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The 71st Annual Fall Blooded Horse Sale, held November 13-15, at the Champions Center in Springfield, Ohio, witnessed its highest average in the history of its fall edition.  The sale was topped by former Ohio 2-Year-Old Filly Pacer of the Year Berazzled at $76,000.  The daughter of Charley Barley, now an Open Pacer, earned over $90,000 this year en route to lifetime earnings of nearly $400,000. Consigned by Marion Beachy and Kerry O’Keefe to dissolve the partnership, Beachy prevailed against serious bidders throughout the pavilion to keep the beautiful black mare. As usual, Spring Haven Farm was agent for a strong consignment of racehorses and had the second highest seller in Dragonology at $54,000. The Ohio Sires Stakes competitor and consolation winner, trained by Ron Burke, was purchased by Dynasty Racing of Michigan. Spring Haven (agent) also offered Rock N Jo Z, a classy $30,000 conditioned claimer from the Brian Brown Stable. He was purchased by Ed Dobrowolski of MI for $40,000. The tall, handsome, Indiana-bred trotting gelding Mystical Motor attracted a lot of attention, with Bruce Soulsby getting the nod at $35,000. Trained by Sally Gilbert and consigned by Move On Stable, the son of Swan For All was a consistent performer in the conditioned classes at Hoosier Park. The yearling session on the first day yielded plenty of fireworks with Boundless Dragon lighting up the board at $52,000. Consigned by Bruce Trogdon's Emerald Highlands Farm, Trogdon bought out his partners on the stunning, dark daughter of Dragon Again. The handsome Somebeachsomewhere colt Gingras Beach, also consigned by Emerald Highlands Farm, created quite the stir at the sale and on social media with his being named after the illustrious driver Yannick Gingras. Burke Racing Stable, LLC appropriately won the bidding war for the rights to train this popular pacer. Top yearling trotter honors went to the lovely Wishing Stone daughter Laurels Dream at $37,000. Consigned by Spring Haven Farm (agent), the half-sister to winners in excess of $600,000 was purchased by Allen Schmidthorst of Ohio for $37,000. Also of note was a pair of strikingly beautiful yearlings by the exciting first-crop sire Nob Hill High. Consigned by Hunterton Sales Agency, Dr. Lyndsay, named after promising vet student Lyndsay Hagemeyer, and Stanford Court, were both purchased by Brian Brown (agent) for $35,000. Visit www.bloodedhorse.com for complete sale results and to enter horses for the upcoming Winter Mixed Sale scheduled on February 12-13. Questions should be directed to jhaws@bloodedhorse.com by Dot Morgan, for the Blooded Horse Sale

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (March 24, 2017) - Marcus Miller and Mystical Nectar had a lot left in deep stretch, but nowhere to go, until a narrow seem opened with 100 yards to go. Mystical Nectar exploded to win comfortably in 1:52.1 in the $18,000 pacing feature for harness racing mares on Friday night at the Meadowlands. The win is the 6-year-old daughter of Charley Barley's third straight victory after a pair of nose wins at Yonkers and provided trainer Donald Billings with his first Meadowlands win in his first Big M start. Billings is a 48-year-old Pennsylvania resident who recorded his first training win in 2014. Mystical Nectar raced on the pylons and was shuffled back to fifth turning for home in a seemingly impossible spot. Know It All (Tyler Buter) showed the field into the stretch while Our Els Dream (Bill Mann) challenged first over. With Icommandmyspirit (Jim Marohn, Jr.) looking to rally up the inside, Mystical Nectar was desperate for room. When Our Els Dream drifted slightly, it gave Mystical Nectar the room she needed. She responded with a :27.2 final quarter to win as the 7/2 second choice in the field of seven. 9/5 favorite Not Before Eight lacked her usual stretch kick and finished fifth. Earlier in the program, the multiple stakes placed mare Penpal made a smashing 4-year-old debut, defeating a talented group of conditioned pacers in 1:51.4 with a powerful first-over trip. Penpal earned more than $200,000 last year with on-the-board finishes in several major stakes including the Mistletoe Shalee, Matron, and Glen Garnsey. Penpal is owned by trainer and driver Pat Lachance and M&M Harness Racing. Andy Miller and Marcus Miller each won a pair of races on the 11-race card. Total handle was $2,410,948. Racing resumes next Saturday. Post time is 7:15 p.m. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com. Justin Horowitz

