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DOVER, Del.--- A 10-year-old harness racing veteran Piece Of The Rock notched his second win of 2017 scoring a 1:51.1 victory in the Monday, March 3 feature at Dover Downs. Four drivers collected doubles. On the heels of a 1:50.3 triumph in his last start L&J Racing's veteran pacer won for the 33rd time in his career romping to a 1:51.1 decision raising his lifetime earnings to $706,553 with Tony Morgan guiding the win. Josh Green conditions the Rocknroll Hanover-Paula's Promise gelding. Western Young Gun (Jonathan Roberts) came down the passing lane to edge Rock On Precious (Russ Foster) for second money. Morgan raked up his second win of the day piloting owner-trainer Ron Davis' Lee Is A Star home. The Matt's Scooter-Bags Is A Artist seven-year-old recorded his 15th lifetime win good for $116,385 earnings. Sean Bier was the first of two drivers to hang up a double. He drove Major Starlight, an Amada Payson-trained Major In Art-Starlight Justice gelding owned by Dante Scatalini and Ben Gordon, to a 1:52 triumph. Bier came right back to steer New Evidence home in 1:56 in the next race for owners, trainer Jim McGuire, Jeff and John O'Donnell. The victory was the first of the year and second all-time for the Western Terror-Bouncing Hanover gelding. Art Stafford Jr. also made the winner's circle twice. First with Ron Davis' Machet Time, a daughter of Mach Three-Rocket Time, in 1:53.4. Stafford later gave A Farmboys Success his first lifetime victory carving out a 1:55 win. Stafford also owns and trains the American Ideal-Far Ahead Hanover sophomore gelding. Corey Callahan was responsible for two wins also, He drove Breakaway Racing's Nantucket Red, a Real Artist-Race Me Valerie gelding, for his father trainer Nick Callahan to a lifetime first win in 1:54.1. CTC Stable's West Lucky Aria came back in the stretch for Callahan to post a 1:55.3 success with a Camluck-Terror Of The West three-year-old filly. Trainer Joe Columbo and driver George Dennis collaborated for consecutive victories. Both winners are owned by George & Tina Dennis. They are partnered with The Wiz Kids Stable on I'm Won Run Wiser a 1:53 winner by Headmaster-La Gloria Cubana, an eight-year-old mare. Allstar Preview was the other Dennis winner. He is an altered son of Four Starzzz Shark-Gallery Hop gelding. STAKES WINNER GURAL HANOVER NEW IN $20,000 FEATURE TROT Gural Hanover, an almost $800,000 winner is a new face in this week’s top trot, the $20,000 Open meeting former Hambletonian winner Market Share and Tough Mac in this week’s feature event on Wednesday, March 8 at Dover Downs.   A strong supporting card is also on the trotting dominated  program. Post Time is 4:30 p.m. Weaver Bruscemi, Burke Racing, Little E and Panhellenic stables are owners of Gural Hanover, a winner of $784,974 in his career who makes his initial start of his six-year-old season with Yannick Gingras in the bike. Fresh from a convincing win last Wednesday, Market Share, winner of the 2012 Hambletonian, has won two of his last five outing including a trio of second-place finishes with Tim Tetrick at the controls. Tough Mac, a local standout for the past three seasons racing for Mike Casalino has won three of his six starts this season and will be driven by Corey Callahan.  Rich Pollucci’s Frost Free Hanover with Vic Kirby piloting, has been a meet-long standout with three wins and a third in 2017. Jonathan Roberts drives CC Racing’s Il Mago while Leigh Raymer and John Whitby’s Buddy Hally and Montrell Teague and I’m So Striking handled by Eddie Dennis for Lois and Earl Walters and E&K Stable, from the rail complete the hard-hitting field. A $15,000 4&5-Year-Old Winners-Over trot heads the undercard. Dennis, Johannsen, Holly Case and trainer Bob Reeser’s, Bluebird Reverend (Teague), a 1:54 winner last week, and Clebrity Pegasus (Art Stafford Jr.), racing for Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar, Steve Iaquinta and Minisink Farms, leave from the outside posts in an eight horse field. Monday through Thursday live racing begins at 4:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are ‘dark days’ at the track. Fine food is available while watching the races at the acclaimed Winner's Circle Restaurant Buffet. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad    

DOVER, Del.---Nike Franco N and Lightning Mach N, a pair of New Zealand ex-patriots, turned in impressive harness racing victories in feature paces while driver Yannick Gingras, trainer Josh Green teamed for four victories with owner Rich Lombardo joining them in the winner's circle three times each to highlight Tuesday, Nov. 1 racing at Dover Downs. Tim Tetrick bidded his time driving Nike Franco N in the $20,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap pace before taking the American-sired McArdle-Nearea Franco six-year-old to the outside from sixth and overpowered her seven rivals for a 1:51.2 score in the feature for trainer Jim King and owner Rich Pollucci. Empress Deo (Allan Davis) got up for second in front of Nat A Virgin (Corey Callahan). The win is the second since crossing the Pacific. On both continents, the high-class mare has earned $110,429 this year and $340,243 lifetime. Lightning Mach N was equally impressive driven by Yannick Gingras in her 1:51.1 conquest in a $13,500 3,4&5-Year-Old Filly and Mare pace. Enhance Your Mind O (Vic Kirby) was runner-up with Art Of Dancing (Art Stafford Jr.) third. Tony Morgan guided Dave Banks and Layfield Horses' OnYour Six to her third win in four starts recording a 1:52 lifetime best in the $15,500 event for young females. Richard Lewis conditions the sophomore daughter of Yankee Cruiser-Armbro Winter to her fourth win of the season. Terror At Night (Jim Morand) led early and finished second. Girlofyourdreams (Tetrick) was third. Sayulita was a 13-1 winner for Corey Callahan. The Somebeachsomewhere three-year-old was the first of two wins for trainer Lewis and owners Banks and Layfield Horses. Hostess Lisa (Morgan) and Annabeth (Stafford Jr.) finished second and third respectively. In a $10,500 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund freshman preview, Logan's Girl won in personal best time of 1:54.4 for driver Vic Kirby, trainer Jim King and owner JoAnn Looney King. It was the Roddy's Bags Again-All Italian filly's fifth win in six starts. She's No Spinster (A.Davis) was second. Westwind Roddylee (Morgan) third. Allan Davis had a driving triple. Wednesday is trot day at Dover Downs. Maestro Blue Chip and Theresademoninme drew outside posts in the $20,000 Open Handicap trot feature. Four lucrative Matron two-year-old finals head Thursday racing. Weekday post time for Monday through Thursday racing is 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday are dark days. Sundays in November, racing begins a 5:30 p.m. Parking and admission are free. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant acclaimed Buffet and for the 4-star Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad

Dancin Yankee, the seemingly-indefatigable $1.4 million winner, heads up the $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) for aged harness racing pacers on Saturday night (Oct. 15) at Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway. He'll square off against seven rivals in the one mile test for 4-year-olds & up Ohio-breds. "He's the type of horse everyone wants to have in their barn," trainer Josh Green noted. "My father picked him out at the yearling sale. We like to buy an Ohio-bred every year and my dad has a good eye for yearlings. He thought this colt was very racy and athletic-looking. He doesn't like too many yearlings, but he called me up and said, 'We have to buy this colt!'" Purchased for a mere $17,000 at the 2009 Ohio Select Sale, Dancin Yankee has gone on to earn $1,480,200 for Richard Lombardo of Solon, OH and L&J Racing LLC of Horsham, PA. He will be trying for career victory 54 in the OSS Championship, and also has 31 seconds and 21 thirds from 158 lifetime starts. "Dan Ater broke him for us in Georgia and kept him for his 2-year-old season and for about half of his 3-year-old season," Green recalled. Dancin Yankee had nine starts during his freshman campaign in 2010, earning $60,406 from four wins and two thirds. One of his most solid efforts came in his maiden victory, when he scored his 2-year-old record of 1:53.2 on Aug. 21 at Scioto Downs in a $19,400 Ohio Sires Stake. Driven by Kyle Ater, the colt drew off by 4½ lengths with a :28 final brush. He then posted victories at Raceway Park (Sept. 12) in a wire-to-wire 1:56.3 effort in an OSS; at Delaware (Sept. 22) in a wire-to-wire 1:55 score in the $21,886 Ohio Breeders Championship; and at Northfield Park (Oct. 2) in an OSS in 1:57.1. "His best quality is that he takes great care of himself and has always been a very sound horse," Green stressed. "I just love him, and I love a horse that comes from off the pace and can get around a half-mile really well and this horse has both of those qualities." Dancin Yankee returned for his sophomore campaign in 2011, winning his second start out of the box, an OSS at Lebanon on May 7, 2011 in 1:57.1, over a nasty, wet racing surface. He went on to win seven more starts that season, including triumphs at Delaware in the $26,794 Ohio Breeders Championship in 1:53.2 on Sept. 22; OSS at Northfield and Lebanon; and a $40,000 Ohio State Fair Stake at Scioto in 1:52.3 on Aug. 6. He also competed at Chester (where he took his 3-year-old record of 1:50.2F), Pocono Downs and Dover Downs in the Open ranks with great success, adding another $123,331 to his bankroll at the season's end. In 2012, things just got better for the bay with the white star on his forehead. Dancin Yankee raced consistently week-after-week against some of the toughest pacers on the East Coast. He garnered strong checks in the Levy series at Yonkers, and scored victories in the Open and winners-over class at Pocono Downs, Yonkers, Saratoga and Harrington. At Pocono he scored a seasonal best mark of 1:49.4, en route to winning a $25,000 conditioned pace on May 26. His stats that year saw him add $231,225 to his bulging bank account from seven wins, six seconds and seven thirds in 28 trips postward, pushing his earnings to $414,962 at year's end. As a 5-year-old in 2013, Dancin Yankee went on to another record season, with five wins, seven seconds and a third from 27 starts, upping his earnings by $170,860 en route to being named Ohio Aged Pacer of the Year. He won a $50,000 Levy Leg (April 6) in 1:51.4 at Yonkers and also captured a one and 1/16 mile test in 1:59.2 at that same half-mile oval on July 20. His seasonal best came early in the year via a 1:50.1 record in a $35,000 Dover Downs Preferred Handicap on Jan. 17. In 2014 this gritty pacer paced to a lifetime best clocking of 1:47.2 at Pocono Downs on May 17 in rein to Brett Miller. However his best effort came when he exploded to win the $260,000 Joe Gerrity, Jr. Memorial on Aug. 16 at Saratoga in a new track record time of 1:48.4. What was most impressive is that he beat the likes of Heston Blue Chip and the mighty Foiled Again, among others, in the fastest mile in that track's history. "That was definitely his most impressive effort in my book," Green noted. Dancin Yankee also scored triumphs at Hoosier Park, Harrah's Chester, and Yonkers before winning an OSS leg and the $50,000 Championship in 1:52.1 at Dayton on Oct. 18 of that year. He was named the Ohio Aged Pacer of the Year for the second time. This venerable pacer, who Green describes as "having kind of a linebacker build," just kept on rolling in 2015, taking victories in the open ranks at Harrington and Pocono Downs. He won a division of the Ben Franklin and was second by a neck in the Gerrity, before returning to his home state to capture the OSS Championship for the second straight season with Danny Noble in the sulky. "He's just a good horse," Noble said after the race. "He's just a good feeling horse and he just overpowers a field." Dancin Yankee wrapped up 2015 by adding $282,909 to his bankroll from four wins, seven seconds and two thirds in 23 starts. He recorded a 7-year-old mark of 1:48.3f at Pocono Downs in early June, and was named Ohio's Aged Pacer of the Year for the third consecutive season. This year, Dancin Yankee has amassed a record of 7-7-3 from 25 trips postward with seasonal earnings of $102,329, missing only three checks all year. He's captured Opens at Northfield, Pocono and Harrington, and took a seasonal mark of 1:49.1 at Pocono on July 30. Green said he's ready for his OSS test at Dayton. "This horse just feels like a million bucks," Green acknowledged. "He gets turned out a lot and has his own stud paddock at the farm. However, it takes at least two and sometimes three people to paddock him. He's not mean, he's just very ornery and he's a bad biter. Again, it's not a meanness issue, I really think he's playing, but he's sent several people to the hospital so we have to be very careful around him. He has to wear this Hannibal Lector-looking muzzle in the paddock so he can't bite anyone." Green, a Cedarville, OH native, is based at Dovington Training Center in Felton, DE. "I just think at his core, Dancin Yankee is an over-achiever in everything he does," Green said. "He's very athletic, very consistent and has perfect confirmation." The decision to stand the rambunctious stallion has been discussed, Green admitted. "We've talked about it," he said. "We've had interest from some folks in Australia and other places. We had thought about breeding him and racing him at the same time, but since he's already super study, I think once we make that decision, they'll be no turning back for him. He's been a super study horse his whole career so once he starts breeding, he's not going to want to get back into the racing game. Once we do retire him to stand, that will be it." Dancin Yankee was bred by Elizabeth Yontz of Georgetown, KY and is the first foal out of his dam, the $40,922-winning Cambest mare Dancewiththebest. He has a full sister in Cruzin To The Dance p, 3, 1:53.4F ($107,572) and half-siblings in Dancin Caroll (by Sportswriter) p, 2, Q1:55.1f ($81,646); Dancin In the Nude (by Sportswriter) p, 3, 1:52.4s ($35,142); and Dancin Rebel (Big Bad John) p, 2, 1:53.2h ($54,222). by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator    

