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Freehold, NJ--It's usually the driver who receives all the accolades after a victory, and rightly so, but when a harness racing trainer sends out two horses as individual participants in the same contest and they finish first and second in the race, it's an certainly an unusual accomplishment Case in point: the American Harness Drivers Club trot at Freehold Raceway today (Nov. 28) in which trainer Taylor Gower's two participants, Mugshot Jess and If I Must, finished first and second respectively in that $9,000 amateur trot Saturday. Pearly Allen was up behind the winner, Mugshot Jess, while Paul Minore handled the driving chores for the runner-up If I Must. And neither was the betting favorite in the race. That honor belonged to Can Do who was driven to third place finish by "Yankee Joe" Lee. When the starter released the field Minore sent If I Must to the lead and then relinquished control to Mugshot Jess who didn't take command until well after the quarter was trotted in :29.3. Sent off a fourth choice in the wagering Allen kept the pedal to the metal and Mugshot Jess got first call at the halfway point in :59.3 while keeping Always A Good Time and driver Joe Faraldo parked out in the fresh air. With Mugshot Jess still showing the way Allen seemed undeterred as is trotter began to trot away from his challengers as the timer three quarter-mile timer flashed 1:29.2. In front by two lengths as the field rounded the final turn and headed for home the lead was opened to 3-1/4 lengths at the finish.   Watching all the action in front of him Minore, who had a two-hole trip, kept after If I Must and although the veteran trotter didn't gain on the leader he did however shrug off Can Do to garner the place money in the 1:59.1 mile. Trainer Taylor Gower owns the winner, a 13-year-old altered son of Jailhouse Jesse. He paid $12.60 for win. by John Manzi, for the American Harness Drivers Club    

Yonkers, NY -- Tony Verruso continued his winning ways in the harness racing Amateur ranks when he guided Final Dreams to an oh-so-easy 5-1/2 length triumph in the first division of the two NAADA trots at Yonkers Raceway on Friday night. A second division, which had three ladies competing in the seven-horse field, saw Melissa Arbia sit the pocket with Photo Bomber and rally for a neck victory in the final strides. In his $8000 split Verruso left cautiously from the three hole with the 5-year-old Cantab Hall gelding. "I kept my horse off the gate at the start to make sure he got away on the trot," Verruso said. "But once the gate sprung we were in business." Verruso settled his charge along the pylons and was content to be fourth as the field trotted by the first panel. "He got a little bouncy when I took hold of him so I moved him early and once he hit his stride he flattened out and trotted to the lead at the three quarters and we were all alone finishing." Dark Pool was second for Jacob Stillwell while Christopher Doherty and Garnet took home the show dough. Verruso now has won two of his last three starts this season and now has driven 80 winners in his career. In the other $8000 split Paul Minore sent his old warhorse, Wygant Prince, to the lead from the five-hole and they cut even fractions throughout the mile despite Nicole Dicostanzo and Jacks To Open parked on the limb all the way to the top of the stretch. When Jacks To Open tired three trotters charged to the wire heads apart. Although there is no passing lane at Yonkers Ms Arbia had Photo Bomber tight behind Wygant Prince and in mid-stretch she angled him to the inside and he rallied to a neck triumph over the leader in a 2:00.1 clocking. Take A Wish rallied to finish third for driver Dawn Anderson. It was Ms Arbia's third seasonal winner and fifth of her fledgling career. by John Manzi for NAADA  

Monticello, NY--- When harness racing driver Alan Schwartz realized that the field in the $5,000 NAADA Trot at Monticello Raceway on Thursday afternoon (Nov. 19) was narrowed to just six starters by post time his spirits rose since he had the favorite, Ladys Big Stormont, who'd start from the far outside. But all didn't go as expected. His trotter was rough behind the gate and when the starter said go Ladys Big Stormont was sluggish leaving, a far cry from the horse's usual habits. Amateur driver Joe Lee, who happens to work for the NY Yankee's,  hustled Coco Hall to the lead from the two-hole and then grabbed leather to allow Ladys Big Stormont to take command in the soft 30- second first panel. With Schwartz on the lead the eventual winner Coco Hall was more than content to sit the pocket behind the favorite. "I was surprised that the first quarter was so soft but I was plenty happy to be in the two-hole ," Lee said later. "I didn't know at the time that Alan's horse wasn't himself today but I was sure going to enjoy a covered journey near all the action anyway." Ladys Big Stormont got the short field by the half in 1:01.2 and then began to open some daylight on the trailers. At the three quarters it was still the race favorite showing the way with Coco Hall and driver Joe Lee waiting patiently until the top of the lane so he could angle his charge down along the pylons and have a clear shot at the wire.   "When my horse saw daylight at the top of the stretch he grabbed the bit and put it in another gear and then he trotted alongside the leader and finished him off in the final strides," Lee explained. Garnet, who started from the pole position finished third, two lengths behind the winner, with the ever- improving Christopher Doherty (Duff's grandson) at the lines. Coco Hall, a 6-year Amigo Hall mare, is owned by Brenda Messenger and Dr. Scott Woogen and trained by Gary Messenger. He returned a $7.00 win payoff. to his backers. by John Manzi, for the North American Amateur Drivers Association

