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DAYTON, OH. - For the second straight week, Insomniac was wide awake when starter Mike Woebkenberg called the "Trick or Treat" Open trotters to the gate at Hollywood Dayton Raceway during a Halloween harness racing matinee. The 4-year-old son of Crazed-Catch Some Zs' eyes were bulging through his bridle when trainer-driver Brady Galliers sent him quickly on his way from the word go. Outsprinting Atlas Peak (Sandy Beatty) to gain control an eighth of a mile into the race, Insomniac yielded to Rockn Stien (Josh Sutton) just past the opening :28 panel. Content to sit in the pocket around the second turn, with the half clocked in :56, the winner was aggressively move back out to challenge before the 1:24.4 three-quarters and cleared Rockn Stien with relative ease. With Atlas Peak angling out to challenge in the stretch and Rockn Stien trying to fight back inside, Insomniac cruised home in :29.2 to hold the challengers at bay by a length in 1:54.1. Rockn Stien and Atlas Peak couldn't be separated in a photo finish for second and thus shared the place and show dividends in the $15,000 race. Gregg Keidel  

DAYTON, OH. - Insomniac, with 20-year-old Brady Galliers at the controls, upset a talented field of trotters on Monday afternoon at Hollywood Dayton Raceway, copping the weekly $15,000 featured Open harness racing event in 1:54.4. The 4-year-old son of Crazed left alertly and dropped into the two-hole behind Revenue Agent (Peter Wrenn) through early panels of :27 and :55.4. Eased out down the backstretch, Insomniac stuck a nose in front at the 1:24.3 three-quarters, then pulled away from his adversaries in deep stretch to garner his second local win in four tries. Dispatched at odds of 9-1, the winner returned $20.00 for a $2 ticket. Revenue Agent held for second at 11-1 odds and fellow 14-1 longshot Atlas Peak (Sandy Beatty) benefitted from a ground-saving trip to secure the show spot. Owned by Galliers Racing LLC, Insomniac eased past the $75,000 seasonal earnings plateau with the victory, and now sports a $216,729 career bankroll. Gregg Keidel  

'It's a pleasure when you have something between the shafts", were the first words out of harness racing driver Alan Schwartz's mouth upon his return to the paddock after driving Linda Marie to a new lifetime record winning the first leg of the North American Amateur Drivers Association's (NAADA) three track Fall Trotting Series in 1:58.1 at Monticello Raceway on Thursday afternoon, September 22. After starting from the three-hole Schwartz hustled the 5-year-old Crazed mare to the lead when the starting judge said "go" and while still on the first turn allowed Bob Hechkoff to take command with Trotalot. Both drivers were aided in their quest for victory when the betting favorite, Here Comes Numbers (John Kokinos), went off stride at the start. After Schwartz grabbed leather and allowed Hechkoff to show the way they then raced one-two by the first stanza in :28.4. The order remained the same past the half in :59.2 and at the third stanza Schwartz had Linda Marie tight on Hechkoff's back. "I had a handful of horse as we shadowed Hechkoff and on the final turn she wanted to go so I moved her off the pylons," Schwartz related. "Once she saw daylight I just let her ramble and she ranged alongside Trotalot as we headed for home. "Then in the lane, when I tried to pull the ear plugs, they got stuck but it didn't matter. She (Linda Marie) was in high gear and she trotted on to an easy victory. Schwartz wasn't lying. Linda Marie trotted the last quarter in :28.3 en route to her third seasonal victory. Trotalot was second with Imacrazynewyorker getting up for the show dough, albeit 11 lengths behind the winner. Linda Marie is owned and trained by Jimmy Doherty Jr. She paid $7.20 for win. For Schwartz, it was his 572nd driving victory, the most of any active amateur driver. The international amateur driving club kicked off its three-track fall series here at the Mighty M with races to follow at Yonkers Raceway and Freehold Raceway. The NAADA Trot Series will culminate with a $15,000 final at Yonkers on November 3rd. by John Manzi for NAADA

