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LONDON...Driver Brent Holland will be making his first trip to Canada in more than a decade and the Illinois native will be making his driving debut at The Raceway at Western Fair District this Friday night. Holland, who has over 5,000 driving victories, will team up with trainer Erv Miller aboard Ideal Jimmy in the $157,000 edition of the Camluck Classic. "He's a very, very talented horse," Holland said. "He's not an overly big horse, but he's got a big set of lungs and can handle the turns very well which is a big asset to have on the half-mile." When the post position draw was announced Monday afternoon on the pre-game show, Holland was pleased with the outcome. "Erv (Miller) texted me and said 'we have the rail,' it couldn't have worked out any better," said Holland. When asked how the race might play out. Holland was quick to respond. "Well, I have Plan 'A', Plan 'B' and Plan 'C' and they are all the same plan. Take no prisoners," he said with a chuckle. "My horse is so good on the front. Actually I don't think he's been beat on the front this season." Holland last drove in Canada back in 2008 aboard Pop Z Pop in the $185,000 edition of the Des Smith for trainer Miller. "I've only been to Canada three times I believe and I'm excited to visit again," he said. "I was talking with Joe Bongiorno just the other day about the race and he told me what a great event it is. I'm excited to be a part of it."   Below is the complete field in post position order:   1. Ideal Jimmy 2. Done Well 3. The Wall 4. Southwind Amazon 5. Sintra 6. Rockin Speed 7. Trump Nation 8. Rockin Ron   Camluck Classic night will also offer a powerful undercard that will include eight divisions of the Ontario Sires Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies along with a quartet of City Of London Series finals. Visitors will once again have a chance to enjoy the action from the confines of the giant Infield Tent, which was a hit with guests last year. It offers a unique vantage point and entertainment experience with fantastic food and beverage offerings for just $50 plus tax. Tickets to the Infield Event are currently on sale with limited tickets available. The Party on the Patio will be back this year, and bigger and better than ever. Along with the delicious food and beverage offerings that will be available, popular local entertainers Sarina Haggarty and Connor Morand will be on hand performing their unique mix of new material and cover songs throughout the evening. To stay up to date on the Camluck Classic and everything happening at The Raceway, visit www.westernfairdistrict.com.   Greg Gangle

YONKERS, NY, Friday, May 17, 2019--Feelin' Red Hot (George Brennan, $8.30) prevailed from the pocket Friday night (May 17th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. It was a two-speed number as 7-5 choice Twinkle (Brent Holland) stuffed Feelin' Red Hot in behind before a :27.1 opening quarter-mile. The leader remained so through a :56.4 intermission and 1:25 three-quarters, with token pressure from Delightfulmemphisn (Jim Marohn Jr.). The early foot--from post position No. 7--would serve the pursuer well. Twinkle owned a length-and-a-quarter lead in and out of the final turn, but Feelin' Red Hot edged out and edged by. The lass, who was quite good in the preliminary rounds of the Blue Chip Matchmaker before a poor effort in the final, prevailed by three-quarters of a length in 1:52.3. Delightfulmemphisn continued well for third, with a closing Lispatty (Mark MacDonald) and Glenferrie Blade A (Jordan Stratton) settling for the minors. For third choice Feelin' Red Hot, a 6-year-old daughter of Feelin' Friskie co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke and Weaver Bruscemi, it was her sixth win in 15 seasonal starts (career 25-for-90). The exacta paid $23.20, the triple returned $64.50 and the superfecta paid $403. It was one of Brennan's five winners during the dozen-race program. Yonkers' mutuel windows open at 10 AM Saturday (May 18th) in advance of Pimlico's Preakness Day first post of 10:30 AM.   Frank Drucker Director of Publicity

