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DOVER, Del.---- Mustang Art won the $28,500 Delaware Special; Emeritus Maximus, the 4&5-Year-Old Open and Dirty Devil, the $15,000 Winners-Over paces on a top Dover Downs Thursday card on March 6. Ron Pierce had a four-win slam. Pierce left quickly with Mustang Art in the feature before giving up the lead to Nova Artist (Allan Davis) at the quarter. Nova Artist cut out the fast pace and led half way down the lane before Mustang Art zoomed out and to victory in a :26.4 final panel for a 1:51.1 decision. Nova Artist held on to second while Jeremy's Successor (Sean Bier) raced gamely three wide around the final turn and got up for third. Max Walton and Greg Papaleo own Mustang Art, an Artiscape-Paula Seelster gelding, who won for the second time this year lifting the Jim McGuire-trainee to seasonal earnings of $32,575. Pierce was also behind John Cancelliere's Emeritus Maximus, who got checks in the Progress Pace last Fall, a 1:51.1 winner of the $18,000 Open for young horses. A son of Rocknroll Hanover-Eternity's Delight, Wahine (Jim Morand) closed strongly to finish second with Ice Scraper (Roger Plante) streaking along the passing lane for third. Corey Callahan and Dirty Devil teamed up for a 1:51 score in the $15,000 Winners-Over pace. Owned by Alexander Rice Sr. and Mike Horn, the Real Artist-Ms Eyes And Thighs gelding made it four wins in seven 2014 races and a $27,200 bankroll this year. Bad Man Sam (Vic Kirby) was next while Beavercreek Artist (Pierce) was third. In the first of two $14,500 4&5-Year-Old Male Winners- Over paces, Rebel Soldier, bred, owned and trained by Steve Warrington and driven by Vic Kirby, registered his fastest lifetime victory 1:50.2, overtaking Just A Jolt (Trace Tetrick) in deep stretch for his second win in three trips this year. An altered son of Quik Pulse Mindale-Heavy Thunder, Rebel Soldier ended a three-race win streak by Just A Jolt. Cruising West (Ross Wolfenden) was the show horse. Another streak ended in the other $14,500 division when Ron Pierce picked up his fourth win in 1:52.3 piloting Troy and Todd Tribbett's Alittleaintenough, conditioned by Joe Hundertpfund, to his second win of the year. The Artiscape-Maryland Beauty gelding bested race-favorite Sea Harrier (Tetrick), who finished second making his record four wins in six starts. Coopers Beach (Jonathan Roberts) was third. Pierce also drove Wade Wyatt's Manhattan Rusty N, trained by Joe Skowyra, to his fifth consecutive victory in a $25,000-$30,000 Male Claiming Allowance in a career fastest clocking of 1:50.3. Bondy N (Wolfenden) and Hasty Western (A.Davis) were second and third respectively. Howard Taylor's Spinfiniti won his third straight and seventh win in eight races, to win a $13,000 4&5-Year-Old Male pace in 1:53.4. On Eagles Wings (Kirby) was next in front of MG Kid (Morand), who made a misstep on the final turn and then closed to finish third. There is no live racing on Fridays and Saturdays. Sunday racing begins at 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday post time is 4:30 p.m. To watch races and dine in the Winner's Circle restaurant, call 302-674-4600 for reservations. There is no charge for parking or admission when visiting Dover Downs. Leading harness and thoroughbred simulcasts are featured from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight in the Dover Downs Race and Sports Book. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs      

WASHINGTON, PA, March 3, 2014 -- Off the board in each of his five previous 2013 starts, Imagine Hanover put it all together Monday at The Meadows and rolled to an easy front-end victory in the opening leg of the Ken Weaver Memorial Trot for 3-year-colts, geldings and horses. The series honors the memory of the late Ken Weaver, a breeder and trainer at The Meadows and a longtime PA Fairs circuit stalwart. Imagine Hanover was no better than fifth this year while trying to make up ground late. On Monday, Brett Miller hustled him to the lead, and the 4-year-old Broadway Hall-Imposing Hanover gelding apparently liked the change of scenery as he triumphed in a career-best 1:57.1. Master Angler was second, 8 lengths back, with Glamrocker third. Del S. Miller trains Imagine Hanover for James Beluscak and Robert Carson. Brett Miller completed a sweep of the opening Weaver leg by urging Stray Cut Strut to a Lightning-Lane victory in 1:59.2, a lifetime mark. Masada was second, 1-1/2 lengths in arrears, while early leader Spicey Victor saved show. Kimberly Good owns, trains and bred Stray Cut Strut, a 3-year-old Malabar Millennium-Coyote Valentine gelding. In the $22,500 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace, 13-1 Shine N Shimmer found herself shuffled to third after leading early. But she moved powerfully first over for Miller and prevailed in a career-best 1:51.3, 3 lengths better than Certified Ideal. Foxy Lady finished third. Stacy van Huizen conditions Shine N Shimmer, a 6-year-old daughter of American Ideal-Sheer Hose who now boasts $235,909 in lifetime earnings, for Howard Taylor. Miller finished with four wins on the 15-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows     -                          

