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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Bettor's Wish took the lead on the backstretch and held off all challenges to win Saturday's (Aug. 8) $229,660 Sam McKee Memorial for older male harness racing pacers by a neck over Backstreet Shadow in a career best 1:47.3 at The Meadowlands. Century Farroh finished third.   Backstreet Shadow took the lead in a :25.3 opening quarter before Bettor's Wish charged to the front in a :52.1 half. Dancin Lou came first-over to battle Bettor's Wish into the final turn, but Bettor's Wish rebuffed his effort as they reached three-quarters in 1:19.4.   The job was not finished, though, as Backstreet Shadow looked to rally in the stretch, but Bettor's Wish and driver Dexter Dunn fended him off for the victory.       "We were going pretty hard, but he's just such a tough horse and he never gives in," Dunn said. "He got a little tired at the end off those fractions, but he stuck his head out.   "He's done that his whole career. He's given 110 percent every time and put up some amazing performances. It's a pleasure to drive him."   Bettor's Wish was the sport's top earning horse in 2019, when he won 13 of 19 races and $1.64 million. He was voted the Dan Patch Award winner for best 3-year-old male pacer and was runner-up to Shartin N for Horse of the Year.   This year, the son of Bettor's Delight has won two of five starts. He pushed his career earnings to $2.07 million. He is owned by trainer Chris Ryder, Bella Racing, Fair Island Farm and Bettor's Wish Partners.   Bettor's Wish, the 3-1 second choice behind 2-1 favorite Dancin Lou, paid $8.80 to win.   The Sam McKee Memorial, formerly the U.S. Pacing Championship, honors the late Meadowlands Racetrack announcer and Communicators Hall of Fame member Sam McKee, who passed away in 2017.   "It's a great race to win," Ryder said. "It's hard to describe. It's an honor to win it for Sam. I hope he's looking down on us today."   by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

The Multi-millionaire, Bettor's Edge (Jennifer Lappe) wins the $5,200 featured harness racing pace at Vernon Downs on Saturday (August 1). Major Leaguer (Josh Kinney) went to the lead and put up a sharp :25.4 first quarter. He continued in front using a :28.4 second quarter to hit the half in :54.3. Zone Blitz (John MacDonald) was the first to make a move first-over but stalled as they headed for three-quarters with Major Leaguer getting there first in 1:22.4. As they headed for home Bettor's Edge ($5.70) got an opening and popped out of the pocket and challenged Major Leaguer for the lead. Chip Walther (Leon Bailey) came three-wide down the stretch but Bettor's Edge got the jump and won in a seasonal best of 1:50.0. Chip Walther came up for second with Major Leaguer holding on for third.   Bettor's Edge is an 11-year-old gelding by Bettor's Delight. Lappe trains and co-owns with Robert Santagata. It was his second win this season and his 48th career victory. John MacDonald drove three winners on the card. Jennifer Lappe and Roman Lopez each had training-driving doubles. Josh Kinney piloted two winner's on the night as well. Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Friday (August 7) at 3 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

A little more than 50 years ago, Buck Owens cautioned country music listeners to beware a tall dark stranger. Decades later, the warning could apply to Saturday's Meadowlands Pace. Tall Dark Stranger, the 2019 Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old harness racing colt pacer, is the 7-5 morning-line favorite in the $636,650 Meadowlands Pace for 3-year-olds at The Meadowlands Racetrack. The colt, who won last week's single elimination by a half-length over Captain Kirk in 1:48.1 over a "good" surface, starts from post five with Yannick Gingras driving for trainer Nancy Takter. Racing begins at 6:30 p.m. (EDT) Saturday. Post time for the Meadowlands Pace, which is race nine on the stakes-filled card, is 10:05 p.m. Tall Dark Stranger is undefeated in two races this season. He opened his campaign with a 1:47.4 win against older horses on June 27 at The Meadowlands. Over the previous five years, only seven 3-year-old pacers have won with faster miles. "He's a fast horse, but he's not just fast," Gingras said. "He's a great horse. He can do anything you want, race him any way you decide to race him. He's strong, he's got a great gait, he's got all the qualities. Those are the things that make the difference between a fast horse and a great horse." Tall Dark Stranger is a son of Bettor's Delight out of Precocious Beauty. He is owned by Crawford Farms Racing, Marvin Katz, Caviart Farms, and Howard Taylor. Last year, the colt won eight of nine races, finished second in his loss, and earned $717,514. He will try to join Huntsville (2017), He's Watching (2014) and Captaintreacherous (2013) as recent Dan Patch Award returnees to win the Pace. "He's come back great," Gingras said. "I couldn't be any happier, really. His first start he was vicious and the same thing again last week. I don't think he could be coming into the final in better shape. "Last year at times he could be a little bit grabby. He knew really early on what his job was to do, but sometimes he wanted to do a little bit too much. He's a little more manageable this year. If anything, he's a little bit lazy. Leaving the gate last week, in a good way, I had to ask him. He knows what he's out there to do and that it's my job to guide him and he's letting me do my job." Tall Dark Stranger was guaranteed a starting spot in posts one through six by virtue of his elimination win. "For me, I've always felt it's tremendously important to try to win the elimination," Gingras said. "Of course, you don't want to overuse your horse, but I have no problem racing my horse to take the outside posts out of the equation. I feel there is great value to it. These horses can go those miles. He left pretty good last week, but I got a decent middle half and then sprinted home. I don't think he will be worse for wear after that last start. "I like where I drew. You can see what happens. Of course, you've got to go forward. Everybody knows I'm not going to back out of the gate, you're not getting away seventh or eighth in this race, with Tall Dark Stranger that's not happening. You're going forward out of the gate, but you have options. You can see what the outside horses are doing, you can see what the inside horses are doing, and I can race any which way. Post five gives me all the options in the world." Gingras is looking for his second Meadowlands Pace victory. He won with A Rocknroll Dance in 2012. Takter is seeking her first Pace trophy. Last year's Matron Stakes and Governor's Cup winner Papi Rob Hanover, with David Miller driving for trainer Brett Pelling, is the 4-1 second choice on the Meadowlands Pace morning line. Papi Rob Hanover starts from post nine, which is his most favorable starting spot yet this season. He finished third from post 10 in the Pace elim and was second from post 10 in his seasonal debut. Allywag Hanover, also from the Pelling Stable, is the 9-2 third choice. Allywag Hanover advanced to the Pace final courtesy of a bye based on seasonal earnings. Allywag Hanover is 3-for-3 this year and won in 1:48 on July 4 at The Meadowlands. Pelling is the winningest trainer in Pace history, with four victories. Tim Tetrick will drive Allywag Hanover and is looking for his sixth Pace win. John Campbell holds the record with seven. Trainer Tony Alagna, who won the 2013 Meadowlands Pace with Captaintreacherous, has three horses in Saturday's final: Captain Barbossa (10-1), Capt Midnight (15-1), and Captain Kirk (15-1). Capt Midnight finished ninth in the elimination, from which the top eight horses advanced to the final, but drew into the race when Chief Mate was scratched on Tuesday. In addition to the Meadowlands Pace, Saturday's racing includes two $142,250 divisions of the Stanley Dancer Memorial for 3-year-old male trotters, the 11-horse $253,500 Del Miller Memorial for 3-year-old female trotters, the 13-horse $464,900 Hambletonian Maturity at 1-1/8 miles for 4-year-old trotters, the 11-horse $391,300 William R. Haughton Memorial for older male pacers (as well as a $123,100 consolation), $172,850 Dorothy Haughton Memorial for older female pacers, the 11-horse $194,400 Mistletoe Shalee for 3-year-old female pacers, and the third leg of the Miss Versatility Series for older female trotters. For complete entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA    

