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Hoosier Park Racing & Casino kicked off the 2016 live racing season on Friday, April 1 and did it in fashion, recording the strongest opening night ever in the 23-year-history of the track. All sources handle was up an impressive 65% over last year's numbers with the same number of races carded. Excitement pervaded throughout the grandstand as a large, enthusiastic crowd welcomed the 23rd season of harness racing back to the seven-eighths mile oval. "What an absolutely sensational opening night," Hoosier Park's Vice President and General Manager of Racing, Rick Moore noted. "To be up 65% over last year is beyond my wildest dreams! Thank you to the horsemen for putting on such a great show and to our on-track and off-track audiences for supporting us at the betting windows." Friday's card offered remarkable value to the horseplayer with full fields, the introduction of the new Hoosier High-5 wager, and an improved racing product. The bettors came out in full force on the opening night of the season as handle increases were felt both on track and through export wagering to produce $948,734 in all sources handle for the evening. The progress is attributed to a renewed focus on showcasing an enhanced racing product and bringing fans back to the track for a multi-faceted entertainment experience. The partnership between Hoosier Park and horse racing network TVG has also contributed significantly to the wagering gains. Friday's 14-race card was a success for Hoosier Park's 2015 leading driver Trace Tetrick and John DeLong, both of whom scored a driving triple on the evening's card. The fully-stocked card included 10 divisions of The Donnie Conrad Memorial and Rosie Harness Memorial, an overnight series for trotters of both sexes. Live racing will return to Hoosier Park on Saturday, April 2 with a 14-race card. Post time for the first race is 5:45 p.m. Hoosier Park will once again offer TwinSpires players the opportunity to compete for their share of 1 Million Elite Points in a handicapping contest against Hoosier Park's Racing Commentator, Emily Gaskin. Additionally, TwinSpires is marking the occasion by giving players the opportunity to earn 30 Twinspires Elite Points for every dollar they wager, on Saturday night. Racing fans are encouraged to visit www.twinspires.com for more information. Hoosier Park's 'Family Fun Days' return this Saturday and will continue each weekend throughout the entirety of the harness racing season. Activities will include live entertainment, games and winner's circle giveaways. This Saturday, live racing will be followed by a free, live performance from Henry Lee Summer in the Terrace Showroom. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Friday and Saturday schedule the opening week, a Thursday, Friday, and Saturday schedule the second week and then resume a Tuesday through Saturday schedule through the end of the meet on Nov. 12, 2016. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin

YONKERS, NY, Friday, January 15, 2016 -- Favored Secret's Out N with harness racing driver Brian Sears in the bike were both patient and punctual Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $24 Filly and Mare Preferred Handicap Pace. Assigned post position No. 5 among the six-pack, Secret's Out N was away third, watching as Rockn' Ruby N (Dan Dube) two-moved around Jonsie Jones (Tyler Buter), After early intervals of :28.1 and :58.3, the people's choice took up the chase. She engaged "Ruby" in and out of the 1:27.1 three-quarters, with the latter owning a short advantage into the lane. However, Secret's Out N had her rival lined up, winning by a measured neck in 1:54.1. Jonsie Jones, unable to match strides with those two, angled and settled for third. Bazooka Terror (George Brennan) and Regil Elektra (Eric Carlson) rounded out the payees, while Apricot Sour (Jason Bartlett) had a learning experience. For Secret's Out N, a now-6-year-old Down Under daughter of Mach Three owned by Andrew Herzog and trained by Tom Milici, she won her seasonal debut. The exacta paid $9.90, with the triple returning $31.60. The Raceway's season continues Saturday (post time 7:10 PM), Sunday (11:55 AM), Monday (7:10 PM) and Tuesday (1 PM). Frank Drucker

