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DOVER, Del. --- Shellysblockbuster, a 7-1 shot, and Four Staces won the two-halves of the Thursday, Feb. 4 harness racing feature over a 'good' track at Dover Downs. Corey Callahan drives three winners. Both winners left from post 2 and won in similar style in a driving finish. Vince Copeland steered Shellysblockbuster in a 2-hole trip to catch Summer Camp (Corey Callahan) at the wire in 1:52 with Star Messenger (Vic Kirby) taking third. Don Reed and trainer George Wagner own Shellyblockbuster, a nine-year-old Bettor's Delight-Love's Talk gelding who racked up his 20th win of his career. Two races later, Callahan picked up his third win of the day piloting Four Staces home in 1:53.3 with most of the field in the win photo. The Rocknroll Hanover-Miss Stacee gelding won his first of 2016. Mike Casalino owns the winner with trainer Dylan Davis. Pinerosa (Tony Morgan) was runner-up with Allstar Preview (George Dennis) third after being parked-out the entire mile. Corey Callahan and Montrell Teague, who won the first three of four races, had driving triples. Vince Copeland and owner-trainer Dylan Davis had a double. Dover Downs is dark on Friday, Saturday and this week only, on Super Bowl Sunday. Monday through Thursday racing begins at p.m. 4:30 p.m. When at the track, watch the live races and enjoy dining in the Winners Circle Restaurant's acclaimed Harness Racing Buffet. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight at Dover Downs where there is no charge for parking and admission. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at the 4-star Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad    

Dover, Del.--- After skipping two weeks, Bluebird Reverend returned to the $20,000 Open trot on Wednesday, Jan. 27 to score a 1:53.4 lifetime best at Dover Downs. Harness racing driver Corey Callahan had a four-bagger. With Montrell Teague in the bike, Bluebird Reverend came from off the pace to catch leader Tough Mac with I Love My Boss also flying down the lane for his second straight victory this meet for trainer Bob Reeser who owns the Indiana champion with Holly Case, Denise Dennis and Jay Johannsen. A four-year-old altered son of former Matron Champion Swan For All-Little Revenue, the win was his 10th of his career for the $280,214 lifetime winner. I Like My Boss (George Dennis) won the place photo from Tough Mac (Corey Callahan).The same winning contingent returned to the winner's circle a few races later in a 4&5-Year-Old trot when Jailhouse Diva recorded a 1:56.1 triumph... Callahan came from far back to drive, from post 8, PCF Stable's Kolbee's Star to his second straight win for trainer Joe Holloway, in the $15,500 4&5-Year-Old Winners 4&5-Year-Old trot. Kolbee's Star is a Lear Jetta-Ultimate Star gelding. Adrenalin Junkie (Jim Morand) was second in front of Machuca (Allan Davis) Iron Mine Branch's Bull Investor trained by Greg Haverstick with George Dennis driving his second winner won his third in a row taking a $9,500 trot for young horses in 1:57. A pair of impressive win streaks came to an end during the program. Leigh Raymer owned and trained Master Builder (Callahan) snapped an eight-race win streak by Ragazzo Dolce (Morand) in 1:54.4. Dash For The Cash (Tony Morgan) out finished Ragazzo Dolce for second money in a $15,000-$20,000 Claiming Handicap trot. Corey Callahan's four winners lift his seasonal total at the track to 104 wins. Drivers George Dennis, Ross Wolfenden, Montrell Teague and Tony Morgan along with owner-trainer Arty Foster Jr., trainer Bob Reeser, and owners Reeser, Holly Case, Denise Dennis and Jay Johannsen all made the winner's circle twice, NOVA ARTIST, SUMMER CAMP LEAD NINE IN THURSDAY FEATURE Nova Artist, a two-time Horse of the Meet, and Summer Camp, a former top-class winner head a hard-hitting field of nine in the Thursday, Jan. 28 feature race at Dover Downs. First post is 4:30 p.m. Local favorite Nova Artist, owned by former Delaware driving star Eddie Davis and his wife Kathy, leaves from the rail with their son Allan Davis in the bike. Meanwhile, another longtime regular Summer Camp, with meet leading driver Corey Callahan piloting for trainer Doug Lewis and owner PT Stable, must overcome outside post 8 in the bulky field. A strong contender is Bonuccelli and Breakaway racings’ Black Aquila A with Ross Wolfenden driving. Tom Kemp’s Fire In The Belly (Jim Morand) leads a host of challengers that includes Mike Casalino and trainer Dylan Davis’ Four Staces, Good Bet racing for Ed Gold and Ben Stafford from post 9 in the second tier. Also starting are R.J. Thomas’ well-bred Stanhope (Sean Bier), Eric Good and trainer Gary Simpson’s Cabbie’s Delight (Jonathan Roberts), and Richard Robertswon’s Rocnrolwilneverdie (Frank Milby).   There is no live racing on Friday and Saturday. Racing resumes Sunday 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.--- Tough Mac, who won last week's $20,000 Open trot from post 7 gets post 8 this week in the Wednesday, Jan. 27 feature race at Dover Downs... First post is 4:30 p.m. Owned by Mike Casalino, Tough Mac, will be driven by his regular chauffer Corey Callahan. The seven-year-old has won two of his last three and three races this meet. I Like My Boss gets an import change in post positions moving to #5 with George Dennis driving for trainer Bob Shahan, Jim and Amanda Parson. Early in 2016, the homebred Delaware-bred trotter boasted a five-race winning streak. Bluebird Reverend and Montrell Teague, a winner in his last start, returns after a week off for Holly Case, Denise Dennis, Jay Johannsen and trainer Bob Reeser. The other impressive starters include RBH Venture's War Cry Hall, second last week, with Ross Wolfenden, trainer Leigh Raymer, S.M. Moss and the Solomon's Tirade Hanover with Vic Kirby driving, Ted Gewertz's Panamanian Hanover, in hand to Tony Morgan. Jenny Melander's Marabou, handled by Jonathan Roberts drew the rail with four wins her last five races and Bob Key's Skates N Plates, fresh from a win last start and two win in three races gets Allan Davis in the bike. In the $15,500 sub-feature for young trotters, two starters won last time out, Bob Shahan's Machuca (A.Davis) and PCF Stable's Kolbee 's Star (Callahan). Jim Moore's fast gelding Royal Becca J (Jack Parker) was a strong second last week with Eric Good and trainer Gary Simpson's Adrenalin Junkie (Jim Morand) third. The rest of the field includes Max Walton's Someway Same Hall (Art Stafford Jr.), Rich Stansbury's Toolbox (Ross Wolfenden), second last week, Barbary Kinsey's Myclaimtovictory (Kim Vincent), Gene Moss' newcomer Bob's Girl (Tony Morgan) leaves from the rail while Al Moors' Royal Status (Frank Milby) drew post 9 in the second tier. In January and February, Dover Downs races five days a week. Monday through Thursday beginning at 4:30 p.m. Sunday's post time is 5:30 p.m. No Live racing on Friday and Saturday. Watch the races and enjoy dining in the Winners Circle Restaurant. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight at Dover Downs where there is no charge for parking and admission. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at the 4-star Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del. --- Fashion Showdown notched her second straight $20,000 Mares Open crushing seven foes at Dover Downs on Tuesday, Jan. 12. Meet leading harness racing driver Corey Callahan post a half dozen wins. Similar to last week when Ross Wolfenden sent Fashion Showdown from well off-the-pace to victory in 1:51.3, this week instead of 35-1 odds, Chris White's five-year-old daughter of Village Jolt-Catch The Show was one of the favorites. Wolfenden moved to the outside on the backstretch and she quickly shot past the leaders to take over and was by herself in the stretch in 1:50.4 lifetime record time. The win is the fourth of the meet with a second and two thirds in nine starts since early November. Craig McInnis conditions the lifetime winner of 16 races and $175,405. Springforth (George Dennis) rushed home to finish second in front of early leader Scandalicious (Tim Tetrick). Corey Callahan picked up his fourth of five wins guiding owner-trainer Gary Ewing's Sweet Bobbie to a 1:53 score in a $15,500 4&5-Year-Old Mares pace. The four-year-old Art Major-Odds On Gobye mare won for the 11th time in her career. Playncardswitroddy (G.Dennis) finished second with Mildred's Button (Montrell Teague) and Fashion Rocker (Tetrick), third in a dead heat. The prior race, in a $14,000 Mares Winners-Over pace, Callahan piloted Cheyenne Robin to victory in 1:52. Robbie Siegelman trains the four-year-old Rocknroll Hanover-Cheyenne Margie distaff eased by The Cheyenne Gang, making her first start at Dover. Hearts And Flowers (A.Davis) raced big to finish second. No Respect (Vic Kirby) was the third horse. Since arriving from Woodbine, Nice Trip has worked her way up through the ranks with six consecutive victories taking the $13,500 pace for young mares. The latest was also Callahan's sixth of the night, and second for trainer Joe Hundertpfund and owner Bill Sartin, who owns the Jereme's Jet-Nice Package four-year-old with Mark Salerno. Fabulous Frieda (Jonathan Roberts) picked up her third straight second-place finish. Michelle Rocks (Wolfenden) was the show horse. Callahan's six winning drives gives him a total of 98 during the meet's 38 programs. Ross Wolfenden, Allan Davis, Tony Morgan with two winners each, accounted for 12 of the night's 15 races. Trainers Joe Hundertpfund and Jason Skinner and owner Bill Sartin, collected two wins apiece. I LIKE MY BOSS LOOKS FOR 5TH STRAIGHT; RAGAZZO DOLCE AFTER 7TH IN-A-ROW AT DOVER WEDNESDAY A pair of streaking trotters are Wednesday, Jan. 6 headliners at Dover Downs. I Like My Boss has been outstanding in his last four starts and steps up to the $21,000 Open/Handicap trot feature. Meanwhile Ragazzo Dolce puts a six-race win streak on the line in a $15,000-$20,000 Claiming trot. First post is 4:30 p.m. I Like My Boss, one of the top trotters in Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund history is back in top form for trainer Bob Shahan who owns the five-year-old with Jim and A.M.Parsons. George Dennis has been his regular driver in each of his last four winning starts. Mike Casalino’s Tough Mac, a winner last time with Corey Callahan, who has a recent history of drawing the outside post, reached the winner’s circle 11-times last year.RBH Venture’s War Cry Hall, reined by Ross Wolfenden, raced big last week only to lose by half-a-length. The rest of the talented field includes newcomer Ted Gewertz’s Panamanian Hanover, with Tony Morgan, who has been racing well at Chester and Yonkers. Moses, the Solomons and trainer Leigh Raymer’s Tirade Hanover and Brett miller returns after racing in Meadowland’s Opens. Indiana stakes winner Bluebird Reverend handled by Montrell Teague, will leave from post 1 for owners Dennis, Johannsen, Case and trainer Bob Reeser.Ed Gannon’s Winbak Charles M, piloted by Jonathan Roberts and Razor Ramone, owned by Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquina, will be driven by Allan Davis.   In the $15,000 4&5-Year-Old trot, Howard and Josh Kaufman’s Drinkforthehouse (Corey Callahan) has the outside post meeting Gary Simpson and Eric Good’s Adrenalin Junkie (Jim Morand), Bob Shahan’s Machuca (A.Davis), Rich Stansbury’s Toolbox (G.Dennis), The Fighter (Roger Plante) racing for Ed and Jim Hall. Trainer-driver Vic Kirby’s Lighter Hanover, Carol Atkinson and Serendipity Stable’s Made To Trot and Barbary Kinsey’s Myclaimtovictory (Kim Vincent. Since early meet, the $15,000-$20,000 Claiming Handicap has belonged to Mike Casalino and trainer Dylan Davis’ Ragazzo Dolce (Jim Morand) who has won his last six consecutive starts. His strongest opponents appear to be Howard Taylor and Bill Mullen’s Vimy Ridge (A.Davis), a winner of four of his last six races with two close-up thirds, Beaver Creek Farm’s Brew Master (Teague) and /rich Lombardo’s Aventure (Brett Miller). Marv Bachrad

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (January 9, 2016) - One week ago Bushwacker emerged on the scene at The Meadowlands in the featured Open Handicap with a compelling harness racing victory. Saturday night was no different as Bushwacker steamrolled to another sharp score, posting the first sub-1:50 mile of the season, winning in 1:49.3. Despite winning last week, Bushwacker (8/5) was relegated to the second choice in the wagering behind Doctor Butch (4/5) who was making his second start off the brief layoff. Doctor Butch left hard off the gate, as did Bushwacker, but it would be the former to dictate the terms. Doctor Butch set an ambitious pace, reaching the points of call in 26.1, 55 and 1.23. While Bettor Than You rode the pocket, Bushwacker launched a bold blitz toward the lead and overtook Doctor Butch just as the field was set to turn for home. Bushwacker quickly opened up by a pair of lengths and he maintained that margin through the stretch thanks to a 26.3 final quarter to score his second victory of the year in as many starts. Doctor Butch held on to the place spot, with Kingofthejungle rallying from last to be third. Bushwacker won for the 14th time for trainer Chris Ryder and owner Henderson Farms. His career earnings surpassed $380,000 with the win. Corey Callahan scored a grand slam of driving victories on the card, including the aforementioned featured Open pace. Total handle for the 14-race program was $2,935,127, a 12-percent increase over the totals for the 13-race card one year ago. Racing returns on Friday, with first post time at 6:35 P.M. Darin Zoccali

