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WOODSTOCK, VA ----John's Dream and Southwind Ferrari captured respective $8500 Open Pace and Open Trot contests this weekend at Shenandoah Downs as the Woodstock oval now heads into its final week of action. Various "Pink Power" events were held in conjunction with the harness cards including a silent auction to benefit the American Cancer Society. John's Dream, who holds the Shenandoah Downs track record of 1:52 1/5, wired the field in Sunday's sixth race against four other foes. The 5-year-old Dream Away gelding authored fractions of :27 3/5, :56 4/5 and 1:25.0, and took a one and one-half length lead over Skyway Billy into the stretch. Reinsman Chuck Perry, who also owns and trains John's Dream, maintained that same cushion through the stretch and beat late closer Swagasaurusrex in a meet best 1:53.0. The victor had a blemish-free late summer/early fall Woodstock streak snapped last start when he finished a close fifth in the Open Handicap. He had won two straight at the Shenandoah County Fair meet followed by two at the current pari-mutuel stand. Southwind Ferrari also wired the field in Saturday's eighth race feature, but did not have the luxury of any distance between himself and the trailers turning for home. Owner/driver Scott Woogen directed his 4-year-old Chapter Seven gelding to panels of :28 4/5, :57 3/5 and 1:27 2/4 while John Wagner's KZ Crazee moved from fourth to second at the third fraction in setting up a stretch duel. The two met stride for stride in the turn and battled to the finish where Southwind Ferrari nosed out the challenger in 1:57 1/5 via an inside route. Earlier in the "Pink Power" Saturday card, Lori Stark guided Smithers to a come from behind victory over Betsy Brown's Hot Rod Pete in a "Powder Puff" Ladies Driving Race. Brown's pacer nearly wired the field, but Stark made up a two length deficit in the stretch and won by a neck. Sierra Graham, Jean Rastetter and Stacey McLenaghan also competed. A special non-betting card will be held on Monday (Columbus Day) featuring eight Virginia Breeder's prep races in the two and three-year-old pacing and trotting divisions. Championship races in each division will close out the meet Sunday October 14th in another non-betting slate. The final programs with betting will be held Friday October 12th at 3 PM and Saturday October 13th at 2 PM. by Darrell Wood, for Shenandoah Downs

WOODSTOCK, VA  ---- Shenandoah Downs will host a "Pink Power" event this coming weekend to benefit the American Cancer Society's Shenandoah Valley chapter. A silent auction featuring many great items is set for both Saturday October 6th and Sunday October 7th. Over 50 horse themed items and gift certificates from vendors and area merchants have been donated, and all auction proceeds will benefit the Cancer Society. The first 200 fans through the gate both days will receive a pink Shenandoah Downs baseball cap. On the track Saturday, five female reinswomen will compete in a Powder Puff Ladies Driving Pace in the fourth pari-mutuel event. Participants include Stacey McLenaghan, Jean Rastetter, Sierra Graham, Laurie Stark and Betsy Brown. A double seater sulky exhibition race later in the card will showcase female cancer survivors, who will sit alongside lady drivers in a one-half mile half clash. The track's party tent will feature live music with the E-Town Band Saturday and Fiddlin' Willie & 7 Bends String Band Sunday. Fans are encouraged to wear fancy, elegant, creative and even outrageous headwear and enter the WINC Fancy Hat Contest on Saturday. In addition, four attendees that same day will get a chance to "own a horse for a day" via random prize drawings. The lucky four will return on Saturday October 13th and will join four additional contest winners (from Shenandoah Downs' media partners) to "own" a horse in a specific race, meet their horse and trainer in the paddock and best of all, keep the purse money their horse earns in a $4,000 race. One lucky "owner" will win $2,000. Parking and admission are free at Shenandoah Downs. Post time is 2 PM both days. 11 races will be contested Saturday and 8 on Sunday. A special non-betting program will be presented at 2 PM on Columbus Day, Monday October 8th, featuring Virginia Breeder's prep races. The Championship races will follow later in the week on closing day, Sunday October 14th, in another non-betting card. by Darrell Wood, for Shenandoah Downs  

