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MILTON, May 18, 2019 - Harness racing driver Doug McNair kicked off his weekend in style by winning six-races on Friday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Guelph, Ontario resident drove in 10 of the 11 races contested and found the winner's circle in more than half of his appearances. McNair's most notable victory of his six came behind six-year-old pacing mare Seaswift Joy N ($2.90) in the $30,000 Fillies & Mares Preferred Handicap. It was the second win in as many starts locally for the Tony Alagna trainee. The regular visits to the winner's circle for McNair began in the second-race with three-year-old pacing filly Sports Flix ($11.60), who is trained by Gregg McNair. The father-son duo teamed up to win the fourth-race with sophomore pacing filly Swift Ally ($6.30). McNair's victory with Swift Ally started a stretch of three-consecutive wins in the middle of the card, as he picked up victories with six-year-old pacer Santanna Tony ($27.60) for trainer Pat Shepherd and three-year-old pacing filly Deb ($7.20) for trainer James 'Friday' Dean. Following his fifth win of the night with Seaswift Joy N in the ninth-race, McNair collected his sixth and final victory with Rod Boyd trained four-year-old pacing mare Dragon Lady Art ($4.90) in the tenth-race. McNair now has 54 wins and earnings of just under $900,000 in 439 starts this season. Fans will have an opportunity to meet McNair and fellow driver James MacDonald ahead of Saturday evening's races. The duo will be on hand near the main entrance to meet and sign autographs for fans from 5:30-6:15 p.m. McNair and MacDonald will both be competing at the upcoming World Driving Championship in Sweden. A special presentation of McNair's driving colours for the championship will take place during Saturday evening's card. Post time at Woodbine Mohawk Park is 6:45 p.m.   Mark McKelvie        

ANDERSON, Ind.-May 17, 2019- Caesars Entertainment horse racing properties - Indiana Grand Racing & Casino, Harrah's Hoosier Park, Harrah's Philadelphia, and Harrah's Louisiana Downs - announced today the first-ever Caesars Rewards Handicapping Challenge. The Caesars Rewards Handicapping Challenge will offer horseplayers from around the country the unique opportunity to handicap both Thoroughbred and Standardbred races for a top prize of $20,000, a seat at the $3,000,000 estimated National Horseplayers Championship (NHC), and an additional $1 million cash prize if the winner of the Caesars Rewards Handicapping Challenge also captures the NHC victory. This one-day challenge will be hosted on Saturday, June 22. The Caesars Rewards Handicapping Challenge - sponsored by John Deere and Cowpokes - will be hosted at the four Caesars Racing properties: Harrah's Louisiana Downs in Bossier City, LA; Indiana Grand Racing and Casino in Shelbyville, IN; Harrah's Hoosier Park in Anderson, IN; and Harrah's Philadelphia in Chester, PA. Players can also participate at the tracks' Off-Track Betting properties: Harrah's Louisiana Downs Mound OTB in Tallulah, LA; VooDoo BBQ & Grill and Winner's Circle OTB in New Haven, IN; Winner's Circle Pub, Grille & OTB in Indianapolis, IN; and Winner's Circle OTB in Clarksville, IN. Participants must be 21 or over. Entry into the Caesars Rewards Handicapping Challenge requires a $150 fee due upon check-in on the day of the challenge. Reservations will begin on [Friday, May 17, 2019] and the challenge will be capped at 400 entries. Players are encouraged to sign up quickly as the entries will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Contestants will be limited to two entries per person. The entry fee will include dining offerings at each location, race day simulcast programs and tip sheets. The first-place winner in the Caesars Rewards Handicapping Challenge will walk away with $20,000, a seat at the $3,000,000 estimated National Horseplayers Championship, and a chance at an additional $1 million cash prize in the event of a double victory. First-place winner must be eligible to participate in the NHC in order to receive the NHC seat. For more information about the National Horseplayers Championship, visit www.nhctour.com. The $1 million prize will be awarded either as an annuity that pays $25,000 per year for forty years without interest or as a discounted lump sum payment of $550,000, which represents the approximate present value of the annuity. Second place will be awarded $10,000 while the third-place winner will take home $1,500. There will be additional cash prizes for fourth through tenth place. The format for the challenge will require contestants to make 12 $2 win and place fictional wagers on the designated challenge races. Contestants must place a win and place wager on one horse in 12 mandatory races out of 20 available from Harrah's Louisiana Downs, Harrah's Philadelphia, Indiana Grand, and Harrah's Hoosier Park. At least one race per track must be included on each entry to be eligible for the challenge. The wagers must be placed at a designated challenge location. All wagers are fictional; no money is paid on challenge wagers. The challenge time frame is 4:15 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (EST). Reservations for the Caesars Rewards Handicapping Challenge can be made by calling (866) 357-1731. Official rules and more information about the host sites are available at:   - www.caesars.com/indiana-grand   -www.caesars.com/harrahs-hoosier-park   -www.caesars.com/harrahs-philly   -www.caesars.com/harrahs-louisiana-downs   In addition, the challenge coordinators can be reached by calling Tammy Knox at (317) 421-8979 or Rose Flood at (765) 609-4813.   Media Contacts   Emily Gaskin Phone: (765) 609-4620 egaskin@caesars.com   Tammy Knox Phone: (317) 421-8979 tknox2@caesars.com   Kiersten Flint Phone: (765) 609-4606 kflint@caesars.com     Emily Ratcliff | Race Marketing Manager and Commentator

Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment is seeking local New Jersey charities interested in having a night at harness racing for a good cause in the first annual Charity Handicapping Contest, scheduled for Saturday, May 25, 2019. The Charity Handicapping Contest is a free handicapping contest open to 501C3 organizations. The Contest offers a $15,000 total donation/prize pool, with all ten charities receiving a donation. Prizes will be awarded as follows: 1st Place: $5,000, 2nd Place: $3,000, 3rd Place: $2,000, 4th Place: $1,500, 5th Place: $1,000, 6th-10th: $500. For the Charity Handicapping Contest, organizations will select one (1) horse in each of the 10 designated Meadowlands live races. The organizations will amass a mythical bankroll if their selection officially finishes first, second or third in the designated race. Official $2 WPS (Win, Place, Show) payoffs will be added to the mythical bankroll. Official race results will serve as the order of finish. The organization that accumulates the highest mythical bankroll is the winner. "We wanted to do something to give back to our community, and recognize these organizations that work tirelessly to help those in need," said Jason Settlemoir, COO and GM of Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment. "We have seen the positive impact Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack has had with their Charity Cup and wanted to have a similar impact in our area." Participating organizations will also have the opportunity to make winner's circle presentations and be featured on the track's jumbotron. Interested not-for-profit organizations must apply to participate by emailing Rachel Ryan at raryan@playmeadowlands.com by Friday, May 10th. The email must include: 1. Charity/Non-Profit Name 2. 501C3 letter 3. Charity/Non-Profit Mission 4. Website URL & Social Links 5. Charity Representative/s that will be onsite for the contest on May 25, 2019 If more than ten organizations apply, ten will be selected via a random drawing. Selected organizations will be notified by Tuesday, May 14th. For more details email Rachel Ryan at Raryan@playmeadowlands.com Rachel Ryan

