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DAYTON, OH - Thirteen year old Cambassador, who has won at least one race in 10 of the last 11 years, won for the 50th time on Monday afternoon (Oct. 19) at Hollywood Dayton Raceway.   Current harness racing owner-trainer Parker Smith, the son of driver Jeremy Smith, has won seven of those 50 races with Cambassador and claims "he is my favorite horse ever. I've claimed him three times and hope I can keep him through his mandatory retirement next year. I think he has got a lot more wins in him."   Cambassador came along at the right time for Parker, who was getting by as a warm up driver and doing catch paddocks. Ready to make the leap to fledgling trainer, he plucked down $6000 hard-earned dollars to claim his prize possession with high hopes.       "He sorta put me on the map," explained Smith. "He tries so hard and shows up every time we race. To me, he's as special as they get. He may only be a bottom claimer at this point in his career, but he's still a warrior."   Cambassador has won at eight different tracks and had 16 trainers over his lengthy career. The highest purse he has ever raced for is $16,000 and he has faced the starting gate 332 times. His speed badge is 1:50.4 taken as a 6-year-old at The Meadowlands. The son of Cam's Card Shark has hit the board 152 times and earned $574,270 in purses.   From Hollywood Dayton Raceway  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - With a bold three-wide move in the backstretch, Windsun Cheyenne and harness racing driver Pascal Berube were able to capture the Preferred-Handicap Pace for the second straight week at the Hippodrome 3R. The seventh race feature saw race favorite Maracasso and driver Carol Voyer go three-wide on the first turn to take command of the race with D J Power (Samuel Fillion) sitting the pocket-seat and Always A Diamond (Steeven Genois) stuck first-over. They went by the opening quarter mile in :27.1. By the half mile marker in :55.4, Voyer had Maracasso in command of the race and was leading by three lengths until the backstretch. That was when Berube swung out three-wide with Windsun Cheyenne and started to gait ground on Maracasso past the three-quarters in 1:25.2. At the top of the stretch Maracasso began to fade as D J Power shot up the inside, but they could not catch Windsun Cheyenne as he went on to win by one and one-half lengths in 1:56.2. Jeffs Journey (Stephane Gendron) closed well to be second with D J Power third. The oldest competitor in the field at age ten, Windsun Cheyenne is sired by Cam's Card Shark and is trained and owned by Gina Bragagnolo of Lavaltrie. It was his second straight win and third of the season for Windsun Cheyenne, who paid $8.70 to win. Scoring a driving triple on the day, Pascal Berube moved into sole position of first place among the driver standings with 15 wins. Stephane Gendron is in second place with 13 wins. Trainers Michel Allard and Charles Gaudreault had one win each Friday and now are tied with Maxime Velaye for the early lead in the trainer standings with five wins each. Defending champion Francis Richard and Pierre Leclerc each have four wins. Track Notes: The Hippodrome 3R has live racing all weekend long. On Saturday is the second round of the Quebec Regional Fair Circuit with an eight-race program. Then on Sunday is another eight-race card. Post time both days is 1:00 pm. For a free race program for each day, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Hanover, PA — Cam’s Card Shark passed away peacefully at Hanover Shoe Farms on July 2, 2020 at the age of 29. He was with the people that loved him, including Hanover Shoe Farms Farm Manager Patti Murphy who has been with him since he retired to stallion duty, first in New Jersey and then Pennsylvania. Cam’s Card Shark was retired from stallion duty in 2014 and lived his remaining years in the stallion barn at Hanover. Cam’s Card Shark took his record of 1:50 at age 3 and earned $2,498,204. He was the Dan Patch Horse of the Year in 1994 and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2007. Cam’s Card Shark’s major wins included the North America Cup, Meadowlands Pace, New Jersey Classic, Messenger Stakes, The Adios, Berry’s Creek, James Dancer Memorial, Art Rooney Pace and the Miller Memorial. He was scratched as the overwhelming favorite to win the Little Brown Jug and never raced again. The story just starts there. Cam’s Card Shark started his stallion career at Hanover Shoe Farms of New Jersey in 1995 and moved to Pennsylvania in 2012 where he stood his last two seasons at Hanover’s Main Farm in Pennsylvania. Cam’s Card Shark sired 1,829 foals that earned $150,458,604. His most notable performers include the double millionaires Bettor’s Delight p,3,1:49.4 ($2,581,461), Shark Gesture p,1:48.1s ($2,818,021), Four Starzzz Shark p,1:47.4 ($2,537,267), Royalflush Hanover p,4,1:49.3 ($2,153,893), and the one time co-fastest pacer of all time, Holborn Hanover p,1:46.4 ($2,070,648). Cam’s Card Shark’s daughters have produced the winners of $117,544,998 including the performers A Rocknroll Dance p,4,1:47.2s ($2,429,441) and Heston Blue Chip p,3,1:48f ($1,781,881). “If he had only sired Bettor’s Delight who is unarguably one of the greatest stallions the business has ever seen, he would have left his mark, however he did so much more. Shark was a great racehorse and an even greater stallion. He was as tough and gritty a horse as you could know. It was, of course, a sad day here but he had a great life and we were blessed to have had him for as long as we did,” said Hanover’s Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky. Owners Jeff and Paula Snyder were understandably sad when they received the news. “He changed our lives, he was really the start of my career in harness racing and the horse that got Paula interested in racing. We really appreciate everything he did for us and take comfort in the fact that he had such a long and happy retirement at the only home he knew after racing,” said Jeff Snyder.

