win in 1:56.3. Terlingua (Monti) rallied for the show dough.   Ugly Betty, the lone mare in the field of seven, posted splits of 28.0, 56.3 and 1:26.2. It was a mad dash to the line with Peter Pumpkineater ($7.60) sneaking through down the passing lane to hand Ugly Betty a 1-3/4 length loss.   Peter Pumpkineater, a winner of $16,194 in 2015, is owned by Mark Jakubik and Tessa Roland. It was the third win in seven starts this season for the 7-year-old gelding who is trained by JD Perrin.   Racing will continue on Wednesday night at Buffalo Raceway with a 12-race program set for 5 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

DOVER, Del.--- Spin Vision, a Delaware-sired homebred, made it four straight trips to the winner's circle in the $14,500 4&5 Year-Old Mares Winners-Over Monday, March 2 feature at Dover Downs. Bred, owned and trained by Virginia Louthan, Spin Vision rolled down the passing lane with Ron Pierce to record a 1:53.4 career best victory in the day's headliner. Ms. Louthan owns the No Spin Zone - David's Art brown filly, the only three-year-old in the nine-horse lineup. Velocity Sonja, as usual, cut out the early fraction with McArma (Vic Kirby) pressing hard on the outside from mid-backstretch until deep in the stretch. Pierce, enjoying a 2-hole trip exploded upon reaching the passing lane and darted to victory. McArma was a game second with Hidden Land (Roger Plante) coming on to finish third. Spin Vision is now a perfect four-for-four this year with seven lifetime wins and four seconds in 15 races good for $65,480 earnings. In a $13.000 distaff pace, Bay Pod Racing's Hearts N Flowers, over looked at 8-1, won for the third time in her last five starts with two seconds, as Allan Davis guided the Artiscape - Hasty Dewar mare to victory in 1:53.3. Twin B Heartland (Corey Callahan) was runner-up. Valerya (Jonathan Roberts) recovered from locking wheels with Jeremes Sweetheart (Kirby) on the backstretch, to close well for third. The win was the 14th lifetime for Hearts N Flowers extending her earnings to $186,361. Allan Davis, Ron Pierce and Tony Morgan had two wins, including a 29-1 shot for Morgan driving Yanklet Hanover in a $12,500 mares pace. BETTOR AND BOLD ONE-TO-BEAT IN $20,000-$25,000 CLAIMER TUESDAY Just Bettor, fresh from victory last week, is the one-to-beat in the $20,000-$25,000 4&5-Year-Old Claiming Handicap pace, the Tuesday March 3 feature race at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Ken Wood, Bill Ditmar and Steve Iaquinta’ Just Bettor has thrived in his eight starts in 2015 finishing either first or second, with one exception, a third.  Vic Kirby has driven the gelding conditioned by Eric Ell in all of his local starts. Reg Hazzard and Legacy Racing’s UF Dragons Cruiser, driven by Allan Davis, led for the early part of action last Tuesday but relented to Just Bettor and took second money.  Wade Wyatt’s good closer Swift As A Shadow with George Dennis, was third last time, and drew the rail this week. Not to be overlooked in his first local appearance is Black Magic Racing’s PL Hoofhearted, piloted by Corey Callahan. Tim Tetrick and CC Racing’s Better And Bold made an untimely break last time for driver, Trace Tetrick, is among other contenders. Toby Lynch will drive Jim Jacobs’ Button Fly, while Tony Morgan will be behind Wayne King’s LA Camcharger. Marv Bachrad  

Pompano Beach, FL...February 21, 2015...Raji's Blue Line, skillfully handled by harness racing driver Mike Micallef, took top honors in Pompano Park's $12,500 Open Pace on Saturday night, eking out a photo finish win in a race where two lengths separated the entire field at the finish. The seven year-old son of Artiscape, owned by Lew and Kathleen Whitaker along with W.B. Schopf, made a bold move first up on the backside from fifth and, after grinding to the front turning for home, held off the ground saving P L Hellcat, driven by Dan Clements, to win by a neck in 1:51.4. Fancyfreeshark, with Bruce Ranger in the bike, finished a half length away in third after cutting panels of :26.4, :55 and 1:22.4 along the way. Lyons Johnny, in the garden spot most of the journey, finished fourth with Dont Tell Rusty next in the sextet, just 1 1/2 lengths off the winner after pacing the fastest final quarter in the race. In a post race interview, driver Mike Micallef said, "Last week, the winner (Duc Dorleans) got away with a soft half (:56) and was able to get home in :55.3. This time, I thought I had nothing to lose by letting 'Raji' have the track and let him go. He does have a strong brush and can sustain it for a good, long time. He did exactly that tonight and he was very game to the wire. "Dan's horse (P L Hellcat) went a big mile and benefitted by saving all the ground sneaking through on the inside. Gotta give him credit, too." For Raji's Blue Line, it was his second success of the season in six starts and his 2-2-1 scorecard now shows $18,750. He's banked $ 193,450 lifetime. As fourth choice on the tote-board, Raji's Blue Line rewarded his faithful with a $10.20 win