Yonkers Raceway's harness racing Blue Chip Matchmaker series began Friday night, with the sport's best pacing mares embarking upon a six-week odyssey. Three consecutive, $40,000 events comprised the opening round. The series starter saw Al Raza N (Jordan Stratton, $15.20) snap 9-10 fave Krispy Apple (Jason Bartlett) right nearing the wire in a season's-best 1:52.3. Hazmatt (Brian Sears) was third, with Delightful Dragon (Brent Holland) and Skippin' By (Yannick Gingras) settling for the remainder. It was a certified scrum early with Krispy Apple making the lead by looping Regil Elektra (Tim Tetrick). Regil Elektra was out again, winning the :27.1 opening quarter-mile. Soon after, Sandbetweenurtoes (Jody Jamieson), having dropped in third, made her second move, leading at a :55.4 intermission. Down the backside, Krispy Apple took out and third and went by a defenseless Sandbetweenurtoes with the greatest of ease. The people's preference opened 3¼ lengths by the 1:23.4 three-quarters and had a couple of lengths entering the lane. However, she couldn't close the sale. Al Raza N, unhurried from post position No. 2, moved from third-over (second-up after Krispy Apple cleared the lead), continuing to make up ground. Advancing to third in and out of the final turn, she wore down her target by a half-length. The roster was rounded out by a shuffled-out Regil Elektra and a dropping-anchor Sandbetweenurtoes. For fifth choice Al Raza N, a 6-year-old Down Under daughter of Gotta Go Cullect owned by Durazzano Stable and trained by Agostino Abbatiello, it was her second win in three seasonal starts. The exacta paid $44, with the triple returning $316. Friday's second Matchmaker event saw rank outsider Mach it a Par (George Brennan, $81) do her best Middle Tennessee State impression, picking off defending series champion Venus Delight by a nose in 1:53.2. Venus Delight had engaged, then overhauled, 4-5 fave Secrets Out N (Sears). That one, after getting away third, controlled the crowd (:27.4, :57, 1:25.2) until early in the lane before faltering. Mach it a Par, from post No. 6, operated from second-over. She and Venus Delight battled for the tiara, with the former just getting to the latter. Yagonnakissmeornot (Dan Dube) lost some contact in the pocket but managed third, with Sell a Bit N (Stratton) and Cheyenne Robin (Corey Callahan) settling for the minor moolah. Secrets Out N faded to sixth. For Mach it a Par, a 6-year-old daughter of Mach Three co-owned by D'Elegance Stable IX, Carmine Iannacone, T L P & Gandolfo Stables and trained by Richard Banca, it was her first win in six seasonal starts. The exacta paid $721, with the triple returning $1,699. Mach it a Par, off a sale/barn change, had been off nearly four weeks (with a "sick line" in between). The evening final series event was won by a down-the-road Lady Shadow (Callahan, $7), who overcame an outside post No. 7 and widened late. Lady Shadow had to wait her turn, finally getting around 7-5 favorite Gallie Bythe Beach (Matt Kakaley). From there, she had little issues (:27.4, :56.3, 1:25, 1:53.4), prevailing by 2¼ lengths. "Gallie" chased from the pocket and saved second, with Jungle Genie N (Bartlett), first leader Inittowinafortune (Tyler Buter) and For the Ladies N (Stratton) grabbing the smaller envelopes. For second choice Lady Shadow, a 5-year-old daughter of Shadow Play co-owned by David Kryway, Carl Atley, Edwin Gold & BFJ Stable and trained by Josh Green, it was a season-debuting victory.. The exacta paid $17, the triple returned $74.50 and the superfecta paid $568. Saturday night's card brings the opening round of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. Six, $50,000 divisions (races 4,5,6,7, 9 and 10) each feature seven Free-For-Allers. YONKERS’ SATURDAY PICK 5 FEATURES $3,500 CARRYOVER A friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that Saturday night’s (March 19) Pick 5 wager begins with a tidy carryover of $3,500.50. The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising races 7 through 11 during every racing program (or earlier if less than 11 races). It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners (as was the case Friday evening), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next program.  Saturday’s gimmick includes the last three divisions in the opening round of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series (races 7,9 and 10). Frank Drucker

