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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (April 21, 2017) - Tuonoblu Rex, the American-sired, Italian-bred, and Dutch-trained son of Cantab Hall, entered Friday's $20,000 Preferred Trot at the Meadowlands with a healthy amount of hype following an eye-catching qualifying win in his first harness racing appearance on Big M soil two weeks ago. After grinding past millionaire Crazy Wow with a :27 second final quarter to win in 1:52.1 in his North American parimutuel debut, the bandwagon might need some more seats. "T-Rex" sat third as Crazy Wow showed the field through fractions of :27.4, :56.2 and 1:24.4 for three-quarters while Opulent Yankee chased from the pocket. Around the final turn, Andy Miller launched the 5-year-old, who earned nearly $200,000 during his 14-race European career, first-over after the 3-5 favorite Crazy Wow. The two trotters battled down the stretch, but "T-Rex" had enough late to win as the 2-1 second choice. "We were very pleased with him," said trainer Julie Miller. "He definitely met our expectations tonight. Andy said he was perfect to drive. He has trained down great since arriving in the U.S." Tuonoblu Rex is owned by Cees J. Faber's Stable Why Not. He is eligible to the Arthur J. Cutler Memorial at the Meadowlands on May 6 as well as the Cashman Memorial and TVG Free For All Series. Tuonoblu Rex In the $18,000 pacing mare feature, Breeders Crown champion Call Me Queen Be settled for second in her 4-year-old debut behind the sharp Inittowinafortune. The 3-5 favorite Penpal disappointed with a late-closing, but non-threatening third place finish. Hall of Famer John Campbell won three races for the second straight Friday night. Corey Callahan also won three. Total handle was $2,502,644 for the 11-race card. Racing resumes Saturday. Post time is 7:15 p.m. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com. Justin Horowitz

WILKES-BARRE PA - The Cantab Hall filly Hot Mess Hanover looked anything but a mess upon coming in to The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Tuesday night, taking the fastest of the three $15,000 divisions of the first leg of the Bobby Weiss Series for harness racing trotting distaffs in 1:56.3.   Andrew McCarthy retucked his charge in the pocket around a gapper in the third quarter, then set her sights on pacesetting The Muscle Touch, and gradually Hot Mess Hanover reeled in the leader in the lane, along by a neck while reducing her mark by almost three seconds for trainer Joe Pavia Jr. and the partnership of the Edmund Smith Estate, David Smith, and James and Daniel Giannuzzi.   The Kadabra mare Sunrise Avenue was just a tick behind the clocking of Hot Mess Hanover in taking another Weiss cut. Eric Carlson moved the winner, now over $50,000 in career earnings, to the lead past the quarter, then drew off in the stretch to have a 3½ length margin at the finish for trainer Gilbert Garcia-Herrera and J M F Racing LLC.   In the other Weiss cut, Abbie's Celticlass brushed to the lead in front of the stands, then held off a late bid from Winning Princess to take a half-length decision in 1:58. Jim Morrill Jr. handled sulky duties for trainer Ken Hess Jr. and Stop The Jade Farm LLC.   On Sunday night, it was driver Matt Kakaley, starting a six-winner night, who guided home longshot Threeupthreedown at a $119.20 mutuel; tonight it was the meet's leading driver, Simon Allard, who broke a few tote board bulbs when he and Explosive Matter passed horse after horse in the latter part of the race and just got a nose up on the wire, returning $117.20 to his scattered backers. Allard also handled the feature pace winner, the Badlands Hanover mare Live Odds, who had an 8-length lead at the stretch call of the $16,000 contest, then coasted home yet still lowered her lifetime mark over two seconds to 1:51.3 for trainer Ty Pena and owner Kristin Taft.   The next racing card at Pocono is on Saturday (April 8), and that day's action will mark the establishment of the track's Saturday through Tuesday basic seasonal schedule, as Monday racing rejoins the lineup on the 10th.   PHHA / Pocono  