Maine is taking steps to push forward with sports betting legalization as legislators will have to review as many as three sports betting bills. Gaming experts say that the state could legalize sports betting as early as next year. As sport betting legalization takes off throughout the US, lawmakers in Maine think the state should get a slice of the action. Rep. Jeffrey Evangelos, who acts as a sponsor of one of the proposals, said the reason why they want to legalize sports betting is pretty obvious – the practice is now in full swing in many states and they are reaping a number of benefits. The bill LD1348 sponsored by Evangelos is modelled on New Jersey and would permit individuals over 21 to place bets on both professional and amateur sports at casinos, off-track betting parlors and racetracks. They will also be allowed to wager online. A $30,000 license fee will be imposed, and sports gambling revenue will be taxed 25 percent. Under the proposal, almost all of the revenue will go towards primary education. The second bill presented in full will set a minimum age limit of 18 years. However, 18-year-olds will only be allowed to do it in off-track betting parlors and brick-in-mortar harness racetracks. Sponsored by Rep. Dustin White, the LD1515 proposal will impose a modest $5,000 licensing fee. The largest portion of the income derived from an 18 percent tax would go to the state’s harness racing industry while a portion would be given to primary education and college scholarships. Maine Legislature to Debate Sports Betting   LAWMAKERS DISAGREE ON SOME ASPECTS However, it remains unclear how the state is going to organize its sports betting industry. Lawmakers can’t seem to agree on a single path in terms of the gaming taxes the state should impose, as well as how the revenue generated should be used. There is currently no reliable estimation on the extent of the underground gambling market in Maine and hence there is a question market as to whether a legalized sports betting market will have a significant impact. Some experts have suggested that lawmakers in Maine take a cautious approach and lower their estimates of what they expect a legalized sports betting market to generate. Maine will also have to put in place measures to address a potential increase in problem gambling. Sen. Louis Luchini, co-chairman of the Legislature’s Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, said the negative effects of gambling expansion cannot be ignored. Luchini, who is also drafting his own sports betting proposal, said gambling bills are always shrouded with controversy. All parties should take the time to study the proposals in order to come up with responsible gambling measures. To date, only two bills seeking to regulate sports betting have been presented in full in Maine, but there are three other proposals still in the works. By Landon Wheeler Reprinted with permission of Legal Gambling and The Law

Melbourne Cup-winning horse trainer Darren Weir and two other men have been arrested in police raids at Weir's Victorian properties. Victoria Police said the raids were part of a Sporting Integrity Intelligence Unit investigation into alleged corruption in racing. In a statement, police said the men were arrested for questioning as part of an investigation into suspected offences including obtaining financial advantage by deception, engaging in conduct that corrupts or would corrupt a betting outcome, use of corrupt conduct information for betting purposes, attempting to obtain financial advantage by deception. A 26-year-old man and a 38-year-old man were also arrested. Weir, 48, is widely regarded as Australia's leading horse trainer and trained the 2015 Melbourne Cup-winning horse Prince of Penzance, which jockey Michelle Payne rode to victory. At the end of last year, harness racing in New Zealand was rocked by allegations of race-fixing. It's believed that a number of high profile figures in harness racing were the target of raids around the country. Most of those accused have been granted name suppression and are due to appear in court this year. In a statement, Racing Victoria's general manager of integrity, Jamie Stier, said the police raids were linked to an investigation by the racing body. "Racing Victoria's Integrity Services team has been conducting an investigation into the activities of licensed persons in the Warrnambool and Ballarat areas," he said. "During the course of our investigation we sought the support of Victoria Police's Sporting Integrity Intelligence Unit." Mr Stier said members of Racing Victoria's integrity team joined police on the raids at the properties. "Racing Victoria is committed to maintaining the highest integrity standards in our sport and, where appropriate, we will continue to work with Victoria Police on those investigations." Police said a firearm and "what is believed to be a conducted energy device" were also seized. Weir has a high-tech training facility at Miners Rest and a beach stable in Warrnambool. Police searched a truck at the trainer's Miners Rest property this morning, going through its cab and the vehicle's exterior. Victoria's Racing Minister, Martin Pakula, said he was aware of the police investigation and did not want to say anything to prejudice its outcome. "I would simply say as a racing fan and as the Racing Minister, integrity in our sport is incredibly important and any allegation of a breach of the rules of racing is extremely disappointing," he said. "It is important to note that this is another demonstration that our racing integrity unit within Racing Victoria will pursue any matter without fear or favour, and that is clearly what they have done." Reprinted with permission of Radio New Zealand