Nova Artist inched closer to becoming a $1-million winner on Thursday, May 17 to win the feature race holding on for a 1:52.2 harness racing victory at Dover Downs. Allan Davis notched five wins including Nova Artist. Allan Davis moved the nine-year-old son of Real Artist-Avon Lady into the lead approaching the final turn and then opened up entering the stretch but Nova Artist had to survive a four-horse blitz nearing the finish line to win for the second time this season and 45th in his career. Owned by Eddie and Kathy Davis and trained by Martin Davis, the two-time Dover Downs Horse of the Meet, has now won $984,157. People Are Crazy (Vic Kirby) was a head back in second with early leader Native Art (George Dennis) a close-up third. Josh Green conditioned both first-time winners of the daily double. Allan Davis guided Egtravagant Dragon home in 1:57 to win for Karen Feeney and Marge Skyrm while Ross Wolfenden piloted JJ&M and Seafood Delight stable's Seafood Scrappy to a 1:59.1 mark. In addition to Nova Artist and Egtravagant Dragon, Davis' five wins included Tim Torbert and Dylan Davis' Star Guitar in 1:55.1, Fred Hertrich's homebred Mistresstothestars, 1:53, and Muscara Racing's OutrageousdelightN in 1:53.3. Ross Wolfenden drove three wins and owner -trainer Tim Torbert had two winners. Dover Downs is dark on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Monday through Thursday racing begins at 4:30 p.m. When at the track, watch live 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.  Marv Bachrad                              

HARRINGTON, Del. - Two $20,000 divisions of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings highlighted the Monday harness racing program at Harrington Raceway. Mo Coo Inc. and Jonathan Klee Racing's Quick Art ($4, Tony Morgan) took the first division in 1:53.2. Sent off as the even-money favorite from post position seven, the Artzina gelding assumed early command from Smoking Joey and never relented in victory. Byby Landon closed ground late to finish second, narrowly beating Roddy's Hot Again who was third. Trained by Josh Green, Quick Art registered his fifth win of the season, with his previous wins coming on the New York circuit. The second division featured a showdown of two Delaware heavyweights, Michael White's Son of a Sizzle, who won an Art Rooney Memorial elimination and Sharon Wyatt, Robin West and Ron Benton's Remember Me Vk , winner of all four of his 2015 starts. When the dust settled, it was Remember Me Vk prevailing by a length in 1:54 over Son of a Sizzle and Art Season. The Art Director gelding, Remember Me Vk set a modest pace with fractions of 28.1, 58 and 1:26.2. Son Of A Sizzle was unable to make a serious charge in the stretch but held well in second. Remember Me Vk improved to 5-for-5 in 2015 for trainer Bob Wyatt. Green and Morgan struck again in the $16,000 Open, the overnight feature, as L&J Racing's EZ Noah ($3, Morgan) won his fourth consecutive race in 1:52.2 over Island Lexus and Main A Dieu Too. Bobby Clark-trained Jingle Bell Rocker ($2.40, Corey Callahan) notched his fifth straight win in a $7,500 claiming event for owner Tina Clark. Callahan, Allan Davis, Jim Morand, Morgan, Art Stafford Jr. and Jon Roberts each had driving doubles. Matthew Sparacino      

HARRINGTON, Del. - Richard Lombardo and David Kryway's Also Encouraging ($4, Allan Davis) was a well-backed winner in her 1:53.4 score in the $16,000 Mares Open Tuesday at the harness racing meeting at Harrington Raceway. It was the second straight night a Josh Green-trained entrant took an Open-level event, after EZ Noah, prevailed for a third straight week on Monday. Also Encouraging, a 4-year-old Western Terror mare registered her fourth win in six starts this season. Also Encouraging followed Star Keeper and Embassy Seelster into the race into the live outer flow after Senorita Santanna cruised through the fractions while receiving heavy pressure to the three quarters. Embassy Seelster wore down the leader before Also Encouraging gathered momentum late to prevail. Star Keeper finished third. It was one of four wins for Davis on the program. Tony Morgan drove three winners, while George Dennis had a driving double. Matt Sparacino  

HARRINGTON, Del. - L&J Racing Inc.'s EZ Noah (Tony Morgan, $2.60) continued to relish the Delaware air with his third straight harness racing win, this one in 1:51.4, Monday in the $16,000 Open Pace at Harrington Raceway. The 6-year-old Western Terror gelding had spent the winter in the tropical climate of Pompano Beach, Fl., where he raced at Pompano Park. Sent off as the 1-to-5 favorite Monday, the Josh Green-trainee did not disappoint and remains unbeaten in his three Delaware starts this season. He led virtually gate-to-wire and was a one length winner over People Are Crazy and Elite Awards. Montrell Teague, who had three wins on the program, took the early double with Shiretown Pitbull ($5.60) and Remember Me VK ($2.10). Remember Me VK improved to 4-for-4 to start his sophomore campaign with a dazzling 1:51.4 win for trainer Bob Wyatt and owners Sharon Wyatt, Robin West and Robin Benton. The Art Director gelding has won 7 of 9 career starts. Driver Victor Kirby also had a driving double, winning consecutive races in the third and fourth with Raritan Bay ($5) and Beavercreek Artist ($5.60). Jon Roberts, piloted Feel Like A Fool ($2.80) and Tauranga ($5.60) to victory to complete his driving double, while George Dennis also had two winners with Something Blue ($6) and Roddys Hot Again ($3.20). Allan Davis was the fifth driver to win at least two races on the card, prevailing with Provenance ($2.40) and Son of a Sizzle ($3.60). Son of a Sizzle, a son of Life Sizzles and a familiar rival of Remember Me VK, prepped for upcoming DSBF action with an impressive 1:53 win for trainer Green, who had a double. Matthew Sparacino  

