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HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Noble Legend and driver Shawn Gray showed plenty of patience in the $10,000 Open Trot at Buffalo Raceway on Friday night (March 10) and it paid off with a strong 1-1/4 length victory over Southern Palms in 1:58.1 over the fast harness racing track.   Noble Legend is the 2016 Trotter of the Year at Buffalo Raceway and also holds the track record for 4-year-old geldings with a 1:56.3 mark set last season.   In the feature, last week's winner Southern Palms set the fractions of 28.3, 48.3 and 1:28.2 but things weren't going to come easy this time around.   Winkys Pride was first over turning for home while Noble Legend sat in the pocket, breathing down the back of the pace-setting Southern Palms.   The waiting game worked out perfectly for Gray and Noble Legend ($4.50) as they cruised to the lead in the passing lane. Southern Palms (Ray Fisher Jr.) and Winkys Pride (Drew Monti) could do nothing but watch and finished in second and third respectively.   Co-owned by Jack and trainer Maria Rice, it was the second victory in eight tries for the 5-year-old gelded Noble Legend (Kadabra-Lovin It). He is now a winner of $18,980 in 2017 and $114,465 lifetime.   Buffalo Raceway's defending driving champion Jim Morrill Jr. broke into the win column for the first time in 2017 and did so in fine fashion by registering a four-bagger. Gray finished the night with three wins in the bike..   Racing continues on Saturday evening at 6 p.m. with an 11-race program.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays and results, go to   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

Just Make Believe (Kadabra) was a nominee for harness racing 'Trotter of the Year' last season at Saratoga Casino Hotel as the John Di Stefano trainee was a force in the local feature in 2016. On Sunday afternoon, the seven year old made his return to the Spa to compete in the $12,000 Open Trot and driver Jim Devaux moved Just Make Believe early. Released at odds of 3-1, Just Make Believe wound up sitting the pocket to the favored On The Podium (Bruce Aldrich Jr) as that one battled last week's Open winner Slugfest (Jay Randall) who was first over. Just Make Believe became a reality in the stretch when he surged by to take over the lead under the shadow of the wire, coming on to win it by a head in 1:57.4 on another cold afternoon in Saratoga. Slugfest came up second best while On The Podium had to settle for the show spot. It was the first victory in two starts in '17 for the Just Make Believe coming off of a year in which he piled up thirteen wins. The winner paid $8.00 and led an exacta and triple that returned $32.40 and $95.50, respectively. Live racing resumes on Thursday afternoon at Saratoga with a matinee set to begin at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

East Rutherford, NJ - Crosby's Clam Bake will look to continue his reign at the top of the trotting class when he takes on seven worthy rivals on Friday night at The Meadowlands in the featured sixth race, an $18,000 conditioned event.   A winner now of three straight with the last two right on the lead against many of the same horses Crosby's Clam Bake has been designated as the 2-1 favorite despite being assigned the outside eight post. His keen gate speed and the respect of the competition provide driver Jimmy Marohn, Jr with a few good options to get his charge into the race.   Trainer Andrew Federico, Jr has enjoyed great success with horses sent east by top Pennsylvania conditioner Randy Bendis and clearly has Crosby's Clam Bake as crisp as a Sam Snead drive for the start of the new season. Jack Piatt, II and Tom Pollack share ownership with the trainer on the seven-year-old Kadabra gelding.   It's another pair of thirteen race cards for the weekend with the horse population allowing for big fields and lively competition. Guarantees remain in place for the horizontal wagers and free program pages are yours for a click.   Promotionally the popular 60 second wagering spree returns and the first leg of the World Harness Handicapping Contest is on Saturday night.   Post time is 7:15 p.m.   From the Meadowlands Media Department      

