LEBANON, OH. - The stage is set for the James K. Hackett Memorial filly division showdown next Saturday night, April 26. A pair of $7,500 eliminations were contested Friday night at Miami Valley Raceway to determine the nine Ohio-sired three-year-old harness racing finalists that will chase the $25,000 championship purse next week. In the first division, Crown Time Keeper sped to a 1:56.1 triumph for driver Chris Page, besting Friskie's Angel (Randy Tharps) and God Only Knows (Jeremy Smith). Also advancing to the final were Lady Julie (Kayne Kauffman) and Mean Fever (Jason Brewer), who was the fastest fifth-place finisher from the two splits. Steve Carter conditions the winner for long-time standardbred enthusiast Esther Crownover, who also bred the daughter of Feelin Friskie. Paydaze On The Way (Kauffman) was the easiest of winners in the second division going gate-to-wire in 1:56.3 as the deserved odds-on favorite. A compact field of rivals were all content to race single file behind the Ron Burke-trained daughter of Look Sharp as she coasted through pedestrian fractions of :28.2, :59.1 and 1:29 before pulling away with a quick :27.3 final panel to easily defeat Fayco Filly (Page), A P P Panda (Greg Grismore) and Baby Slider (Brewer) who also qualified for the $25,000 final. The partnership of Taylor, Gold, Lombardo and Rose own Paydaze On The Way. A pair of $7500 Hackett Memorial eliminations for sophomore state-bred colts and geldings will race Saturday night at Miami Valley to determine the lineup for their tandem $25,000 championship on April 26. An $8500 Open trot was also contested on Friday night with J J Hall (Kauffman) stepping to a 1:55.1 all time track record for squaregaiters. The six-year-old son of Jailhouse Jesse was content to sit third through three-quarters of the mile, moved up to second at the head of the stretch and exploded home for a 4-3/4 length win over Bookem (Josh Sutton) and E L Rock (Chris Scicluna). The classy winning trotter is now two-for-two on the season for owner Douglas Millard and trainer Scott Mogan. Gregg Keidel
DOVER, Del.---- For the third consecutive start, Tina Clark and Joe Clark's Baximum came on strongly to win the $20,000 Open Trot/Handicap over a 'sloppy track' on Wednesday, March 12 at Dover Downs. As has been usual, Baximum began his move after the first half mile. Daryl Bier ushered the Cantab Hall-Bax Machine veteran up on the outside in mid-backstretch picking up steam to go into the lead approaching the final turn and then waltzed home in a 1:55 mile. I'm So Striking (Eddie Dennis) last turning for home dashed home to finish second with Struttin Conway (Ron Pierce) taking the show payoff. Baximum, conditioned by Bobby Clark, has assembled a 2014 record of five of seven times in the money and won $34,290 in purses. His career bankroll is $457,014. After making a misstep last time out, Jailhouse Juice returned to the winning track disposing of eight rivals for a 1:54.4 victory in the semi-feature $15,000 4&5-Year-Old Winners-Over trot. Trainer-driver Toby Lynch got the Jailhouse Jesse-Wine Cup gelding to the top and he stayed there for his third win of the year. Ideal Revenue (George Dennis) came from far back to edge Six Gun Hall (Allan Davis) for second. Toby, and son Jason, Lynch owned the winner of $27,365 this year and $100,952 lifetime. Corey Callahan drove three winners; Trace Tetrick, Ron Pierce, Tony Morgan and G. Dennis had two win each. Mustang Art seeks repeat in Delaware Special Wednesday Mustang Art drew the outside facing Nova Artist and All Stienam this week after winning the last $27,500 Delaware Special/Handicap, this week’s feature on Thursday, March 13 at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Max Walton and Greg Papaleo’s Mustang Art sat behind front pacing Nova Artist driven by Allan Davis for Eddie and Kathy Davis’ Nova Artist until the stretch before recording his second victory of the year. Sean Bier drove Heavenly Way’s Jeremy’s Successor to a third-place finish in front of Brit Evans and Foulk Stables’ Full Of Sand, and Corey Callahan. Not to be overlooked in the fast field are J,J&M Stable and Green Racing’s All Stienam with Ross Wolfenden; Ed Gannon’s Artists Rally, handled by Trace Tetrick; Kovach Stable’s Feel Like A Fool driven by George Dennis, and Peter Tritton’s Malak Uswaad N, piloted by Tony Morgan. John Cancelliere’s Emeritus Maximus (Pierce), last week’s winner starts from the outside in the $17,500 4&5-Year-Old Open/Handicap pace facing Jim Berndt’s Ice Scraper (Roger Plante) and Baron Racing’s EZ Noah (A.Davis) in the seven-horse field on a strong supporting card. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs
Pompano Beach, FL...March 5, 2014...Pure Barre, the only mare in Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Handicap Trot, took top honors on Wednesday after getting picture perfect rating from driver Mickey McNichol. The six year-old daughter of Classic Photo, owned and trained by Tom Gonsalves, scored by three parts of a length over the late surging Jolene's Pinehonker, driven by Mark O'Mara. Photo King and Rick Plano, skimmed the pylons the entire route to finish third while My Revenuer, trotting the fastest final panel in thee field--:27.4--finished fourth, edging out Andover America for the nickel in the field of six. Pure Barre was on the engine early, assuming command from Andover America midway through the first turn and took the field to the quarter in :28. With no challenges during the next panel, McNichol lolly-gagged through the second quarter in :30 and, still, no challenges materialized until the final turn when Andover America left the pocket but could no closer than 3/4s of a length away through a third quarter in :28.2. Turning for home, favored Jolene's Pinehonker tilted out widest of all with Photo King on the inside but Purse Barre sprinted home in :28.1 to seal the deal. In a post race interview, McNichol said, "...anytime this mare gets away with a half in :58, you know she is going to be tough...and she was tough tonight. She's a very game thing and can finish a mile as good as she starts a mile. Tonight kind of proved that point." For Pure Barre, it was her fourth victory in six starts this year, sending her earnings to $25,280. The win also sent her lifetime bounty over the $200,000 mark--now at $204,145. As second choice on the tote-board at 8 to 5, Pure Barre returned $5.20. The Open 2 Trot went to Ed Hensley's Jesses Jo, who, after losing his second over cover on the backside due to a breaker in front of him, made a monster brush to the lead during a :28.1 third quarter--his :27.2--and scored in 1:55.1. The seven year-old son of Jailhouse Jesse won for the second time this year--and 20th lifetime--to send his career bankroll to $225,918. Iron Will (Simon Allard) finished second two lengths away while Glittering Muscles (Bryce Fenn) finished third. Dream Lake and Blushing Hanover also picked up checks in the field of eight. As the 3 to 2 favorite, Jessesjo paid $5.00 to win. by John Berry, for the Isle Pompano Park
In spite of the arctic blast that slammed Delaware, Ohio with subzero temperatures, the Winter Mixed Sale was among the strongest in the past 12 years. The Jailhouse Jesse gelding Sand Royal Blu topped the sale at $29,000. The stakes winning trotter moved from Ty Loy’s barn at Northfield Park to Kurt Sugg’s. Rene Allard brought a large consignment of quality raceway horses, but it was his broodmare prospect, Majic Trend, that attracted the most attention. The stakes winning daughter of Kadabra with a mark of 4,1.54.2f and earnings of $191,177 went to Hickory Hollow Farm in Grabil, Indiana for $18,000. The fancy Somebeachsomewhere gelding, Conors Concord, was purchased from the same consignment for $15,000 by Bruce Soulsby of Ohio. Bidding was also spirited for the ultra-consistent 12 year old $12,500 claiming trotter Get Packin that went to Brandon Simpson of New York for $15,000. Then Rene Allard turned around and purchased the royally bred $15,000 claiming mare Caviart Cara for $17,000 from Gary Evans. A number of nice broodmares and early yearlings were sold, led by a Kentucky bred colt at $15,500. Stacey Ruddick signed the ticket for the son of Northern Kid from the Winterwood Farm consignment. For complete sale results visit www.bloodedhorse.com. The Spring Mixed Sale is May 12. Entries close in mid-April. Submitted by Blood Horse Sale
DOVER, Del.--- Traverse Seelster made his first start in a month a winning one taking the $20,000 Open trot in 1:53.1 Lovely Vacation turned in a 1:55.4 succcess in the $15,000 Winners-Over sub-feature trot at Dover Downs on Wednesday, Jan. 15. Corey Callahan and Ron Pierce drove four winners each. Meet leading, and currently the sport's leading driver in 2014, Corey Callahan guided Traverse Seelster into the lead early and led seven rivals home in 1:53.1. The holder of the track record for an older trotter notched his 22 lifetime win earning $425,009 in purses. Awsome Valley, who had been racing on-the-lead with Tony Morgan in recent starts, closed along the passing lane from third to finish second. Modern Family and Daryl Bier challenged for the lead but had to accept third. Keith Pippi owns Traverse Seelster, an Angus Hall-Travelin Lavec gelding, trained by Josh Green. Lovely Vacation and Ron Pierce started from post 1 and