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TORONTO, November 10 - The Woodbine harness racing Standardbred Jackpot Hi-5 had just a single winning ticket Friday evening for a $146,937.92 payout. Long shots filled the top-five finishers in the Jackpot Hi-5 event (Race 10). Three-year-old pacing filly Kloof Street (#6) pulled off a 16-1 upset, while being followed in the top-three by a pair of fillies at double-digit odds. The two favourites finished outside the top-five, which opened the door for a potential huge payout. The only ticket to correctly select the top-five finishers in order was purchased by a Woodbine HPI customer and cost $1.20. The winning ticket combination was 6/5/2/9/1,3,4,7,8,10. Here are the top-five finishers from the Jackpot Hi-5 race. 1st: #6 Kloof Street - 16/1 2nd: #5 Osprey Blue Chip - 21/1 3rd: #2 Village Jamie - 15/1 4th: #9 American Cheer - 5/1 5th: #8 Diamondtoothgertie - 9/1 The Jackpot Hi-5 pool Friday was $27,048, which joined the carryover of $123,946.84 to make up the payout. The Jackpot Hi-5 will now start from scratch on Saturday evening's program. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

November 2, 2017 – Win Systems, a leading technology supplier for the gaming and entertainment industry, is to exhibit its full suite of casino solutions at SAGSE, Buenos Aires, from 7-9 th November.  The supplier will exhibit a range of its gaming products and business intelligence tools on stand #320 at what will be its final show this year.  Senior members of the Win Systems team will showcase its WIGOS™, Intellia™ and WinUp™ marketing tools, which allow casino management to monitor data and enhance players’ user experience through specific promotional activity. The stand will also display the premium Lumina and Quadra GoldClub electronic roulette machines, as well as a selection of its state-of-the-art S3 and ST2 GameStar gaming cabinets. Win Systems’ casino solutions are proven in multiple territories across the world, and are hugely scalable for all types and size of casino operation. Having been prominent on the LatAm trade show circuit throughout the year, Win Systems will look to demonstrate its commitment to the region at SAGSE, as well as finalize various commercial deals and partnerships that have culminated from its activities over recent months. Eric Benchimol, CEO of Win Systems, said: “The SAGSE shows are always excellent opportunities to network with leading industry figures within Argentina and elsewhere in the region. We encourage all delegates interested in improving their casino product to visit us at our stand. “We’re looking to sign off 2017 with a bang, following a hugely successful G2E, and are now focused on 2018 and the upcoming ICE show where we expect to be showcasing exciting new product launches.”  Win Systems are on stand #320 at SAGSE, Buenos Aires, from 7-9 th November. To organise a meeting please email About Win Systems WIN SYSTEMS is a global technology provider for the gaming and entertainment industry. The company specializes in systems and services for casinos and lotteries, gaming devices and server based video lottery terminals (VLTs). WIN offers a full range of technology services, including design, programming, installation, operation and maintenance of its systems. Win Systems has an extensive track-record of offering the best in class information management systems, recognized throughout the world for providing superior real-time control, stability and reliability for land-based casinos, lotteries, and route operations. In 2016, Win Systems acquired Gold Club, a global developer and provider of gaming machines and electronic roulette with a presence in over 50 countries worldwide.  The result of the acquisition is an emerging leader in the global gaming industry with a significant footprint in Europe, South Africa and the Americas. The company is continuously evolving, refining and expanding its product line ahead of market demands, setting trends and creating tools that are becoming essential for its customers’ successful operations. For more information: || +1 212 206 9325 || Tw: @win_systems

For gambling maven Shawn Scott, Maine looks like a good bet. “I believe in the project. It’s worth a shot,” Scott said Wednesday. Though opponents call his bid to secure a casino license through a public referendum “wicked shady,” it’s possible that voters Nov. 7 will agree with Scott that adding a third casino to the state will provide more money for popular government programs without adding to Maine’s tax burden. After all, it sounds good. Promoters promise that revenue from the new casino would provide extra cash for veterans, schools, college students, Native Americans and more, all at no cost to taxpayers. “There’s no downside to the people of Maine,” Scott said Wednesday. “There’s only upside.” Gov. Paul LePage, who vehemently opposes Question 1, said in a radio address Wednesday that contrary to supporters’ claims, the referendum is not about funding schools, creating jobs or lowering taxes. “It is about gambling. Period,” he said. LePage said Maine’s gambling market is already saturated — the state has casinos in Oxford and Bangor — and the proposed new one in York County would merely siphon business away from them. Sen. Nate Libby, D-Lewiston, said Scott is “pretty much the sole driver” behind the referendum, investing at least $9 million to try to get voter approval for a new casino for which he would hold the license. Given that a license for a new casino might be worth $200 million, Libby said, it could prove “a heck of an investment.” LePage called on voters to remember that “in gambling, the house always wins — and the house owns Question 1.” Scott, who lives on the tiny island of Saipan in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, has a different take. He said that Maine’s been losing “tens of millions of dollars” to casinos in Connecticut and elsewhere that could be spent within the state if it had the gaming facilities commensurate with its population. Scott warned that  without a new casino south of Portland “a huge amount of Maine money” and jobs would be lost when the much larger and upscale Wynn Boston Harbor opens in 2019. The ballot measure would increase the number of slot machines allowed in Maine from 3,000 to 4,500. Supporters said the new casino would provide more than 2,000 permanent jobs and contribute almost $250 million in taxes during its first five years of operation. There may be grounds for believing Maine has room for another successful casino. A 2014 state report by gaming experts endorsed the idea. Scott said reading the report helped spur his decision to try to win permission for a new gaming resort. But what makes Question 1 so unusual isn’t that it would allow a new gaming venue. It’s that it would allow only Scott to apply for the $5 million state license to build the casino. The measure reads that the state’s Gambling Control Board can only accept applications for a license for the new casino “from an entity that owned in 2003 at least 51% of an entity licensed to operate a commercial track in Penobscot County that conducted harness horse racing with parimutuel wagering on more than 25 days in 2002.” Attorney General Janet Mills’ office looked into it and determined that Capital Seven LLC, a limited liability company formed in Nevada and owned by Scott, is “the only entity eligible to apply for a slot machine or casino license in York County under this initiative.” What that means in practical terms is only Scott can apply for the license. Scott said that everyone is free to seek a referendum. “No one’s excluded from that option,” he said. “This was our idea.” If it prevails at the polls, he said, there’s nothing to stop someone else from putting another measure on the ballot to open a casino next door to his. Scott, a gambling kingpin who has operated internationally, secured a referendum win in 2003 to allow slot machines to boost the horse track in Bangor. He quickly sold his stake to Penn National for $51 million, turning a big profit on the deal, and left Maine. He also sold the rights to a Louisiana casino that he convinced voters there to approve. This time around, though, Scott said that backers have no intention of cashing out and leaving. He said he’s in it for the long haul. “I love Maine,” Scott said, and he has no intention of going anywhere if voters give him a green light for the $200 million facility he envisions. There is nothing in the measure, however, to stop him from changing his mind. Libby said that if a casino ought to be added, it should arise out of a competitive bidding that would ensure Maine got the best possible deal, not one earmarked for one person to make a bundle. Scott said that in Maine, the only way casinos have ever been allowed is through ballot questions. One of the many oddities of the casino referendum is that given the near-unanimous opposition to the proposal from legislators and political leaders, there’s at least a good chance they’d quickly amend the terms of the deal if the measure wins over voters. As last year’s ballot questions showed, winning on Election Day is no guarantee the Legislature and governor will meekly go along with a proposition they don’t like. The casino proposal would require the operator to hand over 1 percent of its gross slot machine income to the state for the gambling board’s administrative costs. It would fork over another 39 percent, allocated among a dozen accounts, including 10 percent to supplement harness racing purses, 3 percent for the support of agricultural fairs, 10 percent for education, 2 percent for scholarships  at the University of Maine and Maine Maritime Academy, 3 percent for municipalities to reduce property taxes, 1 percent for the Penobscot Nation and the Passamaquoddy Tribe and 1 percent for drug education efforts. Those supporting the referendum blame some of the opposition to it on lobbying by competing gambling interests. They point out that LePage and a number of other critics “have received tens of thousands of dollars from Kentucky-based Churchill Downs and its lobbying arm in Maine” that wants to block a new casino to protect existing interests in the state. Churchill Downs owns the Oxford casino, which would likely lose a portion of its business if a new casino opens in southern Maine. So far, Scott and other proponents have spent nearly $10 million pushing the ballot question. Churchill Downs has plunked down at least $700,000 to fight it. David Wilson, a partner in the project with Scott, said voters shouldn’t lose sight of the benefits it will bring. He said opponents are relying on “total lies” and character assassination of Scott because they’ll lose if voters focus solely on the merits of the proposal. Voters have a mixed record on ballot questions involving casinos. They approved the Oxford Casino in 2010, but the following year they shot down a proposal to allow one in Lewiston. They also refused to put slot machines in Biddeford and in Washington County in 2011. The casino question is one of four on the ballot. The only other controversial one is Question 2, a proposal to expand Medicaid in Maine. By Steve Collins Reprinted with permission of The Sun Journal

