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Trois-Rivieres, QC - At the end of the harness racing season at the Hippodrome 3R, there is a big party and a celebration honoring the leading horses, horsemen and women from the season. Included in these honors is the winningest horse of the year award and right now the horse with the best shot of claiming that title is Requested, who tries for his fourth victory at H3R this season in the fourth race pace. Owned and trained by Jean Ducharme of Crabtree, Requested was winless last season at age four, but has found new life and speed and the winner's circle in 2018. In just four starts this year, Requested, a stallion by Badlands Hanover, has already notched three wins and one second place finish and now has a new lifetime mark of 1:55.3, quite different from his lone qualifying win last year of 2:03.1. Requested goes from post four in the fourth race Sunday and will have driver Francis Picard once again in the sulky. Tabbed as the race favorite, Requested has this year shown that he can race and win from both on and off the pace. His other victories were both in 1:56.2. His main rivals in the race include return winner, Rock Camroller (post 5), who won last week for drier Marie Claude Auger in 1:56.2, Fortune Fella (post 7) and Take The Deal (post 1). The main event takes place in the seventh race pace where three return winners headline the field. Washington Hanover goes from the rail for driver Pascal Berube and last week the ten-year-old gelded son of Real Artist was in prime shape, getting a perfect two-hole trip from Berube and turning it into a 1:55 score. Rainbow Palace, the lone mare in the field, who once again is back in peak form at age six, goes from post two for driver Francis Picard and is coming off a 1:55.2 triumph last week and two starts before that won at H3R in 1:55. Matts Phil is the third return winner and goes from post eight for driver Pierre Luc Roy, who last week drove the eight-year-old Shanghai Phil gelding to a 1:57.1 triumph. Also, to watch out for in the race is Hooter Shooter from post seven. He had won two straight, the fastest in 1:55 for driver Stephane Gendron until finishing third last week. Other contenders include Jann And Dean (post 3) and Onyx VA (post 4) in the well-matched field. TRACK NOTES: Due to a lack of entries, management at H3R was forced to cancel the live race card for Tuesday, June 19. This program will be made up on Sunday, November 25. Post time Sunday is 12:50 pm for the eight race program. A free race program is available by visiting From the Quebec Jockey Club    

