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Plainville, MA---The old saying "there are horses for courses" couldn't be proven more right than by Mambo Lindy who scored yet another decisive harness racing victory in the $15,000 Open Handicap trot at Plainridge Park on Thursday afternoon (Aug. 24). Seeking Steven (Chris Long) appointed himself dictator of fractions as he took the front without argument from anyone off the gate. He then led the field to a modest :57.2 half before Mambo Lindy (Greg Merton) pulled from fourth and started his trek to success. With little effort and looking like he knows what to do, Mambo Lindy drew alongside Seeking Steven and continued on by as they rounded the final turn. At the head of the stretch, Mambo Lindy was clear and trotting his hips off while opening up a five-length advantage at the wire to win in 1:53.4. Mambo Lindy ($2.20) has now won seven races this year, every one of them at Plainridge Park and those efforts have earned him $64,000. It was also his 21st lifetime win in only 35 starts. The 6-year-old gelded son of Donato Hanover is owned by Greathorse of Massachusetts and is trained by Frank Antonacci. In the co-featured $14,000 conditioned trot, Tag Up And Go (Greg Merton) chased down the front-running Guiltywithanexcuse (Jim Hardy) from the three-eighths all the way to the wire and just got up in the final strides to win in 1:55.4. It was the seventh win of the year for Tag Up And Go ($2.80) who has now enriched his owners Lester Gelardi Jr. and Anthony Passafaro with $86,660 in proceeds this year. Greg Merton and Mark Beckwith both chimed in with three driving wins on Thursday while trainer Monique Cohen also watched as three of her students entered the winner's enclosure. Live racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Friday afternoon with the first race post time set for 4 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Plainville, MA---After finishing second and third in new track record times in back to back weeks, Mambo Lindy got back to his harness racing winning ways taking the $17,000 Open Handicap trot at Plainridge Park on Thursday afternoon (Aug. 10). Mambo Lindy (Greg Merton) got away sixth while Guiltywithanexcuse (Jim Hardy) and Black Broadway (Mark Beckwith) took turns with the lead going to the quarter, the latter winning that tussle before slowing the half to a moderate :57. Realizing the brakes were on, Merton pulled the Donato Hanover gelding first-up and started a methodical approach towards the leader. Fourth, third, second; Mambo Lindy could smell blood in the water as he drew alongside Black Broadway at the three-quarter pole and at that moment he dug-in and took off. Mambo Lindy opened up a five-length advantage by the head of the stretch and with Merton deciding his best side for the picture, Mambo Lindy cruised away to a seven-length win in 1:53.2; last quarter in a sparkling :27.2. It was the sixth win in nine starts, all at Plainridge Park, for Mambo Lindy ($4.00) and it enhanced his bank to $55,000 for owner Greathorse of Massachusetts. Frank Antonacci trains Mambo Lindy. In the co-featured $14,000 conditioned trotting event, One Swan For All (Wallace Watson) took the overland route to victory, scoring a 1:56.2 win and blowing up the tote board in the process. Owned by Joel Wheeler and trained by Lisa Watson, One Swan For All was disregarded at 23-1 and paid $49.00. It was tag-team Thursday at The Ridge as three sets of driver/trainers combined for two wins apiece. Greg Merton doubled with two Frank Antonacci charges, Mark Beckwith scored with two Elisha Lafreniere trainees and Wallace Watson won with two of Lisa Watson's students. Live racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Friday with a Wicked Hi-5 pentafecta carryover of $10,976.45 in the sixth race. Post time for the first race is at 4 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

