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DOVER, Del.--- Movie Idol stepped up in class to win the $25,000 Delaware Special, his fourth straight harness racing victory, on Thursday, Feb. 26. Meet leading driver Corey Callahan notched four wins. With Nova Artist (Allan Davis), Just A Jolt (Vic Kirby) and Jebswestershake (George Dennis) battling on the front end, Callahan pulled Movie Idol to the outside four-wide and rolled on for a lifetime best 1:50 victory in the week's top pacing event. Owned by Breakaway Racing, the I Am A Fool - Movie Star Legs seven-year-old won for the 12th time in his career banking $271,360. Just A Jolt finished second for the second straight time and fifth time this meet in the top class. Jebswesternshake did not win ending a five-straight winning streak. Sunshine Superman was scratched. Delaware Hanover made it three wins in-a-row as Corey Callahan drove the Dragon Again -Dashaway Hanover gelding to record a 1:51.1 score, his third straight victory and fourth in his last five, for owner Howard Taylor and trainer Doug Lewis. Bandolito (Daryl Bier) was second best. Don't Ya Know (Davis) finished third. Ron Pierce and Mustang Art collaborated on a 1:50.4 success in an $18,000 Open Handicap. Lindwood Player (Allan Davis) was a tough second, leading for a few steps nearing the finish line, but the class Mustang Art came back at the wire for the win. The Artiscape-Paula Seelster gelding is owned by Max Walton and Greg Papaleo. It was his second win of 2015, and 36th in his career while earning $569.992 in his career .Adventure Bound (Art Stafford Jr.) picked up third money. The sharp Four Staces gave Corey Callahan his fifth win and the four-year-old's fifth win of the meet, with a 1:51.2 triumph equaling his lifetime best. Co-owner Dylan Davis conditions the Rocknroll Hanover-Miss Stacee gelding for Mike Casalino. Scalped (Montrell Teague) was next in front of Workandplayhard (Eddie Davis Jr.) Sweet Rock carried Allan Davis to his second consecutive winner's circle visit scoring a 1:51.2 triumph in a $15,500 4&5-Year-Old Open pace. Fire In The Belly (Kirby) was runner-up with Jeremes General (Ron Pierce) the third horse. Reg Hazzrd, G.P. Calloway and Legacy Racing own the Rocknroll Hanover-Penny For Nickel gelding who won for the second time in five races. Fire In The Belly (KIrby) and Jeremes General (Ron Pierce) were second and third respectively. Jet Blue Miracle was the long shot of the night. Sean Bier drove R.J.Thomas' Jereme's Jet-Blue Spock gelding to a new record of 1:51.4 to win a $14,500 4&5-Year-Old Male Winners-Over pace. Eddie Davis Jr. got Bill Fisher's Wheelaway home in 1:53.3 to win another $14,000 pace for young male horses. So Much To Say (Dennis) was second best. MG Kid (Jonathan Roberts) was third. Wheelaway is a Village Jove-Winbak Honey gelding now three for five this year. In another $14,000 division Montrell Teague guided Preparty, an altered son of Somebeachsomewhere - Speed Date, to a 1:52.1 victory, his second of the year for trainer Kevin Lare and owner Frank Chick. One Stop Deal (Calllahan) was next with Mister Truth (Tony Morgan) getting third money. Callahan with five win, now has won 213 races this meet. Monday through Thursday racing starts at 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday are "dark" days. Sunday post time is 5:30 p.m. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. There is no charge for parking and admission. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del.--- Jebswesternshark, last week's 10-1 up setter, made believers of doubters by not only winning the week's top pace, the $26,000 Delaware Special, but did it from outside post 8 racing without cover to score a 1:52.4 on a windy and raw Thursday, Feb. 19 at Dover Downs. Harness racing driver Corey Callahan continues his strong driving with five winners. George Dennis drove the 8-1 Western Hanover - Shake Away 10-year-old gelding, trained by Kevin Lare for owner Frank Chick, to his fifth consecutive victory. The streak began at the $15,000 claiming level through a $25,000 tag prior to last week's come-from-behind win. Just A Jolt with Vic Kirby came on in the stretch to finish second in front of Mustang Art and Art Stafford Jr. Jebswesternshark is now fived for six this year earning $40,350 with his 43rd lifetime win while banking $256,279 in his career. Delaware Special made it