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Cracklin Rosie and harness racing driver Phil Hudon timed a late rally perfectly to win the first leg of the Miss Vera Bars Thursday night at Woodbine Racetrack. A field of 10 three-year-old pacing fillies competed in the $17,000 opening leg of the Miss VeraBars. Originally a field of 11, Cracklin Rosie started from the second-tier in Thursday's contest. Driven by Phil Hudon, the Luc Ouellette trainee got away eighth in the early stages. Mattjestic Tempo sprinted to the front for driver Doug McNair and posted an opening-quarter of :27.2. The leader was left alone in the second-quarter and reached the half in :56.4. Heading into the final turn, Cracklin Rosie was brought to the outside by Hudon and sat fourth-over, as Mattjestic Tempo continued to march along on the lead and reached the third-station in 1:25.1. In the stretch, Cracklin Rosie was angled to the far outside and took dead aim at the leader. Mattjestic Tempo appeared to have enough of a jump on her rival, but Hudon timed it perfectly and Cracklin Rosie surged by in the final strides to win by half a length in 1:54.2. Windsun Glory finished third, while Arizona Seelster rounded out the Superfecta. Cracklin Rosie was more than six-lengths off the lead turning fpor home and paced a :28 final-quarter to snag the victory at odds of 2/1. The three-year-old daughter of Badlands Hanover is owned by Luc Ouellette Incorporated, Anita Ouellette and Alan Alber. Cracklin Rosie entered the MissVeraBars opener off a fourth-place finish in the Blizzard Series Final on January 22. She now has two wins in four starts this season after going winless in five last year. The Ouellette trainee increased her career earnings to over $33,000 with the victory. Cracklin Rosie paid $6.20 to win. Phil Hudon continued his hot start to 2016 with a Grand Slam on a big Thursday night at Woodbine Racetrack. Hudon, who entered Thursday’s card leading all Woodbine drivers in victories, visited the winner’s circle four-times to increase his 2016 wins total to 24. The Guelph, Ontario resident’s four victories were highlighted by three-year-old pacing filly Cracklin Rosie sweeping by her rivals late to win the $17,000 first leg of the Miss Vera Bars Series. Hudon also steered trotter Tymal Wizard to a 30/1 upset in the evening’s sixth-race. His two other victories came with trotter Southwind Alice and pacer Regal Fame in the finale. Hudon was not the only driver to have a big night. Jody Jamieson drove three winners on the card, while Doug McNair and Paul MacDonell also had a pair of victories, respectively. Wagering numbers were strong Thursday night, as a total of $1,888,590 was wagered on the 11-race card. Strong pools carried from start to finish over the course of the night. The evening’s seventh-race led the way with a Win pool exceeding $53,000 and both the Exactor and Triactor pools topping $50,000. The Pick-5 wager continues to gain momentum, as a total of $37,413 was wagered into the pool Thursday. The Pick-5 begins each night on the opening-race. Live racing continues Friday night with The Count B and Ontario Girls Series highlighting another 11-race card. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

TORONTO, January 29 - Winning is never easy in harness racing, but Betit To Getit and Marquis Volo have been making it look effortless this winter at Woodbine Racetrack. Betit To Getit, a six-year-old pacing mare, and Marquis Volo, a four-year-old trotter, came to Woodbine Friday riding respective win streaks. However, only one was able to head home with their win streak intact. Trained by Rick Zeron, Betit To Getit entered Friday night's $30,000 Mares Preferred on a three-race win streak. The daughter of No Pan Intended had won eight of her last nine starts. Driven by Zeron, Betit To Getit got away third in the early stages, while Ms Mac N Cheese cut out an opening-quarter of :26.3. Waasmula was quickly moved from second to first entering the backstretch, which led to Zeron pulling on the right line to send his mare towards the front. After being parked by the half in :54.4, Betit To Getit cleared to the front and marched the field by the three-quarter pole in 1:23.2. In the stretch, Ms Mac N Cheese came off the pylons from third and was able to power by Betit To Getit to score a neck victory in 1:52.1. Sandbetweenurtoes unleashed a strong final-quarter to edge out Betit To Getit for second. A four-year-old daughter of Badlands Hanover, Ms Mac N Cheese is trained by Richard Moreau for owner L David Ratchford. Friday's victory was her first of 2016 and 15th overall. Ms Mac N Cheese pushed her career bankroll over $400,000 with the victory. Although Betit To Getit saw her win streak snapped, the Rick Zeron trainee has now hit the board in 10 consecutive starts. Ms Mac N Cheese Earlier in the card, Per Henriksen trainee Marquis Volo scored his third consecutive victory and 10th in his last 12 starts in a Non-Winners of Three or $75,000 lifetime event. The four-year-old son of Credit Winner got away fourth, but was quickly moved to the front by driver Randy Waples. The second-quarter move was the winning move, as Marquis Volo went on to win comfortably in 1:55.4. Marquis Volo is owned by Tor Jan Larsen, Gerald Stay, Mac Nichol and Big Als Stable Inc. The Henriksen trainee broke his maiden in his fourth career start last August and has since gone on to win 10 of 12 starts. Marquis Volo now has $91,794 in career earnings. Marquis Volo Friday night's card also featured a $114.80 winner. Lucky Cocktail and driver Anthony MacDonald were first to the line in the evening's fifth-race to score a 56/1 shocking upset. The Louie Eftimiadis trainee finished 10th in the same class a week ago, but the four-year-old daughter of Camluck was able to flip the script for the major upset. Co-favourites Badlands Delight and Frosty Delight failed to hit the board adding to the impressive payouts. A $2 Exactor with Lucky Cocktail and Big Tsunami returned $1,173.90, while the $2 Triactor rounded out by Santannas Gal paid $3,660.50. The $0.20 Superfecta paid $8,280.53. Lucky Cocktail Live racing continues Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack with another 10-race card. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