East Rutherford, N.J. - Henderson Farms' Bushwacker (9-5 morning line) and Kenneth Jacobs's Doctor Butch (2-1) are poised for a Saturday night (Jan. 9) rematch in the featured $25,000 Open Handicap Pace at The Meadowlands, and the heavily favoured pair will square off against a quintet of other harness racing foes in the night's most prestigious of 14 races, carded as the second event. Doctor Butch, the lone millionaire of the septet, was assigned post 6 for his second start of the meet. The 6-year-old Art Major entire turned in a massive rally in last week's Open, kicking third-over cover late to pass all but one of his rivals. John Campbell handles the driving duties once again for trainer Linda Toscano. The one that Doctor Butch failed to pass--Bushwacker--was assigned the outside post 7 in the group by virtue of a string of four straight top-two finishes against Open company at both Dover and the Meadowlands. Last week, the 5-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding found a seam up the pegs in the final eighth to kick clear off a pocket trip. Corey Callahan handled the driving assignment for trainer Chris Ryder last week, and "The Captain" is slated to be back aboard the 13-time winner this week. Other notable contestants include Kingofthejungle (Andy Miller, post 5), who won three straight races before facing defeat in the final sixteenth in last week's Open, and Sunfire Blue Chip (Brett Miller, post 2), who has amassed over $920,000 in career earnings. A sub-featured upper-level conditioned pace will go as race 9 on the evening, with a field of nine vying for a purse of $15,000. Following a traffic-troubled journey last week, Ron Burke trainee Ultimate Beachboy drops down from the Open ranks for his third outing of the meet. Yannick Gingras will drive the 2-1 morning line favourite from post 7, but the pair will face their fair share of formidable foes. Mr Franklin N (Tim Tetrick, post 1) and Rockin Wizard (Callahan, post 6) both come back off solid in-the-money finishes at this class, while Good Side (Jim Marshall, III) steps up off a third-level win and four prior top-three outings between Freehold and Harrah's Philadelphia. Punters should note that while the Pick 5 and Pick 4s still combine for $105,000 in guaranteed pools, the Pick 5 now begins in race three and the Pick 4s are due to begin in the fifth and ninth events. Likewise, the 20¢ Jackpot Super High 5 will be offered in races seven and 14, with over $50,000 in carryover money awaiting this week's players. On Saturday evening from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., fans who have opted into the email database can redeem coupons for $5 wagering vouchers they have received in their inboxes. Post time for both the Friday and Saturday cards this week at The Meadowlands will be 6:35 p.m. EST. For more information on racing, dining, and entertainment at the Meadowlands, visit playmeadowlands.com. by James Witherite, Meadowlands Media Relations

DOVER, Del. --- I Like My Boss did it again, beating the top trotters at the track with a 1:53 victory in the $21,000 Open/Handicap trot at Dover Downs on Wednesday, Jan. 6. Another streaking trotter, Ragazzo Dolce, won his seventh in-a-row. For the second straight day, harness racing driver Corey Callahan drove four winners. The all-Delaware bred I Like My Boss, made his first 2016 start a memorably one, scoring a lifetime mark,1:53 triumph, in the top trot of the week. With regular driver George Dennis at the controls the now five-year-old altered son of Don Boss Vita-Wild One turned back veteran Tough Mac (Corey Callahan), the early leader for his 25th lifetime win in 51 races for owner-trainer Bob Shahan his breeder with grandchildren Jimmy and Ashley Parsons. I Like My Boss has now won $340,180. Tough Mac held on for second with Indiana stakes winner, Bluebird Reverend (Montrell Teague) third. The sub-feature $15,000 4&5-Year-Old trot was won by Drinksforthehouse, from post 8, guided by Corey Callahan. The for-year-old Conway Hall-Pacific Photo gelding won his second in-a-row for trainer John Cabot and recent owners Howard and Josh Kaufman. Lighter Hanover (Vince Copeland) won the battle for second edging Machuca (Allan Davis). The sterling bred Ragazzo Dolce re-enforced his title as 'king of the claiming trotters" recording his seventh straight victory, as Jim Morand pulled the Muscles Yankee-Bella Dolce five-year-old gelding out of third on the final turn and blew away his rivals for a 1:56 victory in a $15,000-$20,000 Claiming Handicap. It was his 14 career win in 52 assignments and lifted his all-time earnings to $113,855. Ronan (Tony Morgan) came on to finish second. Brew Master (Teague) the early leader, held on for third. Strong finishing Ashes Cash was best in the stretch, in a $12,000 trot, chalking up a 1:54.2 victory for owner-trainer Leigh Raymer of the Tyler Raymer Stable with Corey Callahan driving the third of four winners. Hemi Seelster (Brett Miller) was right there second in front of Five Towns (G.Dennis). An eight-year-old gelding owned by David Miller, Ashes Cash, a son of Cash Hall- Ashameg, won for the 26th time in his career and now has earned $182,560 lifetime. The other $12,000 trot went to Providence West's Odessa, a 1:58.1 winner for drover Justin Vincent and trainer Kim Vincent. The win was the second straight for the Crown Prince Gar-Current Yield gelding. Phantom Rusty (Jonathan Roberts) was runner-up with Simply Sassy (Morgan) the show finisher. GIANT SCULPTURE, BLACK AQUILA A HEAD THURSDAY FEATURE Giant Sculpture, Black Aquila A and Rock N’Roll Jet lead nine to post in the Thursday, Jan. 7 feature at Dover Downs. First post is 4:30 p.m. Bill Emmons’ Giant Sculpture has been racing well against the top claiming pacers at the track and now drops back into the conditioned ranks with Allan Davis holding the lines. Breakway Racing and Bonuccelli Racing’s Black Aquila A, with Corey Callahan, drops down in class while Dawn Webb and trainer Buddy Bright’s Rock N’Roll Jet, a winner last start with Art Stafford Jr., steps up a notch. Frank Chick’s recently acquired Savannah Splendor and George Dennis should be a factor. Pierce, owned by Engel Stable and Nick Surick Stable, gets a good post with Marcus Miller in the bike. Leslie Betts’ well-bred Teresa’s Beach makes his first start in 2016 and starts from post 1. Owner-trainer Bill Moffett’s Leyden and Ross Wolfenden must overcome starting from post 8. Steve Warrington’s homebred Rebel Soldier driven by Jim Morand and Steve Good’s T’s Electric has been racing well at Rosecroft. Jonathan Roberts will drive.     Dover Downs now features a $5,000 Pick-4 daily. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del. --- A :25.3 opening quarter on a chilly Tuesday apparently was too much for Elliesjet N and Jerseylicious as Fashion Showdown was fastest in the stretch to score a 35-1 harness racing upset in the $20,000 Mares Open pace at Dover Downs on Jan. 5. Corey Callahan notches four wins. Elliesjet N and driver Art Stafford Jr. brought an eight-race win streak as she stepped up into the top distaff race of the week facing stakes seasoned Jerseylicious (Alan Davis) and super-sharp Shine N Shimmer (Corey Callahan) in the feature race. After taking the front approaching the first quarter Elliesjet N continued to lead past the half and to the three quarters when Shine N Shimmer moved up and challenged around the final turn before taking the front turning for home. In deep stretch, Scandalicious (Tony Morgan) came alongside but nearing the wire Ross Wolfenden and Fashion Showdown closed fastest of all to get up at the finish line in 1:51.3 and pay $73.40 for a $2 win ticket. Scandalicious was a close second in front of Shine N Shimmer. Both Elliesjet N and Jerseylicious finished out of the money. On the official program Fashion Showdown, trained by Craig McInnis for owner Chris White, had impressive past performance credentials although the Village Jolt-Catch The Show six-year-old had started from the outside in four of her last five races. She was an 11-time winner in 2015 finishing in the first three in 23 of 31 starts earning $132,305 during the year. Since finishing second in the Matron consolation in Early November, The Wiz Kids Stable's Girlofyourdreams has won three of her last four outings with a second, beaten by a neck, her only loss. In the $15,000 4&5-Year-Old Mares pace, Montrell Teague drove the Bart Dalious-conditioned Bettor's Delight-JK Majorette four-year-old to a gritty 1:53.4 score holding off American Truth (Morgan) by a long nose. Wolfenden drove his second winner in a $14,000 Mares Winners-Over cutting out the mile in 1:51.3 for trainer Dave Smith and owners Randall Bendis and Tom Pollack for her 38th career win. A daughter of Camluck-Cyber wave, she has now won 655,914 lifetime. No respect (Vic Kirby) came on to finish second with Hearts N Flowers (A.Davis) third. The next-to-longest payoff on the card came when Montrell Teague picked up his second win guiding Annabeth, off at 30-1, to a 1:53.3 surprise victory in a $12,000 Mares pace for owner-trainer Jeff Clark. An inside post was a help as the Shadow Play-Get Out Amanda four-year-old won for the first time since late October. The Empiressister N (Brett Miller) was next with Trine Hanover (A.Davis) third. Corey Callahan won both ends of the daily double to key a four-win night. Montrell Teague and Ross Wolfenden, trainer Joe Hundertpfund and owner Bill Sartin had two wins apiece. I LIKE MY BOSS LOOKS FOR 5TH STRAIGHT; RAGAZZO DOLCE AFTER 7TH IN-A-ROW AT DOVER WEDNESDAY A pair of streaking trotters are Wednesday, Jan. 6 headliners at Dover Downs. I Like My Boss has been outstanding in his last four starts and steps up to the $21,000 Open/Handicap trot feature. Meanwhile Ragazzo Dolce puts a six-race win streak on the line in a $15,000-$20,000 Claiming trot. First post is 4:30 p.m. I Like My Boss, one of the top trotters in Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund history is back in top form for trainer Bob Shahan who owns the five-year-old with Jim and A.M.Parsons. George Dennis has been his regular driver in each of his last four winning starts. Mike Casalino’s Tough Mac, a winner last time with Corey Callahan, who has a recent history of drawing the outside post, reached the winner’s circle 11-times last year.RBH Venture’s War Cry Hall, reined by Ross Wolfenden, raced big last week only to lose by half-a-length. The rest of the talented field includes newcomer Ted Gewertz’s Panamanian Hanover, with Tony Morgan, who has been racing well at Chester and Yonkers. Moses, the Solomons and trainer Leigh Raymer’s Tirade Hanover and Brett miller returns after racing in Meadowland’s Opens. Indiana stakes winner Bluebird Reverend handled by Montrell Teague, will leave from post 1 for owners Dennis, Johannsen, Case and trainer Bob Reeser.Ed Gannon’s Winbak Charles M, piloted by Jonathan Roberts and Razor Ramone, owned by Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquina, will be driven by Allan Davis.  In the $15,000 4&5-Year-Old trot, Howard and Josh Kaufman’s Drinkforthehouse (Corey Callahan) has the outside post meeting Gary Simpson and Eric Good’s Adrenalin Junkie (Jim Morand), Bob Shahan’s Machuca (A.Davis), Rich Stansbury’s Toolbox (G.Dennis), The Fighter (Roger Plante) racing for Ed and Jim Hall. Trainer-driver Vic Kirby’s Lighter Hanover, Carol Atkinson and Serendipity Stable’s Made To Trot and Barbary Kinsey’s Myclaimtovictory (Kim Vincent. Since early meet, the $15,000-$20,000 Claiming Handicap has belonged to Mike Casalino and trainer Dylan Davis’ Ragazzo Dolce (Jim Morand) who has won his last six consecutive starts. His strongest opponents appear to be Howard Taylor and Bill Mullen’s Vimy Ridge (A.Davis), a winner of four of his last six races with two close-up thirds, Beaver Creek Farm’s Brew Master (Teague) and /rich Lombardo’s Aventure (Brett Miller). Marv Bachrad

The 15-race Saturday card at The Meadowlands produced a total handle of $3,775,943, an increase of $1,178,455 over the 13-race harness racing card on this same night in 2015, or 45-percent. The per-race handle of $251,729 was a 26-percent increase over the $199,806 per-race handle on this night in 2015. In addition, on-track handle nearly doubled, increasing 95-percent from $209,066 to $407,897 and the per-race on-track handle increased 69-percent as well. The total handle of $3,775,943 was the third highest-handling program since the Breeders Crown of 2014, trailing only Meadowlands Pace and Hambletonian Day of 2015. Bushwacker Ships and Scores at The Meadowlands Coming into the $25,000 Open Handicap on Saturday night at The Meadowlands, Bushwacker's Meadowlands resume was short and select. He sported just seven starts at the East Rutherford oval, with five of the seven races coming in stakes events. While Bushwacker had never won at The Meadowlands, he is stakes-placed in races like The Graduate and New Jersey Classic. On Saturday night, he found The Big M winner's circle. Getting plenty of support at the betting windows, Bushwacker, the 8/5 favorite at post time led at the first point of call, a 26.1 quarter, before yielding to the pocket behind the brushing Kingofthejungle. Bushwacker sat the pocket past the half-mile in 53.3 and three quarters in 1:22.3 as Kingofthejungle blazed the way. In the stretch, Bushwacker found a seam up the pylons and powered through to the lead. Doctor Butch, off a three month layoff rallied boldly down the center of the track, but Bushwacker was long gone and he would score in 1:50.1. Ontario Success was even off cover, finishing third. Winning driver Corey Callahan said in a pre-race interview that Bushwacker, "hits a knee at Dover and should like the bigger track." He was right, as Bushwacker won for the 13th time in his career, with earnings of $367,612. Bushwacker is trained by Chris Ryder for Henderson Farms. Bettorthanyou Impresses in Sale Audition Bettorthanyou, who is January Mixed Sale-bound on the 18th of