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Columbus, OH --- Harness racing horses are named for many different reasons, such as a connection to their ancestry, a noteworthy event or individual and even for their personality traits. When it comes to Good Will Hanover, however, her official title is the polar opposite of her demeanor. In fact, this young lady, who has bested champions L A Delight and Pure Country in two out of her last three trips to the post, is anything but easy to get along with. In addition to requiring the services of two grooms to soothe her fractious nature, the daughter of Big Jim has provided both of her trainers with very memorable excursions in the infield each man would probably rather forget. "We got her in August of last year," said the filly's conditioner Dr. Ian Moore. "She comes from a very old, classy family but we were not the ones who selected her as a yearling. Actually Danny Romo, who is an outstanding horseman, was training her and just could not figure her out. He had her rigged up with all types of equipment like head poles, cones, blinkers and plugs, but she still ended up putting him upside down when he was driving her. "I've known both Danny and the owners, the Tufts (Karl and Deanna), for years from my veterinary work and the business. Even with all the work Danny put in to her to get her going, he was not getting anywhere, so they asked me to try her out. I was more than forewarned before she arrived in our barn about her antics, but she still managed to turn me upside down in the infield too.Then there was that situation with the ditch and some other interesting occasions behind her. "I have spent my fair share of time with her attempting to settle her down, but her groom, Tami Sepper, has put so much work into her and another one of my grooms, Vicki Paulic, has to help her on race night. We need two people to try and keep 'Hannah,' as we call her, calm." Sepper and Paulic will certainly be put through their paces on Saturday (June 18) as they prepare their charge for her appearance in the C$438,000 Fan Hanover final. Good Will Hanover, an elimination winner, will have the services of Chris Christoforou when she begins her mile from post position three in the evening's ninth race. The 3-year-old filly is 7-2 on the morning line and will once again compete against rivals L A Delight (4-1, post position six) and Pure Country (5-2, post position seven) as well as fellow elimination winner Darlinonthebeach (2-1, post position two). Owned by the Tufts' Glb Stables, Good Will Hanover was purchased for $15,000 at the 2014 Standardbred Horse Sale. The filly is out of the Cambest mare Go For Best, who only collected $3,915 on the racetrack, but has proven to be a goldmine in the breeding shed. Good Will Hanover is a half-sibling to Major General (Western Ideal, $345,378), Rough Sketch (Art Major, $117,226) and Givemybest Hanover (Dragon Again, $133,195). Two other members of her immediate family, Geraint Hanover (Western Hanover) and Gotta Go Hanover (Yankee Cruiser) just missed breaking the $100,000 barrier during their careers. This filly broke her maiden at first asking at Mohawk Racetrack on August 17, 2015, with Paul MacDonell in the bike and followed that up with two more triumphs prior to a second place finish to L A Delight in the $181,035 Champlain Stakes. She was then second in a $78,750 Ontario Sire Stakes Gold Series contest, before adding another win to her resume under the same conditions and for the same purse the following week. Good Will Hanover's 2-year-old campaign ended after an eighth-place showing in the $192,500 Ontario Sire Stakes Super Final, but the filly, who finished the season with a record of 7-4-2-0 and $122,857 in the bank, had an excuse and for once it was not her temperament. "She came up sick before the final and it's my fault she had nothing," Moore said. "I never should have raced her there because she was not at her best, but because we started later with her and there was nothing else really for her, I went ahead and put her in. That was a mistake." It has definitely required a nearly infinite reserve of patience and many, many hours of his time, but Moore feels he should not make any more errors with this filly now that he has a handle on how to manage her. He certainly wants her to have every opportunity to increase her already established purse earnings of $213,683 and add more wins to the seven she already possesses on her resume. "We thought she was seeing things and that was what was making her so excitable, but with her it is actually hearing things," Moore said. "One time before she was supposed to race at Mohawk she was stabled right by where the train comes through. Needless to say that was it for keeping her settled down the rest of the day. "I have to train her in at least 1:57 several times a week and train her even on days she's racing. It helps take the edge off of her. I have also changed her equipment and opened her up gradually because like we found out, it is not seeing things that bother her, but I had to keep the cones and plugs on her. She also had a driver change with Paul (MacDonell) getting off her and Chris (Christoforou) getting on. "When it comes to getting a horse to settle down Chris is one of the best. She was actually becoming so relaxed, he tried putting her right up on the gate in the sire stakes race before the Fan Hanover elimination. Obviously that did not work out with her breaking and he said he would never do that with her again. She's a horse that really does have to have her own way." Moore and his employees also employ other tactics to stabilize Good Will Hanover's mood, which may very well propel her to the top of her division before her sophomore season draws to a close. "Tami has to walk her constantly when she races and that is one of the things Vicki helps her with," he said. "She is quite something, that is for sure and we always worry she will take her race out of her before she ever gets to the gate. "The thing is she is as quiet as can be in the barn. It's only when she's on the track or getting ready to race that she acts like this and it's not because she doesn't have manners. It really is very rewarding to see all our work with this filly pay off, because she is so fast. She can definitely pace with the best of them as long as it is not consecutive :25 quarters. We just are responsible for keeping her together so she has the opportunity to show her talent. "We do have her quiet enough now where we can get her to stand and when we trailered her with (State) Treasurer she behaved perfectly. It just took us the time to figure her out and it is so very gratifying when she rewards us for those efforts. It is up to us to do our job and she will do the rest." Following is the field for the Fan Hanover in post order. PP-Horse-Sire-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1. Lindwood Beachgirl by Somebeachsomewhere - James MacDonald - Mark Steacy - 12-1 2. Darlinonthebeach by Somebeachsomewhere  - David Miller -Nancy Johansson - 2-1 3. Good Will Hanover by Big Jim - Chris Christoforou - Ian Moore - 7-2 4. Newborn Sassy by Western Ideal - Tim Tetrick - Jo Ann Looney-King - 6-1 5. Penpal by American Ideal - Pat Lachance - Pat Lachance - 15-1 6. L A Delight by Bettor's Delight - Randy Waples - Robert McIntosh - 4-1 7. Pure Country by Somebeachsomewhere - Brett Miller - Jimmy Takter - 5-2 8. Lay Lady Lay by Up The Credit - Dough McNair - Chris Matthews - 15-1 9. Mayhem Seelster by Mach Three - Jack Moiseyev - Tony O'Sullivan - 15-1 10. Bad As Leader by Badlands Hanover - Trevor Henry - Gerald Lilley - 20-1 by Kim French, USTA Internet News Editor  

Nichols. N.Y. -- While Friday (June 17) evening's harness racing program at Tioga Downs will feature camels and ostriches in addition to horses, the main point of interest will be State Treasurer's defense of Sunday (June 19) afternoon's $179,000 Roll With Joe free-for-all pacing event.   Despite being winless in six starts so far this year, the 7-year-old Real Desire entire seeks to defend his title in the Southern Tier after his jaw-dropping 1:47.2 track-record effort in last year's renewal of the marquee pacing event at Tioga. David Miller is listed to drive the 30-time winner for trainer Dr. Ian Moore and owners Sally and Paul MacDonald.   A quartet of other millionaires are slated to line up, including Steve Elliott trainee McWicked and a trio of Ron Burke trainees in All Bets Off, Take It Back Terry, and Limelight Beach--three-quarters of a four-horse entry.   McWicked, a lunging third to Evenin of Pleasure in the $115,500 Molson Pace at Western Fair, makes his fourth start of the season after a stout chasing effort behind Mel Mara's scintillating 1:47 mile at the Meadowlands two weeks ago. Tim Tetrick is nominated to drive the 2014 Breeders Crown champion.   All Bets Off, runner-up to Bit of a Legend N in the $609,000 Levy Final at Yonkers and runner-up to Wiggle It Jiggleit in the Battle of Lake Erie at Northfield, has been forced to race from off the pace of late given a string of outside and second-row post draws. The 5-year-old Bettor's Delight entire gets some relief with an inside draw, and Matt Kakaley is nominated to drive.   Also looking to upend the defending champion is Rockeyed Optimist (Brett Miller listed), who drew off to a 10-length win in last week's Open at Tioga on the Graduate undercard. While he trails the septet in terms of career earnings, the 5-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding reeled off eight wins so far this year, mostly against top-level company at the Meadowlands and Dover.   Post time for Sunday's 11-race card is 1:30 p.m. Eastern.   Friday marks the end of a three-year hiatus for camel and ostrich races at Tioga Downs. The camels and ostriches, from Hedrick's Animal Farm in Kansas, will compete in the early part of the card, as they do at many events nationwide. Post time on Friday and Saturday evenings is slated for 6:30 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Tioga Downs

