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Harness Horsemen International met and concluded their Annual Meetings on March 5 at the Embassy Suites Deerfield Beach Resort & Spa, Deerfield Beach, Florida.   Ten horsemen’s associations were represented throughout the four-day conference, including Cloverleaf SOA, Delaware SOA, Illinois HHA, Ohio HHA, Maine HHA, Meadows HHA, Western New England HHA, Pennsylvania HHA, SBOA of New Jersey and Kentucky HHA.   After HHI President Tom Luchento welcomed the assemblage, the current at-large members were re-elected to the HHI Board of Directors, and the decision to hold the 2015 annual meeting at this same venue was approved by the membership.   The “I Can’t Believe This is Happening” Panel continued their discussion on several issues facing harness racing, including: the status of racing in Michigan; funding for racing commissions; and states which are trying to do away with racing through different approaches, such as Iowa, where money is being offered back to the legislature in order to eradicate dog racing.   At the HHI Awards Luncheon, the 2013 Dominic Frinzi Man of the Year Award was presented to Robert Schmitz, Ohio State Racing Commission Chairman for his work on behalf of the Ohio horse racing community. John Brennan, a respected journalist, was honored with the 2013 Clyde Hirt Media Award, and Don Marean, a revered breeder from Maine, was feted via the 2013 HHI Appreciation Award.   A farewell breakfast for HHI association members will be held on Thursday, March 6.   HHI is comprised of horsemen’s associations from the United States and Canada who collectively represent the agriculture based industry of harness racing in North America. HHI’s governing body consists of representatives from its member associations.   by Kimberly Rinker, for HHI

Word Power did all the talking in the Windy City Pace, coming up the inside passsing lane to capture Maywood Park’s premiere event in 1:51.4 on Friday night. Scott Zeron steered the 3-year-old son of Western Ideal-Lush Limbaugh for trainer Larry Remmen and owner Bradley J. Grant of Milton, Ontario. Sent off at odds of 7-1, Word Power paid $15.80 to win in an upset. Word Power had gotten the lead from the onset of the $176,000 one mile test, but was overtaken by Apprentic Hanover (Jody Jamieson)at the :27.2 first quarter. The favorite Lucan Hanover and driver David Miller then came first over and took the lead inthe middle of the second turn and led the field through the :54.3 half and the1:23.1 three-quarters. He appeared to bea sure winner until the last sixteenth of a mile, when Word Power came surging through on the rail to prevail by a length. “The race didn’t unfold the way I expected,” said winning driver Scott Zeron. “I got lucky that I was able to get up the passing lane. He’s amazing to leave that fast and then come home that fast. He’s superversatile. It’s really tough in that he’s gotten used hard off the gate several times and still has that fortitude to come home that strong.” Unraced at two, Word Power pushed his career earnings to $375,804 in securing his seventh lifetime victory in 17 trips postward. Lucan Hanover picked up second-place money,while Apprentice Hanover held on for show honors. by Kimbery Rinker for Maywood Park    

Archetto Hanover captured the $87,000 Abe Lincoln Stake in 1:55.2 after a brutal stretch duel that necessitated a photo to decide the winner in the one mile test for freshman pacing colts and geldings. The freshman son of Bettor’s Delight picked up his maiden victory in his 18th try for driver Lewayne Miller and trainer Erv Miller and pushed his career earnings to $137,076. “He’s been a real nice horse all along and last week he was sick but tonight he was ready to go,” said the winning driver. “I knew it was a soft bunch other than Odds On Rhodonite and I knew I had enough horse to get by him in the late going. I was very confident in the stretch.” Total Sin (John DeLong) took the early lead to the :28.2 first quarter, before Odds On Rhodonite (Corey Callahan) took over, leading the field to a :56.4 half and to the 1:26 three-quarter marker. Archetto Hanover then challenged on the outside and around the final turn pushed his nose in front and appeared to be an easy winner going into the stretch. However Odds On Rhodonite wouldn’t go away, and Total Sin found another gear and came up the inside lane, but at the wire Archetto Hanover keep his whiskers in front, winning by a head over Total Sin, while Odds On Rhodonite nabbed third. Archetto Hanover is owned by Paymaq Racing of Illinois,Greg Gillis of Ontario and Louis Willinger of Kentucky. by Kimberly A. Rinker for Maywood Park  

