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The Premio Finale Campionato Femminile (purse 88,000€, 2100 meters autostart, four year old mares) this day at Ippodromo del Garigliano in Italy, went to Zariah Bi (4f Equinox Bi-Fendi Bi-Sugarcane Hanover) handled by Mauro Biasuzzi clocked in 1.12.9kr. Zealand As (4f Donato Hanover-Fortune As-Tenor de Baune) rallied for second with Rene Legati up. Zarina Daniel (4f SJs Photo-Onda d’Asolo-Uronometro) was third. Winner’s pedigree is shown below. The three year old fillies then contested the Premio Finale Campianato Feminile (purse 88,000€, 2100 meters autostart) with victory earned by 1.12.7kr timed Audrey Effe (3f Up And Quick-Simphony Effe-Going Kronos) reined by Andrea Farolfi for Scuderia Gardesana. The race time was a new record for the open lengths winner. Pedigree shown below. Ampia Mede SM (3f Ganymede-Polimpia Slide SM-Yankee Slide) was second for Vincenzo d’Alessandro Jr. with third to Arnas Cam (3f Ready Cash-Nadia Cam-Varenne). by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Elkton, MD -- In this edition of Horse Highlight, Post Time with Mike and Mike teams up with New Vocations to feature Jimmer. This handsome 10-year-old by Equinox Bi has a way of getting everyone's attention when they walk into the barn. "It must be his unique look that makes people notice him, he leaves an impression on everyone," said Jimmer's former harness racing trainer Jessica Roegner. Jimmer gave it his all everytime he stepped foot on the race track, and when he just wasn't himself anymore, trainer Jessica Roegner decided it was time for Jimmer to retire. Jimmer had 117 starts during his racing career. With 22 trips to the winners' circle and a bankroll of over $172,645. "In 2015, the year we got him, he won multiple open races in New York. He set his lifetime mark of 1:54.1 before he injured his leg," said Roegner. "He was always fun to watch race because he never really got started until the half. He was one that would come charging hard late." "I've never been around a horse that has a more down to earth personality than Jimmer. " Roegner said. He is a people's horse who everyone seems to love. "His previous owner Sally Corlew, has always kept in touch with me on how he is doing. Even the fellow that delivered grain to us in New York still asks about him a year after we moved to Ohio." This well behaved, bay, gelding, is so gentle that both the young and the old are able to take care of him, and when it came to having someone on his back it was like he was an old pro. "While having time off he was at my mom's farm and we had my niece, Anna get on him. He didn't even move a muscle. He acted as if he'd been riding for years. He is always so eager to please." said Roegner. I (Jessica Otten) have taken care of Jimmer a couple of times while he was racing at Northfield Park in Ohio and I fell in love with him the minute I laid my eyes on him. He was so sweet and gentle, he was like a giant puppy. He did this thing when you walked him, he would move his head back and forth almost like he was nodding yes to you. It was so funny. He never did a thing wrong, hands down one of my favorites to take care of. After the race, its like he knew it was time for his treats. "He loves food, he will literally eat anything. I haven't found a treat he won't eat." Roegner said. I've (Otten) always kept up with him when he races and would often ask Jessica, on how he was doing. When she told me he was going to New Vocations I couldn't have been happier for him and this next step in his life. "For a trotter, Jimmer is exceptionally quiet. He was broke to ride in a matter of minutes and by the end of his first ride, Courtney Labarbera, our trainer, was able to stand up on his back with no hands! Jimmer is kind and so willing. In just a short time he is already a favorite in the barn." stated the Standardbred Program Director, Winnie Nemeth. Jimmer is at the Western New York facility and is up for adoption, for more information check out the New Vocations website. Be sure to visit www.newvocations.org and view out all of the amazing athletes they have up for adoption, remember, make your next horse an ex-racehorse! By Jessica Otten, for Post Time with Mike and Mike

Foundonabeach (John MacDonald) takes the Vernon Downs Open Trot ($9,000) on Saturday night (June 16). Foundonabeach ($3.80) darted to the front and controlled all the fractions (:29.0, :58.2, 1:26.3, 1:55.1). Owned by Karma Racing Inc. and trained by MacDonald, he had to hold off a late rush by second place finisher Pier Ho Exotic (Jimmy Whittemore). Sweet Ashley T (Homer Hochstetler) finished third. Foundoanabeach is a 7-year-old gelding by Equinox Bi. It was win number eight on the season and number 24 for his career. MacDonald also won on the night with Lucid Thoughts ($3.50). Claude Huckabone III and Jimmy Whittemore each had two wins on the night as well. Huckabone III reached the finish line with Winkys Gal $4.30 and Gimme the Cash ($6.10). Whittemore won with Golden Kronos ($5.80) and Bloodstockhalltab ($6.20). Vernon Downs returns to live racing with a special Father's Day Matinee (June 17) featuring 10 races with a post time at 1 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