Freehold, NJ-- Last week in the American Harness Drivers Club trot at Freehold Raceway harness racing driver John Calabrese and Shoemaker Hanover had road trouble and finished off the board. However today, in this week's edition, Calabrese benefited from a perfect covered journey to rally to a 1:59.3 triumph over Drazzmatazz, the trotter that won this event last Saturday. A late scratch and only six horses behind the starting gate proved beneficial for Drazzmatazz after Tony Verruso hustled the veteran to the lead from post six. The :28.4 first panel forced the rest of the field to settle in behind the leader. Heading to the halfway point Dave Offenberg moved the betting favorite, Broadway Bruiser, off the pylons and charged alongside Drazzmatazz and they raced as a team by the half in :59.4 and they were still heads apart as they passed the third stanza in 1:30 before Broadway Bruiser began to tire.   That allowed Shoemaker Hanover who was traveling second along the pylons to have a clear shot at the leader and when they rumbled for home Calabrese's trotter was the strong horse and rallied to a solid one-length victory over Verruso's charge. Third money went to Exuberance who was driven by Paul Minore. Shoemaker Hanover, a 7 year old son of Cantab Hall is owned and trained by Tracy Tarantino. Sent off as second choice in the field he returned a $6.40 win mutuel. by John Manzi, for the AHDC  

Yonkers, NY--Three $8,000 divisions of harness racing amateur drivers went to post in the 4th leg of this years NAADA Series at Yonkers Raceway and when it was all over bragging rights went to Brett Beckwith, Paul Minore and Dawn Anderson, after each won their respective splits. For 17-year-old Brett Beckwith it marked his second consecutive victory with his mom's horse, DJ's Revenge. After a covered two-hole journey behind Alan Schwartz and Ladys Big Stormont, Beckwith was able to rally in the deep stretch with Dj's Revenge for a one-length victory in 2:00 flat. Three lengths farther back in third place was Bob Hechkoff's Boots N Chains. For the talented youngster it was his 6th lifetime victory and second in three seasonal starts. DW's Revenge is owned and trained by Melissa Bekwith. It's been longtime since Paul Minore was a teenager but the former high school coach knows his way around the racetrack. His victory tonight was the fourth this season and 111th of his illustrious career. Behind his old warhorse Wygant Prince, Minore sent him to the lead from the four-hole and they had command on the first turn and led the field by the quarter pole in :29.3. But coming to the half Nicole Dicostanzo moved Jacks To Open out to challenge and the two leaders were side by side until the final turn where Wygant Prince trotted free and coasted home an easy two-length winner in a 2:02.1 clocking. In mid-stretch Mike Polansky hustled Noble Warrawee home second best while Jacks to Open hung on for the show dough. Minore owns the winner who's trained by Taylor Gower. A final NAADA split saw Dawn Anderson make a laugher out of it when she 'stepped on the gas' and sent Take A Wish to the lead in :28.3 first panel and once there challenges were few and far between. They were two lengths to the good by the half in :59.1 and they had four lengths on the competition by the three quarters in 1:28.2. In the lane they kept pouring it on finishing an 8-1/2 length winner over Pearly Allen and Mugshot Jess. Third place went to Charley Ona Harley, driven by Besim Odza. Ms Anderson trains the winner who she co-owns with Steve Smith. by John Manzi, for NAADA

