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Pompano Beach, FL...January 30, 2017...My Revenuer, again superbly handled by harness racing driver Brad Kramer, got back on track to his winning ways at Pompano Park on Monday night, scoring a handy win in the popular "Over-The-Hill Gang" Trot. The ultra-game nine year-old gelded son of Revenue S, used a backstretch blitz from fourth and swept into the lead a eight-of-a-mile later and then went on to score a 3¼ length decision over the late charging Ramzan (Mike Simons), who was eventually placed back to fifth, the result of a long miscue in the final stages. Bad Angel (Tom Jackson), third under the line, was moved up a notch to the place spot, while She's All In (Rick Plano) also gained a spot to officially wind up third. Adenium also was place up a spot to fourth while Ramzan had to settle for fifth money in the field of six. At the outset, Bad Angel was on the engine from her outside six post to take command early and stop the timer at the quarter in :28. That mare continued to lead last a rated half in :57.2 as My Revenuer tilted out from fourth and blitzed forward, taking command with authority and taking the field by the third station in 1:25.3--his third quarter clocked in :27.3. In the lane, Kramer was just a passenger as My Revenuer cruised home an ever-so-easy winner, stopping the clock in 1:55.3. After the event, Kramer related, "ya know, this horse has been on a terror lately, winning four of his last five. And the one he lost, he was out a long way on that very windy night and just did miss. "Tonight, we got away in good order and, on the backside, I gave him one 'chirp' and off he went. "This Over-The-Hill Gang class is a very tough group of trotters. They may be a little past their prime, but they can still put on a show. "Like I said last week, the only thing I'd like to change on this horse is the ownership because I would really love to own one like this. "Tom (trainer Petri) has him sharp as a tack and he's stayed that way for a good, long time. I love driving him!" In winning for the third time in four starts this year, My Revenuer now has $11,375 on his 2017 card and $241,934 lifetime. As the 3 to 5 tote-board favorite, My Revenuer paid $3.20 to his multitude of backers. Racing continues at Pompano Park on Tuesday night with Tater Twister looking to score a repeat victory in the $12,000 Open Handicap Trot. Mike Simons is expected back in the bike behind the 9 to 5 morning line favorite. Ruddy Rusty, Gold Savage, Massive Lightning and Diamond Dagger complete the talented trotting field. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park      

Pompano Beach, FL...January 16, 2017...The nine year-old Revenue S gelding My Revenuer proved he's not so "Over-The-Hill" as he captured his fourth straight win in Pompano Park's "Over-The-Hill Gang" trot for harness racing eight year-olds and up. Driven by Brad Kramer for owner-trainer Tom Petri, My Revenuer wired together three identical panels of :28.4 to kick things off before a closing panel of :29 sealed the deal as he crossed the line in 1:55.2, pinning a 4¼ length defeat on the late charging 13 year-old gelding Rush N Supreme, handled by Mitchell "Sky" Walker. Ramzan, with Andy Santeramo controlling the lines, was third after a brief first up bid on the backside while PC's Wildcard, prominent through the mile, wound up fourth and last in the quartet. After the race, the soft-spoken Kramer said, "talk about a gamer, this one is all gamer. The first time I drove him this meet he had the nine post and made a break leaving but he recovered to get a check, so he showed me something that night. "Since then, he's been very sharp winning four of his last five--now five of this last six after tonight. "Ya know, he can really cover some ground from off the pace but, last week, I wanted to get him in the game early from an outside post and he proved to me that he can race any way. "Tonight, in the short field, and since Tom (trainer Petri) has him so sharp, I thought I'd get him to the top and he was solid all the way, never let up a step until it was all over!" "The only thing I would like to change on him is the owner...because I'd like to own him. He's a great old bird." My Revenuer won for the 31st time during his career spanning 180 starts pushing his lifetime bounty to $237,059. Off officially at 1 to 10, My Revenuer paid $2.20 to win. The win for Kramer, incidentally, pushed his lifetime total to 7,983--only 17 away from the coveted 8,000 milestone. Racing continues on Tuesday night with Tater Twister seeking his fourth consecutive win in the $12,000 Open Handicap Trot. Despite being assigned the outside seven post, Tater Twister has been installed as the 5 to 2 morning line favorite and will have the driving services of Mike Simons, handling the lines for trainer Mike Murphy. Pompano Park will also offer a $10,000 guaranteed pool on the Pick-4, which carries a minimal takeout of 12%. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park  

