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The storied harness racing pacer Southwind Amazon enters MGM Northfield Park's ninth race on Monday (January 13) with $998,216 in career earnings. A first, second or third place finish will yield more than the $1,784 needed to add a second comma to his earnings. Finishing in the top-three appears to be more than attainable for the 88-time winner. Southwind Amazon has been assigned post-6 in Monday's $15,000 Open Pace and is the 9-5 morning-line favorite. Chris Page has been named to drive by Southwind Amazon's trainer Paul Holzman. The 10-year-old son of Camluck is owned by Ameer Najor of West Bloomfield, Michigan. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Monticello, NY - On Friday December 27, at Monticello Raceway on a track listed as good, a field of 5 pacers lined up behind the starting gate for the last time in their career in the Au Revior $5,000 Invitational Pace. For almost a decade and a half, these 5 equine iron geldings have been behind the starting gate almost 1600 times in their combined careers. When the gate left, the betting favorite FLEM N EM N starting from post position. 5 and driver Jim DeVaux were first away followed by Lucky Man right along side, DeVaux worked his mount hard to get the front keeping Lucky Man at bay, they zipped the opening quarter in 27.3, Driver Jennifer Lappe and Lucky Man were parked and had no choice and was forced to tuck in the 3 hole well past the paddock turn. The Saratoga invader FLEM N EM M took the field to the half in 57.3, at this point Lappe pulled the right line for the last time and started the outer flow and was first over and bid his time as the leader FLEM N EM N hit the the ¾ in 1:27.3, with Lucky Man parked on the outside. In the paddock turn Lucky Man, urged on by Lappe, exploded in a matter of strides and had an instant three length lead on the field at the head of the stretch. The usually reserve Lappe savored the moment and pumped her arm in the air before the wire, reminiscent of the Stanley Dancer moment with Duenna in the Hambletonian, the duo hit the wire in 1:57.2 drawing off by 5 lengths, pacing their last quarter in 29.4. FLEM N EM N finished second Lightning Raider N third, the winner paid a $6.40 for win. It was his 9th win of the season and has banked over $32,000 in 2019, Christopher Bliss was a late scratch. Lucky Man's career stats and overall body of work is impressive, the $90,000 Camluck yearling purchase amassed lifetime earning of $1.2 million with a lifetime mark of 1:49.1 as a 5 year old at Mohawk Raceway with 60 career wins, he is co owned by trainer-driver Jennifer Lappe and Patrick Laiso. After the winner circle presentation, and emotional Lappe paid homage to her steed and unhooked the sulky and walked the gutsy campaigner Lucky Man back to the paddock for the last time to enjoy the moment amid the spattering of claps for the classy duo from those admirers on the racing apron that braved the elements to bid him farewell. Cool him out good, this last time. by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway          

Monticello Raceway will present the Au Revoir Invitational Pace on Friday December 27. Race Secretary Eric Warner was able to secure six older harness racing pacers from all over the state of New York for this even which will be racing for a purse of $5,000. The 6 hardened campaigners, all geldings collectively have combined earnings of over $2,364,887 and 292 trips to the winner's circle. The fastest and richest is Lucky Man, a former  $90,000 yearling has life time earning of $1,2781000 and a lifetime mark of 1:49.1 taken when he was a 5-year-old at Mohawk Raceway. The son of Camluck is still on top of his game, this season he scored at Vernon Downs in 1:52.2 with 8 trips to the winner's circle for trainer-driver Jennifer Lappe. Lucky Man has drawn post position 6. The morning line favorite is the Saratoga invader Flem N Em N, a model of consistency this year he has finished 2nd 13 times with earning this season of $35,320 and a mark of 1:52.4, Jim DeVaux will drive the son of Courage Under Fire for trainer Gary Levine. The Batavia based Lightning Raider has drawn post 6 for trainer Gerry Sarama. In 41 starts this season he has entered the winners circle 7 times, top Monticello Raceway reinsman Bruce Aldrich Jr. will drive the son of Christian Cullen. Rounding out the field is Yankee Devil (PP3) and 2 Monticello Raceway horses Christoffer Bliss (PP1)and Mercurio N (PP2) The event is carded as Race 8 on the 11 race program with post time at 12:20. by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway    

