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ANDERSON, Ind.-July 23, 2014-Special JJ kept her flawless freshman record intact using a perfectly timed rally late in the stretch to score in the featured attraction, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for two-year-old trotting fillies, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday, July 23. With a final time of 1:57, it was a lifetime best performance and third victory of the season for Special JJ. Leaving from post two in the field of ten, Special JJ and driver Trent Stohler were away a worrisome seventh while the heavily favored Crunchess Finale and Darrell Wright made their customary move to the front. Crunchess Finale made an uncharacteristic break through the opening panel in :27.2 leaving Diamond Dagger and Thomas Russell to inherit the lead. Peter Wrenn sent Sloane Elise to the front through the half-mile time in :58.2 but would quickly yield the top spot to Churita and Trace Tetrick. Churita continued to call the shots as the field approached the final turn but was feeling pressure from Golden Big Stick and Brad Hanners on the outside. As the field hit the third station in 1:28.1, the top pair was stride for stride turning for home. Churita was able to put away Golden Big Stick halfway down the stretch but her biggest threat was still behind her. Just as Stohler found late racing room, Special JJ found another gear. Using a :28 final panel, Special JJ powered home to get the win by a head. Churita made a costly break just before the wire and was placed third leaving Golden Big Stick to inherit the second place honors. Slightly dismissed by the betting public at 5-1, Special JJ returned $13.60 at the betting window. "She's done everything we've asked of her so far," Stohler noted after the victory. "We've taken our time getting her ready. She's still learning and figuring things out but does know how to win." Trained by Trent Stohler, who also co-owns the filly with The Kales Company, Special JJ now sports a lifetime bankroll of $52,100 for her connections. The daughter of Jailhouse Jesse-Rhonda T was also victorious in the $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes elimination just last week at Hoosier Park. With the win, Special JJ also earned points for the $200,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Finals slated for October 18 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The Indiana Sires Stakes program will culminate with the top ten point earners from the previous $75,000 finals in each division returning to compete in the super finals. Indiana Sires Stakes action returns to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, July 24 with the second of five $75,000 finals for the two-year-old pacing colt division. With a daily post time of 5:15 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule. by Emily Gaskin,for Hoosier Park

JJ Hall and Ronnie Wrenn Jr.set a new track record for aged gelding trotters of 1.54 at Scioto Downs Saturday. The previous record of 1.54.1 was held by Dunkster, Hesza Laser and JJ Hall. JJ Hall is a six-year-old gelded son of Jailhouse Jesse and he's no stranger to the spotlight. He's trained by Ohio native, Scott Mogan for owner Doug Millard of Woodstock, Ontario. JJ Hall has earned over $240,000 and has racked up 21 victories in the 65 times he has hit the track. JJ Hall started from post seven in the field of nine after the scratch of Southwind Pepino in the condition trot race going for a purse of $18,000. He's usually driven by Kayne Kauffman, but Kauffman had one of his own trainees in the field, so Scott Mogan called upon Ronnie Wrenn Jr.for the assignment. Wrenn wasted no time as the pair left hard for early position and they found it right on the front end. The trotted the first quarter in 27.4 and grabbed a breather to the half in 57. Wrenn and JJ Hall were well in hand and trotted past three quarters in 1.25.1, the pair had it wrapped up from there. Touchmymuscles and Randy Tharps grabbed the place spot and Countmymuscles for trainer and driver Kayne Kauffman were third. The very next race on the 14-race card was the Filly And Mare Open Pace. TT's Little Lass and Jeremy Smith were a mild upset in a career best effort of 1.52. She's Shocking with post four was the post time favorite in the short field of six. She's Shocking was driven by Kayne Kauffman and they pushed the gate away, determined to set the pace. After clocking fractions of 26.4, 54.4 and 1.23.1, it was TT's Little Lass who was sitting in perfect striking position behind She's Shocking to benefit from the quick pace. She's Shocking finished second and Eve Marie Seelster completed the trifecta. Carol's Comet and Aaron Merriman prevailed in the $20,000 Open Pace in 1.50.4. Carol's Comet is a five-year-old gelded son of Yankee Cruiser. He's trained by Ron Potter for his connections. Carol's Comet started from post eight in the field of nine, but Merriman still said let's go when the wings folded. They landed right in the two hole behind the 6/5 favorite, Rockin Wizard, driven by Ronnie Wrenn Jr. Rockin Wizard set the hot fractions of 26.2, 55.3 and 1.23.1, but couldn't fend off the closing Carol's Comet when he ducked in to the super stretch. Rockin Wizard and Special Forces for driver, Greg Grismore couldn't be split, it was a deadheat for place. Racing continues on Tuesday (July 1) With a first race post time of 6:30. From Scioto Downs Racino  

