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ANDERSON, Ind.-September 25, 2016 - The majority of the members of the Hoosier Park audience were in attendance to witness a show of superb speed and unrivalled power. They certainly received what they traveled to the Anderson harness racing oval to witness, as Always B Miki paced yet another tour-de-force in a facile triumph in the $170,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby. "I think he and Wiggle It Jiggleit are horses before their time," said David Miller, who steered the 5-year-old stallion through his mile. "They are just not like any other horses we have seen before. We will see other horses that come along like them as time goes on with their speed and how far they can carry it, but right now they stand alone." The overwhelming public selection at 1-9, Always B Miki and Miller left from the rail and went straight to the front. Freaky Feet Pete and Trace Tetrick were right on their heels from post position three as those two horses clicked off a first-quarter mile of :26.2. Miller and Always B Miki pulled comfortably away from Freaky Feet Pete to lead by a length at the half-mile pole in :55. At that juncture, Dealt A Winner with Aaron Merriman at the controls and Always At My Place in rein to Ricky Macomber Jr., made their bids for the front, with Dealt A Winner passing Freaky Feet Pete to take second and locking the 4-year-old stallion in the pocket. After three-quarters in 1:22.3, the six horse field entered in the stretch with Always B Miki and Miller still reigning supreme. As they were set down for the final push to the wire, Freaky Feet Pete's only option for victory was the passing lane, while it appeared Dealt A Winner and Always At My Place, had far too much real estate to cover to even draw even with the leader. Tetrick and Freaky Pete punched through the inside to give chase and despite a :25.4 final quarter panel on their part, it was simply not enough to relegate Always B Miki to their rearview mirror prior to the finish line. Miller and Always B Miki crossed the finish line in 1:48.2. Like Freaky Feet Pete, Always B Miki came home in :25.4, yet it appeared the stallion could have went much more swiftly if Miller had truly asked for what remained in reserve. After a valiant effort, Freaky Feet Pete was second with Always Bets Off rushing from sixth to claim the show position over the fading Dealt A Winner. Owned by Bluewood Stable, Roll The Dice Stable and Christina Takter, world and Indiana champion Always B Miki, is conditioned by Christina's husband Jimmy. The son of Always A Virgin-Artstopper, paid a paltry $2.10 for a trip around the Anderson oval that truly demonstrated his hooves step in rarefied air, with the exacta paying $4.20 and the trifecta $18.00. After the winner's circle festivities were complete, Miller solemnly stated what over recent months is beginning to become very obvious. "I have driven a lot of very good horses over the years," he said. "I've been doing this for a long time, but this horse has to rank up there with the best of them and he may be the best." **By: Kim French, for Hoosier Park**

Delaware, OH --- Don Dream was a nightmare for his rivals, winning Thursday’s (Sept. 22) second $32,050 division of the Standardbred Stakes for harness racing 2-year-old male trotters in a world record 1:55 at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. Moonshiner Hanover, who followed Don Dream throughout the mile, finished second by 1-3/4 lengths and Andy M was third. Don Dream’s time is the fastest in history for a 2-year-old trotter on a half-mile track. The previous mark of 1:55.2 was held by filly Wild Honey. The best prior clocking for a male trotter was 1:55.3 held by Dontyouforgetit. A son of Donato Hanover out of the mare Gabbys Dream, Don Dream was making his first start for new owners Michelle and Albert Crawford and Susan Oakes, who purchased the colt last week. The horse is trained by Chris Oakes. "David (Miller, his driver) really likes him and said he went around the track well in hand," said Chris Oakes. "He broke the track record in his last start at Harrah's (1:55.2) and I did speak with David about him before I bought him to discuss his opinion of him. The Crawfords were kind enough to agree with us and hopefully with their continued backing can purchase more nice horses just like him. "I wasn't surprised really that he set the world record. I flew in on Monday and trained him on the track earlier this week and he got over it extremely well. David said much the same thing about how he handled it today. "He goes on to Lexington next." Don Dream, the 2-5 favorite, and Miller went to the lead at the start and never looked back. Don Dream set fractions of :28.1, :57.3, and 1:26.4 on his way to his fourth win in eight races. He has earned $79,240. He’s On A Mission and driver Tim Tetrick won Thursday’s first $32,050 division of the Standardbred Stakes for 2-year-old male trotters, capitalizing when Lars Perry went off stride in the stretch as he attempted to lead the race from start to finish. He’s On A Mission stopped the timer in 1:58.3, with Lars Perry second but placed third because of the break. Brand New Key was third-placed-second. Lars Perry and Brand New Key battled on the first turn for the early advantage, with Lars Perry eventually forcing Brand New Key to back off and settle into second. Lars Perry set fractions of :27.4, :58.2, and 1:28.1 before pulling away from the field heading into the stretch. He’s On A Mission, who was third for most of the mile, was on the move in the stretch and took advantage of Lars Perry’s missteps. A gelded son of Groton Hall out of the mare Lisas Mission, He’s On A Mission is owned by trainer Stacey Ruddick along with Denise Dennis. He has won three of six races and earned $75,375. He was the Kentucky Sire Stakes championship runner-up in August. "Unfortunately he was not himself the night of the KYSS final," said Ruddick. "He had a bad week, was really nervous and right up on the bit which is not like him. I was a little concerned he would get wound up here with everything that was going on or that he would have to leave from the eight-hole in a big field. But we got here on Tuesday and he has been nice and relaxed and just taking everything in. "As far as how he drew, it could not have worked out any better. Also we have a small track back at the farm that we train on so I knew the turns would be no problem for him. Then Timmy (Tetrick) drove him perfectly. I've known Timmy for years when he used to drive for me when I raced at the Illinois fairs. He learned from his dad how to bring the babies along slowly. "I bought this horse as a weanling and it's an interesting story. I was looking at Kentucky babies because I knew there were not many mares bred there. I had a list printed out actually and Walnut Hall sold a bunch of mares in foal that year at the Delaware sale. His dam was a little older and I was looking more towards a younger mare. This Amish guy was looking at her and so I asked him if he was interested in the mare only because I was interested in the baby. He told me the mare only, so I told him I would not bid against him if I could have first shot at the baby. He agreed and when this horse was a baby we went to look at him, decided we wanted him and traded a stallion share, then I brought some other horses to that farm and we got him. "He is eligible next for some late closers at Lexington and he is a very nice colt. I think he's a nicer colt than he may receive credit for." by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications -- Kim French also contributed to this report