two-in-a-row winning one of two Open/Handicap paces for young horses. Corey Callahan chalked up his fifth of six winning drives taking the Dragon Again-Dashaway Hanover gelding to the top en route to a 1:54.4 triumph in the $15,500 event. Doug Lewis trains the winner for owner Howard Taylor. It was his second win in three starts while accruing second-place finishes in four other starts this meet. Major Bucks (Toby Lynch) was runner-up with Elite Awards (Eddie Davis Jr.) the third horse. In a $16,000 edition, Invictus Hanover, a Yankee Cruiser - I Sparkle gelding handled by Trace Tetrick, recorded his first win of the year notching a 1:54.4 decision in the second race for 4&5-Year-Olds. Scalped (Montrell Teague) was a close second. Four Staces (Callahan) never saw the rail and still finished third. Callahan got One Stop Deal up in to win one of two $14,000 4&5-Year-Old Male paces for Kapildeo Singh and Yves Sarrazin. Dylan Davis conditions the Western Ideal - Artstopper gelding who posted his second straight win. Fancy Colt (Tony Morgan) and Fire In The Belly (Kirby) were second and third respectively. The photo finish camera was necessary to determine the winner of the other $14,000 section. Maximum Terror had his nose on the line from among a blanket four-horse finish in 1:55.4. Owned and trained by Ben Stafford, the gelding was driven by Ben Stafford Jr. to his second win in his last three races. The Western Terror-HTF Cocoa four-year-old bested 40-1 Alexis Style (Russ Foster), second, and Mister Truth (Tony Morgan), third, with Panic Disorder (Callahan) accepting fourth. Callahan, with five winners, now has won 20 races in the last three days. Allan Davis, George Dennis and Trace Tetrick won two races each. Friday and Saturday are "dark" days. Sunday post time is 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday racing starts at 4:30 p.m. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. There is no charge for parking and admission. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del.--- Jebswesternshake stepped out of the claimers for a 10-1 upset victory in the $25,000 Delaware Special on Thursday, Feb. 11 at Dover Downs. After impressive wins at the $15,000 and last week $25,000 claiming level, Jebswesternshake flashed past tiring leaders to post a 1:52.1 upset in the week’s top pace.  George Dennis was content to sit back as Just A Jolt (Vic Kirby), Feel Like A Fool (Ron Pierce) and then Nova Artist (Allan Davis) took turns leading the eight-horse field through its early stages. Dennis then attacked four-wide and zipped past the other combatants in the stretch to secure his fourth consecutive triumph. Kevin Lare conditions the winner for Frank Chick. The 10-year-old gelding has a strong license to win. Jebswesternshake is sired by Western Hanover from the one-time track record holding mare Shake Away, an early 20th century standout female pacer. Believe This Bob turned in his usual strong finish for Ross Wolfenden to finish second. Nova Artist showed flashes of his 2014 form to hold on for third. An all-Delaware bred four-year-old Elite Awards, the two-and-three-year-old DSBF champion, took the lead at the start and rolled to a 1:53.3 victory in the first of two  $15,500 4&5-Year-Old Opens. Eddie Davis Jr. was at the controls of the Powerful Toy-Silk Slip pacer for trainer Ed Walls and owner Karen Walls. Regal Mac (Dennis) closed well to finish second with Maddysonofagun (Trace Tetrick) third. In similar style, Corey Callahan and Howard Taylor’s Delaware Hanover overpowered his $15,500 contestants for a 1:52.2 conquest. Doug Lewis trains the altered son of Dragon Again  - Dashaway Hanover who won for the second time in five outings this year and 18th time in his career. He has earned $248,960 lifetime. Contraband Hanover (Pierce) had a two-hole trip with Shark Fantasy (Jonathan Roberts) the show horse. Pierce secured his third win of the day piloting Virginia Louthan’s No Spin Zone-David’s Art homebred home in 1:53 to win one of two $14,500 4&5-Year-Old Male pace. Mister Truth (Eddie Davis Jr.) was second for the second straight time. Preparty (Dennis) took third money. Callahan driving Panic Disorder made it three in-a-row in the other $14,500 section. Trainer Sheila and Steve Daugherty five-year-old gelding by Western Terror-Jate’s Joy won for the third straight time. Shanzhai (Allan Davis) and First Of Itskind (Pierce) were second and third respectively. Lindwood Player, also driven by Pierce, overcame starting from the outside to notch a 1:52.4 win in a $13,000 Male Winners-Over pace. The Panderosa-Direct Player horse is owned by Mike Casalino and Dylan Davis. Adventure Bound (Art Stafford Jr.) was second with Sunshine Superman (Toby Lynch), next. Meet leading driver Corey Callahan had another four-bagger. Ron Pierce won three. George Dennis and trainer Dylan Davis won two races each.   