Pompano Beach, FL...Monday, April 3, 2017...Boli, driven by Wally Hennessey, stalked the pacesetting Tater Twister, handled by Mike Simons, through fractions of :28, :56.2 and 1:24.4 and edged by that one late to score a half-length harness racing victory in Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Handicap Trot on Monday night, tripping the timer in 1:54.2, a new lifetime mark. Sooo Handsome, with Rick Plano in the sulky, finished third, 3½ lengths away while Sailer Eddie finished fourth. Dog Gone Lucky, sluggish leaving the gate from the rail, picked up the nickel in the sextet after Prairie Fortune made a miscue on the backside. The five year-old altered son of Kadabra, trained by Dan Hennessey for owners Paul and Patricia O'Neil, earned his second win of the year in five starts and pushed his lifetime bounty over the $150,000 plateau-now $151,674-with his 17th career win in 53 starts. After the race, driver Wally Hennessey related, "He got a very good journey tonight. Mike's trotter (Tater Twister) was a tough opponent and he did most of the work cutting the fractions and my horse just got the better trip here. "Boli is a pretty amazing horse who gives all he's got every start. He's very versatile and that's a great trait in a racehorse because it gives you more options to win." As the 8 to 5 favorite, Boli returned $5.40 to win. Also on Monday night, three divisions of the C.K.G. Billings Amateur Driving Challenge were contested, honoring the memory of the noted industrialist and horseman and the owner of the sport's first 2:00 trotter, Lou Dillon, who accomplished that feat in 1903. A Crown For Lindy, driven by Dein Spriggs won the opener, Garlandsandpearls, also teaming up with Spriggs, took round two and Best Dream Seeker, with Joe Pennacchio in the bike won the finale. Spriggs kicked off the festivities with a handy win back of his own A Crown For Lindy, the 11 year-old son of Cantab Hall. Trained by Allen Saul, the classy gelding won for the 54th time in a career stretching 206 starts, stopping the tele-timer in 1:58.1. New Scent, with Joe Faraldo in the sulky, finished second while Flaming Yankee finished third for "Touchdown" Teddy Bowman after taking command early and slicing through panels of :28.2, :58.1 and 1:28 before being confronted around the final turn and succumbing to the winner. Chip Chip Page (Tony Dinges) finished fourth while Frenchmen (Billy Muggleston) picked up the minor award. A Crown For Lindy now has lifetime earnings of $416,834 and enriched his multitude of followers with a $3.00 win payoff as the 1 to 2 favorite. Spriggs doubled his pleasure with Garlandsandpearls, which he also owns, by guiding that six year-old son of Futile Qwest to a gate-to-wire win in 1:57.3, after putting up all the numbers--:28.2, :58.3 and 1:27.4. Garlandsandpearls stretched his lead to 3½ lengths on the line with Irish Scotch (Shane Arsenault) second after a first over backside binge from fifth. JLS Too Hot Taj (Steve Oldford) finished third while Mad Cow Lisa (Hannah Miller) survived a very difficult journey from the outside post nine to finish a very respectable fourth. B Cor Thomas (Billy Muggleston) picked up the final award in the field of nine. Garlandsandpearls won for the fifth time this semester and his 5-2-3 scorecard in 13 starts now shows earnings of $16,005. Also trained by Alan Saul, Garlandsandpearls returned $6.60 as the second choice in the wagering. The driving double for Spriggs sent his career total to 431 wins. The final Billings event-a rare pace-went to Best Dream Seeker for driver Joe Pennacchio. Owned and trained by Stanley Whittemore, this 11 year-old gelded son of Cambest won for the 30th time in a career encompassing 297 starts. Best Dream Seeker was third in the early stages of his mile as A Weekend (Joe Faraldo) cut panels of :27.2, :58 and 1:26.1 as Dr. Flamingo (Hannah Miller) sat in the garden spot through those fractions. Around the final turn. Pennacchio tilted his charge to the outside and began gnawing away at the leader, gaining the lead at mid-stretch and drawing clear late. Dr. Flamingo edged by A Weekend to be second. Hillcrest Bigdaddy (Peter Gerry) finished fourth while P L Dangerous (Bob Davis) finished fifth. For Best Dream Seeker, whose mark is 1:51.4 taken back in 2008 at Lexington's Red Mile, the win pushed his career bounty to $412,621. As the 4 to 5 tote-board favorite, Best Dream Seeker paid $3.80 to win. While the win was number 158 in Pennacchio's amateur driving career, it was only win number six back of a pacer, as the vast majority of his drives are with trotters. Racing continues on Tuesday night with a $10,000 guaranteed pool for the Pick-4, contested on races 6 through 9, as part of the USTA Strategic Wagering program. Post time is 7:20 p.m. Reported by John Berry for Pompano Park  

