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Pompano Beach, FL...Tuesday, April 25, 2017...Spilling The Beans, who took a lifetime mark of 1:51.3 in Open 3 competition at Pompano Park last week, stepped up a notch to claim the top prize in the $9,500 Open Pace for harness racing Mares on Tuesday night, leading every step of the mile clocked in 1:52.3. Handled superbly by Kevin Wallis, the five year-old daughter of Camluck posted panels of :26.4, :56 and 1:24.1 before a :28.2 sprint home sealed the deal by 1½ lengths over the late charging Metro Glide, driven by Tony Kerwood. Miss Dollar Mam and John MacDonald teamed up to be third, two lengths away, while the photo finish camera couldn't separate Sue's Night Out and Goldstar Rockette, who tied for fourth in the septet. After the event, driver Kevin Wallis related, "She was sharp last week and just as sharp this time around, too. "She was alert leaving and the quick opening quarter probably deterred any other horse from an early move, so I was able to gather her up in the second quarter to give her a slight breather. "On the backside, she kind of picked up the pace herself when she heard another horse coming (Sue's Night Out) but, once we cut the corner turning for home, she drew clear. "I did give her a couple of taps mid-stretch to keep her mind on business and she was strong right to the end." Trained by Dan Morrissey for owner George Robinson, Spilling The Beans won for the third time in only five starts this semester, good for $11,975. Lifetime, the mare has 15 wins in 68 career starts with her bounty vaulting over the $60,000 plateau--$60,258 to be precise. As the even money choice on the tote-board, Spilling The Beans returned $4.00 to her multitude of followers. Pompano Park's Super Hi-5 was conquered on Tuesday night, one program before the mandatory payout was scheduled. One lucky patron had the only 20 cent winning ticket on the 1-2-3-10-9 combination, good for $110,680.24. Racing continues on Sunday night as the South Florida track moves to a two night per week schedule with next week's schedule featuring programs on Sunday and Tuesday followed by a Sunday and Wednesday schedule for the remainder of the meet, which concludes May 31. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park        

YONKERS, NY, Monday, March 27, 2017 - You just have to admire someone who was in a sow barn by day and a Yonkers Raceway harness racing winner's circle by night. "She's the best horse we've ever had," owner Jeffrey Williamson said after not-quite-death-and-taxes Cousin Mary (Jordan Stratton, $2.70) easily disposed of her seven rivals in Monday's (March 27th) final of the $61,000 Petticoat Pacing Series. The series was open to 3- and 4-year-old pacers who are/were non-winners of four races or $40,000 through last Dec.1 and pretty much closed once 'Mary' strutted her stuff. After hat-tricking her three Petticoat prelims, Cousin Mary won the draw for the final. Yielding early to St. Kitts (Jason Bartlett), the people's choice took over eight before a :27.4 opening quarter-mile. From there, is was quite simple (:57.2, 1:25.4, 1:54.3) after putting away a first-over bid from Vintage Babe (Yannick Gingras). The margin, a length-and-a-half entering the lane, was 2¾ lengths at the wire. St. Kitts was second, with a closing A Crafty Lady (Dan Dube) third. Vintage Babe and Real Diva (George Brennan) settled for the minors, while Northern Soiree (Matt Kakaley), Rei's Star Cross (Jim Marohn Jr.) and Angels Rockn Pink (Mark MacDonald) rounded out the order. For Cousin Mary, a 4-year-old daughter of Camluck owned by Williamson-a hog farmer northwest of Toronto-and trained by Andrew Harris, it was her seventh win in nine seasonal starts. The exacta paid $13.20, the triple returned $170 and the superfecta paid $704. "Honestly, when she first came to me, I didn't think that much of her,' Harris said. "She was handling (Yonkers') lower conditions, but not going that fast. When she moved up from non-winners of four (races) to non-winners of eight, she lost but raced better than she did when she was winning. "That's when I thought she had a future. Tonight was the first time the series Jordan (Stratton) popped her plugs, and I don't know where her bottom is." A $30,000 series consolation was won by a Winners Over MacDonald, $36.60) in 1:55.1. Monday night's Pick 5, which began with a $5,353.51 carryover, attracted $22,248 worth of fresh investors. The winning combination of 4/1/4/5/1 paid $60.87 for every winning half-a-buck-wager. The $61,800 final of the Sagamore Hill Pacing Series goes Tuesday night (March 28th). Frank Drucker

