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DOVER, Del--- A $30,000 Preferred/Handicap, a $27,500 Delaware Special and an $18,000 Open pace headline the Thursday, Jan. 2 powerhouse card at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Four of the six starters in the $30,000 headliner return this week from the last Thursday feature pace. Eddie and Kathy Davis' Nova Artist, driven to a third-place finish losing by a neck with Allan Davis in the bike takes on sharp Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta's Adventure Bound reined by Ron Pierce, Harry von Knoblauch's Texican N, driven by Ross Wolfenden, KDM Stable's Bullet Speed with Matt Kakaley. Returning from a quick trip to a Yonkers feature, Escape The News will be handled by meet leading driver Corey Callahan for owners Howard Taylor, JJK Stable, Weave Bruscemi and Burke Racing. Making his first local start is VIP Internet and Baron Racing's E Z Noah with Vic Kirby leaving from the rail. The $27,500 Delaware Special is a wide-open affair. Two starters Kovach Stable's Feel Like A Fool (George Dennis) and Bobby Glassmeyer's Democracy N (Jonathan Roberts) step up in class after scoring wins last time out. Legacy Racing and Reg Hazzard's Papa Ray (Matt Kakaley), Max Walton and Greg Papaleo's Mustang Art (Ron Pierce) and Its That Time (Eddie Davis Jr.) drop down from the Preferred ranks. The other performers are Mary Ann Larrimore's Believe This Bob (Montrell Teague) who is in rare form, Peter Tritton's Malak Uswaad N (Ross Wolfenden) making his first start since early in the meet, and Toby Lynch owned, trained and driven Sunshine Superman. Nine start in the $18,000 4&5-Year-Old Open led by Charlie Dombeck, David Bier and trainer-driver Daryl Bier's Bandolito, J.L. Benson's Mr. Dennis (Matt Kakaley) and Robin and Jay Breasure's People Are Crazy (Ron Pierce). Earlier in the high powered 15-race card, Logamotion (Corey Callahan) brings a five-race win streak into a $13,000 4&5-Year-Old pace. by Marv Bachrad for Dover Downs  

DOVER, Del--- Nova Artist, a three-time top feature winner already this meet, returns to the $30,000 Preferred/Open Handicap pace while in the $27,500 Delaware Special, Papa Ray, a two-time winner and Rage N Ryan, a 1:50.3 winner in the Open, top a strong Thursday, Dec. 12 card at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. In the $30,000 purse-topper, Eddie and Kathy Davis' Nova Artist, second last week after three consecutive victories, takes on Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta's super sharp Adventure Bound with Ron Pierce and Harry von Knoblauch's Texican N, driven by Ross Wolfenden, both winners last time and Howard Taylor, Weaver Bruscemi and Burke Racing's Escape The News, back from a close second in a Yonkers Open. KDFM Stable's Bullet Speed, teamed with Marcus Miller, leaves from the rail while Dynamic Youth, with Vic Kirby driving for K.R.Tucci, C&G Racing and J&T Silva complete the field. Papa Ray (Ross Wolfenden) drops down from the Preferred to the $27,500 Del. Special to take on Max Walton and Greg Papaleo's Mustang Art (Ron Pierce), a 1:50.3 winner last Thursday, Toby Lynch's Sunshine Superman (Jason Lynch), third in the Preferred and Its All Good Stable's Simon's Artist (Vic Kirby). Mary Ann Larrimore's fast finishing Believe This Bob (Montrell Teague) has post 1 with newcomer Its That Time (Eddie Davis Jr.) owned by David King and E&K Stables, complete the fast field. Rage N Ryan (Corey Callahan), winner of this event last week, is the one to beat in the $17,500 3&4-Year-Old Open Handicap. Iaquinta and Dittmar's Jeremes General, Josh Parker and Nanticoke Racing's Wahine (Jim Morand) and Mike Casalino and Dylan Davis' Lindwood Player (Trace Tetrick) are worth opponents. by Marv Bachrad for Dover Downs  

DOVER, Del---Nova Artist, fresh from a powerful 1:49.1 victory last week, returns moving up to the $30,000 Preferred/Open pace this week. A $15,500 Male pace tops the strong undercard on Thursday, Nov. 21. Post time is 4:30 p.m. The former Horse of the Meet, Eddie and Kathy Davis' Nova Artist won his 30th career race, showing that he didn't always come from off the pace to win on the front end last Thursday. He is driven by Allan Davis. This time he will meet KDN Stable's Valentino with Matt Kakaley driving, a winner of his last two in-a-row, including last week's 1:49.4 score and Howard Taylor, Weaver-Bruscemi, JJK and Burke Racing stables' Escape The News with Tim Tetrick seeking his third consecutive victory. The rest of the field is made up by Max Walton and Greg Papaleo's Mustang Art and Allan Davis, second last week; Adventure Bound, handled by Ron Pierce for Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta; Arty Foster's Eagle All with Ross Wolfenden; Its All Good Stable's Simon's Artist, piloted by Vic Kirby and Toby Lynch's Sunshine Superman, driven by Jason Lynch, leaving from the rail. Monday through Thursday post time is 4:30 p.m. Sunday racing begins at 5:30 p.m. There is no live racing on Fridays and Saturdays. Harness and Thoroughbred Simulcasting opens daily at 12 Noon until 12 Midnight at Dover Downs Race and Sports Book in the Colonnade. There is no charge for parking or admission at Dover Downs.   by Marv Bachrad for Dover Downs