April 1, 2017 - Harness racing driver Orjan Kihlstrom piloted 1.18/1 odds Delicious U.S. to the front in front of stands on the first lap and they coasted to a two length score in the Solvalla AM Print-Pixies (purse 200,000SEK to the winner, total purse 409,500SEK, 1640 meters autostart). The eight year old daughter of Cantab Hall-Ipsara LB-Lemon Dra recorded her second 2017 win in as many starts and now has 26 career wins in 51 outings for 6,346,571SEK earned. Daniel Reden trains the Stall Zet owned mare that was bred in the USA by Lindy Farms. Windy Ways (7f Conway Hall-Southwind Flanders-Lindy Lane) was second for Johnny Takter and trainer Reden at 9.39/1. Pasithea Face (5f Muscle Hill-Jovelinotte-Passionnant) was third for Adrian Kolgjini at 5.06/1. Fractions were well rated (1.10.1kr at the first 500; 1.12.4kr at the first 1000 leading to a final time of 1.11.kr.  Thomas H. Hicks

Pompano Beach, FL...March 27, 2017...Sailer Eddie, driven by harness racing owner-trainer Kevin Wallis, barely held off the late charging Sooo Handsome, with Rick Plano in the bike, to escape with a photo finish victory in Pompano Park's $12,000 Open Handicap Trot on Monday night (March 27). The official margin was a "nose" at the conclusion of the 1:54 journey with Boli and driver Wally Hennessey teaming up for show honors, 2¾ lengths away. Celebrity Maserati, trotting an even mile throughout, finished fourth while Explosive Muscles picked up the nickel in a field scratched down to six. At the outset, Sailer Eddie, leaving from Pompano Park's coveted post five, left with his usual alacrity and zipped into an early lead as Sooo Handsome, starting from post four, also showed some speed off the gate and settled in the garden spot. Explosive Muscles, Celebrity Maserati, Boli and Winding Hill completed the order through an opening quarter in :27.3 with positions unchanged past the half in :56.2 and three quarters in 1:25. Turning for home, Sailer Eddie cut the corner trying to protect his lead while Sooo Handsome left the coziness of the pocket and began gnawing away. The wire came just in time for Sailer Eddie and a stride too late for Sooo Handsome as the photo finish camera separated the pair by a whisker. After the race, driver Kevin Wallis said, "What helped tonight was the scratch that put us in the five post, a spot where it's beneficial to leave. "My horse likes to race in front. Just about all of the wins I have had with him have been on the front end and, when he's on, he can be pretty tough. "This is the fastest he's gone in quite some time and I am proud of his performance tonight." In garnering his fourth win of the year in eight starts, this seven year-old gelded son of Cantab Hall pushed his seasonal earnings to $20,910 and $360,351 lifetime. As the 2 to 1 third choice, Sailer Eddie paid $6.40 to win. The $10,000 Open 2 Trot went to Noble Anthony, driven by Mike Simons, by a nose over the feisty long-shot Commentary (John MacDonald) in 1:55.4. Massive Lightning (Mickey McNichol) finished a fast closing third, less than a length away, while Kabu and Pocket Trip picked up the final awards in the octet. The winner, a seven year-old gelded son of Andover Hall, survived a first over trip the entire last lap to get up in the last stride over the pace-setting Commentary, who had carved well rated fractions of :28.2, :58 and 1:26.3 before succumbing in the last stride. Noble Anthony is also trained by Simons and co-owns with Albert Abdala III. The win was the fourth of the year for Noble Anthony to push his 2017 bankroll to $19,525 and $120,255 lifetime. As the even money favorite on the tote-board, Noble Anthony paid $4.20 to win. In other Monday night action, the Florida Amateur Driving Club went to the starting gate in two divisions with The Budster and JLS Too Hot Taj, both owned by Oldford Racing and driven by Steve Oldford, winning their respective events. The Budster, a rugged 12 year-old altered son of Broadway Hall, took advantage of an early miscue by the 2 to 5 favorite, A Crown For Lindy, and went on to score a near gate-to-wire win in 1:58.4. The winner scored a 2¼ length victory over Chip Chip Page (Tony Dinges) with Flaming Yankee ("Touchdown" Teddy Bowman) another half-length back in third. Tymal Recap finished fourth while Frenchman finished fifth. The Budster won for the 45th time in his career stretching 229 starts, vaulting his career bankroll to $651,476. As second choice, The Budster paid $8.80 to win. JLS Too Hot Taj, took command after a brief tussle with Garlandsandpearls (Dein Spriggs) to score a gritty win in a career best 1:56.2--that winning margin a head with B Cor Thomas (Billy Muggleston) third, just a half-length away. This five year-old daughter of Pilgrims Taj won for the fourth time this semester in 11 starts, pushing her bounty to $13,271. Career-wise, this Mike Deters trainee has $63,798 on her card with 10 wins. As the slight even-money favorite on the tote-board, JLS Too Hot Taj paid $4.20 to win. The Amateur Club pushed their donations well over the $180,000 plateau with a sizable contribution to Equine Assisted Therapies, an organization that specializes in Therapeutic Riding, Hippothearpy, Equine Facilitated Learning and Equine Psychotherapy, including a Wounded Warrior program. Molly Murphy, Executive Director of the Organization, was on hand in the winner's circle to accept the donation. Racing continues on Tuesday night with mares in the spotlight in the $8,500 Open Trot. This classy sextet features McKenzie's Star, Serendipitious, Bad Angel, Diamond Dagger, Celebrity Artemis and She's All In, the latter seeking a repeat victory. The track will also offer a $10,000 guaranteed pool on the Pick-4, conducted on races 6 through 9, as well as a carryover of $33,732.89 on the Super Hi-5 finale. That entire Super Hi-5 jackpot can only be claimed when there is only one ticket sold on the winning combination. Multiple winners share 50% of that night's pool with the balance added to the existing carryover. Post time is 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

