Dover, DE - Chipoffthewall swept to victory in the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Two-Year-Old Male Trot at Dover Downs on Tuesday, Nov. 24. Tim Tetrick drove three winners. With North America's second-leading driver, Tony Morgan, at the controls, the altered black son of Master Lavec-Off the Wall again dominated the DSBF freshman ranks while setting a new track record for age, gender and gait of 1:58.4 posting his fifth win in his last six outings. The only mar on his recent record is in the $100,000 DSBF Final at Harrington where after reaching the finish line with 9 ½ lengths to spare, but was taken down and placed last for an early race interference. Veteran horseman Syl King leases and trains Chipoffthewall, who now has earned $101,440 this campaign. Longshot Seafood Scrappy (Ross Wolfenden) finished second. Boston Malibu (Allan Davis) took show money. On the regular program in a $15,500 3,4&5-Year-OldFilly and Mare pace, Bob Bailey's sharp Duneside Chella, trained by Ryan Bailey, made it two wins-in-a-row winning the stretch battle in 1:52.4 giving Tony Morgan his second win of the day. American Truth (Tim Tetrick) nosed out Sweet Bobbie by a nose for second place. Elliesjet N remains undefeated after five starts in the U.S. as Art Stafford Jr. piloted the Jereme's Jet-Elle Mary Rose six-year-old black mare to a 1:52.4 triumph in a $14,000 distaff pace for young females. Art Stafford Jr. steered the winner for trainer Josh Parker, Evans, Spedden and Nanticoke Race own the New Zealand import. Playcardswithroddy (George Dennis) was runner-up. Lady Beth (Wolfenden) was third. Bay Pond Racing's Hearts N Flowers got up in 1:52.3 to win the $14,000 mares Winners Over pace with Allan Davis driving for trainer Wayne Givens. Tyra (Tetrick) was second with Handsoffmycookie (Morgan) third. It was the eighth win this year in 36 starts for the Artiscape-Hasty Dewar six-year-old. Tim Tetrick went off at 21-1 driving Powerful Honey in a Delaware $5,000 Mares pace. Tetrick rallied the six-year-old Powerful Toy-Honeycakes distaff from seventh after the half, to loop the field on the way to a 1:56.1 victory for trainer Willard Reynolds and owners Howard and Linda Dege. Coupled with Smile Cam (George Dennis) the 6-2 exacta returned $466.30 and with Quick Pulse Daisy (Vic Kirby), third, the 6-28 trifecta paid $2,173. The fourth and final 2015 $100,000 DSBF two-year-old title event spotlights the filly pacers in the Wednesday feature race. There is no live racing on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day. Monday through Thursday racing begins at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday are dark live racing days at Dover Downs. A $5,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 Pool is featured daily. The Winner's Circle Buffet is back for those watching races and dinning in the Winner's Circle Restaurant. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at the 4-star Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600 At Dover Downs, there is no charge for parking and admission. Harness and thoroughbred simulcasts is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs
Winbak Farm sadly announces the passing of Champion racemare, Armbro Feather, p, 2, 2:03.3h; 3, 1:53.4; 1:51.3 ($1,454,927). Born in 1984, Armbro Feather helped her dam, Brets Velvet, gain O'Brien Broodmare of the Year honors. Before her, Brets Velvet had produced six foals of racing age, only four had raced and the best, Velvet Dream, had made over $100,000. Her sire, Most Happy Fella, had already passed away by the time Armbro Feather was born. He had produced top pacing mares Silk Stockings and Tarport Hap in his first crop, but Armbro Feather born in his last crop (12 years later) would earn more than both of them combined. She would also win 56 of her 90 starts. A challenge to break, she refused to turn the right away of the track to go to the gate (a trait she never lost until the day she retired). She preferred no fuss and to be left alone. A horse with a mind of her own, Armbro Feather finished in the money 91% of her starts. At 3, she was the OJC Winner for her division. She won the Jugette (in straight heats), the Shady Daisy Stake and the Reynolds Memorial. She was also the New York Sire Stakes champion. At 4, she won the USHWA Dan Patch Award for Older Pacing Mares. She won the Breeders Crown prep, 2 Clare Series Legs & Final, Hanover Stake, and Roses Are Red Stake. She was second in the Breeders Crown and Milton Stake. She set her lifetime mark of 1:51.3 at The Meadowlands when she won the fillies & mares open. As an aged racehorse, she won the Breeders Crown, Clare Stake Final, Milton Stake leg and Final and Roses Are Red Final. When she retired from racing, Armbro Feather joined the Armstrong Brother broodmare ranks. While a broodmare at Armstrong Brothers, Armbro Feather produced 11 foals, none of which came close to their mother's earnings. Her best foal for the Armstrong Brothers was Us And Them, p, 1:51.4 ($265,036). In 2003, Armbro Feather sold at the Harrisburg Sale as part of the Armstrong Brothers pacing mares dispersal. She was bought by Winbak Farm for $22,000. She would have 3 foals at Winbak Farm, one that Armstrong Brothers bred and two that Winbak Farm bred including her richest earning foal, Get Jazzed, p, 1:53.2f ($323,631). Her other foal bred by Winbak Farm, named Clearly Foxy, is now a broodmare at the farm. Her last years have been spent enjoying a well-deserved retirement with Winbak's band of retired mares. by Elizabeth Cheesman, for Winbak Farm
Freehold, NJ --- Wiggle It Jiggleit is No. 1 in the final Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll for 2015. A 3-year-old male pacer, Wiggle It Jiggleit continued his winning ways by capturing Monday’s single elimination for next week’s Hap Hansen Progress Pace at Dover Downs. It was Wiggle It Jiggleit’s 21st win of the year, which is tied for the most among all horses in North America and leads all pacers. Rounding out the top five are Freaky Feet Pete, Southwind Frank, Mission Brief and Pinkman. Mission Brief finished her season with a 1:51.3 win over the weekend in the Continentalvictory Stakes at the Meadowlands. Wild Honey finished second. The Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll does not determine Horse of the Year. The U.S. Harness Writers Association votes in December on all 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. FINAL Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 28 – 11/24/2015 Rank Name (First Place Votes) A/G/S Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Wiggle It Jiggleit (30) 3pg 25-21-3-0 $2,031,995 338 1 2 Freaky Feet Pete (3) 3pc 17-15-2-0 $853,774 269 2 3 Southwind Frank (1) 2tc 12-11-0-0 $786,419 267 3 4 Mission Brief 3tf 14-10-3-0 $1,008,517 207 5 5 Pinkman 3tg 17-11-3-1 $1,892,865 202 4 6 Pure Country 2pf 10-10-0-0 $689,968 142 7 7 Always B Miki 4ph 4-4-0-0 $301,210 136 6 8 Bee A Magician 5tm 18-10-5-0 $980,845 81 8 9 Wild Honey 3tf 16-7-7-0 $1,149,532 65 9 10 D’One 5tm 5-4-0-0 $329,150 39 -- by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications
November 23, 2015 - Today’s Quinte+ (jackpot €3.2 million) was the Prix de Meslay du Maine (purse €58,000, 2700 meters, 18 starters) at Paris-Vincennes and the 1.13.7kr winner was 4.3/1 Unero Montaval (7g Nem-Herroine du Loir) handled by David Thomain. 6/1 Uvinito (7g Invar-Nivanito) was second for owner/trainer/driver Christian Boisnard with 4.8/1 Urasi de la Vallee (7g Onyx du Goutier-La Vallee) to the line third for trainer/driver Sebastien Ernault. The monte Gr. II Prix Edmond Henry (purse €120,000, 2700 meters, 10 starters) went to the 1.14.6kr clocked winner Americaine (5f Chef du Chatolet-Marine Raudiere) at 5/1 odds. This J-P Marmion trainee raced barefoot for jockey Antoine Wiels. Favorite 1.1/1 Moving On (6f Quite Easy-Kings Blondie) was second for Franck Nivard, trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Ecurie IC Equine AB. 9/1 Rue du Bac (5m Infinitif-Ici) was third for David Thomain. Trainer Fabrice Souloy and Ecurie Camamera AB. Moving On and Rue du Bac also raced shoeless. 8/1 Vision Intense and Mathieu Abrivard (saddle pad 10) was actually an easy winner that was disqualified for being rough gaited. Americaine Thomas H. Hicks
Triple Bottom Line pulled a 7-1 upset to win the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Two-Year-Old Filly Trot while Wiggle It Jiggleit downed eight rivals for his 21st victory of the season in the Hap Hansen Progress Pace at Dover Downs on Monday, Nov. 23. Veteran trainer-driver Jeff Fout found the passing lane to his liking overtaking dueling leaders Cicada's Song, who cut the mile for Carlo Poliseno from outside post 8, and challenger Epic Smash and Pat Berry who battled on the outside from the backstretch on until the final strides when Triple Bottom Line flew down the lane to post a 2:00.4 victory. It was the second trip to the winner's circle in eight starts for the three-time second -place finisher bred and owned by Winbak Farm. The CR Commando-Current Yield freshman now has won $75,800 this campaign. Cicada's Song and Epic Smash were second and third respectively. While the DSBF $100,000 final was the biggest purse event on the card, one of the biggest crowds of the early meet came to see George Teague Inc.'s Wiggle It Jiggleit. And they were not disappointed. The dark-bay world champion conditioned by Clyde Francis, rolled away from the starting gate to take the lead. Twenty-four-year-old driver Montrell Teague never looked back negotiating a :26 opening quarter, :54.4 half and took his eight foes to the three-quarters in 1:22.1. A :26.4 final panel gave the Mr. Wiggles-Mozzi Hanover offspring a decisive victory. A Delaware-sired 58-1 shot, Remember Me VK sat second the mile and stayed there for driver Eric Goodell with Dealt A Winner and David Miller, who took a shot at the leader on the backstretch holding on for third. Montrell Teague also drove the winner of the $20,000 DSBF Consolation trot steering owner-trainer Kevin Switzer's Jasmine K, a Master Lavec-Visioness K filly home in 2:04.4. Rhythm N Blues (Ross Wolfenden) was second in front of Devlin (Poliseno), third. Marchs Miller piloted Swing City, the only three-year-old in the $15,500 3,4&5-Year-Old Male pace on the undercard. Nick Surick, trains and co-owns the United Ace-Cyber Cities gelding with R.S.Ruffolo and Ervin Miller Stables. Brody (Sean Bier) and B's Weddie (Ross Wolfenden were second and third. Corey Callahan had a triple while Montrell Teague, Tim Ettrick and Allan Davis, each won two races during the card. Trainer Dylan Davis and owner Tom Lazzaro had triples while trainer Wayne Givens had a double. On Tuesday, another $100,000 DSBF title is on the line for colt and gelding trotters. Monday through Thursday racing begins at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday are dark live racing days at Dover Downs. There is no live racing on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day. A $5,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 Pool is now featured daily. The Winner's Circle Buffet is back for those watching races and dinning in the Winner's Circle Restaurant. At Dover Downs, there is no charge for parking and admission. Harness and thoroughbred simulcasts is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at the 4-star Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad
DOVER, Del. ---With consecutive prelim wins, Chipoffthewall, leased and trained by Syl King, is the one to beat in the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Male Trot Final while Sweet Bobbie and American Truth head the $15,500 Fillies and Mares pace on the Tuesday, Nov. 24 card at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Chipoffthewall, after being disqualified from first last month in the $100,000 DSBF Final at Harrington. Has rebounded with a pair of decisive victories in his two prelims in November. Tony Morgan will drive the race-favorite black gelding. Jane Dunavant's homebred Virginia stakes champion, Elton J, showed his class rallying after being passed to win his prelim last Tuesday. Chris Yochim's Mondello, handled by Art Stafford Jr., has been a sharp second in his last two, but must overcome starting from post 8. Politicised gets driver Tim Tetrick after a just-missed second a week ago. Owner- trainer Bob Shahan and Don Marine's Bosston Malibu, who romped in last month's consolation, starts from post 1 with Allan Davis driving. Seafood Scrappy and Ross Wolfenden shows four thirds in his seven 2015 races for Seafood Delight and J,J&M Stable. Jim Morand will pilot Deborah Warnick's Popcorn Machine, a prelim winner two weeks ago and Bill Hall and trainer Brian Wright's Chrome Master, reined by Eddie Dennis, complete the starting line-up. The rest of the program spotlights filly and mare paces. A $15,500 3,4&5-Year-Old distaff pace tops the regular program. Gary Ewing's Sweet Bobbie (Corey Callahan), JFE Enterprise and Triple D Stable's American Truth and Bob Bailey's Duneside Chella ,fresh from a 10-lengths 1:52.1 win last time, lead a field of nine starters. Also, there is a $14,000 distaff Winners-Over semi-feature featuring JFE Enterprise's Handsoffmycookie (Tony Morgan) and Foulk Stables' Valerya (Callahan), both winners last time out. The final 2015 DSBF $100,000 title is on the line Wednesday highlighting the top Delaware-sired two-year-old filly pacers. Prayer Session and Spunky Jack lead nine in the Wednesday feature, $21,000 Open/Handicap trot, on the regular card. There is no live racing on Thursday as horsemen enjoy the Thanksgiving Day Holiday. Monday through Thursday racing starts at 4:30 p.m. No live racing on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. There is no charge for parking and admission. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad
One of the greatest ever line-ups of reinsmen will compete in the International Drivers Series during the 2015 TABtouch Inter Dominion at Gloucester Park. Apart from one of the World’s best reinsmen in Tim Tetrick, a winner of over 8500 races and almost $200 Million in stakes, plus visiting drivers John Richardson and Alan Haythornthwaite from Ireland and the UK, the Australasian drivers have won a combined ten pacers and six trotters Inter Dominion Grand Finals, as well as countless heats and Grand Circuit races. Gavin Lang, Chris Alford, Anthony Butt, Luke McCarthy, Shane Graham and James Rattray will compete against local Inter Dominion winners Chris Lewis, Kim Prentice and Gary Hall Jr. “With the Inter Dominion at Gloucester Park and somany great reinsmen all assembled in one place, it was a logical step to conduct a drivers series” said Gloucester Park President John Burt. “Tim (Tetrick) is a wonderful ambassador for harness racing." "He was a highlight of the World Driving Championship earlier this year in Sydney and it will be a pleasure for Gloucester Park to host one of the world’s great drivers and see how he performs against our best." “Tim will certainly drive against the finest. We have the only two Australian drivers to win more than 5000 races in Gavin Lang and Chris Alford, last year’s leading driver in Australia Shane Graham, as well as the NSW metropolitan premiership winner who recently drove his 2000th winner in Luke McCarthy. There are seven individual Inter Dominion winners competing, including Anthony Butt, who has driven the most winners of heats and finals in Inter Dominion history”. Racing and Wagering WA Harness Manager Noel Reilly was equally buoyant about the series and the competing reinsmen “One of the aims of the Inter Dominion was to internationalise the event and the Invitational Drivers Series is part of that initiative” informed Mr Reilly. “If Anthony Butt is claimed as a Kiwi, then we have five countries represented. We have also tried to have as many states represented as possible. “It’s a talented line-up” added Mr Reilly. The Iine-up for the TABtouch Invitational Drivers Series: Driver State/Country Career Highlights Tim Tetrick USA Over 8500 winners & $200 Million in stakes John Richardson Ireland Ireland’s leading driver Alan Haythornthwaite UK Represented UK in World Drivers Series Anthony Butt NZ 1 x Pacers & 3 x Trotters Inter Dominions Gary Hall Jr WA 3 x Inter Dominion winner Chris Lewis WA 2 x Inter Dominion winner Kim Prentice WA Inter Dominion Winner Chris Alford VIC Inter Dominion winner & over 5000 career wins Gavin Lang VIC 3 x Trotters Inter Dominion Luke McCarthy NSW Sydney’s leading driver 2014/15 James Rattray NSW 2 x Inter Dominion winner Shane Graham QLD Australia’s leading driver 2014/15 The series will consist of two heats on the third night of the TABtouch Inter Dominion series (Friday, 4 December) and a heat on TABtouch Inter Dominion Grand Final Day (Sunday 13 December), both at Gloucester Park. For more information about the 2015 TABtouch Inter Dominion, or the International Drivers Challenge, head to www.perthinterdominion.com.au. Gloucester Park
Harness racing trainers have a hard enough row to hoe as it is without having health and injury concerns as well but that is often the reality that trainers face. Benny Hill would know that better than most at the moment as he tries to get his head around the bleeding issues with his star pacer Dalton Bromac. The big strapping son of Major In Art looked the next Grand Circuit champion in the making when he took the harness racing scene in New Zealand by storm last season. His displays of powers and speed had harness racing pundits reaching for the superlatives and when he ran 2:36.1 for 2200 metres at Auckland just before Christmas last year, the world was his oyster. However as so often happens with elite equine athletes, health issues reared their ugly head just as he was hitting top gear. The favourite for the Harness Jewels at Ashburton at the end of May, Dalton Bromac bled from the nostrils in his final lead up race the week before the Harness Jewels and was put stood down for a month as per the regulations. Benny was in no hurry to get his star pacer back this season but a really hard winter and Dalton Bromac being slow to come to hand meant he wasn't going to be ready for Cup Week. So Benny decided he may as well head to the McCarthys in Sydney to kick start his five year old season. Benny was confident he was in for a big season. " It was a really hard winter here and he just took longer to come to hand than I thought he would." " When he wasn't going to make Cup Week I had no hesitation in sending him to Sydney," Benny said. That looked like a really good decision when Dalton Bromac trialled recently at Menangle. " He jogged a mile in 1:53 and change and did it on his ear." " I was really confident heading into Saturday night at Menangle and so was Luke and when he only ran third I was pretty disappointed." "I was a lot more disappointed when I got a text from Luke McCarthy shortly afterwards telling me he had bled again from the nostrils after the race." " I was just gutted to be honest." " As a second timer, he cops three months out this time and having bled the last two times he has raced, he doesn't look to have a future racing down under." " The only place he can race and receive the help he obviously needs is North America and that's where his future now lies." " I have already had three calls from prospective buyers in the last 24 hours so I just have to settle on one of those." "The reality is that this is just part of training horses." "You just have to pick yourself up and go again," Benny said. With the open class ranks in New Zealand short at the moment of out and out stars, the loss of Dalton Bromac to North America at this time will be keenly felt. Harnesslink Media