Rossini and driver Peter Wrenn cruised to a 1:55.3 victory in the $110,000 Galt Stake for 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings on Friday night, Nov. 15 at Maywood Park. The son of Classic Photo-Beverly Crusher is trained by Jim Raymer for the Harbor Racing Stable, LLC of Houston, Texas, and picked up his tenth win of the season in 22 starts. His seasonal earnings now stand at $213,250 and his career bankroll at $231,843. “It was a pretty easy task once we got out of the gate,”said winning driver Peter Wrenn. “I was a little concerned up the backside as I thought I might get bottled out, but this horse is really tough and I don’t think he’s gone too many poor races. Jim (trainer Raymer) is a great horse trainer and this horse is very tough and he handles the turns really well and that’s a bonus. This horse just isn’t going to quit.” Rossini finished half a length in front of Dewycolorintheline (Corey Callahan), with Pine Credit (Lewayne Miller) notching third-place money. Dewycolorintheline took the early lead to the :28.3 firstquarter and to the :58 half, before the hard-trying Lindy’s Tru Grit pulled first over, challenging the leader at the 1:26.4 three-quarter marker. Creampuff Macdaddy (Jody Jamieson) then wen tthree-wide around the final turn, while Rossini went past the tiring Lindy’sTru Grit to prevail by half a length. by Kimberly A. Rinker for Maywood Park  

Fort Silky and driver Casey Leonard went wire-to-wire to capture the $30,000 Lester McKeever Stake in 1:53.3 on Nov. 15 at Maywood Park. The 7-year-old son of Ft. Apache Hanover is trained byTerry Leonard for owners John Prentice and Neve Jan Ikeler of Illinois. After sweeping through fractions of :28.1, :57.2 and 1:25.4, Fort Silky held off second-place finisher Uncle Smoothie (Matt Krueger)by three-quarters of a length. Mystical Walter (Lewayne Miller) finished third. Fort Silky added the $15,000 winner’s share to his seasonal bankroll of $237,795. “This race worked out exactly the way we wanted it to,”Leonard said. “My horse left well as I had him pretty reved up and I was a little surprised nobody left. Going into the last turn my horse felt really good. He doesn’t finish as well here as he does at Balmoral, but he was good enough to get the job done. I love horses that just get it, like he does. Sometimes the fastest horse doesn’t always win the race—sometimes it’s just the horse that keeps on trying.” Fort Silky scored his fourth consecutive victory andpushed his career earnings to $551,935. by Kimberly A. Rinker for Maywood Park  

Pertty Music used a three-wide move around Maywood’s final turn to win the $73,000 Cinderella Stake for freshman pacing fillies in 1:53.2. John DeLong piloted the Tom Harmer trained, owned and bred daughter of Jereme’s Jet-My Metallica to her fifth win of the season and sixth career victory She went off at odds of 8-1 and paid $19.40 to win.. “I got away fourth but didn’t want to be first over against Always About Katey,” said DeLong. “I raced her over here a couple of weeks ago but she bled pretty bad, but she was much better tonight and this is her home turf. She had the nine-hole in the American National and the field was a bit softer this week. She’s a very nice filly. I was a little nervous for a few seconds in the stretch but she’s a professional and got the job done tonight.” Pertty Music sat in the middle of the field of seven fillies while Always About Katey (Todd Warren) led the field through fractions of :27.2 and :56. Auniqueaquisition (Mike Oosting) pulled first over with a mild bid but failed to gain ground as thef ield went by the 1:24.2 three-quarter marker. Pertty Music then stormed to the outside around the final turn and stormed by her rivals, winning by half a length over Always About Katey, with State Street Liz (Robert Smolin). The victory pushed Pertty Music’s seasonal earnings to$110,236 and her career earnings to $134,292. by Kimberly Rinkler for Maywood Park  