Sunbury, OH --- On a picture perfect Friday (Sept. 16) in Sunbury, Ohio, the Ohio Selected Jug Yearling Sale was packed with many new faces prepared to sign checks to procure harness racing members of the first crops of stallions My MVP, Pet Rock and We Will See. Conducted at the Eden Park Equestrian Complex, the two-day sale also featured the first Ohio-eligible crops of Manofmanymissions, Dragon Again and Yankee Cruiser. In addition, top Ohio stallions Triumphant Caviar and Dejambro were represented. When the gavel dropped for the final occasion on Friday, after 159 youngsters went through the ring, it was the venerable Dragon Again who was responsible for the highest priced yearling of the sale in Allgonowhoa, who was catalogued as Hip Number 33 and fetched $80,000. James Dailey, as agent, was the winning bidder. The second foal from Spring Delight, the colt is a half-brother to 2-year-old Zoe Ellasen (Santanna Blue Chip) p,2,1:54.4f ($102,700) who captured an Ohio State Fair division and two Ohio Sires Stakes legs. Allgonowhoa’s dam is by Bettor's Delight and is a full sister to Bettor’s Edge p,1:48.1s ($1,855,990). The colt was raised at Sugar Valley Farm, where Dragon Again stands, and was consigned by Spring Haven Farm as that facility’s agent. “I am so humbled by the opportunity to have one of the best stallions of all-time stand at our farm,” said farm co-owner Joe McLead. “I am so incredibly grateful to Ed Mullinax for bringing Dragon Again to Ohio, where he lives, and for selecting us to care for him. It truly is an honor to be associated with Ed and this horse.” Kelly O'Donnell, who trained Dragon Again as a 2- and 3-year-old, bought a pair of his offspring today. “Dragon Again was only the third horse I bought with Ed and we paid $40,000 for him at Harrisburg all those years ago,” said O'Donnell. “We were not able to win the Little Brown Jug with him as he finished fifth in the elimination so he did not make the final. We were able to win that race with P-Forty-Seven and being an Ohio native, that is all you dream about. “For Dragon Again to spend his last years at stud in Ohio and for me to have the opportunity to train his colts and fillies after all he has accomplished and in our home state is an absolute thrill. It is so exciting the Ohio program is on par with other top programs in the nation and we have the opportunity to compete with Ohio-breds in races like the Breeders Crown.” Also, Sugar Valley's top trotter My MVP produced My Favorite MVP, who is out of Love My Muscles, and sold as Hip Number 138 for $70,000. W.J. Donovan purchased the colt consigned as agent by Hunterton Sales Agency on behalf of Willow Oak Ranch. His dam is by Muscles Yankee and the granddam is Amour Hall with the great-granddam being Amour Angus. The colt is a half-brother to Dangle Then Deke (Cantab Hall) who has $85,153 in the bank as a 2-year-old and won an Arden Downs division and a pair of PA Sires Stakes legs. There certainly was buzz prior to the sale about the progeny of Pet Rock. Although the world champion, who services mares at Midland Acres, did not surpass his elders when it came to what his yearlings were purchased for, the stallion definitely held his own. His bay filly Rockin Shark (Hip Number 64) out of the Four Starzzz Shark mare Shark Lightning lit up the board at $77,000. Consigned by Spring Haven Farm, Rockin Shark is the first foal out of her dam and her fourth dam, Ellens Glory by Meadow Skipper, gave birth to champion Matt's Scooter. Gerald R. Denney signed the sales slip. Pet Rock had another $75,000 colt in Rockin Away. Consigned by Spring Run Farm, he is a son of Higher Standards (Camluck) who is a half-sister to world champion Pacific Playboy (Pacific Fella) p,1:48.3f ($571,208). Rockin Away went through the ring as Hip Number 121 and was sold to Brian Brown. “I was very excited with how well Pet Rock was received,” said Jay Mossbarger of Midland Acres. “I think people chose to support proven stallions like Dragon Again, McArdle and Yankee Cruiser, but the middle market of this sale was very strong and I think the average price was roughly $23,000. That is what you want to see.” Hickory Lane residents McArdle and Dejarmbro also were strongly supported. Hip Number 65, Thrill Seeker, a McArdle-You Thrill Me filly was purchased by W.J. Donovan for $75,000. By Jate Lobell, You Thrill Me earned $255,451 on the racetrack and has already produced a 2-year-old full brother to Thrill Seeker in Ohio State Fair and Ohio Sires Stakes winner McThriller. While his yearlings did not sell as powerfully as Dragon Again, McArdle or Pet Rock, Dejarmbro's colts and fillies brought very solid middle range prices with a very stout average. Another 163 colts and fillies are scheduled for purchase Saturday (Sept. 17), with the auction beginning at 12 noon. For more information or to review sales results please click here. by Kimberly French, USTA Internet News Editor  2016 Ohio Selected Jug Sale Results held at Eden Park Equestrian Park in Sunbury, OH   Sales Results Friday, Sept. 16 -- Hips 1 - 162   Hip# Yearling Name Color, Sex, Sire-Dam Buyer Consignor Price 1 EDEN'S LUCKY CHARM BRF P, Big Bad John-Pandemonious Mike Conklin Agent, Delaware, OH Wilt Standardbred $12,000 2 MCRITAVILLE BRF P, Mcardle-Rita Hall Ben Roth, Miramar Lakes, FL Lmn Bred Stables, Inc. $31,000 3 PEARL CRUSH BF P, Yankee Cruiser-Pearl Berley Ron Potter Agent, Delaware, OH Spring Haven Farm $13,000 4 LUNETTA BRF T, Manofmanymissions-Whata Star Scott Mogen Agent, Lockbourne, OH Midland Acres, Inc., Agent For Terrax, Inc. $10,000 5 POETRY N PEARLS BRF P, Pet Rock-Perfume N Pearls Mike Roth Agent, Anderson, IN Spring Haven Farm & Douglas Millard $7,000 6 U-HAUL-IT BRC T, Dontyouforgetit-Hall-N-Flori Kurt Sugg, Polk, OH Double Spring Farm $7,000 7 LADYONTRACK BF T, Manofmanymissions-Just Plain Denise Charles A. Vigneron, Williamstown, WV Double Spring Farm $15,000 8 SHEZA GOOD POTION BRF T, Dejarmbro-Pine Potion M.K. Bencic, Westlake, OH Hickory Lane Horse Farm $6,000 9 LIMA PINE BRC T, Dejarmbro-Pinery Garry Martin, Aurora, OH Steiner Stock Farm $26,000 10 GLENDENING BC T, Dejarmbro-Swedish Babe Junior & Velma Cole, Quincy, MI Hickory Lane Horse Farm $4,000 11 ROSE RUN TC BC T, Triumphant Caviar-Queen Extreme Gary Condit, Millersport, OH Rose Run Farm $25,000 12 SHES DONE IT AGAIN BRF P, Dragon Again-Rhonnie Gross Michael Micallef Agent for L&J Racing, Canonsburg, PA Midland Acres, Inc., Agent For Kenneth Cohen & Pacey Mindlin $10,000 13 WE SEE EMOJI'S BRF P, We Will See-Canadia Stephen H. Sexton, Xenia, OH Lmn Bred Stables, Inc. $18,000 14 LIMA RIVER ROCK BC P, Pet Rock-Riverbank Hanover Clyde A. Perfect, Lawrenceburg, IN Steiner Stock Farm $6,000 15 FOUNTAIN SQUARE BC P, Mcardle-Rockodillian Brian Brown, Ostrander, OH Hunterton Sales Agency, Inc., Agent For Stewart, Mondillo, Robinson, Robinson & Cheatham $20,000 16 LIMA RECON BC P, Big Bad John-Rose Parade James H. Hefter, Lima, OH Steiner Stock Farm $9,000 17 HOMEWORK HANOVER BF P, Dragon Again-Harlow Hall Tyler W. Bates, Gibsonburg, OH Hanover Shoe Farms, Inc. $9,000 18 UCIA HANOVER BF P, Yankee Cruiser-Unerasable Marlin J. Miller, Sugarcreek, OH Hanover Shoe Farms, Inc. $1,500 19 MISS FLASHY BF T, Manofmanymissions-Lantern's Lane Barney Dillon, Jerusalem, OH Midland Acres, Inc. $4,500 20 ED'S CHARGIN LADY BF T, Dejarmbro-Sasha Hall Chuck Grubbs, Nicholasville, KY Spring Run Farm $30,000 21 SAVE MY PET BF P, Pet Rock-Save My Life Bob Mondillo, Delaware, OH Spring Haven Farm $20,000 22 SCORE HANOVER BC P, Yankee Cruiser-Scarlet's Western Kent Sherman Agent, Independence, OH Hanover Shoe Farms, Inc. $10,000 23 BOW DOWN BF P, We Will See-Scooch Alan P. Keith, Pataskala, OH Winterwood Farm, Agent For Parent Racing Stable $28,000 24 ROCKIN MERCEDES BC P, Pet Rock-Scootin Mercedes Danny Collins, Columbus, OH Midland Acres, Inc., Agent For Walco Farm $13,000 25 EMERALD HIGHWAY BF T, Dontyouforgetit-Emerald Myway Jim Heiing, Ottawa, OH Spring Haven Farm & Douglas Millard $6,000 26 CAVIAR'S TRIUMPH BRC T, Triumphant Caviar-Escadilla Ryan Miller, Greenville, OH Abby Stables, Ltd., Agent For Christopher Beaver $15,000 27 SAPHIRA FLAMES BF P, Dragon Again-She's A Ruff One Kelly O'Donnell Agent, Sagamore Hills, OH Hickory Lane Horse Farm, Agent For Rebecca Ewing $21,000 28 HEZASHININGKNIGHT BC P, Big Bad John-Shezasilverlady Samuel C. Clark, Beverly, OH Spring Haven Farm, Agent For Cheveaux Volants Farm $3,000 29 SINGLE MISSION BRC T, Manofmanymissions-Singlenrdytomingle Virgil Morgan Jr. Agent, Grove City, OH Midland Acres, Inc., Agent For Aimee Hock $10,000 30 LOTS TO LIVE FOR BRC P, Mcardle-Slice Of Life NR Holdings LLC & Howard Taylor, Boca Raton, FL Hickory Lane Horse Farm $50,000 31 FRISKY FAVORS BF T, My Mvp-Small Favors Eddie Gorgei, Harrodsburg, KY Winterwood Farm, Agent For Darwin & Ann Shaver $14,500 32 ROCKPAPERSCISSORS BRC P, Pet Rock-So Wanted Virgil Morgan Jr. Agent, Grove City, OH Midland Acres, Inc., 98 Degree Farm & John Sugar $42,000 33 ALLGONOWHOA BC P, Dragon Again-Spring Delight James Dailey Agent, Mechanicsburg, OH Spring Haven Farm, Agent For Sugar Valley Farm $80,000 34 MISS ROCKETTE BF P, Pet Rock-St Patty's Love Tyler Bates, Gibsonburg, OH Winterwood Farm, Agent For Olive Branch Farm $7,000 35 BARBS GOING BROKE BF T, Break The Bank K-Stable Creek Barb Ashley Dunn, Polk, OH Midland Acres, Inc., Russell Angelbeck & Shari Angelbeck $5,000 36 TOO FAST TO PET BF P, Pet Rock-L Dees Lourdes Red Foot Racing Stables, Reynoldsburg, OH Spring Haven Farm, Agent For Adam Eicher $9,000 37 ANCHORAGE HANOVER BF P, Dragon Again-American West Joe Putnam, Pendleton, OH Hanover Shoe Farms, Inc. $11,000 38 HIGHWAY TO ROCK BF P, Pet Rock-Life's Highway Jim Arledge Jr. Agent, Orient, OH Midland Acres, Inc. $10,000 39 UBER HANOVER BRC P, Dragon Again-Up Front Rose Black Magic Racing LLC, Reynoldsburg, OH Hanover Shoe Farms, Inc. $19,000 40 BIG JOHNS SUN BC P, Big Bad John-Sunshine State Parent Racing Stable, Holland, OH Midland Acres, Inc. $11,000 41 TATAR BRC T, Dejarmbro-Pink Ribbons John A. Konesky III, Pemberville, OH Hickory Lane Horse Farm $19,000 42 DECASHBRO BRC T, Dejarmbro-Swing Anna Cash M.K. Bencic, Westlake, OH Trotting Traditions, Agent For Jonas Schlabach $40,000 43 NADINES MISSION BF T, Manofmanymissions-Swinging Nadine Peter Wrenn Agent for David McDuffee, Carmel, IN Midland Acres, Inc. $30,000 44 ELIGRANNIPRIZE BC T, Full Count-Tady Ron Steck Agent, Marengo, OH Midland Acres, Inc. $11,000 45 MOONO BC P, Woodstock-Tea Time Chris McGuire Agent for Howard Taylor, Franklin, OH Spring Haven Farm, Agent For Sugar Valley Farm $27,000 46 BELLA GIRL HANOVER BF P, Dragon Again-Bikini Hanover Burke Racing Stable LLC, Fredericktown, PA Hanover Shoe Farms, Inc. $35,000 47 PRIEST MAN BRC T, Manofmanymissions-Holy Mary Jacob Miller, Salesville, OH Midland Acres, Inc. $7,000 48 TRIUMPHANT TILLY BRF T, Triumphant Caviar-Tilly Bomb Gerald Mahalik, Oswego, IL Trotting Traditions, Agent For Jonas Schlabach $9,500 49 EXCELLENT VOLO BC T, Manofmanymissions-Tresbien Volo Stephen H. Sexton, Xenia, OH Anvil And Lace Farm, Agent For Kentuckiana Farms & Jorgen Jahre $15,000 50 MOMMA DON'T LIE BF T, Cash Hall-Truth And Justice Michael D. Sowers, McArthur, OH Midland Acres, Inc., Agent For Steven Katz & Janice Rubin $6,000 51 FLOWER HOUR BF T, Dejarmbro-Lightning Flower Jim Dailey, Mechanicsburg, OH Spring Haven Farm & Doug Millard Holdings Usa $50,000 52 TWILIGHT TWIST BC T, Dejarmbro-Keystone Twilight Scott Cox Agent for Jughead Stables, Streetsboro, OH Abby Stables, Ltd., Agent For Windswept Valley Farm $17,000 53 RUSTINE HANOVER BF P, Dragon Again-Rusty Richardson Paul Corey, Canonsburg, PA Hanover Shoe Farms, Inc. $10,000 54 LIMA VALOR BC P, Pet Rock-Vanity Fairest Virgil Morgan Jr. Agent, Grove City, OH Steiner Stock Farm $48,000 55 DRAGON DAMSEL BLKF P, Dragon Again-Fox Valley Ladydoc Stephen H. Sexton, Xenia, OH Spring Haven Farm $57,000 56 VEGAS MISSION BF T, Manofmanymissions-Vegas Virgin Steven Walters Agent for Lone Wolf Stable, Washington, PA Midland Acres, Inc., Agent For Kjell Andersen $9,000 57 STARYDARKKNIGHT BC P, Pet Rock-Venusinbluejeans Eric Hamlet Agent for M.E. Osborne, Northfield, OH Midland Acres, Inc. $14,000 58 HOSMER BRC T, Dejarmbro-Whisk Hanover Burke Racing Stable LLC, Fredericktown, PA Wilt Standardbred $20,000 59 MASTER MASON BC P, Pet Rock-Armbro Wichita Parent Racing Stable, Holland, OH Midland Acres, Inc. & 98 Degree Farm $17,000 60 TARGAREON BC P, Dragon Again-Wild West Gal Burke Racing Stable LLC, Fredericktown, PA Lmn Bred Stables, Inc., Agent For Cashelmara Farm $24,000 61 BIG BAD PRINCESS BRF P, Big Bad John-Wildfire Princess Jennifer Brown, Ostrander, OH Midland Acres, Inc., Agent For Carl Howard $6,000 62 EXCLUSIVE ROSETTE BF T, Dejarmbro-Winnie The Who Bill Carroll Agent for Howard Taylor, Pinebluff, NC Winterwood Farm, Agent For Olive Branch Farm $20,000 63 MCWIZ BC P, Mcardle-Witch's Lair Gary Condit, Millersport, OH Spring Haven Farm, Agent For Lindwood Farm $25,000 64 ROCKIN SHARK BF P, Pet Rock-Shark Lightning Gerald R. Denney, Gallipolis, OH Spring Haven Farm $77,000 65 THRILL SEEKER BF P, Mcardle-You Thrill Me W.J. Donovan, Pompano Beach, FL Hickory Lane Horse Farm $75,000 66 STARLET'S SPECIAL BLKF T, Dejarmbro-A Starlet Born Atlantic Trot Agent, Pompano Beach, FL Hunterton Sales Agency, Inc., Agent For Oakwood Farms $7,000 67 QB KEMP BC T, Triumphant Caviar-Ally Hall Peter Wrenn Agent for David McDuffee, Carmel, IN Hunterton Sales Agency, Inc., Agent For Stewart & Kemppi Stable $50,000 68 MISSIONS DELIGHT BRF T, Manofmanymissions-Amaretto Delight Donna Anderson, Stoutsville, OH Winterwood Farm, Agent For David Wills $6,500 69 SUPER PAC HANOVER BC P, Dragon Again-Subtle Charm Burke Racing LLC, Fredericktown, OH Hanover Shoe Farms, Inc. $30,000 70 DRAGON ASHES BC P, Dragon Again-Ashlee's Girl Kelly O'Donnell Agent, Sagamore Hills, OH Spring Haven Farm, Agent For Sugar Valley Farm $45,000 71 MOONSHINE TALKIN BRF P, Mcardle-Ashley Cruiser Ron Potter Agent, Delaware, OH Cool Winds Farm $10,000 72 VOTE FOR PEDRO BC T, Dejarmbro-Baby Bella Jeff Cullipher Agent for Tom Pollack, Pendleton, IN Spring Haven Farm, Agent For Rail's Edge Farm $50,000 73 DOJEAWYN BF P, Pet Rock-Ball Four Doug Rheinheimer, Wolcottville, IN Dojea Stables $10,000 74 MOTUNUI BF T, Dejarmbro-Bavarde Scott Mogan Agent, Lockbourne, OH Peninsula Farm, Inc., Agent For Coyote Wynd Farms $50,000 75 COUNTTHEBENJAMINS BC T, Dejarmbro-Benn's Riverdance Chuck Grubbs, Nicholasville, KY Winterwood Farm, Agent For Darwin & Ann Shaver $50,000 76 LIMA OOH LA LA BRF P, Pet Rock-Odds On Beth Dennis Owen, Hamilton, OH Steiner Stock Farm $7,500 77 UF WILL'S CRUISER BC P, Yankee Cruiser-Up Front Bethann Ron Potter Agent for Clyde Perfect, Delaware, OH Spring Haven Farm, Agent For Up Front Racing $46,000 78 BRUSHY ACRES BOB BC T, Full Count-Betty Jean Miles Wollam, Vienna, OH Brushy Acres $14,000 79 BIG CC'S ROCK BC P, Pet Rock-Cc Biggirl Bretta Jim Dailey, Mechanicsburg, OH Midland Acres, Inc. $20,000 80 TIVO HANOVER BC P, Pet Rock-Tempest Blue Chip F. Bellino & Sons LLC, Bronxville, NY Hanover Shoe Farms, Inc. $65,000 81 LOVELYIN BLUE BF P, Mcardle-Blue Lights Kirk Nichols, London, OH Hickory Lane Horse Farm $10,000 82 OPPA HANOVER BRC P, Dragon Again-Odds On Brittany Kent Sherman Agent, Independence, OH Hanover Shoe Farms, Inc. $25,000 83 UFBIGRIGS KELLIEJO BF T, Big Rigs-Upfront Bye Bye Kurt Sugg, Polk, OH Spring Haven Farm, Agent For Up Front Racing $20,000 84 O'WHAT A DREAM BF P, The Panderosa-Yankee Cafe' Stacey Nisonger, Lebanon, OH Anvil And Lace Farm, Agent For R. Williams & E. Wickey $12,000 85 BLACK LACE CAMMIE BRF P, Mcardle-Cameo And Lace Alan P. Keith, Pataskala, OH Hickory Lane Horse Farm, Agent For Leonard Buckner & Rebecca Ewing $34,000 86 GONE AGAIN BRC P, Dragon Again-Campus Flirt Tim Lane, Marysville, OH Hunterton Sales Agency, Inc., Agent For Meadow Creek Farm $20,000 87 WHAT A MISSION BC T, Manofmanymissions-Eagle Canada Levan Stables Inc., Woodstock, OH Midland Acres, Inc., Agent For Dettore Farms $5,000 88 GRAYS SLICK GRF P, Woodstock-Candemonium Stephen H. Sexton, Xenia, OH Spring Haven Farm, Agent For Cathy Ross & Stephanie Rees $30,000 89 CORDOBA HALL BC T, Cash Hall-Canland Hall Black Magic Racing LLC, Reynoldsburg, OH Winterwood Farm, Agent For Walnut Hall Limited $50,000 90 ROSE RUN TASSI BF T, Dejarmbro-Centergy Steven Walters Agent for Lone Wolf Stable, Washington, PA Rose Run Farm $30,000 91 BROWN CAMO BRC P, We Will See-Cg's Gem Michelle Meyer, Commercial Point, OH Andy Burkholder Farm $14,000 92 BUGS MVP BF T, My Mvp-Char Catie Becca Darwin Shaver, Leslie, MI Winterwood Farm, Agent For Barry Carter & Johanna Beaver $40,000 93 CINDI HALL BF T, Cash Hall-Colleen Hall Christopher Beaver, Radnor, OH Winterwood Farm, Agent For Walnut Hall Limited $10,000 94 CONNIES MISSION BF T, Manofmanymissions-Connie W.J. Donovan, Pompano Beach, FL Midland Acres, Inc. $26,000 95 CHAMPAGNE HALL BF T, Cash Hall-Constance Hall Christopher Beaver, Radnor, OH Winterwood Farm, Agent For Walnut Hall Limited $34,000 96 ROCKIN TOTHE DANCE BF P, Pet Rock-Cruzin Tothe Dance WITHDRAWN Midland Acres, Inc., Agent For Carl Howard OUT 97 STIR HIM BC T, My Mvp-Dandelion Dust Christopher Beaver, Radnor, OH Pond-A-Acres $19,000 98 OBERLIN BC P, Pet Rock-Determination Plus Chris Short Agent for White Bridle Racing, Lebanon, OH Hunterton Sales Agency, Inc., Agent For Stewart & Rock And Roll Stable $6,000 99 MCPLAY BOY BC P, Mcardle-Direct Player Ron Potter, Delaware, OH Spring Haven Farm, Agent For Lindwood Farm $16,000 100 BIG BAD CAMMI BF P, Big Bad John-Docdor Cam Eric Hamlet Agent for Mike Osborne, Northfield, OH Midland Acres, Inc. $10,000 101 THROUGH THE YEARS BC T, Dejarmbro-Donna's Victory Jim Dailey, Mechanicsburg, OH Marvin Raber Farms, Agent For Keith Ross $15,000 102 CAMO BC T, Dejarmbro-Dontevenknowmymame Ryan Miller, Greenville, OH Hickory Lane Horse Farm, Agent For Stephen Richard $22,000 103 JOJO'S PET ROCK BC P, Pet Rock-Dragon's Jojo Virgil Morgan Jr. Agent, Grove City, OH Cool Winds Farm $60,000 104 DRAGON ME DOWN BLKF P, Dragon Again-Duel Stephen H. Sexton, Xenia, OH Spring Haven Farm $24,000 105 DYNAMIC MAN BRC T, Manofmanymissions-Dynamic Lavec WITHDRAWN Midland Acres, Inc., Agent For Green Creek Farm & M T Pockets Stable OUT 106 MY LIVELY LADY BF P, Pet Rock-Economic Clout Virgil Morgan Jr., Grove City, OH Walstan Farm $38,000 107 JUSTIN MCBIEBER BLKC P, Mcardle-Just Say So Levan Stables Inc., Woodstock, OH Spring Haven Farm $9,000 108 LITTLE MISS RODEO BF T, Manofmanymissions-Emma J Joyceann McClelland, Zanesville, OH Spring Haven Farm, Agent For Paula Sokol $12,000 109 CALIBRATED SPEED BC P, The Panderosa-Shelly's Smile Dean Williamson, Warsaw, OH Abby Stables, Ltd. $18,000 110 DEEYEBRO BRC T, Dejarmbro-Eyefull Jim Dailey, Mechanicsburg, OH Trotting Traditions, Agent For Jonas Schlabach $28,000 111 CALIFORNIA LOVE BF T, Stormin Normand-Frannie's Ridge Christopher Beaver, Radnor, OH Abby Stables, Ltd. $45,000 112 SWEETNFAMOUS BRF P, Yankee Cruiser-Gimmealittlesugar Daniel A. Troyer, Millersburg, OH Dublin Valley Farm, Agent For Blackhawk Farm & Triple M Farms $19,000 113 MY MERCURIAL GIRL BF T, Dejarmbro-Glidemyway Acadia Farms Inc., Canfield, OH Lmn Bred Stables, Inc. $20,000 114 BIG BAD GOLDIE BF P, Big Bad John-Goldies Cam David B. Wills, Newark, OH Midland Acres, Inc. $9,500 115 ROCKN MOTION BC P, Pet Rock-Graceful Motion Ron Mersky, Paris, KY Midland Acres, Inc., Agent For Green Creek Farm $42,000 116 JUST INQUIRING BRF T, Dejarmbro-Just Asking Scott Mogan Agent, Lockbourne, OH Double Spring Farm $22,000 117 TC'S HAPPY TIMES BRC T, Triumphant Caviar-Happy Everything Louise Weller, Republic, OH Abby Stables, Ltd., Agent For Leon Troyer $12,000 118 STARK HANOVER BC P, Dragon Again-Summer Thriller Burke Racing LLC, Fredericktown, OH Hanover Shoe Farms, Inc. $40,000 119 WEATHER HEATHER BF T, My Mvp-Heather Weather Steve Schoeffel, Evans City, PA Winterwood Farm, Agent For David Miller $9,000 120 PURE PARADISE BF P, Mcardle-Odds On Hemera Kenny Love Agent for Key Farms, Columbus, OH Hunterton Sales Agency, Inc., Agent For R. Mondillo, D. Robinson & M. 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Donovan, Pompano Beach, FL Hunterton Sales Agency, Inc., Agent For Willow Oak Ranch $70,000 139 MCDAGGAR BC P, Mcardle-Lovely Dawn Randy Farquhar, Paulding, OH Hickory Lane Horse Farm, Agent For Leonard Buckner $7,000 140 MCLADIES MAN BC P, Mcardle-Luckmustbealady Parent Racing Stable, Holland, OH Hickory Lane Horse Farm $35,000 141 FORABBER YOUNG BLKC P, The Panderosa-Forabber N Abber Jodi Schillaci, Macedonia, OH Spring Haven Farm $30,000 142 MOSSIES ART BC P, Pet Rock-Maggys Art Jeff Cullipher Agent for Tom Pollack, Pendleton, IN Midland Acres, Inc. $40,000 143 MAD DOG BC T, My Mvp-Malibu Breeze Danny Collins, Columbus, OH Spring Haven Farm, Agent For Shaffer & Sons $22,000 144 FLYING PENELOPE BRF P, Dragon Again-Maewest Hanover Sage Knoll Farm LLC, Bradford, OH Lmn Bred Stables, Inc. $20,000 145 MARY MAG DELENE BF T, Dejarmbro-Marigot Express Hugh Beatty, Orient, OH Spring Haven Farm, Agent For Rail's Edge Farm $21,000 146 THIS GOOD MERLOT BF T, Dejarmbro-Marion Merlot Tonya Keckler Agent, Cardington, OH Hickory Lane Horse Farm $40,000 147 DON'T BE ENVIOUS BRC T, Dejarmbro-Marty E Chuck Grubbs, Nicholasville, KY Hickory Lane Horse Farm $20,000 148 OUR THIRD ROCK BC P, Pet Rock-Marymac Is A Whack WITHDRAWN Midland Acres, Inc. & 98 Degree Farm OUT 149 MANTHER HANOVER BC P, Yankee Cruiser-Maureen Hanover Dustin Arledge Agent, Orient, OH Hanover Shoe Farms, Inc. $21,000 150 JUST A FRIEND BF P, Mcardle-Mayan Moose Parent Racing Stable, Holland, OH Winterwood Farm, Agent For Parent Racing Stable $12,000 151 KATY DID BF T, Dejarmbro-Melba Jean Joe Kramp, Northfield Ctr., OH Abby Stables, Ltd., Agent For Windswept Valley Farm $9,000 152 CAN'T STOP ZEKE BRC P, We Will See-Artcam Ryan Miller, Greenville, OH Lmn Bred Stables, Inc. $13,000 153 DOC MOSSIES LEGACY BC T, Break The Bank K-Montauk Point Paul J. Sunderhaus Agent, Celina, OH Midland Acres, Inc. $9,500 154 MCCHEETAH BF P, Mcardle-Mystic Player Parent Racing Stable, Holland, OH Winterwood Farm, Agent For Parent Racing Stable $11,000 155 ZHA ZHA BI BF T, Manofmanymissions-No Ifs Here Acadia Farms Inc., Canfield, OH Hunterton Sales Agency, Inc., Agent For M. Biasuzzi Stable $45,000 156 ILL BE SENSATIONAL BC T, Dejarmbro-Nordic Nymph Larry Riffe, Alexandria, OH Hickory Lane Horse Farm 8,000 157 NOYOU DINT HANOVER BRF P, Yankee Cruiser-Northern Cameo Ryan Miller, Greenville, OH Hanover Shoe Farms, Inc. $14,000 158 ANOTHERPRETTYFACE BLKF P, Dragon Again-Notjustaprettyface Parent Racing Stable, Holland, OH Spring Haven Farm, Agent For Chupp Racing Stable & Homestead Acres $36,000 159 MT ADAMS BC P, Mcardle-Nuke's Last Dream Kent Sherman Agent, Independence, OH Hunterton Sales Agency, Inc., Agent For Stewart & Lomangino Standardbreds $19,000 160 NOVEMBER NUB BC P, Art Official-Nuzzle Hanover Cameron McCown, Ostrander, OH Midland Acres, Inc. 12,000 161 MISSION BABE BF T, Manofmanymissions-Oaklea Odessa Parent Racing Stable, Holland, OH Midland Acres, Inc., Agent For Kjell Andersen $12,000 162 ONEMOREBRO BC T, Dejarmbro-Onemorelap John A. Konesky III, Pemberville, OH Hickory Lane Horse Farm, Agent For Jay Watts

