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Will Take Charge charges into Sunday's $150,000 Maxie Lee Invitational at Harrah's Philadelphi off a win in a leg of the Great Northeast Open Series for trotters; a victory that saw the 5-year-old gelding make a four-wide move around the final turn to complete a last-to-first rally after a few missteps at the start of the race. "He can trot the turns as fast as any horse I've ever had," trainer Jeff Gillis said. "He's like a hobbled pacer almost. You can move him anywhere; he's very handy. He's just got a lot of good qualities that make him very versatile." Will Take Charge joined Gillis' stable after owner Mac Nichol purchased the horse in November. The gelding was previously trained by John Bax and was runner-up in the Ontario Sire Stakes championships at ages 2 and 3. For his career, Will Take Charge has won 17 of 60 races, going 8-for-14 with Gillis, and earned $561,169. He made a splash with his seasonal stakes debut on May 5 by finishing second to defending Horse of the Year Hannelore Hanover in the Cutler Memorial at the Meadowlands. His Great Northeast Open win at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono followed on May 13. "There were a couple issues with his blood that we got corrected and he's just been a nice horse for us," Gillis said. "There were a lot of things that I liked about him. Obviously, his gate speed, and he looked like a really sound horse that carried good flesh. He was the kind you like to try to buy. "The other thing was I knew Bax had kept him through his 4-year-old year because he really liked him. Sometimes horses get stale and need a change. To say that he would be this good, no I didn't really expect that. But I thought he could be a nice horse." Will Take Charge is a son of Kadabra out of Celebrity Angel, who is a half-sister to Dan Patch Award-winner Almost An Angel. He is fully staked this year. "We'll let him tell us," Gillis said. "We intend to race him in all of those (stakes) if he's healthy and sound. Of course the big ones for us are the Maple Leaf Trot and the Breeders Crown. Hopefully he will be good for those." The Maxie Lee is part of an invitational tripleheader at Philly with the Commodore Barry for older male pacers and Betsy Ross for older female pacers. In addition, the card includes a Great Northeast Open Series event for trotters -- featuring 2017 Horse of the Year Hannelore Hanover -- and Great Northeast Open Series races for male and female pacers. There also will be two divisions of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for 3-year-old female pacers. Action begins at 12:40 p.m. (EDT). Will Take Charge will face a deep field in the Maxie Lee, where two-time Dan Patch Award-winner Marion Marauder is the 5-2 morning-line favorite. Will Take Charge is the 3-1 second choice, followed by the event's defending champion, Crazy Wow, at 7-2. Broadway Donna, another multiple Dan Patch Award-winner and the only mare in the race, is 6-1. "I think we drew well," Gillis said, referring to Will Take Charge's post four starting spot with driver Tim Tetrick. "I think it's a good spot. I'm pretty confident in him based on what he's done the last couple times on a small track. He's shown the ability to race on or near the lead as well as off the pace. I feel confident in whatever Timmy decides." Broadway Donna will try to join Buck I St Pat as the only female winners of the Maxie Lee Invitational, which debuted in 2008. Buck I St Pat, herself a multiple Dan Patch Award-winner, was a two-time champ. Other Dan Patch Award-honorees to capture the event were Obrigado, Father Patrick, Market Share, Chapter Seven, and Lucky Jim. "I was very happy with the way she got started," trainer Jim Campbell said about 5-year-old Broadway Donna, who won her seasonal debut in 1:51.4 at the Meadowlands on May 12. "There are no easy spots for her. No matter where she goes it's going to be tough racing. That's the way it is and you just have to adapt to it." The Maxie Lee is named after longtime horsemen Maxie Lee. A native of North Carolina, Lee made a name for himself as a trainer and driver in the Philadelphia area at Liberty Bell and Brandywine. He had back-to-back Delaware Valley Harness Horse of the Year winners in the mid-1970s with Black Gamecock and Valley Ken. In 1990, Lee became the first African-American with a starter in the Hambletonian, with the Peter Haughton Memorial winner Backstreet Guy. Following is the field for the Maxie Lee Invitational with drivers, trainers, and morning-line odds. 1. Marion Marauder, Scott Zeron, Paula Wellwood, 5-2; 2. Rubber Duck, Joe Bongiorno, Jennifer Bongiorno, 15-1; 3. I Know My Chip, Victor Kirby, Walter Haynes Jr., 12-1; 4. Will Take Charge, Tim Tetrick, Jeff Gillis, 3-1; 5. Crazy Wow, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke, 7-2; 6. Warrawee Roo, Dan Dube, Luc Blais, 9-1; 7. Broadway Donna, David Miller, Jim Campbell, 6-1; 8. Tuonoblu Rex, Andy Miller, Julie Miller, 8-1. Caviart Ally looks to step up in Betsy Ross Friday, May 25, 2018 - by Rich Fisher, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent Trainer Noel Daley does not seem too concerned about Caviart Ally making the jump to racing older horses, and feels his confidence will be proven as the year goes on. "People say sometimes it's a little harder for the 4-year-olds to actually go against the older mares," Daley said. "Physically and mentally I think she'll do the job. I don't think she's going to out-muscle them straight away. She's going to have to have a bit of luck the way the races go and all that. But I think as the season goes on especially, I really think she'll match it up with them. "She's a very hearty mare. If anything, she always looks too big. She's not one you have to worry about eating and things like that. You've got to worry about her being too big, actually." Caviart Ally is coming off an outstanding 3-year-old season in which she was the straight-heat winner of the Jugette, and also captured a division of the Bluegrass Stakes along with two legs and the final of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes. She won seven of 20 races and finished second in the Breeders Crown, Lynch Memorial, Glen Garnsey and Shady Daisy. For her career, Caviart Ally has won 11 of 36 races and earned $828,510. After winning her first two starts this year, she faces the first