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Harness racing two year old trotting colts and geldings were featured on Thursday at Saratoga Casino and Raceway as the New York Sire Stakes were in town. There were four divisions of the $36,000+ per division stakes for freshman trotters and there were some impressive performances. George Ducharme's Reve Royale (RC Royalty) was the fastest among stakes winners on the card drawing off late to win in a strong 1:59.4. Chris Lems piloted the two year old trotter to back to back commanding victories in qualifiers at Vernon Downs before guiding him to victory in his lifetime debut on Thursday. Dayson (Conway Hall) was another convincing winner in his $37,556 division of the NYSS as driver Jimmy Whittemore moved the Howard Okusko trainee to the early lead and they never looked back. Highlighted by a final half in 58 seconds flat, Dayson scored in 2:00.1 as the race's 8-5 favorite. John Campbell was in town and went two-for-two piloting the Anette Lorentzon-trained freshman Master Class (Credit Winner) to an upset win at odds of 35-1 and Chuck Sylvester's Dog Gone Lucky (Lucky Chucky) to victory as his race's even money favorite. The Hall of Famer Campbell is now three-for-three this season driving at Saratoga. Live racing continues on Friday night at Saratoga with first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella      

Three-year-old trotting fillies Barn Doll ($4.30) and Katniss ($8.50) employed similar tactics toward victory in their $12,500 Empire Breeders Classic eliminations at the harness racing meeting at Vernon Downs on Sunday (June 14) afternoon, taking charge at the halfway stage and holding clear late in decisive fashion. In the first elimination (race 6), Jeff Gregory rated Barn Doll well off a :26.2 first quarter, moving the Conway Hall filly out from fourth on the backstretch to slipstream Jewels in Hock (John Campbell) on the backstretch before working clear after a :55.4 half. Barn Doll opened up at head-stretch, ultimately edging clear to a 2-1/2 length score in 1:52.1 over Jewels in Hock. Lock Down Lindy (Tim Tetrick) rallied off stalled cover to take third, while Allerage Belle (Andy Miller) faded to fourth.   Trainer Steven Pratt co-owns Barn Doll with Nancy Pratt and the Purple Haze Stables, LLC.   The second elimination saw Katniss secure the pocket behind Zanna Blu (Tetrick) through a :27 first quarter before Daniel Dubé brushed the Credit Winner filly to the lead en route to a :56.1 half mile.   As Zanna Blu faded off the far turn, Katniss accelerated clear, holding a two-length margin over a late-chasing Lady Winona (Andy Miller) for a 1:53 triumph. Stirling Debutant (Gregory) rallied late to be third, while Zanna Blu was a tired fourth.   Ake Svanstedt trains Katniss for owner Mario Mazza.   Of the two fifth-place finishers, Counsellor As drew into next Sunday's (June 21) $248,275 final along with the top four finishers from each elimination. The trotting fillies will share the spotlight with the 11 colts and geldings who entered and advanced automatically to their $255,325 final without requiring eliminations.   Earlier in the afternoon, JK Panache ($8.40) made all the pace in the $10,000 Open Pace, holding clear of a late rally from Hunchie (Tetrick) for a 1:49.2 win. Chris Lems drove the 6-year-old Art Major gelding for owners Philip Hale and David Dewhurst (the latter handles the training duties). Odds-on favorite Golden Receiver was left far back of the main body of the field after breaking stride at race's outset.   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Friday (June 19) evening, with first post at the Miracle Mile scheduled for 6:45 p.m. Eastern time.   James Witherite

Vernon, N.Y. -- With a sizable harness racing crowd on hand for the annual camel and ostrich races, Lutetium ($18.60) parlayed a pocket trip into a 1:53.2 upset victory in Saturday (June 13) evening's $10,000 Open Trot at Vernon Downs.   Jimmy Whittemore secured the pocket with the 8-year-old Credit Winner gelding, out-sprinted only by 6-5 favorite Detroit Rapper (Greg Merton) through a :27.4 first quarter. Lutetium was the beneficiary of a middle-half duel, as A Penny Earned (Chris Lems) applied steady pressure to Detroit Rapper, softening the favorite up on the far turn. While A Penny Earned had nothing left at the top of the stretch and began to fade, Lutetium was able to wedge out of the pocket and push clear of the tiring pacesetter in mid-stretch. Lutetium prevailed ultimately by 1-1/4 lengths, holding clear of a late-closing War Hero (Fern Paquet, Jr.). March Awareness (John MacDonald) rallied from last to take third.   Mark Laidlaw trains Lutetium for owner Colleen Girdlestone.   While checking in at the rear of the field with A Penny Earned in the featured event, driver Chris Lems bagged five winners on the 11-race program, teaming up with David Dewhurst trainees Pounce K ($4.70, 1:54.2), Semper Fit ($5.90, 1:57.3), and Ideal Tan ($5.40, 1:55) in addition to George Ducharme trainees High Rise ($3.20, 1:55.4) and Lucky Ten K ($2.40, 1:57.4).   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Sunday (June 14) afternoon, with the first of 14 races due off at 1:15 p.m. Eastern time.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

