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Boli, the four year-old talented son of Kadabra, stepped up to Open company on Tuesday night (April 26) at Pompano Park and scored his fifth consecutive harness racing victory, this one in a seasonal best clocking of 1:55.1. Trained by Dan Hennessey for owners Paul and Patricia O'Neil, Boli was driven by Wally Hennessey and pinned a half-length defeat on the late charging Cashahallic, with Matt Romano in the bike. Sailer Eddie finished third for Kevin Wallis after cutting much of the mile while Nothinbutanallstar and Majestic Won earned the minors in the field of six. Using his usual tactics, Boli lolly-gagged a length off the gate at the start but wended his way into fourth by the time Sailer Eddie hit the opener in a sharp :27.1 with Cashahallic second and Nothinbutanallstar, showing a bit of early foot from the outside post, landing in third. Positions remained stagnant through the half in a well rated :57.2 with Boli now out and churning forward on the backside, reaching within a neck of Sailer Eddie through a "picked-up" three-quarters in 1:26.1. In the lane, Boli muscled his way to the front and, given just a couple of reminders late, held off Cashahallic in the drive to the finish. After the race, Hennessey said, "After that unbelievable performance last week, I didn't know what really to expect tonight but he seemed very relaxed leaving and so I went looking for a spot seeing that the inside horses didn't seem all that interested early. "I found that good spot in fourth and sensed a slower pace going over to the half and that's why I pulled around that second turn. "On the backside, the pace 'picked-up' but my horse likes that sort of thing and likes to dig in, so that didn't bother him at all. "In the lane, I just gave him a couple of subtle reminders and that was that. It was another good performance for him." In winning his fifth straight, Boli sent his seasonal bankroll to $19,762 and $79,314 on the strength of his 10th win in only 30 career starts. Off at 2 to 5 on the tote-board, Boli returned $2.80 to win. The $9,500 Open 2 for pacing mares went to Goldstar Rockette, handled by Corey Braden for owner-trainer Lou Ginesi. This Florida bred six year-old daughter of Rock On blasted out from the Hummer Starting Gate into a quick early lead, yielded to Cheap N Easy, driven by John MacDonald, short of the blistering :26.4 opener, reclaimed three-eighths into the mile, and went on to post subsequent panels of :56.3 and 1:24.1 before striding home in :28.1 to record a lifetime best clocking of 1:52.2-her margin just short of three lengths over Cheap N Easy. Artful Impulse was third for Wally Hennessey while De Valeria finished fourth. Limelight picked up the nickel in the septet. Goldstar Rockette won for the fifth time in 16 starts this semester to send her 2016 bounty to $24,187. She now has 17 lifetime wins and career earnings of $88,038. Though her recent miles don't indicate early speed, Goldstar Rockette has won 13 of her 17 lifetime wins on the engine. As the even money favorite, Goldstar Rockette returned $4.00 to win. Racing continues on a two night-a-week schedule-Sundays and Tuesdays-throughout the month on May with post time set at 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

VERNON, N.Y. -- The opening round of the Catherine Burton late-closing series share center stage with a $9000 Open Trot on opening night at Vernon Downs, and the Miracle Mile unveils its new 50¢ Pick 5 wager in the last five races of Friday (April 22) evening's program.   Twenty-two trotters contest a trio of Catherine Burton divisions on Friday night, each one for a $4,000 purse. Among the standouts are Pompano invader Ado Duharas (race 3, John Cummings, Jr.), who enters off back-to-back wins, stakes-placed Love Crazy Love (race 5, Gaetan Brunet), who took second in her New York Sire Stakes consolation as a 2-year-old, and Royal Right (race 11, Chris Lems), a stakes winner in Massachusetts during her freshman campaign.   The evening's top event is the $9000 Open Trot, carded as race 9 on the 12-race program. P L Houdini (post 3) has been installed the 2-1 morning line favorite after three wins in his last five races, including a 1:55.4 triumph in an upper-level event at Pocono on April 9. John Cummings, Jr. drives the 5-year-old Kadabra gelding for trainer Mike Sinclair. Among his six rivals are Pounce K (Billy Davis, Jr., post 6), who returns to Vernon for defending training champion Dave Dewhurst, and 26-time winner A Penny Earned (Lems, post 5), who proved a consistent contender in the local Open ranks throughout the past two seasons.   The 2016 season at Vernon Downs features a brand new wager to Central New York: the 50¢ Pick 5. The wager will take place on the last five races of each program, with a carryover provision should no bettor correctly select all five winners. Additionally, a mid-card double has been slated for races five and six on a nightly basis.   Post time for the first of 84 programs this season at Vernon Downs is 6:45 p.m. EDT.   by James Witherite,  for Vernon Downs

