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WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 28, 2020 -- Dancin Dragon roared from the pocket into the final turn, blitzed by the leader and had just enough late pace to capture Friday's harness racing feature at The Meadows, a $15,000 Conditioned Pace. In only his second start this year, Dancin Dragon took full advantage of his pocket trip, putting away Do Work Son with ease. But he needed to dig deep for driver Tony Hall to thwart the late bid of K Ryan Bluechip and down him by a neck in 1:51.2. Humboldt completed the ticket.   Randy Bendis trains Dancin Dragon, a 5-year-old Dragon Again-McDance Desire gelding who lifted his lifetime bankroll to $239,540, and owns with Pollack Racing LLC. Hall piloted five winners on the 13-race card, including three for Bendis and a pair for trainer Jack Smith, while Dave Palone fashioned a four-bagger, including two wins for trainer Mike Palone. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday when the program features a $12,651.31 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5 and a $5,000 total-pool guarantee in the Pick 4 (races 3-6). First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

LEBANON, OH. - Thrilling finishes and quick harness racing miles were prevalent on Saturday night (Feb. 15) at Miami Valley Raceway, highlighted by a $22,500 Open I Pace, a $20,000 Open II Pace, and the final two preliminary divisions of the second annual Bill Dailey Memorial Medley. I'm A Big Deal (Brett Miller) pulled a mild upset over Windsong Leo (Chris Page) in the Open I, managing a 'head' decision in 1:51.1. Windsong Leo, a winner in six of his last seven outings versus Open company, cut the mile with I'm A Big Deal sitting snug in the pocket throughout the contest. After fractions of :26.3, :56.1 and 1:23.3 the favorite was still able to close in :27.3, but the winner was a tick or two quicker to gain the slight advantage in the final two strides. My Hero Ron (Tyler Smith) was forced to race first-over on the outside much of the mile and finished third. It was the first win in nine local starts since I'm A Big Deal was plucked from the Harrisburg sale last November by owner Bottom Line Racing of Boca Raton, Florida, and trainer Virgil Morgan Jr. However the 5-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere has managed a win in a top condition pace and three runnerup finishes in the weekly features to earn about $40,000 in his first three months in Ohio. The Open II event was captured by Shagnwiththedragon (John DeLong) over Rose Run Uriah (Jeremy Smith) and The Dark Shadow (Sam Widger) in 1:51. Dropping out of the Open I after a month of fourth and fifth place finishes, the 6-year-old son of Dragon Again flashed a huge closing kick to secure his 20th lifetime triumph. J. D. Perrin trains the winner for his wife Tessa and her partner Eim Racing Stable. The Bill Dailey Memorial Medley started with 5/8ths mile dashes in three $12,500 divisions in the first leg, then followed up with two $17,500 divisions going a mile on Saturday. The top nine money winners from those first two legs will assemble next Saturday night for a $25,000 championship tilt at 1-1/4 miles. Royale Rose (Tyler Smith) was a 'nose' winner in 1:52.4 in the first split at one mile, edging Angelo J Fra (Page) with Manny (DeLong) finishing third. Daniel Stone conditions the 7-year-old Ashlees Big Guy gelding for S & S Racing Stable and Bert Turner. It was the 27th career tally for the lifetime winner of $333,932. Just N Ace (Widger) edged stablemate Uncmprmising Z Tam (Ricky Macomber Jr.) by a neck in the second division, clocked in 1:51.1. Champion Rock (Smith) grabbed the show dough and a ticket into the championship dance. Jamie Macomber trains the winning 5-year-old son United Ace for the Eleven Star Stables. The lineup for the $25,000 Bill Dailey Memorial Medley championship consists of Royale Rose, Just N Ace, American Dreamer, Dave And Dennis, Life On The Beach A, Uncmprmising Z Tam, Angela J Fra, Stormy West and Champion Rock. From Miami Valley Raceway    

