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YONKERS, NY, Friday, October 17, 2014-Yonkers Raceway's Friday night $35,000 co-featured Open Handicaps-one for distaff pacers and one for any trotter with letters of reference-were won by a down-the-road Krispy Apple (Jason Bartlett, $2.90) and a storming-home Obrigado (Brian Sears, $10.80). The week's fairer-sex feature was strictly a two-speed number, with odds-on Krispy Apple leaving around Robin Cruiser (Jordan Stratton). The people's preference sent pokey early fractions (:28, :57.2) before Summertime Lea (George Brennan) tried her luck with a second move. "Lea" second came close in and out of a 1:25 three-quarters as Krispy Apple opened a couple of lengths entering the lane. She held sway, defeating Robin Cruiser by a length-and-a-half in 1:53.2. Coffee Addict, Jonsie Jones (Tyler Buter) and Campanile (Austin Siegelman) rounded out the payees. For Krispy Apple, a 6-year-old millionaress daughter of Western Ideal trained by PJ Fraley for co-owners Bamond Racing and Joseph Davino, it was her third win in 21 seasonal starts. The exacta (two wagering favorites) paid $10.40, with the triple returning $70.50. The week's marquee trot saw last week's winner-and this week's eight-hole assignee-Somebody AS (Dan Dube) intent on the lead. He found it, vaulting over 8-5 choice DW's NY Yank (Brennan) right a :27.3 opening quarter-mile. After a :56.4 intermission, Melady's Monet (Bartlett) moved from fourth...and move his did. "Melady" went right up and over a stopping leader, opening nighttime daylight by the 1:25.3 three-quarters. Lorenzo Dream (Brent Holland), given a perfect tow, was losing ground, while DW's NY Yank was shuffled out. Melady's Monet, widening to two lengths off the final turn, looked home, but Obrigado never received the memo. Eighth at the half and seventh turning for home, Obrigado did something unheard of. He made up 7¼ lengths to snap the Melady's Money by a head in 1:55. "Lorenzo," Traverse Seelster (Tyler Buter) and "DW" came away with the minor awards. For third choice Obrigado, a 4-year-old Boy Band gelding co-owned by (trainer) Paul Kelley, William Weaver III, Linwood Higgins and Stable 45, he's now 9-for-20 this season (30-for-43 lifetime). The exacta paid $80, the triple returned $325 and the superfecta paid $2,148. Note that since no one went home with Friday night's Pick 5, Saturday's gimmick begins with a $3,060.97 carryover (50-cent base wager on races 5 through 9). Saturday night features two eliminations for Yonkers Trot No. 60 and one for Messenger Stakes No. 59. Also, a tribute to recently-retired Cat Manzi, who shall make the sixth race presentation, then autograph photos for fans. The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

MANALAPAN, NJ - October 16, 2014 - Sumatra made it two straight trips to the winner's circle with a two-length tally in the $25,000 New Jersey Futurity for three-year-old New Jersey-sired trotters on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at Freehold Raceway. The gelded son of Muscles Yankee - Lola Seelster covered the non-wagering mile in 1:57.2 with Brian Sears in the sulky. Angels Ransom [Revenue] was second with Choco Sun [Chocolatier] two and a half lengths back in third. Sumatra, trained by Tom Fanning, now has back-to-back stakes wins, having captured the Old Oaken Bucket at Delaware, OH on September 18. This year's record features three wins, two seconds and two thirds from 13 starts for earnings of nearly $170,000. Lifetime, he has finished in-the-money in 16 of 24 starts, banking $277,339. The $9,000 Harrisburg Sale purchase by Joseph Smith of Vero Beach, FL, was bred by Perretti Farms of Cream Ridge, NJ and Black Horse Racing of Lebanon, NJ. The New Jersey Futurity is sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey. By Carol Hodes, for the SBOANJ

For the second straight week, In The Arsenal has become the official harness racing “dragon slayer” of unbeaten top two-year-old pacing colts. Last week it was the top rated Artspeak in the $72,000 International Stallion Stake at Lexington’s Red Mile. Artspeak was going for his eighth straight win and just as In The Arsenal started to come up on Artspeak, Artspeak went off-stride and finish third. Sunday it was the unbeaten Yankee Bounty who suffered his first defeat after eight straight wins as In The Arsenal collared him at the top of the stretch and blew him away in the $34,126 Historic Series Goshen Cup at Harrah’s Philadelphia. Who may be next? Driven by Brian Sears, In The Arsenal left from post two and parked out Yankee Bounty (Yannick Gingras) to the opening quarter mile in a speedy :26.2. Then with no one willing to try and come first-over, Yankee Bounty cut fractions of :54.2 and 1:22.3, but it was all to no avail. As soon as Sears pulled In The Arsenal from the pocket, they tore after Yankee Bounty and then pulled away in the stretch to win by two and one-quarter lengths in 1:50.4. It was the third straight win for the son of American Ideal, who is trained by Kelvin Harrison and was bred and is owned by White Birch Farm of Allentown, NJ.  In The Arsenal paid $11.40 to win. In the $34,626 second division of the Goshen Cup, ASAP Hanover and driver Tim Tetrick were stung early to the opening quarter mile in :27 by Lone Survivor (Ron Pierce) and once on the lead was collared by Hall Of Terror (Marcus Miller), but then regained the lead by the three-quarters and pulled away for a seven and three-quarter length romp in 1:51.3. Stover (Brett Miller) was second with Yankee Heaven (Brian Sears) third. Sired by Somebeachsomewhere, ASAP Hanover is trained by Linda Toscano, owned by John Mehlembacher of Ontario and paid $3.60 to win. Tom Fanning’s Betting Exchange won the $24,126 third Goshen Cup division for driver David Miller in 1:52.2 over My Hero Ron (Marcus Miller) with Dragon Eddy (Mike Simons) third. Fanning trains the son of Bettor’s Delight and co-owns him with Howard Taylor and Susan Kajfasz. The $51,190 Harriman Cup for two-year-old trotting colts saw No Reason At All and driver Tim Tetrick win the first division in 1:57 over Don’t Mind Me (Howard Parker) and Mesmerized (Scott Zeron). Mike Simons drove Explosive Drama to victory in the $51,190 second division with a 1:56.1 triumph. They took command of the race after the opening quarter mile and went on to win by one length over Ralph R (Marcus Miller) and Commentary (Yannick Gingras). By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com

