YONKERS, NY, Saturday, April 29, 2017 - Lady's Dude (George Brennan, $7.30) and All Bets Off (Brennan again, $4.80) shared the Saturday night harness racing spotlight, winning Yonkers Raceway's pair of $55,000 co-featured Open Handicaps. After a couple of no-shot eight-holes, Lady's Dude found this post position No. 5 assignment more than acceptable in the week's featured trot. Caught three-deep early, Lady's Dude made the lead just before a :27.1 opening quarter-mile. He then rated a 56.4 intermission before 17-10 favorite Melady's Monet (Brett Miller), who had left for a seat, moved from fourth. However, he couldn't get close and with a pocketed Not Afraid (Dan Dube) gapping, Lady's Dude had a lonely lead in and out of a 1:25 three-quarters. The advantage was a couple of lengths entering the lane and an unpressured length-and-a-quarter at the wire, finding it in 1:54.3...fastest local mile of the season. Aggressive (Jason Bartlett) saved ground for second, with Not Afraid third. Buen Camino offered good late interest for fourth, with Luck O' the Irish (Jordan Stratton) getting the final envelope and 'Melady' fading to seventh. For Lady's Dude, a 6-year-old Victory Sam gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Johnny Yoder and Weaver Bruscemi, it was his fourth win in nine seasonal starts (career earnings now over a half-million dollars). The exacta paid $63, with the triple returning $267. The week's adult-table pace had three unoccupied seats, as Levy Series winner Keystone Velocity and consolation winner Clear Vision were among the defections. The quintet was in need of a leader, and-from post No. 3-favored All Bets Off picked up that gauntlet. Though not the Free-For-Aller he used to be, All Bets Off was more than good enough when left (:27.4, 56.3, 1:24.3, 1:52.1) to his own devices. After taking a 2½-length lead into the lane, he held off a from-last Roland N Rock (Stratton) by three-quarters of a length. Santa Fe Beachboy (Bartlett),. Lucan Hanover (Tyler Buter) and a season-debuting Luck Be Withyou (Brian Sears) rounded out the order/payees. For All Bets Off, a 6-year-old son of Bettor's Delight trained by Burke for co-owners himself, Frank Baldachino, Panhellenic Stable and Weaver Bruscemi, it was his first win in five '17 tries. The exacta paid $14.40, with triple and superfecta wagering cancelled. Frank Drucker
WILKES-BARRE PA - The Bettor's Delight gelding Barimah A, who last week lost a three-race winning streak when he drew an outside post, saw his pill shake turn upside-down this week - from "9" to "6" - and took advantage of the more favorable starting slot to regain his winning ways, posting a 1:50 victory in the $20,000 featured harness racing pace Saturday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Though Barimah A did get a better post, his route to Victory Lane was by no means an easy one. Driver Pat Berry found a 4-tuck early with the winner, then had to come first-over on the favorite pacesetter Scott Rocks, really putting the pressure on the chalk by going his individual third split in 26.2. In the stretch it was the grinder who had more to the wire than the pacesetter winning by 1¼ lengths, with pocketsitter Book Binge another ¾ of a length back in third. Trainer Scott Di Domenico took over conditioning of Barimah A just over a month ago, and the horse is now 4-for-5 under his care for owners Brain Carsey, John Mcgill, and Adam Friedland. The pacer lowered his lifetime mark by 3/5 of a second in the rugged victory, and his time was just a tick off the seasonal Pocono standard, set by Orillia Joe two Saturdays ago. The trotting highlight of the Saturday card was a $16,500 conditioned event, and Skates N Plates, who had led at every call in his previous three starts only to give a little ground in the lane, was able to carry his speed wire-to-wire while equaling his personal best of 1:53.4. The hot trainer/driver combo of sulkysitter Anthony Napolitano (four wins on the card) and conditioner Andrew Harris (two triumphs) teamed up again here with the son of Revenue S, owned by Bob Key. A total of ten horses were claimed on Saturday's Pocono card, including five of the eight in an event with a base price of $15,000. Of Saturday's six claiming races, the winner was haltered in four of them. Trainers of top horses in the sport's glamour division, the three-year-old pacing colts, will have an eye on the featured $18,000 tenth race pace on Sunday night's Pocono card, as it features the return of Miso Fast, who was third in his Breeders Crown event last year behind the two freshmen generally thought of as at the head of their class, Downbytheseaside and Huntsville. Miso Fast returns to the races from post seven for driver Matt Kakaley and trainer Ron Burke off a 1:52.2 - 26.4 qualifying win at Harrah's Philadelphia. PHHA / Pocono
