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STICKNEY, IL - A fixture on the Illinois circuit for many years, harness racing driver Tim Curtin passed away last night at the age of 61. Currently tied for second in the driver standings at Hawthorne with 23 wins on the meet, Curtin had an illustrious career that spanned back into the late 1970's. Curtin drove home 3,245 horses to victory during his driving career of over 40 years for $22,749,563 in career earnings. Curtin also trained another 30 winners in that timespan as well. His best season for victories came in 1997 when he drove 219 winners on the year while in 2008 he had a career year for earnings with $1,900,785. In 2019, Tim had been the regular driver for top Illinois-bred Meyer on Fire, along with Jazzie Babe, a winner of four of her first five starts to open her career. Tim's son Pat had driven and trained in Illinois for many years as well. A moment of silence will be held in Tim's memory prior to the start of races on Friday evening at Hawthorne. Hawthorne Race Course, Chicago's Hometown Track, returned for live harness racing on Friday, May 3. The summer harness meet opened on Friday, May 3 and races through September 22. Fall thoroughbreds close out the year, running from October 10 through December 28. For more information, visit or contact Hawthorne at 708-780-3700. Jim Miller  

Kyneton harness racing hobby trainer Greg Leight and his reinsman son Steve are leaving their mark on the track at the moment. The stable has posted recent strong country wins at Ballarat and Maryborough - and now they've decided it's again time to mix it at Melbourne's metro circuit, Melton. Bay gelding square gaiter Arrested (Lawman USA-Scarlett Ribbons (Roydon Boy USA) has certainly earnt that opportunity. He's been in great form with four wins and five placings from 13 starts this season. Arrested and his stablemate Your Nicked (Lawman USA-Arrestin Tess (Red Coach Glory USA) have run the quinella at their past two outings - with the score one-all on the victory spoils. "They have both been going along nicely, but if you can weigh in then everyone is happy," Greg said. "We try and avoid having them clash, but sometimes it's just inevitable because they're both in the same class. It's pretty good to get a couple of quinellas though!" he said. Now retired from his trade as a former butcher and drover in the meat industry, harness racing is Greg's hobby. "Win, lose or draw we tend to make a day of it at the meetings. We'll have a drink and stay around for something to eat with our couple of owners," Greg said. "And it really is nice to be enjoying a purple patch of success. At present we have a good lot of horses and you just hope they keep coming up each season. "We are hopeful these two can work their way into the country cup circuit next season, because they're both excellent standing start horses. That's the plan anyway." Secretary Manager of Maryborough HRC Les Chapman presents the trophy to Steve Leight and part-owner Kevin Walsh  Greg said he'd be thrilled to see Your Nicked continue to improve for part-owner Kevin Walsh and his son and daughter-in-law Tim and Belinda. "Kevin and his brother Frank were farmers at Trentham and breeders for many years and Your Nicked is the last one they bred out of the former top racemare Arrestin Tess (who won 13 with 37 places for $75,000)." Greg, who landed a Group One success with Dalmont Jo in the 2003 VicBred Super Series Final for 2yo fillies, said he enjoyed training trotters. "I've got five in work and three of them are trotters and if you are lucky enough to get some handy ones, it can be heaps of fun," he said. "I probably don't discriminate, though, because a talented pacer is quite okay too!" Apart from Arrested (6 wins $34,000), and Your Nicked (also 6 for $43,000), the Leight stable also has tough trotting campaigner Law Legend (13 wins, 29 placings for $89,000). "We won the $14,500 Warragul Trotters Cup in late April with Law Legend. He's a great beginner and when he's in front, he just pumps up in heart and ability," Greg said. "Apart from those we also have C3 pacer Daddywho (9 wins/$55,000) and an Auckland Reactor-sired 2yo pacer I've got a big opinion of," he said. Greg said he enjoys the training side and is quite happy to leave the driving duties mainly to Steve; with Jack Laugher and Brad Chisholm being called upon when necessary. The Leight team is prepared on a trotting track inside the Kyneton racecourse. "It has been a long-standing setup, probably over 40 years but there's now only a handful of us harness racing guys left. It's used more by the gallops people," Greg said. "But I love it because it's so convenient. I live very close and the facilities are all there." Hoofnote: Arrested has drawn barrier 8 in race 3 at Melton on Saturday night. Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

FORMER brilliant pacer Alta Christiano, who is now making an impact at the stud with his first Victorian crops, will stand this season at the newly established Tipperary Equine Stud, Young (NSW), of Luke Primmer and Seryn Adams. Alta Christiano – a member of NZ’s noted Black Watch family – could make a real contribution to the NSW breeding scene. His service fee is $2,200 including GST and his progeny are eligible for the $500 Colonial Stallion rebate being a colonial bred Group 1 winning New South Wales-based stallion. Alta Christiano, a striking bay horse, foaled in 2009 in New Zealand was represented by his first crop as two-year-olds last season. In his first season he left 78 foals, and of these he had 30 to the races half-way through their three-year-old season, and 20 were winners – a remarkable 66 percent winners-to-starters and 26 percent winners-to-foals. Of 16 two-year-old starters this season, five are already winners and they have won in four different States, while eight have been placed from only 59 foals. From his first crop he sired a talented colt in Im Sir Blake, who has won six races this season including the $25,000 Northern Region Championship and Mildura Guineas, and a smart filly in Fake News, who won seven of her 19 starts including the WA Country Derby. Martys Party, winner of the SA Southern Cross Consolation, the $100,000 Westbred 2YO Classic placegetter Lady Valasca, Ginatiano (Albion Park), Georgie Mae and Our Virtuoso have been other winners by Alta Christiano from his initial crop. While his second crop is headed up by the smart Will The Wizard, winner of the $25,500 QBred Breeders Classic in 1:57.5, Suing You, who has won three of her four starts, and Aces Daughter, a heat winner of the Southern Cross and runner-up in the $50,000 Final. Alta Christiano, who won 13 races and was twice placed in a brief career, could have developed into a Grand Circuit performer, but for a leg injury sustained as a two-year-old. He won his first four starts as a juvenile including the Group 3 NZ Kindergarten Stakes in 1:57.6 and the NZ Yearling Sales Graduate and was placed in the $250,000 NZ Yearling Sales Series Final. After being sold to Perth interests for a huge amount, Alta Christiano had a further 10 starts as a three and four-year-old in Western Australia and tasted defeat only once! Among his successes were the $200,000 WA Derby, in which he sat parked before scoring in runaway fashion, and the Group 2 $50,000 Western Gateway in a track record rate of 1:55.4 for 2130 metres. He took his lifetime mark of 1:54.2 racing three-wide and winning under a hold at Gloucester Park. Gary Hall, who trained him throughout his Australian career, said: “Of all the top sons of Christian Cullen he had the gait that was closest to ‘Cullen’ himself as I’d seen. He’s got all the attributes you could want in a horse – he’s fast, he can stay and he’s great gaited.” By Christian Cullen, a multiple 1:50 sire and a 1:50 broodmare sire in a notable stud career, Alta Christiano, a grand type of individual is out of Right This Time, by Fake Left from Able Reason, by Vance Hanover from She’s Reasonable, by Noodlum from a grand producer in Black Watch, who founded a family which has met with success not only in NZ, but in Australia and in America. The branch of the Black Watch family to which Alta Christiano belongs has probably been the most successful. A top racemare in her own right, Black Watch left six individual winners and is the grand-dam of the ‘Cups King’ The Unicorn, the NZ Oaks winner Pacific Flight, Reba Lord (ID Cons.), NZ 2YO Filly of the Year Megaera, and others.   Peter Wharton

