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
European age group championship season continued at two major venues this weekend at Vincennes, France and Solvalla Sweden and it was at the former which saw Support Justice fly the flag for Norwegian breeding with his stunning win in the 150,000 euro European Championship for 5YOs at Vincennes on the weekend. Geir Vegard Gundersen’s strapping son of Kadabra reduced a top field full of former national Derby winners such as Pascia’Lest (Italy), Swedish group one winners El Mago Pellini, Increased Workload, and Barracuda River and French group one winner Village Mystic to spectators. Support Justice charged to the front of the field from the gate and had control of the race from the start, fighting off attacks firstly from Very Nice Marceux at the top of the hill, and then holding off determined runs from Lutfi Kolgjini’s El Mago Pellini and Village Mystic in the hands of Louis Baudron in the straight. It was his fourth win in a row and the seventh win of the Summer campaign for the Norwegian-bred star who was also second in the Grand Slam Oslo Grand Prix in his homeland in June. He then showed his Norwegian form was up to the tougher Swedish racing with a win in the Group one Jubileumspokalen at Solvalla in August before being set for the ultimate test for a true European elite horse, coping with the undulations of Vincennes. The field however did not include one of the age-group’s Criterium winners from France, with the absence of Vanika du Ruel, Voltiguer de Myrt, Victoire or Vabellino, testament to the French owners’ legendary reluctance to stake their horses with the riches on offer at home. Indeed there were several top 5YOs involved on the same day in another group one race at Vincennes, although this was a monte, the 240,000 euro Prix des Elites, one of the four inter-generational races on the French calendar. But this 2150m “sprint” is a handicap affair and the extra 50m has become too great a burden for the older of the elite ranks to overcome, with Booster Winner with outstanding reinsman Eric Raffin in the saddle turning the race into another procession. The Sebastien Guarato-trained son of Love You faced faced such adversaries as multiple group one winner Vision Intense (Prodigious) and rising star A Nous Deux (Goetmals Wood) the winner of four monte group two races this season but was installed a narrow favourite over Brutus de Bailly, a fellow 3YO colt. But Booster Winner gave them no chance as he begin perfectly and had the field strung out by the turn into the Joinville plain, opening up a three-length advantage on Brutus de Bailly by the time they reached the top of the hill. He did not let up increasing his margin with each stride as the descended into the finishing straight. Brutus de Bailly just held off a brave challenge from Vision Intense, who almost made up the 50m handicap, and actually recorded the second fastest time ever in the event, her 1’11”5 a full second quicker than the winner. At Solvalla, the Svenskt Travkriterium for 4,000,000 SEK went to an outsider in locally bred Je t'Aime Express a three-year-old gelding by the unheralded local sire Symphonic Hanover. Early leader and heavy favourite Al Dente (Scarlet Knight) found his stamina give out and could not hold off a wall of horses which fanned out to attack in the final straight and it was Je e'Aime Express who powered down the outside to win easily from Buddha (Muscle Mass) another at lucrative odds, who also benefitted from being able to sit and sprint. Johnny Takter’s From Dust to Dawn h (From Above) was third. Je t’Aime Express clocked a slick 1’14”0 for the 2640m trip, which is just under a 2 minute mile rate for this his fourth and by far the most important win in just 13 lifetime starts. The Svenskt Trav-Oaks for a purse of 2,800 000 SEK went to Peter G Norman’s third favourite Face'Em a daughter of dual Prix d’Amerique winner Offshore Dream. Face’Em took control on the back straight and was left well in front when Souchong (Going Kronos) in the hands of Örjan Kihlström tried to put the pressure on but broke. Face’Em then saw off Secret Service (From Above) who challenged at the turn but and had enough in hand to outlast Björn