There were two mares against the boys in the $10,000 Open trotting feature at Batavia Downs on Friday night (Aug. 19) and girl-power prevailed as Serendipitous, who was overlooked at 9-1, pulled out a wire to wire harness racing victory in a lifetime best time of 1:57.1. Weekly leaver Lutetium (Todd Cummings) made a break off the gate which handed Serendipitous (Ray Fisher Jr.) the lead and with it, the mare took the field in post-position order to the half in :57.3. At the five-eighths, Noble Legend (Kevin Cummings) pulled first over and brought heavily favored J A T O (Mike Caprio) in tow and the pair motored up towards the front. That outer flow chased the leader to the three-quarter station in 1:27.1 without gaining much ground when J A T O pulled three wide in the last turn and started his solo assault. But when he actually drifted five-wide in the move, Serendipitous was able to maintain her lead in mid-stretch and fend off the pocket-sitting Winky's Pride as well as the late rush by J A T O to win by a neck. Winky's Pride (Drew Monti), who was the other mare in the race, finished second and J A T O settled for third. It was the sixth victory of the year for Serendipitous ($21.80) and the winner's share of the purse padded her bank account to the tune of $33,267 for Guy Polillo Est. and trainer John Mungillo. The secondary feature carded as the $8,500 Open II saw Kahoku ($7.70) avoid some early road trouble and go wire to wire in a fast 1:56.3 for driver Ron Beback Jr. The 8-year-old gelded son of SJ's Caviar is trained by Mark Laidlaw for owners Colleen Girdlestone and Michael Gentner. Batavia Downs leading dash driver Kevin Cummings had a driving triple on the night while Drew Monti doubled up. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Aug. 20) with the first post set for 6:15 p.m. Saturday's card features the NYSS 2-year-old pacing fillies going for $110,200 in race four on the card. Tim Bojarski
It was an emotional day at Exhibition Park Raceway on Saturday as a three-horse spill in the fourth event of the afternoon sent two harness racing drivers to hospital. Going into the first turn, driver Ed Harvey and his pacer Allstar Seelster had obtained a lead from post two and suddenly fell causing Dr. Mitchell Downey to become unseated from his horse Stare Down and also falling hard to track. Unable to clear the mishap, driver Stephen Trites and Ideal Ticket became involved and Trites was dragged in the sulky until the horse came to a stop at the fence. Driver Ed Harvey is reported to have a possible broken hand and ribs in the accident and Stephen Trites, a hyper-extended knee injury. Dr. Mitchell Downey walked away from the ordeal and came back to win the final race on the program will Fall Bliss. Also on the card, pacer Upstairswithron won his first race in over two-years for driver Scott Hubbard and owner/ trainer Bob MacNeil. Horse Racing New Brunswick will provide updates this weekend as the drivers are evaluated further. All three horses involved walked away from the accident with cuts and bruises and H.R.N.B will report on their condition as soon as news becomes available. Best wishes from Horse Racing New Brunswick and the New Brunswick Standardbred Owners Association on a speedy recovery to those involved. Scott Waddell
The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association celebrated a special night away from the track on Friday (July 1), visiting nearby CONSOL Energy Park for a minor league baseball game hosted by the Washington Wild Things. After the horsemen enjoyed a buffet dinner, longtime Meadows trainer/driver Wilbur Yoder threw out the ceremonial first pitch (photo). Bus Lane, a retired Standardbred (shown in photo with owner Alyssa Cummings), greeted baseball fans on their way into the park, and local charity Horses With Hope was on hand to promote their organization as well. MSOA enjoyed a Wild Things victory, 4-3 over the visiting Florence (KY) Freedom.