WASHINGTON, PA, July 15, 2020 -- Summer Charm passed up an early seat, kept rolling to the point and captured her fourth straight victory -- two last November, two this month -- in Wednesday's feature at The Meadows, a $10,800 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace. Although Summer Charm had the opportunity to drop in third in a 26.4 opening panel, she and Jim Pantaleano thought better of it, wresting the lead from Amelia's Courage A. The 4-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight-Lover Of Art had little trouble from there, scoring in 1:52.1. Greenhilldebatable rallied from last for second, 1-1/4 lengths back, while Amelia's Courage A saved show.   Scott Betts trains Summer Charm, who extended her career bankroll to $341,595, for Tim Betts, Nicholas Catalano, Keith Pippi and Brookside Stables. Dave Palone piloted three winners on the 15-race card, giving him 13 this week, while Chris Shaw, Mike Wilder, trainer Ron Burke and Pantaleano also enjoyed three-baggers. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday when the program features a trio of stakes: a $193,156 Pennsylvania Sires Stake and a $100,000 PA Stallion Series event, both for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers, and a $42,610 Arden Downs event for sophomore colt and gelding trotters. The 15-race card also features an $8,881.21 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5 and a $972.64 carryover in the Early Pick 5 (race 2). First post is 12:45 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

MILTON, ON - JULY 7, 2020 - Heading into Tuesday's Ontario Sire Stakes Gold Series opener for the two-year-old pacing fillies at Woodbine Mohawk Park, harness racing trainer Tony Beaton had a feeling that Bet On Becky might be exceptional. "She's just been one of them special fillies you know," said the trainer. "We were kind of talking the other day and we were saying, like we were kind of hoping she's like Chantal's (Mitchell) Alicorn from last year, that type of horse, it sure would be nice." That speculation proved to be well merited as Bet On Becky with driver Jody Jamieson, romped to a 1:50.4 victory in the second $72,266 Gold division, faster than any two-year-old in North America has paced this year and just one-fifth of a second shy of the Ontario Sires Stakes record set by division champion Alicorn last season. The filly's stablemate Best Keepsake finished three and one-half lengths back in second and Game Of Shadows was third. "She was one of the ones that, not to take away from the other fillies I raced tonight, they all had their turn, but there's just certain training miles, like wow, this thing, it's just got more speed than you can shake a stick at," said Beaton, who sent a total of four fillies behind the gate and went home with one win, one second, one third and one sixth. "And she's just a little thing, probably no bigger than Alicorn was last year, but just a nice little ride. She reminds of a little sports car." The Waterdown resident trains Bet On Becky for Larry Menary of Branchton, Kenneth Ewen of Georgetown, Alan Alber of Thornhill and Michael Guerriero of Brampton, ON. The group offered up $70,000 for the daughter of Bettors Delight at last fall's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale and have already recouped more than half from Tuesday's victory and a 1:54.4 win in overnight action on June 26. The other two Gold Series divisions went to Dr. Ian Moore trainees Alumni Seelster, in rein to Sylvain Filion, and Andra Day, who was piloted to the win by Doug McNair. Alumni Seelster opened the two-year-old pacing filly season with a 1:52.2 clocking that saw her do most of the work up front and then hang on for a three-quarter length victory over favourite Sports Check. Beaton trainee Ring Of Kerry finished third. "She's all heart, and all desire, there's no doubt about that," said Moore, who also campaigned the filly's sire, $2 million winner State Treasurer. "I'm really pleased because of State Treasurer. He didn't get much support and yet to me, if I was a breeder, he was a hell of a horse and he's the type of horse you'd love to have." A $50,000 purchase out of the London Selected Yearling Sale, Alumni Seelster is owned by Sally MacDonald of Souris, PEI and Paul MacDonald of Regina, SK. The filly qualified twice, on June 12 and 19, and Moore thinks she will be even sharper for the second Gold Leg on July 19 at Georgian Downs. "I think Alumni is going to get better - that other division went in 1:50.4, that's quite a mile - I think our filly is going to get better because it's been almost three weeks since she qualified and I only trained her once, last Tuesday, so I felt that she was little short, she could have been a little tighter going in maybe," explained the Cambridge resident. "But I don't like to over train babies, not after they've had such a hard campaign training down, I like to go easier on them now." Alumni Seelster's training partner Andra Day also spent most of the mile on the front end, hitting the wire one length ahead of Sunshine Nelly and fan favourite Postscript in 1:54.1. Let It Ride Stables Inc. and Bottom Line Racing LLC of Boca Raton, FL share ownership of the Shadow Play miss who Moore also expects to improve off her first lifetime start. "She's a good little filly too and I expect her to get better," said the trainer. "Alumni Seelster, Andra Day and Lady Arthur, who is going to Ohio on Saturday, they all trained together and those three fillies got so tough at the end we couldn't train them together until we were going fast, because you couldn't hang on to them. All they wanted to do was rock and roll every time. "A good way to start with the fillies, I'm really pleased," he added. Complete results for Tuesday's program are available at Woodbine Mohawk Park Results. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

