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WILKES-BARRE PA - The sizzling pacer Terror Time A won his sixth straight race Saturday night at the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, taking the biggest purse race of the evening, the harness racing card's $18,000 opener, in 1:51.1 - but for the fourth time after his last seven races, he'll start his next day in a different barn. The $25,000 claimer, an altered son of Western Terror, didn't let a little thing like being parked out for 11/16 of a mile on a 45o night ruin his evening, as he ran away and hid from his opposition, scoring by eight lengths for driver George Napolitano Jr., trainer Chris Oakes, and owner Hunter Oakes. But the connections of trainer Rene Allard haltered the horse for the $25G tag, although Team Oakes has certainly done well by the horse; for them in two different stints in this recent run, he's 5-4-0-1-$33,920, and they've gained $2000 in purchase price along the way. In fact, for the year Terror Time A is now 29-11-3-6-$109,005, despite never racing for a purse higher than tonight's $18,000. The "Terror Time A claiming duel" just might continue, too - at the top of the Pocono trainers' standings, it was Allard 95, Oakes 93 going into tonight's card, and a horse like this could be pivotal. As hard as it may be to believe, Terror Time A actually saw more of the inner pylons than did Oakes' winner in the night's $15,500 trotting feature, the Kadabra gelding Caulfield, who won in 1:55 for Synerco Ventures Inc. Although stuck with the outermost post eight, driver Sean Bier had this horse in play throughout despite traveling the overland route for just over ¾ of the mile, and he went on well to the wire to score by 1½ lengths over 56-1 shot Brookroad Knight. The $15,500 pacing feature saw Somewhere in L A, best remembered for his $500G+ sophomore season of 2014 where he was 2-3 in the Jug and second in the Adios Final, matched his trotting cohort Caulfield in overcoming the outside post eight and winning in 1:52.2. The Sombeachsomewhere gelding, trained by Ron Burke for Our Horse Cents Stables, J&T Silva Stables LLC along with Deo Volente Farms LLC and T L P Stable (you need to be an accountant/lawyer to get stable names right these days), only had to travel most of the 26.2 first quarter outside to get the lead for driver Pat Berry; they then put up middle fractions of 54.4 and 1:22.3, then fought a stiff stretch headwind and a railshooting Kid PK to prevail by a half-length to make his record 2-for-2 since invading Pocono.   PHHA / Pocono    

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 22, 2016 -- Tony Hall notched career win 5,000 Saturday at The Meadows when he piloted Political Cash to victory in the 13th race. It was Hall's fifth victory on the harness racing card, making the day productive as well as historic. Hall, 38, grew up in Carlisle, Ohio near Lebanon Raceway, where he began his career and won several driving titles. He moved from Lebanon to Northfield Park and relocated to The Meadows in 2006. He recalls those early days as a struggle. "It was a day-to-day grind back then, just trying to survive and make enough to keep afloat," he said. "I really didn't have a plan until I came here, started traveling quite a bit and driving a lot of horses." Hall, who currently ranks second in purses and third in UDRS at The Meadows, recorded career win 4,000 in January 2014. "That 5,000th win was kind of a goal for me," he said. "It's a number I've looked forward to, and it came a little quicker than I thought it would. It's a good thing for sure." Hall resides in Washington and operates a four-horse stable with his wife Ashley. He indicated he doesn't expect to change his routine in the near future. "Eventually, I'll go more towards training," he said. "For now, my wife and I will keep a small barn, and I'll keep driving the way I've been driving and see where it goes from there." The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

It's been about three weeks since "Hurricane Hannah" Miller has graced a winner's circle but today (Sat. Oct. 22) at Freehold Raceway the queen of amateur harness racing did it again, and for the 29th time this season. Hannah won the NAADA trot with Rocket Master in a time of 2:01.2. After starting from the five hole Hannah eased her trotter away cautiously from the mobile starting gate and slid Rocket Master down to the pylons ending up in fifth position some six lengths behind Trotalot and Bob Hechkoff who lead the six-horse field by the quarter in :29.2. When Dave Offenberg heard Hannah moving toward the leaders going to the half he moved Bluebird Kidsqueen out in front of Rocket Master which gave cover to Ms. Miller's mount. Hannah followed Offenberg up the backside and then went three-deep and by the time the field rounded that final turn Rocket Master was in front and trotting away from his competition going on to a 4-1/2 length triumph. Joe Lee, who followed Hannah Miller around the final turn with Lou Lou's Princess, ended-up finishing second. Bluebird Kingsqueen and Offenberg held on for the show dough. The winner, Rocket Master, a veteran 8-yer-old Glidemaster gelding , is owned by her driver along with the Nick Surick Stable and the Erv Miler Stable. Trained by Erv Miller, Rocket Master paid $2.60 for win. Now with 29 seasonal driving victories and still over two months remaining before the curtain comes down on the 2016 racing season Hannah Miller has a chance to extend her record of 32 wins in one season, the most ever by an amateur driver in the modern era. John Manzi

