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HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Wheels A Turning was the lone harness racing mare in Buffalo Raceway's $12,000 Open Trot on Wednesday night (March 20) and she was way too much for the boys to handle as she scored a 1-1/4 length victory over Southern Palms in 1:57.4 over the fast track.   The win was the third straight in as many tries for Wheels A Turning ($5.40) since arriving from The Meadows in late February.   Drafting behind the fraction setting Southern Palms (Jim Morrill Jr.) who went splits of :28.3, :59.1 and 1:28.4, Wheels A Turning (Shawn Gray) kicked her into high gear down the stretch and had no issues to cruising to the finish line in front. Southern Palms held on for second place with Are You In (Kevin Cummings) taking third.   Co-owned by the Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, it was the third win in six appearances for Wheels A Turning (Mr Cantab-Free Wheeling). The 5-year-old mare, trained by James Clouser Jr., has now earned $14,190 in 2019 and $169,592 lifetime.   You Mach Me Crazy (Gray) won the battle and then the war in the $10,500 Class A Open Handicap Pace for the filly and mares in a seasonal best 1:55.4.   In the tussle for early command, You Mach Me Crazy managed to subdue the leave attempts by Little Joke and HP Sissy. Showing the way on the front end with a :58.4 opening half, You Mach Me Crazy ($4.20) pulled away down the stretch thanks to a :28.2 last frame to post the 2-1/4 length win. Little Joke (Shawn McDonough) was the runner up while Kaitlyn Rae (Drew Monti) arrived in time for the show position.   William Emmons is the owner You Mach Me Crazy (Mach Three-Lady Terror). The 6-year-old mare, trained by Clouser Jr., has now registered five wins in nine appearance, boosting her bankroll to $28,195 this year and $326,675 lifetime.   Making her Buffalo Raceway debut, Majestic Kat (Billy Davis Jr.) went from last to first to take the upset win in the $10,000 Class A-AA Handicap Trot in 1:59.0.   With Time Will Tell All showing the way until the three-quarter marker, Majestic Kat ($18.20) started her slow and steady climb towards the top and eventually exploded past the field in the lane. Empire Earl N (Ray Fisher Jr.) and Call My Broker (Cummings) finished in a dead heat for second, a length behind Majestic Kat.   Co-owned by the Vogel & Wags Nags Stable, Jack Rice and Pine Hill Racing, Majestic Kat (Majestic Son-Order By Matilda) is a 5-year-old mare who is trained by Maria Rice. The victory jacked her seasonal winnings to $17,460 and to $179,051 in her career.   Cummings and Gray finished the evening with four winners each in the bike while Fisher Jr. had a double. Clouser had three training wins with Misty Carey getting two.   Racing will continue on Saturday evening at 6 p.m. with a 13-race card set.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, entries, upcoming promotions and simulcast schedule, go to   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

Three year old harness racing pacing filly, Cheep Sunglasses, under the expert guidance of Austin Siegelman, reaches the wire in 2:02 at Monticello Raceway on Wednesday March 20. Austin Siegelman won 5 races on an 8 race card. No, its not groundhogs day but it is beginning to sound like a broken record, for the fourth time this season Austin Siegelman won five races in an afternoon at Monticello Raceway, he did it again on Wednesday March 20. He proceeded to win the first 3 races Boostwiththefur (1:59.1- $3.10), Cheep Sunglasses (2:02 - $6.30) Gonna Fly (1:58 - $10.80) he finished 3rd in the 4th race. Four Starzz Lefty (1:59.3 - $10.20) won the 5th race, Austin finished 2nd in the 7th race with Cerisier. It was Adorabella, a 3-year-old Pet Rock filly that earned Siegelman his 5th trip to the winners circle. Adorabella is trained by Jody Riedel, it was the fillys first pari mutual win. The five wins from today has vaulted Siegelman to the top of the leading dash winners at Monticello Raceway with 85 wins, Mike Merton is second with 64. James DeVaux 52 and Bruce Aldrich in 4th with 49 wins. Overall Siegelman has won 118 races thus far in 2019, which is good enough to earn him the 6th place nationally , his mounts have earned $676,073 at this point in the season.   By: Shawn Wiles

Bonamassa (Muscle Mass) continued her strong start to the meet on Wednesday at Saratoga Casino Hotel when the Maureen Salino trainee recorded her third win of the season in just her fifth start. The 3-5 betting favorite in her division of the $9,000 co-featured races for New York sired trotters, Bonamassa wound up sitting the two-hole on Wednesday and parlayed her pocket ride to victory in career-best fashion. Brett Crawford has been the regular pilot this year for Bonamassa who again surged in the stretch on Wednesday before stopping the timer in 1:57.4 to continue the strong start to her '19 campaign. Proving to be versatile this season, Bonamassa has thrived while racing up close and from off the pace in her handful of tries in her four year old season. Live racing continues on Thursday afternoon at Saratoga with a 12:00pm first post. There is a $5,000 guarantee in the Pick Five pool starting in race one. Race five has a $25,000 guarantee in its triple pool.   Mike Sardella

