Pompano Beach, FL...March 18, 2015...Its Payday Friday paid early dividends this Wednesday night with a splendid 1:54.1 harness racing victory for owner-driver Dan Clements in Pompano Park's featured $12,500 Open Handicap Trot. The five year-old gelded son of Kadabra, trained by Renaldo Morales III, was sent away carefully by Clements before brushing up strongly around turn one to take command and control the proceedings off of panels of :28, :57 and 1:25.1 before sealing the issue with a :29 finale, holding off the pocket sitting Winermaster Hanover (Bruce Ranger) and the late surges of Dukester (Rick Plano) and Nothinbutanallstar (Mark O'Mara) to score by three-parts-of-a-length. Flyhawk El Dorado picked up the nickel in the sextet. After the event, driver Dan Clements related, "I wanted to be cautious leaving just to make sure he was solid and, when we got away OK from the gate, I let him trot...and trot he did! He is handy and can do it any way but I thought I'd be better off leaving, especially from this advantageous post here." Its Payday Friday won for the third time this season in eight starts to send his seasonal earnings to $28,750 and $211,388 lifetime. As second choice on the board, Its Payday Friday returned $5.00 to his faithful.. In the $10,000 co-feature trot, Hall of Fame driver Wally Hennessey guided the five year-old gelding High Blue to the largest payday in his career with a victory in a lifetime best 1:54.4, destroying his former mark of 1:57.4 accomplished over the half mile oval at Saratoga. Trained by Dan Hennessey for owners Paul and Patricia O'Neil, High Blue zipped out of the gate from post five through a seemingly suicidal opening quarter of :26.3 and then proceeded to carve out panels of :56.2 and 1:25.3 before striding home in :29.1 to score by a length over Ramzan (Matt Romano) with Increditable (Kevin Wallis) third--that 2-3 order subsequently reversed as Ramzan went up in the air near the wire. CJ's Rascal was fourth while Majestic Won finished fifth in the field of nine. In a post race interview, driver Wally Hennessey said, "You know, when I qualified him about a month ago, I zipped him out of there and he won wire-to-wire in (1):59 and a piece but he came home pretty well in that one. I raced him off the pace in his first two starts back with the first one against that Dukester, who won in (1):54 and change and the one last week we got shuffled a bit but he still had good trot late in the mile. So, I decided to send him tonight and he was revved up early--that opener was all him. He just didn't want to let anyone by. He kind of surprised me by his staying power at the end. It was a heckuva mile for him!" Sired by Majestic Son, High Blue won for the initial time this season to send his seasonal earnings to $6,550 in four starts and lifetime bounty to $64,307. Not only was this High Blue's largest career payday, as the fourth choice among the punters, High Blue Paid $13.40 to win--the largest win mutuel payout of his 10 lifetime successes. In Pompano Park's Super Hi-5, there were two tickets that had the 2-1-8-3-7 combo, each receiving $2,736.20 for their 20 cent investment. The carryover going into Saturday's program has vaulted over $54,000. Also interesting to note is the fact that, since the inception of the Super Hi-5 at Pompano Park, the average consolation payoff has soared to slightly over $500.00. Post time for the Saturday extravaganza is 7:30 p.m. John Berry reporting for Pompano Park
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (March 11, 2015) - With wins already in the Super Bowl and Charles Singer Memorial, JL Cruze begins his quest for a third straight harness racing winter series win Friday (March 13) in the opening round of the Shiaway St. Pat, honoring the 1981 Hambletonian champion, at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment. Thirteen trotters were entered for Friday's first round. JL Cruze is the 6/5 morning line favorite in the second of two divisions, which will go as the twelfth race on the 13-race card. The thirteenth race features a $161,277 carryover in the Jackpot Super High 5. JL Cruze was purchased for $37,000 at last fall's Harrisburg Mixed Sale by Mid-Atlantic based trainer Eric Ell for owners Kenneth Wood, Bill Dittmar, Jr., and Stephen Iaquinta. In the 10 starts with Ell, JL Cruze has earned $87,760 with seven wins and two runner-up finishes. "Originally, we just wanted a horse to race up through his conditions in Delaware, but he has been a blessing in disguise," explained Ell. "He just does it so easily and it looks like he's the one to beat again heading into this series." The 55-year-old Ell has trained more than 1,100 winners with more than $14 million in earnings during his career. Always humble and gracious, Ell admits he has had many solid racehorses during his career. He describes his biggest win as the 2011 Maxie Lee at Harrah's Philadelphia with Anders Bluestone, who would go on to earn more than $1 million. "[JL Cruze] just might be one of the best we've had," admitted Ell. "If he keeps improving like he has, you never know." Hall of Famer John Campbell will take his usual seat behind JL Cruze on Friday. Ell will also be represented in the Shiaway St. Pat with another exciting prospect; Razor Ramone brings a five-race winning streak into the first division and will be driven Friday for the first time by Hall of Famer David Miller. Ell purchased the son of Kadabra out of Canada last September. Like JL Cruze, he's owned by Iaquinta and Dittmar. "He can trot a lot, but not quite like JL Cruze