mutuel. The co-feature on the card was the $10,000 conditioned pace and that went to Luca Derrico's Cadillac Phil in 1:51.3. This five year-old son of Shanghai Phil, finally escaping the top Open company, took command for George Napolitano, Jr. right at the opening marker in :27.1, got to the half in a rated :56.1 and then sprinted home in :55.2 to hold off a determined Heart Felt (Rick Plano) by a neck. Hillybilly (Bruce Ranger) finished third after threatening around the final turn while Shamderock finished fourth. Always N The Money picked up the nickel in the octet. Cadillac Phil won for the second time this season in seven starts to send his 2015 earnings to $16,525. Lifetime, he's banked $166,580. As the 3 to 5 chalk, Cadillac Phil paid $3.40 to win. Finally, the second leg of the Midnite Hardy Late Closer went to M G Home Run, smartly driven by Joe Sanzeri. This eight year-old some of Astreos, owned by the J L Benson Stables, found a seam along the pylons in deep stretch to score a half length win over the late flying First Impression (Bruce Ranger) in 1:54.3. Whata Hooligan (Peter Wrenn) finished third while Cascata and pacesetter Tivoli Hanover picked up the final awards in the field of nine in a dead-heat for fourth. While it was the initial success of the year for M G Home Run in seven starts, the game gelding scored his 36th lifetime win, sending his career bounty to $213,799. As co-third choice in the betting, M G Home Run paid $11.20 to win. After the event, M G Home was claimed for the third time during the past month, this time going to trainer Randy Bickmore for owner Emory Pellitier. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...Saturday, February 7, 2015...Speed was the keynote at Pompano Park on a harness racing Saturday night as Duc Dorleans captured the $13,000 Open Handicap Pace in 1:50.4 and Red Hot Yankee took top honors in the $17,500 final of the Murdock Hanover Late Closer in 1:51.2.   Duc Dorleans, driven by Donald Dupont for owner Gestion Levesque 2005, Inc., led every step of his journey clocking panels of :27, :56.1 and 1:24.1 before sprinting home in :26.3 to seal a victory measuring almost three lengths over Fancyfreeshark (Bruce Ranger) and Lyons Johnny (George Napolitano, Jr.), the latter two finishing in a dead-heat for place honors.   Don't Tell Rusty, rallied from far back to finish fourth while Cadillac Phil picked up the nickel in the septet.   In a post race interview, driver Donald Dupont said, "My horse has great speed out of the gate and, since we had an inside post (2), it was easy for him to get the lead. When nobody challenged me during the straightaway, my horse was nice and relaxed getting away with a 'soft' half...for him, anyhow (:56.1). From there, I was very confident he could carry his speed all the way home and his final quarter (:26.3) proved that tonight. He's a very good horse!"   For this five year-old son of Shanghai Phil, it was his second win in five starts this year--19th lifetime in 63 starts--and sent his lifetime bounty to $418,056.   Second choice on the tote-board, Duc Dorleans paid $7.80 to his faithful.   Red Hot Yankee's win was a hit more dramatic as he held on for dear life at the end of his gate-to-wire 1:51.2 effort for Kevin Wallis to hold off stablemate Officernagentleman (George Napolitano, Jr.) to score by a scant head.   Fearless Chip (Bruce Ranger), prominent all the way in the garden spot, finished third three parts of a length away with the late surging Bold Wille fourth. A Fool For Mark picked up the minors in the field of nine.   Red Hot Yankee, an 11 year-old son of Artsplace, carded sizzling fractions of :27, :54.3 and 1:22.3 along the way.   After the race, driver Kevin Wallis said, "he's a warrior, alright. Those first three-quarters were pretty stiff but that's the way he likes it. He dug in late...but I was very happy the wire came when it did!"   Making his first start off of a claim by owners Melvin Fink and Clifford Grundy, Red Hot Yankee was making his 150th lifetime start and first start in the Paul Holzman Stable.   The victory, Red Hot Yankee's 19th lifetime, sent his career bounty past the $250,000 mark--$250,599 to be exact. He paid $3.60 as the betting favorite.   The $20,000-$25,000 Claiming Handicap Pace carrying a purse of $11,000, went, in an upset, to Raji's Blue Line in 1:51.1.   This seven year-old son of Artiscape, owned by Lew and Kathy Whitaker along with William Schnopf, was given a gutsy drive by Mike Micallef, making a bold move from dead last and over 10 lengths away at the opener, to the lead shortly after the half, and going on from there to score a win measuring just short of two lengths.   Always In The Money (Peter Wrenn) was second while Premier (Rick Plano) finished third. Canadian Touch and No Monkeys Allowed also picked up checks in the octet.   Making his 100th lifetime start, Raji's Blue Line won for the 19th time, sending his career bankroll to $185,700.   Finally, the Super Hi-5 again had multiple consolation winners and the carryover for Sunday's card now exceeds $100,000. Post time is 7:30 p.m.   John Berry    