DOVER, Del.--- Harness racing Tim Tetrick grabbed the early lead behind Il Mago and was never headed for the second consecutive week scoring his fourth victory of the day, Wednesday, Dec. 14, to win the $21,000 Open trot Handicap at Dover Downs. Il Mago won for the eighth time this year for CC Racing bringing his seasonal earnings to $112,296 and $673,268 lifetime. The 7-year-old son of Kadabra-Northern Style is trained by Scott DiDomenico. A 99-1 shot from the rail, Tag Up And Go (Bret Brittingham) enjoyed a 2-hole journey to finish second while Winbak Charles M (Montrell Teague) took show money. Tony Morgan drove his second winner Uva Hanover to a 1:54.1 triumph in the $15,500 Winners Over trot for young horses. The Cantab Hall-Up Front Laura gelding was in charge from the start but had to hold off a strong closing challage from Celebrity Pegasus (Art Stafford Jr.) late in the stretch. Bluebird Reverend (Montrell Teague) was next. Martin Sternberg and Stake Your Claim Stable own the 5-year-old who has earned $91,500 of his lifetime total of $423,284 this year. Go Byem was scratched. Mike Casalino's Tough Mac got back on the winning trail turning back seven rivals for a 1:54.1 victory in A $12,000 sub feature trot. The Dylan Davis-trainee dropped down from the Open ranks to notch his fourth win of the campaign. Corey Callahan was in the bike behind the Lockkeeper-Traditional Lady black gelding now a $316,399 career winner. Lou Man (Tetrick) was second with Uwantapieceofme (George Dennis) third. Tim Tetrick won four races, two owned by trainer Jim King and two by CC Racing. Corey Callahan and Tony Morgan had triples while Yannick Gingras had two winners. $30,000 PREFERRED; $27,500 DEL. SPECIAL THURSDAY BEFORE HOLIDAY BREAK WEEK A powerhouse 15-race card led by the $30,000 Preferred Handicap and $27,500 Delaware Special highlight racing  on Thursday, Dec. 15, the last racing day before the usual weeklong Holiday Break at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Last week’s winner Bamond Racing and J&T Silva Stables’ Ideal Cowboy reined by Tim Tetrick starts from outside post 8 in the $30,000 Preferred Handicap. Weaver Bruscemi, Burke Racing and M1 stables Bettor’s Edge driven by Yannick Gingras finished second with Tom Cancelliere’s Sweet Beach, third with Montrell Teague in the bike. There is plenty of speed in the lineup. Rich Lombardo and L&J Racing’s $1.5-million winner Dancin Yankee driven by track defending champion Corey Callahan,  and back after a short turn-out Henderson Farms’ Bushwacker with Ross Wollfenden, who was an early season standout at Dover. Completing the Preferred roster are the sharp Papa Ray, owned by Reg Hazzard and Legacy Racing, Mike Casalino and trainer Dylan Davis’ Jet Airway and Jonathan Roberts with Vapour N and Pat Berry leaving from the rail for J Craparolla & P Berry Racing. In the $27,500 Delaware Special Handicap, Little Ben is the one to beat. Owned by Janet Hudson’s and JoAnn Looney-King, Vic Kirby has driven the gelding to victory in four of his last five starts in the track’s top events. The fast Mustang Art gets the rail this week with driver Sean Bier. The veteran, owned by Max Walton and Greg Papaleo, has been in rare form of late. Alongside is the fast Delaware-bred Remember Me VK with Montrell Teague. Driver George&Tina Dennis Racing’s Seventh Secret was impressive last week in his first local start missing victory by only a nose with George Dennis driving. Hazzard, Calloway and Legacy Racing’s Sweet Rock and Allan Davis and Blazing Bobby Sox racing for trainer-driver Art Stafford Jr. and his dad, Art Stafford, cannot be overlooked.     A strong undercard includes an $18,000 Open, a $15,500 and two $15,000 paces. Racing takes a full-week-off at Dover Downs, next week. Live Racing returns on Monday, Dec. 26. From Dover Downs and its horsemen, have a Merry Christmas.   Harness and Thoroughbred Simulcasting daily 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