MGM Resorts International and its real estate arm, MGM Growth Properties, have finalized their $850 million purchase of the Empire City Casino and its 97 acres of developable land in Yonkers, New York, just 15 miles north of Manhattan’s Times Square. The purchase gives MGM — which opened its $960 million MGM Springfield resort casino in August — a fourth property in the Northeast. MGM bought out its partner and took control of the Borgata in Atlantic City and opened MGM National Harbor in Maryland, both in 2016. MGM Springfield President and CEO Michael Mathis said MGM’s operation in Yonkers will help it market MGM Springfield, especially through MGM’s M life rewards program. “The Empire City Casino acquisition in Yonkers is designed to tap into the underserved NY market, which will complement the MGM Springfield market. MGM’s unmatched East Coast presence in major markets allows for significant cross marketing and customer loyalty programming that offer us a clear competitive edge. We are well positioned to be a leader in the Northeast’s multi-billion dollar gaming market," Mathis wrote in an email. The New York Gaming Commission approved the deal Monday, as well as MGM’s permission to run harness racing at the 120-year-old track. Continued racing is a requirement under Empire City Casino’s license to run slot machines. “We are pleased to welcome the 1,200 employees at Empire City Casino to the MGM Resorts family,” said Jim Murren, chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts, in a news release. “With this new addition to the MGM Resorts portfolio, we have now gained a foothold in the high-density New York City region and we look forward to leveraging the MGM platform to maximize value in this evolving marketplace.” Tribal Winds: East Windsor casino project has new name, new push from Foxwoods and Mohegan to compete with MGM Springfield This comes as the Connecticut legislature is asked to pass legislation allowing casino expansion to East Windsor. MGM bought the property from the Rooney family, owners of the Pittsburgh Steelers and owners of Yonkers Raceway since 1972. The Empire City Casino opened in 2006. “What’s incredibly exciting is the amount of opportunity MGM Resorts will bring to the employees at Empire City, as well as Westchester County, the city of Yonkers, and the State of New York,” said Timothy J. Rooney, president and CEO of Empire City Casino, in a news release. “With destinations throughout the world, from resorts to casinos to entertainment, MGM has a tried-and-true formula for success. ... the potential for growth at Empire City has absolutely no boundaries.” Over the years, MGM has told investors it plans to leverage the marketing power of its East Coast casinos, offering package deals and cross promotions to get visitors moving among the casinos and looking to MGM’s Vegas properties for longer vacations. MGM is also in the final stages of buying Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park in Ohio for $1 billion. Empire City Casino is 125 miles and a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Springfield. Empire City doesn’t have state permission to run table games. It offers slot-machine-like electronic games at 5,200 video-lottery terminals operated by the state lottery. MGM Resorts said will pay an additional $50 million to the Rooneys if Empire City is awarded a license for live table games by the end of 2022 and if MGM Resorts gets the license by the end of 2024. But New York has a moratorium on new casino development until 2023. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo told the news website Lohud.com that he is aware that MGM would like to get a full casino with table games in Yonkers, but didn’t indicate he would look to make any changes to the time frame. “I know it’s a topic of conversation, but I have no opinion or intention of making any changes at this time," Cuomo said. "It’s an evolving field, there’s no doubt about that.” The website USBets said MGM might relocate the required harness racing meet to Belmont Park, a thoroughbred track and home of the Belmont Stakes, to free up space for development at the Yonkers track. By Jim Kinney Reprinted with permission of the MassLive.com site

Contestants have until 6:45pm tomorrow, Friday, January 4 to register and make their selections in the always popular harness racing Meadowlands Winter Meet Survival Challenge powered by 123Racing. The grand prize is $1,000 & 2019 WHHC Spot The second-place prize is $500 & 2019 WHHC Spot The third-place prize is $250 & 2019 WHHC Spot Most winners prize is $250 Trackmaster will provide Platinum Past Performances for each night of the contest. The game covers the Meadowlands' Winter Meet and concludes on March 30, 2019. The winner is determined by the highest total bankroll at the end of the Challenge based on a $2 "across the board" wager [win, place and show] on selections for three designated races each program. However, to continue in the game, entrants have to "survive" by finishing in-the-money [first through third] with at least one of their selections each day. Failing to do so or not making selections knocks the player out of the game. To aid in the player's survival a "lucky horseshoe" is given. The lucky horseshoe is a "free pass" given to all Challenge participants that allows the player to survive if he does not make selections for a race card or all three of his selections fail to hit the board. The free contest is open to legal residents of the United States and Canada 18 years and older, and all selections must be made through the format provided on the Survival Challenge website page. No selections will be accepted by phone, fax, e-mail or any other means. Trackmaster Platinum Past performances for the three designated races will be provided through the game board. To login or to register as a first time player, visit www.survival-challenge.com.  

JULY 13, 2018 - Woodbine Mohawk Park was flooded with two-year-old pacing colts and geldings on Friday evening as 68 of the harness racing youngsters went postward in seven Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots divisions. Driver Bob McClure kicked things off in the $19,150 first division, employing a come-from-behind strategy with B Stoney who paced under the wire three and three-quarter lengths the best in 1:54. Fan favourite Kenny Joe finished second and Century Farroh was third. "He has lots of go, he just needs some experience," said McClure of B Stoney, whose time would stand up as the fastest of the Grassroots divisions. "He's kind of goofy, but he was significantly smarter from his first start to this week." McClure piloted the Sunfire Blue Chip son to the win for trainer Murray Brethour of Sunderland and his partners, breeder Doug Millard of Woodstock and Barry McClennan of Cavan, Ontario. In B Stoney's first start, a July 1 two-year-old race at Georgian Downs, the Elora resident engineered a fourth-place result with the youngster. B Stoney Both McClure and Brethour would return to the winner's circle with a second Grassroots winner, McClure in the fourth division and Brethour in the sixth. Aboard Sauble Play in the $19,500 fourth division, McClure also opted for come-from-behind tactics, getting the Shadow Play gelding home to a one-half length victory over Balder Son in 1:55.2. Favourite DA Delightful was another length back in third. "He seems to have very high speed," said McClure of the gelding, who paced home in :27.1. "I think he'll keep improving." Tara, Ontario resident Larry Hall trains Sauble Play and shares ownership of the homebred with his wife Marilyn through their Sauble Hill Farms. A half-brother to $206,548 winner Sauble Claire, Sauble Play now has one win, one fourth and one fifth in his first three career starts. Sauble Play Brethour returned to the winner's circle with Machdavid, who hung on for a neck victory after carving out most of the fractions in the sixth division. Sylvain Filion drove the Mach Three son to the 1:55.1 victory for Brethour and breeders Jeff and Lori Thomson of Chesley, Ontario. Boys Turn settled for second and Carlisimo sprinted into third. Machdavid Like McClure and Brethour, Filion also picked up a pair of Grassroots wins. The Milton, Ontario resident guided Battle Strong to a commanding five and one-quarter length victory in the second division, stopping the teletimer at 1:55.2. Ballparkfrank finished second and Come On Barney was third. Tony O'Sullivan of Cambridge, Ontario trains Battle Strong for Hutt Racing Stable of Paoli, Pennsylvania, who also bred the son of Betterthancheddar at their Winbak Farm of Chesapeake City, Maryland. Battle Strong In between McClure, Brethour and Filion's first and second victories, Mo Bettor captured the third division with a late sprint that saw him reach the wire in 1:55.1, one and one-half lengths ahead of Ys Sunshine and Big Kiz. Guelph resident Anthony MacDonald drove the Bettors Delight son to his second lifetime victory for trainer Kevin McMaster and owners Thestable Mo Bettor Group of Guelph and breeder Karry Howard of Wardsville, Ontario. "He's a medium-sized horse that's filled out well, and you know, he's ahead of the curve right now because it's early in the season," said MacDonald. "He's been good from Day 1, he never wore a boot or anything like that and he's really turned into a nice little colt. "We're probably going to aim him toward the (Aug. 6) Battle of Waterloo," MacDonald continued. "He wears a 56-inch hopple, I think, and no boots or nothing like that so he's built for a half, I think he'll excel on a half." Mo Bettor The other divisions went to Sports Hero and Keystone Concrete. Fan favourite Sports Hero led from gate-to-wire in the fifth split, laying down a 1:55.2 effort for driver Jonathan Drury of Guelph. Twin B Jays recovered from interference to be second and Mittnite Delight was third. Blake MacIntosh of Cambridge trains Sportswriter son Sports Hero for his partners in the 3 Hero Stables of Cambridge, the 30 Plus Stable of Trenton and Touch Stone Farms of Guelph, Ontario. A half-brother to 2012 3-year-old pacing filly Super Final champion Mach A Wish ($601,975), Sports Hero was a $60,000 purchase from last fall's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. Sports Hero In the last division Keystone Concrete took command early and never looked back, cruising home to a two and one-quarter length victory in 1:54.3. Chiefs Beach followed the pacesetter into second and Ok Kudo closed well for third. Oakville resident Rick Zeron piloted the Bettors Delight colt to the win for trainer Rob Fellows and owners Yolanda Fellows of Rockwood, Arpad Szabo of Bradford, Ontario and Blair Corbeil of Beaumont, Alberta. The partners acquired the colt for $18,000 at the 2017 Harrisburg Yearling Sale. Keystone Concrete The two-year-old pacing colts will make their second Grassroots start on July 23 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Ontario Sires Stakes action returns to the Campbellville oval on Monday, July 16 with four Gold Series divisions for the two-year-old trotting colts and geldings. The trotters will make their Ontario Sires Stakes debuts in Races 2, 3, 6 and 9, with the evening's first race going behind the starting gate at 7:30 pm. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

