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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  

Nono Lindy (Crazed) scored a first over win in Thursday's co-feature at Saratoga. Harness racing driver Frank Coppola Jr. piloted the three year old gelding in the $9,300 co-feature for New York Sired trotters.   Nono Lindy had a strong freshman campaign in 2015 hitting the board in eight of nine starts while prevailing three times.   It was the Tony Mondi-trained trotter's second start of the year on Thursday and Coppola pulled the 5-1 shot first over before cruising to victory in 1:58.3.   The other $9,300 trot went to Dions Prayer (Phil Fluet) who went coast to coast in 1:58.   Dions Prayer is trained by Andy Byler.   Live racing continues on Friday evening with a 6:45pm first post. Mike Sardella  

Crazy About Pat, driven by Shawn Gray and trained by Paul Kelly, took Sunday afternoon's harness racing feature at Saratoga.   The Crazed colt trotted to the victory over a mile and 1/16th in 2:05.   Live racing continues onThursday afternoon beginning at 4pm. Mike Sardella  

It was an afternoon of harness racing favorites prevailing on Thursday at Saratoga Casino Hotel.   That was until longshot Imacrazynewyorker (Crazed) posted not only the biggest price of the year at the Spa but the biggest win payoff in a couple of seasons.   Imacrazynewyorker pulled off the upset in Thursday's $9,950 feature for New York Sired trotters at odds of 102-1.   Heading into Thursday's tilt, the John Hallett-trained trotter had not finished on the board in 2016 but that all changed after a second-over trip led to the major upset.   Mark Beckwith piloted Imacrazynewyorker to victory in 2:00.2.   The win price was an eye-popping $206 for the longshot who led an exacta with the favored Meshugana Miss (Bruce Aldrich Jr) second that came back $496.   The race's triple paid $2,702 with third place finisher Kinda Naughty (John Stark Jr).   Live racing continues on Friday at Saratoga with first post time set for 6:45pm.   Mike Sardella

The African (Crazed) continued his strong spring season on Thursday afternoon as the four year old trotter prevailed in the $9,300 feature at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. Trainer Dave Dewhurst started the week in seventh place in the local trainer standings and continued his recent hot streak as The African rolled to victory in the feature for New York Sired trotters. Bet down to odds of 1-9, The African lived up to the hype as he cruised to a nearly four length victory in a career best 1:59.1 with Billy Dobson in the sulky. The African has now hit the board in five straight starts. Dewhurst, a Vernon Downs regular, has enjoyed a strong spring season at the Spa due in large part to the successes of his young trotter. The win completed a Thursday hat trick for Billy Dobson who piloted three winners on the Thursday card. Live racing continues on Friday night at Saratoga with first post time set for 6:45pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JL Cruze stayed perfect in three seasonal starts Friday night, taking the featured $25,000 open handicap trot at the Meadowlands by 1½ lengths over Shake It Cerry. Opulent Yankee was third. A 5-year-old gelded son of Crazed, JL Cruze used a change in tactic from his first two victories of the season and was hustled to the top by driver John Campbell before hitting the quarter in :27.1. Campbell was allowed to rate the Eric Ell trainee through a half in :56.4 and three-quarters in 1:25.3, leaving plenty of gas in the tank. At the top of the stretch, Rose Run Parker was a non-threatening presence alongside the eventual winner, but did provide live cover for Shake It Cerry, the lifetime earner of $2.4 million who was making her 2016 debut. Shake It Cerry closed well in a solid try for the Jimmy Takter barn. JL Cruse, who is pointing toward the May 8 Mack Lobell Elitlopp Playoff at the Big M, hit the wire in 1:52.2 after trotting a final quarter in :26.4 and paid $3 to win as the 1-2 favorite. Campbell, the all-time leader in wins and earnings at the Big M, scored four times on the card. In addition to JL Cruze in the sixth race, Campbell won with Massive Clout ($6.80 to win) in the first, Kiss Me Onthebeach ($8.60) in the third and longshot I C Caviar ($33.00) in the eighth. All-source wagering on the 12-race card was $2,650,557 while the 12th race Jackpot Super High Five carryover swelled to $179,502.82 for the next racing program after the wager was again not hit. Racing resumes at the Meadowlands Saturday at 7:15 p.m. by Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations  

