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Wilkes-Barre, PA --- After losing for the first time this season in last week's Max C. Hempt Memorial eliminations for harness racing 3-year-old male pacers, Fear The Dragon was right back to winning form in Saturday's (July 1) final, capturing the $500,000 event by three-quarters of a length over Funknwaffles in 1:49.3 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.   Donttellmeagain finished third and Miso Fast was fourth.   Fear The Dragon, the 1-2 favorite from post one with David Miller in the sulky, enjoyed a second-over trip up the backstretch behind Miso Fast and made a three-wide move on the final turn before taking the lead from stablemate Downbytheseaside in the stretch. Funknwaffles, at 23-1, and Donttellmeagain, at 24-1, made late charges to claim the next two spots.   Downbytheseaside raced hard from post eight in the opening quarter-mile, finally wrestling the lead from Santafe's Coach in a :25.4 panel. Downbytheseaside remained on top until the last turn, when Miso Fast put his head in front just after reaching three-quarters in 1:22.2.   "I thought that off the rail as long as he didn't get in any trouble early he would be in great shape," winning trainer Brian Brown said. "He loves to come from behind and David had his choice of where he wanted to land, and he landed in the perfect spot.   "The speed hasn't been great tonight and when my other horse (Downbytheseaside) gets parked a quarter in :25.4 that was enough to do him in. That pretty much set the whole thing up for Fear The Dragon."   Fear The Dragon has won seven of eight races this year, including the Pepsi North America Cup, and earned $711,953 for owner Bruce Trogdon's Emerald Highlands Farm. Last year, the colt won five of 11 races, hitting the board a total of 10 times, and earned $228,391.   Trogdon bought Fear The Dragon's dam, Armbro Cinnamon, in foal to stallion Dragon Again, with the resulting foal being Fear The Dragon.   "It's great," Trogdon said. "Raising him up he was always special. I normally don't keep that many colts, but I had a few nice ones and he was one of my favorites all along. It's kind of been a dream come true.   "He was great last year, but people don't realize it. In the earlier (Pennsylvania) Sire Stakes races he beat Huntsville, he beat everybody. He basically got an eye infection, of all the weird things, and we went ahead and took him to Lexington but he just wasn't himself."   Fear The Dragon is not eligible to the upcoming Meadowlands Pace and Brown said it was unlikely the colt would be supplemented.   "We're 99 percent sure that we're going to give him the next two weeks off and then head to the Adios," Brown said.   "I knew when we set up the schedule at the beginning of the year," Trogdon said, "that we would go to the North America Cup and then here. My wife and I got engaged at the Adios, so that was on my list. The way the schedule is set up, you have to have a break somewhere. That's the way we had done it."   Fear The Dragon     $75,000 Hempt consolation   In the $75,000 Hempt consolation, Heaven's Gait grabbed the lead with a first-over move just prior to the halfway point and remained on top from there, winning by a neck over Every Way Out in 1:50.4. Summer Side finished third.   David Miller drove Heaven's Gait, the 6/5 favorite, for breeder/owner John Cummins and trainer Nicholas DeVita. Heaven's Gait is a son of Rock N Roll Heaven out of the mare Booya Beach. He has won four of nine races this year and earned $80,285. For his career, the colt has won six of 14 starts and $97,235.   Heaven's Gait     Ken Weingartner

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 10 - Fear The Dragon, driven by David Miller, defeated the harness racing bettor's choice Huntsville by a three-quarters of a length to capture the prestigious $1 million Pepsi North America Cup in 1:48.4, Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Trained by Delaware, Ohio's Brian Brown, Fear The Dragon, gave his conditioner his first Cup victory and his driver back-to back Cup wins. Miller, who now has two trophies, won last year's edition with Betting Line. Stablemate Downbytheseaside, who is also trained by Brown, finished a third. "It's unexplainable; you would have to ask the guys that win these races regularly," said Brown following the race. "This is my first time, I don't know what to say, it's incredible that were even here with two horses and to come away with a win is just something that is unexplainable." Sports Column and driver Chris Christoforou was quickest off the gate from post five and grabbed the front on the rail. Classic Pro and driver Trevor Henry was close on his heels from post six, making a rush for the lead from the outside. Classic Pro was able to take command at the quarter pole posting a flashy :25.2 opening panel. The speed revved up in the backstretch. Filibuster Hanover and driver Louis Philippe Roy came first-over from third to clear to the front but a stalking Downbytheseaside, driven by Brian Sears, caught second-over cover and was quick to steal the lead at the midway point. Downbytheseaside posted a scorching :52.1 half, the fastest half-mile in Mohawk history. The 4-5 favourite, Huntsville, driven by Tim Tetrick, was on the move first-up from fifth before the half. Fear Of The Dragon followed behind the advancing 4-5 favourite. Downbytheseaside remained in command past the three-quarters in 1:19.3 and into the lane. All three Cup elimination winners--Downbytheseaside on rail, Huntsville in the middle and Fear The Dragon on the outside--battled into the stretch. It then became a two-horse duel between Huntsville and Fear Of The Dragon, but it was the Brian Brown trainee who crossed the wire first, taking a new lifetime mark in the process. Huntsville was second and Downbytheseaside was third. "My horse was having a hard time keeping up," said Miller of the quick fractions. "He was gapping and I was chasing him and he didn't really get into contention until right at the head of the stretch and then he dug, he fought, Huntsville he kept fighting and it was a battle right to the wire." Fear The Dragon remains unbeaten as a three-year-old with six victories from six outings. He notched his 11th lifetime victory in 17 starts. The son of Dragon Again and Armbro Cinnamon picked up $750,000 for winning the Cup, which increases his career earnings to $1,075,844 for owner Emerald Highlands Farm. Fear The Dragon paid $4.90, 2.60 and $2.10, combining with Huntsville ($2.40, $2.10) for a $8.60 (4-3) exactor. A 4-3-2 (Downbytheseaside, $2.80) triactor was worth $19.90, while a $1 superfecta [4-3-2-6 (Classic Pro)] returned $59.55. Mark McKelvie

