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East Rutherford, NJ --- After stinging Opulent Yankee and Uva Hanover through a :26.4 initial quarter, Can Do ($31.20) emerged from traffic in the final eighth of Friday (Jan. 15) night's $25,000 Open 1 Handicap Trot at Meadowlands Racetrack, vaulting around a weakening pace for a 14-1 upset on an evening where harness racing favorites tasted defeat in the first nine events. Anthony Napolitano wasted no time with the 7-year-old Cantab Hall gelding, gunning him to the fore in company with Opulent Yankee (Andy Miller) and 3-5 favorite Uva Hanover (Tim Tetrick). After ceding the lead to Opulent Yankee at the end of a :26.4 first quarter, Can Do was relegated to third as Uva Hanover pushed clear with five-eighths of the mile remaining. Uva Hanover maintained a fast tempo through a :54.4 half, but struggled to sustain after facing first-over pressure from Cash Me Out (Brett Miller) through the far turn. As the outer flow developed, Can Do was shuffled to fifth, but able to angle off the pegs just at the eighth pole as Uva Hanover was finally engulfed. Napolitano angled Can Do to the four-path, and the pair surged to the winning post, prevailing by a half-length over Cash Me Out in 1:53.1. Opulent Yankee saved third from his pocket trip, staying on once wedging between foes in deep stretch. Uva Hanover ultimately faded to fifth after facing a barrage of pressure throughout. Owner Jody Riedel trains Can Do, now a 30-time winner. Can Do In the sub-featured $20,000 Open 2 Trot, Detroit Rapper ($7.40) loosely chased live cover on approach to the far turn, catching up to the first-over B Yoyo (Joe Bongiorno) a quarter-mile from home before kicking cover in mid-stretch for a narrow 1:54.1 triumph over pocket rival Allerage Star (Andy Miller). The 5-year-old Jailhouse Jesse gelding also had the benefit of a pressured pace in front of him, as B Yoyo provided stern pressure to 2-1 favored pacesetter Hyway Marcus through a quickening :28.1 third sectional before the two were ultimately engulfed. Jim Marohn Jr. drove Detroit Rapper to his 20th career win for the Harmon Racing Stable, LLC and trainer Patti Harmon. Detroit Rapper Heading to Saturday (Jan. 16) evening's 14-race card, the seventh race Jackpot High 5 will have a carryover of $4,720, while $60,069 will carry over into the closing-race variety of the 20-cent wager. Total handle for the evening was $3,053,776, an increase of $474,166 over the corresponding Friday night in 2015. The trio of guaranteed-pool horizontal wagers attracted a combined $161,353, well surpassing the guaranteed numbers. Saturday's first race is due off at 6:35 p.m. (EST). For more information on racing, dining, and entertainment at The Meadowlands, visit www.playmeadowlands.com. by James Witherite, Meadowlands media relations

Louisville, KY --- From the moment she was born, Just Jess’ connections were excited about her future and are still pinching themselves that their filly is a harness racing Indiana champion. “We bought her dam Glide Sally Glide and she is such a nice mare,” said Alan White, Just Jess' co-owner and breeder. “She made over a $100,000 for us and we had a couple Swan For Alls from her before this filly came along. They were nice looking horses, but they were a little big so we thought maybe he was not a good fit for her. That’s when we chose Jailhouse Jesse and when this filly came along, right from day one she was just perfect. She has a beautiful conformation and always had an excellent attitude.” Just Jess is owned by White and Julie Rideout. She is conditioned and steered by Julie’s husband Doug, who is also Just Jess' co-breeder. In 15 trips to the gate last year as a 2-year-old, she collected eight victories, two seconds, one third and just over $250,000. She established her lifetime mark of 1:57 when she captured the $220,000 Indiana Sire Stakes championship on Oct. 10 at Hoosier Park and completed her freshman campaign with three consecutive triumphs. Although the filly competed primarily in the Hoosier State's Sire Stakes, she also annexed her $37,200 division of the Standardbred Grand Circuit stake at the Delaware County Fairgrounds by a neck and her $39,250 division of the Madison County Stake with a powerful performance. “Unfortunately, she was battling sickness over the summer,” Doug Rideout said. “She had some allergies, but we just treated that and allowed the illness to run its course. When she started feeling better she really came right along. I think she was 100 percent for the first time at Delaware and since then all she has done is improve. We never had to do anything with her because she really is the entire package.” Just Jess broke her maiden in her first start, a $3,000 event at the Converse Fair on June 4. Rideout then qualified her twice at Hoosier Park before she came home fifth in a $20,000 Indiana Sire Stakes elimination on June 23. She rebounded the following week with a triumph in the $75,000 final at odds of 25-1. From her next six starts she collected three wins, two seconds and a third. At the end of August, the filly began to show she was not at the top of her game and Rideout realized she was battling some type of health condition. “She was just full of mucus,” he said. “We knew it was allergies and even when she still wasn’t at her best, she went out there and tried her heart out. Even when she was sick, she still did not perform badly. She really is such a nice horse. She was only a 2-year-old, but she took everything in stride. She is so well-gaited and has such a good mind. She really is a pleasure and is two fingers to drive. I can’t say enough good things about her, because you want all of them to be like she is.” In her first three races in September, Just Jess was fourth twice in sire stakes completion and then sixth in another $75,000 final. Just three days later, the filly came storming down the Delaware stretch to claim her first win in a month and since then she has been a force to be reckoned with. “We were not sure how she would like the half-mile track at Delaware,” White said. “But we felt she would handle it nicely being that she is built so well. She really seemed to love it and it was so special to win a race there with her. That is one of the greatest venues in harness racing and to have one of your horses be in the winner’s circle there is something so exciting. When I saw that she was going to win that race, I was beside myself