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Harness racing trainer Shaun Vallee hopes Midnight Lightning is ready to strike in Saturday's second leg of the Buddy Gilmour Series for 3-year-old male pacers at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Midnight Lightning, trained and co-owned by Vallee, finished third in his opening-round division last weekend, beaten 3-3/4 lengths by undefeated Wiggle It Jiggleit in 1:51.2. This week, Midnight Lightning and driver Corey Callahan start from post one in the second of two $20,000 divisions. George Teague Jr.'s Wiggle It Jiggleit and Chris Ryder's National Seelster, who are both 3-for-3 this season, are in the first division. The estimated $75,000 Gilmour final is March 14. A son of Camluck out of the mare Twin B Intimate, Midnight Lightning has won one of six races this year and earned $10,920. He picked up his victory in a conditioned race at the Big M in his start prior to the Gilmour, coming home with a :26.1 final quarter in a 1:52 mile. "Other than the weather, he's been good," said Vallee, who owns Midnight Lightning with DPV Racing Stable. "If I could have him a little fitter I'd be happier about it. He's about 85 percent. He's got a good brush and he can sustain it a long way, but I think he'll be able to sustain it even further once he gets a little fitter." Midnight Lightning often has shown a burst of speed at some point in his races, but Vallee was unhappy with several of his starts earlier this season. After scoping the colt, he put Midnight Lightning on Lasix following his fourth race of the year. "After he raced his first start, he was very good, but the next couple starts he was flat and I was a little disappointed," Vallee said. "I put him on Lasix and he's been a completely different horse." Vallee purchased Midnight Lightning for $20,000 under the name Twin B Incentive at the 2013 Standardbred Horse Sale. He is a half-brother to Twin B Tenacious, who won on the New York Sire Stakes circuit last year. "He stood good, had a good demeanor, had a good head and neck to him," Vallee said. "And I didn't mind Camluck as a sire; they're very tough." Midnight Lightning raced only once at age 2, which was by design. "That's what I do with all my young horses," Vallee said. "I bring them to the races, let them see what they're supposed to do, and then turn them out. I give them time to mature. I never really race them as a 2-year-old." Dan Vlahakis, who races as DPV Racing Stable, has been an owner with Vallee and his wife Anita for nearly 25 years. "They're such great people," Vlahakis said. "You couldn't ask for a better team." Following the Gilmour Series, Vallee will look for other series opportunities for Midnight Lightning. "All the way training down I believed he had it," Vallee said. "He showed signs of being a nice horse. How nice, I wasn't sure at the time. But I think he'll be competitive in most of the series that he races in. He's a very nice horse." by Ken Weingartner / Harness Racing Communications / USTA  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Ugly Betty turned in another 'beautiful' effort while Justgottogetthere had little trouble in disposing of his competition to highlight the action at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night (February 25).   Despite starting from the seven post, Ugly Betty made it three straight by circling the field in the $9,500 pace for the fillies and mares in 1:58.3.   A race later, Justgottogetthere, a hard-charging $58.50 winner last week, showed it wasn't a fluke. He used a front-running journey this time around to capture the $9,500 Open Trot in 2:01.3 over the good track.   Ugly Betty (Shawn Gray), drawing the rail the past three weeks and scoring two wins and a second place finish from there, was assigned the outside post this week. She showed it wasn't an issue.   After sitting seventh and last, Ugly Betty ($8.90) started the first over trip just before the half mile marker. She tipped three-wide to the three-quarter pole and rolled right to the lead in the stretch and never looked back. Ugly Betty registered a comfortable two-length victory over Sadie's Place (Andrew Monti) with She's A Maniac (Jim McNeight) taking the show position.   Owned by Margaret Payne and Jennifer Payne, the 7-year-old mare (Camluck - Red Road Rage) is trained by Dennis Dylo. The victory moved her 2015 winnings to $18,055 and $191,548 lifetime.   Justgottogetthere ($5.20) in the meantime used a completely different method to get to the winner's circle.   After showing a late kick in last week's victory, Justgottogetthere (Jim McNeight) flew off the gate from the four spot and was never threatened. Posting fractions of 31.0, 1:02 and 1:32.3, there was no serious threats in the lane as Justgottogetthere smartly trotted off to a 2-1/2 length win over Flaming Yankee (Gray) while Northern Spark (John Cummings Jr.) placed third.   Justgottogetthere (Valley Victor - Mara's Theme) is owned by Antonietta Landi and North Creek Racing LLC. The 6-year-old gelding, trained by Jerry Nugent Jr., has now won three times in four starts this season, earning $14,750 in 2015 and $152,932 in his career.   Buffalo Raceway will continue racing on Friday night at 6:35 p.m. with a 13-race program.   For more information including the the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway    