WILKES-BARRE PA - Alvisi Hanover battled with Magic MVP the length of the stretch before posting a neck victory in a harness racing career best 1:54.1 while taking the $15,000 trotting feature on the Tuesday twilight card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. George Napolitano Jr. had the altered son of Muscle Massive away from the gate well to sit a pocket trip behind Magic MVP, with the initial splits flashing :27.1 and :56.2. Magic MVP had opened a clear lead to the 1:24.3 three-quarters, but Alvisi Hanover had regained a tight spot behind the leader entering the stretch, and in a long duel outfooted the leader to win the photo decision; O Jonnie stayed to the inside and gained to be third, another half length back. Mark Ford is the owner and trainer of Muscle Massive, who paid $26.00 to win - a bigger price than one usually gets on Pocono's leading driver Napolitano. George won five races on the card, while his brother Anthony came home first in three. In the $14,000 co-featured pace for mares, the Roll With Joe mare Obvious Blue Chip, the odds-on choice, left her field in the red dust through the final quarter, stopping the timer in 1:51.3 under Matt Kakaley's guidance. The winner of $490,154, who earlier had raced in the Blue Chip Series at Yonkers, obviously responded well to the drop in company for trainer Gareth Dowse and the ownership of NLG Racing Stable and Stephen Klunowski. PHHA / Pocono   Jerry Connors

Once again it was a bit of mixed bag weather-wise for the past harness racing week at The Downs at Mohegan Sun. But the good news is that, for the first time all season, we were able to enjoy some big-purse races in something less than a total downpour. Those races included another stellar performance from Highalator in the Great Northeast Open pacing series on Saturday and four divisions of the Pennsylvania All-Stars for three-year-old trotting fillies on Sunday. Let’s take a look at who earned top honors in our Weekly Awards. PACER OF THE WEEK: SHADOW CAT As a three-year-old in 2018, Shadow Cat battled his way to just over $100,000 in earnings. His four-year-old campaign has been more of the same, especially when he’s been at Pocono. The four-year-old gelding, trained by Jennifer Bongiorno, won here back on April 21. After four unsuccessful starts at Harrah’s and The Meadowlands, Shadow Cat returned on June 2 and put together an impressive victory in a condition pace for winners of four but no more than seven lifetime races, winning in a career-best 1:50:3 in the slop. On Sunday night he faced that same field again in an effort to capture the winner’s share of the $17,000 purse. Only this time around, he had to deal with a much tougher post position, leaving from the #8 spot in a field of nine. But the game plan didn’t change for driver George Napolitano Jr. He made sure that Shadow Cat rumbled towards the front of the pack early. The gelding made the lead as they straightened out on the front stretch for the first time. Shadow Cat received a breather in the second quarter, which readied him for the second half of the mile, where he was an absolute powerhouse. He paced the final two quarters in 54 seconds even, keeping an excellent group of pursuers at bay. The gelding paced home two lengths in front of second-place Youcaniknow, resetting his career-best with a mile of 1:50 and picking up his second straight win overall, his third straight in front of the Pocono faithful. Other top pacers this week include: Sweet Lucy Lou (Andrew McCarthy, Robert Cleary), a three-year-old filly who followed up her maiden win with a condition victory on Monday afternoon in the slop, setting a new career-best of 1:53:4 in the process; Alex Tye (Tyler Buter, Amber Buter), a three-year-old gelding who moved up the condition ladder to win his second straight at Pocono on Sunday night, posting a new career mark of 1:51:4; and Cashendash Hanover (Marcus Miller, Bruce Clarke), who switched barns but still racked up his second straight claiming handicap win on Sunday night, getting it done in 1:52:2. TROTTER OF THE WEEK: MILLIES POSSESSION At this point of the season, most of the three-year-old horses doing the damage in stakes competition are those who have established themselves as two-year-olds as well. That kind of experience usually comes in handy when you’re facing top-flight competition, such as those three-year-old fillies battling it out in Pennsylvania All-Stars action on Sunday night. Yet Millies Possession, unraced as a two-year-old, went off as a 2-5 favorite in her $30,000 All-Stars division on Sunday night. Why was that the case? Well the filly, trained by Jim Campbell, won the first four starts of her career. The last three of those, including a victory at Pocono in her previous start on May 26, came against Pennsylvania Sire Stakes competition. That’s a pretty good record no matter when you start racing. On Sunday night, leaving from post position #2 in a field of seven, Millies Possession started a bit slow, but brushed to the lead by the half-mile marker. It was by no means an easy lead, as she faced outside pressure for most of the second half of the mile. But Millies Possession, with help from driver Dexter Dunn, never seemed to be pressing. She stayed out in front all the way to the line, eventually winning by 1 ½ lengths over Jezzys Legacy in an effortless 1:54:1. Now with five wins in five races, four of them for stakes and the last two at Pocono, Millies Possession is clearly making up for lost time. Honorable mention on the trotting side this week goes to: Asiago (Yannick Gingras, Per Engblom), a filly whose All-Stars win at Pocono on Sunday night in 1:55:3 was her second straight stakes win at the track; Star Studded Cast (Anthony Napolitano, Carmine Fusco), who defeated a claiming handicap group on Monday in the slop in 1:57 for his second straight victory at Pocono; and Lord Cromwell (Marcus Miller, Edward Hart), who moved up in class on Saturday night and managed his second straight  victory, scoring in 1:53:4. LONG SHOT OF THE WEEK: MARCO BEACH With John Kakaley in the bike, this three-year-old gelding overcame a tough outside post to win a condition pace on Monday in the slop at 30-1, paying off $63.60 on a $2-win ticket. DRIVER OF THE WEEK: YANNICK GINGRAS Big races seem to suit Gingras, as he proved on Sunday night when he captured two of the four of divisions of Pennsylvania All-Stars, winning with The Ice Dutchess and Asiago. TRAINER OF THE WEEK: CARMINE FUSCO The Fusco barn has really been heating up in recent weeks, and this past week it produced winners in three of the four racing nights. That will do it for this week at Pocono, but we’ll see you at the track. Feel free to e-mail me at   Jim Beviglia

