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Electric Lad paced home for his 50th career victory, winning the 6th race at Northfield Park on Wednesday (August 1). The 13 year-old veteran, with 346 career starts, also has 51 seconds and 44 third place finishes. Electric Lad (Electric Yankee-Figmental-Precious Bunny) has career earnings of $436,459 with a lifetime mark of 1:51.2 at Hoosier Park at age nine. The pacer's richest win was for a purse of $19,300 in a claiming race at Hoosier Park in 2013. Electric Lad is a well-traveled campaigner -- his 50 wins have been spread across 11 different racing surfaces. Electric Lad started from post-4 and led his competition at every call through fraction of :27.1, :56.3, 1:25 and 1:54.1, besting his competition by a 1 ¼-lengths. He was the race favorite and returned $4.60 to win. Ryan Bellamy of Anderson, Indiana owns and trains Electric Lad. Aaron Merriman was aboard for the winning drive. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Tall Cotton sets a new track record of 1:53.2 for a harness racing aged gelded trotter at Scioto Downs. The previous record of 1:54 was held by JJ Hall and War Cry Hall. The 8-year old son of Revenue S out of B Cor Peatra is trained by Ron Burke who also owns along with Weaver Bruscemi, Ed Gold and Howard Taylor. Tall Cotton started from post four in the field of eight condition trotters. Chris Page had the lines and chased after the $18,000 purse. Page left hard for command and trotted an opening quarter in :27.3. Dan Noble and Fusion Man followed suit and were able to drop in second. The quick pace continued on to the half clocked in :55.4. Boy Meets Girl K and Randy Tharps started their first up rally and pushed the pace down to three quarters in 1:24.4. Fusion Man sat the pocket until wheeling in mid stretch to give his bid, but would be just a head shy. Final Breath and Hugh Beatty were a closing third. She's Shocking sets a new career best of 1:51 in the $25,000 Filly and Mare Open Pace. The 5-year old mare by Electric Yankee out of Notorious One is conditioned by Scott Mogan who partially owns with Diamond Chip Stable and Charles Guiler. Kayne Kauffman had the assignment from post six in the full field of nine, but that didn't deter him from leaving. She's Shocking left like a rocket along with heavy favorite, Betterluvnexttime who cleared to the opening quarter in :26.2 and provided a perfect pocket trip to She's Shocking. The pace didn't slow much as they paced to the half in :54.4. Sissy Bar and Dan Noble started their first over bid and gave cover to a second over Sweetheart Dance. Sissy Bar applied pressure as they paced down to three quarters in 1:22.3. This left Kauffman licking his chops as they battled until the top of stretch. She's Shocking waited for room from a tiring Sissy Bar to pull out and pace a head clear of Betterluvnexttime. Jim Pantaleano and Sweetheart Dance came on for third. Racing returns Saturday (September 13) post time 6:30 p.m. Scioto Downs Racino

ANDERSON, Ind.-June 11, 2014 - Sam Widger notched the 5,000th win of his career after he piloted Brooklyn's Z Tam to victory in a condition pace at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday, June 11. The 1:56.2 victory marked a lifetime best performance for the four-year-old daughter of Electric Yankee-Slick Fit and a career milestone for the 50-year-old reinsman. Trained by Mike Murphy, Brooklyn's Z Tam was able to take advantage of a perfect second-over trip to record the first win of her 4-year-old campaign. Owned by Connie Blakeman, Brooklyn's Z Tam now sports a career bankroll of $24,870. Hoosier Park's Vice President and General Manager, Rick Moore, along with Widger's friends and fellow drivers were in the winner's circle to congratulate and acknowledge his accomplishment. "On behalf of Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, I'd like to congratulate Sam on win number 5,000," Moore noted. "Through his professionalism and attitude, Sam is a great ambassador for our sport. We wish Sam continued success for the remainder of this season and throughout his career. We look forward to watching him win many more races at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino." Now in his 28th season as a driver, Widger completed his ninth season with purse earnings surpassing the $2.5 million mark in 2013. The veteran reinsman has gone over the $3 million mark in purse earnings four times in the last eight years and has finished among the top ten drivers at Hoosier Park every season he has competed. Widger also received a spot in the Hoosier Park history books when he guided Bolt The Duer to victory in the 2013 installment of Hoosier Park's most prestigious race, the $250,000 Dan Patch Invitational. Widger, who has a farm in Beecher, IL that he shares with his wife, Nancy, and his five children, loves to hunt, fish and also enjoys helping out on the family farm in his spare time. Widger remains humble when considering his career and accredits much of his success to hard work, determination and perseverance. "God willing, trainers willing, and owners willing, we'll just keep on going," Widger said after his win. "I count my blessings every day, not only with the harness racing, but with family as well. I'm as rich as anybody could be when it comes to family." Widger is currently third on the 2014 leading driver standings at Hoosier Park with 65 trips to the winner's circle and over $640,000 in purse earnings. Trace Tetrick leads all drivers with 97 victories while Tyler Smith is just behind him in second with 92 wins. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Thursday, June 12 with a 14-race card highlighted by the $17,500 Fillies and Mares Preferred trot. With a daily post time of 5:15 p.m., live racing will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule through November 15. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

