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CHESTER, PA - More The Better N, having to come from eighth at the half in a third-over flow, was just along to win his U.S. debut, a $30,000 Great Northeast Series open pace, in 1:49.1 on Sunday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia. Corey Callahan took back with his horse at the start as early command was taken by Caviart Luca, who in turn yielded to Western Joe before the 26.1 quarter. The outer tier formed as Western Joe went to the half in 54.3, with favored Split The House, Sunfire Blue Chip, and More The Better N the first three in the two-wide flow. Split The House had moved into second and a challenging position by the ¾ in 1:21.3, with the two in behind him keeping in close attendance. Turning for home Sunfire Blue Chip fanned three-wide, and through the stretch it looked as if Split The House and "Sunfire" would be the major contestants, but Callahan had More The Better N flying four-wide inside the final 1/16, getting by Sunfire Blue Chip by a head. Split The House missed taking the big end of the purse by only a neck, and Western Joe was only ¾ of a length off while fourth in the exciting drive to the wire. More The Bettor N came from New Zealand with a 32-14-12-2 record and $430,168 in earnings, and did not take long to show he can go with a very high level of pacer on these shores. Ross Croghan is handling his conditioning for the Robert Cooper Stable LLC and J&T Silva Stables LLC. The crowd's lack of familiarity with the abilities of the winner, which allowed him to be the day's big payoff at $16.60, will surely be reduced after his impressive local bow. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

Prominent harness racing owner Jerry Silva has purchased a 33.3% interest in the three-year-old pacing colt National Debt, according to trainer Kelly Hoerdt, who reported this to National Debt, who is sired by Allamerican Native, and is undefeated in five lifetime starts. Racing mainly in Alberta, Canada, National Debt made the national scene last week when he won a division of the $150,000 Gilmour Pacing Series at the Meadowlands and is now one of the favorites in the $75,000 final on Saturday, March 8. “This is absolutely the best fit for us,” said Hoerdt, “I retain one-third, Blair Corbeil of Alberta keeps another third and Jerry Silva has his one-third. I want to thank all the other people who made offers. We had offers to purchase 50% and 100% of the horse. Jerry is one of the prominent owners in the United States and we could not be happier. “I am also happy that he will be staying in the care of Ron Coyne, Jr.” Hoerdt added. The price set on the colt was not revealed. By Brian McEvoy for

