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Pompano Beach, FL...February 26, 2015...It's not often that a $4,000 claimer takes the top headline over any Open event but that was the scenario at Pompano Park on Wednesday night (Feb. 25) as Acton Onelasttime took the $11.500 final of the "Optimist" Late Closing Final for $4,000 claiming pacers in the astounding time of 1:51.3.   The six year-old son of Rambaran, claimed just one week ago by Kevin Wallis, let American Gold and W F N battle for supremacy through a :26.4 opener and then made a sharp quarter move to the top and recorded panels of :54.3 and 1:22.4 en route to a :28.4 finale to score by 8 1/4 lengths over W F N (Mickey Mc Nichol). Allamerican Extra (Aaron Byron) was third with American Gold and Elkhorn Damien annexing the final two awards in the field of nine.   The victory was the 26th in 89 lifetime starts for Acton Onelasttime and proved to be his richest career payday. The time of 1:51.3 also annihilated his former mark of 1:54.   Mused Kevin Wallis after the race, "Gee, he won himself out in one week--1:51.3! He had been off for some time" (since last July) "and was just getting back. He won two starts back in a '4' (claimer) in 1:54.3 so I decided to take a chance and claim him in his next start. The early pace was hot so I thought there might be a breather during the second quarter so that's when I sent him. When he got started, he forgot to stop...pretty amazing!"   Acton Onelasttime pushed his 2015 scorecard to 4-2-1-0 with the win, good for earnings of $8,950 and $82,118 lifetime.   As the 3 to 5 choice on the tote-board, Acton Onelasttime paid $3.20 to win.   In the $12,500 Open Trot, Bloodstockshalltab, deftly handled by Ed Hensley, took top honors for the second week in a row with a 1:54.4 win measuring three-quarters of a length over the fast closing Its Payday Friday (Dan Clements).   This five year-old son of Cantab Hall left "half-heartedly" letting Holy Halibut rush to the top early before going into full throttle around the initial turn to secure the lead prior to the :28 opener. A :30 second quarter breather actually sealed the deal as Hensley sent his charge grinding through a final half of :56.4 for the repeat.   Nothinbutanallstar (Mark O'Mara) finished third after trying to apply a tourniquet on the leader around the final turn. Holy Halibut did finish fourth in his first start back in four months. Coco Lindy picked up the nickel in the sextet.   After the race, driver Ed Hensley said, "When I was able to grab a hold of him once we got to the top, that helped a lot. When a trotter of his caliber gets to the half soft like that (:58), it's usually a good sign...for the leader, that is! He was getting stronger and stronger all the way home."   A recent purchase by Hensley, Bloodstockshalltab now is 5-3-1-0 for the new owner, good for $20,842. The win also pushed his lifetime earnings over the $200,000 mark--$201,587 to be exact.   Bloodstockshalltab paid $3.40 to his many faithful.   The co-featured $10,000 trot went to Winemaster Hanover, with Dave Ingraham, pulling off gate-to-wire upset at 16 to 1.   The five year-old son of Donato Hanover had a clear lead throughout much of the journey--the winning margin a half length over the late surging And Heez Perfect (Bruce Ranger) in 1:55.   My Revenuer (Tom Sells) was a fast closing third while Buddy Hally rallied form a miscue early to finish fourth. Majestic Won finished fifth in the octet after a backstretch brush that left him two lengths back of the Winemaster around the final turn.   Trained by Randy Bickmore for owner Kevin Gee, Winemaster Hanover now has $16,012 on his card after his third win in six starts this year. He has banked $86,268 lifetime.   Winemaster Hanover paid $35.40 to win.   by John Berry