Monticello, NY---The betting crowd had confidence that Marianna Monaco would win the $5,000 NAADA Trot for amateur harness racing drivers at Monticello Raceway on Thursday afternoon so much so, that they sent her trotter, Hot Summer Knight, away as the 2-5 favorite. And she didn't let them down. It took a strong stretch drive and a :29.2 final quarter but she hustled the veteran Justice Hall gelding to a come-from-behind triumph over the pace-setter, Ladys Big Stormont (Alan Schwartz), for a head victory in a 2:00 clocking. When the wings of the mobile gate folded Schwartz gunned Ladys Big Stormont to the lead from the three-hole while Monaco floated away in second position from the two-hole and they remained one-two by the first stanza in :29.4. With no one challenging, Schwartz tapped the breaks---albeit lightly-- and he led his competition by the halfway point in 1:00.1. Despite a few starters being on the limb as leaders trotted by the half it appeared that the race would be decided between Schwartz and Monaco... And it was. Ladys Big Stormont got first call by the three quarters but he was being stalked by the odds-on favorite Hot Summer Knight. And when they rounded the final turn and headed for home Schwartz's charge was strong on the lead but Monaco's .trotter was a bit stronger and Hot Summer Knight rallied in the final strides for a head victory. Noble Warrawee finished third for Mike Polansky. It was the fourth seasonal driving victory for the former "Gamecock" (she's a graduate of University of South Carolina) who had been a pupil of Richie La Cava. Hot Summer Knight is owned by Lynette Buter and trained by Todd Buter. He paid $2.70 for win. Next Thursday the series continues at Yonkers Raceway. by John Manzi, for NAADA  

Dayton, Ohio--The amateur drivers from the Great Lakes Amateur Drivers Association returned to Dayton Raceway on Saturday (Oct. 31) for a $7,700 harness racing trot and when the judges hung the official sign Steve Oldford emerged victorious after he guided A Royal Line to a 1:57 victory over six others. "Before the race I thought I had a decent chance to win it although Gregg (Keidel) had the odds on favorite," Oldford said. "But he had trouble at the start and his horse never really became a factor." When the gate folded Alesha Binkley gunned Try Try Again to the lead as Oldford settled in the two-hole behind her. They raced one-two all the way to the top of the lane before anyone seriously challenged the leaders. "I sat still and followed her (Alesha) even though there were a few horses trying to move up from the back of the pack," Oldford said. "And it worked out just right as she carried me all the way to the top of the stretch." When the field headed for paydirt there were three horses heads apart but Oldford slipped off the pylons in time to collar Binkley. Try Try Again held on for second money and a neck farther back in third was K' Love, in rein to Darrell Rideout.   A Royal Line, a 4-year-old altered son of Royalty For Life, is owned by Oldford Racing LLC, and trained by Terry Deters. Next week the series moves back to The Meadows by John Manzi, for GLADA

Yonkers, NY--Despite the inclement weather two short-field harness racing divisions roughed the wind and the rain and competed over a muddy racetrack in the North American Amateur Drivers Association's $8,000 non-wagering trots which were presented on Thursday night (Oct. 29) prior to the waging card getting underway at Yonkers Raceway. In the first split 17-year-old Brett Beckwith scored behind DW's Revenge in 2:01 while Paul Minore and If I Must notched their second victory in amateur events in less than a week, having won an American Harness Drivers Club trot at Freehold Raceway on Sat, October 24. Their victory tonight was in a 2:00.3. In his division Beckwith sat a pocket until the three quarters and then rallied DW's Revenge to a going away 4-1/2 length triumph over Jacks To Open (Nicole Dicostanzo) who was cutting the fractions. Tough Get Going garnered the show dough for Joe Faraldo. The winner, a 6-year-old altered son of Archangel, is owned and trained by Melissa Beckwith In the other split, Paul Minore charged If I Must to the lead as the wings of the mobile gate folded then grabbed leather and allowed Tony Ciufettelli to take command with Someway Sam Hall. Minore then sat chilly and followed Ciuffetelli's lead all the way to the top of the stretch and then rallied his trotter to score a head triumph. Third place went to Ladys Big Stormont and driver Alan Schwartz. Minore owns the winner who is trained by Taylor Gower by John Manzi, for NAADA