Everyone in this business longs for that horse; the one that is a harness racing world champion, a Horse of the Year and charts the course of history so their name is forever distinguished, remembered and revered. Although Magic Presto has only just begun her career, the inspiration behind her purchase was the premonition that lightning may be captured in a bottle, not once, but twice and that she could follow in the hoofprints of another filly that first served notice of her superiority with a victory in the 2012 Peaceful Way -- Bee A Magician. "She was a big, beautiful, strong yearling," said Richard "Nifty" Norman, the filly's conditioner. "My owners always support Kadabra because they have shares in him, but this filly reminded me of Bee A Magician. That is why we went to $160,000 for her." Those are exceptionally high expectations for the daughter of Kadabra-In The Mean Time, who is owned by the same connections as the horse she was compared to in Mel Hartman, Herb Liverman and David McDuffee, along with Little E LLC. She may not be dominating the headlines, yet Magic Presto certainly has been living up to what her connections anticipate for her future. In her short career, the filly's resume stands at 5-2-2-0 and she has banked $59,677. Magic Presto will attempt to replicate the feat of her older stablemate when she leaves from post position 10 in the C$363,000 Peaceful Way final on Saturday (Sept. 17) at Mohawk Racetrack. The filly will have the services of one of Canada's best reinsman in Trevor Henry and enters this contest after a very strong second in her elimination to Thats All Moni (post two). Unfortunately, Magic Presto will have to contend with post position 10, when she takes on the likes of freshman trotting sensation Ariana G (post four). After being hampered by post nine in her elimination, Magic Presto was hung wide leaving the gate, was settled in fourth and then endured a first-over journey commencing at the three-quarter marker only to be out-finished by Thats All Moni by 2-1/4 lengths at the wire. "You can't do anything about where you draw," Norman said. "I would not have selected either post for her in the elimination and final, but was very pleased with how she performed in the elimination. She will do anything you ask of her and is so willing. To come first-over and to have that kind of finish, you can't ask anything more of her." As for Bee A Magician, the horse whose shoes Magic Presto is anticipated to fill, it is possible the 6-year-old daughter of Kadabra-Beehive will return prior to the end of the season. "She has been swimming," Norman said. "We put her back in light training this week and all seems to be well. We would like to bring her back for the Breeders Crown, but there is still some time to go before we can see what will happen. I'm not really sure what we would use for a prep race for her as it depends on what is available and how she progresses." When it comes to Magic Presto, however, the filly will have plenty of opportunities to stake her claim for divisional honors. "Kadabra is a provincial stallion," Norman said. "But my owners and I have done quite well with him and we think this filly has ability. She is cleanly gaited, you can put her anywhere you want to and she is staked to everything for the rest of the year. She will have the opportunities to progress and develop." C$363,000 Peaceful Way 2-year-old filly trotters Race 2 - Post time 7:50 p.m. (EDT) PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1. Stuck In My Spanks-Paul MacDonell-Scott McEneny 2. Thats All Moni-Tim Tetrick-Jimmy Takter 3. Pure Kemp-Rick Zeron-Rick Zeron 4. Ariana G-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter 5. Cameron Hill-John Campbell-John Bax 6. Southwind Avanti-David Miller-Nancy Johansson 7. Winter Sweet Frost-Scott Zeron-Paul Reid 8. The Erm-Mike Saftic-Clark Beelby 9. Dream Together-Sylvain Filion-Luc Blais 10. Magic Presto-Trevor Henry-Nifty Norman  by Kim French, USTA Internet News Editor