DOVER, Del. --- Yannick Gingras has a winning habit Mondays at Dover Downs driving six winners on the Jan. 17 harness racing card. Bad Boy Matt pulled a 10-1 upset in the $27,500 Delaware Special Handicap feature race. Allan Davis unleashed Bad Boy Matt in the stretch closing swiftly to catch front-pacing Captive Audience late in the stretch to post a 1:51.1 victory in the feature. It was the Badlands Hanover-Mattercycle six-year-old gelding’s third win of the meet to go along with a second and three thirds in his last eight starts for trainer Wayne Givens and owners Regginald Hazzard and Legacy Racing. Raritan Bay (Bret Brittingham) also closed well to finish third. The win was the 17th lifetime while banking $251,307. Yannick Gingras, who now has a six-win night to go along with five win appearances and a four in the other of his previous seven Monday appearances at the track. Gingras steered Class Six to the pacers eighth victory in nine races for Weaver Bruscemi and Burke Racing Stable. The five-year-old altered son of Western Ideal-Vs Fu River rolled past Apollo Seelster (Jonathan Roberts) in deep stretch for a personal record 1:52 victory in a $15,000 4&5-Year-Old Male Winners-Over pace. Totally Dreamy (George Dennis) picked up third money. Gingras other winners were Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta’s Adventure Bound in 1:52.1 in a $14,000 Male Winners-Over; Howard Taylor’s Cashendash Hanover in 1:50.4 winning a $20,000-$25,000 Male Claimer; Tom Lazzaro’s Rocknroll Jewel, a 1:51 win in a $12,500 Male pace and Grantland, owned by Rich Lombardo, C.A. Alley C.L. Atley and JJ&M Stable, in 1:54 taking an $11,500 pace for young males and completed the card guiding Absolute Return Stable’s Baby Kitty to a nose win in 1:54.1 in a $13,500 4&5-Year-Old Male pace. Skyway Gladiator, an 8-1 shot, got up at the wire to win the other $15,000 sub-feature for young male horses in 1:54. Twin B Stingray (Vic Kirby) and Rip N Rock (A.Davis) were in the tight photo and had to settle for second and third respectively. Meet leading trainer Dylan Davis haltered two winners. The top female pacers tangle in the Tuesday feature $20,000 Mares Open pace.   CHEYENNE R0BIN STEPS UP TO $20,000 OPEN AT DOVER TUESDAY Cheyenne Robin, an impressive winner last week, steps up a notch to the $20,000 Mares Open pace on Tuesday, Jan. 19 at Dover Downs​. Post time is 4:30 p.m. The Cheyenne Gang's hard-hitting four-year-old Cheyenne Robin fresh from an impressive victory a week ago, takes on the top female pacers at the track in this week's top mares pace. Chris White's fast finishing Fashion Showdown with Ross Wolfenden has been at the top of her game in recent starts... JFE Enterprise's Scandalicious and Tim Tetrick has been racing well. Howard Taylor's steady Shine N Shimmer will be driven by Allan Davis this time. Jeff Clark's Springforth and George Dennis closed strongly last week. The other contenders are Hearts And Flowers and No Respect leaving from the rail. A strong undercard is topped by a $15,500 4&&5-Year-Old Mares pace tops the strong undercard. Among the nine starters are Eric Becker's Flying Nun (Tyler Davis), Gary Ewing's Sweet Bobbie (Callahan) and Fashion Rocker (Wolfenden). Monday through Thursday racing starts at 4:30 p.m. No live racing on Friday and Saturday. Sunday post time is 5:30 p.m. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. There is no charge for parking and admission. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad

TORONTO, January 14 - Bad As Leader was a repeat winner, while a pair of fresh faces visited the harness racing winner's circle in Thursday's second leg of the Blizzard Series at Woodbine Racetrack. A trio of $17,000 Blizzard Series divisions for three and four-year-old pacing fillies and mare were contested under light snow conditions. Bad As Leader was confidently driven by Trevor Henry to a 1:54.3 victory in the first division. Sent off as the 1/5 favourite, Bad As Leader got away seventh and last for Henry, while Nadia Can Go and Mattjestic Tempo did the early heavy lifting on the front-end. Bad As Leader was able to pick up the cover of Tilikum at the half to sit second-over around the final turn. The public's choice was a little less than three-lengths from the front, as Mattjestic Tempo took the field by the three-quarter pole in 1:25.4. In the stretch, Bad As Leader came off cover and surged to the lead, but Tilikum made the favourite work for it and paced with her right to the wire. Bad As Leader hit the line first for a three-quarter length victory over Tilikum. Nadia Can Go finished third, but was placed back to fifth for causing interference while making a break entering the final turn. Barbaras Shadow was vaulted from fourth to third due to the disqualification. Trained by Victor Puddy, Bad As Leader is now two for two in the Blizzard Series and 2016, while her career record now sits at four wins from six starts. The three-year-old daughter of Badlands Hanover increased her career earnings to over $34,000 with the win. Bad As Leader paid $2.40 to win. Bad As Leader A week after finishing second, Double Olives was able to change her luck and score a half-length victory in the second division at odds of 3/2. Driven by Mike Saftic, Double Olives found an early spot in third, while Twin B Sweetheart rejected the two-hole trip and circled to the lead ahead of Shesagamemajor at the opening-quarter in :28. CampsBay made a powerful second-quarter move to the lead from sixth for Rick Zeron to post a half of :57. Saftic brought Double Olives to the outside from fourth around the final turn and found himself behind a pocket-pulling Twin B Sweetheart at the three-quarter pole. In the stretch, Double Olives edged off the back of Twin B Sweetheart and paced by to win in 1:54. Twin B Sweetheart finished second, while Camps Bay held on for third. A four-year-old daughter of Blissfull Hall, Double Olives picked up her sixth career victory with her first win of 2016 Thursday night. Dave Matson trains the winner of over $50,000 for owners John Taylor and Jeffrey Ruch. Double Olives matched her career mark with Thursday's victory. She paid $5 to win. Double Olives In the final division, Cracklin Rosie was also able to flip the script at odds of 3/1 and score a victory after finishing second last week. Driven by Phil Hudon, Cracklin Rosie showed early speed to charge by Amazing Control, the 1/2 favourite, and grab command heading into the first turn. Jody Jamieson was not content to sit in the two-hole with the favourite and quickly circled back to the lead in the second-quarter. Amazing Control, a leg one winner, posted middle panels of :58 and 1:27.2, which set up a final-quarter sprint between the two favourites. In the lane, Cracklin Rosie came to the outside and was able to power by Amazing Control to defeat her by a length in 1:54.1. Naughty Lady B finished third in a photograph against Black Widow Baby. Cracklin Rosie paced a :26.3 final-quarter to secure her maiden-breaking victory Thursday night. Trained by Luc Ouellette, the three-year-old daughter of Badlands Hanover entered Thursday's contest with a pair of second place finishes in six career starts. Cracklin Rosie is owned by Luc Ouellette Incorporated, Anita Ouellette and Alan Alber. The sophomore pacing filly now has career earnings of over $21,000. The Ouellette trainee paid $8.30 to win. Cracklin Rosie In order to be eligible to the Blizzard Series, the pacing fillies and mares had to be non-winners of two races or $30,000 lifetime as of October 31, 2015. Bad As Leader will have an opportunity to sweep the Blizzard Series in next Friday's (January 22) $45,200 final. Winter series action continues Friday night with the second leg of the Snowshoe Series. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

Man I'm Good underlined his appreciation for the grass surface when he won at Cromwell.   He started his career with a barnstorming run for fourth at this meeting a year ago. He won his first race on the grass at Oamaru last month.   He's trained at Winton by Alister Kyle who owns the gelding with his wife Vicky.    “He won his first two workouts and qualifying trial and everyone wanted to buy him." "When they found out he got on one knee they backed off so Vicky and I decided to hang on to him." "We‘ve played around with his shoeing to help his confidence,” he said.   Kyle gave the four year old a beautiful run three back on the inside. He had a handful of horses turning in and waited patiently until halfway down the straight before he let the gelding run up the inside to beat Likethelook by three quarters of a length.    “He was travelling well and the two in front of me were the two to beat (Love Ova Gold and Flashing On)." "They raced each other a bit so that was perhaps the undoing of them and it played into our hands." "He’s starting to put it together. He’s been a work in progress and it was always going to take time.”    The Kyles bred the Badlands Hanover gelding. "He's out of Novice Franco which they also raced and which won four races including the 2001 Equine Stakes At Winton."   “She’s been a shy breeder but hopefully she’s in foal to Grinfromeartoear." "She was a speedy mare and we wanted to breed some staying blood into her.” Madie Holmes was Novice Franco's first foal. She started three times but ended by with a collapsed wind pipe. “Mike Brown (vet) wanted to operate on her but we always wanted to breed from her. We have a Courage Under Fire yearling filly from her.” Kyle's last winning drive was on Man I'm Good's half-brother Bad Boy Mara in August 2014 at Ascot Park. Bruce Stewart - Southland Harness Racing    Check Site here    