Chester, PA -- Jeffrey Snyder's Dealt A Winner ($4.00) proved dominant in Sunday's (Oct. 27) $18,000 harness racing pacing feature at Harrah's Philadelphia, drawing clear willingly on the final turn to post a seasonal-best 1:49.1 victory. George Napolitano Jr. kept Dealt A Winner second-over on the first turn, and the pair cleared to the lead with a circuit to go after Mike's Z Tam (Pat Lachance) pushed clear of early pacesetter Bright Diamond N (Joe Bongiorno). After rolling through a :54.2 first half, the 7-year-old Cam's Card Shark gelding threw down the gauntlet up the far side with a :26.4 third sectional before expanding his lead over Mike's Z Tam through the final turn. Dealt A Winner remained strong all the way to the winning post, soundly defeating Mike's Z Tam by 3-3/4 lengths. Twin B Tuffenuff (Dexter Dunn) emerged out of traffic to take third. Mark Silva trains 21-time winner Dealt A Winner. Tim Tetrick led all drivers with four wins on the 14-race card, while Napolitano notched a hat trick. Despite odds-on choice Regal Hope ($3.20, Tetrick) prevailing in the $12,500 claiming fifth race, only one punter successfully selected the 5-1-4-2-3 combination in the day's Jackpot Hi-5, which yielded a dividend of $14,566.02. Live racing returns to Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon (Oct. 30); first post is 12:25 p.m. Eastern. by James Witherite, for Harrah's Philadelphia r

YONKERS, N.Y. – Gokudo Hanover joined the ranks of harness racing trainer Scott Di Domenico’s stable last fall and quickly became one of the top horses in his barn. He won the local Open Handicap Pace at Yonkers Raceway twice and placed another two times over the winter. Di Domenico thought enough of the gelding to enter him in the first leg of the George Morton Levy Series March 17. However, the day before the race, Di Domenico found Gokudo Hanover in a state of shock. “He jogged that morning and he was OK,” Di Domenico recalled. “Around lunchtime, he got violent. He was really uncharacteristically in pain and uncomfortable. That’s certainly not part of his temperament, so we shipped him immediately to the Mid-Atlantic Clinic. “It was terrible, especially a horse of his personality. He’s very friendly, quiet, nice, real pleasurable horse. To see him up and down and in a lot of pain was certainly alarming.” Gokudo Hanover suffered from an episode of colic and required emergency surgery. A portion of his intestine was removed, and surgeons also discovered and took out a non-cancerous tumor. Gokudo Hanover pulled through, but the budding pacing star went to the sidelines. “He missed quite a bit of time. He was probably out two to three months just not doing much of anything. Just healing up and making sure everything was OK,” Di Domenico said. “It was a little bit questionable of how he was going to come back. It seems like most horses who have that don’t come back quite as well as they did before they had it. “When he started back to work and back on the track, he had no issues of any sort that would lead you to believe anything was out of the ordinary. He jogged back, trained back, did everything right,” the trainer said. With a significant amount of money still on his card from his early-season success, Di Domenico had no choice but to bring Gokudo Hanover back in Open company, finishing off-the-board in two starts in the Great Northeast Open Series this August.  The 6-year-old posted two victories at Freehold in September before returning to Yonkers. The Cam’s Card Shark son worked his way back up the class-ladder, his comeback culminating with a pair of wins in the $35,000 Preferred and $44,000 Open Handicap Pace November 10 and 17, respectively. “We took him to Freehold and he kind of woke up down there and it’s been smooth sailing since,” Di Domenico said. “It’s really gratifying to see where he was, to see how much fun we had early with him, then to the nightmarish day where he was in so much pain, shut him down, bring him back. It’s fulfilling and most of all, to see the horse overcome such struggle is most gratifying.” Gokudo Hanover left from post five in his latest win, but Techtor Hanover and Mach It So were faster into the first turn, leaving Gokudo Hanover parked outside in third. Dan Dube put the whip on Gokudo Hanover’s tail and forged to the lead in :26.2.  