LEBANON, OH. - Following an outstanding 2019 harness racing season in Pennsylvania and along the East Coast, Windsong Leo crossed the border into Ohio on Saturday night (Jan. 18) to take on the Midwest's best pacers in Miami Valley's $25,000 Open I Pace. The result was another win, the 8-year-old's fourth straight and 17th in his last 31 starts. Driver Chris Page was aboard the even money favorite, who was assigned an outside post off three straight stellar triumphs in the top class at The Meadows. Unhurried early in the mile, Windsong Leo steadily advanced throughout the 1:53.2 score by collaring pacesetting Lifewithjohn (Ricky Macomber Jr.) around the final bend and comfortably holding off the late rushes of Granite (Jeremy Smith) and Beyond Delight (Trace Tetrick) through the stretch. Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi and Phil Collura own the winner, a son of Jereme's Jet who lifetime bankroll has swelled to $608,960. The feature race win was one of five on the program for Page. A $20,000 Open II Pace was captured by Shagnwiththedragon (John DeLong) over Gerardo (Kayne Kauffman) and I'm A Big Deal (Josh Sutton), also clocked in 1:53.2. J.D. Perrin trains the 6-year-old Dragon Again gelding who is owned by his wife Tessa Perrin and Eim Racing. He paid $17.20 to his backers. Three divisions of the second leg of the Claim To Fame series for $20,000 male pacers also went postward, each for a purse of $22,500. Winners were Pet Shark (Trevor Smith, 1:55.4, $5.60), Hereittiz (Trace Tetrick, 1:55, $9.20) and Ponderingjacksfame (Chris Page, 1:55, $3.00). The three winners will be joined by the next six highest money winners in next Saturday's $32,500 championship leg of the series. Those remaining finalists are Winna Winna, Persistent Threat A, Monte Cristo, Ram N Desire, Cool Like That and JD's Macca Lodge. From Miami Valley Raceway

Wiggle It Jiggleit had another tough mile in his harness racing comeback trail, finishing sixth in the $30,000 Open Handicap Pace Thursday at Dover Downs. The 12th race feature was won by New Zealander Billy Badger N in an upset score. Wiggle It Jiggleit and driver Jim Morand were able to get to the lead by the opening quarter mile in :26 over Bo Mach (Corey Callahan). Stuck on the outside from the start was the race favorite, Dealt A Winner (George Napolitano, Jr.), who started coming after Wiggle It Jiggleit with Larry Karr (Mike Cole) second-over. Then in the backstretch, Cole came three-wide with Larry Karr as Quality Bud (Victor Kirby) followed their cover and Larry Karr cleared to challenge Wiggle It Jiggleit at the three-quarters in 1:21.4. Wiggle It Jiggleit began to fade, Larry Karr took the lead and there was Billy Badger N tipping three-wide and coming on. Quality Bud overtook Larry Karr in the stretch but could not hold off Billy Badger N, who won by a slim nose over Quality Bud with Larry Karr third. The time of the mile was 1:50.   It was a lifetime mark for New Zealand import Billy Badger N, a six-year-old gelding by Art Major, who is not only driven by but is also owned by Dexter Dunn. He is trained by Nifty Norman and paid $23.00 to win. Wakizashi Hanover was reunited with trainer Jim King, Jr and driver Tim Tetrick as they captured the fourth race $15,000 pace in a photo finish. The seven-year-old gelded son of Dragon Again had been “off-the-shelf” for six months and then qualified and raced in of all place, Truro Raceway in Nova Scotia, Canada (His owners live there). He won his first start and then was off for five months until returning to the King Stable. Wakizashi Hanover was given a perfect drive by Tetrick. As Bro Hanover (Dexter Dunn) cut the mile, Lyons King (Mike Cole) had the pocket seat through early fractions of :26.4 and :55.1. Then the action heated up as Abner The Great (George Napolitano, Jr.) came first-up with Wakizashi Hanover second-over past the three-quarters in 1:23.4. On the final turn Wakizashi Hanover tipped three-wide and then it was a five-horse dash to the wire with Wakizashi Hanover winning by a nose over Lyons King with 99-1 long shot Quick Shot (Jonathan Roberts) photo bombing the photo finish for show. The fifth place horse was a half length off the winner.   Undefeated in two starts in 2019, Wakizashi Hanover is owned by Bruce Kennedy, Percy Bonnell, Wayne Burley and Jennifer Weeks, all of Nova Scotia. He paid $8.20 to win. Slick Tony ($4.80) swept three-wide on the backstretch for driver Dexter Dunn, collared pacesetter Late Mail N (George Napolitano, Jr.) and then held off a late charge by Little Ben (Tim Tetrick) by a nose to win the $27,500 Blue Hen Open Pace.   