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Harness racing driver David Miller had Century Farroh in just the right spot, and the 4-year-old son of Mach Three charged by favorite Bettor's Wish in the late stages to capture the $500,000 Breeders Crown Open Pace at Harrah's Hoosier Park on Saturday night (Oct. 31). Century Farroh left hard from the outside and tucked in behind early speedster Backstreet Shadow heading into the first turn. Tim Tetrick guided Backstreet Shadow to the quarter in :26.3 and was able to slow the half to :54.1 as favorite Bettor's Wish and driver Dexter Dunn tracked from fourth after leaving the gate. Dunn pulled with Bettor's Wish and methodically moved without cover, towing Sectionline Bigry into the race in second-over position. Backstreet Shadow controlled the lead at the three-quarter marker in 1:21.2, but Dunn appeared poised and Bettor's Wish moved with purpose into the homestretch to take control. David Miller had to wait for the passing lane to find room, and once he got that room, he roused the Dr. Ian Moore trainee and got the response he was looking for. As the leaders approached the finish line, Century Farroh had the momentum and got the best of Bettor's Wish by a neck, denying that horse a second straight Crown title. Backstreet Shadow managed to hold on to the third spot, with This Is The Plan and Filibuster Hanover rounding out the top five finishers. Century Farroh won for just the fourth time this year in 15 starts for the Ratchford Stable and pushed his career earnings over the $1 million mark. Century Spring Farms bred the winner, who returned $17.40. "When I landed in the two-hole, I was pretty happy," said Miller following the race. The Hall of Fame driver was far from confident heading into the stretch. "I wouldn't say I was loaded, but when I popped the earplugs, he got the job done." The Breeders Crown victory for Century Farroh was eerily similar to his August Dan Patch triumph at Harrah's Hoosier Park, where he tracked down the pacesetting Bettor's Wish in the shadow of the wire. by Jay Bergman, for the Breeders Crown

CHESTER, PA - It was "Miller time" during the John Simpson Sr. stakes action for freshman colts on Friday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, as harness racing driver Marcus Miller had a victory in both the trotting and pacing events (in the trot for trainer/aunt Julie), while David Miller took the other trot before heading off to Breeders Crown competition at Hoosier Park. The events were the $111,600 Super Bowl, raced as noted in two divisions, and the $110,000 Bret Hanover, which went in three splits. The Millers' sweep in the Super Bowl came with odds-on favorites; the first to succeed were David and the Cantab Hall - Jolie De Vie gelding Jack Fire, making the lead off turn one and going on to victory in taking a new mark of 1:56.   The Pennsylvania Sire Stakes consolation winner defeated the Fair Sire Stakes champion Top Me Off by three-quarters of a length to make him a success in half of his ten starts and an earner of $127,359 for trainer Nifty Norman and the ownership of Pinske Stables and Curly Tall Curly Small. The second trot was an "Illinois Millers" affair, with Marcus moving Sunny Crockett to the top at about the same spot Jack Fire took command, and the pair withstanding pocketsitter Flemsteen by three-quarters of a length in 1:56.2. The Julie Miller trainee, a colt by Father Patrick - Moonlight In Miami, now has six wins in eleven trips to the gate and a bankroll of $110,229 for Willow Oak Ranch and Andy Miller Stable Inc. Marcus Miller's win on the pace was behind the fastest of the three winners, the Somebeachsomewhere - Swinging Beauty gelding Whichwaytothebeach, who got command at the quarter and stayed strong to the finish, coming his back half in :54.4 to complete a 1:51.2 package. Bettor Of The West, who made the winner work for the early lead, came back at him from the pocket but fell three-quarters of a length shy as Whichwaytothebeach, a heavy favorite, is now 4-for-8 with $117,708 in earnings for trainer Roland Mallar and owners Alan Johnston and John Craig. A second siring credit came to Somebeachsomewhere as his altered son out of History Repeats, His Beats Hanover, continued his development for trainer Tom and owner John Cancelliere by breaking his maiden in 1:53. A sharp closer in his last two races, today he raced from the pocket for George Napolitano Jr. and went by favored Cyrus Peak by a half length. The Captaintreacherous - Fancy Filly colt Captain Fancy posted his third straight victory despite having to pace his last half raw in :55, drawing off to a 2½ length victory over Mysweetboymax while earning a new speed badge of 1:52.2. Daniel Dube had the sulky duty for trainer Bill MacKenzie and owners Vincent Ali Jr., Alma Iafelice, and Ted Gewertz. Marcus Miller, Todd McCarthy, and George Napolitano Jr. all had driving triples on the Friday Philly card. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia  