stakes-level race of her 4-year-old season Sunday in the $150,000 Betsy Ross Invitational for older female pacers at Harrah's Philadelphia. The Betsy Ross is part of an invitational tripleheader at Philly with the Commodore Barry for older male pacers and Maxie Lee for older trotters. In addition, the card includes a Great Northeast Open Series event for trotters -- featuring 2017 Horse of the Year Hannelore Hanover -- and Great Northeast Open Series races for male and female pacers. There also will be two divisions of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for 3-year-old female pacers. Action begins at 12:40 p.m. (EDT). Caviart Ally will get a stern test as the Betsy Ross field includes three-time Dan Patch Award-winner Pure Country, Blue Chip Matchmaker Series champion Shartin N, and stakes-winners Agent Q, Darlinonthebeach, and Blue Moon Stride. Caviart Ally will start from post No. 2 with Andy McCarthy in the sulky. "It's a very competitive race which makes it good," Daley said. "No one's going to be able to waltz around and do their own thing. There's too many in there that can win. There's very few in there that can't win it; in my estimation anyhow. Whoever has a good trip and has a good day. It's a deep field, there's no dominant one there, I don't think." Owned by Caviart Farms, Caviart Ally was sired by Bettor's Delight. She was purchased at Harrisburg -- at Daley's recommendation -- for $35,000 by Buck and Judy Chaffee, who were looking for a broodmare but figured they would race the horse if she showed potential. In her two wins this year, Daley liked her in the first at Philly on May 9, but was not thrilled with her second race at the same track on May 18. She won her seasonal debut in 1:50.4 and her second start in 1:52. "She was very good the first start; she bounced a bit the second start and was just OK," he said. "She switched off the last little bit but she can do that. I think we'll be fine on Sunday." Her opening races this year sound a little like a microcosm of her career. "She's a funny mare," Daley said. "She can have an average day here and there, she's been disappointing a couple times and then obviously she can be very good. The first part of the year she was solid last year. I think she really stepped out there when she won the Sire Stakes final, she was just super that day. "She was very good in the Breeders Crown, she got outdrawn there and had to come first over and stuck in very well. She went fifth in the last one of the year in the Matron. If she had won the Matron, I think she would have probably got the (3-year-old filly pacer) of the year. To me it was a three-way battle between Agent Q and (divisional award-winner) Blazin Britches." And although she was not an award-winner last year, Caviart Ally showed enough to get heavily staked in her first year with the older horses. "We have her in everything," Daley said. "If you're going to bring them back and try to race them...she's in a lot, she's in every race an older mare could be in. She's paid up. I'll be shocked if she doesn't come back very good. She's a beautiful type of mare, she's just a big strong mare; has a great temperament." And Daley is excited for the upcoming big races, as the only people he would rather be other than himself are the Chaffees. "I'm happy to have her," he said, adding with a laugh, "I wish I owned her." Following is the field for the Betsy Ross with drivers, trainers, and morning-line odds. 1. Pure Country, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter, 5-1; 2. Caviart Ally, Andy McCarthy, Noel Daley, 12-1; 3. Divas Image, Joe Bongiorno, Jennifer Bongiorno, 15-1; 4. Shartin N, Tim Tetrick, Jim King Jr., 9-5; 5. Agent Q, Brett Miller, Chris Oakes, 7-2; 6. Apple Bottom Jeans, Victor Kirby, Kevin Switzer, 20-1; 7. Darlinonthebeach, David Miller, R. Nifty Norman, 9-2; 8. Blue Moon Stride, Corey Callahan, Mark Harder, 8-1. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA  

HARRINGTON, DE - Mike Casalino Jr. and Dylan Davis' Theresademoninme ($3.60, Jon Roberts) was a 1:56 winner in the $17,500 Open Trot at Harrington Raceway Wednesday. A full field of eight lined up behind the gate for the weekly feature for trotters. Last week's winner, I Like My Boss charged out of the gate from post six for the early lead. Race favorite Theresademoninme settled in fourth from post seven, but did not sit long as he marched first over towards the half-mile. I Like My Boss led through three-quarters in 1:26.3 as "Demon" gained slowly and eventually edged clear in deep stretch for the win. Royal Becca J put together a fierce stretch rally to be second while I Like My Boss held third. It was the sixth win of the year for "Demon," who is trained by Davis. The 7-year-old Kadabra gelding closed out the Dover Downs meet with three consecutive wins before a stint at Hoosier Park (Indiana). Iron Mine Branch's Fight The Truth improved to 5-for-5 at the meet with a 1:55.2 win for trainer Greg Haverstick. The 6-year-old Total Truth gelding was claimed for $7,500 however, for new connections and trainer Justin Brenneman. Tony Morgan had three wins on the program. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway    

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Oh what a difference a year can make. That's the tune that harness racing trainer Jean Tourigny is humming these days since his trotting mare, HP Run Like Mom, is unbeaten in three starts this year. She goes for her fourth straight win on Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R. The four-year-old mare by Kadabra from the Promising Catch mare, Canaco Runner, is co-owned by Claude Hamel of Ayer's Cliff and Michel Damphousse of Louiseville and was bred by Hamel with Lapharmaciedekedgwick Inc., NB. A five-time winner last year at age three, HP Run Like Mom was headed into the $65,000 final of the Breeders Cup Final as the morning line betting favorite, looking to cap off a pretty good season. That did not happen, in fact the mare broke stride from post eight and was unable to rebound. Then the following week she broke again in a qualifying race, then stayed trotting in the next qualifying race, but that was it, HP Run Like Mom was to be turned out for next season. "She was deconcentrated and lost confidence after going to Toronto to race," Said Tourigny. "She disappointed me at Mohawk. I thought she would be able to trot a mile in 