Marcoola’s comeback has be delayed as Clint Ford just couldn’t ask his old mate to start off a massive handicap at Addington this week. So the Dominion winner will now go into the NZ Trotting Champs against Speeding Spur and Monbet without a race in two months. Marcoola’s season has been a real game of two halves situation: before Christmas he was nearly unbeatable, since then nothing has gone right. He was beaten by Massive Metro as a red hot favourite in the National Trot on New Years Eve then performed lengths below his best in the Great Southern Star at Melton in January, later found to have dust in his lungs. Now back in his beloved Canterbury, owner-driver Ford says he is putting the failed Victorian experience behind him. “I loved the trip and being part of it over there but nothing went our way for the race,” says Ford. “Both him and Amaretto Sun were fine when they first got to Victoria but after a few days the weather changed and it got very, very hot into the 40s.  They stopped eating and drinking as much and raced liked it and afterwards we had them scoped and found a lot of dust in their lungs. “I suppose the conditions are something the local horses get used to but our didn’t and taking advice from people I think if we went over there again we would either go just the day before or like three weeks before to give them time to adjust. “Obviously what we did didn’t work.” Ford is happy with how Marcoola’s new prep is going  but wasn’t as thrilled with the 55m handicap he received at Addington on Friday night and scratched him. “I am not sure it is the right thing to do racing him off 55m fresh up so I scratched him,” said Ford. “With a horse like him he would have to be put in the race and I think a trial might be a better way to get him ready for the Trotting Championships.” Before his summer derailed post-Christmas, Morcoola would have been unbackable to win Trotter of the Year, especially after one of the more brutal Dominion wins in recent times in November. He will still almost certainly win the title Ford would like to win one of the three group ones remaining to the six-year-old to cement the title and end the season on a high. “We have the Trotting Champs, the Anzac Cup and the Rowe Cup and that will probably do us so I’d like to get at least one of those.” While Marcoola may not make it to Addington on Friday night there is great depth at the meeting and Northern Derby winner Ultimate Sniper looks set to continue on his winning after drawing perfectly in the Flying Stakes, the lead-up to New Zealand Derby on April 5. Michael Guerin

No matter what she does, Kristina Smith carries the memory of her grandmother with her. Smith's horses always will too. Smith, the 21-year-old daughter of trainer Randy Smith, lost her grandmother, Linda Jean Nelson, to cancer in 2015. Nelson was an inspiration to Kristina on multiple levels, including around the horses and on the racetrack. Nelson was an accomplished horsewoman, even setting the track record for trotting under saddle at Scarborough Downs in the 1970s. So when Smith began her own training career earlier this year, it was important for her to honor her grandmother and the contributions she made to her life. Smith decided her horses would race in pink equipment, including a Buxton with Nelson's name on it, in memory of her grandmother. Twelve days ago, an 8-year-old pacer named Uppercutz went onto the track at Miami Valley Raceway wearing that equipment and gave Smith her first win as a trainer. photo -Kristina Smith "My grandmother meant the world to me," Smith said. "She helped my dad raise me and she was always there for me, even when she was sick. We lost her too soon. There was so much more she could have taught me, not only with the horses but about life and being a good person because she was a prime example. I wouldn't be where I am and who I am if it wasn't for her and for that I keep her legacy alive." Smith grew up in New England, where her dad started his stable when she was 3. She now lives near Columbus, Ohio, where she works for trainer Sandy Beatty and has her own one-horse racing stable plus a retired Standardbred owned previously by her grandmother that is now a riding horse. The trotter, Blue Boy Yankee, is no stranger to having someone on his back --- Smith raced him under saddle in 2014 and 2015. Smith was unaware of her grandmother's under-saddle exploits when she began riding but was happy to discover the connection. "I think it's meaningful to follow in her footsteps," Smith said. She also is following in her father's footsteps, and in the case of Uppercutz's victory, beating him. Randy's horse A List finished third in the same race. "Everyone was teasing him," Smith said, laughing. "But he said if he had to lose to someone he would rather lose to his daughter." Randy found Uppercutz for his daughter, who claimed the gelding out of a race in Maine. Not surprisingly, she rides the pacer as part of his training regimen. The horse has raced eight times for Smith and posted a win and two seconds. "I take him trail riding; I have a blast with him," Smith said. "He doesn't want to stay on the track to jog. He'll jog for about 10 minutes and try to run off the track. I've learned it's easier to ride him because he enjoys that more than jogging in a jog cart. He seems to be a horse that likes the one-on-one attention." Uppercutz winners circle                 -photo Brad Conrad Smith does not intend to train horses on a fulltime basis. Whatever success Uppercutz enjoys on the track, Smith plans to use the profits to go to equine dentistry school. "For the time being, just having one is good," Smith said. "I've always wanted to have my own smaller stable. I probably wouldn't want to have more than three racehorses plus the riding horse. The smaller the better. It's very time consuming to do everything the right way. I'd rather have a smaller stable and have every horse get the attention they need. I was always told quality is better than quantity." No matter what she does, Smith will continue to use the lessons she learned from her grandmother and father along the way. "I was definitely very fortunate to have them to teach me," Smith said. "My dad would always say to me growing up, 'I just want you to be the best you can be.' That's what I strive to do. I know my grandmother looks over me and I want her to be proud."   Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager U.S. Trotting Association  