Trenton, NJ — For the time being, Tyler Angus plans on majoring in engineering while wrestling in college, and hopefully become a part-time harness racing Standardbred driver if he can squeeze it in. There is, however, a disclaimer to that thought process. “If I become the next David Miller or something, I’ll make a career out of it,” the 18-year-old Ohio resident said with a laugh. “But I’ve got a very long road ahead of me before I’m there.” His road was well paved at the start, as Angus drove his first official race Aug. 24 and guided Ruffy’s Desire to victory at the Canfield Fair. After driving four qualifiers at Northfield Park, where his dad Ryan trains, Tyler got his chance thanks to trainer Billy Rhoades. “Him and my dad are pretty good friends,” Angus said. “Billy just saw my dad one day and said, ‘Hey ask your kid if he wants to go up to the fair and drive Ruffy’s Desire; he’s two fingers, he’s safe.’ Dad asked me, Billy and I talked and went to the fair and did what we did.” He did it well, thanks to receiving the sagest advice a trainer can give to a first-time driver. “One thing that really helped is Billy told me there’s no pressure,” Angus said. “He said ‘If you get beat, you get beat, just take it like a man.’ It was actually a lot of pressure off my back.” But a driver wouldn’t be human if they didn’t feel some type of anxiety in their maiden voyage. “I was a little bit nervous,” he said. “You want to look good, show people you’re safe and you can handle a horse.” Angus displayed all of that by getting out quick from post two and never yielding the lead. “The horse didn’t have that much gate speed; so Billy told me to put him right on the front and enjoy the ride and that’s what I did and got the dub (W),” Angus said. As his victory became apparent, Angus began to happily check an item off his bucket list. “I just couldn’t believe it,” he said. “Coming around the last turn, I kept looking back and I opened up and it was just a dream come true, something I’ve been wanting to do my whole life. I got the opportunity and got the job done.” Since then, Angus has driven in some qualifiers and one other race in which he said of himself and the horse, “We both had a rough day.” Since beginning his senior year at Nordonia High School, Angus has been focusing on his studies and playing linebacker for the football team. He will concentrate on his main sport in the winter when they roll out the wrestling mats. Apparently, colliding with other bodies on the gridiron is his way to relax. “Honestly, I just use football to get a break from wrestling,” he said. “I love football; I enjoy it, but I don’t take it as serious as wrestling. It’s just a break for me.” Angus wrestles year-round except for football season; and has been a state and national place-winner in club wrestling. At the prestigious Virginia Beach Dual Meet Tournament, he went 5-1 and beat several state champions. “It was a good experience for me,” said Angus, who will look to wrestle at 152 pounds this year. “I’m hoping to wrestle in college. I’ve got a bunch of Division Two offers and a couple of small D-One schools, but I’m not going to decide until the end of wrestling season.” While sports make it tough for Angus to drive, it doesn’t keep him away from the horses. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, he only attends classes at school two days a week, giving him five days to help his dad. “Working with animals is something I enjoy,” he said. “Just helping them; getting them better, watching them win a race.” Angus caught the bug when he started helping his dad as a pre-teen. When he turned 10, Ryan let him jog his first horse. “I liked it and started jogging more,” Angus said. “He got me into training, I didn’t do so hot training at first. Then I started doing it more; got the hang of it, started cutting miles and babies and all that.” Soon, the undeniable urge to climb in the sulky surfaced. “I asked him, ‘Hey what are the chances you would let me drive?’” Angus said. “He wasn’t all for it at first. He just didn’t want to see me take a chance and get hurt. I understood. I was only 15 at the time. “We started getting more babies, training more miles, training off the gate. I asked him again when I was 16 or 17. He said, ‘If that’s what you want to do, I’m going to support you.’ I got my fair license, passed the test and that’s pretty much it.” Angus hopes to resume driving next spring, after high school wrestling concludes. He has managed to use some grappling experiences to help with driving. “When you’re in the race bike, you just lay back, it feels comfortable to you,” Angus said. “It kind of feels like a position in wrestling, when a kid is on your leg or something. And wrestling helped with my nerves and confidence level in driving.” Whether he is on the mat or in the bike, Angus gets the same rush. “I love competing, that’s just me,” he said. “I think racing and competing in wrestling or football are two of the same things. It’s fun going fast, it’s fun going against another guy in wrestling.” And if he ever gets as good as David Miller, that would be fun too. by Rich Fisher, for the USTA