Artspeak’s unbeaten streak has ended after seven straight wins as the two-year-old colt had the lead in the stretch and made a break as In The Arsenal came on the inside to win the $72,000 International Stallion Stake at Lexington’s Red Mile Saturday. It was In The Arsenal and driver Brian Sears who was on top first at the start with Blood Brother (Brett Miller) getting the two-hole trip to the opening quarter mile in :28.1. Then at the half mile marker in :56, driver Scott Zeron sent Artspeak first-over and they cleared to the lead as Cartoon Daddy (Yannick Gingras), who was rough gaited behind the starting gate, had rebounded and was second-over then first-over to the three-quarters in 1:24. As they started down the stretch, Artspeak seemed to be in total command but just as Sears moved In The Arsenal to the inside to mount a challenge, Artspeak went off-stride. In The Arsenal passed him by and then held off Cartoon Daddy to win by one and one-half lengths in 1:51.3. Artspeak was able to get back on stride to finish third. “My colt does get a little funny in the hole,” Sears said, “So we wanted to get in front early. I know the other colt (Artspeak) is usually so strong once on the lead and don’t know what happened to him down the lane, maybe saw something, but my colt had a lot of pace. We were able to get up on the inside and avoid the break and it all worked out.” Sired by American Ideal, it was the fourth win in just seven starts this year for In The Arsenal. He is trained by Kelvin Harrison and is owned and bred by White Birth Farm of Allentown, NJ. He paid $11.60 to win. In The Arsenal Hall Of Terror returned the biggest payoff of the ISS quartet, winning in 1:51.3 at odds of 15-1. Talking Points gained control easily, with Soto tucking into second, and Reggiano into third. Talking Points, uncontested for the first half of the mile, set splits of :27 and :55.2 (:28.2). Joe Hill edged outward and began to pace towards Talking Points around the far turn. Hall Of Terror drafted behind, and watched as Talking Points and Joe Hill were eye-to-eye through a 1:23.4 (:29.2) third quarter. Joe Hill soon claimed a slight advantage over Talking Points in the stretch. Hall Of Terror fanned off cover and soared to the front. Dude’s The Man came into contention and took second, but could only manage second behind Hall Of Terror, pacing to victory in 1:51.3 (:27.4). Soto finished third, and Talking Points was fourth. The son of Western Terror-Maytime Hall-Cambest returned $32.60 to win, with the $2 exacta, over the 8/5 favorite, returning $118.80. Owned by Erv Miller Stables, Paymaq Racing, R. Michelon, and L. Willinger, trained by Erv Miller, and driven by Mark MacDonald, he paced a lifetime best effort of 1:51.3. This win also pushes his seasonal earnings to $91,538. “Erv [Miller] really worked him hard,” driver Mark MacDonald said. “He told me that he trained him [Hall Of Terror] up really, really hard, and he wasn’t happy with him last week. He was a little flat; he added Lasix today, and the real-hard training trip, the Lasix, everything worked out.” “We got a great trip,” MacDonald also said. “Anytime you can get a trip like that, and get towed to the head of the stretch, you get lucky; he [Hall Of Terror] paced home good.” Hall Of Terror Rich Wisdom sat behind horses battling for control, and made his move around the far turn to sweep by rivals and win in 1:51. Jd He’s Da’ Bomb blasted of the gate, while Mcardles Lightning battled for the lead from the pylons. At the quarter, Mcardles Lightning abandoned the pocket, and rushed for control. Pacing past that split in :27, Jd He’s Da Bomb attempted to park Mcardles Lighting, but failed to do so. Asap Hanover soon pulled first over, and was up to Mcardles Lighting’s wheel through a :54.3 (:27.3) half. Clearing command entering the far turn, Asap Hanover was bracing for the challenge of 4/5-favorite Rich Wisdom, who was pacing in third through a 1:23.1 (:28.2) third quarter.  Rich Wisdom came alongside Asap Hanover in the stretch, soon leaving him in his dust. Mccardles Lighting took second, while Asap Hanover held third from closing Penji Hanover and Stover. Rich Wisdom was victorious in 1:51 (:27.4). Returning $3.80 to win, the son of Dragon Again-Wisdom-Artsplace is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Jjk Stables, and Phil Collura, trained by Ron Burke, and driven by Yannick Gingras. Pacing a lifetime best, his bankroll now stands at $142,290. “I raced him in a Sires Stake consolation in Pennsylvania, and he was okay that day,” driver Yannick Gingras said. “Seems like he’s figured things out [since then]. He went to Indiana, and raced really good [in the Elevation]. Both of his starts here in Lexington have been awesome.” “I was a little bit worried with my colt,” Gingras also said. “He’s usually a little bit of an aggressive colt, but today he was behind the starting car and he completely dropped the bit on me. For the whole race, I couldn’t get him onto the bit, so I wasn’t sure how good he was going to be, but he just kept on going.” Rich Wisdom Sent off the 1-2-public choice, Lost For Words made his striking move around the far turn, winning by nearly 4 lengths in 1:50.4. The pace was set by Gallic Beach, putting up fractions of :27.2 and :54.3 (:27.1). Berkley drafted in the pocket, Traceur Hanover raced third, and Lost For Words sat fourth. Traceur Hanover was flushed by Lost For Words around the far turn, and soon swept by pacesetter Gallic Beach through a 1:23 (:28.2) third quarter. His lead was short-lived, as Lost For Words fanned off cover and, under a hand drive, zoomed by his foes. Traceur Hanover held second, and Freedomformysoul finished third in a 1:50.4 (:27.4) mile. Owned by Country Club Acres, William Robinson, Richard Lombardo, and Strollin Stables, trained by Joe Holloway, and driven by David Miller, the Well Said-Thou Shalt Not-Real Desire colt lowered his lifetime mark of 1:51.1 equaled at Lexington last week. Now with earnings of $186,337, he paid $3.00 to win. Lost For Words Live racing resumes on Sunday, October 5 with the $89,000 Allerage Filly and Mare Trot, $90,000 Allerage Filly and Mare Pace, $173,000 Allerage Open Trot, $160,500 Allerage Open Pace, $224,000 Kentucky Filly Futurity, and the $435,000 Kentucky Futurity. Post time for closing day of The Red Mile’s meeting is set for 1:00pmEDT. By Steven Wolf and Ray Cotolo, for Harnesslink.com

