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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 www.buffaloraceway.com   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

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    

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