Lucan Hanover appears poised to capture the $176,000 Windy City Pace at Maywood Park on Friday night.    The gutsy son of Western Ideal battled outside the winning Captaintreacherous all the way through the lengthy Balmoral Park stretch last Saturday night, finishing second by half a length in 1:49 in the $256,000 American National 3-Year-Old Colt Pace in rein to David Miller.   Miller, 48, who is set to enter Harness Racing’s Hall of Fame in 2014, has won more than 10,865 races and sports career earnings in excess of $175 million, ranking him fourth on the all-time earnings list among harness drivers. He was voted 2003 Driver of the Year and has won 11 Triple Crown events and 12 Breeders Crown trophies.   “I like this horse a lot; he’s raced very tough and he really fits my style of driving,” Miller admitted. “I’m really happy that he’s raced so well and has kind of come into himself here late in the season.”   “He doesn’t give up, he’s wicked fast and he’s always showed me his talent from day one,” trainer Casie Coleman agreed. “He’s just finally proving it on the racetrack. I think my owners might have thought I was crazy when I told them how nice a horse he was and now he’s starting to prove it.”   Coleman, 33, is a British Columbia native who has been honored as Canada’s Trainer of the Year five times in the past eight seasons, including in 2012.   Coleman purchased Lucan Hanover for $47,000 at the 2011 Standardbred Horse Sale at Harrisburg.  He is the second foal out of the Dragon Again mare Lauren Order, p, 2,1:54s ($78,968) and is a half-brother to Lawgiver Hanover (by Art Major) p, 3, 1:52.2H, a winner of ten races and $306,937.  Bred by Hanover Shoe Farms, the bay gelding is owned by Ross Warriner’s West Wins Stable of Cambridge, ON and Christine Calhoun of Chatham, ON.   Racing just four times as a freshman, Lucan Hanover did score a 1:53.1 victory at Mohawk in the $29,700 Dream Make Stake on July 19, 2012, pacing wire-to-wire for driver Scott Zeron.  Earning $17,365 last year, he’s more than made up for that this season, with 2013 earnings of $466,044.   Prior to shipping to Chicago,  Lucan Hanover finished fourth in the $450,000 Messenger Final on Nov. 2 at Yonkers, timed in 1:52, after winning his $40,000 elimination at the New York half-miler handily in 1:52.2.    “He won his elimination very easily,” Miller stressed. “But then he got the eight-hole in the final, and on a half-mile track, that’s just a bit too much to overcome. He’s in great shape coming into the Windy City, and the two-hole will be a super sweet spot for him.  Having an inside post on the smaller track is a definite advantage.”   Lucan Hanover finished third by half a length in 1:49.2. to Captaintreacherous in the $500,000 Breeders Crown on Oct. 19 at Pocono Downs, having won his $25,000 elim in a career best 1:48 the week before for Miller.  That time set the world record for a 3-year-old pacing gelding on a five-eighths-mile oval and equaled Foiled Again’s mark for the fastest time ever by a gelding pacer of any age.   He finished third in the $265,224 Little Brown Jug Final on Sept. 19 at Delaware to stablemate Vegas Vacation after winning his $58,939 elim that same afternoon with Miller in the sulky.   “In the Jug final he had some interference in the last turn,” Coleman said. “I think he would’ve been second and maybe given Vegas a run if that didn’t happen.”   Lucan Hanover won the $250,000 New Jersey Classic on Aug. 3 at The Meadowlands after having won two legs and the $49,590 final of the Summertime Pacing Series at Mohawk.   “He wasn’t racing very well early in the season at the Meadowlands so I brought him back to Toronto and put him in against cheaper horses than what he’d been facing and he got a few wins under his belt,” Coleman explained. “Once he got to beat up on them and win a few races, he got his confidence up. I thought he was going to put in a real big effort on Hambletonian Day (Aug. 3) and that’s exactly what he did. I was real happy with him.”   Lucan Hanover had suffered from a pair of unusual splints prior his Mohawk series starts.   “He was running out really bad going into the first turn at the Meadowlands,” Coleman said. “He had a couple outside splints that were really bothering him. They were close to his knees so I couldn’t do much vet work until we had a break in his schedule. Now he’s steering straight.”   Lucan Hanover has indeed been straight as an arrow for Coleman ever since, winning nine races, with two seconds and four thirds in 19 starts this season.  Lifetime he’s amassed $483,409 with a 10-2-4 record from 23 career trips behind the gate. Miller credits Coleman’s insights into the bay gelding’s psyche as one reason for the pacer’s success.   “Earlier in the year he got a bit too rambunctious, and when he does that, he has a tendency to flip his palate (and shut off his air),” Miller acknowledged. “Casie (trainer Coleman) made some rigging adjustments which helped tremendously.  She put an open bridle on him, and ever since he’s been much more manageable and agreeable and has started racing a lot better as a result.   “Before, he was a little too much up on the bit all the time—even scoring down in the post parade,” Miller offered. “Now he’s more relaxed all the way around and is a pleasure to drive, and can use all of that energy and aggressiveness in the race.” by Kimberly Rinker for Maywood Park  