Friday and Saturday are “dark” days. Sunday post time is 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday racing starts at 4:30 p.m. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. There is no charge for parking and admission. Reservations are suggested for the Winner’s Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad

LEBANON, OH. - The owners of A Piece Of The Action LLC got more than a piece of the action in a pair of lucrative harness racing "Claim To Fame" finals at Miami Valley on Thursday night...they got half of the action and a solid immediate return on investment. They claimed both Regil Tiger, the winner of the $15,900 championship division for $8000 claiming horses and geldings, and Carlina Hanover, the winner of the $19,600 split for distaff $12,500 claimers, just one week ago in the final preliminary leg of the respective series. Both winners were entrusted to new trainer Jeff Nisonger. Regil Tiger (Josh Sutton) fought off constant pressure over a sloppy track and still managed to pull away to a 1:56.2 score over Orse Power (Tyler Smith) and Bazinga (Randy Tharps). It was the 35th lifetime triumph for the nine-year-old son of Mach Three and increased his career bankroll to over $310,000. The win was one of five on the night for Josh Sutton, who captured the recent Hollywood Dayton Raceway driving title and currently ranks third at Miami Valley Raceway. Carlina Hanover (Kayne Kauffman) also employed gate-to-wire tactics to capture her championship, holding off Yankee's Lady (Kyle Ater) and Schmatie (Dan Noble) in 1:55.3. It was just the ninth lifetime win for the lightly raced daughter of Dragon Again and boosted her career bounty past $87,000. The "Claim To Fame" series concludes this weekend at Miami Valley when the finalists in the $5000 claiming trot compete for an $8200 purse on Friday night and the $12,500 male claiming pacer chase a $20,000 purse on Saturday. Sunday, February 1, is the deadline to enter another series of late closers, these for conditioned horses, to go postward over the next few weeks. Entry forms can be downloaded at: www.miamivalleygaming.com using the Racing and then Horsemens Info tabs. Gregg Keidel

The game of musical chairs involving stallions moving from one state or country to another for the 2015 season is just about over. And the same goes for stud fee adjustments. Here’s a rundown of what has transpired thus far. It was just announced that fourteen-year-old Western Terror, a grandson of Delinquent Account and full brother to BC and Messenger winner If I Can Dream, will relocate within Pennsylvania at a reduced rate. He moves to Nandi Farms and will command a $5,500 stud fee, $2,000 less than last year. More Western Terror offspring were sold in Lexington than from any other stallion, but more isn’t always better. The 41 yearling consignment brought an average a shade over $15,000. Lots of red ink there. Tomy Terror (sic), Hall Of Terror and Do Your Job were his best young offspring in 2014. Up The Credit, the richest son of gyno-centric Western Terror, will take another shot at the stallion game in 2015. The seven-year-old NA Cup winner, who mined the low to middle NW class at Mohawk until mid-summer, first stood at Seelster Farms in Ontario for $5,000 in 2012. It wasn’t long before he was back racing. He’ll now be offered for $3,000 at Casimir Farm in Ontario. Six-year-old Heston Blue Chip, 2012 Dan Patch winner, and five-year-old Sunfire Blue Chip will be the first high profile sons of American Ideal to embark on stallion careers. Neither one of them lived up to their colt promise in the aged ranks; Heston won four races and earned $216,000 in 2014, while Sunfire won five and banked $168,000. Heston will stand for $4,500 at Winbak, New York and Sunfire will get $4,000 (Cdn.) at Tara Hills. Twenty-year-old Dragon Again, who now resides in Ohio, has a penchant for producing hard hitting pacers that last a