Pompano Beach, FL...March 8, 2017...Godiva Seelster, cleverly handled by Wally Hennessey, took top harness racing honors in Pompano Park's $11,000 Open Pace for the Mares on Wednesday night (March 8), stopping the tele-timer in 1:52.2. The splendid seven year-old daughter of Camluck hit the wire 1¼ lengths to the good of Wild Wanda, driven by Ricky Macomber, Jr., with OK Heavenly and Kevin Wallis teaming up for show honors, just a nose further back. Sweet Bet, tasting the top Open class for the first time, finished fourth, 3¾ lengths away while Misssomebeach Blue earned the final award in the classy sextet. While the victory was not a surprise to the public that sent her to the post as the 3 to 5 favorite, it was a surprise as to the way this splendid seven year-old daughter reached the winner's circle--off the pace. At the outset, Sweet Bet burst off the wings and into the early lead, taking the field to the opener in a stout :27.2 with Goldstar Rockette in the garden spot and Wild Wanda next--but not for long. Macomber sent Wild Wanda winging to the front three-eighths in and took the field to the half in :55.2 with Sweet Bet now enjoying the luxury of the garden journey, Goldstar Rockette next and Godiva Seelster biding her time in fourth. On the backside, Wild Wanda started to feel the heat from Goldstar Rockette setting up Godiva Seelster up with a second over trip following very live cover. Reaching the third station in 1:23.3, Wild Wanda put away the challenger of Goldstar Rockette and that's when Hennessey sent Godiva Seelster on the prowl in search for the lead, which she got at the midway point in the lane, edging clear to the wire. In a post-race interview, driver Wally Hennessey related, "Every week I have been putting Godiva (Seelster) in the ballgame early and, tonight, I thought I try to get her to relax a bit early and come from off the pace. "I thought they were going pretty good up front and I got perfect cover from John's (MacDonald) mare (Goldstar Rockette) and Godiva was ready to roll when I tipped her for the drive. "It was a good mile for her." Trained by Dan Hennessey for owners Paul and Patricia O'Neil, Godiva Seelster earned her first win of the season and 40th lifetime. The grand mare has now won $356,070 during her career spanning 115 starts and has missed only one purse check in her last five seasons covering 106 starts. Godiva Seelster paid $3.20 to win. Hennessey also won the $9,000 Open 2 Pace for the ladies by guiding Jets Are On to victory in 1:52, a new lifetime best. This seven year-old daughter of Jereme's Jet, trained by Luanne Case for S & P Racing Stable, pinned the one length defeat on Rock My World (Ricky Macomber, Jr.) with Astarisontheway (Rick Plano) third, 2 1/4 lengths back of the winner. Miss Dollar Man, beginning from post nine, found a spot in fourth early and finished there, just a neck back of third. Metro Glide picked up the nickel in the octet. The new lifetime mark was set up by an early battle for supremacy between Single Me and Sue's Night out which resulted in opening panels of :26.3 and :55. At the half way juncture, Jets Are On was sixth but rolling up strongly on the outside, reaching second around the final bend--three quarters in 1:23.3--and then on to victory on the strength of her final quarter in 28.3. Jets Are On won for the third time in 10 starts this semester and now shows 2017 earnings of $20,440. Lifetime, Jets Are On has 26 wins and bounty of $234,619. As the 7 to 2 third choice, Jets Are On rewarded her faithful with a $9.20 mutuel. Pompano Park's Super Hi-5 was hit on Wednesday night when Surge Seelster ($10.60) took the finale for Corey Braden with Soaking Up The Sun (16 to 1) second, Hey Grin (44 to 1) third, Hurricane Howard (6 to 5) fourth and Brown Titan (29 to 1) fifth. The lone holder of that 5-9-1-2-10 ticket gets $70,445.36 for that 20 cent winning combination. Racing continues on Saturday night--the final Saturday program of the season--with a pair of carryovers--the first in the Pick-5 ($4,408) and the second in the Pentafecta fourth race ($3,906). Post time for the Saturday card is 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park          

LEBANON, OH. - A $22,000 Open Trot and the final two championship legs of the popular January "Claim To Fame Series" at Miami Valley Raceway were harness racing highlights of the Tuesday (Jan. 31) matinee. Tag Up And Go (Trace Tetrick) was a repeat winner in the weekly top trot, handily defeating runnerup Final Breath (Dan Noble) and show finisher Martz Time (Kayne Kauffman) in 1:54.4. It appeared Tag Up And Go could have scored from second base on a routine fly ball as he pinned a 4-1/4 lengths triumph on the best squaregaiters currently competing in southwest Ohio. Revenue Agent (Greg Grismore) and Insomniac (Brady Galliers) dueled through an initial quarter in :28.2. As soon as they were settled, however, driver Trace Tetrick rushed favored Tag Up And Go directly to the front, reaching the half in :57 and the three quarters in 1:25.4. Sandys Victory (Kyle Ater) offered a mild first-up challenge at the third teletimer station with Final Breath (Dan Noble), making his first 2017 start, right on his bumper. Tetrick never really experienced an anxious moment through the stretch, closing with little urging in :29 flat to secure the victory. Final Breath held for second in a tight photo finish over Martz Time (Kayne Kauffman), who was forwardly placed along the pylons throughout. Brewer Adams trains the winner who is owned by Adams Racing LLC and Brian Clark. The 7-year-old Angus Hall gelding's resume now sports 30 wins and $427,775 in earnings. $8000 female claiming pacers chased a $20,000 purse when the top nine earners in two preliminary legs contested their 'Claim To Fame' series final. Grantor Hanover (Dan Noble) parlayed a pocket ride into a mild upset win over favored Turbo Mach (Trace Tetrick), who cut all the fractions. Both mares had been claimed in both preliminary legs, where they tallied a pair of victories apiece. In the showdown, Grantor Hanover sped to the front in :28.3, but promptly yielded to Turbo Mach, who lead the field to the half in :56.2 and three-quarters in 1:24.3. Feeling no necessity to vacate the pocket until the stretch, Grantor Hanover angled back out and edged past Turbo Mach in deep stretch. Now owned by Angela Ott and trained by Jim Lupton, the 7-year-old Camluck lass has 17 wins to her credit and a bankroll of $195,322. The top nine $12,500 claiming mares contested the $17,900 final for their division with favored Caviart Scarlett (Trace Tetrick) scoring in 1:52.4 over second choice Ginger Tree Alexis (Tyler Smith) and show finisher Cenaltafirecracker (Chris Page). The favored pair raced one-two throughout as the balance of the field gapped behind them. Virgil Morgan Jr. trains and co-owns the winner with Carl Howard; while Adam Short owns and trains both the runnerup and the show finisher. Gregg Keidel