TORONTO, February 21 - Ontario sired four-year-olds were the main attraction Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack in a pair of harness racing winter series finals. The $45,000 Ontario Boys final for four-year-old pacers and the 44,600 Ontario Girls final for four-year-old pacing mares were co-main events on Saturday night's 11-race card. All eyes were on heavy favourite Nirvana Seelster in the Ontario Boys final, as he went for the series sweep. Driven by Phil Hudon, Nirvana Seelster sprinted out quickly to the front to grab his usual spot on the lead and would cruise along in control cutting out fractions of :27, :56 and 1:24.4 In the stretch, Nirvana Seelster continued to pace strong and was never in any danger of surrendering his lead. He posted a final-quarter of :27.4 to score a length and a quarter victory in 1:52.3. Ideal Jet got up to finish second, while Kindofabigdeal took the show spot. A son of Camluck, Nirvana Seelster is trained by Bill Budd for owner Bruce Davy. The four-year-old pacer swept the Ontario Boys series by winning each leg on the front-end. Nirvana Seelster now has three wins from seven starts this year and ten career victories overall. The winner's share of the purse pushes his career bankroll over $145,000. Nirvana Seelster returned $2.80 to win. Nirvana Seelster In the Ontario Girls final, Artistic Fusion was sent off as the heavy 2/5 favourite and did not disappoint winning in 1:53.4. A first-half battle saw a parked out Regally Ready finally clear to the front before the half ahead of Performing Art. However, Jack Moiseyev wasted no time charging Bet Ya up from fourth to overtake the lead from Regally Ready at the half in :55. Meanwhile, Artistic Fusion and driver Sylvain Filion paced along fourth and made a first-over move on the way to the final turn. Artistic Fusion and Bet Ya would slug it out past the three-quarter pole in 1:23.4 to bring the field into the lane. In the stretch, Artistic Fusion powered by Bet Ya and paced on to the win the Ontario Girls final by a length and a half. A hard-closing Jakardez got up for second, while Bet Ya finished third. A daughter of Artistic Fella, Artistic Fusion captured the first leg of the series, but then saw her four-race win streak snapped in last week's second leg by Bet Ya. The series finale victory improves her record to five wins from six starts in 2015. Artistic Fusion is trained by Joe Agostino for owner Mike Foote and now has an Ontario Girls title to go along her Blizzard series triumph a month ago. Artistic Fusion now has 11 career victories and earnings of over $142,000. She paid $2.90 to win. Artistic Fusion In order to be eligible to the Ontario Boys and Girls series, the Ontario sired four-year-olds had to be non-winners of $100,000 lifetime or $50,000 in 2014 as of October 31, 2014. Mark McKelvie

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Peter Pumpkineater had the last laugh in the harness racing featured $9,500 conditioned pace at a snowy Buffalo Raceway Saturday afternoon (February 21) as he rallied in the shadow of the wire to take a head victory over Peenie in 1:59.3.   After scooting off the gate from the four post, Peter Pumpkineater looked content to set the fractions. That wasn't going to happen, however, as Peenie re-took the lead to the opening quarter marker and Peter Pumpkineater had to settle back into the pocket.   After watching splits of 30.2, 1:01 and 1:31.0 put up by Peenie, driver John Cummings Jr. dropped Peter Pumpkineater ($7.40) into the passing lane and managed to poke a head in front at the wire. Peenie (Kevin Cummings) had to settle for second while Rude Boy (Billy Dobson) took the show position.   Peter Pumpkineater (Camluck - Disney Dream) is a 7-year-old gelding co-owned by Tessa Roland and Mark Jakubik. Buffalo Raceway's leading trainer JD Perrin handled the conditioning duties. The victory moved the winner's 2015 bankroll to $11,090.   In the co-featured $8,800 conditioned pace, Union Man Hanover ($6.10) toyed with the field and ran off with an easy 2-3/4 length win over Bakken in 1:59.4 over the good track.   Union Man Hanover (Cummings) played give-and-go with Art's Delight and kept right on going to the winner's circle. Bakken (Ray Fisher Jr.) showed some late kick in the lane to finish in second while Art's Delight (Frank Milby) hung on for third.   It was the first victory of the season for Union Man Hanover (Artiscape - Up Front Rose). The 6-year-old horse is owned by Stephen Andzel and is trained by Alex Giuliani. Union Man Hanover is now a winner of $7,853 this year.   In the quarterfinals of the Niatross Knocking Claiming Series, One Chaser ($4.90) put up the fastest time of the four division winners, going the mile in 2:00.1 with Cummings in the bike.   Shaolin Master (Shawn Gray) took the second leg with a 2:01.1 clocking and returned $5.50. Dragon Ridge ($5.90) won in 2:03.0 with Dobson in the sulky while Jimmy Whittemore guided Goddess's Justin to a $9.80 victory in 2:03.3 in the final division.   