The $150,000 Battle of Lake Erie has drawn an impressive field of eight horses [field summary below] and goes postward this Saturday evening, July 19 as Northfield Park's twelfth race. Approximate post time for this event is 11:00 p.m. The Battle is a contest for North America's top open pacers. Superfecta wagering has been added to Saturday's twelfth race, the Battle feature. Saturday's first race post time is 6:00 p.m. Since its inception in 1986, the Battle of Lake Erie has drawn the best veteran pacers the sport has to offer. Past Battle Champions include racing greats Falcon Seelster, Quite A Sensation, Jaguar Spur, Dorunrun Bluegrass, Cambest, Riyadh, Gallo Blue Chip and Maltese Artist. Foiled Again has drawn post 7 in Saturday's feature and has been named the 3-1 slight morning-line favorite by Northfield Park Executive Vice President of Racing and Simulcasting, Dave Bianconi. Foiled Again will appear in the Battle an unprecedented six times, and Saturday will reveal if he is successful in becoming the first horse in Northfield Park history to win this event three times. The 10 year-old son of Dragon Again (2000 Battle Champion) won in 2009 and 2011, joining Jaguar Spur (winner in 1988-89), Peruvian Hanover (winner in 2002-03) and Maltese Artist (winner in 2005 and 2007) as the only four horses to win the Battle of Lake Erie twice. Age does not seem to be slowing Foiled Again. He has paced his last four races in under 1:50. Foiled Again is trained by Ronald Burke and has garnered 80 career victories and sports earnings of $6,313,068. Those career earnings rank him as the richest pacer in the history of harness racing. The 2014 $150,000 Battle of Lake Erie Field: #1 - Night Pro enters this race with a six-race win streak, the last four all being paced sub-1:50, and earnings of $308,929. He is the son of Pro Bono Bests (Sire of Bono Bests, 2008 Battle of Lake Erie champion). His dam, Midnight Jewel was a standout race mare at Northfield Park and throughout the Midwest. This four year-old has won 21 of 28 career starts and is 9 of 11 this year. He makes his second local appearance. He won his career debut here in a $2,000 NW1 in 1:57.4 in March of last year. Dale Decker of Temperance, Michigan owns and trains this horse, who has been terrorizing his competition in Michigan and Indiana. He has a career best of 1:49 (HoP 7/8) and Peter Wrenn, who won the Battle with Dare You To in 1991, has been given the driving assignment with a morning line of 4-1. #2 - Beach Memories is one of two sons of Somebeachsomewhere in this year's edition of the Battle of Lake Erie. He has won 11 of 39 career races, taking a 1:48.3 (ScD 5/8) mark and bankrolling $450,214. This four year-old is owned by the partnership of Strollin Stables of Marion, Ohio, AWS Stables of Lima, Ohio, King McNamara of Naples, Florida and Country Club Acres of Findlay, Ohio. Beach Memories is the winner of last year's $260,000 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes Final. He is conditioned in Delaware, Ohio by Brian Brown and was victorious in his most recent effort in the Buckeye State in a $20,000 Open at Scioto Downs in June. Brown has enlisted Northfield Park's leading driver, Josh Sutton, to drive this 15-1 morning line contender. #3 - Bolt The Duer sports career earnings of $1,770,095 and is one of three millionaires in this year's Battle of Lake Erie field. He has 54 lifetime starts and 20 career victories. He is a five year-old son of Ponder with a lifetime mark of 1:47.4 (Mea 5/8). Bolt The Duer is owned by All Star Racing, Inc. of Towaco, New Jersey and is trained by Peter Foley. This is the second local appearance for Bolt The Duer, who won the $130,000 Cleveland Classic here is 2012. His richest win came in the $500,000 Adios Final at The Meadows in 2012. He has been assigned a morning line of 7-2 and is scheduled to have the driving services of Canadian Mark Mac Donald. #4 - Clear Vision is one of two starters from the powerful barn of Ron Burke. He is owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC of Fredericktown, Pennsylvania, Weaver Bruscemi LLC of Canonsburg, Pennsylvania and The Panhellenic Stable Corp. of Oyster Bay, New York. He has won 25 and has been on the board in 80 of 151 career races, taking a 1:48.2 (TgDn 5/8) mark and bankrolling $1,912,868. 