controlled the action scoring a 1:55.4 wire-to-wire victory in the $15,000 Winners-Over Handicap trot. Nick Surick conditions the Majestic Son-Short Vacation five-year-old mare, the only female in the event, for owner Diane Giuliano. Can Do (Vic Kirby) closed well for second-place honors with I'm So Striking (Eddie Dennis), who had a two-race win streak halted, finishing third. Jailhouse Juice streaked down the lane to overtake Pounce Hanover (Vic Kirby), to win the $14,500 4&5-Year-Old trot in a career fastest 1:54.4. Trained and driven by Toby Lynch, owns the Jailhouse Jesse-Wine Chip gelding with his son Jason Lynch. Amiga Valley (Montrell Teague) picked up third money. Both Corey Callahan and Ron Pierce scored a 'grand slam' driving four winners apiece. A $30,000 Preferred, $27,500 Delaware Special and a $17,500 Open pace tops a strong Thursday card. by Marv Bachrad fo Dover Downs
Pompano Beach, FL...January 12, 2014...Surclasser, caught up in a claiming whirlwind in his past two starts, would up back in his "old" owner's hands after last week's race and, Sunday night, returned immediate dividends by winning the $17,000 final of the Chucaro Ahijuna Late Closer at Pompano Park. The seven year-old altered son of Jailhouse Jesse, back in the stable of Casandra and Rebecca Uppal and driven this night by Jason Dillander, used his typical late charge to roll by the 6 to 5 favorite, Frenchmen (George Napolitano, Jr.), to score by 2 1/2 lengths in 1:55.1. The early leader, Ulay Boko (Rick Plano) was third while Distracting Beauty and Jon Win also picked up awards in the field of nine. Surclasser had been claimed from the Uppal's out of the opening leg of the late closer series for $11,000 and they decided to try and reclaim the trotter out of the second leg for $12,500, a decision that paid off handsomely in the final. Trainer Casandra Uppal siad, "...you know, we really didn't expect him to be claimed out of that first legs and, when he was, we were a pretty sad bunch of folk around the barn. So, we decided to try and get him back and there were multiple claims on him thee second time around so luck--and fate--were both on our side." Driver Dillander, celebrating birthday number 38, had praise for both trainer and horse. "Surclasser doesn't really leave all that well but he certainly got away well tonight...much better than I thought he would. With the hot fractions, it set up very well for him and we were in a great second over spot when we reached the there-quarters in (1):24 and change. I was very confident that he could go on from there...and he did. Casandra did a great job with him, especially this week. For Surclasser, it was his 32nd lifetime victory and pushed his career earnings over the $300,000--now $305,583. As second choice on the board at 7 to 5, Surclasser paid $4.80 to win. In the $10,000 Open Pace for the mares, Arodasi scored a repeat victory for Joe Pavia, Jr., stopping the timer in 1:52, a new lifetime mark. The five year-old daughter of Western Terror, trained by Pavia and co-owned by his stable along with Peter Shank, Joseph Barbera and the AGC Stables, circled the field from the back of the compact field of five and paced her last 1/2 mile in a shade under :55 to score by 2 1/4 lengths over Angel's Delight (Jason Dillander). De Vins Girl (Rick Plano) finished third, almost four lengths away, with the early pacesetters, Love You Bye (:28 to the opening quarter) and Wildfire Osborne (:55.4 and 1:23.4) rounding out the quintette. For Arodasi, it was her second straight success to kick off the 2014 season and sent her lifetime bounty to $180,311. As the 2 to 5 chalk on the board, Arodasi paid $2.80 to win. John Berry
Dover, Del--- Awsome Valley closed strongly along the passing lane to score a 1:54.2 victory to win the $15,500 Winners-Over trot at Dover Downs on Wednesday, Dec 4. Tony Morgan turned Barbara Boese's Awsome Valley loose along the inside to just get up to catch early leader Royal Malinda, driven by Ross Wolfenden, in the final strides for the Valley Victor-Nonnina Ambrosio gelding's ninth win of the season in lifetime fastest clocking. Ryan McInnis conditions the winner of $96,742 this year. Royal Malinda was second in her first local start since arriving from upstate New York. Baximum with Daryl Bier was the show finisher. Toby Lynch took Jailhouse Juice right to the front and was never headed in a 1:55.3 triumph in the $14,500 sub-feature trot for 3&4-year-olds. Amiga Valley (Montrell Teague) came on fast to take second with Gwally (Vic Kirby) third. Lynch, who trains the Jailhouse Jesse-Win Chip gelding, owns the winner with his son Jason Lynch. Tony Morgan and Allan Davis had driving