MILTON, June 11, 2019 – Workin Ona Mystery, installed as the 2/1 morning-line favourite, headlines a harness racing field of 10 for the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup on Saturday (June 15) at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The 36th edition of Canada’s richest harness race, showcasing the finest three-year-old pacers on the continent, will go postward at 10:14 p.m. (EDT) and will be broadcast live on TSN5 from 10-10:30 p.m. The winner of the Pepsi North America Cup earns $500,000. This year marks the 19th anniversary of Pepsi’s sponsorship of the race. Post positions were drawn today at Woodbine Mohawk Park, with Toronto Maple Leafs forward Connor Brown as the Guest Drawmaster. A total of 18 three-year-old pacers competed in last weekend’s $50,000 eliminations to determine the field of 10 for the $1 million final. Elimination winners earned their connections the right to select their post-position for the final. Elimination winners Workin Ona Mystery (post four) and Bettors Wish (post three) enter Saturday’s $1 million race with perfect records in 2019. Trained by 2017 Cup winning trainer Brian Brown, Workin Ona Mystery is three for three this season and cruised to a career-best 1:49 victory in his elimination. The son of Captaintreacherous will team with driver Tim Tetrick, who has won the Pepsi North America Cup twice. Workin Ona Mystery holds the highest winning percentage in the field with eight wins in nine starts. A son of Bettors Delight, Bettors Wish is one of three Ontario sired starters in this year’s contest. The Chris Ryder trainee shot up the inside to win his elimination in 1:49.3 and improve to four for four as a sophomore. New Zealand driving sensation Dexter Dunn will make his Cup debut behind Bettors Wish. Award-winners Captain Crunch and Stag Party had tough luck at the post-position draw. Dan Patch Award winner Captain Crunch (post eight) recovered from a first-turn break to finish fifth in his Cup elimination. The Nancy Johansson trainee started his season with impressive back-to-back victories prior to his Cup eliminations. A son of Captaintreacherous, Captain Crunch was last year’s Breeders Crown and Governor’s Cup champion. Scott Zeron will drive for trainer Johansson. Casie Coleman trainee Stag Party will have to overcome post-ten for his trainer to win her third Cup. The son of Bettors Delight has finished third in all three of his starts this season, which comes following an O’Brien Award winning season at age two. Brian Sears, a two-time Cup winning driver, has landed the assignment for Coleman. Ron Burke will have double the chances at his second Cup title, as he sends out Captaintreacherous colts De Los Cielos Deo (post two) and Captain Victorious (post five). De Los Cielos Deo displayed incredible closing speed of a :25 final-quarter and :51.2 back-half to finish second in his elimination. The Burke student is currently winless in four starts this season after winning five of 10 as a rookie. David Miller, a two-time winner of the Cup, will drive. Like his stablemate, Captain Victorious finished second in his elimination and is also winless in four starts this season. He paced a :26 final-quarter in his elimination to finish second, his best result of the season. Yannick Gingras will drive. Aflame Hanover (post one) is the underdog story in this year’s Cup. The son of unraced stallion Russell Hanover started on the Pennsylvania Fair Circuit and will now compete in a $1 million race for trainer Linda Schadel and her husband, Tony. The Schadel’s star is winless in nine starts and is coming in off a fifth-place finish in his elimination. Local trainer Ben Baillargeon sends out Tyga Hanover (post six) in Saturday’s main event. The gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere was a maiden until four starts ago and finished fourth in his elimination to snap a three-race win streak. Sylvain Filion will drive. Linda Toscano trainee Best In Show (post seven) will give local reinsman Bob McClure the biggest drive of his career. The regally-bred son of Bettors Delight, who finished third in his elimination, has two wins in five starts this season. Hurrikane Emperor (post nine) is expected to be in the mix for trainer John McDermott. The son of Hurrikane Kingcole finished fourth in his elimination after leading into the stretch. The McDermott trainee has won three of four starts this season and will have Cup winning driver Daniel Dube in the sulky. The Pepsi North America Cup has been carded on Race 11 on Saturday’s 15-race card. The North America Cup stakes record is 1:47.4, set by Thinking Out Loud in 2012 and equaled in 2016 by Betting Line. Hall of Famer Bettor's Delight holds the record for the largest margin of victory, 4-1/2 lengths in 2001. The list of past Cup winners is a who’s who of Standardbred greats, including Jate Lobell (1987), Precious Bunny (1991), Presidential Ball (1993), Cam's Card Shark (1994), Gallo Blue Chip (2000), Rocknroll Hanover (2005), Somebeachsomewhere (2008) and Captaintreacherous (2013). The shortest-priced winners in Cup history are Jate Lobell and Presidential Ball at $2.70, while Goalie Jeff, in 1989, provided the biggest upset, returning $93.60 for a $2 win bet. The Cup was raced at Greenwood Raceway from 1984-03, followed by Woodbine Racetrack from 1994-2006. The North America Cup was moved to Mohawk in 2007. The Cup card wagering menu will feature a $100,000 guaranteed Pick-5, $100,000 All-Stakes Pick-4 and the usual $50,000 Early Pick-4. The Pepsi North America Cup undercard features the $454,000 Fan Hanover, $330,000 Roses Are Red, $256,000 Armbro Flight, $247,000 Goodtimes and $100,000 Mohawk Gold Cup. Post time for the first of 15 races on the Pepsi North America Cup card is 6:30 p.m. Here is the Pepsi North America Cup field in post-position order: PP-Horse-Sire-Driver-Trainer 1. Aflame Hanover – Russell Hanover - Andrew McCarthy – Linda Schadel 2. De Los Cielos Deo – Captaintreacherous - David Miller – Ron Burke 3. Bettors Wish – Bettor's Delight - Dexter Dunn – Chris Ryder 4. Workin Ona Mystery – Captaintreacherous - Tim Tetrick – Brian Brown 5. Captain Victorious – Captaintreacherous - Yannick Gingras – Ron Burke 6. Tyga Hanover – Somebeachsomewhere - Sylvain Filion – Ben Baillargeon 7. Best In Show – Bettor's Delight - Bob McClure – Linda Toscano 8. Captain Crunch – Captaintreacherous - Scott Zeron – Nancy Johansson 9. Hurrikane Emperor – Hurrikane Kingcole - Daniel Dube – John McDermott 10. Stag Party – Bettor's Delight - Brian Sears – Casie Coleman AE. Air Force Hanover – Somebeachsomewhere - Yannick Gingras – Brian Brown Mark McKelvie  