Scarborough, Maine (June 13, 2015) - Fans at Scarborough Downs would have been forgiven if they thought they had been caught in a time warp on Saturday (6/13) as a couple of kingpins from the 1980's came center stage on a perfect late spring evening to show the young fellas a thing or two about harness racing. With both a feature class trot and pace co-headlining the strong card, Don Richards, the 82 year old stalwart whose name has been associated with many, if not most, of the biggest events ever staged in state of Maine harness racing sent two top campaigners to the post. Retired from driving for two seasons now, the perennial fan favorite and winner of over 4200 career dashes named fellow state of Maine standout Ruel Goodblood, Jr., the winner of nearly 4500 races himself, to catch drive. And when the dust had settled, the veteran campaigners claimed victories in both top-level events. Whata Winner, a brand new addition to the Richards roster took the pike route to score his 30th career win, stopping the tele-timer in a blistering 1:57.4. The classy Credit Winner trotter co-owned by Thomas Dillon of Anson, Maine and Terrax, Inc of Longwood, Florida added to his imposing $700K-plus career bankroll with the zippy win which clocked just 3/5th-second off the track record. Not to be out down by his accomplished new stablemate, Destination Moon N blasted off to an early lead secured by a blistering .27 opening panel before deftly holding the field at bay in a jam packed photo finish which featured 5 horses all with in 1-3/4 lengths at the wire. Owned by Diamond Creek Racing of Wellsville, PA, the Grinfromeartoear gelding recorded one of the fastest miles ever registered at the Downs, stopping the clock in 1:53.4, and like his stablemate falling just 3/5th-second shy of equalling the existing track record. As summer heats up and with accomplished top-level talent flocking to Maine this season, track records across the state appear in serious jeopardy indeed. And with Richards and Goodblood once again making serious noise at the height of the class ladders, the young guns would be well advised to take notice. Live racing is proudly featured at Scarborough Downs on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 4:30 p.m. (EDT). The Sunday matinee gets underway at 1:30. For more information, visit or our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs

HARRINGTON, Del. - Legacy Racing of Delaware and Reginald Hazzard's Rolls Blue Chip ($5.20, Allan Davis) won his Delaware harness racing debut Wednesday with a 1:55.3 triumph in the $16,000 Open Trot at Harrington Raceway. The Wayne Givens-trainee protected his rail post position and led most of the mile in his one and a half length win over Enrico As and Powerful Charger. Favorite Classic Belisima, who had won six straight races, got away sixth at the start and finished fourth. Rolls Blue Chip, a 5-year-old Credit Winner stallion, was a recent $85,000 purchase for his new connections and had spent most of his career previously racing in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. George Dennis had three driving wins and a training double. Drivers Ross Wolfenden, Victor Kirby, Tony Morgan and Allan Davis each had two wins. Matthew Sparacino  

It doesn't seem to matter to Hannah Miller who she faces in harness racing amateur competitions, whether it's a field of NAADA drivers or a group of Billings participants, she often wins, usually convincingly, against all challengers, who by the way, are far and away male drivers. On Saturday afternoon at Freehold Raceway "Hot-Handed Hannah" reined Genius At Work to an easy four-length triumph over Bob "the Headhunter" Hechkoff's , No Recess, in a time of 2:01.1. Third place went to CSI What's My Name driven by David "Poppa" Glasser. And once again Ms. Miller was the only woman in the contest. Usually up behind horses from her boyfriend Nick Surick's barn on Saturday she got a mount behind a trotter trained by her aunt, Julie Miller. "I got a call from Aunt Julie (Miller) saying she had to go to Vernon Downs on Saturday and asked if I would I like to drive Genius At Work in the Billings. I said sure, I'll love to," Ms. Miller explained. Genius At Work was winless in seven starts and had drawn post position five. When the gate sprung Hannah found a spot along the pylons in fifth position as "Coach Paul" Minore and Wygant Prince led the eight-horse field by the quarter in :29.3. As the field headed to the halfway point Ms. Miller moved the Credit Winner gelding first-up and when they passed the second stanza the timer flashed 1:01.1. At this point Genius At Work was fourth on the limb some three lengths off the leader. Up the backside Hannah kept her charge going forward and they were just a long neck from the lead at the three quarters which was trotted in 1:32. "Going into the final turn I urged my horse at bit< Hannah said. He dug in and we opened up daylight on the rest of them and he trotted away to an easy win. I was surprised that he was that good today. He trotted the last quarter in :29 and piece. "Genius At Work is owned by Mr. (Jeff) Gural and I appreciate that he let me drive him." Although Genius At Work was winless this year still the betting crowd sent him away as the favorite in the race. Trained by Julie Miller, he paid $4.60 for win. Thus far this year Hannah Miller's stats show that she has 13 wins, six seconds and three thirds in 35 starts which equates to a lofty .495UDR. Last year she won six races and was on the board ten times in 12 outings. by John Manzi for the CKG Billings Series

