Pompano Beach, FL...January 14, 2015...Coco Lindy earned a narrow photo finish decision as Pompano Park presented a highly competitive Open Handicap Trot along with the opening round of the Sea Eagle Late Closer for claiming pacers, which was contested in two divisions. Coco Lindy, an eight year-old altered son of Cantab Hall owned by the Lindy Farms along with Robert Rudolph, just did get up in the final stride to pin the "nose" decision in 1:54.3 over the pacesetting Its Payday Friday with Adenium third, three lengths away, in a virtual repeat of when these three hooked up in their last encounter on December 30. Dukester and Majestic Won earned the final two awards in the field of seven. Driven by Wally Hennessey, Coco Lindy played musical chairs early on with Its Payday Friday, handled by Dan Clements, with "Lindy" taking command as the gate sprung open before yielding to Its Payday Friday at the opening marker, timed in :27.3. Adenium, with Kevin Wallis handling the lines, settled into third at this point with Dukester, M C Felix, Buddy Hally and Majestic Won following. Positions remained stagnant among the first five through a half in :57.2 and, except for a bit of outside flow on the backside, the top two, Its Payday Friday and Coco Lindy, began separating from the remaining competition turning for home. With the three-quarters timed in 1:26, Its Payday Friday dug in desperately to try and protect the lead but Coco Lindy kept gnawing away and just did get by in the very last stride. In a post race interview, driver Hall of Fame driver Wally Hennessey said, "This is one game trotter. He's just relentless. I know he likes the top spot but, the last two times I drove him, Dan's (Clements) horse (Its Payday Friday) drew outside of us and I had to make a choice of whether to get into an all-out war or yield and get a garden trip. I'm glad I chose the latter--even though it gave me heart palpitations both times." Trained by Frank Antonacci, the lightly raced eight year-old Coco Lindy won for the 30th time in only 77 lifetime starts to push his career bounty to $398,680. Even money on the tote-board, Coco Lindy paid $4.00 to win. The opening round of the Sea Eagle Late Closer--an event named in honor of the first Pompano Park winner on February 4, 1964--was contested in two divisions with the opening rounds going to Oakmont and Rock N Go. Oakmont, a recent purchase by trainer Dan McCartney and driven this night by Ed Hensley, made a quarter (:28.1) move to the front and carved remaining fractions of :56.3 and 1:25 before sealing a decision measuring three lengths on the strength of a :28.2 finale. Orator and Mike Micallef teamed up to be second while Casino Captor, driven by Joe Sanzeri, rallied from last half way through the mile to earn show honors. Four Starz Kyle and Deep Finesse also earned checks in the septet. Oakmont, an eight year-old son of I Am A Fool, earned his 25th lifetime victory to send his lifetime bankroll to $207,700. As 8 to 5 second choice in the betting, Oakmont paid $5.40 to win. Rock N Go, trained and driven by Kevin Wallis for owner Leona Morrissey, stretched his current winning skein to five with the win timed in 1:53--his margin of victory three-parts-of-a-length over Final Curtain (Bruce Ranger) with Who Dey (Mickey McNichol) third. Tivoli Hanover and Fox Valley Christo finished 4-5, respectively, in the field of eight. This five year-old son of Rocknroll Hanover, took command shortly after the :27 opener and rolled on through panels of :55.1 and 1:23.4 before coming home in :29.1 to seal the issue. As the 3 to 5 choice, Rock N Go paid $3.20 to win. Once again, the Super Hi-5 had multiple winners on Wednesday night with the carryover going in to Saturday night's program now approaching $44,000. Post time for Saturday is 7:30 p.m. by John Berry, for the Isle Pompano Park
In case you have not already signed up for Harnesslink’s newsletter called Insider Access, then here is your chance. Just click here and within seconds you will be on track for the latest news in harness racing that you will not see or read about anywhere else, even on our own website. Each issue includes an in-depth Stallion review not available anywhere else. All previous reviews can now be viewed at http://stallionsphere.com Stallion Review – CANTAB HALL – Continuing on with our stallion review series today we have produced an in depth review for the excellent racehorse and stallion Cantab Hall 1:54 ($1,524,305). Is he a starter and steward? - A recent trend on the steward’s front in New Zealand has the local Harnesslink staff a touch concerned. It concerns the appointment of the country’s leading official starter Peter Lamb as a steward on days when he is also the starter at the same meetings. Jack Darling’s "movement" needs to be developed - There was an event of sorts that took place in 2014 in North American harness racing that needed to be made everyone’s New Year Resolution for 2015. That was the effort that respected Canadian horseman Jack Darling did for the promotion of harness racing on national television. This week’s Insider Access newsletter contains the following feature stories: Don’t miss out on the next edition of Insider Access. The newsletter currently comes out every other Tuesday morning (North America), Tuesday afternoon (Europe) and Wednesday morning (Australasia).
