The honeymoon is not over for Bill Mack when it comes to harness racing. Mack, a breeder/owner in central New Jersey, sends 3-year-old filly trotter Sally Savannah into Wednesday's third round of the Bobby Weiss Series at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. Sally Savannah finished second in her Weiss division last week and was third in the opening round. Driven by George Napolitano Jr. for trainer Neal Ehrhart, the filly is 9-2 on the morning line. The 71-year-old Mack has owned horses since retiring from his job as a criminal court administrator for the state of New Jersey. Most of his horses have "Savannah" in their names, which is a nod to the city where Mack and his wife Lorraine spent their honeymoon. "(Sally Savannah) is racing very well," Mack said. "I like her determination; she just seems to like to race. I'm hoping to have a nice year with her." A homebred daughter by stallion Equinox Bi out of Mack's mare Sassy Savannah, Sally Savannah won two of nine races last year and earned $42,512. She won a division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Stallion Series, finished second to world champion Designed To Be in a division of the Pennsylvania All Stars and capped her 2-year-old season by finishing third in her division of the Keystone Classic. "She finished last year well and she's back where she left off," Ehrhart said. "We toyed around with the idea of putting her in the regular sire stakes last year, but thought it might be pushing it. It worked out because she did well in the Stallion Series. "I don't know yet where we'll put her this year. I'd rather be a star in the Stallion Series than put her in over her head. A lot of the top 3-year-old (trotting) fillies are going to come out of Pennsylvania. Maybe she'll get there, but she'll let us know." Sally Savannah, who was named by one of Mack's granddaughters because she was naming all her dolls "Sally" at that time, also is eligible to the Arden Downs Stakes and Currier & Ives this year. "This series should be a good prep for the sire stakes," Ehrhart said. "She's been facing a lot of 4-year-olds (in the Weiss) and that's what has impressed me. "This horse is a lot like her mother, and that's a good thing," the trainer added. "George Napolitano said (Sally Savannah) is a very smart horse. She can size up a race and know where she needs to be." Sassy Savannah was a rare yearling purchase for Mack. He bought her for $6,000 under the name Strapless at the 2002 Standardbred Horse Sale. Sassy Savannah won a division of the Arden Downs as a 2-year-old and a Landmark Stakes at age 3, finishing her career with $101,242. "She was sick as a dog at the sale," Ehrhart said. "That might have hurt her (price in the auction), but it didn't hurt her down the road." Mack and Ehrhart have been a team for nearly 15 years. Mack found Ehrhart through an advertisement in Hoof Beats magazine. "He's a nice person," Mack said. "He's easy to deal with. He's done I think as well as could be expected with my horses." Said Ehrhart of Mack, "He's the epitome of what a good racehorse owner should be. He cares about the horses and is patient and never puts them in positions they shouldn't be in. We have a trust and he has confidence in me. He leaves me to do my thing and we've held our own." The two hope to continue the success with Sally Savannah. She faces six rivals Wednesday in the Weiss Series, which is for 3- and 4-year-old female trotters that entered 2014 with fewer than three career wins or $40,000 in lifetime purses. Clementine Dream, who finished second in the Super Bowl Series final in January, is the 5-2 favorite. Connie Keeper, who has finished second in both her Weiss races, is the 2-1 choice in the first division. Perfect Alliance and Take The Money, both undefeated this year out of the stable of trainer Julie Miller, are skipping this week's races after winning their starts in the previous two rounds. "It's a lot stronger series than I had anticipated," Mack said. "I think she'd have to hit the board (Wednesday) and next week to make the final. But I always have high hopes for my horses. Hopefully she'll do alright." by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications
Another great rivalry has shaped up late this season between the sophomore trotters Creatine and Spider Blue Chip. That match-up figures to be front and center again this Saturday, Nov. 9th when the two diagonally gaited foes meet again in the $235,000 American National 3yo Colt Trot. Just last Friday (Nov. 1) at Hoosier Park, Creatine avenged his Breeders Crown loss to his main rival by besting him by a head in the $286,500 Carl Erskine Trot in 1:54.3. Spider Blue Chip had prevailed by a head over Creatine in the $500,000 Breeders Crown Sophomore Trot on Oct. 19 at Pocono, winning that race in 1:53.3 by a neck. Trained by Bob Stewart and bred and owned by the Diamond Creek Racing Stable of Wellsville, PA, Creatine has been steered in the majority of his outings by Hall of Famer Mike LA chance, and now sports $815,495 in career earnings. “He came out of the win at Hoosier just happy as a clam,” Stewart said. “Afterwards, we shipped him back to our winter base of Paris, Kentucky. He’ll be at Odds On Acres on Friday morning prior to his start at Balmoral, because we want to make sure he gets plenty of turn-out time before Saturday’s American National.” A brown son of Andover Hall, Creatine raced just seven times as a freshman, with all of his pari-mutuel starts coming at Lexington. He scored three wins, a second and a third—earning $63,020 for his connections—and winning two overnights on The Red Mile clay in early autumn, before capturing the $101,000 Bluegrass 2-Year-Old Colt Final on Sept. 28, 2012 in a seasonal best 1:57.1 with Lachance in the sulky. “We decided to stop with him and not go to the Breeders Crown or any of the other year-end races, because we thought he had raced enough as a 2-year-old,” Stewart said after the youngster’s Bluegrass triumph. “We were concentrating on this year and he came back to our expectations.” Stewart’s patience obviously paid off, as Creatine has missed only two checks all season, and has thus far amassed $752,439 in 16 starts, with eight wins, four seconds and one third. “We’ve had good luck at Balmoral with our other horses over the years, and this will be the last start of the season for him,” Stewart acknowledged. “We’re looking forward to racing him next season.” After having throat surgery in early July of this year to correct a breathing issue, Creatine went on to score victories in a $79,416 Pennsylvania Sire Stake on July 18 in 1:54.4 and his Hambletonian elimination on Aug. 3 in 1:52.4. He also won a $200,000 Colonial Invitational Trot on Aug. 17 at Pocono in a lifetime best of 1:52.2; then won a $50,000 PASS consolation in 1:53.2 by five lengths on Sept. 13; and a $86,900 Blue Grass division on Sept. 29 in 1:52.3. The following week he captured the $368,900 Kentucky Futurity Final—the third jewel of trotting’s Triple Crown—in 1:53.2 over a sloppy Red Mile surface. The victory gave Creatine his tenth career victory and driver Mike Lachance his fourth Kentucky Futurity triumph and his second in a row, as he captured the 2012 edition with My MVP. “We haven’t made any changes to Creatine for his Balmoral start,” Stewart noted. “He races in aluminum shoes and the only time that changes is when he races at The Red Mile and we change his shoes to steel.” “The Hoosier win was great for the horse and great for Mike (driver Lachance),” Stewart said. “I think Mike thought he had the best horse in the Breeders Crown, and he was a bit disappointed to finish second that night. Now hopefully, we’ll just have a repeat of the Hoosier race at Balmoral.” Lachance, who was inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 1995, is no stranger to winning races at Balmoral Park. He ranks tenth in history among all drivers in wins, with more 10,000 and his $189+ million in purse earnings sets him third on the all-time list in that category as well. Creatine is just the second of four foals out of the Muscles Yankee mare Berry Nice Muscles ($31,906). He has half-siblings in Strawberry Wine (by Kadabra) 4, 1:56F ($101,285) and Mister Anson (by Conway Hall) 2, 2:00.4H ($99,542). Stewart, 58, has conditioned the winners of more than $10 million to date, including Dan Patch award winners Andover Hall and Conway Hall, and Angus Hall. With over one million dollars in his career coffers, Spider Blue Chip