Hightstown, NJ — After trotting the fastest mile in Canadian history over the weekend, Hannelore Hanover rockets from zero to 117 in this week’s harness racing Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll. The 7-year-old mare is the top newcomer in the rankings, going from pointless to No. 6 following her 1:50.3 win in her Armbro Flight elimination Friday at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Other newcomers are No. 9 Warrawee Ubeaut and No. 10 Workin Ona Mystery. Warrawee Ubeaut won her Fan Hanover Stakes elimination while Workin Ona Mystery captured his North America Cup elim. Both 3-year-olds are undefeated in three races. Shartin N, who won the prep race for this weekend’s Roses Are Red Stakes, remains No. 1 while Atlanta, who won the other Armbro Flight elimination with a then Canadian-record-equaling 1:51 clocking, stays No. 2. Bettor’s Wish, who won his elimination for the North America Cup, goes from sixth to No. 3. Greenshoe and Western Fame, who were both idle last week, complete the top five. The Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll, which runs weekly through November, does not determine Horse of the Year. The members of the U.S. Harness Writers Association vote on all Dan Patch Award division winners plus Trotter of the Year, Pacer of the Year and Horse of the Year. Rankings based on the votes of harness racing media representatives on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis. Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 3 – 6/11/2019 Rank Name (First Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Shartin N (30) 6pm 8-7-0-0 $382,625 344 1 2 Atlanta (2) 4tm 3-3-0-0 $99,580 266 2 3 Bettor’s Wish 3pc 4-4-0-0 $198,750 198 6 4 Greenshoe (2) 3tc 2-2-0-0 $112,500 192 5 5 Western Fame 6ph 8-5-1-1 $448,800 153 3 6 Hannelore Hanover 7tm 2-1-0-0 $12,950 117 — 7 Captain Crunch 3pc 3-2-0-0 $59,693 116 4 8 Gimpanzee 3tc 1-1-0-0 $104,372 91 7 9 Warrawee Ubeaut 3pf 3-3-0-0 $69,745 72 — 10 Workin Ona Mystery 3pc 3-3-0-0 $77,167 69 — Also: McWicked 59; Courtly Choice 54; Lather Up 43; Highalator 32; Done Well 14; Caviart Ally 13; None Bettor A 12; Bettor Joy N, Evident Beauty 11; Crystal Fashion 7; Pilot Discretion 5; Only Take Cash, Quincy Blue Chip, Southwind Ozzi 4; Always A Prince, Ideal Jimmy, Sunny Dee, Swandre The Giant, Tall Drink Hanover 3; Guardian Angel As, Queen Of The Pride, Six Pack, Swansea, Treacherous Reign, The Downtown Bus, The Wall 2; De Los Cielos Deo, Keystone Abbey, Rich And Miserable, Rodeo Rock, Will Take Charge 1. McWicked received 1 first-place vote. by Ken Weingartner, USTA Media Relations Manager

CHESTER PA - Fifteen sets of harness racing two-year-olds went behind the starting gate at Harrah's Philadelphia on Tuesday morning in the second session of baby qualifying races. Quickest freshman of all was the Sweet Lou - Show And Tell gelding Tell Them Lou, who followed up on a 1:58 victory in his debut with a 1:55.3 triumph, motoring his back fractions in :56.4 - :28.1. The 1:55.3 is the fastest reported time by a baby on a 5/8-mile track, and was by far the quickest of four freshman pacing colt splits. Tim Tetrick handled the promising youngster for trainer Jim Campbell and the owning/breeding partnership of Fashion Farms LLC and Judith Peres. The fastest winner in six divisions of two-year-old fillies was the Art Major - Ideal In Vegas miss Ideal In Art, whose clocking of 1:57 in her bow equals her divisional season's record. Ideal In Art made two moves and came her back half in :56.4 to notch the victory for driver Dexter Dunn, trainer Chris Ryder, and the owner/breeder partnership of Shore Thing Stables LLC and Fashion Farms LLC. The Jim Campbell stable continued its amazing run with baby trotters, today sweeping all three divisions for the colts. The quickest of the trio was the Muscle Hill - Tonato Of Love colt Fashion Hilltop, who made every post a winning one in 2:01.4, last quarter :29.1, for driver Dexter Dunn and owners Fashion Farms LLC. Fashion Hilltop was second in his bow to the Father Patrick - Muscle Amour gelding Saxon, who came back on Tuesday to record his second win in as many starts in 2:02.3 - :29.2 for driver Tim Tetrick. Completing the Campbell sweep in this division was Hobbs, an altered son of Credit Winner - Cruella De Ville who successfully debuted in 2:03.3 for driver Tim Tetrick. There were two events for filly trotters, with the Muscle Hill - Avalicious miss Ava Kathryn ready at first asking in 2:01.1 to equal the North American season's mark. Corey Callahan sent the filly wire-to-wire with a :29 last quarter for trainer Joe Holloway and the Crawford Farms racing-breeding combine. In the other, a pair of Jim Campbell trainees finished 1-2 for the second straight week against each other, as this time the Sebastian K S - Nantab miss Next Level Stuff could hold off Sherry Lyns Lady, last week's winner, in 2:01.2 - :29.1 by a nose under the guidance of Dexter Dunn. During the morning session, Tim Tetrick drove four winners and Dexter Dunn four. On the training side, Jim Campbell continued his golden patch of form with five successes; Rollie Mallar doubled to be the only other trainer with more than one win. Fashion Farms LLC also continued its recent success string on both the owning and breeding sides. PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