and was so overjoyed I was confused about how to get down to the winner’s circle.” Just Jess followed that performance with her triumph in the $220,000 Super final on Oct. 10. Sent off at odds of 6-1, the filly went to the top, relinquished the lead to Naughty III at the half-mile marker and trotted in second until kicking in down the lane to pass that rival in a sprint to the wire. Although her last quarter was in :29.3, the filly was well within herself and it appeared she could have trotted over the Anderson oval all over again. Her connections were absolutely beaming as the filly was positioned for her photograph, but Rideout was swift to give the horse all the credit. “She just really came around and we allowed her to develop at her own pace,” he said that evening. “We knew she had talent, but how easy she traveled tonight still has me kind of shocked. She was just so strong and had more to give if I needed to ask her for it. She is so easy on herself and I think that helps her tremendously when she is racing.” Just Jess terminated her season with another facile victory in her division of the Madison County Stake on Oct. 24. She assumed command at the half-mile marker and trotted smoothly home. The filly stopped the timer in 1:59.3 on a blustery evening in what appeared to be merely a training session. “She is just so good right now,” Rideout said that evening. “What else can you say? I leave it all up to her and she has exceeded all our expectations. My wife has always believed in her and Alan and I have too. It’s even more special for us because we did breed her. It definitely holds more meaning when you raise them from a baby and you have a nice horse.” Just Jess will continue to compete at Hoosier Park for her sophomore campaign, but the Rideouts and White may have different plans for several of her 2016 appearances. “We have discussed it,” White said. “She will definitely stay in Indiana for the Sire Stakes program. It’s just such a good system based on not only the money, but how the races are scheduled. You really don’t want to leave to race somewhere else and miss out on a Sire Stakes leg. “We are going to stake her to several other races though and she will definitely race at Delaware again. She has been such a blessing for us and we are just fortunate to have a filly that is as nice as her. All we needed to do was just have a little patience with her and she has rewarded us in more ways than we ever could have imagined.” by Kimberly French, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent 

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 23, 2015 -- Seven Points Jesse moved powerfully first over to capture Wednesday's $15,200 Filly and Mare Conditioned Trot, the 2015 closing-day harness racing feature at The Meadows. Seven Points Jesse was sitting fourth when John DeLong sent her after the leader, You're Majestic. The 4-year-old daughter of Jailhouse Jesse-Seven Point wore down You're Majestic and had enough in the tank to hold off the Lightning Lane charge of Boo's Party Girl and down her by a head in 1:55.4. Chez Mahmo rallied for third. Trent Stohler trains Seven Points Jesse, who triumphed for the 13th time in 62 lifetime starts, for Trent Stohler Stable and Benjamin Graber. Jim Pantaleano collected four wins -- three for trainer Brent Davis -- on the 16-race card while Brian Zendt fashioned a triple. After a break for the holidays, The Meadows kicks off its 2016 live season Monday, Jan. 4, first post 1 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Louisville, KY --- On a bone-chilling blustery evening at Hoosier Park, few harness racing fans were willing to brave the bracing air as Bridge To Jesse’s powered home to cap off an outstanding season on Oct. 10. Rather than discussing his dominance, however, his connections and track personnel were concerned with how he would behave in the winner’s circle. This mild-mannered gelding that aims to please, is a pleasure to paddock and a dream to drive, has developed the habit of bucking like a bronco when it is time to have his picture taken. “I had to start holding him towards the end of the year,” said Roger Welch, his conditioner and co-owner. “He did get better about it. He was like a kid. You could see it in his eyes and he was just trying to get away with something. When I held him though he knew he had to cut it out because it was like, ‘Uh oh, Dad is here now. I can’t do that kind of thing now.’” A son of Jailhouse Jesse and the Angus Hall mare Bridge To Nowhere, Bridge To Jesse’s was purchased for $28,000 by Wisconsin Hall of Famer William ‘Bo’ DeLong, his son Pat, his brother Ray and Welch at last year’s Indiana Premier Yearling Sale. Welch was not immediately sold on him, but Bo’s enthusiasm and his wife Amy’s opinion swayed him to convince himself and Pat the yearling was worth putting up the cash for. The gelding has proven those emotions to be spot on as he has collected more than $309,000 in purse money, compiled a record of 12-10-1-0, set a track standard of 1:56 and is a state champion. There was also another reason Welch felt the horse possessed potential. “Besides Bo really liking him and Amy falling in love with him the moment she laid eyes on him, ‘Jesse’ was bred by (Wilt Standardbreds),” he said. “The Wilts (Michael and Randy) do a tremendous job breeding and raising their horses at their farm down in Missouri. In fact, the horse that finished second in the final, Late Bid Tom, is turned out with him right now. They were foaled together, grew up together and finished one-two in the biggest race in their division. That speaks volumes for what the Wilts do.” After finishing fourth in his debut on June 23 in an Indiana Sire Stakes elimination, Bridge To Jesse’s showed the world what he was made of by annihilating his competition in the $25,000 consolation the following week. The gelding continued to hit the line ahead of all his colleagues for nine straight races, all over the Anderson oval, before finishing second in a $14,375 Indiana sired event on Sept. 30. “He really was not tight for that race,” Welch said. “We gave him some time off to get ready for the final. That was the goal and he went out there and did exactly what we expected of him. Actually, I think his last start was his best. When we started with him we just wanted to teach him how to race and let him come along at his own pace. As the year went on he continued to get stronger with each start. That is exactly