October 21, 2016 - Nelson Nora opened the Friday evening harness racing program at Paris-Vincennes with victory in the Prix Klymene (purse €75,000, 2100 meters autostart, 15 European starters) clocked in 1.13kr for Bjorn Goop. Vincent Lacroix trains this five year-old daughter of Muscles Yankee-Lindy’s Holiday that raced barefoot at 5.2/1 odds. 7.2/1 Cedea  Josselyn (4f Love You-Dea Josselyn) took second for trainer/driver J-M Bazire. Third was 18/1 Easytowin (5f Offshore Dream-Victory My Way-Koos Van Canstra) with driver/trainer Dion P. Tesselaar up for Holland’s Gerrits Recycling BV, the breeder/owner. Tonight’s Quinte+ Prix le Parisien (purse €65,000, 2850 meters, 18 European starters) was won by the 1.12.5kr timed and 3.7/1 odds Orient Horse (8m Abano As-Irma del Rio) that raced barefooot for driver Pierre Levesque, trainer Thomas Levesque and Mme. S, Bruni of Italy. 9.9/1 Vacate Money (7f Prodigious-Making Money) took second for Jean Philippe Dubois, driving for trainer Philippe Moulin and Dubois’ Ecurie Victoria Dreams. 96/1 Pingus Vang (9g SJ’s Photo-New Wonder) from Denmark was a rallying third for Mathieu Mottier and trainer Vincent Lacroix. 17/1 Reine du Zack (6f Zinzan Brooke Tur) was fourth for Marco Smorgon, also trainer, and fifth was 9/2 Avrik de Guez (6g Joker de Ruzoy) for J-M Bazire. The Prix Arethusa (purse €52,000, 2850 meters, 14 starters) this evening went to 2.7/1 Diablo Castelets (3m Sam Bourbon-Kandie du Rib) handled by trainer Marco Smorgon for Scuderia Trotto Italia SAS.  Timed in 1.15.1kr the winner bested 7.2/1 Dancing Love (3m Uniclove-Sissi du Caieu) for Bernard Piton, driving for breeder/owner/trainer Jean Paul Piton. Third was 17/1 Daan Veloce (3m Saxo de Vandel-Quayotte) driven by Pierre Vercruysse for breeder/owner Zitaluna BVBA in a blanket finish. The October 21 Vincennes evening test for two year-old fillies was the Prix Aludra (purse €38,000, 2200 meters, 14 starters). The 1.17kr timed winner was 2.3/1 Epice Turgot (2f Orlando Vici-Kippa Turgot) driven by J-M Bazire for Fabrice Souloy, the trainer for owner/breeder Mme. Th. Hoste.  The one is now unbeaten in two outings. 25/1 Ecume des Lovanges (2f Gazouillis-Jolie Lily) was second driven by Franck Ouvrie and third was 124/1 Et Si Seulement (2f Goetmals Wood-Si Seulement) with trainer Ronny Kuiper aboard for breeder/owner Ecurie D. October 20 at Enghien was led by the Pick5 Prix de la Porte Brarrion (purse €60,000, 2875 meters, 18 starters) with victory earned by the 1.15.8kr timed and 9/10 favored Baila Sport (5f Jag de Bellouet-Koea Josselyn). Mathieu Abrivard teamed the winner. 67/1 Bettina de Tillard (5f Ouragon de Celland-Rolls de Tillard) took second for Eric Raffin and third was 23/1 Bocsa de Lespi (5f Kepler-Maite Phil) with Dominik Locqueneux up for Scuderia Super Chico SAS and trainer Johanna Lindqvist. October 19 at Salon de Provence was the Q+ Gr. III Grand National du Trot Paris-Turf for a purse of €90,000 and raced by 16 contestants over 2950 meters. The 1.9/1 favorite Balbir (5g Ganymede-Manzir) scored timed in 1.15.3kr for trainer/driver Mickael Cormy for Ecurie du Vieux Chene.Comte de Bellaigue bred the winner. Second was 31.5/1 Sprint Final (10g And Arifant-Tyron Pellois) with trainer Junior Guelpa aboard, ahead of 3.3/1 Viking Blue (7g Prodigious-Idole Blue) and trainer/driver Yannick A. Briand.4.4/1 Topaze Jef and 23.7/1 Verano du Reynard were fourth and fifth. Thomas H. Hicks    