The final two legs in the harness racing Drivers Cup take place Friday and Sunday at Paris-Vincennes. Friday’s test is the Prix Mara (purse €36,000, 2100 meters autostart, ten starters). Team America earned 85 points in earlier races at Yonkers Raceway versus 47 for Team France. Cracks 10 drivers compete to represent the two nations: The Team #France with captain Pierre Vercruysse, Franck Ouvrie, Nicolas Ensch, Matthew Abrivard, Pierre Levesque The Team #America with captain Jason Bartlett, Pat Lachance, Daniel Dube, Jordan Stratton, Tyler Buter The field is shown below: Azaro du Caux, Jason Bartlett Bambou de Calvi, Nicolas Ensch Bois le Roi, Tyler Buter Bettina d’Avril, Pierre Vercruysse Bettina, Jordan Stratton Attention Devant, Daniel Dube Alibi de Folie, Pierre Levesque Amadeo, Pat Lachance Bolide du Guet, Matthew Abrivard Be Love Desbois, Franck Ouvrie Sunday at Vincennes finalizes the Cup with the sixth race Prix du Bergerac (purse €36,000, 2100 meters autostart). Thomas H. Hicks
Marie Bacsich teamed the Franck Leblanc trainee Be Mine de Houelle to victory in the harness racing Monte Elite at Solvalla (May 29) for 150,000SEK first money. The veteran FR monte campaigner was timed in 1.10.2kr (mile rate 1:52.95f) over the mile (1609 meters autostart) distance, the second fastest timed victory over that course. The mile race record was set a year ago in the same event on Elitloppet Day by Torre Crepin, timed in 1.10kr (1:52.63), handled by Adrian Lamy. Be Mine de Houelle is co-owned by Pauline Corty and trainer Leblanc. The five year-old daughter of Scipion du Goutier-Olita de Kettauso-Full Account posted her sixth career victory in 37 starts, now for 2,812,120SEK earned (US$341,138). Nantucket was second for Sofia Adolfsson with another Leblanc trainee Tsar de Houelle home third with Sofia Aronsson aboard. Thomas H. Hicks
Rocker Band’s greatest performance may have been her last. The dazzling Jewels winner came from a seemingly hopeless position on Saturday to give harness racing driver Samantha Ottley her first group one victory and kick off a day of drama for some of those who got locked up on the markers. Favourites like Dream About Me and Pacing Major were luckless and stormed into minor placings after being locked away, but Lady Luck smiled on Ottley and Rocker Band after they were pushed to four back on the inside. She unwound in a style her NZ Cup-winning dam Mainland Banner would have been proud of but trainer Mark Jones fears he now has nowhere to go with the mare. “She comes back a class eight mare next season and there are really only three major races for her to be aimed at, and even they mean taking on The Orange Agent and Dream About Me,” says Jones. “There just aren’t enough mares races for the best mares and most of them aren’t good enough to race the male cup horses. “So she might be better off in the broodmare paddock, with her record and breeding.” Jones owns Rocker Band, a Rocknroll Hanover mare, but leases her racing right to Greg Brodie of Courage Under Fire fame. “I am thrilled she won for Greg because he has been with me all the way along and also for Sam. “Some people ask me why I don’t drive her myself but if I did I would have been worrying all week about what she needed in the race, instead of just training her. “And I have been given plenty of opportunities so it is nice to give them to somebody else.” While Jones is a former World Driver’s Champ, current title holder Dexter Dunn was also a winner on Saturday with both Donegal Bettorgretch and Field Marshal. Field Marshall was typical Dunn, off the gate fast then controlling the tempo of the race, easing to his third group one on end for trainer Tim Butt. Butt will bring him back next season for the Cup meeting but he may not be an ideal New Zealand Cup horse, with the plethora of mobile races in Australia appealing more. Dunn’s drive on Donegal Bettorgretch was aggressive and broke the heart of leader Missandei before hot favourite Marcoola galloped when challenging her in the home straight. His trainer Clint Ford said his case wasn’t helped by Marcoola having no lead up races and being too fresh, the problem causes by him winning his way through to class six in late April, making suitable races hard to find. Donegal Bettorgretch has strengthened into a good filly and is a rarity on two counts --- being by champion pacing sire Bettors Delight and one of the few squaregaiters trained by Cran Dalgety. MIchael Guerin