long time, but he has no record as a sire of sires. His son Aracache, who ground out $1.7 million in six years of racing, will stand at Ivy Lane Farm in Indiana for $2,500. Seventeen-year-old Real Desire, the sire of Tell All and State Treasurer, will also stand at Ivy Lane in 2015. He moves from Midland Acres, where he sported a $5,000 fee. He now stands for $3,500. Lots of fee reductions for lower end stallions this year. The Well Said four-year-old Tellitlikeitis, who didn’t earn enough to be covered by Gural’s stallion rule, will also stand in Indiana, at Victory Hill Farm for $3,000. So, Indiana, which hit the lottery with Always A Virgin and Rockin Image, doesn’t get a whole lot in the way of reinforcements. The latter two stallions remained at $4,000 and $3,500, respectively. Ohio, which was already bursting at the seams, found room for a few more. The casinos in the Buckeye state are the best job plan in NA for Standardbreds. Uncle Peter, a son of Cantab Hall, will be the most expensive trotting stallion in the state at $6,000. Fifteen-year-old Broadway Hall, still one more expatriate from Pennsylvania, will stand at Midland Acres for $5,000. That’s a third less than he was getting last year. And 2015 BC winner Rockin Amadeus will stand at Cool Winds Farm in Ohio for $3,500. Western Vintage, who only won once at three after showing much promise during his freshman campaign, will stand at Abby Stables in Ohio for $3,500. Mister Big, who failed to impress in Ontario, will also be at Abby. He stood for $4.500 at Tara Hills in Ontario last year, but will only get $2,500 in 2015. Jurgen Hanover, the Credit Winner five-year-old who looked like a budding star early in his sophomore season, also goes to Abby, for $2,500. What’s their motto, “Give us your wretched castoffs”?  Along the same lines, Hypnotic Blue Chip, who was retired to Fashion Farms at a $5,000 fee in 2012 and drew little interest, is back for another try. The nine-year-old son of Art Major will stand in Indiana for $2,500.  Wishing Stone leaves Deo Volente in New Jersey, where he stood for $5,000, for Sugar Valley Farm in Ohio, where he’ll get $4,500. Trixton will take his place in New Jersey for a $12,000 fee. And of course Father Patrick will serve a one year residency at Walnridge Farm in New Jersey, at a hefty $30,000 per. Archangel, who stood in New York for $4,000 in 2013, but drew so little interest that he returned to the track this past year, makes another run as a stallion at Winbak Canada for $4,500 (Cdn.). Betterthancheddar also relocates to Winbak Canada from New York. As is the case with just about all of the repositioned stallions, his fee takes a 22% hit, dropping from $4,500 to $3,500. Sportswriter made a splash in the Ontario Sire Stakes and saw his fee jump 38% to $6,500 (Cdn.) Kadabra’s fee has been cut 20% to $12,000 (US). E L Titan will stand for $8,000 and race as well. Ten-year-old Crazed returns to New York from Pennsylvania. He stood for $6,000 at Hanover in 2013, $4,000 in 2014 and is back up to $5,000 at Blue Chip in 2015. Gural Hanover and Crazy Wow were very good in the NYSS last year and Tirade Hanover is racing very well right now. Lucky Chucky, who didn’t overwhelm us with his first crop, had his fee reduced 20% to $6,000 for 2015. Chapter Seven, whose first crop sells this year, had his fee dropped a thousand dollars to $7,500 for 2015. Twenty-year-old Artiscape drops 20% to $4,000. The high priced stuff goes to Pennsylvania, where Captaintreacherous and Sweet Lou both have full books--$15,000 for The Captain and half that much for Lou. One bright spot in Pennsylvania is Muscle Massive jumping 20% to $7,500 off first crop performances by Gatka Hanover and Speak To Me. Twenty-one-year-old Yankee Glide, who has struggled of late, had his fee dropped from $12,500 to $10,000. Still, $15,000 is lower than folks expected The Captain to slot in at prior to his unsuccessful four-year-old campaign. Modest increases for Sportswriter, Muscle Massive and Crazed don’t a positive trend make. Father Patrick will get $30,000, but that’s for an abbreviated book and many of those bookings are for syndicate members. Somebeachsomewhere had his fee dropped $5,000 to $25,000 and his book is still open. Muscle Hill’s fee is unpublished. Maybe he went up. Overall, the trend is not positive. by Joe FitzGerald for http://viewfromthegrandstand.blogspot.com/