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 18, 2015 — Whata Donato blew by the leader, Mistress Valentine, in the lightning lane to capture Wednesday’s harness racing $22,500 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Whata Donato hustled to the front from post 8 but yielded to the pocket behind Mistress Valentine. When trainer/driver Doug Snyder asked Whata Donato for trot in the lane, the 5-year-old daughter of Donato Hanover-Donven Promise kicked into gear and scored in 1:58.1 on a “good” surface, 3/4 lengths better than Mistress Valentine. Anaffairtoremember, parked every step in her seasonal debut, was a game third. Frank Poerio, Jr. campaigns Whata Donato, who won for the fourth time in her last seven starts and lifted her career bankroll to $214,266. In Wednesday’s companion feature, the $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, TSM Photo Bugger also used the Lightning Lane to register his first victory in five starts this year. The 8-year-old SJ’s Photo-Rewarding Wink gelding triumphed in 1:57.2 for Tony Hall and owner/breeder Ted Tomson. The first-over Classicality was a neck back in second while Daylon Miracle earned show. TSM Photo Bugger now boasts $467,151 in lifetime earnings. It was one of three wins for Hall on the 14-race card. Evan Pattak

February 8, 2015 - The Gr. I Prix des Centaures (€240,000, 2200 meters distance handicap, monte, nine starters) resulted in a decisive win clocked in 1.12.5kr for Booster Winner (4m Love You - Quille Viretaute) with Eric Raffin up for harness racing trainer Sebastien Guarato. The 2/1 favorite handled, by four lengths, 3.9/1 Bali du Leard (4f Gazouillis-Irman Williams) with Franck Nivard in the irons for Franck Leblanc. Beauty Turgot (4m Hand du Vivier-Quouragane) ended third for Anthony Barrier and trainer Fabrice Souloy. The Gr. III Prix de Luneville (€78,000, 2700 meters, seven starters, monte) went to 1.7/1 odds Biscuit Delavera (4m Ludo de Castelle - Neva du Rosier) in an easy score clocked in 1.16kr after slow fractions (1.17.9kr at 1500; 1.17kr at 1000; 1.16.2kr at 500). Clement Frecelle reined the winner for trainer Jean Luc Bigeon. 11/1 Buckingham Park (4m Coktail Jet - North American) was second for Mathieu Abrivard and trainer Nicolas Raimbeaux ahead of Bilooka du Boscail (4f Look de Star  -Mirza du Vivier) with Nathalie Henry in the irons. Yves Hurel trains this one. In other upper class races Agrippine (5f Hasting - Moquevse) took today’s Prix Salam (€95,000 purse, monte, 10 five year-old starters, 2850 meters) with Alexandre Abrivard in the irons for trainer L.Cl. Abrivard at 3.8/1. The winner was clocked in 1.14kr in defeat of Attentionally (5m Jasmin de Flore - Intentionally) at 7/1 for David Thomain with third to Astre Blanc (5m Memphis du Rib - Java Blanche) at 11.1 for Mathieu Mottier and conditioner Sebastien Guarato. Norway’s Lionel (5m Look de Star - Aurora Sign) captured the Prix Application Parieurs (€75,000, 18 European five year-old males) for Franck Nivard. The 7/2 odds winner is trained by Fabrice Souloy and owned by Goran Antonsen. Aubrion du Gers (5g Memphis du Rib - J’Arrive du Gers) was second at 2.7/1 for owner, trainer, pilot J-M Bazire ahead of Italy’s third place Raul Breed (5m Yankee Slide - Flamma d’Asolo) at 124/1 for reinsman Mario Minopoli Jr. and trainer Salvatore Minopoli. The Prix Janval (€60,000, 2700 meters, nine three year-old starters) produced a win by Cirrus du Chene (3m Milford du Chene - Oasis du Chene) teamed by Franck Nivard. The 2.7/1 odds winner scored in 1.16.6kr as he defeated Cobra (3m The Best Madrik - Phuket Island) at 8/1 for trainer/driver J-M Bazire and third finisher Christo (3m Rieussec - Panacee) at 32/1 for Michel Lenoir, trainer/driver. Today at Le Bouscat the Grand Prix Dynavena Maisagri Duren (€35,000 purse, 2650 meters, 17 European starters) went to Jean-Pierre Dubois driven and owned Tast Of Bourbon (5f Donato Hanover - Qualita Bourbon). Jean Baudron trains this winner that was the 2/1 favorite.  Second was 2.8/1 Berry’s Boy (7g Love You - Realy Furniture) trained by Sebastien Guarto and driven by Glenny Delaune. Third was 16/1 Twist des Pleignes (8g Gazouillis - Ibiza des Plaignes) for owner/driver Denis Broussard. The earlier reported Prix de France summary is shown below with the winner Timoko. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BjejaDIwSvk What a racing day this was, in this second leg of the French Triple Crown. Two weeks from now will be the Grand Prix de Paris over the marathon distance of 4150 meters. The Gr. I UET Masters Series event for €400,000 was won a year ago by Up And Quick with J-M Bazire up as he defeated Tiego d’Etang and Roxane Griff. Thomas H. Hicks