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Harness racing fans of The Meadowlands' multi-leg wagers will no doubt be betting with both hands Saturday (Sept. 12) night, as after Friday night's Early 20-cent Pick-5 and 20-cent Pick-6 failed to result in winning tickets, each will offer big guaranteed pools. Thirty-two to one longshot Lear Seelster won the first race at the mile oval Friday night, leading to an Early 20-cent Pick-5 that did not have a ticket with five winners. Those with four correct cashed in for $108.22. Those who play the wager Saturday evening will have a shot at a huge score, as a carryover of $37,158 led Big M management to guarantee the pool at $100,000. Bettors can expect a final pool much larger than that as the last time a Pick-5 had a carryover on July 31, a total of $382,726 was pushed through the windows. The Pick-6's payoff leg was taken by 9-1 chance Stonebridge Reef, resulting in a carryover of $6,810. The track has guaranteed that pool at $20,000 for Saturday's card. Those who had five winners Friday walked away with $71.94. The last Pick-6 carryover (also on July 31) resulted in a total pool of $74,489. Free past performances for both Saturday's Early 20-cent Pick-5 (Races 1 through 5) and 20-cent Pick-6 (Races 3 through 8) are available at The Big M's website, playmeadowlands.com. FOUR SCORES FOR MILLER: Driver David Miller had the hot hand on the Friday program, visiting the winner's circle four times. Before the betting card began, Miller guided Reign Of Honor to victory lane in the New Jersey Breeders Maturity for trotting 4-year-old horses and geldings in 1:55.1. Then it was Miller time for the bettors. "The Buckeye", who is fifth on the all-time driver dash-win list with 13,037 victories, got his night started with the classy Dayson ($2.60 to win), who scored in 1:54 in a mid-range conditioned trot in race seven. He then scored one race later with 9-1 shot Stonebridge Reef ($21.00) in 1:54 in a 2-year-old non-winners of two pace before capping his night with a natural hat trick in the ninth behind The Last Chapter ($15.20), who took an upper mid-range conditioned trot in 1:53.4. A LITTLE MORE: The new 10-cent Pentafecta is worth a long look for players. Despite even-money favorite Lifetime Royalty scoring in the 13th race, the bet requiring one to correctly select the top five finishers paid $371.33. ... All-source wagering totaled $2,359,729. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 29, 2020 -- Chase H Hanover and Southwind Gendry each captured a division of Saturday's Pennsylvania Sires Stakes at The Meadows, giving David Miller a sweep of the $213,858 event for freshman colt and gelding pacers. Miller's big day didn't end there, as he also won two PA Stallion Series splits and an overnight race to give him five harness racing victories on the 15-race card. The winners had vastly different paths to victory in the PASS known as the Tyler B. Chase H Hanover quarter-poled to the top and simply was the best from there, scoring in a career-fastest 1:51.1. Crunch Hanover was 1/2 length back in second while Lou's Pearlman rallied for show.   "We made a couple changes -- we opened him up and put cups on him," said winning trainer Scott Cox, who owns the $30,000 yearling purchase with Jason Ash. "I hope he still had something at the wire; it looked like he was getting a little lackadaisical. He's kind of easy on himself." The Captaintreacherous-Calgary Hanover gelding soared over $100,000 in earnings. Southwind Gendry faced perhaps a sterner challenge, trailing favorite Always A Miki by 6 at the half -- and with no cover in sight. When Miller sent the Always B Miki-Gambler's Passion gelding first up, he responded and proved the more determined horse in the lane, defeating Always A Miki by 1/2 length in 1:51.3. Whichwaytothebeach completed the ticket.   "I actually liked the trip because he wasn't going to have to be three wide," said winning trainer Ron Burke. "I knew once he got wheel to wheel with the other horse, he would make that colt race. This horse doesn't get tired, and he tries." Southwind Gendry races for Burke Racing Stable, Phillip Collura, Knox Services and J&T Silva-Purnel&Libby. While both Chase H Hanover and Southwind Gendry apparently have qualified for the $260,000 PASS championship Sept. 5 at Harrah's Pocono, that won't be confirmed until the points are officially tallied. $60,000 PA Stallion Series -- 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pacers Miller powered to the point from the rail with Bettor Not Talk and refused to release the two other horses vying for the front. The Hall of Famer knew what he was doing, as Bettor Not Talk never did surrender the lead, blazing to a stake record 1:51.2. Sweet Angel Boy was second, beaten 3 lengths, with Amazing Bet third. The time shaved two ticks from Biggie's previous stake mark. "I would've turned somebody loose, but there were two of them out there, and I didn't want to get away third," Miller said. "He did it pretty easily. I've thought all along he was a pretty nice horse." Robert Cleary trains the Betting Line-Talk Time gelding for Allen Wenc. Somewhereinverona and Twin B Edge took the other stallion series splits. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday when the 15-race program features a pair of stakes for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters -- a $188,732 PASS and a $60,000 stallion series event -- as well as a $5,000 total-pool guarantee for the Early Pick 4 (race 3) and a $3,058.87 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 12:45 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA

CHESTER PA - Hall of Fame horseman David Miller became only the fifth harness racing driver to reach 13,000 career sulky victories when he won with Mr Censi in the twelfth race on Friday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia. Miller got away third with the winner as the favorite The Wall laid down hot numbers of :25.4 and :54.1 to the half, then moved uncovered late in the backstretch, with Lifeonthebeach A on his back by the 1:21.3 three-quarters. The late battle came down to these two horses on the outside, with Mr Censi just proving more photogenic than his rival in 1:51, returning $56.00 to win to his scattered backers. David Miller, a 55-year-old native Ohioan who entered the sport's Hall of Fame in 2013, now trails only Dave Palone, Tony Morgan (who was third in Miller's milestone race), Herve Filion, and Cat Manzi in lifetime driving victories. He is second to the retired John Campbell, thus the active leader, in lifetime earnings of horses driven with $244.5 million bankrolled. Miller is currently tied for third in the Harrah's Philly driver standings. 13,000 career victories for David Miller On the equine side, the most impressive performer of the day was the Muscle Hill - Slightly Tipsy two-year-old trotting filly Wet My Whistle, who was sent to the lead, had a length advantage at the :28.1 quarter, a 1¾ length lead at the :58.3 half, a 5½ length lead at the 1:26.4 three-quarters, a nine length lead with an eighth remaining, and won by twelve lengths while taking a maiden mark of 1:55.2. George Napolitano Jr. drove the fast freshman filly for trainer Ãke Svanstedt and the ownership of Ãke Svanstedt Inc., Little E LLC, and Triple Play Trotters LLC. Drivers Napolitano and Tim Tetrick, currently 1-2 in the Philly driver standings, each piloted three winners on the Friday card. PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER, PA - Its Mesmerise N, a daughter of American Ideal who has been no worse than second in her last five starts, took a new mark of 1:51.3 in winning the $11,600 featured pace for distaffs Wednesday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia. Andrew McCarthy positioned the winner of two of her last three starts behind pacesetting Vorst, who posted splits of :27.4, :56.2, and 1:24. The winner was locked in nearing headstretch by first-over favorite Anytime N, so McCarthy directed Its Mesmerise N into the Philly passing lane, and the pair came home in :27.2 to post a length decision over Vorst, with Anytime N lasting for third. Darran Cassar trains the winner for Windermere Stable LLC. Hall of Fame driver David Miller crept closer to yet another milestone in a career full of them, posting two wins on the day to raise his lifetime count to 12,998. Miller is fifth on the alltime victory list, and among active drivers trails only Dave Palone and Anthony Morgan (who had three winners on the card; the meet's leading driver George Napolitano Jr. had four). On the lifetime earnings side, Miller-driven horses have amassed $244.5 million, second only to the retired John Campbell's $299.9 million. You'd think that a driver of Miller's accomplishments wouldn't be the leading producer of $50+ longshot winners at a track, but when Miller clicked with Needless To Say at $68.40 in the second race, he became the first driver to post two "bomber" victories at the track this year. Miller also notched the first big-price winner of the 2020 season at Philly, while Needless To Say's trainer, Bill "Moon" Mullin, was the first to hang a huge win mutuel up at Pocono at the start of this year. Three-year-old pacing fillies look to secure their spots in their Championship events at Harrah's Philadelphia on Thursday, as the track will host two $93,142 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes divisions and five $20,000 sections of the Stallion Series in their final preliminary legs. The top pointearners in the Sire Stakes will be back at Philly on Sunday, September 6 as part of the $1.2 million Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Three-Year-Old Championship card. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

Columbus, OH — Papi Rob Hanover has suffered a broken coffin bone and his owner David McDuffee indicated that he is done racing for the rest of the year and is probably headed to stud according to a story posted on the Harness Racing Update Facebook page. On Saturday (July 25), Papi Rob Hanover and regular driver David Miller recorded a 1:47.1 world record for a 3-year-old colt on a five-eighths-mile track when he won his Adios elimination at The Meadows by 10-1/2 lengths. “There’s no question there is a fracture there that will prevent him from racing this year, anyway,” McDuffee said of the career winner of $927,979 trained by Brett Pelling. “It’s, obviously, a very tough thing to even think about for him because I think everybody started to realize what a great horse he is and that his best days were, obviously, ahead of him.” McDuffee said while it is possible Papi Rob Hanover could race next year and beyond, his preference is to find a good stallion home for the son of Somebeachsomewhere out of Panera Hanover. To read the complete story on Harness Racing Update’s Facebook page, click here.