The most impressive performance on the Tuesday evening harness racing program at Running Aces came in a $6,000 conditioned event, and it was PV Miracle Mary, a 4 year old pacing mare by Dragon Again who blasted from the gate from post one to protect the pylon position in a hotly contested opening quarter of 26.0, staving off a furious battle from Blue Gem (William Hernandez) who hounded the leader through the first 5/8 of a mile before eventually tiring and finishing well back. Owner/Trainer/Driver Joe Casagranda kept his mare to task through the remaining fractions in 55.4 and 1:23.3 and held off the rest of her foes in 28.4 to win by a solid 2 ½ length margin and take her place in the Running Aces record books, after completing the mile in 1:52.2. The previous mark for four year old pacing mares was established in 2011 by Little Tootsie with Dean Magee in tow (1:53.0). PV Miracle Mary paid $4.60 to her pari-mutuel backers and she now shows 9 lifetime wins in just 24 starts, and has earned $31,650. She is also owned by David Kuzara. Second in the record mile was Cruzin Coco (Dean Magee) and Place’N First (Rick Magee) was home in third. The $11,000 feature on the night was the Mares Open Pace, and Best of Jenna ($5.40) did not disappoint her fans as she posted another brilliant gate-to-wire Tally in 1:52.3 for her third straight victory at the top mares level at Running Aces. Stable Eyes (Luke Plano) sat in the pocket behind Best of Jenna, and charged at her through the lane, but came up just short at the wire, with Shark Festival (Steve Wiseman)  picking up third money. The winner is trained and driven by Rick Magee and owned by Dr. Ken and Jana Lee Rucker. Nick Roland led all drivers this evening with a driving triple on the 11 race program The next card of live Harness Racing at Running Aces Casino & Racetrack will go to post on Saturday night, June 10 at 6:00 pm CDT, with a carryover in the .20 cent Jackpot Pick-5 wager of $6,938.18. By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

HARRINGTON, Del. - Bruce Kennedy and Tri County Stable's Wakizashi Hanover ($10.80, Allan Davis) won his Harrington Raceway debut Monday with a 1:53.3 win in the $15,000 harness racing featured Open pace. The 5-year-old Dragon Again gelding notched his first win of the year for trainer Jim King Jr. The complexion of the race changed when heavily favored (1-to-5) Poisonous went off stride while on the lead near three-quarters as I'm Supersonic A inherited the lead. Im Supersonic A maintained a lead through the stretch and appeared to be en route to victory before being reeled in late, courtesy of a fierce deep stretch rally from Wakizashi Hanover, who gobbled up ground with urgency near the wire. The former $1 million North American Cup winner, Wakizashi Hanover recorded his 16th career win and boosted his lifetime bankroll to nearly $1.4 million. On the undercard, Legacy Racing and Reggie Hazzard's Papa Ray ($6.60, Davis) prevailed for trainer Wayne Givens in 1:53.4. Davis had three wins on the program. Matthew Sparacino  

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - Track record holder, Caroluzzo, was given a perfect two-hole trip by driver Stephane Gendron, then used the passing lane to post a quarter length victory over Raising Richard in winning the Preferred Trot at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday. Sent off as a 10-1 long shot, Caroluzzo left to the lead from post four, then by the opening quarter mile in :28.4, gave way to Rocky Boy and driver Marc Bellanger. After going to the half mile in :58.1, driver Richard Simard came first-over with race favorite Raising Richard, who was going for his fourth straight win and they put pressure on Rocky Boy to the three-quarters in 1:28.2. And all the while, Gendron sat patiently with Caroluzzo. As the three horses started down the stretch, Gendron asked Caroluzzo and the seven-time winner last year, responded and held off a game Raising Richard to win in a photo finish with Rocky Boy fading to third place. The time of the mile was 1:59.3 over the "good" track that had a two-second allowance due to earlier rains. For Caroluzzo, who still holds the track record for a 1.5-mile race at H3R in 2013, is now an eight-year-old stallion by Musclesextrodnair. He is trained by Daniel Martin and was bred and is owned by Michael Cote Gagnon of Terrebonne, paying $22.20 to win. Stephane Gendron made it a co-feature driving double with Mohawk Raceway invader, Ufdragons Rocket, making the trip worthwhile to Trois-Rivieres Sunday, leading from start to finish in the 10th race Preferred Pace with a 1:58.1 triumph. Ufdragons Rocket was parked out early by Onyx V A (Mario Charron) to a quick opening quarter mile of :27.4, but Gendron was able to back down the pace to almost a walk, going to the half mile marker in :59. Despite a valient first-over effort by HP Patriote (Pascal Berube) in the backstretch, Ufdragons Rocket held the field at bay past the three-quarters in 1:28 and went on to win by one and one-quarter lengths. The pocket-sitting Onyx V A was second with Bali third. It was the sixth win this year for Ufsdragons Rocket, an eight-year-old gelding by Dragon Again. He is trained by Yves Tessier for owner Francois Morin of Beaceville and paid $2.60 to win as the wagering favorite. Live racing resumes next Sunday afternoon. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. TRACK NOTES: The first $50+ winner of the meet was Skyfall Sena (Pascal Berube) in the second race pace. The 24-1 long shot wired the field, paying $51.80 to win and was part of a driving quadruple for Berube. Driver Stephane Gendron ended the day with three winners and is now only eight wins away from his 4,000th career win. The final nomination payment for the $200,000 Prix D'Ete for four-year-old pacers is due Monday, May 15. The signature race for H3R will be held on August 20. From the Quebec Jockey Club        