Il Mago, who has not missed a check since arriving at Dover Downs, won for the first time in six starts scoring in the $20,000 Open Handicap harness racing trot in 1:52.3 on Wednesday, Dec. 7. Tim Tetrick moved Il Mago out of second on the backstretch and then breezed to victory, his seventh of the year, going into six-figures with $102,046 earned this campaign, to win the Wednesday feature. Scott DiDomenico conditions the seven-year-old son of Kadabra-Northern Style for CC Racing. The $663,018 lifetime winner was followed by Tough Mac (Corey Callahan) with Celebrity Pegagus (Art Stafford Jr) the only four-year-old in the race finishing third. A race earlier, Delaware-bred Go Byem returned to winning form disposing of eight rivals for a 1:54 triumph in a $15,500 3,4&5-Year-Old Winners-Over trot. Jim Morand drove the Les Givens-trained Impel Hanover-Go Sassy Go for breeder Delbert Cain who owns the four-year-old gelding with Nanticoke Racing. Steel Reserve (Vic Kirby) closed quickly to take second with Frost Free Hanover (Tetrick) the show horse. Tim Tetrick had four wins including a 20-1 shot, Royal Lad, in a $7,500 trot; .Yannick Gingras scored three times and owner-trainer Ed Gannon registered two winners, Tetrick and Gingras now are tied for first place in wins this meet with 37 each one more than former leader Vic Kirby. BETTOR’S EDGE IN $30,000 PREFERRED; MUSTANG ART, $27,500 DEL. SPECIAL Bettor’s Edge starts from the outside against three winners last time out in the $30,000 Preferred Handicap at Dover Downs. Mustang Art, who just missed a win twice in-a-row also leaves from post 8 in the $27,500 Delaware Special, the Thursday, Dec. 8 twin feature races. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Papa Ray, Just A Jolt and Sweet Beach with two straight won their previous starts. Yannick Gingras drives Bettor’s Edge for Weaver Bruscemi Burke Racing an M1 stables, finished strongly third, beaten a half-length in last week’s feature. He won three straight early in the Fall. Last Thursday, Lombardo and L&J Racing’s veteran Dancin Yankee led until late in the stretch with Corey Callahan, before retreating to fourth only a length behind at the wire. Bamond and J&T Silva Stables’ Ideal Cowboy, was second beaten by a neck. Tim Tetrick will drive this week. Tom Cancelliere’s Sweet Beach is fresh from two consecutive wins at Pocono Downs. Papa Ray, owned by Reg Hazzard and legacy Racing steps up in company after a two wins in three starts including a come-from off-the-pace success last time from post 7 now has the rail. Killer B Stable’s Abelard Hanover driven by Allan Davis, has won two of his last four outings.  Janet Hudson’s local favorite Just A Jolt reined by Vic Kirby returns to the track after a month hiatus.  In the $27,500 Delaware Special, last week Little Ben (Kirby), after winning  three consecutive features consecutively, did not leave from post 8 and closed well but finished of-the-board for the first time this Fall. This week with Vic Kirby driving for owners Janet Hudson and JoAnn Looney-King, the nine-time winner has post 5.The fast Mustang Art (Sean Bier) just missed for the second straight time  by a head and a neck for owners Max Walton and Greg Papaleo, but must start from the outside in the eight-horse field.  The razor sharp Remember Me VK (Montrell Teague) led until late last week before finishing a close-up third after a second the week before. Jenny Bier’s Im Supersonic A (Tetrick) raced well in his first local start. Art and trainer-driver Art Stafford Jr.’s Blazing Bobby Sox, a standout last season, drew post 1. Other strong contenders are Al Carter and trainer Doug Lewis’ Captive Audience (Gingras) Reg Hazzard, G.P. Calloway and Legacy Racing’s Sweet Rock (Allan Davis) and driver George&Tina Dennis Racing’s Seventh Secret.     Also on the competitive 15-race card are an $18,000 Open featuring Wakizashi Hanover, a $15,500 and two $15,000 paces for younger horses. Friday, Saturday and Sunday are dark days at Dover Downs. Weekdays - Monday through Thursday – live racing begins at 4:30 p.m. Watch races and enjoy good food in Dover Downs Winner’s Circle Buffet daily. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Harness and Thoroughbred Simulcasting daily 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

DOVER, Del.--- Theresademoninme scored a 1:52.4 lifetime best winning the $20,000 Open Handicap trot Mare giving harness racing trainer Dylan Davis three wins for the day on Wednesday, Nov. 30 at Dover Downs. Jonathan Roberts guided the Kadabra-Tortoni five-year-old gelding to his 10th win of the campaign, his second straight Open for Mike Casalino and co-owner Dylan Davis, his second on the card. Theresademoninme pulled away from race favorite Glenferrie Dreamer (Pat Berry) in the stretch for his third win in his last four outings. He has earned $122,861 this year and $237,253 lifetime. Tag Up And Go (Corey Callahan) overtook Il Mago (Tim Tetrick) to finish third. Celebrity Pegasus notched a 1:54.3 victory in one of two $15,500 4&5-Year-Old Winner-Over trots with Art Stafford in the bike. Ken Wood, Bill Ditmar, Steve Iaquinta and Minisink Farms own the Andover Hall-Celebrity Athena four-year-old who won for the seventh time this season with $71,605 earnings. Uva Hanover (Tony Morgan), and Frost Free Hanover (Tetrick) were second and third respectively. The other $15,500 section found Gillie The Kid and Tim Tetrick hold off fast finishing Royal Becca J (Jack Parker) by a nose in 1:55.3 to give trainer Scot Domenico a double. Jovannie Vilanova owns the three-year-old gelding by Northern Kid-Campaign Wife.  Another sophomore Cicada’s Song (Carlo Poliseno) was the show finisher. Yannick Gingras, Jonathan Roberts and trainer Dylan Davis had three wins apiece, Corey Callahan and owner Dylan Davis had two wins each.  The week’s top pacers meet on a talented Thursday card led by the $30,000 Preferred and $27,500 Delaware Special. Marv Bachrad