The top four finishers in each race will return next Saturday night for the semi-finals.   Racing will go back to its normal starting times at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night when a 13-race program goes to the post at 5 p.m.   For more information including race replays, results, upcoming promotions and the latest news, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Ugly Betty turned in another 'beauty' of a victory and Justgottogethere pulled a shocker to highlight the action at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night (February 18).   It was an easy gate-to-wire win for Ugly Betty in the $9,500 conditioned pace for fillies and mares while Justgottogethere used a perfect pocket trip to register a $59.50 surprise in the co-featured $9,500 conditioned trot.   The program wasn't completed, however, as Buffalo Raceway was forced to cancel the races after the fifth race due to electrical issues.   Ugly Betty ($6.10) started from the rail and never looked back in cruising to her second straight win, an impressive 4-1/2 length decision over Memumsnotnice. Shawn Gray set sail from the rail with Ugly Betty and posted splits of 29.0, 58.0, 1:27.3 in posting a seasonal best time of 1:57.0. Memumsnotnice hung on for place (Frank Milby) while Sadies Place (Draw Monti) finished in third.   Owned by Margaret Payne and Jennifer Falcone, Ugly Betty (Camluck - Red Road Rage) is a 7-year-old mare who is trained by Dennis Dylo. With the win, Ugly Betty has now earned $13,425 this season and $186,798 lifetime.   It was a perfect game plan used by driver Jim McNeight and Justgottogetthere to get the victory in the featured trot.   Dropping into the garden spot at the start behind the pace-setting Lutetium, Justgottogetthere and McNeight waited patiently until the top of the stretch. They then roared by the leg weary Lutetium to pull away for the stunning 2-1/2 length win in 2:02.1. Fiorentina (Milby) showed late kick for second while Northern Spark (John Cummings Jr.) placed third.   The $59.50 win price by Justgottogetthere (Valley Victor-Mara's Theme) spurred a $480.50 exacta and $4,390.50 trifecta.   Justgottogetthere is a 6-year-old gelding owned by Antonietta Landi and the North Creek Racing Stable LLC. Jerry Nugent Jr. trained the the winner, now 2-for-3 on the season. It pushed the trotter's earnings to $10,000 in 2015 and $148,482 in his career.    Racing continues on Friday night at Buffalo Raceway with a 13-race card scheduled for 6:35 p.m.   For more information including race replays, results, upcoming promotions and the latest news, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

TORONTO, February 14 - The second leg of the Ontario Boys harness racing series was contested under frosty conditions Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack. A group of 13 four-year-old pacers were split into two $18,000 divisions for the second leg of the three-week event. Nirvana Seelster took last week's only division and was back to crush his opponents again Saturday night. Driven by Phil Hudon, Nirvana Seelster went straight to the front and never allowed his rivals to get close. After reaching the three-quarter pole in 1:25.1, Nirvana Seelster separated himself from the pack in the stretch and scored an impressive 6¼ lengths victory in 1:54.3. Ramblingamblinman finished second just ahead of Mittcent Van Gogh in third. A four-year-old son of Camluck, Nirvana Seelster is trained by Bill Budd for owner Bruce Davy. The gelding now has two wins from six starts in 2015 and nine in his career. The round two victory pushes his bankroll over $133,000. Nirvana Seelster returned $6.10 to win and will now have a chance to sweep the series in next week's final. Nirvana Seelster In the first division of the night, Ideal Jet and driver Randy Waples made a second-quarter move to the front and never looked back en route to a 1:55.2 victory. A four-year-old son of Jeremes Jet, Ideal Jet finished eighth in last week's single division. The Craig Barss trainee got away third Saturday night, but was moved before the half by Waples to take the lead. After reaching the three-quarter pole in 1:26.2, Ideal Jet paced home in :29 to win by a length and a quarter. P L Heavenly finished second, while Regal Babe took the show spot. Saturday's victory was Ideal Jet's first win in 2015 from five starts. The four-year-old now has four career wins and earnings exceeding $96,000 for owners Nurko Sokolovic and Barss. Ideal Jet paid $6.50 to win. Ideal Jet The $45,000 final of the Ontario Boys series is scheduled for next Saturday (February 21) and will be joined by the $44,600 final of the Ontario Girls series. Live racing continues Monday night at Woodbine. Post time is 7:25 p.m. Mark McKelvie