what you want to see in a horse. I was very impressed with his race in the final.” Piloted by Ed Hensley for his first nine trips to the gate, Bridge To Jesse’s trotted to his track record on Aug. 15 and after three more pari-mutuel excursions, the lines were relinquished to John DeLong. “Ed went to Florida and I knew John would be an excellent fit for the horse,” Welch said. “Not only is he Bo’s nephew and Pat’s cousin, he has driven for me a number of years. He knew what to do with him and they get along really well.” With DeLong guiding the way, Bridge To Jesse’s stopped the clock in 1:56.2, 1:57.1 and 1:56.1. “He is such an easy horse to drive,” Welch said. “I’m also very proud of him trotting consistently right around (1):56 as a 2-year-old. “He does wear hobbles, but that’s only because he tends to get a bit rambunctious when he goes to the gate. He is perfectly gaited, but those are kind of like insurance just to make sure nothing goes wrong. “That extra energy comes from his gaining more confidence with every race. It is as if every time he races he becomes a bit more full of himself at the start. He knows he is winning and he enjoys every moment of it.” After his vacation has ended, Bridge To Jesse’s will return to Hoosier Park for his sophomore year to defend his crown. Welch sees no reason to venture outside state lines when such a trip could conflict with the gelding’s Sire Stakes engagements. “I am based in Illinois but when Balmoral closes shortly it appears there is no future here,” he said. “Amy and I have been looking for a house and farm in Indiana. We just have not found the right place yet. “Jesse was eligible to other races this year, but we decided it was better to just keep him on his Indiana schedule. With how some of the racing dates are set up it’s hard to take them somewhere else because of how everything is timed. “We are just looking forward to bringing him back next year and watching what he accomplishes. Hopefully he will be just as good, if not better.” by Kimberly French, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent 

Jessesjo has turned in two big efforts at this harness racing meeting following a 17-month layoff, finishing second to El Azteca on both occasions, but wont have that rival to worry about when he suits up for Sundays featured Open II Trot. Jessesjo is an 8-year-old son of Jailhouse Jesse who is owned by Mark Anderson and races out of the Gordie Graham barn. He has really impressed his veteran pilot Chip Lackey, who had never sat behind the trotter before his October 24 qualifier. I was told he was returning from an injury and a long layoff and to see how he finished, Lackey related. I have to tell you, Ive driven some very nice trotters, but Ive never had one give me the acceleration he did in that qualifier. After easily capturing a second qualifier, Jessesjo has completed the exacta behind course-loving El Azteca in two clashes at the head of the class. He actually showed the way to deep stretch before getting collared in their meeting two weeks ago, then sat the pocket behind that rival at most recent asking through some pedestrian fractions and once again had to be happy with second money. He made a little break at the start in that first race, but it was mostly my fault because I tried to rush him away from there, Chip explained. Last time, I took a little hold for the first few steps to let him settle and he was away perfectly. El Azteca, who was leaving from the assigned No. 10 post for the second straight time, was able to make the top by the half in a crawling 1:01 for Luke Plano, with the pocket-sitting Jessesjo trying hard but unable to cut into the margin in the stretch. We got bottled up and never really got a clear shot, and he did come home in :26 and change, Lackey said. You cant ask for more than that. Open II Trot getting marquee treatment Jessesjo, who has raced in the shadow of El Azteca in his first two appearances at this stand, looms the solid favorite in Sunday nights featured Open II Trot. There will be a 10-race program presented under the Watch and Watch LLC banner with the headliner going as the sixth event. First post will be 6:10 p.m. Jessesjo is an 8-year-old son of Jailhouse Jesse who comes into this assignment with $236,000 in his bank account and a 1:53 4/5 career standard. He will be making his third start since returning for 17-month layoff. Mark Anderson owns, he hails from the Gordie Graham barn and Chip Lackey will once again do the honors. In both his local tries he has completing the exacta behind El Azteca in solid efforts. He showed the way into the stretch in the first of those match-ups but was unable to contain the winner, then sat a pocket trip after being used early in their last meeting and could not overtake the favorite while holding off the rest. Flameon will give the Mark Anderson/Gordie Graham team two strong looks at the outcome Pat Galbraith handling the lines. The Angus Hall homebred took the measure of conditioned company two weeks ago, then put in a good mile to be third behind El Azteca and his stablemate in last weeks Open I Handicap event. Franks Best comes into Sundays main event with $230,000 in earnings and he has several Sire Stakes trophies on his mantle. Bob Johnson owns, trains and bred the son of Armbro Scribe and Mooney Svendsen will be in his usual spot in the sulky. Completing the field are Franky Provolone, who is making his second start on the comeback trail with Steve Wiseman guiding; and a pair from the Marissa Tyler barn in Claim Jumper and Quantum Uptown Boy. By Mark Ratzky, publicity Cal Expo Harness