L&J Racing's EZ Noah ($3.80, Tony Morgan) notched his second straight win Monday at the harness arcing meeting at Harrington Raceway with a 1:52.2 triumph in the $16,000 Open Pace. The 6-year-old Western Terror gelding has already topped his seasonal win total for races in Delaware as opposed to his winter home of Florida as the Josh Green-trainee achieved his third win of the year. EZ Noah was placed forwardly early from post position six where he would assume command from Contraband Hanover and never relent in a one length victory. Contraband Hanover held second with People Are Crazy third. Two of harness racing's winningest drivers of all-time each had multiple wins. Jim Morand, winner of 9,118 races, was victorious in both halves of the daily double with Bad Boy Matt ($3.00) and Shellysblockbuster ($7.20). Morgan, winner of 15,078 races, had a driving triple, capturing the first and final legs of the pick four with Bold and Brave ($2.60), preceding his win aboard EZ Noah. Morgan also won the 12th with Winbak Carl ($12.20). Montrell Teague also had a pair of wins on the program, a prelude to his trip north of the border with current top ranked pacer in harness racing, locally owned Wiggleitjiggleit, who will compete in the prestigious North American Cup at Mohawk Racetrack (Ontario, Canada) on June 13. Owned by Teague's father George, Wiggleitjiggleit will put his ten race unbeaten streak on the line this weekend against the continent's top sophomore pacers. Matt Sparacino  

WILKES-BARRE PA - A specially-formatted 16-race harness racing card was featured on Belmont Day at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with four races held before the historic doings in Elmont NY and then the remainder starting after the big race.   The race attracting the most attention was the tenth race (held in the evening portion), a $30,000 Open pace, and there was "dancin' in the moonlight" as 2014 Pennsylvania Pacer of the Year Dancin Yankee never looked back in a 1:48.3 victory, going out in 26 and coming home in 26.4 firmly in control. George Napolitano Jr., king of the local driving colony again this year, was named on four horses in the race, and he picked the right one as the son of Yankee Cruiser raised his lifetime earnings harvest over $1.2M for trainer Josh Green and owners Baron Racing Stable and Richard Lombardo.   In the other $30,000 Open pace, Big Boy Dreams marked himself as a 4-year-old to watch as he reduced his mark to 1:49.4 in taking another $30,000 Open pacing contest. The son of If I Can Dream made the front just past the ¼ for driver Simon Allard, set the pace, then rocketed home in 26.4 for his second straight victory after a third-place finish in the Confederation Cup Final. Trainer Rene Allard shares ownership of the winner of over half a million dollars with Robert Hamather and Mary Lou Poliseno.   The ladies were in the spotlight in the last race of the "early" card and the first race of the "later" card.   In the last race held before the Belmont, Blue Chip Matchmaker winner Venus Delight asserted a claim to be the leader of the older female division with a 1:50.2 decision in a $30,000 mares handicap pace, despite not having started since her victory in the Yonkers series final on April 25. But the daughter of Bettor's Delight and driver Jason Bartlett had to work hard for the top money, rallying out of the pocket to catch perhaps the most-improved horse of 2015, Ooh Bad Shark, to tally by a head after grabbing the lead with about 100 feet to go. The winner, who set a personal mark, is trained by Jeff Bamond Jr. for owners Bamond Racing LLC - who might get a fifth straight older pacing mares yearly title, with Anndrovette having won in the last four seasons.   After American Pharoah won the Belmont and the first thoroughbred Triple Crown in 37 years, the Broadway Hall mare Frau Blucher went 4/5 seconds faster in winning, capturing a $30,000 open trot while defeating six males and two females in 1:51.4, 2/5 of a second off her mark and the 4TM world record she set at The Downs last year. Frau Blucher, driven by George Napolitano Jr. for trainer Chris Oakes, made every pole a winning one while raising her career bankroll to $976,932 for owners Hauser Brothers Racing Enterprises LLC and Susan Oakes. (And she'd be over $1M right now but for an inch, as she was deadheated for the win by stablemate Classic Martine in the world record-DH PA Sire Stakes 3TF Championship race in 2013.)   Pocono Finishing Lines: On this 16-race card, two drivers won ten of the races, and only five drivers in all won: George Napolitano Jr. and Simon Allard both had five victories (four of Allard's were trained by brother Rene); Jason Bartlett had 3, Anthony Napolitano had 2, and Marcus Miller had 1. There were a total of seven miles in 1:50 or better on the card, topped by Dancin Yankee's 1:48.3; among the drivers, George Nap had three, and Allard two. PHHA / Pocono  

L&J Racing Inc's EZ Noah ($5.80, Tony Morgan) returned to the harness racing meeting at Harrington Raceway a winner Monday with a 1:51.2 triumph in the $16,000 Open. The Josh Green trainee had spent the year in the tropical Florida climate until recently, making his first start north of Florida this season. The 6-year-old Western Terror gelding set all the fractions in his wire-to-wire win over People Are Crazy and Elite Awards. EZ Noah had raced at Harrington in 2014 as a 5-year-old and won in 1:52.1 on June 6, nearly a year ago to the date . Monday's win pushed him over the $423,000 mark in lifetime earnings. Allan Davis and Jon Roberts each had three wins on the card. Matt Sparacino  

