Day At The Track
Search Results
49 to 64 of 591

On The Podium (Donato Hanover) went coast to coast in the Sunday harness racing feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Al Annunziata-trained trotter moved out to the early lead in the $15,000 Winners Over and never looked back. After getting a first half in 57.2, On The Podium didn't face any real pressure until the final turn when pocket sitter Cincinnati Miss (Frank Coppola Jr) came out of the two-hole to challenge. Those two trotters stepped away from their rivals before On The Podium reached the wire first in 1:55.4 for his third victory of the season. The race's lone lady Cincinnati Miss came up second best while Lucid Thoughts (John Macdonald) kept his "on the board" streak alive by closing for third. On The Podium returned $13.40 to win while pulling off the mild upset. Aldrich has rebounded well after a scary spill on Friday night. The 2015 leading driver at Saratoga piloted three winners on Saturday evening (two for Annunziata) and followed it up with a victory in the Sunday matinee's feature. Live racing continues on Monday afternoon with a Memorial Day matinee card set to kick off at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

Plainville, MA---It was a dark and stormy day. But despite the wind, rain and sloppy going, Mambo Lindy delivered like the postman and won the $13,000 Open harness racing trotting feature at Plainridge Park on Thursday afternoon (May 25). Mistress Valentine (Mark Eaton) embarked on her usual mission of getting the lead, but resistance from Midnite Craze (Ivan Davies) and Trotalot (Heath Campbell) stretched that process out until the three-eighths pole this week. Once in front, Mistress Valentine took the crew past the half in :55.3 with a gapped three-length advantage. Waiting On A Woman (Fern Paquet Jr.) pulled first-over and provided draft for Mambo Lindy (Greg Merton) and Trotalot. The outer-flow threesome caught the leader at the three-quarters when Mambo Lindy tipped three-deep off his cover around the last turn. He then dug in, threw his head with his stride and showed everyone who the best horse was this day. Mambo Lindy drew off to win by six open lengths with Merton sitting chilly in 1:54.2. It was the second consecutive win at Plainridge for Mambo Lindy ($3.00) and the time of 1:54.2 was a new seasonal mark. The 6-year-old gelded son of Donato Hanover is owned by Greathorse of Hampden, MA and is trained by Frank Antonacci. Antonacci's stable put on a show, pulling off the training hat-trick on Thursday. Besides taking the feature with Mambo Lindy, Antonacci also sent Only Passing Through ($6.00, 1:58.1) and World Of Lindy ($7.40, 1:59.3) to the winner's enclosure for pictures. The Ridge's leading driver Greg Merton won three races on the card, a total that was matched by Ron Cushing. And Kevin Switzer Jr. captured two victories on the afternoon. Racing resumes on Friday (May 26) at Plainridge Park with post time for the first race at 4 p.m. For up to the minute information on all Massachusetts harness racing action, log onto the websites of The Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts ( ) and Plainridge Park Casino ( ).   By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Broadway Donna outlasted Dayson after a stirring stretch duel to capture the first leg of the Graduate Series for harness racing 4-year-old trotters at the Meadowlands Saturday night. The 6-5 favorite Dayson, who bled after failing one week ago in his Graduate prep, was sailing along on the lead with Lasix added as Broadway Donna inched closer racing on the rim after vacating the five hole just after the half. The pair were on even terms at the head of the stretch as Broadway Donna, a daughter of Donato Hanover, continued to wear down the leader before going on to a half-length win in 1:52.1. Tight Lines was third. Broadway Donna, the 2016 Breeders Crown champion, returned $5.60 to win as the 9-5 second choice in the wagering with David Miller in the sulky for trainer Jim Campbell. "That's what she's going to do for the rest of the year," said winning owner Jules Siegel (Fashion Farms). Broadway Donna 'LYONS' ROARS: The betting public wasn't deterred by the fact that Lyons Snyder had gone off stride in both of his starts this year, and they were rewarded for their loyalty. The 4-year-old son of Well Said was bet down to 4-5 and went right down the road in a $17,500 conditioned pace. The time for the mile was an eye-popping 1:48.3, which equaled the sport's seasonal best, which was established by Rock N' Roll World at Hoosier Park on May 12. Lyons Snyder paid $3.80 to win for owners Jeff Snyder and Geoffrey Lyons Mound, trainer Jimmy Takter and driver Yannick Gingras. A LITTLE MORE: Clear Vision gunned down Dealt A Winner nearing the wire to take the Preferred Pace in 1:49. ... Wagering was vigorous as all-source betting totaled $2,880,980. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m. Clear Vision GIANT JACKPOT SUPER HIGH FIVE HIT AT BIG M One lucky patron at the Meadowlands’ owned off-track wagering facility Winners at Bayonne walked off with a monster score in Saturday night’s fifth race. That lucky bettor had the correct combination of 9-10-5-3-4 in the Big M’s 20 Cent Jackpot Super High Five and walked away with a payoff of $43,641.50. The race winner, Preparty, paid $10.40 to win.   By Dave Little, for the Meadowlands  