DOVER, Del. --- Mustang Art wires $27,500 Preferred field, harness racing driver Corey Callahan picks up five wins on a bitter cold and windy Thursday, Feb. 5 at Dover Downs. Ron Pierce took no prisoners en route to a 1:51.3 victory piloting Mustang Art to a convincing wire-to-wire score in the week's top pace. Eddie Davis Jr. driving Papa Ray took a shot at the leader heading to the final turn and finished second. Don't Ya Know with Corey Callahan closed strongly to take third money. Max Walton and Greg Papaleo own the eight-year-old Artiscape - Paula Seelster gelding who won for the 35th time in his career upping his earnings to $556,622. Pierce also drove Tom Lazzaro's Contraband Hanover to a come-from-behind 1:51.2 triumph in the first of two $15,500 Open paces. It was the Somebeachsomewhere-Castaway Hanover gelding's second straight victory. Callahan and Delaware Hanover cut out a fast early pace and held on for second. Framed Art (Art Stafford Jr.) was third best. The sharp Four Staces gave Callahan his fifth win on the card reining a 1:53.1 victory in the other $5,500 pace. Mike Casalino and trainer Dylan Davis own the Rocknroll Hanover-Miss Stacee gelding who won for the fifth time in his last seven starts. Major Bucks (Toby Lynch) came on to finish second. Bluehourpower (Allan Davis) was the show horse. Pierce's third success came in one of two $14,500 4&5-Year-Old Male Winners-Over paces steering Ziggy Sky, an altered son of Stonebridge Regal-Bubeleh, to victory in 1:54 for trainer Joe Hundertpundd and owners Troy and Todd Tribbett. 19-1 shot Jet Blue Miracle (Sean Bier) was second in front of Beamer Blue Chip (Ross Wolfenden). Maximum Terror closed with a rush for Ben Stafford Jr. to catch front-pacing Mister Truth (Tony Morgan) in the closing strides for a 1:53 decision. The Western Terror-Hit Cocoa gelding owned by Ben Stafford ended Mister Truth's win streak at three. Fire In The Belly (Vic Kirby) was the third finisher. Callahan with five wins, Pierce had two and trainers Dylan Davis and Kevin Lare haltered to winners. There is no live racing on Fridays and Saturdays. Sunday post time is 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday starting time is 4:30 p.m. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant, call 302-674-4600. There is no charge for parking or for admission at Dover Downs. Simulcasting of leading harness and thoroughbred racing from 12 Noon to 12 Midnight in the Dover Downs Racing and Sports Book. Marv Bachrad

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Youwillwishyouhad has become a regular harness racing customer of Buffalo Raceway track photographer Steve Roth in the winner's circle.   There was yet another photo session with him on Saturday night as Youwillwishyouhad continued the 2015 campaign with another victory in the $10,500 Open Pace at Buffalo Raceway Saturday night.   Now a perfect 3-for-3 this season and in the money 25 of 31 starts since the beginning of 2014 including 14 wins, Youwillwishyouhad (John Cummings Jr.) came charging down the lane to take a neck decision over Nothingbutmach in 1:56.1 over the fast track.   Surprisingly sent off the third choice in the field of seven at 3-1, Youwillwishyouhad ($8.60) was assigned the seven post and sat back and watched the action on the front end for more than a half-mile.   But down the back stretch the final time, Cummings Jr. gave Youwillwishyouhad the green light to go and he responded perfectly, winging it three-wide to the three-quarter marker. Through the stretch, the 4-year-old gelding paced smartly past the remaining field and notched the head decision over a late driving long-shot Nothingbutmach (Shawn Gray). A 28.4 last quarter by Youwillwishyouhad proved to the crushing blow to the field.   King Otra, the post time favorite, finished third with Billy Dobson in the bike.   Owned by Leonard Segall and trained by James Clouser Jr., Youwillwishyouhad (Artiscape-Dawn's Ideal) has now earned $15,750 this season and $81,917 lifetime.   Dobson and Kevin Cummings each had three victories on the card while Cummings Jr. doubled.   The harness racing action will resume Wednesday night at Buffalo Raceway with a solid 13-race program to be presented starting at 5 p.m.   For more information including race replays, results, the latest news and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Youwillwishyouhad is making the 2015 harness racing season as successful as his 2014 campaign as he scored another impressive victory in the $10,500 Open Pace at Buffalo Raceway Saturday night (January 24).   After posting 11 victories in 28 starts last year and finishing in the money 13 other times, Youwillwishyouhad made it a perfect 2-for-2 in the early going of 2015 after romping to an easy 2-1/2 length win over Western Alumni in 1:57.3 over the good track.   