1:54." Before HP Run Like Mom when to Mohawk Raceway, her last start was a 25 and one-half length romp in the Breeders Cup third leg at H3R and she scored a lifetime best 1:59.4 triumph. "Now she is four years old and has really matured," Tourigny explained. "We go week by week with her and we let her decide how fast she wants to go. She is now building up confidence from week to week." Last week was perhaps HP Run Like Mom's best win of the season. With Stephane Brosseau her regular driver, last week she came after the race leader at the half, took command of the lead and held the field at bay in scoring a 2:01.1 triumph. "My father Leo and I," Tourigny added. "trained and raced her mother (Canaco Runner 6, 1:54.4s $443,545) and it makes for me a challenge more to have the honor to take care of her foals that Claude Hamel, Celine Paquin and Michel Damphousse have given me this great opportunity. "I have three teams that help with the care and racing of the horses," Tourigny said. "We have 16 horses in the stable now. Barry Robert and Jules Girard are the main caretakers. Then there is myself, Trudel Rolland and my dad doing the training and my paddock team at the track are Yves Corbin and his daughter Clare. "I must give credit to my dad," Tourigny said. "He comes every morning to train. He is going to be 79 soon. I am so happy to have these great people working with me and, of course, all the owners who have put their trust in me. Without Michel Damphousse, Claude Hamel and Celine Paquin, Rolland Trudel, Brian Paquette, and Steve Garceau, I would be nothing." Tourigny is also excited that his top pacing mare, HP Sissy, is coming back to the stable this weekend to begin prepping for the Quebec-Bred Series at the Hippodrome 3R. She was a prior champion at H3R and went on to race in Toronto and then New York, winning $229,000 with a record of 1:52.1h. HP Run Like Mom is not the morning line favorite in the sixth race trot on Sunday at H3R. She will be tested Sunday, having to start from the far outside in post eight. A The honor of being the morning line favorite goes to another good mare named Lucky Promesses from post four for owner, breeder and driver, Jerome Lombart. This is just the second start this year for the five-year-old mare by Lucky Fool. Last year was her best season ever as she was the winningest horse to race at H3R. She closed out the season with ten wins for trainer Andreane Lapierre, taking a record of 1:58.2 at Rideau Carleton. Other contenders in the race include KFB Amigo Cool (post two), EAU Naturelle (post five) and Abundasass (post three). Track Notes: Defending H3R leading driver, Stephane Brosseau, is off to the best start of his career, winning 12 of the 29 races (41%) held so far at the Hippodrome 3R. His record is 25-12-4-3 and his "batting average" or UDR is an amazing .596. He will be driving in the first eight races at H3R Sunday before heading over to Rideau Carleton. For a free race program for Sunday, visit First race post time Sunday is 12:50 pm. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program is pleased to announce that a breeding to the leading Canadian trotting sire Kadabra has been donated to support its efforts to rehabilitate, retrain and rehome Standardbreds retiring from the track. Mrs. Isabelle Vartanian donated the breeding in memory of her husband Norman that passed away in September. Norman was avidly involved in the harness racing industry for many years. The breeding will be offered at in an open-ended auction via from 8:00 a.m. Tues. Feb.27 through 12:00 noon Wed. Feb. 28. The purchaser owes a refundable 10% deposit with the balance due to New Vocations with a live foal. Interested parties are encouraged to bid only for a mare that is a good breeding candidate and is not already booked. New Vocations reserves the right to void the purchase if the mare is over 18, has been barren two consecutive years or is due after May 5. FMI contact Dot Morgan at (937) 947-4020 or Dot Morgan

ANDERSON, Ind. - Emoticon Hanover and harness racing driver Daniel Dube went to the front and never looked back to win Friday night's $250,000 Breeders Crown Mare Trot by three-quarters of a length over Caprice Hill in 1:53.4 at Hoosier Park. Pink Pistol was third and Flowers N Songs, who went off stride on the final turn, completed the order of finish in the four-horse field. Emoticon Hanover finished second in last year's Breeders Crown for 3-year-old female trotters. A 4-year-old has won four of the last five Breeders Crown events for the mare trotters. Emoticon Hanover is a 4-year-old daughter of Kadabra out of the mare Emmylou Who. She is trained by Luc Blais for owner Serge Godin's Determination Stable. This is Godin's third Breeders Crown trophy. Blais won one previous Crown with Intimidate in 2012. Dube has won six Breeders Crown finals in his career. For the year, Emoticon Hanover has won five of 12 races and earned $373,166. She has won 16 of 37 lifetime starts and earned $1.03 million. Emoticon Hanover was bred by Linda Wellwood, Tammy Aspden, Anne Shunock and Diane Ingham. She paid $2.20 to win as the 1-9 favorite. Emoticon Hanover By Ken Weingartner, for Breeders Crown   -

HARRINGTON, Del. - Mike Casalino and Dylan Davis' Theresademoninme ($16, Jon Roberts) notched his 21st career win in upset fashion Wednesday at Harrington Raceway with a 1:55.3 harness racing victory in the $16,000 Open Trot. Trained by co-owner Davis, Roberts put the 6-year-old Kadabra gelding on the early lead, where he would never relent in a powerful score over Wind Of The North and Tymal Signature. Victor Kirby continued to maintain a slim margin in the driver standings with his 3,991st career win with Wingus ($3.80). Kirby currently has a two win lead over Allan Davis, who won the fourth race with Explosive Jet ($5) and 10th with Delaware Hanover ($3), as the race for the meet's leading driver heats up with five nights of racing remaining in the season. Vince Bradley and Louis Catana had an owner double when Sunset Mike ($3.80, Art Stafford Jr.) scored a 1:57.1 win in a sub-featured $11,000 trot. The win also gave Bradley a training double. Ross Wolfenden, who is third in the driver standings, won a pair of races. Brian Malone (30 victories) is the leader over Josh Green in the trainer standings by two wins. Matthew Sparacino