yet," said Ell. "He's good on a five-eighths mile track, but I'm not sure if the big track at the Meadowlands will help. He's a stocky built, 'Mighty Mouse' type of horse. His qualifier last week was a good tightener and we're looking forward to seeing how he races on Friday." Holloway Provides Update on star pacing mares Trainer Joe Holloway's Somwherovrarainbow headlines a field of eight in Friday's $30,000 Fillies and Mares Open Pace. The 2012 champion 2-year-old pacing filly has raced only once this year, an easy win in January at the Meadowlands. "I needed to see if she would return to her good form this year and so far it looks like she has," said Holloway. "I expect her to race like herself on Friday and continue after that." Holloway said the plan is to race Somwherovrarainbow in the Blue Chip Matchmaker at Yonkers Raceway. Holloway also reported that his other star mare, world champion Shebestingin, has been retired from racing and is scheduled to be bred to Captaintreacherous. Mare Open Trot Written for Friday A new class has been added to the Friday condition sheet. A Mare Open Handicap Trot for a purse of $27,500 - $30,000 is listed in the hope that enough top trotting mares enter to fill the class. The next condition sheet can be accessed by following this link. By Justin Horowitz for Meadowlands Media Relations
WASHINGTON, PA, March 9, 2015 -- Great Magic captured his second straight series division when he scored a front-end victory in Monday's Ken Weaver Memorial Trot at The Meadows. The second leg of the event for 3- and 4-year-old colt, stallion and gelding pacers was contested over three divisions, with Flying Muscles and Keystone Chester taking the other $12,000 splits. While Great Magic never relinquished the lead, he had to thwart a serious challenge from Kickoff Hanover, who pulled the pocket into the final turn. Great Magic found another gear and downed his rival by 3/4 lengths in 1:58.1, with Justice Delight third. Dave Palone drove the sophomore son of Kadabra - Dream Again for trainer Rich Gillock and owner Bob Key. In the $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, Rose Run Parker kicked off his 4-year-old campaign successfully despite a parked-out opening quarter. He scored for Palone in 1:55, 3-1/2 lengths better than TSM Photo Bugger, while Luminosity earned show. Ron Burke conditions Rose Run Parker, a 4-year-old Jailhouse Jesse-Centergy gelding who now boasts $585,865 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and W Haas, Jr. Rose Run Parker has taken 23 of his 29 lifetime starts for a gaudy winning percentage of 79.3. Brian Zendt and Palone each piloted four winners on the 14-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino
When people look at the harness racing sires list in North America you would think that they all race under the one flag but of course we know that is not the truth. Canada is fiercely independent and standardbred breeders in Canada are no different so we thought we would do a review of the performance of Canadian based stallions and their influence on harness racing in Canada and beyond. The leading sire on the all age pacing sires list in 2014 that stands in Canada was Matt's Scooter son, Mach Three who headed off the perenial top dog in Canada in Camluck. This two were head and shoulders above the competition as the siring chart below shows. Canadian all age pacing sires list for 2014 Stallion Name Money won Wins MACH THREE $11,458,141 1181 CAMLUCK $7,159,237 964 JEREMES JET $4,232,278 453 BADLANDS HANOVER $3,484,110 423 SHADOW PLAY $3,055,528 230 NO PAN INTENDED $2,808,131 331 MILLION DOLLAR CAM $2,616,398 335 SPORTSWRITER $2,475,204 78 STONEBRIDGE REGAL $2,379,050 344 MODERN ART $2,323,643 274 The overall record of both Camluck who is now 28 years old and Mach Three who is 16 are outstanding and would hold their own anywhere in the world. Camluck - Winners - $100,000 Winners - Millionaires - Sub 1:50 Total Stakes 1596 592 28 62 $217,969,096 Mach Three - Winners - 100,000 Winners - Millionaires - Sub 1:50 Total Stakes 619 211 2 21 $106,923,082 (Worldwide) So it looks at the moment as if Mach Three and Camluck have a jump on the competition but two young sires are lining up to challenge them in Shadow Play and Sportswriter. Shadow Play finished fifth on the list even though he only had two and three year olds to represent him while Sportswriter finished eighth with just his two year olds to represent him. If they can maintain that early momentum from their initial crops then they have every chance of toppling the leading duo in the next two or three years The table above does have a very "Australasian" look about it with eight of the ten sires on the list having stood down under at some point of their career. The trotting sires list is again dominated by a couple of well estalished elite level sires in Kadabra and Angus Hall. The emergence of Muscle Mass as a leading sire will be bitter sweet for Canadian breeders as he has since relocated to Blue Chip Farms in New York. Canadian all age trotting sires list for 2014 Stallion Name Money Wins KADABRA $7,239,806 542 ANGUS HALL $5,582,473 613 MUSCLE MASS $3,885,863 285 MAJESTIC SON $2,773,259 184 KEN WARKENTIN $1,930,438 252 DEWEYCHEATUMNHOWE $1,907,078 85 STRIKING SAHBRA $1,814,017 207 AMIGO HALL $1,648,308 178 FEDERAL FLEX $947,671 92 DUKE OF YORK $914,302 133 The overall records of both Kadabra who is 16 years old and Angus Hall who is 19 years old are both outstanding as the figures show. Kadabra - Winners - $100,000 Winners - Millionaires - Sub 1:53 - Total Stakes 