Pompano Beach, FL...December 28, 2016...Godiva Seelster, again superbly handled by Wally Hennessey, pinned a photo finish defeat on arch-rival Safe From Terror, driven by Bryce Fenn in Pompano Park's $11,000 Open Handicap Pace for harness racing mares on Wednesday night, stopping the timer in 1:53.2. OK Heavenly, with Kevin Wallis in the bike, was third, 2¼ lengths away while Arodasi finished fourth. All Charged Up picked up the nickel in the classy quintet. In an event where, once the early dust settled, positions remained unchanged for the final 7/8s of the mile, it was Godiva Seelster, leaving from post 4, and Safe From Terror, beginning from post 5, in a fierce war early on with Hennessey bursting off of the Hummer's wings and Safe From Terror matching her stride for stride. Realizing that Godiva Seelster was in an unrelenting mood, Safe From Terror backed off in the pocket with OK Heavenly, leaving from the rail, third, Arodasi next and All Charged Up serving as the caboose. With an opening panel of :27.2 and no imminent threat developing, Godiva Seelster lolly-gagged over to the half in :57.2 and then began picking up the pace midway on the backside, reaching the third station in 1:26.2 From there, the race was on! Godiva Seelster was on her way home in a splendid :27 and, while Safe From Terror was gnawing away at Godiva Seelster's, not even her :26.4 finale could push her nose in front. The final margin was a head on the wire as Godiva Seelster won for the 14th time this semester, equaling her total of last year. The grand soon-to-be seven year-old daughter of Camluck, traineed by Dan Hennessey for Paul and Patricia O'Neil, now sports a scorecard of 39-30-18 in 111 career starts, good for $344,025--$124,308 as she wraps up her 2016 season. In a post-race interview, driver Wally Hennessey said, "this has become quite a rivalry between two great mares. "Tonight, I drew one slot inside of her and that was the difference. Once we got going, I didn't think it would be prudent to yield because, if Bryce (driver Fenn) got the jump on me with his mare, then I would have had to go a tick faster in the lane and, since these two mares are so close in talent, I just wanted to try and control the situation. The middle half breather helped a lot and I thought we had a :27 closer in the bag--and we did!" With Godiva Seelster as the even money second choice--Safe From Terror was 3 to 5--the win mutual was $4.20. The Open 2 pace for the ladies went to Metro Glide, with Dave Ingraham in the bike, hitting the wire in 1:53.1. This four year-old daughter of Metropolitan finished off her most successful season with her ninth win in 30 starts, sending her seasonal earnings to $45,130. The pacesetting Art Frenzy, driven by Wally Hennessey, was second, two lengths back, after posting fractions of :27.2, :56.2 and 1:24.3. Jets Are On (Kevin Wallis) was third while Memumsnotnice and Winbak Heavenly picked up minor awards in the field of nine. Metro Glide, trained by Richard Lareau for the J P Houle Stable, was the 3 to 1 second choice on the board and paid $8.80 to win. Finally, the Open 2 Trot worth $8,500, went to the Florida bred Railee Workable, handled by Kevin Wallis, in 1:55.2, just a tick off his lifetime mark achieved just last month. The four year-old son of Basil, trained by Mark Friedman for Andre Bousquet and Equi Herbs, pulled half way through the mile and marched up first over, collaring the leader, Commentary (Aaron Byron), around the final bend and then went on to score a win measuring 3¾ lengths over Uriel (John Mac Donald) with Commentary holding on for third. Swan Handicap finished fourth while Without Me As picked up the final award. The win was the 10th lifetime for Railee Workable in only 31 career starts, pushing his bounty to $96,103. Off at 2 to 1, Railee Workable paid $6,00 to win and closed out the Pick-5 with a 50 cent winning ticket worth $3,596.70. Racing continues on New Year's Eve with post time set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park  

The final Open Pace of the year at Saratoga Casino Hotel yielded its biggest harness racing upset of the season. Mariner Seelster (Camluck) pulled off the shocker in the $18,000 Saturday night feature by surging up the passing lane to win at odds of 55-1. Mark Ford owns and trains the seven year old pacer who was the clear longshot in the race but prevailed in the end, stopping the timer in 1:53 to register the upset. Invader Lucan Hanover (Stephane Bouchard) cut the mile and held on for second while Texas Terror N (Bruce Aldrich Jr) earned the show spot after a scramble in the stretch. Mariner Seelster, who was driven to victory by Greg Merton, paid $113 to win and led a big exacta and triple that returned $877 and $2,877, respectively. Closing day for the 2016 racing season is Sunday with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. Racing will resume on Sunday February 19th with matinees scheduled for that day and the following afternoon on President's Day. Mike Sardella

