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YONKERS, N.Y. – When Leonidas makes his Yonkers Raceway debut Friday night (Sept. 4) in the $18,000 pacing feature, it will end a long wait for owner Steve Finklestein of Jesmeral Stable and trainer Sheena McElhiney. An Australia-bred 5-year-old by Mach Three, Leonidas was purchased by Finklestein this spring as a Yonkers prospect, but owing to interruptions in travel caused by the coronavirus pandemic, was marooned in his home county until this summer. Leonidas moved to the David Aiken stable in Australia and continued to race Down Under. He finished first or second in nine straight races at Tabcorp Park Menangle, Shepparton, and Bendigo between March 14 and June 26. Leonidas’ streak included a 1:51.7 victory at Bendigo June 6, which established a track record for the 1,650-meter distance at the Victoria oval and two second-place finishes to Australian pacing star and three-time Group 1 winner Lochinvar Art. “With all the restrictions and the tracks being closed down, we couldn’t get him over right away,” McElhiney said. “One of (Steve’s) lifelong friends, David Aiken, took over training. He broke some track records there and we were excited to get him over here because we knew the caliber of horse he is.” Leonidas was finally exported to the United States July 6. He received some downtime after arriving in McElhiney’s stable, but acclimatized quickly and was back to work in short order. Leonidas proved himself to be a professional on the track once his training resumed. “Obviously, we couldn’t wait to get him over here. The time we had to wait for him just seemed like forever. Just watching him race over there, he’s a really good-caliber horse,” McElhiney said. “When he came here, he looked great, he was in great shape, he adjusted pretty well. He had a winter coat already when he came over. We gave him a little time and let him hang out in the paddock and just be a horse before we started really training him down again. “He had been racing pretty consistently over there,” she continued. “It wasn’t too tough to get him back into shape. He’s a nice horse to train. He went right out on the track like he’d been here forever.” Leonidas qualified Aug. 7 at Yonkers Raceway with Jason Bartlett in the sulky. Leonidas raced in third for the first 6 furlongs before moving to the lead and powering away from the final with a :27.4 final quarter to win the trial by 12 1/4 lengths in 1:55. McElhiney then entered Leonidas to race at Pocono Downs Aug. 20. “He qualified well, Jason was happy with him. The plan was to race him at Yonkers, but we could get him in (at Pocono) right away. We decided to put him in there.” Leonidas drew post seven and faced a Grand Circuit-quality field that included Filibuster Hanover, Western Joe, Dancin Lou, San Domino, and Southwind Ozzi in his first American start. Although he was dismissed at odds of 39-1 and got away seventh, Leonidas angled to the outside on the backstretch and latched onto third-over cover. Bartlett angled Leonidas four-wide into the stretch and he paced past San Domino and Dancin Lou to finish third individually clocked in 1:48.4 with a :27 final panel. “The plan was to just race him easy his first start and then bring him to Yonkers. I think he had to go a little bit more than we expected, but he definitely didn’t disappoint,” McElhiney said. “Just watching, I knew he was the horse that we thought he was. He came out of it great, no issues with that. He just did it easy. Jason said he wasn’t pushing him, he was kind of doing his thing out there. It was nice to have him go out there in the first start and be impressed with him. It makes you excited for the rest of the year, for sure.” Leonidas drew post two in the Friday pacing feature at Yonkers, for horses who are non-winners of $25,000 in their last five starts. Jason Bartlett will drive again and the pair are 2-1 on the morning line.  The field includes Hudson Phil, who won the Saratoga open pace in his last start Aug. 25, Heaven’s Gait, who won two straight at this level July 17 and 31 before finishing fifth in the local open Aug. 21, and Caviart Luca, who won the local open handicap pace two back Aug. 7. Speed Man, Rodeo Rock, Capozzo, and One Off Delight complete the lineup. “We trained (Leonidas) Tuesday and went a slow trip with him because we put the miles on him jogging,” McElhiney said. “When we train him, he’s just two fingers and really easy. He’s a little bit lazy, but you chirp to him a little bit and he’s ready to go. “Steve has some quality horses, but this one is pretty special.” Yonkers Raceway’s revised schedule features live harness racing Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday (Sept. 8 – 10) and New York Sire Stakes Night of Champions on Saturday, Sept. 12. First post time is 7:12 p.m. For entries to the races, click here. By Brandon Valvo, for the SOA of NY

