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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

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 15, 2019 -- Arthur Pendragon moved steadily first over and wore down the harness racing leader, Dapper Dude, to take Friday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Arthur Pendragon was third when Mike Wilder sent him after Dapper Dude, a millionaire who seldom gives up the lead late. But the determined Arthur Pendragon edged him by a head in 1:53, with New Evidence a close-up third. Ron Burke conditions the 6-year-old Dragon Again-Western Realist gelding, who now boasts $268,745 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Phil Collura and Jack Piatt III. Wilder bagged four winners on the 12-race card while Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. enjoyed a triple.. In other highlights of the week at The Meadows: Converted Claimer I Want Kandy Captures $20,000 F&M Trot When I Want Kandy took a Jan. 21 $8,000 claiming race, it didn't seem especially noteworthy. Yet it launched a three-race winning streak that carried her to Wednesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot. Did she belong with the track's elite distaff trotters? Did she ever. The 6-year-old daughter of Angus Hall-Celebrity Kandy moved first over for Jim Pantaleano and triumphed in 1:59 over a sloppy, tiring track to extend her streak to four. You're Majestic finished second, 2 lengths back, with Goodtogo Hanover third. Scott Betts trains I Want Kandy, who pushed her lifetime earnings to $160,388, for Tim Betts. It was one of three victories on the 13-race program for Pantaleano. Camera Lady Wins Top Distaff Pace, Soars Over $300,000 Camera Lady controlled the mile after a quarter-pole move for Dave Palone and scored for the 46th time in 87 career starts in Tuesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace. Burke conditions the 5-year-old daughter of Dragon Again-Ann Van Go, who soared over $300,000 in lifetime earnings, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Graceful Vision was second, beaten 2-1/4 lengths, while Medusa rallied from last to third in her seasonal debut. Winning time in the slop was 1:54.4. Tony Hall collected four victories on the 13-race card while Wilbur Yoder fashioned a training/driving double. Uncle Leroy Upsets At 14-1 In $20K Trot Dismissed at 14-1, Uncle Leroy moved confidently to the lead past the quarter and notched a comfortable victory in Monday's $20,000 Preferred Handicap Trot. The 6-year-old Neely Dunn-Plumao gelding drifted out in the sloppy stretch but held off Northern Skyway by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:56.3. Full Surge shot the Lightning Lane for show. Charles Vigneron trains Uncle Leroy, who extended his career bankroll to $163,181, for Richard McCormick. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Sunday at 1:05 PM, the first of four consecutive Sunday cards. There will be no live racing on the Mondays following those special Sunday programs. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows  

The 71st Annual Fall Blooded Horse Sale, held November 13-15, at the Champions Center in Springfield, Ohio, witnessed its highest average in the history of its fall edition.  The sale was topped by former Ohio 2-Year-Old Filly Pacer of the Year Berazzled at $76,000.  The daughter of Charley Barley, now an Open Pacer, earned over $90,000 this year en route to lifetime earnings of nearly $400,000. Consigned by Marion Beachy and Kerry O’Keefe to dissolve the partnership, Beachy prevailed against serious bidders throughout the pavilion to keep the beautiful black mare. As usual, Spring Haven Farm was agent for a strong consignment of racehorses and had the second highest seller in Dragonology at $54,000. The Ohio Sires Stakes competitor and consolation winner, trained by Ron Burke, was purchased by Dynasty Racing of Michigan. Spring Haven (agent) also offered Rock N Jo Z, a classy $30,000 conditioned claimer from the Brian Brown Stable. He was purchased by Ed Dobrowolski of MI for $40,000. The tall, handsome, Indiana-bred trotting gelding Mystical Motor attracted a lot of attention, with Bruce Soulsby getting the nod at $35,000. Trained by Sally Gilbert and consigned by Move On Stable, the son of Swan For All was a consistent performer in the conditioned classes at Hoosier Park. The yearling session on the first day yielded plenty of fireworks with Boundless Dragon lighting up the board at $52,000. Consigned by Bruce Trogdon's Emerald Highlands Farm, Trogdon bought out his partners on the stunning, dark daughter of Dragon Again. The handsome Somebeachsomewhere colt Gingras Beach, also consigned by Emerald Highlands Farm, created quite the stir at the sale and on social media with his being named after the illustrious driver Yannick Gingras. Burke Racing Stable, LLC appropriately won the bidding war for the rights to train this popular pacer. Top yearling trotter honors went to the lovely Wishing Stone daughter Laurels Dream at $37,000. Consigned by Spring Haven Farm (agent), the half-sister to winners in excess of $600,000 was purchased by Allen Schmidthorst of Ohio for $37,000. Also of note was a pair of strikingly beautiful yearlings by the exciting first-crop sire Nob Hill High. Consigned by Hunterton Sales Agency, Dr. Lyndsay, named after promising vet student Lyndsay Hagemeyer, and Stanford Court, were both purchased by Brian Brown (agent) for $35,000. Visit www.bloodedhorse.com for complete sale results and to enter horses for the upcoming Winter Mixed Sale scheduled on February 12-13. Questions should be directed to jhaws@bloodedhorse.com by Dot Morgan, for the Blooded Horse Sale