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, May 23, 2015 -Harness racing driver Brian Sears was the man about town Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's pair of $40,000 eliminations for the 25th Art Rooney Pace. A total of 13 3-year-old gentlemen-11 colts and two geldings-began the night, with the first four finishers in each elim getting a pass through the velvet robe into the stakes finale. Sears took of the first event with a first-up Sonofa Sizzle ($9.90) in 1:52.1. He held off Betting Exchange (Dave Miller) by a neck after the front end folded. The front end came in the form of 6-5 favorite Soto (Brett Miller), who worked around Arque Hanover (Jason Bartlett) and threw down intervals of :27.2 :56 and 1:24.1. Meanwhile, scourge of Delaware Sonaofa Sizzle, from post position No. 3, had engaged the leader before putting him away. He held off Betting Exchange, who was three-wide early before slipping out in the lane. Cartoon Daddy (catch-driver Dan Dube) was a never-threatening third, with Arque Hanover, despite breaking early in the lane, finished fourth to get into the final. A tiring Soto and an outrun A Bettor Hat (George Brennan) rounded out the order. For second choice Sonofa Sizzle, son of Life Sizzles owned by Michael White and trained by Josh Green, it was his fourth win in five seasonal starts. The exacta paid $81.50, with the triple returning $190. "He did everything I asked of him," Sears said "It helped that they mixed it up a bit early, but he was very sharp." Let's not gloss over the "interesting" effort of Arque Hanover, who, in the words of his date, was a victim of too much pace and no place to go. "I was overloaded," Bartlett said. "He was definitely a winner. He had so much pace, he started getting crooked on me and made a break. It's shows how good he was that he came back and made the final, anyway." The second elimination saw odds-on choice In the Arsenal ($2.50), whose debutante effort came in last season's Lawrence B. Sheppard Pace here, barely prevail. Leaving from post No. 2, he gave the first lead to Rock N' Roll World (Dube) before a 28-second opening quarter-mile. In the Arsenal then moved to the lead, completing his rounds (:57.2, 1:26, 1:53.1). Rock N' World, now a runner-up in all four races this season, tried In the Arsenal in the passing lane by missed a head. National Seelester (Dave Miller) and Bet You (Brett Miller) also earned their invites to return, while Rolling Ring Afire (catch-driver Tyler Buter), Western Pioneer (Brennan) and a breaking Penji Hanover (Mark MacDonald) completed the order. For In the Arsenal, a son of American Ideal trained by Kelvin Harrison for co-owners (breeder) White Birch Farm and In the Arsenal Racing, it was his second win in as many '15 tries. The exacta paid $10.20, with the triple returning $16. "He's more mature mentally and physically than he was at 2," Sears said. "In elimination races, you have to race a favorite as if he's the favorite, so I put him on the lead. He knows what he's doing out there." The $300,000 final of the Rooney goes next Saturday night (May 30), along with the six-lass $117,724 Lismore (3-year-old pacing fillies). The open draw for both stakes takes place late Tuesday morning. Saturday's $42,000 Open Handicaps were won by... --(Trot), Luminosity (Brennan, $6.50) in 1:54.4 --(Pace), Duc Dorleans (MacDonald, $16.60) in 1:51.3. No one took down the Saturday Pick 5, so Monday's gimmick begins with a carryover of $4,501.50 and offers a $10,000 guaranteed pool (program pages available at The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising races 7 through 11 every racing program. The Raceway's live season continues Memorial Day evening (7:10 PM), Tuesday (1 PM, pair of finals in the Jackpot Next Door Claiming Series), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Note there is no live racing or evening simulcasting June 3-12, inclusive. Afternoon simulcasting is available daily, including the June 6th Belmont Stakes. Frank Drucker

HARRINGTON, Del - Locally-owned I Like My Boss ($10, Allan Davis) notched his 19th harness racing win in 36 career starts Wednesday at Harrington Raceway with a 1:55.1 win in the $16,000 Open Trot. Owned by Bob Shahan with Jimmy and Ashley Parsons, all from Harrington, the 4-year-old Don Boss Vita gelding sat in the pocket throughout behind pacesetting favorite Traverse Seelster. 'Boss' bided his time until mid stretch when he edged clear of the favorite and hit the wire first. I Like My Boss is trained by co-owner Shahan and made headlines last season after going unbeaten in his first 16 career starts. Driver Davis was coming off a four win night on Tuesday and followed it with a three win night Wednesday. Trainer Josh Green won the first three races on the program, with the first two driven by Victor Kirby. Green took the daily double with trotters My Fire Cloud Too ($3.20, Kirby) and Aventure ($3.40, Kirby), before winning the third with pacer Nicholas Ryan ($3.80, Jason Thompson). Kirby finished the program with four winners, following a three-win night Tuesday. Callam Racing's Spunky Jack ($4.40, Roger Plante Jr.) won the sub-featured with a front end triumph in 1:57. The 6-year-old Super Punk gelding held off all comers in notching his 17th career win. In the card's 12th race, Art Brewer II's Sharky Osborne ($114, Davis) won his 62nd career race at age 14. The altered son of Cam's Card Shark surged late to prevail at odds of 56-to-1. It was his 315th career start. Standardbreds are ineligible to compete at age 15 or older. Blackhorse Six Stable's trotter Pittstop Kip ($13, Montrell Teague) had an auspicious Harrington debut with a wire-to-wire win from post eight in 1:57.4 for trainer Phil Goldwater. It was one of two wins on the program for Teague, who had a driving double. Teague had a productive morning as well after qualifying undefeated standout pacer Wiggleitjiggleit, owned by his father George Teague Jr., over the Harrington half-mile in a sharp 1:53. Matt Sparacino        

