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WASHINGTON, PA, April 19, 2017 -- Tricky Nick pocketed Barn Girl early, then held her off late to capture Wednesday's $18,000 harness racing winners over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Tricky Nick worked hard to get the lead for Jim Pantaleano but eventually was able to put Barn Girl, seeking her fourth consecutive win, on his bumper. The 5-year-old Band's Gold Chip-Broader Ambition gelding downed Barn Girl by a length in a career-best 1:54.2 while TSM Photo Bugger raced well first over for show. Richard Perfido trains Tricky Nick, who lifted his lifetime bankroll to $183,254, for Thomas Mattingly. Dave Palone piloted five winners, including three for trainer Ron Burke, on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday, the final day of the current meeting. Because pools can't be carried over to the next meeting beginning May 6, Saturday's Pick 4, Pick 5 and final superfecta of the card are all "must pay." Saturday's program features the championship legs of four series for 3-year-olds, which will offer total purses of $107,000. First post is 1 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, March 22, 2017 -- Pressured every step, Tricky Nick held firm under fire and captured Wednesday's harness racing $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. After laboring on the outside to get the lead before the quarter, Tricky Nick faced an immediate challenge from the parked-out Fashion Chocolate. He shrugged that one off but faced a more serious threat from Angels Ransom, who was three wide and gaining into the final turn. Under Jim Pantaleano's urging, Tricky Nick held off Angels Ransom by a head in 1:55, with Cantab Lindy third. Richard Perfido trains Tricky Nick, a 5-year-old Band's Gold Chip-Broader Ambition gelding who extended his career bankroll to $164,754, for Thomas Mattingly. Mike Wilder piloted three winners on the 12-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

LEBANON, OH. - A pair of final preliminary round $12,500 divisions of the Dr. Dan Farwick Memorial Series were contested at Miami Valley Raceway on Tuesday afternoon (April 19). Both Tricky Nick and Honey B were repeat winners, setting up a showdown in next week's $25,000 final, although the betting public dispatched both winners at handsome odds. Tricky Nick, a 4-year-old Band's Gold Chip gelding, was sent from The Meadows to Miami Valley and placed in the Randy Tharps Stable specifically for this series, limited to non-winners of six pari-mutuel races or $50,000. Although he was even-money in his inaugural series start a week ago and won by 4-3/4 lengths, Tricky Nick returned $9.00 to his backers who enjoyed his 1:55.2 triumph over ER Ben (Peter Wrenn) and Up Front Corbin (Sandy Beatty). The winner is owned by Megan Rogers Racing and Derek Jacobus of Illinois. Honey B, a 4-year-old Victory Sam mare, continued her impressive 2016 campaign with a winning 1:54.1 performance, lowering the track record for mares her age by two seconds. This was the fourth track record at Miami Valley Racetrack in the psat week. Already the winner of the Ray Paver Sr. Memorial trotting series earlier this month, Honey B will be trying to add a second 'Legends' Series late-closer championship to her growing resume next week. Kyle Ater drove the Dan Ater-trained mare to the score over favored Infinity AS (Chris Page) and Numbers Game (Hunter Myers). She is owned by Jim Burnett and Tim Homan of Ohio. The top three finishers from each of Tuesday's races will be joined by other top series earners Rose Run Quasar, Cherryhill Chip and Without Me AS when the nine finalists line up for the $25,000 championship tilt April 26. From the Miami Valley Media Department