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 6, 2018 -- Camera Lady enjoyed a 29.2 second-quarter breather, then sprinted off to her third straight victory in Tuesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap harness racing pace at The Meadows. Camera Lady dueled three-wide through a demanding 27.2 opening quarter, but after Dave Palone stepped on the brakes, the 4-year-old daughter of Dragon Again-Ann Van Go repelled the first-over challenge of Caviart Scarlett and scored in 1:54.2. Yankee Moonshine rallied for second, 5-3/4 lengths back, with Keystone Riptide third. Ron Burke trains Camera Lady, who lifted her lifetime bankroll to $233,298, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver-Bruscemi LLC. Palone collected four wins, including three for Burke, on the 13-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows  

Jaclyn Hanover (John MacDonald) captured the Vernon Downs featured fillies and mares pace ($6,500) on Friday (October 19). Love Live Laugh (Jimmy Whittemore) took the lead before hitting the first quarter in :26.2. Jaclyn Hanover ($6.20) followed in the pocket as Love Live Laugh continued to control the pace hitting the half in :55.3 and three-quarters in 1:24.1. Jaclyn Hanover, who is owned and trained by MacDonald, popped out of the pocket in deep stretch and blew right by to win in 1:53.1 Love Live Laugh held on for second with Classic Can Dream (Jeff Long) picking up third money. Jaclyn Hanover is a 6-year-old mare by Dragon Again. It was her sixth win of the season and her 19th career victory. Kabu (John MacDonald) captures the featured trot ($6,500). Golden Kronos (Jimmy Whittemore) jumped to the lead and led to a first quarter in :29.1 and to the half of :59.2. First Call (Homer Hochstetler) pulled out of the pocket and took over the lead just after the half. First Call hit the three-quarter mark first in 1:28.2. Kabu ($6.40) was last at the halfway point. Owned by the JP Stables and trained by MacDonald, he went first-over around the final turn. As they reach the top of the stretch Kabu challenged First Call. First Call went on a break in mid-stretch. Kabu took over the lead and held off a late charge by second place finisher McKenzie's Star (Claude Huckabone III) to win in 1:57.1. Golden Kronos was third best. Kabu is a 7-year-old gelding by Valley Victor. He picked up his 11th win of the season. He now has 32 career victories. Jimmy Whittemore drives four winners on the night. Vernon Downs leading Driver Jimmy Whittemore picked up wins with Nashville Flash ($22.40), Miss B ($9.00), Pagasus Point ($8.60), and Escada De Vie ($4.30). He now has 109 wins and leads John MacDonald by five victories with five racing days left to go in the 2018 season. Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (October 20) with a 12 race card starting at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs  