Pompano Beach, FL...February 4, 2015... Nothinbutanallstar, driven by Mark O'Mara, eked out a narrow victory in Pompano Park's harness racing featured $13,000 Open Handicap Trot on Wednesday night.   The four year-old altered son of Allstar Hall completed his task in 1:54.3, a new lifetime mark considering his other similar mark came over Hoosier Park's seven-eighths mile oval.   The gallant mare Pure Barre, with Mickey McNichol in the bike, was just a neck back in second with Dukester, driven by Rick Plano, third, three lengths away. Saint Patty's Doll finished fourth while M C Felix picked up the minor award in the sextet.   As the race unfolded, Pure Barre was sent directly to the fore with Saint Patty's Doll protecting her inside post to get away in the garden spot. The versatile Nothinbutanallstar, starting from the outside post, also showed some early foot and nestled into third around the opening turn.   Positions remained stagnant through the :28 opener and :57.2 half but O'Mara sent Nothinbutanallstar just a stride prior to the second station and began grinding away at the leader, reaching second around the final turn through three quarters in 1:26.3.   From there, it was classic duel all the way to the wire with Pure Barre and Nothinbutanallstar matching strides through an official :28 finale--the latter just edging by in the final few strides.   After the race, driver Mark O'Mara said, "He (Nothinbutanallstar) isn't use to an 'easy' trip like this. There are times when he has had to come from way, way off the pace and there have been other times when he's either been used hard early on or been hung out there. Tonight, he was able to find a nice spot early without any hassle and then he just does what he does best--grind along. He's very solid and can go on forever...very consistent."   Indeed.   Nothinbutanallstar, also trained by O'Mara for owner Lester Raber, now sports a lifetime scorecard of 12-11-7 in 34 starts, good for $191,464.   He has missed but two checks in his 34 lifetime starts.   As the second choice in the betting at 7 to 5 (Purse Barre was 6 to 5), Nothinbutanallstar paid $4.80 to win.   Pompano Park also had a supporting cast of trotting events--three to be exact--with Winemaster Hanover and Increditable staking claim to their respective $10,000 events and Gold Savage lighting up the tote-board in a companion event worth $9,200.   First, Winemaster Hanover, driven by Dave Ingraham, led at every pole in scoring a victory measuring 1 1/2 lengths over Mc Tiny's Hope (Ben McNeil) with Thekeptman (Rick Plano) third.   After clocking panels of :27.2, :55.4 and 1:24.4, Winemaster Hanover, stopped the clock in 1:54.4, a new lifetime mark.   This five year-old son of Donato Hanover, trained by Randy Bickmore for owner Kevin Gee, earned his second triumph of the young season and 14th lifetime, sending his career bankroll to $80,256--$10,000 of that in the infancy of this year.   Third choice in the betting, Winemaster Hanover paid $10.60 to win.   Next, Increditable, a six year-old son of Credit Winner, trained by Norm Dessureault for owner Denis Goyette, was given a sterling drive by Kevin Wallis to score in a lifetime best 1:54.1.   Using "patience and prudence," Increditable was away alertly before yielding short of the :27.1 opener to Highland Yankee (Wally Hennessey). Then it was R G Rocket (Dave Ingraham) who took control and rambled to the half in a sharp :55.3.   As Majestic Won and Aaron Byron began their bid, Wallis had Increditable following that live cover--a move that ultimately sent him to the winner's circle.   Majestic Won did finish second while R G Rocket was comfortably third. Highland Yankee and C J's Rascal picked up the minors.   As fifth choice on the board, Increditable paid $13.40 to win.   Finally, Gold Savage, a new arrival by claim for the Polo Stables, used an aggressive--but patient--drive by Dunc Clements to light up the tote-board with a $103.00 win mutuel.   Trained by Mark Friedman, the five year-old son of Keystone Savage, was aggressive early in taking an early lead before patiently letting, first, Speed Hanover take command at the :27.1 opening panel and, then, allowing a quarter move by the favorite, Keystone Wyatt, that latter taking the field through an opening half in :55.4.   On the backside, the still patient Gold Savage allowed Sweetasmusic to make a first up bid before following that one's cover and, ultimately, edging by late for the upset victory measuring three parts of a length over the late charging Echos Funky Claude (Ed Hensley). Rush N Supreme, driven by "Sky" Walker, charged from eighth turning for home to finish third as Keystone Wyatt and Sweetasmusic finished fourth and fifth, respectively.   Finally, with multiple Wednesday night winners in the Super Hi-5, the unique ticket jackpot going into Saturday night's program is over $105,000.   Post time is 7:30 p.m.   John Berry