triples, Trace Tetrick and Ross Wolfenden won twice. Meet leading trainer Wayne Givens and owner Legacy Racing Of DE and owner-trainer Art Brewer also were two-time winners. The weekly racing schedule is: Monday through Thursday starts at 4:30 p.m. Sunday post time is 5:30 p.m. There is no live harness on Friday and Saturday. Meet leading driver Corey Callahan had to wait until the last race of the day to keep his streak of wins each day of the meet going at 23. Callahan drove Justherighttouch to a victory by a nose in 1:56. It was his 58th win of the meet. Thursday at Dover Downs DOVER, Del---After taking a week off, Nova Artist returns to the $30,000 Preferred/Open Handicap pace this week in a race named “In Support of Anthony Collecta, the driver seriously injured in a racing accident recently and is hospitalized. Horsemen are contributing purse distributions to this cause. A $15,500 Male pace tops the strong undercard on Thursday, Nov. 21. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Eddie and Kathy Davis’ Nova Artist has been in rare form since the current meet got underway in early November. With three consecutive victories, the six-year-old is the one-to-beat in this week’s feature pace. Papa Ray, a recent acquisition by Reg Hazzard and Legacy Racing Of DE, has consecutive feature race wins himself. Ross Wolfenden will drive the four-year-old. Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta’s Adventure Bound raced gamely for Ron Pierce finishing second beaten a nose by Nova Artist. Mary Ann Larrimore’s Believe This Bob and Montrell Teague is also in peak form. Among the newcomers are KDM Stable’s Bullet Speed (Andy Miller) returning from the Meadowlands and Mark Weaver-Mike Bruscemi and Burke Racing’s Hang Ten with Corey Callahan in from Pennsylvania with Corey Callahan in the bike. Not to be overlooked are Its All Good Stable’s Simon’s Artist, piloted by Vic Kirby and Toby Lynch’s speedy Sunshine Superman with Jason Lynch at the controls. The secondary feature is a $15,000 3,4&5-Year-Old Winners-Over pace. Three of the starters are fresh from victory, Ron Dixon’s Ken Kam (Andy Miller) from post 1, Archie Peel’s Coastal Storm (Jim Morand) and Middle Aged Crazy (Corey Callahan) racing for O’Toole, McCaffery and the Somones', with a two-win streak. Three other have second-place finishers in their most recent outings; The Wiz Kids Stable’s Golden Gun (George Dennis), Steve Iaquinta and Bill Dittmar’s Jeremes General (Allan Davis) and Arty Foster’s Waltzking Hanover (Trace Tetrick). Monday through Thursday post time is 4:30 p.m. Sunday racing begins at 5:30 p.m. There is no live racing on Fridays and Saturdays. Harness and Thoroughbred Simulcasting opens daily at 12 Noon until 12 Midnight at Dover Downs Race and Sports Book in the Colonnade. There is no charge for parking or admission at Dover Downs. Marv Bachrad
Pompano Beach, FL…November 20, 2013…Indiana invader Jessesjo, owned, trained and driven by Ed Hensley, eked out a narrow victory in Pompano Park's $10,000 Open 1 Trot on Wednesday night. The six year-old altered son of Jailhouse Jesse, off as the 8 to 5 second choice on the tote-board despite being winless in six starts this year coming into the competition, went first up from fourth on the backstretch, engaged the leader, Keystone Thomas, handled by Joe Pavia, Jr., heading into the far turn and wore that one down in the final strides to win by a neck in 1:55. Mr. Mcrail (Fern Paquet, Jr.) finished a fast closing third while Lugar (Tom Sells), prominent throughout the event, finished fourth. Jolenes Pinehonker made a miscue while on the move around the far turn and wound up catching only the nickel in the quintet. In a post race interview, driver Hensley said, "Actually, I was pretty surprised at his performance tonight. He had been off a long time and was a little short in his first couple of starts back in Indiana. I let him roll a little bit on the backside and he just kept grinding forward…all the way to the wire. He actually didn't take the turn for home that well--he kind of lost a half length or so there--but he just kept grinding. I am surprised and, of course, very happy with his performance tonight." Though winless this year, Jessesjo is no stranger to the winner's circle with 17 wins lifetime coming into this action to go along with over $200,000 in lifetime bounty. Hensley continued, "He's got speed alright but, like many athletes, he has his situations. If he was a football player in the NFL, he'd probably be listed as 'questionable' before he starts…and then he goes out and performs like a champ!" Jessesjo paid $5.40 to win. in the Open 2 Trot, Illusionsndreams was given a well rated