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Kerford Road A (Mike Merton) swooped late to capture the $8,000 open pace at Tioga Downs on Tuesday (June 30). The open pace had plenty of harness racing action. Jins Shark (Jim Taggart jr) grabbed the early lead and led to a first quarter of :27.0. Harry Terror (Wally Hennessey) took a short lead right after the quarter. With a circuit to go Mister Daytona N (Mike Simons) became the next pacer to lead. He was first to the half in :55.2. Mac Andover (Bruce Aldrich Jr.) took over on the back stretch and led to three-quarters in 1:22.4. Kerford Road A ($4.20) was fifth after three-quarters and fourth as they reached the stretch. The 6-year-old gelding by Somebeachsowewhere came flying down the stretch like a rocket and blew right on by to win going away in 1:52.1. Mister Daytona N finished second. Harry Terror came up to take third.   The Australian bred Kerford Road A made his US debut a winning one. He is trained by Rob Harmon for owners Harmon Racing Stable, Winners Circle Racing, and John Campagnuolo. He now has 14 career victories. Red Hot Mike Merton won four more on the night. His other wins came with Barrys Shelby, Catcha Lefty A, Fritzie Pic Up Man, and Too Much Duncan. It's A Herbie smoked the field in $8,000 open trot. My Lindy Winner (Mike Merton) flew out of the gate and went right to the lead but went off-stride. Karets (Bruce Aldrich Jr.) took command and led to the first quarter in :28.0. It's A Herbie ($2.90) was parked as they headed for the stands and forged ahead with a lap to go. He used a :28.3 second quarter to hit the half in :56.3. He contiuned to be well in control as he hit three-quarters in 1:24.4. As he made the turn for home he made it a one horse race breezing to a lifetime best of 1:52.2. The only thing in doubt was for minor spoils. Beguin Dugotier F (Coredy Braden) came up to take second money. Uncle Hanover (Kyle DiBennedetto) finished third.   It's A Herbie is a 4-year-old gelding by Here Comes Herbie. He is owned and trained by Yoder. The gelding won for the second time this season. He now has 12 career victoies in 24 lifetime starts. Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (July4) with a 4 p.m. start time. They will race on Sunday (July 5) starting at 1 p.m. For more information go to by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

ANDERSON, Ind.-August 15, 2019- The harness racing stakes season continues to roll on in the Hoosier state and saw favorites prevail in Indiana Sires Stakes action on Thursday, August 15 at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The night featured two $48,000 divisions for the three-year-old trotting colts & geldings and the betting public was heavily backing last year's trotting rivals It's A Herbie in the first division and Swandre The Giant in the second. Both provided strong performances in their respective divisions, each stopping the clock in 1:54:0. Kicking off the stakes action, It's A Herbie captured his sixth consecutive victory for trainer, driver Verlin Yoder and set a new lifetime mark of 1:54:0. With the win, It's A Herbie has captured victories in four of the five legs of stakes action for his division. Smooth Acceleration and Ricky Macomber Jr. were the quickest off the gate to grab the lead and were followed by Swan On A Mission and John De Long. It'A Herbie left just enough to grab a spot along the rail in fifth and the field remained in straight formation through opening fractions of :27:2 and :57:1. Just after the field passed the half, It's A Herbie was on the attack, first-over. Smooth Acceleration continued to call the shots through the third quarter marker in 1:25:4 but It's A Herbie had ranged up and was ready to take on the leader. When the field reached the stretch, It's A Herbie utilized a :27.4 final quarter to take the lead by a length, and stopped the clock in 1:54:0. Swan On A Mission held on for second while Sign Here N Here with Sam Widger staged a late rally for third. As the heavy 2-5 favorite, It's A Herbie paid $2.60 to win. "He doesn't care where he's at," trainer, driver Verlin Yoder explained after the victory. "Chasing horses down is his best game, though. Honestly, he just loves to win." With the win, the son of Here Comes Herbie-Psychic Image has now won nine of 19 lifetime starts. Bred by David Shmucker Jr. and owned by Verlin Yoder, It's A Herbie now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $365,875 in just his sophomore season. In the second division of stakes action, Swandre The Giant returned to his home state for the second time this