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YONKERS, NY, Saturday, November 10, 2018 - Mach it So (Joe Bongiorno, $8) bottomed out his four harness racing rivals Saturday night (Nov. 10th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $44,000 Open Handicap Pace. Leaving outside his foes-and in one notch after a defection-Mach it So seemingly had a three-length lead four steps out the gate. That ended the suspense portion of the program, as he did the required roadwork (:27, :55.3, 1:22.4, 1:51.4) with no competition. Bettor Memories (Jason Bartlett) did edge a loosely-pocketed 6-5 favorite Great Vintage (Mark MacDonald) for second-beaten 2½ lengths-with Techtor Hanover (Dan Dube) and I'm Some Graduate (George Brennan) completing the order of payees. For second choice Mach it So, a double-millionaire Mach Three gelding owned by Bamond Racing and trained by Jeff Bamond Jr., it was his ninth win in 27 seasonal starts (career 49-for-147). The exacta paid $37, with triple and superfecta wagering cancelled due to field size, or lack thereof. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, November 3, 2018-Favored Mach it So (Joe Bongiorno, $4.30) finished what he started Saturday night (Nov. 3rd), winning Yonkers Raceway's $44,000 Open Handicap Pace. Leaving from penultimate post position No. 5, Mach it So was stung by Techtor Hanover (Dan Dube), needing prompting to make the lead before a 27-second opening quarter-mile. He then rated a 29-second net substation (56-second half) before pole-assigned Control Tower (Austin Siegelman) moved first-up from third. That one challenged in and out of a 1:24.1 three-quarters before backing away as Mach it So opened a length-and-three-quarter lead into the lane. He then held off Techtor Hanover by three-quarters of a length in 1:52.3. Voracity (George Brennan) was a second-over third, with a pylon-skimming Great Vintage (Mark MacDonald) and Pacing Major N (Jordan Stratton) picked off the remainder. Control Tower was last among the half-dozen. For Mach it So, a double-millionaire Mach Three gelding owned by Bamond Racing and trained by Jeff Bamond Jr., it was his eighth win in 26 seasonal starts (career 48-for-146). The exacta paid $18.20, the triple returned $91.50 and the superfecta paid $273. A reminder that the Raceway offers a matinee Sunday (Nov. 4th), with a first post of 11:35 AM. By Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

WILKES-BARRE, PA - Muscle Diamond launched three-wide down the backstretch and trotted a 27.3 third quarter to clear to the lead before the ¾, going on to win in 1:52.2 to take the $21,500 feature at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Sunday night. Tyler Buter kept the son of Muscle Hill off of hotly-contested fractions, then launched him midbackstretch and had no further problems in the three length victory. Brett Bittle conditions the winner of $734,449 lifetime, and he is also a co-owner along with the Charles Kellers III and IV and also Dan Bittle. In the $17,500 the Crazed gelding Crazshana made the top handily, rated the half to 57, then sprinted home in 55.3 to be clear of his field at the end of the 1:52.3 mile. The Jeff Bamond Jr.-trained horse, who boosted his earnings to $101,450 this season and $437,849 lifetime, is owned by Bamond Racing LLC, and he also was part of a 17-winner weekend (Friday-Saturday-Sunday, including Philly) for driver George Napolitano Jr. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

WILKES-BARRE PA - All the bettors' attention was focused on Rodeo Romeo and Rockeyed Optimist, 1-2 in the Great Northeast Open Series pacing standings and 1-2 at the post draw, but Mach It So, a winner here recently and still let go as the 11-1 third choice, set the pace and held off Rodeo Romeo by a head to win a $30,000 Great Northeast event at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Saturday night. George Napolitano Jr., with five winners on the Pocono card joining the two he had at Philly this afternoon, gunned the Mach Three gelding at the start and easily beat 13 to the eighth to seat everyone behind him, with Rodeo Romeo in the pocket at the 26.1 quarter. Favored Rockeyed Optimist started uncovered nearing the 55.2 half, but Mach It So had had a nice breather in quarter two and restarted the jets, blunting the first-over's bid by reaching the  in 1:22. But Rodeo Romeo was still right there, and pulling out in the stretch he inched ever-closer to the leader. But the winner of $2,593,675 lifetime showed his heart was still in the right place at age 8, holding off the potential pocket rocket by a head for trainer Jeff Bamond Jr. and Bamond Racing LLC. The $21,500 conditioned co-feature resulted in the fastest mile of the year on a 5/8-mile track (unless it was beaten elsewhere Saturday night), as 2015 freshman champion Boston Red Rocks followed cover behind wicked fractions , then stormed home (last quarter 26.3) to stop the timer in 1:48.2 in turning back Scott Rocks by 1¼ lengths. The son of Rocknroll Hanover, now with a bankroll of $1,370,016, took a career mark with the impressive victory for driver Anthony Napolitano, trainer Jake Leamon, and owners Peter Blood and Rick Berks. In the $20,000 claiming handicap pace, "George Nap" and trainer Hunter Oakes combined for their second joint win on the night, this with the Art Major gelding Major Trick in a career best 1:49.4. Oakes had had the horse for three straight wins, lost him via claim, took him right back, and immediately started the winner of $330,098 back on the winning track for owner Omar Beiler. This was the last claiming event of the night; in all, 14 horses changed hands via the claim box, totaling $261,750 and bringing Pocono's two-week money exchange amount to $514,250 - just on the two Saturdays. Finally, Walks Of Life remains the winningest horse in North America in 2018 with 13 visits to Victory Lane, and Saturday he was claimed for the 12th straight time, his fourth stay with Team Allard and approaching the local "record" of 13 straight claims put up by R Gauwitz Hanover in 2015. Alas, the hard campaign might be catching up to him, as he set the pace as is customary, but had nothing left in the stretch and finished out of the money - the first time he hasn't been 1-2 since March 10, and the first time he didn't hit the board in 21 starts this year. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs    