DOVER, Del. --- The 18th renewal of the $400,000 (est) Progress Pace at Dover Downs is the highlight of the first full month of the track's 45th season. The Progress Pace is the signature event of the 2013 Dover Downs' "Novemberfest of Racing." The Progress Pace features the sport's leading three-year-olds in training in a two-week event. First, a $35,000 elimination division on Nov. 10 with the top eight finishers return for a $284,160 final on Nov. 17. Vegas Vacation, driven by Brian Sears, scored a 1:48.3 victory in this year's Matron Final. The gelding was favorite for the Progress Pace elim., but did not come out of the Matron, "100 percent," thus was scratched. Twilight Bonfire, a 20-1 longshot from post 8 with Tim Tetrick driving, pulled a major surprise in the $35,000 elim by nipping Sunshine Beach by half a neck. The Progress Pace Final on Dec. 1 is the richest race in Delaware harness racing this year. Progress Pace history The Progress Pace was created by Dover Downs' CEO Denis McGlynn in the fashion of a former state of Delaware sports' tradition - The Battle of the Brandywine - formerly the showcase event of ill-fated Brandywine Raceway. Over the years, Most of the sports leading drivers, owners and stables have participated in the Progress Pace. Hall of Fame drivers include three-time winners John Campbell and Ron Pierce, Mike Lachance, Cat Manzi, Dave Palone and David Miller. Luc Ouellette also drove three winners while Bret Pelling trained three Progress Pace champions. Sampson Street Stable has shared in three Progress Pace champions, Newman Racing is the only other with more than one winner. The first Progress Pace was carded in 1996 with a $100,000 final. The winner was Armbro Operative, owned by Tom Walsh, Jr. and Dave McDuffy, driven by Mike Lachance. It was the first of three Progress Pace winners conditioned by Brett Pelling. Pelling also trained the winners of the next two winners of the event, when Dream Away, owned by Canadian horsemen Marvin Katz, Sam Goldband and Al Libfeld won the 1997 edition and Crown Jewel Stable's Browning Blue Chip took 1998 laurels. Both winners were driven by John Campbell. Luc Ouellette drove Jeff Snyder's Royalflush Hanover to his first Progress Pace titles. The gelding overtook Grinfromeartoear on the backstretch and pulled off to win the 1999 title. The following season, Ouellette came back to drive 2000 winner Powerful Toy, owned by Newman Racing Stable, Sampson Street and Dodge A Bullet stables. Ron Pierce made the winner's circle in the 2001 event driving Peruvian Hanover for owners Sidney Korn and Alvin Jacobson. Art Major beat stablemate McArdle to win the 2002 edition. Owned by Deena Frost, Jerry Silva, Sampson Street and TLP stables, Art Major was the third Progress Pace champion driven by John Campbell, In 2003, for the second straight year and third time in Progress Pace history, Radar Sign, a colt owned in part by Sampson Street Stable and Newman Racing Stable, driven by Ouellette, won the final. The 2004 winner was longshot Holborn Hanover, with George Brennan driving for trainer Mark Harder and owners John Fielding and Canamerica Capital Corp. Holborn Hanover became the first sub-150 Progress Pace winner posting a come-from-behind 1:49.3f victory. In 2005, Gryffindor, became the first Delaware-owned and trained winner. After being purchased by Three Point Acres in time to win the Messenger Stake at Harrington Raceway, the sophomore won the 10th Progress Pace wire-to-wire in 1:50 with David Miller in the sulky. The purse was the event's all-time highest, $394,120. Another Delaware owned and conditioned colt, Total Truth, was the 2006 Progress Pace champion. The colt owned by Only Money and Teague Inc., the first of two straight for Hall of Fame driver Ron Pierce. Pierce returned to take 2007 Progress Pace in upset fashion. Trained by Robby Siegelman for The Cheyenne Gang, Ghee House rolled down the lane for a 1:50.4 upset victory to take the 12th edition. In November 2008, overlooked at 32-1, Cat Manzi drove Bettor Sweet to a surprise 1:52.1f victory, the second richest Progress Pace boasting a $390,000 purse. Two locally owned horses Rudy Rednose and Badlands Nitro, both trained by George Teague, finished second and third respectively. Vertical Horizon and Jim Morrill Jr. were the winning 1:50.4 team, for the 2009 edition. In 2010, Yannick Gingras guided Rockin Image to an impressive 1:50.3 victory. The 2011 winner was Westwardho Hanover, a 1:49.1 performance piloted by Dave Palone. Heston Blue Chip completed an outstanding Fall campaign to win the 2012 Progress Pace with Tim Tetrick in the bike, in event winning time of 1:49. Progress Pace Champions Year Purse Winner (Driver) Win Time 1996 $100,000 Armbro Operative (Mike Lachance) 1:53f 1997 $100,000 Dream Away (John Campbell) 1:54f 1998 $225,000 Browning Blue Chip (John Campbell)1:51.2f 1999 $225,000 Royalflush Hanover (Luc Ouellette) 1:51.2f 2000 $228,000 Powerful Toy (Luc Ouellette) 1:52.1f 2001 $337,100 Peruvian Hanover (Ron Pierce) 1:52.3f 2002 $335,000 Art Major (John Campbell) 1:51f 2003 $350,060 Radar Sign (Luc Ouellette) 1:51.4f 2004 $345,900 Holborn Hanover (George Brennan) 1:49.3f 2005 $394,120 Gryffindor (David Miller) 1:50f 2006 $348,900 Total Truth (Ron Pierce) 1:52.2f 2007 $350,900 Ghee House (Ron Pierce) 1:50.4f 2008 $390,000 Bettor Sweet (Cat Manzi) 1:51.2f 2009 $350,000 Vertical Horizon (Jim Morrill Jr.) 1:50.4f 2010 $320,000 Rockin Image (Yannick Gingras) 1:50.3f 2011 $330,000 Westwardho Hanover (Dave Palone) 1:49.1f 2012 $270,000 Heston Blue Chip (Tim Tetrick) 1:49f - event record by Marv Bachrad for Dover Downs  