Plainville, Ma---Things looked bleak as the harness racing 1-5 favorite Mambo Lindy got away last and 10-lengths from the leader, but that deficit turned out to be child's play as he easily went from worst to first in the $12,000 trotting feature at Plainridge Park on Thursday afternoon (May 11). Mistress Valentine (Mark Eaton) got off the wings well and opened an immediate three-length lead. The mare then held court unchallenged through three quarters of a mile, setting snappy fractional splits of :27.1, :55.4 and 1:24.4. During that time, Mambo Lindy (Greg Merton) moved from seventh to fifth to second and was advancing on the leader with every stride. As the two separated from the field off the turn and down the lane, Mambo Lindy drew alongside Mistress Valentine and then continued to motor on by. Merton became a mere passenger as Mambo Lindy pulled away and won wrapped-up in 1:54.4. It was the first win in two 2017 starts for Mambo Lindy ($2.60) and his 15th victory in 27 tries lifetime. The 6-year-old altered son of Donato Hanover, who currently holds the Plainridge Park track record of 1:54 for 4-year-old trotting geldings, is owned by Greathorse of Hampden, MA and is trained by Frank Antonacci. In the $8,500 co-feature trot, I'll Have Another ($2.20) won his third consecutive race at The Ridge, stopping the clock in 1:57.3 with Kevin Switzer Jr. in the bike. The 4-year-old Northern Kid horse is owned by Adam Friedland of Brooklyn, NY and is trained by Dan Gill. Greg Merton had a driving triple on the card while Todd O'Dea scored a double and trained both of those winners. Trainer Frank Antonacci also sent two pupils to the winner's enclosure for pictures. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Friday with first race post time set for 4 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

May 7, 2017 - The Vermo, Finland featured Finlandia Ajo (€110,000 to the winner, total purse €190,000, 1609 meters autostart) went to rallying D.D.’s Hitman (6m Donato Hanover-Deedee’s Destiny-Muscles Yankee) timed in 1.09.8kr and catch-driven by harness racing driver Ulf Ohlsson. Petri Puro trains the winner, he the developer of Commander Crowe. This 5.8/1 second choice bested 1.7/1 Propulsion (m Muscle Hill-Danae-Andover Hall) reined by Orjan Kihlstrom for Daniel Reden and Stall Zet. Third was 8.5/1 Twister Bi (5m Varenne-Lorraine Bi-Lemon Dra) that raced gamely after battling on the outside of leader Elian Web entering the lane, and only beaten two lengths and timed in 1.10kr as was Propulsion. Twister Bi’s trainer Jerry Riordan post-race remarked that he was pleased with his trainee that was in the race early and late, held well at the end, and would welcome a chance in the Elitloppet. He said he would likely pass on the Sweden Cup if overlooked for the Elite race and would enjoy the day in the grandstand. Riordan is always a great interview as well as being a superb conditioner. The undercard at Vermo included the  Glenn Kosmos Memorial (€11,000 first prize, total purse €24,200, 1609 meters autostart) and it went to 1.11.6kr timed Love Matters (4m  Explosive Matter-Lotsa Love) reined by Orjan Kihlstrom for trainer Daniel Reden. Next Direction (4 Orlando Vici-Be My Luxx) was second for Iikka Normonen with third earned by Umberto Axe (4 Love You-Ira Furioiso Spin) piloted by Christoffer Eriksson for trainer Jerry Riordan. The Vermo Klass I (€11,000 first prize, 2100 meters voltstart) contest went to the US import Stand Bayou (6m Donato Hanover-Roux Hanover-Mr. Lavec) timed in 1.12.8kr and reined by Orjan Kihlstrom for Stall Zet and trainer Daniel Reden. Anything For You (5g Anythings Possible-Candy Rain-Uno di Jesolo) was second for Hannu Torvinen, ahead for Walle West (5g Mr. Pine Chip-Sweetie West-Spotlite Lobell) driven by Jorgen Westholm. Pete Spears of Hanover Shoe Farms management bred the winner. The sire of the second place horse was developed and raced in the US by Jim Gluhm and he stood at stud in Florida before export. Thomas H. Hicks