WASHINGTON, PA, July 28, 2017 -- Owner Brian Gillespie dearly wanted to compete in the 2016 Edward M. Ryan, an Arden Downs Grand Circuit stake for freshman colt and gelding trotters named for Gillespie's late grandfather, a former owner of The Meadows who also was a generous philanthropist and accomplished horseman. Alas, Gillespie lacked a suitable horse. But he had good friends in Brocious Racing Stable and trainer Robert Rougeaux III, who, on the eve of the Ryan, offered Gillespie's Lone Wolf Stable a piece of their horse, Box Of Luck. That colt made Ryan-Gillespie family history when he captured a Ryan split. Fast forward a year. The Ryan is fast approaching, and Gillespie has no candidate for it. Brocious and Rougeaux step up again, selling Lone Wolf an interest in Tymal Advocate. On Friday at The Meadows, it was déjà vu all over again as Tymal Advocate won a Ryan division. The prospects for a Tymal Advocate victory were uncertain at best; he came into the Ryan a five-race maiden and a handful. "We contacted Brian and offered him a little piece because we know how that is with family," Rougeaux said of the Donato Hanover-Tymal Abracadabra gelding. "You want a shot to win a race named after your grandfather. But this horse is a different bird -- he's wired hot. If you can keep him pointed north, he's okay. We keep him off the track. We jog him down the roads, through the creeks, and he loves it." In the Ryan, Tymal Advocate made a decisive quarter-pole move in the slop for Brian Zendt and drew away to down Cfour Po by 4 lengths, with Raising Kerckhaert third. What A Hunk and Canale Hanover also took divisions of the $49,564 Ryan. What A Hunk moved three wide down the backside to triumph in 1:59.3 for Dave Palone, trainer Bill Daugherty, Jr. and owner Susan Daugherty. Early leader Conservator finished second, 4-1/2 lengths back, while Mister Ruff earned show. Daugherty, a successful trainer at Pennsylvania's raceways and fairs, is known for plucking bargains at auctions and developing them into profitable propositions. With What A Hunk, he changed his MO. "Things are getting tougher -- I gave $22,000 for him," he said. ""I gave $27,000 for a yearling once. I'm spending a little money; I don't like to. Everybody wants to buy them for $4,000, but that doesn't always happen." $49,230 Arden Downs -- 2-Year-Old Filly Trotters Friday's Adios Eve card also featured the Judge Joe McGraw, a $49,230 Arden Downs Grand Circuit stake for freshman filly trotters, with Zoe Bi, Explosive G and Fish Is Fish winning the divisions. Zoe Bi was fastest, scoring in 1:57.4 after being parked the first three-eighths, but she had to survive a bout of what winning driver Aaron Merriman called "crankiness." "I could have got her right out of there; I was just waiting," Merriman said. "She was just extremely cranky today, and I didn't want to gear her up early. She warmed up cranky. She was lunging in the post parade, wouldn't turn. But her talent definitely overrides all that." First Class Act was 8-1/4 lengths back in second, with Keystone Carly third. Chris Beaver trains Zoe Bi, a daughter of Donato Hanover-Octavia Bi who has won three of her four career starts, and owns with Marion Beachy and Synerco Ventures. Explosive G had been racing off the trot, so when trainer/driver Wilbur Yoder sent her to the front at the quarter, the daughter of Explosive Matter-Vacation's Over was temporarily out of her comfort zone. "She got a little lost there," Yoder said. "When she got her head in front, she thought it was over. I had to coax her a little bit and pull the plugs. When she got to the front, she was okay. When she gets to the front, she fights." She defeated Win Treasures by a neck in 1:59.4 while Nicole Hanover completed the ticket. Robert Hess owns Explosive G, a $47,000 yearling acquisition. Fish Is Fish unleashed an explosive three-wide move down the backside that surprised Dirk Simpson, who conditions the daughter of Andover Hall-Drinks Like A Fish for Ed Teefey. "I was a little concerned," Simpson said of his $14,000 yearling purchase. "I thought she would get a great second-over trip, and then she had to do all that work on the backside. She got a little lazy in the last turn, but when she heard a horse coming, she picked the bit up and finished well." Fish Is Fish had just enough to hold off Diamondstone Us by a neck in 1:59, with Reiza third. Friday's card also featured the $20,000 Walter "Boots" Dunn Memorial Trot, a Preferred Handicap that honored the memory of the late trainer, driver, breeder and fairs official. Call For Justice prevailed for Dave Palone, trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, one of five wins for Palone on the 15-race program. It was the 12th consecutive victory at The Meadows for the 5-year-old son of Justice Hall-Mika's Mazurka, although losses at other tracks have been sprinkled in, who extended his career bankroll to $390,917. by Evan Paddock, for the Meadows

Plainville, MA---It's the same old story, but one his connections won't soon tire of. Mambo Lindy spotted the field seven lengths before roaring back to notch another harness racing victory at Plainridge Park as he won the $17,000 Open Handicap on Thursday (June 22). Mambo Lindy (Greg Merton) got away last in the field of seven as Mistress Valentine (Mark Eaton) rolled down the road in :27 and :55.2 with her followers strung out behind. At that station, Tag Up And Go (Chris Long) pulled first-over and Mambo Lindy followed in step. Halfway up the backstretch Mistress Valentine got foul-gaited and broke stride, leaving the pocket-sitting Guiltywithanexcuse (Jim Hardy) with the lead. Outside of him, the tiring Tag Up And Go had enough forcing Mambo Lindy to tip three-deep. When Merton made that move, Mambo Lindy was flying and took that momentum down the stretch. As Merton had already tucked the whip, Mambo Lindy cleared and drew off by three to the easiest kind of win in 1:53.3. It was the fourth straight feature trot win for Mambo Lindy ($3.40) at Plainridge Park and it expanded his bank account for the year to $32,000. The 6-year-old gelded son of Donato Hanover is owned by Greathorse of Hampden, Massachusetts and is trained by Frank Antonacci. Mambo Lindy is eligible to the $250,000 Spirit of Massachusetts Trot at Plainridge Park on Friday (July 28) and would certainly have the home field advantage in that race as a starter. Mambo Lindy was only one highlight of Merton and Antonacci's day as both horsemen put up lofty numbers on the afternoon. Greg Merton posted another six-win day, extending his dash driving lead over Kevin Switzer to 31. Merton finished first with Only Passing Thru ($2.40, 1:55.4), World Of Lindy ($4.60, 2:00), Mambo Lindy ($3.40, 1:53.3), Northern Nandi ($9.40, 1:58.1), City Pie ($3.40, 1:53.2) and Waiting On A Woman ($4.60, 1:56). His 1:55.4 win with Only Passing Thru in the second race tied the track record for 3-year-old trotting colts set by Backstage Pass (Eddie Davis Jr.) on May 4 of this year. Merton now boasts a gaudy 86 wins for this meet, 31 ahead of his 2016 total to this point when he won a track record 229 times. If he were to keep up this pace he would end up with 314 wins at this session. Frank Antonacci started three of his Lindy Farm trainees (Only Passing Thru, World Of Lindy and Mambo Lindy) and watched as all of them bested their fields. Antonacci now has 18 training wins out of 26 starts this meet, giving him a 65% win percentage. Other horsemen with notable performances were Chris Long with a driving double and Kyle Spagnola that had a training pair of wins. Live racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Friday (June 23) at 4 p.m. The Wicked Hi-5 pentafecta carryover for Friday is $2,265.42 and that wager is available only in the sixth race.   By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

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 (www.sominc.net ) and Plainridge Park Casino (www.plainridgeparkcasino.com ).   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

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