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, May 21, 2015 - Yonkers Raceway Thursday night hosted its first harness racing New York Stakes crowd of the season, the $163,375 Michael Sorentino Trot for 3-year-old colts and geldings. Three divisions, worth $54,125, $55,125 and $54,125, respectively, comprised the event, which honored the memory of the long-time popular horse owner (with family in attendance for winner's circle presentations). There's no way to sugar coat this...chalk players were accorded the chalk outline, as all three odds-on entities failed to deliver on their puny parimutuel promises. The opening event saw last season's frosh statebred champion, Crazy Wow (Yannick Gingras)-at 1-20-jump it off in the second turn after making the lead. When the stone dust settled, it was 26-1 Royal Deceptor (Mickey McGivern, $55.50), pocketed from post position No. 3, nipping Mythology Blue Chip (Jim Morrill Jr.) by a nose in a life-best 1:58 (:29.1, :59.2, 1:28.3). Insomniac (Mark MacDonald) cut the mile and faded to third, beaten a neck. Crazy Wow finished fourth. For third choice Royal Deceptor, a son of RC Royalty trained by Cheryl McGivern for co-owners Charles Foster, Michael James and Michael Sentiwany Jr., it was his fourth win in five seasonal starts. The exacta paid $150, with the triple returned $614. "He was very good early last season, but they sort of caught up to him," Mickey McGivern said. "He's just a lunch pail sort of horse, keeps trying and keeps working." The second sire stakes grouping found 3-5 choice Habitat (Gingras), with a NYSS and Dexter Cup win already on his resume, also do the dance of the damned. His malfeasance occurred entering the first turn. That left Military Blue (Mike Simons) leading the gang (:28.3, :58.2, 1:27.3) before his night was over. Buen Camino (Trond Smedshammer) took over from first-over, only to get snapped on the money by 31-1 proposition Workout Wonder (Dan Dube, $65.50). Leaving from post No. 4, the margin-another nose-was in 1:56.3, far and away a career-best effort. Wings of Royalty (Brian Sears) was third, with Apostle's Creed (Brett Miller) fourth. Habitat was last among the seven. For fifth choice Workout Wonder, a Conway Hall colt co-owned by All Laid Out Stable and trained by Ake Svanstedt, it was his first win in three '15 tries. The exacta paid $234.50, the triple returned $743 and the superfecta paid $4,789. The evening's final NYSS event found 3-10 Maestro Blue Chip (Smedshammer) carrying the water for the rank and file. He disposed of Royal Becca J (Jack Parker Jr.) after the one's early lead (:29.2, :58.2), then widened after a 1:28.2 three-quarters. "Maestro" had three lengths in and out of the final turn, only to get that run-down feeling from The Physician (George Brennan, $15.20). The latter, from post No. 5, whipped the former by a neck in a life-best 1:58.1, with Royal Lad (Simons) third. For The Physician, a Credit Winner gelding trained by Anette Lorentzon for co-owners Acl Stuteri Ab and Kjell Johansson, he's now 2-for-3 this season. The exacta paid $33.80, with the triple returning $107. With longshots ruling the night in the sire stakes-comprising 60 percent of the Pick 5 races, no one took down the pool. Thus, Friday's gimmick begins with a carryover of $4,675.35 (50-cent base wager, races 7 through 11). The Raceway's live season continues Friday and Saturday nights (post times 7:10 PM), with Saturday offering a pair of $40,000 eliminations of the Art Rooney Pace. After that, it's Monday (7:10 PM), Tuesday (1 PM, finals of both Jackpot Next Door Claiming Series division), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs (no live racing/evening simulcasting June 3-12, inclusive). Afternoon simulcasting is available daily, including June 6 Belmont Stakes Frank Drucker

After edging clear of her eight rivals in a :27.4 third quarter, Brixton Medical's Shaqline ($5.30) narrowly held off a valiant stand-side charge from Barn Doll to take her $41,300 New York Sire Stakes event at  the harness racing meeting at Tioga Downs on Friday (May 15) evening. The fastest of twenty-seven three-year-old trotting fillies split into three divisions, Shaqline protected the early lead from a host of other leavers, including Nunkeri (Jim Meittinis), Northern Obsession (John Cummings, Jr.), and Miss B'ville J (Mike Simons). After establishing the lead through a :28 first quarter, the Credit Winner-Vivica Hall mare managed to keep the first-over Northern Obsession at bay enough to catch a :30.2 second-quarter breather before accelerating clear on the backstretch. While widening her margin to 3-1/2 lengths on the far turn, Jeff Gregory angled Barn Doll three-wide off the cover of a stalled Northern Obsession, charging after Shaqline upon cornering. Despite that late threat, Jim Morrill, Jr. was able to encourage Shaqline to hold sway, prevailing in 1:55.1 by the scantest of margins. Frou Frou (Mark MacDonald) sustained her third-over rally to narrowly take third over Northern Obsession.   