DOVER, Del.---- Trace Tetrick topped a five-win day guiding Artists Rally to a 1:52.1 victory on a windy and chilly Thursday, Feb 27 in the $27,500 Delaware Special/Handicap at Dover Downs. Artists Rally left from post 1 and controlled all quarters en route to victory in the week's top pace, the $27,500 Del. Special. Ed Gannon Jr. owns and trains the Real Artist-Spunky Gal black gelding who won for the second time this year. Jeremy's Successor (Sean) Bier) finished second in front of Feel Like A Fool (George Dennis). Ice Scraper, driven by Roger Plante, and EZ Noah with Allan Davis, finished in a 1:52.3 deadhead for win in the $17,500 4&5-Year-Old Open Handicap. Phyllis Copeland conditions Ice Scraper, a Yankee Skyscraper-Chilli Breezes gelding owned by Jim Behrendt. EZ Noah is a Western Terror-Her Majesty gelding trained by Josh Green for owner Baron Racing. Harry von Knoblauch's Ohoka Texas N streaked along the passing lane to get up in 1:52. To win the $15,000 Male Winners-Over pace. The win was one of two for Ross Wolfenden. Peter Tritton trains the Christian Cullen-Millwood Touche seven-year-old. Dreamfair Kovu (Jim Morand) was the place horse with Bad Man Sam (Kirby) the early leader finishing a close third. Ron Pierce was aboard Manhattan Rusty N, a 1:53.3 winner of the $25,000-$30,000 Male Claiming Handicap. Wade Wyatt owns the Artsplace-Miss Matao N gelding trained by Joe Skowyra. The victory was the fourth in a row for Manhattan Rusty N, with three different owners due to being claimed three straight weeks. Adams Hanover ( ) was second with Hasty Western (A.Davis) the show horse. There were several $14,500 4&5-Year-Old Winners-Over paces. In one Patron Racing and trainer Jim King's Sea Harrier was one of Tetrick's early wins. The Jereme's Jet-Ingrid Ingrid Bergrin gelding won for the fourth time in his last five outings recording a 1:53.4 triumph. Tetrick returned for another victory in a $14,500 pace for younger male horses steering John Dayton's Just A Jolt, sired by Village Jolt from Just Wait Kate, also conditioned by Jim King, for a 1:53.1 score. Lauren Allen owned and trained Cruising West, by Yankee Cruise-Best Western, was Ross Wolfenden's third trip to the winners circle thanks to a 1:54.3 win in a third $14,500 pace. The Delaware-bred Spinfiniti, owned by Howard Taylor, notched his sixth win in his last seven starts as Wolfenden drove a 1:56.1 victory. The No Spin Zone-Hurricane Jenna brown four-year-old finished second in his only none-win of the year. In addition to Trace Tetrick quintet of wins and Wolfenden's triple, trainer Bobby Myers, Josh Green along with Jim King had two wins each. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs  