ANDERSON, Ind.-September 2, 2015 - Bridge To Jesse's turned in another dominating performance to find the winner's circle once again at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in the featured harness racing event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings, on Wednesday, September 2. Extending his win streak to seven with the victory, Bridge To Jesse's and driver Ed Hensley reached the wire three lengths in front of their competitors with a final time of 1:56.3. Leaving from the trailing post position ten, Bridge To Jesse's was unhurried from the gate and settled along the rail in third. Victor's Hall and Ricky Macomber Jr. showed early speed off the gate and dictated first half fractions of :27.4 and :57.4. Fly Jesse Fly and Rick Plano benefitted from a pocket trip while Bridge To Jesse's would begin his long first-over quest for the front approaching the final turn. Victor's Hall continued to call the shots around the three-quarter clocking in 1:29 while Bridge To Jesse's slowly begin to close in on the leader. As the field straightened away for home, Hensley asked his mount for more and Bridge to Jesse's found another gear. Bridge To Jesse's was able to wear down a tiring Victor's Hall late in the lane while Late Bid Tom and Jason Dillander rallied gamely in the homestretch to round out the trifecta. As the heavy betting favorite, Bridge to Jesse's returned $4.20 at the betting window. "He's a pleasure to drive," Hensley noted in the winner's circle. "He's got great manners, he can be a little rambunctious behind the gate sometimes, but all in all, he's a perfect colt to drive. I think he's better racing off a helmet but he overcame the trip tonight and raced great again." After re-establishing the track record for two-year-old trotting geldings with a 1:56 effort in his last $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes outing, Bridge To Jesse's has only tasted defeat once in eight lifetime starts. Trained by Roger Welch, the son of Jailhouse Jesse-Bridge To Nowhere has now bankrolled $158,000 for his owners W. DeLong, W. DeLong, R. Welch, and R. DeLong. Live racing will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, September 3 at the regularly schedule post time of 5:15 p.m. Thursday's 14-race card will be highlighted by the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stake final and $25,000 Indiana Sires Stakes consolation for the two-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 14. Emily Gaskin

Four $40,000 divisions of sophomore fillies wage war in Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) contests at the harness racing meeting at Northfield Park Friday night. The events for trotting and pacing Buckeye-breds are part of the strong undercard alongside the featured $405,000 Carl Milstein Memorial. In the first of two trotting divisions (Race 2), Like Old Times hails from post five for trainer Don McKirgan. Bred and owned by Keith Ross of Bellefontaine, Ohio, the daughter of Chip Chip Hooray-Royal Two-Royal Troubadour has earned $88,512 this season from 11 starts with eight wins and three seconds. Her top efforts came with a 1:57 victory in the second leg of this series on June 12 at Northfield and in an Ohio Breeders Stake (OBS) on June 19 at Scioto Downs. A winner of $152,617 in her career, Like Old Times will be trying for her 12th lifetime triumph against seven rivals for driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. She is a half-sister to the $236,257 earner and 19-race winner Cool Colby 6, 1:54.1f (by Jailhouse Jesse). Student Of Life, a Marty Wollam-trainee will leave from post two with Kurt Sugg aboard. The Full Count lass has five wins to her credit this season, including victories in her last two starts. She won a $9,900 Ohio Fair Stake (OFS) on Aug. 1 in 1:57.1 at Northfield and followed that up with a 1:57.3 score at Scioto in a $53,150 Ohio State Fair (OHSF) test. Bred by Marvin Raber, Student Of Life has $76,300 in season earnings and $141,406 in her career coffers from seven wins, six seconds and a trio of thirds in 18 trips postward. She is owned by Acadia Farms Inc, Canfield, OH and G&B Racing of New Wilmington, PA. Wollam and Sugg team up again in the second OSS division (Race 7) of diagonally-gaited specialists with another daughter of Full Count-Dark Roast, from post two This winner of $98,288 lifetime has only been off the board once all season in seven starts-in her last when she made an uncharacteristic break in an OFS test at Scioto Downs on Aug. 7. Both of Dark Roast's two wins this year have come in OSS competition-the first on May 1 at Miami Valley, when she was clocked in 1:58 and the second at Northfield on June 12, when she scored in 1:57.3. Owned by Acadia Farms, Inc. and G&B Racing, Dark Roast was bred by Marvin Raber. Lisa Jane, a Neely Dunn-Personal Trainer-Muscles Yankee daughter hails from post eight with Ryan Stahl at the lines for trainer Scott Cox. A winner of $45,205 this season from three wins in eight starts, Lisa Jane won an OSS at Northfield on June 12 in a career best 1:55.4, and one week later captured a $12,500 OBS at Scioto Downs in 1:56.3. Owned by the Parent Racing Stable, Holland, OH and G Peters, Akron, OH, Lisa Jane has $155,330 in career earnings. Lisa Jane was bred by Henry Burkholder and sold for $10,000 at the August 2013 Blooded Horse Sale. Karlee Sue, a winner of $79,227 in her career, headlines the first (Race 8) of two OSS pacing divisions from the rail. Trained by co-owner Al Tomlinson for partners Daniel Mitchell, Novi MI and Dennis Stolz, Midland, MI, Karlee Sue has a trio of wins this season in ten starts. Her last triumph came on June 12 at Northfield, when she paced in 1:54.2 en route to winning the second leg of this series. Bred by Midland Acres, Tim Tetrick will pilot the daughter of Feelin Friskie-Magical Jeanie-Magical Mike, who was a $20,000 yearling purchase at the Nov. 2013 Blooded Horse Sale. Siebert Steele's Tolatetoapologize will leave from post six with trainer Kayne Kauffman in the sulky. This daughter of Feelin' Friskie-Lord I Apologize-On The Attack has a trio of wins and $39,519 in seasonal earnings, including an Aug. 7 triumph in a $51,350 OSF at Scioto Downs, when she was clocked in a career best 1:54.2. Tolatetoapologize also captured a $4,049 OHFS on July 23 at Lebanon by 7½ lengths in 1:59. Bred by Timothy Lane, she was an $11,000 yearling purchase at the Aug. 2013 Blooded Horse Sale. Crosswinds Cupcake, a David Elliott trainee, hails from post two for driver Dan Noble in the second (Race 10) OSS pacing division against seven rival fillies. Bred by and co-owned by Crosswinds Farm, Waynesville, OH and Stephen Sexton, Xenia, this daughter of Stand Forever-Keystone Mulberry-Artsplace will be trying for her third consecutive win. Crosswinds Cupcake comes into this OSS fresh off a $51,350 OSF triumph on Aug. 7 at Scioto Downs, when she was timed in 1:51.4. One week earlier she had scored a 12-length victory at Sidney in a $7,994 OHFS, in 1:58. Crosswinds Cupcake has $104,254 in earnings from seven lifetime victories. Trainer Brian Brown will harness $228,190 winner Friskie Lil Devil from post four. America's leading reinsman, Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. will be in the sulky behind the daughter of Feelin Friskie-Devils Desire-Cole Muffler as she looks for her third seasonal win and fifth lifetime victory. Friskie Lil Devil captured a $7,413 OHFS at Marysville on July 25 for the Lil Devil Stable of Findlay, OH. Bred by Midland Acres, Friskie Lil Devil sold for $20,000 at the Nov. 2013 Blooded Horse Sale. Leg four of Ohio Sires Stakes action for 3-year-old trotting and pacing fillies will be contested Friday, Aug. 28 at Scioto Downs, while the $225,000 Championships for all 2- and 3-year-old divisions of trotters and pacers, colts and fillies, will take place on Sept. 12 at Scioto Downs. Kimberly A. Rinker