Saratoga Springs, NY - Meshugana Miss (Crazed) set a lifetime mark in the co-featured race on Thursday evening at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The four year old trotter made her return to the Spa where she set her lifetime mark last year following two starts at Yonkers to begin her campaign. Shawn Gray piloted the Janice Connor-trained trotter in the $9,300 co-feature for New York Sired highsteppers. Gray cut Meshugana Miss loose heading to the half and overpowered the leader. Despite tiring a bit late in the mile, the 9-1 shot in the wagering had enough to hang on to win in 1:59.1, a new lifetime mark set over a track labeled 'good' on a day that consisted of on and off storms. It was the second win on the card for the Gray-Connor tandem as they also secured a victory with pacer No Shame Blue Chip who also set a lifetime mark on Thursday scoring in 1:56.3. Live racing continues on Friday evening at Saratoga with first post time set for 6:45pm by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

DOVER, Del.--- Though stabled a short distance from the track, JL Cruze made his second 2016 start and first local appearance and responded with an easy 1:53.2 victory in the $36,000 Open Preferred trot at Dover Downs Wednesday. The program also featured two $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund 2nd leg 3-year-old male trot divisions that led off the program with Triple Bottom Line and Epic Smash scoring impressive victories. Hall of Fame driver John Campbell left with JL Cruze and tucked in fifth after the start. Campbell began his frontward movement heading to the half mile and steady continued to move. The Crazed-Topcat Hall bay gelding finally took over after the three quarters on the way to his second triumph of the year for trainer Eric Ell and owners Ken Wood, of Denton, Md., and Philadelphia area residents, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta. Emerging from a pack of trotters bidding for second was Spunky Jack with Roger Plante, who has five seconds this year and 15 over the last two seasons. Somebody AS teamed with Tim Tetrick, finished third in front of early leader Gural Hanover, driven by Andrew McCarthy, third. JL Cruze now has 23 career wins and earnings of $690,553 lifetime. In the stronger of two $20,000 divisions, Epic Smash rolled to his second DSBF 2nd leg trot victory holding off a determined bid from Cicada's Song in a 1:56.4 mile. Pat Berry, who won consecutive races, took Epic Smash right to the front as he did last week and was never headed in the lifetime best clocking of her career.Cicada's Song was relentless chasing the winner home. JCraparotta&PBerry Racing, own the Political Briefing-Giant Smash filly who now has five lifetime wins and purses of $115,208.Chestnut Chic (George Dennis) came on to finish third. The outside post didn't deter Triple Bottom Line and Jeff Fout in the other $20,000 DSBF section. The CR Commando-Current Yield bay stormed away to get the early lead and cut out all the 2:00.1 winning fractions. Miss Baltimore (Tony Morgan) who stalked the winner from the start but had to hold on for second. Devlin (Carlo Poliseno) was the third-place money winner. Winbak Farm bred and owns Triple Bottom Line who won for the first time this year and third time in her 10 race career. She has banked $88,200 in purses. Colt pacers battle Thursday in DSBF divisions Three $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund 3-Year-Old Male Paces complete the two-weeks of preliminaries, Thursday, April 7 at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p m. John’s Dream, winner of last November’s DSBF $100,000 Two-Year-Old Final, and a 1:53.2 winner last week, drew the rail and will again be driven by Tim Tetrick from the rail in the second $20,000 prelim. Chuck Perry is owner-trainer of the ridgling that completed his two-year-old season with five consecutive wins. Pam Wagner’s Canthelpbutwin and Allan Davis starts alongside. Cut The Beach, owned by Rubin, Johnson Thomson and Henry Faragalli III, has two win under his belt but must start from the outside in the six-horse field. Mike and Linda English’s Double Miles (Jim Morand) was a third place finisher. In another $20,000 DSBF Male Pace, Trainer-driver John MacKinnon’s JW Renegade spent much of last start on the outside. Garnet O’Marrow’s homebred Seboomook Dreamer and Allan Davis completes the lineup. The opening $20,000 DSBF division Dorothy and Chris Conner’s Hail To The  Master, driven by Art Stafford Jr., won five-times last season and began this year with a 1:52.4 wire-to-wire win. Winbak Farm’s All Artist with Jeff Fout, has two straight second-place finishers. Cavalli Pazzi Stable’s Casino Bags Anso, a strong second a week ago, leaves from the rail with Vince Copeland. Carter Racing’s Rusty Carter and George Dennis. Carter Racing Stable’s Rusty Carter, piloted by Corey Callahan, the 2015 Harrington $100,000 champion at Harrington, was third in his seasonal debut. Rich Lombardo and Howard Taylor’s Stellar City will be driven by Ross Wolfenden and Lee Louthan’s homebred Spinstigator and Allan Davis leave from post 2. The third $20,000 DSBF prelim is a wide open affair led by Don Marine’s Power To Perform (Tony Morgan) who just missed by a neck to finish second last start. Henry Faragalli III, Bay Pond and Nanticoke Racing’s Next Success (Jim Morand) has been racing well. Paul and Lorie Davis and Pres Moore’s Gimme The Pacifics (Callahan) should be a factor front the rail while Willard Hall and Brian Wright’s Sizz Matty (Teague) must overcome the outside. The other starters are Shawn Hanley’s homebred Richie The Flanka with Ross Wolfenden and Serendipity Stable’s Door Prize (Sean Bier). by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs                                  