Ontario sired sophomore fillies were the main attraction Saturday at Mohawk Racetrack and harness racing upsets was the theme of the night. The Standardbred Breeders of Ontario Association (S.B.O.A) Stakes for Ontario sired three-year-old fillies featured award winners in both the pacing and trotting divisions. O'Brien Award winner L A Delight was seeking her 13th consecutive victory in the $173,329 S.B.O.A Filly Pace Final, but Good Will Hanover stole the show. Driven by Chris Christoforou, Good Will Hanover went to the front and never looked back en route to a career-best 1:50 victory. The Dr. Ian Moore trainee posted fractions of :26.4, :55.1 and 1:22.4. L A Delight got away fourth from post-four for driver Randy Waples, but was forced to come first up entering the final turn. The heavy 2/5 favourite never really got close to Good Will Hanover and had to settle for a fourth-place finish. Mayhem Seelster, who blasted out from the nine-hole to get away third, finished three-quarters of a length behind the winner in second, while Lay Lady Lay was third. Good Will Hanover won her elimination last week in 1:51.1, which was over a second faster than L A Delight's 1:52.2 victory last Saturday. The Dr. Moore trainee went off at odds of 6/1. "Our filly had a lot of speed last year and again this year, but she has a little bit of a mental type issue and it takes a lot to calm her down," said Moore, who noted he has two caretakers looking after his filly. "They've done a heck of a job with her keeping her calm, we had to walk her a lot and that of sort of thing, but she did very well and it's certainly worth it." A daughter of Big Jim, Good Will Hanover won four of seven starts last year and now has two wins in three starts as a sophomore. Moore didn't have any instructions for Christoforou, but the race didn't play out the way he envisioned. "When (Christoforou) drives them once, he pretty well gets a feel for them and knows what he wants to do," Moore said. "I thought maybe (L A Delight) might go to the front and we may be in the two-hole is what I was thinking, but it didn't shape up that way." Owned by Glb Stable of Lakeview, Nova Scotia, Good Will Hanover now has career-earnings of $263,759. Dr. Moore noted that the S.B.O.A Stakes champion will be pointed towards the upcoming Fan Hanover stakes. Good Will Hanover paid $14.10 to win. Flowers N Songs trotted up a storm to split the favourites late and win the $174,329 S.B.O.A Filly Trot Final. Most eyes were focused heavily on O'Brien Award winner Caprice Hill, who entered the Filly Trot final off a 1:53.1 elimination victory and was made the heavy 1/5 favourite. The Tony Alagna trainee got away fourth for driver Waples, but was almost 10 lengths behind the leader at the opening-quarter. Major Muscle posted a snappy :26.4 first-quarter, but the lead was short-lived. Celebrity Eventsy, the other elimination winner, trotted up from third to first moving to the half for driver Sylvain Filion. After a :55.3 half, Waples sent Caprice Hill first up to challenge Celebrity Eventsy, who reached the third-marker in 1:24.2. In the stretch, Caprice Hill closed in Celebrity Eventsy searching for the victory, but neither filly had nearly as much trot as Flowers N Songs. The Paul Reid trainee stayed along the pylons in mid-pack until the stretch, when driver Doug McNair found clear room and the 23-1 longshot blasted through to trot a tremendous final-eighth for the victory in 1:53. Caprice Hill finished 2¾ lengths back in second, while Celebrity Eventsy was third. A daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe, Flowers N Songs finished second in her elimination, 3½ lengths behind Celebrity Eventsy. The Robert Key homebred has been tremendous this season with six victories and five runner-up finishes from 12 starts. Unraced at two, Flowers N Songs now has career earnings of over $147,000. Her clocking of 1:53 knocked more than three-seconds off her previous career-best. A $2 win ticket on the Reid trainee returned $48.90. Live racing resumes Monday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

Harness racing trainer Dr. Ian Moore said winning a fourth straight Molson Pace with his pupil State Treasurer would be almost beyond comprehension. “It’s been fun just to win it once. A second was a bonus and the third was just unreal last year,” Moore said. “A fourth time would be unbelievable.” State Treasurer, the 2015 Horse of the Year in Canada owned by Sally and Allan MacDonald of Prince Edward Island and their nephew, Paul MacDonald of Toronto, has drawn the rail for Friday’s $150,000 invitational at The Raceway at The Western Fair District in London, ON. The pacer’s regular driver, Chris Christoforou, will be in the sulky. Moore, a PEI native who is based in Guelph, ON during the summer, acknowledged it won’t be easy for State Treasurer to become the first horse to win four Molson Pace titles in the race’s 44-year history. Race secretary Ian Fleming has assembled a crack field of eight tough older pacers, many coming in from the United States. The field has combined earnings of nearly $9 million. That includes the $1.96 million earned by State Treasurer, who is winless in his three 2016 starts since returning from wintering at Southern Oaks Training Center in Florida. “He hasn’t been quite as good his first few starts, obviously, this year,” Moore said. “It sort of was the same thing last year. It wasn’t until about the third start that he was good at Mohawk and I really think that the first three Saturdays that we’ve been back in Ontario since April 30th the (race nights) have all been very cold. In fact, 37 degrees Fahrenheit and wet snow the last time we raced. I think some of our horses had a little trouble acclimatizing to that.” Moore said State Treasurer had some mild sickness a few weeks ago and was given five days off after his last start — a fifth-place finish in the $34,000 preferred on May 14 at Mohawk Racetrack — but the seven-year-old son of Real Desire—Ideal Treasure seems fine this week and should be raring to go Friday in London. “He seems good in every other way. He’s been sound and everything and he’s steering well this year. We hope he’ll appreciate the return to London and away we go,” Moore said. “He obviously likes that track and has done well there in the past. Hopefully, he’ll be ready to roll for the fourth time.” State Treasurer is currently tied with Jambo Dancer for the most Molson Pace victories. Jambo Dancer also won the race three straight years, taking the title in 1976, 1977 and 1978. Post positions for the Molson Pace field are as follows: 1. State Treasurer – Chris Christoforou 2. Bettor Rock On N – Jody Jamieson 3. Sunfire Blue Chip – Mark MacDonald 4. Evenin Of Pleasure – Sylvain Filion 5. Machtu N – Trevor Henry 6. Mcwicked – Randy Waples 7. P H Supercam – James MacDonald 8. All Bets Off – Matt Kakaley The Molson Pace program will also feature the Ontario Sires Stakes for three-year-old colt pacers, a quartet of City of London Series finals, a pair of Alliance Claiming Series finals and an added-purse Junior Invitational Pace as part of the undercard. Total purses for the night will be more than $550,000. There will be a number of promotions on the night, including Scratch and Win program prizes, OSS ‘Be A Winner Contest,’ Party on the Patio, a Molson VIP infield event and much more. The wagering menu has been bolstered to include a $5,000 guaranteed early Pick-3, $10,000 guaranteed early Pick-4, $15,000 guaranteed late Pick-4 and the addition of a third Super Hi-5 – all low 15 per cent takeout wagers. For more information, visit Greg Blanchard

Rockin In Heaven made a name for himself last year as a surprising Grand Circuit harness racing competitor and Sunday he will look to continue making a mark in the $244,000 Confederation Cup at Flamboro Downs. The Dr. Ian Moore trainee will be making his third start of his four-year-old season on Sunday after earning more than $367,000 last season as a sophomore. Rockin In Heaven was not on many, if any, radars to be a Grand Circuit level colt last year and his conditioner is not shy to admit even he was caught off guard by his trainee's breakout season. "As I stated last year, he has been one of the most pleasant surprising horses I've ever had in my entire life," said Dr. Moore, Thursday afternoon. "How he went from a two-year-old that was so-so to a nice stakes horse last year, hopefully he will become a nice four-year-old this year." The journey to a nice four-year-old season has certainly started off well for the son of Rock N Roll Heaven. Rockin In Heaven finished a close fourth in his season debut on April 30 and followed it up with an impressive 1:50.1 victory last Saturday at Mohawk Racetrack. The Dr. Moore trainee will now tackle his first stakes engagement of the season Sunday and will be forced to overcome the tough starting spot of post-seven. "He's really feeling good and all that sort of thing," Moore said. "It's really a shame that we drew so bad, which as everybody knows is very important in a half-mile track race of that caliber or any caliber." Rockin In Heaven, who is 7-1 on the morning line, is no stranger to stepping up in big moments. He was an 11-1 upset winner in a division of the Somebeachsomewhere Stakes last June at Mohawk and a few months later, at the exact same price, won the $290,000 Empire Breeders Classic at Tioga Downs. Rockin In Heaven spent most of last summer on the New York Sires Stakes circuit, becoming well adjusted to racing on a half-mile track. Sunday's Confederation Cup will put him against some familiar faces from his Empire State battles. "There is a lot of New York horses in there that he raced against, including National Seelster and Americanprimetime," said Moore. "So they are all good half-mile horses." Dr. Moore is confident his driver, who is very familiar with Ontario's half-mile tracks, gives Rockin In Heaven a bit of an added boost in Sunday's dash. "Trevor (Henry) is well-versed on a half-mile track, so I'm glad we have Trevor to drive," said Moore. "He got along very well with him last year and we are looking forward to Sunday." Henry and Rockin In Heaven have teamed up on 13 occasions and visited the winner's circle in six of those starts. Dr. Moore will leave the strategy up to his driver on Sunday, but with heavy-favourite Wiggle It Jiggleit starting from the second-tier, the start and first-turn at Flamboro could be interesting. "Our horse has raced at Flamboro as a two-year-old and he finished his two-year-old season there," noted Moore. "I presume there will be a bit of a mad dash (at the start)." Dr. Moore co-owns the four-year-old with Douglas Polley, Francois Lecomte and Gordon McComb. Rockin In Heaven is entering the Confederation Cup less than $2,000 away from $400,000 in career earnings. Whether Rockin In Heaven is able to stun his rivals on Sunday, Moore knows his pleasant surprise will certainly give him and his co-owners a great effort. "He's a very tough animal. He's always up to the task and no matter what he always gives us his best." Mark McKelvie