East Rutherford, N.J. -- Elimination winners Thats All Moni and Chezatter drew post positions 1 and 3 respectively in next week's $600,000 Breeders Crown for 2-year-old trotting fillies, to be held at the Meadowlands as part of a blockbuster harness racing weekend.   Chezatter, who vaulted from the pocket to reel in overwhelming favorite Ariana G in the night's first elimination, is one of two Trond Smedshammer trainees to qualify for the final--the other being Hillarmbro, while likely favorite Ariana G joins Princess Aurora and the aforementioned Thats All Moni to give Jimmy Takter three starters.   The complete field, with elimination drivers and trainers:   1 - Thats All Moni* - Tetrick - Takter 2 - Cameron Hill - Campbell - Bax 3 - Chezatter* - D. Miller - Smedshammer 4 - Ariana G - Gingras - Takter 5 - Hillarmbro - Smedshammer - Smedshammer 6 - Sunshine Delight - Campbell - Lind 7 - Evelyn - D. Miller - Svanstedt 8 - Treviso - Norris - Norris 9 - Broadway Idole - S. Zeron - Campbell 10 - Princess Aurora - Tetrick - Takter   In the $250,000 Crown for distaff pacers, Lady Shadow drew post 2 after her resounding 7-3/4 length elimination victory. Frost Damage Blues, who was elevated to first in the other elimination after unofficial winner Solar Sister was disqualified to fourth, drew post 4 in the field of 10. The complete field, with trainers Joe Holloway and Ron Burke each accounting for two starters, follows:   1 - Divine Caroline - D. Miller - Holloway 2 - Lady Shadow* - Gingras - Adams 3 - Katie Said - S. Zeron - Takter 4 - Frost Damage Blues* - B. Miller - Fanning 5 - Solar Sister - D. McNair - G. McNair 6 - Skippin By - Callahan - Burke 7 - Sassa Hanover - Gingras - Burke 8 - Regil Elektra - Bongiorno - Armer 9 - Bettor Be Steppin - D. Miller - Holloway 10 - Bedroomconfessions - S. Zeron - Alagna   In both cases, elimination winners drew for post positions 1 through 5 before all other eligible horses drew for remaining post positions.   by James Witherite, Meadowlands

ANDERSON, Ind.-October 21, 2016  -  Hoosier Park Racing & Casino played host to action packed 14-race harness racing card on Friday, Oct. 21 and it was driver Sam Widger who stole the show. Winning eight of the evening's 14 races, Widger tied the record for most wins in one night at Hoosier Park joining Eric Ledford, Don Irvine Jr. and Trace Tetrick. Ledford established the record at Hoosier Park during the 1999 harness racing season while Irvine Jr. recorded eight wins in 2003 and the record has remained untouched since Tetrick accomplished an eight win night in 2012. Slated as the 13th race on the program, the evening's card was highlighted by a $21,000 Invitational Pace and just as impressive as Widger recording his seventh win of the night was Night Pro finding the winner's circle for the fifth consecutive time at Hoosier Park. Stopping the timer in 1:50.4, Night Pro turned in a dominant performance to score by nearly three lengths and record his eighth win of the season. Trained and owned by Dale Decker, the six year-old son of Pro Bono Best-Midnight Jewel added another stakes victory to his impressive resume after scoring in the $70,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Aged Pace Final at Hoosier Park last week. Night Pro has now won 38 of 70 lifetime outings while amassing $658,182 in lifetime purse earnings. Widger's first win of the night came in the second race on the program behind Joe Tucky for trainer Lester Raber. Using gate to wire tactics, Joe Tucky recorded his second win of the season and also established a new lifetime mark of 1:55.2 with the win. Widger and Raber also teamed up to reach the winner's circle with Nothinbutanallstar who scored in a conditioned trot in 1:54.2 by five lengths and give Widger his third of the night. E R Rudy was an 11-1 upset winner for Widger and trainer Don Eash in the $15,000 Open 2 Pace earlier in the program. Widger scored back to back victories with Anoche for trainer Al Tomlinson and then JD's Macca Lodge for trainer Walter Haynes Jr. Widger also drove two winners from the Ernie Gaskin Stable on the evening's program. Scoring earlier with Shakerattlenrock in a claiming pace, Widger recorded his eighth and final win of the night in the last race of the program behind the three-year-old pacing colt, Pet Shark. Utilizing a :26.2 final quarter, Pet Shark established a new lifetime best of 1:51.3 while notching his fourth win of the season. "It's kind of euphoric for me," Widger said with a smile after win number eight. "Did that really just happen? I am blessed and fortunate to have the opportunity to drive nice horses for great trainers." Widger is currently third on the leading driver standings at Hoosier Park for the 2016 season with 201 trips to the winner's circle behind Trace Tetrick, who leads all with 332 wins, and John DeLong in second with 282 victories. On Saturday, Oct. 22, Widger will lead all drivers into round 2 of the 2016 All Star Driver Series after winning round one with 49 points. Saturday's 14-race card will feature the second round of the five race challenge for Hoosier Park's leading drivers with the winner awarded the dream prize of their choice, a $10,000 cash prize, an exotic vacation, or their favorite "always wanted to have" toy. With a daily post time of 5:45 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 12. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit Emily Gaskin