Starting from the three post, Youwillwishyouhad had little resistance in getting to the lead and put up fractions of 29.2, 59.3 and 1:29.0. Turning for home, driver John Cummings Jr. had Youwillwishyouhad in cruise control and looked for some challengers which never materialized. Western Alumni (Jim McNeight) skimmed the pylons to take second while No Real Surprise (Frank Milby) held on for third.   Owned by Leonard Segall and trained by James Clouser Jr., the 4-year-old Youwillwishyouhad (Artiscape-Dawn's Ideal) has now earned $10,500 this season and $76,657 lifetime. It was his 17th career trip to the winner's circle in just 39 starts.   Billy Dobson had a good night in the bike as he produced five winners while David McNeight III had a double.   Racing will continue on Wednesday evening at 5 p.m. with a 13-race card.   The early daily double will feature the $10,500 Open Trot and the $10,500 Fillies and Mares Open Pace.   The opener is expected to be another showdown between trotters Lutetium (Kevin Cummings) and Second Hands News (Frank Milby). Lutetium is the slight 8-5 morning line favorite starting from the six hole while Second Hand News is next at 3-1 but gets the seven spot.   The F&M Open Pace will feature the hard-charging Bazooka Terror (Cummings) who was assigned the outside eight post. Bazooka Terror is listed as the 3-1 second pick behind 5-2 choice Memumsnotnice who drew the three hole with Billy Dobson in the sulky.   For more information including race replays, results, entries, upcoming promotions and the latest news, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Youwillwishyouhad loves racing on the front end. Drawing the rail in the $10,500 Open Pace at Buffalo Raceway would seem like a recipe for success. It was.   After playing given-and-go with Bakken (Ray Fisher Jr.) to the opening quarter pole, driver John Cummings Jr. put Youwillwishyouhad back on the lead and never looked back in posting a convincing 1 1/4-length win over No Real Surprise (Frank Milby) in a sizzling 1:55.4 over the fast track Saturday night (January 17).   Youwillwishyouhad (Artiscape-Dawn's Ideal) has been on an incredible stretch dating back to last year. The 4-year-old gelding has six wins and two places in his last eight starts. Also, since the start of 2014, he's been in the money 25-of-29 times including 12 wins.   After posting fractions of 29.3, 59.3 and 1:28, Youwillwishyouhad ($6.60) enjoyed a two-length edge at the top of the stretch and used a 27.4 final panel to keep No Real Surprise and third place finisher Cheyenne Cam (Billy Dobson) at a safe distance.   Youwillwishyouhad increased his lifetime bankroll to $71,417 with the victory. He is owned by Leonard Segall and is trained by James Clouser Jr.   Racing will resume on Wednesday night at 5 p.m. with a 12-race card. The co-features will be the $10,500 Fillies and Mares Open Pace and the $10,500 Open Trot. They will go off as the first and third races respectively.   For more information on including race replays, upcoming promotions, schedule and the latest news, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway    

DOVER, Del. --- Mustang Art took the lead and played 'follow me' on the way to his seventh win of the year nosing out Simon's Artist in the $25,000 Delaware Special on Thusday, Dec. 18 at Dover Downs. Corey Callahan notches six wins to his meet lead. Callahan ushered Max Walton and Greg Papaleo's Mustang Art away quickly in a field of seven to take his rivals to the quarter in :26.3. The Artiscape Paula Seelster gelding continued to lead the way with other contestants beginning to stack up on the way home. Mustang Art had just enough to hold off fast charging 19-1 shot Simon's Artist and Trace Tetrick by a nose after a :27.3 final panel. Bandolito, piloted by Daryl Bier, was race favorite but had to settle for third. So Take That, the program favorite was scratched. Mustang Art has turned into an iron horse. It was his 41st start this year and 82nd in the last two seasons. It was his eighth win of the year boosting his seasonal earnings to $127,985 in 2014 and $533,622 for 191 lifetime starts. In a day of close photo finishes, Millenium Wheel came from nowhere finding room along the passing lane to fly home in 1:51.4 to win the $16.000 3,4&5-Year-Old Open pace. Trainer and part-owner Jason Lynch executed the win, his fourth of the campaign giving the Bettor's Delight -London Eye gelding a $66,449 bankroll for the season. Race favorite BJ's Rambeau (Callahan) was a close second with late closing Framed Art (Art Stafford Jr.) also in the tight photo, third. All Gold. the third of Corey Callahan's six winners, outlasted Maddysonofagun (Tetrick) in a 1:52.3 dash for young male horses racing for a $14,500 purse. Bugsy Malone (Tony Morgan) was third. Richard Lewis trains the Tell All-Full Of Gold gelding for David Banks and Layfield Horses, was the third win this season for the $40,600 winner this year. Leyden, bred, owned and trained by Bill Moffett, recorded a 1:51.4 lifetime best, to win a $14,000 Male 3,4&5-Year-Old pace with Allan Davis driving. The Quick Pulse Mindale-Staying Power soph gelding won for the sixth time this campaign. He has