TROIS-RIVERES, Quebec - Last Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R, Rocky Boy was feeling his oats in scoring a TKO in the Preferred Trot, and now faces some tough invaders this Sunday as he seeks a repeat performance. There are nine starters in the 7th race co-feature. Rocky Boy and driver Marc Belanger starts from post seven. Last week he was pressured to a blazing :27.4 opening quarter on H3R's half mile oval, and then held the field at bay, winning in a romp by six and three-quarter lengths in 1:57. In any other age or gender division at H3R, that would have been a track record mile. The record for older trotting geldings is 1:56, set by both Pablo Angus (2008) and Michelangelo (2014). Invaders to H3R for the top trot that will give Rocky Boy a tussle include Raising Richard in post five for driver Richard Simard. Raising Richard comes into the contest on a three-race winning streak at Rideau Carlton, the fastest a 1:57 triumph. Raising Richard sports four wins this season in just nine starts. Four Starz Speed is the class of the field with career earnings of $805,000. The old man of the field at age 12, Four Starz Speed recently won at Rideau Carlton in 1:58.4 and has three wins already this season. Torches Angel, the lone mare in the field, was second best to Rocky Boy last week, and starts from post six for driver Pierre-Luc Roy while track record holder, Caroluzzo, goes from post four with Stephane Gendron handling the lines. Sunday's Preferred Pace is a wide-open affair with nine starters in the 10th race. Newcomer Ufdragons Rocket ships in from Mohawk Raceway and goes from post five for driver Stephane Gendron. They have been made the 5/2 race favorite. He did not fare well in his two starts in Toronto, but prior at Rideau Carlton, had won four straight races, the fastest in 1:52.1 and sports five wins this season. The race sees the 2016 top three-year-old pacer and Sire Stakes Champion, HP Patriote, return to H3R, starting from post seven for trainer/driver Gerard Demers. Last season the gelded son of Vintage Master, won an impressive 13 starts. He is making just his second start of the season. Another top three-year-old from last season in the Quebec-Bred Series making his debut Sunday in the Preferred Pace is Sports Authority. He starts from post three for trainer Maxime Velaya and driver Pierre-Luc Roy. Velaya feels that this one will be the big star in the stable this year and have kept him eligible for the $200,000 Prix D'Ete on August 20. As well, HP Patriote is also nominated for the Prix D'Ete. Other contenders in the field include Pantheon Seelster (post 8), Bali (post 6) and Onyx (post 1). For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. TRACK NOTES: Driver Stephane Gendron is now 11 wins away from his 4,000th career win and has six drives Sunday. Both Reposession (race 2) and Jamigo (race 7) will seek to remain undefeated at H3R this season, both with two wins already. First race post time is 12:50 pm. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

WILKES-BARRE PA – Mr D’s Dragon left from the rail, went right to the lead, and “improved his position from there,” scoring an easy 4½ length harness racing victory in the $18,000 featured pace Sunday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Driver Christian Lind hustled the four-year-old altered son of Dragon Again right to the top and caused wholesale tucks to the 26 quarter, then backed off the half to 55.1. Mr D’s Dragon then sped his third quarter in 27 to open up a six length lead, and cruised home well in hand to trip the timer in 1:50.1, lowering his mark two seconds and finishing only 2/5 of a second of Orillia Joe’s 1:49.4 seasonal standard at The Downs. Miso Fast, third in the Breeders Crown last year behind Downbytheseaside and Huntsville, was the 3-5 favorite in his sophomore debut, but he couldn’t catch the whirlwind winner, although he did get second in a three-way photo over Candell (third) and Johnny Q (fourth). But tonight none of them was in the league of Mr D’s Dragon, owned by Bender Sweden Inc., Elmer Fannin, and trainer Staffan Lind, who like his son Christian posted his second win of the card; Team Lind would then take a later race to wrap up a perfect 3-for-3 night at the mountain oval. In a $16,000 trot, Libertarian, limited to 12 starts in his first three years of eligibility for racing, continued to make up for lost time, running his seasonal tally to 5-for-9 by winning in 1:54.3, six lengths clear at the finish for driver Matt Kakaley and trainer Rich Gillock. The royally-bred Donato Hanover gelding, a half-brother to $670,000+ winner Major Athens, is finally rewarding the patience of owners Thomas Brice and Charles Resecki. Monday’s card will feature two $30,000 Championship paces in the Bobby Weiss Series competition, with Dash Of Dragon, Highalator, and Talent Soup sure to draw attention in the event for males, with the distaff Championship likely to find Andrew Harris stablemates Cousin Mary and Itty Bitty figuring prominently in the racing action.   PHHA / Pocono