DOVER, Del.--- Sonofa Sizzle edged Smoking Joey to win the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Three-Year-Old Filly pace event-record breaking time of 1:50.2 while Just A Jolt put on a wire-to-wire 1:49.2 performance in the $32,500 Preferred/Handicap on closing day of the 46th Dover Downs season, Thursday, April 9. Corey Callahan rushed Smokin Joey away from the starting gate to beat KJ Ben (Art Stafford Jr.) to the front with race favorite Sonofa Sizzle and Vic Kirby getting away third. When the field reached the half in :54.1, Kirby sent Sonofa Sizzle up on the outside and initiated a two-horse battle for the lead. In the lane, Sonofa Sizzle edged to the front and to victory in 1:50.2, the fastest time recorded by a Delaware-sired sophomore in DSBF competition. Smoking Joey was a game second in front of Byby Landon and Tim Tetrick. Floridian Mike White owns the Life Sizzles-JK Lady Like colt who pedigree shows relationship to 2014 Harness Horse of the Year JK She'salady. Josh Green trained the three-year-old who now is undefeated in three starts this year and whose record shows seven wins in 13 races with three seconds and a third. He has now banded $70,000 this year and $185,516 in his short two-season career. Trainer Shawn Hanley's Bobby The Greek, in only his second lifetime start, racked up a 1:52 mile to win the $20,000 DSBF consolation. The Artzina-Anastasia Hanover gelding was followed by Da Chief (Jonathan Roberts) second, and Quick Art (Jim Morand), third. Just A Jolt, an ultra-consistent five-year-old gelding conditioned by Jim King, by Village Jolt-Just Wait Kate. and owned by Janet Hudson, was all front speed in a lifetime best 1:49.2 score in the $32,500 Preferred/Handicap pace. Vic Kirby took Just A Jolt right to the front in a speedy :26 seconds and then was in control the rest of the mile, pacing the last panel in :26.4 to ensure his second win of the year in 11 races with four seconds and two thirds. Bandolito came from last in the six-horse field and came on strongly but could not overcome Just A Jolt's advantage in deep stretch. Jebswesternshark was third for George Dennis. Earlier in the program, Bandolito was presented the Horse Of The Meet plaque choses by Delaware Valley Chapter U.S. Harness Writers Association. Corey Callahan with 284 winners was Leading Driver for the sixth consecutive campaign and Dylan Davis won the Leading Trainer award for the second-straight meet. Elite Awards became the second Delaware sired winner scoring a 1:50.4 victory at 22-1 reined by Eddie Davis Jr., to win an $18,500 4&5 Open. Karen Walls owns the Powerful Toy-Silk Slop four-year-old gelding who won for 17th time in his career. Fire In The Belly (Kirby) closed strongly for second with race-favorite Sir Richard Z Tam (Tetrick) third. In the other $18,500 4&5-Year-Old Open/Handicap, Dan Keeler's Mister Truth, trained by Vic Keeler, won for the third week in-a-row as Tony Morgan got the four-year-old altered son of Total Truth-Miss AJ Ponda. to victory in 1:52. Scalped (Montrell Teague) was runner-up in front of Major Bucks (Toby Lynch) in a tight three- horse photo. Little Ben and Eddie Davis Jr. turned in a lifetime fastest 1:51.2 effort to win the first of two $17,500 Winners-Over paces for young male horses to give trainer Jim King the first of two wins. The Jereme's Jet-Honey's Bud Light gelding held of Getitoffyourchest (Jonathan Roberts) and Flirtnwithdisaster (Ross Wolfenden), second and third respectively. The other $17,500 division went to another longshot, 20-1 Panic Disorder handled by Allan Davis. Steve and trainer Sheila Daugherty own the Western Terror-Jate's Joy gelding. One Stop Deal (Callahan) was next with Star Messenger (Tetrick) third. Believe This Bob closed strongly to insure a 1:51 victory in a $16,500 Male Winners-Over pace. Owned by Mary Ann Larrimore and conditioned by Joe Skowyra, the Beach Romeo-Believe This Gal homebred recorded his third win of the year. Feel Like A Fool (Callahan) was second for the third straight start. Nova Artist (Allan Davis) came on for third. Apollo Seelster, driven and trained by meet leaders Corey Callahan and Dylan Davis, scored another lifetime best 1:51 triumph in another $15,000 event for young male horses. The Camluck-April Three gelding won for the fourth straight time catching New Patrol (George Dennis) in the final strides. Giant Slayer (Tetrick) finished third. The second race of the day, a $20,000-$25,000 Claiming Handicap resulted in a stunning 1:50.3 victory by J&M Racing's Tauranga (Roberts), a No Pan Intended-Thereal Ideal gelding. Guns An Roses (Allan Davis) was second in front of Arsenal (Kirby). Corey Callahan, Allan Davis, Eddie Davis Jr. and Vic Kirby had doubles. There is no charge for admission or for parking at Dover Downs. Harness and Thoroughbred Simulcasting opens daily at 12 Noon until 12 Midnight at Dover Downs Race and Sports Book in the Colonnade. There is no charge for parking or admission at Dover Downs. Marv Bachrad