Canada's reigning Horse of the Year is set to return to the track Saturday evening at Mohawk Racetrack. Dr. Ian Moore trainee State Treasurer will look to start his 2016 harness racing campaign off on a winning note in the $34,000 Preferred Handicap. The seven-year-old son of Real Desire has been assigned the outside spot in a field of nine and will reunite with regular driver Chris Christoforou. State Treasurer put together a dream season last year with nine victories in 19 starts and just shy of $1 million in earnings. The Dr. Moore trainee posted victories in the Molson Pace, Mohawk Gold Cup, US Pacing Championship, Roll With Joe and Canadian Pacing Derby en route to being named the top older pacer in both Canada and the United States. State Treasurer enters his seven-year-old season with a milestone in sight. Just a $6,500 yearling purchase, he is just over $51,000 away from $2 million in career earnings for owners Sally MacDonald and Paul MacDonald. Although State Treasurer has yet to make a start, the veteran pacing stallion has already made headlines this season. Dr. Moore qualified State Treasurer in an eye-popping 1:49.4 on April 15 at Southern Oaks Training Center in Sorrento, Florida. The recorded fractions over the mile-oval at Southern Oaks were :26, :52.3, 1:19.4 and 1:49.4. State Treasurer's competition in Saturday's Preferred includes a stablemate and a trio of Preferred winners this season. Dr. Moore trainee Arthur Blue Chip is making his sixth start of the season from post-five in the Preferred. The five-year-old son of Shadow Play made all five previous starts at Pompano Park and scored two victories along with three runner-up finishes. Nickle Bag, who has six Preferred victories this season, will start from post-six. Ellis Park and Boomboom Ballykeel, who have each scored a Preferred victory in the last month, start from post-seven and eight, respectively. The Preferred Handicap has been carded as the tenth-race on the 11-race program. State Treasurer will not be the only Dr. Moore trainee to appear at Mohawk Saturday. The veteran conditioner sends out three starters in The Diplomat and former New York Sires Stakes standout Rockin In Heaven in an overnight event. Some Gold starts from post-two in the first Diplomat division for Dr. Moore, while Worthy Art and Sutton Seelster will leave from post position three and five in the second split. Rockin In Heaven will make his second start of the season in the evening's fourth-race. The four-year-old son of Rock N Roll Heaven scored victories in the Somebeachsomewhere Stakes and Empire Breeders Classic last season en route to banking over $367,000. The second leg of The Diplomat Series will feature two $20,000 divisions Saturday night. The Diplomat Series is for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings, who were non-winners of $100,000 last season. The opening-leg of the series failed to fill, as only four horses were entered, but leg two has attracted 13 pacers. Carmen Auciello trainee War N Munn will headline the first division from the rail. The three-year-old son of Stonebridge Regal has captured both The Count B and Youthful Series finals this season to help him sport a 2016 bankroll of over $66,000. The first division field of six also includes British Columbia star Kokanee Seelster. The Ming Siu trainee made his first four starts this season at Fraser Downs and captured the $75,000 Keith Linton Memorial on April 3. Unlike War N Munn, Kokanee Seelster is eligible to the Pepsi North America Cup. The second Diplomat Series division features a strong field of seven Bill Budd trainee Flaherty has won four of eight starts this season and holds a mark of 1:51.3. The son of Up The Credit will start from post-two and has been made the 9/5 morning line choice. Flaherty is eligible to the Pepsi North America Cup. Richard Moreau trainee Gerries Sport won his season debut last week at Mohawk in 1:52.3 and is the 5/2 second-choice on the morning line from post-seven. An Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots star last season, Gerries Sport appears ready to take a big step forward in 2016 with a pair of solid qualifying efforts before capturing his season debut. The Diplomat Series divisions are carded as the third and ninth-races on Saturday's card. Post time for Saturday's 11-race program is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

The fifth installment of the 2016 Chats with Champs video series features Dr. Ian Moore, harness racing trainer of 2015 Dan Patch Older Pacing Horse of the Year, State Treasurer. We visited Moore at his stable at Southern Oaks Training Center in Sorrento, Fla., to see State Treasurer, ask the trainer about State Treasurer’s award-winning 2015 season, and look ahead to this year’s stakes schedule. the USTA Communications Department 

