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Not surprisingly, Bob Key is once again a presence at this year's Breeders Crown, and his trainers want to win for the 85-year-old owner/breeder as much as they would like to win for themselves. Norm Parker conditions Renaissance Lady K, a 2-year-old filly pacer who enters her Breeders Crown elimination Friday with three wins and two seconds in eight races to earn $53,929. Charlie Norris trains Mass Fortune K, a 2-year-old male trotter who has earned $108,001 as he enters his Crown elim, also Friday. His seven races include two wins in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes and a third in the Peter Haughton Memorial. Both trainers have so much respect for Key they refer to him as "Mister." His dedication to the Grand Circuit is unquestioned and while he may not always succeed, he's never afraid to try, and his name can be found among the sport's top money-winning owners on an annual basis. Key has two Breeders Crown wins, including one in the event's first year in 1984, and seven second-place finishes. He has staked a lot more than that, as last year he had three in the event at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino and came up empty. He returns this year, undaunted. In addition to his two hopefuls Friday, he has the Parker-trained Looking For Zelda in Saturday's eliminations for 3-year-old female trotters. "There's probably no one any more committed to our sport than Mr. Key," Parker said. "Yeah, he has all homebreds, but he stakes them all with the idea that he wants that next world champion. He's been fortunate enough over the years to come up with a few. He's had a lot of really good horses, but a few major stakes winners. That's what he shoots for." And his trainers won't argue with those goals. "You can't really ask for anything more than that -- for a guy that's behind you and wanting you to do good and giving you the opportunity to do good," Parker said. "Obviously, paying the payments is a big step for a lot of people. I know there are a lot of owners that don't get horses put in races because they don't want to pay these payments. But he's never gun shy if he feels like we have any shot at all." Norris feels such devotion should be rewarded. "That guy should be a Hall of Famer," he said. "He has total confidence in his horses and puts up a lot of stake horses and he loves the game. He is one of the best owners for this business because he loves the horses. He stakes them to a lot and has total confidence in his horses that he breeds." Parker recalled one occasion, while looking at a stakes list, that he saw 19 of 44 eligible horses were Key's. "What's going to happen if he's not here supporting these stake races like he does?" Parker wondered. "I don't know that every owner would take the chance with a horse like Renaissance Lady K, but he's willing to, and I'm happy about it. Put it this way, I wouldn't have went if I thought she wouldn't be competitive or be able to go with these fillies. Beating them, that's another story." Renaissance Lady K is, indeed, in an extremely tough division that includes Warrawee Ubeaut, the fastest 2-year-old pacer in history; Tall Drink Hanover, who won the She's A Great Lady Stakes; Kentucky Sire Stakes champion Beautyonthebeach; and New York Sire Stakes champion Money Shot Hanover, plus stakes-winners Zero Tolerance and She's Allright. "Top-notch competition, obviously," Parker said. "She's going to have to put together an improved race again, which I think is in her. That's one of the reasons we're up here. I think she won't embarrass herself and if the trip works out good and she steps up a little bit, maybe we'll have a chance to slide in there. "She's in very steep; I'm well aware of that. We know it's a tall order, the best fillies. But it's going to be interesting; like a barometer to see where you're at with horses like that." Renaissance Lady K, by Well Said out of Lady's Portrait, is from the family of Key's first Breeders Crown winner, the award-winning female pacer Amneris. Renaissance Lady K will be driven by Brian Sears, who in her most recent start guided the filly to a second-place finish in a division of the International Stallion Stakes. Parker says she can race from the front or behind, and is happy with how she is heading into the Breeders Crown. "She always had talent, but she had some growing pains when she first started out this year," the trainer said. "I had to manage her kind of slowly, work through some things. We finally got a couple nice wins, got her kind of ironed out. She seemed to take off from there. It's a big order for her but she's got a really good attitude and we'll give it our best shot. "She's improved greatly in the last six weeks. Mr. Key is a firm believer in staking his horses and when you get one that's maybe on the upswing -- by finishing second (in her last start) she kind of paid her own ticket in there. So, you take a shot." Just as Key is taking a shot with Mass Fortune K, a son of Muscle Massive out of Ice Fortune K who will be driven by Matt Kakaley. "He drives him when I don't," Norris said. "Matt Kakaley is probably the most underrated driver out there right now. He's young but he's very professional and very good with the horses. Especially a horse that's a little aggressive." Mass Fortune K was scratched from his most recent start due to sickness, but Norris said he seems fine heading into the weekend. The horse had a temperature and was slightly colicky, but his blood work looks good and he trained well during the week. "He's healthy, it was just like a two or three day thing," Norris said. "Hopefully he'll be all right." Like Parker, Norris feels his horse can race either way, although he has had to make some equipment changes due to some overly-aggressive starts. "The last start at (Harrah's Philadelphia) I had him a little too calm and I was just trying to teach him how to race," Norris said. "I'm still working with him. Mentally he's a very good horse, he likes to race. "Mr. Key asked me if I would take three or four for him, and this horse has been absolutely awesome from the first day I got him. I got him probably before the first qualifier that I qualified him, and he dropped eight seconds in about a month. He showed a qualifier in 2:01(.2). I had him five days, he qualified in (1:57.3), went his first start (a win in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes) in 1:57. He's just really coming into his own. He can go, he's a good horse." Norris has a second horse in Friday's Breeders Crown eliminations, with 2-year-old filly trotter Conway Kellyanne, who he trains and drives for owners Carrie Norris, Acadia Farms, and G And B Racing. "She was kind of, not really a head case, but a special filly," Norris said. "But I've kept her calm all year and she came out early, she was a gang-buster. I just wanted to keep her manners great. The last good Conway (Hall) filly I had was Win Missy B, she was a little aggressive. My owners are patient with me driving her, especially my wife. She's turned into a good filly and turned in two terrific efforts in Lexington." Elimination winners, in an order determined by lot, draw for post positions one through five for the finals. Racing begins at 7 p.m. (EDT) Friday at Pocono. For the night's complete entries, click here. by Rich Fisher, for the Breeders Crown