will be looking to avenge his loss to Creatine one week ago. The brown son of Andover Hall was a $60,000 yearling purchase at the 2010 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale by owner David McDuffee of Delray Beach, FL and Melvin Hartman of Ottawa, ON. Besides his Breeders Crown victory in both the final and his elimination (in 1:52.4), Spider Blue Chip has also scored triumphs in the $500,000 Colonial Trot on Aug. 17 at Pocono Downs in 1:52.2, the $260,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship on Sept. 13 at The Meadows in 1:54.1, and a Bluegrass division on Sept. 29 at The Red Mile in a career best 1:51.3. “This horse is just is so consistent every week,” trainer Chuck Sylvester stressed. “I’m really proud of him. He wants to win and won’t let horses go by. We’ll probably race him next year since he’s a gelding.” Spider Blue Chip also was impressive even in defeat. He was second by a head to Royalty For Life in the $294,000 Stanley Dancer Memorial at the Meadowlands on July 13, third in the Kentucky Futurity final in 1:52, and fifth in the Hambletonian Final on Aug. 3 after winning his $70,000 elimination in 1:53.4 earlier that afternoon. “This horse tries every week and he’ll show up,” said Sylvester, 73. “That’s what’s good. To date in 2013 Spider Blue Chip has $1,084,218 in earnings from 19 starts, with ten wins, three seconds and a pair of thirds. As a freshman, he earned $89,181 from eight starts, winning two, including a PASS. When he became unruly at the end of his 2-year-old season, Sylvester gelded the youngster, only to discover later that his breaking problem was caused by a foot abscess. “He popped a gravel in his left hind hoof,” Sylvester said. “If we had known that, we wouldn’t have cut him.” Sylvester is well known for having a special touch with the trotting gait, as he harnessed both 1987 and 1988 Horse of the Year Mack Lobell to a trio of Breeders Crown victories, and also trained two-time Crown winner Pine Chip. He conditioned Muscles Yankee to numerous wins in 1998, and has won the famed Hambletonian four times (only Billy Haughton, Stanley Dancer and Ben White have won it more times as trainers). Spider Blue Chip was bred by Olympic show jumping rider McLain Ward, of Brewster, NY and is the second of four foals out of the Muscles Yankee mare Southwind Catlin 2, 1:57.2 ($203,734). He has half siblings in Depp Blue Chip (by Equinox Bi) 4, 1:58.1F ($16,243) and Mandela Blue Chip (by Crazed, now 2) 2, 2:01.1F ($9,259). Regular pilot and Hall of Fame reinsman Ron Pierce is slated to drive him tonight. by Kimberly Rinker for Balmoral Park
Sunday afternoon featured the second leg of the Jim Derue Memorial Trotting Series at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The series for young trotters had 2 divisions each going for a purse of $7,500. Jimmer (Equinox Bi) was once again the fastest and most impressive winner of the second leg of the Derue Series. Chris Long piloted Jimmer to a victory getting away fourth from the rail, moving second over after the half and pulling 3 wide on the backside, clearing at the ¾ mark and pulling away to win by six lengths. The four year old trotter’s sixth win of the season came in 1:59.1 two and one fifth seconds faster than Goshen who claimed the win in the series other division. The series final with a purse of $25,000 will be run during next Sunday’s card. Live racing resumes at Saratoga on Wednesday evening with a first post time of 6:45 pm. Mike Sardella
Sunday afternoon featured the first leg of the Jim Derue Memorial Trotting Series at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The series for young trotters had three divisions each going for a purse of $7,500. Jimmer (Equinox Bi) was the fastest and most impressive winner of the first leg of Derue Series. Chris Long piloted Jimmer to a victory despite while overcoming a difficult first over journey. The four year old trotter’s fifth win of the season came in 1:59.3, two seconds faster than either of the other two leg one winners. Jelectric (Stephane Bouchard) came on late to win in 2:01.4 while Quick Justice (Jay Randall) benefited from a breaking rival in the stretch before stopping the clock in 2:01.3 to score in the other division. Leg two of the series is scheduled for next Sunday. Live racing resumes at Saratoga on Wednesday afternoon with a first post time of 6:45pm. by Mike Sardella for Saratoga Raceway