Philadelphia, PA --- Alvin Schwartz of Schwartz Boarding Farm, along with owners Howard Taylor, Edwin Gold, J & T Silva, LLC and Judith Taylor, have announced that millionaire pacer Fred And Ginger will be standing stud for 2014 at Schwartz Boarding Farm. Fred And Ginger p,1:47.3 ($1,031,990) will be the fastest race horse to stand in Indiana. He is proficient on any size track, having taken his record this year, defeating Sweet Lou, Pet Rock and Golden Receiver, among others, in a leg of the TVG FFA Series at Meadowlands Racetrack. He specialized on a five-eighths-mile track, having won the Max Hempt in 2010 and was second in the Breeders Crown final the same year, both races at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, together with many other important victories. Fred And Ginger will stand for the 2014 breeding season with an introductory stud fee of $3,000. For more information, contact Schwartz Boarding Farn, 456 South 600 East, Berne, IN 46711 or call 260.589.2037. Submitted by Howard Taylor

YONKERS, NY, Friday, October 11, 2013--Yonkers Raceway's Friday night $37,000 co-featured Open Handicaps--Pace for the ladies and a Trot for all up to the challenge--were won by a pair of "to-the-houses" in Let's Go Higher (Jason Bartlett, $6.90) and DW's NY Yank (George Brennan, $4.20). Let's Go Higher, leaving from post position No. 7 (in one notch after an inside defection), had things all her own way. Working around 19-10 favorite Rock N Load (Dan Dube), she controlled the crowd through comfy early intervals of :27.1 and :57.1. Lightning Paige (Jordan Stratton) tried it first-up from fifth, moderately pressing the issue toward a 1:25.3 three-quarters. Let's Go Higher owned a length-and-a-quarter lead into the lane, then held sway by a diminishing neck in 1:53.3. Second went to Rock N Load, with Lightning Paige, Sir Jillian Z Tam (Pat Lachance) and Ginger and Fred (Brennan) settling for the small change. For second choice Let's Go Higher, a 5-year-old daughter of Cole Muffler owned by Jesse De Long and trained by Heidi Rohr, it was her 11th win in 31 seasonal starts (fourth in a row at three different venues). The exacta paid $21.80, with the triple returning $92. The featured trot had DW's NY Yank, who jumped it off a week ago as the favorite, regain the faith of the populace. From his ordered eight-hole as the 11-10 choice, he whipped around the site in :27.1, :56.4, 1:25.3, 1:54.2...a new track record for 4-year-old geldings. Second went to last week's upsetter, a loose-pocket Brando's Muscle Man (Eric Goodell), with Zooming (Bartlett), Bound for Fame (Stratton) and Lorenzo Dream (Brent Holland) rounding out the payees. For "DW," a Dilbert Hanover gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by trainer Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi and Howard Taylor, he's now 12-for-21 this season. The exacta (two wagering favorites) paid $10.80, the triple returned $117 and the superfecta paid $265.50. A special Friday night salute to occasional (and insightful, as opposed to occasionally insightful) Saturday night co-host Gary Machiz, whose Where to Hanover (Mark MacDonald, $7.30) wired the $22,000, sixth-race trot in 1:57.1. The 4-year-old Donato Hanover gelding, trained by Joe King, is now 8-for-19 this season ($98,260). Machiz was joined by his wife, Stacy, in the winner's circle. 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 around the NYRA schedule.   by Frank Drucker for  

 HARRINGTON, Del. – Five $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) divisions for 2-year-old trotters were contested on the Wednesday Harrington Raceway program.   Two early non-wagering contests started the program with Winbak Farm’s Winbak Charles M (Jeff Fout) prevailing in the first division for colts in 2:05.4. The CR Commando gelding notched his first win in his first lifetime start for trainer/driver Fout.  The second non wagering division was also for colts, one of three divisions on the program, and featured a strong performance by Nanticoke Racing, Henry Faragalli and TP Johnson’s LG’s Pride (Jim Morand) who was the fastest 2-year-old of the night with a 2:04.2 triumph. The CR Commando colt improved to 2-for-2 lifetime for trainer Les Givens.  Rain and wind picked up through the night and made for sloppy conditions for the remaining three divisions on the program.  The first filly division went to Betty Chambers’ Canterbury Girl ($5.40, Ross Wolfenden) who was a wire-to-wire winner in 2:06.3. A daughter of Political Briefing, the Bonnie Chambers-trainee never had an anxious moment in her front end score.  Gary Green-trainee Kelsey’s Commando ($4, Victor Kirby) took the second filly division in 2:07.1 with a fierce rally late. The CR Commando filly earned her first win in her third lifetime start.  The final colt division saw an upset as Art Stafford Jr. and Eli Beiler’s Bosston Bnz ($22.80, Art Stafford Jr.) put forth a big charge in the stretch to prevail in 2:07.1. A gelded son of Don Boss Vita, it was his first career start for trainer/driver/co-owner Stafford Jr.  In the overnight feature, Rojan Stables, LA Express Stables, Allan Kaplan and Howard Taylor’s He’s Spooky ($4.20, Jon Roberts) recorded his third consecutive win for trainer Doug Lewis. The Cantab Hall stallion made the lead immediately from post seven and never looked back in his open length score in 1:57. It was his ninth win of the season.  Ross Wolfenden and Jon Roberts each had three winners on the program. by Matt Sparacino for Harrington Raceway  