Grand Circuit racing resumes on Thursday afternoon at The Red Mile with the $323,200 International Stallion Stakes (INSS) for two-year-old filly trotters. Thirty three freshman lasses were declared, resulting in four divisions of the stake.   The marquee player in the division thus far, co-world record holder Mission Brief has been entered and will leave from post three in the day's fourth race. The Muscle Hill filly from Southwind Serena has been sensational if slightly erratic in her young career.   Her blazing speed has carried her to five wins by wide margins in fast times, including the Merrie Annabelle and NJSS finals in stakes record time and a Peaceful Way elimination in the record mile of 1:52.1 (equaled last Thursday by Jolene Jolene at The Red Mile). The only blemishes on her eight race slate are by her own hand, going off-stride in all three and losing all chance.   The Grand Circuit's leading combination handles Mission Brief, with Ron Burke doing the conditioning for his own Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Our Horse Cents Stable and J&T Silva Stable while Yannick Gingras will try to keep her on her best behavior. The way the track has been playing thus far, with her talent that record may be further reduced on Thursday.   The Burke stable will also send out contenders in two of the other divisions, with Kirsi Hanover a key player in race two and Gatka Hanover to be dealt with in race eight.   In between, Alfred Ross' emerging star debutante Bee The Queen will look to complete the Lexington Grand Circuit double by winning both weeks as she seeks her fifth consecutive win for trainer George Ducharme in race five. The Donato Hanover x Bee Line filly was a late comer, but she has surely found her best form here in Kentucky. Brian Sears has the drive.   Competition for the "Queen" will be led by Livininthefastlane from the rail for driver Tim Tetrick. She's also a Donato Hanover (Nicole's Promise) owned by the potent partnership of Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld & Sam Goldband and trained by Julie Miller. Livininthefastlane comes in off a convincing win in the Kentuckiana Farms trot at Hoosier Park and has amassed more than $165,000 on the season.   Ten races comprise the Thursday Red Mile card with a post time of 1:00pm, which shall continue through the meet's end on Kentucky Futurity Day, October 5. You can find more pertinent info at The Red Mile website and if you missed any of last week's action visit the youtube page for all video replays of the races.   The start of the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale is Tuesday at 7:00pm and continues through Saturday with the cream of the Standardbred yearling crop available for your inspection and purchase.   From the Red Mile press box

LEXINGTON, KY-- Harness racing freshmen colt pacers congregated at The Red Mile on Saturday, September 27 to compete in four divisions of the $331,000 Bluegrass Stakes, the fastest In The Arsenal in 1:49.4. In his first mile since his Metro Pace triumph, undefeated Artspeak led for nearly every step as the 1/9 favorite, winning in 1:51.3. Sicily and Blood Brother battled for the top while Artspeak floated off the gate, and got parked in fourth. He soon sprinted up to race-leader Sicily and cleared command after a :27.2 first quarter. Left alone on top, Artspeak rolled to the half in :55.4 (:28.2). Blood Brother soon edged to the outside and began to pursuit Artspeak. With Hall Of Terror tracking his move, Blood Brother paced up to Artspeak's wheel at three-quarters in 1:24.3 (:28.4). Artspeak turned away Blood Brother's challenge, and, while not drawing away, was striding towards the finish. Sicily slid up the inside to take second, and Traceur Hanover was storming down the center of the course, but had to settle for third as Artspeak crossed the line in front in 1:51.3 (:27). Owned by Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, Joe Sbrocco, and In The Gym Partners, trained by Tony Alagna, and driven by Scott Zeron, the divisional leader has earned $479,575 this season. A son of Western Ideal-The Art Museum-Artsplace, he returned $2.10 to win. "They got close to me because we went a soft third quarter, but when they looked him in the eye, he [Artspeak] took off like a good horse," driver Scott Zeron said. "He's pretty smart; he has a closed bridle, so he can't see them coming, but he can hear them, even through the earplugs. He was pretty full tonight." "He's a sweetheart to drive," Scott Zeron also said. "He acts like an aged pacer already, so my job is easy." Artspeak New York Sires Stakes champion Cartoon Daddy traveled patiently around the track and swept passed his cover and rivals to win in 1:50.1. David Miller sent Talking Points for the front and battled with Gallic Beach for that spot. Sprinting by her approaching the quarter, Talking Points led through a :27.4 first panel. After an uncontested half in :55 (:27.1), Jake Blue Chip tipped first over with Cartoon Daddy on his back. Jake Blue Chip stalled in his bid midway through the turn, but soon rushed towards Talking Points to apply pressure. The duo hooked into battle through a 1:23.1 (:28.1) third quarter. Jake Blue Chip quickly abandoned the battle, while Cartoon Daddy fanned wide and began to rally down the center of the course. Gallic Beach slid by Talking Points at the pylons to quickly gain control, but it was soon revoked by Cartoon Daddy in a 1:50.1 (:27) mile, a lifetime mark. Bankrolling $249,067 this year, the Art Major-Ask Alice-The Panderosa colt is owned by Burke Racing Stable and Joseph Di Scala, trained by Ron Burke and driven by Yannick Gingras. Sent off the 4/5 favorite, he paid $3.80 to win. "I knew the cover was good enough, but it was just if the horse [Cartoon Daddy] was good enough," trainer Ron Burke said. "That was a good-enough trip that he should win if he was the best. He raced good; the horse up the rail [Gallic Beach] bothered me more than the trip." Cartoon Daddy The Well Said-Thou Shalt Not-Real Desire colt Lost For Words maintained control of the field for the latter stages of the mile and sprinted to victory in 1:51.1. Bet You floated towards the front, with Penji Hanover tucking into second and Lost For Words getting away in third. After an opening split in :30, David Miller signaled Lost For Words to brush to the top. Stubborn to lose control, Bet You stretched out the 2/5 favorite to the best of his ability, but Lost For Words gained control through a :56.1 (:26.1) half. Attempting to slow down the third quarter, Berkley led a two-wide cavalry charge towards the top, tracked by Lone Survivor and Tyd Theglyde. Lost For Words was revved-up for a quarter-mile sprint after reaching three-quarters in 1:24.4 (:28.3). Edging 4-lengths clear from Bet You, Lost For Words flew down to the wire in 1:51.1 (:26.2). Bet You settled for second, Penji Hanover closed for third and Lone Survivor finished fourth. The $2.80 winner has earned $150,337 this year for owners Country Club Acres, William Robinson, Richard Lombardo, and The Strollin Stables. Trained by Brian Brown, Lost For Words equaled his lifetime best of 1:51.1 at Harrah's Philadelphia. "He had to work pretty good to get back there [to the lead]," driver David Miller said. "He got a third-quarter breather, and he was strolling coming home." "He's been really good all season long," Dave Miller also said. "I overdrove him in the final of the [Pennsylvania] Sires Stakes, but he's made up for it in the last couple of weeks." Lost For Words Lawrence B. Sheppard champion In The Arsenal pulled off a 25-1 upset in the closing division, doing so over Rich Wisdom in 1:49.4. Several colts contested in the early pace, with Well Well Well gaining control after a :27.3 quarter. Southwind Masimo soon edged to the outside to take the front, with In The Arsenal on his back and The Wayfaring Man. In The Arsenal took control after a :55 (:27.2) half. After a 1:23 (:28) third quarter, In The Arsenal braced for the bids of Rich Wisdom and Freedomformysoul towards the center of the course. Once Rich Wisdom came within a length of In The Arsenal, he quickly responded to driver Brian Sears' encouragement and crossed the line in 1:49.4 (:26.4). A son of American Ideal-Ladyotra-On The Road Again, he has earned $118,655 this season for owner White Birch Farms. Trained by Kelvin Harrison, his mile of 1:49.4 was a lifetime mark. He paid $52.20 to win. "He won the Sheppard earlier," Brian Sears said. "On a half-mile track, he showed some ability. His manners have been unruly at times, but he has a very good gait, very willing and loves to race horses. He tries all the way. The only thing we've had problems with is his manners at times, but he has tons of talent." In The Arsenal Live racing resumes on Sunday, September 28, with the $173,400 Bluegrass for three-year-old filly trotters and the $187,200 Bluegrass for three-year-old colt trotters. Post time is slated for 1:00pmEDT. Race replays of action from The Red Mile can be found on our YouTube channel: Red Mile Harness. By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