LEBANON, OH. - The $22,000 Open Trot at Miami Valley on Tuesday afternoon (Feb. 14) produced a third different winner in the last three weeks when Walter White (Trace Tetrick) found room along the pylons to zoom past Dnieper (Jeremy Smith) and hit the wire first in 1:56.2. It was the 12th career win for the harness racing 5-year-old son of Cantab Hall and pushed him past the $300,000 lifetime earnings plateau. Run And Tell Pap (Jason Brewer) made a furious late rush to garner the show dough, while the pacesetter Final Breath (Dan Noble) faltered in the lane but held for fourth. Walter White is owned by Robert Silberberg and trained by Jim Eaton. Off at 7-1 odds he returned $17 to his faithful. Combined with longshot Knieper, the exacta paid $97.20; and adding Run And Tell Pap boosted the $2 trifecta payoff to a handsome $738.20. Four divisions of the second round of the "Survivor Series" for $5000 male pacers were also contested for $6000 purses. The top five finishers from each heat will return next Tuesday for a pair of final preliminary eliminations chasing $7500 purses. The top five from each of those elims will face off for a $20,000 championship purse on February 28. Shakerattlenrock (Brady Galliers, $3.60 to win) copped the first division in 1:54.2, beating Hay Goodlooking, Cams Good Fortune, Hobbys Hobbit and Hall Of Terror. Mosh Pit (Kayne Kauffman, $9.80) bested Wilbur's Z Tam, Dukes Up, Stripe'n Star and Munndutch in 1:54.1. Amasa Al (Tyler Smith, $5.20) topped the third heat with a 1:54.4 mile, topping Real Future, Rock Of Luck, Final Retrieve and I Got My Wish. Jagger Blue Chip (Kayne Kauffman, $6.00) headed the final advancees with a 1:55 triumph over Ya Gotta Go, Grams Legacy, Ricky Tidwell and Volo. Gregg Keidel

