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WILKES-BARRE PA - Despite a strong headwind hitting the trotters and pacers in the face as they entered the homestretch at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Sunday night, closers won both of the harness racing $25,000 winners-over features. The winners came from almost-opposite ends of the pari-mutuel spectrum: Cash Me Out paid $53.80 as the second-longest shot in the trot headliner, while $6.80 favorite Devil Child took the victory in the pacing mares spotlight race.   A frontstretch headwind, of course, means a strong backstretch tailwind on a 5/8-mile track such as Pocono, and quarters one and three were vicious in both features. There were no fewer than five lead changes in the field of nine in the top trot as numbers of 26.2, 56, and 1:23.3 were put up, as Cash Me Out was able to overhaul the horse responsible for the last number, Wind Of The North (ironic name in this discussion), by a half-length in the final 100 feet, stopping the timer in 1:53.3 over sloppy going. Andrew McCarthy drove the winning Cash Hall gelding, now with a career bankroll of $524,299, for trainer Kyle Spagnola and owners Taylor Racing LLC.   McCarthy was almost able to pull off a sweep of the features, as his mare, God Forbid N, swept wide into the lane following wind-influenced numbers of 26. 55.3, and 1:22.1 and made the lead, but the horse on her back, Devil Child, tipped wider and was able to pace past in the latter stages, stopping the timer in 1:51.2 while ¾ of a length ahead. Devil Child, a daughter of American Ideal driven by David Miller for trainer Chris Oakes, had been on the lead in all four of her previous 2016 races, but Miller didn't get into the Hall Of Fame by not knowing how to adjust for conditions, and he got this mare home tonight to raise her lifetime earnings to $448,138 for owner Susan Oakes and Crawford Farms LLC.   PHHA / Pocono  

WASHINGTON, PA, May 31, 2016 - Leaving from an inside post position for the first time in more than a month, Barn Girl followed live cover and turned it on late to score in 1:53.3 -- a harness racing career best -- in Tuesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Barn Girl started from post 8 or 9 in her four most recent races and still managed to hit the board in three of those outings. She left from the rail Tuesday but was sitting seventh when Jim Pantaleano moved her behind the first-over Ras Shakinthtbacon. The 4-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Turquoise Sweetie peeled off cover around the final turn and tracked down the leader, Smokinmombo, defeating her by a neck. She Nuit finished third. Ron Burke trains Barn Girl, who extended her career bankroll to $269,156, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phillip Collura. Dave Palone piloted four winners on the 14-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Cash Poor (Cash Hall) scored in Sunday's $15,000 Open Trot at Saratoga. Harness racing driver Jim Devaux piloted the Harry Reddick Jr. trainee and moved the speedy highstepper first over just past the half. Cash Poor powered past the race's leader before drawing off to win in 2:03 in the 1 1/16 mile feature. Boli (Wally Hennessey) closed sharply for second in his local debut while veteran Slugfest (Jay Randall) earned the show spot. It was the fourth victory on the season for the eight year old Cash Poor who is owned by Traylor Racing, LLC. He returned $9.30 to win and started an exacta and triple that paid $68.50 and $209, respectively. Live racing resumes at Saratoga on Thursday with a first post time of 4:00pm. Mike Sardella