Vernon, N.Y. -- Pantheon Hanover ($4.50) lived up to his billing as the 5-4 favorite in the featured $7,500 Miracle Mile Pace at Vernon Downs, stalking live cover on the far turn and vaulting clear to a 3-1/2 length harness racing triumph. The 4-year-old Somebeachsomewhere gelding was no part of a :25.4 first quarter duel between Sassy Hanover (Claude Huckabone, III) and All Stienam (John MacDonald), settling second from last in the select field of six. As Panpero Firpo (Brett Derue) emerged from midpack to head outer flow at race's midpoint, Chris Lems angled Pantheon Hanover second-over to stalk steadily improving cover through middle splits of :53.4 and 1:21.3. As the pacesetters began to toil, Pantheon Hanover swung three-wide, pushing to the fore at head-stretch and drawing clear at will. Behind Pantheon Hanover's 1:50 mile, the first-over Panpero Firpo continued his rally to take second, while All Stienam saved third from the pocket. Trainer Dave Dewhurst co-owns Pantheon Hanover with Philip Hale. For Lems, the featured win was one of three on the night. John MacDonald also recorded a driving hat trick on the nine-race program. As no one hit the 50¢ Pick 5, a carryover of $256.53 will head to Thursday (June 9) night's card. Post time for the 10-race program is 6:45 p.m. Eastern. by James Witherite, Vernon Downs
Vastly-experienced trainer Ross Olivieri is confident that a gear change will get promising six-year-old Our Jericho back to the winning list at Gloucester Park on Friday night after the New Zealand-bred gelding’s shock defeat at odds-on last Friday night. “I have added a head check to his gear and I think that will make all the difference,” Olivieri said. Chris Lewis will drive Our Jericho from the outside (barrier four) of the front line and will be anxious for a speedy getaway in a bid to set the pace in the Del Basso Salami Handicap, a stand over 2503m. Our Jericho blotted his copybook when he galloped at the start in a stand last Friday night and lost seven lengths. He was ninth after a lap before Lewis started a three-wide move 1050m from home. Our Jericho sustained his strong burst to take a narrow lead from the pacemaker Machs A Pearler 380m from home. The two horses then raced stride for stride in the home straight, with Machs A Pearler prevailing by a nose. The final quarters were run in 27.7sec. and 29sec. “It was a good run and I think he can make amends this week,” said Olivieri who has a good second string in the consistent mare Lady Willoughby in Friday night’s race. Lady Willoughby, a winner at 14 of her 40 starts, will start from the inside of the 10m line. Our Jericho has raced eight times in WA for four wins and three seconds and Olivieri has high hopes for the gelding who is still an M0-class performer. “We’re just seeing where he goes,” Olivieri said. “I hope he can prove to be up there with the best of them and I’d like to think that he can be up to running in feature events at the Christmas carnival. He’s on the way up. He came back from the paddock for this preparation very fat and he’ll get better. He’s taken a few runs to get somewhere near his best.” Star reinsman Gary Hall jun. refused to concede victory to Our Jericho and is confident that Twoandahalf Tigers can record his ninth win from 14 starts this season. Twoandahalf Tigers will start from barrier three off the front. “If he gets away and I lob in front of Our Jericho I don’t think Our Jericho will be able to beat me,” Hall said. Ken Casellas
Heavy pressure from Mel Mara could not faze 2015 Breeders Crown champion Always B Miki ($2.40), as he fought back from being headed in mid-stretch to take Saturday (May 14) evening's $25,000 Open Handicap Pace at The Meadowlands for a second consecutive harness racing win. The 5-year-old Always a Virgin entire made his push to the lead just after fellow Jimmy Takter trainee JK Endofanera (Yannick Gingras) worked clear of McWicked (Scott Zeron) in a :27.2 initial quarter. Upon taking command on the backstretch, Hall of Fame driver David Miller managed to slow the pace down enough to give Always B Miki a brief breather on the far turn before Mel Mara (Corey Callahan) mounted a first-over bid out of fifth. Despite Mel Mara's sustained press into the lead at the eighth pole, Always B Miki would not be denied, using a :26 last quarter to repel Mel Mara for a neck victory in 1:48.4. Mel Mara was a game second, while JK Endofanera labored from the pocket yet still held third. Always B Miki, now a 20-time winner, is owned by the Bluewood Stable, the Roll the Dice Stable, and Christina Takter. Tim Tetrick led all drivers with three wins on the 12-race card, prevailing with Mindtrip ($2.80, 1:52), Missile J ($3.60, 1:51), and Union Man Hanover ($8.20, 1:50.4). Scott Zeron and Corey Callahan won two races apiece. Total betting turnover for the 12-race card was $2,559,464. The final race 20Â¢ Jackpot High 5 carryover continues to climb, mounting to $222,459.18 for Friday (May 20) evening's program. Live racing returns to The Meadowlands on Friday (May 20), with post time slated for 7:15 p.m. EDT. by James Witherite, Meadowlands Media