WOODSTOCK, VA--- Foiled Again earned his 104th career harness racing win by defeating four other foes Saturday afternoon in a $10,000 Invitational Pace at Shenandoah Downs. The elite 14-year-old Dragon Again gelding left from outside post five and after settling into third initially, came outside of Highland Hellion before the quarter, cut that panel in :27 4/5 and went on to a convincing five length triumph in 1:54 3/5. The Ron Burke trainee maintained a 1 1/4 length cushion between himself and the next closest until the top of the stretch before he powered home. Driver Chris Shaw was not surprised by how the race unfolded or the eventual result. "It went exactly as I thought it would go," said Shaw. "Once everything settled in after the start, I figured we'd go to the front and bring it from that point. He did it all on his own," Shaw added about opening up in the stretch. "He knows what to do. He's just a war horse --- the best in racing." Foiled Again made his 322nd start and filled the grandstand in Woodstock with enthusiastic fans. After the race was over, he greeted his faithful for over an hour from a portable stall that was set up just outside the grandstand entrance. His original plans were to ship out after the races Saturday, but he now won't be leaving until after Sunday's last race. Groom Alyssa Cummings, who came from The Meadows to tend to Foiled Again's Shenandoah appearance, said the fan favorite will appear in the winners circle before Sunday's first race now, then will meet fans afterwards until the day's third race. A trio of Roger Hammer trained and driven horses made their presence felt while Foiled basked in applause. The 72 year old Bedford, Pennsylvania resident scored with Marvalous Falcon (1:55 1/5), R N Nate (1:54 2/5) and Artists Ruffles (1:53 4/5). The former dominated by 13 lengths while latter crossed with a six length cushion. Shenandoah Downs will host 11 races Sunday at 2 PM. The season continues through October 14th. by Darrell Wood, for Shenandoah Downs

WOODSTOCK, VA --- Foiled Again, the richest horse in harness racing history, will head to Virginia's scenic Shenandoah Valley this Saturday September 29th in search of victory number 104. The 14-year-old Dragon Again gelding is the early 4-5 favorite in the fourth race, a $10,000 Aged Invitational Pace at Shenandoah Downs in Woodstock. Foiled Again will leave from post five with driver Chris Shaw in the sulky. The Ron Burke trainee comes to Virginia with 321 starts, 103 wins, 68 seconds, 46 thirds and purse earnings of $7,594,143. He had a three race win streak snapped last start when he finished fourth at Batavia Downs. "I am extremely grateful and excited to have the opportunity to drive the greatest horse of all time," said Shaw, who was the second leading driver at Shenandoah in 2017. "Mark Weaver texted my brother on Wednesday to ask if I'd be interested in driving the 'GOAT' (Greatest Horse of All Time)," added Shaw. "I said I'd be more than happy to and I'd find a way to clear my schedule," he joked. As far as expectations go, Shaw was diplomatic. "It's a horse race and anything can happen. We'll just have to see when the gate opens and the race unfolds. He's got a big heart and seems able to do what he wants to do most often." Chris Page drove Foiled Again twice in August, to respective first and third place finishes. "He's a war horse and the greatest horse to ever wear a harness," said Page. "He loves his job." Four other foes will try to prevent Foiled Again from accomplishing his goal including a pair of other 14-year-olds --- B Blissful and Go Easy On Me. The former is a Jimmy Viars trainee who has won ten races from 21 starts the past two years. He will be driven by Chuck Perry, the meet's leading driver, and comes into the Invitational on a four race win streak. The latter is a Camtown Fella gelding who will be driven David Swaney. The field also includes Best Dream Seeker, a 12-year-old Cambest gelding that will be driven by Corey Braden, and 10-year-old Highland Hellion, who authored a 1:55 1/5 winning mile in Woodstock last year. After the race, a temporary stall will be set up outside the grandstand entrance where fans can enjoy a Meet & Greet with Foiled Again and his connections. Post time Saturday is 2 PM and the fourth race is expected to go off around 3:00 PM. A total of eleven races have been carded including a pair of $7,000 Open Handicap events for pacers and trotters. Parking and admission are both free. The races are streamed live at shenandoahdowns.com. by Darrell Wood, for Shenandoah Downs