Champion reinsman Gary Hall jun. has pledged he will drive Beaudiene Boaz aggressively in a bold attempt to win the $300,000 Retravision Fremantle Cup at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Hall has won the rich group 1 event six times (twice with The Falcon Strike, three times with Im Themightyquinn and with Im Victorious in 2014) and a win by Beaudiene Boaz would give his father Gary Hall sen. his sixth success in The Fremantle Cup as a trainer. Beaudiene Boaz, a comparatively lightly-raced New Zealand-bred gelding, is the youngest runner in the Cup, but Hall jun. is confident the Badlands Hanover stallion has the class and versatility to prove the master of his 11 older rivals. Beaudiene Boaz notched his 20th win from 27 starts when he made the most of the No. 1 barrier by leading all the way and beating stablemates My Hard Copy, John of Arc and Waylade at a 1.52.9 rate in the 1730m Village Kid Sprint last Friday night. “Stepping up 2536m won’t be a problem,” Hall jun. said. “Winning the Golden Nugget over 2536m at a 1.55.7 rate at his previous start suggests that this week’s race won’t worry him.” Beaudiene Boaz will start from barrier four on the front line on Friday night, with Hall declaring: “It’s a pretty good draw, really; it could’ve been worse. I’ll press forward and see what everyone wants to do. I expect John of Arc (barrier three) to get past Waylade (two) early and then I’d expect Beaudiene Boaz to run past John of Arc.” Hall said he also anticipated that Chris Lewis to make a strong bid for the early lead from barrier five. “I held Lovers Delight with Waylade once when I drew three and he drew five. He tried to cross and Waylade held him comfortably,” he said. “I’d say Beaudiene Boaz is a lot better beginner than Waylade. He’s got more natural speed. Ideally, I’d like Beaudiene Boaz to get to the front. Obviously, if Chris (Lewis) is coming out, Kyle (Harper) will have questions to answer with Bettors Fire from the No. 1 barrier. I can’t let Lovers Delight go because if he gets to the breeze he would be able to control the race. “So I’ll be coming out hard and if I can’t get to the front I’ll be happy to race in the breeze. Beaudiene Boaz is race hard and he has pulled up well after last Friday night’s win.” The Hall stable has six runners in Friday night’s Cup --- Beaudiene Boaz, Waylade, John of Arc, Run Oneover (No. 6), Classic American (seven) and My Hard Copy (nine) and Hall sen. would dearly love to repeat his feat of landing the trifecta like he did with Im Themightyquinn, Alzona and Dartmoor in the Fremantle Cup in December 2009 when the race was a stand over 2902m. Since then the Fremantle Cup has been a mobile event. GPTV spoke with Gary Hall Jnr about the chances of Beadiene Boaz, and all of his drives - watch the video HERE... Related Links Fields for Gloucester Park, Friday 08 January 2016 Form guide for Gloucester Park, Friday 08 January 2016

Harness racing superstar Beaudiene Boaz will progress to the Fremantle Cup following his win in the Group 2 Village Kid Sprint (1730m) at Gloucester Park on Friday night.   Trainer Gary Hall Snr had five of the eight runners engaged in the $60,000 Village Kid Sprint as they finished first, second, third, fourth and seventh.   Beaudiene Boaz led throughout with Gary Hall Jnr in the cart to defeat My Hard Copy by 2.7m in a mile rate of 1:52.9. A further 1.3m away was John Of Arc and Waylade.   Hall Jnr said Beaudiene Boaz was not fully extended as he brought up win number 19 from 26 starts.   "He was keen right from the start", Hall Jnr told Seven West Media.   "I could have got him to go a bit quicker. He had something left at the finish".   Beaudiene Boaz would be the pre-post favourite for the Group 1 Fremantle Cup (2536m) which will be run at Gloucester Park on January 8.    The son of Badlands Hanover is currently the $3.50 favourite with online bookmaker Sportsbet to capture the Group 1 WA Pacing Cup (2936m) which is run at Gloucester Park on January 15. Devendra and Lovers Delight are equal second favourites at $5 ahead of Waylade ($6), John Of Arc ($8), My Hard Copy ($10) and Avonnova ($10).   Avonnova was forced to sit parked in the Village Kid Sprint and failed to beat a runner home as he finished 25.7m away from Beaudiene Boaz.   Another smart four-year-old from Hall Snr’s stable captured the Village Kid Sprint Consolation (1730m) as Run Oneover wore down Mach Alert in the shadows of the post to win by a pixel in 1:53.4.   Mach Alert set the pace with Fernleigh Rebel a surprise breeze horse while Run Oneover made his move three-wide at the bell behind Cyamach who was the first to make his move.   Smokey The Bandit finished a neck away in third place after flashing late and taking considerable ground off the first two runners home.   To watch Beaudiene Boaz win this race click on this link.   By Trent Orwin   Reprinted with permission of Racingbase.com site