Morosita Bi (Jim Meittinis) wins the featured harness racing trot ($9,000), on Saturday night (August 12) at Tioga Downs. Can Do (Scott Coulter) would charge out to lead and own all the early fractions :28.3, :58.3, 1:27.1. Morosita Bi (Equinox Bi), who was the only mare in the race would follow from the the pocket. Leased and trained by Bruce Clarke, the 7 year-old would charge out of the pocket and take the lead at the top of the stretch. Morosita Bi ($6.90) would win her fourth straight in a time of 1:56.1. It was her 37th career victory. Can Do would hang on for second with Bjanthony (Mickey McNichol) taking third. Mike Merton would win three on the night. He would have victories with Heart Crusher $7.30), Grey Ice ($38.60), and A Crown For Lindy (3.10). "Megatoad" beats "Jaws". The Chicken Spiedie Eating Championship was held in a poring rain at Tioga (August 12). The rain didn't dampen the competitors. Spiedie eating world record holder, Matt "Megatoad" Stonie beat his own record by eating 25 and a half spidies and beating arch rival and Coney Island Hot Dog eating champion Joey "Jaws" Chestnut. Tioga Downs returns to live action Sunday afternoon (August 13) with a 15 race card starting at 1pm. There will be a non-betting race at 12:45. The card features the Empire Breeders Classic eliminations for both sophomore pacing fillies and eliminations for their counterpart, colts and geldings. Also on the card is NYSS freshman trotting fillies. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com John Horne for Tioga Downs

WASHINGTON, PA, May 23, 2017 -- Bessie stalked Goodtogo Hanover from the pocket, then blew by her in the harness racing 'Lightning Lane' to capture Tuesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Bessie left alertly from post 7 for Tony Hall and was able to secure the pocket behind Goodtogo Hanover, who had to deal with the menacing first-over move of Dirty Secret. That challenger eventually broke stride, but Goodtogo Hanover was left vulnerable to the inside charge of Bessie, who downed her by 1/2 length in 1:54.2. Princess Pablano rallied for show. Rick Clapper trains Bessie, a 6-year-old daughter of Equinox Bi-Cantab's Chorine who now boasts $316,760 in career earnings, for Paula Clapper, Umholtz Racing Stable and Kennedy Sports Corp. Mike Wilder collected four wins and Hall three on the 13-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, May 9, 2017 -- Bessie sat patiently through three-quarters before tackling the leader, Goodtogo Hanover, and nailing her in the stretch to capture Tuesday's $20,000 harness racing filly & mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Goodtogo Hanover enjoyed a comfortable 58 opening half, which discouraged any early challenges. But when Tony Hall tipped Bessie off the cones, the 6-year-old daughter of Equinox Bi-Cantab's Chorine steadily eroded the margin and downed Goodtogo Hanover by a length in 1:55.1 Princess Pablano was a ground-saving third. Rick Clapper trains Bessie, who vaulted over $300,000 in career earnings, for Paula Clapper, Umholtz Racing Stable and Kennedy Sports Corp. Aaron Merriman collected four wins and Hall three on the 13-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, March 7, 2017 -- Joyful exploded past the leader with an uncovered backside brush and went on to capture his division in Tuesday's opening leg of the Ken Weaver Memorial Trot at The Meadows. DD's Comet, a harness racing seven-race maiden entering the day, took the other $12,500 division in the series for 3- and 4-year-old colts, stallions and geldings. The event honors the memory of the late Ken Weaver, a trainer/driver who was a fixture at The Meadows and on the Pennsylvania Fairs circuit. Joyful was third when Naquel Harvey sent him after Bourdain on the front. He cleared easily and drew off to prevail in 1:59.3 over a sloppy surface. Bourdain saved place, 2-1/2 lengths back, while Claire And Kenny rallied for show. Doug Hamilton trains and owns the 4-year-old Conway Hall-Joy To The World gelding. In the $18,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, Bessie made it three straight when she survived a demanding opening quarter and poured it on late to score in 1:56.3, 3/4 lengths better than Barn Girl. Classic Belisima earned show. Jim Pantaleano piloted the 6-year-old daughter of Equinox Bi-Cantab's Chorine, who now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $289,360, for trainer Rick Clapper and owners Paula Clapper, Umholtz Racing Stable and Kennedy Sports Corp. It was one of three wins for Pantaleano on the 13-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 21, 2017 -- Bessie thwarted two late challengers en route to her second straight victory in Tuesday's $13,000 Filly & Mare Conditioned Trot at The Meadows. Bessie zipped to the front from post 6 for Jim Pantaleano and led the field into the stretch, where she faced a menacing bid from Princess Pablano, who made an unforced break. But that still left the dangerous Whata Donato, who was charging through the Lightning Lane. Bessie held firm, defeating Whata Donato by a nose in 1:55.2, with She Nuit third. Rick Clapper trains Bessie, a 6-year-old daughter of Equinox Bi-Cantab's Chorine who extended her lifetime bankroll to $280,360, for Paula Clapper, Umholtz Racing Stable and Kennedy Sports Corp. Tony Hall and Pantaleano each collected three wins on the 12-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