HARRINGTON, Del. - It's only fitting that a horse named He's Spooky ($2.80 Jon Roberts) would be building momentum in the same month as Halloween. Rojan & LA Express Stables' and Alan Kaplan and Howard Taylor's 6-year-old trotting stallion notched his second straight win Wednesday at Harrington Raceway with a 1:57 win in the $19,000 Open Trot. Trained by Doug Lewis, it was his eighth win of the year. The Cantab Hall stallion set the fractions of 28.2, 58.2 and 1:28.1 while second choice Can Do (Victor Kirby) chased throughout. In the stretch, He's Spooky held Can Do safe for a two length win. Blueridge Tornado was third. It was one of four driving wins on the program for Roberts. Ross Wolfenden had three wins. Matt Sparacino

CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Doug McNair will steer eight talented horses during Saturday’s $1.6 million Super Final Night at Mohawk Racetrack, and while the Guelph resident cannot catch the leaders in the Ontario Sires Stakes drivers’ race a successful Super Final showing could move him closer to an even bigger goal. In the Ontario race McNair is over 100 points behind dueling leaders Jody Jamieson and Sylvain Filion, but in the Canadian rankings the 23-year-old reinsman is in a heated battle with Jamieson and Filion that sees the three separated by less than $250,000 in earnings. Just five years after he drove his first race, those numbers could put McNair among the contenders for a year-end O’Brien Award. “I think there are two or three guys who could win Driver of the Year,” says the young reinsman. “I’d love to be part of that.” Horses from his father Gregg McNair’s barn have been among those that have propelled McNair up the Canadian standings, including the three he will steer on the Super Final program. Two-year-old trotting filly Luck Is All Ineed, three-year-old trotting colt Buddy Hally and two-year-old pacing colt Three Of Clubs have all been multiple winners on the Ontario Sires Stakes circuit this summer. Trainer Tony O’Sullivan has also contributed to McNair’s success and his two-year-old pacing filly Sudoku and three-year-old pacing filly Love Canal will benefit from the driver’s guidance on Saturday evening. “I personally think when you get to the top level, or at any level, the trainers are going to help you get there. The year they have is the kind of year you’re going to have,” says McNair. “My Dad’s had a great year and Tony O’Sullivan’s had a great year and that’s helped me be where I am.” McNair says his father’s support and guidance played a key role in his journey to the sport’s major leagues and he would love to steer one of his dad’s horses to a win on Saturday. While he has had multiple Grassroots Champions, including three in 2012, it has been 12 years since McNair Sr. captured a Super Final title. The father-son team will have their first opportunity to gather in the winner’s circle with two-year-old trotting filly Luck Is All Ineed. The Muscle Mass daughter finished atop the division point standings with two wins and two seconds in five regular season starts and will make her bid for the division title from Post 8. “She’s been pretty nice all year,” says McNair of the filly, who is owned by his father and Thomas Harmer of Willowbrook, IL. “I’m not expecting to win it, it’s a pretty tough field, but hopefully she gets a big piece of it.” McNair’s second mount of the evening comes in the three-year-old trotting filly Super Final, where he will drive heavy favourite Bee A Magician’s stablemate Choir Robe from the outside Post 10 for trainer Richard “Nifty” Norman and owners Melvin Hartman of Ottawa, Herb Liverman of Miami Beach, FL and David McDuffee of Delray Beach, FL. In the three-year-old pacing filly showdown McNair and O’Sullivan trainee Love Canal will be looking to defend the Super Final title they earned in 2012. The Badlands Hanover daughter won her July 1 Gold Series start at Mohawk, but could only muster a runner-up effort at the Campbellville oval on Sept. 12. McNair is confident that O’Sullivan will have Love Canal firing on all cylinders for Saturday’s test and believes the filly can deliver a repeat even if she is not at her best. “If she races at 75 per cent I think she can win that race,” says the reinsman, who sends the filly out from Post 9. “She has a lot of talent; hopefully she’s on her game. I know the rest of them will be, going for that kind of money.” Let It Ride Stables Inc. and Robert Cooper Stables LLC of Boca Raton, FL and J And T Silva Stables LLC of Long Beach, NY share ownership of the winner of $570,420. McNair will steer a second “Nifty” Norman starter in the two-year-old trotting colt contest. The reinsman teamed up with Great White Way for a 1:58 score in the Sept. 21 Gold Series event at Mohawk and will be looking for a second win aboard the Deweycheatumnhowe son from Post 6. “I got lucky to pick him up,” says McNair of the colt, who is owned by Fashion Farms LLC of New Hope, PA. “He raced awesome last week. He won his last few races; he’s getting hot right now.” Races 7 and 8 will be McNair’s second and third opportunity to land his father in the winner’s circle. Three-year-old trotting colt Buddy Hally will start from Post 4 for McNair Sr., Howmac Farms Ltd. of North Wiltshire, PEI, Reginald MacPherson of Stratford, PEI and Wayne MacRae of Fall River, NS. The pair clocked an impressive 1:53.4 triumph in the Sept. 20 Gold event and McNair is hoping the Angus Hall colt has another one of those miles up his sleeve. In the two-year-old pacing colt final the driver had the choice of two colts from his father’s string and opted for Three Of Clubs from Post 9, rather than Crafty Master from Post 7. The Mach Three son won two of four Gold Series starts this summer and was metres away from a third win last weekend when he stepped on his quarter-boot in the stretch and made a break. “He was probably on top by 10 lengths,” says McNair, ruefully. “Any of the times he ever lost it was not his fault,” the driver continues. “He’s a really nice horse.” Gregg McNair, Tony Lawrence of Hanover and Shady Hill Racing Stable of Durham share ownership on Three Of Clubs, who also won the Battle of Waterloo at Grand River Raceway in early August. McNair opted for O’Sullivan trainee Sudoku over two of his father’s starters in the two-year-old pacing filly showdown. Badlands Hanover daughter Sudoku, owned by Let It Ride Stables Inc., Robert Cooper LLC and Dana Parham of Boca Raton, FL and Howard Taylor of Philadelphia, PA, will start from Post 4. The driver also left his father looking for a substitute in the three-year-old pacing colt final when he agreed to drive Windsong Jack for trainer Dave Menary. It will be McNair’s first appearance in the Santanna Blue Chip son’s race bike. “I was asked to drive him a couple of weeks ago and I think he’s good enough to finish first or second in there if he races good,” explains the driver. “He’s shown some huge speed.” McNair will steer Windsong Jack from Post 4 for Larry Menary of Cheltenham, Kenneth Ewen of Georgetown, Denis Breton of Welland and Geoffrey Lyons Mound of Burford. Mohawk Racetrack’s first race gets under way at 7:25 pm and the Super Finals are slated for Races 2 through 5 and 7 through 10. For complete entries  Sandra Snyder