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The pacers are in the limelight at the Hippodrome 3R Tuesday evening headlined by Hooter Shooter going for his third straight win in the 7th race feature. Starting from post nine in the second tier, Hooter Shooter has been red hot for trainer and co-owner Marc Andre Simoneau and Jean Fontaine, both of Trois-Rivieres. A five-year-old gelded son of Badlands Hanover, Hooter Shooter will be driven by Stephane Gendron. In his last two starts, Hooter Shooter seems to not get out of the gate too fast but makes up for it once he gets into gear. In both victories he has come first-over before the half mile marker and by the three-quarters he has the lead and then draws off from the field. He has won his last two starts by a combined total of nine lengths, the fastest a 1:55 triumph last week. Starting from the rail is Appleby Hanover and driver Tyler Jones, the son of Dustin Jones. Young Jones is slowly making a name for himself at H3R, mainly because of Appleby Hanover. This stallion by Well Said, has won two of his last three starts, the fastest a 1:55.1 lifetime mark for owner and trainer, Michel Allard of Saint-Esprit, the father of Rene Allard. Other contenders in the field include Highpoint Chip (post two), Sportsranger (post five) and the always close Fortune Fella (post seven) who has four second place finishes in his six starts this year. Post time is 6:30 pm Tuesday. Also, of note, is that the three-year-old Quebec Champion from last year, Wildriverbumblebee, will make his 2018 debut at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday. Wildriverbumblebee is also eligible for the $200,000 Prix D'Ete at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday, August 19. For a free race program for Tuesday or more information about the Hippodrome 3R, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Andreios Kardia (Aaron Byron) wins the Open Pace ($12,000) at Tioga Downs on a special Sunday night card (May 27). Chantepleure (Drew Monti) zoomed to the front and controlled all the early fractions (:26.0, :54.0, 1:21.3) Andreios Kardia ($6.40), who is owned by Ina Madill and trained by Jeff Byron, found himself third at the halftime mark. The two-time defending pacer of the year at Tioga Downs, charged first over just before the three-quarter mark. He took the lead at the top of the stretch and held off a late rush by the second place finisher, Time Out I'm Tired (John MacDonald). Finishing third was Lauxmont Capri (Jim Taggart Jr.). Andreios Kardia, a 7-year-old gelding by Badlands Hanover, finished the mile in 1:50.2. It was his third win of the season and the 29th time he has been in the winner's circle in his career. Aaron Byron had two more winners on the night. His first win came with Joe's Life ($5.60), who is owned by Rocco Stebbins and trained by Joe Skowyra. His other win came with Frontier Seelster ($9.50). The 4-year-old gelding is owned by Cody Hawkins and trained by Doug Bowins. Fans received patriotic red, white and blue hats and enjoyed fire works after racing. Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Friday (June 1) at 6:15 p.m. For more information go to by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Badlands Delight the past three weeks managed to get just a taste of the pie with second and third place finishes.   But on Wednesday night (May 23) in Buffalo Raceway's featured $9,200 Open II Pace for the ladies, she was able to collect the biggest slice of the purse with a convincing 1-1/4 length victory over Hey Kobe in a seasonal best 1:55.0 over the fast track.   Starting from the rail, Badlands Delight and driver Jim Morrill Jr. made sure they weren't going to lose the advantageous draw as they reach in quarter pole in :28,0, parking out Double Down Jo along the way.   With middle splits of :56.4 and 1:26.0, the pace-setting Badlands Delight ($7.60) got into high gear around the final turn and opened up a two length edge and never looked back. Hey Kobe (Ray Fisher Jr.) won the battle for the minor spoils with a second place finish while Aritzia Hanover (Billy Davis Jr.) was third.   Owned by Samuel Smith and trained by Gerry Sarama, the 6-year-old mare Badlands Delight (Badlands Hanover-Colada Blue Chip) has now been victorious three times in 16 appearances in 2018. The win pushed her seasonal earnings to $24,692 and $106,872 lifetime.   There were a trio of 14-year-olds who found the winner's circle in Buffalo Raceway's 12-race program.   Leading the way was the 14-year-old mare Quicksilvercandy A ($2.20) who registered her 12th win in 15 tries this season with a 1:56.0 decision in a $8,400 optional claimer. She has finished no worse than second this year.   Quicksilvercandy A (Ray Fisher Jr.) is now tied for the top spot in the United States for the most victories in 2018 with Walks Of Life who also has 12 wins but with three more starts.   The other 'old-timers' to win were Wynsum Magic ($7.00) and Rush Rules ($12.20).   Morrill Jr. and Fisher Jr. each completed the evening with three victories each while John Cummings Jr. added a double. Ryan Swift and Gerry Sarama each conditioned two winners.   Racing will resume on Saturday evening at 6 p.m. with a 13-race program slated.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, simulcast schedule, race replays, results and entries, go to   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

Andreios Kardia with harness racing driver Aaron Byron in the bike takes the Open 1 Pace ($12,000) at Tioga Downs on Monday (August 14). Marty Monkhouser A (Scott Coulter) would take the lead and control all the early fractions :27.1, :55.0, 1:22.3. Andreios Kardia (Badlands Hanover), who is owned by Ina Madill and trained by Jeffrey Byron, would charge out first over and take the lead at the top of the stretch. Fireyourguns (Jim Meittinis), always likes to be on the lead but would use a different strategy on this night by coming from off the pace. He would battle Andreios Kardia ($5.00) all the way down the stretch. Andreios Kardia would win for the fourth time this season, getting a victory in 1:50.3. Fireyourguns (American Ideal) would settle for second with Time Out I'm Tired (Mike SImons) would finish third. John MacDonald, Scott Coulter, and Mike Merton would all win to apiece on the night. MacDonald won with Prince Adiran ($6.10) and Machmemackie ($3.20. Coulter got victories with Lyons Johnny ($25.40) and Spirit Shadow ($17.60). Merton won with Cabo Real ($5.10) ad Tyler ($4.10. Tioga Downs returns to live action on Friday (August 18) at6:50 p.m. There will be no racing on Saturday because of the LeAnn Rimes concert. For more information please go to John Horne for Tioga Downs    