ANDERSON, Ind.-June 26, 2014 -  Hoosier Park played host to a stakes filled card on Thursday, June 26 with five divisions of three-year-old trotting colts and six divisions of two-year-old pacing fillies battling in Indiana Sires Stakes action. It was the second round of stakes action for the three-year-old trotting colts and the opening round for the freshman fillies. After the dust settled on the evening's 14-race card, the track record for three-year-old trotting geldings was equaled and a national season's mark for two-year-old pacers had been established. Can't Touch Her and Tyler Smith stole the show after they recorded the fastest mile of the season for two-year-old pacers, regardless of gender or track size, with a 1:53.3 triumph in their $20,000 division of the stakes action. In near gate-to-wire fashion, Can't Touch Her recorded her third win of the year and a national season's mark in just her fourth career start. Leaving from post two, Smith sent Can't Touch Her away from the gate firing but Image of Felicia and Luke Plano also left alertly to get the first call in :27.4. Opting out of a pocket trip, the Steve Carter trainee took control at the half and dictated fractions of :57.0 and 1:26.1. As the field turned for home, Image of Felicia tipped from the pocket but Can't Touch Her wasn't done. Using a :27.2 final quarter, the daughter of Rockin Image-Can't Quit Smiling paced on to the wire to finish a length in front of Image of Felicia. Rockin Bikini closed well in the late stages of the mile to round out the trifecta for driver Trace Tetrick. As the heavy betting favorite, Can't Touch Her returned $4.40 at the windows. "She always had talent training down this winter but could get a little rough gaited at times," Carter noted after the victory. "We made some adjustments and she trained really well this week so I knew she would be sharp, just not that sharp. Hopefully she can stay good all season." Owned by Steve and Tammy Carter, Can't Touch Her is from the first crop of Rockin Image and the second foal from her dam, Can't Quit Smiling. Can't Touch Her has now won three of four seasonal starts while earning $13,750. On the trotting side of the stakes action, Rose Run Parker continued his winning ways and extended his win streak to 10 after he scored in 1:54.1 in his division of the $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Rose Run Parker remains undefeated in his sophomore season and the 1:54.1 victory equaled the track record for three-year-old trotting geldings at Hoosier Park. Driver Ricky Macomber Jr. left no room for error as he sent Rose Run Parker, heavily favored at 1-9, to the front from post three. Justice Jet and Ed Hensley would make the publics' choice work for position but Rose Run Parker pressed on and secured the lead at the half in :58.1. As the field turned for home, Rose Run Parker put his talent on display and began to trot away from the rest of the field. The son of Jailhouse Jesse-Centergy was under wraps at the wire and finished six lengths in front of Gloire Dream and Lewayne Miller. Justice Jet trotted evenly to earn third place honors. Heavily favored at the betting windows, Rose Run Parker returned $2.10 for the victory. The 14-time career winner has now amassed $403,500 for his connections of Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, and W. Haas Jr. Rose Run Parker's ten race win streak includes wins in the first $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old trotting colts and the $45,250 Madison County Stakes last season. With the win, Rose Run Parker has earned his spot in the second of five $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings slated for July 5 at Hoosier Park. Indiana Sires Stakes action continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, June 27 with eight divisions of $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes for two-year-old pacing colts and four divisions of $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies. The live racing schedule at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule with a daily post time of 5:15 p.m. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park  