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (April 15, 2016) - Trainer Nifty Norman hesitated before answering the question. "To be honest and maybe I shouldn't be saying this, but she physically looks even bigger and stronger this year. It is actually quite fascinating." It is hard to imagine how Bee A Magician could be even better as a six-year-old than she has been throughout her sure-to-be Hall of Fame career. The daughter of Kadabra - Beehive, by Balanced Image has earned more than $3.7 million during her four years on the racetrack and holds the unique accomplishment of winning at least one race worth $250,000 or more at ages two, three, four, and five. Bee A Magician is one of 15 horses, and one of only two mares, nominated to the inaugural $150,000 Mack Lobell Elitlopp Playoff at the Meadowlands on May 8. The winner receives an invitation to the prestigious Elitlopp in Sweden on May 29. "How many horses have raced five years and been a major stakes winner every year?" asked Norman. "It's not often you get one in your barn that you get to see develop and grow for six years. She still changes and matures and it has just been such a pleasure to be around her." Bee A Magician kicked off her 2016 season with a fast-closing third place finish in a Meadowlands qualifier last Saturday morning behind major stakes winners Shake It Cerry and Crazy Wow, both of whom are also pointing to the Mack Lobell Elitlopp Playoff. Bee A Magician will qualify again this Saturday then likely race once before the Playoff, according to Norman. The Mack Lobell Elitlopp Playoff is shaping up to be a must-see early-season showdown featuring a "who's who" of the sport's premier older trotter. Dan Patch champion trotters JL Cruze and Shake It Cerry face off Friday at the Meadowlands while Breeders Crown winner Creatine and TVG Free For All champion Resolve are among the horses that face Bee A Magician in Saturday morning's qualifier. European import and Playoff nominee Perfectly Enough is also in that same qualifying heat. "This looks like a really strong race with all of those horses pointing towards it and it should be really intriguing with the possibility of going to the Elitlopp in Sweden," said Norman. "I am very interested to see how it plays out." Fans that wish to follow along the road to the Mack Lobell Elitlopp Playoff may visit a special website that will provide the latest news and profiles of all nominated horses at and follow along on social media using #ElitloppPlayoff. by Justin Horowitz, for the Meadowlands

CAMPBELLVILLE, ONT - April 14 - Hills Angel, Wanaka and Windsong Magic scored first leg victories in Thursday night's Celias Counsel Series at Mohawk Racetrack. A total of 24 three-year-old trotting fillies were split into three $16,000 divisions for the first leg of the three-week event. Hills Angel made a second-quarter move to the lead and never looked back en route to a 2:01.3 victory in the first division. The John Bax trainee got away fourth heading into the first turn for driver Paul MacDonell. Trotting into a stiff backstretch wind, Hills Angel moved from fourth to first to lead by the half in 1:02.3. After a third-quarter of :31, Hills Angel was able to sprint home and hold off her rivals to win by half a length in 2:01.3. True Muscle finished second, while Dottie was third. A daughter of Muscle Hill, Hills Angel was making her 2016 debut after winning once in 10 starts as a rookie. She is owned by Bax Stable-Glengate Farms. Hills Angel increased her career earnings to $32,820 with the victory. She paid $3.80. The second division was a showdown between Flowers N Song, the 3/5 favourite, and Wanaka, the 3/2 second-choice. Wanaka got away second, but was quickly circled to the lead at the opening-quarter by driver Trevor Henry. The public's second-choice took the field by the half in :59.3, while Flowers N Song began to charge up from fourth for driver Doug McNair. Flowers N Song surged up to overtake the lead from Wanaka and post a three-quarter time of 1:28.1. In the stretch, Henry angled his charge off the back of Flowers N Songs and Wanaka sprinted by to win by 4 ½ lengths in 1:56.4. Flowers N Song had to settle for second, while P L Jill was third. A daughter of Manofmanymissions, Wanaka now has four wins in nine starts this season for trainer Shannon Henry. The sophomore trotting filly is owned by Trevor Henry Stables Inc. and 1035840 Ontario Inc. Wanaka surpassed $50,000 in career earnings with Thursday's victory. She paid $5 to win. In the third division, Bax trainees were front and centre again with a one-two finish. Bax pupil Miami Magic was put on the front by driver Steve Byron, while stablemate Windsong Magic and driver MacDonell followed closely behind in second. The Bax trainees switched positions heading to the half and that would be the final front-end move. Windsong Magic put up middle-fractions of :59 and 1:29.3, before trotting home in :28.2 to win by 2 ½ lengths in 1:58. Miami Magic finished second, while Smash Hit was third. A daughter of Kadabra, Windsong Magic improved her 2016 record to four wins in seven starts with Thursday's victory. The sophomore trotting filly, who was unraced at two, is owned by Kristine Green and Paulette Loyens. Windsong Magic lowered her career-mark by two-fifths of a second with the victory and pushed her bankroll to $29,240. She paid $3.30 to win. In order to be eligible to the Celias Counsel, the three-year-old trotting fillies had to be non-winners of $30,000 in 2015. The second leg will take place next Thursday (April 21). Live racing continues Friday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Post time is 7:30 p.m.   by Mark McKelvie - WEG Communications