Greenshoe and Gimpanzee remain 1,2 in Week 4 of Ken Warkentin's harness racing Road to the Hambletonian. Forbidden Trade and Pilot Discretion enter the top ten after wins in their respective Goodtimes Eliminations. Hambletonian 2019   Ken Warkentin’s Comments 1 Greenshoe (Father Patrick) Brian Sears, Marcus Melander, Courant Inc, Hans Backe, Lars Grandqvist, Morten Langli Stunning 1:51.2 sophomore debut on May 17, made it back-to-back NJSS Finals on May 31 in an amazing 1:50.2, seems well ahead of his competition with a world of upside, did not race last week 2 Gimpanzee (Chapter Seven) Brian Sears, Marcus Melander, Courant Inc, S R F Stable Dan Patch Award winner extended his undefeated string to 10-for-10 with an easy 1:54 romp in the EBC @ Vernon Downs on May 27, like stablemate Greenshoe did not race last week 3 Don’t Let’em (Muscle Hill) Yannick Gingras, Nancy Johansson, Brittany Farms, Christina Takter, John Fielding, Herb Liverman Peter Haughton Memorial winner in a track record 1:51.4, scratched sick on May 31, flew home in :26.1 to finish second [1:52] by a nose in a sharp 3YO debut on June 7 @ Big M 4 Green Manalishi S (Muscle Hill) Tim Tetrick, Marcus Melander, Courant Inc Wm. Wellwood & Bluegrass winner rebounded off breaks in two straight qualifiers with a more sure-footed second [1:53.4] to Marion Marauder in a Big M qualifier on June 8 5 Forbidden Trade (Kadabra) Bob McClure, Luc Blais, Determination O’Brien Award winner upset Swandre the Giant with a :26.3 final quarter to win his Goodtimes elimination in 1:53.1, post 4 in the final, McClure said, “He grew up a lot, matured a lot and has always been really fast. He got a nice trip and took advantage of it.” 6 Swandre The Giant (Swan For All) Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke, Diamond Creek Racing, J & T Silva Stables, Howard Taylor Off his 3YO debut & first start for Team Burke in career best 1:54 in Indiana Sires Stakes @ Hoosier Park on May 30, set the pace & finished second [1:53.1] in his Goodtimes elim, post 2 in the final 7 Pilot Discretion (Muscle Hill) Andrew McCarthy, Tony Alagna, Robert LeBlanc, David Anderson, John Fodera Remained undefeated 5-for-5 & 3-for-3 this season with a career best 1:52 Goodtimes elimination romp, Alagna said, “He trained back great in Florida this winter. We were high leaving Florida and hoping he would do what he’s doing right now.” 8 Reign Of Honor (Father Patrick) Dave Miller, Nifty Norman, De Volente Farms, Jennifer Dalton Stable, Tom Pontone, Kentuckiana Racing Stable Kindergarten Classic winner at two, rallied to win a NJSS division in 1:54.2 on May 24 & closed from far back to finish second [1:51.3] to Greenshoe in the NJSS Final on May 31, did not race last week 9 Super Schissel (Uncle Peter) Scott Zeron, Per Engblom, Al Libfeld, Perry Soderberg Grand Circuit winning 2YO finished a strong third [1:52.1] on May 31, fourth [1:53.3] from post 10 in an elimination of Goodtimes, post five in the final 10 Cantab Fashion (Cantab Hall) Dave Miller, Jim Campbell, Fashion Farms 1:51.4 Grand Circuit performer as a freshman finished sixth [1:55.2] & seventh [1:56.2] in two Big M qualifiers so far after slow starts from outside posts, has some catching up to do Ken Warkentin

Plianville, MA --- As had been the case in his last two harness racing wins at Plainridge Park, Mach Doro A once again performed like a man against boys in winning the $14,000 Winners-Over Handicap feature pace on Monday afternoon (June 10). Leaving from post seven, Mach Doro A (Ron Cushing) flew to the front to set up shop and once there unchallenged, backed off the fractions to :27 and :56.2. By the time Bet You (Mitchell Cushing) pulled first-up to try and push the pace, Mach Doro A was on his way home. With his driver snugly holding two hands full of leather, Mach Doro A ripped-off back to back quarters of :27 and :27.3 to fly home in :54.3 unencumbered with a three-length victory in 1:51, which was a new lifetime best. It was the third win in the last four starts and fourth win of the year for Mach Doro A ($2.60) who is owned by Kevin Sywyk, Ron Cushing and Frank Ranaldi. Heidi GIbbs trains the winner. The next race on the card was a $12,000 upper-level conditioned event that went to Windsun Gotham (Mitchell Cushing) who pulled first-over past three-eighths and drew alongside the frontrunning Cruzing HIll (Drew Campbell) on the backstretch. From there the two tussled to the three-quarters and around the final bend before Windsun Gotham took the lead and then held off a late charge from Gillys Boy (Jay Randall) and Rockin Cougar (Nick Graffam) to win by a length in 1:52.1. Windsun Gotham It was the second win in a row for Windsun Gotham ($2.80) who is owned by Rick Howles and trained by Eric Beach. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Thursday (June 13) and it will feature a $14,169 carryover pool for the Wicked Hi-5 Pentafecta in the sixth race. Post time for the first race is 4 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts    