Pompano Beach, FL...February 2, 2016...My Revenuer, again handled by Brad Kramer, scored his second straight harness racing victory in Pompano Park's Open Trot, this one with an enhanced purse of $15,000. The eight year-old altered son of Revenue S used identical tactics as in last week's win, lolly-gagging at the back of the pack early before beginning his jaunt forward around turn two and grinding forward until the job was done-inside the sixteenth pole-stopping the timer in 1:54. Royal Max, making his Pompano Park debut, finished second, three-parts-of-a-length away for George Napolitano, Jr., while Winding Hill finished third for John MacDonald, almost four lengths away. Cashahallic, last halfway through the mile, finished fourth and She's All In picked up the nickel in talented sextet of trotters. At the outset, it was Uriel leaving with alacrity from the outside post to take command early with She's All In settling in the garden spot and Royal Max third on the outside and gunning for the top spot and reaching the lead after an opening panel of :27.1. Royal Max continued to lead the way past the half in :56 and still enjoyed the top spot-although seeing pressure from Winding Hill-past the third station in 1:24.1. Meanwhile, My Revenuer was following Winding Hill and, turning for home, was in full throttle as he collared the leaders in deep stretch. After the event, driver Brad Kramer said, "this was another dream trip for this horse. He was very sharp in last week's win and maybe even a bit sharper this week as the half was a bit slower than last week but the mile a couple of ticks faster. Trained by Leopold Sawyers for owner Tom Petri, My Revenuer won for the 24th time in his career to send his lifetime bounty to $198,827. My Revenuer rewarded his faithful with a $7.60 mutuel as second choice in the betting. In the $10,000 co-featured trot, Escuela, handled by Ed Hensley, returned to her form of late last season by circling up from far back halfway through the mile to score a photo finish win over favorite Sailer Eddie, driven by Kevin Wallis, in 1:55.3. Lexxis D J, prominent the entire route for Steve Condren, finished third while Diamond Dagger and Mckenzie's Star earned the minors. It was Sailer Eddie cutting the fractions of :27.4; :57.1 and 1:26.4 as Escuela dawdled back in seventh through the opening two panels before marching forward on the backside and tilting three wide around the final turn to get into contention turning for home. From there, as Hensley put it, "she just kept grinding forward until she got it done." He added, "She was good last week, too, but was going so fast she made a break turning for home. She was perfect tonight!" Owned by the Hensleys-trainer Ashley and driver Ed-Escuela, a six year-old daughter of ABC Garland, earned her first win of the year and 23rd lifetime to send her career earnings to $173,226. As fourth choice in the win pool at 5 to 1, Escuela paid $13.60. Other noteworthy trotting miles on Tuesday night were recorded by Lucid Thoughts and Lugar. Lucid Thoughts pushed his lifetime bounty over the $250,000 with a 1:55.1 win for trainer-driver John MacDonald-the eight year-old, owned by the J P Stables, winning for the 25th time during a career spanning 164 starts. As the 3 to 5 favorite, Lucid Thoughts paid $3.20 to win. Gold Savage finished second for Mickey McNichol while Selena picked up the show honors for Kevin Wallis. Highland Yankee and Crazy About NY also picked up monetary awards in the field of eight. Lugar, trained by Mark Friedman for the Polo Stables, picked up career win number 29 with a very sharp win in 1:56 for driver Mickey McNichol. Making a confident quarter move to the front, Lugar easily repelled Shawnee Magic (Tom Jackson) and Skyway Pippen (Dave Ingraham) to score by two lengths, sending his career bankroll to $227,466. Benns Score Keeper finished fourth while Nomad finished fifth in the field of nine. Lugar returned a mutual of $5.20 as second choice in the field. OPEN MARES PACING SERIES DRAWS 15 AT POMPANO Pompano Park’s Late Closing Pacing Series for mares gets underway on February 13 with a total of 15 nominations for the four race series which concludes with an $75,000 (est.) final on March 5. Among the entrants are Velocity Vespa, Just A Bee, Godiva Seelster, Show Runner, Totally Rusty, Sensational Gabby A and Fancy Desire. Velocity Vespa, trained by Chris Oakes for owner Susan Oakes, is on a roll with five consecutive victories—the last three in the top Open class for mares here. A winner of $190,487, this six year-old daughter of I Scoot Hanover sports a lifetime mark of 1:50.4 taken earlier this year at Pompano Park. Just A Bee, a 15 race winner in 2015, has a 1:50.3 race record at Pompano and has earned $157,515 of her lifetime total of $278,731 since being claimed back in September of 2014 for $12,000. Mike Micallef trains Just A Bee, a daughter of Mr Feelgood, for Anita Micallef, John Mc Goff and Greg Heath. The amazing Godiva Seelster is just beginning her 2016 season after a short vacation and looks to continue her streak of earning purse checks, now standing at 72 races over the past three seasons. Owned by Paul and Patricia O’Neil, the Dan Hennessey trained six year-old daughter of Camluck has a mark of 1:50.4 at Pompano Park and $219,717 in earnings. Show Runner, a six year-old daughter of Little Steven, is a newcomer to Pompano Park with lifetime earnings of $280,330 to go along with a Pocono Downs mark of 1:50.3. A winner of 41 of 78 lifetime starts, Show Runner is trained by Mike Watson for A Piece of the Action LLC. Totally Rusty, also new to the Pompano Park scene, is a four year-old daughter of Rusty’s For Real owned by the Let It Ride Stables along with Dana Parham. Although lightly raced, Totally Rusty has a 14-2-1 scorecard in 24 career starts and $302,404 in bounty to go along with a three year-old mark of 1:50.3. Sensational Gabby A is, thus far, the richest performer of the nominees with $717,093 in earnings--$688,893 of that on foreign soil. Owned by Allard Racing along with Yves Sarrazin and Kapildeo Singh, this eight year-old daughter of Yankee Sensation is trained by Rene Allard and sports a 1:52.2 mark over the Yonkers Raceway half mile oval shortly after arriving in the United States last summer. Fancy Desire, also from the Allard Stable, is a five year-old daughter of Real Desire and owns a 1:49 mark at Pocono Downs. She has a bankroll of $463,810 thus far in her career measuring 55 starts. Classic Carpet, Limelight, Lucy’s Pearl, Mach It A Par, Sandysgoldenhour, Strut My Stuff and Wild Wanda complete the very talented nominees. The Isle Casino Late Closing Series for Mares gets underway on February 13 and continues on February 20 and February 27—each leg guaranteed with a purse of $12,500—with the March 5 final featuring an estimated purse of $75,000. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...January 26, 2016...In an evenly matched septet featuring a pair of 5 to 2 chances on the harness racing tote-board and two others at 3 to 1, it was a 19 to 1 outsider-My Revenuer-that upset the applecart in Pompano Park's $12,500 Open Handicap Trot on Tuesday night. The eight year-old gelded son of Revenue S, handled this night by Brad Kramer, avoided trouble around the final turn by ducking inside of two "breakers" and closed fastest of all to nail the victory in a photo finish, stopping the timer in 1:54.3. She's All In, with Rick Plano in the bike, was second while Uriel, teamed up with George Napolitano, Jr., finished third after cutting panels of :27.3, :55.3 and 1:25 along the way. Sailer Eddie finished fourth while Cashahallic finished fifth after vying for the lead through those fast two opening fractions. When the Hummer Starting Gate left the station, She's All In was away with alacrity with Uriel also away in good order but intent on the lead as Cashahallic was charging up from his outside post. As the battle ensued up front throughout that opening half between Uriel and Cashahallic, She's All In was content in third with Sailer Eddie fourth. On the backside, Escuela went brushing up followed by Winding Hill-the slight favorite. At the third station in 1:25, Escuela moved to within a length of the leader but made a miscue, bothering Winding Hill in the process. That's when Kramer ducked to the inside of the breakers before steering My Revenuer widest of all in the lane, nailing the win in the final few yards. In a post-race interview, driver Brad Kramer said, "I thought I might have a chance off that :55.3 half because My Revenuer doesn't like to leave all that well and likes that kind of pace. "When Travis' mare (Escuela) made that break, it took MacDonald's horse (Winding Hill) out of it and I luckily ducked inside to avoid all of that and even save some ground, too. Turning for home, he seemed locked and loaded and motored down the lane pretty good! "He went a big, big mile." Trained by Leopold Sawyers for owner Tom Petri, My Revenuer won for the initial time in 2016 and 23rd time career-wise sending his lifetime bounty to $191,327. The victory was also worth $41.20 to those who invested $2 on the winner. As if a 19 to 1 chance was not "long" enough, the 20 to 1 outsider Ex King, driven by trainer Rick Plano, came from far back to take top honors in the $9,500 co-feature trot, completing the one mile journey in a lifetime best 1:55. The six year-old altered son of CR Excalibur, owned by Colene Lameyer, won for the second time this year in four starts with this 14th win lifetime sending his career bounty to $186,574. Pointe Of Inquiry, handled by Wayne Henry, was a neck back in second after taking a very short lead late while Goldstar Classic, driven by Wally Hennessey, was just another nose back in the three horse photo. Lexis D J, taking the lead after a :27.3 opener, finished fourth after carding subsequent panels of :56.1 and 1:25.2 while Caviart Griffin finished fifth in the octet. After the race, driver Rick Plano related, "You know, early in this horse's career, he loved the front end but, ever since I have had him, he likes to be off the pace. Only one time did I ever put him on the lead and he won off a half in :59 and a piece. "Now, he likes to relax early and can almost sense a quick pace. "He got one tonight and he rolled home like he always does." Ex King rewarded his faithful with a $43.60 mutuel. Racing continues on Wednesday night with post time at 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

A pair of Hanover Stakes for three-year-olds shared top billing on the Saturday program at Balmoral Park. A total of 14 sophomore pacing fillies were dropped into the box necessitating a split into a pair of $22,750 divisions while a total of eight pacing colts were sent postward for a purse of $37,600. The fillies kicked things off with Burke Racing Stables, Weaver Bruscemi, Frank Baldachino & Lawrence Karr's U R It BB's posting a 2 ¼ length victory in a career best of 1:51.4 for driver Casey Leonard. Given a perfect steer by Balmoral's leading driver the daughter of Always A Virgin--U Neek B B sat second while a headstrong Kayla Grace (Brad Kramer) showed the way through an opening quarter in 28.1. After grabbing command midway down the backside, Leonard elected to let a hard charging Hello My Dream (Dave Magee) go as the field rolled by the half-mile mark in 55.2. Sitting patiently In The Pocket as Hello My Dream and a first over Kayla Grace battled head and head around the far turn, Leonard had U R It BB perfectly positioned as the ladies hit the three-quarter-mile mark in 1:23.3. Maneuvering into the passing lane with a sixteenth of a mile to go the Ronnie Burke trained miss quickly moved into full flight finishing off the mile with a 28.0 final quarter to notch her first win in eight starts this season. One Jazzy Lady (Travis Seekman) rallied late to finish second while Kayla Grace held on for third. Sent off as the second choice in the wagering U R It BB returned $7.60, $4.20 & $3.20 while running her career slate to 5-6-3 in 19 starts with earnings of $207,923. In the second division Brent Hopper, James Davis & Kyle Gray's Platinum Spirit also used the passing lane to perfection as she came roaring through inside of her rivals to win by three-quarters of a length in a lifetime best of 