The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association is pleased to announce that Hanover Shoe Farms and Winning Key Farms have donated breedings that are now being auctioned to benefit the MSOA's Collegiate Scholarship fund.   Hanover Shoe Farms has donated a breeding to Artspeak, and Winning Key Farms has donated a breeding to Winning Mister.   "Both Hanover and Bob Key have been regular supporters of our collegiate scholarship program," said MSOA President Rich Gillock. "We are very happy that both have made donations once again this season. We hope that breeders will support everyone's efforts by bidding."   Artspeak banked over $1.6 million in his racing career and was the 2-year-old Pacer of the Year in 2014. This is his first season at stud. He stands at Hanover Shoe Farms for a fee of $5,000.   World Champion Winning Mister earned $1.1 million in his career, and his oldest foals were 2-year-olds in 2016. He stands at Lindwood Farm in Greensburg, Pennsylvania for a fee of $6,000.   The breedings are listed on the auction site Ongait.com. Bidding is currently open and will end on Friday, March 24 at 2PM.   by Jeff Zidek, for the MSOA        

CAMPBELLVILLE, April 21 - The tag-team of McNair and Reid were unstoppable in Thursday's second round of the Celias Counsel Trotting Series at Mohawk Racetrack. A group of 20 three-year-old trotting fillies were split into two 10-horse $16,000 divisions for the second leg of the three-week series. Driver Doug McNair and trainer Paul Reid teamed up to sweep both divisions with a pair of Bob Key homebreds. Hills Angel was looking for a repeat of her first leg win in the night's first division, but longshot Treasure Gifts K had different plans. Driven by McNair, Treasure Gifts K hustled off the wings of the gate to get away second at odds of 40/1. Miami Magic posted an opening-quarter of :28.4, but surrendered the lead in the second-quarter to Treasure Gifts K. Hills Angel, the 3/2 favourite, trotted along fourth and 10-lengths off the lead at the midway point. Treasure Gifts K posted fractions of :58.1 and 1:27.1 to lead the field turning for home, while Hills Angel was six-lengths back in third. In the stretch, Miami Magic and Hills Angel did their best to track down the leader, but Treasure Gifts K brought her 'A' game and scored a maiden-breaking victory by two-lengths in 1:56.3. A daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe, Treasure Gifts K is trained by Reid for owner Key. The sophomore trotting filly finished seventh in last week's first leg and was winless in three starts this year entering Thursday's contest. Treasure Gifts K was making her 20th career start Thursday and pushed her career earnings over $33,000 with the victory. She paid $81.70 to win. First-leg winners Windsong Magic and Wanaka headlined the second division, but just like Hills Angel, their winning momentum came to a stop thanks to McNair and Reid. Flowers N Songs left from post-ten for McNair and found an early seat in seventh, while Wanaka found the front to post an opening-quarter of :28. Windsong Magic came charging up from fourth as the tempo slowed down and took the lead at the half in :59.3. Outside flow developed entering the final-turn and McNair was able to place Flowers N Magic second-over. Windsong Magic posted a three-quarter time of 1:29.3 and led the field into the lane. In the stretch, Wanaka was trapped in behind Windsong Magic and unable to found clear racing room. Flowers N Songs was able to come off cover and surge to the lead in deep stretch for a length and a half victory in 1:57.4. Windsong Magic held on for second, while Wanaka split through late to grab third. Another daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe, Flowers N Songs picked up her fifth win of the season Thursday for owner/breeder Key. The sophomore trotting filly has finished either first or second in eight starts this season. Unraced as a two-year-old, Flowers N Songs has banked $46,050 this season. She paid $12.10 to win. In order to be eligible to the Celias Counsel, the three-year-old trotting fillies had to be non-winners of $30,000 in 2015. The Celias Counsel will wrap up next Thursday with the $33,200 final. The top-ten earners from the preliminary legs to enter will compete in the final. Live racing continues Friday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie - WEG Communications

Boca Raton, Fla. - Authors Victoria M. Howard and Bob Marks have announced that their recently released book, Meadow Skipper, the untold story, has been released nationwide. The book is an unofficial biography of a champion Standardbred race horse, who singlehandedly changed the direction of an entire breed of animal. Meadow Skipper, the untold story, is an unforgettable saga of an equine Rocky Balboa, who overcame insurmountable odds to emerge as harness racing's greatest progenitor since Adam. This story is relayed in a unique way to authors Howard and Marks -- straight from the horse's mouth as only he could tell it. "The book is not just for equine lovers," said author Victoria M. Howard, "but also for sports enthusiasts and those who cherish the rags-to-riches underdogs who overcome challenges at any cost. It reads like a breathtaking feel-good roller-coaster ride, and in the end, you too will believe!" Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the book is available through bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore, or by visiting barnesandnoble.com or amazon.com. "We just found out that our book is currently ranked the #2 featured book at Tate Publishing this season," Howard said. "I think it would make a great holiday present for any equine, animal or sports enthusiast." Howard is an internationally published author. Her book, Why Women Love Bad Boys, is now sold in 15 countries. Howard, who has trained and raced Standardbred horses, is the co-author of Roosevelt Raceway: Where It All Began and 12 other books. She also writes a relationship column called Dear Victoria in a South Florida paper. In 2011, she was awarded VIP Woman of the Year by Who's Who Women Worldwide. She lives in Boca Raton, Florida, with her dog, Max. Marks, who was recently inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame, has been a long time racing handicapper, pedigree expert and writer. He has also bred and merchandised thousands of Standardbred horses throughout his career. He is also a published poet, lyricist and broadcaster. By Steve Wolf

The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association would like to remind harness racing horsemen that the auction for a breeding to Winning Mister, offered on Ongait.com, will be ending this Monday, March 16 at 2PM.   Proceeds from the auction will benefit the MSOA's Collegiate Scholarship Program.   Bob Key, the owner of Winning Mister, graciously made the donation to the MSOA.   For more information, visit this direct auction link.