Pompano Beach, FL...April 11, 2016...Despite "missing the train as it left the station," Boli, driven by Wally Hennessey, erupted with a huge rally in the final half mile to score a photo finish victory in Pompano Park's $9,400 feature trot on Monday night, covering the distance in 1:55.3. The four year-old son of Kadabra, stepping up to Open company for the initial time this season, put in a memorable performance in pinning a defeat measuring a neck over Sailer Eddie (Kevin Wallis) with Bambino Hall (Aaron Byron) just another nose away in third. My Revenuer, spotting the field some 10 lengths at the start from the second tier post, rallied for fourth, just a length back of the winner, while Midnite Craze picked up the nickel after being prominent most of the way. At the outset, it was Sailer Eddie on the bullet train early in the bulky field with Midnite Craze protecting his rail position and Bambino Hall finding a spot in third and Count Speed wending his way into fourth. Meanwhile, Boli was dead last and more than 15 lengths out of through an opening panel in :27.3. With Sailer Eddie appearing to get somewhat of a breather during the second panel, positions remained virtually stagnant with only Tater Twister-moving from sixth to fifth-and My Revenuer were out and attempting to close the gap on the leader, who reached the half in :56.4. On the backstretch, Midnite Craze left the coziness of the pocket to engage the Sailer Eddie with Bambino Hall edging a tad closer along with Tater Twister. Meanwhile, Boli, who moved three wide just past the half, was gobbling up ground and, by the time Sailer Eddie reached the third station in 1:26, Boli was then four wide, now sixth, and less five lengths off the lead. His rally continued all the way home, with his :28.3 finale just enough to hit the line first. After the event, Hennessey said, "I still can't believe what just happened. Horses just don't do what he just did. "I've been in this business for 45 years and I've have seen it all-until just now. "This was the most unbelievable mile in my lifetime. I mean it! "He (Boli) got a bit tangled up in the hobbles early and made a slight skip and wasn't really focused on business and, gee, we must've been close to 20 lengths out of it when we started. In other words, the train left the station without me!" "I just can't believe it. Again, horses just don't do what he did tonight!" For Boli, trained by Dan Hennessey for Paul and Patricia O'Neil, it was the gelding's fourth consecutive win and ninth win lifetime sending his career bounty to $74,664--$15,012 this semester. AS the 4 to 5 tote-board favorite, Boli returned $3.80 to win. Racing continues on Tuesday night with Godiva Seelster seeking her second straight win in the $12,100 Open Pace for Mares. by John Berry, for Pompano Park

A pair of the meet's top trotters matched strides down the Miami Valley Raceway stretch again Sunday afternoon (April 3) with Il Mago (Trace Tetrick) turning the tables on Martz Time (John DeLong) in the $20,000 Open Trot. These two seven-year-olds, along with Penn-who was absent this week, have dominated the open trotting ranks for three months while producing some very entertaining finishing duels. In fact, horses have been lapped on each other at the wire in each of the last six weekly trot features. In the latest clash, Martz Time was assigned the outside post position off two straight triumphs and was forced to work very hard to attain the front end just past the :27.1 first quarter. At that point Il Mago turned him loose in order to secure the pocket ride through middle fractions of :56.4 and 1:24.4. With Revenue Agent (Josh Sutton), who finished third, lurking within striking distance, Il Mago angled out from the pocket with a little more than a sixteenth of a mile to go and eventually wore down Martz Time in the 1:54 mile. It was the fourth win of the year for Il Mago, who was purchased at the January Meadowlands Select Sale by CC Racing LLC, and pushed his seasonal bounty to $43,636-well above his purchase price less than three months ago. Tyler George has been training the son of Kadabra since his emergence on the Midwest trotting scene. Business has been brisk at Miami Valley in its third season. Average nightly mutuel handle is up 34% over 2015 figures and 73% higher than the inaugural 2014 season. Purse payments have also soared with winnings to horse owners approximately $5 million in 2014, over $8 million in 2015, and expected to exceed $12 million when the 2016 meet ends on May 8. Gregg Keidel