HARRINGTON, Del - Regis The Horse had his first off the board finish on national TV Wednesday as the 2-year-old pacer finished fifth while broadcasted live on Fox Sports 1's sports discussion show "Crowd Goes Wild." The Shadow Play colt driven by Montrell Teague, lost ground while first over in his second circuit after appearing to bear in and hook wheels briefly with leader and eventual race winner Thisdeuceiswild. Regis The Horse was able to gather momentum again but faded in the stretch while his namesake and TV legend, "Crowd Goes Wild" host Regis Philbin looked on. Philbin joked after the race, "I'm going to sell that horse." Regis The Horse had three wins and a second place finish in his previous four starts, all of which have been aired live. Meanwhile in the $19,000 Open Trot, Rojan Stables, LA Express, Howard Taylor and Allan Kaplan's He's Spooky ($11.20, Jon Roberts) prevailed after a fierce stretch drive in the final sixteenth of a mile edged out pacesetter Green Day for a narrow win. Photo Maxx was third. Trained by Doug Lewis, He's Spooky registered his seventh win of the year. George Dennis had three wins on the program. by Matt Sparacino for Harrington Raceway  

CAMPBELLVILLE, ON - The chill in the air at Mohawk Racetrack on Friday evening did nothing to dampen the sizzle of Bee A Magician's sophomore season as the three-year-old  trotting filly extended her win streak to 13 in an Ontario Sires Stakes record 1:52.1. The clocking scraped one-fifth of a second off Bee A Magician's own record, set in the June 24 Gold Series season opener at Mohawk. Undefeated since last fall, Bee A Magician took command of Friday's Gold leg heading for the halfway marker and cruised across the finish three and three-quarter lengths ahead of Charmed Life and Angies Lucky Star. Oakville resident Rick Zeron piloted Bee A Magician to the win. Richard "Nifty" Norman trains the winner of $1,776,617 for Melvin Hartman of Ottawa, Herb Liverman of Miami Beach, FL and David McDuffee of Delray Beach, FL. The Kadabra daughter's next start will come in the Sept. 28 Super Final, where she will be joined by the other nine leading point earners from the Gold Series regular season. Princess Lilly captured the other sophomore trotting filly division on Friday, battling up the outside to a three-quarter length win in a personal best 1:54.2. Last year's Grassroots Champion, Princess Lilly bested Bee A Magician's stablemate Choir Robe and Samira Hanover. Milton resident Mario Baillargeon engineered the Muscle Mass daughter's second sophomore victory for his brother, trainer Benoit Baillargeon of Rockwood, and owner Les Ecuries Piramidan of Gatineau, QC. Also featured on Mohawk's Friday evening program were two Gold Series divisions for the two-year-old pacing fillies. Heavy favourites Sudoku and Doug McNair captured the first split with a 1:53.4 personal best. The duo cruised home two lengths ahead of Regil Meg and Performing Art Tony O'Sullivan of Cambridge trains Badlands Hanover daughter Sudoku for owners Let It Ride Stables Inc., Robert Copper Stables LLC and Dana Parham of Boca Raton, FL and Howard Taylor of Philadelphia, PA. Mohawk fans were treated to a fierce stretch battle in the other freshman pacing filly division, with Yoselin Seelster prevailing by a neck over Lady Jake and Porsche Seelster in 1:54.2. The win was Yoselin Seelster's second of the season and her first in Ontario Sires Stakes action. Ben Wallace trains the Shadow Play daughter for Bradley Grant of Milton and Rick Zeron engineered the win. The two-year-old pacing fillies will wrap up their regular season at Grand River Raceway on Sept. 20. For complete results  For up to date point standings, race replays, and more Sandra Snyder  