Indiana-sired freshman trotting fillies were the featured attraction at the harness racing meeting at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, July 21 as the evening's 14-race card was highlighted by the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final and $25,000 consolation for the two-year-old trotting fillies. Miss Tootsie Hall and Trace Tetrick made a clean sweep of the second round of stakes action as they scored their second consecutive victory in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final. After scoring handily in her elimination last week, Miss Tootsie Hall rallied gamely late in the lane to score in a lifetime best of 1:58.1. The heavily favored Naughty III and Peter Wrenn, also winners in elimination action last week, dictated first half fractions of :28 and :58.1while the rest of the field remained in single file order. Unable to wait any longer, Tetrick made his move down the backside and began the long first-over bid approaching the third station in 1:28.4. As the field turned for home, Naughty III appeared to be up to the task as she matched strides with Miss Tootsie Hall who quickly joined her on the outside. Tetrick asked his mount for more and she responded gamely to overcome the leader in the final strides of the mile. With the victory, the daughter of Mr Cantab-Malibu Hall has now won three of five lifetime outings. Trained by Robert Taylor, Miss Tootsie Hall has earned $60,000 for her connections at Hoosierland Farm . The win by Miss Tootsie Hall also gave Tetrick, Hoosier Park's leading driver, one of his four wins on the evening's 14-card. In the $25,000 Indiana Sires Stakes consolation for two-year-old trotting fillies, Just Jess and Doug Rideout returned to their winning ways scoring in 1:59.4. Just Jess, who captured the first $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old trotting fillies earlier this month, rebounded to score her third win of the season after finishing third in her elimination. Using her customary late charge, Just Jess was able to track down the pacesetter Lockwood Grace and Trace Tetrick late in the lane to win by three parts of a length. Trained by Doug Rideout, the daughter of Jailhouse Jesse-Glide Sally Glide scored her third career victory and equaled her lifetime best in the process. Owned by Julie Rideout and Alan White, Just Jess has now bankrolled $54,900 for her connections. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Wednesday, July 22 featuring the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals for the three-year-old filly trotters and two-year-old colt trotters. With a daily post time of 5:15 p.m., the live racing schedule at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule. Emily Gaskin

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - Yonkers Raceway ended the first half of  the 2015 harness racing year with its largest win payoff of the season. It was big balloons, or gros ballons for the French audience Tuesday afternoon, when 72-1 Jesse's Story ($146) overcame post position No. 12 in the second tier to win the $21,000, eighth-race trot. Jordan Stratton, or Jordan Stratton for the French audience, did the honors as "Jesse" won the mile-and-one-quarter event in 2:28.3. The 5-year-old daughter of Jailhouse Jesse is trained by Mike Forte for Rags to Riches of PA. She defeated 3-2 favorite Dreamsteeler (Jason Bartlett) by a neck, with 18-1 Time Will Tell All (Tyler Buter) third. In addition to the biggest win mutuel of the season (Hypnotist's $136.50, also driven by Stratton, was the previous target), this race produced the largest exacta ($1,394) and what would have been the largest triple had it required all three finishers to cash. As it turned it, the 12-2-all combo returned $14,021. Not surprisingly, the Tuesday Pick 5 went unclaimed, so Thursday's gimmick begins with a carryover of $1,984.48 (50-cent base wager, races 7 through 11). After a dark Wednesday (Viva Canada Day), the Raceway's live season continues Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker

Hoosier Park Racing & Casino played host to a stakes filled card on Tuesday, June 23 as the 14-race card featured six divisions of harness racings $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes eliminations for two-year-old trotters. With two divisions of two-year-old trotting fillies and four divisions of trotting colts, the 2015 crop of freshman trotters opened their series in impressive fashion. Fawn De Savage and Dan Shetler kicked off the stakes action for the evening with a decisive maiden breaking win in 2:00.3. Trained by Kristin Shetler, the daughter of Keystone Savage-Ms Mastercraft used a well timed rally late in the lane to score her first lifetime victory in her career debut. In the very next division, Double D Angel and Rick Plano used a pocket trip to find the winner's circle in 2:00. Trained by Dan Perdue, the daughter of Mr Cantab-Paloma Hanover scored her first career victory in just her second start. Just a few races later, the freshman trotting colts would not be outdone by their female counterparts in their four eliminations. Justice As began his career impressively as he surged late in the lane to score in 1:59.3 in his split of the stakes action. Driven by Trace Tetrick, the gelded son of Justice Hall-Pandora As used a :27.3 final quarter to score his maiden breaking win. Owned by Acl Stuteri, Justice As is trained by Anette Lorenzton. Sixty Minute Man and LeWayne Miller delivered as the heavy betting favorite in the second elimination for trotting colts, scoring in 1:59.2. Sixty Minute Man used a gate to wire effort to score his maiden breaking victory in his first career start. Trained by Erv Miller, the son of Swan For All-Anna Nicole is owned by the Erv Miller Stable and Diamond Creek Racing. The fastest division of the evening came as Fly Jesse