World champion and 2013 Dan Patch Award-winning female trotter Maven has been retired, harness racing trainer Jimmy Takter said. The 7-year-old Maven was attempting to return from a suspensory injury, which she suffered in August while in Sweden. "We did a scan on her (right hind) leg and it looked like it's too high risk to get her where she could compete at the level she was," Takter said. "It was tough, but the owners decided to breed her instead." Maven won 29 of 52 races in North America, earning $1.74 million in purses, before spending 2015 in Europe. She won 10 of 14 races in 2013, including a world-record 1:51.4 triumph in the Miss Versatility final at the Delaware County Fair in Ohio, on her way to being named the Dan Patch and O'Brien award winner for best older female trotter. Her time in the Miss Versatility is the fastest race mile on a half-mile track in harness racing history. Other top career wins for Maven included the 2012 and 2013 Breeders Crown, the 2013 Armbro Flight, the 2012 Moni Maker, 2014 Muscle Hill, and 2012 American-National. She finished second in the 2012 Elegantimage and 2014 Breeders Crown. Last year, Maven won two of 15 races in Europe and earned $244,465 in U.S. dollars. One of her victories, in a Mares Open at Kalmar, Sweden, was in a track-record performance. She finished second by a neck to Robert Bi in the Group 1 Copenhagen Cup and was second to Timoko in the Group 1 Grand Criterium de Vitesse at Cagnes-sur-Mer. She also finished second in her Elitlopp elimination and seventh in the final. Maven was trained by Jonas Czernyson from age 2 to October of the 5-year-old season and was owned by Bill Donovan until November 2014, when she was sold to Herb Liverman. She is currently owned by Liverman, John Fielding, and Joyce McClelland. Takter took over the training of Maven in November 2014. A daughter of Glidemaster-M Stewart, Maven was purchased as a yearling for $37,000 under the name Bella Topona at the 2010 Lexington Selected Sale. She is a three-quarter sister to 2003 New Jersey Sire Stakes champion Glide About and a half-sister to multiple-stakes-winner Lanson. Her family also includes stakes-winners Furman and Egyptian Gentleman. "She's getting up in age," said Takter, who added the plan is to breed Maven to 2002 Trotter of the Year Kadabra. "We have to give her a chance to show herself as a broodmare now." Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications

Cold Certified gave the field in the $9,000 featured trot at Buffalo Raceway the 'cold' shoulder in the stretch on Friday night (March 11) and romped to a convincing 2-3/4 length win over Winkys Pride in 1:59.1 over the good harness racing track.   Jim Morrill Jr., who guided Cold Certified to the victory, put on another driving clinic as he had a five-bagger, his 22nd win of the season at Buffalo Raceway in just 43 starts.   With a five-way battle for the lead right off the gate, Cold Certified managed to find a spot along the pylons and was in fourth while Winkys Pride (Drew Monti) and the parked Lutetium (Truman Gale) duked it out. The fractions were 29.0, 58.3 and 1:29.2 to the three-quarter marker.   Cold Certified swung out three-wide down the backstretch was gobbling up ground just before the final panel and had no issues in overpowering the helpless Winkys Pride in the stretch. Lucky Pablo (Jack Flanigen) managed to gain the third place position.   Co-owned by Paul and Ronald Louis Viele, Cold Certified (Kadabra-I Like Stephanie) has three victories in seven starts in 2016 and moved his seasonal earnings to $20,080 and $451,087 lifetime. Alex Giuliani trains the 7-year-old gelding.   Ray Fisher Jr. finished with a driving triple while Angelo Nappo had two training wins.   Racing will continue on Saturday night with a 6 p.m. post for the 12-race card.   For more information including the latest news, results, race replays and upcoming promotions, go to   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