Columbus, MN - The featured harness racing event on Saturday night, (Aug 25) at Running Aces was the $20,000 Minnesota Sired or Owned Preferred Pace, and local fan favorite Firedrake stole the show with a furious charge to the wire to capture his fifth win of the season, and secure his second Running Aces major event victory.   Stuckey Dote (Rick Magee) was the slight betting choice from post seven and fired right out of the gate to engage Firedrake (Brian Detgen) for the lead. Firedrake had plenty of early speed from post one, but yielded for the pocket trip and Stuckey Dote settled on top after a 26.2 opening stanza.   BestintheBusiness (James Yoder) was attacking first-over past the 55.1 half mile, with Cantholdmebackmack (Ryan Anderson) launching from the second over position to sweep three-wide down the backside.   Stuckey Dote was holding sway past the 1:23.3 clocking at three-quarters, but Firedrake was right there in the pocket, and Whatchastarinat (Lemoyne Svendsen) was now a new 3-wide challenger as they turned for home. Firedrake powered through the inside lane in deep stretch to claim victory over the field, with Stuckey Dote holding second over Whatchastarinat and Bestinthebusiness.   The final winning margin was 3/4 of a length in a 1:52 mile for Firedrake ($6.20) establishing a new seasonal mark. The always impressive 5 year old son of Dragon Again now sports 23 career wins and has boosted his seasonal earnings to $67,370 for owners Set The Pace Racing, LLC and trainer Nick Roland.   Getter Queen Flush pulled a mild upset over Place At The Beach in the $9,000 Mares Claiming Handicap pace, with a gradual advancing move from the back of the pack, driver James Yoder was able to take aim at the leader and race favorite Place At The Beach (Dean Magee) near mid-stretch and powered by for a half-length tally in 1:54.3.   For Getter Queen Flush ($13.00) it was her seventh triumph of the season in 32 starts, and pushed her 2018 bankroll to $33,348 for owner/trainer George Reider along with Richard Thomas and Theresa Paul.   The 20 cent Jackpot Pick-5 wager now has a carryover of $24,334.50 for Sunday night (Aug 26) with first post at 6:00 pm CDT.   by Darin Gagne', for Running Aces  

Jaclyn Hanover (John MacDonald) charges late to capture the featured fillies and mares pace ($6,500) on Friday (August 24). It's A Miracle (Leon Bailey) went out and led them to a first quarter in 27.0. Dangerousprecedent (Claude Huckabone III) took control taking them to a half of :56.1 and three-quarters in 1:23.4. Jaclyn Hanover ($2.60) found herself fifth after the three quarter mark. Owned and trained by MacDonald, she would pass them all and win in 1:52.1 Love Live Laugh (Jimmy Whittemore) came up to finish second with Dangerousprecedent settling for third best. Jaclyn Hanover is a 6-year-old mare by Dragon Again. It was win number five of the season and career victory number 18. John MacDonald had a driving double. He got his other win with Anja ($3.90) Oh No Three O (Jeff Long) wins exciting trot feature ($6,500). Walk The Floor (Claude Huckabone III) controlled all the early fractions (:28.2, :57.3, 1:26.1). He would open up by three in the stretch. Oh No Three O ($3.40) third after three-quarters took up the chase. Owned by Charlene Long and trained by Paul Long, Oh No Three O wore down Walk The Floor and held off the late rush by Kabu (John MacDonald) to win in 1:55.0. Walk The Floor and Kabu finished in a dead heat for second. Oh No Three O is an 11-year-old gelding by Ken Warkentin. It was his fourth win of the season and career victory number 36. Vernon Downs returns to live racing with an 11 race card on Friday (August 24) For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