season and returned to his winning ways in impressive fashion. Hall of Fame driver David Miller steered Swandre The Giant, who looked every bit the part of a 1-9 favorite, to an open length 1:54 victory. When the wings of the gate opened, Wow Lester with Trace Tetrick grabbed the front and Swandre The Giant took a pocket seat. The top pair held their positions through the first quarter in :27:2 but approaching the half in :57:3, Swandre The Giant made his move for the lead. With the third quarter clocked in 1:27:3, Swandre The Giant began to bolster his lead from the pack. Using a :26.4 final panel, Swandre The Giant trotted strong to the wire and finished under a hand drive from Miller two lengths to the good. Martini Show and Sam Widger fought gamely for second while Wow Lester held on for third. Swandre the Giant paid $2.10 across the board. "He raced very well-He was really strong," driver David Miller noted in the winner's circle. "Tonight, felt great. He got off on the right foot, and the fractions were really easy. He was strong all the way to the wire." Swandre The Giant, the Ron Burke trainee, now sports a lifetime bankroll of $461,618 for owners Diamond Creek Racing, J&T Silva Stables and Howard Taylor. The son of Swan For All-Adagio was bred by Dm Stables and has now won 12 of 21 of his lifetime starts. Indiana Sires Stakes action will continue at Harrah's Hoosier Park on Friday, August 16 with a 13-race card featuring two divisions for the three-year-old pacing colts. Friday's card will also be highlighted by a $10,000 Guaranteed Hoosier High 5 pool in race 13 and the weekly Fantastic Fridays promotions. With a daily post time of 6:30 pm, live racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 9. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit by Rose Flood, for Harrah's Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, IN --September 15, 2018--After finishing second in his elimination last week, It's A Herbie rebounded gamely to find the winner's circle in the featured event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, September 15. Driven, trained, and owned by Verlin Yoder, It's A Herbie went gate to wire to deliver as the heavy favorite and establish a new lifetime best of 1:54.2. Leaving from post six in the competitive field of ten, Yoder sent It's A Herbie straight to the front to reach the first quarter in :28. Trump This and Sam Widger grabbed a pocket seat while Mocedes Boy and LeWayne Miller were next in line third. It's A Herbie went uncontested through splits of :57.2 and 1:26 as the field remained in single file order down the backside. As the field rounded the final turn, Yoder asked his mount for more and he trotted evenly on to the wire to finish two lengths in front of Trump This. Mocedes Boy used a ground saving trip to finish third. As the 3-5 favorite, It's A Herbie returned $3.20 at the betting windows. "He's a big clumsy colt that's just starting to come into himself," Yoder said. "I knew he needed time and it wouldn't be till later in the season that he would come around. He's a smart horse and has done everything right--just needed time." With the win, It's A Herbie improved his lifetime record to 9-2-6-1. The son of Here Comes Herbie-Psychic Image also pushed his lifetime earnings over the $100,000 mark with the victory. It's been a great week for the Yoder Stable as they also scored a victory in the New York Sires Stakes earlier in the week with Woodside Charm who shattered the North American record for 2-year-old trotting fillies at Saratoga Casino with a 1:53.4 mile. Live racing will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, September 18 with an 11-race card. With a daily post time of 6:30 pm, live racing will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 10. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

Winding Hill wins feature and harness racing driver John MacDonald wins five at Vernon Downs Winding Hill (Jimmy Whittemore) won the featured trot ($9,000) at Vernon Downs on Friday night (September 8). Pop I (John MacDonald) would take the lead at the head of the stretch. Winding Hill (Here Comes Herbie) would slug it out with him going all the way down the stretch. Owned and trained by Dennis Whittemore, the 6 year-old gelding would win by a head in the end. Pop I (Andover Hall) would settle for second as The Big Muscle (Joe Nassimos) got third. Winding Hill ($5.20) won for the sixth time this season and the 26th time in his career winning in 1:54.4. The red hot John MacDonald who had won six races last night would win five more tonight. He won with Thundercrest ($3.40), Miss Ruby ($2.60), The Russian Spy ($8.30), Skyflex ($14.00), and Pinky The Intern ($9.70). Vernon Downs returns to live action on Saturday (September 9). For more information go to John Horne for Vernon Downs