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 22, 2015 -- Hidden Land shed cover around the final turn and nailed the game leader, Set Me Up, at the wire to capture Tuesday's $24,800 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Away fifth for Eric Goodell, Hidden Land followed the live cover of Spreester before taking aim at Set Me Up, who had been stung by a 26.2 opening quarter on a "good" surface. Hidden Land got her nose past Set Me Up to score in 1:52.2 The pocket-sitting Coffee Addict finished third. Brad Irvine trains Hidden Land, a 4-year-old daughter of Badlands Hanover-Armbro Ocasey who now boasts $147,257 in career earnings, for William Sartin and Mark Salerno. Tony Hall piloted five winners, Goodell four and Jim Pantaleano three on the 16-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

All the pre race talk before this years harness racing $200,000 Golden Nugget at Gloucester Park today was how did they beat the Gary Hall sen trained Beaudiene Boaz. The four year old son of Badlands Hanover had been in great touch lately and from his handy draw of five, his driver Gary Hall jnr had all the options as to how he drove the favourite. Kiwi Legend and Mark Reed burnt early from barrier two to lead before handing up after 700 metres to Beaudiene Boaz and Gary Hall jnr. The favourite's stablemate Runoneover with Clinton Hall in the bike worked forward to the death seat shortly after giving Menin Gate some cover after he had worked very hard in the first round. From there there was no great changes in the running order with Beaudiene Boaz skipping clear on the last corner and he comfortably held them at bay in the run to the line. Kiwi Legend worked home late from the trail to be just as clearly second in front of a very game Runoneover who even though he over raced throughout the race, never game in in the run to the judge. Menin Gate disappointed once again and looked very uncomfortable on the half mile track at Gloucester Park. Beaudiene Boaz paced the 2536 metres in a very sharp 3:02.4, a mile rate of 1:55.7 with closing sectionals of 57.5 and 28.7 A large six figure purchase out of the Ray Green barn in New Zealand after he had won the 2 year old Harness Jewels at Cambridge, Beaudiene Boaz has more than paid his way. Todays win in the Golden Nugget was his 19th win from just 26 starts and took his earnings to just shy of $700,000. It is little surprise that Beaudiene Boaz has progressed as well as he has since moving to Perth. His full sister Beaudiene Bad Babe 1:55.7 was an outstanding age group performer in New Zealand, earning over $400,000 in her career. The next big question for the connections of Beaudiene Boaz is will they head east for the $200,000 Chariots Of Fire.? Harnesslink Media  

Former New Zealand pacer Naughty Maravu has been a revelation since arriving in Western Australia and entering the Pinjarra harness racing stables of Michael Brennan. He has had five starts in this State for four wins and he looks one of the main chances in an evenly-matched field in the $50,000 Del Basso Smallgoods Binshaw final at Gloucester Park on Sunday afternoon. The Badlands Hanover five-year-old, who will start from barrier five on the front line in the 2130m event, is extremely versatile and reinsman Chris Voak will have the option of revving the gelding up early and making a bid for the lead or restraining for a position and relying on the pacer’s strong finishing burst. Naughty Maravu impressed at Bunbury on Tuesday of last week when he started from the back line and settled in tenth position before Voak set him alight with a three-wide burst approaching the bell. He sustained the effort and forged to the front 100m from the post and held on to beat the fast-finishing stablemates Our Major Mark and Ima Tragedy. Our Major Mark (barrier seven) and Ima Tragedy (No. 2 on the back line) will be joined in the final by another pacer from the Forrestdale stables of Greg and Skye Bond in Assassinator, who disappointed at odds-on when he set the pace before fading to third behind Major Catastrophe at Gloucester Park on Friday night of last week. Major Catastrophe will have many admirers after his last-start stout-hearted effort when he raced wide early and then worked hard in the breeze before winning from Znana on Friday of last week. Chris Alford again will handle the powerful seven-year-old for owner-trainer David Young. Znana is one of three runners from the Baldivis stables of Nathan Turvey. The gelding will start from the No. 1 barrier with Gavin Lang in the sulky.  Turvey has engaged Gary Hall jun. to drive Machin Out from the No. 2 barrier and he will drive Sonic Classic from the outside of the back line. Ken Casellas

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 8, 2015 -- Hidden Land circled the field three wide from the three-quarters en route to an impressive harness racing victory in Tuesday's $22,500 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Hidden Land was sixth with cover stacked in front of her when Dave Palone tipped her into the three path. The 4-year-old daughter of Badlands Hanover-Armbro Ocasey collared the leader, Coffee Addict, in mid-stretch and defeated her by a neck in 1:52.3. The ground-saving Do Me Honor earned show. Brad Irvine trains Hidden Land, who extended her career bankroll to $133,957, for William Sartin and Mark Salerno. It was one of four wins on the 15-race card for Palone. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