Columbus, OH --- Although the surface was less than spectacular due to inclement weather, Homicide Hunter, who established a new world record three weeks ago at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, garnered another harness racing accolade for his already sterling resume with a 1:52.1 triumph in the $100,000 Chip Noble Memorial at Eldorado Scioto Downs on Saturday (Sept. 10). The final clocking is a new track record for 4-year-old trotting geldings. The altered son of  Mr Cantab and Evening Prayer was placed on the lead by his pilot, Eric Goodell, shortly after the field of seven was rounding the first turn at the Columbus oval. Once the Indiana champion placed race leader Muscle Up The Goal (Aaron Merriman) in his rearview mirror, the 4-5 favorite effortlessly clicked off fractions of :27.1, 55.3, 1:23.2 and hit the wire 4-1/4 lengths to the good of Muscle Up The Goal and third place finisher Wind Of The North (Chris Page), who closed very well in the stretch to finish behind the top two. Conditioned by Chris Oakes and owned by Crawford Farms, Homicide Hunter glided over a track that had been soaked by powerful early precipitation which had begun to taper off prior to the horses placing their noses on the gate. Goodell steered the horse with the greatest of confidence, and Homicide Hunter responded in kind. He never appeared under any serious pressure or any urging to produce his second record-breaking victory from his last three trips to the post. With his latest triumph, Homicide Hunter is now 41-23-4-6 lifetime and boosted his bank account to $715,263. Prior to his being sold privately last winter, Homicide Hunter resided in the barn of Curt Grummel, who had his doubts the gelding would ever develop into a high quality racehorse when he was a youngster because he had a tendency to not finish strongly to the wire. Homicide Hunter received top billing at Hoosier Park with hometown hero Freaky Feet Pete in Anderson, as he captured 16 consecutive races in 2015 before finishing second to Crazy Wow in the $270,000 Carl Erskine Memorial. Since joining Oakes’ barn, the gelding has compiled a record of 13-4-1-2, but appears to be rounding into prime form as summer transitions into fall. For those that supported him at the windows, Homicide Hunter paid $3.60, with Muscle Up The Goal offering $6.00 to place and Wind Of The North providing $5.20 to his backers. The exacta was $13.60 and the trifecta was $68.80. by Kim French, USTA Internet News Editor 

Yonkers, NY --- Despite a spectacular steer by Dan Daley and Smalltownthrowdown tossing down the gauntlet, Hambletonian victor and harness racing 1-5 favorite Marion Marauder withstood the late heroics of that rival to win the second jewel in the Trotting Triple Crown, the $500,000 Yonkers Trot, by a diminishing head in 1:56.1 on Saturday (Sept. 3) at Yonkers Raceway. After a valiant first-over effort, Lagerfeld followed that duo home in third. “Last week (in the elimination) we were unchallenged in the lane and he trotted harder to the wire, but he’s been racing hard since the Hambo,” said reinsman Scott Zeron in the winner’s circle. “It turned into a sprint the last eighth of a mile and he put on a show. All hats off to him to stick his nose out in front. These great horses get the victories and I’m just the pilot. I’m just glad to be part of it.” Leaving from post four, the son of Muscle Hill-Spellbound Hanover was quarter-moved by Zeron to inherit the lead from Smalltownthrowdown with the first fraction of the 62nd edition of this trotting classic flashing on the timer in :29. Daley, who also conditions small track specialist Smalltownthrowdown, was content to sit in the pocket behind Marion Marauder throughout the first quarters of this journey around the Yonkers Raceway oval. The Hambletonian winner set rather leisurely fractions of :58.3 and 1:27.4 with a distance of 1-1/2 lengths between himself and Smalltownthrowdown at the top of the lane. While the other five members of the field appeared outdistanced and convinced that Marion Marauder would assert command on his way to the wire, Lagerfeld and Mark MacDonald pulled from third position to come first over. While Lagerfeld was never allowed to clear and the son of Yankee Glide was safely held at bay, he trotted very gamely to apply light pressure through the stretch, as Daley and Smalltownthrowdown stepped towards the inside to launch a furious bid for victory. Those witnessing the contest surely had an anxious moment as Smalldownthrowdown nearly dethroned the champion, but Zeron confidently handled Marion Marauder and the colt collected his eighth win from 10 seasonal starts and his ninth lifetime triumph. He has banked $1,124,905 in 2016 and $1,406,891 lifetime. Owned by Marion Wellwood and Devin Keeling, Marion Marauder is conditioned by Wellwood’s daughter Paula and her husband Mike Keeling. He paid $2.40 to his backers, with the exacta providing $5.70 and the trifecta $24.40. The colt is not nominated to the Kentucky Futurity, the final gem in the Triple Crown, but his connections still retain lofty goals for the rest of the season. “It has been fantastic and tonight is another little bit of icing on the cake,” Mike Keeling said after the trophy presentation. “I thought he looked strong going into the last turn and it looked like maybe he did get a hold of the track in the last turn, but he has a lot of grit. “That is a big stretch for a 3-year-old (when asked about entering the Yonkers International Trot, with a bid forthcoming thanks to the Yonkers Trot triumph), going against older horses. The Canadian Trotting Classic is very important to us and the Breeders Crown. If we put something in between those it would take a lot of convincing (on any other stakes race), but we will talk about it.” Marion Marauder $500,000 Messenger Stakes Immediately after Marion Marauder was on his way back to the barn, it was Racing Hill’s turn to add a classic victory to his resume. Tom Hill’s homebred son of Roll With Joe-Chasing Ideals was the overwhelming 1-9 favorite against six foes after Manny was a late scratch in the $500,000 Messenger Stakes, the second event in the Pacing Triple Crown, but like Marion Marauder, his victory was not as resounding as those witnessing the contest had anticipated. “He was very good tonight,” said his regular reinsman, Brett Miller. “The first turn got a little tight. Once I moved him to the front, he felt very good. Most of the time the real good horses can get around any size track. “This is a very nice colt. He has a great gait to him and he’s extremely fast. He has all the tools and has always been professional since I first sat behind him as a 2-year-old. He also has the ability of his quickness and his ability to go the next quarter slow, then he can finish fast. That is probably his strong suit.” Commencing his journey from post three, Miller employed tactics similar to Zeron’s in the previous race on the card, as he moved his horse from third onto the lead near the quarter marker, overhauling his stablemate Dr. J Hanover. From there, Miller and the Adios winner paced around the half-mile track in fractions of :56 and 1:25 after a :27.3 opening first fraction, with Racing Hill’s lead never extending beyond two lengths. Despite the final surges of 30-1 Stonebridge Beach and Daniel Dube, as well as Zeron behind Dr J Hanover, Racing Hill repelled their advances to stop the clock in 1:53 and post a 1-1/4 length triumph. Conditioned by Tony Alagna, the colt collected his fifth win of the season to establish a stellar seasonal slate of 11-5-5-1, eclipsed the $1 million mark in money earned in 2016 and paid $2.10 to those who supported him at the windows. Alagna minced no words when discussing what he thought of his sophomore stable star. “He has been a godsend,” he said. “When he won his first lifetime start at the Meadowlands he came from an impossible spot when he was driven by Randy Waples. He has a phenomenal pedigree and comes from one of the oldest foundation females of Brittany Farms. “He was stuck with a bad hip number in the sale, but I talked to the Hills and I told them to watch him because I liked him. That is when they bought him back. He’s always been very good but did hit a bit of a rough patch before the North America Cup, but has been on a tear since.” Racing Hill by Kim French, USTA Internet News Editor 