This Week: Blue Chip Matchmaker and George Morton Levy series second legs, Yonkers Raceway, Yonkers, N.Y. Schedule of events: The Grand Circuit at Yonkers this week features four $40,000 divisions on Friday (March 22) in the second round of the Blue Chip Matchmaker series for open pacing mares. The Saturday (March 23) card at Yonkers will see six $50,000 divisions in the second round of the George Morton Levy series for open pacers. Complete entries for the races can be found by clicking on this link. Last time: Yonkers Raceway's George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series for Free-For-Allers began Saturday night (March 16) with six $50,000 divisions. Dan Dube posted his 9,000th career win with Western Fame. Mike Lizzi photo. Say this much for Dan Dube...he appreciates timing. Approaching his latest driving milestone for a while, Dube coordinated it just right, stylishly winning Saturday night's opener of the Levy. His open-length romp with favored Western Fame ($4.40) not only served as the 9,000th win of his career, but threw down the Free-For-All series gauntlet as the fastest local mile (1:51.1) of the season. From post position four in the first division, Western Fame gave nothing else a shot through intervals of :27.1, :56.2 and 1:24.1. The two-length lead off the final turn became 5-3/4 lengths at the wire, helped by his fast feet and a scattering behind after a nasty break by Windsong Leo (George Brennan). Somewhere In L A (Jason Bartlett) avoided the happenstance to end up second, with Mach It So (Brent Holland), Lyons Steel (Mark MacDonald) and Don Domingo N (Matt Kakaley) settling for the remainder. For Western Fame, a 6-year-old son of Western Ideal co-owned by Go Fast Stable, B&I Stables, Stephen Klunowski and Gilbert Short and trained by Rene Allard, it was his first win in a pair of seasonal starts. Beware the Ides of March (Friday the 15th), provided you weren't mesmerized by the start of Yonkers Raceway's Blue Chip Matchmaker. Five $40,000 groupings were consecutively contested, featuring the best pacing mares around. Defending series champ Shartin N (Tim Tetrick, $2.20), began her purse season by fooling very few. From post No. 2, she found herself away third before finding the front. From there (:27.4, :56, 1:24.3, 1:52.2), she was a puny pari-mutuel proposition. Don't Think Twice A (Jason Bartlett) made the first lead, yielded and missed, beaten a half-length. Bettorb Chevron N (Jordan Stratton) closed for third, with Dudesalady (Jim Marohn Jr.) and Mach It A Par (George (Brennan) settling for the small change. For Shartin N, a 6-year-old Tintin in America Kiwi lass, co-owned by Tetrick, Richard Poillucci and Jo Ann Looney-King, she comes off a 19-for-24, million-dollar season. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2019, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2019 Grand Circuit awards.   Here are the leaders following the opening weekend at Yonkers: Drivers: 1t. Jason Bartlett - 22; 1t. Scott Zeron - 22; 3. George Brennan - 21; 4t. Joe Bongiorno - 20; 4t. Tim Tetrick - 20. Trainers: 1. Jim King Jr. - 20; 2. Ross Croghan - 15; 3t. Tony Alagna - 10; 3t. Rene Allard - 10; 3t. Jen Bongiorno - 10; 3t. Tahnee Camilleri - 10; 3t. Robert Cleary - 10; 3t. Dylan Davis - 10; 3t. Erv Miller - 10; 3t. Nifty Norman - 10; 3t. Nick Surick - 10. Owners: 1. Robert Cooper Stables - 12.5; 2t. Tahnee Camilleri - 10; 2t. J L Benson Stables - 10; 2t. Enzed Racing Stable - 10; 2t. Brad Grant - 10; 2t. Royal Wire Products - 10; 2t. D R Van Witzenburg - 10; 2t. Wish Me Luck Stable - 10. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will continue with legs of the Blue Chip Matchmaker and George Morton Levy over the next three weekends. The finals and consolations for both events will be held on April 20.   Paul Ramlow Internet News Manager U.S. Trotting Association | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube

Victorian Central Highlands harness racing trainer Tim O’Brien is aiming to make it two Cups in a week when he makes the long trek to the popular Ouyen fixture on Sunday. O’Brien, of Armstrong, near Ararat, has his stable star Perspective (Art Major USA-Vista Bella (Badlands Hanover USA) in the $14,500 Gregg’s Electrical Ouyen Pacing Cup. The pacer’s form has been terrific in recent weeks.  Leading up to his Boort Cup victory last weekend, he’d been placed in four of his previous six runs. “The Boort victory was pleasing because I reckon it was the first time he’s come from behind and got the money for me,” O’Brien said. “We’ve drawn on the inside of the back row at Ouyen so he’s obviously going to have to do it again and try and come home over the top of them.” The six-year-old is raced by Melbourne owner Kevin Murray, who will be hoping to make it back-to-back Ouyen Cup successes, after Perspective won last year, when driven by Mark Pitt. O’Brien said getting the opportunity to train the talented pacer was a “dream come true”. “I think he’s probably won close to $100,000 for us.  He’s been a little goldmine for the connections and kept us going along nicely,” he said. The lucky chance to add Perspective to his stable came through the fact that O’Brien’s father Mick had previously trained horses for Murray years ago. Perspective was purchased at a clearing sale held by Kevin and Colleen Bamford, who decided to turn their interests fully to the thoroughbreds. The couple conducts “Daisy Hill” stud at Doreen, and had the enjoyment of owning and racing 2010 Melbourne Cup winner Americain. “I think (well-known bloodstock agent) Mark Hoare was in charge of the sale, and he also may have had a bit to do with me getting the horse,” O’Brien said. “Perspective finished runner-up at our first start with him in early 2017 at Ararat and I was thinking he’d been a perfect horse for some nice races at Mt Gambier or up in the Mildura area,” he said. “But I admit I was a little bit off the mark because he’s proven to be a gutsy, genuine racehorse. “He’s got stronger as we’ve gone along, and he’s certainly got a reputation of being as tough as old boots when he’s out in front. He puts his head down and enjoys holding them off, that’s for sure.” And there’s no doubting Perspective has proved to be somewhat of a surprise packet as he’s gone on to land the “first prize” at tracks including Melton, Boort, Ouyen, Wedderburn, Bendigo, Ballarat, Mildura and Swan Hill. All up he has 15 wins and 18 placings for earnings of over $125,000. O’Brien said Perspective is one of the best horses he’s trained. “He’s definitely up there for sure, but Arber and Western Rockstar had a touch of brilliance about them – I think Western Rockstar is still racing successfully in the USA,” he said. “The Ouyen race has attracted some handy performers, but with an ounce of luck we shouldn’t be far away.” And two people who will be cheering for Perspective will certainly be O’Brien’s parents, Mick and Lorraine. “The horse has become a bit of a family pet because he lives in the front paddock at their place so they will be barracking fairly hard too,” O’Brien said. Click here for the field of The Ouyan Pacing Cup next Sunday. Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

TOP class pacer Ultimate Art has run his last race. Connections of the Group 1 winner, who is affectionately known as Thomas, decided it was time to pull the plug on his harness racing career after his lust for racing had deteriorated. Trainer Michael Formosa was hoping for one last win with his stallion at Bathurst this Saturday night but the Ellalong mentor scratched the nine-year-old out of the Smooth Satin Cup. “I was hoping to go out with a win but in this grade he’s in it’s hard to find an easy race,” said Formosa. “He hasn’t really been interested in racing so I decided this morning (Wednesday) to not keep pushing him. “I never really imagined he would have over 100 starts . . . for a stallion to have that many starts and not go amiss is a massive effort.” Ultimate Art will bow out of racing with a record of 38 wins and 33 placings in 117 starts. The son of Modern Art began racing at the age of two and has retired from the racetrack at the age of nine. Ultimate Art gave a lot to the Formosa family including their first Group 1 victory when he won the Bathurst Gold Crown as a two-year-old in 2012. Wins in both the Breeders Challenge Final as a four-year-old and a heat of the Inter Dominion in 2015 were also highlights.  “Each of his wins meant something to us but that first Group 1 win was big for us,” said Formosa. “We didn’t really enjoy it as much as we should have at the time though . . . we were offered $120,000 for him before the race and we knocked it back. “We had a mortgage at the time and it put a lot of pressure on us. “In the end we made the right decision.” So much so, Ultimate Art went on to pocket $621,996 in stakes after being purchased for a mere sum.  “We bought him from the Australian Pacing Gold Sale for $7,000,” said Formosa. “It was the first year we went to the sales to by horses for ourselves, we were on a tight budget so we didn’t look at the expensive breeds like the Art Major’s. “We had $15,000 to spend and we saw him (Ultimate Art) and he was such a magnificent looking horse we thought he would go for more than our budget would allow. “When we got him for $7,000 we thought we’ve missed something with this horse, something must be wrong.” Ultimate Art will now spend his days in the paddock as a father. The son of Modern Art has already served eight mares with Formosa hopping to increase this in the next season.   AMANDA RANDO MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