LEXINGTON, KY-- Despite an hour-and-a-half delay provoked by a blown transformer near the first turn, the $336,000 Bluegrass for two-year-old filly trotters was contested in four divisions on Thursday, September 25. The wait was worth it as a world record was tied. Jolene Jolene, sent off the 8/5-second choice, equaled the world record for freshmen filly trotters of 1:52.1 in division two of Bluegrass action.   Classical Annie circled around Scented Roses to secure command through a :28.2 first quarter. Passing three-eighths, Jolene Jolene made a furious bid from fourth to commandeer the field. Clearing in a :56.3 (:28.1) half-mile, her lead began to grow into the far turn.   Leading by 5 lengths through a 1:24 (:27.2) third quarter, driver David Miller kept Jolene Jolene to task while Lock Down Lindy tried to close, as well as Gold Cora and Sweet Thing. As Lock Down Lindy broke, Gold Cora and Sweet Thing took over second and third while Jolene Jolene was striding to an 8-length victory in 1:52.1 (:28.1).   Returning $5.40 to win, the Muscle Hill-Celebrity Speedie-Malabar Man daughter is owned by William Donovan and trained by Jonas Czernyson. The 1:52.1 effort is a lifetime mark for the filly trotter, and this win puts her season's earnings at $207,527. Scratched down to a field of four in the pari-mutual spectrum, Wild Honey, off a world-record 1:55.2 mile at Delaware, Ohio, coasted around the Lexington oval to win in 1:55.2, with a :26.3 final quarter.   Able to put up fractions of :29.2, :59.3 (:30.1), and 1:28.4 (:29.1), Wild Honey led foes Onda Di Mare, Love Me Madly, Shafina Hanover, and Hot Stuff, respectively, in her gate-to-wire performance. They remained in that order as Wild Honey sprinted to the wire in :26.3 to win in 1:55.2.   Owned by Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, and Herb Liverman, the Cantab Hall-U Wanna Lindy-S J's Photo daughter paid $2.10 to win. She's trained by Jimmy Takter and driven by Yannick Gingras. Winning seven of eight starts, the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes champion has now amassed $312,656 in earnings.   Fresh off a victory in the Kindergarten Series, Lilu Hanover claimed victory in the third division of the Bluegrass in 1:54.2.   Getting away on the lead, Lilu Hanover led Armatrading, That's So Ironic, and Annaliina as she marched to the quarter. Passing that station in :29, Annaliina was sent two wide and began to brush by her competition. She took the lead from Lilu Hanover through a half of :57.2 (:28.2).   Around into the far turn, Armatrading pulled first over to challenge Annaliina for control. Lilu Hanover sat steady In The Pocket through a 1:27.1 (:29.4) third-quarter. Midway into the stretch, Lilu Hanover pulled the pocket and managed to split Annaliina and Armatrading to get a nose in front and extend to a length in 1:54.2 (:27.1). Annaliina was second, Concentration was third and Armatrading was fourth.   A daughter of Andover Hall-Lady Luck Hanover-Donerail, she is owned by Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld, trained by Jimmy Takter and Scott Zeron guided her to victory. Paying $5.20 to win, the 1:54.2 mile is a lifetime mark for Lilu Hanover.   Bee The Queen capped the stakes action with a 1:54.1 victory over   Allerage Star and Crunchess Finale dueled for control through a :27.3 first quarter. Clearing the front into the backstretch, Allerage Star maintained her lead past the half in :55.2 (:27.4). Driver Brian Sears gave Bee The Queen the cue to go entering the far turn, flushed from fourth by Sarcy.   Within a matter of strides, Bee The Queen secured control. Sarcy stalked uncovered while Allerage Star was to her inside In The Pocket. Bee The Queen trotted by three-quarters in 1:24.3 (:29.1).   Sarcy broke turning for home, and Allerage Star swung out of the pocket, but failed to rally by Bee The Queen. Wiclet Hanover from the back closed into second, as well as Kirsi Hanover into third as Bee The Queen was victorious in 1:54.1 (:29.3).   Owned by Alfred Ross and trained by George Ducharme, the Donato Hanover-Bee Line-Self Possessed filly paid $5.40 to win. Her 1:54.1 victory is a lifetime best, and her season's earnings are now at $63,392.   Live racing resumes Friday, September 26 with the $287,600 Bluegrass for two-year-old filly pacers and the $393,000 Bluegrass for two-year-old colt trotters. With three divisions for the fillies and four for the colts, post time is set at 7:00pmEDT.   By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile  