CAMPBELLVILLE, April 29 - It generally takes time for a four-year-old to step up and beat top harness racing overnight horses, but that was not the case Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Four-year-old gelding Sintra won Saturday's $27,000 feature event with a large 1:50.4 performance for driver Jody Jamieson and trainer Dave Menary. The former Ontario Sires Stakes star was making his four-year-old debut and first start since the OSS Super Final last October. Competing against seven rivals, including proven Preferred stars, Sintra got away sixth in the early-going. The tempo was modest, as Our Sky Major N led the field by the half in :56. Despite the easy-fractions for the group, Jamieson pulled first-up and unleashed his charge heading into the final turn. Sintra delivered an impressive :26.3 third-quarter to blow right by his opponents and snag command away from Our Sky Major N. In the stretch, the Menary trainee left his rivals well-behind and cruised home in :27.2 for a 3½ lengths score. Mach Code finished second, while Erle Dale N was third. The betting public was certainly hoping Sintra was ready to roll off the bench, as the four-year-old went off at odds of 7/2 and paid $9.40 to win. Owned by Brad Gray, Michael Guerriero and Menary Racing Inc, Sintra won eight of 16 starts last season for earnings of $294,500. Saturday's victory improves the Mach Three gelding's career record to nine wins in 20 starts. With his four-year-old debut now in the books, Sintra's next start could be in the Confederation Cup eliminations on Sunday, May 14 at Flamboro Downs. The Menary trainee is one of 32 four-year-olds eligible to this year's event. Sintra Also on Saturday, Jins Shark posted the first sub-1:50 mile of the Mohawk meet with a 1:49.4 score in the $22,000 opening race. The Isaac Waxman trainee made a third-quarter move to the lead from fourth to front the field by the three-quarter pole in 1:23. Jins Shark proceeded to pace a :26.4 final-quarter to score a dominating 5¼ lengths sub-1:50 victory. Doug McNair guided the six-year-old gelding to his third win of the season and 16th win overall. Jins Shark paid $3.60 to win. Jins Shark Live racing resumes Monday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie
LEBANON, OH. - The initial race in the new Miami Valley Lucky Buckeye series for older Ohio-sired harness racing horses produced not only a track record, but a national season's record for trotting mares on a five-eighths mile oval. Kestrel (Josh Sutton), a 4-year-old daughter of Triumhant Caviar, went gate to wire in 1:52.1 to better the local standard set by Hannelore Hanover in the 2016 Miami Valley Distaff Grand Circuit stake and post the quickest mile in North American for her age and gait in 2017. It was the 11th win in 20 lifetime starts for Kestrel, who banked $350,400 in her first two juvenile stakes seasons. Sandy's Victory (Aaron Merriman) and Honey B (Kyle Ater), both trained by Ohio Hall-of Famer Dan Ater, finished second and third in the $25,000 clash. Trainer Chris Beaver co-owns the winner with Wilbur Lang. Following two strong qualifiers Kestrel's Lucky Buckeye three-length victory was her maiden voyage for money this year. Both Kestrel and Hannelore Hanover are eligible to the $100,000 (est.) 2017 Miami Valley Distaff slated for May 8, closing day of the meet. Mr Wiggle Pants (Kayne Kauffman), another first time seasonal starter, captured the Lucky Buckeye division for older pacing horses with an impressive 1:51.2 2017 debut. The son of Mr Wiggles left hard from an outside post, then yielded to favored Whataboy (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) in the lane the first time around. After pocket-sitting until just before three-quarters of the way through, Mr Wiggle Pants angled out from behind the pacesetter just before he called it a night, then held off fast-closing Man He Can Skoot (Chris Page) by three parts of a length. Stand Out At Dawn (Kyle Ater) was next best in the $25,000 contest. Trainer Jim Mulinix co-owns the winner with Denny Miller, William Rufenacht and the DM Stable. He has now banked $314,885 in just 24 trips to post. A third $25,000 Lucky Buckeye race, for older Buckeye-bred male trotters, saw Another Breath (Jason Brewer) run his win streak to three with a 1:55.1 score over The Next Triumph (Tony Hall) and I Know My Chip (Kayne Kauffman). Fresh off a victory in the final of the Dr. Dan Farwick Memorial late-closing series, the son of Lou's Legacy got away third, but moved to the front after passing the quarter mile marker and cruised to a length and a half tally with relative ease. Richard Mishkin owns Another Breath and entrusts the training to Jeff Johnson Jr. The annual Craig Colston Memorial, honoring the memory of the deceased popular area horse owner and occasional TV commentator at old Lebanon Raceway, brought together a field of eight for a $22,000 Open Pace. Control Tower (Dan Noble) lowered his life speed badge to 1:50.2 with an impressive score over My Buddy Ninkster (Josh Sutton) and Angelo J Fra (Chris Page), who were both lapped on to the winner at the end of the quick mile. The mild upset ($13.00 to win) was pulled off by posting front end fractions of :26.4, :55.1 and 1:22.3 before closing with a :27.4 final panel. Steve Sexton, a long standing patron of the Noble training stable at the Xenia fairgrounds, owns the son of Panspacificflight. Gregg Keidel