World champion JL Cruze, the 2015 Aged Trotting Horse of the Year, won his 2016 debut with ease Friday night, taking the $25,000 featured harness racing open handicap at the Meadowlands. The winner of 16 of 21 starts a year ago (with earnings of over $600,000) was away slowly and did not vacate the rail until the three-eighths mile marker, when he slipped into a second-over flow. Hall of Fame driver John Campbell then rolled the son of Crazed off cover in mid-stretch and easily trotted past six overmatched rivals to score by 2 lengths in 1:53. As the 3-5 public choice, JL Cruze, the only trotter in history to break the 1:50 barrier at the Big M (1:49.4), paid $3.20 to win. Waiting On A Woman, the early pacesetter, held on for second. Cash Me Out was third. JL Cruze will return on short rest as he's slated to race next in an open preferred handicap at Dover Downs on Wednesday. Betting was fast and furious on the card, as a total of $3,360,706 was wagered on the 12-race program, $759,007 more than the corresponding card last year. The average total wager per race was $280,059. Betting was especially impressive on the card's amateur events, where a little more than $627,000 was pushed through the windows on the two races. One lucky bettor hit the 5th race Jackpot Super High Five for $20,354.78 for a 20-cent wager while the 12th race Jackpot Super High Five was again not hit, lifting the carryover for tomorrow night to $159,945.73. Racing resumes at the Meadowlands Saturday, first post is 7:15 p.m. by Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

The African (Crazed) scored first over in Thursday's harness racing feature at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Dave Dewhurst trainee was the runner up while on the front end in two straight tries in the $9,300 feature for New York Sired trotters before being bet down to odds of 1-5 on Thursday. Billy Dobson piloted The African who wound up first over and toughing out a victory in 2:00.2 to establish a seasonal mark. It's A Lucky Deal (Larry Stalbaum) came on for second while Camp Speedy (Frank Coppola Jr) earned the show spot in what was a blanket finish. There will be a pick five carryover of $1569 on Friday night when live racing resumes with a first post time of 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