Columbus, MN - The Sunday evening (July 15) Harness Racing program at Running Aces featured the $15,000 Dan Patch Preview Pace, with 7 of the Top 10 horses from the Dan Patch eliminations having dropped in the box for the preview event.   Nuclear Dragon (Kyle Husted) was slight favorite in the wagering as the 9-5 choice, with Stevensville (Rick Magee) close behind at 2-1, and Nine Ways also getting plenty of support at 5/2. Stevensville and Firedrake (Nick Roland) were fastest off the gate, and Stevensville established early command from post 5, and checked the field in at the quarter in :27.1.   Nuclear Dragon had floated away fourth from the outseide 7 post, but launched an early first-over attack to be second on the outside at the 56.2 halfway point. Longshot Bettor's Promise (Lemoyne Svendsen) followed Nuclear Dragon into the two-path, and Gold Star Mysti (James Yoder) picked up the cover and was advancing in the third-over position, while Nine Ways also joined the outer flow and the field tightened up down the backstretch.   Nuclear Dragon began to apply heavy pressure to Stevensville as they turned, and was able to forge past the longtime leader just before the 1:23.2 three-quarters checkpoint. Bettors promise was able to drop down into the pocket rounding for home, and tipped from there to engage the leader in deep stretch, but Nuclear Dragon had more fire in his belly and remained game to the wire, holding his rivals at bay by 1 1/2 lengths in 1:51.4 for his fourth win of the season.   Bettor's Promise spiced up the results at 34-1 in second, with Nine Ways completing the Trifecta and Firedrake was home in fourth. Nuclear Dragon ($5.60) is a 6 year old gelding by Nuclear Breeze, out of the Dragon Again mare My Dragon Flys, the winner of $224,148 is owned by Richard Mishkin and trained by Jeff Johnson, Jr.   The $11,000 Open Trot event was also a top feature on Sunday, with 6 talented square-gaiters facing the starter for weekly top honors.   Another Breath (Kyle Husted) was the talk of the tote-board, being sent off as the even money choice after a strong second placing in his local debut last week. Banker Volo (Rick Magee) was also highly regarded at 2-1 and he fired fastest of all from his outside six post and relegated the rest of the field at least 2 lengths back through the moderate fractions of 28.4, 58.4 and 1:26.3.   Longshot Doug's Hobby Horse (Nick Roland) had the pocket trip, with Pridecrest (Steve Wiseman) sitting third before tipping first-over past the 5/8 marker. Another Breath had jumped it off at the start, and Silverlode (Lemoyne Svendsen) had made a break behind the gate. Pridecrest dropped into the pocket in front of a gapping Doug's Hobby Horse and waited for the stretch drive.   Banker Volo was still trotting strong as they straightened but Pridecrest vacated the pocket and had plenty of trot, sweeping by his rival in the final 50 yards to score a 1 1/4 length tally in 1:55.1 for Leading trainer Kathie Plested, and owner Christopher Schick. Silverlode made an impressive recovery to pick up third money.   The 7 year old Angus Hall gelding Pridecrest now sports 7 wins in 14 starts this year, 25 lifetime wins and $221,239 in career earnings. He paid $10.00 for every $2.00 win wager.   Saturday night (July 14) featured the $14,000 Minnesota-Sired 3 year old Pace, and it was a thrilling contest with horses stacked up three and four wide charging for home, when the dust settled it was Here Comes Teddy and driver Brian Detgen sweeping by the field on the far outside to take the victory by 3/4 of a length in a lifetime best mile of 1:54.   Here Comes Teddy ($47.40) was dismissed in the wagering at 22-1 and pulled off the upset with a strong final panel of :28. Here Comes Teddy is a gelding by Voracious Hanover, owned by Aimes Racing and trained by Justin Anfinson. Peekaboo Tattoo (Steve Wiseman) was second and Myskillspaydabills (Rick Magee), who set the pace, was home in third.   The Tuesday night (July 17) program at Running Aces will feature a $7,500 Guaranteed Pool in the 50 cent Late Pick-4, and a carryover in th 20 cent pick-5 of $1,289.85. Next weekend (July 21-22) is Dan Patch weekend at Running Aces, with the $25,000 Minnesota-Preferred Trot and $25,000 Minnesota-Preferred Pace on Saturday, along with a Horse and Driver Bobblehead giveaway, and then on Sunday it's the $50,000 Dan Patch FFA Final (Sponsored by Watch and Wager).   Also on Sunday, One Lucky fan at Running Aces will win a trip for 2 to the 2018 Hambletonian.   by Darin Gagne', for Running Aces 