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - It was Hall of Famer Dave Miller's night at the Meadowlands Friday, as "The Buckeye" drove three harness racing winners on the program, including among them, Run Director in the featured Open for trotters. "I raced him at [Harrah's Philadelphia] in his last start and he had all kinds of road trouble but still trotted in [1:]51," said Miller. "I really like this horse." So did those who wagered on the 5-year-old son of Kadabra-Keep The Spirit, who was sent to the gate at 11-1 in a field remarkable in how competitive it looked on paper. While not showing gate speed in any of his recent efforts, Miller gunned his horse to the top around the first turn and hit the quarter in :27. With no one coming at him, Miller was able to rate the second fraction in :29, which left plenty of juice for the final half-mile. Nearing three-quarters, Betting Gangster S was racing first-over trying to challenge the leader while towing 2-1 favorite Lindy The Great into the race, but Betting Gangster S stalled on the far turn, which forced Lindy The Great three-wide, sealing the deal for the eventual winner. Lindy The Great kicked home in :26.1, but it was too little, too late, as Run Director completed his wire-to-wire win in 1:51.4.   "I did not expect to make the lead that easy," said Miller. "He was going along really easy and seemed very comfortable. I heard Andy [Miller, driving Lindy The Great] coming but we had enough left to get the job done." Run Director, who hit the finish three-quarters-of-a-length in front of LTG, paid $25.00 to win for his owners Thomas and Elizabeth Rankin. Swansea finished third. The Andrew Harris trainee now has 14 wins from 38 career starts and earnings of $470,087. NJSS WRAPUP: The second leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes for 2-year-olds saw seven divisions on the Friday card. In the first of three colt and gelding trots, the Dave Miller-driven, Marcus Melander-trained Heartbreak Hill (Muscle Hill-Allmar Surprise) gunned down 3-5 favorite Spy Booth nearing the wire to pull off an upset at 31-1, winning for the first time in his career in 1:54.3; Locatelli (Muscle Hill-Girlie Tough) went wire-to-wire in division two for Yannick Gingras and Nancy Takter, taking his first-ever victory in 1:54.4 as the 3-1 third choice; Mon Amour (Muscle Hill-Mind Meld) was the only favorite among the male trotters to click, as the Per Engblom student scored in division three as the 3-5 choice in 1:56 with Dexter Dunn holding the lines. The first of two divisions for filly trotters went to Altar (Muscle Hill-Swan Hot Mama) for Dave Miller and Engblom. The 7-1 chance recorded her first lifetime win in 1:54.4 coming from off the pace. In the second division, Engblom completed a sweep of the filly trot divisions - and got his third NJSS win of the night - with Material Girl, a Muscle Hill-Lilu Hanover offspring who was driven by Dunn. The 4-1 shot, who visited the winner's circle for the first time in her career, stopped the clock in 1:55.3. Before the betting card, there were a pair of divisions on the pace. Recording a second victory in as many starts was the filly Anna Jeans (Great Vintage-Early Go Hanover), who scored in a lifetime-best 2:03.2 for trainer John Urbanski and driver Jason Thompson. Also staying perfect in two starts was Fika Time, a gelding from trainer Chase Vandervort who is a product of Sunfire Blue Chip-Raiders Favorite. Tim Tetrick guided the winner to a lifetime-best 1:56.3 mile. A LITTLE MORE: Wagering was solid all night as the 20-cent Pick-5 took in $81,252 in bets and the Late Pick-4 saw $88,209 of action. ... Total wagering was $2,883,778. ... Racing resumes Saturday night - Meadowlands Pace Night - at a special early post time of 6:30 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations  

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - December 7, 2019 - The $65,000 SBOANJ New Jersey Sired Trot Final for 3-year-olds at the Meadowlands on Friday night (Dec 6.) ended in exciting harness racing fashion. The favorite Evident Beauty and second favorite Princess Deo could not be split at the wire, stopping the clock as co-winners in 1:52.2. The two fillies sat back allowing the colt Lucius Vorenus to make the front uncontested to a first-quarter time of 28.1. Just past the quarter Andrew McCarthy moved is filly Princess Deo to the front to take the lead from Lucius Vorenus, while Evident Beauty and David Miller waited to make their move after the half-mile marker. David Miller and Evident Beauty eased their way around the last turn, and the two fillies hooked up in the lane battling to the dead heat for the win. The NJSS horse of the year Evident Beauty is trained by Richard (Nifty) Norman and owned by Melvin Hartman, Little E LLC, and R A W Equine Inc. The Trixton filly has notched win number 13 and $805,301 in lifetime earnings. Bred by White Birch Farms in Allentown, NJ, Evident Beauty has put together a noteworthy 3-year-old campaign. The other winner in this dead heat Princess Deo is trained by Noel Daley for owners Deo Volente Farms LLC, Thomas Pontone and John Fodera. Princess Deo was also sired by Trixton, but she was bred by Deo Volente Farms LLC. Princess Deo captured her fifth win and boosted her lifetime earnings to $405,974. This was the first year for the SBOANJ 3-year-old sired trot race, it is planned to return next year for 3 and 4-year-olds. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ  