DOVER, Del. --- Chippoffthewall won the first of two Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund 1st leg Two-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Pace prelims while Sweet Bobbie, one of harness racing driver Corey Callahan's seven winners, scored in the $15,500 3,4 & 5-Year-Old Filly and Mare pace during a rainy Tuesday, Nov. 10 over a sloppy track at Dover Downs. Tony Morgan drove Chipoffthewall, leased and trained by veteran trotting expert Syl King, to easily win the $20,000 DSBF 1st leg prelim in 1:59.2. It was the first start for the altered son of Master Lavec-Off The Wall, who was taken down and out-of-the-money, for interference in his previous race, the $100,000 DSBF Final at Harrington. Currently Chipoffthewall has four wins in nine starts and $41,440 in purses. Mondello (Art Stafford Jr.) challenged for the lead on the final turn but yielded and finished second. Politized (Brett Miller) closed strongly to take third. Popcorn Machine, piloted by Jim Morand, won the second $20,000 DSBF Male trot in 2:04.1 outdueling front pacing Bosston Malibu (Allan Davis) in the drive for the finish line. Scott Warnick trains the Giant Hit-Blackdenimtrousers gelding for owner Deborah Warnick. Seafood Scrappy (Brett Miller) took third money. In the $15,500 3,4 & 5-Year-Old Distaff pace, Sweet Bobbie, the only three-year-old in the field of nine females- gave Callahan his third of six winners notching a 1:53.4 triumph for owner, trainer Gary Ewing. The Art Major-Odds On Goodbye sophomore won for the ninth time and has been in the first three finishers in 16 of 21 outings. Annabeth (George Dennis) was runner-up with Embry Seelster (Allan Davis) third. Callahan then drove Howard Taylor's Shine N Shimmer to a 1:51.1 success in a $14,000 3,4 & 5-Year-Old Winners-Over pace. Paradise Lost (Vic Kirby) was a game second ending a two-straight win streak. Fashion Showdown (Ross Wolfenden) was third. Callahan finished the night driving Breakaway Racing's Robinthe atm to a 2:00.1 win, his seventh on the card. New Zealand import Ellies Jet N remained unbeaten on this side of the Pacific winning for the third consecutive time. Art Stafford Jr. was at the controls of the five-year-old black Jereme's Jet-Elle Mary Rose mare. Evans, Spedden, Nanticoke Racing and trainer Josh Parker own the winner who took a new mark of 1:53.2 in the $14,000 event for 3,4&5-Year-Olds. On the undercard, stakes-seasoned Jerseylicious returned to the winner's circle following a 1:52.3 victory in a $12,000 Mares pace. Pam Curran, Niel Gargiulo and Legacy Racing own the five-year-old Western Ideal-Jet Lag N daughter. . Monday through Thursday racing begins at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday are dark live racing days at Dover Downs Two $20,000 DSBF freshman colt 2nd leg pace prelims and an $18,000 Open trot tops the Wednesday card. A $5,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 Pool is now featured daily. By popular request, the Winner's Circle Buffet is back for those dinning in the Winner's Circle Restaurant. At Dover Downs, there is no charge for parking and admission. Harness and thoroughbred simulcasts is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at the 4-star Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Jettison may have lost the battles but he ended up winning the war. After losing narrowly to Dedalos twice in the past three weeks, Jettison turned the tables when it counted the most and captured the $24,500 harness racing final of the Niatross Knockout Claiming 'B' Series at Buffalo Raceway on Saturday night (April 25).   It was the big closing kick that sent Jettison to the victory. After drawing the seven post, Jettison sat contently seventh to the half mile marker as Secluded Island set scorching fractions of 27.4 and 56.4 to the midway point.   Following live cover to the three-quarter pole, driver John Cummings Jr. tipped Jettison ($6.00) three-wide and fanned four out at the top of the stretch. Using a 28.4 final panel,Jettison roared past Dedalos (Shawn Gray) to register the length victory in a seasonal best time of 1:56.0 while K C Colt (Jim McNeight) scooted up the passing lane for third.   "We were in good position down the backstretch the second time," Cummings Jr. said about the final half mile of action. "We had a ton of momentum on the outside. I was worried about the horse in the passing lane (K C Colt)," he added.   It won't be the last time Jettison and Dedalos, the Niatross Claiming Series 'A' Series winner, square off. The pair are both qualified for the $25,000 Invitational on Saturday May 9th. Also moving on from the 'B' Series will be K C Colt and Secluded Island. A wild card will also be selected since Dedalos earned two spots in the Invitational.   Owned by Curtis Edholm and the Ultra Racing Stable, Jettison (Jereme's Jet-Pizzacato), a 6-year-old gelding, was trained by Darren Taneyhill. It was the fifth victory in 14 starts in 2015 for Jettison and moved his earnings to $28,310 and $155,339 lifetime.   In the $10,000 Niatross consolation event, trainer Alex Giuliani watched his tandem of Looks R Deceiving and Carson City Road finish first and second respectively. Looks R Deceiving (Jack Flanigen) nipped stablemate Carson City Road by a neck in 1:57.0 while Wynsum Magic (McNeight) took the show position.   In the $9,500 conditioned pace, Jokerman ($7.90) got the lead and held on from there for a half-length triumph over the heavily favored Cobble Beach in 1:55.0.   Shawn Gray had a driving triple on the program while Kevin Cummings, Cummings Jr., Drew Monti and Shawn McDonough all doubled.   The racing action continues on Wednesday night at Buffalo Raceway with a 12-race set to go to the post at 5 p.m.   For more information including upcoming promotions, the latest news, race replays and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