1:52.0 for Kyle Wilfong. The diminutive daughter of Tell All---Platinum Hanover protected early position getting away third as Cuzimalegend (Travis Seekman) led the field through an opening quarter in 27.2. After a backside brush to the lead Wilfong and Platinum Spirit faced immediate pressure from Always Dee One (Ryan Anderson) as the field moved past the half-mile station in 55.1. After watching that rival clear on the final bend Platinum Spirit settled into the pocket nicely as Fox Valley Amanda (Dale Hiteman) came calling to challenge Always Dee One as the field hit the three-quarter-mile mark in 1:23.4. Hidden behind her bigger rivals, Platinum Spirit emerged at full speed as the passing lane opened up, zipping right by the embattled leaders to post her sixth win in 14 starts this year. Always Dee One finished a hard fought second while Cuzimalegend (Travis Seekman) was third. Unraced as a two-year-old Platinum Spirit now sports five wins, one second and three thirds in 14 starts with earnings of $33,385. The Ben Davis trained miss returned $18.80, $11.80 & $5.20 to her backers. In the colt match-up Erv Miller Stables and Bert Hochsprung's Dinner At The Met scored in impressive fashion as he came charging through the lane for John De Long to win by three-lengths in a lifetime best of 1:50.2. Reserved in the early going as Blooming Genius (Travis Seekman), Pumped Up Kicks (Todd Warren) and PQ Three (Ryan Anderson) all took turns leading the way through hotly contested splits of 26.4, 54.0 & 1:22.3, De Long finally made his move first over as the field neared the top of the stretch. Taking dead aim on the leaders the gelded son of Metropolitan--Grabbersome flew home in 27.4 to post his fifth win in 18 tries this season. PQ Three fought on gamely to hold on for second while Pumped Up Kicks was third. With the win Dinner At The Met who was unraced as a two-year-old now boasts a record of 5-2-3 in 18 starts with earnings of $70,875. Well supported at the betting windows the Ervin Miller trainee returned $5.00, $2.80 & $2.40. by Tom Kelley, for Balmoral Park  

Fiyonce and driver Josh Sutton pulled off a huge upset at odds of 23-1 in capturing the $110,000 Courageous Lady Pace for three-year-old fillies Friday at Northfield Park. It was the first harness racing Grand Circuit event of the year for fillies. The race favorite at 3-5, Kayla Grace,  undefeated and going for her 16th straight career win and had her owners pay $10,000 to supplement her to the race, finished dead last. It was Kayla Grace and driver Brad Kramer leaving from post three and taking early command from Shell Bell (Aaron Merriman) as the field raced to the opening quarter mile in :27. As they raced into the second turn, Sister Stroll and driver Ryan Stahl came first-over and that gave cover on the outside to A La Notte Hanover (Chris Page) as they raced to the half mile in :56.1. Entering the backstretch the second time, Sister Stroll started to gain ground on Kayla Grace as Brad Kramer pulled the ear plugs and had to urge his filly on to maintain the lead to the three-quarters in 1:25.1. Also on the move at that time was Mike Wilder, who took That Woman Hanover three-wide in an attempt to loop the field. And all the while there was Fiyonce and Josh Sutton keeping close to the action in last place. As they started down the stretch the final time, Kayla Grace began to tire as Sister Stroll collared her and started to pass her by. Then That Woman Hanover came charging by in mid stretch along with the late flying Fiyonce the fastest off all to score the victory by a head in 1:55.1. That Woman Hanover was second in the photo with Sister Stroll third. “For sure it feels good,” said Josh Sutton after the victory. “My horse was running out pretty good. I really couldn’t get her in gear at first. Mike (Wilder) got in front of me and then they all sorta pulled out and everything worked out great.” It was the second start this year and only second career win for Fiyonce. The daughter of Rocknroll Hanover from the Pandersoa mare, Fionavar Hanover, paid $48.60 to win for trainer Ron Burke and the Burke Racing Stable of Fredericktown, Pa. and co-owners Weaver Bruscemi of Canonsburg, Pa. The victory was one of four wins on the night for Josh Sutton, who had never driven the filly before. “Just absolutely thrilled,” said Mickey Burke “Josh did a great job with her and the mare responded well to him. I liked that she was able to track some good horses down. We are really happy with her. She is New Jersey sired so I think she will ship back East for their Sire Stakes.” By Steven Wolf, for

The $110,000 Courageous Lady has drawn an impressive field of six and goes postward this Friday evening, April 25 as Northfield Park's eleventh race. Approximate post time for this Grant Circuit event is 10:40 p.m. The race is an open contest for North America's top three-year-old-filly pacers and is the first national stake of 2013. Undefeated Kayla Grace has paid $10,000 to supplement to the race and has been named the 3-1 morning line favorite. She will face five rivals, including two fillies trained by North American leading trainer, Ron Burke. Burke is no stranger to winning major stake events over Northfield Park's Flying Turns. The 2014 $110,000 Courageous Lady Field: #1 - Shell Bell prepared for this race by qualifying twice and racing once at Hoosier Park. She won her second qualifier in 1:56.2 and was beaten just two lengths in her sophomore debut, pacing in 1:55.1. She is a daughter of Always A Virgin and was a winner in three of sixteen starts last year, taking a mark of 1:56.2 at Hoosier Park and earning $47,254. Shell Bell is Buckeye-owned by Dean Davis of Wooster and is trained by Steve Carter. She was assigned a morning line of 6-1 and is scheduled