LEBANON, OH. - EyespywithmylileyeN (John DeLong) completed her harness racing sweep of the Herb Coven Jr. Memorial Series on Friday night (March 13) at Miami Valley Raceway by besting Pace Baby Pace (Chris Page) and Spee Dee Shark (Ricky Macomber Jr.) in 1:51.3. The winner also triumphed in divisions of both preliminary legs of the series which featured female pacers who were non-winners of four races or $40,000 when the competition commenced. Alesha Binkley trains EyespywithmylileyeN for the Trent Stohler Stable. With the 50% share of the $25,000 championship tilt the 5-year-old daughter of Mach Three now has earned $55,375 with six wins and four place finishes in her first 16 lifetime starts. All Ohio casinos and racinos were ordered to comply with Governor Mike DeWine's decree that gatherings over 100 people are banned until further notice, due to Coronavirus concerns, at the close of business on Friday, effectively shutting them down. Horsemen are advised to check regularly for updates at the website www.miamivalleygaming.com , especially if not signed up to receive race office text alerts. From Miami Valley Raceway    

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Machnhope pulled off an upset in the harness racing feature on an otherwise formful evening of racing, and betting came oh-so-close to the magic $3 million mark on an eventful Friday night at the Meadowlands. The Noel Daley-trained Machnhope, a 5-year-old daughter of Mach Three-Hope For Life, scored in the $25,000 fillies and mares high-end conditioned pace after racing along the rail in the three-hole before Pat Berry swerved her to the outside at the head of the stretch. The pair then exploded home in :27.2 to record a half-length win over Odds On St Lucie in a lifetime-best 1:51.3. The race set up for a closer after early leader Lily Hammer, in search of her fifth victory in six starts, was pressed by Odds On St Lucie, who was nothing short of gigantic going parked the mile, racing without cover from start to finish. 'Lucie' nudged past the leader with a sixteenth of a mile to go and was clear nearing the finish, only to get gunned down. Write Me A Song, the 6-5 favorite who was making her 2020 debut, went second over and finished third.   Machnhope returned $29.60 to win as the fifth choice in the eight-horse field for owner Gary J. Lance and now has 20 wins from 70 lifetime starts and earnings of $243,867. BETTING BIG: All-source handle reached $2,970,735, the third best night of business in 2020 at the Big M. The only two bigger totals occurred on Jan. 3 ($3,069,967) and Feb. 1 ($3,026,740). Betting has now exceeded $2.5 million nine of the last 10 race cards. PICK-6 CARRYOVER: With three of the winners going off at odds of 25-1, 17-1 and 13-1, there were no tickets with all six winners in the 20-cent Pick-Six, creating a carryover of $11,270 heading into Saturday's card. Those with five winners cashed in for $939.30. As part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering initiative, there will be a $40,000 guarantee on Saturday's pool. There was a Pick-6 carryover of $14,376 heading into the card of Feb. 21, which led to $76,682 in "new money" being poured into the pot for a total of $91,058. Saturday's 20-cent Pick-6 begins with the fourth race in the program. A LITTLE MORE: Yannick Gingras kept his February roll moving, driving two winners on the card, giving him 21 victories for the month. ... Berry and Andy Miller also had two winners apiece. ... Chalk players ruled again, as for a second straight program, eight winning favorites hit victory lane. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 6:55 p.m. By Dave Little, for the Meadowlands  