Freehold, NJ -- Another $9,000 amateur harness racing trot in the American Harness Drivers Club is now in the books after "Coach Paul" Minore gunned If I Must to the lead from the five-hole and then proceeded to make every pole a winning one en route to 2-1/4 length victory in 2:00.4 over seven others at Freehold Raceway on Saturday afternoon (Oct 24). Mugshot Jess, driven by Pearly Allen, got all the early betting money and was sent away as the 1-2 favorite but road trouble from the six-hole never allowed him to contend until it was too late. After he grabbed the lead in a soft :30.2 first quarter Minore tapped the breaks and led Fji (Dave Offenberg) by the first stanza and they were one-two by the half in 1:01:2 while Mugshot Jess was stalled by breaking horses on the first turn. A lazy Tough Get Going (Joe Faraldo) who was in third place behind the leaders early, had trouble chasing the top two and in doing so it kept the trailers from a clear shot at the leaders. It was still If I Must and Fiji showing the way as the field rounded the final turn and in the lane the former opened daylight on the latter and coasted to an easy victory. Mugshot Jess finally shook free but too late to do any damage to the leaders and had to settle for third money.   If I Must, a 5-year-old altered son of Muscles Yankee, is owned by his driver and trained by Taylor Gower. He was sent off as third choice in the contest and returned a $14.70 win mutuel. Minore was the high school track and field coach for the great Carl Lewis. by John Manzi, for the AHDC

Monticello, NY--When a horse is deemed the best in a race the driver knows the most preferential place to be is on the front-end. And that's just where Alan Schwartz put Ladys Big Stormont in the NAADA trot at Monticello Raceway on Thursday afternoon, Oct. 22. And once there, the big strapping 9-year-old altered son of Earl Of Stormont didn't let him down and cruised to a gate to wire triumph in a time of 2:01.1. "He's now won 45 races in his career with the overwhelming majority while racing on the lead.." Schwartz said of his veteran trotter, "And today he was extra gritty turning back all comers and finishing strong." When the starter released the field Schwartz gunned Earl Of Stormont to the lead and they had control on the first turn but had to contend with Massamillion (Bob Davis) who was parked. Davis rushed his trotter up alongside Schwartz's charge who had command and the pylon position. They raced side by side past he first quarter in :29.1 and they were still like a team by the half in :59.4. "I guess I got a little lucky when when Bob (Davis) didn't try to force the pace and the fractions turned out to be just right for me," Schwartz acknowledged. After the half Massamillion began to fade but Bobby Krivelin had Permanent Joy in high gear and they rushed alongside Ladys Big Stormont as they trotted by the third stanza in 1:31.1 "My horse was up to the challenge and when he saw Krivelin's trotter he put it in another gear and we drew off a couple of lengths and cruised home an easy winner," Schwartz said. Permanent Joy held on for second money while Garnet (Chris Doherty) took home the show dough. The winner is owned and trained by his driver. He paid $4.20 for win. For Schwartz it was his 623rd amateur driving victory. by John Manzi, for NAADA

Freehold, NJ -- It was bombs away in the American Harness Drivers Club trot at Freehold Raceway ​on Saturday afternoon (Oct 17) when "Mighty Matt" Zuccarello hustled 47-1 Latoka up the inside to collar "Smokin' Joe" Faraldo and 30-1 Tough Get Going and together the trotters produced a whopping $1,017.40 exacta, one of the biggest in recent memories in amateur racing. And the third place finish by Wygant Prince ,with "Coach Paul" Minore at the controls, produced a near record $3,813.80 trifecta. When the gate sprung Minore sent his veteran trotter to the lead as Faraldo ducked in the two-hole, a place where he stayed until the stretch drive. In the meantime Minore played hardball with Marianna Monaco who had her Awol Hanover challenging for the lead from the six-hole in the :29.2 first quarter. But with Minore's insistence Awol Hanover never was able to drop down along the pylons as the trotters race one-two all the way to the final turn. With Wygant Prince showing the way and Tough Get Going following Faraldo was content with the way the race was breaking for him. "I moved Tough Get Going to the outside and when we rounded the final we had the lead and I thought we were going to win it," Faraldo said."I was eyeing Wygant Prince and I knew we had him beat. " Faraldo was right but his trotter drifted in the deep stretch which permitted Zuccarello and Latoka, who was fifth at the head of the lane, with a clear path to the finish line now that they were down along the pylons. With daylight the veteran 9-year-old Groton Hall gelding kicked it in another gear and collared the leader and went on to a head victory over Tough Get Going in 2:01.1.   For Zuccarello, who doubles as the publicist for the GSY Amateur Series, it was his first seasonal driving victory and the 17th of his career. The winner is owned and trained by Donald Maiorano by John Manzi, for the American Harness Drivers Club    