When harness racing trainer Jeff Bamond Jr. looks at Mach It So this season at age 8, he sees a horse that looks a lot like the one he saw a year ago at age 7. Considering that Mach It So established a career high for purses in 2017, the similarity is enough to bring a hopeful smile to Bamond’s face. Mach It So earned $759,871 last year, when he won his second William R. Haughton Memorial in three years and finished the campaign with a victory in the TVG Series championship. He finished second in the Joe Gerrity Jr. Memorial and Bobby Quillen Memorial and was third in the Breeders Crown and Sam McKee Memorial. For his career, Mach It So has won 42 of 124 races and earned $2.50 million. “He’s the same as he’s always been,” said Bamond, who owns Mach It So with his father as Bamond Racing LLC. “He likes to do his work; he doesn’t moan about it. It’s the same as it’s been every year. Hopefully his year goes the same. If it goes half as good I’d be happy.” Mach It So is off to a strong start this year, with two wins in four starts in the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series at Yonkers Raceway. The final preliminary round of the Levy is Saturday, with Mach It So competing in the second of three divisions. The gelding is the 9-5 favorite on the morning line, starting from post three in a six-horse field. David Miller is his driver. The eight highest point-earners from the Levy’s five preliminary rounds advance to the April 21 championship. Mach It So is fifth in the standings, trailing Somewhere In LA, New Zealand-bred Bit Of A Legend, Rockin Ron, and Dr J Hanover. A horse receives 25 points each time he races in the preliminary rounds. Points are also awarded based on finish, with 50 points for a win, 25 for second, 12 for third, eight for fourth, and five for fifth. Mach It So’s division Saturday includes only one other horse in the top eight, sixth-place Evenin Of Pleasure. Defending series champ Keystone Velocity, who is 12th in points, also is in the field. Saturday’s first division features the four horses that are seventh through 10th in points: Missile J, Western Fame, Bettor Memories, and Australian-bred Chumlee. Long Live Rock, who will start from the rail, is tied for 13th. The third division includes Somewhere In LA, Bit Of A Legend, and Dr J Hanover. Somewhere In LA and Bit Of A Legend are two-time winners in the series while Dr J Hanover is undefeated in three series starts. Also in the third division is Always At My Place, who is 11th in points. Rockin Ron, who has two wins in the series, is idle. “The series is always competitive,” said Bamond, who with his father owned 2014 Levy winner P H Supercam and is hoping to guide Mach It So to his fourth appearance in the championship. “It’s always about where you draw. Some horses don’t draw well and they probably deserve to be in the final and the other way around. The final is just about whoever draws the best and gets the best trip.” Mach It So’s best finish in a Levy championship was fifth in 2015, but he has never drawn better than post seven in his three previous finals. Bamond might be looking for a change in Mach It So’s luck, but not much else. “He’s off to a good start this year,” Bamond said. “I’m very happy. “He’s a little quirky, but he’s a pretty cool guy.” BLUE CHIP MATCHMAKER SERIES Friday at Yonkers features the fifth and final preliminary round of the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series for female pacers. There are three divisions, with points-leader Lakeisha Hall leading the opening group. The first division also includes New Zealand-bred Motu Moonbeam (third in points), Lady Shadow (seventh), and Australian-bred defending champion Mackenzie (eighth). New Zealand-bred Shartin, who is second in points thanks to going 3-for-3 before taking off last week, is the morning-line favorite in the third division, which also includes ninth-place Clear Idea. Fourth-place Twinkle is the favorite in the second division, which also includes Medusa (fifth), Scandalicious (sixth), and Safe From Terror (10th). For Saturday’s complete Yonkers entries, click here. For the complete Levy standings, click here. For Friday’s complete Yonkers entries, click here. For the complete Matchmaker standings, click here. Racing at Yonkers begins at 6:50 p.m. (EDT). by Ken Weingartner, USTA Media Relations Manager 

He might not be the same beast he was in the past, but Mach It So still has a little King Kong in him. Mach It So, an 7-year-old harness racing gelding with 36 career wins and $1.81 million in earnings, faces eight foes in Saturday's $500,000 Ben Franklin Stakes for older male pacers at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Trained by Jeff Bamond Jr. for owner Bamond Racing, Mach It So starts from post five with driver Tim Tetrick and is 12-1 on the morning line. "He's kind of under the radar," said Bamond Jr., who with his father has owned Mach It So since September 2012. "I guess I'd rather be under the radar and making $2 million than everyone talking about you and not doing anything. I'll take it. He's not flashy, but he gets the job done." When Mach It So was younger, then-trainer Nifty Norman said the horse wasn't the biggest or strongest, but thought he was King Kong. It's a description that has stuck with Mach It So. "I always remember that quote," Bamond said. "He doesn't look like that much, but he kind of still has that to him, which is kind of cool. Around here, he thinks he's the king of everything. He's a cool horse. "He'll always try. He always gives you an effort. Whether he's good enough or not, he doesn't pack it in. He'll always give you a shot." The Franklin is one of four stakes finals Saturday at Pocono, with the $500,000 Earl Beal Jr. for 3-year-old trotters, $500,000 Max C. Hempt