Hanover, PA — Cam’s Card Shark passed away peacefully at Hanover Shoe Farms on July 2, 2020 at the age of 29. He was with the people that loved him, including Hanover Shoe Farms Farm Manager Patti Murphy who has been with him since he retired to stallion duty, first in New Jersey and then Pennsylvania. Cam’s Card Shark was retired from stallion duty in 2014 and lived his remaining years in the stallion barn at Hanover. Cam’s Card Shark took his record of 1:50 at age 3 and earned $2,498,204. He was the Dan Patch Horse of the Year in 1994 and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2007. Cam’s Card Shark’s major wins included the North America Cup, Meadowlands Pace, New Jersey Classic, Messenger Stakes, The Adios, Berry’s Creek, James Dancer Memorial, Art Rooney Pace and the Miller Memorial. He was scratched as the overwhelming favorite to win the Little Brown Jug and never raced again. The story just starts there. Cam’s Card Shark started his stallion career at Hanover Shoe Farms of New Jersey in 1995 and moved to Pennsylvania in 2012 where he stood his last two seasons at Hanover’s Main Farm in Pennsylvania. Cam’s Card Shark sired 1,829 foals that earned $150,458,604. His most notable performers include the double millionaires Bettor’s Delight p,3,1:49.4 ($2,581,461), Shark Gesture p,1:48.1s ($2,818,021), Four Starzzz Shark p,1:47.4 ($2,537,267), Royalflush Hanover p,4,1:49.3 ($2,153,893), and the one time co-fastest pacer of all time, Holborn Hanover p,1:46.4 ($2,070,648). Cam’s Card Shark’s daughters have produced the winners of $117,544,998 including the performers A Rocknroll Dance p,4,1:47.2s ($2,429,441) and Heston Blue Chip p,3,1:48f ($1,781,881). “If he had only sired Bettor’s Delight who is unarguably one of the greatest stallions the business has ever seen, he would have left his mark, however he did so much more. Shark was a great racehorse and an even greater stallion. He was as tough and gritty a horse as you could know. It was, of course, a sad day here but he had a great life and we were blessed to have had him for as long as we did,” said Hanover’s Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky. Owners Jeff and Paula Snyder were understandably sad when they received the news. “He changed our lives, he was really the start of my career in harness racing and the horse that got Paula interested in racing. We really appreciate everything he did for us and take comfort in the fact that he had such a long and happy retirement at the only home he knew after racing,” said Jeff Snyder.

MILTON, ON - JUNE 29, 2020 - Just over eight months since her last appearance at Woodbine Mohawk Park, three-year-old pacing filly Alicorn returned to the Milton oval on Monday evening and marched straight back into the harness racing winner's circle. Making her sophomore debut in the first of three $73,067 Ontario Sire Stakes Gold Series divisions, Canada's Two-year-old Pacing Filly of the Year eased away from Post 5 as Betalady led the field to a :26.2 opening quarter. After sitting briefly on the rail in third, driver Louis-Philippe Roy sent the fan favourite to the front and Alicorn rolled on to a :55 half and 1:23.3 three-quarters. Lauras Love and Rose Run Victoria mounted an attack in the lane, but Alicorn held them off for a three-quarter length victory in 1:50.4. "To come off of an eight month layoff and have to pace 1:50 and change her first start, that's not easy for any horse," said Chantal Mitchell, who trains Alicorn for Windermere Stable LLC of New York, NY and Robert Muscara of Ivyland, PA. "She did the vast majority of the work in there tonight. I don't know if she could have gone faster if she was pushed, but she did what she had to do and I'm quite happy with her." To watch the race replay click here.  The Bettors Delight daughter came into Monday's Gold Series season opener off a trio of qualifiers on June 4, 11 and 18, with the most recent clocked in 1:52.2. Mitchell was confident that Alicorn was ready, but the Waterdown resident was still happy to get the win in the books. "There's always a lot of expectations. When the stakes schedule came out and she didn't have any races for a month then I scratched her from the (May 29) qualifier, and it was, you know people were losing their minds," Mitchell recalled. "They said, 'What's wrong with her?' It's fine, it's just I don't have anywhere to race her so I'm not going to qualify her this week, we'll qualify next week. I mapped out a plan for her after I had a stakes schedule so then it was - because everybody was questioning what I was doing - it was, hopefully I made the right decision." The winner of $536,907 wintered in North Carolina and Mitchell said, while she did not grow taller, Alicorn did fill out and looks stronger than she did as a two-year-old. "She's a lot thicker. She filled out a lot, and I think she filled out quite a bit just in the last two months. With all this extra time it did her some good. A lot of people were calling her fat tonight. I said it's a good thing she doesn't care what other people think because she would develop a complex," said Mitchell with a laugh. "It's like I said to one of her owners, it'll take a couple more of those 1:50 miles to get her back to her fighting weight, but she's starting in a good spot." Sex Appeal also started her sophomore campaign in a good spot, finding the OSS winner's circle for the first time. The Bettors Delight daughter and driver Trevor Henry caught the pacesetting Rose Run Vantage in the stretch to record the victory in a personal best 1:51. Fan favourite Rose Run Vantage settled for second and Saulsbrook Raven was third. "She's a nice filly, she's just starting to learn how to race. She grew up a lot from last year," said Henry, who drives Sex Appeal for trainer Bob McIntosh of Windsor and Al McIntosh Holdings Inc. of Leamington. "Hopefully she keeps it up." To watch the race replay, click here. A Grassroots competitor at two, Sex Appeal now has three wins to her credit in four sophomore starts. The final Gold Series division went to All Day Sunshine and driver James MacDonald, who tracked Probert through the mile and then circled the stalled favourite in the stretch. All Day Sunshine sprinted all the way to the wire, getting a nose in front of So Delightful in a 1:52 personal best. Keystone Kalimba completed the top three. To watch the race replay, click here. "I was hoping to find a nice trip with her and get as much as we could, but Dan (Lagace) has the horse great and the trip worked out," said MacDonald. "When I gave her some racetrack, she did the rest." A Gold winner at two, Sunshine Beach daughter All Day Sunshine is owned by trainer Daniel Lagace of Cambridge, Christopher Nicol of Caledonia, ON and Billy Joe Timmins of Birmingham, GB. The three-year-old pacing fillies will return to Woodbine Mohawk Park on July 17 for their second Gold Series Leg. Complete results for Monday's program are available at Woodbine Mohawk Park Results. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