now earned $63,977. Fancy Colt (Morgan) was runner-up with Four Staces (Callahan) third. Ben Stafford Jr. got the longshot of the card, driving 37-1 Maximum Terror to win a $14,000 Male pace in 1:51.4 for his dad, trainer, Ben Stafford. Ballinrobe (Allan Davis) picked up second money with Something Blue (Jonathan Roberts) the show finisher. An altered son of Western Terror-HTF Cocoa, Maximum Terror notched fifth win of the year good for $50,539 earnings. Another Stafford, Art Jr., guided Adventure Bound, owned by Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta, to victory in 1:50.3, the second fastest time of the night, one of two Eric Ell trainees, to win a $13,000 Male Winners-Over pace, his fifth of the year. The Camluck-Unchained Speed gelding's earnings are now $81,262 this season and $424,839 lifetime. SB Mikes Hot Beach (Sean Bier) and Star Messenger (Tetrick) were second and third respectively. The annual Dover Downs Christmas Break Week beings this Friday, Dec. 19. There is no live racing until Sunday, Dec. 28. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs

Batavia, NY---After a late scratch contracted an already short field, Youwillwishyouhad went from worst to first to capture the $11,000 Open pace feature at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Nov.29). What The Sheik (Dave McNeight III) left from the pylons and parked American Bull (Kevin Cummings) past the eighth pole before he eventually cleared on the backstretch. McNeight then immediately completed the give-and-go as he retook by the quarter. At the half, Southwind Whiski (Drew Monti) pulled to advance and had Youwillwishyouhad (John Cummings Jr.) drafting behind him in the outer flow. As the tight group passed the three-quarters and headed into the last turn, Cummings Jr. pulled Youwillwishyouhad three-deep and circled the leading pair down the lane to win in 1:57.2. What The Sheik was second and Southwind Whiski hung on for third. It was the fifth win in the last six starts at Batavia Downs for Youwillwishyouhad ($10.80) and his eleventh victory overall for the year. The 3-year-old Artiscape gelding has pocketed $52,562 for 2014 for owner Leonard Segall. Youwillwishyouhad is trained by James Clouser Jr. There was an accident in the eleventh race of the evening card that involved three horses at the back of the pack. Vital Speed (Ray Fisher Jr.) got away fifth and was gapping the field bad at the three eighths pole when he made a break and went down, causing Box You In (Shawn McDonough) and Corwhiny (Truman Gale) to pile-up behind him and dump their drivers. Vital Speed was gathered up on the infield by his driver and the loose horse was caught by outrider Ashley Holliday. Drivers Ray Fisher and Truman Gale came away unscathed but Sean McDonough suffered an ankle injury and was treated and released by the ambulance crew on-site. The horses Box You In and Corwhiny both suffered abrasions but were expected to be alright. Vital Speed had a serious shoulder injury and possible nerve damage and is under a veterinarian's care. Kevin Cummings, Sean McDonough, John Cummings Jr. and Jim McNeight all scored driving doubles Saturday night. During the Saturday afternoon card, Kevin Cummings had four wins, Drew Monti had three and John Cummings Jr. had two. Live racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Wednesday (Dec. 3) with post time at 6:35. There is a large Pick-6 carry over pool of $5,100 available that night with a mandatory payout on the final night of racing (Dec. 6) if no one wins it by then. There are only three cards of racing remaining in the 2014 season. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Vernon Downs held harness racing Finals in eight divisions of the New York Excelsior "A" Series on Saturday night with purses totaling $360,000.   The 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings were first up and provided an 11-1 upset with Commissioner Daley (Conway Hall-Irish Washerwoman) storming through the stretch once he got into the clear and rolling right past Genius At Work late to win in a final time of 1:55.2.   Commissioner Daley is owned by Ann-Mari Daley of Lake Worth, Florida and Michael White of Royal Palm Beach, Florida. Dan Daley is the trainer-driver.   2-year-old trotting fillies were up next and, as opposed to the first of the eight Finals, this one went according to form as 3-5 favorite Barn Girl (Cash Hall-Turquoise Sweetie) took the lead in mid-stretch and held off a strong closing kick from Morcredit Bluechip to score a victory in 1:57.   Barn Girl is owned by Steven and Nancy Pratt of Corfu, New York. The trainer is Howard Okusko and she was driven to victory by Jeff Gregory on Saturday night.   Freshman trotting colts & geldings provided the most exciting stretch drive of the night as part of a 5-1 entry, Progression (Credit Winner-Ens Curious), came through an opening on the inside left when the favored Crazshana drifted out in the lane. Progression's final time was 1:57.4.   