to have the driving services of the leading reinsman in North America, Aaron Merriman. #2 - Sister Stroll is a daughter of Art Official and won five of eleven races last year, taking a 1:54.1 mark at Harrah's Philadelphia. She is the richest filly in the race, bankrolling $102,617. She is owned by the partnership of Jennifer Brown, Strollin Stable, both of Ohio, and King McNamara of Florida. She is trained at the Delaware County Fairgrounds by Brian Brown. Sister Stroll shows two qualifiers this season at The Meadows, pacing in 1:58.3 and 1:54.3 respectively. She carries a 9-2 morning line. Ryan Stahl has been named to drive. #3 - Kayla Grace is undefeated and paid the $10,000 supplement to compete in this event. Owned by ECS Racing and Kevin St. Charles and trained by Marie St. Charles, Kayla Grace has been campaigned solely in Michigan. This daughter of He's All That has a fifteen for fifteen unblemished record and has garnered $69,227. Her 1:55.1 career best was paced at Hazel Park. Despite this being the first time she crosses the Michigan state line and faces open competition, she was named the 3-1 morning line favorite by Northfield Park Executive Vice President of Racing and Simulcasting, Dave Bianconi. Brad Kramer will be in her sulky. #4 - A La Notte Hanover, owned by Burke racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Frank Baldachino and Lawrence Karr, is one of two fillies in this race trained by Ron Burke. She has one start this year, finishing second and pacing in 1:52.2 at Meadowlands Racetrack. This daughter of Art Major has earnings of $76,584 and has won one of eight career starts, a 1:56.1 victory at Saratoga Raceway. Chris Page picks up the driving assignment aboard this 7-2 second favorite. #5 - Fiyonce is the other Burke-trained filly in this year's field and is owned by Burke Racing LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. She made her only start of 2014 at The Meadows, pacing in 1:53.4. Her two-year-old season consisted of nine starts, of which she won one and finished on the board five times. This daughter of Rocknroll Hanover has earnings of $61,549 and boasts the fastest lifetime mark in the field, a 1:52.4 record at Meadowlands Racetrack. Northfield Park leading driver, Josh Sutton, is listed to drive this 10-1 morning line starter. #6 - That Woman Hanover was a five-time winner last year in ten starts. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere has qualified twice at The Meadows in preparation for this race, most recently winning in 1:54.2. She took her lifetime mark at Pocono Downs in 1:54 and has earned $56,719. She is trained by Daniel Altmeyer, who also co-owns with Richard Kelson, Jack Piatt II and Jeffrey Altmeyer. Pennsylvania regular, Mike Wilder, has been named to drive this filly, who carries a 4-1 morning line. Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $7,500 Pick-5 total pool guarantee to Friday’s (April 25) program. Beginning in Race 3, the $7,500 Pick-5 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $2,016.72. Northfield’s Pick 5, Pick 4 and the Pick 3’s offer a reduced takeout rate of just 14 percent. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

The secret is out. Kayla Grace has quietly gone undefeated in 15 lifetime starts, racing under the radar in Michigan.   This Friday she will step onto the big stage in the first major stakes race of the season for three-year-old fillies, the $110,000 Courageous Lady at Northfield Park. She was supplemented at the last minute for $10,000 and stands as the morning line 3-1 favorite.   Kayla Grace is owned by long-time Michigan owners Ed and Cheryl Sayfie of Rockford, Michigan.  She was named for their two-year-old granddaughter. Kayla Grace is trained by renowned Michigan trainer Marie St. Charles. She will be driven on Friday by her regular driver, Brad Kramer.   Kayla Grace comes into the event with 15 wins, all in the state of Michigan. Most of the victories have been in Michigan Sire Stakes races. She was named Michigan's Two-Year-old Filly of the Year for 2013. Kayla Grace was the winningest  two-year-old filly in North America going 12-for-12 and banking $62,277.   Kayla's Grace was bought by partners Ed and Cheryl Mayfie and Marie St. Charles and her husband Kevin at a private horse sale. She was purchased for the now bargain price of $10,000.   "We took her to Hazel Park and schooled her once behind the gate," said her trainer, Marie St. Charles. "She acted like she went from kindergarten to college. We raced her in the Michigan Fair Circuit at the start, and she started beating everyone she faced. She is a nice little filly who loves to race.   "She is definitely one of the better fillies I ever trained," said St. Charles. "I trained Doc's Hope for Andrew Roberts. She was an awesome mare. We went in 1:50 with her at Woodbine. I don't know if Kayla Grace can fit in her category or not. We raced Kayla mostly at the fairs and Doc's raced mostly at the big tracks.    "We are going to learn a lot about this filly on Friday," said St. Charles. "I am either going to go home with a smile or wonder why I supplemented her for $10,000. We don't know where the bottom is since she has was won her races by so many lengths. The one thing I got going for me is she knows how to win. It's just an honor to be in a race like this.   "She has raced mostly on the front end to stay out of trouble," added St. Charles.  "She can race anyway. Kayla can race from behind. You don't teach a horse anything racing on the front. This will be a test. She is going to be in with top horses who know how to race. We can only wish for the best.   "Brad Kramer is going to drive the horse," explained St. Charles. "Brad was not going to go to Northfield, but now he is. I was going to put Ronnie Wrenn Jr. on to drive. Brad changed his mind. I love Ronnie but I am happier that Brad is driving the horse. Brad knows the horse and this makes it better for me."   "The owner, Ed Sayfie, and myself have been partners on many horses in the past," said Kramer. "These are the people who owned Admirals Express. I have been partners with them for twenty years.. I talked to Ed and decided to go.   "She is a very talented horse," said Kramer. "I didn't know how she stood as a really good horse until recently. The last couple of starts at Hazel Park she has done what real good horses do. She can leave hard, relax in the middle, and have an even faster quarter at the end. It takes a very special horse to be able to do that. Two starts back she really impressed me. She went a really big mile and still came home in 27.3 into a very strong headwind.   "She has raced mostly on the front end to stay out of trouble," explained Kramer. "Kayla raced from behind her very first start. She comes off the helmet so much better than she races on the front. When she gets in with better quality and she can follow, this will be a hell of a horse. She has all the things you need to be a great horse. She can relax but turn on that speed twice in a mile. We will know a lot more on Friday, in Cleveland."   "I have had people ask me if she is for sale," said St. Charles. "We really haven't put a price on her. We really don't know what her true value is right now. We have her nominated for the Cinderella at Maywood, the Circle City at Hoosier, and the Hanover at Balmoral.  She has the whole Michigan Sire Stakes Circuit. Maybe with all this publicity someone will call to buy the horse. Everything is for sale."   On Friday we will know if the Cinderella story continues. Will Kayla Grace go from racing for $3,000 a night on the Michigan Circuit to winning a $110,000 major race? The phone may be ringing off the hook with offers come Saturday morning.   by Brian McEvoy, for

After watching That Woman Hanover recover from a mid-season slump and finish 2013 with three consecutive wins, trainer Dan Altmeyer is looking forward to the filly's 3-year-old campaign. That campaign begins Friday when That Woman Hanover faces five foes in the $110,000 Courageous Lady Stakes for 3-year-old filly pacers at Northfield Park in Ohio. That Woman Hanover, driven by Altmeyer's son-in-law, Mike Wilder, drew post No. 6 and is 4-1 on the morning line. Kayla Grace, a filly from Michigan who has won all 15 of her lifetime starts, supplemented to the Courageous Lady for $10,000 and is the 3-1 favorite from post three. Last year, That Woman Hanover won her first two races, including a $30,000 division of the Pennsylvania All Stars, before hitting a five-race skid during which she finished no better than fifth. Altmeyer said the slump was the result of equipment issues, not any physical ailments, and That Woman Hanover rebounded to win her final three starts. She capped the season with a victory in a $30,200 division of the Keystone Classic. "She started out great and then she hit some bumps in the road and it took us a while to get it figured out," said Altmeyer, who owns That Woman Hanover with Richard Kelson, Jack Piatt II, and Jeffrey Altmeyer. "It was frustrating, but as long as we don't hit those bumps again, we'll be OK. "I was kind of excited to train her back this year and so far so good. She trained great in Florida (at Reveille Farms) before coming north. Mike thinks she's the real deal. We'll see if she can step up." That Woman Hanover prepped for the Courageous Lady with two qualifiers, winning the second in 1:54.2 at The Meadows. Courageous Lady contender Sister Stroll, from the stable of trainer Brian Brown, was second in the qualifier and stakes-winner Allstar Rating finished third. "It was her second go-round and we wanted to test her a little bit and make sure she was tight for the Courageous Lady," Altmeyer said. "It would have been nice to draw inside on the half-mile track (at Northfield). This is her first time on a half, but she's handled all the tracks so far and the turns where we train in Florida are a little tight, so I don't think she will have a problem." That Woman Hanover, purchased for $40,000 at the 2012 Standardbred Horse Sale, is a daughter of stallion Somebeachsomewhere out of the mare Sub Rosa Hanover. Altmeyer trained Sub Rosa Hanover, who won divisions of the Reynolds Stakes at ages 2 and 3 and was a two-time runner-up in Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championships. The family also includes stakes-winners Historic, Digger Almahurst, Tyler's Mark, and Texas Shootout. That Woman Hanover's stakes schedule this year includes the James Lynch Memorial, the Adioo Volo, and a number of events for Pennsylvania-bred fillies. "Her mother was a very good racehorse and I think this one has a little more talent," Altmeyer said. "She's a great horse to be around. I've had several Somebeachsomewhere (offspring) and they all have had great attitudes. She does also." Courageous Lady favorite Kayla Grace was 12-for-12 last season, with wins that included the Michigan Sire Stakes and Great Lakes championships for 2-year-old filly pacers. A La Notte Hanover, who is 7-2 on the morning line and one of two horses from the stable of trainer Ron Burke, won a division of the New York Sire Stakes last season. Sister Stroll, trained by Brian Brown, was a multiple stakes winner last year and is 9-2 on the Courageous Lady morning line. The field for the Courageous Lady, with listed drivers, trainers and morning line odds: 1. Shell Bell, Aaron Merriman, Steve Carter, 6-1; 2. Sister Stroll, Ryan Stahl, Brian Brown, 9-2; 3. Kayla Grace, Brad Kramer, Marie St. Charles, 3-1; 4. A La Notte Hanover, Chris Page, Ron Burke, 7-2; 5. Fiyonce, Josh Sutton, Ron Burke, 10-1; 6. That Woman Hanover, Mike Wilder, Dan Altmeyer, 4-1. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

