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After either drawing or being assigned the outermost starting spot in each of his past four races, Bit Of A Legend looks to return to his winning ways when he leaves from post No. 1 in Saturday's harness racing $260,000 Joe Gerrity Jr. Memorial Pace at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The New Zealand-born Bit Of A Legend is a 7-year-old stallion who arrived in the U.S. in December. He won eight of 10 races to begin his career in the States, including the $609,000 George Morton Levy Pacing Series championship in April at Yonkers Raceway, but has visited the winner's circle only once in his past four starts. Bit Of A Legend, who will have the services of regular driver Jordan Stratton, is the 3-1 second choice on the Gerrity morning line behind 6-5 favorite Wiggle It Jiggleit, harness racing's 2015 Horse of the Year and the winner of 32 of 41 lifetime starts. Wiggle It Jiggleit and driver Montrell Teague will start from post five. "Wiggle It Jiggleit is going to be hard to beat," said Peter Tritton, who trains Bit Of A Legend for owner Harry von Knoblauch. "I thought he could beat the others with the right trip, but Wiggle It Jiggleit is going to be tough. I've got a good draw, so that might even it up a bit. "I just wish Wiggle It Jiggleit wasn't in it, but it is what it is," he added, laughing. "So we'll give it a shot." Bit Of A Legend and Wiggle It Jiggleit have met twice this year. The first encounter came in a preliminary round of the Levy Series at Yonkers and resulted in the horses finishing in a dead heat for win. The second meeting was in the Dorothy Mullin Invitational at Harrah's Philadelphia on May 29. Wiggle It Jiggleit won in 1:47.3, the fastest mile in the 11-year history of the racetrack, while Bit Of A Legend went off stride from post eight and finished last. "I changed his shoes for up there (at Philadelphia) and that didn't work out," Tritton said. Bit Of A Legend has raced only once since the Mullin, finishing sixth from post eight in the Open Handicap at Yonkers last Saturday. Bit Of A Legend paced his final quarter-mile :27, the fastest time in the field, and finished 2-1/2 lengths behind winner Doctor Butch. Tritton had hoped to get Bit Of A Legend a start prior to last weekend, but the horse was slowed by a soreness issue. "He went good the other night," Tritton said. "He may be one run short, but he won't be far away. I didn't completely give him off (since the Mullin). I just sort of took it easy for a while because he's not staked to anything this year." Prior to arriving in the U.S., Bit Of A Legend won 20 of 63 races and earned $659,686 while competing Down Under. Among his exploits, he was the first male pacer to win Australian Breeders Crown finals at ages 2 and 3. For his career, the son of Bettor's Delight-Soky's Legend has won 29 of 77 starts and earned $1.13 million. One of Tritton's goals during the remainder of the season is to determine how to stake Bit Of A Legend in 2017. He plans to race the horse at the Meadowlands to gauge his ability on a one-mile oval. So far, Bit Of A Legend has posted all nine of his victories at Yonkers, which is a half-mile track, and not competed on a track larger than five-eighths. "I don't think that's a concern with him," Tritton said. "It's just that he's so handy around the little tracks, where some of them aren't as handy as he is. He still might be able to go with them on the bigger tracks as well. We'll find that out before the end of the year, but he's a very good horse." Following is the field for the Gerrity: PP - Horse - Driver - Trainer - Morning Line 1 - Bit Of A Legend - Jordan Stratton - Peter Tritton - 3/1 2 - Doctor Butch - Tim Tetrick - Linda Toscano - 8/1 3 - All Bets Off - Matt Kakaley - Ron Burke - 6/1 4 - Artistic Major - Jim Morrill Jr. - Steve Elliott - 12/1 5 - Wiggle It Jiggleit - Montrell Teague - Clyde Francis - 6/5 6 - Sunfire Blue Chip - Mark MacDonald - Jimmy Takter - 10/1 7 - Cooperstown - Vincent Ginsburg - Daniel Renaud - 15/1 8 - P H Supercam - Jason Bartlett - Jeffrey Bamond Jr. - 20/1 P H Supercam is the race's defending champion. The stakes record is 1:48.4 was set in 2014 by Dancin Yankee. Ken Weingartner