Lather Up, the equal fastest harness racing horse of all-time and a member of the dominant Cam Fella sire line from a maternal family bereft of the blood of Western Hanover, Abercrombie and co, provides broodmare owners with a number of options for their matrons. The brilliant, young stallion – he was foaled in 2015 - is bred on the Bettor’s Delight over Christian Cullen / In The Pocket cross, one of the golden crosses of Australasian racing today. No fewer than five million dollar earners have emanated from this cross, as depicted in Table A. As an extension to this theory, Lather Up, though twice removed from Bettor’s Delight, should nick particularly well with the daughters of the numerous Direct Scooter line stallions in the southern hemisphere.  They include In The Pocket, Christian Cullen, Courage Under Fire, Mach Three, Somebeachsomewhere, Extreme Three, Royal Mattjesty, Changeover, Tinted Cloud, Rob Roy Mattgregor and others. However, as Table B shows, Bettor’s Delight is nicking even more successfully with mares from a wide variety of other sire lines. Bettor’s Delight has produced million dollar winners from daughters of Artsplace, Albatross, Cam Fella, Jate Lobell, Beach Towel and Most Happy Fella sons, grandsons and great grandsons. As Table B exemplifies, Lather Up should prove a suitable match for all mares by Artsplace, Western Hanover, Albatross, Cam Fella sire line stallions and others. These include daughters of Art Major, Perfect Art, Albert Albert, Grinfromeartoear, Sportswriter, Artiscape, Dream Away, Modern Art, Astreos, Badlands Hanover, Western Terror, American Ideal, Ponder, Jereme’s Jet, Holmes Hanover, Torado Hanover, Tompkins Hanover, Fake Left, Armbro Operative, Presidential Ball and Pacific Fella. Lather Up Table C is for your interest and shows the progeny of Bettor's Delight dam sires of the million dollar plus earners in North America.   TABLE A Leading Stakes winners by Bettor’s Delight from Direct Scooter line mares Horse                                      Stakes             Damsire                      Dam Grandsire Lazarus                                    $4,125,988      Christian Cullen          In The Pocket Chicago Bull                            $1,776,980      Christian Cullen          In The Pocket The Gold Ace                           $1,180,401      In The Pocket            Direct Scooter Ohoka Punter                          $1,177,323      Christian Cullen          In The Pocket Texican                                    $1,035,016      In The Pocket              Direct Scooter Dream Out Loud                     $998,243         In The Pocket              Direct Scooter Highview Tommy                    $990,015         Christian Cullen          In The Pocket Thefixer                                   $978,500         Christian Cullen          In The Pocket Flaming Flutter                        $815,235         In The Pocket              Direct Scooter Bettor’s Strike                         $789,864         In The Pocket              Direct Scooter Spanish Armada                      $787,470         Christian Cullen          In The Pocket The More The Bettor               $745,729         In The Pocket              Direct Scooter Mossdale Conner                    $589,134         In The Pocket              Direct Scooter Let’s Chase The Dream           $587,701         Christian Cullen          In The Pocket Belle Of Montana                     $574,305         Christian Cullen          In The Pocket Galactic Star                            $529,722         Christian Cullen          In The Pocket Katy Perry                                $517,733         In The Pocket              Direct Scooter Maxim                                     $494,436         In The Pocket              Direct Scooter Jesse Duke                            $451,356         In The Pocket              Direct Scooter None Bettor                            $445,233         Christian Cullen          In The Pocket Im Anothermasterpiece          $444,980         Christian Cullen          In The Pocket Pa’s Ultimate Delight              $424,185         Christian Cullen          In The Pocket Lachie Maguire                       $420,767         In The Pocket            Direct Scooter Hurricane Harley                    $419,340         Christian Cullen          In The Pocket Wrapper’s Delight                  $414,224         Christian Cullen          In The Pocket Motu Premier                         $391,078         In The Pocket              Direct Scooter Ohoka’s Bundy                      $388,148         In The Pocket              Direct Scooter Better B Chevron                   $387,171         In The Pocket              Direct Scooter Self Assured                          $362,241         Christian Cullen          In The Pocket Bettorthanspecial                   $353,586         Christian Cullen          In The Pocket My Kiwi Mate                         $349,632         In The Pocket              Direct Scooter Dancing Diamonds                $343,276         In The Pocket              Direct Scooter Stormont Czar                        $333,840         Christian Cullen          In The Pocket Gina Grace                            $318,951         In The Pocket              Direct Scooter Our Bettor Spirits                    $310,633         In The Pocket              Direct Scooter Willow                                     $304,416         In The Pocket              Direct Scooter Ana Malak                              $300,611         Tinted Cloud                In The Pocket God Send                               $293,077         Christian Cullen          In The Pocket Ashley Locaz                          $275,934         Christian Cullen          In The Pocket Express Stride                        $273,605         Christian Cullen          In The Pocket Zach Maguire                         $266,255         Christian Cullen          In The Pocket Burnaholeinmypocket             $262,188         Christian Cullen          In The Pocket Roman Stride                          $261,513         Direct Scooter           Sampson Direct Linda Lovegrace                     $257,618         In The Pocket             Direct Scooter Musical Delight                       $248,940         In The Pocket             Direct Scooter Dr Susan                                 $246,883         Mach Three               Matt’s Scooter Bettor's Delight TABLE B Leading Stakes winners by Bettor’s Delight from non-Direct Scooter line mares Horse                                      Stakes             Damsire                      Dam Grandsire Bit Of A Legend                       $2,667,957      Soky’s Atom                 Albatross Tiger Tara                                 $2,375,065      Dream Away               Artsplace Beautide                                  $2,183,132      Ticket To Heaven        No Nukes Have Faith In Me                    $1,693,187      B G’s Bunny                 Albatross Adore Me                                $1,667,029      B G’s Bunny                 Albatross Dream About Me                    $1,375,085      Dream Away                Artsplace Caribbean Blaster                   $1,113,677      Safely Kept                  Jate Lobell Spankem                                 $1,077,582      Holmes Hanover         Albatross Arden Rooney                         $1,070,230      Walton Hanover          Big Towner Bettor’s Fire                            $1,038,177      Sands A Flyin              Beach Towel Bettor Cover Lover                 $1,026,427      What’s Next                Most Happy Fella Ultimate Machete                      $823,896         Armbro Operative      Cam Fella Border Control                          $767,692         Artsplace                     Abercrombie Piccadilly Princess                    $733,842         Holmes Hanover         Albatross Carabella                                  $693,615         Artsplace                     Abercrombie Alberto Contador                      $674,458         Albert Albert               Abercrombie Five Card Draw                        $654,090         Butler B G                   Albatross Partyon                                    $638,261         Beach Towel               French Chef Suave Stuey Lombo               $587,032         Classic Garry               Garry Rowan Aussie Made Lombo               $578,456         Troublemaker              Most Happy Fella Bettor Joy                                $567,680         Road Machine            On The Road Again Malak Oswaad                         $566,058         The Big Dog                Dexter Nukes Betabcool                                $556,999         Sands A Flyin               Beach Towel Lover’s Delight                        $555,473         Butler B G                   Albatross Hug The Wind                         $548,660         Dream Away               Artsplace Northview Punter                    $535,466         On The Road Again     Happy Motoring Bettor Rock On                       $521,856         Caprock                       Jate Lobell Be Jack’s Legend                   $508,464         Falcon Seelster            Warm Breeze Delightful Memphis                $507,811         Badlands Hanover       Western Hanover Dodolicious                             $501,041         Troublemaker             Most Happy Fella Kept Under Wraps                  $493,070         Safely Kept                  Jate Lobell Devendra                                $483,544         Walton Hanover          Big Towner She’s Just A Delight               $467,358         Holmes Hanover         Albatross Im Gorgeous - The sire of Lather Up I'm Gorgeous taking his two-year-old record of 1:50.4 Multiple stakes-winning son of North America's leading stallion Bettors Delight. At two, Im Gorgeous won four of eight starts, including victories in the Tompkins Geers, New York Sire Stakes, and an elimination of the Woodrow Wilson, where he established a freshman record of 1:50.4. At three, victories included a $200,000 division of the Battle of Brandywine, as well as eliminations in two legs of Pacing's Triple Crown. In the 2010 Jug final he was race-timed in 1:49.4 when he finished second to Rock N Roll Heaven in a World Record clocking. Table C is for your interest and shows the progeny of Bettor's Delight dam sires of the million dollar plus earners in North America. All Bets Off                            $3,186,658           Dexter Nukes               Horton Hanover Darlins Delight                      $3,103,100           Big Towner                   Bret Hanover Bettor Sweet                         $2,816,687           Falcons Future             Nero Southwind Tempo                 $2,445,541           Artsplace                      Big Towner Betting Line                           $2,238,518          Western Hanover         Camtastic Bettors Edge                         $2,204,531           Life Sign                      Jate Lobell           Bettors Wish                         $2,095,808           Western Ideal               Artiscape Caviart Ally                           $1,971,238           No Nukes                     Nihilator L A Delight                            $1,782,999          Western Hanover        Camluck Betterthancheddar                 $1,636,086          Camstastic                 Adios Vic Kenneth J                              $1,592,755           Artsplace                    Nihilator See You At Peelers               $1,566,900           Western Ideal            Dragons Lair   Forensic Z Tam                     $1,352,406          Falcon Seelster          Governor Skipper Dynamic Youth                      $1,227,793         Western Hanover        Artsplace Venus Delight                        $1,203,590         Run The Table             On The Road Again Vegas Vacation                      $1,176,368        Grinfromeartoear         Jate Lobell Domethatagain                      $1,167,275         Life Sign                      No NUkes      Hulas Z Tam                          $1,076,610          Artsplace                    Big Towner Fashion Delight                     $1,074,448          Artsplace                     Big Towner   Symphony In Motion              $1,065,949         Albert Albert                Direct Scooter Bettors Up                              $1,028,481        Western Hanover         Abercrombie Up Front Kellie Jo                   $1,016,944        Life Sign                      Race Time   Peter Wharton                