In case you have not already signed up for Harnesslink’s newsletter called Insider Access, then here is your chance. Just click here and within seconds you will be on track for the latest news in harness racing that you will not see or read about anywhere else, even on our own website. Each issue includes an in-depth Stallion review not available anywhere else. All previous reviews can now be viewed at http://stallionsphere.com Is he a starter and steward? - A recent trend on the steward’s front in New Zealand has the local Harnesslink staff a touch concerned. It concerns the appointment of the country’s leading official starter Peter Lamb as a steward on days when he is also the starter at the same meetings. Stallion Review – CANTAB HALL – Continuing on with our stallion review series today we have produced an in depth review for the excellent racehorse and stallion Cantab Hall 1:54 ($1,524,305). Jack Darling’s "movement" needs to be developed - There was an event of sorts that took place in 2014 in North American harness racing that needed to be made everyone’s New Year Resolution for 2015. That was the effort that respected Canadian horseman Jack Darling did for the promotion of harness racing on national television. This week’s Insider Access newsletter contains the following feature stories: Don’t miss out on the next edition of Insider Access. The newsletter currently comes out every other Tuesday morning (North America), Tuesday afternoon (Europe) and Wednesday morning (Australasia).
Pompano Beach, FL...December 30, 2014...Invader Coco Lindy, making his initial start of the season at Pompano Park and only his second lifetime appearance in 75 starts, took top honors in Pompano Park's $13,500 Open Handicap Trot on Tuesday night, stopping the timer in 1:54 for Hall of Fame driver Wally Hennessey. The seven year-old son of Cantab Hall overcame the outside eight post in a strong $2 million dollar field to edge by a stubborn Its Payday Friday, handled by Dan Clements, to score by a neck with Adenium third for Kevin Wallis, almost four lengths away. Raven Victory finished fourth while Rush N Supreme picked up the final award in the octet. As the Hummer Starting Gate sprung the field loose, Hennessey sent his trotter winging out of the gate into a quick early lead and rocketed to an opening panel in :27.1. Shortly thereafter, Clements had Its Payday Friday on the engine, taking the lead after 3/8ths of a mile and proceeding to the half in :56.3. On the backside, Dukester was sent up to apply the tourniquet but could get no closer to Its Payday Friday than a length-and-a-half with Coco Lindy patiently biding his time on the inside as the leader broke the third beam in 1:25.2. Once they straightened away, Coco Lindy left the coziness of his pocket and began gnawing away at Its Payday Friday's lead, catching that one inside the sixteenth pole and then on to the photo finish victory. In a post race interview, driver Wally Hennessey said, "I knew coming in that this horse like the front end so I took a chance and sent him, hoping he wouldn't get hung out to dry. Not even one step out of the gate, he was going full speed ahead and gained the lead rather easily. I let him relax during the middle stages and, when we found that room turning for home, he responded like a very good trotter does. You know, he's not heavily raced, but, when he does race, he's usually ready...and he was ready tonight." Owned by the Lindy Farms along with Robert Rudolph and trained by Frank Antonacci, Coco Lindy won for the seventh time in only 11 starts this year. Lifetime, he has won 29 of his 75 starts, good for $392,180--$34,693 this year. As the 9 to 2 third choice on the tote-board, Coco Lindy returned $11.20 to win. Also on the Tuesday card, Pompano Park's Super Hi-5 again had multiple winners, sending the carry-over on Saturday night's card over the $20,000 mark. Post time for the initial 2015 racing program is 7:30 with Prairie Jaguar looking to repeat his winning 1:50 performance of a week ago against the likes of Lyons Johnny, That'll Be The Rei, Cadillac Phil, Duc Dorleans and a quartette of others in the featured Open Handicap Pace. by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park