Cincinnati Miss (Kadabra) sprung the upset in the Sunday feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. With no Open Trot this week, the $13,000 Winners Over was the harness racing feature on the thirteen race matinee card and it was a longshot bettor's delight. Cincinnati Miss, the race's lone mare, tipped off her cover and charged hard late to win a tight photo with fellow longshot Aventure (Tony Ciuffetelli) as well the favored Twisted Pretzel (Mark Beckwith) in a mile clocked in 1:55.4. It was the eighth victory of the season for the Brett Derue-trained Cincinnati Miss who continued a big weekend for the meet's leading driver Frank Coppola Jr. who is now just a few weeks away from securing his eleventh Saratoga driving title. Cincinnati Miss paid $26.00 to win in the upset and led an exacta with 31-1 shot Aventure that returned $250.50. The triple came back $659. Live racing resumes on Thursday with a first post time of 4:00pm. Mike Sardella

TORONTO, November 19 – Sent off the 5-2 second choice, Magic Presto sat a pocket trip to 3-5 favorite Princess Aurora before edging off the pylons in the stretch and sweeping to a 1:55.4 harness racing victory in the $447,000 Goldsmith Maid Final Saturday evening at Woodbine Racetrack. Brian Sears guided Richard “Nifty” Norman trainee Magic Presto to the front before the first turn, with Temple Ruins tucking into second and Princess Aurora into third. After a :29.1 quarter, Princess Aurora pursued the front and struggled to clear to command. She managed to take the front before trotting a :58.1 half. Maintaining control through a 1:26.3 third-quarter, Princess Aurora was soon braced by Magic Presto emerging from the pocket. Within a matter of strides, Magic Presto trotted to the lead and clear of Princess Aurora to win by three and a quarter lengths. Temple Ruins chased the two for third and Cameron Hill finished fourth. Winning her fourth race in nine starts this season, Magic Presto, a two-year-old trotting filly by Kadabra from the Muscles Yankee mare In The Mean Time, returned $7.10 to win. “It’s a good way to end the year,” Norman said following the victory. “She gets put away in good shape and I think she’ll be a good filly next year.” Magic Presto finishes her rookie season with of $393,049 for owners Melvin Hartman, Herb Liverman, David McDuffee, and Little E LLC and could’ve made more had it not been for a sickness last month. “Brian [Sears] actually hasn’t driven her when she’s been at her best,” noted Norman. “She had some sickness troubles during the [Ontario Sires Stakes] Super Final and the Breeders Crown, but we assured [Brian] that she was on the way back and she qualified good, so he came up. “It was a shame she got sick for the Super Final. We tried to get her healthy, and she got healthy for the Breeders Crown, but she really wasn’t fit enough and it didn’t pay off. We got paid tonight, so it worked out good.” by Ray Cotolo for WEG Communications