YONKERS, NY, Monday, February 6, 2017 - Pine Tab ($19) with harness racing driver Scott Zeron aboard did something Monday night he hadn't done since April Fool's Day of 2013. He won a race. No foolin'. Chasing odds-on choice Madhatter Bluechip (Jason Bartlett) around Yonkers Raceway's oval in the $11,500, second race, Pine Tab-from post position No. 5--snapped the fave at the wire. He prevailed by a nostril in a life-best 1:57.2 while snapping a pesky 108-race losing streak (final 22 starts of '13, 0-for-32 in 2014, 0-for-20 in 2015, 0-for-31 in 2016, 0-for-3 to start 2017). "I knew it had been a while, but I had no idea it was that many races," Zeron said. "He was due," Raceway crack statistician Fred Opper said. The victory was Pine Tab's seventh in 152 career starts, with that previous win coming at the Meadows. The 9-year-old Cantab Hall gelding is owned by Domino Stable and trained by Doug Rothlein. Frank Drucker

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Mesmerized finally got out of his second place trance by using a late rally to capture the harness racing featured $8,200 trot at Buffalo Raceway on a chilly Friday night (Jan. 13).   After three consecutive runner up finishes to close out the 2016 campaign at Batavia Downs, it was time for Mesmerized to get the spoils of a victory by nudging out the front running Winkys Pride by a nose in a snappy 1:58.4 over the fast track. Ali De Vie (Ray Fisher Jr.) was third.   Winkys Pride (Larry Stalbaum) was in command for the first three panels, putting up splits of 28.4, 59.0 and 1:29.1 as Mesmerized (Shawn Gray) tagged along in second.   As the field turned for home, Winkys Pride looked like she had given Mesmerized ($7.10) the slip but the 5-year-old gelding (Cantab Hall-Gift Card) re-rallied on the outside and managed to put a nose in front in the final step at the wire.   Owned by Jack Rice along with Vogel & Wags Nags Stable, Mesmerized is trained by Maria Rice. He has now won nine times in 51 career starts, putting $141,468 in the bank.   It was also 2016 Awards Night at Buffalo Raceway and along with getting a victory in the first race with Mesmerized, the Rice family along with the Vogel & Wags Nags Stable celebrated as their 5-year-old gelded Noble Legend was honored as Buffalo Raceway's 2016 Trotter of the Year.   In another great twist, That Horse JD, who was selected as 2016 Pacer Of The Year thanks to 12 victories in 24 starts and $57,760 in earnings, won the sixth race on Friday's program in 1:56.3. He was conditioned by JD Perrin who was recognized as the Trainer of the Year. Perrin registered 106 victories in 2016, the second most wins ever in a season for a trainer at Buffalo Raceway.   Jim Morrill Jr. was named Driver of the Year, his first at the Hamburg half-mile oval since 2006, after scoring 131 wins in just 338 starts.   Racing will resume on Wednesday night at 5 p.m. with an 11-race program scheduled. Buffalo Raceway was forced to cancel Saturday's card due to a lack of entries but simulcasting in the clubhouse will be held as usual.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - Odds-on harness racing favorite Iron (Andy Miller, $3.70) lasted-barely-Tuesday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $25,000 featured trot. Wide early from post position No. 6, Iron worked around pole-sitting What a Peach (Dan Dube), then made the lead before a :28.4 opening quarter-mile. After a :58.3 intermission, Inukchuk Chuck (Jim Marshall III) moved from fourth. He hung around in and out of a 1:28.2 three-quarters as Iron owned a length-and-a-half lead into the lane. What a Peach had every chance up the inside, but missed a head in 1:57.4. Third went to 'Chuck,' with Dewdle All Day (Mark MacDonald) and Master Class (George Brennan) completing the cashers. For Iron, a now-5-year-old Cantab Hall gelding trained by Julie Miller for co-owners (breeder) K R Breeding, Frank Baldassare and Robert Rudolph, it was season-debuting win after just nine starts in 2016. The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $11.60, the triple returned $34.80 and the superfecta paid $69.50. This story also (hopefully) serves as a reminder that Westchester Tuesdays are now evening programs, with the usual night first post of 7:10 PM. Frank Drucker