drive by Andy Santeramo to hold off the late charge of Permanent Joy (Rick Plano) by a head in 1:56.3. Jon Win (Bruce Ranger) was a fast closing third while Gale Warning and HP Forte picked up the final awards in the field of seven. Santeramo discouraged early challengers with a :28 opener before rating his seven year-old son of Kadabra to a half time of :58. As Permanent Joy made the bid on the backside, Andy stepped on the throttle and Illusionsndreams reached the third station in 1:26.4 before doggedly holding on in the final stages of the mile. Owned by Joseph Ferrara along with Steve Maietta, Illusionsndreams won for the fifth time this year in 26 starts to send his yearly bankroll to $48,486 and just a shade under $300,000 lifetime. Illusionsndreams paid $6.40 as the second choice on the board. The Open 3 Trot went to She's All In for owner-trainer-driver Rick Plano. This four year-old daughter of Revenue S came from well back in the field to nail a very narrow "ns" victory in the final stride in 1:56 for her seventh win of the year--her consistent scorecard now reading 7-14-2 in 37 starts good for $68,145 this season. Surface Tension (Dan Daley) finished second in the tight photo with Thekeptman (Santeramo) third. Adenium was fourth while CJ's Rascal finished fifth after recovering from an early miscue. That win for trainer-driver Plano was the first of a consecutive "hat trick" on the card. Plano took the very next event with Maryann Plano's To Tell The Truth and capped the "three-peat" with Spring Goal, also owned by Maryann Plano. by John Berry for Isle Pompano Park
ANDERSON, Ind.-October 26, 2013-Just one week after hosting the $1 million Hoosier Champions night, Hoosier Park continued the stakes action with an exciting 14-race card on Saturday, October 26. In its' 20th season of live harness racing, Hoosier Park hosted divisions of the Madison County and Circle City Stakes for two and three-year-olds for the first time ever. E L Titan and Riina Rekila kicked off the stakes action with a 1:57.1 score in the opening division of the $44,950 Madison County stakes for two-year-old colt and gelding trotters. Using a sharp, front running effort, the son of Muscle Hill was able to hold off a late charge from Justice Jet and Ed Hensley to score his third win of the season. Owned by Erkki Laakkonen, E L Titan is trained by Riina Rekila and has now amassed $93,139 during his freshman season. The recently crowned Indiana Sire Stakes champion, Rose Run Parker followed suit in the second split of the $45,250 Madison County stakes action for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings with a 1:58.2 victory. With Ricky Macomber Jr. in the bike, Rose Run Parker was able to track down horses late in the lane to win by two lengths. Sired by Jailhouse Jesse, Rose Run Parker extended his win streak to five as he notched his ninth win of the season. Sweetnsinful and Sam Widger scored in the only division of the $83,600 Madison County Stakes for two-year-old pacing fillies in 1:54. Widger sent the American Ideal filly to the front from the start and never looked back. Trained by Homer Hochstetler, Sweetnsinful scored her fourth win in nine starts this season and sent her bankroll over the $200,000 mark. The freshman trotting fillies were up next and Kween Mightus broke her maiden in a big kind of way taking her $42,550 split of the Madison County Stakes. Driven by Hoosier Park's leading driver, Tyler Smith, Kween Mightus was sent to the front and reached the wire in 1:57.3 to finish two lengths in front of the field. Trained by Krista Williams, the two-year-old daughter of Earl of Stormont notched her first win in 11 seasonal outings. Luck is All Ineed and Trace Tetrick took the second split of the stakes action for two-year-old trotting fillies with a 1:58 victory. Trained by Tom Harmer, the Muscle Mass filly benefitted from a pocket trip to score her third win of the season from eight starts. Luck is All Ineed sent her bankroll over $131,178 for her connections, Greg McNair and Tom Harmer. Three splits of the Circle City Stakes for three-year-old trotting colts were contested and it was King Mufasa who reigned supreme with a 1:56.3 romp. With Hall of Famer Dave Palone in the sulky, King Mufasa extended his win streak to five in his Hoosier Park debut. Sired by Powerful Emotion, King Mufasa is trained by Mike Brink and owned by Mystical Marker Farms and H.W. Wright. Punxsutawney and Pete Wrenn turned a sharp, front running effort into a 1:54.4 score in the second split of the Circle City stakes action. Sired by Glidemaster, Punxsutawney scored his fourth win of the season from 14 outings. Owned by Jerry Graham, Punxsutawney