YONKERS, NY, Friday, December 14, 2018 -- Brent Holland threw down the gauntlet entering Yonkers Raceway final weekend of the season, winning four races during Friday night's (Dec. 14th) 10-race harness racing card. The Holland highlight reel began rather innocently when even-money Lone Raider ($4) went the distance in the $18,750, fourth-race claiming handicap pace (1:53.3). He then broke out the bombardier, with 38-1 Amateur Hour ($79.50) closing from sixth off the final turn to snap 22-1 Ella Michelle A (Eric Goodell) in the $29,000, sixth-race pace (1:54.2). Those two prices combined for a $721 exacta, $2,691 triple and $19,040 superfecta (base $2 payout). Holland came right back in the $23,000, seventh-race pace, again closing from sixth, this time with All About Madi ($8.30) in 1:54.1. It was the 25th career win for the 5-year-old daughter of Brandon's Cowboy, owned and trained by Brittany Robertson. Tired of those come-from-behind tactics, Holland and Vague Traces ($10.20) finished what he started in the $23,000 pacing finale (1:53.3). The Raceway wraps its 2018 season Saturday night (Dec. 15th, first post 6:50 PM) before a 'French' Sunday matinee (Dec. 16th, first post 11:45 AM).  YONKERS’ SATURDAY PICK 5 FEATURES $2,200 CARRYOVER, 10G GUARANTEE    A friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that Saturday evening’s (Dec. 15h) Pick 5 wager starts with a carryover of $2,258.31 and a $10,000 guaranteed pool. The guarantee is in conjunction with the U.S. Trotting Association’s Strategic Wagering Program. The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising races 6 through 10 Saturday night. It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners (as was the case Friday night), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next racing program. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, June 30, 2018-Barimah A (Brent Holland, $25) did it first-up Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's featured $44,000 Open Handicap Pace. Making the first lead from assigned post position No. 2 in the field of a half-dozen, Barimah A then gave it up to the outside numbers. Even-money favorite Always at My Place (George Brennan) strung out second choice Bit of a Legend N (Dan Dube), the second choice parked into the second turn past a :26.4 opening quarter-mile to take over. Bit of a Legend N did rate a 30-second next interval (:56.4 intermission) before Barimah A was out from third. Capozzo (Jason Bartlett) chased that one, with Great Vintage (Mark MacDonald) working from third-over. Bit of a Legend N led though a 1:24.2 three-quarters, but Barimah A was about to wear him down. The pursuer went by early in the lane, then held off Capozzo by three-quarters of a length in 1:52. Bit of a Legend N held third, with Great Vintage and Always at My Place reduced to the minors. Theartofconfusion A (Mike Simons) received lovely parting gifts. For fifth choice Barimah A, an 8-year-old Bettor's Delight gelding owned by Boss Racing USA and trained by Paul Blumenfeld, it was his sixth win in in 16 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $129, the triple returned $476.50 and the superfecta paid $2,027. Reminder the First of July's Sunday 'French' matinee goes at 12:40 PM, with the first four races going as the added-distance, overflow-field trots. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Friday, April 20, 2018—Caviart Cherie (Brent Holland, $39.60) was a shrewdly-driven upsetter, winning Friday night’s (Apr. 20th) $30,000 Filly and Mare Preferred Handicap Pace. Making the first lead from her assigned post position No. 5, Caviart Cherie relented to Wishy Washy Girl (Jason Bartlett) before a 27-second opening quarter-mile. After a soft :301 second subsection (:57.1 half), pole-assigned Betabcool N (Joe Bongiorno) moved from third, though not much. Jewel Lehigh A (Scott Zeron) was stuck behind that dullard, the tow backpedaling before a 1:25.1 three-quarters. Meanwhile, Freakonomics (Eric Goodell) and 17-10 choice Carobbean Pacetry (Jordan Stratton) both ducked back inside, awaiting room and running out of real estate. Wishy Washy Girl owned a length lead into the lane, but Caviart Cherie—last seen here winning last month’s final of the Petticoat Pacing Series—edged out and edged by. The latter beat the former by a half-length in 1:55. Freakonomics and Carobbean Pacetry were a belated third and fourth, respectively, with Jewel Lehigh A and Betabcool N bringing up the rear of the half-dozen.  