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - The trotters are in the limelight Tuesday at the Hippodrome 3R with three divisions of the Breeders Cup Series, two divisions of the Future Stars Series plus an Invitational Trot. There is a total of 13 harness races at H3R Tuesday and eight of them are trotting races. The main focus will be on three races that are not on the wagering program but will be held between races. These are the final preliminary round of the Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old colt and filly trotters. Due to short fields, these races will be held between wagering races on the program. These young trotters are vying for points in the third and final preliminary round of the Breeders Cup Series. After Tuesday's races, the top eight point earners from both the filly and colt divisions return on Sunday, September 8 for their respective C$65,000 finals. The first division for fillies takes place after the second race and featured is the leading contest to sweep the entire series, HP Run Like Mom, who is going for her fifth straight victory. The daughter of Kadabra starts from post three for trainer Jean Tourigny and will be driven by Stephane Brosseau. Last week she tied her lifetime best mile with a 2:00.4 triumph. The second division for colts goes after the fourth race where Kinnder Dangerous is also looking to sweep the series. He starts from post three for driver Justin Filion and goes for his third straight win. He has won his last two starts in 2:00 and 1:59.3 for owner/breeder/trainer Denitza Petrova. The third division takes place after the sixth race where Affirmee and driver Pierre-Luc Roy start from post four and heads the field. Last week the son of Angus Hall wired the field for his first win of the season. The two-year-old trotters in the start of the Future Stars Series are featured in the fourth and sixth races. The fillies are first with nine starters in the fourth race. Magic Lady, who drew the rail, is the favorite, having won her baby race last week at H3R for trainer/driver Yves Filion. Another return winner is Poupee (post five) for driver Gaetan Lamy. The colts go in the sixth race headed by Nobodynosjustic from post one for driver Stephane Brosseau. The son of Justice Hall won two starts back at Mohawk Raceway in 2:02.2. The top trotters at H3R will do battle in the eighth race. The early favorite is Unabating, who starts from the far outside in post eight for driver/trainer Guy Gagnon. Last week Unabating made his debut at H3R a memorable one, going first-over against Caroluzzo and grinding out an impressive 1:58.3 triumph. It was his third straight win and will have his work cut out for him starting from the far outside. Torches Angel is the second choice in the race. She is one of three mares in the field and starts from post three for driver Pierre-Luc Roy. She was second to Unabating last week. Other contenders include KFB Amigo Cool (post five), Four Starz Speed (post four) and Wings Of Ballykeep (post one). Post time is 7:00 pm. For more information, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club    

JULY 8, 2017 - Driver Stephen Byron and trainer John Bax teamed up for one win and one second in the Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots opener for the two-year-old trotting colts at Georgian Downs on Saturday evening. The pair captured the second $18,450 Grassroots division with Delcrest Holiday, who toured the Innisfil oval in 2:03.1. Starting from Post 4 Byron eased the novice trotter off the gate and settled in fourth as Smart Pick took the field to a :31 quarter. Heading for the 1:03.2 half Delcrest Holiday was challenging for the lead and once he reached the front Byron was able to set the cruise control, reaching the three-quarters in 1:33.3 and sailing home a three and one-half length winner. Smart Pick settled for second and Audacious closed to be third. "It was his first start," said Byron of Delcrest Holiday. "They really like the colt, he'd qualified real well, and he did everything right again tonight, so hopefully he keeps going. "He's got some natural speed, he should get better," the Thornton, ON resident added. Trainer Bax shares ownership of Delcrest Holiday with Gaelic Stable of Sharon and Ken Bax of Cavan Monaghan, ON. The trio acquired the son of Holiday Road and Northern Kitti from the 2016 Canadian Yearling Sale for a modest $9,000 after the colt impressed Bax in the paddock at breeder Doug Delaney's Acton, ON farm last summer. "I went out to Doug Delaney's farm and he turned him out - and Doug's on a pretty hilly property - and he just trotted up and down the hill and I said, wow I've got to have him," recalled Bax. "And I actually, I raced the second dam (Northern Fuchsia). Anyway, I didn't mind the family, I knew the family, and I don't mind Holiday Road, I've had a little success with them, and I just liked the way he carried himself. I was shocked that I got him for $9,000. "Doug was here tonight too," Bax continued. "It was really good to see him, his wife (Betty) just passed away a few weeks ago, and so it was a nice thing for him." Both breeder and owners will be hoping Delcrest Holiday can replicate Saturday's solid effort when the two-year-old trotting colts head to Mohawk Racetrack for their second Grassroots event on July 18. Bax and Byron will also be hoping for another solid effort from Chief Justice, who stayed on task as two-thirds of the first division field self-destructed and trotted home to the runner-up's share of the $18,100 purse. Jula Downton took the victor's spoils, reaching the wire 10 lengths ahead of Chief Justice in 2:02.4. Spin the Vinyl recovered from a break near the mid-way point to finish third. "He stayed trotting so he picked up a second. It was a good night," said Campbellville, ON resident Bax about Chief Justice, who is owned by Midnight Sun Partners Inc. of Delray Beach, FL. Like Delcrest Holiday, Jula Downton was making his first lifetime start after a single qualifier and the son of Kadabra and $225,757 winner Abbey Craig was flawless for trainer-driver Per Henriksen of Norwood, ON. Henriksen conditions the colt for Jula Racing Inc. of Delray Beach, FL, who offered up $30,000 for the trotter at last fall's Harrisburg Yearling Sale. Ontario Sires Stakes action continues at Georgian Downs on Sunday, July 9 as the Innisfil oval hosts the Gold Series debut for both the two-year-old trotting colts and the two-year-old pacing fillies. The trotting colts will test their skills in Races 5 and 9, while the fillies compete in Race 7. Post time for Sunday's program is 6 pm. From the Ontario Sire Stakes  