DAYTON, OH. - Hollywood Dayton racing officials predict the total pool for the High 5 wager on the 7th race on the Tuesday (Oct. 31) afternoon harness racing program could reach $4000, the result of a three-day carryover of $1,852. Despite the fact that betting favorite Tink And Tiger (Kyle Ater, 3-5 odds) won the 7th race on Monday's matinee, the 20-cent base wager went unsolved due to longshots finishing third and fourth. The $10,000 claiming pacers covered the rain-soaked surface in 1:55 with Shark Fantasy (Jason Brewer, 6-1) finishing second, followed by Beignet (Randy Crisler, 45-1), Cams Good Fortune (Trevor Smith, 15-1) and Sunday Poker (Kayne Kauffman, 7-1). Winning consolation tickets with the 5-6-7-all-all combination on Monday returned $257.40. Tuesday's High 5 on the 7th race (approximate 4:15 p.m. post time) will feature a full 10-horse field of high conditioned trotters. They will compete for a purse of $12,000 in the class just a notch below the Open. All ten squaregaiters have won multiple races in 2017 and each has banked between $20,000 and $75,000 in purse rewards this season. The Tuesday Halloween program at Hollywood Dayton will also feature "The 50 Shades of Gray Hollywood Spooktacular", the 10th race featuring all gray horses. Leading driver Josh Sutton will steer the morning line favorite, White Ruler, from the outermost No. 8 post position. Others in the field include Give Up The Ghost, Time To Casper, White Fish Flash, Empty Gun Ivy, Ghosts And Legends, War Time Penny and Mr Ruppel. First race post time is 2:15 p.m. Gregg Keidel

A harness racing identity will face court accused of running millions of dollars through a fake betting account. The 61-year-old, from The Gap in Brisbane’s west, will face court next month after being charged under anti-money-laundering and terrorism-financing laws. Detectives from the Racing Crime Squad, working with the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission, charged the man after a long-running investigation into his betting activities. Commissioner Ross Barnett said the man was accused of using a false name to place bets on harness races in Queensland and Western Australia via an online account. “The money that has gone through the account over a 10-year period is well into the millions,” he said. “In one 16-month period — from September 2015 to December 2016 — the figure was $1.77 million.” Police described the man as a “harness racing participant”. The man was today granted bail and will appear in court on November 13. By Kate Kyriacou Reprinted with permission of The Courier-Mail