The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association is pleased to announce that horse owner Bob Key has donated a breeding to Winning Mister, to be auctioned off to benefit the MSOA's Collegiate Scholarship Fund.   The breeding has a value of $6,000.   "Bob Key has been a longtime supporter of racing at The Meadows and throughout the industry," said MSOA President Rich Gillock. "The MSOA is very thankful of his donation to our scholarship program."   The auction is currently underway on the website OnGait.com. Terms are 10% non-refundable down at the conclusion of the auction. The remainder is payable upon a live foal. The auction ends on March 16.   Winning Mister, a son of Angus Hall, earned over $1.1 million in his career and took a mark of 1:51.3. He is currently standing at Lindwood Farms in Greensburg, PA for a fee of $6,000.   The MSOA would like to remind breeders that a previously announced breeding to Western Ideal, donated by Hanover Shoe Farm, is also being offered by auction on OnGait.com. That auction ends (tomorrow) Monday, March 2 at 2PM Eastern.   Jeff Zidek

She might be best known for once bursting through a gaggle of geese on her way to victory at The Meadows, but co-owner Howard Taylor hopes that by the end of the season people recognize Southwind Roulette for her talent. Southwind Roulette, who has won five of seven starts this year, races in the third of three Historic-Debutante Stakes divisions at Harrah's Philadelphia on Friday. Her victories include the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship and her $284,448 in purses rank No. 2 to undefeated JK She'salady among 2-year-old female pacers. "She's a really nice filly," said Taylor, who owns Southwind Roulette with Brad Grant. "She's real long gaited. If you watch her stride, she really reaches out. "And she wins," he added with a laugh. "And she wins a lot of money. There's nothing not to like about her." The first division of the Historic-Debutante Stakes includes stakes-winner Ideal Nuggets. Southwind Roulette's split also includes New York Sire Stakes championship runner-up Bossers Joy. Southwind Roulette is a daughter of 2008 Horse of the Year Somebeachsomewhere out of the stakes-winning mare Southwind Rio. She was purchased as a yearling for $30,000 at the 2013 Lexington Selected Sale. She started the year with trainer Doug Lewis before moving to the barn of Ron Burke in July. "I have a friend who has a real good eye for yearlings, Mike Hall," Taylor said. "Mike picked her out. He always finds holes in the sale, cheap horses for the breeding. He found her and told me I should buy her." Southwind Roulette began her career by winning a division of the Pennsylvania All Stars and then finished third in a division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes. In her next start at The Meadows, in another PaSS division, she and driver Yannick Gingras won despite having to go through a gaggle of geese on the track just prior to the final turn. "I talked to Doug afterward and told him I didn't believe what I saw there," Taylor said. "He told me that the farm they're on has geese. She'd seen that before and gone through them before, so she didn't think anything of it. Of all the horses in the race, she's probably the only one that would have done that. Yannick said she didn't even bat an eye. He was worried, but she wasn't." Southwind Roulette followed that win with two more victories in the preliminary rounds of the sire stakes before capturing the championship on Sept. 6 at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. She enters the Historic-Debutante after a seventh-place finish in a division of the Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes at Hoosier Park, where she got parked in an opening :25.3 quarter-mile. "Other than that, she's been super," Taylor said. "We have hopes for the Breeders Crown. That's all you can ask for at this point in the year, that you're still going strong and you've got a shot to get the brass ring." GOLD CORA HOPES TO GLITTER IN ACORN After finishing second to Jolene Jolene and Mission Brief in back-to-back world-record miles, Gold Cora's connections might wonder: Who will it be this time? "I hope if anybody it would be us," trainer Rich Gillock said with a laugh. "It seems we're getting good at getting into those kinds of races. That's pretty tough sledding. "But I'm not complaining. I'm happy to be second in those kinds of races." Gold Cora races Thursday in the second of four Historic-Acorn Stakes for 2-year-old female trotters at Harrah's Philadelphia. She will start from post No. 1 with driver Tim Tetrick and is the 8-5 morning line favorite. A daughter of stallion Encore Encore out of the mare Striking Gold K, Gold Cora has won three of 11 races and $94,098 for breeder/owner Bob Key. Gillock trained both of Gold Cora's parents and Tetrick drove Encore Encore, who won a division of the Bluegrass Stakes and finished second to Federal Flex in the 2008 Valley Victory. "This filly has come along and she's been improving as the year progresses," Gillock said. "Hopefully we can get a piece of the pie every time and it will add up." Gold Cora went off stride in consecutive starts in August, but since then has been a steady performer. "I had to regroup with her and rig her a little differently," Gillock said. "She had a few little issues going on, just little things that were factors, and we got them squared away." Gold Cora has two wins, two seconds and a third in her last five races. Her victories came in divisions of the Reynolds Stakes at Tioga Downs and the Kindergarten Series at The Red Mile. Her remaining three on-the-board finishes during that span came in record-setting races. She finished third in a division the Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes at Hoosier Park, where Speak To Me established the track mark for 2-year-old female trotters with a 1:55.2 victory. Next, at The Red Mile, Gold Cora finished second to Jolene Jolene in a division of the Bluegrass Stakes in a 1:52.1 mile that equaled the world record. A week later, she was second to Mission Brief in a division of the International Stallion Stakes in the fastest-ever mile by a 2-year-old trotter, 1:50.3. "We stayed up tight (in the Kentuckiana) and she hadn't gone those kinds of fractions before and she just didn't get home any," Gillock said. "It was just the way that race went; it took a toll on the majority of them except the horse that won. But I think that stretched her out a little and I hope she'll keep going forward." Following the Historic-Acorn Stakes, Gold Cora could go to Canada for the Goldsmith Maid or to Vernon Downs for the final preliminary round of the Kindergarten Series. "We'll see how we do at (Philly) and go from there," Gillock said. Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion Wild Honey is the 8-5 morning line favorite in the first division of the Historic-Acorn Stakes. The Jimmy Takter-trainee has won seven consecutive starts since losing her debut by a head to Gatka Hanover. In September, she trotted the fastest mile in history by a 2-year-old trotter on a half-mile racetrack, winning in 1:55.2 at the Delaware County Fair in Ohio. Takter's Shaqline, who is coming off second-place finishes in divisions of the International Stallion and Kentuckiana Stallion Management stakes, is the 8-5 choice in the third division. Jersey Strong, trained by Mark Harder, is the 8-5 favorite in the fourth and final division. She finished second to Wild Honey in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications  