The grand mare Godiva Seelster, once again handled by Hall of Fame driver Wally Hennessey, led from first long stride to last in scoring a handy victory over a classy quartet of harness racing ladies in Pompano Park's $11,000 Open Handicap Pace on Wednesday night. The six year-old daughter of Camluck stopped the tele-timer in 1:50.4, equaling her lifetime best record, off of panels of :27, :55.4 and 1:23.1. All Charged Up, with John Mac Donald in the bike, gave futile chase in the lane to finish second, 1¼ lengths away while Safe From Terror, driven by Bryce Fenn, finished third. OK Heavenly was fourth in a field shortened to a quartet with the scratch of invader Barynya A. As the Hummer Starting Gate left the station, Godiva Seelster, leaving from post three, seemed to push the wings away with a front stepping blitz that put her in the lead, literally, in the first step with All Charged Up, beginning from the inside, settling in the garden spot with OK Heavenly next and arch-rival Safe From Terror away last and four lengths away from Godiva. With positions unchanged half way through the mile, Godiva Seelster thwarted an thoughts of a potential challenge by brushing a backside quarter in :27.2 while stretching her lead to two lengths over All Charged Up with Safe From Terror trying to mount a challenge but still three lengths away as they turned for home. From there, it was a :27.3 sprint home that sealed the deal-the grand mare's 13th win of the season. After the race, Hennessey remarked, "There's really not too much to be said that hasn't been said already. She's just a remarkable mare, just as nice as she can be in the stable and as professional as she can be on the track. "I took a chance leaving out of there tonight because that's what Godiva wanted to do. "You know, these are top mares here and to get the jump on them was important. That All Charged Up is really sharp now and I was a bit concerned about her. And Bryce's mare (Safe From Terror), who pinned us a couple of times, when she didn't leave with me, I got a nice jump on her. "These mares are all within a second or two of each other and I know how tough it is to close a four or five length gap when were all about the same in talent." Trained by Dan Hennessey for Paul and Patricia O'Neil, Godiva Seelster has missed but one single check in her last 100 starts dating back four seasons and now shows lifetime bounty of $335,775 on the strength of a lifetime scorecard of 109-38-29-18. She's banked $116,058 this semester-her most successful thus far in her career. As the slight 4 to 5 tote-board favorite, Godiva Seelster paid $3.80 to win. by John Berry for Pompano Park          

Southwind Amazon (Camluck) made his local harness racing debut on Saturday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel and what an impression he made. The Paul Holzman-trained pacer showed some impressive lines in his races from the last few months but drew the outside post position in his debut in the $16,000 Open Pace. Driver Billy Dobson powered Southwind Amazon out early and didn't stop until he reached the top. After an opening quarter in 27 seconds and a half in 55, the six year old star sped away from his rivals to build an insurmountable lead. Clicking off three quarters in 1:22.3, Southwind Amazon had plenty left in the stretch and stopped the clock in 1:50.4, the fastest time for any horse at the Spa this year. The race's favorite Givenupdreaming (Stephane Bouchard) shook loose late but it was to no avail as he had to settle for second while Artful Way (Frank Coppola Jr) earned the show spot. Southwind Amazon returned $7.80 to win and led an exacta and triple that came back $25.20 and $68, respectively. It was the 11th victory in 29 seasonal tries for Southwind Amazon who posted the fastest mile of 2016 at Saratoga in a year that featured defending National Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit (he prevailed in 1:51 in July's $260,000 Joe Gerrity Jr. Memorial Pace). Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a matinee that kicks off at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

Godiva Seelster (Camluck) continued her dominance of the harness racing Fillies and Mares Open on Friday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Mark Beckwith picked up the catch drive behind the Dan Hennessey-trained mare who overcame her assigned outside post to make the lead in a 27.1 opening quarter. The 3-5 betting favorite in the $15,000 feature for distaffers, Godiva Seelster got headed turning for home by Bettorhaveanother (Frank Coppola Jr) but dug in in the stretch to turn back that rival before stopping the timer in 1:52.4. Bettorhaveanother was the runner up as she hit the board for the fifth time in her last six tries in the Friday feature while So Nice (Stephane Bouchard) came on for third. For Godiva Seelster, it was win number six this year to go with six second place finishes in just fourteen seasonal tries. Live racing continues on Saturday night at the Spa with first time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