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - After finishing a solid second and third, respectively, in his two preliminaries, Mike's Powerhouse upped his game Saturday night, saving his best effort for the Caramore Series Final, winning the $20,850 harness racing feature at the Meadowlands for non-winners of $20,000 in 2018 on the pace. Driver Vinny Ginsburg, who won three races on the evening, put the 6-year-old gelded son of Camluck on the lead around the first turn from the rail and hit the quarter in :26.2. The eventual winner got a :57.3 breather through the middle half as Rockinwiththebest, the slight 3-2 favorite, popped out the four hole at the three-eighths and inched his way toward the leader on the rim. But Mike's Powerhouse brought just enough through a final quarter of :26.4 to hold off the late-charging Astor, who finished a neck back. Rockinwiththebest held on for third. Byby Landon, the slight 3-2 second choice, was blocked in the pocket and had to settle for fifth. Mike's Powerhouse returned $11.80 to win as the third choice in the wagering and completed the mile in a lifetime-best 1:50.4 for trainer Vincent Fusco Jr. RED MAN, BLACK INK: Driver Eric Abbatiello continued to endear himself to value players Saturday, guiding one 6-1 shot and a 9-2 chance to victory lane. This after his 22-1 score on the Friday card. FAVES NOT FAB: After post-time choices went only 2-for-9 on the Friday program, the chalk players probably felt they were due for a big night Saturday, but it wasn't to be. The first 10 chalks failed before Music Is Art clicked at 4-5 in the finale. For the race week, favorites went 3-for-20 (15 percent). A LITTLE MORE: Wagering was down when compared to the comparable card from a year ago, with short fields the main culprit. During the course of the night, four fields had but six betting interests at post time. On last year's card, the average numbers of starters per race was 8.2. This year, it was 7.2. Last year, the total wagered was $2,229,350. This year, it was $1,878,057, a decrease of 15.8 percent. ... One lucky player betting into the Elite Turf Club hub raked the pot in the Early 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five. He or she who held the only ticket with the winning combination of 1-8-6-2-5 in the ninth race cashed in for $16,154. ... The Late 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five failed to result in a single-ticket winner, bloating the carryover to $265,472. ... Racing resumes at the Big M Friday at 7:15 p.m. by Dave Little, for the Meadowlands  

Godiva Seelster crossed the finish line faster than any other mare in the history of harness racing on a half-mile track when she won the $17,000 F&M Open Handicap in 1:50 on Saturday (May 26). The former 1:50.1 all-age record for distaff pacers on a half-mile oval was held in a tie by Call Me Queen Be (3, 2016, Dela, Scott Zeron) and Feelin Red Hot (5, 2018 Nfld, Ryan Stahl). Paul and Patricia O'Neil of Saratoga Springs, New York own Godiva Seelster. Jessica Roegner is her conditioner and Greg Grismore was in the sulky for the winning drive. Godiva Seelster (Camluck-Go Jme Go-Jate Lobel) started from post four. She left from the gate and led the entire mile through times of :26.2, :55.2, 1:22.1 and 1:50, besting her competition by two ¾-lengths. Godiva Seelster now has seven wins in 16 starts this year. Saturday's victory represents her 54th career score and bolstered her bankroll to $524,342. She returned $5.80 to win. by Ayres Ratliff, for Northfield Park