the month, scored in the $17,500 upper level condition pacing event. Released as the 7/2 second-choice in the wagering, Bettorthanyou assumed command early in the mile and was well-rated throughout, putting up fractions of 28.1, 56.3 and 1:24.2 before sprinting home in 27-second to score the victory for Yannick Gingras. Sunfire Blue Chip, 3/2 choice, was locked in the pocket for much of the stretch as Gingras made sure to keep his gelding glued to the pylons and didn't have clear sailing until the shadow of the wire. Mr. Franklin, who went a tough first over trip, held on gamely to finish third. Bettorthanyou is HIP #200 in the January Mixed Sale presented by Tattersalls at The Meadowlands Racetrack on Monday, January 18th. He is owned by Burke Racing Stable L.L.C. and Weaver Bruscemi L.L.C. The win was the 13th in the career of Bettorthanyou, whose earnings went past $350,000 for his career. Campbell Wins Four John Campbell closed out his 2015 season with a five win night at The Meadowlands, the last of which pushed Campbell past $5 Million on the year. He opened his 2016 season in similar fashion, winning four races on the Saturday program, including a 27-1 upset with Mudslide. Campbell has now won nine of his last 27 races at The Meadowlands. If you had wagered $2.00 on John Campbell in each of those races, your total investment of $54.00 would have realized a return of $260.80 an Return On Investment of just shy of $10.00 for every $2.00 wagered. Bongiorno With a Hot Start On the heels of the most successful season of his young career, Joe Bongiorno began 2016 much like he ended 2015, winning races at The Meadowlands. He scored a driving triple on the card, including the 14-horse race at one and one-eighth miles. The 2015 season saw Bongiorno win 192 races for earnings of $1,973,758. Both career highs for the 22 year old reinsman. His Meadowlands numbers included 46 wins and earnings of $659,784, the highlight of which was the dead-heat victory in The Valley Victory Final with Make Or Miss. Friday racing returns on January 8th, with post time returning to 7:00 P.M. The Meadowlands racing schedule returns to each Friday and Saturday through Hambletonian Day, Saturday, August 6th. Darin Zoccali

Louisville, KY --- It has certainly not been the swiftest or simplest journey for Bushwacker during his 49-race career, but the 4-year-old pacing gelding is poised to relegate all those frustrating miles far in arrears and fulfill all the potential his harness racing connections were convinced he possessed as a youngster. “I liked him right when I first saw him,” said Chris Ryder, his conditioner. “He was a big, strong colt with a presence about him. He missed out in some of the races that went for big money as a 2- and 3-year old, but he is doing really well right now. I think he’s the best he’s ever been and I expect a very good performance from him on Saturday (Jan. 2) night.” Ryder is referring to the horse's appearance in a very stout edition of a $25,000 Open Handicap at the Meadowlands that evening. Bushwacker will attempt to collect his first win after his fifth birthday and commence his 2016 season on a winning note. Owned by Henderson Farms, the $135,000 yearling purchase will begin pacing from post position eight in the ninth race on the card and is the 5-2 favorite on the morning line. Corey Callahan will be responsible for guiding him over the New Jersey oval where his primary competition will come from Kingofthejungle, Ultimate Beachboy, Doctor Butch and Shooter's Dream. “I am very pleased with him right now,” Ryder said. “He seems to have put it all together and we are looking forward to the upcoming season with him.” A son of Rocknroll Hanover and the Camluck mare Dolphins Can Talk, Bushwacker elicited high expectations from those associated with him immediately after the check for him was signed at the 2012 Lexington Selected Sale. Not only is he the progeny of a tremendous sire, he hails from one of the most powerful female families in harness racing. His dam, a daughter of the world champion and prolific producer Stienam’s Place, is a half-sibling to Donkeys Can Talk (Jate Lobell, $153,164), Showherthemoney (Cam's Card Shark, $871,161), Put On A Show (Rocknroll Hanover, $2,406,628), Good Day Mate (Christian Cullen, $469,189), Rockstar Stride (Rocknroll Hanover, $103,025) and The Show Returns (Rocknroll Hanover, $377,327). Prior to giving birth to Bushwacker, Dolphins Can Talk continued the family tradition by foaling Flipper J (Art Major, $586,182) and Talk Back (Tell All, $103,410). All six of her offspring have picked up at least one check and none of them have sold for less than $70,000. With a pedigree packed with that type of star power most participants in this business would wonder why Bushwacker is a gelding. “Right when we got him home he was very naughty,” said Ryder, who also managed the careers of Put On A Show and The Show Returns. “That is why we had to castrate him and his manners improved immediately after we performed that surgery. We just would not have been able to get along with him otherwise.” In his first year of racing, Bushwacker amassed a record of 7-2-0-3, collected just over $82,000 and paced in 1:51.4. He ended his year with a third place finish in the $534,500 Governor’s Cup at the Meadowlands behind divisional heavyweights JK Endofanera and Arthur Blue Chip. After he was shut down for the winter, Ryder noticed he was having an issue with a stifle and the horse was sent to the New Bolton Center. “(Dr.) Mike Ross performed surgery on that stifle to remove bone chips,” Ryder said. “We were quite shocked when he sent us the pictures after the operation and there were 19 chips. That definitely had to be bothering him all year. We were really unsure if he would ever be able to race again after he recovered, but he never allowed it to faze him one bit. He came back as good as new and you would never even know he had the procedure performed.” As a sophomore, Bushwacker made 15 trips to the post with a resume of 2-3-2 and earned just more than $122,000. He was third in the $225,000 New Jersey Classic and fourth in the $437,325 Cane Pace, but failed to hit the board in the $500,000 Hempt Memorial final, the $400,000 Adios final and the $227,000 American-National. He did, however, lower his lifetime mark to 1:50.1. “He got really tired towards the end of last year,” Ryder said. “So we just stopped on him and gave him the time he needed. He came back terrific and is an even bigger, stronger horse.” The gelding has enjoyed an excellent 2015. While competing primarily at the Meadowlands and the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, Bushwacker advanced to the Open ranks after competing in non-winners contests. Since Sept. 26 he has not been worse than fourth in nine starts. He enters this Saturday's contest after a pair of triumphs in two Open events at Dover Downs and just missed to the red hot Atta Boy Dan at the same facility in his most recent start on Monday (Dec. 28). He has banked just under $150,000 in 2015, paced in 1:49.1 and his record stands at 27-8-6-4. “David (Miller) is actually a really good fit for this horse and has driven him in his last several starts,” Ryder said. “He’s out of town for this race and I’m sure Corey (Callahan) will do a top notch job with him. “It took him awhile to come around, but we plan on staking him to some of the big events over the summer. He will keep the same schedule of races over the winter until I give him a rest. It’s hard to do when he is doing so well, but it will be a long year for him and we want to give him opportunity to have an outstanding 5-year-old year, which we think he will.” by Kimberly French, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent

East Rutherford, N.J. -- After a narrow defeat at the same level two weeks ago, Michael Polansky's Waiting On a Woman took advantage of a pocket trip, out-sprinting pacesetting harness racing favourite Opulent Yankee to the winning post for a 1:52.2 triumph in Friday (December 18) evening's $25,000 Open 1 Handicap Trot at The Meadowlands. Flanked by Stirling Cadet and Opulent Yankee at race's outset, Corey Callahan used Waiting On a Woman to secure the top spot on the first turn, yielding to 7-5 public choice Opulent Yankee (Andy Miller) after completing a :27.2 initial quarter mile. Locked in by the first-over and mildly pressing Can Do (Anthony Napolitano) through middle sectionals of :55.3 and 1:23.3, Waiting On a Woman found clearance in the final 150 yards as Can Do stalled, angling off the pegs and vaulting clear of Opulent Yankee by 2-1/4 lengths with a :28.2 closing quarter. Stirling Cadet (Marcus Miller) stayed on for third off his tracking trip, while Uva Hanover (Jim Marohn, Jr.) skimmed the pegs to take fourth after a rearward journey. Kyle Spagnola trains the 51-time winner, who returned $6.60 to win as the second favourite. Waiting On a Woman   The sub-featured $20,000 Open 2 Handicap Trot saw owner-trainer Mark Ford's It Really Matters stun at 20-1, holding off a belated charge from the odds-on Lindy's Tru Grit to narrowly prevail in 1:54.2. After securing a second-over position on the first turn, It Really Matters continued to the fore well after March Awareness (Yannick Gingras) assumed command after a :28.3 first quarter, racing wide for seven-sixteenths of the mile before ultimately working clear. The 4-year-old Explosive Matter gelding raced strongly through a :55.4 middle half, doing well to hold the first-over Massacaia (David Miller) at bay while main danger Lindy's Tru Grit (Andy Miller) lurked from five lengths away off his third-over trip. Upon cornering, Anthony Napolitano asked It Really Matters for everything he had left, and the pair braced for the oncoming onslaught of the four-wide Lindy's Tru Grit and five-wide Detroit Rapper (Marohn), both of which kicked cover and chased valiantly. It Really Matters, all-out in the final sixteenth, held sway by a scant neck, while Lindy's Tru Grit in turn just held second from Detroit Rapper. Massacaia leveled off late but still held fourth. It Really Matters   Friday evening's 14-race card attracted a total handle of $2,856,634, with the evening's three guaranteed Pick 4 and Pick 5 wagers garnering $162,142. The overall figure represents a $155,255 gain over a 13-race card on the comparable Friday in 2014. Looking ahead to Saturday's program, the fifth race Jackpot High-5 will have a carryover of $8613.26, while the same 20-cent wager in the closing race will boast $37,847.62 added money should one player take down the entire pool. The first of 14 races on Saturday evening is due off at 7:00 p.m. EST. For more information on racing at The Meadowlands, visit playmeadowlands.com  by James Witherite, Meadowlands Media Relations

DOVER, Del. --- Despite starting from post 8, Tough Mac responded after an 'off' performance in his last start with a 1:54 victory in the week's top trot on Wednesday, Dec. 15 at Dover Downs. Meet leading harness racing driver Corey Callahan steered the winner in the $20,000 Open/Handicap trot, George Dennis wins three. Owned by Mike Casalino, Tough Mac, trained by meet leader, Dylan Davis, moved up on the backstretch to challenge front-trotting War Cry Hall (Ross Wolfenden) at the three-quarters and the pair dueled-it out the rest of the mile with Tough Mac taking over in the closing strides. The triumph was the 11th of the campaign for the Lockkeeper-Traditional Lady black gelding who has been 1-2-3 in 19 of 27 starts while adding $131,255 to his seasonal bankroll. Spunky Jack (Roger Plante) finished third. The 8-post didn't bother I Like My Boss in the next race, a $12,000 conditioned trot. After two straight wins, the betting public allowed the all-Delaware homebred of trainer Bob Shahan and the Parsons to go off at 12-1. The Don Boss Vita-Wild One four-year-old gelding took the lead from Wingus (Vince Copeland) turning for home and held on for a 1:54.3 victory with driver George Dennis picking up his third win on the card. Powerful Charger (Vic Kirby) was third. Corey Callahan's first of a two-win night, came driving Howard and Josh Kaufman's recent acquisition Drinksforthehouse held off fast-finishing Adrenalin Junkie (Jim Morand) to win a $15,500 3,4&5-Year-Old trot in 1:55.4. It was the second local start for the Conway Hall-Pacific Photo sophomore gelding trained by John Cabot. Machuca (Allan Davis) the early leader was the show finisher. Streaking Ragazzo Dolce, reined by Jim Morand, extended his win streak to five romping to a 1:54.3 score in a $15,000 Claiming Allowance trot. The win was the first of two for owner Mike Casalino and trainer Dylan Davis. Dribble Drive (Dennis) and Brew Master (Montrell Teague) were second and third respectively. George Dennis had three winners. Corey Callahan, Allan Davis, Brett Miller, trainer Dylan Davis and owner Mike Casalino, all collected a double. PL HOOFHEARTED, LAUGHING MATTERS LEAD $20,000-$25,000 CLAIMER PL Hoofhearted is the lone winner last time as a field of eight meet in a $20,000-$25,000 Claiming pace for 4&5-year-olds on Thursday, Dec. 10 at Dover Downs. First post is 4:30 p.m. Marcus Miller put Curran Racing’s PL Hoofhearted right on the lead and sped to a 1:53.2 victory in last Thursday’s feature. PT Stable claimed Laughing Matters two starts back and makes his second start for its new owner with Art Stafford Jr. driving. Movie Sequel was overmatched last time starting from the rail, but now gets a better post position and driver Corey Callahan. Toby Lynch owned, trained and driven Major Bucks makes his career debut in a claiming race but must overcome starting from post 8. The other starters are Troy Tribbet’s Big Secret with Jonathan Roberts driving, Mike West and Danny Walsh’s Militia Man drew post 1 with Allan Davis driving. Angela Coombs’ Regal Hope with Vic Kirby and Kathleen Brewer’s Jackson Brady handled by Ross Wolfenden return to the claiming ranks. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del. ---  Shine N Shimmer took the front early and then out battled several challenges on the way to a 1:51.3 triumph I n the $20,000 Mares Open pace on Tuesday, Dec. 8 at Dover Downs. Reined by perennial meet leader, Corey Callahan, Howard Taylor’s five-year-old daughter of American Ideal-Sheer Hose trained by Doug Lewis held off Valerya (George Dennis) attacking on the outside on the backstretch then a passing lane brush from fast-finishing Fashion Showdown (Ross Wolfenden) in the lane to win by a head in 1:51.3, her second win in her last three starts. Duneside Chella (Marcus Miller) was third.  While recording her fourth win in her last six outings and 11th victory of the season Shine N Shimmer brought her seasonal bankroll to $143,785 and $425,569 lifetime.    Girlofyourdreams and Lady Beth won the co-sub-feature $15,000 distaff paces. Montrell Teague guided stakes seasoned Girlofyourdreams home in 1:53.4 to win the first of two divisions. The Bettor’s Delight –JK Majorette sophomo9re owned by The Wiz Kids Stable has four wins in her last six races while earning $63,710. Who Dat Heather (Allan Davis) was runner-up with Sweet Bobbie (Callahan) the third finisher.  A head proved the victory distance as Lady Beth got the win 1:54.3 besting Hardscrabble Tilly in a stretch duel. Lorie and trainer Paul Davis own the three-year-old Kenneth J-Lady Major bay who posted victory #7 this year and won $52,751 in purses. Melanies Sharkette (M.Miller) was the show filly. George Dennis drove three winners, Allan Davis, Montrell Teague and trainer Robin Callahan had doubles. Ashes Cash seeks second straight Open Last week's winner Leigh Raymer, owned and trained Ashes Cash, a winner of three of his previous five races heads a strong harness racing field of eight in the $20,000 Open Handicap trot at Dover Downs on Wednesday, Nov. 9. First post is 4:30 p.m. Corey Callahan will again be in the bike in the week's top trot. R&H Ventures, a regular at both Pocono Downs and more recently racing in Chester, is now in the Jim King barn with Vic Kirby driving. Mike Casalino's well named Tough Mac with Jonathan Roberts driving leaves from post 8 with Hemi Seelster reined by Brett Miller to his left for Carl Atley, Bob :LeBlanc and Rich Lombardo. Both Barbara Boese and Joe Skowyra's Prayer Session and Callam Racing's Spunky Jack with Roger Plante have been racing well. LA Express Stable's Pocket Trip steps up after a wire-to-wire win last time out John Ducharme's-homebred Wartech drew the rail and makes his first start since last July. There are two sub-feature trots. LA Express' Five Towns (Callahan) won last week and two of three in a $12,000 trot meeting E&K Stable and Lois and Earl Walters homebred I'm So Striking (Eddie Dennis) from post 1 wjth Nick McGill and Brian Carsey's Lou Man (Kirby), Eric Foster's fast finishing Stirling Charisma (Tony Morgan) and Charlene Long's Oh No Three O (Jeff Long) heading the opposition. Delbert Cain and Nanticoke Racing's impressive sophomore Go Byem (Jim Morand) is the one to catch in an $11,500 3,4&5-Year-Old trot. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del.--- Ashes Cash came from far back to score a 1:54 victory in the Wednesday $14,000 Winners-Over trot at Dover Downs on Wednesday, Dec. 2.Meet leading driver Corey Callahan added four more wins to his first-place total now at 48 after 18 racing-days meanwhile the 11th race was called a "no contest." In the feature, Callahan moved Ashes Cash to the outside and came fast in the lane to beat Bluebird Reverend (George Dennis) and Hemi Seelster (Ross Wolfenden) to the finish line in a 1:54. The time equaling the lifetime mark for the Cash Hall-Ashameg gelding. It was the Leigh Raymer-owned and trained five-year-old's eighth win of the season lifting his earnings to $43,495. Blue Reverend, a top Indiana stakes performer and Hemi Seelster, who raced in major events in Ontario, finished second and third respectively. Machuca guided by Allan Davis for owner- trainer Bob Shahan's Machuca, one of two three-year-olds in the race, to victory in 1:57.3 to win the co-feature $15,500 3,4&5-Year-Old trot. The victory was the fourth of the campaign for the Yankee Glide-Tail Of Night gelding. Someway Same Hall (Art Stafford Jr.) was second with Myclaimtovictory (Kim Vincent) third. In the 12th race, a Filly and Mare pace, Hotwire (Tony Morgan) suddenly went down at the 3/8th pole causing confusion with the seven other horses in the race. With the Starting Car and Track Ambulance rushing to help were on the track. When the field turned down the homestretch heading for the crowded finish line, the race was called a "No Contest" and all wagers on the event were re-reimbursed. Both horse and driver were reported ok. Jim Morand drove three winners, Sean Bier, Allan Davis and trainers Doug Lewis and owner-trainer Harry Marsh had two wins each. Dover Downs races Monday through Thursday with post time, 4:30 p.m. There is no live racing Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Watch the races and enjoy dining in the Winners Circle Restaurant's acclaimed Racing Buffet. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight at Dover Downs where there is no charge for parking and admission. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at the 4-star Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del.--- Starting in the second-tier was no problem for Bay Pond Racing's Hearts N Flowers who collected her second straight win and ninth this season winning the $21,000 Mares Winners-Over pace at Dover Downs on Tuesday, Dec. 3. On the undercard, Elliesjet N made it six-in-a-row since crossing the Pacific and meet-leading driver Corey Callahan made five trips to the winner's circle on the 15-race harness racing card. Allan Davis, who had four winning drives himself, piloted Hearts N Flowers home in 1:52.2 equaling her lifetime best clocking. The six-year-old daughter of Artiscape-Hasty Dewer has started 37 times this season with 24 win-place-show performances for trainer Wayne Givens. Tyra (Vic Kirby) took place honors with Scandalicious (Tony Morgan) third. Elliesjet N began her career in the U.S., on Oct. 13 and has been perfect in all six starts since. Her latest, from post 8, in a $15,500 3,4&5-Year-Old Distaff pace, was clocked in 1:54.2 over a track rained upon all day. Art Stafford Jr. held the reins for trainer-co-owner Josh Parker and Evans, Spedden and Nanticoke Racing. Cover Up Hall (Wolfenden) finished second in front of Mildred's Button (Kim Vincent) third. Girlofyourdreams made a big move on the backstretch to take command and then breezed to a 1:52.3 success in another $15,500 contest for young females. Montrell drove the Bettor's Delight-JK Majorette sophomore to her