Gural Hanover, who won only two races last year, turned in his second straight trip to the winner's circle at Dover Downs on Wednesday, May 16 romping to a 1:53 harness racing victory in the $24,000 Open trot. With Andrew McCarthy driving the Crazed-Givemearing gelding, Gural Hanover final took command after a :26.3 opening quarter and proved the best from there. Weaver Bruscemi, Little E, Pahellenic and Burke Racing stables own the classy five-year-old who now has earned $78,124 in his career. War Cry Hall, last weeks winner, charged down the passing lane for Tim Tetrick to edge Somebody AS and Vic Kirby for second money. It ended Somebody AS' two-win streak. In the $18,500 sub-feature, when race-favorite Celebrity Pepgus broke stride early, Jackie Parker took over driving Jim Moore III's Royal Becca J and the four-year-old RC Royalty-Becca J gelding led the rest of a 1:55.3 mile to win for the second time in his last three starts. In fact Royal Becca J has been ultra-consistent in his last six starts with three wins and three seconds. Machuca (Ross Wolfenden) raced on the outside for most of the contest and held on for second. Royal Status (Kirby) was the show horse. Rich Pollucci's Maestro Blue Chip gave Tim Tetrick his second win holding off Spunky Jack (Roger Plante) by a head in 1:54.2 to extend his win streak to five in-a-row in a $17,000 Winners-Over trot. The Credit Winner-Up Front Hotsey four-year-old remains undefeated in 2016 and lifts his season bankroll to $30,750 and $109,173 lifetime. Awsome Valley (Tony Morgan) was third. Steel Reserve got up for his first win of the season, catching Ah Me (Carlo Poliseno) in the final strides for a 1:56 victory in a $14,500 4&5-Year-Old trot. Frank Chick owns the Credit Winner-Iron Lass gelding trained by Kevin Lare. In another $14,500 trot, Bill Cantrell's steady Deacons Valley, off at 8-1, with Ross Wolfenden at the controls scored a 1:54.4 triumph, his second of the year. The six-year-old Valley Victor-Deaconess Hanover horse was in the money for sixth straight time in 2016. Brew Master (Dennis) and Jailhouse Diva (Montrell Teague) finished second and third respectively. Drivers Tim Tetrick and Tyler Davis, trainer Kevin Lare, owner Frank Chick , all had two wins. NOVA ARTIST, MOVIE IDOL, LEYDEN TOP THURSDAY DOVER CARD Nova Artist, Movie Idol and Leyden head a nine-horse field in Thursday, March 17 St. Patrick’s Day feature race at Dover Downs. First post is 4:30 p.m. Nova Artist, a two-time Horse of the Meet, owned by Eddie and Kathy Davis and driven by their son Allan Davis, has a win and two seconds in six starts this year. The nine-year-old approaching the $1-million mark lifetime takes on Breakway Stable’s classy Movie Idol, starting from post 9 in the second tier with Frank Milby in the bike and William Moffett’s steady homebred Leyden (Ross Wolfenden) should profit by a much better post position this week, in the $11,000 Male pace feature. They take on Ben Stafford’s Maximum Terror, who also has an inside post this week, leaving from the rail with Ben Stafford Jr. handling the reins. Blake and Bruce Baker’s veteran Native Art and George Dennis is alongside. Other contenders are Robin and Jay Breasure’s People Are Crazy with Vic Kirby, Ed Walls’ Tug River Prince, piloted by Tony Morgan, Hide Me Away, driven by Russ Foster for Arty Foster III and Wanda May Saulsbury and the dangerous Shiretown Pitbull with Season Bier off a strong qualifying victory last week.   There is no live racing on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Racing resumes Monday through Thursday with post time at 4:30 p.m. By popular demand the acclaimed 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. Marv Bachrad