Scarborough, Maine (August 26, 2016) ... On what, at first glance, appeared a rather pedestrian Scarborough Downs harness racing program, speed quickly became the order of the day as two trotting records for four-year-old trotters were rewritten in impressive style during the course of the Friday (8/26) twilight performance. Tango Pirate, a recent Saratoga import who was up in class off a dominant win last weekend, charged hard from the gate in the opening event with Dan Deslandes calling the shots from the sulky. The duo were never seriously challenged throughout the mile, gliding to victory in a sterling 1:58.1 and eclipsing the previous four-year-old gelding benchmark of 1:58.2 which was established by Names Muscle just five weeks prior. Tango Pirate, the son of Crazed-Celia Bleue is owned and trained by Eddie Fournier, Jr of Auburn, Maine. The standard for four-year-old mares was also lowered later on the Friday card with Cherry Crown Jewel and driver Mark Athearn grinding their way to a torrid 1:57.4 score while demolishing the previous track record of 1:58.3 set almost one year ago to the day by Bryan's Angel. Trained by Athearn's wife Gretchen, the daughter of RC Royalty-Nowerland Kristen is owned by William Phipps of Yarmouth, Maine. Scarborough Downs features live harness racing with twilight cards on Friday and Saturday with post time at 4:30 PM (EDT). The Sunday matinees get underway at 1:30 PM. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs           #      

Craziville (Crazed) prevailed in Thursday's harness racing feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The three year old trotter scored a victory in the $8,000 trot for New York Sired highsteppers and did so in career best fashion. Bet down to odds of 1-5, Craziville had to survive a battle in the stretch before drawing clear late to win in 1:59.3. The Kyle Spagnola-trained gelding raced on Tuesday night in the New York Sire Stakes Excelsior B and did well to secure a second place finish in that one despite starting from the outside post position. Thursday's victory was just the second of the season for Craziville though the sophomore trotter has hit the board eleven times in his seventeen starts in 2016. The win was the second consecutive on the card for driver Frank Coppola Jr. who piloted a 1-5 favorite to victory in the evening's previous race for a different Spagnola. Trainer Dave Spagnola's No Tears Blue Chip (Roll With Joe) scored convincingly to record his third win of the year as the public's choice on Thursday. Coppola completed a natural hat trick when he guided claiming pacer Southern Swan to a mild upset for Dave Spagnola in the evening's six race on a night in which Coppola and the Spagnolas thrived. Live racing continues on Friday night at Saratoga with a 7:05pm first post. Mike Sardella