Pompano Beach, FL.January 31, 2016 - Arthur Blue Chip, driven byharness racing driver Wally Hennessey, led every step of his mile, wiring together halves of :55.3 and :54.3, to win the enriched $15,000 Open Handicap Pace at Pompano Park on Sunday night in 1:50.1. Four Socks, handled by John Cummings, Jr., finished second, one length away, while Johnny Grippa, with Dave Ingraham in the bike, finished third. Rock On Moe was fourth while Brees Creek picked up the nickel in the field of seven. In a confident move, Hennessey sent Arthur Blue Chip winging out of the gate, putting Johnny Grippa in the garden spot with Four Socks, longest shot in the field at nearly 40 to 1. With an opening quarter in :27.1, Arthur Blue Chip strolled over to the half in :55.3 with a :27.2 third panel thwarting any developing threats. In the lane, Johnny Grippa angled out and Arthur Blue Chip drifted out a tad allowing Four Socks clear sailing along the pylons into second but the outcome was never in doubt. In a post-race interview, Hennessey related, "Doc Moore (trainer and co-owner Dr. Ian Moore) has him razor sharp-I mean razor sharp. Out in :27.1 and home in :27.1, why I hardly even spoke to him during the mile. "And this group was no pushover, either, with a few of 'em owning sub-1:50 marks. "I wanted to put my horse on the front end because I know how much Dave's (Ingraham) horse likes the front end and didn't want to give him a chance to get away with soft fractions, especially having confidence that my horse could go a good mile tonight." Dr. Ian Moore shares ownership in Arthur Blue Chip with R G McGroup and Serge Savard, with their five year-old son of Shadow Play equaling his lifetime best mile with the win-his second of the year in four starts and 12th lifetime in only 29 starts. The victory, incidentally vaulted Arthur Blue Chip's lifetime bounty over the $500,000--$503,742 to be precise. As the 1 to 5 tote-board favorite, Arthur Blue Chip paid $2.40 to his multitude of backers. Bandolito lit up the tele-timer in the $11,000 Open 3 Pace with a near wire-to-wire win for George Napolitano, Jr. in 1:49.4, this after scorching panels of :26, :53.1 and 1:20.3 along the way. Next Thing Smoke'n closed fast to finished second for Rick Plano while Maddysonofagun finished third with John MacDonald in the bike. Danishdujour finished fourth while Southern Winds picked up the minor award in the octet. Bandolito, a six year-old son of Ponder owned and trained by Jenny Bier, won for the 25th time during his splendid career to send his lifetime bounty to $434,535 to go along with a splendid mark of 1:48. As the overwhelming 1 to 5 tote-board favorite, Bandolito paid a $2.60 dividend to his many investors. After the race, the soft spoken Napolitano simply said, "He was on his game tonight!" The $12,000 Open 2 Pace went to Northern Companion, with Dave Ingraham in the bike, in 1:51.4 Trained by Howard Klohr for owner Dorothy Zarza, Northern Companion was dead last in his octet around the final turn but swept up widest of all on the strength to a :27.3 final panel to nail the win in the final stride-the official margin being a head. Whogoesfirst, driven by Wally Hennessey, finished second in the photo while Martial Bliss finished third for Aaron Byron, three-parts-of-a-length away. Teranadawn finished fourth while pacesetting Danger Hi Joltage finished fifth. In this action packed mile, there were several lead changes with Whogoesfirst away quickest of all and taking the field through an opening panel of :26.3 before yielding to Danger Hi Joltage, escorting the field half way through in :56.1. On the backside, Heart Felt rushed up from fifth to stick his nose in front past the third station in 1:23.1 with Danger Hi Joltage fighting to reclaim the top spot turning for home before Whogoesfirst rallied to stick his head in front in deep stretch, only to be nailed by Northern Companion on the wire. For Northern Companion, an eight year-old altered son of Cambest, it was his 46th lifetime win-38 of those at Pompano Park-with his career earnings edging closer to $300,000--$297,282 to be exact. Off at 10 to 1, Northern Companion paid $23.00-only the fourth time he's been double-digit odd in winning. In the popular "Over The Hill Gang" Series, featuring nine year-olds and up, a field of seven with combined earnings of well over $2 million and 236 lifetime wins went post-ward and it was the 11 year-old Zorgwijk Impact, driven by George Napolitano, Jr. for owner-trainer Jack Sheehan, home first in a lifetime equaling best effort of 1:54.2. Leading at every pole through panels of :28.2, :58 and 1:26.1, Zorgwijk Impact, a son of Armbro Ricochet, strolled home lengthening his margin to 7½ lengths at the wire over On The Tab (Wally Hennessey) with I'll Tell You What third. Go Jesse Go was fourth over Mad Cow Lisa, picking up the final award in thee septet. Zorgwijk Impact now has 43 lifetime wins in his career stretching 272 starts, good for earnings of $350,409. As the 4 to 5 favorite on the tote-board, Zorgwijk Impact paid $3.80 to win. Other notable performances on the Sunday program in South Florida were carded by Grande Seelster in the $10,000 pace for $20,000 claimers, Officernagentleman in the $8,800 pace for $15,000 claimers, King Royalty in a conditioned event and Thebestofjoel, also in a conditioned event. Grande Seelster ($17.60) brushed up on the backside from fourth to score a photo finish victory over Fall Toy and Buddha Blue Chip in 1:51.1 for Kevin Wallis. Owned by Enos Van Stanhope III along with trainer Tony Dinges, Grande Seelster won for the 26th time career-wise to send his bounty to $232,411. Officernagentleman ($4.80) won his fourth straight, this time for Joe Pavia, Jr., who was in the sulky for trainer Paul Holzman and the J L Benson Stables-the time of 1:50.3 being a new lifetime mark. Fritzie Pic Up Man was next in the mile followed by Hopiesdragininthedo. Officernagentleman pushed his career bounty to $286,349 with the win-his 29th career-wise. King Royalty ($10.80) lowered his mark to 1:51 by getting picture perfect handling from trainer Matt Romano in pinning a photo finish defeat on Real Catch with Aloneinspades next. Owned by C & F Associates, King Royalty now has a career bankroll of $156,601. Finally, Thebestofjoel ($2.60), handled by George Napolitano, Jr., enjoyed his class drop this night and scored a gate to wire win 1:51.1 off of hot panels of :26.3, :54.3 and 1:22.4. Trained by Tim Maier for owner Denise Maier, Thebestofjoel now has $375,416 in lifetime earnings to go along with his 32 career wins. Racing continues on Monday night with post time set at 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Here is the 2016 harness racing training roster for Southern Oaks, Sorrento, Fla. The Erv Miller Stable has 95 horses, including 56 2-year-olds, and returning stables stars in New York Sires Stakes champion Travel Playlist p,1:49.2; Ideal Jimmy p,2,1:51f; and McDave p,2,1:52.f. John Butenschoen has 39 head in his winter quarters including 25 2-year-olds and returning stable stars Ideal Rocky p,2,1:52.3; Twill Be Done 2,1:56.1f; Landjack Hanover 2,1:57.1f; and Looking Sharp 2,1:57.3f. Dr. Ian Moore has older pacers in millionaire State Treasurer p,1:47; Rockin In Heaven p,3,1:50; and Arthur Blue Chip p,4,1:50.1f in his shedrow. The David and Misty Miller stable is going to be a late arrival. Dave Arrenholtz Stable 2-year-olds JD’s Chasin Jason 2,c,p, Panspacificflight—Southwind Diana Gorgeous View 2,c,p, He’s Gorgeous—Armbro View Shebarocking 2,f,p, Rockin Image—Trinity Islands older Feetonthedashboard 4,m,p, (p,3,1:53, $185,871) Panspacificflight—Incredible Dodger John Butenschoen Stable 2-year-olds Affair Of Honor 2,c,t, Cantab Hall—Fireworks Hanover Alexa’s Princess 2,f,p, Rocknroll Hanover—Michelle’s Victory American Schapps 2,c,p, American Ideal—Peaches And Cream Cougar Bait 2,c,p, Western Terror—No One Is Alone Credit Volo 2,c,t, Credit Winner—Silver Springs Darkest Secret 2,c,p, Somebeachsomewhere—Dark Secret Doverlicious 2,c,t, Andover Hall—CR Kay Suzie Fine Tuned Lady 2,f,t, Cantab Hall—Poster Princess Giveitgasandgo 2,c,t, Yankee Glide—Mazda Hanover Graceful Way Out 2,c,p, Western Terror—Lady Graceful Joe Cool 2,c,p, Roll With Joe—Apere Hanover Just For You 2,f,t, Yankee Glide—Jodi’s Jayme Keystone Cavalier 2,c,t, Explosive Matter—Keystone Chocolate Lightning Onmyfeet 2,c,p, McArdle—Western Top Cat Lima Commando 2,c,p, Rocknroll Hanover—Cold Mist Lima Venture 2,c,p, Rocknroll Hanover—Vanity Fairest Midsummer Romance 2,c,p, Well Said—Midsummer Night Mister To You 2,c,p, Roll With Joe—Coming Late Northern Courtney 2,f,t, Deweycheatumnhowe—Pine Nut Paraglider 2,c,t, Yankee Glide—Some Like It Lindy Puddin N Pie 2,c,t, Yankee Glide—Banbury Cross Sake 2,c,t, RC Royalty—Yessir Thatsmybaby Simply Volo 2,c,t, Crazed—Sterling Volo Terrific Terrific 2,c,p, Western Terror—Just Great Wiagram Hanover 2,c,t, Andover Hall—Wishful Me 3-year-olds Acting Out 3,c,p, (p,2,1:54.3f) Art Major—Shake That Junk Byob 3,c,t, (2,Q1:58.4) SJ’s Caviar—Brioni Suite Fiery Will 3,c,p, Well Said—Fiery Buckeye Hititoutofthepark 3,c,t, (2,1:55.1f, $128,820) Yankee Glide—Celebrity Liza Ideal Joey 3,c,p, Roll With Joe—Ideal Coast Ideal Rocky 3,c,p, (p,2,1:52.3, $254,651) Rocknroll Hanover—Eternity’s Delight Landjack Hanover 3,c,t, (2,1:57.1f, $47,432) Cantab Hall—Likeavirgin Lindy Latescape 3,f,p, Artiscape—Late Closer Lima Cadillac 3,c,t, (2,Q2:03.2) Yankee Glide—Celebrity Deville Lookin Sharp 3,f,t, (2,1:57.3f, $166,781) Andover Hall—Warrawee Krisp Major Plans 3,c,p, (p,2,1:54.1f) Art Major—That’s The Plan Samy Donato 3,c,t, Donato Hanover—Crysta’s Image Twill Be Done 3,f,t, (2,1:56.1f, $84,954) Donato Hanover—Polyester Hanover Western Dial 3,c,p, Western Ideal—Kwik Dial Richard Day Stable 2-year-old Twodays Pennylane 2,f,t, San Siro Lane—North Lima Disco 3-year-old Two Days Ditto 3,c,t, Mr Garjangles-Oceana Hanover older horse Two Days Finale 4,m,t (3,2:08.1h) SJ's Caviar-Oceana Hanover James “Friday” Dean Stable 2-year-olds All Access 2,c,p, Mach Three—Malocchio Billie McJean 2,f,p, McArdle—Igottwordsforyou Northern Vixen 2,f,p, Badlands Hanover—Northern Athena 3-year-olds Jimmys Little Girl 2,f, (p,2,Q1:58.2) Big Jim—Sheer Hose Northern Lauren 3,f,p, Mach Three—Four Starzz Meliss Peg 3,f,p (p,2,1:56.3) Dragon Again—Western Duel Shadow Pink 3,f,p, (p,2,1:54) Shadow Play—Pink Is Perfect Carl Jamieson Stable 2-year-olds Bobcat Bound 2,c,p, Somebeachsomewhere—Sugarcoated Deprived 2,c,p, Warrawee Needy—Spun Sugar Dunbar Hall 2,c,t, Deweycheatumnhowe—Debbie Hall Laminin 2,c,t, Manofmanymissions—Lady Cayster Twin B Bambino 2,f,p, Art Major—Western Heat Windsong Napoleon 2,c,p, Art Major—Bunny Dearest Wishesdocometrue 2,f,p, Art Major—Extreme Dream 3-year-olds Sayonara Hall 3,f,t, Deweycheatumnhowe—Shooting Starlet The Catamount Kid 3,c,p, (p,2,1:52.1, $98,831) Well Said—Under Your Spell To His Credit 3,c,p, Up The Credit—Winning Hand Eddie Lohmeyer Stable 2-year-olds At The Helm 2,c,p, Art Major—Indulge Me Bernardus 2,c,t, RC Royalty—Pacific Elegance Casa Palmera 2,f,t, Andover Hall—Ura Hanover Lookingforamiracle 2,f,t, Yankee Glide—End Of Innocence Miss Prim 2,f,t, Conway Hall—Pacific Photo Moffit Hanover 2,c,p, Dragon Again—Maeve Hanover The Time To Win 2,f,p, Western Ideal—Cannae Cindy 3-year-olds Quiet Cove 3,f,p, (p,2,1:56.3f) Somebeachsomewhere-Dreamlands Jo Jo Shy That Way 3,f,t, Lucky Chucky—Susie’s Magic Spendabuckonme 3,c,p (p,2,1:54.2f) Art Major—Indulge Me older horses Believeinthespirit 5,g,p, (p,3,1:51.2, $116,723) Art Major—Spirit Of The West Ideal Nuggets 4,m,p, (p,2,1:50.4, $271,482) Western Ideal—Rough Sketch Erv Miller Stable 2-year-olds Absolutely Best 2,f,p, Cambest—Garish Ameraway 2,f,p, American Ideal—Shyaway A Squared 2,f,t, Explosive Matter—Flexible Spending Aunt Susie Hanover 2,f,t, Credit Winner—Aunt Mel Beach Boogie 2,c,p, Somebeachsomewhere—Dance Until Dawn Bella Ragaza 2,f,p, Rocknroll Hanover—Armbro Bahama Bently Hanover 2,c,p, Art Major—Bittorsweet Terror Big Thinker 2,c,p, American Ideal—Ubetterthink Think Cabot 2,c,t, Deweycheatumnhowe—Passageway Calbay 2,f,p, Rockin Image—Sand Happy Life Cerisier 2,c,p, Western Terror—Cherry Tree Coco Chili 2,c,t, Credit Winner—Spicy Wings Chilma 2,f,p, Rocknroll Hanover—Lifes A Trip Direct Macawesome 2,f,p, McArdle—Direct Player Donatoboy 2,c,t, Donato Hanover—Voluptuous Ronda Epic Union 2,c,p, Dragon Again—Eternal Justice Equestrianconxtion 2,c,t, Explosive Matter—Daruda Hanover Foxy Swan 2,f,p, Swan For All—Fox Valley Click Hahchachacha 2,f,p, Always A Virgin—Miss ATM Haviture Way Honey 2,f,p, American Ideal—Curvesahead I Am The Danger 2,c,t, Cantab Hall—Tawesome More Just Bogo 2,c,p, He’s Gorgeous—Blissfull Fluzy Lady JJ 2,f,t, Jailhouse Jesse—Lady Of Troy Lightning Onmyfeet 2,f,p, McArdle—Western Top Cat Little Miss Cami 2,f,p, Well Said—Little Miss K Livinginthedream 2,f,p, If I Can Dream—Fox Valley Lucerne Long Driveway 2,f,t, Glidemaster—Fox Valley Ying Loopingforaliving 2,c,p, Art Major—Jamaica Hanover Love Love Me Do 2,f,p, Rocknroll Hanover—Arbeedo Mac And Pay 2,c,t, Manofmanymissions—Six Figure Dreams Maconupwithedragon 2,c,p, Dragon Again—Macon Up Magic Forces 2,c,p, Art Major—Magic Of Michelle Major Graduate 2,f,p, Art Major—Western Graduate Meadowbrook Tiger 2,c,p, Shadyshark Hanover—Rain Dance Jessica No Bus For Us 2,c,t, Muscle  Massive—Be My Baby Mr Greenie 2,c,p, Roll With Joe—Advantest Perfect Major 2,c,p, Art Major—My Perfect Rhyme RJP 2,c,p, Somebeachsomewhere—Vysoke Tatry Rockin Praline 2,f,p, Rockin Image—Fox Valley Praline Rock N Tony 2,c,p, Rockin Image—Pandemonious Rollin About 2,c,p, Roll With Joe—Flitabout Royal Melbourne 2,f,t, Explosive Matter—Vanity Plates Shivered 2,c,t, Credit Winner—Fancy Someomensomewhere 2,f,p, Somebeachsomewhere—Omen Hanover Spin N Roll 2,f,p, Roll With Joe—Armbro Ocasey Stage Review 2,f,p, Art Major—Observe Me Super Riley 2,f,t, Credit Winner—Sashay Swan Forever 2,c,t, Swan For All—Ever A Lady Sweet N Toxic 2,f,p, Dragon Again—Guan Yin Temporary Business 2,f,p, Dragon Again—Safe From Harm Tiki Taka 2,c,t, Manofmanymissions—Zakanaka Uncle Marty 2,c,t, Donato Hanover—My Dollys Dream Unofficialbusiness 2,c,p, Real Desire— Nuzzle Hanover Youvegotwhatitakes 2,c,t, Yankee Glide—Char Catie Becca Zane Hanover 2,f,p, Somebeachsomewhere—Zellweger Bluechip 3-year-olds Alvarez 3,f,t (2,Q2:00.4f) Andover Hall—Celebrity Athena American Image 3,f,p, (p,2,1:54.3f) Rockin Image—L Dee Lourdes Arrow Hanover 3,f,p, (p,2,1:54.3f) Somebeachsomewhere—A And G’sconfusion Bailey’s Lucky Dream 3,f,t, Lucky Chucky—Baileysirishdream Catch A Mission 3,f,t, Manofmanymissions—Catch A Train Evie’s Credit 3,f,t, Credit Winner—Evolution Freeze Out 3,f,p, (p,2,1:55.3h) American Ideal—Mr Deli’s Filly Fresh Cut 3,c,p, (p,2,1:54.2f) American Ideal—Flip For Love Fruition 3,f,t, Credit Winner—Tango Hall Golden Gesture 3,g,p, (p,2,Q1:58.3f) Shark Gesture—Black Gold Mindale Graceful Vision 3,f,p, (p,2,1:52.3) Yankee Cruiser—Vision Of Grace Grandma Jan’s Gem 3,f,t Here Comes Herbie—Deliteful Debbie Ideal Jimmy 3,g,p, (p,2,1:51f, $293,185) Western Ideal—Armbro Nectarine Keystone Paula 3,f,p, (p,2,1:54.1) Bettor's Delight—Take My Pulse Le Gambe 3,c,p, Shadyshark Hanover—Armbro Bahama Legere 3,g,p, (p,2,1:53.2, $42,135) Shadyshark Hanover—Fox Valley Lucerne Like A Gem 3,f,t, (2,Q2:00f) Keystone Blitz—Ladylike Volo Maker A Yankee 3,f,t, (2,1:57f) Yankee Glide—Maker A Laker Maxine Is Cute 3,f,t, Swan For All—Shops For Dresses McDave 3,c,p, (p,2,1:52.1f, $107,598) McArdle—Southwind Piper Mercedes Lorene 3,f,p, Western Terror—Slice Of Life Mystical Mission 3,c,t, Manofmanymissions—Six Figure Dreams Mystical Rock 3,g,p, (p,2,1:51.4, $176,152) Rockin Image—Majorencounter Not Always 3,g,p, (p,2,1:54.1) Always A Virgin—Model A  Pretty Swanderfull 3,c,t, (2,Q1:58.3f) Swan For All—Pretty New Real Mindale 3,g,p, Real Desire—Sail Lynne Mindale Redneck Rally 3,c,p, (p,2,1:56.2h) American Ideal—Ms Harrington Rockin Ronnie 3,c,p, Rocknroll Hanover—Flibbertigibbet Roll N Catch 3,c,p, Rocknroll Hanover—Catch The Show  Shady Stella 3,f,p, (p,2,1:54.1, $54,058) Shadyshark Hanover—She’s Stella Southern Palms 3,g,t, (2,1:59.2h) RC Royalty—Pacific Elegance Summer Gesture 2,f,p, (p,2,1:55f) Shadyshark Hanover—Sand Summer Swan For Dee 3,f,t, (2,Q2:00.1f) Swan For All—Yankee Dee Swans Filly 3,f,t, Swan For All—Yadubist Bluegrass Take Your Vitamins 3,c,t, Swan For All—Vitamin M Terror Hall 3,c,p, (p,2,1:56.1f) Western Terror—Marnie Hall Travel Playlist 3,c,p, (p,2,1:49.2, $252,570) Art Major—Village Madonna Trolley 3,c,t, (2,1:56.1f) Donato Hanover—Lakeside Bride older horse Rockingcam Park 4,m,p, (p,3,1:51.2, $149,106) Rocknroll Hanover—Cameron D Art Dr. Ian Moore Stable 2-year-olds Always Rock N Roll 2,c,p, Rocknroll Hanover—Yankee Icon Classic Pro 2,c,p, Shadow Play—Kattimon Mail It In 2,c,p, Shadow Play—Buy In Hanover Southern Heart 2,f,p, Shadow Play—La Daydreamer Spoken Word 2,c,p, Well Said—Terrific Tara Sports Leader 2,f,p, Sportswriter—Mustang Kensley Twin B Cowboy 2,c,p, Roll With Joe-Twin B Intimate Vivid Play 2,c,p, Shadow Play—Cheyenne Ava 3-year-olds Good Will Hanover 3,f,p, (p,2,1:52.3, $122,857) Big Jim—Go For Best Mac’s Star 3,g,p, Somebeachsomewhere—Knock Three Times Some Gold 3,c,p, Somebeachsomewhere—Alpine Gold Sutton Seelster 3,c,p, (p,2,1:55.3f) Camluck—Smilesplace Worthy Art 3,c,p, Shadow Play—Art Account older horses Arthur Blue Chip 5,h,p, (p,4,1:50.1f, $506,384) Shadow Play-Advantest Rockin In Heaven 4,h,p, (p,3,1:50, $364,303) Rock N Roll Heaven—Tropic’s Beachgirl State Treasurer 7,h,p, (p,1:47, $1,827,147) Real Desire—Ideal Treasure Pinske Stable 2-year-olds Aubergine Hanover 2,f,p, Somebeachsomewhere—Arts Masterpiece Dances Cruiser 2,c,p, Yankee Cruiser—Dances On The Wind Independent One 2,c,p, Rocknroll Hanover—Sun N Sand Inverse Hanover 2,f,p, Somebeachsomewhere—Ideal Newton Memorial Cruise 2,c,p, Yankee Cruiser—Pacific Dragonette Northwest Yankee 2,c,p, Yankee Cruiser—Northwest Hanover Overdraft Hanover 2,f,t, Yankee Glide—Bank Of Newport Safensound Hanover 2,c,p, Yankee Cruiser—Singnoevil Southwind Santana 2,c,t, Cantab Hall—Spice On Ice Well Now Hanover 2,c,p, Well Said—Western Duel Sweetest Emotion 2,f,p, Rocknroll Hanover—Sweet Paprika 3-year-olds Century Chancellor 3,g,p, Western Terror—Beachy Girl by Kendra Casselman   