Australians are increasingly using mobile phones to place bets - but fewer are taking a punt, according to a study by Australian research company Roy Morgan. Some 3.4 million Australians bet on a sporting event, horse racing, harness racing (trots), greyhound racing or some other event in the 12 months ending in March 2018, Roy Morgan said in figures released on Monday. That figure was down from more than 3.7 million Australians six years ago.  More than one-third of Australians (34.1%), make their bet using the Internet compared to 15.7% six years ago. Tabcorp Holdings was used by 17.4% of bettors, while Sportsbet.com.au was second with 12.9% of users. Crownbet had 6.5% of users. While fewer Australians are gambling, those who do place a bet are using their mobile devices more often. "The growth is clearly being driven by the increasing use of mobile phones to place bets," Roy Morgan said, adding that 22.7% use their mobile phone now compared to 5.6% in 2012.  Most bets are not placed online, however. “A majority of Australians who bet still don’t bet via the Internet. Over two-fifths of Australians who bet have not used the Internet to place a bet and these are the key market companies offering online betting need to target to grow their revenue," Michele Levine, CEO of Roy Morgan, said in a statement after the results were released. The Australian market has significantly changed over the years.  Tabcorp merged with Tatts Group in late 2017, Sportsbet was bought by the Irish Paddy Power Betfair, and 80% of Crownbet was acquired by the Canadian gaming company, the Stars Group, in March.  By Nicole Gheller Reprinted with permission of The Gambling Insider 

The prolific winning Mista Shark, classy mare Bettor B Chevron and the speedy Tisadream are just three of the harness racing star bets found by members of the WA Trotting Media Guild for Friday night’s meeting at Gloucester Park. Last season’s leading tipster Stuart Lowe is very keen on the Andrew De Campo-trained, Aiden De Campo-reined Tisadream in the ninth event. “The star bet for me is the classy Tisadream, who has led all the way to win at his last two starts here,” Lowe said. “Drawn to lead and should bring up a hat-trick of wins.” GPTV’s Ken Casellas believes the Skye Bond-trained Bettor B Chevron can break a losing sequence of seven in the opening event. “A massive drop in class should enable Better B Chevron to overcome the disadvantage of starting from the outside of the back line,” Casellas said. “The smart four-year-old mare with a winning record of 43 per cent is my best bet on a good, competitive program.” TABradio’s Matt Young and The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft are keen on the Michael Brennan-trained Mista Shark. “Mista Shark resumes from a spell and I am of the belief he is above average and looks set to return to the winners’ circle on resumption,” Young said. And Havercroft is in agreement. “Mista Shark had won eight starts in a row before being unplaced as a beaten favourite in the Northam Cup,” Havercroft said. “That run was out of character for him and expect a bold showing when he resumes in a heat of the Pure Steel series.” The West Australian’s Ernie Manning believes last-start winner Art Keeper can continue on with his winning work. “Art Keeper won from the pole last week and has now drawn inside the back line,” Manning said. “But he should again be hard to beat if enjoying just a little luck in running. The gelding, from Skye Bond’s powerful stable, scored stylishly last Friday and has been prominent at Gloucester Park in each of his past five starts.” Longshot maestro Pat Harding is in the camp of the ever consistent Lord Willoughby. “I think Lord Willoughby can make it two wins in a row,” Harding said. “He has been very consistent and with Shannon Suvaljko aboard and the advantage of barrier one he should give punters something to smile about on what I think is a very difficult night.” Guild president Wayne Currall is happy to forgive Risk’s last-start failure. “Risk never got into the sprint race won by Our Zak Whitby a fortnight ago,” Currall said. “I expect him to be driven more positively over the 2536m and he has the class and ability to handle this field.” VALUE BETS Stuart: I think the value bet is Lightning Jolt, who was placed from this draw four starts ago. Luckless and unplaced at three runs since. Better suited here and can figure in the finish. Ken: For value, I’m looking for a spirited performance from Importer Exporter, the 20m co-backmarker in race eight. He continues to impress with his wholehearted finishing bursts. Matt: Responder is a horse who goes well on the fence and he’s nicely drawn here. With average luck will be powering home at decent odds. Ryan: De La Tourbie won from the breeze three starts ago at Narrogin and her two runs since have been sound. She’ll be at long odds from another wide draw on Friday but could bob up. Ernie: Glenferrie Arch has won only once from 22 Gloucester Park starts, however she impressed when scoring a Pinjarra victory last month and again caught the eye when a subsequent city runner-up. Pat: Ardens Concord has been very consistent over four starts from a spell and I think, with Chris Voak aboard, he should be a good winning bet. Wayne: Courage Tells ran a game second behind Bettors Fire four starts ago. He has a good trailing draw and can upset likely odds-on favourite Dana Duke, especially if polemarker Shes Artful holds the front. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good Punting Wayne Currall