DOVER, Del. --- Bushwacker made it two wins in-a-row stepping up to the $30,000 Preferred Handicap while Captive Audience Atta Boy Bones romped to victory in the $27,500 Delaware Specials, the Monday, Dec. 7 twin harness racing features at Dover Downs. After winning last week's $20,000 Open Handicap, Bushwacker scored an impressive 1:50.3 success in the Preferred Handicap with David Miller at the controls. The win was the eighth of the year for the four-year-old Rocknroll Hanover-Dolphins Can Talk gelding owned by Henderson Farms. Chris Ryder conditions the winner of $157,325 this season and $362,612 in his career. Dapper Dude closed well for Vic Kirby to finish second. Atta Boy Dan was third with Brett Miller driving. Captive Audience powered to a 1:51.4 score in the Delaware Special Handicap with Corey Callahan handling the driving assignment for Carter Racing Stable and owner-trainer Doug Lewis. Sweet Rock (Allan Davis) was a game second. Mustang Art (Marcus Milller) took show honors. Allan Davis had a three win night, his second came in an $18,000 3,4&5-Open Handicap, driving Reg Hazzard and Legacy Racing's Bad Boy Matt to victory in 1:52 giving trainer Wayne Givens his second victory. The Badlands Hanover-Mattercycle five-year-old gelding out-legged Sweet Talkin Satin (B. Miller) home in 1:52. Givenupdreaming (Callahan) was third. With the win, Bad Boy Matt entered six figures with $106,385. In one of two $15,000 3,4&5-Year-Old Male paces, Art Stafford Jr. took Atta Boy Bones to the lead and never looked back en route to a 1:52.2 lifetime record. Owned by the driver and trainer Andrew Stafford, the altered son of McArdle-Santino's Rose won for the fourth time this year upping his career earnings to $48,490. Good Luck (David Miller) and Rockin' Cougar (Tony Morgan) were second and third respectively. Sean Bier owned and driven Brody notched a 1:52.4 decision in the other $15,000 section. Trained by his wife, Crissy Bier, the five-year-old Real Artist-Glenmount-Suestur Bier homebred gelding now has won seven times this campaign earning $45,185. Shanzhai (Brandon Henley) was next in front of One Last Roadie (Brett Miller, third.) SHINE N SHIMMER, TYRA HEAD $20,000 DISTAFF TUESDAY AT DOVER Shine N Shimmer, Tyra and two-time winner Hearts N Flowers lead the $20,000 Mares Open Handicap pace on the Tuesday, Nov. 8 at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Corey Callahan, the meet’s leading driver, will be in the bike driving Howard Taylor’s Shine N Shimmer, an $112,747 winner this season. The Doug Lewis trainee has won three of her last five starts. CC Racing’s Tyra, with Vic Kirby in the bike, has been second in her last two outings but must overcome starting from the outside, meanwhile Bay Pond Racing’s Hearts N Flowers and Allan Davis have consecutive wins. Foulk Stables’ Valerya, driven by George Dennis, has drawn the rail with Bob Baley’s Duneside Chella, handled by Marcus Miller, a winner of two of her previous three races, starts along side. JFE Enterprise’s Scandalicious, piloted by Tony Morgan, and Montenegra with Brett Miller, owned by Randall Bendis and Tom Pollock complete the lineup. A pair of $15,000 3,4&5-Year-Old Fillies and Mares paces tops the rest of the program. Stakes seasoned Girlofyourdreams (Montrell Teague), owned by The Wiz Kids Stable, Ava Destruction (B.Miller) racing for Melissa Cabot and Dennis Olsen and the sharp Sweet Bobbie (Callahan) leaves from post 8 for owner-trainer Gary Ewing, lead the eight-horse field. In another $15,000 division Herb Mazeke’s Melanies Sharkette (Marcus Miller),  Lady Beth (Ross Wolfenden) and owner-trainer Quik To Fool You (Kirby) are the horses to beat in that section. In other events, CTC Stable and trainer Doug Lewis’ Mach A Wish (Callahan) JTE Enterprises’’ Handsoffmycookie (Morgan) and Bob Winkleman’s Paradise Lost (Wolfenden) lead one of two $12,000 female paces. Marv Bachrad