Columbus, OH --- When an harness racing O’Brien Award winner becomes available for purchase most people would not hesitate to sign their name on the dotted line. Howard Taylor, however, had to be persuaded to place his name on the check to buy a piece of harness racing mare Lady Shadow. “I thought she was too expensive,” he said. “That is when I called up Ed Gold and asked him what he thought. He said she was worth it and even if she did not race well she was worth what they were asking in residual value as a broodmare. “Also, I already owned a filly, Sudoku, that had beat Lady Shadow up in Canada. I felt she was much faster and we thought we could win the Jugette with her, but we had some problems keeping her head together and eventually bred her. If it wasn’t for Ed, I don’t think I would have bought into Lady Shadow.” Co-owned by Taylor's BFJ Stable, Gold, Carl Atley and David Kryway, the daughter of Shadow Play and the Camluck mare Lady Camella was Canada’s 3-year-old pacing filly champion and is the reigning champion older mare in that nation. It appears she is on her way to collecting another divisional title, as the 5-year-old places her five-race winning streak on the line in the $200,000 Artiscape at Tioga Downs on Sunday (Aug. 28). Lady Shadow, who is conditioned by Ron Adams, will commence her journey from post three and will have the services of Yannick Gingras. Her task, however, will not be a simple one as the field includes Dan Patch Award winners Venus Delight (post two), Anndrovette (post five) and Divine Caroline (post eight). Other rivals of note in the contest are fellow Canadian champion Solar Sister (post 10) and the always competitive Devil Child (post nine). “The plan this year was to keep her down here with Josh Green,” Taylor said. “He was the one that found her for us, but he called me up and suggested Ron Adams take her because he just could not get her to go. We put her in the Blue Chip Matchmaker series (at Yonkers) and thought she would be tough to beat, but she did not do well (seventh in the final). Then Josh put her in the Chip Noble (at Miami Valley) where she was seventh again. That is when he suggested the change. I have to give him credit for admitting she was not working out for him and she was fifth in her first start for Ron, but since then she has been rolling along.” Lady Shadow has been a model of consistency throughout her career. As a 2- and 3-year-old she was in Gregg McNair’s barn and earned $189,892 and $259,635, respectively. She was also trained by McNair until being purchased by her new connections in May of last year. Lady Shadow collected $286,034 last season, while under the care of Adams in 11 of her 14 starts, en route to championship honors. “I need to learn to listen to Ed more often,” Taylor said. “I was concerned about her price and then right after we got her she went out and won the Roses Are Red final. She paid for herself within weeks of us having her.” Since switching her home base from the United States to Canada this spring, Lady Shadow has been absolutely stellar. She won her second Roses Are Red title in June, then added the $229,900 Golden Girls to her resume in a world record 2:00.3 clocking (1-1/8th mile distance) which lowered the standard Always B Miki had established earlier on the card. She then captured the $235,950 Lady Liberty on Hambletonian Day, where it appeared she would draw off to another facile victory, but Solar Sister possessed another plan and came on late to make it interesting in the end. Ultimately, Lady Shadow, with more than $1.16 million in the bank, prevailed. To prepare for her journey to Western New York, the mare qualified in 1:52.2 on Aug. 19 at Mohawk Racetrack. “She still has a long season left of racing and is staked to everything,” Taylor said. “The end goal is, of course, the Breeders Crown and we are hoping she has another championship season, which it seems at this point, she is right in the hunt for divisional honors. “I’m not sure what it is about Canada that agrees with her, because with her being stabled up there it will involve more shipping for her, which was why we wanted her down here with Josh, but for some reason being with Ron and being in that stall in that barn is what she wants to do. If that is what makes her happy we are all for it and like I keep saying this is one of the many times I’m really glad I called Ed Gold.” Below is the field for the $200,000  Artiscape. PP-Horse-Sire-Driver-Trainer 1. Empress Deo - Rocknroll Hanover - Jonathan Roberts-Wayne Givens 2. Venus Delight - Bettor's Delight - Jason Bartlett-Jeffrey Bamond Jr. 3. Lady Shadow - Shadow Play - Yannick Gingras-Ronald Adams 4. Regil Elektra - Mark Three - Mark MacDonald-Keith Armer 5. Anndrovette - Riverboat King - Tim Tetrick-Jeffrey Bamond Jr. 6. Stacia Hanover - Western Ideal - Brett Miller-Steve Elliott 7. Table Talk - Bettor's Delight - Andy Miller-W. Bart Dalious 8. Divine Caroline - Rock N Roll Heaven - Corey Callahan-Joe Holloway 9. Devil Child - American Ideal - David Miller-Chris Oakes 10. Solar Sister - Mach Three - Douglas McNair-Gregg McNair by Kim French, USTA Internet News Editor 

Lexington, KY --- On Sunday (Aug. 14) evening, eight $15,000 Kentucky Sire Stakes events were contested at Red Mile. With divisions for 2- and 3-year-olds of both gaits, these races were the second preliminary leg of the series which culminates in lucrative harness racing finals worth a total of $1.4 million on Sunday (Aug. 21.). Although there were some familiar faces in the field, such as defending champions Barryscourt and Lakeisha Hall, as well as last year’s runner-up in the freshman final, Cracker Cam, there were two youngsters that stole this evening’s show that could very well develop into future stars in He’s On A Mission and Mystic Stella. He’s On A Mission, a son of Groton Hall-Lisas Mission kicked off the card, which was held over a surface that absorbed a considerable amount of rain earlier in the day, with a facile triumph in 2:02.1 for pilot Charlie Conrad and conditioner Stacey Ruddick. Co-owned by Ruddick and Denise Dennis, the 2-year-old trotting gelding went straight to the lead and was never threatened by his four other rivals in what was a rather leisurely journey over the red clay oval. The prohibitive 1-9 favorite captured his second consecutive victory and the second win of his young career in his fourth start, all of which have been in Lexington. Stanford (Master Glide-Fortuna) and Father Julio (Tequila Spur-Cherry Tree Sara) were second and third. It cannot be denied He’s On A Mission won with considerable ease, but Mystic Stellar served notice she could be a superstar in the making. The daughter of Groton Hall-Mia Stellina trotted immediately to the lead in the fourth race and nearly dragged reinsman Tom Jackson out of the bike with her willingness to separate herself from the rest of the field. Before she even hit the first turn she was more than five lengths in front and after the first quarter-mile clock lit up with her fractional time of :27.3 Mystic Stella was already 14 lengths ahead of her rivals. Without any encouragement from her driver, the filly continued to pour it on and although her final margin of victory was 9-1/4 lengths she was wrapped up through the stretch. Trained by Peter Foley and owned by All Star Racing, Mystic Stella trotted her mile in 1:57.4, a new lifetime mark and was the 1-9 public selection. This win, the second of her career, now sets her record at 4-2-1-0 and as track announcer Gabe Prewitt said, “It is like this filly is on another planet.” Cassandra As (Allstar Hall-Cassie Aas and Almondy As (Allstar Hall-Marabou As) were second and third. The 2-year-old colt and filly pace winners were V Power (Prince Chablis-Tm’s Go Go Scooter) and Al-mar-got-A Fever (Third Straight-Cheatin’ Hall). Both winners came from off the pace after turning for home to secure their spots in next week’s final with V Power being sent to post at odds of 14-1, while his filly counterpart was 3-2. In the sophomore events, both defending champions completed their task to add another Kentucky title to their resumes. Barryscourt (Northern Kid-Katie Hall), owned by Mystical Marker Farms, Benjamin Graber, Bobby Brower and Victory Hill Farm, powered home to hit the wire in 1:55.3. Conditioned by Brower and steered by Josh Sutton, the trotting gelding appears to be poised to capture next week’s race, as the time Sunday night was a new speed standard and the trotter’s second win, to go along with a third, from three starts in 2016. Con Air Hall and Fetchit were second and third. Lakeisha Hall did not allow Barryscourt to be the sole champion from last year to cruise into the finials. The daughter of Third Straight-Lantana Hall, owned by Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi, battled to the wire in the eighth race to just hold off Bellatricks by a head in 1:53.3, equaling her lifetime best. Moonshine Bliss was third. Guided by Dave Palone, Lakeisha Hall will enter the $175,000 final for 3-year-old pacing fillies with a lifetime record of 12-8-2-0 and paced her swiftest mile last year in this very series. The biggest surprise of the night was when Sea Shore won her contest for 3-year-old trotting fillies. The daughter of Tsunami Ranger-Baywatch, who is owned by Benjamin Graber and Bobby Brower, pressured favorite Barrys Gift nearly three-quarters of the journey to the finish line and then strode home with purpose to clearly prove the best over Erica America and Golden Genes Cash. With Brower picking up the lines in addition to his training duties, Sea Shore’s win in the second race was the first in her four-race career. For that reason, she was sent off at 33-1 odds and paid $69.20 to win. Cracker Cam was the exact opposite of Sea Shore in the 3-year-old colt pacing event as he was expected to win. The son of Cambest-Nasty As Can Be, who is owned by Peavyhouse Stables and trained by Bill Cottongim was the heavy favorite in race six. He was the public selection to take the championship last year and just missed. With Trace Tetrick in the bike, Cracker Cam enjoyed a perfect pocket trip, slingshot to the lead at the top of the stretch and was well within himself all the way to the wire. The final time of 1:53.2 was a new career best. Best To Hurst and Thirdstraight Shot were second and third. by Kim French, USTA Internet News Editor 

ANDERSON, Ind.-August 13, 2016 - There was a throbbing energy throughout the Friday (Aug. 12) evening that not only emanated from those in attendance at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, but from those  individuals not present to witness what could very well be the most stellar harness racing field ever assembled in the 23-year-old history of the $325,000 Dan Patch Stakes and certainly no one could possess one ounce of disappointment at the outcome. Not only did Wiggle It Jiggleit appear defeated in mid-stretch, the defending Horse of the Year, known at times erratic antics off the track, displayed a new dimension in his racing style as he strode up the rail to hand Always B Miki his second consecutive defeat. The son of Mr Wiggles-Mozzi Hanover, with Montrell Teague in his customary position in the bike, tripped the timer in 1:49.1. Co-owner George Teague, Jr. concurred the gelding, who is also owned by Teague Racing Partnership and is conditioned by Clyde Francis, has adjusted his behavior throughout the course of 2016 and that attitude adjustment has definitely added another weapon to his already stocked arsenal. "He is maturing and growing up," Teague said. "He is really starting to come along. We used to have walk him around and around just to keep him settled down. Now he is more relaxed and takes things as they come. He's always been an intelligent horse, but the older he gets the more he has calmed down. He's even better in the winner's circle now and as long as you keep him checked up, like we did tonight, we even get some pictures of him. This kind of maturity will only improve him." As expected, Wiggle It Jiggleit was placed on the lead leaving the gate from post position one, with Freaky Feet Pete, who began to pace his mile right next to him, right behind him. Wakizashi Hanover followed his colleagues in third, with the public selection Always B Miki in fourth. The gelding clicked off the contest's first fraction in a sensible :27.4 and tossed down another comfortable :27.4 quarter before David Miller brushed Always B Miki straight to the lead. Wiggle It Jiggle was content to sit in the pocket as Trace Tetrick and Freaky Feet Pete were satisfied with remaining in third. As Always B Miki hit the three-quarter pole in 1:22.4, Tetrick decided he could wait no longer to make a move and gave Freaky Feet Pete enough rein to surge alongside Always B Miki. The hometown hero, however, could not sustain his bid and failed to clear the world champion. After Always B Miki repelled Freak Feet Pete's challenge, it appeared the Dan Patch title would be the next revered stake to grace his resume. Wiggle It Jiggleit and Teague, however, were far from finished and coveted that accolade as their own. Teague angled the gelding in towards the rail and Wiggle It Jiggleit gamely responded to spurt through on the inside and pull away from his rival to best him by a length. All Bets Off and Shamballa battled behind the top two, with the former pacing a sizzling :25.2 final panel to hit the wire in tandem for third place, as they could not be separated at the wire. When asked about Wiggle It Jiggleit's rail journey to victory, Teague explained he was quite confident his horse would respond in tight quarters. "Wiggle It is a very intelligent horse and we've trained out here and a couple other places so he's used to it," he said. "It was a definitely a hard trip, but we got the job done." The elder Teague acknowledged after post positions were drawn on Tuesday, (Aug. 9) the horse's connections were very pleased with where their charge would start pacing, but they also have a tremendous amount of respect for the other members of the field, as there were six world champions present and prepared to pace. "Coming off the rail we were very excited," George said. "Normally I would tell people (in that position) to just run with it, but we knew we had to make a couple decisions. Every horse in that race could take the trip. Also, Montrell is great with the horse. Sometimes we feel like he knows him better than his owners know him." Wiggle It Jiggleit, the joint favorite with Always B Miki at 8-5, paid $5.40 to his backers, while Always B Miki provided $3.80 to show. All Bets Off returned $23.80 for his efforts and Shamballa paid $2.10. The exacta was $17.40 and the trifecta was either $166.00 or $95.60. Wiggle It Jiggleit Hoosier Park's Dan Patch Invitational saw measurable success on all fronts. Excitement pervaded throughout the grandstand as a large, enthusiastic crowd welcomed the 23rd installment of Hoosier Park's signature event to the track. The wagering front also saw much success and offered remarkable value to the horseplayer with the introduction of a signature $20,000 Guaranteed Superfecta and a $15,000 Guaranteed Hoosier High-Five for the Dan Patch Stakes card. The bettors came out in full force as the handle increases were felt both on track and through export wagering. Live racing will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, August 13 with a 13-race card that is set to begin at an adjusted post time of 4:30 p.m. Beginning at 4:00 p.m., racing fans can enjoy the ultimate in entertainment, intense flavors of fiery BBQ, and energizing drinks as part of Hoosier Park's annual "Thrillyard 200" event located in The Yard. At the conclusion of live racing on Saturday, country music legends Asleep At The Wheel will perform a free show in the Terrace Showroom as Hoosier Park continues its' summer concert series line-up. A free fireworks presentation will culminate the entire evening and will follow the free concert starting at approximately 10:15 p.m. by Kim French