Lexington, KY – A Rocknroll Dance and driver Tim Tetrick were able to hold off strong late charged by both Bolt the Duer and Our Lucky Chip to score a neck victory in the $10,000 Allerage Farms Open Pace elimination Saturday at the Red Mile in 1:48.4. It was Bolt The Duer and driver mark Macdonald who were first on the lead with Golden Receiver (Corey Callahan) getting the two-hole trip to the opening quarter mile in :27.1. But no sooner had the field started down the backstretch that Tetrick had A Rocknroll Dance on the move first-over and they were able to clear to the lead at the half mile in :53.4. Heading into the final turn there would be no rest for the weary as Escape The News (Ron Pierce) came first-over with Foreclosure N (Andy Miller) on their backs to the three-quarters in 1:22.1. Then as the field came down the stretch, A Rocknroll Dance held a minor lead as clearance opened up and Bolt The Duer started to charge after A Rocknroll Dance along with Our Lucky Chip (Trace Tetrick) but it was too little too late as A Rocknroll Dance held his ground to the finish. It was the sixth win this year for A Rocknroll Dance. The son of Rocknroll Hanover has yet to finish worse than second in his last six starts for trainer Jim Mulinix and the A Rocknroll Dance Stable of Wauseon, Ohio.  They will now be one of the favorites in next week $180,000 final of the Allerage Farms Open Pace. “All of these horses in this race are very talented,” Tetrick said, “they can all sprint fast and it can be anyone’s race. My horse really raced well. He fought game. They made a little bridle change and he can see a little more and when he seen them coming he was racing everyone he could see.” “He is really a special horse,” said co-owner Jerry Silva. “I’m glad to be part of the group that owns him. I’m happy he came back the way he did from last year when he had some problems. And Tim just drives him the right way.” By Steve Wolf for

Richard Gutnick, Southwind Farm and J&T Silva Stables' Chapter Seven continued his impressive 2012 harness racing campaign with a 1:51.1 score in a $7,500 Open Trot on Sunday (Sept. 30) at The Red Mile.

At odds of 23-1, Rocklamation lowered the stakes record to 1:49.4 in the $384,000 Milton harness racing final, for pacing fillies and mares, on Saturday night (September 22) at Mohawk.

After his upset win in the Cane Pace, Dynamic Youth is eligible to be supplemented to The Little Brown Jug for $45,000. Co-owner Jerry Silva told 'Inside Harness Racing' that he's leaning towards supplementing the gelding to the second jewel of Pacing's Triple Crown.

If harness racing trainer Dewayne Minor seems more cheerful than usual during the early morning hours around his stable, there is a reason. Wishing Stone is back in town.

Joe Muscara might be 88 but the long-time Philadelphia harness racing owner is also a very astute businessman and going by a very timely decision he made last week he certainly hasn't lost any of his touch.

Meadowlands Pace hopefuls A Rocknroll Dance, I Fought Dalaw and Time To Roll got their harness racing sophomore campaigns off to winning starts in the first round of New Jersey Sire Stakes for 3-year-old pacing colts.

There was no reading between the lines when it came to Chapter Seven and his place among the top sophomore trotters during the last harness racing season on the Grand Circuit.

The richest two-year-old harness racing pacing colt of 2011 has been entered to qualify at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday (Apr 7).

In the opening leg of the $25,000 Don Mills Trotting Series, Jessesjo extended his harness racing win streak to six after capturing his division Monday evening at Woodbine Racetrack.

The harness racing connections of champion trotter Muscle Hill share their experiences with the likely 2009 Horse of the Year in an exclusive round table interview.

Omen Hanover turned in a dominant 1:53.2 harness racing triumph to win the $23,000 Mares Open pace on Wednesday, Dec. 12, a program liberally sprinkled with long shots, at Dover Downs. Corey Callahan continued his red-hot pace driving five winners.

The $162,200 Jay Auto Group Cleveland Classic, one of Northfield Park's premier races, is scheduled for Saturday night, December 10. This is the last national stakes harness racing event of the year for three-year-old pacers. The Cleveland Classic always draws an impressive slate of equine athletes as well as North America's top drivers, and this year is no exception.

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