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Ugly Betty and City Kid each rallied in deep stretch to pull out thrilling victories in the co-featured events at Buffalo Raceway on a snowy Wednesday night (February 11).   Ugly Betty took the $9,500 fillies and mares pace in 1:57.2 while City Kid notched the win in the $9,500 conditioned trot in 2:00.4 over the good track.   In the opening co-feature, Ugly Betty may have won the race in the opening quarter mile. Memumsnotnice (Kevin Cummings) tried to get to the lead but was stung by Ugly Betty (Shawn Gray) who handed out a parking ticket before relenting at the first marker.   From there, Ugly Betty ($10.00) drafted behind the pace-setter until the top of the stretch where the 7-year-old mare popped the pocket and wore down Memumsnotnice. Bad Girl Vegas (Billy Dobson) went down the passing lead and rallied fast for second place while Memumsnotnice had to settle for a disappointing third.   Co-owned by Margaret Payne and Jennifer Falcone and trained by Dennis Dylo, it was the first victory of the season for Ugly Betty (Camluck - Red Road Rage). It moved her earnings in 2015 to $8,575 and $182,548 lifetime.   As expected in the co-featured trot, Lutetium set sail to the top and dared anyone to catch him. While the betting public thought it was going to be Second Hand News, it was City Kid (Dobson) who did and sprung the $9.10 surprise.   Lutetium (Cummings) had no trouble getting to the top, setting the tempo with times of 29.3, 59.4 and 1:30.3. It was City Kid, however, that sat the garden spot and trotted away from the tiring Lutetium to score the half-length victory. Long shot Northern Spark (John Cummings Jr.) took the show position.   The heavily favored Second Hand News looked in perfect striking position on the outside before the three-quarter marker but failed to fire, settling for fifth place.   City Kid (Cincinnati Kid - Salagadoola) is owned by Barbara Russo and is conditioned by Neal Russo. It was the second win in five starts this year for the 7-year-old gelding and pushed his winnings to $8,498 and $169.351 lifetime.   Racing continues on Friday night with a 13-race card slated for 6:35 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

TORONTO, February 6 - A pair of winter harness racing series got underway Friday night at Woodbine Racetrack. The Count B Series for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings saw two $17,000 divisions contested, while the Ontario Girls Series for four-year-old pacing mares needed just one $18,000 division for the first leg of the three-week event. A field of seven battled in an eventful first division to get Count B action underway. Conversation Boy, the 4/5 favourite, got away early in fifth, but made a break as the field turned into the backstretch. The miscue was quickly resolved and driver Sylvain Filion elected to roll the favourite to the front, eventually clearing in front of the leader Newbie just after the midway point. Conversation Boy would lead the field around the final turn, but was confronted first up by Dialamara and driver Trevor Henry. Meanwhile, Legion Of Boom, the 5/2 second choice, was pacing along fourth, but made a break just before the three-quarter pole taking himself out of contention. In the stretch, Conversation Boy and Dialamara would slug it out, while Newbie came off the rail to the outside to make it a close three-horse finish. At the wire, Dialamara came away with a three-quarters of a length victory over Conversation Boy in 1:54.3. Newbie finished third. Legion Of Boom recovered from the final turn break to finish fourth, but was placed back to sixth for interference while on a break. A three-year-old son of Lis Mara, Dialamara was making his first start of 2015. The sophomore now has three career wins from nine starts for trainer Patrick Fletcher and owner John Lamers. Friday night's victory pushes his bankroll over $40,000 and the clocking of 1:54.1 lowers his lifetime mark by more than three-seconds. Dialamara returned $10.70 to win. In the second division, Camvicted went gate-to-wire to remain undefeated in three starts. Driven by Trevor Henry, Camvicted sprinted out to the lead ahead of his five other rivals and was able to call the shots without any challengers through the first three-quarters of the mile. Camvicted posted fractions of :28.1, :57.4 and 1:26.4 and faced his first challenge when His Boy Elroy came first up from fourth around the final turn to draw within half a length of the leader as they turned into the stretch. In the stretch, Camvicted and Henry were able to fight off His Boy Elroy and Shippen Out on the far outside, while also keeping Nobettorplacetobe locked in the pocket to win in 1:56. Shippen Out finished second by a length, while Nobettorplacetobe finished third just ahead of His Boy Elroy. A three-year-old son of Camluck, Camvicted has now won the first three starts of his career in 2015 for owners Doug & Dennis Belan and Brian Fitzgerald. The sophomore pacer is trained by Richard Moreau and now has a bankroll of $22,500. A $2 win ticket on Camvicted returned $3.20. In order to be eligible to The Count B Series, the three-year-old pacers had to be non-winners of three races or $40,000 lifetime as of October 31, 2014. Artistic Fusion carried the momentum from her Blizzard Series sweep into round one of the Ontario Girls. Driven by Sylvain Filion, Artistic Fusion left from post nine and was parked past the opening-quarter before eventually clearing to the front in the first turn. Filion was able to tap the breaks in the second-quarter