Boom harness racing youngster Lumineer will be given a light week before connections make a decision on his next major target. Fresh from his demolition of last night’s $300,000 Ladbrokes Australian Pacing Gold Final at Tabcorp Park Menangle, Lumineer is resting in New South Wales today before embarking on the long trip back to trainer Ange McDowall’s Victorian property. Once home the two-year-old will enjoy an easy time to recover from his triumphant campaign. “He is having today off before we head home, where he will have a pretty easy week,” McDowall said. “He is not the kind of horse you can put in a paddock to rest as he is always on the go, but he won’t do much this week. “When we are home I will see how he settles down and go from there.” With the son of Sportswriter eligible for the New South Wales Breeders’ Challenge in June, a return trip across the Murray River is a likely scenario. Lumineer is also eligible for the Australasian Breeders’ Crown at Melton in August. “I won’t be making any plans until after we are home and settled,” McDowall said. “At this stage I’m not ruling anything out, but I’m not pencilling anything in either.” As for his latest win, Lumineer led throughout from the pole to account for Stefsbest and Jilliby Lorenzo in 1:54.4 over a mile with Jason Lee holding the reins. “I was nervous and stressed before the race as it’s a big thing for me and my family,” McDowall said. “It was the first time we’ve had a horse in a Group One and you just don’t know how things are going to turn out. “It’s a wonderful feeling to win such a big race, but it’s back down to earth cleaning out boxes this morning.” A $30,000 purchase at the Melbourne APG Sale, Lumineer is owned by the McDowall family under the BLG Racing Group, which consists of the trainer’s parents Brian and Louise and their Girls – six daughters! Unbeaten from five starts, the colt boasts a bankroll of $177,980.
April 29, 2017 - Veteran and former Prix d’Amerique winner Up And Quick (9m Buvetier d’Aunou-Fichtre) gained an impressive gate to wire harness racing victory in today’s Gr. II first speed leg of the FR summer, this one named the Criterium de Vitesse de Base Normandie and raced at Argentan. Franck Nivard teamed the Franck Leblanc trainee that is owned and was bred by Ecurie Quick Star. The winner recorded his 14th win in 58 starts for €1,988,540 earned. Today’s event carried a purse of €100,000 and was raced over 1609 meters autostart, clockwise direction. The 5.5/1 barefoot winner bested 2.8/1 and pocket placed Billie de Montfort (6f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort) reined by David Thomain for Sebastien Guarato, trainer for owner/breeder Philippe Dauphin. Third was the 1.6/1 favorite Bird Parker (6m Ready Cash-Belisha) driven by J.Ph. Monclin for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Elisabeth Allaire. Target Kronos and Arazi Boko were the next two to the line. Race time was 1.09.4kr, the mile rate a sizzling 1:51.64. Thomas H. Hicks
New Zealand’s standardbred breeder of the year, Woodlands Stud is proud to offer over 60 weanlings at the PGG Wrightson Autumn harness racing sale on Sunday May 21st. All Woodlands Stud’s, world class stallions are represented at the sale. The Autumn weanling sale has been a rich source for buyers over the journey. Millionaire pacer My Hard Copy was plucked out of the Woodlands draft for just $4,000! Current star 3yo filly Partyon was a weanling sale purchase as well, she has made over $475,000 in her career so far. Woodlands Stud celebrates 25 years of standardbred breeding in 2017 and we are the clear market leaders in Australasian standardbred breeding. We invite you to view our weanling draft on Saturday May 20 at Karaka. We will parade our draft from 1pm and our BBQ and refreshments will be provided. We will be located in Barn C at the Karaka complex. For all information related to our weanling draft don’t hesitate to contact our New Zealand agent Charlotte Mooney on 021595492 or Australian agent Mark Hughes on 0451650707. For the catalogue click here.