Chester, PA -- Following two consecutive Preferred wins at Freehold, Lyons Steel ($4.40) extended his streak to three with a 1:52.3 harness racing victory in the $18,000 pacing feature on Sunday (Nov. 24) at Harrah's Philadelphia. The 4-year-old Rock N Roll Heaven gelding and driver David Miller worked clear of Nine Ways (Tony Morgan) after a :27.1 first quarter, and then parried two separate challenges en route to the 15th win of his career. After rating a :55.4 half mile, Lyons Steel staved off a first-over push from JK Musicman (George Napolitano Jr.) through three-quarters in 1:23.4, and then dug in to defeat the late-rallying Billy Badger N (Dexter Dunn) by three-quarters of a length. JK Musicman narrowly held third over Mako Banner N (Corey Callahan). Dennis Watson trains Lyons Steel for BD Racing LLC. Tim Tetrick notched a grand slam on the 14-race card, winning with King Harvest ($5.80), Song Cycle Senese ($1.20), Sadiq Hanover ($13.40) and In Rock We Trust ($10.40). Due to an insuficent amount of entries, qualifiers at Harrah's are cancelled on Tuesday. Live racing returns to Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon (Nov. 27), with a 14-race card due to commence at 2:05 p.m. Eastern. by James Witherite, for Harrah's Philadelphia 

Freehold, NJ --- Going into the first leg of the Standardbred Breeders' and Owners' Association of New Jersey (SBOANJ) Trot, Evident Beauty looked like the classiest harness racing member of the five-horse field. She proved it on the Freehold Raceway oval Friday afternoon, winning by 3 1/4 lengths in 1:56.4.   Sent off as the 3/5 favorite, driver David Miller rated her in third place early, behind early leader French Cafe and Dark as a Pocket. Heading up the backstretch the final time, Miller sent his charge out after the leader, and drew up to French Cafe as they rounded the final turn. Although French Cafe gave a good fight, Evident Beauty proved too good, and she pulled away for the victory.   This marks the eighth win of the season for Evident Beauty, who has bankrolled more than $500,000 in her sophomore campaign. Five of those wins have come in stakes finals. She was the 3/2 favorite in her Breeders' Crown elimination last week, but broke stride turning for home and lost all chance to qualify for the final. She's owned by Melvin Hartman, Little E LLC, and RAW Equine, and is trained by Nifty Norman.   The first leg of the series drew twelve entries, and was subsequently split by gender. No Drama Please won the division for colts & geldings, wearing down early leader Lucius Vorenus to win by 3/4 of a length. He went the mile in a season's best 1:57.3 for owner Joseph Smith, trainer Tom Fanning, and drive Austin Siegelman.   The SBOANJ series continues next Friday, with the second leg. The final will be worth $50,000, and is scheduled for November 15.   Live racing continues at Freehold on Saturday, with a scheduled first post time of 12:30 PM EDT.   From Freehold Raceway  

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 1, 2019 -- An era will end Saturday when Roger Huston, "The Voice" of The Meadows for the last 44 years, calls his final harness racing card at the track (first post 1:05 PM). At 77, Huston is cutting back his workload. He'll still call the Little Brown Jug, which he's done since 1968, and he'll announce races at a number of county fairs. But his day-to-day presence will be reduced. And what a presence it has been. Not only has Huston called more than 188,000 races in his career, but he's also been an effective ambassador and champion for harness racing, attracting many new fans to the sport through his distinctive calls and enthusiasm. Fittingly, the Hall of Famer has accepted a position as ambassador for the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association, returning to his Ohio roots. He seldom refuses an assignment, calling races throughout North America and journeying to Dublin each year to announce Ireland's premier event, the Vincent Delaney Memorial. But a race needn't be high profile to lure him; he once called a homespun Pittsburgh affair known as "The Undie 500," which featured humans, possibly inebriated, racing in their skivvies. That one may not make his career highlights list, but all who heard his call remember it. Huston is prolific to be sure, yet he also brings to his work a Cosellian quality, rare among announcers, that infuses even the most humble event with importance. When he calls a race, it's historic -- and we're thrilled to become part of that history. Now, on the eve of his final call at The Meadows, horsemen are offering tributes and remembrances. Some are veteran Ohio and western Pennsylvania horsemen. Others are winners of the Jug or the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids. A few are both. If you've never been on your feet, you better get up now to join these horsemen in thanking Roger Huston and celebrating his career. * * * * * "We're not just losing a man; we're losing an icon He's the SportsCenter, the Chris Berman of harness racing. His knowledge and dedication to something that he loves are unsurpassed. I've always looked forward to Roger's announcing every day, to his thunder and his fire. The statistics he compiles are instrumental to the game. With today's technology, I hope there's a group that will keep that going." -- Aaron Merriman, four-time national driving champion who's co-located at The Meadows and Ohio tracks * * * * * "He's the reason my dad took me to the races for the 1976 Adios. I had no background in horses, no interest in horses, but when I