and reach the half in :58. Around the final turn, Mea Lilley Mark came first up to challenge the leader and the mares past the three-quarter pole in 1:26.2. In the stretch, Artistic Fusion put away Mea Lilley Mark, but had to deal with Performing Art, who got a two-hole trip, coming at her on the inside. Artistic Fusion was able to hold off Performing Art to reach the wire first and win by a head in 1:56.1. Jakardez got up for third, while Bet Ya finished fourth. Artistic Fusion is trained by Joe Agostino and has now won four consecutive starts to remain undefeated in 2015. Friday night's win was the tenth of her career and pushes her career earnings over $115,000 for owner Mike Foote. Artistic Fusion returned $3.90 to win, In order to be eligible to the Ontario Girls, the four-year-old pacing mares had to be non-winners of $100,000 lifetime or $50,000 last year as of October 31, 2014. The second leg of both The Count B and the Ontario Girls will take place next Friday (February 13). Mark McKelvie

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, January 24, 2015 - Harness racing driver Dan Dube, off to a solid start to the season, continue his roll Saturday night by sweeping both of Yonkers Raceway's Saturday night $35,000 co-features. In-form Not Again ($4.40) defended his marquee trot title, winning this Open Handicap event in 1:56.3. Assigned outside his six rivals, Not Again, as the second choice. was in play early. Eschewing a three-hole, he drove on, getting around Meadows invader Count Me In. That one, the 11-10 favorite, took over from lone lass Backstreet Hanover (Tyler Buter). Not Again threw down the gauntlet (:27.3, 57.3, 1:26.2), taking no outer-tier pressure whatsoever. Count Me In pulled pocket early, and that would cost him. Not Again wound up winning by length-and-a-quarter, with 45-1 rank outsider Sim Brown (Mark MacDonald) slipping up the cones for second. Count Me In was third, with Hoorayforvacation (Eric Carlson) and Star Photo (Eric Goodell) rounding out the payees. Backstreet Hanover jumped it off entering the final turn. For Not Afraid, a 6-year-old S J's Caviar gelding trained by Jimmy Takter for his wife, Christina, John Fielding and Goran Anderberg, it was his second win in three seasonal starts. The exacta paid $98, with the triple returning $228. Dube won the blind-draw Open Pace was a pocket-patrolling Michael's Power ($10.40). That one, from post No. 6, left outside of Sapphire City (Carlson). He then gave it up to a quarter-move by just-over-even-money favorite Warrawee Needy (MacDonald). It was "Needy" laying down the law through intervals of :27.1, :56 and 1:23.2, taking a length-and-a-half lead into the lane. However, that quick third quarter could not separate himself from the gang, and the gang swallowed him up. It was Michael's Power ducking inside, beating a closing Take it Back Terry (Brennan) by three-quarters of a length in 1:51.4 Sapphire City, Warrawee Needy and a season-debuting P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett) settled for the remainder. For third choice Michael's Power, a 6-yer-old Camluck homebred gelding owned by Jeff Snyder and trained by Mark Silva, it was his second win in three '15 tries. The exacta paid $52, with the triple returning $244. Dube won four races during Saturday's dozen-race card. The Raceway's live season continues (weather permitting) Monday (7:10 PM), then Tuesday (1 PM) and Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Frank Drucker  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – If the Boxing Day program at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park proved anything, it is that the race for top harness racing driver is going down to the final card. The second-last card of the year saw Jason Hughes score a driving triple, while leading driver Marc Campbell remained winless on the day. Hughes’ Boxing Day scores included a win aboard Astor in the $2,200 feature pace in 1:59.3 over Carnivore (Walter Cheverie) and The Big Bite (Corey MacPherson). Carnivore cut out the early road work with a scalding 28.3 opener from post 4, followed by a breather at the half-mile marker in 1:00 with Astor advancing first-over at him. Astor took control of the race at the 1:29.2 third station and never looked back en route to his two-and-three-quarter-length victory. Astor, a five-year-old son of Camluck, is owned by Foxyhall Racing of Wallace, N.S. and trained by Hughes. It was Astor’s sixth win on the season and his third top class victory in his last five starts. Hughes also visited the winner’s circle with Never Give Up Hope in 2:00.4 for Darren and Jennifer Trainor of Earnescliffe and SOS Grappa in 2:00.3 for Robi Hughes of Stratford. Caliban Hanover captured the top trot of the day in 2:04.2 for trainer-driver Ron Gass and owner Wendell MacDonald of Cornwall. The nine-year-old son of Andover Hall defeated cagey veteran Abundaspin (Steven Shepherd) and JK Queen (Cheverie). Corey MacPherson also scored a driving hat trick on the day, while Gary Chappell had two visits to the winner’s circle in the race bike. Campbell had a four race lead going into the card with the Hughes victories bringing it down to a one race advantage heading into the final card of the calendar year on Wednesday, Dec. 31 at 7 pm. The 2014 finale is sure to be a lively event, and one you will want to be there for. The total bet for the 15-dash Boxing Day card was $48,048. by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores      