East Rutherford, NJ - It's an exciting time of year in harness racing as the better horses are showing up at The Meadowlands on Saturday mornings to get some work in either training before or racing in qualifiers. Today's action came on what began as a lovely morning, the track was fast with temperatures in the mid 70's and a light crosswind at the 10 am post time but conditions deteriorated some along the way. Top rated sophomore colt and early favorite for the $750,000 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace Huntsville was making his second public appearance this morning and was a 1:51.3 winner with a 27 final quarter into what became a significant headwind through the stretch. Tim Tetrick put Huntsville on the lead near the 55:4 half and the big fella handled it from there with Filibuster Hanover (Gingras) making a good stretch rally to be second. Resolve (Svanstedt) returned a 1:54.2/29.2 winner, tracking Side Bet Hanover (Corey Callahan) throughout then brushing by that stubborn rival late into what has become a considerable stretch head wind. It was a good prep in anticipation of Resolve's defense of his title in the upcoming Cutler Memorial for the 2016 International and Maple Leaf winner, trained by Svanstedt for Hans Enggren. Heels On Wheels opened the day a 1:57/27.4 winner going gate to wire in a filly trot for Yannick Gingras. Ron Burke trains and owns the NYSS winner with Crawford Farms Racing and Weaver Bruscemi. Last year's division leader Ariana G (Gingras) made her 2017 debut and was a closing second to Goldsmith Maid winner Magic Presto (Brian Sears) in 1:56/28.1. It was the second "Q" for the winner, trained in the Nifty Norman stable Hartman, Liverman, Mc Duffee and Little E, LLC. Several Hambo prospects raced in the fourth and Sortie (Andy McCarthy) got the best of the group with an early move to the lead into a 58.2 half then held sway over a closing Bill's Man and pocket riding Fly On (Andy Miller) in 1:55.4/29.1. Noel Daley trains Sortie who found his best form late last year and was a Breeders Crown elim winner and third in the final for Patricia Stable, Joe Sbrocco, Mario Mazza and the Sortie Stable. A pair of good NY sired four-year-old mares looked sharp in the fifth with Fad Fiannce (Trond Smedshammer) getting the jump on Non Stick (Ake Svanstedt) to the wire in 1:55.2/28.3. She was a Lexington Grand Circuit winner last fall for owners Purple Haze, Goldberg and Rojan Stables. Someomensomewhere (Tim Tetrick) moved forward off of last week's effort and led all the way in a 1:54.4/28- well within herself. She now races for Diamond Creek and the ABM Stable with Takter doing the training. That's The Ticket (David Miller) was really good again this morning cutting the mile and winning in 1:52.4/28.2 well clear of her rivals. Idyllic Beach (Gingras) settled mid pack and made a mild close within a few lengths, second best. Chris Ryder trains That's The Ticket for Henderson, Mondillo and Minowitz. Lyons Snyder (D. Miller) was pretty much alone in his 1:50.1/27.2 romp with just three rivals scattered behind him complicated by a head-stretch breaker. Looks like he's good to go for trainer Takter and owners Jeff Snyder and Geoff Mounds. Pure Country was scary good today, dragging Brett Miller through the wind with a 26.2 end to a mile in 1:50.1 moving away from the solid open pacer Dealt A Winner. It will be very interesting to see if her connections, trainer Takter and Adam Bowden of Diamond Creek Farms, race her in next Saturday's Graduate Series leg. She's also paid into a number of open stakes at The Meadowlands this summer including the WR Haughton and newly christened Sam McKee Memorials. Ocean Colony went a nice mile for Takter and Gingras this morning closing his 1:52.3 front end performance with a 26.1 final quarter. He races for Mrs. Takter, Fielding, Hatfield, Katz, Libfeld and Goldband. The big news is the $61,958 carry over in the Late Pick 4 bet which will generate plenty of play and good value. Racing begins at 7:15 with the final of the $50,000 World Harness Handicapping Challenge center stage. For full results of the qualifiers click here. Sortie Magic Presto Fad Finance Resolve Someomensomewhere Thats The Ticket Lyons Snyder Pure Country Huntsville Nick Salvi
April 29, 2017 - Lionel (NO) swept four wide around the final bend to draw clear for 110.9kr score in today’s Gr I UET Masters Series Olympiatravet (purse €284,672, 2140 meters autostart, ten starters). The seven year-old son of FR sire Look de Star-Aurora Sign-SmokeN Lantern was off at 15/1 and ecorded his 18th win in 51 outings for 11,816,821SEK earned. Owner Goran Antonsen teamed the Daniel Reden trainee. 18/1 Your Highness (8f Chocolatier-La Belle Lady) was a solid second for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop, ahead of 45/1 Oasis Bi (9g Toss Out-Up Front JM) with Erik Adielsson up for trainer S.P. Petterson Kadett CD and Nadal Broline completed the top five after favorite Nuncio and Voltiguer de Myrt made misques at the start. On Track Piraten faded after being on the front. Fractions were 1.10.4kr at the first 500; 1.10.2kr at the first 1000 and 1.11.2kr after 1500 meters). Lionel has now beaten Bold Eagle and Nuncio. Replay: https://www.atgplay.se/lopp/20170429-aby-v75?id=7 On the undercard the Lovely Godivas (Gr. II, for mares over 2140 meters autostart, 250,000SEK to the winner, went to 1.5/1 Wild Honey (5f Cantab Hall-U Wanna Lindy-SJs Photo) for driver Orjan Kihlstrom, Stall Zet and trainer Daniel Reden. This mare has 25 wins in 42 starts for 13,200,598SEK earned. Thomas H. Hicks
