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Elkton, MD -- Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by the USTA/BetAmerica, is excited to announce the line-up for Thursday morning (Sept. 11) at 10:30 a.m. They will be joined by Mark McKelvie, Joe Zambito, and Darrell Wood. The action heats up on Saturday night with a C$2 million program happening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Mark McKelvie, Director of Communications, will join to highlight the action-packed program and talk about what fans can expect on track. The pair will go through all the stakes races with McKelvie and find out who the heavy hitters will be Saturday night. The New York Sire Stakes Night of Champions makes it's first appearance to Batavia Downs Gaming on Saturday and track announcer Joe Zambito will be the one to bring you the action. The card is highlighted by champion Gimpanzee, and will also feature the $50,000 Robert J Kane Memorial Pace which has been previously been won by champions like Foiled Again. Zambito will highlight some of the great wagering opportunities that will be available to gamblers on Saturday night and also discuss each of the championship finals. Racing heats up once again at Shenandoah Downs as the season kicks off on Saturday afternoon. Darrell Wood will talk about some of the new features at the Virginia facility including the new party deck in the home stretch. Opening day at Shenandoah Downs features dollar draft beer and hot dogs. Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by USTA/BetAmerica can be heard live every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. via their website www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN. by Michael Carter, for Post Time  

WOODSTOCK, VA --- 9/9/19 ---- Entries will be taken early this week for the first two race days at Virginia's Shenandoah Downs as the fourth pari-mutuel harness racing season gets underway this coming Friday September 13.   Entries for that first Friday card will be taken Tuesday September 10. Entries for the Saturday September 14 program will be accepted on Wednesday September 11. The race office opens at 7:30 AM on draw days and entries will be taken until 9 AM. On line entry is encouraged, but horsemen can also call entries in at 540-459-5170 or 540-459-5455. Scratch time is 9:30 AM the following day.   The five week season in Woodstock will continue every Friday at 3:30 PM and Saturday at 2 PM until October 13. The new Friday Happy Hour race cards feature one dollar draft beer, one dollar hot dogs and post-race karaoke. A pair of non-betting racing events will also take place on Sunday October 6 and 13. Virginia Breeder's prep races for two and three-year-old pacers and trotters of both sexes will be first up, followed by the $300,000 (est.) Breeder's Championships on closing day.   Opening weekend will feature promotional appearances by a pair of Hall of Famers --- legendary horse Foiled Again and driving great John Campbell. Foiled Again is the richest standardbred of all time and last fall, earned victory number 104 at Shenandoah Downs.   The now 15-year-old pacer retired January 1 with 109 wins. He will take a lap over the Woodstock oval both Friday and Saturday, then host a "meet and greet" both days with fans the rest of the afternoon. The first 600 attendees on Saturday will receive a free commemorative Foiled Again t-shirt.   John Campbell will help usher in the season with an appearance on Friday. Fans will get a chance to meet the highly accomplished reinsman who won 11,058 races. Horses he drove bankrolled nearly $304 million in purse monies. Campbell will also take Foiled Again out for a lap on Friday between races.   Another meet highlight is an "Own a Horse For a Day" promotion, sponsored by the Virginia Harness Horse Association. On three separate occasions --- September 14, 21 and October 5, fans in attendance will be selected via random drawings to own a horse in a $4,000 race the following weekend.   They will get to visit their respective horse, trainer and driver in the stable area for photo opportunities and best of all, keep the purse earnings their horses win. One person is guaranteed to take home the winner's share of $2,000 on each occasion.   Other key promotions include a baseball cap giveaway on September 21, weiner dog races on September 28, an "Autumnfest" BBQ/Craft Beer Festival on October 5, and the "Pink Power" Breast Cancer awareness event on October 12 which raises funds for the local American Cancer Society chapter.   Shenandoah Downs is located at Exit 283 off I-81, halfway between Winchester and Harrisonburg. Both parking and admission are free and the races are family friendly. More details are at shenandoahdowns.com.   by Darrell Wood, for Shenandoah Downs