DOVER, Del. --- Allan Davis was hot on a cold Sunday at Dover Down driving four winners including Ourea Nourrir in the $15,000 Claiming pace on Jan. 10. Pinearosa won the co-feature $10,200 4&5-Year-Old Open pace. After consecutive come-from-behind second-place finishes, Davis got Ourea Nourrir to the front early and the  Dragon Again-Odds On The Hat gelding did the rest recording s 1:52.4 victory in the Delaware $15,000 Male Claiming pace. Meet leading trainer Wayne Givens conditions the seven-year-old for Sharon White and Legacy Racing. The win is the 23rd lifetime for the career winner of $293,100. Cash Cab (Ron Pierce) finished second but was placed third behind Dancing Rusty (Tony Morgan). Pinearosa and Eddie Davis Jr. took no prisoners on the way to a 1:54 conquest in a Delaware $10,700 4&5-Year-Old pace. Veteran Bobby Myers owns and trains The Panderosa-Pinehaven Amber four-year-old gelding. Well Did (Trace Tetrick) raced second all the way with Youmakemewanadance (Jonathan Roberts) took third money. Drivers Jim Morand and Bret Brittingham had two wins each while trainers Wayne Givens and Don Brittingham also won two races each. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs

LEBANON, OH. - Despite sub-zero wind chills Friday night, Stucklikeglue (Greg Grismore) made another impressive showing in the $14,500 Fillies and Mares Open pace by beating Buckeye Thea (Tyler Smith) and Rescue Team (Chris Page) in 1:55.1. Since coming to the Dayton area a month ago, the winner has two victories, a second and a third in four local starts in the Friday night feature. The four-year-old Dragon Again mare, bought out of the Harrisburg sale in November by Parent Racing Stable LLC, is trained by Doug Hinklin. Grismore allowed Sectionline Yankee (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) to take the early lead, but quarter-moved to the front just past the :28 opening panel. The 7-5 favorite lead the other talented mares the rest of the way, stopping the quarter timers in :58.1, 1:27 and 1:55.1 the rest of the way. Rescue Team raced first-over from just before the halfway point, with Buckeye Thea in tow in the outer flow. Earlier on the card, Kayne Kauffman scored a consecutive hat trick in the third, fourth and fifth races. He scored with Cat Ballou for trainer Diane Hartsook, Artie's Last Party for trainer Eddie Poling, and with Fashion Guru from his own stable. With 16 wins through the first five nights of racing, Kauffman leads all Miami Valley driver's in his attempt to retain the dash title he won at the initial meet last year. Ronnie Wrenn Jr., the defending national dash champion making his first 2015 appearance at Miami Valley, also scored a double in just three drives. Wrenn triumphed with A Sham Of Amber for trainer Virgil Morgan Jr. and Right On Molly for trainer Sherif Cunmulaj. Wrenn has nine drives on the 14-race Saturday night program with first race post time at 6:30 p.m. From the Miami Valley Media Department

DAYTON, OH. - Stucklikeglue, one of just two fillies in a full field of Fillies & Mares Open pacers at Dayton Raceway on Friday night, used a strong stretch drive to prevail over her older counterparts in 1:52.4. A recent purchase out of the Ron Burke consignment at the Harrisburg sale by Parent Racing Stable, Stucklikeglue has now won twice in addition to a place and show finish in five starts since moving to the Doug Hinklin Stable in Ohio. The sophomore daughter of Dragon Again got a second-over trip from driver Greg Grismore through fractions of :27.1, :55.4 and 1:24.1, then swung three-wide at the head of the stretch and zoomed past Sectionline Yankee (Dan Noble), who was last week's winner in the weekly $10,000 featured event, and pacesetter Holiday Shopper (Kayne Kauffman) who garnered the show dough. It was the seventh seasonal triumph for Stucklikeglue, who has now earned $87,793 in 2014 and $145,445 in her first two seasons. There are just three nights of live action remaining in the inaugural Hollywood Dayton Raceway season. Racing resumes Saturday night (December 20) and returns for a closing weekend on Friday (December 26) and Saturday (December 27). Post time is 6:35 PM nightly. From the press box at Dayton Raceway  