DOVER, Del.----. Feel Like A Fool closed strongly for a 1:51 victory in the $27,500 Delaware Special on Thursday, Feb. 19 at Dover Downs. George Dennis piloted Kovach Stables' Feel Like A Fool to his first win of 2014 coming from off-the-pace to score a 1:51 triumph in this week's feature pace. Mustang Art (Ron Pierce) rolled away to take a fast early lead in :26 and continued to lead until deep stretch when the Bobby Clark-trainee, Feel Like A Fool, an Art Major-Fool That I am gelding, came on to edged People Are Crazy (Vic Kirby) for the win. Mustang Art held on for third. The $17,500 4&5-Year-Old Open went even faster Lindwood Player and Corey Callahan streaked home in a lifetime best 1:50.4 for Mike Casalino and meet-leading trainer Dylan Davis. The win was the third in-a-row for The Panderosa-Direct Player five-year-old who now has banked $224,799 in his career. Mr Dennis (Pierce) finished second nosing out Jeremes General (Allan Davis), third. Owner-trainer Ed Gannon's Artists Rally with Trace Tetrick finished even faster posting a 1:50.3 lifetime best. The Real Artist-Spunky Gal gelding nipped Dirty Devil (Callahan), who had won two straight. Bad Man Sam (Kirby) was third in the $15,000 Male Winners-Over pace. In the first of three $14,500 paces, Just A Jolt, a Village Jolt-Just Wait Kate gelding, driven by Trace Tetrick, trained by Jim King for owner John Dayton recorded a lifetime record 1:52.1 in a $&5-year-old pace. Chesapeake Bay (Pierce) was runner-up. Shark On Board (Frank Milby) was the show finisher. Crissman Inc.'s Fancy Colt, reined by Tony Morgan, made it three in-a-row and five in his last seven, notching a 1:52.2, for trainer Tim Crissman, in another winners-over pace. Encoding Z Tam (Callahan) took second with Coopers Beach (Jonathan Roberts) third. Fancy Colt is an Always A Virgin from Fanciful Hanover gelding. Howard Taylor's Spinfiniti was the first of four Corey Callahan wins. The No Spin Zone-Hurricane Jenny four-year-old trained by Josh Green won his fifth in six starts taking a $12,000 4&5-Year-Old Male pace. Two races later Callahan steered Crusher Man at 55-1 to a 1:53 win in another $12,000 pace. Trainer Trish Foulk co-owns the gelding with Nanticoke Racing. Corey Callahan won his fourth race of the day, another $14,000 pace, driving Z Tam Stables' Wilbur's Z Tam, trained by Dave McCaffrey, to a personal record equaling 1:52 win. The Charley Barley-Artha Ray gelding won by a nostril beating race favorite Sea Harrier (Tetrick) who had a three-race win streak ended. Teresa's Beach (Bret Brittingham) was the show horse. Jonathan Roberts and trainer Dylan Davis had two wins apiece. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs  

On Presidents Day, with well over two feet of fresh snow on the ground, much of it piled along the inside and outside of the racetrack, Monticello Raceway was still able to present its "Not Quite Presidential" Pace despite the fact that three horses were late scratches. "That we lost three horses to scratches was something we didn't figure on," said Eric Warner the tracks director of racing. "When you have drivers coming in from out of town there is always a possibility of losing someone along the way especially when the weather is bad, but losing three horses in the race was something we didn't figure on." And perhaps it was because of the short field that Howard "Zachary" Taylor altered his driving strategy and sent his charge, Red Carpet Tonight, to the front and together they made every pole a winning one en route to a 2:04 triumph over Space Chalet, driven by Don "Herbert" Hoover and She's A Screamer with Peter Gerry aboard. "I left with her (Red Carpet Tonight) because I watched replays and she threw her head when she was grabbed into. Therefore decided to roll her out of the gate so that I didn't have to grab her and that we had a short field seemed like the right time to put her on the front-end," Taylor said after being contacted in the paddock after the race. When the wings of the mobile gate folded Taylor sent Red Carpet Tonight to the lead and opened-up a three- length lead as they passed the first quarter in :29.1, From there, Taylor and Red Carpet Tonight had open lengths on the field at every other stanza and at the top of the lane they were five lengths in front. "We had a good lead as we headed for home and although my mare was tiring she held off a late charge by Don Hoover's pacer to win," Taylor added. Owned by Leonard Segall and trained by Steve Moore, Red Carpet Tonight paid. $10.80for win. Because it was the Presidents Day Holiday the" Not Quite Presidential" Pace was carded and mainly relegated to drivers with U.S. Presidential names although Peter Gerry became eligible since his five -times removed Great Grandfather Elbridge Thomas Gerry was a U.S. Vice President under the fourth President of the United States, James Madison. Others who participated in the five-horse race were Dennis "George" Washington, who finished fourth and "Harry" Truman Gale was fifth. by John Manzi, for Monticello Raceway  

The snow stopped for a few hours on Friday evening in East Rutherford, NJ and live harness racing resumed at The Meadowlands thanks in a large part to a Herculean effort by the track and facilities staff. Friday historically features trotters and pacing mares and tonight was no exception, with the $30,000 trotting feature carded as the second race of the night. DW's NY Yank crossed the river and ran his unbeaten streak to four on the year with a geared down 1:55.2 neck score over Modern Family. Sent away as the 3/5 public choice after the defection of expected race favorite Daylon Magician (a sick scratch) DW's NY Yank and driver Yannick Gingras "stole" a 59.1 middle half after being starched to a 27 flat opening quarter, then coasted home in 29.1 against the wind. Modern Family was a well meant second and Not Afraid took the show spot. The win was one of six on the card for leading driver Yannick Gingras. The winner is trained by Ron Burke, who won three races on the evening, for Burke Racing, Howard Taylor and Weaver Bruscemi. "Yank" has matured nicely, winning 20 of his past 31 starts for right around $300,000 after making $60,000 in his first 30 career starts. The week's best pacing mares assembled for the eleventh and the Burke / Gingras combination took that one as well with a wire to wire score by Continual Velocity. Gingras steered her through comfortable fractions then sprinted home in 27.4 on the end of a 1:52- mile. The recent addition to the barn scored for the first time since being purchased by Burke Racing and Weaver Bruscemi, moving past $350,000 in career cash with the win. The other Ron Burke victory came in a nw3 trot in the fourth race, as Whata Donato sat a perfect pocket trip and stormed past Dough Dough to score a wrapped up two and a quarter length victory in 1:56.1. On the wagering front, it was a $3 Million Friday as Total handle for the Valentine's card was $3,000,504. by Darin Zoccali, for the Meadowlands  