It’s beginning to look like Ake Svanstedt’s trotter Sebastian is so superior to the competition that he’s racing only against the clock. There was a time when time was privileged over purse money in the pursuit of assessing a stallion or mare’s suitability for the breeding ranks, but those days are long gone. Bob Marks never had much use for them, although he says he did “use them occasionally to get marks on horses that could never accomplish much in actual races.” Flip through the latest edition of the Breeder’s Book and you’ll find a couple of pacers with time trial marks—Jereme’s Jet and 26-year-old Cambest—and the Indiana stallion Jailhouse Jesse on the diagonal side. How sweet it would be to see Sebastian take to the track during the Red Mile meet with a pair of t-breds or pacers behind him and a jacked-up crowd cheering him home. He’d surely rid us of the 1:50 burden as well as Enough Said and his Colonial Downs asterisk. Fifty years ago just about every premium stallion and mare was measured against the clock at some point. Rodney, Fancy Crown, Most Happy Fella, Scotland, Yankee Lass, Bullet Hanover, Bye Bye Byrd, Dancer Hanover, Cheer Honey, Dayan, Hickory Pride, Elma, Isle Of Wight, Steady Beau and Sampson Direct all carry time trial marks. Some drivers specialized in handling the time trialing horses, while others were good with the prompters. When Adios Butler knocked two ticks off Billy Direct’s 22-year-old mark, which was set the day before Greyhound’s at The Red Mile on October 4, 1960, owner Paige West drove the 4-year-old while Del Miller and trainer/driver Eddie Cobb drove the t-bred prompters. When the 4-year-old Cash Hall went after Pine Chip’s 1:54 world record at Delaware in 2006, John Campbell drove the son of Self Possessed while Dave Palone chased after him with the Real Artist mare, Valentine. Cash Hall annihilated the mark with a 1:51.1 mile. On the trotting side, Greyhound’s TT1:55 ¼ mark, set on September 29, 1938 for Sep Palin, held fast for 31 years, until Nevele Pride dropped it to TT1:54.4 for Stanley Dancer at Indianapolis on Sunday August 31, 1969. Twelve thousand enthusiastic fans were in attendance that day. Coincidentally enough, a longstanding pacing mark of 1:55 was also set at that same Lexington meet in 1938: Billy Direct time trialed free-legged in 1:55 for Vic Fleming on September 28, 1938. That mark remained untouched during the 1940s. Frank Ervin put a 1:57.1 mark on 5-year-old Adios in a time trial when he was offered $500 to break the track record, and four years later another great progenitor, Gene Abbe, time trialed in 2:00.3, also at age five. But it took a race mark of 1:55 from Adios Harry in the American Pacing Derby at Vernon Downs on July 16, 1955, with the owner’s son Luther Lyons in the bike, to match Billy Direct’s mark. Adios Butler undercut the 1:55 standard five years later in the time trial referenced above. That 1:55 barrier was finally shattered. The great Speedy Crown didn’t break any records when he time trialed in 2:01.2 as a freshman in 1970, but after winning just four of eight starts and earning a paltry $2,000, he did prove that good things were on the way. Actually the first significant time trial for trotters in the 1970s came from Arnie Almahurst, a crazy fast son of Speedy Scot, who pretty much won every start he didn’t break stride in. He had little in common with his paternal brother, Speedy Crown, who never broke stride—not ever. Arnie time trialed in 1:57.2 at The Red Mile for Joe O’Brien and became the sixth fastest trotter behind Super Bowl, Nevele Pride, Ayres, Speedy Scot and Speedy Crown. Nine years later his 3-year-old son Arndon trotted the fastest mile ever by a trotter when he hit the wire in TT1:54 for Del Miller at The Red Mile. And twelve years after that Arndon’s 4-year-old son Pine Chip became the world record holder when he time trialed in 1:51 for John Campbell at Lexington. Arndon and his dad both retired as the fastest ever. Another important trotting time trial in the ‘70s was ABC Freight’s TT1:57.1 as a 2-year-old for Joe O’Brien at Hollywood Park in 1976. The sire of Garland Lobell topped Nevele Pride’s 1:58.2 freshman mark and became the fastest 2-year-old trotter ever. ABC set his lifetime mark of 1:56.3 the following year in a time trial. The market for blockbuster trotting time trials pretty much dried up after that, although Cash Hall did crush the half-mile mark with that 1:51.1 mile for John Campbell at Delaware in 2006 that was referenced above. The time trials involving Standardbred trotters under saddle has been less prevalent, nonetheless, it has played a prominent role due to the horses and people involved. In 1940 Greyhound ended his racing career under saddle at Lexington. Frances Dodge rode him to a world record of 2:01 ¾. That mark stood for 54-years, until Preferential and Brooke Nickells broke it in 1994 with a 1:58.2 mile. And six years later the mighty Moni Maker, like Greyhound, ended her career under saddle at The Red Mile. Jockey Julie Krone, with Jimmy Takter and Wally Hennessey following with prompters, trotted in an incredible 1:54.1. In the pacing camp it was up to Bret Hanover to continue the assault on the longstanding 1:55 standard that his paternal brother, Adios Butler, had begun. In early September of 1966, 4-year-old Bret, who was within a few months of being retired, time trialed in 1:54 at Vernon Downs for Frank Ervin with a single prompter chasing him. Five weeks later