Racing And Wagering Western Australia’s Harness Racing Chief Handicapper Warren Wishart has released the third ranking for the 2017 TABtouch Inter Dominion series, and there is a new entrant in the top 10 with Shandale rewarded for strong performances against fellow leading contenders for the series. Shandale stamped his credentials for the TABtouch Inter Dominion by defeating Chicago Bull, ranked third, and Soho Tribeca, ranked seventh, in the JP Stratton Cup at Gloucester Park on October 6. The same three horses also filled the placings in the Mount Eden Sprint, with Chicago Bull defeating Soho Tribeca and Shandale finishing a game third. Soho Tribeca moved up two positions from ninth to seventh, but Shandale’s move from 30th position to 10th was the biggest move in the latest set of rankings. Wishart said the performances by the Mike Reed-trained Shandale meant he had to be promoted up the rankings. “Shandale went from 30 to 10 on the back of strong performances against fellow West Australian aspirants Chicago Bull and Soho Tribeca,” Wishart said. Other big movers in the top 30 were Yayas Hot Spot from 20th to 13th, Galactic Star from 29th to 22nd and Code Black, who moved from 43rd to 29th. The Tim Butt-trained My Field Marshall is the highest profile withdrawal since the release of the second ranking, which has opened the door for emerging pacer San Carlo to enter the top 30. After winning 19 of 23 career starts, San Carlo has been one of the biggest talking points with his initial low ranking and whether he could make the top 30, however, after a fast finishing sixth in the Victoria Cup he looks like it will be enough for him to secure a spot in the top 30. Kerryn Manning’s in form pacer Mr Mojito is also firmly entrenched inside the top 30, and looks set to be a part of the series. Lazarus remained on track for the TABtouch Inter Dominion series with a grinding win at Ashburton on Monday, while Lennytheshark enhanced his credentials for the series by taking out the Victoria Cup at Melton on October 14. Chicago Bull, Our Dream About Me and Have Faith In Me remain inside the top five alongside Lazarus and Lennytheshark. The TABtouch Inter Dominion series starts with the first set of heats at Gloucester Park on Friday November 24, before the series once again heads to Bunbury for the second round on Tuesday November 28. The third and final set of heats will be held at Gloucester Park on Friday December 1, before the Grand Final on Friday December 8.       15/09/2017 6/10/2017 23/10/2017 8/11/2017 HORSE Trainer 1st Ranking 2nd Ranking 3rd Ranking 4th Ranking LAZARUS NZ Mark Purdon 1 1 1   LENNYTHESHARK David Aiken 2 2 2   CHICAGO BULL NZ Gary Hall Snr 3 3 3   OUR DREAM ABOUT ME NZ Mark Purdon 4 4 4   HAVE FAITH IN ME NZ Mark Purdon 9 5 5   TIGER TARA NZ Kevin Pizzuto 5 6 6   SOHO TRIBECA Kim Prentice 8 9 7   OHOKA PUNTER NZ Gary Hall Snr 7 8 8   SHANDALE NZ Mike Reed 29 30 9   BEAUDIENE BOAZ NZ Gary Hall Snr 11 11 10   MAJOR CROCKER Vince Vallelonga 12 10 11   YAYAS HOT SPOT NZ S P Tritton, L R Tritton 20 20 12   DEVENDRA Todd Rattray 13 13 13   RUN ONEOVER NZ Gary Hall Snr 10 12 14   MY HARD COPY NZ Clinton Hall 15 14 15   THE BUCKET LIST NZ Michael Brennan 17 17 16   OUR JIMMY JOHNSTONE NZ Skye Bond 18 18 17   JAMBIANI Ross Olivieri 23 22 18   SIMPLY SUSATIONAL NZ Skye Bond 27 23 19   MOTU PREMIER NZ Ross Olivieri 22 21 20   GALACTIC STAR NZ Craig Cross 30 29 21   MAJOR REALITY NZ Justin Prentice 25 27 22   JILLIBY JAGGER Glen Craven 28 28 23   AMERICANBOOTSCOOTA Debra Lewis 33 31 24   CONDRIEU NZ Skye Bond 57 35 25   IM FULL OF EXCUSES NZ Ross Olivieri 21 25 26   MR MOJITO NZ Kerryn Manning 35 33 27   CODE BLACK NZ Kevin Pizzuto 48 43 28   IDEAL TYSON Gary Elson 41 39 29   SAN CARLO Stephen O'Donoghue 42 41 30   VULTAN TIN Phil Costello 39 37 31   MAJORDAN Amanda Turnbull 59 44 32   BETTOR REWARD Justin Prentice 37 36 33   EGODAN Kevin Pizzuto 71 49 34   CUT FOR AN ACE Michael Brennan 63 60 35   LETS CHASE THE DREAM NZ Gary Hall Snr 34 38 36   NATURAL DISASTER Justin Prentice 51 54 37   SPRINTER NZ Gary Elson 55 57 38   SOHO WALL STREET Glenn Elliott 61 63 39   THE ODD LOVER NZ Kim Prentice 66 66 40   TANAKA EAGLE Reg Phillips 83 81 41   ITZ BETTOR TO WIN NZ Ross Olivieri 73 70 42   JOHNNY DISCO Ross Ashby 64 64 43                                                               SCRATCHED & WITHDRAWN         AMERICAN BOY NZ Gary Hall Snr 45 SCR SCR   AZTEC BROMAC NZ KerryAnn Turner 38 45 SCR   BLAZIN N CULLEN NZ John McCarthy 49 50 SCR   CHARLAVAL KerryAnn Turner 80 80 SCR   CLANCYS FOBWATCH Michael Doltoff 74 72 SCR   CONDAGEN KerryAnn Turner 47 48 SCR   COSTA DEL MAGNIFICO NZ Ross Olivieri 75 73 SCR   COURAGE TELLS NZ Skye Bond 69 71 SCR   DANIELJOHN Kristian Hawkins 76 77 SCR   DASHOFLUCK NZ James Rattray 46 47 SCR   DODOLICIOUS Skye Bond 54 55 SCR   EL HOMBRE Ross Olivieri 56 58 SCR   HECTORJAYJAY David Aiken SCR SCR SCR   HEEZ ON FIRE Bill Horn 26 26 SCR   HEZA BROMAC NZ Kevin Pizzuto 95 92 SCR   HUGH VICTOR Clive Dalton 84 82 SCR   IDEAL ALICE NZ Gary Hall Snr 31 SCR SCR   IDEAL FOR REAL Emma Stewart 40 40 SCR   IDEALINDIAMONDS NZ Skye Bond 81 74 SCR   JOHN OF ARC NZ Clive Dalton 14 15 SCR   JOHNNY FOX NZ Ross Olivieri 60 61 SCR   LADY DUPREE Tony Svilicich 97 SCR SCR   LIVURA NZ Nathan Turvey 87 84 SCR   LORD ZIN ZAN NZ John McCarthy 52 52 SCR   MASTER JAXON David Hunter 65 65 SCR   MATCH POINT NZ Kevin Pizzuto 72 SCR SCR   MOONROCK NZ Sonya Smith 79 67 SCR   MY FIELD MARSHAL NZ Tim Butt 6 7 SCR   MYSTA MAGICAL MACH NZ Tony Svilicich 68 69 SCR   NATHANS COURAGE Michael Brennan 53 56 SCR   NEW WORLD ORDER Ray Williams 67 68 SCR   NORVIC NIGHTOWL NZ Gary Hall Snr 32 32 SCR   OUR WAIKIKI BEACH Mark Purdon 16 16 SCR   PACHACUTI Todd Rattray 43 42 SCR   PAY ME CULLEN NZ Kristian Hawkins 91 89 SCR   RABCHENKO Kevin Charles 77 75 SCR   RED SALUTE Ross Olivieri 78 78 SCR   RESURGENT SPIRIT Kate Hargreaves 82 79 SCR   RIVERBOAT JASPER Maree Caldow 85 76 SCR   RUB OF THE GREEN NZ Michael Brennan 58 59 SCR   SHARDONS ROCKET NZ Tony Svilicich 93 88 SCR   SHEER ROCKNROLL Ross Olivieri 44 46 SCR   SMO NZ Eric Chabros 96 93 SCR   SMOKEY THE BANDIT Michael Callegari 50 53 SCR   SPARE ME DAYS Brad Hewitt 36 34 SCR   STORMONT CZAR KerryAnn Turner 70 51 SCR   STRATHLACHLAN ANDY Geoffrey Harding 86 83 SCR   STROGANOFF NZ Kristian Hawkins 92 90 SCR   SUPERFECTA NZ Sonia Zucchiatti 88 85 SCR   THE FAITHFUL NZ Kevin Pizzuto 90 87 SCR   THE TRILOGY NZ Kristian Hawkins 89 86 SCR   TOMMY BE GOOD Kat Warwick 62 62 SCR   TRICKY STYX NZ Jesse Moore 24 24 SCR   ULTIMATE ART Shannon Price 19 19 SCR   WALKINSHAW (NZ) Ray Williams 94 91 SCR     Warren Wishart                                                                           RWWA, Harness Racing Chief Handicapper                                P: 08 9445 5283                                                                     