399 141 3 15 $51,015,193 Angus Hall - Winners - $100,000 Winners - Millionaires - Sub 1:53 - Total Stakes 746 231 6 14 $87,008,509 With Muscle Mass no longer standing in Canada, the two established siring greats don't have any real challengers on the horizon which is never healthy long term. The 2015 season has started well for the Canadian based sires in the first nine weeks of the season with Mach Three leading the all aged sires list in North America with Camluck holding down seventh spot while on the trotting sires list for North America, Kadabra and Angus Hall are first and second at the moment. However the Canadian breeding industry really needs one of the new boys on the scene to step up big time in the next twelve months because the old guard can't go on forever. All in all the Canadian breeding industry continues to have a major impact on harness racing around the globe but it is in need of some renewal or that influence will start to wane. Harnesslink Media
DOVER, Del.---, Tough Mac made up for a neck loss last week to win his fifth feature feature trot this meet and Razor Ramone won his fifth straight on Wednesday, Feb. 10 at Dover Downs. Two other win streaks came to an end during the 15-race card. Corey Callahan and Tough Mac quick stepped away from the starting gate and then kept his seven rivals at bay on the way to a 1:54 victory in the week's top trot, the $18,000 Open/Handicap. Tirade Hanover , driven by Vic Kirby, made him work hard battling alongside the winner for much of the last half but could fare no better than second. I'm So Striking with Eddie Dennis closed well to finish third. The victory boosted Tough Mac's seasonal earnings to $35,000. Dylan Davis conditions the Lockkeeper - Traditional Lady black gelding for owner Mike Casalino. The eight-year-old won for the 14th time in his career with a $160,944 lifetime bankroll. One race later, Razor Ramone and Ron Pierce continued their winning ways notching their fifth consecutive triumph in a $14,000 4&5-Year-Old Winners-Over trot. Trained by Eric Ell for Steve Iaquinta and Dittmar, Razor Ramone cut out a 1:56 success holding off fast finishing Derby (Allan Davis) by a neck with Deacons Valley (Callahan) coming on for third. Razor Ramone, a four-year-old by Kadabra - Oaklea Rae, is a perfect four-for-four in 2015. He has eight career wins and $85,129 earnings lifetime. Derby (Allan Davis) captured second-place honors with Deacons Valley (Roger Plante) third. Eric Ell lifted his UTRS "batting average" to around .450 this season with his third training win of the meet, Enrico AS, who fashioned a near-wire-to-wire victory in an $8,500 Non-Winners trot. The win was the third for owners Dittmar, Iaquinta and second for partner Ken Wood, the same ownership of Go Go Red Marty, a 1:54.3 winner of a $15,000 Claiming trot. Trish Foulk - trained Prayer Session registered his third win of the meet scoring a 1:54.4 front-end performance in a $12,000 Conditioned trot with Corey Callahan at the controls for Brit Evan and Foulk Stables. Power Charger (Trace Tetrick) came on for second. I Like My Boss (Jonathan Roberts) was the show horse. Payson Racing's Joyeux Dream (Ron Pierce) from post 8, won for the fifth consecutive time in a 1:55.1 victory in a $15,000-$20,000 Claiming Handicap trot while several streaks came to an end including Ringside Muscle (Jonathan Roberts, finishing third. When Payson Racing's JS McFlash, with Pierce driving, won his third in succession, the meet's longest win streak ended after seven straight for Jingle Bell Rocker. Other streaks that came to an end included Hey Pancho, who had won four-in-a-row, and two straight by Captain Fairfax, who finished second in another trot. Owners Dittmar and Iaquinta, drivers Callahan and Pierce, joined trainer Ell with three wins while Wolfenden, Roger Plante, Eddie Davis Jr., Allan Davis and owner Ken Wood had two wins apiece. Trainer Amanda Payson and Payson Racing also won twice. MUSTANG ART IS FAVORITE IN $25,000 DELAWARE SPECIAL THURSDAY Four of the eight starters, led by Mustang Art, tangle in the $25,000 Lincoln Day Delaware Special, Thursday, Feb 12 at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Ron Pierce put Mustang Art on the lead in last week’s $27,500 Preferred pace and never looked back in a 1:51.3 victory over an ‘off’ track for owners Max Walton and Greg Papaleo. Eddie Davis Jr. and Reg Hazzard and Legacy Racing’s Papa Ray raced outside for most of the mile and was a length back at the wire. Meet leading driver, Corey Callahan will be behind, Joan Dalphon and Elanor Laws’ Don’t Ya Know, who closed smartly to pick up third money last time. Razor sharp Believe This Bob with Ross Wolfenden, won the last Del. Special, two weeks ago, for the second time in four weeks. The ultra-consistent Just A Jolt, racing for Janet Hudson, returns following a two-week respite and drew the rail. Kovach Stables’ Feel Like A Fool, and Trace Tetrick, has an advantageous post 2 start. Jebswestershake, with George Dennis piloting, steps up from the claiming ranks, sporting three consecutive wins while Nova Artist, winner of the last two Horse of the Meet honors, took last week off, and is driven by Allan Davis for his parent’s Eddie and Kathy Davis. Tom Lazzaro’s Contraband Hanover (Pierce), Tina Clark and Kovach Stable’s Artistic Director (Tetrick) and Howard Taylor’s Delaware Hanover (Callahan) lead one of two $15,500 Open pace sub-feature on the tough undercard. Monday through Thursday racing starts at 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday are "dark" days. Sunday post time is 5:30 p.m. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. There is no charge for parking and admission. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad
DOVER, Del.--- Veteran Tirade Hanover ended Tough Mac's win streak, Razor Ramone extended his wins to four straight and Eternal Prince equaled his lifetime record in the top three harness racing events on the Wednesday, Feb. 4 program at Dover Downs. In the $18,000 Open trot, Tirade Hanover took the lead at the start for Vic Kirby and the Crazed - Teagarden Hanover gelding was not to be caught on the sway to a 1:53 victory in the feature. Tough Mac rolled out of post 8 trying for the front but had to find room third on the first turn. Corey Callahan pulled Tough Mac out to challenge for the lead through the backstretch but was unable to get to within a half-length of Tirade Hanover. The five-year-old is owned by Moss, Solomon and trainer Leigh Raymer. It was his second win in the last three, and 22nd success in his career mounting lifetime earnings to $632,430. Tough Mac, second, ended a three race win streak. I'm So Striking came between horses for Eddie Dennis for third place. Wind Of The North was scratched. Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta's Razor Ramone continued to streak for red-hot trainer Eric Ell. Ron Pierce piloted the Kadabra - Oaklea Rae four-year-old to his fourth consecutive win and fifth in his last six in one of two $14,000 4&5-Year-Old Winners-Over trot sub-features. Pierce took Razor Ramone right to the top and won easily in 1:54.2. Derby (Allan Davis) used the passing lane to edged Classic Belisima (Callahan) for second by a nose. Classic Belisima entered the race with a four-race win streak. In a 1:58.1 photo finish, Eternal Prince and George Dennis used the passing lane to nose-out longshot Up Front N Crazy (Roger Plante) in the other $14,000 trot for young horses. Tommy N Dakota Stables, trained by Paula Spencer, own Eternal Prince who won for the third time in his last five opportunities. Keep It Sweet (Callahan) was a game third. Roger Plante drove the biggest price winner, 69-1 Juanna Be The Man, owned by Gregg and Tom Morris, to a 1:57 upset in an $11,800 trot for young horses. A $2 win ticket paid $140.60. The 6-3 exacta returned $1,494 and 6-3-4 trifecta returned $4,262. A supefecta of 6-3-4-1 was good for $10,586.40. Pierce led all drivers with four wins, Callahan, Vic Kirby, Jonathan Roberts and trainer Eric Ell had doubles. Monday through Thursday racing starts at 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday are "dark" days. Sunday post time is 5:30 p.m. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. There is no charge for parking and admission. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad
DOVER, Del.--- Tough Mac took the lead and never looked back scoring his third consecutive victory in the Dover Downs $18,000 Open / Handicap trot, meet leader Corey Callahan's fourth win of the day on Wednesday, Jan. 28. Callahan rushed Tough Mac, a Mike Casalino-owned Lockkeeper-Traditional Lady gelding, smartly out of post 6 and kept his seven rivals at bay the rest of a lifetime best, 1:52.4 mile, coming the final quarter in :28.1 to secure his record at 3-for-3 in 2015. Tirade Hanover took a shot at the leader heading for the three quarters but retreated when the field turned for home. Baximum rolled down the passing lane for Allan Davis to edge Powerful Charger (Trace Tetrick) for second money. The win was the 13th lifetime for Tough Mac, now a winner of $147,444. William Cantrell's Classic Belisima scored her fourth consecutive decisive victory to win the first of two $14,000 4&5-Year-Old Winners Over trots in a new personal mark of 1:55.4. Corey Callahan teamed with the John Cabot-conditioned well-bred daughter of Crazed-Classic Yankee for her fifth win in her last seven outings, with two close seconds. It was her eighth lifetime win in 23 starts, 17-times in the money, for career earnings of $54,135. Razor Ramone won the other $14,000 division as Ron Pierce picked up his fourth win on the card. The Kadabra-Oaklea Rae four-year-old won for the Third Straight time and fifth in his last seven outings for owners Steve Iaquinta and Bill Dittmar. Derby (Allan Davis) was runner-up. Hit Andrun (Art Stafford Jr.) was third. Other trotters on winning tears during the program are Howard and Josh Kaufman's Hey Pancho (Trace Tetrick), trainer John Cabot's second win, and fourth straight success in an $11,500 4&5-Year-Old trot; Payson Racing's Joyeux Dream (Pierce), also with four-in-a-row winning a $15,000-$20,000 Claiming trot in 1:55.1; and two-other race winners of two straight, Breakaway Racing's Holiday Spirit (Callahan) in 1:57.4 taking an $8,000 trot for young horses and John Cancelliere's Winning Design (Pierce), a $5,500 trot for 3&4-year-olds. Callahan and Ron Pierce visited the winner's circle twice and Trace Tetrick won two. Joe Hundertpfund had two training wins. On Thursday, Papa Ray returns to face Bandolito, Mustang Art in $25,000 Delaware Special feature. BANDOLITO, PAPA RAY HEAD DOVER $25,000 DELAWARE SPECIAL DOVER, Del --- Bandolito and Papa Ray, winners of the last two $25,000 Delaware Special paces head this week’s top event at Dover Downs on Thursday, Jan. 29. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Bandolito, holder of the 1:48 track record set last Spring, uncorcked a resounding come-from-behind 1:50.1 with owner, trainer, driver Daryl Bier conducting the neck victory besting Eddie and Kathy Davis’ game Nova Artist and Allan Davis. Joan Dalphon and Elanor Laws’ Don’t Ya Know with Ron Pierce was third. After a two-week respite, razor sharp Papa Ray returns to action. Eddie Davis Jr. drove the veteran to his second win in three trips and fourth victory this meet and drew post 1. Corey Callahan drives Joan Dalphon and Elanor Laws’ talented Don’t Ya Know. Framed Art steps up after a Winners-Over win for his first Del. Special venture for trainer Andrew Stafford and driver Art Stafford Jr. Mary Ann Larrimore’s Believe This Bob, a winner of this event three weeks ago with Ross Wolfenden, and battle seasoned Mustang Art, owned by Max Walton and Greg Papaleo, with Corey Callahan driving, both previous Del. Special winners. Mary Alice and Tom Tetrick’s Maddysonofagun (Trace Tetrick), Dedi’s Dragon (Vic Kirby) racing for McGill, Carsey and JL Benson Stables and Wade Wyatt’s Flying Cowboy (Ron Pierce) tangle in the $16,000 Open pace sub-feature on the tough undercard. Monday through Thursday post time is 4:30 p.m. There is no live racing Fridays and Saturdays and this week Super Bowl Sunday will also be “dark.” 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
Pompano Beach, FL...January 21, 2015...Its Payday Friday completely justified the public's confidence of sending the five year-old off at a dime-to-a-dollar in the betting by scoring a resounding 4 1/4 length victory in Pompano Park's $12,500 harness racing Open Handicap Trot on Wednesday night. The altered son of Kadabra, trained by Renaldo Morales III for owner-driver Dan Clements, took command just a stride or two prior to the :27.2 opener and then wired panels of :57 and 1:26 before sprinting home in :28 to equal his lifetime mark of 1:54. Dukester and Rick Plano teamed up for plane honors while Buddy Hally, with Stephen Byron handling the lines, finished third, five lengths away. The very early leader, Adenium, finished fourth while Highland Yankee finished fifth in the quintet. In a post-race interview, driver Dan Clements gave a lot of credit to the track crew saying, "This racetrack was absolutely perfect tonight--not too hard...not too deep...just perfect. Kudos to them! As far as the trip went, well, as you can see here in the winner's circle, the earplugs are still in so I don't know how much more he would have gone had I pulled them. He was really awesome tonight!" Its Payday Friday is on quite a roll having six wins and five seconds in 11 starts since arriving at Pompano Park in late October. This victory pushed his lifetime bounty just shy of $200,000--$198,888 to be exact. The companion $11,000 Open Trot went to M C Felix, a recent claim by owner Neal Oksenberg. Trained and driven by Aaron Byron, M C Felix took command at the quarter and wired his foes the rest of the way, stopping the timer in 1:55 for his 36th lifetime success. This nine year-old son of A J's Tycoon now has $348,229 on his card. The second leg of the Sea Eagle Late Closing Event for claiming pacers went post-ward in two divisions--Sea Eagle the winner of the very first race contest at Pompano Park on February 4, 1964--with Deep Finesse and First Impression staking a claim to the final scheduled for January 28. Deep Finesse, a nine year-old son of Western Paradise, came from well off the pace negotiating his final three-quarters in 1:24.2 to score the victory measuring 1 3/4 lengths for driver Jason Dillander. Terrorizer, with Ed Hensley in the bike, was second while Four Starz Kyle finished third for Rick Plano. Elkhorn Damian and Tumblin' Dice, the early pacesetter, also picked up minor awards, fourth and fifth, respectively. Trained by Pete Pellegrino for the Baron Racing Stable, Deep Finesse won for the 33rd time in his career--the hard hitting claimer now at $231,835 in career bounty. As second choice on the board at 9 to 5, Deep Finesse paid $5.60 to win. First Impression, driven by Aaron Byron, made his 200th lifetime start a memorable one with a sharp 1:53.1 win in the second division of the Sea Eagle Late Closer, taking the lead right at the opening marker of :27.3 and carding fractions of :56 and 1:25 before a sprint home in :28.1 sealed the deal measuring a comfortable 1 1/4 lengths over Tivolii Hanover, handled by Jason Dillander. Who Dey finished third for Mickey McNichol while Unrecognized Saint finished fourth. Memory In Motion picked up the final award in the field of six--three 10 year-olds and three 11 year-olds! Owned by the Three Gees Stable and trained by Gary McDonald, First Impression won for the 39th time in his career, sending his lifetime bankroll to $352,288. As the 8 to 5 tote-board favorite, First Impression paid $5.40 to his faithful. Pompano Park's Super Hi-5 again had multiple winners on Wednesday night setting up a record carryover exceeding $60,000 for Saturday night's program. Finally, The Florida Amateur Driving Club boosted their charitable donations past the $135,000 mark with a contribution to the Christian Harness Horseman's Association. The CHHA, with more than 1,000 members world-wide, was represented by Chaplain Lee Alphen. A large group of horsemen and women, including Dan Clements, Bruce Ranger, Diane Hellen and young Tom Wine, Mike Hardy, Pete Pellegrino, Jason Dillander and Allen Saul, were in the winner's circle to make the presentation. by John Berry for Pompano Park