WASHINGTON, PA, July 29, 2016 -- Racing as Lone Wolf Stable, Brian Gillespie has done well at The Meadows, even sending a starter to last week's Adios eliminations. But there was one weapon missing from his harness racing equine arsenal -- a horse to compete in Friday's Edward M. Ryan, a $53,048 Arden Downs Grand Circuit stake named for Gillespie's late grandfather, a former owner of The Meadows. Brocious Racing Stable and trainer Robert Rougeaux III, on the other hand, had just such a horse, a promising 2-year-old gelding trotter named Box Of Luck. The connections talked Thursday and worked out the sale of a share of Box Of Luck to Lone Wolf. The result was pure storybook, as the son of Lucky Chucky-New DVD captured his Ed Ryan division in1:59 for his third win in five outings. Equestrianconxtion was second, 2 lengths in arrears, while Toolbox Tuesday earned show. "It's (Gillespie's) grandfather's memorial race, and he kind of wanted to have a dog in the fight," Rougeaux said. "I understand that. We have memorials for my grandfather at the fairs, and we'll race our rear ends off to try to win that blanket. So we worked out a deal." Muay Hanover and Don Dream also took Ed Ryan splits in identical clockings of 1:57.1. Dave Palone pulled the pocket with Muay Hanover into the final turn and collected a measured victory in 1:57.1. Vegas Chuck was second, 1/2 length back, with Moonshiner Hanover third. "I think the track tonight is actually better if you sit off the rail a little bit," Palone said. "So I just wanted to get him out in the good footing. He felt great in the bit. I thought it would turn into a sprint, and I had plenty of horse." Ron Burke trains Muay Hanover, a son of Donato Hanover-Musetta Hanover, for Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stables and J&T Silva Stables. Don Dream saved ground before brushing through the stretch for Tony Hall and downing Andy M by 2 lengths. Early leader Monsta Hanover completed the ticket. "He had a little bit of a snafu in his first race, but we can live with that because he's doing the job now," said Todd Rooney, who trains the son of Donato Hanover-Gabbys Dream and owns with Kimberly Farmer. "Tonight we thought we might have to go to the front, but it turned out we didn't have to. This was a good education for him." $49,800 Arden Downs, 2-Year-old Filly Trotters In Friday's co-feature, a Grand Circuit stake known as the Judge Joe McGraw, Dangle Than Deke set a stake record of 1:55.4 while extending her unbeaten streak to four. She erased the old mark of 1:56.1 established in 2013 by Broadway Socks. The other divisions went to Youvegotwhatitakes and EZ Passer. Dangle Then Deke -- her name is a mash-up of a pair of ice hockey maneuvers -- moved first over for Mike Wilder and defeated Temple Ruins by 1-1/2 lengths, with Lovebeinglucky third. "In terms of desire and gait, she's the best 2-year-old filly I've ever had," said Dirk Simpson, who trains the daughter of Cantab Hall-Love My Muscles for James Bafia. "Her desire is unbelievable. She's easy on herself on the off days, but when she gets behind the gate, she's all business." Youvegotwhatitakes enjoyed a second-over trip and tracked down the leader, Trixie Dust, in the lane to down her by 3/4 lengths in 1:57.1. Blue Line Sniper earned show. "The first quarter was 27," said winning driver Dan Rawlings. "These are 2-year-old trotters, so I thought they'd come back to me. I had plenty of time to catch them. She's game." Erv Miller trains Youvegotwhatitakes, a daughter of Yankee Glide-Char Catie Becca, for Ronald Michelon, Paymaq Racing and Louis Willinger. EZ Passer was well back early for Hall, trainer Mark Harder and owner Joseph Jannuzzelli, but Hall indicated he liked his position. "They told me she gets hot and not to do anything too quick with her," he said. "She kind of backed herself off, and I didn't want to force the issue. She was great following cover -- stayed nice and relaxed." The daughter of Crazed-Musclegrad prevailed in 1:57.3, 6-3/4 lengths better than Broadway Photo. Blameitonthealcohl was third. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Nono Lindy (Crazed) always seems to do his best work when he comes to Saratoga Casino Hotel and the Tony Mondi-trained trotter continued that trend on Thursday night when he prevailed in the evening's harness racing feature. Nono Lindy moved out to the early lead in the $9,950 feature for New York Sired trotters and after the race's odds-on favorite made a break was faced with a big challenge from longshot HZ Royalty (Jimmy Devaux) who came first over. The two NY breds battled it out throughout the second half of the mile but Nono Lindy would not be denied and stopped the timer in 1:58.2 for his second win of the season. Frank Coppola Jr. piloted the three year old trotter who returned $8.50 to win. HZ Royalty held strong for second while fellow longshot Luck Of Macrea (Wally Hennessey) came on for third. The exacta paid $154.50 while the race's triple came back $573 with the favorite out of it. Nono Lindy has recorded both of his 2016 victories at Saratoga and has a second place finish in his other start at the Spa this year. Live racing continues on Friday night at Saratoga with first post time set for 7:05pm. Mike Sardella

WILKES-BARRE PA - Homicide Hunter went to the lead past the quarter, then trotted successive 27.3 panels home to hold off first-over Crazshana by a half-length in the $25,000 winners-over handicap trot Sunday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with the final clocking of 1:51.1 missing the divisional world record for harness racing four-year-old trotting geldings by a single tick.   And with Pocono being Pocono in the five-eighth mile track category, especially on the trot, Homicide Hunter didn't even get a track record out of the brave effort. The 1:51 standard was achieved by Wind Of The North here in 2014, and then JL Cruze in a mountain stop last season. The altered son of Mr Cantab, owned by Crawford Farms Racing, did lower his mark from the 1:51.4 he posted in winning the Meadows Maturity on June 18, and raised his bankroll to $622,013.   The teaming of driver Eric Goodell and trainer Chris Oakes was a very fruitful one for both parties this weekend, as Homicide Hunter's win at Pocono added to the three times the two paired successfully on Wiggle It Jiggleit's Gerrity night at Saratoga 24 hours earlier. Even more remarkably, Goodell had a horse he was driving fall down while in contention at The Meadows on Monday, didn't get back into the sulky until Friday - and after this race had posted a 14-6-2-0-.508 tally since coming back!   An altered son of Crazed also accounted for the $18,000 sub-featured trot, as Crazy About Pat led at every pole under the guidance of Andrew McCarthy in recording a new mark of 1:53.1. Paul Kelley conditions the six-year-old earner of $663,899 lifetime for the Patricia Stable.   PHHA / Pocono  