Andreios Kardia and harness racing driver Aaron Byron win the Open Pace ($10,000) at Tioga Downs on Sunday (August 6). Time Out I'm Tired (Jim Marohn Jr.) would fly out to lead and carve out all the early fractions :28.1, :56.2, 124.4. Andreios Kardia (Badlands Hanover) would climb out of the three hole and go first over, trading blows with Time Out I'm Tired (second), all the way down the stretch. Andreios Kardia ($4.60) would prevail in the end with a 1:52.0 mile. The 6 year-old gelding would win for the third time this season and getting career victory number 22. Dash Of Danger (Jim Meittinis) would finish third best. Vernon Downs leading driver John MacDonald would continue his great weekend. He had 13 victories in three days at Vernon. He would add two more at Tioga downs on Sunday. He would first take Machmemackie ($7.80) to victory after making a late move in the stretch to win in 1:51.4. "J-Mac" would win again in the last race of the afternoon leading Charmbro Curiosity ($12.20) to the winner's circle. Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Friday (August 11) at 6:50. The track from Nichols, NY, will welcome the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for sophomore trotting colts. For more information go to John Horne for Tioga Downs

Big N Bad (Badlands Hanover) toughed out a first over journey to score in the Saturday night harness racing Open Pace at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Buzzy Sholty-trained pacer wound up moving to the outside of longshot leader Race Me Rocky (Phil Fluet) heading to the half in the $13,000 Open. Big N Bad fought gamely in a third quarter that was paced in 27.2 before wearing down the leader. After surging into command, Big N Bad was met with the challenge of the favored Givenupdreaming (Frank Coppola Jr) before holding off that bid and stopping the timer in 1:51.3 over a track labeled 'sloppy.' Givenupdreaming came up second best while Stevensville (Mark Beckwith) earned the show spot. Big N Bad, who was piloted to the win by Wally Hennessey, paid $19.40 to win and led an exacta and triple that came back $81.50 and $373.50, respectively. Hennessey, who won the driving title at Pompano Park in Florida this year, has made a big impact upon returning to the Spa. The Hall of Famer piloted five winners on the Saturday card. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon with a matinee set to begin at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Who Says That skimmed the pylons and that ground saving journey proved to be the difference in the $10,000 Open Pace for the harness racing mares at Buffalo Raceway on a snowy Wednesday night (Feb. 15).   Using the passing lane, Who Says That (Shawn Gray) held back the late-charging Wanna Rock N Roll (Drew Monti) by a half length while Looney Dune (Ben McNeil) finished in third.   At the start, Looney Dune set the pace by posting times of 29.0, 58.2 and 1:28.4. Turning for the wire, the first over Honor Roll got the lead but started to falter. Who Says That in the meantime dipped into the passing lane and rallied to get victory in 1:58.4.   Co-owned by Vogel and Wags Nags Stable, Christopher Shambo and Jack Rice, the 6-year-old Who Says That (Badlands Hanover-Powercorp) is trained by Maria Rice. It was the first victory in six tries this season for Who Says That, now a winner of $9,350 in 2017 and $103,478 lifetime.   McNeil helped throw a monkey wrench in the Pick-5 as he registered a double by driving Aritzia ($13.80) and Get The Look ($40.80) to victories. Larry Stalbaum helped out as well he took Power Off to a $37.80 decision to kick off the sequence.   With the big prices, Buffalo Raceway will have a $3,359 carryover in the Pick-5 heading into Friday night's 12-race card that begins at 5 p.m. The Pick-5 starts in the second race.   Truman Gale had the largest win price of the night as he drove Paltrow Blue Chip to the $105.00 victory.   Gray finished the evening with a driving triple while Stalbaum and Ray Fisher Jr. doubled.   Gerry Sarama and Jeff Amann each recorded two training victories.   For more information on Buffalo Raceway including the latest news, race replays, results and upcoming promotions, go to   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