Woodlands Stud flagship stallion Bettor’s Delight is on target for a ninth consecutive Australian harness racing sires’ premiership. To April 10 the son of Cam’s Card Shark had progeny earnings of $6,852,392, almost $1.8 million ahead of the second placed Art Major ($5,059,805). Mach Three holds down third position with $4,162, 748, followed by American Ideal ($2,842,074), Rock N Roll Heaven ($2,706,856) and Rocknroll Hanover ($2,196,212). Bettor’s Delight is the leading sire on the All Aged list in every category – stakemoney, winners and races won. The biggest contributor’s to Bettor’s Delight’s tally have been the dual Derby winner Line Up ($238,800), the Victoria Oaks winner Dr Susan ($200,030), the NSW Oaks champion Stylish Memphis ($155,180), Bettor Enforce ($149,310) and the NSW Ladyship Mile victor Bettor’s Heart ($144,000). The leading colonial bred stallion is the deceased Courage Under Fire with $1,506,782. Courage Under Fire Bettor’s Delight is also the leading sire of three-year-olds in every section. First crop sire Captaintreacherous leads his own sire Somebeachsomewhere on the two-year-old stakemoney list. He is also the leading sire of winners (14) and races won (19). Majestic Son ($933,274) holds a commanding lead in the trotter’s only section from Skyvalley ($612,025). Bacardi Lindy ($456,643), Monarchy ($427,642) and Pegasus Spur ($370,061) round out the top five. Majestic Son’s biggest money-winners include Norquay, Ymbro Wasted and Gunning. Muscle Hill, the sire of the Need For Speed Prince and Bathurst Gold Coronet winner Elite Stride, is the premier sire of three-year-old trotters. His three-year-old stock have won $107,555 to date this season. By Peter Wharton