WOODSTOCK, VA --- Chuck Perry connected for a natural driving hat trick for the third straight race day and track record holder John's Dream was dominant in the harness racing feature once again, but the highlight of the second weekend of racing action at Shenandoah Downs was when 84 year old driver Sam Miller directed Hay George to a come from behind win in Sunday's $3500 tenth race. Not only did Miller capably guide his five-year-old gelding trotter past Explosive Bubbles and Fins Up in the stretch, he was sent off as the 3-2 betting choice in the six horse field. Hay George was third throughout and crossed three-quarters of a length the best in 2:08.0 over a sloppy track. It was his first win in six lifetime starts. "Damn, I can still do this at my age", said Miller of Sunday's win. "It was a rush. Hay George is just an amazing horse. He is so well behaved, he doesn't pull and he listens to me. I just sit there and go for a ride." When asked if he remembered his last driving win, Miller said, "Wow, I'll have to think about that one." The victory actually came nine years ago in Virginia, at Colonial Downs, on September 16, 2009. Interestingly, the then 75-year-old driver swept both ends of a daily double that day with Mac Atack Mac and Second Hand News. Miller drove the latter one to victory four times over a two year period including that final time in New Kent. During the same meet, he teamed with driver Jim Larente in what he believes is the oldest exacta --- from a human perspective --- in harness racing history. Larente, then 78, won a race with The Doctor while Miller was runner-up with Mac Atack Mac. MiIler's path to Shenandoah Downs in Woodstock came as a result of rejection elsewhere. "They wouldn't let me drive in Delaware any more because of my age so I called Craig Andow (Race Secretary) at Ocean Downs about racing there this summer," said Miller. "He said Sam, just retire". After filling out the paperwork needed, Miller and his trotter were able to get one start at the Ocean City, Maryland oval and took a respectable fifth, finishing less than two lengths behind the winner. "I wasn't able to get into a race again at Ocean, so decided to come to Woodstock." Miller is based in Dover, Delaware and has been in harness racing for 46 years. Previously, he was a tractor trailer driver while his wife always tended to the horses. He plans to keep on competing with Hay George for the rest of the meet at Shenandoah Downs. "I told my wife I'll retire when I can't win a race any more. I need something to do or else I'll end up in a recliner getting old and fat." Shenandoah Downs will continue racing every Saturday and Sunday thru October 14th with first post at 2 PM. The season's highlight will take place this Saturday September 29th when Foiled Again, harness racing's top money earning horse ever, will compete in a $10,000 Aged Invitational Pace, then appear for a Meet & Greet session with fans. The 14 year old pacer has bankrolled over $7.5 million in his spectacular career. He recently won his 103rd race and will be retiring at the end of 2018. Racing action from the Shenandoah Valley is streamed live at www.shenandoahdowns.com. by Darrell Wood, for Shenandoah Downs  

WOODSTOCK, VA --- 9/17/18 ---- Driver Chuck Perry scored a natural hat trick on back to back days this weekend at Shenandoah Downs as the Woodstock, Virginia track ushered in its third pari-mutuel harness racing season. The 53-year-old Suffolk, Virginia resident had five wins on Saturday's opening day card and another three on Sunday. The first hat trick included wins with 14-year-old B Blissful, track record holder John's Dream and Yeahboyyeah, all in consecutive races. His second one featured victories aboard Fall Toy, former Virginia Breeder's 2 year old colt/gelding champ Royal Red, and Blissful Artist. In all, Perry made eight weekend trips to the winners circle. His other triumphs were aboard undefeated Lemonaideshine, who is now 9-for-9, and Shez In Orbit. Half of those eight represented horses trained by Jimmy Viars while another two were Perry trainees. The others were conditioned by Henry Lewis and Renfrow Hauser. Trainer Arlene Cameron had three wins on opening weekend including a dead heat where her pair finished together at the wire. Crystals Pistol and Craziville, driven respectively by Dr. Scott Woogen and Corey Braden, crossed together in 2:05.0 in a race named for Delegate Kathy Tran. The former won for the fourth time in eight races while the latter shattered a two year winless streak. Cameron's other win came Saturday in the co-featured $7000 Open Handicap trot with Southwind Ferrari. The 4 year old, who is owned and driven by Woogen, won for the fourth time in his last five starts. Trainers Amanda Jackson and Chris Shaw each had a pair of weekend triumphs. Jackson's pair came in bookend fashion Sunday. Hillbillyheartache kicked off the card with a win and B A Rocket connected in the afternoon's finale. Shaw had one each day, and he was in the sulky for both. His Sunny Day won for the third straight time Sunday and the best named horse of the weekend --- Cinco De Drinko --- won for the first time in 29 career starts Saturday. "Historically, entries for the first week of Virginia racing are light and this week was no exception," said Shenandoah Downs Director of Racing Dee Lineweaver. "We are awaiting the arrival of horsemen from the Red Mile, Tioga Downs and Running Aces. Everything for opening weekend though fell into place. The support of the horsemen was great. They filled the entry box and moved horses around to help us kick off the season. The racing was very competitive," Shenandoah Downs will continue racing every Saturday and Sunday thru October 14th with first post at 2 PM. A special non-netting card featuring Virginia Breeder's prep races will be held on Monday October 8th, and an "After-Work" program with wagering will be held Friday October 12th at 3 PM. Fans can bet the action on track and at the four Virginia Bets OTBs in Richmond, Henrico, Chesapeake and Martinsville. Races are streamed live at www.shenandoahdowns.com. The track is based at the Shenandoah County Fairgrounds and is directly off I-81 at Exit 283, halfway between Harrisonburg and Winchester in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley. by Darrell Wood, for Shenandoah Downs