Jimmy Takter trains Shaqline, whose career bankroll eclipses the $145,000 mark with her fourth career win.   In earlier New York Sire Stakes action, Magic City ($22.40) rallied from off cover to just defeat 3-5 favorite Allerage Belle in a 1:56.2 score. Co-owner and trainer Jeff Gregory handled the driving duties aboard the Conway Hall-Beach Magic filly. Lindy Land ($20.40) earned a pillar-to-post 1:56.3 victory in rein to Mark MacDonald, holding clear of a chasing Zanna Blu for the entirety of the journey. Frank Antonacci trains the daughter of Crazed-Nana's Best.   Live racing continues at Tioga Downs on Saturday evening (May 16), with post time at 6:15 p.m. The New York Sire Stakes picks up on Sunday afternoon (May 17), with three-year-old pacing colts and geldings headlining the ten-race card. Top pacer In The Arsenal, a six-time winner at two, has been installed the 3-5 morning line favorite in Sunday's fifth race, a $31,050 Sire Stakes division. Brian Sears is slated to drive the Kelvin Harrison trainee.   The week concludes with a special Monday evening (May 18), with post time at 6:15 p.m.   James Witherite

Pompano Beach, FL...April 22, 2015...Increditable, fresh off trotting the second fastest mile in Pompano Park history one week ago in the Open--1:53.1--proved that his victory was no fluke as he led every step of this week's $10,000 Open Handicap event (April 22) before stopping the harness racing tele-timer in 1:55.2. Trained by Norm Dessureaut for owner Denis Goyette, this six year-old altered son of Credit Winner was, once again, handled superbly by Kevin Wallis, pushing the Hummer Gate our of his way at the bell and clocking panels of :28.3, :57.4 and 1:27 before a romp home in :28.2 left him unscathed the entire route. Its Payday Friday, back in action after a brief two week vacation, finished second for Dan Clements while R G Rocket, making a first up bid entering the backside and just a length away turning for home, was third for Dave Ingraham. Jailhouse Jessica and Highland Yankee completed the classy quintet, respectively. In a post race interview, driver Kevin Wallis said, "Norm (trainer Dessureault) has him just so sharp right now that he hardly needed any reminders tonight. He seemed to be just coasting along the whole mile." In achieving his fidth win of the year in 14 starts, Increditable sent his seasonal bankroll to $34,665 and $148,164 lifetime. Of at 1 to 2 on the tote-board, Increditable paid $3.00 to win. In the $8,000 co-featured Open (2) Trot, Wayne Laviolette's Ramzan, given a splendid drive by Joe Pavia, Jr., eked out a narrow decision in a three horse photo over the late surging Gold Savage (Dan Clements) and My Revenuer (Tom Sells) in a lifetime equalling best 1:55.2--the winning margin a neck over the two others in the picture. Beginning from the outside nine post, Pavia sent Ramzan leaving and looking before settling in fourth back of the favorite Goldstar Classic, Gold Savage and Keystone Wyatt. With Goldstar Classic (Wally Hennessey) getting rated through panels of :28 and :57.2, Ramzan tilted out right at that second marker and began putting the tourniquet on the leader, reaching his saddle-pad at the third station in 1:26 before wearing that one down in the lane and then holding off Gold Savage and My Revenuer with On The Tab a late surging fourth and Goldstar Classic fifth in the octet. The win was a milestone one for Ramzan as this victory--his fifth of the year in 10 starts--sent the six year-old son of Kadabra's earnings past the century mark--$101,702 to be precise. He's banked $25,300 this season. Off as the fifth choice in the wagering, Ramzan paid $22.00 to his faithful, kicking off the track's Pick-4, with a pool of $38,449, the second largest in history at Pompano Park. In the next event, Paul and Patricia O'Neil's Verdi, also beginning from post nine, extended his winning streak to three with a sharp 1:56 victory for Wally Hennessey. his margin 2 1/2 lengths over Naughty Not Nice (Joe Pavia, Jr.) with Iain'tnomomaluke (Kevin Wallis) third. Verdi, a four year-old and also a son of Kadabra, was sent winging from the get-go, taking the lead just a couple of strides past the :28.4 opener and going on to post subsequent panels of :58.2 and 1:27--the only minimal threat coming from Naughty Not Nice around the final turn--before sealing the issue with a :29 finale. Trained by Dan Hennessey, Verdi, himself, is a perfect six-for-six but, officially, his scorecard reads five-for-six after a disqualification negated the win in his third start. Verdi was 4 to 5 at the bell and paid $3.80 to win. Another favorite, Corner A Virgin, driven by Dan Clements, took the third leg of the Pick-4, holding off Abreathofreshart (Kevin Wallis) in a stirring stretch duel with a nostril separating the two at the wire in 1:53.2. The Renaldo Morales III trained four year-old son of Always A Virgin led at every pole during fractions of :27.3, :56.3 and 1:26 before