There were two $20,000 harness racing co-features for trotters on a snowy Thursday afternoon from Harrah's Philadelphia. The first division was won by Stake Your Claim Stable and Martin Sternberg's Uva Hanover (Tim Tetrick). The 3-year-old gelding came away with pocket-position from post number one. He drafted behind the speed of veteran trotter Bastille (Dave Miller) and was able to drive up the passing lane for a one-length victory, stopping the clock in 1:56. It was Uva Hanover's eighth career win in just his twenty-first start. He paid $3.60. The second division went to Keystone Trotters' Fox Valley Smarty (Marcus Miller) in a speedy 1:54.4. The 7-year-old was strong off the gate, clearing the lead to the quarter and holding off several challengers along the way. It Really Matters (Brett Miller) traded strides with the winner from the five-eighths pole to mid-stretch, before tiring late in the lane. It was Fox Valley Smarty's second straight win in his fifth start for trainer Neal Ehrhart. He returned a handsome mutuel of $27.60 to win. There are just two more days left in the 2014 live racing season at Harrah's Philadelphia. Racing Thursday and Sunday with first posts of 12:40 PM. by Mike Bozich, for Harrah's Philadelphia
DAYTON, OH. - Cantab Lindy has found the new Hollywood Dayton Raceway to his liking, winning the $10,000 Saturday night Open Trot for the second straight week following a third place finish in his initial local outing a week earlier. The six-year-old altered son of Cantab Hall is owned and trained by Brent Davis and has had red-hot Josh Sutton on his lines since arriving at Dayton. The feature race triumph was Sutton's tenth of the week and nudged him slightly ahead of Chris Page and Dan Noble for the first time in what promises to be a spirited three-way battle for the inaugural driver's dash title. Cantab Lindy defended his inside post position draw off the wings of the gate, yielding briefly to Brother Gus (Jason Brewer) before quickly retaking the lead at the :27.3 quarter mile marker. Sutton managed a :30.3 second quarter front-end breather for the 4-5 favorite before speeding through a :27.4 third panel when Mystical Dew (Tyler Smith) ranged up to challenge. A :29 second final quarter was enough to hold off Mystical Dew by 1-1/2 lengths, but the runnerup broke stride in deep stretch and was placed last for failure to lose ground following the miscue. Brother Gus and Ajuama (Greg Grismore) were next to cross the finish line and were elevated by the judges into the official place and show finishing positions. The 1:55 score was the 20th win in Cantab Lindy's career and lifted his lifetime bounty to almost a quarter million dollars. From the press box at Dayton Raceway
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Father Patrick added another feather to his illustrious cap by simply cruising to a five length victory in 1:52.2 in the $203,000 American National for harness racing 3-year-old trotters Saturday night at Balmoral Park. The son of Cantab Hall-Gala Dream-Enjoy Lavec led at every post for driver Yannick Gingras, comfortably trotting through fractions of :28.2, :57.2 and 1:24.4. That final time equaled the Balmoral track record for sophomore trotting colts. "I was open to any idea when the wings folded and no one was going out of there, so I left easily and it was a walk in the park for him. The last time he got away with a half like that was when he qualified," said Gingras. "I asked him to trot down the lane as I didn't want to get too cute and have anyone catch us, but was just on cruise control." Trained by Jimmy Takter for the Father Patrick Stable of East Windsor, NJ, Father Patrick upped his seasonal earnings to $1,385,581 and his career earnings to $2,129,638. E L Titan finished in second for driver Ron Pierce and trainer Riina Rekila, while Rompaway Galaxy got up for third with John Campbell in the sulky for trainer Krista Harmon. The victory was career win 21 for Father Patrick and seasonal win 11. Father Patrick was the unanimous choice by the US Harness Writers as the Dan Patch Award winning 2-Year-Old Trotting Colt of 2013 when he won 10 of 11 starts, including the Peter Haughton Memorial, William Wellwood Memorial and the Breeders Crown, setting a world record mark of 1:52.1f at Pocono Downs. He was also the leading money winner in his division with $755,047 in seasonal earnings in 2013. This year, Father Patrick's wins include a 1:50.4 triumph in a division of the Bluegrass Stakes at The Red Mile on Sept. 28, and wins in the $613,800 Canadian Trotting Classic; the $260,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Championship Final and the $340,000 Zweig Memorial, the $500,000 Earl Beal Jr at Pocono Downs in a world record time of 1:50.2f and the $317 Stanley Dancer Memorial in 1:51.3, among others. Father Patrick was bred by Brittany Farms, and was a $105,000 yearling purchase at the 2012 Lexington Selected Sale. He is a full brother to million-dollar-earner and 2010 Dan Patch Award winner Pastor Stephen, 3, 1:52.4s, ($1,048,607), and also has a 2-year-old full brother in Whom Shall I Fear (a $475,000 yearling purchase at the 2013 Lexington Selected Sale), who finished second by a head on Oct. 3 at Lexington to longshot Aldabaran Eagle in 1:55.1 with Gingras in the sulky. Takter also conditions this colt. Kimberly A. Rinker