Dayton, Ohio -- Members of the Great Lakes Amateur Drivers Association were on the move again this weekend with a trot at Dayton Raceway on Saturday evening and when the judges hung the official sign upon the completion of the $7,200 event Gregg "Fast Greggy" Keidel rallied Milford's Z Tam to a 1:56.4 triumph over seven harness racing competitors When the starter let the field go Daniel Jones gunned Don't Forget Muscle for the lead from the two-hole and they gained command before the first quarter timer flashed :28.1. Once on the lead Jones kept the pedal to the metal and zipped unchallenged by the halfway point although Alesha Binkley was tight on his back with Hititoutofthepark. Daryl Bontrager was the first to move with Conway Kellyanne and they charged alongside Jones and Don't Forget Muscle as the field trotted by the third stanza. At that point the field tightened but Jones' trotter was still in front and when they headed for paydirt Don't Forget Muscles stride began to shorten after trotting :28.3 third quarter. Although Keidel's attention was on the horses in front of him -he was fifth at the time-when Milford Z Tam rounded the final turn and headed for home he was full of trot and charged home in :28.3 for a solid one-length triumph over Hititoutofthepark in 1:56.4. Don't Forget Muscle garnered the show dough. The winner is owned by William Hartt and trained by Michael Hitchcock. He paid $6.20 for win. by John Manzi, for GLADA

"It certainly was a surprise, and a really nice one,"Linda Myers said after being honored a few days ago at Goshen Historic Track for 25 years of dedicated service to the Board of Directors. "In retrospect it all went so fast..too fast, but I loved every minute of it" she added. Myers began her tenure at the harness racing National Historic Landmark in 1995 when Dick Wallace was the Chairman of the Board of Directors. "Dick was a wonderful man and a pleasure to work for. And so was Vince Brescia another longtime chairman of the Board. Actually, all the Board presidents and Board members were, and are, dedicated and work tirelessly for the preservation of Historic Track," Myers added. Since her tenure at GHT there have been four chairmen and three presidents of the Board and Mrs Myers has also worked with five track managers. "And since I've been here I've seen four Presidents of the US in office," Myers said with a smile. Over the years she has had six different office assistants--"and I loved them all," she added. A longtime devoted employee at the National Historic Landmark and Cradle of the Trotter her dedication was honored in 2012 when the Monticello-Goshen Chapter of U.S. Harness Writers Association honored her as the recipient of their prestigious Amy Bull Crist Award. "Thank you so much for helping to make my 25th anniversary here at the track so memorable. The floral arrangement is beautiful and the cake was delicious. I appreciate your thoughtfulness," Mrs Myers said the afternoon of the presentation to her by attending Board members. Linda and her hubby, Gene, live in nearby Circleville, NY. by John Manzi, for Goshen Historic Track  

Freehold, NJ --- In one of the most dominant harness racing pacing performances at Freehold Raceway in a long time, Lettuceriprita obliterated the field in the Preferred Handicap pace on Saturday (October 10). He won by 6 3/4 lengths in 1:51.1, missing the track record for aged pacing geldings by 1/5 of a second.   He was 15/1 in the field of eight, and left from post position one. Driver Dan Dube had him in third early on, sitting off a very hot pace set by Lyons Steel. Just after the half, which was paced in 55 seconds, Dube activated Lettuceriprita first-over, and moved up to the throatlach of Lyons Steel nearing three-quarters.   As they paced by that mark, in 1:23.3, Lyons Steel had no response, and Lettuceriprita powered away from the field. He went the final quarter in a very impressive 27.3 seconds.   The track record for aged pacing geldings is held by Francam, who paced a mile in 1:51 on September 16, 2006. Lettuceriprita also came close to the all-time record mile of 1:50.3, set by One More Laugh in the 2010 Cane Pace.   For Lettuceriprita, it was his second win of the year, from six starts. The race also shattered his previous lifetime best mark of 1:52.1, set at Harrah's Philadelphia in 2016 and equaled Yonkers Raceway in 2017. Bill MacKenzie trains the winner, and co-owns in partnership with Vincent Ali. Daniel Dube is the winning driver.   Dube and MacKenzie also teamed up to win the eleventh race, with Clint Westwood. Dube was the only driver on the 12-race card to win multiple races.   Bob “the Headhunter” Hechkoff wins the A.H.D.C. Trot   Bob “the Headhunter” Hechkoff knows that when a driver have the best horse in the race there's only one place to be and that place is on the lead. So that's just where he put Pound Sterling in the $9000 leg of the American Harness Drivers Club series at Freehold Raceway on Saturday afternoon, October 10. After being roughed-up though a :28.4 first quarter Hechkoff's charge made the top from the five-hole and once there it was catch me if you can-- and nobody could as the veteran trotter chugged to a  2:00.1 victory When the starter said “go” Paul “the Coach” Minore grabbed the racetrack with his old veteran, Wygant Prince, and then allowed a parked -out Pound Sterling to take command . Hechkoff lead the competition by the first stanza but he had to contend with Permanent Joy, and driver Bobby “Rapid Rail” Krivlen, who moved first-up as the field headed to the half. Krivelin”s trotter was at first troubling to the leader but Hechkoff's charge was up to the task and rebuffed the challenge When the field straightened for home Pound Sterling was in command and 7-year-old Muscle Hill gelding held the lead all the way to the wire. After a two-hole journey Wygant Prince was second best while Fiji and driver Dave “the Rave” Offenberg garnered the show dough. The winner is co-owned by Kyle Spagnola and his driver and is trained by Spagnola. He paid $4.80 for win.    John Manzi      