Batavia, NY---On a night not fit for man nor beast, Shawn Gray and Who Says That overcame a day-long deluge of rain along with five fit harness racing female pacers to win the $9,500 Open mares featured pace at Batavia Downs on Friday evening (Oct. 21). Gray took Who Says That off the gate and tucked her in fifth along the pylons and was content to sit off the pace to the half as My Tallia Ideal (Dave McNeight III) smoked that fraction in :57.4 over the rain-soaked track. At that point, Who Says That pulled and coaxed cover in the outer flow from last week's Open winner, Dontch Remember (Jim Morrill Jr.) as the field passed the five-eighths marker and motored up the backside. When it became evident that Dontch Remember would not pace on, Gray tipped Who Says That three deep and proceeded to advance expeditiously. Fourth, third, second and finally first at the head of the lane; Who Says That splashed away from the competition and opened up a five length lead before hitting the wire a wrapped-up winner in 1:57. My Tallia Ideal was second and the recently claimed Kaitlyn Akeeper (Kevin Cummings) brushed up to be third. Although it was the first win for Who Says That ($10.60) since August 10, it was also her eleventh win of the year overall. The 5-year-old Badlands Hanover mare has now earned $57,557 in 2016 for owners Vogel & Wags Nags Stable, Chris Shambo and Jack Rice. The winner is trained by Maria Rice. Maria Rice had a very profitable night at Batavia Friday as she conditioned three winners on the card. Besides Who Says That, she also sent Southwind Serenity ($5.70) and Lucky Pablo ($3.50) to the winners circle. Shawn Gray scored a driving triple teaming all of Rice's entries. Ray Fisher Jr. also drove three winners, two of which were trained by John Hallett, who scored a stable double. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Oct. 22) with the first post set at 6:15 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

CAMPBELLVILLE, October 10 - The annual Ontario Sired Autumn Series got underway Monday night at Mohawk Racetrack with harness racing two-year-old pacing fillies squaring off. Sheer Talent rallied from off the pace to defeat nine rivals in the $16,000 first leg for driver Jonathan Drury and trainer Carmen Auciello. The lead changed hands several times during the early stages of Monday's contest. Sports Leader, who was parked for three-eighths, finally cleared to the front ahead of Manhattan Play, the even-money favourite, and led the field by the half :56.4. Manhattan Play popped the pocket and circled back to command on the far turn to pace by three-quarters in 1:27. Sheer Talent, who got away eighth, got into the outer flow on the far turn and sat third-over, five lengths from the front turning for home. Daenerys Hanover, who was first up at three-quarters, pressed at Manhattan Play in the lane, while Sports Leader was also in the mix. However, Sheer Talent had the most pace of any filly in the lane and rocketed by on the far outside to win by a length and a quarter in 1:56.2. Daenerys Hanover finished second, while Sports Leader finished half a length ahead of Manhattan Play for third. A daughter of Badlands Hanover, Sheer Talent now has three wins in 10 starts this season. The rookie pacing filly was purchased for $20,000 at last year's Forest City Yearling Sale and has banked $29,700 in her first season for owner Robert Burgess. A $2 win ticket on Sheer Talent returned $8. In order to be eligible to the Ontario Sired Autumn Series, the two-year-old pacing fillies had to be non-winners of $30,000 as of September 30, 2016. The rookie pacing fillies will meet up again next Monday (October 17) for round two. Autumn Series action continues Tuesday with two first round divisions for two-year-old trotting fillies. Mark McKelvie

Nichols, N.Y. -- Owner-breeder Ina Madill's Andreios Kardia ($3.00) demonstrated great determination in the featured $10,000 Pacer of the Year Match Race on Saturday's (September 17) closing-night harness racing program at Tioga Downs, upending pacesetter Believe This Bob in a 1:50.1 mile.   The 5-year-old Badlands Hanover gelding was eager to go on from race's outset, offering pressure to Believe This Bob through a :26.3 first quarter before settling into a tight pocket through the middle half. Mike Simons and Believe This Bob relaxed the terms through a :55.2 half mile, but were forced to accelerate as Aaron Byron switched Andreios Kardia back to the two-path with five-sixteenths to go. The two dueled through a :27.1 third quarter, and Andreios Kardia would emerge victorious in the final 150 yards, edging away from the game pacesetter by half a length while driven.   Jeff Byron trains 15-time winner Andreios Kardia, whose third consecutive top-level victory earned him 2016 Tioga Downs Pacer of the Year honors.   Aaron Byron and Mike Merton led all drivers with four wins apiece on the 11-race card.   Additionally, Trotter of the Year honors were bestowed upon Prairie Fortune, campaigned by owner Laurie Poulin, owner-trainer Mike Deters, and regular driver Jim Meittinis. Deters was also crowned the seasonal training champion, while Ontario-based Scott Coulter maintained a clear margin over Mike Simons to capture top driving honors.   Horseplayers and horsemen alike are advised to visit for updates on the ongoing casino expansion, as well as on the 2017 harness racing season.   by James Witherite, Tioga Downs