in Lexington Ervin put the TT1:53.3 mark on the big guy that would serve as his lifetime mark. Dancer preferred to put race marks on Albatross so there are no flashy time trials on Super Bird’s resume. He did become the fastest ever in a race when he won both heats of the Tattersalls Pace at The Red Mile in 1:54.4, topping Adios Harry’s race mark, which Bret had matched. He also won in 1:55.3 at Delaware, matching Adios Butler’s time trial mark and eclipsing Bret’s 1:57 half-mile track race mark. Steady Star, a free-legged son of Steady Beau,  who was a year older than Albatross, cornered the time trial market in that era. At three he circled The Red Mile in 1:54 for Joe O’Brien and the following year, on October 1, 1971, he time trialed in a head turning 1:52. Later on, in 1976, 4-year-old Nero time trialed in 1:55.1 and the following year Warm Breeze was race timed in 1:53.1 at Golden Bear in Sacramento. Two years later Meadow Skipper’s son Falcon Almahurst became the fastest 3-year-old pacer ever with a 1:52.2 time trial at Lexington for Bill Haughton. Only Steady Star had gone faster. Then came the game changer: 3-year-old Niatross’s TT1:49.1 at The Red Mile on Oct 1, 1980. It was the sport’s first sub-1:50 mile and, while it parallels Adios Butler’s breach of the 1:50 point, it was so much more. The closest thing to it was Steady Star going 1:52, but the sleek son of Steady Beau didn’t win a single open stakes race during his career—not so for Niatross. His son Nihilator was later positioned to outdo dad in a time trial at Springfield but the weather didn’t cooperate and he was unable to lower his 1:49.3 race mark in a time trial at DuQuoin.  Matt’s Scooter went after the 1:49.1 mark at The Red Mile in 1988 and knocked four ticks off of it. His 1:48.2 time trial for Mike Lachance established a new world record. Matt’s Scooter beat Niatross’s mark but 5-year-old Cambest blew it out of the water with his 1:46.1 time trial at Springfield. The problem was that he wasn’t tested afterwards and not long after that his 1:52.1 win in the Senior Jug was disqualified due to elevated bicarbonate levels. Cambest was slated to stand at Hanover Shoe Farms but in light of the controversial final chapter of his career they passed. So stick Jimmy Takter and Bernie Noren behind a couple of fast pacers and let’s see if Ake can wheel Sebastian around The Red Mile in a time that will cause the crowd to gasp the way they did for Steady Star’s 1:52 mile and Niatross’s 1:49.1. Speed has always sold in this game; time to pump it up via the time trial. by Joe FitzGerald, for http://viewfromthegrandstand.blogspot.com/

COLUMBUS, MN. - Scott Altizer, trying Running Aces for the first time this summer, captured both of the trots on the Tuesday night harness racing program. The Michigan horseman, who is currently training a string of seven trotters, won the opening non-winners race with Jailhouse Bride in 2:00, beating favored Switcheroo (Rick Magee) by a head with Realife Go (Tim Roach) completing the trifecta ticket. Altizer also owns the three-year-old Jailhouse Jesse filly who was making her 2014 debut, although she did win $2684 during a winless freshman season.   Altizer's True High Voltage shocked the fourth race field with a 1:59 triumph in a bottom conditioned class, paying $79.20 to win and igniting a 10-cent superfecta payout of $1,228. The 13-year-old roan gelding won for the 54th time in his career and the winner's share of the $3000 purse put him just a whisper short of $200,000 in lifetime earnings.   Duke Of Hazards (Magee) was second by a length with D D's Tiger (Brandon Jenson) garnering the show dough.   Nick Roland and Tim Maier also completed driving doubles on the card.   Gregg Keidel

ANDERSON, Ind.-June 7, 2014 - Hoosier Park Racing & Casino highlighted the 21st season of live harness racing with the annual Hoosier Champions night in front of a packed house on Saturday, June 7. Four Indiana Sires Stakes champions were crowned on the evening that featured the first of five rounds of $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals on the 14-race card. It was a night ruled by favorites as the publics' choice delivered in each of the four divisions. The action-packed night opened with the first $75,000 final for three-year-old trotting fillies and Andi's Alana looked every bit the part of a 1-5 favorite as she overcame a tough, first-over bid to score in 1:56. Driven by Lewayne Miller, Andi's Alana was uninvolved early in the race but used a :28.2 final quarter to score her 11th career victory and remain undefeated in 2014. "She came back really great this year," Miller noted after the race. "She had a great season last year but has grown up in a lot of ways this year. I wasn't sure how the race was going to work out but she raced great, again." Trained by Erv Miller, Andi's Alana has now won 11 of 15 lifetime starts and sports a career bankroll of $379,849 with three Indiana Sires Stakes finals to her credit. The daughter of Swan For All-Its Your Deal has won all