DOVER, Del.--- Tough Mac is the winningest horses at the track this meet with six wins, one more than Razor Ramone. Delaware Hanover heads the pacing division with five. Movie Idol, winner of the Delaware Special (2/26) has won four in-a-row. ------------------------------------------------------------- Among trainers,  has startedAmanda Payson 33 horses this meet with 15 winners for a spectacular .552 percentage. Eric Ell, with 106 starters lifted his outstanding UTRS "batting average" to around .450 this meet, Vic Kirby with 15 winners from 55 starters, has a UTRS of .424, Dylan Davis has a .415 rating. Doug Lewis has trained 43 wins from 161 starters. Wayne Givens has started the most horses, 211 and has won 41 races for a .346 percentagel --------------------------------------------- Aaron Merriman leads all drivers in the sport in 2015. He leads Corey Callahan by five wins 139-134, through 2/27, Defending champion Ronnie Wrenn Jr. is third with 132 wins. Ron Pierce ranks fourth, 87, in winning drives. Ron Burke, is again, the leading trainer, in wins, 88, and money won $1.1-million. Dylan Davis have moved up to fourth among the top 5 trainers in North America with 32 wins. ----------------------------------------------------- At Dover Downs, this meet, Corey Callahan has driven winners of 215 races. Allan Davis has reach three-digit wins, second with 110. Vic Kirby has moved into third-place with 97 winners. Ross Wolfenden, currently vacationing until mid-March is fourth, with 92 wins. Ron Pierce is now fifth with 90. ---------------------------------------------- A big week by Dylan Davis results in first place among trainers. Davis, the defending champion, has 47 wins Doug Lewis is second in the standings with 44 wins. Wayne Givens is now third with 42 wins. Jim King is fourth with 40 winners. Nick Surick is in fifth- place with 35 winners. ----------------------------------------- On Monday (2/23), Virginia Louthan made the winner's circle twice with mares she bred from her own stallion No Spin Zone and also owns and trains; Spin Vision, a 1:54.4 winner of three in-a-row and five wins this meet, and Megginspin won her second in five races. ------------------------------------ Harness Horse International (HHI) annual meeting and awards presentation is set for March 1-March 5, in Deerfield Beach, Fla. Sal DeMario, executive director of Delaware Standardbred Owners Association (DSOA) is representing local horsemen. The HHI Dominic Frini Person of the Year, 'will go to past president, Gene Oldfield. The HHI Appreciation Award to Jerry Knappenberger, recent Ohio Hall of Fame inductee, and former Ohio Harness Horsemen's Assoc. GM, and harness horse editor of the Daily Racing Form, Derek Giwner, receives the Clyde Hirt Media award.\ Marv Bachrad  

LEBANON, OH. - Shine N Shimmer was stunning Friday night at Miami Valley Raceway, treating the quick five-eighths mile oval as if someone laid a red carpet around it-just for her. It was just the second local race for the seven-year-old daughter of American Ideal and produced the second gate-to-wire victory against the best open class mares competing in southern Ohio. Driver Chris Page took full advantage of drawing the inside post position by exploding off the wings and forcing all rivals to find a seat during a :27.2 opening panel. With no one pressuring on the outside in the scratch-shortened field, Page managed an unexpected respite during the second quarter when the timer flashed :57.4 at the halfway station. The pace quickened from that point home with All Terror (Kayne Kauffman) launching a first-over bid and Carlina Hanover (Tyler Smith) getting a snug pocket journey. When the 1:26 flashed at the three-quarters Page called on his winning mare and she responded with a :28.2 last quarter, despite 10 degree temperatures, to put the 1:54.2 triumph in the books. Shine N Shimmer is trained by Jim Ellison for the Dandy Farms and Howard Taylor. She now has 19 career victories and $321,742 in lifetime earnings. The feature race win was one of four on the night for Chris Page, whose other tallies came with Camphor Hanover (1:56.1), trotter Over And Out (1:58.1) and Rev Me Up (1:54.2). Racing resumes Saturday night with a powerful 14-race card offering $127,500 in purses. Gregg Keidel  