Fly and Rick Plano crossed the wire in 1:58.4. Using similar gate-to-wire tactics, the Ron Otto trainee scored his second consecutive victory at Hoosier Park from two career outings and gave Plano a driving double on the card. The gelded son of Jailhouse Jesse-Flying Rae is owned by Robert Sidley and James Otto. In the final division of the stakes action, Dreamstyle Herbie and Ross Leonard pulled a big upset to score in 2:00. Dreamstyle Herbie found late racing room in the stretch and used a :28.1 final quarter to score his first career victory. Trained by Dave White, the gelded son of Here Comes Herbie-Deean Dream is owned by James Myers and William White. Each of the winners from the six Indiana Sires Stakes eliminations tonight earned a spot in the first $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final slated for Friday, July 3 at Hoosier Park. The 2015 Indiana Sires Stakes program will feature five legs throughout the season, and from each leg, the top 20 horses will return to compete in a final and consolation. The stakes program will culminate with the top ten horses from each of the previous finals returning to compete in a $200,000 Super Final on October 10 at Hoosier Park. Emily Gaskin

Nichols, N.Y. -- Relegated to last in the early stages, the Harmon Racing Stable's Detroit Rapper ($23.40) circled four-wide to pass all six of his rivals in Saturday (May 23) evening's featured harness racing $14,000 Open Trot at Tioga Downs.   The 4-year-old Jailhouse Jesse gelding took no part in the pace-setting proceedings, situated well off alternating leaders Sweet Justice (Aaron Byron) and B L Class Act (John Cummings, Jr.) through a :56.4 half mile. As 2-5 favorite Zooming (Brandon Simpson) applied steady pressure on B L Class act into the far turn, Jim Meittinis angled Detroit Rapper three-wide to follow the live cover of My Muscleman (Mike Simons), fanning four-wide at the head of the stretch and showing immediate response. The Patti Harmon trainee kicked forward at once, gobbling up ground and drawing clear by a length in 1:55.1 to defeat B L Class Act and Zooming. Aruba Vacation (Tyler Freese), who was shuffled to last on the backstretch, rallied five-wide in the stretch to save fourth.   Dan Clements and John Cummings, Jr. both earned driving doubles on the eight-race card.   Live racing returns to Tioga Downs on Sunday (May 24) evening, with the first of 10 races slated for 6:15 p.m. Eastern time.   by James Witherite, Tioga Downs

Trace Tetrick notched the 3,000th win of his harness racing driving career after he piloted Kayla As to victory at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, May 12. The 1:59.2 victory marked a maiden breaking win for the three-year-old daughter of Jailhouse Jesse-Karisma As and a career milestone for the 28-year-old driver. Trained by Anette Lorenzton, Kayla As was able to take advantage of her rail position and held off all competitors to record her first win in just the first start of her three-year-old campaign. Owned by Acl Stuteri, Kayla As has now earned $3,720 lifetime. "I was hoping to get it tonight but didn't expect it," Tetrick noted in the winner's circle. "I wasn't really focusing on the number, I just try to come out and win as many as I can every night."  "It feels good to have that one over with though."  "Now, it's on to the next one." Born into a horse racing family, Tetrick grew up around horses and began his career on the southern Illinois county fair circuit. Harness racing has always been a family affair for Tetrick as his parents, Tom D. and Mary Alice, have operated a successful stable throughout the Midwest for many years. The Geff, Illinois native started his driving career in 2003 and has since surpassed the $28 million mark in purse earnings in the bike. Tetrick recorded his first win at Hoosier Park in 2006 and has been a mainstay atop Hoosier Park's leader board ever since. In 2008, Tetrick became the youngest driver or jockey to ever win a title at Hoosier Park after garnering 117 victories that season. Tetrick took home the leading driver title in 2014 and also earned a spot in Hoosier Park's record books once again as he re-established the record for most wins in one season, a record that was previously held by Tony Morgan during the 1998 season with 262 victories. Tetrick came into the 14-race card at Hoosier Park on Tuesday just three wins away from his milestone. He also found the winner's circle with Saintfrancis and Flyaway Bumble Bee earlier on the card before reaching 3,000. Hoosier Park's Vice President and General Manager, Rick Moore, along with Tetrick's family and friends were in the winner's circle to congratulate and acknowledge his accomplishment. "On behalf of Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, I'd like to congratulate Trace on win number 3,000," Moore noted. "Through his hard work and skill, Trace continues to be a great ambassador for the sport of harness racing." "We are honored to have him as part of our driving colony here at Hoosier Park."  "We wish Trace continued success for the remainder of this season and throughout his career." Tetrick currently leads all drivers for the 2015 season at Hoosier Park with 58 victories and nearly $400,000 in purse earnings through the first 30 days of live racing. Peter Wrenn currently holds the second spot with 46 trips to the winner's circle. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Wednesday, May 13 with a 14-race card highlighted by the $18,000 Expresson Series final. With a daily post time of 5:15 p.m., live racing will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule through November 14. Emily Gaskin