For rank outsider Caviart Cherie, a 4-year-old daughter of Well Said owned by Joe P Racing and trained by Matias Ruiz, it was her eighth win in 13 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $205.50, with the triple returning $700. Saturday night (Apr. 21st), the Raceway’s presents North America’s two richest race of the season to date $373,000 FINAL, BLUE CHIP MATCHMAKER     (9th race) PP-Horse                     Driver                         M/L   1-Shartin N                 Tim Tetrick                  8-5 2-Sell a Bit N              Jordan Stratton           7-2 3-Medusa                    Yannick Gingras         6-1 4-Lady Shadow          Jason Bartlett              7-2                                     5-Motu Moonbeam N Brent Holland            20-1 6-Dude’salady             Scott Zeron                15-1 7-Twinkle                    Eric Goodell               20-1 8-Lakeisha Hall           George Brennan         15-1   $532,000 FINAL, GEORGE MORTON LEVY MEMORIAL PACING SERIES (10th race)\ PP-Horse                     Driver                          M/L   \                                   1-Western Fame          Mark MacDonald        7-1 2-Dr. J Hanover          Brett Miller                  9-2 3-Keystone Velocity   Dan Dube                    5-2 4-Evenin’ of Pleasure Joe Bongiorno              8-1 5-Somewhere in L A   Jason Bartlett              5-1 6-Mach it So               Dave Miller                  4-1 7-Bit of a Legend N   Jordan Stratton            9-1 8-Rockin’ Ron            Yannick Gingras         20-1   First post for the $1.3 million card is the usual 6:50 PM.   FRANK DRUCKER

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, October 28, 2017- Harness racing odds-on Dr.J Hanover (Brent Holland, $3.90) took it to the house (call) Saturday night (Oct. 28th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $50,000 Open Handicap Pace. Sent right down the road from assigned post position No. 4, Dr. J Hanover left around pole-sitting Thisjetsabookin' (Jason Bartlett), then had few issues (:27.4, :56.3, 1:23.4, 1:52). It was Bit of a Legend N (Jordan Stratton) settling third, then unable to author a second move down the backside before backtracking to the cones. Meanwhile, Dr. J Hanover opened a length-and-a-half lead into the lane, then held sway by a length. Bit of a Legend N did close inside for second, with a belated The Real One (Pat Lachance), Thisjetsabookin' and Scott Rocks (Eric Goodell) settling for the remainder. For Dr. J Hanover, a 4-year-old Somebeachsomewhere gelding co-owned by Brad Grant, Robert Leblanc, Steven Wienick & Irwin Samelman and trained by Tony Alagna, it was his fifth win in 21 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $16, with the triple returning $48.60. A remainder Yonkers races Sunday (Oct. 29th) with a 12-race, all-trot program and a High Noon first post. The remaining five Sunday matinees through the end of the season are post time TBA. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, August 13, 2017 - It's a Homicidal hat trick. Odds-on favorite Homicide Hunter (Brent Holland, $3.70) made it three consecutive harness racing victories Sunday afternoon (Aug. 13th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $68,000 Open Handicap Trot. Away fourth from behind the eight-ball among the dozen, Homicide Hunter saw Smalltownthrowdown (Greg Merton) and Hemi Seelster (Jason Bartlett) takes turns fronting the field (:28.1, :57.2, 1:27.2). Homicide Hunter was then out and moving, setting his sights upon the leader. He dove into a rest stop past the 1:55.1 milepost when Smalltownthrowdown backed away. 