needing every ounce of his :27.2 finale to claim the win, only his second of the season in 13 starts. At 3 to 5 on the board, Corner A Virgin paid $3.40 to win. The Pick-4 finale was won by Wishin Iwas Fishin, scoring for Clements in a lifetime best 1:55.4, besting his previous plateau by more than a second. Owned by John Wasco, along with trainer Chet Poole, Jr., Wishin Iwas Fishin left, yielded and then sat patiently in the garden spot before tilting out turning for home to score the handy win--his second of the year and 10th lifetime. Off at 7 to 2, Wishin Iwas Fishin returned a mutuel of $9.00 and set up a Pick-4 payoff of $452.30. In the very next event, Clements completed a natural "hat trick" by guiding his own Oho Diamond to an easy win in a condition trot in a lifetime best 1:54.4. The lightly raced daughter of Ken Warkentin, fresh off a lifetime best 1:55.1 performance in her last start, eclipsed that mark handily, taking command just short of the :27.3 opener and then reeling off panels of :57 and 1:26.3 before leaving no doubt in the minds of her 3 to 5 backers with a final quarter of :28.1. Oho Diamond is also trained by Renaldo Morales III, giving him a training double for the night and capping a Pompano Park season for both he and Clements where his UTRS was over .530 in 75 starts. Finally, in Pompano Park's Super Hi-5 finale, Tom Bigler's Oil Magnet, driven by Aaron Byron, rallied to nail the favorite, American Gold, in the final strides to set up a 3-7-2-1-8 combo worth $146.94 for the 20 cent investment. The carryover going into Saturday's program is over $155,000. Post time is 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Joe P Racing's million-dollar earner Sevruga (Andy Miller) took the first of two co-featured events for upper-conditioned level trotters at Harrah's Philadelphia on Thursday. The son of Sj's Caviar took command shortly after the quarter-pole, when Razor Ramone (Yannick Gingras) went off stride. Sevruga was able to hold off the late challenge of Joe Smith's Possessed Fashion (Brett Miller) to pick up his 32nd career win, and his second straight. The mile was completed in 1:53.2. Sevruga paid $4.00 in a field that was scratched down to five. In the second division, it was Christy Markos and Greg Peck's Stan The Man (Scott Zeron) winning his fourth straight. The son of Credit Winner drafted patiently in the pocket behind favorite Uva Hanover (Tim Tetrick) until the top of the stretch, when he won the sprint home by a quarter-length, stopping the clock in 1:54.4. It was his 11th career win and his 4th of 2015. He paid $7.00. Uva Hanover finished second, while My Love Bi (Geo. Napolitano Jr.) was third. Michael Bozich

Pompano Beach, FL...April 16, 2015...Increditable turned in an incredible performance at Pompano Park on Wednesday night (April15) and trotted the second fastest mile in harness racing tracks history--1:53.1. Driven by Kevin Wallis for owner Denis Goyette and trainer Norm Dessureault, the six year-old gelded son of Credit Winner led at every pole, clocking fractions of :27.2, :55 and 1:24.1 along the way, and hit the wire seven lengths ahead of his nearest rival, Highland Yankee (Wally Hennessey), with M C Felix (Aaron Byron) just another nose back in third. R G Rocket finished fourth in the field of nine with the 4 to 5 favorite, Jailhouse Jessica, picking up the nickel. Indeed, it was Increditable darting out with alacrity from post five and into the early advantage with Highland Yankee using the rail to perfection to get away in the garden spot. As Ya'll Like it, also leaving for an advantageous early spot, never found one and was third but outside and grinding forward with M C Felix next and Jailhouse Jessica away in good order fifth and off the hot early pace. Meanwhile, second choice, Nothinbutanallstar was at the back of the pack after an early miscue. On the backside, Increditable just kept plugging along on the lead, holding off a stubborn As Ya'll Like It with Highland Yankee chilly on the inside and Jailhouse Jessica now on a double bubble move about 2 1/2 lengths back. In the lane, Increditable began widening his margin in a lifetime best performance, knocking off a full second off of his previous best. In a post race interview, the soft-spoken driver Kevin Wallis said, "You know, the five post seems to be very good off the gate here so I sent him just to get into it early. Once I got around Sam's (Stathis) horse (As Ya'll Like It), he brushed to the front easily and never looked back. This horse is hard trying and he was at his very best tonight. I was just hoping to get a good check for the owner (Denis Goyette) and Norm (trainer Dessureault) but, with the two big guns out of it, it turned out a bit better than I expected." Increditable won for the fourth time in 13 starts this year, sending his seasonal earnings to $29,665. He's banked $143,164 career-wise. Off as the fourth choice at 10 to 1, Increditable paid $22.80 to his faithful, keying a 20 cent superfecta payoff of $2,567.50 with Highland Yankee (29 to 1), M C Felix (93 to 1) and R G Rocket (6 to 1) underneath. One race earlier, Paul and Patricia O'Neil's Count Speed, deftly handled by Wally Hennessey for trainer-brother