It's official...Jordan Stratton has replaced Jerry Lewis as the new American genius in France. Stratton led Yonkers Raceway's quintet of harness racing drivers Sunday afternoon to a win over their French counterparts in the opening round of the inaugural Drivers' Cup. Round One was contested in two races, each featuring 10 trotters at the mile-and-one-quarter distance and included in the seven events simulcast to a French-hubbed audience. Scoring was compiled using a 17/12/9/7/6/5/4/3/2/1/ points formula (five points in the event of a scratch, an occurrence which did not come into play here). Stratton picked up the gauntlet for the locals, earning a share of a win with 23-1 Lily's Swan Pond ($15.80 dead-heat win mutuel) in the $18,800 first event and easily winning the second event with Cousin Eddie ($7.40) The first event (2:31.2) was a Yonkers' sweep, with captain Jason Bartlett getting the other half of the win pie with 11-10 favorite Hasty Proffitt ($2.80 dead-heat win mutuel). Headsaregonna Turn (Tyler Buter) was an unlucky third. Stratton was not in a sharing mood in the second race (2:29.4) of the competition, isolated for much of the race with "Eddie" as the pair won by 7¼ lengths. Paris Princess N (Pierre Levesque) was a best-of-the-rest second, with Massive Talent (Dan Dube) third. The final team totals were 85 points for Yonkers (45 + 40), and 47 for France (26 + 21). "It was just an honor for me to be asked to participate," Stratton said. The first trotter (Lily's Swan Pond) hung a bit late, but at least was able to get there for the dead-heat. The second one (Cousin Eddie) is just very sharp right now. "The French drivers are all pros, but they don't have the small-track experience." "This is true," French captain Pierre Vercruysse said. "There are some half-mile tracks in Europe and we do watch (Yonkers) races when they are simulcast to France, so we learned from that. Vercruysse, who did have an extended stateside stay earlier in his career, was appreciative of this return visit. "Everyone in our party was very well-received." Pat Lachance was the fifth Beatle for Yonkers, while France's other participants were Matthieu Abrivard, Nicolas Ensch and Franck Ouvrie. The French returning the hosting favor in June, with Yonkers' contingent going to Paris (Vincennes) for a pair of races. Sunday afternoon's $50,000 Open Handicap Trot, also at the added distance, was won by a repeating Major Athens (Brian Sears, $9.80) in 2:26.3. Frank Drucker
The two year old pace at the harness racing meeting at Addington Raceway tonight looked a fairly open race with several runners being well supported on the tote. Mongolian Storm was sent out the favourite but Tere The Terminator and Nicol Shard were very close up in the betting market as well. Tere The Terminator led from barrier one for Blair Orange and was out by a couple of lengths passing the mile marker and then for no reason galloped and veered out and almost collected Nicol Shard and Dexter Dunn who were improving on his outer. Mongolian Storm and Ricky May took the opportunity to work to the front and then hand up to Nicol Shard who after getting skittled by Tere The Terminator showed speed to whip around the field and lead. The order stayed the same until Bettor To Be Tricky went up and applied real pressure passing the 500 metres mark. Turning for home Bettor To Be Tricky surged to the front and looked the likely winner but Mongolian Storm slowly but surely started to real him in the last 150 metres and went on by in the last 50 metres for a deserved win. Bettor To Be Tricky stuck on really well for second with the first starter Cobra Banner running on late for third. In the coolish windy conditions, Mongolian Storm paced the 1950 metres in 2:24.1, a mile rate of 1:58.9 with the closing sectionals of 58.4 and 29.1. Trainer Paul Court was happy with the run by the son of Courage Under Fire " He has missed a bit of work lately so he was pretty short tonight." " I thought he might be vunerable because of that but class has got him home." " That run will tighten him up bigtime and he can go to the Sires Stakes heat next week now." " Also I think he is better driven with a sit because he has such high speed." " Whatever he does at two is a bonus as I think he will make a lovely three year old," Paul said. Driver Ricky May was also happy with the run of Mongolian Storm. " He has actually won that a lot easier than it looked." "I was trying to look after him throughout the race as I knew he was short of race fitness." " It was really windy out there as well so it was a good effort," Ricky said. Brad Mowbray, the trainer of Tere The Terminator was still shaking his head when asked for comment on his smart two year old. " He galloped for no reason really which is frustrating but I suppose you can say he is a work in progress." "He did make up a lot of ground after his gallop to finish where he did so there is no problem with the ability". " We just needs the manners to come right," Brad said Harnesslink Media
