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LEBANON, OH. - Harness racing action was hot and heavy at Miami Valley Raceway on Saturday night (January 23) with a $20,000 Open Pace and six divisions of preliminary Claim To Fame series races, the final opportunity for the nominees to earn valuable points to qualify for lucrative championships next Saturday. Sandwiched between all those keenly contested events came a real shocker, though, as Thisjetsabookin (Josh Sutton) sped to an all-time track record 1:50 performance in a conditioned race for non-winners of ten races lifetime. The altered four-year-old son of Jereme's Jet lowered his own speed standard, taken at Hoosier Park in mid-summer, by a full second in capturing his ninth career victory. Owned by trainer Tom Harmer's Ciara Stable and his longtime friend Gerry Bookmyer, who is also the new track record holder's breeder, Thisjetsabookin shaved one-fifth of a second off the old 1:50.1 standard established by Ice Scraper (Ken Holliday) on April 4, 2015. Thisjetsabookin was the frontstepper for the seventh consecutive race, rushing to the quarter mile marker in :26.2 despite 25-degree weather. Subsequent fractions were :53.3, and an eye-popping 1:20.2 at the three-quarter station before coasting home in 1:50 flat. Fancy Creek Elusiv (Chris Page) captured the $20,000 Open Pace in 1:51.2, holding off Mykindachip (Kayne Kauffman) and Positively Perfect (Jeremy Smith) for his first 2016 score, fresh off a 2015 season in which he won nine times and earned $114,394. Billy Farmer conditions the six-year-old Sportsmaster gelding for owner Todd Rosenberg. In Claim To Fame Series action for $12,500 pacing mares, Lady Ashlyn (Tyler Smith) was an upset winner in the first division over Love Of Liberty (Josh Sutton) and Ellie's Best Dream (Jeremy Smith); while the second split was won by Allthatjazz De Vie (Trace Tetrick) who bested Ginger Spice N (Randy Tharps) and Princess Baby Ella (Chris Page). Those six will be joined by Miss Metro Fitz, Zumba and McEver in the $18.700 championship next week. Male $12,500 pacers concluded the preliminary legs in their series in four divisions. Winners were Ally Con (Josh Sutton) in 1:53.1, Hot Shot Lawyer in 1:52.1, Falcon Justice (Chris Page in 1:52.3) and Scootnfordamoney (Trace Tetrick). The top nine money winners in the series will go postward chasing a $29,500 bounty next Saturday. Gregg Keidel

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Memumsnotnice ($7.30) wasn't very nice to her five harness racing rivals in the filly and mare $9,200 pace at Buffalo Raceway Wednesday evening (Jan. 20) as she used a pylon-skimming trip in 1:57 to post a narrow neck victory.   It was also a great night for two-time defending driving champion Kevin Cummings as he registered a five victories on the snow flurry filled night.   In the feature, Janie Bay set the fractions with splits of 29.2, 59.1 and 1:27.3 over the fast track but had Mach This Way challenging her on the outside to the third-quarter marker. It looked liked those two mares were going to duke it out down to the wire but Memumsnotnice crashed the party from third midway down the stretch.   Ray Fisher Jr. angled Memumsnotnice in the lightning lane to take the lead but she wasn't home free yet. Mach This Way (Ron Beback Jr.) still had something left in the tank and made a valiant attempt at the wire but came up just a neck short. Janie Bay (Jim McNeight) finished a tough- luck third a length back.   Memumsnotnice (Jereme's Jet-Bunny Town) is a 7-year-old mare co-owned by trainer John Mungillo and Thatsideofthefence LLC. The win pushed her career earnings to $313,743 and moved her lifetime wins to 22.   Trainer James Clouser Jr. picked up three victories as he conditioned Ding ($9.20), Big Dutch ($4.30) and Heaven On Earth ($5.00) while Kirk Desmond and Alex Giuliani posted a pair of training wins.   Ron Beback Jr. and Jack Flanigen each had driving doubles.   Racing will resume on Friday evening at Buffalo Raceway with a 12-race program scheduled for 5 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, race results, replays and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