YONKERS, NY, Sunday, November 22, 2015 - Lone lass Dot Dot Dot Dash (Matt Kakaley, $24.20) engineered the harness racing upset Sunday afternoon, winning Yonkers Raceway's $50,000 Open Handicap Trot. Assigned post position No,. 6 in the mile-and-a-quarter medley, Dot Dot Dot Dash lagged last in the early going as lone 3-year-old French Laundry (Dan Dube) two-moved to the lead (:29.2, :59.2). Red Hot Herbie (Brian Sears) was patrolling the pocket when 3-2 choice Luminosity (George Brennan) moved...in a hurry. Luminosity engaged French Laundry in and out of both a 1:29.2 three-quarters and 1:57.1 mile post (:27.4 fourth quarter) Meanwhile, Dot Dot Dot Dash had loosely tracked move of the favorite before ducking in a three-hole for a breather. It was Luminosity owning a short lead in and out of the final turn, but pre-Thanksgiving company was coming. A refreshed Dot Dot Dot Dash left the cones, angled widest and went by. He defeated a ground-saving Sumatra (Jordan Stratton) by a length-and-a-half in 2:27.1. Red Hot Herbie, Luminosity and There'sademoninme (Andy Miller) completed the cashers. For fifth choice Dot Dot Dot Dash, a 5-year-old daughter of Classic Photo owned by William Vandervort Jr. and trained by Shae Vandervort, it was her seventh win in 23 seasonal tries. The exacta paid $142, with the triple returning $1,673. Note that since no one took down the Sunday Pick 5, Monday's gimmick, which already has a $10,000 guaranteed pool, begins with a carryover of $2,649.08 (50-cent base wager, races 7 through 11, program pages at www.yonkersraceway.com). Also, Sunday props to driver Mark MacDonald, who won four races during the dozen-race card. Frank Drucker
The best chance for a southern hemisphere bred son of the champion sire Bettors Delight to make it at stud down under would appear to Harnesslink to be Gold Ace. A great looking entire who was able to mix it with the best in the age group classics in New Zealand, Gold Ace went on to win the Golden Nugget in Perth at four before winning the $150,000 New Zealand Free For All as an older horse He then went back to Australia where he won the Cranbourne and Shepparton Cups and was placed behind Christen Me in a Hunter Cup before finishing a great second to Adore Me back in New Zealand in 1:51.8 as he wound down a wonderful career. Purchased out of the 2009 Australasian Classic Yearling Sale for $27,000 by the Graeme Rogerson - Steven Reid training partnership, Gold Ace is bred on the hugely successful Bettors Delight - In The Pocket cross which has had so much success in Australasia. Gold Ace's dam was Hill Of Gold and she has certainly been that for her owner A handy race mare for Geoff Small, Hill of Gold has excelled in the broodmare paddock. Apart from Gold Ace she has also produced the very smart race mare Gold Elite 1:57.3 ($70,037) and Strike The Gold 1:55.8 ($63,721) who raced in the classics last year against Have Faith In Me and Follow The Stars. Her last yearling to go through the sales ring in 2014 was Dark Energy, a full brother to Gold Ace who made $75,000. Hill Of Gold is closely related to the brilliant juvenile Smiling Shard 1:53.7 ($1,178,793), Sly Flyin 1:53.6 ($911,689) and Kiwi Ingenuity 1:52.1 ($523,200) so the family has been having a great run in the last twenty years. Gold Ace made his race track debut at Forbury Park in March 2010 as a two year old and while not dominant at that age, he did produce several smart performances. We think his best run was when he won the $30,000 Sires Stakes Consolation at Addington. All up at two, Gold Ace won $23,740 but when he reappeared at three he was a different horse. Now trained solely by Steven Reid, Gold Ace was at his best at three,winning 10 races including the $253,000 PGG Sales Race, $200,000 NZ Derby, $165,000 NZ Sires Stakes Final and the $150,000 Harness Jewels. All up he won over $500,000 at three in a season which was notable for his clashes with another rising star,Terror To Love. The pair met six times at three with Gold Ace winning four and dead-heating in another so even though there was not much in it on the track, Gold Ace was too strong in most of their meetings and was named three year old of the year. Never one to miss a challenge, Steven Reid set Gold Ace for the A$175,000 Golden Nugget final at Perth early in his four year old season in which he duly obliged. Staying with the Halls in Perth, Gold Ace so impressed Gary Hall sen that he made a A$1,000,000 offer for the entire but the owners said no. For the rest of his four year old season, Gold Ace had the appearance of a horse that just hadn't got over that big trip to Perth. He won the $40,000 Superstars final at Addington over Terror To Love and was placed in both the Noel Taylor Mile and the NZ Messenger but just seemed half a length down on what he had been previously. At five the highlight of the season was the win in the $150,000 NZ FFA at Addington over Terror To Love and a great second to Christen Me in the $100,00 Noel Taylor Mile. From there Steven and the owners moved Gold Ace to the McCarthy barn in Sydney where over the next 14 months he won over $250,000 with his best wins coming in the $100,000 Cranbourne Cup and $50,000 Shepparton Cup while he was also a great third to Christen Me in the $400,000 AG Hunter Cup. Brought back to New Zealand as a seven year old as he wound down before heading to the stallion barn, Gold Ace produced one of career best runs at the 1000 metres Cambridge Raceway. Sent forward from the gate by driver Todd Mitchell, Gold Ace tried to run them off their feet over the mile and it took the champion mare Adore Me to grab him late in a new track record to defeat him. Gold Ace was timed in 1:51.8 which is his best recorded time and he did it at start 67. So when you look at Gold Ace you see a horse who is by a champion sire in Bettors Delight from a top maternal family, who raced for six seasons, earned just under one and a quarter million dollars and was still trucking as good at the end of his career as he was at the start. The bonus is when you look at the individual in the flesh as Gold Ace is letting down into one magnificent looking entire. Standing at the outstanding Nevele R Stud in Christchurch, Gold Ace will be given every opportunity to prove that he can make it as a sire and it would surprise us if he didn't make his mark. Harnesslink Media