Adam Bowden was in the Kentucky Futurity winner's circle last year with Creatine and he hopes to return there following Sunday's 122nd edition of the trotting classic, this time with Father Patrick. Bowden and his father, Chris, operate Diamond Creek Farm, which is part of Father Patrick's ownership group. Father Patrick, who has won 20 of 23 career races and $1.92 million, drew post No. 1 for Sunday's $435,000 Kentucky Futurity for 3-year-old trotters at The Red Mile in Lexington. Nine horses entered the Futurity, so eliminations are unnecessary. Yannick Gingras will drive Father Patrick for trainer Jimmy Takter in the one-dash-for-the-cash event. Rounding out the field in post order are Il Sogno Dream, Martiniwithmuscle, Datsyuk, Hillustrious, Nuncio, Mr Lindy, DD's Hitman, and Lightning Force. Sunday's card also includes the $224,000 Kentucky Filly Futurity, $173,000 Allerage Farm Open Trot, $160,500 Allerage Farm Open Pace, $90,000 Allerage Farm Mare Pace, and $89,000 Allerage Farm Mare Trot. Father Patrick brings a four-race win streak to the Futurity, including a 4-1/2 length victory over Lightning Force in 1:50.4 in a division of the Bluegrass Stakes at The Red Mile last Sunday. He also has won the $613,800 Canadian Trotting Classic, $260,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship and $340,000 Zweig Memorial since losing by a half-length to Datsyuk in a division of the Tompkins-Geers Stakes. "Last week he was on cruise control and still trotted in sub-1:51," said Bowden, who owns Father Patrick with John Fielding, Christina Takter, Brittany Farms, Brixton Medical AB, and the group of Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld and Sam Goldband. "Hopefully, we're in the winner's circle on Sunday. Jimmy gives me two thumbs up. I'm hoping that's going to be the case." Last year, the Diamond Creek-bred-and-owned Creatine won the Futurity for hometown trainer Bob Stewart. Bowden had planned to sell Creatine when he was a yearling, but the horse was withdrawn from the auction because of an infected hock and remained with Diamond Creek. Creatine races Sunday in the Allerage Farm Open Trot. "We've been with Bob since the beginning and for him to be a Kentucky guy, no offense, I love Father Patrick, but I don't think anything is going to top last year," Bowden said. "That was the most exciting thing for me. It was the first time. It was a homebred with a good friend of mine. We always believed in the horse and we finally won one of the big ones. That was exciting." The Bowdens started Diamond Creek Farm in 2005 in Paris, Ky., and now have a second location in Pennsylvania. Diamond Creek will stand Father Patrick as a stallion at the conclusion of his racing career. Father Patrick, bred by Brittany Farms, is a son of stallion Cantab Hall out of the mare Gala Dream. He is a full brother to million-dollar-earner Pastor Stephen. "We're very happy and lucky; we want to stand the best horses," Bowden said. "After his 2-year-old year, we took a huge risk that (Father Patrick) was going to come back and be dominant at 3. Right now it looks like our gamble is going to pay off. Cantab Hall is arguably the hottest sire in the sport, along with Muscle Hill, and here's his greatest son so far. It's a great sire line and we're hoping it continues with Father Patrick." The Kentucky Futurity is the second jewel in this year's Trotting Triple Crown. Trixton won the first, the Hambletonian, but has since been retired because of injury. The third jewel, the Yonkers Trot, is Oct. 25. Takter trained and drove Trixton in the Hambletonian. Another of his charges, Nuncio, finished second in the race. Father Patrick went off stride from post 10 and finished off the board for the only time in his career. Nuncio will be driven by John Campbell, his regular pilot, in Sunday's Futurity. Nuncio has won 12 of 22 career races and finished second in the other 10. Eight of those runner-up finishes have come behind Father Patrick. "Nuncio is one tough horse," Bowden said. "He's a great horse and in any other year he's the best horse. "One of these days you think he's going to beat his stablemate. But I hope it's not Sunday." Takter sends out the likely favorite in the Kentucky Filly Futurity, Shake It Cerry. She was the 2013 Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old female trotter and has won 10 of 12 races this season. She will start from