Bill Popfinger got to see Wise Hanover race only once last year, but he liked what he saw. After shutting down the filly trotter because of concern regarding a tendon, the harness racing trainer is looking forward to seeing Wise Hanover in action again. The 3-year-old makes her seasonal debut Tuesday in the third of three Bobby Weiss Series divisions for female trotters at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Last year, Wise Hanover won a division of the Pennsylvania All Stars at Pocono before being sidelined. "We were afraid she was going to bow the tendon if we went onward, so we had to pack our bags," said Popfinger, who trains Wise Hanover for owner Bill Mulligan. "Fortunately we haven't had any problems this year. She's a big filly and she's always had good speed. We've still got some hope." Wise Hanover is a daughter of stallion Donato Hanover out of the mare Whistle Hanover. She was purchased for $15,000 at the 2015 Standardbred Horse Sale. Popfinger trained Wise Hanover's half-sister, stakes-winner Pucker Up Hanover, for Mulligan several years ago. "We took one more shot with the family," Popfinger said. "She was reasonable at $15,000. It wasn't a bad deal. She's going to make a nice filly. I don't think she's going to be a superstar, but if she has a good year she could make some decent money." Wise Hanover, who spent the winter in Florida with Popfinger, will start Tuesday from post No. 5 with Tom Jackson in the sulky. Wise Hanover is 6-1 on the morning line; Whambamthankumaam is the 5-2 choice in the event for conditioned 3- and 4-year-old female trotters. "I think coming out of Florida she might not be at her very best the first start," Popfinger said. "When they come out of Florida, even if it's a warm day, the air is a lot heavier. It takes them a race or two to get acclimated to the climate here." Popfinger also sends out Mulligan's She Matters in the first Weiss division. She Matters and driver Jim Marohn Jr. are 4-1 on the morning line. Abbie's Celticlass is the 3-1 favorite. The favorite in the second division, at 5-2, is Keystone Angel. Looking ahead, Popfinger is pleased with the development of several 2-year-olds as they prepare for this season. Creampie Hanover, a Goshen Yearling Sale purchase, is a full sister to Breeders Crown elimination winner and Jim Doherty Memorial runner-up Chezatter. Another Goshen buy, filly Ocarina Hanover, is by Wishing Stone while Standardbred Horse Sale purchase Wesley Hanover is a colt by Cantab Hall. "I think they have potential," Popfinger said about the horses, all owned by Mulligan. "You never know at the end what they're going to be nowadays, but they have great attitudes and are good gaited, so you think you have a little potential." Ken Weingartner

LEBANON, OH. - Boffin (Chris Page) returned to the Miami Valley winner's circle following the $22,000 Open Trot on Tuesday afternoon (March 26), his first visit there in six weeks. The veteran campaigner narrowly held off Walter White (John DeLong) in 1:55, after cutting fractions of :28.3, :57.3 and 1:26.3 on the front end. Penn (Jason Brewer) grabbed the show dough in the full field of nine for the weekly trot feature. A 7-year-old son of Donato Hanover, Boffin won for the 34th time in his career and surpassed the $400,000 earnings plateau with the triumph. Trainer Anette Lorentzon co-owns the winner with ACI Stuteri AB and Kjell Johansson. A pair of second leg divisions of the Omar Hiteman Memorial Series were also contested on Tuesday with Sir Bradford (Trace Tetrick) and Hot Rod Dylan (Mike Oosting) capturing their respective splits. Sir Bradford topped Heracer (Chris Page) and Sunny's Bro (Greg Grismore) in 1:54.4 with all three of the top finishers advancing to next week's $17,500 final. The sophomore son of Ohio sire Big Bad John now has four wins and $15,644 in earnings for the Parent Racing Stable LLC. He is trained by Doug Hinklin. Hot Rod Dylan ran his win streak to six in a dominating 1:53.2 mile. Bamski (Greg Grismore) and Velocity Sub Z (Mark Evers) were next best. Nelson Willis trains the late-blooming 4-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere for Shirley LeVin. After making just four starts with one show finish and $1740 in earnings as a 2-year-old, Hot Rod Dylan missed his entire 3-year-old season before impressively bursting on the scene in Ohio in late January and remaining razor sharp ever since. Gregg Keidel

Pompano Beach, FL...February 28, 2017...Modern Mercury, cleverly handled by George Napolitano, Jr., took top harness racing honors in Pompano Park's $8,500 Open Trot for mares on Tuesday night (February 28), orbiting wide past her rivals turning for home to score by two lengths in a lifetime best performance timed in 1:54.3. The four year-old daughter of Donato Hanover pinned the defeat on Serendipitious, driven by Wally Hennessey. Celebrity Artemis, with Marcello Spano in the sulky, finished third, 2¾ lengths off the winner, while She's All In, prominent throughout the mile, finished fourth. Bad Angel, last in the septet until mid-stretch, rallied to pick up the nickel. It was Serendipitious winning the initial war for the top spot as she out-dueled She's All In to the opening turn to take command and blitz an opening panel in :27.2 and half in :56.2. At this half-way juncture, She's All In remained cozy in her pocket with Celebrity Artemis next and M T Ur Pockets on the move from fourth and Modern Mercury picking up her cover. On the backside, Serendipitious began to pick up the pace as She's All In continued patient while M T Ur Pockets was stalling a bit on the outside, forcing Napolitano to make a decision on when to tilt wide. Just past the third station, "Nap" sent Modern Mercury into orbit and, turning for home, already had her sights on Serendipitious. At mid-stretch, it was virtually all over as Modern Mercury was on her way to victory with her :29 finale. After the event, driver George Napolitano, Jr. remarked, "the last couple of starts, she did race good against the boys and being in with her own kind helped a lot. "When I tilted her out wide turning for home, she was very willing to finish the job. She's a pretty solid mare." Trained by Rob Harmon for owner John Campagnuolo, Modern Mercury won for the fourth time this year in eight starts, sending her seasonal earnings to $19,075. Lifetime, she now has nine wins and career bounty of $70,175 to go along with her new lifetime mark tonight. As the 6 to 5 tote-board choice, Modern Mercury paid $4.40 to win. Racing continues on Wednesday night with a carryover in the Pick-6, a $10,000 guaranteed Pick-4 pool and a Super Hi 5 carryover of $24,307.   Post time is set for 7:20 p.m.   by John Berry for Pompano Park  