It was no easy task but Monticello Raceway has put together a field of drivers whose names are Presidential and that race, dubbed the "Not-Quite" Presidential Pace, will presented on Presidents Day, Monday February 17. "We've searched hard to find drivers with presidential surnames and had to reach way down but we did fairly well, "noted Eric Warner, the track's director of racing "We could come up with six drivers with presidential surnames who consented to participate but in order to get an eight horse field together we used Truman Gale, whose first name Is certainly presidential, and then reached out for Peter Gerry, who said he'd be glad to drive in the race, if he was needed." Although Gerry is not a presidential name, it is however, a vice presidential name. Elbridge Thomas Gerry, Peter's grandfather five or six generations removed, was selected as Vice President under James Madison . He was also one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. Joining Truman Gale and Peter Gerry in the Presidents Day race will be Scott Taylor, Don Hoover, Cedric Washington, George Polk, Jr., Howard Taylor, and Dennis Washington. Also asked to be in the race were Tom Jackson and Allan Johnson but both had a conflict on February 17. The "Not-Quite Presidential" Pace is slated as race number nine on the Monday (Feb. 17) 10-race card. First post will be at 12:25 PM It should be noted that driving assignments as well as post positions were drawn by lot. 1. NF Wind Chimes (Truman Gale) 2. Fancy Creek Iris (Scott Taylor) 3. Space Chalet (Don Hoover) 4. She;'s A Screamer (Peter Gerry) 5. Bouncy Three (George Polk, Jr.) 6. Red Carpet Tonight (Howard Taylor) 7. Little Carmen (Cedric Washington) 8. Act Of Heaven (Dennis Washington) by John Manzi, for Monticello Raceway         -    

YONKERS, NY, Friday, February 7, 2014--Yonkers Raceway's pair of Friday night $33,000 Open Handicaps--a Pace for the ladies and a Trot for all who sent in their proofs of purchase--were won by odds-on favorite Ramalama (Matt Kakaley, $2.90) and a repeating DW's NY Yank (George Brennan, $4.40). Starting from post position No. 4--the best she could have hoped for the way the race was laid out--Ramalama settled third as Lorrie Please (Eric Carlson) made an immediate lead around pole-sitting Simple Saver N (Tyler Buter). After cheapy fractions of :29.3 and :59.4, Ramalama was out and advancing. The people's choice engaged "Lorrie" in and out of a 1:28 three-quarters, and they were throwing it down through the lane. The fave had to work for it, but she did prevail, edging past Lorrie Please by three-quarters of a length in 1:55.3. Simple Saver N, Magic Starlight N (Brennan)--who gapped the winner down the backside--and Ideal in Vegas (Jordan Stratton) rounded out the payees. For Ramalama, a 5-year-old statebred daughter of Bettor's Delight trained by David Duspiva for co-owners Blue Chip Bloodstock, it was her first win (along with three seconds) in five seasonal starts. The exacta paid $13.80, with the triple returning $116. The week's marquee trot--reduced to seven when inside number Likeabatoutahell was ill--was a two-speed number involving the two outside assignees. It was DW's NY Yank-from post No. 7--taking over from Zooming (Buter) just after a :28.1 opening quarter-mile. A soft :59-second intermission, then pressure from a first-up Bob N Tony (Ron Pierce). The leader remained so going past a 1:28.2 three-quarters, taking a three-quarter length lead out of the final turn. Zooming ducked inside but missed, beaten a head in 1:57. Backstreet Hanover (Carlson) was a closing third, with Lorenzo Dream (Kakaley) and Bob N Tony settling for the remainder For "D W", a 5-year-old Dilbert Hanover gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi and Howard Taylor, it was his third win in as many '14 tries The exacta paid $11, the triple returned $44.60 and the superfecta (four wagering favorites in order) paid $140. A special Friday salute to noted bon vivant--and occasional Saturday TV co-host--Gary Machiz, whose Where to Hanover (Stratton, $5.10) delivered the goods in the $15,000, fifth-race trot. Where to Hanover negotiated the mile-and-one-sixteenth in 2:05.3, then immediately demanded a raise from his owner. The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway  