Neither favorite prevailed in New York Sire Stakes action at Vernon Downs on Saturday (May 21) evening, with harness racing 3-year-old trotting colts Smalltownthrowdown ($8.70) and Sir Royson ($42.00) prevailing in their respective $61,300 events.   In the first division, carded as race six, Smalltownthrowdown yielded to even-money choice Allerage Echo (Jim Morrill, Jr.) upon reaching the backstretch, vacating the pegs and dueling to a 1-1/4 length victory after enjoying a clear tracking journey. Trainer Dan Daley drove the Cash Hall colt to a 1:56 score over sloppy going, defeating Allerage Echo by 1-1/4 lengths. Third-place finisher A Jersey Contract (Jeff Gregory) was 2-3/4 lengths farther back.   Ann-Mari Daley, James Crawford, IV, Donald renner, and Richard Lombardo own Smalltownthrowdown.   The compexion of the eighth-race second division changed entirely when 2-5 favorite Dayson (Morrill) broke stride at race's midpoint. Jim Marohn, Jr. worked Sir Royson out of traffic on the far turn, drawing off to a 3-1/4 length victory in 1:56 after reeling in pacesetter Sweet Royalty (Gregory) in upper stretch. The Crazed colt sprinted off through a :27.4 final quarter mile to defeat Dexter Cup winner Dante (Oskar Florhed) and Reve Royale (Chris Lems) for trainer Linda Toscano and owner R-and-I Farms, LLC.   Marohn led all drivers with three wins on the 12-race program, also teaming up with Southern Palms ($15.60, 1:57.2) and Uncle Mack ($21.40, 1:58.1) in $15,000 Excelsior A events.   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Friday (May 27) evening, with post time scheduled for 6:45 p.m. Eastern time.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

It took until the final stride to decide whether Slugfest (Conway Hall) or Cash Me Out (Cash Hall) had prevailed in Sunday's harness racing Open Trot at Saratoga Casino and Raceway.   Slugfest was on the front end in the 1 1/16 mile feature and the back-to-back Trotter of the Year at the track was met with the first over challenge of the favored Cash Me Out (Jim Devaux).   Those two top flight trotters slugged it out for better than a half mile before Slugfest held off his rival by the slimmest of margins to win in 2:03 on a windy afternoon at the Spa.   It was the third victory of the season in the Open for the Maureen Salino-trained Slugfest who was the public's second choice in the wagering at odds of 8-5.   Cash Me Out has now hit the board in four consecutive Sunday features at the Spa while Lucid Thoughts (Shawn Gray) earned the show spot.   Slugfest was driven to the Open score by Jay Randall.   Live racing resumes on Thursday at Saratoga with a 4:00pm first post. Mike Sardella

Pocketed Outrageous Art (Jason Bartlett, $29) and two-move Luminosity (George Brennan, $7.90) shared the Saturday Derby Night glory, winning Yonkers Raceway's co-featured harness racing $40,000 Open Handicaps. The week's marquee pace was a two-speed number, with 6-5 favorite Atta Boy Dan (Brennan) and Outrageous Art leaving from post position Nos. 5 and 4 (each in one after an inside scratch), respectively. The people's preference led through intervals of :28, :56.4 and 1:24.3, negating a second move from outside assignee Lucan Hanover (Brian Sears). Atta Boy Dan owned a length-and-a-half lead into the lane, with Outrageous Art ducking inside. The double-digit number picked off the favorite, winning by a half-length in a season's-best 1:52.1. Stolen Car (Tyler Buter), Jeneral Patton (Pat Lachance) and Texican N (Jordan Stratton) completed the cashers. For fifth choice Outrageous Art, a 9-year-old son of Art Major co-owned (as Allard Racing) by (trainer) Rene Allard and Ameer Najor, it was his sixth win in 13 career starts. The exacta paid $83, the triple returned $619 and the superfecta paid $1,923. The week's trotting feature saw Luminosity get thrown in play early and that tact served him well. From post No. 7, he wedged into a three-hole behind Somebody AS (Stratton) and Monroe County (Bartlett). The former put up early weigh stations of :27.2 of :56.3, while Luminosity was planning his next move. That one engaged the leader through a 1:25.2 three-quarters before wearing him down off the final turn. Luminosity then finished it off, defeating a second-up Major Athens (Sears)-the slight 2-1 choice-by 2¼ lengths in 1:54.1 Homicide Hunter (Mark MacDonald) was an uncovered third in his 4-year-old/local/half-mile track debut, while Monroe County and Newcastle (Buter) settled for the remainder. . For Luminosity, a 6-year-old Cash Hall gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke and Weaver Bruscemi, he's now 3-for-8 this season. The exacta paid $25.80, with the triple returning $132. Frank Drucker