When his homebred harness racing champion Pure Country crossed the finish line to notch her 11th lifetime triumph on May 7 in the $313,800 Miss Pennsylvania final at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, Adam Bowden was obviously grinning from ear to ear. Obviously his facial expression was the result of pure joy due to the victory, but Bowden acknowledged it was also directly associated with a tremendous weight being lifted off his shoulders. “When she won that race I breathed a huge sigh of relief,” he said. “Jimmy (Takter, her trainer) had told me after she suffered her first loss in the eliminations the week before that she might have been a little short for that start. There is always some concern when you have an undefeated horse and they lose their first race coming back. You wonder if maybe they did not improve from last year or other horses may have improved, but she erased all those doubts that night. “I thought it was a terrific race for her. It was a very tough first-over trip on a night when the weather was less than ideal. Not only did she establish a new lifetime mark (1:50.3), but she beat some very nice fillies in Darlinonthebeach, I Said Diamonds, Newborn Sassy and Call Me Queen Be. She illustrated her quality and demonstrated she is prepared to pick up right where she left off last year.” Pure Country will be facing one of the toughest tests of her career this Saturday (Aug. 6) at Meadowlands Racetrack when she tackles the boys, including Meadowlands Pace winner Control The Moment, in the $320,000 Cane Pace, the first leg of Pacing's Triple Crown. The race attracted 11 entries, so it will be contested at the extended distance of 1-1/8 miles. Pure Country was last year’s Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old female pacer and has won 16 of 19 career races. She will start from post position 11 in the second tier and is 4-1 on the morning line. Only one filly has ever captured the Cane Pace and that happened way back in 1960 when Countess Adios won the race at Yonkers Raceway. By Somebeachsomewhere and out of the Western Hanover mare Western Montana, Pure Country was bred and is owned by Bowden and his father Chris’ Diamond Creek Farm. Western Montana was one of the very first horses the duo purchased when they began their operation. Father and son paid $50,000 for her as a yearling in 2005 because they were enamored with her pedigree. Western Montana is a half-sister to LCB (Jate Lobell, $906,348) and a full sibling to Allamerican Ingot ($1,141,193) and Allamerican Inca ($889,090). Western Montana competed for the Bowdens for two years. During her racing career she earned $175,010 and won on five occasions from 16 trips to the gate. She even finished fourth in the Breeders Crown final as a 2-year-old, but her ability was limited by her attitude. “She was crazy,” Bowden said. “She was very high strung and had a goat in her stall as her constant companion to settle her down. We ended up retiring her when I received a call from Kelly (trainer O'Donnell) saying she was getting to the point where she was dangerous. She would just run off and bolt away even when she was jogging. That is when we decided it was time to breed her, which was always the plan for her anyway.” Western Montana’s first foal, Live Wire, was by Rocknroll Hanover and amassed just under $64,000 in her days on the track. Her second foal, Homestake, was sired by Ponder and the gelding only managed to accumulate $13,041. The mare’s third offspring was Hunger Games, who is a full sister to Pure Country. The Bowdens kept this filly and raced her for almost two years before selling her in 2014. She banked nearly $70,000. “All of Western Montana’s foals have had ability but they all had her temperament,” Bowden explained. “That is what limited them as racehorses. Hunger Games also had talent but she took after her mother. Linda Toscano, who trained her, always told us how much she believed in her and that she could be a very nice horse. The Crawfords have her now and they have done fairly well with her. “My dad and I debated back and forth on selling Hunger Games, so I told him we should sell her and keep Pure Country. In this business you never know what can happen and you are often taking a chance. I’m just glad in this situation I made the right choice.” From the very beginning Pure Country seemed to stand apart from her older siblings. “She was a little bit bigger, a little more correct and was never sick or had any physical issues,” Bowden said. “The thing that was different about her was she always had a great mind. Thankfully she did not inherit her mother’s personality. She is a very intelligent horse and with that as well as her speed, it makes her an excellent racehorse.” Pure Country debuted on June 30, 2015 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono in a $30,000 Pennsylvania All Stars event with Brett Miller in the bike. She broke her maiden at first asking and served notice she would be a force to be reckoned with thanks to a blistering :26.3 final quarter panel. Her next four engagements, all victories, were in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes and the filly captured the $350,000 final on Sept. 11 at The Meadows to run her record to a perfect six-for-six. After dominating her competition in the Keystone State, Pure Country took her show on the road where she took an $81,000 division of the Bluegrass Stake and a $74,700 division of the International Stallion Stake at The Red Mile in Lexington. The filly completed her freshman season with wins in her $20,000 Breeders Crown elimination and in the $600,000 final at Woodbine Racetrack on Oct. 24. Pure Country was 10-for-10, earned just shy of $700,000 and was nearly the unanimous selection as the Dan Patch 2-year-old pacing filly champion. “Jimmy said she could be a great racehorse or it could all blow up in our faces shortly after she began training,” Bowden said. “She has been just perfect all along and has done everything we have ever expected of her. I also think she is in the right hands because Jimmy has been around so many top pacing mares. He knows how to get along with them and he keeps her happy. “She is very special to us,” he continued. “We have won Breeders Crown races before but this was our first one with a homebred. Words cannot really explain how rewarding and satisfying that feels. It was something we always looked toward accomplishing and she did that for us.” Bowden admitted Pure Country’s third place finish on April 30 in her $20,000 Miss Pennsylvania elimination was a bit disconcerting, but the powerful fashion in which she rebounded in the following week leads him to believe the filly is primed to defend her crown this season. “I’m not taking anything away from the other fillies in this division,” he said. “Honestly, I think it’s one of the deepest divisions we have seen in years and it’s unfortunate these fillies do not receive the same kind of attention as the 3-year-old pacing colts and the older horses. It’s just the way it is, but we feel she is prepared for another outstanding year and we are really looking forward to watching her perform.” The filly enters the Cane Pace on a five race winning streak, including triumphs in the Fan Hanover and James Lynch Memorial in a new lifetime best of 1:49.2. When her time on the track draws to a close, Pure Country will take up residence with her dam and become a broodmare for the Bowdens. “We are definitely keeping her and raising all her foals,” he said. “We always thought Western Montana would produce at least one championship caliber baby. Pure Country is it and she proves all our faith in the mare was justified. She has a home for life and we think she will carry on the family tradition without her mother’s quirks.” $320,000 Cane Pace Race 7 – Post time 2:32 p.m. PP-Horse-Sire--Driver-Trainer-Line 1. Check Six – Somebeachsomewhere - Yannick Gingras–Ron Burke-3/1 2. Manny – American Ideal - Andy Miller–Jessica Okusko-30/1 3. JK Will Power – Somebeachsomewhere - David Miller–Ron Burke-10/1 4. Control The Moment – Well Said - Brian Sears–Brad Maxwell-2/1 5. Adrian Hanover – Somebeachsomewhere - Eric Goodell–Chris Oakes-15/1 6. Manhattan Beach – Somebeachsomewhere - Matt Kakaley–Ron Burke-8/1 7. Highlandbeachycove – Somebeachsomewhere - Tim Tetrick–Tony Alagna-25/1 8. Ideal Rocky – Rocknroll Hanover - Corey Callahan–John Butenschoen-15/1 9. American Passport – American Ideal - Scott Zeron–Tony Alagna-12/1 10. Big Top Hanover – Western Ideal - Joe Bongiorno–Ron Burke-20/1 11. Pure Country – Somebeachsomewhere - Brett Miller–Jimmy Takter-4/1 by Kim French, USTA Internet News Editor 