The return of the traditional Thursday night racing at Corbiewood on June 16th played host to the SHRC 3YO Derby which for the first time was split into divisions for colts and fillies, instead of the previous heats and final format. This new format was heralded a success by all concerned. The honours went to the winner and runner up in last year's SHRC 2YO Futurity which had been a combined event for colts and fillies, Jacks Red and Porcelain Seelster. The track also welcomed back last year's SHRC Horse of the Year, Greentree Shorty, who returned with a win in top handicap company. The first event of the night a was maiden and novice combined. The betting favourite, Millie May West (William Greenhorn) led from post position two, dictated the pace and coasted to victory under an armchair drive, giving Greenhorn yet another victory in his quest for the British driver's title. Although the season is still in its infancy, it's clear this driver means business. GDs Baby (Gordon Gilvear) came once again from off the pace to finish in the placings for the third time this season, passing Littlemill Alert (Steven Henderson) who finished third. Race 1 1st Millie May West (Hasty Hall-April May West) - W Greenhorn 2nd GDs Baby (Daylon Alert-GDs Twin) - G Gilvear 3rd Littlemill Alert (Daylon Alert-Forevergreen) - S Henderson 8 Ran Time: 2.08.39 Dist.: 6L & 1 1/2L There was an early speed duel in the second as Sureamhasty (William Greenhorn) and Camden Candyman (Robert Wilson) vied for the lead, which injected pace into the race which carried on throughout. Sureamhasty won the early battle with Camden Candyman slotting in on the rail, however challengers were coming thick and fast with Anniejoan (Brian Gilvear) moving out to challenge, closely followed by Caraghs Hall (Hugh O'Neil Jr Jr). At the bell there was all to play for, and Caraghs Hall tipped three wide at the three quarters, showed a good turn of foot to narrowly take the lead as they rounded the final turn. Bayrigg Tonto (Dougie Mckenzie), who had found himself short of racing room, weaved his way into a challenging position up the home straight, but it was Caraghs Hall under a perfect drive who claimed victory in a blanket finish which saw the first seven horses home within a second of each other. Race 2 1st Caraghs Hall (Hasty Hall-Flyers Comet) - H O'Neil Jr Jr 2nd Bayrigg Tonto (Genghis Pan-Daurus Day) - D Mckenzie 3rd Camden Candyman (Yankee Lariat-Tacambro) - R Wilson 8 Ran Time: 2.07.82 Dist.: 3/4L & Nk The third race saw Nevelle Scot (Richard Thomson) show good gate speed to take control of the race; Reverend Run (Keir Cullen) slotted in behind the leader looking to add to last week's first driving victory. These two were left clear due to backfield interference, as Nevelle Scot set good fractions throughout and held off Reverend Run's persistent challenge to win convincingly. Wellfield Alfie, after faltering early, stayed on for third. Race 3 1st Nevelle Scot (Daylon Alert-Mattches N Fire) - R Thomson 2nd Reverend Run (The Preacher Pan-Lyons Flum) - K Cullen 3rd Wellfield Alfie (Village Connection-Garys Advice) - G Cullen 8 Ran Time: 2.05.74 Dist.: 1 3/4L & 8L The fourth event was the fillies' division of the SHRC 3YO Derby. After a false start, Gabriella Camden (Hugh Menzies) darted to the lead from the outside gate position with 2YO Futurity runner up Porcelain Seelster (James Haythornthwaite) in hot pursuit. The leader set blazing fractions throughout, however the grey filly gradually wore her down and took up the running inside the final eighth to come home a worthy winner. Dynamic Ace (William Drysdale), making her racing debut, ran with tremendous credit to hold off Imogen Camden (William Greenhorn) for third. Race 4 1st Porcelain Seelster (Camluck-Pantecostal) - J Haythornthwaite 2nd Gabriella Camden (Pro Bono Best-Seven Seas) - H Menzies 3rd Dynamic Ace (Windsong Dynamite-Dillys Red Ace) - W Drysdale 6 Ran Time: 2.04.89 Dist.: 1L & 1/2L The next race saw six colts go to post for the second division. Indie Hanover, with Richard Haythornthwaite looking to emulate his brother's success in the previous race, started as the betting favourite. However, it was last year's 2YO Champion Jacks Red (Grant Cullen) who blasted from the gate to take control. Cullen looked confident throughout, dictating the pace at the head of affairs; he was briefly challenged by Mooreside Watson (Richard Thomson) which helped keep the pace strong throughout the race, however once the challenger faded it paved the way for India Hanover to mount his challenge having enjoyed the perfect trip throughout. This was the pivotal point of the race where Jacks Red or Indie Hanover would stamp his authority, and it was Jacks Red who left his mark, coming home a deserving winner. Ayr Trooper (Hugh Menzies) gave trainer Charles Inglis Jr a training 1-2 when grabbing second in deep stretch, and also the first two home for owners David and Wilma Morton. 1st Jacks Red (Check On Jack-Red Wilma) - G Cullen 2nd Ayr Trooper (Daylon Alert-Ayr Queen) - H Menzies 3rd Indie Hanover (Well Said-Incredible Margie) - R Haythornthwaite 6 Ran Time: 2.05.71 Dist.: 1L & 1L The Tom Menzies Memorial trophy for the fastest division was awarded to Porcelain Seelster and connections, owners Claire and Shane Fletcher, trainer Teresa Haythornthwaite and son James who steered the filly to victory. The final race of the evening was for Scotland's top handicappers and saw Greentree Shorty make his seasonal debut at Corbiewood following his Horse of the Year honours in 2015. He led out of the gate easily in the hands of regular driver William Drysdale, closely followed by American Gigolo (Tony Allan). The first challenge came in the form of Dontstoptheparty (Brian Gilvear); this challenge was persistent and the mare was still there inside the final quarter. This left American Gigolo locked in the pocket; his young driver thought to take advantage of the slice of daylight up the leader's inside however things got rough rounding the final turn as the door closed on him. Greentree Shorty crossed the line in front with American Gigolo and Bayrigg Millionayr finishing fast for second and third respectively. The stewards looked into possible interference and pylon violation regarding the first two horses home but were satisfied for the result to stand. Race 6 1st Greentree Shorty (Wolfdancer Mindale-Laytons Pansy P) - W Drysdale 2nd American Gigolo (Village Jasper-American Beauty) - T Allan 3rd Bayrigg Millionayr (Genghis Pan-Ayr Millennium) - R Thomson 5 Ran Time: 2.05.85 Dist.: 1L & 1L The next meeting at Corbiewood will be Thursday 23rd June which kick starts the four-day Scottish Festival of Racing with meetings at Corbiewood, Musselburgh (24th /25th) and returning to Corbiewood on Sunday 26th June. By Sarah Thomas, for Harnesslink  