East Rutherford, N.J. -- The three Breeders Crown fields not requiring eliminations--both trotting events for older harness racing horses and one pacing event--were drawn on Friday (October 21) evening at the Meadowlands.   The $421,000 Crown for older pacers shapes up to be a clash of the titans, with world record holder Always B Miki--fresh off a decisive win in the evening's sub-featured $25,000 Open Pace--drawing post position 4 in the field of 10. David Miller will once again drive the double millionaire for trainer Jimmy Takter. Defending Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit drew post 7, with usual driver Montrell Teague once again listed by trainer Clyde Francis.   The Open Pace field is as follows, with nominated drivers:   1 - Split the House - Sears - Oakes 2 - Shamballa - S. Zeron - R. Zeron 3 - Mach It So - Tetrick - Bamond 4 - Always B Miki - D. Miller - Takter 5 - Dealt a Winner - A. Miller - Silva 6 - All Bets Off - Kakaley - Burke 7 - Wiggle It Jiggleit - Teague - Francis 8 - Luck Be Withyou - B. Miller - Oakes 9 - Melmerby Beach - Driver TBA - Annunziata 10 - Americanprimetime - Tetrick - Dane   In the $250,000 Crown for distaff trotters, defending champion D'One drew post 7 in the field of eight. Tim Tetrick is nominated to drive the Roger Walmann trainee. Millionaire Hannelore Hanover (Gingras-Burke) drew post 2, 2014 Crown distaff trotting champion Bee a Magician (Sears-Norman) post 5, and Shake It Cerry (David Miller-Takter) post 8.   The complete Mare Trot field reads (with nominated drivers):   1 - Charmed Life - B. Miller - Menary 2 - Hannelore Hanover - Gingras - Burke 3 - Classical Annie - Kakaley - Burke 4 - I'm So Fancy - Tetrick - Alagna 5 - Bee a Magician - Sears - Norman 6 - Barn Doll - Gregory - Gregory 7 - D'One - Tetrick - Walmann 8 - Shake It Cerry - D. Miller - Takter   The $500,000 Open Trot attracted a field of nine, with Yonkers International Trot and Elitlopp runner-up Resolve drawing post 2 for trainer Ã…ke Svanstedt, one of his three entrants in the event. The complete Crown field for older trotters is as follows:   1 - Il Sogno Dream - S. Zeron - Beaver 2 - Resolve - Svanstedt - Svanstedt 3 - JL Cruze - Campbell - Ell 4 - Windsun Revenge - S. Zeron - Durham 5 - Crescent Fashion - Svanstedt - Svanstedt 6 - Centurion ATM - Svanstedt - Svanstedt 7 - Flanagan Memory - Sears - Dion 8 - Crazy Wow - Gingras - Burke 9 - Lookslikeachpndale - Filion - Blais   The fields for the Breeders Crown finals for pacing mares and 2-year-old trotting fillies will be drawn later this evening.   by James Witherite, Meadowlands

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Always B Miki, fastest harness racing horse of all time, easily won the $25,000 Open Pace at The Meadowlands on Oct. 21, a prep for the older division of male pacers' final next week.   David Miller drove the champion again, winning in 1:48 for trainer Jimmy Takter and owners Bluewood Stable, Roll The Dice Stable and Christine Takter.   Leaving from the 10 post (the 9 spot with the scratch of Art History), Miller took Always B Miki three wide around the first turn as Bushwacker, Luck Be Withyou, Bettors Edge and Americanprimetime fired hard to a :26.1 first quarter. As the shuffling continued among the four leavers, Always B Miki found a smooth path behind them as the half went in :53.4.   By three-quarters in 1:21.1, Always B Miki was coasting down the stretch and easily won. Dealt A Winner was second and Artistic Major was third. By Frank Cotolo