Columbus, OH --- After the Finn Stable sustained a loss that left them reeling, the family is hoping Rockin Racer, who has demolished her harness racing opposition in three trips to the post this year at Hoosier Park, may alleviate some of the sorrow residing in their souls and demonstrate her own prowess at overcoming significant obstacles to even compete. “We suffered a tragedy when we lost ($283,564 winner) Rockin Good,” said JD Finn. “We took her to Ohio to race and she came down with a bad case of the strangles. She immediately went to Ohio State and they provided her with the best of care. Even with their efforts it was very serious and after being there for some time, she was finally able to come home. She was doing really well and was healthy until one day she just couldn’t get up. We tried everything we could to save her, but we knew what we had to do for her. We think now she may have had EPM, but it still hurts every day she is not with us. “Rockin Racer reminded us of her as a yearling and is the reason we bought her. We trained her down in 2:07 and she broke her splint bone in two places in her right front leg, so we had to wait on her. We knew she had talent but we didn’t think she would be winning like this.” Rockin Racer seeks to extend her record to a perfect four-for-four when she takes on nine other rivals in the $15,000 Miss Windfall final on Saturday (April 29) at Hoosier Park. Conditioned by JD Finn, the 3-year-old pacing filly will leave from the rail as the 3-2 favorite in the seventh race on the card with his son Jared holding the lines. Not only has the daughter of Rockin Image-Portia Blue Chip amassed the highest seasonal earnings in the field ($12,500), but her speed badge of 1:52.4 is nearly a full two seconds swifter than the other contestants have paced. “Everything she has done has been well within herself,” the elder Finn said. “We have never asked her and have been very surprised by how she has been racing.” Despite displaying immense promise at this early stage of her career, Rockin Racer has much more to achieve before she can rival the likes of her former stablemate Rockin Good. Rockin Good was purchased for $9,500 at the 2013 Hoosier Classic Yearling Sale. The daughter of Rockin Image-Do Me Good was an Indiana champion, a stakes victress and collected $283,564 for the Finns during her two-year career. Rockin Racer, who is co-owned by Finn Racing and Hinshaw Homestead Farms, was selected from the 2015 Hoosier Classic Yearling Sale for $7,500 and is a full sister to Undertaker ($129,807). Unraced at age two, the filly has been simply dominant in each of her 3-year-old engagements. Her first start was a powerful performance coming from off the pace to stop the clock in 1:54.3 in a $10,000 Rosie Harness Memorial contest on April 8. The following week she went to the top at the half-mile marker and never looked back, lowering her mark to 1:53.1 in the first leg of the Miss Windfall Series. In her latest foray last Saturday (April 22) in the second leg of the Miss Windfall, she decimated 11 other fillies and mares with a wire-to-wire victory while setting her new lifetime mark of 1:52.4. Although she will be extremely short odds at the windows this weekend, Rockin Racer defeated exceptionally long ones to even place her nose upon the starting gate in a pari-mutuel contest, which makes these performances all the more rewarding for the Finns. “Well first we had that splint bone,” said Finn, who conditions his horses at the Jasper County Fairgrounds. “All we could do was take it out and wait to see what would happen. Fortunately, the leg healed beautifully and we have not had one problem with it; it came out just perfect. “But we had another issue and even if the leg had not happened, we would have been embarrassed to take her anywhere because her tail fell out. The vet said it was some type of fungus and it came out in hunks; she had no tail at all and we would never want to take a horse around looking the way she did. It grew back and is black now except for about four inches from her tail bone; that is all gray.” Although she obviously possesses speed and relishes her work, Rockin Racer has quite the personality when she is not on the track pacing. “She is a rip around the barn,” Finn said. “She is very professional when it is time to race or train, but we could not get hobbles on her. She would lay right down whenever we would try to put that last leg in. We have to lay them on the ground for her to step into. She likes to do her things her way.” Like Rockin Good before her, Rockin Racer will target the lucrative Indiana Sire Stakes program and other stakes over the Anderson oval. “She will stay at Hoosier and race in the sire stakes,” Finn said. “That is our plan for the season and of course we always have to consult with our partners on her. She will also tell us where to go herself. We bought her because she reminded us so much of Rockin Good as a yearling and we like Rockin Image as a sire, plus Undertaker’s career was another reason for buying her. “We are very surprised with how this filly has already went in (1):52 and the way she has done it, but Undertaker has been in (1):51, so we are looking forward to the year with her. “It still stings with what happened with Rockin Good and I think it is one of those things that will never really go away; that pain will always be there, but maybe this filly can help ease a little bit of that sting.” by Kim French, USTA Internet News Editor