MILTON, May 14, 2018 - Longshots took all the top spots in Monday's final race at Woodbine Mohawk Park and only a single ticket connected on the surprising top-five combination to haul down the harness racing Jackpot Hi-5. The horseplayer with the single winning ticket scored a massive return of $158,459.99. Meadowbranch Memo (#9) and driver Bob McClure captured the evening's final race at odds of 11-1. The next four-horses across the wire were all 11-1 or higher. The race-favourite O Narutac Perfetto (#7), who went off at odds of 4/5, made a break before the start. Here are the top-five finishers from Monday's Jackpot Hi-5 race: 1st: #9 Meadowbranch Memo (Bob McClure) 11-1 2nd: #8 Buzz (Jonathan Drury) 13-1 3rd: #4 Stormont Kate (Bruce Richardson) 11-1 4th: #2 Cloud Nine Hanover (Trevor Henry) 30-1 5th: #1 Ramas Last Son (Mike Saftic) 25-1 The winning ticket was purchased by a horseplayer at Northlands Park in Edmonton, Alberta. The ticket cost $64.80 with the horseplayer making a $0.20 base bet. Here is the breakdown of the winning ticket: 1st: 4,7,9 2nd: 4,7,8,9 3rd: 3,4,7,8,9 4th: 1,2,3,4,7,8,9 5th: 1,2,3,4,7,8,9 The carryover for the Jackpot Hi-5 entering the week's first card was $144,407.91. Horseplayers wagered an additional $16,531 on the Hi-5 Monday. The Jackpot Hi-5 wager requires horseplayers to correctly select the top-five finishers in order. The Jackpot is only paid out when there is a single winning ticket. If there are multiple winning tickets, half of the evening's pool is paid out to the winners, while the other half moves into the carryover Jackpot. The Jackpot Hi-5 features a $0.20 minimum wager and a low 15 per cent takeout. The Hi-5 will now start from scratch on Thursday evening's card. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

East Rutherford, NJ - After a long campaign by New Jersey interests to legalize betting on sporting events, the United States Supreme Court today handed down an historic decision on the case of Murphy, et al. v. National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), et al. to strike down a 25-year old federal law known as the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) that had prohibited sports betting outside the state of Nevada. Leading the way through the nearly seven year battle has been Dennis Drazin, CEO of Darby Development, LLC which operates Monmouth Park, along with the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horseman's Association. The New Meadowlands Racetrack contributed by funding half the cost of the Monmouth horsemen's legal fees. New Meadowlands President & CEO Jeff Gural had this to say in recognition of the landmark decision; "I'd like to thank Dennis Drazin, who has been at the forefront of this initiative on behalf of the horse industry throughout, for his hard work and dedication. I look forward to continuing to work with the thoroughbred horsemen, whom I expect will apply for an increase in the number thoroughbred race dates at The Meadowlands next fall." New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy released this statement on the SCOTUS decision; "I am thrilled to see the Supreme Court finally side with New Jersey and strike down the arbitrary ban on sports betting imposed by Congress decades ago. "New Jersey has long been the lead advocate in fighting this inherently unequal law, and today's ruling will finally allow for authorized facilities in New Jersey to take the same bets that are legal in other states. "Today's victory would not have been possible without the incredible bipartisan effort from so many in our state, particularly former Governor Chris Christie and former State Senator Raymond Lesniak. I look forward to working with the Legislature to enact a law authorizing and regulating sports betting in the very near future." The decision will allow The Meadowlands to take wagers on sporting events as regulated and taxed by the state thus creating a new revenue stream for New Jersey as well as sorely needed funding for operation of the track. Unfortunately, this does not solve the significant problem of the current horse shortage at The Meadowlands given the purse subsidies racetracks in the surrounding states receive from slots revenue. Illegal, unsanctioned sports betting is reported to total approximately $400 billion annually with a substantial percentage of that total being wagered in the state of New Jersey. State-regulated sports betting will provide the wagering customer a safe, secure platform upon which to place their bets as well as creating a significant number of new jobs to service the industry. The revenue generated by legal sports wagering is vital to the survival of New Jersey's horse race tracks and agribusiness which is reported to be a $4 billion industry and continue to preserve the 176,000 acres used for agriculture in the state. New Jersey legislators have indicated they will immediately begin to craft the necessary rules and regulations necessary for a timely beginning to sports wagering in the state. Nick Salvi

MANALAPAN, NJ -- May 14, 2018 -- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that states can legalize sports betting, breaking up Nevada's monopoly on the practice. The court upheld the legality of a 2014 New Jersey law permitting sports betting at casinos and racetracks in the state and voided the federal Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act. Some states see sports betting, like lotteries, as a potentially important source of tax revenue. The Supreme Court justices struck down the entire federal law on a 6-3 vote. "The legalization of sports gambling requires an important policy choice, but the choice is not ours to make. Congress can regulate sports gambling directly, but if it elects not to do so, each state is free to act on its own," Justice Samuel Alito wrote in the majority opinion. The state law at issue would allow people age 21 and above to bet on sports at New Jersey casinos and racetracks but would ban wagers on college teams based in or playing in the state. Shares of several casino companies moved higher following the ruling, including Caesars Entertainment, up 6 percent and Penn National Gaming, up 4 percent. Others gaining included MGM Resorts, Boyd Gaming and Churchill Downs. Wynn Resorts stock recaptured some of its losses from earlier in trading, down 1.9 percent on the day. Industry analysts have said that dozens of states might legalize sports betting if they are not barred from doing so by the federal law. While awaiting Monday's ruling, seven states — Connecticut, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Iowa, New York, Mississippi and West Virginia — had laws prepared to make sports betting legal. Thirteen other states — California, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Michigan, Missouri, Oklahoma, Rhode Island and South Carolina — have plans or proposals to consider legalizing sports betting. The ruling takes the U.S. a step closer to legal sports betting in numerous states, possibly even nationwide. Currently, the practice is legal only in select places such as Nevada, home to the gambling capital Las Vegas. The current illegal sports betting market is worth billions of dollars annually. Click here for full article Courtney Stafford  Michael Sheetz, Reuters contributed to this report.