DOVER, Del.---- Dancin Yankee wins his second consecutive $30,000 Preferred/Handicap Pace; and All Stienam, the $27,500 Delaware Special, both driven by Chris Page for trainer Josh Green and part of a four-win output for the trainer and driver, dominated the top races of the Dover Downs week on Thursday, Feb. 6. Page sent Baron Racing's Dancin Yankee three wide on the last turn to blitz home a 1:50.2 winner in the $30,000 feature to overtake front-pacing Texican N and Ross Wolfenden with Rock On Moe, steered by George Dennis, It was the fourth straight for the Yankee Cruiser-Dancewiththebest six-year-old, now undefeated in 2014, and a career winner of 28 races and $629,822. The Page-Green tandem struck again in the $27,500 Del. Special when All Stienam overtook Mustang Art (Ron Pierce) in deep stretch for a 1:50.4 success for J,J&M Stable and Green Racing. People Are Crazy (Vic Kirby) escaped being locked in to rally for third-place honors. The victory was the third in four starts with a second for All Stienam, a Tell All-Odds On Stienam gelding. Corey Callahan, who drove three winners, guided Lindwood Player home in 1:51 in the $18,000 4&5-Year-Old Open marking the first of two wins for meet-leading trainer Dylan Davis, who co-owns The Panderosa-Direct Player five-year-old with Mike Casalino. Just Bettor (Trace Tetrick) went a valiant front-pacing trip to finish second by a head. Handsome Henry K (Frank Milby) was the show finisher. There were three $15,000 paces: Baron Racing's first of two winners was Summer Camp, trained by Green with Page driving, a 1:52.3 winner of a $15,500 Male Winners-Over pace; Crissman Inc.'s Fancy Colt and Tony Morgan in 1:53.1 to win the first of two $15,000 4&5-Year-Old Male paces with Bobby Glassmeyer's Bettor's Arena with Jonathan Roberts turning in an impressive 1:52.4 win in the other. In addition to Page and Green, Corey Callahan and Ron Pierce, all had four wins; owners Howard Taylor and Baron Racing had doubles. The big four-win driving show by Chris Page was his final assignment at Dover Downs. He now heads back to his native Ohio to race at the new Miami Valley meet. There is no live racing on Friday and Saturday. Sunday post time is 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday post time is 4:30 p.m. To watch races and dine in the Winner's Circle restaurant, call 302-674-4600 for reservations. There is no charge for parking or admission when visiting Dover Downs. Leading harness and thoroughbred simulcasts are featured from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight in the Dover Downs Race and Sports Book. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs  

YONKERS, NY, Friday, January 31, 2014--Yonkers Raceway's pair of Friday night $33,000 Open Handicaps--a Pace for the ladies and a Trot for all qualified participants--were won by Economy Terror (Ron Pierce,$15.20) and DW's NY Yank (George Brennan, $5.50). Ordered behind the eight-ball, Economy Terror--a winner in her last effort two weeks ago--saw a whole lot of action take place in front of her. A wide-early Lorrie Please (Eric Carlson) made the first lead, going past Rockaround Sue (Jason Bartlett) after a :26.3 opening quarter-mile. "Sue" was hard to handle in the two-hole, so she played leapfrog on the lead. No sooner did that happen than last week's winner, Carol's Desire (Dan Dube), took her turn on the lead. "Carol" found a :56.1 intermission, leaving tepid 5-2 favorite Magic Starlight (Brennan) first-up and Economy Terror right on her back,. The battle was in full swing in and out of the 1:24.4 three-quarters, with Carol's Desire owning a scant lead. However, Economy Terror rolled wide and by, whipping a from-last Ramalama (Matt Kakaley) by a length-and-three-quarters in 1:53.3. Rockaround Sue, Little Santamonica (Jordan Stratton) and Lorrie Please came away with the minor spoils. For fourth choice Economy Terror, a millionairess (and then some) 5-year-old daughter of Western Terror trained by Chris Oakes for co-owners Chuck Pompey, Howard Taylor and Edwin Gold, it was her second win in three seasonal starts. The exacta paid $39.40, with the triple returning $290.50 The week's marquee trot was a two-speed number. It was 8-5 choice D W's NY Yank--assigned outside his seven rivals--in play early. He worked around Calchip's Brute (Pierce), setting soft Earl intervals of :28.1 and :58.3. War Cry Hall (Bartlett) tried it first-up from a long way back, offering minimal objections at the 1:28 three-quarters. The leader remained so, taking a length-and-a-quarter advantage into the lane. He won by that margin in 1:56.4. It was Calchip's Brute holding off Zooming (Tyler Buter) for second, with Facing Justice (Dube) and Lorenzo Dream (Eric Goodell) settling for the remainder. For "D W", a 5-year-old Dilbert Hanover gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi and Howard Taylor, it was his second win in as many '14 tries The exacta paid $28.80, the triple returned $85 and the superfecta paid $591. by Frank Drucker for Yonkers Raceway  