Delaware, OH --- Wild Honey trotted the fastest mile in history by a 2-year-old trotter on a half-mile racetrack Wednesday (Sept. 17) at the Delaware County Fair, winning the second $32,323 division of the Standardbred Stakes for 2-year-old female trotters in 1:55.2. The recently crowned Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion left no doubt about the race’s outcome, leading from start to finish at odds of 1-9. The fractions were :28.4, :57.3 and 1:25.4 with driver Yannick Gingras at the lines for trainer Jimmy Takter. Hot Start finished second by 7-3/4 lengths and Gee O’Keeffe was third. Wild Honey’s performance erased one of trotting’s oldest records from the books. She eclipsed the previous best time of 1:56.3 by a 2-year-old female trotter on a half-mile track set by CR Kay Suzie on Sept. 21, 1994 at Freehold Raceway. The only trotting record to stand longer is Pine Chip’s 1:54 time for a 4-year-old male trotter on a half-mile oval, set on Sept. 18, 1994 at Delaware. In addition, Wild Honey bettered the mark of 1:55.3, set by colt Dontyouforgetit in 2012 at Delaware, for the fastest ever half-mile time by any 2-year-old trotter. Wild Honey is trained by Jimmy Takter, as was Dontyouforgetit. A daughter of Cantab Hall out of the mare U Wanna Lindy, Wild Honey is owned by Christina Takter, John Fielding, Herb Liverman, and Jim Fielding. She was purchased for $35,000 under the name Can Can Lindy at the Lexington Selected Sale. Her family includes 1994 Hambletonian winner Victory Dream. Wild Honey has won six consecutive races since finishing second by a head to Gatka Hanover in her debut. She has earned $271,031. “She won all of her (PA Sire Stakes) legs and had just one defeat by a (head) in her first lifetime start,” said trainer Jimmy Takter. “She’s just a tough filly. She’s got it. She’s the real deal.” Takter said Wild Honey is on her way to Lexington for the Grand Circuit meet next week. “When I got a first quarter of :28.4, I thought it would be hard for anybody to beat her in here,” said driver Yannick Gingras. “At the five-eighths I just let her roll along. I didn’t really ‘let her go,’ I just let her do what she wanted to do. The 1:55.2 was all her. The plugs were still in. I didn’t dig into her. She could have gone in (1):54 and change.” Sweet Shurga and driver Ron Pierce charged through the stretch and overcame favorite Smokinmombo in the final strides to win the first $32,323 division of the Standardbred Stakes. Smokinmombo, driven by Aaron Merriman, led for nearly the entire race after vanquishing Avalon Hall in a battle for the top spot coming off the first turn. Sweet Shurga was third until the final turn when Pierce moved to the outside and followed Dancewithme Chuck into the stretch. From there, Sweet Shurga cruised past her foes to reach the finish line in 2:00. Sent off at odds of 17-1, the daughter of Donato Hanover-Sweet American paid $36 to win. Sweet American is a full sister to 1993 Hambletonian winner American Winner. Smokinmombo finished second, followed by Dancewithme Chuck and Yanks Ball Girl. The fractions were :28.3, :59.3 and 1:29.3. Sweet Shurga has won two of four races and earned $19,629 for owner Bob Key and trainer Norm Parker. "She’s a green filly of Mr. Key’s,” said trainer Norm Parker. “She goes back to the family of American Winner. (Mr. Key) always liked that family. I liked her when I got her. Paul Reid trained her in Florida. When I got her she was really green. "Her manners are her biggest problem. She’s very temperamental, but I think she’s going to be a nice filly. "(Since her break on Aug. 20) we did some field time. In her last race at The Meadows, Dickie Stillings took good care of her. I just did the same thing -- gave her some field time and thought I’d bring her here and give her a shot.” by Ken Weingartner with Kimberly French & TJ Burkett/USTA