We can't turn down new state revenue, 5,000 jobs, a boost in tourism and help for the struggling harness racing industry. If the lawmakers and citizens of Maine can agree on one thing, it’s that Maine can always use a little more revenue. They don’t necessarily agree on how to raise it, spend it or save it, but with the passage of a budget in July that can reasonably be called austere, everyone can agree that a little more money wouldn’t hurt. Why then would we want to turn up our collective noses at a proposal to raise an additional $45 million per year in tax-free revenue? We are referring to Question 1, the ballot initiative that would create a gaming and entertainment venue in York County. It would be responsible for $248 million in revenue over the next five years, not to mention more than 5,000 jobs. And it will cost the taxpayers of Maine nothing more than the gas it takes to drive to the polls in November. There will be no hidden taxes. If anything, property taxes may go down as a result of this initiative. Question 1 conjures up $11 million a year for Maine’s Department of Education, $3 million for tuition relief, $3 million in property tax relief, $2 million to the General Fund, and more than $1 million for drug education and addiction prevention. This is meaningful revenue coming at no expense to the state nor the citizens of Maine. Casinos already give the state roughly $50 million a year in similarly tax-free returns, and we now have the chance to almost double that. Investment in Maine that produces revenue and other benefits for the state is a good thing. We entered the gaming industry more than a decade ago. Now there is an opportunity to expand on that and help the industry grow further, to the benefit of all. This includes one of Maine’s most beloved, if struggling, pastimes – harness racing. Harness racing has been an integral part of Maine’s agricultural tradition dating back to the early 1800s, and its continued existence is a testament to the dedication and drive of Maine’s horsemen, both past and present. But the industry today is in dire need of new revenue. A 2015 report stated that without new revenue streams, harness racing could find itself staring down at “the brink of viability,” an outcome signifying a tragic loss for horse owners, spectators and the historic fabric of Maine. Again, Question 1 raises its head as a viable revenue stream to help keep harness racing alive. The proposed venue would generate an estimated $10 million annually for harness racing, more than doubling the amount currently given to the sport. More revenue means larger winning purses, which increase competition and in turn bring more spectators willing to wager at the events. Question 1 represents a gift horse for our horsemen and the harness racing industry, one we would be ill-advised to ignore. We currently need new, non-traditional revenue sources. We also currently have a ballot initiative that creates tens of millions annually in a proven non-traditional revenue source. York County’s businesses could use the year-round tourism money, its workers could use the 5,000 new jobs, the budget could use the annual boost, and Maine’s harness racing industry could be in trouble without it. Maine voters can do the arithmetic for themselves – and provide Maine with a huge dividend when they perform their civic duty in November. We are voting Yes on Question 1, and we urge voters across the great state of Maine to do the same. By Tom Saviello, R-Wilton, is a state senator. Lance Harvell, R-Farmington, is a state representative. Reprinted with permission of The Press Herald

Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment and are proud to announce the details for the 2018 World Harness Racing Handicapping Championship presented by set for Saturday, April 28, 2018 On that date, the top horseplayers in North America will compete for a guaranteed $75,000 prize pool in the WHHC Final at the Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, NJ. " is a terrific partner for the World Harness Handicapping Championship," said Rachel Ryan, Marketing Manager at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment. "With their support we are able to guarantee the Championship prize pool at $75,000. With 100% of entry fees returned as prizes, this offers tremendous value to our players. Should 108 or more players enter the Championship, the prize pool will exceed $75,000." The World Harness Handicapping Championship presented by is a one-day tournament, with a welcome reception the evening prior. Players that did not earn a seat through a qualifying event can directly buy-in for $1,000. The $1,000 entry fee includes a $300 bankroll, with the remaining $700 going to the prize pool. The WHHC contest format requires players to bet 10 races: their choice of seven Meadowlands races, plus three designated mandatory races. Players keep all pari-mutuel winnings. Prize payouts are to the Top 10. The 2018 World Harness Handicapping Championship Qualifier schedule is set and each Qualifier brochure is available at  The contest schedule is as follows: ·         Nov 4, 2017 – March 31, 2018: Free Online Survival Challenge – 3 WHHC seats ·         Saturday, December 2, 2017: $200 Qualifier with 2 WHHC seats ·         Saturday, January 20, 2018: $200 Qualifier with 2 WHHC seats ·         Saturday, February 17 - $400 contest with top 4 WHHC seats ·         Saturday, March 10 - $200 contest with 2 WHHC seats ·         Saturday, April 14 - $100 Last Chance contest with 2 WHHC seats DerbyWars will host regular online Qualifiers for the WHHC beginning with a Free WHHC Qualifier on Friday, October 20.  Contests include:  ·         Friday, October 20: Free WHHC Qualifier with one WHHC seat ·         Saturday nights starting October 21: WHHC Qualifier with one WHHC seat ·         Saturday, December 2: $10,000 WHHC Qualifier Game with two WHHC seats ·         Saturday, January 6: $25,000 WHHC Qualifier Game with three WHHC seats Complete DerbyWars Qualifier information can be found at For more information on how to become a WHHC partner outlet or sponsor, contact Rachel Ryan, Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment ( or 201-842-5015. For online qualifying on, players may contact Rachel Ryan                                   This e-mail, including any attachments, may contain information that is confidential, and is transmitted for the sole use of the intended recipient. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any use, dissemination, copying or retention of this e-mail or the information contained herein is strictly prohibited. If you have received this e-mail in error, please immediately notify the sender by telephone or reply e-mail, and permanently delete this e-mail from your computer system. The views presented in this message are solely those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the opinion of New Meadowlands Racetrack and Winners OTW. New Meadowlands Racetrack and Winners OTW do not guarantee the integrity, security or proper receipt of this message. Likewise, New Meadowlands Racetrack and Winners OTW do not accept any liability whatsoever for any possible damages arising from, or in connection with, data interception, software viruses or manipulation by third parties.   Disclaimer The information contained in this communication from the sender is confidential. It is intended solely for use by the recipient and others authorized to receive it. If you are not the recipient, you are hereby notified that any disclosure, copying, distribution or taking action in relation of the contents of this information is strictly prohibited and may be unlawful.