YONKERS, NY, Friday, April 28, 2017 - Freeze Out (Jordan Stratton, $8.90) was first-up and first home Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $55,000 harness racing filly and mare Open Handicap Pace. Away fourth from post position No. 2, Free Out saw Call Me Queen Be (Scott Zeron) leaving around 9-10 choice Windsun Glory (George Brennan), the latter shoehorning herself into a pocket. Call Me Queen Be set early intervals of :27.3 and :57.4 before Freeze Out took out after her. She engaged the leader in and out of the third turn, dispatching her in and out of the (1:25.4) three-quarters. Freeze Out, continuing her form spree, opened to 2¾ lengths into the lane. The final margin was a length-and-a-half in 1:54. Motu Moonbeam N (Mark MacDonald) rallied into second, with a second-over Delightful Dragon (Brent Holland) third. Apple Bottom Jeans (Brian Sears) and Keystone Riptide (Jason Bartlett) settled for the remainder. For third choice Freeze Out, a 4-year-old daughter of American Ideal owned and trained by Ricky Bucci, it was her sixth win (fourth consecutive) win in a dozen seasonal starts. The exacta paid $57, the triple returned $361.50 and the superfecta paid $2,203. A friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that Saturday evening’s (April 29th) Pick 5 wager starts with a carryover of $3,110.41. The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising races 7 through 11 during every racing card. It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners (as was the case Friday night), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next racing program. Frank Drucker
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (April 28, 2017) - Longshots stole the show during the Late Pick Four on Friday at the Meadowlands, triggering a massive $61,958 carryover into Saturday's harness racing program. Friday's Late Pick Four attracted a total pool of $97,193, the second largest pool of the year. Rock of Cashel set the tone when he upset an all-star cast of trotters in the $20,000 Preferred Trot including JL Cruze, Rubber Duck, Rose Run Parker, and Maestro Blue Chip, all of whom are eligible to next week's $200,000 Arthur J. Cutler Memorial. Opulent Yankee took his customary spot on the front through fractions of :26.4, :55.3 and 1:23.4. Into the stretch, Opulent Yankee still held a two-length lead and looked home, but Corey Callahan had the 26-1 Rock of Cashel rolling and just prevailed by a nose in 1:51.3. JL Cruze was third in his seasonal debut. "He is such a nice little horse," said Callahan. "He has a good move and it worked out perfectly for him tonight." The longshot parade continued in the next race when Up The Alley, a stakes-nominated trotter making his second start of the year for trainer Richie Silverman, surged past 2-5 favorite B Yoyo in deep stretch to score at 28-1. After Sudden Change scored a $17.60 upset in the ninth race, the stage was set for a possible carryover or a huge score for the few horseplayers still alive. In the end, Anthony Napolitano aggressively put Lauderdale on the front end from his outside post and took the field gate to wire to win at $24.60 and trigger the first Pick Four carryover of the season at the Meadowlands. With the large carryover and low 15-percent takeout, the effective takeout for horseplayers will be negative with up to $413,053 in new money wagered. The Late Pick Four covers Races 7 - 10 and free past performances are available courtesy of TrackMaster on the Meadowlands website http://bit.ly/2oRtwIU. The Pick Four fireworks only set the stage for the final race of the evening. Co-favorites Joyful Game and Rock Me Gently both finished out of the top five. That allowed one lucky player to take down the Jackpot Super High Five for $51,321. The winning combination of 4-1-8-7-2 included 10-1 winner Amanderosa followed in order by 7-2 Blush Hanover, 28-1 Twice An Angel, 11-1 Keene Olivia, and 32-1 Mac's Secure in fifth. The ticket was purchased through the Oregon Hub. Total handle on the 11-race card was $2,539,723. First post time on Saturday's 11-race card is 7:15 p.m. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com. Justin Horowitz
LEBANON, OH. - Safe From Terror (Dan Noble) returned to her customary winning ways on Friday night (April 28) in the $20,000 Mares Open I Handicap at Miami Valley Raceway. It was the 18th win in 2016-17 and 30th of her harness racing career, boosting her lifetime bankroll to $715,207. The 5-year-old Western Terror lass worked hard to get the front end during a :27.3 initial quarter, then cruised through middle fractiions of :55.2 and 1:23.3 before closing in :28.2 and holding favored Jerseylicious (Chris Page) at bay in 1:52 flat. A Little Starstruk (Aaron Merriman), who was last week's winner, rallied for a show finish. Winchester Baye Acres LLC owns Safe From Terror, who was sidelined for a month recently. She is trained by Mike Conklin. Town Temptress (Jason Brewer) captured a $16,500 Open II for mares on the same program. The 5-year-old Artiscape mare enjoyed a second-over trip through a driving rainstorm until tipping three-wide for the stretch drive and passing Shesasmokinlady (Ray Paver Jr.) and holding off Kiss Me Onthebeach (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) in 1:53.3. Steve Bauder conditions Town Temptress for Gail and Robert Sanders. The talented lass won two of her last three starts at Dayton Raceway in 2016 and has now won two of her first three 2017 starts at Miami Valley. Due to severe weather, including major lightning in the area for a prolonged period, the final five races on the Friday night program were cancelled. Gregg Keidel