Today’s Asta Select Yearling Sale averaged 21,690 euro per sold yearling with gross proceeds at 1.88 million euro. Three yearlings brought 90,000 euro or above. Total Cataloged 135 Total Sold 87 % Sold 64.44% Total Gross 1,887,000 euro Average 21,690 euro Sale Leaders: Hip 40, Toronto AS (colt 5/17/12 by Donato Hanover-Victoria Sib-Armbro Goal) to Antonio Somma for 175,000 euro. Consignor Allevamento della Serenissima SS. Hip 35, True Wise As (colt 4/7/12 by Yankee Glide-Pushover Hanover-Andover Hall) to Ecurie Time Jema for 100,000 euro. Consignor Allevamento della Serenissima SS. Hip 90, Task Force OK (filly 3/24/12 by Love You-Issima OK-Pine Chip) to Bivans SRL for 90,000 euro. Consignor Azienda Agricola Dan SRL. Cat Yearling Sire Dam Buyer Price in Euros 1 Tea for Two Effe Varenne Dalona Brisco - 2 Tuscania Pal Nad al sheeba Fata dei Bessi - BERGAMINI CARLO 18.000,00 3 Torres Bi Love You Las Brisas Bi REJO LILJENDAHAL 50.000,00 4 Tizio D'Asolo Love You Mc Call Magic - FRANLESE ANTONIO 10.000,00 5 Tai Chi Play Conway Hall Jujitsu Hanover - 6 Thailandia Baba Love You Firiel 4AB DI BRUORE ROBERTO 14.000,00 7 Tangeri Bi Varenne Erika Bi - Scuderia MollemaAlbertus W 26.000,00 8 Titanio Daguet Rapide Leopardia - Arnold Mollema 10.000,00 9 Touchee Bi Love You Forever Bi - 10 Tabatah Rob As Pine Chip Birmaniaz Indal Srl 8.000,00 11 Titulo Mb Conway Hall Brezza Mb - De Vivo Marco 11.000,00 12 Twain Bi Toss Out Lovely Bi - STABLE WHY NOT 28.000,00 13 Tough America Love You Armbro Voice - panamera racing 14.000,00 14 Terbio Varenne Love on the Rocks - Zaccareha di walter Ferrero 23.000,00 15 Transamerica As Cantab Hall Littlebi Effe A.V. Bellen Beheer BV 12.000,00 16 Tiger di Poggio Andover Hall Idole di Poggio - ECURIETIME JEMA 40.000,00 17 Tatangelo Ok Love You Erreuno Ok STALL CATCH GLORY 30.000,00 18 Tell me Gar Donato Hanover Elizabeth Gar - Visconti Antonino 32.000,00 19 Tahiti Bi Equinox Bi No Nonsense Woman - 20 Temaki Wise As Muscle Hill Southwind Pamona 21 Taittinger Bar Varenne Dalmazia - Varenne Futurity srl 40.000,00 22 Truman Bi Varenne Luna degli Dei - ECURIETIME JEMA 31.000,00 23 Tuono degli Dei Conway Hall Elissa Dei - ECURIETIME JEMA 38.000,00 24 Trust Kronos Muscle Hill Brava Power 25 Time Wise As Goetmals Wood In Wise As ECURIETIME JEMA 21.000,00 26 Tiffany Gar Donato Hanover Lorin - Minopoli 28.000,00 27 Testimonial Ok Varenne Miss Possessed 28 Tempel Lb Conway Hall Electa Lb - Gerrits Recycling 38.000,00 29 Tommaso America Muscle Hill Onda degli Dei - LASSES HASTSPORT AB 38.000,00 30 Trinidad As Cantab Hall Ima Quick Yeager&Beck Trading AB - Robert Lindstrom 55.000,00 31 Target Bi Toss Out Guidara As - 32 Tsunami Gifont Love You Fedora Caf - No.Ma. Farm Srl C/O Coop.Prato Cesarino 20.000,00 33 Trendy Ok Varenne Annette Hanover Scuderia Verner Srl 24.000,00 34 Talent Bi Cantab Hall Dakota Bi - 35 True Wise As Yankee Glide Pushover Hanover ECURIE TIME JEMA 100.000,00 36 Titty Laksmy Raja Mirchi Picture of Muscles 37 Top Gun America Donato Hanover Zagabria Dei - Indal Srl 30.000,00 38 Tesio Love You Light My Candle - 39 Thunder Gar Conway Hall First Lady Gar - De simone Giovanni 13.000,00 40 Toronto As Donato Hanover Victoria Sib BIVANS sas di Antonio Somma 175.000,00 41 Tessa Slm Cantab Hall CL Brightness 42 Tresor Effe Donato Hanover Dotty Effe - Az.Agr. Della Cimarosa Sas 44.000,00 43 Texallia Cantab Hall Moxy Lb - Entrainement Hagoort Paul 22.000,00 44 Tesia Lb Andover Hall Gramola Grande - SCUDERIA LEONARDO S.R.L 18.000,00 45 Toll Free Bi Equinox Bi Fidji Bi - 46 Topazia Grif Varenne Correr By Pass - societa di allenamento Team Minopoli srl 20.000,00 47 The Money Laksmy Love You Speaks Volume 48 Twitter Laser Conway Hall India di Jesolo - SOLLEVELD 21.000,00 49 Tronda Wise Daguet Rapide Gironda As TROTTO DIVIGNANO SRL 17.000,00 50 Token Bi Equinox Bi Ida Grandi - 51 Terroir As Varenne Armbro Cocoa Colasanti Luigi 19.000,00 52 Tesoro degli Dei Igor Font Isabella Dei - SCUDERIA MARY FOR EVER SAS DI MAGLIONE MARIA 10.000,00 53 Troisi Dany Grif Andover Hall Ninotchka Dany - 54 Time Kronos Varenne Lollypop Wise - Tre emme gruppi 31.000,00 55 Top Model Ok Conway Hall Nasty Ok CUMANA GROUP S.R.L. 15.000,00 56 Take Wise As SJ'S Photo Show Me Leg 57 Tiger Gar Adrian Chip Love Me Gar - Frackstad Lantbruks AB 8.000,00 58 Tiberio Laksmy Muscles Yankee Fill Josselyn Gerrits Recycling 32.000,00 59 Troja D'Asolo Varenne Avigliana - Indal Srl 15.000,00 60 Thiago Effe Going Kronos Twice Crowned - CUMANA GROUP S.R.L. 15.000,00 61 Tosca Rob As Ganymede Etoile Rob STALL CATCH GLORY 10.000,00 62 Tayson Bi Equinox Bi Las Vegas Bi - 63 Tailor Made Love You Medea Dei AUER SUSANNE 14.000,00 64 Tindaro Degli Dei Igor Font Bliz - Scud.Patty di Cofanelli Gabriele 16.000,00 65 Tennessee Ble Conway Hall La Gioconda Bi - P. rooderys 13.000,00 66 Triomphe Ferm Goetmals Wood Lindyliana Font - ILLEGIBILE. 15.000,00 67 Timida Ok Daguet Rapide Lolly Kronos Stal Schermer 8.000,00 68 Tweety Rapid Naglo Eggental 69 Trinity Daguet Rapide Nella Mp - 70 Tuxedo Bi Love You Iberia Bi - VALDE J. 16.000,00 71 Trafalgar Wise Gi Lucky Chucky Dare to Soar Az.Agr. Della Cimarosa Sas 52.000,00 72 Taha Baba Love You Croda Black Jet 73 Turbine d'Amore Love You Do It Wise - STALL CATCH GLORY 13.000,00 74 Titanus Caf Exploit Caf Crismar 75 Tuono di Venere Andover Hall Vyngforthecrown - Visconti Antonino 20.000,00 76 Tobago As Broadway Hall Jade's Tiara 77 Telegenico Ok Ganymede Gamine Grif STALL CATCH GLORY 17.000,00 78 Talabarteria Love You Claire Barb - 79 Tommy Grif Love You Maura Grif - 80 Times Square Ok Ganymede Georgia Pines societa di allenamento Team Minopoli srl 7.000,00 81 Titan As SJ'S Photo Marea As Yeager&Beck Trading AB - Robert Lindstrom 14.000,00 82 Tornado Gar Adrian Chip Geneve Gar - Frackstad Lantbruks AB 7.000,00 83 Trinity Lux Love You Eternidad - 84 Tempo d'Amore Love You Falconia Dei - LASSES HASTSPORT AB 8.000,00 85 Turandot Font Conway Hall Fobia Font by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com
GRATZ PA - The freshman Glidemaster filly Glide By Shooting posted a 2:01.4 victory in Pennsylvania Sire Stakes action at the Gratz Fair Sunday, thereby reducing that local trotting divisional mark by 1 1/5 seconds, eclipsing the standard set by Classical Original ten years minus two days before. Roger Hammer, a visitor to Victory Lane three times Sunday, handled the fast miss for owner/trainer/breeder Boots Dunn, who also campaigned Glide By Shooting's mom, 2006 Fair Champion She'sfastandfurious. 15 minutes earlier Hammer and Dunn had combined to take another division of the event with the Tom Ridge filly Bella Palazzo in 2:04.3. Bella Palazzo, a nine-time fair winner with the last eight in succession, assured herself a tie as division points champion... ...with the Equinox Bi miss Bessie, herself home first eight times over the twicearounds, winning this time in 2:03.2 for owner/trainer/driver Dave Brickell to keep Bella Palazzo's lead at 63-58 with one stop and its 5 points for win at least mathematically in the frame. This trio seems the class of their group right now - they won by a combined 27 ¼ lengths. For the second time in six days driver Steve Schoeffel combined with trainer Bill Daugherty Jr. and owner Susan Daugherty to take two cuts of the three-year-old colt trot, and with the same horses: the Cantab Hall gelding Fly Past Hanover and the Broadway Hall gelding Broadway Charm. Also appearing to be in the thick of this section is the Oh So White gelding Whitey Lauxmont (owner/trainer/driver Brickell), who started at the fairs with eight straight wins, made breaks in the next two races, but then rebounded yesterday to win the fastest cut in 2:05. The Yankee Cruiser pacing colt A OK Hanover, Hammer-owned-trained-driven, remained undefeated in six starts at the fairs by winning the fastest section of his freshman event in 2:00.3. Last week A OK set the pace, then held off a furious late rush from previously-fair-unbeaten El Chivato; this week El Chivato attacked early from his outside draw, but Hammer kept him out on the limb throughout, and as the place slackened late this week it TSM Wulfi T narrowing in but not quite getting there against the double track recordholder. (Ironically, though, even if A OK would win at Bloomsburg a week from today, he still would have only 35 points - wth nine horses ahead of