2.6/1 Seattle Bi (5f Equinox Bi-Las Vegas Bi) took Tuesday’s Quinte+ Prix de Laqoubran (purse €25,000, 2650 meters autostart, 13 European starters) at Hyeres, France, scoring in 1.14.9kr for harness racing driver Roberto Andreghetti. Scuderia Dielle SRL of Italy owns the winning mare that Alessandro Gocciadoro conditions. 19/1 Orleans Font (8m Ganymede-Saint Ghil SM) took second in a close finish for driver Christophe Martens, trainer Vincent Martens and Ecurie du Domaine du Parc. 10/1 Venus Castelets (7f Jasmin de Flore-Natural  Pearl) earned third for J-Ch Feron and Ecurie de Rougemont. 1.8.1 favorite Conway Fortuna (7m Conway Hall-Saratoga Yankee) captured fourth for Dominik Locqueneux, trainer Henk Grift and Gerrits Recycling BV of Holland. In other European action the Championnat des Indigena (purse €13,850, 2000 meters autostart, five turf starters) at Avenches (Suisse) went to 1/5 favorite Attenarco (6g Ready Cash-Mattmara) timed in 1.16.4kr, quick clocking on the grass. Henri Turrettini drove the winner that he owns and Nunes du Oliveira V trains. Tango du Martza (9g Jag de Bellouet) rallied for second with Fra Quatreuil up. The Prix de Vitre Suisse (purse €9,233, 2000 meters autostart, six turf starters) went to the 1.19.3lr timed, open lengths winner Semola GK (5f Allison Hollow-Gary MP). This 1.1/1 choice was reined by Jean Matthey. 2.3/1 Fast And Furious (4m Main Wise As-You’ve Got Mail) was second for owner/trainer/driver Andre Humbert Back on dirt the Cabourg feature was the Prix des Lupins B (purse €26,000, 2850 meters, 12 starters). 53/1 Caballis (4g In Love With You-Republica) scored timed in 1.17.3kr for Ch-A Mary, also trainer to owner/breeder Bernard Giraudon. Racing barefoot, second was 2.6/1 Capitano de Lou (4g Ready Cash-Riviera de Lou) for Alexandre Abrivard, ahead of 3/1 shoeless Cedre de Bellouet (4g Quel Amour Dudel-Saga de Bellouet) handled by David Thomain. Thomas H. Hicks  

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 2, 2016 -- Bessie endured a contested first quarter and went on to a comfortable harness racing victory in 1:54 -- matching her career best -- in Tuesday's $22,500 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Bessie was stretched by Boo's Party Girl while trying for the early lead and forced to a speedy 27.2 opening panel. But the 5-year-old daughter of Equinox Bi-Cantab's Chorine easily thwarted the first-over bid of Whata Donato and defeated her by 3/4 lengths for Jim Pantaleano. Boo's Party Girl saved show. Rick Clapper trains Bessie, who won for the fourth time in her last seven starts and pushed her lifetime bankroll to $192,964, for Paula Clapper, Umholtz Racing Stable and Kennedy Sports Corp. Aaron Merriman and Dave Palone each collected three victories on the 15-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 9, 2015 -- Bessie powered to the lead past the quarter and faced little pressure thereafter as she rolled to a harness racing victory in Wednesday's $22,500 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Away third for Jim Pantaleano, Bessie overtook the leader, Barn Girl and enjoyed a comfortable 57.2 front half. Anaffairtoremember avoided a tangle of horses down the backside to emerge a clear second, but she was unable to gain substantially on Bessie. The 4-year-old daughter of Equinox Bi-Cantab's Chorine prevailed in 1:54.2, 1-3/4 lengths better than Anaffairtoremember, while Barn Girl saved show. Rick Clapper trains Bessie, who now boasts $158,929 in career earnings, for Paula Clapper, Umholtz Racing Stable and Kennedy Sports Corp. Dave Palone, Wilbur Yoder, Pantaleano and trainers Ron Burke and Marcus Marashian each enjoyed a double on the 15-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 24, 2015 -- Bessie powered up first over, wore down the leader and rolled to victory in Tuesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Bessie was fourth down the backside when Jim Pantaleano sent her after Barn Girl, who had enjoyed a comfortable 58 opening half. The 4-year-old daughter of Equinox Bi-Cantab's Chorine put away Barn Girl and held off the late bid of Mistress Valentine to down her by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:54.3. Whata Donato finished third. Rick Clapper trains Bessie, who extended her career bankroll to $147,679, for Paula Clapper, Umholtz Racing Stable and Kennedy Sports Corp. Tony Hall piloted five winners on the 15-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows                          