Pompano Beach, FL...February 18, 2015...Bloodstockshalltab, a recent purchase by harness racing trainer-driver Ed Hensley, paid a big dividend on Wednesday night as he trotted the second fastest mile in Pompano Park history, stopping the timer in 1:53.3 on a blustery cold (mid-50's) night by South Florida standards. The five year-old son of Cantab Hall accomplished his feat in the $15,400 Open Handicap Trot, pinning a defeat measuring 5 3/4 lengths on Dukester (Rick Plano) with My Revenuer (Tom Sells) third under the wire--but moved up one notch to second after the judges "dq'd" Dukester for a pylon violation turning for home. Lugar finished fourth, 10 lengths away, while Adenium picked up the nickel in the full field of 10. At the outset, the 9 to 5 second choice, Its Payday Friday, made a miscue so it was Adenium and Winemaster Hanover vying for supremecy with the latter taking command at the :27.3 opener, the exact spot where Buddy Hally, away third from the rail, made a quarter move to the top and reached the half in :56.4 with Bloodstockshalltab already on the move from fifth and brushing strongly as the field moved on to the backside. Bloodstockshalltab used a :27.4 blitz on the backstretch to secure the lead around turn three--timed in 1:25.1. From there, Hensley's charge was unthreatened during a :28.2 finale, reaching the finish in an officially timed mile of 1:53.67, edging Baseball Express (1:53.70),  Hellava Hush (1:53.71), Tug River Dylan (1:53.74), Tweedle Dum (1:53.77) and Ahijuna Chucaro (1:53.79) for the second fastest trotting mile in track history. The track trotting record is 1:52 4/5 by Southwind Vavoom set in 2011. After the race, driver Ed Hensley said, "I bought this horse privately a few weeks ago. I thought he had talent and, while I wasn't surprised that he won, I was surprised that he trotted this much on this kind of night. I think it might be a new mark for him, too." (It is, with his old mark being 1:54 in a Meadowlands qualifier as a three year-old.) Hensley now has two wins in four starts with his new purchase and Wednesday night's win was the gelding's 12th in 61 career starts and sent his lifetime earnings to $195,645--$7,200 of that since the Hensley acquisition in mid-January. The winner paid $5.40. Pompano Park's $11,000 co-featured trot went to R G Rocket, driven by Dave Ingraham, in 1:56.1. This seven year-old altered son of Cincinnati Kid, trained by Mario Dessureault for owner Jamie Marra Racing, showed some early foot from post six to land in fourth early, followed live cover on the backside to take command from Arriba Amigo around the final turn and went on to score a 5 1/2 length win over Highland Yankee (Wally Hennessey) with Pop I (Harry Landy) third. Arriba Amigo did finish fourth while Dream Lake earned the final award in the field of 10. Knocking at the door with a 0-3-3 scorecard in six starts coming into the action, R G Rocket finally got his first win of the season--21st lifetime--and sent his lifetime bounty over the $200,000 mark--$203,449 to be exact. As the 7 to 5 favorite, R G Rocket paid $4.80 to his faithful. John Berry

When Have Faith In Me won the 3 year old Sires Stakes Final on Cup day a lot of harness racing scribes thought he had been a touch lucky and that while a worthy winner, he had things go his way. When he finished fifth of six in the Alabar Classic and had trouble getting around the last bend at Alexandra Park, the same scribes were quick to discount his chances in todays $200,000 Sales Series pace over 2200 metres. But yet again Have Faith In Me showed that he was well named as those that stuck with the ship were well rewarded when he ran out a decisive winner this afternoon. Eased off the gate by driver Tim Williams, Have Faith In Me settled in the one by one early as stablemate Hug The Wind grabbed an early lead before handing up to Mighty Flying Major who immediately handed up to Express Stride after 600 metres. That was the end of the lead changes as Express Stride kept up a steady tempo in front. As they turned for home Tim peeled out the one by one and quickly grabbed the leader Express Stride and kicked away for a comfortable victory by a length while stablemate Hug The Wind flashed home late when he got clear to grab second off a game Express Stride. Hug The Wind paced the 2200 metres in a new New Zealand record of 2:37.6, a mile rate of 1:55.2 with closing sectionals of 56.3 and 27.1. Tim Williams was quick to credit the horse with all the praise straight after the race. " The horse deserves all the credit for todays win" "Its only his first trip away but he has taken it all in his stride. "We put a pole on today and he got round the last bend no trouble at all" "Coming to the corner he was travelling beautifully and I knew he would be hard to beat," Tim said. Tim was also quick to thank the owners, the Dunford brothers for leaving him on the now high profile horse. " After he won the Sires Stakes I thought they may look for a more senior driver so I am very thankful to them for leaving me on, " Tim said. Having won the two big early 3 year old features, Have Faith In Me will now be set for the Derbies in the Autumn. Harnesslink Media    