American trotter Real Babe will make her Australian harness racing debut at Shepparton on Saturday night. Prepared by Jayne Davies, Real Babe will contest the Group Three George Gath, which has attracted a stellar field. The mare has had two trials ahead of her Down Under debut, finishing second at her most recent hit-out at Tabcorp Park Melton on Monday. To be driven by Anthony Butt, who has partnered the daughter of Donato Hanover at both trials, Real Babe’s task has been made tough by drawing gate seven – the outside of the front row. Real Babe is here for the Great Southern Star on March 7, one of two international invitees for the series. Star local Spidergirl will resume after a five-month break for trainer David Aiken. Last season’s dominant squaregaiter, with victories in the Vicbred and Breeders’ Crown Finals, Spidergirl will begin from the inside of the second row. With quick beginner Flying Isa drawn the pole, Spidergirl is likely to enjoy the perfect trip along the pegs. In a terrific coup for the Victorian industry, all trot races at Shepparton will be broadcast live into France for wagering purposes. Harness Racing Victoria will receive a product fee for beaming the action into the world's biggest trotting market. HRV Media

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 13, 2015 -- Whata Donato and Count Me In, a pair of streaking horses, captured Tuesday's co-featured trots -- each in front-end fashion -- at The Meadows. In the $20,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap, Whata Donato had little trouble collecting her second straight victory -- and fourth in her last six starts -- when she sprang to the lead from post 8 for trainer/driver Doug Snyder and scored by 2 lengths in 1:57. Stablemates ER Ellie and Mistress Valentine finished second and third, respectively. Frank Poerio, Jr. campaigns Whata Donato, a 5-year-old daughter of Donato Hanover-Donven Promise who boosted her career bankroll to $197,391. The track condition was downgraded from "good" to "sloppy" well before the $18,000 Preferred Handicap, and Dave Palone had to coax Count Me In through a 30.2 final quarter over the tiring surface. But the 6-year-old Full Count-Howl gelding recorded his third win in the last four outings, prevailing in 1:56.1. TSM Photo Bugger was second, 1-1/2 lengths back, while the pocket-sitting Andoversure saved show. Ron Burke conditions Count Me In, who now boasts lifetime earnings of $374,469, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, M1 Stable and Michelle Yanek. Tony Hall, Mike Wilder and Palone each drove three winners on the 15-race card. On Wednesday, Jan. 14, The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will offer a $10,000-guaranteed total pool for its Pick 5 wager as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. The Meadows added the “instant” guarantee after Tuesday’s Pick 5 was uncovered, resulting in a two-day carryover of $3,123.47. Minimum wager for the Pick 5 (Races 11-15) is 50 cents. Since Pennsylvania law requires a minimum per-race wager of $2, a player wagering at the 50-cent level must bet at least four tickets. First post for Wednesday’s program is 12:55 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 6, 2015 -- Whata Donato surged late in the Lightning Lane to capture Tuesday's $22,500 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Whata Donato surrendered the early lead to Express Justice and, even in mid-stretch, appeared destined for second best. But she responded to the urging of trainer/driver Doug Snyder and outkicked Express Justice, prevailing by a neck in 1:57.1 on a "good" surface. The first-over E R Ellie was third. Frank Poerio, Jr. campaigns Whata Donato, a 5-year-old daughter of Donato Hanover-Donven Promise who extended her career bankroll to $187,391. Trainer Ron Burke enjoyed a four-bagger on the 15-race card, with Dave Palone aboard for three of those victories. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