Pompano Beach, FL…December 20, 2015…Pompano Park hosted a trio of harness racing features on Sunday night with Arthur Blue Chip taking top honors in the $11,500 Open Handicap Pace, Dont Tell Rusty annexing the $10,500 event for $30,000 claiming pacers and Trevor Win For Us scoring in the second leg of the Late Closing Powerline Pace. Arthur Blue Chip went a very game first-over journey to post a new lifetime mark of 1:50.1 with Wally Hennessey handling the lines for trainer Dr. Ian Moore, who co-owns with Serge Savard and the R G McGroup Ltd. The four year-old son of Shadow Play made amends for his rare miscue in his Pompano Park debut a week ago to post the 1 ½ length decision over the late charging Bluehourpower, driven by Ricky Macomber, Jr., with Alexa’s Jackpot, teaming up with John MacDonald for show honors. Caddillac Phil finished fourth while KR’s Power Surge picked up the minor award in a field scratched down to six. At the outset, the trio of Alexa’s Jackpot, Cadillac Phil and Arthur Blue Chip were all vying for the lead with Next Thing Smoke’n also in the mix with Hennessey deciding to stay out of the early war and find a spot in fourth ahead of Bluehourpower. With Alexa’s Jackpot and Cadillac Phil trading punches early, it was the former leading at the :26.3 quarter for a few strides before Cadillac Phil took over, only to relinquish the lead again to Alexa’s Jackpot past the half in :54.2. Once the dust settled there, Arthur Blue Chip left his cozy pocket in fourth and trudged up first over, reaching the saddle pad of the leader past three quarters in 1:22.2. From there, Arthur Blue Chip forged to the front and easily held off Bluehourpower, in turn, a neck better than Alexa’s Jackpot and a neck and a nose better than Cadillac Phil. After the event, driver Hennessey said, “You know, he’s a very good one. He had been tackling some of the tigers in recent races up north like Always B Miki and Foiled Again. He made that break leaving last week but was smooth as silk tonight. “I left a bit with him tonight but it was pretty hectic up front so I decided to stay out of that fray and take that seat in fourth. You know, when we are out there on the track, we have to make decisions. Some are right and some are not so right. I was fortunate to make the right one here. He’s quite a horse and he proved it this night.” The win was the fourth of the year for Arthur Blue Chip in 14 starts, good for bounty of $92,705 this season and $483,617 lifetime. As the 6 to 5 second choice on the board, Arthur Blue Chip paid $4.60 to win. The $10,000 pace featuring a $30,000 claiming tag for all entrants went to Dont Tell Rusty, handled by Ed Hensley in 1:51.4. The six year-old son of Tell All, trained by Paul Holzman for owner Melvin Fink, won by a half-length over the late charging Johnny Grippa (Kevin Wallis) with Thebestofjoel (Tim Maier) third. King Royalty finished fourth while Dabestleaderever finished fifth to claim the minors in the field of nine. Don’t Tell Rusty was on the engine from the get-go from post eight, grabbing the lead after a hard fought opening quarter in :27. Once on top, though, there was no breather during the next quarter with “Rusty” taking the field through a demanding half in :54.3. On the backside, only mild threats developed as King Royalty made a first over bid but never getting by Thebestofjoel turning for home. In the lane, Don’t Tell Rusty, though drifting out a lane or two, held off the late surge on the inside by Johnny Grippa to prevail. Don’t Tell Rusty, having his best season ever career-wise, posted his 12th success of the year to push his seasonal bounty to $91,690. He’s banked $183,051 lifetime. As the 3 to 5 favorite on the tote-board, Don’t Tell Rusty rewarded his backers with a $3.20 mutuel. The second leg of the Powerline Pace for claiming horses and geldings went to Trevor Win For Us, handled by Rick Plano, in a photo over Oh My Joepa (Aaron Byron) with Aloneinspades (Kevin Wallis) third. Maddyssonofagun was fourth while Dirty Devil picked up the nickel in the sextet. When the Hummer wings folded, Oh My Joepa was urged to the front with Aloneinspades to his inside and Trevor Win For Us using his inside post to close the gap to get the garden journey. After a pair of :28 quarters, Lyons Josephjnr, the favorite, launched his bid but came up empty this night as Oh My Joepa reached station number three in 1:25. Right then, Trevor Win For Us left the pocket and engaged Oh My Joepa in a stretch long battle, prevailing by a neck at the wire in 1:53.1. After the event, driver Plano kidded, “The drive made all the difference in the world tonight! “Actually, the luck of the draw was on our side because, once we closed the hole, we got just a perfect trip back of Byron (Oh My Joepa). Once we left the pocket, it was tooth and nail all the way down the lane. Neither of us really gave an inch and it could have gone either way. OK, the driver AND the draw won it for us—along with the talent of the horse, of course!” Trained by Jake Huff for his wife and owner Rosie Huff, Trevor Win For Us, a recent addition to the stable, won for the third time in 2015, sending his seasonal bounty to $40,700. The eight year-old of Cheyenne Rei now has amassed $222,244 in lifetime bounty to go along with his 1:50.1 mark. As third choice in the win pool, Trevor Win For Us paid $12.60 to his faithful. Racing continues Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday on this holiday week with post time at 7:30 on Monday and Tuesday and 7:00 on Wednesday when the track offers 14 pre-holiday races. by John Berry for Pompano Park