for 3-year-old male pacers and $300,000 James M. Lynch Memorial for 3-year-old female pacers. Ariana G, the Dan Patch Award-winning filly who is 3-for-3 this season, is the morning line favorite in the Beal as she looks to take down eight male rivals; North America Cup champion Fear The Dragon and stablemate Downbytheseaside are the top choices in the Hempt while the top four finishers in the Fan Hanover Stakes - Bettor's Up, Agent Q, Tequila Monday and Idyllic Beach - are ready for a rematch in the Lynch. Mel Mara, who is a nose from being undefeated this year in four starts, is the 5-2 morning line choice in the Franklin. Mel Mara, Keystone Velocity and Dealt A Winner were elimination winners last weekend. Mach It So finished third in the elimination won by Keystone Velocity, but was beaten by only a half-length. "I thought he raced well," Bamond said. "He drew good for the final. He's kind of a trip horse; I don't think he's going to cut the mile and win. Right in the middle, it seems like you can do whatever you want. It'll be an interesting race. "These finals sometimes get crazy. Hopefully they mix it up a little bit." Mach It So's biggest career victory came in the 2015 William R. Haughton Memorial, where he defeated a field that included Foiled Again and State Treasurer. He also won the 2015 Bobby Quillen Memorial and finished second in the 2016 Quillen, behind Wiggle It Jiggleit. He was second in both the 2015 and 2016 TVG Free For All Series championships, losing last year to Always B Miki, and was third in the 2015 Breeders Crown. This season Mach It So has won two of 11 races and hit the board a total of seven times, with his two victories coming in his last four starts. "I think it took him a little bit longer to get going than he normally does, but I think he's getting good at the right time," Bamond said. "Hopefully Saturday is the best time." Racing at Pocono begins at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. The night's stakes finals are races nine through 12. Following is the field for the Ben Franklin, which is race 11. For the complete card, click here. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Line 1-Keystone Velocity-Simon Allard-Rene Allard-3/1 2-Mel Mara-Corey Callahan-Dylan Davis-5/2 3-All Bets Off-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke-4/1 4-Rockin Ron-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-6/1 5-Mach It So-Tim Tetrick-Jeff Bamond Jr.-12/1 6-Rock N' Roll World-Brian Sears-Jeff Cullipher-20/1 7-Dealt A Winner-David Miller-Mark Silva-5/1 8-Boston Red Rocks-Brett Miller-Steve Elliott-10/1 9-Shamballa-Scott Zeron-Rick Zeron-15/1 Ken Weingartner

ONKERS, N.Y. - Since taking over the training of his father’s Bamond Harness Racing Stable, two years ago, Jeff Bamond Jr. has reached the sport’s greatest heights. His starters have won a host of Grand Circuit stakes across the country and have achieved overnight success at Yonkers Raceway; last year, Bamond finished fourth in the Yonkers trainer standings with 98 victories and $2,118,162 in purses earned. Despite his success, the 32-year-old maintains a humble attitude. “I’ve been blessed. I have a good opportunity and I’m fortunate to make the most of it,” he said. “There’s not much I can say about it. I’ve been very blessed and not a lot of people have that opportunity.” Three of Bamond’s biggest stars will be on display this weekend at Yonkers. Krispy Apple will start in Friday’s second leg of the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series while Mach It So and P H Supercam are set to race in Saturday’s George Morton Levy Series second leg. Krispy Apple made her first start of the season March 10 when she finished seventh in the $50,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap from post position eight. While she didn’t make an impression, Bamond felt the start was valuable. “I think you always get something out of it. Unfortunately when you get fractions that let really good mares come home in 27 seconds, you’re not really going to go anywhere when you’re 7 or 8 lengths away. It can help you when you finally do draw inside,” he said. Krispy Apple is 9-years-old and last week, began contesting the Matchmaker Series for the sixth consecutive year. She won the $75,000 consolation as a 4-year-old in 2012 and has made the final every year since. While her work in the series has been strong, luck has worked against the earner of $1.86 million. In her four tries in the Matchmaker final, she’s started from posts eight, seven, five, and six. “It’s about time she gets lucky at some point,” Bamond joked. “Maybe this will be her year. Some of these horses, the series takes a lot out of them. That’s the hardest part about the series. It’s so hard to make the final, but then when you get there, you have to make sure you have some horse left.” Krispy Apple concluded her 2016 campaign December 16 and enjoyed a month long break from training. The easy-going daughter of Western Ideal out of Apple Krisp trained back as willingly as ever ahead of her first start. “There’s not much to her in a sense. She’s pretty low maintenance and does a good job of taking care of herself. You wouldn’t know she’s even there,” Bamond explained. “She jogs pretty much every day and trains once or twice a week. She’s pretty easy to bring back.” Last week, Krispy Apple finished fifth behind Mach It A Par and Bedroomconfessions in the first leg of the Matchmaker. While she started from post seven and was 10 1/4 lengths behind at the quarter, Krispy Apple closed with a :27.0 final quarter to finish just 3 1/4 lengths back. She earned 5 points for her finish and another 25 for starting, bringing her point total to 30. This week, Krispy Apple is set for a rematch with Bedroomconfessions and she finally drew a post position she can work with. She’ll start from post three as a 7-2 morning line while Bedroomconfessions is 9-5 from the pylons. Brett Miller will drive Krispy Apple for the second straight week. “(Brett Miller) was willing to come over. He’s done a really good job in the last couple years with some