post three with driver Ron Pierce. Scream And Shout and Heaven's Door will start inside of Shake It Cerry while to her outside are Highest Peak, Chivaree Hanover, Vanity Matters, and Yoga. Scream And Shout and Yoga also are from the Takter Stable. The Allerage Farm Open Trot features Sebastian K, the fastest horse in harness racing history thanks to his 1:49 win earlier this year, two-time Dan Patch Award-winner Market Share, 2010 Kentucky Futurity winner Wishing Stone and recent Centaur Trotting Classic winner Master Of Law. Bee A Magician, the 2013 Horse of the Year, and multiple-stakes-winner Classic Martine lead the way in the Allerage Farm Mare Trot, where they will encounter Dan Patch Award-winner and defending race winner Maven. Sweet Lou, who has won 10 of 15 races and nearly $1 million this year, and Foiled Again, North American harness racing's all-time money-winner, are among the 10 horses in the Allerage Farm Open Pace. Eleven horses were entered in the Allerage Farm Mare Pace, including three-time Dan Patch Award-winner Anndrovette, stakes-winners Rocklamation and Somwherovrarainbow, world champion Shebestingin, last year's race winner Shelliscape, and 2012 winner Drop The Ball. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications
The first session (September 30th) of this years Lexington Select Sale of harness racing yearlings was out of control from the time the auctioneer opened the bidding on lot one. Encore Deo, a filly by Rocknroll Hanover made $100,000 which was the first time that had ever happened in the sales history. Shortly afterwards Lot 5, a colt by Cantab Hall from a full sister to Dream Vacation entered the ring and bidding was fierce from the start for the aptly named Prince De Vie. Opening with a bid of $200,000 , it quickly moved to $400,000 and was knocked down to the bid of Myron Bell That price was equalled later in the session when Bene Bene also made $400,000 after a spirited bidding duel. A Kadabra filly, she is a full sister to Miss Paris 1: 54.2 $865,160 and Bella Dolce 1:54.2 $730,384 and was knocked down to the bid of Melvin Hartman, Marvin Katz and David McDuffee of Ottawa, Canada. Bene Bene Three other yearlings topped the $300,000 mark during the first session. Dante is an upstanding colt by Credit Winner from Michelle's Angel which makes him a full brother to the millionaire world champion Archangel. He was knocked down to Bjorn Noren for $355,000 The Europeans were active throughout the session with the highest priced lot going to Europe being another son of Credit Winner in The Perfect Lindy. His dam Highscore Kem won $100,000 and is a 3/4 sister to this years Hambeltonian winner, Trixton. He went to the bid of Robert Lindstrom for $320,000 The only pacer to break through the $300,000 barrier was Sonoma Valley. A daughter of Rocknroll Hanover, she is a half sister to the $2,000,000+ winner Vintage Master and was sold to the bid of well known owner George Segal. By the time the dust had settled, records had been broken left right and centre. The average of $104,959 for the 97 yearlings sold was the first time ever that the $100,000 barrier had been beaten in the 10 year history of the sale. It was a 21.6% increase over the previous record of $89,847 which was set in 2008. A total of 39 yearlings made $100,000 which tied the record set for a session in 2007. Pacing Colts Sold - 21 Average Price - $77,714 Highest Price - $130,000 Pacing Fillies Sold - 27 Average Price - $106,333 Highest Price - $325,000 Trotting Colts Sold - 31 Average Price - $121,197 Highest Price - $400,000 Trotting Fillies Sold - 18 Average Price - $106,722 Highest Price - $400,000 A total of 156 yearlings were sold during the Wednesday night second session for a total of $8,833,000, producing an average of about $56,500. Last year's average price for the second session was $52,734. The sale continues on Thursday night at 7 p.m. and runs though Saturday, October 4. Links; Sortable Sale Roster Sale Results Sale Streaming Video active during Sale Harnesslink Media