Dragon Again, a winner of more than $2.3 million on the harness racing track and the sire of the winners of more than $122.7 million, including the $7.5 million-winner Foiled Again, the sport's all-time richest racehorse, was euthanized Wednesday afternoon, April 19, at Sugar Valley Farm in Ohio, where he had stood stallion duty since 2014. Dragon Again's death comes one week after Sugar Valley Farm announced the retirement of the 22-year-old son of Dragon's Lair. In making that announcement, Sugar Valley Farm co-owner Joe McLead said Dragon Again had a fused right ankle that was ailing him. "He's had that fused right ankle the last 14 years and in the last day or so the ankle became just too much for him to deal with. It had begun to take its toll on the rest of his body," McLead said on Thursday morning. Dragon Again was bred by Andray Farm and was purchased as a yearling for $40,000 by Ohioan Ed Mullinax. Mullinax owned Dragon Again his entire racing career and is still the majority shareholder in the Dragon Again Syndicate. "I consulted with Mr. Mullinax and we made the decision to euthanize together," said McLead. "We did not want the horse to suffer." Dragon Again won 29 of 70 starts, with his biggest victory coming in the $450,000 Hoosier Cup in 1998 at Hoosier Park. Other big wins for Dragon Again included the $350,000 Canadian Pacing Derby at Mohawk Racetrack and the $250,000 Prix d'Autumn at Hippodrome de Montreal in 1999, and the $150,000 Battle of Lake Erie in 1999 at Northfield Park. Dragon Again's career best of 1:48.3 came on June 17, 2000, when he won the $87,600 Pacing Classic at Woodbine. At the time the mile was the fastest ever paced in Canada. Dragon Again was retired following his 5-year-old season in 2000, going on to a stud career at Hanover Shoe Farms in Pennsylvania. He stood at Hanover for 13 years before moving to Sugar Valley in 2014, where the size of his books were 116, 107 and 82 in years 2014-16. Dragon Again bred some mares this season, with a few already pronounced in foal. In addition to Foiled Again, Dragon Again's other $1-million-plus performers include My Little Dragon ($2.3 million); Atochia ($1.8 million); Aracache Hanover ($1.7 million); Wakizashi Hanover ($1.3 million); Versado ($1.2 million); and Tidewaterdragonfly ($1 million). Overall, Dragon Again sired 334 lifetime $100,000 winners from 940 performers. From those performers, 562 took marks of 1:55 or better. His fastest progeny were 1:48 winners Foiled Again, Wakizashi Hanover and Vlos. McLead said Dragon Again was buried on the farm near his paddock by the Sugar Valley office. "We have a pond near his paddock and there are two oak trees at the back of the pond, and we buried him between those two trees so he can see all the broodmares and his paddock," said McLead. Gordon Waterstone The Horseman And Fair World

Delaware, OH --- Dragon Again, a sire of the winners of more than $124 million, has been officially retired from stallion duties effective Tuesday (April 11). The 22-year-old stallion, himself a winner of more than $2.3 million, will live out his retirement at Delaware, Ohio’s Sugar Valley Farm, where he has been standing stud since 2014. “We made the decision in the best interest of Dragon,” said Joe McLead, co-owner of Sugar Valley Farm. “As syndicate manager I consulted with Mr. (Ed) Mullinax, who owned him throughout his racing career and is still his majority shareholder, as well as Hanover Shoe Farms’ Dr. Jablonsky and Jim Simpson, where he stood the majority of his career. “Dragon doesn’t owe anyone and has been a huge asset to our wonderful sport and will continue to be in the years to come. I would like to thank everyone who has supported him and helped in his success, both at Hanover and Sugar Valley Farm.” For his stallion career, Dragon Again has had an impact on the Standardbred breed from beginning to end. Foiled Again, the richest Standardbred of all time with earnings of more than $7.5 million and counting, was a foal of his 2004 crop. More recently, he was the sire of 2015 North America Cup winner Wakizashi Hanover. He was the sire of the 2016 sales topper at the Ohio Selected Jug Yearling Sale, the colt Allgonowhoa, who sold for $80,000. All starters by Dragon Again average over $116,000 each. He is also the sire of seven millionaires.  