TORONTO, January 27 - While KG Dragonator and Ontario Success received the bulk of support from the betting public in the $34,700 final of the Snowshoe Series final on Monday at Woodbine, it was Littlebitaclass who edged his rivals at 5-1 for driver Scott Zeron. Zeron guided the son of Santanna Blue Chip into the three-hole in the early stages as Zark (Doug McNair) was first to the front well before the opening station in :27.3. Zark would continue to provide honest fractions throughout the mile as he led past the half in :55.4. Brother John (Sylvain Filion) was In The Pocket, but began to fade as Littlebitaclass angled to the outside to march past that rival and was able to slide into the pocket behind Zark past three-quarters in a quick 1:23.3. Turning for home, the tempo-setter began to fade as Littlebitaclass took over command, but KG Dragonator (Phil Hudon) was using his patented closing kick as he was eating up racetrack from the back field. Littlebitaclass continued to lead in deep stretch and fended off a late challenge from KG Dragonator to score the narrow win in 1:54.3. Ontario Success (Chris Christoforou), who captured both preliminary legs, came from well off-the-pace and settled for third. Trained by David Menary for owners Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Howard Taylor, Littlebitaclass increased his bankroll to $44,475. The sophomore gelding has a 7-1-0 record from 10 career starts. The bay captured his division in the opening round of the series before finishing fourth in the second leg. He paid $13.10 to win. The Snowshoe Series was for three- and four-year-old cold and gelding pacers, who are non-winners of two races or $20,000 lifetime as of November 30, 2013. by Greg Gangle for WEG  

YONKERS, NY, Friday, January 17, 2014--Yonkers Raceway's pair of Friday night $33,000 Open Handicaps--Pace for the ladies and Trot who all RSVP'd in time--were won by odds-on favorite Economy Terror (Mark MacDonald, $3.80) and second-up Zooming (Tyler Buter, $14.60). As the 9-10 favorite, Economy Terror--from post position No. 7--was the line leaver. She easily worked around pole-sitting palm Patrol (Larry Stalbaum) before a 28-second opening quarter-mile. From there, it was a cheap (:57.1) half before Ramalama (Matt Kakaley) moved from sixth. That one provided just mild prompting in and out of a 1:25.3 three-quarters, with Economy Terror widening to 2¼ lengths turning for home. The final margin was a length in 1:54. Ramalama fought the good fight and was the best of the rest, with Palm Patrol, last week's winner, Ideal in Vegas (Brian Sears) and Rockaround Sue (Jordan Stratton) rounding out the payees. For millionairess Economy Terror, a 5-year-old daughter of Western Terror co-owned by Chuck Pompey, Howard Taylor & Edwin Gold and trained by Chris Oakes, it was her first win in two seasonal starts. The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $9.10, with the triple returning $55.50. The week's marquee trot had some early happenstance, as Super Manning (Kakaley), then slight 2-1 favorite Likeabatoutahell (Sears) both did the dance of the doomed. Lorenzo Dream (Eric Goodell) had made the lead, with early intervals of :27.4 and 57.4. Son of Nordic (George Brennan) was pocketed, while Bob N Tony (MacDonald) was away third. War Cry Hall (Jason Bartlett) offered a stern challenge uncovered from fourth, with Zooming--from post No. 7--behind that one. Lorenzo Dream maintained and short advantage in and out of a 1:26.4 three-quarters, but his longshot intruder would not go away. War Cry Hall would win the battle against the leader early in the lane, but Zooming was going by. He whipped his tow going away, the final margin a length-and-half in 1:55.4 Melady's Monet (Dan Dube) closed to grab the bottom of the ticket, with Bob N Tony and a tiring "Lorenzo" settling for the remainder. For fifth choice Zooming, a 6-year-old Classic Photo gelding co-owned his driver, Stephen Oldford and Oldford Farms and trained by Amber Buter, it was his first win in a pair of '14 tries. The exacta paid $132.50, the triple returned $640 and the superfecta paid $7,703. The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. by Frank Drucker for Yonkers Raceway  