Harness racing members of the WA Trotting Media Guild have labelled Luis Alberto, Gotta Go Gabbana, Simba Bromac and Art Keeper as good things at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The West Australian’s Ernie Manning and GPTV’s Ken Casellas are keen on Luis Alberto. “Luis Alberto is highly consistent and has shown in his past two races that he possesses the gate speed to hold up from gate one,” Manning said. “A winner at Gloucester Park three starts ago, he gets his chance to break back into the victors‘ list for the Hall stable.” And Casellas agrees with his colleague. “Luis Alberto failed to win a race from 15 starts as a two and three-year-old but has blossomed as a four-year-old this season, notching five wins and seven placings from 16 starts,” Casellas said. “He has drawn perfectly at barrier one on Friday night and is my best bet on the excellent 10-event card. He looks set to relish his favoured pacemaking role and should carry too many guns for Back To The Beach and Touch Of Success.” Last year’s leading tipster Stuart Lowe believes Gotta Go Gabbana is poised to return to the winners’ list. “My best bet is Gotta Go Gabbana,” Lowe said. “She did a power of work before finishing a close-up third at Pinjarra last start. Gets the good draw here and should lead and be hard to beat.” Longshot king Pat Harding and The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft are fans of the wonderfully consistent Simba Bromac. “After a scintillating win last week, I think punters can cash in again with the Nathan Turvey-trained Simba Bromac,” Harding said. “He might be a bit short in the market but certainly looks the goods with Chris Lewis aboard.” Havercroft is of the same mind. “Simba Bromac has not missed a cheque in 16 WA starts, with 12 of those being wins,” Havercroft said. “I can see no reason why he won’t bring up number 13 this Friday when starting from barrier two. His main rival, El Jacko, starts from the outside of the nine-horse field.” Guild president Wayne Currall is tipping Art Keeper to land an all-the-way victory on Friday night. “Art Keeper has been very consistent since crossing the Nullarbor to join the strong Skye Bond team,” Currall said. “He finished a close fourth behind Tuas Delight last week at headquarters after working hard in the run. Should lead from the pole and whatever beats him will win.” VALUE BETS Ernie: Kasey John has been unplaced at his past six starts, but he should not be underrated from the pole. He has displayed considerable ability in three Gloucester Park wins. Ken: For value, I suggest Dana Duke, who has drawn ideally at barrier two in the 1730m Ramsays Horse Transport Pace. Dana Duke has been unplaced at his past six starts, but he is an excellent frontrunner and is capable of a bold showing over the sprint trip. Stuart: My value bet is Dana Duke. He impressed with a close sixth to BettorsFire here last start. Well drawn and dropping in class. Pat: Nathan Turvey could score a good double when he gets aboard a horse he trains, Robert The Bruce. This is a wide-open event with little form on the board from any of the nine runners. However, it is over 2536 metres and Robert The Bruce is the one that appeals. Ryan: Millview Sienna had been racing well prior to galloping last time out at Gloucester Park. Drawn in barrier one in a red-hot Breeders Stakes field this Friday. She is going to be handy enough to make a run into the placings at an each-way quote. Wayne: Major Survivor did things wrong when he moved up strongly to issue a challenge to Bitcoin at Pinjarra last start. He’s drawn the pole against a strong field in the opening event but could find the front and prove hard to run down. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good punting Wayne Currall