Just the four winners for the harness racing ringaround last week so we need improvement this week. Blair Orange, Tony Herlihy, Matthew Williamson and John Dunn all produced winners last week. The ringaround did pick four seconds and three thirds as well but we are expecting real improvement this week. There are four meetings this week to cover, they are Auckland and NZ Metropolitan on Friday, Gore on Saturday and Timaru on Sunday. Alexanrda Park - Frday Night Tony Herlihy - Keen on Red Sky Night this week. Thinks she can make it three-in-row, # 1 in race 4. Maurice McKendry - A good each way chance for Arms Of An Angel, # 1 in race eight. Scott Phelan - Le Lua Invasion is Scott's shots eye this week, # 10 in race five. Steven Reid - Easy On The Eye is on target for the Cup meeting will be hard to beat # 5 race six. Ray Green - Lincolns Megastar will be very hard to beat fresh up even from the draw. # 9 race one. Todd Macfarlane - Tarn went good last week and is on the improve. # 2 race three. Todd Mitchell - Cullect The Gold is much improved since his first run back and Todd expects a bold showing. # 8 race two.   New Zealand Metropolitan - Friday Night John Dunn - Return To Sender has trained on good since its first up 4th. # 7 race four. Ricky May - Well you guessed it this week, its Terror To Love  # 9 race seven. John Curtin (Harnesslink) - Rates Tokohoka as a great bet this week. # 10 race 10. Gerard O'Reilly - Thinks that Tiga Tara will be very hard to beat. # 7 race six. Matthew Williamson - Thinks that Yankee One can repeat this week # 5 race three. Steve Richadson (TAB) - Agrees with Ricky May that Terror To Love is the bet.  # 9 race seven Colin DeFilippi - Stent will bounce back after his last start failure. # 8 race five.   Gore - Saturday Dexter Dunn - No hesitation here with Dexter, Oneover is his bet of the week. # 6 race 10 Nathan Williamson -  Aldan's Rocket having its first start back and can run a drum. # 4 race eight. Clark Barron - I believe Mass Invasion will be very hard to beat. # 4 race one.. Brad Williamson - The Silver Fox will start over the odds and be hard to beat. # 5 race three Shane Walkinshaw - Expects a bold first up run from Red Electric # 1 race five   Timaru - Sunday Blair Orange - My best drive and bet of the week is Change Time # 1 race six Jim Curtin - Star Commando is my best chance this week # 14 in race one. Craig Thornley - All Delight was unlucky last start and will be hard to beat. # 7 race eight Robbie Holmes - Driving Nicaela and rates her as a good each way bet. # 1 race one.   Harnesslink media    

Wintery weather didn't deter trotting lovers Australia wide from attending the 28th running of the $50,000 (Group 1) Seelite Windows & Doors "The Redwood" Classic for Two Year Olds over 2190 metres at Maryborough on Sunday July 14, taken out by Kiwi filly Daenerys Targaryen for champion Christchurch based harness racing trainer/driver Mark Purdon.

Harness racing weanlings by champion sires Art Major, Bettor's Delight, Mach Three and Courage Under Fire will go up for auction at the Soho Standardbreds Weanling and Mares In Foal Sale to be conducted by Davidson Cameron & Co Dubbo Pty Ltd on Sunday, July 28 at Tamarin Park, Toolern Vale.

The 18th Annual SBOANJ Golf Outing raised funds to benefit harness racing horsemen and produced a fun day on July 8, 2013 at Gambler Ridge Golf Course in Cream Ridge, NJ.

The two mandatory harness racing meetings were held in Victoria on Thursday July 11, with Shepparton racing during the afternoon and Ballarat at night.

Western Vintage, unbeaten in his first two starts, headlines his New Jersey Sire Stakes Final, one of a quartet of $150,000 finals for harness racing two-year-olds on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at the Meadowlands.

Western District racing was held at Terang on Tuesday July 9 with surprisingly only three winners coming from the area, the highlight of the evening's harness racing being Ararat reinsman Michael Bellman chalking up 100 winners for the season.

Rising thirteen year old Wagon Apollo/Ritadaft gelding Master Kiesey notched up his 17th victory when making his 258th race appearance, by taking the Lilydale Instant Lawn Trotters Handicap for T0 & T1 class over 2150 metres at Yarra Valley on Monday July 8.

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