Stoneridge (Cash Hall) completed a hat trick for harness racing driver Frank Coppola Jr. on Thursday at Saratoga Casino Hotel.   The Harvey Stein trainee was dismissed at odds of 31-1 in the $9,950 co-feature for New York Sired trotters despite the fact that she won in the same class in her previous local start in April.   The four year old dominated her rivals after getting a first over journey before drawing away to win by almost seven lengths in a career best 1:58.3.   Stoneridge led the biggest exacta of the season to date at the Spa as fellow longshot Meshugana Miss (Bruce Aldrich Jr) finished second to comprise an exacta that paid $2,898.   Coppola piloted all three of his Thursday winners to new lifetime marks as he scored with pacers Think Bigger in 1:55.3 and Captain American in 1:55.2.   Live racing continues on Friday evening at Saratoga with a first post time set for 6:45pm.   Mike Sardella

A fast pace and a tracking trip both proved beneficial for the J P Stables' Lucid Thoughts ($20.40), as he had ample late trot to just nab defending Open winner Stirling Cadet in Friday (April 29) evening's $9,000 harness racing Open Handicap Trot at Vernon Downs.   Trainer-driver John MacDonald secured a close tracking trip with the 8-year-old Cash Hall gelding, yielding to Stirling Cadet (Jimmy Whittemore) and Lutetium (Truman Gale) through a sharp :26.3 initial quarter. Lucid Thoughts would end up locked in through intermediate sectionals of :56 and 1:24.1 by the first-over Pocket Trip (Fern Paquet, Jr.), but found room to shake free off the corner as the outer tier weakened. Lucid Thoughts vacated the pegs at head-stretch, working into second over the all-out Lutetium at the eighth pole and ultimately just collaring Stirling Cadet by half a length for a 1:52.4 triumph, the 28th of his career. Stirling Cadet was valiant in defeat, holding second by 3-1/2 lengths over Lutetium.   MacDonald's victory with Lucid Thoughts capped a driving hat trick, as he swept the early double with odds-on winners Elm Grove Inarush ($2.30, 1:52.3) and Have a Parodi ($2.90, 1:55.2).   In the evening's Catherine Burton late-closing series divisions, Janice Connor trainee Chukkar ($4.30) was the only repeat winner from last week. Chuck Connor, Jr. drove the 3-year-old Crazed colt to a hard-fought 1:57.4 win over Golden Son in the first division, while Walk the Floor ($3.10, Angus MacDonald, 1:57) and Thats a Bad Boy ($18.00, Tyler Freese, 1:57.2) captured the subsequent $4,000 splits.   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs with a 13-race card on Saturday (April 30) evening. First post is slated for 6:45 p.m. EDT.   by James Witherite

Cash Me Out (Cash Hall) got the money for the second consecutive Sunday afternoon in the feature at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Kyle Spagnola trainee wound up first over in the $15,000 Open Trot and the five year old highstepper cleared the lead around the final turn before holding off the charge from local trotting star Slugfest (Jay Randall). After recording wins at Yonkers and the Meadowlands in 2016, Cash Me Out has now gone back to back at the Spa with Jimmy Devaux in the sulky. With the second place finish, Slugfest has now finished first or second in five of his last six tries in the local feature. Flyhawk Thriller (Stephane Bouchard) earned the show spot. Cash Me Out was the race's 3-2 betting favorite and led an exacta with Slugfest that paid $27.60. The race's trifecta returned $110.50. Cash Me Out stopped the timer in 2:02.1 in the 1 1/16 mile feature. Live racing resumes on Thursday afternoon at Saratoga with first post time set for 4:00pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Cash Me Out (Cash Hall) cashed in in the $15,000 Open Trot on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Kyle Spagnola-trained trotter was first over in the 1 1/16 mile feature but toughed out the wide journey to prevail in 2:01.4 with Jimmy Devaux in the sulky. Cash Me Out had recorded victories at Yonkers and the Meadowlands this season but Sunday's win was his first local score of 2016. Slugfest (Jay Randall) continued his strong spring as he was the runner up to Cash Me Out after following that one's cover throughout the race. Soul Train (Bruce Aldrich Jr) earned the show spot. Cash Me Out