The Woodlands Stud flagship Bettor’s Delight was clearly the top harness racing sire on average price at this year’s round of Australian Pacing Gold yearling sales. Of the 35 head offered by the great Cam’s Card Shark horse, 31 were sold for an average of $60,484. He had four of the seven yearlings to fetch $100,000 or more including the three highest priced colts and the leading filly at the Sydney auction. Art Major, who sired the highest priced yearling in Melbourne at $160,000, Courage Under Fire and Captaintreacherous were the only other sires with stock to reach six figures. The deceased Courage Under Fire’s had four progeny sell for an average of $53,125 to finish second on the list. Next was Captaintreacherous, who had 30 of his second crop sell for an average price of $51,200, followed by his own sire Somebeachsomewhere (21 sold - $41,976 average), Mach Three (2 - $35,000), Sweet Lou (18 - $33,778) and Art Major (38 - $33,237). Always B Miki was the leading first crop sire with 30 head sold for an average of $28,189, followed by Betting Line (34 – $24,632) and Racing Hill (7 - $8,429). Muscle Hill topped the trotting sire’s section with two lots averaging $52,500. Other trotting stallions with multiple sales included Andover Hall (2 - $42,500), Father Patrick (4 - $36,875), Love You (2 - $33,250), Creatine (2 - $25,000) and Majestic Son (8 - $20,938).   PACING SIRES Sire                                          No. Sold                      $Average Bettor’s Delight                       31                                60,484 Courage Under Fire*              4                                  53,125 Captaintreacherous                30                                51,200 Somebeachsomewhere*        21                                41,976 Mach Three*                          2                                  35,000 Sweet Lou                             18                                33,778 Art Major                                38                                33,237 Alta Christiano*                      8                                  29,875 Always B Miki                         30                                28,189 American Ideal                       29                                28,121 Tintin In America                    6                                  24,833 Betting Line                             34                                24,632 Rock N Roll Heaven                13                                21,077 Roll With Joe                           7                                  19,357 Fly Like An Eagle                     9                                  18,111 Shadow Play                           7                                  18,000 Rocknroll Hanover*                1                                  18,000 Badlands Hanover                 5                                  17,600 Sportswriter                            14                                17,357 Betterthancheddar                 6                                  17,083 Hurrikane Kingcole*               2                                  16,000 Rich And Spoilt*                      1                                  16,000 Western Terror                       5                                  15,600 Sunshine Beach                     15                                15,233 Warrawee Needy                    7                                  14,000 Four Starzzz Shark                 9                                  13,556 He’s Watching                         8                                  13,125 A Rocknroll Dance                  29                                12,586 Heston Blue Chip                    2                                  12,500 Changeover                             1                                  12,500 Caribbean Blaster                   1                                  11,000 Follow The Stars                    12                                10,958 Well Said                                 15                                10,800 Pet Rock                                  9                                  10,389 Guaranteed                             1                                  10,000 Racing Hill                               7                                  8,429 Grinfromeartoear*                   1                                  7,000 Renaissance Man                   1                                  7,000 Mr Feelgood                           1                                  6,000 Auckland Reactor                    5                                  5,400 Falcon Seelster*                      1                                  5,000   TROTTING SIRES Sire                                          No. Sold                      $Average Muscle Hill                              2                                  52,500 Trixton                                     1                                  51,000 Orlando Vici                            1                                  50,000 Andover Hall                           2                                  42,500 Father Patrick                         4                                  36,875 Love You                                  2                                  33,250 Creatine                                  2                                  25,000 Royalty For Life                       1                                  25,000 Majestic Son                           8                                  20,938 Cardigan Boko                        2                                  17,000             Muscle Mass                           1                                  14,000 Quaker Jet                               2                                  11,500 Lawman                                  1                                  11,000 Bacardi Lindy                          3                                  10,167 Aldebaran Eagle                     1                                  10,000 Kvintet Avenger                      1                                  10,000 Dreamcatcher                         3                                  9,667 Used To Me                             8                                  6,625 Sebastian K                              2                                  6,000 Skyvalley                                 2                                  6,000 Peak                                        1                                  4,000    *Deceased By Peter Wharton

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Just 48 hours after arch-rival - and 2019 Horse of the Year - Shartin N won in 1:50 at Dover Downs in her seasonal debut, Caviart Ally sizzled over a sloppy strip at the Meadowlands Friday night in her first start of 2020, taking the co-featured $30,000 Preferred for harness racing pacing fillies and mares in 1:49.4 in rainy and chilly conditions over a sloppy track with a -2 variant. "I'm very proud of her," said Caviart Ally's trainer Brett Pelling. "She is reasonably fit and race ready but there's nothing like a race to get her on her game." Let the rivalry resume. "Racing Shartin N always presents a dilemma since they both share the same racing style," said Pelling. "No matter what, posts at Yonkers will dictate [when the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series gets underway next week]." JK American Beauty, spectacular two weeks ago when she won her first start of the year in a lifetime-best 1:50.2, was on the go early and grabbed the top. After taking a brief tuck, Caviart Ally was up after the lead and cleared at the three-eighths before hitting the half in :55.1. 'Ally' was clear of JK American Beauty as Odds On St Lucie inched her way into the fray at three-quarters while first-over, but through the stretch, after some coaxing from driver Andy McCarthy, Caviart Ally hit the wire a safe neck in front of JK American Beauty. Odds On St Lucie was third.   "She was terrific," said McCarthy. "I was hoping to [come from off the pace] but I had to put her in the race. I wanted to give her a good tightener and we were in a bit of a soft bunch, so I figured we had to be close to the front anyway." Caviart Ally, a 6-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight-Allamerican Cool who is owned by Caviart Farms, returned $3.40 to win as the 3-5 public choice. She's now won 26-of-73 lifetime starts and earned $1,839,516. ANDY MAC-NIFICENT: Winning one of the features on the card wasn't enough for McCarthy, who also scored in the $30,000 Preferred for trotters, with Joey Bats, in 1:53.1. Joey Bats went parked past the quarter but eventually got around a head-strong Muscle Diamond soon thereafter before reaching the half in :55.4. Pappy Go Go, who along with Joey Bats comprised a power-packed uncoupled 1-2 punch for trainer Andrew Harris, raced fifth to the half before uncorking a burst of speed to get into contention on the far turn, but faded soon thereafter. The pocket-sitting Muscle Diamond took his shot in deep stretch but would come up a neck short. Misslarose finished third but was disqualified and placed last in the field of six for interference. Pappy Go Go finished fourth, then placed third.   "He was good," said McCarthy of Joey Bats. "I think he needs to sit off a helmet, but if I didn't go to the lead tonight, I knew I would have to come first-over. I knew I had to win tonight. I know they staked him up pretty good, so I wanted to make sure he won." "Joey is just a phenomenal horse who is still developing," said Harris. "I think he has every bit of what it takes to become a stakes winner at some point. Andy Mac just knows how to manage him." Joey Bats, a 5-year-old gelded son of Holiday Road-JN Daytona who is owned by Scott Dillon, Michele Nelson and Marc Reynolds, returned $5.20 to win as the 8-5 favorite. He's now won 18-of-58 lifetime outings and earned $329,962. Pappy Go Go, who was in search of a fifth straight Meadowlands win, did not bring his best effort. "Pappy was a little disappointing," said Harris. "He's a very talented horse and when he didn't get better position off the gate, in short fields, everyone is protecting. I knew he was going to be stuck with a tough journey." A LITTLE MORE: Drew Monti, the 25-year-old driver regularly seen on the Buffalo-Batavia circuit, upped his win total at the meeting to 12 after winning three races on the card. ... All-source handle on the 13-race program totaled $2,503,586. Wagering has now gone past the $2.5 million mark in 11 of the last 12 Big M cards. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 6:55 p.m. By Dave Little, for the Meadowlands    