WILKES-BARRE PA - JL Cruze, 2015's champion Older Male Trotter in North America, got his 2016 harness racing campaign again headed in the right direction with a 1:53 victory in the $25,000 winners-over feature Sunday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.   John Campbell had his usual seat behind the altered five-year-old son of Crazed, and he guided him to the lead past the 27.2 opening quarter, then backed off the half to 57.1. From there, "JL" cruzed home in 55.4, winning by two lengths over the out-at-every-call Crazshana, completing the Crazed-sired Exacta, with Il Sogno Dream another half-length back in third after going first-over.   This season JL Cruze opened his campaign with three straight victories, but he had gone "only" 1 for 5 since then before this race - if you count a second to Rose Run Parker, still 2016's fastest North American trotter (1:50.4), and a fourth in the Cutler and a fifth in the Lee, in the "only" category. But perhaps his win at Pocono will mark a turnaround back towards his championship form for the Eric Ell-trained trotter, owned by Wm. Kenneth Wood, William Dittmar Jr., and Stephen Iaquinta, and now the winner of $101,430 this year and $761,483 lifetime.   If you like two-year-old trotting stakes fillies, Pocono is the place to be for you the next two nights - eight divisions of Pennsylvania Stallion Series action top the bill on Monday, while the next night will feature five divisions of Pennsylvania Sire Stakes racing.   PHHA / Pocono      

Vernon, N.Y. -- A special Sunday (June 19) night harness racing card at Vernon Downs features over $450,000 in purses for top New York-sired 3-year-old trotters as a pair of Empire Breeders Classic events share top billing on the 10-race program.   Elimination winners Fad Finance and Earn Your Wings both look to upend last year's Sire Stakes superstar Non Stick in the $234,375 Filly Classic, carded as race seven. Fad Finance (post 5, 3-1 part of entry) stayed in close attendance to a strong early pace, pouncing on the then-undefeated Non Stick at the eighth pole and holding off a late charge from Straight A Student in 1:54.1. Trainer Trond Smedshammer also drives the daughter of Credit Winner. Earn Your Wings (post 6, 2-1 part of entry) likewise pounced late off a tracking trip in her elimination, sprinting off to a 1:54.4 victory over Swinging Royalty and Open Access. Jason Bartlett once again drives the Credit Winner filly for trainer Anette Lorentzon.   In the $222,975 Classic for colts and geldings, Sir Royson (post 7) has been installed as the 5-2 morning line favorite. The son of Crazed prevailed in both of his New York Sire Stakes races so far this season, winning from both on the lead and from off the pace. Jim Marohn, Jr. drives the five-time winner for trainer Linda Toscano. Among his eight rivals are Dexter Cup winner Dante (Ãke Svanstedt, post 9) and last year's Sire Stakes runner-up Smalltownthrowdown (Dan Daley, post 3).   Camels and ostriches make their annual stop at the Miracle Mile on Sunday evening as well for a pair of non-wagering exhibition events after the second and fifth races. The camels and ostriches, from Hedrick's Animal Farm in Kansas, will compete in the early part of the card, as they do at many events nationwide. Post time for the Father's Day card is slated for 6:45 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