LEBANON, OH. - The harness racing warhorse Boffin, a 7-year-old Donato Hanover gelding making his 100th lifetime start, won for the 33rd time in Tuesday afternoon's $22,000 Open Trot at Miami Valley Raceway. Driver Chris Page was content to drop in fourth along the pylons after leaving from the outermost post position in the classy 10-horse field. After watching pacesetter Martz Time (Kayne Kauffman) cruise by the quarter in :28.1, Page opted to follow favored Final Breath (Dan Noble) into the outer flow as they passed the :56.3 half. When Final Breath couldn't clear and appeared stalled at the 1:25 three-quarter mile mark, Boffin was angled around him and the stretch-long duel with Martz Time was on. It wasn't until the final stride or two that Boffin gained his first advantage, winning by a head in 1:54. Co-owner Anette Lorentzon trains Boffin. Kjell Johansson and Acl Stuteri Ab share ownership of the $394,452 winner. He paid $19.80 to win and coupled with Martz Time returned a healthy $106.20 exacta. Final Breath did hold on for the show dough. Leading driver Kayne Kauffman visited the winner's circle in five consecutive races, including three of the eight elimination heats of a "Survivor Series" for $5000 horse and gelding pacers. Kauffman's series winners were Northern River (1:55.4, $8.80 to win), Catherine'sdiamond (finished second, placed first, $12.20), and Jagger Blue Chip (1:55, $14.00). Other triumphs in his handful of consecutive winners were Shakeitformegear (1:55.1, $6.20) and the trotter He's Got Pizazz (1:55.4, $9.00). Kauffman has opened up a double digit lead in the dash standings and eclipsed the $400,000 purse earnings plateau in the first 23 cards of the current 87-day meet. Other Survivor Series winners were Shakrattlenrock (Brady Galliers, 1:53.3, $6.60), Eagle A Scootin (Jeremy Smith, 1:55.3, $17.80), Malosi N (Simon Allard, 1:57.2, $9.60), Dukes Up (Dan Noble, 1:56.3, $9.60) and Hobbys Hobbit (Chris Page, 1:55.3, $17.80). The top five in each of the eight divisions 'survived' to the second round next Tuesday, when four fields will chase $6000 purses. There will be two semi-final races for $7500 purses, followed by a $20,000 championship on February 28. Gregg Keidel

Pompano Beach, FL...January 31, 2017...Under crystal clear skies at Pompano Park on Tuesday night (January 31) and no threat of any stormy weather approaching, a massive lightning storm occurred on the racetrack as Massive Lightning, driven by Mickey McNichol, flashed a final quarter in :28.3 to bolt by the favored Tater Twister in the South Florida harness racing oval's $12,000 Open Handicap Trot. The five year-old gelded son of Muscle Massive had a 2½ length advantage on Tater Twister (Mike Simons) at the end of the 1:54.3 journey with Gold Savage (Kevin Wallis) a half-length further back in third. Diamond Dagger was fourth and Ruddy Rusty completed the order of finish in this classy quintet. At the outset, it was Tater Twister flashing his normal early foot from the coveted five post to take command prior to the opening turn. With the quarter in :28.1 and half in a well rated :57--the slowest mid-mile time in the Open in several weeks--Massive Lightning began sawing away from fourth, reaching second and just a length away past the third station in 1:25.4. Once they straightened away, Massive Lightning continued his tornadic brush to blow on by, widening his margin right to the wire. In a post-race interview, driver Mickey McNichol said, "I was hoping for a bit more pace in the race and , really, I was concerned when the half was so light (:57). "I thought, 'somebody outta pull on the leader and not let him get away, so I pulled, hoping that I could get a sustained drive out of my horse. "He didn't disappoint. He just kept on truckin' until he got the job done. He went a big mile and that may have been a new mark, I'm not sure." It was. Massive Lightning's time of 1:54;3 eclipsed his former best by one-fifth of a second. Trained by McNichol for the Fred Monteleone Stable, Massive Lightning won for the 10th time in his career stretching 51 starts. He's banked $106,933 lifetime--$16,690 of that this semester. As the 4 to 1 second choice, Massive Lightning bolted up the tote-board with a $10.20 mutuel. The $10,000 Open 2 Trot went to Modern Mercury, driven by Wally Hennessey. The four year-old daughter of Donato Hanover followed live cover third over and swept to the lead late to score in 1:56.1. DC Flashback (John MacDonald) finished second while Swan Handicap was third. Saint Beth was fourth in the mile while Explosive Muscles picked up the nickel in the septet. Owned by John Campagnuolo, Modern Mercury, competing in a $7,500 Optional Claiming event as recently as five weeks ago, is now 3-for-4 this semester with earnings of $12,625. Lifetime, Modern Mercury has eight wins in only 32 career starts, good for $63,765. As the lukewarm 5 to 2 favorite, Modern Mercury paid $7.80 to win. Finally, the 56 to 1 outsider Stiletto Jake, driven by trainer Bryce Fenn, picked up his first win in more than two years by sprinting home in :28.3 to score in a condition pace in 1:53.4. Owned by Marah Lee along with the late Bob Barker, the chestnut 10 year-old son of Spy Hard, last won on January 10, 2015 and went 63 starts before this Tuesday night win. Stiletto Jake paid $114.00 to win sparking a Pick-5 carryover of over $8,000 and a guaranteed pool of $25,000 for Wednesday night's Pick-5 covering races 1 through 5. "Jake's" win also set up a Pick-6 carryover going into the mid-week card of $13,553--the largest of the season. Post time for the "better-for-the-bettor" Wednesday program is 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