Harness racing in the province of New Brunswick will officially kick off on Saturday, June 18th at 12:30 P.M at Saint John's Exhibition Park Raceway.   Five races will kick-off the 2016 racing season at the port city half-mile oval that will include a $ 1350 featured race as the fifth of the afternoon.   Veteran pacer Magical Alex has drawn the coveted rail position for catch-driver Todd Trites and owner Bob MacNeil of Saint John.   Known for his quick gate speed, Magical Alex will look to put away four other rivals in the finale on Saturday. Last year's Rookie of the at Fredericton Raceway, driver Dr. Mitch Downey will pilot Stare Down for post-two.   Skippy, a son of the great sire Camluck will leave post-three for driver Mark Haig and his connections. Rounding out the top-class is Only The Lonely with Rick Armstrong and Haunto with trainer/ driver Ed Harvey the king of last year's race meet at Fredericton Raceway.   Post time Saturday is slated for 12:30 P.M and many horsemen, including Steve Mason will be headed to Prince Edward Island after the racing with stake stars Jackson K Down and K D Overdrive competing in the Maritime Breeders final at Red Shores.   Also on the grounds of Exhibition Park on Saturday will be the popular Rib Fest with some of the best B.B.Q specialists in all of North America taking part. There will also be live music and other activities available throughout the day.   Scott Waddell    

Godiva Seelster (Camluck) moved her win streak to four on Friday night as she scored a front-running harness racing victory in the $15,000 feature at Saratoga. Wally Hennessey powered the race's 4-5 favorite out to the early lead in the 1 1/16 mile Open Pace for Fillies and Mares and Godiva Seelster would not be denied. It was the fourth consecutive victory for the six year old mare, two at Pompano Park before scoring two straight since after north to Saratoga. Godiva Seelster covered the 1 1/16 miles in 2:00 besting pocket sitter Bettorhaveanother (Frank Coppola Jr) and third place finisher Dilly Dali (Bruce Aldrich Jr). For Godiva Seelster, who paid $3.70 to win, it was victory number 29 in 92 career starts. The exacta in the feature returned $9.70 and the triple came back $33.20. Godiva Seelster is owned by Paul and Patti O'Neil of Saratoga Springs. Live racing continues on Saturday night at the Spa with first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

Godiva Seelster (Camluck) made her harness racing return to the Spa a winning one on Friday night. The Dan Hennessey-trained mare competed at a high level this winter and spring at Pompano Park in Florida and handled the adjustment back to the north with ease as she scored in the $15,000 Open Handicap for Fillies and Mares. Godiva Seelster left quickly and wound up sitting the pocket to the race's favorite in the 1 1/16 mile Friday feature. After three quarters went in a quick 1:25, the leader tired when confronted by longshot My Spring Fling (Jim Devaux). Hall of Fame driver Wally Hennessey found clearance around the final turn and snuck Godiva Seelster off the pylons and she charged hard to get by My Spring Fling and secure her third victory of the year. My Spring Fling, who was dismissed at odds of 50-1, finished a strong second while Bettorhaveanother (Frank Coppola Jr) came on to earn the show spot. Godiva Seelster, who is owned by Paul and Patti O'neil of Saratoga Springs, stopped the timer in 2:00.2 for the 1 1/16 miles. Live racing continues on Saturday night at the Spa with a first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