Pompano Beach, FL...November 7, 2016...Despite having been "saddled" with the outside post, Boli, handled by Wally Hennessey, took top harness racing honors for the second consecutive week in Pompano Park's Open Handicap Trot on Monday night (November 7). The four year-old son of Kadabra, trained by Dan Hennessey for Paul and Patricia O'Neil, grinded his way to the front right at the opening station in :29 and continued on un-threatened through subsequent panels of :57.4 and 1:27.1 before completing his mile as he pleased in :30.1 to hit the wire in 1:57.2. Seeking Steven, also trained by Dan Hennessey, in the garden spot the entire route, finished second 1½ lengths away for John Mac Donald while D C Flashback, teamed up with Aaron Byron was third after trotting the fastest final panel in the race. The late charging She's All In was fourth while Sailer Eddie picked up the nickel in a field shortened to eight with a scratch. After the event, Hennessey related, "Boli has done some amazing things here at Pompano, so nothing really surprises me about his performances. Tonight, with the outside post, I wasn't about to take back and spot the field seven or eight lengths because these are all worthy opponents and you just can't do that when we're all matched up like this. So, I sent him on the prowl early either looking for the lead or a close up spot if anything opened up. "Once he made the front, he kind of put a damper on the others with a quicker second quarter and he really was never threatened after that. He did it all on his own tonight." The win was number 10 of the year for Boli sending his 2016 bounty to $73,842 and $133,494 lifetime in only 46 starts--15 of which are wins. As the 3 to 5 tote-board favorite, Boli returned $3.40 to win. Racing continues on Tuesday night with two outstanding distaff pacers seeking to extend their respective winning streaks. In the $29,825 Stallion Stake for Florida bred three year-old pacing fillies, Prairie Sweetheart, undefeated in her career measuring 12 starts, seeks her sixth straight win of this semester by taking on a talented field including Gold Star Mysti, who is four-for-five this season. A recent purchase of the Let It Ride Stables, Prairie Sweetheart has returned to trainer Mike Deters for this engagement and will have the driving services of Matt Kakaley. Prairie Sweetheart has been installed as the 1 to 2 morning line favorite. In Pompano Park's Open Handicap Pace for mares, Godiva Seelster, trained by Dan Hennessey for Paul and Patricia O'Neil, looks to extend her winning skein to five and has been assigned the outside post six. This daughter of Camluck has a career scorecard of 35-27-18 in 104 starts and has missed but one check in her last four seasons on the racetrack. Wally Hennessey will be back in the bike back of Godiva Seelster, who has been made the 7 to 5 morning line favorite. Tuesday's program features a Pick-6 carryover and a Super Hi-5 carryover--the latter ballooning to over $8,000. Post time is set at 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

East Rutherford, N.J. -- Flanagan Memory and harness racing driver Brian Sears flushed out heavily favored Resolve past the half and then just waited their turn to wear down the field to win the $500,000 Breeders Crown Open Trot in 1:52.1 by a length on Friday at The Meadowlands. Flanagan Memory is trained by Rene Dion and co-owned by him with Liette Flanagan. Windsun Revenge (Scott Zeron) was first to the lead in :27, with Crazy Wow in second and 1-5 favorite Resolve behind JL Cruze, who was third. Past the first quarter, Sears was on the move from sixth with Flanagan Memory, which caused trainer/drive Ãke Svanstedt to tip off the rail and head for the lead. At the :55.3 half, Windsun Revenge was still on the lead, with Crazy Wow in second and Resolve looking to pass him on the outside. Resolve was second on the outside to Windsun Revenge by the 1:23.2 three quarters. When the field straightened for home, Yannick Gingras was moving for the lead on the rail with Crazy Wow, while Svanstedt and Resolve briefly got a nose in front of the field before Brian Sears and Flanagan Memory trotted fastest of all to the wire. Resolve held for second and JL Cruze was third. "We got a nice trip tonight with him," said Sears. "We got to follow Resolve halfway down the lane so it worked well. The horse has been racing really good and Rene and Susie (Kerwood, his caretaker) really deserve it, they've done a great job with the horse, really awesome. It was a really big effort in the International Trot two weeks ago (he was third). He came out of it good and to finish third with the overland trip he got and still coming at the wire. This horse, he likes to pick them up late. He's a solid horse, he's a contender, always going forward at the wire." by Ellen Harvey, Harness Racing Communications    