LONDON, ON - May 24 - When the inaugural $150,000C Camluck Classic takes place on Saturday, May 26 at The Raceway, it would only be fitting to have a son of the late sire included in the stellar field of eight. Killer Martini, a six-year-old son of the Hall of Famer Camluck, will line up from post three in the inaugural event for owner/trainer Ricki Bucci. Killer Martini is no stranger to The Raceway having begun his career at the London oval. "We're definitely excited to come and be a part of the night," Bucci said. "I see we have a good post, so hopefully we have some luck. It should be an exciting night." The black gelding has banked $126,000 already this season from 16 starts. He captured a division of the George Morton Levy earlier this season with an impressive time of 1:52.4. The 16-time winner has earned $343,232 during his career and has been a mainstay at Yonkers Raceway at the Open level. "I'm told Camluck's get better with age and that's exactly what has happened with him," Bucci said. "I took him out of a $15K claimer a few years ago and he's blossomed for me. I'm lucky to have him in my barn and he's been very good to me." Bucci, who trains 16 horses in upstate New York, admits he's having a difficult time handicapping the rich classic. "I honestly have no idea how it's going to unfold," Bucci said. "Usually when I try and predict the trip, it goes the opposite way. Anything is possible with a great group like this on a half and do think we will see a lot of action. It should be fun to watch." Below is the complete field in post position order: 1 Sunfire Blue Chip - Trevor Henry 2 Isitfridayyet - Alfie Carroll 3 Killer Martini - Scott Coulter 4 Rockin Ron - Louis Roy 5 Easy Lover Hanover - Doug McNair 6 Evenin Of Pleasure - Joe Bongiorno 7 Dr J Hanover - James MacDonald 8 Bit Of A Legend - Jordan Stratton More than $500,000 in purses will be offered up on the 12-race program which will get underway at 6:55 p.m. A powerful undercard which includes a pair of Ontario Sires Stakes Gold divisions for three-year-old pacing fillies along with a quartet of City of London Series finals will also be contested that night. Below are the event details for this year's Camluck Classic program: Promotions VIP Infield Experience (tickets available online at camluckclassic.ca) Draws for Trackside Music Festival Tickets and 40-inch tv Draws for Beer and Barbecue Show tickets Molson Party on the Patio Camluck Classic Cheerleader Contest ($350 in cash to be won) Special Guest Mini Horse greeting patrons at the entrance Hat and T-shirt tosses throughout the night in the Grandstand and on the Patio National Anthem performed by rising country music star Julia Haggarty Scratch & Win programs (Hundreds of prize items to be redeemed) One-hour broadcast on Facebook Live from 10:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. in partnership with Woodbine Entertainment and Standardbred Canada Wagering Menu (15% takeout wagers) $5,000 Guaranteed Early Pick-3 $10,000 Guaranteed Early Pick-4 $15,000 Guaranteed Late Pick-4 Three Super Hi-5 Wagers (races 7, 10 and 12) 3% Cash back on wagers through HPI by Greg Gangle, for The Raceway

Feeling Cam Lucky (George Napolitano Jr.) continued his winning ways on Sunday in the featured harness racing event at Harrah's Philadelphia, a pace for non-winners of $20,000 in their last 5 starts. Fitting under the non-winners of 9 races portion of the condition, the 6-year-old gelding by the great sire Camluck picked up his third straight win for Owner/Trainer Gilbert Garcia-Herrera. Starting from post 7, Feeling Cam Lucky floated out early, before pouncing on the leader to clear at the quarter (:26.3). He was dominant after that - turning away the first-over challenge of Gerard N Mo (Dave Miller) to win by an in-hand length in 1:49.4, a life's best. Emeritus Maximus (Tim Tetrick) finished second, while Hall Bro (Brett Miller) closed sharply after being shuffled to finish third. It was career win nine for Feeling Cam Lucky. The victory puts him over $186,000 in career earnings. Michael Bozich