Lindys Tru Grit will be seeking his second consecutive victory on a Chicago oval when he steps behind the gate in Friday’s $110,000 Galt Stake for sophomore trotting colts. Last week the son of Cantab Hall took a career record of 1:53.3 en route to capturing the $235,000 American National Three-Year-Old Colt Trot at Balmoral Park. Tim Tetrick steered the brown colt to his fifth seasonal victory for trainer Frank Antonacci, who conditions the youngster for his family’s Lindy Racing stable of Enfield, CT. “That was my first American National win and very exciting,” said Antonacci. “We love racing in Chicago and I think it’s a great test for a horse to go to different venues, different sized racetracks and do well. It’s a good opportunity for us this late in the year.” A winner of $291,924 in his career, Lindys Tru Grit came out of his American National victory in fine shape, Antonacci acknowledged. “He seemed fine after the win,” Antonacci confirmed. “There’s only six days in between starts and he’s plenty fit, so all week we’ve just concentrated on keeping him happy and jogging.” Lindys Tru Grit made only one start at two, but did take a qualifying mark of 2, Q2:00.1 in Lexington in late fall with his trainer at the lines. “Last year he was always battling bad allergies,” Antonacci explained. “He had terrible skin allergies and then would get sick. He battled back and forth with this problem all year long and it was a real struggle to keep him healthy. When he was feeling okay, he would show quarters in :28, and those sparks of speed were enough for us to keep him over the winter and try him again this year as a three-year-old.” In the end, Antonacci used an aggressive treatment to “de-sensitize him to his allergies.” “Him getting better could just be a natural function of the aging process, too,” Antonacci admitted. “It’s hard to say. But it was really a troublesome issue to deal with.” With his allergy problem behind him now, this year Lindys Tru Grit has secured victories in the $121,737 Simcoe Stakes at Mohawk; in the $75,000 Zweig at Vernon; and in a pair of Pennsylvania overnights—one at Pocono Downs and the other at Harrah’s Philadelphia — in addition to his Am-Nat triumph last week. “He’s great gaited, doesn’t wear (trotting) hobbles, and goes with a low head,” Antonacci said. “He’s got a little attitude — but just the kind that you like to see a horse have. He’s a very comfortable horse to be around and to have around in the barn.” Antonacci said he focused on getting Lindys Tru Grit confidence up early in the season, before sending him in against better horses. “For a horse like him that didn’t race at two, I look at the first half of this season like I would a horse’s freshman season,” he stated. “I let him run through the ranks at Pocono and let him progress there. It wasn’t until the third or fourth leg of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes that we started to get serious with him and he started to get confidence under his belt. He was also just a touch below the top horses but now is really coming into himself. He’s pretty fresh, especially for this late in the season. Lindys Tru Grit has drawn post six for the Galt Stake, but Antonacci thinks his versatile sophomore will be able to handle the task over the twice-a-rounder. “He’s got plenty of gate speed or can race off the pace,” Antonacci stressed. “I think whatever David (driver Miller) wants to do with him, he‘ll be able to with him. He can win on the front, be first-over, or race from off the pace. If he’s good, he’ll do it anyway he can.” Antonacci, 30, has conditioned 307 winners to $7,233,078 in earnings, and driven 100 winners to $906,022. His family’s name is synonymous with the trotting gait, as they have owned some of harness racing’s finest diagonally-gaited specialists, including Speedy Crown, Lindys Pride and $5.5 million dollar earner Moni Maker, to name just a few. A Boston College graduate, Antonacci first stepped into the spotlight in 2008 with the world champion Crazed, who earned more than $1 million at age three and won a Hambletonian elimination and finished second in the final. His other noteworthy trotters include Peter Haughton Memorial winner The Lindy Reserve and world champion filly Highscore Kemp. His father “Sonny” Antonacci established Lindy’s Farm in 1965, and to date the Antonacci family has assembled one of the finest trotting broodmare bands in North America. by Kimberly Rinker for Maywood Park