DOVER, Del. --- Star Recruit made it five wins in his last six starts breezing to victory in the $20,000 claiming pace for young horses on a rainy Tuesday, Dec. 16 over an 'off' track at Dover Downs. Corey Callahan bags four wins. With meet leading driver Corey Callahan at the controls, Star Recruit won his second straight after his only loss by a neck while winning at the $20,000 level in each. The Dragon Again-Remarkable Star gelding was claimed from Black Magic Racing after his 12th win of the year bringing the five-year-old's seasonal earnings to $89,245 and $472,050 lifetime. Callahan completed the program with four winning drives to lift his meet total to 84. Runner-up in the standings, Allan Davis, drove three wins. Vic Kirby and Ross Wolfenden had doubles. A strong group of eight hard-hitting trotters tangle in the Wednesday $18,000 feature race. This week, Wednesday and Thursday, post time is 4:30 p.m. The annual Dover Downs Christmas Break Week beings this Friday, Dec. 19. There is no live racing until racing resumes on Sunday, Dec. 28. There is no charge for parking or admission when visiting Dover Downs. Leading harness and thoroughbred simulcasts are featured from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight daily in the Dover Downs Race and Sports Book. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 15, 2014 -- Easy Again held off the late charge of his stablemate, Visible Gold, to capture Monday's $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Hammered down to 1-2, Easy Again was pocketed by Dew N Doughnuts early before retaking at the three-eighths. Urged on by Dave Palone, Easy Again found more in mid-stretch and defeated the rallying Visible Gold by 1/2 length in 1:52.2. The first-over Nitro Seelster was third. Ron Burke trains Easy Again, a 5-year-old Dragon Again-Kuklapanandollie ridgling who now boasts $735,381 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, M1 Stable and Panhellenic Stable. It was one of three wins on the 15-race card for Palone. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

DOVER, Del. --- Martz Time, an impressive winner last week with Andy Miller driving, drew the rail in the $18,000 Open/Handicap trot, Wednesday, Dec. 10 at Dover Downs. First post is 4:30 p.m. Quickly taking the lead on the backstretch last week, Martz Time went on to roll home a 4-1/2 length winner. John McGill and Brian Carsey own the Indiana bred gelding. Enrico AS with Ross Wolfenden driving for Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta, was the race-favorite last week. Tina Clark and Joe Clark's Baximum has been right there in all his four local starts with a win two seconds and a third. C & G Racing's The Triple Lindy is moving up from a powerful eight-length victory in a Winners-Over last time. Stakes seasoned Frost Free Hanover qualified well with Corey Callahan a week ago. E&J Stable and Lois and Earl Walters' I'm So Striking, a twice winner and second in his last start for Eddie Dennis, was scratched last Wednesday while Jonathan Roberts will drive the fast sophomore I Like My Boss owned by trainer Bob Shahan and Jim and A.M. Parsons. It's 4 of 5 wins for Star Recruit at Dover Star Recruit made amends for finishing second last time out, winning for the fourth time in five starts to win the $$20,000-$25,000 Claiming Handicap on Tuesday, Dec. 9 at Dover Downs. Owned by Black Magic Racing, the Dragon Again-Remarkable Star gelding notched his 11th victory of the season in his 40th start while earning $85,245. Corey Callahan was the winning driver for trainer Nick Surick. Just Bettor (Vic Kirby) was second with Bettor And Bold (Trace Tetrick) third. Allan Davis steered four winners, Corey Callahan, owners Lou Catana and co-owner trainer Vince Bradley had doubles. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 1, 2014 -- Rebounding from a tough outing, Easy Again seized the early lead and rolled through the slop to capture Monday's $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. In his most recent start, Easy Again was parked early and eventually broke stride. The 5-year-old Dragon Again-Kuklapanandollie ridgling had no such misfortune Monday when he made the front from post 8 for Dave Palone and coasted in 1:53.1. The pocket-sitting Dew N Doughnuts was second, 1-1/4 lengths back, with Classic Rock Nroll third. Ron Burke trains Easy Again, who now boasts $726,381 in career earnings, fur Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, M1 Stable and Panhellenic Stable. Mike Wilder piloted five winners and Jim Pantaleano four on the 15-race card while Paul Corey fashioned a training triple. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