WILKES-BARRE PA - Under patient handling from Anthony Napolitano, the Bettor's Delight mare Betabcool N rallied off of a fast pace to win in 1:52.3 while taking the $14,000 featured harness racing pace for mares at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with the mountain track starting its 2019 scheduling of 4 p.m. post time on Mondays and Tuesdays. Betabcool N was pinned in behind an early-moving flow as fractions of 27, 55.3, and 1:22.4 were posted, mostly by pacesetting Vorst. She retained the lead into the lane, but Always A Z Tam swung wide off cover midturn, with "ANap" and Betabcool N following that one wide. In deep stretch the New Zealand import proved to have the most late kick, winning by a neck over Always A Z Tam, who nosed out Vorst for second. Jose Godinez, who teamed with Anthony Nap for another come-from-behind victory with the trotter Crazycat earlier in the card, conditions the winner of $460,062 for the Blindswitch Racing Stable. Some younger horses looking to make their mark in the upcoming Weiss Series at Pocono showed themselves ready with Tuesday victories. The most impressive of the trotters was the Explosive Matter sophomore filly Spring In Paris, whose final time of 1:56.4 was not only a lifetime mark but a North American season's record. Spring In Paris brushed from first-over to take the lead on the far turn, then drew clear by four lengths for driver Andrew McCarthy, trainer Steve LeBlanc, and the ownership of Leblanc Racing Inc., Glenn Dyke, and Douglas Johnson The Muscle Massive gelding Teardown This Wall (named after what President Reagan advised Gorbachev to do about the Berlin Wall) posted his maiden victory and improved his Weiss outlook, rallying from the pocket for a half-length tally in 1:59 over pacesetting favorite Dawn Of Glory. Tyler Buter handled the Muscle Massive gelding out of the $540G+ stakes-winning mare Vernon Blue Chip for trainer Rob Harmon and the Harmon Stable Racing Stable. (Harmon also sent out the upward-bound trotter My Lindy Winner, who took a new mark of 1:55.1 to remain undefeated in two seasonal starts.) On the pace Turbo Hill, a four-year-old son of American Ideal, ran his lifetime record to 5-for-6 with a blistering front-end tally in 1:51.1 for trainer/driver Hunter Oakes and owner Tom Hill, certainly stamping himself as a big consideration in his Weiss division. A Weiss filly counterpart, the four-year-old Sportswriter mare Lady Ella, came into her Tuesday race not having won since her career debut, 636 days ago, but she looked strong in a 1:54 triumph for trainer Andrew Harris, giving driver George Napolitano Jr. his sixth sulky success on the twilight card.   PHHA / Pocono