WOODSTOCK, VA --- 9/10/18 ---The first draw for the 2018 pari-mutuel harness racing season at Shenandoah Downs in Woodstock, Virginia is scheduled for this Wednesday September 12th. Entries will be accepted from 7:30 AM-9:00 AM. Opening weekend kicks off Saturday September 15th at 2 PM and continues Sunday with a card at the same time. The five week season runs through October 14th. Director of Racing Dee Lineweaver is encouraging horsemen to enter races via the on line entry system but the race office will accept them by phone on draw days from 7:30 - 9:00 AM at 540-459-5170. Scratch time is the following day at 9:30 AM. Judges can be reached at 540-459-5460. Qualifying races will be held Sundays at 12 Noon before the pari-mutuel events begin. Condition sheets for opening weekend and the qualifiers are at ustrotting.com, under the Horsemen section, and are listed by the track name Woodstock instead of Shenandoah Downs. In order to enter races, horses must have a negative Coggins test dated within 12 months on file with the race office, a herpes vaccination dated within 7 to 120 days, and a valid health certificate dated within 30 days. The following drivers will be at Shenandoah Downs and are available to drive: Tyler Shehan, Chuck Perry, Corey Braden, Chris Shaw, Billy Carter, Joey Mapes, Jared Moyer and Shawn Simons. Drivers Jason Green, Frank Milby and Roger Plante will be available Saturdays only. Shenandoah Downs is conveniently located at Exit 283 off I-81 in the heart of the scenic Shenandoah Valley, halfway between Harrisonburg and Winchester. Details are at shenandoahdowns.com and vhha.net. by Darrell Wood, for Shenandoah Downs        

WOODSTOCK, VA --- 8/30/18 ---- Chuck Perry directed four horses to victory for the second consecutive day in Woodstock, Virginia on Thursday as the Shenandoah County Fair meet reached its halfway point. Two of his wins established new Fair track records at the half mile oval, which underwent an $800,000 renovation two years ago prior to the Shenandoah Downs pari-mutuel meet. Perry guided Henry Lewis's Yeahboyyeah to a 1:56 2/5 mark in the first Aldine Jenkins Memorial Open Pace heat, then crushed that mark three races later in 1:55.0 aboard the same pacer in the Memorial's second heat. The previous mark of 1:57.0 was set by Perry last year with PL Dragon. Both Thursday triumphs were in wire-to-wire fashion, by two and three lengths respectively. Perry also connected in both heats of a conditioned pace with Lemonaideshine, who was the 2017 Virginia Breeder's Two-Year-Old Colt Pacing Champion. The Jimmy Viars trainee wired the field in both as well, in 1:57 4/5 and 1:58 2/5 respectively, crossing by two over FF Bigshow in the first and by one over BP Burnmer in the latter. In Wednesday's kickoff card, Perry scored with B Blissful twice, and with Loose Rocket and Midnight Dragon once. Driver Scott Woogen, who is President of the Virginia Harness Horse Association, collected a four pack of wins over the two days. He was in the sulky for his Southwind Ferrari, who captured the Bernard Offutt Sr. Memorial Open Trot's second heat Thursday in 1:57 3/5. On Wednesday, he prevailed twice with Peoplesayimnogood and once with Hold The Gold. The Mechanicsville, Virginia resident owns both horses as well. The final two days of Fair racing are Friday and Saturday at 1:00 PM. A total of nine races are on tap Friday. The five week Shenandoah Downs pari-mutuel meet will begin at the same venue on September 15th and continue thru October 14th. Details are at shenandoahdowns.com. by Darrell Wood, for the Shenandoah Downs