Driver Trevor Henry was the star of the show on Saturday night at Hanover Raceway as he won five of the six $18,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots Series events for two-year-old male trotters that were staged and added an overnight victory to give him a total of six triumphs on the ten-race program. Henry teamed up with trainer Paul Reid for a pair of his wins. That duo struck for the first time in the third division with Snapshot Springs, who led through fractions of :31, 1:04.1, and 1:34.4 on his way to a 2:04.3 victory, and they were back for another win photo after Olympic Son overcame an early break and a first-over trip to win the nightcap by half a length in 2:03.1. Snapshot Springs, a Striking Sahbra gelding, is a homebred for Rick and Regina Beinhauer of Venetia, Pennsylvania. He has won half of his six starts this year, with all his victories coming in Grassroots company, and he has earned $31,500. He’s the eighth foal out of the S Js Photo mare Spring Photo ($246,089). Reid trains Olympic Son, a colt by Majestic Son, for owner/breeder Bob Key of Leechburg, Pennsylvania. Olympic Son picked up his second win from four attempts, and he has now put away $22,320. The winner is the second foal out of the Yankee Glide mare Graceful Sister ($104,714). Henry also swept the early daily double, which was comprised of Grassroots races, with Rob Roy, who led at every call on his way to a 2:03.4 tally, and Kadabrasnewrecruit, who turned a first-over journey into a 2:01.2 score. Henry then bagged the fourth split with Call Me Richard in 2:02. Rob Roy is trained by Richard Moreau for owner Mike Wassilyn of Rockwood, Ontario. Rob Roy, an Angus Hall colt, broke his maiden in his fourth try and pushed his bankroll to $10,550. Roy Roy, who was bred by Mike Sparks, fetched $5,500 at last year’s Standardbred Horse Sale. He’s the first foal out of the Yankee Glide mare Callisto Blue Chip. Trainer Bob McIntosh of Windsor, Ontario, owns Kadabrasnewrecruit, a gelded son of Kadabra. Kadabrasnewrecruit, who was bred by Tymal Farms, is two-for-three in the win column, and he has now earned $22,500. He’s the fifth foal out of the Mr Lavec mare Keystone Alberta, who was third in the $100,000 Grassroots final when she was a two-year-old. Call Me Richard, who picked up his third win in Grassroots action, is trained by Clare Bradshaw. Andrea Arthur of Scotland, Ontario, owns Call Me Richard, whose dam is Andover Hall mare Olympic Dreams. Call Me Richard, now an earner of $32,940, was bred by Tri Star Farms Ltd. of Brantford, Ontario, and was hammered down for $11,500 at last year’s Canadian Yearling Sale. The only horse to stop Henry’s run was Parkhill Lancelot, who prevailed by a head in 2:02.4 in the fifth Grassroots tilt. Steve Byron drove the victorious Muscle Mass gelding for co-owner/breeder Parkhill Stud Farm of Peterborough, and co-owner Marshall Bax of Mississauga, Ontario. John Bax trains Parkhill Lancelot, who has won once from six trips behind the gate and earned $24,660. Parkhill Lancelot’s dam is Harlequin Seelster (Duke Of York), a three-time OSS winner in her racing career. This concluded the Ontario Sires Stakes season at Hanover Raceway and the regular season for two-year-old colt and gelding trotters in the Grassroots Series. The next time they compete will be in the Grassroots Semifinals on September 19 at Mohawk Racetrack. For full results and charts of Saturday night’s races at Hanover Raceway From the Ontario Sire Stakes  

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 28, 2014 -- When The Meadows hosts Friday's final preliminary leg of the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes for 3-year-old harness racing colt and gelding pacers, it may seem like Act 2 of the 2014 Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids Presented by Coors Light. That's because the $199,980 stake has attracted Adios champion McWicked as well as Somewhere In L A and Let's Drink On It, who along with McWicked won Adios eliminations. First post Friday is 6:55 PM. Following the Adios, McWicked easily captured a PASS division but saw his five-race winning streak snapped in the $400,000 Carl Milstein at Northfield Park, where he dead-heated for second. "He raced great, but I thought he could have been a little better than what he was," said Casie Coleman, who trains the son of McArdle-Western Sahara for SSG Stables. "He came out of it quite good. He's had a real good week training, and I've been very happy with him." She indicated McWicked, whose dominance during his winning streak has made him a legitimate candidate for divisional honors, will be pointed for the PASS championship and the Little Brown Jug, with the balance of his schedule to be determined. McWicked goes from post 4 in the first division, race 8, with David Miller aboard, and he'll renew acquaintances with Somewhere In L A, who finished a length behind McWicked in the Adios final. The Somebeachsomewhere-West Of L A gelding leaves from post 7 for Dave Palone, trainer Jimmy Takter and owners J&T Silva Stables, Deo Valente Farms and TLP Stable. Since the Adios, Somewhere In L A has won both his starts, including a strong performance in The Meadows' Preferred Pace last week. Let's Drink On It endured a tough trip in the Millstein and had to settle for fifth. In Friday's PASS, he's landed in the wide-open second division (race 10), where he leaves from post 6 for Tyler Smith. "He couldn't get into the race in the Milstein," said Joe Seekman, who conditions the son of Art Official-Letmedowneasy for Tina Seekman, Larry Bond, Hal Hewitt and Vince Boido, Jr. "When you have good horses inside you, it's suicidal to try to leave. I hope he gets away a little closer. He's been training good, and he's healthy. Also in the second division is Bob Key's Mattamerican, winner of the Adios consolation. He'll try to overcome post 8 for Aaron Merriman and trainer Norm Parker. The $260,000 (est.) PASS championship for this division is set for Sept. 7 at Harrah's Philadelphia. MANDATORY PAYOUTS FRIDAY. Because Friday is the last program of the Mountain Laurel meeting, there can be no carryovers in the Pick 4, the Pick 5 and the last Superfecta on the card. These wagers all are "must pay." In addition, the Pick 5 sports a carryover of $1,660.11. Since the Washington Trotting Association meeting begins Tuesday, Sept. 2, there will be no discontinuity in live racing. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