Goop’s outsider Differenceadaymade (Muscle Hill) who got up for second ahead of Op's First Girl (Flirtin Man). The f staying classic Walter Lundbergs Memorial went to Alfas da Vinci (Orlando Vici) with a brilliant 1’13”2 victory for the 3180m event. That is a 1.57.8MR for a distance just short of two miles. The previous day the UET Masters Series also got under way at Solvalla with On Track Piraten (Kool du Caux) winning the Frances Bulwarks Lopp from Bon Frecia (Steinlager) and Nouvelle Pelle (Juliano Star), the winner covering the 2140m sprint in 1’11”5 (1.55MR). View - European 5 year old championship View - Prix de Elites Courtesy Of Harness Racing New Zealand
The first session (September 30th) of this years Lexington Select Sale of harness racing yearlings was out of control from the time the auctioneer opened the bidding on lot one. Encore Deo, a filly by Rocknroll Hanover made $100,000 which was the first time that had ever happened in the sales history. Shortly afterwards Lot 5, a colt by Cantab Hall from a full sister to Dream Vacation entered the ring and bidding was fierce from the start for the aptly named Prince De Vie. Opening with a bid of $200,000 , it quickly moved to $400,000 and was knocked down to the bid of Myron Bell That price was equalled later in the session when Bene Bene also made $400,000 after a spirited bidding duel. A Kadabra filly, she is a full sister to Miss Paris 1: 54.2 $865,160 and Bella Dolce 1:54.2 $730,384 and was knocked down to the bid of Melvin Hartman, Marvin Katz and David McDuffee of Ottawa, Canada. Bene Bene Three other yearlings topped the $300,000 mark during the first session. Dante is an upstanding colt by Credit Winner from Michelle's Angel which makes him a full brother to the millionaire world champion Archangel. He was knocked down to Bjorn Noren for $355,000 The Europeans were active throughout the session with the highest priced lot going to Europe being another son of Credit Winner in The Perfect Lindy. His dam Highscore Kem won $100,000 and is a 3/4 sister to this years Hambeltonian winner, Trixton. He went to the bid of Robert Lindstrom for $320,000 The only pacer to break through the $300,000 barrier was Sonoma Valley. A daughter of Rocknroll Hanover, she is a half sister to the $2,000,000+ winner Vintage Master and was sold to the bid of well known owner George Segal. By the time the dust had settled, records had been broken left right and centre. The average of $104,959 for the 97 yearlings sold was the first time ever that the $100,000 barrier had been beaten in the 10 year history of the sale. It was a 21.6% increase over the previous record of $89,847 which was set in 2008. A total of 39 yearlings made $100,000 which tied the record set for a session in 2007. Pacing Colts Sold - 21 Average Price - $77,714 Highest Price - $130,000 Pacing Fillies Sold - 27 Average Price - $106,333 Highest Price - $325,000 Trotting Colts Sold - 31 Average Price - $121,197 Highest Price - $400,000 Trotting Fillies Sold - 18 Average Price - $106,722 Highest Price - $400,000 A total of 156 yearlings were sold during the Wednesday night second session for a total of $8,833,000, producing an average of about $56,500. Last year's average price for the second session was $52,734. The sale continues on Thursday night at 7 p.m. and runs though Saturday, October 4. Links; Sortable Sale Roster Sale Results Sale Streaming Video active during Sale Harnesslink Media
Two-year-old trotting colt Caulfield recorded his third straight harness racing victory in the third and final $70,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold division tonight at Flamboro Downs. In that division Wilbur Eden was very quick at the start, hitting the opening marker in :29.3 for Trevor Henry. As they reached the half in 1:00.3 he had company from Holiday My Way and three wide came Alacrity as they reached the third panel in 1:30.1. Holiday My Way broke stride in the final turn and down the stretch Caulfield and Chris Christoforou closed a ton to win in 1:59.3. Wilbur Eden held for second while Winning Wizard was third. A son of Kadabra owned by Synereco Ventures Inc. of Toronto, Ontario, and trained by Chris Beaver, Caulfield was notching his fourth win in six career starts and third in a row. Bred by Jeff Ruch of Innisfil and Ted MacDonnell of Allenford, Ontario, Caulfield sold for $20,000 at last year’s Harrisburg sale. Christoforou was also victorious in the first division where the two outside horses left quickest. Boli (post six) and Infiniti AS (post seven) got away first and second as the gate left with Boli leading the group by the first quarter in :30.3 and the half in 1:02.1. Luck O The Irish took over well before the 1:31.2 third panel as Boli went offstride. He soon had company in the form of Dont Rush and that pair battled down the lane with Dont Rush narrowly winning in 2:00.3. Luck O The Irish had to be content with the bridesmaid spot while Amityville Lindy survived an inquiry to take third. Christoforou was up behind the winner, a son of Infinitif owned and trained by breeder Dustin Jones of Waterdown, Ontario who recently sold a share in the talented colt to Greg Judson of Athens, Ontario. This was the second lifetime win for Dont Rush who improved his summary to 2-3-1 in nine lifetime starts for $136,000 in earnings. Three colts broke early in the second split which saw Namesmuscle by the first panel in :28.1. Just past the :59.2 half A Little More Love was neck and neck with the leader and managed to get a head in front by the 1:29.1 three-quarters. Three wide came Platoon Seelster and those three were close at the finish with Platoon Seelster prevailing, despite an early break in stride, in 1:59.4 for Ryan Holliday. A Little More Love, the leading point earner in this division coming into tonight’s contest, was a close second with Namesmuscle third. A lightly raced son of Holiday Road, Platoon Seelster was making just his fourth career start for trainer David Holliday and owners Caroline Holliday of Mount Forest and Dennis Hannath of Harriston, Ontario. Bred by Seelster Farms of Lucan, Ontario, the colt has yet to finish worse than second with two wins and two seconds in his young career. This group has one more Gold event to contest before the October 11 Super Final. That will take place one week from tonight, September 30, at Mohawk Racetrack. To view the complete results from tonight’s program, please click Flamboro Results - September 23. OSS News
If omens mean anything, then Corey Johnson is the trainer to watch Sunday in the Prix D’Ete. Saturday night at Mohawk Raceway his top mare, Voelz Hanover, pulled off a stunning upset in the $286,000 Milton Final at odds of 33-1. Corey is the trainer of Si Semalu, who drew post two in the Prix D’Ete, is a four-year-old gelded son of Modern Art who has won on a half mile in the past and figures to be a long shot in the race, just like Voelz Hanover. Sunshine Beach is, in fact, the only horse in the Prix D’Ete field that has never raced on a half mile track. He is also the richest money earner in the field and can surpass the million dollar mark in career earnings with a victory. Duc D’Orleans, in post five for local owners Geston Levesque, Les Euries D’Orleans, Inc. and Helen Dupont, holds the all-age track record at the Hippodrome 3R of 1:52.4 that he set in 2013. Meet and Greet with the drivers, trainers and owners of the Prix D”Ete horses will take place in the big tent by the first turn at 11:00 am Sunday morning until 11:45 am. The 9th race featured Prix D’Ete will go off at approximately 4:00 pm. This is the first time that David Miller, Jody Jamieson, James MacDonald, Scott Zeron and Doug McNair have ever driven at the Hippodrome 3R. The Hippodrome 3R oval continues to have a banner season when it comes to its racing oval. Saturday night saw the 17th time in 2014 that a track record has been set or tied. Saturday night it was Out Of The Hat and trainer/driver Stephane Pouliot who earned the spotlight as they wired the field in the ninth race $6,000 feature trot, scoring by one and three-quarter lengths in 1:57. The pocket-sitting Rocky Boy was second with track record holder Decret Justiciale third. It was the 8th win this year for Out Of The Hat. The five-year-old mare by Kadabra is owned by Meadowgem Farm and Stehane Pouliot and her time of 1:57 surpassed the prior record of 1:57.2 set earlier this season by Margarita Bi. From the Quebec Jockey Club