is trained by John Butenschoen and now sports a seasonal bankroll of $156,988. Pine Credit and Marcus Miller took the final split of the stakes action for three-year-old colt trotters with a 1:55.4 victory. Trained by Erv Miller, the son of Credit Winner was able to find late racing room in the stretch to score his third win of the season. That'll Be The Rei and Mike Micallef extended their win streak to four with a 1:51.3 score in the opening division of the $40,350 Circle City stakes for three-year-old pacing colts. The Michigan champion is trained by Mike Micallef and has won 15 of 22 seasonal starts. Owned by Daniel Courtemanche, That'll Be The Rei has earned $185,242 through two seasons of racing. Silver Devil and Jason Dillander scored a 21-1 upset in the second division of the $40,350 Circle City stakes for three-year-old colt and gelding pacers. Rallying from well off the pace in the stretch, Silver Devil used a :26.0 final panel to score his ninth win of the season in 1:53.1. Trained by Nick Giberson, the sophomore son of Duneside Perch sent his career bankroll over $50,000 with the victory. Totally Kissed and Sam Widger followed suit and pulled a slight upset in the first split of the stakes action for two-year-old pacing colts with a 1:52.1 score. The freshman son of Total Truth got up in the final strides to score his third win of the season in a lifetime best effort. Kingofthejungle continued the upset trend and scored a 14-1 upset in his split of the $49,300 Madison County stakes for two-year-old pacing colts. Driven by Pete Wrenn, Kingofthejungle rallied from well off the pace to score in a lifetime best effort of 1:52.3. Trained by Dirk Simpson, the two-year-old gelding is sired by Well Said has now won 4 of 12 lifetime outings. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday-Saturday schedule with a daily post time of 5:30 p.m. The 160-day, all harness racing meet began on April 2 and will be conducted through November 9. Emily Gaskin
ANDERSON, Ind.—October 19, 2013—Hoosier Park Racing & Casino played host to the $1 million Hoosier Champions Night in front of a large enthusiastic crowd on Saturday, October 19. Four Indiana Sire Stakes Champions were crowned as the top freshman Indiana-sired colts and fillies converged onto the seven-eighths mile surface to contest four $200,000 Indiana Sire Stakes finals. Favorites fared well on the 14-race card. Bluehourpower and Andi’s Alana successfully defended their champion status with wins the in their $200,000 divisional finals. Andi’s Alana captured her second $200,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes final for two-year-old filly trotters as she staged a determine rally late in the lane to win in 1:57. Driven by Marcus Miller, Andi’s Alana was away a worrisome sixth while Summit City Flo and Andy Shetler dictated early fractions of :28.0 and :57.3. Tyler Smith gave Kween Mightus the green light and she reached the front through the three-quarter clocking in 1:26.4 as the field began to tighten. Miller was able to find late racing room and Andi’s Alana responded with a :29.1 closing kick to win by three lengths. Kween Mightus held on for the second place finish while Jesse’s Con, guided by Pete Wrenn, trotted evenly for third. As the publics’ choice, Andi’s Alana returned $5.20 at the windows. “I was definitely a little worried coming around the last turn,” Miller noted of the race. “I was hoping to get out a little earlier but everything ended up working out. She did everything I asked of her and was game all the way to the wire. She’s been a great filly to drive.” Owned by Paymaq Racing, Greg Gillis, and Harvey Eisman, Andi’s Alana notched her eighth win from 11 seasonal starts. Sired by Swan For All, the freshman filly now sports a bankroll of $314,525. Bluehourpower followed suit in the $200,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes for two-year-old pacing colts as he was able to overcome a tough trip to score in 1:52.2 and notch his second Indiana Sire Stakes final win. Guided by Sam Widger, Bluehourpower was sent from the gate alertly to land along the rail in fourth through the opening split in :27.3. Doctor Carter and Trace Tetrick struck the front through the half in :55.3 but were quickly pressured on the outside by the heavily favored Speed Trap and Ricky Macomber Jr. Speed Trap led the field through the three-quarter clocking in 1:24.1. Heading around the final turn, Bluehourpower and Widger began the first-over journey and were strides apart with the tempo-setter at the top of the stretch. Using a :28.1 final panel, Blue Hour Power finished three lengths in front of Always At My Place and Brad