WASHINGTON, PA, May 1, 2015 -- Though harness racing stablemates and 4-year-olds, Gural Hanover and Rose Run Parker have taken different geographic paths to stardom. Gural Hanover captured the New York Sires Stake championship last year; Rose Run Parker achieved the same feat -- in Indiana. Together, they've earned just over $1 million for trainer Ron Burke, and they'll lead the field in Saturday's inaugural edition of the $62,100 The Meadows Maturity for 4-and-up stallion and gelding trotters. The event, part of a special Kentucky Derby Day card that begins at 11:25 AM, goes as race 9. "They're very similar," Burke said of his dynamic duo. "They dominated their sires stakes programs, and they have big chances this year to move up." Gural Hanover (post 1, Matt Kakaley) has won 11 of 15 career starts and will be launching his season after a sharp 1:55.3 qualifier at Harrah's Philly. "That was a vicious qualifier," Burke said of the Crazed-Givemearing gelding owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Little E and Panhellenic Stables. "I'd like to have one more work in him, but it is what it is." Rose Run Parker (post 2, Dave Palone), had a 3-race winning streak snapped April 18 when he broke stride in Hoosier Park's Invitational. "I didn't like that break last week, but that's out of character for him," Burke said. "I don't expect it to be a problem. Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and William Haas, Jr. campaign the Jailhouse Jesse-Centergy gelding. Burke said he hasn't plotted specific schedules for Gural Hanover and Rose Run Parker. "When they finish one race, I think about the next race," he said. "I never assume they'll be ready for this race or that race. I take it week by week." The road to victory may go through the Burke pair, but Melady's Monet (post 4, John Campbell) may be just the contender to speed down that road. The 6-year-old Revenue S-Keystone Melady gelding already has won five of eight outings this year, including three straight in the Open Handicap at the Meadowlands, for trainer Kevin McDermott and owner Melady Enterprises. Last week's distaff division of The Meadows Maturity was a showcase for local talent, as Bill Bercury's Daylon Miracle blew past 2014 Trotter of the Year Shake It Cerry to lead a 1-2-3 finish for The Meadows-based horses. Bercury will be looking for a stakes sweep Saturday when he sends out Tamarind, (post 8, Aaron Merriman), who has banked $624,484 in his career but needed a drop to conditioned company to get his most recent victory. Completing the local contingent are Classicality (post 5, Brian Zendt), an easy winner in The Meadows' top trot last week, and Sixteen Mikes (post 7, Eric Goodell), campaigned and bred by Bob Key and conditioned by Rich Gillock. Saturday's 13-race card also features three splits of the $183,216 Adios Betty, a Pennsylvania Sires Stake for sophomore filly pacers. The field for The Meadows Maturity, in post position order, with drivers and morning line odds: 1. Gural Hanover, Matt Kakaley, 9/2 2. Rose Run Parker, Dave Palone, 7/2 3. Madewell Hanover, Chris Ryder, 6-1 4. Melady's Monet, John Campbell, 5/2 5. Classicality, Brian Zendt, 8-1 6. Possessed Fashion, Tony Hall, 8-1 7. Sixteen Mikes, Eric Goodell, 10-1 8. Tamarind, Aaron Merriman, 10-1 The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Pompano Beach, FL...April 6, 2015...Jailhouse Jessica, handled by Bruce Ranger, pulled off a minor harness racing upset (9 to 5) in Pompano Park's $12,000 Easter Sunday Open Trot for Mares. The five year-old daughter of Jailhouse Jesse took advantage of an early miscue by the 1 to 5 tote-board favorite Frau Blucher to score a handy win measuring 3 1/2 lengths in 1:54.4. As Ya'll Like It, driven by Sam Stathis, finished second after cutting the early panels in the while Frau Blucher, with Kevin Wallis handling the lines, rallied after her bobble leaving and finished third. Blushing Hanover and Oaklea Sydney completed the order of finish in the quintet. Jailhouse Jessica, a $6,000 claim in mid-January, has now banked $33,800 in her eight starts for her new owner, Karma Racing, under the training guidance of Dale Gilmour. As the Hummer Starting Gate left the field on their own, Frau Blucher made that aforementioned bobble with As Ya'll Like It away with alacrity and taking the field to the opener in :28 with Blushing Hanover in the garden spot and Jailhouse Jessica settling into third ahead of Oaklea Sydney and Frau. Three-eighths into the mile, Frau Blucher had caught the field and, after the :56.1 half, was on the move from the back of the pack. But Jailhouse Jessica already had the jump on that one, brushing from third three-eighths out and into the lead past the third station in 1:26.1 with As Ya'll like it second and Frau Blucher now third, two lengths away. From there, a :28.3 final panel sealed the deal with As Ya'll Like, still game to wire, second and Frau Blucher next. In a post race interview, driver Bruce Ranger related, "Dale's mare (Jailhouse Jessica) has been very sharp in recent weeks but when you are facing a stakes winning million dollar winner" (Frau Blucher has banked $947,992 coming in) "you just hope for the best...ya know she's got a mark three seconds faster than (Jailhouse) Jessica. So, when she made that bobble leaving, it certainly helped our cause, no doubt about that. I must say that Dale has done a remarkable job with Jailhouse Jessica." Jailhouse Jessica now has lifetime earnings of $93,845 with more than one-third of that earned since the claim just a few weeks back. She rewarded her follower with a generous $5.80 mutuel. Driver Sam Stathis, by the way, came back in a later event to score his very first lifetime driving win with Celebrity Artemis, a four year-old daughter of Andover Hall owned by Celebrity Farms, in a NW 2 trot. Leaving from the rail, Celebrity Artemis was given sharp handling, thwarting any threats early with a :28.3 opener and then getting excellent rated guidance through panels of :58 and 1:28 before holding off the late surging Mountain Top, with Wally Hennessey, with a :29.1 closer. The mile of 1:57.1 was a new lifetime best for the winner. In the $10,000 claiming ($20,000-$25,000) pace, JJ's Doughnut, with Kevin Wallis in the bike, found room late along the pylons to score a half length win in a lifetime best 1:50.3. This eight year-old son of Yankee Cam was involved early with Johnny Grippa (Bruce Ranger) slicing through hot panels of :26, :54 and 1:22 with Canadian Touch (Matt Romano) joining the fray into the far turn. In the lane, Canadian Touch pushed his neck in front, only to be nailed by JJ's Doughnut near the wire. Canadian Touch did finish second with Johnny Grippa third. Raji's Blue Line rallied from last to finish fourth while Acton Onelasttime, the recent $4,000 claim now competing successfully in this class, getting the nickel. JJ's Doughnut, trained by Chris Oakes for owner Susan Oakes, won for the seventh time this season and now has $37,364 on his card to go along with his new mark. JJ's Doughnut paid $4.40 to win as the favorite. Finally, in Pompano Park's Super Hi-5, the iron horse A Fool For Mark, driven by Dave Ingraham for son-owner-trainer Dustin, rallied to score his 43rd lifetime win--4th this year--in 1:52 keying a 1-4-3-10-9 combo worth $3,676.84 for a 20 cent investment. The carryover for Monday's Super Hi-5 is now over $105,000. Post time for the Monday 10 race program is 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