'Hunter' then became the hunted in the final turn, finding himself with a three-length lead after Hemi Seelster made a wild break and a hard right turn, back down into the paddock before completing his appointed rounds. Homicide Hunter won it easily, defeating Dewycolorintheline (Dan Dube) by 4¼ lengths in 2:26 for the mile-and-a-quarter. Last week's upsetter, Taco Tuesday (Steve Smith), was third, with Sumatra (Eric Goodell) and Theraputic (George Brennan) picked up the remainder.. For Homicide Hunter, a 5-year-old Mr. Cantab gelding owned by Crawford Farms Racing and trained by Chris Oakes, it was his sixth win in nine seasonal starts. The exacta paid $51, the triple returned $389.50 and the superfecta paid $2,118. Sunday's installment of the 'New York, New York Double' offered a winning combination of 2-Kelsocait (Saratoga's 3rd race) and 11-Awsome Valley (Yonkers' 5th race) paid $44 for every correct $1 wager. Total pool was $5,623. Note the Raceway's post time next Sunday (Aug. 20th) is 12:30 PM. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, August 11, 2017 - A pocketed Jag Out (Brent Holland, $18.60) proved best Friday night (Aug. 11th), winning Yonkers Raceway's harness racing $55,000 filly and mare Open Handicap Pace. Away alertly from post position No. 4, Jag Out made the first lead, then gave it up to HP Sissy (Dan Dube) before a :27.2 opening quarter-mile. It was a :56.3 intermission before Freeze Out (Joe Bongiorno) moved first, from sixth. He then was relegated to a poor tow from just-over-even-money favorite Darlinonthebeach (Brian Sears). That one did nothing for the back markers as HP Sissy found a 1:24.4 three-quarters. 'Sissy' owned a length-and-a-half lead in the lane, but Jag Out moved out and moved by. The margin was a neck in a season's-best 1:53.2. Betabcool (George Brennan) offered good pace on both ends of the mile to grab second, with HP Sissy, Arielle Lynn (Eric Goodell) and Newborn Sassy (Jordan Stratton) settled for the remainder. Darlinonthebeach wound up sixth. For sixth choice Jag Out, a 5-year-old daughter of American Ideal co-owned owned by (trainer) Nick Surick, J L Benson Stable and Bert Hochsprung, it was her fourth win in a dozen seasonal starts. The exacta paid $85.50, the triple returned $601 and the superfecta paid a palindromic $2,552. Jag Out A friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that Saturday evening’s (Aug. 12th) Pick 5 wager starts with a carryover of $2,485.47.   The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising races 7 through 11 during every racing card. It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners (as was the case Friday night), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next racing program. Frank Drucker

With due apology to celebrated newspaper editor Horace Greeley, Ohio native Brent Holland's manifest destiny was clearly to, “Go East, Young Man.” Following that somewhat twisted admonition has paid hefty dividends for this stalwart of the Yonkers Raceway harness racing drivers’ colony, as the reinsman recently notched his 5,000th career victory at New York’s Hilltop oval. A winner of over $54 million in purse earnings, Holland's prowess in the sulky is testament to the fine mentoring the soft-spoken Buckeye received early in his career. His first job at the Maynard Hagemeyer Family Farm in Clarksville, Ohio prepared him for his initial pari-mutuel victory at Lebanon Downs.  Holland further honed his skills in Chicago under the tutelage of venerable Hall of Famer Bob Farrington. In 2008, Holland took a considerable leap of faith and trekked to New York. It was at Yonkers in 2009 that Holland notched win 4,000; and this past June 23rd he proudly guided pacing mare Delightful Dragon first under the wire for driving win 5,000. The Standardbred Owners Association of New York is pleased that this man steeped in both talent and faith has chosen to ply his trade at the home of the International Trot. We wish this 46-year-old years of future success in our industry. Chris E. Wittstruck