him for the eight-horse final, and another two within two points of that fugure.) La Fiesta, the first freshman to clinch her title, paced the fastest mile of the day, 2:00.2, the Western Terror miss going right down the road for Team Shaw (driver Chris, trainer Jason, and owner Mason. FINISHING LINES Three-year-olds take to the Gratz track today, starting at 11:30 a.m....Glide By Shooting and La Fiesta posted season's records for the PA fair circuit with their Sunday triumphs ... And it should be noted that the consistent trotting colt Mr Weaver, though not a winner Sunday, also clinched his divisional pointtotal with his crossing under the wire third. Jerry Connors | Director of Sire Stakes and Harness Breeders Fund
BESSIE SCORES HER SIXTH STRAIGHT WIN!
The C.K.G. Billings Amateur Driving Series passed the halfway point this season en route to the Delvin Miller Gold and Silver Cup Championships which will be raced at Harrah's Philadelphia on Sunday, November 24 In the latest Eastern Region action, newcomer "Bullet Bob" Davis added another victory to his seasonal resume when he guided Jimmer to a 1:59.3 triumph over the five-eighths mile oval at Tioga Downs on August 24 in Eastern Region action and "Lawbook Larry" Farley scored his first Billings conquest of the season when he drove Good Friend to a 2:02 triumph at the Darke County Fair at Greenville, Ohio on the 23rd of August. Davis,67, a self employed businessman from Saratoga Springs NY, resumed his driving career this season after a 12 year hiatus and has come back strong already driving four winners in Billings competition. Once again, and without much wagering backing, Davis started from post six and he and Jimmer got away slowly some 12 lengths of the leader at the quarter in 29.2. But gradually Davis moved his trotter toward the front but they were still eight lengths behind at the half in :59.3. Then, with a burst of speed, Jimmer ranged alongside the pace-setter Make It Hot and driver Harvey "Doc" Stein and then they drew off by four lengths. As they came to the wire Jimmer was an eased-up 1-1/2 length winner over Pierre Lavec in rein to Tony "the Capo" Verruso. Nowerland Nathan was third for Dave "Steady As" Yarock. Sent off at odds of 11-1, Jimmer a 4-year-old Equinox Bi gelding, paid $24.00 for win. In Midwest Region action over the half-mile track in Greenville, Ohio on the previous afternoon, "Lawbook Larry" gunned his trotter Good Friend to the lead from the four-hole and took no prisoners as his 7 year old Kadabra gelding was never in doubt and went on to a four length victory in a time of 2:02 over the father-daughter team of George Bonomo and Michelle Ruvola. Bonomo, up behind Cabo Blue, finished second, one length ahead of his daughter Michelle, who handled Life Long Hanover. Farley, an attorney by trade who'll celebrate his 62nd birthday on August 29, participated in Monticello Raceway's Legal Eagle Pace-a race for lawyer drivers only-- back in the mid 1990's. His victory here was his 47th of his amateur driving career. Next up in Billings action will a Midwest contest at Raceway Park on September 1. by John Manzi
MEADVILLE PA - The pride of this northwestern Pennsylvania town, Walter "Boots" Dunn, saw his filly Glide By Shooting rewrite the Crawford County Fair standard for two-year-old trotting misses when she won a division of the state Fair Sire Stakes during the first of four days of action on Monday. A daughter of Glidemaster, Glide By Shooting glided around the Meadville oval for driver Roger Hammer in 2:05.3 to reduce the 2:07.1 mark held by Desired Romance, set two years ago. Glide By Shooting really is a Dunn production - she is owned and trained by Dunn, and bred by Boots, too, out of She'sfastandfurious, who won the 2006 Fair Championship - something her daughter has a chance to do in emulation of her mother this October 5 at The Meadows. And if Glide By Shooting hadn't broken this track record for Hammer/Dunn, 15 minutes later Bella Palazzo would have. Coming off rewriting the division standard at Washington last Monday, the Tom Ridge filly overcame the trailing post seven in notching a 2:07 score. Bella Palazzo's mom, Bellissimo, was no slouch herself, winning three pari-mutuel Sire Stakes at two. The track