Il Sogno Dream picked up his second harness racing Preferred Trot victory in his last three starts Monday night at Woodbine Racetrack. The five-year-old son of Cantab Hall banked some nice money throughout the summer for his connections on the Grand Circuit, but his return to the WEG Circuit last month has allowed him to regain his winning touch. Il Sogno Dream got away fourth in Monday's $34,000 feature event for driver Trevor Henry, while the most recent Preferred winner, Windsun Revenge, led the field by the quarter in :27.4 and half in :56.3. Henry angled his charge to the outside to pick up cover just after the half and had to get after the five-year-old to pick up his tempo, as Windsun Revenge trotted a big third-quarter of :27.2 to reach the third-station in 1:24. Il Sogno Dream was second-over and a little less than three-lengths from the front turning for home. In the stretch, Windsun Revenge tried to finish off the front-end mission, but Il Sogno Dream found his best stride and tracked down the leader in deep stretch to win by three-quarters of a length in 1:53. Windsun Revenge held on for second, while Fearless Man, who got a two-hole trip, was third. Il Sogno Dream is trained by Victor Puddy for owners Dan Manes, Bill Manes, Leonard Christopher and Randy Christopher. The five-year-old was winless in 15 starts this year when he rejoined the Puddy barn last month and now has two wins in 18 starts to bring his 2016 earnings to $190,266. The son of Cantab Hall is approaching millionaire status, as his 19th career victory Monday brings his career earnings to $956,875. The clocking of 1:53 was a new season's best for Il Sogno Dream. The Puddy trainee paid $5.80 to win. Live racing resumes Thursday evening at Woodbine Racetrack. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

October 15, 2016 - 2/1 Spartakus Ans (5g Cantab Hall-Volganna OK-Lemon Dra) took Saturday’s Kincsem Park featured Palmyra DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) clocked in 1.16.9kr for harness racing trainer/driver Sandor Varga. Antioch Arani SRO of Czech Republic owns the winner. 1/5 favorite Sanger MS (6g Victory Dream-Samba MS-Armbro Goal) was second for trainer/driver Balazs Juhasz. 9/1 Rocket Boy (6g Wall Street Banker-Elegant Lady-Mill H) was home third for veteran trainer/driver Imre Fazekas. The undercard’s Festival DIJ (purse 400,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) went to 9/2 Rafael Bit (6g Prime Prospect-Becky Ami-Keyser Lobell) clocked in 1.18.1kr for driver Zs. Vereb and trainer Sandor Varga. Antioch Arani SRO also owns this winner. The 4/5 favorite Passion Grif (7g Varenne-Sex Appeal OK-Lanson) landed second for trainer/driver Sandor Varga with third to 5.9/1 Szilvas (5m Medic Hanover-Dios-Yankee Yankee). The Idomero DIJ (purse 360,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) went to 1.20.1kr timed and 9/2 odds Euklid AT (3m Even Better Odds-Echalote-Credit Winner) for trainer/driver Yibor Hajnal. Illetmeny Kft and Visnjic Tomislav share ownership of this emerging trotter. 6.3/1 Universal Boy (3m Maximus Lindy-Golden Lady-Endless Sands) was second with Balazs Juhasz at the lines. Third was 13.7/1 Tajfun (4f Vanito-Inzulin-Valley Guardian) for driver Jozsef Kolozsi and trainer Laszlo Kolozsi. Thomas H. Hicks  

Vernon, N.Y. -- Leading driver John MacDonald notched a five-bagger on Thursday (October 6) evening's eight-race harness racing card at Vernon Downs, sweeping the back half of the program.   The 34-year-old Prince Edward Island native extended his advantage over Chris Lems in the seasonal table to 40 wins, taking his first win of the night in a $3,600 trotting event with Empirestateofmind ($5.70, 2:01.1), a 2-year-old daughter of Cantab Hall and Spectacularstarlet he also trains for owner Ross Bonafield. MacDonald would subsequently team up with Chip Chip Page ($4.70, 1:58), Andro Madi ($4.90, 1:53.3), I Saw Red ($7.90, 1:54.4), and Incredible Gambler ($12.80, 1:56.3) to cap his driving quintuple.   Lems accounted for two winners on the evening, including the featured $9,100 top-level distaff pace, which he won with Super Soph ($3.70). Lems secured the pocket with the 6-year-old Admirals Galley mare early on, angled off the pegs with five-sixteenths to go, and dueled down pacesetter Southern Girl (Fern Paquet, Jr.) by way of a :26.1 closing sectional to prevail in 1:54.1 for owner Mark Wamp and trainer Jackie Rousse.   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs with a 10-race card on Friday (October 7) evening; post time is 6:45 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs  