In the last 3 months Harness Racing Victoria has tested a number of harness racing participants (trainers and drivers) where unfortunately three participants have tested positive to amphetamine. One of those matters has been dealt with and the other two are pending future RAD Board Hearings. Harness Racing Victoria would like to work with all harness racing participants to seek appropriate support and treatment for them to engage with relevant agencies if they have issues in relation to the use of amphetamines or other drugs of abuse. Harness Racing Victoria will increase the number of human samples to be taken of harness racing participants in 2016 than the previous year to ensure greater compliance of drivers and trainers and to ensure that the sport of harness racing is as safe as possible on the race track. It is in the best interests for the sport of harness racing, that all harness racing drivers are not alcohol or drug affected whilst engaged in a race or trial. Harness Racing Victoria would encourage any harness racing participant whom may have an issue with alcohol or drugs to seek appropriate treatment and guidance and Harness Racing Victoria can be contacted on 03 8378 0287 in relation to this and all matters are treated confidentially. Harness Racing Victoria General Amphetamine Street Names Knowing the common street names for the different amphetamines drugs is important. Because there are so many different types of these drugs, many individuals take substances they do not know as a result. Being able to recognize the slang terms can help protect you from dangerous drug abuse and other issues. It could also allow you to help someone in need by knowing what they have taken. Be aware of the street names listed below as they are some of the most common. According to CESAR, “Medications containing amphetamines are prescribed for narcolepsy, obesity, and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder.” However, when someone takes one of these pills without a valid prescription or abuses them just to get high, it is a very dangerous practice that can lead to severe mood swings, insomnia, tremors, and when taken in very high doses even heart attack and stroke. When sold on the street, these drugs are often referred to as: Uppers Speed Pep pills Lid poppers Eye-openers Wake-ups If any of these street names are being used to describe a drug in question, it is most certainly an amphetamine of some type. Dextroamphetamine Medications that contain only dextroamphetamine have specific street names which you may hear but not initially recognize. Many of the general terms for amphetamines are clear about the stimulant effects, but dextroamphetamine which causes many of these same issues may be referred to as White crosses Dexedrine, a brand version of dextroamphetamine, is named for the white lines that appear on the pill in order to make it easier to split into quarters Dexies Another name for Dexedrine Methamphetamine Methamphetamine can be a prescription drug, but more often, it is abused in its pure form which is similar to a crystal-like rock. In many cases, if an individual uses one of the names above, they are likely referring to its the prescription pill form. However, if a person calls the drug: Glass Ice Crystal Chalk Meth it is probably this more potent version. According to the NLM, “Meth use can quickly lead to addiction.” Because illicit methamphetamine is smoked, it will reach the brain much more quickly and cause the individual to feel a stronger desire to abuse more of the drug. Understanding the difference is key to avoiding even more dangerous drug abuse. Combination Street Names There are some slang terms which refer to the combination of amphetamines and different drugs. These can be incredibly dangerous because of the joint effects of the two drugs. For example, goofballs are amphetamines and barbiturates that have been mixed together. According to a study from the NCBI, “The mixture produced a pattern of effects which was different from that produced by either drug separately.” Another similar-sounding combination called speedballs contains heroin and methamphetamine, both extremely potent, addictive, and harmful drugs. It is very important to understand the difference between the two combinations as one may be much more dangerous than the other. Knowing the different street names for amphetamines can help you stay aware of what drugs you are dealing with. You can also more readily help someone else in an overdose situation if you know what they have taken.