YONKERS, NY, Friday, September 6, 2013--Yonkers Raceway's Friday night $37,000 co-featured Open Handicaps--Pace for the fairer sex and Trot for anyone of distinction--were won by people's choices Royal Cee Cee N (Brian Sears, $4.10) and three-peating (sorry, Pat Riley) Tall Cotton (George Brennan, $5.70). Royal Cee Cee, from post position No. 7, worked past Rock N Load (Dan Dube), making the lead right at a :27.3 first two furlongs. From there, nary an issue (:56.4 half, 1:25.2 three-quarters). She kept a first-up Mibestkeptsecret (Mark MacDonald) at bay, and a length-and-three-quarters turning for home was a length-and-a-quarter at the (1:53.1) wire. Second went to Rock N Load, with I Know Nothing (Eric Goodell) and Mibestkeptsecret and Ramalama (Brennan) coming away with the remainder. For Royal Cee Cee N, a 7-year-old Down Under daughter of Christian Cullen owned and trained by Mark Harder, it was her sixth win in 19 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $30.80, the triple returned $263.50 and the superfecta paid $953. The featured trot saw tepid 9-5 choice Tall Cotton--from his ordered eight-hole--march to the lead around pole-assignee Prayer Session (Brent Holland). Taking over after a :27.2 opening quarter he then rated a :56.1 half. Then, second-choice Little Brown Fox (Sears)--who had taken a seat fourth--made a second move. He tried to engaged the leader before the 1:25.3 three-quarters, but never came close. Tall Cotton opened 2½ lengths entering the lane, before winning by that same margin in 1:55.3. Likeabatoutahell (Goodell) skimmed the cones, closing from last to grab second, with Somebody AS (catch-driver Dube), Prayer Session and Bastille (Jim Pantaleano) rounding out the payees. For Tall Cotton, a 7-year-old Revenue S gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by Burke, Howard Taylor, Weaver Brusecemi and Edwin Gold, he's now 7-for-18 this season (those three consecutive wins in a four-week period). The exacta paid $34.40, with triple returning $292. 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 around the NYRA schedule (note that Belmont Park opens Saturday). Frank Drucker

On Sunday, August 25 Raceway Park featured the fourth leg of Ohio Sires Stakes for three year-old colts on their 10-race program.  Trotters and pacers each competed in one division. The trotters started the stakes action in the evening’s eighth race.  Final Breath (Victory Sam-First Breath-Hold Your Breath) bested his competition by a three easy lengths in his $35,000 stakes event.  The race was Final Breath’s 14 win in 20 lifetime starts and increased his current win-streak to four.  Hugh Beatty trains and drove the gelding for Malta, Ohio owner Duane Lowe.    Final Breath started from post five.  Beatty drove chilly at the start and sat mid-pack through fractions of :28.2, :58.2 and 1:27.1.  Final Breath made his move in the fourth quarter and was an easy 1:57.4 winner.  Sunday’s victory pushed Final Breath’s bankroll to $144,197.  Finishing behind Final Breath were Buzzen Troubador, Trottin On Over, Heza Rube, Chet N Spanky, Sammy Sammy Sammy, Annie’s Rocketman and Masterdream Chaser.  Final Breath was the overwhelming favorite and returned $2.60 to win. The pacers completed the evening’s stakes action in the ninth race. That Friske Feelin captured the $35,000 fourth leg.  Tony Hall drove the gelding for North America’s winningest trainer so far in 2013, Ron Burke.  The pacer is owned by Howard Taylor, Edwin Gold and Richard Lombardo.    That Friske Feelin (Feelin Friskie-Marquee Event-Mark Johnathan) started from post six.  Hall sent him hard from the start and made every pole a winning one.  That Friske Feelin posted fractions of :27, :57.2, 1:25.2 and 1:53.3.  He was two lengths in front at the finish and the mile clocking was just 1/5 of a second off Raceway Park’s track record for three year-old-gelding pacers.  The win was the ninth in 17 career starts and bolstered That Friske Feelin’s bankroll to $132,383.  Finishing in succession after the winner were Feelin Lika Winner, Sassy Osborne, River Valley Pearl, Firetowers Stand, Outdoor Fever, Chief Friskie, Hanky L and Forever Kissed.  That Friske Feelin was the heavy punter’s choice and paid $2.20 to win.  Ayers Ratliff  