Gokudo Hanover sped through a half-mile in :55.1 and soon felt pressure from the looming first-over favorite Mach It So. Dube kicked out the plugs entering the backstretch and raised the lines high in his left hand as he urged the gelding on with the whip in his right. Mach It So reached Gokudo Hanover’s wheel past three-quarters in 1:23, but wouldn’t get any closer. Under a sustained drive, Gokudo Hanover turned back his rival and kicked away to a length win in 1:52. “It was a big mile. The front end didn’t hold up great Saturday night. He went some big fractions. He’s been really, really good,” Di Domenico said. “The other thing about that horse, he’s one of the horses that just loves Yonkers. He really, really enjoys that track, he gets around it so handily and that’s where he does his best work.” Gokudo Hanover will try to double-up in the Open this week. He will start from post six as a 7-1 shot in the $44,000 feature. Bettor Memories was second in this race two weeks ago and is the 3-1 favorite from post four while last week’s Preferred winner Always At My Place is 7-2 from post five. Techtor Hanover, last week’s runner-up, drew post three and is 9-2. Theartofconfusion, Soho Lennon, Great Vintage, and Mach It So complete the lineup. “I think he’s up against it,” Di Domenico admitted. “There’s some speed inside of him, probably in a spot where he has to race from off the pace, but that’s pretty common when you win the Open and you have to move to the outside. When you’re racing for the kind of money they race for and have a horse of that caliber, you take everything in stride and just try to handle every week differently.” Saturday’s 12-race card also features a $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace and a $35,000 3- and 4-Year Old Open Handicap Pace. First post time is 6:50 p.m. For entries to the races, click here.  YONKERS SETS SUNDAY POST TIME, ‘DOUBLE’ INFO Yonkers Raceway’s Sunday matinee this weekend (Nov. 25th) shall offer a first post of 11:10 AM. Races 1 through 7 go as those added-distance ‘French’ trots, with post times as such… 1st  – 11:10 AM 2nd  – 11:40 AM 3rd  – 12:10 PM 4th  – 12:40 PM 5th – 1:10 PM 6th – 1:40 PM 7th – 2:10 PM Post time for the 12th-race finale is 3:50 PM.    Sunday’s ‘New York, New York Double’ is comprised of the first race from Aqueduct (post time 12:20  PM) and the fifth race from Yonkers (post time 1:10 PM). Program pages accompany this release.   After this weekend, the next Sunday matinee is Dec. 2nd (post time TBA).    By Brandon Valvo for the SOA of NY

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, November 17, 2018 - His driver made the correct choices before and during the race, as Gokudo Hanover (Dan Dube, $13.80) rolled Saturday night (Nov. 17th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $44,000 Open Handicap Pace. In play from assigned post position No. 5, Gokudo Hanover eschewed any earl three-hole, He moved to the lead around Techtor Hanover (Jordan Stratton), paying a :26.2, opening-quarter-mile privilege. After a snappy :55.1 intermission, Mach it So (Joe Bongiorno) made his second move, first-up from third. However, Gokudo Hanover was more than up to it, passing a 1:23 three-quarters and owning a length-and-a-half lead into the lane, He then finished it off, whipping Techtor Hanover by a length in a season's-best-matching 1:52. Theartofconfusion A (Brent Holland) was a rallying third, with I'm Some Graduate (George Brennan) and Mach it So settling for the minor moolah. For third choice Gokudo Hanover, a 6-year-old Cam's Card Shark gelding co-owned (as Triple D Stables) by (trainer) Scott DiDomenico, James Craparotta and Par Berry Racing, it was his seventh win in 19 seasonal starts (sixth in last nine tries). The exacta paid $94, the triple returned $418.50 and the superfecta paid $2,207. For his part, Dube selected the winner after being triple-listed on the early overnight sheet. The Raceway offers a Sunday (Nov. 18th) matinee, with a first post of High Noon. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway  

Paces to fastest mile of season