YONKERS, NY, Friday, October 21, 2016 - A from-last Mach it a Par and harness racing driver Brian Sears swept away her sorority sisters Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $45,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. It was a repeat performance for Mach it a Par, who cut the mile a week ago. Here, remanded behind the eight-ball (though in one notch after a inside defection), she saw polester Southwind Roulette (George Brennan) either seat 'em or park 'em. Hung for their troubles were Lispatty (Mark MacDonald) and Purrfect Bags (Jordan Stratton), while Jungle Genie N (Brent Holland) was pocketed. After early intervals of :26.2 and :55.4, 13-10 choice Krispy Apple (Jason Bartlett) launched a wide bid going toward a 1:24 three-quarters. She couldn't sustain it, however, as 'Roulette' maintained a tenuous lead into the lane. Enter Mach it a Par, who was last at three-quarters and fifth in and out of the final turn. She rallied widest and fastest, going away by 2½ lengths in 1:52.3. Jungle Genie N closed inside for second, with Moma's Got a Gun (Tyler Buter), Southwind Roulette and Krispy Apple settled for the remainder. For second choice Mach it a Par, a 6-year-old daughter of Mach Three co-owned by D'Elegance Stable IX, Carmen Iannacone, T L P & Gandolfo Stables and trained by Rich Banca, it was her 11th win in 33 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $94, with the triple returning $667. Frank Drucker

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ-- Yielding to Ariana G for the pocket in the backstretch, Chezatter, a filly by Explosive Matter out of the Malabar Man mare Chez Lucie, sprinted out of the pocket in the stretch, advancing to a 1:53.4 victory in the first of two $20,000 Breeders Crown eliminations for harness racing two-year-old trotting fillies on Friday, October 21 at the Meadowlands. Claiming the lead through a :28 first quarter, Chezatter led into the backside as Ariana G tipped first over from fourth. She brushed to the lead, setting fractions of :57.1 and 1:26 before being pursued by Chezatter mid-stretch. Ariana G held on for second, while Princess Aurora, Sunshine Delight, and Broadway Idole also qualified for the final. Trained by Trond Smedshammer, Chezatter races for owner Purple Haze Stable LLC. She has earned $175,062 and won four races out of 10 starts this year. Going off the 4-1 second choice to 1/9 favorite Ariana G, she returned $10.60 to win. "This filly has been good all year," Smedshammer said. "She just loves to chase down horses." Thats All Moni wins second Crown elim Thats All Moni, a Jimmy Takter-trained daughter of Cantab Hall from the Pine Chip mare Mom’s Millionaire, grinded first over to the front and maintained control in a 1:54.1 mile to take the second of two $20,000 Breeders Crown eliminations for two-year-old trotting fillies at the Meadowlands on Friday, October 21.   Clearing the lead in :27.4, Thats All Moni was shuffled to third as Cameron Hill brushed to the lead, followed by Treviso, who led to the half in :55.3 She was pressured by Thats All Moni around the far turn and past three-quarters in 1:24.4 before settling for second in a stretch-long duel. Hillarmbro, Cameron Hill, and Evelyn also qualified for the final.   Owned by Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, and Al Libfeld, Thats All Moni won her fifth race in 10 starts, earning $220,773. She was driven by Tim Tetrick and paid $5.60 to win.   “[The race] definitely went the way I thought it was going to work out,” Tetrick said. “That was one of her gamer efforts. She’s still green and has the talent to go with anybody, but she has to get the right trip. She raced really well.” By Ray Cotolo  

Freehold, NJ --- Harness racing driver Joe Bongiorno scored his 1000th victory Friday (Oct. 21) at Freehold Raceway guiding Fathers Amiga for trainer Chris Marino in 1:59. The 23-year-old native of Colts Neck, N.J. had his first pari-mutuel drive just five short years ago at this very facility with Mr. Bennett, which landed him in the winner’s circle. Bongiorno comes from a family of Hall of Fame horsemen. He is the grandson of the late Harold (Sonny) Dancer and the son of Robert and Barbara Bongiorno. A graduate of Colts Neck High School, he began jogging horses at 14 years of age at Showplace Farms. He knew after his first time out on the track this is what he wanted to do with his life. “Although every time I get to the winners circle, it is an amazing accomplishment, it is extra special to win with a family owned horse," Bongiorno said. This weekend he is programmed to drive two horses in his first Breeders Crown appearance in eliminations at the Meadowlands. The horses he will be steering are Regil Elektra for trainer Keith Armer and Southwind Woody for trainer Ron Burke. Freehold Raceway resumes live racing on Saturday (Oct. 22). Post time is 12:30 p.m. Freehold Raceway 