ELORA, ON - Fans may not have sent Thankyoukessel off as their top choice in the second Gold Series division at Grand River Raceway on Friday night, but driver Mike Saftic was confident in his mount's abilities. Starting from Post 6, Saftic put Thankyoukessel on the rail in fourth while last year's Grassroots champ Buddy Hally rolled through fractions of :29.2, :58.4 and 1:27.2. Heading for the three-quarter marker Saftic tipped Thankyoukessel out behind fan favourite Gotta Secret and waited until the stretch to shift the gelding into top gear. Once he hit his stride Canadian Breeders champ Thankyoukessel reeled in the leaders and hit the wire one-quarter length on top in a track record 1:57.1. Buddy Hally settled for second and Gotta Secret was relegated to third. The win was the second in Gold Series action this season for Thankyoukessel, who is trained by Joe MacIsaac for owner-breeder Carolyn Williston of Moffat. The win vaulted the Ken Warkentin son to the top of the three-year-old trotting colt point standings with 112. After starting his season at the Grassroots level, last year's Super Final champion Creampuff Macdaddy made a successful leap up to the top tier with a gate-to-wire 1:59.1 score in the first $105,000 division. Another son of Ken Warkentin, Creampuff Macdaddy is trained by Brad Maxwell for Howard Taylor of Philadelphia, PA, Theodore Gewertz of New York, NY, Edwin Gold of Phoenixville, PA and Judith Taylor of Bala Cynwyd, PA. Randy Waples crafted the colt's third sophomore victory. The three-year-old trotting colts make their last regular season Gold Series start at Mohawk Racetrack on Sept. 20. Ontario Sires Stakes excitement returns to Grand River Raceway on Monday, Aug. 26 with the fourth Gold Series leg for the three-year-old pacing fillies. For complete results For up to date point standings, race replays, and more. Sandra Snyder  

YONKERS, NY, Friday, August 23, 2013--Yonkers Raceway's Friday night $46,000 co-featured Open Handicaps--Pace for the ladies and Trot for all qualified--were won by certified bombardier Rock N Load (Dan Dube, $70.50) and repeating Tall Cotton (George Brennan, $9.90). Pole assignee Rock N  Load was minding his business as Economy Terror (Jason Bartlett) worked around him before a :27.3 opening quarter-mile. That one then gave it up to a second move of Royal  Cee Cee N (Brian Sears). The 6-5 choice made the lead before a :56.2 half, then rated soft (29-second) third quarter (1:25.2) with just mild pressure from Billmar Scooter (Eric Goodell). Despite the respite, Royal Cee Cee N was in trouble off the final turn. Economy Terror edged from the pocket, Ramalama (Brennan) went wide and Sir Jillian Z Tam (Pat Lachance) even wider. However, it was the 34-1 rank outsider taking the inside route, with Rock N Load beating Sir Jillian Z Tam by a neck in 1:53.4. Third went to a tiring Royal Cee Cee N, with Ramalama and Economy Terror rounding out the payees. For Rock N Load, a 5-year-old daughter of Rocknroll Hanover trained by Danny Gill for co-owners Edward Hall and James Hall Jr., it was her sixth win in 27 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $498, with the triple returning $3,938. The featured trot saw 1-2 fave Little Brown Fox (Sears) out two turns before eventually making the lead (:28, :57).  Meanwhile,. Tall Cotton--behind the eight-ball at the start--was able to wedge into what became a five-hole. He then moved toward the lead at the intermission, engaging the people's preference after a 1:26.1 three-quarters. Tall Cotton secured the lead early in the lane, putting away the leader, then holding off a rallying Bound for Fame (Jordan Stratton) by a head in 1:56. Third went to Calchip's Brute (Dube), with Little Brown Fox and Melady's Monet (Bartlett) coming away with the remainder. For second choice Tall Cotton, a 7-year-old Revenue S gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by Burke, Howard Taylor, Weaver Brusecemi and Edwin Gold, he's now 6-for-17 this season. The exacta paid $63.50, with triple returning $472.50. After a pair of 34-1 shots won legs of Yonkers Raceway’s Friday night Pick 5, the end result was predictable…no one hit it. Thus, spiced by a $3,426 carryover, Saturday night’s Pick 5 shall include a $10,000 guaranteed pool. The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager offered on races 5 through 9 nightly. It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners (as was the case Friday), the entire pool (minus takeout) carries over to the next racing program. The Pick 5 already offers a $10,000 guaranteed pool every Monday and Tuesday, with program pages for the built-in “guarantee” days available for perusal at Yonker'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 around the NYRA schedule. by Frank Drucker