Harness racing driver Brett Miller has suffered few anxious moments this season with undefeated 2-year-old male trotter Billy Flynn, but the minutes prior to the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship were difficult to endure. Billy Flynn, in the midst of enjoying himself as the field warmed up for the race, accidentally took off his right front shoe. Miller tried to locate the shoe, but muddy track conditions that night made it impossible. So Miller brought Billy Flynn back to the paddock, where the blacksmith put on a random shoe moments before racing for $260,000. "I was sick to my stomach," said Miller, who is able to laugh now as he retells the story. "It felt like it took an hour. For him to go through all that and then go out and annihilate the field, it was pretty amazing." Billy Flynn won the race, held Sept. 6 at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, by 2-3/4 lengths in a career-best 1:55.2. He rallied from fourth place after three-quarters with a three-wide move around the final turn. "He races great on the front, but I think he's better from off the pace," Miller said. "When he's following horses and has a target to go after, he's unreal." Billy Flynn puts his 8-for-8 record on the line Friday in the third of five International Stallion Stakes divisions at The Red Mile in Lexington. Billy Flynn will start from post six with Miller at the lines for trainer Staffan Lind. Last week, in his first start since the sire stakes championship, Billy Flynn won a division of the Bluegrass Stakes by a half-length over Muscle Diamond in 1:55.4. "I thought he raced great," Miller said. "He felt as good as he's felt all year. He was a little wound up, a little more grabby than usual, but I think being at Lexington he was just feeling good." Billy Flynn is a son of stallion Cantab Hall out of the mare Zeta Jones and was named after the smooth-talking lawyer in the musical "Chicago," which co-starred Catherine Zeta-Jones in the film version. Owned by Bender Sweden Inc., the colt was purchased as a yearling for $120,000 at the 2013 Lexington Selected Sale and is a full brother to Mr Chicago, who was a winner in both the U.S. and Europe. "Staffan has done some kind of job training him, manners-wise," said Miller, who has driven Billy Flynn in all eight of his races, earning $312,057 in purses. "I know a lot of that, too, is the horse himself, but Staffan has done a great job with him. "He's like an older horse because you can do anything you want with him in a race. He's so handy. His manners are so good. And he gives 110 percent. When a horse is near him, he tries so hard to fight that horse off. So far, he has (fought them off)." Billy Flynn's International Stallion Stakes division includes stakes-winner Pinkman and New York Sire Stakes champion Crazy Wow. Also part of the field is Canepa Hanover, a $300,000 yearling purchase who is a half-brother to 2006 Horse of the Year Glidemaster. "I'm realistic," Miller said. "I know there are some colts out there that he could have a tough time with. I love the colt, he's the best 2-year-old trotting colt I've ever sat behind, but he hasn't faced everybody. I'm sure he's going to get beat one day. "It's just been a fun ride so far, that's for sure." Stakes-winner French Laundry and New York Sire Stakes championship runner-up Wings Of Royalty are among the trotters in the first division of the International Stallion Stakes. Shoot The Thrill, who won a division of the Arden Downs, is in the second split. Uncle Lasse, a full brother to standout 3-year-old female trotter Shake It Cerry and a Bluegrass division winner last week, is in the fourth division. The fifth division finds Peter Haughton Memorial champion Centurion ATM and Bluegrass division winner The Bank, plus Whom Shall I Fear, a full brother to star 3-year-old male trotter Father Patrick. Friday's card at The Red Mile also includes three divisions of International Stallion Stakes for 2-year-old female pacers. by Ken Weingartner/Harness Racing Communications/USTA
Trotter Wind Of The North and Pacer Aslan won the $25,000 featured Preferred races on Saturday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The Preferred Trot was named the Fred Yaggi Memorial Trot in honor of a longtime Pennsylvania Harness Racing Commission who recently passed away. In that race Wind Of The North (Cantab Hall-Talk To The Wind), a 4-year-old gelding from the Clifton Green barn, used a second-over trip and a strong closing kick to upend favored Classic Martine by a head for the win in 1:52:2 at 10-1. Simon Allard did the driving. Arch Madness finished third. In the Preferred pace, Aslan (Mach Three-Skyview) was overpowering on the front end with Andrew McCarthy in the bike for trainer Tony O'Sullivan. The 5-year-old gelding and 7-5 favorite won by 2 ¾ lengths in 1:50:1. Musselsfrombrussels was best of the rest in second while Golden Receiver picked up the show. by Jim Beviglia, for Pocono Downs