The trotting warhorse Il Mago has taken an immediate liking to his new surroundings in the Midwest. The seven-year-old son of Kadabra, purchased for $30,000 by CC Racing LLC of Illinois out of the Meadowlands Select Sale auction in January, captured the $20,000 Open Trot at Miami Valley on Sunday afternoon (March 6) for his third win in four tries for his new harness racing  owners. Trace Tetrick guided Il Mago to the 1:55 tally over Martz Time (John DeLong) and Tag Up And Go (Jeff Nisonger). Tetrick switched tactics and raced Il Mago from behind Sunday following the only blemish on his Midwest report card, when he got stung to a :26.3 first quarter in his first foray into open company last week and faded to fourth in the stretch. After getting away fifth, the odds-on favorite was afforded a second-over trip during the middle half mile, then collared the pacesetters at the top of the stretch before holding off fellow closer Martz Time at the finish. It was his 27th career victory and increased his lifetime earnings to $587,208. "He has one big leg (an old tendon injury), but seems sound as a dollar and is a really classy campaigner," says new trainer Tyler George, who stables at a private training center in central Indiana. "My owner was willing to go to $40,000 to get him at auction, so they were thrilled when the bidding stopped at $30,000. CC Racing wanted to come home from the sale with a nice trotter and a nice pacing mare, and that's exactly what they did." Gregg Keidel    

After securing the pocket on the first turn, Crosbys Clam Bake ($7.80) angled off the pegs in mid-stretch and chased down 8-5 harness racing favorite Opulent Yankee to take Friday (March 4) evening's featured $25,000 Open Handicap Trot at The Meadowlands.   Scott Zeron put the 6-year-old Kadabra gelding in play from the outset, outsprinting Appomattox (Andy McCarthy) to the first turn but in turn beaten to the early lead by Opulent Yankee (Andy Miller) through a :27.1 initial quarter mile. Crosbys Clam Bake enjoyed a cozy pocket trip throughout, only briefly boxed by the first-over DW's NY Yank (Joe Bongiorno)--who failed to sustain his bid--on the far turn.   Off the far turn, Crosbys Clam Bake was once again in the clear after Opulent Yankee rated a :57.3 middle half--but had to make up 2-1/2 lengths in the final eighth of a mile after the pacesetter edged clear off the corner. Just outside the sixteenth pole, Opulent Yankee was asked for all he had, but Crosbys Clam Bake ultimately had his measure, driven to prevail by a head in 1:53.1 over fast going. Appomattox stayed on for third off his stalking trip.   Andy Federico trains Crosbys Clam Bake--now a 23-time winner--for Randy Bendis, Jack Piatt, II, and Tom Pollack. The win was Crosbys Clam Bake's second in his three most recent Open-class events.   Crosbys Clam Bake     Zeron swept the evening's features, also capturing the $15,000 top-level distaff pace with Gweneeee J ($4.60). The 4-year-old American Ideal mare sustained a middle move out of midpack to take charge just after a :55.4 half, ultimately kicking clear to a 5-3/4 length victory over Inittowinafortune (Marcus Miller, elevated to second) and Sayitall BB (Joe Bongiorno, disqualified from second to third for a pylon violation) in 1:51.1.   Linda Toscano trains Gweneeee J for the KJ Stables, LLC.   The featured wins were part of a grand slam for Zeron, who led all drivers on the 13-race card. Andy McCarthy and Marcus Miller registered driving doubles.   Total handle for the evening's card was $2,842,825, an increase of $148,408 over the corresponding Friday card in 2015.   Neither 20¢ Jackpot High 5 went to a single winner, so they both carry over to Saturday (March 5) evening's 13-race card. The seventh-race High 5--just hit last Saturday--will have a newly-established carryover of $1,589, while the closing-race High 5 carryover has built to $120,824. Post time for the Saturday opener at the Big M is slated for 6:35 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Meadowlands Media Relations

Trotters were featured on the Sunday Valentine's Day matinee at Miami Valley Raceway amid persistent snow flurries throughout the majority of the harness racing program. Il Mago, a class act with over a half million dollars in earnings, dominated a $14,000 top conditioned event with a gate-to-wire 1:56.2 score for driver Trace Tetrick. Now two-for-two since coming to Ohio, the seven-year-old son of Kadabra has earned his way into the open ranks for the remainder of the meet,, where a showdown with Dayton track record holder Penn will be highly anticipated. CC Racing LLC owns Il Mago, who was an easy open-lengths victor over Cimeronken (Kyle Ater) and Seven Points Jesse (John DeLong). A co-featured $12,000 condition trot had a decidedly different finish as the photo finish camera couldn't separate Dancing Dynamite (LeWayne Miller) and Revenue Agent (Andy Shetler), who dead-heated for win in 1:57.2. Dancing Dynamite is a five-year-old Explosive Matter mare with eight wins in 70 lifetime starts; while Revenue Agent is an eight-year-old Revenue S gelding with 18 wins in just 50 career starts, good for $220,330 in overall bounty. Favored Rehab Mountain cut all the early fractions, but faded when a pack of hard-charging closers charged through the stretch. Dancing Dynamite returned $6.60 to her $2 backers, but Revenue Agent was overlooked by the wagering public and kicked back $29.20 to far fewer supporters. On Saturday night (February 13) Miami Valley established a new record handle when $398,638 was bet on the 14-race program. Gregg Keidel    