LEBANON, OH. - Driver Kyle Ater had a hot hand at Miami Valley Raceway on Wednesday night, ignoring frigid temperatures and strong night-long wind gusts to notch four wins for four different trainers on the 11-race program.   The 37-year-old reinsman's opening effort was an indication of what was to come as he guided heavily-favored Lama Blue Chip to an impressive maiden victory in the night's first contest. Owned by L A Express Stable and trained by Ater's father Dan, the three-year-old Art Major colt was making his first local appearance following three uneventful starts at The Meadowlands to begin his career.   Ater returned to the winner's circle following the fourth race when he guided He's The Bomb to a narrow 1:58 victory over Southbound (Shawn Barker II) and Cam's Best Kiss (Jeremy Smith). It was the tenth lifetime victory for the Jate Lobell gelding owned by Watermark Farm LLC and trained by Jeff Smith.   A pair of back-to-back longshot triumphs completed Ater's grand slam in the eighth and ninth races. Mischief Man took advantage of his second tier start to top a full field of $5000 claimers at odds of 8-1. Ater guided the Jody's Cam gelding to his 26th career win with a 1:57.2 clocking to best favored Canaco Run (Chris Page) and I Scoot For Cash (Barker). Victor Gray Sr. and Victor Gray II share ownership of the winner and entrust the training to Tyler Tinch.   A race later, Harvard's Z Tam was dispatched at odds of 9-1, despite Ater's hot hand, and fronted Chip Of Art (Smith) and Panhellenic (Randy Tharps) to the wire in 1:58.l. Harry Groves conditions the 29-time winning son of Electric Yankee for Patrick Groves. Coincidentally the final three wins for Ater all came behind seven-year-old geldings.   Submitted by Miami Valley Raceway  