WILKES-BARRE, PA - The Game Of Claims Pacing Series, which will offer rich paydays to those who can claim the harness racing throne as best in the respective price divisions, continued on Sunday evening at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with two sections each of first round preliminaries, offering $7,500 for $7,500 claimers and $10,000 for $10,000-tagged horses. Remarkably, six of the eleven horses in the $10,000 action will be racing for new barns next week after being claimed, including divisional winner Charger Blue Chip, who won his debut as a 10-year-old in 1:58 over a tiring track rated "good." The Rocknroll Hanover gelding rallied from the pocket to overhaul pacesetting favorite Midnight Dylan N for driver Tom Jackson and owner/trainer Emily Bost. No claim was entered on the Mach Three gelding Mr Carrotts despite his being the second choice, and trainer Dan Morrissey and owner Leona Morrissey got to "walk him home" after he one-geared up raw and held off Master The View in 1:57.4. No one was haltered out of either division of the $7500s first prelim - so the claiming count stopped at 24 horses changing hands for $410,000 during the opening weekend. Emerging first at this level were the Always A Virgin gelding Always B Magic, a pocket rocket in 1:56.3 for driver George Napolitano Jr., trainer Daniel Renaud and owner Alexa Renaud while emerging victorious for the first time in 613 days, and the Rambaran gelding Speedling, who was quarter-moved by driver Jim Morrill Jr. and held on in 1:58 for trainer Lou Pena and Lou Pena Racing Stables Inc. The top purse events were a pair of $15,000 paces. The first, for females, went to perhaps the most impressive winner of the night, the Sweet Lou four-year-old mare Darn Tootn Hanover, who followed up on a 1:51.2 Meadowlands victory with a 1:54 victory here, coming her last quarter in 28.1 on a night when only one other race beat 29.2 home to be 6¾ lengths to the good for driver Tyler Buter, trainer Nik Drennan, and Yankeeland Partners LLP. Darn Tootn Hanover paid $2.20 to win; in the male sector of this class, Ben Rockin, an altered son of A Rocknroll Dance, motored home from last to win in 1:55.4 for driver Eric Goodell and return $171.40 to the scattered backers of the Robert John Becker-owned horse. The key to this one may have been the history of trainer Bill "Moon" Mullin - his Trixar paid $166.80, which stood as the 2019 local high payoff, in the second week of last year, and now Ben Rockin is another early-season toteboard demolisher for Mullin! From the PHHA/Pocono Downs      

Howard Taylor's Bo Nach won last week's Open Pace at Dover Downs after getting a perfect two-hole trip. So now he moves up to tackle the best pacers at the track and what does he do, how about wiring the field with ease. Thursday's Preferred-Handicap Pace saw harness racing driver Corey Callahan breeze out to the early lead with Eddard Hanover (Tony Morgan) grabbing the two-hole spot to the opening quarter mile in :27.2. The order stayed the same as the field hit the half mile marker in :55.4. Rock The Nite and driver Dexter Dunn started up from seventh place on the outside and they were able to flush Little Ben and Victor Kirby first up. Past the three-quarters in 1:23.3, the order stayed the same as Bo Mach proved to be much the best, holding on in the stretch to win by one length in 1:51.1. Eddard Hanover was second with Little Ben third. It was the second straight win on the new year for Bo Mach. The five-year-old gelding by Mach Three is trained by Dylan Davis for owner Howard Taylor of Philadelphia, PA. He paid $14.40 to win. Backstreet Shadow, who was making his 2020 debut off two sharp qualifying wins, was the betting favorite, but failed to be able to get into the hunt until late and finished four. by Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.

Standardbred Canada reports that continuing on the comeback trail came Sintra with his third-consecutive victory from a six-month layoff in the $36,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at Woodbine Mohawk Park Saturday (Jan. 18). With Bob McClure sitting in the sulky, Sintra floated into fifth while Nirvana Seelster set the pace to the quarter in :26.4. Youaremycandygirl, sitting in the pocket, then circled to the front and took the field past the half in :55. McClure moved Sintra off the pegs heading into the final turn and caught cover from East End flushing first over towards three-quarters in 1:23. Into the stretch McClure fanned wide of cover and charged Sintra past his competition to hit the finish in 1:50.4, three lengths better than Points North closing for second. East End held third. A seven-year-old gelding by Mach Three, Sintra won his 27th race from 60 starts, earning $1,162,436. Dave Menary conditions the $3.60 winner for owners Michael Guerriero, Kelly Waxman, Nunzio Vena and Frank Cirillo. To view Saturday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Saturday Results - Woodbine Mohawk Park.