Australia’s multi-billion dollar betting industry has undergone great change in recent years as the ubiquity of smartphones (86% of Australians now use a smartphone as their main phone) and the prevalence of sports betting apps allows Australians to gamble from the comfort of their own couch, on the wide open road, or even from the stands at the game. To understand the scope of gambling in Australia means gaining insight into what Australians bet on and who is doing the betting. The Roy Morgan Gambling Currency Reports delve into Australian gambling habits in depth including detailed analysis of betting and sports betting, poker machines, casino table games, keno, lotteries and scratchies. Sports betting has gained prominence in recent years but analysing the overall betting market shows that racing – whether horse racing, harness racing or greyhound racing – still commands nearly 75% of the Australian betting market. Horse racing is the dominant form of betting comprising 50.9% of the betting market with a further 12.5% bet on greyhound racing and 11.4% bet on harness racing. Sports betting itself equals 25% of the money Australians bet in 2017 and this is dominated by the two major football codes which comprise more than half of Australian sports betting. 7.6% of money bet in Australia is on NRL/State of Origin markets just ahead of the 6.8% bet on AFL related events. The balance of 10.7% is spread around all other sports including tennis, cricket, basketball, swimming, football, netball, cycling and many others. Australian betting market – December 2017 Source: Roy Morgan Single Source Australia, January 2017 - December 2017, Base: Australians aged 18+. n=14,422.   Australians aged 35-64 and those from NSW and Victoria most likely to bet Australians who like a bet, whether on the Melbourne Cup, Australian Open tennis, football codes of one sort or another, Ashes cricket, big sporting events such as the Olympics, Commonwealth Games or World Cup or a myriad of other sports available here and overseas, come in all shapes and sizes. Analysis of the 10.5% of Australians who’ve had a bet in the last three months reveals there are noteworthy differences with the proportion of Australians having a bet by age increasing until Australians reach retirement age at which point the likelihood of having a bet plunges. Only 7.2% of Australians aged under 25 have had a bet in the last three months compared to 9.3% of those aged 25-34 years old, 11.3% of those aged 35-49 years old and 12.6% of 50-64 year olds – the highest of any age group, before dropping to 10.2% of Australians of retirement age (65+). Analysing betting patterns by State & Territory shows a rougher co-relation. Australians in our two largest States are most likely to bet: 11.5% of Victorians and 11.1% of those from New South Wales (including ACT) have had a bet in the last three months. The likelihood of betting is underneath the national average in the all other States with 9.8% of those in medium-sized Queensland and Western Australia having a bet, 8.1% of South Australians and only 7.2% of those in Australia’s smallest State of Tasmania. The Northern Territory, which is home to many of Australia’s sports betting agencies due to favourable gambling laws, bucks this trend with 11.1% of NT residents having a bet in the last three months. Australians who’ve had a bet in the last three months: Age & State Source: Roy Morgan Single Source Australia, January 2017 - December 2017, Base: Australians aged 18+. n=14,422. Michele Levine, CEO, says Australians love of sport is well-known and for a sizeable number of Australians having a punt adds an extra something to the contest: “Over 2 million Australians aged 18+ (10.5%) have had a bet in the last three months whether on horse racing, greyhounds, or sporting events like the AFL, NRL, tennis, cricket or any of thousands of other sports available to bet on whether the sporting contest is undertaken here in Australia or almost anywhere around the world. “It is hardly surprising that Australians having a bet are far more likely to be men (13.9% of Australian men aged 18+) than women (7.3%) whilst there is a strong co-relation between age and the likelihood of having a bet. 12.6% of Australians aged 50-64 years old have had a bet in the last three months – clearly higher than any other age group compared to only 7.2% of younger Australians aged 18-24 years old. “Intriguingly the likelihood of having a bet also co-relates fairly well to the size of the State an Australian is from. The most likely Australians to have a bet are those from Australia’s largest States of New South Wales (11.1%) and Victoria (11.5%) whilst the least likely are from Australia’s two smaller States of South Australia (8.1%) and Tasmania (7.2%). “This disparity is likely related to the lack of professional sporting content available in smaller markets. As a comparison there are 17 professional AFL/NRL/Super Rugby/A-League clubs in New South Wales, 14 in Victoria, 7 in Queensland and 3 each in Western Australia and South Australia. There are no professional football clubs in Tasmania. “The relatively high proportion of Northern Territorians who’ve had a bet at 11.1% does buck this trend, however its worth remembering that the Northern Territory has long been a home to many Australians sports and horse racing betting companies due to the favourable laws in the jurisdiction. “To gain deeper insights into who the Australians that like to have a bet are, and more importantly, how much they are spending and betting when taking a punt, the series of Roy Morgan Gambling Currency Reports are an essential analytical resource to learn more about Australian gamblers and punters. “The Roy Morgan Gambling Currency Reports cover not only horse racing and sports betting, but also casino table games, keno, lotteries, scratchies tickets and poker machines.”   For comments or more information please contact: Roy Morgan - Enquiries Office: (+61) (03) 9224 5309 askroymorgan@roymorgan.com   Reprinted with permission of Roy Morgan