Members of the WA Trotting Media Guild expect champion reinsman Chris Lewis and Oakford trainer Ross Olivieri to dominate Friday night’s nine-event harness racing card at Gloucester Park. The West Australian’s Ernie Manning has made Motu Premier - trained by Olivieri and reined by Lewis - his best bet. “Motu Premier is 21st in the second round of Inters rankings and he is primed to advance to the top bracket with a first-up win,” Manning said. “The gelding showed  class when a Chandon Final and Marathon Pace winner at his last two starts before going out in August for a let-up. He won eight races in New Zealand before scoring two victories during a brief NSW stint early this year. Since joining Ross Olivieri’s stable four months ago, he has won at five of six starts.” Manning likes Ona Happy Note as his value selection. “Ona Happy Note has not won in his past 21 starts, but he drew barrier three in moderate company and the Michael Brennan-trained gelding only needs to be somewhere near his best to figure prominently,” he said. “He won in New Zealand before recording eight Victorian victories. Three Queensland wins preceded his move to WA last year and he was a GP winner at his debut here.” Veteran tipster Bill Brindley believes the Lewis/Olivieri combination can win with Itz Bettor To Win and Motu Premier. “My best bet is Itz Bettor To Win,” Brindley said. “He’s a classy type who should have benefited from his first-up run and can win this race. I also like Motu Premier as a star bet. Brindley has selected King Lebron as his value for the night. “If he’s anyway near fit he could give them something to catch,” he said. TABradio announcer Matt Young has started the new season in “hot form” and is the current leader in the Media Guild’s tipping competition. Young is another expecting big things from Lewis. “My best bet comes up in the first with the Chris Lewis-driven Rockin The Boys,” he said. “She’s back to mares company and looks well placed here. She’s come on this preparation and I think she can win from the breeze ... pretty keen to start the night off well.” Young has opted for Cut For An Ace as his best value. “I think Cut For An Ace is racing super and has the gate speed to either lead or put himself in a top spot to get over the top,” he said. “His last run was very strong in FFA company off the pegs and this is a suitable race.” Longshot maestro Pat Harding, yet to tip his once-a-year-winner at cricket score odds, is also a fan of Rockin The Boys. “With another tough night coming up at GP on Friday and very few standouts, I thought punters could get off to a good start in the opening race with Rockin The Boys,” he said. “This mare has quite a bit of good form and Lewis should see her home.” Harding agrees with Manning about the chances of Ona Happy Note. “Not a great deal of form in the fourth, but with barrier three I thought Ona Happy Note might just provide that for punters,” he said. “Michael Grantham takes the drive for trainer Michael Brennan and that combination has had a good deal of success and it's certainly worth a bet.” Last year’s leading tipster Stuart Lowe has gone against some of his colleagues by throwing out Millview Sienna (in the same race as Rockin The Boys) as his best. “My best bet is the former New Zealander Millview Sienna, who has won two of her four WA starts,” Lowe said. “She covered plenty of extra ground, before winning here in 1.56.9, over 1730 at her last start. Drawn to lead and the one to beat.” Lowe likes Rycroft for his value selection. “My value bet is Rycroft, who has not enjoyed much luck at four starts this season and his form is better than it reads,” he said. “Should appreciate barrier two and will go well.” On-course announcer Ken Casellas has labelled Fifth Edition as his best bet. “Eight-year-old Fifth Edition is bursting at the seams to break through for another win and he gets a perfect chance to notch his 15th victory when he starts from the prized No.1 barrier on Friday night,” he said. “He is my star bet on the nine-event program.” Casellas is also keen on Rycroft. “Noted frontrunner Rycroft is my value bet when he takes on quality opposition in Itz Bettor To Win, Mach Time and Bronze Seeker in the Celebrating Melissa Renouf Pace,” he said. “Rycroft, to be driven by Shannon Suvaljko for trainer Mike Reed, is favourably placed at the No.2 barrier and he appeals as the likely pacemaker and gets an ideal chance to end a losing sequence of seven.” Media Guild president Wayne Currall has opted for the Nathan Turvey-trained and reined Livura as his best for the night. “Livura could only manage a third and a sixth at his past two starts, but that was against far superior opposition to what he meets on Friday night,” he said. “Despite starting from outside the front line, Turvey should be able to put his horse into the race at some stage over the longer journey of 2536m and prove the testing material.” Currall likes Rudimental Sol as his value selection. “This bloke has drawn the pole in the last and Dylan Egerton-Green will be attempting an all-the-way victory on the David Thompson-trained gelding,” he said. “Could prove hard to catch in a race where many runners are out of form.” To view all of the Media Guild Tips for this week click here. Good punting. Wayne Currall

ANDERSON, Ind.-September 30, 2017 - With a carry-over in excess of $11,000, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino has announced a $30,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 pool for Tuesday, October 3. In partnership with the United States Trotting Association Strategic Wagering program and the Indiana Standardbred Association, Hoosier Park will offer this signature wager for the 12-race harness racing card on Tuesday that is set to begin at 6:30 p.m. For the second consecutive night, the pick-4 sequence carried over. Two long-shot winners in Saturday's Pick-4 sequence at Hoosier Park sparked a carryover of $11,038.43 and will kick-start the Pick-4 pool for Tuesday. The Pick-4, which offers a 50-cent minimum wager, begins in the third race and will continue through the sixth race. Approximate post time for the first leg of the wager, the third race, is 7:06 p.m. (est.). Free past performances for the Pick 4 will be available on the United States Trotting Association website. Expert selections and handicapping tools are also available on Hoosier Park's website and The United States Trotting Association's website. The Pick-4 wager on Tuesday will offer a carryover if no one correctly selects four of four winners. The USTA Strategic Wagering program, which began five years ago, is a cooperative program among the USTA and its member tracks that is designed to provide value to horseplayers by guaranteeing the size of designated betting pools. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 17. The 24th season of live harness racing is highlighted by the 34th edition of the Breeders Crown, harness racing's championship event valued at $6 million, on Friday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit Emily Gaskin

(August 28, 2017) - After three days of competition (8/25-8/27), a familiar name is on top of the harness racing standings for the week and year to date in the Hambletonian Society Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge as Megan Maccario came out in top for the week with 75 points, just 5 points ahead of Ray Cotolo whose 70 points came in one day; having missed the first two days of the week's competition. For the fourth week in a row, Maccario sits on top of the standings with 779.23 points, 54 points ahead of Rusty Nash's 745.20. Despite not winning a race on Friday night, Maccario came out on top thanks to her selection of Dream Together in the second division of the Casual Breeze as the horse paid $8.60 for second place (no show wagering). While several handicappers selected the winner of the first division, On A Sunny Day, the payoff was not enough to beat Maccario's tally. Saturday there was a three-way dead heat for first place for the day's races at Mohawk as Russ Adams, Ray Garnett, and Terry Wilson hit the trifecta selecting all three winners for the night's races; Shadow Moon ($7.90), Percy Bluechip ($2.90), and Pedro Hanover ($5.00) were the winning horses. Sunday at Tioga Downs, nine stakes races were on the contest sate and a trio of handicappers, Sally Hinckley, Rusty Nash, and Bryan Owen each tabbed five winners but it was Ray Cotolo with four winners who managed to come out ahead as he earned a net profit of $40.10. While Cotolo had a quartet of winners, it was two second place finishers Frost Damage Blues ($21.60 for place and show) In the Artiscape and Cufflink Hanover ($18.60 place and show) in the Crawford Farms which made the difference. Standings as of Sunday, August 27, 2017 - Leg #44   Pos   Handicapper   Total Points Earned   Legs Won   Last Week   Streak   1st   Megan Maccario   779.23   8   1st   4   2nd   Rusty Nash   745.20   6   2nd       3rd   Matt Rose   701.38   7   3rd       4th   Russ Adams   693.62   7   4th       5th   Ray Garnett   630.11   4   8th       6th   Sally Hinckley   629.73   6   7th       7th   Dennis O’Hara   627.93   6   6th       8th   Anne Stepien   618.65   5   5th       9th   Gordon Waterstone   584.00   5   9th       10th   Bryan Owen   558.23   5   11th       11th   Steve Horoky   557.16   3   10th       12th   Terry Wilson   465.72   5   13th       13th   Jay Hochstetler   455.00   3   12th       14th   Ray Cotolo   420.33   3   16th       15th   Michael Carter   405.53   3   15th       16th   Adam Friedland   370.30   2   15th         Next Up: Thursday night (8/31) Mohawk Racetrack hosts the Champlain Stake for 2yo filly trotters.  On Friday (9/1), Mohawk hosts the Champlain Stakes for 2yo colt and gelding trotters, the Simcoe Stake for 3yo filly trotter.  Saturday (9/2), Mohawk hosts the Simcoe for 3yo colt and gelding trotters, the Canadian Pacing Derby, the Champlain stake for 2yo pacers of both sexes while Yonkers Raceway features the Yonkers Trot, Messenger Pace, Lady Maud, and the Hudson Filly Trot.  The following week has stakes racing from the Meadowlands, Mohawk Racetrack, and Scioto Downs.  The 2017 Hambletonian Society Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge is sponsored by Adam Friedland, DRF Harness, Green Acquisition Corporation, The Hambletonian Society, Hoosier Park Racing and Casino, Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment, Northfield Park, Ontario Harness Horse Association, Red Shores Charlottetown/Summerside, Tioga Downs, Vernon Downs, Wellbourne Farms, and WEG Entertainment.  The contest is administered by HANA Harness, the harness racing division of HANA, the Horseplayers Association of North America.  Fans may follow the challenge by visiting the contest site at http;//    Allan Schott HANA Harness Racing Coordinator   Check out the HANA Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge

(August 21, 2017) - The victories have been far and few for Ray Cotolo this year in the harness racing Hambletonian Society Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge, but he made up for it big time this past weekend as he earned a net profit of $116.80, over a $100 more than his closest competitor. Megan Maccario remains on top for the third week in a row in the overall chase, 20 points ahead of the pack. The contest week kicked off on Friday evening (8/18) at Vernon Downs and while the first two races of the evening were won by favorites, the Zweig Filly and Open races were upsets and Anne Stepien was the only handicapper able to tab one of the victors, Zweig Filly Stakes winner Evelyn ($16.00) which enabled her to be the only handicapper to show a net profit for the evening of $18.10. Saturday night there was only one race on the contest card, the Sobeys Gold Cup and Saucer at Red Shores-Charlottetown Driving Park and once again only one handicapper came out in the black, Adam Friedland. Friedland managed to select the winner Shadow Place ($22.00) netting $29.80 for the evening. Sunday's races at Tioga Downs and Hippodrome 3R saw Cotolo come to the table firing on all cylinders by managing to sweep all four tilts. Repentence ($4.20) in the Tompkins and Pasithea Face S ($3.40) in the Ms. Versatility were easy selections but reeling in Dealt A Winner ($72.40) in the Roll With Joe and Western Fame ($14.80) in the Prix d'Ete required spot-on handicapping. By sweeping the card, Cotolo netted $122.80 for the day. The overall race remains tight with less than 30 points separating Maccario (704.23) from second place Rusty Nash (684.20) and third place Matt Rose (675.38).    Standings as of Sunday, August 20, 2017 - Leg #41   Pos   Handicapper   Total Points Earned   Legs Won   Last Week   Streak   1st   Megan Maccario   704.23   7   1st   3   2nd   Rusty Nash   684.20   6   3rd       3rd   Matt Rose   675.38   7   2nd       4th   Russ Adams   625.62   6   4th       5th   Anne Stepien   602.65   5   9th       6th   Dennis O’Hara   591.43   6   8th       7th   Sally Hinckley   570.23   6   5th       8th   Ray Garnett   567.11   3   7th       9th   Gordon Waterstone   558.00   5   8th       10th   Steve Horoky   525.66   3   10th       11th   Bryan Owen   494.23   5   11th       12th   Jay Hochstetler   414.00   3   12th       13th   Terry Wilson   407.72   4   13th       14th   Michael Carter   387.03   3   14th       15th   Adam Friedland   370.30   2   15th       16th   Ray Cotolo   350.33   2   16th           Next Up: This weekend, Mohawk Racetrack will be hosting the Nassagaweya (two year old pacers) and the Eternal Camnation (two year old filly pacers) on Saturday night while Tioga Downs hosts on Sunday the Crawford Farm Trot (open trotters) and Joie De Vie (filly and mare trotters) as well as the Artiscape for (filly and mare pacers). The 2017 Hambletonian Society Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge is sponsored by Adam Friedland, DRF Harness, Green Acquisition Corporation, The Hambletonian Society, Hoosier Park Racing and Casino, Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment, Northfield Park, Ontario Harness Horse Association, Red Shores Charlottetown/Summerside, Tioga Downs, Vernon Downs, Wellbourne Farms, and WEG Entertainment.  The contest is administered by HANA Harness, the harness racing division of HANA, the Horseplayers Association of North America.  Fans may follow the challenge by visiting the contest site at http;//  Allan Schott HANA Harness Racing Coordinator Check out the HANA Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge  

Plainville, MA---Ten prominent national harness racing analysts and handicappers have weighed in on who they believe will win the $250,000 Spirit of Massachusetts trot to be held at Plainridge Park on Friday (July 28). Post time for the first race Friday is 4 p.m. Post time for the Spirit of Massachusetts Trot is estimated at 6:40 p.m. Please note that coverage and live streaming of the Spirit of Massachusetts Trot will be available Friday at DRF Harness ( and at the Plainridge Park website ( Bob "Hollywood" Heyden, Hall of Fame Meadowlands statistician and handicapper 1-Hannelore Hanover was my vote for 2016 "Trotter of the Year" and is a touch better than last year and that is saying a ton. Remember, Moni Maker in 1998 was a 5-year-old and would win the first of two straight HOY titles, which has not been done since. This mare is very reminiscent of her and I think the boys will be in for a long afternoon. 8-Obrigado has the speed to negate the bad draw and is the most unheralded of the division winners of 2016 who raced at the Meadowlands on Pace night. The second richest gelding in the sport last year (WIJI), he's getting his sea legs and is the one to fear up front. 2-Crazy Wow joined the Burke Brigade after a strong 2-year-old season with Dan O'Mara which included a NYSS final win. He's the rare 3-year-old trotter to bank a MILLION without being Hambo eligible. He is a major threat. Ken Warkentin, Track Announcer at the Meadowlands 1-Hannelore Hanover is the current Queen of Trotting and has beaten the boys with regularity. She is fresh off a short-lived track record at the Big M and heads a formidable Burke duo from the rail. 2-Crazy Wow is the model of consistency this season. This versatile Burke trainee nailed Resolve in the Cleveland Classic, then freshened by equaling his mark of 1:51.1. He draws inside to stalk his stablemate. 6-Resolve was the decisive winner of the Cutler and just missed to Crazy Wow in the Cleveland Classic. This classy 6-year-old draws a demanding post off a tough trip from post eight at Yonkers. James Witherite, Harrah's Philadelphia Handicapper 6 - Resolve may have been defeated in four of his six races this year, but it's worth noting that two of those losses were to Bold Eagle and Timoko. In his narrow defeat to Crazy Wow at Northfield, this 6-year-old endured a first-over trip while Crazy Wow enjoyed a cozy pocket ride throughout. Despite last week's failed effort from post 8 at Yonkers, this one has impressed me most. 8 - Obrigado held his ground well under the pressure of Resolve over ten furlongs at Yonkers last week, only beaten by a neck in the end by a pair of late-emerging challengers. In their previous meeting, Resolve was just better despite a first-over push up the far side at Northfield. Given an abundance of pace in the race, this one has every chance to stay strong from the end with a more insulated journey. 1 - Hannelore Hanover has not only lost four of her last 25 races, but she's also won four straight, including the Armbro Flight at Mohawk and a scintillating 1:50.3 performance in her Miss Versatility preliminary at the Meadowlands nearly a fortnight ago. While she proved she can beat the boys at Hoosier last fall, this is her first such task of her 5-year-old season. That said, despite Crazy Wow's banner season thus far, I feel the mare is the stronger half of the Burke entry. Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications/USTA 1-Hannelore Hanover - After trainer Ron Burke said she wasn't as sharp as last year, Hannelore Hanover went a track-record 1:50.3 with a hand drive to win Miss Versatility division at Meadowlands. 6- Resolve - Got stuck leading the outside flow for nearly the entirety of 1-1/4 mile event last time out at Yonkers and should be a prime contender here. 5- Cufflink Hanover - Trying for some value here with a horse that was buried on the pylons in the stretch before fanning four wide and charging home to finish second to Marion Marauder in Hambletonian Maturity. Michael Carter, Co-Host of Post Time with Mike and Mike 1- Hannelore Hanover- Has been the dominate mare trotter and is back to take on the boys who she last defeated in the Centaur Trotting Classic at Hoosier Park. Her effort at The Meadowlands in the Ms. Versatility was a dominate one and I expect a fantastic trip from the rail for her. 8- Obrigado- He has done some fantastic things for trainer Paul Kelley in his career and I expect that to continue tonight. He draws a little tough towards the outside, but tends to grind away at the early pace and has been known to show a good amount of early speed from the outside. Expect him to be a part of the action. 2- Crazy Wow- Won his last pari-mutuel start at Northfield Park in the Cleveland Trotting Classic in World Record time. He draws well this week just to the outside of Hannelore Hanover. He can be a horse that can trip out and wait for the right moment to strike and that kind of trip could bode well for him here. Garnet Barnsdale, Woodbine/Mohawk Public Handicapper for DRF Harness 1- Hannelore Hanover has never been better, coming off a lifetime-best score to extend her winning streak to four. And while she faces all males here, Gingras will use the inside post to his advantage. She gets the nod. 6- Resolve is classy and consistent and he was victimized by a brutal trip last time at Yonkers. He should bounce back here. 2- Crazy Wow is having a sensational season so far and he is another strong contender that you must consider in this excellent field of aged trotters. Gabe Prewitt - Meadowlands/Red Mile TV Department 1-Hannelore Hanover would have been tough to tackle from any post, but the inside advantage is key. The lone mare is the one to beat! Lenny Calderone, Track Announcer at Plainridge Park 1-Hannelore Hanover has 30 wins in 46 career starts and $1.5 million in lifetime purse earnings and this trotting diva has done just about everything asked of her. Fresh off a dominating performance in a personal best 1:50.3 at The Meadowlands, Hannelore Hanover draws the rail and should be able to control her own destiny and beat the boys in the Spirit of Massachusetts Trot. 2-Crazy Wow turned in a giant winning qualifier six days ago at The Meadowlands following three week rest period and figures to be in the thick of it all from post two. 6-Resolve is as classy as they come. This 6-year-old son of Muscle Hill will depart from post six and may opt to come from off the pace and outkick rivals in the late going. Dave Brower, Meadowlands Race Analyst and Handicapper 1-Hannelore Hanover is the clear class of this bunch after her almost invincible looking efforts so far this year. From the rail, she'll have to push off strongly and allow only one horse by, if need be. 2-Crazy Wow is coming off a sensational qualifier which clearly shows he's back to top form. Given the right journey, he might even have a chance of upsetting the big mare! 3-J L Cruze hasn't had the best of seasons yet, but he plots for a good journey in here no matter what happens. He races just as well on the smaller tracks as the bigger ones and he can grind all day. He's hard to leave out. Gordon Waterston, Hall of Fame Associate Editor of the Horseman and Fair World 6-Resolve: There will be bunch busting out of there but when it settles down I look for Resolve to be the one in the best position and get the victory. 1-Hannelore Hanover: I have a hunch that Gingras will get away fourth or fifth but then will be able to put his mare in second-over position and get a nice trip 8-Obrigado: His gate speed will force the issue early and if MacDonald can work out the journey, he could be tough here.   By Tim Bojarski, for Plainridge Park

WASHINGTON, PA, July 24, 2017 — Prompted by a three-day carryover of $24,374.31, The Meadows Racetrack & Casino has established a $75,000 total-pool guarantee — largest in track history — for its harness racing Pick 5 wager on Tuesday, July 25. The guarantee is offered as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. In addition, Tuesday’s card includes a $5,000 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 4, a regular feature of each program at The Meadows. Minimum wager for the Pick 4 (races 4-7) and Pick 5 (races 10-14) is 50 cents. Since Pennsylvania law requires a minimum per-race wager of $2, a player wagering at the 50-cent level must bet at least four tickets. First post for Tuesday’s program is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

(July 23, 2017) –   Steve Horoky was the top harness racing handicapper for the weekend of July 21-22 in the Hambletonian Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge by earning 67 points, besting Anne Stepien by 5 points with her 62 points.  Rusty Nash finished third for the week with 50 which allowed him to retake the overall lead by the largest margin of the season.  Horoky owes his victory thanks to a trio of winners (Seven Iron, $6; Grand Teton, $6.20; Kissin In The Sand $3.20) and a couple of second place finishes in the Kindergarten Classic series at the Meadowlands Friday evening which gave him first place for the evening with an $18.00 net profit.  Also with three winners were Nash who finished second with a profit of $11.60 while Russ Adams landed in third with his $8.00 profit. Saturday evening, the Joe Gerrity Jr. Memorial Pace from Saratoga Raceway was the sole race on the card and the victory of Bit Of Legend N ($32.20) was a surprise to all but handicapper Anne Stepien who took down the longshot for first place honors for the night.  A quintet of handicappers dead-heated for second as Boston Red Socks took show honors to salvage the card for them.  Nash’s overall performance the weekend places him in first with 591.95 points, approximately 40 points ahead of Matt Rose’s 552,13 pts.  Megan Maccario remains in third place with 525.48 points while Russ Adams completes the superfecta with 499.12.  Standings as of Saturday, July 22, 2017 - Leg #32 Pos Handicapper Total Points Earned Legs Won Last Week Streak 1st Rusty Nash 591.95 6 2nd 1 2nd Matt Rose 552.13 6 1st   3rd Megan Maccario 525.48 5 3rd   4th Russ Adams 499.12 5 4th   5th Gordon Waterstone 469.75 5 5th   6th Sally Hinckley 452.98 5 6th   7th Ray Garnett 436.86 3 7th   8th Dennis O’Hara 435.68 5 8th   9th Steve Horoky 402.41 2 9th   10th Anne Stepien 356.15 4 12th   11th Jay Hochstetler 322.75 3 10th   12th Terry Wilson 319.47 3 11th   13th Michael Carter 298.03 3 13th   14th Bryan Owen 270.23 2 14th   15th Adam Friedland 262.80 1 15th   16th Ray Cotolo 196.33 1 16th   Next Up:  The Handicapping Challenge heads to Western Pennsylvania with Friday’s slate of Arden Downs races for 2yo trotters.  In addition, the Grand Circuit Challenge visits Plainridge Park for their inaugural Spirit of Massachusetts for Open Trotters.  Saturday afternoon, the series returns to the Meadows for the Adios and Adioo Volo for 3yo trotters plus the Arden Downs for 2yo pacers while the Meadowlands takes center stage in the evening, hosting the Reynolds for 3yo trotters plus the Hambletonian Oaks eliminations.  The following week, the Meadowlands Hambletonian Day card takes center stage. The 2017 Hambletonian Society Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge is sponsored by Adam Friedland, DRF Harness, Green Acquisition Corporation, The Hambletonian Society, Hoosier Park Racing and Casino, Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment, Northfield Park, Ontario Harness Horse Association, Red Shores Charlottetown/Summerside, Tioga Downs, Vernon Downs, Wellbourne Farms, and WEG Entertainment.  The contest is administered by HANA Harness, the harness racing division of HANA, the Horseplayers Association of North America.  Fans may follow the challenge by visiting the contest site at http;//  Allan Schott HANA Harness Racing Coordinator Check out the HANA Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge

Ernest Bohn used to raise harness-racing horses and drive them in races in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He's been married to his wife Pamela for 46 years, and they have two children. Ernest Bohn came into Event #40: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better, his fourth World Series of Poker tournament, with nary a recorded live cash to his name. He left it a WSOP champion with a gold bracelet and $173,228 in prize money after getting through a field of 595 players. The long, grueling days of tournament poker can be a grind on anyone. But, a 68-year-old relative tournament novice playing a 13-hour slog on Day 3, when tournament decisions are most pressure-packed and taxing on the mind? One could be forgiven for expecting such a situation to take its toll, but Bohn said he felt right at home. "I'm not a good sleeper anyways," he said. "If I get two hours of sleep, three hours of sleep, that's enough. So, I was wide awake." Indeed, Bohn appeared to be the man with the advantage against Bill Kohler as the night wound deeper, with the two battling short-handed and then heads up for several hours. Sipping the occasional Scotch, Kohler kept things lively throughout much of the day with a relatively constant stream of chatter. However, by the night's end, even when he had surges into the lead during heads-up play, Kohler's table talk died down, as it took all of his energy just to get the proper betting amounts out. The man from Cincinnati had come second in this very event in 2009. "He was starting to play a little loose," Bohn said. "I said, 'This is my tournament.' I picked up on it right away." However, Bohn didn't deviate much at all from his initial game plan. He came into Day 3 looking to play a solid game, and it was a plan he executed to perfection. He didn't seem inclined to do much stealing and seemed to have it almost every time he bet strongly, with his weakest holdings at showdown being mostly strong one-pair hands and one-way low hands. "I made up my mind," he said of his approach to Day 3. "I'm gonna play cautious, I'm not gonna chase, and I'm going to play the best hands possible. It worked." Most of Bohn's poker experience, he said, comes from playing in a $0.50/1 home game that runs every other Friday, with much of the action coming in stud and split-pot games. He also used to put in some hours at the tables in Atlantic City, once a haven for stud players, in years past. It turned out to be enough to conquer a final table that included multiple-bracelet winners Ted Forrest and Max Pescatori, as well as high stakes expert Justin Bonomo. While they battled and took each other out one by one, Bohn sat quietly, grinding and listening to his "good old rock 'n roll and country" to keep himself occupied and in line. He took the lead into heads-up play, but despite the stacks being short, Bohn and Kohler sparred for two hours until the 68-year-old took command with a series of pots in the final level before they'd have bagged to come back for an unscheduled Day 4. When it was all over, Bohn let out an excited shout after showing hardly an ounce of emotion over the course of 13 hours. "We're both retired now, my wife and I," said the former harness racing trainer. "We've been together 46 years, and we like to travel. We're going to do a little sightseeing. I'm happy as all hell." 1. Ernest Bohn, U.S. - $173,228 2. William Kohler, U.S. - $107,063 3. Hal Rotholz, U.S. - $74,200 4. Tim Finne, U.S. - $52,272 5. Justin Bonomo, U.S. - $37,441 6. Max Pescatori, Italy - $27,275 7. Shannon Petluck, U.S. - $20,214 8. Ted Forrest, U.S. - $15,245 (Article courtesy of World Series of Poker)

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