WInding Hill (Jimmy Whittemore) wins the featured Open Trot on Friday night at Vernon Downs (7-21). The 6 year-old gelding by Here Comes Herbie, would go for the front and go gate-to wire, putting up all the fractions :27.3, :57.2, 1:25.3, 1:53:1. Lucid Thoughts (John MacDonald) would follow the entire way but could never get to Winding Hill ($7.20). Winding Hill, who is owned by Diane Whittemore and trained by Dennis Whittemore, would win for the fifth time season and get career win number 25. Lucid Thougts would get second, while Sweet Ashlsy T (Homer Hochstetler) would settle for third. Leading driver John MacDonald would win three times on the night, giving him 60 wins for the season. MacDonald would start off by leading Choke Hold ($9.60) to victory in 1:57.0. His second win of the night came with Purple And Gold ($4.90) in 1:53.4. MacDonald would get win number three guiding I Saw Red ($2.60) to first in 1:55.0. Racing returns to Vernon on Saturday night (7-22) with a 13 race card starting at 6:45 p.m. For more information go to John Horne for Vernon Downs      

Winding Hill (Mike Merton) would win the featured Trot ($9000) at Tioga Downs Sunday afternoon. The harness racing 6-year-old gelding by Here Comes Herbie found himself fifth and four lengths back after the three-quarters mark. Noble Anthony (Mike Simons) would lead almost the whole but he battled Another Breath (Mickey Mc Nichol) all the way to the stretch. Winding Hill ($9.00) would take advantage of the speed duel by charging late in the stretch to beat Another Breath (second) with his last step. Winding Hill who is owned by Diane Whittemore and trained by Dennis Whittemore won for the third time this season in 1:55.0. Another Breath would hang on for third. Merton is having a great start to 2017 with 18 wins . Mike Simons would capture another driving double to give him 34 wins on the season. David McGinnis had a training double winning with Angel Cindy ($5.70 and Eyes Only For You ($7.00). The large Fathers day crowd also got to enjoy the Ostrich and Camel races. Along with the beer mug giveaway the crowd all walked away with a smile on their face. Racing returns to Tioga Downs on Monday night at 6:50 p.m. with an eight race card. For more information go to John Horne

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, March 12, 2017 - A pocketed Red Hot Herbie (Tim Tetrick, $7.50) proved best Sunday afternoon, winning Yonkers Raceway's harness racing $50,000 Open Trot. At the outset, Here Comes Herbie-from post position No. 3-found himself in behind Springbank San N (Jordan Stratton) as that one led through early intervals of :28.2 and :58.3. Lady's Dude (George Brennan), as the 17-10 favorite, then moved from third. That one engaged 'Sam' in and out of a 1:27.1 three-quarters, with B Yoyo (Joe Bongiorno) gapped a bit from second-over. Springbank Sam N had the lead off the final turn for the third consecutive start, and he failed to win for the third consecutive start. He did however, send 'Herbie' into the passing lane, where he whipped a rallying In Secret (Matt Kakaley) by a neck in 1:56.3. Lady's Dude held third, with a ground-saving Hemi Seelster (Jason Bartlett) and B Yoyo settling for the remainder. Springbank Sam N faded to seventh among the octet. The feature went as the opener of an all-trot, 11-race card, seven of which carried the 'French' theme (overflow fields and the mile-and-one-quarter distance) For second choice Red Hot Herbie, a 7-year-old Here Comes Herbie gelding co-owned (as Allard Racing) by (trainer) Rene Allard, Bruce Soulsby and Edward Reppucci, it was his fourth win in eight seasonal starts. The exacta paid $110.50, with the triple returning $697. Since no one took down Sunday afternoon’s Pick 5, Monday night’s gimmick begins with a carryover of $1,025.27 (50-cent base wager, races 7 through 11). This installment of the ‘New York, New York Double’ resulted in a combination of 8-Two Term Max (Aqueduct’s 3rd race) and 10-Defi Normand (Yonkers’ 6th race), which paid $82 for each correct $1 wager. Total pool was $5,736. A reminder there is also racing next Sunday (March 19th), with first post at 12:30 PM. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, January 8, 2017- Red Hot Herbie (Jason Bartlett, $10.80) sat an antsy pocket Sunday afternoon, winning Yonkers Raceway's harness racing season-opening, mile-and-a-quarter, $75,000 Open Handicap Trot. The added-distance feature was the first of seven 'French' forays during the 11-race card, going with a field of nine after an early defection. Put in play from post position No. 4, Red Hot Herbie made the first lead before yielding to the lass Tweet Me (Pat Lachance). That one did her business through modest early intervals of :29.4 and :59.1. After a soft 1:29.1 three-quarters, 'Herbie' wanted out. He extricated himself from the pocket, going by the leader right around the 1:57.3 mile marker and taking a length-and-a-half lead into the lane. Red Hot Herbie held off Springbank Sam N (Jordan Stratton) by a length-and-three-quarters in 2:27.3. Tweet Me stayed for third, with Money Maven (Andy Miller) and Kelsey's Keepsake (Joe Bongiorno) rounding out the payees. Not Afraid (Dan Dube) was a non-factor sixth as the 2-1 choice. For third choice Red Hot Herbie, a now-7-year-old Here Comes Herbie gelding co-owned (as Allard Racing) by (trainer) Rene Allard, Bruce Soulsby and Edward Reppucci, it was a winning 2017 debut off a $160,000 season a year ago. The exacta paid $24.80, with the triple returning $129.50. Note that the return of the "New York, New York Double' was a scratch after Aqueduct cancelled its card. The wager is scheduled to make a '17 debut next Sunday (Jan. 15th). Also be advised Yonkers' early-season schedule is comprised of five nights (Mon/Tue/Thu/Fri/Sat) with a first post of 7:10 PM. The remaining January Sunday matinees (15th and 29th) are TBA as of this writing. Frank Drucker

ANDERSON, Ind.-August 4, 2016 - Naughty III turned in an impressive performance to take the featured race of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old trotting fillies, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, August 4. Perhaps even more impressive than her 1:54.4 clocking was her driver John DeLong who steered 6 winners on the 14-race harness racing program. Leaving from post seven in a talented field of ten, DeLong sent Naughty III away from the gate firing to grab the early lead through the opening panel in :28. Love To Win and Trevor Smith were well placed in the pocket second while the heavy-favorite Fawn De Savage was away a worrisome sixth in the early stages of the race. Naughty III continued to call the shots through the second split in :57.2 but Andy Shetler had Fireball's Prayers out and pointed to grab the lead approaching the final turn. Fireball's Prayers was still in command at the third station in 1:25.4 but Nothing But Nice and Sam Widger were first-over taking aim at the leader with Ooh La La La and Tyler Smith in tow. Fireball's Prayer's was able to put away Nothing But Nice but Naughty III was desperate for racing room. DeLong found the late room he needed up the passing lane and Naughty III used a :28.4 final quarter to find the wire nearly a length in front of Ooh La La La. Nothing But Nice held on gamely to round out the trifecta. Pulling the slight upset, Naughty III returned $8.40 at the betting windows. "She raced awesome," DeLong noted in the winner's circle. "She's a really nice filly and everything worked out for us. I didn't know if I was going to get through but when things opened up, she was game. She raced really big tonight." The victory was a new lifetime best for the Melanie Wrenn trainee. Naughty III notched her second victory from six seasonal starts and seventh lifetime victory from 18 outings. The daughter of Here Comes Herbie-Msnaughtybynature has now amassed $206,078 lifetime for her owners, The Kales Company and Wrenn Racing LLC. The victory was one of six winners on the program for DeLong who won half of the races in which he competed this evening. DeLong found the winner's circle for the first time on the 14-race card in the opening leg of the pick-4 sequence, race 3, behind Cinderlane Jade for trainer Trent Stohler. DeLong then went on to capture the next three races in the pick-4 sequence with FF Big Show, Siskel, and Starry Skys, respectively. His next victory came after a near gate to wire victory with McKinley Ivy who broke his maiden in 1:56 for trainer Karlee Roach. "Well I certainly didn't expect to win six of 12," DeLong noted with a smile after his victory in the featured race of the evening. "You always want to have a good night but you have to have a little luck and things have to go your way-tonight, they did. All the horses I had to drive raced really well tonight." The Wisconsin native started his career at the Illinois fair circuit in 2005 and now at the age of 27 has over $11 million in career purse earnings. Last year, in his first