stakes horses,” Bamond said of his choice of driver. “Jason (Bartlett) had a real big drive in Mach It A Par; I knew that would be risky whether we would get him or not because that mare has been really good. I figured you might as well bring somebody in and maybe it will work out. “Hopefully she can get away somewhere good. Whatever Brett wants do, whether he leaves. Either way, she should be a lot closer this week than before. Hopefully it works out in that regard.” Bamond will send out Mach It So and P H Supercam in Saturday night’s second and third division of the Levy, respectively. Mach It So is in his third year of Levy competition and like his stablemate, has bad luck at the draw of the final. The past three years, the $1.7 million-earning son of Mach Three has started from post seven twice. The other time, he drew post eight. Mach It So made his first start of the season in last week’s series opener. He finished third beaten a neck while chasing the streaking ProvocativeprinceN and Rockin Ron. “I thought he was good. There was definitely some sharp horses that finished first and second. They had raced a couple more times,” Bamond said of the competition. “I was happy with him. I though he finished up good.” Although Mach It So had two qualifiers to prepare for his seasonal debut, Bamond says there’s no substitute for the real thing. He expects Mach It So to race even better this week. “I think a lot of times you see horses qualify even three times and sometimes you’ll see horses go a really fast qualifier, like 1:50. In their first start, they still look like they need a start. I don’t think you can really duplicate a race whether you qualify once, twice, three times, or whatever it is,” he reasoned. Mach It So is the 5-2 favorite in his Levy division and will employ the services of regular driver Tim Tetrick. From post four, he will start just to the outside of his main rivals, including last year’s champion Bit Of A Legend, Soto, winner of a Levy division last week, and Rockin Ron. “He’s in with some good horses again. Obviously it’s a tough series. You’re always going to get one or two really good horses and the rest are competitive too,” Bamond said. “I think he can do anything Timmy wants. He can leave, he can come off the pace. That’s what I think it’s the best thing for him, he can make a game plan as he goes along there. He’s a little bit of a trip horse in the sense that I think Timmy will try to find a good trip for him. If you want to get a good trip, Tim’s a good man to get.” While Krispy Apple and Mach It So represent his best chances, Bamond will also send out one of the stable’s veterans, 10-year-old P H Supercam, in the third Levy division Saturday night. The son of Million Dollar Cam is a 53-time winner from 213 starts. His victory in the 2014 Levy Series Final contributed to his $1.5 million bankroll. “I think maybe age is catching up to him a little bit, but I felt like we owed it to him to put him in there just because I know he’s been so good in there,” Bamond said, alluding to P H Supercam’s recent form. The gelding is winless in nine starts this year, but looks to turn the tables this week with a favorable draw. Still, he’s a 15-1 outsider on the morning line. “He didn’t have a good post last week. He’d been leaving out of there a couple weeks in a row. I wanted to give him another shot to come off the pace and see if he can regain what he does best, which is chase down some horses.” Friday’s card at Yonkers features three divisions of the Blue Chip Matchmaker series while Saturday’s card features four Levy divisions. First post time is 7:10 p.m. each night. by Brandon Valvo for the SOA of NY

Tim Tetrick recorded four wins for the second straight day as he drove Ideal Cowboy to his second consecutive $30,000 Preferred Handicap victory to highlight a strong harness racing program on a chilly Thursday, Dec. 15 at Dover Downs. With the racing officials giving a 2-second speed allowance due to the cold and strong winds, Ideal Cowboy was clocked in 1:50.2 to win the $30,000 Preferred Handicap pace. Tim Tetrick raced the American Ideal-Trend Setter gelding trained by Jeff Bamond Jr. for J&T Silva Stables and Bamond Racing to his eighth win of 2016. It was his second straight Dover feature, third in four weeks and fifth win in his last eight outings. Tetrick started for post 8 and got away sixth. The five-year-old worked his way on the backstretch and then circled the field at the top of the stretch before pulling off to victory. Bushwacker (Corey Callahan) in his first start in two months finished second in front of Dancin Yankee (Tony Morgan) third. Bettor's Edge (Yannick Gingras) was fourth. In the $27,500 Delaware Special. Seventh Secret, a recent acquisition by George&Tina Dennis Racing, is no more a secret to local fans. With George Dennis in the bike, the Allamerican Native-Secret Song horse, who finished second at 43-1 odds last week, set a lifetime mark of 1:50 beating Sweet Rock (Allan Davis) and Blazing Bobby Sox (Art Stafford Jr.) flor his fifth win of the season raising his seasonal earnings to $69,996 and 24,656 lifetime. Corey Callahan took Arque Hanover right to the lead and led the rest of 1:50.2 mile to win the $18,000 3&4-year-Old Open Handicap. Abe Basen, Tom Lazzaro and Robert Cooper Stables own the four-year-old Rock N Roll Heaven-A Pippin Hanover horse who won for the sixth time this campaign. He has banked $79,500 this year and $304,861 lifetime. Earlier Tetrick drove Bamond Racing's Flem N Em N home in 1:52.3 in a $15,500 Male pace. The 11-year-old Courage Under Fire-Equuos Franco gelding is a $769,005 career winner. Special T Rocks (Morand) was runner-up with Major Uptrend (Montrell Teague) the show horse. Enoch, an altered son of Panpacificflight-Kieanna's Angel, made it six-straight victories, with Tetrick at the controls in a $15,000 3,4&5-Year-Old Male pace. Trained by Ron Burke, the Baldachino, Collura, Weaver Brucemi and Burke Racing Stable's gelding has not lost since late October. Enoch has now won $105,690 in this his first year of racing. Bad Gamer (Yannick Gingras) and Swapportunity (Jim Morand) finished second and third respectively. In addition to Tim Tetrick who won four races for the second straight day, Corey Callahan, is a three-time winner for the second day, George Dennis and owner George&Tina Dennis and trainer Joe Columbo of the Dennis Stable, Dylan Davis, Doug Lewis and Jeff Baymond Jr. and Baymond Stables had doubles, . Dover Downs is now dark through Christmas day as annually Delaware harness horsemen observe the yearly Holiday Break Week. Live racing resumes on Monday, Dec. 26. Dover Downs. Simulcasting of top harness and thoroughbred racing in the Dover Downs Sports Book, daily from 12 Noon to 12 Midnight. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del.--- Ideal Cowboy took the lead early and never relinquished on the way to a 1:51 harness racing victory in the $30,000 Preferred pace while Little Ben won for the fourth time in his last five starts in the $27,500 Delaware Special at Dover Downs, on Thursday, Dec. 8. After finishing second by a neck last week, Tim Tetrick did not linger putting Ideal Cowboy into the lead and cut out all the fractions posting his seventh win of the year for trainer Jeff Bamond and owners J&T Silva and Bamond Racing. The win was the second in three weeks for the American Ideal-Trend Setter gelding who has been 1,2,3 in half of his 25 starts this season while earning $141,640 in purses. Bettor's Edge and Yannick Gingras finished second in front of Sweet Beach driven by Montrell Teague. Dancin Yankee (Corey Callahan) was fourth. Janet Hudson and JoAnn Looney-King's Little Ben was back in the winner's circle for the 10th time in 2016 after Vic Kirby piloted a 1:51.3 success in the $27,500 Delaware Special. An altered son of Jereme's Jet-Honey's Bud Life, Little Ben has now won $152,064 this year. Seventh Secret, a recent acquisition by George Dennis, closed strongly to finish second beaten a head. Im Supersonic A (Tetrick) was the show finisher. For the second Thursday in-a-row, 11-1 Soto, again a longshot, won the $18,000 4&5-Year-Old Open pace. Art Stafford Jr. Last week, it was a wire-to-wire win, this time coming from off the pace to Beat Wakizashi Hanover (Tetrick) closed along the passing lane, to the wire in 1:52. Rock N Roll World (Gingras) was the third-place finisher. Soto, a son of Rock N Roll Heaven-Incredible Beauty recorded his 11th win of the campaign. Eric Ell trains the four-year-old for Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta. He has now won $121,745 this year. After being claimed for $17,500 at Pocono by Weaver Bruscemi and Burke Racing, Rangers Sureshot scored his fourth consecutive victory, this time stepped up to the $30,000 ranks to record a lifetime fastest 1:52 victory in a $15,500 Male pace . The win by the Palone Ranger-Cadie's Sure Shot gelding was Yannick Gingras' second win of the day. Special T Rocks (Jim Morand) and Feel Like A Fool (Jonathan Roberts) were second and third respectively. In a $15,000 4&5-Year-Old male pace, Niss Allen Inc.'s Rockinonby gave Tony Morgan his second win holding off fast finishing Sentencing Memo by a head in 1:52.2. Trained by Willard Reynolds, the Rockin Image-Stan's Ann gelding, Lew's Maverick (M. Teague) took third. Yannick Gingras drove three winners. Tim Tetrick, Ross Wolfenden, Vic Kirby, Tony Morgan and trainers Jeff Bamond, Ron Burke and owners Weaver Bruscemi and Burke Racing had doubles Monday through Thursday, post time is 4:30 p.m. Dover Downs is dark on Fridays. Saturdays $17,500 Dover Downs. Simulcasting of top harness and thoroughbred racing in the Dover Downs Sports Book, daily from 12 Noon to 12 Midnight. Marv Bachrad

As of 11:00 pm tonight, all of the horses entered in the Meadowlands Pace, the Hambletonian Maturity Trot and a select group of other horses, will be in settled in for the night at the Meadowlands Racetrack in pre-race stakes barn isolation. It is the norm that for many major stakes events, horses are subject to a pre-race stakes barn or a detention area where only caretakers and veterinarians under observation are allowed to be with the horses. After midnight, no one will be able to enter the pre-race stakes barn unless a situation arises and they are called in by security. Otherwise no one enters the barn until 5:00 am the next morning. “We have ideal stable conditions for these horses,” said Brice Cote, who is in charge of the Meadowlands pre-race stakes barn. “There is plenty of fans to keep the horses cool and they will all be fine throughout the night.” The pre-race stakes barn or detention area is done to keep any possible improprieties from possibly happening by not allowing anyone with access to the horses unless properly supervised. This is done in the best interest of fellow horsemen and to insure to racing fans wagering on the races that nothing out of the ordinary has been given to or done to the horses. What is unique about this situation is that a number of prominent trainers who have horses in other stakes races, not the Haughton or Maturity, also must have their horses subject to the detention barn. For this Saturday’s program, those trainers are Ron Adams, Jeff Bamond, Jr., and Chris Oakes. Four of the five horses are all in the Golden Girls final for a purse of $229,900. Last week the same was done for trainers Joanne Looney-King and Jeff Bamond, Jr.   Most of these trainers are not allowed to race their horses in regular overnight events at the Meadowlands and must submit to pre-stakes race barn detention. Ron Adams is the lone exception. Adams, 28, from Lasalle, Ontario, was named an O’Brien Future Star Award winner in 2015 in Canada and has never raced at a horse at the Meadowlands before. He did train the horse in question, Lady Shadow in the Golden Girls Final, for a brief time last season that included one sixth place finish at Vernon Downs, which is also owned by Jeff Gural of the Meadowlands. When asked why Adams was also made to bring his horse to the pre-race stakes barn, Cote said he could not comment on that situation. Questions have been raised in the fairness of not having all horses in the same race required to be in the pre-race stakes barn and just singling out a select few, especially for mares when the heat index is near 90 day and night and mares are much more prone to “tying up” in extreme heat and in many cases are turned outside at night, which cannot be done at the Meadowlands facility. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