With just a week before the eliminations for the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks, Broadway Donna and All The Time have emerged as the top contenders to capture one of the most treasured prizes in harness racing for 3-year-old fillies, but there is a lass in the Empire State that might very well travel to New Jersey to stake her claim to divisional honors. She is Fad Finance. “She is eligible to the Hambletonian Oaks,” said Trond Smedshammer, her conditioner. “But she would have to win the Zweig (this Sunday) impressively for me to think about entering her. Vernon Downs is a nice track and it looks like we will have nice weather for the race this weekend, so they should be able to go in 1:54 to win. She would need to trot in the area of 1:53 for me to send her there so it is up to her.” A daughter of Credit Winner and the Sierra Kosmos mare Armbro Vanity, Fad Finance was purchased for $60,000 at the 2014 Standardbred Horse Sale in Harrisburg by Purple Haze Stables, Marc Goldberg and Rojan Stables. The filly, who sports a career record of 14-7-3-1 and has quietly amassed $129,988 in purse money, will face eight rivals in the $140,000 Zweig Memorial Filly Trot at Vernon Downs on Sunday (July 24). Fad Finance will leave from post position two with Jim Morrill Jr. holding the lines. She is the 7-2 second selection on the morning line behind Julie Miller’s charge Womans Will (5-2) and will face stiff opposition from Paul Kelley’s Straight A Student (8-1), as well as Paul Reid’s Flowers N Songs (9-2), and George Ducharme’s Swinging Royalty (5-1). Fad Finance has won three of her six starts this year, with earnings of $83,038. She defeated 2015 New York Sire Stakes champion Non Stick in their $12,500 Empire Breeders Classic elimination on June 10 at Vernon Downs. Non Stick returned to dominate the $225.000 final the following week, but Fad Finance got the measure of her again on July 10 at Tioga Downs in a $40,600 New York Sire Stakes contest. Fad Finance followed that performance with a track-record-equaling 1:58.2 spin around Buffalo Raceway’s oval on July 17 in a $60,200 sire stakes split. It was a gritty effort, as the filly was locked in for most of the stretch and was able to put her nose down on the wire for her third win of the season. “I raced her in the Excelsior Series last year so she would learn some manners,” Smedshammer said. “She was on the line of being hot and I would try to keep her in the pocket to teach her some lessons. If you look at her lines you can see where she was on the front because she was aggressive and then would tire in the last quarter coming home. I think she is a better horse off the helmet and this year she is minding her manners. The only race we were not pleased with was the Empire Breeders Classic final (fifth). She was on the lead and went some fairly fast fractions before getting tired late. That’s when the other fillies passed her.” Despite Smedshammer’s admission that Fad Finance could be a bit headstrong, as many fillies can be, he was drawn to her because of his affiliation with her pedigree, which is excellent. This filly is a half-sister to Vanity Plates (Conway Hall, $164,878), who competed in the 2007 Matron final (sixth) and was eighth in that year’s eliminations for the Breeders Crown. Another half-sibling, Monkey Man (Glidemaster, $92,220) was talented enough to finish second to world champion Muscle Network in an $86,500 division of the International Stallion Stakes at The Red Mile in 2013 and was the runner-up to the very talented Rose Run Parker in a $45,250 division of the Madison County Stake at Hoosier Park 22 days later. “I trained her mother,” Smedshammer said. “I actually picked her out as a yearling and bought her, then sold her to her current owners. She had ability and was very well-mannered, unlike many Sierra Kosmos horses. Unfortunately she had some soundness issues, but I knew she had some foals that had done well. I think Chris Ryder did well with one of her first fillies (Vanity Plates) so when this one was available (Fad Finance) I was looking forward to the opportunity to train one of her foals. The pedigree on her female side is very good.” Although Armbro Vanity only earned $63,365 on the racetrack and her dam, Armbro Haughty, collected $375 in her racing career, these mares hail from the tremendous Armbro Flight. In fact, Armbro Haughty was that Canadian superstar’s final foal. That blood courses through Fad Finance’s veins and demonstrates she may just very well belong with the elite in her division as 2016 draws to a close. “We will see what happens with her,” Smedshammer said. “She is eligible to things outside of New York, such as the Breeders Crown, and if she shows us she can mind her manners, we will allow her the opportunity to take on those kinds of fillies. She has improved this year and we hope she will continue to improve.” Below is the field for the $140,000 Zweig Memorial Filly Trot, in post position order, with listed drivers and trainers. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Line 1. Earn Your Wings-Jason Bartlett-Anette Lorentzon-8/1  2. Fad Finance-Jim Morrill Jr-Trond Smedshammer-7/2  3. Lindylicious-Chris Lems-Gilbert Garcia-Herrera-8/1  4. Straight A Student-Mark MacDonald-Paul Kelley-8/1  5. Open Access-Matt Kakaley-Robert Baggitt Jr.-6/1  6. Womans Will-Andy Miller-Julie Miller-5/2  7. Spicedbourbongirl-Jeff Gregory-Jeff Gregory-10/1  8. Flowers N Songs-Yannick Gingras-Paul Reid-9-2  9. Swinging Royalty-Tim Tetrick-George Ducharme-5/1 Earn Your Wings and Straight A Student will race as an ownership entry. by Kim French, USTA Internet News Editor 

Most people in this day and age operate on a budget and understandably so. They want some bang for their buck and that is especially true in harness racing. Frank Baldachino, however, is emphatic that splurging on Hannelore Hanover and not sticking to the bottom line may have very well been the best investment he has ever made. "Ron (Burke) and I always have a set limit on what we will spend when we look at horses," said Baldachino. "You have to stick with that line because it is easy to over spend, so for this filly we had $30,000 as our price (at the 2013 Standardbred Horse Sale), but I looked at Ron and said let's go up one more tick for her. So we went in for $2,000 more and that made her ours. It was the best $2,000 I have ever spent." Baldachino and his partners, Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi, decided to open up their wallets yet again in regards to this world champion when they footed the $50,000 bill to supplement her to the $471,200 Hambletonian Maturity on Saturday (July 16) at the Meadowlands. The 4-year-old daughter of Swan For All and the Dream Vacation mare High Sobriety will begin trotting from post position four with Yannick Gingras in the bike. The Indiana champion is 3-1 on the morning line in the 1-1/8 mile contest and is only the third female to participate in this event after Bee A Magician and Shake It Cerry. She is certainly a top contender to have her picture taken after the field crosses the line. She possesses the swiftest season's mark of her 10 rivals (1:51) and only the Graduate Series final victor, Musical Rhythm, has earned more cash this season ($270,573 to her $224,505). "It really was not a difficult decision to supplement her," Baldachino said. "We kept a close eye on the race last week (the Graduate Series final) and felt none of the colts stood out over her. She has been simply terrific this year and has done everything so easily without even being really asked. With those kind of performances we felt now was the time to put her against the colts. No one from that division has proved to stand out and with what she has accomplished at this point, she deserves the opportunity." With only two starts at age two, Hannelore Hanover was given an extended vacation after a 10th place finish in the $75,000 Indiana Sire Stakes final on July 5, 2014. The filly was stabled at Hoosier Park and under the watchful eye of Jamie Macomber, one of trainer Ron Burke's stellar staff and her husband, Rick. Hannelore Hanover had her hooves full competing against the likes of Indiana champion Churita as a sophomore, but as the year progressed, so did this filly. On Aug. 5, 2015 she demolished her rivals in a $20,000 Indiana Sire Stakes leg while coming home in :27.4. That triumph was the first of seven straight wins to close out her 3-year-old season and since then she has only tasted defeat in one event, which was a second to the seasoned Allie Labrook at Hoosier Park on June 2. The mare was timed in :26.4 for her last quarter-mile in that contest and she finished in front of Natural Herbie. She then traveled to Canada where she dominated her fellow females in the elimination for the $208,260 Armbro Flight final and then equaled the world record of 1:51, which was also a stakes and track record, in the final itself. The next engagement on her agenda was another romp in a $23,100 leg of the Miss Versatility Series, also at Mohawk Racetrack, on July 1. Hannelore Hanover stopped the clock in 1:53.4 without being seriously tested. "She is just a big, strong, perfectly made animal," Baldachino said. "She has all the parts and they are all put together. She looks exactly like a trotter should look. Everything she has done this year has just been outstanding. She did require some patience to grow into herself and Jamie, Rick and Ron all deserve credit for bringing her along. They gave her everything she needed and she has rewarded us with how she has performed. "We are all excited about Saturday night and for the rest of the year with her. To do what she has done already without being asked makes you wonder what else she has to show. Like I said, putting up that extra $2,000 to get her was unbelievably worth it." Baldachino also has another horse competing on Saturday evening's card in All Bets Off. The son of Bettor's Delight and the Dexter Nukes mare Armbro Penelope will leave from post position 12 in the $471,800 William R. Haughton Memorial. He will have to contend with the likes of Always B Miki, Wiggle It Jigglieit and Freaky Feet Pete, but this horse has earned more than $1.9 million and should never be dismissed. "It's not the best post position and he has not had the best luck with the draws this year," Baldachino said. "But he is a very nice little horse. He has speed and has demonstrated he can use it if the trip works out for him. "He's a horse we purchased that was already developed and we did not get him as a yearling like Hannelore, but how can you ever be disappointed with a horse that has done the things he has? We know no matter what he will go out there and give it his best. That's all you can ask for." Following is the field for the Hambletonian Maturity. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Line 1. Fashion Creditor-David Miller-Tom Fanning-30/1 2. Centurion ATM-Trace Tetrick-Ake Svanstedt-20/1 3. Wings Of Royalty-Brian Sears-George Ducharme-10/1 4. Hannelore Hanover-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-3/1 5. Crescent Fashion-Scott Zeron-Ake Svanstedt-15/1 6. Muscle Up The Goal-Aaron Merriman-Christopher Beaver-6/1 7. Crazy Wow-Tim Tetrick-Ron Burke-4/1 8. Lookslikeachpndale-Brett Miller-Luc Blais-25/1 9. Musical Rhythm-John Campbell-Benoit Baillargeon-5/2 10. Honor And Serve-Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt-25/1 11. Canepa Hanover-Corey Callahan-Jimmy Takter-8/1 by Kim French, USTA Internet News Editor

In harness racing, a pretty horse doesn't always mean a fast horse. However, in the case of Type A Grey, pretty does mean fast. The 2-year-old daughter of Art Official stormed to a wire-to-wire 1:57.2 victory in her $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes on Sunday night, July 3 at Northfield Park for driver Chris Page in her pari-mutuel debut. Trained by Brian Brown for Emerald Highlands Farm of Mount Vernon, Ohio, Type A Grey lead through fractions of :29.1, :59.1 and 1:28.3 to sweep under the wire unchallenged. Owner Bruce Trogden purchased the lanky filly as a yearling at the 2015 Standardbred Horse Sale at Harrisburg for $20,000. "I liked her pedigree," Bruce said. "She comes from a strong, old maternal family. The fact that she was grey was a plus because I really like grey horses and have purchased many of them over the years. When I saw her in the flesh I was surprised she was as good looking as her pedigree suggested." "Bruce bought her after I had already gone home," Brian admitted. "She's a very sound, sensible filly and one of those that you can jog all day long. In fact, if you don't take a whip out there with you to jog, you will be out there all day long. "She's kind of lazy in that regard, and really didn't show a lot of spunk until her last two training sessions and then she just kind of put it all together. Having Chris (driver Page) handle her is an added bonus because he really takes care of these young horses and babies them along. Sometimes I have to ask him not to baby them so much and to get after them a little bit, but Chris is one of those who is always thinking of the horse and their early education." A total of 14 Ohio Sires Stakes events were contested at Northfield on July 3, and a complete recap will be forthcoming. by Kimberly Rinker, for the OSDF

On a steamy Saturday (June 11) evening at Scioto Downs, Obrigado fended off the late charge of track record holder and harness racing world champion Natural Herbie to claim the trophy for the $210,000 Charlie Hill Memorial Trot. The 6-year-old gelding, piloted by regular reinsman Mark MacDonald, was the beneficiary of a perfect pocket trip, which the duo parlayed into a powerful 1:53.3 score. “He is just such a great horse,” said MacDonald. “You can do anything you want with him and all he wants to do is win. For some reason, I’m not sure why, we just get along. Tonight you could not have asked for a better position and then he did all the rest.” Leaving from post six, the gelded son of Boy Band and the Malabar Man mare Malimony, settled into second behind the leader and recent world champion Muscle Up The Goal. Content to allow the hometown favorite and the public’s selection at 4-5 to set the pace, Obrigado simply followed that rival around the Columbus oval behind fractions of :27.1, 57.3 and 1:25.3 before he was pulled out of the pocket at the top of the stretch to commence his drive to the wire with a :27.4 final panel. Obrigado glided by Muscle Up The Goal and completed his victorious journey to the wire seemingly well in hand. Natural Herbie placed pressure on the property of conditioner Paul Kelley, SRF Stable, Linwood Higgins, and Stable 45, however, his first over bid rendered him unable to match strides with the victor. Flanagan Memory, the 2013 O’Brien Award winner, closed from eighth to nab the show spot. Sent off at odds of 3-1, Obrigado paid his supporters $8.20. Natural Herbie, dismissed at 22-1, provided $14.40 to place and Flanagan Memory at 9-1 offered $7.40 to show. The exacta was $68 and the trifecta a generous $475.80. “I could not have asked for a trip around this track that was any better,” MacDonald said. “It was like a dream and honestly, I was shocked it worked out that well for us. I knew Natural Herbie was coming down on us and I respect him because he is such a nice horse, but my horse had the advantage off how this race set up. This was a very strong group of horses and it is a great win for us.” A Maine champion as a freshman and sophomore, Obrigado is the pride of Kelley’s stable and rightfully so, as the horse has now banked enough from his career record of 67-37-14-6, including this evening’s purse, to be roughly $4,000 shy of millionaire status. Purchased by Kelley, who was drawn to what an exemplary physical specimen he is, for $53,000 at the 2013 Standardbred Mixed Sale, Obrigado has been a winning machine before and after leaving the confines of his home state. Although Kelley shied away from top competition at age four, he placed the horse with the elite of his division last year as a 5-year-old and he has excelled. In 2015 he earned $405,535 with a record of 4-6-3 from 18 trips to the gate and knocked heads with all the best trotters currently competing in the sport. This year Obrigado has trotted five miles with three victories, one second and one third. Despite it being only June, the gelding has already collected just under $250,000 in purse money. The win in this Grand Circuit event is the second consecutive triumph for Obrigado in 2016 and comes immediately subsequent to his huge victory in the $200,000 Maxie Lee Memorial at Harrah’s Philadelphia on May 29. “I think he is even better than last year,” MacDonald said. “It is like he is in a zone and in peak form. It was not like he was bad by any means last year. He is a very smart horse that does nothing wrong and I think this season is going to be very fun with him and might be his best yet. “Paul (Kelley) wanted me to drive him as a 4-year-old, but circumstances did not work out to enable me to. Paul protected him and kept him up at Saratoga that year so he did not have to face many of the best trotters. I think that strategy is working out now, as he is so sharp and I know I can count on him for many more appearances in big races this season. Paul has really done a tremendous job with this horse and the horse himself just has all the tools. There is no denying he is right there with the best racing right now and he continues to make me very happy.” by Kimberly French, USTA Internet News Editor