LEXINGTON, KY-- Despite an hour-and-a-half delay provoked by a blown transformer near the first turn, the $336,000 Bluegrass for two-year-old filly trotters was contested in four divisions on Thursday, September 25. The wait was worth it as a world record was tied. Jolene Jolene, sent off the 8/5-second choice, equaled the world record for freshmen filly trotters of 1:52.1 in division two of Bluegrass action. Classical Annie circled around Scented Roses to secure command through a :28.2 first quarter. Passing three-eighths, Jolene Jolene made a furious bid from fourth to commandeer the field. Clearing in a :56.3 (:28.1) half-mile, her lead began to grow into the far turn. Leading by 5 lengths through a 1:24 (:27.2) third quarter, driver David Miller kept Jolene Jolene to task while Lock Down Lindy tried to close, as well as Gold Cora and Sweet Thing. As Lock Down Lindy broke, Gold Cora and Sweet Thing took over second and third while Jolene Jolene was striding to an 8-length victory in 1:52.1 (:28.1). Returning $5.40 to win, the Muscle Hill-Celebrity Speedie-Malabar Man daughter is owned by William Donovan and trained by Jonas Czernyson. The 1:52.1 effort is a lifetime mark for the filly trotter, and this win puts her season's earnings at $207,527. Scratched down to a field of four in the pari-mutual spectrum, Wild Honey, off a world-record 1:55.2 mile at Delaware, Ohio, coasted around the Lexington oval to win in 1:55.2, with a :26.3 final quarter. Able to put up fractions of :29.2, :59.3 (:30.1), and 1:28.4 (:29.1), Wild Honey led foes Onda Di Mare, Love Me Madly, Shafina Hanover, and Hot Stuff, respectively, in her gate-to-wire performance. They remained in that order as Wild Honey sprinted to the wire in :26.3 to win in 1:55.2. Owned by Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, and Herb Liverman, the Cantab Hall-U Wanna Lindy-S J's Photo daughter paid $2.10 to win. She's trained by Jimmy Takter and driven by Yannick Gingras. Winning seven of eight starts, the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes champion has now amassed $312,656 in earnings. Fresh off a victory in the Kindergarten Series, Lilu Hanover claimed victory in the third division of the Bluegrass in 1:54.2. Getting away on the lead, Lilu Hanover led Armatrading, That's So Ironic, and Annaliina as she marched to the quarter. Passing that station in :29, Annaliina was sent two wide and began to brush by her competition. She took the lead from Lilu Hanover through a half of :57.2 (:28.2). Around into the far turn, Armatrading pulled first over to challenge Annaliina for control. Lilu Hanover sat steady In The Pocket through a 1:27.1 (:29.4) third-quarter. Midway into the stretch, Lilu Hanover pulled the pocket and managed to split Annaliina and Armatrading to get a nose in front and extend to a length in 1:54.2 (:27.1). Annaliina was second, Concentration was third and Armatrading was fourth. A daughter of Andover Hall-Lady Luck Hanover-Donerail, she is owned by Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld, trained by Jimmy Takter and Scott Zeron guided her to victory. Paying $5.20 to win, the 1:54.2 mile is a lifetime mark for Lilu Hanover. Bee The Queen capped the stakes action with a 1:54.1 victory over Allerage Star and Crunchess Finale dueled for control through a :27.3 first quarter. Clearing the front into the backstretch, Allerage Star maintained her lead past the half in :55.2 (:27.4). Driver Brian Sears gave Bee The Queen the cue to go entering the far turn, flushed from fourth by Sarcy. Within a matter of strides, Bee The Queen secured control. Sarcy stalked uncovered while Allerage Star was to her inside In The Pocket. Bee The Queen trotted by three-quarters in 1:24.3 (:29.1). Sarcy broke turning for home, and Allerage Star swung out of the pocket, but failed to rally by Bee The Queen. Wiclet Hanover from the back closed into second, as well as Kirsi Hanover into third as Bee The Queen was victorious in 1:54.1 (:29.3). Owned by Alfred Ross and trained by George Ducharme, the Donato Hanover-Bee Line-Self Possessed filly paid $5.40 to win. Her 1:54.1 victory is a lifetime best, and her season's earnings are now at $63,392. Live racing resumes Friday, September 26 with the $287,600 Bluegrass for two-year-old filly pacers and the $393,000 Bluegrass for two-year-old colt trotters. With three divisions for the fillies and four for the colts, post time is set at 7:00pmEDT. By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile
WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 22, 2014 -- Staring at a 4-1/2-length deficit behind the loose leader, Kelsey's Keepsake launched a determined first-over move that carried her to the upset victory in the fastest division of Monday's Keystone Classic at The Meadows. The $118,200 stake for 2-year-old filly trotters was contested over three divisions, with Blessings Counted and Wouldn't Itbesweet also capturing splits. Winning driver Marcus Miller thought he had a shot to catch the 1-5 favorite, Jersey Strong, when his filly got away flat. "The one thing I was worried about -- my filly doesn't get off the car very well from the rail," Miller said. "I was worried first about her trotting, and she took care of the rest. She was very good today, very solid, the best she's been for me." Sent off at 5-1, the daughter of Yankee Glide-Distaff relentlessly tracked Jersey Strong and defeated her by a neck in 1:57.3, with Product Placement third. Julie Miller trains Kelsey's Keepsake for Andy Miller Stable Inc. and Peggy Hood. In the final start of her freshman campaign, Blessings Counted was determined to take the lead, and winning driver Dan Rawlings didn't think it wise to dissuade her. "She's been getting pretty grabby, so she was going to the front today," Rawlings said. "I thought I was the best in here, so I wanted to dictate fractions. She has a lot of potential, but they'll have their work cut out for them this winter trying to keep her manners under control. If they do that, she'll come back as a nice filly. She's going away sound and healthy." Even under Rawlings' restraint, Blessings Counted won handily in 1:58, 1-3/4 lengths better than Matter Hatter. The first-over Sweet Shurga completed the ticket. Rick Beinhauer trains the homebred daughter of Muscle Massive-Winner Springs and owns with Regina Beinhauer. Wouldn't Itbesweet also prevailed easily on the front end, although winning trainer/driver Jim Raymer wasn't completely satisfied with the way she finished. "She's so quick off the gate -- that first eighth, she can beat anybody -- that I can get her in a bad spot," Raymer said of the $30,000 yearling purchase. "She's a little filly, and I think she's telling me she's had enough. For the fractions she had, I thought she'd be a little better on the end of it." Nevertheless, she downed Cantabulous Julie by 2-1/2 lengths in 2:00.2. Trustworthy Gal earned show. Harbor Racing Stable campaigns the daughter of Cantab Hall-US Victory, who is eligible for the Circle City at Hoosier Park. In the $22,500 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace, Rescue Team turned back several challenges and scored in 1:52.4 on the front end for Dave Palone, trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Metro Ville was second, 1-3/4 lengths in arrears, with Do Me Honor third. The 4-year-old daughter of Western Terror-Tended Rose extended her career bankroll to $136,175. Palone, Burke and Eric Ledford each fashioned a three-bagger on the 16-race card. The Keystone Classics continue Tuesday at The Meadows with an $88,600 stake for freshman filly pacers. First post is 12:55 PM. by Nick Salvi, for the Red Mile
Delaware, OH --- Lifetime Pursuit made it six wins in a row by dominating Wednesday’s (Sept. 17) $89,475 Buckette for 3-year-old female harness racing trotters at the Delaware County Fair, crossing the wire in front by 12-3/4 lengths in 1:53.4. Driven by Yannick Gingras, the filly started from post six and raced three wide around the first turn to get the lead from Broadway Socks. Once there, she never looked back through fractions of :28.2, :56.4 and 1:25.1. The winning time was three-fifths of a second off Frau Blucher’s half-mile-track world record for a 3-year-old female trotter, set last year in the Buckette. Sent off at odds of 1-9, Lifetime Pursuit paid $2.10 to win. Bikini So Teeny was second, followed by Yoga and Broadway Socks. “It definitely was a walk in the park today,” Gingras said. “Since Hambletonian Day, she’s turned from being a very good filly to a great filly. She was awesome that day and she’s been awesome ever since.” Lifetime Pursuit started her six-race win streak by winning the Hambletonian Oaks on Aug. 2 at the Meadowlands. Since then, she’s added divisions of the Casual Breeze and Simcoe stakes, plus the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship. “She is amazing to drive but she is a filly where you can't hurt her feelings,” Gingras added. “Before the Hambletonian Oaks I always drove her behind cover or made sure I got her out of the pocket. But in the Hambletonian Oaks she had the perfect trip, I just pulled the plugs and popped her out. Since then she has been so good she's been the 1-5 or 1-9 favorite so she's needed to be involved earlier. She's probably been on the front a little too much because of that but she really feels tremendous to drive right now.” The daughter of Cantab Hall-Queen Of Grace is trained by Jimmy Takter and owned by Brittany Farms. She has won eight of 13 races this year and $652,054. For her career, she has won 14 of 24 starts and is nearing $1 million. by Ken Weingarter with Kimberly French