CAMPBELLVILLE, July 18 - Just two nights after Control The Moment captured the Meadowlands Pace, the series that helped launch his harness racing career kicked off its 2016 edition at Mohawk Racetrack. The Dream Maker Series for two-year-old pacers began Monday evening with a field of nine colts and geldings clashing in the $14,000 opening leg. The Dream Maker has had many notable winners of the years and last year Control The Moment swept the series to add his first of many accomplishments to his resume. Scott McEneny trainee Bettors Dream was a good looking 1:53.1 winner in his career debut last week and the public took notice, as they made him the 3/5 favourite for Monday's first leg. Driven by Doug McNair, Bettors Dream left from post eight and was pointed towards the front. After being parked by the quarter in :27.4, the public's choice cleared to the lead, but was quickly confronted by a rival. Officer Blue Chip brushed from fourth to first and led the field by the half in :56.2. The Casie Coleman trainee fronted the field around the final turn with Bettors Dream enjoying a two-hole ride. After reaching the three-quarter pole in 1:25.4, Officer Blue Chip drifted out a few lanes at the top of the lane. McNair had open racetrack along the rail for the stretch drive and Bettors Dream quickly retook the lead. The son of Bettor's Delight was never really challenged in the lane and looked cool pacing home in :28.3 for the 1:54.3 victory. Soccer Hanover came first up around the final turn and battled hard in the lane to finish second, two-lengths behind the winner. Beyond Delight came from third over on the final turn to finish third, while Always Rock N Roll was fourth. A Lexington Selected Yearling Sale graduate, Bettors Dream was purchased for $45,000 last fall. The Bettors Delight gelding is now two for two to start his career for owners John Fielding, Domenic Chiaravalle and McEneny. Bettors Dream is the sixth foal out of Dream Away mare Enduring Delight, who has produced two winners of over $400,000. A $2 win ticket on the McEneny trainee returned $3.20. The second leg of the Dream Maker will take place next Monday (July 25).   Mark McKelvie

The Gr.1 $200,000 UBET Blacks A Fake has been won in brilliant style by Ohoka Punter, who held out harness racing favourite Hectorjayjay and Ultimate Art in a night that was full of curve balls. Rain fell steadily throughout the evening as some of the best pacers in Australasia prepared themselves for the biggest meet in Queensland harness, Catcha Lefty winning the Queensland Derby, Im Norma Jean winning the QBRED Triad fillies final and Changeoverme coming home in the QBRED Triad colts & geldings. Ohoka Punter had an outstanding lead in the Blacks A Fake, coming into the straight at a pace that couldn’t be caught in the run home.  Trainer/driver Nathan Purdon scored his first Group 1 win with Ohoka Punter tonight (Saturday) but knew favourite Hectorjayjay would put up a mammoth fight heading into the race. “I knew Ohoka Punter was at the top of his game tonight, but Hector’s a great horse and I knew that Gavin (Hectorjayjay’s driver Gavin Lang) would try to stay in front of me, it made it difficult but Bettor's Delight stallion stuck to his guns,” “It’s unreal you know, my first group one, I’ll always remember it,” said Purdon. Hectorjayjay put in a great run to come second, doing some hard work early in getting to the front which may have taken some sting from his trademark finish. While Nathan Purdon planned on having “a few beers with the boys” to celebrate his first Group 1 win, Ohoka Punter will have a brief break before continuing on with his campaign. “He can have a few days off, then we’ll head towards Melbourne where he can contest a few free for all races and then it’s Perth for the Inter Dominion,” said Purdon. The Queensland Derby was another curveball of the night, it was a surprise win for Catcha Lefty, the good draw (gate two) letting him find a comfortable position behind the leader before getting up towards the inside to secure a popular local victory. The Village Jasper gelding beat quality horses like Match In Heaven and Stanley Ross Robyn in a driving finish. Star filly Nek Time, who unfortunately pulled up during the race and was said to be carrying a mild virus. In both the QBRED Triad Finals, both the favourites and the Picket Fence contenders were knocked out of the win. Im Norma Jean (Modern Art) claimed the QBRED Triad filly’s final win, the gutsy youngster coming home in fine form down the outside to take the victory. Picket Fence hopeful Slippery Jade had a tough run throughout the race, fighting well to place fourth, favourite Jossie Jones coming in third. The QBRED Triad final for colts and geldings saw Changeoverme (Changeover) came through on the inside to take a brilliant win, the promising gelding probably going better than its form read going into the race. Maestro Bellini did a lot of work in the run, battling on well in the straight to come third, as did Rock With Sam who looked like winning but got run down in the final stages to take second. Racing Queensland

WILKES-BARRE PA - The twin $15,500 featured conditioned events on the Saturday night card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono fell to a longshot, trotter My Love Bi, and a big favorite, pacer Bettor's Edge, the latter's victory coming just after heavy rains hit the racetrack.   The track was fast and the temperature a balmy 87 degrees when the trotters went gateward for their feature, the second of 14 races Saturday at Pocono, and the conditions suited the Donato Hanover mare My Love Bi as she tallied in 1:53.3 and, unusually for a George Napolitano Jr.-driven horse, paid $21.20 to win.   "GNap" got a 27.2 backstretch brush out of My Love Bi to clear to the 3/4s, and the pair maintained the lead to the wire, with the three-year-old Cufflink Hanover next in line, 1¼ lengths back. Trained by Gilbert Garcia-Herrera, My Love Bi is owned by Garcia-Herrera's son Gilbert Garcia-Owen, who just this week took charge of his father's string racing at Harrah's Philadelphia and already has posted a fine 10-2-1-2-.322 record in his first three days as a trainer.   Pocono hosted three sub-1:50 miles on the card, and they all came while the temperature was still in the 80s. When the rain came before the tenth race and changed the track condition to "sloppy," there was also a further six-degree dropoff in temperature to 75. None of these factors bothered the veteran Bettor's Delight gelding Bettor's Edge, who raised his career bankroll to $1,846,065 with a two-length victory in 1:50.2 through the off going.   Meadows star Tony Hall came over to Pocono to drive on Saturday night and made a quarter-move as the route to victory for Bettor's Edge($2.80), who came home in 27.3 in scoring for trainer Ron Burke and the partnership of Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver-Bruscemi LLC, and M1 Stable LLC.   From the PHHA/Pocono Downs Media Department    