Saturday night racing at The Red Mile features the top pacers in the land with another eight divisions of the Grand Circuit Bluegrass Stakes. Freshman colts and sophomores of both sexes are on the bill with over $700,000 in purses distributed over the twelve race card.   The Bluegrass two year old pacing colts split four ways with each division of the "Westen Ideal" racing for over $80,000. Division leader Artspeak returns from a brief freshening in race seven after his Metro triumph of last month. Unbeaten in six outings, Artspeak tuned up with a 1:52.4 qualifying win over the track last Friday in anticipation of the Bluegrass.   He wears the target of a favorite here for owner/breeder Brittany Farms, partners Marvin Katz, Joe Sbrocco and In The Gym Partners. Tony Alagna trains and Scott Zeron drives the son of Western Ideal & The Art Museum.   Little Brown Jug winner Limelight Beach has been entered in the three-year-old Bluegrass colt stake named for his sire, super-stallion Somebeachsomewhere. The stake drew a pair of nine horse fields and each will race for a purse of $92,600.   Limelight Beach's division reads the tougher of the two off the form as he lines up behind the Magical Acres starting gate next to Meadowlands Pace winner He's Watching and Jug heat winner Let's Drink On It. While the Jug wins were his first of the year, Limelight Beach has been steady throughout and would eclipse the half million dollar mark in seasonal earnings for Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, M1 Stable and the Wingfield Brothers. Ronnie Burke trains and Yannick Gingras drives on Saturday.   The filly pacers split nicely into two fields of eight in the Darlin's Delight, each for a purse of $73,300. The first division (race 10) offers a competitive group featuring the return of last year's division leader and Red Mile track & world record holder Precocious Beauty to her home state of Kentucky. The Art Major filly from Precious Beauty was raised by breeder/owner Jim Avritt in nearby Lebanon, KY and seems to thrive on the home cookin'. She'll face a staunch group here for trainer Gregg McNair and driver Brian Sears.   The fun starts at 7:00pm at The Red Mile. Visit The Red Mile website for more information.   From the press box at The Red Mile

The annual fortnight of Grand Circuit racing begins on Thursday, September 25 with the $336,000 Bluegrass Stakes for freshman trotting fillies, traditionally the kick-off to the meet.   This stake has been known for a number as years as the Norman S. Woolworth Memorial remembering one of harness racing's most beloved personalities. Twenty seven fashionably bred debutantes were entered and split into quad-features on the twelve race card.   Wild Honey leads the first division of six in the third race. The gifted Cantab Hall filly is but a head away from an unbeaten season, having won six of seven with the $260,000 PASS final chief among those wins. Wild Honey shattered CR Kay Suzie's 20 year old half-mile track World Record by more than a second in a dazzling 1:55.2 performance last week at Delaware. She'll be a short price in this one for the Jimmy Takter barn and driver Yannick Gingras. Christina Takter, Fielding, Liverman & Fielding are the proud owners of the $35,000 bargain from last fall's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale.   Jolene Jolene is the most accomplished of the seven fillies in the second division of the Woolworth (race 5). This Muscle Hill filly was second in the Merrie Annabelle and the winner of the Champlain stakes on her way to over $165,000 in earnings. She blew a shot at big money with an early break in the Peaceful Way final at Mohawk last week when division leader Mission Brief took herself out by going off-stride as well. A chance for redemption looms for Jolene, her owner Bill Donovan, trainer Jonas Czernyson and driver Dave Miller on Thursday.   A pair of solid fillies who have had their efforts focused on regional programs move onto the Grand Circuit stage in division three (race 8). Concentration has been working her way around the Empire State via the NYSS program with just over $100,000 in earnings to show for those efforts. She was the betting favorite in last week's rich final but jumped it off early and lost all chance for owner Ray Campbell, Jr. Trainer George Ducharme and Driver Brian Sears who teamed to win the 2013 Hambletonian with Royalty For Life, a horse in which Mr. Campbell had an interest, will look to rekindle that spark.   Local hopeful Armatrading (named for recording artist Joan Armatrading) should provide ample competition for Concentration. The Groton Hall lass won the $175,000 Kentucky Sires Stakes final over this very track in August and closed nicely to be third in a Kindergarten leg last week for Atlantic Trot, trainer Kenneth Oscarsson and driver Randy Jerrell.   The fourth division (10th race) appears the most contentious based on current form.   Bee The Queen has really found her best stride here at The Red Mile with back to back Kindergarten scores for George Ducharme and owner Alfred Ross with equally effortless 1:56 wins. Allerage Star has pretty much made the winners circle her alternate residence, winning four of seven including her most recent, an unlikely recovery from an early break in the Kindergarten last Thursday. She flashed unusual determination and grit in that one for the ownership group of Jeff Gural (via his nom de course Little E, LLC) Jason Settlemoir, Dave Stolz and Art Geiger and trainer Jessica Okusko.   Captain Corey Callahan has the enviable yet difficult choice of either, having been named to drive both fillies.   The races begin at 7:00 on Thursday evening and continue at that post time through Saturday, then shift to 1:00pm on Sunday afternoon. Further information is available by visiting The Red Mile website.   by Nick Salvi, for the Red Mile                         View on www.theredmile.com Preview by Yahoo      