When owner Michael White first met harness racing trainer Dan Daley there was a horse in Daley's stable named Life Sizzles. White so admired the hard-knocking pacer, who raced through age 11 and amassed nearly $930,000 in purses despite never winning a race worth more than $40,000, he decided to buy one of the stallion's first-sired sons. White admits it was a decision fueled by emotion, but it has resulted in more excitement than he could have ever imagined. And who knows, the best might be yet to come. On Thursday night, White's purchase - Sonofa Sizzle - will try to win the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund championship for 3-year-old male pacers at Dover Downs. The colt brings a three-race win streak into the final, a streak that includes his victory in December's $100,000 DSBF championship for 2-year-olds. For his career, Sonofa Sizzle has won six of 12 races and earned $135,516. All six of his victories have come in his most recent nine starts, with the remaining three races during that span resulting in second-place finishes. In January, he was honored by the Delaware Standardbred Owners Association as the best 2-year-old male pacer of 2014. "We've been absolutely thrilled," said White, who purchased Sonofa Sizzle privately from breeders Charles and Diane Coursey. "Just to get to the races is an accomplishment. To get to the races and compete at this level, it's unbelievable. You don't get this a lot. "This horse doesn't have to do anything else to make me very proud and very happy that I made the decision I did. Not that I don't want him to go on, and he has the ability to do great things. He'll get a chance to compete and see how far he can go. Every time you ask him to do something, he does it. It's been a very enjoyable journey." It is a journey that began with Life Sizzles and includes the family of 2014 Horse of the Year winner JK She'salady, although there was no way for White to know how all the pieces would fall into place when he acquired Sonofa Sizzle in February 2013. "I never owned him, but I really appreciated him," White said about Life Sizzles, who as a 3-year-old prior to joining Daley's stable beat Real Desire in an elimination of the 2001 North America Cup and bested Peruvian Hanover in a Progress Pace elim. "He was a classy veteran who would try every week. He never wanted to go on vacation. If you turned him out, he would just roll around for five minutes and want to come back in to work. The horse lived to race. I just thought he was so special I wanted to give him a shot (as a sire)." It's proved to be a shot well worth taking. Sonofa Sizzle is out of the mare JK Lady Like and his second dam is Presidential Lady, the mother of JK She'salady as well as now 4-year-old stakes-star JK Endofanera. Daley broke Sonofa Sizzle and trained him through the early part of his 2-year-old campaign before the horse was shipped from New York to Delaware for the DSBF series. He finished second in the $100,000 final at Harrington in October and won the championship at Dover in December. The Dover victory is White's favorite race so far. Sonofa Sizzle was seventh, trailing the leader by eight lengths, after three-quarters of a mile. David Miller moved the colt on the final turn and Sonofa Sizzle responded with a :27.2 final quarter to win by three-quarters of a length in 1:52.1. "When I'm tired or feeling down or depressed I'll pull that race up," White said. "I still don't know how he wins from where he was in that final turn. David Miller told me he thought he waited too long and was too far away. To me, that last three-eighths of a mile, I'm amazed at how much ground he covered. "I never thought he was going to get there. To have seen that was phenomenal." The race was special for another reason as White's older brother, Jerry, who introduced him to harness racing in his youth while living on Long Island, was in attendance. "There was no happier moment in horse racing than to have my horse win the final and have my brother in the picture with me," White said. "It kind of was a full circle. He got me started and I got to pay him back by getting him a winner's circle photo of the Delaware final. It's pretty cool. It was a very happy picture to send him." Sonofa Sizzle, racing in the stable of trainer Josh Green this year, is 2-for-2 in 2015 with both wins coming in preliminary rounds of the DSBF series. His most recent triumph came in a career-best 1:51.2. Following the DSBF at Dover, the colt is staked to a number of top races including the Art Rooney Pace in late May, Messenger Stakes in early September and Little Brown Jug in mid-September. He also has the Progress Pace on his schedule in November. "We have to be careful with not overdoing it," White said. "He's going to be on a 'show us' schedule, if you know what I'm talking about. He's going to finish and stay in Delaware for a few weeks and train back calmly. Dan's moving the barn from Florida to New York at the end of April, beginning of May. We'll ship him from Delaware to New York and get him prepared for the Rooney. "If he trains well and looks like he's ready to go, we'll enter him in the Rooney. But this horse owes me absolutely nothing. I just look forward to every time he goes out there." For now, White is focused on the eight-horse DSBF final, which also includes Smoking Joey (2-1 morning line), K J Ben (6-1), Seboomook Katahdin (8-1), and Byby Landon (9-1). Sonofa Sizzle and driver Vic Kirby will start from post five. "The horses this year in this division are phenomenal," White said. "I think it says a lot for Delaware breeding that so many of them are doing really well. You can't take anything away from his competition. The Delaware breeders should be very proud of their product. I hope all the sires get more breedings and the breeders do even better. "You look across those eight horses that are starting and you could be proud of every one of them. And I am. I'm proud of mine, but I'm proud of the competition. It's a good race and it's a pleasure to compete with really good horses. That's good for everybody." White, who works as a business coach and trainer, finds harness racing to be a healthy diversion from his job. "I find it to be very relaxing," White said. "I do a lot of traveling and I coach a lot of professionals. To be able to go down in the wintertime to the training center on Saturday and just watch the horses train and clear my head really helps. And in the summertime being able to go to New York and watch the horses. To me, it's the greatest thing in the world. I'm thankful that I have the ability to do it." And he's thankful for the thrills provided by Sonofa Sizzle. "This horse has a bit of a personality," White said. "Everyone says he's real easy to drive, you just have to let him know what you want. He's still so young. If he ever figures out the ability he has, who knows what he could be. "Sometimes things come together. You never know how they're going to work. Harness racing is one of those things that you have to do for love before you do it for money. This is one of those times when you get something special, and special doesn't mean having to be the best, but special in the fact we have this opportunity. "I'm looking forward to seeing where the colt takes us." By Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA

The beautiful five year old Somebeachsomewhere broodmare prospect, Antigua Hanover, topped the Blooded Horse Winter Mixed Sale held in Delaware, Ohio, February 9-10. Consigned by Buter Racing Inc., the $230,353 winner with a record of p,3,1:50.4f was purchased by Merlie A Schwartz of Indiana. Burke Racing Stable LLC brought a powerful consignment that contained another exceptionally nice Somebeachsomewhere, Chaxiraxi Hanover.  The maiden half-sister to Little Brown Jug winner P-Forty-Seven was purchased by Bill Rice of Michigan for 23,000.  Mark Ford signed the tickets on a couple of solid condition horses from that consignment, Tex p,4,1:52.4f for $31,000 and Dream Rocker 3,1:56.2f for $26,000. Other featured entries from Burke Racing Stable LLC were Mayela Hanover, a NW 2 Dragon Again filly purchased by Frank Chick for $26,000 and Megawatt Blue Chip, a three-year-old Art Major half-sister to One More Laugh p,3,1:47.4 $2,633,318, purchased by Kenneth Slabach of Indiana for $18,000. Owner and trainer Tim Lancaster of New Jersey added Passionate Kisser to his stable on a $30,000 bid.  The lightly raced son of Real Desire was consigned by Spring Haven Farm, agent. Josh Green was pleased to sign the ticket on the Ontario Sires Stakes winning trotter Tyrone Haji for $25,000 for owner Keith Pippi of Pennsylvania. “It was the strongest winter sale we’ve had in ten years,” said Blooded Horse Sale President Jerry Haws. “The number of mares bred fell dramatically during the last decade and now, better purses are driving demand for both breeding and racing stock.” The highly popular Spring Blooded Horse Sale is May 11 where competitive racehorses and racing prospects are sure to bring a premium.  Entries close in mid-April.  Visit for more information. Dot Morgan Executive Director                                                       

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