WOODSTOCK, VA ---- 8/27/19 ---- Harness racing will return to the Shenandoah County Fair for the 102nd consecutive year beginning Wednesday with stronger participation from horsemen, a major increase in purse monies and a new sense of enthusiasm.   The opener features eight races, all with $2,000 purses, beginning at 12 Noon. The four day Fair meet will continue with cards on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the same time.   Opening day's program kicks off with a trio of races for two-year-olds. Trotters take center stage in races one and two, and pacers in race three. Roger Hammer's Boyz Of Summer and Linda's Will invade Woodstock with 20 starts between them, more than all other entrants in the first three combined. Betsy Brown will face Hammer in the first two with Kwitchyerbell Yakin and Meme And Me respectively, both of whom will be making their first lifetime start.   Trainer Shannon Trader has a pair as well with Toms All In and Racin Rudy. Brown and Hammer will pilot their own horses and Scott Woogen will drive Trader's.   The fifth race offers the deepest field of the afternoon and has attracted six for a non-winners of $5,000 pace. Half the field --- Blow Back, Powerful Madison and Southwind Glider --- has lifetime earnings of between $97,000 - $110,000. Two others --- D'Dream and Uncle Ike --- recorded winning miles of 1:56.0 and 1:56 2/5 last year.   The final three races are all divisions of the Rocking Rose Pace which features respective fields of six, four and four competitors. Hammer has a trio entered while David Swaney and Ron Lineweaver each have a pair.   In order to jump start the Fair's racing program, the Virginia Harness Horse Association (VHHA) is taking a more active role and is supplying purse monies for the meet beginning this year.   "There is a substantial increase in purse dollars compared to past years, said Debbie Warnick, VHHA Executive Director. "This is the last Fair with any kind of racing in Virginia so we want to keep the program alive and really make an effort to promote it more. We want the rich tradition to continue in Woodstock," continued Warnick. "The VHHA Board wanted more participation from horsemen, so we eliminated double heats and increased purses. We're pleased with the early results and hope fans enjoy the racing product the next four days."   Races are held at the Shenandoah County Fairgrounds in Woodstock, located off I-81 at Exit 283 halfway between Winchester and Harrisonburg. Once the Fair meet is complete, the annual Shenandoah Downs five week pari-mutuel meet will be held from September 13 - October 13 with racing every Friday at 3:30 PM and Saturday at 2 PM. Details are at shenandoahdowns.com.   by Darrell Wood, for the Shenandoah County Fair

WOODSTOCK, VA ---7/31/19) --- Stall/racing applications for the fourth annual Shenandoah Downs harness racing season in Woodstock, Virginia are due August 2nd.   The applications are available on line at vhha.net and at shenandoahdowns.com. More details are available thru horsemen's representative Debbie Warnick at 443-463-0917 or by e-mail at nihilator40@msn.com.   A five week pari-mutuel season will begin September 13th and continue every Friday at 3:30 PM and Saturday at 2 PM until October 13th. A pair of non-betting racing events will also take place on Sunday October 6th and 13th. Virginia Breeder's prep races for two and three-year-old pacers and trotters of both sexes will be first up, followed by the $300,000 (est.) Breeder's Championships on closing day.   The barn area and track will open on Wednesday September 11th. For the second straight meet, a $100 stipend will be paid to owners of horses who finish out of the money --- 6th, 7th or 8th. The meet will be preceded by four days of racing at the 102nd Shenandoah County Fair from August 28th-31st.   Shenandoah Downs is located on the Shenandoah County Fairgrounds at Exit 283 off I-81, halfway between Winchester and Harrisonburg. Both parking and admission are free and the races are family friendly. More details are at shenandoahdowns.com.   by Darrell Woods, for Shenandoah Downs  

WOODSTOCK, VA -The 2019 license application and race day request submitted by the Shenandoah County Agricultural Foundation for a fall harness racing season at Shenandoah Downs was approved by the Virginia Racing Commission this past week at its regular meeting. Operations will be conducted by the Virginia Equine Alliance (VEA) and Virginia Harness Horse Association (VHHA).   A five week pari-mutuel season will begin at the Shenandoah County Fairgrounds in Woodstock September 13th and continue every Friday at 3:30 PM and Saturday at 2 PM until October 13th. A pair of non-betting racing events will also take place on Sunday October 6th and 13th. Virginia Breeder's prep races for two and three-year-old pacers and trotters of both sexes will be first up, followed by the $300,000 (est.) Breeder's Championships on closing day.   Stall/racing applications for the fourth annual Shenandoah Downs season are on line at vhha.net and at shenandoahdowns.com. Applications are due August 2nd. A $100 stipend will again be paid to owners of horses who finish out of the money --- 6th, 7th or 8th. The barn area and track will open on Wednesday September 11th. The meet will be preceded by four days of racing during the 102nd Shenandoah County Fair from August 28th-31st. More details are available thru horsemen's representative Debbie Warnick at 443-463-0917.   Opening weekend will feature a promotional appearance by legendary horse Foiled Again, who was inducted into Harness Racing's Hall of Fame in Goshen, New York on July 3rd. He is the richest standardbred of all time and last fall, earned victory number 104 at Shenandoah Downs. The now 15-year-old pacer retired January 1st with 109 wins. He will take a lap over the Woodstock oval Saturday September 14th then host a "meet and greet" with fans the rest of the afternoon. The first 600 attendees that day will receive a free commemorative Foiled Again t-shirt.   Another meet highlight is an "Own a Horse For a Day" promotion, sponsored by the VHHA. On three separate occasions --- September 14th, 21st and October 5th, eight fans will be selected via random drawings to own a horse in a $4,000 race the following weekend. They will get to visit their respective horse, trainer and driver in the stable area for photo opportunities and best of all, keep the purse earnings their horses win. One person is guaranteed to take home the winner's share of $2,000 on each occasion.   Other key promotions include Weiner Dog races on September 28th, an "Autumnfest" BBQ/Craft Beer Festival on October 5th, and the "Pink Power" Breast Cancer awareness event on October 12th which raises funds for the local American Cancer Society chapter. Every Friday, the 3:30 PM "happy hour" race card will feature one dollar draft beer and hot dogs along with karaoke in the party tent.   Shenandoah Downs is located at Exit 283 off I-81, halfway between Winchester and Harrisonburg. Both parking and admission are free and the races are family friendly. More details are at shenandoahdowns.com.     Darrell Wood  