It was the 16th win this year for the four-year-old son of No Spin Zone. He covered the one-mile race in 1:50.3 for owner and trainer George Leager of Sudlersville, MD. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 11 -- Teddy Brosevelt stalked Pilgrims Tide from the pocket, then roared by him in the lane to capture his opening-leg harness racing division of a Holiday Claiming Series at The Meadows. Mac Deeno took the other $12,000 split in the event for $20,000 claiming trotters. The Meadows currently is hosting six Holiday Claiming Series; all begin this week, and all conclude with Dec. 30 championship legs that carry estimated purses between $15,000 and $20,000. Once Brady Brown gave Teddy Brosevelt that cozy pocket trip, the 4-year-old Guccio-Princess Royalty gelding had little trouble downing Pilgrims Tide by 1/2 length in 1:56.1, with Jailhouse Buckaroo third. Tyler Stillings trains Teddy Brosevelt, who lifted his lifetime bankroll to $140,075, for Rags To Riches Of PA. Tuesday's card also featured a pair of opening-leg divisions in a holiday series for $10,000 claiming trotters, with Mr Quaker and Parnell collecting victories. In the $18,800 Filly & Mare Open Handicap Pace, Camera Lady grabbed the lead past the half and held off Dark Force by a neck to prevail in 1:54.2 for Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. The 5-year-old daughter of Dragon Again-Ann Van Go now boasts career earnings of $422,288. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Friday when the program features a $94,846.91 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post for the 13-race card is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

Saturday evening's harness racing card at Saratoga Casino Hotel consisted of three divisions of the second leg of the Holiday Pacing Series. Participants had their final chance to accrue points towards next Saturday's (December 14) Series Final. Bob Uhl's Babinga Wood (Dragon Again) became the only repeat winner in the two legs of the series as the 2-5 betting favorite in his division of the Holiday Pace came from last before circling the field to win a photo in 1:56.3. Mitch Cushing piloted the Uhl trainee and now has three wins and a second place finish while sitting behind the track's Claiming Pacer of the Year from 2017. Babinga Wood will likely head into next Saturday's Final as the one to beat. Blueberry Heaven (Rock N Roll Heaven) went coast-to-coast in his $7,500 division of the series on Saturday as leading driver Billy Dobson piloted the Gary Levine-trained pacer to victory in 1:56.4. Levine claimed Blueberry Heaven last month and finished third with him in the series' first leg before stamping his ticket to next week's Final behind his leg two score. The final division of the night went to Santanna One (Santanna Blue Chip) who lasted on the lead for trainer Jessica Derue and reinsman Chris Long. Santanna One, a fourth-place finisher in leg one, posted the fastest time of the series thus far with his 1:55.1 score which came as his race's 1-2 betting favorite. The $20,000 Final of the fourth annual Holiday Pacing Series is set for next Saturday night. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon with a matinee set to kick off at 12 Noon. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 13, 2019 -- An Original Dragon stalked the leader from the pocket, then blew by in the Lightning Lane to snare her second straight harness racing victory in Wednesday's feature at The Meadows, a $12,400 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace. An Original Dragon grabbed the early lead but released Sweet Rockin Gia at the quarter, waiting patiently for her shot. Tony Hall gave it to her in the Lightning Lane, where she poured through to down Sweet Rockin Gia by a head in 1:55.3. E Dee's Well Said finished third. Andy Rickert owns and trains the winner, a 4-year-old daughter of Dragon Again-An Original. It was one of three wins for Hall on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Friday, when the program features a $34,612.67 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post for the 13-race card is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association                                