heard Roger calling the stretch duel between Armbro Ranger and Keystone Ore, I was hooked. I thought, I'd like for that guy to scream my name. He's been my No. 1 supporter, even introducing me at my Hall of Fame induction. When I won the Jug with P-Forty Seven (2005), he was the happiest guy in the winners' circle -- tears running down his face, big hug. That meant a lot. It will be weird driving races and not hearing him." -- Dave Palone, harness racing's all-time "winningest" driver * * * * * "When I was 17, I skipped school to go to the Jug. I had no pass, no parking -- the Jug barn wasn't even built then. So I'm walking up the road, and I hear Roger holler, 'They're going to the gate.' It made my hair stand on end. He makes the whole experience more special. In 2017, I had three horses at The Meadows for Emerald Highlands Farm on Adios Day. We won the Adios with Fear The Dragon, we won an Adioo Volo division, and we won an Arden Downs split. Roger couldn't let that go: 'Three in a row at The Meadows!' That put the cherry on top." -- Brian Brown, Delaware, Ohio-based trainer * * * * * "I've known Roger just about my whole life. I remember first meeting him when I was 8 at the Ashland County Fair and later hearing him call the Jug. He really loves harness racing; you can tell by the way he calls the races. Things won't be the same without him. After I won my first Jug with No Pan Intended (2003), I told Roger, 'I'm glad it was you who called my first Jug win.'" -- Hall of Famer David Miller, five-time Jug winner and former member of The Meadows drivers colony. * * * * * "Roger is Meadows racing as far as I'm concerned, and I'm lucky enough to call him my friend. It's truly a loss for The Meadows. At the same time, I'm happy for him taking on his new role in Ohio. He's had a tremendous impact on the sport and on me personally. When I watch replays and hear him screaming my name, it makes my job fun." -- Mike Wilder, Ohio native and longtime driver at The Meadows * * * * * "On behalf of all our horsemen, I want to thank Roger. He's been harness racing's No. 1 fan, and we really appreciate all his hard work in promoting racing. He's in the Hall of Fame for a reason." -- Kim Hankins, executive director, Meadows Standardbred Owners Association * * * * * "I'm from Ohio, and my first harness racing experience was listening to Roger's calls at the Jug. That was the most exciting thing. We moved to western Pennsylvania even before Roger arrived at The Meadows; I remember having dinner at his house when we were kids. It was great to have an announcer of his stature at The Meadows; just his being here brought us publicity. That's been important for all our careers. What he's brought to our sport is unfathomable." -- Norm Parker, The Meadows-based trainer * * * * * "I've actually been thinking quite a bit about his departure. I'm trying to appreciate hearing him now, because when he's gone, people will really miss him. My father grew up in Pittsburgh and, I assume, went to The Meadows in the '70s. Roger was the announcer then, so to me, he connects my generation to my dad's generation. Something feels good about that, knowing I'm listening to the same announcer. I don't know what it will be like here when he's gone, but it certainly will be different. Roger is as much a part of The Meadows as anyone or anything ever." -- Mark Weaver of Weaver Bruscemi LLC, who treasures Huston's calls of his two Jug wins (Limelight Beach in 2014, Filibuster Hanover in 2017) and his 2018 Adios title with Dorsoduro Hanover. Super Hi-5 Jackpot at $15,025.63 The jackpot for the final-race Super Hi-5 at The Meadows has grown again. Friday's Super Hi-5 offers a carryover of $15,025.63. First post for the 12-race card is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

MILTON, ONTARIO, October 26 - Trainer Marcus Melander brought three high profile harness racing colts into the $500,000 (US) Breeders Crown for sophomores on Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park and Gimpanzee emerged as the best of the lot capturing his second consecutive Crown title at the expense of heavy favorite Greenshoe who suffered from a difficult overland journey in a 1:52 3/5 mile. The race contested during a driving rain and high winds saw plenty of early action with Gimpanzee one of a host of outsiders leaving the gate. He was joined by Hambletonian winner Forbidden Trade as well as Soul Strong and Super Schissel. Forbidden Trade would need a pair of moves to secure the lead following the :26 4/5 opening quarter and he continued in control into the wind through the :56 2/5 half. Gimpanzee and driver David Miller came to challenge with authority on the turn and looked to tow elimination winner Don't Let Em and Greenshoe into contention. Don't Let Em struggled to keep up with Gimpanzee eventually made a break compromising Greenshoe's chances considerably in the process. Gimpanzee drove powerfully past the leader after a 1:25 3/5 three quarters clocking and the son of Chapter Seven took off to a convincing score. Greenshoe once into the stretch made up a huge chunk of ground to gain the place spot with early leader Soul Strong coming on late for third. Chin Chin Hall and Goes Down Smooth earned the final two checks. Gimpanzee undefeated last year as a freshman has now won seven times in 12 starts this year winning the Yonkers Trot and finishing third in the other two Triple Crown legs. Bred by Order By Stable Gimpanzee is co-owned by Courant Inc and S R F Stable. Sent off as a 5-1 offering Gimpanzee returned $13.10 for the victory. "I was planning on leaving," said Miller. "I gave him a rough trip but he's so tough." Melander suggested the horse could go under any conditions. "I don't think it would matter if it was a snowstorm and minus 20," said Melander. "He wouldn't have a problem with it." To watch the race replay, click here. From Woodbine Communications/Hambletonian Society