Harness racing trainer/driver Mark Gray had two Virginia Breeder's Championship wins, and 2017 two-year-old divisional champs Lemonaideshine and Freddie K retained their titles as three-year-olds Sunday as the $347,000 eight race championship slate brought the Shenandoah Downs season to an end. Two and three-year-old divisional titles were decided among pacers and trotters of both sexes in the 21st edition of the Series. Gray's Great Am I and Flaming Trix captured the $42,725 Two-Year-Old Colt Trot and $43,950 Two-Year-Old Filly Trot respectively. The former wired the field and held off a pesky Psycho in 2:03 2/5 while the latter took the lead just past the half and in a thriller, fended off Zsa Zsa Dabor by just a neck in 2:08 3/5. Both trotters won their prep legs in easier fashion this past Monday, by 4 1/2 and 2 1/4 lengths. The pair are both owned by Anne McDonald of Alexandria. Lemonaideshine is a Badlands Hanover gelding that has thrived in Woodstock the past two years. The Jimmy Viars trainee has finished no worse than second in twelve lifetime starts, all at either Shenandoah Downs or the County Fair meet that precedes it. He wired the $44,200 Three-Year-Old Colt Pace field Sunday and finished just one-half length ahead of Gray's Rocknroll Ace in 1:57 2/5. Chuck Perry, who won the season's driving title, directed Lemonaideshone to his seventh win of the year in just nine starts. Freddie K, who won his prep race in wire-to-wire fashion, mimicked that effort in Sunday's $43,600 Two-Year-Old Colt Trot but did it in a more dominating style. The Three-Year-Old Dusty Winner gelding maintained a four length cushion throughout most of the second half, opened up by six at the top of the stretch and crossed by that same margin in 2:04 3/5. Frank Milby guided the effort for trainer Carlo Poliseno and owner Charlie Dunavant. In other sophomore action, Shez In Orbit won the $44,600 Filly Trot and gave reinsman Perry his second win on Breeder's Day. The Renfrow Hauser trainee wired the field in 2:02 3/5 and won comfortably by 3 1/2 over Half Moon Rising. Baddabingbaddabang cruised by the same margin of victory in the $43,400 Filly Pace. The daughter of Strong Player came home in a final quarter of :28 1/5 en route to a 1:58.0 finishing time. Chris Shaw drove for trainer Jeff Nisonger and owner Daniel Chanskey of Keysville. In the other freshman races, Hillbilly Camtastic handily beat stablemate Hillbilly Treasure in the $41,875 Filly Pace. Trainer Amanda Jackson's pair finished one-two in the prep race a week prior and both were making just their second lifetime starts. Frank Milby drove the winner home in 2:06 1/5. Sketcher edged Rusty's Houdini in the $43,550 Colt Pace, the day's most exciting race. Reinsman Billy Carter led Sketcher to the front initially and nearly got a coast-to-coast journey. Driver Jason Thompson' runner-up challenged outside on several occasions and even took the lead briefly at the third fraction but ultimately came up just shy to Sketcher. This was the only championship event not won by the prep race winner; the two flip flopped finishing order a week prior. Sketcher crossed in 2:00 1/5. In Saturday's action, Speed It and John's Dream captured respective $8500 open trot and pace co-features. Arlene Cameron's Speed It shipped in from Harrah's Philadelphia and wired a field that included former open winners Southwind Ferrari and Held In Balance. John Wagner was in the sulky for the public's betting choice and did not disappoint, winning by 2 1/2 over Stormont Dundas in 1:59.0. Fan favorite and track record holder John's Dream won his fourth open pace of the season but had to come from behind to complete the task. The five-year-old Dream Away gelding was last at the half and fifth at the third marker among six competing. Driver Chuck Perry led a surge outside in the final turn and crossed one length the best over Bobby The Greek in 1:55 3/5. End of the season awards were presented closing weekend. Chuck Perry won the driving title with 26 victories over the twelve day meet. Marna Shehan's eleven wins were tops among trainers in a tightly contested race. Arlene Cameron was second with ten while Roger Hammer and Jimmy Viars tied for third with nine each. Horse of the Meet honors went to Shehan's Peppermint Candy, a five-year-old gray mare who won all three of her Woodstock starts this fall. On Saturday, a pair of 14-year-olds were brought into the winners circle for a retirement celebration. Go Easy On Me and B Blissfiul, the winningest horse ever at Shenandoah Downs, were recognized by an appreciative crowd. They were both rewarded with a large bag of carrots from Virginia Racing Commissioner Clint Miller. by Darrell Wood, for Shenandoah Downs