The third annual harness racing season at Shenandoah Downs in Woodstock, Virginia kicks off September 15th and continues every Saturday and Sunday through October 14th. Special cards will be offered on Monday October 8th and Friday October 12th. One big difference fans will notice this year is a new post time. The first race will be pushed back an hour to 2 PM as opposed to last year's 1 PM start time. "We felt the later start time would give fans more of a chance to complete their regular weekend errands and rituals and as a result, have a better chance to come out and enjoy an afternoon at the races," said Virginia Equine Alliance Executive Director Jeb Hannum. Parking and admission remain free, and wagering will be offered in the main grandstand area at both manned teller stations and at self betting terminals. Win, place, show, exacta and trifecta betting will be available. Past performance programs can be purchased for $1, and that price includes a tip sheet. Prior to the pari-mutuel meet itself, four days of County Fair racing will take place on the same half mile oval at the Shenandoah County Fair from August 29th - September 1st. On the following Saturday, September 8th, the Harness Horse Youth Foundation will present a family themed Open House at the track in conjunction with the Virginia Harness Horse Association (VHHA). Tickets are $8 for a single participant or $15 per family, and can be purchased at www.scpr.com. The deadline to purchase tickets is September 1st. The camp runs from 10 AM - 2 PM and a picnic lunch is included for all attendees. More details are available at www.vhha.net. Various promotions and special events will complement the races each day. Key events include a commemorative t-shirt giveaway on opening day, a new Breast Cancer Awareness weekend on October 6th and 7th, an "After-Work Hops 'n Hooves" event with one dollar draft beer on October 12th, and the Shenandoah Valley Autumnfest celebration on October 13th. Fans will also have a chance to enjoy "one of a kind" experiences, like owning a horse for a day, taking a ride in the starter's car during an actual race, and even riding in a double-seated sulky behind the horse an an exhibition race. On several occasions during the meet, fans will be drawn at random to "own" a horse competing in a $3,000 race. They will get to meet their horse, trainer and driver, take pictures of the occasion, enjoy complimentary lunch, and most importantly, keep the amount of purse money their horse wins in that race. The winning horse gets 50% of the purse --- $1,500 in a $3,000 race. Details of these events are at www.shenandoahdowns.com and at the Shenandoah Dowens facebook page. The season's highlight will take place on Saturday September 29th when harness racing's top money earning horse ever will appear for a Meet & Greet session with fans, then compete in a pari-mutuel race. Foiled Again is the star attraction --- a 14 year old pacer who has bankrolled over $7.5 million in his spectacular career. He won his 100th race on July 6th this year and he has made 317 starts. He is a two time "Horse of the Year" honoree and he will will be retiring at the end of 2018. "This is such a great and unique opportunity for racing fans in the area ," said Shenandoah Dowens Race Secretary, Dee Lineweaver. "Foiled Again is a racing legend. Fans can get their pitcture taken with him, then see him compete in one of his final races ever. We expect a full house that afternoon." Shenandoah Downs is located in Woodstock, Virginia, halfway between Winchester and Harrisonburg on I-81 at Exit 283. The track itself is located at the Shenandoah County Fairgrounds. A number of hotels and restaurants are located within a half mile of the exit and Fairgrounds. by Darrell Wood, for Shenandoah Downs

WOODSTOCK, VA - Stall applications and general rules for the 2018 harness racing season at Shenandoah Downs are now available on line. Horsemen can access the documents at www.shenandoahdowns.com, and via www.vhha.net under the "2018 Race Meet" header. The third annual pari-mutuel harness meet at the Shenandoah County Fairgrounds in Woodstock, Virginia will run from September 15th - October 14th. Racing will take place every Saturday and Sunday afternoon beginning at 2 PM. Wagering will be offered on ten separate days, and an additional two non-betting cards will be presented featuring Virginia Breeders prep/elimination races on Monday October 8th and the Breeders Championships on Sunday October 14th. A special Friday card will kick off closing weekend events on October 12th. More details are available via Debbie Warnick of the Virginia Harness Horse Association at 443-463-0917 and by e-mail at info@vhha.net. Other meet information will be available at both websites noted above. Free admission and free parking are offered every race day. Special events being planned include Family Weekend, First Responders Appreciation Day, a Commemorative T-Shirt giveaway, Breast Cancer Awareness Day, Shenandoah Chamber of Commerce's Autumnfest Celebration and more. Shenandoah Downs is conveniently located off I-81 halfway between Winchester and Harrisonburg at Exit 283 in Woodstock, Virginia. by Darrell Wood, for Shenandoah Downs  