Boli (Kadabra) was one of the trotting stars at the Isle of Pompano Park in Florida this season for harness racing trainer Dan Hennessey. The five year old trotter returned to Saratoga earlier this month and finished second and third in his two tries in the local Open Trot but was a beaten favorite both times. On Sunday afternoon, Boli was once again the public's top choice and driver Wally Hennessey wasted little time moving the talented high-stepper to the outside in the early going. The 6-5 favorite toughed it out first over, grinding the leader into submission before drawing away late to prevail in 1:56. The victory was the seventh in thirteen seasonal tries for Boli who scored ten wins in 2016. Black Broadway (Chris Long) followed the winner's cover and wound up winning a photo for place with Twisted Pretzel (Jim Devaux) who earned the show spot. The exacta and triple in the $17,120 Open paid $22.40 and $96, respectively. The feature victory was one of two on the card for conditioner Dan Hennessey and one of three driving scores on the day for Hall of Famer Wally Hennessey. Live racing resumes on Thursday afternoon with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

Cincinnati Miss (Kadabra) gave harness racing trainer Jackie Greene and driver Frank Coppola Jr. another feature win on Sunday afternoon as the mare prevailed in the $14,500 Open Trot. On Saturday night, Greene and Coppola teamed up for a win in the Open Pace with Artful Way (Artistic Fella). Cincinnati Miss was the lone lady among the group of featured trotters on Sunday and moved out to the early lead. The five year old highstepper never faced a legitimate challenge before stopping the timer in 1:56.2 for her sixth victory of the season but first while in Open company. Just Make Believe (Mark Beckwith) sat the pocket to the winner and came up second best while Lucid Thoughts (John Macdonald) kept his incredible "on the board" streak alive by finishing third. The race's favorite Cash Me Out (Jim Devaux) was never much of a factor before settling for a fourth place finish. Cincinnati Miss returned $9.00 to win in the mild Sunday upset and led an exacta and triple that paid $71.50 and $300.50, respectively. Live racing resumes on Thursday afternoon with a 12:15pm first post. Mike Sardella

Plainville, MA---Class relief was the difference for Just Make Believe, who stepped down from last week's Open to take this week's $10,000 feature race for harness racing conditional trotters at Plainridge Park on Thursday (April 27). Just Make Believe (Eddie Davis Jr.) out-charged Old Oak (Steve Nason) off the gate for the lead before settling into that position by the eighth pole. The remainder of the field followed in post-position order to the quarter in :27.4. Approaching the half, One Swan For All (Wally Watson) pulled first over in the outer flow but broke shortly after that move. This left Keystone Ace (Bruce Aldrich Jr.) next in line to pressure the leader. As the race proceeded up the backside, Keystone Ace drew within a half-length of Just Make Believe and the two trotted in step by three-quarters in 1:26.1. But the battle was just beginning. With less than a length advantage, Just Make Believe was trotting strong near the pylons with Keystone Ace closing incrementally outside. With the wire closing in, It looked as if the leader was in reach but just Make Believe held sway and hung on to a neck victory in 1:56. It was the second win in eight starts this year for Just Make Believe ($6.20) and the winning time was a new seasonal mark. The 7-year-old gelded son of Kadabra is owned by Linda Kenney and Di Stefano and Son Stable and is trained by John Di Stefano. It was payoffs-a-plenty again at Plainridge Park on Thursday, led off by the first winning ticket on the new Wicked Hi-5 wager in the sixth race. The owner of the 20-cent straight ticket on the combination of 5-1-7-9-6 was rewarded with a $7,996 payout. In the fifth race, What A Hooligan (Michael Stevenson) paid $37.80 for the win and in the ninth race Southwind Inferno (Matthew Athearn) rewarded his backers with a $52.60 mutual. The $2 superfecta combination of 4-3-7-8 in that race returned an instant jackpot of $9,039.80. Greg Merton had a driving hat-trick and Elisha Lafreniere scored a conditioning double. With three weeks of the meet in the books, Bruce Aldrich Jr. maintains the dash driving lead with 22 victories and has Greg Merton right behind him with 20. After Thursday's action, Elisha Lafreniere took over the training lead with eight wins, one ahead of Heidi Gibbs with seven. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Monday (May 1) at 4 p.m. Please note that starting next week; Plainridge will now race four-days a week (Monday-Tuesday-Thursday-Friday) with post time all four days at 4 p.m. By Tim Bojarski for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Pompano Beach, FL...April 17, 2017...Boli, perfectly handled by harness racing driver  Wally Hennessey, captured Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Trot on Monday night, covering the mile in 1:54.4. The five year-old gelded son of Kadabra stalked Tater Twister, with Jim Meittinis handling his lines, through fractions of :27.2, :56.2 and 1:26 before leaving the coziness of his pocket turning for home and using a :28.3 finale to score by three-parts-of-a-length over the late charging Prairie Fortune, driven by Mike Deters, making his first appearance in the sulky since November 27, 2016 after battling serious health issues. Tater Twister did finish third while Sailer Eddie finished fourth after a mild backside bid. Commentary finished fifth in the quintet. After the race, Hennessey had high praise for his trotter saying, "Sometimes, Boli can be a real handful to drive but, tonight, he was a perfect gentleman every step of the way. He seemed relaxed throughout the mile and, when I showed him the open road turning for home, he responded beautifully. "Even going back to the winner's circle, he seemed nice and relaxed for a change." Trained by Dan Hennessey for owners Paul and Patricia O'Neil, Boli won for the third time this semester to vault his 2017 earnings to $20,280. Lifetime, Boli has 18 wins in 55 starts with bounty of $157,474 to go along with a Pompano mark of 1:54.2 earned in his last win two starts back. Off as the 1 to 5 favorite, Boli returned $2.40 to his multitude of followers. The $8,000 Open 2 Trot went to Diamond Dagger, expertly driven by Walter Ross, Jr. The five year-old daughter of ABC Garland took command a right at the :28 opener and went on to post panels of :56.3 and 1:24.4 before strolling home in :29.2 to score a handy win in 1:54.4--her margin 1 ¼ lengths over the late charging Keystone Bodacious (Kevin Wallis) with Dog Gone Lucky (Mickey McNichol) next, a half-length further back. My Revenuer finished fourth while McKenzie's Star picked up the nickel in the septet. The always subdued Ross, Jr., summed up the win succinctly by saying, "She went a nice mile. That's about it!" Trained by Mark O'Mara, who co-owns with Paul Johnson and Melvin Schmucker, Diamond Dagger won for the third straight week while earning her fifth win of the year in 14 starts, sending her seasonal bankroll to $29,735. Career-wise, Diamond Dagger has an 18-8-22 scorecard in 88 starts with earnings at $175,907. As third choice in the betting, Diamond Dagger paid $11.20 to win. The Florida Amateur Driving Club was in action on Monday night in two events, padding their total contributions to charity, now close to $185,000, and Dein Spriggs took both, not only as the driver, but as the owner, as well. Dein took the first with A Crown For Lindy--the 11 year-old warrior winning for the 55th time during his career spanning 208 starts. The gelded son of Cantab Hall won for the fifth time this semester, pushing his seasonal earnings to $16,579 and $419,438 lifetime. Spriggs completed his double by scoring with his Garlandsandpearls in a lifetime best 1:56.3. The six year-old altered son of Futile Qwest wired his foes for his sixth win of the year in 14 starts to send his 2017 earnings to $18,755 and $59,501 lifetime. While both were 2 to 1 favorites in the morning line, neither went off as the favorite in their respective races--A Crown For Lindy paying $7.60 as the second choice on the board and Garlandsandpearls returning $6.20 as second choice, as well. Veteran Allen Saul trained both of the trotters for Spriggs. After each event, members of the Florida Amateur Driving Club, along with several other "professional" drivers at the track, made charitable gifts to two organizations--"A Second Go" and "Go For The Greens." "A Second Go" was established to raise money for services provided to have a second go at life through therapy and nutritional support, among other things, for cancer patients transitioning from "fighter to survivor." "A Second Go" was represented by founder Kelly Sudell, on the road to recovery after a successful bone marrow transplant to stop her leukemia in its tracks. Melinda West represented "Go For The Greens," an organization that fosters, among other things, a healthier planet with a business strategy through the sport of golf. Racing continues on Tuesday night with mares in the spotlight as the Florida bred Goldstar Rockette, a 10 time winner last semester, looks for her first win of the year in the $8,500 Open 2 Pace. Alabama Shakey, Miss Dollar Mam, Metro Glide, Machin Marley, Jets Are On and Sue's Night Out complete the nifty and well-matched septet. In the "better for the bettor" department, Pompano Park will offer a $10,000 guaranteed pool in the Pick-4, conducted on races 6 through 9, in cooperation with the USTA Strategic Wagering Program. Post time is 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Columbus, OH --- Although she certainly enjoyed her recent vacation, harness racing's  Donna Lee was also anxious to return home, for a young lady she dotes on was sure to be exhibiting signs of separation anxiety. “I’ve never been away from Caprice this long,” she said in reference to two-time O'Brien Award winner Caprice Hill. “The only time we have been apart is when she went to Tony (Alagna) after she was broken as a yearling for a couple months, but I got her right back.” Purchased by Tom Hill for $55,000 at the 2014 Standardbred Horse Sale, Caprice Hill is a daughter of Kadabra and stakes winner Bramasole. Conditioned by Lee’s son, Tony Alagna, the now 4-year-old mare has amassed $992,401 in purse money from a record of 25-15-7-1. Her resume includes victories in the 2015 edition of the $311,600 Peaceful Way, the $192,500 Ontario Sire Stakes Super final that same year and the $149,000 Matron Stake in 2016. Caprice Hill, who is a half-sibling to Bramalea Hanover (Windsong’s Legacy, $288,512), was also second in last year’s $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks and has been incredibly consistent throughout her career. “She is just perfect,” said Lee, who oversees the mare's day-to-day care for her son. “She never does anything wrong. She has been like that from the first day I had her. We just show her what she needs to do and it immediately clicks; she knows right away what her job is and she loves her job.” Caprice Hill has definitely been the perfect student as not once has she ever went off stride, even as a youngster. “I tell people all the time and they don’t believe me,” Lee said. “One of the first times I was jogging her, another horse was out there and the driver was playing around. She decided she wanted to go with them and she did, but she did it all on the trot. Right after that is when I called Tony and told him we had something special on her hands. “He didn’t believe me either and was kind of like ‘Don’t fall in love’ but when he trained her down in 2:02, he asked me if I wanted to see my filly train and of course she was just perfect. I think that’s when he started to agree I was right about her.” Performing almost solely in Canada, Caprice Hill has not received anywhere near the attention her former stablemate Racing Hill has, but then again, that stallion did capture the $500,000 Breeders Crown final, the $500,000 Messenger, the $400,000 Adios final and the $500,000 Hempt Memorial final. Now standing at Hickory Lane Farm in Ohio, Racing Hill is also owned by Hill. “Tom was so lucky to have Caprice and Racing Hill in the same year,” Lee said. “Caprice is the first horse he bought and to have that kind of success with not just her, but Racing Hill, is a blessing. “I think Caprice would have been talked about more if she had raced outside of Canada more often, but she loves it up