Freehold, NJ --- Freaky Feet Pete continued his ascent in the harness racing Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll, moving up to No. 2 in the rankings following his win in the American-National last weekend. The 3-year-old male pacer, who debuted in the Top 10 at No. 10 on Oct. 13, garnered five first-place votes. Wiggle It Jiggleit remained in the top spot, followed by Freaky Feet Pete, 2-year-old male trotter Southwind Frank, 3-year-old male trotter Pinkman, and 4-year-old male pacer Always B Miki. No newcomers joined the Top 10. Rankings based on the votes of harness racing media representatives on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis. Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 26 – 11/10/2015 Rank Name (First Place Votes) A/G/S Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Wiggle It Jiggleit (26) 3pg 23-19-3-0 $1,913,545 330 1 2 Freaky Feet Pete (5) 3pc 17-15-2-0 $853,774 272 3 3 Southwind Frank (2) 2tc 12-11-0-0 $786,419 270 2 4 Pinkman 3tg 17-11-3-1 $1,892,865 205 4 5 Always B Miki (1) 4ph 4-4-0-0 $301,210 147 8 6 Mission Brief 3tf 12-8-3-0 $835,617 142 5 7 Pure Country 2pf 10-10-0-0 $689,968 134 6 8 Bee A Magician 5tm 16-10-4-0 $929,345 114 7 9 Wild Honey 3tf 14-7-5-0 $1,066,682 88 9 10 Wakizashi Hanover 3pg 19-11-4-2 $1,153,700 38 10 Also: L A Delight (37); D'One (36); State Treasurer (33); JL Cruze (13); Artspeak (10); Broadway Donna, Control The Moment (8); Devil Child (7); Womans Will (6); The Bank (5); All The Time, Crazy Wow, Master Of Law (4); Homicide Hunter (3); Color's A Virgin, Il Sogno Dream (2); Betting Line, Creatine, Panocchio (1). Note: LA Delight received one first-place vote. by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications
September 27. 2015 - Today’s Gr. I National Swedish Kriterium (2SEK million to the winner, 2640 meters autostart) went to Readly Express (3m Ready Cash-Caddie Dream-Viking Kronos) in 1.12.8kr by three-quarters of a length for driver Jorma Kontio and trainer Timo Nurmos. The winner, second choice in the race wagering, recorded his fifth career win, with one second, in six starts as he defeated Pythagoras Face (3m Muscle Hill-Occitane-Hasting) with Orjan Kihlstrom up for trainer Roger Walmann. Previously unbeaten favorite Mister JP (3m Taurus Dream-Baghdad Dream-Yankee Glide) set the pace for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop and owner J-P Barjon, before tiring off the last turn, and ending third. Cupido Sisu (3g Judge Joe-Dream Hanover-Pine Chip) was fourth with JohnnyTakter teaming. The winner closed stoutly off rated fractions (1.11.1kr after 500 meters; 1.13.7kr at the 1000; 1.14kr 1t 1500; 1.13.5kr at 2000 mark). The co-featured Swedish Oaks (1.4SEK million to winner, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) went to 33/1 outsider Spoil Me (3f Going Kronos-Mystic Ann-Kadabra) with Kenneth Haugstad aboard for trainer Walmann. Princess Face (3f Muscle Hill-Hepburn Broline-Pine Chip) was second for trainer/driver Lutfi Kolgjini with third to stablemate Pasithea Face (3f Muscle Hill-Jovelinotte-Passionant) with Adrian Koljini teaming. Fourth went to Facile Boko (3f Virgill Boko-Zacile Boko-Muscles Yankee). Favored Tunika was disqualified. Spoil Me was clocked in 1.11.5kr, 2:33 over the distance. An interesting undercard showcased wins by horses with US connections, breeding or otherwise: Raffinos (5f Chocolatier-Honeyed-Mack Lobell) in the Diamondstoet Final worth 200,000SEK to the winner Amity (3f Ganymede-Ebony DK-Royal Troubador) in the Oaks Consolation with 100,000SEK to winner Heaven’s Door (4f Muscle Hill-Girlie Tough-Conway Hall) won the four year-olds mares race to earn 50,000SEK Carmine AM (3m Muscle Hill-Attid VG-Spotlite Lobell) won a three year-old open event to earn 50,000SEK Oh Goodness (5f Chocolatier-Minnesota Carol-Garland Lobell) won 50,000SEK with a 1.14.4 victory over 2140 meters autostart in a four year-old conditioned event Faye Bros (3f Explosive Matter-Vina Boko-Trade Balance) took a three year-old conditioned event to earn 50,000SEK with Jorma Kontio up Global Revenge (4g Donato Hanover-Keystone Sunshine-Self Possessed) earned 100,000SEK with a Kat. I victory Heavy Sound (3g Ken Warkentin-Illustre November-Viking Kronos) earned 100,000SEK for a Kriterium Consolation win driven by Kenneth Haugstad for Roger Walmann. This one is a half-brother to Just Stunning by Muscle Hill. Britelite AM (4f Cash Hall-Intensite-Yankee Glide) won 50,000SEK for a conditioned win driven by Orjan Kihlstrom. This one is a half-sister to stakes winner Intense America Thomas H. Hicks