full season at Hoosier Park, DeLong set a career high with over $2.4 million in purse earnings and multiple stakes wins to his credit, nearly doubling his stats from previous years. DeLong is currently second on the leading driver standings at Hoosier Park in 2016 with 170 wins behind Trace Tetrick who leads all drivers with 199 trips to the winner's circle. Live racing will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, August 5 with a 14-race card that is set to begin at 5:45 p.m. Following a Tuesday through Saturday schedule, live racing will be conducted through November 12 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-July 6, 2016 - Indiana Sires Stakes action continued at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday, July 6 as the evening's 14-race card was highlighted by the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old trotting colts and three-year-old trotting fillies. It was the opening round of the $75,000 finals for the two-year-old competitors and the second round of $75,000 finals for the sophomore competitors. Time To Travel, with driver John DeLong in the sulky, made a clean sweep of the opening round of the stakes action for the two-year-old trotting colts as they scored their second consecutive victory in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final. After scoring handily in his elimination last week, Time To Travel overcame the long, first-over grind to score in a new lifetime best of 1:58.2. As one of two Jeff Cullipher trained horses in the field, Time To Travel was unhurried from the gate and settled along the rail in fourth. Jesse V and Ricky Macomber Jr. protected their rail position and left alertly to grab the first call through an opening panel in :29.2. Captain K was content to sit in the pocket with Nutravictory and Jason Dillander next in line third at the half in 1:00.2. As the field approached the final turn, Jesse V was still calling the shots with a three-quarter clocking in 1:29.4 but DeLong, unable to wait any longer, had Time To Travel aimed at the leader first-over. Nutravictory grabbed the cover and was well placed second-over as the field turned for home. Jesse V appeared to be up to the task but Time To Travel continued to rally. Using a :28.1 final quarter, Time To Travel trotted evenly to find the wire first. Jesse V held on gamely for second while Captain K rounded out the trifecta. Time To Travel returned $9.60 to his backers at the betting windows. "Both of these colts were really nice colts all winter training down," Cullipher said after the race. "They were perfect all winter. This colt (Time To Travel) is very handy and after training them both this week, I really thought he would be good tonight." Owned by Thomas Pollack and Jeff Cullipher, the gelded son of Jailhouse Jesse-Flanery Hall notched his second victory from three starts. Time To Travel has now bankrolled $48,300 lifetime for his connections. In the very next race, the state bred three-year-old trotting fillies were in the spotlight and it was Ooh La La La and Tyler Smith who took home top honors in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final. Using a near gate to wire victory, Ooh La La La stopped the timer in 1:54.2 to establish a new lifetime best mark. Leaving from post six, Smith sent Ooh La La La away from the gate firing but she would have to work for her position as Naughty III and Ronnie Wrenn Jr. also left aggressively from post seven. Naughty III reached the front through the opening panel in :27.4 but her lead would be short-lived as Ooh La La La pressed on. Ooh La La La dictated middle fractions of :56.1 and 1:25.2 before ever feeling a threat from the rest of the field and as they turned for home she had a two length lead. Naughty III tipped from the pocket but Oh La La La was able to hold her off and withstand a late rally from Fawn De Savage and Dan Shetler. Fawn De Savage, the heavy betting favorite, closed well but had too much work to do at the end of the mile and had to settle for second place honors. Ooh La La La returned $7.60 for the victory. "She's been drawing outside so much, I told Tyler (Smith) to leave with her tonight," trainer Jeff Smith noted after the victory. "I really think she's better coming from behind but I knew we had to leave with her tonight. She's a really nice filly who I think will only get better." It was the third victory from six seasonal starts for the daughter of Here Comes Herbie-Dandelion Dust who has now bankrolled $94,218 this season. Owned by Tdtrot LLC, Ooh La La La has now won six of 17 lifetime outings and surpassed