Jerry Connors gives you a run down in each race on harness racing Sunday at Pocono Downs. FIRST RACE – WESLYNN DANCER came out of fifth 3/16, had brief cover then onward uncovered to the lead 3/8, absorbed pressure, then drew away. ATABOY HANOVER moved second-over, blindswitched from past the 5/8 through late on the turn, then swung four-wide and was just up to grab second from SKYWAY COBRA. The latter took the pocket early, looked to quarter-move but rethought, was trapped in headstretch, slid clear midstretch and finished sharply. WINNERESS moved three-wide from third-over 5/8, urged on the turn but couldn’t continue to gain significantly. FRANKIE MULLINS tucked third at the 1/8, shuffled to last, came clear too late. MARION GONDOLIER never went to the rail, left uncovered 3/8 as the winner cleared, challenged, faded in the stretch. LADY EAGLE went to the early lead, yielded 3/8 for the two-hole, nothing left for the stretch. SECOND RACE – CHARMBO CURIOSITY was three-wide past the 1/8, then with cover until the ¼, then out raw battling for the lead, showed great heart in going by the leader on the turn and winning safely. HASTY WESTERN had to check when PANEDICTINE broke before the 3/8, recovered, moved out alertly off the second turn to second-over, not as much as the winner but steadily. MUST BE THE BUNNY came through after the start and was the innermost of the three fastest leavers, yielded at the ¼, shuffled when the pacesetter gave way on the turn, Pocono Pike, OK. FOX VALLEY BAILEY and RAMBLIN BOB were out in the cover flow but were not major factors. JUST THAT made the lead just past the 3/16, under pressure most of the way, gave way on the far turn. ROCKAVELLIAN wasn’t prominent. PANEDICTINE spotted fifth, then made a break just the 5/16.  THIRD RACE – QUEENS LONELY EARL left quickly three-wide for the lead into the first turn, kept a foe out to the ¼, let that one go but retook to the 3/8, then threw successive 28.1s home to leave these in his dust. WESTERN CREDIT was between horses early and looped, went on to ¼ command, yielded 3/8 for the two-hole, no threat to the winner but good to be far clear of the others. STAR STUDDED CAST showed some early foot, yielded, couldn’t keep up in the last ¼. HAILEYSGONEDANCING was no threat; nor was PUT ON THE DAY. CITY KID was second-over, left raw 11/16 after a breaker, couldn’t get close. CASINO CUTIE IT started uncovered into McCarthy’s Corner, not advancing all that quickly when breaking 11/16. FOURTH RACE – HEZA YANKEEWYNR was on the lead by the 3/16, got a slow half, opened a clear advantage down the backstretch, stayed clear under measuring tactics while looking to tire a little. ALVISI HANOVER was not away quickly, came uncovered starting towards the clubhouse turn, didn’t quite have the speed to reach an open pocket, but tried hard through the lane and was narrowing in. NEOLOGISM was behind dull cover, three-wide much of the final turn and showed a solid late punch. MCADOO was second-over, gapped late on the backstretch, ducked in on the turn. GET TORQED sat the pocket, not enough speed here. FORTUNES ONE offered little. WILL OF THE MONSTER was inside when he broke 5/8, was taken inside the pylons. FIFTH RACE – WARRAWEE QUALLY moved uncovered past the 3/8, went 27.1 the third quarter to wrest the lead away, not pressured through the lane. CHARMING HILL was originally behind the winner but gapped off turn two and let a foe out, three-wide around that one late turn and finished well for second. NARCIAN JEWEL angled behind the place horse for the stretch and finished steadily. EYRE HOSTESS N sat in, then backed out to second-over in front of a gapper, left uncovered before the ¾, fair late. KEYSTONE I WISH had early speed and yielded, sat in and was shuffled to last with nowhere to go headstretch, fair. ASHOK ACE was three-wide to the first turn, made the lead 5/16, got a second quarter breather, but had no answer for the winner ¾. UNBEAMLIEVEABLE was parked just past the 1/8, yielded 5/16 for the pocket, stuck behind the passed pacesetter, but had little response once clear in the Pocono Pike. SIXTH RACE – CINNABAR HALL made the lead past the 1/8, went a fast clip and bottomed out the field. MIDNIGHT ZETTE moved out uncovered down the back, slightly off the rail on the turn, had to move wide around the stretch breaker, accomplished that easily and was a good second. THERESNOWAY passed a breaker and tired horses for third. RUN AND TELL PAP yielded past the 1/8, gapped in the pocket a bit from the 3/8 on. EXPLOSIVE VICTORY was far back, three-wide headstretch and along for the last check. BOB N TONY never featured. PILGRIMS TIDE tucked early, came outside before the 5/16 to challenge, couldn’t go by the leader but went into the pocket past the half in front of a gapper, back outside for the stretch but made a break. TAROT left then tucked back fifth early, in the outside flow but gapped from down the backstretch. SEVENTH RACE—FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS left alertly three-wide and was on top into turn one, yielded 3/16 and stayed close behind a fast pace, found the most foot late in the Pocono Pike to reward Elvis fans. CRITICAL HANOVER left enough to keep a foe out while yielding to the winner, stayed connected pretty well, went between horses past early stretch as the pacesetter bore out a bit, just nipped BLOW BACK. The latter came off the rail raw 11/16 and advanced in the slowish back half (58 – 1:00). PUMA BLUE CHIP gapped the main bunch ¾, then finished decently along the inside. BABY WANTS never reached from two-wide. LADY RAM was looped leaving and was used to the 3/16 for the lead in by far the fastest quarter of the race, continued on the engine but had no late response. LADY ZETTE gapped at a couple of points then broke late. HOLY BONES was last when going offstride on the far turn. EIGHTH RACE – JK WILDFIRE was looped early and settled third, then came with a quarter move, got a slow middle half, roused once early stretch when MAJOR OFFENSE emerged close-up in the Pocono Pike but was going 27.2 in the last panel, which will win you a lot of maiden races. MAJOR OFFENSE left nicely to the lead past the 1/8, yielded 3/8 for the two-hole, dove down to the Pike and finished strongly. HEARTBEAT HILL started first-up entering the second curve, advanced, did well but outpaced a bit late. LUCK N ROLL K went up the inside late backstretch, swung out midturn but pulled behind a fading horse and had to check and go back to the inside, outside again after clearing that one and did well late. STARVIN MARVIN gapped third-over, then was forced wide past midturn when the second-over horse tired suddenly. PLATINUM had the early pocket, gapped out ¾. MARVALOUS FALCON did not fly tonight. YO CHEYENNE DELEO gapped second-over, then gave way badly in the last ¼. NINTH RACE – OHIO LARRY started first-over 3/8, was a grindmaster deluxe, never put in a backward step, made the lead approaching deep stretch and held off a competitive field. INDY INGOT was third-over, three-wide past midturn, good but just a little too far to come. CHIP WALTHER was outsped away, had cover then lost it and went on to the lead off the first turn, rated the half then sprinted coming off turn two, was mildly urged ¾ as he could shake nobody, held well but outpaced. WAR-N-MUNN was buried inside, swung into the path behind the winner headstretch, never appeared to be fully clear. SPORTSMANSHIP was the fastest early, yielded, to the deep Pocono Pike, couldn’t get there. THESPYWHOLOVEDME was in a hard spot fourth-over, swung widest in the lane and had pace under the wire. RESCUE PLAN was fast early and got command at the 1/8, yielded for the pocket, to the Pocono Pike, two steps shy here. SOUTHWIND WHISKI was second-over, blindswitched mid-far turn and never escaped the box. TENTH RACE – The Naps combine behind longshots after the favorite ran on the far turn … FREDDIE MAC was three-wide early then two-wide most of the ¼, yielded to the brusher in front of the stands, gapped off turn two but quickly got tighter, inherited the lead when the pacesetter broke on the turn, then just withstood AUTEUR HANOVER. The latter was looped early and in fourth at the 1/8, then started raw towards turn two, not alongside the leader when he broke, but still had plenty of fight in the stretch (albeit in a 30 kicker). ALEXANDRIA HANOVER tucked early, then found herself in the pocket past midturn, Pocono Pike, steadily. ANOTHER CHAPTER had good cover second-over, three-wide just past midturn, good but not quite good enough. MUAY HANOVER had no clear lane in the stretch. ZAGSTER made two speed moves to control the pace just past the 3/8, was clear midturn when he went to a run. WANNA MAKE MONEY misbehaved an 1/8 before the start. ELEVENTH RACE – THE ONLY ONE went on three-wide to the 1/8, two-wide to the lead 3/16, yielded for a pocket trip, came out in the stretch and proved the strongest tonight. KANDY KORN left between horses and took back to third, got room in the Pocono Pike right away, just made second over EI EI O. The latter was third-over, made a bad break 5/8 and lost 6-7 lengths, lit back on the trot like a house afire, gained boldly three- and four-wide on the turn and through the stretch – own last quarter 27.3. REIGNINGBLACKSWAN went out to defend the pocket early, then quarter-moved, got a cheap half, but outtrotted home. SONG OF THE VALLEY briefly came out third-over after the backstretch breaker but ducked back in, not a late factor. ON THE SLY worked out a good second-over trip, three-wide late turn, came up empty. SURFACE TENSION made an elongated first-over bid, stepped in 28.3 to challenge down the back, nothing left for the stretch. PEGASUS POINT didn’t do well at all. TWELFTH RACE – SKY GUY left, yielded to one horse and then retook, rated the half, had no problem tonight. SCHOLZ improved position early, gapped a bit past the 5/8 in a 27.4 third quarter but tightened back in, to the Pocono Pike and nipped ALONEINSPADES for the deuce. The latter was four-high to the 1/8, then down to two-wide to the lead 3/16, yielded for the pocket, came out in the stretch but couldn’t gain. R N NATE came on some from the back to be next in line. ER ROOM was out raw but never near the leaders. NONE OF THE OTHER TRIO ever achieved prominence. Jerry Connors

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