It is with a sense of emotion that harness racing owner Jeff Durham is going into the Breeders Crown for the first time following the passing of his father, who had been instrumental in his career, earlier this month. Durham's father, Jack, had been in failing health the last 10 years and passed away at the family home in Omemee, a couple hours east of Toronto. He was 71. "He hadn't been well, but it went a little quicker than we thought," Jeff said. "It's emotional and to talk about (going into the Breeders Crown) really gets to me. He wanted us to go. It's just one of those things where life carries on." The night before Jack passed, Windsun Revenge, who Jeff owns with Robert Van Camp and Van Camp Trotting Corporation and will race in the $500,000 Crown Trot on Friday, won a race at Mohawk with a career mark of 1:51 4/5. "My father got up and watched the race and the next day he passed away," Jeff said. "It was kind of a bittersweet type of thing. We always thought the horse had a little bit of talent otherwise we wouldn't have kept him eligible in the spring. It cost $6,000 (Canadian) to keep him eligible. He had a few hiccups in the spring and summer and we quit with him. We took him to a few vets and one found something and he's a total different horse. He couldn't trot in 1:56 in the summer and now he's trotting in 1:51 4/5. He always had the ability; it's just one of those things where you hope they step up at the right time, and I think he's stepping up at the right time." Windsun Revenge, who has won four races in 13 starts this season and earned $72,530 and has collectively banked $293,763, finished seventh in the Maple Leaf Trot by 6¼ lengths. But the gelding has won his last two races and qualified with a 22-length win. Windsun Revenge starts from post four 4 in the $500,000 Breeders Crown Open Trot on Friday, Oct. 28 at The Meadowlands in East Rutherford, NJ, and is 12/1 in the morning line. It's race nine on the 13-race card, with a planned post time of 10:29 p.m. "He's definitely going to be a long shot, but it's an eight-hour drive for us and we weren't coming down just for a check, that's for sure," Jeff said. "If we didn't think we have a shot we wouldn't be paying a $13,000 (Canadian) starting fee. We wouldn't be coming down just for something to do." Rick Zeron had been scheduled to drive the horse, but was asked by Jeff if he would allow his son, Scott, to drive and he gladly turned over the reins. Scott, who has been one of the top drivers at the Meadowlands, had already named to drive another horse in the race. "It's kind of exciting to be in the Breeders Crown for the first time," Jeff said. "I'm not one to get too excited about things. But not too many people get opportunities to race in the Breeders Crown, that's for sure. I think he belongs. There's a couple in there that are tough, but I don't think we're out of place in there, to be honest with you." Van Camp owns Brooks Performance Horse Feeds, where Jeff is a wholesaler and salesman. Windsun Farm and Robert Van Camp are the breeders of the gelded son of Kadabra, sharing ownership in the Windsun Revenge's dam, Oaklea Polly. The Revenge part of his name was borrowed from a TV show of the same title starring Van Camp's daughter, Emily, who is also known for her roles in Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) and Captain America: Civil War (2016). Windsun Revenge is Jeff's only horse in training at the moment. He has a couple yearlings and a two-year-old. Jeff looks after the horses in the morning and spends the afternoon delivering feed for his customers. His father, Jack, had been instrumental in Jeff's start in the horse business, buying a property 35 years ago where he built a farm and two homes. "I never really worked other than on the farm," Jeff said. "It was my dad that got me into the horse business. My dad had horses before my brother and I were even born. He had to get out of the horse business. It was either feed the horses or feed the family. When he could afford to get back into it, he bought some land, built some barns and built some houses and the rest is history. He always had a few broodmares and colts, and my brother and my dad claimed a few horses. We've had some good horses, one that raced in 1:49, Durham's Cam, about 10 years ago. He was a good raceway horse. He made about $400,000. He was a good overnight racehorse at Mohawk that you could race every Saturday. My dad used to name the (family) horses with the prefix Durham. Durham's Cam was probably the last Durham horse. "Between my brother and myself, we always had four or five horses racing," Jeff added. "Because my dad hadn't been in good health the last 10 years, I had been doing most of the training. But I always asked him for fatherly advice. Robert bought Windsun Revenge back at the yearling sale and I bought a piece of him. You never know with horses. The young ones are the ones you can hit a home run with if you get lucky." by Perry Lefko for Breeders Crown

HARRINGTON, Del. - On the penultimate night of the 2016 Harrington harness racing meet, Michael Casalino Jr. and Dylan Davis' Theresademoninme ($5.40, Jon Roberts) set a new lifetime best with a 1:53.4 win in the $17,700 Open Trot Wednesday. The 5-year-old Kadabra gelding notched his eighth win of the year for trainer and co-owner Davis. Theresademoninme surged in deep stretch to eventually wear down a game pace setter in Westside Lindy for the win. Westside Lindy was second with Deacons Valley third. The win time was just a fifth of a second off the track record, held by Traverse Seelster. On the undercard, Ross Wolfenden's Skyway Priss notched her third straight win in 1:56 for her owner/trainer/driver. Wolfenden, who had two wins on the card, is locked in a fierce battle for the Harrington driving title with current leader Victor Kirby (120 wins). Wolfenden currently trails Kirby by three wins. Meanwhile, trainer Joe Hundertpfund Jr., (33 wins), has clinched his second training title. Mike Hall has clinched second place with 27 wins. Both honors will be awarded on closing night, October 20. Matthew Sparacino  