November 21, 2015 - Adrian Kolgjini piloted the Lutfi Kolgjini trained Buzz Mearas (4g Dream Vacation-Dance Of Joy-Malabar Man) to victory in today’s Axel Jensens at Bjerke, with 300,000NOK to the winner of this 1609 meter autostart contest. The winner scored easily timed in 1.10.4kr (1:53.2 mile rate) to defeat Explosive De Vie (4g Explosive Matter-Ava-Pine Chip) driven by trainer Jim Oscarsson with third to Daley Lovin (4m Conway Hall-Dreamsmadeofthis-Dream Vacation) handled by trainer Daniel Reden. Exodus Hanover and Royal Ice took the next two spots. All of the top five, except the winner, were bred and registered in the US. On the Bjerke card was the Kai Eriksens Gold Division and the winner was Denmark’s Tycoon Conway Hall (5m Conway Hall-Golden Sunday-Supergill) for trainer/driver Steen Juul. The winner earned 150,000NOK in victory over the 1609 meters autostart course. Timed in 1.11kr (mile rate 1:54.3) Tycoon Conway Hall defeated Magiccarpetride (9m Angus Hall-Meadowbranch Magic-Valley Victory) reined by Orjan Kihlstrom and third finishing Chatain (6g Love You-C’est Bon-Bosphorus) from Denmark and piloted by Erlend Rennesvik. Remee La Marc (7g Andover Hall-Loving Her Is Easy-Valley Victory) and Vidar Hop was fourth ahead of Art On Line (8g Rite On Line-Lass Fleur-Backstreet Guy) and Johnny Takter. Bjerke’s Silver Division Flaata Eiendom for 125,000NOK to the winner over 1609 meters autostart went to US-bred Call Me Hanover (6g Kadabra-Chiptease-Pine Chip) driven by Eriend Rennesvik. Timed in 1.11.2kr (mile rate 1:54.6) the winner vanquished Denmark’s Punk (6m Angus Hall-Primavera-SJ’s Photo) driven by Tom Erik Solberg with third to Tripolini VP (5g Archduke Kemp-Lady Magic-Shane Scottseth) and teamster Jeppe Juel. Highspeed Call, by From Above, was fourth with Ja El Tomcat, by Chocolatier, fifth, that one from the dam of JL Cruze, Topcat Hall by Conway Hall. Earlier in the week at Aby SWE (November 18), the Jerry Riordan trained, Lisa Riordan owned, Radysin America won an event worth 70,000SEK to the winner. Radysin America (5f Donato Hanover-Zagabria Dei-Victory Dream) was driven by Peter Ingves and scored in 1.13.1kr for her third 2015 victory and 12th career win in 40 starts. Radysin was bred by the late Lou Guida and is a half-sister to the great European mare Lisa America, bred in Italy. Thomas H. Hicks
CHESTER PA -- Robert Krivelin, last year's Amateur Driver of the Year for his third such title, won the 2015 "championship event" for amateur drivers on Sunday at Harrah's Philadelphia, guiding Current Crisis to a drawing-away victory in 2:31.3 over 1¼ miles to take the $25,000 Delvin Miller Gold Cup in the season-long C.K.G. Billings Amateur Driving Series. Krivelin and Current Crisis were second to Jacks To Open and this season's leading amateur sulkysitter, Hannah Miller, at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono 11 days ago, and that's how the crowd sent them off on the tote, with Jacks To Open 1 to 5 from the rail and Current Crisis the 4 to 1 second choice from post seven. But an unexpected thing happened just past the ¼ pole, approaching the second turn of the added-distance event - Jacks To Open, sitting second to Whatnblazes (Bob Davis) just past the 30 quarter, looked to get a bit jammed up in the hole and made a break in stride, falling back to last, and never recovering adequately. After that unexpected turn, Whatnblazes got to the half in 1:01.1, soon to be joined by an onrushing Magglio, guided by 2013 Amateur Driver of the Year Steve Oldford, with Current Crisis and Krivelin on their backs. Magglio cleared nearing the 1:30.4 3/4s in front of the Philly paddock, but as Krivelin reaccounted afterwards, "I wasn't that concerned, because I knew this horse could go on a long way. He learned his lessons from (legendary Maine horsemen) Donnie Richards." And the altered son of Current Cast proved Krivelin correct, slowly but surely grinding within striking distance of Magglio by the 2:00.2 mile call, engaging him around the turn, and soon into the stretch going by en route to victory, 1 3/4 lengths clear of a resurgent Whatnblazes, with Magglio another length and a half back in third. (Jacks To Open made it back to sixth, six lengths off.) Krivelin's Hero Stables owns the winner, and Krivelin, also the trainer, noted one equipment change that may have been key - "After racing last week at Pocono, I decided to put aluminum (shoes) on him all around, and they helped today." So did having the three-time amateur champion, who added his title last year to previous wins in 2001 and 2012. Krivelin posted the 183rd win of a 20-year career, with 2015, which also included a $118.00 win behind Blintz at Pocono in July 19, becoming his second-winningest year as he notched his 16th seasonal victory with the Gold Cup win. The script of "owner/amateur driver getting his horse cover, then keeping him rallying after losing that cover" also applied in the $15,000 Delvin Miller Silver Cup Championship, as King's Cavalier and driver David Offenberg (who races under the name Allstar Stables LLC) proved strong in the stretch to post a clocking of 2:30.3 in an event also staged at 1¼ miles on a cold Philadelphia day, and with a stretch headwind. King's Cavalier, an altered son of Yankee Glide trained by Eric Abbatiello, drafted behind Casanova Lindy (2004-05 Amateur awardwinner Dein Spriggs), then kept going forward when that one ducked in down the backstretch. On the far turn Dreamsteeler (1997 champion Joe Faraldo) vacated the pocket he had sat behind Celebrity Stimulus (David Glasser), his fellow 2-1 choice, behind fractions of 30, 1:00.3, 1:30.1, and 1:59.3, but King's Cavalier, undaunted, continued gaining three-wide, going on to win by four lengths over Casanova Lindy, who rallied in the passing lane to take second over Celebrity Stimulus by a half-length. Afterwards, Offenberg noted, "In his last race at Pocono, a horse made a break, and I had to go three-wide before the half in the back of the pack, and had no chance from there. Here I could follow the horse and driver (Casanova Lindy and Spriggs) I was most concerned with, and today was our day and we won." It was the 49th career win for Offenberg, who began his Billings participation in 1998. FINISHING LINES - In addition to the Amateur Drivers of the Year noted above, one other competed at Harrah's Philadelphia on Sunday - 2010 Amateur Driver award winner, Joe Bongiorno, now successfully pursuing a professional career and fresh off a dead-heat for first with Make Or Miss, who tied Dog Gone Lucky at the end of the $489,400 Valley Victory Final in a dead-heat world record-equaling 1:54, and a 12th race winner here with Allstar Legend. From the Press Box at Harrah's Philadelphia
Norwegian harness rcing amateur lady driver Anette Frones is the new champion of the ladies European champion organized by the flag of FEGAT in the Danish race courses of Aalborg and Skive. With 3 second places and 1 third in 4 races, Anette Frones obtains a total of 47 points for a comfortable winning. In the podium was accompanied by the Austrian driver Heidemarie Heinzer who gets a total of 37 points to keep the silver medal, and the Dutch driver Hiltje Tjalsma who with 36 points obtain the bronze medal. Next FEGAT competitions will be in 2016, the gentlemen European Championship in The Netherlands, the ladies European championship in Finland and the World Championship in Hungary.