Harrisburg, PA -- Donttellmeagain, a 5-year-old male harness racing pacer with $779,011 in lifetime earnings, was the top seller at Friday's final session of the Standardbred Horse Sale, purchased for $400,000 by Jon Paton. The gelding was one of six horses to sell for at least $250,000 during the second day of the auction's mixed sale. Donttellmeagain, by Dragon Again out of Donttellmewhattodo, has won 19 of 46 career races and finished among the top three a total of 37 times. He won last year's Graduate Series championship and Dayton Pacing Derby. This year, he was a dead-heat second by a nose to McWicked in the Jim Ewart Memorial and third in the Roll With Joe. The Jim King Jr.-trained pacer was owned by Paton Racing Stables. He was consigned by Northwood Bloodstock. Starita, a Grand Circuit-winning 3-year-old trotting filly, was the day's second-highest seller, going for $360,000 to Hanover Shoe Farms. She was one of three fillies to reach at least $300,000. Starita, by Trixton out of Morningstar, has won six of 29 career races and $307,696. Her second dam is two-time Dan Patch Award-winner Passionate Glide and her family also includes Hambletonian Oaks winner Marita's Victory. She was consigned by Preferred Equine Marketing, owned by Val D'Or Farms and Ted Gewertz, and trained by Joe Holloway. O'Brien Award-winner Percy Bluechip, also purchased by Hanover Shoe Farms, sold for $340,000. The 4-year-old pacing mare, by Shadow Play out of Advantest, has won 12 of 40 career races and $874,267. She was a Breeders Crown winner at 3 and a two-time Ontario Sire Stakes champion. She is full sister to O'Brien Award winner Arthur Blue Chip and half-sister to millionaire Kenneth J. She was consigned by Preferred Equine, owned most recently by Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, Purnel & Libby, and Donald Emond, and trained by Ron Burke. Quincy Blue Chip, a 3-year-old trotting filly by Chapter Seven out of Sirenuse, sold for $300,000 to Steve Stewart. She has won 12 of 23 career races, including this year's Empire Breeders Classic and New York Sire Stakes final, and $675,430. She was consigned by Northwood Bloodstock, owned most recently by Barbara Boese, James Boese, and Richard Banca, and trained by Banca. Two female pacers reached $250,000 - Medusa and Lu's Illusion. Medusa, an 8-year-old mare by Bettor's Delight out of Mythical, was purchased by Erika Sergent. Medusa has won 40 of 160 career races and $1 million. She was consigned by Fox Den Farm, owned most recently by Randy Bendis and Pollack Racing, and trained by Bendis. Lu's Illusion, a 3-year-old filly by Sweet Lou out of Artistic Vision, sold to Fair Winds Farm. She is a half-sister to 2010 Horse of the Year Rock N Roll Heaven as well as multimillionaire Clear Vision. Lu's Illusion, who has won five of 17 career races, was consigned by Preferred Equine Marketing, owned by Determination, and trained by Luc Blais. The two-day mixed sale portion of the auction saw a total of 663 horses and stallion shares sell for $27 million, an average of $40,756. Last year, the mixed sale saw a total of 619 horses and stallion shares sell for $18.2 million, an average of $29,498. For complete results, visit The Black Book. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA         Ken Weingartner   Media Relations Manager   U.S. Trotting Association   www.ustrotting.com      

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 30, 2019 -- Camera Lady roared from the pocket into the final turn, overwhelmed the leader and notched a convincing harness racing victory in Wednesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Godiva Seelster held a tentative lead as the field readied for the stretch drive, but Camera Lady erased it in a heartbeat. The 5-year-old daughter of Dragon Again-Ann Van Go scored in 1:51.4 for Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., 2-1/2 lengths better than Sandy Win. Cult Icon rallied for show. Ron Burke trains Camera Lady, who soared over $400,000 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Jam Pantaleano, Mike Wilder and Burke each fashioned a triple on the 12-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Friday when the