A busy night of state-bred stake action is in the books as Illinois conceived and foaled pacers and trotters starred in six stake finals as part of the Crete plant's Southland Festival of Racing. With more than $250,000 in purse money up for grabs for this year's two and three-year-old crops these battles kick off the richest and busiest time of the season for these state-breds. Freshman pacing fillies started the non-stop action with a field of 10 ladies squaring off in the $43,500 Loyal Opposition Stake. This raced provided the most dramatic finish of the night as Leland Mathias and Paymaq Racing's Mr. Leland's Filly rallied from ninth at the top of the stretch to win by a length in a career best of 1:53.2. Patiently handled by leading driver Casey Leonard the daughter of Sportsmaster--Incredible Kate sat near the back of the pack throughout the mile while heavily favored Lex (Kyle Wilfong) mixed it up with several different rivals through splits of 28.4, 56.1 & 1:24.2. Bobbing and weaving his way through traffic Leonard maneuvered the Erv Miller trained miss into a clear path with an eighth of a mile to go and the filly absolutely exploded, charging home in 26.3 to secure her first lifetime win in start number three. Angel Demon (Ryan Anderson) came flying through the passing lane to finish second while Lex held on for third. The winner returned $45.20, $15.00 & $5.80 while helping to key a $577 exacta and $909 ten-cent Superfecta payout. Next up were sophomore trotting fillies as a field of eight diagonally gaited ladies met in the $42,000 Fox Valley Evita Stake. This race also provided a milestone moment as Dr Patrick Graham, Flacco Family Farms and Dirk Simpson Stables Say No Mo gave Dirk Simpson his 1,000th training victory by trotting to a two-length upset for driver John De Long. The final time was a lifetime best of 1:55.4. Perfectly positioned at the pylons in third as favored Bailey' Wish (Dave Magee) cruised through splits of 28.4, 57.0 & 1:25.4 De Long angled the daughter of Band's Gold Chip--Not So Kosher to the outside for the stretch drive and the filly responded beautifully, wearing down the pace setter in the final 100 yards to post her third win in 12 starts this season. Bailey' Wish held on for second while Graceful Spirit (Robert Smolin) was third. Sent off at a nice price of 7-1 Say No Mo returned $17.20, $3.40 & $2.40 while running her career numbers to 7-2-3 in 26 starts with earnings of $59,492. It was back to the pace for the next tussle as a field of 10 sophomore fillies battled in the $48,500 Ann Vonian Stake. Once again it was the duo of driver Casey Leonard and trainer Erv Miller who came out on top as Quaid Racing's My Little Bit used the passing lane to perfection in route to a 1 ½ length victory in a lifetime best of 1:52.2. Leaving alertly from post five Leonard positioned his filly perfectly on the back of the hard leaving Cuzimalegend (Travis Seekman) as that filly put up splits of 27.3, 57.1 & 1:24.2. Fit and fresh for the stretch drive the daughter of Sportsmaster--Parade Of Love zipped right by the pace setter with a little less than a sixteenth of a mile to go as she scored for the fifth time in nine starts this season. M A Duty (Ryan Anderson) rallied to finish second while Molly Go Lightly (Kyle Wilfong) turned a ground saving journey into the show dough. Proving once again that when the big money is on the line she comes up big My Little Bit returned $4.00 $2.60 & $2.20 while improving her record to 10-3-2 in 21 career starts with earnings of $183,147. A compact field of six sophomore trotting colts were up next as they battled in the $41,000 Kadabra Stake. Continuing along with an impressive second season Curt & Craig Grummel's Fox Valley Veto powered past rivals in the lane to win by a widening three-lengths in a career best of 1:55.3. John De Long was in the bike for his second championship score of the night. Content to save ground while co-favorite Tour Hall (Dave Magee) and Bobby B Breeze (Todd Warren) took turns strolling through splits of 30.0, 59.0 & 1:27.4, Fox Valley Veto was raging with trot as De Long pulled from third as the field straightened for the money. Charging right by his main nemesis the gelded son of Pizzazzed--Yankee Victory Om was on "idle" as he crossed under the wire with his third win in seven starts this year. Cardinal Wind (Dale Hiteman) rallied to be second while Bobby B Breeze held on for third. Tour Hall made a late break in the race and wound up last in the field. After posting just one win in 2013, Fox Valley Veto now boasts a record of 4-6-0 in 17 lifetime starts with earnings of $114,694. The even-money co-favorite returned $4.00, $3.00 & $3.20. Next up were freshmen pacing colts as a full field of 10 were sent postward in the $48,000 Mini Me Stake. This test turned into a showcase for conditioner Roger Welch as the veteran conditioner sent out the top two finishers in the race with William C & William P De Long's King Of The Swamp proving best by a length and a half