Stakes-placed Gural Hanover ($2.80, part of entry) made his return to the races a triumphant one in the $25,000 Open Handicap Trot, and all-sources handle topped $3 million for the eighth consecutive harness racing card on Friday (February 26) evening at The Meadowlands.   Having drawn the outside post in the field of eight, Gural Hanover took no part in the early pace, retreating to seventh as last week's Open winner Crosbys Clam Bake (Scott Zeron) sprinted to a :27.2 initial quarter before ceding the lead to Can Do (Anthony Napolitano). Midway on the backstretch, Yannick Gingras floated the 5-year-old Crazed gelding off the pegs, latching onto the live cover of B Yoyo (Joe Bongiorno) through a :55.2 half and slipstreaming a pressured third quarter before swinging three-wide off a stalled B Yoyo a quarter from home. Gural Hanover kicked clear in upper stretch as the pacesetters faded, holding sway in the end by a driven half-length in 1:54.4 over entrymates Bourbon Bay (Corey Callahan), who charged willingly down the grandstand side after being shuffled to last, and Opulent Yankee (Andy Miller), who negotiated traffic to stay on.   Ron Burke trains Gural Hanover for the Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Little E, LLC, and the Panhellenic Stable.   Burke and Gingras teamed up as well in the sub-featured $15,500 upper-level trot, as Its Huw You Know turned in a 19-1 upset in 1:54.2, kicking third-over cover to pass even-money favorite Dewycolorintheline and chase down pacesetter Hot Type in the final yards. The Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi co-own the 4-year-old Holiday Road gelding.   The evening's top distaff event--a $15,000 top-level conditioned pace--went to Clear View Hanover ($7.80), a pillar-to-post winner in 1:51.4 who battled gamely to stave off a vicious first-over press from Gweneeee J. Tim Tetrick drove the 7-year-old Western Ideal mare for trainer Henrik Lundell and owners Joie de Vie Farm and Guidetti Racing.   Anthony Napolitano led all drivers with four wins on the card, while Tetrick and Corey Callahan took three races apiece.   Punters combined to wager $3,245,266 on the 14-race card, carrying the streak of Meadowlands programs exceeding $3 million in turnover to eight.   Live racing returns to The Meadowlands on Saturday (February 27) evening, with over $113,300 in combined Jackpot High 5 carryovers and $105,000 in guaranteed Pick 4 and Pick 5 pools. Additionally, four seats for the World Harness Handicapping Championship are up for grabs in a live-bankroll qualifier on-track tomorrow (the entry fee is $400, including a $200 contest bankroll). Post time for the 14-race program is 6:35 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Meadowlands Media Relations  

A week before Valentine's Day, "Shana" and "Dan" were the popular harness racing couple, winning Yonkers Raceway's $32,000 Saturday night co-featured Open Handicaps. "Shana," as in Crazshana (Jason Bartlett, $6.70) prevailed from the pocket in the week's featured trot. Leaving from post position No. 4, he tailed a three-wide-early Red Hot Herbie (Brian Sears) through that's one journey (:28.1, :57.4, 1:26.4). "Herbie," as the 9-10 favorite, put away a second move from Not Afraid (Dan Dube), taking a length-and-a-half lead into the lane. However, he couldn't close the sale, surrounded from both sides. Crazshana edged out and went by, whipping a cone-skimming Money Maven (George Brennan) by a length in 1:55.2. Red Hot Herbie, lone lass Tweet Me (Pat Lachance) and Headsaregonna Turn (Tyler Buter) completed the cashers. For second choice Crazshana, a 4-year-old statebred Crazed gelding owned by Bamond Racing and trained by Jeffrey Bamond Jr., it was his first win in three seasonal starts. The exacta paid $25.40, with the triple returning $77.50. The weekly marquee pace saw odds-on Atta Boy Dan (Brennan, $3) prevail from post No. 5 in a two-move effort. After he and Polak A (Sears) were put in play early (:28.3 opening quarter-mile), Melmerby Beach (Bartlett)--who was throwing his head around early--made a big move, from fifth to the lead before a :57.3 intermission. Melmerby Beach maintained his place in and out of a 1:24.4 three-quarters, with a length-and-a-half lead in and out of the final turn. He was then ganged up on by a trio of "outsiders," with Atta Boy Dan edging from the pocket and beating a wider Polak A by a neck in 1:53. A rallying Hugh Hefner N (Jordan Stratton), Rock Icon (Matt Kakaley) and a tiring Melmerby Beach rounded out the payees. For Atta Boy Dan, a 7-year-old Western Terror gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke and Weaver Bruscemi, he's 1-for-3 this season. The exacta paid $9.40, with the triple returning $38.60. The Raceway's live season continues Monday night with a dozen races, a $10,000 guaranteed Pick 5 pool and a first post of 7:10 PM. Frank Drucker

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