program features a $15,025.63 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - With pylon control, Mrs Dragonfire will look to avenge her narrow loss in her latest start in the Thursday evening harness racing feature at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 12-dash Thursday evening presentation gets underway at 6:30 P.M. with the featured pacing lining up in the evening finale for a $2,000 purse. The race 12 top event has Mrs Dragonfire leaving from post 1 in the field of pacing mares with Dale Spence in the bike for owner-trainer Reg Ferguson of Charlottetown. The four-year-old daughter of Dragon Again recovered from an early break in stride last week to rally late and finish second by a neck in 1:59.4. Gilles Barrieau was in the bike for that start but the New Brunswick reinsman has elected to drive post 5 starter Collective Wisdom from the Jackie Matheson stable on Thursday. Post 7 belongs to Rocknrols Image with Jason Hughes at the lines fresh off a 1:58.1 front end victory. Race analyst Les MacIsaac sees redemption in Mrs Dragonfire's future. "An early break, a long tough trip and broken equipment should be enough of an indication that last time out it simply wasn't her day but to her credit she still ended up second," MacIsaac said. "Off that performance and with rail control tonight she's quite possibly the one to beat." Also in the field is Elm Grove Misty (Driven by Dave Kelly), Dorabella (Ken Murphy), Charlottes Western (Marc Campbell), Julep Hanover (Wade Myers) and Dancers Pass (David Dowling). The Town Of Stratford Pace lines up behind the starting gate in race 4 with Finnish Your Way looking to overcome post 8 in her three-year-old debut after winning his last two starts as a rookie last fall. Barrieau trains and drives the daughter of Bettors Delight for owners Wayne MacRae of Fall River, N.S., and Bloomingwood Farms Ltd., of Ontario. Other top entries include Naxos (Kenny Arsenault) and Vintage Winner (Murphy). Race 2 on the card is a $2,500 event for Lady Slipper eligible two-year-old fillies with Thebossisagirl favoured from post 5 for driver Barrieau and trainer Jackie Matheson. Race 6 is a class for Joe O'Brien Memorial eligible three-year-old pacing colts for a $2,500 pot and Silverhilllightnin is the top choice with Myles Heffernan Sr., driving for trainer Stacey Lund. Summit City Nate makes his debut in the race 7 trot with Barrieau driving the Earl Watts trainee for owner Eric Johnston of Summerside. The Justice Hall seven-year-old last raced in July at Georgian Downs finishing fifth while individually timed in 1:56.4. The winner of 28 races and $203,033 in career earnings just qualified at Red Shores Summerside in 1:59.4. For live video, race programs and more go to www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

CHESTER, PA - When the harness racing pacers Blake North and Closing Statement met at Harrah's Philly on August 11, Closing Statement was favored, set the pace, but was caught in the stretch by pocketsitting Blake North. And when the two clashed again in the Wednesday afternoon $14,500 feature at the southeast Pennsylvania oval, Closing Statement was again favored, again set the pace - and again was caught in the lane out of the two-hole by Blake North, this time in 1:50.1. Blake North left from post six in the field of eight for driver Tim Tetrick and looped his field, hitting the quarter in :27.2, while Closing Statement proceeded forward and took the lead at the 3/8, passing the next two striped poles in :55.3 and 1:22.4. But in the stretch, the victorious altered son of Dragon Again had enough to gain into a :27.2 final stanza, winning by ¾ of a length over the chalk. The win was a teaming of Philly's leading driver Tetrick and trainer Gilbert Garcia-Owen, tops in the conditioning standings here; Blake North, a winner of $230,364, is owned by Gilbert Garcia-Herrera. Trainer Marcus Melander unveiled yet another promising young trotter on the card in the Muscle Hill - Hall Of Face freshman filly Hall Of Am S, who won in her debut in 1:56.3 despite the outside post eight, also handled by Tetrick. Coming off a 1:57.4 qualifier in preparation for her bow, Hall Of Am S showed her has a very bright future with the 7¾-length win for Courant Inc. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia  