Sometimes you just can't beat experience. Harness racing driver Tony Herlihy, 58, showed all of his in driving Temporale to an upset win in the Group I $150,000 Rowe Cup Trot at Alexandra Park in Auckland on Friday night. Herlihy joined the great Peter Wolfenden at the top of the Rowe Cup (3200m) honours board with his fifth winning drive in harness racing's big northern trot - and he did it with an inch-perfect run. As the field fanned out in the home straight, Herlihy stayed cool on the marker pegs and when favourite Habibti Ivy moved out just enough, he and Temporale pounced, going to the line easily, to beat Habibti Ivy, drvien by Blair Orange, by a long neck. Bordeaux, who raced outside the leader, battled gamely for third. "Blair's mare moved out in the straight and gave us just enough room to get through without touching a marker peg," a smiling Herlihy told Trackside. READ MORE: Too easy for Lazarus in the Taylor Mile Temporale has been one of the rising trotters in the north and didn't deserve to be at a $35 price after a stout fourth in the Anzac Cup a week earlier. The four-year-old was a big horse, who was continuing to develop, Herlihy, the horse's trainer, said. Herlihy's wife Suzanne is one of the owners of the horse. His previous wins in the cup were behind Gee du Jour (1991), Diamond Field (1994) and One Over Kenny (2007 and 2009). Temporale It was a case of deja vu in the main pacing race, with Lazarus leading home the same All Stars trifecta as the Taylor Mile a week earlier. From his inside barrier, Lazarus scorched to an early lead and was untroubled to win, even though Waikiki Beach got as close as a neck on the line. Golden Goddess boxed on well for third. It was Lazarus 12th Group I win, and his 27th from 32 starts overall. He will now go for a spell before returning for the spring. Lazarus His win was the second Group I victory of the night for the Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen combination, after the classy Elle Mac claimed the 2YO Sires Stakes Championship, while Enghien was far too good in the night's other Group I the Northern Trotting Derby for three-year-old trotters. Both horses won Group I races the week before. Elle Mac Enghien Reprinted with permission of Stuff
A long running P.E.I. tradition, Old Home Week, may be cancelled if the board cannot come to an agreement with its partners. The board of the P.E.I. Provincial Exhibition, which runs Old Home Week, voted on a motion Wednesday night to "suspend the 2017 edition of Old Home Week pending sufficient support from all partners." The provincial exhibition organizes activities including livestock shows and agricultural displays. The board said it "feels it cannot operate under the current arrangements which it has been currently presented with." The partners include Red Shores Racetrack & Casino (operated by the Atlantic Lottery Corporation), the Prince Edward Island Harness Racing Industry Association and the Eastlink Centre. Money lost The dispute comes down to one thing, according to the general manager of the P.E.I. Provincial Exhibition/Old Home Week. Sandra Hodder-Acorn said at issue is the use of the full parking lot for Campbell Amusements' midway. The parking lot is owned by Red Shores, but during Old Home Week, that's been the location of the rides and games. Hodder-Acorn said the board of the exhibition had already agreed to give up 15 per cent of the parking lot, just for this year, to make space for the 2017 World Driving Championships and a major harness racing conference taking place the same week. She said the board wants a guarantee from Red Shores that the midway will have access to the full lot next year and beyond. "What we're concerned about is, if we're losing 15 per cent now, perhaps in future years, we could lose more of a percentage. With a decrease in the rides, that will decrease the revenue Campbell's brings in, and we get a portion of the revenue." 'My heart is in Old Home Week' "Basically we cannot lose money anymore," said Strothard Rodd, president of the P.E.I. Provincial Exhibition. Rodd noted that last year, for the first time, it was free to get in after 9 p.m. for those over 19, and 7,800 people in total went through the gate in those later hours. Hodder-Acorn pointed out the exhibition board had already agreed to that arrangement again this year, but that will mean a loss of revenue. "We only [have] four places to get money. If you start cutting away at it then we have nothing," said Rodd. "Old Home Week has been around for 129 years. I've been a director of Old Home Week for about 20-some years. I hate to see it going down the tubes. My heart is in Old Home Week," said Rodd. Hodder Acorn added that the ultimate hope is that a new governance organization will be formed, combining all the partners. ALC and harness racing industry respond The board of the P.E.I. Provincial Exhibition/Old Home Week is standing by its position that it will cancel Old Home Week this year, 2017, if it can't get a deal with Red Shores for next year. The senior communication counsel for the Atlantic Lottery Corporation, responded Thursday. "We have received communication from the Provincial Exhibition Board. We are working to understand the concerns and remain supportive of Old Home Week," said Molly Cormier. Racing to go ahead 'regardless' "We would like our patrons to be assured that a full slate of racing will occur at Red Shores from August 10-19, 2017," she added. Wayne Pike, executive director of the Prince Edward Island Harness Racing Industry Association, also responded. "There are issues we've got to resolve, and we'll be doing anything we can to resolve those issues," he said. "We'll definitely have Old Home Week racing. All that stuff will go forward regardless. It has to. It's too important to our economy," Pike added. Reprinted with permission