A field of six contested the $400,000 TVG Pacing Championship at The Meadowlands Saturday night. Off the wings of the gate, five of the six free for all pacers tried to leave for position. The only horse content to watch the action early was Bettor's Edge. That strategy by harness racing driver Matt Kakaley turned out to be the winning one as Bettor's Edge stormed down the center of the track, from dead last, to score a 19-1 upset in the TVG Pacing Championship. The first horse to the lead was Mach It So, who took all the late-money being released as the 4.5 favorite. He used every ounce of his speed to clear the lead from the widest post in the field, reaching the opening quarter in a sharp 26.1. But the second-choice in the wagering, JK Endofanera was already on the move and he quickly challenged for the lead down the backstretch and would clear the front before the half mile in 54 seconds. Meanwhile, Somewhere In L A was headstrong in the three-hole and Corey Callahan could not hold his gelding and was forced to commit first over. Foiled Again picked up the cover in the outer flow, while Bettor's Edge inched closer into the third over position. JK Endofanera led past three-quarters in 1:22.2 while facing pressure from Somewhere In LA. As the field turned for home, the free for all pacers spread across the track and all took their shots. Mach It So found room at the pylons, Foiled Again tried to kick off cover, JK Endofanera reached for the wire and Mach It So was rallying down the center of the track. In the end, Bettor's Edge out-sprinted the talented field to win going away in 1:50 with Matt Kakaley. Mach It So rallied up the pylons for the runner-up spot while Foiled Again finished third. Matt Kakaley was pleased to finally get a trip for his six year old getting. "He really has had a lot of bad luck," said Kakaley. "We have been trapped in a few times where he was finishing with pace, but we just had bad luck in those races. Tonight they were mixing it up early and it really set up well for us. It worked out absolutely perfectly." Trainer Ron Burke confirmed that both Bettor's Edge and Foiled Again will head to North Carolina for the winter and will return for the 2016 racing season. The win in the TVG Pacing Championship was the third stakes win on the night for trainer Ron Burke. The win was the 26th in the career of Bettor's Edge, sending his lifetime earnings to nearly $1.8 Million. Bettor's Edge Resolve Trots the Race of His Life in TVG Trotting Championship There have been a lot of questions regarding the older trotters and just who would assume command of the division. After Saturday night, Resolve answered all those questions and jumped to the head of the class, winning the TVG Free For All Trotting Championship in 1:51.4 for Ake Svanstedt. In similar fashion to his win in the final preliminary leg last week, Resolve moved to the lead shortly after the opening quarter, which was reached in 27 seconds by longshot DW's NY Yank. Once on the lead, Resolve was allowed to relax. The same could not be said for E L Titan who got caught in some traffic down the backstretch and ended up three wide, trotting toward the half mile. Tim Tetrick guided E L Titan to the first over position after racing three wide, crossing in front of Obrigado with The Bank in the outer flow. But Resolve was able to back the field down with a 29.3 second quarter, reaching the half-mile in 56.3. E L Titan, in the final start of his career was applying pressure, but Ake Svanstedt had plenty of horse in front of him and Resolve began to edge away, trotting past three-quarters in 1:25. The stretch drive was a mere formality as Resolve began to pour it on, winning by three lengths in the end, trotting a final quarter of 26.4 to complete the mile in 1:51.4. "He's a very good horse," said owner/trainer Ake Svanstedt. "He is getting closer and closer to Sebastian K with every start. He is just a four year old beating the older horses, he should be really good next year." Obrigado held the runner-up position while Flanagan Memory rallied from last to be third. The win was the fourth of the season for Resolve. He finishes his four year old campaign with earnings of $706,938 this season. Resolve was trained and driven by Ake Svanstedt for owner Hans Enggren. Resolve Boston Red Rocks makes his case for Divisional Honors Going into the Breeders Crown Final, Boston Red Rocks wasn't on anyone's radar in terms of the two year old pacing championship. It is safe to say that over the past month, that has changed. Sent off as the even-money favorite, Boston Red Rocks was allowed to settle mid-pack while elimination winner, Big Top Hanover established the pace through an opening quarter in 27-seconds. When the field straightened away in the backstretch, driver Tim Tetrick popped the plugs and Boston Red Rocks unleashed his turn of foot and flew to the lead, reaching the half-mile in a sharp 55-seconds. The outer flow was slow to develop, but that didn't prevent the race favorite from sprinting a 27.3 third quarter, with the 8/5 second choice Big Top Hanover on his back. Into the stretch, Boston Red Rocks got separation on the field and reached for the line, holding off the other elimination winner Katies Rocker to win in a lifetime best 1:50.3. The win was the fourth in nine starts for the two year old son of Rocknroll Hanover. Tim Tetrick has been impressed with the colt over his past few starts. "He doesn't do his best work on the front end, it's really not where he wants to be," said Tetrick. "But, I knew I had to go forward off the gate. He really likes to chase horses though." Looking ahead to next year, Tetrick said the upside is there. "He can shoot for the skies next year." Boston Red Rocks is trained by Steve Elliot for owners Peter Blood and Rick Berks. Katies Rocker was second and Big Top Hanover held on to the show spot. Boston Red Rocks Win Photo Cannot Separate Winners of Valley Victory They say there are few moments in sports that can rival the photo finish and the $489,400 Valley Victory Final certainly was representative of that statement. In the end, the win photograph couldn't decide a winner, because the noses of Dog Gone Lucky and Make Or Miss hit the wire together, a dead heat in the richest race of the night. For Dog Gone Lucky, the win belonged to Chuck Sylvester and for Make Or Miss, the story was his young pilot Joe Bongiorno. The irony, Sylvester was winning Hambletonians before Bongiorno was born and now they both set their eyes on harness racing's greatest prize in 2016. Dog Gone Lucky made an aggressive move to the lead, after Mavens Way made a