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 27, 2019 -- Suddenly Royal abandoned the pocket past the quarter and made the move stand up as she won her third straight -- and gave harness racing driver Jim Pantaleano one of his five victories on the 13-race card -- in Tuesday's feature at The Meadows, a $13,500 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace. Although Suddenly Royal was sitting behind the 2-5 favorite, Lakeisha Hall, Pantaleano wanted that one in his rear-view mirror and took the point. Suddenly Royal downed Lakeisha Hall by a length in 1:52 over a "good" surface, with Easy Three third. Suddenly Royal appeared to bear out briefly down the backside, but following an inquiry, the judges did not disturb the order of finish. The 4-year-old daughter of Dragon Again-Resilient is owned by A Piece Of The Action LLC and trained by Christen Pantaleano, who sent out three of her husband's winning quintet. Live racing at The Meadows continues Wednesday when the program features a pair of stakes for freshman filly trotters -- a $180,505 Pennsylvania Sires Stake and a $60,000 PA Stallion Series event -- as well as a $969.04 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 20, 2019 -- Suddenly Royal stalked Lakeisha Hall from the pocket, then blew by her in the Lightning Lane to capture Tuesday's feature at The Meadows, a $13,500 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace. Suddenly Royal sprang to the early lead and stretched out Lakeisha Hall to a swift 26.2 quarter before yielding. When Jim Pantaleano angled Suddenly Royal to the Lightning Lane, she had plenty in the tank and downed Lakeisha Hall in 1:51.4. Caviart Scarlett completed the ticket. Christen Pantaleano trains the 4-year-old daughter of Dragon Again-Resilient for A Piece Of The Action LLC. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Wednesday, when the program features a pair of events for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters -- a $167,002 Pennsylvania Sires Stake and a $40,000 PA Stallion Series stake. First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

Columbus, MN - The Tuesday evening (July 30) Harness Racing program at Running Aces featured the weekly Mares Open Handicap Pace. With this week's $16,000 edition going to post with a field of 8 top distaffers, including PV Miracle Mary who charged home in :28.3 with a late inside burst to get up at the wire and win by ¾ - length in 1:53.4 with trainer/driver Rick Magee in the bike. The feature win was one of five trips to the winner's circle for Rick Magee on Tuesday. Delightfully Wild (Nick Roland) was sent hard from post seven and battled with Capitol Hill (Steve Wiseman) for the lead through the quick early panels (:27.3 and :56.3) before Dancingonthesand (Mooney Svendsen) made a menacing middle move to the front, and PV Miracle Mary took up the chase from first-over. Dancingonthesand led them into the lane, but PV Miracle Mary was closing fast and angled to the inside, while Pull The Shade (Brady Jenson) was charging hard on the far outside and Alwaysalittlemore (Williams Hernandez) was gaining ground from mid-pack. PV Miracle Mary ($6.80) was fastest to the wire to score her third win in ten starts this year for owner Joseph Casagranda, and the 6 year old daughter of Dragon Again has now earned $101,048 lifetime with 22 career wins. The other winners on the big night for Rick Magee included two year old gelding pacer Alright Frankie ($3.40) for his first pari-mutuel win; 4 year old pacing mare Amasa Arion ($2.20) with a new career mark of 1:53.3; 4 year old gelding My Muddy Buddy ($12.40), who paced in 1:57.2 for his second win of the season; and the classy 10 year old pacing mare Place N First ($4.60), who picked up her 35th care er tally in 1:55.1 for owner Jenni King, who had a perfect night of 3 winners from 3 starters. Driver Steve Wiseman also turned in a big night of four winners on Tuesday, including two wins in the Minnesota-Sired two year old Trot events, and one win in the two year Pace. Wiseman steered trotting filly Foxy Talkin to her first career win (2:05.1) in the early non-wagering event, and then piloted trotting gelding Heardyouwhispermynam ($8.20) to his first ever win in 2:00, both of those for owner Jenni King. Next up for Wiseman was a sharp win for the gelding Get My Good Side ($4.00) who paced to his first lifetime win in 2:00. Completing the Grand Slam for Wiseman was Timetoplaythegame ($5.40), a 6 year old Badlands Hanover gelding who turned in a gate-to-wire performance in 1:53 for the fastest mile of the night. Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Saturday, August 3 with local post time at 6:00 pm, and features two carryovers: The 20 cent Pick-5 Jackpot is now $4,355.85, and the 50 cent Hi-5 has a carryover of $2,852.94. By Darin Gagne, for Running Aces