Solvato (5m Donato Hanover-Solveig) stormed home (from post 17) and won today’s harness racing featured Gr. II International Prix de Bourgogne (€120,000, 2100 meters autostart, 18 participants) at Paris-Vincennes. Orjan Kihlstrom teamed the winner, a US import, for trainer Veijo Heiskanen and owner Denco HB. The pace was solid (1.10.1lr at 1500; 1.11.8kr at 1000; 1.12kr at 500, 1.12.4kr finish) as many favorites went for and contested the lead. First to lead was Maven from post seven and she relinquished to Texas Charm and then favorite Ready Cash. Severino (8m Gobernador-Katia de Tillard), who ended sixth, battled up on the outer for Damien Bonne and Timoko (Bjorn Goop up), finished seventh, also moved to the leaders on the outside. Maven raced third on the inner and Up And Quick (6m Buvetier d’Aunou-Fictre), starting from post one, also was trapped on the pegs. Into the stretch it was anybody’s race and then pocket-sitting Texas Charm went offstride followed by Ready Cash. Solvato rallied on the far outside to be victorious and Pierre Vercruysse finally escaped traffic to be second in a dead-heat on the pegs with Up And Quick. Tiego d’Etang (7mChaillot-Harolene) rallied for dead-heat second for Chrtistian Bigeon ahead of game rallying mare Roxane Griff driven by Eric Raffin and Robert Bergh’s trainee Kadett CD (7m Scarlet Knight-Kiss Of Life) with Dominik Locqueneux up. Maven appeared to be impeded by the breakers but in the drive did not respond. The top five finishers were off at odds of 16, 22, 7, 18 and 35/1 respectively in the Quinte+ event. Over €1.64 million was wagered on the race in the win/place pools only. Solvato is a full brother to world champion trotting filly, Shake It Cerry. He was imported to Europe from the USA. This third “B” qualifier for the Prix d’Amerique, contested over a “sprinter” distance, has been won by many of the trotting greats. Multiple winners include Ready Cash (3), Ourasi (3), Meaulnes du Corta (2), Kaseco Phedo (2), Insert Gede (2), and Vourasie (2). The fastest winner before today’s edition was 1.10kr by Texas Charm last year.The winner’s share of the purse today was €54,000 with the top five earning points (12-6-4-2-1). After the fourth “B” the top six point winners will gain Prix d’Amerique invitations. The Prix d’Amerique looks to be an interesting and competitive race the last Sunday in January, with Solvato emerging as a leading contender. Kihlstrom knows the course having won a year ago with Maharajah and conditioner Veijo Heiskenen has him in fine condition. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 5, 2014 -- Whata Donato yielded to the pocket behind Anaffairtoremember, then brushed by her inside to capture her second straight Lightning Lane victory in Friday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Trainer/driver Doug Snyder hustled Whata Donato to a relatively easy lead while the parked-out Anaffairtoremember didn't see the cones until the three-eighths. That was the edge Whata Donato needed, as she knifed through the slop to score in 1:55.4. Anaffairtoremember gamely held place, 2-1/4 lengths back, with Magic Wheel third. Frank Poerio, Jr. campaigns Whata Donato, a 4-year-old daughter of Donato Hanover-Donven Promise who extended her career bankroll to $166,641. Mike Wilder drove four winners and Dave Palone three on the 15-race card. by Evan Pattack, for the Meadows

Solvato (5m Donato Hanover-Solveig-Yankee Glide) won today’s V75 Gold Meadow Prophets at Jagersro over 2140 meters autostart. The Veijo Heiskanen trained and reined pupil earned 150,000SEK for the win, his 11th in 45 career starts, now for earnings of 5,233,630SEK. He was timed in 1.12.3kr. Solvato rallied from near the back to circle the field around the last bend to score easily for owner Denco HB. Montgomery Hill (10g SJ’s Photo-Funny Hill-Mr. Vic) was second for Flemming Jensen and Nothing But Class (5m Andover Hall-Bold Dreamer-Donerail) ended third for Peter Untersteiner. The winner hopes to start next Saturday at Paris-Vincennes in the Gr. II International UET Masters Series Prix du Bourbonnais over 2850 meters, the second “B” automatic qualifier for the 2015 Prix d’Amerique. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