DOVER, Del. --- Fashion Showdown notched her second straight $20,000 Mares Open crushing seven foes at Dover Downs on Tuesday, Jan. 12. Meet leading harness racing driver Corey Callahan post a half dozen wins. Similar to last week when Ross Wolfenden sent Fashion Showdown from well off-the-pace to victory in 1:51.3, this week instead of 35-1 odds, Chris White's five-year-old daughter of Village Jolt-Catch The Show was one of the favorites. Wolfenden moved to the outside on the backstretch and she quickly shot past the leaders to take over and was by herself in the stretch in 1:50.4 lifetime record time. The win is the fourth of the meet with a second and two thirds in nine starts since early November. Craig McInnis conditions the lifetime winner of 16 races and $175,405. Springforth (George Dennis) rushed home to finish second in front of early leader Scandalicious (Tim Tetrick). Corey Callahan picked up his fourth of five wins guiding owner-trainer Gary Ewing's Sweet Bobbie to a 1:53 score in a $15,500 4&5-Year-Old Mares pace. The four-year-old Art Major-Odds On Gobye mare won for the 11th time in her career. Playncardswitroddy (G.Dennis) finished second with Mildred's Button (Montrell Teague) and Fashion Rocker (Tetrick), third in a dead heat. The prior race, in a $14,000 Mares Winners-Over pace, Callahan piloted Cheyenne Robin to victory in 1:52. Robbie Siegelman trains the four-year-old Rocknroll Hanover-Cheyenne Margie distaff eased by The Cheyenne Gang, making her first start at Dover. Hearts And Flowers (A.Davis) raced big to finish second. No Respect (Vic Kirby) was the third horse. Since arriving from Woodbine, Nice Trip has worked her way up through the ranks with six consecutive victories taking the $13,500 pace for young mares. The latest was also Callahan's sixth of the night, and second for trainer Joe Hundertpfund and owner Bill Sartin, who owns the Jereme's Jet-Nice Package four-year-old with Mark Salerno. Fabulous Frieda (Jonathan Roberts) picked up her third straight second-place finish. Michelle Rocks (Wolfenden) was the show horse. Callahan's six winning drives gives him a total of 98 during the meet's 38 programs. Ross Wolfenden, Allan Davis, Tony Morgan with two winners each, accounted for 12 of the night's 15 races. Trainers Joe Hundertpfund and Jason Skinner and owner Bill Sartin, collected two wins apiece. I LIKE MY BOSS LOOKS FOR 5TH STRAIGHT; RAGAZZO DOLCE AFTER 7TH IN-A-ROW AT DOVER WEDNESDAY A pair of streaking trotters are Wednesday, Jan. 6 headliners at Dover Downs. I Like My Boss has been outstanding in his last four starts and steps up to the $21,000 Open/Handicap trot feature. Meanwhile Ragazzo Dolce puts a six-race win streak on the line in a $15,000-$20,000 Claiming trot. First post is 4:30 p.m. I Like My Boss, one of the top trotters in Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund history is back in top form for trainer Bob Shahan who owns the five-year-old with Jim and A.M.Parsons. George Dennis has been his regular driver in each of his last four winning starts. Mike Casalino’s Tough Mac, a winner last time with Corey Callahan, who has a recent history of drawing the outside post, reached the winner’s circle 11-times last year.RBH Venture’s War Cry Hall, reined by Ross Wolfenden, raced big last week only to lose by half-a-length. The rest of the talented field includes newcomer Ted Gewertz’s Panamanian Hanover, with Tony Morgan, who has been racing well at Chester and Yonkers. Moses, the Solomons and trainer Leigh Raymer’s Tirade Hanover and Brett miller returns after racing in Meadowland’s Opens. Indiana stakes winner Bluebird Reverend handled by Montrell Teague, will leave from post 1 for owners Dennis, Johannsen, Case and trainer Bob Reeser.Ed Gannon’s Winbak Charles M, piloted by Jonathan Roberts and Razor Ramone, owned by Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquina, will be driven by Allan Davis.   In the $15,000 4&5-Year-Old trot, Howard and Josh Kaufman’s Drinkforthehouse (Corey Callahan) has the outside post meeting Gary Simpson and Eric Good’s Adrenalin Junkie (Jim Morand), Bob Shahan’s Machuca (A.Davis), Rich Stansbury’s Toolbox (G.Dennis), The Fighter (Roger Plante) racing for Ed and Jim Hall. Trainer-driver Vic Kirby’s Lighter Hanover, Carol Atkinson and Serendipity Stable’s Made To Trot and Barbary Kinsey’s Myclaimtovictory (Kim Vincent. Since early meet, the $15,000-$20,000 Claiming Handicap has belonged to Mike Casalino and trainer Dylan Davis’ Ragazzo Dolce (Jim Morand) who has won his last six consecutive starts. His strongest opponents appear to be Howard Taylor and Bill Mullen’s Vimy Ridge (A.Davis), a winner of four of his last six races with two close-up thirds, Beaver Creek Farm’s Brew Master (Teague) and /rich Lombardo’s Aventure (Brett Miller). Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del. ,Elliesjet N keeps a perfect eight-for-eight record while Jerseylicious returned to the track to win the $20,000 Fillies and Mares Open Handicap to highlight harness racing on Tuesday, Dec. 29 at Dover Downs. Since her first race after traversing the Pacific in early Fall, Elliesjet has yet to be passed after taking the lead en route to eight consecutive victories in the U.S.A. Art Stafford Jr. has been in the bike in each of her races. Josh Parker conditions the Jereme's Jet-Ella Mary Rose black mare for himself, partners, B.Spedden, K.Evans and Nanticoke Racing. Stafford ushered Elliesjay N quickly away from post 7 in a 9-horse field and quickly assumed the front and kept a near-2-length lead until deep stretch when American Truth (Tony Morgan) stalking second, pulled out to challenge but could not get closer than a length at the finish of 1:52.4 mile. FashionRocker (George Dennis) got third money. While Elliesjet N is now unbeaten in eight straight starts earning $52,750 in purses, prior to coming to Delaware, she had a record of 1-win.4-seconds and 4-thirds while racing in early 2015 in New Zealand. Meanwhile in the Wednesday feature race, piloted by Alan Davis, Jerseylicious enjoyed a 2-hole trip behind Shine N Shimmer (Corey Callahan), who cut out the fractions until late in the 1:52.3 mile. Davis pulled the Western Ideal-Jet Lag N five-year-old brown mare to the outside as the field turned down the stretch and Jerseylicious wore down Shine N Shimmer in the closing strides for her fourth win of the season elongating her career bankroll to $646,630 for owners Niel Gargiulo, Pam Curran and Legacy Racing. Double Joy (Jim Morand) got up for third. Davis also guided Trine Hanover to a late-dash 1:53.1 victory in a $12,500 Filly and Mare pace, the second win in-a-row for The Panderosa-Transfer Hanover five-year-old. Mike West and trainer Jason Johnson own the winner who overtook No Respect (Vic Kirby) the early pace setter. Northern Beauty and Brett Miller recorded a 1:54.3 triumph to win a $13,500 3,4&5-Year-Old pace for trainer Jenny Melander and owners, ,Shehan,.A.Stephens and the D. and J. Thompsons. Electric Z Tam (A.Davis) was runner-up. Allan Davis finished the card with four wins, Corey Callahan and Brett Miller made the winner's circle twice. The rest of this week, there is no live racing at Dover Downs until Sunday, Jan. 3 with a 5:30 p.m. post time, when harness action resumes on the first Sunday of racing in January and February. Monday through Thursday weekday racing begins at p.m. 4:30 p.m. When at Dover Downs, watch the races and enjoy dining in the Winners Circle Restaurant's acclaimed Harness Racing Buffet. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight at Dover Downs where there is no charge for parking and admission. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at the 4-star Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Until Sunday, Dover Downs horsemen and management wishes you, a Happy New Year 2016! Marv Bachrad