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Glencove Zani will be harness racing in defense of his Atlantic Canadian Triple Crown victory as he faces seven rivals in the Maritime Breeder's Final Saturday night at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time is 6 p.m. with the Buddy Campbell Memorial Maritime Breeder's three-year-old trotting final sponsored by Meridian Farms lining up in race 6. Mike McGuigan will drive Glencove Zani, who took a full sweep of the championship finals in his two-year-old season and was victorious in leg one, the Atlantic Breeder's Crown, so far in his sophomore year. Ted Smallwood of Stratford owns and trains Glencove Zani, who has rail control but a red hot foe to contend with. Oceanview Pancho has been exceptional lately, after battling issues earlier in the year that saw him fall short of earning a spot in the Atlantic Breeder's Crown to face off with Glencove Zani. Corey MacPherson will drive Oceanview Pancho from post 3 for trainer Paul Larrabee. Other entries in the $7,600 event include Dunmore Ace (Jack Panting), Southfield Storm (Terry Gallant), Time Warp (Danny MacDonald), Oceanview Lefty (Ken Murphy), Cardigan Jack (Marc Campbell) and Mr Bower (Kenny Arsenault). The Maritime Breeder's two-year-old trot final is also on the card for $9,000 with Wicked Nick the likely favourite for trainer-driver Gary Chappell and owners Cameron Trail of O'Leary and Peter Buchanan of North Wiltshire. The six-time winner has drawn post 4 after winning last week's elimination in 2:05.3. His rivals include Mary Leah (MacDonald), Hop Up (Keith Campbell), Dusty Lane Gloria (Paul Lanigan), Just A Little Tad (MacPherson), Windemerepartyman (Panting), Revenueofwindemere (Campbell) and Howmacs Survivor (Gallant). A free-for-all matchup will take place on the program with heavy hitters Big Surf, D Gs Camme and Smiley Bayama going bridle-to-bridle in race 12 for a $2,550 along with some stiff competition. The draw was kinder to D Gs Camme this week as the six-year-old son of Blissfull Hall drew post 3 with Ron Matheson in the bike behind the Governor's Plate champion, for the first time in a pari-mutuel event since a 1:54.3 victory in September of 2014. Matheson co-owns D Gs Camme with Quentin and Hal Bevan and Tom Clark, all of Charlottetown, while his son Jackie Matheson does the training. Big Surf has been hot lately and lands with rail control in his matchup while riding a three-race win streak for trainer Trevor Hicken and driver MacPherson. Smiley Bayama (Adam Merner) draws perpetually poor against the heavyweights and this week is no exception as he has post 6 in the field of as many. Other entries include Clic K (Campbell), Ramblinglily (Murphy) and Drivingthedragon N (Jason Hughes). Also on the card, Beaus Cowboy will seek to extend his four race win streak against aged company in race 9, after winning the Atlantic Breeder's Crown for three-year-old pacing colts in his latest outing. Front End Speed Dominates Summerside Top Class SUMMERSIDE A three-race win steak is on the line in the Sunday afternoon feature at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway and driver Wade Sorrie is the only one who can keep it intact. First race post time is 1 p.m. for the Sunday afternoon card, the second last program of the season in Summerside. Minor Wisdom scored a huge upset in last week's feature event to give her three straight victories and draws post 4 this week with Sorrie in the bike for owner-trainer Kristina McCourt. Minor Wisdom likes to do her racing off the front-end, as she shows being on top every start on the program but this week might be the exception as Best Risque draws into the $2,000 event from post 2 with Jason Hughes driving for trainer Brian Ladner. The nine-year-old daughter of Cammibest was racing competitively against aged mares company all summer, so if these two hook up early on there could be fireworks. A front-end battle could play right in the hooves of the outside duo of Machinthesand (Norris Rogers) and Rash B Havior (Ken Murphy) who has both shown 1:54-1:55 speed when given proper fractions. The field also includes Painted Desert (Mike McGuigan) and Motorino (Terry Gallant). Instant Shadow returns to East Coast racing on the seventh dash of the program with Mark Pezzarello driving for trainer Sifroi Melanson and New Brunswick owners Ultimate Stable and Robert Kyle. The three-year-old son of Shadow Play, who co-owns the two-year-old colt pacing record at the Summerside Raceway, was hot earlier in the season in Charlottetown including a 1:56.4 front end score, but found company tougher when he ventured to Ontario before returning home. With the clock ticking on the Summerside season, Marc Campbell leads the way with 35 wins but will be racing in Nova Scotia Sunday giving an opening for second place Jason Hughes to close the four race gap, while Ken Murphy is in the hunt in third place with 30 wins on the 2016 season. Hughes has 12 drives on the card, while Murphy will make 11 trips behind the starting gate. The 2016 trainer's race looks to be fairly safe for Terry Gallant, who has 18 victories with Ron Gass in second with 14 wins and Hughes in third with 12 victories. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