 WASHINGTON, PA, -  Whata Donato stalked patiently from the pocket, then pounced in the Lightning Lane to capture Wednesday’s $20,000 Filly & Mare Winnners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Take The Money took the field through three-quarters in a sharp 1:25.4 over a sloppy surface. But when trainer/driver Doug Snyder pointed Whata Donato to the Lightning Lane, the 4-year-old daughter of Donato Hanover-Donven Promise poured through to score in 1:55.1 and down Take The Money by 2 lengths. ER Ellie finished third. Frank Poerio, Jr. campaigns Whata Donato, who pushed her career bankroll to $156,641. Tony Hall piloted four winners on the 15-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, when the Pick 4 offers a $5,000 pool guarantee. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J./ Heavy race favorite Shake It Cerry, with harness racing driver Ron Piece in the bike, waited mid-pack and then swept three wide to win the Breeders Crown $500,000 Three-Year-Old Filly Trot in a harness racing stakes-record 1:52.2 mile at the Meadowlands on Nov. 21. It was trainer Jimmy Takter's 19th Breeders Crown winner. Shake It Cerry sat fifth early as Riveting Rose took the early lead. Just after the :27.1 first quarter, Takter's other filly, Lifetime Pursuit, took over. Shake It Cerry was sixth until Cee Bee Yes went first over and she followed as the half went in :55.3. Shake It Cerry came out around the turn and went three wide to begin a strong brush to the lead, with three-quarters in 1:24.4 and a masterful command of the field. She soared home to win by 2¼ lengths. Cee Bee Yes held for second as Struck By Lindy made up enough ground mid-stretch to just miss catching her, getting third. "Just the way things worked out," said Ron Pierce after the trip. "They were mixing up real good and we decided to relax a bit. We found a live helmet to take us up the last turn anyway and carried it the rest, I just sat there. she just cruised by ‘em. Very little encouragement. Jimmy did a great job with her I just can’t say enough about her." Solveig's Breeders bred Shake It Cerry for owners Solveig's Racing Partners. She paid just $2.40 to win. Shake It Cerry by Ray Cotolo, for the Breeders Crown  

The following are the 2015 service fees for the stallions standing at Hanover Shoe Farms. All of the books are subject to close without notice.  Andover Hall $10,000 Cantab Hall $20,000 Captaintreacherous $15,000 Donato Hanover $15,000 Explosive Matter $7,500 Muscle Massive $7,500 Somebeachsomewhere $25,000 Well Said $15,000 Western Ideal $7,500 From Hanover Shoe Farms

After being involved in a series accident in the seventh race at Pocono Downs Wednesday, harness racing driver George Napolitano, Jr. recovered quickly from his hospital visit to make the journey to Harrah's Philadelphia and win two of the three divisions in the co-feature trots and a total of five races on the program..   The three divisions of the mid-conditioned level trot headlined the card on a rainy Thursday afternoon from Harrah's Philadelphia, each going for a purse of $17,000.   In the first division, it was 4 Leaf Racing's Smoother Ride (Geo. Napolitano Jr.) with a front-end victory.   The son of Yankee Glide quarter-brushed past early leader (and eventual second place finisher) Muscolo (Tim Tetrick) just after the quarter pole.   From that point, he never looked back, splashing to a two length victory in 1:55.3.   Hoosier Park invader Time Will Tell All (Corey Callahan) emerged first-over from the three-hole past three-quarters, but flattened out to finish third.   Smoother Ride ($2.40) picked up his fifteenth victory of the year for trainer John Mc Dermott.   In the second division, it was Howard Jacobs' Political Desire (Geo Napolitano Jr.) going gate-to-wire for the victory.   The 8-year-old son of Tom Ridge was well-rated the first half (58.1) and had plenty left in the tank for the stretch drive.   He went on to win by a length and a quarter, stopping the timer in 1:56.   Wind Neath My Feet (Marcus Miller) finished a game second in his debut for the Jake Huff barn, while Way Outta Here (Andrew McCarthy) rallied for third.   Political Desire ($3.40) was one of three training wins for Kevin Carr.   The gelding is one win away from notching his 40th career victory.   The third and final division went to J&T Silva Stables' Omnipotent (Andrew McCarthy).   The daughter of Donato Hanover laid off the early battle, which saw Il Mago (Daryl Bier) and Bastille (Andy Miller) exchange leads.   Omnipotent (8.40) worked out a solid second-over trip, and was able to out close the leaders in the final steps, winning by a neck, stopping the clock in 1:56.2.   Il Mago had to settle for second, while Bastille faded to third.   Driver George Napolitiano Jr., who was unseated in a drive Wednesday night at Pocono Downs, had five winners on the card, maintaining his lead in the driver standings.   Live racing returns Friday afternoon with a first post of 12:40 PM.   Mike Bozich  