DAYTON, OH. - It has been a joyous Christmas week at Hollywood Dayton Raceway. With Santa's annual visit just around the corner, the two-year-old track got its present early by establishing new all-time handle records on back-to-back harness racing programs. Tuesday night (December 22) a twelve race card produced at total of $281,353 in wagers, eclipsing the old mark of $238,119. But the bigger (and better) news was Wednesday night (December 23) when the handle soared to $357,603 despite rain throughout the program, including one very heavy thunderstorm that caused a fifteen minute delay for some track surface repairs. "The track is good, better than you could expect," said a mud-covered Chris Page after winning the race immediately following the delay with Leather Betty in 1:56.1. "It's fine," echoed Kayne Kauffman; while Jeremy Smith exclaimed "I have no problem with it. Despite being sloppy, the footing is good." Ohio Harness Horsemens Track Representative Brett Merkle summed it up best: "The track crew worked all day in preparation for the storms they knew were coming, and they took the steps necessary to make sure we could complete the program over a safe surface. They are to be commended on a job well done." Quickest mile of the night belonged to Chattanooga Jim, a four-year-old Jereme's Jet gelding who captured a condition-claiming event for non-winners of four pari-mutuel races in 1:53.1. The recent addition to Hollywood Dayton is owned by A Harris Racing LLC, trained by Chris Short, and was driven by Kauffman. Drivers Trace Tetrick and Tyler Smith, both recent additions to the Hollywood Dayton driving colony following the seasonal closing of Hoosier Park, each scored driving triples, while veteran trot man David Myers fashioned his first driving double of the meet. Racing resumes on Saturday night, December 26, with a strong 14-race card featured three Open events, one for female pacers, one for male pacers and one for top-level trotters. The final three nights of the 75-night meet will be presented Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, December 28-30, with full-field 14-race programs each evening. Gregg Keidel