2014 marks Clear Vision's second Battle of Lake Erie appearance, finishing third in last year's edition. His richest victory was in the $223,500 Bobby Quillen Memorial Harrington Raceway in 2013. Burke has named Ohio-native Brett Miller to drive this 9-2 morning line competitor. #5 - Fool Me Once will start for Canadian owners Mark Austin Stables of Fergus, Ontario and Daniel Smith of London, Ontario. He has 16 career victories in 32 lifetime starts. This four year-old son of Art Major has career earnings of $654,371 and enters this race off of two straight wins at Mohawk, where he took his 1:48.1 lifetime mark. Fool Me Once is last year's New York Sires Stake Champion, winning the $225,000 final at Yonkers Raceway. This 6-1 morning line selection is trained by Mark Austin and is scheduled to be driven by North American leading driver, Aaron Merriman. #6 - Twilight Bonfire is owned by Robert Key of Leechburg, Pennsylvania. This four year-old has 49 career starts, winning 10 races. He has earned a 1:50.1 (Mea 5/8) lifetime mark and has career earnings of $965,140. Twilight Bonfire makes his second local appearance. He started as the favorite, but ended as the runner-up in last year's $126,000 Cleveland Classic. This Richard Gillock trainee's biggest win was at Dover Downs in the $165,975 Matron Stakes in 2012. Buckeye-native Tony Hall has been called upon to drive this 12-1 morning line starter #7 - Foiled Again is attempting to become the first horse to win this even three times and makes his sixth Battle of Lake Erie appearance. He won this event in 2009 and 2011, finished third in the 2010 and was second in this event in 2012. Ron Burke trains foiled Again for owners Burke Racing Stable of Fredricktown, PA, Weaver Bruscemi of Canonsburg, PA and JJK Stables of Fort Lauderdale, FL. Foiled Again has garnered 80 career victories and has been in the money 161 times in 210 career starts, earning a mark of 1:48 (PcD 5/8) and earnings of $6,313,068. Those career earnings rank him as the richest pacer in history. Yannick Gingras is scheduled to pilot this 3-1 slight morning line favorite. #8 - Apprentice Hanover is the 2013 Cleveland Classic Champion and makes his second local appearance. The $126,000 Classic also represents his richest triumph. He has 43 lifetime starts and 17 career victories. He is a four year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere with a lifetime mark of 149.4 (Mea 5/8) and career earnings of $824,675. Apprentice Hanover is owned by Bradley Grant of Milton, Ontario, Canada and is trained by Benjamin Wallace. He has been assigned a morning line of 10-1 and is scheduled to have the driving services of Dan Noble. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park
Harrington, DE --- Harrington Raceway’s 68th season of live harness racing will get underway Monday night (April 21) with a 15-race program scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m. There will be a hat giveaway (while supplies last) at 5 p.m. on the lower level of the grandstand, as well as $1 hot dogs and $1 live racing programs throughout the evening. Most of the track regulars are back in action including 2013 leading trainer Joe Hundertpfund, Jr. and leading drivers Ross Wolfenden and George Dennis, who finished in a deadlock last season. There is also a new face on the opening day program, as one of the leading drivers on the Yonkers Raceway circuit, Eric Goodell, will be in town competing in nine races. The featured $17,000 Open is carded sixth on the program and will wrap up the Pick-4 wager (races three-six). Cataway Racing Stable’s Lollipop Kid (2-1, Victor Kirby), who was claimed on February 27 at Dover Downs for $25,000, was installed as the morning line favorite on the heels of a lifetime best win in 1:49.1 at Dover. The wagering format will appear similar in years past to the Harrington faithful, as superfecta wagering will be available in all races but race three, the first leg of the Pick-4. Harrington’s signature race, the Bobby Quillen Memorial, will be held on Sept. 8 (eliminations if necessary) and Sept. 15 (final). Last year‘s event featured a stirring stretch duel from Clear Vision and Foiled Again with the former prevailing in a track record 1:49.2. Harrington will race on a Sunday through Wednesday schedule with the exception of closing night for the spring/summer season on July 3. There will be a hiatus until the annual Governor’s Night at the Races program on July 25, before the meet resumes on a Monday through Thursday schedule on August 18. Customers wishing to make clubhouse reservations are encouraged to do so by calling 302.398.5920. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway
April sustaining and nominating payments for Hambletonian Society stakes are due Tuesday, April 15, and per USTA Rule 12 section 4, must be postmarked by midnight on Wednesday, April 16. With the exception of the Bobby Quillen Memorial Pace at Harrington Raceway, the only payments due on April 15 are those that required previous payments in March. An additional $1,500 payment due April 15 has been added this year for continuing eligibility to the $500,000 Breeders Crown Pace and Trot to be raced Saturday, Nov 22 at Meadowlands Racetrack. The Historic Stake No. 47, the E. H. Harriman Cup for two-year-old trotting colts, originally scheduled for Monday, October 13 at Harrahs Philadelphia will now be raced on Sunday, October 12. Eligibility lists for races that had a final payment on February or March 15, 2014 are posted on the website. Race conditions, payment forms and much more information is now available online. For additional information call the Society offices at (609) 371-2211. Payments are due for the following stakes: Ben Franklin Breeders Crown Bobby Quillen Memorial Pace Carl Erskine (was Oliver Trot) 3-year-olds Earl Beal Jr Memorial Trot The Elevation 2-year-old Pacing Colts Dayton Derby 4 & Older Kentuckiana Stallion Mgt. Filly Pace & Trot (for 2YO Fillies) Madison County 2-year-olds (was Circle City) Matron Series (2-year-olds) Matron Series (3-year-olds) Carl Milstein Memorial 3-year-olds Monument Circle 3-year-olds By Moira Fanning, for the Breeders Crown
HARRINGTON, Del. - Harrington Raceway will race a total of 84 days in 2014, beginning its 68th year of live harness racing on April 21. Starting one day after Easter Sunday, the half-mile racetrack will race primarily on a Sunday through Wednesday schedule until July 3. The final night of the spring season (July 3) will take place on a Thursday. There will be no racing on Sunday June 29. The track's annual Governor's Day program, showcasing Delaware's top owned and bred horses in a battle for local bragging rights, will take place during the Delaware State Fair on July 24 (special 7 p.m. post time). Racing will resume on a Monday through Thursday schedule on August 18 until October 23. Contrary to previous years, qualifying races will be conducted on Wednesdays throughout the meet and will be drawn on Tuesdays. Harrington's signature race, the Bobby Quillen Memorial, will go postward with eliminations (if necessary) on September 8 and final on September 15. Last year's event featured a stirring stretch duel between aged pacing stalwarts Foiled Again and Clear Vision with the latter prevailing in a track record equaling 1:49.2. Dates for the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) 3-year-old races have been changed to begin on Sunday June 15 with the colt and gelding pacers heading the charge, followed by the filly pacers on June 16. The sophomore trotters will begin on June 17 as the fillies will be the first to hit the track, while the colt trotters will complete their first leg of stakes on June 18. For a detailed look at the stakes schedule, please click here. The first draw of the 2014 season is slated for Tuesday April 15. by Matt Sparacino for Harrington Raceway
HARRINGTON, Del. - Foiled Again's bid for a third Bobby Quillen Memorial title at Harrington Raceway just got a little tougher. The 9-year-old champion pacer drew post eight Tuesday afternoon in the 7th Annual $223,500 Bobby Quillen Memorial Final to be held Monday September 16. The Dragon Again gelding had an auspicious return to Delaware and registered his 71st career win in his elimination with a 1:49.4 score. Foiled Again (Yannick Gingras), the richest pacer of all-time with winnings in excess of $5.3 million, had his elimination win trumped only by his stablemate Clear Vision, who left flames over the Harrington half-mile with a track record-equaling 1:49.2 victory in his division. Clear Vision (Brett Miller) will start from post three. Clear Vision and Foiled Again will be joined by another Ron Burke-trainee, Escape the News (pp 7) in the final. The Quillen will go postward as the 10th race on a 13-race program that will feature a $7,500 guaranteed pick four pool beginning in race three. Here's a look at the draw for the Quillen field with final driver changes still pending until noon on Wednesday. $223,500 Bobby Quillen Memorial Final 1 - Mel Mara (Corey Callahan) 5/1 2 - Sapphire City (Ross Wolfenden) 6/1 3 - Clear Vision (Brett Miller) 2/1 4 - Mcerlean (Jim Morand) 8/1 5 - Dynamic Youth (Corey Callahan) 10/1 6 - Heston Blue Chip (Tim Tetrick) 4/1 7 - Escape the News (Matt Kakaley) 12/1 8 - Foiled Again (Yannick Gingras) 5/2 by Matt Sparacino for Harrington Raceway