Nichols, N.Y. - Fresh off his dominant 1:49.4 win in last week's Open, Andreios Kardia ($6.30) made the most of a pocket trip to exact revenge on Believe This Bob in Saturday (September 10) evening's harness racing $13,500 Open 1 Pace at Tioga Downs. Aaron Byron used Andreios Kardia aggressively from race's outset, working to push clear of Believe This Bob (Mike Simons) through a :26 first-quarter duel, only to yield control to Believe This Bob with a circuit to go. The 5-year-old Badlands Hanover gelding found himself boxed through a :55.3 middle half, as Believe This Bob was forced to contend with the first-over JK Panache (Scott Coulter) up the far side. Andreios Kardia would find clearance off the far turn, vaulting out of the pocket as JK Panache faded and collaring Believe This Bob by half a length in a lifetime best 1:49.3. F Twenty Two (Corey Braden) saved ground throughout, passing tiring foes in upper stretch to take third. Jeffrey Byron trains 14-time winner Andreios Kardia for owner-breeder Ina Madill. In a $5,000 C.K.G. Billings Amateur Driving Series event, Celebrity Stimulus and owner-driver David Glasser made every yard a winning one, repelling pressure from Dr Cal (Bob Hechkoff) and outlasting a three-wide charge from M T Ur Pockets (Hannah Miller) for a 1:58 triumph. Homer Hochstetler trains the 6-year-old Cantab Hall gelding. Two programs remain on the 2016 season at Tioga Downs. Live racing will take place on Friday (September 16) and Saturday (September 17) of next week, with first post at 6:30 p.m. Eastern on both nights. by James Witherite, Tioga Downs

Nichols, N.Y. -- Andreios Kardia ($6.10) had no trouble overcoming his assigned post 9 in Monday (September 5) afternoon's featured $13,000 Open Handicap Pace at Tioga Downs, using a :54.4 back half to trounce his eight harness racing Labor Day rivals.   Andreios Kardia was among a host of early leavers, including All Stienam (Brandon Arsenault) and Flying Cowboy (Kyle DiBenedetto). Despite being forced to travel wide on the entirety of the first turn, the 5-year-old Badlands Hanover gelding achieved the lead through a :26.4 first quarter and would never look back. After driver Aaron Byron rated a brief second-quarter breather, Andreios Kardia used another :26.4 quarter to gain separation on his competition, ultimately drawing clear by 6-1/4 lengths to defeat the late-rallying Dee's Rocketman (Tyler Freese) and F Twenty Two (Corey Braden)--both of whom took advantage of chain-reaction interference in the second flight to make their late bids--in 1:49.4. trains 13-time winner Andreios Kardia for owner-breeder Ina Madill. Jeffrey Byron   Two weekends of racing remain in the 2016 season at Tioga Downs. The next program is scheduled for Friday (September 9) evening, with post time slated for 6:30 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Tioga Downs    

Chris Voak, fresh from landing the final winner of the 2015-16 harness racing season --- when he brought 20/1 outsider Manhattan Billy home with a spirited burst from sixth at the bell to beat the pacemaker Bellerkerrin in a C0 event on Tuesday night --- has high hopes of making a successful start to the new season by driving Naughty Maravu to victory in the NRL WA on The Way Handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night. This gave Voak his 119th driving success for the season and he finished fifth in the WA reinsmen’s premiership, behind Gary Hall jun., Chris Lewis, Nathan Turvey and Ryan Warwick. It was the fourth successive year that Voak had driven more than a hundred winners. Pinjarra trainer Michael Brennan engaged Voak after Hall was suspended for nine days for causing another runner to cover extra ground in a race at Bunbury last Saturday week. Hall was granted a stay of proceedings and he started his suspension after driving three winners at Kellerberrin on Sunday. Hall has driven the promising Naughty Maravu at the gelding’s past five starts for a win, two seconds, a third and a seventh placing. The Badlands Hanover gelding started from 10m in a 2503m event last Friday night. He settled in eighth position and was sixth at the bell before starting a three-wide move 650m from home and running on with great determination to be third, beaten a nose behind the dead-heaters Assassinator and Pay Me Cullen. At his previous outing, Naughty Maravu started from 10m before dashing to the front after 500m in the 3309m Marathon Handicap. He set a solid pace and finished second to Our Jericho. The final quarters were run in 28.3sec. and 27.8sec. Voak has enjoyed a good association with Naughty Maravu, having driven him to three wins and a third from eight drives. Naughty Maravu will continue his rivalry with Assassinator and Pay Me Cullen this week and those pacers, stablemates at Greg and Skye Bond’s training establishment in Forrestdale, will have many admirers. Assassinator (Ryan Warwick) and Pay Me Cullen (Ryan Bell) will share the 10m mark with Naughty Maravu, with the Bond team’s third runner, Bettor Offer (Colin Brown) starting off 20m with last-start winner Our Jericho (Chris Lewis). The Bond stable has 13 runners engaged at the meeting and the best of these appears to be Delightful Offer, who will be driven by Lauren Jones from the outside of the front line in the 2536m Maureen Clement Memorial Pace. Delightful Offer resumed after a ten-month absence last Friday week when he was restrained from barrier five and was ninth at the bell before charging home late, out five wide, to be a close-up, eye-catching fourth behind Ideal Justice. Ken Casellas