record and Dunn victories may have overshadowed the winner of today's other filly division, but Bessie now has on her card six straight fair wins, including five in the Fair Sire Stakes, and six overall fair wins in the Sire Stakes after trotting home in 30 to complete a 2:07.2 package (note: just 1/5 off the old Meadville mark). David Brickell owns, trains, and drives the Equinox Bi filly. Flynn Rider moved up to second in the 2TC pointstandings with a 2:08.1 victory in the meet opener (the divisional leader, Mr Weaver, was third in this race). Flynn Rider was not hindered by the outside slot in the field of five as the gelding won for driver Winston Lineweaver and trainer Eileen Lineweaver, the latter co-owner with Neal Racing Stable LLC. A quarter-hour later sire Lear Jetta completed a "sweep of the Daily Double" when the other colt division was taken by Rudi's Jet in 2:09.4. The "Jet" has now soared to a 5-3-2-0 fair tally for trainer Al Manke and driver Marty Wollam, the latter co-owner with Hans Bachmann. Speaking of sweeps, the blue and yellow of Team Schoeffel took both halves to the FFA pace, with Chrome Over and with Keystone Royce in the day's fastest mile, 2:02.4 (28.1 last quarter). Steve trains both winners and mom Virginia owns a piece of both with various partners; Steve drove Keystone Royce, while Brady Brown guided Chrome Over. by Jerry Connors
DAYTON PA - Two-year-olds were in the spotlight during the opening day of the two-day racing stand at the Dayton (PA) Fair on Wednesday, and the trotters, especially the fillies, drew the most attention. In the first division of the filly event, the last quarter produced a spirited battle among Bessie, Cantabs Lightning, and fair newcomer Pixel Queen, and at the wire they crossed in that order, with Bessie a neck better than Cantabs Lightning in 2:07.4. Bessie, a daughter of Equinox Bi, was one of three driving wins on the day for Dave Brickell, who also trains and owns her; she now has four straight Fair Sire Stakes wins, and the win put her atop the divisional pointstandings.... ...for about 30 minutes... ...when another fair first-timer, the Lear Jetta miss Ideal Emma, reeled in breakaway pacesetter Fashion Entre in 2:06.3, fastest trot of the day. Coming off a third-place finish in a Stallion Series event, Ideal Emma was driven by Eric Neal for trainer/father Randy and Neal Racing Stable LLC.... ...but it was Fashion Entre who went top of the point list - while still a maiden! Poor Fashion Entre (who's not really so poor, having earned $8521 in her first nine career starts) has now finished second four straight outings, but her consistency of racing well in recording five seconds and three thirds currently gives her a slight edge on Bessie, who hasn't tried to dance every dance. With Dayton and Washington racing in calendar proximity, fair horsemen had to pick between the two as to where to start their freshmen, in compliance with the PA fairs' "3rd day" racing rule, and only five entered the colt trot, with a late scratch reducing the field to four. This was the first time only one division of an event has been raced this year, so the purse was a season-high $11,651. And with that kind of money on the line, the winner still won by 25 lengths! Mr Weaver is a Madison River gelding who yesterday was a confluence of "Three And A Half Men": the late breeder Ken Weaver, after whom the horse is named; driver Dave Brickell; and trainer John McMullen Jr., who shares ownership with the "half-man," his 6YO grandson Owen. They and Mr Weaver saw two horses break before the ¼, with thus only one other trotter in real contention, and that baby jumped before the 3/4s, leaving Mr Weaver 12 ahead at that pole, 15 clear at the stretch call, and, to be precise, 25 ½ lengths ahead at the finish - with all the while Owen probably thinking, "Man, this is an easy game!" The fastest mile of the day came in the filly pace, as the Somebeachsomewhere filly Sunsetonthebeach established early command and won handily in 2:05.2, moving herself into the divisional pointstandings top 10 for owner/trainer/driver/breeder Roger Hammer. The sophomore class is scheduled to face starter Clarence Martin Jr. at Dayton today, with the first race set to go at high noon. At Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs last night, the two-year-old pacing fillies contested their fourth and final preliminary leg of Stallion Series competition, sorting themselves out for their $40,000 Championship on Friday, September 6 at the same oval. McVita Bella went four for four in the prelims (albeit winning via DQ last night) to obviously top the standings; the other seven qualifying are in order Lucy's Pearl, Shesaidhesaisisaid, Mayabelle and Weeper (tied), Dragon Town, Shutthefrontdoor, and South Beach Babe. by Jerry Connors
