Columbus, OH --- Four Massachusetts Sire Stakes finals for 3-year-olds were contested on Monday (Oct. 28) at Plainridge Racecourse. In the $18,240 final for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers, Christine Catabia's Master Of Puppets took over the lead at the three-quarter pole and went on to a three length victory in a time of 1:57.1. Jim Hardy was in the bike for trainer David Crochere as the son of Ashlee's Big Guy-Happy Chelsea defeated Everybody Lies with Murphy's Cyclone third. The $17,600 final for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters went to Glenn Harris' CBF Dart in 2:00, with a final quarter in :28.3. Trainer Ralph Andersen steered the RC Royalty-Tiaragenic gelding to a 2-3/4 length score over Race To Royalty. Welker picked up the show dough. In the $17,600 final for 3-year-old pacing fillies, KDK Standardbreds and Nelson Malin III's Lordy Miss Scarlet took advantage of a pocket trip to cross the wire first in a time of 1:56.4. Shane Taggart did the driving for trainer Kevin Switzer as the Shady Character-Movie Legend miss passed her stablemate Morrigan in the stretch for a one length victory. Snookie wound up third. The $16,960 3-year-old filly trot final was captured by Peter Goldberg and Michael Seidman's Mergatroid in a wire-to-wire, 2:00.4 score. Trainer Donna Marshall handed the lines to Jim Marshall III and he steered the Infinitif-Ornellaia lass to a 4-1/2 length triumph over Royalty Free with Eyes On Royalty third. Repritned with permission from www.ustrotting.com
Pompano Beach, FL...September 26, 2013...Pompano Park is set to kick off their 50th anniversary pari-mutuel season on Saturday, October 5. John Yinger, Director of Racing, said that this season will feature new wagering options for the fans, as well as several new faces stiffening the competition, a new lighting system and a bump in purses. "We are going to offer a Pick-5 wager to kick things off on the wagering side--this to go along with our popular Pick-3 and Pick-4 bets. Of course, we'll have our usual wide array of other wagers on the menu, too," he said. Some of the new stables expected to heighten the level of competition include those of Jim Hardy, Chris Lems, Dave Stratton, Bruce Clarke, Jimmy Whittemore and Greg Wright. Yinger continued, "With our returning stables of great horsemen like Mike Deters, Wally Hennessey, Jim McDonald, Bruce Ranger, Joe Pavia, Jr. and Rick Plano, just to name a few, the racing will, no doubt, be at it's highest plateau in our 50 year history and we hope the harness community of fans will take notice. "We expect that the addition of Sunday racing, beginning in mid-November, will also get some serious notice from the fans." Pompano will also host a non-wagering program this Saturday, September 28, featuring Florida breds in Sunshine State Stakes competition. The Saturday matinee program has a post time of 11:30 and features many two year-olds beginning their racing careers. Also, the three year-old divisions have drawn some very powerful performers including a renewed rivalry between last season's top two juvenile pacing colt performers, Goldstar Thumper and Hillybilly. Goldstar Thumper, a son of Rock On, was bred and is owned and trained by Tom Audley. "Thumper" was last year's champion in his division, pinning a narrow defeat on arch-rival Hillybilly. He will be making his initial start of the year and will have the driving services of Bob Williams, Jr. Hillybilly, a son of N Aboriginal trained by Marc Aubin for breeder and owner Amanta Standardbreds, is already the author of a 1:52.1 mark this year and will have Bruce Ranger in the bike. The sophomore pacing event for the fillies pits two exceptionally talented fillies against each other--Seven Arias and Tashia. Seven Arias, trained by Mark Friedman for owner by Laura Newbery, was last season's champ, winning the crown of Super Night at Pompano with a splendid 1:55 mile for then trainer-driver Deshawn Minor. She has had but three starts this semester and has a 0-1-2 scorecard but comes into the action off of a sharp 1:58-:58 qualifying win over a track labeled as "good" after drenching rains. Tashia, owned by Jay Sears along with trainer Kim Sears, is on a roll, having secured five straight wins coming into this action. After a winless 2012 season, Tashia has won eight times this year with her last win in a lifetime best 1:55. Stall allocations for the 2013-2014 season have also been announced and are available at the following web site: www.pompano-park.isleofcapricasinos.com. Click on the "racing" tab, then go to "horsemen" and stall allocations are posted at the top. by John Berry for Pompano Park
The chase is on at Plainridge Racecourse as the top five drivers are just a whisker apart at the meets early stage.
Plainridge Racourse went to post on Monday, (April) 15) for its 15th harness racing opener.
Duces were wild Thursday (Nov. 15) as Plainridge Racecourse nears the end of its 2012 harness racing meeting.
As Plainridge Racecourse closes in on the 2012 harness racing season, so does leading driver Jim Hardy but with an eye on the finish line.
Live harness racing returns to Plainridge Racecourse Thursday (Nov. 1) after last Monday's cancellation due to the arrival of Hurricane Sandy.
Two harness racing drivers injured in a mishap at Plainridge Racecourse Thursday afternoon (October 18) have been released from an area hospital.
Two $5,100 Massachusetts Sire stake harness racing events were in the spotlight Thursday (October 10_ at Plainridge Racecourse.
With 16 race dates left at Plainridge, Jim Hardy is on his way again to both another driving and training title. All season long Hardy has been the front runner in wins (102), while Steve Nason and Mike Eaton have been in pursuit. He holds a 26 win lead over Nason and Eaton who trail with 76 and 72 wins.
Three of the top harness racing drivers at Plainridge fared well in Monday's (July 30) nine-race card.
Speed showed the way Monday (July 9) at Plainridge Racecourse as Steve Nason scored a driving triple. Nason who is chasing Jim Hardy for the driving title this harness raciing season, had wins with TameThe Dame in the opener (1:55.1);Oragami Artist in the fourth (1:54); and Juarez in the eighth (1:54.4).
Harness racing drivers - Jim Hardy and John Hogan were in the Plainridge Racecourse spotlight Tuesday (May 15).
Six-time Plainridge Racecourse driving champion Jim Hardy didn't let a sloppy track and a raw overcast day from visiting the harness racing winners circle five times yesterday (May 1).
Six more qualifying races were held Tuesday as Plainridge Racecourse prepares for its 14th harness opener Saturday, April 21.
It doesn'happen often enough but it did yesterday (December 1) for Cornelius Bonetti at Plainridge Racecourse. The Milford, Mass. driver-trainer who comes from a nearby town with many harness racing fans still recalling the good times over a 50-year span at Foxborough gave his fans something to cheer about.