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, September 20, 2014 - Casimir Jitterbug and harness racing driver Brian Sears survived the scrum from second-over Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceways' $44,000 Open Handicap Pace. Sitting chilly from assigned post position No. 5, "Jitterbug" watched as Sapphire City (Dan Dube) left around pole assignee--and slight 5-2 choice--Ronny Bugatti (Eric Carlson). Big N Bad (Jordan Stratton) also left, but found no room at the inn and was hung through early intervals of :26.3 and :55.1. Down the backside the second time, Casimir Jitterbug slipped out behind Big N Bad before going wide by the 1:23.4 three-quarters. Meanwhile, Sapphire City held a short lead in and out of the final turn, but the cavalry was about to swallow him up. Casimir Jitterbug had first "run," with Take it Back Terry (George Brennan) knifing inside of that one with Dream Out Loud N (Eric Goodell) and P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett) also moving late. Casimir Jitterbug found the wire in 1:52, whipping Dream Out Loud N by a half-length. "Terry," P H Supercam and an out-every-step Big N Bad completed the cashers. For Casimir Jitterbug, a 7-year-old Sir Luck gelding owned by Frank Bellino & Sons and trained by Tony O'Sullivan, he returned $12.60 (third choice) for his ninth win in 28 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $105, with the triple returning $469. While he did not win the feature, Brennan did win six races on the 12-race card. The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker Director of Publicity  

YONKERS, NY, Friday, September 19, 2014-Yonkers Raceway's Friday night $44,000 co-featured Open Handicaps-one for distaff pacers and one for trotters of any make or model--were won by Campanile (Tyler Buter, $10.40) and Lorenzo Dream (Brent Holland, $26.80). Unhurried from post position No. 6, Campanile saw Set Me Up (George Brennan) lead the conga line through early intervals of :28.2 and :56.3. Virgin Mary (Eric Goodell) was pocketed from the pole, while slight 2-1 choice Scandalous Hanover (Jason Bartlett) was first-up from fifth. Chasing that was Campanile as Set Me Up remained an unpressured leader in and out of a 1:24.2 three-quarters. Set Me Up owned a length lead into the lane, but was about to drop anchor. Scandalous Hanover went by first, then Campanile went by last. The latter whipped the former by a length in 1:52.2. Last week's victress, Royal Cee Cee N (Brian Sears), rallied for third here with Crazy on You (Holland) and a tiring Set Me Up completing the cashers. For fourth choice Campanile, a 5-year-old daughter of No Pan Intended trained by Allan Johnson for owner Michael Casalino Jr., it was her eighth win in 26 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $49.40, with the triple returning $182. The week's marquee trot saw Lorenzo Dream-banished behind the eight-ball-make short work of that inconvenience. Vaulting to immediate command, he was a lonely leader through sub-stations of :28, :57.2, 1:26.3 and 1:55.3. Up four lengths turning for home, and with pocket-sitting longshot Neighsay Hanover (Jordan Stratton) and a first-up, 17-10 fave Backstreet Hanover (Bartlett) both doing nothing, "Lorenzo's" final margin was three lengths. The Triple Lindy (Eric Carlson) found room late to grab second, with Zooming (Buter), Backstreet Hanover and Rossini (Dan Dube) settling for the small change. For sixth choice Lorenzo Dream a 7-year-old Taurus Dream gelding owned by Vincent Laurenzo and trained by Julie Miller, he's now 8-for-25 this season. The exacta paid $626, the triple returned $1,683 and the superfecta paid $15,476 (base two-dollar wager). Note that since no one hit Friday's Pick 5, Saturday night's gimmick begins with a $3,363.16 carryover. The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager (races 5 through 9). Over the past number of years, employees and staff from Empire City, Yonkers Raceway and the Standardbred Owners Association of New York have visited the Food Bank For Westchester in nearby Elmsford, helping out with the fine work of that organization. Friday night, the folks from Food Bank returned the favor, visiting Yonkers to enjoy dinner, a night at the races....and to receive a donation. The Raceway and the SOA made a contribution to the Food Bank, which goes toward feeding the hungry throughout the county of Westchester. "Yonkers is pleased to assist such a worthy cause," Raceway COO Bob Galterio said. "So many of our employees generously donate their time every time we visit. Anything we can do to help, it's our pleasure." "We have had tremendous support from horsemen and owners throughout our organization," SOA of New York president Joe Faraldo said. "Many of Yonkers' leading drivers have been to the Food Bank to lend a hand and see what this organization does." For more information, visit www.foodbankforwestchester.org. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway  

Classic Martine and driver Tim Tetrick faced four other world champions and went right to the lead and never looked back en route to a 1:54.1 triumph in the $121,000 final of the Ms Versatility for older trotting mares. Tetrick made the best use of the rail starting point on a half mile track and shot out to the early lead with Maven (Yannick Gingras) getting the two-hole trip to the opening quarter mile in :27.3. Then to the half mile marker in an easy :57 saw Classic Martine face her first challenge as Ma Chere Hall (David Miller) started up first-over and Bee A Magician (Brian Sears) was able to grab the second-over live cover. They raced down the backstretch and after the three-quarters in 1:25.1, Sears sent Bee A Magician three-wide and make it a three horse fight to the finish down the stretch. Classic Martine would have no part of that as she dug in and held on to win by a half length in 1:54.1. A late closing Charmed Life (Brett Miller) was second with Maven third. It was the ninth win this year for Classic Martine. The four-year-old mare by Classic Photo is trained by Chris Oakes and is owned by Hauser Brothers Racing, Susan Oakes, C. Zurich and Edwin Gold. She paid $5.60 to win. “She raced really well,” said trainer Chris Oaks, “She is a very good mare and has a great season. Last week at Chester she had the 8-hole blues, but she bounced back quick. Everyone know my mare can leave like a runner. She real good on her feet and that it would take someone special to beat her out of the gate.” By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com