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - A frosty Saturday of harness racing is set to be capped off with the top pacers on the grounds this week at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 13-dash card gets underway at 12:30 P.M. and the $3,000 preferred pace will line up in the finale as Creepin looks for his third straight from the handicapped post 7. David Dowling is back in the bike for trainer Jim Quinn, who co-owns with Alex Quinn and Carl Peterson. The six-year-old son of Mach Three has been superb so far in 2020 with wins in both his outings. Winter Blast has been in the triactor in both those races and will work from post 5 this week for driver Jason Hughes and trainer Jennifer Doyle. The grey son of Sand Shooter will be looking for his 29th lifetime win. Rockin Indy also has an outer post as the post 6 starter will again race from the Chris Davies stable with Adam Merner at the controls. Race analyst Les MacIsaac will excuse the post disadvantage as he selects Creepin for top spot. "Creepin has dominated the top class the past two weeks and his versatility was on display as he used a different racing style in each," MacIsaac said. "He's not a lock but at the same time, it's hard to go against him the way he's been racing." Other preferred entrants are Midnight Matt (Driven by Kenny Arsenault), Hes Marvalous (Myles Heffernan Sr.), Jetster (Marc Campbell) and Pictonian Storm (Corey MacPherson). Mystery Phil is the lone newcomer on the program in race 4 for a $2,200 purse. Merner is in the driver's seat for trainer Davies and new owners Dale and Ronnie Rennie of Elmsdale as the morning line favourite. The five-year-old son of Shanghai Phil is a six-time winner in his career, sporting a lifetime best of 1:54.4 taken over Woodbine Mohawk Park in Ontario. He last raced at Flamboro Downs in Dundas, Ont., on Dec. 19, finishing fifth in 1:57.4 for driver Colin Kelly. For more information go to Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

LEBANON, OH. - Walter White, one of the Midwest's most consistent check-getters in the Open trotting ranks, broke through at Miami Valley Raceway on Tuesday afternoon (Jan. 14) to capture the track's $22,500 feature for squaregaiters in 1:54.1. The 8-year-old winner of over a half million dollars topped Sweet Mr Pinetucky (Trace Tetrick) and Whata Swan (John DeLong) to shake a string of four straight place and show finishes at the top level. Driver Jeremy Smith left enough to slip into third during the first half mile, which featured quarter-mile clockings of :28.3 and :56.4. Shortly thereafter Jeremy and Walter White rushed up outside to challenge the favored pacesetter and eventual runnerup. Lapped on to the leader at the 1:25 station, the James Eaton trainee drew onto even terms by midstretch and surged ahead in the final strides. Walter White paid $25.40 to win and the exacta with the public choice Sweet Mr Pinetucky returned $89.20. The winning son of Cantab Hall is owned by Robert Silberberg. The final pair of Claim To Fame series out of the eight that are currently underway at Miami Valley kicked off with first leg action for $12,500 claiming mares and $8000 claiming horses and geldings. Dont Mach Mia (Trace Tetrick) and M E Radar Girl (Brett Miller) won the two mares splits in 1:54 and 1:54.1 respectively. Dont Mach Mia beat Crazy Bad K (Jeremy Smith) and Sweet Western (Brett Miller) to the wire as an odds-on favorite. The 5-year-old daughter of Mach Three was one of five entrants claimed out of the two 9-horse fields. She raced for owner Rene Allard and trainer Tyler George in the first leg, but will be part of the Larry Finn Stable in her next outing. M E Radar Girl made her first start from the Virgil Morgan Jr. Stable a winning one after a claim from a $10,000 event eleven days earlier during the first week of the Miami Valley meet. Co-owned by Carl Howard of Fazoli's Restaurants fame, the 7-year-old Radar Sign lass bested Galyns Gift (John DeLong) and Keystone Nikki (Trace Tetrick) in the first leg. Winners in the quartet of $8000 divisions for males were Colossal (Trace Tetrick, 1:54.1, $5.00), New Patrol (Chris Page, 1:53.3, $8.60), N Expense (Chris Page, 1:53.3, $9.00) and Putnams Attack (John DeLong, 1:53.2, $8.40). A total of nine horses including a lone winner (N Expense) were collared out of the four divisions via the claim box during first leg competition. From Miami Valley Raceway    