The $110,000 Courageous Lady goes postward this Friday evening, April 25. The race is an open event for North America's top three-year-old-filly pacers and is the first national stake of 2014. Kayla Grace is a late supplement to the field and has been named the 3-1 morning line favorite by Dave Bianconi, Northfield Park Executive Vice President of Racing and Simulcasting. She enters this event with an unblemished 15 for 15 record, a mark of 1:55.1 at Hazel Park and earnings of $69,227. However, all 15 of Kayla Grace's races have been raced in the state of Michigan. This will be the first time she crosses state lines to compete on the national stage. "It is really hard to say how she will do," said her trainer, Marie St. Charles. "Michigan is not a real strong state and she has never been tested. All I know is that she knows how to race and she obviously knows how to win." St. Charles was reluctant to supplement to this race because of the rich $10,000 buy-in. "That is a lot of money to put up to be able to race. We have been considering this move for quite some time, then I just had a horse claimed off me for $10,000 and felt is was a sign that we should do it." Kayla Grace is far from St Charles' only good horse that she has conditioned. She had a lot of success in Michigan, having trained 13 Michigan Sire Stake Champions. "My horses have won big races at Woodbine and Hawthorne, too," added St. Charles. "But we are definitely excited, because this race is a big step for us." Some of the fillies staked and expected to race in this year's Courageous Lady did not enter, according to Dave Bianconi. "Two or three of the anticipated fillies came up sick. I wish the field size was seven or eight, but what we lack in quantity, we have made up in quality," said Bianconi. "The undefeated filly coming down from Michigan definitely makes for an intriguing story." The Complete 2014 $110,000 Courageous Lady Field: PP HORSE TRAINER DRIVER M/L 1 Shell Bell Steve Carter Aaron Merriman 6-1 2 Sister Stroll Brian Brown Ryan Stahl 9-2 3 Kayla Grace Marie St. Charles Brad Kramer 3-1 4 A La Notte Hanover Ron Burke Chris Page 7-2 5 Fiyonce Ron Burke Josh Sutton 10-1 6 That Woman Hanover Dan Altmeyer Mike Wilder 4-1 by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Just like the old-style Kodak point and shoot camera, harness driver Brad Kramer needed only to point and shoot Kayla Grace to the lead and the undefeated three-year-old filly did the rest. It was the 15th straight victory for the daughter of He’s All That, who led from start to finish in the third race $5,800 pace at Hazel Park (MI) on Friday. She won by one and one-quarter lengths in 1:56.1 and paid just $2.20 to win. Trained by Marie St Charles and co-owned by her husband, Kevin with the ECS Racing, LLC of Michigan, it was the third start this year for Kayla Grace, who last year was a perfect 12 for 12 at age 2. By Steve Wolf, for

Undefeated pacing filly Kayla Grace made her sophomore debut on Saturday night at Michigan's Northville Downs and earned her 13th consecutive victory. Kayla Grace ($2.80) opened the evening's harness racing card with an eight and three-quarter length triumph in 1:57.4. Brad Kramer sent the Hes All That-A Maze Of Grace filly wire-to-wire for trainer Marie St. Charles. She is owned by Ed and Cheryl Sayfie's E C S Racing LLC and Kevin St. Charles. To read the rest of the story click here.

Eight Michigan Sires Stakes (MISS) finals were held on the Monday, Sept. 2, Labor Day afternoon card at Hazel Park, with four going being the gate as non-wagering affairs prior to the regular program. Although for the most part the races consisted of short fields, eight different stallions were represented in the winner's circle. The quartet of races on the betting card got underway with the $35,172 MISS final for 2-year-old male pacers. The Brad Kramer-driven Beastly was fourth at the three-quarters but the gelded son of Stampede Hanover-Todd's Affair rushed past the competition in the final turn to draw clear by 10 1/2 lengths as the 1- 9 favorite in 2:02.2. Man The Torpedo (Skip DeMull) was a distant second, with Chasing Jake (Jason Merriman) third. Kelly Goodwin owns and trains Beastly, who won for the third time in six starts. Kramer sent Lady Laker to the lead from post 7 in the $39,377 MISS final for 3-year-old filly trotters, and by the :58.1 half she had a three-length lead, expanding the margin to seven lengths at the 1:27 three-quarters. The 1-9 favorite then cruised to the wire 15 lengths in front in 1:58. Defending MISS champion Kendall Marie (Peter Otten) finished second, with Crazy Sherry (Carl Putnam Jr.) third. A daughter of Lockkeeper-Hyercass, Lady Laker is trained by Al Tomlinson for owner David Vanderhyde. She was  undefeated in four starts in 2012, and in 2013 her four wins also include the Hanover in mid-July at Balmoral Park. Her earnings went past the $100,000 mark with her MISS win on Monday. Ovewhelming favorite That'll Be The Rei successfully defended his MISS title as Mike Micallef directed the son of Cheyenne Rei-Unspeakable Joy gelding to a wire-to-wire, 1:55.1 victory in the $37,827 MISS final for sophomore male pacers. That'll Be The Rei defeated runner-up Lexington Avenue (Kody Massey) by five lengths, with Sharp Cheeser (Darrell Wright) third. Micallef also trains That'll Be The Rei for owner Dan Courtemanche. The win was his ninth in 14 starts this year and 18th overall in 24 career starts. That'll Be The Rei increased his earnings to more than $120,000 with the victory. Haberdashery busted the favorite brigade wide open in the last of the four betting races