in 1:55.0 for driver Todd Warren. Hustled right to the front the gelded son of Sportsmaster--She's Redhot carved out splits of 29.1, 58.2 & 1:27.0. Showing the grit and determination he exhibited in last week's elimination win, the $85,000 yearling purchase dug in through the lane, keeping his pocket sitting entrymate at bay through a spirited stretch drive. Earndawg (Pat Curtin) was a hard trying second while Lucpark (Dave Magee) benefitted from a disqualification to move up to the show spot. Thisishowweroll (John De Long) had finished third but was disqualified for causing interference while on a break in the first turn. With the win King Of The Swamp, who returned $7.40, $8.60 & $3.80, now sports three wins, a second and a third in five career starts with earnings of $32,858. The last of the six championship tilts on Saturday featured three-year-old pacing colts as a field 10 was sent postward in the $48,000 Incredible Finale Stake. Once again an Ervin Miller trainee found his way to the winner's circle as Megan Rogers Racing Stable's Unlocked lived up to his half-money favoritism with a resounding 5 ½ length romp in 1:50 for driver Dave Magee. Working his way to the front after a quarter in 28.0 the speedy son of Duneside Perch--Miss Major Power effortlessly cruised through middle splits of 56.0 & 1:23.4. With plenty still in reserve the good looking colt sprinted away from his rivals, pacing home in 26.3 while under very minimal urging from his Hall Of Fame pilot. Longshot Fox Valley Cupid (Dale Hiteman) who led at the opening call held on nicely to finish second while another outsider, Fox Valley Van (Brian Carpenter) was third. With the win Unlocked, who has spent a large portion of his second season chasing some of the top sophomores in the country, now sports a record of eight wins and six seconds in 22 career starts with earnings of $142,672. Bet as though defeat was out of the question Unlocked returned $3.00, $2.40 & $2.10. The Southland Festival of Racing action continues on Sunday with a pair of big money events for two-year-old trotters. Post time is 7:10 p.m. for the Sunday card. For entries and more information please visit www.balmoralpark.com. by Tom Kelley, for Balmoral Park

ANDERSON, Ind.-May 15, 2014 - Ants Iner Pants, driven by Sam Widger, provided the 6-1 upset in the featured harness racing event of the evening, a $17,500 fillies and mares preferred trot, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, May 15. Ants Iner Pants scored her third win of the season, one length ahead of her rivals in 1:55.2, equaling her career best time. Widger elected to use off-the -pace tactics with Ants Iner Pans as he landed third in the early stages of the going with Lady Blitz and Verlin Yoder calling the shots through the opening panel in :27.1. Lady Blitz continued to lead the field of ten past the half in :56.2 and three-quarters in 1:26.1 before ever feeling a threat. Walked Into Heaven and Tyler Smith sat patiently in the pocket while Ants Iner Pants followed intently in third. Around the final turn, Widger angled Ants Iner Pants off the pylons and was within striking distance of the tempo-setter at the top of the stretch. Ants Iner Pants continued to gain on Lady Blitz while a host of others began to close in from behind. Using a :28.3 final panel, Ants Iner Pants dug in gamely to hold off her rivals and win by a length. Lady Laker and Peter Wrenn staged a big rally late in the lane to finish second while the 7-5 favorite, Walked Into Heaven, rounded out the trifecta. Trained by Steven Searle, who co-owns the mare with Thomas Wisniewski, Ants Iner Pants has now won three of eight seasonal outings and 19 of 75 lifetime. With the win, the daughter of the Band's Gold Chip-Patient Dream increased her lifetime earnings to $174,071 for her connections. Racing fans are reminded of the special, matinee card of live harness racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, May 16 with post time set for 1 p.m. A total of 14 races will compliment the afternoon festivities showcasing exciting horse racing action, fan-friendly activities, and giveaways. The matinee card of live harness racing will be the prelude to a night full of entertainment as country music legend Clint Black will take Hoosier Park's Terrace Showroom stage at 8 p.m. Emily Gaskin    

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