DOVER, Del.--- For the second straight week, Nova Artist recreated a 1:50.4 victory to win the $30,000 Preferred pace while Jeremy's Successor step up for a second consecutive victory taking the $27,500 Delaware Special, the top two races on a powerful Thursday, Jan. 16 program. Allan Davis put Nova Artist into high gear in the stretch and the Real Artist-Avon Lady overwhelmed five foes for a 1:50.2 triumph in the week's top pace. The Delaware Valley's all-time leading driver, Eddie Davis, now retired from driving for the most part, trains and owns Nova Artist with his wife Kathy. The win was the 32nd in his career for the 7-year-old who now has banked $798,167 lifetime. Ultra consistent Adventure Bound closed with Ron Pierce to finish second. Texican N and Ross Wolfenden closed with a rush for third. The win was the fifth top-class event won by Nova Artist, a former Dover Downs Horse of the Meet. Jeremy's Successor made good use of starting from post 1, as Trace Tetrick was content to sit behind front-pacing Sunshine Superman (Toby Lynch) and race -favorite Mustang Art (Ron Pierce) battling head-to-head for much of the race. Tetrick then pulled out in the stretch to overtake the leaders en route to a 1:51.4 victory in the $27,500 Del. Special. It was the 10-year-old Mach Three-Gentle Audrey gelding's third win in his last four outings. Jeremy's Successor is trained by Crissy Bier for Heavenly Ways stable. Sunshine Superman put in a gritty showing to finish second in front of fast finishing Papa Ray (Ross Wolfenden), third. GD Airliner, a recent addition for owner Howard Taylor, moved strongly after the half to challenge leader Summer Camp (Chris Page) and go on for a 1:51.2 score in the $20,000 Male Winners-Over pace. Meet leading driver Corey Callahan was in the bike behind the Dylan Davis-conditioned Panspaciflight-MacKenzie Beth gelding. Believe This Bob (Montrell Teague) closed to take second in front of Summer Camp. Baron Racing and VIP Internet stable's All Stienam also won for the second-straight time scoring a 1:51.4 win in a $17,500 4&5-Year-Old Open pace to give trainer his second win of the day. Chris Page drove the Tell Me-Odds On Stienam gelding to his third victory in his last five starts. Lindwood Player (Corey Callahan) and Just Bettor (Trace Tetrick) were second and third respectively. Bobby Glassmeyer's Partner won a $15,000 Male 4&5-Year Old Winners-Over pace in 1:54.3 with Jonathan Roberts handling the controls. CC Heet Seeker closed out the card with a 1:51.3 decision for trainer-driver Daryl Bier who owns the Nuclear Breeze Sunrise Ridge gelding with Charley Dombeck, Rich Pollucci and Mc Trade Entertainment. Corey Callahan drove Gary Ewing's ad Man Sam to a 1:52.1 victory in a $25,000-$30,000 Claiming Handicap. Callahan had a four-bagger for the second consecutive night. Allan Davis collected three winners while Trace Tetrick won two. by Marv Bachrad for Dover Downs  

During the month of February four American presidents were born and their memories will be honored -- along with the 40 others-- on the National Holiday of Presidents Day, Monday, February 17. Those born on the second month of the year include: Ronald Reagan (Feb. 6), William Henry Harrison (Feb.9) Abraham Lincoln (Feb. 12) and George Washington (Feb. 22). On President's Day Monticello Raceway will have its own tribute to our U.S. presidents with the 'Not-Quite Presidential' Pace, a special race to be driven by drivers whose surnames are the same as any of our presidents. With the two Washington brothers--Cedric and Dennis--as Mighty M regulars the raceway has a leg up with two possible starters. However, the pool of possibilities is comparatively small and although David Carr of the United States Trotting Association provided a list of 70, or so, drivers with presidential names most aren't close to the Monticello area with a huge number from faraway Canada. "It's going to be quite a hard job to fill the race because we've got a limited pool of drivers to draw from," noted Eric Warner the tracks director of racing. "But we moved a bit closer recently when I received confirmation from Don Hoover and Howard Taylor." Hoover is currently the racing secretary at Saratoga Raceway and a former professional driver and Taylor is a prominent horse owner and occasional driver. Hoover has driven 179 winners while Taylor finished first 54 times. "We have a good start but we'll need eight drivers to fill our race," Warner added. Any driver who fits the criteria of having a presidential surname and would like to have more information, or possibly enter in the "Not -Quite Presidential" Pace on Monday, February 17, (Presidents Day), is urged to contact Warner in the race office by calling 845.794.4100ext.557; or they can contact the tracks publicity office at ext. 455. by John Manzi for Monticello Raceway  