Progression is owned by Leigh Raymer, who also trains, of Delaware, Stephen Moss of Pennsylvania, Harold and Helane Solomon of New York. Mark MacDonald was the driver on Saturday night.   The sophomore pacing filly race was won in gate-to-wire fashion by Expose (Artiscape-Good News Lady). She took the lead immediately and never was headed again as she triumphed in 1:52.4   Expose is owned by Linwood Higgins of Scarborough, Maine and Stake Your Claim Stable of Seacaucus, New Jersey. Linda Toscano trains and Jim Morrill Jr. was the winning driver.   Archetto Hanover (Bettor's Delight-Arts Masterpiece) took the 3-year-old colt and gelding pace after rallying past the favored Murder He Wrote at the top of the stretch. He went on to win by a length in a final time of 1:51.4   Archetto Hanover is owned by Paymaq Racing of Illinois, Greg Gillis of Ontario, Canada, and Louis Willinger of Kentucky. The trainer is Erv Miller and the winning driver was Marcus Miller.   2-year-old pacing colts and geldings might have provided one of the more impressive wins of the night from Artistic Major (Art Major-Western Dancer). Artistic Major (Brent Holland) made the lead at the top of the stretch and powered away to win by four lengths in a time of 1:52.4.   Artistic Major is owned by David Van Dusen and Michael Cimaglio of Ohio and Steve Elliott of New Jersey. Steve Elliott doubles as the trainer.   Freshman pacing fillies followed that and Rock Me Gently (Rock N Roll Heaven-Cam Swifty) prevailed in what turned into a clustered finish with multiple horses ending up close together. The final time was 1:55.   Rock Me Gently is owned by Old Block Stables Inc. and Kenneth Klein of New York and The Fra Stable LLC of New Jersey. The trainer is Steve Elliott.   The final Final of the Excelsior "A" Series on Saturday night was 3-year-old trotting fillies and the winner was Dreamsteeler (Cash Hall-Dream Street) with Jim Morrill Jr. driving. She took the lead right away and cruised to an easy victory by nine lengths in a final time of 1:56.3   Dreamsteeler is owned by Andrew Herzog of Monticello, New York and Tracy Brainard is the trainer.   Live racing will resume at Vernon Downs on Thursday night with an 11-race program. Post time is 6:45pm.   by Michael Chamberlain, Vernon Downs Publicity

Tiamo (Artiscape-Incredible Sharon), who had won seven of the last nine at Saratoga Harness, and driver Mark Beckwith had to wait patiently for some racing room in the $9,000 Thursday night feature at Vernon Downs, but that wait was worth it. She worked her way loose in the stretch and exploded down the lane to win in a final time of 1:51.3.   Seascape Hanover (Aaron Byron) cut fast early fractions with a quarter of 26.2 seconds, a 55 second half, and three-quarters in 1:23, but she couldn't hold her lead in the stretch and faded to finish third. Love You Bye (Truman Gale) had stalked the leader from the pocket throughout the mile and was first to pass her, but once Tiamo got going she was much the best.   Tiamo had been pinned in at the pylons as the field made the stretch, but an opening developed and once clear, the race was essentially over.   Tiamo is owned by George and Heather Zitone of Montague, New Jersey. The trainer is Melissa Beckwith.   The complete order of finish was: Tiamo, Love You Bye, Seascape Hanover, Ugly Betty, Oceans Motion, R U Ideal.   Live racing resumes at Vernon Downs on Friday night with an 11-race program. The seventh will be the feature, a $10,000 Open I Trot, with a field of eight entered. The 5-2 morning line favorite is A Penny Earned, who won the Jack Bailey Memorial last out at Vernon Downs on August 29th. Post time on Friday night is 6:45pm.   by Michael Chamberlain, for Vernon Downs

HARRINGTON, Del. - Jeffery Clark's Springforth ($15.60, George Dennis) prevailed in Tuesday's $17,000 Mares Open and equaled a track record in the process with a 1:52 victory. The win matched the 4-year-old mare track record, co-held by Lorrie Please. The daughter of Artiscape, Springforth sat behind pacesetter Monochromatic throughout fractions of 27.3, 55.4, and 1:24.1 before outkicking the favorite in the lane for the win. Trained by owner Clark, Springforth received an identical journey last week and finished second to Embassy Seelster, who finished third this time around. Tony Morgan had four winners on the program. Allan Davis had a driving triple, while Montrell Teague recorded a double. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway    