Away since scratching lame seven months ago from the $157,000 Camluck Classic, Sintra returned to the harness racing track a winner in the $36,000 Preferred Handicap Pace on the opening card of the year Saturday (Jan. 4) at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Driver Jody Jamieson positioned the seven-year-old Mach Three gelding in fourth while Nirvana Seelster led to the first quarter in :27.3. Pocket-sitter East End soon circled to the front into the backside as Easy Lover Hanover floated first over, carrying Sintra second over into a :56.2 half. Nirvana Seelster faltered around the final turn, leaving a seam for Easy Lover Hanover to duck into the pocket. Sintra raced uncovered to three-quarters in 1:24 and drew closer to East End through the stretch. At the finish the 1-2 favourite finished two-and-a-quarter lengths in front of Real Surreal snagging second from East End in a 1:52.1 mile. Owned by Michael Guerriero, Kelly Waxman, Nunzio Vena and Frank Cirillo, Sintra won his 25th race from 58 starts, earning $1,126,436. Dave Menary conditions the $3.00 winner. Youaremycandygirl rolled from off the pace to take the $32,000 Fillies and Mares Preferred Handicap Pace in 1:53.1. Double A Mint took command towards a :28 first quarter as Cousin Mary made a break, interfering with So Much More and Youaremycandygirl. Double A Mint continued on the front unchallenged into a :57 half but faced pressure around the far turn from 9-5 favourite Kendall Seelster. Youaremycandygirl launched wide to catch cover from Kendall Seelster past three-quarters in 1:25 but swooped to the lead in the stretch. The Richard Moreau trainee strolled two-and-a-half lengths clear of Kendall Seelster heading to the finish to win while So Much More closed for third. A five-year-old mare by American Ideal, Youaremycandygirl won her 23rd race from 45 starts, earning $1,644,349. Sylvain Filion steered the $6.40 winner for owner William Donovan. Trainer Carmen Auciello sent three winners on the 11-race card. He began the evening with Dreamfair B J ($8.40) coming from second over to win a $21,000 conditioned pace and, a few races later, took a $20,000 conditioned pace with High Rolling A ($19.70) popping pocket to win by a neck. Auciello completed the hat trick with Points North ($4.60) holding on by a neck to win the $21,000 nightcap. To view Saturday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Saturday Results - Woodbine Mohawk Park. From Standardbred Canada

The duo got the job done in 1:50.3 after an eye-opening backside blast that sent Rebellious from fourth to the lead in ‘the blink of an eye.’ The five-year-old gelded son of Mach Three earned his 13th win of the year (and 32nd lifetime) and capped the mile with a :26.3 final quarter. He defeated American Hustle and driver Kevin Wallis by one and a half lengths. Ideal Feeling and driver Rick Plano finished third. Panocchio and Rocksapatriot earned the final awards in the classy sextet. As the wings folded, American Hustle hustled his way to the front and took the field to the opener in :27.1 and maintained the lead half way through in :55.3. With three eighths of a mile to go, driver Wally Hennessey sent Rebellious winging forward and, in just a few seconds, forged his way to the front and on to the win. “I’ve been in this business a long time and, without question, this horse can pace as fast as any I have ever driven for an eighth of a mile,” Hennessey said after the race. “And to think he came home in :26.3 after that...just fantastic.” Owned by trainer Deters along with Joel Warner, Rebellious has banked $112,545 this season and $267,386 lifetime. As second choice in the betting, Rebellious paid $6.20 to win. Hennessey was also in the bike for two other speedy winners--Feelin Lika Winner and Mcjagersonthemove. Prior to the pari-mutuel program, a large throng of drivers, trainers, owners and fans gathered in the winner's circle to honour the memory of Veral Robert Bowman, a longtime horseman who was respected as a “great horseman and greater man," as Jim McDonald remembered. Bowman's wife of 59 years, Patsy, and sons Ted and Mike were among those attending the festivities. Pompano racing will continue on Monday night. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry, for Pompano Park

YONKERS, NY, Friday, December 13, 2019--Mach it a Par (Jason Bartlett, $2.80) went out a winner Friday night (Dec. 13th). The millionairess harness racing pacing mare, profiled earlier this week, handily notched career win No. 53 at her second home, Yonkers Raceway. Undeterred by pouring rain and a pared-down field of five rivals in the $22,000, second-race pace, odds-on Mach it a Par--from post position No. 2--retook early from Bellatricks (Brent Holland). She eventually widened in a 'sloppy' 1:54.1. The final margin was 4½ lengths over Annabeth (Jordan Stratton), with Bellatricks, Line Dancer (Eric Goodell) and Jewels Forreal (Matt Kakaley) rounded out the payees. For Mach it a Par, a 9-year-old daughter of Mach Three co-owned by D'Elegance Stable IX, Carmen Iannacone, T L P Stable and the Gandolfo Stables and trained by Richard Banca, it was her seventh win in 36 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $8.90, the triple returned $27.40 and the superfecta paid $9,150. Mach it a Par ended her career with 182 starts, 53 wins, 29 seconds and 30 thirds ($1,152,767). The plan is for the lass to be bred to a to-be-determined New York stallion, After her final race night, Mach it a Par was given an official sendoff in the paddock, surrounded by her connections and racing officials and complete with congratulatory sign. Bartlett, meanwhile, won five of the night's 11 races to grab a six-win lead (423-417) over the idle George Brennan with three programs left in the local season. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway  