DOVER, Del. --- Paradise Lost, overlooked at 34-1 after a victory last Tuesday, stormed from far back to win the $21,000 Mares Open Handicap in 1:52.1 on a longshot filled Tuesday, Dec.15th harness racing card at Dover Downs. Elliesjet N wins seventh straight. Red hot Allan Davis had a driving 'grand slam.' While Fashion Showdown (Ross Wolfenden) and Double Joy (Jim Morand) were battling on the front, Montrell Teague edged out from the back with Paradise Lost. On the final turn, still far behind, Teague moved the Artsplace-Loving Ideal eight-year-old into high gear and she rolled on to overtake the leaders and beat Montenegro (Brett Miller) to the wire for her fifth victory of the year. So in her return to top form after an injury last Spring, owner, trainer Bob Winkelman has nursed Paradise Lost back for five wins and $48,562 earnings this year and a $331,523 lifetime winner, Elliesjet N made her first start on this side of the Pacific a winning one on Oct. 13 a t Harrington Raceway, and in the six that followed including a 1:52.4 wire-to-wire victory in one of two $15,000 3,4&5-Year-Old Filly and Mare paces. Art Stafford Jr. drove the five-year-old black Jereme's Jet-Elle Mary Rose mare holding off a strong challenge from Girlofyourdreams, second the entire route, with a :27.2 final panelIn all seven of her U.S. starts she has had the lead after all quarters. Spedden, Evans, Nanticoke Racing and trainer Josh Parker own the winner of $36,750 since arriving. Who Dat Heather (Allan Davis) finished third. In the other $15,000 division. George Dennis piloted Fashion Rocker to victory in 1:53.2 For Blake Baker and Leah Messick, it was the sixth win of 2015 for the Rocknroll Hanover-Show Off three-year-old. Mildred's Button was runner-up with Freeding Frenzy (John MacKinnon) third. Allan Davis led the drivers with four wins. George Dennis has three, Tony Morgan, Corey Callahan, trainer Darrell Lewis and owner Leah Messick had doubles. WAR CRY HALL SEEKS SECOND STRAIGHT $20,000 DOVER OPEN TROT War Cry Hall held off fast-finishing Ashes Cash to win last week’s $20,000 Open Handicap trot and both return in a strong field of eight in the Wednesday, Dec. 16 feature at Dover Downs. First post is 4:30 p.m. Ross Wolfenden drove 12-time winner this year, War Cry Hall, trained by Jim King, for owner RBH Ventures. Ashes Cash with Vic Kirby has been razor sharp. The Leigh Raymer owned and trained gelding has three wins, a second and two thirds in his last six races. Hemi Seelster came from far back for Brett Miller to take third for Carl Atley, Bob LeBlanc and Rich Lombardo.   Again this week, Corey Callahan will drive Mike Casalino’s highly regarded Tough Mac from the outside post 8. Five Towns owned by LA Express Stable, has been racing well lately and will be driven by George Dennis. Callam Racing’s consistent Spunky Jack and Roger Plante cannot be overlooked leaving from the rail. David Miller’s Cash On Delivery with Vince Copeland and Razor Ramone, owned by Steve Iaquinta and Bill Dittmar make his first start of the meet with Allan Davis in the sulky. A $15,000 3,4&5-Year-Old trot  is the sub-feature. Bob Shahan owned and trained Machuca (Allan Davis) is the lone winner last time among nine starters. Max Walton’s Someway Same Hall (Art Stafford Jr.) and Myclaimtovictory (Kim Vincent) finished second and third in that race. Drinksforthehouse (Corey Callahan), one of three sophomores in the field, was second last week and starts from post 9 in the second tier. Gregg and Tom Morris’ Juanna Be The Man (Plante), Gary Simpson and Eric Good’s Adrenalin Junkie (Jim Morand), Emily Carrow’s Color Me Royal (Tyler Davis) and John and Sarah Swart’s Power Wheel (Vince Copeland) complete the lineup.       After Thursday, the traditional Christmas Break Week gives horsemen a reprieve from racing, Dec. 18 through Dec. 27. Racing will resume on Monday, Dec. 28, Tuesday, the 29th and Wednesday, Dec. 30, post time is 4:30 p.m. Dover Downs will not race on Thursday, Dec. 31, New Year’s Eve day. Starting In January and February the track will also race on Sundays, for five days a week, starting on Sunday, Jan. 3. Marv Bachrad  