The Iron Horse, Foiled Again, has cemented his legacy in the sport of harness racing, picking up his 100th win in a mid-level conditioned event on Sunday (July 8th) afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia.   Starting from post 1, Driver Yannick Gingras sent the 14-year-old gelding right to the front, and was able to fend off challengers in the stretch to win by a length and a half in the end in 1:53, last quarter mile in :27.3. He paid $4.40 to win.    Foiled Again has won over $7.5 million dollars in his career, making him the richest harness race horse of all time. He is the 18th horse to reach the 100 win plateau. He is owned by Jjk Stables, Burke Racing, and the partnership of Weaver Bruscemi, and is trained by Ron Burke. Back in 2006, Foiled Again won his first career race at Freehold Raceway in a NW2 going for $3,400. His driver was Jim Marshall III, and his trainer was Hermann Heirmann. In 2008, he was purchased for $62,500 by JJK Stables, Weaver Bruscemi, and Burke Racing Stables. His first start for the new connections was a 5th place finish at Harrah's Chester in a NW22,500 in the last 6 starts. In 2009, he tallied 15 wins out of 26 starts With $701,000 in earnings. His stakes wins included the Levy, Battle of Lake Erie, the Beckwith, and the Kane Invitational. He finished the following years campaign with 10 wins in 24 starts and over Made over $920,000. Notable wins included The Levy (back-to-back), and the Bobby Quillen at Harrington. He surpassed $1 million in seasonal earnings for the first time in 2011. Wins included The Graduate, the Molson Pace, Battle of Lake Erie (2), The Quillen (back to back), The Indiana Pacing Derby, and The American National. He completed back-to-back $1 million seasons in 2012, with wins in The Molson Pace (back- to-back), The Canadian Pacing Derby, and the Indiana Pacing Derby (back-to- back). FA became the richest pacer ever after winning the Canadian Pacing Derby at Mohawk. Foiled Again posted his 3rd straight million dollar season in 2013, with victories in the Ben Franklin at Pocono, the Kane Invitational (2), his first Breeders' Crown, and the TVG Final. The gelding won the first 4 legs of the Levy in 2014, before settling for 3rd in the final. He also won the Quillen for the third time in his career. He made over $863,000, but It was the first time in 3 years he missed $1 million for the season. In 2015, Foiled Again won the Battle of Lake Erie for the third time, as well as the Hoosier Pacing Derby. It was the first time since 2009 that he didn't make the Levy Final. by Michael Bozich, for Harrah's Philadelphia      

East Rutherford, NJ --- Donttellmeagain is known as a little horse among his connections but he came up big to win Saturday's $250,000 Graduate Series championship for harness racing 4-year-old pacers by a neck over Miso Fast in a career-best 1:47.2 at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Western Joe finished third. Donttellmeagain, sent off as the 2-1 favorite in the field of 10, saw Western Joe lead the way to an opening quarter in :26.2 before moving from fourth to the front on the backstretch. Donttellmeagain held the lead only briefly as Miso Fast brushed to the top prior to reaching the half in :53.2. Miso Fast continued to lead, hitting three-quarters in 1:20.2, but was unable to hold off Donttellmeagain in the stretch. It was the 15th career victory in 26 races for Donttellmeagain, who has finished worse than third only twice. "I had to make a decision," winning driver Tim Tetrick said. "I knew (Miso Fast) was going to get an easy lead and if I gave him four or five lengths I wasn't going to be able to beat him. I made a quick decision and got up there quick and got to follow the horse I had to beat, I thought." Donttellmeagain won for the first time since capturing his seasonal debut in a preliminary round of the Graduate at 1-1/8 miles at the Meadowlands on May 5. He held his own, though, against older horses in the Ben Franklin Pace, finishing second in his elimination and fourth in the final. "He's chased at them and given them a run," Tetrick said. "They knew that he was in the race every time. The little guy is the little engine that could and it fits him pretty good." Added Jo Ann Looney-King, the wife of winning trainer Jim King Jr., "He's just a wonderful little horse. He's the smallest horse in the race, but he's got a lot of grit. It's great." Donttellmeagain, a gelded son of Dragon Again out of Donttellmewhattodo, is owned by Paton Racing Stables. He has won two of six starts this season and pushed his lifetime earnings to $426,460. Donttellmeagain paid $6.20 to win. Ken Weingartner