HARRINGTON, Del. - Harrington Raceway's culminated its 70th anniversary of live harness racing Thursday with closing night awards on the 13-race program. Victor Kirby took his first ever driving title in dramatic fashion, after leading by three going into the program over Ross Wolfenden, Kirby quickly sealed the title with four wins in the first six races on the program. "This is special," said Kirby, who has long been a popular member of the harness racing community. "I love racing here and I want to thank all the owners and trainers who give me the opportunity. I want to thank all my friends and family that came out tonight and my grandma and grandpa who I'm sure are looking down." Kirby finished the meet with 125 wins and had five victories on the program. Meanwhile, Joe Hundertpfund Jr. clinched his second training title earlier in the week. Hundertpfund (33 wins), who won the Harrington title in 2012, had a onsistent meet throughout and finished six wins ahead of his closest pursuer, Mike Hall. "It's great to win this title here," said Hundertpfund Jr. "I've raced all over the east coast, but I really love racing here.. Hats off to the grounds crew, who kept this track great throughout the season and did an outstanding job." Allan Davis had four wins. Live racing on the Delaware circuit shifts 20 miles north to Dover Downs, which opens for live racing on October 31. Matthew Sparacino  

Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards conducted an inquiry yesterday into the conduct of licensed trainer/driver, Mr Mark Forrest, on Thursday 13 October 2016 in relation to the registered standardbred LIVE IN STYLE, a horse trained by Mr Forrest that was engaged to race in race six, the JIM MORRIS REMEMBRANCE PACE (2125m) at Penrith on that date.  LIVE IN STYLE was subsequently withdrawn from the race by order of the Stewards. An investigation was commenced on 13 October 2016 after HRNSW Investigator/Senior Steward, Mr Chris Paul observed Mr Forrest administer an injection to LIVE IN STYLE at his registered training establishment. Mr Forrest attend the inquiry and provided evidence in relation to the horse LIVE IN STYLE and his husbandry practices. Evidence was also presented by Mr Chris Paul, including video and audio recordings. HRNSW Stewards issued the following charge against Mr Forrest pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rule 193(3) as follows: AHRR 193.    (3)  A person shall not administer or allow or cause to be administered any medication to a horse on race day prior to such horse running in a race. In the alternative Mr Forrest was issued with the following charge under Rule 196B (1) as follows: AHRR 196B. (1)  A person shall not without the permission of the Stewards within one (1) clear day of the commencement of a race administer, attempt to administer or cause to be administered an injection to a horse nominated for that race. Mr Forrest was found guilty of both offences. In respect of the charge pursuant to Rule 193(3), Mr Forrest was disqualified for a period of nine months to commence from 13 October 2016, the date upon which he was stood down. In respect of the charge pursuant to Rule 196B(1), Stewards set aside the matter of penalty. In considering penalty Stewards were mindful of the following: The serious nature of this offence; Mr Forrest’s Not Guilty plea; Mr Forrest’s first offence of this nature; Mr Forrest’s licence history and other personal subjective facts. Mr Forrest was advised of his right to appeal this decision. Reid Sanders  

Former harness racing Jewels winner Sky Major is flying out tonight to North America. Sky Major has won in 1:51.5 and won $800,000 in stakes. The horse has been staying in Perth for the last seven months with Justin Prentice after former trainer Barry Purdon sent him there to further his already impressive racing career. Unfortunately Sky Major has not been performing up to his true ability while in Australia. Owner Trevor Casey is sure the horse has been bleeding and will race him on Lasix in North America in the hopes of rejuvenating his racing performances. Once in North America the horse will be trained there by Duane Marfisi who recently announced that he is returning to Canada with his wife who has landed a top job at a University in Ontario. Duane has said that apart from Sky Major he will be looking at buying and racing claimers from which you can make a good living if you do it right and he has had some success with that strategy in the past.  Lets hope we can see Sky Major race as well as Bit Of A Legend who has done very well there in recent times. Harnesslink Media