DAYTON, OH. - In her sixth start after a couple months rest, Buckeye Thea captured the $12,000 Fillies & Mares Open pace at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Friday night (December 11), pushing her 2016 harness racing summary line to 9-6-6 in 39 starts, good for $93,445 in earnings. Following an unsuccessful first-over bid a week ago, driver Josh Sutton opted for a more conservative approach in this outing--content to get away sixth, moved into second-over position at the half, then swung three-wide just past the three-quarters before throwing a :27.3 final panel to win by over a length in 1:52.3. Pacesetter Rockin Good (Jared Finn), who didn't clear to the front until past the :26.2 opening quarter, held for second money while Western Empress (Trace Tetrick) closed for the show dough. Steve Carter trains Buckeye Thea for owner Rich Paltani. A race earlier, My Hare Lady (Jason Brewer) won a $7500 condition and optional $15,000 claiming event in 1:54, pushing the six-year-old Jereme's Jet mare's lifetime bankroll past the $100,000 plateau. Claimed by Chris Choros for $8000 a month ago, the winner carried a $15,000 base tag this time out. She topped Platinum Spirit (Dan Noble) and Ohmybelle (Chris Page) for trainer Jeff Brewer, who has a comfortable lead in the trainer's dash standings with 14 programs remaining in the meet. Gregg Keidel

Pompano Beach, FL…December 1, 2015…Mach It A Par, perfectly handled by harness racing owner Dan Clements, took top honors at Pompano Park on Tuesday night in the $11,000 Open Handicap Pace for fillies and mares. The five year-old daughter of Mach Three led from first long stride to last and stopped the tele-timer in 1:52.1 for her third win in her last four starts and 12th success of the year. Stucklikeglue and Rick Plano teamed up for the place honors, 1 ¾ lengths away, while Sandysgoldenhour finished third for Jason Dillander. Wild Wanda finished fourth in the mile while Classic Carpet, starting from the outside eight post, picked up the final award. At the start, Mach It A Par seemed to push the starting gate out of her way and clocked panels of :27.4: 56.1 and 1:24.2 before sealing the issue with a :27.2 finale and without an anxious moment during her journey. In a post-race interview, driver Dan Clements said, “she was in a very good spot tonight with the mid-pack post and she’s a handy thing and just does anything asked of her. She has won here on and off the pace and really had a great week for the gentleman who helps me to no end, Renaldo Morales III. “Tonight, I just let her do what she wanted to do and that kinda was that. She did this all on her own. All I did was steer tonight. I am blessed to have her.” The victory pushed Mach It A Par’s seasonal earnings to $82,547 and this win—her 18th lifetime—pushed her career bounty to $119,449. Mach It A Par, the heavy 2 to 5 tote-board favorite, paid $2.80 to win. Other mares in the spotlight on Tuesday night were Pertty Music and Jinxy’s Delight. Pertty Music, handled by owner Ed Hensley for trainer Ashleigh Hensley, returned to the racing wars after a six month hiatus in a conditioned event for mares and looked every bit like her “old” self in scoring a handy 2 ½ length win over Voluminous (Rick Plano) and Jets Are On (Wally Hennessey) in 1:52.2—this after a long journey outside and “double-bubbled” vying for the lead into the final turn. This five year-old daughter of Jereme’s Jet scored her 20th lifetime victory—6th this year in only 16 starts—to push her lifetime bounty to $268,822 of which $55,575 has been accomplished this shortened semester. Pertty Music was the second choice in the wagering pool at 3 to 1 and paid $8.20 to her faithful. Jinxy’s Delight, a six year-old daughter of Bettor’s Delight, made her Pompano Park debut a winning one for owner-trainer-driver John Macdonald with a very sharp, grinding forward journey, finally reaching the top spot turning for home and holding firm down the stretch for a 1 ¾ length win in 1:52.3, equaling her lifetime best. In scoring her fourth victory in a row—the last three over Balmoral Park’s one mile oval—Jinxy’s Delight earned her sixth win of the year and sent her 2015 earnings to $34,138. She recently went over the $150,000 in lifetime bounty and left the winner’s circle this night with career bounty of $153,570. She paid $4.40 to her multitude of followers. Finally, Pompano Park’s Pentafecta went unscathed on Tuesday night and now has a carryover of $5,097 and an “as yet undetermined guaranteed pool” going into the next racing program on Saturday. Post time is 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