Super sire Bettor's Delight is developing a name for himself in the harness racing squaregaiting community. On Thunder Road, by Bettor's Delight out of Holmes Hanover mare All The Way Home, took his lifetime record to 23 wins from 50 starts at Tabcorp Park Melton last night with victory in the Group 3 Sumthingaboutmaori Trotters Free for All. The Darren Hancock trained-and-driven six-year-old ran to the lead from his gate 10 draw inside the final mile in the 2240m trot before comfortably holding Maori Time (Anthony Butt) by 3.4m at the finish posting a mile rate of 1:57.4. Coming off the back frontrunner On Thunder Road and Maori Time raced clear of the rest of the field, Maori Time glued to the back of the race leader. Hancock asked On Thunder Road to go a fair way from home and the New South Welsh trotter found plenty, while Maori Time could only chase gamely to finish a clear second. VIDEO: On Thunder Road wins the Sumthingaboutmaori at Melton Maori Time’s stablemate from Brent Lilley's Bolinda yard, Kyvalley Blur, ran on as he usually does and finished third 8.8m behind the winner. Already a Group 1 winner – after his Trotters Cup victory on Miracle Mile day at Menangle – On Thunder Road’s stake earnings are now nudging $240,000. Earlier this year Bettors Delight sired Three-Year-Old Ruby Trot winner Donegal Bettorgretch at New Zealand's Harness Jewels race day. Bettor's Delight leads the Australian sires’ overall chart with 316 wins from 5427 starts and 479 starters for an average prizemoney per starter of $19,609. On rankings by average prizemoney per starter Bettor's Delight is second overall behind American Ideal, whose progeny average $20,737. Bettors Delight’s progeny have had almost four times more starts than American Ideal’s. Illawong Helios ran on for fourth last night in the Sumthingaboutmaori, while punters who put their faith in Super Zeck ($6.50 fourth-favourite) were left feeling flat, that horse racing well below the form he showed when powering away with the Noopy Kiosk title on July 1. Last night he ran last beaten 62.4m. Cody Winnell

Soho Angel scored a well-deserved harness racing victory in tonight’s $50,575 Renown Silverware Tatlow Stakes at  Tabcorp Park Melton. The win gave Burrumbeet trainer-driver Michael Stanley his second two-year-old fillies’ feature race triumph in a fortnight after Petacular’s Vicbred Super Series success earlier this month. Soho Angel (Bettor's Delight/Soho Champagne) ran third in the Vicbred final but was supreme tonight from gate three in an action-packed race that saw three horses involved in a bad fall and driver Zac Phillips taken to hospital for scans on his arm. Four Be Two (Phillips) and Jiggy Rhythm (Josh Aiken) locked wheels down the side the final time, and as they were trying to unhook from one another Arm A Princess (Jason Lee) took a tumble while travelling ahead of them. The resultant tangle saw the trio of drivers catapulted to the track. Lee and Aiken were cleared by medical staff to fulfil their remaining drives, but Phillips was taken to hospital with a suspected arm injury. All horses got to their feet and were walked off the track but Arm A Princess was transferred to Werribee Equine Hospital for tests. Meanwhile, Soho Angel bolted clear of her rivals at the top of the straight and went on to score by 3.6m over a fast-finishing Miss Dangerfield (Greg Sugars) with Perfect Sense (Mark Pitt) third in a mile rate of 1:58.7. A member of owner-breeder Rob Watson’s Soho team, Soho Angel now boasts four wins from 10 starts for stake money approaching $100,000. New South Wales husband and wife team Shane and Lauren Tritton combined to win the Apco Tatlow Stakes for colts and geldings with their rising star Blue Moon Rising (Santanna Blue Chip/Lady Moonlight). Now a winner of six of seven lifetime starts, Blue Moon Rising led and defied all comers from the pole to score a 7.7m win over fast-finishing Our Little General (Pitt), with Manly Mach (Greg Sugars) third in a 1:56.7 mile rate. “He’s not paid up for anything so it’s good to get a win like this,” Lauren Tritton said post-race. “All the horses who have won the big races at home he’s beaten them.” Tritton said Blue Moon Rising would go to the paddock for a spell before “coming back bigger and better as a three-year-old”. Cody Winnell