Scarborough, Maine (June 16, 2016) - Demonstrating a distinct affinity towards harness racing at Scarborough Downs, Midnite Craze has once again etched his name in the record books at the southern Maine harness racing venue. The six-year-old son of Crazed toured the oval timed in a blistering 1:57 flat, during Friday's (6/16) $7500 Free For All event, equaling the fastest trot ever recorded in the track's 66 year history. Confidently handled by driver/trainer Ivan Davies, Midnite Craze now shares local bragging rights with the mare, IPO Blue Chip, who was crowned the track's fleetest trotter in June of 2012. Owned by G Richard Mason, Jr of The Villages, FL, the zippy high-stepper established a new track standard for aged gelded trotters in the process, supplanting the 1:57.1 record set by Waterloo Willie in July of 2013 and equaled by Midnite Craze himself, in his last local appearance, just last November. In addition to back-to-back track record appearances at Scarborough Downs, Midnite Craze can also boast an uncanny record of success at the seaside oval, having now tasted victory in five out his six starts at the Downs, including an impressive current skein of three consecutive Free For All class scores. When Midnite Craze comes to town can a new track record be close at hand? The "Horses for Courses" theory answers strongly in the affirmative! Scarborough Downs features live harness racing with twilight cards on Thursday, Friday and Saturday with post time at 4:30 PM (EDT). The Sunday matinees get underway at 1:30 PM. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs

HARRINGTON, Del. - Leigh Raymer, Stephen Moss and Harold and Helane Solomon's Tirade Hanover ($9, Victor Kirby) was victorious in the harness racing $17,500 Open Trot Wednesday at Harrington Raceway in 1:55.2. Spunky Jack led the field at the start from post position five at odds of 7-to-1 and headed the field of eight on top until the top of the stretch when he was swarmed by a host of horses. When the dust settled, it was Tirade Hanover coming away with the narrow win in a tight finish 1:55.2 over Six Gun Hall and Theresademoninme. Trained by Raymer, it was the 31st career win for Tirade Hanover, a 6-year-old son of Crazed that has banked more than $745,000 in his career. Kirby, who won three races for the second straight program, emerged in the winner's circle again in the seventh race with Steel Reserve ($5). Trained and co-owned by Kirby with Chris Giaccio, the 4-year-old Credit Winner gelding notched his fourth win of the year with a front-end triumph in a $10,000 sub-featured trotting event. Kirby kept his roll intact with a consecutive triple, piloting Rojo ($5) to victory in the eighth for owners Morgan and Jeanne Mc Innis and Beatrix In Der Wiesche in a lifetime best 1:59.3. Matthew Sparacino  

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

The 2015 aged trotter of the year J L Cruze was in harness racing action Thursday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia. The gelded son of Crazed was matched up against five other combatants in a winner's over $25,000 lifetime trot going for a purse of $25,000. The race became a bit anti-climactic when top contender Gural Hanover (Yannick Gingras) went off stride at the quarter pole. He was rushing up to challenge J L Cruze (John Campbell) for the lead when he made the miscue. J L Cruze went down the road for the easy win, setting fractions of :27.3, :57, and 1:25.2. The final time was 1:53. Gilbert Garcia-Herrera's Escuela (Geo Napolitano Jr) drove out of third at the three-quarter mark, but settled for second. The margin of victory for J L Cruze ($3.60) was nearly two lengths. He is owned by Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar Jr, and Steve Iaquinta. Mike Bozich

Crazycat (Crazed) cruised to victory in Thursday's co-featured race for New York Sired harness racing trotters at Saratoga. The three year old trotter is co-owned by his driver Bruce Aldrich Jr. who moved the 2-5 favorite out to the early lead in the $9,950 trotting event and Crazycat took it from there. Making just his tenth career start, the Jose Godinez trainee cruised to victory in a lifetime best 1:57.4. The other co-feature saw longshot Fast N Loud (Conway Hall) pull off an upset in 1:59.2 as the four year old swooped the group at odds of 20-1 for driver Mark Beckwith. The win was one of three wins on the card for Beckwith who entered the day in third place in the local driver standings behind only Stephane Bouchard and Frank Coppola Jr. Live racing continues on Friday evening at the Spa with a 6:45pm first post. Mike Sardella

Leigh Raymer, Stephen Moss and Harold and Helane Solomon's Tirade Hanover ($9, Victor Kirby) was a 1:56.3 harness racing winner in the $16,000 Open Trot Wednesday at Harrington Raceway. It was one of three winners on the program for Kirby, who raced Tirade Hanover from off the pace before circling the short field of six late with a powerful charge to reel in leader Royal Becca J for the victory. Spunky Jack was third. Tirade Hanover, a 6-year-old gelded son of Crazed, notched his 30th career win for trainer Leigh Raymer and boosted his lifetime earnings closer to $800,000. Jim Morand and Ross Wolfenden each had a driving double. Matthew Sparacino  

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