A lot of harness racing fans were glued to Dover Downs Thursday as their 12th race $25,000 Open Pace featured the once again return of 2015 Harness Horse of the Year, Wiggle It Jiggleit. Most fans would be very disappointed. As Bo Mach (Corey Callahan) and Larry Karr (Mike Cole) left out of the starting gait along with Wiggle It Jiggleit (Jim Morand in the bike as Montrell Teague was away) trying to leave some and then Morand snatched him up into fourth place. Larry Karr took the lead away from Bo Mach by the opening quarter mile in :26.4. Then they raced to the half mile in :55.3 and just as you would think that Morand would come first-over with Wiggle It Jiggleit, they sat in as Rock Lights (George Napolitano, Jr.) came first-over with Billy Badger N (Dexter Dunn) second-over. As they raced down the backstretch it looked as if Wiggle It Jiggleit almost went off-stride as they backed to the back of the pack. Meanwhile, Larry Karr was strong on the lead with Bo Mach in the pocket at the three-quarters in 1:23.4. Off the final turn, Callahan moved to the outside with Bo Mach and gunned down Larry Karr coming to the wire, winning by a long neck in 1:51.1. Billy Badger N was third.   As for Wiggle It Jiggleit, he finished seventh, race timed in 1:52.3. Sent off at odds of 38-1, Bo Mach scored a lifetime mark and his eighth win of the year. The four-year-old gelding by Mach Three is trained by Dylan Davis and owned by Howard Taylor and Thomas Lazzaro. He paid $79.00 to win. In the 10th race $27,500 Blue Hen Open Handicap, Late Mail N and driver George Napolitano, Jr. sat the pocket trip as Sicily (Victor Kirby) cut fractions of :26.2, :55.3 and 1:23 to the three-quarters. Race favorite, Slick Tony (Dexter Dunn) had come up first-over at the half but could not really gain ground on the leaders. Blazing Bobby Sox (Art Stafford, Jr.) was second-over and then fanned out three-wide on the final turn.   As soon as they could, Napolitano sent Late Mail N into the passing lane and in deep stretch collared Sicily and went on to win by a half-length in 1:50.4. Sicily was second with Slick Tony nosing out Blazing Bobby Sox for third place. It was a lifetime mark for Late Mail N. The six-year-old gelded son of Bettor’s Delight is trained by Michael Hall for the Claim To Fame Stable of Dagsboro, DE. Sent off at 28-1 odds, Late Mail N paid $59.20 to win. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

YONKERS, NY, Wednesday, December 11, 2019-- Harness racing driver Jason Bartlett's first words about Mach it a Par were hardly the stuff of testimonials. "She doesn't look like much, her gait isn't the smoothest, very choppy, she has to use many more steps to cover same amount of ground," her usual chauffeur said. "But"--and there's always a 'but'--"what no one could measure was her heart." Mach it a Par makes the 182nd and final start of her seven-figure career Friday night (Dec. 13th), after which she'll be honored by her home away from home, Yonkers Raceway. Entering the $22,000 second race, the 9-year-old daughter of Mach Three has made her last 87 starts in Westchester for co-owners D'Elegance Stable IX, Carmen Iannacone, T L P Stable and the Gandolfo Stables, "She's not supposed to do the thing she's done," trainer Richard Banca said of the 52-time winner. "She did overcome so much, all sorts of foot issues. She's just been tremendous and gets around Yonkers great. I don't know why, maybe it's her size. She took a (1:50.3) mark there (September of 2016, Brian Sears driving), which I think was a world record at the time. We've had her since early (March) 2016. I think the owners paid $60,000 for her. She was racing at Pompano. She had a lot of wins, but hadn't made much money. "We put her right in the (2016 Blue Chip) Matchmaker," Banca said. "She was probably eligible to non-winners of $10,000 (in last five starts), but we threw her in the series. She ended up winning and paying a lot ($81, George Brennan driving) and that really surprised us. There weren't that many surprises after a career-best '16 season (39 starts, 13 wins, nine seconds, eight thirds, $404,200), with Yonkers as her nearly-exclusive place to race. The past two full seasons have seen Mach it a Par pay her way, earning $200,000-plus in each. "It's not that she can't race anymore (six wins, more than $144,000 in 2019)," Banca said. "The owners just want to breed her (to as as-of-now undetermined New York stallion)," It wasn't all sunshine and Skittles on the track for Mach it a Par, however. The lass cost herself any number of winner's circle pictures and a fair amount of coin by not necessarily pacing the straight and narrow through the lane. "We never could figure out why she runs out," Banca said. "She doesn't do it every time (cue Bartlett...'She was a winner last [Friday] night [Dec. 6th], but off the last turn, she wants to go and get a hamburger in the grandstand') and we've tried some equipment changes, but then she ran in." So, there. Mach it a Par wasn't always pretty, but with more than $1.1 million on account, she was pretty good. A friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that Thursday evening’s (Dec. 12th) Pick 5 wager starts with a carryover of $4,791.45 and a $15,000 guaranteed pool. The guarantee is in conjunction with the U.S. Trotting Association’s Strategic Wagering Program. The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising races 6 through 10 Thursday night. It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners (as was the case Tuesday night), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next racing program. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