Vernon, NY -- Second choice Looney Dune ($5.20) protected the early lead in a duel with 4-5 favorite Jinxy's Delight and sprinted away to a 1:52.1 triumph in Thursday (July 14) evening's featured $6,500 top-level Miracle Mile Mares Pace at Vernon Downs after rebuffing a second challenge off the far turn.   Ben McNeil put the now 36-time winner in play from the outset, pushing forward from midfield to duel with Jinxy's Delight (John MacDonald) on approach to the clubhouse turn.   The 8-year-old Bettor's Delight mare won the early battle, forcing Jinxy's Delight to the pocket through a :26.4 first quarter before maintaining control through intermediate splits of :55.4 and 1:23.2. A quarter mile from home, Jinxy's Delight made a bid out of the pocket, but Looney Dune accelerated clear off the corner while driven, ultimately prevailing by 5-1/4 lengths. Love Live Laugh (Jimmy Whittemore) narrowly collared the all-out Jinxy's Delight for second off a clear tracking trip.   The win was Looney Dune's second in three tries, and her third of the season. John McNeil III trains Looney Dune for owner Ellen McNeil.   John MacDonald and Chris Lems shared top driving honors on the 10-race card, each capturing four of the evening's races.   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Friday (July 15) evening, with the first of 12 races due off at 6:45 p.m. Eastern. The 50¢ Pick 5 features a carryover of $254.26 on the last five races of the program.   by James Witherite, for Vernon Downs

Harness racing trainer Nathan Purdon has the mindset of glass half full as he approaches the Gr.1 $200,000 UBET Blacks A Fake this Saturday night. The New Zealand born horseman prepares former dual Derby winner Ohoka Punter in the Albion Park feature, considered as the biggest threat to end the winning run of emerging star Hectorjayjay. To date, Ohoka Punter has come up a little short in his battle with Hectorjayjay who has taken the bragging rights on both occasions they've met. The David Aiken trained Hectorjayjay is aiming for his fifth straight victory this weekend. Ohoka Punter tried valiantly after doing a mountain of mid-race work in the Gr.1 Len Smith Mile at Menangle two starts ago when third before finishing in the same position last week after coming from a long way back. “We’re close but not close enough at this stage, he’s got the wood on us so far and the draw gives him a great chance of extending that record this weekend. Last week, we both had second-line draws and this week we both move to the front-line but unfortunately, his draws have been a little better.” Purdon said. Ohoka Punter starts from gate six with Hectorjayjay drawn to his immediate inside and many believe both pacers will push forward from their front-line draws. But Purdon is very respectful of the skills of champion reinsman Gavin Lang and is not prepared to show his hand. “Gavin is a wonderful driver, he has options because the horse has gate speed but he also showed he is just as good coming from off the pace. Given the pace drawn on our inside, we may just float forward before making a play for the lead without being stuck out wide for too long. “It’s not the best draw but it’s not worst draw, I’ll be having a close look at Gavin at the start and that will probably give me a clearer indication of what I will do. The extra distance is going to suit my horse better; his record over the longer journeys is pretty good. “I’m really happy with his condition right now and he’s pulled up very well from last week so he’s a happy horse but Hectorjayjay has been quite unbelievable in his past two starts. We’re fit and ready but we do require some luck going our way.” The form of Ohoka Punter on Australian soil is outstanding with the Bettor's Delight entire yet to miss a place in 11 starts to date. Previously prepared by champion horseman Tony Herlihy, Ohoka Punter continues to thrive on the Australian racing style and looms as a live chance of claiming his second Gr.1 victory in Australian following his success in the Victoria Derby as a three-year-old. A decision on his future after this weekend is yet to be made, connections have ample options with the New Zealand Cup in Christchurch or the Inter Dominion series in Perth later this year both making strong appeal. Chris Barsby Fields for Albion Park, Saturday 16 July 2016 Form guide for Albion Park, Saturday 16 July 2016