LEBANON, OH - Sossy's King Kong was gorilla-like in the $22,500 championship final of the George Williams Memorial Series on Saturday night (March 18) at Miami Valley Raceway. Following a pair of runnerup finishes to Control Tower (Dan Noble) in preliminary legs driver Tyler Smith decided to play hardball in the early stages of the final after drawing two spots closer to the pylons than his daunted adversary. Smith and Sossy's King Kong did eventually allow odds-on favorite Control Tower to clear to the front, but not before pacing past the quarter mile marker in :26.3. Content to ride the pocket until the head of the stretch, the winning 4-year-old Dragon Again gelding roared to victory when angled out for the stretch drive. Control Tower tripped the middle teletimer beams in :54.2 and 1:23.3 before Sossy's King Kong stopped the clock in 1:53.1. Kris Hinchcliff trains the series winner for Hinchcliff Racing. He paid $11.40 as the third choice in the wagering. For the fourth consecutive week, a former $30,000 claimer won the $22,000 Open I Pace. This time, however, it was not track record holder Franzo-who was ruled out a week following three straight Open wins. Kiss of Terror was collared a week ago via the claim box by owners Kirk Nichols and Seth Downing and entrusted to the father-son team of trainer Dan Ater and driver Kyle Ater. The result was an immediate dividend on their investment as the 5-year-old Western Terror gelding responded with a 1:51.2 upset triumph over even money favorite Night Pro (Sam Widger) for his new connections. A blazing :25.3 first quarter saw Angelo J Fra (Dan Noble) force Night Pro to take a seat in the pocket. Those top two were still in control at the :53.2 half before My Buddy Ninkster (Tyler Smith) and Latest Desire (Josh Sutton) formed an outer flow with Kiss Of Terror tugging along behind them at the 1:22.1 three-quarters station. Ater swung his new stable star four-wide at the head of the stretch and closed admirably to score the victory. Night Pro, who has now finished first 13 times and second 11 in his last 24 races, had trouble finding a seam until midway through the stretch and was pacing fastest of all at the wire to be runnerup. My Hero Ron (Mike Oosting) rallied for third. Driver Trace Tetrick visited the winner's circle five times on Saturday night to become the first reinsman to reach 100 wins during the 2017 meet. Tetrick, who will be returning to Hoosier Park on April 1, but plans to continue racing at Miami Valley two days a week during the final five weeks of the southwest Ohio meet, currently has a 17 win lead over Kayne Kauffman (83 wins). Tyler Smith (58) and Chris Page (56) are next in the dash derby. From the Miami Valley Press Box  

Columbus, OH --- It was 20 years ago when Bruce Trogdon sat alongside harness racing trainer Kelly O’Donnell as he bid on Dragon Again. At that time, he thought O’Donnell might not be making the best financial decision, but Trogdon now has a colt by that stallion in Fear The Dragon that is poised to set the sophomore pacing division aflame. “I was done shopping and sat down with Kelly,” Trogdon said. “He used to train for me and Dragon Again was a really nice-looking colt; his conformation was perfect, but he was by Dragon’s Lair, so the pedigree might not be there. I told him $40,000 was too much for that horse, but I guess what did I know?” Fear The Dragon is a 3-year-old son of the aforementioned stallion and the Western Ideal mare Armbro Cinnamon. While world champions Huntsville and stablemate Downbytheseaside have been grabbing all the headlines, this half-brother to Cinamony (Art Official, $532,404) has quietly amassed $228,391,has defeated Huntsville and equaled a track record at The Meadows of 1:50.3. “This is without a doubt the finest colt I have ever had,” Trogdon said. “I usually sell colts and just keep fillies, but he was just so good from the day he was born; not too big, not too small. He does what you ask him, too. I think Huntsville and Downbytheseaside are very talented horses, but this colt is nice, too.” Conditioned by Brian Brown and steered nearly exclusively by David Miller, Fear The Dragon commenced his career with a second place finish on June 26, 2016 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono in a $30,000 Pennsylvania All Stars division. He demonstrated speed, however, by throwing down a :26.4 last quarter-mile in his debut. The colt then reeled off four consecutive victories, three in Pennsylvania Sire Stakes company and a $19,291 division of the Arden Downs at The Meadows, before coming home third behind Huntsville, a rival he had defeated the previous week, on Aug. 27 in a Sire Stakes contest. “Early in the year he was the best 2-year-old in the country, which he showed by beating Huntsville and some other real good colts,” said Trogdon. “The first time David Miller drove him he said that he liked him better than Downbytheseadside. That is saying a lot because he and Hunstville are both tremendous horses I think. Both are future stallions that I would likely want to breed to.” Fear The Dragon was third again in his next contest, the $252,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship, to Huntsville and Downbytheseaside, prior to his runner-up finish to his barn mate in a world record mile of 1:50 at the Delaware County Fair on Sept. 18 in a $34,500 division of the Standardbred stake. “What people don't know is that Yannick (driver Gingras on Normandy Beach) accidentally stepped on our wheel going for home in the PASS championship and he raced the last quarter with a flat tire finishing third,” Trogdon said. “We then drew the outside at Delaware while our stablemate Downbytheseaside drew inside in his world record shattering performance. Dragon came off the pace and closed well for second. “He then won the Elevation at Hoosier, beating Ocean Colony, who is another good son of Somebeachsomewhere. I own his full sister (Romanceonthebeach); she is one of our broodmares.” Following Delaware, Fear The Dragon rebounded with a powerful performance to enter the Hoosier Park winner’s circle with a triumph in the $140,000 Elevation Stake on Sept. 24. He threw down a blistering last quarter-mile in :26.3 and his time of 1:50.4 just missed the track record. “Dragon injured his eye somehow before Lexington, that is why he raced in the fly mask,” Trogdon said. “He raced well, but it was really bothering him. “I rarely race my 2-year-olds late, so he was not staked to the Breeders Crown last year. We quit with him early and he had a great turnout at our farm.” The colt’s first race with the fly mask resulted in a seventh place finish in the Bluegrass Stakes at Red Mile, the only time he has been off the board. Fear The Dragon, however, bounced back with a second place finish to Huntsville in his world record equaling mile of 1:49 in a division of the International Stallion Stakes on Oct. 8. “He (Brown) shipped him to Florida the first of December and he is feeling good and training down great,” Trogdon said. “He is staked to a lot including the Adios, Little Brown Jug, Lexington and Breeders Crown, so we will have a chance to prove that he is no fluke. “I have turned down huge offers for him as everyone knows how good he was. He races very relaxed and can leave or come off the pace; he is very handy and has an effortless gait. That's why Dave (Miller) likes him so well. “We raised him and broke him at Emerald Highlands. We own his mother and she is back in foal to Dragon Again because we liked him so well. He is a good-looking, medium-sized horse with great conformation. His mother is a daughter of Mattaroni. I am hoping he becomes a great stallion himself and is the one to carry on the Dragon Again line. He would make a great outcross to practically my entire broodmare band.” by Kim French, USTA Internet News Editor 