It was a show that fans at Red Shores Charlottetown won't soon forget.   Jody Jamieson started early and he finished late, winning five races and four of the eight legs of the National Driving Championship, good enough for 96 points and his fifth berth in the World Driving Championships.   "It feel's actually amazing, I'm super pumped about it," Jamieson said about getting to represent his country one more time.   The two-time World Driving Champion got the ball rolling early in the competition winning the first two heats with C J Bluefin in 1:58.2 and followed that up in the second heat with Oppies Lifes Line.   "I don't like to say anything bad about a guys horse but, No one wanted to drive C J Bluefin, I talked to the owners nephew and he told me what he liked about him. With that knowledge going forward, it just worked out and the horse stepped up for me."   Jamieson followed that up with a second, third and second before rhyming off another victory aboard Solanos Dragon in Race 8. With two races to go and him and Islander Marc Campbell in a dog fight, Campbell picked up the win in Race 9 while Jamieson finished second.   Heading into the final leg Jamieson was on top by 10 points with 81 to Campbell's 71. When the horses crossed the wire in the final heat, it was over. Jamieson was a going away winner aboard Perfect Escape in 1:55.4 for owner Jack Kennan and trainer Jackie Matheson.   "I didn't even know what to say," Jamieson said about going under the wire and knowing he was going to represent Canada one more time. "I was just thinking about how long I'm going to stay in Australia and who's coming with me."   Jamieson treated a packed house to a special tribute as he paraded Perfect Escape in front of the fans at the fence.   "I like to show the fans the winning horse. I think people appreciate almost being able to touch a horse," said Mr. Canada. "I'm always trying to build a fan base and it starts from one person and builds from there."   Jamieson said he didn't expect to win five races coming into the card, but things worked out.   "I was just trying to do the right thing in every race, trying to navigate through some horses and hope I had some stock down by the wire, and that's what happened."   The Moffat, Ont native picked up his fifth victory in the evening finale, the$ 5, 000 Builders Cup aboard Modern Xhibit.   Marc Campbell finished second with 81 points. Brandon Campbell was third with 42. Billy Davis Jr. ( 39 ), Ryan Ellis ( 33 ), Guy Gagnon ( 32 ), Jim Marino ( 31 ) and Sylvain Lacaille ( 19 ) rounded out the competition.   The hometown hero Campbell didn't disappoint winning three races of the NDC himself. He rounded out his night with a grand slam winning the $ 25, 000 Founders Cup aboard Wazzup Wazzup in 1:53. Up The Credit cut out all the numbers of :27.3, :56.2, 1:24.4 before Maritime hopeful D Gs Camme cleared to the lead. Wazzup Wazzup made a final lunge at the wire to win in 1:53 for his owners the Rolling Hills Racing Stables and trainer Corey Johnson. D Gs Camme finished second and All Turain was third.   The fans were also taken by storm in Race 7, the $3, 000 claimer Whitesand Artist fired off a new track record for aged pacing mares winning by 16 lengths in 1:53.4 for Billy Davis Jr. and owner -trainer Neil Bambrick. The nine-year-old daughter of Artiscape who knocked three seconds off of her lifetime mark erased a 20 year-old track record taken in 1994 by Gold Cup and Saucer winner Little Black Book.   The total handle on the program was $55,151. As for Jamieson when he was asked when he would be back to P.E.I.   "I want to win the Gold Cup and Saucer so bad, It's a real tough race to win. Just ask Marc Campbell he thought he was going to win his second this year but it didn't work out for him. He's lucky enough he's got one," laughed Jamieson. "It's the race I want to win."   by Bo Ford, for Red Shores  

Bettor's Delight is certainly a proud poppa. And why shouldn't he be, after all, two of his sons each won a division of the $117,000 New York Sires Stakes in 1:52.2 or faster at Monticello Raceway on Tuesday afternoon, August 26. For A Bettor Time established a new track record for sophomore pacers with a 1:52 victory for Jimmy Morrill, Jr. and All Bets Off literally made a laugher out of his division when Matt Kakaley drove him to a eased-up nine-length triumph in 1:52.2. And in a $12,800 Excelsior Series event Murder He Wrote won an Excelsior Stakes in 1:52.2 for Jimmy Morrill, Jr. which was a track record for 3 year-old pacing geldings until the following race when the altered (sophomore pacer) For A Bettor Time went 2/5ths of a second faster. In one of the speediest afternoons on record at the Mighty M a third NYSS split went to Stay Up Late, and driver Mark MacDonald in a time of 1:53. In all, four races were timed in 1:53 or faster. In their NYSS split, For a Bettor Time came from nine lengths off at the three quarters and five lengths behind at the top of the lane to rally to a neck victory over Keystone Honor and Matt Kakaley in his track record 1:52 mile. The final time was abetted by the speedy early fractions set by Winds Of Change and driver Brett Miller who had his hands full trying to slow down his pacer after starting him up to take command in a :26.3 first quarter. Deep in the seat and with the reins taught a :54.2 half was the best Miller could do and with a :28.1 third stanza the three-quarters were paced in 1:22.3. In the lane the trailing horses came charging with For A Bettor Time scoring a neck decision in the second fastest mile ever pacer at Monticello Raceway. Big Boy Dreams was third for Jason Bartlett. "They were going