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – Astor will look to continue his dominance of the top class at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park Friday afternoon during the special Boxing Day card of racing. First race post time is 1 pm for the 15-dash event. Astor has been handed post 7 in the race 9 feature for a $2,200 purse for trainer-driver Jason Hughes and owner Foxyhall Racing of Wallace, N.S. The five-year-old son of Camluck has great form including a 1:59.4 victory last week in this same class, while earlier on he had been competing with All Turain and Big Surf, who have both been put away for the 2014 season. Race analyst Les MacIsaac thinks Astor is the way to go in the Charlottetown feature. “He was a popular winner last week and tackles many of the same foes in here,” MacIsaac said. “He did it from the outside in that one and we don't see any reason he can't double up today.” The race also includes Tempo Seelster (Vincent Poulton), Eagle Jolt (Marc Campbell), The Big Bite (Corey MacPherson), Carnivore (Walter Cheverie), Machinthesand (Gary Chappell) and Cheyenne Ford (Kenny Arsenault). The top trotters will compete in race 5 for a $1,500 purse with Abundaspin headlining the field of six from post 4 for driver Steven Shepherd, trainer Harold Shepherd and owner Mikaela Lustic of Warren Grove. The 14-year-old son of Abundance is nearing his final career start unless the racing commission grants him the ability to race at age 15. Other entries include Honeymoonisover (Mark Bradley), I Aint No Lady (Brian MacPhee), Diamond Mine (MacPherson), Caliban Hanover (Ron Gass) and JK Queen (Cheverie). The back-up pace lines up in race 14 for a $1,800 with Perfect Escape favored off the rail for driver Ron Matheson, trainer Jackie Matheson and owners Jack Keenan of Stratford and Joseph Dahl of Ontario. His main competition will come from stable mate Oakrock Almighty (Gordie Hennessey) as well as Forever Paradise (Campbell) and Tyron My Gigolo (MacPherson). The race for leading driver of the 2014 season is winding down with Campbell holding a four-race advantage over Hughes. The final card of 2014 will be held on Dec. 31 at 7 pm, followed by Saturday racing on January 3 for the remainder of that month. by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 23, 2014 -- Camille, who had been battling some of the top mares in harness racing without recent success, found a spot to her liking Tuesday when she rolled to victory in the $18,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows in the track's final live card of 2014. Camille finished seventh to Rocklamation in the Artiscape and sixth to Shelliscape in the Breeders Crown. But the 6-year-old millionaire is not a mare to be trifled with, as she demonstrated Tuesday when she powered to the lead after a first-quarter duel and scored handily for Dave Palone in 1:51.2 over a "good" surface. The pocket-sitting R Marie Hanover was second, 2 lengths back, with Novascotia Hanover third. Ron Burke trains Camille, a daughter of Camluck-Art of Design who now boasts $1,188,232 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, M1 Stable and Jack Piatt III. Tony Hall and Aaron Merriman each piloted four winners on the 16-race card while Palone enjoyed a triple. The 2015 live racing season at The Meadows kicks off Monday, January 5, first post 12:55 PM. The track will continue to offer $5,000-guaranteed total pools for Monday and Tuesday Pick 4 wagers in 2015. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

Batavia, NY---It was business as usual at Batavia Downs on Wednesday night (Nov. 26) after a week long hiatus due to inclement weather. Although several feet of snow from the storm had already dissipated, a 32-degree temperature and flurries greeted the horses as they hit the track with mud-gear employed. The night's feature race hosted the top seven distaff pacers on the grounds in the $9,600 mares Open and when the slush had settled, Seascape Hanover had bagged her eighth win of the year. When the starter released the field, the group settled into post-position order for the first half of the mile. Rail rider Memumsnotnice (Kevin Cummings) cut the fractions through that segment before Mondatta (Jim McNeight) came first-over into the third turn. With those two carrying the mail, Seascape Hanover (Ron Beback Jr.) sat chilly in the garden spot just waiting to make her move. That time came at the head of the stretch when the passing lane opened up and Seascape Hanover made her move and paced right by Memumsnotnice to notch the 1:59 victory. Mondatta hung on for third. Seascape Hanover ($4.60) is owned by Tessa Roland and Mark Jakubik and is trained by J.D. Perrin. The win boosted her 2014 earnings to $43,877 and now the 8-year-old Camluck mare is just shy of a quarter-million dollars earned lifetime. Driver Ron Beback Jr. scored a driving hat trick on the night while Drew Monti, Ray Fisher Jr. and Jimmy Whittemore all doubled up. Superfecta players had a heyday Wednesday night as six races returned boxcar payouts. The 4-1-6-3 combination in the second race paid $5,542.00, 6-1-4-8 in the third returned $2,010.00, 1-4-2-6 in the ninth paid $3,997.00, 2-8-6-1 in the tenth paid $1,205.00, 3-1-8-2 in the eleventh returned $2,130.00 and the twelfth race featured a monster double payout due to a dead-heat for place. 