CHESTER, PA - It was a beautiful Sunday (July 10) afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, with comfortable temperatures and little wind. Horsemen, fans, track employees, and friends gathered in the winner's circle after the fourth race to remember Ben Stafford Jr., who passed away earlier in the week. Stafford, who had more than 650 driving wins in his career, was a frequent participant at the Chester oval. The action was fast and furious as well, as the day saw two miles go under 1:50. Bamond Racing and J&T Silva Stable's Ideal Cowboy (Dave Miller) and Dylan Davis trainee Arque Hanover (Corey Callahan) both stopped the timer in 1:49.4 in their respective races. The featured event was a Winners Over $25,000 lifetime, going for a purse of $25,000. The race featured free-for-all pacing superstar Rockeyed Optimist, who has maintained his sharp form, winning his last three. The top contender was Luck Be Withyou, who was coming off of a stellar performance in the Ben Franklin Consolation, with a gate-to-wire triumph in 1:47.4 at Pocono. Luck Be Withyou (George Napolitano Jr) went right to the front, and was clear for most of the mile. Rockeyed Optimist (Brett Miller) came grinding first-over, inching forward for much of the final half. As the field straightened away for the stretch drive, Rockeyed Optimist completed his persistent grind, wearing down Luck Be Withyou inside the sixteenth poll to win in a time of 1:50.4. Rockeyed Optimist is owned by Perretti, Berkner, A&B Stables, and Battaglia, and is trained by Steve Elliott. It was the 5-year-old gelding's 26th career win in start number 50. by Michael Bozich, for Harrah's Philadelphia

YONKERS, NY, Friday, March 11, 2016-Bettor N Better N (Jason Bartlett, $9.30) tripped out from the pocket Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $30,000 Filly and Mare Preferred Handicap Pace. In play early from her assigned post position No. 3, Bettor N Better made the first lead before handing off to 4-5 favorite Sassa Hanover (George Brennan). "Sassa," looking to regain past glory (who among us isn't?), led through intervals of :27.2, :56.1 and 1:24.1, taking a length lead into the lane. Despite getting comfy fractions and the fact none of her five rivals moved until McCovey Cove N (Jordan Stratton) did so from fifth nearing the three-quarters, Sassa Hanover was done. Bettor N Better edged out of the pocket, went by the leader and held off a twisting-and-turning, knifing-through 'McCovey" by a neck in a season's-best 1:52.3. Alhambra (Tyler Buter) angled from the three-hole and was third, while Sassa Hanover faded to fifth. For second choice Bettor N Better, a 4-year-ol daughter of Bettor's Delight owned by Bamond Racing and trained by Jeffrey Bamond Jr., it was her second win in five seasonal starts. The exacta paid $34.40, with the triple returning $1116.50. The Raceway's live season continues Saturday night with a $1.3 million 13-race card (first post 7:10 PM), highlighted by the sport's two richest races of the season to date, the $609,000 final of the George Morton Levy Memorial (9th race) and $309,800 final of the Blue Chip Matchmaker (7th race). by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

After seeing her 2015 season cut short by illness, Anndrovette is back to the races at age 9 and chasing Eternal Camnation's earnings record for a female pacer. And while it might be tempting to count out the multiple-award-winning Anndrovette at this stage of her harness racing career, it might also be foolish. Anndrovette, who finished third in her seasonal debut last week in the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series at Yonkers Raceway, has won 44 of 129 career races and earned $3.46 million in purses. She enters Friday's third round of the Matchmaker needing $278,727 to surpass Eternal Camnation's record of $3.74 million for the top spot among all female pacers in harness racing history. "It's obviously something that's in the back of our minds, but I look at the horse's health and well-being before I look at records," said Jeff Bamond Sr., who owns Anndrovette with his son, trainer Jeff Bamond Jr., and Joe Davino. "If she couldn't compete on a high level anymore I'm not going to race her just to chase a record. "Some people said to me recently that she's one of the toughest horses they've ever seen and every time you count her out all of a sudden she turns around and surprises you. I won't count her out and she'll let us know when it's time that she doesn't want to do this anymore." Added Bamond Jr. about the purse record, "If she does it, that's great. And if she doesn't, that's not taking anything away from her either. It's just pretty special to be looking at it." Anndrovette won three of 18 races last year and earned $363,408. She snapped a six-race winless streak with a 36-1 surprise from post 10 in the Golden Girls at the Meadowlands last July and came back three weeks later to win the Lady Liberty at the Big M. Both races were contested at 1-1/8 miles. In late October, she was scratched sick from the Breeders Crown and didn't start again the remainder of the season. "She got some kind of infection; we're not really sure how she got it," trainer Bamond Jr. said. "It was best to shut her down and do the right thing. She owes us nothing. Luckily she was able to come back good. If anyone was going to be able to do it, it was her because she's so tough. I was worried, but as soon as you count her out, she always steps up." Anndrovette was beaten by a half-length in her 2016 debut, which was won by Yagonnakissmeornot in 1:53.3. "She's not a great qualifier; it usually takes a start or two to get rolling, so I was definitely happy with it," Bamond