HARRINGTON, Del. - Two divisions of eliminations were held in the 7th Annual Bobby Quillen Memorial at Harrington Raceway Monday. The fastest of the two splits went to Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, Panhellenic Stable and James Koran's Clear Vision ($3.60, Brett Miller), who took the second division in a track record equaling time of 1:49.2. Trained by Ron Burke, the 7-year-old Western Hanover gelding cleared pacesetter Michael's Power approaching three-quarters and drew away on the field for a dominant performance. Heston Blue Chip finished second, while Escape the News was third. Dynamic Youth finished fourth to secure his place in next week's final. Clear Vision recorded his 22nd career win and surpassed $1.55 million in career earnings. The mark equaled the track record set by 2012 Quillen champion Betterthancheddar. "The Burkes' have done a great job with this horse," said an elated Miller. "I think he's as sharp as he's ever been." Clear Vision's stablemate, Foiled Again ($2.80, Yannick Gingras), in pursuit of his 3rd Quillen victory, took the 2nd division with a 1:49.4 triumph. The 9-year-old Dragon Again gelding made the lead quickly from post five and strolled through fractions of 27.2, 55.3, 1:23.1 before scorching home in 26.3 for an easy win over Sapphire City, Mcerlean and Mel Mara. Foiled Again notched his 71st lifetime win and boosted his career earnings to more than $5.3 million, further eclipsing his status as the sport's richest pacer of all-time. The top four finishers from each division will return to compete in the $223,500 Final on Monday September 16. In the overnight feature, Doug Lewis-trained Mojo Terror ($3.60, Tim Tetrick) registered his fourth consecutive win in the $19,000 Open. Victor Kirby had a driving triple.
Clear Vision might be just now catching the eyes of harness racing fans after his dramatic stretch duel with A Rocknroll Dance in last weekend's Canadian Pacing Derby, but trainer Ron Burke said the 7-year-old gelding's recent good form is not a surprise to him. Although he has only two wins in 19 starts, Clear Vision has four second-place finishes in his last five races. He missed by a nose against A Rocknroll Dance in the Canadian Pacing Derby at Mohawk, timed in a track- and Canadian-record-equaling 1:47.2, one week after losing by a neck to A Rocknroll Dance in their CPD elimination. On Aug. 17, Clear Vision was second by a half-length to Bolt The Duer in the Joe Gerrity Jr. Memorial at Saratoga in a world-record-equaling 1:49 mile. Clear Vision's next start is Monday in the second of two eliminations for the Bobby Quillen Memorial at Harrington. Clear Vision, who won last year's Bettor's Delight and was second in the Molson Pace, was sidelined in July 2012 because of a suspensory injury and didn't return to the races until March. "People think he just got good, but he was good last year just before we had to quit with him," Burke said. "It just took longer than we thought it would to get him back rolling this year." Clear Vision has won 21 of 131 career races and earned $1.54 million, including $390,603 this season. The son of Western Hanover-Artistic Vision is a half-brother to 2010 Horse of the Year Rock N Roll Heaven. He will be driven in the Quillen elim by Brett Miller, who has been behind the horse in his last three starts. Clear Vision will start from post two in the six-horse field and is the 8-5 morning line favorite. "Brett has done a wonderful job with him," Burke said. "It's funny, the only driver who doesn't get along with him is Yannick (Gingras), and Yannick will admit to it. Yannick can't understand it. He's tried to do it different ways with him and he just doesn't seem to fire with Yannick." Gingras will drive Burke's Escape The News in the second Quillen elim, two races after driving 7-5 favorite Foiled Again in the first elim. Foiled Again, the richest pacer in harness racing history with $5.29 million in career earnings, was third in the Canadian Pacing Derby. Foiled Again, who this year at age 9 has won five of 20 and hit the board a total of 15 times, captured the Quillen in 2010 and 2011. He was the Pacer of the Year in 2011 and voted the best older male pacer in 2012. "He's been really good," Burke said. "In his last start he went in 1:47.3, which is the fastest he's ever paced in his life. Foiled has been racing as good or better than he ever has, there are just better horses right now. It's just that the 4-year-olds, which is what I said at the beginning of the year, have been so good. "It's hard to win. Last year, (1):47.3 with a 26-second final quarter wins the Canadian Pacing Derby. This year, it's third. The horses have just gotten better." Burke's Atochia also is in the first Quillen elimination, along with Sapphire City, McErlean and Dynamic Youth. In the second elim, Clear Vision and Escape The News are joined by Heston Blue Chip, Malak Uswaad N, Mel Mara and Michael's Power. The top four finishers from each elimination advance to the $223,500 final on Sept. 16. "They're short fields, but they're very equal fields," Burke said. "I don't think it looks to be a problem for Clear Vision or Foiled; they both should easily make the finals I think. Hopefully, we can get in all four." by Ken Weingartner