5-3-6-1 paid $6,350.00 and 5-6-3-1 returned $4,234.00. And while we're on the topic of instant jackpots, the Pick-4 in races three through six rewarded players with a $5,339.00 bundle of cash. Live racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday night (Nov. 28). And the first of two Saturday double-headers will be held this Saturday (Nov. 29) with post times set at 12:15 and 6:35. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

DOVER, Del. --- With no racing on Thanksgiving Day, the Wednesday card was power packed with both the $26,000 Delaware Special won by So Take That and Baximum winner of the $18,000 Open trot on a windy and rainy Nov. 26 at Dover Downs, over a sloppy track. Corey Callahan had a five bagger. So Take That has shown an affinity for the Dover five-eighths oval winning for the fourth consecutive time stepping up through the ranks to win the $26,000 Delaware Special. Claimed in August by Frank Chick, the Camluck-Everybreathutake gelding conditioned by Dan Munson, was bet down to favorite and driver Montrell Teague took care of the rest guiding a wire-to-wire 1:53 victory over the off track. Just A Jolt came on for Vic Kirby to finish second with Simon's Artist and Corey Callahan, a fast closing third. Bandolito was a program scratch. With two horses - Cash On Delivery and Wilamar Valley - both scratched, Baximum came from fifth at the half and rolled past the leaders to score a convincing 1:54.4 win in the $18,000 Open Handicap trot. Allan Davis picked up his third victory while trainer Bobby Clark and co-owner Tina Clark also recorded their third wins. Brian Clark, the other owner, became a two-time winner. Enrico As (Corey Callahan), last week's event winner, finished second and I Like My Boss (Jonathan Roberts) was the show finisher. In other races, Corey Callahan won his third of five wins steering People Are Crazy home in 1:54 to win the $16,000 4&5-Year-Old Open pace. Callahan completed his five win performance, taking both $14,500 events, winning his fourth driving KDM Stables' Pierce to a 1:54.4 success and closing out the night reining Mike Casalino and trainer Dylan Davis' Four Staces to victory 1:53, both Male Winners-Over paces for young horses. Eric Foster's Stirling Charisma, and Vic Kirby, won the secondary trot, a $14,000 4&5-Year-Old Winners Over. Others enjoying big winners in addition the Callahan (5), Allan Davis and the Clarks (3), were two-race winners, drivers Vic Kirby and Ross Wolfenden, trainer Eric Ell and owners Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Stave Iaquinta. There is no racing Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, and as usual no live racing Friday and Saturday. Sunday racing resumes at 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday post time is 4:30 p.m. There is no charge for parking or admission when visiting Dover Downs. Leading harness and thoroughbred simulcasts are featured from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight daily in the Dover Downs Race and Sports Book. Dover Downs Extra The Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) program for two-year-olds has reached $100,000 finals early next week. After two weeks of $20,000 preliminaries, filly trotters start off the week with a $100,000 final on Monday. Those who qualified for the finals were among the first eight point-getters in two weeks of preliminaries. ------------------------------------ Ross Wolfenden drove four feature race winners on Monday including Penny Paratrooper  who took command on the backstretch and opened up romping to a 1:58.2 victory her fifth in six races.”Tthe only time she didn’t win was after breaking stride early in the $100,000 final at Harrington,” remarked Wolfenden. ----------------------------------- On Tuesday, a Bib and Jonathan Roberts family homebred, Egosnattidues pulled a mild surprise winning the $100,000 DSBF Colt Final. “This is the first time that [Egosnattitudes] ever put it all together,” said driver Jonathan Roberts. “Last month he set a track record at Harrington (in a DSBF prelim) but he came up with some issues after that, so this is a pleasant surprise.” --------------------------------------------------------- So Take That has shown an affinity for the Dover five-eighths oval winning for the fourth consecutive time, stepping up through the ranks to win the $26,000 Delaware Special. Claimed in August by Frank Chick, the five-year-old gelding conditioned by Dan Munson, was bet down to favorite and driver Montrell Teague took care of the rest guiding a wire-to-wire 1:53 victory over an off track. ------------------------------------ Thursday was a big night for several local horsemen. Corey Callahan drove five winners, Allan Davis and trainer Bobby Clark and his wife, owner Tina Clark) had three wins. Two-race winners were drivers Vic Kirby and Ross Wolfenden, trainer Eric Ell and owners Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Stave Iaquinta. ------------------------------ Corley Callahan had another big week driving winners as he seeking his sixth straight track title. Callahan added nine wins in three days of racing to total 54. His UDRS or batting average is now .389.  