MILTON, ONTARIO, October 25, 2019 - The $600,000 (US) Breeders Crown 2-Year-Old Colt Pace was expected to be a battle between elimination winner Papi Rob Hanover and Metro winner Tall Dark Stranger. That the two crossed the wire that way was just the beginning of a harness racing story that changed radically after the finish. Driver Yannick Gingras placed an objection on behalf of Tall Dark Stranger against David Miller on Papi Rob Hanover and after a long period the judges agreed, placing Tall Dark Stranger first and race-winner Papi Rob Hanover second in the final of four $600,000 juvenile Breeders Crown at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Friday night. Tall Dark Stranger left alertly going past Cattlewash into the first turn with 6-5 favorite Papi Rob Hanover settling in third for Miller. Tall Dark Stranger cut effective fractions of :27 3/5 and :55 1/5 for the opening half as the field was spread out with passing that station. Miller went on the offensive midway on the final turn with Papi Rob Hanover but by that time it appeared as if Gingras had gotten the fractions he needed crossing three quarters in 1:23 2/5 with Tall Dark Stranger. A bitter battled ensued in the homestretch as the two colts battled head to head right to the wire with Papi Rob Hanover getting his head in front at the wire in the 1:51 mile. The inquiry sign went up quickly and the judges determined that Papi Rob Hanover had made contact with Tall Dark Stranger causing that one to lose his momentum. "My colt was fighting back," said Gingras after the race. "I haven't made an objection since Yonkers in 2002." Sent off as the second choice in the field Tall Dark Stranger returned $5.80 while notching his eighth win in nine career starts for trainer Nancy Johansson. Marvin Katz, Crawford Farms, Caviart Farms and Howard Taylor share ownership in Tall Dark Stranger who was bred by James Avritt Sr. Cattlewash finished third with original fourth place finisher Mayhem Hanover also getting disqualified for getting in the path of Capt Midnight in the late stages and causing that one to break. The judges placed Capt Midnight fourth with Mayhem Hanover revised back to fifth. A disqualification of a Breeders Crown race winner had only happened twice before (That Fabulous Face in 1998 and Corleone Kosmos in 2007) , with both being by trotters that made a break. To watch the race replay, click here. From Woodbine Entertainment/Hambletonian Society        

MILTON, ONT, October 18, 2019 - Earlier in the evening harness racing driver Yannick Gingras upended two unbeaten juveniles in capturing Breeders Crown eliminations. Gingras was on the other side of the fence in the lone $32,500 (CAD) Crown elimination for juvenile pacing colts and this time his unbeaten Tall Dark Stranger tasted defeat for the first time as Papi Rob Hanover and driver Dave Miller turned the tables in capturing the event in 1:50 2/5 at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Friday. Tall Dark Stranger was sent off as the odds-on choice in the field of 10 necessary to find eight horses for the final. Gingras sent him to the front early and he seated Cattlewash in the pocket and cut the opening fraction in :27 4/5 as Papi Rob Hanover and Major Betts both found spots along the pylons. Tall Dark Stranger appeared to be cruising on the lead until Miller made a sudden move and engaged the leader. The two hooked up for an extended duel but Papi Rob Hanover overtook the favorite just past the :55 1/5 opening half. Miller kept the pace lively and did not allow an outer tier flow to develop kicking his third quarter in :27 1/5 with the teletimer flashing 1:22 2/5. Papi Rob Hanover, sent off at 3-2 was second in the Metro to Tall Dark Stranger but on this night it was his rival that failed to engage in the final eighth of a mile as Miller worked on Papi Rob Hanover and got the desired result. A final quarter of :28 flat snapped Tall Dark Stranger's seven race win streak and assured the winner a decent draw for the final. Cattlewash finished third followed by Mayhem Hanover in fourth. Rounding out those headed for next Friday's final are Freedom Warrior, Allywag Hanover, Major Betts and Put To Right. To see the race, click here. David McDuffee owns Papi Rob Hanover a son of Somebeachsomewhere and Brett Pelling trains the colt who returned $5 to win. "I knew we had to finish in the top eight so I asked Brett before the race what the strategy was," Miller said. "He said 'I came here to win' so we accomplished that," said Miller. "I was going to sit and just come late but when I saw the quarter in :27 4/5 I figured I better go. He was strong." "He's the real deal," said Pelling. "He's never done anything wrong. He had post 9 in the Metro final and got beat and I didn't want to take a chance drawing outside again." The post positions for the Breeders Crown 2-Year-Old Colt Pace will be drawn at a press conference on Tuesday afternoon. By winning his elimination, Papi Rob Hanover is guaranteed to draw anywhere from post one to post five. From Woodbine Communications/Hambletonian Society  

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