Pompano Beach, FL...December 29, 2017...Winyard Hanaover, driven by Wally Hennessey for trainer Mike Deters, set the world record for a five-eighths mile dash on a five-eighths mile track by scorching the South Florida harness racing oval Pompano Park in 1:08. The seven year-old gelded son of Cam’s Card Shark, leaving from the track’s coveted five post, sizzled panels of :27 and :54.3 before a 13.2 final eighth mile sealed the victory and the world record.  Winyard won by a comfortable 2 3/4 lengths over Sucrose Hanover, driven by John MacDonald, with Rebel Jet and Fern Paquet, Jr. teaming up for third. Mach Power and Kirktons Credit were next in the speedy sextet. At the outset, Winyard Hanover left from his “center-of-the-track” post to take charge heading into the initial turn and hardly had time to take a breath as he widened his margin throughout the journey. Said pilot Wally Hennessey after the race, “he was sizzling all the way tonight. It’s kind of advantageous leaving from a the center of the track in a situation like that where there’s not a heck of a lot of distance to the first turn.  “I though, ‘it’s now or never in a sprint like, so I sent him. I know he’s done that before in a mile race, so I wasn’t at all concerned about sending him hard. He’s a very good horse and can handle it. “To tell you the truth, I thought he was going more at the end of the mile.”  Winyard Hanover eclipsed the former record of 1:08.1 by Anais Kicker at The Meadows back in 2009 with Dave Palone in the bike. Owned by trainer Deters along with Joel Warner, Winyard Hanover won for the ninth time this semester in 32 starts to complete his 2017 campaign with earnings of $42,831. Lifetime, Winyard Hanover has banked $217,125 to go along with his Pompano Park mark of 1:51 set earlier this year. As the 4 to 5 tote-board favorite, Winyard Hanover paid $3.80 to win Racing continues on Saturday night with the Super Hi-5 jackpot carryover standing at $32,011.59. Post time is 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Durham, UK - On Friday 29th September the grey stallion, Smack Talk, is due to land in the UK in preparation for the 2018 breeding season where he will be standing at Greentree Standardbreds, County Durham, England. The six-year-old son of Cams Card Shark will join the 16-strong broodmare band where Western Jackpot (Western Ideal-Caesars Jackpot-Big Towner) has stood in previous years. A winner of six starts at 2, with a record of 1:50.4 and earnings of $90,254, Smack Talk will be the first grey stallion to stand in the UK since Young Commander and Coalford Laag. His sire, Cams Card Shark, hails from one of the strongest sire lines in modern history (Meadow Skipper-Most Happy Fella-Cam Fella-Cams Card Shark), all being noted 'sire of sires'. Sire of Bettors Delight, Million Dollar Cam and Timesareachanging, all winners of the Little Brown Jug (half mile track). Bettors Delight himself a sire of two Little Brown Jug winners (Vegas Vacation & Betting Line). His dam, Chippie Gabby, from 7 foals the dam of 7 winners in North America. His maternal grand-dam, Chippies Ruler, was the USHWA Dan Patch Award winner for Two Year Old Pacing Fillies and a winner of over $440,000 with a prolific two-year-old career which included victories in the Matron Stakes Final and the Three Diamonds. As well as Chippie Gabby, also the dam of Whitefish Falls (Cams Card Shark), p, 2, 1.52 ($384,358), elimination and final winner of the prestigious early season two-year-old flagship race at the Meadowlands, the Woodrow Wilson where he set his mark. Smack Talk, a beautiful, striking grey stallion, brings to the UK a modern pedigree full of early speed and has all the credentials required to be a top sire. Co-owner John Clark said "We are very excited about Smack Talk joining us. He's by the sire of sires Cams Card Shark who crosses well with all of our mares as well as showing great early speed. We can't wait to get some of foals on the ground". Smack Talk will be Breeders Crown & Sire Stakes nominated for 2018. For more information please contact John Clark at 07918 934379. by Sarah Thomas      

Batavia, NY---Even though the betting public completely overlooked Tioga Downs invader Team Captain at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Sept. 16), the 16-1 pacer made his presence known in the $10,500 featured Open by upsetting local harness racing favorite Fireyourguns in one of the most exciting races held at the Downs this season. Team Captain (John Cummings Jr.) got away last in the field of seven as even-money shot Fireyourguns went three-deep to take the lead and set quick early fractions of :26.1 and :54.2. He was being prompted by Believe This Bob (Shawn McDonough) who was parked out the entire mile. As the field bunched into two rows up the backstretch, Team Captain was still last and third-over in the outer