Allan Davis, second in the standing is now at 37. Ross Wolfenden had a big week and holds third place with 29. Vic Kirby moves into fourth place with 27 wins, two more than Tony Morgan with 25. ----------------------------------------------------- Doug Lewis and Wayne Givens are atop the leading trainer standings with 15 winners each. Jim King is now third with 11 wins.  Nick Surick is in third place with nine wins. Joe Hundertpfund, fourth, with eight wins. Dylan Davis and Dan Munson are tied for fifth with seven wins each. ------------------------------------------------------ The long eight-race win-streak of Willow Mill Faith came to a close on Monday, in a Delaware $7,500-$10,000 Claiming Handicap. Quick Pulse Daisy moved  past on the backstretch on the way to a 1:55 victory. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs

Lucan, ON  --- Seelster Farms, along with harness racing owners, New Destiny Stable and Al McIntosh Holdings Ltd., announce the retirement of Camluck from active stud duty.   As a racehorse, Camluck himself earned more than a million dollars and took a time trial mark at the age of five of 1:48.4 at Lexington more than 22 years ago. Camluck was inducted into the Horse Racing Hall Of Fame in 2003 and was also the first Canadian horse to be inducted in the United States Harness Racing Hall Of Fame in 2008. Camluck winning The Provincial Cup Today Camluck is the sire with total progeny earnings of more than $215 million - more than any other North American sire! The Cam Fella - Lucky Lady stallion is the sire of 28 millionaires including: BURNING POINT p, 3, 1:50.3s, 1:49.2 ($2,853,28), DREAMFAIR ETERNAL p, 3, 1:55.3h, 1:49f ($2,478,093), INVITRO p, 2, 1:53s, 4, 1:50s ($1,983,077), CHANCEY LADY p, 2, 1:52s, 3, 1:50.3f, 1:48.4f ($2,072,092), MYSTICIAN p, 2, 1:52s, 3, 1:49.2s ($1,910,829), MICHAELS POWER  p, 3, 1:48.1s  ($1,623,721), just to name a few. Camluck has also made his mark as a prolific broodmare sire, with his daughters producing the likes of I LUV THE NITELIFE p, 2, 1:50.1s, 3, 1:48.4f ($1,944,667), AMERICAN JEWEL p, 2, 1:50.2s, 3, 1:48.2s($1,840,565), ARACACHE HANOVER p, 2, 1:53.1s, 3, 1:50.1f, 1:48.1f ($1,713,617), THINKING OUT LOUD p, 2, 1:52.4s, 3, 1:47.4s, 4, 1:47.2 ($1,581,644), DEUCE SEELSTER p, 2, 1:52s, 3, 1:50.3s, 1:49.4($1,141,102), KINDLY POET p, 3, 1:51s, 1:49.4s ($958,263), etc. "It has been an honor to work with Camluck and owners Bob and Al McIntosh and New Destiny Stable, for all of his stallion career." said Ann Straatman, reproduction manager at Seelster. "He has been a once-in-a-lifetime horse and it is a privilege to continue to care for Camluck into his retirement." Seelster Farms

Seelster Farms announced today that their 2014 yearling videos are now available online at www.seelsterfarms.com Click here for the full draft of yearlings.  The farm’s entire 2014 yearling consignment will sell at the Forest City Yearling Sale on October 12 at the Western Fair Agriplex in London, Ontario.  Yearlings will be available for viewing at the Agriplex on Saturday, October 11.  This year’s consignment features the much-anticipated first crops of World Champion & Breeders Crown winner Big Jim p, 2, 1:49.1s ($1,544,580) and North America Cup winner Up The Credit p, 2, 1:51.4s; 3, 1:49s; 1:48.3s’ 13 ($1,331,623). An impressive group of first foals are featured in this season’s consignment, including: Absolut Seelster, an Angus Hall filly from Amazing Adventure 3, 1:56.2 ($50,432), the half sister to Peach Martini 3, 1:55f ($587,319). Bourbon Seelster, a Camluck filly from the full sister to Mr Apples p, 1:49 ($668,808). Evangelin Seelster, a Camluck filly from Eagle Kelly p, 2, 1:56.4h ($118,765). Ganacus Seelster, a Big Jim colt from the half sister to Goddesss Justin p, 3, 1:49.4f ($450,438). Kokanee Seelster, a Camluck colt from Kiddie Cocktail p, 3, 1:54.2 ($47,598), the half sister to Bikini Bottom p, 3, 1:51.1 ($531,229). Las Vegas Seelster, a Kadabra filly from the full sister to Miss Wisconsin 3, 1:55 ($525,551). Mayhem Seelster, a Mach Three filly from Macapelo Rose p, 3, 1:53.3f ($50,806), the half sister to Machapelo p, 1:51.2 ($593,973), Resistance Futile p, 4, 1:49.1s’ 14 ($277,078) & 2014 OSS Gold winner Capela p, 2, 1:53.1s’ 14 ($91,690). Mayhem Seelster Standout siblings to leading 2014 performers include: Nila Seelster, the Mach Three half sister to Nitro Seelster p, 4, 1:49.4f’ 14 ($103,973) & Nirvana Seelster p, 3, 1:52.3s’ 14 ($58,296). Toureg Seelster, the Shadow Play half brother to Titus Seelster p, 3, 1:51s’ 14 ($82,912). Tala Seelster, the Muscle Mass half sister to Traverse Seelster 1:51.2f’ 13 ($594,761).  

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