break after a quarter in 27 seconds. In the meantime, Make Or Miss had nearly 10 lengths to make up, trotting in eighth position down the backstretch. Then, the outer flow began to develop as Taco Tuesday committed first over passed the half in just 57 seconds, a 30-second second quarter. Marion Marauder picked up that cover and Make Or Miss tracked the pair on the far turn while Dog Gone Lucky reached three-quarters in 1:26. Dog Gone Lucky opened up a clear lead in the stretch after a 59-second middle half, but just as he did, Make Or Miss found his best stride and put that electric turn of foot on display as he began to reel in the favorite. However, the wire was also coming quickly and it came just as both noses hit the wire, a dead heat in 1:54. Joe Bongiorno was nearly speechless in the winner's circle. "This is beyond amazing, I can't believe it," said Bongiorno. "I just want to thank all the connections for giving me the opportunity, this is the best moment in my life." Not to be out-done, trainer Chuck Sylvester reminded that he isn't done yet. "I'm not retired yet," Sylvester joked. "These horses will get a well-deserved break and hopefully we'll back (for the Hambletonian) next year. The win was the first major stakes win for Bongiorno and the fifth win in the Valley Victory for Sylvester. It was the second victory for Make Or Miss, the son of Donato Hanover who now has earnings of over $223,000 while Dog Gone Lucky won for the seventh time and his fifth in a row, with his earnings now beyond a half-million dollars. Make Or Miss is trained by Ron Burke for Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stables, Weaver Bruscemi and Jerry and Theresa Silva. Dog Gone Lucky was driven by Corey Callahan for trainer Chuck Sylvester and owners Amy Lynn Stoltzfus and Charles E Stansley. Dog Gone Lucky and Make Or Miss Mission Brief Concludes Season with a Statement The buzz around the $144,000 Continentalvictory was centered on two fillies, Mission Brief and Wild Honey, hoping to earn divisional honors with a compelling performance. Mission Brief seized that opportunity and performed like a champion. Sent off as the prohibitive 1/9 choice, Mission Brief was hustled to the lead early in the mile and it was a lead she would never relinquish. Sprinting past a quarter in 27.4, Mission Brief and her pilot Yannick Gingras kicked away from Wild Honey down the backstretch and Wild Honey felt whip taps from her driver John Campbell just to try to keep up. In the meantime, Mission Brief was trotting smoothly on the lead past the half-mile in 56 seconds and she began to open up on the field on the far turn, reaching three-quarters in 1:24.1 while leading the field by four lengths. From there, Mission Brief had the Meadowlands homestretch all to herself and she trotted a 27.2 final quarter under no urging to win the Continentalvictory in 1:51.3 in the final start of her season, a win that put Mission Brief past $1 Million this season. "She's the best trotter in training," exclaimed driver Yannick Gingras in a post-race interview. "No disrespect to any of the older trotters, but I wish she was in that race tonight. I don't think any of them want any part of her." Ron Burke was beaming with pride in the winner's circle as well. "She's the best horse I've ever had," said Burke. "Next year is going to be tough, she is going to face all the good ones and I am not going to duck anyone. We are going to find out if she is as good as we all think she is." With the win, Mission Brief concludes her season with 10 wins from 14 starts and earnings of $1,001,317. For her career, the star filly has 19 wins from 27 races and earnings of nearly $1.6 Million. She is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stables, Jerry and Theresa Silva and Weaver Bruscemi. Wild Honey completed the exacta with Kelsey's Keepsake and Lady Winona completing the field. Mission Brief Divine Caroline Triumphant in the Tarport Hap An overflow field of 12 contested the $173,500 Tarport Hap at 1 1/8th miles on Saturday night at The Meadowlands. The race was hotly contested with no less than five lead changes from start to finish. The last lead change belonged to Divine Caroline, who took over in the shadow of the wire and scored the victory in 2:05.1 after the mile was paced in 1:50.1. There was plenty of speed early, with Single Me launching from post 10 and reaching the first quarter in 26-seconds. From there, Rock Me Gently would move to the lead briefly, before Bettor N Better cleared the front past the half-mile in 54.4. Next to the lead would be the 9/5 favorite Bedroomconfessions, who guided the field past three-quarters in 1:22.2. That move left Sassa Hanover uncovered first over with Divine Caroline stalking from a second over position. It took the length of the stretch, but Divine Caroline would use the long Meadowlands stretch to wear down Bedroomconfessions to earn the victory. Bettor N Better finished third. The victory was the eighth on the season for the three year old daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven for trainer Joe Holloway who was very pleased with the win. "I think that wrapped up the division for her with this win," said Holloway. "I thought she was in a good spot and it took her a while to get there but she got it done." Holloway confirmed that Divine Caroline would return to the racetrack in 2016 as a four year old. Divine Caroline is owned by Val D'Or Farms, Ted Gewertz, Rojan Stables and M.A. Ouriel. Her seasonal earnings conclude at $673,339. Divine Caroline It was worth sticking around for the last race for Wallington, New Jersey resident Joseph Bohnarczyk, whose $20 Win and $10 Place and Show Wager on Buckeye In Charge at 39-1 launched him to a win in the World Harness Handicapping Championship Qualifier that took place on Saturday night at The Meadowlands. He earned a berth into the Championship event on April 30, 2016 at The Meadowlands and took home $1,764 in prize money in addition to his bankroll which was over $1,100. Total handle for the 14-race program was $2,941,258. Racing resumes on Friday night, with first post time at 7:00 P.M. Darin Zoccali
TORONTO, November 21 – Ontario three-year-old harness racing colts and geldings kicked off their Autumn Series with four divisions Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack. A total of 18 pacers and 20 trotters made up four $18,000 round one divisions. Mach On The Beach kicked off the night with a 1:52.2 victory in the first pacing division. Driven by Sylvain Filion, Mach On The Beach flashed early speed aiming for the front, while Twin B Sportsman was pacing hard early looking for the lead. Mach On The Beach got to the pylons first and Filion opted to stretch Twin B Sportsman out by the opening-quarter in :26.2. Filion eventually released the challenger at the top of the backstretch. After a half of :55.1, Mach On The Beach came to the outside and surged by Twin B Sportsman to take the field by the three-quarter pole in 1:24.1. In the stretch, Mach On The Beach left his rivals in his dust and paced away to an easy-looking four-length victory. The Rock finished up with a strong final-quarter to come from eighth to finish second. Sports Lightning finished third, while Windsong Lightning was fourth. A son of Mach Three, Mach On The Beach is trained by Richard Moreau for owner Ecurie Gaetan Bono Inc. The sophomore gelding now has seven wins from 24 starts in his first season of racing. Mach On The Beach pushed his earnings to over $60,000 with the victory Saturday, while also lowering his career-mark by more than two-seconds. The Moreau trainee paid $3.90 to win. Mach On The Beach In the second division, Cajon Lightning came first up to win in 1:52.4. Driven by Mike Saftic, Cajon Lightning got away fifth in the early stages, while Doctor Royal and Major Dan took turns on the lead through panels of :26.1 and :56.1. Saftic sent Cajon Lightning first up around the final turn and the even-money favourite was second and less than two-lengths from the front at the three-quarter pole. In the stretch, Cajon Lightning powered by Doctor Royal and paced home strong in :27.2 for a length and a half victory. Jack Reacher finished second, while Naturescape finished third just ahead of Doctor Royal. Another son of Mach Three, Cajon Lightning is trained by Scott Bell for owner John Taylor. Saturday’s victory was the third from 16 starts this season for the gelding. Cajon Lightning has now earned over $48,000 in his first season of racing. The clocking of 1:52.4 matched his career-mark taken October 12 at Woodbine. Cajon Lightning paid $4.10 to win. Cajon Lightning On the trotting side, Stormont Wizard took the first division in 1:56.1 at odds of 3/5. Driven by James MacDonald, Stormont Wizard trotted out strongly to grab command at the opening-quarter in :28. Down the backstretch, Win The Day came first up from fifth at the half to challenge the leader. MacDonald kept his trotter moving well and turned aside the first-over challenger to lead the field by the three-quarter pole in 1:26.1. In the stretch, Stormont Wizard sealed the deal with a :30 final-quarter to score a two and a quarter length victory. P L Icabod finished second, while Lmc Mass Oak was third. Win The Day rounded out the Superfecta in fourth. A son of Kadabra, Stormont Wizard is trained by Kevin Benn for Stormont Meadows. The sophomore gelding now has two wins in 12 starts this season. Last year, Stormont Wizard scored a single victory in seven starts, while hitting the board five-times. The Benn trainee has banked over $48,000 this season and $74,000 lifetime. Stormont Wizard paid $3.40 to win. Stormont Wizard Love Hunter turned a two-hole trip into a victory in the second trotting division. The Nick Gallucci trainee left quickly for driver Trevor Henry to challenge for the lead, however Gronk, the even-money favourite, pushed forward for the lead and forced Henry into the pocket. After setting fractions of :26.4, :57.3 and 1:27.1, Gronk carried the lead into the lane with Love Hunter on his back. In the stretch, Love Hunter came to the outside and waged war with Gronk, eventually edging by in deep stretch to win by half a length in 1:57. Freddie closed with good speed for third, while Thoughtful Leader was fourth. A son of Holiday Road, Love Hunter entered Saturday’s contest with one win in 10 starts this season. The Autumn Series division victory pushes the gelding’s earnings in 2015 to over $34,000. Love Hunter paid $12.20 to win. Love Hunter In order to be eligible to the Autumn Series, the Ontario sired three-year-olds had to be non-winners of $50,000 lifetime or $30,000 in 2015 as of September 30, 2015. The second round of the Autumn Series for the colts and geldings will take place next Saturday (November 28).
WILKES-BARRE PA -- George Napolitano Jr., the winningest driver in North America in 2015, put an exclamation point on his superlative season at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono by winning seven races on the closing night's 13-race harness racing card. The septet ran "George Nap"'s final total to 407 wins for the meet, well ahead of his previous one-year mark of 347 set in 2004. This title, Napolitano's ninth in the victory category, gives him the all-time outright lead for dash crowns at The Downs, breaking the deadlock he had before this year with Bill Lambertus. Simon Allard had the second-most winners with 236. George Napolitano also won the UDR title for the meet, his seventh UDR title -- Bill Mullin and Jim Morrill Jr. are next in that category with three, His seasonal log of 1501 starts, 407 wins, 263 seconds, and 172 third figures out to a driver rating of -- hard to believe, but true -- .407. Simon Allard's brother Rene won his third consecutive training win title in 2015, with a closing night double bringing his tally to 158. Chris Oakes had 85 wins, including three on closing night, to win the meet UTR honors with a log of 286-85-58-33-.448. The Allard brothers teamed to take the Downs' closing night feature, a $24,000 pace, with the Allamerican Native stallion National Debt in 1:51, moving to the lead past the quarter and then coming home in 55 - 27 to tally in 1:51. National Debt has about as geographically-varied a set of connections as one could imagine in North America -- bred in Maryland, a champion on the Alberta circuit at 2, and now owned by Allard Racing of Quebec, Howard Taylor of Philadelphia, Kapildeo Singh of Westchester County NY, and the Our Three Sons Stable of the harness hotbed of Atlanta GA. A final word on George Napolitano Jr., who has some thinking to do -- his seven winners tonight gives him a 24-victory lead in the North American chase over Aaron Merriman, 793-769. But with Pocono now closed for the year, and his other main track of completion, Harrah's Philadelphia, down to its last 12 cards, with Merriman driving as many as nine cards a week between The Meadows and Northfield, George is going to have to decide to just enjoy the great year he has had -- or look for new places (he has driven a limited schedule in the winter at Florida's Pompano Park) to conquer in the last six weeks of the year if he is to add to his 2010 North American sulky win crown collection. PHHA / Pocono