East Rutherford, N.J. -- Broadway Donna and David Miller continued to swoon the division by earning an easy win in the $500,000 Breeders Crown for harness racing 3-year-old trotting fillies at The Meadowlands in 1:53.1. The Jim Campbell-trained daughter of Donato Hanover from the Broadway Hall mare Broadway Schooner, didn't make her move until mid-race and was never urged to coast down the stretch and win. Emoticon Hanover and Fad Finance left quickly from the gate with the former getting the top to cut tepid :28 first panel. Caprice Hill stalked those two in third until All The Time pulled to first over as the field went to a half in :56.3. All The Time got the best of Emoticon Hanover to take the lead and that's when Broadway Donna began to stride rapidly on the outside. Earn Your Wings picked up live cover but Broadway Donna was in full flight at three-quarters in 1:25.3, wearing down All The Time, who held for third, while Emoticon Hanover shook loose to get second. Owned by Fashion Farms LLC, Broadway Donna won the Breeders Crown final after a victory in her elimination, coming off a straight-heat score in the Kentucky Filly Futurity to register her seventh win in a dozen starts as a 3-year-old. Broadway Donna paid $3.60 to win. "I was hoping to get away somewhere in the middle and come with cover," said Miller, "but, right off the gate nobody from the inside was even pushing off, so I had to do something. I got around, and when Yannick [on All The Time] was moving back, I [knew] I was going to be first over. She really has [gotten better through the season]. She's way sharper now than she was half way through the summer, and that's always a good thing." "[Jules Siegel and I] are both very happy," remarked Campbell. "From Mr. Siegel's point of view, he bred her, and to have a filly like this and put her over one-million dollars lifetime [is incredible]. When you breed one and race one that does that for you, you're supposed to be happy. Jules is always extra proud of his homebreds."   by Frank Cotolo, Hambletonian Society

Veteran trainer Herb Holland is happy to be a member of harness racing's dream team. The 59-year-old, whose career in the business goes back to the early years of the Meadowlands, is part owner of a horse, Sir John F., that is owned by brothers John and Jim Fielding and Christina Takter, whose husband, Jimmy, trains the two-year-old Donato Hanover colt. Sir John F is entered in this year's Breeders Crown in the Two-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trot, only the third time Holland has had a horse in harness racing's championship event. Holland trained Light Beam, which raced in the 1988 Breeders Crown in the Two-Year-Old Filly Pace and did not hit the board. He also was affiliated with onetime world-record holder Sweet Michelle, who raced in the 1994 Breeders Crown Open Mare Pace and finished third. Holland purchased Sir John F for $45,000 at the Lexington Select Sale, and a mere 15 minutes later he was approached by Jim Fielding about buying a share in the colt. Subsequently, Kevin McKinlay, who has had horses with the Fieldings, bought a share. The horse was subsequently sent to Takter, who liked the horse so much when he began training the colt that he wanted to buy a share. "As soon as he qualified him, he said 'tell your partners I want in,'" Holland said. So Holland has gone from owning 100% of the horse to now owning 22.5%, but the upside is that he is now associated with Takter, one of the top trainers of the modern era, and the Fieldings, among the top owners in the business. Takter and the Fieldings have outstanding success in the Breeders Crown. Takter leads all trainers with 21 wins. John Fielding is second to Brittany Farms in wins and earnings among owners. Jim Fielding has also had success, winning four of 21 races in which he is named as an owner. Holland said selling off interests in the horse was the right thing to do. "Would he have still raced in the Breeders Crown? I think so," Holland said. "The ownership group is good. I've got a good relationship with Jimmy Takter. I'm happy to have John and Jim and Kevin McKinlay and Jimmy involved with him. It's old hat to Jimmy racing in the Breeders Crown, and for John it's nothing new. It's nice when you're part of a big race and you have a chance to get some money. "Jimmy is pretty down to earth. If he doesn't like the horse, he doesn't mince his words. He tells you straight up. He liked the colt early on. We did have some bad luck with him. He was getting a little warm behind the gate with us. Jimmy raced him one time and realized what the issues were and he attacked it and everything has gone forward since then. We're hoping for better things ahead." As an aside, Holland was training in the United States when Jimmy Takter came over from Sweden back in 1982. "He's the trainer (of the horse), so it's not quite the same as when you're actually the trainer, but as an owner it's always exciting to be in those big races," Holland said. "When he's in Takter's barn, the benefits you get are he's probably the foremost trotting trainer in North America. If I take a colt to race it myself I may not get the driver I wish. He usually gets the top drivers, and you get his experience in the Breeders Crown and the big races. With one horse it's not financially feasible to race them all over the U.S. "When they approached me I thought it might be a good business opportunity to get involved with them. I didn't really want to give up any part of my ownership, but if you're going to be on board, you're on board so I was willing to let a bit of mine go and everyone followed suit. I was happy with the partnership. It worked out well for everybody. "When Takter bids on them, you don't get them," he added. "I don't know who was the underbidder, but (Takter and the Fieldings) weren't involved on it." Holland changed the name of the colt from Estok Hanover, which he didn't particularly like, to Sir John F. "When I got to train him down, I thought he was a pretty nice colt, so I changed his name and told John," he said. "I told him a good horse deserves a good name." John Fielding had some concerns that naming a horse after him could backfire because that type of thing can sometimes be a curse. "I'm not a believer in black magic, folklore," Holland said. "I believe it is what it is. If it's a good horse it will be a good horse. I don't think naming one after anyone jinxes it. I was praying he would turn out as well as I was hoping he would and win some big races for John and us. But you never know for sure. I thought he was a nice colt and that's why I did it. John is an icon in the industry, and if you're going to knight someone in our industry as an owner, you'd certainly knight John. "I've raced lots of horses, and even though I haven't been to that many Breeders Crowns it's exciting to be involved with a horse like this. When it's part of an ownership and I'm not in the paddock warming him up and doing the day-to-day things with him, it's a little bit different. But it's still good." The horse has raced nine times so far and has a win and two seconds and earnings of $28,090. He raced fifth in his elimination race. Sir John F starts from post six in the $600,000 Breeders Crown Two-Year-Old Colt Trot and drew a morning line of 20-1 against the superstar colt Walner. He does pick up the services of Yannick Gingras, who ranks seventh in the all-time Crown driver standings. The two-year-old colt trot race is carded as the sixth race with a slated post time of 8:40 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29 at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Who knows, Sir John F might turn into Mr. Holland's opus. by Perry Lefko for Breeders Crown