Torches Star maintained her position atop the leaders in the Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots division for three-year-old trotting fillies with a comfortable victory in one of five $18,000 divisions tonight at Rideau Carleton Raceway. Kadabrina and Gord Brown grabbed control early in that split and hit the quarter in :28.3. She was passed by Wings Of Ballykeel before the :58.1 half. At that point Steve Condren pulled the right line on Torches Star and she took over confidently and hit the third marker in 1:27.4 and was an easy winner in 1:57.3 over Watch Her Dangle and Northern Secret. Torches Star, who came into the contest with 105 points, was recording her second straight Grassroots victory. The second place filly before tonight’s races was Love Detective who also competed in this race but broke stride and finished last. Ben Wallace trains the daughter of Angus Hall for Brad Grant of Milton, Ontario. Condren controlled the tempo in the fifth and final division with Lenny Mac through fractions of :28.3, :58.2 and 1:27.3 but was hauled down late by Wonderland Snow who scored in 1:57.2. Right there for place was Lenny Mac with Evolution of Dance third. Bob McClure drove the winner, a daughter of Angus Hall bred and owned by Bob Key of Pennsylvania and trained by Ronald Parsons. It was the filly’s fourth win of the season. In the first and fastest test Thisgirlisonfire cleared the lead by the opening quarter in 28.4 but was covered up by Audrey Pearl well before the half in :58.4. Missys Ga Ga pulled from third before the 1:27.3 third panel and took over control down the lane to win comfortably in 1:56.4. Chelseas Chance finished well for Condren to take second while Capturethememory was third. It was the second win in eight starts this year for the daughter of Kadabra owned by Ecurie Gaetan Bono Inc., of Montreal, Quebec and trained by Rene Dion. The second division saw favourite Mystical Wishes take herself out early with a break. K D Bella and Steve Byron were in charge through the early going, hitting the first quarter in :28.3. She turned back Diamonds For Life to reach the half in :57.1 and the three-quarters in 1:26.1 and was first to the wire In 1:58.1. Jayport Princess was second with Muscle Girl edging out Diamonds For Life for third. Dr. Peter Johnston of Cavan, Ontario, trains the homebred he co-owns with fellow breeder Watkins Equine of Newcastle. Unraced last year at two, the daughter of Pegasus Spur, a half-sister to $520,000 winner Watkins, was recording her second win in 17 starts this year. I Jasmin refused to give up the rail spot in the third division, hitting the first marker in :28.2. She continued on top for Denis St Pierre and trotted by the half in :58.2 and three-quarters in 1:27.1. She managed to get to the wire in front in 1:57.2 with a blanket finish of fillies a half length behind her. Wawona and Dream Act took second and third spots. Ming Siu of Richmond, BC, bred and owns the winner, a daughter of Muscle Mass trained by Michael Bourgeois. This was her first sophomore win. This group will meet next on September 2 at Mohawk. To view the complete results from tonight’s races, please click Rideau Results - August 24. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

Six $18,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots dashes for harness racing rookie trotting colts and geldings were the marquee events on Saturday night (August 16) at Georgian Downs. The first three races on the card were all Grassroots races, and driver Trevor Henry won all of them to get his night started off on the right foot. Henry won the opener with Kadabrasnewrecruit in 2:01.4. Racing over a surface left sloppy and two seconds off due to rain, Kadabrasnewrecruit came from well off-the-pace to gain the lead in the stretch and then stepped away to win by two and a half lengths over Angels Kid (Keith Oliver). Muscles All Over (Eddie Green) finished third. Trainer Bob McIntosh of Windsor, Ont. owns Kadabrasnewrecruit, a gelded son of Kadabra. Kadabrasnewrecruit, who was bred by Tymal Farms, broke his maiden in his second attempt, and he has now earned $13,500. He’s the fifth foal out of the Mr Lavec mare Keystone Alberta, who was third in the $100,000 Grassroots final when she was a two-year-old. Olympic Son then gave Henry the double, leading through panels of :30, 1:01.2, and 1:32.1 on his way to a four and three-quarter length victory in 2:02.1. Parkhill Lancelot (Steve Byron) crossed the finish line in second, but was off-stride in doing so, and following a judges’ inquiry, he was moved back to third, elevating original third-place finisher Covert Operative (Per Henriksen) to runner-up status. Paul Reid trains Olympic Son, a colt by Majestic Son, for owner/breeder Bob Key of Leechburg, Pennsylvania. Olympic Son picked up his first win from three attempts and he has now put away $13,320. The winner is the second foal out of the Yankee Glide mare Graceful Sister ($104,714). Snapshot Springs overcame post nine to give Henry the hat trick. Snapshot Springs had command through splits of :29.4, 1:01.4, and 1:33.1 en route to a 2:03.1 triumph. Numbers Game (Kevin Sizer) came in second, beaten a length and a half by the winner, and Jayport All Muscle (Keith Oliver) nabbed third. The Striking Sahbra-Spring Photo gelding is owned and bred by trainer Richard and Regina Beinhauer of Venetia, Pennsylvania. The win was his second (consecutive) in five starts and lifted his earnings to $22,500. In other action, Mandeville now leads the Grassroots point standings for the group after a 2:01.3 tally in the fifth Grassroots flight with Scott Coulter driving. He also went all the way on the lead, clicking off fractions of :30.4, 1:02, and 1:31 before he trotting a :30.3 final kicker to prevail by one and a quarter lengths over Stormont Wizard (Oliver). Top Dollar (Byron) collected third. Trainer Wayne Langille of Harley, Ont. also co-owns the victorious Majestic Son gelding with Brett Burleigh of Paris, Ont. Mandeville, who has won three times in Grassroots competition and banked $31,500, was bred by Dr. John Brown of Granton, Ont. and was purchased for $10,000 at last year’s Canadian Yearling Sale. Mandeville is the fifth foal out of the Yankee Paco mare My Charmer, making him a half-brother to Grassroots winner Momentous (Mr Lavec). Coulter also clicked in the Grassroots nightcap with Call Me Richard. Call Me Richard circled from third to first after the :30-second opening quarter, and after he reached the half in :59.1 and the three-quarters in 1:30.3, he romped to a 12 length decision in 2:01.3. Ontheroad De Vie (Robby Robinson) was next, followed by Concept (Oliver). Call Me Richard, who picked up his other career win in Grassroots action on July 12 at Georgian Downs, is trained by Clare Bradshaw. Andrea Arthur of Scotland, Ont. owns Call Me Richard, whose dam is Andover Hall mare Olympic Dreams. Call Me Richard, now an earner of $23,940, was bred by Tri Star Farms Ltd. of Brantford, Ont. and was hammered down for $11,500 at last year’s Canadian Yearling Sale. The other Grassroots winner was El Diablo Hall and Keith Oliver, who led at the :29.4 opening quarter, the 1:00.2 half, and the 1:31 three-quarters in the fourth Grassroots race. He had a stern challenge from pocket-sitter Freddie (Trevor Henry) through the lane, but El Diablo Hall held sway, prevailing by a head in 2:00.4. Now Thats Scary (Wayne Henry) finished third. Tony Montini trains the winner, a Windsong Espoir gelding, for Ontario owners Albina Montini of Acton, Paul Giammichele of Burlington, and Rick Podolinsky of Alvinston. Dale Hunter of London, Ont., the former head coach of the National Hockey League’s Washington Capitals, also co-owns El Diablo Hall, who has now won six times from seven tries and banked $26,000. He’s the third foal out of the Andover Image mare EL Mistress Chesea, meaning he’s a half-brother to multi-time Grassroots winner Erin Hall. The next Grassroots event for two-year-old colt and gelding trotters will take place on September 6 at Hanover Raceway. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