TORONTO, January 13 – Woodbine Racetrack played host to a trio of Snowshoe Series divisions as the opening round got underway for three and four-year-old colt and gelding pacers on Monday evening. Hopiesdragninthedo kicked off the 12-race programme with a 1:55 score in the first $15,000 division. Driven by Anthony Macdonald, the son of Dragon Again sat In The Pocket before the opening station in :26.4, set by Lucky Nadotremblay (James MacDonald), before taking over command. Hopiesdragninthedo continued to lead his seven rivals past the half in :56.2. Post time favourite, Brother John (Jody Jamieson), angled out from fourth to begin the first-over attack around the final turn and was stalking on the outside of Hopiesdragninthedo past three-quarters in 1:25.1. Down the stretch, the pair separated themselves from the field, but it was Hopiesdragninthedo getting the edge over Brother John in deep stretch to win by three quarters of a length. Greystone Moe (Sylvain Filion) came from off-the-pace to finish third. Trained by Carmen Auciello for owners Carolyn Jarrell and Arlene MacIntyre, Hopiesdragninthedo earned his second career tally and increased his bankroll to $28,975. The gelding has started off his 2014 season in fine form with a 1-1-0 record from two starts. He paid $5.90 to win as the second choice. Even-money favourite Ontario Success started off the Pick 4 in the second division with a 1:56 victory. Driven by Chris Christoforou, Ontario Success was in no hurry at the start as Machin Money (Jonathan Drury) was quickest to the front past the opening station in :27.3. With the field well strung out, Machin Money continued to set the pace past the half in :57. Ontario Success found himself sitting well back in sixth, 13 and a half lengths off the pace, with second-choice KG Dragonator (Phil Hudon) on his helmet. Ontario Success began a first-over attack heading towards three-quarters, while Zark (Doug McNair) angled out of the two-hole attacking Machin Money before three-quarters in 1:26.1. Turning for home, Machin Money began to tire as the backfield was quickly closing in. Ontario Success was able to split between horses and fended off challenger KG Dragonator on the outside to win by one and three quarter lengths. Meetyouatmidnight (Billy Davis, Jr.) came on for third. Trained by Tony O’Sullivan for owner/breeder Emerald Highlands Farm, Ontario Success earned his third career victory as his lifetime earnings now sits at $37,384. The four-year-old son of Lis Mara paid $4.10 to win. In the final division, heavily favoured Littlebitaclass and Jody Jamieson clicked in 1:54.4. Jamieson and the son of Santanna Blue Chip settled away in third as Tex (Roger Mayotte) quickly gained control before the opening quarter in :27.3. Heading towards the half, Littlebitaclass was pulled to the outside and marched to the front at the half in :56.4. From there, the six-time winner led his eight rivals past three-quarters in 1:25.3 and fended off a late challenge from Tex to win by half a length. Dreydl Hanover (Keith Oliver) finished third. Trained by David Menary for owner Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Howard Taylor, Littlebitaclass increased his bankroll to $25,925. He paid $4.40 to win. The Snowshoe series is for three and four-year-old colt and gelding pacers, who are non winners of two races or $20,000 lifetime as of November 30, 2013. The second $15,000 leg of the series will take place on Monday, January 20 with the $30,000 (added) final on Monday, January 27. Videos of all races are attached Greg Gangle WEG Communications 

Since Monticello Raceway has added Presidents Day, Monday, February 17th to it live racing schedule the track is looking to feature a race for drivers who have presidential surnames. According to David Carr of the United States Trotting Association, there are at least 70 drivers who are possible entrants and that doesn't include trainers who have licenses but don't drive regularly," noted Eric Warner the Mighty M's director of racing. "Actually the first driver that comes to mind with a presidential name is Hall of Famer, Ron Pierce, but it might be a task getting Ron to come that day. "But we have two local drivers, Cedric Washington and his brother Dennis Washington who fit the criteria, but even so, that still leaves us a long way from a full field." Possible entrants who wouldn't have too far to travel to Monticello could be; Tom Jackson, Mark Ford, Allan Johnson, Freddie Grant, Howard Taylor, Scott Taylor and George Polk, Jr. to mention a few. "Don't forget Saratoga Raceway racing secretary, Don Hoover," Warner added. "He still drives occasionally." Any driver who fits the criteria of having a presidential surname and would like to have more information, or possibly enter in the "Not Quite Presidential" Pace on Monday, February 17, (Presidents Day), is urged to contact Warner in the race office by calling 845.794.4100ext.557; or they can contact the tracks publicity office at ext. 455. by John Manzi for Monticello Raceway  

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