John Macdonald was the star of the show at Vernon Downs on Saturday (October 25) evening, winning four of 13 races on the harness racing card--three of them with his own trainees.   He kicked off his driving grand slam in the featured second race, a $6,500 upper-level conditioned pace. Dragon Fever ($7.60), a four-year-old Dragon Again gelding from the MacDonald stable, sprinted to the front from race's outset, set sensible fractions of :27.3 and :56.3, turning aside a bid from the pocket-sitting Barbarian (Fern Paquet, Jr.) on the far turn before kicking clear to a 2-1/2 length victory in 1:53.1.   In the fourth race, a $3,000 second-level conditioned pace, MacDonald pounced from the pocket in mid-stretch with Firethorn ($6.10), beating the pacesetting Donna's Scape in a 1:52.3 mile. MacKenzie's Bliss ($16.20) gave MacDonald a training and driving hat trick in the eighth race, also kicking to the fore to take the $5,100 fifth-level conditioned pace in 1:53.1.   In the ninth race, a $4,000-$5,000 claiming handicap trot, MacDonald teamed up with the Arnold Marks-trained Windsun Galliano ($9.60), working clear through a :28.1 first quarter before rating a more conservative tempo on the backstretch. After dismissing a first-over challenge from Funny Photo (Lems), Windsun Galliano drew clear in the stretch for a 1:57.1 triumph, ending up five lengths in front at the line when the pocket-sitting Nineanddivine (Claude Huckabone, III) broke stride in deep stretch.   Only three nights of racing remain in the 2014 season at Vernon Downs. Closing week kicks off on Thursday (October 30) with a 10-race program, due to start at 6:45 p.m. EDT.   by James Witherite

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 26, 2014 -- Although he was pressed in the stretch, Yankee Bounty extended his harness racing career unbeaten streak to eight by capturing a division of Friday's $91,998 Keystone Classic at The Meadows. Mike Simons and trainer John Butenschoen teamed to take the other two splits, with Dragon Eddy and Tomy Terror, in the event for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers. Yankee Bounty quarter-poled to the lead for Eric Ledford, who stepped up when transportation problems prevented regular driver Yannick Gingras from reaching The Meadows. The pocket-sitting Chaching Hanover, who had only a maiden victory to his credit, kept close to his undefeated rival until Yankee Bounty drew off late under mild urging to triumph by 3-1/4 lengths in 1:51.2. Wild Again was third. Yankee Bounty won his two most recent starts, including the Pennsylvania Sires Stake championship, by a nose and a neck, narrow escapes that may lead some to consider him vulnerable. Don't count Ledford among them. "He was on the right line just a touch, but there was never any doubt," Ledford said. "They haven't beaten him yet, and I don't foresee them beating him in the near future. You'll be reading a lot about him next year as a 3-year-old." Ron Burke trains the Yankee Cruiser-Bootleg Yankee gelding, who soared over $300,000 in lifetime earnings, for Yankee Bounty Partnership and Frank Chick. Yankee Bounty will dominate the headlines, as well he should, but Dragon Eddy emerged from the Keystone Classic with one laurel Yankee Bounty didn't get -- the stake record. He earned it with a front-end score in 1:51.1. UF Larry Alltheway was second, 3 lengths back, while Parklane Eagle rallied for show. "He's a real quick, real handy horse," said assistant trainer Tyler Butenschoen. "He comes off the car really well. He's been able to get in spots where he could put himself in the race. When he's got to the front, he's been able to control it. He's quick enough that he can accelerate away from them on the end." William Wiswell, Jean Goehlen, Eugene Schick and Edward Bardowski campaign Dragon Eddy, a Dragon Again-Jaska Hanover gelding who now has banked $139,512. Tomy Terror hadn't been worse than second in eight career outings, a streak that appeared in jeopardy when he was attacked inside and outside while leading through the lane. The Western Terror-Mib Hanover gelding dug in and held off Reggiano by a nose in a career-best 1:52, with McArdles Lightning third. "He's such a good-feeling horse," Tyler Butenschoen said. "He has a great attitude, and he loves his work. He can get a