Last year’s two-year-old trotting filly of the year in Canada, Riveting Rosie, recorded her first 2014 victory in the second of two $105,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold divisions for three-year-old harness racing trotting fillies tonight at Grand River Raceway. A winner of $468,000 last year, the daughter of Muscle Mass had a rough start to her three-year-old season when she cut both of her back legs fairly seriously this spring and it took her awhile to recover from those injuries. Given her impressive effort tonight, she now seems to be fully healed. It was a compact group in her division with just five fillies competing. The simply named Margie and Sylvain Filion controlled the tempo early, hitting the opening panel in :29.2 and the half in :59.1. As the field trotted down the backside Paul MacDonell pulled the right line on Riveting Rose from third and she took over by the three-quarters in 1:29.2. Riveting Rosie opened up to win comfortably in 1:58.1 over Miss Liv and Stormont Kate, both daughters of Kadabra. For Rosie it was her first win in eight tries this year for trainer John Bax of Peterborough who co-owns with J and T Stable of Newmarket, Don Allensen of Wyoming and John Hayes of Sharon, Ontario. Tonight’s efforts put Rosie’s life earnings over $550,000. Bred by Schare Adams of Kentucky, Rosie was a $17,000 yearling at the Lexington Select Sale. In the first division three fillies were determined to control the tempo and were three wide early with White Becomes Her, the furthest wide, gaining the top by the first quarter in :27 for Mario Baillargeon. She had a breather in the next quarter, hitting the half mile marker in :57 and trotted by the three-quarters in 1:27 but was collared midway down the stretch by Sweetie Hearts and Jody Jamieson who hit the wire first in 1:57.4. Mayberry managed to nip White Becomes Her for second. It was the second win in 10 tries this year for the daughter of Angus Hall trained by Ron Parsons for owner/breeder Bob Key of Pennsylvania. The filly hails from one of Key’s top maternal families as her second dam is a sister to American Winner ($1.3 million), Super Pleasure ($827,000), etc. It’s also the immediate family of Ontario-sired Harper Blue Chip who finished third in this year’s Hambletonian. This group now has more than a month off before their next Gold test on September 21 at Flamboro. To view the full results from tonight’s card click here.   Ontario Sire Stakes

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 11, 2014 -- Ballare Hanover garnered her first harness rcing career stake victory by following cover and brushing through the slop late to score in 1:58.1, fastest division in Monday's $60,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series stake at The Meadows. The event for 3-year-old filly trotters was contested over three divisions, with Mariah De Vie and Silent Opera K taking the other splits. Tony Hall enjoyed a stake double behind Ballare Hanover and Silent Opera K among his five wins on the 16-race card. Although Ballare Hanover had won four of 11 previous starts, she had come up short in stakes. That ended Monday when she used the first-over cover of Czech It Out to get into striking position, then erased a 2-length deficit in the lane to overtake the leader, Steppin Out, and down her by a neck. Donato's Dream was third. "If you can get her through the first quarter, she's pretty versatile; she can take the air," Hall said. "Adios Day, I got her to the gate a step too quick, and she ran, so I really had to feed her in. She started to shorten up late -- I was worried halfway down the stretch -- but it all worked out." Marcus Marashian trains Ballare Hanover, a daughter of Broadway Hall-Box Of Dreams, and owns with Michelle Amric, and Lou DiPaolo. Mariah De Vie's cover wasn't quite so accommodating. She and Dave Palone were following Nitro Nittany when the 1-5 favorite tired suddenly into the final turn, forcing Mariah De Vie wide prematurely. "I thought, 'I can't screw up this game plan -- just follow Nitro Nittany because she looks to be the best,'" Palone said. "I loved the game plan at the quarter, I loved it at the half. When my cover stalled, I didn't know if my filly could handle it. But she gave me a good fight, and I was happy with her." The daughter of Cantab Hall-Nordicdish persevered and prevailed in 1:58.4 for trainer Henrik Lundell and owner Joie de Vie farm. The pocket-sitting Westfiftyfirst was second, 2-1/2 lengths back, while Passing Jetta earned show. Silent Opera K wore down Outsourced Hanover in a stretch-long duel and edged her rival by a nose in 1:58.2. Super Swifty rallied for show. "We were racing her in bigger races, and she needed a little class relief," said Rich Gillock, who conditions the homebred daughter of Broadway Hall-American Frost for Bob Key. "Fortunately today, the mile was to her liking, and everything worked out. We'll try to pick some spots and do some good with her." Dan Rawlings and Palone each fashioned a three-bagger on the program. Tuesday's card features a $199,994 Pennsylvania Sires Stake for 3-year-old filly trotters headlined by the stablemates Lifetime Pursuit, upset winner of the Hambletonian Oaks, and Shake It Cerry, last year's Dan Patch Award winner who has banked more than $1 million in her career. First post  is 12:55 PM. Evan Pattak