LEBANON, OH - The Tuesday (March 19) matinee at Miami Valley Raceway featured both trotters and pacers in "Lebanon Legends" late closing series harness racing action. Three divisions of the first leg of the Dr. Dan Farwick Memorial trot for non-winners of six races or $60,000 went postward, as did a trio of first leg divisions of the Omar Hiteman Memorial featuring non-winners of two or $20,000 male pacers. The quickest mile in the $15,000 Farwick splits came in the first division when Vatanna (Elliott Deaton) narrowly topped Red Rose Swan (LeWayne Miller) in 1:55.3. Best of the rest was Showboat (Brett Miller). The five geldings in the seven horse field were no match for the winner and runnerup, who were the only mares in the contest. Anna Lorentzon owns Vatanna, a 5-year-old by Dejarmbro, who has now notched three wins in six tries in 2019. Air Assault (Dan Noble) captured the second Farwick split in 1:56.1, besting Sesame (Brett Miller) and Starlight AS (Elliott Deaton). The 4-year-old son of Yankee Glide races for the partnership of Charles Kline and trainer Mike Hollenback. The clocking equaled the lifetime best for the ultra-consistent Air Assault. Another pair of 4-year-old mares showed their heels to the field in the final Farwick division. Missprimetimemel (LeWayne Miller) took full advantage of an early miscue by heavily-favored The Lionking AS to wire the field in 1:56.2. Peggy Sue (Brady Galliers) was a close second with Mr Quaker (Brett Miller) the show finisher. The winning daughter of Pilgrims Chuckie, also trained by LeWayne Miller for owners Nathan Yoder and Stephen Stoll, surpassed the $50,000 earnings plateau with the win. Missprimetimemel was a mild upset winner in the first leg of the Dr. Dan Farwick Memorial trot series at Miami Valley on Tuesday. - Conrad photo Dealer's Table (Josh Sutton), a 3-year-old by American Ideal making just his second lifetime start, sped to a 1:52.3 score in the fastest $10,000 Hiteman Memorial division. Injured and unraced at two, the winner made his first money start a winning one in 1:54.4 last week and followed up with a dominating effort in his second. "He's the real deal," quipped Sutton as he hung up the lines after beating Smilenmyles (Dale Hiteman) and Parklane Knight (Tyler Smith). Trainer Jeff Cullipher co-owns Dealer's Table, a New York bred, with partner Pollack Racing LLC. The other two victors in the Hiteman heats scored identical 1:54. Triumphs. DL's Big Elvis (Brett Miller) headed Jack's Major (Trevor Smith) and Star Of Oz (Dan Noble) across the finish line. The 3-year-old son of Mister Big earned just $5000 as a freshman, but has already doubled that amount in his first four starts of 2019. Charlie Stewart is training the winner for Rod Harness and breeder Dave Scott. Doctor Jimmy (Cam McCown) remained undefeated by winning his division over Skyway Three Ball (Trace Tetrick) and Seattle Hanover (Chris Page). Brian Brown trains the winning son of Well Said for the partnership of Country Club Acres, Milton Leeman and Richard Lombardo. The 3-year-old colt is now four-for-four to start his promising career.   Gregg Keidel

HARRISBURG PA - Foiled Again, the richest Standardbred racehorse of all time with $7,635,588 and now retired from the racetrack, caused a sensation at the recent Dan Patch Awards Banquet in Orlando FL when the now 15-year-old actually showed up at the harness racing fancy dinner to "accept" the Stan Bergstein Proximity Award he was voted by the U.S. Harness Writers Association (USHWA) for outstanding contributions to the sport. And Foiled Again is now receiving another award - the Mary Lib Miller Award, the highest honor given by the Keystone Chapter of USHWA, for his unmatched career as racehorse and ambassador. It's not like Foiled Again has never been honored before by Keystone USHWA - he was the journalists' PA-Sired Horse of the Year from 2011 to 2013, the same three years he was voted national division champion for the free-for-allers. But the group thought to mark the retirement of the evergreen pacer, whose last campaign was a barnstorming Farewell Tour which took him to 19 different racetracks, by voting him its highest award, especially an award named after the ever-present and gracious mate of "Mr. Harness Racing" himself, Hall of Famer Delvin Miller. McWicked, the 1:46.2 pacer who was 2018's Harness Horse of the Year and led all competitors with seasonal earnings of $1,575,364, got the nod for PA-Sired Horse of the Year as well - he was also voted co-PA Sire Stakes Horse of the Year by the Keystone Chapter four years ago. The breeders of McWicked, the Prushnok family of Andray Farms in western Pennsylvania, will receive the Pennsylvania Breeder of the Year award for having producing harness racing's top 2018 performer. The only two Pennsylvania Sire Stakes performers who led their division in preliminary point accumulation and then went on to win their respective finals, the three-year-old males Dorsoduro Hanover (pace) and Crystal Fashion (trot), were picked as the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Horses of the Year for their respective gaits. The duo were two of the top four moneywinners in the sulky sport last year; Dorsoduro Hanover also won his Breeders Crown event at Pocono en route to being named divisional champion. For Pennsylvania Harness Horse of the Year honors (50%+ of starts within Pennsylvania), the world's fastest trotter, Homicide Hunter (1:48.4 at Lexington in the fall), was the consensus champion. Homicide Hunter won his Breeders Crown at Pocono, and he also took four legs of the Great Northeast Open Series before setting a world record over 1¼ miles in the GNOS Championship. In a close race between former honorees, George Napolitano Jr. edged out Aaron Merriman for Pennsylvania Driver of the Year. Merriman was named 2018 North American Driver of the Year for being the first sulkysitter to post 1000+ victories in two years, but Aaron won "only" 262 of those races in Pennsylvania, while Napolitano won 637 times within the confines of the Keystone State, taking his fifth straight crown at Harrah's Philadelphia and his seventh consecutive title at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. The Schadel brothers, Todd and Tony, both earned a place in the spotlight during 2018. Todd was the leading trainer and driver at the PA fairs by a wide margin to earn election as Pennsylvania Fair Horseman of the Year; he also captured a North American title with the highest UDR in the 300-499 starts class. Tony was driver and co-owner of the two-year-old Aflame Hanover, who in winning his Fair Championship posted a clocking of 1:51.4 - the fastest time ever in a Pennsylvania Fair Championship, faster even than any three-year-old; for that milestone, Aflame Hanover was voted a Special Achievement Award. These honorees will be presented their trophies by members of Keystone USHWA during trackside ceremonies at their respective ovals, or when they come to Pennsylvania, within the next couple of months.   Keystone Chapter, U.S. Harness Writers Association