was the race's 2-1 favorite in the betting and started an exacta with Slugfest that paid $30.20. The triple came back $106. The five year old Cash Me Out is owned by the Traylor Racing Stable. Live racing resumes on Thursday at Saratoga with a first post time set for 6:45pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Cash Poor (Cash Hall) parlayed the pocket ride to victory in Sunday's harness racing feature at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The eight year old trotter drew post position four in the $11,000 Winner Over trot and was situated into the pocket spot in the early going by driver Jim Devaux. No Recess (Jordan Derue), who blasted out to the early lead in a sizzling first quarter clocked in 26.4, held strong until mid-stretch when he was reeled in by Cash Poor who took full advantage of the 1 1/16 mile distance in the feature. No Recess held on for second while Stirling Cadet (Frank Coppola Jr) earned the show spot. It was the third win of the season already at the Spa for Cash Poor and the second victory in the Winners Over for the Harry Reddick Jr-trained trotter. Cash Poor, who is owned by the Traylor Racing Stable of Ballston Spa, NY, returned $8.10 to win and led an exacta and triple that paid $68.50 and $170.50, respectively. The time for the 1 1/16 mile trot was 2:04.2 on a windy and cold April afternoon in the Spa City. Live racing resumes on Thursday with a first post time of 4:00pm. Mike Sardella

Tim Tetrick shot War Cry Hall up the backstretch to pass race favorite Tough Mac on the way to the final turn and then scooted to a 1:54.3 harness racing victory in the $20,000 Open Handicap trot on Wednesday, Feb.17 at Dover Downs. Former track dash-win champion Tetrick fought off a strong challenge in the stretch led by Bluebird Reverence (Montrell Teague) who was four-wide at the head of the lane. Nearing the wire, Bluebird Reverence went off-stride, and was placed from second to fourth due to his lapped-on break. Panamanian Hanover (Tony Morgan) finished third but was placed second and Tough Mac (Corey Callahan), fourth was placed third. War Cry Hall is owned by RBH Ventures and is conditioned by Jim King, currently second in the track trainer standings. The Cash Hall-Winners Only gelding won the week’s top trot for the second straight time. He has 29 career wins good for a $499,250 lifetime bankroll. Inner Peace with Pat Berry chopped down Royal Becca J (Jack Parker Jr.) in deep stretch for a 1;55.1 lifetime best win In a $15,500 4&5-Year-Old trot. J Craparotta and P Berry Racing own the Crazed-Peace Of Mind five-year-old gelding. Royal Becca J was second with Royal Status (Kirby) third. On the trotter dominated undercard, Tony Morgan drove Winemaster Hanover to his third win of 2016 in 1:54.3 clocking in a $12,500 trot, It was the Donato Hanover-Wishful Me gelding’s 19th lifetime success and trainer Scott DiDomenico’s second win of the day. Jay Spector, Dan Kiwak and Triple D Stable are the six-year-old’s owners. The win was a double for the driver, trainer and owner Triple D Stable. Awsome Valley (Teague) and Enrico AS (Vic Kirby) were second and third respectively. In $12,000 trots, LA Express Stable’s Five Towns made it two-in-a-row with Corey Callahan in the bike for a 1:54 victory. Run And Tell Pap (Jonathan Roberts) was next in front of Brew Master (Kirby) whose two-race win streak ended. Trainer-driver Jeff Long pulled Tidquist out of eighth heading to the three quarters and then circled the field to pull away for a 1:56.4 triumph in a $12,000 4&5-Year-Old trot. Long also owns the Conway Hall-Appomattox Lady gelding with Jay Buettner and Sam Gottlieb. PL Income (Tetrick) apparently alone in the stretch had to settle for second. Lucky Ten K (Eddie Dennis) was third. Vic Kirby, Tony Morgan, Tim Tetrick. Jim Morand, trainer Scott DiDomenico and owner Triple D Stables had two wins each. CHARGER WORKING ON THIRD STRAIGHT IN THURSDAY FEATURE Charger fresh from consecutive wins drew post 1 in the Thursday, Feb. 18 feature race at Dover Downs. First post is 4:30 p.m. The 11-year-old Charger seeks his third straight and 51st lifetime win with Ross Wolfenden driving for owner-trainer Ron Short. Shellysblockburster, driven