The Virginia Equine Alliance (VEA) announced the appointment of Doris Lineweaver to the position of Racing Secretary at its annual fall harness racing meet at Shenandoah Downs in Woodstock, Virginia. This is the 42-year old Lineweaver's first position as Racing Secretary. A third generation horseman on both sides, Lineweaver owned her first harness horse at the age of 13 and started training and driving at the age of 18. Even though she was born and still resides in Mauertown, Virginia, the family's home track then was Rosecroft Raceway. After leaving track life and going to work in advertising and marketing for several years, she went back to the field she knew best, but with an added twist. "I was a single mother with two young kids and needed to have another avenue to pay the bills, said Lineweaver. "I wanted to stay in the racing business so I went to charting school. After I got licensed, I competed at the Pennsylvania Fairs as a horseman, but charted the races whenever I didn't have a horse in." A more permanent transition from on the track to off the track occurred when Lineweaver was racing at Ocean Downs in 2011. "I was looking at racing at Colonial Downs but my kids weren't allowed to live on the grounds there," she explained. "Ocean Downs Racing Secretary Craig Andow got me set up with a camper at Ron McLenaghan's farm in nearby Providence Forge where we were able to stay as a family. During that meet, Craig asked me to work for him." Lineweaver assumed the roles of Assistant Racing Secretary and Stakes Coordinator for four years until the New Kent track shut down after the 2014 season. Since then, she has held the same duties at three different meets conducted by the VEA --- at Oak Ridge in 2015 and at Shenandoah Downs the last two years. She even got her judges license two years ago in search of more opportunities in the sport. "It's an exciting change," said Lineweaver, whose Mauertown home is just several miles from the Shenandoah Downs oval. "Being local and having lived here my whole life, I can help grow interest in the area and educate new fans about harness racing. I have my hands in a lot of things in the community, from 4-H groups to the Chamber of Commerce to various networking groups." From the perspective of a Racing Secretary, Lineweaver joins a short list of females that hold that type of position. "The horsemen here have a lot of faith in me and I don't want to let them down. I've worked with many of them over the years during the Shenandoah County Fair, Colonial Downs races and even more of them during the recent Shenandoah Downs meets." If family is any indication, Lineweaver should adapt just fine. Her mother, Eileen, currently trains horses at The Meadows and Eileen's mother, Margaret Warren, was an Assistant Race Secretary at Ocean Downs and Harrington Raceway in the 1980's. Doris's father, Winston, has competed all over the Eastern Shore during his nearly 60 year career and is still recovering from a heart episode that occurred while in the sulky two years ago at Shenandoah. Her sister, Joyce, races at Harrington and Dover and tends to Winston, who is based with her now in Marydel, Delaware. And Winston's brother, Alvin, still drives on occasion at 77 years young. Growing up, Doris recalled that Winston and Eileen had several nice horses that stood out above the others ---an invitational pacer named Isle C, and a couple solid trotters named Sugar Crispins and Duke Of Kosmos. Doris Lineweaver is hoping to write more of her own chapters in harness racing, beginning with the upcoming Woodstock meet that begins September 15th. "Racing gets in your blood," she added, "And you just don't know anything different." Darrell Wood

(WOODSTOCK, VIRGINIA---10/15/17) ---- Fixed Income cemented her status as "Horse of the Meet" by engineering a fourth straight wire-to-wire effort at Shenandoah Downs Sunday as the second pari-mutuel harness racing meet came to a close in Woodstock, Virginia. The 6 year old Yankee Cruiser mare cut fractions of :27 3/5, :56 1/5 and 1:25 1/5 before hitting the wire in 1:54 2/5, 1 1/2 lengths ahead of Pow Chicka Pow Pow. Remarkably consistent, Cory Kreiser's pacer authored consecutive week miles of 1:53 4/5, 1:54.0 and 1:54 1/5 in addition to Sunday's effort. Fixed Income, who is out of the Abercrombie mare, La Daydreamer, has six straight wins overall. Kreiser, of Myerstown, Pennsylvania, accepted honors as Co-Leading Trainer along with hardware for "Top Horse". In addition to driving, he trains and owns Fixed Income. Betsy Brown, who had three wins last Sunday and another one Saturday, closed the meet strong to equal Kreiser with seven training wins. Chuck Perry, who pulled away in the race for top driver with four wins closing weekend, took category honors with 16 wins. The 52-year-old Virginia reinsman collected his 1,000th driving victory last weekend. On Sunday, he scored with Friskie Sadie and track record holder John's Dream. It may not have been the richest race of the day, but it provided the most drama. Sunday's fourth featured a rematch that had been a year in the making. Last Chance Harvey and B Blissful, Co-Horses of the Meet in 2016, squared off against each for the first time since closing day a year ago. Each collected their first wins of the '17 meet last weekend and entered the rematch with momentum. Summer Deo cut the first two fractions of the $5,000 conditioned race but at the 5/8ths mark, Last Chance Harvey unleashed a three wide move from fourth. The 8 year old Full of Fun gelding took immediate control of the field and powered home to beat runner-up B Blissful by 3 1/4 lengths in 1:55 3/5. The victor is owned and trained by Henry Lewis and was driven by Bill Carter. The runner-up is a 13 year old Blissful Hall gelding who is trained by Jimmy Viars and was driven by Perry. A year ago in their battle, Harvey prevailed when a tire went flat on B Blissful's sulky. The Shenandoah meet featured both attendance and handle increases, exceptional weather, and competitive racing. The third season will kick off next September. Meet updates will be available throughout the year at shenandoahdowns.com and virginiahorseracing.com. Darrell Wood

Woodstock, VA --- A pair of horses who were at or near the $200,000 mark in winnings earned additional bragging rights Saturday (Oct. 14) at Shenandoah Downs as closing weekend of the second fall harness racing meet kicked off. Cathy Rutherford's Just Fred powered from fourth to first at the quarter mark of his conditioned race and went on to dominate from there. The 9-year-old gelding, who won by 12 lengths, had his best performance since winning at the Red Mile Aug. 24 in 1:52.1. He entered the race with a bankroll of $203,181. Calcutta on the other hand, entered Saturday's $5,500 fourth race with $199,294 in earnings and needed a first or second place finish to push her bankroll over the $200,000 mark. She led much of the way until Beep Beep Bye Bye challenged her at the top of the stretch and ended up prevailing by one-half length. With the runner-up finish, the 8-year-old Tom Ridge mare did reach that mark in earnings in front of the hometown faithful. Both driver/trainer Betsy Brown and owner Terry Kibler are from Woodstock. Driver William Carter had three wins while Scott Woogen and Chuck Perry had two apiece on another gorgeous weather race day in the Shenandoah Valley. Reinsman Carter had his best day of the meet, collecting wins aboard Tulsi, A Major Impulse and Victoria's Munky. Tulsi, who was 0-for-18 entering the day's kickoff race, wired the field in 1:58.4. A Major Impulse, who shipped in from Harrah's Philadelphia, got his second win of the year by wiring the field as well in 1:55.2. Victoria's Munky captured a thriller in which four pacers finished with one-half lenth of each other. The 5-year-old Bettor's Delight mare was a neck better than Moonshinemonkeys and Place At The Beach. Scott Woogen had his best day of the meet as well, connecting with World Peace and Peoplesayimnogood. Both collected their first wins of the meet. The latter had won a pair at the Shenandoah County Fair, which preceded the pari-mutuel campaign. Chuck Perry, who collected his 1,000th win last Sunday, scored with Royal Red and Beep Beep Bye Bye. For the first time this season, last year's two "Co-Horses of the Meet" will square off in a grudge match Sunday as Shenandoah Downs presents its last harness racing card of the fall. Last Chance Harvey and B Blissful will duke it out in the fourth race. They are the two favorites, of course, and last met 53 weeks ago on closing day of the first season at Woodstock. Bill Carter will pilot Last Chance Harvey from the rail while Chuck Perry will be aboard 13 year old B Blissful from post 2. The 2017 "Horse of the Meet" will be recognized during the program. by Darrell Wood, for Shenandoah Downs

(WOODSTOCK, VA--- 10/8/17) ---- Harness racing driver Chuck Perry collected his 1,000th career victory Sunday afternoon at Shenandoah Downs, capping off a memorable six win weekend for the Suffolk, Virginia resident. The 52 year old reinsman scored his landmark win aboard a 13 year old gelding pacer named B Blissful. The Jimmy Viars trainee was 2016 Co-Horse of the Meet but had yet to reach the winners circle during the '17 fall season in Woodstock. Perry guided the pacer to an early lead Sunday in the second race --- a $4500 conditioned pace --- and held it comfortably until the third marker when A Million Thanks came outside and met the leader stride for stride. B Blissful held off the challenge, regained control and crossed a length ahead of fast closing Gene Eugene in 1:57 1/5. Perry entered the day with 998 wins and after the day's first three races, had notched numbers 999, 1,000 and 1,001. He kicked off the card with an upset score aboard Renfrow Hauser's Shez In Orbit, then followed B Blissful's triumph with a win piloting Two Shades Of Grey. He completed his four-pack driving Moonshinemonkeys to victory in the fifth. A trio of trainers whose last name is Lineweaver completed a rare conditioners trifecta in the fourth. Joyce Lineweaver's Welcometotheparty hit the wire first, followed by Alvin Lineweaver's Dinger Four and Eileen Lineweaver's Desired Lady. All three family members are originally are from Mauertown, Virginia. Alvin still resides there while Joyce is now based in Delaware and her mother Eileen is in Pennsylvania. Shenandoah Downs closes out its second harness racing season with cards on Saturday & Sunday, October 14th & 15th at 1:00 PM. Parking and admission are free. Saturday's highlight is an Autumnfest celebration featuring a Kansas City Barbecue competition, craft beer sampling, live music, a car show, cornhole tournament and more. An upgrade ticket to that event can be purchased at ShenandoahDowns.com. Darrell Wood