When trainer-driver Tom Harmer speaks of his homebred filly Pertty Music, he does so with the beaming pride of a proud parent.  And with good reason. Harmer not only bred, trains and owns the 3-year-old brown lass, but he also owned, trained, and drove the filly’s parents, Jereme’s Jet and My Metallica.   Harmer conditioned and drove Jereme’s Jet to earn $1,519,321 from 35 starts, with 16 wins, five seconds and one third.  The bay stallion took a time trial mark of 1:47 at Lexington’s Red Mile on Sept. 9, 2007.      Harmer also bred, trained and owns My Metallica, a daughter of Partyatartsplace who earned $287,851 from 13 wins, ten seconds and nine thirds in 60 career starts.  She took a mark of p, 3, 1:51.1 en route to winning a $40,000 Hanover Stake by nearly nine lengths on Aug. 2, 2006.   Even more unique is the story behind the pairing of Jereme’s Jet and My Metallica that produced Pertty Music, who’ll go postward in Friday’s $73,000 Cinderella Stake for sophomore pacing fillies.   On Sept. 17, 2005, My Metallica entered the Balmoral Park winner’s circle after capturing the $260,000 Orange & Blue Filly Stake in 1:52.3 for driver Tony Morgan.   The celebrating Harmer just happened to glance up at a TV at that precise moment, and saw his other charge, Jereme’s Jet, leaving the Mohawk winner’s circle in Canada, after just winning the $840,000 Metro Stake with driver Paul MacDonell in 1:50.4.   “I didn’t think about breeding them to each other at that moment, but then later when I thought about, I thought about how cool it was that one was coming in the winner’s circle and the other was leaving at the same time and I told (my wife) Debbie that we just had to breed them someday,”  Harmer explained.   Another coincidence:  Pertty Music is from Jereme’s Jet second crop, and she is also My Metallica’s second foal.   “Jereme’s Jet was a trainer’s dream,” Harmer acknowledged. “I don’t think anybody could have messed him up, he was a no brainer. I qualified him and drove him in his first start. He was absolutely gorgeous, and all of his babies are gorgeous, and they’re all good gaited, smart, and pleasant. None of them are mean.”   Pertty Music raced ten times as a freshman, earning $24,056.  She took a mark of p, 2, 1:56.2 on Aug. 5, 2012 en route to winning a Balmoral overnight for driver Todd Warren.    “She was a perfect filly to train down; the kind of filly you dream about.  She did everything you asked her to do,” Harmer recalled. “I qualified her at Maywood as a freshman, and then sent her up to Canada to trainer Greg McNair.”   Pertty Music began her sophomore campaign by qualifying at Maywood on April 4, winning in 1:57 for driver John DeLong.  She won her first two starts in Balmoral overnighters with DeLong at the lines—in 1:53.12 (on April 20) and in a career best 1:52.1 (on April 27), before heading to Canada.   “She qualified well and had a couple of good wins before I sent her north to Greg (trainer McNair),” Harmer said. “She won her first start up there for him in 1:53, but after that really didn’t race was well as I was hoping. She’s never had a lameness problem of any kind, but just hasn’t been as good as I thought she’d be.”   Pertty Music has won four starts this season in 19 tries, with two seconds and two thirds, with $72,736 added to her coffers this season. Prior to finishing sixth in last Saturday’s $161,000 American National 3-Year-Old Filly Pace at Balmoral, she scored a 1:54 triumph for DeLong at the Crete one-miler in a conditioned test. Lifetime she’s amassed $97,792 from 29 starts.   “It’s really exceptional when you’ve raced both the parents of a youngster, and then you get the thrill of being the breeder, because you figured out the right combination,” Harmer admitted. “They, it becomes double-special when they turn out to be something that you’ve trained and driven, and gotten to the races.  It’s just a great feeling.”   by Kimbery Rinker for Maywood Park  