Jr. said. "I thought she got out of the gate good and she finished up good, so I was very pleased to see her have pace on both ends." On Friday, Anndrovette competes in the third of three Matchmaker divisions. She will start from post three with regular driver Tim Tetrick. The six-mare field also includes Al Raza N, who is 2-for-2 in the series and on top of the standings for the six-week event, as well as Yagonnakissmeornot and first-round division winner Mach It A Par. Bamond-trained Krispy Apple is in Friday's first division and his Venus Delight is in the second division. Venus Delight was the 2015 Dan Patch Award winner for best older female pacer, snapping Anndrovette's four-year hold on the honor. "It's a tough series," Bamond Sr said. "You always feel good about the ones you enter. If they can make money and they all come out healthy and continue for the year, I'm happy. I think I have a shot, but so does everyone else or they wouldn't have put their horses in there." Anndrovette's four consecutive Dan Patch Award trophies set the record for an older female pacer and equaled Eternal Camnation's record for the most awards given to any pacer in history. Anndrovette, a daughter of Riverboat King out of the mare Easy Miss, also has received four O'Brien Awards for best older female pacer in Canada. In addition, she is the only horse to win the Roses Are Red Stakes three consecutive years and one of two horses to win the Breeders Crown Mare Pace in back-to-back years. Other major victories include two editions of the Betsy Ross Invitational plus the Lady Maud Stakes, American-National Stakes, Artiscape Stakes, A Spring of Hope Invitational, Overbid Series final, and a New York Sire Stakes championship. "She's my once-in-a-lifetime horse," said Bamond Sr., who has owned Anndrovette since the summer of her 3-year-old season. "I've had some good horses but she's meant the world to me. When we bought her we thought we were buying a nice New York Sire Stakes horse, never thinking that we would end up with what we did. It's a dream." Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications  

Harness racing's richest pacer of the year, 3-year-old gelding Wiggle It Jiggleit, and fastest pacer of the year, 6-year-old stallion State Treasurer, were among the six pacers named divisional champions in Dan Patch Award voting announced by the U.S. Harness Writers Association on Wednesday. Also receiving Dan Patch Award pacing honors were undefeated 2-year-old female Pure Country, 2-year-old male Boston Red Rocks, 3-year-old female Divine Caroline, and older female Venus Delight. Pacer of the Year, Trotter of the Year, and Horse of the Year will be announced live Thursday at approximately 1 p.m. from Monticello Raceway, following the second race. The announcement will be available on Monticello's simulcast, advance deposit wagering sites, or via replay at An email announcement will follow immediately. A total of 136 Dan Patch Award ballots were returned. Wiggle It Jiggleit received 97 percent of the votes in the 3-year-old male pacer division while Pure Country got 91 percent for 2-year-old female pacers. Divine Caroline, State Treasurer, and Venus Delight each received more than 77 percent in their categories and Boston Red Rocks got 60 percent. All six pacers are receiving their first Dan Patch Award honors. Wiggle It Jiggleit won 22 of 26 races this year and finished second on three occasions on his way to $2.18 million in purses. The gelding's victories included the Meadowlands Pace, Little Brown Jug, Battle of the Brandywine, Max C. Hempt Memorial, Carl Milstein Memorial, Hap Hansen Progress Pace, and Matron Stakes. In addition, Wiggle It Jiggleit paced the fastest mile ever by a 3-year-old on a half-mile track when he won in 1:49 at Harrington Raceway. His time of 1:48 in winning the Battle of the Brandywine set the world record for a 3-year-old gelding on a five-eighths-mile oval. Wiggle It Jiggleit is owned by George Teague Jr. Inc. and trained by Teague's longtime assistant Clyde Francis. Teague's son, Montrell, drove Wiggle It Jiggleit in all his starts. Three-year-old filly Divine Caroline won five of her final six starts this year --- including the Breeders Crown and Tarport Hap --- and won eight of 22 races overall. She finished among the top three a total of 19 times and earned a division-leading $667,266 for trainer Joe Holloway and owners Val D'Or Farms, Ted Gewertz, Rojan Stables, and Michael Ouriel. Divine Caroline's remaining wins this season also included divisions of the Glen Garnsey and Bluegrass stakes. State Treasurer topped all older pacers in purses with $865,807. His time of 1:47 in winning the U.S. Pacing Championship at the Meadowlands was this year's fastest mile by a pacer and only one-fifth of a second off the fastest race mile in harness racing history. For the year, State Treasurer won nine of 19 races and hit the board a total of 15 times. His victories also included the Canadian Pacing Derby, Roll With Joe, Dayton Pacing Derby, and Molson Pace. His triumph in the Molson Pace made him the first three-time winner of the event. State Treasurer, trained by Ian Moore, is owned by Sally MacDonald and Paul MacDonald. Venus Delight was the richest pacing mare of the season, with $603,265 in purses for trainer Jeff Bamond Jr. and owner Bamond Racing. She won eight of 19 starts and finished among the top three on 15 occasions. Her wins included the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series championship, the Milton Stakes, the TVG Free For All Series championship for pacing mares, and the Artiscape. Pure Country was a perfect 10-for-10 this year and led all 2-year-old pacers with $689,968 in earnings. She joins JK She'salady (2014), See You At Peelers (2010) and My Little Dragon (2005) as the only 2-year-old female pacers to win a Dan Patch Award with an undefeated season. Trained by Jimmy Takter for owner Diamond Creek Racing, Pure Country's wins included the Breeders Crown, the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship --- in a stakes- and track-record 1:51 at The Meadows --- and divisions of the Bluegrass and International Stallion stakes. Boston Red Rocks never finished off the board in nine races this year, winning four times. His victories included the Breeders Crown for 2-year-old male pacers and Governor's Cup. The colt, trained by Steve Elliott, is owned by Peter Blood and Rick Berks. Boston Red Rocks earned $579,205 this year, the top figure for a 2-year-old male pacer. 