Caviart Ally finished last season with a flourish and owner Buck Chaffee hopes his mare can continue her winning ways when her 2020 campaign begins Friday at The Meadowlands. A 6-year-old pacer, Caviart Ally closed last season by winning four of her final five races, with three of the victories coming over eventual Horse of the Year honoree Shartin N. Caviart Ally's triumphs during that stretch came in the TVG Series championship for older female pacers, Breeders Crown, Allerage, and Milton. She makes her seasonal debut in Friday's $30,000 preferred for fillies and mares at The Big M, where she is the 3-1 morning-line favorite from post eight in a field of eight. She prepped for the start with two qualifiers, winning the second this past weekend in 1:52.3 with regular driver Andy McCarthy. "We're very hopeful she can pick up where she left off," said Chaffee, who owns Caviart Ally with his wife Judy under the Caviart Farms stable banner. "Andy said that when he qualified her, he didn't even ask her to go, she just wanted to go by herself. That's been the way she's been pretty much all along. She just really tries and wants to do it. "Physically, I always thought she looked like a linebacker. And she's always had that desire, which I think has been a real plus for her." Caviart Ally, by Bettor's Delight out of Allamerican Cool, has won 25 of 72 career races and $1.82 million. She was trained by Noel Daley at ages 2 through 4 before heading to Brett Pelling's stable when Daley took a year in Australia. Pelling believes he has a good understanding of Caviart Ally as she begins her second season with him. "I brought her back a little different than last year," Pelling said. "I think she's one of those mares that likes you to push the buttons and likes to work. If you let her have a bit of a vacation, it rears up in your face. She really showed us that. I've got a pretty good handle now on everything that makes her tick." Following this week's start, Caviart Ally will head to the six-week Blue Chip Matchmaker Series at Yonkers Raceway. It will be the mare's first appearance in the Matchmaker, which has been won each of the past two years by Shartin N. "She's 6 now, so there is no (concern about the) age thing," Pelling said. "There's no hiding from anyone. That's why we're in the Matchmaker. She's 6 and she's here to go race." Caviart Ally and Shartin N finished 1-2 in eight races last year, with Shartin N winning five. The emergence of their rivalry, which produced memorable finishes in the Betsy Ross and TVG final, was a big reason the Chaffees decided to race again this season rather than send Caviart Ally to motherhood. Shartin N got her season off to a winning start Wednesday with a 1:50 score in the fillies-and-mares invitational at Dover Downs. "I think it's great," Buck Chaffee said. "We had always said we were going to quit with her and breed her, that's always been our plan. But when she raced so good at the end of the year and that rivalry really kicked in, we decided that we had to bring her back. The sport needs rivalry. I think it's exciting. Hopefully it's the right decision." Racing begins at 6:55 p.m. (EST) Friday at The Meadowlands. The fillies-and-mares preferred is race four. For the night's complete entries, click here. by Ken Weingarder, for the USTA

Gus Dovi has fond memories of riding horses during his childhood in Sicily. Years later in the U.S., those remembrances were a factor in propelling him into harness racing horse ownership soon after the opening of The Meadowlands in 1976. Now, he has Bettor Memories. Bettor Memories, a 7-year-old male pacer, has been in Dovi's small ownership stable since January 2016. Since then, the gelding has won 31 races and $653,430. More importantly to Dovi, the horse has consistently provided enjoyment. "For me, it's not all the money, although it's very nice, don't misunderstand me," Dovi said. "It's the idea that he's racing against some very good horses. Me and my wife enjoy going to the track on the nights he races. If he's competitive week after week, that's the fun of it. If he's in the top three, I'm very happy, always. I just have a passion for the Standardbred, it's something I enjoy." Bettor Memories, trained by Richard "Nifty" Norman, has won three of six races this year and been worse than third only once. His next start is in Thursday's $50,000 invitational handicap at Dover Downs, where he is the 7-2 second choice on the morning line. Backstreet Shadow is the 5-2 favorite and Jesse Duke N, unbeaten in three races since arriving in the U.S. from Down Under, is 9-2. "He's racing well this year," Dovi said about Bettor Memories, who is a son of Bettor's Delight out of Allamerican Memoir. "He's been a pleasant surprise (since he was purchased). He came along very good and has done very well for us. I owe a lot of that to Nifty. He watches over him carefully; he manages him very well." Dovi, who lives in northern New Jersey, moved to the U.S. when he was 10. Following the opening of The Meadowlands, he got to know several horsemen through his printing business, which did work for the Big M. "As a kid, I always rode horses," Dovi said. "I've always loved the animal itself. It's the reason I was fascinated when The Meadowlands opened up. They had the stables there and I used to really enjoy going down there. That's the reason I got involved in the racing, because I like the animal." Dovi's first memorable horse was J J's Cornell in the early 1980s. Bettor Memories is his most recent. The horse was a Grand Circuit winner at age 3 and won a preliminary division of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series last season. He is eligible to the Levy, now called the MGM Borgata Pacing Series, which begins March 14 and concludes April 18 at Yonkers Raceway. "I think Bettor Memories is the best one I've had," Dovi said. "I enjoy watching him race, watching him compete. He has his good weeks and he has his bad weeks, like any other horse or any other athlete, but he's very competitive. When he's on his game, he's very good. "Of course, you always need a little luck, there's no question. So, you hope for a little luck. But he's a very nice horse. We'll see what happens." Racing begins at 4:30 p.m. (EST) Thursday at Dover Downs. The invitational handicap is race 12 on the 14-race card. For complete entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA 