YONKERS, NY, Friday, June 23, 2017 - Harness racing driver Brent Holland won the 5,000th race of his career Friday night (June 23th), doing so at his place of residence, Yonkers Raceway. Holland and Delightful Dragon ($7.40) lasted on the lead by a scant schnoz in the 6th race $40,000 Filly and Mare Preferred Handicap Pace, giving the 46-year-old (as of this past Sunday) the milestone (season's-best 1:53.2) mile. The affable Holland is a native of Wilmington, OH, who began working with horses for a neighbor, Maynard Hagemeyer. "He and Bob Farrington in Chicago both taught me a lot," Holland said. His first winner came in in his first parimutuel start, as an 18-year-old with longshot E C's Best in 1989 at Lebanon Raceway..."pouring down rain," he said. "When I won my first, I used to look up to all the great drivers and never thought about a number like 5,000," Holland said. Asked for some winner's circle wit, Holland offered that 'The horse did all the work.' In the case, the hard-working lass-now 4-for-18 this season-is a 6-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight owned and trained by Noel Daley. Holland, who migrated east from the Chicagoland circuit not quite a decade ago, has more than $54.2 million in career purses. He was joined by his wife, Dee, and friends for a winner's circle presentation. Holland and Delightful Dragon Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, May 28, 2017-"Hemi Seelster has fled the scene." So said track announcer John Hernan, who did not lie, as 'Hemi' (Brent Holland, $9.90) made quick work of 11 harness racing rivals Sunday afternoon (May 28th), winning Yonkers Raceway's mile-and-a-quarter $68,000 Open Trot. Away alertly from post position No. 3, Hemi Seelster stuffed Red Hot Herbie (Dan Dube) in behind coming toward a :27.4 opening quarter-mile. The remaining eight furlongs (:58, 1:27.2, 1:56.1, 2:24.3) were angst-free, with a final margin of 5¾ lengths. 'Herbie' clearly was second, with Money Maven (Eric Goodell) a three-hole third. Second-tier starters Wing Flash (Tyler Buter) and Homicide Hunter (Anthony Napolitano) rounded out the payees, while 5-2 favorite Tag Up and Go (Joe Bongiorno) was a never-in-it ninth and second choice Wings of Royalty (Brian Sears) couldn't get out his own way. For third choice Hemi Seelster, a 5-year-old Holiday Road gelding co-owned by Howard Taylor & Abe Basen and trained by Rich Banca, it was his fourth win in 13 seasonal starts (now over a half-million dollars for his career). The exacta paid $69, with the triple returning $616. For Holland, it was career driving win No. 4,993. The weekly featured trot was the first of four 'French' races during the dozen-race, all-trot card. Sunday's revival of the 'New York, New York Double' saw a winning combination of 9-(Bustin' It, Belmont's 3rd race) and 4-(Andy Ray, Yonkers' 7th race) paid $13.90 for every correct dollar ticket (total pool $7,361). Live racing (and evening simulcasting) returns Friday, June 16th (post time 7:10 PM). Afternoon simulcasting remains available, including the June 10th Belmont Stakes. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, July 23, 2016 - Yonkers Raceway's pair of Saturday night $45,000 co-featured harness racing Open Handicaps were annexed by Undercover Strike (Tyler Buter, $43.60) and Sapphire City (Brent Holland, $8). Undercover Strike, from post position No. 5 in the weekly featured trot, closed from third-over in the lane to pick off a solid, first-over Shake it Cerry (Dan Dube) by a half-length in 1:54.1. Invading Muscle Up the Goal (Brian Sears) led through early stations of :27.2 and :56.3 before 'Cerry' upended him. She owned a length lead into the lane, only to be nailed late. Resolve (Ake Svanstedt), in his first local start since the 2014 Yonkers Trot, was third. It wasn't the smoothest of trips for the 3-5 choice. Assigned outside his six rivals, he floated from the gate, but found no seat and took back to last. Out and moving by the half, he wound up second-over behind Shake it Cerry, who left the cones right at the same time. Resolve wound up gapping the lass, then flattening late to be beaten two lengths, with E R Ellie (Larry Stalbaum) and Lady's Dude (George Brennan) rounding out the payees. For sixth choice Undercover Strike, an 8-year-old Striking Sahbra gelding owned by Gerard Stuchbury and trained by Tom Milici, it was his ninth win in 14 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $164, with the triple returning $622. The week's featured pace saw Sapphire City, put in play from post No. 6, stalk Great Vintage (Dube). After subsections