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- It sure turned out to be a head scratcher in Buffalo Raceway's $10,000 Open Trot on Friday night (Feb. 5). Cold Certified, who won this event last week as the even money favorite in 1:59.1, was dismissed by the harness racing public at 6-1 this time around and made them pay for the oversight by scoring a gutsy neck victory over Lutetium in 1:59.4 over the good track.   David McNeight III shared the Friday spotlight with Cold Certified as he registered a six-bagger in the sulky and also produced a training win.   In the feature, after playing the give-and-go with Lutetium (Truman Gale), Cold Certified ($14.00) set the tempo with fractions of 29.0, 58.1, and 1:28.4. It appeared that those fractions might have taken its toll as Winkys Pride was first over and took a slight advantage turning for home..   But that was all Winkys Pride was able to muster. Cold Certified, who appeared to have thrown in the towel, was revitalized by driver Shawn McDonough midway down the lane and roared back for the neck win while Lutetium (Truman Gale) skimmed the pylons for second and Im The Cash Man (Drew Monti) rallied for third.   It was the second straight decision for Cold Certified (Kadabra-I Like Stephanie). The 7-year-old gelding is owned by Paul and Ronald Louis Viele and trained by Alex Giuliani. The win upped Cold Certified's seasonal winnings to $12,330 and $443,337 lifetime.   McNeight III had victories aboard Lucky Millionaire ($8.00), Goldstar Thumper ($2.60), Maple Leaf Matt ($4.70), Release The Terror ($22.80), Sailin Metro ($6.20) and Pictorian Pride ($42.00).   McDonough had a good night driving as well as he posted a triple while Ray Fisher Jr. had two victories. For the trainers, David McNeight Jr. and John Mungillo had two wins apiece.   Racing will resumes at Buffalo Raceway on Saturday night at 6 p.m. with a 12-race card. The feature is the $10,000 Open Pace along with the opening round of the Niatross Knockout Claiming Series.   For more information including the latest news, results, race replays and upcoming promotions, go to   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Cold Certified ($4.30) proved to be too hot to handle in Buffalo Raceway's $10,000 Open Trot Friday night (Jan. 29) with a convincing 1-1/4 length harness racing victory over Strong Hope in 1:59.1 over the fast track.   After competing at Yonkers and Woodbine Raceway since November, Cold Certified (Shawn McDonough) seemed to adapt well to his new home at the Hamburg half-mile oval.   Lutetium, as usual, darted straight to the lead from the eight post while Cold Certified was able to draft along in second place through fractions of 29.0, 59.1 and 1:29.4.   At the top of the stretch, Lutetium began to call it a night while Cold Certified was just getting into gear. Dropping into the lightning lane as soon as possible, Cold Certified roared to the top and posted a 29.1 last quarter to draw away smartly for the victory. Strong Hope (Jack Flanigen) rallied for second with Im The Cash Man (Drew Monti) taking the show spot.   Cold Certified (Kadabra-I Like Stephanie) is co-owned by Paul and Ronald Louis Viele and is trained by Alex Giuliani. It was the first victory in three starts this season for the 7-year-old gelding. Cold Certified has now earned $7,330 in 2016 and $438,337 in his career.   Driver Kevin Cummings continued on a torrid pace, getting four victories on the night. He now has seven wins in the past two race cards.   Trainers JD Perrin and Giuliani each had doubles.   Racing will continue on Saturday night at Buffalo Raceway with a 12-race card scheduled for 6 p.m.   For more information including race replays, results, the latest news and upcoming promotions, go to   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