Monticello, NY - On Thursday afternoon at Monticello Raceway, Brandon Parker won 4 races on the 9 race card and his father Billy "Zeke" Parker had a training triple on the harness racing afternoon. The first trip to the winner circle came aboard Bettoriffic, who scored a 2 length win after sitting the pocket behind pace setter Urbana Bayama (Bruce Aldrich Jr.) in 2:01.2 - $3.00. The 11-year-old son of Bettors Delight notched his first season win, making his first start in a new barn with Brandon's father Billy "Zeke Parker as the trainer. Next up was Park It Park It in a wire to wire win in 1:59.1 - $3.70 who notched his 3 win of the year for trainer Zeke Parker. The 14-year-old Dirty Devil looked like a youngster after his 10 length romp in 1:59.2 - $3.30 for leading trainer Bo Sowers. Parker finished the afternoon aboard American Champ who won in a tight photo over Histoire Eternelle (Michael Merton) in 2:00.4 - $4.60, the win gave Brandon's father Billy Parker a training triple on the afternoon. The 4 wins on the card has Brandon now in second place for leading dash winning drivers, leading the pack is Bruce Aldrich Jr with 48 wins. The 2 training wins on the card increased Bo Sower's training tally to 26 wins, a commanding lead over James Doherty Jr in second with 18 wins. by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway              

Delightfully Wild put her class on display last weekend, as a drop from the Open ranks resulted in a harness racing victory with Luke Plano at the controls. She'll return to the top level on Saturday night at Cal Expo Harness. The 7-year-old pacing daughter of Bettor's Delight was winning for the 32nd time in her career from 122 starts, with $182,000 in the bank and a 1:51 1/5 mark that was set two years ago at Pocono. Richard Morita and David Yamada own and Lino Pacheco is the conditioner. "After a long, successful campaign across the country, we brought Wild back for a break.," co-owner Morita related. "Lino gave her a few starts to see how she was doing, then she got her vacation. "We brought her back slowly, and it appears she appreciated the rest. Shari Burns does a great job with our turnouts, and Wild came back sharp. After an easy qualifier, she had to make her first start in the Open. "Her second start gave her a little class relief, and Luke gave her an easy race from behind. As you probably can tell with her lines, she really likes to be forwardly placed. "She hasn't won from the back in a couple of years, so her performance was a nice surprise. Luke gave her a great, tactical steer, and the result was a win against some nice mares. "She has really been a star in our barn, and we're looking forward to the remainder of this meet, and then plan for a summer at Running Aces." Streaking Heza Real Diamond in spotlight Heza Real Diamond, who has posed for pictures following five of his last seven trips to the post, looks to up that impressive batting average in Friday night's featured $6,700 Open Pace. There will be 10 races presented under the Watch and Wager LLC banner with first post set for 6:40 p.m. There will also three California Sire Stakes decided as non-betting races prior to the regular program. Friday's Open Pace will find Heza Real Diamond leaving from the No. 10 post, with arch-rival Allmyx'liventexas departing from just to his inside while the other four starters have the inside slots. A 4-year-old son of Allamerican Native, Heza Real Diamond is owned by Orlando Nevarez, is conditioned by Edwin Quevedo and Nick Roland will once again do the honors. Heza Real Diamond will try to win from the demanding 10 post for the second straight time, have handily scored from that slot two weeks ago with Roland as he established a new lifetime mark with the 1:51 1/5 clocking. Allmyx'sliventexas is a classy Wayne and Rod Knittel homebred with $214,00 in earnings and a 1:50 mile on his card. The Bob Johnson trainee has Mooney Svendsen in the bike as usual and has gone many giant miles over this layout. Bestinthebusiness, Queenace Blue Chip, Part Time and China King complete the cast. There is a $14,893 carryover in the 20-cent Single 6 Friday night and there are also two wagers offered with a reduced 16% takeout rate - the 20-cent Pick 5 and 20-cent Pick 4. The Pick 4 features a $40,000 guaranteed gross pool on Saturdays and a $30,000 guarantee on Fridays. By Mark Ratzky, for Cal Expo Harness

WILKES-BARRE, PA - The harness racing driving brothers Anthony and George Napolitano Jr. certainly held the hot hands during Wednesday morning's qualifying session at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, and each teamed well with a specific trainer - Anthony guided four Jose Godinez trainees to victory, with four horses conditioned by Gilbert Garcia-Herrera brought home first by George. Two of the "ANap"-Godinez horses took the primary spotlight, as they defeated free-for-all horses Western Fame and Springsteen, both members of Team Allard. Western Fame, the 2019 Levy Final winner and a winner in morning action here last week, had to settle for second, 3¾ lengths behind the two-moving Havefaithinme N, who tripped the timer in a solid 1:52, last half :55, for the ownership of Blindswitch Racing Stable, Gary Axelrod, Good Friends Racing Stable, and Santo Farina. And if the nine-year-old Havefaithinme N's name rings a certain bell, that's because it should - the altered son of Bettor's Delight is a career winner of $1.3 million, and in 2016 he paced what was at the time the fastest mile in Australasian harness history, 1:47 5/10, in winning the Miracle Mile over the Menangle Park 7/8-mile oval. Springsteen, now five and the winner of the 2018 Hempt Memorial right here at Pocono, closed determinedly from far back, but his :55.1-:27.1 bid home came up a head shy of the American Ideal mare Sally Fletcher A, who also made two moves controlling the tempo in a 1:54.4, with Blindswitch Racing Stable doubling up in the Wednesday morning "features." The most impressive of the George Nap - Garcia-Herrera horses was the $900,000+-winning Lispatty, who stepped home in :55.2 - :27.2 as the McArdle mare toured the Pocono oval in 1:53 for owner Gilbert Garcia-Owen. FINISHING LINES - After Saturday's card at 5 p.m., Pocono switches post times in March to its standard 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and 4 p.m. on most other racing days, primarily Monday and Tuesday. There will be racing Sunday, March 1 at 7 p.m., and then the first Monday card of the year on the 2nd at 4 p.m., with three cards a week in vogue throughout the end of March. Racing is going into the second month of the 2020 season at the Down at Mohegan Sun Pocono, and horsemen racing at the track in Northeast PA should be aware of opening times for the Paddock and stable gate area.  Going forward, the stable gate will open one and a half hours prior to first Lasix, and the Paddock one hour prior to first Lasix.  Post Times for March are 7:00PM on Saturday and Sunday, and 4:00PM on Monday, with the addition of Tuesday at 4:00PM in April. Also, the Ship-in barn will open Monday, March 2, and training for the rest of the season will take place out of the ship-in barn. Any questions, please contact Paddock Judge Luann Sensenbach at 570.831.2125. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

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