Hanners. Always B Miki and Ed Hensley rounded out the trifecta. Sired by Sand Shooter, Bluehourpower is owned and trained by Wilbur Eash. The two-year-old gelding has now won four of 11 seasonal starts while amassing $234,844 in purse earnings. In the two-year-old pacing filly final, Color’s A Virgin and Jason Dillander used a sharp front running effort to score in 1:54.3. Leaving from post seven, Color’s A Virgin was unhurried from the gate and settled along the rail in fourth. Dillander gave his filly the green light and she dictated fractions of :57.4 and 1:26.4 before ever being contested. Trace Tetrick drove the other part of the Brian Brown trained-entry in the field with Candy’s A Virgin and they were the first to take aim the leaders. The stable-mates were matching strides down the lane but Dillander asked Color’s A Virgin for more and she responded with a :27.4 final quarter to get the win. Candy’s A Virgin finished second while U R It BB and Ricky Macomber Jr. finished third. With Nat A Virgin and Brad Hanners finishing fourth, the top four finishers in the two-year-old filly final were sired by Always A Virgin. As the bettors’ choice, Candy’s A Virgin returned $4.20 to her backers at the window. Owned by Emerald Highland Farms, the two-year-old filly notched her fifth win in nine seasonal starts while sending her bankroll over $211,000. The homebred filly has been on the board in eight of her nine lifetime starts and extended her win streak to two. The odds-on favorite, Rose Run Parker, delivered as expected for driver Ricky Macomber Jr. as he stopped the timer in 1:57.4, taking his division of the $200,000 Indiana Sire Stakes finals for freshman trotting colts. Rose Run Parker moved out from fifth and cleared to command just past the opening panel in :28.4. Macomber would rate the seven time winner past the half in :59.2 and three-quarters in 1:28.3. In deep stretch, Rose Run Parker began to put his talent on display and trot away from the field. Justice Jet followed intently from the pocket and the top duo separated themselves from the field with Rose Run Parker getting the upper hand at the wire. Double A Cash Hall and Trace Tetrick came from well off the pace to round out the trifecta. Heavily favored at the windows, Rose Run Parker returned $4.20 to his backers for the victory. “He has been a great colt to train all summer,” assistant trainer Jamie Rucker noted in the winner’s circle. “He didn’t pull the ear plugs tonight and I think that just speaks to the talent this colt has. I know we are really excited to race him next year and we are hoping for big things in his future.” Trained by Ron Burke, Rose Run Parker has now won eight of 10 lifetime outings. Sired by Jailhouse Jesse, the freshman colt has earned $208,500 this season for his connections of Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, W. Haas. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday-Saturday schedule with a daily post time of 5:30 p.m. The 160-day, all harness racing meet began on April 2 and will be conducted through November 9. Emily Gaskin Racing Commentator, Publicist and Marketing Specialist
ANDERSON, Ind.—August 24, 2013----Rose Run Parker, with Ricky Macomber Jr. at the lines, shattered an eleven-year-old record for two-year-old geldings on the trot when he powered home a winner in 1:57 in the featured event at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, August 24. Notching his third win of the season, Rose Run Parker captured the opening division of the $30,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes in a lifetime best effort. The previous track record of 1:58 was established by Big Boy Josh and Charlie Conrad in August of 2002. The 1:57 victory marks the thirteenth track record that has been lowered over Hoosier Park’s seven-eighths mile oval in 2013. It was also a training double for Hoosier Park’s leading trainer, Ron Burke, as he captured both of the $30,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes divisions for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings on the evening’s 14-race card. Unhurried from the gate, Rose Run Parker settled along the rail in fifth while the battle for the early lead was hard fought. Meadowbrook Mike and Brad Hanners got the first call through the opening quarter in :28.1 before yielding the lead to Cerveza Dinero and Pete Wrenn. The field began to tighten as they reached the half mile time in :58.4 and Macomber had Rose Run Parker out and firing. The three-year-old gelding cleared to the front through the three-quarter clocking in 1:28.3 before unleashing a :28.2 final panel to get the win by two lengths. The heavily favored, Justice Jet