Beaten 26 lengths in her lone qualifier, TSM Money Dragon didn't generate a lot of wagering attention for her debut Monday at the harness racing meeting at The Meadows. But she blew up the tote board when she saved ground and scored at 127-1, returning $315.80 for $2 across the board. Dan Rawlings drove the daughter of Dragon Again-Tsmshowmethemonet for trainer Bob Krenitsky, Jr. and owner/breeder Ted Tomson. The big upset helped assure that the Pick 5 would go uncovered. Indeed, Tuesday's Pick 5 at The Meadows features a carryover of $1,908.23. Elsewhere on the card, the $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace also featured an upset when Hidden Land, the longest shot in the field at 11-1, moved three wide into the final turn and brushed wide through the stretch for Tony Hall to triumph in 1:52.3. Coffee Addict was second, 1/2 length back, with Ubettorbeturlife third. Brad Irvine conditions Hidden Land, a 4-year-old daughter of Badlands Hanover-Armbro Ocasey who boosted her career bankroll to $122,707, for William Sartin and Mark Salerno. Dave Palone and Hall each piloted three winners on the 15-race program. Evan Pattak                              

(ARRINGRON, VA --- 10/15/2015) ---- Blueridge Pushy and Riggy, respective two year old Virginia-bred champions last year in the harness racing filly and colt pacing divisions, return as favorites to repeat in 2015 as they headline Sunday's $363,825 "Champions Day" Extravaganza at the Oak Ridge Estate in Nelson County. The pair most recently captured their three year old prep races at Oak Ridge last weekend. Top Virginia-bred pacers and trotters of both sexes will compete in eight championship races on Sunday, presented by the Virginia Equine Alliance. Three will be contested as non-betting events while the other five will be included as part of a ten race pari-mutuel program starting at 1:00 PM. Harness racing returned to Oak Ridge last weekend for the first time since 2001 and this will be the first time "Champions Day" has ever been held there. The past 17 editions have been contested at Colonial Downs in New Kent. Herman Hagerman's Blueridge Pushy beat four other fillies in her prep and is favored in the $45,600 finale. J D. Wengerd directed the 3 1/4 length victory in 2:02 2/5, and in similar style to 2014's championship race, beat the same runner-up and third place finishers in identical order again. Freddy Darby's Loves You Baby was second and Scott Warnick's Here Comes Lucy ended up third. Blueridge Pushy is a Badlands Hanover filly out of Cam's Pushy Woman by Cambest.     Brian Burton's Riggy held off  four foes to reach the winner's circle in the male counterpart and is early choice to repeat in the $46,200 final. The Riggins gelding covered the mile in 2:00.0 and beat Majestos by two lengths. Riggy came to Virginia on a roll, fresh off a pair of runner-up finishes and a dominant victory in Maryland. Leonard Hubbard of Cambridge, Maryland owns the pacer, who is out of Sesame Bagel, by The Panderosa.    In the two Virginia-bred sophomore trotting preps, a pair of long time conditioners scored wins in very different fashion. Renfrow Hauser's Max Santorini went wire-to-wire in the colt/gelding trot but held on to win by just a nose over a pesky Flaming Caviar. Charlie Dunavant's Ah Me didn't rely on a close call, rolling to a 20 length triumph over stablemate Kiss My Cart in the filly division. Max Santorini, a Gregory Pecs colt out of Luring Maxine, by Luring, crossed in 2:11 1/5 while Ah Me, a Mr. Commando filly out of Koala Kosmos, by SJ's Photo, connected in 2:07 1/5. Both are favored in their respective $43,000 and $45,600 divisions Sunday, which will be held as non-betting races at 11:45 AM and 12:15 PM. Trainer Charlie Dunavant's stable swept both Virginia-bred two year trotting prep races last Sunday as Cicada's Song captured the filly division warm-up in 2:14 1/5 and Elton J won the male audition in 2:06 2/5. Driver Carlo Poliseno was the common factor in both, though like the three year old trotting preps, they came very differently. The first was a blowout win against two other foes who both broke stride while the latter one capped off a thrilling stretch duel with Speedy Taxi, winning by a neck.   Cicada's Song, who is now 3-for-3, got her first two wins at Harrington in identical 2:01 1/5 times, the most recent of which came in a $20,000 Delaware state-bred event. She headlines the $43,075 final, which is a another non-bettor slated for a 12:00 Noon departure. Elton J, a Dusty Winner gelding, came to the Commonwealth fresh off a runner-up in the same series at Delaware. He is favored to repeat in the $46,150 championship. Jane Dunavant of Kenbridge, Virginia, owns the pair.    John's Dream took advantage of an extended early pocket trip in the freshmen colt/gelding pace on prep weekend, cruised past front stepping Patrick's Day in deep stretch and earned a one length triumph in2:04 4/5. The Dream Away colt, who only faced a pair of competitors, is owned and trained by Chuck Perry, who also drove. John's Dream is early choice in the $44,700 finale. Perry also guided Hot Jenna to victory in the two year old prep for filly pacers, which saw trainer Mark Gray's stable sweep the top three spots. That trio, which included runner-up Motel Molly and third place finisher Flying Pirate, provided the most exciting finish of the weekend and all return to compete for a $49,500 purse in Sunday's championship. Starting among a field of seven, just a nose separated Gray's group at the wire. Only two of the entrants, including runner-up Motel Molly, had made a start prior to Sunday.  Gates open at 11 AM Sunday. Admission is $5 and included a program and tip sheet. Kids 12 and under are free.  Darrell Wood   