Harnes racing trainer driver Ake Svandstedt sent three horses to the post Friday night at The Meadowlands. His trio won all three of their starts. First, the second race, a trot carrying a non-winners of 2 condition went to Annapolis. Allowed to sit a pocket trip through fractions of 28, 56.4 and 1:26, Tim Tetrick guided his three year old filly up the pylons in the stretch where she sprinted past pace-setter Maximus Deo, who would fade to third, to score a decisive victory in 1:55 at odds of 6-1. Oneida rallied for the runner-up spot. It was the first of two victories on the card for driver Tim Tetrick. Annapolis is owned by Green Acquisition Corporation. On the heels of Annapolis was Dreams Of Thunder, sent to the post at 4-1 with Matt Kakaley in the third race C-2 Trot for Svanstedt. Just like Annapolis before him, he turned a perfect pocket trip into an easy victory in 1:55.1. The win also sparked a daily double for owners Green Acquisition Corporation. Svanstedt had to wait until the 11th race for his third start of the night, but Blixtra was worth the wait. Leaving hard from post 10 with Tim Tetrick, Blixtra made the lead through fractions of 27.2, 56 and 1:24.1 with Empress Deo in hot pursuit right behind her in the pocket. Turning for home, the even money favorite and the second choice, Empress Deo kicked away from the field and hooked up in a stretch duel where Empress Deo just could not get her nose in front of a game Blixtra as the favorite hung on in a lifetime best 1:51.3. Blixtra is owned by Courant A B and gave Tim Tetrick his third winner of the night. The dice came up 10 early and often at The Meadowlands on Friday evening. In fact, four of the first six winners donned the number 10 saddle pad and five overall. One of which came in the sixth race, $16,000 B-2 Trot with Lindy's Tru Grit who graduated from his C-1 victory in style with a repeat win at the B-2 level at 8-1. The race was hotly-contested with a speed duel through opening fractions of 26.4 and 55.2 with Here Comes Numbers and Cocotier battling on the lead. Modest Prince was launched three-wide on the far turn, with War Cry Hall just off his helmet. But, it was Lindy's Tru Grit, stacked up fourth over through three-quarters of 1:24.1 who accelerated dramatically in the stretch and mowed down the field, drawing clear to win in a lifetime mark of 1:52.2. The winner was driven by Andy Miller for his wife Julie Miller and owned by Lindy Racing Stable and Robert Rudolph. The other $16,000 B-2 Trot belonged to a drop and pop winner, named Il Mago. Asserting himself early in the mile, Il Mago established fractions of 28, 57 and 1:26.1 before powering away in the stretch to win impressively in 1:54.1. The class drop paid dividends for the 2-1 favorite and driver Scott Zeron. Il Mago is trained by Mark Harder who co-owns the five year old son of Kadabra along with Chris Alexander Stables Inc. Dave Miller also had a big night, winning five races on the Friday card, including four of the last seven races. The fifth race Jackpot Super Hi-5 was hit for $12,101. That pool will start fresh on Saturday. The 13th race Jackpot Super Hi-5 will carry over into the Saturday program. That carryover now stands at $17,867. The 13-race Friday program sported a handle of $2,737,008. Racing resumes on Saturday with first post time at 7:15 P.M. Darin Zoccali Director of Racing Operations New Meadowlands Racetrack LLC
Trotting mare Out Of The Hat ($3.00) notched her 15th win of the year and kicked off a training triple for Stephane Pouliot on Sunday night in the co-featured $6,500 Winners Over Handicap Trot at Rideau Carleton Raceway. The 1-2 favourite retook the lead from early challenger and eventual runner-up Four Starz Speed after the :28.2 opening quarter and cruised through middle splits of :58.3 and 1:27.2 en route to the three length triumph in 1:57.2. The win was her second in a row and fourth in her last five starts. Michelangelo finished third. Out Of The Hat was the top trotter for wins in North America last year with 18 victories and the daughter of Kadabra and has followed that season up with another impressive campaign this year racing for Meadowgem Farm and 9096 9205 Quebec Inc. Rose Run Nash currently tops the trotting leaderboard with 19 wins in 2014. To view the rest of this story click here. Wire-to-wire for Brocks Fortune at Flamboro Brocks Fortune led from start to finish while delivering on his pari-mutuel promise in the featured $11,000 Preferred 2 Pace for horses and geldings on Sunday night at Flamboro Downs. Driver James MacDonald sent 6-5 favourite Brocks Fortune ($4.40) to the lead off the gate and never looked back, carving out fractions of :27, :56.4 and 1:25, then holding off the pocket-pulling Mach Pride down the stretch to win by half a length in 1:54. Goldstar Badlands came from last to show, just over one length behind. John Cecchin trains the four-year-old son of Stonebridge Regal, who has won eight races and $80,000 in purses this season, for Mark Austin Stables Inc., Noblock Racing Stable and breeder Robert Chapple. To view the rest of this story click here. Accident but no major inuries at Fraser Serious injuries were avoided in an accident that took place during the sixth race at Fraser Downs on Sunday. Wild About Eagle (Travis Bowman) broke stride while racing in sixth place around the first turn and fell near the head of the stretch, causing interference to the trailing horses, including Judges Acenthehole (Jim Marino), Wishful Luck (David McKellar) and Kim Chee (Brandon Campbell). Bowman and Campbell were unseated during the incident, but returned to action and fulfilled their driving duties later on the card. Early reports from Fraser Downs indicate the drivers and horses involved in the accident suffered only superficial injuries. To view the rest of this story click here.