and Ed Hensley rallied sharply after a trip off the pace to get up for the second place finish while Meadowbrook Mike held on for third. Rose Run Parker returned $6.20 to his backers for the victory. Trained by Ron Burke, Rose Run Parker has now won three of four lifetime outings while bankrolling over $35,000 for his connections of Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, and W. Haas. Sired by Jailhouse Jesse, Rose Run Parker was also victorious in the opening round of the $30,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes at Hoosier Park on August 9. Stable mate Winding Hill followed suit in the second split of the $30,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings as he rallied sharply from off the pace to score in 1:59.2. With Ricky Macomber Jr. at the lines, the sophomore trotter was able to take advantage of a second over trip to edge out Ladys Big Stormont and Andy Shetler at the wire. Scoring his third win of the season, Winding Hill returned $5.80 at the windows and established a new lifetime best performance with the victory. Sired by Here Comes Herbie, the freshman colt has now won three of five lifetime outings while bankrolling over $30,000 for his connections of Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi. Winding Hill was also victorious in the opening round of the $30,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes at Hoosier Park on August 9. The third leg of the Indiana Gold Sire Stakes for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings will continue on Saturday, August 31 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The four leg series will culminate with a $200,000 final slated for September 11 at Hoosier Park. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Tuesday, August 27 with a 13-race card. The 160-day, all harness racing meet will follow a Tuesday-Saturday schedule with a daily post time of 5:30 p.m. by Emily Gaskin
In back-to-back weeks, J J Hall and Chip Noble equaled the Scioto Downs Racino track record for aged trotters when he won again in 1:54.1. Dunkster (Kurt Sugg) and Hesza Laser (Chip Noble) both set the record back in 2005. This week, in the Open Trot, J J Hall went three-wide around the last turn and like a sling-shot drew off to win by four and a half lengths. The five-year-old gelding by Jailhouse Jesse has now earned $215,846 for owner Doug Millard of Woodstock, Ontario. The win was the second in a row on the night for trainer Scott Mogan. Just one race earlier he won with Quick N’ Slick in the NW$7500 trot. Dan Noble took the five-year-old gelding straight to the front and never looked back, hitting the wire in 1:55.1. Quick N’ Slick, by Pegasus Spur, is owned by Frances Schloss of Cincinnati. Ray Hall and driver Tony Hall equaled another track record Friday, this one for 3-year-old trotting geldings, when they won in 1:54.4. The mark was set earlier this year by March Awareness and Ray Paver. Ray Hall (Justice Hall - Comebyrail) switched barns since his win last week and is now trained by Ron Steck for owners Bruce and Patricia Soulsby. In the Fillies & Mares Open Pace, Ginger and Fred cruised to a win, tripping the beam in 1:51.3. Only three and three-quarter lengths separated the compact seven horse field top to bottom. Tony Hall took the seven-year-old mare by Real Artist mare from the seven hole straight to the top and never looked back. Doc’s Hope (Jason Brewer) finished second by a length with Sea Cruise Hanover (Chris Page) only a quarter length further back in third. Ginger and Fred is owned by J&T Silva Stables, LLC, Howard Taylor, Edwin Gold and Robert Feldman. It was the 30th lifetime win for Ginger and Fred, which pushed her just $10,000 short of $1.9-million earned lifetime. Racing continues Saturday at Scioto with a first post of 6:30 p.m. Submitted by Scioto Downs Racino
Harness racing trainer Scott Mogan had a night to remember getting three wins - with three different drivers - Friday at Scioto Downs Racino.
It was a perfect Monday morning for the stable of Julie and Andy Miller, which went 4-for-4 with harness racing 2-year-olds in qualifiers at Gaitway Farm.
Sand Royal Blue, with Tyler Smith at the lines, stormed home a winner and not only pulled off a 33-1 upset victory in the featured harness racing event on the evening but lowered the track record in the process at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, June 6.
In just the third start of her sophomore season, Jesse Lane impressively returned to her winning ways and lowered the Hoosier Park track record for harness racing three-year-old trotting fillies to 1:55.3 on Wednesday, June 5 at Hoosier Park Racing and Casino.