After fading late in her last two outings, Memumsnotnice displayed true grit this week to win the $9,500 top distaff class at Batavia Downs on Wednesday night (Nov. 25) Downs leading reinsman, Kevin Cummings, rousted Memumsnotnice off the gate and into the lead before pacing unchallenged to the half in :58.1. But it was at that point it became a true horse race. Mach this Way (Ron Beback Jr.) pulled first-over at that station and drew alongside the leader. The pair then paced in tandem through the cold night air, for the next quarter mile in :28.1. They continued their duel into the far turn before Memumsnotnice got stout-hearted and forged ahead of her foe. When she established a length advantage, Memumsnotnice dug in and would not let anyone get closer than that. She hit the wire first in 1:56. It was the sixth win of the year for Memumsnotnice ($4.90), including four wins in her last six starts at Batavia Downs. The winner's share of the purse pushed the mare's 2015 bankroll to $51,018 for owners Thatsideofthefence LLC and John Mungillo, who also trains the daughter of Jereme's Jet. Three drivers won ten of the 12 races on Wednesday. Kevin Cummings had a four-bagger while Shawn McDonough and Dave McNeight III both scored hat-tricks. Trainer Kirk Desmond also sent two of his students to the winner's enclosure. Batavia Downs would like to wish all horsemen and fans a very Happy Thanksgiving and looks forward to the next card of live racing which will be held on Friday (Nov. 27) at 6:15 p.m. Just a reminder; there are only eight racing days left in the year. By Tim Bojarski, Batavia Downs Media Relations  

Mistressofillusion makes her debut for trainer Brett Cox at Tabcorp Park Melton tomorrow night. The four-year-old mare has looked infallible this time in with three wins from three starts at Ballarat, Swan Hill and Terang. Formerly trained by Cox’s training partner David Lewis, Mistressofillusion is expected to start near the top of the betting tables in the Gippsland Racing Training Centre Pace over 1720 metres. Cox, 26, who has been training with Lewis for about four years, has spent time training horses in Sydney and was also previously based in the USA with top horseman Chris Ryder for 18 months. “I’ve been doing it full-time my whole life,” he said. “It’s been really good with Dave. He’s taking a bit of a step back while he builds his house and it’s a great opportunity to be able to train Mistressofillusion." “When I first started there it was only a small but select team. We’re up to about the 14-horse mark now." "To walk into a stable with horses the calibre of what Dave had was fantastic." “It helps that he breeds his own. He’s very meticulous and has been a great mentor to me.” Cox said Mistressofillusion had come a long way in her three campaigns to date. The daughter of Jeremes Jet out of Whodyou Wantmetobe has racked up five wins and a second from 11 starts and displays a potent turn of foot. “She’s one of the quickest horses I’ve got behind,” Cox said. “We’re not sure how good she is yet. After Friday night she’ll probably go to the paddock for a month then we’ll return her for the Vicbred Mares Sprint Championship and then hopefully the Vicbred Super Series." “She’s been a late maturing horse. She’s quirky and has a real mind of her own. She’s very quick and she’s getting stronger. She’ll hopefully keep on getting stronger.” Mistressofillusion savaged the line at Terang winning on November 2 over a mile, coming from last at the 400m to score by 2.1m over Dam Lucky in a rate of 1:58.3, her last quarter clocked in the low 27s. Cody Winnell

Harness racing gelding Spirit Eclispe doesn't have any idea of how lucky he is.   Seriously hurt in 2013, the six-year-old son of Jeremes Jet has had no expense spared in his recovery and all at no cost.   Veterinary surgeon Bill Bishop donated all his time and expertise and that resulted in Spirit Eclispe making a slow but steady recovery.   Nigel McGrath took over the training, again at no cost.   The reason for the huge generosity by both Bill and Nigel was the decision to give any stakes won by Spirit Eclispe in his second go at racing to the cancer charity, Ronald McDonald House.   Placed in his first couple of starts back, no one really expected Spirit Eclispe to beat a handy field of C1 pacers on Cup Day at Addington today.   Away well to trail the leader, he took the passing lane in the straight and to the roars of the huge crowd oncourse, held on for the win.   Driver Ricky May was as surprised as anyone.   “He got a great run and went to the front quite easily actually.”   “ He was getting a bit tired the last bit but it is a great result for everyone involved” Ricky said.   Bill Bishop was just blown away by the win.   “What a fantastic result, incredible that he has been able to win on Cup day.”   “When you start something like this you hope for the best but this is just unbelievable.”   “ I am having to pinch myself, it all seems a bit surreal,” Bill said.   The old saying that good things happen to good people fits the Spirit Eclispe story perfectly.     Harnesslink Media