Without ever seeing the “rail” and parked out first-over the entire mile, Sumatra was able to grind it out for driver Brian Sears in capturing the $118,300 Old Oaken Bucket Thursday at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in Ohio. It was a bulky ten-horse field for three-year-old trotters on a half mile track and winning trainer Tom Fanning said this was going to happen. “I don’t like everyone not having their nose on the gate,” Fanning said Wednesday morning. We won’t be able to take back if we don’t leave or else we will be parked out the entire mile. I still think my horse is a contender in here. He has been doing great the last two weeks.” Fanning was right on the mark with that pre-race comment. Uva Hanover (Tim Tetrick) were the first out of the gate and on the early lead with race favorite Datsyuk (Charlie Norris) grabbing the pocket trip. They went to the opening quarter in :28. Then Skates N Plates (   ) came first-over and cleared to the lead with Sumatra and Sears losing their cover and getting parked-out to the half in :56.4. Around the third turn, Skates N Plates was in command with Sumatra gaining ground with every stride. They passed the three-quarters in 1:26 and Sumatra was then able to clear to the lead as Skates N Plates began to fold. Down the stretch Sears urged Sumatra on and they held a two length lead as the field came at them but it was too late as Sumatra held on at the wire to score by a diminishing three-quarters of a length in 1:56.1. Datsyuk was second and Il Sogno Dream (Aaron Merriman) finished third. Sumatra went off at odds of 19-1. “It did work out,” Sears said, “My horse was able to overcome it (first-over). He doesn’t have the handiest speed in the world but he is honest and he tries real hard. I know that horse of Trond’s (Smedshammer) would not hold the lead and my horse got by him on the last turn and that made the race for him. I didn’t put any pressure on him. I let him do it on his own. He’s not real quick but he keeps going and does not get tired and he showed that today.” It was the second win this year for Sumatra. The gelded son of Muscles Yankee other win this year was the Dexter Cup Trot final at Freehold Raceway, once again on a half mile track. Sumatra is owned by Joseph Smith of Vero Beach, FL and paid $41.00 to win. Pinkman takes $59,445 Standardbred Stake Nothing was “breaking bad” for Pinkman in Thursday’s $59,445 Standardbred Stakes for 2-year-old male trotters, as he overcame favorite Crazy Wow in deep stretch for the victory at the Delaware County Fair. Making only his second start, Pinkman and driver Yannick Gingras followed leader Crazy Wow -- who won the New York Sire Stakes championship last Saturday -- for nearly the entire mile before pulling out of the pocket and trotting to the win in 1:57. Crazy Wow finished second, followed by Ralph R and Walter White. The Jimmy Takter-trained Pinkman, racing as an entry with Walter White, went off at 5-1 and paid $12 to win. Pinkman and Walter White are named after characters from the television series “Breaking Bad.” Pinkman is a son of Explosive Matter out of the mare Margie Seelster. He was purchased for $77,000 under the name Traffic Jam at the Lexington Selected Sale. His family includes stakes-winner Grassbed, who is the mother of 1990 Dan Patch Award-winner Me Maggie and grandmother of millionaire racehorse and top stallion Credit Winner. In his first start, Pinkman finished second from post eight in a conditioned race at The Red Mile. He has now earned $27,275 for owners Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, Joyce McClelland and Herb Liverman. On Thursday, Pinkman sat behind Crazy Wow through fractions of :29.4, :59.3 and 1:28.4. Walter White made a first-over challenge from fourth place at the half-mile point, but only was able to get within a half-length of overtaking Crazy Wow for the lead. Pinkman found room coming off the final turn and was able to overcome a 1-1/4 length deficit to win by a neck. "He is now a gelding rather than a colt," said Jimmy Takter. "We had some problems that resulted from the castration surgery that took some time for him to recover from so that is why he had a late start. We started him in Lexington last week and I was very happy with him so I decided to put him in here." By Steve Wolf, Ken Weingartner with Kimberly French