April 28, 2017 - This weekend provide exciting Gr. I harness racing action at Aby and Napoli. Tomorrow is the €296.626 purse Olympiatravet featuring heavily favored Nuncio with Orjan Kihlstrom at the lines for Stefan Melander. The race lineup follows for that 2140 meter autostart UET Masters Series test: Saturday: OlympiaTravet (Group I - 2.140m autostart) So named because the organization reverses a portion of the funds raised on betting to the Swedish Olympic and Paralympic Committee, the OlympiaTravet is a very popular race in Sweden. Although no French trotter ever won it except for Etain Royal in 2001, but it defended Finnish colors, they are four to be in second place: General du Pommeau , beaten by Varenne in 2002, Flambeau des Pins dominated in 2003 by Gidde Palema ( winning record of the event with three consecutive successes from 2003 to 2005), Kart de Baudrairie in 2005, and more recently, Roxana de Barbray defeated by Maharajah in 2013. This year, Black d'Avril and Voltigeur de Myrt will try to reverse the trend. Well placed by having inherited numbers 3 and 4, they will still have to take the best on the Swedish-American crack Nuncio who will have to sharpen in this event before confronting Bold Eagle in the Elitlopp next month. It will also be necessary to deal with the defender of the title Your Highness , as well as the other Scandinavian Lionel , Kadett CD , Oasis Bi and On Track Piraten . Never seen in France but having assured their participation in qualifications, They are two very young drivers who will drive the French trotters, Alexis Prat, son of Frederic who trained Black of April before the start of his season of mount, and Lorenzo Donati, son of Roberto, which drags Voltigeur of Myrt . The starters, their record and their driver: Square Horse Driver General Record 1 Spring Erom (Sweden) Christopher Ericksson 1'11''0 2 Oasis Bi (Italy) Erik Adielsson 1'09''4 3 Black of Avril Alexis Prat 1'10''9 4 Flyer of Myrt Lorenzo Donati 1'09''7 5 Nadal Broline (Sweden) Ulf Ohlsson 1'10''1 6 Nuncio (USA) Örjan Kihlström 1'08''7 7 Lionel (Norway) Göran Antonsen 1'11''7 8 Your Highness (Sweden) Björn Goop 1'09''7 9 On Track Piraten (Sweden) Johnny Takter 1'09''4 10 Kadett CD (Sweden) Robert Bergh 1'09''8 Two other French trotters, Safari Dream , who left for Scandinavia at the beginning of the year, and Valdenburg , will participate in the mounted trotting race. Monday: the Grand Prize of the Lottery (Group I - 1,600m autostart) The Grand Prix of the Lottery of Naples takes place in three batteries qualifiers for the final. Legendary legacy, once won by the not-so-legendary Roquépine (1967) One of May (1971, 72 and 73) and then Bellino II (1976), the last French trotter to have registered his name in the "Gran Premio della Lotteria" Is Hillion Brillouard driven by Philippe Allaire in 1980. One of the greatest champions of history, Varenne , reigned on this race, imposing itself three times consecutively (2000, 01 and 02) as, more recently, Mack Grace SM (2012, 13 and 14). Last year, Voltigeur de Myrt had only found Oasis Bi on his way after having brilliantly won his qualifying pool in 1'10''6. This year, the French delegation looks very promising. They are two real distance specialists, accomplished champions, Timoko and A Guy of Héripré , who come to defy the Italians on their Neapolitan land. Timoko , in the second battery, shot number 5, which is not the best but not the worst either, knowing that Richard Westerink's crack has already come out of more problematic situations. A Heriper's Guy will be in Battery 1 with the number 1, but his basic speed especially at the start should allow him to keep a good place and qualify for the final. If that is the case, On the driver side, Björn Goop will obviously be in the sulky of Timoko , and Un Mec d'Héripré will find Jos Verbeeck with whom he has just won the Gran Premio Costa Azzurra in Turin. The starters of batteries 1 and 2, their record and their driver: Battery 1 Horse Driver General Record 1 A Guy of Héripré Jos Verbeeck 1'09''5 2 Ringostarr Treb (I) Roberto Vecchione 1'09''5 3 Super Fez Gabriele Gelormini 1'11''8 4 Specialess (I) Andrea Vitagliano 1'10''8 5 Tano Fohle Sm (I) Antonio Di Nardo 1'11''7 6 Tesoro Degli Dei (I) Enrico Bellei 1'12''0 7 Totoo Del Ronco (I) Mario Minopoli Jr 1'11''6 8 Trendy Ok (I) Alessandro Gocciadoro 1'11''4 Battery 2 Horse Driver General Record 1 Testimonial Ok (I) Alessandro Gocciadoro 1'11''9 2 Street Varenne Dany (I) Antonio Di Nardo 1'11''4 3 Sugar Rey (I) Erik H. Bondo 1'11''4 4 Real Mede Sm (I) Domenico Zanca 1'12''0 5 Timoko Björn Goop 1'09''1 6 Tony Gio (I) Guiseppe Maisto 1'10''4 7 Pascia 'Lest (I) Enrico Bellei 1'09''1 8 Steven Del Ronco (I) Mario Minopoli Jr 1'11''3 The final is raced over the same distance for a purse of €704,000. The Lotteria has drawn a solid group of speedsters including Timoko, Un Mec d’Heripre, Timone EK, Volstead, Pascia’Lest and Ringostarr Treb. There is also a consolidation race for a purse of €33,000. Thomas H. Hicks