On Sunday, August 25 Raceway Park will feature two divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes racing action on their 10-race program. This will be the fourth leg of the Sires Stakes for the sophomore colts. Trotters begin Sunday’s stake action in the evening’s eighth race. The field of eight vies for a purse of $35,000. Final Breath (Victory Sam-First Breath-Hold your Breath) has been made the 8-5 heavy morning-line favorite. He races for Malta, Ohio owner Duane Lowe. Hugh Beatty is the gelding’s trainer and driver. Final Breath has won seven of 10 races this year and is 13 of 19 lifetime. He starts from post five and enters this event on a three-race win streak. Final Breath has a career bankroll of $126,697 and has a 1:55.3 lifetime mark trotted at Scioto Downs in his most recent race on August 9. Also competing in the fourth leg will be last year’s OSS champion Trottin On Over, Masterdream Chaser, Heza Rube, Sammy Sammy Sammy, Chet N Spanky, Annie’s Rocketman and Buzzin Troubador. Race 9 will host the $35,000 fourth leg Ohio Sires Stakes for three year-old colt pacers. The 1 and 1A entry of That Friske Feelin and Phantom Flasher is the 8-5 morning-line favorite. That Friske Feelin (Feelin Friskie-Marquee Event-Mark Johnathan) is owned by the partnership of Howard Taylor, Edwin Gold and Richard Lombardo. Ron Burke, North America’s winningest trainer in 2013, trains the gelding and uses Tony Hall to drive. This sophomore has 16 starts, winning eight races and finishing second five times. He set a 1:52.2 mark at Northfield Park on July 20 and has earned $114,883. That Friske Feelin starts from post six. The other half of the entry, Phantom Flasher (Memphis Flash-Trendy Tradition-Stand Forever), is also owned by Howard Taylor and Richard Lombardo. Becky Zubkoff is this gelding’s conditioner and has enlisted the driving services of Ronnie Wrenn Jr. Phantom Flasher and won two of 14 starts this year and has garnered $43,668 with a mark of 1:55 paced at The Meadows. He starts from post nine in a talented field consisting of Firetowers Stand, River Valley Pearl, Forever Kissed, Feelin Lika Winner, Sassy Osborne, Outdoor Fever, Hanky L and Chief Friskie. Sunday’s first race post time at Raceway Park is 6:00 p.m. by Ayers Ratliff  