Batavia, NY---After winning two of her first four races of 2015 back in January and February, Memumsnotnice went 0-for-21 the next eight months. But that drought ended in October and now the mare is riding a three-race win streak, all in Open mares company and all at Batavia Downs. On Wednesday (Nov. 4), Memumsnotnice ($7.20) took the $10,000 distaff Open pace in the same dominating fashion she displayed the previous two weeks. After leaving from post five, she led by a loose two-lengths while cutting fractions of :28.2, :57.4 and 1:25.4 before cruising home unchallenged in 1:55. The winning time was a new seasonal mark. In her last three starts, Memumsnotnice has led at every station and won those races by a combined seven lengths. The winner's share of Wednesday's purse pushes Memumsnotnice's earnings to $42,568 for owners Thatsideofthefence LLC and John Mungillo, who also trains the 6-year-old Jereme's Jet mare. Kevin Cummings, Shawn McDonough, Jack Flanigen, Dave McNeight III and Ray Fisher Jr. all scored driving doubles Wednesday night. When live racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday (Nov. 6) at 6:15, the Pick-5 carryover will be $1,173. That is one of the largest carry-over pools of the season. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

Briefly headed by odds-on favourite Asset Management in mid-stretch, Express Jet ($6.50) battled back in the final yards to just prevail in Wednesday (September 16) evening's featured $7,000 top-level distaff pace at the harness racing meeting at Vernon Downs.   The 6-year-old Jereme's Jet mare controlled the terms from the outset, uncontested through the first six furlongs in 1:27.1 before facing a challenge from the first-over Asset Management (Dan Daley).   In upper stretch, Express Jet briefly was headed, but she fought back gamely to not only reclaim the lead, but to also stave off pocket rival Love You Bye (Jimmy Whittemore), who chased valiantly in third once availed room, missing by just a half length.   Trainer John MacDonald was in the bike behind Express Jet, a 1:54.4 winner over good going.   MacDonald earned four other driving wins on the evening's 10-race program, teaming up with Kyler's Valentine ($6.50, 1:54.2), The African ($4.40, 1:59.1), I Saw Red ($3.60, 1:54.4), and Winbak Heavenly ($2.40, 1:52.1).   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs with a 14-race program on Friday (September 18) evening, featuring New York Sire Stakes events for 2-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Post time is 6:45 p.m. Eastern.   James Witherite  

Lightly raced two-year-old filly Kalinda waited until the last meeting of the harness racing season to register her first win but given the way she dispensed with her rivals it won't be her last. The former Victorian filly was sent to Magra trainer Juanita McKenzie about six weeks ago with the hope of winning a race before the season ended. She had no luck from poor draws in two of her three previous outings with a fourth of eight in Hobart enough to suggest the trainer had something with which to work. But last night at UBET Park Hobart the filly gained a start as an emergency and from the pole position (gate one) she stepped straight to the front and was never headed on her way to an emphatic win in the UBET Pace over 20190 metres. Kalinda scored by 14 metres from Karalta Stardust with first-starter Metrosilk almost two metres astern. Kalinda (Jeremes Jet-De La Rosa) was partnered by Mark Yole who described the win as encouraging. "This is the first decent draw she has had and I was very pleased with what she had to offer tonight," Yole said. "She still has a bit to learn because she was hanging in on the corners but she has only had four starts and I reckon she has a future," he said. Peter Staples

COLUMBUS, MN. - Toatsmygoats, Part Time Lady and Da Terror all won hotly contested feature races on the Saturday night (August 22) card at Running Aces, one which was contested under threatening skies and several intermittent heavy rain showers. Toatsmygoats (Rick Magee) was the lukewarm favorite in the $16,000 Minnesota-sired three-year-old open pace and didn't disappoint with an Open lengths win over Queen Of Denial (Nick Roland) and Relentless Spirit (Luke Plano) in 1:56. Magee was content to sit a tight pocket ride throughout the race until bursting home with a :27.4 final panel to collar the eventual runnerup Queen Of Denial, who narrowly held off Relentless Spirit in a very tight place photo. The Van Otterloo Stables of Iowa own Toatsmygoats, who now has ten lifetime victories and earnings over $70,000 in two years of racing exclusively at Running Aces. Dave Flinn conditions the gelded son of Relentless Yankee. With her stablemate Party Hangover Two ordered to the sidelines this week, Part Time Lady (Steve Wiseman) took full advantage to post her first Fillies and Mares Open pace triumph of the season in 1:55, besting Kiss On The Lips (Gerry Longo) and De Valeria (Tim Maier). Wiseman, the current dash leader, moved the winning six-year-old daughter of Jereme's Jet to the front just past the half and cruised home almost two lengths ahead for Part Time Lady's 33rd career victory. She is owned by Ron and Tammy Wells of California and trained by Wiseman. The winner's share of the $9600 purse moved her lifetime bounty to $123,573. Da Terror (Nick Roland) got his first open company victory in a $7800 Open II pace for owner Banks Standardbreds and trainer Justin Anfinson. Roland positioned the six-year-old Western Terror gelding near the rear early, but moved up with cover in the outer flow from seventh to fourth during the middle half mile of the race. Four-wide for the stretch drive, Da Terror collared Cowboy Cold (Luke Plano) in the final strides with Red Pine (Steve Wiseman) lapped on as well at the end of the 1:54 mile. Racing resumes Sunday night at Running Aces with a ten-race card on tap beginning at 6 p.m. (CST). Gregg Keidel  