by George Dennis driving for Don Reed and trainer George Wagner, should enjoy starting from an inside post as would Jane Ramsey's Delaware Hanover and Frank Milby, who finally gets an inside post this year. PT Stable's veteran Summer Camp gets the services of meet leading driver Corey Callahan. Race Me Villa, owned by Kathleen Mofield, John Dickens and KDK Standardbreds, was a game second last week beaten by a nose. Portrait, owned by driver Art Stafford and trainer Andrew Stafford, is a strong closer while Arty Foster's Rockin Rambaran (Allan Davis), who starts from outside post 8, is another who can close with a rush. There is no live racing on Friday and Saturday. This is next-to-last Sunday of racing this season. Post time is resumes at 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; post time is 4:30 p.m. By popular demand the Winner's Circle Buffet is now back in the Winner's Circle Restaurant. Call for reservations 302-674-4600. There is no charge for parking and admission at Dover Downs. Harness and thoroughbred simulcasts is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. There is no charge for parking and admission. Reservations are suggested for those planning to stay at Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del. --- War Cry Hall and Tim Tetrick, a 21-1 longshot, came flying down the lane to score a 1:54.1 harness racing victory in the $20,000 Open trot over a sloppy track at Dover Downs on Wednesday, Feb. 3. Tetrick pulled RBH Ventures’ War Cry Hall out of the middle of the pack in a nine-horse field to follow Panamanian Hanover (Tony Morgan) down the backstretch. Panamanian Hanover took the lead with a cluster of rivals coming on while turning for home. War Cry Hall had the most speed in the stretch to post a 1:54.1 victory, his first of 2015. Panamanian Hanover held on for second with steady Spunky Jack (Roger Plante) taking third. The win for the New York bred Cash Hall-Winners Only gelding is nearing half-million in purses. His 28th lifetime winner gives him earnings of $489,250.  A two-race win streak by Bluebird Reverend came to an end. Another longshot, 11-1 Inner Peace prevailed in the sub-feature $15,500 4&5-Year-Old trot with Pat Berry guiding a 1:56.1 triumph. An altered son of Crazed-Peace Of Mind, Jay Craparotta and P.Berry Racing own the five-year-old, trained by Traci Berry, who won his first start of the year. Royal Becca J (Jack Parker) led early and finished second. Kolbee’s Star (Corey Callahan) saw a two-race win stretch come to an end by finishing third. Tim Tetrick drove three winners, Corey Callahan, Vic Kirby and trainer Jim King had two wins each. SUMMER CAMP, SUNSHINE SUPERMAN LEAD THURSDAY C0-FEATURE Summer Camp and Sunshine Superman, both trained by Doug Lewis, lead separate divisions of the Thursday, Feb. 4 co-feature races at Dover Downs. First post is 4:30 p.m. PT Stable's Summer Camp, driven by Corey Callahan, drops down a notch in the 8th race. The $623,647 career winner, takes on Maxi Walton's Letsmakeawish with Montrell Teague, fresh from victory last start, driver George Dennis and Tina Dennis' Roddy's Hot Again and Star Messenger, handled by Vic Kirby for Janet Hudson and JoAnn King. Stacy Billings' fast-leaving SB Mikes Hot Beach has the rail with Mike Rossi holding the lines while Don Reed and trainer George Wagner's Shellyblockbuster piloted by Vince Copeland is alongside. Doug Lewis' Sunshine Superman (Jonathan Roberts) drew post 1 in the other co-feature Male pace after a 1:51.1 success last time out. He must contend with Mike Casalino and trainer Dylan Davis' Four Staces (Callahan), Tom Kemp's Fire In The Belly (Kirby) and Bill Moffett's fast homebred Leyden (Ross Wolfenden), all with inside posts. There is no live racing on Friday, Saturday and this week on Super Bowl Sunday. Racing resumes Monday through Thursday, post time is 4:30 p.m. By popular demand the Winner's Circle Harness Buffet is now back in the Winner's Circle Restaurant. Call for reservations 302-674-4600. There is no charge for parking and admission at Dover Downs. Harness and thoroughbred simulcasts is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. There is no charge for parking and admission. Reservations are suggested for those planning to stay at Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad

Freehold, NJ --- There might be some debate about the origin of his name, but there is no arguing that Viewlander enjoys the brisk days of winter. An 8-year-old male trotter --- who didn’t make his harness racing career debut until November of his 4-year-old season --- Viewlander is 3-for-3 this year at Ohio’s Northfield Park and approaching $100,000 in lifetime purses. Bred and owned by Michael Patalan and trained by Patalan’s son, Eric, the gelded Viewlander has won 21 of 90 career races, but enjoyed much of his success during the months of December, January, and February. Going back to December 2014, Viewlander has raced 15 times during those months and produced 10 victories. Viewlander’s most recent win came on Jan. 18 by two lengths in the Open Handicap at Northfield’s half-mile oval. His next start is Monday in the Open Handicap at Northfield, where he will leave from post eight with driver Aaron Merriman and is the 4-1 second choice on the morning line behind S J Better Days, at 7-2. “If you look at his races, almost everybody is on Lasix but him,” Michael Patalan said. “That to me is a real special horse. You would think in the wintertime he wouldn’t be breathing as good, but he seems to thrive in the winter months. Last year he got hot about this time. We gave him the summer months off and he just enjoyed the sun and the grass and then we brought him back and he seems to be getting better with every start. “And I think he kind of likes the fact he can push horses around on the small tracks (like Northfield). I told my son after last week that Viewlander probably thinks he’s the best horse in the world right now.” Viewlander was unraced at ages 2 and 3, but Patalan liked the trotter from the beginning. “Eric doesn’t push them as 2-year-olds,” Patalan said. “If he can get them racing and sell them as 3- and 4-year-olds, we’re sort of happy to do that. But Viewlander was spectacular from birth. He’s just a nice horse. He eats well, loads well, ships well, and doesn’t need a veterinarian. What more could you ask for. “He gets turned out all the time. He’s got a couple of girlfriends in the field that he loves to yell at, even though he’s a gelding. We’re having a good time with him. When he retires, we’ll keep him as a fun horse in the field for the grandkids to play with. When you make this kind of money with a horse, we’re not a big stable or big breeders, that’s a lot of money for a breeder like us to make and it keeps the farm going for a while. So when he’s finished we’ll let the kids enjoy him.” Patalan got his start in harness racing in 1969 while living in the suburbs of Cleveland. He was an engineer for Ford and would go to the races with co-workers, but ventured into ownership after becoming friends with Burton “Bud” Jenne, who had a farm nearby. “I drove by his farm for like five months and all of a sudden one day my car turned in the driveway,” Patalan said with a laugh. “Six months later, we had a yearling.” Patalan now lives in Michigan, where he and his wife Christine have a farm and have bred more than 100 horses over the years. Patalan also has driven and trained horses during his career in harness racing. Viewlander, by the stallion Coventry, is the only offspring of Patalan’s Tagliabue mare Tagliaview --- at least for now. The 73-year-old Patalan has bred fewer horses in recent years as opportunities in Michigan diminished. But Viewlander’s success led Patalan to breed Tagliaview in 2015 to stallion Cash Hall, who is the fastest trotter in harness racing on a half-mile racetrack, with a time-trial mark of 1:51.1. “I thought that was really kind of cool,” Patalan said. “Viewlander has got a great conformation. He’s a big horse who gets around a half-mile track extremely well. With Cash Hall’s record, I just thought this was really something special. “Everybody always asks where Viewlander’s brothers and sisters are, and now I tell them one is coming.” As for the trotter’s name, Patalan recalls it being a combination of Tagliaview and Verlander --- the star pitcher for the Detroit Tigers. Others disagree, saying it was a combination of