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, October 15, 2016 - She classes up the joint. Champion harness racing trotting mare Bee a Magician (Brian Sears, $3.30), in her first purse try since late May here, didn't disappoint Saturday afternoon, winning Yonkers Raceway's $250,000 Invitational Trot. Away third from post position No. 2 in the mile-and-a-quarter event, Bee a Magician saw a couple of ladies, polester Barn Doll (Jeff Gregory) and Allerage Star (Andy Miller), plus Homicide Hunter (Eric Goodell) all offer early foot. After a :27.4 opening quarter-mile, and with Homicide Hunter finding a seat behind her, the fave was pointed forward. Bee a Magician made the lead before a :57.4 half, with second-tier Melady's Monet (Jason Bartlett) first-up from sixth. That one engaged the leader through a soft 1:28 three-quarters (mile in 1:57), with Bee a Magician owned a length-and-a-half lead in and out of the final turn. She held sway from there, repelling a stubborn "Melady" by three-quarters of a length in 2:25.1. Barn Doll was a pocket third, with Windofthenorth (Corey Callahan) and Lookslikeachipndale (Dan Dube) settling for the smaller envelopes. For Bee a Magician, a 6-year-old daughter of Kadabra trained by Nifty Norman for co-owners David McDuffee, Mel Hartman and Herb Liverman, she's now 4-for-4 this season and 45-for-69 in her brilliant career with $4,088,395 in the bank. (real dollars) The exacta paid $26.20, with the triple returned $109.50. "To have a horse ready to go the mile-and-a-quarter against a very good field after nearly five months is a credit to Nifty (Norman) and a credit to her," Sears said. "I qualified her this past Tuesday (Meadowlands), and she was impressive. Today, she was back to her ornery self and it was good to see." Frank Drucker

Batavia, NY---After finishing second in the top local trot twice last month, Noble Legend ($25.40) blew up the tote board along with his harness racing rivals in winning the $10,500 Open trotting feature at Batavia Downs on Friday night (Oct. 14). After taking last week off, Noble Legend returned to the track with a new attitude and approach. Driver Shawn Gray sent Noble Legend right to the front and took no prisoners from there. He lead the troops by two open lengths through fractions of :28.1, :57.3 and 1:26.2 while the trailers were struggling to keep up. At the top of the lane, Noble Legend was cruising under mild urging from Gray when Studio City (Dave McNeight III) who was second the whole mile, drifted off the pegs in an attempt to collar the leader. But all that did was allow BZ Glide (Mike Caprio) to slide up inside him and get into the action. Noble Legend trotted on to win in 1:56.4 by a length over the fast-closing BZ Glide and Studio City, who finished second and third respectively. It was the eighth win of the season for Noble Legend who increased his 2016 bankroll to $55,983 for owners Vogel & Wags Nags and Jack Rice. Maria Rice trains the 4-year-old son of Kadabra. In the co-featured $10,000 Open mares pace, Dontch Remember ($26.20) shook off a two-month winless streak and led the ladies wire-to-wire by gapped lengths to win her eighth race of the year in a new lifetime mark of 1:54.4. Gerry Sarama trains the 6-year-old Western Terror mare for owner Mike Torcello. Driver Jim Morrill Jr. continued his torrid pace at the Downs, winning another five races on the card. He scored with Love U Forever ($3.70, 1:58.3), The Bronx Bumper ($7.10, 1:58.4), Keystone Wild Card ($4.10, 2:02), Dontch Remember ($26.20, 1:54.4) and Son Of Nordic ($9.90, 1:58.3). The five wins and one second in eight starts gave Morrill a .694 UDR for the night. Drew Monti had a driving double and Mike Ohol had two winners on the training side. The dash driving leader board continues to be tight. Kevin Cummings, despite not visiting the winner's circle on Friday, remains on top with 67 wins. Drew Monti is second with 62 and Jim Morrill Jr. vaulted into third on the strength of his performance with 61 victories. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Oct. 15) at 6:15 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