Young Armstrong harness racing trainer Leroy O’Brien is the first to admit that a small amount of luck has gone a long way. But whether it’s been good fortune, hard work or perhaps an eye for detail, 27 year old O’Brien and his father and co-trainer Danny have been certainly reaping the rewards. Their latest success was courtesy of super-impressive Im Sir Blake (Alta Christiano NZ-Jupiters Darling (Dream Away) in the $25,000 Mitavite Northern Region Championship at Mildura last Thursday. The pacer, driven by Kerryn Manning (her second success in the feature event) was awesome in winning by 20 metres in 1.58-3. Click here for the race replay of the Northern Region Championship  “It’s a five-hour road trip to Mildura, but we’re not complaining because we’ve gone up there three times and come home with three winners,” O’Brien said. Im Sir Blake was a touch unlucky not to go through the Championship series undefeated. He was awesome in winning his first heat at Swan Hill late last month, and then galloped across the line at the next round of heats at Ouyen, only to be relegated from first to second. O’Brien paid the bargain price of $4000 for Im Sir Blake as a yearling at a Shepparton All-aged mixed sale – the same sale where two years earlier he snapped up a then-unraced Imprincessgemma for a rock-bottom “$900 plus GST”. “The filly caught my eye just in the way she carried herself and Im Sir Blake looked like a well-gaited type,” Leroy said. “We are very lucky to have some horses with so much ability.” Imprincessgemma (Village Jolt-Melody Strike (In The Pocket), raced by Leroy and his mum Sharryn, has won 11 from 25 starts for $107,000. Im Sir Blake, owned by Leroy and his dad Danny, has won seven for $58,000. Their other stable racehorse is Michelle Wonson-owned 2yo trotter Molly’s Purse, a recent winner of the $30,000 Group Two NSW trot final at Menangle. “I have to be honest and say we’ve had some nice offers to buy Im Sir Blake, but it’s sort of a lifetime thing with him,” O’Brien said. “My dad deserves the horse and does most of the work with him. Im Sir Blake waits at the gate for him – they’re really the best of mates,” he said. “I’d probably rate the horse as the best I’ve ever had although a trotter we had, Suave Jay, equalled the Mildura track record a couple of years ago and he went okay. “But Im Sir Blake is super quick and can do a bit of work. He’s a lovely little fella and I think we’ll now aim him at the upcoming Sires.” O’Brien said the horse was named after his sister Kirsty’s oldest child, Blake, while her daughter Gemma comes into play in Imprincessgemma. The father and son training partnership has been “on fire” this season with 15 wins and nine placings from 29 starts, for $106,000 in stakes. It’s a real family affair as Danny, a mental health nurse, and Leroy, a plumber, do as much as possible at the stables before heading off to work. Mum Sharryn, a disability support worker, is, according to Leroy, the backbone. “Mum feeds up and helps out wherever she can, and my fiancée Kristy also does a great job. You just need that massive support to keep ticking along,” he said. Leroy and Kristy recently became engaged and nine weeks ago welcomed son Tommy into their lives. “You could say that it’s all happening,” Leroy said laughing. “I suppose we’ve fallen on our feet with a lot of good luck, but you still have to put in the work for the success to keep coming,” he said.   Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

WASHINGTON, PA, June 10, 2019 -- Parked through a grueling 26.4 opening panel, Cue Hall found more in the lane and captured Monday's harness racing $20,000 Open Handicap Trot at The Meadows. As if that demanding start weren't enough, Cue Hall had to withstand an extended uncovered challenge from heavy favorite Bluebird Jesse, who had won four of his last five. Nevertheless, the 7-year-old son of Andover Hall-Curli Cue was up to the task, holding off the rallying She Nuit by 1/2 length to score for Mike Wilder in 1:54.2. Tequila Talkin shot the Lightning Lane for show. Rich Gillock trains Cue Hall, who now boasts $452,489 in career earnings, for owner/breeder Bob Key. Dave Palone and Wilder each collected three wins on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Tuesday, first post 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

Tioga Downs played host to two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for harness racing 3-year-old pacing fillies on Monday (June 10). DD Delicious (Jim Morrill Jr) came flying late to capture the first division with a stake of $57,600. So Awesome (Tim Tetrick) was the big favorite and went to the front and led the group to a first quarter of 28.1. She controlled the pace as they hit the half in :57.1. JK American Beauty (Scott Zeron) would make the first move. She came first-over from third and started to pressure So Awesome as they headed for the last turn . So Awesome maintained a short lead as they hit three-quarters in 1:25.0. The two fillies remained side by side all around the final turn. DD Delicious ($13.40), who is owned by Fiddler's Creek Stables and trained by Travis Alexander, followed in the pocket the whole trip. In mid-stretch she found an opening on the inside and turned on the after burners to slip by and pick up the win in 1:54.1. So Awesome had to settle for second with the late charging Hurrikane Norakane (David Miller) getting third. DD Delicious is a 3-year-old filly by Art Major. It was her third win in five starts this season. She did not race as a freshman. Zero Tolerance (David Miller) cruises to easy win in NYSS second division ($56,500). Brooklyn Lilacs (Joe Bongiorno) set the pace and carved out all the early fractions (:27.3, :56.2, 1:24.0). Zero Tolerance ($2.10), who is trained by Joe Holloway for owners Val D'Or Farms and Theodore Gewertz, patiently followed in second. She took over around the final turn. As she hit the stretch, the filly found another gear and won by over 10 lengths in 1:53.2. My Lady Dude (Scott Zeron) came up to finish second. Brooklyn Lilacs had to settle for third. Zero Tolerance is a 3-year-old filly by Heston Blue Chip. It was her third win as a sophomore. She now owns 10 career victories. Zero Tolerance Scot Zeron drove three winners on the day. He got his wins with Haydens Little Man ($4.40), American Sombrero ($6.50), and Chase You ($3.80). Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Friday (June 14). Post time is 6:15 p.m. For more information go to John Horne for Tioga Downs              