little lost on the lead, but he'll explode off a helmet." Wiswell, Goehlen, Schick and VIP Internet Stable own Tomy Terror, who is eligible for such late-season stakes as the Breeders Crown and the Matron. In the $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace, Southern Allie made the lead first over and held off the rallying Shock It To 'Em by a head to prevail in 1:51. Camcruiser Hanover completed the ticket. Randy Bendis conditions the 7-year-old Allie's Western-Pershing Angela gelding, who extended his career bankroll to $747,754, and owns with Tom Pollack, Jack Piatt II and R. Lewis Hauber. Dave Palone drove five winners and Simons three on the 16-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday when the card features a pair of Keystone Classics -- a $90,000 stake for three-year-old filly pacers and a $71,200 test for sophomore filly trotters. First post is 12:55 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 23, 2014 -- Pecking for late racing room outside and inside, Cover Model finally found a seam and poured through to score in Tuesday's $88,600 Keystone Classic at The Meadows. Alexa Said took the other harness racing division of the stake for 2-year-old filly pacers. Cover Model was sixth near the three-quarters when Dan Rawlings slipped her off the cones into the outside flow. When cover took him nowhere, Rawlings guided Cover Model back inside and hunted room, finding it between horses. The daughter of Dragon Again-Fashion Sureal rolled home to triumph in 1:53.4, 2-1/4 lengths better than Special Package. Momas Got A Gun, a full sister to Little Brown Jug winner Limelight Beach, was third. "I came out because I thought the outside flow was good, but it wasn't going anywhere," Rawlings said. "I basically took a shot (inside), and a seam opened up. I wasn't planning on being buried like I was, but everything worked out." Douglas Lewis trains Cover Model for Frederick W. Hertrich III and CTC stable. Alexa Said roared three wide through the lane to prevail for Eric Ledford in a career-best 1:55.3. Pennsylvania Stallion Series champion Half Past Seven was second by a length while early leader Mistup Magic earned show. It was the first stakes victory for Alexa Said although Tye Loy, who conditions the daughter of Well Said-Niki Blue Chip and owns with Michael Lowe, said she easily could have several more. "She's had bad luck and bad trips," said Loy of his $18,000 yearling acquisition. "When you warm her up, you wouldn't think she could go in 2:30 the way she's lollygagging around. When she hits the gate, it's all business; she puts her game face on." In the $18,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, Cowgirl Hall thwarted the challenge of Better Caviar and downed him by a length in 1:53.2. Major Athens saved show. Dave Palone drove for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Jack Piatt III and Michael Rosenthal. The 5-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Centerfold hall extended her career bankroll to $598,903. On Wednesday the Meadows Racetrack & Casino will offer a $5,000-guaranteed pool for its Pick 5 wager as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. The Meadows added the “instant” guarantee after Tuesday’s Pick 5 was uncovered, resulting in a carryover of $1,239.74. Minimum wager for the Pick 5 (Races 12-16) is 50 cents. Since Pennsylvania law requires a minimum per-race wager of $2, a player wagering at the 50-cent level must bet at least four tickets. First post for Wednesday’s program, which features a $117,200 Keystone Classic for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters, is 12:55 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

Videos for the Southwind Farms Lexington Yearling Consignment are now available on the farms website at www.southwindfarms.net. The consignment features ten yearlings by World Champion MUSCLE HILL and five by sensational first crop sire SPORTSWRITER, as well as three Bettors Delights, and a Dragon Again, brother to Pa Sire Stakes Champion SOUTHWIND ROULETTE p,2,1:51.4f. The yearlings will sell as part of the Preferred Equine Agency consignment in Lexington and are available for inspection at the farm until September 25th   Please contact Farm Manager Laura Young at (609) 737-9067 or Syndicate Manager, Michael Klau at (516)599-2442. From Southwind Farms

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