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, July10, 2016 - While most fans Sunday afternoon were waiting to see how trainer/driver Yves Filion's Xpert Bayama would do in his Hippodrome 3R half mile track debut in the eighth race, Filion's Clodam Bayama was totally ignored in the fourth race second division of the series for fillies and nicely rewarded her backers, paying $17.40 to win. The spotlight was on the second round of the Breeders Cup Series at 3R for three-year-old colt and filly pacers with two divisions for each gender on the program. Art De Gagnee (Mario Charron) was first on the lead from the rail in the fourth race but gave way at the opening quarter mile to the 1/9 race favorite, Miss Babe Delight in :29.3. They raced to the half in 1:01.4 as HP Pandora (Stephane Brosseau) came first-over and gave live cover to Wild River Swan (Louis-Philippe Roy). Then in the backstretch the action really heated up. HP Pandora was able to put a head up on Miss Babe Delight but could not pass her by and then from the back of the pack, Yves Filion had Clodam Bayama flying three-wide and it was all three horses vying for the lead at the three-quarters in 1:32.4. Miss Babe Delight dug in for Berube on the lead as PH Pandora began to fade and Clodam Bayama stuck three-wide around the final turn, but as they started down the stretch, Clodam Bayma proved to be the strong horse, collaring Miss Babe Delight and winning by a half-length in 2:03.1. It was the second win in ten starts this year for Clodam Bayama, who two starts back had won at Rideau Carlton in 1:56.2. The homebred daughter of Bettors Delight is co-owned and bred by Filion's Bayama Farms with Jacques Damours. She went off at odds of 7-1. HP Sissy and driver Mario Baillageon had little trouble scoring her second straight win in the series. The daughter of Up The Credit went to the early lead in the third race over Imagine Speed (Stephane Gendron) by the opening quarter mile in :29.1. She then cut the mile through the half in :59.3, three-quarters in 1:30.2, then cut loose in the stretch to win by three and three-quarter lengths in 2:01. Imagine Speed was second with Drift Panic (Gaetan Lamy) third. Her time over the off track was five seconds slower than her victory last week in 1:56.1. HP Sissy is trained by Jean Tourigny, bred and co-owned by Clauder Hamel with Michel Damphousse, both from Quebec. She paid just $2.10 to win at the 1-9 favorite. In the seventh race first division for pacing colts, HP Patriote and driver Louis-Phillipe Roy were the 1-4 wagering favorite but did not race that way early on. Mister Godro (Stephane Gendron) went right to the lead and cut the mile to the opening quarter in :30 and the half mile in 1:01 as Roy was coming first-over with HP Patriote. But it seemed the race favorite could not get into proper gear and was lagging behind. Roy then found the right gear for HP Patriote as once they started down the backstretch, the son of Vintage Master took off, cleared to the lead at the three-quarters in 1:30.4 and then strolled home an easy winner in a romp by nine and one-half lengths in 2:00.2. Mister Godro was second with Magster (Gaetan Lamy) third. Trained by Gerard Demers and co-owned and bred by Claude Hamel with Les Ecuries GLD, Inc. of QC, it was the second straight win and sixth victory in just seven starts this year for HP Patriote. He paid $2.50 to win. In the eighth race second division for colts, there was excitement from the very start of the race as four horses all vied for the early lead. Yves Filion's Xpert Bayama caught the worst of it, getting parked out four-wide, but once the field settled around the turn, he was able to urge Xpert Hanover to the lead over Sports Authority (Mario Charron) in a speedy :28.3. Then it was EY Cowboy (Louis-Philippe Roy) getting caught on the outside so they pressed Xpert Bayama to the half mile in :58.3 as Filion was not going to allow them to get the lead. Once they started down the backstretch, Mario Baillargeon sent Dance With Joe three-wide with a big brush of speed and they cleared past Xpert Bayama, but then became rough gaited at the three-quarters in 1:28.4 and had to pull wide right from the field. This enabled Filion and Xpert Bayama to retake control of the race, Charron then came first-over with Sports Authority as Dance With Joe came back into the hunt three-wide and now four-wide on the final turn was the fast closing Mr Mach Jimmy and driver Pascal Berube. Down the stretch they came. Xpert Bayama began to fade, Dance With Joe was tiring but still game, Mr Mach Jimmy was trying, but it was Sports Authority who showed true grit and dug in for the victory in 2:00.1 by three-quarters of a length. Dance With Joe was second and placed third for interfering with Mr Mach Jimmy, who was placed second. Trained by Maxime Velaye, it was the fourth win in seven starts this year for Sports Authority. The son of Sportswriter posted a lifetime mark for the Determination Stable of Montreal, QC and at 13-1 odds paid $28.00 to win. Track Notes: The 14-year-old trotter, Pablo Angus, in his final year of pari-mutuel racing, made a break at the start of the second race, but was able to not only recover, but take the lead after the opening quarter mile and crush the field by eight open lengths. The $815,000 career winner was driven by Gaeton Lamy and covered the one-mile race over the sloppy track in 2:05.1. Trainer Jean Tourigny had a double on the afternoon program and is now tied with defending leading trainer, Maxime Velaye, and Yves Tessier this season, each with nine victories. Right behind them is Daniel Martin with eight wins. Coming up Tuesday the Hippodrome 3R hosts the Quebec/Eastern Ontario Regional Driver Championship. Eight top drivers will compete in six races and the two top point earners will advance to the championship at the Raceway at Western Fair on Friday, October 14 to determine who will represent Canada at the world driving championship next year, that will be held in Canada. The eight drivers competing Tuesday evening at 3R are Jacques Beaudoin, Pascal Berube, Gord Brown, Guy Gagnon, Sylvain Lacaille, Gaetan Lamy, Brett MacDonald and Louis-Phillipe Roy. First race post time Tuesday is 7:00 pm. From the Quebec Jockey Club