While Jimmy Nickerson’s name is a somewhat new addition to the harness racing race programs at Saratoga Casino Hotel, the veteran trainer is certainly not new to the sport of harness racing. A native of Maine, the avid golf enthusiast came to New York a little over a decade ago when he and his current wife Heidi Rohr relocated their stable to a farm in Middletown. From that farm, Nickerson and Rohr’s horses competed at a host of tracks and the Rohr trainees could regularly be found racing at Yonkers with others making the trek to Pennsylvania or the much closer trip to Monticello. Though they raced members of their stable at several tracks, Rohr and Nickerson often came to Saratoga Casino Hotel and have always enjoyed success here. In fact, back in 2009, Rohr was named the Peerless McGrath Award winner at Saratoga, an award that recognizes the track’s top breakthrough trainer for that season. That wouldn’t be the last honor bestowed to Rohr either. After a move to Saratoga and a few more solid local seasons, Rohr was ready to take over the top spot. In 2013, she was named Trainer of the Year just one season before winning her first training title at Saratoga. Rohr finished up the ’14 campaign with the most wins among local conditioners despite still racing at multiple tracks in the northeast. Rohr was named Horsewoman of the Year in ’13 and ’14 as well after establishing herself as a force at the Spa. Rohr and Nickerson managed their stable together for more than a decade before Rohr backed out of the day-to-day activities of the barn following the birth of their daughter Emery. At that point, Nickerson officially took over the reins and has continued to enjoy success. After finishing last season in a tie for eighth place among local trainers, Nickerson is having a terrific 2019 campaign thus far. Heidi Rohr Despite the fact that he brings numerous trainees to Massachusetts to compete at Plainridge during the week, Nickerson came into last week’s action at the Spa in a tie for second among local trainers in ’19. Thriving with a stable that is notably pacer-heavy, Nickerson has done his damage this season despite not necessarily having one or two standouts do the majority of his barn’s winning. One level where we have seen Nickerson and Rohr trainees thrive in their now decade-plus at Saratoga is in the Opens, mostly for pacers. Rohr’s Bell On Wheels was named Filly and Mare Pacer of the Year back in 2013 and ever since then, the husband-wife led stable has featured numerous top distaffers who have thrived against the track’s top lady pacers throughout the years. The most recent Nickerson trainee to compete and thrive in the Fillies and Mares Open is Sandy Sue. The four year old mare came to town last month out of the stable of the top trainer in North America. Ron Burke has been the winningest trainer in harness racing the last several years and sent Sandy Sue to Nickerson following a stint in the Midwest. In her local debut, Sandy Sue finished second after getting a pocket trip in the $15,000 Open for the ladies. After two straight ho-hum tries, she started from the rail in final feature in the month of May. Leading driver Billy Dobson, who has sat behind the speedy mare in each of her local starts, secured a journey on the front end in that race. Sandy Sue went coast-to-coast and added her name to the lengthy list of distaffers to score Open wins for Nickerson and Rohr in the last decade at Saratoga. Last Thursday afternoon, the up-and-comer was assigned the outside post in a field of seven in the Fillies and Mares Open as she looked to prove her first feature victory was no fluke. Dobson was again aggressive in the early going and Sandy Sue overcame her outside post to settle in on the lead in a fast first quarter paced in 27 seconds flat. While racing with odds of 5-1 attached to her, Sandy Sue led every step of the way on Thursday and held off late surges in the stretch by two rivals before stopping the timer in 1:53.3. The win was one of three on the afternoon for Nickerson-trained mares each of which had Dobson piloting. The three-win afternoon for Nickerson was enough to vault him into second in the trainer standings and while his stable has thrived with mares this year, Jimmy has enjoyed plenty of success in the Saturday Open Pace as well. In 2017, Rohr and Nickerson won the regular Saturday feature five times with four different horses. Veteran pacer Deetzy was the only two-time winner out of the stable in the Open, scoring once in a lifetime best 1:50 flat and subsequently was a nominee for Pacer of the Year in ’17. And it wasn’t the last we’d see Deetzy thrive among the track’s top pacers. Last season, Deetzy accounted for three of the four Open Pace wins for Nickerson at Saratoga as the then six year old utilized a blend of early speed and closing ability to put together another six-figure campaign, his second straight. Still one of his stable’s top stars in ‘19, the well-traveled Deetzy returned to the Spa to compete in the final Open Pace in the month of May. He finished third in a 1:50.2 mile and thus was the favorite in the $15,000 feature contested the following week. Driver Shawn Gray powered the seven year old out to the early lead, a lead the classy pacer would never relinquish before stopping the timer in 1:51.3. It was just another win in an Open for Nickerson who has rattled off such victories for more than the last decade at the Spa. Though his stable does send out some trotters from time to time, the barn seems to be very pacer-heavy spanning the levels from occasionally the bottom to more commonly the top. And though his stable splits its starts between Saratoga and other tracks, with Open Pacers like Sandy Sue and Deetzy leading the way, Jimmy Nickerson could well wind up back at the top of the trainer standings at the Spa just as his wife Heidi Rohr was just a few years ago. Live racing takes place every Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday starting at 12 Noon and on Saturday evening beginning at 6:45pm. By Mike Sardella Special to the Saratogian Reprinted with permission of The Record

Manalapan, NJ - The last time harness racing trainer Scott DiDomenico qualified 2-year-olds at Gaitway Farm, it seemed dark clouds followed him at every turn. Of the eight horses he sent into action that morning last June, one posted a win and only one other finished better than fifth. "It was kind of a beatdown day," DiDomeninco said. On Monday, there were dark clouds - literally, this time - all around but DiDomenico had a sunny disposition after watching three of his seven 2-year-olds post victories and another finish second. "It was a good day at the office," DiDomenico said. "It's been a little lean the last couple years qualifying here. To see these horses come through and go good is very fulfilling. It certainly wasn't a Black Monday today; it was a good Monday." A misty rain fell throughout the morning, with the temperature at 65 degrees to start the card. The track was rated "good." DiDomenico's winners were filly pacers Bolt Of Speed and So Rude as well as filly trotter Keystone Candace. Bolt Of Speed, by Bolt The Duer out of Winbak Speedi, won in 1:56.3. She was purchased for $30,000 at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale and is owned by Triple D Stables and JFE Enterprise. She was bred by Winbak Farm. So Rude, by So Surreal out of I Am A Snob (a full sister to stakes winner Pedigree Snob) won in 1:58.2. She was purchased for $16,000 at the Goshen Yearling Sale and is owned by Triple D Stables and Michael Ferriero. She was bred by Steve Jones. Keystone Candace, by Andover Hall out of Caitir, won in 2:00.2. She was purchased for $25,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale and is owned by Triple D Stables and R.B.H. Ventures. She was bred by the estate of George Hempt Trust. Keystone Candace "I was happy with everything," DiDomenico said. "I thought Keystone Candace was probably the best of the three. She's trained well all the way through and it's nice to see a fulfilling effort the first time out. But I'm happy with all of them. They all were professional and did a good job. I can't knock any of them. "Even some of the ones that got beat were OK. I'm not a trainer that has to win qualifiers. I like to see them passing horses and going forward at the wire. Seeing them do that and seeing them win is special." Ron Burke led the way with five winning 2-year-olds while Julie Miller joined DiDomenico with three. Donna Marshall had one victory. Burke won with filly trotter Sister Sledge in 2:01.2, colt trotter Patriarch Hanover in 2:00.1, colt pacer Stop Action in 1:58.4, filly pacer Dance Club in 1:57, and filly pacer Sweet Ace in 2:03.3. Sister Sledge, who won in 1:59.2 during last week's Gaitway qualifiers, is by Father Patrick out of Behindclosedoors. She was purchased for $35,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale and is owned by Burke Racing, Jason Melillo, J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby, and Weaver Bruscemi. She was bred by Sergent Stables and Andray Farm. Patriarch Hanover is by Father Patrick out of 2012 Hambletonian Oaks winner Personal Style. He was purchased for $22,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale and is owned by Burke Racing Stable, William Switala, James Martin, and Weaver Bruscemi. He was bred by Brittany Farms and Melvin Hartman. Patriarch Hanover Stop Action is by Somebeachsomewhere out of The Show Returns, a stakes-winning full sister to Dan Patch Award winner Put On A Show. He was purchased for $170,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale and is owned by Thomas Dillon and Scott Dillon. He was bred by Steve Stewart, Black Creek Farm, Michael Robinson, and South Mountain Stables. Dance Club is by A Rocknroll Dance out of Liscaramore. She is owned by Burke Racing, Knox Services Inc., David Wills, and Weaver Bruscemi. She was bred by Wills and Douglas Brechler. Sweet Ace is by Sweet Lou out of One Ace Too Many. She was purchased for $20,000 at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale and is owned by Burke Racing, Larry Karr, Melillo, and J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby. She was bred by Crawford Farms. Miller's wins came with colt pacer Bombshell Hanover in 1:55.3, colt trotter Big Oil in 1:58.2, and gelding pacer Western Vacation in 1:57.3. Bombshell Hanover is by Somebeachsomewhere out of Blind Ambition and is a half-brother to stakes winners Big Top Hanover and Badiou Hanover. He was purchased for $60,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale and is owned by Pinkse Stables, Andy Miller Stable Inc., and Curly Tall Curly Small. He was bred by Hanover Shoe Farms. Bombshell Hanover Big Oil is by Father Patrick out of former Miller Stable star Cee Bee Yes. He is owned by breeders Jason Allen and Doug Allen as well as Ronald Allen. Western Vacation is by Western Ideal out of Robin Cruiser. He is owned by breeder Pinske Stables. Marshall's victory came with filly trotter Miss McKee. The horse made a break last week but returned Monday following the removal of trotting hobbles and won in 1:57.4. Miss McKee is by Muscle Massive out of Dazzling Deb. She is owned by Marshall and William Duncan, who bred the filly with Glen Vetrano. For complete charts, click here. Ken Weingartner