After a successful 25-year run as the The Raceway at Western Fair District's signature race, the Molson Pace, will have a new name in 2018. Introducing The Camluck Classic, a $150,000 Invitational Pace, featuring the best older harness racing horses in North America. It will make its debut on a new date this year - Saturday, May 26 at the London half-mile oval. The new race name is a tribute to the late world champion pacer who went on to become the most prolific stallion in Canadian harness racing history. The Raceway is very excited to announce our new title sponsor for the biggest night of racing in London - Seelster Farms of Lucan, Ontario. "We thank Molson for what has been a wonderful partnership for a quarter century," said Director of Racing Greg Blanchard. "But change is inevitable and this marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter for this race and for racing in this part of the province. Camluck helped put this area on the harness racing map and we think it's fitting that the race be renamed in his honour." Camluck hit the race track in the early 1990's under the tutelage of trainer Bob McIntosh and compiled an excellent record at ages two and three for McIntosh, who was part of the New Destiny Stable that co-owned the pacer along with Al McIntosh. At age four, he competed as one third of the powerful McIntosh-trained trio that also included triple millionaire Artsplace and the $1.4 million winner Odds Against. Camluck concluded his career on the race track with 26 wins from 69 starts and just over $1 million in purse winnings. However, it was in the breeding shed where the handsome son of Cam Fella would truly make his mark and, in the process, he raised the bar for the Standardbred breeding industry in Canada. Camluck sired close to 2,400 foals with more than 2,000 of those making it to the races. "When he first went to stud I was cautiously optimistic," recalls McIntosh. "He was a tough race horse and had great conformation but sons of Cam Fella hadn't really hit as sires to that point. I took a shot and bred about 18 mares that first year and it all turned out pretty well. I'd have to say he's one of the greatest pacing stallions ever." His offspring combined for earnings in excess of $235 million and included 635 $100,000 winners and 28 winners of $1 million or more. "To have this race named after him is very special to myself and the entire group associated with the horse. As a kid, London was the track I came to most with my dad and I have a lot of fond memories over the years. I've watched this race grow and was even fortunate enough to win it so this is definitely a big deal, said McIntosh." Ann Straatman of Seelster Farms in Lucan, home of Camluck for more than 20 years, shares the sentiment of the entire group. "We are delighted to have him immortalized in the prestigious Camluck Classic at The Raceway at Western Fair District, which is our home track and thrilled to be be the Presenting Sponsor," she said. "Camluck's legacy will live on for generations through his sons and daughters and having this race named in his honour will now add to that legacy." The Raceway's signature night of racing got its start in 1972 and was sponsored by Labatt until 1992 when Molson took over sponsorship. "This race is almost 50 years old now and it's amazing to look back to watch its evolution,' said Blanchard. "It has become more than a race, it is also a terrific event we look forward to enhancing in the future. We are very proud to host a race of this stature and are fortunate to have attracted some of very best in the sport who have produced some of the most memorable and exciting races in recent years" Additional Event details will be available in the coming weeks at www.westernfairdistrict.com. Greg Blanchard

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 16, 2017 -- Southwind Amazon endured a hotly contested 26.3 opening quarter and had plenty left late en route to a 10-1 harness racing upset in Saturday's $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Southwind Amazon picked up valuable cover when Lincolnjames retook the lead, and he blew by that rival in the lane to triumph in 1:51.4 for Dan Rawlings. Atta Boy Dan shot the Lightning Lane for second, beaten a length, while Lincolnjames saved show. Paul Holzman trains Southwind Amazon, a 7-year-old Camluck-Artoonist gelding who now boasts $523,697 in career earnings, for Ameer Najor. Dave Palone and Jim Pantaleano each piloted three winners on the 12-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Michael's Power, who was Canada's Horse of the Year in 2012, has been retired, co-owner Michael Snyder said Monday. The 8-year-old harness racing gelding last competed in September 2016. A son of stallion Camluck out of the mare Michelle's Jackpot, Michael's Power was bred and co-owned by Snyder's father, Jeff. The horse won 37 of 98 career races and earned $1.90 million. In 2012, Michael's Power captured 14 of 20 starts on his way to O'Brien Awards in Canada for best 3-year-old male pacer and Horse of the Year. His most memorable victory came in the 2012 Little Brown Jug in Ohio, where he defeated Sweet Lou by 1-3/4 lengths to give trainer Casie Coleman her first Jug triumph. Additionally, then 23-year-old Scott Zeron became the youngest driver to win the Little Brown Jug. "That was my favorite race," Michael Snyder said. "It was very exciting. He put all his effort into winning. He tried his heart out." In addition to winning the Little Brown Jug, Michael's Power won the Confederation Cup, Upper Canada Cup and Ontario Sire Stakes championship in 2012. Michael's Power, who was named after Michael Snyder, was preparing to return to the races this season in an attempt to reach $2 million in lifetime purses. The decision to retire the horse came after it was determined it might risk his long-term health. "We wanted to take care of him," Snyder said. "We wanted to make sure he could be a hundred percent sound to be a riding horse in the future. He's the sweetest, friendliest horse." Michael's Power is a full-brother to millionaire Michelle's Power and his second dam, Jef's Magic Trick, is the mother of 1994 Horse of the Year Cam's Card Shark. Jeff Snyder also owned Cam's Card Shark. Ken Weingartner

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

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