Pompano Beach, FL...January 23, 2016...With the Florida Amateur Driving Club taking center stage on Saturday night, harness racing driver Roger Goldstein, known particularly for his training prowess, got his first win since 1980 when he guided the 10 year-old trotter Smokin Dabra to victory in the first of two F.A.D.C. events at Pompano Park. Smokin Dabra, an altered son of Kadabra owned by the Unity Stable along with Probber Morse Racing, won for the 25th time during a career measuring 116 starts, pinning a half-length defeat on the pacesetting Global Power (Mitchell "Sky" Walker) in 2:00.3. Insider Access (Steve Oldford) finished third, four lengths away, with the favorite, Witty's Winner, fourth. Italian Stallion recovered from an early miscue to pick up the nickel in the field of eight. Goldstein gave Smokin Dabra a picture perfect drive as he followed Global Power (post five) out of the gate with Smokin Dabra (post six) and gave his charge a patient drive in the garden spot through fractions of :29.1, 1:01.2 and 1:30.1 before tilting out as they turned for home and wearing the leader down inside the 1/16th pole. After the event, a jubilant Goldstein remembered, "Yes, that was my first win since I drove F W Nancy to a win at Monticello Raceway back in 1980. "With the wind blowing so hard, I thought it be best to stay covered up as long as possible. It worked! "It's great to be back in the winner's circle. I just hope I don't have to wait another 36 years to do it again." Smokin Dabra won for the first time since a Pocono Downs victory on April 23, 2014-exactly 21 months ago-and sent his lifetime bounty to $241,005. As fourth choice at 9 to 1 in the betting, Smokin Dabra paid $20.40 to win. The second F.A.D.C. event went to Groovey Kid, driven by owner John Campagnuolo in 2:00.3. This five year-old Cincinnati Kid gelding overcame a second tier post and 10 other rivals to post a 3¾ length win over Starbux Eden (Jamie Marra) while What About Brian (Laurie Poulin) finished third. The pacesetting PC's Wildcard finished fourth and Vari Forgetful rallied to finish fifth. Trained by Dan Hennessey, the busy Groovey Kid, making his 51st start since the beginning of 2015, won for the 12th time in 89 career starts vaulting his earnings to $84,010. As second choice at 7 to 2, Groovey Kid paid $9.20 to win and proved to be the catalyst to a pair of carryovers (for the Pentafecta and Pick-5) and guarantees for the Sunday night program. Also on Saturday night, Andover America, sidelined for several months due to injury, finally made it back to the winner's circle, scoring a wire-to-wire photo finish victory for Kevin Wallis in 1:58.1. The 11 year-old warrior by Andover Hall, trained by Jacques Dupont for Mc Trade Enterprises, earned his 59th lifetime victory to send his career bounty to $798,410. As the popular even-money choice, Andover America paid $4.20 to win. One other note, after the final F.A.D.C event, a group of Club members gathered in the winner's circle to make a contribution to Tomorrow's Rainbow, an organization whose mission is to provide grieving children, teens and families an emotionally safe environment for hope and healing through guidance, education and support. The F.A.D.C. now has donated well over $150,000 to charity since their inception. A tricky Pick 5 sequence on Saturday (Jan 23) at the Isle Casino Pompano Park resulted in no winning tickets. Ironically, it was likely 15-1 upsetter, Are You In (John Cummings Jr.), who sent everyone out after winning the third race. The end result was a $1,981 carryover into Sunday evening, with track officials placing an 'instant guarantee' of $10,000 on Sunday's total pool. The Pick 5 is a nightly wager covering races 1 - 5, featuring a 50-cent minimum. The nightly Pentafecta wager was also unsolved, resulting in a $1,180 carryover into Sunday's fourth race. The Pentafecta is a nightly wager in race four featuring a 20-cent minimum, where fans must select the top five finishers in order. Sunday night's Pentafecta will feature an 'instant guarantee' of $7,500 on the total pool. The 50-Cent Pick 4 remains popular, featuring a reduced 12% takeout and covering races 6 - 9 nightly. The Sunday night pool features a guarantee of $10,000. The Jackpot Hi-Five featured multiple winning tickets once again on Saturday, with the carryover up to $45,103 into Sunday night's tenth race finale. Live racing continues at the Isle Casino Pompano Park on a five-night per week schedule, with a first post of 7:30 p.m. every Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evening. by John Berry for Pompano Park              