DAYTON, OH. - Celebrity Hercules, a well-traveled eight-year-old son of Kadabra, visited Hollywood Dayton Raceway for the first time on Saturday night (December 20) and left with a hard-fought 'nose' victory in the weekly $10,000 Open Trot. With the narrow victory Celebrity Hercules inched closer to the half-million dollar earnings plateau. He now has 37 lifetime wins in 141 tries and has amassed $492,399 in winnings. The winner has won multiple races in Illinois, Indiana and Minnesota in recent years and now adds Ohio to his list of places where he has beat the best. This victory did not come easy, however, as Celebrity Hercules got away seventh in the nine-horse field for driver Dan Noble, then moved into a position third in the outer flow during the middle half-mile. At the three-quarters, Noble flipped his charge three-wide and he eventually ground down Mystical Dew (Tyler Smith), who had raced first-over from the outside post position the entire mile, in the final stride. Favored Rehab Mountain (Brad Hanners) put the field through relatively comfortable fractions of :27, :57 and 1:26 before yielding in deep stretch and finishing third in the 1:55.3 mile. Jim Ellison trains Celebrity Hercules for the Dandy Farms Inc. From the press box at Dayton Raceway
Pompano Beach, FL...December 17, 2014...Its Payday Friday paid an extra holiday dividend to his backers by capturing the $12,000 Open Handicap Trot at Pompano Park on Wednesday night. The four year-old son of Kadabra, trained by Renaldo Morales III for owner-driver Dan Clements led at every pole, stopping the tele-timer in a lifetime best 1:54. Dukester was second for Rick Plano, 1 1/2 lengths away, while Buddy Hally, driven by Peter Wrenn, finished third. Baby Boy Grin finished fourth and Jolene's Pinehonker finished fifth as the field was reduced to a quintet with the scratch of Andover America. Beginning from post five, Its Payday Friday meant business from the word "go" as he zipped out of the gate and took the field to the opening quarter in :27.4 with Buddy Hally, using the rail post with perfection, in the garden spot with Baby Boy Grin next. Positions remained stagnant through a half in :56.4 with virtually no pressure on the leader as he stepped up the pace during a :28.2 third panel, reaching the third station in 1:25.1. Turning for home, Its Payday Friday was on cruise control, easily holding off the late charging Dukester. In a post race interview, owner-driver Dan Clements said, He (Its Payday Friday) has been racing very tough lately, trotting around (1):55 every start. Renaldo ( trainer Morales) has been excellent with our entire stable and the way this horse raced tonight is an example of that. I was a bit surprised at the time because he seemed to do this so easily tonight...surprised but extremely pleased. I tried putting him on the lead because the last three times he has won has been on the front end. He just never seems to quit." The win pushed Its Payday Friday's scorecard at Pompano this fall to 4-3-0 in seven starts and this win--his eighth of the year--pushed his seasonal earnings to $61,091 and $179,258 lifetime. As the 4 to 5 favorite on the tote-board, Its Payday Friday returned an early holiday dividend of $3.60. by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park
Six Bax, who has proved to be one of the most dominant claiming trotters in recent weeks, racked up yet another victory during Monday’s evening’s 10-race card at Woodbine Racetrack. The five-year-old son of Kadabra-Bax Machine had won three of his last four assignments for Team Baillargeon, and he tacked on another triumph thanks to his 1:55.1 score in Monday’s lid lifter. Mario Baillargeon powered to the lead with the Ben Baillargeon-trained gelding, and together they led the group past the quarter pole in :26.4. A charged up Meadowview Arny muscled to the lead in the backstretch, however, and he went on to supply the field with middle panels of :55.1 and 1:24.1. Those big fractions took their toll on the leader, who made a break in the lane and wound up finishing up the track. To view the rest of this story click here.