On Friday, July 19 Northfield Park will host five divisions of Ohio Sires Stake racing action as part of the 14-race program. This will be the second leg of the Sires Stakes for the freshman fillies. Freshman filly trotters will start Friday’s stake action in Race 1 for the $30,000 first division. Rose Run Princess (Trainforthefuture-Cinder Char-Striking Sahbra) is the 2-1 morning-line favorite for owner Jennifer Keller of New Carlisle, Ohio and Jerry Bell of Tipp City, Ohio. Devan Miller is the filly’s trainer and has enlisted the services of Northfield Park’s leading driver, Chris Page. Rose Run Princess makes her third lifetime start, finishing fourth at the Pickaway County Fair and posting a 2:02.4 victory in Ohio Sires Stakes action on July 4 at Scioto Downs. Rose Run Princess will start from post six. Also competing in the first division will be Maes Perfect Storm, Dellou, Emilene’s Future, Hush Hush Chip and Cookie N Ice Cream. Race 2 will be the $30,000 first division for two-year old filly Ohio-bred pacers. Trainer Mike Conklin will start Paydaze On The Way (Look Sharp- Shantytown Girl-Towner’s Big Guy) as the 3-1 slight morning-line favorite. Paydaze On The Way starts from post three and faces five rivals. Paydaze On The Way shows one race-line, a runner-up effort on July 4 in the Ohio Sires Stakes at Scioto Downs. She was closing well in the stretch, missing the win by a neck and pacing in 1:57.3. Dan Noble is scheduled to drive for owner Karen Rose of Leesburg, Ohio. R Spunky Girl, Ataway Samantha, Fayco Filly, Crown Time Keeper and Friskie’s Angel complete the line-up. Trotters return to the stage in Race 3 for the $30,000 second division Ohio Sire Stakes. Iron Princess (Iron Duke-Kiwi Song-Super Ben Joe) is the 2-1 morning-line favorite for owner/trainer Ron Randall of Berlin Center, Ohio. Iron Princess has two previous races, posting wins at the Putnam County Fair and a 2:04.3 effort at Scioto Downs in Ohio Sires Stakes action. Driver Greg Grismore will start the trotter from post-four in a field that consists of Hurricane Honey, Emery Jean, Rockin H Marsha K, Anniesbluejeanbaby and O I M Bad. Trotters again compete in Race 5 for the $30,000 third division of the Ohio Sires Stakes. In The Grippers (Steven One-Over Baked-Overcomer) starts from the rail and is the 5-2 morning-line favorite. She is owned by Herres Stables, LLC of Bellbrook, Ohio and is trained by Virgil Morgan Jr. Morgan has called upon Chris Page to drive. This filly has one lifetime start, winning in 2:04 in the Ohio Sires Stakes at Scioto Downs. In The Grippers’ rivals consist of MJs Victory Jody, Greased, Turbochargedroxie, Dohooray, Mclean and Surebecoolifudid. Race 6 will host the final Ohio Sires Stake race of the evening with the $30,000 second division for two year-old filly pacers. Friskie Six (Feelin Friskie-KJ Six-Electric Yankee) is the 5-2 morning-line favorite for owner Larry Six of Washington Court House, Ohio. Travis Redden trains the filly and uses Tony Hall to drive. This freshman has raced two times, finishing second at the Pickaway County Fair and again finishing second in a $30,000 Ohio Sires Stake race at Scioto Downs. Friskie Six starts from post-four in a talented field consisting of Pretty Dreamboat, Nancy’s Stitches, A P P Panda, Spiffy Sam, Rosy Fire and Baby Slider. by Ayers Ratliff  

Harness racing trainer Scott Mogan had a night to remember getting three wins - with three different drivers - Friday at Scioto Downs Racino.

Victory Is Coming was first across the wire in the $5,000 Open Trot in Northfield Park’s opening on Monday, April 29, 2013.

A duo of $30,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes for 3-year-old pacing fillies highlighted the Hoosier Park Racing & Casino Friday night 12-strong harness racing card with Don't Flash Me posting the fastest time of the night with a 1:53.0 performance.

Feegee may have the luck o' the Irish on her side in Friday's kick off of the Spring Survivor Series at the Meadowlands Racetrack. The Conway Hall filly, trained by 29-year-old Dublin, Ireland native Joe Hanney, has drawn post six in the first of two $12,500 divisions, carded as races two and four. Harness racing 'Hall of Famer' Ron Pierce picked up the assignment.

It's a category for all breeds which is seldom, if ever, visited, but pacing mare Nillabomb must be approaching some sort of precedent. It must surely be a rare occurence for a horse of any breed to have over 30 different harness racing drivers or jockeys in the lifespan of their competitive career.

Tony Rose realises he's been given a second chance at life and the 38-year-old Ohio native and harness racing driver knows only too well he's lucky to be able to get back in the sulky on his home track at Lebanon Raceway on Friday (September 23).

Freddyscooter and harness racing driver Trace Tetrick held steady in the final strides to take home the top prize in the $24,000 Open Pace Wednesday, June 22 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The duo covered the one-mile distance in a time of 1:51.3.

When the 35th Annual Mid-Hudson ST. Patrick's Day Parade steps off at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 13th in the Village of Goshen, NY, residents of the Cradle of the Trotter will be treated to a half-dozen retired harness racing standardbreds along the parade route.

The Hoosier Classic Yearling Sale kicked off its two-day event Friday, October 29 with a strong first session. Bolstered by notable out-of-state harness racing horsemen looking to invest in Indiana's lucrative program, yearlings brought record prices Friday, with a Southwind Elian filly bringing a $107,000 final bid.

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