WOODSTOCK, VA --- 10/10/18) ---- The 2018 harness racing season at Shenandoah Downs in Woodstock is in the homestretch and a number of closing weekend activities are planned to usher out meet from October 12th thru 14th.   The weekend kicks off with Shenandoah's first ever Friday program ever on October 12th. Billed as a "Hops 'n Hooves" after-work dollar draft beer event, a ten race card will run from 3-6 PM. Hot dogs will also be one dollar, and Maryland's Surf Jaguars band will perform yacht rock music in the party tent. Gates open at 2 PM and admission is free.   On Saturday, The Shenandoah Valley Chamber of Commerce presents its annual Autumnfest event in conjunction with the harness races. Designated by the Travel Channel as one of the Top 10 amazing fall festivals worth a road trip, the event will feature barbecue, craft beer and wine tastings, live music, a log splitting competition, classic car show, crafters and harness racing. The festival runs from 11:30 AM - 5 PM and harness races will be held from 2 - 5 PM. Advance tickets are $8 for all activities except the beer and wine tastings, or $20 to include the tastings. Tickets can be purchased at shenandoahcountychamber.com/autumnfest or day-of at the gate. Admission to just the harness races is free. Horse race wagers can be placed at the regular grandstand stations or at a new trackside betting pavilion in the festival area. Sunday's final race day features the $320,000 Virginia Breeder's Championships, an eight race showcase event with two and three-year-old pacers and trotters of both sexes. Each race will have a purse of $40,000 or more. A series of $4,000 prep races was held this past Monday. Two-year-old division winners included Hillbillycamtastic (Filly Pace), Flaming Trix (Filly Trot), Rusty's Houdini (Colt Pace) and Great Am I (Colt Trot). Three-year-old category winners were Baddabingbaddabang (Filly Pace), Shez In Orbit (Filly Trot), Lemonaideshine (Colt Pace) and Freddie K (Colt Trot). This event, which will be held from 2-4 PM, is a non-betting card; betting however will be available on all races both Friday and Saturday.   On the track itself, three trainers enter the final weekend tied for the standings lead with seven wins apiece. Arlene Cameron, Marna Shehan and Jimmy Viars all share the top spot. Cameron's horses have earned $39,593 from 53 starts. Shehan's have bankrolled $28,542 from 31 starts while Viars horses have won $19,040 from just 19 outings. Gerry Longo and Chuck Perry have five wins each. Perry is atop the driver standings with 20 heading into the final three race days. Billy Carter and Chris Shaw are tied for second with ten each and Tyler Shehan is third with eight. A pair of 14-year old horses will be recognized in the winner's circle Saturday in a retirement ceremony. B Blissful and Go Easy On Me both will officially retire January 1st and will get a final moment in front of the Woodstock fans before they move on. Shenandoah Downs races take place on the Shenandoah County Fairgrounds in Woodstock. The half mile oval is located off I-81 at Exit 283, halfway between Harrisonburg and Winchester. For more information, visit shenandoahdowns.com or the track's facebook page. Caption for attachment: 14-year-old B Blissful will be part of a retirement ceremony at Shenandoah Downs October 13th. Photo by Dee Leftwich. For info, contact Darrell Wood at 804-338-4632 by Darrell Wood, for Shenandoah Downs                

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

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