Jimmer (Equinox Bi) continued his breakout harness racing season on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Don Sherman-trained trotter scored a wire-to-wire win in the $18,000 Open Trot on a beautiful afternoon in the Spa City. Jimmer, one of the top trotters at Saratoga this season, won for the eighth time in '15 and did so in career best fashion. Phil Fluet piloted the race's 7-5 favorite to victory in 1:54.1, a time that is just a fifth of a second off the track record for trotters. Longshot Cash Poor (Jim Devaux) fought gamely first over and was the runner up while Gaelic And Garlic (Mark Beckwith) earned the show spot. It was the third Open score this season for Jimmer who was claimed this spring by Don Sherman, last year's Up-and-Coming Trainer at the Spa. Jimmer led an exacta that returned $33 and a triple that came back $91.50. Live racing resumes on Thursday at Saratoga with a first post time set for 4:00pm. Mike Sardella

Jimmer (Equinox Bi) scored his third consecutive victory on Tuesday night at the harness racing meeting at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Don Sherman trainee continues to have a sensational season which has now featured back to back jacks in the Open Trot at the Spa. Reinsman Phil Fluet worked out a second over journey in the Tuesday's $18,000 feature for Jimmer who tipped off cover around the final turn and outtrotted his rivals in the stretch. The six year old highstepper stopped the timer in 1:55.2 for his seventh win of the 2015 campaign and third in a row. Slugfest (Jay Randall), the defending Trotter of the Year at Saratoga, continued his terrific '15 season with another second place finish in the feature while invader Can I Say (Bruce Aldrich Jr) charged hard for third. Jimmer was dismissed at odds of 9-1 despite winning last Tuesday's Open while the exacta with Slugfest came back $80.50 and the triple paid $278. Live racing continues on Wednesday night at Saratoga with a first post time set for 7:05pm.  Melissa Simser  

Jimmer (Equinox Bi) participated in the Open Trot for the first time at Saratoga Casino and Raceway on Tuesday night. The Don Sherman trainee wound up getting a pocket trip in his first crack at the $18,000 feature and charged past the race's co-favorite Slugfest (Jay Randall) to record the victory in 1:55.2. Jimmer was claimed this spring by Sherman and co-owner Jessica Roegner and is putting together a career season. One week removed from his lifetime best 1:54.1 score, Jimmer had no trouble handling Tuesday's step up en route to his sixth victory on the campaign. Slugfest has now finished first or second in thirteen of his seventeen seasonal tries as the 9-5 co-favorite was the runner up in the six horse Open while invader Dancehall Mistress (Billy Dobson) came on to finish third. Jimmer returned $17.00 to win and started an exacta that paid $62.50 and a triple that came back $212. The win was one of three on the evening for conditioner Don Sherman who currently sits in fifth in the local trainer standings. Live racing continues on Wednesday night with a first post time of 7:05pm. Mike Sardella  

Jimmer (Equinox Bi) set a lifetime mark in Sunday's feature at the harness racing meeting at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Don Sherman-trained six year old has been on top of his game in the last two months and on Sunday would not be denied. Driver Phil Fluet moved Jimmer first over on the race's favorite Zoey De Vie (Jim Devaux) and wound up grinding him into submission with a big effort on the outside. Zoey De Vie fought gamely after being parked out for the first 3/8 of a mile and held strong for second while Midnite Craze (Jay Randall) earned the show spot in the $14,000 Winners Over trot. Jimmer, who returned $10.80 to win on Sunday, recorded his victory in a career best 1:54.4 for his fifth win on the season. Jimmer, who has hit the board in fourteen of his 23 seasonal tries, is co-owned by Jessica Roegner and his trainer Don Sherman. Live racing resumes on Thursday beginning at 4:00pm before the summer schedule kicks in with 7:05pm first posts starting on Friday evening. Melissa Simser  

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