Anderson, IN --- Fine Tuned Lady, with Corey Callahan at the lines, pulled an upset to the tune of 8-1 in the featured harness racing event of the evening, the $250,000 Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes for 2-year-old trotting fillies at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday (Sept. 23). The heavily favored Jimmy Takter trainee Ariana G tasted defeat for the first time in her career after breaking stride behind the gate. Taking advantage of the costly break by the post time favorite, Fine Tuned Lady turned in a strong gate-to-wire performance to score her fourth win of the season in 1:56.2. With the post time favorite out of contention from the start, Callahan sent Fine Tuned Lady away from the gate firing from post seven. She was able to grab command and dictate soft, first-half fractions of :27.3 and :59.2. Temple Ruins and Ricky Macomber Jr. benefitted from a pocket trip while Tim Tetrick and Sianna Hanover were next in line third. Fine Tuned Lady remained uncontested to the three-quarter clocking in 1:28.4 before feeling a threat from Can’t I and John Campbell who were applying pressure first-over as the field turned for home, Fine Tuned Lady looked strong on the front and when Callahan asked her for more, she responded with a :27.3 final panel to win by 3-1/2 lengths. Can’t I trotted evenly to finish second while Temple Ruins rounded out the trifecta. Fine Tuned Lady returned $18.80 to her backers at the betting windows. “My plan was to leave all along and hopefully track Ariana G and make a run at her late,” Callahan noted after the victory. “I wanted to follow because I think my filly is actually better off a helmet but I was able to get a breather down the backside on the front tonight and she did the rest. She trotted strong all the way to the wire tonight.” Trained by John Butenschoen, the 2-year-old daughter of  Cantab Hall-Poster Princess recorded the fourth win of her young career from eight seasonal starts. Owned by William C. Wiswell and M&L of Delaware LLC, Fine Tuned Lady has now amassed $326,340 in career purse earnings for her connections. Ariana G was unable to recover from the break behind the gate and finished tenth. However, the Takter-Gingras duo rebounded in the $35,000 Kentuckiana Stallion Management consolation with Princess Aurora who scored in a new lifetime best of 1:54.4. “This filly raced great,” Takter noted in the winner’s circle. “Post nine was just a little tricky for Ariana G. She didn’t like it from the start and things like that happen, especially with 2-year-olds. It was unfortunate for her but she’s such a nice filly, she will be okay.” Grand Circuit racing action will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday (Sept. 24 ) with a standout card that includes the $220,000 Centaur Trotting Classic, the $246,000 Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes, the $170,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby, the $140,000 Elevation Pace and the $100,000 Jenna’s Beach Boy Invitational Pace. The first races will line-up behind the gate at 5:45 p.m. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule at Hoosier Park, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park 

Delicious (7f Cantab Hall-Ipsara LB-Lemon Dra) easily took today’s Giant Diablo (200,000SEK to winner, 1649 meters autostart, 12 starters) at Solvalla for harness racing driver Orjan Kihlstrom. Daniel Reden trains the undefeated mare in 2016 (five straight) for Stall Zet. She recorded career win 24 in 49 starts, now for 6,111,572SEK earned. Patricia Hastrup (9f Great Challenger-Isabella Hastrup-Sugarcane Hanover) was second for Bjorn Goop and Georgie Mae (6f Valley Victor-Missymandarine-Malabar Man) was third with Johan Untersteiner driving. Delicious left alertly from post one, settled on the pegs and then made a decisive move to the lead at the three-eighths pole. From there she was a good four lengths or more in the clear. Time was 1.09.8kr after quick steady fractions (1.09.5kr after 500 meters and 1.09.3kr at the 1000 mark). Delicious win today starts the speculation of her, Nuncio and Bold Eagle in the 2017 Prix d’Amerique, now four months away. Earlier in the program there was several US-bred/CAQ-sired and exported winners: Barbara L. Hanover (3f Explosive Matter-Box of Dreams-Dream Vacation), Pokeman As (4g Kadabra-Oblige As-Scarlet Knight) and Ioana Hanover (3f Muscle Hill-In Dreams-Dream Vacation). Thomas H. Hicks  