three of her starts at three and is owned by Paymaq Racing, Greg Gillis, and Harvey Eisman. Following suit, Candy's A Virgin and Trace Tetrick delivered as the 7-5 favorite after a sharp, front running effort in 1:52 in the three-year-old pacing fillies division. Tetrick sent Candy's A Virgin away from the gate firing and she dictated fractions of :28.4, :57.0 and 1:25.1 before ever feeling a threat. As the field turned for home, Tetrick asked his mount for more and she responded with a :26.4 final panel to win by three lengths. Owned by Emerald Highland Farms, the daughter of Always A Virgin-Candemonium notched her second win in four seasonal starts while sending her bankroll over $139,000. Trained by Brian Brown, the homebred filly has now won four of 12 lifetime outings. Fresh off a win in the Indiana Sires Stakes eliminations, Rose Run Parker was able to overcome the outside post nine to trot home a winner in 1:54.4 in the three-year-old trotting colt division and extended his win streak to eight in the process. Guided by regular driver Ricky Macomber Jr., Rose Run Parker was unable to find a spot along the rail in the early stages of the race and pressed on for the lead. Sandy Z Tam and Brad Hanners left alertly from post two and dictated fractions of :28.1 and :57.3. Forced to go three-wide approaching the final turn, Rose Run Parker was able to reach the leader's wheel at the third station in 1:25.4 before trotting away from the field to win by a length. "The trip didn't work out how I wanted it to tonight," Macomber noted after the race. "Obviously post nine didn't help, but he was able to overcome it. I pulled the earplugs down the lane and he took off again. He's really sharp right now." Trained by Ron Burke, the gelded son of Jailhouse Jesse-Centergy scored his third seasonal victory and remains undefeated at three. The 12-time career winner has now amassed $284,875 for his connections of Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, and W. Haas Jr. Bluehourpower did not disappoint as the 6/5 favorite in the three-year-old pacing colt division as he coasted home a winner in 1:50.3, a lifetime best performance. Driven by Sam Widger, Bluehourpower was uninvolved in the early stages of the race while Mike Peterson and Sling Shot Shooter set fractions of :27 and :54.4. As the field approached the final turn, Slingshot Shooter appeared to be up to the task, but Bluehourpower was perfectly placed second-over. Using a :26.3 last quarter, Bluehourpower powered home to win finish two lengths to the good. Trained and owned by Wilbur Eash, Bluehourpower has now won 6 of 13 lifetime starts and remains undefeated at three. The son of Sand Shooter-Blue Hour has now amassed $282,344 and three Indiana Sires Stakes finals to his credit. Live racing will return to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, June 10 with a 14-race card. The 160-day, all harness racing meet will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule with a daily post time of 5:15 p.m. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, Ind.-May 29, 2014 -  Rose Run Parker turned in a gritty performance to find the winner's circle Thursday night at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in the opening round of the $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes action for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings, and extended his win streak to seven in the process. Reaching the wire in 1:54.1, Ron Burke's Rose Run Parker established a new lifetime mark and remains undefeated in his sophomore season. After setting the track record at Hoosier Park for two-year-old trotting geldings with a 1:57 effort in stakes action last year, Rose Run Parker's 1:54.1 effort equaled the track record for three-year-old trotting geldings in just his second start of the season. Gloire Dream, driven by Lewayne Miller, showed early speed off the gate from post seven in the field of ten, clocking a :27.3 opening panel. Unable to find a spot along the rail from post nine, Rose Run Parker pressed on to the front but would yield the lead to the slight betting favorite, Sandy Z Tam and Tyler Smith at the half in :57.4. Sandy Z Tam led the field to the third station in 1:27 and the stage was set for another Hoosier Park stretch battle. Tipping from the pocket around the final turn, Rose Run Parker was able to reach the leader's wheel and the top two began to put their talent on display as they trotted away from the rest of the field. Sandy Z Tam was game on the inside but Rose Run Parker wasn't finished. Using a :26.4 final quarter, Rose Run Parker was able to put a nose in front of Sandy Z Tam to score his seventh consecutive win. Back N The Slammer and Trace Tetrick finished seven lengths behind the top pair to round out the trifecta. As the publics' second choice, Rose Run Parker returned $5.00 to his backers at the window. "I think he is the best young horse we've had since Go On BB," Ron Burke's assistant trainer, Jamie Rucker noted. "He typically likes to chase