so fast up front that I got lost in the pack," Morrill said with a cat that ate the canary grin on his face. "But we came and got'em at the end." Casie Coleman trains For The Bettor for the West Winds Stable, Robert Darrow, and Ron Broadstone. He paid $15.60 for win. It was the third victory on the card for Morrill, who also won an Excelsior Series paces with Murder He Wrote and with Believeinthespirit in 1:54.2. All Bets Off was the featured star of the afternoon and although it was really no surprise, still he made it an interesting race, or should it be said that Matt Kakaley made their NYSS split interesting. Sent off at odds of five cents on a dollar while coupled with stablemate Forty Five Red in the small five-horse field, All Bets Off just toyed with his competition. When Jimmy Morrill, Jr. went to lead with Twin B Tenacious from the pole position it forced All Bets Off, who started from post five, to search for room along the pylons on the first turn which he found behind the leader. Kakaley then allowed a parked-out Natural Leda, driven by Larry Stalbaum, to get in front of All Bets Off and when they did Kakaley was out and going and took command before the quarter pole. They then raced unchallenged through fractions of :27.1, :56, and 1:25 before Kakaley pulled the plugs on the final turn and when he did, it was 'see ya' later ' as All Bets Off paced away from his company and cruised home an eased-up nine -length winner in 1:52.2. Twin B Tenacious and Jimmy Morrill, Jr finished second but they were disqualified for interference on a break, which moved Forty Five Red to second money. Moliere Hanover was moved up to third for Jason Bartlett. "I love when I'm handed the lines behind him. He's just a great horse. What more can I say," Kakaley told those who gathered in the winners circle around All Bets Off. "When I pulled the plugs on the final turn he paced away and it was all over." All Bets Off, from the powerful Ron Burke Stable, is owned by Burke Racing, Frank Baldachino, the Panhellenic Stable and Rosemary Shelswell and paid $2.10 for win. A third NYSS division gave trainer Casie Coleman two sire stakes victories although she had Mark MacDonald handle the driving chores behind Stay Up Late. And MacDonald didn't let Casie down when he sent the son of Artiscape-Dreamlands Jo Jo to the lead and cut fractions of :28, :57 and 1:25.1 before finishing in a time of 1:53. Capital Account (Brett Miller), sent off the 1-2 favorite, followed the winner throughout but couldn't muster enough power to overtake Stay Up Late and had to settle for second money. Ari Allstar finished third for Jimmy Morrill, Jr in that one. "He's small but mighty," was all that MacDonald said after the race. Stay Up Late, owned in Canada by the West Winds Stable returned a $6.80 win mutuel. Besides Murder He Wrote and Believeinthespirit, other Excelsior Series were bot driven by Jason Bartlett; American Bull in 1:57 and Youwillwishyouhad in 1:55.3. by John Manzi, for Monticello Raceway

On what turned into a rainy, sloppy night at Vernon Downs, Royalist was a front-running winner in Leg 2 of the Racing Under Saddle Series. Royalist (RC Royalty-Chocolatto Chip) was sent right to the front from the outside post by Michelle Crawford and the colt never looked back.   He led through fractions of 29.1 for the quarter, 1:02 for the half, and 1:33.1 for three-quarters. A challenge did materialize from Blue Boy Yankee (Kristina Smith), who pestered the leader throughout the final quarter mile, but could never quite get by. The final time for the mile was 2:04.3.   The complete order of finish was: Royalist, Blue Boy Yankee, John-Michael, Vassar Hall, My Irish Molly, and Kash Now. Royalist is owned by Raymond W.J. Campbell Jr. of Belchertown, Massachusetts and trained by George Ducharme.   The top point getters from the first two legs of the Racing Under Saddle Series at Vernon Downs will return for the $5,000 Final on August 29.   The featured pari-mutuel race of the Saturday evening at Vernon Downs was the $6,500 seventh race. The winner was Moonlight Ransom (Artiscape-Windsun Caprice), driven by John Macdonald. This was the second win in a week for Moonlight Ransom. In similar fashion to the win on August 9, Moonlight Ransom was a gate-to-wire winner. He led through snappy fractions over a sloppy track of 26.2 for the quarter, 56 seconds for the half, and 1:25.1 for three-quarters.   The final time was 1:53. Market Force (Jimmy Whittemore) was forced four-wide at the top of the stretch and still managed to charge through the lane and win a close photo for second place. Oh My Joepa (Claude Huckabone III) finished third.   The complete order of finish was: Moonlight Ransom, Market Force, Oh My Joepa, Whitemountainpower, You Bet Your Glass, A Fool For Mark, Axiom Hanover, and Dutch Richman.   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs with an 11-race program on Thursday night. Post time will be 6:45pm.   by Michael Chamberlain, for Vernon Downs

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