A win last week for Red Terror, who is currently for sale on gavelhouse.com, further boosted his appeal and took his harness racing earning’s past the $55,000 mark. A tough performance over 2500m at Thursday’s Manawatu meeting saw Red Terror celebrating his seventh career victory to go with seven runner-up finishes. The decision to sell is a matter of room for owners Scott Dickson and Lydia Pickford who commented “He is now rated at 59 and we have a number of other horses in this grade,” “The reality is we don’t really want four or five horses all in the one race going forward so he’s on the market unreserved.” With the grass circuit set to ramp up, Red Terror looks capable of hitting the ground running for his new connections and Pickford is thrilled with how he’s pulled up “Terror has pulled up in great order after his win last week, he looks absolutely fantastic and still has more wins in store.” Red Terror seen here winning last week (Royden Williams Photo) “A change of scenery will likely help him, as it does a lot of these horses who have been around a few times, and he is great to handle and have around the stable.” Red Terror is a son of MACH THREE is from the very good American mare ANN OTHER PORSCHE (1.51.6) who won on 35 occasions. Red Terror replay 21 November 2019. gavelhouse.com currently has six Standardbreds for sale with bidding set to close from 7pm on Wednesday 27 November.

Northville, MI -- LaSalle Investments LLC's Swapportunity ($5.40) gave Ohio top honors in Saturday's $25,000 Wolverine-Buckeye Invitational Pace on Saturday evening (Nov. 16) at Northville Downs, just holding the Michigan-based Top Notch at bay.   Swapportunity left strongly from post two to establish close inside position, but yielded to Still Friskie (David Lake) and OGradys First Man (Don Harmon) through a :27 first quarter before Art McIlmurray angled him first-over with five-eighths to go. Swapportunity forced middle splits of :56.1 and 1:25.1 before pressing his way to the lead on approach to the final turn.   After putting Still Friskie away and extending his lead to two lengths midway on the final turn, Swapportunity braced for a three-wide challenge from 3-2 favorite Top Notch (Darrell Wright) at the top of the stretch. The 7-year-old Mach Three gelding found the line just in time, prevailing by a diminishing half length in 1:54.3. Crusoe Hanover (Mark Headworth) emerged out of traffic to finish third, another 2-1/2 lengths back.   Ray Farmer trains the Ohio-based Swapportunity, now a 30-time winner.   The Wolverine-Buckeye Invitational debuted at Northville Downs after having been a mainstay on the calendar at the now defunct Raceway Park in Toledo, Ohio.   McIlmurray notched a driving hat trick on the 12-race card, as did Darrell Wright and Kim Pluta.   From the Michigan Harness Horsemen's Association

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 15, 2019 -- When You Dance relentlessly wore down the harness racing leader, Bettor Than Spring, and edged him at the wire to pull off an 11-1 upset in Friday's $18,000 Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows. When You Dance was fourth down the backside when Jim Pantaleano sent him first over. When You Dance and Bettor Than Spring dueled through the stretch before When You Dance surged late to score the head victory in 1:52.2. Real Peace shot the Lightning Lane for show. Christen Pantaleano owns and trains the winner, a 4-year-old Mach Three-Armbro Dancer gelding who pushed his career bankroll to $172,047. Dave Palone collected four wins on the 13-race card while Jim Pantaleano, Mike Wilder and trainer Ron Burke each enjoyed a triple. With his haul, Palone lifted his career victory total to 18,997. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday when the program features a $37,849.43 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

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