Meadow Lands, Pa. - Members of The Great Lakes Amateur Drivers Association assembled at The Meadows for an $8100 trot and after a perfect pocket trip Alesha Binkley rallied Luminosity to a solid 1:56.2 harness racing victory over eight rivals. Sent off as third choice in the competitive field Luminosity paid $9.60 for win. After starting from the pole position Steve Oldford sent 18-1 shot, A Royal Line, to the lead and they had command as the field trotted by the first stanza in a swift :27.3 with the eventual winner tucked in nicely in the two-hole. With no one challenging Oldford then grabbed leather and lead the field by the halfway point in :58.1. But as the field headed to the three quarters Oldford fed his trotter racetrack and despite a :28.3 quarter they couldn't shake Luminosity who was enjoying a covered two-hole trip. When the field rounded the final turn and headed for paydirt A Royal Line's stride began to shorten and Oldford could do nothing more but watch Alesha Binkley rally Luminosity to a 1-1/4 length victory. And in the deep stretch John Sikaras got the betting favorite, Formor, up for second money. A Royal Line held on for the show dough.. Luminosity , a 10 year-old altered son of Cash Hall, scored his fourth seasonal triumph and 50th of his illustrious career. He is owned by Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi and trained by Ron Burke.   by John Manzi for the Great Lakes Amateur Drivers Association

Northfield, Oh---Two trotting divisions in the Great Lakes Amateur Drivers Association's year- long harness racing series were contested on Saturday night (10-3) over Northfield Park's speedy half mile oval and when the races were declared official Larry Ferrari and Lauren Harmon each emerged victorious in their respective divisions. Ferrari was a neck winner with Mesmerized in 1:57.2 while Ms Harmon scored convincingly with Stardust Memories in 1:56.1. Both winners are altered sons of Cantab Hall. In his split Ferrari took no prisoners when he sent Mesmerized to the lead from the two-hole and rebuffed any and all challenges. After gaining command Ferrari got his trotter by the quarter in a relatively soft 29 seconds and was clear on the lead by the half in :59. When Marvin Raber moved Azucar off the pylons as the field headed to the halfway point Daniel Jones followed with Don't Forget Muscle and they ranged-up to challenge the leader. But when the field headed for paydirt Mesmerized hung tough and kept Jones'. charge at bay and hung on for a head triumph. Azucar garnered the show dough.   Owned by Kennedy Sports LLC and trained by Clair Umholtz, Mesmerized paid $12.00 for win. In the other split 20-year-old Lauren Harmon and Stardust Memories were decisive winners. After parking High Blue(Emanuel Miler) in a 27.3 first quarter Harmon kept the pedal to the metal and rebuffed High Blue and had Stardust Memories in complete command as they showed the way by the half in:57.2 From there it was catch-me-if-you- can, and nobody could, as the veteran gelding began to draw off and open daylight on his competition and Stardust Memories cruised to an oh-so-easy 8-1/2 length triumph in 1:56.1 Warrior Way came from far back to finish second for Eddie Miller and Jackie Goldstein, with Michelle "the Belle" Ruvola at the controls, finished third.   Owned by the Pod Stable and trained by Jessica Millner, Stardust Memories returned a $14.00 mutuel. by John Manzi for the Great Lakes Amateur Drivers Association

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