Tagliaview and the movie Zoolander. The Patalans have often named horses with references to movies or characters from movies. “We probably had a bottle of wine when we named him, one of those things,” Patalan said, laughing. “I don’t think we’re ever going to resolve it.” Patalan said Eric, who is assisted by his wife Cathy in running the training stable, has received calls inquiring whether Viewlander is for sale. Patalan said no. “We couldn’t get enough money for him to replace the fun we’re having with him,” Patalan said. “As good a care that Eric takes of horses, I think he’s got a career that’ll go a long time.” by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications

Pompano Beach, FL…January 5, 2016…Richard Silverman’s Cashahallic, confidently driven by Aaron Byron, took advantage of an early miscue by the favorite, Its Payday Friday, to score a near gate-to-wire harness racing victory in Pompano Park’s $12,000 Open Handicap Trot on Tuesday night. The eight year-old altered son of Cash Hall pinned a defeat measuring 2 ¾ lengths on Sailer Eddie, with Kevin Wallis handling the lines while Diamond Dagger, pressing the pace during the middle portions of the mile, third for Mark O’Mara. Verdi finished fourth after a double-bubble move heading into second around the final turn while Winding Hill finished fifth, but eventually placed back a notch while on a break in close quarters late, enabling My Revenuer to pick up the minors. When the Hummer skipped away, Cashahallic (post six) left sharply along with Diamond Dagger (post five) and Sailer Eddie (post two) with Cashahallic winning the early war and taking the field through an opening panel in a moderate :28.4. As Diamond Dagger charged up during the second panel, the pace quickened to the half in :56.4 with Cashahallic not letting Diamond Dagger closer than a length back. On the backside, Wally Hennessey sent Verdi wheeling three deep but he, too, could get not dent any ground on Cashahallic as the timer at the third station read 1:25.4. In the lane, the leader kept stretching his margin to the wire in what turned out to be a handy win timed in 1:55.2. After the race, driver Aaron Byron said, “I know Richie’s horse has been very good and I figured I’d better at least give it a go at the start and maybe take a seat back of Dan’s horse (Its Payday Friday). “When he made that break, it, of course, enhanced my chances and the early pace wasn’t that hot. When Dan’s horse (Diamond Dagger) wasn’t gaining and Wally’s (Verdi) wasn’t getting any close around the last turn, I felt very confident I could get home safely.” The win for Casahallic—his 24th lifetime—pushed his career bounty just shy of $300,000--$299,320 lifetime. As third choice in the wagering, Cashahallic rewarded his faithful with a $9.00 mutuel. In the supporting $9,500 Non-Winners-Optional Claiming ($20,000) trot, Rainbow Gold, handled by Steve Condren, relished the class drop from the Open ranks and scored a very handy win measuring 4 ¼ lengths in 1:55.4, a new lifetime mark. Trained by Ashley Duford for owner Dennis Duford, Rainbow Gold, a nine year-old gelded son of Thunder Road, led every stride of the mile off of fractions of :28.2, :57.3 and 1:27.2 before the :28.2 sprint home. Tater Twister (Kevin Wallis) finished second while I’ll Tell You What (Brad Kramer) finished third. Gold Savage finished fourth while M C Felix picked up the nickel. Rainbow Gold now shows an impressive 34-21-19 scorecard in 137 career starts, good for $181,267. As the 3 to 5 tote-board favorite, Rainbow Gold paid $3.40 to win. Finally, She’s All In, Rick Plano’s rugged seven year-old daughter of Revenue S, got picture perfect handling from her owner-trainer-driver to score her 25th lifetime victory—this one timed in 1:55—over Explosive Muscles (Kevin Wallis), the winning margin being 3 ¼ lengths. McKenzie’s Star (Fern Paquet, Jr.) finished third, nine lengths away and a photo finish better than Hall Pass Helen and Highland Yankee, fourth and fifth, respectively, in the field of 10. She’s All In has lifetime earnings of $220,783 to go along with her mark of 1:54.1 established at Pompano Park four seasons ago. As the 1 to 2 favorite, She’s All In Paid $3.00 to her multitude of backers. Racing continues Wednesday night at Pompano Park with post time set at 7:30 p.m. John Berry for Pompano Park