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Jim Morrill Jr. has been what could be best described as a 'part-time' harness racing driver at Buffalo Raceway this season but incredibly he took a giant step toward winning the 2016 driving championship after posting a six-bagger on Saturday night (July 9).   Morrill Jr. moved his win total to 117 at Buffalo Raceway in just 293 attempts and leads runner up Todd Cummings who has 96 victories in 612 races with nine racing dates left on the season.   And while Morrill Jr. dominated the night in the sulky, the heavily-favored Southwind Whiski ($3.10) was the dominate force in the featured $9,000 pace by trouncing his six rivals in 1:55.3.   Scoring from the rail, Southwind Whiski (Ray Fisher Jr.) played give-and-go with Bad Fox to the opening quarter mark. With fractions of 28.4, 58.1 and 1:27.3, Southwind Whiski exploded on the final turn and smartly paced away from the field with the help of a 28.0 final panel. Bad Fox (Lee Dahn) was second 2-3/4 lengths back while American Bull (Kevin Cummings) was third.   Co-owned by John Mungillo and Thatsideofthefence LLC, the 8-year-old gelded Southwind Whiski (Bettor's Delight-Winona Hanover) now has four victories in 23 starts this season, earning $27,094 and $149,066 lifetime.   It was also a big milestone for trainer JD Perrin as he tripled and moved his seasonal win total at Buffalo Raceway to 100.   Racing will resume on Sunday afternoon at 12:30 p.m. with a 10-race card scheduled.   For more information including upcoming promotions, race replays, results and the latest news, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway    

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Medusa continued to wreak havoc in the fillies and mares open handicap division at the Meadowlands Friday night, taking the featured $25,000 pace by 2½ lengths in dominant wire-to-wire fashion. The 5-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight has now won three straight Big M female features and five in a row overall for owners Randall Bendis and Thomas Pollack. Yannick Gingras had the drive behind the Andrew Federico Jr. trainee and left the gate quickly. Longshot Inittowinafortune extended her slightly around the first turn before Medusa made the top at the quarter in :27. A rated second fraction saw the 6-5 public choice hit the half in :55 as none of her six opponents came after the eventual winner. Medusa was clear of the field by 2¼ lengths at three-quarters in 1:22.2 before cruising under the wire - while lowering her lifetime-best for a third straight start - and stopping the clock in 1:49. The fast-closing Katie Said, sent off as the 2-1 second choice, finished second, while Inittowinafortune held on for third. Medusa returned $4.40 to win and has now won 11 of 20 starts this season. NOTABLE: Every Way Out rolled by 4½ lengths in 1:55 in the final leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers as the 1-9 favorite and figures to once again be an extremely short price in next Friday's final. ... Marion Marauder ($15.20), last when they turned for home, rallied through the stretch and found a seam late to take the 3-year-old open colt and gelding trot in 1:52.2, gunning down 2-5 favorite Dog Gone Lucky nearing the wire. ... The 5th race 20 cent Jackpot Super High Five failed to have a single-ticket winner, upping the carryover for the next racing program to $31,911.51. ... All-source wagering totaled $2,554,374, an increase of $347,436 over the corresponding card from a year ago. ... Racing resumes at the Big M Saturday at 7:15 p.m.  by Dave Little, for the Meadowlands  

Champion harness racing trainer Gary Hall Sen. freely admits that he did not rate Harry Hoo among the best four or five three-year-olds in his stable at the start of the season, but he is now quite happy to declare that he underestimated the Bettor's Delight’s gelding’s potential.   Harry Hoo, to be driven by Gary Hall jnr., will start from the No. 6 barrier in the Desmond Arahanga Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night and Hall sen. said that if he got to an early lead he would win. “I didn’t really rate him early on, but he has done very well and has been a bit of a surprise,” Hall said. At his latest outing he started from the outside barrier and showed plenty of strength to win after racing three wide and in the breeze. “He won’t have things all his own way on Friday night and there are plenty of chances in the field.” Harry Hoo arrived in Western Australia 12 months ago after managing two placings from seven starts in New Zealand. He has shown steady improvement and his first 18 WA starts have produced seven wins and five seconds. There is abundant gate speed on the inside of Harry Hoo this week, with Adda Courage (barrier one), Franco Rayner (two) and Bettor Not Bitter (three) all possessing good early speed. However, Harry Hoo’s improving strength could be a deciding factor in the final stages. Hall said that Ricimer, an easy all-the-way winner from barrier one over 1730m last Friday night, was capable of repeating the dose in the 2130m first heat of the Sapphire Wikaira Chandon Pace on Friday night. “Ricimer is a dead-set frontrunner and we will be going forward from barrier four at the start and attempting to lead,” he said. However, the Ross Olivieri-trained Jambiani is perfectly drawn at No. 1. She is a noted frontrunner and Chris Voak is expected to make a bold bid to retain the lead. If there is an early war between Jambiani and Ricimer, it could play into the hands of Another Vinnie, Glenlochar and Shirlz Sensation. Ken Casellas    