Dave Brickell trains and drives his own horses, but Chris Shaw got the first chance to sit behind the then harness racing 2-year-old pacing filly Camera Lady in a qualifier last May because Brickell was driving another of his horses. Shaw guided Camera Lady to a 1:58.4 winning mile at The Meadows that day and when he got off the track he told Brickell, "The only person that's going to beat her is you." Adds Brickell with a laugh, "And that's exactly what happened." Maybe, but not often. Camera Lady won 15 of 20 starts last year and earned $42,640 for Brickell and co-owner Mitchell York. Her 15 victories were the most by any 2-year-old in North American harness racing last year. "A blind pig finds an acorn every once in a while," said Brickell, who raced Camera Lady primarily on the Pennsylvania fair circuit. "She just wanted to do it; she always wanted to do it. She was eager to please. You could do whatever you wanted with her. She was nice to work around in the barn too." Brickell bought Camera Lady for $5,000 at the 2015 Goshen Yearling Sale. She is a daughter of stallion Dragon Again out of the mare Ann Van Go. She was Ann Van Go's first foal. "I've never had a Dragon Again (sired) horse," Brickell said. "Everybody says they're tough. The price was right and she looked good, so I got her. I like to buy first foals, too; a lot of them. "I take chances on them." In this case, the chance paid off, although it took a little time to see Camera Lady develop. York, who is Brickell's son-in-law, liked a Crazed-sired trotter named HS Miss Nutcracker the best of three 2-year-olds he owned with Brickell. "He said the trotter was going to be our No. 1 horse; I said he was writing (Camera Lady) off," Brickell said. "When I broke her and first started going with her, she was kind of flaky. She was nice to be with and work around, but she just shied at everything. But I said I'll take her. She's going to be No. 1; she's going to be our diamond in the rough." Camera Lady proved to be the best of the bunch, although all three won multiple races and earned at least $16,000. The three were purchased for a total of $17,700. "I was very fortunate," said Brickell, who lives in Smicksburg, Pa., about 15 miles southwest of Punxsutawney. Camera Lady won 15 of her first 16 races, with her only setback coming when she stepped up to the top-level of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes at The Meadows. She finished second in the Pennsylvania Fair championship, beaten by Gemalous, driven by none other than Shaw. As for Camera Lady's schedule for this season, Brickell said it was "up in the air," although it will include the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes, Stallion Series, and fairs. He also might consider an early-closer at The Meadows. "I just started back with her, she's been jogging about three weeks now," said Brickell, who has 475 wins as a driver and 314 victories as a trainer. "As soon as the weather starts cooperating she'll start training a little bit. She grew a little bit; she got a little longer and a little stronger. "If I would let the professional drivers drive, I guess she would be a little quicker, but I haven't given into that urge yet. I like to be able to (drive). I think she'll be a (1):52 or (1):53 pacer. I don't have a problem with that. She'll do fine, I think. But I don't like to make predictions because then you get in trouble." So Brickell certainly will not predict whether Camera Lady can lead her age group in wins again. But he is going to try to get her there. "I'll definitely give it a whirl," Brickell said. "That's for sure." Ken Weingartner