The Sunday evening (June 9) harness racing card at Running Aces had plenty to offer in the way of excitement and nostalgia. The ten race program featured horses doubling and even tripling up and extending their current top form, and it had former champions and top horses returning to glory for the first time this year. It had upset winners and it had spot-on favorites, it was a great night at the races. Firedrake is one of the top pacers at Running Aces over the past several seasons, with many memorable accomplishments - including starting out with 9 wins in his first 10 starts of 2017, then going on to win the inaugural Dan Patch FFA Pace that same year, and coming back in the 2018 Dan Patch to almost repeat with a second place finish beaten only a neck. His season in 2019 has been a little different - he dealt with some obstacles over the winter and for a while he didn't look like himself - at least not on paper. He visited some new tracks and perhaps didn't care for them as much as Running Aces, where he has seen the most of his career success. Things began to improve as Firedrake began to pick up some decent finishes in Ohio and later in Indiana, but still the winner's circle had been elusive. Firedrake made his way back to Minnesota for the start of the season and he was right here where he belonged on opening night (May 18) and he turned in a decent effort in the feature race (3rd). He was back in the feature one week later and finished a respectable fourth, and then he was seventh after that. Firedrake was back home at his favorite track and he was doing ok, he was looking good, but there was still something missing - his trainer Nick Roland had not driven him in a race in nearly a year. That was about to change. Firedrake was in to go in a $9,000 conditioned pace, getting some well deserved class relief and Nick Roland would reunite with his 6 year Dragon Again gelding and take on a field of nine from post four. The stage was set and Firedrake was ready to show his Minnesota fans that he was back. The public took notice - sending him off as the 4-5 favorite. He was fastest off the gate but was immediately challenged by Whatchyastarinat (Don Harmon) who took the lead with Roland opting for the pocket. The early fractions were tepid for the top-level pacers and the challengers came calling after the half mile. Elusive Image (Tony Huffman) was pressuring the leader with Five Card Draw (Mooney Svendsen) charging from second-over. Firedrake had lots of pace but was blocked. Roland was patient and waited for the homestretch - they got the room they needed and the dynamic duo immediately took off with a furious and impressive rally to the wire. The competition was left reeling as Firedrake drew off by two lengths in 1:54.2 for the fastest mile of the night. Firedrake ($3.80) is back, and with Nick Roland in the bike the two of them proved once again that they are a force to be reckoned with. Five Card Draw was up for second, while Whatchyastarinat held for third. Firedrake is owned by Set The Pace Racing, LLC. The $16,000 Minnesota-Sired 3 year old trotters were in the spotlight on Sunday as well, with a field of 8 going to battle in the opener. Major Al-Mar (Rick Magee) was favored from post one while MD Magic (Nick Roland) was a close second choice in the wagering. Dewey's Machine (Steve Wiseman) set the tempo and led for most of the contest, but there was a nice battle as the field rounded for home. Twilight Tinker ($18.20, Brian Detgen) was trotting fastest of all on the far outside after angling from third on the pylons, and she passed her rivals with an impressive stretch drive to stay in front of Major Al-Mar and MD Magic at the wire in a career