with a 50-1 upset in the $40,077 MISS final for 3-year-old male trotters. The 1-2 favorite Zeplin, driven by Goodwin, appeared on his way to victory but when he broke stride in the stretch, it paved the way for Haberdashery and driver Jeff Sweeney to go on to the 2:02.4 victory. Zeplin recovered to finish second, with Winwood Scout and driver DeMull third. A gelded son of Keystone Nordic-Ready Elegance, Haberdashery won for the first time in six career starts. The winner is trained and owned by Chris Allen. All four early races were won in relatively easy fashion. Lady Windsor started things off with a 2:00.1 victory for trainer-driver Wright in the five-horse, $35,272 MISS final for 2-year-old filly trotters. Keep It Sweet (Larry Lee Smith) was 13 lengths back in second, with Best Friend Always (Todd Buter) another 18 lengths behind in third. E.J. Underwood III owns Lady Windsor, a daughter of Coventry-Rhonda T. The career-best win was her sixth straight in seven career starts. Scrappy Alex and trainer-driver Putnam led wire to wire in the $35,222 MISS final for 2-year-old male trotters to score in 2:09.3. SS RC CR (Rex Putnam) finished 2 3/4 lengths behind in second, with Just A Kid (Tim Roach) third. A gelded son of Scrappy Robert-Classic Enterprise, Scrappy Alex is owned by Sam Heron. The win was his fourth in nine starts. Kramer and Kayla Grace romped to a 15 1/4-length win in 1:58 in the $34,372 MISS final for 2-year-old filly pacers. Sue's Your Daddy (Jeff Sweeney), TC Country (Otten) and Winwood Elle (DeMull) finished second, third and fourth, respectively, as the short field crossed the wire in post-position order. A daughter of He's All That-A Maze Of Grace, Kayla Grace remained undefeated in nine starts. She is trained by Marie "Ginny" St. Charles, who shares ownership withEd and Cheryl Sayfie's ECS Racing. Super Soph, whose nine-for-nine freshman season in 2012 included the MISS final, successfully defended that title with a career-best 1:53.2 score in the $34,627 contest for 3-year-old filly pacers. Jason Merriman was in the sulky as Super Soph led gate to wire to defeat Don't Stare (Keith Crawford) by 2 1/2 lengths, with Reiwatch (Kramer) third. A full sister to Canadian Hall of Fame inductee Admirals Express, Super Soph is a daughter of Admirals Galley-Platinum Card. Greg West trains Super Soph for owners Ryan Morefield, Brian Campbell and Mark Wamp. Her earnings now stand at more than $128,000. Submitted by Hazel Park Publicity Department  

Eight Michigan Sires Stakes (MISS) championships will be contested on a special Labor Day afternoon card on Monday, Sept. 2, at Hazel Park Raceway. Four races will be held on the holiday card that gets underway at 1:30 p.m., while four will be raced as non-betting races prior to the program at 11:30 a.m. All four MISS 2-year-old champions are in this year’s finals and have a chance to repeat. The quartet of horses, who were also all named 2012 champions in their respective divisions by the Michigan Harness Horsemen’s Association, includes the 3-year-old filly pacer Super Soph, who went undefeated in nine starts last year. Trained by Greg West and owned by Brian Campbell, Mark Wamp and Ryan Morefield, Super Soph has six wins in 13 starts this year, including the Michigan Breeders Futurity on Aug. 19 at Hazel Park. A daughter of Admirals Galley, Super Soph is a full sister to Canada’s 2005 Horse of the Year Admiral’s Express, who was just inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. The $34,627 MISS final for 3-year-old filly pacers is one of the four early races, with the Jason Merriman-driven Super Soph leaving from post 1 against just three rivals, including Spartan Futurity winner Reiwatch. On the wagering program, Kendall Marie will try to defend her title in the $39,377 MISS final for 3-year-old filly trotters. The daughter of Keystone Nordic has four wins in 14 starts this year, including the Spartan Futurity on Aug. 13 at Midland. Peter Otten will drive for trainer Keith Hough from post 4 in Race 7. Reigning champ That’ll Be The Rei, who amassed a nine-race win streak last year, brings a five-race skein into Monday’s $37,827 final for 3-year-old male pacers. Trained and driven by Mike Micallef, That’ll Be The Rei’s current streak includes the Wolverine Futurity at Holland in late July. The daughter of Cheyenne Rei will start from post 4 in the 8th race. The 3-year-old gelding trotter Zeplin won just twice last year in nine starts but one of those efforts came in the MISS final. The son of Hard Rock N Roll has two wins again this year, one of which was a victory in the Michigan Breeders Futurity last time out on Aug. 19 at Hazel Park. Trained and driven by Kelly Goodwin, Zeplin will start from post 3 in the $40,077 final that is scheduled as Race 9. The only race for 2 year olds on the pari-mutuel card is the $35,172 final for colt pacers. Scheduled as Race 2, the five-horse field includes Michigan Breeders Futurity winner Beastly, who will be driven by Brad Kramer from post 4, and Spartan Futurity winner Man The Torpedo, who will start from post 2 with driver Skip DeMull. Admission and parking at Hazel Park are free. The track will also offer concession specials on Monday as well as live music. By Hazel Park Publicity Department  

Six 3-year-old trotters will go postward in Friday night's (July 12) $100,000 William Connors Memorial at Hazel Park Raceway, with the compact field having met last weekend in a prep race won by Sir James.

There were two divisions of the Battle of Saratoga #3 on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. It was the second leg of the harness racing series for trotters which has three legs leading up to the $10,000 (added) final on April 3.

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