The future of one of New Zealand’s most talented young trotters is in doubt.  Oscar Bonevena is set to miss most if not all of the remainder of the season and trainer Mark Purdon admits the three-year-old’s career is in doubt.  “I hope that isn’t the case but it could be,” says Purdon.  Oscar Bonevena has developed a cyst in one of his knees and Purdon says vets suggest it could be a degenerative problem.  “We are still learning about it as our vet said it is so rare it is something they see only every couple of years,” said Purdon. “So we are seeking advice from experts in this sort of thing from overseas but he won’t be racing any time soon and at best will need a long spell.”  There is obvious disappointment in Purdon’s voice as while he also trains NZ’s top rated three-year-old trotter in Enhance Your Calm, he has a soft spot for Oscar Bonevena, who could be every bit as good as his stablemate.  Purdon purchased the then juvenile last season from Phil Williamson for former Kiwi trainer now based in the US, Chris Ryder, and Purdon’s own father, training legend Roy Purdon.  While he galloped at the Jewels, Oscar Bonevena reminded everybody how good he was with a fresh-up win at Alexandra Park in December which was followed by an enormous second there on New Years Eve when he trotted 3:26.2 for the 2700m, a full second inside Heavyweight Hero’s three-year-old national record.  “That was a huge run that day and he is a very good horse in the making so it is very disappointing to have this sort of problem with him,” said Purdon. With Oscar Bonevena sidelined indefinitely, Enhance Your Calm will be the stable flagbearer in the major three-year-old trots.  The first of those is the NZ Derby on April 5 and he will have a lead-up in the Sires’ Stakes prelude there on Friday week, a race which has been rescheduled from last Friday’s cancelled Addington meeting. “He is going very well and would be as good as any three-year-old I have had at this stage of the season.”  After the NZ Derby, Enhance Your Calm will head to Auckland for the Sires’ Stakes and Northern Trot Derby before rounding out his season in the Jewels.  “I think that will do him, we probably wouldn’t go to Victoria with him.” Michael Guerin

Pompano Beach, FL...March 19, 2019...Driver Matt Krueger was injured on Monday night at Pompano Park after a serious accident involving four horses occurred during the first harness race of the card. Krueger was piloting Persephonie and in third place midway on the backstretch when the leader, Open Skies, driven by James Hysell, suddenly went down with Krueger, Andy Shetler and Aaron Byron unable to avoid the fallen horse. Hysell, Shetler and Byron were, subsequently, cleared to participate but Krueger suffered a broken elbow, broken shoulder and punctured lung and is expected to have multiple surgeries to repair the damage. Driver Andy Santeramo, driving the eventual winner, Watchwhatmyfeetdo, remarked, "You know there are photo finishes at the wire every night at the races. Well, this was a photo finish--for me, anyhow--on the backstretch because, if I had been a split second slower, two more of us (including Mike Simons) would have been involved. This incident came without warning and, when I pulled from fifth on the backside, I just wanted to move alongside the leader around the final bend but my horse had a lot of momentum and a little voice in my head said 'just keep going.' We are all saying prayers for Matt (Krueger), that's for sure." by John Berry, for the FSBOA & Pompano Park