of :27.1, :56.1 and 1:24.1, Great Vintage was about to wear out his welcome. Before he did, he towed Sapphire City to the passing lane, which he used to whip a second-over, slight 2-1 choice Keystone Velocity (Sears) by a nose in 1:52.2. Polak A (Andy Miller) was a credible, first-up third off the layoff, with Dream Out Loud N (Buter) and UF Rockin' Dragon (Eric Abbatiello) settling for the remainder. For second choice Sapphire City, an 8-year-old Metropolitan gelding trained by Paul Blumenfeld for co-owners Centaur Stables and Jordan Sklut, he's now 5-for-20 this season (50 career wins). The exacta paid $38.40, the triple returned $153 and the superfecta paid $852. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, June 25, 2016 - Yonkers Raceway had its harness racing version of Old Home Week Saturday night... ...provided "Old Home" was Chicago. All that was missing was deep-dish pizza and Oprah. Tony Morgan-making his first Westchester appearance since September of 2012-and Brent Holland each had three wins during the dozen-race card. Morgan, he of the 15,400-plus career victories, earned a place in the local record books when pole-sitting Go Daddy Go ($13) won the $30,000 4-Year-Old Open Handicap Pace in a spiffy 1:50.1. The Ponder gelding, co-owned (as Allard Racing) by (trainer) Rene Allard and Bruce Soulsby, became the fourth member of the all-age-track-record club, joining Crombie A, Forty Five Red and Limelight Beach. It was also the swiftest local mile of the season. Morgan also won the co-featured $45,000 Open Pace with favored Doctor Butch ($5.30) in 1:51.2, and the $26,000, 11th race trot with a left-alone Major Athens ($4.10) in 1:53.3. That effort matched the fastest Westchester trot mile of the season with E R Ellie. Connecting the dots, "Ellie" (Larry Stalbaum, $14.40) won the co-featured $45,000 Open Handicap Trot from the pocket in 1:55. As for Holland, he upset the apple cart with American Venture ($57) in the $18,000, second-race pace (1:52), then escorted Mah Sish N ($9) in the $18,000, third-race pace. The Holland Hat Trick was completed with Moonliteonthebeach ($23.80) was a first-up winner in the $26,500 pacing finale (1:52.2). Frank Drucker

Season-debuting Artistic Major (Brent Holland, $15.40) and odds-on Melady's Monet (Jason Bartlett, $3.30) shared the Saturday night harness racing glory, winning Yonkers Raceway's co-featured $40,000 Open Handicaps. The week's marquee pace had a different look, with many of the just-concluded G-M Levy Series participants getting some well-deserved R&R. At the outset, Mister Bling A (Jordan Stratton) was put in play, as was outside assignee Atta Boy Dan (George Brennan). The latter, as the slight 3-1 choice, broke, leaving "Bling" to his own devices (:27.4, :56.3, 1:24.4). Fiery Lustre N (Bartlett) was pocketed, while Artistic Major--from post position No. 2--was taking out of third. That one, opposing all elders, engaged a tiring leader in and out of the final turn, then put him away. Once in front, Artistic Major held off the foe on his back, Jeneral Patton (Pat Lachance) by a half-length in 1:52.1. Fiery Lustre N, Mister Bing A and Domethatgain (Dan Dube) rounded out the payees. For fifth choice Artistic Major, a 4-year-old son of Art Major co-owned by (trainer) Steve Elliott, Michael Cimiglio, David Van Dusen and Gunjan Patel, his fresh parimutuel Lasix win was his 11th in 26 career starts. The exacta paid $177, with the triple returning $983. The week's trotting feature was simple as simple of simple could be for "Melady," who--from post No. 7--stole away (:28.3, :58.2, 1:27.2, 1:55.1). His two-length lead entering the lane was 2¼ lengths at the wire. Luminosity (Brennan) was a two-move second, with a pocket-sitting Somebody AS (Stratton) fading to third. Home'n Dry (Dube) and Dewycolorintheline (Tyler Buter) settled for the remainder. For Melady's Monet, a 7-year-old s Revenue S gelding owned Melady Enterprises and trained by Kevin McDermott, he's now 3-for-4 this season (lifetime loot up over $800,000). The exacta (two wagering favorites) paid $14.80, with the triple returning $53. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, September 19, 2015 - Yonkers Raceway took a Saturday night stakes siesta, ceding the marquee to the overnight harness racing occupants. Luminosity (George Brennan, $3.50) and Crombie A (Brent Holland, $6.80) won their respective $48,000 Open Handicaps for trotters and pacers. Luminosity, as the 3-4 choice, had the identical, unimpeded assigned eight-hole path to the lead that Krispy Apple did in Friday night's distaff derby. Here, Luminosity controlled the crowd through intervals of :28.1, :56.4, 1:25.2 and 1:54. The margin, a length-and-a-half entering the lane, was a length-and-three-quarters at the end. Chasing from the pocket was pole-sitting For You Almostfree (Jason Bartlett), with UVA Hanover (Jordan Stratton) a three-hole third. Watkins (Pat Lachance) and Not Afraid (Dan Dube) rounded out the payees. For Luminosity, a 5-year-old Cash Hall gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke and Weaver Bruscemi, it was his 11th win in 2 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $44.40, with the triple returning $152.50. As for Crombie A, who won the 1-thru-7 draw in the weekly pacing feature, he worked out a second-over trip to snap the leading, 9-10 choice Somewhere in LA (Dube) by a half-length in 1:51.1. The latter kept the ball rolling (:26.3, :54.4, 1:23), taking a length-and-a-half lead in and out of the final turn. Eight-hole-assigned Take it Back Terry (Brennan) flew home to snatch third, with Big N Bad (Eric Carlson) and a pocketed Dream Out Loud N (Tyler Buter) settling for the remainder. For second choice Crombie A, a 9-year-old Down Under son of Life Sign co-owned (as Allard Racing) by (trainer) Rene Allard, Kapildeo Singh and Albert Abdala, he's now 7-for-10- this season. The exacta paid $17.60, with the triple returning $134. Crombie A owns a share the (1:50.1) all-age track record, taken in late July. Nest Saturday, it's New York Night of Champions (Part II), with four, $225,000 sire stakes finals for 2-year-olds. Frank Drucker

LEBANON, OH. - A pair of native harness racing Buckeyes returned to their roots this week and were successful in back-to-back races on Wednesday night at Miami Valley Raceway.   Ken Holliday and Brent Holland, prolific drivers with thousands of career victories and winners of dash titles at numerous tracks, are currently plying their trade within miles of the old Lebanon Raceway, where they learned many of their early lessons in their teens and twenties.   Holliday, other than a single 'Legends' race on closing night at Lebanon Raceway in 2013, has been sidelined by injury in recent years and attained his judge's license while on the mend. He has served stints in the judge's stand at both Pompano Park and Scioto Downs. On an interim basis, he has returned to driving and guided Wisher to a valuable victory in his very first start back.   Holland, who has fared well in both Chicago and at Yonkers Raceway since leaving Ohio years ago, trotted home a winner with Baby Blaze in a $5000 conditioned event.   The win for Wisher, in the final preliminary leg of the "Claim To Fame" series for $5000 claimers, vaulted him into the $15,000 championship race next Wednesday (January 28). The race should be extremely competitive as the series produced ten different winners in ten preliminary leg races. Three other horses had a pair of second place finishes to create a logjam at the top of the standings in the series.   Wisher and two other horses who had a win and got another check in the two-week preliminary stage are guaranteed spots in the final. Ten other horses are tied for the final six spaces behind the starting gate, to be determined by a random judge's draw. The four horses that do not draw into the $15,000 championship will get berths in an $8000 consolation final along with the next five highest earners. A total of 50 horses competed in the preliminary legs of this particular series.   The finalists were also determined Wednesday night in the $12,500 claiming mares division. Impressive winners Melodie Hotspur and She's A Ball stamped themselves as the favorites for next week's $19,600 championship race with convincing scores.   Gregg Keidel  

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