CAMPBELLVILLE, October 20 - Autumn Series preliminary round action concluded Thursday with three second leg divisions for harness racing two-year-old colts and geldings at Mohawk Racetrack. A group of 11, originally 12, two-year-old pacing colts and geldings were split into two divisions, while nine freshmen trotting colts and geldings competed in a single division. Each division was contested for a purse of $16,000. The two-year-olds not only had to deal with each other, but also a 'Sloppy' racing surface, as rain fell all-day Thursday in Campbellville. After finishing second as the public's choice last week, Bills Fella bounced back for a convincing victory in the first pacing division. Driven by Mike Saftic, Bills Fellas got away third in the early stages, while Sauble Shadow cut an opening-quarter of :28.3. Saftic gave the public's choice his cue to move in the second-quarter and the rookie responded by clearing to command just before hitting the half in :58.1. Bills Fella never looked back once taking the lead and finished off the victory by pacing a :29.1 third-quarter and a :29 final-quarter over the off-going for a 1:56.2 score. Osborne Seelster got to the winner's wheel, but had to settle for second, while Red John finished a little more than seven-lengths back in third. A gelded son of Artistic Fella, Bills Fella now has two wins in 10 starts this season. A homebred for trainer Gregg McNair and co-owner Ian Fleming, Bills Fella has now earned $28,160 in his rookie season. He paid $3.20 to win. Bills Fella Exiting out of Ontario Sires Stakes Gold action, Mc Mach lived up to the 3/5 hype with a dominating victory in the second split. The Bob McIntosh trainee did not compete in last week's first leg, but quickly made up for lost time. Driven by Paul MacDonell, Mc Mach fired out to grab the early lead and it was lights out from there. Mc Mach posted fractions of :27.2, :56 and 1:25 before drawing away for a 7 ¼ lengths victory in 1:54.1. Dreamfair B J, who won a first leg division last week, finished second, while Thrownoutofbetter was third. Mc Mach now has four wins in 11 starts with his previous three victories all coming in OSS Grassroots action. The Mach Three colt has banked $62,450 this season for owners Robert McIntosh Stables Inc, Al McIntosh Holdings Inc and Randy Liepa. The McIntosh trainee paid $3.40 to win. Mc Mach Scene A Magician proved last week's big victory was no trick by taking Thursday's lone Autumn Series division for rookie trotting colts and geldings in 1:58.4. Driven by Jack Moiseyev, Scene A Magician left from post eight and was pointed towards the front. The two-year-old gelding was parked around the first turn, but quickly cleared to command entering the backstretch. As Scene A Magician grabbed the front, Vesuvio Bi came first up from fourth for driver Mario Baillargeon. However, Vesuvio Bi could not get around Scene A Magician despite urging from Baillargeon and was left out for the duration of the middle-half. Scene A Magician stayed focused despite the outside challenger and trotted the field by the half in :59.1 and three-quarters in 1:29. In the stretch, Scene A Magician stretched out his lead to a few lengths and trotted home in :29.4 to score the victory. Upvote Hanover rallied up the rail at 35-1 to finish second by three-quarters of a length. Resita finished third. A son of Daylon Magician, Scene A Magician improved his record to a solid four wins in seven starts with his 1:58.4 score Thursday. The rookie gelding has banked $49,020 this season for trainer Jennifer Pinkerton, who shares ownership with Daylon Farms Ltd and Gordon Yeo. Scene A Magician will now have an opportunity to sweep the Autumn Series in next Thursday's final. He paid $6.70 to win. Scene A Magician The Autumn Series for two-year-olds will wrap up next Thursday with the finals for all four divisions taking place on the October 27th card. The Autumn Series final for pacing colts and geldings will go for a purse of $29,200, while the final for pacing fillies will be contested a purse of $28,600. The finals for trotting colts and geldings and trotting fillies will both go for a purse of $28,200. In order to be eligible to the Ontario sired Autumn Series, the two-year-olds had to be non-winners of $30,000 lifetime as of September 30, 2016. Live racing continues Friday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Post time is 7:30 p.m.   Mark McKelvie

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