$75,000 Gov. David L. Lawrence, 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pacers Yankee Bounty stayed undefeated in his four-race career with a victory in 1:51.3, a stake record. Although parked from post 8 for about one-half mile, Yankee Bounty thoroughly dominated his split, drawing off to win by 7-1/4 lengths. Cooperstown and Lone Survivor completed the ticket. Kevin Lare trains the Yankee Cruiser-Bootleg Yankee gelding for Frank Chick. Too Darn Hot, who had been toughened in New Jersey Sires Stakes competition, trailed the loose leader, UF Larry Alltheway, by 4-1/2 lengths at the three-quarters before his greater experience kicked in. He tracked the leader down and edged him by a neck at the wire in 1:53.3 for Yannick Gingras, with Hall of Terror third. "I figured the leader would come back to me at some point," Gingras said. "At that point, my hands were tied. If I chased him into a big quarter, that wouldn't do my colt any good. I trained him once -- he's a big colt, and I thought he would be a top colt. It's taken him a little longer." Ron Burke trains Too Darn Hot, a son of Rocknroll Hanover-Kiss Me Kate, for Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stables, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Larry Karr. Rich Wisdom moved from sixth for cover and drew off to break his maiden in 1:53.1 for Matt Kakaley and give Burke a Gov. Lawrence double. My Hero Ron was second, 3 lengths back, while Denslow Hanover earned show. "He's gotten better every start," Burke said of his $25,000 yearling purchase. "I think he's a good colt, not a great colt, so probably this is where he fits. He has a lot of stakes this year. He might be the kind who does good at Lexington; he seems to be long winded." Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, JJK Stables and Phillip Collura campaign Rich Wisdom. $55,352 Ned McCarr, 3-Year-Old Filly Trotters   Donatella Hanover didn't move crisply first over when initially asked, but she found her best stride late and scored in 1:56.1 for Brett Miller, trainer Jimmy Takter and owner Christinatakterandthekids. The rallying Dancing Dynamite fell a neck short, with Jessie's Song third.   "She was really locked on the left line today, and I was having a hard time keeping her along the pylons," Miller said of the daughter of Cantab Hall-On The Glide. "The last half of the mile when we really started going fast, she straightened out. This filly is game. She kept fighting and didn't give up." Broadway Socks had little trouble wiring her field for her ninth victory in 17 lifetime starts, although winning driver Dan Rawlings indicated she might not have been at her best. "I didn't like the way she scored down, and I was actually planning on being a little bit conservative with her," Rawlings said. "But nobody came, and she's just a gutsy filly. I didn't have to work her that hard anywhere in the mile." She scored in 1:56.2, 1-1/2 lengths ahead of the pocket-sitting Global Magic. Travelin Dream earned show. David Wade trains the daughter of Broadway Hall-I Gotta Feelin and owns with Gerald Brittingham and William F. Peel III. $65,310 James Manderino, 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trotters Skates N Plates, clearing to the lead by the quarter despite the outside 8-hole, was allowed to skate to the half in 58.3 during his division of the $65,310 Arden Downs 3-year-old colt & gelding trot, then scooted home in 57.1 to hold off Lightning Lane shooter Frost Free Hanover at the end of his 1:55.4 mile. Dave Palone handled the Revenue S colt for trainer Trond Smedshammer and owner/breeder Bob Key. Wheelsandthelegman, driven by Dick Stillings, set the pace, then rebuffed the last-quarter challenge of 1-5 favorite Il Sogno Dream to equal the 1:54.1 stake record of SJ's Caviar in the other division. The Donato Hanover gelding was unraced at 2, but he's making up for lost time in 2014, as he is now 6 for 7 for trainer Walter Carroll and owner Beth Carroll. $75,000 Mary Lib Miller, 2-Year-Old Filly Pacers Angel Or Terror is now two-for-three lifetime, and three-for-three in good performances, after winning the first of two divisions of the $75,000 Arden Downs 2-year-old filly pace. Driver Jason Brewer never looked back with the Jim Dailey-trained daughter of Western Terror, getting a cheap half and then sprinting home in 56.4-28 to complete the 1:55.2 win. Angel Or Terror adds this triumph to the 1:55.4 maiden victory and the hard-luck third after going first-over on her brief resume for the ownership combine of Dailey, Carlo and Down The Lane Stables. "She hadn't been on the front before," Dailey said of his $5,200 yearling acquisition. "If she didn't get lost, I felt pretty confident. I only plan to race her six or seven times. She's growing pretty good, and she'll make a nice 3-year-old if I don't beat her up." Hot Chica Boomba rewarded Daddy Dewdrop fans with a closing victory in 1:54.4 in the other freshman filly pace cut. The daughter of The Panderosa broke her maiden by following favored Melanies Sharkette, going past her in mid-stretch, then holding off Half Past Seven for driver Aaron Merriman, trainer Jim Arledge Jr. and owner Winchester Baye Acres Inc. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

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