The Sunday evening (June 9) harness racing card at Running Aces had plenty to offer in the way of excitement and nostalgia. The ten race program featured horses doubling and even tripling up and extending their current top form, and it had former champions and top horses returning to glory for the first time this year. It had upset winners and it had spot-on favorites, it was a great night at the races. Firedrake is one of the top pacers at Running Aces over the past several seasons, with many memorable accomplishments - including starting out with 9 wins in his first 10 starts of 2017, then going on to win the inaugural Dan Patch FFA Pace that same year, and coming back in the 2018 Dan Patch to almost repeat with a second place finish beaten only a neck. His season in 2019 has been a little different - he dealt with some obstacles over the winter and for a while he didn't look like himself - at least not on paper. He visited some new tracks and perhaps didn't care for them as much as Running Aces, where he has seen the most of his career success. Things began to improve as Firedrake began to pick up some decent finishes in Ohio and later in Indiana, but still the winner's circle had been elusive. Firedrake made his way back to Minnesota for the start of the season and he was right here where he belonged on opening night (May 18) and he turned in a decent effort in the feature race (3rd). He was back in the feature one week later and finished a respectable fourth, and then he was seventh after that. Firedrake was back home at his favorite track and he was doing ok, he was looking good, but there was still something missing - his trainer Nick Roland had not driven him in a race in nearly a year. That was about to change. Firedrake was in to go in a $9,000 conditioned pace, getting some well deserved class relief and Nick Roland would reunite with his 6 year Dragon Again gelding and take on a field of nine from post four. The stage was set and Firedrake was ready to show his Minnesota fans that he was back. The public took notice - sending him off as the 4-5 favorite. He was fastest off the gate but was immediately challenged by Whatchyastarinat (Don Harmon) who took the lead with Roland opting for the pocket. The early fractions were tepid for the top-level pacers and the challengers came calling after the half mile. Elusive Image (Tony Huffman) was pressuring the leader with Five Card Draw (Mooney Svendsen) charging from second-over. Firedrake had lots of pace but was blocked. Roland was patient and waited for the homestretch - they got the room they needed and the dynamic duo immediately took off with a furious and impressive rally to the wire. The competition was left reeling as Firedrake drew off by two lengths in 1:54.2 for the fastest mile of the night. Firedrake ($3.80) is back, and with Nick Roland in the bike the two of them proved once again that they are a force to be reckoned with. Five Card Draw was up for second, while Whatchyastarinat held for third. Firedrake is owned by Set The Pace Racing, LLC. The $16,000 Minnesota-Sired 3 year old trotters were in the spotlight on Sunday as well, with a field of 8 going to battle in the opener. Major Al-Mar (Rick Magee) was favored from post one while MD Magic (Nick Roland) was a close second choice in the wagering. Dewey's Machine (Steve Wiseman) set the tempo and led for most of the contest, but there was a nice battle as the field rounded for home. Twilight Tinker ($18.20, Brian Detgen) was trotting fastest of all on the far outside after angling from third on the pylons, and she passed her rivals with an impressive stretch drive to stay in front of Major Al-Mar and MD Magic at the wire in a career best 1:59.4. Twilight Tinker was the 2 year old filly Champion trotter in 2018, and the victory on Sunday was her first win of the year. She had shown maturity and increased abilities in her first few starts of 2019, picking up a second and a third in three starts and holding her own against the male trotters as well. The winning owner is Cathy Dessert and the winning trainer is Nick Roland. Twilight Tinker and Brian Detgen Banker Volo ($6.40, Nick Roland) continues his domination of the Minnesota trotting scene - a reign that has spanned the last four years continues as he scored his third consecutive win in the top $15,000 Open Handicap on Sunday. At age ten the always impressive Stallion shows no signs of letting up. Banker Volo made easy work of this week's seven horse field with an early charge to the front and a never-in-doubt mile of 1:56.4 to check in 2½ lengths ahead at the wire. Banker Volo fans got a very generous price of more than 2-1 this week. Bringoverthemoney (Tim Maier) was second best and My Uncle Cuz (Don Harmon) was home third. The winning owner is Lucas Roland and the winning trainer is Jenni King. Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Tuesday (June 11) with a couple of nice carryovers - $6,123.93 for the Pick-5, and $4,582.36 for the Hi-5. Post time on Tuesday is 7:00 pm (CDT) By Darin Gagne, for Running Aces Casino, Hotel & Racetrack      

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