Out Of The Hat took advantage of the passing lane to prevail in the featured $6,500 Winners Over Handicap Trot at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Sunday evening. Fresh off a front-end victory at the Ottawa oval last Sunday, Out Of The Hat settled for a pocket trip tonight as Four Starz Speed took over command past the first quarter mark and battled on top with the challenging Euro Classic. Trainer/driver Stephane Pouliot then sent Out Of The Hat up the passing lane to prevail over the duelling leaders by three-quarters of a length in 1:58.2. The track was rated "good" with a one second variant. The leading trotter for wins last year with 18, the Kadabra mare has added 13 more victories to her record during her five-year-old campaign in 2014. To view the rest of this story click here. Mach Pride rebounds at Flamboro After some front-end friction took him out of contention last Sunday night, Mach Pride rebounded in the $7,000 Preferred 3 Pace for horses and geldings this evening at Flamboro Downs. The favourite in last week's Preferred 3, Mach Pride was advancing up alongside the leading Get Around Town when they hooked up and backed through the field as a result of the interference. This week, he had things all his own way, leading wire-to-wire in 1:55.4. Mach Pride was the favourite again in Sunday's Preferred event and paid $2.60 to win. Major Homer finished over three lengths behind and Get Around Town was third. Mach Pride has won two of his last three starts for trainer Louie Eftimiadis. The four-year-old son of Mach Three was driven by J.R. Plante and is owned by Michael Virdiramo, Sheldon Rose, Randy Zhok and Lou Green. To view the rest of this story click here. Repeat win at Fraser for Beren Hanover Beren Hanover was first up and first home to make it two wins in a row in Fraser Downs' $10,500 Open Pace on Sunday. Trainer/driver Allan Molloy sent Dal Reo Farms' four-year-old pacer first over from fifth down the backstretch and swept by his rivals to score the 1:54 triumph over the frozen track. Gable Blue Chip (Serge Masse), who had led through panels of :26.1, :56.1 and 1:25.2, finished third as Rock Allstar (Brandon Campbell) came through in the passing lane to snatch the runner-up honours. To view the rest of this story click here. Truro feature goes to Watersides Kipper Former Maritime stakes competitor Watersides Kipper converted off a pocket trip to score his first victory of the year in the top pacing class at Truro Raceway on Sunday. Making his second start this year at Truro after racing in New York and Ontario, Watersides Kipper pulled the pocket and overtook the pacesetting Schooner into the stretch before drawing away by three and a quarter lengths for the 1:58.1 victory. Last week's winner in the $1,275 feature pace, Dreams Matter, followed in third. To view the rest of this story click here.
Pompano Beach, FL...November 26, 2014...Its Payday Friday. Well, It usually is but that was changed to Wednesday for owner Dan Clements as he piloted his own four year-old Its Payday Friday to victory in Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Handicap Trot. Stepping up to the top class after two straight victories in "non-winners" events, this son of Kadabra took command right at the :28.1 opening marker and then posted following fractions of :56.3 and 1:25.3 before holding off the furious late rally of Andover America (Bruce Ranger) to win by a neck in a lifetime best 1:55 performance. Baby Boy Grin (Kevin Wallis), seeking his Third Straight win, had to settle for third, 1 1/2 lengths away. She's All In was fourth while Count Speed picked up the "nickel" in the multi-million dollar septet. In a post race interview, driver Dan Clements said, "we both love this track...and, "by both," I mean this horse and this driver. He hasn't been worse than second in his five starts here and we're both happy as a lark here. And, I might add, the trainer, Renaldo Morales III, loves it, too. This horse seems to like to be in the thick of things so, since he's won on the front his last two starts, I thought, 'why tinker with success.' He sure dug in late and beat a very talented field." Indeed he did. Coming into the action, the collective earnings of the starters in this field was over $2.5 million with Its Payday Friday the second lowest at $165,258. "When you are facing a field as talented as this," Clements said, "it's always in the back of your mind whether you're in over your head. Its Payday Friday answered that tonight." The victory was the seventh of the year for the winner, pushing his 2014 earnings to $52,091 to go along with his new lifetime mark. As second choice on the tote-board, Its Payday Friday paid a dividend to his believers on this Wednesday night of $5.20 for their $2 investment. by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Breeders Crown $250,000 Open Mares Trot at the Meadowlands on Nov. 21 saw 2013 harness racing "Horse of the Year" Bee A Magician cut all the fractions to win in 1:51.4. Driven by Brian Sears for trainer Richard "Nifty" Norman, Bee A Magician survived an inquiry as she flew home with favorite Classic Martine coming at her from the pylons. Classic Martine finished second and Handover Belle came through for third. As Mistery Woman shot for the lead from the outside, Bee A Magician got to the top and cut the first quarter in :26.1. Classic Martine kept Mistery Woman from getting into the pocket and followed Bee A Magician in second with a half in :55.3. Handover Belle made her move on the outside and the second tier came after Bee A Magician as she maintained the lead in a 1:24.2 three-quarters. Down the stretch, Handover Belle passed Charmed Life and was chasing after Bee A Magician on the outside, while Classic Martine tried to get up late on the inside. Bee A Magician strayed a bit but Classic Martine could not get to her on the inside and neither could Handover Belle make up enough ground on the outside. Bee A Magician won by a head. "It was a slow start this year but Niffty (Norman) did a great job with her," said Brian Sears. "Definitely it could have taken its toll (going opening quarter mile in :26.1), then we got a good middle half and she was really strong so I can't complain. She was trotting real strong to the wire." Bred by White Birch Farm, David McDufee, Melvin Hartman and Herb A. Liverman own Bee A Magician, who won a Breeders Crown Three-Year-Old division in 2014. She paid $7.40 to win. Bee A Magician by Ray Cotolo, for the Breeders Crown