AUGUST 14, 2015 - Heading into Friday night's three-year-old pacing filly Grassroots event at Mohawk Racetrack harness racing driver Sylvain Filion had a 22 point lead on Trevor Henry in the Ontario Sires Stakes driver standings. Early in the evening Henry looked to have gained ground with a pair of wins in Gold Series action at Grand River Raceway, but Filion scored a driving double of his own, capturing the first two Grassroots divisions at Mohawk. Starting from Post 6 in the first $18,000 division, Filion fired Ainsleynoelle to the front and the filly rolled through fractions of :27.3, :57.3 and 1:26 without facing a challenge. All alone turning for home, Ainsleynoelle and Filion paced under the wire four and one-quarter lengths ahead of Mystery Writer and favourite OK Heavenly, stopping the clock at 1:53.3. Milton, ON resident Filion engineered the win for trainer Colin Johnson and owners Debbie Element of Rockwood, ON, David Heffering of Port Perry, ON and Ecurie JGV Enrg of Laval, QC. It was the second Grassroots win of the season for Jeremes Jet daughter Ainsleynoelle, who now boasts a point total of 104. Ainsleynoelle Filion was right back in the winner's circle after the next race, guiding fan favourite Southwind Geisha to a 1:51.4 result that saw her control the pace over a rain-soaked track rated one second slower than normal. Machmeter finished three and one-half lengths back second and Pinot Grigio was well back third. Victor Puddy of Mountain, ON trains Southwind Geisha for his partners Limco Inc. of Chateauguay, QC and Otnevram Inc. of Saint-Leonard, QC. In her first three Grassroots starts the Sportswriter daughter posted a pair of seconds and one third, giving her a point total of 112 and ownership of second spot in the division standings. Southwind Geisha Filion looked poised for a third Grassroots victory with Northern Starlet in Race 6 when lightly rated Jody Jamieson and OK Hallelujah roared up the inside and stole a one and one-quarter length win. Favourites Filion and Northern Starlet settled for second, with Pinky Tuscadero third in the 1:53.4 mile. Moffat, ON resident Jamieson piloted Sportswriter daughter OK Hallelujah to her first Grassroots win for trainer Mark Steacy and owners Katherine Steacy of Lansdowne, ON, Oak Knoll Stables of Campbellcroft, ON, Conrad Leber of Montreal, QC and Wheelhouse Racing Stable of Mississauga, ON. Driver James MacDonald of Guelph, ON also used the inside lane to land Evas Girl in the winner's circle following the fourth division. The Rambaran filly bested Warrawee Qually and favourite Lovely Erin by three and three-quarter lengths, stopping the teletimer at 1:53.4. Isaac Waxman trains Evas Girl for Aaron Waxman of Hamilton, Alan Alber of Thornhill, ON and Crawford Partners LLC of Syracuse, NY. The win gives Evas Girl a record of one win and one third in two Grassroots starts for a total of 62 points. The last Grassroots trophy of the evening went home with Glamour Seelster's connections, who cheered their filly to a two and one-quarter length victory over favourite Dublin Rose and OK Heartbeat. The Jeremes Jet daughter, in rein to Guelph, ON resident Doug McNair, paced under the wire in 1:53.3 to record her fifth lifetime win and first in Ontario Sires Stakes action. Gregg McNair of Guelph conditions Glamour Seelster for Lindsey and Connie Rankin of Lexington, MI. The three-year-old pacing fillies now head to Georgian Downs for their fifth Grassroots start on August 29. Ontario Sires Stakes action continues at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday, August 17 with three $70,000 Gold Series divisions for the three-year-old trotting colts. The colts will be featured in races 1, 2, and 9, with the first race getting under way at 7:25 pm. Ontario Horse Racing

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