there and the air is good for her.” Lee is referring to the allergies Caprice Hill has battled throughout her career. “She is allergic to oats first of all,” she said. “We had a veterinarian make a serum for her that she has done quite well on, but it was a problem for her. It is something she had to overcome and she has.” One of the reasons Lee feels Caprice Hill is so successful is her attitude and how much she enjoys competition. “She loads herself on the van,” Lee said. “All you need to do is drop the gate and stay out of her way. She knows when it is time to race and can’t wait to get there. If she has a week off and she sees other horses get on the van on a Friday or Saturday night, she gets mad. She starts bucking and kicking because she doesn’t want to stay home; she wants to go.” It has already been determined this will be the last season the mare will appear on-track prior to heading to her second career in the breeding shed. However, the process has already commenced for Caprice Hill to be a mother. “Tom decided he wanted an embryo transfer this year and she was bred to Muscle Hill,” Lee said. “We just checked her and she didn’t take, so she will return to him for another try. “She is used to her big stall with a window and her BFF next to her. When she is bred she might get nervous because she’s not used to the routine and it may throw her off. We’ll see what happens and go from there. “I have to get her ready for stakes season and we are looking towards the second week in June to bring her back.” All the mare’s connections are looking forward to a very exciting 2017 with their charge. Caprice Hill returned from her winter vacation with a terrific coat and put on some weight, which will only aid her in taking on the likes of world champion Hannelore Hanover. “She is just a happy horse,” Lee said. “She is definitely fat, but not in a bad way and she just has a great attitude. This is a tough season to face older horses, but we think she is in a position to show she belongs. Hopefully we can take her to Lexington this year because I think she would love it and literally fly there. “I know this year is it and she will be retired. It will be very hard not to see her every day and she is always paying attention to me, too. She has a stall guard, but is always craning her head out to look in the office and see what I am up to. “She really is just the perfect horse and they so rarely come along. She is a pleasure.” by Kim French, USTA Internet News Editor 

WILKES-BARRE PA - There were three $15,000 preliminaries for trotters of both sexes in Bobby Weiss Series harness racing action at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Tuesday night, and a female posted the fastest time of all - the Kadabra mare Sunrise Avenue, who knocked a second off her winning time in the first round of the Weiss by triumphing Tuesday in 1:55.4.   Sunrise Avenue used tactics similar to last week's win, making the lead in the second quarter and keeping control, and she won by last week's exact margin of 3½ lengths, but she stepped home in 28.1 here to mark her as a serious contender for the Weiss Championship while winning for driver Eric Carlson, trainer Gilbert Garcia-Herrera, and J M F Racing LLC.   Talkin Tootsie stalked Connie Jean through much of their Weiss division, then outbrushed her at the end to take a new mark of 1:56.4, winning by a neck - with those two 20 lengths ahead of the rest of the field, most of whom made breaks. George Napolitano Jr. handled sulky duties behind the Cantab Hall mare for trainer Matias Ruiz and owners Martin Garey and Harvey Wieseneck.   In the third distaff Weiss, trainer Neal Ehrhart, who had started seven trot ladies in their Weiss event last week and got six checks, raced back those same seven horses and again got six checks - but Tuesday he got a winner as well, with the night's only winning Weiss sophomore, Gin's Tonic. The Muscle Massive filly joined her fellow winners in reducing her personal best time, reporting home in 1:56.1 to beat My Cherry Pie by a half-length for driver Marcus Miller and owner Virginia Ehrhart.   In the first round of the Weiss preliminaries for males, the Credit Winner gelding Ooh Rah left his breaking problems behind him in New York State, coming to The Downs and earning a new speed badge of 1:56. Jim Morrill Jr. worked out a second-over trip with Ooh Rah, made the stretch lead, then held off onrushing 84-1 shot Perseverance by a half-length for trainer Kathleen La Montagne, also co-owner with Donald Montagne.   The team behind barely-thwarted longshot Perseverance - driver Matt Kakaley and trainer Jenny Melander - came back later to have a wire-to-wire Weiss winner in the Deweycheatumnhowe gelding Hilarious Hero, as he also took a personal best of 1:56.3. 0-for-24 at two and three, Hilarious Hero is now 2-for-2 at age four, with the crowd catching on to the point that he was "only" an 8-1 shot in winning for Melander Racing Inc and Clark Stables LLC.   Like Ooh Rah, Bend In The River also made the ship from Yonkers to Pocono a worthwhile one in taking another Weiss cut for "the boys," making for a sweep of lifetime records (like the ladies) and four-year-old geldings in the Weiss male cuts. The altered son of Southfork lowered his mark to 1:57.1 in going wire-to-wire and beating out the favored Armbro Hall by a head, with Marcus Miller in the sulky (giving him a Weiss win with both sexes) for trainer Nick Surick and the Second Chance Stable Inc.   18-year-old Hunter Oakes, whose family has been known to have some success at Pocono over the years, joined a very limited harness racing club when he won with his first official starter as a trainer, taking a $15,500 conditioned pace for mares with the $380G+ winner Marlee B in 1:51.4. The Mach Three mare was making her first start of the season, but she had enough to be a pocket rocket in merging victorious for driver George Napolitano Jr. and Synerco Ventures Inc.   PHHA / Pocono