October 11, 2014. Today showcased the 2014 German Grand Prix Yearling Sale at Hambourg, Germany. 64 head were cataloged with 61 sold (95%) for €770,500, an average of €12,631. Two consigned by legendary German breeder Alwin Shockemohle led the way, each bringing €80,000. Scully’s Princess (f, Donato Hanover-Scully FBI), a half-sister to Federal Flex, and Lady Muscles (f, Muscle Hill-Chieftess-Credit Winner, from a full-sister to Judge Joe, led the parade. Pedigrees of these two and video links follow.               Scullys Princess https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6W9KSlb8-LA   Lady Muscles https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGGWRXhCKmM Thomas H. Hicks

Shake It Cerry trotted to a new harness racing stakes and track record clocking of 1:52.2 in the $150,000 American National 3-year-Old Filly Trot Saturday night at Balmoral Park. The previous record was 1:54, set in 2010 by Springtime Volo and in 2000 by Armbro Temple. Reined by Ron Pierce for trainer Jimmy Takter and the Solveig's Racing Partners of East Windsor, NJ, the daughter of Donato Hanover notched her 20th career victory and pushed her career earnings to $1,631,205.   "She's incredibly fast off the gate," said the filly's caretaker Helen Engblom. "I know that Lifetime Pursuit is a really good racehorse so I was a little concerned with her being right on her back. She is a special filly. She's a real sweetheart to be around and easy to take care of."   Shake It Cerry left hard from post nine, with stablemate and 2013 Hambletonian Oaks winner Lifetime Pursuit (Yannick Gingras) right beside her until the former cleared at the :28.1 first quarter. Those two remained tightly bunched through the :57.3 half and the 1:25.3 three-quarters, with Broadway Socks (Dan Rawlings) and Cee Bee Yes (Scott Zeron) following.   Turning for home, Shake It Cerry began to open up on her rivals, being challenged only briefly by Lifetime Pursuit, but to no avail as the former brushed in :26.4 to keep her six-race win streak intact. Lifetime Pursuit picked notched runner-up honors, with the hard-trying Cee Bee Yes grabbing the show money.   Shake It Cerry should be a cince for divisional honors, especially off her victory in the the 49th edition of the $224,000 Kentucky Filly Futurity just one week ago. This season Shake It Cerry has also won the $368,100 Elegant Image at Mohawk in 1:52.1; the $213,500 Miller Memorial at The Meadowlands in 1:53; the $150,000 Zweig at Vernon in 1:53.1; the $93,850 Currie & Ives Final in 1:55.3 at The Meadows; her $35,000 Hambletonian Oaks prep at The Meadowlands in 1:54.4; and the $99,997 PASS Final in 1:53.1 at The Meadows, among others.   Shake It Cerry is the fourth foal out of her dam and is full sister to Solvato 3, 1:53.2f ($300,931) and the 2-year-old Uncle Lasse 2, 1:54.1 ($203,279). She also has a half-brother in Dontyouforgetit 3, 1:52.1f ($598,049). By Kimberly Rinker

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