OCT. 2, 2015 - Woodbine Racetrack fans got a preview of next week's Super Final as the three-year-old pacing colts delivered a pair of impressive performances on Friday evening in the last regular season event on the Gold Series calendar. Six of the top 10 point earners lined up on the starting gate in the second $105,000 Gold division and six of the nine starters had their accelerators down early. Physicallyinclined and driver Paul MacDonell won the first battle, reaching the opening quarter in a snappy :25.3. The pair looked under threat from Go Daddy Go and fan favourite Reverend Hanover in the outer lane, but Go Daddy Go made a break that pushed Reverend Hanover into the middle of the racetrack and allowed MacDonell to sneak in a quick breather for his colt. Reverend Hanover caught Physicallyinclined just before the :54.1 half and led the field to a 1:22.3 three-quarters. As the colts squared up for the stretch drive, Guelph, ON resident MacDonell fired Physicallyinclined out of the pocket and the Mach Three son rocketed down the stretch to a one-half length win in 1:50.2. Reverend Hanover settled for second after his interrupted tour of the racetrack and Drachan Hanover was three lengths back in third. "He's a tough horse," said Dr. Ian Moore of Physicallyinclined. "We got him ready in a hurry, we had no choice really, he has nothing left after these two races." After posting a record of four wins and two seconds in his first seven starts this season, Physicallyinclined suffered an injury in mid-July that saw him miss two months of action on the Gold Series circuit. The colt requalified on Sept. 18 at Mohawk Racetrack and made his first start since the injury in a Sept. 25 overnight event at Mohawk, posting a 1:51.2 win. Tied for ninth in the division standings heading into the regular season finale, Physicallyinclined secured a berth in the Oct. 10 Super Final with Friday's win, his first in Gold Series action. "All the owners were up, so they were very pleased," said Dr. Moore, who conditions the North America Cup Consolation winner for Bruce McGean of Stewiacke, NS and Sterling Feener of Sydney, NS. "We're looking forward to next week." The Guelph, ON resident noted that Physicallyinclined had an easier tour around the Woodbine oval than a number of his peers and said he will have to be back at the top of his form for next Saturday's $250,000 Super Final test. "He should be fairly fresh, but Reverend Hanover is going to be fresh too. There are several good colts in that division, it's not going to be a cakewalk for anybody," said the trainer. "It will be a tough race, that's for sure." The sophomore pacing colts also delivered a thrilling finish in the first $105,000 division, with His Boy Elroy prevailing by one-half length over Mr Carrotts and Moonwriter in 1:52. Starting from Post 5, driver Mike Saftic settled His Boy Elroy into the fourth spot and watched as Sportsmanship rang up a :26.3 quarter and :55.3 half. Just after the halfway marker Saftic sent His Boy Elroy up the outside and the Jeremes Jet son was leading the charge up the outer lane at the 1:24.3 three-quarters. Shifting into high gear in the stretch, His Boy Elroy powered by the leaders to claim his first Gold Series trophy, adding it to the Grassroots hardware he won at Mohawk on July 31. Third in the Grassroots Championship at Mohawk on Sept. 26, His Boy Elroy is not eligible to the Super Final, but runner-up Mr Carrotts and pacesetter Sportsmanship both qualified for the lucrative post season. Campbellville, ON resident Saftic engineered His Boy Elroy's fifth win in 23 starts for trainer Jean Guy Belliveau of Cambridge, ON and owner Dan MacRae of Baddeck, NS. His Boy Elroy The top 10 point earners from all eight trotting and pacing divisions will spend the next eight days preparing for the $2 million Super Finals at Woodbine Racetrack on Oct. 10, and if Friday's regular season finale was any indication, fans are in for a night of outstanding racing. Ontario Horse Racing