horses down, but tonight he showed some serious heart by fighting horses off after a tough trip." "That was a nice group of horses and I wasn't sure what to expect with post nine," she continued. "He has never let us down though, he raced great again tonight." The 11-time career winner has now amassed $247,375 for his connections of Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, and W. Haas Jr. Rose Run Parker's seven race win streak includes wins in the $200,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for two-year-old trotting colts and the $45,250 Madison County Stakes. With the win, the son of Jailhouse Jesse-Centergy has earned his spot in the first of five $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final slated for June 7 at Hoosier Park. Indiana Sires Stakes action continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, May 30 with four divisions of $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies. The live racing schedule at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule with a daily post time of 5:15 p.m. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-May 28, 2014 - The opening round of Indiana Sires Stakes action highlighted the Wednesday, May 28 program at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino and featured four divisions of $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes for three-year-old filly trotters. Each filly was aiming to earn a spot in the first of five $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final slated for June 7 at Hoosier Park. The two-time Indiana Sire Stakes Champion, Andi's Alana looked every bit the part of a 1-5 favorite as she captured the opening division of the stakes action in 1:55.2 and established a new lifetime best in the process. Driven by Lewayne Miller, Andi's Alana was uninvolved early in the race but used a :27.2 final quarter to score her 10th career victory and remain undefeated in 2014. Trained by Erv Miller, Andi's Alana has now won 10 of 14 lifetime starts and sports a career bankroll of $342,349. The daughter of Swan For All-Its Your Deal has won both of her starts at three and is owned by Paymaq Racing, Greg Gillis, and Harvey Eisman. In the second split, Terracina As and Trace Tetrick benefitted from a pocket trip to deliver as the 8-5 favorite in 1:57.1. It was the first start in stakes company for the daughter of Allstar Hall-Madeleine It but third consecutive win. Swan Yankee and Lewayne Miller dictated fractions of :27.3, :59.4, and 1:29.2 before ever feeling a threat from the rest of the field. As the field turned for home, Miss Isolde and Sam Widger came charging from off the pace to take command but made a costly break in deep stretch. Terracina As inherited the lead and trotted home to win by a length. Unraced at two, Terracina As is trained by Annette Lorentzon and owned by Acl Stuteri and Kjell Johansson. Terracina As has now won three of five lifetime outings while banking $17,778. Jessie's Song and Tyler Smith followed suit in the third division of the stakes action and scored as the 3-2 favorite in 1:56.3. Overcoming an unfavorable, first-over trip, Jessie's Song notched her second win of the season in a lifetime best performance. Leaving from post two, Jessie's Song settled along the rail in fourth while After Jesse dictated first half fractions of :27.4 and :57.4. Peter Wrenn and Jesse's Con moved to the front as the field approached the final turn but Jessie's Song quickly engaged the tempo-setter. Putting a nose in front, Jessie's Song led her eight rivals past three-quarters in 1:26.4 and fended off all competitors down the lane to win by a length. Trained by Rick Beinhauer, Jessie's Song has now won five of 16 lifetime outings while amassing $86,766 lifetime. The daughter of Jailhouse Jesse-Sasha Hall has won two of four seasonal outings and is owned by Richard and Regina Beinhauer. In the final division, Kashmir Queen and Andy Shetler bucked the trend by pulling the 15-1 upset to score in 1:58. It was a maiden breaking win from eight seasonal starts for the daughter of Swan For All-Victory Slide. Kashmir Queen sat fourth along the rail while Black Swan led through intervals of :28.1, :59.2, and 1:29.1. Kashmir Queen was able to reach the front as the field turned for home and hold off a hard charging Banker's For All and Lewayne Miller to score the win. Trained by Doug Rideout, Kashmir Queen has now earned $19,777 for her connections of Alan White, Julie Rideout, and Big Hat Stable, LLC. Indiana Sires Stakes action continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, May 29 with four divisions of the $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes for three-year-old trotting colts. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino follows a Tuesday through Saturday live racing schedule with a daily post time of 5:15 p.m. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

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  

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