Dan, used to moves early to score in a lifetime equalling best 1:54.1 over Wishin Iwas Fishin (Dan Clements) with Surface Tension (Dan Daley) next. Iain'tnomomaluke and Typical New Yorker in the field. Count Speed, a six year-old son of Majestic Son, was out alertly from his post six and into the early lead before yielding--briefly--to Surface Tension before reclaiming a few steps after the :27.4 opener andd then on to post panels of :56.3 and 1:25 before a :29.1 sprint to the wire sealed the deal. The victory was the first of the year in but two starts for Count Speed and enabled him to reach a pair of milestones--his 20th career win and a vault over the $200,000 in career earnings--$202,120 to be precise. Pompano Park's Super Hi-5, once again, had mutliple winners for the 20 cent exotic, each receiving $169.06 for their 4-8-5-6-2 combo. The carryover to Saturday's card now stands at $141,848.66, just short of the record $146,288.30. The C. K. G. Billings North American Series also kicks off at Pompano Park on Saturday night with two divisions--one a pace--featuring many of the leading amateur drivers in the sport including Ted Bowman, John Campagnuolo, Peter Gerry, Robert Krivelin, Hannah Miller, Steve Oldford, Joe Pennacchio, Dein Spriggs, Anthony Verruso and Matt Zuccarello. The track also will have their Open Handicap Pace pitting Panocchio, Duc Dorleans and Steelhead Hanover against Prairie Jaguar, Cruizin K C, Canadian Touch, Dont Tell Rusty, Neptune and Northern Companion. Post timee is 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Home sweet home. That's the way Lutetium has to be feeling after returning to Buffalo Raceway Wednesday evening (April 15) and strolling to an easy 6 1/4 length victory in the $8,500 conditioned trot.   Talk about loving home cooking. Lutetium has nine wins in 19 starts with $59,532 in earnings at Buffalo Raceway since the beginning of 2014. He has won 19 times in 38 tries overall in that span.   After scoring a win at Northville Downs and taking a parked fourth place at Northfield Park in Open trots the past two weeks, Lutetium ($3.20) took no prisoners on his home turf. Getting to the top with ease from the six hole, Lutetium put up splits of 28.3, 57.4 and 1:27.   The last quarter mile was a throttled down 29.4 as Lutetium (Kevin Cummings) had the remaining field of seven waving the white flag in surrender, stopping the timer in a seasonal best of 1:56.4 over the fast track. Justgottogetthere (Jim McNeight) finished in second place while Flaming Yankee (Shawn Gray) took third.   Owned by Colleen Girdlestone and trained by Mark Laidlaw, Lutetium has now won three times in eight starts in 2015, earning $19,341. The 8-year-old gelding (Credit Winner-Luby) now has a career bankroll of $295,437.   In the co-featured $8,500 Open II pace for the fillies and mares, She's A Maniac had some bad luck in the photo finish as she was nosed out at the wire by Fiftyonefifty. But her misfortune turned into a victory a few minutes later as she was awarded the win via disqualification.   It looked like Fiftyonefifty (Cummings) was going to escape with a narrow nose victory as she just managed to get in front of the pace-setting She's A Maniac (Jim McNeight). The celebration was short-lived as Fiftyonefifty was placed fourth for an euro-rail violation at the top of the stretch.   She's A Maniac ($7.70) ended up in the winner's circle while Basic Survival (Jack Flanigen), who finished in third a nose behind, was elevated to second. It's De Lovely (David McNeight III) was moved up to third.   Owned by North Creek Racing LLC and trained by Jerry Nugent Jr., She's A Maniac (Rocknroll Hanover-Check And Raise) has now won $14,948 in 2015 and $311,185 in her career.   Real Joy was just that to her backers as Shawn McDonough steered her to a $118.50 victory in the seventh race.   Racing will continue on Friday night with a 12-race program set for 6:35 p.m. at Buffalo Raceway.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays and results, go to   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (March 4, 2015) - She's named for the heroine in The Hunger Games, yet the racing career of Katniss has taken a bit longer than was hoped to live up to its lofty expectations. With a price tag of $260,000, Katniss was the most expensive trotting filly to sell at the 2013 Harrisburg yearling sale. She was picked out by trainer Francisco Del Cid and purchased by owner Mario Mazza. Friday, March 6, Katniss makes her long-awaited debut in the first race at the Meadowlands. The 3-year-old Credit Winner filly is a full-sister to $1.1 million stakes winner Dejarmbro and her dam, Armbro Deja Vu, is a half-sister to millionaire world champion Manofmanymissions. "She suffered a soft tissue injury on the back of her front left leg last year when she reared up over a stall gate," said trainer Julie Miller, who has taken over training of the filly. "The owner gave her plenty of time to recover and it's not bothering her now. Hopefully she turns into a nice New York Sire Stakes filly or even more of a stakes horse, especially with that pedigree." Katniss enters Friday's race off a pair of qualifiers, drew post nine and will be driven by