Not that there is ever a bad time to be racing well, but for Rockin' in Heaven, he's certainly picked a dandy time to get good. The 3-year-old son of Rock N' Roll Heaven looms a player Saturday night, with Yonkers Raceway hosting the New York Night of Champions (Part I). Four $225,000 sire stakes finals of soph boys and girls, pacers and trotters go as races 5 through 8 (first post 7:10 PM), with each race sponsored by a prominent Empire State breeding farm. Rockin' in Heaven landed post position No. 2 in the last of the quartet, Blue Chip Farms Pace. Dr. Ian Moore, the man behind the likes of Shadow Play and State Treasurer, co-owns (with Douglas Polley, Francois Lecomte and Gordon McComb) and trains. The Good Doctor has imported one of Ontario's leading chauffeurs, Trevor Henry, for a rare Yonkers appearance. According to the U.S. Trotting Association's Anne Chunko, Henry has one previous career Westchester work night, a 2010 excursion driving an eight-hole, 90-1 shot (Quantum Cashman) in a NYSS event. So, why is Henry crossing the border Saturday? 'Cause Rockin' in Heaven is good. He enters with three wins in his last four starts, including an 11-1 upset in the $290,000 final of the Empire Breeders Classic (Tioga, life-best 1:50). Henry himself did the recent honors, a wire-to-wire, 1:53 NYSS effort at Batavia where he was parked three-deep making the lead. "He's a nice horse," Henry said en route to Mohawk Thursday night. "He can be lazy and he never wins by much, but he's progressed. "When Ian (Moore) first started with him, he said he couldn't get a lot out of him," Henry said. "I think it wasn't until his win in (June's division of the) Somebeachsomewhere (Mohawk, 1:50.3) that we finally started to see the sort of colt he was." Enough to get his driver to cross customs, at the very least. For the season, Rockin' in Heaven-a $40,000 Harrisburg yearling-has eight wins, four seconds and a third in 15 starts ($310,565). His current form spree began here, sticking his tongue out at the wire in an $84,187 NYSS sire stakes division early last month. Rockin' in Heaven has certainly learned his craft well after a three-win, $14,000-plus season as a frosh. New York Night of Champions (Part II), with four, $225,000 sire stakes finals for the 2-year-olds, goes Saturday, Sept. 26th. This is the first-time in the NOC's 26-season history that it has been a two-night production. Frank Drucker

AUGUST 24, 2015 - Mohawk Racetrack welcomed back the two-year-old pacing fillies on Monday for their fourth Grassroots event and harness racing fans were treated to six impressive performances. Good Will Hanover scored the quickest win of the evening, romping to a 1:53.2 score in the second $18,000 division for driver Paul MacDonell of Guelph, ON. Starting from Post 6, the fan favourites sailed through fractions of :27.1, :56.2 and 1:25 and then accelerated away from the field to a six and one-quarter length victory. Glorious Delight and Active Lady paced under the wire in second and third. "I just got her, about a month ago I guess," said trainer Dr. Ian Moore. "She came up from Truro, Nova Scotia, Danny Romo and Bernard "Pooker" McCallum were training her down there, and she came with a history of being pretty fiery. I guess she'd wrecked a couple of jog carts and been a little difficult." The Guelph, ON resident found the Big Jim daughter's warning label an accurate one, but he said she has started to improve with a steady diet of training and an introduction to racing. "The more I worked her, she just got better and better. She's gotten real good for me at the farm now, she's been excellent. She just seems to be a very excitable filly and it doesn't take much sometimes to set her off," said Dr. Moore. "She's kind of a handful, but she's definitely got a lot of speed and is a powerful filly. So other than being a bit fiery we have something to work with, that's for sure." Good Will Hanover, who was a $15,000 purchase from the Harrisburg Yearling Sale by GLB Stable of Lakeview, NS, won her career debut at Mohawk on Aug. 17 in 1:53.2 after one schooler and a pair of qualifiers over the Campbellville oval. Her connections will now have to decide whether to remain in the Grassroots program or make the leap up to the Gold Series for the last two regular season events. "Paul (MacDonell) said tonight, he said he thinks she's a Gold and he said he thought she could have went in 1:51 tonight, so If he's saying that, that's usually pretty good," noted Dr. Moore. "She impressed me the first time I went with her at Mohawk, that's for sure. "The girl next to me there tonight, she had a blue (Gold Series) cooler on, and I said we haven't got any blue ones this year we've just got the green (Grassroots) ones," continued Dr. Moore with a chuckle. "Hopefully this filly will get us a blue one." In addition to piloting Good Will Hanover to the quickest win of the night, MacDonell also crafted the second fastest mile with Party In Rome in the fourth division. The duo hit the wire one and one-quarter lengths ahead of Mayhem Seelster in a personal best 1:53.4. St Lads Smokin Hot was four lengths back in third. "Good Will Hanover was very strong tonight, and Party In Rome was a pleasant surprise and showed some high end ability," said MacDonell after his second Grassroots win. The win was the second straight for Party In Rome, who posted her first victory in an overnight event at Grand River Raceway on Aug. 19. Another daughter of first-year sire Big Jim, Party In Rome was a $17,000 acquisition from the Canadian Yearling Sale by Bill Manes of Rockwood, ON, William Cripps of Acton, ON and Steven Papillon of Rockwood. Gerald Lilley conditions the filly, who was making her second Grassroots and fourth lifetime start. Carl and Jody Jamieson teamed up to capture the last two Grassroots divisions with Im In Luv and Noone To Depend On. Moffat, ON resident Jody Jamieson crafted a second-over trip for Im In Luv and the filly was able to reel in pacesetter Bad In Paradise in the stretch, halting the teletimer at 1:55.1. Favourite Bad In Paradise settled for second and Miss Print completed the top three. The win was the first this season for Badlands Hanover daughter Im In Luv, who was purchased by Rockwood, ON resident Carl Jamieson, Tom Kyron of Toronto, ON and George Harrison of Preston, England for $19,000 at the 2014 Harrisburg Yearling Sale. In the final Grassroots division the younger Jamieson and Noone To Depend On appeared to be locked in on the rail when the reinsman found a sliver of racetrack and the filly roared out from between horses to a two length victory in 1:54.2. Not Depressed and favourite Icthelight Hanover completed the top three. The win, Noone To Depend On's first of the season, was truly a family effort as the Santanna Blue Chip daughter is owned by Carl Jamieson and his daughter Brandy Jamieson of Milton, ON. "They've been real tough luck fillies all year, both had small issues that caused them problems," said Jody Jamieson of Im In Luv and Noone To Depend On. "Both were much better tonight and it showed as they both were well meant winners." Division point leader Bourbon Seelster scored her third straight Grassroots victory in the first division on Monday. The Camluck miss and Campbellville, ON resident Mike Saftic got a pocket trip behind favourite Buttermilk Hanover and reeled in the pacesetter in the stretch to claim a two and three-quarter length victory in a personal best 1:55. Dancin Inthe Nude got up for second, leaving Buttermilk Hanover to settle for third. Bourbon Seelster, flawless through three Grassroots appearances, is trained by Robert Manders for Scott and Keith Manders of Watford, ON. The other Grassroots trophy went home with Sports Expert, who rocketed out of the backfield in the stretch to record her second victory. Favourite Divas Image finished one-half length back in second and Rosy Outlook was third in the 1:55.1 mile. The clocking was a personal best for Sports Expert, who won her first Grassroots trophy at Georgian Downs on July 19. Guelph resident Doug McNair pilots the Sportswriter daughter for trainer Blake MacIntosh of Waterdown, ON, Touch Stone Farms of Guelph and 30 Plus Stable of Trenton, ON. The two-year-old pacing fillies will return to Mohawk Racetrack for their fifth Grassroots event on Sept. 1. On Tuesday, Aug. 25 the Campbellville oval will welcome the three-year-old trotting fillies for their fifth Grassroots event. The trotting lasses will be featured in Races 2, 3, 5, 7, and 10, with racing getting under way at 7:25 pm. Bourbon Seelster Good Will Hanover Sports Expert Party In Rome Im In Luv Noone To Depend On Ontario Horse Racing