Columbus, OH - The U.S. Trotting Association announced Tuesday (March 19) the launch of the USTA Chip ID app to utilize with Universal Worldscan Reader Plus microchip readers from Merck/HomeAgain®. The USTA Chip ID app can be downloaded from iTunes (Apple) and Google Play (Android) by searching "USTA Chip ID." Paired with a HomeAgain® Universal WorldScan Reader Plus microchip scanner, this App will rapidly identify horses that are registered with the USTA. Scanning the horse's microchip with a paired scanner and the App open will return the horse's name, year of foaling, color, sex, sire and dam. Once the app is installed, the Bluetooth functionality of the Universal HomeAgain® WorldScan Reader Plus microchip scanner must be paired with the device. The app provides explicit directions on this procedure. After logging in with Pathway/My Account credentials and connectivity is established, the chip can be scanned. For users without an account, the app allows for easy registration to obtain one. Once a horse is identified, the app provides direct access to Pathway, the USTA's statistical database, with its basic horse information as well as the menu of performance, pedigree and breeding reports for that horse. Last April, the USTA announced an innovative collaboration with Merck Animal Health and HomeAgain® to be the organization's sole microchip provider. The technology allows for a quicker, safer and more accurate identification process versus freeze branding. Additionally, the scanning feature instantly measures equine body temperature. The USTA is the first horse registry to formally incorporate temperature scanning into their microchip identification program. This significant health-related information can be a sentinel for contagious and potentially fatal equine diseases such as Equine Herpes Virus 1 and Equine Herpes Virus Myeloencephalopathy (EHM). The USTA will microchip around 9,000 foals annually, as well as another 25,000 older racehorses, stallions, and broodmares. Foals can be swiftly microchipped in the neck at an early age with minimal pain -- microchipping appears to be less painful and more efficient than the current freeze branding method. Beginning with the foal crop of 2019, the primary means of USTA horse identification will be the microchip and by 2021, all horses that race in the U.S. at all USTA member tracks (including county fairs) will be required to be identified with a microchip. All USTA extended pari-mutuel racetracks will be equipped with readers to identify horses and county fair officials that will be responsible for identifying horses will be required to have them as well. For more information on the new USTA Chip ID app and microchipping, visit or contact USTA member services at or call toll free at (877) 800-USTA (8782).   Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager U.S. Trotting Association

THE final round of heats for the Nic Dewar Memorial series for junior drivers will be held at Young on Wednesday night. This series consists of five representatives from both New South Wales and Victoria in Blake Micallef, Codi Rauchenberger, Miranda McLaughlin, Jordan Seary and James McPherson as well as Abbey Turnbull, Brad Chisholm, Mitchell Frost, Marika Eriksson and Tayla French. The series began at Shepparton on March 5,wins going to both NSW drivers Codi Rauchenberger and Blake Micallef. Rauchenberger steered home the Terry French-trained Joeys Hangover in the first heat while Micallef scored in the second heat with the Chris Svanosio-trained Major McRae. It was an emotional win for Micallef having been best friends with Dewar, who sadly passed away in a car accident last year. “It was a pretty special win, especially because all of Nic’s family made the trip down to Shepparton,” the young reignsman said.  “It would be a thrill to win any series but this one would be extra special since it’s named after Nic.”  Heading into the final two heats, Micallef has drawn barrier one on the Dennis Picker-trained Miss Fernandez and a tricky barrier 10 on trainer Anthony Winnell’s Beautifulvengeance.  “I’m happy with the horses I’ve drawn so being quite evenly matched fields let’s just hope for a bit of luck to go our way,” Micallef said. Micallef and Rauchenberger are currently tied on 27 points, with the first heat scheduled for 6:43 pm local time.   AMY REES

Speed freak northern filly Belle Of Montana is off to the Victoria Oaks.  And she won’t have to meet New Zealand’s other superstar pacing three-year-old Princess Tiffany when she gets there. Trainer Barry Purdon confirmed to HRNZ today he will aim the Sires’ Stakes Championship winner at the Oaks at Melton on April 27.  That means heading over 10 days before to contest the compulsory prelude at Melton on April 20. The preludes are worth A$24,000 and the Oaks A$150,000.  Belle Of Montana is owned in Australia by Dean Shannon, who Purdon says has been great to deal with, leaving decisions up to him. “Dean has been great,” said Purdon.  “He didn’t mind either way if we went to the NSW Oaks and we decided to stay in Auckland because it clashed with the Oaks here. “But the Victoria Oaks suits perfectly.”  Belle Of Montana, winner of five of her seven starts, finished a neck second to Best Western in that Oaks in national record time.  She is already qualified for the Nevele R Fillies Final at Addington in May so has now major domestic targets until then so Purdon has the flexibility to chase the Aussie riches.  “It sounds like none of the other Kiwi fillies are going and it would be a great race to win, not only because of the stake but to help her broodmare career.  “So we are definitely going and I think the racing over there will suit her.” Purdon’s brother Mark has confirmed stunning NSW Oaks winner Princess Tiffany will stay closer to home as she still needs to qualify for the Nevele R Final and will meet Belle Of Montana, who has beaten her both times they have met, in potentially three group ones at Addington in May-June.   Michael Guerin

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