WILKES-BARRE PA - Boffin made it two straight against high-level conditioned trotting stock at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Sunday, taking the $20,000 harness racing feature again using come-from-behind tactics and winning here in 1:53.4 to equal his seasonal best that he first notched last week. The meet's leading driver, George Napolitano Jr., sent Boffin on a three-wide sweep from fifth nearing the ¾, and the altered son of Donato Hanover took all forward steps from there, gaining the lead turning for home in winning by 2½ lengths, over Watkins, with pacesetter Commentary holding on for third. Boffin has now won almost 1/3 of his career starts (31 of 94), and has earned $375,102; Anette Lorentzon trains him and is co-owner with ACL Stuteri AB and Kjell Johansson. In the $18,000 pacing feature, Lone Survivor, looking buried fourth on the wood past the 5/8, got some racing luck, then used it to maximum advantage while taking a lifetime mark of 1:52.3. Pacesetter Hurrikane Ali broke when a challenge from pocketsitter Dontcallmefrancis started midturn, with Nimble And Quick two-wide behind that one; driver Anthony Napolitano got Lone Survivor around the breaker then ducked back inside, and the winning son of Art Major was able to charge up the Pocono Pike to win by 1¼ lengths. Nimble And Quick, the only 2YO Stallion Series champion able to defend his title at three last month, was along for second, a neck behind Dontcallmefrancis. Lone Survivor, who has bankrolled by $167,685, is trained by Richard Johnson for Joseph Bongiorno LLC and Michelle Yanek. PHHA / Pocono      