HARRINGTON, Del. - The 7th Annual Bobby Quillen Memorial at Harrington Raceway will get underway with two divisions in the elimination round on Monday September 9. A total of 11 horses enters this year's event, which was won by Betterthancheddar in a track record time of 1:49.2 in 2013. The top four finishers from the two divisions, will return to compete in the $223,500 Final on September 16. Two-time Quillen champion Foiled Again heads the first division, which is scheduled as the seventh race on the program. Harness racing's richest pacer of all-time, Foiled Again will start from post five in a five horse field and will be challenged by stablemate Atochia, Sapphire City, Mcerlean and Dynamic Youth. The second division (ninth race) features three millionaires, Linda Toscano-trained Heston Blue Chip, Ron Burke-trained Clear Vision, and Casie Coleman-conditioned Michael's Power. Hometown favorite Malak Uswaad N is the only horse in the field with a win over the track, after a sharp 1:52.3 triumph on Governor's Day during the Delaware State Fair. Ron Burke-trained Escape the News, and Tony Alagna-trained Mel Mara complete the second division. Final driver changes and morning line odds will be available at scratch time Wednesday at noon. The race is named in honor of the late long time Delaware legislator Bobby Quillen, who was a racetrack regular and always looked out for the best interest of horsemen. He was also a member of the Board of Directors at various organizations, including Harrington Raceway and the Delaware State Fair. by Matt Sparacino
HARRINGTON, Del. - Harrington Raceway's 67th year of live racing will resume Monday August 12 with a 13-race program. Patrons will be welcomed back with a hat giveaway in the lower grandstand beginning at 5 p.m. (while supplies last). Driver George Dennis maintains a slim lead (82 wins) over Ross Wolfenden (79) in the driver standings. Joe Hundertpfund Jr. (24) sits atop the trainer standings as brothers Wayne Givens (21) and Les Givens (20) are close behind. All of the aforementioned horsemen will be in action on Monday. Live racing will be conducted on a Monday through Thursday schedule through October 24. The track's signature event, the Bobby Quillen Memorial, will be held September 9 (eliminations) and September 16 (final). Horsemen are reminded that the entry box will close at 1 p.m. for the remainder of the meet. The popular "2-for-1" buffet in the clubhouse dining room will be back on Tuesdays during the meet. For clubhouse dining reservations, please contact 302-398-5920. Matt Sparacino
Harrington Raceway has lowered the amount of its sole nominating payment for the harness racing track's signature race, the Bobby Quillen Memorial.
Just two days after four-year-old New York-bred superstar Betterthancheddar set a world record for four-year-old pacers on a half-mile track winning the $216,500 Bobby Quillen Memorial in 1:49.2 at Harrington Raceway, Robert McIntosh Stables, C.S.X. Stables and DM Stables' Shelliscape set a world record for three-year-old filly pacers on a half-mile track of 1:50.3 at Delaware, Ohio, in the second harness racing division of the first heat of the Jugette Wednesday afternoon.
Some of harness racing's heavyweights among the aged pacing ranks will do battle in tonight's $216,500 6th Annual Bobby Quillen Memorial at Harrington Raceway.
Cue singer Andy Williams. When the calendar turns to September, it's the most wonderful time of the year for Foiled Again. The richest pacer in North American harness racing history, with $4.37 million in career purses, Foiled Again is 2-for-2 in September as he gets ready for next Monday's $216,500 Bobby Quillen Memorial at Harrington Raceway.
The final for the 6th Annual Bobby Quillen Memorial at Harrington Raceway on September 17 was drawn Tuesday afternoon (September 4). Since the prescribed amount of harness racing entries to require eliminations was not met, there will be no eliminations and one dash for the cash for the $216,500 purse will be held with a highly competitive group of five horses which boast a staggering lifetime earnings total of nearly $10 million.
As a final reminder to harness racing horsemen that made the April 15 nominating payment into the Bobby Quillen Memorial, the purse structure for the 7th Annual Bobby Quillen Memorial at Harrington Raceway has been adjusted.
The harness racing purse structure for the seventh annual Bobby Quillen Memorial at Harrington Raceway has been adjusted.