flow at three-quarters in 1:23.1 but that was about to change. Coming off the last turn, Focus Power (Drew Monti) tipped three-deep around Itsonlyrocknroll A (Larry Stalbaum) and Team Captain tipped four-wide around him. As the cavalry charge roared down the stretch, Fireyourguns weakened inside as Focus Power and Team Captain went toe-to-toe all the way to the wire with Team Captain eventually getting a head advantage under the light in 1:52.4. Team Captain ($34.20) scored his sixth win of the year for owner Joseph Martinelli Sr. who has benefited from his horse's efforts this year in the amount of $35,610. Paul Bernardo trains the 5-year-old gelded son of Cam's Card Shark. In the co-featured $9,000 Open II pacing event, Show Stopping ($28.20) tracked fast fractions set by Mister Livan N (Larry Stalbaum) from sixth before pulling second-over at three-quarters and then tipping three-wide at the top of the stretch to pace away from the field and win by one-half length in 1:53.1. Show Stopping is owned by Resilient Racing Stable and trained by Rose Russo. Drew Monti, Kevin Cummings, John Cummings Jr. and Ray Fisher Jr. all had driving doubles Saturday. Trainer Rose Russo also sent out two winners from her stable. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Monday (Sept. 18) with post time at 5 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - The track record for pacers going an extra distance of 1.5 miles was rewritten Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R by Windsun Cheyene and driver Stephane Brosseau. The 6th race ten-horse field saw the 3/5 wagering favorite, Windsun Cheyenne and Brosseau shoot right to the lead from post five and never looked back in the three-lap race. Windsun Cheyenne held the field at bay, winning by three lengths in 2:58.1 over Northern Juno (Denis Audet) with P L Gyro (Andre Champagne) third. The prior track record was 3:02 set by Aarons Mattjesty, also driven by Brosseau, back in 2013. The North American record is 2:56.3 held by Slybye N at Northfield Park in 2003. It was the fifth win this year for Windsun Cheyenne, a seven-year-old gelding by Cam's Card Shark, who is owned and trained by Gina Bragannolo of Lavaltrie. He paid $3.40 to win. Rainbow Palace and driver Francis Picard pulled off the biggest upset victory of the day in the 8th race Invitational Pace. The only mare in field and sent off at odds of 13-1, Picard and Rainbow Palace were able to come first-over from third place on the final turn and nail pacesetter and 4/5 race favorite, Sports Authority (Pierre Luc Roy), at the wire to win by a neck in 1:54.3. The pocket-sitting Glass Shadow, driven by Stephane Brosseau, was third. For Rainbow Palace, a five-year-old mare by Royal Mattjesty, it was a lifetime mark and her fifth win this year for trainer Dominique D. Picard. Rainbow Palace is owned by Francis Picard of Warwick. She paid $28.80 to win. The Invitational Trot in race seven saw trainer/driver Guy Gagnon go gate-to-wire with the 1/5 favorite, Unabating, in 1:59.1. The nine-year-old gelding by Broadway Hall won with ease in a romp by seven and one-quarter lengths over the 72-1 long shot Federal Strike (Sylvain Fontaine) with Torches Angel (Pierre Luc Roy) third. Track Notes: Harness driver Stephane Brosseau, was honored in the winner's circle at H3R Sunday by track management on achieving his 3,000th career victory Saturday afternoon at Ayer's Cliff on the Quebec Regional Fair Circuit. Brosseau is the leading dash winning driver this season at H3R. Live racing resumes Tuesday night at H3R when the trotting mare Lucky Promesses goes for her ninth straight win for owner/driver Jerome Lombart. Post time is 7:00 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Hurrikane Kingcole has hit the ground running. Well, his progeny has anyway. As it stands, from a crop of two foals in North America, the Cams Card Shark stallion has produced North America's leading money-earning harness racing 2yo filly in Hurrikane Empress, courtesy of a win in a New Jersey Sires Stakes race at the famed Meadowlands last weekend. Hurrikane Empress defeated Hypnotic Tale and Cruzinforavictory in a time of 1:58.0. Prepared by John McDermott Jnr. and handled by leading reinsman Yannick Gingras, the filly sprinted home in 26.1 seconds. The combination of McDermott Jnr. and Gingras enjoyed tremendous success with Hurrikane Kingcole on the racetrack before his retirement. Hurrikane