the $100,000 mark for lifetime purse earnings. With the wins, both Time To Travel and Ooh La La La also earned points for the $200,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Finals slated for October 15 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The Indiana Sires Stakes program will culminate with the top ten point earners from the previous $75,000 finals in each division returning to compete in the super finals. Indiana Sires Stakes action returns to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, July 7 with the second of five $75,000 finals for the three-year-old trotting colts and the opening round of $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals for two-year-old pacing colts. With a daily post time of 5:45 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 12. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

On a chilly evening in South Florida, Verlin Yoder's Natural Herbie overcame a second tier post and a somewhat lackluster beginning to score a narrow harness racing  victory in Pompano Park's $16,500 Open Handicap Trot on Monday (March 21). The six year-old son of Here Comes Herbie came from "out of the clouds" half way through the mile to pin a photo finish defeat measuring a head over Wind Of The North, handled by Wally Hennessey, in 1:55.2. Pocket Trip was third for Fern Paquet, Jr., 1 3/4 lengths away and a nose better than Midnight Craze, who was fourth. Diamond Dagger picked up the nickel in the field of 10. As the Hummer Starting Gate left the station, Chinese Cuisine (Ricky Macomber, Jr. post 2) was on the engine along with She's All In (Rick Plane, post 8) with Wind Of The North also on the prowl from the outside post 9. By the time they reached the opening station in :27.3, Wind Of The North stuck his nose in front with She's All In ready to yield with Chinese Cuisine next, followed by Buddy Hally and Midnite Craze. Meanwhile, Natural Herbie, was dawdling back in eighth at this point, spotting the field some nine lengths and giving up an additional length or so as Wind Of The North reached the half in a seemingly manageable :56.1 On the backside, Ivan Davies' Midnite Craze was brushing strongly and a battle quickly developed between these two with "Craze" actually pushing by Wind Of The North--but not clearing--past three-quarters in 1:25.1 At that station, Pocket Trip had improved from sixth to third with Natural Herbie following some live cover provided by Diamond Dagger and seventh, about five lengths off the lead. As Wind Of The North put away the challenge of Midnite Craze in the lane, it looked as though he was home free but, from "out of the clouds" came Natural Herbie, closing fastest of all to nail the win in the final stride. After the event, the soft-spoken owner, trainer, driver Verlin Yoder said, "Really, I didn't think I drove him so good. The second tier post didn't help but I thought I could follow the two horse (Chinese Cuisine) out and get a better position than what I got. "I was a little worried early on because you can't spot these good horses so many lengths and expect to win. "I was out on the backside, no problem there, but still had a lot of ground to make up. He (Natural Herbie) was motoring pretty good down the lane and the cool night probably had a little something to do with the finish as Wally's (Hennessey) horse (Wind Of The North) was used leaving and then again on the backside when Ivan's (Davies) horse (Midnite Craze) took it to him. "He finished strong and he raced much better than I drove him!" For Natural Herbie, it was his initial win in three starts this season and 28th win lifetime in 69 career starts. He now has earnings of $916,431 to go along with his four year-old mark of 1:51.4. Natural Herbie paid his faithful $5.80 as the second choice in the wagering. On the Wallis-Wally watch, Kevin Wallis won one race on Monday night, pushing his lifetime win total to within 17 of 10,000 while Hennessey's singular win nudged him 16 of 9,000, not including his overseas wins. Also, driver Joe Sanzeri, out of action for two months, returned in the bike in a big way by driving Political Foe to victory in a condition-optional claiming trot. This four year-old son of Political Briefing scored in 1:56.4, returning $20.40 in thee process. Owned by Sanzeri along with Russ Guardino, Political Foe came within a tick of his life mark and sent his career bounty to $230,004. Steve Condren was the driving star on Monday night, the Canadian scoring a consecutive "hat trick" with Striking Ivy ($5.60), El Diablo Rojo ($9.20) and Master of Puppets (8.40), in the Super