DOVER, Del.--- Wakizashi had just enough to score a 1:52 triumph in the $30,000 Preferred pace while in the $27,500 Delaware Special, Seventh Secret is no longer a secret after an impressive second-straight victory, the highlight events of the final Thursday harness racing program of the 2016 season at Dover Downs on a chilly Dec. .29. The local 2017 season begins on Monday, Jan. 2. The combination of Wakizashi Hanover,  2015 North America Cup and O'Brien Award winner, and leading driver Tim Tetrick paid off with a nose victory in 1:52. The 4-year-old gelding who won more than $1.3-million in 2015 including the Meadowlands pace has been battling throat problems when training back early this year. Finally the altered son of Dragon Again-Western Gesture has returned to top form of late with two wins, three seconds and a third, all in photo finishes in his last seven starts for Nova Scotia-owners Bruce Kennedy and Tri County Stable. In this week's Preferred, Teague drove 'Seventh Secret' into the lead after the opening quarter and then held off a surging Sweet Rock (Allan Davis) at the wire with Bettor's Edge (Matt Kakaley) a close-up third. Bushwacker (Corey Callahan) thundered down the lane to finish fourth. Since acquiring Seventh Secret, the George Dennis Stable, has shown steady improvement, and notched his second straight $27,000 Del. Special win with Dennis at the controls. Joe Columbo trains the Allamerican Native-Secret Song five-year-old for owners George&Tina Dennis Racing. Captive Audience (Tetrick) was runner-up with Sicily (Allan Davis) third. Seventh Secret won for the sixth time this year banking $73,746. In the $20,00 Open Handicap, Tom Lazzaro, Abe Basen and Robert Cooper Stables' Arque Hanover also won his second in-a-row, with Corey Callahan steering the four-year-old son of Rock N Roll Heaven-A Pipin Hanover home in 1:52.4. It was Callahan and trainer Dylan Davis' second win of the day. Silver Fox J Dennis), a 15-1 shot was second in front of Soto (Art Stafford Jr.), Veteran Special T Rocks led off $15,500 Male paces with a 1:57.1 score with Jim Morand's first of two winning driver. The John Cancelliere-owned Rocknroll Hanover-Ladys Special Girl gelding is trained by Joe Hunderpfund, Cajun Lightning (Kakaley) and Abelard Hanover (Jonathan Roberts) finished second and third respectively. Swapportunity won a $15,500 3,4&5-Year-Old Male pace giving Morand his second win. The Les Givens trainee owned by Ed Maas, Arlene Paisley and Nanticoke Racing, overcame starting from post 9 in the second tier to win for the sixth time this campaign earning $83,019. Caviart Skyler (Kakaley) led early and finished second. All The Cookies (Tyler Davis) was the show horse. In the final $15,500 pace, Niss Allen Inc.'s Ima Rebel closed out the 15-races with a 1:53.1 victory holding off Sporty Mercedes (Ross Wolfenden) second, and third-place Suchasenseofhumor (Morand). Willard Reynold conditions the four-year-old who notched win number 8 this season. Defending champion Corey Callahan led all drivers with three wins. Montrell Teague, Vic Kirby, George Dennis, Jim Morand and trainer Dylan Davis had two winners each. Dover Downs, its management and horsemen wish all a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year. The 2017 portion of the meet begins on Monday, Jan. 2. Post time for Monday through Thursday racing is 4:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are dark days. Parking and admission are free. Reservations are suggested for the popular Winner's Circle Restaurant's acclaimed Buffet and for the 4-star Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Simulcasting of top harness and thoroughbred racing plus 3-game parleys of NFL games is available in the Dover Downs Racing and Sports Book, daily from 12 Noon to 12 Midnight. Marv Bachrad

Cheryl Costello's homebred Icommandmyspirit ($4.60) lived up to favored billing in Thursday (December 15) evening's $13,500 featured distaff pace at The Meadowlands, using a first-over push to put away pacesetter Bullville Maggie and hold clear of the chasing Nerida Franco N en route to a 1:53.2 harness racing score on a chilly December night. Jim Marohn, Jr. floated the 6-year-old daughter of Dragon Again forward into a contested pace and settled in fourth as Bullville Maggie (Andy Miller) strode clear through a :27.3 first quarter mile. As Bullville Maggie completed a :56 half mile, Icommandmyspirit began first-over gains, steadily gaining to press the pace at the midpoint of the far turn before dueling into the lead just above the eighth pole. Icommandmyspirit had little trouble putting away Bullville Maggie, and would edge clear of the field while driven out. Nerida Franco N (Steve Smith) followed live cover into second, some 1-1/4 lengths in arrears. Better Said (Vinny Ginsburg) hooked out of traffic in upper stretch and rallied to third, while UF Dragon's Queen (Tyler Smith) was able to escape the pocket in mid-stretch to save fourth. John Bavosi trains Icommandmyspirit, now a 30-time winner. Crosbys Clam Bake victorious in return effort In the night's sub-featured $13,000 trot, Crosbys Clam Bake ($5.80) proved victorious after a blast forward from post 9, vaulting clear from the pocket in upper stretch to post a 3-1/2 length win over Jacks to Open in 1:55.1 and giving Marohn a sweep of the night's feature events. The 6-year-old Kadabra gelding worked to clear two others through the first five-sixteenths of the mile, but would yield to the pocket behind Promise Delivered (John Campbell) before re-emerging up the pegs at the top of the stretch. Crosbys Clam Bake burst through to take the lead again in the last eighth, drawing off at will over the first-over Jacks to Open (Marcus Miller) and the re-emerging Flying Isa N (Andy Miller). Andy Federico trains Crosbys Clam Bake for the partnership of Randy Bendis, Jack Piatt, II, and Tom Pollack. A 13-race card is on tap for Friday, with a pair of $18,000 top-level events sharing center stage. Post time is 7:15 p.m. Eastern. James Witherite, Meadowlands   Attached: Icommandmyspirit and Jim Marohn, Jr. take Thursday's featured distaff pace at The Meadowlands. Lisa Photo.