Empress is out of the Somebeachsomewhere mare Hurrikane Schmumma. After being purchased by Kevin and Kay Seymour and relocating to their Egmont Park Stud on the Darling Downs in Queensland, Hurrikane Kingcole has been well received by breeders. The super-fast son of Cam’s Card Shark out of Blazing Yankee, Hurrikane Kingcole won 14 out of 49 career races and earned $582,807 with a lifetime mark of 1:47.6. He is credited with the fastest mile ever seen at Mohawk at 1:46.2 after missing the race start. The Cam Fella influence on Australian breeding needs no introduction owing to the deeds of Fake Left and now Bettors Delight among others. Fake Left previously stood at Egmont Park and was the sire the of country’s greatest ever performer, four times Inter Dominion champion and the richest earner of all-time in Australasia, Blacks A Fake. Hurrikane Kingcole stands alongside former world champion Mr Feelgood and Gotta Go Cullect at Egmont Park Stud. Chris Barsby

Sassy Hanover trained and driven by Claude Huckabone Jr., would defeat seven other harness racing geldings to capture the other feature ($7,300). Golden Gun would charge right for the lead and hold the lead before tiring in the stretch. Sassy Honover the 6 year old gelding by Cam's Card Shark would forge to the front to hold off the late charging Pointsman (Todd Frocione) for the victory in 1:51.01 Sassy Hanover, who is owned by Dennis and Simone Noud paid $12.20 for the win. Pointsman (Todd Frocione) would take second and Dragon Fever (John MacDonald) finished third. The Filly Princess (Andy Gardner) would use a late move at the top of the stretch to steal the Fillies & Mares pace ($7,300). Looney Dune (Ben McNeil) would take the lead right out of the gate. Purple N Gold (John MacDonald) would follow the filly almost the entire way. At the top of the stretch The Filly Princess would make a late move from fourth. The 9 year-old mare by Bettor's Delight would be forced three wide after Purple N Gold came out of the pocket. The Filly Princess would nip Looney Dune just before the wire to win in 1:53.2. The Filly Princess ($46.60) is owned by Standardbred Ventures Inc. and trained by Gardner. Looney Dune settled for second and Purple N Gold was third. Vernon Downs will resume live racing on Friday (May 19) at 6:45. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com John Horne for Vernon Downs

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - On a raw night that saw a heavy rain fall from the start of the harness racing card to the end, Dealt A Winner returned to the scene of his biggest career win and scored in the Saturday night feature at the Meadowlands, an $18,000 conditioned pace. Dealt A Winner, a 5-year-old gelded son of Cam's Card Shark who won the 2015 Cane Pace in 1:47.3, sat a three-hole trip behind Bettor's Edge and Doctor Butch. Approaching three-quarters, Bettor's Edge went off stride, setting the stage for a two-horse stretch duel that Dealt A Winner would go on to win by a neck in 1:50.2. Doctor Butch was second with Gokudo Hanover third. As the 1-5 public choice, Dealt A Winner returned $2.60 to his backers for owner Jeff Snyder, driver David Miller and trainer Mark Silva. His lifetime earnings now stand at $725,190. TRIPLE TREAT: Corey Callahan had a driving triple, which included a sweep of the late daily double. ... Drivers David Miller, Andy Miller and Yannick Gingras, as well as trainer Steve Elliott all had two winners on the card. CHALK TALK: Favorites players had a nice weekend at the Big M. After the chalks went four-for-10 Friday, seven more scored on Saturday, for a total of 11 winning favorites from 21 races (52%). A LITTLE MORE: Tim Tetrick called in sick and did not drive. ... All-source wagering totaled $2,039,304. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m. ... Next Saturday at the Big M the featured event is the Graduate Series for 4-year-old trotters. Broadway Donna and Dayson, both of whom raced on Friday, are likely participants. Post time for the first race is 7:15 p.m. Rockeyed Optimist By Dave Little, for the Meadowlands