Hi-5 finale, which now sports a carryover of $96,370.50 going into the Tuesday night program. Post time for the Tuesday card is 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...January 19, 2016...Dennis Whittemore's Winding Hill stepped up to the top rung on Pompano Park's harness racing ladder and blasted his way to victory in the $13,000 Open Handicap Trot on Tuesday night (January 19). The five year-old gelded son of Here Comes Herbie, handled by George Napolitano, Jr. for owner-trainer Whittemore, used similar strategy as in last week's win in conditioned company to romp home a five length winner in 1:55.1 over She's All In (Rick Plano) with My Revenuer (Brad Kramer) rallying late for show honors. Rainbow Gold finished fourth after slicing through opening panels of :28 and :58.1 on this coolish 54 degree evening while Diamond Dagger picked up the minor award in the octet. At the outset, it was She's All In showing speed off of the gate from post six along with Rainbow Gold from post eight with these two battling early on for supremacy with Sailer Eddie third and Winding Hill next. Around the second turn just a few strides from the mid-mile pole, "Nap" was out and driving with Winding Hill and, with almost the identical devastating brush that was used in last week's win, swept by his foes with an individually timed third panel of :27.2, hitting that third beam in 1:26, and then continued to widen his advantage to the wire. In a post-race interview, driver George Napolitano, Jr. said, "Dennis (owner-trainer Whittemore) told me that he could trot a little if he gets some room to roam and, when I pulled him around that second turn, I said to myself, 'well, Dennis isn't kiddin' about this one' and away he went. I hardly chirped to him and he was off!" Whittemore added, "I have only had him a short time. I bought him at the sale. You know, my son Jimmy gave him his mark of 1:55 when he drove him up at Vernon, so I thought I'd take a chance with him when he wound up at the sale. He's a nice horse," In gathering his 13th lifetime win in 50 career starts, Winding Hill sent his lifetime bounty to $112,210--$11,500 of that in just three starts this young semester. As the 7 to 5 public choice, Winding Hill paid $4.80 to win. Racing continues on Wednesday night with a talented "million dollar" sextet of mares going post-ward in the $11,500 Open Handicap Pace. Velocity Vespa, fresh off two identical wins in 1:50.4, will have George Napolitano, Jr. in her sulky as she tangles with Safe From Terror, Jinxy's Delight, Art Frenzy, Pertty Music and Classic Carpet. Post time is 7:30 for the mid-week program. by John Berry for Pompano Park

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, November 29, 2015 - Red Hot Herbie (Daniel Dube, $31.40) engineered the harness racing upset Sunday afternoon (late morning), winning Yonkers Raceway's $40,400 Open Handicap Trot. Assigned post position No. 7 in the 10-horse, mile-and-a-quarter medley, "Herbie" was put in play early. He made the first lead before yielding to 9-10 favorite Luminosity (George Brennan) as the gang moved past the :28.1 opening quarter-mile and into Turn 2. Luminosity then hit the brake, as in a :57.2 half and 1:27.4 three-quarters. That figured to be enough, but not today. Sumatra (Jordan Stratton) moved from fifth, with last week's winner, Dot Dot Dot Dash (Matt Kakaley), behind that one. Despite the cheapy fractions, Luminosity was about done. He did maintain the lead in and out of the 1:57.1 mile post, but Sumatra had displaced him entering the lane. Dot Dot Dot Dash went wide, but Red Hot Herbie was carried where he needed to go. "Herbie" ducked inside, whipping a wide Dot Dot Dot Dash by a head in an added-distance 2:26.4. Sumatra held very well for third, with Auspicious Hanover (Brian Sears) and Tweet Me (Pat Lachance) rounding out the payees. Luminosity tired to a no-excuse sixth. For fifth choice Red Hot Herbie, a 5-year-old Here Comes Herbie gelding co-owned (as Allard Racing) by (trainer) Rene Allard, Albert P Abdala III, Bruce A Soulsby and Michael Reppucci, it was his 11th win in 28 seasonal starts (three wins in last four tries). The exacta paid $197.50, with the triple returning $1,580. Sunday props to Allard and Sears, who won four races each (including a pair in tandem). Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, November 15, 2015-A repeating Red Hot Herbie (Dan Dube, $5.90) won both the draw and the dash Sunday morning, annexing Yonkers Raceway's $50,000 Open Trot. Seating everyone early from the pole,. "Herbie" led through a :28.3 opening quarter-mile. Zooming (Tyler Buter), as the 7-5 choice, then moved from third, picking up the gauntlet toward and :58.1 next station. After a 1:27.3 three-quarters, Summer Indian (George Brennan) offered a weak, first-up bid, with Sumatra (Jordan Stratton) was forced wide around that one. Zooming maintained his advantage in and out of the 1:57.2 mile marker, taking a length-and-a-quarter lead into the lane, However, the early hour apparently proved too much for him, as he caved mid-stretch. Red Hot Herbie ducked inside and went by handily, getting the mile-and-a-quarter in 2:26.3. The margin was a length-and-quarter. Cray About Pat (Brian Sears), racing from a three-hole, chased "Herbie" home to grab second, with Sumatra, Zooming and Rock of Cashel (Jeff Gregory) settling for the minor awards. For second choice Red Hot Herbie, a 5-year-old Here Comes Herbie gelding co-owned (as Allard Racing) by (trainer) Rene Allard, Albert P Abdala III, Bruce A Soulsby and Michael Reppucci, it was his 10th win in 26 seasonal starts (five wins in last seven tries). The exacta paid $51.20, with the triple returning $324. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, November 8, 2015—A pocketed Red Hot Herbie (Dan Dube, $15.80) outgamed odds-on Luminosity (George Brennan) down the lane Sunday afternoon, winning Yonkers Raceway’s $50,000 Open Handicaps Trot. In play early from post position No. 2 among the 10 entrants for the mile-and-one-quarter tilt, Red Hot Herbie had the first lead. The baton was then handed to Sevruga (Andy Miller) before a 28-second opening quarter-mile. While this was transpiring, 3-5 Luminosity—assigned post No. 10 in the back of the bus—was sitting fifth. He moved up to chase Crazy About Pat (Mark MacDonald) right around a :57.4 intermission. It was Sevruga’s leading in and out of a 1:27.1 three-quarters and 1:56.1 milepost, owning length-and-a-quarter advantage into the lane. However, his early work day was about over, getting inhaled from all sides. Red Hot Herbie took the short way home, slipping in and whipping a wide Luminosity by three-quarters of a lengths in 2:26.1. Sumatra (Jordan Stratton), Sevruga and Can Do (Brian Sears) rounded out the payees. For third choice Red Hot Herbie, a 5-year-old Here Comes Herbie gelding co-owned (as Allard Racing) by (trainer) Rene Allard, Albert P Abdala III, Bruce A Soulsby and Michael Reppucci, it was his ninth win in 25 seasonal starts (five wins in last seven tries). The exacta paid $50, triple returned $145.50 and the superfecta paid $1,487. As for Brennan, he had one win and his lifetime total is now 8,998. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, September 22, 2015; The harness racing field has been finalized for Yonkers Raceway's million-dollar International Trot, set for Saturday afternoon, Oct. 10 Creatine and Natural Herbie have been chosen as the United States representatives. Creatine, a 5-year-old son of Andover Hall, has raced abroad this far in 2015 for Johnny and Jimmy Takter. This season, his wins include Hugo Abergs Memorial (Sweden) and Prix Saint Michel (Finland), as well as a second in the final of UET Masters (Belgium). His three-season North American resume, when he was trained by co-owner Bob Stewart, included 14 wins, nine seconds and six thirds in 40 starts ($1,329,170). Creatine's career North American highlight was the 2013 Kentucky Futurity at the Red Mile, when he authored a 15-1 upset in a soggy 1:53.2. As for Natural Herbie, he already impressed the local screening committee with last season's win over a world-class field in the $250,000 International Trot Preview. The 5-year-old Here Comes Herbie gelding, the pride and joy of owner/trainer/driver Verlin Yoder, won his elimination of the Maple Leaf Trot before finishing third in the final. His career earnings are approaching $900,000. His winning time of 2:24.4 for the 1¼ mile distance (same of the International) was/is a world record for the distance over a half-mile oval. The two American reps round out the stellar 10-horse field as the International returns after a two-decade hiatus. The previously-confirmed (alphabetical) attendees, with their home & countries, are BBS Sugarlight (Norway) Bee a Magician (Canada) Mosaique Face (Sweden) Oasis Bi (Italy) On Track Piraten (Sweden) Papagayo E (Norway) Rod Stewart (Italy) Timoko (France). Again, please note the International is part of a scheduled matinee card, with proposed first post (pending approval of the NYS Gaming Commission) at 2 PM and the race itself going at approximately 3:20 PM. Frank Drucker

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