A top-notch group of seven older pacers put on a harness racing show Saturday night in a thrilling edition of the $34,000 Preferred at Mohawk Racetrack. Plenty of action and hot fractions on a chilly and windy May evening led to Nirvana Seelster coming through for a 17-1 upset victory The Bill Budd trainee left quickly from post-six to grab the lead and post an opening-quarter of :26.3. State Treasurer, who was the 8-5 favourite, was parked around the first turn and charged up to try and wrestle command away from Nirvana Seelster. State Treasurer ultimately cleared to the front approaching the half, but grabbing clear command forced him to pace a :53.4 opening-half. There was no breather for the public's choice, as Nickle Bag, the 9-5 second choice, popped out from fourth and came charging first up to engage in a final turn battle. The two favourites waged war to the three-quarter pole in a hot 1:21.1. In the stretch, Nickle Bag took the lead and showed tremendous grit trying to hold off several challengers. Nirvana Seelster and driver Phil Hudon never left their spot along the rail and shot up late to steal away the victory from Nickle Bag by half a length in 1:50.3. Reverend Hanover got up for third in his four-year-old season debut. State Treasurer dropped back to finish fifth, while the popular Shamballa finished seventh in his season debut. A five-year-old gelded son of Camluck, Nirvana Seelster scored his fifth win in 16 starts this season on Saturday night. His 1:50.3 victory gives him 21 career visits to the winner's circle. Owned by Bruce Davy, Nirvana Seelster has earned $128,000 this season to bring his career bankroll to over $434,000. The Budd trainee now has three victories in the WEG Preferred this season. Nirvana Seelster paid $37.70 to win. Also on Saturday, a pair of Ontario Sires Stakes notable three-year-olds turned in solid performances. Sophomore pacing colt Betting Line came off cover to finish second in his season debut. The Casie Coleman trainee was competing against older horses and used a :26.3 final-quarter to come up half a length short in an impressive first start. Betting Line won six of 12 starts last year and earned over $540,000 in his rookie season. The son of Bettor's Delight is a top contender for next month's Pepsi North America Cup. On the trotting side, Will Take Charge crushed his opponents in a non-winners of three event by six-lengths. The John Bax trainee bounced back beautifully from a break last week for his second win in three starts this year. A gelded son of Kadabra, Will Take Charge had just a single win in 13 starts last year at age two, but his lone victory came in an OSS Gold event at Mohawk. The Bax trainee followed up his only win with a second-place finish in the OSS Super Final. Will Take Charge hit the board in eight of his 13 starts last year and banked over $196,000. He is expected to be a top contender on the OSS scene once again and is eligible to several Grand Circuit events. Live racing resumes Monday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Nirvana Seelster   Mark McKelvie