The Ohio State Racing Commission (OSRC) invited the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA) to help create an informational forum that will educate Ohio harness racing drivers on a new "Use of the Whip" rule (3769-17-17) at their monthly meeting, June 23, 77 S. High St., Columbus, Ohio. "We asked the OHHA at our meeting this morning to participate with the OSRC in educating harness drivers on the new rule which goes into the effect July 19 and they enthusiastically agreed," said OSRC Chairman Robert K. Schmitz. "I don't believe this will be a revolutionary change for most drivers except they will now have to keep the lines in both hands for the entire mile." Steve Bateson, OHHA Vice President and Renee Mancino, OHHA Executive Director both agreed to help participate in the education of Ohio harness drivers on the "Use of the Whip" rule, which had passed through the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR) on June 22. The OSRC will file the rule on July 9, and it will become effective ten days later on July 19. "The Ohio Fair Conference has 20 fairs (in their circuit) and drivers need to know how each judge is going to interpret these rules," Bateson said. "If I were a professional driver I would ask for clarification so there would be no misunderstanding of these rules." The "Use of Whip" rule outlines where on a horse's body a whip may be used and specifies types of whips and the amount of force a driver can deliver when utilizing a whip in a race. Rule 3769-17-17, "Use of the Whip," is found in whole, below: (A) All drivers must keep a line in each hand beginning when the horse is behind the starting gate and continuing through the finish of the race. (B) Whipping shall be restricted to elbow and wrist action only and the whipping arm shall not be raised above the driver's shoulder height. (C) Drivers shall not move their whipping arm in an exaggerated manner and the lines shall remain reasonably taut during the race. (D) Drivers shall not use the whip below the level of the shaft, forward of the race bike's wheels. (E) Drivers shall not place the whip between the horse's legs. (F) Drivers shall not strike another horse or driver with the whip. (G) Drivers shall not use the handle of a whip on a horse. (H) Drivers are permitted to use their hand or the whip in a sliding or gliding manner above the level of the shaft. (I) Drivers shall not use the whip on a tired horse, on a horse that is not visibly responding, or when a horse is not in contention in a race. (J) Drivers shall not use the whip without giving the horse time to respond to a previous application of the whip. (K) Whips shall be no longer than 48 inches with the cracker no longer than 6 inches in length. Only a conventional cracker shall be permitted. No leather or unusual materials may be used. The conventional cracker shall not be knotted and tape is only permitted on the handle of the whip. All other modifications of the whip are prohibited. (L) Excessive, indiscriminate, visibly injurious, or abusive use of the whip is prohibited. (M) In addition to the penalties provided in Rule 3769-17-99, the violation of any of the provisions in this rule may result in loss of placement or disqualification. Kimberly A. Rinker Ohio Standardbred Development Fund