WILKES-BARRE PA - The blazing-hot brother team of harness racing driver Simon Allard and trainer Rene opened the Saturday night harness racing card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono with three victories and two seconds in the first five races, including taking recent stable addition Avenue Hanover, moving him up a notch, and still winning the co-featured $18,000 claiming handicap pace.   The victorious son of Cam's Card Shark sat the pocket behind favored Muscle Beachboy, going for his eighth straight win (and ironically, claimed after his victorious Allard debut last week), paced to the lead in the stretch, then held off the horse who had been behind him much of the way, Naked City, by a neck in 1:51.3.   The win by Avenue Hanover was the final in a consecutive Allard triple, while in the two seconds, the only driver finishing ahead of them was the U.S. Harness Writers Association's Rising Star award winner, Marcus Miller, with the opening victory behind One To Draw To resulting in a $65.60 win mutuel. Marcus was the leading sulkysitter at the mountain oval last year in the category of $50+ winners with ten, and though he says, "I'd rather be known as the King Of The Favorites than the King Of The Longshots," his talent for maximizing the talent of marginally-chanced horses shone through again.   The first race in which the Allard stable finished off the board all night was a co-featured $18,000 claiming pace restricted to 4- and 5-year-olds, which saw the Veeza gelding Next Success take his fourth straight success in 1:53.3. But the path to the winners circle was one seldom taken by a victorious horse: Next Success actually was fastest out of the gate for driver Jim Morrill Jr. but made a break, settling at the back of the pack after catching quickly (but still over 14 lengths out at the ¼).   Next Success certainly had the fractions go his way (54.4 first half, 58.4 second half), but he still had to rally five-wide on the far turn and through the lane, where his desire for his next success carried him to the line first in the last few steps for trainer Les Givens and the ownership of Henry Faragalli III, Nanticoke Racing Inc., and Bay Pond Racing Stable. (Final note: If Next Success is to make it five in a row in his next trip behind the gate, he'll be doing it for the Allard barn, who claimed the winner.)   The Sir Luck gelding Casimir Jitterbug, who boosted his lifetime bankroll over $960,000 with a victory in the $15,500 top conditioned pace, gave every indication that his achieving seven figures in career earnings is imminent, with much pacing prowess shown in his 1:50.4 win. Looped out of the gate, "Casimir" and driver George Napolitano Jr. jitterbugged to the lead at the quarter, fought off the first-over foe, and then drew away in the last quarter for trainer Andrew Harris and F Bellino and Sons LLC.   In the companion $15,500 trot, the Crazed gelding Andy Ray took a new mark of 1:53.3 for trainer Jim Campbell, the Runthetable Stables, and driver Marcus Miller in the second of the early "Marcus over Simon" contests. Skates N Plates skated swiftly to a 1:23.4 ¾ with a clear lead, but in the stretch he could not maintain his lead, and Andy Ray went by to post a 1¼ length victory over ABC Muscles Boy.   Featured during the Sunday night card at Pocono, which will begin at 7:30 p.m., will be the second preliminary round of the $750,000 Bobby Weiss Series for developing 4- and 5-year-olds. The pacers will be in the Sunday spotlight as they contest $15,000 purses, with four divisions of males and three of females set to provide plenty of competitive sulky action.   PHHA / Pocono  

Sassy Hanover (Cam's Card Shark) secured his first ever Open Pace victory at Saratoga Casino Hotel on Saturday as the six year old pacer parlayed the pocket ride to the win in the $12,000 harness racing feature. Billy Dobson is the regular pilot of Sassy Hanover and the leading driver chose to yield early on to Roethblissberger (Mark Beckwith). The move was the winning one on the cold night as the Simone Noud trainee roared out of the pocket and cruised past Roethblissberger to win in 1:54.2. Sassy Hanover, who has been second in the Open in the previous two weeks, paid $5.60 to win as the race's 9-5 betting favorite. Last year's Pacer of the Year at the Spa Artful Way (Frank Coppola Jr) came from last to finish second in the feature while Roethblissberger held on for third. The exacta returned $25.40 while the triple paid $118 in the six horse Open. Sassy Hanover is owned by Dennis and Simone Noud of Saratoga Springs. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a first post time set for 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

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