Pompano Beach, FL...Monday, April 3, 2017...Boli, driven by Wally Hennessey, stalked the pacesetting Tater Twister, handled by Mike Simons, through fractions of :28, :56.2 and 1:24.4 and edged by that one late to score a half-length harness racing victory in Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Handicap Trot on Monday night, tripping the timer in 1:54.2, a new lifetime mark. Sooo Handsome, with Rick Plano in the sulky, finished third, 3½ lengths away while Sailer Eddie finished fourth. Dog Gone Lucky, sluggish leaving the gate from the rail, picked up the nickel in the sextet after Prairie Fortune made a miscue on the backside. The five year-old altered son of Kadabra, trained by Dan Hennessey for owners Paul and Patricia O'Neil, earned his second win of the year in five starts and pushed his lifetime bounty over the $150,000 plateau-now $151,674-with his 17th career win in 53 starts. After the race, driver Wally Hennessey related, "He got a very good journey tonight. Mike's trotter (Tater Twister) was a tough opponent and he did most of the work cutting the fractions and my horse just got the better trip here. "Boli is a pretty amazing horse who gives all he's got every start. He's very versatile and that's a great trait in a racehorse because it gives you more options to win." As the 8 to 5 favorite, Boli returned $5.40 to win. Also on Monday night, three divisions of the C.K.G. Billings Amateur Driving Challenge were contested, honoring the memory of the noted industrialist and horseman and the owner of the sport's first 2:00 trotter, Lou Dillon, who accomplished that feat in 1903. A Crown For Lindy, driven by Dein Spriggs won the opener, Garlandsandpearls, also teaming up with Spriggs, took round two and Best Dream Seeker, with Joe Pennacchio in the bike won the finale. Spriggs kicked off the festivities with a handy win back of his own A Crown For Lindy, the 11 year-old son of Cantab Hall. Trained by Allen Saul, the classy gelding won for the 54th time in a career stretching 206 starts, stopping the tele-timer in 1:58.1. New Scent, with Joe Faraldo in the sulky, finished second while Flaming Yankee finished third for "Touchdown" Teddy Bowman after taking command early and slicing through panels of :28.2, :58.1 and 1:28 before being confronted around the final turn and succumbing to the winner. Chip Chip Page (Tony Dinges) finished fourth while Frenchmen (Billy Muggleston) picked up the minor award. A Crown For Lindy now has lifetime earnings of $416,834 and enriched his multitude of followers with a $3.00 win payoff as the 1 to 2 favorite. Spriggs doubled his pleasure with Garlandsandpearls, which he also owns, by guiding that six year-old son of Futile Qwest to a gate-to-wire win in 1:57.3, after putting up all the numbers--:28.2, :58.3 and 1:27.4. Garlandsandpearls stretched his lead to 3½ lengths on the line with Irish Scotch (Shane Arsenault) second after a first over backside binge from fifth. JLS Too Hot Taj (Steve Oldford) finished third while Mad Cow Lisa (Hannah Miller) survived a very difficult journey from the outside post nine to finish a very respectable fourth. B Cor Thomas (Billy Muggleston) picked up the final award in the field of nine. Garlandsandpearls won for the fifth time this semester and his 5-2-3 scorecard in 13 starts now shows earnings of $16,005. Also trained by Alan Saul, Garlandsandpearls returned $6.60 as the second choice in the wagering. The driving double for Spriggs sent his career total to 431 wins. The final Billings event-a rare pace-went to Best Dream Seeker for driver Joe Pennacchio. Owned and trained by Stanley Whittemore, this 11 year-old gelded son of Cambest won for the 30th time in a career encompassing 297 starts. Best Dream Seeker was third in the early stages of his mile as A Weekend (Joe Faraldo) cut panels of :27.2, :58 and 1:26.1 as Dr. Flamingo (Hannah Miller) sat in the garden spot through those fractions. Around the final turn. Pennacchio tilted his charge to the outside and began gnawing away at the leader, gaining the lead at mid-stretch and drawing clear late. Dr. Flamingo edged by A Weekend to be second. Hillcrest Bigdaddy (Peter Gerry) finished fourth while P L Dangerous (Bob Davis) finished fifth. For Best Dream Seeker, whose mark is 1:51.4 taken back in 2008 at Lexington's Red Mile, the win pushed his career bounty to $412,621. As the 4 to 5 tote-board favorite, Best Dream Seeker paid $3.80 to win. While the win was number 158 in Pennacchio's amateur driving career, it was only win number six back of a pacer, as the vast majority of his drives are with trotters. Racing continues on Tuesday night with a $10,000 guaranteed pool for the Pick-4, contested on races 6 through 9, as part of the USTA Strategic Wagering program. Post time is 7:20 p.m. Reported by John Berry for Pompano Park  

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, March 19, 2017-Aggressive (Mark MacDonald, $9.80) angled off the cones and was up at the wire Sunday afternoon, winning Yonkers Raceway's $68,000 Open Trot. Starting from the pylons in the field of nine (the infamous 10-hole was scratched). Aggressive minded his manners as the lass Allerage Star (Andy Miller) left over Lady's Dude (George Brennan), and wasn't in too much of a hurry (:29.1, :59). Hemi Seelster (Jason Bartlett), as the slight 7-2 favorite from the second tier, then offered some mild heat. The one came first-up from fifth toward a 1:28.1 three-quarters, but never serious challenged, Allerage Star had the lead at the 1:57 milepost, with a length-and-a-half advantage in and out of the final turn. It was about the juncture when Aggressive extricated himself from the cones. He and Lady's Dude-who appeared to duck into the passing lane a lap earlier-provided Allerage Star with unwanted company from both flanks. Lady's Dude did so again this time, but was outgamed by Aggressive, who earned the schnoz decision in 2:27.1 for the mile-and-one-quarter. Allerage Star was third, beaten a neck, with a traffic-troubled Luck O the Irish (Jordan Stratton) and Hemi Seelster rounding out the payees. The five payees were separated by just a length-and-three-quarters at the wire. For third choice Aggressive, a 6-year-old Kadabra gelding trained by Gilberto Garcia-Herrera for owner Gilbert Garcia-Owen, it was his third win in five seasonal starts. The exacta paid $130, the triple returned $510 and the superfecta paid $1,535. This was the final Sunday card until the end of May, and also the last 'New York, New York Double' until then (when Aqueduct becomes Belmont). Sunday's winning combination of 1-Lakeside Sunset (Aqueduct's 3rd race) and 7-Not Afraid (Yonkers' 6th race) paid $20 for every correct $1 ticket. Total pool was $5,745. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

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