Four world champions meet in Thursday's $121,500 Miss Versatility Series championship for older female trotters at the Delaware County Fair in central Ohio. The group is led by Bee A Magician, who was the 2013 Horse of the Year in both the U.S. and Canada, and Classic Martine, who has won this year's Armbro Flight Stakes and two preliminary divisions of the Miss Versatility Series. The two horses share the world record of 1:51.1 for the fastest winning time by a 4-year-old trotting mare on a mile racetrack. Classic Martine also shares the world record of 1:51.2 for the fastest victory by a female trotter of any age on a five-eighths-mile racetrack. She shares the mark with her stablemate, and Miss Versatility contender, Frau Blucher. And then there is Maven. Last year, she won the Miss Versatility Series championship with a 1:51.4 triumph at Delaware. The time established the world record for fastest race mile ever by any trotter, male or female, on a half-mile oval. Only Cash Hall's time-trial 1:51.1 time, recorded at Delaware in 2006, is faster than Maven's race time. A day before Maven made history, Frau Blucher set the world record of 1:53.1 for the fastest win by any 3-year-old trotter on a half-mile track at Delaware. "It's a very deep group, for sure," said Chris Oakes, who trains Classic Martine and Frau Blucher. "I think we've got a very good chance. Both horses are doing well right now and drew well, which is important there. (But) I think probably the horse to beat is Bee A Magician." Classic Martine drew post No. 1 and is the 2-1 morning line favorite with driver Tim Tetrick. She has won eight of 12 races and $246,732 this year. Last season, she shared the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship for 3-year-old female trotters with Frau Blucher - finishing in a dead heat for win with her stablemate in the final - and was second to Bee A Magician in the Hambletonian Oaks. The mare is owned by Hauser Brothers Racing, Susan Oakes, Conrad Zurich and Ed Gold. "She had time off and she matured good and has come back a better horse than last year," Oakes said. "She's a little bigger, a little stronger, and the mental toughness is definitely there this year." Frau Blucher, who finished second to Bee A Magician in last year's Breeders Crown, will start from post four with driver Ron Pierce and is 10-1. She has won one of seven races this year, but is approaching $1 million in lifetime earnings for owners Hauser Brothers Racing, Susan Oakes and Matt Tudisco. Bee A Magician, trained by Nifty Norman, was unbeaten in 17 races last season and has won three of 10 starts this year. She finished second to male rivals in the Hambletonian Maturity and fourth against the sport's top open trotters in the Crawford Farms Trot. In fact, her most recent three starts were against the boys, with her winning an open at Yonkers and a conditioned handicap at Harrah's Philadelphia. She won a division of the Miss Versatility by a neck over Charmed Life in her world-record 1:51.1 performance. Three weeks later, she lost by a neck to Classic Martine in the Ima Lula final in the same time. Bee A Magician is owned by Mel Hartman, Herb Liverman and David McDuffee. She has won 30 of 40 career races and $2.52 million. She starts the Miss Versatility from post six with driver Brian Sears and is 5-2. Maven, who received the 2013 Dan Patch Award for best older female trotter, has won two of eight races this year. She opened her campaign with a win in the Miami Valley Distaff and then went to Sweden for the Elitlopp Invitational, where she finished third in her elimination and sixth in the final. On Aug. 23, she beat male foes in the preferred handicap at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs and in her most recent start she finished fifth in the final preliminary round of the Miss Versatility at Tioga Downs. The race was won by Charmed Life in 1:52.2 - the fastest mile ever trotted at the track. "It's really a deep, deep division," said Yannick Gingras, who drives Maven. "In the past, there's always been a standout in that division, but there isn't one right now. Imagine if Maven was to just step up a little and be the horse that she was last year, it would be some scary good trotting mares going at each other every week. It's great for the sport." Maven, trained by Jonas Czernyson, who has three horses in Thursday's Miss Versatility, has won 27 of 48 career races and $1.48 million for owner Bill Donovan. Last year, she finished fifth in her start prior to the Miss Versatility championship at Delaware. Gingras is hoping history can repeat itself with a bounce-back winning performance again this season. "Jonas told me that she's had an unbelievable two weeks since that start at Tioga and he really believes he's got her in peak form right now," Gingras said. "I'm going to go behind the gate with the mindset that she's one of the horses to beat and I'm going to race her that way. Hopefully Jonas is right." Following is the Miss Versatility field in post order with drivers, trainers, and morning line: 1. Classic Martine, Tim Tetrick, Chris Oakes, 2-1; 2. D'Orsay, Corey Callahan, Jonas Czernyson, 6-1; 3. Ma Chere Hall, David Miller, Jonas Czernyson, 12-1; 4. Frau Blucher, Ron Pierce, Chris Oakes, 10-1; 5. Maven, Yannick Gingras, Jonas Czernyson, 4-1; 6. Bee A Magician, Brian Sears, R. Nifty Norman, 5-2; 7. Charmed Life, Brett Miller, Dave Menary, 8-1. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications    

YONKERS, NY, Friday, September 12, 2014-Yonkers Raceway's Friday night $44,000 co-featured Open Handicaps-one for distaff pacers and one for trotters of any gender that's out there--were won by a from-last Royal Cee Cee N (Brian Sears, $15) and Somebody AS (Dan Dube, $17.60). Also Brian Sears had the hot hands, winning six races on the card. Unhurried from outside her seven rivals, Royal Cee Cee N saw last week's victress, Venus Delight (Jason Bartlett), out past a :27.1 opening quarter-mile and into Turn 2 before making the lead. The slight 2-1 choice then rated a :56.2 intermission before Classy Lane Rose (Dube) moved from fifth. However, she didn't continue that bid in and out of a 1:24.4 three-quarters, forcing Campanile (Eric Carlson) wide and Royal Cee Cee N even wider. Venus Delight opened a couple of lengths in and out of the final and looked home...and a relentless close by Royal Cee Cee N. Sixth-nearly five lengths back--turning for home, she snapped "Venus" on the money, winning by a nose in 1:53.3. Campanile, Set Me Up (George Brennan) and Strings (Eric Goodell) rounded out the payees. For millionairess and fifth choice Royal Cee Cee N, an 8-year-old Down Under daughter of Christian Cullen owned and trained by Mark Harder, it was her sixth win (third consecutive and 40th career) in 24 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $114, with the triple returning $293.50. The week's marquee trot was a two-speed number, with 2013 Yonkers Trot champ Dewycolorintheline (Jordan Stratton) putting up intervals of :28.1, :58.3, 1:26.3, all the while shadowed by Somebody AS. The latter, after an early sequester from post position No. 4, went inside and went by. The margin was three-quarters of a length in 1:55. Wishing Stone (Brennan), last week's winner--and this week's 9-5 choice--Traverse Seelster (Tyler Buter) and Obrigado (Brent Holland) completed the cashers. For fourth choice Somebody AS, a 5-year-old Striking Sahbra gelding co-owned by Acl Stuteri AB & Kjell Johansson and trained by Anette Lorentzon, he's now 4-for-15 this season. The exacta paid $90, the triple returned $847 and the superfecta paid $2,806. The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday ($1.8 million New York Night of Champions) at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway        

A field of eight winner's over $25,000 lifetime trotters lined up behind the starter for the Thursday afternoon feature at Harrah's Philadelphia, renewing the rivalry between trotting mare superstars Bee A Magician and Classic Martine. At the start, it was Opening Night (Dave Miller) showing the best early speed. The 56-1 long shot battled for the lead, in an opening quarter that was reached in 27.1. Shortly after he cleared however, world champion Bee A Magician moved quickly up to take command. After settling down the half in 56.1, another long shot, Melady's Monet (Anthony Morgan), emerged first over, but could get no closer to the leaders wheel. At the top of the stretch, Bee A Magician sprinted clear under minimal Brian Sears urging, stopping the clock in 1:52.1, just one fifth of a second off the track record set by Classic Martine less than one month ago. Classic Martine started here from post eight, and finished sixth after being caught wide the entire first turn. Melady's Monet finished second, while Opening Night finished third. Bee A Magician is owned by Melvin Hartman, Herb Liverman, and David Mc Duffee, and is trained by Nifty Norman. She paid $4.00 to win, and keyed an exacta that paid $87.40. The trifecta paid $723.20, while the Superfecta paid $1,435.80. by Mike Bozich, for Harrah's Philadelphia

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