Pompano Beach, Florida, October 19, 2016...McKenzie's Star, superbly handled by harness racing driver Fern Paquet, Jr., pulled off a 7 to 1 upset on Tuesday night (October 18) in the Open Handicap Trot at Pompano Park.   The six year-old daughter of Donato Hanover, trained by Alexandra Berube, who is part owner with Jerry Clark, pinned a 2 1/4 length defeat on the 1 to 2 favorite, Prairie Fortune (Mike Deters) in 1:55.3.   DC Flashback (Brad Kramer) finished third while Bad Angel and the pacesetting Driving Miss Crazy shared the minor awards after dead-heating for fourth in the octet.   At the outset, each of the top three finishers benefitted when Adenium, leaving from the rail, and Gold Savage, leaving alongside, bot made miscues leaving with DC Flashback surging out before yielding shortly thereafter to Driving Miss Crazy (John MacDonald) with driver Paquet sending McKenzie's Star from the coveted five post and nestling into third with Bad Angel next, R G Rocket fifth and Prairie Fortune sixth among the early survivors.   Through the two identical opening quarters of :28.2, Driving Miss Crazy took her :56.4 half mile journey onto the backside with the lead but, midway on the backside, Prairie Fortune began to roll from the back, forcing the hand of McKenzie's Star, who brushed up past the third station in 1:26.1, getting a two length jump on Prairie Fortune, who rallied widest of all in the lane but, eventually, was no threat to the winner.   In a post race interview, driver Paquet, who enjoyed a hat trick this night, said, "Well, we benefitted when those two inside horses jumped it off early, so I figured I'd leave and see if I could find a spot a bit closer up.   "We were able to kinda nestle into third and we had a jump on Mike's (Deters) horse (Prairie Fortune) and that probably was the difference--he had the outside.   "When she's in the mood, my mare can brush a little bit and she brushed tonight and kept going right to the wire. She raced a big mile.   "She's been in Alexandra's (trainer Berube) care for a little over two years and, though mares can be testy at times, she's been a consistently good performer."   The win was the eighth of the season for McKenzie's Star--23rd lifetime--and sent her seasonal bounty to $44,060 and $180,854 lifetime.   Her faithful were rewarded with a $16.80 mutuel as fourth choice in the wagering.   In the Tuesday night feature for the mares, De Valeria, driven by co-owner Aaron Byron, used her advantageous post five to perfection, leading every step of her mile, scoring a 2 3/4 length win in 1:54.   Leaveumlady (Wally Hennessey), leaving from post seven but in the the garden spot shortly after the gate opened, finsihed second while Goldstar Rockette (Kevin Wallis) finished third after trailing for much of the journey.   Asset Management was fourth while Metro Glide earned the nickel in the classy octet.   De Valeria trained by Mark Winacott for Byron and co-owner Paul Kelly, earned her sixth win of the year off fractions of :27.1, :56 and 1:24.4 and sent her 2016 bounty to $46,225. She's banked $113,942 lifetime.   Second choice in the betting, De Valeria paid $7.40 to win.   Also on Tuesday night, four more divisions of the FSBOA sponsored Sunshine State Stakes were contested with Prairie Cowgirl and R Chism taking the non-wagering events while Prairie Panther and Gold Star Mysti earned top honors on the betting card.   Prairie Cowgirl, a daughter of Royal Millennium, took the event for two year-old pacing fillies with a sharp 2:00.4 score for trainer Mike Deters.   Leading gate to wire, Prairie Cowgirl just did hold off the late surging Tay Tay M (Wally Hennessey) by a nostril. PF Silver Classic 9Kevin Wallis) was third in the trio with fractions being :30.1, 1:01.1 and 1:31.1.   Deters co-owns the filly with Laurie Poulin and John "The Owosso Flash" Spindler and is now two-for-three lifetime in her brief career.   In the non-betting event for sophomore pacing colts and geldings, R Chism, driven by Fern Paquet, Jr., nailed the pacesetting Conman's Dream (Corey Braden) late to score by a half length in 1:55.4.   Danza (Byron) was third after pressuring the leader the middle three-eighths of the mile. Trottime Diamonds was fourth in that quartet.   R Chism, who broke his maiden last week in 1:55, won his second straight as this altered son of Six of Diamonds rallied with a :28.1 closer.   R Chism is trained by Kim Sears, who co-owns with husband Jay.   Prairie Panther, a son of Royal Millennium, led every stride of his mile, scoring by two lengths over Maybe Ned (Bryce Fenn) with Gold Star Bugsy (Hennessey) next, Gold Star Spider and Kingwiththeaxe completed that roster as Prairie Panther strode through panels of :30, 59.2 and 1:29.4 before completing his chores with a :28.2 finale.   Trained by Mike Deters, who co-owns with Laurie Poulin, Mike was in the bike for the win--his third straight in Sunshine State Stakes competition.   Off at 1 to 10, Prairie Panther paid $2.20 to win.   Finally, Marianne Audley's three year-old filly, Gold Star Mysti, driven by Walter Ross, Jr., brushed to the front just short of the :29.2 opener and took her foes through fractions of :59.3 and 1:29.3 before sealing the deal with a :28 finale, hitting the line in 1:57.3..   Diamond Lily (Wally Hennessey) gave futile chase in the lane to finish second, 1 1/4 lengths away, while Gold Star Lovebug (Joe Sanzeri) finished third. Caitlin's Romance and Jaycie Jaycie were next in this sextet.   Gold Star Mysti, a daughter of Mysticism, is a perfect four-for-for this season under the tutelage of trainer Maggie Audley, the daughter of the late Florida, breeder, trainer and ownerTom Audley. Ms Audley, who just recently achieved her trainer's license, now sports a .615 UTRS with a 15-8-1-2 scorecard.   "Mysti" paid $2.40 to win as the 1 to 5 tote-board favorite.   Racing continues on Sunday night with a trio of carryovers, the largest of which is $3,061.20 in Pompano Park's Pentafecta fourth.   Post time is scheduled for 7:20 p.m.   by John Berry for Pompano Park        