The $12,000 Open Handicap Pace for Horses & Geldings was the Featured event on the Sunday night harness racing program at Running Aces, and the ultra-sharp 5 year old gelding Dry Ice (by Badlands Hanover) posted another impressive win at the top level, with a 1:51.4 score charging home first from the pocket trip. The Steve Wiseman trainee was sent out sharply from post 7 by Wiseman, and the duo quickly secured the pocket behind Headsup Yankee (Nick Roland) who also fired from post 6. Roland controlled the fractions with his 19-1 longshot, posting up 27.1, 56.0, and 1:23.3 before Dry Ice launched his attack from the pocket, pacing by the pace-setter to register a 2¼ length tally in 1:51.4, a new lifetime mark. Headsup Yankee and Roland held second, while OfficerNagentelman (Tim Maier) checked in third. It was the 19th lifetime win for Dry Ice ($4.20), and padded his career bankroll to $125,625 for his owners A Piece of The Action, LLC. Dakota Jack and Firedrake once again squared-off in another ding dong battle this night, and after trading blows throughout, Dakota Jack would just out-kick Firedrake to the wire in 1:55.2 this evening, with a ½ length tally, delivering as the favorite and paying a $2.80 mutuel. Dakota Jack picked up his 6th win in 10 starts this year, with Trainer/Driver Steve Wiseman aboard. Viva La Voracious (by Voracious Hanover) picked up her second impressive win in a row tonight, in a $4,500 conditioned pacing event for trainer Brady Jensen and Driver Jim Marino, she posted a 1 length score in 1:57.3 establishing a new lifetime mark with her 3rd lifetime win for owner Nancy Jenson. She paid $7.80 at the windows. Driver Steve Wiseman had another huge night at Running Aces, with a Grand Slam on the program, boosting his win total to 63 for the Running Aces season, despite having missed almost 2 weeks at the beginning of the meet due to a back injury, Wiseman has had another terrific summer here in Minnesota. Running Aces is now Racing 4 nights a week with Live racing on Tuesdays and Wednesdays going to post at 7:00 pm CDT, and Saturdays and Sundays offer a 6:00 pm CDT starting time. The .50 cent late Pick-4 Wager on Tuesday night is Guaranteed at $5,000.00. By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

Batavia, NY---After getting away fifth and chasing a stiff pace to the half, Who Says That ($11.00) followed live cover in a wily drive by harness racing driver Drew Monti to capture the $9,500 mares Open pacing feature at Batavia Downs on Wednesday night (Aug. 10). My Tallia Ideal (Mike Caprio) left and got the lead in a speedy :27.1 first panel. But as soon as she settled in, Yes You Can (Todd Cummings) pulled and went right after her and in doing so, rang up a :55.2 half. Out of the third turn, My Tallia Ideal had pulled a full length ahead, but V'la Faire (Wade Tomaszewski) tipped three-deep around the now back-peddling Yes You Can and Who Says That pulled from fifth to follow that move. The three mares paced side-by-side around the far turn and into the stretch when Who Says That inflicted her will on the opponents and pulled away to a three-length victory in 1:54. It was the tenth win in 27 starts this year for Who Says That and it pushed her earnings total for 2016 to $44,162. The time of 1:54 was a new lifetime mark for the 5-year-old Badlands Hanover mare that is trained by Maria Rice for owners Vogel and Wags Nags Stable, Christopher Shambo and Jack Rice. Todd Cummings and Ray Fisher Jr. both scored driving triples and Drew Monti had a double. Trainers Tony Cummings and Maria Rice both sent two winners postward. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Thursday (Aug. 12) at 6:15 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

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