best 1:59.4. Twilight Tinker was the 2 year old filly Champion trotter in 2018, and the victory on Sunday was her first win of the year. She had shown maturity and increased abilities in her first few starts of 2019, picking up a second and a third in three starts and holding her own against the male trotters as well. The winning owner is Cathy Dessert and the winning trainer is Nick Roland. Twilight Tinker and Brian Detgen Banker Volo ($6.40, Nick Roland) continues his domination of the Minnesota trotting scene - a reign that has spanned the last four years continues as he scored his third consecutive win in the top $15,000 Open Handicap on Sunday. At age ten the always impressive Stallion shows no signs of letting up. Banker Volo made easy work of this week's seven horse field with an early charge to the front and a never-in-doubt mile of 1:56.4 to check in 2½ lengths ahead at the wire. Banker Volo fans got a very generous price of more than 2-1 this week. Bringoverthemoney (Tim Maier) was second best and My Uncle Cuz (Don Harmon) was home third. The winning owner is Lucas Roland and the winning trainer is Jenni King. Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Tuesday (June 11) with a couple of nice carryovers - $6,123.93 for the Pick-5, and $4,582.36 for the Hi-5. Post time on Tuesday is 7:00 pm (CDT) By Darin Gagne, for Running Aces Casino, Hotel & Racetrack      

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Upfront Countryboy got 'up front' early in Buffalo Raceway's $11,500 Class AA Open Handicap Pace on Saturday night (Feb.16) and never looked back in taking a 1-1/2 length harness racing triumph over Dark Horse in 1:56.0 over the good track.   Title Town (Shawn McDonough) was quickest off the gate in the main event but didn't have much time to savor the front end as Upfront Countryboy (Shawn Gray) took over the lead just before the opening panel.   Dark Horse was first over and looked like the main threat to Upfront Countryboy coming down the stretch but his rally didn't materialize as hoped and had to settle for second with Title Town holding on for the show position.   Owned by William Emmons and trained by James Clouser Jr., it was the first win in two starts for Upfront Countryboy (Dragon Again-Cambloid). The 10-year-old gelding has earned $6,670 this year and $446,090 in his career.   There were a pair of $9,500 Class A paces on the under card.   Mr Euroman N ($4.80) went gate-to-wire and turned back the late attempts by R M Hawk (David McNeight III) and Manceiver (Gray) to take the victory in 1:57.0 in the first sub-featured event.   Leaving from the inside post, Mr Euroman N set the fractions with a :29.2, :58.3 and 1:28.0. A :29.0 last panel was enough as R M Hawk could get no closer than a half length.   Driven by Billy Davis Jr. and trained by Maria Rice, Mr Euroman N (Art Major-Little Big Sister) is a 7-year-old gelding that is co-owned by the Vogel & Wags Nags Stable, Jack Rice and Pine Hill Racing LTD. It was the second victory in five tries this season for Mr. Euroman N, now a winner of $9,950 in 2019 and $113,329 lifetime.   In the second leg, A F F Bigdaddy (Drew Monti) was able to grind out a length victory over Im So Handsome in 1:56.3.   Going first over down the backstretch, A F F Bigdaddy slowly but surely started to cut into the lead of Im So Handsome and took over command midway down the lane. Im So Handsome had to settle for the place position with Heaven Rocks finishing in third.   A F F Bigdaddy (Sir Luck-Artacam Hanover) is a 6-year-old gelding owned by Jennifer and Marcus Rogowski. Conditioned by Steven Kiblin, it was the first trip to the winner's circle for A F F Bigdaddy, now a earner of $5,590 this year and $85,115 in his career.   Ray Fisher Jr. topped the drivers with four victories on the night. Monti, tripled while Davis Jr. and Gray each doubled. Mike Ohol, Maria Rice and Sabrina Clevenger all scored a pair of training wins.   Racing will continue on Wednesday night at 5 p.m. with a 12-race card scheduled.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, entries, upcoming promotions and simulcast schedule, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J, Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

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