It took exactly three decades for Jo Ann Looney-King and her family to discover a horse that would return them to the winner’s circle at the Meadowlands. That feat alone renders Maestro Blue Chip as a special animal to the family, however, they are also extremely attached to the 4-year-old harness racing stallion because they feel he is the most talented trotter ever to grace their shedrow. “My sister (Susan Looney) was the youngest driver to ever win a race at the Meadowlands when she was 16,” said Looney-King. “That was 30 years ago, so you cannot imagine how thrilling it was for us to finally return there when Maestro won the first leg of the Graduate Series. Our entire family was there to enjoy it and it only made it even sweeter that he beat a horse like Pinkman to get us there. That win really was like a dream come true. Any time you win it is so exciting, but when you win like that it makes it an unforgettable evening. Especially when Jim (her husband) thinks this horse is the best trotter we have ever had.” Purchased by Richard Poilluici for $90,000 at this year’s Tattersalls January Select Mixed Sale, the son of Credit Winner and the SJ’s Caviar mare Up Front Hotsey will attempt to collect his 11th victory since entering the Kings’ barn on Sunday (June 12) when he competes in the $75,000 third leg of the Graduate Series at Tioga Downs. Maestro Blue Chip will commence his journey from post position eight with Tim Tetrick holding the lines and is the 5-1 third choice on the morning line. He will have to face champion Pinkman (2-1), who will leave from post position six, and one of the hottest horses in harness racing in Musical Rhythm (3-1), who will begin trotting from the rail. Despite amassing the highest seasonal bankroll in the contest ($154,000) and serving notice he is a top contender in his division after holding Pinkman at bay at odds of 30-1 on May 21, Maestro Blue Chip appears to remain a bit under the radar, not only at the betting windows, but within the industry. In fact, his triumph over Pinkman and Crescent Fashion was shocking to many who follow the sport, but his endeavors and success were not shocking to his connections. “The minute Jim saw him at the sale he wanted him,” Looney-King said. “It is absolutely impossible not to fall in love with him at first sight. He is such a handsome horse and carries himself with such class. When a horse like that becomes available at the sale, you always wonder why, but this horse was co-owned by Michael Andrew and Purple Haze Stables. “I have experience with Michael’s horses and when I talked to him about this one, he said the only reason he was in the sale was because he had 30 babies at home and it cost money to feed them. That made perfect sense to us as we have been there and sold hoses that went on to do well for other people. That is what you want to see and we were just tickled to get the opportunity to have a horse like him.” Prior to his arrival in his new residence, Maestro Blue Chip, the second foal out of his dam who earned $433,643 during her racing career, was trained by Trond Smedshammer. He performed primarily on the New York Sire Stakes circuit and compiled a record of 13-2-2-2 with just over $78,000 in purse money. After joining the Kings’ stable, the stallion won 10 consecutive races, including the $73,500 Yonkers Raceway/SOA of New York Bonus Trotting Series final on April 26. The only blemish on his record in 2016 came when he finished behind his elders Obrigado and Il Sogno Dream in the Maxie Lee Memorial on May 29 at Harrah's Philadelphia in his last start. “We probably should not have skipped the second leg of the Graduate for the Maxie Lee,” Looney-King said. “But when a race goes for $200,000 and it’s close to home with no starting fee, it is difficult to turn down. Also, we always try to help out when the race office needs horses. We were very pleased with how he trotted and are looking forward to bringing him to Tioga. “This is the first time we have ever raced there and I hate to talk about (post) positions, because that is part of the sport, but we are hoping he works out a nice trip for himself from that spot. We are also fortunate to have one of the best drivers in the business that is terrific at always providing horses with the opportunity to win whenever they are on the track in Tim (Tetrick). Our goal is just to make the final and we could not be more pleased with how our horse is right now. We expect him to race very well even though it is a tough field.” Although his presence in the series final at the Meadowlands on July 9 has yet to be determined, the Kings have quite the season planned for Maestro Blue Chip as the horse is staked to contests such as the Cleveland Trotting Classic, Chip Noble Memorial, Centaur Trotting Classic, and Dayton Trotting Derby. “Jim believes in the horse enough to have him eligible to five $250,000 races after this series,” Looney-King said. “We know it’s a long season and Maestro will always tell us where to go. It always depends on the horse and how he is doing, but we are so excited to have him. He really is such a pleasure in every capacity. I can’t explain how enjoyable he is and what he has already accomplished in such a short time has been amazing for us.” Maestro Blue Chip is not the only member of the King stable that will be performing in a stakes event this weekend. The duo also have last year’s Matron victor, Newborn Sassy, in-to-go in a C$35,000 elimination for the Fan Hanover at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday (June 11). The daughter of  Western Ideal and Sass Newton, an accomplished offspring of Storm Compensation, went through the ring at the 2014 Lexington Selected Sale for $38,000 as a yearling. The Kings own her in conjunction with CC Racing LLC and the filly has proved to be quite a bargain as she has earned $263,569 with a resume of 14-8-2-2. She has yet to have her picture taken from four trips to the gate this year, but she has placed twice and nabbed the show spot on one occasion. On Saturday evening (June 11), Newborn Sassy will start pacing from post six in the third race on the card. Tetrick is responsible for steering the 5-1 morning line selection when she faces the likes of L A Delight (2-1, post seven), Darlinonthebeach (9-5, post two) and Lindwood Beachgirl (9-2, post three). “We have her because Timmy (Tetrick) was familiar with her dam and just loved her,” Looney-King said. “We were shocked he kept putting up his hand to bid on her at the sale and then he told us she would be a terrific acquisition for us. He really wanted us to have her and it ended up he was 100 percent correct about how good to us she would be. “She got a bit of a late start last year because she had chips removed, but she was rolling at the end of the season. We realize this is a very strong division with fillies like Pure Country and Darlinonthebeach, but we really feel Sassy can not only compete but when she receives the right trip she can win. “We are just hoping for that with her this weekend so we can make the final. Again, it’s a long year with a lot of racing, but we have her staked to nearly all the important races and are anxious to see how her year goes. We are anticipating great things from her. Like Maestro, she is a dream to ship, an absolute pleasure in the barn and will do anything you ask of her on the track. “We just feel so blessed to have the horses we do right now. We are just overwhelmed to have the kind of horses that allow us to be involved in these races and that brings such joy into our lives. How can you ask for anything more? There are times we still cannot comprehend how fortunate we are.” by Kimberly French, USTA Internet News Editor   

He has conditioned the likes of North America Cup Consolation victor Western Cyclone and two fillies that brought home the Jugette hardware in Just Wait Kate and Eternity's Delight, but Travis Alexander has always wanted to put the progeny of Dragon Again through their paces. He finally possesses that opportunity with the undefeated Candy Corn Hanover and like everything else he has undertaken in life, he plans on making the absolute most of it. "I have always wanted a Dragon Again," said the 37-year-old Lansing, Mich., native. "It has just not ever worked out. Something has come up or the circumstances did not go my way, but we had a credit from Hanover (Shoe Farms) who bred her and she was circled in my book before I ever saw her. When I did, she was so impressive, not only because of her pedigree, but she was so athletic and racy looking. "We got another filly, Raver Hanover, who is from Captaintreacherous' family, from that same sale and although she hasn't made it to the races yet, I am very, very pleased with them both." Candy Corn Hanover, a daughter of the Artsplace mare Clouding Over, is owned by Fiddler's Creek Stables. After only three career trips to the post, all of which are triumphs, she will illustrate what forms her constitution when she takes on the likes of last year's divisional champion Pure Country (2-1), the extremely talented Darlinonthebeach (5-2), the Three Diamonds winner Yankee Moonshine (7-2), the Matron winner Newborn Sassy (5-1) and the promising Kiss Me Onthebeach (6-1) on Saturday (April 30) in a $20,000 elimination for the $313,800 Miss Pennsylvania at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Although many individuals viewing the program might feel the 3-year-old filly is in far, far over her head with only three lifetime tallies, all this season in Weiss Series competition, and with a mere $22,500 in the bank, Alexander is pleased with how the draw came out and believes Candy Corn Hanover, the longest shot on the morning line at 10-1, can definitely keep pace with her more accomplished and distinguished rivals. "I hemmed and hawed with Anthony (Napolitano, her regular pilot) over whether we should go for the big money or keep her in the Weiss Series final," he said. "Obviously I did not think we would get in the elimination where the four best fillies in the country would all be, but I'm happy it happened that way. I wouldn't trade this spot with my filly with anyone in the world. "She's a stone cold closer and Anthony even said when he has gotten her to the front she stops because she doesn't know what she is supposed do. Also, I'm being told these Dragons see all kinds of stuff like ghosts in all types of shadows. With those fillies in there she will never be on the lead early and it sets up for her to come home strongly, which I know she will. After this race we will know exactly what we have on our hands and she will come out of it with learning something." Candy Corn Hanover did not debut as a freshman because Alexander wanted to exercise patience with her. He realized she had ability, but also acknowledged she needed more time to grow into both her body and mind. "I am so glad we waited with her," he said. "When we brought her in this year she was leaps and bounds ahead of what she was the year before. Taking our time with her is going to pay off and it already has. We just have to make sure we manage her correctly throughout the year and have a nice horse for next year as well. Besides, the Dragons only improve with age so this is a filly with tremendous potential which is something I really like. All she has is upside and when her career is over, she will join the broodmare band Fiddler's Creek is putting together." There is another reason, in addition to Alexander's own penchant to overcome long odds, such as when he defeated cancer at age 18, that he is of the opinion Candy Corn Hanover belongs with the elite within her age, gait and gender. "I have been very fortunate to be around some really nice pacing mares during my career," he said. "When I worked for Joe Holloway I was around (Dan Patch Award winner) Lady McBeach and when I was the head trainer for that short time at Fashion Farms, as well as when I worked with Jim Campbell, there was Eternity's Delight. This filly reminds me such much of her. "She is just so willing, is two fingers to drive and has an incredible amount of desire. She will go in 2:40 but if you ask her to jump into a nice fast half from that she is right on it. I think this filly is as good as Eternity's Delight and I really believe in her because she reminds me so much of that mare." Despite what transpires this weekend, Candy Corn Hanover already has an agenda meticulously planned for her sophomore campaign. "She is eligible to everything here in Pennsylvania," Alexander said. "We also staked her to the Shady Daisy, but that is it. There will be no Jugette for this filly. It's really expensive to stake horses, but when you have one that did not race at two it is difficult to put out that kind of money when you don't know what is in your barn. "I think she still needs time to mature throughout the year and I also want to keep her on a larger track until she is more experienced. She is intelligent and will do anything to please you, but I don't think the half(-mile track) is for her because she crossfires a bit. It's not serious and something I think will rectify itself the more she races. I just don't want to take any chances with her. "I do have to be honest though, she is a real pleasure. We always knew she had talent, but you can never tell what kind of desire they have. This filly has so much of that and it is something you cannot give them, train into them or even be assured of because of their pedigree. I had no real expectations with her in that regard and she has amazed me how much she wants to race and win. "She has been a special surprise and in this business when you have something like that happen it is a very, very great thing." by Kim French/USTA Internet News Editor

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