2-YEAR-OLD MALE PACER Boston Red Rocks (82 votes) Rocknroll Hanover---McGibson---McArdle Yearling Price: $50,000 at Standardbred Horse Sale Breeder: Andray Farm Owners: Peter Blood, Rick Berks Trainer: Steve Elliott Drivers: Tim Tetrick, John Campbell Races: 9-4-4-1 Purses: $579,205 Mark: 1:50.3 at Meadowlands Top wins: $600,000 Breeders Crown; $413,000 Governor's Cup 2-YEAR-OLD FEMALE PACER Pure Country (124 votes) Somebeachsomewhere---Western Montana---Western Hanover Yearling Price: Homebred Breeder: Diamond Creek Farm Owner: Diamond Creek Racing Trainer: Jimmy Takter Driver: Brett Miller Races: 10-10-0-0 Purses: $689,968 Mark: 1:51 at The Meadows Top wins: $600,000 Breeders Crown; $350,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship 3-YEAR-OLD MALE PACER Wiggle It Jiggleit (132 votes) Mr Wiggles---Mozzi Hanover---Jenna's Beach Boy Sale Price: Private Breeders: James Bernstein, Theresa Bantle, Eric Felter, Vincent Tancredi Owner: George Teague Jr. Inc. Trainer: Clyde Francis Driver: Montrell Teague Races: 26-22-3-0 Purses: $2.18 million Mark: 1:47.4 at Meadowlands Top wins: $706,000 Meadowlands Pace; $677,000 Little Brown Jug; $500,000 Battle of the Brandywine; $500,000 Hempt Memorial 3-YEAR-OLD FEMALE PACER Divine Caroline (113 votes) Rock N Roll Heaven---Loving Caroline---Art Major Yearling Price: $75,000 at Standardbred Horse Sale Breeder: Diamond Creek Farm Owners: Val D'Or Farms, Ted Gewertz, Rojan Stables, Michael Ouriel Trainer: Joe Holloway Driver: David Miller Races: 22-8-5-6 Purses: $667,266 Mark: 1:49.2 at The Red Mile Top wins: $500,000 Breeders Crown; $173,500 Tarport Hap; $117,250 Glen Garnsey division OLDER MALE PACER State Treasurer (108 votes) Real Desire---Ideal Treasure---Western Ideal Yearling Price: $6,500 at Standardbred Horse Sale Breeder: Brittany Farms Owners: Sally MacDonald, Paul MacDonald Trainer: Ian Moore Drivers: David Miller, Randy Waples, Chris Christoforou Races: 19-9-1-5 Purses: $865,807 Mark: 1:47 at Meadowlands Top wins: $513,750 Canadian Pacing Derby; $215,400 U.S. Pacing Championship; $150,000 Roll With Joe OLDER FEMALE PACER Venus Delight (105 votes) Bettor's Delight---Venus Killean---Run The Table Sale Price: Private Breeder: Estate of George Hempt Trust Owner: Bamond Racing Trainer: Jeff Bamond Drivers: Jason Bartlett, Tim Tetrick, James MacDonald Races: 19-8-3-4 Purses: $603,265 Mark: 1:49.4 at Vernon Downs Top wins: $261,000 Blue Chip Matchmaker; $225,000 Milton; $200,000 TVG; $194,000 Artiscape From the U.S. Harness Writers Association

Friday's harness racing feature from Harrah's Philadelphia was a winner's over $25,000 lifetime for filly and mare pacers, going for a purse of $25,000. The slight favorite starting from post eight was Jeffery Bamond trainee Krispy Apple (Br. Miller). The millionaire mare wasted little time getting into gear, making the top before the quarter, going all the way with fractions of :26.3, :54.4, 1:22.1, and 1:51.3. She won by two lengths in the end, with Set Me Up (Gingras) rallying for place, and Regil Elektra (Tony Morgan) finishing third. It was Krispy Apple's thirteenth Open win and her 40th career victory for owners Bamond Racing and Joe Davino.    

Harness racing is a sport that takes a heavy toll on the horses that participate in it. All horses are deemed to have a "shelf life" in their careers, especially the fillies and mares. That is not to say that they can't race over an extended period but few are able to maintain their best for a long period especially at the elite level of the sport. Anndrovette is one of those few exceptions to the rule. The eight year old daughter of Riverboat King will line up at Woodbine on Saturday week in her fifth trip to a Breeders Crown Final. It will be start 129 for the battle hardened mare with 44 wins and 46 placings already on her card for stakes totaling $3,493,292 Anndrovette already has two Breeders Crowns in the trophy cabinet and with a win in the $250,000 Open Mare Pace, Anndrovette will tie Jenna's Beach Boy, Eternal Camnation, and My Little Dragon for the most Breeders Crown titles by a pacer, with three a piece and in the form she has been in lately, it would be very unwise to count her out on Saturday week. Purchased by her present owner Jeff Bamond half way through her three year old year, Anndrovette has just continued to race on season after season at the top level. " She is just a real professional racehorse." "She knows what she is there for and doesn't take kindly to anyone trying to pamper her or spoil her." " On raceday, she is just all business,"  Jeff told Harnesslink this week.  Anndrovette won her two Breeders Crown back to back at four and five and has run third and fourth in her other attempts at Breeders Crown glory. " You can never write this mare off as she is so game and so honest." " Every now and again someone will tell us that maybe she has had enough, that it is time to retire her." " Most times that happens she will come out and win her next start just to stop that conversation before it starts." " She continues to be a great money earner and loves racing and as long as she is competitive I will keep racing her," Jeff said.  When she does finally hang up her racing shoes, Anndrovette is unlikely to stay in the Bamond barn. " Breeding is not a side of the sport that we are into." "Usually we sell our racemares when they are finished racing but we will have that discussion about Anndrovette when the time comes," Jeff said. Whatever the outcome at Woodbine on the 24th October, Anndrovette has earned the right to be acknowleged as one of the best mares of her generation. Harnesslink Media

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