ANDERSON, IN - September 23, 2016 - Fine Tuned Lady, with Corey Callahan at the lines, pulled an upset to the tune of 8-1 in the featured event of the evening, the $250,000 Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes for two-year-old trotting fillies, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, September 23. The heavily favored Jimmy Takter trainee Ariana G tasted defeat for the first time in her career after breaking stride behind the gate. Taking advantage of the costly break by the post time favorite, Fine Tuned Lady turned in a strong gate to wire performance to score her fourth win of the season in 1:56.2. With the post time favorite out of contention from the start, Callahan sent Fine Tuned Lady away from the gate firing from post seven. She was able to grab command and dictate soft, first-half fractions of :27.3 and :59.2. Temple Ruins and Ricky Macomber Jr. benefitted from a pocket trip while Tim Tetrick and Sianna Hanover were next in line third. Fine Tuned Lady remained uncontested to the three-quarter clocking in 1:28.4 before feeling a threat from Can't I and John Campbell who were applying pressure first-over as the field turned for home, Fine Tuned Lady looked strong on the front and when Callahan asked her for more, she responded with a :27.3 final panel to win by three and a half lengths. Can't I trotted evenly to finish second while Temple Ruins rounded out the trifecta. Fine Tuned Lady returned $18.80 to her backers at the betting windows. "My plan was to leave all along and hopefully track Ariana G and make a run at her late," Callahan noted after the victory. "I wanted to follow because I think my filly is actually better off a helmet but I was able to get a breather down the backside on the front tonight and she did the rest. She trotted strong all the way to the wire tonight." Trained by John Butenschoen, the two-year-old daughter of Cantab Hall-Poster Princess recorded the fourth win of her young career from eight seasonal starts. Owned by William C. Wiswell and M&L of Delaware LLC, Fine Tuned Lady has now amassed $326,340 in career purse earnings for her connections. Ariana G was unable to recover from the break behind the gate and finished tenth. However, the Takter, Gingras duo rebounded in the $35,000 Kentuckiana Stallion Management consolation with Princess Aurora who scored in a new lifetime best of 1:54.4. "This filly raced great," Takter noted in the winner's circle. "Post 9 was just a little tricky for Ariana G. She didn't like it from the start and things like that happen, especially with two-year-olds. It was unfortunate for her but she's such a nice filly, she will be okay." Grand Circuit racing action will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, September 24 with a standout card that includes the $220,000 Centaur Trotting Classic, the $246,000 Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes, the $170,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby, the $140,000 Elevation Pace and the $100,000 Jenna's Beach Boy Invitational Pace. The first races will line-up behind the gate at 5:45 p.m. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule at Hoosier Park, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

Tuesday at Eskilstuna the quick mare Delicious (7f Cantab Hall-Ipsara LB-Lemon Dra) scored for Orjan Kihlstrom and harness racing trainer Daniel Reden timed in 1.13.6kr over 2140 meters autostart. First money was 35,000SEK. Delicious defeated veterans Shaq Is Back, with Kenneth Haugstad up, and Thai Broadway for Bjorn Goop. Monster Drive and Prince Tagg were next to the line. Delicious is perfect in four 2016 starts and now has 23 career wins in 48 starts. Wednesday the action moved to Solvalla. A 1640 meter autostart test for mares worth 80,000SEK to the winner went to a 1.11kr quick stepping 1.4/1 Wild Honey (4f Cantab Hall- Wanna Lindy-SJ’s Photo) with Orjan Kihlstrom up for trainer Reden. The mare now sports a 4-0-1 slate in six 2016 appearances. Christine Sixteen (4f Muscle Massive-Sharise Seelster-Brisco Hanover) was second for Jorma Kontio and conditioner Veijo Heiskanen. Third was Faye Bros (4f Explosive Matter-Vina Boko-Trade Balance) for driver Ulf Eriksson. The Diamantstoet for 100,000SEK to the winner was raced over 2140 meters autostart. 9.3/1 La Fille (6f Up Front Larry-Step In-Tap In) scored for Claes Sjostrom timed in 1.12.6kr. Hanna Olofsson is the trainer. Speedy Foxy Vinane and Impression were next. Thomas H. Hicks  

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