A multiple-stakes winner in 2014, the harness racing 4-year-old Il Sogno Dream is among 10 horses entered in Saturday's $200,000 Charlie Hill Memorial for older trotters at Scioto Downs Racino. The field also includes Bee A Magician, the 2013 Horse of the Year, and stakes-winner Natural Herbie. Il Sogno Dream will start from post No. 2 with driver Aaron Merriman. Bee A Magician, with Brian Sears listed to drive, drew post four and Natural Herbie, with owner-trainer-driver Verlin Yoder at the lines, got post eight. Modern Family won last year's inaugural Charlie Hill Memorial in a then-track-record-equaling 1:52.2. Interestingly, Il Sogno Dream won his seasonal debut on May 22 at Scioto Downs in a career-best 1:52.2. "I can't say I expected him to go (1):52 in his first start, but he was ready I guess," Beaver said with a laugh. "He's come back better than he was. Last year, he would kind of lay into the turns a bit. He's straighter this year; I could probably race him without hobbles, but I don't like to change in case they ever need them on. "He's filled out a bit. I wouldn't say he's any taller, but there's more weight on him. And it seems like he's gotten a little faster over the winter. I think (the improvement in the turns) is a part of it, but I think his stamina is better than it was last year." Il Sogno Dream won five of 18 races last year and earned $323,952 for owners Bill Manes, Dan Manes, Leonard Christopher and Randy Christopher. He captured divisions of the Currier & Ives and Circle City Trot and finished second in the Goodtimes Stakes. He also had third-place finishes in the Kentucky Futurity and Carl Erskine Trot and was fourth in the Hambletonian Stakes. For his career, the son of Cantab Hall-Le Reve has won nine of 31 starts and earned $451,601. Il Sogno Dream has raced twice this year and heads to the Charlie Hill Memorial off a second-place finish to Final Breath in the May 29 Open at Scioto Downs. Il Sogno Dream lost by a head despite starting from post eight and racing on the outside for the entire mile. "I'm really happy with the condition of the horse going into this race," said the 43-year-old Beaver, who established a career high with $1.27 million in purse earnings last season. "I think he's got a good chance to get a top-three finish in (the Charlie Hill Memorial). "I'm not sure he's not up to being able to race against the top horses, I think he can race with them; I don't think they're going to overshadow him. Is he ready to beat that kind? I don't know. He hasn't faced anything like them so far this year. But I feel pretty good about him in there." Il Sogno Dream has a limited stakes schedule this year. Among the races to which he is eligible are the Hambletonian Maturity, Maple Leaf Trot, Chip Noble Memorial Trot, Centaur Trotting Classic, and Dayton Trotting Derby. "I didn't over-stake him this year," said Beaver, who is based in central Ohio and also has 10 horses with a second trainer in Ontario. "I figured he'd be racing a few more years at least. I'm hoping he can be really good around here and compete on the Grand Circuit locally. I hope he develops into a horse that could race everywhere. I think he's well on his way." Bee A Magician has won three of four races this year and is coming off a second-place finish to Father Patrick in the Maxie Lee Memorial Invitational on May 24 at Harrah's Philadelphia. The 5-year-old mare, who has raced exclusively against the boys so far this year, has won 34 of 51 career races and earned $2.90 million. Natural Herbie is winless in five starts this season, but last year won the International Trot Preview, Chip Noble Memorial and Vincennes Invitational. He has won 24 of 51 lifetime starts and $763,491. Following is the field in post order for the Charlie Hill Memorial with listed drivers and trainers: 1 Final Breath, Dan Noble, Hugh Beatty 2. Il Sogno Dream, Aaron Merriman, Chris Beaver 3. Fusion Man, Ronnie Wrenn Jr., Jeff Smith 4. Bee A Magician, Brian Sears, R. Nifty Norman 5. DW's NY Yank, Chris Page, Ron Burke 6. Obrigado, Mark MacDonald, Paul Kelley 7. Southwind Pepino, Hugh Beatty, Hugh Beatty 8. Natural Herbie, Verlin Yoder, Verlin Yoder 9. Lindy's Tru Grit, Andy Miller, Julie Miller 10. Count Me In, Mike Wilder, Ron Burke Note: DW's NY Yank and Count Me In will race as an entry. Note: Count Me In starts from the trailing position. by Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA