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DAYTON, OHIO - In a joint announcement, both Miami Valley Gaming and Racing LLC and Hollywood Casino At Dayton Raceway--the two brand new tracks currently under construction in southeast Ohio--have named veteran racing official Gregg Keidel as their new Race Secretary.    Miami Valley will kick off the 2014 season with Opening Night slated for Friday, February 7, the first of 66 nights through Saturday, May 3.   Dayton Raceway will open on Friday, October 3 and race through Saturday, December 27 for a total of 56 programs.    In conjunction with Scioto Downs, which races May through September, the three tracks comprise a year-round racing circuit in central and southern Ohio with attractive slots-infused purses and ample racing opportunity.  Miami Valley's first-ever meet will feature five-nights-a-week racing from Wednesdays through Sundays in February and March.  A sixth night (Tuesdays) will be added during the final few weeks of the meet in April.  The opening purse structure presently contemplated features a minimum $3500 purse with top weekly events offering up to $12,500 pots.    Keidel served for 23 years as the Director of Racing at Northfield Park before accepting the same position at the brand new Running Aces Harness Park in Minnesota in 2008, a job he will be able to retain. "I'm very fortunate to have the opportunity to return to my native Ohio and be part of the exciting resurgence of racing in the Buckeye state," Keidel exclaimed.  "The fact that the Running Aces dates fall right between the dates of the two new Ohio tracks was an exceptional bonus!"   Among Keidel's accomplishments are the introduction of marquee events like the Battle of Lake Erie, Cleveland Classic, Courageous Lady, Night of Champions and Scarlet and Gray Stakes.  He also was the first to propose the creation of Ohio Super Night.  A past president of American Harness Racing Secretaries, Inc., Gregg attended his 28th consecutive annual stakes scheduling meetings of that association last week.  A former trainer and driver, Keidel was named national Amateur Driver of the Year in 1999 by the United States Harness Writers Association.    Before entering the harness racing industry, Keidel graduated from Ohio University in 1970 with a degree in journalism; then founded a successful publishing business which grew from one to six weekly community newspapers before being sold in 1980.    "I can't wait to get back to Ohio and get started on the challenge of insuring a smooth opening to this new era of racing at Miami Valley and Dayton Raceways," Keidel said.  "Racing five nights a week in the winter months will obviously require lots of horses.  There will be a preference system in place to assure Ohio-owned horses, Ohio trainers and Ohio-sired horses a weekly start, but there should also be ample opportunity for other reputable stables to come and compete regularly."    Condition sheets will be available on the USTA website at least one month prior to Opening Night.  They will feature a full range of races for condition horses, claiming horses and green horses.  Late closing events will be introduced for the months of March and April, including upgraded James Hackett Memorial events for Ohio-sired three year old pacing colts and fillies.  Miami Valley will host the first legs of the lucrative Ohio Sires Stakes program for 2014 when the state's best three year old pacers and trotters compete May 2 and 3.    Keidel will begin his duties December 26, but will likely be working from a temporary office while the new 156-stall Paddock/Racing Administration building is being completed.  In the interim, interested parties with questions about the racing program at Miami Valley are encouraged to contact Keidel via email at: greggkeidel@yahoo.com.  

Westfield, IN- Martin Scharf will present the 7th annual Gallo Blue Chip Scholarships, named in honor of his great pacer, to Kayla Prentice and Michelle Galligan during the Saturday evening, January 4 race card at the newly built Meadowlands Racetrack. Prentice earned a $15,000 award while Galligan received a $5,000 college stipend. Scharf's Gallo Blue Chip Scholarship educational grants have now exceeded $135,000. For additional information on the Gallo Blue Chip Scholarship and other Harness Horse Youth Foundation scholarships, go to www.hhyf.org. Prentice attends Syracuse University, where she studies health and exercise science. She is the daughter Jessica and Howard Okusko Jr. Kayla is an Honors Graduate of Vernon-Verona-Sherrill High School, where she captained the track and cross-country squads. Kayla has a wide-ranging record of community service including work on Relay For Life and volunteering with the K9 of Central New York Rescue. She also has experience working with Standardbreds, often paddocking horses in the family's stable. Galligan is studying equine science at New Jersey's Centenary College. Michelle also has experience riding and she has shadowed equine vets on their rounds and through surgeries. She graduated with an Advanced Regents Diploma from Pt. Jervis High School in June and spent her senior year taking several college level courses. She has spent part of the last four years working with the Ford Stable, and through that relationship actually worked hands-on with the great pacer in whose honor the scholarship is named. The Harness Horse Youth Foundation is a charitable 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing young people and their families educational opportunities with harness horses, in order to foster the next generation of participants and fans. The Foundation has been making a difference in young people's lives since 1976, and its programs include interactive learning experiences with these versatile animals, scholarship programs, and creation and distribution of educational materials. For more information on opportunities through HHYF, or to support its mission, go to www.hhyf.org. For more information on this release, contact Keith Gisser at 216-374-1392 Submitted by Harness Horse Youth Foundation  

Queenslander Shane Sanderson has added another string to his bow. Sanderson, who several years ago was the recipient of the Queensland Harness Racing Board's Chairman's Scholarship, has since gone on to a fine training career. 'Chief,' as he is known from his rugby league-playing days, prepared My Jellignite for a recent Albion Park win from the back row in the best time of the night, returning as 1:53.8 rate performance - faster even than Vegas Bound in the free-for-all. Sanderson in recent months has been dividing his attentions between his racing squad and a team of young pacers he has prepared for next month's 2YO Trialling Sale at Tabcorp Park, Menangle. Sponsored by Garrards Horse & Hound, the trials and subsequent sale of 50 youngsters will be held from 8.30am on Sunday, December 8, with a complimentary breakfast from 7.30am. Sanderson is the only Queensland-based preparer in the catalogue, and proudly points to his draft. "The highlight of my draft is a Real Desire half-brother to three winners of a combined 55 races, and more than $400,000, including Spiritual King (1:54.6) and Star Of Tara (3, 1:58.4)," Sanderson said. "There's a half-brother to Deejayangel, which went 1:58.4 at three, and there's a Shadow Play half-brother to the APG two-year-old heat winner, Jackatac. "I've brought all mine in for a month, then out for a month, then in for a month, so they're well-schooled, and I like an Always A Virgin half-brother to Maywyns Storm (3, 1:56) - he's been here before." The final cog in the five-strong Sanderson wheel is a Changeover colt from the young Safely Kept mare, Cyclone Dora, making him closely-related to Jazzam (1:53.6) and a number of other brilliant winners. Only sales graduates - and there are just 50 of them, so the odds are in your favour if you buy - are eligible to nominate for the rich late season two-year-old Group feature, the C.J. Garrard Classic, over 2300 metres, at Tabcorp Park, Menangle, in late August 2014. As well as the sale, those on-course will be treated to an Industry Day of kindred bodies, a Garrards Horse & Hound Trade Display of equine-related goods and services companies, entertainment from local singer-songwriter Luke Koteras and two mini trot races. Pedigrees are available from www.nswhrc.com.au/triallingsale, while catalogues can be sourced from Kerry Baker on 0402 336 598 or via kausbred@bigpond.net.au  

Harnesslink announced today that Chris Tully, a well-known harness racing insider, has added the role of Social Media Director for Harnesslink.com to his growing list of duties.  Tully, a recent MBA graduate and marketing manager, is well-versed in all aspects of Standardbred harness racing, including sales, breeding, racing and industry promotion. Over the course of his 40 years of involvement in the sport, Tully has been an auction company executive, racetrack manager, amateur driving champion, trainer, owner, pedigree reader, yearling sales ring handler and sales agent. Harnesslink.com’s founder and CEO, John Curtin noted, “We are very excited to have someone as energetic and knowledgeable as Chris Tully to head-up our social media department. Social Media is one of the fastest growing components of our digital platform.  His diverse skill set and vast experience will give Harnesslink a trustworthy content source for our expanding Twitter, Facebook , YouTube and Instagram presence.” Tully began working with horses at his father, Hall of Famer Phil Tully’s breeding farm, Woodstock Stud in Bethel, NY, when he was just eight years old.  He started out painting fences, mowing and weed trimming, during his youth and over time worked his way into the barn, cleaning stalls, feeding broodmares, and ultimately grooming yearlings for the sales. Over his formative years, Chris rubbed horses for George Gilmour at Monticello Raceway and Hall of Famer Jim Doherty at the Meadowlands.  After attending Morrisville College, Tully then worked for his father’s successful auction sales company, Garden State Standardbred performing data entry. Eventually, his pre-internet-era innovations with pedigree production helped elevate him to the position of Sales Manager. He then tried his hand at amateur driving, and soon found himself in the winner’s circle for five legs and the final of the popular CKG Billings Harness Drivers Series that helped him earn the United States Harness Writers Association Amateur Driver of the Year honors in 1993. Currently, Tully is handling the marketing efforts for Winners Circle Blueberries, ensuring that the five million packages sold annually worldwide have a prominent picture of a champion racehorse and a QR code linking back to the firm’s webpage and harness racing industry sites.  In addition, he coordinates the various harness racing promotions that the Bill Augustine supports, such as race sponsorship, HHYF philanthropy, amateur driving, and race program advertising. Tully served for nine years as a director for District 8 (Upstate NY) for the United States Trotting Association, and was also the General Manager of Goshen Historic Track. Tully is currently the national first vice president of the United States Harness Writers Association, and has been the Monticello-Goshen Chapter’s president for the last decade.  In addition, Tully is a popular graphic artist and is responsible for the design and production of the Dan Patch Awards journal, as well as the Hall of Fame Souvenir journal and the Harness Racing Museum gift catalog. By Steve Wolf for Harnesslink.com

Lindys Tru Grit will be seeking his second consecutive victory on a Chicago oval when he steps behind the gate in Friday’s $110,000 Galt Stake for sophomore trotting colts. Last week the son of Cantab Hall took a career record of 1:53.3 en route to capturing the $235,000 American National Three-Year-Old Colt Trot at Balmoral Park. Tim Tetrick steered the brown colt to his fifth seasonal victory for trainer Frank Antonacci, who conditions the youngster for his family’s Lindy Racing stable of Enfield, CT. “That was my first American National win and very exciting,” said Antonacci. “We love racing in Chicago and I think it’s a great test for a horse to go to different venues, different sized racetracks and do well. It’s a good opportunity for us this late in the year.” A winner of $291,924 in his career, Lindys Tru Grit came out of his American National victory in fine shape, Antonacci acknowledged. “He seemed fine after the win,” Antonacci confirmed. “There’s only six days in between starts and he’s plenty fit, so all week we’ve just concentrated on keeping him happy and jogging.” Lindys Tru Grit made only one start at two, but did take a qualifying mark of 2, Q2:00.1 in Lexington in late fall with his trainer at the lines. “Last year he was always battling bad allergies,” Antonacci explained. “He had terrible skin allergies and then would get sick. He battled back and forth with this problem all year long and it was a real struggle to keep him healthy. When he was feeling okay, he would show quarters in :28, and those sparks of speed were enough for us to keep him over the winter and try him again this year as a three-year-old.” In the end, Antonacci used an aggressive treatment to “de-sensitize him to his allergies.” “Him getting better could just be a natural function of the aging process, too,” Antonacci admitted. “It’s hard to say. But it was really a troublesome issue to deal with.” With his allergy problem behind him now, this year Lindys Tru Grit has secured victories in the $121,737 Simcoe Stakes at Mohawk; in the $75,000 Zweig at Vernon; and in a pair of Pennsylvania overnights—one at Pocono Downs and the other at Harrah’s Philadelphia — in addition to his Am-Nat triumph last week. “He’s great gaited, doesn’t wear (trotting) hobbles, and goes with a low head,” Antonacci said. “He’s got a little attitude — but just the kind that you like to see a horse have. He’s a very comfortable horse to be around and to have around in the barn.” Antonacci said he focused on getting Lindys Tru Grit confidence up early in the season, before sending him in against better horses. “For a horse like him that didn’t race at two, I look at the first half of this season like I would a horse’s freshman season,” he stated. “I let him run through the ranks at Pocono and let him progress there. It wasn’t until the third or fourth leg of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes that we started to get serious with him and he started to get confidence under his belt. He was also just a touch below the top horses but now is really coming into himself. He’s pretty fresh, especially for this late in the season. Lindys Tru Grit has drawn post six for the Galt Stake, but Antonacci thinks his versatile sophomore will be able to handle the task over the twice-a-rounder. “He’s got plenty of gate speed or can race off the pace,” Antonacci stressed. “I think whatever David (driver Miller) wants to do with him, he‘ll be able to with him. He can win on the front, be first-over, or race from off the pace. If he’s good, he’ll do it anyway he can.” Antonacci, 30, has conditioned 307 winners to $7,233,078 in earnings, and driven 100 winners to $906,022. His family’s name is synonymous with the trotting gait, as they have owned some of harness racing’s finest diagonally-gaited specialists, including Speedy Crown, Lindys Pride and $5.5 million dollar earner Moni Maker, to name just a few. A Boston College graduate, Antonacci first stepped into the spotlight in 2008 with the world champion Crazed, who earned more than $1 million at age three and won a Hambletonian elimination and finished second in the final. His other noteworthy trotters include Peter Haughton Memorial winner The Lindy Reserve and world champion filly Highscore Kemp. His father “Sonny” Antonacci established Lindy’s Farm in 1965, and to date the Antonacci family has assembled one of the finest trotting broodmare bands in North America. by Kimberly Rinker for Maywood Park

The 2014 Gloucester Standardbred Western Australian Yearling Sale, scheduled to be held at the Belmont Park Sales Complex on February 23rd features a total of 112 lots. The 112 lots are made up of 59 colts and 53 fillies with each lot being eligible for the 2015 WA Sales Classics. Again there will be separate $100,000 finals for each sex so effectively prospective purchasers will have about a 50/1 chance of winning a $100,000 race. The Gloucester Standardbred Yearling Sale has a proven track record of selling quality winners with some 316 winners having been sold between the 2007 and 2012 sales with there being 77 of those winners each earning in excess of $50,000. Those 319 winners have earned a little more than $8 million to date and that figure will grow substantially in the next couple of years as the graduates of the 2012 Sale are current 3yos. Twenty-three of the 316 winners have already each earned in excess of $100,000 with seven of them reaching that amount as 2yos and four as 3yos. There have already been 15 individual winners come out of the 94 lots sold at the 2012 Sale. The 2013 Western Australian 2yo Colt/Gelding of the season Mister Jadore was a 2012 Gloucester Standardbred Sales Graduate as was the 2013 Group One Pearl Classic winner Swagga. There are half-brothers to both of these outstanding colts in the 2014 Gloucester Standardbred Yearling Sale. Shortly before the Sale there will be a function at which prospective vendors will have the opportunity to win one of four $1,000 vouchers to spend on a yearling purchase at the 2014 Sale. Catalogues for the 2014 sale will be on-line at www.gloucesterstandardbreds.com.au/ by the time this magazine is delivered and the hard copy of the catalogue will be available from January 1st. To make sure your name is on the mailing list for the catalogue contact Dot Parker at Gloucester Standardbreds by emailgloucesterstandardb@bigpond.com  or on  0416 280 392. Alan Parker

The sensational racing career of the 9-year-old pacer Foiled Again has produced so many rich moments, hues, and tones, it seems good to step back a bit and look at how this horse has achieved what he has in his remarkable racing career. As he prepares to contest in this Saturday’s American-National Pace at Balmoral Park, this is one person’s making sense of some of the stupendous achievements of Foiled Again. Should Foiled Again win this Saturday, it would be the sixth major stake that Foiled Again has won twice, matching with his 2011 Am-Nat FFA pace triumph. He had won two straight Indiana/Hoosier Park Pacing Derbies coming into last week, but was second to Pet Rock last Saturday. Foiled Again has also won the following events twice: the Kane (Batavia), the Levy (Yonkers), the Quillen (Harrington), the Molson (London), and the Battle Of Lake Erie (Northfield). And wondrously, he has raced in the last FIVE editions of the last four stakes named above! And yes, for you sharp-eyed, the five tests in the paragraph immediately above all are contested on half-mile tracks, and the lifetime starts leave little doubt that Foiled Again has rolled up a superior record on twice-arounds: HMT      78 starts              42 wins                20 seconds          8 thirds                 $2,555,317 FMT       65                          24                          17                          6                     $1,394,370 SMT       11                          4                            5                            4                     $   941,446 MT         41                          4                            8                            9                     $   824,735                (7                           3                            2                            1                    $   390,515                               at mile tracks outside New Jersey – more on that later.)    To put those stats in further perspective, one needs to look at Foiled Again’s record at the two tracks in the shadow of the Big Apple, Yonkers and Meadowlands. At Yonkers lifetime, Foiled Again has a 39-26-9-3 record for earnings of $1,297,275 (yes, a million-dollar bankroll just at one track!) He has won 2/3rds of his trips behind the gate at Empire City, and he has been in the money in 38 of his 39 starts – the only non-1-2-3 coming … in his last race there, May 25 in an Open, when he was third-over and then had cover three-wide, but couldn’t rally into the race. As noted, Foiled Again has taken part in the last 5 Levy Series, and here in his record in the elims and finals: 27 starts for 18-7-2, and $1,169,150 – just in the Levy Series alone! He won the Final in 2009 and 2010, and has been 3-2-2 in the last three finals. And it is worth noting that in the prelims, he is “only” 8-3-4-1 in March, but incredibly 14-13-1-0 in April prelims (a good addition to your harness trivia horse name list is “Jeremy’s Successor,” the only horse to defeat Foiled Again in 14 April Levy prelims). 18.3 miles away from Yonkers according to Google, but an ocean away in terms of performance for Foiled Again, is The Meadowlands (a mile track). North Jersey fans have seen Foiled Again 34 times live, but the fact is that they have only seen him win ONCE – in the Graduate on May 14, 2011, when he overcame first-over to win in 1:49.3, LQ 28.2. (That race broke a personal 21-race losing streak at Meadowlands for Foiled Again, but since then he has “established” a 12-race skein – which means that 33 out of 34 times he’s raced there, fans have torn up their win tickets on him.) All is not futility in a sentence with “Foiled Again” and “Meadowlands” both in it, though – he has earned $434,220 there, largely on the strength of six seconds and eight thirds. That $434,220 in earnings at The Meadowlands, by the way, ranks it sixth in the generosity to lifetime bankroll department for Foiled Again – a horse who has earned $100,000 at no fewer than 12 different tracks (the other six behind Meadowlands in order: London, Woodbine, Indiana Downs, Northfield, Tioga, and Lexington). Here are the top five, with lifetime record: Yonkers                39 starts              26 wins                9 seconds            3 thirds                 $1,297,275 Pocono                  9                            5                            1                            2                    $   695,886                ($537,500 of that this year in sweeping the Franklins and the Crowns) Mohawk              5                            2                            0                            3                       $   603,296                (his biggest single check, $397,435, came in a Canadian Pacing Derby here) Harrington (!)     9                            6                            3                            0                         $   590,000                (undefeated in 4 Quillen prelims, and 2-1-1-2-2 in his Quillen Finals) Harrah’s               46                          16                          12                          4                       $   459,660                (most starts, 2nd-most wins, home when he blossomed as a 4YO in 2008) One other thing to note in the Meadowlands / Foiled Again story: his known propensity to do better in the spring and fall, and his frequent sagging in midseason. Statistics certainly bear this out: January                4 starts                 2 wins                   1 second              0 thirds February              8                            2                            2                            0 March                  15                          3                            6                            1 April                      23                         14                          3                            1 May                      24                          9                            5                            5 June                      17                          4                            3                            1 July                       22                          3                            4                            7 August                  22                          4                            4                            8 September          17                          11                          4                            2 (100% on board) October               20                          10                          9                            1 (100% on board) November           18                          10                          5                            1 December             5                            2                           1                            0 Things to note from this table: first, to continue the Meadowlands theme, his only win there was in May, and in the sixth, seventh, and eighth month, with M(1)’s concentration of stakes racing, his record there is 15-0-4-6; and after unbelievably never missing the board in September and October careerwise, the two times where he wasn’t a show factor in November were on 11-30-08, where he had to two-move from the outside at Philly and missed a length in fourth, and … his previous start at Balmoral, in the 2012 American-National, where he had to again two-move from an outer slot and never could reach runaway leader (1:19 to the ¾) Foreclosure N. Oh, one other little thing that should be mentioned – with his second-place finish at Hoosier, Foiled Again pushed his lifetime bankroll to $5,705,968. Lord knows there has been enough international controversy about who’s #1 all-time, how to convert U.S. dollars to euros to whatnot, but I’ll jump in anyway: the USTA release proclaiming Ready Cash as the #1 world earner had his bankroll at $5,718,375 on September 7, and since then (on September 18) he won 25,000 euros ($32,703US using the 1-1-13 Euro/US dollar rate), which would put his “up-to-date” earnings at … $5,751,078. So if Foiled Again finishes 1-2 at Balmoral for the $200,000 purse, check out the earnings those spots pay – and be ready for a piece of history. By Jerry Connors for Harnesslink.com

Three college students with high marks, high hopes and high ideals have been named winners of Harness Tracks of America’s 2013 college scholarships. Each recipient has harness racing family connections and each receives a $5,000 check toward their college education. Each of the winners has worked with harness horses and in harness racing. The 2013 winners are: CHELSEA FAHY, 22, Washington, Pennsylvania, daughter of William and Moira Fahy, harness racing owners, trainers and William is also a driver. A graduate of The University of Findlay, Fahy is now in her first year at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Fahy is a third-generation horsewoman who, along with her parents, has a successful stable of horses. She was active in the Harness Racing Youth League at the Meadows and worked as a veterinary assistant for Canon Hill Equine Clinic. She credits her positive experiences growing up at the racetrack to her lifelong dream of becoming an equine veterinarian and owning her own practice. AMY NAROTSKY, 20, Willowbrook, Illinois, daughter of Eliot Narotsky, director of racing/racing secretary for Maywood Park and Balmoral Park, and Jean Narotsky, financial manager for Francenter.- Narotsky is a sophomore at the University of Illinois studying Animal Sciences with plans to attend veterinary school upon graduation. She chose the University of Illinois because of the opportunity to work with Dr. Kevin Kline and the Standardbred breeding program there. Narotksy’s great-grandfather was racing when Maywood Park first opened. After discovering harness racing at Buffalo Raceway while in high school, her father “Doc” went on to become the youngest racing secretary of the time. She has spent her life “hanging around” in the race office with her father and a few years ago was offered the opportunity to work at the Illinois State Fair in the race office and as the ringmaster an experience she likens to a dream come true. She has since moved her way up to being a placing judge and helping in the race office at Maywood and Balmoral. ASHLEY CONGER, 17, Hudson, Ohio, is the daughter of Jeff Conger, a Standardbred owner/trainer, and Linda Conger, a physical therapist. Conger is a third-generation horsewoman with ties to harness racing that began with her grandfather, horseman Joe Urban, over 45 years ago. Both her parents received their racing licenses as teenagers and she has followed by acquiring her groom’s license in 2012 at Northfield Park. Conger has spent a great deal of her free time working with her family in the Standarbred business as well as holding the officer positions within two 4-H clubs; one as presidnt and the other as secretary. With a cumulative high school GPA of 3.8, Conger is studying Pharmacy at The University of Findlay. The winners were selected by HTA’s Scholarship Committee, consisting of 10 HTA directors and racing industry executives from around the country, cochaired by former HTA president Jeffrey Smith and David Snyder of International Sound Corporation. Submitted by Harness Tracks of America

Sacramento, CA --- Fans will be getting some extra insight into the popular Pick-4 at Cal Expo as noted handicapper and author Dave Brower will be lending his expertise beginning Friday night as he puts up sample tickets and interacts with track announcer Gary Seibel on the simulcast. “I’ve been an avid harness racing fan since age 10 and I suppose I’ve worked in just about every aspect of the sport in the 34 years since,” Bower related. A 1991 journalism graduate of St. John's University, Brower has groomed and trained horses, operated the race teletimer, been a public relations intern, morning line oddsmaker and track handicapper for the Meadowlands Racetrack for 16 years from 1996 to 2011. In the realm of television and radio work in racing, Brower served as a featured host and co-host of the nightly "Racing from the Meadowlands" television program on SNY, Fox Sports New York, and MSG Networks, including in-house duties of analysis and handicapping. He also provided on-site analysis and interviews during TVG's Drive Time with Gary Seibel on race nights for three years. He’s joined Dave Johnson and Bill Finley on their eclipse award-winning program “Down The Stretch” on Sirius/XM satellite radio. “I’ve really enjoyed co-hosting the Hambletonian live broadcast on CBS Sports Network the last two years, where I had the chance to re-unite with Gary Seibel,” Brower noted. Since leaving the Meadowlands in 2011, he has become a social media consultant. In addition to the above work in the sport of horse racing, Brower also wrote “Harnessing Winners: The Complete Guide to Handicapping Harness Races,” which was published by Daily Racing Form’s press division in 2009. In the book, he featured an in-depth interview with the sport’s top driver, Brian Sears. He also guided the reader through the excitement at some of harness racing’s major events, like the Hambletonian and Little Brown Jug, while providing useful handicapping hints and angles to help the everyday horseplayer. Submitted by Cal Expo Harness

Team Horner had a profitable Monday at The Raceway at The Western Fair District thanks to an eye-catching triumph with the class jumping Franceschetti in this week’s edition of the $12,000 Preferred Pace. Fresh off a 1:56.2 score in the Preferred-3 class, Franceschetti romped to an easy victory in Monday's follow-up assignment for driver Mike Horner and trainer Mark Horner. The OSS graduate got away third in the early going before marching first over on the way to the half. He took command shortly past the mid-way point and motored to a four-length triumph over Clic K in 1:53. Modern Xhibit was third. Sent off at odds of 6-1, the four-year-old son of Mach Three-Puttinontheglitz won for the fourth time this year and for the 13th time in his career. The winner of $176,870 is owned by R A W Equine Inc of Burlington and Mark Horner of St. Marys, ON. Bad Boy Hill pushed his winning streak to two-in-a-row, as well, thanks to his 1:55 triumph in the $8,000 Preferred-2. Sent off at odds of 15-1, Nick Steward hustled the three-year-old son of Stonebridge Regal-Asleep Onthebeach rolled the field through fractions of :28.3, :57.2 and 1:26 before sprinting home in a :29-second clip en route to the 1:55 victory. It was 3-1/2 lengths back to runner-up Bestinthebusiness, with Beach Buff taking home the show dough. The gelding went 0-for-9 last season, but he’s put together a 4-for-13 record this year. He’s 2-for-2 since joining forces with Patrick Shepherd, who trains the winner of $95,120 for owner Tom Hill of Lancashire, GB. Cimeronken also used a ‘catch me if you can’ approach en route to winning the $8,000 Preferred-2 Handicap for trotters for the team of driver Scott Coulter and trainer Daryl Roberts. The four-year-old son of Ken Warkentin-Ms Biynka sliced out splits of :28, :58.1 and 1:28.3 before using a :29.2 closing quarter to win by a nose over Amigo Loco in 1:58. Thundering Ovation, who was the longest shot on the board at odds of 25-1, was third. Denise Anderson of Mossley, ON bred and owns the gelding who improved this year’s record to 7-1-1 from 18 trips to the track. The nine-time winner has stashed away more than $115,000 in lifetime earnings. The program also featured a set of $5,000 Preferred-3 tilts for pacers, with Judge Jon (1:54.4) and Just Crowned (1:54.2) winning their respective assignments. To view results for Monday's card of harness racing, click the following link: Monday Results – The Raceway at The Western Fair District. (reprinted with persmission from www.standardbredcanada.ca)

ALBERTA DOWNS National Debt became the fastest two-year-old pacer in Alberta Downs history on Sunday afternoon in just his second start, defeating a field of more experienced rivals in 1:53.3. The Allamerican Native colt is now undefeated in two starts for trainer/driver Kelly Hoerdt and co-owners Blair and Erna Corbeil of Beaumont, Alta. National Debt sat gapped out in fifth for most of the mile in a $4,500 conditioned pace while favoured sophomore Bettor In The Bank carved out fractions of :27.4, :57 and 1:25.4 in search of his fifth straight win. But National Debut unleashed :26.4 final quarter speed to propel him into the top spot. His winning margin was more than three lengths. Bettor In The Bank settled for second and the pocket-sitting three-year-old Cabo Real finished third. National Debt lowered the freshman track record by two-fifths of a second. The former mark was set by two-year-old pacing colt Wrangler Betonme in 2011. Alberta-sired two-year-olds took the stage later on the card in three Alberta Shooting Star divisions, ranging in purses from $18,767 to $19,067, and another record was set. Blue Eyed Cowboy ($6.40) established a new 1:54.4 track record for two-year-old pacing geldings as he overtook the pacesetting Pass The Port in deep stretch and held off Outlaw Last Chance by a head. The Brandons Cowboy gelding shaved four-fifths of a second off The Big Heist's former record. Bill Tainsh Jr. was the winning driver for trainer/owner Rod Starkewski of Lamont, Alta. The win was Blue Eyed Cowboy's first in ABSS action and second from six pari-mutuel starts. The late sire Brandons Cowboy's legacy continues to live on as his offspring completed a sweep of the Shooting Star with other divisions going to J J J Stables' Comes Home First ($2.30), a 1:56.1 winner for driver Jim Marino and trainer Lance Ward, and the maiden-breaking Incognito Cowboy ($12.50), a 1:58.1 winner for trainer/driver Keith Clark, who also co-owns with Doris McDougall of Cochrane, Alta. and Calgary's Verne Rea and Laurence Swalm. Both posted win margins of more than six lengths. Comes Home First has now won all five of his pari-mutuel starts, including divisions in all three ABSS legs. The Alberta-sired two-year-old pacing colts and geldings will wrap up their ABSS season in the Battle of Alberta Super Finals on Saturday, Nov. 2 at Northlands Park In other action, Revolver ($6.90) and driver Brandon Campbell took the $8,500 top class in 1:53.1, scoring by nearly five lengths over favourite Cowboy Caper and Hoerdt. Glenn Lutz trains the six-year-old pacer, who notched his 20th career victory for the Estate of Harvey Poffenroth of Calgary. To view Sunday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Sunday Results - Alberta Downs. St. JOHN’S RACING Sophomore pacer Dustylane Wildbill took top honours winning the featured stakes event at St. John's Racing and Entertainment Centre on Sunday's harness racing card, which was sponsored by Meridian Farms. Dustylane Wildbill romped to a five and a quarter length victory, stopping the clock in a career-best clocking of 2:03 in the $2,200 featured sixth race for two and three-year-old Newfoundland-owned pacers. Freshmen Salmonier Storm and Son Of Rocknroll rounded out the top three finishers. Shane Forward was in the sulky for trainer Scott Forward and local owner Joanne Forward. The Meridian Farms-bred colt is a son of Ss Sand Dollar, who has won half of his 12 career starts. This week's $1,190 Preferred class, sponsored by Rene Allard, was also won by the driver-trainer team of Shane and Scott Forward as Inspired Art drew off by nine lengths in the stretch. Carl Stafford's eight-year-old pacer hit the wire in 2:01.3 with Muzzysenglishbaby and Machthemoment finishing second and third, respectively. Team Forward also won the opener with five-year-old pacing mare K Ngs Hurricane edging out Brandishing by a head in 2:11.3. Another Ss Sand Dollar offspring, the winner is owned by Christine Hedges and Jacqueline Smith, and bred by Meridian Farms. To view Sunday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Sunday Results - St. John's Racing. SUNBURY DOWNS Trainer/driver Paul MacLean worked out a perfect pocket trip aboard sophomore filly Ideal Odds to win the $18,700 final of the Late Bloomer Pacing Series on Sunday at Sudbury Downs. Stablemate Vijay Scam set the tempo with fractions of :29.3, 1:00.1 and 1:30 over the sloppy surface with the field stacking up into the stretch. But Ideal Odds came through to prevail in 2:02, scoring by three-quarters of a length over Hot N Shooting. Vijay Scam edged out Ok Eros and Fools Run Around for third one length behind. With a win in the opening leg of the series on Sept. 15 and a second-place finish by a nose in the Sept. 22 round, Ideal Odds was sent postward as the second choice on the odds board and returned $5.70 to win. After going winless in four starts as a freshman, she has only missed the board once in 14 starts this year. The Western Ideal filly has won six times while pushing his bankroll to $30,270 for owner B. Michael Timpano of Phelpston, Ont. Maclean also drove Mellow Jenny ($13.90) to a 2:02 victory in the $4,500 Fillies & Mares Preferred 2 Pace by a quarter-length over Carly Hollywood for trainer Philippe Belanger. Another Belanger trainee, Stable Eyes ($3.80), won the $4,200 Not Listed Preferred in rein to Mike MacNeill. She prevailed in 2:01.3 by half a length over No Teasing Me and MacLean. Sophomore gelding Mr Why ($8.70) and Wayne MacLean won the $7,500 Late Bloomer Consolation in 2:02.2 by two and three-quarter lengths. The Late Bloomer Series was for non-winners of one race or $15,000 (fillies and mares $18,750) lifetime as of Sept. 2, 2013. To view Sunday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Sunday Results - Sudbury Downs. TURO RACEWAY Three-year-old pacing colt The Rev led Sunday afternoon's Carl & Marg MacKenzie Memorial Stakes winners with a 1:56.3 triumph in the opening division at Truro Raceway. The MacKenzie Memorial was split into five $7,682 divisions for three-year-old colt and filly pacers. Trained and driven by Danny Romo, The Rev ($3.10) fought off J B Bolt through early fractions of :27.4 and: 56.4 in the first colt division and then drew clear en route to three-quarters in 1:27. The popular son of Western Paradise cruised home in :29.3 for the one and a half length triumph over pocket-sitter Forever Paradise and the wide rallying Watersides Kipper. The consistent colt now boasts seven wins and four seconds in 12 sophomore starts for Nova Scotia owners Robert Skinner, Jeffrey Skinner, Stephen Tufts, and the Glb Stable. Trainer/driver Kenny Arsenault took the other colt divisions with Untouchable One ($2.70) going wire-to-wire for his fifth win in a row in 1:57 and J J Nitro ($7.10) rallying three-wide off cover to prevail in 1:58. Arsenault was also in the sulky as Mike Campbell-conditioned Rose Valley ($5) went first over to win her filly division in 1:57.2. Icandothat ($4.30) front-stepped her way to victory lane in the other filly split in a matching time of 1:57.2 for trainer/driver Ryan Ellis. The Arsenault stable also collected a win in the $10,200 Nova Scotia Series Stakes for two-year-old colt pacers with the Hilliard Graves-owned and driven Waterside Light ($13) converting off a pocket trip to win by more than two lengths in 2:00.2. The win was the Lis Mara colt's fourth (consecutive) in seven starts. To view Sunday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Sunday Results - Truro Raceway. INVERNESS RACEWAY Junebugs Baby closed out Inverness Raceway's Sunday afternoon card of harness racing with a bang as he circled a field of six top Nova Scotia pacers and drew off to an impressive open length victory in the featured $3,750 Inverness Invitational Greg Sparling drove the four-year-old son of Western Paradise to the six length triumph in 1:57.2 over early race leaders Art I Special and Redmond Doucet. Lils Destiny and John Hawco rounded out the top three finishers. Dominion, N.S. horseman Fraser Turnball trains and co-owns the homebred with John Turnbull Jr. of Glace Bay, N.S. The Atlantic Sires Stakes graduate now boasts a career record reading 18-10-2 in 36 starts with earnings totalling $67,639. Junebugs Baby paid $3.40 to win as the bettors' choice. To view Sunday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Sunday Results - Inverness Raceway. SUMMERSIDE RACEWAY Big League and All Turain won their respective $3,500 first leg divisions of the Island Pacing Championship, presented by Meridian Farms, Sunday at Red Shores Summerside. Big League, owned by Johan Moase of Cornwall, P.E.I., gave Corey MacPherson his fourth winner of the day when he caught fraction-setter Wild Dragon at the head of lane and drove on to victory in 1:55.4. Leading Camdidate came flying late to grab second while Narragansett finished third. All Turain won his fourth in a row in the second division of the Island Pacing Championship for Brodie MacPhee in 1:55.1. MacPhee tipped the Trevor Hicken trainee off the back of Touch Of Lightning to capture his fifth win from 18 starts this season. Lee Hicken of Charlottetown co-owns the pacer with his trainer. Touch Of Lightning was right there for second while Lucky Encounter completed the triactor. War Cry Ranger won the Isabelle & Ivan Cameron Memorial in an impressive 1:57.2. Brian Andrew did the driving for his co-owners Bill and Blake Andrew. MacPherson’s other winners on the program came with No Pain Intended for Harold Hill, Lets Make Ideal owned by Mikeala Lustic, and Bizzy Izzy for trainer Jeff Wallace. MacPhee had a driving double on the program also winning with Selkirk Stable's Roscoes Child. The second leg of the Island Pacing Championship will take place on Saturday, October 5 at Charlottetown Driving Park with the final set for Sunday, October 13. To view Sunday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Sunday Results - Summerside Raceway. Reprinted with permission from www.standardbredcanada.ca

Pheasants Nest trainer Darren Hancock has seen a turnover in his stable recently and while the Inter Dominion trainer admits it is all part of the sport he is disappointed to see two of his favourites leave.  Left Loaded injured a suspensory ligament and was forced into an early retirement while talented mare Angel Gabrielle headed off to the breeding barn. “There has been a bit of change in my team lately but it is what it is, there needs to be some new horses in the stable and I am pretty happy with a few of the new ones,” Hancock said. “Owners recently purchased Majorlicious off Junee trainer Steve Harris and he has done a good job since he has been with me and I’m planning on giving him a couple of weeks between runs now.” Hancock purchased Majorlicious after driving him in a Menangle trial and believes he has a bright future. “He’s a very big horse but he has speed which is an important factor on the bigger tracks, he is still very green and he is learning what the racing caper is all about but once it all sinks in I think he will be even better.” “The horse had won a few around the bush for Steve and had done a good job before he arrived but I guess it is a different level here in town, he has a really nice attitude and while I’m not saying he is going to be any superstar he is definitely going to graduate to metropolitan company pretty comfortably.” With two talented four year olds nearing a racetrack return Hancock is expecting a big season from them both. “I had a couple of nice three year olds last season that did what they had to and I think they will be even better this time in, both Threo and Ive Gottalife have got some ability and I am also training Kiwi Ideal’s brother and he is a lovely horse so there are a few in the stable that I am excited about.” “Vansumic has been racing really well for the stable and she is going to race on which I’m looking forward to.”  Courtesy of Harness Racing New South Wales  

Hippodrome 3R Two-year-old pacing filly Alevala Hanover celebrated her first career win in a big way on Sunday afternoon at Hippodrome 3R for her local connections as she prevailed in the $31,600 Lucien Bombardier Stakes, which is co-sponsored by Standardbred Canada and the Quebec Jockey Club. Owned by driver Marc Belanger and trainer Stephane Beaudoin, both of Trois-Rivieres, Que., Alevala Hanover overcame early interference from post eight and made up her double-digit deficit by the half-mile mark. She then held off race favourite Champagne Shower (Dennis St. Pierre), who was a riding a three-race win streak in Quebecoise Series action, to win by three-quarters of a length in 1:59.3. Third-place finisher C L Infinite (David Pilon) followed nearly 10 lengths behind. The Allamerican Native-Armbro Odessa filly now sports a career record reading 1-2-2 in six starts with earnings soaring to more than $20,000. To view Sunday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Sunday Results - Hippodrome 3R. Inverness Raceway Junebugs Baby closed out Sunday afternoon's harness racing card at Inverness Raceway with a victory in the featured $1,500 Frank MacInnis Memorial Pace. Junebugs Baby watched as favourite J B Bolt and Macnamarra battled on top through fractions of :28.3, :57.2 and 1:29.4 in the ninth race before flying by in the stretch to win in 2:01.4. Art I Special came on for second, finishing three-quarters of a length behind, while J B Bolt and Macnamarra settled for third and fourth respectively. The homebred son of Western Paradise was driven by Dominion, N.S. horseman Fraser Turnbull, who shares ownership with John Turnbull Jr. of Glace Bay, N.S. The Atlantic Sires Stakes graduate earned the second win of his four-year-old campaign and 16th lifetime. To view Sunday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Sunday Results - Inverness Raceway. Holland Fair Outlaw I See Red wired a field of Open pacers in the $2,200 Murray Cumberland Memorial featured at Holland Fair on Sunday afternoon. Driver Ron Cullen steered Outlaw I See Red ($8.90) to the 2:02.3 two and three-quarter length victory with Playboy Killean (Dean Rey) and Outlaw Spider (Don Howlett) finishing second and third, respectively. Jodie Cullen trains the five-year-old Brandons Cowboy gelding for owners Derek and Fred Gilbert of Brandon, MB. The race was named in honour of horseman Murray Cumberland, who passed away in July 2012. The winning connections swept the late Daily Double with eight-year-old pacing mare Judges Discretion ($6.80), driven by Greg Manning, taking the finale. The Cullen combination paid $12.60. The Manitoba Great Western Fair circuit wraps up next weekend back in Miami with Saturday and Sunday live harness racing beginning at 1:30 p.m. each day. To view Sunday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Sunday Results - Holland Fair. Fraser Downs Open pacing mare Prairie Illusion returned to racing action on Sunday after four months off and found herself right back where she left off...in the Fraser Downs winner's circle. The four-year-old Mach Three mare won the $10,500 Fillies & Mares Open back on May 3 in a career-best 1:52.4 and matched that mark in Sunday's feature event with another dominating score. Jim Marino, who won four races on the card, sent the favourite to the lead from post five and never looked back through fractions of :27.4, :56.4 and 1:25.2 en route to the six and three-quarter length victory. The winning time was just two-fifths of a second off Furious Five's track record for aged pacing mares. Early trailers Phone Terror (Serge Masse) and Jans Rich Girl (Scott Knight) finished second and third. Prairie Illusion has now won all three of her starts since being claimed by trainer William Young in mid-April for $30,000. She is now six-for-12 this season and has yet to miss a paycheque throughout her four-year-old campaign. While Prairie Illusion missed the track record for her age and sex, the Fraser debuting Need You So Bad established one for two-year-old geldings with a 1:56.2 three length romp for trainer/driver Bill Davis. The son of American Ideal was two-fifths of a second faster than the former record-holder Nobody Can. The J J J Stables owns the Horizon Pace champion who is undefeated in three pari-mutuel starts. To view Sunday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Sunday Results - Fraser Downs. Reprinted with permission by www.standardbredcanada.ca  

The members of the Upstate New York Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association are proud to announce that Kayla Prentice is the recipient of the 2013 Dewey Degree Scholarship.   Prentice graduated from the Vernon-Verona-Sherrill High School with high honors this year and stood out among her peers for several reasons. She carried a 4.0 GPA for four consecutive years, was a scholar athlete in two sports and received the school’s President’s Award for excellence as well. During her time there, she was described as “a joiner” and was very active in school and community service activities as a member of the National Honor Society, the Red Cross Club, LEAD USA and Relay for Life. She was also a member of the cross country and track teams where she served as Captain for both. Besides her school activities she also worked several part time jobs for small businesses and families in her community as well as helping her family with their stable both in the morning and on race nights.     In her application, Prentice pointed out that “Not many kids can say they grew up with parents in the harness horse industry, and even fewer can say that they had the experience of nursing a harness horse with a broken leg back to health. Perhaps this is where my love for helping others developed” And it was that experience that prompted her to pursue a career in physical therapy. Prentice will be attending Syracuse University this fall majoring in health and exercise science as well as pre-med.    Kayla Prentice is the daughter of Jessica and Howard Okusko, Jr. who are both longtime trainers (and driver) at Vernon Downs and will receive her $1,500 check in the winner’s circle that her parents so often visit, on Sunday August 25th, the same night that will feature the $700,000 Zweig Memorial trot and the first round of the $50,000 Drivers’ Championship.   The Dewey Degree Scholarship is funded through generous donations from Ray Schnittker and Jeff Gural and is administered by the Upstate New York Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association. It was named after Schnittker’s great Hambletonian winning trotter   Deweycheatumnhowe.   by Tim Bojarski    

Dr. Dale E. Walters, a long-time veterinarian and owner/breeder, will be honored as the 2013 Joseph Neville Award winner by the Delaware County Fair. Dr. Walters was a 60 year resident of Delaware, OH and was a highly respected Veterinarian for which he practiced for over 50 years. He also owned Sugar Valley Farm, a long-time breeding facility in the Buckeye State, which is currently standing five stallions under the direction of his son, Billy, and grandson, Joe McLead. Dr. Walters campaigned several outstanding horses including Sugar Valley Dudly ($144,324), Fava (p, 4, 1:54f), Beeeyouuuuuu (p, 3, 1:50.1f) and Sugar Valley Alley ($373,243). Walters' greatest horse was Saccharum. The homebred daughter of Sugar Tree earned more than $805,000, was a two-time Ohio Sires Stake champion and was the 1985 Ohio Horse of the Year. In 2011, Saccharum was inducted into the Ohio Harness Racing Hall of Fame. Dr. Walters graduated from Beallsville High School and then served his country as a member of the United States Navy as a medical corpsman from 1946 - 1947. He later graduated from The Ohio State University in 1952, where he earned and received his degree in Veterinary Medicine, finishing first in his class. Dr. Walters, 85, died November 6, 2012 in Delaware. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Evelyn; daughter, Linda (Gary) Mays; son, Bill (Debbie); and grandsons, Joe (Patty) and Jason McLead. Delaware County Fair officials will honor Walters as the sixteenth recipient of the Neville Award during winner's circle ceremonies on Jug Day, September 19. Jay Wolf 

Chicago, Illinois …Shannon Lea Teed, 18, has been awarded the 2013 Harness Horsemen International $4,000 Jerome L. Hauck Scholarship. Shannon is the daughter of Standardbred trainer David Teed and caretaker Linda (Dunn) Teed of West Alexander, Pennsylvania, who are both employed by The Meadows-based Bendis Stable. Shannon plans to attend West Liberty University in late August where she will pursue a 4-year degree in Biology. Her goal is to become a conservationist specializing in environmental and biological research. This prospective scientist graduated from McGuffey High School in Claysville, Pennsylvania in Spring 2013, maintaining a 4.2 grade point average as a three-year member of the National Honor Society. “The experience with animals and the environment I developed through the Harness Racing Youth League, Olgebay’s Junior Nature Camp, FFA and 4-H contributed to my decision (to pursue this career path),” Teed wrote in her scholarship application essay. “Also, the close relationship that I have with my mother, who is a groom at The Meadows Racetrack helped. She taught me to love animals and the environment, and instilled the value of hard work and dedication in me.” Besides her academic accomplishments, Shannon earned numerous awards for writing and speaking, with her ambitions focused on forestry, wildlife conservation, the environment and 4-H. Shannon was an 11-year member of 4-H, where she showed rabbits, horses and ducks, and served as the organization’s treasurer from 2009-2012. She was also a Meadows Racetrack volunteer for eight years; a seven-year member of Olgebay’s Junior Nature Camp; and a co-host of the Fall 2012 and Spring 2013 Blood Drives. In 2012, Shannon served as a Future Farmers of America Chaplin and penned an award-winning feature for the American Quarter Horse Association Journal . This multi-talented young lady has also worked alongside her parents as a caretaker for the Bendis Stable since 2008. Harness Horsemen International is delighted to present this scholarship to such a deserving candidate as Shannon Teed. by Kimberly A. Rinker  

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