Pet Rock stormed down the Balmoral stretch to win the $200,000 American National Aged Pace in a new track record clocking of 1:48.2 for driver David Miller. The 4-year-old son of Rocknroll Hanover came flying late to overtake the hard-trying Foiled Again(Yannick Gingras) by a head for owner Frank Bellino of Bronxville, NY. Harnessed by trainer Virgil Morgan, Jr., Pet Rock notched his sixth win of the season in 17 starts, and his16th career triumph. He now has $972,820 in seasonal earnings and $1,984,204 in career earnings for these connections. After Golden Receiver (CoreyCallahan) took the early lead, Foiled Again (Yannick Gingras) was the first to challenge on the outside, as the field went through fractions of :26.1, :53.2and 1:21.3. “I was just waiting to see what was going to happen at the start and a bunch of them left early,” said Miller. “They were down to the half in pretty good shape. He’s a tremendous horse and never ceases to amaze me. Those last few steps tonight were really amazing.” Foiled Again, Warrawee Needy (TimTetrick) and Pet Rock battled as a trio all the way down the stretch, but in the end, it was Pet Rock on the far outside who gutted out the win—his second consecutive victory and his fourth in his last six starts. Video attached by Kimberly Rinker for Balmoral Park  

Captaintreacherous battled a game Lucan Hanover all the way to the wire, gutting out a 1:49 victory in the $256,000 American National for 3-Year-Old Colt Pacers. Tim Tetrick steered the Tony Alagna-trained son of Somebeachsomewhere to his 13th triumph in 15 starts this season, pushing his 2013 earnings to $2,055,033. Owned by Captaintreacherous Racing, the venerable bay colt left hard from post two for the lead, but relinquished to Word Power (Brian Sears) going to the :27.1 first quarter. When Eddie Sweat (Peter Wrenn) made a break on the outside of the leader, Tetrick asked the “Captain” to retake and the colt did easily to the :55.2. “I was looking to see what was happening and wanted to keep my colt out of trouble,” Tetrick said. “He likes to see other horses and likes to have someone racing at his throat. He doesn’t want to let other horses get by him.” Captaintreacherous and Lucan Hanover (David Miller) then battled head and head past the 1:22.3 three-quarters, and all the way down the stretch, with the former digging in the final few yards to best his rival in a gutsy effort. Wake Up Peter (Scott Zeron) notched the show money. “When I first started out, this was the kind of horse I dreamed about,” trainer Tony Alagna said. “It’s just super to come back to my home town and be treated so well. Last week he tied up at Hoosier and he trained well this week and his blood work came back well, so I felt much better about his chances tonight after he warmed up.” Captaintreacherous’s career earnings now stand at $2,973,286. Video attached by Kimberly Rinker for Balmoral Park  

Charisma Hanover upset I Luv The Nitelife in a nail-biting finish in the $161,000 American National for 3-year-old filly pacers and in doing so set a new track and stake record clocking of 1:49.   Driven by Yannick Gingas for trainer Ronnie Burke, Charisma Hanover is a sophomore daughter by Dragon Again, and notched her 15th career victory and 12th win this season, pushing her 2013 earnings to $543,229 for owners Burke Racing and Weaver Bruscemi of Pennsylvania.   “Earlier in the year we were leaving pretty hard with her and I really wanted to follow Tim (Tetrick, driving I Luv The Nitelife),” said Gingras. “It’s a long stretch here and I couldn’t wait for the wire to show up quick enough.  But both fillies really put forth a great effort tonight and it was exciting to get a track record out of it.”   After Authorize (Ron Pierce) took the field through a first quarter clocking of :26 and the :53.3 half, I Luv The Nitelife came first over to take control of the race going into the last turn.  At the 1:21.2 three-quarter marker I Luv The Nitelife appeared poised to notch her 14th win of the season, but Charisma continued to dig in, besting her rival by a neck at the wire.   Aunt Caroline (Scott Zeron) got up for third, while Authorize held on for fourth. Charisma Hanover paid $7.80 to win.   Video attached   by Kimbery Rinker for Balmoral Park  