(ARRINGTON, VA. --- 10/10/2015) ---- Blueridge Pushy and Riggy, respective two year old Virginia-bred harness racing champions last year in the filly and colt pacing divisions, captured their three year old $5,000 prep races Saturday at the Oak Ridge Estate as harness racing returned to the scenic venue for the first time since 2001. Herman Hagerman's Blueridge Pushy beat four other fillies in her race, the first pari-mutuel harness event contested at the one mile oval in 14 years. J D. Wengerd directed the 3 1/4 length victory in 2:02 2/5, and in identical fashion to 2014's finale, beat the same runner-up and third place finishers in the same order again Saturday. Freddy Darby's Loves You Baby was second and Scott Warnick's Here Comes Lucy ended up third. Blueridge Pushy is a Badlands Hanover filly out of Cam's Pushy Woman by Cambest. Brian Burton's Riggy also held off four foes to reach the winner's circle in the male counterpart. The Riggins gelding covered the mile in 2:00.0 and beat Majestos by two lengths. Riggy came to Virginia on a roll, fresh off a pair of runner-up finishes and a dominant victory in Maryland. Leonard Hubbard owns the victor, who will defend his title next Sunday in the $40,000 final. The two Virginia-bred trotting preps were held as non-bettors prior to the card and a pair of long time conditioners scored wins in very different fashion. Renfrow Hauser's Max Santorini went wire-to-wire in the colt/gelding trot but held on to win by just a nose over a pesky Flaming Caviar. Charlie Dunavant's Ah Me didn't rely on a close call, rolling to a 20 length triumph over stablemate Kiss My Cart in the filly division. Max Santorini, a Gregory Pecs colt out of Luring Maxine, by Luring, crossed in 2:11 1/5 while Ah Me, a Mr. Commando filly out of Koala Kosmos, by SJ's Photo, connected in 2:07 1/5. Driver Brandon Givens had four wins on the afternoon aboard Mohegan Hanover, Youcantstopthis, Stealin The Show and Somewhere With You. The first trio came within the day's first six races and interestingly, the hot reinsman recorded his next one in the seventh race with a horse that was overlooked off 60-1. Somewhere With You returned $132.00 for a $2 win ticket. Racing at Oak Ridge continues Sunday with a nine race card beginning at 1:00 PM. Virginia-bred 2 year old prep races take center stage with a quartet, all featuring a $5,000 purse.   Darrell Wood

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, October 3, 2015--One horse who figured (Melady's Monet [Jason Bartlett, $5]) and on who didn't (Big N Bad [Eric Carlson, $116.50]) hogged the harness racing headlines Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $48,000 co-features. A from-last "Melady" won the Open Handicap Trot, prevailing in a three-horse photo over Zooming (Tyler Buter) and pace-setting, 13-10 favorite Luminosity (George Brennan). That one was out a long way before making the lead from Not Afraid (Dan Dube). Quick early intervals of :27.4 and :56.3 softened Luminosity up, so even a :29.1 third quarter (1:25.3) and a two-length lead into the lane weren't enough. Melady's Monet, sent outside his six rivals, closed from third-over. He picked off Zooming by a head in 1:55.3, with Luminosity fading to third, beaten a half-length. World Cup (Brent Holland) and Sevruga (Pat Lachance) were best-of-the-rest, minor moolah entities. For second choice Melady's Monet, a 6-year-old Revenue S gelding trained by Kevin McDermott for owner Melady Enterprises, it was her 11th win in 23 seasonal starts (season earnings over $300,000, career in excess of $700,000). The exacta paid $43.60, with the triple returning $174. The weekly pacing feature, a blind draw this time around, did no favors for Big N Bad. No problem. Leaving hard from the eight-hole, he was forced even wide when Crombie A (Holland) pulled pocket early. Undaunted, Big N Bad found the lead and kept going (:26.4, :55.4, 1:23.4, 1:51.4) . After racing his eyeballs out a week ago only to get nailed late, Big N Bad closed the sale here, defeating a cone-skimming The Real One (Lachance) by neck. Third went to Crombie A, with Dynamic Youth (Brennan) and Sapphire City (Jordan Stratton) settling for the small change. Great Vintage (Dube), as the 6-5 favorite, couldn't get out of his own way at the outset and finished last. For seventh choice Big N Bad, a 5-year-old Badlands Hanover gelding trained by Jennifer Sabot for owner Vincent Laurenzo, it was his eighth win in 26 seasonal '15 tries. The exacta paid $1,314, with the triple returning $12,955. With a Pick 5 sequence that featured win prices of $19, $116.50 and $53, shockingly the gimmick wasn't hit. So Monday night, which already offers a $10,000 guaranteed pool, begins with a carryover of $6,537.25 (50-cent base wager, races 7 through 11, program pages at www.yonkersraceway.com). Frank Drucker

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