WILKES-BARRE PA - Boffin, who took his 1:51.1 mark at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono last year, returned to the harness racing mountain oval Sunday night, then used very typical Pocono tactics to take the $20,000 conditioned trotting feature in 1:53.4. Boffin was one of the few horses not seeking position fleeing the barrier and was last early. But the meet's leading driver, George Napolitano Jr., reminded everybody that all of his wins don't come on the engine, and in fact he employed sound strategy as a host of horses contested for the top during fractions of 26.3, 55.4, and 1:24.2. Boffin swung four-wide from third-over late into the final turn, and still was fifth in midstretch, but the quick early pace on a coolish evening took its toll on those heretofore involved, and Boffin stormed down the middle of the track, his move timed perfectly by "George Nap" to get a neck decision over Commentary, who brushed to the lead before the half, with pocketsitting Stonebridge Combat moving well in the Pocono Pike but having to settle for third. The victorious altered son of Donato Hanover has a lifetime win rate of 32% (30 for 93), with earnings of $365,102 for trainer Anette Loretzon, who is also co-owner with ACL Stuteri AB and Kjell Johansson. In the top pacing event of the night, Iwillmakeyousaywow used a perfect trip for launching a winning late move, running down frontstepper Hurrikane Ali in 1:51.4 at the end of the event with a purse of $18,000. The altered son of Manhardt, trained by Todd Buter for owners Gene Oldford Farms LLC, Lynette and Tyler Buter, and James Marion, proved a neck more photogenic under the guidance of Andrew McCarthy while boosting his bankroll to $187,033.   PHHA / Pocono    

LEXINGTON, KY-- Winning her elimination, Broadway Donna returned to the track hours later to claim a harness racing victory in the $312,000 Kentucky Filly Futurity at The Red Mile Earlier on the card, Broadway Donna trotted a 1:51.1 to win the first of two eliminations for the Filly Futurity, paying $7.00 to win. Sitting fourth through a :27 quarter set by Southwind Hope, Broadway Donna moved first over from fourth to brush to control before the half. She was in front through a :55 half and began kicking away from Southwind Hope chasing in second and Spicedbourbongirl in third. Trotting to three-quarters in 1:23.1, Broadway Donna remained in front by open lengths through the stretch, coasting home while Earn Your Wings came down the center of the track for second and Flowers N Songs for third. Spicedbourbongirl finished fourth and Dream Child was fifth.   "She wasn't at the top of her game last week," Jim Campbell said. "Part of it was probably my fault; I should've pulled her hind shoes last week, but she warmed up so good that I thought she was okay with them on. Dave [Miller] thought the track kind of stuck to her and wore her out more than anything, so I'll take the blame for last week.   "I was just watching David and he was just letting her trot along. I was just hoping that she would bounce back and be like her old self, and if she was, the fractions wouldn't bother me. David didn't even look like he was asking her; she looked real strong all the way down the lane. I was paying more attention to David than I was the fractions.   Owned by Vanersol In., Dancing In Thehall, an Ake Svanstedt-trainee by Cantab Hall out of the Donerail mare Doin' The Town, pulled off a 47-1 upset in the second elimination, winning in 1:53.   Womans Will led the field through a :28 first quarter before losing the lead to Side Bet Hanover. Celebrity Eventsy pulled first over from fifth with Wildflower on her back at the half, timed in :55.4. Dancing In Thehall was trotting at the rail in sixth around the far turn while Side Bet Hanover progressed to three-quarters in front of Celebrity Eventsy stalled first over in 1:24.4.   Side Bet Hanover drifted off the rail through the stretch, leaving room for Dancing In Thehall and driver Yannick Gingras to sweep up the rail while Wildflower, Gin And Lindy, and Double Exposure tried to advance towards the center of the track. Side Bet Hanover tried to fight off Dancing In Thehall to her inside heading to the line, but Dancing In Thehall edged by. Double Exposure finished third, Gin And Lindy fourth, and Gracie Hanover fifth.   "[We] just tried to stay close to the rail and hope that something opened up," Yannick Gingras said. "She felt really strong around the last turn, so I figured at that point I made the final, but all the way through the stretch she kept picking them off one by one."   Dancing In Thehall paid $96.80 to win.   In the second heat, Broadway Donna grabbed command before the half and strolled to a 1:51.2 victory.   Sent off the 3-5 favorite, Broadway Donna edged off the cones passing the quarter in :27.3 to take the top from Spicedbourbongirl. She trotted to the half in :55.3 as Side Bet Hanover initiated a first-over bid into the turn, being tracked by Flowers N Songs. Side Bet Hanover matched strides with Spicedbourbongirl heading to three-quarters about two lengths off of Broadway Donna. Timed in 1:23.4, Broadway Donna kicked away in the stretch under wraps while Spicedbourbongirl chased for second and Flowers N Songs kicked off cover for third.   Broadway Donna, by Donato Hanover out of the Broadway Hall mare Broadway Schooner, won her 14th race in 20 starts, earning $933,494 for owner Fashion Farms LLC. Trained by Jim Campbell and driven by David Miller, she returned $3.20 to win.   "It was pretty much an identical trip [to the first heat]," David Miller said. "She was just the same in the second heat as she was in the first."   "[We] couldn't be more proud of her today," Jim Campbell said. "She showed what she can really do, and for her to go two heats like she did today was just impressive. She's an amazing filly.   "She started off on a good note; she was really good in her first start. And then in her second start she was sick. She bled a little bit in the Hambletonian Oaks, and we put her on Lasix but it didn't seem to kick in until today. She went out and did what we were hoping to see today.   "Mr. Segal will make the final decision on [racing her at four]. I'm sure he's leaning towards it, but as long as everything finishes up good this year, I'm sure he'd be in favor of that. They probably have a spot for her all reserved for whenever that time comes, but hopefully it's not for a couple years."   By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

49 to 64 of 591