Lexington, KY---After witnessing a world-record performance by 2-year-old Walner (Chapter Seven-Random Destiny) at The Red Mile, it took a bit of time to wend through rush hour traffic to reach the Fasiq-Tipton Sales Pavilion, yet the quest to discover a future harness racing world champion remained evident at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale on Thursday (Oct. 6) as six yearlings were purchased for $100,000 or more, led by the trotting filly Magic Carpet Glide at the event’s third session. With last year’s third session only providing one $100,000 yearling, the sale continues to break new ground and illustrate the demand, as well as the desire, for elite Standardbreds. “Although there is generally a decrease after the first two days of the sale, I feel our next two sessions were stocked with some very nice horses,” said co-sale manager Randy Manges. “I know some people were celebrating Rosh Hashanah and could not be here for our first night. Also, some people from the East Coast like Pennsylvania and Delaware also planned on being here for the weekend, because it is an additional expense to stay for the entire event in Lexington simply because of all the things going on in the area at the same time.” The average price for all yearlings was up 26.8 percent over last year’s third day. In addition, the average price for all yearlings is up 22 percent over 2015. Even with 31 fewer yearlings walking through the ring this year, the gross sale amount is up $3,126,000. The connections of Hip No. 315, Magic Carpet Glide, past, present and future, certainly did their part to contribute to the spectacular success of this year’s Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. Purchased for $175,000 by Robert Lindstrom as agent for Lennart Agren’s SRF Stable of Boden, Sweden, this is the team that signed the ticket for the session two sale-topper for $350,000. Preferred Equine offered the Kadabra-Cha Cha Glide filly for sale. A daughter of Yankee Glide, Cha Cha Glide accumulated $14,266 in purse money and this is her first foal. She is, however, a half-sister to this year’s Peter Haughton Memorial winner What The Hill (Muscle Hill, $201,865). Magic Carpet Glide’s third dam, Celtic Contessa, by King Conch, dropped eight foals with six of them winners, including world champion and 2006 O’Brien Horse of the Year Majestic Son (Angus Hall, $1,756,883) and her granddam K T Cha Cha, also by Angus Hall, who earned $109,515. The filly’s fourth dam is Ramerizi (Face To Face, $433,344), the 1992 O’Brien Older Trotting Mare of the Year. She produced world champion Misterizi (Mr Lavec, $574,332), Lindsey-Fireyimage (Balanced Image, $203,363) and Rams Billy Brisco (Brisco Hanover, $165,677). In turn, Lindsey-Fireyimage was the dam of Striking Lindsey ($571,221), Action SJ ($197,048) and Action-Image-Hall ($105,895). The second highest-priced individual of the evening was Hip No. 275 Night Rhythm, a Muscle Hill-Tail Of Night colt, who sold for $160,000 to Great Horse MA from the Kentuckiana consignment. Night Rhythm is a half-brother to Machuca (Yankee Glide, $101,505) and his granddam, Day For Night (Donerail, $616,907) was the 2000 Dan Patch 3-year-old champion trotting filly. Just moments before Night Rhythm stepped into the ring, Crawford Farms purchased Sevenmaidsadancing for $150,000. Offered by Spring Haven Farm, the Chapter Seven-Surrey With Fringe filly is a half sibling to the 2-year-old Cresurrey (Credit Winner, $18,750) and her granddam, B Cor Peatra (Balanced Image) is a full sister to B Cor Pete ($893,076), Yorktown Gunner ($500,800) and Clarice Marie ($201,230). That mare is the dam of Corky ($1,008,000). B Cor Peata is also closely related to the dam of Wuthering Hanover ($494,440), Wide Angle Hanover ($445,708), B Cor Timgo ($641,641) and to the dam of Tom Cango ($515,930), Broadway Hall ($436,790), Looking Hanover ($1,125,136) and Banker Hall ($1,026,624). Despite trotters appearing to dominate the sale, pacing yearlings have quietly sold extremely well and possess the highest average for all gaits and genders at a stout $83,907. Complete results from the sale can be found at this link. The fourth session of the sale will commence on Friday (Oct. 7) at 7:00 p.m. and will continue through Saturday (Oct. 9). by Kimberly French, USTA Newsroom Editor

Just Make Believe (Kadabra) made his return to Saratoga Casino Hotel a winning one on Sunday afternoon. The John Di Stefano-trained Open trotter had competed out of town since winning the Saratoga Open Trot on August 9th and he quickly rediscovered his winning ways in this week's $16,000 harness racing feature. Jay Randall picked up the catch drive behind Just Make Believe who wound up first over on longshot leader Palmers Pride (Mark Beckwith). The six year old trotter powered past that rival and took over the lead turning for home before stopping the timer in 1:55.4. Palmers Pride held second while Cash Poor (Jim Devaux) earned the show spot. The top two choices in the wagering never factored in the race and Just Make Believe rewarded his backers with a win price of $17.40. The exacta returned $123.50 while the triple paid $578. The win was the tenth of the year for Just Make Believe and the third in the local Open Trot. Live racing resumes on Thursday at Saratoga with a 4:00pm first post time. Mike Sardella

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