On Sunday (August 18) Raceway Park hosted eight divisions of Ohio Sires Stake racing action as part of the 12-race program. Freshman Colt and filly trotters and pacers all competed for Ohio Sires Stakes’ third-leg honors.     Filly trotters started the show off right in the opening race of the evening with a track record performance.  Turbochargedroxie (Cayenne Turbo-Raffinee Baby-Lucky Almahurst) broke the track record for two year-old filly trotters when she won by 2 ¼-lengths, stopping the clock at 2:00. The old 2:00.2 record stood for 20 years and was trotted in 1993 by Sayyourprayers and driver Thomas Jackson.  Turbochargedroxie started from post five in the $30,000 first division and was fourth through an opening quarter of :30.  She rushed first-over in the second quarter, took the lead and never looked back.  She posted the final three fractional times of 1:01.4, 1:31.1 and 2:00.  The race was Turbochargedroxie’s fourth lifetime start and second victory.  This race represents a new lifetime mark for the winner and increased her bankroll to $25,492.  Dan Noble piloted the filly for co-owner/trainer David G. Morgan of Zanesville, Ohio and Deborah Rush of Mount Gilead, Ohio.  Finishing behind Turbochargedroxie were Rose Run Princess, Anniesbluejeanbaby, OIM Bad, Emilene’s Future and Mclean.  Iron Princess was scratched. Turbochargedroxie returned $4.00 for the win. Rompaway Galaxy (Rompaway Wally-Rompaway Wynona-Mr Vic) took the $30,000 first division for two-year old colt Ohio-bred trotters for trainer Krista Williams in the evening’s second race.  Rompaway Galaxy began from post one and was third though a :30 opening quarter.  He moved to the lead after the quarter and never looked back.  He posted times of 1:01.2, 1:31.3 and 2:00.3, easily besting his competition by 6 ¾-lengths.  Mike Micallef drove for owner Rompaway Farms LLC of Battle Creek, Michigan.  It was the fifth career win for Rompaway Galaxy in six starts and pushed his earnings to $71,550.  Completing the race were Hooray For Willie, Fiftyshades Of Nay, Manstreet Willy, Inquiring Andy and Can’tcutthatchip.  Rompaway Galaxy was heavily favored and paid $2.40 to win. Pacers were scheduled next and Paydaze On The Way was the winner in Race 4, capturing $30,000 first division for freshman filly pacers.  Dan Noble drove the filly for trainer Diana Riegle and owners Howard Taylor of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Edwin Gold of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, Richard Lombardo of Solon, Ohio and Karen Rose of Leesburg, Ohio.  Paydaze On The Way (Look Sharp-Shantytown Girl-Towner’s Big Guy) left from post four and never looked back.  She posted fractions of :30, 1:01.3, 1:31 and 1:59.3, winning by one length.  The race was the fifth career start for Paydaze On The Way and was her four victory.  Finishing in succession after the winner were Lady Julie, Crown Time Keeper, APP Panda, Ataway Samantha and Shakin Friskie.  Paydaze On The Way returned $2.20 to win. Pacers were back in action in the fifth race for the $30,000 first division for colt pacers.  Big Bossman (Feelin Friskie-Lovely American-Matt’s Scooter) led every step through times of :30.2, :59, 1:27.2 and 1:57.2.  The gelding is owned by Parent Racing Stable LLC of Holland, Ohio. Trainer Doug Hinklin called upon Greg Grismore to drive.  The race was the third win in six starts for Big Bossman, who now has $34,835 in earnings.  Big Bossman was a ½-length winner and was followed home by Dibs, Chance I Might, Led Schneppelin, Upfront Clays Boy and Hawks Cry Hoboken.  Big Bossman paid $7.60 to win. Filly trotters returned for the sixth race.  Maes Perfect Storm (Neely Dunn-Salient-Ilooklikemymom) went gate to wire to win the $30,000 second division. The race was Maes Perfect Storm’s seventh lifetime start and second score, bringing her earnings tally to $37,312.  Dan Noble piloted the filly for Chagrin Falls, Ohio owner Charles Branthoover and trainer Robert Lippiatt.  Noble steered Maes Perfect Storm through fractional times of :30.4, 1:01.3, 131.2 and 2:01.3.  Finishing behind Maes Perfect Storm were In The Grippers, Emery Jean, Greased, Sandy’s Wish, Cookie N Ice Cream, Hush Hush Chip and MJ’s Victory Jody.  Maes Perfect Storm was and upset winner and returned $24.40 for the win. Soul Train (Trainforthefuture-Dances On Air-Muscles Yankee) took the $30,000 second division for two-year old colt Ohio-bred trotters for trainer Scott Cox in the evening’s seventh race.  Soul Train started from post five and sat fourth through fractional times of :30.4, 1:02.1 and 1:32.4.  He made his move in the fourth quarter and drew off by 2 ¾-lenthgs in 2:03.  Chris Page drove for owners Parent Racing Stables LL of Holland, Ohio, Robert Crynick of Strongsville, Ohio and John Novak of Olmstead Township, Ohio.  It was the fourth career win in eight starts for Soul Train, who now has earnings of $44,008.  Completing the race were Noah Count, Happy Go Jamie, Happy Dance, Zippy Sam and Bradymeister.  Soul Train was heavily favored and paid $3.00 to win. Pacers were scheduled next and Rosy Fire was victorious in the ninth race, capturing $30,000 second division for freshman filly pacers.  Kyle Ater drove the filly for trainer Mark Winters Sr. and owners Bret Schwartz of Washington Court House, Ohio, William Bean of Sabina, Ohio and Stephen Montemarano of Sunbury, Ohio.  Rosy Fire (Feelin Friskie-Justin Rose Jet-Jet Laag) appeared to be a victim of soft fractions of :29 and 1:00.1. However, Ater tipped the filly and took the lead approaching the 1:28.4 three-quarters, than maintained a 1 ¼-length win in 1:58.2.  The race was the eighth career start and third win for Rosy Fire, who now has earnings of $35,457.  Finishing in succession after the winner were Lucky L, R Spunky Girl, Friskie Six, Friskie’s Angel, Spiffy Sam and Baby Slider.  Rosy Fire returned $7.80 to win. The final Ohio Sires Stake race of the evening was the tenth race, the $30,000 second division for two year-old colt pacers. Rocket Beau started from post seven and led at virtually every call through fractions of :27.3, :57.4, 1:26.4 and 1:56.4, besting his competition by a neck.  Driver Chris Page was victorious with Rocket Beau (Pine Valley-Sunny Sally-Falcon Almahurst) for owners Jennifer and Beau Brown of Upper Sandusky, Ohio and Solon, Ohio owner Richard Lombardo.  Brian Brown is the gelding’s trainer.  Following Rocket Beau were Friskie Adam, Player’s King, UF Fast Feelin, Two Will Forever, Friskie Shadow and Feel Like Autumn.  Rocket Beau returned $6.60 to win.    

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