Market Share wore down the leading Maven to win the $200,000 American National Aged Trot in a new track record time of 1:52.1 with Tim Tetrick in the sulky. Linda Toscano trains the 4-year-old Revenue S horse, who last won his $600,000 Breeders Crown test at Pocono Downs. It was the 20th career victory for Market Share and gave Tetrick two American National crowns on the evening’s program. Uncle Peter (David Miller) had taken the lead to the :28 first quarter before yielding to the speedy Mr Herbie (Brian Sears). Maven (Yannick Gingras) then came flying first up, taking control of the race at the :56.3 half. She continued to lead through the final turn a sMarket Share and Tetrick drew even with her. These two continued to battled through the stretch and Market Share then drew off in the final eighth of the mile to win by a length over the gutsy Maven. Mister Herbie finished third. “He’s a nice little horse and he’s agreat money maker so you can’t beat that,” Tetrick said. “I took a chance coming out but it worked out. My horse is real handy, and Maven is a great filly and she’s not easy to get by, but myhorse is just awesome. I think he’s peaking at the right time.” Market Share added the winner’s shareof $96,000 to his already hefty bankroll of $2,763,011. Video attached by Kimberly Rinker for Balmoral Park  

Bee A Magician kept her perfect record unblemished as she stormed through the inside to win the $118,500 American National 3-Year-Old Filly Trot in 1:55.2. The sophomore daughter by Kadabra was driven handily by Brian Sears for trainer Nifty Norman and owners Melvin Hartman, Herb Liverman and David McDuffy to her 16th seasonal victory. The win increased her 2013 earnings to $1,420,804 and her lifetime bankroll to $2,187,456. Andy Sophia (David Miller) took the field to a :28.2 first quarter clocking before being overtaken by Bee AMagician. The latter then yielded to a hard-trotting Frau Blucher (Ron Pierce), who stormed by the half in :56.2 and the three-quarters in 1:26.2. It appeared in the stretch that Bee A Magician might not get out, as she was stuck behind Frau Blucher on the rail. However, with just a 1/16 of a mile to go, Frau Blucher moved over just enough and Bee A Magician squeezed out for the win. Andie Sophia was second, while Handover Belle (Tim Tetrick) got up for third. Frau Blucher finished fourth but was disqualified and placed fifth for causing interference to Lady Laker (Mike Oosting). “I really wanted to control the race, but because of the wind I thought it was good to take a seat around theturn,” said Sears. “She was comfortable until the last eighth, but was able to slide down on the inside and get the job done. She’s the best filly I’ve ever driven, no question. She’s a handy filly and likes racing off the pace much more than off the front. But being that she’s usually the favorite, she’s been on the front a lot. She’s tested every week and it’s not that easy to do that week after week.” Video attached by Kimberly Rinker for Balmoral Park  

Tough Rose was able to light up the tote board in the $115,000 American National Stake for two-year-old pacing fillies Saturday at Balmoral Park, winning by a head over Jaded Dream and paying $254.60 to win. Leaving from post seven, driver Andy Shetler sent Tough Rose out to the early lead and by the opening quarter mile in :27.3 had to give way to Sweetnsinful (Jimmy Whittemore), who had also left from post 8. They raced that way through the half mile in :56.1 and that was when Southwind Silence (Yannick Gingras) came first-over with Boxed Chocolate (Marcus Miller) second over. Past the three-quarters in 1:25.4, Southwind Silence was able to almost collar Sweetnsinful as they started down the stretch as Tough Rose seemed trapped and looking for racing room. Then in mid stretch Sweetnsinful made a break, Tough Rose was able to find clearance, Southwind Silence began to fade with Jaded Dream (Brett Miller) coming on late. Then it was a two-hole race to the wire with Tough Rose holding off Jaded Dream for the upset win in 1:54.2. It was the fourth victory this year for Tough Rose, who is trained by Stanley Miller of Etna green, IN, who also owns and bred the daughter of United Ace. Video attached by Steve Wolf for  