Pompano Beach, FL...December 30, 2015...Its Payday Friday, returning to the racing wars after a six month layoff due to a broken splint bone, put in a startling harness racing performance on Tuesday night at Pompano Park as the five year-old son of Kadabra led at every marker and stopped the tele-timer in 1:53.4 in the $11,500 Open Handicap Trot. Driven by owner Dan Clements, Its Payday Friday was involved in a serious conflict early on as Auspicious Hanover, handled by Kevin Wallis and starting from the outside seven post--one slot out from Its Payday Friday--were both stubborn and intent on the lead. But Clements won that conflict by stuffing his main rival in the pocket, going on to record  fractions of :27.1, :56.1 and 1:24.3 en route to victory, holding off Auspicious Hanover, slipping through along the pylons, and Mr Revenuer on the outside to secure the win measuring a half length. Verdi finished fourth in the mile while Rainbow Gold picked up the nickel in the sextet. In a post race interview, Clements had high praise for his trotter, along with trainer Renaldo Morales III saying, “You know, both Kevin (Wallis with Auspicious Hanover) and I left out of there and I would have gladly taken the two hole but my horse was just too stubborn tonight. He wanted to race and, when a horse feel thats good, I don’t think it’s a good idea to shut them down. “About the half, I just gave up trying to rate him and I just let him do his thing. I was just the passenger going along for the ride. “He’s got an attitude, this horse does, and that why (trainer) Ronnie Morales is so valuable. He’s the one who deals with his attitude. He jogs him every day and deals with that attitude. He does a great job with him. “I think he (Renaldo) was more excited than anybody. He was ‘high-fivin’ in the winner’s circle and everything. “I am blessed to have him in the stable.” For Its Payday Friday, it was his sixth win of the year in 19 starts with this “payday” sending his seasonal bounty to $54,956 and $237,589 lifetime. As the 8 to 1 third choice, Its Payday Friday rewarded his faithful with a $19.20 dividend on their $2 investment. Also on Tuesday, Sailer Eddie ($5.40) and Kevin Wallis teamed up to score a 1:53.4 win over Winding Hill and Adenium in the $9,500 conditioned event, sending this five year-old’s lifetime bounty to $287,245. Yet another highlight was the performance of the claiming pacer Cherokee Ranger, handled this night by Dan Clements. This four year-old son of Palone Ranger, recently claimed by Francis Tambolleo for owner Lesbia Luz Perez de Luna, has been moving up the claiming ladder and did so again on Tuesday night by winning his sixth straight--this one in 1:52.4. Cherokee Ranger ($4.60) won for the 12th time this year and, moving up the ladder from the $4,000 claiming ranks, has banked $33,303 in this, his most successful season at the races. Finally, when Rick Plano scored in the finale with Donna Riedel’s Put It In Gear, one lucky bettor took home the Super Hi-5 jackpot of $25,025.92--that payoff for the 20 cent winning combination of 5-2-1-8-7. Racing continues Wednesday with the final program of the year with post time set at 7:30 p.m. John Berry

East Rutherford, N.J. -- After harness racing favourites dominated at The Meadowlands last week, Friday (December 4) evening's 13-race card kicked off with three consecutive odds-on choices all handed defeat. The upsets continued in the evening's featured $25,000 Open Handicap Trot, which saw Crosbys Clam Bake upset at 29-1, striking the front in just the final yards to collar pacesetter Waiting On a Woman for a 1:53.3 victory. A midpack leave attempt landed the 5-year-old Kadabra gelding just off the pace, stalking the sharp Waiting On a Woman (Corey Callahan) and Opulent Yankee (Andy Miller) through a :27.1 initial quarter. Locked in by outer flow headed by Handover Belle (Yannick Gingras) through middle sectionals of :56.2 and 1:24.4, driver Scott Zeron wouldn't be availed room until the eighth pole, where he wedged Crosbys Clam Back out from between a one-paced Opulent Yankee and a resurgent Handover Belle--who stalled briefly upon exiting the far turn. Once Crosbys Clam Bake shook free, he accelerated up to the winning post, driven to defeat Waiting On a Woman in the final yards by a scant neck while staving off Handover Belle's comeback rally. Master of Law (David Miller), sent off the 7-5 favourite, only mustered a fourth-place finish off his second-over trip. Crosbys Clam Bake Andrew Federico, Jr. trains 20-time winner Crosbys Clam Bake for Randy Bendis, Jack Piatt, II, and Tom Pollack. In the $20,000 "Dash for the 'G' Notes" final for distaff pacers, the Shaun Vallee-trained and driven Jungle Genie N notched her third Stateside win in as many starts in upset fashion, but only as the 9-2 third choice. After stalking a pressured pace from the mid-division, Vallee angled the 6-year-old Bettor's Delight mare second-over with five-eighths of the mile remaining, only really towed closer when Pan Luis Obispo (Callahan) accelerated at the apex of the far turn. With odds-on pacesetter Solid Queen (Gingras) starting to toil at head-stretch, Jungle Genie N kicked cover, drawing off to a two-length victory over Pan Luis Obispo in 1:52.3. Weekend Getaway (Andy Miller) mounted a mild stand-side rally to take third from her fourth-over trip, while Solid Queen ultimately faded to finish last but one. Jungle Genie N Total handle for the Friday card was $2,758,743, an increase of $485,278 compared to the same Friday last season ,or 21-percent. Live racing continues at The Meadowlands with a 13-race program on Saturday (December 5) evening, featuring a pair of $20,000 "Dash for the 'G' Notes" events. Post time is 7:00 p.m. Eastern. by James Witherite, Meadowlands 

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