fourth win for The Wiz Kids Stable She has now won $56,010 lifetime. Sweet Bobbie (Callahan) came on to take second. Ava Destruction (Wolfenden) cut out the mile mostly under duress, and held on for third. Callahan, who had 40 wins during November, builds up his lead with a five-bagger with runner-up Tim Tetrick on a month's vacation to Australia. Allan Davis won four races while trainers Doug Lewis, Josh Green and Joe Hundertphund had doubles ROLLS BLUE CHIP, HEMI SEELSTER, POWERFUL CHARGER AT DOVER Rolls Blue Chip is the lone winner last start in a wide-open field at Dover Downs on Wednesday, Nov. 4. First post is 4:30 p.m. Allan Davis will drive Reg Hazzard and Legacy Racing’s Rolls Blue Chip trained by Wayne Givens in the $14,000 Winners-Over trot feature. The five-year-old won his last outing after consecutive second-place finishes. Hemi Seelster makes his third start for trainer Josh Green and driver Ross Wolfenden for new owners Carl Atley, Bob :LeBlanc and Rich Lombardo, after racing his first two seasons in Canada. He closed sharply along the passing lane last week to finish second beaten a half-length.  Powerful Charger has been a Delaware top class trotter for Tim Tetrick and trainer Jim King winning 12 times this year. Bluebird Reverend, a strong Indiana-bred gelding has been in the money 16 of his 21 starts for co-owner, trainer Bobby Reeser, Dennis, Johannsen and Case. George Dennis will drive. Callam Racing’s Spunky Jack with Roger Plante in the bike leaves from the rail with Eric Foster’s Stirling Charisma and Tony Morgan, alongside.  Ashes Cash, owned and trained by Leigh Raymer has been racing well adding seven wins this season and will be in the hands of meet leader Corey Callahan. Larry Fisher’s Cashontherocs, piloted by Jonathan Roberts, has been racing 'til recently at Yonkers in feature trots.  Marv Bachrad

Harness racing trainer Kyle Spagnola sent three trotters to the gate on Friday night at The Meadowlands and all three found the winner's circle. Two of the wins came with Andrew McCarthy in the bike. The first, Ulster romped by a dozen lengths in the third race condition trot, winning in a lifetime best 1:53.1, while Keystone Thomas was a wire to wire winner in 1:54.3 in the fifth race condition trot. Spagnola wasn't done, as he sent out the prohibitive 3/5 choice in the $17,000 featured trot in the eighth race and the favorite did not disappoint. After brushing to the lead, past fractions of 27.2 and 56.1, Waiting On A Woman and driver Corey Callahan took on the challenge of Lady Windsor around the far turn. But when the favorite reached three quarters in 1:25, it was clear that he had plenty left in the tank and the seven year old gelding powered away with a 27.3 final quarter to win going away by just over three lengths in 1:52.3. The final time was just one-fifth of a second off his lifetime mark. Trainer Kyle Spagnola now sports a record of five wins from his first seven starts at the 2015-2016 Meadowlands meet. The win was the 50th in the career of Waiting On Woman, who now has career earnings of over $373,000. Waiting On A Woman is owned by Michael Polansky. The win was one of three races won by Corey Callahan through the first eight races. Waiting On A Woman Jerseylicious Chases Down Radar Contact The seventh race condition mare pacing event was a filled choc-full of mares with stakes experience. Radar Contact was a strong 3/5 favorite, but on paper there was competition in the form of Jerseylicious and it played out that way on the racetrack as well. Radar Contact was quarter-moved to the lead by John Campbell past the first point of call in 27-seconds and she would hold that lead into the stretch, through fractions of 55.1 and 1:24. Meanwhile, Jerseylicious was sitting mid-pack and committed first over down the backstretch as Radar Contact blazed the way. As the field approached the stretch, Jerseylicious had room to tuck behind the favorite and did so until the middle of the stretch, when Callahan showed his mare racetrack again and she responded to that move by accelerating late, chasing down the favorite to win in 1:51.2. For Jerseylicious, the win marked the 15th victory in her 62 race career and sent her earnings past $636,000. She is trained by Wayne Givens for owners Legacy Racing of Delaware Incorporated, Pamela Curran and Niel Gargiulo. Jerseylicious Takter With Another Promising Young Trotter The stakes season may have come to an end, but Jimmy Takter is still winning promising races with young trotters. In the first race on Friday night at The Meadowlands, the Jimmy Takter trained, Massive Clout (Muscle Massive), parlayed a pocket trip into a pylon skimming win by the narrowest margins over Moulin Rouge who defeated this condition one week ago. Massive Clout and Corey Callahan sat comfortable in the pocket behind pacesetter Barnaby Rudge through fractions of 29.3, 59.1 and 1:29.1. Meanwhile, the even-money favorite, Moulin Rouge was tracking in a live outer flow and loomed boldly three-wide off the far turn and appeared poised to blow by, but Massive Clout found room at the pylons and was full of trot as well. The pair of trotters raced down to the wire together, with Massive Clout escaping with a nose-victory in a mild upset at odds of 5-1. Moulin Rouge was second with Barnaby Rudge third. In the field of 10 trotters, there were three-two year olds and they ironically comprised the trifecta. Massive Clout is a homebred for Brixton Medical who co-owns the colt with Christina Takter. The winning time of 1:57.2 was a lifetime best performance and was the second consecutive win for the son of Hambletonian winner Muscle Massive who now has two wins from three starts. Massive Clout GSY AMATEUR TROT Robert Krivelin's name has been one of the most popular among amateur drivers for years and that name reigned supreme again with an 8-1 upset in the GSY Amateur Trot with Chocolate Xplosion. Krivelin, who also trains the four year old gelded son of Chocolatier, turned a pocket trip into a 1:56.3 victory, a lifetime best performance for Chocolate Xplosion. Crazed N Lindy rallied from well-back for Peter Kleinhans to be second with Jack's Reef and Hannah Miller third. The win was the 184th amateur driving victory in the career of Robert Krivelin, with earnings over $1.2 Million. Chocolate Xplosion Total handle for the 13-race Friday card was $2,642,922, a seven-percent (7%) increase over this same Friday last year. On-track handle also showed slight gains. The guaranteed pools performed well on Friday, with the pick five totaling $44,233, the early pick four handling $47,983 and the late pick four reaching $78,955. Both jackpot super high five carryovers continued to grow as the fifth race now stands at $17,625.09 and the last race now at $18,381.34. Racing resumes on Saturday with a 13-race card set to begin at 7:00 P.M. Darin Zoccali  

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