Woodstock, VA --- Local Woodstock trainer Betsy Brown scored a driving/training triple, Chuck Perry inched closer to a career milestone, and Fixed Income forced herself into a "Horse of the Meet" conversation in an eventful Saturday (Oct. 7) of harness racing at Shenandoah Downs. Brown's Calcutta, Believe In Him and BP Burner all reached the winner's circle as area residents filling the grandstand cheered. Calcutta wired the field in the day's kick-off event and won her second straight. The 8-year-old Tom Ridge mare, owned by Terry Kibler, won by 2-1/2 lengths and crossed the wire in 2:00.1. She won her 19th career race and is less than $1,000 shy of reaching the $200,000 level in earnings. She will have a chance to do so at Shenandoah next week during the meet's closing weekend. Believe In Him shook off four straight runner-up finishes to claim victory in the third race trot. The 3-year-old Conway Hall filly collected that batch of seconds during the Shenandoah County Fair meet, which preceded the pari-mutuel season in Woodstock. Brown had Believe In Him positioned second in the final turn before passing front stepping Toolbox Tuesday in the stretch. The victor won by a length in 2:03.3, her second career score. Brown completed the hat trick with BP Burner courtesy of a fifth-to-first burst in race seven's final quarter. The 5-year-old Brian P gelding, sent off as the betting choice, passed four in the final stanza and crossed the finish line 1-1/4 lengths the best in 1:56.4. Chuck Perry had a pair of wins aboard Highland Hellion and Last Chance Harvey, giving the 52-year-old reinsman a total of 998 career victories. The former, a 9-year-old Mach Three gelding, won for the second time in three starts in the "Valley" while the latter, an 8-year-old Full Of Fun gelding who was 2016 Co-Horse of the Meet, prevailed for the first time in five starts this year. Perry has six drives scheduled on Sunday. Cory Kreiser's Fixed Income won her third straight start at Shenandoah and fifth straight overall with another stellar effort. The 6-year-old Yankee Cruiser mare wired the field again and cruised to a 5-1/4 length triumph in 1:54.0. She previously won in 1:54.1 and 1:53.4. The hot pacer came to Shenandoah fresh off a pair of 1:54.2 winning miles at The Meadows. Prior to this five-race streak, Fixed Income had only two wins from 98 career starts. Shenandoah Downs will usher out the fourth weekend of racing with a nine-race card on Sunday. Post time is 1 p.m. by Darrell Wood, for Shenandoah Downs 

(WOODSTOCK, VA --- 10/2/17) ---- Victories by Southwind Glider and John's Dream in respective $7,000 open trotting and pacing features headlined the third weekend of racing action at Shenandoah Downs. The Woodstock, Virginia based track, now in its second season of pari-mutuel harness racing, has two more weekends remaining in its fall meet. John's Dream endeared himself to racing fans in the Shenandoah Valley when he triggered a record setting 1:52 1/5 winning mile on the track's opening day a year ago. That mark has not been touched since. The 4 year old Dream Away gelding had competed twice this meet in the Open Pace and collected runner-up efforts in both. On Saturday, Chuck Perry's pacer surged from fifth in the final quarter to defeat fraction cutter Western Captive by 1 1/4 lengths in 1:54 2/5. John's Dream cut the final fraction in :27.0 and in doing so, won his sixth race of the year. In 13 starts, he has finished "out of the" money just once and from 33 career outs, has bankrolled $218,980. Perry owns, trains and drives the pacer, who is out of March On In by Armbro Emerson. Roger Hammer's Southwind Glider may have come up a neck shy in Shenandoah's Open Trot September 24th but on Saturday, the 7 year old Glidemaster gelding was dominant. After passing Southern Palms to take the lead in the second turn, Southwind Glider cruised from that point. He opened up by three at the top of the stretch and crossed 5 1/2 lengths ahead of betting favorite War Chief in 1:58 2/5. Dominus Hanover, who won this division a week earlier, finished third. Southwind Glider is trained an co-owned by Lance Barber of Volant, Pennsylvania. The victor, who was a beaten favorite last out, paid a surprising $15.20 to win. He earned his third win from just ten starts this year and 13th lifetime victory. Bourbon St Hanover recorded the fastest mile Saturday in a $5,500 secondary pacing feature. The classy 9 year old Western Hanover gelding wired the field convincingly, hitting the wire in 1:54 3/5, eleven lengths the best. Jeff Lieberman drove for owner/trainer Jamie Coffy.  Bourbon St Hanover earned his 79th career victory in his 254th start. Fastest mile of the weekend though was authored by Cory Kreiser's Fixed Income, who kicked off Sunday's matinee program with a 1:54 1/5 effort. The 6 year old Yankee Cruiser mare went to wire-to-wire and won by 8-plus lengths in gaining her fourth straight triumph. She wired the field in her Woodstock debut a week prior in 1:53 4/5. Reinsman Chris Shaw entered weekend action second in the driver standings with six wins, compared to leader Roger Plante, who had eight. Shaw collected a trio of winners circle appearances over the two days with Ruffle Up, Irish Valentine and Art Of Dancing while Plante competed elsewhere. Heading into the fourth weekend, Shaw has nine wins and sits atop the standings.           Shenandoah Downs is back in action Saturday and Sunday, October 7th and 8th, with afternoon cards beginning at 1:00 PM. Saturday is the "Seafest" Festival where regional seafood vendors will be on hand selling shrimp, clams, oysters, fish and other delicacy items. "Fiddling" Willy Marschner will perform with his band in the party tent all afternoon. Parking and admission are free. For more details, visit shenandoahdowns.com or virginiahorseracing.com. Live streaming of the harness races can be seen via both websites. The season continues through October 15th.  Darrell Wood

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