Southwind Amazon, superbly handled by harness racing driver John MacDonald, used Pompano Park's coveted five post (22.7% wins this season) to score a well rated 1:51 gate-to-wire victory in the $8,500 Open Handicap Pace on Sunday night (May 1). The six year-old gelded son of Camluck bolted out of the gate from the outside post in his quintet, drove over to the inside around the initial turn and proceeded to post fractions of :26.3, :55.2 and 1:23.4 before a sprint home in :27.1 sealed the deal measuring one length over the pocket-sitting Panocchio, driven by Wally Hennessey with Dedi's Dragon, with Joe Pavia, Jr. in the bike, third. Abrethofreshart was fourth while Heart Felt picked up the nickel. In a post-race interview, driver John MacDonald related, "This is the first time I had sat back of this horse and, when I looked at his lines, I thought that I might be able to leave and yield, just like Micallef handled him last week. "But once we got to the top, he was going so easily that he just didn't seem to want to yield to anything so we just kept going on. "He really had things his own way and, when we got to the three-quarters kinda cheap off of some of his recent races, I was pretty confident he'd get home. "He did! He was very good tonight." Trained by Paul Holzman for Ameer Najor, Southwind Amazon won for the seventh time in 14 starts to send his 2016 bankroll to $43,194. Lifetime, the talented pacer has earnings of $259,062 with 24 wins in 80 starts to go along with a Pompano mark of 1:49.2. Second choice on the tote-board at 8 to 5, Southwind Amazon returned $5.40 to win. The Holzman-MacDonald tandem struck again in the $7,200 Open 2 Pace with Rick's Sign, scoring his seventh consecutive win, in 1:50.3, equaling his lifetime best performance set five seasons ago. The now 11 year-old gelded son of Life Sign, trained by Holzman for owner Mary Holzman, saw MacDonald taking the 3 to 5 favorite to the outside in a first over bid from fourth after opening panels of :26.4 and :54.3 and sweeping to the fore past the third station in 1:22.4 and under wraps late while striding home in :27.4 to score by a length. Sir Jack, handled by Matt Romano, finished second while Northern Companion, beginning from the second tier, was third. Rockntouch finished fourth after being shuffled to seventh on the backside while Freeneasy Hanover picked up the nickel. After that race, MacDonald simple stated, "He's amazing! That's all there is to it!" Rick's Sign now has a scorecard this season of 8-2-1 in 14 starts, good for $29,574-more than he won all of last season in 38 starts. The veteran now has 67 lifetime wins and career earnings of $427,795. Off at 3 to 5 on the tote, Rick's Sign paid $3.40 to win. The Florida Amateur Driving Club series continued on Sunday night in two divisions with Lady Deda D, teamed up with Jamie Marra, taking the first division and Super Duke scoring in the second for owner John Campagnuolo. Lady Deda D, back in action after missing the entire seasons of 2014 and 2015, recorded her second win of the season in seven starts by scoring a handy three length win in 1:58.3 over Yakekty Hanover (Fred Cohen) with Rose Run Nolan (Mary Birkhold) third, 4¼ lengths off the winner. Rel Cash Clown and M C Felix rounded out the top five in the nine horse field. Trained by Louis Ginesi for owner Colene Lameyer, this eight year-old daughter of Prise Speed won for the 29th time in 87 career starts to send her lifetime bounty to $148,454 to go along with her Pompano mark of 1:54.4, set as a five year-old. Off as fifth choice at 8 to 1, Lady Deda D paid $19.60 to win. Super Duke, trained by Dan Hennessey for owner-driver Campagnuolo, took command turning for home and used a :29.3 finale to pin a defeat measuring 2¾ lengths on Thirtyeightspecial, driven by Leon Cable in 1:58.1. Engagedatlexington, overcoming a second tier post, was third for Jamie Marra. Columbia Lion, the leader through panels of :29.1, :58.4 and 1:28.2, finished fourth and Vacation Day, outside every step, was fifth. Super Duke, a six year-old altered son of Duke Of York, earned his second win of the year-13th lifetime-to send his career bankroll to $134,366. The Florida Amateur Driving Club pushed their charitable donations close to $170,000 with a generous donation to "Hopes, Dreams and Horses," an organization that has rescued dozens of horses as well as the lives of many hundreds of children and adults with special needs. The organization also received a mini jog cart prompting founder Sue Copeland to remark, "The Florida Amateur Driving Club has just helped us to continue to help a wide variety of individuals with special needs, including at-risk youth, veterans, senior citizens those with health issues including both physical and mental health. "Their generosity has helped us be a positive impact on youngsters as young as three and seniors in their 70's. "There are no adequate words to describe out thanks." Racing continues on Tuesday night many of the top mares in action in the Open, among the combatants Heart Major, Artful Impulse and Limelight. Post time is 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Southwind Amazon, off at 9 to 5 and getting picture perfect handling from Mike Micallef, edged by the favored Panocchio, off at 1 to 2, driven by Wally Hennessey, to pull off a minor harness racing upset in Pompano Park's $10.000 featured Open Handicap Pace on Sunday (April 24). The six year-old gelded son of Camluck hit the wire in 1:51.2 to score his sixth win of the year in 13 starts. Steelhead Hanover, with Joe Pavia, Jr. in the bike, finished third while Heart Felt was fourth. Duc Dorleans finished fifth in the sextet after making a mild backside bid. Trained by Paul Holzman for owner Ameer Najor, Southwind Amazon left with his usual alacrity and took the early lead, only yielding to Panocchio once the opening station was completed in :27. Panocchio then proceeded to post fractions of :55.1 and 1:24.2 before Southwind Amazon left his cozy pocket turning for home and began gnawing away at the leader, finally pushing his nose in front in the final 16th of the mile and then on to score by three-parts-of-a-length. In a post-race interview, driver Mike Micallef said, "When the horse next to me (Mister Virgin) made that break before the start, it might have made it a little easier for us because it took out a horse that does have very fast early foot. "So, I just left out of there and tried to take a little sting out of Panocchio early. No doubt about it, Panocchio is an unbelievable horse but they all aren't machines week after week. "I'm not saying I was confident sitting second but it was better to be there than four or five lengths out of it. "When we tilted out turning for home, both of us were motoring pretty good, so the cover trip proved to be the difference, on this night, anyhow." The win for Southwind Amazon-his 23rd lifetime-sent his career bankroll over the $250,000--$254,812 to be precise. As second choice, Southwind Amazon returned a $5.60 dividend for the $2.00 investment. The $9,500 Open 2 Handicap Pace went to Abreathofreshart for Wally Hennessey in 1:52 over Sir Globalop Z Tam, driven by Andy Santeramo, and Regalanthropist, with Matt Romano in the bike. Thebestofjoel finished fourth in the field of six while the 3 to 5 tote-board favorite, Energy Shakes, failed to fire this night and could only pick up the nickel. Abreathofreshart, a five year-old altered son of Artistic Fella, won for the third time this semester to send his seasonal bankroll to $17,679 and $62,197 career-wise. Marc Aubin trains the winner for owners Dan and Jacalyn Boddie. The Florida Amateur Driving Club paid homage to the late Bob Arnold, an F.A.D.C. member who lost his battle with kidney disease several years ago, with a pair of Sunday night events with Engagedatlexington and Yakekty Hanover reporting home winners in their respective events, giving trainer Mario Dessureault a pair of training wins and driver Jamie Marra his first ever driving double. Engagedatlexington, trained by Dessureault for Jamie Marra Racing, scored in 1:58.4-a seasonal best-pinning a defeat measuring 1¼ lengths on Columbia Lion, driven by Tommy Santeramo, with PC's Wildcard, teamed up with Joe Pennachio, third. The minors went to Chaplin Hall and Witty's Winner. This five year-old son of Conway Hall won for the second time this year in 13 starts. Off as the third choice at 4 to 1, Engagedatlexington paid $10.60 to win. Yakekty Hanover, owned by Mario Dessureault himself, was put into play from his six post early by Marra and led at every pole, clocking panels of :28.4, :58.2 and 1:28.4 before strolling home unscathed by 3¾ lengths in 1:59.3. Zeitgeist, driven by Tom Eichas, finished a fast closing second while M C Feliz, handled by "Touchdown" Teddy Bowman, finished third. C R Amigo and Guilford were next in the field of nine. For Yakekty Hanover, it was his initial victory of the year in five starts with the win, his seventh lifetime, sending his career bounty to $47,548. Fourth choice among the punters, Yakekty Hanover paid $15.20 to win. After that event, several drivers and trainers gathered in the winner's circle with members of the Arnold family to pay tribute while the Florida Amateur Driving Club made a sizeable contribution on Arnold's behalf to the Lester & Eunice Vance Scholarship Fund, sponsored by the Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association. The F.A.D.C. charitable donations are now approaching $170,000. Racing continues on Monday night-the final Monday of the season-with post time at 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

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