Andy Miller. She's listed at 3/1 on the morning line. "We're hoping she has a good positive experience racing for the first time," said her trainer. "Hopefully she passes a few horses down the stretch and finishes well." Friday's 13-race card at the Meadowlands is headlined by a $27,500 Open Handicap Trot. The field of eight is led by the coupled entry of Lindy's Tru Grit and Master of Law. Lindy's Tru Grit scored a narrow victory over Master of Law two weeks ago in their last starts. "[Lindy's Tru Grit] was staked lightly this year," continued Miller, who also trains Lindy's Tru Grit. "He's not the best trainer but he sure shows up to race. He's best tracking horses and utilizing that Meadowlands slingshot move." Friday's program also features two large carryovers in the Jackpot Super High 5. The fifth race carryover is now $41,316 and the thirteenth race carryover is $148,525. By Justin Horowitz for Meadowlands Media Relations          

Pompano Beach, FL...February 4, 2015... Nothinbutanallstar, driven by Mark O'Mara, eked out a narrow victory in Pompano Park's harness racing featured $13,000 Open Handicap Trot on Wednesday night.   The four year-old altered son of Allstar Hall completed his task in 1:54.3, a new lifetime mark considering his other similar mark came over Hoosier Park's seven-eighths mile oval.   The gallant mare Pure Barre, with Mickey McNichol in the bike, was just a neck back in second with Dukester, driven by Rick Plano, third, three lengths away. Saint Patty's Doll finished fourth while M C Felix picked up the minor award in the sextet.   As the race unfolded, Pure Barre was sent directly to the fore with Saint Patty's Doll protecting her inside post to get away in the garden spot. The versatile Nothinbutanallstar, starting from the outside post, also showed some early foot and nestled into third around the opening turn.   Positions remained stagnant through the :28 opener and :57.2 half but O'Mara sent Nothinbutanallstar just a stride prior to the second station and began grinding away at the leader, reaching second around the final turn through three quarters in 1:26.3.   From there, it was classic duel all the way to the wire with Pure Barre and Nothinbutanallstar matching strides through an official :28 finale--the latter just edging by in the final few strides.   After the race, driver Mark O'Mara said, "He (Nothinbutanallstar) isn't use to an 'easy' trip like this. There are times when he has had to come from way, way off the pace and there have been other times when he's either been used hard early on or been hung out there. Tonight, he was able to find a nice spot early without any hassle and then he just does what he does best--grind along. He's very solid and can go on forever...very consistent."   Indeed.   Nothinbutanallstar, also trained by O'Mara for owner Lester Raber, now sports a lifetime scorecard of 12-11-7 in 34 starts, good for $191,464.   He has missed but two checks in his 34 lifetime starts.   As the second choice in the betting at 7 to 5 (Purse Barre was 6 to 5), Nothinbutanallstar paid $4.80 to win.   Pompano Park also had a supporting cast of trotting events--three to be exact--with Winemaster Hanover and Increditable staking claim to their respective $10,000 events and Gold Savage lighting up the tote-board in a companion event worth $9,200.   First, Winemaster Hanover, driven by Dave Ingraham, led at every pole in scoring a victory measuring 1 1/2 lengths over Mc Tiny's Hope (Ben McNeil) with Thekeptman (Rick Plano) third.   After clocking panels of :27.2, :55.4 and 1:24.4, Winemaster Hanover, stopped the clock in 1:54.4, a new lifetime mark.   This five year-old son of Donato Hanover, trained by Randy Bickmore for owner Kevin Gee, earned his second triumph of the young season and 14th lifetime, sending his career bankroll to $80,256--$10,000 of that in the infancy of this year.   Third choice in the betting, Winemaster Hanover paid $10.60 to win.   Next, Increditable, a six year-old son of Credit Winner, trained by Norm Dessureault for owner Denis Goyette, was given a sterling drive by Kevin Wallis to score in a lifetime best 1:54.1.   Using "patience and prudence," Increditable was away alertly before yielding short of the :27.1 opener to Highland Yankee (Wally Hennessey). Then it was R G Rocket (Dave Ingraham) who took control and rambled to the half in a sharp :55.3.   As Majestic Won and Aaron Byron began their bid, Wallis had Increditable following that live cover--a move that ultimately sent him to the winner's circle.   Majestic Won did finish second while R G Rocket was comfortably third. Highland Yankee and C J's Rascal picked up the minors.   As fifth choice on the board, Increditable paid $13.40 to win.   Finally, Gold Savage, a new arrival by claim for the Polo Stables, used an aggressive--but patient--drive by Dunc Clements to light up the tote-board with a $103.00 win mutuel.   Trained by Mark Friedman, the five year-old son of Keystone Savage, was aggressive early in taking an early lead before patiently letting, first, Speed Hanover take command at the :27.1 opening panel and, then, allowing a quarter move by the favorite, Keystone Wyatt, that latter taking the field through an opening half in :55.4.   On the backside, the still patient Gold Savage allowed Sweetasmusic to make a first up bid before following that one's cover and, ultimately, edging by late for the upset victory measuring three parts of a length over the late charging Echos Funky Claude (Ed Hensley). Rush N Supreme, driven by "Sky" Walker, charged from eighth turning for home to finish third as Keystone Wyatt and Sweetasmusic finished fourth and fifth, respectively.   Finally, with multiple Wednesday night winners in the Super Hi-5, the unique ticket jackpot going into Saturday night's program is over $105,000.   Post time is 7:30 p.m.   John Berry