Nichols, N.Y. -- Enos Van Stanhope, III and Tony Dinges's Pop Cop ($4.40) stepped up two levels and repeated in near pillar-to-post fashion in Sunday (July 3) afternoon's harness racing featured $7,200 top-level conditioned pace at Tioga Downs.   Mike Merton was aggressive early with the 7-year-old Bettor's Delight gelding, sprinting out to establish the lead from midpack and only briefly yielding to Lauxmont Capri (Jim Taggart, Jr.) before retaking after a :27.1 first quarter. Pop Cop faced no further threats after reclaiming the lead, edging clear gradually through a :56 middle half and mounting a 3-3/4 length margin of victory through his 1:52 mile. Lauxmont Capri, all-out to chase from the pocket, narrowly held second over Owosso Flash (Jim Meittinis), who maintained mild first-over gains.   For Dinges, the leading trainer nine weeks into the meet, the win with Pop Cop was one of two on the day.   After evading punters for two consecutive cards, the 50¢ Pick 5 was hit for $73.25.   Monday (July 4) afternoon's nine-race card features the Geers Stakes for 3-year-old pacers, comprising an all stakes mid-card double. Post time for the nine-race Independence Day card is 1:30 p.m. Eastern, with coverage on the Tioga Downs Racing Network to commence at 1:05.   by James Witherite, Tioga Downs

Betting Line returned to Ontario Sires Stakes action at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday night and the North America Cup champion powered to a one and one-quarter length Gold Series victory in 1:49.4. Starting from Post 4, driver Jonathan Drury of Guelph, ON eased Betting Line away from the starting gate and settled into fourth as Nocturnal Bluechip and Sintra sprinted out to a :26.3 opening quarter. Heading for the :55.1 half Drury and Betting Line advanced up the outside on Sintra and driver Jody Jamieson, but Jamieson put his foot on the accelerator and Drury opted to hold his position rather than battle for the front end. Sintra led the field to the 1:22.3 three-quarters, but Betting Line was able to power by the pacesetter in the stretch, leaving Sintra to settle for second. War N Munn closed hard to be third in the $105,000 contest. "He raced good, as he always does," said trainer Casie Coleman of her star pupil. "JD (Drury) did a good job with him because he had a live splint bothering him and we were too close to the race to treat it." Coleman added that Betting Line is scheduled for a visit to the veterinarian on Monday to treat the splint, which caused the colt to run in slightly in the stretch, and should be back in fine form for the July 23 Gold event at Mohawk. "He's done that (run in) to me before with splint issues," noted the Cambridge, ON resident. "But we'll get it fixed up for the next Gold in three weeks' time." Following the July 23 Gold Series event, the reigning Ontario Sires Stakes champion heads south of the border for the Carl Milstein Memorial at Northfield Park on August 13 and the Battle of Brandywine at Pocono Downs on August 20. Saturday's victory extended Betting Line's win streak to five, with his only loss of the season coming in his May 14 debut, where he was second. The Bettors Delight son has banked $1,172,422 in his career to date for owners Coleman, Ross Warriner of Burlington, Christine Calhoun of Chatham and Mac Nichol of Burlington, ON. Magnum J captured the other Gold Series division, controlling the tempo for much of the race before cruising home a two and three-quarter length winner in 1:51. The mile time was a new personal best for the Big Jim son. Nvestment Bluechip and Voracity finished second and third. Doug McNair of Guelph piloted Magnum J to the win for his father, trainer Gregg McNair of Guelph, and his partners Tony Lawrence and William Brown of Hanover. The partners also raised a Gold Series trophy in the season opener at The Raceway at Western Fair District on May 27. With two Gold Series victories Magnum J has sole ownership of top spot in the division standings with 100 points and will look to pad that lead when the three-year-old pacing colts and geldings return to the Campbellville oval on July 23. On Monday, July 4 Mohawk Racetrack will kick off the Ontario Sires Stakes two-year-old season with two Gold Series divisions for the freshman pacing colts. The newcomers to the provincial program will make their debuts in Races 2 and 3. First race post time is 7:30 pm. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