Nitro, with John DeLong at the lines, made amends for last week's second place finish and rolled home a winner in the featured event of the evening, a $21,000 Invitational Pace, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, May 21. Scoring in gate to wire fashion, Nitro stopped the timer in 1:50.3 and gave driver John DeLong one of his six wins on the 13-race harness racing card. DeLong took no chances and sent Nitro to the front from post five in an abbreviated field of six to grab the top spot through the opening panel in :27.3. Bluehourpower and Ricky Macomber Jr. left just enough to grab a pocket seat while If I Lose and Brian Carpenter were next in line third. The field remained in single file order down the backside as Nitro clicked off fractions of :55.3 and 1:23.4 before ever feeling a threat. As the field turned for home, Jason Dillander had Shooter's Dream pointed to the front in the outer flow while Color's A Virgin and Tyler Smith grabbed the cover second-over. As the rest of the field closed in, DeLong asked his mount for more and Nitro dug in gamely. Using a :26.4 closing quarter, Nitro finished a length and a half in front of the pocket-sitting Bluehourpower. As the only mare in the field, Color's A Virgin rallied gamely for third place honors. Sent off as the heavy betting favorite, Nitro returned $4.20 at the betting windows. Trained by Ron Burke, the six-year-old son of Charley Barley-Deferred Comp notched his second seasonal victory from 14 outings. Owned by Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, Frank Baldachino, and C. Hecht, Nitro has now won 20 of 107 lifetime starts and amassed $347,934 lifetime. Nitro In the very next race, John DeLong found the winner's circle in a conditioned pace with JL Dontwastemytime in 1:52.1 for trainer Trent Stohler. Stohler and Delong also teamed up to get ER Zach Attack home a winner in a claiming event earlier on the card. Driving in each and every race on the program, DeLong found the winner's circle for the first time in the third race of the evening with Hot N Shooting for trainer Grant Wilfong and then scored in the very next race with Ok Ferrari for trainer Dylan Davis. In the $20,000 Steve Gray Memorial Pace, it was Four Socks who turned in a gate to wire effort to score in a new lifetime best of 1:50.1. It was the third victory of the season for the six-year-old son of I Scoot Hanover-Well Hello Dolly who is trained by Mike Murphy. DeLong is currently second on the leading driver standings at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino with 61 wins on the season through 35 nights of live racing. Hoosier Park's 2015 leading driver, Trace Tetrick, leads all drivers with 82 wins on the season. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Tuesday, May 24 with a 14-race card and a daily post time of 5:45 p.m. The 160-day harness racing meet will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 12. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin

STICKNEY, IL - The harness racing ladies were the focus on Friday evening at Hawthorne as divisions of the Ohyouprettything and Pretty Direct Pacing Series took place. The Ohyouprettything went in four divisions and was for fillies and mares that had not won two pari-mutuel races or $10,000 lifetime as of December 1, 2015. The Pretty Direct was also for the females, non-winners of five pari-mutuel races or $25,000 lifetime as of December 1, 2015. The opener on Friday was the first division of the Ohyouprettything series as Flight on Time was sent off as the choice. Much like Thursday's card, speed did not hold though as Tamarac Smoochie settled behind the early pace and found room in the stretch to win going away. Driven by Casey Leonard, The Ft Apache Hanover mare was 5-1 and covered the mile in 1:58.3. A Very Nice Dragon was second and Going Shooten finished third. The second division of the Ohyouprettything was a very tight finish and proved to be some tense moments for those playing the favorite. A big late wager pushed Mystical Nectar down to 1-5 favoritism. She tipped out late in the lane and moved late, but just held on to win by a head over Backwoods Barbie. Simon Allard drove the Charley Barley mare for trainer Tyler Nostadt as they covered the mile in 1:56.4. Nashville Nasty rallied late to finish third. The Pretty Direct Pacing Series kicked off in race 3 on the Friday Hawthorne card as a field of seven lined up. Colorful Sky left and set the early fractions as she tried to back down the pace. The field bunched at the top of the stretch as Casey Leonard and favorite Fox Valley Gypsy angled out from sixth and began to rally. The Yankee Skyscraper filly got up in time to win in 1:55.3. Fox Valley Brooke was second while Addie Rose finished third. The third division of the Ohyouprettything Pacing Series proved to be another race where the winner closed from well back. Savoya Cruiser carved out the early fractions but in the lane LK's Nancy Lee angled out and closed strongly to win with Dale Hiteman in the sulky. Burry Me Inthesand rallied late for place as Our Miss Leah finished third. Final time for the mile was 1:58.1 as the Yankee Skyscraper filly was bet down to 2-1 favoritism. The second division of the Pretty Direct followed on the Friday card and featured a heavy favorite in Lovethewayoulook. She was in a tough spot early as she settled at the back of the pack from the start. She was first to move and swept up to the lead into the far turn. She wasn't able to sustain her rally though as Whiskersonkittens and driver Robert Smolin closed for the victory. Pacifire gained late for place while Lovethewayoulook was outfinished for third. The Party At Artsplace filly paced the mile in 1:55.4. The final division of the Ohyouprettything looked to be a wide open race going in and ended up being more than that way in the end. While favorites Gossip Model and Lollipop were contesting things into the lane, 99-1 Luvly Lil Terror found room late and squeezed through for the victory. Driver Pat Curtin won for trainer Loralee Johnson as the Western Terror filly paid $266 for the victory. The final time for the race was 1:55.2. Jim Miller    

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