Bee A Magician will do her best to keep her unblemished 3-year-old campaign intact tonight, when she goes postward in the American National for 3-year-old trotting fillies.   Making her first start tonight since her Oct. 19 victory in the $500,000 Breeders Crown at Pocono Downs, the daughter of Kadabra has a perfect 15-for-15 record this year, with seasonal earnings of $1,359,184.   Owned by David McDuffee, Mel Hartman and Herb Liverman, and conditioned by Richard “Nifty” Norman, Bee A Magician was a $10,000 supplement to tonight’s event.   “It’s her attitude; she just wants it more than anything else,” said Norman after her 1:52.4 Breeders Crown victory. “She’s amazing. She makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up just when you’re warming her up. She’s special for sure.” Bred by White Birch Farm, Bee A Magician earned $766,652 as a freshman, winning ten of 13 starts while competing on Canadian ovals in nearly all Ontario Sire Stake events. She recorded her 2-year-old record of 1:53.4 while triumphing in the $448,050 Peaceful Way at Mohawk on Sept. 15, and capped off her freshman season by winning the $300,000 OSS Final in 1:53.4 by 9½ lengths at Woodbine. “It’s an honor to drive a filly like her,” admits driver Brian Sears. “Whenever you go behind the gate, you’ve got an awful lot of confidence. She’s awesome, real professional and very handy. She knows what we’re trying to accomplish out there and makes my job pretty easy. She’s been good every time I’ve sat behind her so I’ve got no complaints.”   This season Bee A Magician has faced and conquered every challenge posted before her, beginning the season by winning Ontario Standardbred Breeders divisions on May 17 and 24 in 1:53.4 and 1:54.4; the $72,750 Casual Breeze in 1:54.2 on May 31 and her Elegant Image $34,300 elim in 1:53.3 on June 7 and the $356,981 final on June 15 in 1:53.   On June 24 she captured a $99,750 Ontario Sire Stake at Mohawk in 1:52.2, then shipped to the Meadowlands on July 13 where she romped in the $265,500 Delvin Miller in a career best 1:51, drawing away by 4½ lengths.  That clocking was the fastest mile of the year for a 3-year-old trotting distaff, and Bee A Magician thus joins Peace Corps (1989) and CR Kay Susie (1995) as only the third filly in the past quarter century to be the season’s fastest sophomore trotter.   On July 27 she won her $35,000 Hambletonian Oaks elimination in 1:53.3, then returned a week later to capture the $500,000 Final in 1:51.4 by 3¼ lengths at the East Rutherford, NJ one miler.    She then returned to Canada, rattling off four victories at Mohawk before shipping to Pocono Downs for her Breeders Crown elim and final.  She took the $145,500 ONSS in 1:53.1 on Aug.10; the $205,608 Simcoe Stake on Sept. 9 in 1:52.3; the $101,808 ONSS in 1:52.1 on Sept. 13; and the $194,000 ONSS series final on Sept. 28 in 1:52.2.    Bee A Magician’s career earnings now stand at $2,125,836, with 25 wins in 28 lifetime trips postward. The purse monies she’s accumulated have seen her establish a new earnings standard for a combined 2- and 3-year-old season among sophomore filly trotters, pushing her well past Pampered Princess’ 2006-2007 record of $1,648,362.   If she wins the American National tonight, Bee A Magician will join Syrinx Hanover—who was never bested during her 2001 season when she went 12 for 12—as the sport’s second, $1 million-winning, undefeated single-season earner.   Certainly, an American National victory would put Bee A Magician in serious contention for Horse of the Year honors, although only five of the 66 winners have had unblemished, single-season records. Thirty winners of that title have been trotters, and 13 have been females.   If she is crowned Horse of the Year, Bee A Magician would join five other sophomore filly trotters who have been so honored: Stenographer in 1954; Emily’s Pride in 1958; Fancy Crown in 1984; CR Kay Suzie in 1995; and Continentalvictory in 1996.   Bee A Magician was a $90,000 yearling purchase at the 2011 Standardbred Horse Sale at Harrisburg, and is the first foal out of the Balanced Image mare Beehive 3,Q1:57.3F ($8,791).  She has 2-year-old half-sister in Dynamite Honey (by Explosive Matter) 2, 2:00.3F ($17,400), who is also conditioned by Norman and these same owners, and who scored her maiden victory on Oct. 31 at Harrah’s Philadelphia.   By Kimberly Rinker…For Balmoral Park Publicity  

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