The $25,000 Open Trot featured an ultra-competitive harness racing field of 11 in the 9th race feature on Saturday night at The Meadowlands. The slight 2-1 favorite, Tweet Me began from a trailing position in the second tier. That mare was favored by a mere $82 over Uva Hanover (also 2-1), in a win pool of over $55,000. Both favorites would lead at different points of the mile, but the last horse to the lead would be Cash Me Out (5-1), who was patiently handled by Jonathan Roberts and rallied from fourth-over position to score in the featured trotting event. Uva Hanover was the first horse to the lead, reaching the quarter in 27.2, while Il Mago pressed while parked on the outside. Hyway Marcus was anxious and moved three-wide early-on in the mile for Joe Bongiorno, reaching the lead just before the half-mile in 56.2. The early leader, Uva Hanover, allowed both Hyway Marcus and Il Mago to go by before moving back to the outside and challenging for the lead on the far turn. Detroit Rapper was slightly gapped second over, favored Tweet Me was in striking range third over with Cash Me Out lurking in the outer flow. Uva Hanover and Hyway Marcus reached three-quarters in a contested 1:25.1 before the field fanned out across the track in the stretch. Tweet Me rallied down the center of the track to grab the lead in mid-stretch, but was quickly challenged by Cash Me Out and the favorite could not hold off the closing kick of Cash Me Out, who scored in a lifetime best 1:53.3. Tweet Me was second with Uva Hanover third. The win was the 13th in the career of Cash Me Out a four-year-old gelding by Cash Hall, whose earnings reach $439,649 with the victory. He is owned by Traylor Racing L.L.C. and conditioned by Kyle Spagnola. Jonathan Roberts was the winning driver. John Campbell Wins Five The leading driver in Meadowlands history put on a show on Saturday night, winning five races. While some of his wins were formful, he also scored a 63-1 upset in the second race with Celebrity Massive. Campbell ends his 2015 season at The Meadowlands with 93 wins and earnings of nearly $2.2 Million. With his victory in the Meadowlands finale, Campbell's earnings for 2015 surpassed $5 Million. It was the richest season for Campbell since 2010 and his 148 victories were the most since 2009. Longshot Parade Sparks Huge Dividends Saturday night at The Meadowlands offered 15 races with 160 horses entered to start producing an average field size of over 10 horses. What could be better? The answer, massive payouts. The Pick 5 returned $26,555 as there was only one correct winning ticket with all five winners. In the same race, the jackpot super hi-five was also hit and that returned $19,409 for a $.20 cent play. Through the first seven races there was only one winning favorite and the list of winners included 63-1 longshot Celebrity Massive, 25-1 Celebrity Pegasus and 23-1 Alibi Seelster. The run of longshots also produced an Early Pick Four payout of $17,426. Meadowlands Posts Huge Numbers on Final Night of Season The final night of the 2015 racing season proved to be a consistent handicapping puzzle, with many of the regular Meadowlands drivers taking the night off and longshots finding the winner's circle repeatedly. But that didn't stop the bettors from wagering confidently. Total handle for the 15-race Saturday program reached $3,619,093, an increase of $553,858 compared to the 13-race program on this same night in 2014, an increase of 18-percent. The on-track handle recorded a 22-percent increase as well. For the 2015 season, over $220 Million was wagered on The Meadowlands harness racing product. After a season-long handle in 2012 of just over $170 Million, handle has now surpassed $210 Million for three consecutive seasons. The Meadowlands will not race on New Year's Day. The first racing program of the 2016 season will take place on Saturday, January 2nd. The program will feature 15-races and a special post time of 6:35 P.M. 2015 Year In Review at The Meadowlands Darin Zoccali Director of Racing Operations

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