HONESDALE PA - On Monday at the Honesdale (PA) Fair, it was good to be the "King." Or "Smilin'" Dave. Veteran conditioner Syl King Jr., who did not start his serious fair campaigning until the fifth stop at Gratz, vaulted into second place in the PA Fair Circuit standings with three wins Monday, giving him 16. One of the winners was driven by Dave Brickell, who paraded home to Victory Lane four times in all, solidifying his grip on second in the drivers column at 25 triumphs (in both cases behind Steve Schoeffel). And both horsemen guided their day's charges to payoffs in the neighborhood of $10,000 in total, on a card when the northeastern PA track was not in its fastest shape. King/Brickell combined to win the Quaker State trot on the card for two-year-olds with Muscle Pump Queen, then split the 2TF divisions. Brickell had the fastest clocking among all of the 2T Honesdale set, 2:11.1 with three-time fair winner Bessie, an Equinox Bi miss he also owns and trains; owner-trainer King's Isabella Hanover, guided by doubling driver Marc Mosher, was only 2 ticks slower, and the Yankee Glide filly flashed home in 30. Among the colts, Whitey Lauxmont became the first freshman to win five times at the fairs, the Oh So White gelding toppling the previously-undefeated Ruiz for owner/trainer/driver Brickell. Brickell also guided divisional pointsleader Mr Weaver to victory for trainer John McMullen Jr., co-owner with 6YO Owen McMullen; not to be outdone, Poppa's Pick (King and driver Mosher) took the third division. The three fastest pacing miles were produced by McArdle offspring, with both the quickest filly and colt clocking in at 2:05.3. The filly was TSM Soul Sister for driver Aaron Johnston (three wins), trainer Bob Krenitsky Jr., and owner-breeder Ted Tomson; Johnston also handled the fastest colt, McArtic Ocean, who is trained by brother Shawn (two wins), owned by Aaron himself, and is perfect in three fair starts. The Erv Miller stable, a day after Wicked Elphaba set a 2:01.2 track record for 3PF, again made its presence felt with a sidewheeling miss who was the third McArdle credit, Maevey Bean, home first for driver Marcus Miller and owner Patrick Quaid in 2:06.2. And our favorite 16-month-old owner, Mason Shaw, saw his filly La Fiesta go atop the 2PF pointstandings with a victory, just ahead of Hopeful Trust - whom he also owns. Mason's uncle Chris guided La Fiesta and 2PC winner Mister Chaos. FINISHING LINES - Today is draw day at two Pennsylvania fairs: again at Honesdale, which will race its "2-day event" on Wednesday at 3 p.m. and on Thursday at noon, and at Waynesburg, which will race on Thursday and Friday at 10 a.m.... by Jerry Connors
Crowd wagering choice Win Missy B lived up to her sterling reputation and snapped a string of three straight second-place finishes with a dominating 1:54.4 victory in the fastest of three divisions of Saturday night's $130,430 New York Sires Stakes feature for 3-year-old trotting fillies at Vernon Downs.
On Wednesday afternoon, July 18 eight divisions of the harness racing New York-bred freshman trotting fillies will go to post with five $28,362 splits in the NYSS and another three in the Excelsior Series with each of those legs going for $12,800 purses.
The freshman trotters rolled into Tioga Downs for a special Thursday night (July 14) harness racing card in the Tompkins-Geers stakes. When the dust settled multiple track records had fallen victim to some impressive 2-year old trotters.
Blue Chip Farms confirmed with Trot Insider today that Equinox Bi has been found alive and well more than a month after the Breeders Crown and Maple Leaf Trot winner was kidnapped from the Gina Biasuzzi Farm near Padua, Italy.