ANDERSON, Ind.-April 4, 2015 - On a chilly night in Indiana, odds-on favorites were hot at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino as both of the heavy favorites delivered in the $21,000 featured trot and pace on Saturday, April 4. Each of the featured harness racing events saw familiar faces in the winner's circle as both races produced repeat winners from the previous week. Kicking things off for the evening, Rose Run Parker and Ricky Macomber Jr. extended their winning streak as they easily handled an abbreviated field of six in the $21,000 Invitational trot in 1:55. Unhurried from the gate, Rose Run Parker sat patiently along the rail in fourth through fractions of :28, :56.3, and 1:26.2 set by Lady Blitz and Verlin Yoder before making a move. Using a :27.4 final panel, Rose Run Parker set his sights on the wire and wore down Lady Blitz late in the lane. Ed Hensley and Bloodstockshalltab staged a late rally but had to settle for second place honors. Escuela and Jason Dillander rallied nicely for third. As the heavy betting favorite, Rose Run Parker returned $2.40 to his backers. Trained by Ron Burke, Rose Run Parker remains undefeated in 2015 from three starts. The gelded son of Jailhouse Jesse-Centergy pushed his lifetime bankroll over the $600,000 mark for owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, and W. Haas Jr. On the pacing side of things, Night Pro and Peter Wrenn scored their second consecutive Hoosier Park victory with a final time of 1:51.4 in the $21,000 Invitational pace. Using the same front-running tactics as the previous week, Night Pro dictated fractions of :27.1, and :56.2 before ever feeling a threat. Let's Drink On It and Tyler Smith were the first to commit to the outer flow as they began their first-over bid approaching the final turn. With a three-quarter clocking in 1:24.3, Night Pro began to put his talent on display as the field turned for home. As the rest of the field struggled to stay within striking distance, Night Pro cruised home with a :27.1 final quarter to finish two lengths in front of Let's Drink On It. Latest Desire and Ross Leonard rounded out the trifecta ticket. As the public's choice, Night Pro returned $3.00 at the betting windows. "This is going to be a great summer with this group of horses," Peter Wrenn noted in the winner's circle. "My horse has had a few starts and he's really sharp right now. He did that tonight just like it was a training mile. He was well within himself at the wire and did everything like he was supposed to. He's a great, great horse." Trained and owned by Dale Decker, Night Pro remains undefeated in four starts in 2015. With the win, the five-year-old son of Pro Bono Best-Midnight Jewel pushed his career earnings to $473, 512. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Tuesday, April 7 with a daily post time of 5:15 p.m. Live racing will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 14, 2015. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule at Hoosier Park, please visit www.hoosierpark.com Photos: 1) Rose Run Parker and Ricky Macomber Jr. score their second consecutive victory at Hoosier Park. 2) Night Pro and Peter Wrenn a decisive winner in the featured pace at Hoosier Park. Photos courtesy of Linscott Photography. Emily Gaskin

Pompano Beach, FL...March 22, 2015...Jailhouse Jessica, cleverly driven by Bruce Ranger, used a :28.4 breakout finale to sprint clear from her foes and score a handy harness racing victory measuring 3 3/4 lengths in Pompano Park's $12,000 Open Handicap Trot for mares on Sunday night (March 22).   Mc Tiny's Hope and Ben Mc Neil, early trailers in the field of six, teamed up for place honors while As Ya'll Like It, with Sam Stathis aboard, finished third. Saint Patty's Doll finished fourth while the early leader, Blushing Hanover, picked up the final award.   Indeed, it was Blushing Hanover showing her usual alacrity out of the gate to take the lead at the outset with Saint Patty's Doll and As Y'all Like It next, followed by Jailhouse Jessica, nestling into fourth early.   After a quarter in a sharp :27.3, Ranger left nothing to chance and brushed up strongly to take command around turn two and get to the half in :57.   At this juncture, driver Sam Stathis had As Ya'll Like It in high gear and, on the backside, put some serious pressure on Jailhouse Jessica into the final turn.   But Jailhouse Jessica responded and sprinted clear past the third station in 1:26 before that aforementioned :28.4 final panel sealed her escape from the rest of her foes.   After the race, Ranger said, "She's just such a handy mare...doesn't matter if she's on the lead or off the pace. When she gets going, she REALLY gets going. She sprinted down the stretch the first time and kind of repeated that same kind of sprint down the stretch the second time down to the wire. That's her second mile under (1):55. She's sharp right now."   The win was the fourth of the year for Jailhouse Jessica, a five year-old daughter of Jailhouse Jesse, sending her seasonal bankroll to $27,813, all but $285 of that earned since trainer Dale Gilmour claimed her for the Karma Racing Stable in mid-January.   Off at a dime-to-a-dollar on the tote-board, Jailhouse Jessica paid $2.20 to win.   In other action, Acton Onelasttime, claimed for $4,000 by Kevin Wallis just a month ago, won for the third time in four starts since that claim--this time in 1:51.4--and was promptly claimed for $15,000 by Shawn Glassmeyer.   Acton Onelasttime took a mark of 1:51.3 in his first start for Wallis, also in a "4" claimer, followed that with a resounding win in 1:52.2 in a "12,5" claimer and followed that with a sharp second place finish in a "20" claimer, timed in 1:50.4.   Heavily backed in this event by the bettors, Acton Onelasttime paid $3.40 to win.   Red Hot Yankee was also claimed in the event as the record breaking season for claims continues at the track.   Pompano Park's Super Hi-5 again went uncovered on Sunday night with the 1-6-7-ALL-ALL 20 cent ticket worth $850.38 and the carryover to Monday night's program now over $57,000.   Post time is 7:30 p.m.   by John Berry for Pompano Park      

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