FORT WASHINGTON, MD – Wakizashi Hanover reached the pinnacle of the harness racing world when he pulled off an upset victory over odds-on favorite Wiggle It Jiggleit in the $1 million North America Cup at Mohawk Raceway in June 2015. The pacing son of Dragon Again subsequently faded from the Standardbred spotlight and was sidelined due to a breathing problem that required two surgeries. The 4-year-old gelding, though, is on the comeback trail and may be ready to return to the spotlight in Tuesday evening’s $100,000 Potomac Pace at Rosecroft Raceway. A winner of $1.1 million in 2015 and named Canada’s champion 3-year-old pacing colt or gelding, Wakizashi Hanover became hampered by a paralyzed flap in his airway the end of the 2015 season and he underwent tie-back surgery in April. Winless in four starts after returning to action in July, the Pennsylvania-bred pacer underwent a second surgery in August that appears to have breathed new life into his racing career. “He had two different surgeries. The first was OK, but it wasn’t sufficient. He had another surgery and, since the second surgery, everything seems much closer to where he’s supposed to be,” said Jim King Jr., who trains Wakizashi Hanover in a partnership with his wife Joann Looney-King. In his two official starts since returning to action in November, both at Dover Downs in Delaware, Wakizashi Hanover lost a photo finish while finishing second and, most recently, closed from far back to capture an open handicap by a nose in 1:49.2. “He paced his last half in 53-and-3 (seconds) – that’s pretty good. I don’t care if you’re at the Meadowlands, 53-and-3 is pretty good,” said the 64-year-old trainer, who is based in his native Delaware. Wakizashi Hanover had demonstrated a strong late kick in the North America Cup, in which he defeated Wiggle It Jiggleit by three-quarters of a length in 1:48 for driver Tim Tetrick. “We were pretty confident going in, even knowing that Wiggle It Jiggleit was in the race. I had never seen a horse like Wiggle It Jiggleit before,” King said. “My horse was all about himself at that time. In the elimination, he was super-outstanding. His last quarter was 25-and-2 (seconds) against a good bunch of horses. The next week, he tripped out and did what he needed. He followed Wiggle It Jiggleit around there and, when the time came, he accelerated.” A similar performance would make Wakizashi Hanover mighty tough to beat in the Potomac Pace, which drew a field of eight, including Shamballa, who became the only horse to beat Wiggle It Jiggleit and Always B Miki in the same race while registering a career mark of 1:47.1 at Meadowlands in August. “I think that’s a tall order, but I think he can compete with the horses he’s in with (Tuesday). I saw a lot in the last two weeks that wasn’t there earlier, so I think he’s on the comeback trail,” said King, who will hand the reins to Trace Tetrick, Tim Tetrick’s younger brother. “I kinda wish he had one more start under him, but you go when the opportunity is there. I’m not going to be astonished if he wins. I think he has a real chance.” David Joseph

East Rutherford, N.J. - After a traffic-troubled Breeders Crown elimination two weeks ago, Lindy Farms' Imagine Dragon ($8.00) used a sustained middle move to take charge amid a fast pace before edging away to a 1:50.4 victory in Friday (November 4) evening's harness racing $17,500 top-level distaff pace at The Meadowlands. The 4-year-old Dragon Again mare slipstreamed the live cover of 8-5 favorite Icommandmyspirit (Corey Callahan) on approach to the backstretch before continuing her push to the fore into a :54 first half mile. From that point, Imagine Dragon repelled a mild first-over challenge from Exhilarated (Scott Zeron) before accelerating away off the far turn. Ultimately, Imagine Dragon used a :27.4 closing sectional to evade the late-emerging Lyons River Pride (Steve Smith) by 2-1/4 lengths, while Icommandmyspirit held third while one-paced from the pocket. "It's really nice to see Imagine Dragon continue in top form after having no luck in her Breeders Crown elimination," said trainer Frank Antonacci of the eight-time winner. "Unfortunately, she tied up badly in the beginning of the season, and that kept her from reaching her real potential this year. It's nice to see her come around now." For driver Andy McCarthy, the featured win was one of three on the night--he also teamed up with Kona Kid ($7.00, 1:53.2) and Stitch in Time ($28.20, 1:56) to lead all drivers. The evening's trotting feature, a $15,000 conditioned event, saw Lady's Dude ($9.40) take advantage of a pocket trip behind odds-on favorite Rock of Cashel and vault clear after a mid-stretch move, drawing off decisively by 5-1/4 lengths en route to a 1:52.2 victory. Jim Marohn, Jr. drove the 5-year-old Victory Sam gelding for trainer Ron Burke. Rock of Cashel (Scott Zeron) just held second from the ground-saving Aldebaran Eagle (McCarthy), who saved third once room availed in deep stretch. The C.K.G. Billings series for amateur drivers made a stop at the Big M in the night's first event, and Sky Hanover ($2.80) proved dominant following her sweeping four-wide move off the far turn to put eight lengths on the field. Sarah Svanstedt drove the 4-year-old Donato Hanover mare to a 1:55.4 victory for trainer Ã…ke Svanstedt. Total all-sources handle for the 12-race card was $2,185,999. Live racing returns to The Meadowlands on Saturday (November 5) evening, with a quartet of Kindergarten Classic finals headlining the 13-race card. Post time is 7:15 p.m. Eastern. by James Witherite, Meadowlands Racing Media  

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