DOVER, Del. --- Papa Ray came from off the pace to win the $25,000 Delaware Special while The Triple Lindy made it from last to first in the $18,500 Open trot, the double-feature harness racing handicaps on the first day of the New Year card, Wednesday, Jan. 1, at Dover Downs. Meet leading driver Corey Callahan and Ron Pierce each had four wins. For the second time in three starts and third victory of the meet, Reg Hazzard II and Legacy Racing's Papa Ray took top honors in the $25,000 Del. Special Handicap as Eddie Davis Jr. came between horses to get up in 1:51.3. Wayne Givens conditions the Village Jolt-Liamatters horse, now six in 2015, won for the 22nd time in his career while banking $369,128 lifetime. Believe This Bob (Ross Wolfenden) closed strongly for second while Simon's Artist (Trace Tetrick) zoomed down passing lane to finish third. One race earlier, The Triple Lindy came from last passing horses to pull away in the deep stretch for a 1:55.2 conquest in the week's top trot, the $18,000 Open Handicap. Vic Kirby trains and drives the C&G Racing stable's Credit Winner-Measure Up gelding to his second win in a row and third since arriving at the track in December. For the second straight week Tirade Hanover (Callahan) finished second, after cutting the mile. Baximum (Allan Davis) took third. The Triple Lindy notched his 21st win in 85 starts earning $$278,101. Corey Callahan found room in the stretch to get Cam B Skipper home in 1:53.3 in the $18,000 Winners-Over Handicap. MIllenium Wheel (Jason Lynch) was next with Bettor's Arena (Trace Tetrick) third. Doug Lewis conditions Cam B Zipper, a Cammibest-Kellycrombie gelding, one of three winners for owner Howard Taylor. Spinfiniti was another Taylor-owned winner. The five-year-old son of No Spin Zone-Hurricane Jenna was one of Ron Pierce's four wins and came in the $14,500 4&5-Year-Old pace with a 1:54 victory via a strong final quarter burst. Cherokee Hunter (Callahan) was runner-up. Rock Absorber (Kirby) was the show horse. Pierce also drove Wade Wyatt's Flying Cowboy, a Brandon's Cowboy-Flower Art gelding, to victory in 1:54.1 to win the $15,500 4&5-Year-Old Open. Framed Art (Art Stafford) finished second. Star Messenger (Tetrick) was the show horse. Callahan circled the field for a 1:52.3 triumph in the $25,000-$30,000 Male Claiming pace. Bill Emmons owns the Eric Ell trainee by Bettor's Delight-Western Duel. The win was his forth in his last five outings. Eridanus N (Kirby) and Izzy Real (Tony Morgan) were the second and third place finishers. Corey Callahan and Ron Pierce had four wins each. Owner Howard Taylor had a triple. Eddie Davis Jr. and Vic Kirby, who also had two training wins as did meet leading trainer Wayne Givens and owner Legacy Racing. Friday and Saturday are 'dark day.' Racing resumes on Sunday with post time at 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday racing starts at 4:30 p.m. There is no charge for parking or admission when visiting Dover Downs. Leading harness and thoroughbred simulcasts are featured from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight daily in the Dover Downs Race and Sports Book. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs

Multiple Stakes Winning Son of Credit Winner, Jurgen Hanover, standing his first season in Ohio! NR Holdings, LLC, owners of Jurgen Hanover, by Credit Winner out of the Sir Taurus mare, Yassi Hanover, are pleased to announce that he will be standing his first season at Abby Stables. In his racing career, cut short by injury, Jurgen Hanover achieved a 3-year-old mark of  1:53.4 beating some of the best, including the 2013 Hambletonian winner, Royalty For Life, 65 cents on the dollar, on his home turf at Vernon Downs taking the Empire Breeders Classic.  He won seven in-a-row out of nine starts. Though Jurgen Hanover was picked as one to watch for the Hambletonian, injury took him out of competition. Jurgen Hanover has an impeccable pedigree.  He is sired by Credit Winner, who is currently one of the leading trotting sires in the world, and his dam comes from a great family as well.  Yassi Hanover is a half-sister to Yursa Hanover, 1:52.3 ($910,567) who is the dam of Perfect Alliance, 4, 1:51.2s, ($249,788).  This year, 4-year-old Perfect Alliance, was the winner of 13 in a row, including two qualifiers, beating the best mares such as Bee A Magician and Frau. Jurgen Hanover stands his first season for $2,500, multiple mare discounts may apply.   Visit for more information, or call (330) 852-0789.

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