You won’t see too many performances in harness racing more impressive than what Delight Me produced tonight at Tabcorp Park Melton to win the Empire Stallions $115,000 Vicbred Super Series four-year-old mares’ final. The powerful daughter of Bettor's Delight/Cornsilk sat wide for basically the entire trip before putting her opposition away in the straight to claim Group 1 glory. For the mare’s driver, Gavin Lang, the victory was his fourth Group 1 for the night – and fifth across both nights of the Vicbred finals after guiding Sparkling Success home last night. “There won’t be too many pats on the back for me for that drive,” Lang said post-race. “Andrew Peace a few years ago, I said to him, 'You didn’t drive that one too well, Andrew' and he said, 'well, nobody’s going to know because it won'. “That one didn’t pan out like we hoped but like I say the horse obviously trained to the minute. She’s a special horse really to do what she had to do to win.” Lang drove all four Group 1 quaddie leg winners tonight – Rocknroll Magic, Dont Hold Back, Ideal For Real and Delight Me. He also finished second in the two-year-old fillies’ final aboard Perfect Sense. “People often say ‘that was a good win’ and I always say ‘all wins are good, just that some are better’,” Lang said. “Nights like this are what it’s all about though. It’s not about quantity it’s about the quality of the race you win. “I’m fortunate to drive for the right stables, good horses, and it’s very satisfying but I don’t get too far ahead of myself because I know I’m only as good as the horses I drive.” Delight Me produced a slick 1:55.3 mile rate despite covering extra territory, with stablemate  Starburst Girl (Mark Pitt) finishing 4m away in second place and Paul Campbell-trained Miss Dreamin (Kerryn Manning) producing a huge run for third at big odds. Delight Me was bred by Rob Watson and is raced by John Clements. Stewart spoke Delight Me being a personal favourite, adding: "It's been a great night and it was great to see Michael Stanley get a Group 1 too, so it was a good night for Ballarat".  On the run of Delight Me, Stewart said: “I was very worried early on, she had a torrid run, but it just shows you how good she is." Cody Winnell Harness Racing Victoria

JULY 1, 2016 - Ontario's talented harness racing three-year-old pacing colts and geldings returned to Mohawk Racetrack on Friday evening for their second Grassroots start and Continual Hanover jumped out to an early lead in the division point race with his second straight victory. Starting from Post 1 in the fourth Grassroots split, the Bettor's Delight son and driver Jody Jamieson cruised through fractions of :26.4, :54.4 and 1:23.4 on their way to a 1:52 victory, a new personal best for Continual Hanover. Derecho finished one length back in second and Levy Taylore was two more lengths to the rear in third. "He's a top Grassroots horse," said Moffat, ON resident Jamieson. "He just does whatever I ask, so far, and only what I ask." Cambridge, ON resident Jack Darling owns and trains Continual Hanover who is two-for-two in 2016. The colt was also a two-time Grassroots winner at two and captured a Gold Series division at the end of his freshman season. Friday's victory pushed the colt's lifetime earnings to $126,400, completing repayment of his $120,000 purchase price from the 2014 Harrisburg Yearling Sale. Fan favourite Inspiration View kicked off the Grassroots action in Race 4, holding off a charging Wichita Lineman by three-quarters of a length in 1:52.2. Vegas Dream rounded out the top three. Arthur, ON resident Trevor Henry guided Inspiration View to the win, the Shadow Play colt's second of the season, for trainer Murray Brethour of Sunderland, ON and owners Rick Phillips of Tappan, NY, Peter Venturini of Rockaway, NJ and Mark Harder of Freehold, NJ. The winner of $89,729 was also a Grassroots winner at Mohawk as a two-year-old. In the second $18,000 Grassroots division Flaherty overcame a break behind the gate - which triggered a recall - to score his first Ontario Sires Stakes victory. The Up the Credit son and driver Phil Hudon led the field through fractions of :27.1, :56.4 and 1:25.2 and then waged a fierce battle through the stretch against fan favourites Arsenic and driver Doug McNair. The duelling colts hit the wire separated by a neck in 1:52.4 with Blaise Mm Hanover two lengths back in third. "He's a nice colt; he had good fractions and paced home really well. I thought he was beat coming out of the turn, then he fought Doug's (McNair) horse off and won," said Guelph, ON resident Hudon. "He's a handy horse and a big strong colt." Bill Budd of Waterdown, ON conditions Flaherty for his partners Mack Stable and Joe Carnovale of Stoney Creek, ON. The gelding now boasts a record of six wins, three seconds and two thirds in 16 sophomore starts, for earnings of $79,620. It was Steven Hudon's turn to hoist a Grassroots trophy in the third division as the Erin, ON resident piloted Red Dog Saloon to a come-from-behind victory. The duo roared up the outside to catch Chalk Player and Brookdale Sonny in a personal best 1:52.1. Hudon also owns and trains Mister Big son Red Dog Saloon, who boosted his sophomore record to five wins, one second and one third in 13 starts for earnings of $29,183. The final Grassroots trophy of the evening was awarded to Perseverant, who spoiled Jamieson's hopes of a driving double by reeling in fan favourite St Lads Moonwalk in the stretch. Perseverant hit the wire a neck in front of St Lads Moonwalk and one-half length ahead of A Bettors Risk in a personal best 1:52. Milton, ON resident Sylvain Filion piloted Perseverant to his second straight win for trainer Luc Blais of Lochaber Ouest, QC and Determination of Montreal, QC. The three-year-old pacing colts and geldings will make their third Grassroots start at Hanover Raceway on July 30. Ontario Sires Stakes action returns to Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday evening, with the Gold Series three-year-old pacing colts and geldings squaring off in two $105,000 divisions. The second division features both North America Cup champion Betting Line and the OSS "Be A Winner" contest, which will see one lucky fan join in the winner's circle celebrations. The first race goes postward at 7:30 pm and the sophomore pacing colts and geldings will be featured in Races 6 and 8. Ontario Racing

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