A pair of $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes will see 16 pacing colts and gelding line up behind the Northfield Park starting gate this evening in round three action of the 4-leg series for 3-year-olds. First race post time is 6 pm, with the Ohio Sires Stakes scheduled as the eighth and 11th races. Bounding Dragon looks to be the one to beat in the first division (Race 8). This Dragon Again sophomore colt hails from the Mike Roth barn for owners Alan Keith and Carl & Melanie Atley. Bred by Emerald Highlands Farm and J&T Silva Stables, Bounding Dragon captured Leg 1 of this series at Miami Valley on May 6 in 1:53, then followed that up with a 1:50.4 clocking in a Hoosier Park overnight. Most recently, he scored a 1:52 triumph in a Scioto Downs overnight on June 23, after finishing second by a head in 1:50.4 to Cinnamack in the second OSS leg. Bounding Dragon has amassed $136,650 in career earnings and $65,250 in seasonal earnings with six wins, seven seconds and one third in 16 lifetime starts. He is the second and most prolific of four foals out of the Rocknroll Hanover mare Bound To Rock p, 2, 1:54.2s ($66,265). Kimberly Dailey and Carl & Melanie Atley's Rockathon is the standout in the second OSS test (Race 11). This gelded son of Pet Rock was third to Lather Up in OSS Leg 1 at Miami Valley on May 6, then captured Leg 2 on June 9 at Scioto Downs in a career best of 1:51.1. Rockathon was bred by Ron Salcedo and sports a bankroll of $186,012 from six wins, four seconds and a trio of thirds in 16 lifetime starts. He is the seventh of eight foals out of the broodmare Pantathlon (by The Panderosa) p, 2, 1:54.4f ($20,221). His half-siblings include: Pan From Nantucket (by No Pan Intended) p, 5, 1:51.3h ($570,801); Rosemary Rose (by Foreclosure N) p, 4, 1:51f ($320,782); Panstakingly (by No Pan Intended) p, 3, 1:54.2s ($64,490); Nip Pan Tuck (by No Pan Intended) p, 2, 1:54.4s ($50,899); and Holiday Romance (by Artistic Fella) p, 3, 1:56.2f ($39,289). Cinnamack, a McArdle colt conditioned by Brian Brown for breeder/owner Emerald Highlands Farm, finished a solid fourth in his OSS Leg 1 division at Miami Valley on May 6, then won Leg 3 on June 9 at Scioto Downs in 1:50.4. This lightly-raced sophomore has five wins, a second and a third in 12 career starts and $72,600 in his coffers. This venerable pacer is the sixth foal out of the Western Ideal mare Armbro Cinnamon p, 3, 1:54.4h ($58,959), making him a half-brother to world champion Fear The Dragon (by Dragon Again) p, 3, 1:48.4s ($1,578,547). He also has half-siblings in Cinamony (by Art Official) p, 4, 1:49.3f ($532,404) and Cndiana Jones (by Art Major) p, 7, 1:53.1f ($115,559) and a full brother in McSinner Man p, 4, 1:52.3s ($54,466). Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator

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