Jack Darling​ hauled five two-year-old pacing colts to the harness racing meeting Georgian Downs on Sunday evening and went home with two Grassroots trophies and two runner-up cheques. The Cambridge, ON trainer, who owns all five horses, paired up with driver Jody Jamieson to win the second $18,000 division with Continual Hanover and the final division with St Lads Moonwalk. Notetoself Hanover and King Of Sports were second in the third and fourth splits, with only Vegas Dream failing to earn a pay cheque in the first race. "Continual Hanover is the best Grassrooter, in my opinion." "He's right on the cusp of being a Gold colt," said Jamieson of the duo's first winner." "He was a very easy winner tonight, got a perfect trip." "St Lads Moonwalk also got a great trip and won very handily," added the Moffat, ON resident. Starting from Post 1, Jamieson settled Continual Hanover into second as fan favourite Derecho zipped through fractions of :27, :56.3 and 1:24.4, then popped the colt out coming off the final turn and sprinted home to a five and one-quarter length victory in 1:53.2. Derecho settled for second and Instant Shadow finished third. "1:53.2 tonight is a pretty darn good mile on that track." "I thought it was a pretty impressive mile," said Darling. "He acts like he's kind of, he's almost borderline Gold, but he's had some bad luck." "This is actually the first Grassroots he's won." "These Grassroots this year are a very tough bunch," added the horseman. "By far the best that I've seen, and there's a lot of them." The win was Continual Hanover's first through six starts, with his previous best effort being a pair of seconds in the July 17 and Aug. 13 Grassroots events. Darling trained the colt's Sportswriter half-sister Code One Hanover to earnings of $182,325 last season and was willing to shell out $120,000 for the colt at last fall's Harrisburg Yearling Sale based on that experience, but the trainer says Continual Hanover has little in common with his sister. "He does a lot of squealing at other horses and when you go on the track he likes to do a lot of bucking and rearing and he's a real pain," said Darling. "He's actually lazy when you're jogging him and training him, but he's just one of those horses, when you put him in a race he puts his game face on and he's just a different horse." "He's all racehorse, where his sister had huge talent but she doesn't try her hardest all the time." "This horse has lots of try when he gets in a race." Darling says desire is also St Lads Moonwalk's best trait. "He's just a real gamer, got all kinds of try to him," said Darling. "He got a nice trip tonight and he finished it off real well." The Mach Three colt got away fifth from Post 4 in the last Grassroots division and Jamieson was able to slide into the outer lane behind Gotti heading for the half and trail that colt through the three-quarters. Coming around the final turn Jamieson sent St Lads Moonwalk out three-wide and the colt accelerated down the stretch to a two length win in 1:56.2. Only Half Bad and Moot Court also closed well to be second and third. The win was the second straight for St Lads Moonwalk, with his first coming in the Aug. 13 Grassroots event at Rideau Carleton Raceway. In five lifetime starts the $47,000 yearling purchase has posted two wins, one second and one third. Darling did not earn a share of the $18,000 purse in the first division, which went to Sutton Seelster off a pocket trip behind Twin B Machniven. Sutton Seelster and driver Tyler Moore of Guelph, ON hit the wire one-half length ahead of Twin B Machniven in 1:55.3, with Day Trade Hanover three more lengths back in third. Dr. Ian Moore of Guelph trains Sutton Seelster, a Camluck colt acquired from the Forest City Yearling Sale for $31,000 by Nor Easter Stable of Guelph. Sunday's win was the pacer's first, and came in his third lifetime start and first Grassroots appearance. The third division trophy went home with Perseverant, who got a come-from-behind steer from the Ontario Sires Stakes program's leading reinsman Sylvain Filion. The Vintage Master son powered home to a one length victory in 1:55.1, besting Darling's Notetoself Hanover and Rockstar Dreams. The win was Perseverant's third straight and first in Grassroots action. Luc Blais of Lochaber Ouest, QC conditions the colt for owner-breeder Determination of Montreal, QC. Kokanee Seelster moved to the top of the two-year-old pacing colt division point standings with his second Grassroots win. The only colt to win on the front end, Kokanee Seelster and driver Phil Hudon of Guelph rang up fractions of :28, :57.1 and 1:25.2 on their way to a 1:54.3 score in the fourth division. Darling trainee King Of Sports finished two lengths back in second and Three Truths was hot on his heels in third. Acton, ON resident Anthony Montini conditions Kokanee Seelster for Ming Siu of Richmond, BC and Edmund Lui of Parkhill. In three Grassroots outings the Camluck son has two wins and one second for a point tally of 125, 11 more than St Lads Moonwalk and Blue Zombie. The freshman pacing colts will make their fifth Grassroots start at Mohawk Racetrack on Aug. 31 and then wrap up their regular season at Grand River Raceway on Sept. 7. The top 20 point earners from the six regular season events will square off in a pair of Semi-finals at Mohawk on Sept. 17, with the top five finishers from each Semi-final earning a berth in the $50,000 Grassroots Championship at Mohawk on Sept. 26. Ontario Horse Racing

Fresh off his 1:47 win in the U.S. Pacing Championship, State Treasurer ($3.50) maintained his superiority in the older pacing ranks with a 1:47.2 triumph in the $150,000 Roll With Joe, held Sunday (August 23) afternoon at the harness racing meeting at Tioga Downs.    The 6-year-old Real Desire entire tracked early pacesetters Dancin Yankee (Jim Morrill, Jr.) and Doctor Butch (Brian Sears) through the first turn, brushing to the fore just after a :26.3 first quarter.   Assuming control with a circuit to go, State Treasurer rated a :54.3 initial half before David Miller cut him loose on the backstretch.   State Treasurer used a :26 third quarter to evade the first-over challenge of Clear Vision (Brett Miller), in fact drawing clear to a four-length lead on the far turn as pocket rival Dancin Yankee could no longer keep pace.   State Treasurer prevailed by 3-3/4 lengths in the end, well in hand at the winning post with plenty in reserve beyond his 1:47.2 mile clocking.   Clear Vision held second, while Foiled Again (Yannick Gingras) stayed on for third off a second-over trip.   Dr. Ian Moore trains State Treasurer for owners Sally and Paul MacDonald.   Mosquito Blue Chip, Rockin in Heaven upset in EBC finals   Earlier in the card, Mosquito Blue Chip ($10.20) mounted a late rally to collar odds-on favorite Divine Caroline in the $269,000 Empire Breeders Classic for New York-sired 3-year-old pacing fillies, while Rockin in Heaven ($24.80) sustained a first-over bid before holding off odds-on entrymates Betting Exchange and In the Arsenal--and a few others--in the $290,000 Empire Breeders Classic for New York-sired 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings.   In the distaff division, Mosquito Blue Chip found herself locked in just prior to a :54.4 half mile from Divine Caroline (David Miller), just three lengths off the lead but lacking for racing room until the conclusion of the final turn.   Off the corner, Jim Morrill, Jr. was able to find room with the Bettor's Delight filly, mounting a three-wide rally past pocket rival Band of Angels (Gingras) in the final sixteenth--and ultimately to just nab Divine Caroline at the winning post for a 1:49.3 score.   Trainer Paul Jessop shares in ownership of Mosquito Blue Chip with the Our Three Sons Stable and Donato Falcicchio.   In the male division, Arque Hanover (George Brennan) made an early push to the lead, taking over from Betting Exchange (Gingras) with a circuit to go and controlling a :54.4 half before bracing for the first-over Rockin in Heaven.   After dueling through a :27.2 third quarter, Rockin in Heaven got the better of Arque Hanover, extending his lead to 1-1/2 lengths at the eighth pole while Arque Hanover faded off the corner.   Upon establishing a clear lead, David Miller had to call upon the son of Rock N Roll Heaven for all he had, just staving off a late charge from Artistic Major (Morrill) by a neck in 1:50. A Bettor Hat (Brett Miller) rallied from deeper back, overcoming a fourth-over trip to just miss by half a length, finishing third.   Trainer Dr. Ian Moore co-owns Rockin in Heaven with Douglas Polley, Francois Lecomte, and Gordon McComb.   Reynolds Stakes contested   In addition to the Roll With Joe and the Empire Breeders Classic finals, 2-year-old trotters contested a number of Reynolds Stakes divisions on the Sunday program at Tioga.   The most notable victor was Southwind Frank ($2.90), a 2-year-old Muscle Hill colt who earned his fifth career win in 1:54.2 just two weeks after his triumph in the Peter Haughton Memorial.   Yannick Gingras was in the bike for trainer Ron Burke.   Live racing returns to Tioga on Friday (August 28) evening, with post time at 6:15 p.m. Eastern.   James Witherite

East Rutherford, NJ --- State Treasurer put on the afterburners in the home stretch, making a statement in his 1:47 win in the $215,400 U.S. Pacing Championship for older harness racing pacers by 3-3/4 lengths on Saturday (Aug. 8) at The Meadowlands. The time was a new world race record for older pacing stallions on a mile track. State Treasuer is trained by Dr. Ian Moore and co-owned by Sally and Paul MacDonald. David Miller was the driver. Dancin Yankee (Jim Morrill Jr.) was first to the lead in :26, but was quickly overtaken by Foiled Again (Yannick Gingras) who held it to the :53 half. State Treasurer was on the move on his outside and quickly took that lead away and held it through the 1:19.4 three-quarter marker. State Treasurer had no serious competition down the stretch and finished well ahead of Doo Wop Hanover (Scott Zeron) in second and Foiled Again third. Children visiting the track on Hambletonian Day were given a Breyer “Stablemate” in the image of Foiled Again, making him the only horse racing today with a toy. The victory was the fifth in 11 starts this year for State Treasurer, taking his season's earnings to $418,790. The 6-year-old son of Real Desire-Ideal Treasure has won 26 times in his career, with earnings of $1,357,397. State Treasurer by Ellen Harvey, Harness Racing Communications 

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